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    Anakita Snakecharm



    Anakita was too far away, by the time it started, to hear the voice. What she did hear was the start of the mutterings nearby, the sound of a loosely affiliated crowd that could turn into an angry mob with only a small push, that could tip with any tiny provocation.

    It was a familiar rumble. The last time she remembered hearing it, Anakita's good-hearted but foolish son had ended up in a cage for his willingness to bypass the law to rescue people from serfdom. Whether this was the same, Anakita didn't know... but the sound made her reflexively wary. She needed to determine the source.

    "We have to go back," she said - seemingly addressing the warrior beside her and her raptor equally.

    They spun around, making their wary way back to the scene of the unfolding drama.
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    ​SHRIKE



    HEY, YOU!

    IMPOSTOR!

    GET HER!

    LOOK! SHE’S THE ONE ON THE BOUNTY!

    A raging crowd of people began to descend upon Shrike and her animal companions. With sudden clarity, she was aware that things in the Bright Universe were worse than she feared. Instinct was all the younger goddess had to go on, and that instinct was telling her to hop on L.C and to allow the skimmer to sail above these people and get as far away as possible.

    Shrike batted away reaching hands as people beside her began to grab for her or a piece of her clothing to hold onto. If there were ever a more appropriate moment for an earthly expletive to come out of her mouth, now would have been the time. But the look in some of these people’s eyes had caused the word to lodge in her throat.

    She began to push her way toward freedom, a chance to hop on L.C and for them to ride away. All the while, Shrike looked for the cause of this sudden chaos. There, out of the corner of her eye, she made out a distortion like the heat shimmer of a mirage.


    “Don’t hurt anyone Rinoa, they don’t know any better.” She relayed to the tiger.

    Shrike pushed her way through the growing crowd and scanned her surroundings. Sayen was headed her way, and Anakita had turned around with the warrior. She did not want to go up against any of them, she had no reason too, and she prayed she wouldn’t be given one.

    Sayen was at her side, her raptor leaping the distance to knock away people crowding in upon Shrike. Rinoa and L.C. were ever ready to defend their friend but seemed unperturbed by the appearance of the Sylvari and her mount. Shrike had yet to grab hold of her saber, she did not want to lift a hand against these manipulated individuals, and she certainly would not raise it against Sayen.


    A smirk touched her lips when Sayen spoke.

    “Aye, wise words. You take the low road and I’ll take the high. Lead the way.”

    In one smooth moment, Shrike was atop L.C. and following Sayen away from the crowd. There was no getting past revealing the truth to the Sylvari now.



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    Peace is a lie
    There is only passion
    Through passion I gain strength
    Through strength I gain power
    Through power I gain victory
    Through victory my chains are broken
    The Force shall set me free

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    Antipathy


    Antipathy was undeterred by the lack of response from a few of the individuals she tried to influence. There were always exceptions, but she would prevail just because of the sheer numbers that were affected by her whispering. It did not matter if it was now, or later, as long as her prey did not leave this planet.

    She would still work on planting seeds of doubt, so she focused on the human and her companion instead. Sidling along side the ranger, Antipathy began her whispers.


    “Why are you wasting your time?”

    “A heroes work is never done is it?”

    “Everyone wanting, wanting, wanting from you all the time. You deserve peace and a rest from their incessant selfish demands.”

    “This isn’t your problem, you didn’t create it.”

    “Let it go, you have more important things to attend too.”


    Antipathy had all the time in the universe. She would see just how strong these beings resolve was, it was a mission she gleefully accepted.

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    Sayen

    Despite having been alive when Mordemoth revealed himself, she was still shocked to see the whole crowd turn like they did. Shrike was able to mount up and Sayen had to rein her mount in to keep it alongside Shrike's skimmer. The raptor kept shaking its head as people grabbed at the reins and saddle.

    "Just follow me - we can lose them at the gap down the road and then hide out in the mines until this blows over."

    The racers were arriving and various riders yelled at them for getting in the way, even as a line of cavaliers closed in around the edges of the gate. At the moment, they weren't going to stop the pair, but they had also heard the murmur of unrest in the square and were on their guard. One of the racers' raptors shoulder into Sayen's raptor, throwing her off balance, and causing her raptor to skip a step. A stone pinged off her helmet. Great - now they were throwing things? If this kept up, the guards would definitely stop them.
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    Anakita Snakecharm



    It wasn't as if she had never had those thoughts before.

    Over the years, so much had been asked of Anakita. So much had been lost. So many times she had stepped in to solve other people's problems, to clean up their messes - and more than a few times, those messes were of their own making.

    Sometimes she got tired.

    And all of a sudden, she was tired.

    "This is not the time," Anakita whispered to herself under her breath. "You just got here. Stay focused."

    It wasn't her problem, true. But if she focused only on her own problems, she'd be half a world away in Divinity's Reach. It was too late for that. She was already here. Turning back now would serve no purpose.

    Anakita and Stefan and their mounts shoved their way back to Sayen's side through the press of angry people. "What in the gods' name is going on?" Anakita asked, without stopping or slowing. Stefan didn't try to make his damaged voice heard over the din of the crowd, but his raised eyebrow echoed his wife's confusion.
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    ​SHRIKE


    Shrike knew the sound of this tune, it was one that was played thousands of times throughout the Bright Universe. And when she urged LC forward to stay with Sayen, she wished she were somewhere on her ship and out of the mess that followed her here. It wasn’t like she’d been involved, it was more because of who she was and where she was from that she was sucked into whatever was going on back home.

