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    Not many saw Ando Prime as beautiful, or worthy of conquest. But for Eva Stark, this was her homeland, the place where her first two children were born, and where many traditions were laid as law.

    It was also the seat of a new change for her people, and a new beginning to a life most had assumed ended nearly six years ago. But many changes were coming for this land and its' people; promises had been made, alliances drawn, and plans pushed into motion. However, there were also people that she considered kin, and under her protection; she sought to make it true not only in the eyes of society, but in hers as well.

    Eithni Vala would not be her heir, but she would inherit a few things when the mantle of Jarl passed to a better leader, hopefully far more visionary than she. The girl was impulsive, curious, but strong, resilient in her own way, and had become like a second daughter to the woman. Perhaps in her current state, her sense of family was far more keen than usual, but she envisioned a great many things for her clan; one of which was a tenent of Mandalorian culture she had grown to appreciate.

    Not all clans were forged by blood, after all. She, too, would see Stark expand and thrive. All this would start with this girl. It was time for Stark to not judge its' values on strength and survivability alone; too long did they linger on traditional Deucalian values, and what did it bring them? Her inheritance was a pittance of old Jarls and their worthless pride.

    The girl had, perhaps, never been to a cold planet before; within the bundle of a wampa pelt was a thermal suit for the girl. She was due to arrive at any moment.

    They had much to catch up on, it seemed.

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    Despite having actually learned to fly starships, Eithni still didn't own a ship of her own, ironically enough. However, it never stopped the Eithni to get where she needed to go, but it might not be how she wanted to arrive. Just before they went their separate ways, much to Eithni's disappointment, had Skuld bought a holoprojector to her, in order to keep tabs on the girl and deliver messages to her. Eithni's face had lightened up and hadn't been able to form words, because of how happy Skuld had made her that day, as Eithni had jumped hug her. It had been her first ever gift she'd ever received from anyone, even her Matriarch mother of clan Draoidh.

    Eithni actually thought for most of her life that Usara, the clan's matriarch was her biological mother. But one day she found out that wasn't true, which came as a huge surprise and asked about her real mother and father. Her matriarch mother told her about it but had done in a very negative light, which made Eithni extremely mad and a fight between them broke out, or more Usara dominated Eithni with her magick and defeated Eithni's own magick. Eithni fled to the valley of the rancors to get as far away from her adoptive mother, so she could be by herself and the wild rancors. That day she sent Skuld a rather heartbroken message and told her everything about the fight between her and Usara and also about who Eithni's real parents were and how they died, giving Eithni to the Nightsisters. By the end of the day, close to nighttime, spoke Eithni and Usara again and talked it through. Eithni still loves Usara, but she's seen her less like her mother and more like her caretaker.

    Eithni had been rather bored one day as she was laying in a tree, in a garden, in a larger city, minding her own business. Then suddenly the holoprojector she had gotten from Skuld, 'beeped' by her belt. She had sent a few messages over the last couple of months, telling Skuld when she missed the warrior woman or when she did something cool, like learning to fly a ship. She even had received quite a few messages from Skuld who almost always came in types of motherly advice or trying to protect the girl. Eithni never minded Skuld's motherly nature for her and Eithni even jokingly said Skuld acted like a matriarch rancor because they always looked out for and protected their young.

    The moment Skuld's message had gotten to the invitation part, had Eithni fallen off the branch she had used, but even though her body hurt from the fall, she jumped in pure joy.

    The little witch had been extremely lucky, she had stumbled upon a vessel that actually had their destination to Ando Prime, or well it was the last trade stop. Never-the-less she convinced the captain of the trade vessel by paying him the very last bits of credits she had on her, to take her with him. The captain had questioned her clothes as he knew how cold Ando Prime was, but because Eithni got rather offended by it, so he didn't push it further and would just let Eithni figure it out on her own.

