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    Post by Akeya on 7th November 2015, 11:06 am

    Job Description:
    Job Name: Sky High
    Job Rank: C-Rank
    Job Requirements: Max people 3 and needs 20 posts of 250 words.
    Job Location: Phoenix Mountains
    Job Description: Two travelers are trying to get to the either side of the Phoenix Mountains. They do not know their way over the mountains. If you choose to accept this job you are to escort them over the mountains to the other side. This trips will take several days and nights so make sure that they do not get injured and if they are any treatments will be taken from your pay. Same goes for any of their equipment and items that the pair are carrying.

    Enemies:
    Weak:
    Critters 2x- These tend to steal small things, preferably shiny. They will also steal food. They range from 3 inches tall to make 1 foot. Each takes C-Rank damage to defeat.
    Normal:
    Avalanches- You want to make sure you steer clear of these. They will take items and people with them. Hopefully if you are caught in one you can find everything afterwards.
    Strong:
    Vulcan 3x- These monsters will target women and take them away. They also cause lots of damage in pairs or on their own. Each takes 2 hits of C-Rank damage to defeat.
    Boss:
    Bandits 5x- Bandits roam the mountains hoping to snag items from people who venture up there. Each of them will take two hits or B-Rank damage to defeat.

    Reward: 6k Jewels

    Creator: Alyia

    Grey clouds covered most of the skies, only a few patches of blue hinting at the fact that it was noon, pillars of sunlight shining down out of those holes in the woolen carpet to illuminate the land below. Or at least parts of it. For the larger part, the sky was overcast, creating a somewhat grim mood for one who paid attention to the weather in such a way. For others, with a more practical and straightforward mindset, it was just a sign that the day would be colder, and that they would have to be wary for rain and possibly even snow.

    At the foot of the mountains, on the northeastern side, a small group of people was preparing themselves for the trip ahead. The weather wasn't perfect, but schedules and jobs rarely allowed such a thing to call for a delay. The trip was one that would take several days and nights, and seeing how two of the travelers in question were in something of a hurry not even a single day of wasted time could be afforded. These two were the ones looking somewhat uncomfortable, looking up at the tall and imposing fortresses of stone and earth that rose up in front of them. The Phoenix Mountains were a large mountain range, formed out of the kind of mountain that would try to hinder any kind of travel as best it could. The sides were rocky and treacherous, causing a single sound to already be enough to provoke an avalanche if one didn't watch out. In the begging the slopes would make things easier, but afterwards the only path left would be mountain trails, thin and windy as they sneaked their way around and in between the large monuments that dominated the landscape. And as the altitude increased the temperature would decrease. An inexperienced traveler could very easily fall prey to it, surprised by just how could the day could become even if they were well below the snowline.

    Even if they were in a hurry, this trip was not one that one could just risk being hasty with. If they didn't watch their step, if they weren't prepared, they would only hasten to a terrible fate.

    The travelers looked around at one of the two mages they had hired to help guide them through this treacherous landscape. The mage in question was one who was very familiar with the Phoenix Mountains. In fact, her own home village was located in one of the many valleys hidden behind stone and earth, a place only known to the merchants which visited from time to time for trade, and the ones who left their home to seek fame and fortune in the wide world outside of this mountain range. She had accepted this job because she was quite sure that there were not many other mages who were quite as suited for it. Even if they had traveled here before, not many of them would have lived up there in the shadow of the peaks for nearly twenty years before leaving home. She was also looking up at those mountains, but rather than trying to steel her resolve and attempting to conquer her uncertainty she was busy scanning the path before them, trying to find the best route to take. She had lived in the Phoenix Mountains for as long as she had been a child, but that didn't mean she knew the entire landscape like the back of her hand. The best she could do here was use that familiarity and experience to find the best path.

    Although of course she'd also have to deal with the fact that these travelers weren't too comfortable around her. So far as ability to safely get people through the mountains was concerned, Akeya was a good choice. However these travelers were the ones that would be paying her at the end, but they were already giving her uneasy glances. Or rather, they were sneaking glances at her large draconic wings, folded up on her back, and the long tapered reptilian tail swaying slightly behind her, both wings and tail covered in midnight blue scales. They looked at her hands and feet, covered in more delicate scales of the same colour, and the short but still obviously sharp claws that had replaced her nails. One of them also was somewhat distracted by her female figure, but other than that they were too busy trying to convince themselves that they would be safe with this half dragon, whose eyes they could only feel but not see, as they had been hidden behind a blindfold which failed to protect them from the weight of her gaze when it fell upon them.

    Akeya would be the one leading this expedition, but the other mage would be having the important task of making sure the travelers would follow Akeya without hesitation, keeping them happy and calm so they wouldn't make a mistake that could get all four of them killed. Akeya could lead the way, but she would never be able to make others feel at ease. It was simply a skill which she did not possess, which in some ways she had willingly thrown away when she accepted the dragon blood from her ancestors. But if the travelers weren't calm they could panic at a crucial moment, especially if they encountered one of the more dangerous creatures which inhabited the Phoenix Mountains. And if they panicked their first instinct would most likely be to run away without knowing where to go, and doing such a thing in such a dangerous place was a good way to quickly meet the end of your life. If they were calm they were more likely to trust the two mages to do their job of keeping the travelers safe, and if they were happy they would be more generous with their rewards once they reached the other side of the Phoenix Mountains.

    They were nearly done preparing, the only thing left to do was to get moving before the day had grown so old that they would no longer be able to cover enough ground at the beginning. The beginning was the easiest part of the entire trip, so it was best to try and get as far as possible before they would have to come to a halt for the night. Her draconic part was from a dragon of shadows and darkness, so the half dragon from Blue Pegasus would actually prefer moving at night, but doing so when she had to keep an eye on two completely normal humans, and possibly another human mage as well, was not possible.

    "Let's get moving."


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    Post by Sora on 13th November 2015, 11:32 am


    It was as cold and as biting as the mountains would be made out to be in this time of the year, each step taken in the snow leaving small holes in the messy shapes of footprints. Locks of black hair would gently flutter by in the soft wind of the cold as a young woman struggled to make her way up the path, teeth chattering together every once in a while to fight off the chills. It was harder and harder to keep herself mobile in the passing weeks, and the maiden knew that if she was going to have another fainting spell. . . she wouldn't feel it in this cold weather.

    There would be no warning, no signs, no usual signals that would otherwise give away she was in need of help. Her only source of help that she had was the very bag she was carrying on her back, strapped tightly along the top with a delicate string while her Kinchaku hung from her wrist, yet made sure to be tied with extra care as to not get lost in the windy weather. With plenty of supplies stored to last the few days, she made plenty sure to even pack extra in the worst case something happened.

    With a prompt and hefty breath of release, it was eventual that she caught a group of individuals in her sight. Shu couldn't help but let a small smile etch its way onto her cold and pink lips, hands wrapped around her being as she took in the forms before her. There were the two travelers checking over their supplies and seemed to be examining the premises, but judging by their behavioral patterns and body languages. . . Something was amiss. A soft hum escaped the waitress' lips in curiosity as she edged closer to the two travelers, her voice soft as to not startle either of them in their momentary lapses away from the world of reality. "E-Excuse me, I don't mean to bother either of you, b-but is everything alright?", Shu questioned with a slight tilt of her head. It was strange how quiet they both were in the weather and altogether, and judging by the direction their eyes were trailing, the young woman could only follow their gaze to only find something truly remarkable.

    It was the most peculiar creature she's ever seen.

    The young, black haired woman decided to pinpoint just who this individual was in the few moments of preparation that they all had. Judging by the appearance and figure, it was no doubt a female. The wings sprouting from her back were elegant in their own unique, yet intimidating ways while the color of her scales shined vibrantly. There was so much to this mage before them yet so little was being said or known, and the travelers seemed to not take too well to the woman's appearance. Much to Shu's curiosity and even amazement at who the woman might be, she knew that the two travelers needed someone to keep them calm at this rate.

    Otherwise, it could spell trouble if their stress levels were too high.

    It was at this mage's direction that they began to press onward, her voice swift and sure. Shu could only nod with a small sound to confirm she was present, her body turning completely to face the travelers with a wave of her hands. "Alright, you two. Th-This way now. M-My name is Shu a-and it's very nice to meet you both. We'll k-keep you safe, I promise!" Ignoring the occasional stutter and even chatter in her words and between her sentences, the two travelers both smiled and nodded in comfort. It seemed they both were starting to calm down a little, which could only cause the young woman to smile before properly turning around to follow the mysterious mage up along the wintry trails.

    It was then that Shu sped up her pace a little to trudge just behind the woman, an almost soft yet childish smile aligning her lips. "H-Hello, ma'm! Th-Thank you very much for partaking in this mission w-with me. I-I was worried th-that either of us would be alone.", Shu said with a chill running across her skin. Whether it was the cold or something else settling in, the maiden couldn't know at the moment. With her violet orbs shifting to look up at the mage near her, she outstretched a gloved hand her way as they walked.

    If anything, she wanted to introduce herself properly first.

    "M-My name is Shu! I-It's very nice to meet you miss. . . ?"



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    Post by Akeya on 13th November 2015, 1:00 pm

    The cold wind whistled as it flew through the mountains, flowing down the slopes to hit the travellers waiting to ascend those very same mountains to reach the other side of the landscape, where their business had called them to be. The wind also touched the half dragon and the other mage, both of which reacted differently to the harsh weather. The other mage reacted pretty much as one would expect her to react, with attempts to keep the chill at bay and stay functional in the type of weather where most animals would be finding a place to shelter and spare their energy for more productive days.

    It was the half dragon who was not obeying these rules. Dragons, as mighty and powerful as they might be, could still be categorized as reptiles. Thus one would expect them to adhere to the ruling that they didn't like cold weather, and that in fact it made them considerably slower. However this half dragon was either proof of the opposite, or she was just ignoring the fact that she should be feeling rather cold by now. The truth was, even if she hadn't been home in quite a while she had still grown up here, so this kind of cold was not something she wasn't already used to, and even her abandoning her humanity to become one of the great wyrms wasn't capable of changing that. Her arms, legs, and even midriff were exposed to the cold air, the bright sun which occasionally managed to worm its way through the grey blanket of clouds reflecting off the midnight blue scales on the limbs and her sides.

    Akeya saw that the other mage was already busy the travellers wouldn't panic, feeling that their supposed guardian was just another monster for them to be wary of. It made her sigh on the inside, mostly because she would decide to do escort missions even though she knew what kind of reaction she would get. However a job was a job, and if she -Shu, was it?- could keep the human travellers calm and cooperative this shouldn't be too difficult. Akeya would find the path for the four of them to follow, guide them through it, and Shu would make sure neither of the travellers got themselves into trouble. Of course, at the same time both of the mages would have the job of protecting the travellers should some kind of animal decide to come out and attack. It didn't happen often, because most animals found humans too large and dangerous, but in these areas where the land was harsher, it was not unheard of. And then there were bandits as well, who would hole up in some handy natural alcove out of the wind, waiting for poor travellers who had no choice but to use these mountain passes.

