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New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Celariel » December 02, 2019 05:30 PM

Last Edited: December 06, 2019 06:36 AM

To all of you who suffered under my 'Draconic' reign,
No words can express the regret I feel for causing such pain.
I... understand why some in court petition to complain,
But His Majesty has officially declined to arraign.
Please accept my humble apologies and know
That I will make amends before the first snow.
Though the first Rejuvenation Ritual was a disaster,
The second time freed me of that villainous spellcaster -
Opened my eyes to the truth of the Wizards Three,
A truth so much larger than our known history.
When the Narrator led me to power through his suggestions,
I found many answers that yet raised more questions.
How did he learn the ancient rituals that saved our land
Well enough to manipulate them through another's hand?
And why, if he is as omnipotent as he claimed,
Did he first need a suspect at the Gala to be framed?
Are we to believe he is a surviving wizard of yore,
Who somehow survived the Withering heretofore?
There is much to be learned, and precious little time to wait,
So I'm afraid I must ask all petitioners to set aside your hate.
When I channeled the ritual and touched the leyline
I felt Merlin's warning come alive in my bloodline.
I sense it, that growing dread the Narrator called The End -
Something lurks in the Withering with which we must contend.
To describe it, I can only think of deficient words in vain...
Dearth.
Deception.
Discord.
Doubt.
And disdain.
Beyond our protections set by ancient wisdom for peace
Is a threat of destruction that will never cease.
Reality is still actively being unmade!
And I sense that its horrors will soon invade.
So, my people. What will we do? Will you debate?
Is it, as the Narrator wanted us to believe, far too late?
Those of you who wring your hands and call for quorum
Should heed the advice of my Illuminary Knights in this Forum.
Suspicious and repressed, when we argue amongst ourselves we are but tinder to a fire -
But together, we have proved over and over that no situation is too dire!
My Royal Advisor and I have become more attuned than ever before
Due to the ritual magic that rooted us to our Forest's core.
In each and every one of you, even now, I feel the seed of life
That must bloom into heartwood if we are to survive the coming strife.
The Wizards Three - no, all of our legendary protectors
Shared some kind of power, as wizards, teachers, explorers, directors;
Somehow, they wielded magic greater than anything we can compare,
More than a ritual, which is less like speaking than 'tis repeating a prayer.
Knowing this, can I use my newfound ties to the leyline to save us?
Though I am certain many of you will dismiss any attempt as outrageous...
I, too, question myself for such a daring thought;
What good have my ambitious dreams ever brought?
Is it even possible to learn that same level of supernatural skill?
If I try to wield it myself, could the magic twist me again to another's will?
Yet I know I must try. I must.
Whether or not I have your trust.
Whether or not you believe me.
Whether you join in or... or leave me.
I understand if you will not heed my words after all I've done.
That's all right. I will stand against the Withering even if I'm the only one.
My own pain is no excuse after so many have been hurt,
And fear will not stop me again - I will not shirk.
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Lenta » December 02, 2019 05:31 PM

Your Highness, if I may? You are not- you need not bear anything alone. Seeing you as the Dragon, so lost, so consumed by emotion, I - indeed, many of us, your friends and family - wish we could have conveyed that to you sooner. For my part, I spent so much of the past month thinking and rethinking what I might have done differently, if only it could have saved- spared you. When the first casting of the Rejuvenation Ritual went awry, what did you do but risk your own life for mine? That is not the action of a selfish Dragon, nor a Princess who must place duty before all else- that is true friendship.

Please, Princess Celariel, do not believe yourself unworthy of aid. I am here- I will always stand by you.
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Celariel » December 02, 2019 05:32 PM

Last Edited: March 07, 2020 06:20 PM

Lenta... my friend, you are... you are far too kind.
Surely there are many here who are oppositely aligned.
But you are right, my Advisor, I should look past the dislike
And have faith in my friends, my family, and my people alike.
If I falter, they will catch me. I'm not on my own -
I do not have to walk my path alone.
I will master the magic of the Wizards Three
And learn what secrets I must to make us free.
In the name of that which looms portentous,
I name myself Merlin's modern apprentice.
Someday we shall be equals in power precise,
Though not equals in the belief of sacrifice.
I vow to find a way to rework your protection
So the Heart of the Forest will need no correction.
I have already discovered a way for a Dryad to walk from their tree,
And sooner or later, I will find a way to relieve my father safely.

I am going to live. That's concluded.
I am not going to martyr anyone, myself included.

