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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:20 pm

The moon's pale glow could not pierce the thick cloud of black smoke as it billowed over the land, covering it in darkness. Ophelion fought hard, but ever minute that passed brought them closer to defeat. The dragon above belched fire from the heavens while it's Kin army pressed against the citadel walls. Unlike the previous battles, not one siege weapon was to be used, for Lord Malvaris ordered to keep the city as intact as possible. It was to serve as a staging point for future incursions into the mainland, and as a beacon to all that stood against the might of the dragons. Ophelion would be a reminder that not even the strongest of nations would be strong enough.

Another pass by Malvaris destroyed the last of the dragon killers, giant crossbows mounted on tall turrets. With the remaining alliance army huddled inside the city walls, unable to defend their keep, Orphelion sounded the horn and lowered the country's flag, signaling their surrender. The once proud nation was reduced to the bitter state of despair, but could no longer suffer the indiscriminate annihilation of it's people. By the time the sun rose, Malvaris' army was inside the castle.

**The Next Day**

Daybreak fell on the sacked citadel, the sunlight filtering through windows damaged by flame and smoke. Despite the ravages of war, the city was relatively clean, a requirement of the army's new leader, Tayga Kane. The Dragon-kin was the one responsible for the success of the ground troops. That, coupled with his prowess and pedigree, earned him the keys to the city, so to speak. Ophelion was his to rule and to keep, for better or for worse. He accepted the offer proudly and without hesitation, and was just on his way to the market center to take part in his first luxury.

The market was already thriving with the day's wares. Being the first day, every Kin was in attendance that could attend, eager to purchase from the choicest pick of slaves. What they would be used for would be up to the new owner, for a slave had no rights, no privileges, and was worth no more than an animal.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:21 pm

The whole city had been awake and moving by the time the horns blare had faded and the Kin began to move into the deeper parts of the city. People were torn from we heir homes, fear and uncertainty rising from the human populace, thick enough to cut with a knife. As the sun rose into the sky and the markets opened up, the people had been rounded up. Most of the ones deemed as slaves were gathered in the town center; a majority of them were huddled in groups, crying and pleading to be let free.

Among them was a young woman who stood away from the rest, but close enough to lump her in with others as a slave. Her expression was passive, looking around at the others around to if she were looking through them. Truth was, she could see the words that they spoke. Begging tones, pleading with the uncaring Kin whose eyes were on them. The words were laced with lies, swirling auras of grey tinged with a golden hue. It was easy to spot the lies, to see the true colors of the people that surrounded her. Her name was Lascrea, and she could see lies. It was a gift she'd possessed since she could remember and it always got her in trouble.

She watched as the Kin purchased people from the city she'd known, devastating lies whispering through the air, winding around the poor souls that were whisked away. Lascrea was one of the last to be pulled to the front and displayed in front of the creatures that had taken over her home.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:21 pm

There was little interest to be had throughout most of the auction. Most of the buyers were wealthy merchants, or soldiers looking for someone to keep their beds warm at night. Tayga watched almost passively as humans were purchased left and right. Those who fought and wept the most were bought almost immediately, as it was considered quite a prize to break the spirit of another. He was about to leave the auction all together when the last slave caught his attention, a young woman who looked just as bored as he was.

It was the way she stared out at the crowd that caught Tayga's attention, the way she stood compared to the others. Roughly the Kin soldiers pulled her onto the platform, leaving bruises on her biceps as they yanked her up. After a brief and vague description, the bidding began. Immediately Tayga's voice rang out.

"Twenty coins," he announced, much to the surprise of those around him. His bid, however, sparked a flurry of prices, driving much higher than that of any other slave that had been sold that day. Fiercely Tayga contended, raising every bid as more and more dropped out simply for lack of funds, until it was only himself and another gentleman. A purveyor of rare artifacts, a fat disgusting slob of a Kin fought just as hard.

