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Katsumi
Katsumi

Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Quality Badge Level 3- Player 
Lineage : Feeling Empty
Position : None
Posts : 180
Guild : Luminous Rose
Cosmic Coins : 0
Dungeon Tokens : 0
Mentor : Shane
Experience : 28,105

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Post by Katsumi 29th December 2021, 8:30 pm

Katsumi touched the pieces at her belt again. Her inventory held firm upon her belt. Her hands trembled with the effort not to equip the gear. The Armor Class of her combat skirt didn't exactly fill her with confidence. The ripped page from the Sorcerer's Magazine stole her confidence as well. She'd been alone for a long time. Even when she'd been a part of a guild, she'd been alone. Could this guild change that?

Smoothing out the page against her thigh, the raven haired beauty read over it once again. Luminous Rose, pushing love into the future and weakness into the past. A guild that held love and strength together. One where she hoped her name hadn't yet circulated to in any capacity. Katsumi had sworn to herself that she'd get stronger when she escaped LAO near a year or two ago. Even while her magical powers had grown, Katsumi still felt like the weak coward from the game. Her desperation to improve had only broken her.

Katsumi peered over the page toward the shimmering pink barrier. The entrance to the guild house of Luminous Rose where the swordswoman hoped to move forward. To gain the strength she still felt she lacked. A ripple moved under the skin of her arm. Katsumi grit her teeth against the sensation. At least this time, her teeth weren't a set of fangs. That cursed lacrima held only one spot on the list of things that made the sword mage feel weak.

[You are p@#&tting things off, m-master] Ghost said floating up near her shoulder. She winced at his stuttering speech. He'd been wrecked in a fight. She hadn't paid attention to his HP. Now her patchwork barely held the floating bauble together. Robotics needed to have a few skill points dumped into it. Katsumi patted the creature to put Ghost to sleep. Taking a deep breath, she took the plunge through the barrier.

The shimmering barrier felt like it assessed her as she passed through. It didn't find her wanting however. She shuddered to think what could have happened. Then again the alignment of this guild fell fully into Lawful Good, according to the Sorcerer's Mag. Perhaps it merely would have kept her out. Katsumi brushed her fingers against the armor block and the silver hilt at her hip. Still there, still providing her with the CHA boost she needed.

The architecture here appeared to be built into the chasm itself. Katsumi gaped at the beauty portrayed. She'd never seen anything like it. The sheer illustriousness stunned the poor girl. She nearly fell victim to the cruel stair trap. Falling and nearly killing herself wouldn't be the best first impression. Sadly, it also wouldn't be the worst either. Katsumi touched the railing of the stairs, hesitantly. Even that held works of art she felt afraid to tarnish.

The roses became apparent as Katsumi carefully made her way down the stairs. They grew everywhere. Katsumi noticed banners as well. They had symbols on them. Some she understood from her gaming but others were a complete mystery to her. The sheer size of the Luminous Rose stronghold boggled the swordswoman. How could she find her way about in here? Where did she even begin to find what she needed to join Luminous Rose?

The gamer decided to trust in her LUCK stat. It had helped her on multiple occasions. Another ripple beneath her skin reminded her of the times it had screwed her over as well. Hopefully, this wouldn't be one of those times. Ghost sputtered dangerously. Katsumi decided to tinker with him while she walked. When she finally lifted her head, the swordswoman found herself at a grand bridge. It lead toward a pair of doors.

"If that doesn't scream 'final boss', I don't know what does." Katsumi muttered under her breath. The hall beyond the doors turned out to hold many massive statues cradled in crystalline and living roses. The sight enveloped the swordswoman. She approached one of the first statues. "Could I have a statue here, one day?" the swordswoman asked aloud. Her fingers brushed against the base in longing. The gamer girl sat there for long minutes, lost in her own thoughts.


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Lucia Winchester
Lucia Winchester

Alt Account- S-Rank- A-Rank- Jewel Grinder- Character Application Approved!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Player 
Lineage : Power Of Apocalypse
Position : None
Posts : 223
Guild : Luminous Rose
Cosmic Coins : 0
Dungeon Tokens : 0
Experience : 608,356

Character Sheet
First Magic: Bringer Of Light
Second Magic:
Third Magic:

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Post by Lucia Winchester 30th December 2021, 3:25 am

Wearing her usual outfit of black long-sleeved shirt, long white pleated skirt, and brown boots, Lucia carried Shining Light in its holster on her right hip to have a weapon at her side. She had grown attached to the Holy handgun and carried it virtually everywhere with her except places where weapons were forbidden. Even though doing so might make her look like she was spoiling for a fight at best and paranoid at worst, Lucia even carried the weapon in the confines of Luminous Rose Guild Hall. Shining Light had saved her life many times and she liked to keep the weapon with her whenever possible.

Lucia was walking through the guild hall on the way to the job bulletin board to hopefully find some work to do today. Lately she had had a bit of difficulty in finding a job that suited her, but she would find one soon enough. Lucia had made a couple of contacts in the past few weeks and when they had something that needed doing she was sure that they would send for her.

As Lucia walked towards her goal she kept her eyes fixed forward. She was already focused on looking for a job where she could help people in ways other than fighting. She preferred those kinds of jobs, but in order to prove her worth to Luminous Rose Lucia would have to take the plunge and find a difficult job that might involve conflict with hostile entities. The blonde was not averse to fighting if she had to defend herself or others, but she got no pleasure out of it. She hoped that she would never get into a fight with such high stakes that she would have to kill her enemy... or enemies, whatever the case might be.

