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    [Job] Shimmering Feelings (Akeya/Nymara)

    Nymara
    Nymara

    Player 
    Lineage : Prodigy of Nyx
    Position : None
    Posts : 154
    Guild : Fairy Tail
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Mentor : Akeya
    Experience : 21,875

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Fire Dragon Slayer Magic
    Second Magic:
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    Post by Nymara 2nd December 2022, 3:43 pm

    Well at least Akemi was skilled enough to navigate the intricate conversational ways of the nobles. It honestly shouldn't have surprised Nymara that much, given how much knowledge she knew Akemi had, though it was still interesting for her to listen in on. Of course, Nymara couldn't stop herself from tensing up slightly with every lie Akemi said, though it seemed to come so naturally to her that the other noble didn't even appear to notice. Or at least if he did, he was very good at conveying the opposite. "Quite true indeed. Sometimes only the intervention of the gods can stop someone with enough motivation." Harringoth would chuckle slightly in response to Akemi's first statement, though there was a hint in his tone to suggest he wasn't entirely joking. "Hehe, though these days I've heard even the gods have met their match. Such strange magic some of these 'Slayer' wizards can get ahold of, and boldly named." Harringoth would continue before taking another sip of his wine. With that last sentence, Nymara would resist the urge to look back and shoot her mentor a concerned side glance, if only because the tall noble was staring directly at both of them. Could he have somehow known about their magic or was he simply making conversation? Nymara had to hope it was the latter because if anyone found out they were wizards it could make their job at this party much more difficult. Instead, Nymara would pretend to not notice his comment and continue filling up her plate. In a ladylike manner of course.

    "Ah, I am deeply saddened to hear that Lady Akemi. Perhaps we shall meet yet at some point." He would say in a polite tone regarding the news of Akemi's "father". Nymara had to assume she was lying about that too, though she could never be certain with Akemi. Nymara still knew almost nothing about the twilight dragon before joining the guild, so who's to say she wouldn't thread some of the truth with lies? Not that it mattered much at the moment, though the fact that it was even brought up got Nymara thinking. Sadly none of Nymara's burning questions about her mentor's mysterious past were likely to get answered, at least not anytime soon. It may have annoyed the hell out of the firebrand, but she respected Akemi enough to leave the matter be. If the twilight dragon ever trusted Nymara enough with that information, she would likely tell herself.

    THANK GOD Akemi stepped in! Nymara was nervously chugging all the water in her glass before her mentor broke the awkward silence with a plausible-sounding story. One that at least offered more context than anything Nymara was about to blurt out. Their fathers were hunting partners, great! She'd need to remember that in case the firebrand was forced into any other awkward conversations with the nobles. Consistency was key in this sort of place! The last thing Nymara wanted was to put the entire mission at risk because of her poor memory or conversational skills. At that point, Akemi would have to treat her as dead weight and try and salvage the job herself. Clearly the the darkest timeline in Nymara's opinion. She took notice of Akemi's glance, signaling that the firebrand was at least doing something right. It was probably the safest option to let the twilight dragon do most of the talking anyways, Nymara's social skills aside one of them needed to remain alert. Even if the mountain of food and drink was making it a little difficult for Nymara to focus. Akemi continued their fabricated story by mentioning some of the differences between their parents, though from what Nymara could tell it didn't appear as though Akemi was fully lying. What she said about Nymara's "father" was true. Ignoring the fact that he was a dragon, Nymara was allowed much personal freedom in her upbringing. So long as she didn't wander too far, the magma dragon could always sense where her footsteps were. "And I am very happy to be invited!" Nymara would attempt to add to Akemi's explanation with a smile. "She's right, I've never been to a place like this before. It all looks and smells so wonderful!" She'd say rather truthfully, prompting a slight head tilt from Harringoth. With a bright smile, Nymara eagerly locked her arms around Akemi's for a moment in a display of friendly affection. "I'm just happy Akemi and I could make the trip!" She'd continue energetically. Harringoth would simply chuckle before responding. "Well, you wouldn't be the only one." He'd say with a warm smile, raising his glass to the two girls. "I can only speak for myself at this party but I am very happy I was able to meet you two." He would continue. However, something about Harringoth's demeanor changed. For the first time since the night had started his constant smile had begun to fade ever so slightly and a look of concern flashed across his eyes. "Hehe... Though I've only just remembered there were others I had promised to meet here. I must apologize for my abrupt departure." He would say rather suddenly, causing a look of confusion appears on Nymara's face for a moment. He politely bowed. "Lady Akemi, Lady Nym. It was a pleasure." Once standing straight again his gaze would meet theirs. "And I eagerly anticipate our next meeting." He would finish in a more serious tone, the cold stare he gave the redhead apparently not lost on her before the black-haired man turned his back and quickly departed through the crowd. "Huh... What a strange man. He seemed nice for the most part!" Nymara would say with confidence as she turned her attention back to the table of food. "Want me to take a walk around or something? Or should we stay together?" She'd ask her mentor again while putting more food on her plate. "What was that loud bang anyways?"

    Just one floor above the party the feline eagerly peered through the darkness of the room, now only softly illuminated by the glow of the moon coming through the now-broken door. Lucky didn't spot anything immediately suspicious, just what appeared to be a normal-looking office space. He briefly considered gazing at the exposed paperwork and books, though fought his urge to invade his client's privacy. He had already destroyed a desk on accident, he didn't need to give the job-giver any more reasons to deduct their pay. In response to Akemi's message, Lucky would nod to himself, though thinking internally about how his time with Nymara may have formed some bad habits. Normally he would never have considered using his pursuer as a means to gain entry, but he had no choice but to think at the moment.

    "Everything appears to be normal here... Maybe I can-" Lucky whispered into the shadows, hoping Akemi was listening. However, his own speech was cut short by the sensation of rushing air directly behind him! His ear flicked slightly before instinct kicked in and the feline dove out of the way just as an invisible force impacted the ground he had been standing on just moments before. "Oh again? Seriously?!" He'd grumble to himself just as the exceed rolled. He turned to face his aggressor only to be met with more confusion. Where were they? With no time to react, his senses picked up another change in the air directly ahead of him so Lucky extended his wings and flew straight into the ceiling just as he witnessed the dust floating in the air be violently cut aside. "Gah! Some sort of invisible assailant is up here, I will attempt to lose it!" Lucky said between breaths, not knowing where or when the next strike would come from. He had some tricks up his sleeve he could potentially try to outclass this unknown enemy with, though taking Akemi's instructions to heart about not causing any more destruction he figured it was best he didn't risk destroying the office. Not wasting any more time the feline spotted an air vent in the ceiling and took the opportunity, flying straight into it! He had no idea if he would be chased, so the feline continued flying through the maze of vents until he was confident he could take a breather.  "Not my proudest moment but I think I lost them." He'd say, peering through the cracks of another vent only to see an empty dark hallway. "I have now infiltrated the ventilation system, I can probably use this to my advantage." He'd say again. From what he could tell these vents gave him near unrestricted access to the entire building, if they needed his eyes or ears anywhere specific he could oblige fairly easily. Of course that still didn't solve the problem of the invisible attacker.

    "Whatever that was they know they've been discovered now." He would stop before seeing some small pileup of dust within the ventilation shaft. "Though I may have a plan to expose them..." He would say again, an idea formulating in his mind.

