Lady Ivy “Xantara” Swift ~ Gia Panta // High Command// Vaco’s private chambersIvy. Ivy wake up.
The Demi-goddess stirred. She felt something furry rubbing against her face, and opening her eyes she found Tallis looking down at her. As soon as she had been sure Commander Vaco had left the room, the brown, orange and white tortoiseshell had wriggled out of the bag and curled up on Ivy’s chest while she slept, keeping watch over her. However as she noticed the elf girl begin to wake, the cat had given her a nudge.
Ivy sat up suddenly as she remembered what had happened, staring around her. Wait, Xantara, before you do anything, Mune’s been trying to get in contact with you.I have.
Mune’s voice chimed in telepathically. The Commander wanted me to give you a message.
The kitten explained the situation to her, showing her it’s memories of what had happened while she’d been asleep. Thanks, Mune.
Her brow furrowed. Well I guess we’ll listen and see what he has to say. It’s…interesting to say the least.
She looked around her. And the fact that he hasn’t locked me in a cell or anything…that’s interesting too. Considering who I am…it’s very kind of him.
Tallis looked up to her questioningly. So do we trust him?
Ivy stroked the cat’s back, running a hand through her fluffy coat. Maybe. He’s with the Empire, but…I don’t know, there’s something different about him. And I see he’s been good with you, Mune. I think we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt….at least for the moment.
Ivy turned at the sound of knocking and raised voices. She motioned Tallis to climb back inside the bag, as she crept quietly over to the door that led into Vaco’s office, listening carefully. Her sharp elf hearing could pick up every word clearly. One of the Undead Lords…that’s not good.I guess it was to be expected.I’m scared.Shhh, it’s ok Mune. There’s nothing to be scared about.
Ivy wondered. Hmm…should I go out there and stir things, do you think? Or should I stay here…choices, choices….
She held a thoughtful hand to her lips. After a pause, she said telepathically, …I think we should just wait quietly. Let’s just see what happens.
she spoke to Tallis and Mune.
She listened, frowning faintly. Avatar of destruction? That’s a bit harsh,
the Demi-god mused, as she continued to listen at the door. Gia Panta // Indolentia HQ // Ivy’s office
Ivy’s office was noticeably…different to the rest of the base. Stepping into it was like stepping into another world, almost. Patches of lush green grass and beautiful, fragrant flowers sprung up from every crack and crevice. The furniture was made of unfinished oak and a few other woods, cushioned with fresh moss, straw and leaves. Around all of the walls was a cross-hatched frame, similar to the ones you get in gardens…the very plant where she got her namesake entwined elegantly around it. Pens made from varies bird quills stood on her desk, amongst various papers and bottles. One noticeable thing about her desk, was that there was very little paper work. Not because she got it done straight away, but because she never got it done. Eventually, her colleges and those who worked under her had realised that there was no point in giving Ivy the paperwork. You could be waiting on it for years before the demi-goddess eventually ‘felt like’ doing it.
Dotted around the room were various rungs, pulleys and contraptions, specifically designed to help Ivy’s animals manoeuvre the workspace with ease. There was a dog basket in one corner, and a scratching post in another. There was so much green in that room, it was like stepping outside into a garden at the height of a cool, bright spring. Peeking out between various plants were objects and souvenirs from her pre-demi-god years of travelling. Noticeably, a good quarter of that collection was various things from Parsarela. Things that couldn’t be replaced, not anymore. On one self, there was a collection of potions…’Hallows potions’, from the late gato family’s shop. Each one was labelled, the shop’s name and the potion it contained printed on the wrapping. Some were empty, having been used up, but many still had potion left in them. Leading off the back of Ivy’s office was a small lab where she concocted her own potions and poisons, a room which had a less natural design, for practical reasons more than anything.
Chance and Tuyet were standing on the Demi-god’s desk, speaking in hushed tones. Although as it continued, their voices raised more and more in volume. “We need to get her out of there, Chance,”
Tuyet whispered urgently.
The rat sighed resignedly. “You don’t think I know that? Xantara told us not to attempt rescuing her. We should respect her decision.” “But we can’t just do nothing!” “Lady Xantara said no. There’s nothing more to it,”
Chance explained with apologetic beady eyes. “Go argue it out with her if you’re frustrated, but don’t make this harder on me than it already is. Xantara left me in charge, and transferred some of her summoning abilities to me. Do you think I want to leave her when I know I could do something about it? The fact is if we do try to get her out of there, it might do more harm than good. The best thing we can do for now is carry on and look after things for her. If she needs help, she’ll ask for it. That’s all we can do.”“Screw what the Demi-goddess says-”“Tuyet!”“What? I don’t care, if she hears this conversation, let her hear it. I don’t care what she says, I don’t feel comfortable about leaving her in the hands of the Empire. The fact is we need her here. And if you’re not going to help me, Chance, then I’ll find someone who will.”
And with that, the pure white squirrel picked up her bottle-brush tail and swept herself out of the office, head held high and visibly fuming.
Chance shook his head, staring down after her. Let her calm down
he thought to himself. Once she calms down, I’ll try talking to her again. I’d quite forgotten how headstrong Tuyet can be about these things…it’s going to take a lot of patience with that girl.“Pan” Pantalaimon ~ Somewhere in Gia Panta
A snowy white ermine scampered and bounded its way
down the street. Despite the situation with Ivy, he was in good spirits. Time to do some snooping on her behalf, while she was away. A little birdie told him (a sparrow, actually), that there was some sort of extravagant party going on this evening. What interested Ivy was that it was being held by Healen Mishibi…and she betted some familiar faces would show up. One of the greatest perks to being a Demi god like Ivy, was that you could be in several places at once. She could be miles away, incapacitated or even dead, and her animals would still be able to keep things running for her, at least to a certain extent. They were all linked with her so closely that they were one, and yet at the same time individual creatures in their own right. Nature is everywhere…you can try to contain it, but there is no stopping it.
As Pan approached the destination, he stood up on his hind legs, sniffing the air with his pink nose. He could detect a Demi-god around here somewhere…Xantara did say she had a feeling Sven might show up
the ermine thought to himself with a smile. He might be my ticket into this party...if I can find him. The Sword of Asymbolus
As Jace’s hand held the sword, he would have felt a calming sensation
like water sweep through the air. There was a small glow of luminous white light, and a gentle warmth flowing through the sword’s grip. Jace Hallow,
a voice echoed inside his head. The voice was cool and serene, and sounded vaguely feminine. I know who you are.
There was something meaningful in the way the sword said it. As if it could see every detail of Jace’s soul.
MIR of course would have heard nothing. It appeared as if the sword was speaking on a level that the robot would have not even registered, let alone heard. For the sword responded to Jace and Jace alone.