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    Slithering in the Sands [Secret Oasis] (Job w/YoungBridge)

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    Slithering in the Sands [Secret Oasis] (Job w/YoungBridge)

    Post by Akeya on Fri 20 Apr - 17:13

    Job Description:
    Job Title: Secret Oasis
    Rank: A
    Player Requirements: At least 1 A rank mage or the equivalent. Max 4 people. 10,000 minimum for solo. 16,000 words minimum as a group. Can be in any guild or guildless. Both bosses must be defeated. When rolling you can choose what to face from each lesser category. The list is merely to provide variety of choice.
    Job Requirements: Explore the Oasis and defeat the bosses
    Job Location: Desierto or Forgotten Deserts
    Job Description: Deep within the desert lands lies a large oasis that none have been able to explore due to a sandstorm consistently being active and acting as a barrier of entry. One day, the sandstorm ceased to be but researchers and explorers have failed to get very far due to the guardians of the oasis attacking and driving them away. They are looking to hire a mage, you and perhaps others specifically, to defeat the guardians so they may enter safely.

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    Weak:
    Scarab x 20 - A large collective of scarabs. They are small, weak, and easy to deal with, although they are annoying.

    Large Sidewinder Snake x 4 - Large snakes that bite hard and carry deadly venom within their fangs.

    Random Traps - Traps placed around the area by its secret inhabitants. These can range from ones that release arrows, poison, and even trapping pits.

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    Giant Scorpion x 5 - These are about 3 feet tall not including their tail. Their pincers have a strong grip and their stinger carries a strong poison.

    Carrion Bird Flock - A small flock of carnivorous flying birds.

    Oasis Natives x 5 - Natives that have lived secretly within the oasis for generations. They have no magic but they do have weapons such as bows, swords, and spears.

    Strong:
    Jaguar - A quick and agile predator that will attack swiftly with its teeth and claws.

    Crocodile - Attacks slowly but has a thick hide and a massive bite and tail swipe.

    Oasis Mage - A native capable of performing magic. Their magic can vary between sand, fire, water, and plant.

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    Sphinx Guardians x 2 - Living statues that take the shape similar to that of a sphinx. One attacks using light based magic and energy beams while the other uses dark based and gravity magic.

    Oasis Hydra - This creature lives within the center of the large lake within the Oasis. It has a very tough hide that can make physical attacks difficult. The creature has three heads and each one has very sharp rows of teeth. The hydra can breath a poisonous mist and is also capable of creating sandstorms. With each damaging attack it makes its attack damage will increase therefore making the beast more lethal. Don’t get hit.

    Reward: A rank exp and 30,000 Jewels

    -- credit to Lumindis

    The sun shone harshly upon the land, scorching plant and animal alike and threatening to evaporate all moisture which hadn't already disappeared. It was the very first time that Akeya visited a place like this, a vast open desert, and she had very mixed feelings about it. Holding up a hand to shield herself from the glaring sun she was worried that so much light would hinder her abilities too much, as in such a large expanse there wouldn't be a lot of shadows she could make use of. On the other hand...

    Her lower body, that of a pure white snake with red markings, pressed against the ochre grains of sand that covered everything, and she felt the warmth of the ground glow through her scales and into her body. It was hot, hot enough that a human would already be sweating like a pig and grabbing a bottle of water to make sure they didn't dehydrate on the spot, even more so if they weren't used to this climate. But Akeya's form was that of a lamia, and like their smaller kin the serpentine folk were very well suited for places like this. There was still danger in the heat, but she would have a lot easier a time enduring it than a warm-blooded creature, as her body knew how to turn most of the warmth into energy for herself, in contrast to humans and similar creatures who generated their own heat entirely and because of that would only be fighting this external source of energy.

    She allowed herself to smile slightly at the thought. Originally a dragon it wasn't like she couldn't use her shapeshifting to become warm-blooded as well if need be, but she liked to stay as close to the attributes of the creature whose shape she took as possible without compromising herself, and in this case being cold-blooded was actually an advantage... at least for as long as the day lasted. Given the task of finding something in the depths of this desert, they'd certainly end up traversing it during the night as well. There was a limit to how much area one could search, even with the two of them.

    This mission had been assigned to her because she often used the lamia form, meaning she didn't really have to change much to her physical form to be suitable for the task. She hadn't been told much about her partner, other than that they were also very suited for the desert. As she waited for them to arrive Akeya looked around and sniffed the air, but with nothing of interest being anywhere nearby she decided to do the smart thing as a snakefolk: she laid down in the sand, her tail leaving grooves and shifts as it uncoiled, and she closed her eyes as she relaxed and waited. Since she had her tattoos to protect her from the sunlight she could enjoy the heat without being blinded, and she was confident in her ability to spot anything arriving in time for her to react.

