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Chapter 7 - Stand On Your Own

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Stand On Your Own
Moonless Age chapter
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Hoping for answers regarding Faen's departure, Chapter 7 chronicles Ariel's efforts to confront Faen's former classmates.

Summary

Ariel's Depression

Still devastated by the loss of Faen, Ariel continues to spiral into an even greater depression. He knowledge of the drow language increasing her understanding of the situation, Vaelia watches with worry as Ariel begins to lose not just interest in her well-being, but weight as well. Not helping matters is the strict training regimen Ariel is subjected to under the Fallen Legion. Efforts by Vaelia to help were stifled by Jiv'kyn, Myo'na, and Ant'alya, who barely tolerated Vaelia's presence in Ariel's midst, much less any physical contact. Vaelia's frustration grew as she considered the Fallen Legion to be protecting her with the callous nature of a jailor, while she was forced to watch her charge slowly wither and die.

Ariel herself notes the change among the three legionnaires during training. While friendly otherwise, in the presence of their commander, they became cold and distant. Idly, Ariel supposed this was how she herself reacted while in the presence of Quain'tana, which brought out a much more formal demeanor than that she had shared with Faen. Seeking to make Ariel happy once more, Vaelia encourages Ariel to travel to the surface and find Faen. When Ariel protests that she had never been to the surface nor even knew what had truly happened during Faen's incident. Latching onto the idea that Chrys'tel knew the truth and had even perhaps framed Faen for her own crimes, Ariel becomes determined to confront the Sharen girl.

Confronting Chrys'tel

The next day, Ariel traveled to Orthorbbae as the students left for their most recent break from classes, accompanied by Vaelia, Myo'na, and Jiv'kyn. Jiv'kyn was able to locate Faen's former classmates at Raveran street, and signaled his companions several rooftops away. Aware that her quarry would reach Klar'bol by the time she made it down to the lower levels and insisting it was a matter she must do herself, Ariel decided to take a shorter route. Using her shapeshifting, she formed a pair of wings that would allow her to glide to the streets below quickly. Though remembering her near fatal falls, Ariel focuses her resolve and, with the aid of her air sorcery, takes "flight". Though her initial landing was less than graceful, she quickly adapted and arrived in an alley near her targets in short order. Taking out a mirror, Ariel then prepared for the next step in her plan.

Having taken an appearance very similar to Faen, Ariel allowed herself to be seen from within a nearby alley, luring Chrys'tel into following. Stopping a short distance away, Chrys'tel immediately asked her why she returned, only for "Faen" to bluntly demand to know who killed their teacher. Frustrated and not yet realizing the deception, Chrys'tel approached and grabbed Ariel by the shoulders, berating her for her actions that resulted in the injuries, and for coming back while well aware Chrys'tel would have no choice but to bring her before the Sharen for punishment.

Having heard enough, Ariel drew abruptly drew a hidden knife and impaled Chrys'tel by the forearm. As Crys'tel repelled a followup blast of mana and began removing the knife without uttering a single sound, Ariel was shocked at her sheer pain tolerance. Quickly frustrated as her barrage of mana was casually blocked, Ariel resorted to tackling Chrys'tel, who know realized that her attacker was not Faen. Chrys'tel attempted to defend herself with her own blood-fueled high sorcery, burning through Ariel's dress and threatening to cause injury. In response, Ariel savagely twisted the blade to further aggravate the injury, causing Chrys'tel to momentarily collapse from the pain. Stubbornly, Chryst'tel removed the knife and attempted to rise to her feet, stopping only when Ariel delivered a brutal kick to her face.


Characters

Main Characters

Portrait Ariel Val'Sarghress arc1.png
Ariel is a young girl that is coping with the sudden departure of her best friend, Faen Val'Sullisin'rune.
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Vaelia is an Emberi soldier of theVal'Sarghress clan and an important friend of Ariel.



Ariel's Guardians

Portrait Ant'alya Sarghress.png
Ant'alya is a friendly member of the Fallen Legion that invited Tir'ade to join the Val'Sarghress during his exile.
Portrait Jiv'kyn Sarghress.png
Jiv'kyn is a member of the Fallen Legion. He and Myo'na were tasked with protecting Ariel Val'Sarghress until she came of age.
Portrait Mablevi Sarghress.png
Mablevi is the commander of the Fallen Legion, a stealth-based division of the Val'Sarghress military.
Portrait Myo'na Sarghress.png
Myo'na is a member of the Fallen Legion. She and Jiv'kyn were tasked with protecting Ariel Val'Sarghress until she came of age.



Faen's Classmates

Portrait Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen arc1.png
Chrys'tel was one of Faen's former classmates and her roommate at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress arc1.png
Kiel'ndia was one of Faen's former classmates and a close friend of Naal'suul.
Portrait Kyo'nne Val'Illhar'dro arc1.png
Kyo'nne was one of Faen's former classmates.
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Naal'suul was one of Faen's former classmates and a close friend of Kiel'ndia.
Portrait Nihi'liir Vel'Sharen.png
Nihi'liir was one of Faen's former classmates, who triggered Faen's disastrous empathic breakdown with her harsh treatment.
Portrait Shinae Vel'Sharen arc1.png
Was one of Faen's former classmates, and Chrys'tel's protector twin.



Orthorbbae Faculty

Portrait Kel'noz Val'Sarghress.png
Kel'noz is the son of Quain'tana Val'Sarghress and a trusted Sarghress diplomat. He also serves as a headmaster at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Sate'ja Vel'Sharen.png
Sate'ja was the teacher Faen effectively killed by destroying her mind, as the former tried to intervene during Faen's breakdown.
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Tralyn is a wizened Orthorbbae Master, responsible for teaching history to the students of Davya tower.


Other Characters

Portrait Chirinide Val'Kyorl'solenurn Arc I.png
A young Val'Kyorl'solenurn warden that lives to serve in the name of Sharess and the clan, but is often caught between the conflict of upbringing and the truth.
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Ariel recalls her older sister as Chiri informs her of the nature of those bearing red eyes.