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Old 08-12-2011, 01:54 PM   #31
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She saw autumn leaves swirl into a portal.

“It will take you to Antonica Cub,” a cream Ratonga said helping her up.

“Thank you,” Mordedana said before she jumped through the portal.

On the other side was an old pink and black Iksar with a ghostly wolf at her side. She ran and embraced Mordedana “I always knew you would follow. Come now let's go home.”

Mordedana turned “What about the druid?”

Mazsra smiled “Tetri can take care of herself,” she grabbed her by the shoulder “Now tell me what took you so long?”

Two years later Mordedana is officially a Paladin. She still works to atone for her past sins and follows Mithaniel Marr. Approximately one year ago young Franklin arrived in Qeynos to continue his training under Mordedana whom he still calls Mordy. He is now a registered squire. It is unknown when Mordedana will feel she has fully atoned for her sins probably never but one thing is certain her heart remains pure and always will do what is right.

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((In Dungeons and Dragons undead can not be healed. Now I am aware that in game this does not matter as Freeblood even though everywhere calls them undead and they show clear signs that indeed they are undead they can still be healed. I guess it would be rather complicated to change the game mechanic so they could not be. In most lore that I have read however a vampire can not be healed by divine magic. In all honesty I had not considered normal lore when I created my Freeblood. In the roleplay A Fae Flies into a Bar I introduced Alyerra. Nothing below relates to the rp in any way except for a comment made by one of the other characters. The Paladin mentioned that he could not heal Alyerra as it would only make her wound worse. That got me thinking. Shortly after that a thread was created called Paladins and Undead and it asked many questions about how Paladins should feel about undead. So all things considered you will notice some issues with divine magic and Freeblood. One last thing before I turn it back over to Brienae: I would like to thank Bellacouste/Llewenayah for making me think as it was her Paladin Charlemin who first brought it up))

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The music from the Lyre becomes slower and a bit more melancholy as the Fae begins her next Ballad:

 

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It was storming as the Dark-Elf made her way through Nektolous forest. The rain barely touched her through the trees. For the moment she was lucid. Her mind only saw the trees. She touched a hand to her swollen stomach as a flutter of movement reminded her why she ran. She stopped and spoke out loud “You have no idea what world you will be born into... and me a mother?” she looked at the sky “Was I not disgrace enough?” she shuddered her white hair and her clothing absorbing more water. She had no choice but to quit walking. She turned hearing noises. She screamed as she saw zombies coming towards her. The Tier'dal did not know if they were real or imaginary. She looked for a direction to turn but they were everywhere. She began to sweat despite the coolness of the water. She closed her eyes and fell to the ground as two skeletons came nearer.

The Dark-Elf opened her eyes and screamed as a tall muscular red haired human loomed over her. She aimed a punch up at him but missed as he dodged.

“Mesena she's awake.” Jacob called to his wife. “You have no reason to fear me.” he said as his Feir'dal wife came into view.

Mesena knelt by the Teir'dal “My husband won't hurt you.” she said “I'm Mesena Windstaff Flamefist and this is my husband Jacob. We saw you fall in the forest. What is your name?”

“Senriala,” The Dark-Elf said sitting up. She looked at the Wood-Elf “I see you are also heavy with child.” she shook her head “Why would a woman in your condition help someone like me?”

Mesena smiled “Everything is balance. I believe in justice. Your race does not make you evil. To my knowledge you have done nothing wrong. When I saw you, all I saw was sick woman. Your child...” she paused “You carry the reminder of a terrible crime that was committed against you, that is how you view the life growing in you. You must not think of her that way. You must think of her as a blessing,”

Senriala blinked “Her? How do you know?”

“I can't explain it,” Mesena answered. “Same way I know I also carry a daughter.”

Jacob smiled. “Come with us. We were headed back to Kelethin. We are well known in there so we can vouch for you.”

“Thank you.” Senriala answered “But... I don't know... I mean I am Tier'dal... and” she closed her eyes “I have always been mentally ill. My father kicked me out when he discovered I was with child. You're right I was attacked... and the child is the product of that attack... it was a human.” she smiled “At least I don't have to marry the troll...he broke off the engagement when he found out.”

“See everything is balance. Already she has saved you.” Mesena said.

A few months later in Kelethin Senriala held a newborn half-elf in her arms “Alyerra,” she told Tetriemmy who had helped her. “No last name, just Alyerra, my little Alyerra.”

