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Awakening

This Follows the Blood on the Leaves RP.

 

The battle was over. Another bloody massacre ending in defeat. Always the humans fell back on their only saviors in their weakness. Always they turned to the Aes Sedai. Myyrth’s thin lipless mouth turned down in an expression of vehement disgust. Even now he could feel the itch of the one power crawling along his spine. It filled him with a white hot rage. He wanted nothing more than to pick up a sword and start killing. He would find every Aes Sedai that walked this light forsaken world and put them to the sword. No, that would be too easy. He would spend time with each and every one. He would make their suffering last till the final seal gave way on his Master’s prison, then their true suffering would begin. Myyrth controlled himself; he could still smell the hunters. If he turned back now, not even his rage could keep him alive. He burrowed further into the Saldaean underbrush leaving a trail of black ichor in his wake.

 

Far away the blight called to him. It had been hours since he had escaped the battlefield and found this small wooded clearing. It would be dark soon, he would be safe. He was cleaning the longsword which he had taken from a fallen sentry. The man had been looking outwards trying to spot the remaining Trollocs who had fled once the rout had begun in earnest. He had not expected the cold white hands of a Fade to close around his neck from behind. The struggle had been brief and brutal and for a moment it seemed as though the soldier might gain the upper hand, but then as Myyrth’s eyeless gaze had stared into the panicked face of his victim he felt a deep pressure build somewhere in his body. The man’s eyes had widened in panic, fixed on his attacker. He stopped resisting as his face filled with fear before finally, windpipe crushed, he choked on his last breath. Finally escaping the encircling ring of pursuers and their Aes Sedai masters he went to ground. He thought back to the months he had spent along the blight border after first being separated from his bonded guardian. It had been a long time since then. He was older now, stronger. He would survive.

 

Thinking back to the soldier, Myyrth was not sure what had happened in the man’s last moments to render him so helpless. He knew that older Myrddraal could petrify men with a mere look but he himself had never done so. It felt strange; his Master’s power tugging at his being was growing inside him. Somewhere far to the north, in the dark heart of the Blight, an echo could be heard. This vibration seemed to sweep through him causing his own body to hum in tune. He knew that this had always been there, this discordant wave. How could he have not seen it before? There was darkness behind everything and his eyeless gaze was built to see it, his fingers to touch it, his mouth to breathe it. That darkness was one and the same with the Great Lord and it had persisted eternally. Like a tuning fork he felt himself vibrate to the disharmony of his Master’s eternal song. A song of dissolution.

 

He could not count the hours that he had spent in this empty forest. The sound of animals which had been so prevalent when he had arrived had faded altogether now. They could feel his presence in the air. Animals and Aes Sedai could always detect when shadowspawn were nearby. The animals were smart enough to clear out. Aes Sedai tended to be slightly more foolish. He clenched and unclenched his fist. The black iron gauntlet which he had worn for months was gone, lost somewhere on that battlefield. Only this sword and his own hands remained as weapons to him. His leather tunic was battered and torn and the cloak he had worn was also gone. Beneath his clothes he could feel the scars of his many battles stretch and pull. The burn scars from his encounter with an Asha’man tight on his side. Still, his body remained strong and despite losing so much equipment his unnatural constitution shielded him from the mundane concerns of temperature and inclement weather, but there were other disadvantages to being without any supplies, and even Myrdraal needed to eat.

 

He sat for a while in the darkness, just feeling the play of shadows on his face. It was slippery. Like dark velvet brushing across his pale skin. He shifted in place; this sensation was alien to him. In times past he had felt a stirring of some nameless sensitivity but never so consistently or so strongly. He was changing. The shadows seemed to have a life of their own, crawling into his mouth and pores. Dripping slowly down his face and pooling liquidly around his feet. The darkness was real, it was in his blood, and it was smoking. He had no inkling of what had triggered this change. Perhaps it was the mixing of his blood and his enemies’ blood that soaked his clothes, or the lives he had taken. Perhaps he was simply growing up. He couldn’t be sure. So many of his fadeling kin had been slaughtered tonight, perhaps that was it? Perhaps creatures like him fed on the deaths of their fellows, growing stronger with each passing. He still could see the thrashing and mutilated forms of the dead and dying Myrddraal. Most would only stop once the sun began to rise. He pretended that he could feel their deaths in the shadows. He imagined that he was there even now, sitting atop a nearby hill looking down on the slaughter. He could see it in his mind. The gradual shift of the land as it sloped away beneath him. The battlefield was black with the bodies of the dead and loud with the sound of carrion birds crying out victoriously as they ripped at dead flesh. Still even the hungry birds did not approach the bodies of the dead Myrddraal. Myyrth could see them thrashing. It seemed to him that around each of them, inky darkness leaked gathering and shifting in sentient pools beneath their bodies. They leaked darkness the way men leaked warm red blood. They would not lie quiescent until the sun rose and banished the darkness of their corrupted spirits.

