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    Diana Winchester
    Diana Winchester

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    Star Gazing Empty Star Gazing

    Post by Diana Winchester on 10th July 2019, 4:53 pm

    Job Details:

    Job Title: S-Rank Free-form
    Rank: S
    Job Location: Anywhere
    Solo Word Count: 8,000 words
    Group Word Count: 16,000 words
    Additional Requirements: N/A
    Job Description: Whatever the player chooses
    Enemies: Whatever the player chooses
    Reward: 75,000 jewels

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    Diana Winchester
    Diana Winchester

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    Star Gazing Empty Re: Star Gazing

    Post by Diana Winchester on 14th July 2019, 10:27 pm

    -Terasu-

    Arriving on the starry planet through a portal to Capital Crocus provided to her by Crocus Magicka University, Diana arrived on Terasu for only the second time in her mage career. The first time was a month or two ago when she was hired by Capital Crocus police to track down and eliminate a bandit gang that had used the planet as a refuge from justice. Diana tracked them to a makeshift campsite and drove them from it by killing gang members one by one until they fled to where their portal had deposited them, where she finished the job by wiping out members intent on making a last stand. Now Diana was here for a more peaceful job, which was to guard a university astronomy team while they observed the countless stars here for some kind of research that the blonde could not even begin to comprehend.

    Wearing her navy blue long-sleeved shirt with navy blue cargo pants and brown boots, Diana walked along the paved road through Terasu and admired the stars, being careful not to walk into the other visitors to the planet. Almost all of the visitors were teenage couples looking for a romantic spot to gaze at the stars, but there were two or three middle-aged couples walking down the road hand-in-hand. Diana carefully made her way past them and proceeded further down the path.

    Diana was to meet with the team at a research station set up by the university and protect them from wild animals. The animals were not too much of a threat since they were used to humans, but the university wanted someone to watch over them in case human adversaries threatened the research team for whatever reason. Diana did not see how their research into stars could attract the attention of criminals, but she would watch over the team anyway because she had been hired to do so and she always completed the job.

    Diana was a good distance down the path when she spotted a cluster of four large octagonal tents packed together and people standing outside looking into telescopes. She figured that they might be the university research team, but if they were just ordinary citizens maybe they would be kind enough to point her in the direction of the research team. Diana carefully climbed the gently rolling hills and approached an older man who was busy peering at the sky through a tripod-mounted telescope.

    "Hello there. Would you happen to know where the Crocus Magicka University research team is?" Diana asked the older man. He stood up from the telescope and looked at her, shining a flashlight in her eyes. The blonde covered her eyes to block out the light; even though she could not see him she could still hear the man approaching because of the crunching of grass beneath his feet.

    "I'm Professor Edwin Gasan of Crocus Magicka University's astronomy department. I was told that a female mage would be coming out here to assist us." The man said to her. The flashlight was still blinding her, so she could not see him. At least she now knew that she was in the right place.

    "Oh, the beam of the flashlight's in your eyes! I'm so sorry about that!" The professor apologized to the blinded mage. The flashlight was turned off with the press of a button and the blonde could see normally again... once the spots in front of her eyes faded away, that was. The dark spots alternated with bright spots and danced around in front of her before fading away roughly three minutes after appearing. Once they had faded Diana could see a middle-aged man wearing a white lab coat with a white dress shirt and brown dress pants with matching brown dress shoes. His hair was black but was starting to mingle with gray to produce salt-and-pepper.

    "It is fine, really." Diana said to the embarrassed professor as her eyes recovered from being blinded earlier. She did not hold it against him. It was an honest mistake that anyone could have made, so it would have been poor form to berate her client for the mishap. Mages who went around insulting their clients tended to have a hard time finding work; that went double for Guildless mages, who did not have the luxury of a guild's support network and the steady jobs a guild could secure for its members. Diana masqueraded as a Guildless mage to cover up her true allegiance, so it was imperative for her to be polite to keep the goodwill of clients so that she could possibly be hired again by the same person.

    "I'm glad you're here, Miss... Whinhestir, was it?" Professor Gasan asked.

    "It is Winchester, Professor." Diana politely corrected him. He covered his mouth with his right hand for a moment, then spoke to her again.

    "Right, Miss Winchester. Anyway, if you would be so kind as to follow me, I will show you around our research station." Professor Gasan offered to give Diana a brief tour of the hastily erected tents that made up the astronomy team's base.

    "Very well then." Diana voiced her consent to the academic. He clapped his hands together and motioned for her to follow him.

    "Excellent! Now I will show you around our humble base camp and research station. I will admit that it is neither very impressive nor very large, but it does the job nicely." Professor Gasan said to Diana before walking towards the four octagonal tents only a short walk away from the telescope he was using earlier.

