{se} Trees in a Storm
Hotaru Kaito
the Valkyrie
Masseuse / Headmistress

Age: 33 | Height: 5'2 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: King's End
Level: 3 - Strg: 38 - Dext: 38 - Endr: 54 - Luck: 40 - Int:
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#1
Hotaru
Tonight, you look so lovely
It's your eyes that define me
Hotaru had intended to visit Maea while leaving an offering for Ludo, only to realize after talking it over with Sunjata and Talyson that no Old God shrines remained in the Grounds. While it would have been easy to invite Maea to King's End to accomplish the same thing, Hotaru had once lived in the Greatwood, and her fondness for it - as well as its geographical closeness to the Grounds - had encouraged her to establish Ludo's Woods as their meeting ground instead in the letter she sent.

Now, she is sunbathing in the patch of sunlight filtering through the otherwise oppressive canopy overhead, hands planted in the earth behind her hips and face tilted up toward the sun. Her mountain lion tail and ears sprout tawny-gold, distracting away from the newness of her golden glow and shifting, gossamer hair. In this patch of sunlight she looks like she always has; happier yes, but unchanged. If she were not waiting for Maea she would have fully shifted, but too many large cats prowl these woods as is, and she couldn't be certain that the Ancient would have known it was her. So instead she lets the rays overhead hypnotize her into an almost meditative state, tail moving lazy and pleased through the leaf-littered grass as she waits for her companion to arrive.
Hotaru has a passive magic that makes her glow with an internal golden light; it makes her appear youthful and her hair seems to look like moving sunlight. Can only subtly illuminate dark spaces.
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Maea Valair
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#2
Maea
The invitation had come as something of a surprise. While the desire to keep in touch had been mutual, she never expected anything to be done about it save for a letter once in a blue moon. Maybe catching up over some state function, or in passing. That she was called out to the Greatwood - and Ludo's shrine no less - had her both curious and somewhat anxious about what the Valkyrie's intentions were.

The intentional breaking of a twig announced her arrival before the slender frame emerged through the trees. Even in the sunlight a ghostly quality lingered over Maea, especially these days when spirits were abundant; their whispers a moan upon the wind, a shiver down the spine, a presence at your back. But her smile on seen Hotaru was entirely bright; warm and quietly admiring of her friend's radiant beauty. It was some view she was treated to - some pride she took in being associated with such a golden being.

"You put the sun to shame," she murmured by way of greeting, amused by her own snabbt showing; ragged coat, ragged clothes, hair a tumbled mess of moonlight gone astray into the dazzling daylight. Yet she didn't mind. Everyone deserved an accent to make themselves stand out, one way or another.
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Hotaru Kaito
the Valkyrie
Masseuse / Headmistress

Age: 33 | Height: 5'2 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: King's End
Level: 3 - Strg: 38 - Dext: 38 - Endr: 54 - Luck: 40 - Int:
Played by: Brit Offline
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#3
Hotaru
Tonight, you look so lovely
It's your eyes that define me
One tawny ear twitches and swivels backwards at the snap of a twig, and Hotaru's head tilts in the same direction with a lazy, sun-soaked grace that belies her confidence in her ability to defend herself. A few blinks to banish the heat-red of the sun behind her eyelids reveals Maea, and Hotaru is pleased to see her smiling so openly. Her own comes to her lips immediately in response, stretching her spine leisurely before sitting up properly.

A flush of pleased pink sweeps across her cheeks, accepting the compliment with a titter of flattery as she stands. "You flatter me, darling," she sighs lightly, though her eyes shine with gratitude as she crosses the leaf-strewn clearing to stand before Maea. Here in the shadows it's clear the glow is more unnatural, the sunlight of her hair no longer easily dismissed; but even so, her hands are as they've always been when they hold themselves palm-up toward Maea, inviting the woman to place her own upon them. "I have big news to share, and I was hoping to tell it to you while I made an offering for Ludo." She has little experience with the herald herself. While Maea may no longer be an expert given her forcibly altered allegiances, it feels right to have her at her side as she does it. She only hopes it will not be painful for the other woman.
Hotaru has a passive magic that makes her glow with an internal golden light; it makes her appear youthful and her hair seems to look like moving sunlight. Can only subtly illuminate dark spaces.
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Maea Valair
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Age: 29 | Height: 156 cm / 5'1 ft | Race: Ancient | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
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Maea
"Is it flattery to speak the truth as I see it?" the Ancient woman mused, her tone lilting playfully. Her eyes widened with surprise as Hotaru brought the sunlight with her as she approached, and there was a reverent sort of hesitation in the way Maea fitted her palms against the Valkyrie's. Unsure of the source of the new radiance, afraid it might somehow dim or go away if she touched it.

