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Elyea's Mind

Elyea's mindscape, the ever changing realm of metaphor and fancy that represents her innermost thoughts and desires. Presently it has become dark and twisted as the result of powerful and malign influence burrowing in to her soul.

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Aryna'll find herself in a dark and foreboding forest. Long and wiry trees surrounding the path on both sides with rows upon rows of books resting on the branches in place of leaves.
Metakirb

She looks around as she appears, one hand instinctively going to one of her swords.

Elyea?
Who

In response a voice comes from above her, a large grin and a pair of purple stripped rabbit ears appearing floating above a tree branch.

"Yeeeeeeeees?"
Metakirb

Isn't it a little dark around here?
Who

Above the expanding grin a set of familiar eyes appears.

"Of course, the sun never rises here anymore."
Metakirb

Why not?
Who

The ears, mouth and eyes all roll upside down as the grin continues to talk.

"She doesn't allow it. I do fancy she's punishing them for their defiance."
Metakirb

She? Them?
Who

"The Red Queen."
Metakirb

Where is she?
Who

Aryna's conversational partner fully materializes, revealing herself to be Elyea. Albeit an Elyea with rabbit ears, purple tinged skin and a rictus grin. Now visible she shrugs her shoulders.

"I wouldn't know, she leaves alone for the most part. At her palace I would suppose."
Metakirb

And where's that?
Who

The creature laughs, gently floating down from her perch and leaning on Ary's shoulder, obviously taller than her physical counterpart.

"Beyond the Tome Woods and across the Checkered Fields."
Metakirb

Right, so which way to the Checkered Fields?
Who

"Now why should I tell you?"
Metakirb

Because I want to help.
Who

"Maaaaaybe I like it better like this. The Queen leaves me to my own devices and I get visits from cuties like you."

She drags a finger down Aryna's chest to emphasize her point.
Metakirb

H...Hey...

She goes a little red.

Look, I just want to help...
Who

"And what's in it for me?"
Metakirb

Whatever's doing all this damage will be gone. And you can be you again...
Who

"Good answer. Shame really, that's a nice shirt."

She points over Ary's shoulder and should she turn around will make an attempt to grab her behind.
Metakirb

As Ary does turn around, she eeps and hurries along her way, blushing alot.
Who

As Ary makes her way through the dark and foreboding woods she'll begin to hear some singing, it sounds almost jolly and definitely out of place.
Metakirb

She listens to see if she can recognise the voice.
Who

The voices should be familiar enough, being the voices of Elyea's parents!

♪Twinkle twinkle little bat, how I wonder what you're at♪

♫Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky♫

This little ditty is followed by enthusiastic clapping and giggling laughter.
Metakirb

Nadine? Clark?

She heads in thier direction.
Who

The voices originate from a small clearing around a long table covered in plates and cups and other miscellany. Around this table sit Nadine in an over large top hat and coat, Clark in a waistcoat and a very young Elyea wearing a blue dress and white pinafore. Upon seeing Ary she leaps up from her seat and runs over to hug her.
Metakirb

Ary smiles and hugs her back.
Who

Elyea smiles, looking up Ary as she does.

"Want some tea?"
Metakirb

She shakes her head.

I'd love to, but I need to keep moving.
Who

"Why?"
Metakirb

Because I need to fix things.
Who

This gets a reaction from the Clark sitting at the table, he gets up moving towards Ary.

"Um...could we talk?"
Metakirb

Sure.
Who

He quickly tries to lead her away from the table, Elyea returning to the table for another joyful sing song and slice of cake.

"What are you doing here?"
Metakirb

I want to fix things here.
Who

He nods.

"You're going to try and kill Her?"
Metakirb

If I have to.
Who

"Don't you think that maybe you should...be better equipped before you move across to the Checkered Fields?"
Metakirb

What do you mean?
Who

"Maybe some more suitable armour?"
Metakirb

I guess, I don't have any though.
Who

"The Hatter and myself might be able to help with that. It should be a better fit as well."
Metakirb

Okay.
Who

He nods, heading back over to the table where Elyea is currently sitting on the lap of the Hatter and eating a large slice cake.

"She's going to fight the Queen."

"Well then I think we can help with that."

With a smile she picks up Elyea before handing her to the rabbit and then turning to Aryna.

"Are you sure you want this?"
Metakirb

She nods.
Who

She reaches over the table, picking up a large bejeweled teapot, she tips it over Ary causing a stream of thin and shining metallic liquid to pour out. The substance quickly adheres itself to her as a form fitting suit of armour.
Metakirb

She takes a look at it and checks how easy it is to move in it.
Who

Amazingly easy, the whole thing sticking to her like a second skin.
Metakirb

Wow, this is amazing.
Who

The Hatter smiles at the compliment, returning the tea pot to its place on the table.

