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farseerer ([personal profile] farseerer) wrote in [community profile] gran_pulse2016-09-05 12:46 am

the lullaby of paddra-lo nero

Who: Yeul, Nero & Caius Ballad
When: BF 609-600 or so.
Where: The Metropolis of Paddra, inside of the Castle building.
Summary: Yeul meets Caius for the first time, Nero dies and they are left with a lot of rituals and new issues.



The effortless sound coming from the crowd below the balcony of the castle of Paddra was all she wished to hear. On this day, she refused counsel of those of the Order that would try to have her handle other ordeals. Today was the day that she would be ripped away from her beloved guardian; Nero. She knew in his advanced age that it was only a matter of time, the new guardianship belonging to the violet-haired man would come upon Pulse today.

She knew that this new ownership meant many things would happen today, so she needed to be ready for it. Yeul shifted in her chair that hid her partially from the outsiders that hoped the see the Seeress at her perch several stories from the square. The silver-haired maiden heard a loud knocking at the door to her bedroom and she perked her ears a little; it was definitely Nero. Pressing her hands against the sides of the chair, she pushed herself up, smoothed her hair down and walked to the door. The golden handle was pulled down with a subtle ‘click’ and she opened it enough just to see who it was.

Of course, it was Nero.

She held herself exceptionally well considering what she knew, it took someone with incredible observation skills to see her subtle emotions. Yeul would have to be on her guard today, especially within the next few hours as they were the last in Nero’s long life. The man was incredibly special to her, he did not just cover the boundaries of fatherly love, but it included a type of love that only she could expect to feel for someone she would lose. Like most days, she greeted him with her slightest of smiles and the gentlest of curvatures of her eyebrows but today was different. Yeul greeted him with her arms wrapped around his firm waist, tightening a very little as if he would just disappear from existence in the wind.

Nero, shocked by Yeul’s behaviour, sought to comfort whatever ailed her with a large and gentle pat on the head. “Little Queen, did you miss me so? You know my quarters whereabouts and to disturb me even if I am asleep, yes?” Nero spoke plainly, a nostalgic smile placed on his tan visage. Nero was Paddra’s Hero, the Guardian of the Jewel to the Farseers and looked every bit the part -- although his disposition has regressed due to his age. The man stood six foot five, a solid two-hundred and six pounds of muscle with mid-length onyx hair that took no shine from the sun and sun-kissed skin from many days sought. Now that he was nearing the age of sixty-five, he was skin well-creased on his face from many expressions over the years but Yeul knew that he must have lived a enjoyed life to have as many as he had.

“Yes, I do know the location but I wish only for your companionship on this day of days. I suppose, I did wish to have a conversation about a time before myself.” Yeul said as she released his waist, took his hand and lead to him to the balcony where the two could be seen together overlooking the square. Yeul was happy that this moment was allowed to happen, even more so that she could speak with him before his passing.
“Ah, Yeul. My old heart has always been open to you and any question will be fully answered, if I know it.” Nero said. Yeul tilted her head in his direction, squinting one eye due to the direct sunlight hitting her face. “Do you ever wish that you could have had a family of your own? Do you wish that you had someone who could love you as I cannot?” Yeul said something that could be construed as cruel in words but she did not have the ability of wordly kindness sometimes. Nero could only shake his head of inky-soaked hair and shrug with heavy shoulders.

“Yeul, I was very young when I become guardian and I loved the first Yeul I guarded. I cannot express the feelings of a man who must watch several of the loves he had die. They were all Yeul, like you, but then they were not all you, do you understand? My Yeul was not easily found, her visions came very late and many of people in her original tribe were frightened of her. Taking her away from those people was like rescuing the princess from those books you read. I had fifteen years with her, even though I was only thirteen myself when I became guardian. I believe that I only beat Hawke because I was so young and he was much older than I am now.” He laughed to himself. Yeul never knew Hawke but she knew of him from memories of previous Yeuls and the diaries they often kept.

“I am sorry, I wish I could have released you to keep you from that torment.” Yeul’s guilt was displayed on her face this time, it was her only emotion that she generally emoted at all. Yeul laced her fingers with Nero and looked down to see if the violet-haired youth was anywhere in the crowd but she saw nothing. Nero furrowed his brow, seemingly suspicious about Yeul’s actions as she often acted this way when she had a unpleasant vision.

“Yeul, do not fret yourself about the life of a man who chose his position. I might have only loved one Yeul but I cared for three others, excluding you. In the days of prosperity and longevity, I am happy to still have this privilege even now. Are you worrying about what happens when I can no longer protect you?” Nero said the hard words that both of them did not want to say out loud. Yeul no longer could face him, she could no longer say anything due to how she felt about knowing his demise. Nero hated the distance that she often projected when she was upset, so he bent down on one knee and moved her face in his direction.

“Yeul, there will be a successor and that person will be different but he or she will take my place eventually. Do not be so sad about it, I have been ready for a successor for many years now.” Nero said plainly. Yeul was easily upset by emotional words and he sought to use very simple ones to keep her mood from deteriorating throughout the day. “Now, let us go do something else as the day is still young!” He grinned, even boyishly for an old man. Yeul did not reply directly, she only leaned forward and wrapped her arms around his neck and held on tightly to truly remember this moment.
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Caius Ballad

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Approaching the older Raven haired male, he seemed to stand at over six feet tall. Then again, the amethyst haired male was pretty tall for his age. He did seem to look like he was between twenty-five and twenty-eight. He had already told Nero that he was ready to fight and surpass him. Watching the other male motion for him to follow him, Caius then started to follow him, remaining silent and the expression on his face remaining emotionless. He was headed to the widest part of the square; possibly the middle of the ancient city of Paddra.

