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Aniks Aliforn

A dark elf bartender who is a self-trained arcanist, he also might be at every bar ever? We're still working out on how.

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Extra Journal: The worry of a Barkeep.

by Aniks Aliforn

How far do the Shard's influences go? How far can they see…
Licia claims that a shard made an attempt at her life while she was younger, so why not affect the other champions. What part of their lives could have been affected? Or was it a special case with her, being so closely tied to her goddess? Was Ashlyn’s prolonged life the Everlight’s attempt to hide her future champion…
I am circling around the issues here, I haven’t been able to say it out loud, but Silver’s soul…
A soul of silver and black, crackling with red lightning.
I worry how much I’ve been unintentionally influenced by those long-forgotten gods. I held the Spirit Blade and awakened something, my power according to Silver. A trustworthy source of information, when they themselves implied they had a past before being summoned. “I’m your power’ the sword had said.
Is it?
As a child, I could hardly summon shadows. Showed no power in the arcane like others in my family. It had only been when I reached inside The Void and touched a Shard. A dead god, technically two before ‘my power’ appeared. The feeling of the blade hadn’t left even as I failed to take the Spirit Blade. But that hadn’t explained the spellbook. A book I took from Celu’s Tower, one that had compelled me to keep it away from Ashlyn. That book had changed, it became mine. A book I had no right to. A book that can only be read by those who were dead or half-dead in my case.
Is this my power? Or is it only mine because I wield it.
Was it always there hidden deep within me or had the Shard just warped reality to suit some unknown machination. The arcane magic is just a by produced of touching a broken god.
What of the day I had focused on that power, mediated on it. A day that had forced every single arcane caster within Ironfalls to fall asleep…
I have yet to recreate this or try for this matter. I don’t think I want to. I shouldn’t have been able to do that. It was only those touched by the Arcane.
That cannot be a coincidence. When the Shards are so closely connected to the creation of the Arcane. The protectors of that magic, who were erased from history by the winners of that war so long ago.
I understand my connection to the Spirit Blade, I might have even spoken to that old dragon god. Well been spoken to, but I cannot even say that for sure. It had known me, known the face I was Death’s Champion. During the battle with the Harp. The blade’s color was not red, but orange. None of the Shard gods were red, not even the Devil who is now bound to another goddess.
I will deliver a prayer personally to Death herself, asking, hoping that it is not them. I wouldn’t know what that means to be connected to them. Nothing good. That much I can imagine. Add on the myriad of other issues about myself and how I am able to speak let alone create a coherent thought is beyond me.
What does it mean to have a broken soul, and still be able to walk? Function even, how many people across the planes can say their soul is shattered. Pharasma herself, the oldest goddess and mother of souls said I would have to die completely before I am whole again. What would that mean to be whole again, I don’t feel different, I’ve seen my soul flicker when I had died. But I feel the same as I usually do. Yet people across Istralar had seen me in their bars. An Archdevil even confirmed I had been in hell, yet I have no memory of that. I have no memory of any of those ‘other’ Aniks’. I wonder how many there are, do they share my same thoughts. Do I share any of theirs? What broke our soul in the first place, was it the Entity? Something I saw in the Void when I was ripped from reality? How could a magical drink produce such an effect? I still don’t understand why that happened. I have no memories of that time. Celu hadn’t taken those memories After taking that first sip, I just was. I was there at every bar with them, existing in the background, but not there. I don’t even remember how I got to the cave and appeared in the forest to reunite with the people who would eventually become the Lost Ones.
Would being whole again change me? Would I even be Aniks?
I just don’t know. The Mother of Souls said my memories protect me from that event, which sundered my soul. By what. What broke my soul.
I hope that this event is separate from the shards. While I have wanted things before, never had I wanted more than to hide this want. As if placing even the ink on these pages might make that fear a reality. There is a great hope deep in my mind I have hardly acknowledged, wishing that my broken soul isn’t connected to the shards.
Why am I the one this happened to? The others hardly have to deal with this. This slowly growing dread that you can’t trust even yourself at times. That you can’t trust your own memories. How many times has the Entity used me without me knowing? Had it used the other broken fragments of myself.
What had I done to earn this strange fate?
Regardless of my worry, I will carry on. I might have my issues, by I will hold on till the end. Till this story is finished and the Shards are bound back to fate. All of them. Even if I have to bind another god. What’s one more god matter, I’ll be judged for it all the same. I just want peace, a world free from destruction.
I should talk to Celu about this, my worries, she’s a seer. Maybe I can find some comfort in the words she gives. I just need to talk to somebody about this, somebody who will listen.

