Another Brick in the Wall

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Another Brick in the Wall
« on: March 11, 2017, 04:27:49 PM »

The past year or so had been a whirlwind but not necessarily in a good way. Melaine had barely stepped away from her Offering to the Darkness when her family had begun to push for her to be named ruler of Dharo. No one had bothered to ask her whether she was ready for it or if it was what she actually wanted... they just pushed forward and before she even knew what was happening, a small war had broken out and she found herself thrust into the center of it all. That was the last thing she had ever wanted but there was no stopping that ball once it had begun rolling. In the end, it had left her sitting upon the throne of Dharo as she tried to fill her Court with more than those that had been linked to her before all this began. After all, it was her goal to try and mend fences with the House of Lagana and its supporters and that was something she couldn't exactly do if she only surrounded herself with those that supported her family. If others wished to join her Courts and they passed Solomon's background check, then she was more than happy to have them within her Court. Leonidas of course thought she was insane... but that was only because he worried about spies or the like.

Another one of her goals as Ruler of Dharo was to make sure that the rebuilding of the damaged towns and villages happened as swiftly as it could. All in her Court were expected to lend a hand and she hoped that the others responsible for the war would step up and do the same. It was the least they could do really... That was why she was currently in the Irenaeus District with a large portion of her Court and the District Court, trying to clean up one of the villages that had been hit the hardest. A lot of the males had taken to repairing the buildings and structures while a number of the women had taken to making sure that the citizens had enough food and clothing to survive the cold temperatures of winter. Melaine had started with the latter group, but her desire to do something more to help led her to one of the homes where they were repairing a wall. "How can I help?" she asked curiously, hoping that they wouldn't just say she should go back over by the others.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2017, 11:47:22 PM »
Marcos Perros
don't let me die here

For once in his life, Marcos could say he actually had no idea how long it had been since he had told Melaine about his Ebon-Gray Jewel. He knew that he needed to give Melaine her space, and that was exactly what he had intended to do. He wouldn't push her, he couldn't, he was far to worried about loosing her. Loosing Melaine was his greatest fear, he had been lucky to find his Queen and he honestly had no idea what he would do without her now.

Thankfully, after the war there was plenty of work to be done and Marcos had both the physical strength and the Jewel capacity to help out. Marcos had been working in a certain area for the past few days, repairing one of the walls. He tried to refrain from using his Jewels, although most people in the Court had gotten use to his Red, it still made most people uncomfortable, plus all the physical activity helped him work through his anger at himself. He should have trusted her. But there was no going back now and Marcos had to live with the decisions he had made.

Marcos had been so absorbed in his work that he didn't even sense when that Melaine was close, he actually had no idea that Melaine was so close until he heard her voice behind her. Marcos whipped around, coming face to face with the last person he was expecting to see, Melaine. His eyes widened in shock, for a brief moment before he regained his composure. "Lady Melanie" He paused for a moment, not sure exactly what to say to her. Their last conversation had not gone so well, and he didn't want to seem like he was pushing her. "We've just been rebuilding this wall, I'm sure that there is something you can do.. is there anything in particular you'd like to do?" He wasn't sure what to say to her, but he didn't want to make things worse between them.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 07:36:13 PM »

For a brief moment, Melaine had been so wrapped up in what they were doing and her desire to help rebuild what had been damaged during the war that she hadn't even thought twice about walking up to Marcos in order to inquire about what she can do to help with the actual rebuilding. It wasn't until she saw the shock in his eyes, albeit briefly, that she was reminded of the fact that things were not normal between them. She had been so focused that the hurt she felt and the fact that she didn't know if she could trust him anymore had taken a back seat to getting the job done. His surprise only served as a reminder of the fact that they hadn't really spoken much, or spent any time together really, since he had told her the truth about his jewels. The fact that he wore the Ebon-gray meant nothing to her really when paired with the fact that he had lied to her for so long. It wasn't like she hadn't known he was dark and that was something she had come to terms with long ago. The lie was taking time.