When Tayga decided he had had enough, Tayga bared his teeth and announced with a tone of resolution. "Four thousand coins, if it will shut you up." It was an unprecedented bid. No one had ever bid that much for a slave before. Deciding that he could no longer afford the price, the dealer kept his mouth shut and let the woman go to Tayga. Again she was surrounded by Kin, wearing armor and swords at their hips. Forcefully they pulled and pushed her off the platform and escorted her to her new master, who looked upon her with a sort of malevolent curiosity.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:21 pm

As she was pushed around and yanked towards the Kin that purchased her, for quite a high amount, Lascrea inclined her head to examine the swords hanging from the men who had a grip on her. Vaguely she wondered why they felt the need to show off their weapons. She was barely over five feet tall, and was almost frail looking. As if a strong wind blew she would disappear. Her gaze lingered for only a moment, as she was finally pulled in front of the one who now owned her.

Strands of black hair fell into her eyes as she gazed up at him. He was nearly a foot taller than her and looked as hard as a rock. Even if she had the will to fight, or the desire, she wouldn't have stood a chance in Hell. Blinking slowly, her one visible eye, a bright crystal blue, was locked on his face. Her other hue was hidden behind a veil of hair, the color drastically different, but she figured it was what helped her seen the auras, the lies. But as she stared at the nameless figure in front of her, Lascrea observed the way his aura flexed and moved. He wasn't just any Kin; he was powerful, authorative.

If she were braver, or had any care to do so, she might have found herself curious about him. Then again there wasn't much that could catch and hold her interest for long so she just shrugged the urge aside. Belonging to him now would give her ample time to figure out what kind of creature he was in his own kind. As rude as it was, however, she didn't stop staring at him with the same blank, disinterested look, as if she were waiting for him to do something. Or say something. Or change his mind and give her back, though highly unlikely.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:21 pm

The guards shifted on their feet as master and slave sized each other up, neither one speaking but studying with their eyes. He towered over the girl, blocking out the sun and bathing her in shadow. With a sudden flash of movement, the back of his hand met the woman's cheek, hard enough to spin her on her heels if she weren't expecting in. Tayga never even blinked, but turned to his gaze to the two guards. "If you let a slave look you in the eye, you're no better than they are."

Chuckling lightly but saying nothing, the two saluted then turned to leave, leaving Tayga alone with his newly-acquired servant. The rest of the slaves he had purchased that morning were already loaded into a wagon, shackled to the floor so with cords limned in a yellow glow, indicating its magical properties.

"You will refer to me as Master, Sir, or Master Tayga from this point forward. You will obey my commands at all times." As his words left his mouth, Tayga laced them with magic, turning them into something more than just sound. There was weight to them, not a controlling feeling, but a feeling of urgency, as if each syllable carried a punishment if they were not followed. This was the nature of Tayga's Dragon Fear. His presence did not instill fear in and of itself, but the words forced their way into the listener's ears.

"Follow me."

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:21 pm

The slap came as a shock to Lascrea, but she didn't make a sound to indicate it. Her hair now shielded most of her face and she was glad for it. If he had seen the scowl that appeared across her features she no doubt would have gotten reprimanded for it. As she straightened herself back up, the weight of his words fell on her and a shiver rolled down her spine, an uncomfortable feeling clutching at her chest. Dragon Fear. It had to be, there was no other explanation for it.

He commanded that she follow him, but before she moved to do so, she absently gazed at the slaves in the wagon bound in chains. There were some faces she recognized, but it meant little to her. None of them really liked her anyway; her abnormal silence coupled with random outbursts accusing people of lying, whether true or not meant nothing, and tended to drive others away from her. With a last thought towards those bound, the new slave did as she was commanded moving behind Tayga. She did not get close to him, but did not straggle too far behind.

As she walked, again she stared at him. Briefly she wondered if he could feel her eyes on him but that didn't matter. He was attractive, sure, but the abusive tendency which are just experienced led her to believe he wasn't worth her time. Physical attraction was nothing if the personality was as rotten as a trolls gaping maw.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:22 pm

With an air of satisfaction, Tayga lead his newly-acquired property to the road, though he did not put her in the wagon with the rest. It could have been that there was simply no more room for another person. Perhaps he had a personal interest in her. Maybe he just wanted her close by to abuse and mishandle the frail young woman. Whatever the reason, he kept it to himself, solidifying the mystery of Lascrea's future to all but himself.

