Fate - First Reply (Note: Great Ones Event related) The Fractured Souls...

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(Continues off my other thread but it is part of The Great Ones I prefer Fate threads, so just join first come is always welcome! I fixed the tags/etc in case some people were getting confused but yes I want this fate to be related to the great ones event. thanks in advanced.)

I don't sleep. It is hard to explain what that does to a man...but I have not slept in many years. There is too much to live for, and too much to die for. After the revolution in the mines, we won our freedom. Cerak Empire was still home...but mostly the mine. I was no longer a slave...but that meant very little to me. The girl I saved that day slept near me, she was the life I saved...the one that helped me win the revolution. Her and Anya. I risked my life for both of them...for them all. We won our freedom as a result. Nosdyn narrowed his eyes as he sat there, it was late that night and he considered very carefully what he was thinking about. He scribed his thoughts on paper, a parchment notebook he'd lifted off one of the defeated slave drivers. He took to writing a lot those day having no formal education, but still, having been extremely intelligent.

The voices started that night. Nosdyn... The voice whispered from the darkness.

He blinked for a moment as he felt the presence within his mind. How are you in my mind...?

There was a pause. Nosdyn... Tthe voice from beyond called. We know your name.

Nosdyn steeled himself, he knew they would ask something of him...the voices from the great beyond. He looked off into the darkness of the mine, and got up at that point heading deeper into another side chamber. I hear you... Nosdyn responded. What is your will?

Do you desire truth...?
The voice from beyond asked.

Nosdyn nodded. I desire truth...

What will you give for it...?
The voice asked.

***

He found himself in the adjacent chamber a short time later. Something was different, he felt different. Memories poured in his mind...memories of a past that he didn't know he had. He found out he was a Orc part of the blue orc tribe of those people. Nosdyn allowed his head to be filled with memories, precious one and all. They would assist him in helping him find himself. He noticed at that point, he was no longer alone. "I did not mean to startle you." Nosdyn told his friend.

She nodded, Ellsa nodded. She looked at him carefully. "You weren't at your bed so I got worried."

Nosdyn trusted her, Ellsa, and he walked over towards her. He placed a large hand on her shoulder. "I had something to take care of is all." He told her calmly, it was the truth.

"You were talking to yourself for a bit, which is why I got worried." Ellsa told her friend. "I know you don't sleep but it still concerned me a lot."

Nosdyn nodded. His strong and muscular face had that same stoic expression. "Let;s get back in the morning well start work in this chamber, there is something here."

"How do you know?" She asked.

"I trusted myself." He said plainly and they left the chamber together.

(Note: We're mainly looking for a very rare or special type of ore that will be available because of the event. Development and mining/crafting style thread mainly. I am preferring the fate system so just join up and we're good to go!)
 
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Asel was a smith, not a miner. She was highly skilled at working ore into fantastic shapes and deadly purpose, but she did not dig her materials from the ground. Given her relative success, it was more efficient to simply buy the materials she needed. Indeed, many rare metals were scattered throughout the world. Better to let them come to her than to seek them out herself.

This was an exception. It had been a whisper more than an announcement, but a very small operation had begun with some very interesting promises. Previously unknown materials with odd properties, and it was near enough to intrigue her. Of course, having first dibs on anything uncovered would be nice as well.

The large bee was a little bit uncomfortable going underground, but it turned out that the mines were not so different from the hive. Of course, Asel hadn’t particularly enjoyed the hive. The sparse torches reflected off of her large, hard eyes as she descended, and Midge flitted behind her, voicing her disapproval.

”...pixies ain’t supposed to be b’low ground and it smells weird here and there’s dust in my...”

Asel ignored her until they entered a larger area with a blue orc. Asel’s antennae twitched, and Midge looked from her to the orc. ”We’re here about the mining... I guess,” she sighed. Asel stood motionless, awaiting a response.
 

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Nosdyn, missing one eye the horrid injury was hidden behind an eye patch.

