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    The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

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    Private The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by DOPPO on 20th April 2019, 9:13 am

    CHIYUKI
    "D."
    SUZUKI
    xxx words || @Serilda Sinclair || job info/job sign-up || wtf Tam
    Late evening was always a strange hour for the Rune Knights at headquarters. It was a time during the day where many of the active officers began to turn in for the night while others would just arrive for any after-dark duties. Needless to say that the building was always active at every hour because of this, but usually resulted in a strange tranquility among the knights. It was a quiet and unnoticed transition with a great disparity compared to the atmosphere at noon or strictly after midnight. Chiyuki, however, was busy enough to experience both quite often.

    But lately, something has been bothering him. Ever since the prison break and attack on Era, the Rune Knights' revival has spiraled drastically into a wave of popularity that persisted months after the actual event. So many different people have come to join and very few were refused. Or, in Chiyuki's mind at least, too few. Lately, there's been an influx of "younger" recruits who've come to headquarters with the intention of enlisting. He didn't know if whether or not they had been accepted, but the idea alone was enough for him to speak on it.

    The sun had fallen and the sky was already getting dark. The strange late evening transition began to occur and the redheaded private was sitting at his cubicle as many of his peers adjacent to him would pat his back and shoulders in a friendly farewell. It would eventually be only him left in that part of the building before the other officers would arrive to do their nightly duties, but he didn't plan to stay for long and work. He had to speak to Field Marshall Sinclair.

    It took awhile before Doppo could lift himself from his cubicle and saunter off toward her office, which looked just as normal as the others if not for the placard signifying her position. Tucked underneath his arm was a reasonably large bottle of white wine that had been gifted to him by some younger women who enlisted some time ago. He didn't drink wine so this was a perfect opportunity to gift it off to someone else.

    In his well-kept, black uniform, the clicking of his heels tapped relentlessly down the hallway until he arrived at her office. He knocked lazily, "Hilda. . . ? Helloooo. . . .?"


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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by Serilda Sinclair on 5th May 2019, 7:15 pm




    "Character counts most when duty calls."




    Serilda’s life had been a bit of a shit show as of late. The last few months had been full of stress and anxiety, culminating to a point that arguably should have killed her. A metric ton of problems had threatened to drag her down a horrible road from which there would have been no return, but thankfully the right people in her life had been there to help see her through it.

    And now, she was the Field Marshal for the Rune Knights. It was strange. Serilda had always wanted to end up with the Knights ultimately, but she hadn’t expected it to happen so soon, nor to start at the top of the ladder. Granted it had come under necessary and unfortunate circumstances. A three part attack on the Rune Knights, the Magic Council, and the entire city of Era had left the military force limping, despite their ultimate victory. If it hadn’t been for the timely presence of several mages and civilians willing to fight alongside the army, the result might have been a lot different.

    It was her dream come true, but not at all under the circumstances she had wished for. Additionally, taking over when a large majority of the previous authority and administration had all been killed was extremely difficult. The prior marshal wasn’t around to train her on the things she needed to know, so it had become her burden to dredge up any and all files and read them through in an attempt to get herself up to speed. Thankfully, there were still enough people left from before the attack that she didn’t have to start completely at ground zero -- quite a number of remaining knights were able to point her in the right directions and help her orient herself properly -- but the truth was that there was a lot of confidential information that only the previous marshal and his generals had known, and that was all stuff she was going to have to research the hard way.

    She sensed the approach of someone coming toward her office long before they actually knocked on the door. Even though she had worked with this individual in the past, it had been quite some time since she’d seen him and her Void Sense only informed her that a person was present, not necessarily who they were. The slow knocking didn’t draw her attention away from the documents in front of her, but the voice that follow it did. Or rather, the name by which the individual called her.

    Serilda frowned at the door for only a moment before she recalled where she recognized that name from. “Come in,” she called. Her blue eyes stayed on the door as it opened until she saw Chiyuki standing there. He was dressed in his black knight uniform, which suited him rather well, and tucked beneath his arm was a bottle of some kind.