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Four years later a Dirge was performing at Senriala's tavern The Tainted Eagle.

Alyerra watched her mother. She remembered her Mom talking about the music she had listened to in Neriak. She could see the emotions stirring as her mother remembered. As the Dirge started to leave she ran to catch up to him “Please teach me. I want to play like you.”

The human turned and looked at the child.

“Mommy likes your music. I want to play music for my Mommy,”

The human smiled. He stayed for a few weeks in Kelethin teaching the young girl how to play.

The Flamefists stayed in touch sometimes taking Alyerra with them on their journeys. Alyerra's best friend was Kyriu Flamefist who had been born a month after her. The Flamefists considered Senriala and Alyerra as family with Kyriu and Alyerra calling each other cousins.

When Alyerra was twelve Mesena made her a guitar. The guitar was her most prized possession. She was never seen without it.

Several years later Senriala held the guitar in her hands. The neck was broken into three pieces. The main body of the guitar was broken. She sobbed. “My Alyerra... where are you?”

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Alyerra opened her eyes. She tried to sit up but discovered that her wrists and ankles were bound. She turned her head to look around. She was in a large room lit only by torches. On either side of her she could see others bound as she was. “Where am I?” she asked the ceiling.

A robed figure stepped into the room “That is not your concern Fourteen,” he stood over her and ran his hand over her face “Such pretty blue eyes,” he whispered “Those will stay.”

Alyerra moved her head away from the hand. “I think there's been a mistake. My name is Alyerra. I don't think I'm supposed to be here.”

The robed man laughed “You are supposed to be here. We sent out scouts to find us specimens which would be ideal for our experiments.”

“You're not running experiments on me!” she shouted.

The man laughed “A feisty one aren't you? You will be especially interesting to watch. Others tried these experiments and discovered that elves and humans worked best. You are both. Of course Wood-Elves don't seem to take well to the process.” he smiled running a finger around her face again “Because your friend was Half-Feir'dal our scouts took care of her.”

“Ky?” Alyerra shook her head “No you're lying. Kyriu Flamefist is a great warrior almost as great as her parents. She may not be a grandmaster yet but she would not fall so easily.”

The man shrugged “Believe what you want it is no matter to me Fourteen.”

“Stop calling me that! I told you my name is Alyerra.” she turned her head and spit on the man's hand “I would rather die then let you experiment on me.”

The man laughed again doubling over. He was joined by more robed figures.

“What is so funny?” the voice of a woman asked.

The man straightened “Fourteen says she would rather die than let us experiment on her.

The rest of the figures doubled over in laughter as well. The figures straightened “Now shall we begin?” the first man asked.

The others gathered nodded. They separated themselves among the tables.

“Begin the first phase,” came the order.

Alyerra watched as the robed figures gathered around her began to move their hands.

One leaned low and whispered in her ear “You are a funny girl... we appreciate your joke. Allow me to explain... part of the experiment you will die... that's the point.”

Alyerra squirmed trying to get away as she watched a black lightning begin to emit from the hands of those around her. She knew her struggle was pointless. She screamed as the black energy was channeled into her body. She was unsure how long the pain lasted before they ceased casting again. Her heart pounded as the pain slowly ebbed away. Her breathing was labored.

The robed figures left the room.

Later the robed figures returned and began to cast again.

It was impossible to tell how much time was passing. There was no change to the surroundings. At one point the order was given for phase two and then three.

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Alyerra closed her eyes. She saw a bright light. As she opened her eyes and looked around she was standing in a field.

“Come Alyerra,” said a Wood-Elf woman with light brown hair and yellow eyes.

“Aunt Mesena... but you're dead.” she gasped.

Next to the Wood-Elf stood a human with shoulder length red hair and green eyes.

“Uncle Jacob? You're both dead...that must mean...” Alyerra blinked “No... I can't be... I'm not ready to die. What about Mom? I need to go back to her... she needs me.”

“Alyerra,” Jacob spoke “You don't have much time. You must come with us,”

Alyerra shook her head “No..” she took a step back.

“If you do not accept death now child... death will not accept you later,” Mesena whispered.

“I don't understand.”

“The people who killed you they intend to make you something that defies balance,” Jacob answered “You must not let them succeed. The only way they will fail is if you accept death.” he held out his hand to her as a shadow wrapped around her.

“As I said if you don't accept death death will not accept you.”