Laine tried to keep the small frown from appearing on her lips at the reaction, though wasn't certain she was successful. Most people hadn't realized that there was anything wrong between the two of them yet, but reactions like that would certainly clue people in. Her brothers knew of course, and her cousins considering they were like her sisters. It was easy for them to notice the change and she had needed someone to confide in afterwards. Those that did not know them well though wouldn't have even noticed the distance that had grown between them. He had given her space like she had requested and she was thankful that he had understood her need for it. The fact that they were now having this conversation didn't change where they stood really... but she wanted to help and he could show her what to do. Duty came first.

She shook her head lightly when he asked if there was anything in particular she wanted to do because there really wasn't. She just wanted to get her hands dirty instead of simply handing out the donations and taking care of people. That was making a difference of course, but actually helping with the rebuilding would make more of one. "I just want to help with the actual building so whatever you think would be good for me to do."

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 12:51:34 AM »
Marcos Perros
don't let me die here

Marcos watched Lanie carefully as he spoke, there was so much that he wanted to say to her, but he had said everything he could and now it was a waiting game. They hadn't talked since he told her about his Ebon-Gray Jewel, he hadn't even told anyone else about their conversation yet, but he was guessing he had. Her brothers and cousins had been treating him different. He suspected they weren't overly impressed with him for hiding that fact from her, and Marcos couldn't blame them for it. If his sister had been in the same position he imagined he wouldn't have been impressed either.

But he had made his bed and now he had to lie in it. He hoped that the space would give her time to start to heal then Marcos could work towards gaining her trust again, because there was nothing he wouldn't do for her. When Laine realized who she was talking to, Marcos couldn't help but notice the small frown that rested on her face for mere seconds. It felt like it had been a long time since their talk, but obviously Laine still needed more time. He couldn't help but feel like more weight had been dropped on his shoulders. He was responsible for this and he hated seeing her in such a mood. She, like himself, had lost the chance to be carefree at a young age but she didn't deserve what he had done to her.

He would just have to make it up to her, he wouldn't give himself any other choice. Turning back to look at the work they were doing, Marcos thought for a moment, trying to decide what job to give her. He didn't want to give her anything too easy, but he didn't want to give her the hardest job. Of course he could always use his jewels to help her out and none would be the wiser, but he didn't want to tread down that path yet. He suspected if he did that and somehow she did find out what he had done he would have been in even more trouble than he was now. "We are just working on redoing the bricks on this wall, you could come help us there." Marcos gestured to a wall that they had just starting working on. It wasn't the more thrilling job but he didn't think it would be too easy or too hard, a nice medium.

Heading over the to wall, Marcos leaned down to grab a brick, "Have you ever done this before?" He didn't think that Laine would have any experience building walls, but he wasn't going to assume. He had assumed she would have feared him over his jewel and he hadn't been right there, so he had learned his lesson.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2017, 07:10:43 PM »

Speaking to Marcos again certainly brought up all of the feelings that she had been trying to ignore ever since she realized that he hadn't trusted her enough to tell her the truth. That had hurt more than anything. It wasn't like they hadn't known each other for years. She understood him not wanting to tell her back then... she certainly wouldn't have been mature enough to handle it. She had been nervous around him when they first met since he had been so vastly darker than her. That nervousness had faded though and she had thought they'd grown close. She had thought that things were different with them... that she could trust him and tell him pretty much anything. Now she was left feeling unsure about whether or not that was actually the case... and she did not like it.

Now wasn't the time or place to dwell on that. This outing was about the people that had been hurt during her family's war and making sure that they were taken care of. She certainly hadn't wanted the war after all. She had been perfectly content waiting until they could find a more peaceful way to sway the vote in the Areopagus. She hadn't felt ready for the responsibility that was now settling firmly upon her shoulders, but her family hadn't seemed to care all that much about what she had wanted. She couldn't fault them for that though... not really. The Callas' had been trying to get back to the number one family far longer than her lifetime and the House's needs always came first.