    The noblewoman gave him a small smile. “Doppo, it’s good to see you,” she told him, referring to him by the nickname she’d learned for him when they’d both been wizards together at Sabertooth. “Please, come have a seat.” Serilda closed the file she had been reading and placed it in a drawer at her desk. The desk itself was neat and tidy, with only a few necessities placed just so upon its surface. She had learned very quickly to get in the habit of keeping the thing clear, or else confidential paperwork would easily pile up around her.

    The room itself was quite large, and plain. Most of the personal affects and decorations that the prior marshal owned had been taken down already and returning to his family. Serilda had not really gotten the chance to put up any decorative touches of her own yet, as she’d been far too busy. Really the only thing was a large pillow near one of the corners were Xiuhcoatl had been resting. The large wolf, who had still been a pup when Chiyuki had seen her last, eyed the man excitedly. She recognized him, wishing to say hello, but waiting obediently to be given the order.

    “It’s good to see you again. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that you were not only a part of the defensive force during the attack, but that you elected to join up after everything was said and done. You look like you’ve been doing quite well for yourself.” She smiled again. The final comment wasn’t a flirtation by any means. Rather, the last time and only time the two of them had ever worked together, Chiyuki had been low on cash and didn’t have much to his name. She’d gifted him an enchanted plate in the hopes that it would help him with some of his financial and magical issues, and he seemed to be in a much better place now than he was before.

    Up close, Chiyuki would be able to see in her eyes just how tired she truly was. The last few months had been exhausting for her, and while she never complained there was no denying that the recent events had been more than a little taxing. “I’m sorry I haven’t had the chance to come say hello. Things have just been so crazy since the Crimson Fang… Was there something I could do for you, or did you just come to chat?”

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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by DOPPO on 5th May 2019, 7:54 pm

    CHIYUKI
    "D."
    SUZUKI
    xxx words || @Serilda Sinclair || job info/job sign-up || wtf Tam

    There she was, the Field Marshal. As soon as he stepped into her office, the stillness in the air that he was so used to being greeted was replaced with dreadful exhaustion. It was as if the burden of her schedule suddenly manifested and pressed some uncanny weight onto those who walked in. Her office was tidy and her crisp uniform even tidier, but much of what she greeted him with seemed forced or habitual. Or at least to Chiyuki.

    He noticed this and said nothing, taking the seat not directly across from her but slightly adjacent and reclined back into it. His pale fingers coiled around the neck of the bottle of wine and placed it right in front of her, ". . . I don't drink wine." he said, and this was everything he had to say about that. The redhead didn't bother explaining how he acquired it or discussing alcohol at all, really. Nothing that any other person who was giving something to someone else would do. Instead, he noticed the weariness in her eyes and the lack of vitality in her spirit. Yes, this was a weary woman, and a stressed one at that.

    She looks tired. Has she slept? Chiyuki thought to himself curiously. Yet, as quickly as he noticed it did he resolve to take her somewhere or treat her to something beyond that white wine he just gave her. But he wouldn't bring it up now, even though he was sure that she wouldn't mind being taken off the edge for a few minutes or more if that's what it called for.

    Chiyuki stared at her with his same lackadaisical, indifferent gaze. Just like before, he wouldn't bother with the ettiquette or manners that others adopt for introducing topics for conversations and it wasn't like it was something he would've done even if he cared about it. He rested a cheek on his fist, leaning onto it with a sort of lazed posture. ". . .Hilda, are you enlisting children?" he queried flatly. There was no hint of anger in his tones. No booming crescendo of an infuriated man or the shakiness of a trembling child. It was only a question, and yet he was beginning to feel exasperated.


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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by Serilda Sinclair on 10th June 2019, 8:59 pm




    "Character counts most when duty calls."




    Her former guild mate entered and quietly sat at one of the chairs in front of her desk. In his usual lethargic fashion, he offered her the bottle of wine. “O-oh,” Serilda reacted, caught a bit off guard by the gesture. She reached a well manicured hand across and accepted the item. “Thank you, Doppo. That’s quite kind of you.” She had no idea why he was giving it to her of course as he made no effort to explain any such details, but her appreciation was genuine. With anyone else that might have been odd, or even suspect, but Serilda knew that this man wasn’t exactly the most chatty.