Alyerra swallowed and took the hand offered to her as the shadows grabbed her and began to pull. She screamed as she was painfully pulled out of Jacob's grasp.

 

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She opened her eyes. She was back on the table chained. She felt different but she was unsure how.

“Check them,” the first robed man ordered.

“Thirteen has no heart beat nor is he breathing,” someone shouted.

“Fourteen is awake,” shouted someone next to her.

“Fifteen has no pulse nor breath,” came the call.

The robed man in charge approached Alyerra “I believe I know the answer, but I want to confirm. Clearly you are breathing.” he said as he unchained her wrist. He placed two fingers on her wrist for a few seconds. “Congratulations Fourteen.” he looked into her eyes “You have passed our final test.”

“Almost thought we lost you there...”

“I thought you said I was supposed to die.” she hissed.

The crowd of robes erupted with laughter.

“And you did,” the Leader answered “Maybe we should do something about that mouth.”

“No,” another said laughing “I find this one amusing when she's not killing for us she'll be very amusing,”

“I will never kill for anyone,”

The leader spoke “You don't have a choice Fourteen.”

“My name is Alyerra!”

“Take Fourteen to her quarters and see that she's fed. Maybe after a proper feeding she will understand her purpose.”

 

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Alyerra was led to a what could only be described as a prison cell. There was a single cot. She sat down on the cot as the barred door was shut. She pondered the words she had heard.

“Your breakfast will be here shortly,” one of her robed escorts announced.

Her stomach began to ache. “Thanks.” she sighed “Don't suppose you'll let me choose what kind of bread I get,”

The robes laughed as they walked away.

From down the hall she heard a scream.

Once the robes were gone Alyerra placed two fingers on her own wrist. She counted. “No,” she whispered as though out loud would change what she was feeling. She felt her wrist again pressing harder on the point where she should have felt something but there was nothing. “I don't have a pulse how can I not have a pulse and still be breathing?”

There was another scream from down the hall.

One of the robes returned with a shivering young woman. “Your breakfast,” the robed man laughed as he opened the door and shoved the young woman inside. He locked the door and left.

“Just get it over with,” The woman demanded.

Alyerra looked at the woman “I don't know what you are talking about.”

The woman laughed “You and I both know why I'm here so bite me and make sure you kill me I don't want to be one of you,”

“You have me confused with someone else. I'm not going to kill you. This is a joke or a nightmare.”

The woman looked at her “You really don't know? You don't know what you are?”

“I'm a Half-Teir'dal.”

The woman sighed “Not anymore. You are a vampire... a Freeblood to be more precise.”

“No,” Alyerra answered “No that can't be... I have to be dreaming.”

“You're not dreaming.” the woman told her “Get used to this. This will be your curse for the rest of your life and you will live a very long time.” the woman hissed.

Alyerra collapsed onto the cot and cried.

The woman scowled.

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Time passed the woman still lived.

“Why don't they at least feed you.” Alyerra asked “I mean I can see your bones,”

The woman sighed “Because they assumed you would give into your hunger by now.”

Alyerra swallowed “Hunger... when I need to drink... according to you”

“Thirst then.”

Alyerra bit her lip to stop her scream of pain.

“Whatever you want to call it. You can't hold if off much longer.”

“No, I don't want to kill.” Alyerra answered. She let out a scream as the intense pain in her stomach increased. Her nails began to lengthen into claws. “What's happening to me?” she whispered

The woman swallowed and stepped against the opposite wall. “You will feed soon... and you won't be able to stop yourself.” she closed her eyes and began praying.

Alyerra screamed again as she felt her body further transform. Her blue eyes turned red and her long honey blonde hair became shorter ending just below her ears. She looked around and saw the woman trying to get away. “No!” her mind screamed as she pounced on the woman. Her teeth sank into the woman's shoulder instantly rewarding a nice flow of blood. “No!” Alyerra's mind screamed again She could feel and taste the blood that was running down her throat. It tasted like blood. In her mind she started crying as her body continued to drink. “This is disgusting,” her mind hissed “I'm a bard... how can a bard be so sick?”

The woman closed her eyes as she fell into unconsciousness.

Alyerra pulled herself off the woman as her body returned to normal. She swallowed the last mouthful of blood and gently grabbed the unconscious woman under the arms and carefully dragged her to the cot and laid her down. Alyerra wiped a pale purple arm across her mouth. She licked her teeth and then her lips. Tears fell from her eyes as she looked at the crimson streak on her arm. She stepped over to an opposite corner and sank to the floor crying.