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    Akeya
    Akeya

    Twilight Dragon


    Twilight Dragon

    Dragon VIP Status- Quality Badge Level 1- Quality Badge Level 2- Quality Badge Level 3- Dragon Slayer- Rich- Veteran Level 1- Character History!- Magic Application Approved!- Get A Pet!- Character Application Approved!- Complete Your First Job!- Obtain A Lineage!- Join A Faction!- Novice [250]- Player 
    Lineage : Hic Sunt Dracones
    Position : None
    Faction : The Luminous Covenant
    Posts : 1368
    Guild : Fairy Tail (Ace)
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Mentor : Whedalsin
    Experience : 1,093,688

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Twilight Dragon Magic
    Second Magic: Twilight Dragon Magic
    Third Magic: Twilight Dragon Magic

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    Post by Akeya 1st January 2023, 11:36 am

    Hmmm... So far Lord Harringoth had given the impression of being someone who was quite ambitious himself, despite having been born into a wealthy environment. For him to say that only the gods could stop an ambitious man could be his way of saying that he wouldn't let anyone get in his way.

    But more curious was his direct reference to Slayers and the feats they were capable of. Akemi had been carefully hiding her magic to avoid being discovered, but maybe he'd noticed somehow? It was always possible that Nymara had let something slip: capable as she was when it came to combat and survival, stealth and subterfuge were areas where she still had a lot to learn. Even so, it would be best to play dumb for now, Akemi inclining her head to agree with the male. "Magic intended to allow for humans to challenge those they would otherwise be helpless against? A true example of humanity's will to overcome any obstacles."

    However, she couldn't help but sound a tad sharp as she spoke those words. It was a source of annoyance for her that humans truly thought that dragon slayer magic was something that humans themselves had designed to fight dragons with. The dragons who had first decided to share their magic with humans had invited their own deaths, and Akemi didn't pity them for anything other than their short-sightedness, but the fact that humans truly thought it was their own invention was a display of their conceit and self-centeredness. "Of course, how often does a deity deign to interfere with worldly affairs?"

    Dragons existed in this world as a matter of established fact, but deities rarely directly got involved in the realms of mortals. In that sense, developing a type of magic with the primary goal of challenging deities was excessive: Akemi herself wouldn't mind obtaining a power that could cut down deities, but she'd rather it be an extension of a more expansive skillset that was applicable to more common scenarios.

    "Thank you, Lord Harringoth. Fortune willing, I too hope that the two of you shall meet." Of course, Akemi's hypothetical father was already old enough that if Lord Harringoth didn't hurry the man would already be too senile to serve as a good conversational partner. She lightly sighed, but at that point Nymara had apparently decided that it was time for her to carry some of the weight in upholding their deception.

    Well, she certainly was carrying out the party of the daughter of nobility who'd never been taught much about attending such events. Akemi raised an eyebrow at the cheerfulness Nymara displayed, but didn't resist when her redheaded apprentice locked arms with her. "Your company does make the journey much more worthwhile." She'd smile as she agreed with Nymara's words, although her expression became a bit more stoic as Harringoth also voiced his approval. His focus on the redhead was bothering her increasingly: mere interest wouldn't justify his attitude.

    But it seems even his curiosity towards Nymara couldn't keep him here forever. She didn't fail to notice a sudden change in his demeanour, especially since it coincided with another event happening in another part of the building: Lucky's fight with the gargoyle, and the invisible assailant the exceed was now trying to escape from without getting hurt. The timing was uncanny: was she overthinking this?

    "No apologies needed: it was a pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to when we shall meet again." Akemi inclined her head in response to the lord's words, then watched him leave before turning towards Nymara. "Lucky is investigating the rest of the manor and encountered a gargoyle. Let's hope you're the only one who noticed." A vain hope, since she'd already seen other people look confused in reaction to the bang, but hopefully they'd quickly dismiss it as irrelevant. "As for that man... it'd be better to avoid him for the rest of the evening. He's hiding something important." If Nymara had known anything about the man that could have been useful she probably would have said so already, so it was better to have the firebrand stay out of his way without confusing her with mere speculation.

    "There's someone on the upper floors with Lucky who appears to have an interest in this gathering. For now just keep an eye on things here while I talk with Lucky. There's a chance we'll have to ditch the act if things get worse." She'd been keeping track of what happened with Lucky upstairs through the shadows, and the invisible figure clearly had been aiming to kill. For them to resort to such extreme measures they were either desperate or planning something big enough that letting the corpse of an exceed be discovered was not great enough of a deterrent to their plans.

    Taking a glass Akemi would sip from the wine even as she once again used precise control over her magic to shape the shadows around Lucky to communicate with him without revealing herself. It was a good thing that shadow magic was already one of the most subtle of elements, otherwise this type of communication wouldn't have been feasible without the assistance of some kind of device. Which did remind her that these days everyone was walking around with those things... Lachrima that could connect to any other lachrima of similar design? She'd have to look into that.

    "Don't expose them if doing so endangers you. Observe their movements, and call for help if needed. Our job is to protect the guests and the host: we can let the target escape if that helps keep the people here safe."

    It was tempting to dedicate all their resources to capturing this invisible figure and interrogating them to see what they were up to, but the job came first. As long as the gathering finished without any incidents they'd have done what was asked of them. Of course, Akemi's own curiosity meant that she wasn't about to let this invisible figure escape, but she didn't need Lucky going overboard because she was egging him on.

    "What plan do you have to expose them?"

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    Between the Sun and the Moon, where it is neither Day nor Night, the Dragon of Twilight sleeps.

    Character|Magic
    Nymara
    Nymara

    Player 
    Lineage : Prodigy of Nyx
    Position : None
    Posts : 154
    Guild : Fairy Tail
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Mentor : Akeya
    Experience : 21,875

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Fire Dragon Slayer Magic
    Second Magic:
    Third Magic:

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    Post by Nymara 11th March 2023, 2:55 pm

    While the moon continued to climb higher in the sky, the party itself showed little signs of slowing down. The soft music that had been playing from some unseen part of the house seemed to never cease, as if it was stuck to some sort of magical loop that would constantly pump out new melodies for the party guests to enjoy. Probably something almost nobody else noticed, though thanks to Nymara’s enhanced senses the sound of the music was beginning to become more and more noticeable. Of course it was still very hard for the firebrand to focus on one thing in particular, as so much was going on! If the giant plate of food she had gathered for herself wasn’t distracting enough, the fact that they were simultaneously supposed to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and playing the act of a clueless noble made things a little more challenging. Of course Nymara didn’t exactly need a ton of help with the clueless part, though that wasn’t entirely a good thing. 

    The firebrand did feel a small wave of relief when the taller lord finally left the two ladies alone, though she couldn’t entirely figure out why. He definitely seemed polite enough, though Nymara could tell Akemi was getting more and more suspicious of his antics  based on her words after he left them so abruptly. “Oh so Lucky finally managed to find some trouble, eh? That should be some good solo experience for the cat!” Nymara laughed somewhat when Akemi told her what had transpired on the floors above, though she quickly realized the volume of her voice may have extended what was considered ladylike and Nymara’s expression dropped once more into an apologetic look towards her mentor.  What Akemi had to say about Harringoth though did perk her interests, if ever so slightly. However the twilight dragon made it clear that they were to ignore him for as long as possible. “Yeah, he smelled somewhat strange, though I couldn’t quite tell why. Maybe he was wearing some weird noble perfume or somethin..” Nymara trailed off, her attention briefly pulled away by the food on her plate. “You don’t think the perfume is what he’s hiding, do you?” She asked between bites, the tone of her voice sounding genuine. Though Nymara only thought about what she said for a moment before the redhead shook her head as if internally scolding herself for letting something so stupid be said out loud. 

