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  1. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    From the first time that she had begun training in the use of templar abilities, Cauthrien had been required to fight for every bit of power that she used. Never had she needed to hold it back, and trying to do so now felt like standing in front of a waterfall and attempting to block the flow...
  2. Cauthrien

    Situation Normal: All F***ed Up [Closed]

    Any Joining was a dicey prospect, at best. Even for volunteers, if they survived, the secrets that had to be kept frequently left them disillusioned, and conscripting someone without their consent, as Nathaniel had done at Highever, was a shitshow that was almost more trouble than it was worth...
  3. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    Cauthrien had been taught to fight as a knight: with honor, but she had also been taught by Loghain Mac Tir, the farmer’s son who knew too well that not all opponents - even knights - would do the same. She knew how to counter every dirty trick in the book, and a few that hadn’t been written...
  4. Cauthrien

    Situation Normal: All F***ed Up [Closed]

    Cauthrien never lied about how she had come to join the Grey Wardens, and seldom refused to answer when asked, but few were given the whole of the story, and Sofia was no exception. She skated the surface of her life after Maric’s Shield, told of meeting Nathaniel Howe and being invited to join...
  5. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    Cauthrien’s rebuke, while delivered more harshly than she had intended, had the desired effect. Sofia’s eyes narrowed, and she threw herself into the fight, their staves cracking together smartly in the still air as the mage deflected each of the warrior’s attacks, then began to launch...
  6. Cauthrien

    Situation Normal: All F***ed Up [Closed]

    Cauthrien was pleased with the way that Sofia had handled this encounter; easy enough if one kept one’s head, the sheer number of foes had the potential to make things go sideways fast if anyone panicked. Trusting an unknown partner with her back in combat would not have been Cauthrien’s first...
  7. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    Sofia confirmed what Cauthrien had sensed: that the summoning of magic caused a subtle disruption in the Fade that could be detected if one were alert for it. “I think of it as the breath of the Maker, giving life to what I weave,” she said. “His benevolence grants me the ability to protect my...
  8. Cauthrien

    Situation Normal: All F***ed Up [Closed]

    The greatest danger of deepstalkers lay primarily in their numbers, as they possessed no intellect to speak of that might enable coordinated attacks. A lone traveler could be easily surrounded and overwhelmed by the vermin, but even one more person improved the odds vastly if they fought smart...
  9. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    Cauthrien had sparred with Sofia dozens of times over the years, honing the mage’s ability with a staff while improving her own skill at dealing with magical attacks and defenses. Out of necessity, neither of them had unleashed their full potential in those matches, making them exercises in...
  10. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    Sofia agreed readily enough to a sparring match, but there was the faintest of shadows in the blue eyes. She had been spared much of the abuse that templars visited on mages in her years in Antiva’s Circle, but she had seen enough, then and in the years since, to make her wary of the powers that...
  11. Cauthrien

    Situation Normal: All F***ed Up [Closed]

    Unsurprisingly, Sofia shared Cauthrien’s desire that they not encounter any broodmothers at all on this venture. No Grey Warden who had to deal with one of the wretched monstrosities was ever eager for an encore. Just knowing that they existed, trapped and isolated, somewhere in the darkness...
  12. Cauthrien

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  13. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    In the years since Sofia had arrived in Ferelden, Cauthrien had come to count on the Antivan. As a friend yes, but more importantly - so far as she was concerned - as her second-in-command, someone who would not hesitate to tell her if she was wrong. That what was developing between them might...
  14. Cauthrien

    Situation Normal: All F***ed Up [Closed]

    After two years in the Grey Wardens, on top of the year of the Blight, Cauthrien had fought darkspawn aplenty, but mostly on the surface. The one extended foray into the Deep Roads beneath Redcliffe, their numbers had been enough to ward off attacks from anything but the darkspawn and a few...
  15. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    Cauthrien figured that she was in for a scolding and had probably earned it, on both the professional and personal levels, but she hadn’t wanted Sofia to have to participate in something she didn’t agree with. The mage simply took her arm and urged her to the back of the stable, where there was...
  16. Cauthrien

    Situation Normal: All F***ed Up [Closed]

    Sofia’s face was serious in the pale light cast by her staff, but she did not flinch from the prospect of walking the dark tunnels or exploring a bit while they waited for the others. “Good. I’d rather do something other than sit in the dark and wait.” She also had a good grasp of her staff’s...
  17. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    Dragon gave Cauthrien a bit of warning, flicking his good ear toward the stall door in the moment before Sofia leaned over the top. “While I admire your boldness, mi cara, I would suggest that taking this journey for the first time in the company of a very large horse known for his tendency to...
  18. Cauthrien

    Situation Normal: All F***ed Up [Closed]

    At least this time her injuries had not resulted from her own stupidity. Cauthrien kept her eyes turned to the tunnel that stretched into darkness ahead of them while Sofia began the spell of healing. Logic suggested that any living things nearby would have fled from the falling rocks, but the...
  19. Cauthrien

    Standing Calmly At The Crossroads, No Desire To Run [Closed]

    ((Wintermarch, 9:41; 2 days after Through Thick And Thin; late morning; Sofia di Castelbuono )) The stables were deserted, more than half the stalls empty, the only sound the occasional snort and the shuffling of hooves in hay. A sizable contingent of Grey Wardens had departed an hour earlier...
  20. Cauthrien

    Wardens Gone Walkabout [Closed]

    Mention of blood magic had pretty much the effect that Cauthrien had thought it would, and she wondered if it had been a mistake to mention it. It was a calculated risk, and one that would blacken the reputation of the Orlesian order if they returned, but Cauthrien’s gut told her that they would...
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