    The noblewoman would be sure to bring the bottle home later, but for now she placed it neatly on her desk. It was during that moment that Chiyuki asked his question. While his tone didn’t express any anger, it was definitely a loaded topic. By the way she sighed with exhaustion and wearily rubbed her temples, it wouldn’t be difficult for him to surmise that it was a subject she’d already broached with others.

    “Not actively,” the Voidwalker admitted. She clasped her hands together on her desk and gave him the respect of looking in his eyes as she continued. “I’m not directly in charge of recruitment. I certainly had my own questions and concerns when I learned that there were a couple youths that had been allowed to join. It’s not ideal, and honestly I don’t like it very much, but it’s where they want to be and their situations aren’t as black and white as they may appear on the surface.”

    Serilda glanced up at the ceiling in thought, recalling the details of the few younger members that had joined their ranks. Obviously, for the sake of confidentiality she could not exactly divulge to Doppo who exactly she was speaking of in each case, but she trusted the man enough to at least give him a few basic bits of information that might help him understand how and why the decisions had been made. “A couple of them are not actually as young as they seem to be because they aren’t human. Or at least, not fully. One is an android, for instance. Another has magic that actually affects their age of appearance and changes it at times.”

    Those were the easier ones to deal with. An android’s age was hardly measured by the same standards as a human’s, and her appearance would only ever be how she’d been built to look. On the flip side, the other did not have the mind of a child, only the body of one -- and even that was subject to change depending on how he was using his magic at any given time.

    “Aside from those two, there are only two others. Both of them have no homes, no families… one doesn’t really even remember who they are. They are orphans, both with magic that they need to learn how to control. They needed shelter and people to look after them…” At this, Serilda couldn’t hide the sorrow in her voice. It pained her to know that these children had no one at all they could depend on. “For these two, by their age they would long since have been members of guilds already, mastering their magics and likely being sent on missions just as dangerous as anything they might find with us, but we were who they wanted to be with. I can’t exactly turn them back out on the street, not when they could get picked up by a dark guild and be lead down a much worse path… At least if I allow them to stay here, I know they are being properly supervised and educated.”

    She looked at him again. Her expression showed a great deal of empathy to his concern. Serilda fully understood because she had many of the same ones when she’d first learned that children had been recruited. “Should they change their mind at any point to pursue more traditional opportunities then they are more than welcome to do so. But the truth of the matter is that the moment they came to us, they became my responsibility. If they stay with us and something happens to them, that’s on me… but likewise, if I turn them away and doom them to an uncertain life that brings them a fate just as bad or worse… that is also on me. The latter option is not one I can live with. I would rather try and give them the opportunity to achieve their dreams under our supervision than condemn them to a life on the streets, or as members of a guild that may not look after them with as much care as we will.”

    And it was obvious that she cared. Without even having to pull up any files, Serilda had been able to recall every single child and their personal circumstances from memory. She had researched them extensively, and was clearly doing her best to keep a personal eye on them and set them as a priority even though she had many other important things on her plate. The marshal wasn’t just letting them slide under the radar, and she was keen on their specific needs and dreams. It was a toss up as to whether or not Chiyuki would be satisfied with her answer. When it came to children, people often butted heads over differing opinions and since she had never discussed kids with him before she couldn’t really guestimate where he would stand on the issue after hearing her explanation. All she could do was hope he understood that it had not been an easy choice, nor one that she had made without doing her research to know exactly what was going on, and that he would be assured that she certainly was not actively going out and looking for kids to fill their ranks.

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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by DOPPO on 11th June 2019, 10:50 am

    CHIYUKI
    "D."
    SUZUKI
    xxx words || @Serilda Sinclair || job info/job sign-up || wtf Tam

    Doppo watched Hilda with lazy eyes as she explained. It was clear that she was terribly aware of just who was in her ranks and she suddenly looked more tired as she said it. Her voice was filled with sorrowful undertones and rich with deep-rooted stress. The redhead found himself sympathizing with her the more she continued.

    However, this sympathy transformed back into frustration as she went on about the orphans in their ranks, suddenly remembering his life in Motor City as an estranged child who, while having a mother, had a lifestyle that would make you think he was homeless. And to some extent, he was. He spent more time in the streets than he did at home and he knew just how awful it could be for children and the dangers of dark wizards enlisting these estranged, uncared for kids into their guilds and organizations, further perpetuating the unfortunate cycle of crime. The memory made his pale expression blush as the blood rushed to his head, but it wasn’t noticeable.