Laine watched as he contemplated what to have her do and once that decision was made, she followed him over to where he gestured. Bricklaying... she could do that right? It wasn't something she had any experience with, which was why she shook her head no when he questioned if she had done it or not. "But I'm willing to learn." It couldn't be that hard right? Not to say that she thought it would be easy, but it certainly wouldn't be the most difficult of jobs that people were doing out here. She thought she could manage it and if not, then Laine wasn't above asking for help. She wanted to do something more hands on though, to actually take part in what so many were doing instead of simply handing out goods with some of the other ladies of Court. This was a way she could do that.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2017, 03:35:05 AM »
Marcos Perros
don't let me die here

Well, Melaine really wasn't saying much, but at least she was talking to him. Marcos knew just how badly he had messed up, and he wished he could change it. He wished more than anything that he could change it. He knew that Laine had been scared of him at first, which was perfectly understandable, but how much would have changed if he had told her sooner? Recently they had been getting closer and Marcos knew he was developing feelings towards her, that wouldn't have changed, but if Laine had known all along that he wore an Ebon-Gray would she have ever seen him as more than the dark jewelled Warlord Prince?

He knew now that him having such a dark Jewel wouldn't have changed things, sure if might have taken longer for her to adjust to him but he would take that over their current situation. He couldn't stand seeing her stand there and look at him, hurt. He knew he would have to get over it, eventually. She had asked for space and he was doing his best to give her that, but if space didn't help then he would just have to accept whatever her decision was. It would, of course, make things between them so much harder but Marcos cared for her and he would live through it for her.

Turning his focus to the wall Marcos grabbed an extra tool for Laine, using craft to float them in between them so that they didn't have to bend down and pick them up. "It's not a hard job, just repetitive." Grabbing a brick, Marcos started laying it, taking his time and explaining each step to Melaine. He glanced at her face a few times, but her face had gone serious and Marcos knew she was focusing on something. What he wouldn't do to see her smile once again. He couldn't believe how much he missed her smile, it was strange how you only realized how much you missed something once it was gone. But he still had hope that they could get back to that place some day. It wouldn't be an easy road but it was one he was more than willing to travel.

As he finished his explanation, he looked back at her "That's the very basics of it. Any questions?" Marcos had never had to explain such a job to someone, so he was hoping he had done a good job explaining things. It might take her a few tries to get into a pattern but Marcos knew that she would be able to do this job.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2017, 03:12:01 PM »

Melaine watched as Marcos went through the steps of what she would have to do in order to help rebuild the wall and though it didn't seem particularly difficult, it certainly didn't look like it would be easy work either. She could use craft to help of course if she got tired, but she really didn't want to use it if she didn't have to. When he asked if she had any questions, Laine simply shook her head in response before taking the tool that he had for her and starting to do as he had shown. It would have been all too easy to continue working in silence, considering the fact that she wasn't really ready to forgive him for the lack of trust or to face up to some of the thoughts that had been lingering during the time that they hadn't spoken to each other, but remaining silent didn't really feel right either.

Besides, she didn't want anyone outside of her family and her triangle to know that things were a little bit strained between them but the obvious lack of communication in such a public place would likely start rumors and gossip that neither of them really needed to deal with. Her family's enemies were certainly looking for any reason to cast doubt upon her court and they would take even this small disagreement between them and turn it into something much bigger. Or maybe she was simply looking for an excuse to speak with him while she had a chance and didn't have to worry about going back into everything that had been unsaid between them last time.

"So... how have you been?" she asked as she placed another brick into place and started laying the mortar for the next one, focusing on her work instead of on him.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 09:16:35 PM »
Marcos Perros
don't let me die here

As he finished explaining how to lay the bricks Marcos had honestly been expecting Melaine to just focus on her work and ignore him. He couldn't blame her, not really. He knew now how he had hurt her. Of course he had kept the secrets for his own reasoning, his past working against him, but he realized his mistake now. Melaine was his Queen and he should have been up front with her right away.