    Akemi mentioned that Lucky was still dealing with more of his own problems, which Nymara couldn’t lie made her feel somewhat nervous on the inside. Of course she didn’t doubt Lucky in the slightest, though the fact that he was getting all the heat didn’t sit right with her. Obviously there was more going on at this party than anyone else aside from Akemi and her seemed to realize, and it seemed like Lucky’s experiences were proof enough. Of course Nymara’s twilight mentor was vague on the details surrounding the feline’s predicament, though the firebrand could tell his situation wasn’t ideal. Apparently there was someone else with the cat and it was throwing a wrench in their plans. Akemi ordered Nymara’s attention on the party, but the twilight dragon made mention that there may be a chance they would need to ditch their disguises. That certainly sounded problematic, given the fact that this mission involved a great amount of stealth. Of course Nymara was never one to decline a decent brawl, though she was knowledgeable enough to know that throwing her magic around was supposed to be the last resort. Akemi may have been a different story, given the very nature of her magic itself. Nymara was confident her mentor knew how to use her shadows in a much quieter manner than Nymara’s own flames, but that still didn’t change the fact that they had a potential problem on their hands. 

    “Keep an eye on things, eh?” Nymara would mumble to herself as Akemi refocused her attention on the exceed. Gazing at the partygoers while munching on her food didn’t exactly feel like she was doing the most with her time, so Nymara awkwardly stared at her mentor for a moment while she was convening with Lucky before sighing and glancing around the room once more with her ruby eyes. Her stare settled on what appeared to be a set of magical instruments floating in the air above a small podium. Standing across from the enchanted orchestra looked like some sort of fancy dressed composer, wielding a magical wand? Nymara had no idea what he was using, though she didn’t really care. She had found the source of the party’s music and with it a thought popped into her mind! 

    “So the crashing sound was our friend? I know what’ll hide his blunders.” Nymara chuckled to Akemi without saying another word. Quickly downing the rest of the ice cold water in her cup Nymara attempted to make her way through the crowds away from Akemi and closer to the orchestra! After some brief and awkward nods and greetings from passing nobles Nymara had finally pushed her way right next to the composer, an older gentleman in a white wig. “Hey! My name’s Nym.” She’d say somewhat abruptly, nearly causing the composer to jump in fright after being interrupted so suddenly! “O- Oh! My lady, I did not notice you, forgive me.” The man would respond, still trying to maintain control over the magical violins and harps while conversing with Nymara at the same time. “So I have a very wonderful friend with me here today, and it just fills me with such joy to see her happy! Y’see, she’s just over there!” Nymara would continue with a friendly smile, nodding towards Akemi who noticeably stood out among the crowd, even among the other nobles. “She certainly looks lovely, My Lady.” The composer would continue, though it was obvious he was struggling to maintain composure over his magic while being distracted by the firebrand. “Unfortunately she’s been a bit glum recently.” Nymara would continue, a forced look of sadness washed over her face. “A recent family tragedy put my poor shade in the dumps! I hoped bringing Akemi to this party would cheer her up, yet alas, nothing has worked yet!” Nymara lied, though it was obvious she was having a lot of fun with it. “I- I’m most sorry to hear that.” The composer would respond awkwardly, trying to keep focus on his work. “Oh don’t be sorry! At least not yet. I have a plan!” She’d snicker. “She REEAALLY likes the fast and loud music, y’know? The melodies with that burning passion!”
    “I- Is that so?”
    “Yeah! You get what I mean!” Nymara said, nudging the man’s arm as he almost dropped his wand. Finally a look of frustration appeared on the man’s face for a brief moment before he turned towards the firebrand with a forced smile. “I’m not normally supposed to take requests from guests but…” The composer sighed. At this point he’d do anything to get this distracting woman away from him. “I suppose just this once I can change the tune.” He’d say with a defeated tone, relenting to Nymara’s request. “Oh really? You’d do that for her? THANKS!” She’d say with genuine enthusiasm, even going so far as to hug the composer before leaving the blushing man to make her way back to Akemi. Once returning Nymara eagerly returned to her plate of food. “There! Now if Lucky runs into any more trouble, noise won’t be an issue.” She said in a cheery tone just as the party’s music took a noticeable change. Now the orchestra performed in full display, drawing the attention of several nobles who gathered nearby to watch the instruments play. Thankfully nobody seemed bothered by this change, but merely saw it as additional entertainment for the party as the music swelled and filled up much of the room. Now it was playing something akin to a dramatic opera piece rather than simple background music, yet it only seemed to invigorate some of the more bored nobles. 
    Upstairs Lucky felt the vibration of the ventilation shafts react with the growing music, arching an eyebrow in confusion but didn’t think to really question it. Instead he opted to focus on his mysterious assailant instead, peeking through the vent plates periodically at the empty dark hallways looking for signs of his oppressor. It wasn’t long until he had noticed Akemi’s instructions, warning him not to engage if it put him in danger. She was right after all, they had to prioritize the guests. However this invisible opponent had already tried to kill Lucky once for merely showing up which told the cat that whatever they were doing was supposed to be secretive. They desperately wanted to keep their actions hidden, but for what purpose? 

    When Akemi asked what Lucky was going to do he scanned the hallway once more before whispering in response: “These old vents seem to have a lot of dust piled up in here, I can barely make it through without sneezing.” He would say. “With one flap of my wings I can send just enough flying out of the vent to cover whoever is sneaking around up here, though I first need to figure out where they are…” He would say again, squinting with focus. “You two be careful, I get the sense this person isn’t working on their own. The scent I picked up when I was attacked was also something I smelled briefly when I was downstairs. That may not be much to go on, but I have a strong feeling something else is going down tonight aside from a fancy arms-deal.” 
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    Akeya
    Akeya

    Twilight Dragon


    Twilight Dragon

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    Lineage : Hic Sunt Dracones
    Position : None
    Faction : The Luminous Covenant
    Posts : 1368
    Guild : Fairy Tail (Ace)
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Mentor : Whedalsin
    Experience : 1,093,688

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Twilight Dragon Magic
    Second Magic: Twilight Dragon Magic
    Third Magic: Twilight Dragon Magic

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    Post by Akeya 19th March 2023, 9:09 am

    Akemi shook her head as Nymara suggested that maybe Lord Harringoth's secret was tied to his perfume. It wasn't a bad guess, but as the firebrand quickly realised it was probably more complex than just the perfume. "It's possible that the perfume is being used to hide something else. Amongst nobility it wouldn't be considered strange to wear perfume." The members of high society assigned a lot of importance to appearances, and that included one's scent. The raven-haired assassin took great care not to actually look at the man, instead keeping her gaze on her companion for the evening. "But try to memorise the scent so you can identify it later on. It might still be important." Perhaps it was nothing more than a dead end, but Akemi would rather give Nymara something to do so her apprentice wasn't left trying to remain inconspicuous while also being bored from the tame nature of these gatherings.

    Of course, such worries were only heightened when Nymara seemingly had formed an idea for how to hide Lucky's activities better. Akemi would have asked for an explanation, but before she could take her glass away from her lips the red-haired beauty had already departed for where an older man was using magic to fill the room with music all by himself. Left with little choice if she wanted to remain unnoticed Akemi could only listen from a distance as her apprentice spun some tale of Akemi being depressed and requiring more lively music to be cheered up. It was, admittedly, more creative than Akemi would have given Nymara credit for, but she still frowned as she turned towards the table where Nymara had left her plate of food behind.

