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Provence of Rulande' I
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       Jenifaire comes from the Provence of Rulande'. A beautiful land thick with trees. However, not the trees you may see on other worlds, no! These trees are as slim as a blade of grass...well, at least that is what is said about them, (as Rulanden has no such grass). Also as tall as a mountain! However, what makes them so wonderous is how their shiny stalks will sway in unison...as tho they are dancing to music no one can hear...altho the Ciag Naparstek produces a sway that cannot be replicated.

It has been told for centuries why they grow so closely together, as well as how strong each stalk is. Yes, they are wonderful to hide and keep safe in...but there is another reason.


The Rulandens themselves have never come to the end of finding out about all of the extraordinary things the Rule' trees can do. However, one of the provisions are the roots. The root system is a wonder to behold. They come in every color imaginable and each color of root has a very different distinct taste, characteristic and nutrient value...which, needless to say, is why they have become the main food source of the Rulanden people. The deep brown roots create a strong immune system...and the redder the root, the more strength and vitality it gives. Then, the deeper the purple, the more it helps with intellect and the ability to learn. The favorite root however among most Rulandens is the bright yellow roots. The taste is rich and sweet...and contributes to a highly atune sensory system. A sensory system that includes being in tune with the One who is the Creator of everything.

However, the trick is...how to harvest the roots! In fact, there is a special way to harvest any part of the Rule' trees. This is a very sacred and protected method...but, never hoarded or hidden.

It was necessary to tell about the Rule' Trees 1st, as this is where the Rulandens derive all of their sustanance from.  Their food, their homes and their safety...among other things.


  
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Jenifaire's Maiden Trek
« Reply #1 on: Sat Oct 08, 2011 - 12:51:11 »
 It was coming to the time for her maiden trek. Every Rulanden female, when the age of 25 is reached, will go on an extraordinary and extended trek. It is a trip like no other.

The 1st day was without incidence. Jenifaire said goodbye to her mother and father, as well as had her expected prayers and words of wisdom from the Elders. She made sure she had everything...the special cakes her mother prepared, the quiver full of arrows made from the Rule' trees (which she expected and hoped never to have to use)...and especially her ciag naparstek! She was so glad that she didn't have to bring any clothing, as the clothing she had on was to be enough, even for a long trip.

Every step seemed to remind her of home...either because she was so familiar with her surroundings as she had not left the bounds of Rulanden yet...or because she already missed home. She wasn't sure...however, it was not long till she began hearing unfamiliar sounds, even though she knew she had not yet stepped into a place that would be considered  the "unhome".

She considered her steps, but didn't stop moving forward. The sounds she heard seemed to be coming closer and closer, and it didn't seem like many sounds any longer...it only seemed like one. And what was amazing to Jenifaire, is that she had no fear...as the sound did not seem threatening. In fact, it almost sounded refreshing. 

She felt a lightness that quickened her step...then pulled the thimble string from her napsack and began to play.
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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #2 on: Sat Oct 08, 2011 - 21:34:15 »
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Kindle had to shush her Wolf.  He has ceased his howling as he felt her approach. But now the soft sound of music was all but inaudible beneath his whimpers and excited panting.  Where was it coming from?  There was a path, revealed only by its deeping shades of green. For once, wolf indicated that she should lead the way. One plaintive whimper spoke of his urgency.
It was a small grove to which she lead wolf.  There was a stream, running clockwise in full circle, and yet undaunted by it's twining into itself. Strange flowers grew alongside it's bank.
And then there it was.. an opening. Kindra felt her very blood tingle in her veins. Time was fleeting now! Soon the way would become once more unseen.  And, finally, she had found it.  
"Good wolf she whispered," entering the cave.. knowing that as she did so that her long journey had prepared her for just this.  The physical changes felt strange.. she did not consider them unpleasant, either for her or for her companion.  Alterations were very slight and very natural.  She exited upon the other side.. a different world. Wonderous! But it was the soft music that drew her steps forward.  Then, she saw in the midst of a glade, a young woman..quite lovely, steping lightly along and emersed in the notes of her own thimble-string.
Her wolf was beside her, brushing against her leggings, his pantings quieted.
 "I believe out meeting has been understood," she spoke to the apparition...
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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #3 on: Sat Oct 08, 2011 - 23:31:03 »
As Jenifaire met eyes with the on comer, she noticed that the kwiaty were just as thick as they are in her own back yard...and just as fragrant and the petals as soft, as they brushed against her calves. This put a extra bounce in her already happy gate.

