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    Luceam
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    Post by Luceam on 24th December 2019, 10:09 pm

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    Job Title: Havana (ooh na-na)
    Rank: 10 Year
    Player Requirements: S-Rank or above. (Or equivalent)
    Job Requirements: 25,000 Words Total.
    Job Location: Crescent Island
    Job Description: Legends say that the legendary siren, Bamila Babello, hid the treasure that she placed half of her heart in a cavern on some beach. It's only half her heart because she couldn't be bothered and did a half ass job of hiding it. Because of the half ass effort, people assume that the treasure is going to be pretty cruddy but the Magic Council is aware of how strong a siren's heart is and even half of that power is more than a human can manage. The Magic Council dispatched mages in order to obtain the treasure and do with it what they must to make sure that it doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

    Enemies:
    Weak: Nooticide - These penguin bombers will ride or die for the cause and attack straight at whoever they deem unworthy of seeing Bamila. They attack using dynamite that she gave them and will attack without hesitation. They are real pushovers though when they do not have dynamite and will usually run away instead of fighting.

    Normal: Catfish - These fish take catfish to a literal meaning. Throughout the course of this job, people will receive messages on their iLac of a potential ship partner they want to be nearby. However, when encountered, the CatFish will always be the same gender of the person they are messaging and call them homophobic while they attack with their vicious claws and assume that the person they are attacking is the wrong gender than what they should identify as.

    Strong: Crabstafarians - These crabs are completely giant fans towards Bamila and won't hesitate to end up cutting a bitch with the magical knives that have been bestowed upon them. They are quick little devils that can pounce rather far thanks the knives abilities, but once you separate the knife from them, they are essentially harmless.

    Boss: Bamila Babello - The sea siren that placed half of her heart within the treasure. Is completely aware of what she did and is kind of a bitch in all honesty. She will attack with water and music oriented magic and is capable of putting nearly any person to sleep with her infinitely repeated songs. It gets rather old and when you get tired of hearing the same song, it should be rather easy to take her down.

    Reward: 260,000J and brownie points for doing this clusterfuck of a job.


    -- credit to Lilium





    It was a warm day at the vacation capital of Crescent island. Many tourists came to the crescent shaped island this time of year to escape the cold climate. While cold was a part of Nature, even the Nature Fairy needed to get out of the cold for a while so she was more than happy to take the job that came in urgently and from the Magic Council directly no less. From what she heard she was not the only one. who accepted the call from the Sabertooth guild, and that they would be meeting up at a outdoor cafe on the beach at the edge of town. Luna and Amelia had arrived earlier in the day and had most of their luggage delivered to the prearranged hotel room. The duo of the pink haired Fairy and the blonde artificial life form had spent much of the day going back and forth trying to support the other through the journey to the resort.

    Starting with Luna suffering a bad blow when a wealthy passenger on board the ferry refused to remove her Fae Silver jewelry considering it would pose a danger to all fairies on board and during a bump in the sea, she fell over and her sharp earrings slipped off, flying out and cut into Luna, causing her to have a small bit of Fae Silver poisoning. Amelia had made sure that the authorities on board were well aware of the illegal jewelry before supporting her partner as Luna was vomiting over the deck of the ship. Since it was a nick, the poisoning wasn't so bad but the motions of the ship left her more susceptible to motion sickness.  Later on during the ferry ride, a child had dropped a toy off the edge of the ship, Amelia using her lightning body quickly flew down and restored her body just above the water, kicked the toy out of the water and back onto the ferry before quickly returning but she missed her mark by a few seconds and reformed early, hitting the rail and fell into the water.

    Luna had quickly used the fire whip to latch onto the Gynoid's ankle and pulled her back onto the ship. After the ship docked, Luna was trying to ignore a rather obese and balding wealthy man that had a poor attitude, who was persistent in trying to court the Fairy. Amelia had befriended a lady who happened to be the owner of a makeup company, and the wife of the man who was clearly trying to court a very clear uninterested Luna. In a hilarious confrontation, the man was told that he can go after Luna all he wants because his wife claimed she was through with his lazy and cheating behavior. The man would soon try to chase after his wife, visibly breaking down and terrified instead of flaunting wealth.

    Lastly Luna and Amelia dropped off their luggage with a service to send it right to the prearranged hotel while Luna only took a small shoulder bag, carrying her equipment, her last Qipao and combat shorts, and two spare sets of clothes for Amelia. As the two were walking through the streets, Luna could see Amelia being incredibly uncomfortable, sweating in the streets in her usual attire in the heat of Crescent Island. Frustrated, when Luna reached the meeting point she pulled out a lighter outfit that she had planned out for Amelia in case her normal black dress would be too hot for the weather. She given the outfit to Amelia and shoved her inside a nearby change stall and waited nearby. "Huh, just my style, thanks Lulu." the Gynoid said before she came out, appearing more relaxed and less overheating in the environment. "Thought that would look good on you, but damn. Good thing I packed this just in case, we really need to modify your internal cooling systems one of these days."