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    [Total Word Count: 950/8,000]
    Diana Winchester
    Diana Winchester

    Alt Account- Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Quality Badge Level 3- S-Rank- A-Rank- Unknown Powerhouse- Achiever- Character Application Approved!- Magic Application Approved!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Join A Faction!- Novice [250]- Player 
    Lineage : Reaper's Touch
    Position : None
    Posts : 362
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 113,812.5

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Silent Reaper
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    Star Gazing Empty Re: Star Gazing

    Post by Diana Winchester on 18th July 2019, 10:06 pm

    -Inside the Crocus Magicka University tent-

    Escorted by Professor Gasan, Diana stepped into a square tent which had electric lights hung on wooden poles near the top... Diana could hear the generator humming a short distance away. In the tent were rectangular wooden tables cluttered with stack of papers, old books with bookmarks stuffed haphazardly in between their pages, spiral notebooks filled with scrawled writing and hastily jotted calculations, and what looked to be astrological charts on corkboard. Some detailed the various constellations in the sky while others detailed the planets... Diana could not even begin to understand the charts because she was not an astronomer. Her job was to protect the scientists and help them with their work, not peek at their indecipherable charts.

    "I see that you have more than a casual interest in our work, Miss Winchester. Are you an astronomer by any chance?" The professor asked her. Caught in the act, Diana abruptly looked away from the charts and towards the older man.

    "I am afraid not, Professor." Diana admitted in a sort-of apology for peeking at their research without permission.

    "That is a pity. I was hoping that I would get someone who could help me with these charts. My graduate assistants are trying their best to help, but they're not quite up to it yet. They've studied in the classroom for years and have made good grades, but they'll need more experience in the field before they can really be a help." He lamented. Then his eyes lit up.

    "Speaking of which, I haven't heard from my assistants Tammy and Robert in some time. Five hours, to be exact. They were supposed to set up a telescope on some nearby hills, but that task shouldn't take five hours to perform. Would you be a dear and go find them?" Professor Gasan asked. Diana readily agreed.

    "I will go find them." Diana replied in the affirmative.

    "Good, good. I'll need their help for tonight's star viewing. I can't take notes and look through the telescope." He said to her before opening a medium-sized red book on astronomy. Sensing that she would get no more information from him, Diana left the tent to go perform her assigned task. She wondered how far "nearby" was.

    -Outside, the Terasu plains-

    Diana stepped out of the tent and walked towards a hill near the trail to get away from the electric lights so that she could better see her surroundings. According to the professor, his two assistants were setting up a telescope on some nearby hills, so her best bet would be to search for a telescope in the hills. Switching to her night vision mode so that she could instantly pick out human shapes, Diana looked all around her and spotted pairs of humans, but they were all walking on the trail and none of them had telescopes.

    Diana walked further away from the tent until she could no longer see the glow of its electric lights, then looked towards the nearby hills again. She saw a pair of humans lying on a blanket between two gentle slopes with a basket of food and a cooler of drinks, so they were not the graduate assistants. Diana turned away from them and walked towards a tree on the plain. Maybe she could get a better look at the surrounding area from there. The blonde mage walked until she was standing under its leafy branches, then stopped and looked at the surrounding area again.

    She soon saw a pair of people with a telescope on a tripod. Thinking that she had found them, Diana decided to hang back and observe before she went to get them. They might be travelers who were doing some stargazing of their own and she did not want to embarrass herself by treating them like the missing graduate assistants. Diana watched them peer into the telescope and make comments to each other about what they were seeing, but they did not take notes on the stars, nor did they have notebooks or other academic items with them.

    Diana left them alone and started walking the plains in search of the wayward graduate students. She wondered where exactly they had went. They should not have gone too far from the tent and the professor... unless something bad had happened to them and they had not left the immediate area of their own volition. Had someone kidnapped them or had they fallen prey to wild animals?

    Diana had no idea what had happened to them and it was her responsibility to find out. Due to the presence of civilians she would keep her weapons put away for the time being, but if danger were to present itself she would bring them out regardless of who was nearby. She would also have to take extra care when aiming so that she did not hit someone downrange from where she was shooting, but she did not anticipate any heavy fighting during this job.

    It should be a simple job where she babysat astronomers while they did their work for Crocus Magicka University. However, there was seldom such a thing as a "simple" job. Complications tended to come up and it was a mage's job to adjust to circumstances on the fly. Diana took a deep breath and began to walk towards another campsite with a pair of tents sitting side-by-side. Maybe the occupants could point her in the right direction.

