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Durnehviir
 Posted: Dec 23 2017, 12:44 PM
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Moonlight and fresh air filtered down through the large crevice, a break in the earth and rock that otherwise served as a barrier between the world of light and the tainted underground. The ancient creature perched on the crumbling remains of what used to be a grand dwarven building, the space around him long since devoid of the civilization that had made its home here for centuries. Until the darkspawn had driven them back into certain cities, the dwarves' last holdouts against the all-consuming Blight.

Not the usual place to find a creature meant for the open sky, but here Durnehviir was.

The Deep Roads were a curious place to him. There was history, but what could be considered conventional signs of history were mostly left to be forgotten in the ancient ruins of thaigs. The creatures who survived here had to be resourceful or lucky to avoid the taint, and yet many were suffering from the taint regardless. The tunnels ran deep; the deeper one got, the worse the taint affected even the very rock it anchored to.

While Durnehviir would like to get a closer look, his huge form and awkwardness on the ground prevented him from prowling most of the Deep Roads. The most he could do was find places such as this, open to the sky above, that he could swoop into.

The dragon had nothing to fear from the taint. His kind was extremely resilient and he was even more so, due to the fact that he was technically a rotting corpse. There was nothing left for anything to infect. Durnehviir would be the one doing the infecting, not the other way around.
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Talho Yuki
 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 09:58 AM
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Talho had gone down into the Deep Roads.

She’d heard many things about the Deep Roads, but she had, for the most part, stayed out of them. They had a taint to them, and were dangerously filled with all kinds of creatures. Still, Talho went down there for this one time, just to check the place out. She didn’t like not having a good personal knowledge of the place, regardless of the dangers. She couldn’t depend on hearsay just because she’d heard a few things.

Leaving Adroc back at the Axolotl with a babysitter, she geared up and prepared herself. Then, she wandered off to a crevice she’d heard of that allowed a bit of a visual of what the Deep Roads had. She gazed around, seeing the abandoned buildings and…

… Okay. Was that a dragon that she was seeing perched on a building? There wasn’t a sight that one saw every day.

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Durnehviir
 Posted: Jan 20 2018, 02:00 PM
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Now this was unexpected. There was a mortal soul nearby. Someone who was clean, not doomed to die haunted by the melody that those with the taint were forced to hear. Although that could change very quickly if one was careless.

Durnehviir could see her - a human woman who, at least, looked like she actually geared up for a trip to the Deep Roads. He had seen travelers who were ill-prepared for the dangers within. He doubted they had survived for long. The dragon knew that she had spotted him, yet so far she had not done the usual thing most mortals did when they had spotted him, which was to run away. Those mortals who did not flee were the ones he was most curious about, since that sometimes meant he was able to speak with them.

For the moment, however, he did not speak. Rather, he would see what she would do first. Would she run like the other mortals? Or would she get closer? Then, seeing his repulsive form, would she turn and flee? Durnehviir watched her, the only sound coming from him was his breathing, ragged as the air passed through his nostrils and into lungs that were no longer completely there.
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Talho Yuki
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It wasn’t every day that one found a dragon. Sure, they were getting a little more common with how they attacked towns and things, but this one was different. From what she heard of the dragons, they attacked nearly on sight and were destructive, but this one was more watching her, almost curiously. Talho reached for her pistol…

… But eventually decided that it might be best to get a grip on the situation first. Cautiously, she approached the dragon, taking in the area around him. The dragon was… interesting, to say the least. His form was captivating, decayed and rather revolting, and his breathing ragged, indicating that whatever rot was affecting him was also affecting the things inside of him.

“… You just going to sit there?” she finally asked.

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Durnehviir
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Ah, so she was one of the curious, then. Not one who would flee from the sight of a decaying monster spending his time in a forgotten ruin. Others would have ran and prayed that he did not follow. The mortals who stayed and even dared to ask him questions... those were the ones worth keeping alive. For his own sake as much as theirs.

"Sometimes, it is better to wait, to see if those who know of one's presence approach first." Most of his kind were impulsive, quick to attack whenever they saw fit. Out of hunger, offense, or the urge to destroy, which all dragons had ingrained into their very beings. Durnehviir had spent what seemed like an eternity in the Soul Cairn, in unintended service to the Ideal Masters. As such, he had perfected the art of waiting over those countless bleak years.

"You are unlike most joorre. Most would flee at the sight of a decaying dovah." Thick slime oozed from between his teeth, slowly trickling down his lower jaw. "Drem Yol Lok. I am called Durnehviir."
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Talho Yuki
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Huh, so the dragon spoke.

Talho decided that it was best not to pick a fight with him. She straightened into a casual pose, deciding to at least act the part of someone civil. She had to wonder why he was just sitting here. What was it that he was waiting for, aside from seeing if someone was going to just waltz up to him like she did? There had to be another reason to just sit around.

