Arina's Resolve

Arina is certain she's ready to take the Oath and become a Guardian Knight!

Date: 2018-09-01
Pose Count: 30
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 22:13:16 96812
Rune has taken a somewhat hands-off approach to Arina's presence, not wanting to exert too much influence on the new arrival in one way or another. Hoping that others could offer some different perspectives, the elder princess hasn't spoken to her much just yet...

...And this continues today, as Rune has mostly been tending to details on furniture and home expansion. She paces around the house in the late afternoon hours, going up and down the stairs and through the hallways to stare at the walls. The occasional soft-toned remark to herself can be overheard, though they're inconclusive: "Perhaps if we put it over there and move a few things down...", and things of that nature.

In any event, it is quiet around the home.
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 22:16:04 96814
    The conversation with Hinote the day before had been on Arina's mind ever since. She had asked him /why/ he chose to fight for Waldia, what motivated him to place himself in danger for a world that was not his. His answer had been interesting. A little comforting. And if he could face the dangers that he did for Arina's home and Arina's princess, then why couldn't she? There was peril in it, but that was only to be expected in such things. So Arina trots up the stairs, peeking into open doorways as she tries to find the princess.

    "Your Majesty? Prithee, grant me an audience. I have a weight upon my mind that I would relieve, if you have time for me."
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 22:18:50 96816
Rune is easily found; she steps back into view from the balcony, closing the door behind her. "Oh? Hello, Arina. An audience? Mm... yes! Certainly!" She walks closer to Arina, and then tries to go by her and walk downstairs... though she's slowing down to keep pace with Arina, waiting a moment if need be. "Please, come with me. We can speak down in the living room. What's on your mind?"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 22:22:55 96817
    Arina takes a breath as Rune moves towards the stairs. She steps respectfully aside to allow the princess to descend first, though that ends up turning into an awkward dance as Rune slows down to let /her/ catch up. After that brief hitch in her step, she manages to find her footing and heads down the stairs with the princess, looking rather serious.

    "Your Majesty, I have been thinking about the orders you gave to me. That I should speak with the Guardian Knights and consider whether I truly wished to take an Oath in your service. You desired that I should gain some appreciation for the dangers of what they do." She hesitates. The princess doesn't need to be reminded of what she said, does she? "I have spoken with Sir Ka--Hino-kun. He has given me insight that has been valuable as I think on this." She's not used to calling him that yet, but he did insist...
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 22:27:55 96819
"Oh...? I see." Rune stops several steps short of a couch, instead turning to face Arina fully. "He and Gaofele are probably two of the best you can talk to about it. Gaofele offered to come to Earth with me when all of this started, and Hinote's perspectives on all of it are inverted from ours since he is originally from here. So either one of them could tell a great deal, and..."

Rune raises an eye, "If I might ask, how did that discussion go?"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 22:33:08 96820
    "It... It went well, Your Majesty." Arina still isn't used to speaking directly to Rune and it shows. She does her best to dispel her nerves but the tense set of her shoulders and slight inclination of her head is enough to indicate her feelings. "I came to understand why he chose to swear himself to our world. Likewise, I think that speaking to him helped to understand why you have returned here to continue the fight." She takes a slow breath.

     "He spoke of friends. Not just of glory and honor, but the desire to help those you care about. Those you love." That last may be something she extrapolated, but it's the way she frames this in her mind. Before she can talk herself out of it, she drops to a knee in front of Rune.

    "Your Majesty, it is you I love. You and all of Waldia and I think I will come to love Earth as well in time. Let me serve you--the danger hinders me not! Allow me to defend your heart and the hearts of all of those who live and love on both worlds. Grant me this, your Majesty, I ask nothing else of you."
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 22:38:55 96821
"Returning here is one of those times where caring for your friends and caring for yourself happen to be the absolute, exact same thing." Rune takes on a soft smile as she listens to Arina, and then decides to clarify: "We would have returned for a while regardless, as our friends certainly deserve that. However, there are threats on Earth that would very much like to attack our home once Earth is in their grasp... so it is better to face them here than on our own lands."

"Therefore, if you've truly thought this through..." Rune looks to the front door, then toward a more distant back door, then Arina. The smile is still there. "Then I am ready to see your resolve. We can conduct the ceremony any time... where would you prefer to provide your Oath?"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 22:41:02 96822
    Arina's heart beats a little faster as she listens to Rune's words. She is to be granted this privilege? This chance? It seems too good to be true. She looks up at Rune, face shining with excitement. "Your Majesty, I will take it where ever and when ever you wish me to. I am ready now! Where is deemed fit for this ceremony? I am not over familiar yet with the grounds of your manse."
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 22:45:21 96825
"That is entirely up to you. During the ceremony, I will ask three things of you. Therefore, it is only fair that you select where it happens. After all, it is primarily about you!" Rune's smile brightens some in light of Arina's enthusiasm.