    But her internal criticisms didn't change the fact that Nymara's idea worked, so the assassin could do nothing but accept the now much grander and passionate music that was replacing the steady tune that had been providing some background to the gathering. It would be difficult for the guests to ignore this, and already some of them were remarking on it. For now they seemed more intrigued than anything else, which was good.

    Still, when Nymara returned and cheerfully claimed that she'd taken care of the issue Akemi raised an eyebrow. "It'll do for as long as Lucky doesn't end up fighting a full-blown battle. Still... "my poor shade?" Her ears were sharp enough that she'd been able to listen in on Nymara's conversation even from a distance, and she was rather amused by her apprentice's choice of words.

    She silently stepped closer to Nymara, taking the opportunity while the fire slayer was distracted by her food to place her hand on the woman's shoulder and speak softly. "There's much better ways to cheer me up, you know. I'll show you one once we're done here." Removing her hand she turned her attention back to where Lucky was busy trying to deal with the invisible intruder. Whether Nymara knew what Akemi was alluding to or not... she'd find out later tonight anyway.

    Using dust to reveal the attacker... it was certainly worth trying, although it might also be possible that whatever magic the intruder used would also allow them to quickly get rid of any dust. But they had to make do with what they had, not waste time wishing for what they didn't have. Akemi quickly formed more words in the shadows to respond to the exceed.

    "I'll create a decoy. And we've also caught a strange smell in here, but it might be something different. Remain cautious for now."

    It could be that the figure Lucky was currently dealing with was somehow connected to Lord Harringoth, but even if both the intruder and the noble had a strange scent that didn't mean it was the same scent, or that they were working together. When you had little information it was important to not assume too much. Right now the best they could do was try to capture the intruder and see if they held any useful information.

    Without disrupting the gathering downstairs, of course.

    With Lucky having disappeared into the vents the intruder was back to trying to remain unnoticed, skulking about invisibly both in search of the winged cat and in pursuit of their true objective. For Lucky, who had to remain hidden inside the vents, it would be difficult to pick up any signs of the intruder's presence. Akemi did her best to help him pin down the invisible figure's location by forming shadow arrows to guide him towards the figure's presence, but even she couldn't with full confidence say where exactly their target was at the moment.

    That was, until she thought that Lucky was close enough that he should be able to seize an opportunity if she created one. Relying on Nymara to keep an eye on the situation inside of the ballroom she concentrated on the third floor, in one of the rooms right above the ballroom. Manifesting one small shadow tendril she used it to push a book from the shelf, the leather-bound volume hitting the ground with a muffled thud, too soft to be noticed by the people downstairs. Lucky, however, would see that same haze that had attacked him before entering the room, moving straight to the wall and towards the fallen book, the presence appearing to be scouting the room for signs of the winged knight.

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    WC: 902
    PWC: 13,955/7,000 (Completed)
    TWC: 29,180/14,000 (Completed)

    @Nymara


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    Between the Sun and the Moon, where it is neither Day nor Night, the Dragon of Twilight sleeps.

    Character|Magic
    Nymara
    Nymara

    Player 
    Lineage : Prodigy of Nyx
    Position : None
    Posts : 154
    Guild : Fairy Tail
    Cosmic Coins : 0
    Dungeon Tokens : 0
    Mentor : Akeya
    Experience : 21,875

    Character Sheet
    First Magic: Fire Dragon Slayer Magic
    Second Magic:
    Third Magic:

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    Post by Nymara 25th March 2023, 2:08 pm

    Akemi didn’t instantly dismiss Nymara’s bold claim which was nice, though predictably informed the firebrand that having a nice smell was a popular concept among the nobles. Still, she committed the scent to her memory just like Akemi had suggested. After all, it was always useful adding more smells to your collection as a dragon slayer. 

    Well, at least the twilight dragon didn’t seem bothered by Nymara’s attempt to be useful, even if Akemi seemed more unsure at first about the firebrand’s plan than anything else. Of course you could never argue with the results, and that fact seemed to reflect greatly on Nymara’s face while she hummed a playful tune after rejoining Akemi. “And if he does get into any brawls then we may have to switch up our strategy a bit!” Nymara would reply to Akemi once she returned, facing the orchestra with admiration as she watched her plan work swimmingly.  Of course the firebrand should have expected Akemi to respond in a similar way to how she did, though this was Nymara. When Akemi made mention of Nymara’s little nickname for the twilight dragon the girl’s ruby gaze glanced at her mentor for a moment with a flash of red on her face. “Well uh…” Nymara stammered slightly. “J- just trying to play up the part!” She would say while trying to keep herself distracted by the food on her plate, though it was obvious that Nymara wasn’t even sure if she believed in her own words. "I just thought it suits you! L- Like your dress!” Nymara continued, doing her best to try and give Akemi a compliment about her looks but clearly regretting how it came out. Though she hadn’t been fully lying to the composer. That conversation didn’t require a lot of acting, at least it didn’t for her! It all felt too natural, which is why the seeds of doubt were planted within the firebrand’s mind once Akemi brought it up. However thankfully Akemi seemed much more amused rather than put off from Nymara’s choice of wording, so that was a bonus at least. The firebrand often had trouble containing her intrusive thoughts or wording, and she had paid the price many times for such blunders. It was a breath of fresh air when her word vomit didn’t elicit feelings of confusion or awkwardness. At least when it was concerning people she actually liked. The firebrand couldn’t care less about what the rest think of her. 

    Nymara’s distracted state of mind could only last so long however when she felt the light touch of her mentor’s hand upon her shoulder, followed by her soft words. If Nymara’s mouth hadn’t been full of food she probably would have said something incredibly stupid, but thankfully that wouldn’t happen just yet. Instead the firebrand could only give her mentor a puzzled stare for a moment before some suspicious thoughts started to creep into the back of her mind. Just what had Akemi meant exactly? Whatever conclusion Nymara came to would remain hidden only to herself, though oddly enough the longer Nymara thought about it the stuffier the room appeared to get. A few windows had even started to be opened up in response, letting the cool night air flow into the gathering. Whoops. She thought too much. 
    Meanwhile upstairs the feline knight was having a much different kind of experience. Between trying his best to move around within the cramped ventilation system and stay silent at the same time he was certainly working for his pay. It was times like this he envied his human companions, getting to play the part of distinguished nobles at a fancy party while he crawled through enclosed dusty tunnels. Of course it would be unbecoming of a knight to give voice to this opinion, especially since he did volunteer to do this job. Still, that didn’t make things easier but the job wouldn’t exist if it were simple. All he could do now was hope he could find this invisible foe before they found him. Fortunately Akemi was skilled enough to lend him a hand while simultaneously acting her role at the party. A most taxing job he could imagine, especially when you had to keep an eye on Nymara as well. Of course Akemi usually had much better luck reigning the firebrand in than Lucky did, but he was starting to learn. 


    Within a few moments of Lucky’s assessment of the situation the twilight dragon appeared to respond with several new shadows, forming out a message for him to read once again. Akemi was prepared to cause a distraction for the feline. Good. His sense of smell may have been better than most, but even he wasn’t good enough to determine the exact location of an invisible magic user. Situations like this required precision, which was something Lucky knew the twilight dragon specialized in. Apparently Akemi had also noticed the smell downstairs as well, though it was too little to go on at the moment. Right now the exceed’s only lead was the invisible assailant, which meant he needed to prepare to take them down. “Of course, I’ll be ready at a moment’s notice.” He would whisper in response to Akemi’s message, his eyes widened slightly when the shadowy arrows began to form before him. The shadows eventually led him to what looked like some sort of small private library. Unlike the office he had seen before this room had many shelves lined with books ranging from all genres. It must have been the owner’s private collection. Not thinking much on it Lucky refocused on the situation at hand, scanning the room through the vents with intent to find any irregularities. And then he found one! Seemingly out of nowhere a shadowy tendril appeared within the air near one of the books, pushing it out of its perch and sending it tumbling to the floor! Thankfully the rather loud music below seemed to drown out nearly all other forms of noise, disguising Akemi’s distraction perfectly.

