P3 - Loch Cinaed - Invitation and InfoP3 - Loch Cinaed - Invitation and Info3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Hello Students of Hogwarts and their families!
We here at Loch Cináed are happy to extend an invitation to any young people needing a safe haven from chaotic dangers currently overtaking our small island. I know many areas have been experiencing devastating bombing and there are few places one can truly call safe. Loch Cináed has, blessedly, been spared many of these tragedies. Ours is an out and away, but self contained, rural community, which has garnered little to no notice by the outside happenings of late. It would be remise of us to not extend our hospitality to others, especially to the fellow students and friends of my sons. I, and my dear wife, would be happy to open the doors of Rath Castle to all that want or need it.
Cináed James Giric MacRath
Some info on Loch Cináed
Loch Cináed is in very northern, very rural highland Scotland. What people call "the middle of nowhere" and as such is had been c
Mass Effect 2: Chapter TwoChapter TwoMass Effect 2: Chapter Two5 years ago in Settings More Like This
Beauty and the Beast
The next few days went by rather quickly. I usually stayed in my Lab. Nothing more to do than that. Miranda usually threw papers at me, telling me to research them. Some were repeated. I wondered if she knew she was throwing the same things at me. Either way, it gave me reason to visit Mordin in the Tech Lab, where he told me stories about my foster parents. That was usually the only thing we would accomplish, and then I would have to throw something together for Miranda. I was always curious why I was doing reports when there were other matters Shepard had in mind to be worried about.
I was also spending more time with the rest of the crew. Grunt was the Krogan that lived down in the Cargo Bay. He looked very brutal and angry, but as I got to know him more, he just seemed like a child. I had learned about how Shepard had released him from Tank Mother and how Okier had created him. He was a v
Chronicle~ Chapter OneChronicle~ Chapter One3 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Be home before dusk Kalia, I don't like the way these skies look today," Mum called after me as I tugged on my father's old gray Alliance jacket. I smirked as I slipped out the door of our bungalow without saying a thing back to her-
At the time I didn't realize how much I would come to regret this.
The old autumn air greeted me with a chill as the leaves dance around my worn combat boots. I looked around at the small settlement we lived in, at the long steel bungalows, the people going about their daily priorities, and at the Alliance flag that stood high in the middle of it all. Mindoir was originally set up to look like earth so that the Alliance pilots that came here before their first mission wouldn't feel so lost in the planet's vast gray skies. But about fifty years into the project the scientist noticed that the chemicals they placed in the core of the planet were affecting the people more th
The First Step - Ch3The First Step - Ch34 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter Three ~ Displays of Power
Standing in the large training room, Ilaria mused over her discussion with Irving the night before. After informing her of the stipulations on her remaining within the Tower she'd been sent off to rest. Sleeping in a soft bed for the first time in weeks left her looking forward to the day of testing. It had been months since she had done anything with her magic and she had the sensation of being cramped. It was as if her magical abilities needed to be stretched like her legs would need to be had she kept them curled beneath her for too long.
"Let us begin with your abilities in Primal and Elemental magic," Irving began. "Are you familiar with the manipulation of all the elements?"
Ilaria's fingers tingled with anticipation. Her fascination of elemental spells had made her exceptionally proficient in Primal magic.
"I can manipulate all the elements, but my stre
The First Step - Ch17The First Step - Ch172 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter 16 ~ Life Binding
"No! Wynne, you have to do something!" Ilaria cried. Flemeth was dead and Alistair lay motionless, broken and battered, blood slowly pooling around him.
Wynne sighed. "Ilaria, he's too far gone. I'm sorry but..." her voice cracked, "there's nothing I can do."
The young mage looked at the woman she'd come to respect as a mentor, a great healer. If she was giving up so easily then the damage must be even worse than she realized.
Fighting off panic, Ilaria ran through spells in her head finally settling on one she'd studied long ago. It was old magic from a very old tome. It had spoken of consequences but they had been unclear. Time had worn away what warning may have been there. But the knowledge would not have changed her mind now. A calm clarity settled on her.