    “Hilda,” Doppo started in his weary stupor, “. . .You saw what happened in Era. We were all there. Most guilded mages aren’t responsible for so many lives like we are, and this situation happens all too often. . .” he recalled the devastating chaos that ensued over Era just a month ago and the memory of a building collapsing over them vivid in his mind. He felt awful just thinking about it, and while he himself wasn’t nearly as distressed as a civilian in that situation, the violence could be enough to break anyone who wasn’t accustomed to it. So, why tarnish someone’s innocence if it was completely preventable? There were orphanages or foster homes that could provide similar education to these kids, so why let them stay? Doppo felt himself brooding in his emotions and wouldn’t look Hilda in the eye when she faced him. It made him feel terribly self-conscious. “. . .are you really saying you’re prepared to have them face that? Kids don’t know what they want—in fact, they don’t know a damn thing about the world. So how could they have the faintest idea of what it really means to join the Knights? What if they see something ugly? What if they have the kill someone? Are you hearing me, Hilda? What if they have to kill someone?” Doppo's fists on his lap tightened abruptly and his voice became sharp and heavy.

    Doppo mustered both the courage and the willingness to finally face Hilda with his rigid, narrowed gaze. Despite how his eyes glowered, they were glossy with terrible worry and anxiousness. "What if something happens to them, Hilda? If that happens,
    then it isn't just on you. . . it's on all of us, you know. . . I don't think any of us could live. . . with that idea. . ."
    his voice began to descend back into its quietness and the strain and emotion that was there fizzled into indifference as he finished.

    The redhead liked children. They wouldn't always like him in return and more often than not, they were rather cruel to him. Regardless of their magical capability or abilities—which he never questioned—he could never bring it in himself to be okay with signing them up for sorrow and violence if he could help it, and he had never felt quite so anxious over anything quite like this before. He had never realized how much he truly cherished a child's innocence until now, and he also didn't realize how his words might've come off as an outburst for someone like him, who never got emotional or reacted to anything, really. With this in mind, he looked back up and over to Hilda with an apologetic countenance, sighing.


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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by Serilda Sinclair on 24th June 2019, 11:57 am




    "Character counts most when duty calls."




    What followed after her answer was a reaction that even Serilda couldn’t have expected. The only time she had ever seen Doppo express any kind of emotion at all had been in the heat of battle while his magic was active and flowing -- or when she had given him the enchanted plate. The rest of the time, he man was in an almost constant state of lethargy. Now, this was due to his magic, and she knew that. Just because Doppo didn’t show emotion didn’t mean he couldn’t feel it. Serilda recognized that and had always done her best to respect him and treat him as normally as anyone else she’d ever worked with.

    But it did mean a lot to her when he became visibly agitated over the futures of these children. Clearly, this was an issue that spoke very deeply to him. She watched him carefully with a calm expression while he voiced his concern over the kind of things the kids might wind up being exposed to. The marshal let him speak his mind without interrupting him, respecting his need and his right to have his worries heard. He couldn’t even look her in the eyes until the end of it, and she could see the moisture that had built up within them.

    Serilda returned his gaze steadily as his emotional tide receded and he returned once again to the more lazy demeanor he typically kept. She was silent for a long moment as she watched him. “I’m sorry, Chiyuki. I wasn’t aware how greatly this was weighing on you. Everything that’s happened since the attack has been stressful, and this certainly hasn’t helped. I don’t want any of them to die or to be exposed to any of the awful things that you’ve mentioned, and that’s why I’m doing everything in my power to make sure that they are being properly supervised by experienced knights, and my administrators are actively looking for alternatives for them with other respectable guilds or other accommodations that are better suited to their ages. I’m not doing nothing about this.”

    “But in the meantime, if this is where they want to be, then yes… they have been allowed to stay. You’re worried, and I more than understand that. If I could have children, I can’t say that this is the life I would prefer for them, either.” Her inability to conceive wasn’t exactly a topic she had meant to let slip. It wasn’t something that she talked about to anyone, as it was a bit of a sore spot for her, but the conversation was troubling and had left her lightly unguarded. Truthfully, she wasn’t even consciously aware that she had mentioned it. A bit ruefully, she continued on. “I can’t give you the answers you want to hear. All I can tell you is that I’m doing my best and utilizing every resource I have to keep them as safe as possible or to find better arrangements for them.”

