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Theo ([personal profile] fairshot) wrote in [community profile] glowfic2015-10-22 06:24 pm

abruptly adjourned

The local militia captain rapped on the doorframe, "We've found the suspect, Judge."

"Excellent! Bring me to him. Let's get this headache over with," Theod replied.

A short walk later, the captain gestured to a door. "He's in here."

Theod held himself tall and thought of the ideals that had brought him to The Judge's Order. He hasn't been out in the field long, but even a new judge's rough cloth robe and wooden badge of office can project the presence of the original for long enough to make an imposing entrance.

Stepping through the door to a suddenly hushed room, he asks "Which is the accused?"

He's presented with a slightly bruised man, hands tied with ropes.

"Do you swear to tell me the truth today, as I have sworn to use that knowledge well?"

The man growls "Yes", which Theod knows is true, and then "Much good may it do you!"

There is a feeling of overwhelming light, and cracks in it, spreading through space.

When he can make sense of his surroundings, he is... not there.
segreant: (n ~ that's not good)

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Instead, he is on a grassy slope in the open nowhere, uncomfortably close to a bunch of zombies. The zombies - rotting ambulatory corpses, gaps in their cheeks and unseeing bulging eyes and powerful stench - lurch in his direction.

"Stay back!" cries a woman's voice. "Ragnar, get that one, mind your wings!" And the zombie nearest Theod has its ribcage clawed open by giant eagle's talons, attached to an improbable hybrid creature, and it overbalances and falls into its neighbor. Another zombie falls to a sword on the end of a staff, which grants its armored young wielder impressive reach. The smell gets worse every time a zombie's guts are opened to air.
segreant: (m ~ mindscape)

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"Get back, you fool!" roars the lady in the armor, cleaving a zombie's head from its shoulders as another, unable to stand but still moving, gnaws on her boot with an awful teeth-on-metal sound. She staves in its skull with the blunt end of her swordstaff, nearly but not quite too slowly to interrupt one that nearly grabbed the griffin's tail.
segreant: (n ~ that's not good)

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"Don't distract me!" She separates the left half of a zombie from the right, most of the way up, groin to sternum, and while her sword is stuck in it punches another with her gauntleted fist hard enough that it and its jaw go flying in different directions.

It takes another minute and a half before all of the zombies stop moving. The griffin lands and starts spitting as best it can black zombie gunk out of its beak and then eats some grass, presumably as a palate cleanser.
segreant: (i ~ splendide)

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"I'm done," she says, wiping her blade off on the nearest un-zombie-gooked patch of grass. "Where did you come from?"
segreant: (h ~ think think)

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"Well, I've no explanation either. You're not a mage? Were you near one?"
segreant: (j ~ you don't say)

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"I'm not sure what you're talking about."

She's still holding her swordstaff.
segreant: (g ~ marquise)

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"About six leagues out from Little Brookshield, twenty from Andivar. ...In the country of Talpath."
segreant: (h ~ think think)

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"I couldn't say. You weren't near a mage at the time? Do you know what the order of paladins nearest you is called?"
segreant: (k ~ a good book)

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"...Ragnar is a griffin. Winged horses are also real. And you must be from astoundingly far away if you have no paladins - or even if they are simply called something else - and know of only two gods."
segreant: (h ~ think think)

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"I mean, you could say that the Lights aren't gods, but then you have zero gods, not two."
segreant: (i ~ splendide)

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"...Well, here there are the Lights, mine being the Winter Light, and they do not have this infighting problem."
segreant: (h ~ think think)

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"Yes. Are you afraid of heights?"
segreant: (f ~ mlle l'enchanteresse)

[personal profile] segreant 2015-10-23 03:16 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, the alternative is walking, and it's hilly." She gets on her own griffin, tells him "Calm," and then offers the newcomer her hand. "I'm Kaja di Ragnar. What's your name?"

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