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    Another New Beginning [Aspen Reintro]

    Aspen Azarov
    Aspen Azarov

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    Lineage : Samurai Spirit
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    First Magic: Requip - Deus ex Machina
    Second Magic: Take-Over - Draconis
    Third Magic: Sanguine Avenger

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    Post by Aspen Azarov 30th October 2022, 12:30 pm

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    A familiar mountain range. A familiar peak. A familiar snowstorm. Sights she had experienced a countless number of times before, sights that, no matter how many times she found her golden eyes fall upon them, would remind her of the first time she had set foot on this land that would later be called "home" by her. Times were simpler back then. A girl on the run and without means she had been, certainly, but not without the will to persevere. And that, she had, against all the odds that this world had raised against her. She still stood. By her own merits, her own power, she still stood, albeit not as tall as she once did.

    Aspen, a name that she had come to be known under here, made her way through the snow, following a path up the mountain she had taken many, so many times, the soft, fresh snow crunching under her every step. Dense patches of pine trees broke the monochrome of white as they stretched skyward. The occasional patch of grey and brown rock poked through the enchantingly ethereal blanket of dull, blank hues. An environment that, now as it had back then when she had first come here, reminded her of winter in her childhood. She had come to cherish it over the two years she had spent here.

    Would this really be the right path for her?

    It had been two years since she had been here last. A lot had happened, and she had never explained the circumstances surrounding her sudden disappearance. It had been an emergency, certainly, her life had been in danger, true, but that did not excuse her behavior. She had done it to guarantee her own safety, as well as the safety of her comrades. All they had found back then was a thoroughly trashed room, broken and demolished furniture, and deeply crimson stains covering the floor and walls. She wouldn't blame them if they had written her off as dead, perished in some freak research accident. The thought that some might actually have assumed that was amusing to her, though her characteristically stoic, frozen expression of complete emotionlessness portrayed no such thing. It was a mask that the woman had come to wear as a default.

    It wouldn't be far off now. Only a few more minutes, a short distance across the wintery mountain, and she would be back. Back at the guild hall of Silver Wolf, where it had all began. What should she even tell them? Would anyone be there to actually remember her? Was this the right course of action to take?

    She shook her head. She had no other option.

    She hated to get them involved, but she simply had no other choice. She needed their help. Without the guild, there was a good chance that she didn't have much more time here in Fiore, or on this planet. Not if her brother, not if the Empire of Pergrande could help it. Emboldened by the flames of war, the intelligentsia of the Imperium had become particularly active, worryingly so, much to the woman's own detriment. Her personal safety was no longer guaranteed. She hated to admit it, but she needed the protection of the guild. She had always been a fugitive, but ever since that incident two years ago, she was actively hunted. Hunted for her transgressions against a regime that tolerated no such thing. She would certainly be made an example by Commissar Azarov, should he get his filthy loyalist hands on his sister. She was certain of that.

    Begrudgingly, with purpose, with direction, something she had lacked when she had come to this for the first time, she made her way to the barrier that surrounded the guild hall. She was home.



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    Yuvon
    Yuvon

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    First Magic: Memory-Make
    Second Magic: Deep Dragon Slayer (2nd Gen)
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    Post by Yuvon 30th October 2022, 1:28 pm

    Whether it was physical research, environmental research, mechanical research or magical research, Yuvon found a strong pleasure in preoccupying himself with such projects, even in times where he should be taking a cup of hot cocoa as well as a breather. Nooooo… he had to figure out something. The story of his life; figure out what this thing was all about.

    Throughout the last few months, Yuvon had discovered and implanted not one, but two Lacrimas possessing the powers of Dragons… well, in all of his honesty, he was iffy on the true identity of one of them – the Lacrima that had substituted his heart – but it synchronized nicely with his other truly ‘Dragonesque’ Lacrima, so with the power of approximation and safe assumption, he identified it as a Dragon’s Lacrima.