    Lucky prepared himself, extending his wings and flapping them ever so slightly as to corral the dust around him into a singular area that he could send bursting forth from the vent all at once. Luckily Akemi had thrown the book near the vent, preparing the perfect ambush for the inevitable foe who’d come looking. Sure enough they did. Lucky could see the haze as he did before, if only for a fleeting moment. When the feline’s eyes noticed the pages of the fallen book move from the changing air current he knew his time was now! “Making my move.” He’d whisper to the darkness before sending a massive flap of his wings through the vent! A large rushing sound of air could be heard for a second before the vent cover violently flew off and a cloud of thick dust rained from the ceiling, covering nearly a quarter of the room in a thick gray haze! Sure enough the faint outline of a humanoid figure could be spotted covered in the gray mist, frantically brushing as much of it off as they could! Lucky could see them and needed to take this chance now! Grabbing the split second of confusion they had wreaked upon their foe, Lucky intended to take full advantage of their distracted state! Before the figure even realized Lucy was in the room he flew out of the vent, coughing but determined! Without saying a word the exceed flew full speed directly into the torso of the dust covered assailant, sending the figure careening back into a nearby bookshelf! More books fell from the impact of the figure, toppling on top of them without warning! Including a massive looking encyclopedia! With a loud thud the giant tome fell straight on top of Lucky’s opponent as the exceed rolled out of the way just in time!

    Lucky could only hear the slumping sound of what he guessed was someone’s unconscious body falling to the ground. Coughing he parted the dust to see a fully visible person! Only, something was very strange about them… They wore odd clothing, as if they were a jester of some sort. Not to mention the slightly disturbing smiling mask that covered their face as well. Lucky noticed within their weakened grip was an angry looking dagger he could only assume was meant for himself but what interested him more was the clutched scrolls within the masked figure’s other hand. Before Lucky could act on his suspicions he thought it prudent to identify this assailant first. However, once the feline knight touched the smiling mask the body vanished completely! In a cloud of purple smoke the figure’s person seemed to dissipate entirely, save for the odd looking mask which now fell to the ground. Lucky stood bewildered for a moment before his eyes spotted the dagger and the scrolls still left behind as well and the realization dawned on him. This night might have just gotten a lot more complicated.

    “Your distraction worked, my lady.” Lucky started, quickly making his way over to the doorway of the room to make sure nobody else was around. Thankfully the new loud music seemed to hide his little bout with the brigand, as not a soul could be spotted in the hallways. “Though I’m afraid I may have some troubling news.” Lucky would continue, leaning down to take a look at the scroll the masked assailant had. It appeared to be some sort of business ledger? There were numbers and dates listed everywhere, as well as products. Weapons to be more specific. “I managed to take down the bandit threatening the party, but now I fear they may not be alone. It was a magic construct. A puppet. Their form dissipated the moment I removed the object bounding them to this plain.” He would continue to whisper to the shadows while holding the smiling mask, hoping Akemi was listening. “And they certainly seemed to be targeting the arms deal. They were in possession of stolen documents detailing almost everything and everyone involved.” He’d continue.
    “I’ll remain scarce but immediately begin my search. Who knows how many more puppets could be hiding around.” Lucky would say. “Whoever was responsible for this is likely aware of what has happened, so we must work quickly. I’ll try and narrow down that scent’s location or any more like it, perhaps you and Lady Nymara can do the same?” Lucky would ask, knowing he likely wasn’t enough to find and deal with any more hidden troublemakers himself.

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    Post by Akeya 26th March 2023, 11:27 am

    "Let's hope it doesn't come to that, as it would mean that we've failed part of our task." Akemi commented. While Nymara most likely was looking forward to the opportunity to get into a fight Akemi would rather ensure that they completed the job without any difficulties or complications. Technically they could still claim to have done their job if they managed to keep their client and his guests out of harm's way, but interruptions of the ball would still result in penalties.

    As boisterous and passionate as Nymara was, Akemi couldn't help but find it quite endearing to watch the firebrand be flustered and nervous for once. Well, her apprentice usually was rather bashful when reprimanded, but her current behaviour was something different still. The compliment Nymara threw out in an attempt to defend her choice of words made Akemi raise an eyebrow in mild surprise, but she couldn't hide the smirk on her face.

    Although it was a different matter when the fire slayer became so worked up about what Akemi had just said that the assassin could feel the temperature in the room rising. Fortunately, nobody had worked out yet that Nymara was responsible for the unstable temperature, otherwise they'd have to answer some awkward questions. Still, Akemi snapped her fingers to get Nymara's attention, frowning lightly at her. "Focus. If you keep that up you might start a fire." She doubted that Nymara would actually start a fire, but it was a reminder that the firebrand couldn't carelessly let her temperature grow out of control. "Go get something to drink if it helps."

    While giving Nymara the opportunity to recompose herself Akemi focused on what was happening upstairs. Lucky was following her instructions flawlessly, which definitely made this a lot easier. Being in two places at the same time was... taxing, in a way. Her abilities were suitable for it, but multitasking like this would drain her if she had to do it for too long, especially if she also had to prevent anyone from noticing that she was using magic while in a room full of people. One downside of having a lot of magic power was that you were like a beacon for those sensitive to magic.

    But so far everything was going to plan. Lucky was in position, the fallen book caught the attention of the assailant while being unnoticeable in the ballroom (although Akemi's sharp hearing would still allow her to hear a dull thud), and once he made his move the exceed knight managed to both reveal the assailant with his dust trick and knock them out. The assassin winced to herself as she heard a small pile of books hit the ground on the third floor, glad that she and Nymara were the only ones whose draconic senses allowed them to realise what was going on now that the ballroom was filled with much more enthusiastic music. She'd have to compliment Nymara for thinking of that: it wasn't Akemi's style, but she had to acknowledge a job well done.

    Unfortunately, that was the end of the good news, as Lucky reported that the assailant was a magical puppet, and one which revealed that the enemy had access to all the details of the arms trade that this gathering was supposed to facilitate. Akemi's eyes narrowed quickly, wiggling her fingers as she rapidly wrote some more shadow script for Lucky to read.

    "Hold the documents to the shadows, then begin the search. Now that you've taken out one of their tools they're not going to wait any longer."

    Only a fool would expect the enemy to retreat at such a crucial moment. Especially when that enemy was most likely someone like Lord Harringoth, who'd bluntly stated that he wasn't going to let anything stop him.

    Closing her eyes Akemi placed her index and middle fingers against her eyelids while supporting her elbow with the other hand, giving the impression that she was being pensive while waiting for Nymara to return from getting her drink. In truth, she was reading the documents Lucky had found, gazing out from the shadows as if they were extensions of herself. Depending on how one looked at the nature of magic, that might not be far from the truth either.

    Numbers, products, dates, costs, names... Akemi had known that their client was hoping to strike it big with tonight's plans, but this truly was a grand undertaking for an independent merchant. One that someone else clearly wanted to interfere with. This trade deal wasn't going to determine the fate of the conflict between Bellum and Pergrande, but wars were won through the accumulation of numerous small victories. No doubt that similar trades would be facing the risk of sabotage as well, even if Akemi and Nymara could only do something about this one.

