[This roleplay is rated mature for reasons that may include but are not limited to: strong language, suggestive themes, violence, and possible mild romance. Reader discretion is advised.]
The sun was just beginning to rise, and tired brown eyes watched it with a sense of amusement. It had been a long while since they had been awake for a sunrise, and they had almost forgotten just how beautiful it was. It was almost worth staying up all night. Almost.
Ignatius was a night owl, who didn't exactly appreciate mornings and hated being conscious during them. He was alone in a tree staring out at the forest, watching as the sun bathed it in light. The forest had been his home for years; he lived under the forest, in a series of underground passages that housed all the members of his guild, Gelid Seraph. This guild, which was made up of the men and woman outcast by society in one form or another, had been the only family he'd really known. Though most of the members tired of his antics long ago, there was one who never would. And he was the reason Iggy was awake at this ungodly hour.
Shi, or Heilyshioune, had been his best friend since he'd joined the guild, some eight years ago. They had grown as close as brothers since then. Throughout the years, Shi had always been the one to have Iggy's back no matter what. Perhaps he wasn't exactly thrilled about all of Iggy's antics, and preferred watching rather than partaking with him, but he had always been there nonetheless. And today, today Shi was turning into a man. He was finally sixteen, finally able to do what he wished. He'd be legal now, and Iggy knew just what to get him.
In his hands was a carved piece of wood that Iggy had pored over for the longest time. Hiding it from his best friend had been the hardest part, but now he had to hide it no longer. It was a whittled piece of wood, in the shape of a chipmunk, and he knew Shi was sure to love it. The kid was a sucker for anything with big eyes, and Iggy had made sure he had spent the longest time on that feature. Though he had never considered himself artistic, he was quite satisfied with his creation. He had used fire to color the wood, which made the small creature seem all the more realistic. Now that it was finished, Iggy could not wait to present it to Shi.
But that wasn't all he had planned for the lad today. He also had a trip in store, a trip he had been planning for years. Everyone in the guild knew Shi's story; the kid's family had been killed by a ruthless band of fire mages long ago, leaving him orphaned and abandoned. Iggy wasn't quite sure what Shi had done before the guild found him, but he had been alone for too long. Iggy still saw effects of that solitude in the boy now. Though they did not talk about it often, Iggy knew how much it meant to him. Those fire mages, they were walking free. Maybe, just maybe, they would be able to fix that.
Now that Shi was an adult, Iggy wanted to take him on a trip of vengeance. He wanted to seek the bastards who had ruined his best friend's life, and he wanted to make them pay for all the pain they had caused. He didn't know what to expect, but he knew there would be loads in store for the two of them. It would be a journey of self-discovery, a journey of friendship and brotherhood, a journey of sweet revenge.
Iggy hopped down from his perch in the tree, and he headed back to the entrance of the guild, a floor door hidden by bushes and other vegetation. He slipped through the corridors, walked past his own room, and stopped at the closest room to his. It was early enough; Shi needed to be awake. So, using all his might, he pounded on the door. "Shi get up! It's your birthday!"