    Akeya was pretty sure that if they had to deal with anything more than an angry goat she would be the primary defender. She had already inspected the other mage, and while her magic looked interesting it was clear that she had the superior fighting potential. After all, even if one disregarded the magic she was still a half dragon while the other three were normal humans. Even if people kept calling her a freak over and over, they could not deny that a full blood human didn't stand a chance against a hybrid like her when it came to raw physical strength.

    However that was only if things went less fortunate than Akeya was hoping for. As a pessimist she was already trying to think of the best way to deal with any bad situations, but at the same time she was also hoping that the worst thing they'd encounter was this weather, with the chilling wind that could cut through the bone.

    Shaking her head the half dragon walked through the snow, the nearly black scales of her feet contrasting starkly with the pure white snow and leaving a trail that could quite easily be traced. Not something she was happy about, but for now she would travel in front of the group and merely act as a normal guide. If she immediately began flying about and using her magic tricks while they still needed to be completely calmed down by their other companion it might make things more complicated. However this also created the situation where said mage was trying to introduce herself to Akeya.

    Akeya looked at Shu, her eyes hidden behind her blindfold even as her gaze had enough focus that the other female most likely felt it clearly. Her eyes travelled across Shu's body, inspecting her general health and strength, before returning to her face, once again looking at the magic that flowed inside of the girl. It was quite interesting, and not something she saw often. If she could trust her own senses, and the blindfold which revealed magic to her eyes, this girl's magic allowed her to affect gravity, one of the most fundamental and powerful of forces one could find. The question of how effective it would be was something Akeya could only await the answer of, but she already judged it as being noteworthy. After several seconds Akeya finally extended her hand to shake Shu's, the smooth midnight blue scales of her palm pressed against the soft skin covering Shu's.

    "Akeya Kuusai. Let's make this job a successful one. I'll have the job of guiding us all and chasing away wild animals or bandits. You can make sure that the travellers stay healthy and safe, and that they don't end up doing something stupid because they aren't used to my appearance."

    The way she phrased it Shu might have difficulty figuring out if the half dragon was actually asking her to do that, or whether she had already decided that Shu was going to be doing that and was only telling the mage what she had decided.


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    Post by Sora on 14th November 2015, 12:05 pm


    Akeya. . . What a pretty name!

    That was the half human, half dragon's name. It seemed to roll off the tongue rather admirably and did indeed sound pretty - at least in all of Shu's opinion. The travelers behind the two clearly seemed to believe otherwise, their wary aptitudes from before still lingering about in the chilling weather. It was nonetheless that the maiden made a mental note to take extra, special care of the two individuals - both men of varying differences and qualities - while also taking care to look out for Akeya. Even if the young woman hadn't the faintest idea of just how strong this creature was, she still wanted to be able to support the woman when she could throughout this mission. No one was alone in this mountain exploration despite what anyone may have thought.

    Pale skin collided gently with blue tinted scales, the texture soft and warm. However, it was cold at the same time. Whether it was because of the weather or how her inner being was constructed, Shu couldn't decipher. It was something that would linger on the mind for a mere few moments before she pushed it to the side; the waitress would take Akeya's words with intent and care, nodding her head in extra confirmation as she took a quick glance to the travelers behind them. Violet orbs carefully observed their features while pinpointing details - no matter how minuscule - to determine their mental states along with their physical. It was imperative that nothing happen to either of them, and it seemed it was up to the black haired woman to see to it with all she can offer.

    It was a bit strange how Akeya phrased the opinion they carried on her appearance. The waitress herself certainly didn't mind nor be phased all too much by what she truly was. She believed that no matter the being, one should appreciate who they are with a smile, for it was what they embodied themselves in the world as. It was needless to say that in the end the female was overall blunt, but it was nothing new for the mage. With a prompt nod and a thumbs-up directed at Akeya, a soft sound of confirmation was made before she turned around fully to observe the two men following behind them. Both seemed to look upon the petite woman with curious eyes as she offered a smile, both returning the same once more before they began to trail up the path once more.

    "S-Say, Akeya.", Shu called out with a hand arising up to hover over her face. It was an attempt to block out any stray snow that may travel to her pale skin, mainly desiring to keep it away from the eyes. "Y-You seem to know where we're g-going rather well." It was certainly something the mage noticed as they all began to traverse up along the skinny trail. As the travelers grasped onto one another's hands, assisting one and the other from time to time, Shu stumbled lightly in her observation. They were just following her without question and she did state that her job would be to guide them up the mountain while fending off any obstacles. "I-I suppose y-you might know of th-this terrain? A-And also. . . I-If there's anything else I-I may be able to do, please l-let me know.", she breathed out.

    A cold, puff of air escaped her mouth in the current moment as they all continued onward. Shu spoke such words because she didn't wish for anything to happen to anyone present; she cared little for herself. She realized that many things could go wrong for mountain exploration, and for travel that would take a few days. . . There was plenty of room for both high hopes and crashing dreams. She would do her best to assist in any way she could while taking the time to get to know everyone in the group. Maybe she would even take away the fact that she explored a mountain for the first time - well, she believed it was from as far as she could remember. Until then, they would simply have to take things one step at a time and with care.

    She did have to wonder what Akeya thought on all this herself, though.

    Was it troublesome? Was it alright? Did she believe they all would make it out safely? Only time would tell.



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    Post by Akeya on 14th November 2015, 5:04 pm

    While Shu was thinking about Akeya's name the half dragon was allowing a small part of her mind to also indulge it's curiosity regarding Shu. Her name was small and simple, which was something Akeya approved of. Of course, high and mighty beings usually had large and imposing names as well, but a short and simple name was both efficient and useful. During the hunt you didn't want to have to whisper a whole sentence just to call out one of your allies, whereas saying 'Shu!' would take less than a split second. One could also call it cute, depending on whether you were the kind of person to think of names like that. Akeya wasn't really used to it, but she still admitted that it was a suitable name for the girl next to her.

    The girl herself was small as well, and looked about as human as anybody Akeya had seen so far. Nothing about her said anything about her being anything other than a human. Her hair was black, like Akeya's, although whereas the half dragon's hair was raven black Shu's hair was a bit softer, a shadow compared to Akeya's darkness. She was of an average height for a human female, which meant that compared to Akeya and the male travellers she was notably smaller. Her eye colour was somewhat curious, however: one didn't often find a human whose eyes were a shade of purple, although Akeya didn't believe that was a result of magic or anything abnormal. Sometimes people just had exotic eyes, or even hair. Cute was a term which fit the girl quite well, although Akeya had to admit that her own taste in females was a bit more for the tall and buxom ones. Still, Shu would probably have no trouble finding a male who appreciated her type of beauty.

    While a small part of Akeya's mind was thinking about this the main part was focused on something a little bit more practical. She still had to find the path which the two of them and the travellers following them had to follow. The weather wasn't as awful as it could have been, but it still was cold. If it wasn't for the fact that Akeya had both improved fortitude and had lived up in the mountains for most of her life she would have had trouble. It was only the combination of those two things that allowed her to be fine even though she wore the same outfit she wore back in the rest of Fiora, at a lower altitude where the weather was more gentle and definitely warmer. And even then she couldn't be careless: she wasn't immune to the cold, she merely displayed a resistance towards it that was greater than most humans, especially those who were used to warmth or heat. If she didn't keep moving the chill would begin to penetrate her skin, after which things would become difficult. One of the easiest ways for one to die up in the mountains was to take a wrong step and break a leg as a result, after which you could no longer keep moving. Without the warmth generated through movement the cold had a much easier time claiming your body. And after you had died that same cold would begin to preserve your flesh, so that others might encounter your remains long after your soul had already passed onto the next world.

    The travellers behind them were calmed down by Shu's presence, both because of her normal and kind appearance and her friendly and gentle demeanour. Seeing Akeya still made them worry and feel discomfort, but seeing how it was clear that the half dragon was focusing on the road ahead instead of looking at them, while the human girl was keeping them safe, helped them focus on walking instead of trying to think about what was the deal with the inhuman mage. The four of them were climbing pretty steeply at this point, gaining altitude quickly even as they had to struggle to make their way up without stumbling or falling. This part of the trip was actually still the easiest, and already it showed plenty of opportunity for things to go wrong. One could only imagine what it would be like once they were in the middle of the mountains, where they would have to walk right past certain death several times before they eventually returned to safer roads. In the middle of the mountains there were very few real paths: almost anybody who wanted to go past the Phoenix Mountains would either go around or find a road which only skirted the edges, which was safer but slower. The only reason these travellers had chosen to go straight through is because it was the only way that they might make it to their destination on time.

    As Shu mentioned how Akeya so far had been acting rather comfortable with their surroundings the scaled mage at first remained silent, leading the other three to a stable piece of ground where they should have an easier time staying on their feet, with fewer loose pebbles to throw them off balance. Eventually she opened her mouth, even though her mask hid that fact from the other female.

    "I come from a village up in the mountains. I am used to this place."

    A short silence, the half dragon looking back to see if the travellers were still correctly following in her footsteps. A minute or so later she spoke up again.

    "Our top priority is keeping our clients safe. That is your job. I'll get us through the mountains. If you want to do more, keep an eye on their stuff. There's creatures that live up here that wouldn't pick a fight but would try to steal everything you own. They like shiny objects. More importantly, they might steal food."

    At the same time four of these creatures where in fact sneaking up on the four travellers from behind, beady eyes focused on the large backpacks of the two males. They looked a lot like oversized rats, with rough grey fur. However their tail and paws were also covered with that fur, and their legs were longer, allowing for them to climb mountains. Their long fingers also helped significantly with this. Like rats they were fast and agile, and could force themselves through small gaps. However most of the time they just ran about, finding scraps of food and sometimes eating even smaller critters. Travellers were often targeted by these thieves. However they stayed at the middle altitude of mountains, where their fur was of the same colour as the rocks. They could deal with some cold due to the thick fur, but they wouldn't go so high as to reach the areas where there was always snow.


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    Post by Sora on 16th November 2015, 6:30 am


    Speaking of creatures that liked to pillage for foods and other shiny goods, Shu's attention slowly drifted from Akeya to the large, rat-like creatures creeping up slowly behind the travelers. "Ah, y-you two. . . !", the woman gasped out as a cold gust of wind brushed by their location on the mountain. The higher that they all descended upwards, the more problematic the biting winds and lowering temperatures would be. The maiden knew that they all needed to find a place for refuge - and soon - otherwise more problems might make themselves present.

    Like these four, large creatures.

    The men both turned around to only find said creatures growling at them in a menacing manner, teeth bare as their feet shuffled about slowly against the snow below them. The strands of their fur would slowly arise as their bodies tensed up, beady eyes staring down the travelers before them. Both men began to back away slowly and with fear wedging its way into their systems, and it was within a moment's notice that the creatures soon began to follow suit. With chattering teeth, Shu gathered up as much warmth as she could to herself before lunging a gloved hand forward - one of the large, rat-like creatures being trapped in a purple sphere that would be known to occasionally change hues.

