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Lumera Moonflare, Highborne Sorceress
A Walk By Moonlight

Another day passed by.  As Lumera made her way over the bridge at a leisurely pace, she thought back on the day's events.  So perhaps her experimental spells were less than successful; accidentally magicking her clothes off - and not having a spare outfit nearby - was certainly not her plan!  Luckily, she'd kept her boots, so that made walking upon the dirt path prior to the wooden bridge a lot easier on her.  She was still trying to figure out how her jewelry escaped the spell's effects, but really, it didn't matter much.

She was trying to take it in stride.  It was pretty much the dead of night, and she hadn't encountered anyone on her walk home so far.  There was really only one person she was willing to fully expose herself to.  Even thinking of the gorgeous Dianna made Lumera's heart skip a beat and brought a fond blush to her cheeks.  What she'd done to gain Dianna as both an apprentice, she had no idea.  The younger aspiring mage was so very beautiful, and if she had to be honest with herself... she wanted her student.  Even thinking of her now caused warmth to start spreading from her groin.

Until now, Dianna had only ever seen Lumera in her rather sensual dresses.  As she finished crossing the bridge, her pace picked up just a little; she was now very curious to see how her student would respond to seeing Lumera's nude figure... and that was a reaction she was eager to behold.

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A HUGE Thank You! to :iconangieangelfish: ! <3  I was so very pleased to discover Angie's Gallery, particularly the breathtaking beauty of Dianna, who was mentioned in Lumera's story.  She was quick to receive a +Watch from me, and when she opened up her Patreon, I believe I was the very first to support her.  I'm absolutely, positively looking forward to seeing what else Angie does, not just with Lumera and Dianna, but in general.

A little background to explain who exactly Lumera is may be in order.  Simply put, Lumera is my old night elf mage from World of Warcraft.  ('Old' as in 'I used to play'; I don't play anymore, mostly because computer can't handle it.)  Mage though she might be, Lumera didn't fight much; she instead preferred using her magic to craft jewelry, and established herself as a jeweler of some renown within Stormwind City.  She may have sat out many battles for the Alliance, but she did fight from time to time.  Once she saved up enough money over time, she relocated to Dalaran, where she purchased her very own study and plied her trade from the city of magi.  She also began to teach others how to use magic, and took on a few apprentices of her own.  Then, one evening in Azeroth, she simply... disappeared.  Many speculate she was kidnapped or killed, while the rest assume it was a spell gone wrong.  A rare few even think that Lumera opened a portal to another realm entirely and took it - and hasn't given a thought to returning since.

If only they knew they were right.

Personality-wise, Lumera comes across as quite a flirt.  She delights in teasing and flattering people, and tends to flaunt her figure whenever she gets a chance.  Flirtatious behavior does not equal promiscuous, however; for Lumera, the teasing is all part of her business practice, and helped her secure many of her earliest commissions in Stormwind City.  She never saw a reason to give up her flirtatious nature, though, even when she'd come into her own as a successful jeweler.  She was VERY quick to defend herself from anyone who got the wrong idea and tried to get handsy; it wasn't exactly rare to see a prospective customer enter her small shop in Stormwind, only to then see a disoriented sheep stumble out of her shop not long after.

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Lumera is my OC, as well as AngieAngelFish's!  Do not use Lumera without permission from either of us, please and thank you!
The image was done by AngieAngelFish!  If you like it, go ahead and check out her Gallery!  She also has a Patreon, if you're interested in truly supporting her!  www.patreon.com/AngieAngelFish
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How long had they had each other's backs?  That single question left the blonde Conqueror of Thalsteim pondering the past from her seat.  It was another quiet day in Thalsgarde, just the way she liked it.  Nothing demanded her attention, no renegades thought to try and defy the peace she'd established... even the former general of the late Emperor's mage armies had decided today was a day she wanted to spend away from the blonde.

Almarian was most certainly not complaining.  She quite valued the quiet.  She was able to actually sit and relax for a change.  The large sofa upon which she sat was definitely comfortable - as expected of furnishings befitting the ruler of a country, of course - and offered her a rather breathtaking view of the eastern sprawl of Thalsgarde, just outside the wide window across from her.  Sometimes, she liked to listen to Thalsteim classical while she looked out the window; today, however, she sat in silence.

Well, relative silence.  The slow and largely quiet creaking of her door being opened caught Almarian's attention, and she glanced over her shoulder and the back of the sofa to see who had entered her room unannounced and uninvited.  Only a very rare few were afforded that luxury.

Her wary expression softened immediately upon setting her eyes upon the woman now closing her door.  It was impossible for Almarian to mistake that shoulder-length black hair for anyone else.

"Come sit with me, Layla."  This was the only greeting she offered Layla Runeveil, her right-hand and closest friend.  She noticed that Layla didn't so much as twitch when the Conqueror of Thalsteim spoke, and smiled a little at that; they were quite comfortable around each other.

