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dorian pavus ([personal profile] liberaltus) wrote in [community profile] thisavrou2017-07-14 11:58 am

video | shadow event | dorian just got creepy

[It might have gone beneath the notice of some that Dorian has been silent for a few days, not present in his home, presumably spending a superabundant amount of time in his apothecary. It’s inconsequential given how lost he can get in his own research, how crabby he can get when disturbed, and how much he enjoys his own work.

It might occur to some that he hasn’t even left for a bath or a change of clothing, but even that isn’t terribly odd considering Dorian probably kept spare clothing and a basin where he worked anyway as a means to stay fresh. Nothing to write home about, not just yet.


What was becoming apparent, increasingly so by the hour, was the most peculiar atmosphere hanging over the apothecary, a darkness mottled with shoots of electric purple. Curious passersby, usually enthralled by the wonders inside, didn’t come out again and even curiouser passersby were even more intrigued. Why were people going in, but not coming back out again? Was it something so wonderful that they couldn’t help their extended visitation? Was it something else?

It wasn’t until a few dozen had gone in and not returned that people began avoiding the place, giving it a wide berth altogether, walking by a little faster.

And the hours continued to tick by and the once charming Lunam et Sidus starts attracting more energetic attention, suspicion, something is definitely going on inside, something now recognized as magically malevolent. Something that can no longer be hidden in mystifying obscurity, and that’s why Dorian no longer bothers with the charade, people are catching on now, his own nest of turpitude is fully under suspect.

But it's fortified with magic and something else.

So when we finally get a glimpse of Dorian, of what’s going on inside, the man wearing the face of everyone’s favorite mage is every bit as striking and handsome as the real thing with a few striking differences. Those inky black eyes common of the shadow beings, his newly and uncharacteristically adopted ruggedness, strange scaly markings on his skin, replicated in his, long, hair design resembling that of a serpent.

Behind him are shadows of people, possibly people, they looked like the they had been blended with something else, shambling about quietly, some appeared floatier. It was hard to tell as the darkness seeping outside originated from the shop and it was heavier inside. Dorian was the most visible figure on the video…and perhaps the glittery stains of crimson that looked very much like stains of blood that gave his walls a Jackson Pollock appeal.]

It didn’t quite work out the way I wanted to, they’re not exact replicas, but almost…they [He waved a bored hand dismissively behind him and the shuffling creatures at his back.] helped…they helped to give them form, but this isn’t exactly Thedas. Magic has always been a bit tricky, but the blood helps, he knows it, but he’s too afraid.

[The mockup of Dorian wrinkles his nose in disgust.]

Afraid of what real power can do. [Is this real power, or is it just really disturbing.] His potential will always be squandered so why not make use of it. Why not?

[After a moment Dorian leans back in the armchair he’s been inhabiting, propping his cheek in his hand as though this couldn’t be more interesting for him.]

He’s alright, the other one, he’s…at peace, I need him to be whole, and unblemished doesn’t hurt. Damaging something so handsome would be a shame, though I find I’m much improved, wouldn’t you say? [They do have their vanity in common, some things seemed to have translated, but he’s not clear on his meaning.] He’s much too tame in his appearance, careful, he could be so much more. That’s what I aim to achieve, complete perfection, it's what we should be.

[He does like to hear himself go on, doesn’t he? As is typical of Dorian, but what is the end plan, the take away.]

I’m expecting a hero or two might present themselves...I’m feeling a bit squirrely, I could do with stretching my legs a bit, but I will also understand if no one up to the task. We are quite gifted, it can be intimidating.

[An invitation? Or something else?]
otiosity: (only one in kirkwall not crazy)


[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-14 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Blood magic is a serious drug.

Also the hair is trying just a little bit too hard.
otiosity: (just a little showboating)

[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-15 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
First, the hair is part of my androgynous aesthetic which the ladies love and the men find irresistible.

Second, you shaved snakes in your hair. The definition of trying too hard.

Third, I've been clean for months.
Edited 2017-07-15 01:23 (UTC)
otiosity: (turn it into a big dorito)

[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-15 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
Didn't we just determine my aesthetic is not trying hard at all? How can I try hard to not try? Seems like a rabbit hole.