    The creature was encased and it let out a cry, capturing the attention of the other creatures the moment the spell was cast. With this opportunity, Shu grasped the hands of both the men from behind and slowly scuffled away with them both - keeping her gaze onto the creatures before them when their attention dangerously drifted back to the group. "A-Akeya, what shall we do?", the mage questioned aloud as one of the creatures began to simultaneously roll their shoulders up and down. Judging by the low descent to the cold ground and the other creature slowly creeping up right behind it, the waitress had no other choice.

    With the moveset she had in mind, the woman outstretched an arm in front of both travelers behind her. Her voice was soft and hushed in a whisper, head turning to their direction in the slightest to capture whatever amount of their attention she could. "Stay calm. . . Don't panic and don't move, okay?" She was making an attempt to calm the travelers with what little time she could before turning her head fully back to both creatures, her left hand balled up into a tight fist as her entire being tensed up. She needed to be ready, she needed to be quick, she needed to get the timing just right. . . !

    Both of the rat-like creatures lunged themselves at the group, one seeming to end towards her while the other was aiming for the travelers. Their yelps were slowing arising from their mouths before Shu gathered up whatever courage she could, swiping her left arm across with her eyes shutting tight. "Magry!", and with that two squeaked yelps could be heard. Opening her eyes in the slightest, the young woman immediately checked the travelers to solidify if they were safe or not; from what she first laid her eyes upon, both men were cowardly hugging the other as they shivered in fear. The young woman could only close her eyes with the creasing of her brows and a light yet inward laugh.

    Y-Yes, they're safe. . .

    It was then that violet orbs cast their gaze and attention to Akeya, still keeping near the travelers as her breath began to grow heavier. It was the aftermath and price of using some of her spells in-between small moments so quickly, but it was something she knew she would have to possibly grow used to for the past few days. Despite how the young woman could align herself with solving problems with words instead of fists, it was in this case that was nigh impossible. With a shake of her head as another cold gust of wind brushed past the group on their level, locks of black hair seemed to messily blow about in the breeze before attaching itself to Shu's face - her attention fully focusing on the half-dragon spectacle.

    "Y-You alright over there, Akeya?!"

    It was needless to say. . . She had never seen anything like these creatures before.



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    Post by Akeya on 16th November 2015, 11:00 am

    Akeya quickly turned around when Shu gasped, her eyes narrowing as she noticed the four critters that had been approaching them from behind. In the mountains keeping a good eye on everything was very difficult, especially with weather like this. The wind was almost always blowing, throwing scents everywhere. The clouds created shadows that messed up the contrast of the landscape, and even if you had the sun out it was usually bright and glaring. And now that it was snowing that hindered your sight even more. The most reliable method of detection around here were your ears, and even those could be deceived or led astray by the howling of the wind. Truly the mountains were a challenge for everybody, both predator and prey.

    And because of that she hadn't been able to notice the small creatures until they had already gotten this close. The half dragon growled to herself in disgust at her lack of diligence. Regardless of whether or not it was difficult, it was her job to keep an eye out and make sure nothing bad happened to the other three. To immediately fail at that job made her almost feel sick. Clearly this could only be a sign that her time living in the guild hall had made her too soft, too certain that she shouldn't be worried about the worst situation. Being around powerful mages tended to make you feel safe, which was fine for most people. However Akeya couldn't let herself become dull because of that.

    Luckily at least her fellow mage was already moving quickly, from the looks of it being motivated and encouraged by the fact that if she didn't those two travellers would be in trouble. That kind of concern for humans was not something that Akeya possessed, which meant she lacked that particular edge in this kind of situation. Instead she would have to rely on her other edge, the one she cultivated and refined as often as she could. Instead of concern for others she'd use the instincts of a half dragon, and her own focused mind.

    One of the thieving creatures was quickly sealed up by Shu, who created some kind of transparent sphere around the beast that kept it from moving. The other three didn't look too happy about finding their fourth member being trapped like this though, if one were to judge according to how two of them immediately headed for Shu and the two travellers. Shu however looked ready to protect the two employers, who both had decided to do the sensible thing and cower in fear while being protected by the two mages. Of course Akeya still found them weak to begin with, needing the protection, but at least right now they weren't doing something even more foolish such as running away to who knows where or actually fighting back.

    Although honestly it wasn't like these creatures were that dangerous. They mostly stole food and shiny objects, and so far as Akeya knew they only really attacked if aggravated or threatened. In this case they were aggravated about how one of them was just put inside a bubble like that, but still. If those two travellers were experienced and brave enough they could have deal with the little mongrels themselves just by kicking and punching them. However right now it looked like the two travellers were frozen on the spot, so it was up to Shu and Akeya to clean up this mess caused by the half dragon's lack of attention.

    Shu was already keeping the two more aggressive ones busy, so Akeya focused on the last one, the one that wasn't yet sealed but had yet to join the assault of the others. After taking a short moment to decide whether to chase the creature away or kill it Akeya just decided that she didn't feel like being merciful. In fact, she might as well treat this as a free meal. Turning into a shadow she quickly dashed straight for the fourth critter, which snarled and tried to dodge. Unfortunately it wasn't quite fast enough, Akeya altering her course while in one hand a black dagger formed.

    While Shu used her spell on the two others Akeya spun and lashed out with her impromptu weapon, cutting through fur, skin, and flesh as she carved a deep line into the creatures neck. After the first slash she followed up with a stab, burying the dagger straight into the thief's brain before the black weapon dispersed into shadows. As the dead animal fell onto the ground like a puppet with its strings cut Akeya turned to the two which had been hit by Shu's magic, another dagger appearing in both her hands as she prepared to finish off the three remaining beasts.

    Even with her face covered Shu might notice that Akeya was moving with little hesitation, having swiftly killed one of the animals and now dashing towards the two that had lunged at Shu and the travellers with the clear intent of repeating her actions. The way that Akeya moved was not of a soldier or a warrior, but a predator which was in the middle of taking down its prey.


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    Little had the woman realized just what Akeya was exactly capable of.

    Upon focusing her attention on the said being for only a moment after the calling of her well-being, that was all that was needed to get a point across - if not a plethora. The black haired maiden felt her eyes widen in the slightest at the female's speed and durability in the cold wind brushing and grazing by the group in near powerful gusts. The way the raven haired woman lunged at the lone creature with a weapon in hand, glimmering off of whatever sunlight could slip through the sea of gray clouds, was truly something to behold. It was a sheer reminder that in this world of magic and sorcery that people not only behaved differently, but handled a number of situations differently.

    Each and every variable that presented itself would appear as something different to another - even if by only the slightest percentage. Each and every moment that greeted the heart would be cherished differently, hated differently, and experienced differently. Each and every memory a creature, individual, or deity received would always be remembered in a different perspective. It was something always unique about each and every individual in this world, and something that Shu herself had come to learn from her old days spent in Solemn Park when she was younger. From the friend that used to travel with her to his disappearance, from the time she spent all alone to listening to others problems, and meeting new faces to form endearing and truly treasured bonds. . . The mage knew that everything was different for someone out there.

    This situation was no different.

    As she felt her violet orbs tear up in the slightest sense of hearing a piercing cry as she caught the full momentary experience of Akeya's victory, the voice of a creature once muffled was beginning to make itself clear again. If not for the two travelers shakily pointing past the waitress' shoulder to regain her attention, she would have not realized that the once trapped creature was now free to try and claim its revenge. With a snarl and an intimidating bare of its teeth, the young woman did not dare falter for even a moment as she took a defensive stance. Shu bent her knees slightly while keeping her hands near her sides - tense and at the ready. It was also situations like these where she was left defenseless, having nothing else to rely on but her magic.

    M-Maybe I should get a weapon. . . !

    The thought only lasted for a mere second as the creature began to charge at the group of three, beady eyes locked onto the packs strapped securely on the travelers backs. This couldn't go on for much longer as they all needed to rest soon after this escapade. With a slight huff and the scratching of her feet along the snow covered floor, Shu swiped her hand at the rat-like being with a determined yet teary eyed stare. "Demi!", she cried out to block the creatures path and it was with success. The rat-like being released a muffled grunt as it was bounced back, landing on its side with a few rolls.

    Despite how it was a harmful creature, there was a part of the black haired maiden hoping that it didn't fall off the cliff to meet a terrible end. In the beginning, she was just planning to hopefully chase them off. . . But it seemed that couldn't be met. Quickly casting her gaze at her partner in this mission multiple times, the young woman wanted to discern the fate of the two other creatures that she had swiped away from the group with her spell some time ago. She had nearly forgotten that their presences were still in existence, but whether they were alive or not. . . That was in Akeya's hands now.

    Keeping a hand outstretched towards the rat that was beginning to scuffle up back onto its feet, Shu was well aware it was almost more than agitated. They just killed one of their group - their companion. The black haired woman knew that they all wouldn't be released from this battle so easily, and she just needed to hang in there for just a little while longer as she was continuing to gather the strength needed to use her spells once more. Despite how it was quite an arduous process, and how much time can pass in just waiting alone, it was necessary to not overwork one's self. The mage wanted to prove herself useful and not a liability. She wanted to prove that she could handle whatever the world threw at her. She wanted to prove to the ones that brushed off her presence in the world that she was something of use - whether she remembered them or not. The maiden whispered to herself as she sighed out, a puff of white flowing from her mouth as the two travelers both tensed up - their voices filled with worry as they kept to holding on one another once again.

    "A-Alright. . . Come on. . ."

    She had no other choice but to kill it.



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    Post by Akeya on 17th November 2015, 8:58 am

    Akeya remembered a certain memory of her past, when she still lived up here with the rest of her family in one of the valleys hidden amidst the peaks. The family was large enough that they had been able to form an entire village on their own, but the harsh surroundings had forced them to cooperate well enough that even with so many people they still had managed to feel tightly knit together. Each had their own job to help the village survivor, and a fair amount of the adults had been hunters, chasing down critters like these and others, like mountain goats. Akeya had accompanied some of those hunts, observing her uncles and aunts as they showed her that a hunter wasn't some bloodthirsty monster that ran out and lashed out at everything that came close: a hunter was the same as a predator, and a predator didn't care about satisfying their thirst for blood. A predator hunted for the sake of getting food, and would try to find food with as little issue as possible. Fighting could lead to injury, and injury could lead to death. A predator was sneaky, stealthy, silent. They tracked down their prey, and only when the prey was either too weak or exhausted, or presented an opportunity, the predator would strike.

