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 Unexpected Discoveries, Alice Wakefield
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 Posted: Jan 10 2017, 03:13 AM
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278 • Human (immortal) • Ruthlessness • Storm King Mountain
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There had been no doubt in Lysbeth's mind that joining the Anti-Guardians would be beneficial to her but the particular sorts of benefits it brought did sometimes surprise her. Of course she knew that in exchange for lending her power to the Nightmare King's cause she would gain useful connections from the ranks of the Anti-Guardians and that the overall goal was to restore belief in the powers and beings that had been largely dismissed. But being involved in something on such a global scale also meant traveling beyond her home with Mother Kronk and the imps to aide in particular missions or conquests or to simply keep an eye on things. But rather than an inconvenience that requirement generally turned out to help Lysbeth discover all manner of new and useful things. The earrings dangling from her ears were proof enough of that. Other times though her travels brought her find that although not rare were still useful.

The plants growing in the forests of Pennsylvania were not so very different from those of the Hudson valley but an opportunity to harvest a few extra plants was still worthwhile as she was passing through the area. Lysbeth had come upon a healthy patch of bayberries, gathering up the berries as well as bark from the bushes when she noticed a faint hum coming from the citrine earrings. It was a sound she had come to learn they made when another magical presence was somewhere nearby.

Given the town's history the presence of magical beings was not all that surprising but the storm witch was still curious as to who or what this one might be. She glanced around the wooded area but given how quiet the hum was she couldn't really expect the source to be in sight. Fortunately the earrings were sensitive enough to help her determine the direction to focus on. Focusing on her magic Lysbeth summoned a gentle breeze to stir the air, rustling through the forest and back around to her in hopes of catching any sound that might give her a hint of what or who was out there. So close to where that messy business in Centralia there was no telling what sort of beings may have gotten a renewed interest in the region. But for that same reason they were almost certainly worth investigating. Guardians scouting for new trouble might have some useful tidbits of information to share- Lysbeth's research into Cupid was progressing rather slower than she'd hoped. Other Anti-Guardians might provide a good chance to get to know her allies better and even neutrals could both possess information or even better, skills that might be applied to the Anti-Guardian cause with the right persuasion.

She listened carefully as the wind moved past her, carrying the sound of crunching leaves and snapping twigs. She thought she heard hints of a voice, or maybe just a breath here or there. At a distance sound tended to get broken and distorted on the wind. So she made her way through the trees and ferns following the sense of magic and scattered sound, sapphire eyes scanning up ahead for any movement or sign that she was getting close to the source.

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 Posted: Jan 28 2017, 04:23 PM
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11 • Human • Curiosity • Burgess, PA


It was a bright and sunny day in Burgess. Alice Wakefield had ventured from her school as usual since it was a weekend, in her bag was her normal adventuring supplies. The sky was blue and there was a light breeze. Also in her bag was a book on plants. Not like she was gonna really really look at it, but Sascha said it would be good for her to read it when she went outside, just in case.

Since it was daytime, Alice was sure she wouldn't see Big Mama.... and Caerwyn and Nini were busy...like usuallllllllllll. But she was getting semi-ok by herself. Being able to write letters to Matty was always nice...even if he never did respond fast... and so much less than her. But she never minded. His letters were good too. She kept all of them cuz that is what you are supposed to do with letters. UNLESS THEY WERE BILLS. Grown ups always seemed to be really concerned about those ones.

Alice wandered through the woods for a bit before deciding to stop for a break. It was when she had opened her bottle of water that she noticed a large bush of delicious looking blackberries.

"Ooooo~" She grinned and ran over. Most were perfectly ripe, with ripening ones dotting the bush, some bees buzzed collecting pollen from the open flowers. Alice giggled and picked one and popped it in her mouth. The sweet and tart flavors instantly peppered her tastebuds. "Mmmm~~ These taste just like the ones at Grandma's house!"

She said to herself happily before running back to her backpack to get a small bandana. She began to gather a couple of blackberries placing them in the bandana. Once she had a good amount she wandered back to the base of the tree where she had set down her pack and sat down herself. She popped in another berry as she situated herself. Placing the berries down she reached in her bag to grab her sketch book and she began to doodle this place so she would remember where it was.

All the while she hummed a very happily little tune as she colored and ate her blackberries. Today would be quite the most amazing day! Maybe if Caer visited she could show him this place! Or if she managed to sneak out after dark she could bring some berries to Big Mama! Big Mama had an egg after all... she needed all the berries she could get.




