(the roleplay raid ends here.)
The heavy drum beats matched Kakari's heart at a slow, deadly pace. A dark elvish man in a dark-violet robe muttered in the deadly language of the necromancers.
So this is how it ends, Kakari thought grimly.
Emotion welled up from her heart to her throat and she couldn't help but let a smile tug at the side of her whiskered feline lips. She wondered what Mignah would think of her now.
The dark elf turned towards her, his silver eyes glowing; oblivious to the natural world around him. Looking at Kakari, he did not see a white-furred Vah Shir, nor did he see the crowd of ogres, trolls, dark elves, gnomes, erudites and humans present at the ceremony. Instead, the dark elf was seeing the world of the dead, and Kakari was the shining sacrifice to Innoruuk.
As the jagged knife plunged into her heart, Kakari's mind flashed of her friends, allies, her mother, her past loves, of the people she'd killed and of the people she'd saved. The Taruun and her King Raja Kerrath of Shar Vahl would miss her, eventually. Kakari thought of the missions she'd never completed, of the mysteries of the deaths of the fathers of Laveaux and Kirrmarr, of her work in Kenkaishin's secret organization of the Shadow Hands of Norrath, of her new allegiance to the Norrathian- and Lucinian-wide organization Dark Conquest. She thought of herself, how she learned to find herself somewhere between the emotionless wisdom of her mother, and the loyalty and bravery that, as with her father, were both her strength and demise.
I know who I am, now, Kakari realized suddenly. So here I am. So here it ends.
Her last breath slipped from her lungs and she thought,
So be it. It was a good run.
Kakari Jahladar -- Al'Kabor server, 2003-2004
Check out the photos from the rescue mission that ended in the discovery of Kakari's demise. A heartfelt thanks to all my friends on Al'Kabor, and to Laveaux who originally said "it was a good run" in reference to the end of our shared epic in our roleplaying guild 'The Companions of Norrath' -- it was, indeed, a good run; I had a lot of fun. =) Thanks also in particular to Kenkaishin ShadowWalker, Xilkorika Periannath, and Kirrmarr Kherrai... co-authoring all of those interactive stories together was sure fun!!