 

Some part of Myyrth knew that what he saw was a vision. Though a Myrddraals blood was black, it did not move and it did not rise steaming into the air to evaporate in the night. He turned his eyeless sight upon the black blood leaking from his side and let out a sharp bark of laughter. Things were changing.

 

~~~

 

A sound disturbed the idle wanderings of his mind. He lurched to his feet; his tall form was as taught and hard as thakan’dari steal. Was he found? The dead soldier’s longsword was held out perpendicular from his body pointing towards the sound which had caught his attention. His feet slipped into a fighting stance beaten into him both by training and vicious animal instinct. A Myrddraal was a weapon; an unnatural predator devoid of purpose beyond murder. He felt this birthright inside him as he faced the threat.

 

Two men burst from the trees, the one in the lead reigned in his horse abruptly causing it to rear up and scream. His compatriot followed quickly a whirling colorshifting cloak flapping behind him. Their lathered horses whickered and panted stomping at the ground. The soldier yelled and pointed towards Myyrth. The Warder, for that was what he was, gestured firmly back the way they had come. With a grim nod the soldier snapped his heels into the horses flanks and took off back the way they had come. The warder drew a bastard sword; the long handled blade was broad and straight down its length, a fine weapon. He flourished it lightly and jogged towards him.

 

They came together with a clash, the Warder covering the last few feet with a bound. His blade flicked forward into an upwards arc breaking into The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain. The heavy two handed blows threw Myyrth into a defensive withdrawal. His surefooted and serpent quick movements kept his feet beneath him as he slipped backwards using his sword only to deflect and guide his enemies’ blade. The Warder abruptly transitioned into Moon on the Water, low and swift horizontal cuts aimed towards his abdomen. The strikes took advantage of the Warders longer blade, hemming in Myyrth with each deflected strike. One strike cut so close to his side that Myyrth had to twist his body at a sharp angle arching back as he did. He felt a tugging sensation in his chest as the wound which he had taken earlier tore. A gush of blood flushed down his side and he stumbled. He was hurt badly.

 

Still, a wounded Myrddraal was nothing to trifle with. As he fell he spun, the full rotation bringing his blade slashing at the Warders legs just below the knees. The human was not a careless fighter though, he anticipated the counter-strike and stepped clear quickly. Myyrth’s sword met only empty air. Catching himself with his free hand he scrambled back to his feet. A healthy distance between them he felt his back come up against the rough bark of a tree. Myyrth raised his weapon again point forward. The warder assumed a slightly cocky stance now. Some lazy variant of Cat Crosses the Courtyard, his weapon hung lose in one hand as he stalked forward. Suddenly, he moved like a blur feinted high then low before coming sharply up at Myyrth’s face with a reverse cut. Myyrths own blade came up barely in time to parry the strike and return with a three strike combo of his own. Two heavy slashes to the warders midsection followed by a stab probing for any gap in his opponents defense. Unfortunately he did not see the Warders hand drop and retrieve a punch dagger from his side belt. Myyrths only warning was the sensation of the blade stabbing into his armpit. The sensation of the long blade scraping along his bones sent vibrations through his body. The warder snapped a leg up kicking him back into the shadow of the woods. The night was on them now, leaving only the moon and stars for illumination. As he felt his blood leak from his body Myyrth knew with utter certainty what it was to expect death. Unlike a human or Trolloc would, he did not fear the concept. It was an alien sensation to be so indifferent to his own existence. Yet like all creatures like him, though soulless they still possessed a sense of purpose.

 

As he rose he slithered backwards into the shadow of a twisted oak tree. Smoke was billowing from the wound in his side now, inky black smoke rising from his gash. Now more than ever he needed this power. He also knew that at any second the Warder would tear around the corner and finish him as he lay there if he did not act. With feverish intensity he reached out his hand, dipping into the shadows surrounded the tree. After a moment of resistance his hand broke through it was like pushing his fingers through a delicate membrane composed only of smoke and cold water. Uncertain but still determined Myyrth pushed his way through. Once before he had done this, in fear of his life as a young fade. It had saved his life then.

 

For a moment he was suspended in a place of complete opaque blackness devoid of all imagery or light. It was cold, colder than anything he had ever experience as though the heat of the world was being drawn out of this place into some outer void. Shapes began to appear in the murk, twisted trees and stunted grey little plants. The Warder was gone, though he could sense that if he stepped back through the dark threshold he would be there. He took a step; the sound was muted. He walked slowly, feeling his strength return as he put another foot forward. For a moment Myyrth contemplated just leaving. The Warder could not follow him here, he was untouchable. But no, he was one of the Eyeless, a champion of the Great Lord. The human would die.

 

Myyrth crossed to one of the twisted shadow trees on the other side of the clearing. Instinctively he could feel the denser patches of shadow that leaked into the world of light. Reaching out he once again felt the strange membrane, though this time it felt warmer than the air around him. Flashing his teeth he pushed through.

 

He stood in the shadow of a tree across from the place where he and the Warder had crossed swords. The human was there, searching the darkness sword at the ready. It seemed as though only mere moments had passed since he had stepped into the shadows though it had seemed like subjective minutes. All the dark places in the clearing seemed to stand out more in his eyeless vision. The night which had seemed impenetrable before now seemed clearly defined in his sight. As though those places of shadow were now intrinsically intertwined with that Other place in his mind. He chuckled, a loud and raspy sound like rusted iron scraping across stone. The Warder whirled, his clear blue eyes staring piercingly into the night.

“Shadow filth; show yourself, by the light!” The Warder brandished his blade and stalked towards the fade, his expression grim.

“Ah you poor human creatures, the power you oppose has never been subject to the commands of the Light. Your words and your life are empty. Your blood will nourish my blade, and your spirit… your spirit will be utterly destroyed.” Myyrth felt as though his strength had doubled. His jaunt through that Other place had done more than just move him through time. He had awakened in those short moments spent there, immersed in darkness. He was unnaturally still, not a single twitch or breath moved his body. Despite the wind which whistled down through the trees his cloths moved not at all, hanging dead in the air. He was a Fade born again to darkness, with all the power that that entailed.

 

He waited for the human to reach him before whipping snake-quick into action. He struck from every angle at once, his sword reacting with a speed and grace it had never known. He was the predator in the night. The Warder fell into a defensive form, taken aback by the change in his opponent. The cold and calculating ferocity with which Myyrth attacked left the human struggling to mount an effective counter. Myyrth drove in with a flurry of sweeping overhand strikes shoving the man to his knees. With a desperate cry the Warder kicked a leg out catching Myyrth in the shin and spoiling his balance for a moment.

 

With preternatural alacrity Myyrth saw the Warders killing blow come striking towards him and with contemptuous dispassion drove his fee palm into the point of the blade. He felt the steel slide into the meat of his hand as he guided it away from its lethal trajectory. As the man’s eyes widened Myyrth drove his own blade into his enemies’ collarbone shoving it down at an angle piercing lung, liver and intestine. There was a gurgling intake of breath as the man realized he was dead, then the lights when out.

 

