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    Rise of the Ice Behemoth (Private, Leona Jarnefeldt)

    Samira Nassar
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    Lineage : Summoner of Divinities
    Position : Goddess of Humility
    Posts : 1425
    Guild : Lamia Scale (Ace)
    Cosmic Coins : 540
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    Post by Samira Nassar 18th August 2021, 10:49 pm

    Job Info:

    Job Title: The Behemoths: Ice
    Rank: 10 Year
    Category: Normal/ International
    Job Location: Iceburg
    Solo Word Count: 10,000
    Group Word Count: 20,000
    Additional Requirements: N/A
    Job Description:
    Introduction
    Long ago, at the dawn of human civilization, dragons ruled the world. Their strengths, intelligence and magical ability far exceeded everything the humans were ever capable off, resulting in the dragons kind ultimate dominion over the world. Or so we always believed until the very day 'they' awakened; beings so powerful that they rivaled or even surpassed the dragons in sheer strengths, creatures so large that they blocked out the light of day with their size alone. Until now, we've always discarded the existence of these creatures-- these behemoths-- as mere myths, as folklore and fairytales from uncivilized tribes.
    Who could blame us? How could we ever believe in creatures with such tremendous power?

    The Request
    "To anyone who reads this, we the city of Heitz are in dire need of any help we can get. Any legal mage we can trust, because if no one comes to our aid, we will surely perish.
    A few days ago a creature so large that it could squash our city as if it was nothing appeared outside our walls. Of course, seeing it as an immediate threat we had our army mobilize right away and rush into the field to face this monster. This however resulted in a total defeat, as the Behemoth has crushed the entire military force we have, leaving us with nothing more than our city defenses as it comes straight for us. Please hurry!"

    The City of Heitz has called for your help against the growing threat of the Behemoth, who is slowly but surely approaching them. Why it heads for the city is unknown, as it seems to be only acting out of instinct. What you need to do is fend off the Behemoth at all costs. Utilize the city's remaining defenses consisting of lacrima cannons firing concentrated bolts of magic and the few army remnants manning them. They probably won't do much damage, but it can surely distract it. And above all, defeat the creature because it won't stop with just the city of Heitz. It'll destroy everything in its wake.
    Enemies:


    Behemoth: IceBourne
    This Behemoth is a giant creature embodying ice as a thick shield around its fleshy body. It's thought that it crawled free suddenly from someplace deep in an icy mountain. The power it wields is raw and it favors crushing attacks for 2x H-rank damage. It also deals damage by shooting out ice spikes straight from its fangy maw every other post after engaging in battle. The spikes do 4x H-rank damage. Other monster abilities are up to the user. The Behemoth takes at least 30 S rank hits to go down.
    Enemy Rank: Boss


    Reward: 300,000 jewel and favor with Iceburg.


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    Samira Nassar
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    Position : Goddess of Humility
    Posts : 1425
    Guild : Lamia Scale (Ace)
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    Post by Samira Nassar 18th August 2021, 10:55 pm

    "Of all places for this thing to show up, why did it have to be in the middle of a frozen wasteland?!" A decent inquiry. The spirit it came from was very agitated and hissed angrily. She didn't like stupid, and even worse she didn't like the cold. Despite being some weird sort of avatar spawn of a primitive deity she was still, on the most basic technical levels, a snake. A winged snake with feathers, yes, but still one nonetheless. What was the average temperature of Iceberg? Beyond cold! Beyond freezing! Beyond any logical sense on why anything other than a living icicle would choose to be there for longer than five minutes.

    "Because, Kuku, it is what legends call an Icebourne." It was a strange thing to say as a reality. That a creature so rare that it was thought to be nothing but myth and folklore had been spotted wandering the lands of Iceberg. Many in the past had said dragonkind were rare. Samira had seen plenty of those to know that was an exaggeration. An Icebourne Behemoth? That had yet to be checked off on her creature book checklist. Until now apparently. It was just a shame that her knowledge of Behemoths was lacking. Even the records of Lamia Scale, once a guild of monster hunters and knowledge seekers, had very little information about them back when it was thriving. The name and its massive size was about all she knew. The rest would be guesswork from there. "Would you expect such a creature to appear on the sands of Desierto?"

    "To throw everyone off and keep me from having to waste time in this icy wonderland? Damn right I expect it to appear there!" The winged serpent responded, giving her wings a flap to rid them of the ice that was trying to freeze them. Even using magic to keep most of the coldest air away from them wasn't amounting to much. She had already flown that far. It was doubtful that she'd get very far if she attempted to do so again. They had been idle too long and even she was starting to feel as lethargic as a normal snake would in just chilly weather. "Where is Anhur anyway? It's taking him forever to get back here. He makes the most sense as your free transportation through here."

    Samira had shook her head and ignored the complaining serpent at first, but the question regarding Anhur gained her attention back. Kuku had a very good point. Anhur didn't mind the cold. In his sun lion form he couldn't even feel it. Unfortunately that also meant he was more useful than Kuku for another important role. "He is scouting near Heitz. According to the request that is where the Behemoth was headed. We need to know what we are up against before we foolishly run up to it."

