The Tome Tussle

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    The Tome Tussle

    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt on 7th September 2018, 10:52 pm

    Wearing a white t-shirt and desert camouflage shorts with boots, Leona carried her backpack of supplies and wore her Argent Gloves. She carried her ram dao because she had heard this job would involve combat. That was right up the blonde's alley. She entered the outskirts of Shirotsume, a town that was reminiscent of Hosenka, only it was located in a mountainous area. She paused in front of a large mansion with an old-fashioned "torii" gate and old-fashioned stone walls surrounding it... inside were numerous cherry blossom trees lining a paved pathway to the mansion doorstep.

    Standing just inside the gate was a young woman wearing a white kimono with a delicate pink floral pattern. Leona had never seen a kimono before, but her father Samuel had told her about them. They were old-fashioned garments popular in this region. Leona made eye contact with the young woman, who wore white makeup that made her look almost like a doll. The latter noticed Leona and began walking towards her... not sure what else to do, Leona walked to meet her.

    "You are Miss Jarnefeldt of Silver Wolf, yes?" The young woman asked. She had jet-black hair hanging down to her waist and had brown eyes.

    "Yes. I'm Leona Jarnefeldt of Silver Wolf." Leona replied in the affirmative, showing her guild tattoo so that the young woman would have proof of her identity. Once the young woman saw it, she nodded and Leona rolled up her sleeve. The dark-haired woman then gave her a small bow.

    "I am Kumiko, a humble servant of Mister Burke. He is a prosperous merchant with business dealings across all of Earthland. He is also a scientist who focuses on designing armor. Perhaps you have heard of him?" Kumiko asked.

    "I'm afraid not. Sorry." Leona admitted to the young woman.

    "Oh? Do not worry, for there are more pressing matters to discuss. You see, he has hired you and a Miss Eventide of the guild Fairy Tail for a special job. Mister Burke will tell you the details himself. Please, follow me." Kumiko requested. Leona wordlessly complied. She wondered where "Miss Eventide" was.

    -Inside Mister Burke's mansion-

    Leona had taken off her boots at the door and had left them there on a special mat. Leona had also handed her ram dao and knife to a muscular male servant in some kind of red high-tech armor who requested that she leave her weapons with him and assured her that they would be taken care of. Leona complied and was escorted into the presence of Mister Burke, a blond man with quite a bit of muscle. He sat at a low table and wore a three-piece black business suit. Standing in each corner were men bearing polearms who were clad in the same high-tech armor as the one who requested her weapons.

    "Mister Burke, I present to you Miss Leona Jarnefeldt of Silver Wolf. She is one of the mages you hired." Kumiko announced Leona's presence to the man, then bowed slightly at the waist. Leona followed suit.

    "Ah, Miss Jarnefeldt. I have heard much about you and your exploits. My sources tell me that you helped save the village of Wolfsmane in the Cursed Lands from a werewolf invasion. I was also informed that you killed the infamous serial killer Jacob Goodnight in Hargeon Town and stopped some cult activity in Beanstalk Village. Furthermore, you helped save the daughter of a dear friend of mine from Bladdi Maccoi and Mutura of the Sands in Desierto." Mister Burke listed but a few of her adventures.

    "Yes, Mister Burke. What your sources told you is true. I completed all of those jobs." Leona confirmed.

    "You were recommended by Mr. Wainwright, a friend of mine who lives in Lycan Woods. He said that you went to extraordinary lengths to retrieve his flesh-eating mares from a barbarian rabble and protect them until you could bring them to his home. You even braved Lycan Woods in the middle of the night. That is commendable." Mister Burke continued. Leona was surprised. Mr. Wainwright knew Mister Burke?

    "Do not worry, my dear. All of what I have heard about you has been good. That is why I have requested your assistance in this matter. As my faithful assistant Kumiko said, I would like to discuss details of a job with you and Miss Eventide of the guild Fairy Tail." He said to her.

    "Would you care for a drink, Miss Jarnefeldt?" The man asked.

    "As long as it isn't alcohol, I'd like something to drink, please." Leona replied.

    "You do not drink on the job? A professional, I see. I like that. Kumiko, please bring us some green tea." He requested. Kumiko bowed and went to get the drinks. Leona remained standing.

    "Please, have a seat. We will wait for your partner Miss Eventide before we discuss the details of my job." Mister Burke requested. Leona sat on the cushion that was provided for her by another young woman wearing a kimono. While waiting for the tea to arrive, she looked around the room they were in. Beautiful ink paintings decorated the walls and a suit of old armor was on display. Next to the armor was a collection of antique swords in their black scabbards.

    "I am a collector of antiques. I like to collect art, weapons, and armor from abroad. I find that old armor can inspire the new generation of personal protection." Mister Burke informed Leona.

    "Is the armor your guards wear part of the new generation, Mister Burke?" Leona politely asked him.

    "I see you have an eye for armor, Miss Jarnefeldt. To answer your question, it is the new generation and it is still in the prototype stages. I am working to improve it before I clear it for mass production." He replied. Moments later Kumiko came in bearing a tray with two small porcelain tea cups. Leona removed her Argent Gloves and set them beside her. She did not want to break her cup by mistake. Leona received her cup and carefully sat it on the low table in front of her.

    "Now, Miss Jarnefeldt. Please, share tea with me." He requested before taking a slow sip. Leona followed suit, slowly sipping the tea and being careful not to slurp. Drinking tea in such surroundings was a new experience for the blonde.

