Upon his return, Haukea gathers as many messengers as where available and sends them to gather the people of Khelek as quickly as possible. They were to gather in front of the official residence for very important news. He stands outside and waits for them to gather.
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Post by Northen Light36 on Sept 2, 2006 18:41:14 GMT -5
A large crowd of Ice types, some who have Wind children slaves - the gift from the Clears to the Ice - with them, soon gather where they've been told to. All the whispering to those around them and wondering what is going to be said. Did they get the riddle right and what does the dragon want?
Creeping to the edge of the crowd Shyn held her breath. The dragon had amazed her and terrified her father, an added bonus in her eyes. She hoped that her people had answered the riddle correctly. As much as she disliked most of them she didn't want them hurt.
Satisfied that all who could come have done so, Haukea addresses the crowd, "My dear Ice-kin, with a heavy heart I bring you this news- in order to prove our worthiness to the dragon and the Elements that formed this world, all those who can travel must leave our beloved Crystalands and tour the world. I will be going on this tour as it is my duty as leader to feel the same fate as my people."
"I know this is sudden and harsh, but it was made all too clear that there is no choice. The dragon's reasoning was that we must go to free ourselves from stagnantion and so that it will know we stay for reasons other than tradition, for what comfort that gives. It is said that if you love something very much, you must let it go or leave it for a short time and if what you love remains waiting for you, you will be able to see it loves you too."
Creeping away from the crowd Shyn cursed her Ice sign and her father, not for the first time. Walking carefully, even as she hurried, hoping not to be seen, she planned what she would do. Go home, grab her things and run. Fast.
Haukea, having finished his speech, returns inside to wait for questions or protests to be recieved. Stunned silence was not what he'd expected at all...
"There is so much to do in this single lifetime and the dragon, while creating more work, gives a welcome sign the time is nearly at hand. But for now, let the Ice enjoy their 'sweet, concerned about each single one and humble' Master."
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 4, 2006 9:57:51 GMT -5
"And why should we?" one angry man's voice rises out of the crowd. "Are we to be herded like sheep on the word of this... this foreign, alien creature? It could be a trap! Perhaps while we are gone, the dragon wishes to destroy our homes and eat all those who are left behind!"
"No. I never said we are to be 'herded like sheep' and I am merely asking you to cooperate. Would it please you more to address the dragon itself for its reasoning? To hear it swear that no harm will befall those who remain? Tell, me..." He pauses, narrowing his eyes. "Is destruction what you fear or is it the unknown? I am prepared to give orders, but now I am requesting and trying to see both sides of the issue."
"Looking at it that way, I am a fool. Why was I so easily taken in?
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 4, 2006 19:44:35 GMT -5
Nobody is really all that eager to jump forward and go face to face with a dragon, especially if it had an ulterior motive that was being guessed to. Neither, though, did many wish to leave the comforts of their home...
"Will we get to bring the slaves?" one luxury spoilt minor noble inquires curiously.
Shyn stopped in her tracks, that man could have been her father's duplicate. "Will we get to bring the slaves?" That... that... thing! She fought the urge to whirl around and find who ever had said it.
Haukea blinks, somewhat surprised by the question.
"Not the slaves that were gifts or inherited, only the ones, if any, that you captured by yourself," he answers before returning to the topic at hand. "The migration isn't perminant, we can return as soon as we have seen each of the other lands with the exception of Reave. Perhaps a total of 56 days at a moderate pace, counting taking a day to rest and explore each major city before returning."
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 5, 2006 18:54:56 GMT -5
The crowd resumed their complaints, those owning the slaves that had been a gift from Jokull (who had gotten them from the Clears) whining about not wanting to leave good labor behind. Some of the people just looked plain frightened, and bewildered, and a very small minority seemed please. More, though, were the upset, and they were feeding off one another's protests to build up their anger.
Haukea sighs, hating to chance his mind but seeing the lack of choice.
"Very well... You may on four conditions: That you complete the task, treat your slaves as well as you do at your homes, do not break up known families and you explain why they must come with you. Is that reasonable? I did not include taking the slaves along because the order was for us and not them and I thought that you would wish to have them keep an eye on the city or those who stayed. Perhaps I was wrong, but there must be a reason why."