And no one I know even knows what blood magic is. Isn't it great when you avoid an awkward conversation?
otiosity: (face forward and straight ahead)

[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-15 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
I guess at that one, we're at an Impasse.

And he might know the evils but he hasn't gone and called all my roommates about it. Which might be more awkward than blood magic itself.
otiosity: (insert shitty joke here)

[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-15 02:09 am (UTC)(link)
That's sort of his thing as far as I understand it.

otiosity: (i dont know how i feel about that)

[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-15 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
I don't have much chest of anything. Still, I'm not sure it's going to be a divisive revelation or anything like that. So you're back to just having snake hair.
otiosity: (i should go)

[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-15 02:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Of snake hair?

I'm afraid not. Maybe if it was dragons. Now that's an aesthetic.
otiosity: (boom shaka laka)

[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-15 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
But isn't it charming to always be striving toward's an unreachable goal but you're too plucky to give in?
otiosity: (Default)

[personal profile] otiosity 2017-07-17 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
There's a poetry to that.
sketchycharacter: (pic#10162748)


[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-15 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
[Well. This is a thing.]

Oooookay. Not looking your best there, buddy.
sketchycharacter: (now wait a guldarn minute)


[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-15 02:28 am (UTC)(link)
That's not mutually exclusive with also looking super creepy.
sketchycharacter: (ow)


[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-15 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
You know we know you're not really Dorian, right? We can see the eyes.
sketchycharacter: (:[)


[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-15 10:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, right. What makes you so great?
Edited 2017-07-15 22:15 (UTC)
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Re: video;

[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-15 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[He's not willing to admit it, but:]

Dorian is my friend.
sketchycharacter: (eyeroll)


[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-16 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, because talking about how you need him to be whole and unblemished is real reassuring. You definitely don't have any sinister plans.
sketchycharacter: (not happy)


[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-16 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
You know you can't anything to him, right? He's you. Hurt him, you hurt yourself.

[He has no idea if that's bullshit or not but he'll use any argument that works.]
sketchycharacter: (oh fuck)


[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-18 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
Nightmares? What the hell's the point of giving him nightmares?
sketchycharacter: (ow)


[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-19 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, okay. So, mental torture then.
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[personal profile] sketchycharacter 2017-07-22 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
Why would that be comforting?!

[Shadows apparently have very poor logic.]
warandpeace: (Yᴏᴜ ᴘʀᴏᴍɪsᴇ ᴍᴇ ʜᴇᴀᴠᴇɴ)

[personal profile] warandpeace 2017-07-15 09:01 am (UTC)(link)
[He remember's Dorian's sentiments about blood magic.]

What the hell do you mean he's at peace?

[Kaz holds his TAB, already feeling a sinking pit in his gut.] Where is he? [Like that's a question easily answered. But the obvious intention is there. If you don't tell me, I will find him. And to hell with audio. He's letting this thing see his face.]
warandpeace: (doɴ'т мoɴĸey wιтн мy вυѕιɴeѕѕ)

[personal profile] warandpeace 2017-07-15 09:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Glad you remember me.

[Though he's a particular brand of pretty angry right now.]

Yeah, I wanna come see him. Where are you?

[Yes, this might be a set up for a trap or an ambush, but at least Kaz is somewhat prepared for it. He should really ask about some back-up though. Because Dorian has magical inclinations and all Kaz can do is military, save for a few home-brewed tricks. That's not exactly a comparable skill level.]
warandpeace: (We ɴever loѕт coɴтrol)

[personal profile] warandpeace 2017-07-16 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
Calling him weak is callous, too. He's anything but.

[But if he's unconscious, and Kurt said a sacrifice must be made, then Dorian needs to be awake to make it.]

I think I know where you are.

If you remembered anything, it's that I'm pretty good with armies. [Even though he can only really think of a couple of people he can bring in. Ahab and Nyx, maybe. Nyx is actually the one more valuable than the two standard specimens at the moment.]