Lucia's thoughts were immediately diverted from the grim subject when she came across a female mage she had never seen before sitting in front of one of the guild hall's numerous rose statues. The blonde's eyes were immediately drawn to the unfamiliar mage and the first thing she noticed was the young woman's long black hair. The second thing the blonde noticed was that the young woman's magic signature equaled that of an experienced mage like Lucia herself.

Deciding to be friendly towards the stranger, Lucia calmly and slowly walked to within a meter of the mage before stopping and speaking to her.

"Hello there. I'm Lucia Winchester." Lucia introduced herself to the sitting mage while facing her. The blonde waited a few moments before speaking again, this time to ask a question.

"What brings you here today?" Lucia asked the question in an effort to engage the young woman in conversation. Hopefully the sight of Shining Light in its holster on Lucia's right hip would not frighten the dark-haired mage by making her think that the blonde meant her harm.

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Katsumi
Katsumi

Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Quality Badge Level 3- Player 
Lineage : Feeling Empty
Position : None
Posts : 180
Guild : Luminous Rose
Cosmic Coins : 0
Dungeon Tokens : 0
Mentor : Shane
Experience : 28,105

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Post by Katsumi 31st December 2021, 11:45 pm

Katsumi sat, engrossed in her own thoughts when a magic signature cut through the jumble. The swordswoman stood slowly as another mage introduced themselves. A guild mark didn't immediately pop out. This female could be a powerful NPC mage, a quest giver or important character later in the story. As Katsumi attempted to sus out the intentions of the female, her relatively low Charisma finally kicked her in the head. "Hi. I'm Katsumi Akahoshi."

The raven haired woman hoped fiercely that this one hadn't heard of her. She desperately wanted Luminous Rose to be a fresh start. Before another thought could cross her mind, Katsumi caught sight of the weapon at Lucia's side. Her face lit up with excitement. "Is that a Light series magitech pistol? Does yours fire lacrima, mana or regular bullets? I know that different designs us different ammo. The damage on these things is sick and the DPS is pretty great though nothing compared to the Blast series." The weapons enthusiast caught sight of the writing on the side of the gun, what little peeked from the holster. A gasp slipped from her mouth. "That's a Shining Light! O.M.G. those models are limited addition and to die for! I'm like so jelly, I wish I had a marketing skill high enough to find one."

The swordswoman froze when she realized she'd kind of word vomited all over Lucia. She coughed, smoothing out her black skirt. "Sorry. Um, I'm here to join Luminous Rose?" The paper in her hand crinkled as Katsumi held it out. "Would you know how I apply? Is there a starting faction quest, I mean, is there a trial to join?" Katsumi hoped this Lucia had an important NPC status or could point her in the direction of one. So long as Lucia didn't have her thrown out, things would be okay. She didn't want to fail her personal quest before it had even begun.

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Lucia Winchester
Lucia Winchester

Alt Account- S-Rank- A-Rank- Jewel Grinder- Character Application Approved!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Player 
Lineage : Power Of Apocalypse
Position : None
Posts : 223
Guild : Luminous Rose
Cosmic Coins : 0
Dungeon Tokens : 0
Experience : 608,356

Character Sheet
First Magic: Bringer Of Light
Second Magic:
Third Magic:

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Post by Lucia Winchester 1st January 2022, 11:56 pm

Lucia hoped that the presence of the weapon on her side would not scare the young woman, but as it turned out, she was not frightened of it at all. She watched the young woman who introduced herself as "Katsumi Akahoshi" suddenly come to life when she spotted Shining Light sitting in its holster.

Katsumi gave a lot of information about the Holy handgun in a short time and even listed its model name. Lucia was surprised to hear that the young woman knew so much about a handgun she had never seen before. Then again, Katsumi had to have a lot of experience with weapons to know so much about it. The question about what kind of ammunition it used came up, leaving Lucia to scramble for an answer.

"I don't know what exactly my handgun fires, Katsumi, but I know that it doesn't use normal ammunition. I never need to reload it no matter how many times I fire it. I don't know for certain, but I'd say that it's Lacrima-based because I don't feel like I expend any of my magic power when I fire it." Lucia did her best to give a satisfactory answer based on what she knew. She only could say with certainty that it did not use actual bullets. Perhaps she could learn more about what kind of ammunition system it used if she described what it did.

"I know that Shining Light's a Holy handgun because I've taken it to Haunted Guild and Silent Cemetery. It can kill ghosts and zombies without me needing to do anything special with it or its ammunition. I just draw the pistol and shoot them and they're harmed by my shots." Lucia added. She doubted that that description would be very much help, but she never knew. It was worth a shot... pun not intended.

"I called my handgun Shining Light without really knowing its model name. I bought it in Hargeon Town some time ago. Several months ago, to be a little more exact. The man who sold it to me told me that the person who sold it to him said something about a "shining light", so I called it Shining Light." Lucia told Katsumi a little about how she had acquired the Holy handgun in response to being told that "Shining Light" was its model name. Lucia had no idea that it was a limited edition model... she had assumed that it was a mass-produced handgun that happened to be geared towards fighting the supernatural. Then again, mass-produced handguns would not have snakeskin grips or writing in another language on both sides of the slide.

