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 distant horizons, halle/behram
NADİYE SADIK
seer, currently at fiqar, 30 years old, played by iris, shipper , dev
UTAWALA

on the sea between mucevher & eldur
behram çinar
The ocean and ships were not unknown territory to Nadiye; she had grown up in the sea-side city of Samara, and just as many journeys had been taken by sea as they had been by land. The journey that had been made to the magic school had been one taken by boat, a trip that she remembered every moment of in excruciating detail. It had signalled the end of Samara being her home, and the start of this life that she now found herself living. She remembered clinging to her papa the night before she left, begging him to not send her away, to say that they had made a mistake, that she had just overheard her uncle’s plotting and that it hadn’t come to her in a dream.

He’d refused.

Not even her position as his first-born child had made him change his mind – perhaps, if he hadn’t remarried and already had more, he would have considered differently, but there was no use on dwelling on the what-if’s. She would forever have the memories of standing on the deck of the ship that carried her away, fingernails digging into the wood of the railing as she watched her home become a small dot on the horizon as they sailed for Fiqar, and as she stood on the deck of a different ship now, the memories were as clear as the day they occurred.

This time, however, they were sailing for an even more distant shore. Privately, she had been sceptical of the trip; Eldur had just seen war and now they were to host their invading party. Even for politics and the aim of peace, coming from a war faring nation such as Mücevher meant she knew the risks of even that, of inviting them in. But still, trying to piece together what had befallen the Princess Yasemin was important, and she did not begrudge Safiye for wanting to find out. She wanted to find out what had happened, since her sight had let her down and not given her any warning of it at all.

At least, so far, nothing she had seen had given her cause to think that this trip could end in danger. It was possible that that would change, once they had arrived on Eldurian soil, but for now, they seemed safe. There was no land in sight, and the breeze was still pleasantly warm, with no signs of storms in sight – even though she knew that that could change at any moment, without any warning whatsoever. The ship’s crew scurried around about where she was standing on the deck, shooting her furtive and curious looks every now and again, but mostly they avoided her. She was used to it, as a seer and one in the service of the Zulfikars at that; there were only a rare few that didn’t treat her as either, but rather as herself, and she’d grown used to it.


posted on Aug 12 2017, 07:27 PM, permalink
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behram çinar
bodyguard, currently at mucehver, 28 years old, played by halle, shipper , dev
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Behram leaned against the ship's taffrail, eyes narrowed against the spray of the sea. The last time he had been on a boat, he had been leaving the very place towards which they were sailing. Battle after battle with strangers for comrades and strangers for enemies in a climate unfamiliar to him and cumbersome languages on his tongue had left him assured of his place in Safiye's shadow. He knew his place now like he knew the well-worn hilt of his sword. It was only his special brand of gods-cursed luck that meant Safiye's shadow would bring him back.

The wood under his forearms was polished with years under the sea and sun and he shifted one arm to wrap his fingers around the smooth edge. The callouses on his fingers caught and slid on the filmy underside. He withdrew his grasp, straightening, and squinted at the horizon, palms sliding down the sun-warmed wood. No storms today.

Habit won out and Behram turned, putting his back to the ocean and looking over the ship. Sailors and crewmen scurried about, attending to knots and masts. He didn't see the men he'd brought for Safiye's guard wandering the deck, but this was no surprise. Many of them were ill at ease with the sea, emphasis on ill. Behram curled his lip in the briefest slip of amusement. Her cohort of guards had not been hired for their sea legs. Safiye was in her quarters. She was in little danger here, surrounded by men and women employed by the royal family, but Behram's paranoia had won out and a guard was stationed outside her door at all times, when Behram was not there himself.

He saw the seer standing at the other end of the ship and made his way towards her. She was avoided by the crew and so stood like a lone bird on the horizon, looking off towards what no one else could see. He stopped next to her, leaving a block of green sea and blue sky between them, in a concerted effort to avoid his own apparent tendency to loom. "Nadiye," he acknowledged. It was habit to warn others of his presence so as to avoid startling them, as he had perfected the art of unobtrusiveness in Safiye's service, but it occurred to him that on this boat under the sun, there were no shadows to hide him in.

"Is there something you see?" He asked his friend, looking towards the water again. All he saw was the passing flash of a gull's pale wing, but his eyes were not blessed with the same vision as Nadiye's. The question was politely double-edged, for if she had had visions of their impending journey, Behram would like to be informed. However, if she wished to duck his question and comment on the sky's color or something equally mundane, that opportunity was afforded to her too.

posted on Aug 13 2017, 09:14 PM, permalink
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NADİYE SADIK
seer, currently at fiqar, 30 years old, played by iris, shipper , dev
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The sound of the waves and the sails masked the sound of Behram’s approach; the shadow he cast gave him away, however. She didn’t move from where she stood or even turn to look at him, not out of impoliteness but rather not the need to, using her peripheral vision to see who it was. There were few on the ship who would actively approach her, and he was one of the most likely – and it had been easy to tell that it was not the Princess who approached.

Behram,” she returned his greeting in like, clasping her hands in front of her to stop the almost involuntary digging of her fingernails into her palms at his next question.

She knew that the question had two sides, and knew him well enough that he didn’t mean anything by it. Still, the fact her sight had failed her when the Princess Yasemin had gone missing was still a sore spot for her, and any mentions of her visions since had been met with the same reaction. She still didn’t know why she hadn’t seen anything befalling the young princess, and she could only wonder why – had the distance between them been too great for her to see anything, or was her sight failing her? Or was it merely one of those instances where her fate simply hadn’t appeared to anyone.

I see nothing but calm seas and blue skies thus far,” she answered after a moment, her meaning as equally double-edged as his question had been. She didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, both with her gifts and with her own two eyes.

Her eyes fixated on a point in the water. Sleek grey dolphins rode the wake the ship created, no doubt mistaking them for a fishing vessel, and therefore an easy meal.

What is Eldur like?” she asked, after a brief pause, still not taking her eyes off the sea creatures. She envied them their freedom; for all of her education, for all of the Eldurians that she’d met, she hadn’t been past Mücevher’s borders much since she was a child. Since it had been discovered that she was a seer. She had been surprised that they had told her that she would accompany Safiye on this trip at all, if she were to be honest – but she guessed that they had decided it would be better to keep her close to the princess, the risk of anything happening to her while she was on foreign shores outweighing the chance of Nadiye running away.


posted on Oct 13 2017, 11:14 PM, permalink
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