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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by RainCalamity on 11th September 2018, 7:55 pm

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    Sorry that this post is so incredibly late ;-;
    Althea dangled her legs over the edge of the cliff kicking rhythmically as she stared at the base of the mountain.  It was a long way down, several jagged rocks that could easily gravely injure her below, but she wasn’t remotely spooked by heights.  She was in the process of doing two notable things she didn’t typically.  First off, instead of her usual uniform the blonde was dressed in a dark green sweatshirt, a plain black shirt worn under that.  She had on a pair of denim suspender shorts, but instead of resting on her shoulders where they belonged, the actual suspender part was handing by the young girl’s sides.  Of course she had her signature red bow on, but instead of shoes she only had on a pair of knee-high dirty socks.  But that connected back to the other atypical thing Althea was doing, climbing a mountain.

    Now, this wasn’t her first experience with the activity.  Far from it in fact seeing as she did so nearly everyday for a large part of her life.  Maybe that’s where her above average strength was developed, but there were probably several other factors besides basic mountain climbing involved.  Either way, the ribbon-wearing girl decided then would be an alright time to end her break, standing up from her place on the edge of the cliff and turning to face the wall of rock she was to ascend up next.  Althea felt the stone for a good foothold with her hand to start on, beginning her lengthy climb once she did so.  The lack of solid ground beneath her along with the sense of a growing distance just underneath her were familiar, even the fact that she chose to venture without any shoes added to the sense of nostalgia.  But the very mountains she was climbing were in fact new to her.  Althea’s were cold, snow-capped ones you would need more than a hoodie to brave, no one bothering to settle there due to the high peaks and constantly frigid temperature.  But this one’s temperature was more mild and a town was right on it.  In fact, close enough Althea could see it from where she was, Shirotsume.

    Of course, she could have taken a cart or train or really anything else to get there, but she would rather not get that incredibly sick.  And although she didn’t really enjoy mountain climbing itself, it let her hang around the mountains more, which she did enjoy.  But soon the water mage reached the old town, casually pulling herself onto the streets from the side of the cliff without much of a problem.  After that it was no problem guessing where her rich client might be.  The absolutely massive traditional Midi-style house easily stuck out from the.  When she approached it, before the kimono-wearing woman could even ask the slayer went ahead and answered the question.  “I’ve got business with the guy who owns this place!”  She said, the woman nodding in understanding before opening the door for her.

    “Ah, Miss Eventide, you have arrived.”  The lavishly dressed man sitting at the large table centered in the middle of the room.  “Yep, and you must be… Erm… Who are you again?” “You may call me Mr. Burke, I would be the one who contacted you to retrieve my stolen item.”  Althea nodded, allowing her gaze to wander around the room.  It was a kind of aesthetic she was familiar with from past experiences but not exactly used to.  But the body guards equipped in strange armor that appeared to be fairly “nifty” to the young girl helped freshen things up.  “Nice funky clothes, guys!”  She remarked out loud, grinning.  Apparently she assumed that it was some sort of fashion statement of sorts to equip people who worked for you in some kind of odd red armor.  But who could blame her, she couldn’t understand rich folk no matter how many times she worked for them.  But soon Mr. Burke soon politely cleared his throat to bring the ribbon-wearing wizard’s attention back to him.  “So, Ms. Eventide, as a Rising Star appointed by this country’s Magic Council I expect you’ll be performing quite fine during this job.”

    Althea first looked at the Burke fellow like he was off his rockers before a glint of realization entered her eyes.  “Oh right!  I am one of those!” She exclaimed, crossing her arms and nodding to herself in order to further assure the point.  Althea didn’t even really understand how she got the position, but she just guessed that she punched things hard enough that people noticed.  The slayer approached the table and plopped herself right next to the person she assumed would be going on the job with her.  After all, not many other woman in the mansion seemed to be the type who were permitted to go to work in a t-shirt and gloves.  “Hiya, I’m Althea, but Thea’s just fine too!  Nice to meet you!”  She exclaimed, bending down and extending her bandaged hand for the woman to shake.



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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt on 11th September 2018, 11:37 pm

    Leona had finished her tea and carefully sat the tea cup down on the table when a blonde girl with a distinctive red ribbon in her hair came in and commented on the red armor of the guards. She was dressed in a dark green sweatshirt with a black shirt on underneath and wore a pair denim suspender shorts and dirty knee-high socks. Since she had a magic signature, she must have been Althea Eventide. Leona moved her Argent Gloves aside so that Althea could sit down.

    Leona took the extended bandaged hand and shook it. Althea looked delicate, but her magic signature indicated otherwise. She was at least as strong as Leona. Leona also heard that the Fairy Tail mage was a "Rising Star." From what she had read back in Silver Wolf Guild Hall during a lull in between her adventures, Leona learned that Rising Stars were mages who had served Earthland by performing numerous good deeds and were rewarded with the title by the Magic Council.

    "I'm Leona. Leona Jarnefeldt of Silver Wolf." Leona introduced herself to Althea. Since they were going to be working together, it was important to start off on the right note. Just because their guilds were officially allied with one another did not mean that the members of each guild were best friends. As Silver Wolf's Ace, Leona was willing to bridge the gap and try to get on good terms with members of each of the other two guilds that formed the alliance. Besides keeping the alliance going, it was good practice to make friends or at least good acquaintances who were willing to help her if the job went south.

