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Kaveh Issa

Kaveh Issa
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Kaveh returned home one night after working with the slaves on one of the temples in the center of Heliohapt. While they were working, he was given a book that one of the slaves happened upon. The book had strange writing on it, and even though Kaveh had no intention of ever making use of the small tome again, he held on to it. He couldn't explain for whatever reason, but something was keeping him from tossing the book away. Perhaps it was the fact that he didn't understand the language of the document. Kaveh was known to be insatiable when it came to knowing things. The fact that there was something in his possession must have been subconsciously eating away at him. Even if that was the case, the red magician paid the nagging feeling no mind.

As he opened the door, he noticed that his mother was cooking. The youthful magician blinked and rushed next to her and grabbed her hands. "Now now. You know you're not supposed to be doing too much, mother. I'll finish this up." As he was escorting his mother back to her seat, it donned on him. He had been spending much more time running errands for the higher ups of the city than spending time taking care of his mother. The woman was definitely no where near her last leg of life, but she was beyond the point of providing for herself as well. Kaveh felt it was his duty to take care of the woman who spent so much of her life taking care of him... and unknowingly gave up her magic for his. This woman wouldn't need to lift a finger as long as Kaveh was around... and everyone who has interacted with the two knew it.

Kaveh eased his mother into her seat with a smile on his face. At his core, he was just a momma's boy. There was no denying that and he wouldn't! His mother patted him on the cheek with a smile and the young man quickly went over to the stove. He tied his hair back and began to work, finishing the meal that she began... and getting rid of some of her guilty pleasures that she should not be eating. When he was done making the meal, he plated the food and gave it to his mother, hoping she would enjoy the meal without noticing the things that Kaveh removed.

After two helpings of food, and no protest from Kaveh's mother, the two sat in the main room of their house. Just reading. The sounds of the children of the neighborhood playing acted as soothing music as the red magician and ex blue magician's eyes danced across the pages. Breaking the silence in their home, Kaveh's mother spoke up. "'Veh.. are you satisfied with your magic?" Kaveh stopped reading, instantly losing his place as he ponders her question. It was another thing that the magician had stopped thinking about since he was doing the errands for Heliohapt. This wasn't a country that was entirely fond of magic. Aside from the court magicians, not many people used it. The more he thought about it, the more he realized that he was in a magic barren land... And his thirst began to grow.

He looked back to his mother with a confused look on his face. "You know... it has slipped my mind lately... but I really wouldn't mind furthering my arcanic studies." He was received with a smile. This puzzled him even more. Why was she happy at the idea of him being hungry... without sustenance? Isn't that the opposite of how a mother should be? His questions were quickly answered as she opened her mouth almost immediately. "I'm sorry, dear. I was raised in Magnostadt... so I never understood what it was like to be a magician without the means to learn more about my art." The puzzled look on the red magician's face was not receiving any chances to disappear. It felt to him like his mother was just having a senile moment, but she was clearly letting him know otherwise. "And I know... that the reason you are still here and not venturing to Magnostadt is because of me..."

This was the point. Bahir put his book down and moved over to his mother. He could hear her start to choke up and he kneeled in front of her. Before he could say anything to reassure her that she was not a burden, however, she put her hand out. He was effectively silenced by just her motion and she smiled at her son, putting her other hand on the top of his head. "That's why... I'm going to teach you how to be creative with your magic. We'll start tomorrow morning." Kaveh's eyes widened for a moment and the shocked expression was quickly replaced by one of joy and excitement. The red magician hugged his mother, muttering a bunch of "thank yous" and "I love you, mother". The woman made her way to her bedroom to sleep and Kaveh sprawled out on the couch in the main room, barely able to contain his excitement for his "training" the next day.

Kaveh Issa

Kaveh Issa
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When the next day came, Kaveh was up and moving before the sun. He had a light breakfast made and ran a few errands that he would need to at some point of the day. He figured the sooner he got those tasks out of the way, the sooner he would get to the activity which he truly was interested in: magic. Thankfully, his mother was out of bed soon after and was enjoying her breakfast as he ran errands. A silent "good morning" was shared between the two of them and their breakfast was enjoyed in a sort of reflective silence. The silence was disturbed by Kaveh collecting his plate from his side of the table and his mother's shortly after. He deposited them in the sink and went to kneel next to his mother.