He heard the newcomer, several days had passed since the mining operation began anew with Nosdyn in charged of the whole thing. Most folks would have been disturbed seeing an unusual entity like Asel but for some reason the appearance and biological configuration of Asel did not bother The Blue Orc. He nodded towards the winged one. "More hands are always welcome." He said calmly, they were on the verge of discovering an entirely new ore. One that could shape the future of the mining industry. Nosdyn and several others had been working non stop for many nights trying to find the exact ore vein. They were close, Nosdyn knew that the entities that had contacted him would not lie to him.

The mining operation consisted of about fifty miners or so of varying races.

All were working their due diligence to uncover the ore that Nosdyn promised would be there.

It was upon Asel's arrival that Nosdyn realized it.

"This is fate." Nosdyn said out loud. He realized after a moment and motioned for Asel to join he and several others of the veteran miners. They were digging in a particular patch of the chamber that was discovered and it took a moment for Nosdyn to realize that the chamber ITSELF was the ore deposit. He looked at Asel. "Glad to have you with us." He knelt down for a moment and touched the ground, at first it looked like little more than simple earth and stone. "What do you think this is?" Nosdyn asked of her. His voice was calm and surprisingly inquisitive. He turned a patch of the earth in the hand, and suddenly the chamber was filled with a brilliantly glowing light. The ore had been all around them the whole time.

They just were not looking at it the correct way, thankfully they had Nosdyn present. Otherwise it would never have been discovered. He nodded at Asel.
 
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Asel's face was impassive, although she did give a few soft clicks from her mandibles. Whether it was an acknowledgment of Nosdyn's greeting was unclear. Midge made their introductions briefly but otherwise had grown uncharacteristically quiet. Perhaps the pixie finally felt a little concerned about being trapped unground with a crew of much larger individuals.

Asel followed his summons and entered the chamber. It looked entirely unremarkable. At his question, she turned in a slow circle. Her eyes were best in full daylight, but her antennae swiveled around like batons, picking up the various chemicals that floated through the air. Midge translated her thoughts.

"There is... earth... some iron but... I don't know exactly what she's trying to- oh! It's because she doesn't know. There's something else in here but we don't know what it is." Asel turned back. The pixie had spoken correctly, she did not know what odd substance was in this cavern, but it was certainly there.

Then the blue orc turned his hand, and the cavern glowed. Asel, usually the definition of unflappable, started at the sudden shock to her senses. Her wings buzzed for a second, and she jumped back. It didn't take long for her to calm, though, as the shimmering light danced playfully off of her hard eyes.

Midge was dazzled as well, and began flying around the edges of the cavern, poking at the glowing stones. "Woah! What is this? Did you know rocks could do that? This has to be magic!" she chittered on for a while, and Asel rested a multi-jointed hand on the smooth stone. It truly was extraordinary, and she felt a quiver of excitement.

What marvelous things could she make from this?
 
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Nosdyn took a pick ax in the technique the voices taught him. He looked at the gathered miners, his people, and he held the pick ax. "It has fire based properties." Nosdyn said calmly. "Hence the glowing light that the ore gives off. We will discover the rest of the properties in due time." He handed his pick ax to one of the nearby miners and walked over towards Asel.

"You arrived at an opportune moment." Nosdyn explained carefully. "You and your companion are most welcome with our fold." Nosdyn gathered a few documents and placed them on the ground in front of himself and Asel and her companion. "This is the ore we are mining." Nosdyn explained. "We are in some sort of a deposit of the ore, and a very rich one at that. I have contacted a local miner's guild in regards to the discovery and I have been given rights to name this substance. It seems of recent moons, many mysterious new objects and other events have been happening." (Reference to the great ones event) Nosdyn rubbed his broad chin thoughtfully for a moment. "If I were perhaps the more scholarly type, I would look into the origins and source of these mysteries myself. But alas, I am just a miner."

And a damned good miner at that.

