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    Wonderland wasn't always this way. There was a time when it mirrored medieval England, albeit with a few magical elements: a few quirks and eccentricities that made it truly unique. While all feared the Queen's mercurial temper and the fine blade of her Guillotine, all was well, until a little girl named Alice Liddell disturbed the status quo and sparked a revolution. The kingdom began to fall into decay as the taint of the modern world invaded. History is beginning to repeat itself and no one is happy. As the Queen of Hearts tangles in a battle of wits and riddles with the Cheshire Cat, the rest are starting to wonder ... is it true that the White Rabbit is bringing humans to Wonderland when they themselves are banned from going to London?

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Sep 20 2015, 11:19 PM
So, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed and frustrated with a lot of personal things (namely the fact that I still haven't found a job, can't pay bills, and am now attempting to apply to PhD programs) and my muse is suffering a great deal. I 'm going to be pulling back for a bit, but I'll still pop in and out when I'm feeling up to it.

Also, not sure if I need to wait til the activity check for this, but I think I want to give up Braylyn as a character and focus on Qas. I just don't feel like I've integrated her into the plot well, and I have zero muse for her. I've never given up a character before and it breaks my heart to leave her. She was the first character I made after a 4 years RP hiatus, and I just can't do her the justice I wanted.

But yea. Not leaving, just need a break to refresh my muse and focus on getting my life together.
Sep 5 2015, 09:18 PM
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<div style="margin-left: 10px"><a href="http://chessboard.b1.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic=1246">For What Has Been Done</a> - Qaseem & Antionette</div><span class="ttem12"><i>location: The Palace</i></span><p>
<div style="margin-left: 10px"><a href="http://chessboard.b1.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic=1251">Party in Your Honor</a> - Qaseem & Maxient</div><span class="ttem12"><i>location: Caterpillar Forest</i></span><p>
<div style="margin-left: 10px"><a href="http://chessboard.b1.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic=1349">Dancing Sugar Mushrooms</a> - Qaseem & Ruby</div><span class="ttem12"><i>location: Caterpillar Forest</i></span><p>
<div style="margin-left: 10px"><a href="http://chessboard.b1.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic=1306">September</a> - Qaseem & Sophie</div><span class="ttem12"><i>location: Lost in the Fields</i></span><p>
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Thoughts on Wonderland? Does one have thoughts on the only existence they've ever known, when they have nothing to compare it to? Ah but Qaseem did have a comparison. Wonderland was his home and he bore it no ill thoughts. The gatekeeper of Wonderland's underworld, Qaseem is a purveyor of goods, usually of the darker sort, and Wonderland is in no short supply of such items. However, London certainly had its perks as well; people called it a world without magic but the drugs it offered showed Qaseem otherwise. A number of times he'd felt he was back in Wonderland without even leaving the city. However, the drugs themselves were not the greatest change Qaseem had discovered, but rather his new human form. That little girl had been right after all, three inches was an awful size. And more so, even in Wonderland caterpillars were not the longest living creatures. Becoming human meant that he would not go through a different change: that which turned him into a butterfly, and meant death would come all the sooner. Qaseem welcomed this new form, and all that London had to offer him, closed portals or not.

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<div class="atem2">unscrupulous — cunning — self-indulgent — manipulative — impassive</div>
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<span class="atem15"><u>Name:</u></span><br>Qaseem Saka Achari<p>
<span class="atem15"><u>Nickname(s):</u></span><br>Qas (Kas), Caterpillar<p>
<span class="atem15"><u>Birthday:</u></span><br>15 May<p>
<span class="atem15"><u>Age:</u></span><br>37<p>
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<div class="atem2">Upon taking a human form he swore off salad and all things green or leafy.</div>
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<div class="atem6">Honesty. Integrity. Morality.
<p>Words that his father had made his name by, and raised Qaseem to live by. Unfortunately instilling integrity in his son was the only thing Saka Achari had ever failed at. Saka had been premier physician to her Majesty the Queen of Hearts. Already a butterfly when Qaseem was hatched, Saka taught him everything there was to know about the medicinal properties of plants indigenous to Wonderland, with the Caterpillar Forest and Tulgey Wood serving as home to the most useful plants. Always a quick learner, Qaseem absorbed the information like a sponge, storing it away for future use. Of course, that use was mostly personal, and he spent his earliest years indulging himself in the Caterpillar Forest while his father did his duty to the Queen.
<p>That was where he met her.
<p>The first time he saw her that pesky little girl didn’t even know who she was. And how was he to help her? Most of the time people wanted to forget who they were, not remember. If she was already lost there was no work left for him to do. Easily flustered, that one. He’d told her how to grow big and tall again and sent her on her way, leaving him to smoke in peace.
<p>The second time Alice Liddell came to Wonderland Qaseem saw hide nor hair of her. By this point he had been involuntary taken into the service of the Queen. His father’s passing now meant that he was the most knowledgeable medical practitioner in Wonderland. It was either serve or lose his head, and Qaseem desired death even less than he desired bowing down to the monarchy. However, with the opening of the portals he finally found his escape. Catching the Queen on a good day, he convinced her that he could better tend to any future medical needs by learning about the herbs and remedies of this new land. This London.
<p>The time difference was glorious. Months on end were spent in London, holed up in opium dens or off studying the properties and effects of various recreational drugs. Yet when he returned to her Majesty, only a few hours had passed. Maybe a couple days. It was for this reason that she allowed him to continue to go, and for that he was grateful. London was a glorious escape- different every time he went- and while his usual haunts had disappeared by each new visit, there was always some new drug popping up for him to explore.
<p>With Alice Liddell’s death came the end of Qaseem’s jaunts to London. Others flocked to pay their respects and escape the madness of the Queen, but the old Queen threatened his head once again and demanded he keep his place in her court. No longer in his true form he could scarce make it out of the castle without being drug back to the chambers that had been established for him. His drugs still found their way to him, and by this time he was distributing to those too wary of the portals to venture out, but leaving the castle was next to impossible.
<p>Whispers of War. As they reached his ears the Caterpillar could practically taste his escape. At the request of an old friend he did his part to put an end to the Queen of Hearts. The tonics she requested became laced with amphetamines. Daily at first, then twice daily. Then nothing at all. All the symptoms of withdrawal were there. Anxiety. Paranoia. Irritability. Violent Behavior. And in the already mad Queen these symptoms were only amplified. When Jacqueline steps in and requests for the Queen’s stability to be evaluated, he was almost too happy to pronounce her unfit to rule. Off with her head.
<p>Becoming human had been a gift. As a caterpillar he had been preparing to make his cocoon. His own mortality was becoming all too real, and while time moved slower in Wonderland, his life expectancy was shorter than most. Being human meant life, and live he did.
<p>Until that bitch closed the portals to preserve the magic. Who needs magic when you have drugs? They create the magic for you, don’t they? However she turned a blind eye to his dealings, and for that he would continue to proclaim his loyalty to the crown, regardless of where his true loyalties may lie. Those who needed to know did, and promptly received any information he could get out of the Queen as a result of their encounters. He fed her information as well, usually tidbits received as payment for the drugs he was still having funneled into Wonderland. But most if it was rather inconsequential; enough to let her think she had Qaseem in the palm of her hand, but not enough to do any real damage. Whenever he actually was able to come across a rare gem of information it was saved solely for Judas.
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