He had mentioned that she was different from most joore. The word was unfamiliar to her, and she narrowed her eyes at it, and the rest of the unfamiliar words. She had heard that the dovah had their own language, but this was the first time she was hearing it with her own ears. It was very rough on her ears, she wasn’t sure she liked the sound of it.

She supposed, too, that she would be unlike most of the people of this world. Unlike most of the civilians she had run into, she had military training. If she fled from every weird sight she saw, then what kind of person could she call herself?

“I’m Talho,” she introduced, once Durnehviir had offered his own name. “Don’t suppose you know anything about this place?”

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Durnehviir
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She was quick to respond with her own name. Good. Durnehviir appreciated common courtesy. Dragons were easy to offend, which normally did not bode well for the offender. At least he likely would not eat a human for forgetting to introduce themselves. Other dragons would attack for lesser reasons.

Talho asked him what he knew of this place. Durnehviir had some knowledge of the dark tunnels that run underneath the Western Continent. Most was the sort of knowledge one could easily pick up from reading a book about Thedas, but there were a few other things that were hidden from all except those who had the right senses. "We are in the Deep Roads, the dark secret below the Goddess' original junaar. Once the Dwemer - the dwarves - of Thedas thrived here in their cities, but they were overrun by an unending force of vulom. Darkness. They call it the Blight."

Durnehviir shifted a little so he was more comfortable. "The dov do not normally venture down here." Dragons preferred open sky. Even he would not be down here had it not been for the crevice that opened this thaig up to the world. "Any joor who comes to this place risks getting afflicted by the taint, especially if one attempts to reach the lower depths." Here, where they were close to the surface, the taint was limited. Talho would not want to explore further down, where the darkspawn were so thick that they had to climb over each other in order to move.

He could not physically see them. But to him, their souls - or what darkspawn had in place of souls, he was uncertain which it was - stood out beyond the layers of rock, glowing like a forest set ablaze.
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Talho Yuki
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The tunnels that snaked through the first continent had a dark history. As the dovah next to her explained what he knew, Talho found herself glancing down at what she could see of the place. It was a devastating thought and the idea that something was so wrong with the place that it could taint people… She didn’t like it.

Not one bit.

“What’s the taint do?” she asked, before deciding to take her own stab at it. “Does it cause someone to become like those things… The… Darkspawn?” If that was the case, she was deciding here and now that the children under her care were never going in there.

They’d already nearly lost Ninten to a Heartless. Any thoughts of losing Lucas or Lloyd… hell, even Mei or Black… was not very welcome.

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Durnehviir
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"The darkspawn thrive with the taint in their bodies, inflicting it on joorre. Those unfortunate enough to not die instantly lose themselves first." Durnehviir had seen them, the ones that the people of Thedas referred to as ghouls. Taint in their veins and in blotches on their skin. Eyes clouding, hair falling out. As their bodies broke down, so did their minds, descending into madness brought forth by the beautiful song that only the tainted could apparently hear. The only relief was death.

The dragon turned his head, looking down one of the tunnels. He had heard a noise, but he only saw the soul of a giant spider crawling along the path. Compared to what else lived down here, it was harmless.

"Sometimes, the darkspawn capture their victims." This was one of the more interesting things Durnehviir knew about the creatures - they did not kill all of their victims outright. "The males are either put to work or devoured. If not the latter, then the taint will eventually kill them. Either way, it is they who are the fortunate ones."

And the females? Durnehviir exhaled, his breath puffing out of his nostrils as noxious fumes, before he glanced at Talho again. Would she dare to ask? Some things could not be unheard.
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Talho Yuki
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Talho was quiet while Durnehviir explained what he knew of the Darkspawn. Honestly, what he knew wasn’t entirely welcoming news. The facts were straight forward – these creatures were dangerous, and the idea that the Goddess knew this and stuck them underneath the entire first continent… was alarming. It didn’t help that the dov didn’t touch on what happened to the women.

“… None of that sounds pleasant,” she settled on saying. She had decided that since he had commented that the men were fortunate enough, she wasn’t about to even so much as ask about the fate of women. “I can’t believe a place like this stretches out as far as the continent…”

It sounded unsafe. It sounded horribly inconvenient, and, there were areas like this that made it accessible to pretty much anyone. All it would take was one little fall, and someone would find themselves right in the middle of it.

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Durnehviir
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Talho had decided not to ask. It was for the best, Durnehviir assumed. There was a reason why the people of Thedas - and this world, in a way - could never truly rid themselves of the darkspawn, and it involved the females that they captured. The few that survived the horrors inflicted on them, at least. There was also a reason why the darkspawn appeared to be twisted mockeries of the races of Thedas, but as it was related to the story of why they captured women in the first place, it was something Durnehviir would not touch upon right now.

