Post by Ikra on Feb 21, 2020 15:15:38 GMT -6
Ikra’s PL: 24,000
Pitch black darkness pervaded one particular room inside of the palace in Konats’ capital. From within, a very quiet, very unsettling sound echoed. One long, sustained groan grated on the nerves of anyone who passed close enough to hear it. It almost sounded like reality creaking and shifting. All of the servants knew by instinct alone not to disturb the occupant. Not right now. The groaning ended abruptly as one servant passed by. They froze in fear. A harsh, frantic scratching sound crept out from the room. It threatened to scratch out their eyes. Scratch out their sense. They fled with a whimper.
Inside of the room, Ikra slumped over her desk. Her eyes shone like wide discs out of the darkness. Her whole body was outlined by what could be described static or scribbles. Her aura made the world fray at the edges. She scratched at her desk. A deep gash had been dug into the wood like a gaping wound. The only thing that Ikra wondered was: Why?
Why hadn’t Riis summoned her? Why had he not called upon her? Why? Whywhywhywhywhy?!? Had she done something to offend him?! Was she failing in his expectations even now?!? What was it?!? What was the reason WHY?!? As she racked her brain for the umpteenth time, she stopped scratching. She was starved for his attention. She hadn’t been apart from him for this long in years. Possibly never. And now that he was so close. So within reach… with Kaal gone away, it had only gotten worse. Her distractions disappeared one by one.
An idea appeared in her brain. It was one that she had been entertaining for a while, but had tossed out because it was too risky. But now it appeared again as tantalizing as it had ever been. There was one thing that she could do that would be sure to get his attention. And she was almost certain now that she could spin it in a positive light so that Riis wouldn’t hate her. Yes. It would be easy. So easy. The idea being, of course, to seek the throne for herself. Ikra smiled dreamily at the idea of Riis throwing himself at her, wanting her attention. She would be all too happy to give it to him. She would be a kind queen. A doting one. And, it would allow Riis to pursue his true ambition with someone looking after Konats. He wanted more than just one planet, after all. He was to be a darling emperor.
It would work. It had to work. The darkness in the room abruptly retreated as Ikra pushed herself up off of her abused desk, sucking back into her. Only a hint of her desperation showed on her otherwise now determined face. Throwing open the window to let light into the room, she smiled and glanced over to the mirror, morphing her clothes into something a touch more regal for the occasion. She ran a hand through her soft hair to style it and nodded to herself. Perfect. She was dressed to kill.
Ikra made her way down to the throne room. As usual, it was empty save for a few servants maintaining it. She snapped her fingers at one of them and waited as they trotted over to her.
“Hello, sweetie. Could you please fetch me one of the mages? I need to project a message across the planet.”
With a nervous nod, the servant snapped to her request and ran off in a hurry. While she waited for them to return, Ikra slid leisurely into the throne, running her fingers along the armrest. She glanced to the King’s chair, imagining Riis sitting there beside her. Mmm… how wonderful. It wasn’t long before the servant returned with several mages in tow, but Ikra didn’t bother getting up. She let them approach her as they all exchanged looks with one another. She gestured for them to get on with their magic, and after a bit of reluctance, they heeded her request. The mages didn’t dislike her, of course. Ikra had been a resident of the palace for quite a while now and had been handling a lot of the day to day administrative duties of running a kingdom while Riis was recovering. One of them gave her a nod as a magical orb appeared and pointed itself at her. Ikra put on her most charming smile and began.
“Good afternoon, dear citizens of Konats. I hope your day has been wonderful thus far. Some of you may recognize me, but for those who don’t, I am Ikra, one of attendants to the crown. My announcement is this. Effectively immediately, I shall be your new Queen. Not to worry though. I’ll do everything in my power to look after you all and make our wonderful planet into a bright, shining jewel, the envy of all the cosmos!”
A collective gasp went up from the few assembled before her. One of the mages marched over to her with the full intention of dragging her out of the throne. Ikra could hear the shuffling of hurried guards’ feet. Her charming expression soured and grew cold as a hand reached out to her. She lifted her own and a shadow spear shot out to the mage’s neck, pausing the instant before it pierced him. He froze.
“Now, now. I wasn’t asking to be the Queen. I’m demanding to be the Queen. It’s very different, you see.”
Rising from the throne, Ikra kept the spear neatly pointed at the mage’s throat, looking at him like a disappointed mother might at a indignant child.
“I don’t want any harm to come to all of you, but if you won’t accept me as your ruler peacefully, then I’m afraid that I’ll have to be a little mean.”
As she said that, Ikra snapped her fingers. Instantly, darkness surged out from her. It rushed past the mages, past the guards and swept over the entire capital as dark blotted out the sun’s light. Shadows moved within the resulting dusk, eyes piercing through the now very thin veil between the light and what goes bump in the night. Ikra’s form tattered at the edges as if it were difficult to maintain her more pleasant humanoid form. The eyes piercing through the veil ripped and tore at it and formed up unstable little bodies. They lurched at the guards that had just arrived as well as the mages gathered there.
“I’m not exactly taking no for an answer. I’ll drown the world in the horrors of the shadows if I have to.”
Because it was for Riis. It was all for Riis. Ikra would do absolutely anything for Riis.
[Assist SIG] Eclipse used! The capital of Konats is shrouded in darkness. Shadow creatures are starting to come through. Real horror show honestly.
She also used its bonus feature of adding to defense, so at any time those affected by it can boost their defense by +1 once per thread.
KP: -1, 2/3