    This lesson was the one that Akeya might have taken to heart most of everything she had ever learned. As somebody who had inherited the soul of a dragon she instinctively felt like a predator, and she would do her best to become a successful predator. Unlike some other Dragon Slayers, who would become bruisers and brawlers in a fight (like Akryn, her teammate), Akeya was what others would call the assassin and the hunter. She focused on speed, efficiency, and stealth. And even if the fight had already started she could still apply those traits, reducing the chances of incurring damage while swiftly executing her opponents. Of course this was combined with a tendency to treat any of her opponents as prey. More importantly, she didn't see any reason to show mercy or let them live. If they were her opponent, that meant that for her to succeed they had to die. The only times when she strayed from this belief is if she either was tasked so for the job, or she could afford the luxury of taking the extra effort of keeping her prey alive while at the same time rendering it helpless.

    But these critters did not warrant that kind of treatment. Akeya had already killed them in the past during hunts, and she knew that she could disable them if she wanted. However she did not want to, and treating them as an extra source of food was only beneficial. So when she dashed to those two animals that had been knocked back by Shu as she defended the two employers she readied the two black daggers that had formed in her hands, preparing for another set of swift and efficient kills.

    The creatures themselves saw her coming and like the first were quick enough to react. However in contrast to the first they didn't run away, instead snarling and pouncing at Akeya even as she dashed towards them. Their sharp teeth were exposed, reading to bite into her exposed flesh even as they closed the distance rapidly.

    Unfortunately for them they were simply outclassed in this fight. Akeya was in her element in these mountains, where she had lived for so long, and more than that she was a trained half dragon who already possessed enough prowess to be considered a B-Rank mage. These critters weren't strong predators: they were small scavengers and thieves. They could be ferocious and dangerous if cornered, but in this case it was simply that they had encountered the wrong group to try and steal from.

    When their fangs were about to reach her Akeya turned into a shadow, the critters squeaking in confusion as they flew through thin air without hitting anything. The half dragon then spun around and shot forward while still a shadow, appearing above the two beasts still in mid-leap. Turning back into her physical form she slammed both her daggers down in an icepick grip. The shadow-formed weapons embedded themselves in the bodies of the two prey, who squeaked again and loudly as their flesh and organs were punctured. Akeya let go of the weapons and landed on all fours as behind her the two animals fell down already beginning their last moments, the shadow daggers disappearing.

    Looking around the half dragon noted that the last remaining animal was being knocked back by Shu. Another shadow dagger appeared in her hand, but she was somewhat slower in killing this one, wanting to see if her companion was also capable enough. However should Shu be tardy she would be witness to a dark shadow flashing forward to behind the rat-like creature, driving a dagger straight into the back of the furry critter's skull before revealing itself to be Akeya.

    Regardless of whether Shu was the one to kill it or Akeya ended up finishing it off the half dragon would look at Shu for a moment, her expression still hidden behind blue cloth as she inspected the other mage and the two travellers.

    "No injuries?"

    Without waiting for a response she turned around and began gathering the animals, holding them up by the tails while blood leaked from the open wounds onto the white snow below, leaving a trail of red snow behind Akeya which she seemed to be prepared to just completely ignore. With each of the animals she inspected if they were healthy and fat, and if the wounds had been clean and up to par. Just because she had killed these before and they weren't much of a threat didn't mean that she couldn't still mess up in delivering the finishing blow.


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    Post by Sora on 18th November 2015, 8:21 am


    With a hefty breath as the creature scuttled forward, Shu knocked it back once more with her spell of Gravity Orb. The large foe was blocked and bounced back similarly as it was before, and it wasn't before long where it merely laid there on the ground - subdued to Akeya's wrath. It was afterwards in a moment of pure, utter silence that the black haired maiden sighed out shakily with her form trembling in the slightest. Now that she was taking in the body count lying on this level of the mountain, there was a certain color and stench that caused her stomach to churn.

    R-Red. . . A-And that means. . .

    "L-Look at all the blood, man.", one of the travelers muttered to the other in utter awe. Both men simultaneously sighed out and slowly loosened their grips onto one another, taking in the tattered scene before them. A fresh smell permeated the air despite the wind brushing against them, and the once pure white snow was now stained with a bright color of red that would appear staining to the eyes. It was something that caused the maiden to cover her mouth slowly with a quivering hand while the other grasped onto her wrist, eyes squinting as tears were nearly bordering her eyes. This very stench and scene is something she was always never wanting to see if she could have helped it; she would have avoided creating something like this at all costs because of the vow she made.

    But she couldn't.

    Not this time.

    As Akeya's voice pierced through the veil she created around herself to ring through her eardrums, the woman could only shake her head quickly while turning away - examining the other two creatures a small distance away. She was beginning to feel dejected and scold herself harshly in the back of her mind, constantly eating away at the subconscious that was her own being. She broke the vow after so long. . . She had travelers to protect but she broke the vow. . .  Was there really no other way to carry out this situation? That battle? The young woman could only make a soft sound within herself before turning to the travelers, abruptly attempting to make conversation. Shu realized that she needed to distract herself otherwise she may prove a liability. What did they all need now. . . A place to stay for the night perhaps?

    "S-Say, you two alright?"

    Both men looked at each other for a moment before nodding, smiling in what appeared to be a slight sense of relief. "Th-Thank you very much for protecting us, miss.", one of them commented with a bow of their head. "Tell that dragon, lady. . . thing we thank her, too.", the other piped up with a nervous smile. It was in this moment that the waitress' violet orbs widened slightly at their words before a forced, small smile etched its way onto her lips. "M-Maybe you should tell her yourself. . . when you both are ready. I'm sure Akeya w-would really appreciate it." It was in this moment that they both looked at each other in either anxiety or hesitation before casting their gazes back onto Shu, both nodding with their own unique sounds of confirmation.

    The young then bowed her head before gesturing for them both to follow her, keeping close to her after what transpired. Softly piping up with a hand hovering next to her mouth, Shu tried to contain and whittle away whatever hints of sadness or dejection she could in her voice - no matter how minuscule. They had a job to do first - a job to complete. They needed to progress onward if they all wanted to make it past these few days and to the end in safety. "A-Akeya, do you know of any places we could perhaps r-rest for the night?", Shu asked in slight curiosity, doing her best to ignore the stench of blood and the very sight of it as the woman was gathering the dead bodies of the creatures.

    They needed to do what they had to in order to survive these next few days.



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    Post by Akeya on 19th November 2015, 10:28 am

    All four the creatures looked in good condition, or at least looked like they had been managing quite well in this place before they had decided to attack this group of travellers and got killed for their troubles. Akeya couldn't find any indication of disease or illness in any of them, and all in all they hadn't been starving either. She actually was thinking that their arrival could be seen as a lucky break, since it meant they could quickly increase their food supply. Of course, she doubted that the other three would want to eat these: humans tended to be rather squeamish in the face of eating creatures which they had seen while they were still alive. At least, humans who lived in the city. Those who lived in villages were a bit more robust, although even then those had a tendency to at least demand that the creature were to be cooked and prepared, which in Akeya's eyes could be done if one had the time for it, but ultimately wasn't necessary. She was planning to keep these for herself, since she was most likely the only one who would appreciate them.

    She held all four the dead animals in one hand, gripping their long hairy tails so they dangled right next to her, blood slowly seeping from their individual wounds to eventually reach the tip of their nose, after which it would drip down onto the white snow, marking it red. The red spots and the carcasses themselves were already spreading the strong scent of blood, which meant that other predators could be heading here. That was a bit of a disadvantage, however if they left quickly they should be fine, especially since in this cold weather, cold enough that it was snowing with no sign of the white flakes decreasing, it shouldn't take too long before the bleeding would stop. To hasten the process Akeya knelt, gathering some of the snow that was already covering the ground. More specifically, she gathered some of the snow that was still white. Ignoring the cold that was now assaulting her scaled hand she began to put snow on the bleeding wounds, which would accelerate the freezing process and also help decrease the bleeding before that point.

    With her prey secure and ready for further travelling Akeya looked around, watching with raised eyebrows as the other mage turned away from the scene. She snorted with some disdain, guessing that the woman was afraid of blood. The magic abilities displayed by Shu had all managed to not inflict any visible damage onto the creatures, instead having been of a purely magical nature both in origin and effect. With a magic like that it wouldn't be surprising if this was the first time in months, if not years, that Shu had to face the sight of blood, especially so freely spilled without hesitation. Akeya herself found this a strange idea, and had trouble sympathizing. As a hunter blood, both the red substance and the strong scent, were natural for her, and as a half dragon they in fact had a kind of attraction to her. Not like vampires, who needed blood for nearly everything, but blood was as much part of the meal of a predator as the meat which contained the blood-filled veins.

    If she picked up on the conversation between Shu and the travellers the half dragon didn't show it, instead waiting for the three of them to recover from the ordeal. They couldn't wait too long, however, because with this wind something would pick up the smell of blood, and most likely come here. In the mountains there were plenty of predators, even if not as many as on the ground. However even if they were less numerous they were all tough, since they needed to survive and thrive here. These critters hadn't been any real threat, although it looked like the other three might disagree if she voiced that opinion out loud. The travellers still looked somewhat shaken, both by the sudden attack and the fact that the half dragon that was escorting them had suddenly killed those four beasts quickly and without any hesitation, and was now holding onto the carcasses as if prey from a hunt. The fact that from her point of view the latter was true wasn't going to convince them though. As for the girl, she looked like she was a bit better at recovering, although Akeya wouldn't forget her initial reaction.

    When Shu approached her, the two travellers hesitantly in tow, the first thing she did was ask Akeya whether she knew of a place where they could stay for the night. That was a good suggestion, and the half dragon decided that she wouldn't argue. She herself might want to travel at night, but she was alone in that, and moving on ahead without her employers wouldn't work. So instead she looked around, trying to figure out which way they should go to find shelter. After several seconds of glaring through the snow and her blindfold she spotted some signs which indicated that they could move in that direction if they were planning to quickly find a place to rest and recover. She nodded, not bothering to actually look at Shu as she instead made a motion with her free hand that the three would have to follow her.

    "I'll find us a place where we're out of sight and the wind. Follow me, and let's hurry. It shouldn't be too long before other animals come to try and lay claim to what remains of what died here. I'd rather not fight them for this."

    She lifted the dead critters, then began to walk, her tail swaying behind her as her midnight blue scales and olive skin made a stark contrast with the snow. She wasn't looking around to see if the others were following, instead relying on her ears. Although honestly, she didn't see what they could do besides following her. She was the one who knew the way, and the only one who appeared resistant enough towards the harsh weather that she would be able to survive on her own.


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    Post by Sora on 22nd November 2015, 8:18 am


    It was a relief that the mage knew of an area they could at least start making way towards, her being facing the direction that they would most likely be progressing. It let the black haired woman know that they wouldn't be aimlessly trudging through the mountains, absentmindedly trying to seek shelter. Although, during the few moments of silence and examination that passed on, the waitress couldn't help but release a silent sigh - eyes casting downwards to the soft snow below. The area wasn't stained with red nor was any part of her being, a sense and offer of relief slowly creeping under her skin. Despite how fractions of her senses were numbing slightly due to the cold temperatures of the raging weather, the young woman wanted to still prove herself to be more useful to the very being in front of her.