Aniks's Journal Ordered oldest to newest

  1. Journal #1: Welcome back to the land of the living.
    02 Feb 2020 05:31:50
  2. Journal #2: The Gods speak to us, sort of.
    17 May 2019 09:56:29
  3. Journal #3: Magic is kinda bullshit, stay away from Licia.
    17 May 2019 11:03:22
  4. Journal #4: The Prince is not a Prick.
    17 May 2019 11:06:21
  5. Journal #5: Introduction of Celuriel
    18 May 2019 12:53:06
  6. Journal #6: Everybody loves the bar.
    18 May 2019 02:57:08
  7. Journal #7: Getting to know the vampire.
    24 Apr 2018 02:34:05
  8. Journal #8: The Vetala [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 06:12:26
  9. Journal #9: Undria
    16 Jan 2020 05:23:50
  10. Journal #10: We adopt or kidnap a child, still unclear on this one.
    16 Jan 2020 05:24:03
  11. Journal #11: Mirror World
    16 Jan 2020 05:24:34
  12. Journal #12: Recovery from the world.
    16 Jan 2020 05:25:45
  13. Journal #13: Dancing with Vampire and Political Problems.
    16 Jan 2020 05:25:55
  14. Journal #14: About Sir Pennswaggle
    16 Jan 2020 05:26:15
  15. Journal #15: This Temple is Odd
    16 Jan 2020 05:26:25
  16. Journal #16: The Half Elf Liese
    16 Jan 2020 05:26:45
  17. Journal #17: Warning Ashlyn did not help her.
    16 Jan 2020 05:26:57
  18. Journal #18: Priestess with the Silver Orbs
    16 Jan 2020 05:27:13
  19. Journal #19: Celu is reading romantic books.
    16 Jan 2020 05:27:26
  20. Journal #20: Demons, Dungeons, and Dragons OH MY!
    16 Jan 2020 05:27:41
  21. Journal #21: Regrets.
    16 Jan 2020 05:27:56
  22. Journal #22: Demon's Champion [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 05:59:05
  23. Journal #23: Homecoming
    16 Jan 2020 05:30:43
  24. Journal #24: Castle Umbra and their Bloodwalker.
    16 Jan 2020 05:30:23
  25. Journal #23: The Grand Game
    24 Apr 2018 03:05:12
  26. Journal #26: All magic comes at a cost.
    16 Jan 2020 05:30:04
  27. Journal #27 The capital and asking for diplomatic immunity.
    16 Jan 2020 05:29:53
  28. Journal #28: Teaching Celu Undercommon
    16 Jan 2020 05:29:42
  29. Journal #29: Pray to Fate
    16 Jan 2020 05:39:09
  30. Journal #30: Mistakes we're made, Surprisingly it wasn't my fault this time.
    16 Jan 2020 05:40:05
  31. Journal #31: Why am I Orpheus?
    16 Jan 2020 05:37:51
  32. Journal #33: The 'safe' return of Eurydice
    16 Jan 2020 05:42:44
  33. Journal #32: Back from hell [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 06:19:22
  34. Journal #35: Fey Friends.
    16 Jan 2020 05:43:46
  35. Journal #36: Life before The Lost Ones
    16 Jan 2020 05:44:01
  36. Journal #34: Her thoughts on life. [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 05:58:42
  37. Journal #37: Departure
    16 Jan 2020 05:48:37
  38. Journal #39: The Apology [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 05:45:33
  39. Journal #38: Black Marble floors and apologizes
    16 Jan 2020 05:48:53
  40. Journal #40: The Lost's One's Save Christmas; what's Christmas again?
    16 Jan 2020 05:31:42
  41. Journal #41: The Elder Sister [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 06:21:33
  42. Journal #42: Dear Niks
    02 Feb 2020 05:32:18
  43. Journal #43: Family Matters
    16 Jan 2020 05:49:21
  44. Journal #44: The Samsaran and Her Dreamers [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 05:49:56
  45. Journal #45: 3 Years well spent.
    16 Jan 2020 05:50:37
  46. Journal #46: Emperor Aneirin of Aletheia
    02 Feb 2020 05:31:41
  47. Journal #47: Matron Nivinle Alas'thil [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 05:52:01
  48. Journal #48: Not Alone
    16 Jan 2020 05:52:34
  49. Journal #49: The Dark Spire [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 05:53:23
  50. Journal #50: Death's Champion
    16 Jan 2020 05:54:06
  51. Journal #51: Desk Duty of the Spire [Text Roleplay on going]
    29 Jan 2020 06:10:02
  52. Journal #52: Longest Four Days of Our Lives
    16 Jan 2020 05:55:28
  53. Journal #53: Stolen Book [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 05:56:04
  54. Journal #54: Basics to Necromancy, why is this even a book.
    16 Jan 2020 05:56:43
  55. Journal #55: Soul to Soul Talk [Text Roleplay]
    16 Jan 2020 05:58:17
  56. Journal #56: Gold is not what King’s Envy
    29 Jan 2020 06:05:45
  57. Journal #57: The Trail of the Sapphire Shrine
    04 Mar 2020 12:57:45
  58. Journal #58: The sign says it all
    03 Mar 2020 06:01:49
  59. Journal #59: The oldest sister
    09 Mar 2020 04:58:44
  60. Journal #60: A bartender once again.
    04 Mar 2020 04:22:18
  61. Journal #61: The Dreamcatcher
    03 Mar 2020 06:25:49
  62. Journal #62: Discussion and a price that will be payed.
    04 Mar 2020 02:26:38
  63. Journal #63: The Five Stages
    10 Oct 2020 12:02:57
  64. Journal #64: Ring of Amethyst and Diamond
    10 Oct 2020 12:04:33
  65. Journal #65: Clash of Ideals
    10 Oct 2020 12:09:58
  66. Journal #66: A Friend and A Story
    10 Oct 2020 12:15:49
  67. Journal #67: The Nature of the Shards
    10 Oct 2020 12:19:41
  68. Journal #68: Return of Black Marble [Text Roleplay]
    25 Aug 2021 04:36:34
  69. Journal #69: Broken and Forgotten Shades
    25 Aug 2021 04:30:07
  70. Journal #70: Forging Bonds
    25 Aug 2021 04:30:27
  71. Journal #71: The Haunted Fey Mansion
    04 Apr 2022 02:34:16
  72. Journal #72: Another Shard
    04 Apr 2022 02:37:06
  73. Journal #73: Dancing with Demons in the pale morning light
    04 Apr 2022 02:39:32
  74. Journal #74: The Succubus's Ultimatum
    04 Apr 2022 02:40:57
  75. Extra Journal: The worry of a Barkeep.
    25 Apr 2022 05:40:22