    Ando Prime, not as cold as Hoth, but still cold enough to keep a planet in eternal winter, it's almost impressive how species found it homely and wouldn't change it for anything else. When Eithni arrived in her ragged clothing, her jaw dropped, followed by how her eyes went wide. Never in her entire life, has she seen a place so white... and so cold! Holy kriff it was cold!

    Surprisingly, or maybe lucky, the ship actually landed the same destination that Eithni was going, Horse Stark. Warping her cloak around herself to keep warm and her hood far over her head to protect her from the very icy wind. Just to make matters worse, she walked around barefooted and had to levitate over the snow-covered ground as she went towards the small town. One issue for Eithni as she levitated towards the town, a gate with guards stopped her. The reason that they had stopped her, was the fact that she looked like something out of a nightmare, she was floating in the air, the cloak was wrapped around her body and only two luminous green glowing eyes was visible from her hood.

    Eithni really wanted to get inside and she was getting really cold and the trader wouldn't help her, told her that she was not their problem when they arrived. So Eithni did what a teenager did, which also a witch. She flew over the walls of the town and landed on the other side, however, now she had a bunch of guards running after her. It made quite a racket in the small town, as the chase led Eithni through multiple houses and through quite a few stalls of local trading in the town. Eithni even tried to flee up to the roofs, but of couse, the guards had some sort of jump boots to get after her.

    The news of the commotion quickly spread to the main house from one guard to another and then not long after everything got the news of a monster terrorising the town. The guard captain of the town ensured Skuld that they would take care of the monster and turned around to leave the main building with a loaded rifle.


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    A monster. did they say?

    It could hardly be a coincidence. Knowing that small girl-woman, she had probably begun something harmless, and alarmed many of her own kind with her almost casual address of levitation and pranking... which of course escalated the problem. It perhaps did not help that she was being hunted on an icy planet, with rags to cover herself with. If her men did not capture the 'beast', as it were, the planet would claim her; the icy cold was enough to strip the breath from many a veteran's lungs, imagine how it must be like for someone from someplace extremely warm.

    She sighed and slowly stood, stepping down. Of course the girl was going to cause an uproar the moment she arrived; she should have paid to go out on an armed escort herself, and snagged the small girl before she caused trouble. But of course some things weren't going to happen... It was hardly new Skuld had to bail the girl out of trouble more often than not. Nar Shaddaa, the castle, not to mention when she was in Sith space wreaking havoc and jaunting the stars alone...

    The headache was just brewing between her temples, threatening to boil over into a full-blown migraine.

    She slowly sighed, rubbing a hand over her eyes as she walked through.

    The guard stood before her, waiting for orders.

    "Do not shoot. She is my ward... albeit one in dire need of stern talk."

    Shock filled the hall. And then... silence.

    "I...it's a girl?!" One man stammered out. She turned to address the man... Ivar. She gave a bitter smile, then shrugged.

    "Yes. Strange how children cause trouble, isn't it boy?" She stepped out into the bitter cold, wampa fur bundle in her arms, her voice echoing in the icy clamor.

    "Eithni Vala! Come!"

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    Eithni didn't know what was worse, the icy and freezing cold, or the fact that was running for her life with five fully grown armoured guards throughout the town. Some of the times they got really close to tackling her to the ground but missed, one of the guards even got his hand bitten by her when he captured her but had to let her go when she bit him. If Eithni didn't soon figure out a way to get rid of these stupid guards and find Skuld, would the cold get to her as she almost couldn't feel her feet and hands anymore. Her body was also icy cold and the only reason she hasn't crumbled to the cold was that she ran for her life and did some crazy acrobatic stunts to avoid getting captured and kicked out of the town.

    Of course, Eithni hadn't even given the thought to actually mention to the guards, why she wanted to get inside the town. Then again, who got times for that when you're freezing your ass off in the freezing cold?! Eithni had just jumped through an open window with guards on her tail, stumbling around the house to capture the little monster and the chase continued outside again. The moment she flies out of the window, she continued to levitate high above the town centre, looked frantic around with glowing green filled eyes. The guards stormed out of the building only to see the monster was running directly at their jarl!