"So. Are you ready?" His voice hinted at his excitement, even though he worked to hide it. His mother, being the woman who knows him the best, could see right through the mask he tried to wear. Her smile met his excitement and she nodded. She knew that her son was extremely attached to the idea of increasing his magical knowledge. She was thankful that he was as open to soak up information as he was. This would make her job much easier. Them being two different based magicians would take a bit of adjusting, normally. Since he was so eager, however, he was able to try and adapt his magic to resemble the teachings she was passing down to him.

They made their way out of the main gates of Heliohapt and found their way to a nice, barren area. They picked it to keep from involving any non-magicians and to keep the prying eyes of the Court from Kaveh's teachings. So it began. Kaveh's mother put her hand on her son's shoulder and smiled. "Alright. I'm going to guide you a bit for these first couple of days. After that, you'll have to let YOUR imagination take over your life and then combine the appropriate formulae and commands for the rukh. Understand?" Kaveh simply nodded to his mother and she smiled. "Good. Now... close your eyes. Imagine the old bedtime stories that I used to read to you. What was the one thing that dragons and salamanders were known for?"

Kaveh, while following his mother's instruction, pondered on her question. He searched into the depths of his psyche to remember what she was referencing. It finally came to him! He opened his eyes with a soft smirk. "Breathing fire... Can I...?" Kaveh's mother nodded excitedly. "Exactly! You can do just that with the correct concentration of magoi. Through your conduit, allow the magoi to travel to your mouth and release the energy that the rukh creates for you!"

Kaveh nodded to his mother and pulled the smoking pipe from his pocket. His grip tightened a bit as he fed his magoi into the device. The gem on the bowl of the wand, which was against the palm of Kaveh's hand, started to glow. He closed his eyes and commanded the magoi to travel from his hand to his mouth before he opened his eyes, revealing how they lightened and changed to a golden amber color. He breathed in through his nose and opened his mouth, expelling the air from within him and the magic within him at the same time. The result was a cone of fire that traveled from his mouth to 10 meters out in front of him before dissipating.

The red magician blinked a bit for a moment and then smirked. So... I can do whatever I want... He thought himself as he looked to his mother, waiting for his next lesson...
Word Count: 628/250 (Salamander's Breath)


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Kaveh Issa

Kaveh Issa
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"Very good, Veh! I'm so proud of you, my son. Now, here's another thing for you to think about. What is appreciated around here, more than the people?" Kaveh gave his mother a puzzled look to her question. How is it... that I have been here for so long and not know the answers to these question off the top of my head... He thought to himself as he racked his brain for the answer to her question. She wouldn't be asking about the Pharaoh would she? No... No that would be too obvious! The deities? That would be just as obvious as the Pharaoh. Then what?

Kaveh eventually allowed his shoulders to slump. He didn't know the answer. He refused to admit to that, however. He didn't want her to think that her son was some kind of idiot. At least, he didn't want her to think the same of him that he did at the moment. When he looked back to his mother, he was greeted by a smile. Her comforting smile. This smile was ingrained in Kaveh's mind and he couldn't help but smile back. Though it wasn't as comforting as his mother's, it was rather kind and warm. How could he be any other when confronted by such a loving look. "I... I don't know, mother."

"Its okay, Kaveh. It took me a while to notice it too. Its a very subtle thing. Once you live here for a while... its not something that really jumps out at you. It startled and bothered you to no end when we first moved to this place." His mother released a gentle giggle. "The answer... is snakes." It was as though a foggy glass had shattered in Kaveh's mind. As she revealed the answer, all of the clues started to come back to him. All of the people of the "higher class" in Heliohapt were accompanied by some kind of snake. Even the Pharaoh! While his snake was large enough to loosely coil around the man's entire body. The important magicians of the court even had snakes strewn about their shoulders.

"You're right... Hmph. Is it really so simple as to have a snake around our shoulders? Why can't we then, mother? You wouldn't have to worry about hurting yourself doing day-to-day things then! A simple little snake. THAT's what this society thinks should separate the classes of people. A simple snake... the desert is full of them. What's stopping us?! We cou-" The young magician's rant was stopped by his mother's hand on his shoulder. "No more, Kaveh. Don't question the way things are. We weren't dealt a losing hand.." Kaveh looked at his mother and sighed. He only nodded his head for a moment and his grip on his wand tightened...