Lucia recalled Katsumi asking her about how to join Luminous Rose and changed her focus from learning more about her Holy handgun to doing her best to helping Katsumi.

"If you want to join Luminous Rose, you should talk to one of the Aces or the Guild Mistress. Unfortunately I'm fairly new to the guild myself, so I don't know who they are yet." Lucia told the dark-haired mage who to talk to about joining up. The blonde had not yet met any of the Aces or the Guild Mistress, but most of that was Lucia's fault. She stayed on the go doing jobs for the guild and kept to herself instead of making an effort to learn about the Aces or the Guild Mistress. At the very least she should have known their names by now.

Turning her thoughts back to Shining Light for a moment, Lucia slowly and carefully took it out of its holster and turned it around to hold the barrel in her hand, then held the pistol out with the grip pointing towards Katsumi.

"Would you like to hold Shining Light?" Lucia offered to Katsumi. Since the dark-haired mage had told her so much about the weapon, Lucia figured that she deserved a chance to hold it for a bit.

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Katsumi
Katsumi

Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Quality Badge Level 3- Player 
Lineage : Feeling Empty
Position : None
Posts : 180
Guild : Luminous Rose
Cosmic Coins : 0
Dungeon Tokens : 0
Mentor : Shane
Experience : 28,105

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Post by Katsumi 2nd January 2022, 5:25 pm

As Lucia responded to Katsumi's question, the weapon smith's mind started working. She rubbed her chin with a finger. Her brow furrowed as she contemplated the possibilities. "I wonder... maybe the designers have it pull ambient mana in the air. The bullet condenses within the barrel before firing." The swordswoman smiled wanly at Lucia. Her brain struggled to remember that not everyone made the same leaps. "Uh, I mean I've never seen a lacrima bullet that doesn't require a reload, plus you don't think it uses your mana. I'd love to study it sometime."

Lucia's additional info about the gun threw Katsumi even more. A gun that infused a Holy attribute into bullets that didn't require reloading? Granted, she didn't think a Holy attribute was needed for zombies. Zeds just needed their head smashed in. Ghosts or spectral entities, on the other hand, always needed some kind of magical reinforcement in order to hurt them. Katsumi could only imagine the magical enchantments that must have gone into the gun. Maybe the materials had something to do with the infusion.

The story of how Lucia got the gun and named it pulled Katsumi from her speculations. The raven haired mage had to wonder. Was the gun a quest item? One that would eventually become a legendary powerful aid to its wielder? Katsumi wished her Affinity with Lucia could be higher. Maybe that she had a high enough CHA to make friends. That might allow her to study the gun closer or even watch it grow with Lucia. Katsumi wondered if she could be happy in a side character role of observation. She'd never tried that before. It felt too close to being an NPC again.

Lucia talked about finding Aces or the Guild Mistress but unfortunately knew none of them. Katsumi rubbed her forehead. "Would you perhaps want to party with me find them? A bit of a side quest if you will. I'm kind of lost down here without quest markers." She looked around at the towering statues. It looked like a grand entrance to a significant location in a central area of a game. "Is this the guild hall? Or was it one of those other buildings out there?" More questions bubbled into Katsumi's mind but they were forgotten as soon as the handgun was offered to her.

The swordswoman rubbed her hands together. "I'd love to." Her fingers closed around the grip before the words finished. The grip felt supple against her palm. "How long have you had Shining Light again?" Katsumi asked, rolling the gun to poke at it. There didn't appear to be too much wear on it. Perhaps a rejuvenation spell embedded into the skin of the grip. That couldn't be on the metal. It would interfere with any spells infusing elements and the creation of bullets - assuming her guesses were correct. When she had looked her fill - without taking it apart - Katsumi handed the gun back to Lucia. She smiled widely at her soon to be guild mate. "Thank you for that, I really appreciate it."

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Lyra Karant
Lyra Karant

Main Account- Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Demon Slayer- Forever Solo- Christian Minecraft Server- Achiever- Character Application Approved!- Magic Application Approved!- Obtain A Secondary Magic!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Join A Faction!- Player 
Lineage : Mercy's Grace
Position : None
Posts : 167
Guild : Luminous Rose [Ace]
Dungeon Tokens : 1
Mentor : Faulkners
Experience : 25,649

Character Sheet
First Magic: Flame Demon Slayer
Second Magic: Sky Demon Slayer
Third Magic: Crystalline Panoply

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Post by Lyra Karant 3rd January 2022, 8:02 am



Lyra Karant
Floating In, In Style


Talk about aces, and they shall appear. The universe deemed it so.

Enter the sweeping beauty of the grand hall of legends; golden statues to the greatest roses erected in vainglorious tribute to those who served their mistress with distinguished honour. This hall, resplendent in its beauty, served as the primary meeting place of those under the aegis of the rose; with roses, crystals and vines reaching towards the ceiling as if reaching for the heavens themselves. This was pure excess, but it was beautiful excess, a monument to the far-reaching strength that the guild purported to hold high in its esteem. Lyra Karant knew that every time she walked through this hall that she would have to see her own face carved in crystal and that was something she was kind of not okay with. No matter. She could just... not look at her statue because it was kind of shameful and really awkward to look at.