~~~

 

The Fade kicked the corpse over with relish before slowly removing the bastard sword from its palm. It felt nothing as the metal slid clear of its flesh. It was in a place beyond pain. Finally after so many struggles it had reached its majority. There was blood everywhere, pooling darkly around the dead warders corpse and dripping liberally from the wounds in its hand and side. Turning its smooth maggot pale face up towards the moon hanging low in the sky it smiled. Surrounded by inky darkness it turned towards the shrouded wood and faded away.

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The heat of the sun blistered over the valley of Thakan'dar. Stretched out under it's oppressive gaze the blistered bodies of a thousand men and woman stumbled slowly towards a collection of low sun baked stone structures. These buildings were scattered around the valley, positioned next to murky streams as black as tar. Greasy smoke billowed up into the air from these structures and deposited ash in a steady trickle on the sweating backs of those forlorn walkers. Pacing alongside these lost souls the trollocs loomed, snarling and whipping at their charges, moving them inexorable towards their fate. The air of the place reeked of torment and human suffering. The sound of a whip cracking through the air was punctuated by a scream weakened by constant hardship. None of the sun burnt figures even raised a head or shifted from their slow single file shuffle. Broken men on their way to a fate unknown. Few humans had ever entered these dark forges and come forth again. Those that did no matter how dark their hearts, were irrevocably changed. Even for a Darkfriend it was humbling to witness how the Shadow viewed humanity. They were tools to be utilized then expended; this was just one of many uses. Life was a means to an end. The utter nihilism of the place was soul crushing in it's inevitable purpose. Life was to be extinguished. That it hung on so tenaciously to it's existence was more an inconvenience than a perk.