    Leona did most of her jobs alone because she was used to working alone. However, she had started to take jobs with other mages to expand her list of contacts. Doing so was how she met Aura Sparks of Crystal Swan. Now she had met two Fairy Tail mages, Naomi Hana and Althea Eventide. As time passed Leona planned to expand her contacts even more.

    Right now she had to focus on the task at hand, and that was getting details from Mister Burke. Now that both the mages were here, perhaps it was time to ask him what it was they were hired to retrieve. She did not want to go charging into the wilderness without at least something to work with.

    "Mister Burke, what are the details of the job you hired us to do?" Leona politely asked their client and host.

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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by RainCalamity on 13th September 2018, 6:07 pm

    althea eventide
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    Althea offered a grin to the other mage as they shook her hand.  She wasn’t aware beforehand who exactly she would be going on a job with, but it was nice to know it was someone in an allied guild!  Not that Althea really would’ve cared too much either way, but at least she had an excuse to get to know her.  After all, even she knew inter-guild relations were pretty important to all those involved and the slayer didn’t want to destroy her guild because she was rude to someone potentially important within Silver Wolf.  So, she promptly kneeled down next to the woman, positioned comfortably on a plush cushion.  “Before we properly begin, would one of you please get Ms. Eventide some green tea?”  Immediately, one of the several kinino-wearing servants disappeared before reappearing again and approached the short table with a small tray with a steaming cup of tea similar to Mr. Burke’s and Leona’s.  She placed it in front of Althea, the young girl giving her a nod of gratitude before picking up the cup in both hands and taking a hearty sip.  “Wow, this is great!  Thank you!”  The servant bowed before stepping away from the table, lining up against the wall with the rest of the servants to spectate.

    Mr. Burke nodded, appearing to be satisfied with Althea’s reception of the hot beverage. “Well now, I will begin briefing you two on your mission.”  He said, the water mage reflecting back on the fact that she usually skipped these things.  Usually she found them pretty tiring, but she didn’t mind sitting for a while and resting after climbing a mountain in a rather short amount of time.  “As you know, an item was stolen from me, something of great value to me personally.  It is a book passed down to me through my lineage, holding many of my family’s secrets, indeed it’s priceless.  Due to a lengthy investigation on my part, I have uncovered that the perpetrator of this crime was a master of stealth, the members of a nearby ninja clan.”  At this point the wealthy man placed his folded hands onto the wooden table, staring directly at the two.  “I need you to kill them.  All of them.  The more corpses the more I’ll be paying you.”  Althea continued sipping her green tea, keeping her royal blue eyes on the man.  She chose to stay silent, reasoning that there was probably more to say about it.

    And indeed, there was.  “However, do not be alarmed.  It is better this way, the book holds sacred information for no ones’ eyes for the Burke’s.  I have no idea what this clan will do with the information within it, but I don’t care to find out.  And don’t worry about being charged for any of the deaths, I’ve already spoken to the local authorities about it.”  At this point, Althea finished her tea, letting out a satisfying sigh and placing the cup on the table.  “Well, I’m fine with it.”  She said.  “I’ve killed plenty of people before so this time will probably be no different.”



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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt on 13th September 2018, 11:33 pm

    Leona listened carefully to the client as he explained the details of the job. They were to find and exterminate a clan of ninjas who were determined to be responsible for the theft of a secret tome that belonged to the Burke family. He had spoken to the authorities and was assured that no crime would be committed when killing all the ninjas the pair of mages could find. Leona was interested in the reason why that was the case. She suspected that Mr. Burke either had some pull with the local government or that the ninjas posed a threat to everyone in Shirotsume and that the normal laws governing murder were relaxed when dealing with a clan of trained killers.

    "I can almost sense your reluctance, Miss Jarnefeldt. Do not worry about any legal consequences attached to killing them. The ninjas pose a threat to us all and thus the local government will not press charges, especially after a few officials were killed a year back. They also killed eight of my men and five innocent household staff when the tome was stolen. That thieving, murderous ninja rabble deserves nothing but death." Mr. Burke started off calmly before revealing a barely contained fury. Leona declined to press him for further information on the matter since it was clearly a sore spot with him. She would content herself with the knowledge that Silver Wolf would not get a black eye from her actions on this job.

    "I don't have any problem with killing. I've killed bandits in Desierto and in the Unknown Lands. They're just as murderous as these ninja, just a lot less subtle about it. Also, they don't just limit themselves to stealing books. Some bandit gangs are in tight with slavers." Leona said to him.

    "Then you know precisely how to deal with the ninjas. Do not try to reason with them because you will only be wasting your time. Let your weapons and magic do the talking. Force is the only language they understand." Mr. Burke encouraged her.

    "Do we need to know anything else about these ninja before we set out?" Leona asked. She had heard of ninja before because legends about them had spread far and wide, reaching even Nebdoui, Desierto. Her father told her fantastic stories about their use of abilities such as being able to walk on water or turning into animals to escape capture or to more easily gain entry into where they needed to go. Some were even masters of elemental magic, but they did not rely on magic and trickery alone to do their work. If pressed into combat, they could more than hold their own with combat styles specifically designed to take on multiple opponents.

    "Yes, Miss Jarnefeldt. Do not get complacent. You may be fighting their least experienced members at first, but do not think that all of them are so easily dealt with. You will also be fighting against ninja who are masters of both elemental magic and of the sword, to say nothing of more mundane weapons like kunai and shuriken." Mr. Burke warned the pair. Leona paid attention to this information. This would be the first time that Leona was going up against the legendary shadow warriors.