    "It's probably a giant snowball with ice spikes. We can assume it'll crush us in more than one way and with our brilliant minds we can also assume staying out of its path is the best way to survive. Do we really need to know anything else? The damn thing even has 'ice' in its name. Just use fire magic."

    Samira refrained from thinking too much about what was just told to her. Even if she didn't speak the words the serpent was still able to hear her thoughts. The summoner was hesitant to rely on strong fire magic. It was the most obvious choice to use against a creature of ice, and the element was one she had access to. Thanks to Ra it was actually one of her more powerful ones. Third in line actually. Would such an obvious tactic work against a powerful ancient creature though? Doubtful. It'd probably take multiple skilled fire mages to pull that off so simply. "We are also waiting for Leona."

    Kuku snorted. Seriously? That was the help her summoner was waiting for? It was true that the blonde had the potential to be powerful. She was, after all, a Wizard Saint. The feathered serpent was far from impressed by her, however. During the war in Pergrande Leona had held back most of her power in favor of foolishly relying on a gun. Against an enemy that undoubtedly had experience with handling themselves quite well against non-magical tactics. Leona should have just used her wind power to push them off the mountainside! "Instead of a fire mage you bring along a nearly useless Wizard Saint. Great choice. She's not going to shoot at the monster with her pellet gun, is she?"

    That comment didn't even deserve the effort of a glare. Samira chose to pretend that it didn't even reach her ears. It was true Leona's way of fighting during the war was a bit concerning, but to Samira that was only because it was their lives on the line. Leona was fighting dangerously back then. She held back too much and by the end the Wizard Saint was exhausted. If there had been another group to jump in and attack her friend likely wouldn't have lasted. That was then though and against typical humans. She had plenty of faith that Leona would do more than use standard firearms against an ice Behemoth. Leona was not stupid even though Kuku was hinting at the theory. That was why Samira had requested her help. She was a friend and someone she trusted to do whatever she could to do her part. There were very few people in the world that Samira relied on to that extent.

    Both serpent and summoner waited for the Wizard Saint to arrive. Before Samira made it to Iceberg she had sent all of the information she had to Leona via iLac. The Silver Wolf guild mistress had been given a copy of the request for aid, the small amount of information Samira had on the monster, coordinates on where to meet up, and a suggestion to dress warmly. Now all that was left to do was wait until either she showed up or Anhur provided the intel from his scouting.

    Aside from the gigantic feathered serpent standing out in a world of bright white snow and pale ice to act as a visible landmark, Samira's teal-colored hair was also unmistakable. She wore the same outfit as she had while in Pergrande, which was anything but warm or suited for the weather. Much like back then though the minor usage of Ra's power kept her warm. She barely felt any cold while accessing that part of her Aspect magic. Once again she was on important business that required the skills of a Goddess of Ishgar. She needed to look the part. Or so her spirits always annoyed her into accepting. There was never any point in arguing.

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    Leona Jarnefeldt
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    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt 19th August 2021, 12:38 am

    -Iceberg-

    Clad in her all-white winter camouflage clothing complete with backpack of supplies that included her iLac, her passport, and a white balaclava for her face in case she needed it, Leona also carried her Ranger Laser Rifle slung on her right shoulder. She also wore her Adaptable Armor over her jacket just like she had during the border clash between Bellum and Pergrande. Unlike during the border clash, she kept the armor green so that Samira could see her and keep up with her in this mostly white environment. At the moment Leona's face was exposed and her eyes were partially covered by her SHG-IV Smart Glasses. She had worn those in order to help her better pick out Samira in the landscape, but that should not be too hard because her friend had unmistakable teal hair that easily stood out against white snow.

    Leona was flying on the back of Winged Lion to save time because like with the border clash, she did not have the time to walk to the destination. She needed to find Samira and meet up with her quickly. Fortunately the Goddess of Humility had given Leona a big helping hand by sending her all the information she had on the job plus a set of coordinates to meet her at plus a suggestion to dress warmly. It was a good thing that Leona had finally taken a step into the modern age by getting an iLac several months ago because that was how Samira had sent her the information. It was also a good thing that Samira had suggested that Leona dress warmly because it was cold.

    Then again, the country was named Iceberg for a reason.

    Even though she had worn all of her winter camouflage gear it was barely enough to keep the Wizard Saint warm. It was relentlessly cold here and despite her clothing being specially made for winter conditions it felt like she was wearing a t-shirt and shorts. The desert native was having a hard time bearing the cold here, but she would have to because Samira was counting on her for help with this job.

    As she flew towards the coordinates Leona went over what little information Samira had given her on the job they were here to do.

    The two Wizard Saints were supposed to find and kill a beast called an "Icebourne." It was a major threat to a city named Heitz and they were supposed to stop the Icebourne before it could reach and destroy Heitz. Leona had never heard of an Icebourne before today, but it sounded like something really dangerous that had to be stopped as soon as possible.

    Leona continued to fly until her SHG-IV Smart Glasses picked up two signatures roughly 400 meters away and marked them for her. One of them was a giant feathered serpent that easily stood out against the white snow. The other was a teal-haired young woman wearing a dress that was ill-suited for this weather. The young woman was Samira, but what was that giant snake doing here?

    The Wizard Saint realized what she was seeing and shuddered because of the cold weather and the size of the snake. Even from this distance it looked enormous. She would hate to see it up close, but soon she was going to be much closer than she wanted to be to the giant serpent.

