Words Etched in Stone || Violet Jul 18, 2018 14:07:24 GMT -7
Post by Liesegang on Jul 18, 2018 14:07:24 GMT -7
In the walls, Liese was patient.
After waiting until Arzuul had removed the ajatar woman known as Violet Macar, and after Elias had sent in another Black Cloak to clean up the room, Liese had finally removed herself from the wall and performed her search. As Wekesa had surmised, there was little there, and what was there was within locked drawers. Liese pulled free a set of picks she had merged to the stone of her fingers and began working at them, releasing the locks with a soft click after a few patient moments. Within was nothing much. Some parchments -- mostly the identities of those who had already been in and out of the room, the dead and buried. Liese flipped through these swiftly, committing to memory the names of as many as she could. She could send letters to their families, the closure could be worth a couple coppers, anyway.
The other pages were people that Liese recognized - Wekesa, and some of the other well-known Eurydians - whom she knew had not been in this room. People Elias wished to invite in. She memorized all she could of these, as well, trying to note everything that Elias knew, and thought he knew. This was, unfortunately, more important. She would do all she could to remember the notes about sightings of Wekesa, and allies of the Eurydians, because it meant more than life... It meant the revolution.
Once she was done with the room, it was into the walls once more to commence her search. Liese didn't know what she would find in the prisons of the 'Divine' palace as she went looking for Violet Macar. There were numerous places she could be, and Liese only had so much time before the sun would rise and she would be trapped in here another day. Beyond that, she knew she would meet other prisoners awaiting their deaths on the way that would only delay her target.
By the time she had reached the room that the Black Cloak had shackled Violet in, she'd committed so many things to memory. She repeated them silently to herself as she pressed through sandstone, remembering the pleas that she couldn't answer, and the messages asked to return to loved ones. Things not done, not said. Children abandoned. Lives shattered. It hurt her soul to hear them, to know she could do so little to help them. It was only the thought that the information she could find was important that pressed her on her course and kept her from staging a prison break, and martyring herself for the cause.
Yet there was still more to remember. Violet Macar had things she had come here for. Perhaps... Perhaps there could be worth in speaking with her.
The room Violet had been contained in was the worst one that Liese could imagine. It was a hole, essentially, a tower carved into the depths of the prisons and up, up, up to the surface of the sand. During the day, the sun would beat down in here through the caged top. It would burn and scald a human, and what it would do to an ajatar... Liese did not desire imagining it. It didn't help that the sand above was blown down into the hole, slowly filling it and covering the old corpses that had been left to rot. It didn't help that scorpions preferred the hole and the easy prey within it. It didn't help that Violet Macar was chained to the wall, hands above her head, the manacles charmed with a Light spell to prevent her shadow-walking. Liese imagined it was hardly necessary. Violet Macar had been beaten.
Liese watched the woman for a moment, quiet within the wall. She didn't want to scare Violet, nor did she want to give her undue hope. She needed a gentle approach. "Violet-" She faltered as the woman's head moved in response. It wasn't the craning shock she sometimes saw. It was an exhausted roll -- fatigued acknowledgement. Liese was still within the wall in an attempt to create the necessary distance between them, and fought the urge to give Violet's shoulder a comforting squeeze. She settled instead for gravel words, "I am so... Sorry that life has brought you to this point."
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