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    Pumpkin Picking Gone Wrong

    Stein66
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    Post by Stein66 on Mon 28 Oct 2019 - 21:27

    It had been some time after the Fall festival and all the hubbub caused during the event had died down since then. During the interim, Zhāng had gotten back into his daily routine of treating whomever came to him with ailments as well as spending time buried in his never-ending research on some topic of interest or another. Thus, things stayed peaceful and more or less uneventful for a long while. However, now it came time for Halloween and all the associated festivities as well. So, Zhāng had decided to take a break once more in an attempt to refresh himself from the exhaustion brought on by his academic and professional efforts. To that end, he had gone out to take a stroll through the ever lively Magnolia Town which was his home base. While out and about, as he busied himself with taking in and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Halloween festival the spirit of which had pervaded the entire town and its populace, what looked like a flyer came fluttering towards him thanks to the occasional gusts of wind which were sweeping through the town.

    Hmm…looks like something else intriguing is about to happen around here…I guess it can’t hurt to check it out for a while…

    He thought to himself thus as he read through the flyer’s contents. The contents in question were apparently calling any available mages to come to the aid to the townsfolk in the preparation of the giant Halloween party that was coming up soon. After having read through the details, he put the flyer away in the pocket of his white coat and then headed off to a particularly large pumpkin patch that he had heard of which was apparently located on the outskirts of Magnolia Town. Thankfully, there wasn’t much traffic in the outskirts to impede his progress, so he managed to arrive at the patch without too much transit trouble. However, as he approached, his keen senses picked up the somewhat unnatural chill in the air and another more subtle feeling as well

    Good grief, what is it this time?…I am not one to succumb to fear and paranoia very often…but by the looks of that dark sky above…and this strange chill in the air…I had better keep my wits about me…

    He thought to himself as he suppressed the urge to shiver and walked further into the pumpkin patch to talk to the owner about acquiring some pumpkins for the Halloween party. Little did he know though, that he would soon be entangled with the same two people he had encountered a while back during the Fall festival, namely MAI, the gynoid angel and Leo, the old veteran knight.

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    MAI
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    Post by MAI on Tue 29 Oct 2019 - 13:36



    It seemed that the girl’s attire that she normally wore for any occasional happened to fit rather well with the ongoing event in Fiore as well. Halloween, as they called it, was a strange holiday of sorts during which people dressed up in various costumes and attended feasts with meals primarily made out of pumpkins.

    That much she could get out of her database on public happenings, anyway. Sitting on a few sturdy wooden boxes in one of the side alleys of Magnolia, her mechanical pupils fixated on the droves of people that were going in both possible directions, some calmly while others in a hurry.

    At the same time, she adjusted her hoodie with rabbit ears, her systems calculating that it would help her appear inconspicuous in the crowds of individuals, some of which were already wearing their appropriately themed and sometimes even ‘spooky’ costumes. Hers wasn’t scary in any way, but the color scheme fit and its rabbit theme was probably fine as well.

    Now, why exactly was she here? The unit never went anywhere without a proper goal directing her every move, after all. To put it simply, she was here on a small mission. Some individuals apparently started asking guilds of mages to help with pumpkin gathering. While it seemed somewhat odd that they would ask for those with magical talent, Mai was sent in to take on this task.

    Not only was her mechanical body capable of harnessing magical particles known as ethernano, but its strength and stamina were also considerably above those of an average human. A machine would not easily tire. In fact, it would not tire until it actually broke. And it was the exact same with this girl.

    Pushing her hands into the wooden crates beneath her, she forced herself off of them and landed on the stone path, the direction clear. The farms where she was to help were outside of the town, only a couple hundred or so meters away. It didn’t take even five minutes before they came into view as the girl approached them.

    So far everything seemed just fine to her external scanners. No hint of mischief was about, at least in regards to magic. And the cold that was creeping around did not bother her at all, being a machine and all that. While her sensors were advanced enough to react to the cold, they were currently disabled as there was no reason for Mai to pretend that she was cold.