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The woman woke up as the lead robe walked up to the gate. She sat up “I'm not dead am I?”

“No,” the lead robe answered “Pity too. Fourteen does not know how to turn so you will not become like her.” he sighed “Now do you understand Fourteen?”

“Go to Hell.” Alyerra growled.

The man sighed “Oh Fourteen... let me explain this more to you. You need blood to live...”

“I'm not living. This is not living!”

“Fine, but starving yourself if you so choose won't change things. You've already discovered that your body will make sure you get what you need. Although sometimes you idiots pass out from lack of energy.” He shrugged “In time you will learn to be content with what you are and when we send you out you will kill for us. Understand me Fourteen we have a purpose for you,”

Alyerra stood “I don't care what your purpose is for me! You think you can control me? You're wrong! I may be...” she couldn't bring herself to say the word dead “You will never control me!”

“We may have to do something with that mouth after all. You talk far too much.” he turned and walked away.

Alyerra looked at the woman “How do you feel?”

“A little weak.” the woman said “Kayla, my name is Kayla.”

“It's been how long and you finally give me your name?” she closed her eyes “They brought you some food,” she pointed to the floor where a few chunks of bread had been tossed and glass of water had been placed.

Kayla grabbed the bread and eagerly tore at it with her teeth. She drank some water. After finishing the bread and water she turned “You could have killed me. You could have kept drinking until you killed me but you didn't. What are you? I mean how do you earn your bread?”

“I'm... I was a Dirge,” Alyerra answered.

“Was.... listen to me Alyerra you still have your voice which means you are still a Dirge. You are not the only Freeblood here you know. I'm sure if nothing else a little music would be welcome until you get out of here.”

Alyerra bit her lip exposing a fang while she thought. She was back in her room the words and music swirled together as a song formed in her mind. She straightened and started to sing. Her alto voice filled her cell and then as she built a crescendo of confidence her

voice drifted down the hall. She sang lost only in the words and melody:

I see the crimson flood rising and drowning

I try to swim away, to escape but where to go?

Every turn I make all I see is the Crimson flood

Where does it come from. I don't want to know..

Don't tell me I want to deny it.

The Crimson flood pulls me under

The Crimson flood drags me in it's undertow

The Crimson Flood drowns my heart and dreams

How can I escape?

I open my eyes on the soft shore

I'm glad to be breathing but something is wrong

People are running away

I look for the monster they all run from

All I see in the water is me

The Crimson Flood pulls me under

The Crimson Flood drags me in its undertow

The Crimson Flood drowns my heart and dreams

How can I escape?

How can I escape the Crimson Flood?

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Kayla listened to the song in silence. “You are talented. Sad song, but considering where we are... and my experience has been that dirges aren't exactly the most jolly singers. I prefer Troubadors myself.” she smiled “I know the answer. I'll help us escape.” she closed her eyes and prayed “Winds of Nature guide my path, Help me do what I must.” she looked at Alyerra “Forgive me but this is going to hurt.” she closed her eyes and summoned a swarm of green leaves around Alyerra.

Alyerra screamed as the green leaves burned.

Kayla controlled the flow of leaves so that they did not burn the Freeblood's face or hands.

Alyerra's screams brought a crowd of robes.

“What is the meaning of this?” asked the lead robe “Never mind restrain the Druid!”

Kayla laughed as they opened the door. She summoned ice causing the robes to shudder. She looked at Alyerra who had doubled over in pain and canceled her spell. She noticed that one of the robes screamed. She laughed and summoned Green leaves on him.

The robe screamed more. “You even turn your own?” she asked.

“What have you done?” the lead robe asked as someone took the screaming man out.

“I tried to heal her. It'll destroy her if I keep going.” Kayla said raising her hand towards Alyerra as though she were going to cast again.

“Go ahead,” The lead robe said “You've already burned her. We have discovered no way to heal them of divine wounds,”

“You people are sick.” she cast another wave of ice this time the robes froze. She grabbed Alyerra gently and led her out of the cell. She stopped at another cell where a Freeblood man and a young boy were being held. “Gregor,” she breathed “And Simon.” she found the keys on one of the frozen robes and unlocked the door.

The boy ran into her arms.

Kayla hugged him and looked at the man “Gregor... no,”

The man nodded “Yes, but I do not believe Marr has abandoned me I will continue to serve him. Perhaps it is his will that I live forever to spread his good name,”

Kayla nodded “Let's go,” she looked back at Alyerra. “Carry her,” she told Gregor.

