After the fight with Zahara in the dungeons Markuran slipped out of the Labyrinthine Cascade and made for the Gateway. Quietly repeating the words of the Petrok hunter to himself as he went, the big man took an hour to reach the depths of the Eastern forests. Moving without real care, the barbarian was angry enough to hope he attracted the attention of something mean, nasty and powerful. In fact, such was his great desire. For some weeks, Marku had been wanting to leave the Sunlands and contact the Lunar Exalted, hoping to gain their aid. He'd taken the chance with Cerin and Zahara distracted and the new Dragonbloods delt with. With luck and calm waters, he'd find what he sought.
As he pauses to listen, Marku hears the slightest rustle of leaves to the northwest, though it is only the faintest of sounds.
Though it is faint, the rustling in the leaves can be faintly heard to move to one side -- moving out of Marku's path.
Listening carefully, Markuran spots the location of his quarry -- perhaps 30 feet away, almost directly west from his current standing
All of a sudden, the rustling stops.
Marku lands precisely where he heard the sound -- but finds it surprisingly empty. No creature has stirred since the sound stopped, yet no one stands there....
As Marku turns, a single wasp flies up from the jungle floor and begins to head upwards towards the opening in the canopy....
Marku moves with a surprising deftness to clasp the wasp within his hands. He lets out a yell of excitement -- though that is short-lived, as he suddenly finds himself holding a rhinoceros.
The rhino shifts in form to that of a snake, and begins winding down one massively muscled arm.
The snake looks irritated for a moment, and then shifts into the form of a slender woman, with long silver hair; she wears the pelt of a tyrant lizard, and chains of silver run over much of her body. Markings of black patterns trace over her skin, and light glints off of them unnaturally.
<Markuran> "You pick a poor way to greet visitors."
<Markuran> "And while I was merely trying to ask you a question, you tried to crush me with your vast bulk."
<Markuran> "You should begin to take one. If I put you down, will you listen to me or must I continue to hold you by the neck?"
<Markuran> "Things are growing dark in the world, Lunar. The Realm moves against the East, gods plot to displace and destroy the Exalted of Sun and Moon and Earth with their own. Ancient creatures from before Man rise again to threaten the world. And the dead rage across vast nations unchecked. Would you remain hidden away, a coward in your lands, waiting for doom to come?"
<Markuran> "If you would continue your stupidity at the cost of your life, turn your people to my guardianship and show me where I may find a Lunar worthy of the great silver Goddess."
<Serenal?> "You think I need your assistance? Why? Because you continue to believe yourself the most wise and powerful creature in the world, as your kind has always done? I think not. My own allies serve me far better."
<Markuran> "Without a drop of sweat from my brow, I captured you and held you tight. If I had wished, you would be bloody on the ground, broken and dying. If I feel cause to worry, you do indeed need my assistance."
<Markuran> "I have fought back the Fae to save my people, Serenal. Fought the dead, the armies of Mask of Winters and Walker in Darkness. Five nations bow to me and my Circle because without us they would have perished against the walls and armies of Lookshy. We have made friends with the ancient races of the world. I have roamed the ice of the north, swum in the salt seas of the west. I have seen this world and given my blood for it."
<Markuran> "I want to save it and everyone in it from what's coming."
<Markuran> "I spoke of them when I first caught you!" Marku's snapped reply vibrates the air, sending leaves falling in a green rain. Once again he calms himself, nodding apology. "The dead walk and do not die when struck down. The Deathlords plot and scheme against us. Rogue Gods would have their own servants replace us and rule Creation for them. And the races before Man rise again, some to seek our doom."
<Markuran> "To the southwest, the Sunlands. The lands of Chaya, Jakobi, Marukan and Crosanti have joined us. And Krala soon will."
Tags: (:tags Lunars, Serenal:)