Kyusu "Kasey" Fuella Arashi
She was almost there.
How long had it been since her world was turned upside down? Too long. How many days had it been since the remains of her life had been shattered; the final shreds of her love burning even more into ashes? Too many.
Slowly but surely her life was unwinding, and every day another part of it crumbled. At one point the puzzle had been completed, but it was as if someone had come in and smashed it, tossing away the pieces one at a time. Some pieces could be recovered, but others would crumble into nothingness with no hope of being repaired.
And that was what had drawn her here. A few days ago she had felt another one of those pieces crumble, and now she was out on a hunt to find the ashes. She knew there was no way that this piece could be rebuilt, and the inferno that had destroyed it had already been put out, but she needed answers. What happened to this piece, and why? It was a piece so central to the puzzle of her life, and without it the puzzle could never be whole again. Without it, the puzzle would shatter completely. For the time being, however, answers to the demise of this piece could at least delay the final collapse of the ruined picture.
That was all her life was at this point: a disintegrating puzzle drifting in a river of despair. Now was not the time for despair, however. Now was the time to act, to strike down those that worked to tear the puzzle apart. From this point onward, she would not allow a single piece to be taken without fighting for it until the bloody last.
That was what had led her to Albia.
For the last few days, a battle had been raging in Albia between the Gold Tribe and the Silver Tribe. Fighting with the Gold Tribe had been the last puzzle piece to burn; fighting with the Gold Tribe had been her younger brother, Sainan Chuiseishu Arashi. Something had happened, however, and Sainan had been killed. She knew this because at one point she had been able to sense his life force, thanks to a nifty little ability she had been born with.
She was a Ninetales, born and raised to be a Gold Tribe Elite. As was the custom of the Gold Tribe, most knew her by her custom title, Bane. She had been born with the name Kyusu Fuella Arashi, but those close to her grew into the habit of calling her Kasey. Along with the unique black rings and blue tips on her tail, as well as her blue eyes, she had also been brought into this world with a unique set of gifts. Ninetales, being a relatively rare breed, all had special abilities complementing their personalities. It took centuries to master these abilities, and even when an ability was mastered it was not guaranteed to be altogether powerful. The abilities known to Kasey that she currently had control over included the ability to sense the life force of others, read emotions and speak via telepathy. Sometimes she could even influence the environment in certain ways, such as cause a slight disturbance to alter the flow of water for a few seconds or cause the temperature to rise and fall a few degrees. Finally, as with all Ninetales, she could summon curses to wreak havoc upon her foes, although the activation and target of a curse normally came with someone tugging on her tail, so it wasn't very effective. In general, all of her abilities were rather weak. She could only sense the emotions and life forces of certain people, mainly those that were close to her, and she could establish a telepathic connection with very few more. It was a bit depressing how limited her abilities were, but she knew not to complain and that mastery would only come with time and practice.
Right now, she was trying to track the life forces of Gold Tribe members that remained in Albia after the battle. It wasn't quite working all that well, so she had started to head towards the last location that she had sensed Sainan's life force.
After a short walk, she had reached the area where this energy seemed to be at its strongest. Even at its strongest, it was still rather faint. Kasey lowered her snout to the ground, taking a few strong sniffs as she attempted to pick up the scent of her brother.
That's odd, Kasey thought as she managed to pick up a faint scent. She raised her head and walked forward for a minute more, eventually coming to realize what she was sensing.
The area in front of her had been scorched, the land robbed of all life. There was an impressive crater that seemed to spread out in a circle with a diameter measuring a few hundred feet. That, however, was not the thing that stunned Kasey into a shocked silence.
In the air all around her, the young Ninetales could sense an incredibly immense energy. It wasn't just any energy, it was Sainain's energy. As she neared the center of the crater, the power of the energy continued to increase until it was almost too overwhelming to allow further passage into the crater. Kasey swore that she could almost see the energy gathering around her. Such energy could only be generated by a greatly powerful being generating an incredibly massive amount of energy. Could Sainan have generated such an attack? Kasey was unsure of this, but she also wouldn't be very surprised. Her youngest brother had been a strong one, even if he didn't care to show it at times.
"Sainan," Kasey sighed, "I feel you. You're here." She looked upwards into the sun, a slight smile crossing her face. "I won't let you down, I promise you that." She closed her eyes and reveled in the serenity that this energy gave her. It was the last remaining fragment of her brother remaining on this world, and she was reluctant to part with it.
Kasey's ear twitched. She was picking up on something else. There were certainly fainter energies mixed in with her brother's, as there normally was in every location, but she could feel that some of these energies were intertwined with her brother. If she concentrated hard enough, Kasey figured that she could track one of these energies. So she closed her eyes once more and focused.
And in less than a minute, she had been gifted with a splitting headache. Even so, she had latched onto a faint trail of energy, and she began to follow it, ignoring the headache that assaulted her mind. She walked slowly, but not without determination.
After a few more minutes of walking, Kasey saw a glint of Gold on the horizon. She could faintly make out the trademark helmet of the Bisharp species. She had no doubt that it was a Gold Tribe member, for whatever reasons her instincts led her to believe this, but she was still unsure on how she should approach the situation. She skirted around the area and examined the Bisharp from afar, not trying hard to conceal herself but also not attempting to be seen immediately.
Just give me some answers, please. That's all I need. Kasey stared at the Bisharp, eyes widening as she realized that she had sent these thoughts through a telepathic link. She hadn't even realized that one had been established. She quickly calmed herself and took a seat where she stood, surprised at the ease of the link and wondering if the thoughts had even made it to the Bisharp.