 

Myyrth's path down into the valley was direct and purposeful. It had taken him two months to work his way through the Blight, a slow and dangerous journey which had led him down many side paths. Now that he had arrived he was impatient to confront his masters. As he journeyed down into the valley he breathed in the miasma of the place. A deep sense of satisfaction welled up inside him. There was a certain psychopathic pride in witnessing so much misery being perpetrated on an industrial scale. To a shadowspawn such utter cruelty could be appreciated in all it's cunning artistry. The forges of Thakan'dar produced some of the most vile weapons to ever exist. That they were fueled by the life of both lightsworn and darksworn alike filled Myyrth's soulless body with a certain ironic glee.

 

His travel worn boots sent up puffs of ash as he crunched his way down a rough gravel strewn path that lead past the Thakan'dar forges and up into the hills beyond. What waited for him there made his black heart beat faster. His presence drew eyes as he walked down into the valley. The tall, cloaked, figure of a myrddraal stood by the nearest forge inspecting the human chattel. The cowel of it's hood turned towards him, the aberrant features of the thing concealed as it tracked his movements. Pointing it directed a trolloc to head him off, the creature held a whip in one hand, it snapped it with determination before trotting towards him.

 

Myyrth watched as the Trolloc approached him. It was a younger beast, probably recently brought here to manage the large influx of slaves. Myyrth stopped. The Trolloc slowed, wary, its whip dragged behind it through the dirt. Despite the blood caked to his side and hand and the torn state of his clothing Myyrth was still a myrddraal. His very presence inspired fear in the weak willed. The trolloc spoke.

 

"What you do here?" it said in it's guttural tongue. It said as a demand, but the beasts uneasy stance betrayed it. Myyrth began to smile. In the long journey here he had begun to wonder what other skills had begun to grow inside him. His old caretaker was long dead, eaten by Jumara. Perhaps it was time he gained new followers. For a moment he felt nothing as he quested out towards the Trollocs mind. The reek of it's sweating body was heavy in the air. Myyrth concentrated. The trolloc snorted, It snapped the whip out towards him intent on subduing this rebellious fadeling.

 

Serpent quick Myyrth lashed out and grabbed the trollocs whip, as it snapped into his palm he felt something click. The trolloc spasmed suddenly it's body contorting at an unnatural angle. Myyrth could feel the creatures fear and it's weakness. He could feel the hot ball of thought and emotion which governed it's simple brain. If he could just grasp it. The trolloc let out a braying sound thin and high as some part of it's being gave way under the monstrous pressure of Myyrths eyeless gaze. The crude and forceful attempt at linking collapsed and something inside the beast broke. It fell away from Myyrth stone dead. Collapsing in the dirt and ash with a loud thud. For a moment Myyrth inspected the creature before kneeling carefully and taking the whip from it's hand. Giving the whip a good crack he smiled and stepped over the trollocs corpse and continued on down the hill. It was a learning process.

 

The cowled myrddraal turned from it's charges and walked towards him. It's clothes stirred not at all in the hot breeze which blew through the valley. As they came together the other Trolloc guards who had been watching intently turned back to their dire work. It was non of their concern.

 

"You are young." The Myrddraal said. It was not a question. Closer now, Myyrth could tell that this Fade was a Shadow Knight, he inclined his head slightly in deference. There was an almost palpable chill radiating from the elder Fade.

 

"I have come into my power. I go to the Circle to be confirmed." Myyrth said. The Shadow Knight looked past him towards the dead Trolloc.

 

"You failed."

 

"I grow"

 

The Myrddraal looked at him, within the shadows of its hood Myyrth could see its face. Myyrth stepped past the Shadow Knight and continued walking. He gripped the handle of the dead trollocs whip in his hand. It felt good. He lifted his face to the rising slope of the mountain. He could feel the oppressive force of his Master bearing down on him, filling the empty portions of his soul with an ecstatic energy. Soon.

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The threshold to the ancient stone fortress was pitch black, no light escaped the massive stone gate. To Myyrth's eyeless sight the darkness seemed to possess depth, as though the gate was more a portal into some ancient and empty void. A space completely absent of light from it's very beginning in creation. The creeping darkness of the doorway drew at some deep part of every Myrddraal's being. Soulless though he was Myyrth felt something call out to that darkness from within his chest. Twin voids circling each other.