    "There are no stipulations on how you kill them, just so long as you do. Kill all of them you can find. If even one escapes, they will form a new clan and the problem will inevitably repeat itself." The client urged them. He was adamant about getting rid of them by any means necessary. Leona was glad that Aura Sparks was not here for this job because of her view on killing. Aura's viewpoint was not wrong because killing was not the answer to every problem, but some threats just could not be reasoned with. The ninja were one of them.

    They had already killed city officials and defenseless household staff, so no one was safe. Leona and Althea would make the area safe. The pair had been given carte blanche to kill ninja without fear of legal repercussions, so there was no need to worry about that. Althea had already stated that she had no problem with killing when it needed to be done. Now all that remained would be to find the ninja camp and clean it out, then retrieve the tome.

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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by RainCalamity on 25th September 2018, 6:31 pm

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    Althea waited as Mr. Burke further delved into how it was no crime to kill the entire clan of ninjas through detailing their previous actions.  Apparently, they killed several others in the past before the thievery event occurred, during which they murdered a few of the wealthy man’s servants.  It was nice to know that authorities wouldn’t get on Althea’s back for slaughtering so many people, but she couldn’t lie to herself and say that she wouldn’t have gone with the job if the ninjas didn’t “deserve to die”.  Burning down a village was off the list of things she would be willing to do, but if the Magic Council decided to turn a blind eye there it was a viable option.  Either way Leona state she was fine with having to eradicate the entire ninja clan, so that was the end of that topic.  It was curious however that something such as that was indeed an act those specializing in disciplinary actions would be alright with.  Monsters and demons were things Althea got the okay to kill, but whenever it was a living breathing human being she was instructed to be careful not to deal fatal blows.  But the water mage simply shrugged it off, Fiore can run how Fiore wants to.

    “Okay, so where do you think these ninjas are then?”  Althea said, resting on the table while holding her chin in her palm.  Without speaking, Mr. Burke turned and made a kind of waving gesture to one of the servants in the back that prompted them to leave before turning back to the pair of mages.  “They reside on these very mountains, although I only managed to uncover the general location.”  The servant returned, carrying a scroll, jar of ink, and quill and setting it down in front of their master.  The client gave a small nod of thanks before unrolling the parchment out across the table to reveal a detailed map of the local region.  “We here, right in the thick of Shirotsume, but the clan is located in the surrounding uninhabited forests.”  Mr. Burke used the quill to circle the part of the map displaying a forest on the cliffs, highlighting it’s very center.  “They are hiding in there, but although I have sent scouts to pinpoint a more precise location nothing has turned up.  They may be using some sort of technique to disguise their hideout.  If so, you may be able to either bypass the illusion or find the ninja creating it, I know you’ll find a way.”  The man slid the map across the table to the pair before clasping his hands tightly. “Please, retrieve my family’s ancient heirloom.  I have great faith in you two.”

    Althea nodded, getting to her feet and raising her hand to salute Burke, although the rest of her posture remained relaxed.  “Don’t worry, we got this!”  And without another word the water mage turned and sprinted out of the door, although she somehow managed to pick up the map.  She was just so preoccupied with the prospect of beating up a bunch of ninjas that it didn’t even occur to her.  By the time she realized what she was missing, the young girl was already out of the rich man’s house and onto the streets of the small town.  She usually didn’t perform tasks with a map seeing as her clients usually didn’t have as many sources at their disposal as Mr. Burke, so she renowned it would be fine.  And then again her partner for this job, Leona, would probably take it for her.  It wasn’t as if the ribbon-wearing slayer was actually someone you would willingly intrust something like a map to.  On the flip side, from what Mr. Burke said of her Althea that the impression that Leona was a pretty darn experienced and skilled mage with her exploits in Diestro able to reach Shirostume.



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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt on 25th September 2018, 11:00 pm

    Leona paused for a moment as Althea seized a map of the area and sprinted off with it. How did Althea get a hold of such a valuable item? She realized that the client must have specially prepared it for their use. He was a wealthy man if he could afford to dole out detailed maps like candy. She also could not rule out revenge as a motive... he seemed like the type who would not spare any expense to destroy an enemy, especially one that had threatened his family.

    "You can count on us!" Leona said before hastily putting her Argent Gloves back on, reclaimed her weapons from the guards, and raced out the door to follow Althea before the enthusiastic mage left Leona behind. The taller blonde left the client's house and did her best not to bowl over anyone as she followed her partner. Her partner had the map, so Leona had better not be slow.

    "Hey Althea. What if the client's right and the ninjas are using magic to conceal their hideout? Shouldn't we be able to pick up on that?" Leona asked her companion.

    "You know what they say. The cover-up's more revealing than the crime. Or something like that. The point is... if they try to hide it with magic, it should stick out like a sore thumb to powerful mages like us." Leona added an explanation of her reasoning in asking a question with such an obvious answer. The Rising Star had probably already considered that possibility and was on the way to find the ninja lair. Leona might have been slow on the draw again. At least she could still aid the Rising Star by drawing away some of the ninjas once the fighting started.
    Or maybe there was another way to be of service.

    "Jackal Summon!" Leona called out while raising a hand. Seconds later the jackal appeared at her feet and sniffed the ground. She was not sure if it had already picked up something or not.

    "Hey Leona, are we gonna kill some necromancers today?" The jackal asked.

    "Not this time. We're looking for ninjas. They're hiding in the mountains around here. Can you find them?" Leona asked him.