    However, there was something interesting that she noticed pretty quickly. An individual who already had a profile in her personal database. A rather odd fellow that joined her during the last festivities. His acting was not aligning with most of the other people and many mysteries remained around him. But the unit decided to not engage as she had nothing she needed from him.

    So for now, she continued to head toward the fields and she left it up to the others to approach her if they so desired. As far as her logic circuits went, she had no need for an actual company so far. All she needed to do was accomplish her mission and help with the harvest. All beyond that was entirely optional and only something she would do as long as it would not get in the way of her primary goal.

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    Sir Leonard
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    Post by Sir Leonard on Fri 1 Nov 2019 - 12:07

    Halloween was supposed to be a fun event. Candies, spooky stories, and the fun costumes were all meant for kids and as such, Lina was looking forward to it. However, when Leo was delivered a flyer regarding an incident in the pumpkin patch that was meant to be the place for a pumpkin picking event this year. Which is why Leo was found all by himself in the fields, along with other mages who answered the flyer's call while Lina was somewhere else in Magnolia trick-or-treating with her friends from school.

    Standing straight and tall in the middle of the field, Leo casually throws his one and only dagger in his entire arsenal of weapons into the air and then catching it with the same hand he used to throw it up. This would continue for several more times before throwing it quickly wherein a crow squawking as with his final word followed it almost at the exact same time.

    His throwing hand was kept a follow-through position, recalling his weapon back with his telekinetic connection he shares with every weapon he has. Once the dagger was back on his hand, he threw it again at another direction where another deathly squawk was heard albeit in a slightly different pitch. Indeed that was the problem with the pumpkin patch, it was being swarmed with crows. Crows that appear easy to deal with making the call for these many mages unreasonable. However, being a man of reason, believing that there is a reason for everything being done in the universe, Leo suspects that there is more to it than just crows pecking at the pumpkins but he doesn't know what yet.

    And as an effort to lure out the greater evil, Leo continued to kill crows to lure it out but this being a task having no challenge at all, he was able to keep his throwing arm going as if only being controlled by muscle memory and every throw he made, a crow fell. Meanwhile, his head wandered to look at the other mages in the area, and was delighted to see two friends he had made just a few weeks ago, Zhang and MAI. He happily waved at them, so that they'd know he was there too.

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    Post by Stein66 on Fri 1 Nov 2019 - 21:25

    As Zhāng marched on through to the center of the pumpkin patch where, presumably the grand prize was waiting for him, he noticed a tall older looking man waving at him from some distance away. He squinted his eyes a bit and upon closer scrutiny, he found that the man was none other than the veteran knight Leo whom he had met during the previous Fall festival some time back. Zhāng waved back to Leo and with a polite, and happy smile on his thin lips, he sprinted towards Leo as he had noticed Leo fighting in the middle of a flock of nasty looking crows.

    Greetings, Sir Leo!, It’s nice to see you again, good sir.

    As he drew near, he greeted Leo thus and decided to offer a helping hand, though he was sure Leo didn’t really need it. First, he noted the locations of about ten of the crows in the flock and then performed the handsigns necessary to activate the spell he had in mind for the occasion, while murmuring its name

    Claw & Talon Close Combat

    That caused his mana to surge into his hands and feet after which they glowed softly and began to mutate, ultimately resulting in his fingers and toes being covered by what looked like thick, razor sharp dragon claws and talons. Then, after building up sufficient momentum, he leaped high into the air where his targeted ten crows were and tore them apart with his dragon claws and talons by executing a series of mid air martial arts maneuvers such as jabs, kicks, and knife hand attacks. A few split seconds after that, he landed back down next to Leo to take a breather while selecting the next set of crows to rip apart and examining the corpses of the crows that he had just killed which had fallen around him. While waiting, he noticed Mai, the gynoid angel girl he had met at the same time as he had Leo, namely during the previous Fall event. He waved to her while calling out, trying to get her attention

    Ms. Mai!! It’s me, Zhāng!! How do you do?! Sir Leo and I are over here, so please feel free to join us if you would like to do so!!

