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    Trail of Death (Private, Solo)

    Eyir
    Eyir

    Player 
    Lineage : Angelic Spirit
    Position : None
    Posts : 30
    Guild : Luminous Rose
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 1,225

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    Post by Eyir 26th August 2021, 11:39 pm

    Job Info:

    Job Title: Trail of Death
    Rank: B
    Category: Normal
    Job Location: Silent Cemetery
    Solo Word Count: 2,500
    Group Word Count: 5,000
    Additional Requirements: N/A
    Job Description: A couple members of a merchant's guild have been kidnapped by what appear to be human corpses, leading the said guild to make a request on the job boards for help. The corpses seem to be controlled by a wizard and were led in the direction of the Cursed Lands, which the guild was traveling near in the hopes of saving time. Find the wizard, defeat him, and rescue his captives.
    Enemies:


       Zombies x5
       Precisely what you might expect, a group of corpses brought to life using magic. Each takes a C-Rank hit before falling apart. They can swing their arms at you like a club for 2x C-Rank damage, but prefer to try to bite you. The bite will not turn you, but the festering nature of their jaws will cause a D-Rank's worth of damage every post for 2 posts.
       Enemy Rank: Weak

       Skeletal Warrior x2
       Having fallen in battle long ago, the flesh of these soldiers has long since rotted away, leaving only bones to fight for their twisted master. They may wield a spear, club, axe, or broadsword, all of which will do B-Rank damage per hit. They take 2x B-Rank hits each to defeat.
       Enemy Rank: Normal

       Abomination x1
       A hulking monster that is twice as tall as an average human, pieced together from a great many dead bodies, this affront to both nature and the eyes can deal B-Rank damage with each swing of its grotesque limbs and can charge at its opponents with a burst of surprising speed to do 2x B-Rank damage from the momentum and savagery. It takes 4x B-Rank hits to defeat, but it generally moves slowly when recovering from charging enemies.
       Enemy Rank: Strong

       Necromancer
       A powerful Necromancer, this cruel wizard kidnapped the members of the merchant guild that requested your aid simply to lure out capable fighters for his experiments. The creatures you faced up to this point were mere tests to establish whether you had a great deal of power at your disposal, choosing the cursed lands for their high quantity of tainted corpses. He can unleash attacks comprised of pure death energy at his targets, dealing 3x B-Rank damage each and causing lasting damage that drains 5% HP until the end of the thread. He also loves to shield himself with walls of bones that shield him 2x B-Rank hits and can't be pierced. Should his regular magic fail to subdue his opponent, he can call for the help of the undead previously fought. Since he also tends to use the undead as meat shields to minimize damage to himself, he takes 8x B-Rank hits to defeat. Upon being beaten, whether the victor opted to kill him or not, the Necromancer will begin to rapidly disintegrate into black particles that will fade away soon after.
       Enemy Rank: Boss


    Reward: 40,000 jewel.

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    Eyir
    Eyir

    Player 
    Lineage : Angelic Spirit
    Position : None
    Posts : 30
    Guild : Luminous Rose
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 1,225

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    Post by Eyir 14th September 2021, 6:13 am

    "It was dark. It was quiet. It was quiet as the wind howled. The trees rustled, the sounds of their nearly dead leaves adding to the ambiance. A light fog covered the night, the natural phenomenon only making the area look more haunting. It was the stereotypical look. A scene that had jumped from the latest horror story novel or the latest episode of a spooky and cheesy lacrivision show. But, instead of fiction, it was reality. It was the Cursed Lands. Of course such a named place would not be covered in sunlight and colorful rainbows. It was cursed. It was mysterious. It was malevolent. Nothing good ever came from there. Only the foolish or powerful ever went there. Or even got close.

    Such was the case of a small group of people. Foolish enough to walk by the borders of the land, and foolish enough again to travel by night. They were not powerful mages. They were merchants. All of them were a part of the same guild and working together to deliver a wagon of goods to the next town. They should have been extremely worried about their chosen route. After all, it was far from the recommended path when they had zero ways to defend themselves or had the proper escort. The typical thief or bandit they could handle, yes. The horrors that were beyond the trees of the Cursed Lands? Doubtful.