    Amelia smirked as the two walked back towards the beach side Cafe, Luna ordered iced tea while Amelia ordered a Long Island Iced Tea. "I suppose but still, shame we couldn't take the kid with us on this job. Having another electric user would be great." Luna knew who Amelia was alluding to, and both girls recalled the same argument they had about whether or not to even invite Mai along. "We both agreed that since it's the peak of tourist season, and Mai is a good kid, but since we can't exactly verify how she'd behave or her abilities in case there are bystanders or anything that can receive possible harm from her actions, or if she'd even be able to handle this job. If the Magic Council put an urgent request for a dangerous power to be retrieved, one that can easily end Mai if she underestimates anything."

    The two sat down at a table for four, waiting for the other two to arrive and soon their drinks had arrived. "Well, maybe in the future. Although for now, let's focus on the task at hand. A siren, I think we got this handled." Amelia took a sip of her beverage as Luna was checking information on her ILac. "I guess mostly I wanted to get out of town, as far away from town, since I heard that Solaris was going to be at a party in Ace of Spades. I told my mother to talk her out of it, as she might cause me trouble when she gets arrested and she spills my name to Kenna or whoever is detaining her." Luna admitted as she was scrolling for bad news and was glad that there was none as of yet.

    Amelia was well aware of Luna's family life, and how it had it's many problems. "Didn't your mother ever send her to rehab? Like she ruined all your lives and she still hasn't even met half her siblings. She got in trouble needing urgent help otherwise she would die, halfway through your mother's plan to evacuate you and your siblings after her human guise contracted a deadly condition that seemed fatal halfway, like right after she faked her death, to go and save Solaris, who was in trouble for getting drunk yet again and committed offenses not limited to assault, arson, public indecency, public lewdness, and immense disrespect for a royal body, twice with one dead. By the time she was able to return, it was way too late for her to swoop in and extract you and them forcing a life without a mother. Frankly, you need to send her to rehab."

    Luna's grip on her glass seemed to nearly cause it to crack but she managed to regain control. Her face seemed to be devoid of emotion but her emerald eyes were sharp and piercing with a dark anger that made the blonde Gynoid shiver. "Too far Amelia, to far."
    Was all she said before she closed her eyes and took a deep breath. After taking a moment to calm down she spoke again. "Yes, my mother has tried, but as Vishda Fae we can't really force our own into rehab, and she has gone willingly twice, but she's never gone four minutes outside of rehab without a relapse."

    Amelia felt bad at pressing against the old wound, Luna normally seemed that she had come to terms and accepted the reality but whenever others pressed it, Luna's dark side tended to show. "Sorry, didn't mean to hurt you, just, seems like she's got a real problem and suffers no consequences, you and your mother spent about ten million Jewels on her bail money.
    Has she ever payed either of you back?"


    Luna soon fell silent as her gaze was at the tides gently landing on the coast of the beach.

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    Post by Itori on 25th December 2019, 8:30 pm

    Itori knew quite a bit about sirens. Of course this was for a large part because she was old enough to be knowledgeable about quite a wide variety of subjects but the tenko also had a personal interest in sirens in the past. Her interest had started upon hearing that a siren's signature trait was a song so enchanting that it would lead experienced sailors to drown themselves by jumping off of their ships in a desperate attempt to reach the source of such an enthralling song. For Itori this was worth investigating because for most her life she had struggled with a voice which had a similar effect even when she didn't want it to. Eventually she'd learned to control it after which she'd actually become quite the enthusiastic conversationalist, but before then it had been a curse which had rendered her effectively a mute as she preferred to remain voiceless rather than bringing the people around her to disaster.

    Unfortunately her research into sirens hadn't been of any use at the time. There definitely was some kind of magic involved with the mystical and elusive creatures but it appeared that actually tracking them down and studying them was a difficult task. Even if someone found a way to protect themselves from the siren's song they had a habit of making themselves scarce if they were approached by someone of sufficient strength to subdue them. What little information was available on sirens had been next to useless, with no indication of their supernatural voices having a similar origin as Itori's.

    She'd long since given up on the sirens being the key to her own issue, long before she'd learned how to control her voice so she could speak without rendering everyone within earshot enthralled. While fascinating creatures you just weren't likely to encounter them unless you were (un)lucky or invested a whole lot of effort into it. Itori's curiosity had been great but once she learned that they couldn't be of any use to her she had decided in ages past that she wouldn't start an entire expedition just to encounter one.

    So the knowledge that she did have on sirens was almost entirely second- or third-hand. Even so that was already plenty enough to have a good idea of what they were dealing with. Sirens, despite their habit of drowning sailors and anybody else who heard them sing, weren't necessarily psychopathic or murderous. There was at least one story of a siren who fell in love with a human who managed to resist her song, in contrast to most sirens who would flee if their song didn't work. You could ask why that one siren would behave differently but Itori would have countered that humans didn't all behave exactly the same either, and assuming that everyone from another intelligent species would behave the same way was the kind of discrimination which wasn't so much malicious as just... ignorant.