Gregor nodded and picked Alyerra up in his arms.

Alyerra made no struggle.

“Rest child,” Gregor instructed “We will see you safe.

Alyerra closed her eyes.

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Alyerra opened her eyes. She could smell a fire burning. She sat up. She was inside a tent. Looking down she could see that her wounds were bandaged.

Kayla walked in “Herbs,” she explained “No magic involved just a lot of good natural Aloe Verra.” she nodded to a pile “We bought you clothes. I hope you like them. We also bought you weapons and an instrument.”

“Thanks,” Alyerra answered.

“Sorry, I knew my healing would hurt you, but I didn't think it would hurt you as bad as it did.

Alyerra hissed as she surveyed her body. Bandages covered her arms, legs and chest. “Thanks, for sparing my hands,” she said.

“Don't mention it. I figured you would be wanting to play again.”

Alyerra nodded and gingerly began to put on the clothes. There was white chain link tunic and brown sleeves as well as brown boots. The chain link was trimmed with brown square gems.

“I'll take care of your bandages until you're healed,” Kayla said “Normal wounds you'll be able to heal yourself, but divine wounds such as this either will take time to heal or if you want to trust a Necromancer I'm sure they could heal it. I believe another Dirge could heal you as well.”

Alyerra nodded “I haven't learned that song yet,”

“When you're dressed come on out,” Kayla instructed as she left the tent.

Alyerra finished getting dressed and grabbed the two daggers and the tambourine which had been left. She frowned as she examined the tambourine. She sighed “I guess it will have to do,” she stepped out of the tent.

“Feeling better Alyerra?” Gregor asked. “My apologies we were not properly introduced. I am Gregor Delmion. This is my Squire Simon Smith and you've already met his sister Kayla. Kayla told us all about you.”

Alyerra nodded.

“She did not tell us your last name,” Simon piped up.

“I don't have one,” Alyerra laughed. She grimaced as the laughter caused her burned chest to hurt. “You see my Mom was attacked by a man and I was born from that.”

Gregor nodded “So you're a half Dark-Elf. Shame that Teir-dal...”

Alyerra stopped him “Mom is the Tier'dal,”

“Oh my apologies,” Gregor said “I meant no offense. I was human.”

“None taken. That confuses a lot of people.”

“Well you're welcome to join us. We were going home to Qeynos,”

“I'm from Kelethin,”

Gregor smiled “I am a Paladin of Qeynos.”

Kayla took two roasted animals from the fire and handed one to her brother. She looked at the two Freeblood. She sighed “I have some conditions for both of you,”

Gregor nodded.

“What kind of conditions?” Alyerra asked.

“I'll tell you,” Kayla said “I am a Servant of Nature, a Warden. I am not as zealous as some Druids, but both of you are unnatural. I can let that slide but... you can not feed on people. If you ever do... I will have no choice but to end your existence.” she looked at them both for a moment “Animals are fine. I would say if you drink the blood of animals that is permissible,”

“I agree,” Gregor said

Alyerra nodded.

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They had been traveling a few days. Alyerra and Gregor took turns hunting with Kayla and Simon. The vampires drained the blood out of the animals they found. Kayla then roasted the corpses for her and Simon.

Evidently the three had been caught together. Gregor had been training Simon as his squire before the capture and was only too glad to continue. Alyerra admired his faith, although at times she found herself wanting to strangle the Paladin as her own faith had collapsed. Once she had prayed to Bristlebane, but this joke was not one she could handle. She had been heard to mutter a prayer of forgiveness before she fed. She wasn't even sure who she was praying to, but it was something she felt she needed to do. Gregor seemed to approve.

They were taking the long way. Kayla thought maybe it was best if the two vampires were not on a crowded ship for a few days with few feeding options.

“Mind if I join you?” said a voice.

They had stopped in Nektolous forest.

Kayla looked up at the man who had spoken. She glared as she studied him and the drachnid behind him. “Same rules apply,” she said “Only feed on animals.”

Alyerra looked at Kayla for a moment with confusion.

“He's one of you,” Kayla explained “He's also a Necromancer,”

“Very astute of you madame,” the man said as he bowed “I'm Nedrid Fenris and this is Moira.” he indicated the Drachnid. He frowned “Feeding on animals? Is that even possible?”