    Only one among the group fully understood the possible dangers. Well, knowing the rumors and stories of the place and making an assumption based on that if truth be told. Still, it was something to consider. The smart and cautioned one had tried to warn her fellow merchant guild members. Time and time again. They ignored her. Brushed the warnings away as if the warnings, and her opinion, mattered little. They were fools. They were going to get themselves killed. Get her killed! Fail the delivery! Fail the mission! Fail the guild! All because the leader of the group had way too much pride to second guess his decision. Maybe he was wrong. No. There was no maybe about it. He was wrong! She knew it! Why did no one else see it? Why was everyone so blind? Why were they all so freakishly calm despite traveling right beside the border of one of the most terrible places of Ishgar? They might as well just start delivering in Sin as well!

    It would be too late to consider a new horrible place to do their work though. They were already doomed. Any moment now something was bound to grab them and take them further into those dark and cursed lands. They had no choice now but to meet the horrible fate that awaited them. One by one. No one would ever know what became of them. No one would ever be able to guess.

    The howling winds were accompanied by the inhuman growls and groans of the monsters that watched. They were coming. It was over."


    "Oh for pity's sake! Will you stop with that already?!"

    (Word Count: 512)


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    Eyir
    Eyir

    Player 
    Lineage : Angelic Spirit
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    Posts : 30
    Guild : Luminous Rose
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 1,225

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    Post by Eyir 14th September 2021, 6:14 am

    The agitated yell stopped the narration. Emily, the one who had been narrating their current travels stared at the angry burly man at the front of the wagon. She had finally done it. His buttons had been pressed to the point that he snapped. Unfortunately, it wasn't good enough. She had wanted him to turn around and use a different route. That part of her exaggerated story was true. Even before they left she had warned her team that it was a bad idea. They disagreed. "You're right," Emily said, folding her arms over her chest. "I should wait until it actually happens to fill in the details." Her comment was sarcastic and it was clear to the rest of the group that she was very unhappy.

    The other part of her story that was true and not exaggerated was that they were all from a local merchant's guild. Ivorybrand. It was small. Many other guilds were much more famous and powerful. However, to those that were members of Ivorybrand it was home, and it was a place to work. They got enough business to live comfortably and that was all that mattered to them.

    "Don't blame her too much, Bill." A thin blonde man spoke up, partially in Emily's defense. He was a newer member of the merchant's guild but was there before her. Tyler was his name. Emily had travelled with him previously so she got to know the guy a little bit. He wasn't the bravest man out there, but he wasn't a complete coward either. The fact that he was still there despite looking over his shoulder constantly was proof as much. "She kind of has a point. Even I'm a little freaked out walking this route. I keep having this feeling that something is watching me." He looked back again and then towards the dark space between the trees again. Nothing was there but he was still not convinced. The faster they made it through the route the better. At least on the way back they could take the normal path home.

    "Remember a few years back when things were coming from the Fat Monsterlands?" Eddie, the fourth member, added to the conversation. He was the second oldest of the group, right behind Bill. If he was afraid he didn't show it. He remained calm and stoic, as always. Of course, it was hard to tell a facial expression when it was covered completely like some wannabe ninja. His tone of voice didn't give anything away that was for sure. "I remember they had to send a ton of mages there to get rid of them."

    "That was practically in the belly of the Cursed Lands! We're not even touching its front door. Get some spine! I've taken this route plenty of times before and never seen or heard anything more threatening than Emily's ghost stories." Bill would not be convinced. It was ridiculous. The chances of them running into anything dangerous was slim. The Cursed Lands creatures stayed where they were expected to remain. Inside the Cursed Lands! He couldn't even remember the last time he heard of any other merchants or travellers running into trouble on that route. As a regular at many inns throughout Fiore and beyond, he definitely would have heard something.

    The fifth member of their traveling party said nothing. Lindsey never said anything. Whether that was by choice or she was incapable of talking Emily had zero clue. The curly-haired blonde had been a member of the guild since she was a kid and the last time Emily asked about it she was told that it was none of her business. So, she left it alone. Even if she was quiet Emily liked her well enough. She was kind and gentle and on that particular trip Emily could only be grateful that she wasn't the only woman in a group of guys. Not that Lindsey helped her argument or was on her side. She happily walked in front of the slow moving wagon, petting the horse that pulled it along on occasion.

    Some might claim that their method of moving goods around was a bit outdated. After all, plenty of people had magic vehicles and flying transports now. That stuff was expensive, and really many of the members preferred the more traditional ways. Emily would have agreed since it meant she could enjoy the journey longer and see many things along the way... except when they happened to find themselves near the Cursed Lands. That was a negative.