The major events and journals in Aniks's history, from the beginning to today.

Journal 35th: Emperor Aneirin of Aletheia

Pharasma’s domain, The Boneyard, a place where it takes weeks to find a blank journal. I had to use the last fifty pages to jot down all the notes I had decided to study life here in The Boneyard. It was not enough, but finding a blank journal was an ex...

06:38 am - 27.08.2019

Journal #37th: Not Alone

After my failed attempt to get the umbrite, which included a walk to check on my half-siblings, of course, I did not say anything to them, simply watched them. I know that I should probably feel something when I looked at them but in all honesty. I think ...

02:24 am - 17.09.2019

Journal 36th#: Matron Nivinle Alas'thil [Text Role Play]

After the shopping trip to gather the colder weather clothing, Aniks had decided to put one of his plans in motion. While the materials of the blade did not have to start in his home, he had other uses for umbrite besides wanting to fashion a blade out s...

03:39 am - 17.09.2019

Journal #38th: The Dark Spire [Text Role Play]

One of the first things that struck Celuriel - after they'd clambered out of the river and thoroughly examined the beach - was how cold the Boneyard was. She could see black sand - could feel it shifting under her feet like a living thing - and dark skies...

03:13 pm - 17.09.2019

Journal #40th: Longest four days of our lives

One long year and three months, that is how long Celuriel and I were in The Boneyard. Currently, this journal entry is being written from the icy continent of Iskaldhal four days after we dove into that pool that leads us to the banks of the river Styx. I...

09:23 pm - 20.09.2019

Journal Entry #41th: Stolen Book [Text Roleplay]

A hand opened and closed tightly, writing for prolonged periods of time always hurt Aniks. No matter how often he wrote. The ink was just about dry on the page as he finished another journal entry. He placed the also dry book, pen and ink on a bedside tab...

07:43 am - 21.09.2019

Journal Entry #39 Death's Champion

Planar travel always brings with it odd complications. For example, time is far more flexible in differing planes. The rules are ever-shifting compared to our normal sense of time that the Material Plane has. Sleeping was the only way I could think to tra...