He pointed towards the rough schematics of the ore. He had deep knowledge of the ore and it's properties but it was only the basic building blocks. There were more secrets to be discovered. "This right here." He tapped the parchment. "Is going to bring about an industrial revolution." Nosdyn explained to Asel. There was clear excitement in his eye.

"The substance is called Themaglenite." Nosdyn said carefully. "From what I gather it seems to have properties based upon the elemental fire." Nosdyn was never skilled in the arcane arts, but some other way to use those arts would be welcome for brawlers like himself and people in general. They could change their world with it.
 

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It was all very exciting, and not just because of the pretty lights. An ore of fire? It didn't seem possible, or even probable, but here it was and that was good enough. How would The Wax affect it, she wondered? The Wax, the secret of her art, a substance made only by her race, it was the secret to her creations' unique properties. She had only ever used it with steel and iron, though.

Midge returned to her side, and together they approached Nosdyn. "How do you know so much about this stuff?" the pixie asked. "We've never heard of it. No smith we've ever heard of has heard of it. And we know at least..." she looked at Asel, who returned a blank look. "...well we know a lot of smiths."
 

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For Nosdyn, being asked how he knew was like asking how would one breathe? Or why?

But he knew that they needed some sort of a concrete answers. So he tried to word it the best way he knew how to. "As a miner, you learn to trust your instincts on these matters. I knew because I was meant to know." Nosdyn explained to her, it wasn't that far from the truth. It's not every day an other world being contacts you with detailed information on a brand new discovery. So he knew he had to be gentle with his wording for their sake. He frowned for a moment, he knew he must have sounded like a lunatic, but it was in fact the truth. "The ore properties...is a little complicated to explain. But I can tell you this much as I said earlier I know because I meant to know. This whole thing was our discovery." He smiled at Asel and nodded.

Though he was a Blue Orc, and they were known for savagery in combat, Nosdyn was a gentle soul.

He pointed at the schematic. Tapping the parchment twice. "Here is the richest of the deposit." Nosdyn said confidently. "Once we have extracted enough of the ore itself, we can proceed to manufacture whatever is needed. I myself, am curious to see how this ore reacts to a skilled blacksmith." Nosdyn mused out loud.

She didn't seem like a miner type...but rather her and her partner seemed like they had other skill sets.

"If you are a smith, I would like you to be in charged of crafting the equipment and items out of this operation. I have contacted members of the miner's guild here in Cerak and they agree with our terms." He always included his fellow miners in any decision making that concerned their well being.

Nearby, Ellsa, the miner he'd saved observed quietly but she said nothing for the time being. She merely watched her Blue Orc and how he operated, she was learning. A great deal about diplomacy and how to deal with the outside world's dealings.
 

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It was a cryptic response, and one that Asel did not truly understand, but it was response enough. Perhaps he was being secretive about his discovery or his sources. It would make sense if the material were truly as powerful as he claimed, and he didn't know Asel well enough to trust her.

Her head and antennae perked up as he offered her control of the local crafting operations. Perhaps he did trust her, then. The normally inscrutable insect was, quite literally, buzzing with excitement. Short, intermittent bursts from her wings and quick twitches of antennae, and she gnawed at nothing in the air.

"You betcha she's a smith! The best there is." Midge chimed in. "And we're more than happy to handle any crafting duties you got." She looked to the bee suddenly, with a rather disgusted expression. "Really? ...Ok... she says that she'll help mine too until there's enough to work with." Midge had been hoping to return to the surface.

Asel, nodding to Nosdyn in thanks and acknowledgment of his kindness, moved to the wall and picked up a heavy pickaxe with easy. She observed the motions of the other workers, and started to chip away at the stone herself. Her form may have been off, but her endurance was tremendous.

Midge did not want to just stare at Asel mining all day, so she floated around until, out of lack of any other form of entertainment, asked Nosdyn "So... you're blue, too, eh"
 

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Nosdyn listened to the pixie's question...he'd never seen the like of her having been in a mine most of his life.