    The results of the two implantations, with the other Lacrima occupying a portion of his cranial matter, was a significant increase in strength, speed and intensity of his Magic. Today, he was practicing some Dragon Slayer Spells – the Lacrimas themselves hadn’t exactly told him of any spells to start out with, so he sought to ancient tomes for inspiration on what sort of spells a Dragon Slayer of old would have made use of. Iron Fists, Roars, Wing Bashes, simply manifestations of a Dragon itself through the humanoid vessel. Thus, he attempted to perform these spells outside…

    Someone had paid the guild’s grounds a visit. Someone oddly familiar, an old face from a couple years ago… whom Yuvon had never met before. A sensation of charged air and rising hairs would meet those who approached him, generated from the cold air combined with the use of a spell that created rings around his wrists made of copper… his right wrist, that was. His left wrist- no, most of his left side was completely transformed into some eyeful, maleficent entity with characteristics too disturbing to describe.

    When he noticed the arrival of someone, he turned around – his grotesque, eldritch half-form on display. “I-I’m naked! Don’t look at me!!!” His voice was screeching with paranoia, not wanting anyone to get close to him in this ugly form – he had yet to master things, he wasn’t looking his best yet! How shameful! And yet… his leggings were still intact, and so was half of his green robe. He wasn’t naked, just disappointed in himself.

    … Did he know this one?

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    Theo
    Theo

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    Post by Theo 30th October 2022, 5:44 pm

    Aspen had always been a headstrong type of person, so it was no surprise that she took the lead in their ascension and didn’t notice when Theo fell a bit behind. Many times he had to pause to catch his breath while trying to not be obvious about it. Big D was having a hard time keeping up with the higher heart rate caused by this trek, but no matter how many times he stopped to press his hand against the aching scar where his heart used to be, he would offer Aspen a perky grin if and when she peeked back at him. It was a little embarrassing not being able to be the pillar of strength he once was for her. He was slower, these days. Weaker. A far cry from the unassumingly strong mage that had taken her on as a mentee.

    Oh, how he wish he could find his flying ship! Trudging up this snowy mountain was a struggle for someone who was fresh out of the hospital! What had happened to Krystal Jr.? It was the whole reason he hadn’t made this journey on foot very often.

    Another thing kept him from entering the barrier with Aspen, though. He stood just outside of it, huffing and panting, yes, but also appearing quite conflicted. Once he stepped in, it would be a risk, wouldn’t it?

    This was a place he’d once managed to find a shred of happiness after Rin and his guild family left him in their various ways. It’d been a lifeline, a lighthouse beacon in the pitch of moonless ocean. He’d met Aspen here and made a few friends when he was able to make it out of his room. He’d inducted many new members in and entertained folks roaming the resort. Would anyone familiar even still be here? Did any of the googly eyes remain that he’d planted with Pim on every conceivable surface? Would the chef remember that he still owed him a month of free blueberry muffins? He didn’t think he could handle if all of that had disappeared in his absence. It’d feel like Crystal Swan and Aurora again, wouldn’t it?

    And then there was the not-great note he’d left on. Enduring that first year after Aspen’s disappearance had put him in an even worse place. Theo had worried for her, given the state of her room and the unending unanswered questions. Part of him assumed it was his presence in her life that caused this misfortune. That same part of him assumed she was dead, just like the others, and he hardly came out of his mound of sweaty depression blankets after that. Yet, not all of Theo was lost to his dire mental state. Part of him was still optimistic. There’d been no body, so there was a chance she was alive… even if that logic also meant Rin could still be alive and he knew better than that. If Aspen was alive and something bad happened, though… why hadn’t come to him for help? He would have dropped everything… but maybe it was what was best for her survival. Theo’s worsening mental and physical state was revealed when he collapsed in the cafeteria one evening around a year ago, and then he disappeared without warning, leaving a disheveled room full of trash, treasures, and a large pile of blankets in desperate need of a wash.

    Of course, none of that mattered now. Aspen was indeed alive and they were here together, but it was undeniably a complicated matter at its core.

    But Theo still had the same concerns that had caused him to ultimately leave the first time. What if he was a curse on this place and everyone he knew? Getting close to any of them felt like a risk, but he was so selfish he couldn’t just isolate himself, either. As he was now, Theo was probably more of a burden than anything even if his presence didn’t kill them. The silly jello mage knew this wasn’t a good idea, but he made bad decisions all the time. Theo would stay as long as the others remained safe.

    Plus, now that he was released from the hospital, he was very poor and very homeless until he found his airboat.

    It was nut up or shut up time, though. Aspen was here and resuming life, so he should as well. He was really nervous, but as usual, a bright smile was plastered on his face. No use worrying about things that hadn’t happened yet or may never happen! Now if he could just catch his breath.