“Yes it is,” Alyerra hissed “How can you even think that feeding on other people is good?”

Nedrid shrugged and sat down.

Simon groaned as his sister handed half of a roasted snake. “When can we have real food?” he grumbled.

“When we get to Thundermist Village.” Kayla answered.

That night in the girl's tent Alyerra whispered to Kayla “I don't trust him,”

Kayla sighed “Nor do I, but I should give him the chance. After all I gave you the chance,”

“Yeah... true,”

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The trudge through Nektolous was surprisingly uneventful. As the group stepped into Thundering Steppes Simon dashed ahead.

They stopped to camp near the centaurs.

Simon eyed the Griffon Station “Isn't there a Griffon near Thundermist?” he asked.

“There is,” Kayla answered “But you're not going alone,”

“I'll go with him,” Alyerra volunteered. “Might be nice to perform in a Tavern. Who knows maybe they'll give us free food.

Kayla nodded. “Stay with Alyerra, Simon.” she warned.

“I will go hunt for some food for those of us who need a more liquid diet.” Gregor said “Care to join me sir Fenris?”

“No thanks,” Nedrid answered.

Alyerra and Simon took griffons to the Thundermist Station.

They found a tavern bustling with people.

Alyerra looked around and sighed “Reminds me of home,” she said.

Simon grinned “Why don't you play something Aly?”

Alyerra smiled back exposing her fangs.

“Er might want to hide those,” Simon whispered.

Alyerra's smile vanished. She walked into the tavern followed by Simon and introduced herself.

She performed one of her older songs and the Tavern owner gave her two free meals.

“I'll take the rest of the food back to Kayla.” Simon whispered

Alyerra took a few spoonfuls of the soup she had been given.

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Simon carried a small bag of food left over from his and Alyerra's meals.

Alyerra landed first. The smell of blood filled the air. She ran over.

Nedrid was leaning over something.

Alyerra dashed over afraid of what she would find.

Nedrid stood up and turned. His mouth was dripping with blood.

Alyerra gasped and dashed around him. She sank to the ground to examine what he had been feeding on. She swallowed as her fear was realized. It was Kayla.

Simon ran over and pushed the Dirge out of the way.

Nedrid stood and wiped his mouth.

Alyerra stood up and drew her daggers. She placed one against Nedrid's throat. “Why?” she hissed.

Nedrid laughed “You have to ask. She's only a human, first we are more already you and I... well I can tell you were a half-breed. But now that we are immortal we are even more superior to them.”

Gregor ran up and knelt next to Kayla. His hands glowed white as he prayed. He shook his head. “She's gone,” the pain he felt could be seen in his eyes

Simon drew his sword “Get away from her.” he hissed.

Gregor stood up and pulled Alyerra back with him.

Nedrid turned to look at the boy “Hm well,” he licked his teeth.

“I should have known I couldn't trust any of you!” Simon shouted.

Gregor approached his squire “Simon sheath your sword.” he turned to Nedrid “You are under arrest for Murder.”

“You are no longer my mentor!” Simon screamed. “I hate you all of you!

Nedrid laughed “And how are you going to arrest me Paladin?”

Gregor drew his own sword and shield. “I will fight you if you don't come quietly,”

Nedrid laughed and ordered Moira to attack. The Drachnid began casting spells at Gregor.

Alyerra sheathed her daggers and approached the body as the spells went off.

“I want all of you monsters to stay away from her!” Simon shouted charging Alyerra with his sword raised.

Gregor stopped the sword with his shield. He dropped his sword and grabbed the boy with his other arm.

“We should give her a proper funeral and burial,” Alyerra whispered.

“Something only someone living can do!” Simon continued to scream.

Alyerra stood she rounded on Gregor and Nedrid “Have you no respect!” she shouted.

Nedrid laughed “Respect? For what? I can bring her back boy.”

“No,” Simon growled “Not the way you do.” He lowered the sword as torches flared in the distance. He looked around at the three Freebloods and ran towards the torches.

Nedrid disappeared in the darkness.

Alyerra looked at Gregor.

“We have nothing to hide,” Gregor whispered to her.

Alyerra nodded.

Torches flared in thier faces as the cry rose “Vampires!”

Alyerra felt a pain in the back of her head and all went black.

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Alyerra woke up and vomited the soup from the previous night. She groaned as she retched again. She was in another Cell. She retched again. Outside she could hear voices. The voices drew closer.

