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Tarasha
Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Hand of the Queen / Baker
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Amalia
Better late than never, that's what Amalia tells herself.

She has not been back to the Greatwood since her last conversation with Delah, what feels like years ago. It had proven too difficult, then, for their groups to work together, and in the interim Amalia had fallen to other preoccupations, growing complacent and distracted.

Now, though, she is focused again, ready to go back to work- to prove herself in the face of failure again and again and again.

She stands respectfully on the outskirts of the village, having adopted her leopard form. It's one some of the fae recognize, by now: nobody has been there so often, after all, harassing Delah and the tulmhainar. She told a child she was looking for Tarasha, a fae who Jigano had mentioned as being part of the Loreseekers now. Tail wrapped around her legs, the leopardess sits impatiently, not noticing the horns that grow as nubs on her forehead, the anxious way she paws the ground.
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you got a pretty vision
It is not often visitors come to the Sidhe village, mostly by design. The news of the Grounder at the villages edge reaches me before her request does. Why would she want me? Have I somehow offended someone in my brief forays into the greater part of Caido? Or is this a good visit, though for what I can’t imagine. Regardless of the reason though, I am going to respond. I’m too curious to ignore it, as much as good sense tells me to.

I do take my time though. A moment spent preening, making sure the dyed lines on my skin are crisp, that my hair is somewhat tied back. I am covered in ink and pigment, splashes of colour over my clothes, but there’s not much I can do about that.

When I arrive at the edge of the village, my eyes pass over my summoner at first glance, expecting someone in a human shape, not an animal. Who else would it be though? I barely keep from shaking my head at myself, and approach the big cat, my wings keeping me just aloft enough that my toes barely touch the ground. ”Are you the one who asked for Tarasha?”
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TARASHA
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Hand of the Queen / Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 12 - Strg: 34 - Dext: 34 - Endr: 35 - Luck: 34
JYOTI - Mythical - Starwhale (Humpback)
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Amalia
The fae woman does not take long to arrive, though in the interim Jyoti has managed to collect a small group of children who chase her through the streets, gleeful and awed by the little starwhale that has come into her midst. The leopardess watches with a degree of quiet pleasure, happy to see her companion at peace.

She doesn't notice the fae approach until she is upon her, voice sharp as any the girl has heard from their winged neighbors. Turning quickly, Amalia blinks in surprise before nodding her acknowledgment. She shifts with ease, rising up onto her feet and looking down at the smaller creature. This is one of the few fae outside of Delah she's actually spoken to, and suddenly the Shield feels anxious and shy. "Ah... I believe so. You're a Loreseeker, right? Jigano told me. My name is Amalia. I was hoping to ask for your help."
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you got a pretty vision
I am not terribly surprised by the woman who shifts out of the big cat, though she is still a stranger to me. The forms seem to fit together hand in hand, angles interlocking into a full picture. It is when she speaks that I am surprised, an eyebrow rising as I lean in, focusing on the words she says, trying to piece the request together before it's said. I don't succeed, but my interest is piqued. "I am a Loreseeker, yes. You are..." Before I can decide between foolhardy and brave, I remember what Jigano had said about an Amalia.

"You're the one with the books, aren't you?" I can't help the excited words, my wings all a-flutter as I lean in, only just keeping myself from reaching out to grab her hands. "Safrin's books?" The clarification is unnecessary really, but I need to hear it be said. Before I can promise any of my aid to bring them home where they belong.
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Hand of the Queen / Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 12 - Strg: 34 - Dext: 34 - Endr: 35 - Luck: 34
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Amalia
You are... She isn't sure what the Fae initially planned to say, but Amalia can't imagine it would be anything complimentary. When inevitably what comes out is the one with the books, the Shield raises her brows in surprise, trying to school the excitement that thunders in her chest. "Um, yes. Well-"

Rubbing her hand over her wrist, Amalia worries her lip with teeth. "That's what I came for - to ask for help with the books. Safrin, she asked me to move them from her library in Sanctuary here, to the Undercroft. But they're a little, ah... difficult." She winces, remembering the attacks from the shark book, how they were separated by the portals. "She thought the Fae might be able to help move them."
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you got a pretty vision
The smile that crosses my face is sudden, almost too wide. ”Of course the Silver Lady wants them here.” Items so precious could belong nowhere else but safeguarded in the halls of their rightful caretakers, after all. I cock my head at the mention of the books being difficult though, a single brow rising in confusion.

”Difficult how? Awkwardly shaped? Hostile?” Every little bit of detail helps, and feeds into my interest, my imagination running amok with ideas for transport, storage, with ideas of what precious knowledge these books could contain.
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Hand of the Queen / Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 12 - Strg: 34 - Dext: 34 - Endr: 35 - Luck: 34
JYOTI - Mythical - Starwhale (Humpback)
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Amalia
They share a reverence for the Lady of Stars, it seems, which sets Amalia a little at ease. Unable to keep her own adoration from her face, the Shield simply nods - yes, it does make sense. The Fae are far more equipped to manage renegade books than any human, after all.

"Not hostile but... aggressive." Trying to pick her words, Amalia hums a little. "They... grew defensive when we tried to move them. One attacked us, one vanished, and one let us out into different portals. My friend came through the Mathair.

"There's more down there, too. A room that wants to be asked questions, and a great consciousness somewhere down below, maybe a whale of some kind. Do...do the Fae know anything about that?"
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you got a pretty vision
"Aggressive, I repeat, head cocking to the side as I await more clarification. What comes only intrigues me more. "I see. Perhaps not aggressive then, but defensive? I wonder if there is some sentience, or if this is merely a reaction to being touched by hands other than their masters." I match the hum, a hand coming up to tap at my chin. "Do you know if the vanished one came back? And the portal, it was only temporary, correct?" The last question has more to do with the villages security than anything else, though it is still endlessly interesting.

"I can't say I have heard of anything like that. Though, our knowledge of the lands outside our woods has grown a little... stagnant." I am referring solely to the lack of access caused by the barrier of course, nothing else. "I could try to find out. Did Safrin offer any advice beyond coming and talking to us?"
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Hand of the Queen / Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 12 - Strg: 34 - Dext: 34 - Endr: 35 - Luck: 34
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Amalia
"I don't know if it came back. We were... removed... pretty quickly." She tilts her head, wondering. "And the portal book... it let some of us step into it. They saw the portal system, where it went. And they were able to see where the next one would open - in Halo." Which, she thinks, would be useful for guarding said portals in the future.

She resists the urge to scoff at the understatement about the Fae's knowledge of the world outside the Greatwood. Truth be told, the Grounders are not much better. Shaking her head, she glances off in thought to where Jyoti swims among some children. "No... only that the books are sentient, and teachers in a way. And that your people might have some better knowledge of how to move them... or how to get their permission to move them, I suppose."
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