A pair of humans, dark skinned and heavily muscled, flanked the master and slave as they neared the coach. Neither of them wore any weapons, and were garbed simply in trousers and shoes. Compared to the new purchased in the back of the cart, if these two were slaves, they were obviously treated pretty well.

The trip through town was not abnormally long, though for some of the persons Tayga had purchased it would have been very difficult indeed. He spoke not a word for the first half of the trip, but instead held himself high and respectfully as he lead Lascrea through the cobblestone streets. A tall house could be seen in the distance, the morning sun illuminating the east wall, allowing its windows to reflect the light, giving it a shiny appearance.

It was the largest estate in the kingdom next to the castle itself. That structure had yet to be restored, so it was not ready for Tayga and his court to move in. Still, the manor he chose was luxurious indeed, trimmed out with only the finest materials, masterfully crafted and nearly immaculate. It was as if the whole estate somehow escaped the dragon's fury and the soldier's assault.

"This estate, tell me what you know of it," Tayga commanded, his words still dripping with Dragon Fear, though they were less aggressive than they were before. Perhaps the walk had cleared the air a bit around his mind, giving him a chance to think more evenly.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:22 pm

The young girl followed his gaze almost bored lyrics, until her hues fell upon the estate he was referring to. That was General Muzakas estate; he had been kind to her since she could remember, though she never let him take complete care of her. When she was sick, or on the run from the city guards, she would hide in that home. The General had no children of his own but he treated her as if she were family whenever he saw her. News of his death greatly upset Lascrea, but there wasn't an ounce of emotion revealing such as thing.

"That was the Generals home." Was all she said. Her voice matched what one would think she sounded like; the tone was soft, but void of any real feeling. When so many judged you on what you said, it was hard to make your voice sound like you actually cared, and such was the truth in her case. "Master." Lascrea added that almost as an after thought, and though she didn't say it with a sigh, the annoyance could be detected in her tone if one were only listening hard enough.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:22 pm

"The General, hmm? Interesting..." Tayga's words trailed off as they neared the gates, rod-iron and polished, still nearly untouched but for a hint of soot and ash. Standing at the gates were two more guards, both of them Kin. When they caught sight of Tayga and his new charge, both straightened out at attention, then unlocked and opened the gates. Just before bringing Lascrea through the threshold, the world shimmered around the both of them for just a moment, then faded away just as quickly as it manifested. Tayga himself did not bat an eye at the strange occurrence.

Tayga had, in fact, picked up on the small lapse between Lascrea's words, though he chose to ignore it. If she had forgotten all together, it might have been a different story, but she used her brain quickly enough to save herself from feeling the back of his hand, or the sting from his whip.

"I remember him. He was an honorable man, and a very competent commander. He held our forces back longer than I expected... certainly longer than I care to admit. He died a soldier's death, weapon in hand, and defending his people." There was genuine respect in Tayga's voice; he spoke not a single lie. There was almost a hint of regret within his words, a sort of seeping, dripping sorrow that would go unnoticed by all those who weren't looking too closely.

"In truth..." Tayga added as they crossed through the front gardens. "... I would have preferred to keep him alive. He could have been useful to me. But war is an ugly thing. No one ever gets everything they want." Still there was truth.

"Tell me your name, girl."

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:22 pm

The mention of Muzakas death made her clench her jaw tightly, fighting the urge to grind her teeth. To speak of him in that way, as if he were to be used had he remained alive, had irritated her. But she couldn't let Tayga know that, lest he use that against her, so she pushed aside what he said and moved on.

"My name is Lascrea, Master." She couldn't tear her eyes from the estate, the memories surrounding the whole area rolling over her almost painfully. She never did get the chance to thank Muzaka before the Kin began their assault. And now she never would. If circumstances were different, she might have felt hatred for the Kin, but it would have done no good. People came and people went. Why cry over any of them? It wouldn't bring them back.