    After several minutes she decided that, given the fact that there was nobody around and she didn't need them for protection against the environment, she might as well sunbathe without her clothes getting in the way. Raising one hand she snapped her fingers, the white outfit fading away and merging back into her shadow, the white lamia returning to doing nothing while the sun dominated the sky and her only company was the warm winds that flowed across the desert and pushed the sand around, the tall dunes and the rippling patterns which looked like numerous tiny waves.

    It was a marvellous place, really, once you found a way to deal with the heat and the sun. She wondered just what they were going to find in the area previously hidden behind a sandstorm, but for now she wouldn't mind if her partner took their time getting here. Under normal circumstances she'd have to constantly be on her guard in case there was some kind of threatening creature, but one of the advantages of this place was that it was very easy to tell if there was something nearby... if you had the right set of senses.

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    Re: Slithering in the Sands [Secret Oasis] (Job w/YoungBridge)

    Post by YoungBridge on Sat 21 Apr - 14:25

    The sand blew up as a gentle gusts lifts the finer grains of sands. A bird flies overhead casting a shadow below it as the sun's light shines on its feathered back. Below it, a trail followed in a wave fashion. A lamia, a creature with the top half of a beautiful woman, and the bottom half of a mighty serpent. This lamia is Hebisha, and her companion flew overhead, Maha. Maha's sapphire like eyes look through the mighty sands, to spot a figure awaiting their arrival. With that the bird flew faster, indicating to Hebisha that their companion has been found.

    It was odd when she heard what she is to do. Someone from the West Fiore Trading Company was her partner and leader in a way. Hebisha was familiar with them, but not to a level where she knew they had mages among them. Hebisha only knew them for they came to Hargeon to either load and unload cargo or transport workers to their island somewhere. Hebisha knew just that much only. The lamia looks up and spots her moving companion circling, the dot of heat slowly oscillating a position. Hebisha quicken her pace.

    Hebisha stops herself on a tall dune, her blind eyes gazed downwards as Maha flew down to her side and rested her talons on the sand, light as a feather that not even a tiny grain moved from her toes before tucking her head between her wings. Hebisha is surprised by the appearance of this person. It was another lamia, the long winding half gave it away, and that Maha spoke through her telepathy. Hebisha slowly slithers down the dune and towards this new presence.

    Hebisha thought she was the only lamia outside of Midi, and has not seen another in several years. To think there was one outside another than her. However Hebisha was not sure if this was their partner at all and could be one of those hostile monsters guarding their supposed oasis. Maha however heard her thoughts and told her it is fine, at least. Hebisha slowly approaches, unaware of the fact her partner is half naked and sticks a hand out in greeting.


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    Re: Slithering in the Sands [Secret Oasis] (Job w/YoungBridge)

    Post by Akeya on Sat 21 Apr - 18:05

    As the sun warmed her front and the sand warmed her back Akeya found herself becoming somewhat drowsy, unused to being this comfortable. While she didn't search for ways to make herself as uncomfortable as possible she rarely took any interest in luxuries beyond books, scrolls and other items which possessed either knowlede or otherwise useful traits. But now that she had taken one of the most suitable forms for living in the desert and there was nothing around that warranted her direct attention her reptilian side had decided that sleep might not be such a bad idea.

    It was almost a relief when she heard the flapping of wings, something which required her to get up and see what was going on. Pushing herself up from the sand she brushed the grains from her back which were being reluctant to fall down even as she looked towards the source of the sound. She didn't recognize the species, but given that it was descending towards her (close enough that she could pick up on the sound its wings made) and that it wasn't bothering with a steep dive she didn't think it was hostile.

    Now that she was paying full attention again she also noticed a source of magic approaching... and that the bird also possessed some magic. The lamia stretched, showing herself relaxed even if she wasn't sure if the bird cared for that or not, then looked in the direction of the bigger source of magic to see... a lamia who looked exactly like her current form. Akeya stared for a bit, blinking several times, but she couldn't see any sign of an illusion or fata morgana, so she had to conclude that it was real, in which case it was just sheer coincidence.

    Well, as long as the other lamia didn't mind the fact that they looked alike Akeya wasn't going to make a fuss about it. After all, she was the shapeshifter who had taken this form, and she wasn't so vain as to make it a requirement that every one of her appearances was completely unique.

    She waited for the other lamia to get close enough for introductions, noticing the lack of words even as the hand is stretched out. Taking the hand she shook it even as she smiled and spoke, taking the initiative in introducing herself.