    A more interesting tidbit for historians was that there used to be different types of sirens before the modern variant began to dominate. More prominent in what humans would call ancient days was a type of siren which had avian features rather than the aquatic siren which was famous and infamous these days. However those were almost never seen these days. Itori actually wasn't sure whether those had died out entirely or not.

    Regardless, today's mission required her to deal with a siren who was, going by the reports, not only rather mean-spirited but also extremely sloppy. For one thing after her love had spurned her she'd decided to lock her heart away but had only bothered to lock half her heart away, which was simultaneously a worrying indication of the siren's mentality and should leave any sane person wondering how she'd accomplished that in the first place.

    The kitsune and her phoenix companion landed on the coast a bit away from the town proper, Itori returning to her humanoid shape while Nenet stretched. The nine-tailed fox didn't have anything against going by ship but Nenet had a strong preference for flying herself so the tenko indulged her friend and flew alongside her. Of course since Itori preferred to not broadcast the knowledge that she could fly she made herself look like a seagull so only someone who'd watched her transform would realize that something was up.

    "Wow, This is a really nice place." Nenet looked around and then up at the blue skies, feeling the warm sun on her skin as she spread her arms and wings to catch as many rays as possible. "I wouldn't mind staying here for a while." She looked over at Itori, the tenko dressed in her usual attire despite the warmth. The spiritualist wasn't a fan of hot weather but she had gotten used to enduring it. Although that didn't mean she couldn't occasionally change into something else...

    "Agreed." She nodded to show her assent with her friend's proclamation. Crescent Island really was a beautiful place, perfect for relaxing and enjoying good weather. "I would not be opposed to spending some time indulging ourselves and enjoying the opportunity presented to us by visiting this island... Although I would suggest that we first complete the mission. Not only is it the reason why we came to this island in the first place but if we allowed ourselves to procrastinate the knowledge that we have yet to finish it would constantly hang over our heads."

    Nenet finished her stretches and nodded in return, planting one hand on her hip. "Yeah, I guess you're right. Much better to have fun without having to worry about chores." She shaded her eyes with one hand as she looked out over the beach. "Although I've gotta say retrieving half a heart from some half-hearted siren is one of the stranger jobs you've dragged me along for."

    "While it definitely is unusual even half the heart of a siren is already a dangerous magical item which must be retrieved and secured at the first opportunity. There is reason to believe that the siren herself might be guarding the heart, so we might be able to ask her the exact details behind this situation."

    "Right, right. Let's find our friends first then! You said we should be looking for a hot chick right?" Nenet turned her attention towards the town, pointing towards it and beginning to walk even before she finished asking her question. The tenko didn't bother remarking on this, instead matching Nenet's step as she joined her friend while the town steadily got closer. "I described her as an attractive woman with long pink hair and clear green eyes. I do not remember calling her a 'hot chick', given that is the type of description you would give."

    "Sounds pretty hot to me. I wonder if she's any good at holding her drink." Nenet gave Itori a wink before laughing, the kitsune's lips quirking slightly upwards. "You will have to discover that on your own. I doubt Kenna would approve if I got myself involved in such an endeavour."

    "Far out of sight and you're still thinking of her? You sap." Nenet laughed again but this time made a quick soothing motion with her hand "I kid I kid, it's good that you're looking out for your lover. Me though, I prefer having a little fun when I can~"

    This much was undoubtedly true. On paper Nenet was Itori's companion, supposed to travel with her on every mission and fight by her side. In reality Nenet was usually doing her own thing and only occasionally came along with Itori. That wasn't to say that the phoenix didn't have a working ethic: it was just that when she didn't have work that she had to do she was quick to find some form of entertainment, which usually included some amount of drinking. Itori didn't resent her that, since she herself would encourage everyone to use their spare time however they liked and it wasn't like she always needed Nenet around to protect her.

    She just hoped the phoenix could sometimes just be a bit more serious. The only time she dropped her confident, playful attitude was when things were already in the process of getting dicey. Not ideal.

    Reaching the edge of town Itori paused for a moment, closing her eyes and swivelling her ears before guiding Nenet in the right direction. She could hear much better than she could see, which also meant that when she wanted to find a friend she was better off listening than looking around. As always her hearing was spot on and soon enough Luna and Amelia would see Itori approach together with a fiery, winged girl, who had her hands behind her head and was striding bold as daylight despite her clothing leaving little to the imagination. Itori gave the two ladies at the café a nod and a small wave. Nenet on the other hand gave a much more enthusiastic wave, followed by her quickening her step and motioning for Itori to come along.

    "So you are Luna." The phoenix girl stated without hesitation as she came to stand before the fairy. Tilting her head to the side she folded her arms and studied Luna for a moment before nodding. "Hot chick all right. Ito's description was spot on." "I have already stated several times that I did not describe her as such, regardless of how appropriate or inappropriate such a description might be." Itori hadn't actually met Amelia before, so now that they had joined the two at the table she gave the android a small bow. "Greetings. I am Shirokawa Itori, and it is a pleasure to meet you. My enthusiastic and passionate friend here is Nenet." She straightened up and gave both Luna and Amelia a smile even as she sent a glance towards Nenet. "She likes to play around but I assure you that she means well."