What drew Lyra at this point, as she returned from meeting with her mentors, was simply that she was passing through this way before she returned to her quarters and headed out on a walk. This was all fairly normal for her, but really, and more importantly, voices carried in here. She heard some snippets of the conversation, particularly some line about one of the members being new and not knowing the faces of the aces to be able to tell them who they were in order to actuate the process of joining the guild. That was something that Lyra could most definitely help with.

Currently, of course, Lyra was no ace-- yet-- but she knew how to handle this situation, given her closeness to the guild's only aces, as well as her proximity to the fact that she'd been here long enough to understand the systems that were in place. On the way down towards the mass of people, she was already pulling her iLac out, and opened her group chat with the sisters Faulkner; they needed to know what was going on. Ignoring the last message by Blair, which was decorated with cute little stars because Blair, Lyra was already banging out a response before her foot touched the first stair. They would need time to respond and to prepare for this, meaning that the faster she got a message out, the better.

We have a new member here! Can I bring them to you so that we can do the thing?

With that, the iLac was returned to its rightful place in her pocket, where Lyra took her place at the top of one of the grand staircases and clutched onto the railing as she looked down towards Lucia and Katsumi.

"Hi! Sorry to interrupt!" called the rose quartz from her vantage point, before she vaulted the railing and drifted down on her suddenly-sprouted four pink wings, glimmering under the light of the hall as her feet touched the ground as gentle as a spring breeze. To her, there were two faces; one she had seen in passing but could not assign a name to, but a second that was absolutely unknown to her. Ideally, this would be the new member, and Lyra would excise her duties in welcoming new members to the guild as a dutiful student of the aces should. She approached in good pace, a smile plastered on her face. There was just something calming about being around her, too, like an otherworldly presence that seemed to insist that she meant no harm.

"I couldn't help but overhear parts of your conversation, and I'm very sorry for butting in, but I understand you're looking for the aces or Mistress Desirée? I can definitely help with that," she offered kindly towards Katsumi. "I'm Lyra. It's very nice to meet you-- both of you, at that."

The tiniest of nods of recognition towards Lucia, and that was that. Hopefully this would be received well.


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Vanhellsing
Vanhellsing

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Lineage : Excitavit Tetria Oculus
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Post by Vanhellsing 7th January 2022, 4:00 pm

A trail of smoke wafted in the air as the red headed huntress walked trough the halls. The taste of tobacco and smoke in a her mouth was a familiar taste. Her right hand moved to her mouth removing the cigarette as smoke plumed from her lush lips. Her black long coat swayed gently with every step she took. Her golden eyes eventually sighting a small crowd of individuals gathering. Out of courtesy she took the cigarette and crushed it in her hand, the barely audible sound of the embers sizzling Natalia's flesh cued the Vanhellsing that the embers were snuffed out. She did so unflinching with out a care. She opened the palm of her hand, black shadows curled from her tips and consumed the crushed cigarette until there was nothing left. V, Natalia's butler watched as the cigarette burns in her hand heal at a rapid rate until no mark was left. "There seems to be some sort of gathering up ahead, would you like to say hello Lady Vanhellsing?" V inquired as he kept pace with his masters stride. Natalia remained silent as she continued down her path towards the group. Her face that was once stoic and cold, shifted instantly to a welcoming warm face.

She approached the group, recognizing only one face, Lucia, the first one to welcome her into the guild. "Hello, how is everyone?....Would you all like some freshly baked cookies?" Natalia inquired as she held out her hand, a black inky portal formed above, a d bag of warm cookies dropped from the inky shadows before the portal vanished completely. Despite the random greeting, Natalia's smile was as warm as the midday sun, and just as sweet as the freshly baked cookies in the bag. Her voice was soothing, similar to warm honey in its texture. Her once cold golden eyes, was now comforting and warm like the fires from a hearth. The perfect image of a warm welcoming member of Luminous Rose. V, simply smiled and nodded allowing his master to take the lead.

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Lucia Winchester
Lucia Winchester

Alt Account- S-Rank- A-Rank- Jewel Grinder- Character Application Approved!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Player 
Lineage : Power Of Apocalypse
Position : None
Posts : 223
Guild : Luminous Rose
Cosmic Coins : 0
Dungeon Tokens : 0
Experience : 608,356

Character Sheet
First Magic: Bringer Of Light
Second Magic:
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Post by Lucia Winchester 7th January 2022, 11:34 pm

Lucia heard Katsumi ask if the former would "party" with her to find the guild's higher-ups who could formally induct the dark-haired young woman into Luminous Rose. Lucia blinked.

What did "party" mean in this context?

Did Katsumi want to throw a party here and now?

Lucia kept her questions to herself and instead recalled the dark-haired mage's opinion on how Shining Light did what it did. Katsumi offered a lot of valuable insights that the blonde did not have before speaking to her, but now Lucia had almost as many questions as she did answers. Lucia knew very little about her weapon other than it was a Holy handgun that for whatever reason did not require reloading... maybe she should take it back to Hargeon Handguns and speak to Edgar about Shining Light to get a full explanation from someone who knew handguns inside and out.

Speaking of Shining Light, Katsumi was eager to examine the Holy handgun. She took the offered grip of the weapon with palpable enthusiasm. Lucia showed visible amusement as Katsumi looked the weapon over. There was a certain levity to the scene that the blonde had not experienced in quite some time.

Not since her family was all alive and together.

Lucia put the past aside when she realized that Katsumi had asked her a question concerning how long the blonde had owned Shining Light.