 

Tearing his sight away from the gate he looked up towards the pinnacle of the fortress rising sharp and sever into the blistering air. The very environment seemed to rebel at this brutal structure erupting from the earth. Sending flashes of hot wind and sand searing across his face. The brutal flags of the trollocs were scattered about the valley whiping in the wind. The hum of the sand across the ground ever-present. Despite all that his clothes didn't move or even flutter in the wind. They hung dead on him as though he stood in an empty sealed cavern underground. At all times he felt almost disjointed, his feet not quite touching the ground. His hands gripping but not gripping a swordhilt. The disassociation was strong in this place. As he felt the shadow inside him blossoming, this strangeness had come upon him as well. He did not know what was happening to him, but whatever power resided in his blood he would use it. No matter how much killing needed done he would do it.

 

Stealing himself he strode like a black ghost through the swirling dust and crossed over the threshold into the fortress.

 

The interior of the fortress was as pitch black as the doorway suggested. If not for the aberrant nature of his sight he was sure that navigating the rubble strewn and lightless hallways would be impossible. Even a trolloc's night vision would fail in the face of this solid blackness. It was something tangible that floated through the air. Myyrth breathed in the black emptiness and felt his mind expand. The sound of his footsteps on the ground startled him. How long had it been since he could hear his own steps? Weeks? He felt more present in this dark and featureless hallway than he had on some time.

 

A whispering voice reached his ear

 

You feel the great shadow in it's fullness worm.

 

The voice seemed to crawl up his spine before it seized his thoughts. An immense pressure and agony tore through his body at the touch of that ancient will. He could feel ahead of him the tangible darkness of the next room. Like a tactile picture in his head. Cloaked figures stood beyond hissing in an ancient dialect he did not understand.

 

Myyrth stepped into the next room. He was surrounded on all sides by the Neverborn. In the pure blackness of the room their pale eyeless heads swiveled like grubs to focus on him. The weight of their combined stares itched at his mind like a swarm of locusts crawling across his brain with rough barbed feet. Then a single voice broke through and it seemed to burn away all thought and reason as it slithered through his being leaving him on his knees.

 

So you come before us. Still a pathetic worm groveling beneath our sight. I see no blood on your hands, no gift to enhance your worthiness. You are nothing, leave this place.

 

But Myyrth knew he was worthy. In his rasping trolloc tongue he spoke, spitting it like a retort aimed at the old voice. He tore his ragged leather vest form his chest as he did so.

 

"I have killed many men master." Standing to his full height despite the oppressive weight of the Circles attention he displayed his scars. The twin star shaped punctures of two arrows he had taken in the southlands. The long ugly burn scar which twined up his right side, the sword slash which had cut his face and the ragged wound in his hand. They detailed the bloody history of his life. Taking a dagger from his belt he tore open the still fresh scar on his palm the blood seeping out black and hot in the crowded room. "I have bled and I have taken the lives of lightsworn humans all along the southlands. I have survived battles that killed my lesser kin. I have prevailed and come to this chamber awakened to my purpose."

 

The voice in the darkness was silent for a long moment. They watched him appraising.

 

I see the blood upon your hands and know that it reflects of the blood of your enemies. Perhaps you are more worthy than you look. WHO IS YOUR MASTER!

 

The voice echoed outwards into the room seeming to disappear into space as though the chamber were much larger than it actually was. The other Myrddraal were gone Myyrth was alone with his master. He confronted the endless void, knelt, and spoke.

 

"The Great Lord of the Dark." He said, his voice was carried out into the infinite emptiness.

 

The room seemed to shrink suddenly and once more he stood in the strange stone chamber.

 

The other Myrddraal who had crowded the room were gone leaving a single stationary figure a foot taller than Myyrth. The shadows of it's cowl were impenetrable and it spoke again in that silent and rasping voice.

 

You have been recognized by the Great Lord. Know that this is not a reward so much as it is a test. For the master has high expectations of his servants and failure will be delt with accordingly. You will now return to the Valley of Thakan'dar and claim your sword. Cut yourself and smear your blood upon the hilt and return it bleeding to this chamber. A slave will see that you are provided with equipment suitable for a worm like you.

 

The voice sneered. You will be called shortly to your first tasks. You are worthless to us as you are, you must be prepared. So do not delay or I will kill you and enjoy doing so. One second the Fade was there, the next he was gone. Seemingly shifting between a fold in space and disappearing. Myyrth could feel the cold emanations of the shadow realm wash over him as the transition happened. Alone in the chamber he stood. The first step had been reached, a long bloody journey yet remained.

 

He left in haste to retrieve his sword. If a creature like him could imagine happiness, then it might just be something like what he was feeling now.

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