    She'd memorise the details more thoroughly later on, but right now the priority was everyone whose name was on the list. With that information in mind Akemi opened her eyes and turned back towards Nymara, her expression now tenser than before.

    "Keep an eye on Lord Harringoth. Try to do it without being too obvious about it." She tried to explain as quickly as possible. "There's no proof as of yet, but it's possible that he's connected to the assailant Lucky was fighting. Do not cause a scene unless he starts trouble first."

    She hated acting on limited information, but it was part of the job that you worked with what you got, not what you wished to have. And the reason why she had Nymara keeping an eye on the only noble to have approached them so far was that she had to cast her net wider. Remaining at the edge of the room where she could watch everything her golden eyes swept the room, keeping track of every movement. Most of the people were acting as you'd expect high society to behave when they had the opportunity to attend a gathering like this: enjoying the food, holding conversations which seemed polite and friendly on the surface but which were devious and treacherous once you listened closely. Some of them seemed to enjoy the change in music more than others as well, even going so far as to swing a little bit.

    Amusing as all of that was, Akemi's eyes were on those who were acting differently. Those who remained on the sidelines like herself, those whose behaviour betrayed anxiety, those who looked like they were waiting for something. Not all of them would be guilty, but the guilty would be amongst them.

    And beyond the ballroom there were the presences that Lucky was now trying to track down, and which Akemi could sense if she concentrated. Like the first presence she couldn't accurately pin them down, whatever magic they used or were crafted with being designed to hinder such detection methods as Akemi employed. But they were there, and now that the first puppet had been disabled they weren't being as subtle as before. Which made it easier to at least notice them, but was also a warning that at any moment things could start happening.

    The truly annoying thing was that any move she made which would scare off the enemy would also disrupt the gathering. The best she could do was react quickly enough to any trouble to keep the discord to a minimum.

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    Post by Nymara 22nd April 2023, 2:27 pm

    Nymara could only frown like a pouting child as Akemi reiterated their need for stealth and guile, though the firebrand was well aware of the reasons why. Still, all this walking around in tight clothing and putting on a constant act was fairly nerve-racking! Nymara was eager for an outlet to let loose some stress. However she figured as part of her own training she’d need to learn to reign in her chaotic habits at some point, and she wasn’t eager to ruin the plan her mentor had created for them. “Okay okay! But if anyone needs to get their manners checked…” Nymara awkwardly leaned closer to Akemi before smashing her balled fist into the palm of her hand. “Lemme know!” She grinned, quickly straightening her posture again as another noble couple walked passed and politely nodded at the women. 

    It appeared as though Nymara’s feelings didn’t exactly go unnoticed by her mentor. If the firebrand was being honest with herself she wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not, at least until she noticed Akemi’s soft smile. Unfortunately for both of them, the more Nymara thought about it the higher chance they had of being exposed, as Akemi was quick to try and regain the girl’s attention. “Uhh R- Right! Sorry!” She chuckled nervously as her mind quickly came back to reality. At the twilight dragon’s suggestion for more water Nymara eagerly took that opportunity to regain control of herself. “Mhm!” Was all she said in awkward response before quickly making her way back to the drink table as fast as she could without drawing too much attention. Without hesitation Nymara grabbed another cold glass of glacial water before noticing it was already starting to steam in her hands! The cursed thoughts wouldn’t leave her alone!

    Upstairs Lucky carefully did as the shadows instructed, holding the ledger out in plain view of the darkness. Lucky had to remember to thank Akemi for this after the mission, being able to communicate with him through the shadows while maintaining a disguise in the party must have been a challenge. At least, to someone like him he thought it would be, yet the Lady had proven to the exceed many times by now that she was far from an ordinary wizard. 

    Based on the extended silence Lucky had assumed the twilight dragon was taking in all the information on the ledger, possibly even memorizing it. Not a bad idea, if she was capable of such an act. Unfortunately now that Lucky had these documents in his possession he suspected he became a target for whoever was interfering with the arms-deal. Not that he wasn’t being attacked before, but now his enemy may have some newfound motivation to make a rug of his hide. Taking in a deep sigh the feline strapped the documents to his belt knowing he couldn’t leave them here. At least not until their problem was dealt with. As promised Lucky would begin his search, using his feline senses to see within the dimly lit halls of the empty floor and look for traces of the scent on the puppet. Thankfully the magical construct that had been chasing him was in possession of the papers for some time, leaving a faint smell on the parchment. It was odd. Lucky thought that a magical puppet could leave behind a smell, but magic was extremely varied and unique in his experience, meaning nothing was ever off the table. 

    The scent was memorable enough, smelling like some sort of cologne or other fragrance that humans often liked to apply to themselves. That on its own would not be strange, given the nature of the event they were at. What struck Lucky as odd about the scent though was it had a small hint of what he could only describe as brimstone? Certainly not something you would expect from your average noble. After darting through the halls for some time in silence trying to get a lock on the smell, Lucky’s senses finally started to lead him somewhere! “I’ve got something, going to try and investigate as quietly as possible.” Lucky would whisper to the shadows. Hoping to avoid another gargoyle situation Lucky instantly returned to the nearest ventilation shaft and snuck his way through as close as he could get to the source of the smell. “I’m not sure if you noticed the scent earlier, but it had a strange hint of sulfur. If you smell that please be careful.” Lucky thought to warn his companions as he crawled. It was a shame he didn’t think to use the vents earlier to reach this floor, though the exceed suspected he would have had trouble climbing in inconspicuously. 

    As Nymara had nearly cooled herself off her mentor quickly stepped in to regain her attention. Based on Akemi’s tone she could tell something serious was happening, prompting the girl to tilt her head slightly as the twilight dragon pointed out their potential enemy. “Really??? But he seemed so nice!” She would say before remembering where she was and lowering her tone. “W- What makes you think so?” She would ask in a more hushed voice. Apparently Lucky had been holding his own, but with his secret communication with Akemi it became challenging for Nymara to know exactly what he was doing unless the twilight dragon informed her. Of course Nymara knew that even if she didn’t get an answer now it was her duty to do as instructed. “I’ll watch him, don’t worry! Uh.. Just gotta find him first.” Nymara trailed off, her ruby gaze scanning the crowd of people in front of them. “Well I can remember how he smells, so maybe that’s a start!” She would say before downing another glass of glacial water in one motion. Several empty glasses lay beside her on a nearby table. Nymara wasn’t exactly sure what she should be looking for when she found Harringoth, though the firebrand figured she’d know it when she saw it. Nodding to Akemi the girl did as instructed, meandering her way through the crowds as she tried her best to differentiate all the unique smells of perfume and cologne. Lord Harringoth’s was very distinct, she remembered! 

    Strangely enough Lucky’s search was taking him to some odd places. He couldn’t see a whole lot within the vents, though he would occasionally come across grates he could peer through. When the vents stopped the exceed was forced to eject himself from the nearest opening once he had determined it was clear, stealthy following the trail as best he could. Soon enough the scent brought him to an open window, one that had been done so recently and in a hurry. Lucky quickly hopped up onto the small table near the window, noticing how the locks had been forced open from the inside. Gazing out the window he could tell the trail continued outside, though he couldn’t figure out why. Were they abandoning their mission and running? Unlikely. Though his eyes quickly widened when he saw what was outside the window. On this side of the mansion they were situated closest to the estate’s extensive stables. Nearly every person present at this party had their carriages and horses stored there for the duration of the event! Whatever the puppet wanted there couldn’t be good. “One of them is making a move towards the stables, and I don’t think he’s trying to escape!” Lucky said. Though he gritted his teeth and hesitated to follow. “Though I can still smell others in the vicinity of the house… Should I pursue it?” Lucky thought to ask. If Akemi was in a position to intercept he would allow her to while he continued his search, though if the twilight dragon trusted him with the stables he would not hesitate to follow. 