03:02 pm - 05.11.2019

Desk Duty of the Spire [text roleplay on going]

Journal Entry #40 ~The Daemons in the trench coat~ While on desk duty one night you see a medium height elf with a trench coat come up to you and asks for directions to the Spire. With your passive perception you can see that their walk seems very s...

04:52 pm - 05.11.2019

Journal #42th: Basics to Necromancy, why is this even a book.

Our trip to Gildomar was a two-day journey, we rode knowing that at least that we'd be going to the one sold clue to finding Teras Galewin, Licia's Father. Using a phantasmal steed, I had conjured the trip was far faster than the eight days. However, t...

04:11 pm - 02.12.2019

Journal #43th: Soul to Soul Talk

Curiosity might have gotten the better of him, dragons in general were always something the barkeep had interest in. Now in the palm of his hand, a purple gem held the soul of one. Speaking to a trapped soul wasn’t something he had learned in the Boney...

04:19 pm - 02.12.2019

Journal #44th: Gold is not what King’s Envy

After leaving the lost cause that was the Prince, our goal was now set on the Jade Shrine. Which we acquired one dwarf, which I was not terribly upset with. His opinion of the Prince really changed my mind on him. That was not what we did this morning....

04:16 am - 11.12.2019

Journal #7: The Vetala

Celuriel: Please don't starve me. You promised no harm. Celuriel has pretty much been lurking around the barkeep's area permanently. Watches any other visitors with caution. Drowbie: So what do you think about the strange group of people we have h...

04:48 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #21: Demon's Champion

“Do any mortal have choices, Free Will, or are we just instruments for higher beings to use… if that is the case, I wanted nothing to do with them. I just wanted to live in a world where I am free from outside influences. Though I am not a so dumb a...

04:52 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #27: Pray to Fate

“I have a request to ask of you, I am not one who is familiar with praying in general. To the one who watches Fate, Pharasma a deal was struck with one the of my companions. Normally this would not be a reason to pray for guidance. I made stupid deals a...

04:57 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #29: Back from hell

So, when the others aren't paying attention, Celuriel (or Eurydice, I suppose) will pull Orpheus to the side to talk to him."...where are we? it's been too busy for me to ask." "Tenaerul, I have to apologies for having the deal in here. I thought we wou...

05:03 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #30: Her thoughts on life.

“Although it was not technically you that asked this, I feel that it is only natural that I ask. I overheard the others briefly mention your wrist after we left the Ivory Maze. Are you okay with this, with that mark around your wrist Celuriel?” ".....

05:06 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #32: The Apology

Aniks will attempt after a couple of days on the airship to find Celuriel where he can speak to her in private. He is determined to at least attempt to apologize to her to make amends. “I know to say that your upset with me Celuriel is an understatem...

05:09 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #??: Dear Niks

Dear Niks, It's been a long time, hasn't it? I know you've been through a lot since we left you, and I'm sorry you had to go through so much alone. Guess there was always going to be something to stop us. If it hadn't been the illness, it'd have been...

05:11 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #??: The Elder Sister

Nivinle Alas’thil, the only blood relative Aniks felt some modicum of familial bond with. Even that might be pushing it since it was more accurate to say, she was the only family that had not betrayed him. Though that one fact did not speak volumes for ...

05:14 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #33: The Samsaran and Her Dreamers

After while of being in that timeless room, letting the events of the shards trails shimmer down. Aniks will start shuffling around in his bag till he pulls a single white business card out. Which glowed softly with that strange white light. He will appro...

05:17 pm - 16.01.2020

Journal #57: The Trail of the Sapphire Shrine

There are no words, but I could express in this journal that would accurately describe how I felt about Cid. That is a topic that I will get into when the time is right, still something that needs to be talked about eventually and explained. Putting the m...

05:46 pm - 03.03.2020

Journal #58: The sign says it all

Journal Entry #58: The Sign says it all Besides Celuriel's involvement with the fae, I rather hate how easily they just warp the world around us when they need help. Regardless of my vexation towards the first world beings, one of them deemed it an ...

06:01 pm - 03.03.2020

Journal #60: A bartender once again.

After all this shrine mess, the fey time displacing us, dealing with the dwarven prince’s scry blocking everything to do with Licia’s Father. The Lost Ones and our traveling company finally decided we need a break. Which encluded a ludicrous amount of...

06:05 pm - 03.03.2020

Journal #61: The Dreamcatcher

Journal Entry #61: The Dreamcatcher [Text Roleplay] The Barkeep was surprisingly shocked he could keep his drink down tonight. The last time he actually drank, well elven ale was heavily involved. That being said the alcohol had hit him. It was clear a...