    "I'm not sure. So many people have been walking through here that my nose is confused, but if I can get out of the town limits I might be able to pick up something more easily." He answered. The pair would have to leave Shirotsume in order to try tracking by scent. That was an easy request to fulfill... their journey would take them out of the town anyway.

    "We might wanna be careful. The ninjas probably set up traps along the trail leading to their hideout. They'll also be watching us, so we'd better be ready to fight at any time." Leona suggested as the jackal sniffed the ground and pawed at it.

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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by RainCalamity on 27th September 2018, 5:22 pm

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    Althea looked around Shirotsume, quickly pacing through the small town as Leona arrived from the mansion in her wake.  She wasn’t exactly sure where she was going seeing as she decided she was to altruistic to take the normal person way into the village, so she glanced backwards to see that Leona didn’t actually have it.  Actually it turned out that she herself had the map, something she hadn’t noticed.  “Oh, erm,”  Althea thought for a moment as the older mage asked her about how exactly thy would be finding the ninjas, the blonde pondered about it for a moment before shrugging.  “I guess we’ll figure it out when we get there.”  The ribbon-wearing mage usually thought better when put on the spot, although for more elaborate ploys she exercised a fair bit of foresight.  Especially when it was a big “if” whether or not there was anything cloaking the base.  But it seemed like Leona had already thought this through a bit, pointing out that the magic cast by the shadow warriors ought to be pretty noticeable for them, Althea holding her chin with a bandaged hand and nodding.

    “Pretty sure you're right about that, which means that I probably won’t get lost in this forest like I have the past few times.”  The young girl had plenty of experience getting lost, but she seemed especially proficient at losing her way in forests.  The way they blocked out the sun made it annoying to tell what direction you were going in and she didn’t have the patience to remember landmarks.  But the ninja clan’s possible camouflaged camp became the last thing Althea would think about when her partner for the task suddenly summoned what the Fairy Tail mage could only guess was some kind of sentient jackal.  “Whooaa, you can use summoning magic?” remarked Althea, staring at Leona’s summon with a wide awestruck gaze.  Such magic rarely failed to impress Althea, the last time she having saw it being on a job relating to fluffy blankets.  The summon before was pretty darn cool, but this was the first time she had an animal summon on her side.  And as the jackal began tracking the scent of ninjas she couldn’t help but to be even more impressed.  “Look at them go!  Do they have a name?  What’s their favorite color?”  She asked quickly, not actually expecting answers but voicing her queries nonetheless.

    But soon Althea’s “observation” of the jackal was interrupted by a suspicious rustle of the leaves up above.  She hadn’t even realized it due to her focus on the summon, but the pair had made it all the way to the forest in a rather short amount of time.  But Shirotume was fairly small, so she presumed a quick walk to the forest was justified, but the fact that there may already be an enemy wasn’t entirely.  That is unless the clan set up sentries within the forest, which would make sense to discourage nosy adventurers from unveiling their hideout.



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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt on 27th September 2018, 9:53 pm

    Leona listened to Althea express amazement over the former's ability to summon animals to her side. Wind Summon Magic was certainly a blessing. Being able to summon creatures allowed Leona to survive the necromancer lair and make quick time to Capital Crocus after accidentally going to Oak Town. It was certain to save her bacon today when it came time to face off against the ninjas.

    The pair had just arrived in the woods, a journey which did not take very long at all. The jackal asked about Leona's partner.

    "Hey Leona, who's the girl? That red ribbon makes her look like she has rabbit ears!" The jackal asked of Leona.

    "She's Althea Eventide, a mage from Fairy Tail. She's also a Rising Star, which means that she's kind of a big deal." Leona explained to her canine companion. He looked at her and blinked.

    "OK Leona, if you say so. Anyway, I've detected a few scents, but nothing that really stands out. Animals and people, but not too many of them. I don't get it. Animals should be all over the place in the daytime." The jackal explained to the pair. Again, the cover-up was more revealing than concealing. They might be on the right track, but they would not know for certain until they found the hideout. Leona's attention was drawn to rustling in the trees. Was it a squirrel, a ninja, or a ninja squirrel?

    "I don't like the sound of that, Althea. We might need to get ready for a fight." Leona quietly suggested to Althea. Maybe she should recall the jackal before it was too late. It was not like it could die permanently, but Leona did not like for them to get hurt any more than they had to. Maybe now would be a good time to bring out the harpies.

    "Hey Leona, I'm kinda smelling something-" The jackal called out while sniffing the ground before it yelped in pain. Leona panicked. What had just happened to the jackal?

    "Pepper! THEY PUT DOWN PEPPER!" The jackal complained, pawing frantically at its nose. Now Leona understood what had happened. The ninjas must have observed her using a tracking animal and laid down pepper to take it out of the hunt. Leona had to admit that the tactic was kind of smart. She would still get them for that.

    She might have to use an eye in the sky, but Ramses was not made for combat. The harpies might do. They could fly and fight without much direction from Leona. Still, she did not want to use her trump card too soon. Leona would wait and see what happened from here before calling in the harpies.

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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by RainCalamity on 29th October 2018, 4:48 pm

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    Althea tagged at the red ribbon donning her head lightly as the jackal pointed out how it was similar to rabbit ears.  “Huh, I just was taught to tie it like this…” She remarked to herself, listening as Leona conversed with her summon.  They reported that apparently things smelled a bit off seeing as there was a distinct lack of animal scents.  Taking in the air herself just to check, the young girl found that that was indeed the fact, kept her gaze set on the location of the rustling, although the manner she carried herself didn’t exactly suggest alertness.