So instead she focused on what was happening in her life. "The Generals estate has several hidden passages throughout it." Lascrea hadn't been given permission to speak, but she hadn't exactly disclosed all the relevant information regarding the place the first time she'd been asked. Having lived in the estate, she was now the only one who knew what those passages were.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:22 pm

Pausing for a moment, Tayga took a long look across the gardens. He had been moved in for a couple of days, but hadn't had time to truly explore the grounds. After a moment, he started moving again, eventually reaching the front doors. Pulling open the double doors, he entered the abode and let Lascrea follow him. He shut the doors and took a look around the expansive states. A wide staircase lead up to the second floor, while the rest of the room expanded toward the south, where the formal sitting, dining, and kitchen areas were. A door under the staircase revealed another set of stairs heading down to the basement level.

"Stay here. I want to freshen up. When I return you will give me a tour and show me the secret passages that you speak of." Swiftly he turned, seeing no reason to wait on her reply, as she had no choice in the matter anyway. The grounds were patrolled constantly by his guards, so there was little fear of her making an escape. No slave worth keeping would make that mistake anyway.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:22 pm

Lascrea waited until she could no longer hear him then began to move. He may have been using Dragon Fear but that meant nothing if he couldn't find her. She knew that the walls around the estate were too high for her to climb, plus all the Kin wandering the grounds would keep her inside. But there was always the secret passageways. By the main staircase was a panel concealed against the wall; she pushed lightly against the top right corner and watched as it slid open. Slipping inside, she hit a switch and lights turned on along a corridor as the door once again closed.

"If you ever get scared, La-la, you can come here to hide." That's what the General had told her, even going so far to use that horrid pet name she hated. While she wasn't scared, she wanted to hide and get away from her new Kin master. Slowly she moved inside the walls, for if she made too much noise he could detect her, and she made her way towards the panic room on the second floor, hidden behind the closet of the main bedroom. If Lascrea could get in there she would be set for days, perhaps even weeks. She would be safe.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:23 pm

The only problem Tayga had with formal attire was the fact that it was formal. Don't get it dirty. Don't tear it. Don't crimp or wrinkle it. Keep it pristine. While he had no problem with most rules, per say, he was, and always had been, a hands-on kind of Kin. He enjoyed hard work, to test his body, mind, and soul was to forge them like iron and steel. Through the forge he had been, sharpening his very being, honing it to be something worthy of respect.

Walking to his bedroom, Tayga quickly shed his silken clothing for simpler cotton, though it was still extremely good quality. His pants were made of leather with bronze studs, and his hair was pulled back in a long ponytail with amber beads laced within. His fine shoes were replaced with a more sturdy pair of boots of black leather, more appropriate for being outside than his previous pair.

After one last look in the mirror, Tayga started back down the hall and down the stairs. He paused for a half-second, suspecting that he had heard an odd sound, but quickly dismissed it as the old creaking of a charming home. Rounding the first landing, Tayga stopped, this time longer, with his eyes focused clearly on the spot where Lascrea once stood.

Anger and fury flashed in his eyes. The air around him cooled significantly. Charging down the stairs, skipping several steps at a time, Tayga growled deeply. He looked to all sides, briefly searching the open areas to eliminate the easy rooms first. When he did not locate his new slave, he turned to his nose for help. Sniffing the air where she stood, Tayga followed her scent to the wall, but found nothing there. The trail ended abruptly.

It was time for magical intervention. The Kin moved swiftly to a mirror hanging from the wall near the front doors. Flattening his palm, he thrust it toward the reflective glass, stopping less than an inch away. Yellow energy swirled around his arm, bleeding toward the mirror as the glass began to fog, the sound of chanting filling the air. The dragon language was one of beauty, both haunting and freeing at the same time, and the words spilled from his mouth like a jar overflowing with wine.

