Thelon is greeted at the door to the senate chambers with a deep bow from the guards. They open the door quickly to allow him to make whatever haste he needs to. There is not structure in Obsidian that rivals the senate chambers other then the mountain itself. When he steps in he sees in the center sits Avani with Tzilil to her left side and the elected official for the plants on her right. There are also several balcanies that line the walls above their waiting point. Within these are the elected senators all representing their particular part of the earth tribes. Avani stands as Thelon approaches and bows deeply, almost as if she were the guest.
"Master Thelon, what a pleasure it is to see you... my senate and advisors made great haste to get here when they heard a man of your stature had arrived, I apologize for letting the cat out of the bag and telling them but I thought you deserved the best reception we could give you."
She rose from her bow and looked Thelon in the eye with a bright smile on her face.
"Now, you said you had urgent buisiness good sir. Feel free to say whatever you wish in these chambers... there are no secrets hidden from my people. That is the one thing I ask you to put up with."
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 15, 2006 16:56:56 GMT -5
Thelon nods and replies, "I understand, I hold much the same stance with my own people. Milady Avani, I wish I was here under better circumstances. I regret to inform you that the Clears have managed to gather a formidable army and are sweeping across the face of Naruta as we speak. These people have Lord Shadow and apparently Lady Cascata under their comman. Lady Lya and Lord Damien have forged an alliance, and I've thrown my lot in with them. We're mustering all the strength we have to finally crush this threat. Jokull has sided with the Clears and nobody knows where the Storms stand in all this now that their leader has been taken. I beseech you - no, I beg you - help us."
The smile that was on Avani's face but a moment ago seemed to simply fade away. She very weakly, almost to the point of simply falling, sunk into her chair. She had thought of what the worst possible news could be and this surpassed it by far. She sat silently for a while, Tzilil held her hand on Avani's shoulder. She spoke very weakly.
"Please... just call me Avani..."
That was all she could think of saying, the senators of course erupted in their numerous debates all throughout the forum... it could be seen if one listened that the vote was split in three directions. One said help immediately, one said build a military and defent the mountain, and the third favored pacifism. It was Tzilil who was first to find her words.
"You do understand that the Earths have no true standing military... just the warrior monks and the personal guards of Avani herself. My monks can cut through anything of course," she smiled a cocky smile for a moment, "but the earth types have been pacifist for so long, will the other military powers be willing to work with our formations, with our battle strategems? They don't even know what we are capable of, which I promise you is a lot. I just want to know whether or not my men and women will be throwing their lives away fighting for those that do not care for us."
She stared intently at Thelon. She didn't want his word, she didn't want him to give conjectures, she wanted promises. She knew it would be difficult for him to give such things... but she worried about what the two latter parties did, if they went to war did they have a realistic chance of victory.
(OOC: My apologies just wanted to make sure there was no confusion... but I guess my use of their names before hand kinda gives that away, sorry again.)
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 16, 2006 6:01:04 GMT -5
Thelon clasped his hands behind him and matched Tzlil's stare with a hard intensity. "Madam, were it just your people and mine, I would assure you that the Minds are more than capable of adapting to any situation. We are versatile fighters and can play upon the weaknesses and strengths of any elemental - or so we've been brought up to believe. I cannot speak on behalf of Lya and Damien though. From what my studies and history have shown me, the Fire types do not bend their style to any other elemental. They are fierce, passionate warriors that seek swift kills and repeated strikes with hasty retreats over anything else. The Winds are pacifists much like your people, but I've noticed they go for defensive maneuvers, fighting from a distance and keeping that distance intact." He pauses for breath and to gather his thoughts before continuing, "I suppose I am getting a bit long winded here. Lives will be lost. It's unavoidable. But it will not be for nothing." These last few words were spat out with a touch of harsh anger that belied the cool appearance of the Mind Master. "I have lived with them, worked for them. You underestimate..." He pauses and looks up to speak to all of the Senate now, especially those that prefer pacifism. "You underestimate their ambition! These people are mad, absolutely stark raving mad. They don't want an army, they want the world. What's worse, is they have the power to achieve their dream. There's five people - FIVE people out there causing all this destruction and bloodshed and pain for untold amounts of people. I tell you now there's a whole city of sick, twisted Clear slavers. Once these five prove that they can make a mockery of us all, just what do you think the rest of those Clears will do and say? It will be an epidemic, there will be no reprieve. Naruta, as we know it, will enter a long and grueling era of slavery." His emotions laid bare, Thelon felt oddly spent, and was forced to seek a place to sit.
