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Index was once a small and close-knit community, but the town located on the western side of Washington state has grown in recent years beyond anyone's expectations. It is the ideal place for those who work in Seattle but can't afford the city's high real estate prices, and for others the natural beauty attracts them to the town. And Index truly is a beautiful place - surrounded by thick evergreen trees, tall mountains and glistening rivers and lakes. While weather is typically rainy with overcast skies even this does nothing to take away from the beauty of the town, and it is only highlighted further when the heavy snow graces the town and caps the mountains in winter. To many, Index would seem like a paradise. And yet lurking beneath this visual beauty there is more to this town than anyone might ever imagine...

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Daphne Collins | Witch; Necromancer

Posted on Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:25 pm

I winced at the burns on Kai's body - they weren't deadly but they didn't look like they felt great either. My heart was racing, and my body was calming down since the danger had passed. I was relieved to see that the things were gone and Kai was still alive. I felt that I'd barely breached the surface of my power, and I felt a strange desire to explore my abilities more, especially since I'd been able to use the soul tether spell to protect him.

Being able to control the dead hadn't elated me like this and I didn't know why. If there was anything that showed my power it was being able to control an army of corpses, but that was easy, almost thoughtless. Battling these shadow creatures was something else more challenging, and I relished a challenge. I- I don't know what they were. Some kind of shadow creatures, I said, breathless. I felt a little embarrassed at my lack of knowledge. I was learning, but raw power wasn't enough to make me learn all of the things my mother had been teaching me.

Wish I could help you there, I said to him with a gesture towards his wounds. Burns were painful, but my powers lie with death and not healing or even water. Actually, wait a moment, I said, going back to retrieve my purse which I had dropped when I'd first seen the necrotic ring. I rifled through its contents as I walked back to where Kai was and pulled out a tube of lotion. It's got aloe, I said, offering it to him.

I gazed at him steadily, even though his hesitation gave away his doubts about necromancy. I could understand why he didn't like the idea. I myself had been put off by the idea before I'd found out what I was. The idea of intertwined death and witchcraft didn't sit well with most people, but I wasn't ashamed of what I was. Now that he knew, I wasn't going to lie or pretend to be anything other than what I was, Yes Kai. I used my death magic to protect you.

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Malakai Greenmantle III | Warlock; Elementalist

Posted on Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:06 pm

Whats worse? A Necromancer not knowing what she had seen. I didn’t even know what they looked like, so my imagination was going berserk with the moniker ‘Shadow Creatures’. Or the knowledge that I had become a magnet for their kind. I’d already met one Necromancer in Shane, and that had been one too many in my book. Now I had to accept that Daphne was attuned to the same Magicks. Accepting the offer, I took the Aloe from her. Robotically applying it to the burns. A harsh sting reeked havoc on my ability to properly process information. Could Necromancers save lives when their essence attracted the dead and buried? What could have possessed her to save mine? Overwhelmed now with information overload I groaned from the pain of the burns. I had supplies back at the condo which would help, bought from an alchemist, but that seemed so far away.

Being grateful while my skin crawled was difficult but I managed a slight smile, which almost abruptly fell into a grimace. “I owe you one.” I did. Necromancy aside she did just save my life. How she did it left me scratching my head but it had happened. Being in debt to anyone always kept me awake at night. This was not something that I could wash away with a shower of Benjamin’s either. Daphne and the obligation of repayment would haunt me. Funny how business ethics managed to entwine with personal morals. It made it easier to continue talking candid with Daphne. Easier than trying to force myself to think she was an exception to a rule I had made about Necromancers.


“As much as I’m sure the ladies wouldn’t mind a few scars.” I painfully and stiffly stood up, hissing out a breath through clenched teeth. “I’d rather deal to this before I end up with permanent reminders.” Getting out of the forest on my own seemed like climbing a snow-capped mountain without the appropriate gear right now. Asking for Daphne’s help was just loading another log onto the fire. I owed her for dragging her into this mess. I would owe her for helping my idiot self out of the forest and I owed her my life. How could I have gotten myself into this? In arrears to a bloody Necromancer. “Mind escorting a fool back to civilisation?”

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Daphne Collins | Witch; Necromancer

Posted on Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:53 pm

I stood by while Kai treated his burns unsure of what to do once we were done. The shadow things were gone but not dead, and the strange tree remained. It's menacing presence lurked at the edge of my consciousness and unsettled me. It wasn't right, this kind of imbalance in life and death. They were supposed to work in tandem, one never able to gain the upper hand over the other. This tree and its perfect circle of death disobeyed that law.

My focus turned outward once again when Kai spoke, and I glanced at him. I hardly understood people who felt indebted to those who helped them. I did what I wanted without regard to some kind of code that governed when I had to help him or not. If he needed help and I deemed it necessary to help him I would, and I expected the same from him. Still, I didn't protest. Just because I didn't bother with it didn't mean that I would stop him from offering up a favor to me. It was fae tradition to use a system of favors to manipulate each other; I exempted myself but wouldn't refuse if someone else didn't.