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    Post by Akeya 30th April 2023, 8:47 am

    Akemi raised an eyebrow at Nymara's suggestion. "This isn't a bar where people just start brawling with each other over an argument." She replied dryly. "I appreciate the sentiment though." She nodded back at the nobles that passed by them, although her expression remained as impassive as always. It was truly fortunate that nobles considered apathy to be a sign of self-control.

    Communicating with Lucky was a lot easier now that she didn't have to interact with Nymara at the same time. The exceed seemed to be making more progress than the two slayers at the moment, following a trail which forced the assassin to wait for the knight to report any updates.

    The revelation that Lucky had smelled sulfur was both good and bad. From what she remembered Lord Harringoth didn't have the smell of sulfur on him, so he wasn't the target. However, that meant they still didn't know who was responsible for these puppets, making it harder to stop them. Overall, it might have been easier if it had been Lord Harringoth, but Akemi didn't deal in possibilities. The reality of the situation was that someone was trying to set up puppets to have them interfere with the ball in some way, and the three of them had to prevent that without causing a ruckus.

    "No sulfur down here yet. May be outside."

    One of the main benefits of using puppets and minions was that the caster could achieve their objectives without being physically present. The assassin let out a small sigh as she looked towards Nymara, who was still trying to negate her own high temperature with copious amounts of ice water. From the looks of it her efforts weren't yielding good results.

    Nymara's description of Lord Harringoth was... not entirely surprising, but still disappointing. "His type always seems so nice up until their dagger is between your ribs." She said a bit sharply before continuing. "As I said, we don't have any proof as of yet. However, he clearly has magical aptitude, and he doesn't seem to be here for the same reasons as most of the guests." Her gaze went to Nymara's necklace for a moment before returning to her apprentice's eyes. "It's just a precaution. Don't jump before he does anything."

    She was a bit hesitant to leave it up to Nymara to keep an eye on Lord Harringoth, but it wasn't like watching someone from a distance was that difficult... and Akemi couldn't take care of everything all at the same time. Nymara was also on a mission here, and she had to prove that she could be subtle when the need called for it.

    Watching as Nymara moved through the room to figure out where Lord Harringoth had gone Akemi checked up on Lucky. The knight exceed had made some progress, and it wasn't much longer until he reported that one of the presences he'd been trying to stalk had escaped the manor... and was heading for the stables. Akemi grabbed her elbow with the other hand and rubbed her upper lip as she considered their next step. Lucky was probably correct that the presence wasn't trying to escape, especially if it was a puppet. Which meant...

    "They might be planning to disable the transports so the guests can't escape. Protect the transports."

    Lucky's role had been to look for trouble, but if there were now multiple presences moving around and inside the manor there wasn't much point to having the knight wandering about keeping track of all of them. He'd do more good preventing the transports from getting sabotaged.

    Which meant that it was time for Akemi to get more involved as well. Glancing over to see what Nymara was doing she headed for the doors which would lead to the bathrooms. Maybe a couple of walls would help keep others from figuring out what she was up to while she tried to keep the ball from getting interrupted.

    However, when she was about to exit the room her nostrils flared, catching the scent of sulfur, as Lucky had described. Unless one of the puppets was inside of the room... the puppeteer was also here, and had only just now joined the party. Turning around sharply her golden gaze travelled across everyone partaking in the festivities, doing her best to distinguish between dozens of different scents to figure out who was the owner of the sulfury scent...

    The presences which Lucky had detected were now moving quickly, apparently trying to get the next phase of their plan started. The three of them would have their hands full if they wanted to prevent pandemonium when their adversary clearly was planning to cause as much trouble as possible for them.

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    Post by Nymara 13th June 2023, 2:09 am

    The music had continued to swell within the large chamber, yet it had not been enough to drown out the twilight dragon’s words as Nymara listened closely to her assessment. Akemi had seemed far more suspicious of Harringoth than the firebrand could understand why, though she simply chalked it up to her own inexperience. Nymara had learned to trust her mentor’s instincts thus far, so she had no intention of breaking that trend now. “Ohh, that’s right! I did sense the magic on him, he isn’t completely regular.” She would reaffirm as Akemi pointed out the noble’s wizard status. Of course being magic didn't indicate guilt, as it wasn't uncommon here, but it helped. As for his reasonings, well Nymara wasn’t exactly sure what could have drawn him out here, though Akemi seemed determined that it wasn’t for something good. Taking one more subtle glance around them Nymara would smile at Akemi before nodding. “Got it! I’ll try and remain innocuous and out of sight!” 

    Lucky’s side of the evening seemed far more intense at the moment, the feline awaiting a response from his shadowy companion before moving onwards. Thankfully Akemi was fast, and the cat noticed the new writing quickly! Much to his relief she suggested he pursue, not wanting to risk anything happening to the transports. This course of action from a puppet had troubling implications, and Lucky was going to try his hardest to prevent them from coming to fruition before it was too late. He just had to have faith that the two women could handle the remaining puppets, whose numbers were still a mystery to him. Wasting no time Lucky’s wings extended and took him back into the cool night breeze, his small shadow blocking the moonlight far below. He tried to maintain a fair amount of height, both to provide himself with a better view and read of the land. Of course he still needed to keep his own presence in mind, as he didn’t want to tip off the puppet to his whereabouts. 

    “Now why exactly would they want to cut off transportation? Clearly the opposition was interested in obtaining these documents, though that obviously wasn’t their only goal. Unless this was simply a backup plan in case the theft failed.” Lucky thought internally to himself as he flew closer and closer to the stables near the edge of the property. Hopefully he wouldn’t need to deal with any more magic gargoyles, though he kept his senses sharp just in case. As the feline finally began to descend he didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. The stables themselves were quite large, obviously meant to house the owner’s own animals in addition to the many guests he would have. Strangely enough though the puppet had chosen a crowded spot to perform the next stage of its plan, as Lucky noticed the presence of several armed guards patrolling the perimeter. Of course if this puppet had been like the one he encountered earlier, it likely also had an invisibility charm active, so it wasn’t surprising that the guards didn’t appear alert. “Place seems quiet for now, so I'm going to take a closer look.” He would whisper. Lucky was honestly not sure if Akemi could still hear him, now being so far from the mansion, though he didn’t think it hurt to try. She was after all extremely talented, so he wouldn’t put it past her to be able to maintain contact. Now he had gotten into an awkward situation. The feline silently landed near the edge of the roof overhanging one of the large stall doors, his eyes sharpening in the dark to notice any discrepancies. Part of him desperately wanted to warn the nearby guards of the impending danger, though the chances of them believing him were likely slim, due to his simple appearance as a talking cat. And even if they did, the guards would be likely to send a message up to the mansion, resulting in panic or provocation of the puppet and its plans. Lucky felt his best chance at stopping this magical construct would be to take it by surprise like the last one, though that unfortunately meant he couldn’t afford tipping it off by making the guards aware. For now he would need to trust his nose, maybe he would be able to use his newfound knowledge of the sulfur connection to find his target before they completed their mission.