A filthy snake. That's what keeps my mother from living comfortably. They want a bloody snake... I'll give em a snake. He thought to himself as he started to gather the rukh. His mother, while watching on, shivered at the sight of a few of the white birds around her son turning black. The sight almost sent her on the verge of tears. Her experience in Magnostadt's academy revealed the nature and reason of those black rukh. She had yet to tell her son, and didn't plan to, but she figured that she may need to... Kaveh, on the other hand, didn't notice the birds. His thoughts were racing and a grin appeared on his face. The magoi rushed to his wand and pointed the mouthpiece at the ground next to him. Then, at 15 m/s, flames started to appear. They extended for five meters before taking the shape of a snake that coiled around Kaveh's body. "A snake... am I part of the high class now... Heh. I could be." The construct flared its cobra-like hood before disappearing. Kaveh panted a little. Learning and creating spells was a bit more exhausting that he imagined it would be.

Luckily, his mother saw this opening and capitalized on it. "Let's rest for the day. We'll come back and learn a bit more tomorrow." Kaveh nodded and walked with his mother back to their home.
Word Count: 700/500 (Flame serpent)


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Kaveh Issa

Kaveh Issa
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The next day, Kaveh made his way to the training spot without his mother. He figured that the woman didn't need to do too much more with him out in the heat. He made sure to take care of making her a nice breakfast and cleaned up their home as much as he could. Now that those things were out of the way, the red magician sat atop his flying carpet, circling the area that he had been training in for a few days. The carpet stopped its circling and started to descend slowly. Kaveh opened his eyes with a grin and hopped off of his magical gift. He was so glad that his mother had given him the carpet.

The magician felt it was time to take a different approach to his training. He had a special technique in mind, but he needed to find a way to do it without burning his target. So he figured he would use something dear to him... He removed his cloak and placed it on top of a cactus near his position. The magician started to think over what he wanted to do and plan accordingly in his mind. Surround in flames... don't burn it... Shouldn't be that hard!

Kaveh pointed his pipe at the cactus and narrowed his eyes, commanding the rukh to move where he wanted them to. He watched as the birds flew towards the cloaked plant and started to circle the bottom of his cloak. There were more of the birds starting to come around the makeshift dummy. Kaveh started to give another command and the birds started to turn red and caught on fire. The red magician grinned at what he thought was a success. Once the flames disappeared, not only was his cloak gone, but the top half of the cactus was burned to a crisp.

A frustrated growl came from the man as he had apparently failed. "It was so close!" He instantly went to work finding another target. This time, he jammed a stick into the ground and set a large rock on top of it. OKay. This time, I won't burn the middle.. He thought as he took a few steps back. He commanded the little white birds again and watched as they gathered to his will. Starting at the base of the rock. The birds seem to have two or three that were a darker color, but Kaveh didn't pay this any mind. "Burn." With the command, the rukh turned red and burst into flame again. This ball of flame didn't seem as dense as before and it kept moving in a circular fashion. Almost as if it was revolving around the rock atop the stick. The magician waited a few minutes before dissolving the ball of fire and was glad to see that it wasn't singed in the least bit. Of course, the stick was at the point where the fire met it, but other than that there were no marks of flames.

Kaveh turned his back and was about to head home, until a thought occured. His cloak was burned to a crisp and he was left without a shirt. He looked at his carpet and noticed that it was the dark tan color than his cloak was. He grinned and decided to refashion the carpet to be his cloak as well... at least when he finally got home.
Ability Training (No Air) 575/500


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Kaveh Issa

Kaveh Issa
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It had been a few days since Kaveh had come out to his training area and worked on his magic. Well, the man had been busy lately. Aside from taking care of his mother, he was asked to dive down into some ruins to help the Historical Society. Surprisingly, the short excavation was a success. But now, things have slowed down again. The red magician and his mother sat at home and read and spoke to each other and ate and slept. Wash, rinse, repeat. However, today threw a wrench in that routine. There was a woman who came to the door of the magician's home, claiming to know his mother. Kaveh, being the dutiful son, allowed the woman entry and sat with the two women for a time. That is, he stayed until his mother dismissed him, telling him she needed some "girl time." Whatever that meant.

