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Post by Melony on Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:28 pm

"Just like that, step 1, 2, 1, 2, you are doing very well Ali" The white haired Khajiit said softly as she smiled down to his daughter who he towered over and lightly held her hands as he backed up balancing on a railing along the side by the stairs going down from the black smith's workshop.

She followed and wobbled a bit but walked forward smiling brightly as she did so. She hadn't seen her father in years and had only heard from him and talked to him and her mother by letters that shed would speak out for one of her teachers to write and read back to her and now they managed to make it out to see her in person. After some family time she had asked if her father could help her walk on some railings since she heard all the time how other kids balanced on similar things for fun and wanted to try it and boy was she not let down.

The black smith chuckled looking to them both smiling. "She is getting rather good at that." He said kindly and she smiled more "You think so?" he nodded "Of course, maybe some day you'll be able to do it all on your own." she smiled brighter as her father chuckled. "I agree though please do not go and try doing this on your own until you are ready, your mother nor I would like seeing you hurt." she giggled and nodded "Don't worry I won't daddy."

She said with a bright smile over the years the city had learned to see Ali as a kind sweet little girl who was rather remarkable at preforming music despite never truly being able to see what she was doing and Ali had became friends with many people and learned to call the city as home despite up till now her parents not being there with her. Soon enough the two stopped and he claimed down and helped her down to her feet and the two started to walk to the market place.

"So how are your studies going?" he father kindly asked her causing her to have a skip in her step. "Very well! Many others help me learn so I dont fall too behind though I still haven't decided if I want to try and take the graduation test or not this year." She explained cheerfully and he rose an eyebrow. "And why's that?" "Because there is so much I can still learn at the collage that I would love to learn but at the same time being an official bard that is called a traveling bard and has her name proposed to play in ceremonies and such all across skyrim sounds like an amazing journey and adventure!" He chuckled and kissed her head.  

"Well what ever you decide your mother and I support you." she smiled and hugged his leg "Thank you daddy!" She then smiled and walked over to the well and climbed up sitting on the edge of it and smiled to her father. "You stay safe alright? I'm going to go and meet your mother back over at the inn." She smiled and nodded

"okay daddy I will" she waved and then pulled out her harp, this time every day since arriving she liked to come here and preform some music and every day she got a small crowd that enjoyed her music. As she started to play she closed her eyes and smiled gently as her daily crowd started to form by her.

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Post by Thr33 on Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:33 am

A group of five tall hooded figures quietly entered through the gates of Solitude, nodding slightly to the guards as they swung open the gates. Most vendors continued with their work as the citizens moved between shops and to their next appointments, too distracted by their schedules to notice their new guests.

"Sir, you're to meet with the Captain in an hour. Shall we proceed to the barracks and await our appointment?" One of the hooded figures broke their silence and whispered to the man in front.

Removing his hood created a sort of glow around him as the sun shone off of his golden skin. A high elf with long white hair took account of his surroundings, wearing a stoic gaze as he skimmed the locals. There were elves around, but also plenty of imperials, nords and even argonians that he could see initially. He flared his nostrils and frowned as he nodded toward the building above them that they recognized as the guards' quarters.

The troop charged forward in silence, ignoring various beggars as they approached the elves far closer than they preferred. The chatter of the city was chaotic and unrefined. The sooner they could meet with the Captain, the sooner they could leave. As they approached the blacksmith, something broke through the random sounds of the city. Was it...music?

The head elf turned his head quickly, searching for the origin of the noise. "Sir Markin, is there a problem?" The elf to Markin's right broke their leader's concentration.

"Leave me," Markin rose a hand and shooed his associates away as he moved down the stairs and approached a small crowd that had gathered around a young harp player.

Markin was surprised to find any source of culture in Skyrim, yet here was a girl, an elf, playing the song in her heart. The elf couldn't help but draw the experience. Markin grabbed his journal from beneath his cloak and began scrawling the scene quickly into the next empty page as she played, smiling to himself quietly.

