Saturday, 28 January 2012
His roaming through the city, urged on by the ghosts that haunted him, had finally borne fruit. He came upon Brian Ravenlock--Raven--battling the dragon, Icer, among some abandoned warehouses near the docks. Their fight had apparently been going on for some time, but the spirits swirling within Doran's mind didn't care. All that mattered to them was that Raven was having the tar beaten out of him by Icer. A cold blue-white light, like the hottest flame, shone in the boy's eyes as he watched the two from the edge of view.
"This is for the innocents you killed," cried the dragon as she slammed Raven into a post again and again, holding him tightly within her tail. "And for my grandchild and great-grandchildren! For every one of them!"
Something in her words struck a resonant chord with the spirits within Doran and he spoke softly, with an echo as if multiple voices were speaking at the same time. "Yes, he killed... killed... he killed us... us..." Those glowing blue eyes focused on Raven's face. "Why did you... why... kill?... why did you kill us... kill us?"
"Tell them." Icer had heard the boy's voice, or voices. "Answer them." She cracked him against the post once more, enough to hurt Raven without killing him.
"I---- because I could!" The man spat blood, ever defiant.
"Because... you could?" Now the echoing voices spoke as one, softly at first but rising in intensity. "You hurt us... killed us... because YOU COULD?!"
The gauntlet on Raven's hand had once more begun to flare. A pulse was felt easily by Icer, soft at first but growing with each moment, as fingers flexed more so. Raven took her tail by sheer force and worked it from his battered form! Icer snarled as he managed to slip from her grasp, though a forepaw went flying towards his head.
"Yes-- because I could!! And more will fall! What started with simple revenge will become so much more!!" Raven saw that forepaw and caught it easily enough as he lifted Icer clearly, over his head, to the ground. The amount of strength was actually sickening for him, and Icer would feel that he was not alone in his efforts, as NO one should have been able to do that in his condition.
Icer grunted as she was slammed down, before righting herself. Her jaws snapped, aiming for Raven's bloody arm and the gauntlet it held!
"No!!" This was the voice of Doran himself, without his ghosts. "If you do that... then you'll be alone! Empty! Is that what you want?" It was unclear whether that last sentence was addressed to Raven, or to the spirits within Doran.
"I am emptiness and have always been SO!" The gauntlet met Icer's maw, as fingers interlocked with fangs! His other hand met the bottom of her jaw, as the same thing happened, but something new. His other hand, the good one... was now gauntleted as well. Each gauntlet flared with such runes of frost and blood! Icer hissed and snarled, fighting to snap upon that arm as Raven grabbed her jaw. It was a contest of wills, and Raven, it seemed, was not alone in his efforts. He pushed as good as he got despite the sheer beating he had taken. It seemed where flesh had failed, something else took up the reins. So back and forth they went, as he growled with such a gutteral tone.
"You see?" asked Doran, clearly talking to his ghosts. "Do you want to be like him?" Then the other voices returned, though their response was not so full of vitriol as it had been before. "He deserves... needs to... to die!... a monster... deserves to die!"
"Shut UP!" yelled Raven while Icer growled and shoved, snapping even as the frost bit into her jaw; she didn't mind, she was always cold! "I died long ago! Do not speak of death to me! I-- am--- DEATH!" A welling felt deep with, and shown outward, as the runes of blood hissed, and crackled along with those of frost... more so, and more so.
"No." Despite the timing, Doran was not replying to Raven, but to his quieting ghosts. "He deserves pity. Nothing more. He's lost. Even if he gets what he says he wants... he'll be lost." The blue glow faded from his eyes, and then he looked up as Ebon came upon the scene from above. "Papa!"
Finally, in a burst of sheer power, Raven unleashed a torrent right there, engulfing he and Icer in the resulting explosion of power! The result was Raven being sent hurling into an old abandoned warehouse that collapsed atop him instantly.
Ebon dropped out of the sky between Doran and the fight, shielding his son even as the explosion threw Raven and Icer apart. The dragon was blown back into one of the nearby buildings, giving a grunt as she collapsed onto her side. With a thought, Ebon grabbed mental hold of parts of that building that would have fallen upon Icer and sent them hurtling through the air, away from her to bury Raven further. "Stay buried, you twisted bastard!" he exclaimed softly, though he knew it was unlikely in the long run.
Turning towards the boy, Ebon placed his hands on Doran's shoulders. "Son, are you all right?" Then there came a sound of soft rustling, as debris began to shift. More rubble flew through the air, adding to the pile atop Raven. "That won't hold him forever... we need to get out of here! Hold on to me, Doran!"
Doran wrapped his arms around his father as they rose into the air. "What about Momma Icer?"
Settling down next to the dragon, Ebon gave her an appraising look. "Icer? Can you move?
She hissed back, "It hurtssss."