Tetriemmy scowled. She had been asked to help destroy these vampires which had been discovered last night. Her view had always been that the dead should remain dead. Undead were unnatural and had to be destroyed. She looked at the vampire before her. Her golden brown hair looked familiar. “You're existence is unnatural,” she spoke. Her tail lashed in anger.

“I know...” Alyerra whispered. She swallowed as she recognized the voice “I didn't choose this...” tears fell from her eyes “Ms. Tetri, I just want to go home. I want to see my Mom again.”

Tetriemmy's tail froze “Look at me,” she ordered.

Alyerra raised her head and met the Ratonga's eye.

Tetriemmy closed her eye. “Leave us,”

The group who had come with her started to leave.

Tetriemmy stopped “Actually tell my companion to come here,”

After a few minutes Tetriemmy was joined by a young Half-Elf woman. Her skin was tan like a wood-elf's but her hair was a two tone red. One ring of rust circled the rest which appeared to be orange like a flame.

Alyerra stood “Ky! You're alive!”

Kyriu blinked her green eyes “Aly?” she looked at Tetri “They said they had two vampires... but Aly's not...”

Alyerra swallowed “I am a vampire... I'm a Freeblood. I can go out in Sunlight, but I do need blood to survive. I've been surviving on animal blood. I was hoping I could go home but...” she looked at the Ratonga.

Kyriu turned to the Ratonga “Tetri you can't! It's Aly. She's still Aly.”

“Cub you know a song that makes you invisible yes?”

“Yes,” Alyerra answered.

Tetriemmy nodded. She turned to Kyriu “Cub, tell them to open the door,”

Kyriu swallowed and dashed outside. She returned with a guard who produced keys and opened the cell. He nodded to Tetri and left.

“Tetri, please... let me at least see my Mom one more time.” Alyerra pleaded.

Tetriemmy stepped inside followed by Kyriu. “Listen to me Cub. You are unnatural, but you were one of my Cubs. I can not destroy you. If you promise never to feed on a person, but only on animals then I will let you go. Kyriu will take you home.”

Alyerra nodded “What about Gregor, he's a Paladin.”

Tetriemmy nodded “I will help him,”

A few minutes later Alyerra was free. She had turned invisible and run with Kyriu outside while Tetriemmy burned her cell.

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Senriala sat alone in her tavern. Her daughter's guitar was mounted on the wall. She had seen her daughter many times in hallucinations. She was drinking her own brew of Tier'dal Bloodwine. It was late, but she couldn't sleep. There was a knock on the door. She ignored it until the two dogs someone had given her started barking. She sighed and stood up “We're closed!” she shouted at the door.

“I noticed you're looking for a bard,” a voice said.

Senriala sighed “I'm the only one here,”

“I'd like to be famous someday, but...” Outside Alyerra paused “Mom... “ the door opened and she was pulled in. Senriala held her daughter while she explained about her condition. The two women cried together.

Senriala looked her daughter in the eyes “Twenty-two years ago, my father threw me out of his house because I was with child from an incident. I was betrothed to a horrid man. I was angry at that child, but when I saw you, I couldn't be mad. Then you became a Dirge and all you wanted was to make music for me. You have talent.” she smiled “Vampire or no, you are my daughter and I will always love you and support you. Someday you will be famous.”

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A few months have passed since Alyerra returned home. She performs at The Tainted Eagle at least once every two weeks. She has also started traveling and performing in other taverns. She prefers to feed in private and tries as hard as she can to keep her condition hidden. It is unknown what her future holds, but someday her name will be known all over Norrath.

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Brienae sheathes her lyre as the last of the notes fade. "I'm afraid that's all the Ballads I have," she says.

"But wait a minute Brienae what about Tsimia? I thought you were going to sing about her." I say to her

"She made me sick," Brienae sniffs  "I'm sorry but I could not get her ballad."

I sigh "But you were supposed to sing all of them.

"I know," Brienae sighs.

From the shadows guitar music is heard.  The Dirge steps out of the shadows the light falling on her.  Her skin is a light purple and her eyes an icy blue.  Her honey colored hair ends just below her shoulders. A breif smile reveals her fangs which she quickly hides.  She wears a cloth Gi of black, silver and blood red.  Her stomach can be see, but most of her arms are covered in blood red webbed with black.  "I know that one, and a few more too" she says. "My name is Alyerra, that's it Alyerra.  I'll take it from here,"

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