    Albeit, she knew she wasn't in the best state of mind right now to move forward on her own words.

    As Akeya's voice shifted through the coarse wind, the scuffled footsteps of the travelers helped break the woman out of her trance - having nearly slipped through an entirely different realm. Violet orbs widened slightly in that singular moment as her gaze focused upon the woman carrying the dead creatures onto her back, a soft breath escaping her while her gaze softened. She would need to thank the half-dragon for getting them out of that situation once they found shelter, and the travelers certainly needed to do so as well. No one could be scared of another forever, for there was such a thing as conquering one's fears. With her gloved hands grasping onto the straps of her pack wrapped onto her shoulders downward, the young woman took in a deep and concentrated breath before sighing out heavily.

    I can do this. . . J-Just focus on the mission, Shu. Y-You can do this.

    With a nod of her head after having retreated into her thoughts, Shu began to jog forward in the snow with a small, natural smile etching its way onto her pink lips. Having began to focus solely on the mission was making the dejection eat away at her all the more numbing, for she couldn't afford to lose focus nor pace. They all needed to stick close and work together while growing comfortable with one another. The travelers couldn't be uncomfortable with Akeya throughout this entire endeavor, and Shu knew she couldn't let herself falter like that again. It was why she was so determined now to keep herself leveled and focus, and placed herself right in the middle of the travelers upon getting close enough while finding their pace.

    The two men looked upon the petite woman before smiling in their own unique ways, having felt a sense of comfort wash over them both before casting their gazes back onto the very woman that was leading them through all of this. Would it be easy to admit that they were grateful for their assistance? Their company throughout this entire mission? Only time would be able to tell as they trudged onward through the snow, Shu having sped up her pace a little while flashing a toothy smile to the travelers before walking near Akeya. "S-Say, Akeya, you know wh-when I said you seem t-to know your way around the mountain? And y-you said you grew up in a village in these mountains? May I ask what it was like? Th-The people and the life?", the maiden asked - looking up at the woman with a small smile. She merely wanted to know more about the very person that was trying their hardest to lead them through all this, and she wanted to perhaps make conversation as well while they were traveling.

    After all, it was better than them all keeping quiet for long periods of time.



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    Post by Akeya on 22nd November 2015, 11:46 am

    Finding your way in the mountains is a tricky business, especially if you have no map. If you knew the area you could navigate by looking at the horizon and comparing the positions of the peaks with what you remembered from a couple of minutes ago. You could also make use of the sky, looking at either the sun or the stars. However if it was day the best you could do was figure out the cardinal directions. Stars were a lot more reliable and precise, but those only showed themselves at night, at which point most travellers would halt and wait for the day because they didn't want to stumble about in the dark. And this was only for people who actually knew the place, and who had experience navigating like this. Somebody completely new to it would need a map or otherwise they would most certainly get lost.

    And that wasn't even considering the weather. The sun and the stars were only visible if the weather was clear, and in the mountains that was most certainly not always the case. If you were lucky any clouds had already finished dumping their load before they managed to climb up the slopes of the tall mountains, but if you were unlucky the entire sky would become a vast expanse of dark grey, from which the snow would begin to fall. On such a day finding your way would become significantly more complicated, and not even only because of the sky being blocked and turned into a uniform grey that told you nothing except that the weather wasn't as clear as you wanted it to be. The snow itself was also a hindrance, in more ways than one. For one thing, it would hinder and limit your field of vision. The denser the snow the shorter your view range, and if you couldn't see the mountain peaks properly you were in trouble. And even if you had special eyes which could see far and sharp, they still wouldn't help as much as in normal weather. Snow didn't hinder your vision by making things darker. It was in the way because it just occupied the space in between you and what you are trying to see, something which you can only deal with if you have some really special eyes.

    And then there was the way that the snow would pile up on everything. Out in the fields snow could melt as quickly as it reached the ground, in which case your biggest problem was that the water turned the ground into a muddy mess. But up in the mountains, were it was almost always cold, the snow would stick, and more snow would follow. Soon the entire landscape would be decorated with a layer of the pure whiteness, making it difficult to move forward as you trudged through it, slowing you down. The snow on your body would melt, slowly making you and your equipment wetter and wetter while around you the snow just kept coming. Eventually the snow on your body would also stop melting, and you would feel yourself becoming colder and colder as your body burned its reserves to try and fight off the invading chill.

    Looking around for landmarks you'd find that this blanket of white, so innocent and pure looking, was as deadly and treacherous as a field filled with mines. Everything would be covered, literally everything, and landmarks would be nigh unrecognisable. Shapes which you thought would never change suddenly were entirely different, leaving you disoriented and confused because that landmark that you thought would be there wasn't there, or at least so far as you could see. And because you became used to everything being white, and the world becoming darker in contrast, anything that wasn't white could easily be mistaken for empty space, even though it could just as well be the underside of a cliff or the entrance of a cave.

    Travelling across the mountains was something which was only done if you were very certain of what you were doing, and had somebody with you who was experienced with such things. Even more so, most people would just decide to never travel through the mountains if they could help it, unless they possessed either enough riches or power that even the forces of nature could no longer be considered a challenge. In this scenario this most definitely wasn't the case.

    Akeya narrowed her eyes as she tried her best to figure out where they were heading, her green eyes hidden behind her midnight blue blindfold as she glared through the snow. She had lived in this mountain range for nearly twenty years, and explored it plenty of times. The weather and the fact that she had to limit her movement to what her companions could keep up with were definitely making things trickier, but she could still somewhat reliably lead the way. Feeling the wind blowing against her, and watching the way the snowflakes swirled and danced through the air, she was pretty sure she knew where she could find a safe spot. The winds would always take the smoothest path, only hindered by obstacles and itself. The snowflakes were impeding her vision, but at the same time they made the wind patterns visible, allowing the half dragon to begin leading the others towards a place where the wind wasn't blowing, which in turn meant it was a good place to take a break for the night. The sky was quickly becoming darker, so they couldn't move much further anyway.

    At that point the other mage, Shu, approached her once again and began asking about her past. The Shadow Dragon Slayer frowned slightly at this, although Shu would most likely miss that subtle sign, it being hidden behind Akeya's mask and blindfold. After considering how much she could tell the other female the half dragon eventually began to talk, sounding somewhat distracted as she kept stepping through the snow to lead them towards their temporary resting spot.

    "My family was kind, because if you don't work together in these mountains when it's a bad year people could die very easily. The life was simple, since a little village up in the mountains doesn't have to worry about anything besides surviving and making sure everybody is healthy and happy. Personally I preferred it to the way that the humans in more merciful climates make everything complicated."


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    Post by Sora on 25th November 2015, 8:13 am


    So that's what it was like. . . I-I wonder what that's like. Having a family so kind. . .

    It was in this thought that the young woman had fallen silent, missing the subtle signs of Akeya's decrease in possible comfort or overall mood. 'Twas true that they needed to escape from this mountain scattered environment unscathed, something so much as a scratch strictly not permitted, but there were no bounds in regards to focusing on oneself out in this tattered place. The wind pushed at them all - brushing through whatever strands of hair were visible while grazing the cold temperatures against any surface of the skin. The tiniest of snowflakes would fall on viable eyelashes and stick to their articles of clothing, decorating them in a scattered coat of white that appeared as small flakes.

    Their shoes would scratch against the snow as they merely traversed onward, not another word being spoken as of yet. True that the slight chattering of teeth may have been occurring, for the two male travelers were starting to make shaky yet comforting bouts of encouragement to one another in hushed whispers. It was something such as those small actions that would warm the heart, causing the other to feel more comfortable if not relieved of a familiar presence. It was why the young mage had to wrap her arms around herself while shrinking slightly within herself in an attempt to comfort herself. Her red tinted nose would just barely be poking out of the large scarf wrapped around her neck - eyes squinting in the slightest to bear the chilling winds.

    If one were to look close enough upon her slightly trembling form, they would find that red was slowly starting to show under her eyes and around - a firm indication that the cold was definitely getting to her. She wasn't like Akeya who could stand strong in temperatures like this and had grown up in the mountains, or like the two travelers behind her that had professional stacks of clothing to combat such harsh weather. It was in this moment that she was beginning to get lost in her thoughts - thinking of all the people she had seen, the people she had met. . . She was wondering where they all were now at this very moment, how they were doing, what they were doing. . . It was even with a slight descent of her head that her mood descended in the slightest, a sad smile hidden behind the layers of her pink scarf.

    I miss them. It's been quite a while since. . . I've seen my friends.

    It was in this moment that a singular gust of wind pushed against them all harshly, causing Shu and the two travelers to all duck their heads while being slowed in their movements for even a small moment. To think that this trip would be a few days still was almost overwhelmingly concerning for the maiden, but Shu had to be strong for the people around her. Whether they each individually considered her a friend or foe, she would treat them all the same - with respect and admiration for making it through this challenging journey; all with a smile on her face even if they may even despise her for it. It was then she whispered to herself after a soft chatter that she began to rub her arms, feeling a sense of warmth emit from the very depths of her core in an attempt to keep herself going.

    "C-C-Come on, Shu. A-Almost there. W-We're all almost there."



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    Post by Akeya on 25th November 2015, 9:35 am

    It looked like the little mage walking next to her had run out of things to talk about, since she had fallen silent once again, leaving Akeya to focus on the road ahead. That or she felt embarrassed, or the more likely explanation that Shu was too busy trying to avoid freezing to death. The weather was certainly making it a hard task to stay strong for the travellers, and Akeya could only count herself lucky that she had plenty of experience with this kind of weather, and an extra portion of sturdiness and fortitude to boot. If she wasn't a half dragon she would have been in the same state as the three humans accompanying her, if not worse because her clothing definitely wasn't suited for this kind of environment. She hadn't really bothered to prepare for this journey except to gather some more food beforehand, an action which had become somewhat redundant now that she had four of the crawling critters to feast on while the other could share their rations. Well, unless one of them wanted to try raw meat. Actually she was pretty sure that for humans raw meat was unhealthy. Something about how they were so used to eating it cooked that their stomachs weren't very good at dealing with raw.

    Regardless the fact that Shu was now busy trying to stay warm meant that Akeya could return all her focus to finding the path to a safe place to stay for the night, because as it was now the three others would have a high chance of dying simply because of the sheer cold and the chilling wind which could feel as if it cut right through your clothing. Akeya herself was a bit better off, but even she wasn't looking forward to sleeping outside in the open. Resistance did not have the same effect as pure immunity, and Akeya might be used to cold but she wasn't one of those Ice Slayers, who most likely would make a bed of pure ice if they got the opportunity. Which stood to reason, since Akeya liked to make her nest where it was dark and where she didn't have to worry about the sun reaching her in the morning. The half dragon looked around as she tried to glare through the falling snow, inspecting her companions. The travellers were showing signs of the cold, but they had prepared themselves well and seemed to be capable of continuing for a fair bit longer, although it most certainly wasn't going to be pleasant for them.