"Thank you. You'll need it if you are to take on the queen."
Metakirb

Thank you very much.

She turns to head back on her way.
Who

Her trip through the rest of the woods will be largely uneventful, though she may get the feeling that she is being observed. As she reaches the edge of the forest she'll see a great many fields laid out in front of her all scorched and burned.
Metakirb

Her hand goes to one of her swords and she keeps moving.
Who

As she slogs her way through the ravaged fields, a large fortress begins to loom up in the distance, the ground beneath her feet getting ever worse as she nears it. It is as she draws closer that a hand reaches from the ground, grabbing at her legs.
Metakirb

As it grabs, she kicks at whatever it is with the mechanical leg.
Who

As she swings the hand lets go, quickly pulling back in to the ground.
Metakirb

Ary draws both her swords and starts hovering just above the ground.
Who

The ground bellow her once again becomes still as she becomes airborne, only the slightly disturbed soil showing any hint of what just happened.
Metakirb

She resumes on her path, keeping careful watch below her.
Who

As she moves the ground explodes beneath her in a hail of earth, something trying to latch on to her and hurl her to the ground.
Metakirb

She's latched and hurled.
Who

The creature is on her in seconds, wildly scratching and biting and her in an attempt to find a chink in her armour.
Metakirb

She tries to push the creature away and get a look at it.
Who

The strange creature stumbles back as Ary shoves it. It would appear to be Elyea, covered in patches of scales with large gnashing teeth and a set of drooping antennae over its head.
Metakirb

Elyea? Why are you attacking me?
Who

'Elyea' snarls, Ary's armour bursting in to flames as she lunges towards her.
Metakirb

Ary flies further up and away from Elyea.

Calm down!
Who

The creature leaps up in to the air, trying to pull her back towards the ground.
Metakirb

She flies higher up and tries to fly away from the angry scaly Elyea.
Who

More small flames burst in to being around any part of Ary not covered by the armour as the enraged lizard-girl gives chase below.
Metakirb

Ary's slowed down by the fire, but doesn't seem all that affected, she does turn round and throw a fireball at her.
Who

The fireball hits head on, knocking her to the ground as she roars in a mixture of anger and pain.
Metakirb

She hovers a little lower.

I said calm down!
Who

The feral beast hisses at her from the ground, shakily standing up.
Metakirb

Are you done?
Who

It hisses, glaring at her, but makes no attempt to move towards her.
Metakirb

You shouldn't just attack people.
Who

She cocks her head and looks at Ary, what is she talking about?
Metakirb

Do you understand me?
Who

She nods.
Metakirb

And are you going to listen?
Who

She sits on the ground, crossing her legs. It would seem she will listen.
Metakirb

So are you going to attack people any more?
Who

Another confused look from the lizard girl, she understands the words, just not in that order.
Metakirb

Hurting people bad. Don't do it.
Who

The creature's expression doesn't change. Clearly nothing has changed.
Metakirb

Ary sighs and shakes her head.
Who

She stands up and stretches, clearly she's bored of this now.
Metakirb

She sighs and starts heading towards her destination again.
Who

As she marches forward our hero will find herself in a well tended garden, a world away from the desolate fields she was previously in. Reclining on a long chair is a woman with long flowing hair, seemingly changing colour every few seconds, and a gossamer white dress with a large red heart showing prominently.

"You took your time."
Metakirb

As soon as she spots her, Ary instantly glares.

You...

The lens on her gauntlet opens and black and red energy bursts from it.
Who

She grins and claps her hands as the gauntlet bursts in to life.

"I did not see that coming."
Metakirb

Get out of here. Right now.

While normally this is where Ary'd lose control of herself to the corruption, She doesn't have to deal with it's conciousness here, and the energy spreading across her body settles on the armor, reinforcing it.
Who

The woman yawns, reaching behind her chair for a punnet of purple  strawberries.

"I'm not leaving."
Metakirb

Then you'll die.

She walks slowly towards her.
Who

She doesn't seem at all bothered, holding out the delicious fruit to Aryna.

"Strawberry?"
Metakirb

I'm not stupid.

She holds her sword out.

Last chance, leave or die.
Who

She sighs, devouring the strawberries in a single bite.

"You are so like Rhias. Is being dull genetic or something?"
Metakirb

Why would I want to amuse you? You've ruined my life by putting this damn claw on my hand. You're messing with my best friend's head. I just want you to die.

She slashes at her neck.

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