But he couldn't change the past now, all he could do was try to make amends and hope that the Darkness would be grateful and Melaine would forgive him. He wouldn't be surprised if she never forgave him, if seemed like the type of cruel joke that would be played on him. Find his Queen, finally start to feel like he had a home, only to have it all ripped out of his grip. Yes, that fit perfectly with the story that was his life.

But now wasn't the time or place to focus on everything that was wrong with his life. If he wanted things to improve he should think positive, even if it was hard. But Marcos had spent his life living through hard situations, and they just seemed to keep getting worse. Maybe he caused the trouble himself, no one else seemed to go through everything he had. He didn't like to think he was the type of person that created drama, or enjoyed hardship but looking back on his life it was hard not to admit that trouble and drama seemed to follow him around.

He had been focusing on laying the bricks in front of him, but it was hard with Melaine so close. It felt like it had been so long since he had been this close to her and he wanted to savour every moment, he wasn't sure when she would let him this close again. He watched her out of the corner of his eye, just wanting these moments to last. Even with everything going on between them, it was soothing having her so close, she was after all still his Queen.

But it was also hard, he knew how she felt and as much as he wanted and needed to be soothed by her, it wasn't something she could do right now. Taking a deep breath Marcos tried to calm himself, now was not the time or place to loose his control, there were far too many people around.

But when Melaine broke the silence, Marcos looked up at her. He was confused, but his face didn't show it. Was she starting to forgive him? Or was this for appearances? He didn't know exactly who knew about them, and he wasn't sure how many people she would want to know. Because as much as he liked her, Marcos knew his jewels gave him some political sway. No one wanted to offend a Ebon-Gray Warlord Prince. Trying to soften his face, he replied, his voice soft "I've been ok." As much as he wanted to say more, he didn't want to make her feel any worse "How have you been?" He wanted to know, he wanted to know everything that had happened to her since he had last talked to her, but he didn't think she would give that information up.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017, 07:48:31 PM »

Had she been wrong to try and start a conversation? Were they not in a place where she could do that? Melaine knew that things were strained between them but she had only been thinking about how that might look to her enemies, which was why she had spoken. The fact that he simply stared at her for a second after the words had left her lips made Laine question whether that was the way to go or not though. Perhaps he wasn't ready to speak to her, even though she was the one that had the right to be upset considering what he had lied to her about for so long. Would he answer or would he simply continue to stare at her as she focused on laying the bricks like he had shown her instead of looking at him? It just hurt too much since all she could think of when she looked at him was the fact that someone she had bonded to so strongly hadn't trusted her.

Laine was beginning to feel a little bit anxious, though that eased a little bit when he finally responded. Granted he hadn't said much... He had been ok. That was something that a person said when they didn't really want to get into it or when they were speaking with a passing acquaintance. Had they really gotten to the point where they were going to treat each other like they barely knew one another? It hurt her more than she wanted to admit, but she knew that now wasn't the time or place to dwell on it. He had hurt her by keeping something so important from her and she had pulled away and asked for time. If they had reached the point where they couldn't even talk without formality and unfamiliarity in their words... well then she was partially to blame for that as well.

"I've been well," she responded when he asked, though she supposed well might have been a bit of a stretch. Laine had been busy and trying to focus on anything other than the conversation she'd had with Marcos that had caused the divide between them in the first place. "Just been keeping myself busy with all of the things that cross my desk because they need my attention or interviewing to fill the few gaps left in the Court."