    It sucked, and Serilda empathized with him, but her decision was made. She couldn’t do more than she already was. Doppo didn’t have to be happy about it -- she certainly wasn’t. But, that wasn’t going to change how the chips had fallen. He could choose to hate her for it, and maybe he would. She certainly hoped he wouldn’t. Despite his oddities, Serilda liked Doppo and respected him as a wizard and as an ally. However, this situation wasn’t something she had full control over, and at the end of the day no amount of pleading or berating could change that.

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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by DOPPO on 24th June 2019, 6:49 pm

    CHIYUKI
    "D."
    SUZUKI
    xxx words || @Serilda Sinclair || job info/job sign-up || wtf Tam

    A deep, protuding sigh escaped his lips, heavy with stress and disappointment. It felt liberating to talk openly about it, but his qualms were never quite settled. They weren't settled but was happy in his resolve to make certain that they were supervised, even if it was no his place. Yes, he thought, he'd make sure nothing would happen to them. He didn't tell Hilda this but the softness in his eyes seemed remarkably satisfied to those who looked at them deeply enough.

    "Okay. . . ma'am." Chiyuki quietly added the honorific. With how personal and informal their conversation was, it didn't seem like the honorific was really appropriate at the time. But in this moment, in his receding anxiety, it seemed that the only Chiyuki that could accept her answer was Private Suzuki and not Chiyuki Suzuki. Despite his silence, he wasn't thinking as deeply about it as most people would be in his shoes. In fact, the more he glossed over her words, the less tense he felt about the circumstances. He didn't feel any less grim about it, but certainly felt more comfortable knowing that the Rune Knights were full of capable people—supervision would likely end up being something akin to mentorship anyway.

    With this resolve, he ran a hand through his hair and sighed again. He was remembering Hilda's mention of her infertility and her eagerness to guarantee the children's safety. All of this together really just made her sound even more stressed than Chiyuki had initially thought.

    With a groan, Chiyuki abruptly stood up and leaned over the desk separating him and Hilda. "I hear comfort food really helps with fertility." He lied in a disgusting attempt to humor her and so horribly matter-of-factly that he almost believed it himself.

    He paused, realizing his mistake, and began to sweat profusely instead of becoming completely overcome with visible despair at his insensitivity. ". . . That was insensitive, sorry. . ." he apologized so sheepishly that he almost visibly shrunk in her gaze, ". . . but why don't we go out and eat anyway? It's my treat. . . you know. . ."

    Nice save, Chiyuki thought triumphantly even though it was an awful save and wasn't really even a save to begin with.


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    Serilda Sinclair
    Serilda Sinclair
     
     

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    Lineage : Scion of the Void King
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    Second Magic: Sword of Wrath
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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by Serilda Sinclair on 26th June 2019, 11:14 am




    "Character counts most when duty calls."




    It was weird hearing Doppo refer to her as “ma’am”. Not just because of their history together with Sabertooth from long before she was anything close to being his boss, but also because the start of this meeting had been a bit informal. She understood, though. In his shoes Serilda probably also would have only been able to truly accept her answer as a soldier, rather than a person. It was a response similar to others she’d received in the past, but all in all he seemed okay. At the very least, he wasn’t appearing to condemn her and he seemed a little more at ease than he had before.

    She held his gaze for an extra moment, just to make sure that he really was okay. For a moment all was well, until he spoke up again, commenting on the rather personal thing that she’d let slip. Really, Serilda was more shocked than anything else. His statement caught her even more off guard than his original purpose for seeing her, and she could only blink at him while he stammered to apologize for the poor joke. He tried to cover it by seeing if she wanted to go get something to eat with him at his expense.

    Serilda bit her lip a little in thought, silently deciding to just ignore the embarrassing slip up about her fertility. Her blue eyes trailed over the drawer where stacks of paperwork waited for her, which at this point was probably never going to end, and for a moment it seemed like she was going to decline and opt to focus on her work. But it was already getting to be a late night, and she knew she’d been pulling one too many of those lately. Normally Mythal was there to make sure she didn’t wind up sleeping in her office, but he was off on a mission at the moment.