"We can do it here in this living room if you wish. Or upon the balcony. Or under a tree in our front yard... or in the back yard, or by the stream, or anywhere else we can get to that you wish."
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 22:46:57 96826
    "I think I should like to be beneath the trees and sky, Your Majesty. It makes me feel more in touch with the world. Perhaps in the back yard to avoid prying eyes?" Arina asks with a smile. "Lead and I shall follow!"
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 22:49:02 96827
"Prying eyes? We can go in the back yard if you wish, but unless that's what you specifically want... why would be avoid attention? This is about you, and it is to celebrate you and your ideals." Rune shifts around on her feet a little, ready to move. "With that in mind... no. I will follow to where you wish to lead me."
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 22:51:23 96828
    "Ah..." Arina blinks, still perhaps off-balance. Then she nods and stands, seeming to waver for a moment before she turns and heads for the front door, opening it to the late summer heat. She steps out into the sunlight, then slowly move to stand under one of the tall trees, its branches spreading overhead to provide dappled shade. She looks back to Rune.

    "I am ready, your Majesty."
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 22:59:29 96830
Rune follows out, though she pauses just briefly to adjust to the heat that was just let in. Once outside, she walks over to share in the shade. "Here, then? It's lovely, isn't it? Gaofele has done a lot to tend to all of this."

After another short pause to gather her thoughts and words, Rune decides to begin the ceremony. "Arina Rehylde." The name is spoken in a serious tone, even if Rune is still smiling. "You have come here unrequested, asking to face the monsters that threaten your home and would, in one way or another, see the Barrier shattered. You've spoken with some of us, and must know you will face demons that must be destroyed, and monsters that none of us knew of until so recently. Therefore... your Oath will consist of three things."

Making sure she has firm eye contact with Arina, Rune asks: "Will you take an Oath to keep your home's royal family safe?" 'Safe', notably, has a dual connotation in this social context: Rune is asking if Arina is willing to both protect them from danger, and be part of how they remain happy.
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 23:04:53 96832
    "Yes. I would love to aid him. I miss the feel of soil between my fingers..." Apparently you can take the gardener out of the garden but not the garden out of the gardener. Arina smiles, seeming to relax for just a moment in her (for lack of a better word) element. She straightens then as Rune shifts towards the oaths. Sinking downwards, Arina kneels on both knees in front of Rune, clasping her hands together as if in prayer as she looks upward.

    "I will take this Oath. I do so swear." Arina sounds truly calm now, her world shrinking to the space around her and the princess.
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 23:06:25 96833
"Please don't kneel," Rune makes an upward gesture with her palm. "This isn't about lowering yourself, so please stand before we continue."
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 23:08:23 96834
    "Yes. Ah... My apologies." Arina's face burns a little as she clambers hurriedly to her feet, then sways uncertainly.
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 23:14:14 96835
"Thank you," Rune waits a moment for things to settle, then continues. "As the second tenet of your Oath... will you protect the people of your world? And, where possible, those of other worlds?" This is a deviation from the traditional Oath; hundreds of years ago, nobody knew of other worlds. Regardless, Rune is making a distinction here: 'where possible', as Arina is not being asked to protect every world simultaneously. Likewise, Rune specifying 'protect' is important here as she is not trying to task Arina with keeping everyone on every world happy.
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 23:16:14 96836
    Arina takes a breath and then seems to settle. She clasps her hands together again and then focuses again, her face sober.

    "I do so swear." She repeats the reply, the weight of the oath settling on her as she speaks it. This is both joy and responsibility that she must uphold. It means much to her.
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 23:19:33 96837
"Wonderful," Rune responds in a soft tone. "However... a world and a nation are meaningless if they do not also help you realize your dreams in return. Arina, the final tenet of your Oath..."

She pauses, taking a breath, then asks: "What is it that you care about most? What will we help you with, what will thrive?"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 23:21:20 96838
    This wasn't qhat Arina was expecting. She blinks seeming taken off guard by the question for a moment. It takes her a few seconds but she recovers and manages to reply. "I..." She frowns. "Love. My father always said that no flower can grow that does not recieve love. I will protect the hearts of all those who need me."
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 23:22:36 96839
"Your father is clearly very wise." Rune then insists, "That shall be your third tenet. Make an Oath to uphold and nurture that ideal!"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 23:24:55 96840
    Arina nods slowly, then closes her eyes as she focuses within herself. "I do so swear to protect the hearts of all who need me, to nurture the love within those hearts. And to protect your heart, Your Majesty, I swear this with all that I am."
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 23:33:19 96842
Mere seconds after Arina delivers the third part of her Oath, a small flame-shaped outline forms in front of Rune. At first, it is transparent aside from a gray outline and hovers slowly toward Arina. "Please open your eyes and see what is before you," Rune asks.