    "Oi oi, stop making it sound like I go around embarrassing you." Nenet moved to sit down, then frowned slightly as she counted the chairs and looked at Itori. "Say Ito, didn't you say that there would be another mage coming along?" Itori answered with a simple nod, at which point the phoenix promptly reached out and grabbed a chair from another table. "Well then, problem solved!" Sitting down she leaned backwards and let one arm dangle over the backrest of her chair, grinning at Luna. "Let me guess, thinking it's too early in the day to be drinking something stronger?"

    Itori also seated herself, although she first thanked Luna and Amelia for going through the trouble of preparing a seat for both herself and Nenet while diplomatically avoiding the little tidbit where she guessed the two of them hadn't anticipated Nenet's presence. Not surprising given how the phoenix was often somewhere else entirely. "I trust this day finds you well. Have you heard anything from Miss Nassar?"

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    Post by Samira Nassar on 27th December 2019, 9:09 am

    "Ms. Nassar! I'm glad that you could make it on such short notice." A fancily dressed older gentleman said as the known mage entered his Era office. He motioned for her to take a seat at his desk, on the opposite side of himself. The two knew each other well enough by now, so it was by no strange circumstance that she was there. As an assocaite of her late grandfather, he knew his research well, and more often than not required a skilled mage he trusted to look into the strange places that mess of a mystery went.

    "I do not recall ever having declined one of your calls, Easton." The Goddess of Ishgar told him matter of factly as she took her seat. "Though, it would be nice if they were friendly social calls once in a while instead of always being a summons to discuss business matters. What am I needed for this time? Another one of my grandfather's projects?"

    The man chuckled, finding minor amusement with the assumption. For once that was not why he was calling. "Actually, no. This request has nothing to do with him that I am aware of. You do not have to worry about another one of those going onto your agenda." Easton stood up from his desk, walking over to a series of shelves and grabbing hold of a folder. "This is something that requires a bit more precedence, I'm afriad." The older gentleman passed over the folder filled with some documents and reports to Samira. "The details are in there. Go ahead. Take a moment to look through them."

    A thin brow arched curiously upon hearing those words. It would have just been faster if he told her the details, but okay. Samira gently took hold of the folder and opened it to get a glance of the contents. After some moments of silence, with even Easton being quiet to allow her to read and absorb the information, Samira closed the folder and looked up. "You are sending me after the heart of a siren?"

    "Half a heart technically. Legend has it that the heart of a siren is very powerful, probably more powerful than anyone here can comprehend fully. Even half a heart could be devastating in the wrong hands."

    "And those wrong hands have shown interest in obtaining it."

    "That is correct based on the reports. We believe that it is in the best interest of everyone if the heart was claimed by the Magic Council before it fell into the hands of a dark organization or worse. Even destroying it would be preferable. You have dealt with matters of a heart before when it came to that friend of yours. It should be a simple enough task."

    Samira frowned deeply. "That was another matter entirely. That friend had pieces of her heart embedded into others because of how her magic worked, and it was no simple matter to remove those pieces to put them back. It was more of a magical manifestation of the heart than a physical object. Do the reports even say what sort of 'heart' this is? A literal one cut in half or something else?" Samira had the thought that it had to be the latter option. The half a heart being some item created by whatever sorcery was used for that result. Although, to say Samira knew anything about the anatomy of sirens or their ability to stay alive with only half a literal heart would be over stating things. She knew very little about that. The closest would be her knowledge about lamias. So, maybe it was actually possible that there was half a beating heart somewhere just waiting to be found. Odd, but possible.

    "Not really. It is more of a fictional legend that has recently been proven to be real."

    "And I suppose this story is getting the spotlight because the siren is actually still alive and well, and is guarding this heart, yes?"

    "That is what it looks to be, yes. Those that actually make it out alive have mentioned either seeing or being attacked by this supposed siren." Easton sensed a bit of disappointment coming from the mage. Disapproval even. "It should not be such a problem for you though, or the other two that have taken this mission."

    "That is not what I have a problem with, actually." Samira put the folder onto the desk and sat back in her chair with a light sigh. She didn't like where the given mission was going. "If this siren is still alive and well, what you are asking me to do is steal something that rightfully belongs to her. And it is her heart, no less. That is crossing a very personal line that I am uncomfortable with." One could argue the siren had tossed it away freely, so it was unlikely the creature would care about it being taken, but then if that were the case the heart would not be guarded. It likely would have been tossed away at a random location in the ocean even instead of being a part of some treasure loot in her lair. Then again, it was pointless to apply her own logic on a species she knew nothing about.

