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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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    Serilda Sinclair
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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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    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- 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- Buddy Buddy- 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- Novice [250]- 1st Place Event/Contest Winner- X-Mas Event Participant- Motor City Rush- Best GFX Artist Award- Player 
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    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 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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