    "Winged Lion, take me down to them!" Leona instructed her summon and pointed her finger at the serpent and the woman.

    "It will be done." Winged Lion replied. He slowly dropped altitude until he was flying only three meters above the ground. The two continued to close the distance meter by meter and soon they reached the 300-meter mark.

    Leona was dreading getting close to that giant serpent. It was a giant version of the animal she feared the most and she did not like it at all. Even if it proved to be friendly Leona would still fear it because it was a snake.

    When she reached the 200-meter mark her fear began to grow stronger and stronger with each meter she got closer to the giant serpent. It was getting larger and larger with each meter she got closer to it. Leona took a deep breath of cold air and tried to steady her nerves.

    The Wizard Saint reached the 100-meter mark and mentally began to count down the meters as she approached Samira and the serpent.

    75.

    60.

    50.

    40.

    30.

    When she reached the thirty-meter mark Leona instructed Winged Lion to lower its speed and it began to slow down. Leona felt herself shudder as she looked up at the plumed serpent and could not bear to try and look into its face, let alone its eyes. She quickly looked down and looked away from it in favor of facing Samira. After losing enough airspeed to safely land, Winged Lion touched down on the snow with all four paws and came to a halt about five meters away from the Goddess of Humility.

    Leona hopped off of his back and dispelled Winged Lion, then walked the remaining five meters while keeping eye contact with Samira. Leona was too afraid of the serpent to even look at it, let alone try to look at its face. Once she reached Samira she greeted her longtime companion with her right hand raised in greeting.

    "H-h-hey Samira! How's it g-g-going?" Leona asked, keeping her eyes fixed squarely on Samira. She was not sure if the Goddess of Humility would pick up on her fear, but if Leona acted calm enough she could pass off her stammer as being caused by the cold. However, it was hard for her to be calm when there was a giant snake looming over her. The Wizard Saint's eyes briefly settled on Samira's clothing before she made eye contact with Samira again.

    "H-h-how can you d-d-dress like that in this w-w-weather?" Leona asked Samira about the latter's attire before rubbing her gloved hands together for warmth. She hated cold places so much, but she feared snakes more than she hated the cold. Leona could not wait to finish this job and get back to someplace warm that did not have snakes.

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    [Leona's Word Count: 1,044]


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    Samira Nassar
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    Lineage : Summoner of Divinities
    Position : Goddess of Humility
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    Guild : Lamia Scale (Ace)
    Cosmic Coins : 540
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    Post by Samira Nassar 25th August 2021, 10:27 pm

    The summon and summoner duo continued their wait. Both for Leona to arrive as well as for Anhur to report in. The latter's silence was starting to concern Samira. An unusual amount of time had passed. Anhur generally wasn't the most social of spirits and preferred not to participate in small talk, but it was very unlike him to not have given some sort of update already. He knew how important the task he had been given was, and he was always one to take things seriously. Too seriously in most cases. Kukulkan did not share in her summoner's concern. If the lion had become a frozen popsicle after having flown too close to the supposed Behemoth that would have been just fine. She only cared for Nu Wa as far as Samira's summon collection went. Not some grumpy war lion with a superiority complex.

    As they waited it became clear that Leona would be arriving before the avatar spirit made his report. The Wizard Saint could be seen flying towards them, riding on the winged lion that Samira had rarely seen her without. The creature might as well have been a symbol at that point. Much like Kukulkan was for her, she supposed. To see either creature would indicate the mage with them was very near.

    "Heh, so the courageous Saint arrives after all. About time." Kukulkan commented after also seeing Leona's incoming approach. The serpent was already notable for her impatience. The temperature was only making her mood worse.

    "Leona is skilled with wind magic. I had thought that you would at least like her well enough because of that fact," Samira told her summon with mild disappointment in her tone. Kukulkan was a serpent of winds. Leona was the most powerful wind user Samira knew. Probably the most powerful wind mage in the entire world. It was an element they shared and yet the serpent ignored it completely. "Unless you are jealous of her skill and power with it."

    "Don't be ridiculous!" In further agitation, Kukulkan hissed and brought her serpentine body in, coiling up into a pile. The statement made by her summoner deserved no further comment or acknowledgement for it truly was nonsense. She can't be jealous of someone that doesn't even use their air magic. It would have been better to compare her to the wind summons instead. Sort of. Kukulkan had seen and heard of very few.

    Leona and the winged lion made their landing near the two of them, and the former offered a kind greeting. The Goddess of Ishgar caught on to the stuttering, but she believed it to be due to the very cold weather rather than fear. The latter hadn't even crossed her mind as a possibility. Kukulkan picked on something different about Leona, but she couldn't quite place it. Being what she was, her sense of smell was stronger than a normal snake's, but she wasn't exactly gifted with being able to detect fear just from the scents her tongue was picking up. The most she could tell was that Leona's body chemicals were slightly different. That could have been the result of anything. Besides, she also had no reason to suspect that Leona was afraid of snakes. It hadn't been an issue during the war between Pergrande and Bellum.