Then as she came closer to the stranger, she noticed a four legged being that she had never seen before. In fact, where she comes from no peaceful being of any sort walks on all fours. However, because of the feeling in her heart, she immediately regained her peace of heart and mind.  

In Jenifaire's tradition, a greeting is always begun by a...well, actually, she had never met a stranger before, so she was not quite sure how to do it. Yes, she knew the words to say....but what else is there? In her land no one was considered a stranger...so everyone is met in a very kind and trusting manner. Is it the same with a stranger? Is it the same with a stranger who has already created a peace between you upon their approach?

Jenifaire was not sure, so she decided to greet the stranger in the best way she knew how. So in Jenifaire's native tongue, she joyfully said hello and offered the stranger...and her 4 legged friend...each a cake that she had been saving for such a time as this!

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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #4 on: Sun Oct 09, 2011 - 18:56:30 »
Moments passed in which Kindle ate the sweet cake as delicately as possible.  Wolf had gobbled his greedily, and now law down at the young woman's feet snoozing in contentment.  The memories had indeed become clouded. Too many generations, and then the diluting of a pure blood.  She knew the word thimble-string had applied to the young woman's small musical instrument. "cCag naparstek." But the words she spoke, hard to distinguish from the wind and the trees were otherwise meaningless.  The world around her was both familiar and unknown.
What she sought was a way through.. a way back. She sat now, upon a mossy low boulder, in the company of one of the race of ancient gate keepers. She looked down at her hands, upon finishing the last crumb of the sweet cake, and saw a new translucence to her flesh.  Proof lay all around her. Struggling with her thoughts, one seeming certainty emerged.  She must trust that all mysteries would be revealed.
"Aspa't z marzeń," the words came to her even as she accepted that truth. It was a word from ancient memory, and an ancient knowing of a destiny.  "Dreamwalk," it was a ritual of becoming, a way of the ancients to gain their sense of self worth.  She caught the young woman's startling gaze and spoke the words of her memory, hoping as she did so to see recognition in her eyes.
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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #5 on: Sun Oct 09, 2011 - 21:56:46 »
 Jenifaire was so surprised to hear what only the Elders mention from time to time. Yes, she knew it....as even the language her people speak now derives from it. However, she had never heard it spoken from an outsider before. Hahaha...well, she had to remind herself that she couldn't have heard an outsider speak it before...as she had never even met an outsider before! Ha! Oh, well, she thought...then a motion at her feet abruptly shook her out of her own thoughts.

Jenifaire pulled an arrow from her quiver and set herself ready to aim and shoot, as she and the new comer watched as the four legged being seemed to sound an alarm. As she was certain it could see something...and hear something....no one else could see or hear.

Then, all eyes began to rise, and then follow - a light...that was not particularly bright or dim or colorful...but let off a very strange musical sound that was hard to decipher. In fact, it was hard to tell whether it was a friendly sound or a menacing one. Jenifaire knew however, that she was in the midst of her 1st lekcja (lesson)....


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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #6 on: Sun Oct 09, 2011 - 22:40:31 »
Kindle felt herself shrink back as the young woman sighted her bow.  Her herbs and powders suddenly seemed petty things in what was true battle. Wolf, she knew at that instant, did not understand what it was that grew into existance before them. Remember! Remember!  But she could not.  She shut her eyes and sent up a single word of prayer, intoned toward all that was good and which would hear her.
"Prevail."  And then following that, "I am sorry," unvoiced. She could only think that the ancient word she had spoken aloud had somehow brought for what might be calamity for them all. She opened her eyes then, in resignation to what was to come.
Wolf shifted in that moment. It was more than mere movement as he rose to his haunches.  She saw as a blur that which was within him, as only once or twice before she had seen.
 

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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #7 on: Mon Oct 10, 2011 - 06:51:21 »
Since Jenifaire had 1st seen the two strangers, she had thought the taller one looked quite familiar. And now she is quite sure that the four-legged creature is very much like the wilk. They live in the hilly area behind her home...although at the last new moon there was a wilk who had a litter under their back stoop. At nite Jenifaire could hear the babies crying when their mother would leave to dig up Rule' root...as the wilk is an expert at it!

The differences of the two creatures are many, however...or at least it seems so to Jenifaire. As the wilk walks on two, very large back feet. Have a very short nose and jaw. Have four front appendages that have very sharp claws...altho they usually keep them withdrawn. The wilk also does not make such loud and far-reaching noises.

