in the places I wasn't meant to be
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Samuel Wordsworth
Book maker/seller
Portal Calibrator
Age: 27 | Height: 5' 5" | Race: Ascended | Nationality: Natural
Level: 6 - Strg: 19 - Dext: 17 - Endr: 19 - Luck: 19
MIA - Regular - Ragdoll Cat
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#1
When everything and everyone
Becomes my enemy
In the interests of finding something in the endless blizzard as quickly as they could, Sam and Nate had split up with an agreement to meet back near the portal in an hour. He was looking for anything interesting, anything that could show him a hint of somewhere the Voice might like to see - he felt there was something here, not the city. Something wild, in the mountains, that had to be seen.

He felt the cold in an odd, impartial way; no bite in it now that his pain had been removed. It made it easier to take each step, though he still hugged his arms and chattered his teeth, habit and his body knowing that the snow whipping around his head was freezing.

Hopefully, he would not run into anyone here, in the middle of nowhere; he could just explore for The Voice as needed then go back to the Hollowed Grounds, ready to deny he had ever been there if anyone asked. With the 'portal guardians' instated, he felt like he had to be constantly one step ahead; especially as most of them were far more powerful than he. Having lost sight of where it was he had been trying to head he was still for a moment, kneeling down to make sure his shoes were still holding up against the wet snow.
There's nothing more you can do
I'm gonna blame it on you
SAMUEL
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
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the darkest nights produce the brightest stars
Amalia has not yet come to love the mountains.

Perhaps if they had been introduced in a different way: less fraught, less bloodshed, less responsibility and deepening conflict thrust upon them all. She ought to love them, wants to, if not for herself than for those she loves. She wants to share Deimos and Kiada's enthusiasm for the towering peaks and frigid cold, the endless ice, the blanketing white.

She wants to, yet she can't.

She's too distracted by the future it might lead to. Portals and blights, death and decay, tasks from gods old and new- it is enough to keep her anxious mind occupied, too busy to delight in this vast open world. Her forays into Halo, then, are less about a sense of adventure and more a sense of duty. It is for this reason she is here today, clothed in fur and padded feet built for traversing just such terrain. She had intended not to stay long, not to go far, not to do much more than linger.

Then she caught the scent.

She recognizes it easily. She has been around Sam her entire life, even if only peripherally, and the predator in her has no issue distinguishing his aroma in this barren place. Still there is something in her that lurches and shifts as he wafts into her nares, desperately scrambling to escape, to avoid the inevitability of this poorly wrought encounter. There is no world in which her following him results in anything but hostility, no way to reconcile their ever widening differences. She does not want to fight, not today, not ever... and yet there is a brightness in her, too, hot and jagged, tempered steel, as she thinks back to the blight. To the role he had in spreading it then.

She sets out on his trail.
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Samuel Wordsworth
Book maker/seller
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When everything and everyone
Becomes my enemy
His shoes were wet, but showed no signs of wear yet; the material would last for a while more of walking through the snow-covered mountains. Sam stood back up and tried to peer past the whipping snow to see where to head. Eventually with a shrug and a sigh, he began to walk in the same direction he had been going again, figuring he could at least backtrack.

At least if he got lost, he didn't have to worry about starving.

Every now and then as he walked he got the sense of being watched, would turn his head and scan the environment behind him; yet each time he saw nothing but the endless expanse of white ground and flurrying snowflakes. Perhaps it was just his paranoia resurfacing - after all, now he had four definite enemies (three, really, given Remi didn't seem to be taking on his role) there were things to be worrying about.

Trying to put it out of his mind, Sam kept walking.
There's nothing more you can do
I'm gonna blame it on you
SAMUEL
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 30 - Dext: 29 - Endr: 29 - Luck: 30
JYOTI - Mythical - Starwhale (Humpback)
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the darkest nights produce the brightest stars
His scent is strong despite his nature, strangely metallic and electric in the air- but it's the shock of red hair that makes him obvious, sets him apart from any other. She, by contrast, is nearly invisible in this terrain, camouflaged in a body built for snow: she is ice, and she tries to tell herself she is the same within, despite the thundering of her heart.