"I've had Shining Light for almost a year now, Katsumi." Lucia answered the question. It had been almost a year, give or take a few months. The passage of time had been sort of hazy for the blonde ever since she had risen from her grave almost a year ago. But Katsumi did not need to be bothered with that trivial detail.

Katsumi held out Shining Light for Lucia to take back and the blonde gently took it back, being careful not to seem like she was snatching it back from Katsumi.

"It's no problem, Katsumi. I'm glad that you were able to see a working model of Shining Light for yourself." Lucia said to the young woman. Lucia had just reclaimed her Holy handgun and was about to holster it when a pink-haired young woman arrived in an eye-catching manner. The pink-haired young woman named "Lyra" stated that she could help Katsumi with her problem and gave a small nod towards Lucia, who finished holstering Shining Light and raised her right hand in greeting.

"Hi Lyra." Lucia politely greeted the pink-haired young woman. Moments after greeting the new arrival a familiar face showed up and Lucia saw Natalia put in an appearance along with her immaculately dressed companion wearing his distinctive red coat and yellow sunglasses.

"Hi Natalia. I'm doing all right." Lucia greeted the new arrival. This was getting to be quite the crowded little gathering. She wondered if anyone else was going to join the gathering before everything was said and done.

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Katsumi
Katsumi

Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Quality Badge Level 3- Player 
Lineage : Feeling Empty
Position : None
Posts : 180
Guild : Luminous Rose
Cosmic Coins : 0
Dungeon Tokens : 0
Mentor : Shane
Experience : 28,105

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Post by Katsumi 8th January 2022, 9:18 pm

Katsumi mulled over the wear that should be showing after a year. It seemed like Lucia held an active disposition. Likely Shining Light had been used many times. Given how her old Henken hilts had looked, even with the gloves she tended to use, there had to be rejuvenation magic in Shining Light. Maybe Lucia would let her exercise her Engineering skill on Shining Light. Katsumi would love to copy the rejuvenation onto her new Ever Blossoming. The constant shifting modes wore on the weapon. She had to make repairs often.

The swordswoman tensed as a new person entered the questing area. How had she missed them? Granted her heightened senses were new and geared more towards smelling but her Perception should have been high enough to notice! Dratted Shining Light with is beautiful curvature, mysterious inner workings and magical enigmas had distracted her thoroughly. Her hand curled around the hilt at her waist. Would this person recognize her? Though Katsumi had a niggling in her brain that the LAO incident hadn't spread much outside of Midi. The rarity of those who knew about it in Fiore still astounded her though. Practically everyone on Midi had known her uncle Kayaba Akahoshi and had learned her name. Usually to curse it.

Katsumi realized, way later than she should have, that she should smile at the newcomer. Curse her low Knowledge (Streetwise) for failing to warn her sooner! The swordswoman managed a tight lipped smile at the newcomer. Anything more might look bad, right? She needed to work on her interaction skills. Those low ranks were killing her sociability. "Hi..." Katsumi managed hesitantly before the pink haired invader launched into a spiel. It marveled her that people could easily talk to people or butt into a conversation like that.

Her mouth opened to reply to Lyra's question, Katsumi suddenly caught the scent of something delicious. Her head snapped toward the delectable smell. Unbeknownst to the slayer, her eyes flashed a vibrate purple. Her teeth elongated into points. A woman walked toward the group, putting something into her mouth. Something or someone walked alongside her. Where was that smell...? It vanished suddenly. Katsumi's teeth clicked together in frustration. The purple slowly faded away. When her Wisdom save finally kicked in, the swordswoman tried not to let horror cross her features. Her unwanted, terrible new powers had some unpleasant side effects. One of those happened to be the desire for flesh, blood and bone. Delicious scents tended to terrify her since they could be an innocent cut on a human or some actually succulent treat.

The newcomer smiled warmly at everyone, asking a few questions. Katsumi shook off the remnants of that hated power. However, a cold scent flickered across her nose from the new woman. The dichotomy between the cheery appearance and the scent made Katsumi want to check her Intelligence score. How did one with such a warm demeanor smell icy? Then again, LAO had repeatedly taught her not to judge by appearance. More than one person had gone for the PVP backstab kill. Katsumi managed to give the noob another tight lipped smile. Lucia greeted the woman as Natalia.

"Hi, Natalia. Uh, I'll take a cookie." Katsumi gingerly took a cookie. She nibbled on it for a moment before turning toward Lyra. "I am looking for an Ace or... is Mistress Desiree the guild master NPC? They'd fulfill the quest objective too. I'm hoping to join the Luminous Rose faction if there are any openings. Might you guide me towards one or the other?" Lyra appeared to be a PC in Katsumi's reckoning. After all, only players used the fastest way towards their objective whether it be over, under or through. She'd have to be careful interacting with this one until she could rank up her interaction skills. Lucia and Natalia too until she could determine their status as NPC or PC. Hopefully, Katsumi had kicked off the ending of her current quest. She wasn't sure how many more people she could handle meeting.