    "Greetings. I am Panacea from the West Fiore Trading Company. I'm guessing that you're the legal mage who I'll be working together with?" She tilted her head as she studied Hebisha's form with curiosity glimmering in her eyes, the tip of her tail idly moving from side to side from where it was raised above the sand. "I didn't think I'd meet another one of the serpentine folk, let alone someone who looks so much like myself."


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    Re: Slithering in the Sands [Secret Oasis] (Job w/YoungBridge)

    Post by YoungBridge on Wed 25 Apr - 17:39

    Hebisha's reply was a small nod as her handshake was a bit firm. From an outer perspective, it would be clear her fighting style would seem unorthodox, seeing how she has eight swords around her strapped into holsters and sheathes. The lamia's expression remained somewhat still, but it seemed to have a flash of emotion when Akeya mentions their likeness.

    "Hebisha. Hebisha of Lamia Scale," Hebisha's introduction too was short and sweet, clearly showing she is not the kind to talk to strangers of any kind, even her own. "And likewise Miss Panacea, however I am not able to discern individual outward appearance, for I am blind." Hebisha apologetically bows slightly. The lamia then gestures her bird companion.

    "This is Maha, my secretary bird, and our somewhat last resort in this desert. Maha also serves as my eyes once in a while" Maha looks up, and blinks, clearly confused by how uncanny the two looked in terms of appearance. However it stuck out to her who has clearly Hebisha and who was Panacea. Unlike Panacea right now, Hebisha is notably more covered and her swords stick out like sore thumbs. Maha shakes her head to get rid of sand in her feathers before returning to tucking her head behind her wind. Hebisha returns to Akeya.

    "Please explain this mission to me miss Panacea. I am not able to read the mission but got a clear location and objective," Hebisha explained her lack of knowledge on the mission.


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    Re: Slithering in the Sands [Secret Oasis] (Job w/YoungBridge)

    Post by Akeya on Sat 28 Apr - 6:40

    Akeya had heard of lamia and naga who had more than one set of arms, but Hebisha didn't appear to be one of those so the eight swords were a bit of a puzzle. Most likely they had something to do with her magic or fighting style, unless she was simply the type to be prepared for any contingency and she wanted to have several reserve swords at the ready just in case. Or maybe sentimental value? There were a lot of options, but Akeya wasn't going to probe too deeply right off the bat.

    "It's a pleasure to meet you miss Hebisha. I hope we can get along during this mission." When Hebisha noted that she couldn't see Akeya blinked, unsure if it was ironic or not that a lamia would be blind. On one hand snakes were somewhat infamous for the kind of cold glare they could give you, but on the other hand it wasn't like snakes actually used their vision a lot. "Well, that might actually be fortunate in this instance... I was sunbathing before you arrived and you might have seen me in a state of undress otherwise."

    With a small motion of her hand Akeya's clothes returned, covering her once more as she smiled at Maha while Hebisha introduced the bird. "It is nice to meet you as well Maha."

    Now that the introductions were out of the way Akeya reclined a bit further, lowering her upper body and putting more weight on her coils even as Hebisha admitted that she wasn't actually very certain what the mission was about. Folding her arms the shapeshifting lamia frowned slightly, as though both surprised and somewhat concerned, before smoothing over her expression and replacing it with a smile.

    "I had thought that your guild would have explained, but maybe it's better if I do the explaining anyway. Simply put there is a large oasis in the desert which for the longest time was inaccessible because of a giant sandstorm that surrounded it, never faltering or weakening. However very recently it did actually stop, but there are creature in the desert who protect the oasis, so we need to clear the path so others can safely access the oasis." And because water was such a scarce and vital substance in the desert they didn't mind hiring some expensive mages to take care of the job, although Akeya didn't say that part out loud.

    "So our job is actually very simple. We'll find the oasis, take care of anything protecting the place and maybe find out what caused the sandstorm or what made the sandstorm go away, and then we're done already aside from reporting in. She shrugged "They're probably very eager to know what the sandstorm was about, but I'm here mostly because as a lamia I'm much better suited for this climate than a human."


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    Re: Slithering in the Sands [Secret Oasis] (Job w/YoungBridge)

    Post by YoungBridge on Wed 16 May - 17:40

    "Hm... Maha any input?" The lamia turns to her feathered companion, whose eyes are fixated upon Panacea with a deep expression as if she sees something and yet at the same time not. Hebisha stares before giving the secretary bird a poke, jolting the bird back into reality.

    "Any input on the situation Maha?" Hebisha asks again, with a sterner tone that seems to remind Maha of their current moment. The bird stretches and flaps her wings to ready her body before looking at Hebisha with a head shake. Satisfied, the lamia watches Maha take off once again, though her eyes narrowed in worry. The lamia turns back to Panacea and bows slightly.