    "Ah, I see." Easton returned to his chair. He didn't judge the concern Samira had about certain detail. It was unfortunate, but understandable. "Then just go along with the others on this mission. At least help them through it by providing any assistance required. Deciding what happens to the heart can be saved after you have had time to take things in and gather information. That or allow the others to take the heart. It doesn't matter who retrieves it so long as it is a team sent by the Council."

    "Out of curiosity, who are the others that I will be meeting for this task?"

    "The guild of Sabertooth has been hired. Only a Legal guild was trusted with this, and out of those we felt Sabertooth was the best one for this particular mission. You will be accompanied by one of the leaders of Sabertooth, recently promoted to Ace if I am not mistaken. Shirokawa Itori was her name, I believe. Luna Mira was the other. Do you know them?"

    Samira slowly shook her head. "No. I have not met many of the others within the guild yet. My priorities have been elsewhere ever since joining."

    "Ah, well, they will be meeting you at Crescent Island. I'm sure they can both tell you a little about themselves once you're there. The Council reports aren't always the best way to get to know others."

    "I never did say that I was being a part of this."

    "You would have left by now if you weren't interested. It's something your grandfather always did, and I have picked up on that trait in you from our past interactions. Crescent Island. Shirokawa Itori. Luna Mira. I suggest you hurry before you make them wait too long. They already had the details and likely departed some time ago."

    That had been earlier in the day, and even after having some more time to ponder the mission details Samira was still not comfortable with it. At other times she had taken artifacts and wandered into ancient ruins she probably had no real business in as far as the original residents that built and died there were concerned, but this was hardly the same thing. They were all long gone, and if one of them had shot out of their grave and demand she leave with nothing then she probably would have. The siren here was alive and well, and would be fully aware of what would be taken. The half a heart that she had removed and tossed aside for whatever reason. They would all be some of the lowest thieves if the mission went through the way it was intended. Honestly, Samira would have preferred putting it back where it belonged over just taking it for the Council or destroying it just because it could become a dangerous tool for someone to use. Perhaps there was little point in worrying about that specific detail at that moment. Things could change as the mission went on and new developments and intel became known like Easton said. Maybe. Probably not. It was most likely going to be something that bothered her throughout the entire mission.

    "You are starting to give me a headache," the winged lion that was flying through the sky and was currently being used as a way of transportation spoke up, clearly annoyed and not kidding about the migraine he now had from being linked to Samira's overactive mind. Anhur, as that was his name, had already been in a foul mood for being asked to fly from Era all the way to Crescent Island. The teleportation abilities of Janus were unavailable at the start of the journey, and there was no way the winged serpent was going to offer. Thus the task of getting Samira to the meeting location fell onto him. It was far too late to see about using the more public methods of transportation, and Samira hated to make others wait for any reason. "The siren, if that is what she truly is, should have known people would eventually come barging through her door to get something that ancient and powerful. So she loses it like any other irresponsible fool in the end. It is nothing to mourn over."

    "You certainly have your opinion about it."

    "It is just a consequence of her actions. One that should have been expected. I have no use for tragic stories that are the result of stupidity."

    "No, I do not suppose you would." Samira let that topic drop. Anhur wasn't the type to feel any sort of sympathy over random creatures, or people for that matter. His empathetic skills were also pretty low compared to that of an average person. Beyond Samira he just did not care, and even with her it was pushing it. She knew this well enough for he had been a part of her little spirit team for quite a while now. It was of no surprise. Not that she really liked it, but it's who he was, and she was not about to go into a debate over the topic. Her gaze and focus shifted down below to see the beach of the island now getting closer. Further observation would allow her to take notice of the town. "I think I am supposed to be meeting the other girls at a cafe near the resort."

    "A cafe?" The lion scoffed and rolled his eyes. Was this a mission or a vacation, he wondered. Nonetheless he kept track of the buildings as he slowly began descending, looking for any sign of something even remotely similar to some outdoor cafe along the beach. Samira had pointed to one just as he saw it himself, and he swerved back towards the beach for a full landing there. Once it was safe to do so, Samira hopped off and began to head towards the cafe to find her fellow Sabertooth guildmates. That is, until she noticed that Anhur was not following. Her steps came to a stop as she partially turned to face him, seeing him lie there in the sand comfortably. "You are not coming?"

    "No." The lion had planned to end it there, but apparently the summoner was not going to be satisfied with just that simple enough answer. "I have no need to be there. Meeting others is of little interest to me, and I can listen in through your mind if I wanted. Remaining here is satisfactory."

    Samira shrugged her shoulders and continued on without him, waving her hand while departing. "Suit yourself then, I suppose." It was what he wanted so she didn't see the point in trying to encourage him to join the rest of them.

    It wouldn't be long after Itori's inquiry that Samira could be seen approaching the cafe, and eventually the table. Finding them was not at all difficult for they all stood out in their own way. Itori's species was one that Samira had seen very few times before. They were not common by any means, and the chance of two sitting in the same cafe would have been very slim indeed. That and technically Samira had already seen a picture of her before. While she had never actually met or communicated with the kitsune before, Samira still kept up to date of those that led the guild. She would be one failure of a member if she didn't even know that much.