She watched as Layla obliged Almarian's request, eyes briefly examining her closest friend's figure.  Her short blue top and the short blue skirt were oftentimes considered flirtatious by most others, but Almarian knew that Layla wore them because they were comfortable and allowed her greater freedom of movement.  The white lab coat her right-hand wore was only slightly restricting, given its size and the length of its sleeves, but it marked Layla as a researcher... a scientist.  Well... no.  To call her either term was rather inaccurate.  Layla was the head of the medical research team, a role she was happy to accept after all she'd done during the war to liberate Thalsteim from the tyrannical Emperor.  Layla Runeveil had been among Almarian's most skilled medics during the war; now, she was content to ensure that Thalsteim's technology was equal to the task of making everyone's lives easier, at least insofar as medicinal purposes.

Once Layla sat down next to Almarian, the darker-haired woman smiled at the blonde.  "Someone's not afraid," Layla teased.

Almarian chuckled softly, knowing exactly why Layla was saying such a thing.  Normally, she didn't take her armor entirely off - and if she did, it was normally never far from her.  Today, however, Almarian was not just out of her armor, it was nowhere to be seen in the room.  The remark had been intended to remind Almarian that within her first year as ruler of the Thalsteim Empire, at least two dozen assassins had tried to kill the Conqueror.  One had almost succeeded simply because she had let her guard down and taken off her armor and left it elsewhere, much like she had done today.  Ah, but that had been a few years ago now.  The people cared strongly for their strict but kind ruler, and any dissenters found it exceedingly difficult to rally people to stand against Almarian.

"Should I be afraid?" Almarian replied.

"No."  Layla leaned back against the sofa and closed her eyes.  "Not anymore, anyway."  The dark-haired medic opened one eye to glance at Almarian, and she smiled.  "Cautious, maybe," she added with a teasing tone in her voice.

The Conqueror of Thalsteim laughed softly at this.  "I am ever cautious," she replied, "except when I'm around certain people."

This comment prompted Layla to open her other eye, and the two looked at each other for a while.

In Layla's amber-colored eyes, Almarian could see the fondness that had drawn them so close over the years.  Many assumed they were close because the Conqueror had saved Layla's life when they were both children, and thoughts of rebellion did not exist in either of their minds.  Perhaps that had a part to play in it; in Almarian's mind, it was the rescue that introduced them to each other.  It was Almarian offering to let the young Layla Runeveil live with her own family that had began their friendship.  Growing up together over the course of several years after only cemented their friendship.  And of course, surviving the war against the malevolent Emperor's mage armies and the Emperor himself had tightened their bond to resemble blood sisters.

"Alma."  That nickname was one Almarian only permitted a select few to call her; unsurprisingly, Layla was one of those people.  "I... was thinking."

"And hell has frozen over," Almarian mused with a wink.

Layla pretended to pout at this, but giggled softly.  She was apparently remembering their younger days, when the young Runeveil girl would rush into certain situations without thinking them through.  Diving into the ocean to catch fish while wearing nothing but cloth outfits of white... that was just one of Layla's more careless and hilarious moments when they were growing up.

"Since it's so peaceful today, I thought that maybe we could... I don't know.  Do something together?  The researchers don't need me today, and you're not exactly up to anything in particular..."

Almarian pretended to think hard about the offer.  "Hmm... well, let's see... let me check my non-existent schedule, rue the fact that I have all these days so packed full of nothing but free time, and fit such a thing in at the earliest convenience."  She didn't offer Layla a chance to say anything in response; she just reached out, rested her hand upon her closest friend's left shoulder, and pulled Layla much closer to her.

Layla let out a small sound of surprise at the sudden relocation of her body, but didn't protest or resist it.  Instead, she did what the Conqueror knew she would do; once their shoulders were touching, Layla rested her head against the crook of Almarian's neck and snuggled up against her.  Almarian's arms slid around Layla and held the dark-haired woman snugly against herself.

For several minutes, they just sat there in silence, relaxing with each other.  How long had it been since they'd snuggled into each other like this?  Almarian's most recent memory of it harkened back to the days when they were still children.  A small smile caused the corners of her mouth to twitch upward briefly.  She was recalling the times she and Layla had cuddled together now, all for a number of reasons.  To watch the sunset reflect upon the waves of the ocean, to read a good book together, and sometimes, just for the sake of relaxing - such as they were doing now.

Granted, cuddling as children could be perceived as innocent when compared to adults cuddling, but for them, the intent was still there.  They knew why they were cuddling right now.  For them, that was enough.

"Hm..."  The brief sound resembled a soft chuckle as it escaped Layla's throat.  "This brings back memories..."

Ah, so Layla was upon memory lane, as well.  Almarian gave a light and brief chuckle of her own.

