conjuredskies: (Sidelong)
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Deep in the Parkland woods, twilight holds sway despite the early hour. The crumbling grey walls rise high and forbidding from the outside, but the heavy door stands ajar and swings open noiselessly when pushed – there’s fresh oil on the hinges.

Inside lies a great courtyard surrounded by a columned portico, with narrow doorways leading off into more dark corners. In the center, however, is a wide well with a low stone edge. Off to one side, its hooded summoner waits. Felix has spread a mat over the cracked paving stones, and now sits cross-legged beside his knapsack, picking over a few implements and books, checking the edge of a steel dagger. Aside from his hood, the conjurer has abandoned the legionary uniform for plainer leather armor, worn and mended from long use.

It’s been very quiet for some time. Just the skittering of breeze-blown leaves and birdsong drifting over the walls. Felix is quick to look up at a new presence.

Date: 2015-11-29 07:27 am (UTC)
ixis: (Shadowmeld)
From: [personal profile] ixis
Not only is the deepening gloam suitable for the summoning about to take place, but it makes travel that much more swift. In due time, a familiar figure steps from the lengthening shadow of a nearby pillar, his staff in hand and cloak pulled around him.

Ixis Naugus approaches the seated figure, looking about the ruins with shrewd and nodding approval. "This shall work splendidly, I feel. Are there any precautions to take? Wards or the like?" While eager to get started, it's always good to be a little careful when preparing to summon something that has the potential to be bigger and grander than you. (Even though Naugus struggles to imagine such a thing. What could be better than him?)

Date: 2015-11-30 04:24 am (UTC)
ixis: (Dark Smile)
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Naugus grunts in acknowledgement of a ward's uselessness, walking nearer now to get a better look at the objects Felix has laid out. The soul gems in particular interest him and he'll pick one up to examine it if allowed.

"Do go on, then. I trust you will do most of the talking when this being arrives? Summoning is not something I would consider my forte. Opening the door, yes. Parlay with the beings beyond it, not so much." Though he is dreadful curious still to see where this door will lead. A large part of the reason he's doing this at all!

Date: 2015-12-01 06:56 am (UTC)
ixis: (Inspect)
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The souls contained in the gem get no real notice, given that he has no sense for such matters. But the gems themselves, that's interesting. Naugus turns them over and taps at them curiously while Felix explains the nature of the being they're about to (hopefully) meet.

The wizard perks up especially at the mention of shadows, giving the younger man a toothy smirk. "Sounds like a prince after my own heart. Perhaps it was her reaching across zones and dimensions to grant me my powers of shadowmelding?

"Do you intend to ask her for a boon or an object of power to help Verity?" He puts down the soul gem at last to gesture at the remaining items. "And which of these counts as the keystone, I wonder? Or are there preparations that must go underway first?"

Date: 2015-12-02 07:21 pm (UTC)
ixis: (Dark Smile)
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Naugus takes the lockpick delicately, perhaps reverently, in the pinch of his claw, bringing it nearer to his face to get a good look at it. Turning it over and examining the slender bit of metal before nodding.

"A portal opened by yours truly must often rely on the object designated as a keystone to come from the zone we head to. But ones infused with intent and meaning can step sideways in marvelous ways. New realms that are parallel to the ones aimed for, deviations and pockets ripe for exploring. This will do well, I feel."

Naugus flips the lockpick up into the air and catches it in his one hand, hopping up to his feet upon doing so. "With your permission, I begin my work!" The mage is already eyeing the courtyard, looking for the best open spot to start the conjuration of an arcane doorway.

Date: 2015-12-25 05:50 am (UTC)
ixis: (Invocation)
From: [personal profile] ixis
Naugus crouches down at what must be a suitable spot to begin the process, sweeping aside loose stone and dead grass to clean the selected earth. A tap here and there with his claw, getting a feel for whatever leylines are present, then he starts.

The construction of the portal is meticulous work, but something the beastly mage does with confidence. Circles are drawn, a large one, another inside it, a trio orbiting the main one. The etching happens deftly with the tip of that curious claw, dragging through the stone floor as if it were sand. Symbols soon follow; a large one in the middle, several more radiating outwards, framing the circles already drawn. Once they're done, Naugus studies them for a moment, like rereading over something he'd written and ensuring its accuracy and flow.

Content with what's been made, the lockpick is set into the center of this all, a few more lines and symbols scratched in, and then he stands and begins drawing once more, again beginning with a large circle. But this time, the crafting happens in the very air itself, crackling ribbons of purple energy trailing behind his finger and claw tip, hanging in the air where he describes them. Runes are drawn in this fashion as well, though they snap and flash in the air before fading out, infusing the work with their magic and fizzling out when their purpose is done.

The whole process takes up a good ten minutes of continuous work. One last invocation and there is a loud CRACK, light spilling from that first circle drawn into the air, the doorway forming and opening within it. Ixis Naugus steps aside, his part done. Now it was up to Felix to coax out whatever being he hoped to locate.

LOVE IT.

Date: 2016-01-02 04:55 am (UTC)
ixis: (Cloak)
From: [personal profile] ixis
The change of shadow and power alike is both intriguing and daunting, Naugus' shifting his weight and posture to observe both. The shadows surging and growing is a comforting adjustment, the element familiar and safe. Something he has a clear, easy affinity and link to. The lurch in leylines, not so much. These things shouldn't move, shouldn't gather or scatter in the presence of a single being. That alone gives the Mobian mage an understanding of how vast this Prince could be.