    As for Luna Mira, Samira did not know much about her at all. There was a point in an older issue of Sorcerer's Magazine where she was mentioned, but it wasn't exactly on a good note. Easton likely was unaware that Samira knew that much, which is why he had swerved away from the topic by suggesting she just meet her for herself. Not that Samira would have put judgment over whatever details were involved with that issue of the magazine. Luna was a Sabertooth mage now, and an ally for the task at hand. Aside from recognizing the name of the former guild mistress of Aurora, Luna had pink hair and that was all that was needed as a unique trademark. Samira could count the number of people she had seen with pink hair on one hand.

    Slowly she walked towards the empty seat of the table and held onto the back of it before doing anything more. It was funny really. Even with her past experiences and station as a mage she was still able to feel awkward when it came to dealing with those she didn't know. Any confidence she might have had before the encounter immidately turned into uncertainty. "Ms. Shirokawa? Ms. Mira?" Samira's emerald gaze went from one to the other as she said their name, making sure that they were who she thought they were and was not mistaken with her assumption. Once it was confirmed she was correct with their identities, Samira nodded in acknowledgement. "In that case, hello and nice to meet you both. I apologize for the delay. I am Samira, and as far as I know the last one to join you two for this mission." The woman had in mind to take her seat but stopped, clearly puzzled as she took notice of the two others that were at the table. Another seemingly normal young woman, and a winged girl with feathers similar in coloring to fire itself.

    "I am sorry, it would seem that I was not properly briefed on the recent update that included you two. Are you members of Sabertooth as well?" Well now she felt stupid, and a bit ashamed for not having noticed them immediately. She had been too focused on making sure that she was even at the right table by recognizing the two that she could pick out from a crowd. If nothing else, she hoped that she had not come off as rude towards them. But, these things did tend to happen when even a few minutes late to the party and introductions were missed.

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    Post by Luceam on 3rd January 2020, 1:00 am

    Luna could sense some strong and unusual life force approaching the beach side cafe. The first was like a avian variety but she could not pin down any species of bird based on the source. The larger one seemed to come from some form of Kitsune, but there was something extremely deviant about the sensation. "Something wrong, something unnatural. Her life force is looped in a single moment, aging one second and reverting to the previous second." Amelia frowned a bit as Luna was unaware she was broadcasting her thoughts through their archive link. She knows Luna is not one for breakdowns, but usually something that defies nature tends to send her through unease. Amelia grabbed Luna's and from across the table. "Breathe dear, she's just immortal, that's all."

    Luna managed to calm herself back down as the Kitsune and her partner would approach within close visual and audio range. Since the communication did not mention anyone was bringing their non guild member partners, it would seem there would be an awkward dilemma, one table with four chairs. "This is why I hate on site meetups, especially with no briefing ahead of time. If we met and arrived together we wouldn't have this issue. There might be six of us now." Luna vented out towards the Gynoid telepathically via Archive Link right before the Kitsune and her companion arrived closely.

    Amelia had let go of Luna's hand and stopped leaning across to her partner and turned to greet the duo. Luna had heard that the Ace was an ancient Kitsune, however the sheer glitch in her life force would generate that possibility. "Indeed, I am Luna Mira, this is my partner Amelia Thorn. Pleasure to meet you miss Itori, are you immortal or is your life force just caught in a knot?" She covered her mouth instantly at the Freudian slip. Amelia sighed as she caught onto it. "Forgive her, unnatural life forces tend to put her on edge for a moment, apparently such a Freudian slip a common thing among children of her Nature Fairy kin, but since she was stuck as a human for the first seventeen years of her life, she's prone to slip ups when she senses oddity. Driven from both curiosity and instinct to preserve order."

    Luna did not typically enjoy Amelia's downplay of her slips. She took a moment to regain her composure. "Indeed, I apologize for the intrusive question." She did her best to try and compose herself around the phoenix, especially after she was bringing up alcohol. She cleared her throat. However midway through speaking she would be unable to look at Nenet and was blushing a bit."It is, too early for drinking, and I don't drink often, especially when members of Sabertooth are concerned..." Amelia snickered and figured she should explain before Nenet got any ideas. "According to her, she got drunk with a member of Sabertooth in the past on a few occasions, ended with a trashed hotel room and Luna doing the walk of shame as she was forced to apologize and pay on his behalf, and this was when she was a member of a different guild and not even his lover. Some Lightning Dragon Slayer named Indra if I recall. Luna's got a thing for dragons and their slayers, so it's not you, it's just her overwhelming hidden shame. Just in case you got any ideas Nenet. Since I am an artificial lifeform, I can drink all I want without consequence."

    Luna had buried her face into her hands, her face had turned red out of embarrassment. "Is that story necessary for them to know?" Amelia shrugged. "You might find him sooner or later, plus you can't use worried about someone stiffing you with a hotel repair bill every time you try to avoid a drink. Especially when the room was in his name, c'mon, you weren't even a member of the guild then yet you stuck up for him and the guild when he ruined their name even at a four star Hosenka hotel. That's gotta count for something.