"Zevran, bring Morrigan and the others here. There are extra vials of lyrium in my pack. Wynne will n
Chronicle~ Chapter FiveChronicle~ Chapter Five3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Alexander and I were sitting on our bunks in silence. My head was buried in a book I stole on biotics and how humans can control the dark energy. The book was written by a Conatix scientist which gave an extremely biased opinion on everything. Most of the words written on these pages were anti-alien political slurs. It expanded that biotics were something the Alliance should real in their biotics and use them for genetic experimentation as opposed to training them how to shoot a gun.
I shook my head casting the book to the side. Biotics didn't chose to be born this way, we had no control over our genetics. But to be called 'threats to humanity's very existence' and 'puppets for the Alien forces in human bodies' made my blood run cold. The book made me wonder how I would be taken in society, would people instantly fear me or despise me as much as Dr. Starichs did. I leaned back and held my hands in front of my face as they started to glow faintly in the dim lighting of the
Chronicle~ Chapter ThreeChronicle~ Chapter Three3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Head, throbbing uncontrollably as a high pitched buzz stung my ear. It felt like it had been beaten by a krogan rapidly. Every rib in my abdomen felt shattered, broken, and nonexistent. Around me voices were screaming as gunshots rang out above my head. My eyes wouldn't open no matter how hard I tried. There was blood everywhere. I could feel it on my clothes, in my hair, and on my face. It smelt of smelted metal, disparity, and pain. My mouth, once my greatest weapon, opened only to feel humid air rush into my lungs. It was as if my mind disconnected itself from my body, I felt alienated from myself.
Before I could even scream for help for anyone to come and save me I felt myself being hoisted into the air. Whether or not someone was carrying me or if it was by my own doing my almost lifeless corpse was being carried off towards the roaring of an engine. My eyes couldnt open. I could barely feel the arms that were lifting my limp body out of the mass grave. The arms curled
Chronicle~ Chapter 10Chronicle~ Chapter 103 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Alright just act casual and we'll go talk to Aria," Nova muttered as the two fugitives got out of the shuttle. Kalia looked around at the back space station and shook her head. The station resembles a jellyfish she saw back on Earth but brown. To say this place was dirty would be an understatement. Batarians and Vorcha were lurking in the corners watching the two as they walked towards the hangar doors.
Kalia glared at the Batarians. They looked amused by the small human girl and the Asari. Nova kept her head high as they passed through the hangar doors. There was a long hallway that had windows on one side leading out to the docks for ships. Kalia looked out at them in amazement; she had seen huge Alliance dreadnots before but nothing that big. Nova stood beside the human as Kalias grip tightened on the back she wore on her shoulder.
'There was blood everywhere. People were screaming as they ran in terror as the slave ships landed. Gunfire rang out throughout the settlem
The First Step - Ch10The First Step - Ch103 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter Ten ~ Jowan
Three days had passed since arriving in Redcliffe and the early rays of dawn found Ilaria pacing back and forth in her room. The handsome Bann Teagan had agreed to allow her to visit Jowan in the dungeon but she had been unable to bring herself to do so. She was running out of time. They were leaving Redcliffe the next morning. She desperately wanted to see her friend but was torn by the feelings of betrayal left behind after his escape and her aversion to speak of Neria's death. She knew she would have to tell him. Deylan had barely spoken to him after finding him alive in the dungeon over a week prior and not at all since returning from the Circle.
She stood at the open window, the cold morning air steeling her, and watched the sun begin its climb into the sky. As the last of the bright orb left the horizon, she took a deep breath, pushed away the dark tho
The First Step - Ch4The First Step - Ch44 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter Four ~ The Harrowing
Cullen always hated these nights. He'd only been a templar at the Circle for a few years, but he'd never quite gotten used to the Harrowing. And tonight it was Ilaria, the petite little Tevinter mage that had shown up in Ferelden almost a month ago. Half a dozen templars, all in full armor, dragged her from sleep in the middle of the night, ordered her to dress, and then led her to the Harrowing chamber. Though she seemed disoriented at first, she quickly complied with the same grace with which she did everything else.