    Eithni had heard the voice of the very person she saw as pretty much her pseudo-mother and immediately ran to her for safety. At first, it had Eithni just been completely starstruck and acted like more a fan of Skuld than anything else and wanted to be like the warrior woman. But ever since that first meeting, did Skuld end up feeling more and more like her real mother.

    Eithni jumped from the first step of the stair and used her magick to power her jump to fly through the air and before Skuld knew it, would she feel the weight of the little witch wrap her arms around her. Like a child that has been away from her mother. Eithni clutched herself to the large woman, not letting go. "Don't let them kick me out, I didn't do anything!" mumbled Eithni desperately in Skuld's thick black hair. The guards that had been chasing Eithni for the last twenty minutes was running up the stairs to their jarl's rescue but was ordered to stand down by the captain of the guard himself, who stood behind Skuld.

    Eithni's body was freezing cold and now that the adrenaline has passed, she started to shake, as in really shake. Her lips were starting to get a blue-ish colour. Her hands and feet were burning as her body desperately tried to save itself, sending pain signals to Eithni's brain. Her teeth clattered loudly and ice had formed multiple places in her platinum-coloured hair. In other words, her body couldn't really take much anymore, before it would get critical for her survival.


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    The moment the girl landed against her, Skuld grunted and protectively shielded her stomach, then cradled the girl against her, frowning. "Little fool," she chided, but it sounded more like a parent sighing in dismay rather than a scolding. "I told you to dress warm, and to tread carefully!" She wrapped her in the fur and set the girl down in the captain's arms, grunting at the twinge of pain that shimmied down her spine at the movement. "Bring her in and warm her; you are dismissed, return to posts," she ordered in clipped tones, turning back to the warmth of the longhouse with a scowl.

    Eithni was carried in and deposited gently before a massive hearth in a private room, where a fire blazed merrily. She sighed and unfurled the thermal suit that was once in the wampa fur, handing it to the girl and crossing her arms beneath her bust. "Dress these, girl, they will help with the bitter cold." As others filed out, only the captain remained. She nodded once and he sighed, shaking his head as he too turned his back and retreated. The door closed quietly, and she shook her head.

    "Eithni, all the Gods are either blessing you or cursing me at this moment. Vhy did you not simply request to land within the Stark hangar? Your transport would have arranged for safer passage... one with less trouble."

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    The young witch was shaking like crazy before the roaring fireplace, even after she had equipped the clothing Skuld had made for her. Although her body was slowly accepting the warmth, it still took time, but Eithni was not in critical danger of dying from the coldness of Ando Prime. The ice in her hair had melted and her lips were starting to get their normal colours back as well as she sat before the fire. Even though she was still very much in a shaking state, she still managed to give Skuld a yet sheepish smile in an attempt to play innocent. Looking up at her pseudo-mother, seeing the worried, but stern face, Eithni's smile faltered a bit, "I kinda forgot... sorry, please don't be mad at me" apologized the young witch and looked very much guilty looking at her own feet.

    "I was just so excited to visit you finally!" expressed Eithni with a hopeful smile and turned around on her bum to face Skuld. "I even made you a gift!" expressed the witch in hope of making Skuld happy with her again. Eithni really wanted Skuld to be proud of her, ever since she met the woman, but now it's much more in the likes of making one's mother proud instead of an idol. Eithni opened the primitive-looking shoulder-bag and pulled out a small item made out of wood.

    Showing Skuld the small wooden object with a rope to carry it around one's neck. It showed a totem looking creature of a direwolf. "I noticed it a couple of times in your messages and wanted to give you something nice" explained Eithni after giving it to Skuld as she looked down at her feet, waiting for her response. She really hoped Skuld would like it and be proud of her.


