The door to one of the many servant's entrances opens, and a young kyrii girl steps out carrying a tray of tea and scones. She is no servant. In fact, there are no servants at this castle, simply the residents who live here. She pushes open the door with her back and lets the midmorning sun grace her face. Altalena bows her head slightly as she adjusts to the light. Behind her, a younger aisha girl steps out into the light as well, carrying a small basket with a table cloth and other various utensils. She need not shield her eyes, there isn't much to be seen by the blind. "It's far too beautiful to have tea inside today, Reni," Alta beamed.
Altalena heads towards one of the many viewing areas of their vast garden. Here, there are ornate stone benches and a small outdoor chess table. She sets down the tray and beings prepping brunch while Reni sits down on the grass.
But they are not alone.
A slight mist begins to form around their ankles, so thin that neither of them notice it at first. But then a small, and slightly more noticeable fog rolls in from the forest. Altalena continues to prepare her food, oddly composed despite the strange phenomenon. She calls out to the mist cheerfully, "Kessa, love, have you come to join us for brunch?"
Before a moment could pass for a response, a puff of mist bursts out on the opposite end of the small table, causing Alta to gasp and nearly fall back in surprise. "KESSA, how many times have I told you not to pop in like that!" Altalena reaches out to the ixi girl who immediately grabs the biggest scone from off of the table and begins to run towards the forest.
Alta gave chase! "MAH SCONNEEEE," she shrieked with dismay.
Kessa looked back behind her, prancing just ahead of Altalena and giggled, "You're too slow, old friend!" She lead Altalena just a little further into the forest a little before lifting up a hand and grabbing a tree branch, that seemed to just appear for her, and swinging right up into the trees.
Alta halted immediately, and leaned against the tree branch, giggling and gasping for breath. "Oh god, I'm getting too old for this," she panted, "I assume there's a reason for you bringing me he-" she stopped. Kessa had tilted her head up, and looked out into the clearing they stopped in. Alta gasped in amazement.
The small clearing, was slightly darker than the rest of Kessa's forest, but for good reason. The stones that littered the ground glowed and seemed to move. Within the grass, the wings of hundreds of iridescent turquoise butterflies flitted softly; the entire forest was humming from the beat of their slumber. It was the most magnificent and magical sight that Alta had ever seen. "Thank you," she whispered, "for this," Alta watched the blue field in awe.
Kessa hopped down from the branch and kissed Altalena softly on the cheek, "You're welcome, my friend." A gentle mist formed once again, and she was gone. And Alta was left alone in the clearing, entranced by the gift from the forest spirit.
Mischievous would probably be the best description for Kessa. While she takes pride in keeping her forest beautiful, she also enjoys the freedom she has as a faerie spirit. She's as old as the forest itself, but her heart is light and her spirit is young. She's no matron like Queen Fyora, she exists to enjoy life.
Sometimes she'll play tricks on travelers, switching paths and landmarks - but she means no harm, ultimately they end up where they wanted to go, but with a much more interesting story to share. It is a rare moment when her forest is not filled with the whispers of her laughter somewhere off in the distance. Even at night, there is always the soft hum of her singing the forest to sleep.
However it's rare for a visitor to be graced by her presence. She's meant to be a faceless guardian of the forest after all. On occasion, she shows herself in the form of a white deer, which is what most people recognize her as. While most people realize that there is a forest spirit, very few of them know who she is or what she really looks like, the only associate her with the white deer in the mist. But should you have business with her, or should you be unfortunate enough to upset her, you'll find that she's anything but shy.
Weewoos are not native to Altador. Most of the surrounding forests are filled with Altachuck, Alabriss, Naalala, and the occasional Vaeolus. So when a little rainbow Weewoo wandered into Kessa's domain, it was a rather unique sight to see. His vibrant plumage alarmed many of the native fauna, who thus alerted Kessa of this strange intruder.
But it wasn't his color that attracted Kessa - though of course, the resemblance to her hair was amusing to her - but his demeanor. Unlike the other petpets that treated Kessa with the respect of a faerie, Boq cozied up to her like a long lost friend. It was Boq who decided that Kessa's hair would make the perfect - and most comfy - camouflage around. Despite being baffled by the fact that he ignored proper petpet etiquette, Kessa quickly fell in love with the little fluffers.
Boq is a curious little thing; after his immediate bond with Kessa, he rarely leaves his self-proclaimed hair nest. To be perfectly honest, who would? It was technically the safest place in the entire forest (not that there were really any predators anyway.) But when he did leave his nest, it wouldn't waddle far from his protector. Truth be told, it was rather difficult for him to travel due to his lack of wings and stubby legs, so goodness knows how he even got to the woods in the first place.
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