With this oath, I feel stronger and surer than ever,
My heart yearning for a new and brighter endeavor.
The magic is here, it's in my blood like fire -
Not a risk, not a danger, but a spark to Inspire.
Channeling this magic to me with a mere twist,
I see... a vision blurred with mist.
The End.
I ascend.
There are brilliant colors here, shining so bright
Thrumming like my heartbeat, cleansed and all right.
This feeling, made so much more in truth, in purification -
More like a shining star burning in my chest than any rage; it's elation.
Have I been blind all this time, in denial of myself?
I can be all that I feel inside: Princess, Dragon, Elf.
The Dragon was the role I took when the magic went wrong.
When once I roared with fury, now I sing a different song.
No longer will I deny who I am for the Enchanted Forest's sake.
The Heart of the Forest will not be the cause of anymore heartache.
I crown myself anew: Princess Celariel the Dragonheart.
Follow me by choice, not tradition, for a start.
You who seek change, like me, can be recast:
I will be the guardian of the Enchanted Forest's future, not its past.
No hoard compares to the kinship we shall all together claim as our prize.
Wherever this road may lead, we walk it together as true allies.
Come, share with me the colors of this danger impending...
I must believe we can find a way to a Happy Ending.

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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Dread » December 02, 2019 06:08 PM

[@Celariel]
Like Lenta eloquently said, you will not walk this path alone,
you need not sit and face this threat isolated upon you throne.
If I can help, can aid, can assist, in whatever way I can,
if just to walk with you, a soundboard for your plan.
Know that as always, love, my strength is yours to wield,
to face the oncoming End with my trusty sword and shield.
This vow is all I have dreamed, a vision of future hope,
No more accepting the sins of past on the sacrificial slope.
You are so strong, and I know that you can reach Merlin's peak,
nay, surpass him, with no more reliance on martyrs so to speak.
If you will still have me, I would like to face this that does impend.
Together, the Heart's strength brought forth, that this will not be our End.
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Hyperion » December 02, 2019 06:44 PM

I will walk with you, [@Celariel], wherever this path may take us. We have all come so far together, we can't give up now.

Let this not be the End, but the Beginning of something wonderful.
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Glys » December 02, 2019 07:08 PM

[@Celariel]
This is... good. Yes. I'm sure there are risks, but we have no safe option. Something needs to change, someone needs to act, and mastering the magic of the Forest... seems like a very good avenue to explore. If you do this, I will support you, and if your fears come true and something turns you against your home again... we'll be here to protect the forest and to bring you back.
Posted by: 'Celariel'

When the Narrator led me to power through his suggestions,
I found many answers that yet raised more questions.
How did he learn the ancient rituals that saved our land
Well enough to manipulate them through another's hand?
And why, if he is as omnipotent as he claimed,
Did he first need a suspect at the Gala to be framed?
Are we to believe he is a surviving wizard of yore,
Who somehow survived the Withering heretofore?

Omnipotent is... a strong word. He's a force to be reckoned with, and, everything we've seen and heard indicates that he's a contemporary of Merlin himself, but he's not as powerful as he claims, I'm sure. He acts like he's unstoppable, yes, but we've stopped him twice before, so I'm not surprised he couldn't brute-force his way in.
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Glitchie » December 02, 2019 07:22 PM

Last Edited: December 02, 2019 07:23 PM

I... understand what rage and repression can do to a person, [@Celariel]. I, myself, have chased off many and acted irrationally in the past, and I can only imagine how a little magical suggestion can make it even worse. I could never blame you, Princess, and for this new home of mine, I will fight too. If the Narrator is truly from before the unmaking, I believe I could be of help, because... so am I. Surely nobody knows someone from that era better than someone from that era...
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Taiga » December 02, 2019 07:48 PM

Princess, you shall not go alone to face the Withering. We've already done so much to save our Worlds, we're not going to stop now. Though yes... this does raise more questions.

Posted by: 'Celariel'
Something lurks in the Withering with which we must contend.
To describe it, I can only think of deficient words in vain...
Dearth.
Deception.
Discord.
Doubt.
And disdain.


Huh... given that it's unmaking reality, I understand the "dearth" part... but the rest... Seems a bit odd. Deception and doubt, is this "thing" going to try to mess with our minds?

[@Shady]... I'm sorry but we might have to ask you more questions...

Time to lock myself with history books once again....
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Gloria » December 02, 2019 08:49 PM



From Doubt to Acceptance

our princess, the Dragonheart
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by Gryphling » December 02, 2019 09:54 PM

Last Edited: December 03, 2019 12:19 AM

Long live Princess Celariel the Dragonheart! We're so glad to have you back, Cellie!
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Re: New Recolors: The Dragon's Badge

by ariannx » December 02, 2019 10:01 PM

Last Edited: December 02, 2019 10:03 PM

Huzzah, Her Royal Grace the Dragonheart!
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