    "I apologize for just now, Maha tends to be a very focused person," Hebisha reached for a blade and drew it, however does not point it at Panacea, but rather keeps it near her body. Hebisha then sheathes it. The lamia looked indecisive for a moment before slithering closer to Panacea and goes to a distance where the skin almost touches. Hebisha's eyes were looking right into Panacea's, though they had a glass expression. Suddenly, Hebisha blows against Panacea's neck and with a strike, grabs something right from the air next to Panacea's neck. The lamia withdraws and in her hand, a scarab beetle with an eye on it.

    "Looks like while you sunbathed this critter attached itself to you," Hebisha's eyes narrowed. "It was using a mirage to hide itself..." Hebisha proceeds to crush the thing and it crumbles into a fine gold dust. The lamia then looks up at Panacea.

    "I apologize, I should explain. Maha is mute, but has telepathic abilities as well as special eyes. No truth is hidden from her eyes, and she has told me that she saw the beetle on you," The lamia's eyes narrowed slightly. "I hope I did not alarm you."


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    Re: Slithering in the Sands [Secret Oasis] (Job w/YoungBridge)

    Post by Akeya on Mon 21 May - 17:51

    Panacea followed Hebisha's gaze towards the bird companion, although she assumed that since Hebisha has called herself blind her turning of the head had more to do with focusing than with actually looking at the bird... who was compensating for Hebisha's lack of vision by staring really hard, leaving the lamia somewhat puzzled as she tilted her head.

    "Maybe she's confused by the fact we look alike?" Given that lamia were rare to begin with encountering one was already unusual enough without that one looking like an almost perfect copy of the one you already knew. Two white-scaled lamia might be possible, but one with the same human half and markings? That could make even the most carefree person surprised for a moment.

    With Hebisha apologizing for Maha's staring Panacea smiled and bowed back. "I don't mind, really. I'm sure she's just curious." When Hebisha drew her blade Panacea looked somewhat surprised, but since the other lamia didn't actually do anything with the sword and sheathed it soon after she didn't get worried, although seeing the indecisive look on Hebisha's face made her somewhat curious... and the curiosity was compounded when Hebisha suddenly got very close, Panacea leaning back a little and staring into Hebisha's red eyes with her own. A glassy gaze... the lamia really was blind. Well, from what Akeya knew snakes weren't that focused on eyesight to begin with, so given that lamia still shared traits with the lower serpentine animals it probably wasn't as bad as if you were a human... but still.

    "Is... something wrong?" The outer Panacea was mostly just confused, trying to figure out why Hebisha would be getting so close without jumping to conclusions or sounding rude. The inner Akeya frowned as she was beginning to suspect that bird could see things. Hebisha's behaviour began after that intense stare, and while Akeya's lamia form was as real as any that didn't mean that someone with the right set of senses couldn't still notice that something was off. Staring into her eyes with a blind gaze wouldn't do much, but if someone could take a look at her soul rather than her body they might figure out that her soul wasn't exactly a perfect match for the lamia body.

    The sudden blowing on her neck had Panacea blink and flinch a little from the sudden cold amidst the heat filling up the desert, placing a hand on her neck while staring with surprise and a little bit of shock as Hebisha held up a strange scarab beetle and explained it had been hiding on her neck. "Really? I know I dozed of a little but I didn't think I'd miss something like that." As Hebisha explained about Maha's abilities the lamia bowed towards the bird once more, shaking her head in response to her companion's question.

    "You don't need to apologize, and while surprised you didn't upset me or anything. I'm happy that you noticed, since it would have been embarrasing to be moving about with a beetle on my neck without me ever catching on. Not to mention dangerous, if the beetle is capable of producing mirages..."

    Akeya was more curious about the bird now, given that either Maha and Hebisha both didn't feel like outing Akeya after Maha had seen the truth about who Akeya was, Maha didn't bother to tell Hebisha, or while Maha could see through lies like illusions that didn't mean she could see things which weren't so much false as... more complicated. Akeya's lamia body was flesh and blood, the real deal down to the last scale, so if Maha could only see through illusions that would explain why she hadn't picked up on Panacea being more than she seemed. Well, unless either Hebisha or Maha tried to expose her she wasn't going to play her own hand, she'd just keep an eye out as she always did.

    "With all of that said and done, maybe it's time to depart? We've got a large distance to cover, and depending on just how cold it gets during the night we might not be able to go any further after the sun sets." She motioned for Hebisha to follow as she began to slither her way further into the desert, slowly so the other lamia could catch up if she hesitated in following. "I think we can cover the first couple of miles without running into danger but after that we'll have to be careful. From what I've been told there's more than just the sandstorm to be careful of, and I'm not talking about your average poisonous animal."


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