    And suddenly, the leaves of a nearby tree began to rustle, drawing the young girl’s attention.  Althea threw her hands up in the air at Leona’s mention of a fight, hands clenched into fists and expression serious. “I’m battle ready!” She lowered her hands before scanning the overgrowth once more, ready for something to pop out at any moment.  Sure, it was annoying to have to look for an enemy before you got to actually beating them up, but that was halt the appeal!  Apprehension always makes things better, and the sensation of finally finding the opponent you were searching for was really rewarding.  The only problem Althea found with that approach was that she was just really bad at finding anything to begin with, so she just ends up getting lost or something until someone finds her and helps her along her way.  She couldn’t even count the amount of times that same scenario had played out, but this time around she had someone to help her right off the bat, so fighting off the ninja clan would be a piece of cake!

    But soon her excitement for an upcoming battle was interrupted by an exclamation from Lena’s jackal that “they put down pepper”.  Wanted to check for herself just like she had done before, she found that everything did indeed smell of pepper, although the spice soon ushered a flurry of small sneezes from her.  She probably shouldn’t have done that, and she was warned beforehand as well.  She just wanted to follow along with the jackal, kind of like how you still read something although there is already someone reading it aloud.  But soon her sneezing subsided and Althea soon forgot about the pepper and refocused herself on the mission.  “Darn pepper…”  She muttered under her breath, mostly to herself.



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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt on 30th October 2018, 6:43 pm

    Leona was more than a little miffed about her jackal summon being treated like he was. Those ninja were making nuisances of themselves. She cooled down and focused on the present. To get revenge on them their cover would have to be taken away. How could she do that without destroying the trees?

    Shaking the sturdy trunks would not be enough. She could use her harpies to drive the hiding ninjas out, but she was still saving them as a trump card. Climbing into the trees was suicide because the enemies were watching and waiting on them. What to do?

    Suddenly the wind blew and rustled the trees. Leona observed the branches swaying in the breeze and noticed how the trees were rustled without outright destroying them. Perhaps she could use her own power to do the same thing. But first she needed to find a tree with a ninja in it. That would not be easy because they had likely anticipated that tactic like they had with the jackal.

    Leona looked around for a tree that was shaking. When she spotted one, she fired a Wind Blast as it. It shook a few leaves loose, but no ninjas came falling out of it. Undaunted, she stuck to her plan and fired a Wind Blast spell each time she saw a tree limb shake. Eventually she was rewarded with a thrown kunai striking her right Argent Glove.

    "Well, at least we know they're in the trees. Trees don't normally throw sharp objects at people. They might in the Cursed Lands, though." Leona commented to Althea. Her companion stated her readiness for a fight. That was good because once the ninjas were uncovered there would certainly be a fight. They were on ninja turf and would be seen as intruders. The shadow warriors also knew that they were being targeted for elimination, so they would give no mercy to the blonde mages.

    Leona was startled by the projectile clanging off of her gauntlet, but her search was beginning to bear fruit. She kept going with the plan. Every shaking tree limb was hit with a Wind Blast until eventually a white-clad ninja dropped out of one. So did seven of his friends. Her search had borne ninja-shaped fruit at last.

    "OK Althea, here they are!" Leona declared to her companion. Two of them charged Leona at once. She fired a Wind Blast spell and knocked one of them down, but the other cartwheeled out of the way and threw kunai at her. Leona blocked them with her gauntlets but almost ate a shuriken to the face thrown by a third ninja. The blonde ducked just in time.

    The second ninja jumped at her with sword dawn. Leona rose to block the swing with her gauntlet and felt the clash of metal against her left Argent Glove. The surprised ninja quickly recovered and kicked her in the side, then brought his sword into a ready position and slashed diagonally. Leona blocked it with her ram dao but was attacked by the first, who had recovered and threw a spread of three kunai at her. She was forced to disengage and dodge the projectiles.

    "You are no match for us, outsider!" The sword-wielding ninja taunted. Leona was going to prove him wrong. She just needed to hit the elusive targets first. That was not easy because the warriors worked together to cover each other and minimize moments of vulnerability. Leona used a Fast Ball spell that the man easily dodged.

    He countered with a leaping downward slash that Leona blocked with her own sword. Again she was forced to disengage by his teammates before she could retaliate. Maybe now was the time to call in the harpies and fight fire with fire. Calling in the harpies would have to wait because Leona was being targeted by multiple shuriken and she was having to dodge for her life. Still, forcing the enemy to fend off attacks from both ground and air could be what the two mages needed to turn the tables.

    Leona took advantage of a break in the projectiles to fire a Wind Blast at a pair of ninjas who had tried to close in on her. They rolled backwards like tumbleweeds. A third ninja quickly threw down a small black orb that produced a small smokescreen that concealed his teammates. Leona knew that the two ninja had relocated and were going to retaliate very soon.

    "Watch out, Althea!" Leona called out to her own teammate.