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Lyra Karant
Lyra Karant

Main Account- Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Demon Slayer- Forever Solo- Christian Minecraft Server- Achiever- Character Application Approved!- Magic Application Approved!- Obtain A Secondary Magic!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Join A Faction!- Player 
Lineage : Mercy's Grace
Position : None
Posts : 167
Guild : Luminous Rose [Ace]
Dungeon Tokens : 1
Mentor : Faulkners
Experience : 25,649

Character Sheet
First Magic: Flame Demon Slayer
Second Magic: Sky Demon Slayer
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Post by Lyra Karant 9th January 2022, 6:15 am



Lyra Karant
Floating In, In Style


In the heat of the moment, Lyra pulled out her iLac rather furtively, in order to make sure that it didn't interrupt the flow of the conversation around her. It needed to be done, to ensure that the sisters-- or at least one of them-- turned up to help. Lyra didn't have The Stamp, which was the rather mission-critical piece of equipment for initiating new members. She had beheld its glory once, and hopefully never again when she was not due to be at one with its mighty power. It was not an experience that she wished to repeat yet, for she was not prepared to unleash its power for herself.

Update: definite new member. Going to need you. Come to the hall pretty please! she typed out as fast as she humanly could into her Faulkner sisters group chat in order to get at least one of them to turn up. If not, well, this was going to be incredibly short lived and Lyra was probably going to look a little stupid for trying to help and failing absolutely miserably. She was going to need a half-decent turn of luck in order to pull this out, and maybe Jamie to turn up. One could trust Blair, sure, but there were certain... problems that she could bring with her, especially when the D-word (that's Desirée, for those playing along at home) was mentioned. And Mysie was equally likely to turn up with it as not, or make some kind of trouble along the way. The iLac, for playing its part, was stuffed back into the pocket from whence it came; whatever messages the girls had sent her went unread because she did not wish to be seen on the device when it was undue for her to be doing so.

Then, as suddenly as ever, Natalia and V appeared; in her usual method, she was pulling surprises out of literal thin air; this was something that she wasn't quite used to. One would think a semi-seasoned mage would know exactly how to handle this, but no, this was something else entirely. As the scent of fresh cookies assaulted her nose, Lyra couldn't help but smile warmly. Yeah, no, she needed it. "Actually, Natalia, I would very much love one, if you don't mind," Lyra said. She was kind of hungry if truth be told, as she'd been far too busy that morning to eat something to keep her energy up while she'd been sitting through a lot of sitting and talking with others. Ideally, Natalia would pass her one, so as not to appear rude on Lyra's part.

The rose quartz's attention finally fell squarely on to Katsumi. "I, uh... well, I'm definitely going to try and help with that. One of the aces should be along shortly to help you, if they got my message!"

I hope.

However, this newcomer was a little unsure as to the structure, all tied together into a bundle of an incredibly confusing speaking pattern. Lyra didn't honestly know what to make of it, but she was going to work through context clues as best she could and try and explain the situation to the newbie as best she could. A newbie whose name she hadn't caught yet, but that was quite alright. There would be time for additional introductions when one of the sisters turned up. As it was, this was already starting to get very popular, but Lyra could not help the comings and goings of those around her.

"Desirée is our guildmistress, yes, but I'm not sure how busy she is. I've asked one of the Faulkner sisters-- they're our aces, all three of them-- to come along and get you all squared away. I hope that's not too much trouble for you?" Lyra asked of Katsumi, knowing that while this was going to be already crowded and then become more so, she wasn't going to be scared off. The rose guild was just one big family, and this was rather living proof of such.



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Post by Faulkner 14th January 2022, 9:39 pm

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It was rather boring this afternoon as the Faulkner siblings were lounging around their home. A text seemed to come through from their favorite little mentee. Mysie glanced at it, put their phone down, and signed to them. Jamie blinked before she shrugged her shoulders and tossed the little stamp thing that Desirée had given them. “Bring it back.” The oldest sister reminded the youngest sibling, who rolled their eyes.

The short red haired Faulkner got up and walked out of their house, leaving their sisters behind in the comfort of their home. They were actually lucky to have been able to have gotten out without an issue. Mysie was feeling feminine today and was wearing a white button up three-fourth sleeve shirt with a black pencil skirt that was just long enough to cover everything for them. It was clear to see that Mysie even decided to put on a black bralette, for what little breasts they even had as it peeked out above the top button of their blouse. They wore a pair of flats as they held their iLac in their hands, assuming no one would understand Stellan Sign Language (SSL) when they went over towards Lyra. Mysie also had the guild stamp Jamie gave in their hand as well.

It didn’t take long for the arcane mage to make their way towards the hall and find Lyra at least. A pair of pink crystal birds came flying down towards Mysie and rested upon their shoulders. Mysie smirked at that, figuring they seemed to have gotten themselves an entrance there due to their pretty birds. Using a text to speak app on their iLac, Mysie was quick to type as they blew a bubble out of their mouth. Of course they were chewing gum while looking cute like this. Had to ruin it somehow.

“Hey Lyra.” The robotic voice from the iLac came clearly as they looked around. They quickly went to typing away furiously on the iLac once again. “Hello everyone else, I am Mysie. Lyra said we had a new member?” Their emerald eyes landed on the raven haired person before them, but they also flicked towards Natalia, V, and Lucia. They may not have met them personally, but Mysie did know that three of those other people here were already a part of the lovely guild that Blair dragged the siblings to. The smell of cookies had Mysie pursing their lips before they typed again. “What kind of cookies are those?” They just had to ask.



