removed forced sections T_T;;
There are many who believed that Princess Altalena built her castle within the Altadorian Woods to seek shelter from the prying eyes of her people. In the spotlight for so many years of her youth, many thought it was to get away from the constant scrutiny of her outrageous ways. This never concerned Altalena, on the contrary, she loved the attention then.
The location of the castle was no coincidence. While she lead many to believe that she herself had requested the land from the forest guardian Kessa, it was quite the opposite. It was Kessa who proposed the castle and the precise location for the walls to rise. It was quite uncharacteristic of the spirit, who generally refused even sign posts to be placed within her realm. Benevolent as Kessa may be, man-made structures had never graced her forest floor prior to this.
Rumors followed the construction of the castle. How had the young Altalena convinced the spirit to let her live within her forest? Whispers of blackmail and threats hissed through many ears, and all of these reached the princess. These did not bother her. In all honesty, they were quite amusing, as anyone who had ever met Altalena knew that she had no need to sink so low. Not that she was incapable of such devious ways, but it was laughable all the same.
Nevertheless, Altalena used the rumors to her advantage. Those who did believe in her questionable motives left her alone, not wishing to be on the receiving end of the princess' cunning. However, many ignored the rumors and were sympathetic towards the princess, believing she moved within the woods for the sake of her younger sister, Princess Reniok. This in itself was closer to the truth, but not the whole truth. Either way, no one bothered to seek out the castle hidden within the heart of the woods.
It was true that Altalena wanted Reniok out of the main city, and away from civilization in general. Born blind, Reniok's life was threatened by an unknown entity on the day she came into this world. Altalena worried. Her younger sister, her only sister, needed to be protected. The forest offered refuge from both the gossip surrounding the blind aisha and from the dangers that threatened to steal her away.
But no, when it came down to it, the castle was a facade. Built atop the very heart of the forest and fortified with the most protective magics of modern times. The castle itself, while it was the home to Altalena's ragtag family, was unimportant. It was what was held within that started it all.
A door. A single door could be blamed for the construction of the castle. Seemingly like any other door, it sat unobtrusively at the end of a hallway. Normal and arguably drab, it drew no attention to itself, it could've been mistaken for a broom closet - as it often was. Unfortunately this was not the case. Upon closer inspection of the very uninteresting door that no one would ever bother to inspect to begin with, one would find the lightest of impressions in the wood where a keyhole would normally be. In fact it was a keyhole, despite the obvious lack thereof. There were only three keys that opened this door, and they remained on the hands of Guardians.
The door was just that: a door, in every sense of the word. It served the same purpose, it was an entranceway. It opened and closed like any other door. It kept things out and let things in. It was solid and sturdy and did its job. It was an entry to one world, an exit to another.
The world within the door had no name, it was simply referred to as the other realm. It was much like Neopia in the sense that it was a world full of many unique landscapes, and inhabited by many unique beings. Unfortunately, it was also very different from Neopia. Where one could argue that this was an age of peace, such a thing did not exist beyond the door. There was no concept of peace there but there was also no concept of war, for the world itself lacked balance. While there did appear to be good and evil, there were also... curiosities. Beings that took no side of morality, rather many of them lived a completely arbitrary life, making decisions without having to feel the weight of consequence or the hindrance of moral restrictions. Most of the inhabitants of this other realm had no concept of what a conscience was; most, but not all.
- - - Story break, I don't have the pet required for this next part yet D; - - -This next bit is more the start of a scene? It touches on a few of my main characters.
Deep in the Altadorian forest, there was a loud thump that echoed slightly in the early morning air. The brass handle of a door knocker came down on the hardwood that guarded a side entrance of a small castle. The dark skinned woman whom had made the noise waited silently. She stood there with a dignified posture, although her gaze seemed detached and vacant. She made no movements as the door swung opened, though her scales glistened in the morning light that shown through the trees. A small Aisha girl had opened the door and quietly greeted her, "I knew you would come, Dhanari."
Dhanari knelt down on her knees and held the girl's free hand with both of her own, "I assume you know why I am here, young one." Reniok opened her eyes and nodded slightly. The bright grey orbs seemed to startle Dhanari for a moment, but she quickly regained her composure. Though she knew Reniok could not see her reaction, she was sure she had felt it in the brief pause. She admired the little girl's maturity and silent understanding of the situation. "Take me to him then, quickly now, time is of the essence." Reni took her by the hand and led her inside. It was only then that Dhanari noticed Rawrk perched atop the girl's shoulder. She closed her eyes and nodded to acknowledge him. The noilkeet silently did the same.
Hurried footsteps were heard coming down the corridor that led to the main entrance hall; the unmistakable sound of stilettos against a marble floor. A voice called out ahead of the owner's arrival, "Reni, dear, who was at the door at this hour?" A Kyrii came into view under the archway and she immediately stopped in her tracks. "Oh, Dhanari, it's you. You gave me a fright, I thought Reni had invited in some stranger," she sighed in relief. To this, Reni raised one of her eyebrows in clear disbelief though did not reply to her big sister. Altalena smirked and chose to ignore her look, of course she knew it was an unlikely situation but it worried her all the same. "What brings you here so early in the morning, has something happened?" Alta's gaze became stern.
Dhanari bowed her head slightly at Altalena and forced a comforting smile, "No, not yet, princess."
Oh, how many times have I told you to call me Alta?"
More times than I care to keep track of, princess." She smiled, genuinely this time, and continued, "But let us not digress from the reason as to which I am here. I need to see The Creator immediately. It is quite urgent."
Altalena nodded, "I see. Well he's probably still sleeping. I assume that you want me to wake him?"
