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It had been about two weeks since Vincent met Lilium of Black Rose and hunted down a mysterious producer of black magical gas which was draining creatures of their energy for some unknown purpose. Despite having stopped the creature producing the gas, the "why" question was never answered; all Vincent had to go on as far investigation was concerned was a summoning crystal which is how the giant eye creature got to Terasu in the first place. The white haired wizard had spent these last two weeks hard at work in his study to try and figure out how this summoning crystal worked, the materials it was made of, and where it led. Two weeks of near non-stop worked had allowed him to come to acceptable conclusions with all of those questions, so the wizard now took a moment to relax and open a letter which was sealed with the symbol of the Magic Council. Dear Mr. Gauss, we have thoroughly reviewed your request for funding with regards to the permanent solution of the problem of the magic sapping black smoke production on Terasu. After examining all of the information from the summoning crystal you have gathered, we have decided that there is not only a credible threat plaguing Terasu, but also that this threat is quite dangerous. As such, we have assigned Saint Lilium to work with you once again to eliminate this threat. The payment will be 75,000 jewels each for your successful eradication of the source of these magic sapping smoke producers and their source. On behalf of the Magic Council, good luck. The white haired wizard smiled as he thought about his skill in writing proposals getting better and better.
With his growing control over spatial magic, Vincent figured that now was a good a time as any to attempt to travel long distances using only his magic. He took a deep breath and closed his eyes as he began to condense his magical energy. The space mage made sure to keep all of his loose articles such as paper stacks and notebooks secured for just such an occasion. Instead of being sent flying into the air, his loose articles simply rumbled in place before the wizard disappeared into a quickly shrinking black hole that looked as though it consumed him. When the Crystal Swan wizard opened his eyes, he was right in front of the Wakusei Portal to Terasu. A success! Vincent stepped through the portal so as to get to the planet and wait for Lilium there, though after stepping through he found himself not where he had exited before, but rather floating in a void full of stars. This place was familiar to the young mage, for he had been having dreams of it whenever his body decided that he needed sleep. In that dream, he saw a figure in the same robes as the being which appeared to him at the end of the job with Lilium who would lead him along an invisible path and to two large chairs on either side of a small table which contained two small cups - one for each of them. There was no such man here, but the way was simply a straight path meaning that he didn't exactly need a guide. He carefully raised his leg and put his foot on the empty space in front of him and, sure enough, he felt solid ground. The Crystal Swan mage floated forward and gently placed his other foot down on the platform and it seemed as though a light gravity allowed him to keep his footing instead of floating away.
Vincent, after what seemed like years of walking, got to the same invisible platform that he had seen in his dreams with the two tall lounge chairs and the table supporting two steaming cups which lacked handles. He felt as though he should sit in their chair, so he did. His head turned to look over and saw that a robed figure sat in the chair next to him. "I'm happy that you could make it, Vincent. It seems like you've been here before." The voice was that of an old woman. "You know I have. You've been bringing me here in my dreams." The old woman shook her head. "That was not my doing, though I would guess that our small meeting in Terasu created a small link between you and my home. Still, to have been dreaming about it after such a minor meeting is quite curious." The old woman put the hood of her robe down around her neck reveal her head. She was quite pale and her long hair was as black as the night sky and complete with radiant white specks which seemed to resemble stars. She gestured towards the drink on the table closest to him, inviting the mage to help himself. He nodded, took the porcelain cup up, and took a drink. White tea... "I'll be honest... um. I don't think I caught your name." "Don't worry, I never gave one. It's been a long time since someone has wanted to address me by some kind of time and even longer since I've forgotten mine. You may just call me Astral." "I'll be honest, then, Astral, it's a bit unsettling for a mysterious and powerful entity to take such an interest in me for unknown reasons. What do you want from me and why?" "I'll answer your first question. I want you to stop the summoner who is sapping the energy from those creatures on Terasu so, thankfully, our goals are aligned. He presents a bigger threat than you might believe and must be stopped. As for your second question, well, we had a deal. You do this and you'll have your answers. Know that nothing bad will befall you if you choose to reject this and any future requests from me. You're well within your rights to refuse." With that, Vincent was transported to his destination: the Wakusei Portal leading to Earthland on Terasu. Here he would patiently wait for Lilium who had also been contacted by the Magic Council with regards to this job.