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A Series of Beginnings

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She was floating.  Floating in an inky blue sky dotted with stars.  As she processed this, the sky lit up slightly and she began to slowly descend until her feet landed on an invisible platform.

Hear…

A woman’s voice sounded, seeming to echo from all around her while also coming from within.  Confusing, but somehow she didn’t question it.

Hear... Feel …

The voice sounded again. She glanced over her shoulder, trying to locate the source, but there was no one there.  Looking ahead again, she noticed a bright yellow star, almost like a miniature sun directly in front of her.  She began to slowly walk toward it.  Suddenly a menacing black and reddish-purple portal sprang open in front of her, and a hooded man in ornate yet menacing black robes stepped out, one gauntleted arm reaching out as he did so.  A red half-mask hid the upper part of his face from view.  He planted himself firmly in her path, forcing her to stop.

Hear… Feel… Think…

The woman’s voice sounded a third time, and the star she had been walking towards swooped around and over the man, coming to hover just above her and increasing in brightness.  She then found herself being enveloped in light.  When it dissipated, her clothing had changed from simple yet durable adventuring gear to the sort of gear worn only by the strongest practitioners of her chosen fighting style.  More light then gathered around her hands, forming into her weapon of choice.  She assumed a fighting stance with it in hand.

The hooded man seemed to gather himself then, before extending his arms out to either side and lifting his head, mouth open in a silent cry as a strange red light glowed in front of his face like a second mask, an ominous aura radiating out from it.  She lifted her light weapon high above her head, and the man charged at her.  She prepared to meet his charge, and the world went white…