As the girl stopped playing, Markin approached her, attempting to smile. "You...girl," he began, speaking sternly, "Where did you learn to play that instrument?"

He hadn't brought his flute with him and now he regretted his decision as it may have been interesting to attempt to collaborate with the music that the girl was bringing to the table. As Markin broke through the crowd, some began to dissipate, assuming that the girl was finishing with her impromptu 'show'.
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Post by Melony on Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:48 am

The crowd cheered softly and clapped when she finished and she bowed while sitting and smiled. "Thank you" she said sitting back up as she heard a man say you girl. She turned her head to where she had heard his voice then noticed a blob moving closer to her as he spoke again confirming it was him. She smiled up to him sweetly as he asked his question. She looked to her harp and raised it a bit. "Well I learned it slightly on my own."

"When I was a child I told my parents I wanted to be a bard and play music and make people smile and happy with my music. So they got me some instruments. They then asked the local bard to teach me how to play. He was really nice and it was really hard to learn at first cause I had to memorize where the strings were on the lute he taught me on, and exactly how far to stretch my fingers to hit the right strings."

"And learning the flute was even harder but it was a lot of fun to memorize what sounds came from what combination so I could piece together songs and listen to songs and replicate them." She said smiling brightly clearly very passionate about her music. "Then after I mastered the lute and the flute I worked on transferring those skills to learn the pan flute and then the harp."

"The harp was the most hard due to it having many more strings and length throughout them than the other instruments and I have to move my arms even more with it so it's harder to keep track of where I am or well it was but I learned to master it and after I got to the bards college they provided more music and tricks for me so I got as good as I am now."

"But yeah, short version is, technical self taught. It's a tone of fun to just play what ever comes in my head with the harp and just conveying feelings through it cause it's my favorite instrument and the one I'm best at. That and it sounds really pretty." She noticed far less blobs figuring the people left so she carefully turned her body and reached down with her foot to feel the ground to verify it's distance and hopped down off the well's side.

She then felt along her straps without looking and fount the empty one for the harp and strapped it back onto her hip strap. Due to her never looking at what she wanted to exactly on point even having looked at the general area she thought his head was when ever she spoke to him which would be probably constantly his forehead or hair one could assume she couldn't see correctly and or she just really liked looking at his forehead and hair. "If you don't mind me asking sir, why do you ask where I learned how to play the harp?" She asked curiously.
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Post by Thr33 on Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:21 am

The High Elf smiled as she listened to the girl mention that she had mastered the lute and the flute. He had been playing the instruments himself for a few decades now and he doubted he was even close to discovering all the mysteries that the music held or the stories that could be told. Then again, maybe he was just nervous that the girl was better than him.

Markin frowned as he noticed the girl's slight caution as she tried to arrange herself. Was the girl blind? Probably not since she was here alone, but still, she didn't move like that for no reason. He sighed softly to himself. It was a shame that such talent was wasted on a girl with such disabilities, her eyes and...well her disadvantages. He would have loved to bring her back to Alinor, show his family that such a young one could develop such skill in such little time.

"I'm not so ignorant to ignore a young talent when I see it," the mer answered quickly, smiling as sincerely as he could manage. "If you don't mind me saying, though, it's good of you to seek guidance with your studies. Some techniques that you practice now might be alright with that piece, but as you complex your play more and more, you'll find these habits might hold you back. It would be good to break you of these negative tendencies early on."

He paused for a moment. No, this girl wasn't a high elf, but her music had a certain sincerity about it. The Bard's College could foster her talent...but if the political forecasts in Skyrim were accurate, Solitude could become less of a place of nuture, and more of a place of war.

"So, you chose the Bard's College," he continued quickly. "Are you from Skyrim then? Why choose here to study? You're no Nord. Surely the...climate doesn't suit you very well..."
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Post by Melony on Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:12 am

she smiled brightly bowing to him "Thank you sir, I am glad that you are able to see my talent." she said standing back up straight. She then nods "I know, I still have much I can learn despite how well I claim and believe I am. I also know that my tendencies aren't good ones to have."