When she emerges, Naugus takes brief refuge behind his cape, lifting it to shield his face from the flurry of energy and crows alike. Only when the presence is among them does it finally lower. It's one part pride and another part wonder that keeps him from bowing like Felix, instead staying upright and looking the massive dark woman up and down.

When he is addressed, Naugus grins and straightens further still, puffing his chest out proudly. "I am an Ixian mage, the last of my caste, and I have thrown in my lot with this young man to see what wonders his realm can offer. Matters of shadow and matters of power are ones I hold dear, after all."
courtofmurk: (Audience)
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“And well you should. You’ve sought refuge in my domain often enough, haven’t you?” Nocturnal replies archly. A pair of exceptionally large crows return to her, one settling on each of her outspread arms and cocking their heads in unison.

“Don’t think me displeased,” she goes on smoothly. “I’ve granted the audience you were so eager for. But you didn’t call on me for the sake of reverence or childish curiosity. So, what prize have you come to ask this time?”

“My Lady,” Felix says carefully, “we ask your aid for a friend we hold dearly. She suffers under a powerful curse which forces her to see the falsity of any lie or deception. Illusions are laid bare to her. Even the shadows themselves cannot cloud her perception.”

Date: 2016-01-03 04:48 am (UTC)
ixis: (Talk)
From: [personal profile] ixis
Ixis Naugus' expression softens slightly at the mention of her domain and his refuge there. "...Were it your work that gave me the power to enter the shadows, I...thank you. It gave me safety and solace in times where my own mind was treacherous and I was the plaything of another. Darkness was my companion and my keeper in those times, accepting me and cradling me in its embrace, giving me passage to where ever it touched. Again, if it was your blessing reaching across realms, you have my gratitude."

While he's not extremely excited to admit something so candid and personal in front of Felix, it is something that needs to be said. It's rare that he feels a twinge of anything resembling gratefulness, so it needs to be expressed now if ever.

With that said, he simply nods along with Felix's explanation of his calling on Nocturnal, letting the boy do the talking. He's the summoner here, after all.

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Date: 2016-01-13 12:14 am (UTC)
ixis: (Shadowmeld)
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He stops short from emerging from the shadows properly, giving himself only a brief moment to peek out and look around at their surroundings before slipping inside again. All that can be seen of him is his glinting eyes and teeth catching whatever lingering light there is.

"What would your people even make of me, I wonder? Do your best to keep to shadows so I can follow." Another glance around before adding, "And how do we find our target?"

Date: 2016-01-13 09:03 pm (UTC)
ixis: (Dark)
From: [personal profile] ixis
As Felix walks, Naugus slithers along from shadow to shadow, keeping close as he can manage, sometimes moving to travel in the younger mage's own shade when the pickings are slim. "A map? I thought you knew the area well enough! Why don't we just roam and find the first unseemly tavern that attracts the sort we're hunting for?" Hunting is a thrilling word in this context. He giggles to himself, the sound not seeming to have a proper source as he slips from one shadow to the next.

"A good idea, that. Someone so bold to steal from this Prince is one who'll be just as bold to brag about the act. And from there...?" How much carnage is Felix willing to either enact or witness?

Date: 2016-01-14 12:10 am (UTC)
ixis: (Shadowmeld)
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"Oh! Clever. Lead on, then. I've got the ears for eavesdropping, so might as well make the most of it." As much as Felix is excited to have such a bizarre ally, Naugus is equally excited to show off. People who value his talents and powers are people he loves to keep around.

"I've been in the Nexus so long, I've nearly begun to take the anti-violence field for granted." Is that observation just an idle thought or a call to playing rough when the time comes? Another dry snicker makes that kinda hard to say.

Date: 2016-01-14 08:41 pm (UTC)
ixis: (Toothy)
From: [personal profile] ixis
Naugus flits with ease through the hustle and bustle, many forms lending a great deal of shadow for him to scurry through. He may impishly reach his claw to tweak a leg or tail here and there, Felix likely hearing surprised yelps from passerby, followed by that usual wheezing giggle.

Once in the bookstore, Naugus peers from his hiding place at the collection of tomes, peeking at titles, skimming the selection. Should Felix be watching, a hand sneaks out from the darkness to filch a book on the Daedric Princes, a few silver coins soon tossed out to replace it. This is all done behind the Orsimer's back, of course, and conducted in silence.
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He pops up like a ghastly jack-in-the-box from that shadow, just up to his waist, already thumbing through his sneaky purchase. "Might as well get some material on these Princes of yours, I figured. The fact there are more and equally powerful as the one we're currently running errands for, well! Seems like some knowledge one such as myself can put to good use. May ask you to fact check it, though."

He tucks the book into his belt to surge upwards, creeping onto the wall behind Felix to look over his shoulder, peering at the other mage's purchase.

"And you and your map? Acceptable for the task?"

Date: 2016-01-15 10:38 pm (UTC)
ixis: (Raise Staff)
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"Onwards! To the seediest tavern available!" He declares that way too loud for someone who's supposed to be lurking and keeping an eye out. He even points with his one normal hand as if leading the charge. For god's sake, Naugus.

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