    Emily continued to walk behind the wagon and everyone else. Eddie had been on the right of the wagon and Tyler on the left. Bill took the lead. If they had been jumped by the typical expected thieves and bandits they had all sides covered. Emily just had to hope that that was all they'd run into if anything. Still, she refused to give up on the topic and continued to bring it up. "Why are we taking this route anyway? There are more traveled and established paths we could have taken to be safer."

    "Yes, and those paths take longer because they go around," Bill answered, his previous annoyance having faded a little. "This road saves time. As they say, time is money, and we were offered extra if we make this delivery quicker than expected."

    "Am I the only one that prioritizes my life over a few extra jewels?" Emily thought out loud. She didn't expect any serious reply, but what she did get was a mix of soft chuckles and joking yeses. She sighed. Bastards. "How much longer until we reach the town anyway?"

    (Word Count: 946
    Total So Far: 1457)


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    Eyir
    Eyir

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    Lineage : Angelic Spirit
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    Posts : 30
    Guild : Luminous Rose
    Cosmic Coins : 0
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    Experience : 1,225

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    Post by Eyir 14th September 2021, 6:16 am

    A few more hours had passed by. It was well into the night now. The air had gotten colder and the sky darker. Aside from the torches and lacrima lights, the merchant group carried there was no other light. Clouds had covered the stars and moon above them. They were no longer bothered for the most part now. Even Emily had chilled out. Nothing dangerous leaped from the forest, and they had even managed to stop and take a peaceful break. Maybe Bill had been right after all. That was Emily's last thought before things took a turn in the very way she had expected it to. Being right never felt so horrible.

    It all started with Charlie, the horse. He was a tanned colored draft horse that was just as brave as he was loving. Nothing could spook that horse. The entire time while the humans around him chatted nervously he remained calm and continued pulling the wagon with zero hesitation in his steps. Until finally, he did become spooked.

    No one had noticed anything wrong at first. The nervousness he displayed. His eyes widening in fear. It was a sudden change. How could they have taken notice? It wasn't until Charlie stomped his hooves into the dirt and refused to go further that the group finally put their attention on him. Surprised, they all stopped as well. Tyler and Lindsey had even attempted to comfort the horse but it was no use. Charlie ignored them and whinnied loudly. He backed up as much as he could, the cart also moving backwards as well. It was now clear to them all that he was frightened. By what they couldn't understand. Not until it was too late.

    "Get that horse under control!" Bill shouted. His concern was that Charlie would take off in a random direction. Losing the horse was one thing, but losing the supplies was something he couldn't have happen. Since Charlie was still attached to the wagon, that would be exactly what happened if the horse took off in a chaotic run.

    "He's never done anything like this before," Tyler stated while still trying to calm him down and make him stay put. Lindsey was helping too, but when Charlie rose on his hind legs Tyler grabbed onto her and moved her out of the way as well as himself. Charlie was no longer stable. He kept giving a mix of snorts and frantic winnies, as if trying to warn those around him of what he could sense. Something dark was there now. Something not natural. Something evil.

    "What's gotten into him?!" Bill shouted again, but this time doing the work of getting the horse under control himself. He grabbed onto the reins and tried to use them to pull Charlie back down into place. Eddie and Emily stayed back and watched. It didn't take them long to notice that something was moving from beyond the borders of the Cursed Lands. They could hear it even through all the commotion with Charlie. Then they could also see something. Figures beyond there. Human shaped but something was still... off about it.

    "Someone is back there," Emily stated to alert her group. She got closer. Foolish perhaps, but she was not unarmed. The woman unsheathed the small sword at her side. She lacked magic herself, but the sword itself had a minimal amount of it and she was no stranger to basic sword combat.

    "Emily, get away from there," Eddie advised and walked closer to her to hopefully drag her back before whatever it was behind the trees came out to say hello. The other three members of the guild didn't seem to acknowledge anything else besides the frantic Charlie. It was because of that that they were even more surprised than they should have been.

    Just before Eddie made the move to grab Emily's arm to drag her back, something leaped from the darkness of the Cursed Lands. It was human or rather was. It was clear from not only the stench that came off the creature but also from the decayed and missing flesh. The thing was dead. Or had been. Now it existed as some sort of undeath being that most would have categorized as a zombie. Everything went to chaos after that.