Her diminutive size masked a prodigious amount of magical power. He was certain that if she wasn't protected by Tevinter law that Knight-Commander Greagoir would have had her made Tranquil. Her impressive level of control was also a possible factor in that. Cullen hadn't seen any of the Circle mages able to cast elemental spells with the same kind of p
The First Step - Ch1The First Step - Ch14 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter One ~ Welcome to Ferelden
Characters: Anders, Irving, Greagoir, Cullen
This is not what she had expected.
She knew the Templars would be suspicious of her voluntarily turning herself in but she had never considered that they would be cruel. She'd been in Ferelden for just over a month when she entered the Chantry in Highever and asked to see the Knight-Commander. She'd waited patiently for most of the day for him to become available. When she was finally ushered into a small office just off the side of the Chantry, she presented herself as a Tevinter mage and offered her paperwork as proof. Several minutes passed while he examined her official travel papers. The silence began to make her uneasy so she explained that she was hoping to spend some time in Ferelden's Circle to study. She was unsurprised that he seemed uneasy but he was diplomatic and stated that he would have a Templar esc
Russia x Reader CRACK - The SunflowerRussia x Reader CRACK - The Sunflower2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Russia x Reader CRACK - The Sunflower
"Do I really have to do this Prussia?" You asked, a deep blush covering your face. "Kesesese~ of course, frau! You lost the bet after all." Prussia grinned at you holding a bag that contained your new outfit.
Prussia and you had made a bet. Whoever could eat the most wurst wins, and whoever loses has to dress up as whatever the winner decides all day. Well you lost, and now Prussia was here with his outfit of choice.
You grabbed the bag out of his hands with a scowl and stomped to the other room to change. After you were done, you slowly walked back to the room. Prussia's smirk grew to a full out grin when he saw you and he covered his mouth and rolled over laughing hysterically. You just stood there, humiliated, dressed as a big, yellow sunflower.
"He had to choose today?!" You muttered to yourself, angrily. Today there just happened to be a world meeting and you knew that Germany would hunt you down if you didn't show up. You walked a
Fish BlanketA giant lump of pastel blue microfiber had been planted on the center of the bed, frozen. Pale orange, simplified silhouettes of goldfish dotted the mass in wanton arrangements; long strands of mocha peeked out of the folds closest to the foot of the mattress.Fish Blanket3 years ago in Sketches More Like This
"'Kota," Kaidan wandered passed the cabin doors and slowly approached the blue fish-blanket. "Hey,"
It stirred to the sound of his voice and the tired, worn face of a woman gradually emerged. Her chocolate eyes were heavy and lined with dark circles; she visibly strained to lift them and hold his gaze as a thin smile pulled her lips.
She looked like a mixture of hell and death warmed over.
He sunk into the edge of her bed and she shifted, stretching and curling across the covers like an inchworm, dropping her head into his lap the moment she was able. Dakota balled up a little tighter in her blanket, shivered, then stilled. The back of his hand rested along the length of her neck and he brushed a knuckle just below the hinge of h
Turian Headcanons pt 1Some headcanons I've developed for the turian species, including their speech pattern, mating habits, and details about their plating. My reasoning for is included in italics.Turian Headcanons pt 13 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Spoken language is reminiscent of Latin, uses primary vocal cords
Sub-language consists of two types:
-------phrases: sounds that are not spoken words but can be assigned a spoken meaning. These will cause static over a translator.
-------vocalizations: sounds that convey a mood and are not directly translatable. These can be heard even with a translator running.