    With a small smile, she looked at Doppo again. “You know, I think I’d like that. Let me just lock up and change out of my uniform.” Luckily, Serilda usually kept a spare change of clothes at the office just in case. She didn’t usually travel in her uniform if she wasn’t on duty. Pulling a set of keys out of her pocket, she used a small one to lock up a few of her filing cabinets as well as the drawers on her desk. Then, she ducked into the small personal bathroom that was attached to her office to put on different clothes.

    While she was working on that, she’d given Xiuh permission to go greet Doppo. The wolf had remained relatively calm and disciplined through the whole talk, but Serilda could feel the hound’s longing for attention. The now fully grown canine trotted happily over to the man and flopped her body against his legs, craning her neck up to put her head on his lap as a pink tongue lolled happily out of the side of her mouth. Xiuh was just as much of a ham as she ever had been, always a puppy at heart and more of a house dog than a hunting companion when not on duty.

    Serilda returned only a couple minutes later in a pair of dark jeans and white button up shirt. She had a blue clutch in her hand. “Ready when you are,” the marshal told him as she took the time to move his wine bottle to the liquor cabinet that had been left behind from the previous marshal’s tenure. Locking up the door to her office behind them, she would offer to wait if he also wanted to put on something less formal than his uniform. It would be nice to just spend some time with the man without having to worry about work. Even in Sabertooth, they’d never really gotten the chance to do that.

    Once he was set one way or another, she’d let him lead the way wherever he wanted to go. “Have you been settling in okay?” Serilda asked him as they travelled. She knew all too well the kind of issues he’d had trying to make a place for himself with Sabertooth. He was often ostracized by others because of the effects his magic had on him, and the last thing Serilda wanted was for him to be experiencing that with the Rune Knights as well.

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    DOPPO
     
     

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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by DOPPO on 11th July 2019, 8:56 pm

    CHIYUKI
    "D."
    SUZUKI
    xxx words || @Serilda Sinclair || job info/job sign-up || wtf Tam

    The redhead was relieved to see that Hilda's reaction was far more mild than he was anticipating. In fact, there was hardly any reaction, leaving him to think more about her fertility. It wasn't any of his business, but he couldn't help but wonder.

    Quickly after this exchange did she go to change into more appropriate clothing, leaving him and Xiuh-something—the black-furred beauty—in each other's company. Both of them instantly indulged each other the moment, Xiuh meandering over to him and Doppo hovering over her the moment she did. He knelt down to gingerly stroke her head with his usual indifferent expression, but clearly overcome with tender infatuation and satisfaction as he touched her.

    "Good to see you again, Xiuh. I see that you're happy and healthy. . ." Doppo greeted the canine cooly, pulling gently on her cheeks and skin in poor attempts to make silly faces. Smushing her cheeks together to make her look bloated and stretching it apart to make her look almost alien. His cheeks blushed in mild amusement. "Cute. . ."

    By the time Hilda had returned, Doppo was still playing with Xiuh's face and only stopped when she said something. Reluctantly, his hands parted from the smooth countenance of the canine as he stood up, briefly admiring the woman. Dark denim jeans and a white button-up shirt—a fairly standard attire for someone preparing to go out, but a revolutionary image for someone such as Doppo, since, of course, he had never seen her look so casual. The Hilda Sinclair he knew was always formally dressed and always supremely so, even in their brief time together at Sabertooth. She had a maternal air to her from what he could observe but was always professional. But, Doppo wasn't displeased. In fact, he was delighted to see her like this. He couldn't return the same image, however, as he wasn't planning to go out tonight and his home was too much of a detour from their destination for him to even mull over the option.

    The redhead nodded and the hair over his face seemed to shake as he did. He could never quite get it to look well-kept or even combed. "Mm." Doppo said briskly if one could even consider that saying anything. In fact, this was the only thing he said before they'd end up on the roads of Era.