    Then he saw it. The thing. Freaky horror monster! It was screaming something, but Theo couldn’t hear it. Because he was also screaming.

    ”AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaa“ —he trailed into a wheeze and inhaled— ”AAAAAAAA!”

    Old habits died hard and though he wanted to run away, he lurched forward to stand between Aspen and the tentacle-monster in leggings. He never thought to question why a monster was wearing pants. “Back! Back foul beast!” Theo cried, lobbing rainbow blobs of jiggling jello between the pair and the creature.

    Perhaps his worst fears weren’t the worst after all. Silver Wolf had been taken over by demons! Big D seemed to take offense to the negativity attached to the thought.

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    Leona Jarnefeldt
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    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt 31st October 2022, 12:49 am

    Wearing her green, white, and gold outfit with bike shorts on underneath the skirt and boots that matched the outfit, Leona was walking out of the guild cafe with a to-go cup of coffee clutched in her right hand. She was about to dart back to her office to take on the paperwork that was undoubtedly waiting for her on her desk, but then on a lark she decided to go outside. It had been awhile since she had last went outside for something not related to work, so she decided to go outside for a bit. With that Leona exited the guild hall and carefully shut the door behind her.

    -Outside the Guild Hall-

    Leona had shut the door behind her and had taken a leisurely sip of her coffee while looking out straight ahead. She had been so busy lately that she had almost forgotten what the area outside the guild hall looked like. Since she was already out here she might as well go take a look around the place.

    With that Leona began to walk forward at a leisurely pace while sipping her coffee. She was not in any hurry right now. She was going to walk around the guild hall grounds and go back to her office when she was good and ready to. It was an irresponsible attitude to hold, but today Leona did not feel like hurrying back to the office to stare at paperwork all day.

    She continued to walk around aimlessly until she head some commotion in the distance. She was not sure what was going on, but it was her responsibility as Silver Wolf's Guild Mistress to investigate the commotion. Leona began to run with the half-full cup of coffee clutched in her right hand. When she got to the source of the noise she saw an odd sight unfolding before her eyes.

    A tentacle monster was confronting two mages who had traveled up the mountain!

    How on Earthland did it get up here?

    Leona looked closer and noticed that the male mage of the pair had put himself between the female and was fighting the odd beast with the use of some strange bouncy substance that the blonde did not recognize. Feeling compelled to intervene on behalf of the male mage, Leona sprinted towards the commotion and stopped a medium distance to the left of the beast, then extended her left hand outward and aimed her left palm directly at it.

    "STOP RIGHT THERE!" Leona commanded the creature. She had her left hand out and ready to fire an Air Pressure spell if she had to. She really should have brought along her Silver Longsword for use against supernatural entities, but she had not anticipated encountering any such entity today. She was not going to abandon the two mages to hurry inside and get her sword, so she would use what she already had in order to save them from the odd creature blocking their way to the safety of the guild hall.

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    Rodadnuf
    Rodadnuf

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    Post by Rodadnuf 31st October 2022, 1:55 pm


    Asena didn’t expect doing his old routine herself was this fulfilling.

    It was a slow day, the very same sort of day when her old partner would often wake up before dawn had broken, mutter two random places or chores within the guild house and flip a coin over the two to see which one he would start doing. And it wouldn’t be the only ones he would end up working, this would often last an entire day of errands around the guild house as if he was also a staff.

    When the she-wolf mimicked his routine, she started working along the back of the halls tending to the daily deliveries, making sure not one of the boxes were being rummaged by the other wolves. It was fairly easy task for her, they listen well enough. The next errand was the one that took some time for her to actually start, and that errand was trimming the grounds’ hedges. It wasn’t for the lack of specialized equipment, as well. It was because of said equipment designed to be used by human hands that Asena had such difficulty. This is why she had to seek help.

    “C’mon, Asena. You’ve done well enough, let me do the rest.” The ‘help’ was one of the front desk staff members who was off shift trying to dissuade her from doing it in the first place.

    She huffed in protest for the umpteenth time, keeping a firm grip over the hedge trimmer’s handle while the chainsaw looking machine smoothly ran across the hedge’s edges. With a final swipe across the last of the grounds’ hedges, her errand was over! Asena smiled at herself looking over her handywork.