    Luna had sensed there was a monstrous presence that felt like a reigned in raging storm. When Itori asked about the last participant. "The Goddess? Would that slowly approaching suppressed apocalypse level strength blue haired individual approaching behind you be her?" She said a minute before Samira would approach the group. Luna again silently wished they met at Ace of Spades at least once prior to the job. As the obvious questions on trying to explain the other parties.

    "Yes, I am Luna Mira-" She gestured towards the blonde Gynoid. "This is my partner, wizard work partner and at worst my work wife, Amelia Thorn." Amelia waved at the Goddess. "I'm not affiliated with the guild directly for reasons, but I am not human, I am an artificial life form made from an advanced form of Archive magic and fueled by a legendary lightning lacrima. I'm either her plus one or luggage depending on the view of who's asking. The law is iffy on if I am a person or property but still force me to have an 'owner', in this case Luna. Was a person a year ago, back to luggage status. Actually last I checked when Luna signed up she did say she was bringing a plus one."

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    Post by Itori on 4th January 2020, 9:09 pm

    While Itori couldn't read minds (at least, not just like that) she was quite adept at reading expressions. Even subtle cues could tell you a lot if you knew what to look for. Even from a distance she noticed that there seemed to be a moment of mild panic once Luna spotted her, or maybe panic was the wrong word... At any rate the fairy clearly had observed something which shook her, and Itori's sensitive ears allowed her to hear Amelia's words and get a good idea of what it was. If the pink-haired mage could spot such thing as lives then an immortal like the tenko might disturb her.

    Nenet for her part was less observant. Of the two of them the phoenix was more likely to focus on her own thoughts. And then voice them loudly. And usually they involved doing something like drinking. Sometimes Itori wondered whether all phoenixes were like this or she'd just befriended the rowdiest of the fiery sunbirds. Not that she regretted her decision in the least. Nenet could be noisy, exhausting and irritating, but she was also a good friend who never shirked from a fight when the chips were down.

    In response to Luna's rather blunt question the tenko raised an eyebrow questioningly, but when Amelia tried to apologize on the fairy's behalf the nine-tailed woman shook her head, lifting one hand to hide her mouth behind one of her large sleeves. "I take no offence to the question Miss Thorn. It is only to be expected that a kin of the forest would have her interest drawn by one such as I... although I am not sure if it is entirely correct to declare my life force unnatural, as I am quite sure no rituals or other artificial means have been used to extend it." Of course Itori was ridiculously long-lived even for a kitsune but she still considered herself as natural as the next person. Like Nenet. "To answer your question Miss Mira, I am indeed immortal. However I suspect some of your confusion might also arise from my being existing in the spiritual realm as strongly as in the physical realm." All living things had a presence in the spiritual realm, but usually that presence was weak when compared to their physical body. The souls of the living often ended up lost and confused if separated from their body, possibly even forgetting who they were. For Itori the spiritual realm and the physical realm were practically the same, which might cause her life force to appear odd or otherworldly.

    "Translation she's both dead and alive. Which is a pretty neat trick." Nenet grinned as she listened to the other three women talk. She had no issues with Itori's unusual being, which might make sense considering phoenixes were effectively unique in how they cycled between life and death rather than eventually transitioning from one to the other. Maybe that helped draw her to Itori? "No worries though she's still warm to the touch."

    Nenet blinked as Amelia went on a bit of a tangent about why Luna would be opposed to drinking. The phoenix definitely didn't have objections though, laughing as the android explained how the fairy had let herself be pulled into a rather embarrassing situation due to her liking of dragons. Itori on the other hand shook her head and bowed her head. "I apologize for a member of the guild having forced such a burden upon you before you were even a part of the guild. Unfortunately has not been heard of by any member of Sabertooth for some time now. It is safe to assume nobody in the guild has any idea of his current location."

    "Also you're a made person huh? You're definitely a talkative one. So if you can drink all you want you could just win all the drinking contests?"

    Itori turned her head as Luna noted that Samira was coming up behind her. Swivelling one ear she nodded as she also picked up on the third mage's presence. "She does fit the description, so it is most likely her."

    The tenko got up before Samira arrived, giving her the same small bow she'd given Luna and Amelia. "Greetings Miss Nassar. As you have already correctly deduced I am Shirokawa Itori. My companion here goes by the name of Nenet."

    "Sup" Nenet merely raised a hand in greeting, the phoenix looking quite comfortable in her chair even if she had to negotiate with the backrest for her wings. "I'm not really part of Sabertooth but I follow Itori around and make sure she's got someone to keep things lively." She put both hands back behind her head as the tenko nodded.

    "She certainly does that. However you are quite on time, given that we do not have a strict schedule to keep. Nenet was so thoughtful as to provide a fifth chair." Itori indicated the chair which Nenet had appropriated from another table so the blue-haired mage could join the four of them.