    The city was as busy as any other would be at night—except that this one was far safer than any other. The headquarters was located there, after all. But tonight they parted from their titles and ribbons garnered during their time as Rune Knights and strolled down the nighttime Eran roads as friends out to eat. "Well, I'm not struggling. . ." Doppo responded lackadaisically, both hands tucked away in his pockets. He wouldn't ask the same for her as it was obvious that she was stressed and rather tired, and never being one for small talk, reciprocating the same curiosity wouldn't come from a place of genuine interest in his case. He already had a good idea of just how well she was settling in.

    What he was curious about, however, was not her job as Field Marshall, but simply Hilda Sinclair. He had realized just what little he had known about her and couldn't help but wonder about other things. "Enough about work. . . I hardly know anything about you," he put it simply, "why don't you tell me about yourself. . .?"

    Doppo seemed to often be so unaware of his own bluntness that he could make even the most lighthearted and humorous of comments seem malicious or uncalled for. But such was his nature—to say what was on his mind and to mean it. The man, unfortunately, had no filter for both the good, bad, and everything in between.


    STATISTICS
    HP: x/y
    MP: x/y
    Spells Used:
    Abilities Active: xxx
    Weapons Equipped: xxx
    Monsters Killed: xxx
    Other Notes: .
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    Serilda Sinclair
    Serilda Sinclair
     
     

    Main Account- Gain An Artifact- Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Quality Badge Level 3- Ten Wizard Saint Member- Guild Master- Custom Slayer- God Slayer- Y-Rank- X-Rank- H-Rank- S-Rank- A-Rank- Wanderer- So Extra- EXP Grinder- Job Creator- Working Together- Forever Solo- Christian Minecraft Server- Teaming Up!- Limited Edition- Hired Help- Unknown Powerhouse- Unknown Legend- Guild Creator- Achiever- Expert Achiever- Over Achiever- Buddy Buddy- Obligatory Beach Episode- Shipped- Richie Rich- Rich- Veteran Level 2- Veteran Level 1- Character Application Approved!- Character History!- Magic Application Approved!- Obtain A Secondary Magic!- Get A Pet!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Join A Faction!- Tertiary Magic- Senior [500]- Novice [250]- 1st Place Event/Contest Winner- X-Mas Event Participant- Motor City Rush- Best GFX Artist Award- Player 
    Lineage : Scion of the Void King
    Position : Saint of Conviction
    Posts : 540
    Guild : Rune Knights (GM)
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    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Voidwalking
    Second Magic: Sword of Wrath
    Third Magic: Cruorthurgy

    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by Serilda Sinclair on 21st August 2019, 11:15 am

    Seri Banner
    Conviction never shames nor condemns us.
    It calls us back to who we truly are.
    Xiuhcoatl was, in fact, quite pleased to be having Doppo playing with her face. The wolf would attempt to playfully gnaw on his arms, and if he wasn’t careful he’d wind up with quite a number of canine kisses in the form of a long pink tongue lunging toward his face several times. Her tail was beating repeatedly against the floor as she wagged it happily.

    Not long after that, the three of them were walking down the streets of Era. Serilda wasn’t sure where they were going. Since Doppo had been the one to invite her to eat and offer to pay, she would follow him to wherever he felt like eating. The noblewoman wasn’t terribly picky about food, so they probably weren’t going to wind up anywhere that she wouldn’t like anyway. Doppo expressed that he hadn’t really been having any issues getting situated in his new environment, which Serilda was glad to hear. It was a short answer, but that was about what she had been expecting. The man wasn’t typically much of a talker, preferring to communicate through grunts and hums whenever possible, so really the fact that he had come up with a mostly complete sentence was effort enough for her.

    What actually did surprise her though was when he started asking her about herself, with the expressed wish that they keep the conversation away from work. He said he wanted to know more about her. Small talk had never exactly been Doppo’s forte, but then again Serilda wasn’t entirely sure that asking a person about themselves was necessarily small talk. And really, he was right. The two of them had been allies for a while now but had never really taken the time or gotten the chance to really learn much about the other.

    “Well,” she said, giving it some thought as to where to start. Serilda didn’t often talk about herself, so it often took her a moment to come up with relevant information that wasn’t boring and didn’t make her look like she was trying to stroke an ego. “I was born in Clover Town. My parents are the duke and duchess that own the gem mines in the mountains, there.” Serilda figured that Chiyuki already knew at this point that she was a noble, but it was hard to tell with him sometimes. Particularly considering that he still called her ‘Hilda’, despite the number of times in the past that she’d corrected him on her name.

