The evening air is still as mist settles back onto the darkening mountains, occasionally broken by a staccato of birdsong as the animals settled in for the night. It's a quiet, summer evening as the lights in the town flicker off. A soft glow begins to dot the mountainside as the sun completely sets, a beautiful, gentle haze of fireflies as they rise from the grassy homes. The thin c.rackling of growth underfoot disturbs the silence a little bit, but it's not intrusive within the deep stillness.
Her pale, ghostly hand wraps around the trunk of the ancient trees as she makes her way down the slope, the fog clinging to her worn dress. Following the wake of the fireflies, she makes her nightly travel to the central cauldron of the mountains. She's here to bring the dead home.
If a human ever stumbled upon this woman, she would not reveal her name to them. Instead, mist would close over her figure as quickly as the human might've caught a glimpse of her, and they would be convinced she was only a figure in the darkness - a ploy on the imagination.
But she is very much real. Cursed, perhaps, but real. Humans may resent her existence in their own, misunderstanding way, but her existence is necessary to continue the balance of life and death. Her job is only to deliver the souls of the dead to the next realm.
Her name is Miyu.
With all that aside, it's time to begin Miyu's story.
Age: 21 (but she's been 21 for awhile...)
Weight: -edited out-
Hair Colour: Originally black but now faded to grey (with blue highlights)
Eye Colour: Slate Blue/Grey
Flower Symbol: BellflowersNeopian Species: Transparent Draik
What she does remember most clearly is feelings. She remembers feeling safe when she was very small, perhaps cuddled and loved, but mostly, that sense of security. It is the thing she misses most.
As she grew older, what Miyu recalls is mostly fear. Fear that the faces that now slip from her recall would be gone, fear that the fragile happiness she held cupped between her fingers would disappear like a wisp of smoke blown away on the wind, borne on beating wings. It's a terrifying feeling, and even now, she clutches at her chest, trying to claw away the emptiness that fills it when she remembers this.
Miyu is not quite sure when she made "the pact". All she remembers is that one day, her terror overwhelmed her; crying, she ran far, far up the wooded hills into the darkness and the mist, afraid of what might find her, but yet afraid of what lay behind her.
What she remembers most clearly are the terms of her pact:
And in her adult, spectre form, Miyu wanders the mountainsides she was born in, gently collecting the souls that gather around her like fireflies drawn to fire. In exchange for her eternal life, she is doomed to walk the same paths each twilight, to bring the souls of the dead to their mountaintop home. It is far more lonely than her living incarnation would have ever imagined.
It is too late now to change her mind - to rectify her mistake. All she can do is cling to the fading memories of her life, and hope that one day, oblivion will find her.
This time, she will be unafraid to meet it, to run to it with open arms.
All of these principles must be held true. So, for example, Miyu can escape death because she is condemned by the loneliness that accompanies her fate. Making a wish for the time being is acceptable if you're willing to accept the inevitable despair that would come at a later date.
In Miyu's case, she tried to summon too much hope for herself: she was afraid of death and so wished for eternal life, the ultimate hope for her people. But wishing for eternal life comes with a price: because of the amount of light her wish required, it needed to be balanced by an equal amount of darkness, hence the solitude she has been cursed with, forever bearing souls on a journey she herself will never take. Miyu knows it's too late for her and to change her mistake, but she believes that one day, somehow, the laws of the universe can be changed so that people will not make the same mistake as she did. This is her final hope.
The mountaintop, where an asteroid once struck the earth, is indented by a crater. In the hollow of the earth and stone left behind, there is a field of bellflowers. In the legends of Miyu's people, the bellflower is a symbol of reincarnation, and indeed, this field is where Miyu leads the souls of the dead to be released into the twilight sky.
It is for this reason that Miyu is sometimes known as "the Bellflower Girl" and why the bellflower is her symbol. She has a particular fondness for these blue flowers, and often wears a stem or two in her hair.
Hotaru the Faerie Vacana
Hotaru is one of the ancient spirits that has inhabited Nyiara for millenium. It is likely that he is the spirit that Miyu originally made her pact with, given that he often lingers in her mountaintop home, but he is not inherently evil. He, too, is bound by the inexplicable laws of the universe that they both live in, but it is not known what the price for his power is.
Hotaru's physical form is that of a firefly spirit. Who he was in his previous life, or who he was originally, before he was turned into his current form, only the Makers of the universe know. Miyu doesn't know this, but he has seen a vision of the future that she awaits: the arrival of a being with so much light within her being that she has the potential to rewrite the laws of their world.
Spring - When the new flowers begin to grow.
Summer - When warmth can touch down on the mountains.
Autumn - When the bellflowers bloom at the peaks of the mountain.
Winter - When all is silent within the fog.
So I sent in an application for Miyu right away, and I sat back until the deadline had passed, which was not till a week later. I was mailed back by Ophelia on August 2nd, 2015, with the mail that I had been chosen for Miyu! I was beyond excited, and I was so happy when the following screen popped up a few hours later:
She came home as a Baby Korbat, but as the (revised) Transparent Peophin had come out about a week prior to me bringing Miyu home, I was excited to purchase the Peophin MP from someone, and I already had a FFQ ready. I wasted no item morphing and painting her.
However, a few months later, I realized that I'm actually pretty bad at customizing Peophins in general (I can't do it... at all.) and I decided to make Miyu into a Transparent Draik. I love Draiks (they're my favourite converted species) and I've owned a Trans Draik before and traded her away, so I wanted to own one again. So I morphed Miyu into a Draik and my friend Aly painted her with her FFQ (thank you so much Aly!):
Now that she's finally the pet I want, it's time to continue her training and her reading!
While I want to work on Miyu's stats evenly, I do want to work on her level to 250 first because the training is so much easier and so much cheaper for my wallet too, haha. Here are her stats as I adopted her:
Health Points: 238
I'll be adding a training goals and records section here as soon as I start working on her exclusively. :p
There is a rumour in the woods, of misty mountains far, far above the soft green line of the land. There is a woman who lives up in the lonely peaks, a skeletal, beautiful woman who only appears around twilight, surrounded by fireflies that flicker and fade.
It's not certain where she's from, or who she's even looking for. What's clear is that she's looking for something, or perhaps someone. Those who have seen her swear they see her stretch her slender fingers through the dim light as though she's searching for something.
Despite the cold, despite the rain, her fireflies never leave her. Perhaps they're looking for something too - or perhaps they're helping her search for the thing she scours these empty mountains for season after season.
The rumours are perhaps half true, but the woman's purpose is unknown to the villagers who live at the foot of the mountain. She has a purpose, but it's not the one they've expected - nor would she have it that way. Her purpose is something far more sinister, and yet ironically beautiful.
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Background made by Krissy (ccr153lucky2).
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Morning Mist by FerdinandLadera on dA.
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