    The problem was Shu. She also had warm clothing with her, but it wasn't of the same quality as the travellers who most likely had prepared for this journey for a fair while now. The other mage was struggling hard, but Akeya could see that she wasn't going to last much longer out here in the open. Rubbing her arms, chattering teeth, clear signs that she was trying her best to get warmth from any source she could find, even if that meant wasting more energy in moving to generate it. Akeya frowned as she looked back forwards, narrowing her eyes as she hastened her pace. She didn't feel a special connection to the female mage, but if the other mage on the job died from the cold that would put the entire journey in a sour mood. Not to mention that the girl's guild would most likely get mad about it. Or not. Akeya had no idea which guild Shu belonged to and what they were like. Maybe they wouldn't even care, since Shu wasn't one of their top class mages. Maybe they would just be sad. Could be anything and the half dragon couldn't make a guess.

    However that wasn't really the point. The point was that it would be better for everybody if they quickly found shelter, because Akeya herself wasn't too happy about the current circumstances either. The snow was starting to begin to settle on her scales and skin, which was a bad sign. Larger energy reserves and greater resistance to the cold or not, if her reserves ran out they wouldn't just miraculously refill again. Being a half dragon was not quite that convenient. Luckily Akeya saw that they were in fact getting close to a good place to hide. Up ahead there was a spot where the snow did not bother to fall, most likely because the wind did not go there and there was an overhang keeping it from just falling straight down. A rock formation partially in the slope of the mountain where they should be able to stay for the night. As long as other animals hadn't already decided to stay there. Actually, Akeya didn't think that would be much of a problem, using her tongue to touch the inside of her teeth, specifically the fangs which had formed out of her canines. Just because she already had four of these small critters didn't mean she wasn't willing to accept some more offerings.

    First things first though, she raised one hand and motioned for the other to keep following before pointing up ahead, towards where they should now also be able to see the safe spot. It wasn't exactly a secluded spot, but the rocks and the fact that the mountainside was somewhat hollowed out there would keep them out of the worst of it, more specifically the winds and the snow. With those out of the way they should be able to survive, and in this weather they could probably get a fire going without having to worry about anybody else noticing it. By the time that they were close enough to catch a glimpse of the glow they would have been close enough to find them anyway, with the way that the snow was obscuring almost everything. Akeya looked around at Shu, deciding to help her out a bit by unfolding one wing and wrapping it around the smaller mage, keeping her somewhat close and blocking a fair amount of the wind and snow with the large draconic limb as they came closer to safety.


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    Post by Sora on 27th November 2015, 8:45 am


    Warmth. . .

    Rub. . .

    Blink. . .

    D-Don't. . . D-Don't fall asleep no matter what. You have to do this. You're almost there!


    It seemed as simple as that - those simple words that rang throughout the head over and over like the chiming of bells. The young woman kept to the same pattern of keeping herself warm, rubbing against her clothed arms with her gloves. Despite how her eyes seemed to grow heavier within the passing of the moments that seemed slow, something truly peculiar happened. A shadow coated her perception, the wind having dulled away from her ears as a warmth was slowly starting to greet her petite form. It was abrupt and surprising, yet subtle in its greeting. The young woman's violet orbs began scanning the detail of the source of warmth, finding that there were such marvelous patterns that seemed almost invisible to the bare eye.

    The limbs curved as it was wrapped around the mage, indicating within the span of seconds as to who was kind enough to provide their warmth. Shu could only find herself smiling behind her soft scarf as they progressed onward, keeping in mind to give her gratitude to Akeya should the half-dragon accept it - along with an apology. The black haired woman felt that she was slowing them all down, but she knew that this trip would take a few days upon accepting the plea of help. In the back of her mind, the maiden was always hoping from the very start that nothing terrifying would become of any of them even if the mountain would provide its challenges. The dangers that would arise were always sudden if not surprising, and she could deter that everyone needed to follow the same principle if they all wanted to make it out of here.

    By staying together.

    'Twas in those small moments that the sound of their feet against the ground was different, much different compared to their scratching against the snow. It was indication that they reached an area of safety if not solitude, and cheers of relief could be heard among the male travelers. If that wasn't enough, violet orbs examined the detailing of the ground below their feet - slight traces of dirt along the purely constructed ground. It was in that moment that Shu turned her head in the slightest to look up at Akeya, having noticed herself of the current state she was in. She was no longer feeling the chilling cold eat away at her, her teeth were not chattering violently against one another, and the red tint along her eyes were not as abnormally and painfully clear against her pale skin as before.

    She was grateful.

    With a soft tone to her voice and a slight bow of her head, Shu kept her hands close together to conserve whatever warmth that was slowly building up inside of her unconsciously - a smile etched onto her lips as her face was fully revealed once more beyond the scarf. "A-Akeya, I wanted to say both thank you for your kindness. . . and I'm sorry for causing any trouble. I truly appreciate it and I hope th-there's something I-I may be able to do to make it up to you, and to show my gratitude." It was all the maiden could do in the current moment - offering words such as the ones flowing forth from her lips. But she had hoped that the offer would be enough; meaning that if Akeya ever needed anything, she could always come to her.



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    Post by Akeya on 27th November 2015, 1:36 pm

    It looked like using her wing to shelter Shu was the right decision, as the human mage seemed to begin recovering quite quickly now that the wind was no longer able to cut right through her. Akeya's wing might not be one covered in thick and warm feathers, instead being the scaly and leathery kind shared by the vast majority of the dragons. However it still did its job of functioning as a barrier against the cold and the wind, and the blood that flowed through it was warm, warmth that could be shared with somebody who touched the wing. Body warmth was one of the most effective ways of combating the cold of the mountains, although of course sharing it was normally difficult if you were outside and travelling. As a half dragon Akeya actually had a pretty big advantage in that regard, as she could quite easily cover somebody of a small stature as Shu with one wing even when the both of them were walking.

    Now that Shu was no longer in danger of falling asleep, a sleep which she would most likely never have woken up from, they could hasten to actually reach a more solid type of sanctuary. This sanctuary would be the rock formation and the hollowed out mountainside that Akeya had managed to spot while doing her utmost best to glare a hole through the snow. She hadn't actually managed to do that, but the more important part of finding shelter had been completed, so she could continue with that particular objective another time. Actually she could probably still do that while they stayed inside the naturally formed shelter against the blizzard for the night, since it wasn't as enclosed as to not give a good view of the weather they were trying to escape.

    Once inside the shelter Akeya checked to see if Shu was doing better now. The two travellers sounded fine, proclaiming how they were happy that they were out of that horrible blizzard. They had been better prepared than Shu, but no human except those with a special connection to the frost and the cold liked being out in a frozen storm like that. Earlier in the day it had still been manageable, but as it got darker the snow only got heavier and the chill only stronger, and the wind changed from a breeze to a messenger of the cold which could cut right through any clothing you might have. Such weather was best avoided, but up in the mountains that was not always possible. Akeya knew that better than anybody here, remembering her childhood in the village. Of course they were in a valley, which meant they were hidden from the worst of it, but that didn't meant they didn't have their nights were everybody was huddled together to make sure nobody would freeze to death. They most likely would have suffered a few losses if some of them didn't also possess magic which allowed them to safeguard the village to some extent when working together. A village where everybody possessed magic abilities was one which could survive hardships many times tougher than what a normal village could be asked to endure.

    Shu looked like she could stay warm by herself now that she had been given a metaphorical leg up by Akeya and was no longer forced to fight off the blizzard with her small form, so Akeya withdrew her wing and positioned herself closest to the opening of their sanctuary, motioning for the other three to move further inwards. She was better equipped as a creature to deal with the cold, so she would take the spot where she would be exposed to it the most. Looking at the travellers she noted how at least they were no longer shying away from her gaze. Not that they looked any more likely to actually walk up to her and start a conversation, but it looked like guiding them to safety at least made them grateful enough that they would try not to be rude towards her by showing their discomfort in active attempts to avoid her.

    "If you have the required items you can start a fire. With the blizzard outside hiding everything we'll not be found, and if we are I'll take care for it. And you three look like you could use the extra warmth."

    The travellers looked at each other before looking back at Akeya and nodding, kneeling down as one of them fished the required equipment out of his backpack and began arranging a small fire. Akeya herself watched them as she placed her prey on her lap, then studied the critters which had attacked them only to turn into her meal. It looked like they had nearly frozen solid in the weather outside, so she would have to wait until the fire had been started before she could thaw and eat them. While waiting she looked at Shu, who was thanking her for the help and expressing a desire to pay the half dragon back. There wasn't really anything that Akeya could think of that Shu could give, at least nothing she was actually going to ask. But at least she could keep that in mind for the rest of the journey, or even encounters in the future.

    "I have warmth to spare and it would be a shame if you died out here. There's no reason to worry about it."

    Honestly Akeya didn't care as much about Shu's life as, say, your average human, but she wasn't lying when she said it would be a shame if the human mage died like that. Living out here most of your life made you a bit more inclined to try and keep people from freezing to death up here. Living with your own family you would without questioning it help each other survive, and once you had done that for long enough seeing somebody else going through the same hardships you would almost instinctively help them out as well.


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    Kindness. . .

    Such a thing nowadays was hard to find sometimes. There were people everywhere that exemplified different emotions, faces, changes, results, and even consequences. Each individual had a story that shaped them up to be who they were living as, breathing as. The travelers were no different, Akeya was no different, and Shu herself was no different. They have had their own unique, truly radiant stories that no other would experience first hand. People, creatures, and many other forces - whether opposing or helpful - played their parts in helping them move forward no matter the obstacle. Whatever experiences presented themselves in front of them all, they each individually dealt with in their own manners and fashions. Despite the pain that would have come along with it, the struggles that would have nearly broken them or were guaranteed to, or the losses that may have happened on the way, they all got to the point they were at now.

    Because they kept living.

    The young woman could only trace the half-being's movements while listening to her words, the travelers having followed said female's suggestion by constructing a fire from what materials they had or could find. The day's events were certainly nothing but filled with interesting happenings in the end, be them good or bad. All the maiden could do now was smile happily at the half-dragon's kind words, nodding with a tilt of her head afterwards. Despite whatever Akeya was thinking in the depths of her being, observing her prey with a form of interest, Shu considered the woman to be kind in her own way just as everyone else was. She didn't have to assist her the way she did and yet the maiden couldn't help but think back to the moment she felt such a welcoming form of warmth.

    It was then that one of the travelers' voice broke the young woman out of her train of thought, causing her body to turn with a hum in question before gasping out of worry. One of them had accidentally grazed their fingers along a match they were using to start the fire, the other merely sighing with a shake of their head. "A-Are you okay?", the mage questioned with a jog over to both of the men, bending down to rest her hands on her knees while awaiting an answer to her inquiry. The man just looked up at her with a goofy laugh and a rub of his head as the fire started to slowly grow more and more with help from the other traveler, a sigh escaping the black haired woman's lips.