Tzilil stood tall with a hard stare at Thelon... she was about to strike back with a poisoned tongue. Before she did so though Avani made a motion that told Tzilil to stand down. She rose from her chair again, weakly this time and walked up to the master of the minds.
"We will help you... I will send Tzilil and her warrior monks and my own personal guard... I will reduce to a skeleton crew for this task. This is not a threat we can ignore. I will also send several herbalists, they are the best healers you can find when a water type can't do the trick."
She sighed sadly and looked to the ground, she was shaking violently... looking like she could collapse on the ground. She turned around one more time.
"I guess it is time for the earths to come out of hiding... I guess the world will finally see what we are capable of. Master Thelon, discuss the details with Tzilil, she shall lead the military. Minister," she turned to the man still standing where he was before, "Your people entrusted you with a great task, I will not force you to involve them... it is up to you. If you do send me the best herbalists you can spare."
Even after she said this though without a word he bowed deeply and ran off to do exactally as was asked of him. The cogs of war were turning, and the earths will be there in their full strength.
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 16, 2006 17:29:58 GMT -5
Thelon turned towards Tzlil, sensing the heat of her anger - at least that's what he supposed it was. "I have no quarrel with you, madam. Your leader is wise and good from what I can see, and has passed judgement accordingly."
Avani turned to whisper into the ear of Thelon. She said silently to him.
"Tzilil is a girl with much hatred in her heart, as a mind I am sure you can feel it without even looking into her thoughts... I am about the only one she will not flare up on. She will not be making the big decisions though trust me... and her abilities in combat are unparalleled."
She then turned to Tzilil and gave her the orders to get the military ready, it was a way to keep her occupied until the march began. It would take several days for the army to reach wherever they go.
"Do you have anything else you would like to discuss Lord Thelon? I will help all that I possibly can... although I fear I am a little out of mind at the moment though. Oh, and do you have a safe path so we can go through the beastlands? I don't want to have to fight in order to get to a fight."
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 16, 2006 20:27:23 GMT -5
"I will return after delivering word to Lya and Damien and lead them myself," Thelon assured the woman. "My community lives in the Beastlands - Bestiamens if you've heard of it. I'll gather up my men from there and nothing short of Faolan himself will be able to stop our combined might."
"Excellent, I pray you stay safe and I will give Tzilil the order to follow your orders to the punctuation. If I tell her directly she will give you no troubles, promise... you will be able to find them at the gates of Obsidian when you are ready. May the Earth Mother protect you."
She turned about and walked towards the direction she needed to go to find Tzilil, making sure to keep her pace slow so she is always in prescence until Thelon took his own personal leave.
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 19, 2006 17:52:05 GMT -5
Somewhere in the Gaian Caves, near Obsidian, Thelon teleports with the mass of his people, others teleporting to other locations of Mount Humontis they're familiar with and hurrying to rejoin the bulk of the community. Thelon looks about ready to drop, and his people pratically jump to support him, but he merely holds his head and waves them off, then walks, a little less regally, back to Obsidian with his people behind him.
One can see the armies of Earth gathering, although not large in number they were obviously an elite bunch, Tzilil stood at the head and was giving some final instructions to the men and women who would be sent to follow her. One of her men pointed to the approaching minds and she immediately turned around and stood at full attention.
"The forces of Earth's pact have assembled. We are prepared to do whatever is asked of us."
From the side of the formation approached Avani leading a horse by foot. She approached Thelon nervously... almost like a little girl afraid to ask a stranger for a favor.
"If you don't mind... I would like to come along, Tzilil will still be acting commander, I just wanted to be there first hand. The senate has voted and decided it would be all right if I leave the Minister of the plants at the helm during my abscence so..."
She was wearing a heavy cloak and as she looked at her feet it clouded her eyes. It is because if someone were to see her eyes at the moment, they would see all that she had been doing since the news was announced. The worry, the anxiety... everything else not becoming a leader would be seen through her eyes in an instant.
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 19, 2006 18:06:26 GMT -5
Thelon bowed low to Avani and said, "Milady, it would be an honor to have you at my side." Once those words were spoken, the other Mind types clasped their hands and bowed their heads in polite acknowledgement of Thelon's decision.