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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by RainCalamity on 3rd November 2018, 12:46 am

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    Pretty darn gross post >.>
    Althea, who hadn’t really taken the whole situation as seriously as she probably should have, wasn’t being all too alert.  Finding the ninjas was indeed something she was looking to do, but she doubted she could really make them show themselves even if she wanted to.  And Leona, who seemed to be both capable and dependable, already began forming some sort of plan.  In fact, the woman acted rather quickly, firing off a wind spell at one of the trees with shaking limbs.  At first, the Fairy Tail mage was actually slightly puzzled about the point of this, but she eventually recognized that the plan was to get the hidden ninja out of their cover.  The young girl, despite her physical appearance, was one who tended to simply overpower enemies with her enhanced reflexes and speed.  And only when she didn’t have that going for her was when she was forced to come up with less direct tactics, but for now that would probably be unnecessary.  But, the wind spell only prompted a weird knife to whistle through the air straight at her job partner, one that she blocked with one of her gloves.  “Ah, that’s right, but that was a pretty cool spell!  Wind magic?”  She queried, turning to face Leona.  And as the other blonde mentioned them, Althea began pondering the so called “Cursed Lands”.  She heard pretty darn freaky things happened there, although she hadn’t travelled there herself.  The thought of venturing through new terrain in which anything could happen was actually pretty darn appealing, so the young girl noted to take a job there soon after the one she was on.

    But soon after the first blade, even more were hurtled in the mages’ direction.  Althea only needed to make small movements - a tilt of her head, a step to the side - in order to dodge them seeing as the enemy’s target seemed to be more Leona than her.  And she blocked every one of their attacks without fail all while proceeding with the plan of knocking nainkas out of trees, so she was quite alright.  In fact, soon a total of eight whole ninjas clad in white were coaxed from the trees, not hesitating before attacking the pair of mages.  “Mhmm!  Let’s do our best!” She exclaimed back to Leona, anticipating the attacks of the ninjas.  Actually, Althea was slightly glad she could test out her abilities without having to worry about evading casualties.  Since her employer insisted that all the shadow warriors were to be killed, there would be no holding back on her part.  Especially since the ninjas seemed to be going for the kill as well, although that wasn’t anything new.  But at the same time, she really wanted to witness how Leona fought.  But oh well, she’d have to just fight and watch simultaneously time.

    As two ninjas attacked Leona, two other ones went after Althea.  The young girl first just focused on avoiding all the projectiles thrown at her from afar as well as the swords of those who had approached her, but eventually the two had her right between them.  The young girl pondered if this was their angle all along as the ninja in front of her brought their sword above their head, about to slash down.  But, the slayer used the back of her hand to swat the blade away before punching the ninja and ducking in time to evade a strike from behind. Then, she shot out her elbow to impact the enemy behind her in the stomach, winding them and giving her enough time to whip around and deal a kick to their side.  That was about the time that a new ninja joined the fray, but instead of fighting they created what seemed to be a smokescreen.  Usually, the water mage maybe could’ve used other senses besides sight to battle the ninjas in the mist, but the pepper scattered on the ground was throwing her off.  So instead, she took another approach.  “I’ve got it~!”  Althea exclaimed to Leona, offering a grin before squaring herself up against the cloud of smoke.  Then, she inhaled before shooting out a torrent of waters straight into the mist.  She had already estimated that her Water Dragon’s Roar was large enough to hit everything in the smoke, so all she had to do was use the spell.  She waited for the smoke cleared to see the results.



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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt on 3rd November 2018, 11:32 am

    Leona was still surprised that her spur-of-the-moment plan had worked. She could pat herself on the back after the ninjas were all gone. Althea's water-based attack had knocked the ninjas hiding in the smokescreen down for the count. Now six more remained.

    "Nice work, Althea!" Leona complimented her partner for flushing out the ninjas hiding behind the smokescreen.

    Leona decided to go on the offensive because staying on the defensive would not help them win. She cast a Smashing Crescent at one and staggered him, then hit him in the head with a Fast Ball while he was dazed. He fell down and did not move. Five more left.

    Two leaped at her with swords at the ready. Leona blocked their attack with her ram dao and she cast a Wind Blast to knock them down. They tumbled like dice and Leona rushed into to finish them before they could recover. She stabbed one in the chest and was about to stab the second when a kunai grazed her right elbow and drew blood. She was getting careless.

    The remaining four grouped up and made a simultaneous attack from all four directions on Leona. The blonde waited until they got close, then used Storm Impact's expanding dome of wind to stagger them. Leona killed two with her sword and barely blocked a kunai throw from a third. The fourth made a series of hand signs and raised his hands to the sky, where they began billowing smoke that clouded the area. When the smokescreen disappeared fifteen seconds later twelve more white ninjas were standing behind the remaining two.

    "Your death is near!" One of the ninjas taunted.

    "Great." Leona muttered. She quickly set down her backpack and whipped out her antibiotic ointment and roll of gauze. She dried off the remaining blood and quickly wrapped the wound. She was surprised that the ninjas let her do that instead of attacking while she was distracted. They might have figured that the blondes were dead anyway and let Leona treat the wound as a courtesy.

    "Looks like we've got company!" Leona declared to Althea. The remaining two ninjas from the first batch leaped at Leona and she stabbed one through the chest but was forced to drop her sword as the second swung at her. The blonde jumped backwards and suffered a cut on her shirt collar that could have cut her down the body if she had not moved. That was a close call. As it stood, her white shirt had met the same fate as most of her shirts and she would need to put on a new shirt at the next available opportunity.

    Never one to let wardrobe destruction interfere with her mission, Leona stepped to the side punched the offender in the face with a Mach Straight when he closed in for a lunging stab. He went down and did not move. Now Leona and Althea were faced with twelve more white ninjas. Althea had accounted for two and Leona had accounted for six. There were plenty of targets for the both of them.