While the women spent their time together, Kaveh made his way out to his training spot, using the time to meditate and try to formulate new ideas for magic. He didn't know much about the art, and his current teacher was frail and seemingly in the last years of her life. He didn't want to continue to bother the woman and drag her out to this place to tire her out in the sun. No. He needed a new teacher. Hm.. Now that I think about it... There were a few magicians from Magnostadt that were supposed to be visiting us again soon. Kaveh grinned and thought to try and attract the attention of one of those men... at some point.

But today Kaveh had a new goal: to create a new spell. The magician grinned and looked at the cactus he used for his training of his No Air spell. A new idea came to his mind. He extended his hand towards the cactus with his pipe in his right hand. "Grab it!" His command to the rukh was more assertive than usual. In turn, the rukh respond a bit faster than usual. Perhaps Kaveh was started to get a better grip on what it was to be a magician, to communicate with the rukh. The rukh attempted to fulfill his plan and formed a giant hand made out of roaring flames. The hand closed around the cactus, burning the plant to a crisp. Kaveh could only smile at what he had done. "Now... What next...?"
Training Count (Flame Arm): 410/250


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Kaveh Issa

Kaveh Issa
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Kaveh awoke bright and early. He had appealed for an extra couple of days before his between his test for the Historical Society. To his fortune, they agreed and allowed him to improve on his magic a bit. He was greatly thankful for the opportunity. He had no idea what the Library would have held for him. He was actually... a little scared. No not scared, but something similar. Anxious seemed the more appropriate descriptor. The magician would have his work cut out for him. That was the only thing about the situation that he was sure of.

Kaveh informed his mother about wanting to further his magical capability even further and she took it upon herself to help him. That morning was the very start of it all. She was going to put her son through the same kind of training that she had gone through. The first thing, in her mind, was establishing a firm communication with the rukh. "Alright, Veh. You've gotten a bit better as a magician in the past couple of months. So, I think its time for us to step up our training. I'm going to push you to the next class, you understand me?" Kaveh only nodded to show his mother that he was listening to her. The woman smiled and sat on the floor of their home in a meditative post. Kaveh quickly followed suit. [color=blue]"Now Veh. Close your eyes and imagine what the rukh is telling to you. Speak back with it. The efficiency of your spells depend solely on your ability to communicate with the rukh which governs over that element. Kaveh exhaled slowly and closed his eyes, focusing on what he was instructed. He didn't see what the point of this was, but his mother was watching. There were random sparks appearing all around Kaveh. She grinned at the thought of his initial results being better than she expected, realistically.

The next few days consisted of this exercise happening over and over. During these hours of his meditative state, Kaveh would never notice his mother slip out of their home and go to the Historical Society, reaching out to the Magnostadt magicians that were there. One afternoon after his mother returned from her visits, she watched his meditation session. What were once sparks appears, had become forty centimeter sized fireballs. They were also being produced at a rather speedy rate, one appearing almost immediately after another had vanished. She was pleased that her son had made so much progress and couldn't wait until his examination day... which would be the following morning...

The next morning, Kaveh was woken up by his mother and ushered out to his training area. This time, it wasn't just the two of them though. There was a man who was dressed in the black garb of the magicians of Magnostadt. Kaveh blinked in confusion before turning to his mother. The moment he did, his borg was activated and was hit by a blast of fire. "Veh. This is your last test with me. You are to ward off the rest of this man's attacks... without the use of your borg." Kaveh's face was replaced with one of surprise. That would mean that no matter what, he would have to conjure flames fast enough to stop this man's barrages.

They went on like this for hours, Kaveh had somehow managed to hold off the man's assault. Panting heavily, Kaveh looked up at the red magician from Magnostadt give him a thumbs up before walking back towards the Historical Society. Kaveh's mother was back by his side almost instantly, congratulating him on his growth. [color=blue]"I was a little surprised that the rukh responded to you so quickly, honestly. You have your mom's talent I guess!"/color] Kaveh couldn't help but grin and begin to laugh at his mother's boastful comment. "Thank you mother... I think I'll be ready after this lesson.."
--Exit--
Specialization Word Count: 650/500


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