Yes," Dhanari replied without a moment's hesitation. "This is not a matter anyone in this family can afford to wait upon."
Altalena froze at those words and stared at Dhanari, clearly distressed, although trying to maintain her composure with Reni in the room, she touched her ring unconsciously. "I see," was all she could manage to say. She turned around and started down the hallway from which she came. Reni and Dhanari followed without another word.- - - - -
Altalena had left the two to their devices and walked Reni out to the garden. They were just about to have breakfast before Reni had excused herself, evidently to answer the door. It still amazed her how far sound could travel; though it crossed her mind that Reniok had been expecting her, even before Dhanari's footsteps had reached the castle's stone path.
She waved the thought away, irritated. Reni would have mentioned a message had she known. Or perhaps, she was specifically told to keep it to herself. Altalena frowned. She didn't like being left out of the mental link of the Guardians, she was one too, was she not? In any case she had a key, why should she be excluded! Or maybe that was the reason. The only keyholder within the link shared between the Guardians was Dhanari...
Altalena grew up within the heart of Altador. Sheltered within the walls of the main palace, she saw very little of the world beyond. She was obedient and well-mannered as a child, as was expected of her, of course. She was bright and doted upon, but she was sheltered and naive. This changed with her first glimpses of the outside world. It was new, and exciting, and positively wonderful. A treasure in plain sight, kept hidden all those years. It was only natural that she rebelled once she got a taste of what she had been missing.
It was only when Reni entered her world that Altalena returned to a quieter lifestyle. Teenage years behind her, and a new castle in the forest to call her own. There she raised Reni, away from the prying and judgmental eyes of the world she had grown to know and understand far too well. Now favoring experience and caution, Altalena had grown out of her naivety. The world was wondrous yes, but also perilous and cruel.
Alta has always been a kind person. Genuinely interested in the company she keeps, despite how difficult it is to join this inner circle of friends and family. While she tries to keep an open mind in regards to most things, experience tells her to be wary of most people - the first impression is often the only impression that will matter to her, as second chances have bitten her in the past. But pleasantries will always be exchanged, regardless of how she judges you; just remember: she never forgets.
Height & Build: 5'10 & Slender hourglass. c;
Eye color: Bright turquoise (not shown, woops)
Clothing: Varies depending on the situation and location; she dresses according to her audience, especially during travels. Generally speaking she wears light, nearly white colors. Often trimmed with gold or silver but never both. She favors longer, flowing dresses, but often with very form fitting tops. Occasional elven-esque design influence. The exception to this being her casual wear which is made up of drapey toga-like dresses.
Accessories: She honestly has a never ending collection of jewelry so this section is hardly worth mentioning. However she always wears her guardian signet, and never removes it. It contains two dark purple gems and is cast of a black metal of unknown origin. But all other accessories are either all gold or all silver, she doesn't mix metals. She also generally prefers circlets to crowns.
Gemstones: By default her gems are indigo or royal blue in color. They glow pink or aqua when in use.
Job description: Though she is a princess of Altador, her involvement with the state is relatively limited. She mainly keeps relations with the other kingdoms, rarely dealing with matters within the kingdom itself. She is an emissary of Altador as well as... another realm. She of course isn't the only guardian on this realm, but she is an important one.
Hobbies & Interests: When she finds herself without much to do, she's perfectly content sitting out in the garden meditating. She's not a busy body in the slightest, and is at peace with doing absolutely nothing. She enjoys her afternoon teas and time to herself. Because her job involves so much interaction, she very much values her alone time. But of course she also enjoys being out in the bustle of the markets and strolling along the streets of her home.
Status: Passed on (Ghost)
Personality: Venra was, and is, extremely loyal to Altalena. So much so that her loyalty persisted through her own death.
History: Altalena found Venra whilst wandering through the Altadorian Woods when she was a child. Though in reality, it was Venra that found her. The small Vaeolus followed Alta in the treetops while she explored the forest's secrets. When Alta stopped to rest, Venra perched on her shoulder and that was that.
Altalena will not talk about how Venra died. Many speculate that Venra sacrificed herself for Alta; a twinge of guilt crosses Altalena's face whenever Venra is mentioned...
ReniokYounger sister; mystery surrounding the legitimacy of her soul.
Relationship: Alta is overly protective of her considering how protected she is already. Reni used to be pretty vulnerable, but since she was gifted another form a vision, she's become much stronger, mentally (and unbeknownst to her sister, physically.)
DhanariSpirit commander; origin relatively unknown though, thought to have formed the Guardians.
Relationship: She has some sort of servitude pact with Alta/royal family; favors are owed everywhere that will probably never be repaid in any lifetime. Alta thinks she's way too formal with her and thinks of her more as an old friend than what she really is.
KsehForest Guardian; maternal figure for Alta.
Relationship: Kseh treated Alta much like a daughter when she was growing up. Their relationship has changed slightly since Alta reached adulthood; they're much more like gossipy girl friends, though Kseh still has that motherly tendency to dote upon Alta.
RagglesCreator; mutual dependency on one another.
Relationship: Raggles came through from the other realm. Because of his ability to bind weaker souls to this world, and requires materials from the other realm to do so, he sought refuge on Alta's side of the portal. Because of the circumstances of their meeting Alta initially let him in out of pity, but they've really become the best of friends.
FlitterPrincess of Brightvale; childhood friend.
Relationship: Altalena tries to hide the issues surrounding the portal to the other realm but Flitter is so nosy and insists on getting to the bottom of it all. Seriously Alta loves her like a sister but she gets on her nerves sometimes.
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