"So much has changed since then..."  Layla moved her arms to embrace Almarian gently.  "But I can think of one thing that will never change."

"As can I."  Almarian moved her head to gently kiss the top of Layla's head.  "Several, actually."

"Hm."  Another amused sound.  "And I can think of something I don't want to ever change."

"And I can think of a few."

Layla turned her head upward to give the Conqueror of Thalsteim an annoyed look.  "Must you?" she sighed softly.

"Until I'm given a good reason not to, I see no reason to abstain."

Layla sighed and nuzzled against Almarian's neck again.  "And then there are a few things I'd like to see change," she muttered.

"As can I."  Almarian's response was met with a playful pinch at her back from Layla's fingers.

They were both silent for a good while.  Although Layla had pinched Almarian, neither woman showed any signs of moving away from the other.  Neither woman saw a reason to.

"Alma.  Please don't ever change."  Layla's words were soft, and the playful side of the Conqueror of Thalsteim saw ways to turn those words into a humorous response.

"I didn't plan to," she replied just as softly.  "For if I change, then your pillar of support will be changed.  I may change for the sake of Thalsteim, but you will always know and see the true me, Layla, I can promise you that."

Layla gently squeezed Almarian in her arms.

"But you must promise me one thing in return."  The blonde Conqueror looked down to see Layla glanced up at her, and their eyes met and locked.  "Don't ever change who you are."

The dark-haired woman smiled up at her and tightened her embrace upon Almarian's midsection.  "I promise."  She then relaxed against Almarian once more, and the two fell into a relaxed silence once more.

For some, wealth, fame, strength or any combination of those three were the greatest things to achieve.  Almarian could understand such cliche ambitions; for a time, she too had sought strength and wealth.  Unlike those who strove for such things for the sake of possessing it, however, Almarian had driven herself for wealth and strength for an even greater goal: peace.

As long as she could sit here, cuddled up with her closest friend and the sister she loved so dearly, that was all Almarian truly needed.  As long as Thalsteim had a lasting peace where its citizens could have such relaxing moments as this, then Almarian had done her job.

"I love you, Alma."  This was not the first time the two 'sisters' had said these words to each other, and it would most certainly not be the last.  They rarely uttered them in public, not wanting to make the general public think there was something romantic between them.

"And I love you, Layla."  They both knew their love for each other was true, yet platonic.  Almarian knew that if anything happened to Layla, it would shatter her heart; she suspected that Layla felt the exact same way.

They both looked into each other's eyes for a moment longer, then simultaneously looked out the window to observe the city of Thalsgarde.  Almarian felt Layla's arms hug her a little tighter, and she returned the tightened embrace and rested her chin gently upon the top of Layla's head.

As long as they had each other, they would always know peace.
All I Need
Some need strength.  Some need wealth.  Some need fame.  For Almarian, the Conqueror of Thalsteim, and Layla Runeveil, the head of medical research and development, Almarian's right-hand and closest friend, all they need is something rather simple.

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So this was written for Valentine's Day, and was... briefly delayed because of work, and waiting on the picture (I'm not blaming you, Kumako-san! )  I took a moment to reflect on how Valentine's Day is intended to show those you love and care for that... well, you love and care for them.  For some, this comes in the form of gifts.  In the case of Almarian and Layla, though, both of whom love each other dearly as 'sisters' (they aren't actually blood-related, of course), just spending time together can be the way to go.  I felt that having them cuddle would be one way to reflect the fact that they care so strongly about each other.  That being said, there is NO romantic undertone to their relationship (or there's none intended, anyway).

So it was interesting to have this picture drawn.  A gift from my dear friend :iconkumako01: to celebrate Valentine's Day, I had several 'couple' ideas come to mind.  Technically, though, there is no canon relationship between any of my other OCs.  Pairings are hinted at, but there's no OTP among the others.  Almarian and Layla, on the other hand... again, it's not romantic, but they do love each other dearly, so that was my choice.  The problem, then, lay in the fact that Layla did not have an appearance before now.  Thus, part of the reason this image was late was because I had to decide, once and for all, how Layla Runeveil would look, as this was going to be her first appearance.  It took a little fine-tuning, but I'm pleased with how she looks. ^^

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Claire: ...So the rest of us lost out to two women who love each other with all their hearts, but will never actually marry or anything?  Lame.

Ceriss: I think it's touching, myself.  Two close friends who that comfortable with each other, and yet aren't romantically involved even slightly?  It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Thyssian: Agreed.  Still, I do wonder if Wind will 'break canon' at some point and regale us with pictures of Almarian and Layla making out or the like...

Me: I don't intend to.

Claire: Even more lame.  Seriously, the next thing you're going to tell us is that Almarian and Layla are both straight!

Me: They are, actually.

Claire: ...To hell with this.  I'm going to bed.