06:18 pm - 03.03.2020

Journal #62: Discussion and a price that will be payed.

We forgot to drink water. I have not had a hangover that bad in a long time. Celuriel's was likely just as bad as mine. However, I was lucky as she hadn't stabbed me from the pain. We both were pretty miserable when we woke up the next day. Given how ...

06:24 pm - 03.03.2020

Journal Entry #59: The oldest sister

Promethea had already nozzled herself into Aniks lap, clucking softy while asleep. Content with her meal at this odd family dinner. Eating with The Lost One's or Celuriel wasn't that odd. To some extent neither was Nivinle, though she kept writing down ...

04:58 pm - 09.03.2020

Journal #63: The five Stages

We slipped inside the Castle quite easily, Sigrun being one hell of a distraction for the people fighting outside. Ghost and all, with those Silver Orb priests healing those people no matter the side. The Castle itself was of typical dwarven from the pill...

12:00 am - 10.10.2020

Journal #64: Ring of Amethyst and Diamond

Having, of course, been a fair amount of time since their last meal. Aniks had taken it upon himself to find the kitchen and at least make something. It wasn’t too terrible to find. Rather small compared to Sigrun’s but it worked. He began rummaging t...

12:04 am - 10.10.2020

Journal #65: Clash of Ideals

Moments are so quick, but some can last far longer in memory and leave a far longer impression. While it was not the proper place for asking. I asked for Celuriel’s hand in marriage. That moment is something I will treasure, as seeing that smile was wor...

12:09 am - 10.10.2020

Journal #66: A Friend and A Story

Aniks, having told at least Celuriel, was going to try and speak with Jinne for a bit. She was welcomed to join or she could just continue doing whatever she wanted. Regardless of her choice, Aniks found himself with some fruit in hand wandering around th...

12:15 am - 10.10.2020

Journal #67: The Nature of the Shards

It’s the last night we are spending in Rod of Security, and we have learned too much for me not to write something down. Our second night within the small island to be exact. Instead of spending that last night in a bed in that comfy inn on the island. ...

12:19 am - 10.10.2020

Journal #69: Broken and For

Journal Entry #69: Broken and Forgotten Shades The Harp is contained, placed inside a demiplane of Azsire’s creation. At least I assume so. I have not been back to the material plane, as I have spent the past couple of days in the Boneyard. Apparentl...

02:32 am - 25.01.2021

Journal #68: Return of Black Marble

Journal Entry#68: Return of Black Marble Thrones Black marble. It always came back to black marble. The icy portal hadn't been gentle with Aniks this time; hadn't let him fall out onto a beach of soft sand or into the bed he'd been given during his la...

02:07 pm - 10.04.2021

Journal #70: Forging Bonds

Celuriel is thankfully not pregnant. A thought that plagued my mind while I was stuck in the boneyard. Having the ability to perceive souls is quite useful if you're checking on your partner to see if they have a little one on the way. Celu and I have spo...

03:24 pm - 25.08.2021

Journal #71: The Haunted Fey Mansion

The last person I expected at my door was Jinne, it had been two weeks since I returned from the Boneyard. Purposely avoiding the other members of the Lost Ones, I had spent most of my time with my family. I had of course seen them out and about around Ir...

02:34 am - 04.04.2022

Journal #72: Another Shard

I wish we could take Avariel with us but I will not risk my child in a land plagued by a shard. Not till it’s dealt with, though it’s looking like I might end up binding another god before this over. Options are limited, research into healing is compl...

02:37 am - 04.04.2022

Journal #73: Dancing with Demons in the pale morning light

Upon leaving the Peacemaker, the humidity hit like a train. Lush jungle forests were our arrival point near the coast of the Southern Continent. So an easy to find our way given our notes Elias had given us from the few question we got to ask him. Via th...

02:39 am - 04.04.2022

Journal #74: The Succubus's Ultimatum

Again shorter journal entries, too much traveling for long journals. Worried our Medimian friends would find our secret via my journals. I saw right, the fact the shard is killed people, taking their souls. Damn that succubus. Our knowing tour guide ...

02:40 am - 04.04.2022

Extra Journal: The worry of a Barkeep.

How far do the Shard's influences go? How far can they see… Licia claims that a shard made an attempt at her life while she was younger, so why not affect the other champions. What part of their lives could have been affected? Or was it a special case ...

05:39 pm - 25.04.2022

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