Alright, I said, unsure of how I was to really assist him, since he was significantly larger than I was. He towered over me, and was certainly out of my weight class. Nobody who met me would've considered me muscular by any means. I awkwardly offered myself as some kind of support for him to help ease the weight on his injured leg, steeling myself against his bulk. I briefly considered summoning an army of the dead to assist us, but there were no graves near enough to be useful. Besides, I doubted that Kai would respond well to that. I could already tell that he had reservations about necromancers without spending time around reanimated corpses.

I directed towards where I had come from, wondering if Kai had started at a similar place or had come from another shorter path Where did you park? Or did you walk here from your home? I couldn't imagine he wanted to invite death to his doorstep, but I needed to know where I was supposed to be leaving him. Perhaps he wanted to go to the hospital instead?

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Malakai Greenmantle III | Warlock; Elementalist

Posted on Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:02 pm

Daphne was a poor substitute for Dom, who had lumbered back to hotels with me over his shoulder. Even though the burns were painful I wasn’t that much of an invalid anyway. Having her pressed against my side brought forth a confusing array of emotions. Father always liked to remind me that Necromancers were seductive. They would offer you delights that no other could. To see loved ones again. To have them walk along beside you. I refused to fall for those empty promises. It wasn’t like Daphne had my heart racing, she was what? Fifteen? Hell, maybe I should ask. Didn’t want to be unable to rag on Will about that fourteen-year-old girl who he swore was at least legal. Not that having Daphne acting as a half crutch could be compared to getting caught in a tryst in a boatshed with an underage debutante. “Walked, but I’ll flick Dom a text and he’ll drive out, any excuse to drive the Jag.” I tried to give her my usual bright grin but pain and knowing what she was now stopped that dead in its tracks.

Awkwardly fumbling for my phone amidst wordless cursing and the odd wince, I hobbled along beside Daphne. While one handed texting I stole a glance down at her. Skin was something I often took notice of when meeting somebody. Given how old she was I’d skipped that instinctually. I was no creeper. With her so close it was hard to notice that she was so fair it was as if her skin was nearly translucent. While I wouldn’t necessarily call it traditionally beautiful there was something hypnotic about it that had me staring for quite a while. Until I tripped on a loose rock that was.

“Dammit, some investigator I am. I’m still coming back here, but next time prepared….you don’t have to join me if you don’t want to. I’d understand.” Even though her magical heritage didn’t sit right with me, it was obvious without a Necromancer I was going to hit a brick wall. If I couldn’t see what I was trying to dispel, or at least avoid, then how would I be of any use? Bringing Shane along was an option but I didn’t know who was the lesser of two evils. The reserved girl who had saved my life or the self-taught champion of mortals in Vampire peril. Sounded like a Supernatural soap opera.


Having now given her the option to remove herself from the situation or join forces I suddenly felt uneasy. What if she was fifteen? Then there was no way I should be allowing her to put herself in harm’s way. I’d be directly responsible. “Please, don’t take offense to this question, as I’m fully aware it’s rude to ask a ladies age but….” I cleared my throat shoving my phone back into my pants after reading Dom’s speedy reply. “How old are you exactly?”

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Daphne Collins | Witch; Necromancer

Posted on Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:17 pm

I couldn't tell if my supporting him was helping him move any faster or not. What was most important to me was finding the best way back to civilization. The forest was not too thick here, fortunately, so the lack of path didn't hinder us too much. I parked in that direction,I said, gesturing towards where I had come from, but the road might curve around to a point that would be closer if we went as the crow flies, I finished. Then his friend with the jag could meet us there and take him off my hands. I could then follow the road to where I had parked since I wasn't injured and wouldn't mind lengthening my walk if it meant getting Kai off my hands. I didn't particularly dislike Kai, but trying to help him was a pain and I wanted time to think and decide what to do about what we had just encountered.

Does your phone have some kind of map feature? I asked. Then I practically smacked my forehead. Of course it did, Kai had been using it to find the ley lines. He would likely already know the best way back to town since he had walked here. I hadn't thought about it, since I had relied purely on instinct to find a point where the road crossed the ley line and then walked directly down the line. Well, it would at least be useful to see a map to get my bearings. It wasn't smart to get disoriented in the forest.

The obvious step for me is to find out whatever it was that I saw. If you're set on coming back then we can pool our resources to find out what it is that we're dealing with. Kai was a Greenmantle, and Greemantles had resources. My mother had resources of course, but a necromancer with resources wasn't the same as an elemental coven like Kai's, so having him for an ally couldn't hurt, even if it meant having a Greenmantle breathing down my neck for a time. Perhaps having him for an ally would actually make it easier for me to do what I sought to accomplish.

I wasn't so much surprised as amused by Kai's question. I knew I was an adult and that he was an adult, but he didn't know what I was. Yes, he had been quite in the dark this whole time, hadn't he. He'd gone from severely underestimating me to finding out that I was a necromancer. He hardly had any idea of my power now, despite the revelations about my type. Telling him my age would probably make him think that I wasn't powerful since I was young and relatively inexperienced. Perhaps I could use this too to my advantage. I'm twenty-two. How old are you? I wasn't worried about his age, but I preferred to deal with information strictly quid pro quo.

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