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    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by RainCalamity on 12th November 2018, 10:22 pm

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    Althea noted that her attack had been rather effective, the two ninjas completely incapacitated and other ones flushed out into the open.  But, she would admit she went a bit overboard for a few guys with swords, but she still had plenty of magic power left so it was no problem.  Plus it was just more fun to things that way, simple as that.  But, Althea was fine with spectating Leona as she engaged with the ninjas, after all watching the other mage fight was pretty darn amazing!  Either way, it was plain to the young girl that momentarily Leona could handle herself, even when she paused mid battle to treat a wound.  And soon the ribbon wearing child ceased her waiting seeing as with the dispersion of a smoke cloud generated by the opposing force a plethora of new ninjas appeared.

    The sheer amount of the white clothed ninjas that surrounded the pair got Althea’s heart pounding with adrenaline.  To come out of the forest alive, she would have to be hitting hard and moving fast at the same time, leaving little leeway for any deep thought into the matter.  “Gotcha!  I’ll cover your front and your back from where I’m fighting!”  The water mage exclaimed, probably not realizing how dimwitted that might’ve sounded before practically rocketing into combat.  Scratch that -- she literally rocketed in, launching herself from the trunk of a tree.  Once close enough, she dealt a hefty kick to the side of one of the shadow warrior’s head, sending their limp body hurtling into the undergrowth.  When Althea landed on the ground she squatted to avoid the blade of a ninja, then hopped to avoid another, simultaneously punching the first ninja right in the jaw.  Then she kicked that same ninja towards another coming up behind them, launching them both into the trunk of a nearby three.  Whirling around, Althea managed to sidestep out of the way of a blade, and finding its wielder off balance due to an access of force put into the useless swing she elbowed them in the side.

    It was then one of those mysterious smoke balls rolled up beside Althea, and before she could make the slightest effort to get away it emitted a cloud of dark smog.  She also noted that the ninja she had just attacked had suddenly disappeared, most likely having moved out of the smoke.  But, the slayer reckoned that trying to move out of the smoke wouldn’t work all too well, even if she tried jumping out the ninja had their funky blades to chuck at her, thus she waited for them to come to her.  And soon they did, first a few of their star shaped things whirled past her, grazing her cheek as she attempted to dodge.  But apparently that was only meant as a distraction because suddenly a ninja was right behind her, sword raised.  A roundhouse kick sent them to the ground, but soon the rest of the warriors followed.  Althea had to swerve, duck, and jump every which way to avoid their attacks, but the clearing smoke helped to make fighting easier.  The young girl punched one squarely in the face, one kicked in the gut, another with their skull bashed against a stone, and the last simply with their neck twisted.



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    Leona Jarnefeldt

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    Lineage : Light of Luna
    Position : None
    Posts : 610
    Guild : Silver Wolf [Guild Master]
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Mentor : Advent
    Experience : 13,062.5

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Wind Strike Magic
    Second Magic: Wind Summon Magic
    Third Magic:

    Re: The Tome Tussle

    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt on 12th November 2018, 11:50 pm

    Leona watched Althea dispose of her ninjas without undue difficulty. She was much more agile that Leona, who relied on the defensive strength of her Argent Gloves to make up for her simplistic fighting style. The blonde mages made a good couple. Leona brought strength and durability to the table and Althea was the quick and powerful fighter who could easily take the fight to her enemies.

    Leona saw that only a few of the white ninjas were left... they should be easy to handle. Suddenly more ninjas arrived on the scene. The new arrivals were wearing crimson, which was an interesting choice for ninjas. White made some sense... they could attack from the cover of smokescreens without being easily spotted. However, the blonde saw no logic in red.

    "Get ready!" Leona said to Althea as a storm of shuriken came in. Leona dodged them all but had a couple more holes ripped in her shirt. Of greater concern was the fact that two of them immediately jumped in and swung at her with their swords. Leona blocked one of them with her Argent Glove and narrowly dodged another stab... she had no real way to retaliate. They quickly jumped back before she could even think of striking back.

    Another one jumped in as the first two retreated and punched her in the stomach. A second one leaped in and threw a spread of kunai that just barely missed her head when she ducked. A third reached to grab her arm to throw her, but she punched him in the chest with a Mach Straight. He rolled backwards and came up throwing a spread of kunai. Again Leona ducked just in time.

    A pair of crimson ninjas leaped at her with blades ready. Leona used a Wind Blast to knock them down... out of the corner of her eye a third one had taken advantage of the distraction to close in and was beginning the horizontal swing of his sword. Leona was too late to stop the blade with a glove. She stepped back, but she was already too late. The tip of the blade grazed her stomach and cut her shirt, streaking it red.

    "Damn!" Leona complained as she clutched her stomach. These ninjas were better than the first batch. They showed the same teamwork as the white ninjas but were better-coordinated and more willing to take risks to hit her in return. Unlike the white ninjas, they did not let up... another pair was already coming in for another attack.

    Leona fired a Gale Cannon that struck one in the chest and sent him flying until he dropped head-first onto the ground. His colleague did his best to exact revenge with a leaping downward slash that missed her right arm when she pulled it back. He dropped and did a leg sweep which Leona jumped over, then followed up with a roundhouse kick that hit her in the chest. He draw a kunai and stabbed at her repeatedly in an effort to score a hit.

    Leona drew her knife and began parrying each stab, but he was too fast. She missed a parry and her right forearm was grazed by the sharp blade. He leaped back and out of harm's way while a storm of kunai forced the blonde to retreat. These guys were good.

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