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Almarian is my OC, and should not be used without my permission!
Layla Runeveil is my OC, and should not be used without my permission!
Thalsteim, Thalsgarde and the Thalsteim Empire are all my creations, and should not be used without my permission!
Artwork was done by :iconkumako01: !  Check out her Gallery if you liked the picture! ^^
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For some people, it's Valentine's Day.  For others, it's Singles Appreciation Day (I think that's what it's called).  For me, it's more so the latter than the former.

Still, a Happy Valentine's Day to those who have someone near and dear to their hearts to share it with, and a Happy Singles Appreciation Day to those of us who do not.

Claire: Wind.  I'm disappointed.

Me: Oh?

Claire: A huge missed opportunity, all of this.  You choose to write a Journal instead of writing a story involving me and-

Me: I'm going to stop you there, Claire.  I've got something in mind already, but unfortunately for... just about every one of my OCs, only two really have a bond with each other that would actually work for the LOVE that's typically shown during Valentine's Day.

Claire: Me and Cer-Cer?

Me: No.

Claire: ...Cer-Cer and the murderer?

Me: No.

Claire: You can't possibly mean me and the murderer?!

Me: No.  No, this is something a bit more... well, anything involving you typically involves 'lust', not 'love'.  Ceriss and Thyss don't actually have anything going on.

Claire: ...So wait... who else could possibly...?  Gah, my head hurts.  Excuse me, I'm going to take a nap...
  • Listening to: Zayde Wolf, Nemesea
  • Playing: Skyrim, Gravity Rush 2
  • Drinking: Pepsi/Mountain Dew
Not Her Expected Outcome...
For the Secret Seeker, getting in and out undetected - or at the very least, without being caught - is pretty simple.  It doesn't always work as intended, though.  There was that one time she was actually caught...

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The Secret Seeker is my OC, and should not be used without my permission!
Artwork done by :iconjassycoco: !  Check out her Gallery if you like this picture!
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So I've reached 100 Watchers!  I'd like to extend all of you a massive 'THANK YOU!' for the support! ^^

That being said, I have no real idea as to what it is I'd like to do to celebrate.  There's only so much I can do as a writer, after all... hmm...

Ceriss: ...Why... is Wind looking at all of us like that?

Me: I realize it may not be much in comparison to what some people may do, but I think I'll open all of my OCs - I mean ALL of my OCs - up for questions!  Do not hesitate to ask any of them any question; they'll answer truthfully.

Ceriss: Wh-what?!  B-but what if they ask something embarrassing-

Me: Then you'll answer it and face the embarrassment head-on.

So, to celebrate 100 Watchers in the best way my tired mind can decide right now, Ask Them Anything!  Any and all questions that are asked in the Comments below will be answered truthfully, by the character in question.
  • Listening to: Zayde Wolf, Nemesea
  • Playing: Skyrim, Gravity Rush 2
  • Drinking: Pepsi/Mountain Dew

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For some people, it's Valentine's Day.  For others, it's Singles Appreciation Day (I think that's what it's called).  For me, it's more so the latter than the former.

Still, a Happy Valentine's Day to those who have someone near and dear to their hearts to share it with, and a Happy Singles Appreciation Day to those of us who do not.

Claire: Wind.  I'm disappointed.

Me: Oh?

Claire: A huge missed opportunity, all of this.  You choose to write a Journal instead of writing a story involving me and-

Me: I'm going to stop you there, Claire.  I've got something in mind already, but unfortunately for... just about every one of my OCs, only two really have a bond with each other that would actually work for the LOVE that's typically shown during Valentine's Day.

Claire: Me and Cer-Cer?

Me: No.

Claire: ...Cer-Cer and the murderer?

Me: No.

Claire: You can't possibly mean me and the murderer?!

Me: No.  No, this is something a bit more... well, anything involving you typically involves 'lust', not 'love'.  Ceriss and Thyss don't actually have anything going on.

Claire: ...So wait... who else could possibly...?  Gah, my head hurts.  Excuse me, I'm going to take a nap...
  • Listening to: Zayde Wolf, Nemesea
  • Playing: Skyrim, Gravity Rush 2
  • Drinking: Pepsi/Mountain Dew

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Ultamisia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!!! :D
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You're welcome. ^^
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Thank u for the watch :thanks:
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You're welcome. ^^
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Thank you for the watchLlama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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Windseeker04 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. ^^  Your stuff is lovely. <3  Thank YOU for the Llama!
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Thanks for the friendly :llama:
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Windseeker04 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
No problem. ^^  Thank you for the Llama, as well! :D
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Rushieru Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful gallery! *o* btw thank you so much for the watch! ♥
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Windseeker04 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! ^^ I owe the amazing art to the people I commission, of course, but I'm glad you like the characters. ^^ Also, you're welcome!
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