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    She frowned, perking a black brow at Eithni… and then sighed, pinching her brow between forefinger and thumb, as though rubbing hard enough the headache would fade away. She was very lucky she had not frozen to death in such extreme temps; even one that had acclimated to such extreme temperature had a difficult time surviving without at least a thermal suit beneath their regular clothes, as well as warm outfits and even, in some cases, armor properly insulated for better survival.

    The fact that the witch survived was all the more credit to her plucky ability to survive... even when not thinking of the consequences.

    "Just... please be careful," she sighed, then gave a faint, worn smile.

    "A gift, hmm? It seems many people are giving me gifts..." she muttered quietly, carefully taking the totem from the witch, eyeing it. Her lips quirked teasingly, arching a brow at the slight jab of one of their oldest ventures together. "So long as you were not being caught and mistaken for stealing it... I am very proud, sa litlu."

    Her hand drifted over her stomach, holding the totem in one hand. It was noticeable, now, not a large presence yet, but... even amongst her layers against the cold, unmistakeable. "But good you live. Tell me of your adventures while you warm up, little one."

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    Eithni's eyes lit up and a huge excited grin formed on the girl's face, from ear to ear, when Skuld accepted and was proud of her and her little craftmanship. Even when she the warrior woman teased her witch, Eithni just shook her head a little silly, not able to stop her own bubbly smiling. Skuld was most likely referring to their first meeting where she got accused of being a thief... and a few other times. Okay, maybe a few times. Then again, there was this one time she had kind of stolen an item from a vendor, but she was going to put it back again! The vendor, however, didn't really believe her and sent guards on her and when she got captured by the city guards they realized how surprisingly the girl was and demanded they talked with her mother. Now see, that was kind of a problem, she had no way to contact Usara and if she did contact har adoptive matriarch mother, would Eithni have gotten in a world of trouble not to mention punished. So instead they called Skuld, middle of the night where she was.

    Eithni didn't notice the larger stomach on Skuld yet, but only because she was still focused on getting warm again and all the things she wanted to tell her second mother, the better mother even? Skuld certainly felt like more of a mother than Usara who raised Eithni. "I've met a Jawa!" expressed Eithni excited, hardly giving Skuld a chance to reply before she continued, "well after I got thrown into a bird-like cage beside that Jawa, oh and I also met a lizard woman too, Oddi I think her name was. Did you know her species can make skin pockets?! How cool is that!" began the young witch, talking like a waterfall, only just remembering she needed to take a couple of breath between sentences.

    "You should have seen me in the slaver base, right after that stupid nasty tentacle wanted to sell me as a dancer and some kind of pleaser, but that's not really the important part, I zapped her and her guard!" Continued Eithni about her adventure with Funani and Oddi. "Like ZAP ZAP! With my lightning, you should have seen that tentacle alien, run out, screaming for more guards!" Explain Eithni with such a huge proud grin on her face as she showed Skuld by doing fake force lightning with her hands.

    "Oh and I met this woman who had power's like mine but not really, she called it the force, I mean how weird is that?" Started the witch, talking about a completely different adventure. "First I thought she was rather strange-looking, with purple skin and pointy ears and everything!" explained Eithni to give Skuld a picture of how the woman looked. "I at the beginning stalked her like prey and then I ambushed her and got the jump on her!" cheered the young witch with a grin. Just as Eithni was about to continue her story about Sakadi, remembered the Eithni what they did after. Eithni started to go completely red, blushing furiously, acting suddenly very flustered in front of Skuld. "And then I sortofsleptwithher..." mumbled Eithni, looking anywhere but at Skuld, trying to hide her damn red-blushing face. *This was not the time for blushing you damn mind, stop it!* Screamed Eithni inside her own head.


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    She nodded along, listening to the girl as she dictated her stories and adventures. Her face was deliberately set in a calm mask of focus; it might have seemed strange, the young girl and other woman, both of whom polar opposites in both appearance and personality. She smiled absently when she mentioned Jawas, and some people named Oddi and Funani… but it was the Force user that her lips twitched at.