"Like how i don't move my arms too fluently or all too much, or how I some times move my arms too far or something along those lines though sadly if I don't do some of my tendencies I lose my place and fail to tell where exactly where the harp is so I half to pause to look and see where it is. Which I know could be fixed by not closing my eyes but closing my eyes helps me imaging a clear version of the harp that I can think of what notes I wish to hit are where and other such things."

"That and it helps me focus on my music and producing the best and purest form of my music that I can preform." She explained. "Though I hope that by learning more from others I can get better so I can find better working tendencies that allow me to preform music better cause I believe no matter how good you are you can always get better." she said in a rather peppy tone. She then nodded to his questions. "Yep, I'm from Morthal more exactly."

"Its much colder down there so it did take some getting used to the warmer weathers up here but it's still very nice. And I chose here because it was the only place I knew of still in skyrim to learn more about music. And luckily some of my daddy's friends were heading out this way so they protected me and helped me get here cause my parents didn't want me going alone because I was really young and I have very bad vision."

"They wouldn't come out and say it but I knew it was also a big part of my vision. A little girl who can only basically see giant blurry blobs of colors doesn't really sound like someone who could survive a trip up here alone." She said being clearly open about her poor sight and very accepting of it.
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Post by Thr33 on Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:52 am

Markin smiled and raised his hand softly. "No need to explain your habits. I'm sure there are plenty of things that you don't even realizing you're doing. But, you're young. No one expects you to be perfect. Music isn't about perfection."

The mer laughed to himself for a moment. "Listen to me, you'd think that I'm trying to give a lecture here. I'm not. My knowledge on the matter is limited as well, and it doesn't really make a difference anyways..."

Markin looked down at the girl for a moment. She was used to her impairment, it seemed. He wondered whether it could be cured, but...it wasn't his problem. It shouldn't be. "Your parents are here then? Tell me about them? Are they nearby?"

Before getting too attached to a random girl he'd met on the streets of the Nord's city, he had better make sure her parents weren't recognizably political. Still, he felt sorry that she was out today. If things would go according to plan, there would be an execution at the front gate. For the empire's civil war to take place in the way that they desired, the Thalmor desired to remind Skyrim's people of their differences in their opinions and their origins. As long as they could make them believe that they weren't brothers, the war would rage just as they had desired.

"You have a busy day ahead of you, don't you?" The elf finally added, speaking hopefully. "Perhaps you were planning on meeting with your teachers...or maybe you were wanting to visit the ships? Did you know that most of today's ship's designs are inspired largely by Aldmeri architecture, even today?"
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Post by Melony on Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:33 pm

She smiled nodding "I know and I didn't think you were, I was thinking that you were giving helpful criticism is all." He then asked about her parents and she smiled even brighter clearly excited about what she was currently thinking about. "Yeah! They live in Morthal still but they are here visiting me! This is the first time I've got to hear their voices and hug them in person in a few years. Not too long ago my daddy was helping me walk on the railing by the stairs at the black smith."

"Daddy says I'm really good at it and he said he thinks maybe one day I could do it all on my own!" She was bouncing excitedly. "My daddy is a miner, and my mama some times repairs clothes for others and cooks at the local in! And my daddy left not too long ago to check on my mama over at the inn cause we woke up before her this morning cause I stayed with them there rather than the collage last night and we decided to go around the city for a bit and have fun."

"He's probably over there seeing if my mama is up yet or not. Why did you ask? Do you want to meet them or something?" She asked curiously "Not really just probably spending time with my parents since they are here for the next day or so, why? and I didn't know that but it's a really cool fun fact!" She said in a happy tone clearly she honestly did find it a cool and fun fact.
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Post by Thr33 on Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:18 pm

The mer smiled weakly as the little elf went on about her day and her family. As she mentioned that her parents were in the inn, Markin glanced over, watching various men and mer walking in and out. It would be unrealistic for him to be able to pick them out from a crowd especially without knowing them.