    Then, he fell silent waiting to see if she would respond back to him and also what sort of reaction Leo would have if he happened to notice his rather flashy entrance into the field.

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    Post by MAI on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 17:32



    What the unit’s scans normally had problem with was the sheer amount of living signatures all around Mai. Namely whenever she would enter a town or other highly populated places. The denser the population, the more difficult it became for her to keep up with the inflow of information, even if she did not necessarily need to keep tabs on all individuals around her.

    But as a machine designed for combat as one of her primary functions, she could not quite help it. What was in her programming was almost like what was in the nature of humans, something they had to do and could not avoid doing it even if they were aware of it and disliked their own actions of it. Though at least for the mechanical girl there was nothing to regret about staying careful.

    That said, this place now seemed to have the opposite effect from what was just described. More and more signatures of death appeared in the area, the cause of which rather apparent to anyone with a pair of working eyes. With the older man killing all of the crows, their bodies would soon litter the entire field and its pumpkins.

    Which surely could not have been very hygienic, especially if not all of the pumpkins were meant to pose as carved decorations at some party. Many of them appeared to still be very much edible, some even of the kind that many people considered a delicacy. There was also a question as to why the man was killing all of the birds that were seemingly just feeding.

    Entire flocks of crows were known to feast on seeds on other things left out in the fields. That said, these were quite a bit braver, considering that they still tried to land on the field with other beings present. And many of them had already paid the highest price for that. The new arrival did not alleviate their situation, either.

    Mai’s sensors failed to recognize any other figures of higher status that could give her an assignment here, and the two (or at least one of them) men called her over. With her anti-gravity sphere module that allowed her to float just a few centimeters above the soft and somewhat unstable ground, it didn’t take her very long before she floated over and then planted her feet in the ground.

    Subjects Zhang Faustein and Leonard Dragonbane, Greetings.

    There was one smaller human missing from replicating the group they had before, but that did not appear to be the problem. Especially considering the apparent difficulty of their task here. Unless they were present for entirely different reasons, which the unit could not gauge without being fed the appropriate information. For now she just kinda stood there, expecting some sort of order or something.

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    Sir Leonard
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    Post by Sir Leonard on Wed 13 Nov 2019 - 7:18

    Once again these three found themselves in another festival and it was actually thrilling for Leo, because now he could see them in action more than when they were together at the Fall Festival since he could not shake off the feeling of danger and dread that surrounds this strange flyer's request. And he was not disappointed with what he had seen so far, giving the other man in their group an approving nod to his feats of strength and agility that took down numerous ravens in a single move and thought it was impressive. However, he could have done without the rain of blood from his actions these pumpkins were to be picked after all. However, he was in no position to judge as his actions spill blood as well albeit to a lesser extent.

    After the short exchange, Leo continued with his version of pest control still standing his group and not moving an inch from it as he believed it to be indeed the optimal spot. Shortly there after, the third member of their group, the very accurate machine known as MAI graced them with their presence, courteously bowing his head slightly down to her with his eyes closed. Yet, he immediately opened his eyes in shock with what MAI had called him: by his full name.

    He was certain he did not mention that to her, so how could she have known? This caused him to panic as he raised up his head with a faint smile before taking MAI's hand gently and leading her aside as he told Zhang politely "Excuse us."

    After having a traveled a decent distance away from anyone, the expression on his face changed to a stern serious look as the matter of his identity was no joke to him "How did you know my full name?" he asked. Although part of him must've been her impressive database which makes it worse for him. Who could've made her to know all about Leo and his identity? Does anybody else know? I must ask you to delete that information or something." he continued, all the while noticing that the dead crows from all around them fading into a dark energy, and it made his family crest sting a little bit. Dark Magic was present and it must've something to do why they needed this many mages here.

    He followed the trail of energy that lead to a spot behind MAI which quickly gathered and formed a raging and roaring creature that ferociously swung at their direction. Calmly, he told MAI to duck as the creature's weapon was nearing them, he waved his left hand at it while his sword Archangel formed out of black thin smoke to block the attack. And now with his free hand, he made a fist that he thrust towards the being, pushing it away for his hammer Fissure had been requipped from his right hand.