    A witch with a witch. Seemed fitting enough, but she did not trust those that were what they called Jedi or Sith… it seemed like some used it as a divine right to abuse power. One such example was those in power; only Mandalorians seemed to appreciate you did not need to be a witch to be a capable leader. Though they and Deucalians were still at odds and with bitter old feelings, she could toast to the Mand'alor for her prowess without resorting to witchery.

    The faint smile grew into a smirk when Eithni turned beet red, mentioning sleeping with someone. The girl was becoming woman, it seemed... it seemed rather cute she was so flustered however. Skuld chuckled, running a hand over her stomach as she slowly sat down, grunting slightly as she did.

    "Ja? Sounds like you've caused trouble again... but I am glad you live." It was as close to a gruff paternal pat on the head as the woman could manage; though the girl no longer seemed to worship her, she seemed to idolize her, which she still had no idea how to take. She was not worthy of it...

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    Eithni looked at Skuld, noticing her trouble with sitting down, which never seemed to be a problem before... Why she sick?! No no no no, she can't be sick! Was it fatal? No, Skuld didn't sound like one who was close to dying, but the few grunts made her worry and slid closer to her Skuld on the floor and that's when she noticed why she had such trouble with sitting down. "What happened to your stomach?! Whose is it?! Is it a girl or a boy?! When are you going pop it out? Can I touch your belly?" Showered Eithni her pseudo-mother with questions, sitting with wide eyes. How has she not seen how big her stomach was? Well not huge, but it was still big enough that she should have been able to notice it. Eithni crawled close to Skuld, so there wouldn't be any distance between them as she looked at the warrior woman's bully with a huge grin and eyes that shined with wonder.

    And then it hit her, like a truck, if she was getting a baby... would that mean Skuld wouldn't have time for Eithni? Would she just be pushed aside by this child, blood-related child? Those thoughts alone made a little piece of her heart crack. All of that wonder, joy, overexcitement and bubbly nature, disappeared for her face as if it had been swept away from her very soul.

    Eithni sat back down, head low, looking at the palm of her hands, emanating no real joy. It was as if it was a completely different girl sitting beside Skuld. Finally, she spoke up, "does that mean you won't have time for me anymore?" Asked Eithni with a low sadden voice. Skuld was like a mother to her. Eithni had always been able to tell the warrior about everything and Skuld had always been there for her, more so than her adoptive matriarch mother. Eithni always felt safe, happy but most importantly, she felt motherly love when she was with Skuld. If all that would disappear when the child was born, then Eithni wouldn't know what to do, she guessed she would just keep wandering until she would take over her adoptive mother's clan and become the matriarch of clan Draoidh. But without Skuld in her life? She wasn't sure it would be the same, she wouldn't be able to tell her about things anymore.


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    She could hardly keep up with that girl some days. Her mood switched faster than a slicer on spice, with just as much energy thrown in either way, while still retaining such... innocence. That was the thing that always shocked the older woman, that she was still so innocent despite everything thrown her way. She'd almost find it inspiring if it didn't worry her.

    Almost like the girl had been born by her. But, this one was possibly going to be the death of her.

    The myriad questions caused her to grin, slightly, at the sheer energy and enthusiasm... but the smile faded at the girl's visible slump of sadness at the conclusions she was already bringing up. Honestly, she had expected that of Frigga, possibly, but not of the shadow witch.

    "Don't know yet if boy or girl... don't want to yet, either," she spoke quietly. "Months from now... it is Tagal's. Now, sa litlu, why would I bring you here if I was not going to have time for you?" She lightly rapped the girl on the top of her head, perking a black brow. "I am here to make you one of my own, and you think I am getting rid of you?"

    She shook her head. "You are strong, little one, and I need those who are strong by my side, as my family. I am asking you to be my child."

    Her hand gestured to the wampa pelt that had been left on the floor, indicating she bring it over. It was time to expand Clan Stark... and hopefully, with the right people involved, it would survive the next generation stronger, and ready to face a galaxy where the future far outweighed the past.

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