    It’s why she had taken to travel, well, it was part of the reason why. The truth was she loved to travel, the adventure of new places and beings was just too tempting to pass by. So, when Anakita and her husband rushed in beside Sayen, Shrike sighed inwardly. Why can the Bright Universe keep its issues there and away from her.

    At the ranger’s question, Shrike turned to regard the woman and her husband. There was no choice, they would need to know now that there was a being here looking for her. Seeing the direction in which Sayen was leading them, she urged the skimmer forward.

    “Ahead, in the mines, I will tell you.”

    Rushing through the gap and into the mines, Shrike let Sayen decide where to stop. Dismounting off of LC, she rubbed her hand along the skimmer and patted Riona. Shrike leaned against the wall and waited for the others to settle. Removing her hat, she ruffled her hair to set loose the slightly wavy locks. Pirate speak had become second nature to her, but the matter required a more serious demeanor.

    “It was never my intention for anyone to be involved. I was simply looking to replace the ship I lost and return to whence I came. The chaos in town was a being hunting me. You see, I’m not from this world and mine is in a state of extinction. At least for the First, that is what my people call themselves.”

    Just how deep down the rabbit hole did she need to go with these people? Shrike was not one to lie, or deceive, despite the pirate persona. She decided they would handle it, however they handled it.

    “I come from a universe known as the Bright Universe. The First are considered gods among the beings that dwell there. Each with their own abilities and personalities. My mother, is one of many of the prominent goddesses in charge of protecting our home. We have dealt with invaders from other universes, turmoil within our own kind and lately a force that is hunting down and destroying the remaining gods.”

    Shrike pushed off from the wall with her boot and took a seat on a rock. Taking her finger, she swirled at the dirt on the ground as a vision of her world appeared from the space above the ground.

    “Apathy has driven many of the gods away, and many simply slumbered in an eternal sleep. My mother was one of the few remaining, and it was she who warned me of the impending danger. I am rarely home, I travel aboard a ship from place to place.”

    As Shrike spoke, images from her words played out in the vision cast before group.

    “I am not sure who these new enemies are, my communication with my mother was cut off. I do know that she mentioned Hunters, scouring the universes and beyond hunting down my people. My ship was destroyed in a confrontation and I ended up here on your world. It was my desire to acquire a ship and sail her far from here. It appears that the Hunters found me first.”

    “I looked for the gods of your world, but it appears that they are no longer here. I would have sought their help first, but it was left for me to find a means of transportation off this world. If I could have simply removed myself, I would have, but my gifts do not lie in that area.”

    Shrike looked from Anakita and her husband, to Sayen as the vision disappeared.

    “I’m sorry, I would never have put any of you in harms way if I could prevent it. Time has run out, I will need to hunt down this Hunter before it calls for the help of others.I would not see your world put in jeopardy because of my presence.”


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    Sayen

    She'd set herself up where she could see one of the entrances and still maintain her focus on Shrike. Leaning against her reclining raptor, they both slowed their breathing until their heartbeats aligned at a much more reasonable pace. Soon enough, Shrike's story caught up all her attention. She loosened her grip on her mace in order to fold her arms around her knees, eyes wide and childlike staring over them.

    "Wow."

    For the long-winded sylvari to be caught nigh wordless was quite the feat. Sayen's mind spun with possibilities. It wasn't much of a stretch to believe that there were other universes - she'd been to other planes of existence herself - but a whole universe full of gods? Perhaps that's where Kormir had gone. She'd hoped that Kormir was going to get a break from having to save Tyria from itself, but apparently war was everywhere. And now, this otherworldly war had arrived on their doorstep, so to speak.

    "Well...this won't do. We can't let some hunter kill you and rampage around the planet, now can we? Are these hunters like dragons? We're pretty good at getting rid of dragons...and dragons can talk to your mind...so that hunter must be very like a dragon, right? Boy, you'd think we would have noticed one around here. Maybe Joko's hiding it? No, he'd never work with another powerful being. He thinks he's a god all on his own. He won't even work with Balthazar! Now there's a god that you should also avoid. He's good at killing things, mind you, but I don't think he's in the most charitable mood to be helping people fly away from war and such. No sir, not a very charitable mood at all."

    She stopped abruptly, narrowing her eyes and tilting her head. "So, how can we help?"

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    Anakita Snakecharm

    Anakita listened patiently, and with a valiant attempt at being attentive.

    Gods. Other universes. Hunters. Planes of existence. More gods. More universes.

    As was often the case when the conversation went in such metaphysical directions, Anakita started to tune out. She certainly had her areas of expertise - but philosophy and the arcane were not among them. Nor were they an area of interest, except to the extent that they forced themselves into relevance by finding new ways to attack Tyria periodically. Well, the Ranger had ways of dealing with such problems. And ultimately, it always boiled down to the same basic solution.

    When Shrike and Sayen had both said their piece, Anakita put her hand up, as if she was in a school classroom.

    "Excuse me. I have an idea!" Anakita said. "How 'bout if we just go kick its ass?"

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