Spoken language is almost always accompanied by underlying sounds that further emphasize ideas or tones. Species that do not use undertones in their speech do not currently have software capable of translating these sounds. Unlike elcor, turian vocalizations are sounded out too rapidly to be translated in any way. However, translators can be adjusted to filter over the sounds so that a non-turian listener could
The First Step - Ch2The First Step - Ch24 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter Two ~ Acceptance With Conditions
The Templars, Cullen and Adair, escorted Ilaria to Knight-Commander Greagoir's office on the ground floor of the Circle Tower. Her hope of being given the opportunity to clean up first was quickly dashed. Though, in all honesty, it was wishful thinking at best. These Ferelden Templars were nothing like those in Tevinter. The Tevinter Templars were cautious around mages but treated them with a great deal of respect. Ilaria was beginning to wonder why she thought she might even be given a hint of that respect in a nation whose primary faith taught that mages should be unwillingly locked in a tower because of an accident of birth.
Greagoir's office was utilitarian, to say the least. There was a large, solid wooden desk in the center of the room, a few chairs and a bookshelf. The only decorations visible was the Templar coat-of-arms hanging over the mantle an
Chronicle: 26Chronicle: 262 years ago in Settings More Like This
~One Year Later~
Kalia was busy chopping carrots in the kitchen when the door slipped open and the pitter patter of tiny feet came running in. She placed the knife on the counter as a smirk formed on her face. She heard the footsteps getting close and she turned levitating Zayn in the air. The little boy looked to be three but in reality he was a bit over a year old. His light hair was replaced with black and it was shaggy covering his left eye. He laughed as Kalia rolled him in a cocoon of blue light purple biotic energy. Liara wasn’t far behind baby bag full of clothes hanging over one shoulder. Liara looked exhausted as she leaned against the kitchen island.
“He’s gotten so big!” Kalia laughed as she lowered Zayn to the ground. Zayn reached up stealing a carrot then ran away towards the living room.
“A year will do wonders, Happy Birthday Kalia,” Liara said as she removed a lig
Chronicle~ NineChronicle~ Nine3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Kalia felt cold. She felt cold and empty as she sat there in the corner of the cell she was now sharing with Kaidan. The two didn't speak to each other, they barely looked at each other. Kalia sat there looking through the glass at her cell where an Asari was sitting on the cot meditating.
The Asari was tall and thin. Her skin was light blue like the skies on earth and got lighter on the top of her forehead and her horns on the back of her head were an even lighter blue. Her eyes were a dark violet and matched her jump suit. She had white markings on her face, those similar to the Asari Councilor.
Kalia wondered where she came from. No Asari would just give up their child for this, and if they did they were surely insane. Kalia tilted her head back and rested it on the wall with her legs stretched out in front of her. Her chest tightened as she coughed violently, ever since they brought her in breathing was a challenge. Air would get caught in her throat in the middle of
The First Step - Ch15The First Step - Ch152 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter 15 ~ Ashes For Eamon
During the journey back to Redcliffe, Morrigan was true to her word and began to teach Ilaria shape-changing. Ilaria had always been a good student of magic and most spells came easily to her. Shape-changing, however, seemed to be the one thing she was unable to grasp.
"No! You have to let go of your form," Morrigan stressed again. It was obvious she was getting frustrated. Her usually short temper had become shorter and her scowl had gone beyond her usual grimace. "You have to let go of what you are to become something else."
Ilaria was frustrated. She'd gone through the steps over and over again and had been unable to get her form to vary at all. She was now exhausted from repeated attempts. Her head had started throbbing dully sometime back and now her eyes had that itchy, need-to-sleep feeling. She rolled her neck from side to side in an attempt to loosen stiffening muscles.
Morrigan sighed. "Think of the animal
Rock Me (Ianthony Fanfic)Anthony's POVRock Me (Ianthony Fanfic)2 years ago in Sketches More Like This
The crackling of the fire, the intoxicating mixture of sea water and beer bottles all around us. The bright stars and moon lit the area the fire hadn't reached near us.
Everyone--our friends, family, even film crew-- were celebrating because we had finally finished Food Battle 2009.
It was pretty hectic. Every time you messed up a line I would laugh, sending everyone into hysterics. I admit; my laugh is pretty funny. But even as you tried and tried again on those lines, you couldn't help but chuckle again as the film crew continued giggling behind us.