However, one thing that is apparently the same, is that both critters are very intelligent, as well as intuitive about things unseen.  Jenifaire began wondering if the two beings would get along....

Suddenly shaken from being lost in thought, Jenifaire felt, what she could see was quite apparent in the eyes of the stranger. Then, from a thicket of Rule' trees, emerged a Wilk. It and the four-legged creature seemed to be automatically drawn to each other. Jenifaire and the tall stranger glanced at each other with amazement in their expressions. Then as their gaze went back to the two critters, there seemed to be a glow about them as they both bowed to one another, then touched.

Jenifaire realized that her 1st lesson was meant to teach her that there was much MUCH more for her to learn...    
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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #8 on: Mon Oct 10, 2011 - 10:26:30 »
"Hah!" Kindra clapped her hands together in delight, then brought them to her lips to quiet a laugher than persisted.  It was fresh laughter, the sort she was unused to, and quite different from the near cackles that swept through her from time to time.  Then she shook her head at her own foolishness. For this she had been so afraid!

Getting up from the mossy stone, she approached the slender figure.  Once more wolf had provided his own peculiar method of seeing to what needed to be done.  With a word and a gesture, she indicated herself by name. An introduction.  "Your's," she asked the woman, pointing to the shaggy creature still bent over in his silent communion with Wolf.   Her companion shook her head softly, not understanding perhaps.  At least they held the gesture in common.

"Jenifaire," she spoke, bowing slightly.  "Wilk," she nodded to the creature.  Then she smiled, "Rulande" She gestured to emcompass the world around them. Kindra nodded her understanding. Rulande was their home. They watched for a brief moment longer, as the Wilk stood erect and began to move back towards the woods.  Wolf moved to follow, giving Kindra a small start of alarm. But then he looked back, catching her worried gaze and gave that little jump she knew to be his way of reassurance.  He would be back.

The young woman of Rulande returned to her own seat, glancing first between her companion and the place from which the two creatures had departed.  She spoke a word, giving a slight happy shrug. Willing to allow for what was to come next.

Kindra sighed. Wolf's timing was his own.  She began to explore the forest about them, first searching with her eyes. Then she began to touch and draw scent from the plants and flowers. Some were familar, and she sought to find their deeper essence.  Picking a leaf, she put it to her lips, watching Jenifaire for any warning as she did so. Yes, it's essence was the very same.  Then she continued the process for a little while, amazed that those things which lent themselves to healing grew in such abundance in this place.

Finally, realizing that the small bow which Jenifaire carried was done so for a reason, she gathered a few of her tools and set off further into the woods.  Old bones or not, what she needed was a suitable staff.

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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #9 on: Mon Oct 10, 2011 - 12:32:01 »
Jenifaire was so happy to have found such a caring being as Kindra. She...well...huh...there was something about her...something that Jenifaire knew she must learn from her...but what was it??

In the mean time it looked as though Kindra might need some help in finding her way around the Rule' trees. Hmmmm...she took her tools when she headed into the woods, so maybe she was needing to create a bow? A walking stick?  Perhaps a cup?

Jenifaire hurried toward Kindra and gently took one of her tools and made a gesture to indicate, "you want to make something?" Kindra made it very clear that she wanted a walking stick. So Jenifaire showed her how to cut 3 stalks from the Rule' thicket. Then showed her how to soak them in the stream and then braid them into a very strong stick indeed!  Her mother began showing her as a young child the importance of the number 3 to her people, and how much she would use that number in her lifetime. Hmmm...she thought, and now I am passing on some of that knowledge! What a joy!