    "Hello, Leona," Samira began to say as she took a few steps forward. She offered a small smile but that was all. It was not the time to get overly excited. There was danger ahead, not just for them but also for the people of Iceberg. They had to remain focused. "I am glad that you were available to come and help here. I had my concerns if I were to attempt this request with just my spirits and I." Those words were true enough. Leona was a guild mistress and a Wizard Saint. It would not have been unexpected if she were being pulled in too many directions to come help. As for her concern on needing the help, well, Samira had never fought against an Icebourne before. Telling herself that she could defeat it with ease all on her own would be overly and foolishly confident.

    The shift of Leona's gaze was not missed. Samira might have died a little on the inside if she had not already gotten used to wearing the outfit by then. She also had to admit it did stand out and not just because they were in a land of below zero temperatures. The question that came next was a humorous one if she were to be honest. Had the war really distracted Leona so much that she didn't take notice of the outfit back then? Well, she supposed the question deserved an answer either way. "I actually do not feel the cold weather as you do. I know well enough what it is supposed to feel like, which is why I recommend that you dress warmly, but that is all. My connection to one of my spirits protects me from that."

    To demonstrate her words, Samira allowed one of her spells to take its full visual appearance. Her skin and hair began to change color, becoming so bright and intense that it was second only to the sun itself. That was what the spell was based off of, after all. An aspect of the sun god Ra. Very few knew of her take over magic. It wasn't something she had a habit of using aside for some abilities of convenience, such as fighting off the bitter cold. Now Leona knew of it in a very minor form.

    "This probably serves as a better explanation." Heat radiated from her body, warming up the space between them to more comfortable levels. Unfortunately it was very far off from warming up the entirety of Iceberg. The cold icy land would remain just that. "I am sorry to say that it is a selfish magic in the sense that I cannot pass on this warmth to you. I do hope that you are wearing enough layers to keep yourself from freezing to death." Or at the very least perhaps dealing with the Icebourne would be enough to keep herself warm. Depending on its abilities, of course.

    Samira dismissed the visual aspect of her magic, allowing her skin and hair to return to its normal state. There wasn't even a single burn mark or singe upon her body or even the clothes she wore. "I sent one of my summons to scout the town and to investigate the Icebourne. So far there has not been an update, which worries me a bit. I do not suppose the knowledge of Silver Wolf had any mentions of an Icebourne?" It seemed to be a logical question in her mind. Leona's guild was one of magical research and treasure hunting. Samira knew well enough that many artifacts had secrets and vast knowledge either within or on them. Icebournes also supposedly surpassed dragons, at least in stories so old they were myths and legends. That was a pretty big magical detail.

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    Samira Total: 2323)


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    Leona Jarnefeldt
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    Lineage : Nemean Lion
    Position : Saint of Courage
    Posts : 2371
    Guild : Silver Wolf [Guild Master]
    Cosmic Coins : 40
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    Experience : 3,903,540

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    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt 26th August 2021, 9:16 pm

    Leona briefly glanced at the giant snake that was undoubtedly looking at her in judgment, then turned away from it when she could no longer stand to look at it. The giant snake being coiled up made it quite intimidating because it looked like it could strike at any moment. Leona was briefly reminded of the rattlesnake that had bitten her in Desierto when she was a child.

    Leona pushed that deeply unpleasant incident out of her mind and instead focused on what Samira had said to her. Samira had thanked Leona for showing up to help her with this job. The teal-haired mage had also expressed concerns that the job might have been too difficult for her and her summons to complete without support from Leona. Leona had a hard time believing that statement.

    Samira was a Goddess of Ishgar and had easily defeated any Pergrandian soldiers foolish enough to engage her during the border clash. Leona, on the other hand, had struggled against them when she should have been able to do better. Samira could have easily handled this job without the Wizard Saint of Courage, but she apparently believed that Leona's support was valuable enough to call upon her for help with this job.

    "I-i-it's no problem, S-S-Samira." Leona said to Samira while still suffering from the combined effects of the cold and being close to a giant snake. The blonde did not mind helping the Goddess of Humility out whenever the latter needed her help. There had been a lull in activity at the guild hall, so Leona could answer the call without feeling too much guilt about neglecting her administrative responsibilities as a Guild Mistress. She was also fulfilling her responsibilities as a Wizard Saint, a fact that gave her even less reason to feel guilty about leaving the guild hall to take this job.

    Leona listened to Samira's explanation for how the latter did not suffer from the cold and felt embarrassment. Despite her progress in slowing down and thinking before she spoke, she had still managed to ask a stupid question. Thankfully the blonde's face was getting so red from the cold that the embarrassment she was feeling was hard to see on her face.

    "So the c-c-connection to one of your spirits p-p-protects you, huh?" Leona asked the teal-haired mage. That question could easily backfire on her just like the question about Samira's attire had. If Leona was unlucky she could easily look even dumber than she already sounded.

    Samira's hair and skin began to glow as brightly as the sun, forcing Leona to cover her eyes to avoid being blinded. In the brief moment she had seen Samira's new form the blonde understood what the Goddess of Ishgar had meant by her claim. Once the light faded after Samira returned to normal Leona looked at her again.