But no. The glow remained, and her curiosity mounted with painful intensity when her friend mentioned big news. Her first instinct was to glance down at Ru's belly; but it told her nothing new. Only affirmed that she was diligent as ever in her workout routine.

"Of course," came the immediate answer, as Maea looked up to meet Ru's two-toned eyes. "What is going on? Does it have anything to do with your new look?"

Pressing gently against the woman's palms Maea backed her up into the sunlight again, smiling all the while. Only when their shadows had shrunk into faded pools about their feet did she look around, taking in the shrine to her most favored Herald. "I've never been here during the day before. It looks rather different in the light." No less special or impressive, just... warmer, she supposed. More like Mort, or at least how she imagined the god of Death to be. "Are you offering for some particular reason?"
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Hotaru Kaito
the Valkyrie
Masseuse / Headmistress

Age: 33 | Height: 5'2 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: King's End
Level: 3 - Strg: 38 - Dext: 38 - Endr: 54 - Luck: 40 - Int:
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#5
Hotaru
Tonight, you look so lovely
It's your eyes that define me
Seeing Maea playful and confident is a pleasant change, and Hotaru can only titter and concede with a pleased smile and a flush of self-assured satisfaction on her pretty face. An expression that becomes playfully deadpan as Maea looks straight at her stomach, lips twitching helplessly as she tries to keep her face reproachful even when her shoulders shake.

"No, not that," she laughs, smile finally breaking through. "Sunny will need to properly go down on one knee before I even think about that." Which is perhaps strange given the way their relationship looks from the outside - sleeping with clients together and apart - but she had laid claim to his heart and his alone, and until they devoted to one another permanently she would not even consider bringing another life into the world.

Hotaru lets Maea guide her backward, blindly trusting and sunlit radiance strengthening as it washes back over her skin. "It is related to my appearance though. Frey asked me to be their demigod, and I accepted." There is a reverence to her tone that might seem out of place to those unaware of how faithful a woman Hotaru is, but it's clear how happy she is with the offer, the acceptance, the change. Even if she does not linger or expand upon it, allowing Maea to ask her own questions and contend with her own reactions. Instead, she looks out over the woods and the sunny glen she has chosen, and her smiles becomes softer, sadder. "The twins were born in the Greatwood. And Mort brought Enzo to us as a family, so we could say goodbye. I owe Ludo and Mort a great deal for that alone." She will remember her son's warm arms and last words until the day she meets him in Mort's realm.
Hotaru has a passive magic that makes her glow with an internal golden light; it makes her appear youthful and her hair seems to look like moving sunlight. Can only subtly illuminate dark spaces.
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Maea Valair
Hollowed Grounds Ambassador / Loreseeker

Age: 29 | Height: 156 cm / 5'1 ft | Race: Ancient | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
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#6
Maea
Turning a bit sheepish as the golden woman laughed, it was in good humor and after a moment Maea was laughing too. Admittedly, she did reel at hearing marriage and Sunjata being folded into the same sentence. Jarring, bitter, reminiscent of the tumultuous beginning and subsequent proof of how fleeting her own involvment with the Flood had been in the end, Maea hated the quick stab of black bitterness she felt. It had no place in this sunlit clearing. Had no place or purpose in her life either, because she had moved on. Was working towards change, a redo, a starting over that really didn't have anything to do with him at all.

Except, it would if she was serious about being Hotaru's friend.

She should say something, try to joke away the way her smile had faltered. But Hotaru spared her by dropping the tea with a suddenness that left Maea gaping.
"Wha- !" Who what, where, how - the stupified squawk continued a lot of sentiments. Mostly positive ones. Perhaps also something slightly nervous, but it was buried in the impulsive way the Ancient pulled Ru into a hug. One that would soften, and linger, when their presence here turned out to be a solemn one indeed.

"... I'm speechless," she murmured finally. "Do I congratulate or condole first? I had no idea." About any of it.
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