Jenifaire could not calm herself, as the idea of learning something new from a being of another realm completely filled her mind. She didn't want to seem a nuisance, but she could not help but be on Kindra's heels wherever she went. In fact, she even forgot how long it had been since they all had eaten...so, she decided she had better stop and see what other good things were in her bag for all of them to dine on...
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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #10 on: Mon Oct 10, 2011 - 21:57:53 »
The hours passed pleasurably. They shared a small but nourishing meal, supplemented by berries, and then Jenifaire built a small, smokeless fire as night began to fall. Here the differently colored and many faceted crystal like stones that Jenifaire had taken from her knapsack burned from within and then glowed a white light. Radiant heat. It was a trick of allignment. Or, more rightly, it was a peculiar harmony which emerged as Jenifaire taped the final stone with a small silver rod.  Jenifaire had strummed upon her thimble string to make the lesson clear, voicing sweet notes as she did so.
The word she used came to subtitute that one from Kindra's old memory. "Piosenka", she now knew, meant "song."
They slept, awoke, and began once more to glean knowledge from one another.  Twice, Kindra sensed an essence within the living things of root and breath that appeared to bring a new meaning of purpose to her companion.  It was in the mixing of two or more such essencences that a revelation occurred.  Jenifaire observed, studiously, ever agreeable when Kindra made the connections that were known to her.
For Kindra, the more words Jenifaire shared in her own tongue the more quickly the old meanings resurfaced, and then knit themselves into a newer understanding.  Another day passed, and another night.  Kindra worried that she might awake and find that the young woman had departed. But she remained.  Always in good humor. Always eager for whatever was next, however simple the effort. By the middle of the third day, they held in common a rudimentary language. And Wolf returned, bloodied and wounded from battle.
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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #11 on: Tue Oct 11, 2011 - 19:16:13 »
Of course both Kindra and Jenifaire ran to Wolf in concern. Kindra quickly and gently held his head in her lap as she spoke quitely in his ear and wept. Jenifaire laid her hand on Wolf and silently prayed for him and then sent up a melody of healing from her thimble string...a haunting tune that is typically played when there is pain and grief. Then she got up and Kendra watched from the corner of her eye, as Jenifaire took the silver rod from her bag and used it to bend one of the Rule' stalks to where she could cut the tip of it off. Then used the rod to straighten the tree back the way it was before.

Then she took the end that was cut and touched the very tip to each of the places that were bloody. Then before Kindra could do anything...Jenifaire swiftly thrust the tip of the Rule' tree into Wolf's chest....right at the point of where the heart would be.

Kindra's 1st response was that of terror...but all of a sudden Wolf sprange to his feet and....

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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #12 on: Wed Oct 12, 2011 - 13:25:29 »
...staggered a few steps sideways and settled back on his haunches. Kindra lurched once more to his side, reaching out her hand.  Wolf seemed fine, nonpulsed though dark gray fur seemed to glisten, silvery tips of light.  She watches as his eyes, cleared of pain and then briefly glowing silver as well and settled on her in calm regard.  Then his expression turned to one of Wolf-like amusement.
"What did you!..?"  Kindra found herself nearly shouting the words as she faced her human companion.  But Jenifair's  own posture bade her silence. The Rulenden woman's head was one more bowed.  Her violet-blue eyes when she met Kindra's gaze had deepened to a startling hue.  She held out the stick wand for Kindra's examination.
"Not how. But what?"  Kindra left the words unvoiced. She raised her own hand in a gesture of refusal, and she turned her gaze aside. Some part of her held on tightly to the thought that Wolf was alive.. well. Another part wondered at the cost of his recovery, and the nature of this strange slender creature who had given them cakes and taught her the ways of her forest.
"Rule," she heard the woman whisper, prodding, and still attempting  to teach. Kindra swallowed the word which was on her own tongue, a word of accusation.
"Dziękuję," Kindra managed to mutter as she climbed to her feet, nodding her thanks. It was a difficult word in the new speech.  She heard it come out too coursely from her throat.
"Chodźmy!"  "Let's go!" As she headed toward her belongings, resolute in voice and posture.  One trick of forgetting that a thing had occurred was to keep moving.  It was moments later along the road that she realized she had bidden her strange companion to join them, and without thinking.
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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #13 on: Wed Oct 12, 2011 - 16:01:11 »
   Jenifaire followed along altho she saw the resignation in Kindra's face. After just a few steps however, Jenifaire hurried forward and firmly but gently took Kindra's arm and at the same time said confidently, "Proszę pozwolić mi" <Please, allow me.> Kindra turned and followed the obvious directions of Jenifaire's gestures as well as being able now to understand many of her words.

Both sat on a shiny boulder...then Jenifaire raised her blouse slightly to reveal a mark. A bright red - blood red mark right where her heart would be. Then Jenifaire summoned Wolf over with just a look. She then spread apart Wolf's fur to reveal a mark just like her own. She then took Kindra's hand and placed it there, on Wolf.

Kindra felt Wolf's heart beating strong and sure...as Wolf looked into her eyes. A peace flooded Kindra's heart and mind. In fact...