"Much of the Deep Roads was tunneled out by the Dwemer, as they used them to connect their cities." Most of those cities were long gone by now, after the darkspawn had ravaged them. But the Deep Roads stretched out as they did because of the dwarves, and perhaps that was part of their undoing. "The darkspawn also burrow through the stone, endlessly driven to seek out the Old Gods who call for them. It is when they find one of these slumbering dov do they rise to the surface with an Archdemon."

A terrible nightmare in the form of a dragon. When one - writhing with the corruption the darkspawn had brought to it - ascended to the surface, the people of Thedas knew that they were facing another Blight. The taint would spread across the land, destroying what it touched. Countless people would die before the Grey Wardens would be able to end the Archdemon's life.

Whether the remaining Old Gods were now sleeping here, Durnehviir could not be certain. The Goddess might not have moved them with the Deep Roads. A Blight would surely destroy much of her handiwork, which she seemed quite proud of.
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Talho Yuki
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So, on top of everything else, these things were constantly on the search for the Old Gods, and when they managed to find something down there similar enough… Mass destruction likely ensued the minute they stepped up onto the surface with an Archdemon. Just the thought caused Talho to want to hold her pistol close.

Hopefully the Goddess kept the Old Gods out of all of this and just brought the Darkspawn.

“… And with them here, there’s probably no way to stop them from doing this over and over… The Goddess fixes damage to buildings and resets things like that to keep things the same…” Talho narrowed her eyes, and her expression darkened. “… I imagine she does the same with those creeps down there… Just to keep things interesting enough. She brought them here, so I doubt she’ll just let us… exterminate them.”

Which was entirely a major disappointment. These things posed as a threat to not just the people, but the entire world. Talho felt horrible for the world that they had originated from, wondering how they dealt with it, and wondered if her plans would be similar to theirs. Honestly, she thought they had needed to burn in hell, and would gladly light the match.

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Durnehviir
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"It is fortunate for you joorre that the Goddess appears to have no interest in destroying her world with a Blight." The darkspawn thrived down here, but unless they had an Archdemon, they barely left for the surface world. A few scouts might be spotted prowling near the entrances of the Deep Roads, but never in any numbers that would seriously threaten life. Most of the danger was limited to those who risked venturing down here, whether on purpose or by accident.

Should a Blight happen, Durnehviir felt like he would be in less danger. The taint had no way to ensnare him in its grip. There were also high mountains in Briggs he could inhabit, letting man and darkspawn deal with their conflict on their own. While he would mourn the loss of many interesting aspects of this planet, dragons normally kept themselves removed from such affairs.

Unless, of course, Qahnaarin happened to raise an army and requested that he help. Out of honor and pride - and friendship, in a way - Durnehviir was bound to lend the Last Dragonborn his aid. The dragon had made a promise to him; he intended to keep it.

"Most of the horde dwells within the Deep Roads' darkest levels. As long as they are given no reason to emerge, there they shall remain." So Talho would not have to worry about the darkspawn causing too much trouble. They were part of this world, just as humans and dragons were. The Goddess likely had no plans to remove the darkspawn simply to ensure her other residents slept better at night.
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Talho Yuki
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Let’s hope that it stayed that way. That the Goddess had it in her right mind to make sure that it never even was close to happening. So far, it seemed to be the case, but one could never really be sure. However, to worry about it would only mean that she wouldn’t be able to relax.

Durnehviir was right – chances were, the Goddess wasn’t about to let it happen and destroy the world that she had already invested nearly a year into.

… God. A year already.

“Let’s hope that it stays that way. It’s bad enough they’ve got the taint thing going on… The people of this continent don’t need more to worry about,” Talho decided. What with Radiant Garden with their usual Heartless problem and the whole mess regarding the chests and keys, this thing blowing up would only cause more concern. “If that’s your professional opinion, then… I won’t worry too much about this place. I’ve got a son to think about, and a number of adopted kids.”

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Durnehviir
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Worry? Yes, Durnehviir supposed that there were plenty of things on this continent that the mortals already had to worry about besides the Deep Roads and the darkspawn. Radiant Garden was inhabited by Heartless. All manner of other creatures were hostile and dangerous to everyone in sight. There was a serial killer on the loose, prowling two certain cities for mechanical prey. A number of other problems and to top it off, the Goddess' current form of entertainment.

Although Durnehviir felt like there was a simple fix for that last one - do what she wanted and she was content. Sometimes, that was the only way appease deities and their egos.

"One cannot escape the troubles of this planet for very long. Trouble is ingrained into its sil - its soul." As it was for many of the worlds this planet drew its people and places from. Durnehviir had heard of only a few worlds where conflict wasn't a regular feature in its history. "And yet there are still times of peace and safety. Protect yourself and your kiirre, kendov. We can never know how fleeting those moments are... until they have passed and we must bare our fangs once again."
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