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 Posted: Feb 2 2017, 04:20 AM
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278 • Human (immortal) • Ruthlessness • Storm King Mountain
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Soon Lysbeth managed to get the wind at just the right speed and direction to carry the distinctive sound of humming to meet her. Definitely a person and, as she drew nearer she grew more certain that it was the voice of a child humming. And then, soon enough she spotted through the branches and bushes the figure of a little girl seated at the base of a tree. And there was most certainly a faint presence of magic in the air coming from the child. Interesting indeed.

"Good afternoon," Lysbeth spoke up, announcing her presence as she stepped through a few ferns to come into view hoping not to startle the girl. Given the presence of magic around her it seemed a safe bet that the girl would be able to see Lysbeth. The long skirts of her gown rustled against the low foliage as she came to a stop a short distance from the child, her basket of bayberries, leaves, and bark, hanging from arm as her gaze moved to the little kerchief full of berries in front of the girl. So, she was not only magical but also knew how to make use at least of edible plants.

"It is always nice to see others out enjoying the forest. My name is Lysbeth," she said. Children could always be a bit of a challenge when it came to starting an interaction. While their naivety could make them instantly trusting they could also be shy of strangers. Hopefully by offering a gentle smile and giving her own name first it would lay aside any hesitation she might have. Besides, the more timid sort of child did not usually venture so far from inhabited areas alone. "And who might you be, dear?"

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 Posted: Feb 4 2017, 02:49 AM
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11 • Human • Curiosity • Burgess, PA


Alice had been happily doodling in her notebook, eating delicious blackberries and daydreaming about showing all her friends this new exciting spot. All of this however, was interrupted when a grown-up came wandering into the small clearing.

Alice looked up and studied the woman as she stepped into view and greeted her. In all honesty, Alice had never seen a grown up out here- unless you counted Nini.... soooo ok maybe she had. Alice wiped her mouth a bit. The woman looked really pretty. She was dressed in a pretty purple dress that looked like it was out of a fairy tale book. And she did like fairy tale books!

The woman even had a basket full of stuff. Wow so maybe she was a fairy tale fan? Alice could totally agree with that. Fairy Tales were awesome. And all good people like them.

The lady then offered a name- Lysbeth. That was a pretty name. Alice smiled, "I'm Alice Wakefield. But most call me Ali. Nice to meet you." She said with a nod and a cheerful grin.




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 Posted: Feb 8 2017, 05:34 AM
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278 • Human (immortal) • Ruthlessness • Storm King Mountain
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Lysbeth watched as the girl responded to her arrival. She seemed more cheerful than anything else, which fortunately meant she had not been startled or put on her guard by Lysbeth's appearing out here. Lysbeth thought she even caught the glimmer of curiosity in those light brown eyes. "It's very nice to meet you, as well." She replied, returning the girl's smile.

Satisfied that Alice was not anxious, Lysbeth took a few steps forward to come to a more comfortable conversational distance from the girl. It was then that a faint shimmer drew Lysbeth's gaze to a round crystal that Alice wore as a necklace. She had spent enough time studying magic to already suspect that there was power to the stone as soon as she saw the way it seemed to sparkle from within rather than reflecting what sunlight managed to stream through the trees above. Whether it was a source of magic or a channel for natural abilities would require more than a casual glance but that could wait. For now it was enough to confirm that Alice was no ordinary mortal child. She had gifts of some kind and that was rare in these disbelieving times. Rare and far too valuable to allow those gifts to be wasted in a world that would dismiss anything she did as mere tricks.

"I see I'm not the only one enjoying the bounty of this forest," she spoke with a nod towards the berries Alice had collected, shifting the basket on her own arm to reveal the assortment of berries and leaves within. "But what brings you out here on your own?" She asked, her tone gentle with just a hint of concern mingled in. They were not too terribly far from the town but farther than most mortals would venture, especially mortal children without an adult with them. Of course, possessing magic could easily explain Alice's willingness to explore on her own but seeming likely the kindly concerned stranger might make her more likely to give some hint of her abilities.

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 Posted: Mar 29 2017, 09:01 AM
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11 • Human • Curiosity • Burgess, PA


The lady had a basket on her arms and she even mentioned the berries Alice had picked. Alice did have to admit she was pretty proud of herself for picking the berries all by herself and saving them up for not just herself and Big Mama, Caer, and Nini…but mostly Big Mama cuz Big Mama was the only one pretty close to here.

Alice noticed Lysbeth seemed to grow concerned… oh she must be one of the responsible adults who worried a lot maybe? Either way, Alice figured that she seemed nice and she also picked plants and most nice people like princesses picked plants! And she had a princess-y dress. So…. She definitely was trustworthy.

“Mmm…I wanted to get out of school! And I always come here~ It is where I can meet new friends like Big Mama and Nini! I can explore a lot and right now there are berries that Miss Sascha said are good to find now. And she knows a lot about berries!”