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Post by Vanhellsing 22nd January 2022, 10:38 pm

Natalia observed the demeanor of the new comer, she observed Katsumi with her golden eyes from behind her warm and welcoming smile. Natalia listened to the inflection of Katsumi's voice, the way she spoke, the way she held herself. The minuscule details, the slight move meets of her body language all of it Natalia watched and kept a mental note. However none of this was revealed for she played her part perfectly, from her breath to her heart beat, Natalia remained calm and relaxed as she emitted a warm cheerful demeanor. It wasn't just Katsumi, but all those who were in the group were all subject to Natalia's scrutiny and watchful gaze. Each person she observed passively in a critical manner, a useful habit, a skill which Natalia utilizes to help her mold her persona to seamlessly blend in with the people around her. The duality of her inner mechanisms of her mind was carefully hidden by her pleasant aura, not a single crack or blemish in her brilliant act.

"That's wonderful to hear, I'm glad you're doing well..." Natalia replied back to Lucia in a seemingly genuine cheerful tone. The huntress, turned and looked at Katusmi, making direct eye contact with the raven haired mage. A reassuring nod came from Natalia as she tilted the bag of cookies too Katsumi. Natalia then proceeded distributing the rest of the delicious sweets to all those who were craving a cookie. The crimson haired hunter shifted her golden gaze to the short haired red mage. With a quick glance Natalia read the text on Mysie's device.

"They're chocolate chip, my little brother baked them himself..." Natalia beamed proudly as she showed the pristine cookies too Mysie. "I have more cookies actually... my brother had gotten too excited and ended up baking a few dozen cookies... please help yourself to them." Natalia chuckled in amusement as she recalled the narrative of her brother's baking spree. Natalia turned to her trusty companion and gave V a nod. Her butler smiled and snapped his fingers, shadows began to coalesce around his hands materializing two bags of cookies in each arm. Each bag was filled to the brim of seemingly freshly baked cookies, all of which were packaged neatly in plastic wrappings and a cute pink ribbon. V then approached the group and handed each person of the group a cookie bag until there was none left.

"Miss Vanhellsing.... we should get going.... you have a meeting scheduled at 3:30pm with one of our clients." V reported respectfully. Natalia sighed as if disappointed that she had to be whisked away from her guild mates.

"Very well.... It was a pleasure seeing you all... but it seems that I have an appointment set... I hope you enjoy the cookies." Natalia smiled sweetly as she gave a gentle bow before excusing herself. But before she departed from the group she turned back once again to Mysie. Natalia's hands moved about in a certain ebb and flow, which was most certainly Stella sign language. "If you like the cookies, let me know if you want more... and tell your sisters I said hello" Natalia winked playfully before waving goodbye to everyone.

Natalia began walking towards the exit but stopped briefly as she passed by Katsumi. Before leaving Natalia leaned in and whispered to Katsumi's ear. "A word of advice miss Katsumi.... the people here are real.... they're made out of flesh and blood not ones and zeros... they're here to help... no need to be nervous....oh...and I certainly hope the cookies help with your apatite....you seem a bit peckish..." In a blink of of eye, Natalia and V vanished leaving the faint wisps of shadows where they once stood.

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Post by Lucia Winchester Yesterday at 1:34 am

Things were getting crowded. First the pink-haired mage had shown up. Then a trio of mages had shown up. According to the pink-haired mage, the trio was the "Faulkners" and all three of them were Guild Aces. Lucia blinked when she heard that.

She did not know that siblings could become Guild Aces.

Lucia did not comment on that and instead watched and listened to the interactions between the other Luminous Rose members. Natalia was doling out chocolate chip cookies to anyone who wanted them. Lucia was halfway tempted to take one, but the interactions between other guild members were occupying her attention, so the blonde did not take a cookie right away. However, Lucia ended up getting a carefully wrapped and adorably decorated bag of cookies anyway courtesy of the well-dressed man in the red coat. The bag of cookies was a gift she did not object to.

"Thanks, Natalia." Lucia said to Natalia after receiving the cookies. She watched as Natalia bade the other mages farewell for the time being, then spoke to Katsumi. Lucia did not hear what was being said and was not concerned about it because listening in would be a gross violation of their right to privacy. Instead Lucia turned her attention to the Faulkners and noticed that one of the three had an iLac in hand. She was using it to communicate with the others for reasons Lucia did not know.

By the time Lucia turned to face Katsumi again Natalia and her faithful red-coated companion had vanished, leaving the blonde mystified as to where the two had went. She did not have very long to ponder that mystery because she turned her attention back to what was going on with the others. There were so many people around and so many conversations going on at once Lucia had no idea what was going on, so she remained silent and let the others talk... until she made eye contact with all three members of the red-headed trio.

"So you three are all Aces, huh?" Lucia casually asked the trio just to make conversation with the new arrivals. She did not aim the question at any one Faulkner, so she would accept answers from any of them. Lucia hoped that they would not misinterpret the wording of her question as jealousy of their high position within Luminous Rose. The blonde was not one to furiously scale the guild ladder in pursuit of authority because she was content to be an ordinary member of Luminous Rose.

The only power Lucia pursued was personal power and she pursued that for several reasons. One of them was that she wanted to pull her weight in Luminous Rose. Another was that she had to be strong to survive the tougher jobs she took from time to time. A third reason was that she wanted to survive long enough to reunite with her sister Diana and her odds of achieving that goal would be improved if she became stronger.