He found the questions she asked of him surprisingly welcome. He nodded towards her. "I don't know my own people." He explained to Midge as he worked the ore himself. There was a quota to meet. He looked at Midge and Asel at that point studying her technique. He observed her work. "Try this way." He said to Asel, and showed her an adjusted stance with the mining pick. Nosdyn was an expert miner by that point, and many would consider him a master miner. But Nosdyn would not consider calling himself a master ever.

He looked at Asel and Midge. He reasoned that Midge spoke FOR Asel. He looked at the curious pixie and kept a soft smile on his face. "How do I explain this...I have no past." He said to her. "Mining is ALL I have ever known." It felt somewhat sad to explain to the outsiders that his life had literally been stolen from him and he'd been thrust into slavery. He tried to explain to them the best he could though, he was trying the best he could.

He looked at Ellsa who also worked nearby her own mining pick. "She is a good friend. A companion, we worked together and became free together." Nosdyn explained to Midge and Asel. "We fought for many moons to earn our freedom." But mining is all I know... He thought to himself. There were other matters to discuss, and he made idle talk with Midge as he worked, being certain to entertain her and her friend. There wasn't much in the ways of entertainment in a mine, but he was trying.
 
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Asel observed Nosdyn's demonstration of a more proper stance and, sure enough, the task was much simpler after that. Her wings buzzed once in delight as she became more comfortable with it, it was not so dissimilar from hammering at a forge! The ringing of iron was replaced by the clink of stone, but she enjoyed the rhythm all the same. What was more, there were others mining too, and her tune was part of a greater melody.

Midge listened to his answers and found them surprisingly intriguing. Perhaps it was the vagueness of his response, or the drama of a history in bondage. Maybe she was just way more bored than she thought. Whatever the case, she enjoyed speaking to him.

"From what Asel's told me about her people, they sound kinda similar. Most of them work nonstop for pretty much nothing. Only difference is they don't seem to mind... a whole lotta nonsense about duty to their queen and whatnot. She didn't like it, but she thinks she's the only one that left." She looked at her insectoid friend with an expression of both admiration and sympathy.

She looked to Ellsa, who hadn't spoken yet. "Aye. Name's Midge. What's your story then?"

Asel continued to chip away at the stone, happier than she'd been in a while.
 

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Ellsa blinked a moment when Midge addressed her. She nodded after that with a small bow of the head towards the two of them. "Hey Midge, well met." Ellsa said calmly. She motioned towards Nosdyn. "He saved my life, he saved all of us him and a mutual ally did. We had no freedom up until we had to make a decision to win it." She said calmly. "I owe my loyalty to him." Ellsa explained to the curious pixie. It was hard to explain how she truly felt about the Blue Orc named Nosdyn. Maybe words didn't really suffice.

Nosdyn mined a few more samples of the ore and filled a nearby container, something like an ore container the miners used to move precious ore around the mines to be manufactured and processed. He listened to what Ellsa and Midge spoke about. He smiled at that point...the feelings he held for Ellsa were genuine. Thay'd fought and bled together a warrior only truly knew another warrior they fought alongside with. Nosdyn wiped the sweat off his brow, hours had passed. He looked over towards Asel and nodded at her. "We've got enough ore for now...it's been hours now." He didn't want to over work his new friend.

Nosdyn kept rations and supplies with him at all times.

He handed Asel a waterskin that she could share with Midge as well. It got hot that deep in the mine whne you were working manual labor. Especially near ore that had properties of heat. The waterskin was filled with fresh water. "Have to keep the third at bay when working long hours." He told Asel calmly. "You never realize how much fuel a body actually needs until you're doing hard labor." He liked Asel's healthy work ethics, she was willing to get her hands dirty.

As Nosdyn stood there he smiled at Ellsa at that point. "We've all earned a break let's go back to the main chamber and regroup." Nosdyn said calmly.