There were groans of pain from the rubble, and little else. No anger, no malice, just sheer pain, as the rustling continued. Finally, fingers found freedom, feeling about, as debris shifted... then another set, as Raven cried out in pain more so. Doran glanced that way. "He hurts!"
"Good!" snarled Ebon, earning him a shocked look from Doran. "He deserves some pain!" An arm could be made out, as more debris was shoved aside roughly. Ebon unwrapped Doran's arms from around his waist and reached out with his mind, lifting rubble from above Raven piece by piece, slowly. White pinpoints of light began to shine in his dark eyes.
Beside him, Icer was slowly, slowly trying to move. "You will get what you deserve!" Ice blue eyes narrowed on the emerging figure as she shakilly managed to get to her feet.
Slowly Raven rose to his feet, a bloodied, and quite battered mess... crimson, nearly head to toe as well as dusted, tattered clothing, and all that. He was just fubar'd. Yet he breathed, and more so... he lived. No words were spoken, as he simply stood there. Ebon glared at him for a moment "I so dearly wish I could get inside your head, Raven... but your shields are very, very good. So if I want to hurt you, I'll have to do it the old-fashioned way." A boulder hurled through the air, heading straight for Raven's skull
"Papa, no! Don't turn into him!" With that cry from Doran, the boulder turned away at the last second. Raven's hand lifted, the gauntlet flaring to life once more. His head lifted more so to see what was coming, and it was too late as the boulder swerved. The hand lowered, as the light faded once more. Still there were no words. Icer's tail tip swayed and coiled as she stood, shakily, still eying the battered form of her brother. Doran gave his father a pleading look. "Let's go, papa! Get away from him! His pain... hurts me."
Ebon didn't take his gaze away from Raven. "Icer, can you fly?"
"Not right now."
Raven fell to a knee once more, and slowly moved to his feet, shakily. "One sister lost-- can we make it two? I wonder..." That was said with a rasped tone, as he coughed violently.
"I'd like tae see you try." Icer grinned a bit. Even through the pain, she would face her brother.
Ebon gave a heavy sigh. "If it were just you and me, Icer, I'd say we stay and finish this... but I won't risk my son, not like this, and you're sorely injured."
"Take the boy, and dragon," Raven said. ""This is over--for now."
"For now," replied Ebon.
Icer chimed in next. "No, this is not. I know my brother is in there somewhere."
"Icer lady, we can't help him." Doran gave the battered Raven a sad look. "He doesn't want it!"
"You want the truth, Icer... I've been here the whole time." The man coughed for a moment. "So yes, you are dealing with me. No more pet names... I am Brian Ravenlock." Tension rose in the air as he went on about his goals, to strike at the city with all of the power and knowledge he possessed. While Icer and Ebon met his words with defiance, Doran continued to look at Brian with that same expression of sadness and pity.
Finally the man turned away, with Icer's words following his retreating back. "You are broken, and will never mend if you do nae lt anyone in."
"He knows that, Icer lady," commented Doran with a sad sigh.
Without turning, Brian replied to Icer. "I was broken a long time ago... and now the world will break. Or at the very least... your world." And he was there no more.
The sounds of Andu Kirost's train had been approaching even as Brian spoke his last and departed. Now the minotaur was on the scene, helping Icer into one of his cars to transport her away, while Kruger and S'jira joined Ebon and Doran. As they came up, the smith asked, "Is there anything we can do here?"
"No. Ravenlock has gone, battered and bloody." Ebon smiled down at Doran. "And I have my son with me again."
"I had thought that his was over with... 'jira wished to collect some things she forgot." Kruger smiles to Doran as well. "I am glad you are safe, there was much concern over you... we feared you had fallen into the same as the other children."
Doran grinned back at Kruger, though a faint blue glow came back to his eyes. We're fine. Then the glow faded again.
The smith's face took on an expression of concern; he had never seen the boy's eyes do that. He looked to Ebon to see if he hasn't perhaps been seeing things, and got a raised eyebrow in answer before Ebon spoke aloud. "I'd best get Doran home, before Phen kills me." He took the boy in his arms, then frowned. "Perhaps a stop with Elessaria first. I'll see you later, Kruger, S'jira." He nodded to them both.
"Right Ebon." Kruger's expression showed sympathy for Ebon, and a certain amount of gladness that Doran had been reunited with his family.
"Eless?" asked Icer, peeking her head out from the railway car.
"Yes, Icer... shall I tell her you're all right?"
"I can see her, yes?" The dragon was trying to make herself comfortable.
"I'll let her know to expect you at the Inn." Holding Doran, Ebon rose up into the air. "Be well, my friends."
"Bye!" called out Doran with a wave.
((adapted from live play that Brian Ravenlock and Icer1978 were kind enough to let me join, with additional bits at the end from Kruger, S'jira, and Andu Kirost... many thanks!))