"No, no, no, you're fine," Markin answered quickly. "I don't need to take up your parents' time, I'm sure they have lots of plans for you today, maybe out of town or over at the Bard's College?"

Markin glanced up towards Castle Dour, catching a glimpse of one of his hooded associates. He was waving and pointing towards the stairs. Just barely poking out from the other side of the walls, a group of guards were shuffling down, escorting a man with a brown bag covering his face and a man with a black mask in their stead.

Markin felt a moment of nervousness fall over him. He had taken a liking to this girl and could see himself visiting her at the college in the future. He would rather avoid having her be present for an execution. Quickly, he approached the girl, and tried to guide her to the tavern and her parents by placing his hand on her back.

"Here, your parents are probably looking for you by now...you should probably get going," Markin spoke quickly as he began moving towards the Winking Skeever. "I'm sorry, but, don't believe I've gotten your name. What do I call you?"
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Post by Melony on Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:34 pm

She blinked looking at him confused "Sir if you don't want to talk to me anymore it's fine.... I can just leave and preform my music elsewhere...." She said a bit sadly thinking his quick speech and seemingly trying to get her to be elsewhere was him not wanting to be around her.

She noticed the group heading over past their direction unable to make out them or what was on them. "I wonder why that man needs so many people to escort him somewhere... he must be important." she mumbled to herself watching them pass by. She then blinked as the man then started to guide her to the tavern with a hand on her back. She then looked up to him confused.

"Sir are you okay you seem like there's something wrong, did you know those people who passed by us or something? and my name is Alicrid some people call me Ali, what's your name?"
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Post by Thr33 on Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:24 pm

Markin painted on a smile as he guided the girl to the tavern. "No, no, no, of course not. I'm just a busy man and I have appointments I need to get to. I want to make sure you're being looked after. I want to make sure you're safe, is all." He thought quickly, hoping that she wouldn't be offended.

He nodded for a moment as the girl wondered about the man. "Yes. He's very important."

He looked around the tavern as they arrived and crouched down to speak to the girl. "Ali, it's nice to meet you," he began with a smile. "My name's Markin. Can you find your parents from here?"

He didn't know what Ali's parents looked like, but he hoped that they would notice her arrival and come to greet their daughter. He needed to be present for the beheading.

"I'll speak to you again soon, I promise Ali. I just need to take care of something."

Just as he finished speaking, he turned to leave the tavern. Outside, in the main square, a rather large crowd started gathering. Markin found his place beside his Thalmor representatives, although it wouldn't be obvious who they were to the residents of Solitude.

The man stood atop the stage beside a Nord man and the executioner, getting ready to begin the ceremony. It was reasonable to think that Ali's parents had no idea that this was happening today. The girl had terrible vision, but she wasn't stupid, Markin knew that. He hoped that she wouldn't realize what was about to take place, nonetheless.
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Post by Melony on Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:48 am

"Oh... okay but its fin i can get around by myself i'm not completely blind just partly." She said with a shrug she then blinked as he said very important. "Should i have bowed?" She said a bit worriedly. She then looked to him as he crouched down to talk to her. "It's nice to meet you too and there right there I can tell cause my daddy is the only whit blob with ears pointing out i here that ad they're walking over."

She said as they came over clearly she got her looks from her mother since she didn't look like a khajiit like her father who nodded to the man. "Hello, is everything alright?" He asked as Ali smiled up to her mother who smiled back to her gently placing a hand on her head in a loving fashion. "Yeah he was just dropping me off, he's really nice too." She said smiling brightly "Oh well then would you like to-" The man then left and he blinked "he was in a hurry."

