Hellloooooo! Alexa’s back!! It’s time to come out of roleplay mode or, to be accurate, come out of it halfway. But it’s SO great to see all of you again. I hope Rae wasn’t too crazy. XD
First off, I’d like to start by saying how amazing this adventure has been! I’ve loved spending every single moment with you and I hope to do it again sometime soon! Thank you to those who signed up and thank you for an incredible journey. I’m blow away with how awesome you guys were!
Second, thank you ALL for 100 followers! I’m technically going to count this roleplay series as my way to celebrate it! 😉 I started this blog with LITERALLY no idea what I was doing. This milestone means so much to me! *rains chocolate*
We’ve done so many things together over these past 2 weeks. We’ve talked to an elf, bought goods at the market, saved Rae from the wanted poster, trekked to the cave, solved the grootslang’s riddle, and fought the bad bounty hunting group.
We’ve come so far from the beginning! Remember when I announced this series in my post Something Big is Happening? Remember when you signed up for this? We’ve learned to trust each other through it all! And even though this is the end, let’s stay in touch shall we?
Or maybe this isn’t the end. Here’s a sneak peek at the next interactive series.
So, shall we figure out whether or not you won? Did you save Tanith?
I darted away, hoping that my team could hold down the eyepatch guy for now. I mazed through the trees looking for someone special.
It was that moment when I stared into the eyepatch dude’s eyes that I knew what I had to do. I had to find the white deer. She could help solve everything.
Once I was alone in the forest, I fell to my knees. Before I could do anything else, I heard the crack of a branch. Someone was following me. I jumped to my feet and held my daggers out in front of me, turning slowly. “I know you’re there! Come out!”
Before I could react, a small throwing knife nicked my shoulder. Another came and I barely ducked down to avoid it piercing my forehead. Whoever this was, they sought to kill. Not like the ones who were hesitant.
“Come out and fight me instead of hiding behind a tree like a coward.” I yelled, hoping that would get my attacker to show its face. I knew that I stood no chance. I had a close-up combat weapon that would stand no match against several throwing knives.
The attacker did not come out. In response, it threw another knife straight towards my heart. I dove into a roll to avoid it. While in mid air, a sudden breeze came out of no where, knocking me straight into a tree. My head whipped in the direction where the wind came from.
Standing there was an elf. Not just any elf, but the one we met earlier.
She was part of the Dark.
Really? My day just got a whole lot harder. She must’ve tricked us somehow. The elf approached me and I tried to get up and runaway, but she used her air powers to hold me in place.
“Seriously? You are on their side? You tricked us!”
She bent down to end me but I caught a faint whisper. “That blast wasn’t meant for you.”
Another knife wizzed my way my way and she used her air to send it the opposite direction into the attacker’s way. While avoiding the knife, the attacker summersaulted out of the way, his cloak hood falling down.
The elf lady went to fight but I pulled her back down again. “Tell me. What’s your name? Did you lie to me?”
“Name’s Eirian. And no, I didn’t lie to you.” She grabbed the knives on the forest floor and pointed them in the air towards the bartender. “But he did.”
I marched over to Eirian’s side. “You lying snake!” I eyed the bartender on the ground. “You lied to us when you said the Dark had gone to a desert village, didn’t you?”
He groaned. “I never said any of that information was accurate.” With sudden movements, he jumped up and threw a knife that landed in Eirian’s shoulder.
“No!” I screamed, reaching for the knife.
Eirian knocked my hand away and ripped out the knife. “I’m fine. Let’s get this jerk.” She used her air powers to send all the knives flying. The bartender skillfully dodged every single one and countered with a knife that scraped my right leg.
That was it.
I charged towards bartender, swiping my daggers at his face. He avoided my attack and send a knife spiraling my way, which Eirian blew off its course. The bartender reached to grab another knife, but his cloak was empty. I took this opportunity to jump on him and hold my dagger to his throat.
“Not so fast, young lady!” He kicked me off him and created a boulder that sent me flying into the nearest tree. Pain erupted through my body especially where my burns were. The world turned upside down and the two figures fighting in the distance flickered.
So he was an Earth Mage too.
All I wanted to do was let the darkness take over. I wanted to lay here. I didn’t want to fight anymore
But then I remembered I had a team out there. A team who was waiting for my return.