    This was indeed going to be a long journey.

    Deciding to sit by the fire with the travelers, it was decided that they all restore whatever effects they were experiencing such as hunger or exhaustion for the next day or so. The young woman began to look inside her pack and fiddle around in it, pulling out the food that she had stored in. It was a few rice balls and a large bottle of water, the inside revealing more of them along with other contents that she stored to last her the few days. It was about time that they all focused on either eating or sleeping, most of them focusing on the former. Silence seemed to permeate the room other than the sounds of people eating and munching away at their choice of food, one seeming to enjoy another's company.

    It was then that a voice broke through the silence - a traveler's voice.

    "Hey, miss! Why don't you come over here by the fire? It wouldn't be fair if you were just over there by yourself, now would it?"

    The other traveler voiced out his own opinion as well, stretching out the bag he prepared for himself before beginning to lay on his side, eyes closed in the process. "Yeah, and before we forget. . . Thank you for saving us earlier." The other traveler could only smile while Shu herself smiled at Akeya's way, blinking in a form of curiosity before leaning back in the slightest herself.

    They all needed to stick together here.



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    Post by Akeya on 30th November 2015, 12:51 pm

    Akeya didn't move much as she waited for the two travellers to get a fire going, watching her three companions on this trip silently through the blindfold that hid her eyes from sight, even though it could not hope to hide the weight of her gaze. She felt the cold of the blizzard outside of their shelter attempt to enter the sanctuary against the howling winds and the cutting cold, reaching her back which faced the entrance. This place wasn't as shut off as to count as a cave, but it still was a place where they should be able to catch their breath and recover from the weather outside. But right now the chill was still seeping in slowly, even if the wind didn't come in here.

    The half dragon considered this for a moment before she spread her wings, the large limbs quickly blocking most of the entrance as Akeya felt the chill spread faster now that it had more surface to attach itself to. It still wasn't something Akeya couldn't deal with, but this wasn't the most comfortable position she could remember being in. However she could endure, and the three inside would be able to take note that the air was starting to get warmer now that the half dragon was basically catching all the cold with her own body to keep it from reaching further inside the shelter, where a fire was now slowly starting to form and fight off what cold remained inside both the air and the travellers. And Shu of course, who also looked liked she could use the extra warmth a lot.

    Watching the other three Akeya automatically divided the group into two in her mind, with her on one side and the three humans on the other. Her becoming a half dragon had done more than change her appearance. Those three might try to include her, but she herself didn't feel like she was part of the group. Fortunately she also didn't see this as a loss: dragons were solitary creatures by nature, in sharp contrast to humans who survived by being social and banding together. For these humans to be alone would be difficult, because as animals they were supposed to survive by sticking together. Their entire psychology was based on this idea, so being alone was simply unhealthy for them. However as a half dragon Akeya lacked that part of the human psyche. She could spend years on end alone without feeling lonely or bothered in the slightest. And in the same vein did she have trouble with the concept of being part of a group, especially a group of humans who quite honestly were now mostly just prey for her.

    Yet these humans were still trying to make her part of the group, inviting her closer to the fire and thanking her for what she had done so far. Akeya stared at them before shaking her head.

    "If I were to get closer to the fire the cold would get inside, so I need to stay where I am. Unless..."

    Her voice trailed off as she looked around at the entrance, frowning as she stood up, folding her wings back onto her back. Standing in front of the entrance she looked at the rocks which formed the roof of their shelter. The blizzard had already covered nearly everything in the area in a thick layer of snow, which would make it difficult to see anything but endless white underneath a dark sky. However this could also be an opportunity. Akeya hadn't thought of doing this before, but as she looked at the thick blanket of snow that covered everything she was pretty sure that it should work. She just had to be careful that she didn't cause an avalanche or anything like that.

    Concentrating the half dragon used her tail to stab a hole into the thick snow on the ground, then another one in the snow that covered the shelter. She then made grasping motions with both hands, then pulled them towards herself. Stepping back inside the shelter the other three would be able to see how suddenly a large amount of snow was starting to cover the entrance, pulled into place by shadows which quite obviously were being controlled by the half dragon. Continuing to focus Akeya kept piling up the snow until the shelter was completely blocked off by a thick layer of snow, then began to compress the snow so it wouldn't immediately collapse at the slightest wind. Once the snow was solid enough that it should do an acceptable job of acting like a wall she used her tail to stab several holes into the top of the snow wall, allowing air to get in and out of the shelter.

    The end result of this exercise that now the blizzard outside was almost completely shut out, the only way it could get inside was through those small holes. This way Akeya wouldn't have to personally block the cold, and they wouldn't have to worry about being found by other animals or people during the night. The half dragon patted the newly formed white wall a couple of times before turning around and walking over to the fire, sitting down and holding one of the critters she had killed today above it to slowly thaw it.

    "That should keep us warm and safe for the night."

    Even after she had gone through the trouble of making sure they were completely shut off from the blizzard outside the half dragon still acted as if she was separate from the group, focusing on her frozen food as she waited for it to finally stop being frozen. While she was now sitting closer to the humans she was still clearly at a distance on a mental level, not once looking in their direction. The two travellers were clients who paid her a good amount of money of getting them through the mountains safely. Shu was a mage who was here to also help the travellers in exchange for money, and who could help the travellers be at ease being a fellow human. Even though Akeya would help them and make sure none of them died from the cold she was just doing her job and watching over them. There were no real personal feelings involved in the matter.


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    Post by Sora on 4th December 2015, 4:04 pm


    Even if Akeya had rejected their offer to come and sit by the fire, the half-dragon was eventual in their change of decision. The remaining traveler that was awake and Shu herself observed with dubious interest how the being began to construct a beautifully crafted, protective blanket with holes wedged into its being. Both the traveler and Shu tilted their heads in synchronization, almost at the same time blinking in unison in a pure form of curiosity. They both were confused and bewildered at the actions that Akeya were carrying out while her construction was nearly complete, upon the final moment the traveler's voice making a soft sound.

    "Ohhh! I realize what the young lady is doing. She is making a sort of big blanket for us all - to help keep herself warm with us. How brilliant!"

    Shu could only giggle with her fingers lightly grazing her lips, the area having slowly grown quiet as Akeya was focusing on her food. The other traveler said his goodnight to the entire group before laying back, resting his hands on his stomach with a soft yawn. The moment said man had done so, the black haired woman began to yawn herself before giggling softly. "O-Oh dear, they're contagious! But. . . G-Goodnight, Akeya. Please, sleep well.", and with that the woman rest her head along her bag, only taking her a few long moments or two before she began to sleep soundly.

    Whatever Akeya decided to do was all in her own judgement and world.

    After a long and well needed sleep, the next day slowly greeted them all with a soft wind and quiet warmth. The waitress was ready and raring to go for the second day of their traveling, strapping on her bag while properly disposing of the loose sparks of fire with the help of the travelers. The group was readying themselves properly while tearing down the gracefully crafted snow blanket that Akeya crafted the previous night before, everyone sharing their own unique yawns and votes of encouragement. Whatever awaited them for the day ahead was unknown yet filled with surprise, a hum smoothly resounding in the maiden's lips as she trudged through the snow.

    Everything was eerily quiet, a sense of dread hanging over everyone's head. The young woman's humming was the only thing resounding throughout the area, her voice soft in the winter weather as puffs of white softly formed in steady breaths. The travelers both however spoke up, capturing the attention of the human mage in a sort of surprise. "Wh-What's wrong, you two?", the black haired woman inquired before the ground slowly began to tremble under them. It surely wasn't the snow giving away as they were still standing, and it surely wasn't any supernatural phenomenon. . . Something screamed danger for them both, one of the travelers grunting before looking to Akeya and Shu. It was in that same moment that two all-too familiar duos of creatures made their appearance right before the group, causing the young woman to tilt her head with a squint of her eyes. "Avalanche! And these things, too?! Good god!" Shu immediately outstretched a hand towards the travelers, an indication for them to stand still and to keep themselves quiet.

    "L-Let's all just stay calm now! W-We'll figure this out together!"


    It was in that moment that Shu looked to Akeya before throwing her hand out towards one of the beady eyed, rat like creatures - capturing it in an orb of ever-changing gravity. "W-We have to figure out what to do! Anyone have any ideas?!" These creatures were blocking the way, and they all needed to move as fast as possible. It seemed they all were stuck if not in quite the troublesome predicament, the ground seeming to shake more and more in intensity and vibrancy.



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    Post by Akeya on 6th December 2015, 10:09 am

    Young lady. That wasn't a description Akeya heard a lot when people were talking about her. She supposed that technically it was true, at least in the fact that she was still rather young. For human standards she would be counted as a young adult, one who had already fully matured physically and mentally even though she would still be considered inexperienced. On the other hand dragons would most likely see her as not even old enough to count as a teenager, seeing how dragons tended to live very long lives and as a result it also took very long for a dragon to be considered an adult. Akeya didn't know what the lifespan of a half dragon was like, although she suspected that she would at the very least outlive all the humans by a long shot, not counting those who also had methods or circumstances that made them stand outside the normal rules for how long a human could survive before their body simply began to give up. So no matter how one looked at it Akeya could be called young.

    However it was the lady part which puzzled the half dragon. Lady was a term which technically you could use for any female, so if you looked at it like that there was no issue. However the term lady was in practice only used for females who displayed a certain amount of class or control over etiquette. Nobles, royals and rich merchants tended to get titles like lady and lord. It was a term used to refer to people above your own in ranking and those who simply have a high rank. But those ranks were from society's point of view, at least most of the time. Akeya was a half dragon who didn't really have much with the rules and norms of humans, and certainly didn't care a lot about etiquette. Etiquette from her point of view was just another way that the humans had made life more complicated for themselves.

    On one hand Akeya felt that as a half dragon she was noble enough a creature that lady was appropriate. On the other she wasn't sure if she liked the sound of being called lady. Well, not really important enough to pay too much attention to it, so after she had finished the wall of snow she sat down in front of the fire that the travellers had created, waiting for her food to thaw. Once that was done she began to quickly eat it, displaying yet another factor of being a half dragon. First of all she didn't bother to wait for it to get roasted or even somehow heated up: as soon as it no longer would freeze her mouth or be stiff due to the cold she began to dig in. Second she didn't use tools or anything. She just grabbed one of the critters and pulled down her cloth mask, revealing a mouth that when opened had some razor sharp teeth in it. She still seemed to have all the kinds of teeth needed to be an omnivore, but the fangs and teeth used to tear meat apart were clearly more pronounced and prominent than with a human. Using those teeth she began to rip off pieces and swallow them in chunks, her mouth quickly becoming tainted with blood as she slowly worked her way through the critter. Fur, skin, flesh, blood, organs, she just bit through it all and gulped it down, a display of savagery that would make any human who looked at it wonder if this was still a half dragon who at least followed the rules of society and civilization.