Thankfully there weren't many. She was still trying to find a Court Seer, which was proving to be more difficult than she had originally thought. So far no one felt like they were the right fit or some of the ones that probably would have been fantastic for the position had ties to the Laganas and therefore didn't even apply for the position. Laine was trying so hard to mend the divide that had caused the civil war in the first place, but there were so many others that seemed content to leave it there. It didn't make her any less determined of course, but she realized how big of a mountain that would be to climb. Besides that one role, most of the spots were full finally. She had brought on a Steward shortly after taking the throne and he seemed to be working out well. He was from a lower House, but that didn't make a difference to Laine really. As far as she was concerned, anyone that was willing to serve under her and work with her would be welcome in her Court, regardless of their allegiances or family names. She wouldn't tolerate those that tried to undermine what the Court was working towards though.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2017, 08:47:28 PM »
Marcos Perros
don't let me die here

Even as he spoke, Marcos knew that his answer wasn't ideal, but he wouldn't lie to his Queen, not again. He had always thought that honesty was the way to go but he had been so worried about Laine being terrified of him that he had decided to keep his descent from her. It had just seemed like the right decision at the time, and he HAD meant to tell her sooner, but the timing just never seemed right.

Of course the timing would never haven seemed right, but there was nothing he could do about that now. All he could do was do his best to make it up to his Queen. So far, that had been keeping his space, which had been hard enough. Each day had seemed to drag by, and Marcos could swear that he had been counting the hours since their last conversation. Of course, he hadn't actually but he knew exactly how many days it had been. It had been far too long.

But Marcos would do anything to make it up to Melaine, and if they meant not talking, he would do that. He did have some company though. Almost right away Marcos had taken a liking to Laine's niece, and with Marcos and Laine not talking, she had been pulling him away more often. Marcos was wary at first, knowing that Leo would likely be nervous about it all, but Marcos found it hard to resist the little girls charm. He also had other things to focus on, such as rebuilding, but no matter what he did Marcos couldn't help but think about Laine. He knew he had cared for her, but he hadn't realized just how much he had cared for her until all of this had happened.

So it made Marcos hopeful, now that Laine was talking to him. Yes, the conversation was not deep, but it was a start. He was glad to hear that she was doing good though, he couldn't handle it if she had suffered in some other way. He knew that it wasn't easy becoming the Territory Queen so young and he didn't want to make that any harder for her. "Are you any closer to finding a Seer?" He knew she had not found the right Seer yet, but he was hoping she would find one soon. It was important to have a court, especially as the Territory Queen. "I wish I could be of some help, but I know you will find the right one." He was confident in her, Marcous would have served her because he was bound to her, but since coming to know her, he had seen all of the qualities in her that made her a good Queen.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2017, 07:05:37 PM »

Upon hearing Marcosí question, Melaine shook her head slightly. She had been interviewing a number of people but no one seemed to be the right fit. There had been a Black Widow that had expressed interest in the position, but considering she had been unable to give any reasons why she would be capable of the job, Laine just couldnít see giving a stranger the job. So instead she had offered the Widow a spot in one of the lower circles and continued her search. She was certain that there would be someone out there to fill the role and if not, well a Court Seer wasnít required for a Court for be considered whole. "If it is meant to be then it will happen and if not, well at least I know that Iíve tried."

Once the brick that she had been laying was in place, Laine stood up straight and brushed a strand of hair out of her face. It had been a long day so far and certainly not an easy one. The sun was beginning to disappear beneath the horizon, which meant there wasn't much more that could be done. In about an hour the light would be too dim to work by without craft and the people who had been laboring all day would need a break. She had hoped to get more done but it seemed like they had at least made a dent that day. Her court would certainly be hungry after exerting so much energy, which was why she sent a message along the threads to her head cook in the hopes of having a meal prepared when they arrived back in a couple of hours. They would certainly need to recharge after all of the work.

"Do you think we'd be able to get this wall finished before the sun goes down completely?" she asked Marcos since it was easier to focus on the task at hand instead of trying to make small talk. That had never been something that had been needed between them after all, which simply made it feel all the more forced right now.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2017, 08:15:29 PM »
Marcos Perros
don't let me die here

It hurt Marcos, not knowing what was going on with Melaine. They had become close friends over the years and to suddenly not be able to talk to her was something that bothered him in ways he never expected. He wanted to repair their relationship, wanted it to go back to what they had before but as time ticked by he was starting to loose hope. If he had been a more optimistic person he would have believed that Melaine showing up here was a sign, but he knew that it was just an accident.