    [Word Count: 926]
    [Total Word Count: 1,876/8,000]
    Diana Winchester
    Diana Winchester

    Alt Account- Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Quality Badge Level 3- S-Rank- A-Rank- Unknown Powerhouse- Achiever- Character Application Approved!- Magic Application Approved!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Join A Faction!- Novice [250]- Player 
    Lineage : Reaper's Touch
    Position : None
    Posts : 362
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 113,812.5

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Silent Reaper
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    Star Gazing Empty Re: Star Gazing

    Post by Diana Winchester Yesterday at 9:32 pm

    Diana felt like she had been sent on a snipe hunt by the professor. She had not seen the two research assistants nor their telescope in the immediate area and was running out of ways to find them that did not involve walking the entire planet, but she could not return to Professor Gasan without his assistants in tow. How could she find them in a reasonable length of time?

    Diana had no idea of where to look because "nearby hills" were everywhere and so were male-and-female couples with telescopes, so those three criteria were not of much help to her in ferreting out the researchers. The blonde was about to go set off on a planetwide search for them when a pair of young people around Diana's age in white lab coats walked by her. The male was carrying a telescope and the female was carrying the metal tripod; since normal people did not wear lab coats every day, these had to be the people she was after. Diana raised a hand and called out to them while stepping away from the tree.

    "Would you two happen to be the research assistants of Professor Gasan?" Diana asked them once she had gotten their attention.

    "Yes. Did he send you after us?" The young man asked.

    "He was worried when you had not reported back. He sent me to find you." Diana explained her reason for asking about their identities.

    "That sounds like the professor alright. He must have forgotten that he sent us pretty far to get a view of the planet's stars." The young woman commented. Her companion chimed in with a bit more backstory as to how they had gotten "lost."

    "The professor sent us halfway across the planet where there aren't a lot of people around. It took us about two hours to get there and two hours to get back, so it's not surprising that he got worried about us." The man explained to Diana. Diana raised an eyebrow. Before she left to find them the professor claimed that he had only sent them to a nearby hill to make their observations. Either Professor Gasan was a forgetful man or something fishy was going on here and the blonde was not sure which theory was the right one to believe.

    "Well, the whole trip was a bust because stargazing couples were everywhere when we got to our destination. We didn't have any room to set up our equipment, so we're going back to the professor for some guidance as to where to go next." The woman said to Diana. The pair then kept walking... they must have known the way back to the tents set up by the university. Her mission having technically been accomplished, Diana followed them back to receive more instructions from Professor Gasan... that was, if he was going to give her anything else to do.

    -Back at the tents-

    "Ah, there are my wayward assistants! I was wondering if you two had gotten lost!" Professor Gasan exclaimed, looking up from a paper chart he was poring over. Now that the trio were back in the light, Diana could make out the features of the assistants she had been sent to find. The young man wore brown-rimmed glasses with a white dress shirt and black dress pants with brown shoes. The young woman wore black-rimmed glasses and wore a white dress shirt with black knee-length skirt and black shoes. Both of them had brown hair; the male's was a short crew cut and the woman's was in a brown ponytail.

    "Sorry about that, professor. We went halfway across the planet to try and observe some stars, but when we got there there were a lot of civilians already there. You couldn't throw a rock without hitting someone." The male told his story of failure to the professor. The man's face remained neutral as he looked at the assistant.

    "Oh, that's quite all right, Robert. We should have known better than to come here during peak tourist season, but the department head wants results and she wanted them yesterday. Until we get something we can't leave here unless we want yet more funding cuts. We'll just have to find another location from which to observe the stars." The older man assured his assistant.

    "Why did they cut our department? Why not take some money from the magic research division? They're busy playing around in the desert and sifting through the sand for some magic superweapon from an ancient desert kingdom that fell centuries ago. That Dr. Anna's their poster child after that expedition to the Forgotten Desert found an intact Lestreki shrine." The young woman hinted at how office politics affected the operation of her chosen field of study. The young man was quick to take up the subject and add his opinions.

    "Or that insufferable ghoul Dr. Miller. She wants to go play around in cemeteries because she thinks some evil power's biding its time and waiting for the right moment to attack the world. What a bunch of bunk! Scientists should know better than to believe in such baseless, superstitious talk as evil spirits!" Robert lampooned a senior faculty member of his university. Diana could lecture him on the danger he chose to overlook, but it was not her place to debate the existence of the supernatural with close-minded academics like Robert. Professor Gasan raised a hand for silence, upon which the two went silent.

    "Be that as it may, we must continue to work and produce results for our division." He reminded them of what was as stake should their venture come up with nothing.

    "Of course, Professor." The two said glumly to him.

    "Now, I have another idea as to where we could go to observe the stars." He said to them. The assistants and Diana were all ears.

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