About to enter a battle, the amethyst haired male currently had an emotionless look on his face at the moment. Heaving a heavy sigh, he had just drawn his sword, his amethyst eyes gazing at the older male; the current guardian of the seeress. Holding onto the handle of his sword in his right hand, he then started to aim his sword towards Nero. Knowing that this was a fight to the death, his own life didn't matter to him at all. At least not to Caius. He also wasn't going to let Yeul get in the path of the battle along with the other farseers that could be watching the two of them. He didn't even smile one bit. Not even a smirk had appeared on his lips either. He did have a bit of determination in his eyes. He was more than ready to fight against the other male.

As he watched the rest of the farseers move away from the path of the battle against guardians, he was more than ready to kill him. That was the law of the guardians. There could only be one true guardian, and for Caius to succeed Nero, he had to kill him. It has been that way for a long time now. Ever since the ancient times that is. He is pretty young though; Caius that is. He had known all along that he was also risking his life to become the next guardian of the seeress, so it was pretty much a possible chance that Caius could end up being killed as well. He didn't particularly care though, in all honesty. He just wanted to prove himself as useful, so he had been training for a while to become a guardian, and to surpass the older male; who was the current guardian of the seeress. As soon as he was ready, he then started to make the first strike.

The amethyst haired male started to swing his weapon at the other male. He had only used one sword though, which seemed to have been bigger than the dual thinner swords that the other male is holding. It was as if Caius was more used to holding just one sword in his hand; a slightly heavy one that is. He didn't smirk or smile at all, as he started to attempt to swing his sword at the other male, keeping his emotionless expression on his face. Deep inside though, he was very serious about this battle; the battle of the guardians.
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Caius Ballad

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Despite the large age gap between him and Nero, Caius had known that he was much quicker than the older male was. It was almost a fifty year age gap between the two, though that didn't really stop the amethyst haired male from backing down now. It didn't really matter to him how much experience Nero had have when it came to battling. Right now, Caius should be considered lucky that Nero was forbidden to use his L'Cie powers to take on the possible successors. I will defeat you, Nero. The male thought to himself, as he then started to run towards him and swings his sword at the male.

The first strike had been made. If it were to be blocked, Caius would then attempt to clash at the other male's swords. If it were to make a hit, then Caius would stop in his foot steps, and attempt to strike once more. It the attack were to be dodged, then the edge of the sword would hit the ground, causing the amethyst haired male to lift the sword off of the ground. Glancing at the older male, he took a deep breath, though it was more of a heavy breath. It was true though. Caius did seem to be much quicker than the other male, despite their long age gap. Not looking at Yeul at the moment, he started to attempt to slash at the other male again.

Caius had known that the battle of the guardians was no easy task at all, though he was risking his life to do so. Heaving a heavy sigh, he was trying to breathe, though he felt as if this wasn't the time to be resting right in the middle of the battle. If he were to do so, then it would fully break his concentration; and possibly get himself killed. Aiming his sword towards the other male's neck, he gazed at him with his amethyst eyes though it was more of a glare.
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After noticing the older male's twin blades crossing underneath his own large blade, it was obvious that both of their blades; Caius and Nero's blades; against each other. The amethyst haired male had started to feel the other male's short swords cross underneath his large sword. Noticing the full swing as soon as both males were apart, Caius started to attempt to pull back from the other male's swords, as if attempting to avoid being nearly decapitated. If the swords were to hit him, it would have left a cut on the side of his neck.

Noticing the other male doing a spin, his sword felt as if it was being blocked off from the attack he had done earlier. He attempted to back away, as if attempting to dodge the attack, though a little cut from the other male's sword on his biceps. He then attempted to push his shoulder against the other male's abdomen, and made an attempt to push the other male on the ground. Caius wasn't about to give up on the battle to become Yeul's next guardian. The amethyst haired male didn't really know much about wanting to die. He was just about ready to kill the other male.

Keeping an emotionless and serious look on his face at the moment, he started to pull his arm back at the moment, though seeing the other male on the ground at the moment. He then started to run towards the other male, pulling his arm back that was holding the large sword, before then starting to swing towards the other male. If it missed, then Caius would have taken a knee down to the ground, though he would attempt to stand up, as if he was one of those people that wouldn't back down from a fight. If it were to hit, then Caius would swing towards the other male, attempting to slash at his chest.
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Not knowing that Nero was a little suicidal in his old age, Caius knew that he had to kill him in order to take his place as the guardian of the seeress. The amethyst haired male had been trained for this very moment, as he knew that being a guardian meant that he had to defeat unworthy opponents to Yeul's side and to allow Paddra to see the worthiness of the upstart. Knowing that the amethyst haired male had missed his first swipe, he had made his second swing towards the older male's broad chest, which had opened up completely, knowing that he had a slice on his chest. It was definitely a deep wound. Caius needed to kill Nero. He just had to. Even if it killed himself as well.

As Caius, kept his amethyst eyes focused on the older male, Nero, he had started to approach him, with an emotionless look on his face at the moment. He heaved a breath of slight exhaustion, though he wasn't going to back down at all. He saw him gaining his balance and taking several paces back. He had also noticed that he was breathing raggedly and that he was bleeding excessively. He had held his arm back, that was holding his sword, knowing that he was about to make the final blow.

"Any last words, Nero?" Caius asked him, as if getting ready to stab the older male in the chest; well at least attempt to. If he were to successfully stab the older male in the chest where the bleeding wound was, then he would have successfully killed him, and that the battle of the guardians had ended. If he ended up missing, then he would be on his knee, as the sword would stab into the ground, causing the amethyst haired male to heave some sighs before then attempting to get back up and glanced over towards the other male.
Edited 2017-01-17 03:48 (UTC)