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May 26, 2019 10:21 PM
Dragon Age Ari lands in vampireworld
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Arilal has found yet another Elvhen ruin in the swamp.

It's not like it's hard. The woods south of Ostagar are fucking packed with ruins, Elvhen and otherwise. And Flemeth only told him to stay away from humans, not from cool ancient ruins he finds. So it's fair game.

He jumps down into the entry hall, chopping away the vines blocking the doorway with his shortswords (which he wields more like bastard swords, given the size of his arms). He enters the tomblike dark of the passageways, killing a couple of giant spiders along the way. Yawn. Then there's a couple of animated elf corpses, double yawn.

He wants something interesting. He finds it. A giant mirror, cracked down the center but otherwise gleaming without any sign of age. No dust or muck on the glass, no foliage on the intricately carved frame. It hums with mystic energy.

He pokes it, which turns out to be a mistake, because suddenly he's sucked through the glass and into a different place entirely, swearing fluently the whole time.

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He's in what a native of this world would call a "haunted house". That is, an abandoned mechanical ride in a rotting carnival nobody bothered to dismantle. Horrors painted on plywood surround the boy, along with cheap plastic skeletons and bedsheet ghosts.

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...Along with a dark haired boy and girl who look like they could've been carved from polished moon rock.

"Uh, hi," says the boy of the pair. It's easy to tell he's a boy, given his stark nakedness. 

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The other, a girl, sniffs the newcomer. "You smell weird."

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Arilal is naked, too! What a coincidence. (Flemeth never makes him wear clothes, which is why Flemeth is the coolest dad ever.)

"Hi yourself," he says, looking around. "And you look weird, so there. What... is this place? Because it's not an Elvhen ruin."

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"We look awesome," Zeke corrects him. "You look grey."

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"This is a stupid ride stupid humans rode to scare themselves," Tabby explains.

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"Well yeah, I'm Vashoth, we're literally the Grey People. Humans are pretty stupid," he agrees. "What're you? Besides shiny."

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Tabby grins, revealing very pronounced canines. "Vampires."

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"Imagine if everything lame about humans was great instead."

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"That's a pretty tall order! Most of what I know about humans is that they want to kill my dad. Oh, and they worship the Maker, which is stupid. And they hate everybody who isn't human. And... okay, maybe I know some stuff about humans. But I don't know how to make any of that great!"

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Tabby proceeds to lift the grey boy over her head. With one hand. "We're strong."

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Zeke leaps over the two of them, landing on his feet in a blur. "We're fast!"

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Tabby sets Ari down again. "And when we finish growing up we don't get old. And we heal everything."

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Zeke points to his junk. "Third set."

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"Gross!" Ari says admiringly. "That sounds awesome! All I get for being Vashoth is that I'm stronger than humans - not strong enough to lift people one-handed - and I'm immune to a bunch of poisons. I'd totally trade."

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"You could you know."

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"How so? Blood magic? Dad says to stay away from blood magic until I'm older."

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"Is it magic? Hmm."

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"We'd feed you our blood, then you'd nap, then you're a vampire!"

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"...That doesn't actually sound very much like blood magic at all, huh. Certainly sounds better than having to acquire you as a shifting form, that takes ages."

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Tabby rocks forward on her heels. "Say pretty please and we might just make you one of us."

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"You'll have to join our coven, though," Zeke cautions. "Oh, and what's a shifting form? Is that like--"

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Ari turns into a fluffy grey wolf pup, then back, in the span of a few seconds. "So you're apostates too, then?"

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Zeke turns back. "Don't know what word means." He shrugs. "Vampires can just be cats."

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