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Post by Katsumi Yesterday at 7:36 pm

Katsumi found the amount of people to be exceeding her social quota for today. From what Lyra said, there might be even more people headed their way. The Faulkner sisters, the pink haired mage had called them. Were they as perky and amiable as these other Luminous Rose members? The raven haired swordswoman wondered if she'd be able to fit into this faction. She tended to play best solo or with only a small party that she knew fairly well. Her fingers tightened upon the silver hilt attached to her belt.

Ghost beeped to warn her of another presence. The swordswoman felt nervous to the point she nearly drew her blade on the newcomer. The red haired mage tapped furiously on a iLac. Katsumi furrowed her brow in confusion before the iLac spoke. Apparently, this one was an high ranking NPC? Either that or one of the annoying 'know everyone' NPCs you constantly had to talk to. Katsumi decided to roll her LUCK. "I'm the noob here, missus Mysie. I'm not a new member yet but I uh... I'd like to be." Even if she doubted what her place might be in LR, Katsumi's CHA save resolved towards joining.

As Natalia continued to appear as a cheerful female, Katsumi wondered if she'd smelled wrongly earlier. Not that she knew what the various scents meant anyways. Natalia would be one that Katsumi would keep an eye on. That didn't stop the raven haired woman from snagging a few more cookies. Cookies were love, cookies were life. Especially if they were chocolate chip. As Natalia leaned to whisper in her ear, Katsumi flinched. Her hilt nearly left her belt. The other mage's words left Katsumi pale. Her pupils shrank, the cookies falling from nerveless fingers. Did Natalia know of her curse? Had she sensed the hunger that never ebbed? Katsumi checked, but the hunger didn't seem diminished. That let her calm a bit.

If these people were flesh and blood, perhaps they were companion NPCs? Katsumi's mouth opened slightly. Had she accidently triggered any Death or Romance flags? She wasn't ready for either consequence! Those death flags were the worst, subtle bastards before you got to know and like the NPC. Then BAM! They were snatched away. Romance flags weren't much better. Katsumi wouldn't mind a relationship but she wasn't sure anyone here was even her type. Could they understand her need for a few solid hours of gaming?

Katsumi shook herself. Retrieving the cookies, the swordswoman looked around. "Are all Luminous Rose faction members this... cheerful and amiable?" She asked quietly. "Or did my gacha roll just hand me all the members like that?" The swordswoman shook herself. A more important question needed to be asked. "Miss Mysie, is there a ritual, quest or trial I must complete to join the Luminous Rose faction?"

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Post by Lyra Karant Yesterday at 11:53 pm



Lyra Karant
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”Mysie,” Lyra said, reaching for her friend’s hand and giving it a gentle squeeze. A moment later, the signing began - Lyra had lived up to a promise from many moons ago and was learning SSL as fast as she possibly could, just so that she could ensure that she could communicate with Mysie on their level. It was the only right thing to do, as far as Lyra was concerned; not only was it a real sign of friendship on her part that she was able to converse with Mysie the way they did with her, but it also indicated that she valued their friendship enough to go out and pick up a new skill just for them. And it was true. Mysie had brought Lyra to Akasha– who, for those playing along at home, was currently now out and flying around the great hall. Considering that she was a four foot long pink moon crystal phoenix, this was a rather unavoidably eccentric sight - but Akasha deserved the chance to be with her siblings and Lyra knew first hand from the Faulkners themselves how important that bond was to allow time for.

However, equally important was the bag of cookies that Natalia’s butler had presented– and without hesitation Lyra was already tearing her way into those cookies because by the goddess she needed a snack. Keeping up blood sugar was very important. Actually, to be totally real, having good snacks was the more important part of that task, which meant that she was almost not paying attention when Natalia began to sign. Lyra saw all of that and glanced at Mysie– well, that was certainly an interesting turn of events. How could the rose quartz mage not read into that? However, with that, her fellow guildmate was gone, off to the meeting that she had been whisked away to. Alas. Such was life. Whatever words that Natalia surreptitiously spoke to Katsumi were lost to the pinkette, but it was not her place to intrude or eavesdrop - sometimes she really did have to turn her hypersensitive slayer ears right down to nothing just to make sure she didn’t hear something she shouldn’t.

By contrast, Lucia was quiet. Lyra respected that - there was a lot going on, and plenty of social exhaustion to be had, especially when people with strong personalities were gathering. Lyra did not consider herself one of those - far more passive, way less bombastic as someone such as Mysie or Natalia, and certainly not as quirky as someone like Katsumi; between the three of them, they were certainly the interesting ones. There was no way that Lyra could keep up with them at all. However, it was clear to the rose quartz mage that Lucia simply wished to observe, be present, and be part of the conversation - and that was fine by her.

Yet more confusing words tumbled from Katsumi’s lips and Lyra found herself simply confounded by her method of communication. Surely there was something to it, which– with yet another oddly confused glance at Mysie– she hoped to try and glean with a little bit of help. If anyone could sort out whatever all this was, it was the singularly smartest person that Lyra had ever met in her entire life. If anyone knew this, it had to be Mysie, surely.

”To answer your first question, Katsumi, we’re fortunate enough to be one of the bigger guilds in Fiore - you’ve seen less than a quarter of our total membership,” Lyra commented. ”We do have a very kind-hearted guild, though. I guarantee you that anyone you ask will assist you at any time you require.”

The rest, though, she left to Mysie. It was not her place to answer official enquiries.



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