    “Oh gods, what am I gonna tell the grounds keepers…” The staff member slapped his forehead.

    What was this man blabbering about? She did a perfectly swell job! If only he could see her now. She could do guild jobs alone, and now his errands were something she could also complete in record time.

    If only you could see me now… Asena sniffled.

    Suddenly a scream echoed across the guild house! The she-wolf dropped everything else that was on her mind and clad her ethereal fur from the usual bluish flame into a dark purplish hue, one of the few mementoes she received from her old partner, and quickly ran across the grounds.

    “What on Earthland was that? Wait, where are you going—!” The staff member was left rattled.

    The she-wolf couldn’t hear the rest of what he said, only leaving a trail of purplish hue when she finally reached the source of the scream: A raven haired boy along with a goldish haired girl who were over along the edge of the barrier along with Silver Wolf’s librarian and the guild mistress herself.

    It was the boy who screamed to high heavens, throwing a gelatin-like substance between them and the guild’s librarian. The librarian was only half-dressed, completely distressed from being seen. There seemed to be a misunderstanding, one that didn’t seem to escalate too much. That was Asena first thought until she saw the guild mistress jump into the fray and turned her pressure against the very distressed librarian!

    What is this girl thinking?! Asena dashed between her and the ganged up on member.

    Dropping the hedge trimmer, she pulled out another memento off a sheath being kept by a harness around her back. The memento was an Iser sword that glinted from Asena’s purplish glow. Should anyone capable reading the Iser runes over the sword’s fuller, the words ‘Tim Timόtheos Timson’ on one side and ‘from one god’s slave to another’ over the opposite side could be seen hollowed out into the blade.

    Asena huffed as she, clutching Tim’s sword tightly with her maw, pointed its tip down against the guild mistress’ extended hand.

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    Aspen Azarov
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    Post by Aspen Azarov 1st November 2022, 12:29 am

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    At first, there was only silence as the girl looked on, then shifted her gaze towards the sound of a panic, no, quite frantic voice. Naked? What on Earthland...? Her eyes fell upon the tentacled creature-man hybrid, her head tilting curiously. Someone from the guild performing experiments out here? She was about to open her mouth and address the other person, ask whether Leona was in, or indeed, if the Guild Master she had come to know was still around at all, but her intentions were interrupted by her travelling companion. She'd been so focussed on herself here, so lost in her own thoughts, problems, and anxieties that she had nearly forgotten his presence in these last few moments up here. There he was, however, Theo being his usual self.

    He leaped forward, the act altogether more comedic than threatening as he hurled his jello at the eldritch experiment, the substance not quite impacting and dropping into the fresh snow. At first, there was only a blank expression as she looked at the screeching Theo, then the assumed Silver Wolf member, then back to Theo. Her eyes were blank, a thousand-yard stare within those golden oculi as she briefly pondered her life choices. Still, she couldn't help but smile. A weak smile, admittedly, the expression having become so unfamiliar to her over these past years, but a smile it was nonetheless. Aspen realized that she had missed this.

    The situation, however, quickly transitioned from the goofy, and in some ways, theatrical display that it was to a tense one when more people joined the commotion. From within the grounds of the guild, a familiar figure dashed towards the scene before coming to a swift halt, pointing her palm at the half-man. The soft reminiscence of times gone by Aspen felt was snuffed out in an instant, brows furrowing slightly, though the mask-like expression otherwise stoic. The tensions weren't exactly eased by the arrival of a guardian wolf which, seemingly understanding the scenario, bore a blade towards the Guild Master, interposing itself between the newly arrived woman and the experimenting member of Silver Wolf. She felt the aggressive need to sigh in despair. What was supposed to be a peaceful return had already gone to shit. But... in the end, this chaos, this erratic jumble of individuals who were all so different from one another to a point of misunderstanding. Yes, this tapestry of contrasting characters was what Silver Wolf had been like. She was glad to see that it hadn't changed.

    "Leona". A voice that would be quite recognizable to Silver Wolves Guild Master rang out in a familiar monotone, a word spoken, of course, with the hint of a Pergranti accent. Having worked with Leona Jarnefeldt as one of Silver Wolf's previous Guild Aces, the Master would, of course, be more than acquainted with the new arrival.

    "Please, stand down. Let the man do his thing. He's not aggressive".