    Meanwhile back at the mansion Nymara found herself almost lost in the sea of people! All these faces and smells mixing together was overwhelming, and the fact she needed to single out a specific person didn’t help things. However the firebrand knew her task had to be important, so the girl had a cautious gaze periodically scanning the room around her for any signs of their target. However thankfully the girl didn’t need to look for long, as the Lord’s scent soon came to the woman accompanied by another rather strange smell. Something familiar. Nymara’s gaze sharpened while she looked for the source, soon finding it as Harringoth stood some distance away near the very large windows that covered nearly the entire wall. He appeared to be in mid conversation with another lady, though over the sound of the music and people conversing Nymara had trouble making out what was being said. Nymara attempted to make her way closer without drawing his attention, slowly walking through the groups of people around to the noble’s flank all the while inching towards the lord. That strange new smell was certainly coming from him alright, which was odd considering Nymara could not remember smelling any brimstone before. The scent was nearly enough to make Nymara scrunch her nose in reaction, though it seemed nobody else around her had noticed. 

    “Now why would you be smellin’ like that unless you’re up to somethin’.” Nymara would mumble to herself as she kept a careful watch on Harringoth, trying her best to remain beneath his notice at the same time. What seemed to surprise Nymara even more was the fact that as she got closer she could make out the scent trailing off in different directions from him as well. This instantly raised flags in Nymara’s mind, and she knew she had to investigate further. Doing her best to sniff the air when nobody was paying attention the girl would allow the odd scent to guide her. Clearly it was originating from Harringoth, but she could smell something similar coming from the nearby kitchens, and that certainly wasn’t the smell of any food Nymara knew. Part of her knew this had something to do with whatever Lucky had to fight upstairs, but even she knew better than to confront the Lord with nothing more than her word. However, in Nymara’s temporary moment of distraction it appeared as though she had lost sight of Harringoth. That was until the strong smell of sulfur seemed to be right on top of her! “Ah Lady Nym, was it? Glad to see you’re still enjoying yourself.” 

    The girl nearly froze in place, being taken completely by surprise from Harringoth’s sudden appearance! How did he escape her sight and find her so quickly? Putting on a rather forced smile Nymara quickly turned around to face the much taller man. Without Akemi nearby to do all the talking she felt her nerves bundling up! It was odd. Put Nymara up against a vicious beast or pack of raiders and she’d have the gall to laugh at them, yet place her in simple conversation with the upper class and you could nearly see her knees buckle beneath her dress. “Did I catch you at a bad time, my lady? You seem a bit on edge.” He would ask, his crimson eyes quick to notice most details. “U-  Uh! No, of course not! Just new to these kinds of gatherings, as my friend had mentioned.” Nymara said with a small chuckle. The firebrand had been making her way towards the kitchens to follow the scent of brimstone, though now it seemed that wasn’t an option at present with Harringoth here. Nymara just hoped her mentor had also picked up on the smell. Maybe she could investigate while Nymara was currently indisposed. “Ah, well yes they can be quite overwhelming. I do apologize for my abrupt departure earlier however, I realize how unbecoming that may have appeared to a pair of fine women like yourselves. Speaking of which, where is lady Akemi at the moment? I find it surprising she’s not currently with you.” He would say with a slick tone. The question only sent off more alarms in her head, though Nymara knew she needed to think quick if she were to get through this! “Well, I believe she went to catch up with some old friends… She’s around somewhere.” She would say, a slight look of panic in her eyes as she tried to spot any familiar faces in the crowd around her. At best, Nymara could keep Harringoth distracted while Akemi did what she did best. “Though join me for a drink? This stuff’s supposed to be great!” She would say somewhat suddenly, putting her hand on the man’s shoulder as she guided his attention towards the large table near the center of the room, keeping his back towards the kitchens. 

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    Post by Akeya 25th September 2023, 10:49 am

    Akemi's senses were extremely sharp, allowing her to notice many things which others didn't. However, an entire ballroom full of nobles, many with perfumes as if some kind of olfactory plumage, meant that picking out the single person who smelled of sulfur wasn't something she could do when she was in the middle of going to the bathrooms. What she could tell was that the smell came from the same direction as where Nymara had gone, which made her mind go to Lord Harringoth. She didn't have any evidence that it was him, especially since when she'd been face to face with him there hadn't been a hint of sulfur. She could only chalk it up to him being rather suspicious all around, but that wasn't enough to accuse him of everything.

    If it did turn out to be Lord Harringoth she'd have to rely on Nymara to figure that out. Leaving the ballroom behind Akemi entered the bathrooms, finding an empty stall where she'd be left alone while she focused. Now that Nymara was moving about on her own the dark dragon didn't have to put herself on display any more. Now she just had to make sure that nobody noticed that she was messing around with the shadows.

    Although she did also have to stay in touch with Lucky, now that the exceed was heading out to protect the stables from one of their targets she'd have to be ready to assist in case his next encounter doesn't go as well as the first.

    Closing her eyes Akemi leaned against the wall, expanding her consciousness. A mansion was just a mass of shadows with spots of light, and outside the world was dark as night had conquered the skies. Calling forth her own shadow she let it rise from the surface it was usually stuck on, taking on an independent shape mimicking something much bigger than the dragoness herself. Dark lines and planes formed and connected, until before Akemi a shadowy miniature of the mansion and its surroundings hovered at chest height. Inside the ephemeral model, countless smaller shapes moved around, the ballroom filled with them. That said, those were the least interesting parts of the three-dimensional display.

    Opening her eyes Akemi studied what lay before her. Unfortunately whatever technique the puppets used to hide themselves also made it difficult to catch their shadows, so rather than having a concrete view of them she could only infer their actions from oddities within the model. The ballroom was safe... although she could tell that Nymara had made contact with Harringoth again. Hopefully her apprentice could stand her ground without her mentor to take the lead.

    At the stables nothing was out of the ordinary yet, but she could see that Lucky was at work. She could hear him through the shadows as well. She quickly wrote out her response.

    "Be careful. If trouble does start alert the guards. They should've been told to handle disturbances without alarming the guests."

    For someone like the host of this party reputation was everything. He was smart enough to hire some powerful assistance from a guild, but at the end of the day had still demanded they do everything to keep the guests from noticing something was amiss if they did spot trouble. The guards would be no different in that regard.

    What else... minor oddities were occurring in several places as the hidden targets were disturbing their surroundings without otherwise getting spotted, but none of them showed her much of what they were actually doing. What she did notice was that Nymara had been moving towards the kitchens before Lord Harringoth waylaid her. Under different circumstances Akemi might just have thought that her apprentice was hungry, but she trusted Nymara to not get that distracted during an important mission such as this one.

    Unfortunately this shadow model couldn't mimic scent or sound, so if Akemi wanted to investigate the kitchens thoroughly she'd have to go there herself. Under normal circumstances it'd be strange for one of the guests to head directly for the kitchens... especially with Akemi drawing quite a few stares with her appearance. Dismissing the shadow model she let her shadow return to its usual position before falling into it, matching her shadow to one of the larger shadows in the kitchen.

    Staying hidden for the moment Akemi transferred herself to the shadow in the kitchen, looking around with concealed eyes and sniffing the air. Here there was an abundance of scents, yet it wasn't as confusing as the mess of perfumes in the ballroom. She could distinguish the various ingredients and condiments that were being used to feed the guests... as well as that same scent of sulfur. That must've been what attracted Nymara to the kitchens.

    The assassin sharpened her senses. Her target was a puppet which was difficult to notice, so she had to make sure she caught them. She was confident that her own magic was sufficient to keep her from being found first, but that would mean little if she let her prey escape.

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