Alice made a mental note to pick more berries so she could give some to Miss Sascha and the owl.




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 Posted: Apr 9 2017, 03:01 PM
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278 • Human (immortal) • Ruthlessness • Storm King Mountain
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Lysbeth listened to Alice's reply trying to pick out what clues she could. Wanting to get out of school was hardly surprising. Most children her age were not fond of sitting still for their lessons, especially not on a day as nice as this.

"Well, I do hope you aren't missing any important lessons," Lysbeth replied, Alice seemed to respond well to her seeming to be a concerned adult. And in this case it was to some degree a genuine concern. While she could remember how tedious being cooped up in her lessons but over the years she came to appreciate the skills and knowledge gained. And a child with an inclination for magic would indeed need to learn to reach their full potentail. Of course, not all of what she needed would be learned in an ordinary mortal classroom. "Though I suppose there are plenty of important lessons to be found out here as well," she added. "Like all the special sorts of plants that can be found here."

The names Alice listed off did not mean anything to Lysbeth but if she was meeting them out in the woods like this the storm witch could not help but wonder if they too were immortal or magical beings of some kind. If Alice already had met immortal beings it would remain to be seen how much she was aware of the Guardians and Anti-Guardians. Lysbeth would have to tread carefully until she knew the girl's awareness but she hadn't had any intention of discussing the war in full with her anyway. "It sounds as though you have met quite a lot of nice friends."

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 Posted: May 21 2017, 03:29 AM
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11 • Human • Curiosity • Burgess, PA


Alice scrunched up her nose when Lysbeth mentioned lessons. "Probably not- they are boring." Alice said with a biggggg sigh. "But I think today is a day off anyways. Not sure."

She popped another berry in her mouth happily savoring the tart and sweet flavor. "I like plants!" She said happily, "They can be reallllly cool! Sascha said that she will help me read a TOOOOON of books on the plants that are coming soon. But today she said these would be number one easiest to find. And she was right!"

Wiggling her feet a bit thinking, she couldn't help the wide smile that appeared on her face when Lysbeth mentioned her friends.

"Yea! It can be hard to make some friends. But then sometimes I find people or people find me! And bamn!" She clapped her hands super loud to signify the wondrous bond, "We can become friends!" She said with a nod.

"Kinda like how we met! Just by.....what...was it....ummmmm...Just by chance!"




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 Posted: May 29 2017, 06:55 PM
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278 • Human (immortal) • Ruthlessness • Storm King Mountain
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An amused smile tugged at the storm witch's lips at Alice's response. She could well remember her own days of tedious lessons, copying and recopying rules of manners until her penmanship was as perfect as her behavior or struggling over the keys of the piano and how she would have much preferred to be reading her books or working on her embroidery by the fire. But both had proven valuable as she grew older and though she had her doubts about some of what modern schools might be teaching, or neglecting to teach, children she suspected it would be similar for Alice. Whether or not she was right about it being a day off or not Lysbeth could not guess but likely it was the case or else there ought to have been more people in the woods looking for the missing child.

It did at least sound as if she had one teacher who knew something of value. This Sacha she spoke of evidently knew a fair amount of plants. Though she noted that Alice only mentioned this friend of hers helping her to read about them, not show them to her. And it was hard to say if they knew the full uses of plants beyond food like the berries before her. Reading about plants was indeed a fine way of understanding their uses but descriptions and recipes or instructions were one thing, actually identifying the best quality and gaining a sense for measurements and preparation technique was another.

"She certainly was," Lysbeth agreed when the child mentioned her friend assuring her that the berries would be plentiful today. "And will your friends teach you about the uses of plants? How they can make magic?" She asked. If she was to learn more about what sort of people Alice had encountered so far she would need something more than names. And between the fact that she was wearing a magical necklace of some kind and her tendency for unique encounters, not to mention the fact that she could see and speak with Lysbeth, she did not think it was too much of a risk to mention magic to her.

"Chance indeed," Lysbeth lowered herself to sit on the grass, neatly arranging her skirts around her with a small smile. "Or perhaps...by fortune. I've always believed people destined for something special are led to places and people that will help them along the way."

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 Posted: Aug 1 2017, 12:24 PM
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11 • Human • Curiosity • Burgess, PA


Alice beamed at Lysbeth as she spoke agreeing with her. She always liked it when grown-ups agreed with her. It was a sign that she was doing a good job!

However, at the woman's question Alice blinked in confusion and tilted her head. "....Plants can make magic?" She asked contemplating what this could be like before a look of realization and excitement crossed her features. "OH! You mean like potions? Like the ones in storybooks?"