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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #14 on: Wed Oct 12, 2011 - 20:23:36 »
.. oddly enough, she began to laugh softly. First, a short, quiet "Hah!" and then a chuckle.  But the gaze she turned towards a somewhat perplexed Jenifaire bespoke weariness.  Jenifair shook her head in confusion. She did not understand the all too sudden humours of other land stranger.  
Kindra shook her head as well, then sighed a moment later, moved and sorrowfully resigned to the task as the entreaties continued.  
Kindra pointed to Jennifaire, then gestured to their surroundings. "Rule"  Then she placed a hand to her own heart.  "Ashes."  She knew immediately that it was a sorry attempt for a beginning.
Jenifaire's eyes widened as she drew back and shook her head slowly, further confusion.  Kindra felt a deepening chagrin. She had no words to express an interium time, nor the others that her own people had then encountered. Their ways were not of Rulande. Instead they tainted all that they touched, through their magics, and through the bloodlines.
And yet Wolf had come to them and to her, taint or no. The elders then shared with her old stories, promising that would revive the memories. And now the kinship between Wolf and this strange land were proven true, beyond all doubt.
Wolf, did not truly belong to her afterall. It made her feel..so very tired.
  
"Nr." Jenifaire pronounced suddenly a firm disagreement, and actually scowling. "Nr! Nr Popiół."
Kindra watched, half in amuzement as the young woman made an effort to continued, struggled now for other words. "Nr," she repeated finally, shrugged and pointed to Kindra's chest. Then her confusion slowly abated as she held Kindra's gaze. The scowl faded, and light returned to her gaze.  
Jenifaire jumped lightly down from her boulder perch. She gathered her belongings to take out her thimble string. Then waving an invitation forward, she played a lilting tune as she continued down the road.  
Kindra sighed, pondering the moment, decided that the explaination had been sufficient. But there was much the Rulanden woman did not know, and likely could not imagine.
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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #15 on: Wed Oct 12, 2011 - 21:45:08 »
As Jenifaire continued down the road...she heard something jingle in her bag that she had not heard before. She reached far down to the bottom and pulled out a little pouch with a little bell attached....ah! It was her mother's. What was this doing in here?? She felt something inside it...then, proceeded to open it up. It was a piece of parchment, and it had her mothers writing on it. Mmmm... Jenifaire could smell the luscious scent that her mother loved to wear...and noticed the funny way she wrote certain letters. Jenifaire suddenly came to herself and realized she wasn't at home, altho for a moment it seemed as tho she was.

She looked over at Kindra, smiled and held up the letter...then began to read. She about stumbled on a stone so she made her way to an old stump and sat down.

"My Dearest Daughter,

I trust that when you read this letter, that it will be the right timing. You are so bright and so sensitive...and have learned much thru your 25 yrs. However, now during this...your maiden journey...you will learn when, how and if you are to use any or all of those things. You will learn that when you are showing sensitivity to someone...that to them it may feel like tyranny.

 Therefore, what will be your challenge is that in this immense universe you will have to learn to completely trust and lean on our precious Creator....for He is the only one that can see into the hearts and minds of all beings. This is the time to handle the silver rod with humility.

Blessings to you,
Your Loving Mother  


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Re: Provence of Rulande'
« Reply #16 on: Wed Oct 12, 2011 - 23:08:56 »
Of course the meeting was meant to be. But was this the meeting the elder's stories had intended?  Kindra considered the slim form before her, bent over and weeping and the Wolf who now stared up at his human friend.  Wolf had already become less like Wolf. He now hovered between the two of them constantly. How long since he had even hunted?
She had expected, perhaps, a council of elders, standing vigil over tombs of knowledge. But those were things of her own people before the few survivors had become wanderers and had taken to the sea. After that had come the plains, a brief encounter with the Gate Keepers themselves, and then the forests. For a long time, there had been peace. The Others had shattered that peace.  Now, after decades of journeying. she wondered if her people even remained.
  
Even after such a short journey together, she would have expected to have come accross some signs of portent.  Some sign of passage on the road, which truthfully look more like a wide trail gracefully yielded by the forest itself. Some portent!   No wood smoke, of course.  No real fires.  No sounds of industry anywhere. The small creatures they had encountered never shied away at their approach.  

Why was she crying? And what was she doing on this road? How young was she really? Wolf growled low in disapproval.  Kindra growled in return, and thenmuttered under her breath, less from annoyance than discomfort. Tears!  Rulanden tears to boot! What to do?
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Re: Provence of Rulande' I
« Reply #17 on: Wed Oct 12, 2011 - 23:58:36 »
I started again in a new thread...problems here...go to II
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