    Even more so, she didn't stop eating just after finishing one of the creatures. She had several, and within an hour she had finished eating all of them, extending a long reptilian tongue to lick her fangs and mouth clean before pulling her mask back up. Whether the travellers and Shu had been watching or showed disgust was of no concern to her. She had finished her meal, and even though it was dark it might be a good idea to go sleep now. If she had been on her own this would have been the perfect time for the half dragon to continue travelling, but her current companions were humans who lived in the day and rested in the night. As annoying as it was she couldn't really follow her own pattern right now. So after watching the other three go to sleep she sat down in front of the snow wall that shut off the entrance and closed her eyes, falling asleep while still sitting, her wings wrapping around her and hiding most of her except her head

    In the morning Akeya woke up quickly as she realized that outside the darkness was slowly receding. Turning into a shadow she crept through one of the air holes she made in the snow wall and looked outside, seeing that the bright sun was coming out. Everything in the vicinity was now covered in a thick layer of snow. Combined with the fact that the clouds had fled and the sun was now getting its strength back everything was starting to become very bright, enough so that if Akeya's eyes weren't protected by her blindfold they would have been hurt from watching the outside world. Returning to the cave she saw that the others were now also waking up. It looked like the night's rest had done its job of refreshing them and preparing them for the rest of the journey. Akeya helped to quickly remove the snow wall that she had put up before the four of them began to walk again, Akeya once again taking the lead as she tried to find a path through the thick snow covering everything.

    And not too long after suddenly the ground began to shake, making Akeya immediately turn her head to look at the mountain behind them. She could see the first signs of an avalanche already start high above. It looked far away, but those with experience knew that was a lie: it would gather speed quickly, after which it would wash over the world below and cover everything without any escape left for the animals living there. An avalanche wasn't something you could just outrun. And even if they wanted to outrun the avalanche, it looked like two more of those rat-like critters had arrived because they smelled the remains of their own kind on the half dragon. Snarling at them it was clear that these critters weren't going to let them go.

    Three people to take care of, and no escape because those critters were in the way. Although to be fair even if those critters weren't there three humans wouldn't be able to just outrun the avalanche, and if they headed back towards the shelter they would be running straight towards that danger. Thinking quickly Akeya made a quick motion with one hand, after which a shadow detached from herself and headed over to the travellers. Once it reached them it seemed to rise up and take on a shape, turning into a fox made out of darkness, looking at the travellers with glowing white eyes.

    "Hide inside the fox. Korikami will keep you safe. Quickly, before avalanche reaches us."

    The travellers wouldn't have much time to ask what the hell Akeya was talking about before Korikami would suddenly move towards them, losing his shape as he just turned into a mass of shadows that engulfed the travellers, appearing to swallow them up before turning back into the fox, who then returned to being a shadow underneath Akeya's clothing. The half dragon turned around at the sound of the one critter attacking after Shu had captured the other. Feeling too rushed to be careful about it Akeya punched it straight in the face, sending it flying before she wrapped her arms around Shu's waist.

    "Hold on."

    With that the half dragon jumped into the air, spreading her wings as she flew higher and higher towards the bright cold sky as the avalanche approached rapidly from the mountain. The half dragon flew as fast as she could, moving upwards in a blur until she had gone high enough that the avalanche wouldn't reach them. Making sure Shu wouldn't fall she watched the avalanche begin to roll over the spot where the four of them had been walking, engulfing those two critters down below and dragging them with it as the already white landscape was given yet another blanket, this one being filled with random rocks and rubble from the mountain above.


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    Post by Sora on 8th December 2015, 8:56 am


    This wasn't looking good one bit.

    The maiden's mind was nearly frazzled as to what to do. This was a situation that required finesse, delicacy, and the utmost form of care. There was no absolute way that all three of them as humans could outrun an avalanche. If they could have, that would have been quite the miracle. There probably have been many a close case regarding outrunning such forces of nature as well, but it looked neigh impossible in this circumstance. There wasn't a possible way that Shu could control the gravity on all three of them as well, for they would only get swept away by the wind. That and she didn't want Akeya to be responsible for all three of them in the air at one time, and anything could happen up here in the mountains.

    Even death.

    It was in this moment that a shadow of black scurried across the white snow, animating into the shape of a large fox once it reached its destination - the travelers. Glowing eyes of white beamed brightly as its gaze pierced the two humans with a sense of order, the travelers both seeming startled for a moment as their gazes met the creatures. It wasn't until Akeya gave the instruction and order to hide inside the creature that the two men looked to one another, nodding with a sense of courage. Not only did they have any time to argue but the avalanche was well on its way, the sound of the crashing waves of snow almost overpowering to the eardrums.

    The men then looked around as the fox separated into many instances of shadows, circling around them in what seemed to be a graceful dance before they disappeared completely. Shu's gaze widened in not surprise but of an impressed stance, dubiously interested in the fox's abilities as it took its original form once more. The maiden watched as the creature made its return to the one who cast the spell, Akeya having made a swift motion to punch the other rat-like foe straight in the face - a sound of pain echoing in the wind as it was flung backwards. This was a clear reminder to Shu to never, ever do anything that Akeya would deem the woman herself a foe. She didn't want to ever try such a task in the first place, as the maiden thought Akeya to certainly be a mage to look up to for her determination and skill.

    It was then that arms were wrapped around the waist, causing the young woman to hum in a sense of curiosity as Akeya's voice pierced through the loud environment of Phoenix Mountains. At the discretion, the young woman wrapped her arms around the half-dragon's shoulders not too soft or tight, violet orbs widened in surprise as they soon took flight - avoiding the avalanche just in time. The speed at which they ascended almost made Shu's petite form bend backwards from the pressure of the gravity weighing down on her being, having to blink numerous times to regain her vision and sense of perception of the cold world around them. It was now that the two could only watch the avalanche pass by in safety, taking in every detail as it practically engulfed the path that they were once in.

    The creatures that were once blocked the road were swept away, their squeaks and cries being heard as Shu knew that her Gravity Orb popped the moment the avalanche arrived. It wasn't until a few more moments passed of the avalanche slowly beginning to subside that the maiden released a quivering sigh, gaze shifting to look up at Akeya. "Th-Thank you so very much, Akeya. Th-That was very clever a-and very quick thinking. I-I really owe you another.", she softly breathed out, a small smile of gratitude gracing her pink lips as her body was fighting off the weather and wind brushing past the two. It was moment's like this one where the woman could only be grateful for Akeya and her presence on this mission.

    Otherwise, they all would have most likely been doomed.



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    Post by Akeya on 8th December 2015, 12:15 pm

    At first Akeya only focused on moving upwards as fast as possible, disregarding anything else as she could only hope that she could ascend faster and higher than the avalanche could roll towards them. Avalanches tended to be a lot higher than most people thought. Otherwise they wouldn't be able to completely wipe the map clean and leave behind a blanket of snow and rubble. The travellers were safe inside the shadow realm that they had entered with the help of Korikami, the shadow fox who had turned back into a shadow inside Akeya's clothing. He wouldn't be lost unless Akeya herself was caught by the avalanche, and as long as Korikami was all right the travellers wouldn't be in trouble either. They couldn't be touched or interacted with inside the shadow realm, so the only worry was that Korikami would be available to let them out before they began to suffer from their surroundings. The shadow realm Korikami could store people and objects in had air to breathe and some semblance of ground to stand on, but not much else. No food or water, and everything just looked dark. Humans couldn't stay inside for too long before they would be affected psychologically, but right now they didn't have much of a choice.

    Once it was clear that they were high enough Akeya checked to make sure that Shu was also all right. The small mage was the only real problem right now, since she was the one that Akeya had just carried up instead of storing her inside Korikami's shadow realm. The fewer humans had to be in there the better, and Shu had already been standing right next to Akeya when she made up the plan on how to protect the three humans and herself from the new threat of the avalanche. Shu was small and light, so carrying her wasn't a problem. And she had been fast enough to properly react to Akeya's warning and hold onto the half dragon as she flew upwards at such high speeds. However Akeya still had to make sure she was all right.

    Luckily it looked like the only thing Shu had to worry about were the cold winds and the feeling of vertigo as she had been forcibly pulled upwards even as gravity tried to keep her close to the ground. Most likely she wasn't very used to flying, if she had experienced it before at all. Akeya held Shu close to at least help somewhat with the cold, although since they were currently flying she couldn't use her wings to ward off the wings. Instead she could only keep her body close to Shu's and wrap her arms tightly around the smaller female's waist to share her body warmth, a warmth which was a lot more resilient and enduring than that of a human. During the night Akeya had recovered pretty much completely from the trip through the blizzard, and could once again keep going for a lot longer and keep warm than a human, especially a rather small one like Shu. Since she couldn't have Shu dying on her she would just have to share her body warmth like this.

    Her midnight blue wings spread themselves wide as they slowly went up and down, their large size allowing them to catch enough air underneath their membranes to push the combined weight of the half dragon and her passenger upwards with as much strength as the world below them was using in an attempt to pull them back down. Thanks to Korikami the weight of the travellers wasn't a problem: weight from mass in the shadow realm was of no consequence of the real world, and the only thing which limited what the shadow fox could store was size. Mass was no problem, so although he couldn't carry much more than two grown up human males those two human males could be very heavy without it causing even a single problem. Not that these two travellers were that heavy anyway, even though they had prepared themselves well for this journey. Still, carrying three people would have been a bit much for Akeya. Strength wasn't a problem, but her wings, large as they were, had a limited amount of mass they could keep up in the air before it just became too much. Strength wouldn't help there: it was simply a result of the wings not having enough surface to catch enough air.

    Looking down below Akeya waited for the avalanche to finish its business of cleaning up the mountainside. The critters below were long gone, swept away by the relentless wall of snow that had rolled right over them. The chances of them surviving that were very low, and even if they did survive they wouldn't be in a state to trouble the four of them any longer. Beyond that Akeya had a good view of their surroundings. They had gotten pretty far on the first day, but they would still have plenty of distance to travel. Although now that they were up here Akeya got an idea. She looked at Shu as the female mage thanked her for saving her from the avalanche.

    "The travellers should be safe for about half an hour before we have to get them out of Korikami's realm. Until then I'll shorten our journey."

    With that she began to fly onwards, still holding Shu close as she headed straight towards the other side of the mountain range. She had a pretty good idea of where exactly they were, and since she also knew their destination that meant she could actually make things a lot easier for all four of them by just flying for a while. The reason why she hadn't done this earlier was because putting humans inside Korikami wasn't exactly on top of her list of things she thought was a good idea, and she could only really fly at a speed useful for advancing their journey while carrying one person, preferably the smallest (i.e. Shu). Below them the avalanche was already beginning to settle down, but now that she had already been forced to put the travellers inside Korikami she might as well make use of it for as long as it was safe. The travellers willingly entered the shadow fox's realm, so they should be able to stay calm and collected for at least half an hour before the special qualities of that place would begin to genuinely unnerve them.


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