After awhile, stern glares were thrown your way, but you only laughed. "I-I'm sorry!" you'd giggle. I'd try to hold in my laughter, but failed miserably. We'd be sent into fits of giggle all over again.
I was surprised that we had it finished on time. I thought it would take a bit more time to finish, but after editing for over 5 hours I was done. You were impressed with my "skills" and told me to hurry and upload it, before
Chronicle~ 16Chronicle~ 162 years ago in Settings More Like This
-Kaidan's Point of View--
Kalia was looking around the Citadel with an amazed on her face. Those light green eyes lit up when she saw the cars flying through the levels of the Citadel. I couldn't help but laugh at her as she nearly walked into the AI. The hologram Asari simply shuffled her image but then reformed after Kalia apologize to it.It seemed that Kalia had let her impossible to breach guard down for a few moments and became human. She kept on smiling at me and occasionally asked what something was. Every Time she asked she would look down blushing seemly embarrassed off her ignorance of the station.
I stuck my hands into the pockets of my jeans as we walked along the commons looking at the different stores. Kalia didn't talk much but she did make small comments about the different shops. I tried to keep from casting my glance at her for more than five seconds so she wouldn't notice.
"Kaidan what is that?" Kalia asked as she pointed to a fruit stand. I smiled and
The First Step - Ch5The First Step - Ch54 years ago in Settings More Like This
The First Step
Chapter Five - Solitary
Ander's watches Ilaria, his head resting in her lap, as she tells another story about her adventures with the Bella Serata Faire. She does her best to keep the storytelling to a minimum since it makes the templars shifty but Neria is persistent. Neria has become the little sister to their little group: Anders, Ilaria, Neria, Jowan and Deylan Amell. Everyone dotes on her and protects her. She's sitting at Ilaria's feet now, eyes bright and smiling. Jowan is sitting in a chair nearby, occasionally asking questions. Deylan, ever serious, is also sitting nearby but with a book in his lap, pretending not to listen. This is the closest to family Anders has gotten in a long time, not that he would admit that, of course. The templars would just find a way to take it from him like they did everything else.
Ilaria drew them together. Jowan and Neri
Chronicle~ 14Chronicle~ 142 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Doctor Chakwas?" Kaidan called as he walked into the med bay.
Chakwas was sitting in her high back chair next to the bed Kalia was occupying. The young women was sitting up with her back supported by large pillows with a bowl of soup in her hands. She and Chakwas were smiling and speaking in hushed tones in between Kalia's coughs and spoonfuls of soup. Kalia turned to look at the biotic and her smile slipped away.
"Don't leave me."
Kalia shook the memory away and quickly averted her eyes from Kaidan. Chakwas whipped a tear from her eye and smiled as she stood.
"Lieutenant Alenko what can I do for you?" She said in her accented voice. Kalia noticed how much the doctor had aged in the twelve years she was gone. Her once dark hair was all gray and her blue eyes were haunted by memories. The skin beneath her eyes was sagged and she had crows feet in the corner of her eyes.
A lot had happened to each of them in the last twelve years.
"Commander Shepard said that you need sleep
Chronicle~ Chaper 12Chronicle~ Chaper 123 years ago in Settings More Like This
~Ten years later~
Kalia sat in a chair overlooking Omega with a cup of coffee in her hand and glasses sitting on the bridge of her nose. She didn't need glasses but wearing them made her feel somewhat normal. Nova was out doing some hacking job for Aria while Kalia sat around nursing a few broken ribs from the last job she did. Kalia had gotten stronger in the last ten years so much so that she was able to take down a rogue Asari Matriarch without so much as trying. The Matriarch got a few good shots in, breaking two ribs and breaking six. Medigel just made it worse so Kalia decided on letting them heal the old fashioned way but her patients were growing thin.
Kalia shook her head as she scrolled down on her datapad. She was looking over the roadster for her new assignment. The Blue Suns had been good to them over the years, the protected Nova and herself, paid them well, and made sure no one outside the highest ranks of the Suns knew about them. Straichs was far