She wasn't sure but now she was certain that Lysbeth was 100% cool. Who else would be an awesome grown up and talk about magic? Only cool people.

Lysbeth moved to sit next to Alice. The girl scooted over slightly to make room and offered some blackberries with a smile. She wasn't exactly sure what Lysbeth meant by that last bit, she popped a blackberry in her mouth.

"Do you meet a lot of cool people?" Alice finally asked.




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 Posted: Aug 12 2017, 02:58 AM
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278 • Human (immortal) • Ruthlessness • Storm King Mountain
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It seemed to take Alice a moment to understand what Lysbeth had meant about the magical properties of plants but she did work it out before the witch could clarify. A promising sign, given that she was young she couldn't be expected to instantly know all the applications of magic but being able to piece things together showed good potential. She knew how to think through new information and make sense of it.

Lysbeth gave the girl a gentle smile. "Exactly, you'll find a lot of useful information in storybooks." she replied with an approving nod. "And plants are a very important part of potions. Most of my magic is channeled through potions."

"Thank you," she said, taking a berry from the offered basket. Alice really was a sweet child, and with such potential this was not an encounter Lysbeth intended to let go to waste.

"I do," she replied to Alice's question. She was not the best with keeping up with modern mortal developments but she knew "cool" was good. She was not sure she intended to introduce Alice to all the people she met in her recent work. Not unless she was sure they could appreciate the child's potential and capable of subtly. But she saw no reason to disappoint Alice. "I work with quite a few others with many...cool talents. And learned from them. Perhaps I can teach you some of what I have learned?"

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 Posted: Sep 9 2017, 03:35 PM
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11 • Human • Curiosity • Burgess, PA


Alice listened to the older woman happily. The mention of magic...potions- this was just too awesome! She had been reading all sorts of books that Sascha had given her, so meeting someone who was able to do potions was something that was super exciting.

"That's awesome!" Alice said with a grin, "I don't know a lot about potions, but some of the books Miss Sascha lets me read has some stuff about them in it!"

The small girl was happy that Lysbeth had accepted her gift. They were really becoming good friends weren't they? This was nice. And it was even more awesome when Lysbeth mentioned that she had lots of cool friends, probably magical ones. Alice's eyes widened with excitement when Lysbeth confirmed Alice's assumptions mentioning 'cool talents'.

This was so awesome, she was so happy she had gone to the woods today otherwise she wouldn't have met Lysbeth. But it was the final words that Lysbeth said that had Alice most surprised of all.

An offer to teach her....

"Really?" She asked, her voice somewhat small and wavering from excitement. She still didn't quite believe it but if it was true....wow!




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 Posted: Sep 11 2017, 04:59 PM
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278 • Human (immortal) • Ruthlessness • Storm King Mountain
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It sounded as if Alice had at least learned some of the theory of potions if she had read books about them. Even if her training thus far had not taught her much about them having access to books was at least a start. Though Lysbeth personally was of the mind that the real key to understanding the workings of potions was in practice and, ideally, working with and observing someone with more experience. After all, a book might give lists of ingredients and perhaps even some estimations of amounts but knowing different variations or how to effect the potency and any individual case's needs took something more. And of course with experience came the ability to find new ways of altering or even inventing potions not included in books.

"Really," Lysbeth replied with a nod. She glanced at her basket, she had only been gathering a few simple ingredients, hardly sufficient supplies to actually begin teaching. She would need a number of tools and supplies, not to mention other ingredients to actually let Alice begin to practice and learn. Still, she could get her started on some simple skills.

"Of course a proper lesson would need some more supplies. And if you really want to become an apprentice in magic we'll need to figure out a way to meet and practice together." She added. "But I can show you how to preserve ingredients for yourself to use later if you would like." Drying was generally the simplest method of preserving and preparing herbs and most ingredients so it would be a good start for her.

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 Posted: Nov 11 2017, 11:14 PM
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11 • Human • Curiosity • Burgess, PA


Alice was...floored. She was going to have a real magic teacher. For real! She could hardly believe it! This was insane and so amazing. Eyes were sparkling with excitement as she could barely keep still from bouncing around. She couldn't wait to write to Caer and Nini about this!!!

What would they think? Well they were the only ones she could talk about magic to. THIS WAS GONNA BE SO AWESOME!!!!!!

Trying to rein in her excitement and happiness, Alice nodded vigorously at the notion of needing more supplies for a real lesson. As well as trying to find a way to meet and practice together, "I can sneak out! It's no problem and it is really easy."

She smiled when Miss Lysbeth offered to show her how to preserve ingredients. She thought she had seen some stuff in the books Sascha had shown her. "I can look it up later- but if you have time, can you show me a little bit? Please?" She asked clearly hopeful.




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