    This being that seem to make the remaining crows flock to it stood at the edge of the patch. But he thought he must still move this battle somewhere else and save all these pumpkins. And in an attempt to take this somewhere else, Leo bent his knees and lunged forward, only to disappear in a whisper of smoke, appearing merely inches apart from the creature, pushing it away from the patch again, bringing it down to the ground preparing to slam his hammer down on it. However, it dissipated to numerous ravens, that converged again just a few meters away from him.

    Hitting only the pavement, Leo was determined not to make it a wasted move. So when the hammer hit the ground, he made a wall appear behind him, effectively cutting his enemy off from the patch trusting his comrades can find their way to his side any second now.

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    Post by Stein66 on Sat 16 Nov 2019 - 0:03

    Zhāng noted Leo’s nod of approval and nodded back to him in turn, bowing his head to him in the way of a silent thank you gesture. Then, while waiting for MAI, the third member of their group, to show up next to them; he continued to watch as Leo took out some more of the crows/ravens. Luckily, he didn’t have to wait too long for soon after his exchange with Leo, MAI had deigned to grace them both with her presence, a fact that brought the ghost of a smile to his thin lips. However, something about MAI’s greeting had seemed to bother Leo greatly, for shortly after, Leo had taken her aside several paces away and had started to talk to her in private after excusing himself.

    Hmm…I wonder what those two are talking about…Sir Leo seemed quite surprised to hear Ms. MAI call him by his full name…Dragonbane, was it?…She’s proving to be ever more intriguing by the minute…

    Such thoughts had started to swirl in his mindscape as he watched the two of them. Even though his curiosity was screaming at him to enhance his senses so that he could overhear the details of their conversation and even though it was well within his magical prowess to do so, he held off on actually doing that since he didn’t want to be in either of their bad graces, so to speak. Instead, he decided to focus his attention back on being vigilant about their enemies and it was fortunate that he did, for not long after Leo had taken MAI aside to have a chat, the crow corpses that, till now, had been strewn about the patch like so many haplessly dead footsoldiers on a battlefield now suddenly began to disappear into some sort of black energy.

    Sir Leo, please look ou…

    He had started to call out, but never got to finish his warning, for fortunately, Leo had already caught on to the presence of the dark energy that was now coalescing near him and MAI. The dark energy had given birth to some sort of hideous bipedal crow monster, one that looked distinctly undead to Zhāng’s eyes. However, this didn’t seem to deter Leo as he had proceeded to request MAI to duck and cover before smoothly transitioning into attacking their newest enemy with what looked like a holy sword in one hand and a giant, imposing looking hammer in the other. Sadly, Leo’s initial onslaught didn’t seem to fare too well against the crow monster for it had somehow escape his clutches only to appear a few paces away from him. Zhāng was about to rush in to help, but he noticed that Leo had transitioned yet again into another move, this time, one that created some sort of protective barrier around the pumpkins that were their endgame objective.

    I see…now I feel like an idiot for having spilled all that blood next to the pumpkins earlier with that move of mine…I will have to be more careful henceforth in deciding how to use my magic…

    Murmuring to himself thus, he looked at MAI as he asked her

    So...shall we go and give Sir Leo a hand with this newest enemy, Ms. MAI?

    After posing the query to her, Zhāng took the liberty of activating another of his spells, one that would let him and MAI if she chose to cling on to him for a free ride, slingshot themselves up and over the giant wall that Leo had created around the pumpkins so that they could come to his aid.

    Hyper-elastic Physique

    No sooner than he had murmured those words, his upper limbs, from his shoulder to his wrist specifically, expanded and extended, eventually looking like a pair of ultra long giant noodles which stretched out past his position for several meters at the least. Then, he waited for MAI’s reaction and response to his query; all the while wondering if he would think he was being too forward with her.

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    Spell Used: Hyperelastic Physique (C rank)

    MP Remaining: 266/300 (due to +15% to MP costs from Lost Magic, since this was a sig spell costing 0 mana)

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