    Once the zombie had jumped out, Emily acted by lifting her sword defensively. The creature was faster than the common stories that spread around. Still, she was able to fend it off and even strike it down. Another appeared while she was busy with that one and if not for Eddie being there to take care of it with his own weapon she would have had issues. Unfortunately for them, they were not masters of combat and it soon became evident that they were outmatched. It didn't take long for the numbers of the foe to increase beyond what they were capable of handling. Eddie managed to take care of himself but Emily was taken.

    "Emily!" Eddie cried out for her over her own screams and demands to be let go. But that faded into the depths of the forest of the Cursed Lands. He took steps forward with the intent to go after her and the zombies that took her, but he stopped. He knew he couldn't do it by himself. Not in there. Possibly not at all even if it were anywhere else.

    The sounds of the terrified horse and the cries of the rest of his group brought Eddie back to what was going on around him. More of the zombies had come out of the forest past him and had now swarmed the wagon and his guildmates. Charlie would have none of that. The horse charged and ran down a couple of the zombies, but Charlie did not stop there. He continued on, running like the terrified beast that he now was and taking the wagon with him. Some of the supplies flew out and hit the ground as the wagon swayed roughly to the side and went over large rocks in the way. On the ground is where they would stay. Charlie would not be coming back. The traveling merchants would also have to forget all about their lost supplies. Lindsey and Tyler had been taken by the zombies as well, leaving only Eddie and Bill.

    It was then that the zombies stopped in mid-action. They turned back to the forest and disappeared into the darkness. Eddie and Bill were now safe. If that was what it could be called. They didn't feel safe. Mostly they were now utterly confused. That did not mix well with the terror they were still feeling. "This doesn't make sense," Eddie said, his breath now heavy from having fought through a couple of the zombies. "Why are they taking them? These creatures kill, not kidnap!"

    "I don't think they'll be alive for long." Bill sighed as he spoke and sat on a nearby boulder in a small attempt to calm himself. The hopelessness he felt was written all over his face. He was being realistic. He was old, and even though he was a big man he was not the kind of fighter that took on the undead in their own territory. Trying to go after the zombies that took Emily, Lindsey, and Tyler was a lost cause that would cost both the lives of himself and Eddie.

    (Word Count: 1236
    Total So Far: 2693)


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    Eyir
    Eyir

    Player 
    Lineage : Angelic Spirit
    Position : None
    Posts : 30
    Guild : Luminous Rose
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Experience : 1,225

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    Post by Eyir 14th September 2021, 6:17 am

    "We can't just leave them to die out there!"

    "Yeah, and we aren't fit to rescue them either. And by the time we alerted the Knights or any of the mage guilds it'll be too late! Face it! They're gone."

    "Not quite." A voice neither recognized spoke from the trees. The source of the voice ignored the demands that came next. Something along the lines of bringing back their friends. The threats of harming him were also quite empty. If they couldn't handle a zombie ambush then they were far beneath him. They were magicless and helpless and would only serve as extra units for his undead army. However, he would spare them. He needed them alive.

    A red mist began to appear, surrounding and illuminating the source of the voice. It was a man, but not an ordinary one. He was alive, unlike the zombies they had just faced, but the way he dressed and masked himself led the two merchants to believe that he was a part of some cult. That or he was really into some dangerous dark magic that they had no business being associated with. "I will keep your friends alive for the time being. I will even allow for their rescue. For this, you must send mages to search for me. Capable mages."

    It wasn't a bad bargain. That would have been the plan anyway if Bill and Eddie thought that there was enough time to recruit mages to aid them. Now they knew there was. If he was telling the truth. Neither of the merchants trusted him to keep his word, but it was all they had. After the dark mage spoke his words, he and the red mist disappeared. Only darkness beyond the trees remained.

    "I wouldn't call this hope, but it looks like we have a mage to hire."

    "Probably multiple. I don't think he wants us to send mages his way so he can make friends. I have a bad feeling about what he'll do to them."

    "That's not our problem. They take the job, they know the risks. That's how it works. We just need to hope that one succeeds. That mage might not have said there was a time limit, but I'm sure there is one. I doubt he's keeping our friends in a cozy well-stocked cottage in the forest." The implication was simple. If the necromancer wasn't going to give them food and water the kidnapped merchants would die of starvation and dehydration, assuming they weren't killed before then.

    "Let's get to town then and make the mission request."

    (Word Count: 432
    Total So Far: 3125)


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