    "I s-s-see what you mean." Leona said simply to avoid making herself look any dumber than she already had. Unable to bear the cold weather without face protection any longer, Leona took off her Smart Glasses and put them in her right side pocket, took off her backpack and Ranger Laser Rifle, and knelt down to open her backpack. She took out the white balaclava and zipped her backpack closed. Leona then put the covering on her face and immediately felt somewhat warmer as she picked up her backpack and put it on her back, then picked up her Ranger Laser Rifle and slung it on her right shoulder again.

    It also had the benefit of hiding her embarrassment from the Goddess of Ishgar.

    Leona kept her Smart Glasses off for the time being because she did not need them now that she had met up with Samira. With her face covered except for her eyes, Leona now faced Samira again and addressed the question that had been directed at her, which was whether Silver Wolf had any knowledge about the "Icebourne" creature. Leona was glad that she was wearing a face covering because she felt a new wave of embarrassment wash over her.

    "Um, you see... I haven't read any lore about the Icebourne. I've focused what research I've done on magical ingredients for weapons." Leona admitted to Samira. The blonde had decided to be truthful to her longtime friend even if it meant looking stupid yet again. Leona had already made herself look stupid on several previous occasions they had worked together, so it was not like she was really hurting her reputation with Samira. At least Leona hoped that she was not hurting her reputation too badly. It seemed like for every step she took forward she took two steps back with a stupid remark at the wrong time or a stupid question about something with an obvious answer.

    Deciding to turn her attention away from her weak social skills before she began to dwell on her shortcomings and failures to the detriment of their mission, Leona turned her thoughts to their mission instead. She had learned that Samira had sent a scout ahead to the town to get a look at the Icebourne, but she had not heard back from said scout just yet. Leona thought through what she was going to say so that she looked halfway intelligent this time.

    "If you're ready to head towards the town we need to protect, I'm ready to go." Leona notified Samira. The blonde was ready to get moving again because moving helped keep her somewhat warm. She also wanted to get to the town sooner rather than later so that she would be in a position to defend it when the Icebourne was spotted.

    Leona was going to ask a question about how they were supposed to fight it but realized that she was getting a little ahead of herself. They would have to get some information on the creature from Samira's scout before they could start coming up with a way to take it down. Once they had the information and had come up with a plan of action Leona was sure that she and Samira could take the Icebourne down in time to save the town and its people.

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    Post by Samira Nassar 2nd September 2021, 4:54 pm

    "Unfortunate, but understandable. I had a feeling the chances of you knowing anything more than I did would be slim. These creatures are very old so whatever information there used to be about them has long been gone from history. It is likely only the oldest of dragons and gods know anything more. Still, I had to ask just in case. If only to have a bit more optimism when it comes to dealing with something we know very little about." And that was the problem. Samira was not overly confident with the current mission of taking that Icebourne down before it became a bigger problem for the people of Iceberg. She preferred knowing more than she did when going into a mission. As it stood currently she could barely call the conversation a mission briefing. There was no information. There was no real plan. Just use whatever and hope it worked well enough to bring the creature to a halt. Not exactly reassuring for the success people were expecting.

    "I suppose at the end of this we can be the ones to add to the knowledge records. That is a bright silver lining, I think. Provided that we do not utterly and completely fail or do not survive, of course." The small smile she had brightened. Just a little. There was also a new gleam in her eyes that was not there before. Excitement with that small silver lining? Yes. Indeed. The lack of information on the behemoth was also a positive in a way. Samira had always been fascinated with myths and legends. To be a part of uncovering the truths and fictional aspects of those great ancient beings was quite a thrill for one such as herself. It was such a rarity. A once in a lifetime opportunity! It was just a shame that it came with extreme strings such as danger and possible death attached.

    Kukulkan scoffed... if snake deities were even capable of such a thing. Whatever it was, one can be certain she meant it rudely with Leona's next chosen words. Head towards the town? Just like that? While knowing full well the scout that was sent had not been heard from? Was that bravery or just plain foolishness? Both maybe? "The Wizard Saint of Courage living up to her title. It does take a certain amount to charge right into danger with zero clue, I guess." Kukulkan uncoiled herself and began to move her serpentine body around the pair of mages. She could feel the glare coming from Samira. The avatar spirit didn't particularly care, but she supposed that it was best to switch her tune a little before the nagging came in. "Sweet Little Desert Lion, if we had intended to go straight for the town that is where we would have set up this meet and greet. It would be a far better location than the middle of nowhere, don't you think?" The serpent chuckled, naturally at the expense of Leona, who she was beginning to think lacked a special functional part of her human brain. How she was still alive to be called one of the Wizard Saints was beyond any comprehension. Was Leona being watched over by a god as well?

    Samira rolled her eyes. The disapproval of the serpent's choice of words and the tone was written all over her face. Still, she couldn't deny the partial truth of them. They were not headed straight for the town. Not entirely anyway. "Apologies for her lack of... tact. Politeness is not one of her traits. She does mention some truth, though. The original plan was to find the creature and deal with it before it reached the city. Waiting for it to arrive and dealing with it then has a much higher probability of failure. Basically, the city could be destroyed before we even had the chance to do anything. We do not know the full scale of its power and all we have to go on are the possible exaggerated myths about it. Going by that, well, it could potentially destroy the city just by breathing. As you can imagine that might create a situation where we blink and the city is nothing more than a footnote in Iceberg's history. That would go for ourselves as well if we happen to be within the city at that time. So, the best idea I had was to intercept it beforehand. Based on the first reports the creature was moving slowly and nowhere near the city just yet. Else, it would have already been too late by the time they created the mission request. I would have preferred my scout return with confirmation on some of these details, but I can gather that his silence is confirmation enough on some of them." Anhur wasn't an easily dealt with spirit. He was an avatar of a war deity. Anything he knew he couldn't handle, which in that case the behemoth was exactly that, he would have distanced himself and took great caution. Something had happened, and quickly too considering none of the other avatar spirits or even herself had picked up on it.