With the final word spoke, Lascrea's name, the mirror began to swirl. An image started to take shape, that of a human girl. When the picture was clear, Tayga reached through the glass, having been temporarily converted into a portal and grasped at the girls ankle, jerking hard in an effort to pull her through the threshold and back into his presence.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:23 pm

The eerie sound of chanting seemed to curl around her, followed quickly by panic. Dragon magic was nothing to mess with, and it was clear he had figured out that she disappeared. It was also clear that he was pissed. Lascrea moved fast, no longer caring about making noise as she bolted for the saferoom. It did no good. A whispy like tornado was forming ahead of her. As she darted around it, his hand shot out managing to grasp onto her ankle. The girl yelped as she fell forward, slamming into the concrete steps before she was yanked into it, landing back where she started. Only now it was in front of a very angry Kin.

From the floor she stared up at him, her eyes wide. She hadn't made it. She was caught. And by the look on his face he was furious. Things were not looking good for her. Despite the situation she was in, Lascrea remained silent and made no attempt to try to explain what she was doing. There was no use for her to lie. Her ability to see others lies also cursed her; if she lied, her ability clouded her vision so she could no longer see others false words for a time. So, she reasoned, instead of trying to lie, to get out of the predicament she found herself in, she would just become mute.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:23 pm

Silence fell over the room after the portal closed, leaving Lascrea and Tayga alone with the cold stone once more. Seething with anger, the dragon stared into her eyes, boring holes deeply into her soul, his gaze penetrating as if he could see her every thought. Of course he could not, but it was clear that his displeasure was going to be sorely avenged.

When finally he spoke, his words were thick with Dragon Fear, thicker than before. Instead of a compulsion to comply, they carried his anger, unbridled and immense. Even if she had spoken, there was not a thing she could have said that would have placated the Kin. Tayga struggled to keep himself from ripping her heart out through her chest as it was.

"My instruction was exceedingly clear. When I command you to do something, you comply without deviation!" Tayga's powerful voice echoed through the halls of the building, reverberating down the longest hallways. "I paid a high price for you. If that fat slob of a Kin had won you, you'd be begging for death already, and this is how you repay my generosity!?"

Tayga grabbed Lascrea's wrist and pulled hard, lifting her one handed into the air until her feet dangled precariously above the floor. Bringing her face to eye level, he suspended her while his free hand, clenched into a tight fist, slammed into her stomach. He had to make sure she felt the enormity of her mistake, to make her afraid to ever deviate from his will ever again.

"You'll pay for your lapse in judgement, Lascrea. You'll see that I am not someone to be trifled with." With that, he dropped his hand to his side, letting her land in a heap before dragging her by the same wrist deeper into the manor.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:23 pm

Pain flooded through her body as he pulled her along, the destination lost on her. She knew that manor inside and out, but her mind was clouded by pain. He was clearly livid, it was evident in his words and actions. As long as he didn't put her somewhere that was dark she'd be fine. But there was no way he could know about that fear, no way.

Lascrea fought to pull herself together, but getting hit that hard by Kin was beyond anything she had felt before. She wondered if she should have tried to fight to get away, or run harder in her secret passage. None of it mattered; what ifs did nothing but complicate things. "Then you should have let me die, Master." Her wheezing was thick with sarcasm and malice. No one cared about her. No one alive anyway, he had taken the only person that had and then moved into his home.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:23 pm

"I just might," Tayga replied, his anger still flaming from his lips. His grip was tight, the tips of his clawed fingers digging into her skin until they beaded with deep red rubies. Tayga let the gravity of his threat linger as he pulled her around to the back of the building where a holding pen had been created for the new slaves, who were already rounded up inside. Flinging open the door, the Kin nodded to the guards, who opened the gate and allow him to literally throw the frail girl inside.

After the gate was slammed shut again, Tayga stood tall, calling out to address his purchases. "The lot of you belong to me. You will address me as Sir, Master, or Master Tayga. This is very simple: You do what I say and you will be treated well. Try to escape, assassinate me, or in any way undermine my authority or position, I will have you begging for a death that never comes."

