Holiday Event 717 - Linika

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Holiday Event 717 - Linika

Postby Nymph » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:56 pm

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This post was provided to you because you are participating in the holiday event. In this post, you will receive your gift whether you reply to this thread or not. You are welcome to reply to the post to react to your gift if it is a new thread, and it is encouraged; however, skill points will not be awarded for this thread. There will only be one post from Saoire. As a gift, everyone that participated will receive the same knowledges as provided. You are receiving the following:

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A silver necklace with four silver and fluorite decorations on it, each one shaped like a small orb with a jagged pattern of silver around them. Each of the decorations is about a thumb in size, width, depth and height. Close inspection of the fluorite decorations will show that it isn't a full gem in there but simply a layer of it to mask the hollow container behind it. The hollow containers are used to store liquids in them, not much, but enough for whatever liquid in there to be functional.

A second type of decoration hangs in the middle, a long, silver and fluorite pendant. The pendant is hollow as well and has been treated with a magical discipline (Alchemy) so that it can be pressed, with some force, to function similarly to a bulb syringe. The pendant is to be removed from the necklace and pushed into the bottom of one of the other decorations so it can absorb the liquid out of them and into itself. It can then be used to apply the liquid to anything it can touch by pressing down on the pendant again.

The person who put this gift together seems to have been aware of the nefarious uses of this accessory and has prepared one of the containers with a dose of Whitemoss in liquid form.

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On the left is the necklace in its normal form, on the right, the necklace while it is being used to add or remove the liquid from one of the containers.

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  • Saoire: The Holiday Woman
  • Saoire: The Beauty of a Gift
  • Saoire: Wears Variable Holiday Crowns


Saoire's love of doing this came from just how thoughtful people could be.This gift was no different, it was a thoughtful and well-considered gift meant for a woman who might sometimes feel like no one really understood her. Would this gift make her feel more understood? Perhaps. Either way, it was a very beautiful, intricate piece of craftsmanship, unique and beautiful.

The giver of the gift had been involved last arc, Saoire recalled ~ she was very pleased to see mortals taking part in such kindness arc on arc, it pleased her enormously and she hoped that, at the least, the reaction of the recipient was something the gift-giver might find pleasant to day-dream about.

Saoire arrived in Viden and then made her way to Linika's room. It seemed so cold here, so spartan, and Saoire hoped that the gift might bring a little warmth to a place where two Immortals seemed to war in one individual. Linika was sitting in her bed, reading and the first she knew was the smell of mulled wine, the glittering sensation felt, rather than seen, and then the sight of Saoire placing the gift on the nightstand. "Enjoy, gain pleasure from it. Use it well and wrap up warm! Season's greetings to you!" With a light, tinkling laugh, Saoire was gone and Linika would be forgiven for thinking that it was just a dream.

Except for that gift, sitting there, wrapped up and waiting to be opened.

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Holiday Event 717 - Linika

Postby Linika » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:18 am

Linika knew it could not have been more than a few ticks, but her jaw actually gave the slightest of pops as she closed her mouth, as if hanging open in dumbfounded shock was its normal state of being. Was this the...creature? The entity? The intruder that had taken her truth-serum-spiked glasses? Could she have been responsible for the mysterious disappearance of her Frostbite last arc as well?

She still had the Aranaz Apple Pear Brandy that had turned up just as mysteriously. There was some undeniable irony in the fact that she'd coated the glasses with the intent of using that same brandy to conduct her casual interrogation, and see just exactly where she stood with the Viden Intelligence Authority. The Frostbite had vanished last arc, to be replaced by the Brandy. Now, her glasses had disappeared, and...

She immediately locked her eyes on something that was noticeably out-of-place. At first, Linika had assumed it was something the visitor had lifted out of the way and then reset on her nightstand. But she saw now that it was new. And beautiful. And intricately decorated. It took her a moment to realize it was some sort of embossed and painted paper with foil worked into its surface in ways that perfectly defined the edges of the many bands of color that wrapped around the small box shape.

'So in exchange for some item this entity takes from you, there is something she leaves for you...' the naer thought to herself. Given how the last arc had resulted in a bottle of some alcoholic concoction being exchanged for something she had actually built plans around, she sourly assumed this would also be some useless frivolity, which was how her current mood gauged the value of alcohol. But she could not deny the appeal of the colorful casing.

Glittering, glimmering bands of color encircled the item as if in random trajectories, yet they accomplished a cubic symmetry that seemed to incorporate the very corners and sides of the box into the patterns. Where the lie of some band of one color was about to run contrary to the plane of another, it seemed that a corner brought the perfect fold in the path of the first band to bring it back in line.

As well, no matter how many times she turned it to view the sides, they seemed to never repeat themselves exactly. She went so far as to write down the exact pattern along one of the thin ends, and then turned the box on the appropriate axis to bring that side back around again. This one time the color pattern matched; and in a sense this was disappointing, and even more infuriating because she thought she had seen a pattern that should have resulted in a change. Yet it had somehow been the same. Turning the box back the other way, she found that the previous side now seemed different.

This all finally brought an appreciative grin to her face, as she simply gave up on trying to track the path of every color. Instead, she marveled at how the bands of color became the ribbons that united in a brilliant bow, centered on the top of the box. She almost hated to ruin the marvel of the decorations to see what was inside, but was honestly charmed by the thought of having received a gift. Even if it ended up being something of little use, the thought of someone going to this much effort...for her...brought a surprising, but not unwelcomed, heaviness to her throat.

She pulled on a loose end of ribbon carefully and the bow smoothly unravelled to reveal that it genuinely did united with the paper so that continuing to pull the ribbon tore the paper neatly along the path of the color to release the box. She opened it and once again had to make a conscious effort to close her mouth...
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Holiday Event 717 - Linika

Postby Linika » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:27 pm

Cradled in the box was a delicate and beautiful necklace, with a raindrop-style center pendant backed-up on both sides by two additional jewels. All gems were of clear, green fluorite set in silver filigree. Linika could not help but look around, as if this was some sort of set-up. Was this to distract her while some enemy snuck into a back window?

Then her affinity for chemistry made her drop them with fear that they were poisoned. She concentrated on her physical senses for a moment, trying to detect any oncoming symptoms of toxicity. None were forthcoming though, and she picked them back up with her gloves, to set them into a toxin-negating bath in one of her cups.

There was no reaction to indicate any such element, and it was with the effort of eventually drying them off that she realized that the gems had been alchemically treated to be compressible. With puzzlement, she put one of them back in the bath to see if this caused some rehardening to occur. It was then that she stumbled across the purpose of the gems, and the pendant as well.

When she squeezed one of the gems, a tiny stream of bubbles shot out the end. Realization dawned on her, along with an odd sense that someone out there understood her better than she'd have ever believed. Further experimentation confirmed that the gems could hold a dose of liquid, and that the pendant was the means to "inject" it into the gems.

It might strike most people that this was an assassin's weapon, and was hardly of the benevolent nature one would expect from Saoire's visits. But for Linika it was an epiphany, clarifying that there was someone out there that understood her position in Viden, and life in general, and was not judging her for her philosophies. More of an "evil is as evil does" and that nothing is evil until you use for evil.

It was strange, Linika admitted, but this item brought a warmth to her heart she had not experienced since her arrival. She actually had just a instant of feeling accepted by someone for who she really was.
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