    "I also wanted you to see something so you get an idea of what we are dealing with to some extent. It is why I chose to meet here." Kukulkan stopped her circling and straightened herself next to her summoner. Samira climbed and hopped onto the serpent's back. "It is not far, but does require flight." She waited for Leona to be ready to follow before having Kukulkan take off.

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    Leona suspected that Samira was pulling her punches when she expressed disappointment in the Guild Mistress of Silver Wolf not knowing anything about the Icebourne. Samira had every right to be disappointed. As the Guild Mistress of Silver Wolf, Leona was supposed to be an expert in several fields of lore ranging from mythical creatures to magical ingredients. However, the blonde was not an expert in any intellectual field. Right now Leona was only a novice when it came to conducting research.

    Her problem was not a lack of research materials to use. Silver Wolf had a lot of books pertaining to magical lore, magical ingredients, mythical beasts, and other subjects relevant to the guild's mission. Leona even had a modest personal library to draw from if the guild library did not have what she needed.

    Leona's problem was something else, something deep within herself.

    Every time Leona started to study a subject she would either get bored or run into a difficulty and find an excuse to put the project on the back burner, where it would languish until she eventually forgot about it altogether. She would resolve to study something else and she would start off strong but eventually get distracted and shove her new project aside. Breaking that cycle and studying a subject to the point of mastery was something that Leona really needed to do if she wanted to begin to live up to people's perception of Silver Wolf as a guild with an intellectual mission. That self-improvement project would have to wait for later, though.

    As if Samira's polite disappointment was not enough to make Leona feel humiliated, the giant serpent chimed in with more overt and less polite criticism of the blonde.

    "The Wizard Saint of Courage living up to her title. It does take a certain amount to charge right into danger with zero clue, I guess." It started off with a backhanded compliment. It then uncoiled and began to move its body around the two mages. Leona felt her skin crawl as the giant serpent slithered around them. She silently hoped that it did not accidentally or deliberately brush up against her at any point while it moved around them.

    "Sweet Little Desert Lion, if we had intended to go straight for the town that is where we would have set up this meet and greet. It would be a far better location than the middle of nowhere, don't you think?" The serpent directed another jab at Leona before giving an audible chuckle. Leona had to admit that it had a point there. If Samira had wanted to meet outside the town, she would have specifically requested that Leona meet her there.

    However, the chuckle after its remark made Leona more than a little angry.

    She was not sure if Samira or the serpent saw her face, but Leona's eyes narrowed in anger for a moment. Leona could tolerate the insults because the scaly summon had spoken the truth on both counts. However, it had made the mistake of laughing at Leona and being laughed at was something the blonde had a lot less tolerance for. Leona was so insulted that her indignation almost overcame her fear of the giant serpent.

    If it kept on laughing at her, it would learn the hard way why Leona was named after the lion.

    Shoving aside any thoughts of getting revenge for the time being, Leona would have to grin and bear it. She would need Samira's help and she would need the scaly summon's help too. Swallowing her irritation, Leona spoke to Samira.

    "You're right, Samira. We need to deal with the Icebourne before it reaches the city. We've got powerful spells and we've got powerful summons. Between the two of us, we should be able to stop it well before it reaches the city... if we play our cards right." Leona asserted that Samira was right in making the suggestion to intercept the Icebourne before it reached the city they were supposed to protect. Being proactive was the best way to defend the city. The blonde was trying to be smarter than she used to be and not blindly rush into a fight, especially not against something with the kind of power that the Icebourne was touted to have. Leona wanted to get some information on the opposition before making an attack, but time to get the complete picture was not something they had.

    "There was something that you wanted to show me, huh? Hang on and let me summon Winged Lion again." Leona said to Samira as the serpent stopped slithering between them and straightened out, presumably so that the teal-haired mage could board it for travel. Leona then turned around and raised her hands to the sky, telepathically summoning Winged Lion again. The winged lion soon arrived and landed gently on the snow a short distance from Leona, folding its wings up to its sides and standing nearby in a regal posture while waiting for Leona to give it a command.

    "OK, my transportation has arrived. I'm ready to go whenever you are, Samira." Leona said to the Goddess of Humility. The blonde was eager to see what it was that her partner wanted to show her. Samira claimed that it had something to do with what they were dealing with and at the moment Leona's attention was focused on learning more about what they would be dealing with.

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    Post by Samira Nassar 10th September 2021, 12:02 am

    A small nod was given as a reply when Leona had made it clear that she understood and agreed with the... well not plan really since there was not much of one just yet, but the thought behind it. The summoner remained silent and stared at Leona for a moment as she spoke further and even summoned the winged lion back. The narrowed gaze of the blonde was not easily missed. Due to the balaclava it was the only thing that stood out on her face. It was a bit concerning but not at all unexpected. Kukulkan was known for pushing buttons and she had apparently pressed Leona's. Not too far just yet, but quite enough to see an expression that Samira had not seen since the time they were in that cheese world. Actually, it was difficult to tell which narrowed gaze was more intense. The one back then or the one that showed itself presently.