Tayga then turned to the two guards, the same men from before who had escorted Lascrea from the market. "Feed them at midday, and again before the sun sets. They stay here until tomorrow or until I say otherwise." The guards nodded, and Tayga turned and stalked back into the house, where he would mull over whether or not to just kill the girl and be done with it.

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Once the Kin was gone, some of the others in the pen rounded on Lascrea. For one thing, they were not happy that he had paid such a high price for her, and that she did not have to be bound like animals as they had.

"Not even a day and you already think you're better than us, hmm?" One of the girls steeped forward a scowl on her face. Lascrea, at first, didn't know that anyone was talking to her. She was examining the bruise on her torso, and the cuts Tayga's claws had made in her wrist. It wasn't until the girls foot collided with her side that she noticed. "We may be slaves to that hot Kin, but you are so much less than us. You won't last here. "

Lascrea just stared up at them, the same bored look on her face.

"I heard she was afraid of the dark. You think we should lock her up and tell him she ran away? "

"I heard she's a whore and she's the one who led the Kin here."

"What kind of stupid lie is that?" Lascrea stood, frowning. "They are powerful, and smart. They found us on their own. It's not like you can hide a castle or city this size."

"Defending them, hm? No surprise. Did you lead them to the General, too? Didn't he die because of you? Pfft. You probably fucked him, why else would he let you stay here?"

"I can see the lie coming out of your mouth. It's disgusting."

"See the lie? Fucking weirdo." Again they moved in to beat her down.

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For a while, the two guards just watched, thoroughly interested in what was going to happen next. Most of the time, slaved tended to band together for survival, hoping that their numbers would keep them safe. But it was clear to both of them that Lascrea was looked down on, and it seemed for good reason. They swarmed her, kicking, stomping, and punching the frail young woman, who had no chance of defending herself.

Soon enough, however, things were getting out of hand. If Lascrea was killed inside the pen, Tayga would hold the guards responsible. The deep scars in their backs reminded them of how cruel their master could be when they did something wrong. They swung open the gate and entered with clubs in their hands. Away they swatted, catching several of the men and women alike with the blunt objects until they cleared off of the girl.

One grabbed her by the collar and pulled her back while the other kept the rest of the slaves at bey until the gate separated them once again.

Tayga, who had gone back to his room, heard the commotion and went back down to investigate. He reached the back door just as Lascrea was released. "Master," they both said as they dipped their heads in respect. "The others surrounded her. Teased her about leaving her outside at night and lying about her escape. This one said... she can see their lies."

"See their lies," Tayga asked curiously. For a moment he tapped his chin then whipped around to the door once more. "Bring her inside. Have Skella clean her up. I don't want her getting an infection before i've had time to properly put her to work."

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:23 pm

The guards went to grab her to bring her inside, but she recoiled from them, a deep scowl on her face. It was difficult for her to move on her own, yes, but her days of relying on anyone had long since passed. She just settled with following them inside to whoever Skella was. To her displeasure, when she arrived, she was instructed to remove most of her clothing in order for a damage to be assessed properly.

Annoyed at that fact alone, Lascrea shed her clothing, leaving only her under clothes on. What was hidden beneath the garments was beyond horrifying, even for a worn soldier. Almost every inch of skin was covered in warn scars, some faded, some newer. Lascrea was used to abuse. Tayga was not her first Master, and as far as she was concerned, he wouldn't be her last. There was always someone more powerful, more cruel.

But she remained silent and immobile. The teasing wasn't new. The beatings weren't new. The only good thing to come from her abuse is that there wasn't anything she was afraid of anything anymore. Except the dark. But none had broken her thus far, and it was doubtful that he could.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:24 pm

"You dont have anytging i havent already seen, girl. If we are going to get you clean, we are going to do it properly. The Master doesnt want any disease in his house." Skella was somewhat abrupt, but not particualrly mean. She appeared to be in her thirties, a human woman, rather stout with dark eyes and a plump nose. She was busty for her size, but hid them modestly under layers of garments. All in all, she seemed to be in relatively good health, especially for a slave.