Approach him or wait? This is the thing that taunts her, the decision she cannot seem to make. It feels almost dirty to watch him from afar, strangely voyeuristic, predatory and ill at ease. She is not accustomed to stalking prey, as natural as it feels in this form- and more than that, the idea of having prey at all causes her stomach to flip and boil. She should show herself, confront him directly, demand answers for this action and the countless others, the sins he has committed against their world.

But what if he is in the process, now, of undertaking another crime? What about if (when) he lies: about his intentions, about his Goddess, about the schisms that gape between them, the two born into this same world yet chosen for such greatly disparate things.

No, she will not confront him yet. She will continue to follow, a wraith in the snow, a shadow on his heels, her footprints leaving no trace of her presence, her senses and suspicions on the highest of alert.
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Samuel Wordsworth
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When everything and everyone
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No matter how much he tried to keep his focus on walking, Sam could not shake the feeling of being watched. He felt there were eyes on him any way he turned, no matter how much he pulled his hood over his head. Stopping and turning to look over the blizzarding horizon as closely as he could, he chewed at his lip, wondering if The Voice would save him if he was hurt in the process of doing her work.

Of course she would, right?

Right?

Just to be safe, he activated his barrier, the electricity shockingly bright in the midst of the snow. "Is...someone there?" He asked out into the air, figuring it was best to confront now rather than risk an ambush later.
There's nothing more you can do
I'm gonna blame it on you
SAMUEL
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 30 - Dext: 29 - Endr: 29 - Luck: 30
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the darkest nights produce the brightest stars
He sees her- or he senses her, at least. In a way Amalia is relieved: it makes the next decision easier. She'd been agonizing over whether or not to reveal herself to the man, whether it would cause him to behave differently, to hide, but if he already knows he is being observed there can be no harm in confirming his suspicions.

She hasn't come here to hurt him, after all. She just wants to know why.

The leopardess emerges from the snow slowly, paws crunching quietly and softly enough to not avoid leaving footprints. Through large dark eyes she stares at Sam, her body taut with coiled grace. She could strike him if she wanted, stop this madness here and now. How many would she save from this game, by removing such a key player?

What cost would it take upon her soul?

The girl who stands before the Ascended is not a huntress, not a killer. As she shifts she becomes simply herself: Amalia Chandrakant, friend of his sister, a familiar face as they grew up. And he is Samuel Wordsworth, always quiet and shy, never joining their games and antics, and they are children of a snowglobe world thrown out to the wolves and cast in a war passed down to them from generations past.

"Hi, Sam," the baker says softly, her face half-hidden behind a long red scarf. It is the calm before the storm, she knows- but oh, she wishes it would last.
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Samuel Wordsworth
Book maker/seller
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When everything and everyone
Becomes my enemy
There was a moment of silence and hesitation where Sam thought perhaps he had just become over-paranoid, that he was letting the sound of falling snow become something horrific in his mind; then he saw the leopard begin to appear from the white. Frozen in place with surprise and fear he stared, unsure what to think.

Then as Amalia shifted the fear took over. Since hearing of the 'Portal Guardians' he had found himself building up confrontations with them to bigger and bigger nightmares in his mind. Jigano he was sure would be hesitant but would hurt him in an effort to stop him doing his work, and Amalia? She was devout to the Old Gods. Faith, when it was working against you, was terrifying.

His hands frozen, fingers slightly bent, at his sides, he watched her approached with clearly nervous eyes, expecting her to start slinging accusations right away. When she instead simply greeted him it threw him and he stuttered out, before he could think about it: "H-hello, Amalia, um I...d-didn't think I'd see you here...?"
There's nothing more you can do
I'm gonna blame it on you
SAMUEL
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