Although Marcos didn't have a title beyond being in Melaine's first circle he still cared about the people that took those positions because they had a huge impact on Melaine and her well being. It wasn't huge deal that Melaine had not found a Court Seer yet, that was one of those positions that you wanted to be picky about but even Marcos knew that it would be good for her to find one soon, especially with the current events. Civil war had just burdened everyone and a Court Seer could help provide Melaine insight on how to best handle the situation and give her clues as to what might happen in the future. But picking the wrong Seer could also cause problems so Marcos understood why Melaine was being picky. Which was why he just nodded at her response. Melaine was a Queen wise beyond her years and Marcos had absolute faith in her.

So he focused back on his work, despite wanting to talk to her about everything he still wanted to give her her space. Maybe all the space would help them in the end, at this point Marcos was just glad that he was still in her First Circle. As Melaine spoke again Marcos looked up at sky, to determine how many more hours of day light they had. But he didn't think that hey could finish it before night fell. Looking back to Melaine Marcos shook his head gently. "I don't think that we will finish it before nightfall." Not at the rate they were going anyway. Maybe more experienced people could finish it but neither of them had the experience to work fast enough to finish it. But regardless of how much they got done, Marcos knew that the most important thing was that Melaine got to do some work. "We've gotten a lot of work done today though." Every little bit helped and Marcos knew that Melaine wanted to fix it as soon as possible but with all her duties it was hard for her to get out and do any work on the ground.

Not knowing what else to say Marcos focused back on their work, Melaine must have wanted to finish this wall, and he would do his best to help her. But all too soon the daylight was fading and they couldn't get any more work done. The wall was almost finished too. As all the workers started to pack up Marcos looked back up to his Queen. "Would you like an escort back?" He wouldn't blame her if she refused, but there was no way he wouldn't at least offer.

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Re: Another Brick in the Wall
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2018, 08:49:59 PM »

When she had asked the question, Melaine had already known the answer. That didn't mean it was any less disappointing to hear that Marcos agreed with her. It broke her heart to see how much damage had been done to villages in her name, despite not wanting any of it in the first place. She had been trying to rebuild and help the places that had seen the worst of the fighting but it was taking longer than she would have wished. It didn't mean she would stop the effort, but it saddened her to know that people were going to continue to struggle because there simply weren't enough hours in the day.

"I know we have," she responded after he commented on how they had gotten a lot of work done that day, though the disappointment in not being able to have done more probably rang true in her voice. She was trying though and her Court was doing their best to make things right after the war. Granted, not everyone in her Court agreed that it was their duty to do as such, but they were nonetheless because it was what their Queen wanted. She could only hope that it helped to bridge the wedge that had been driven through the Dharoan people during the war, but only time would be able to tell if that were the case.

Despite knowing they would not finish, they continued working in silence as they pushed as hard as they could just in case they were both wrong in their assumption. They got further than she had originally expected but it was still incomplete as people started to pack up in preparation for returning to the Court. It was at that point that Laine heard Marcos ask if she wanted an escort back and though there was a part of her tempted to say no, that she would find someone else to head back with, the words just didn't seem to come. It was more awkward being around him right now than it had ever been in the time they'd known each other, but despite everything that had been happening between them, she didn't want to hurt him by saying no. Besides, it was within his right as a member of her Court to insist upon providing an escort, especially after she had expended so much energy on the rebuilding efforts. "If it wouldn't be too much trouble," she responded as she brushed her hands off onto the pants she wore and realized she would probably need to make a stop to see her cousin for a salve to put on the callouses that would likely be present by the morning.

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Witchlight is loosely based upon the Black Jewels Series by Anne Bishop though it has been adapted and expanded by our members. All lore, characters, and writing belongs to the members. Site graphics & custom codes were created by the staff. A special thanks to Wolf & Katarina for all their help with the planning of Witchlight and the writing of the base lore.

May 2018 Featured RPG