Not taking no for an answer, Skella tapped her toes impatiently until Lascrea was completely nude. Only then would she get her into the wash basin. Warm water had already been poured inside, though it was a shallow bath. Only a few inches of water sat in the bottom of the tub.

Skella did not speak much, getting the idea that Lascrea would not speak either. She didnt mind the silence, burying herself in her work instead. The woman was thorough, but not rough unless the young girl got out of hand.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:24 pm

Lascrea remained mute. She did not flinch, or whine when Skella hot a particularly tender spot. Her expression was faraway, glad for the silence. When people talked, their words swirled around her, suffocating her. Especially the lies. The golden hue tainted the colors, pushing it's filth into the aura of the one who spoke the lie. She could see who the big liars were by the color of their aura, it was exhausting. But that wasn't the worst part. It was that no one believed her, or thought she was some psychopathic creep.

By the time her body was clear of blood and dirt, the basin water was nearly black. Brushing the universe hair from her eyes she stared at the woman before her, her mismatches hues locked on her. The auras that surrounded her only had a faded twinge of gold. There wasn't many people who had that little gold on them.

"You're going to tell him." It wasn't a question, or an accusation, it was a statement.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:24 pm

Skella looked at Lascrea with a furrowed brow. It was a silly thing to remark upon. "Tell him what? The Master insists that he know about your health and well-being. As for the rest, if he doesn't already know, he doesn't care. I'll tell him what's important." Though she had resigned to a life of being a slave, Skella really didn't have much of a reason to lie. If she lied to the girl and the rumors were true, it wouldn't do any good. If she lied to the Master, he would find out and she would be punished, which she certainly did not want.

Reaching into the tub, Skella pulled the drain plug and let the disgusting water wash down the pipes. She toweled Lascrea off, minding the more heavily bruised areas, then fit a simple pair of clothes over her. The passive nature made it easy to get things done, when most of the others fought or cried hysterically.

"A piece of advice, lass. Keep your head down for a while. He's going to test you for a while, see what you can do. If you can get through the first week, you'll be just fine."

Skella pounded twice on the door, then called out loudly. "Alright, she's ready! Get her out of here, will you please?" Skella sounded far more annoyed than she actually was, but that was part of the rouse. If she never showed anyone but a select few that she wasn't a heartless old shrew, no one could hold it over her.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:24 pm

Unsure of where she was going to go this time, Lascrea just let herself be led around. If she guessed right she'd be going before Tayga again, but she highly doubted he was over her escape attempt so quickly. Anticipating more abuse, she let herself fall into an emotionless state, already worn out from the day's events. Maybe she'd get lucky this time and be beaten to death. Also highly unlikely. The guards had told Tayga that they heard her say she could see lies. If Kin were known for one thing, It was their fondness of magical, or unique, things. She just happened to be a bit of both.

Truth be told she didn't want to see Tayga anymore. Not even the first day was over and she'd already been jumped once because he showed a tad more interest in her. It wasn't wanted attention, most of the interaction was him hurting her in some way, through mostly her own fault. For the first time in a long time she began to wish she had died. It used to be that she wished she was never born. Then she wished to die, but someone always came along top ruin that for her. Now she was wishing she had died in the battle that took her city, but she wasn't that lucky.

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Post by Machine Man on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:24 pm

Just as Lascrea suspected, the servants that came to Skella's call were leading the young woman back to her Master, who awaited her in the study. Ever found of knowledge, Tayga had already spent some hours pouring over the late general's collection. He found the man had good taste, for a human anyway, and had already committed to reading several texts. When the knock came to the door, Tayga responded from an armchair, a rather thick tome in his lap. The doors opened, and the two ushered Lascrea inside before shutting the doors behind her.

"Come here," Tayga commanded, his patience nearly on, though his mood seemed to have improved significantly. No longer was he fuming, with steam pouring from his ears. This Tayga was calm, almost bordering pleasant, sitting comfortably across the room. The Kin had decided while she was being cleaned that he needed to explore this supposed sight of lies with a cool head. She would still be punished, but not beatings would follow.

"Sit. I have questions for you."

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