A cry of pain sounded. Eirian!
I tried to wiggle out from underneath the boulder. “A little help here?” The boulder lifted off of me from Eirian’s powers and I ran up to her. Red was trickling from her shoulder and she had a gash on her forehead. Seeing us both together, the bartender created a huge wall of rock that sent us both flying.
I landed on my stomach. Crack.
My ribs burst into a throbbing pain and I screamed.
Eirian rolled over and grabbed me in her arms. “I know you don’t want to do this but you need to go find the deer. I’ll hold him off.”
“No, you can’t. You’ll die.” I gripped her shoulder, begging her to stay with me. It was hard to take deep breaths.
She brushed off my hand and stood up. “For Tanith.” Eirian charged back into the fight.
“No!” I gasped. But she was right, there would be many deaths to follow if we didn’t stop the Dark now. I pulled myself to my feet and blinked as blood dripped into my eyes.
For Tanith. For my friends.
I stumbled over to a clear spot in the forest and fell to my knees, on the verge of tears. “White deer, I’m not sure you will hear this, but Tanith is in danger. My friends are in danger. We are all so close to dying and we need your help. I need you to take me to the scroll.
“I understand that only certain people can find it, but I promise I’m not going to use it for anything bad. I want to stop the bad from taking over Tanith. That’s what my friends and I came to do. And they’ve taught me everything. They taught me how to love and trust. And now I would like to spread that love and kindness to the rest of Tanith. Even if it costs me my own life, I want everyone to be happy. Please come show me where to find the scroll.”
I curled into a ball, sucking in as much air as possible. I was sure I cracked or broke a rib. But I didn’t want help. All I wanted was the Dark to go away.
A bright flash appeared.
There was the deer.
Standing right in front of my eyes.
I got back up to my knees and bowed whispering, “Thank you.”
When I stood, we made eye contact. But it didn’t run away or turn to lead me to the scroll. We just stood, listening. We heard battle cries. Screams. Grunts. We heard the sound of elements and the sound of blades. I closed my eyes, blocking it all out. How could we save Tanith?
I heard one small whisper.
What do you wish for?
I opened my eyes, locking glances with the shining deer again. The question was reflected in her eyes. What do you wish for?
Then it hit me. There was no scroll. That had only been a trick, a rumor to get men set on pocessing it. The only thing that could give wishes out was something that was not pocessible.
The white deer.
She was hidden from Tanith. Hidden far too well. Bounty hunters would try and fail. But only one could tell the tale. This deer was certainly tucked away from prying eyes.
But now she was here. Here and ready to give me a wish.
I struggled to take a deep breath. I knew I had promised my team wishes. But they would understand what I had to do.
“I would like to wish for everything related to the scroll to disappear forever. The rumors, the legend, the greed. I want Tanith to be full of love and kindness again.” I looked at the deer. “That means you too. No one will ever be able to get a wish again. Stay hidden and tucked away from prying eyes.”
The deer nodded.
“Oh and I would really appreciate it if the wish’s effect happened at the right time.” I winked.
She bowed, took one last look, and disappeared.
I rushed back to the bartender and Eirian but covered my mouth when I saw what had happened. The bartender was dead on the ground. Next to him was a dead Eirian.
“No!” I ran to her side and laid her head on my lap. Why couldn’t I save her? She was bleeding from her shoulder and face. But it was her internal injuries that scared me the most. I checked her pulse. Eirian was still breathing but it was faint.
I brushed her sweaty hair to the side. She coughed before moaning and her eyes fluttered open. “You know, we elves believe we will come back as an animal.”
“No! Stop! Shhh. Everything will be alright.”
Eirian clutched my hand. “I believe I’m going to come back as an eagle. Watch for me, would you?”
“No. Eirian. We will fix this. I’ve got some great Healers on my team that can save you. Stay with me, please.”
“I’ll come back, don’t worry.” She smiled. “I’m going to see my family again. Then I’ll come back as an eagle. I will always be with you no matter what.”
I screamed. “Help! Someone please help.” I checked her pulse again, feeling it fade to nothing. “No, no, no, no.” I sobbed. “Eirian, you said would stay with me!”
Instantly, my sadness turned to anger. “I promise I’ll avenge you, Eirian.” I stormed off to where my friends where holding down the eyepatch dude.