    Once everyone was seated again Itori would begin. "Now that we are all here we should discuss the task at hand. While we did not hold an official briefing I assume everyone here is aware that our task is to obtain half the heart of the siren Bamila Babello. Why she hid half her heart, and only half of it, is not entirely clear, but we do know that it is hidden in a cave somewhere on the outskirts of this island. Given the magic power that the heart of a siren possesses, whether it has been bisected or not, we must retrieve it before it is obtained by a person of questionable morality or it is otherwise misused."

    "You know someone who cuts out half their heart and then hides it in a cave is either a genius or an idiot. Or both." Nenet commented idly. Seriously, what the hell was that siren thinking?

    Itori politely ignored that as she instead looked at the other three members of the party of five. "Our first task will be to locate the cave which contains the heart. This should be a relatively easy task as Bamila Babello, while undoubtedly a siren of great power, is not known for being either thorough or particularly clever. Does any of you have a suggestions for where we should begin our search and how we should proceed?" The obvious choice would be to split up to cover more ground, but Itori was not fully aware of which capabilities her companions possessed so it was possible that they had a better trick up their sleeve.

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    Post by Samira Nassar on 5th January 2020, 4:54 pm

    "I see." That was about the only comment Samira could come up with after Amelia had been introduced. While grateful for the more detailed information regarding what she was, Samira had to arch a brow curiously when it came to the part about being thought of as "luggage". That was a law that she was not very familiar with, or even knew existed. In fact, she could have sworn there were some mages that were considered as artificial life forms and were considered to be much more than some person's carry on. Though, it was an amusing piece of imagery of Amelia being placed with actual luggage on the flying ships Samira had been on in the past. For her own personal standards, it wasn't appropriate or should have been something considered as normal. As for the other unexpected companion, she reminded Samira of others she knew well, including some of her own spirits. That one she expected would indeed live up to her description of making things more lively. If she was correct with her assumption on the similarities between Nenet and some of her spirits, there was never a dull moment.

    "In that case, hello to you both as well." She gave a nod to the two companions that were now also a part of the mission. Surely if Luna and Itori had brought them along and worked with them as much as they said then the phoenix and questionable luggage life-form would prove to be valuable and trusted allies for the mission. "And thank you, Nenet, for bringing the extra chair to the table. I appreciate it." With that said, the summoner wasted no more time with her questions or comments and took her own seat in the empty chair. Introducing Anhur was of no concern to her at that point given he was on the beach elsewhere, and had shown zero interest in approaching the group of women at the table. If it came down to requiring his aid later on, he could just be given a quick introduction then. For now, she preferred moving onto more important matters and skipping the remaining introductory pleasantries.

    Samira remained silent as Itori spoke and began the more official briefing before they got started. Though, she remained completely focused and respectfully kept her gaze on the Ace. Even during Nenet's more unnecessary comment, which did have a ring of truth to it regardless. Once the Tenko had finished speaking and had asked for suggestions on how best to proceed it was only then that Samira felt it appropriate to speak. "The story of Bamila Babello, her heart, and her lair of treasure is a legend even outside of the Crescent Islands. Our reason for being here is because of the Council's worry that someone would get to it first, even after all of this time that the story has existed. There are likely many clues within the story itself that gives the location of her lair, or close to it. I suggest, however, that we skip over the storytelling we know and ask the locals around here for any information or clues they may have. No doubt they have more accurate and recent information than what we were given before coming here, including suspected locations." The obvious choice of splitting up and just looking for any and all random caverns was something Samira did not seem necessary if they took that approach. Even if they tried that they might never find it that way. Of course, that could be given the siren way too much credit to be that clever. Others were already thinking that she was incredibly foolish and likely did not do a good job of hiding her lair and treasure. Though, if that were truly the case then the half a heart would have been taken before the tale became legend. "I am sure there is even someone working at this very cafe that could give some details. With its location on the beach and frequent customers coming in it is a guarantee they have value insight and clues." Samira took a moment to let that suggestion sink in before adding another.

    "If not that route then we do have the option of taking into consideration the supposed power of the heart. If neither of us can sense that sort of power, there is a chance something else might and either be drawn to it, or avoid it completely. That sort of abnormality would be easy to notice. Of course, there is also the third option of seeing what we can find by ourselves. Getting an outlook of the island would be simple enough. We can cover land, air, and sea, and I have more eyes than just my own to help us with that a great deal." Having a small army of spirits did have its benefits. Even if they were not summoned they were all tied to their keys in such a way that they could influence the object and even see the world through it. Releasing the keys from her keyring to do that was a simple matter. "This could prove to be the more time consuming option, assuming anything of significance could be found at all this way. We are not even certain what other sort of treasure is in that cavern. Other powerful artifacts could be in there as well that have kept her lair hidden all this time until she wants it to be found." With her part spoken for now, Samira relaxed and leaned back in her seat, waiting for other suggestions and comments to be said.

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