@Master Mew; @AmeKren; @Yun; @Pi Face; @Plumbum;
The Creation War:
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[OOC: Now, in homage to the beginning of most Elder Scrolls games--Skyrim in particular--(some of) our characters start off imprisoned. And on their way to their execution. Fun, isn't it ?]
The cart trundled along on the bumpy path, bouncing about the uneven slope, rattling the chains of those aboard. The gloomy lighting of the tunnel--and the inevitable destination ahead--did nothing to ease the eerie clanking of metal.
"Well, it could be worse," Theon said, a half-smile still, somehow, on his lips. Even the rough, un-sanded boards of the shoddily-built wooden cart--not to mention their impending executions--could do little to dampen his perpetually jovial mood.
Seated across from him, legs elegantly crossed despite the cuffs at her ankles and the length of chain restricting them, Brianna snorted. 'I always regret asking this, but how, exactly?"
Leaning back on the side of the cart, Theon raised his arms--bound at the wrist much like his ankles--and lowered the brim of his hat over his eyes. "For one, they could have executed us on the spot. For two, they could have just had us hung--or decapitated, or gutted, or, you know, some other fittingly gruesome torture--and be done with it. The fact we're here at the Arena means they're expecting a show."
His human companion rolled her eyes. "We're going to be fighting to the death, and I don't plan on just lying down and letting some untrained idiot kill me. There'll doubtless be dozens of guards to make sure we prisoners don't get uppity in the Arena. One way or another, we're all going to die. It wouldn't do to upset the crowd's fun, after alll."
Eyes still obscured, Theon let his half-smile blossom into a full grin. "Just relax, Bri. I have a good feeling about this."
After all, the elven enchanter suspected that no one in the Empire quite understood just how much potential the passengers of the cart had (least of all the passengers themselves). Lunicem would be pleased. The man couldn't have picked a better target.