“Rae!” They shouted. “Let’s end him!”
“Not yet. I’ve got something to say.” I glared at Eyepatch in the eye, doing everything in my power to not beat him to death. “Listen to me, you jerk. I don’t know what’s gotten into you but the scroll isn’t worth this. It isn’t worth this many deaths. You are so greedy that you’re causing deaths on both sides. You’ve caused many injuries on our side. From open wounds to broken ribs to burns. And you don’t even care.
“If we were any different, we would end you. And we have every right to. But that’s not us. I still believe you have good in you. Your greed is clouding all the good in you. Listen, power isn’t what matters. It’s the love and kindness that does.” I glanced at my team members, wounded or not wounded. “It’s the unity that matters. I’ve learned so much from them.
“Gwen, thank you for teaching me how to face my fears. Even though you were scared of speaking to people, you’ve showed me how to overcome the things in my life that hold me back.
“Audrey, you taught me to be always there for others. When everyone got hurt, you were the first to notice and comfort them.
“Keonna, thank you for teaching me determination. No matter who got in your way, you still figured out how to push through.
“Amethyst, you taught me sacrifice. You ran into the fight and put your life in danger to save others.
“Dahlia, you taught me kindness. There was one moment at the market where you paid for Keonna’s goods. What a beautiful act of kindness.
“Kyra, you taught me courage. “Without fear, there cannot be courage.” You taught me that lesson. Thanks for being brave in the mist of fear.”
“Julia, you taught me to keep on dreaming. I loved the dreamy look in your eyes.
“Kalen, you taught me how to be skillful on the battlefield. Thank you.
“Cassie, you showed me what a good friend looks like. You have all the qualities a friend would need.
“Manasi, thank you for teaching me how to be connected with everything life has to offer. You are powerful and I love watching you with your Earth Mage powers.
“Liana, thank you for being observant. When others were in need, you stepped up to help whether that was using a tree branch to stop an attacker from getting to me or helping those in the battlefield.
“Elle, you taught me how to be happy. You found the positive in everything by cracking jokes and rhyming words that made people smile.
“Sage, you taught me how to overcome self-doubt. When you were on the battlefield, you showed everyone that no matter how small you feel or seem, you can still do great things.
“Perl, thank you for teaching me what adventure looks like. You were always ready for the next great thing to happen. You would make a great explorer.
“Ilana, you showed me what true fighting is. It isn’t combat but rather fighting for what you love and who you love. Thanks for believing in this team.
“Annalise, thank you for showing me what a smile is. Even though you were a bit shy, your smile makes all the difference. That smile can change the world.
“Amare, thank you for teaching me love and kindness. Whether it was towards teammates, animals, or enemies, you were always willing to love.”
I stared into the eyepatch dude’s eyes. “You see, there is such much more in this world than power. Each of my team mates showed me something new. Even though this journey was hard, I’m grateful for every single moment. We bonded as a team. We are united as a team. And this bond you see, can change the world.
“This bond can even go as far as finding the scroll and saving Tanith.” I stomped my foot and felt the power surge through the forest.
The wish had taken effect.
The fighting stopped.
The blades stopped.
The cries stopped.
The struggles stopped.
The greed stopped.
The world stopped. And everyone listened. You could hear the kindness in the air. You could feel the love in the air.
The white deer was gone. Gone from the land. You would never be able to find her again.
But somehow, that made me more happy. I looked around at my teammates, glad that they were all alive. Almost all of them.
That moment, a eagle flew down from the sky and landed on my shoulder. Tears of happiness ran down my cheeks.
I’m always with you.
Everyone on the opposite side, put down their weapons, not willing to fight anymore. And the eyepatch dude seemed different. There was no longer a lonely hunger in his eyes.
I laughed. “Guys! We just saved Tanith!”
“Did you ever find the white deer?” Someone asked but I couldn’t quite place their voice.
I shook my head. “No, she’s gone.”
“Never to be seen again. Never to be heard from again.”
I smiled. She was gone forever.
But after all, legends never die.
You guys did it! I’m so proud of you!!! There was a few different paths you could’ve taken that would only carry you to defeat. You chose the right path!! Cue the celebration gifs!
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Guys, this is the end.
The adventure is done.
The journey is done.
Or is it?