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WaP - 82. Can You Hear Me? by fictograph WaP - 82. Can You Hear Me? by fictograph
Rivek groaned and tried to roll onto his side, but a muscled hand grabbed his shoulder and lifted him to his feet. Urzad steadied him against his broad shoulders as Rivek checked his body for damages: just some cuts on his hands, a split lip, and ringing ears. Nothing that Willow wouldn’t be able to fix.

Rivek drew his bow as he scanned their surroundings. The prison guard’s bomb must have been designed for indoor use to subdue escapees. It had knocked things backward instead of blowing them to pieces. The hallway walls had been stained with carbon, and the carpet smoldered where they had been standing. The source of their troubles, lay passed out on ground with a smoking cannister in his hand. Unaccustomed to Sorian’s explosive machinery, the Akhari guard must not have let it go in time.

The bomb didn’t need to cause physical damage to impede the mission. Rivek groaned when he heard a storm of footsteps above. “Great. Now, we’re operating on a timer.”

Urzad snorted and rubbed his calloused hands together.

As he readied for a fight, Kaldir put her hand on his shoulder. “Not what we need, dear.” The petite woman skimmed her hands along the walls. With every step, she made a popping sound with her lips. She turned to Rivek, revealing her milky eyes. Despite her blindness, her expressive brows moved as if she could see. “Ailinar, you know this place best. Where do we go?”

Rivek scanned the hallway. He pressed his temples to quiet the ringing in his ears before walking to a door on his left. He pulled the handle, but it remained closed. Urzad marched forward and motioned the thinner man aside, but when he tugged, it wouldn’t budge, either.

Kaldir clicked her tongue. “It’s locked, neh?” She reached into her pocket and withdrew a box the size of her palm. A six-spoked wheel was engraved in its bottom. She lifted the lid, exposing a row of silver picks. “Allow me.”

Rivek took her hand and placed it over the lock.

“Thank you.” She ran her finger around the edge of the keyhole and removed two picks from the array. From the speed of her selection, Rivek could tell that she had arranged them in a familiar order. She slid the first inside until it clicked. Next, she pressed her lips to the door and gave a soft pop. Finally, the other pick went in, earning another click. With a small smile, she put her mouth to the wall again. Pop, click, pop, click.

“What are you doing?”

“When I went blind, my senses compensated in other ways. And now, I can see things most people cannot. Including the insides of certain locking mechanisms. Try again,” she said, nodding towards the handle. Rivek grabbed it, and it swung open. “After you, boys.”

Rivek smirked, even though he knew she couldn’t see it. “You have to teach me that.”

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Exa to adireo men.” Can You Hear Me? - 082/100 Themes.

Urzad and Kaldir are dark-mage, Akhari cousins who are both in the Samzin (Robber’s) guild. Note that, like most Alisians, they have a mixed ethnic lineage, resulting in Urzad having lighter skin and blond hair.

Quiet but prone to anger, Urzad, known as “The Bear” in the ring, makes his money as a boxer, using his magically-enhanced musculature. Kaldir went blind at an early age, but kept a bright, confident disposition. She developed echolocation as a teenager to compensate for her sight loss and can emit a sonic scream when stressed. Her skill at thievery has put her in line for the title of Samzin chief, which would make her the first guild leader who bakes cookies on a regular basis.

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Urzad Samzin, Rivek Ailinar, and Kaldir Samzin belong to Grace Fong, :iconfictograph:
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kalkie Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Kaldir- blind, badass thief with a cheerful disposition. Sweet.

But near banshee powers, potential guild leader, and bakes cookies?

Be still my beating heart, Kaldir is amazing in every way haha.
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, a lot of people seem to like her. In my head, she also looks like Rihanna.

At the moment, though, she lacks an area of potential character growth. I feel, though - she's going to be the one to teach Rivek what it means to be an Alisian (Mirab's gonna try, but she has her own issues so she probably wouldn't do that good of a job.)
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klydekiss Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Digital Artist
You have excellent pencil work!
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
;.; <3 Thank you!
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mandaren Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very intriguing! I love the development of your characters as well as the development of their world and surroundings!
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D Thanks. I really like worldbuilding and concept art.
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mandaren Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You do a great job at it!
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keepcalmandbacon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this :3 The apparent storyline, situation, just... Everything. All at once. Forever. So amazing XD
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
;.; Aw, thank you!
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keepcalmandbacon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have won all my "Yes"'s. Congratulations.
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useless-slenderthing Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
wants to pick lock and wear clothes just liek her ;3;
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha, picking locks is actually pretty hard.... :D;;;
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useless-slenderthing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
just another talent it neds mass practice to perfect
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Jigoku-Rui-chan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow i knew it!!!
BLIND PEOPLE ARE THE AWESOMENESS PERSONS EVER!!!!!!!!!:iconlaplz:
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hahaha, who else are you thinking of?
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Jigoku-Rui-chan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am thinking in DD(DareDevil).XD
It is a blind hero from DC comics.X3
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hah yes - I've seen the Daredevil movie. He's cool :D
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Jigoku-Rui-chan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah he is amazing.XD
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Pandor17 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Artist
"title of Samzin chief, which would make her the first guild leader who bakes cookies on a regular basis." Ha ha ha ha this line made me laugh XD

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
lol. it's harder to bake when you're blind. Kaldir can't see colors. You have to rely on smell...
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Pandor17 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Artist
ooooh. This reminds me of the time I watched this one tv show that's a cooking competition, forgot the name D: ack!, but there was this one contestant who was blind, and she won 1st place even though she had to cook, chop, and replicate the original recipe without being able to see. :O Some people are just that amazing :D
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha I watched that, too. It's called Masterchef. her name is Christine, and I love her omg.
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Pandor17 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Artist
Yep!!! By the way, does Kaldir have a certain preference in cookies? :Q
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Since they live in a desert climate, she regularly makes flat biscuits for snacking on, with dates and figs and the ilk. Sometimes with nuts and other spices like anise. If she can obtain it (probably by stealing it, knowing her), she'll add more flavor with honey.
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Pandor17 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Artist
:D I wanna try!! I've never eaten dates, figs, or anise before ^U^
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D Haha, they're good - if you've had a pumpkin pie, you've might have eaten some anise. Sometimes, they're flavored with it. And fig newtons taste like figs.
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