    “I have four younger siblings. Three sisters, and then the youngest is our brother. My mother breeds and raises Star Wolves, like Xiuh here.” The hound wuffed softly at the mention of her name as she trotted beside the pair, tail wagging. There were plenty of other things she could tell about herself, but not all of them were exactly the best subjects for an enjoyable night out, and she didn’t want to bring down the mood. “What about you?” Presumably she would tell him more about herself as the night went on and the conversation progressed, but she figured that was a good enough starting point.

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    Private Re: The Problem With Recruits [Private/DOPPO/Serilda]

    Post by DOPPO on 31st August 2019, 11:06 am

    CHIYUKI
    "D."
    SUZUKI
    xxx words || @Serilda Sinclair || job info/job sign-up || MMM, ROYALTY

    So she comes from Clover Town, comes from a group of five siblings, and to top it all off, she was nobility? Chiyuki was surprised to say the least, albeit, it didn't show. But it did make him especially inquisitive of Hilda even more than before. He could recall how she ended up becoming Field Marshall, but what about before then? He never questioned why she ended up in Sabertooth, assuming that she was there for similar reasons everyone else were there for—to make money, create a name for themself, fight for justice, the whole charade. But these were questions saved for later, since by the time he had pondered about it, it was his turn to exchange basic information.

    "I'm from Motor City. . . I lived there with my Mom until I was eighteen, and she. . ." Chiyuki paused for a moment. He never found it hard to talk about his past, but even he understood that it was a rather taboo thing to discuss what his Mother did for a living, and was embarrassed by it all to top it off. ". . .She's unemployed. My Dad left us when I was little and remarried. . . I'd be an only child if you don't count his other kids. . ." Chiyuki continued quietly, staring ahead of them instead of looking at Hilda.

    Since they were on the subject of family, it came to mind that he hadn't seen his in quite some time. He would occassionally stop by Motor City to give his Mother some money, but she was never happy to see him if she was ever even there at all. This was often the case, since with her line of work, she was always with another man with decent amounts of money. His Father on the other hand, he hadn't seen for years now, but somehow managed to keep up to date with his whereabouts since he happened to marry a noble himself, and he too was never pleased to see Chiyuki even when he was present in his life. Nowadays, he never reached out to him ever since he left. Needless to say, the redheaded, always-fatigued Chiyuki had been on his own for quite some time now, but it never depressed him.

    Chiyuki didn't say anything after that as their destination came into view. "Terry's Steakhouse" as was flickering brightly across the building. Although it was a steakhouse, it was also reputable for its comfort food. So, the redhead was confident that, while not knowing what Hilda liked to eat, she would find something she would enjoy. Wordlessly, he led them both inside.

    The steakhouse was rather busy, dark, but beautifully lit enough to create a rather cozy atmosphere. Pleasant jazz was played over a stereo, and ball-sports were being shown over several televisions mounted on the walls. The crowd here consisted primarily of middle-aged men and women eating and drinking after a hard day's work. Suprisingly, both Chiyuki and Hilda were not too far from that scenario.

    "Table for two?" a waitress queried, approaching them in her somewhat revealing uniform.

    "Mm." Chiyuki "replied" in his usual grunt. Briskly, the pair were guided to a booth near the window and seated. Four menus were placed before them, one containing their meals and the other describing their alcohols, one for each officer.

    When the waitress asked what they would be having to drink, Chiyuki was quick to request a rather potent whiskey. He drank alcohol quite often seeing as his tolerance for it was insurmountably high. In fact, he was rather confident that he simply was incapable of becoming intoxicated. If anything, maybe being buzzed was a possibility. After him, the waitress addressed Hilda, which was equally brief. She soon left to prepare those drinks and wouldn't return until later.

    In the meantime, Chiyuki hunched over the table with his hands clasped together, staring at Hilda. ". . .So you're nobility. . .? Are you rich. . .?"


    STATISTICS
    HP: x/y
    MP: x/y
    Spells Used:
    Abilities Active: xxx
    Weapons Equipped: xxx
    Monsters Killed: xxx
    Other Notes: .
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