    Leona said nothing about the comments. No acknowledgement was given towards the apology either. She was showing remarkable restraint by keeping her tongue and actions in check. Samira could respect that. Appreciated it, even. They had time before the Icebourne caused a catastrophe but not much. Spending that little time in a minor conflict over words was not wise. That all could be sorted out later if need be. Provided no one snapped before then, of course. Luck would not be on their side if that occurred. They all needed level and cool heads for what they were about to face. Or so she could wisely assume.

    "Very well," Samira plainly stated with another small nod, acknowledging Leona's words that she was ready. Her verdant gaze turned away from her fellow human and focused on the giant serpent she now sat on. Gently, she patted the smooth green scales. "Kuku, if you please." There was nothing else to be said. Their minds were linked and the plumed serpent wasn't an idiot or deaf. Samira now wanted her to take her there and also lead the other Saint and her lion around. Wonderful.

    "I am reminding you again that you owe me. The next time Anhur pulls a disappearing act with Janus on vacation at the same exact time you better learn to use your legs. Or at least be better at controlling your flying spells. I still can't erase the memory of the last time from my mind. Pathetic and nightmarish."

    "Not disgraceful?" Samira inquired with slight amusement. The offensive ramblings of the avatar spirit did not bother her much anymore. They had been together for too long now for that. Besides, quite a number of her spirits tended to do the same thing. It got old very quickly. One spirit in particular had already frequently described that day as a disgraceful use of the magic of himself and his original. It had been why she was so amused and why she had chosen that specific word. Even Kuku and the others had to hear the whole speech back then.

    Kuku said nothing at first, instead giving only a low annoyed hiss. Her large serpentine body began to slither forward through the white snow. "Careful that I don't change my mind while in midair." That matter was then dropped so she could gain Leona's attention because surely the blonde had already forgotten that she was supposed to follow the giant four winged snake. The avatar spirit was giving no credit to Leona on anything whatsoever. "Don't fall too far behind, Desert Lion. I don't like waiting for the slow to catch up." Whether she meant physically slow, mentally, or both was unclear. One could assume she meant slow at flying, but it was Kukulkan. No one would be surprised if the statement was factual for the other as well.

    The winged serpent gave her wings a few flaps, ridding them of any cold substances that had started to form upon the mix of scales and pink feathers. The action also warmed them up, ridding them also of the stiffness that had settled in while being idle for so long in the wasteland of ice. Then she was in the air. Her flight was smooth and quick. Even though Iceberg was cold she was still one with its winds. As she should be. The essence of the actual god of winds was strong in her and it would not let her be anything less. Still, she didn't take off like a rocket. Her speed should have been enough for the winged lion to follow easily. Or so the serpent assumed. She'd at least give him a bit of credit. She'd even almost pity him for having to carry around that nearly useless Wizard Saint. No one ever pitied her though for having to fly Samira around so she didn't see the point.

    Just as Samira had stated, the flight had not taken long. She had purposely made sure to remain close by after having checked it out herself earlier. Around the time she had received the official mission request from the Iceberg city, she had also received another by way of invasive telepathy. The two were related, she had quickly come to find out. What had been the mysterious request? To investigate a great disturbance that even a long ago acquaintance felt from within his ice temple on the other side of Iceberg. Did he plan to aid in the matter even after finding out what it was that caused it? Of course not. Not even a hint of information was given. Useless dragon.

    The serpent led Leona and her winged lion around a mountain. From their viewpoint it was a typical solid mountain. Once on the other side, however, it was clear something was not quite right. The mountain's surface was partially destroyed. Cracked, crumbled, and had giant gaps. At its base even more damage could be seen even through the blinding white of the snow around it. An ugly colossal hole was there, its depths deep and dark. Its total coverage exceeded that of the largest dragon that had been recorded. No evidence of an explosion was around, and it was very unlikely someone dug it even with magic. It was far from being a smooth hole with clear edges. Something had torn the land apart. Pushed through it. As if forcibly breaking through a cage with nothing but natural strength and brute force. That is where the Icebourne had come from. Hidden away within a mountain base. Either imprisoned, trapped, or just happened to be where it decided to sleep one day to later wake up centuries later.

    Kukulkan stopped slithering through the air and hovered right above the hole. Both she and Samira waited for Leona and the winged lion to come closer. If they didn't then Kukulkan would move towards them instead so that the two summoners could speak without having to shout at each other. "I believe this to be where the Icebourne originated from before it set its sights on Heitz," Samira stated plainly. The intention of revealing the Icebourne's origin point was to allow for Leona to see the damage it could cause when it was not in an actual battle. She needed to see for herself at least that much so she could plan her actions accordingly and survive. "The reasons on why it was hidden away here aside, I consider this to be enough proof that we will need to be extra careful. Do not hold back on anything." Samira stopped and thought for a second, tilting her head. "Unless whatever you do destroys the town. Then hold back just a little." Some might have taken that as a form of a bit of humor despite the situation, but since Samira spoke it so seriously it was hard to tell if that was her intent or not. Whatever the case, what came next was Leona's final opportunity to decline on helping before they went on to find it. "Do you still want to help me deal with this creature? I will not think less of you if you decide to go back."