Ali giggled "hes apparently a busy man from what he told me. I do hope he come back though, I liked talking to him." Her mom laughed lightly kissing the top of her head. "I'm sure he will he seemed like he was a ma of his word." She smiled brightly and happily "Okay then!" They smiled walking with her to a table. "I saved you a sweet roll" her mother said and ali bounced excitedly. "Yay!" She sat down eating it. "this is really good mama!"

"i'm glad you liked it! so how was your time with that man?" "really good I even got to see someone super important who was being escorted by a bunch of men but i couldn't get closer to try to make out more of his features cause markin started bringing me here to see you both" Her parents blinked starting to connect the dots of him rushing and others having left the tavern so suddenly and ali paused thinking "wait do you think-" her mother cut her off

"of course not but darling did you forget your lucky ring at the black smith?" Her father blinked but nodded clearly having a ring on his ring and middle finger having his wedding ring and lucky ring but ali couldn't tell. "I believe I have, I'll go check thank you for noticing my love." He kissed her lightly and alis head before leaving the tavern.

He then saw as the man started to get down on his knees and looked around trying to spot the man who had brought ali back but looked to the stage as the man would be beheaded and clearly this was his first time seeing a execution.
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The crowd seemed flustered as the men moved onto the platform. A small girl spoke out, just above the rabble. "They can't hurt uncle Roggvir. Tell them he didn't do it." The girl cried out desperately.

"Positions." The announcer on the stage spoke to the guards around them as they reconfigured their stances, bringing priority to maintaining the peace as much as possible.

Markin heard a man speak somewhere in front of him. "Svari, you need to go home. Go home and stay there until your mother comes."

Respecting the man's commands, the little girl ran off. Smart. Markin would prefer if the young would avoid as much of the approaching atrocities as possible, although he knew that much would prove to be unavoidable.

"Lock the city gate."

A woman spoke up to the man from earlier. "You should tell her that her uncle is scum that betrayed his High King. Best she know now, Addvar."

"You're all heart, Vivienne."

As odd blanket of tension fell over the crowd and a momentary unnatural silence emerged as the announcer began to speak. "Roggvir. You helped Ulfric Stormcloak escape this city after he murdered High King Torygg. By opening that gate for Ulfric you betrayed the people of Solitude."

At that, the crowd began to counter defiantly.

"Traitor!"

"He doesn't deserve to speak!"

"There was no murder! Ulfric challenged Torygg. He beat the High King in fair combat." The prisoner finally spoke, attempting to defend himself.

"Liar!"

"Such as our way! Such as the ancient custom of Skyrim, and all Nords!" Roggvir spoke confidently, sure in his stance, postured to become a perfect martyr for his cause.

"Booooo."

"Booooo."

"Cut 'em down!" Vivienne yelled out viciously.

"Booooo."

Realizing that the crowd was becoming too heated, the announcer moved forward. "Guard. Prepare the prisoner."

"I don't need your help." Roggvir responded solemnly, choosing to face his end with honor.

The announcer nodded, devoid of emotion, although Markin couldn't tell whether it was because he was fighting off his feelings or if he just plainly didn't care. "Very well, Roggvir. Bow your head."

Looking out at the crowd with a straight face, full of determination, although where he found it, Markin could not tell. The headsman rose his axe high into the air. "On this day... I go to Sovngarde."

With that, the axe dropped.

THUNK

Markin didn't even flinch. The crowd froze for a moment. He could sense a cacophony of emotions flowing through the minds of and not all of them were seemed comforted in what had just taken place. Perhaps that was an understatement. Now the rebellion had a leader in Ulfric and a martyr in Roggvir.

Markin stifled a smile from emerging on his face. He looked throughout the crowd and thought of Ali and Svari. The innocents that could be sacrificed in a war like this. But, war was inevitable with men. They were just planting the seeds. War was the way of men and if it didn't happen right now, it would happen later. Now, the Dominion were in perfect position to pick up the pieces of this fallen 'empire' and use them to make something better. For the greater good.
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