The empty outline begins to float toward Arina, and a thin line extends from it to connect to Arina's forehead. The line is the same gray the flame-shape itself is, but after a few seconds... a streak of yellow runs from Arina's forehead along the line.

It enters the flame-outline, which begins to fill... and the gray disappears; soon the entire thing is yellow. It floats about in seemingly random directions, then glides into Arina's forehead...

...And sinks into her. "Your Oath is true," Rune explains. "What I have given you is only a tiny spark. I am not giving you power... you have displayed what is inside you, and my magic has only acknowledged and awoken it..."

Rune draws her sentence out with a bit of silence, then concludes as Arina's magical nature becomes manifest: "...Guardian Ari!"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 23:40:10 96844
    Arina goes wide-eyed as the flame forms in front of her and lets out a little gasp, watching as it... connects with her. She can feel warmth now, warmth that comes not just from the strange flame-shaped object but from /inside of her/. It grows, fueled and fed by that deep inner magic that her Oath has awoken, sparked by the gift Rune has given her. There's a faint gasp of wonder from her and then the light fills her--overwhelms her as it races through and across her body. Arina's whole self /glows/ with power and she is encompassed in it for a brief shining moment bfore it fades and she stands before Rune in her Guardian form.

    In her hand is a halberd, enscrolled and decorated in gold and silver. Her armor is a shining golden yellow, gleaming in the fading afternoon sun. Even her hair, usually a rich strawberry blonde, as turned to a brilliant sun-like yellow, and grown long and flowing. Yellow, like the sun which nurtures her plants and will now nurture the hearts of those she protects. Ari gasps quietly and opens her eyes, staring down at herself in wonder.

    "To protect your heart, your Majesty, I am Guardian Ari," she replies her voice firmer than she had expected as she looks up to meet Rune's eyes. "I... I feel so strong. And light. And... and..." There really aren't words for her to describe it!
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 23:52:47 96848
Rune makes an awed gasp as the Oath is completed and Ari emerges; even though the elder princess had outright announced this would happen, actually seeing it is wondrous! "That's incredible, Ari! ...Arina, forgive me for rejecting you at first; what you have done is amazing, and never to be undertaken lightly. Your Oath is true,"

She walks closer to the newly awoken Guardian Knight, "and together we will work to make your goals a reality. Protection, happiness, and love!"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-01 23:56:51 96850
    Ari's cheeks turn a little ruddy at Rune's apology. "I... You do not need to apologize, Your Majesty. I did come without your knowledge. You... Had to be sure." She smiles, a little lopsided.

    "Yes! Yes. Thank you. Thank you so much for giving me this chance..." She reaches up with one armored hand and rubs at her face, her eyes heavy with unshed tears. It's all a little overwhelming. "I... This is all I have wanted my whole life, thank you... I might cry, ha ha." Arina does her best to fight them off though, trying for all her worth to keep those tears contained.
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-01 23:59:54 96851
"Then cry all you want! Cry, laugh, sprint, shout, do whatever your heart guides you toward!" Rune speaks in a high tone, eyes bright and still smiling. "This is your moment, so nobody here..." Nevermind that it's just the two of them; it's possible friends are observing from afar, "...has any place to tell you what you can or cannot feel or say or do!"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-02 00:05:43 96853
    Ari laughs for a moment and then breaks into tears, laughing and crying all at once as Rune tells her to do what she likes. She sobs and laughs and fat tears roll down her cheeks as she's simply overhwhelmed by emotion. She leans onto her halberd as she continues until at last she has no more tears to shed and her throat and eyes ache. She hiccoughs a little and gives a last little laugh. "...Thank you," she says again in a quiet voice. "I won't disappoint you."
Runealy Waldia 2018-09-02 00:09:08 96855
Rune tries to maintain some 'royal composure' despite this, only partially succeeding; she laughs some as well! "I'm not worried about that. Look at you; I have all the proof I need. More importantly, I'm sure you won't disappoint yourself. And if you ever think you have..."

Rune gestures at herself with an open palm, "I will be here, and Gaofele and Hinote and Fate will be here. We are already part of your circle of shields," A reference to the cultural concept that people are essentially rings of protection and happiness for one another, "And it can only grow. Ari... Arina," she opts to use both names, "Later this evening, I'll draft the proclomation letting everyone back home know of this. I'm sure your parents will be delighted!"
Arina Rehylde 2018-09-02 00:12:30 96857
    Ari blinks, then goes wide-eyed. She hadn't even thought about that part of it. She clamps her free hand over her mouth for a moment, looking absolutely shocked.

    "I forgot! My parents! Oh. Oh, they'll be over the moon. I don't know whether the letter will be more telling me off for leaving without telling them or excitement for me being a Guardian Knight..." She has to laugh a little more. "Thank you, your Majesty. I...I am honored that you accept me. That all of you accept me."