    "Psh. I will." Kukulkan added but said nothing more. She wasn't going to beg for Leona to stay and she didn't care if she left. It was entirely her decision.

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    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt 12th September 2021, 7:26 pm

    Leona listened to the serpent named "Kuku" talk to Samira about some incident from Samira's past that the blonde had no knowledge of.

    "I am reminding you again that you owe me. The next time Anhur pulls a disappearing act with Janus on vacation at the same exact time you better learn to use your legs. Or at least be better at controlling your flying spells. I still can't erase the memory of the last time from my mind. Pathetic and nightmarish." Leona heard the summon say to Samira. Leona was not sure what the serpent was talking about, but right now she had more important things on her mind than something that had happened in the past that was really none of her business. She climbed on board Winged Lion and settled into her "seat" on his back.

    Leona watched the serpent slither forward through the snow while saying something to Samira about it "changing its mind in midair." Leona frowned deeply. That sounded like a threat directed at Samira and Leona did not like threats directed at Samira. The blonde took a deep breath to keep herself from saying or doing something that she would regret and telepathically directed Winged Lion to take off and follow the serpent.

    While Winged Lion prepared to take off Leona heard Kuku direct another jab at her.

    "Don't fall too far behind, Desert Lion. I don't like waiting for the slow to catch up." Kuku warned Leona. The blonde narrowed her eyes just like she had done when the serpent had chuckled at her earlier. That giant snake was really pressing its luck right now. Kuku was lucky that Leona was keeping her temper in check out of respect for Samira or the blonde would make the serpent pay for its snide remarks.

    Leona took another deep breath to calm down and watched the serpent flap its wings to remove the snow and other materials that might have built up during its time on the ground before taking off. Winged Lion followed suit and flapped his wings to remove the snow from them, then ran forward for about twelve steps to build up enough speed for takeoff. He then jumped into the air and flapped his wings to get airborne.

    Once in the air Leona telepathically repeated her directions to follow the winged serpent and Winged Lion did so. He followed Kuku with ease and after a brief flight the pair came across a mountain that they began to fly around. Leona looked down at the mountain and saw that it was a completely ordinary mountain. Why had they come all the way out here when they needed to find the Icebourne and stop it before it reached the city they were supposed to protect?

    Then as Leona was guided around the mountain she saw why Samira had gone out of her way to lead the blonde here. The other side of the mountain looked like it had been partially destroyed, but she had no idea what could have done that much damage. Leona looked down at the base of the mountain and saw a giant gaping hole that was very deep, so deep that light did not reach the bottom.

    The Wizard Saint studied it carefully and tried to figure out what could have made one that big.

    There was little possibility that a lone mage had made it using magic. There was also no sign of explosives being used. Leona looked a little harder and noticed that the edges of the hole were not clear and smooth. Rather they were ragged.

    Ragged like something had forced its way out of the mountain.

    Whatever had done so had a lot of strength.

    Leona did not have much time to think about what could have the strength to accomplish such a feat because she noticed the flying serpent stop moving through the air and start hovering over the hole. Leona telepathically ordered Winged Lion to descend and stop at the right side of the serpent so that she could talk to Samira without having to shout at her. Winged Lion wordlessly obeyed and soon came to a stop exactly where he needed to stop. Leona faced Samira and listened to to the teal-haired mage's words.

    Samira hypothesized that this was where the Icebourne had come from. Leona nodded in agreement with that hypothesis. Then her partner informed her that the size of the hole in the mountain was proof enough that they would need to be very careful when engaging the Icebourne and added the command to not hold anything back while fighting it. Samira soon amended her remark to add the stipulation to hold back a little only if what Leona did could possibly destroy the town. Since Samira had added the stipulation in such a serious tone of voice despite how it sounded like a piece of dark comedy, Leona kept a neutral face and nodded instead of saying something that could construed as a flippant remark about the situation and making Samira angry with her.

    Leona listened to the wind blow for a few moments before the teal-haired mage addressed her again.

    Samira was offering Leona a chance to back out of helping her deal with the Icebourne. Samira claimed that she would not think less of Leona if the latter chose to take it. Leona kept quiet for a few moments before she made her decision... not that she had to think too hard about what she was going to do.

    She had decided to stay and was about to give that answer to Samira when Kuku took the opportunity to take yet another jab at the blonde.

    "Psh. I will." Kuku remarked, making it clear that it would think less of Leona if the latter chose to back out of the impending battle with the Icebourne. Leona clenched her teeth and kept her mouth shut despite the growing temptation to say something back to the snide serpent. She maintained eye contact with Samira as she gave her reply.

    "I'm not backing out, Samira. I'll help you deal with the Icebourne." Leona informed her friend. The Wizard Saint was not going to run from this challenge. A lot of people were counting on her to save Heitz from an enormous beast that was heading right for it. She was the Wizard Saint of Courage and she was going to do her best to live up to that title.

    Besides, Leona was not going to give the snide serpent a legitimate reason to laugh at her if she could help it.

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