    If the woman would hear her plead and looked over, she would lay eyes on a familiar figure, though slightly older than before. Dressed in all-black winter clothing, the hood of the jacket she wore over her head, a covering that was swiftly lowered with a motion of the girl's hands, was Aspen. Theo right in front of her, well, he was evidently his usual old self. Two former, now returning, members of Silver Wolf, people that some might have presumed dead. How to follow up, though, the ex-Paladin from Pergrande didn't quite know. She had no idea what to say, how to act after all this time, after her departure. She decided that the truth would be her best option, pausing for several moments.

    "Been a while, huh? Leona... I'm here because I need your help".



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    Yuvon
    Yuvon

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    First Magic: Memory-Make
    Second Magic: Deep Dragon Slayer (2nd Gen)
    Third Magic: Antique Dragon Slayer (2nd Gen)

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    Post by Yuvon 2nd November 2022, 1:01 pm

    Ohhhhh boy…

    He remembered that face. And he sure remembered the latter face… and holy shit, this was bad. Theo, after all this time, came to reunite with him this way?!

    “W-Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! Don’t panic-“ Yuvon tried his best to deescalate the scenario; he wasn’t a monster, and he wasn’t some eldritch abomination about to devour all of them! It was him, Yuvon! “Theo, please, it’s me! Cease the jelly! CEASE THE JELLY!!!” Yuvon’s voice echoed out in a distorted yet familiar tone, “Sorry for the- wait, Mistress Jarnefeldt! See, there’s nothing to-“

    Oh, fucking con. Mince. PUTAIN! The situation had only gotten worse! Now, the Guild Mistress herself aimed her hand at him – couldn’t he have made it more obvious to her who he was?! Tentacles! Damn tentacles, and dark-bluish as well! “Wait! Mistress-“ Yuvon screamed in fear, trying to catch her attention with a title such as ‘Mistress Jarnefeldt’, presumably something that he had constantly called her even against her own wishes. “It’s me, Yuvon! Guys, I beg you, relax…”

    Even the newer guardian canine entity and sword dancer was between him and the Mistress. Yuvon decided that the experiment had to cease, though, with Aspen’s words as she recognized… or did she recognize him? Either way, her great situational awareness was a lifesaver… he thought that she’d been- that Pergrande had gotten to her. That damn heart of his was in all states of panic, but first, he slowly reverted back…

    Extra eyes pulled into the flesh and disappeared, the bluish and slimey skin turned to liquids and evaporated, claws and fangs grew into the body and shrank away, and Yuvon’s humanoid features came to show – the transformation had destroyed his robes, leaving his torso and even his face exposed. His face, especially… for the briefest of moments, it was slightly visible behind his panicking hand that tried to cover it, until a golden magic circle manifested him his characteristic mask once more. What looked like him pulling his pants even further up was a magical manifestation of a new robe, regenerating the part that covered the top of his body. Over the first shoulder, then over the other… and then he ended up tying his belt again. Now, Yuvon was whole and himself again.

    “Forgive me… I was practicing Dragon Sla- n-never mind that! Aspen, you’ve- and Theo, you’ve both returned! Where were you?! You disappeared all of a sudden! And Theo, you collapsed- I thought you were dead!” Yuvon’s mask released geysers of tears upon crying his heart out at the sight, before he lunged forward and hugged both to oblivion.

    “Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh, bless the heavens, bless this magical world, and bless all that is sacred! Mistress! Mistress, they’ve returned!!!” He was so overwhelmed that Aspen’s last words and plead for help only just hit him… after a moment of two…

    “… Help? But… after all this time…”

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    Theo

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    Post by Theo 2nd November 2022, 9:37 pm

    "ALREADY PANICKING!" Theo hollered back, indeed not ceasing the jelly. "I don't think you're ready for this jelly! BWAAAaaahhhhh!!" Hmph, "it's me!", really, that tired old card? Did this creature think he was stupid? He may have been in the hospital for a year getting sponge bathed and deprived of sugar, but he wasn't born yesterday! Something with this many tentacles would be easily remembered by a treasure hunter such as himself. His heart (amongst other things) was damaged, not his brain!

    Though, he did have a lil touch of brain damage, too, butthatwasn'tthepoint.

    The inky-haired man was mid-attack, standing in an awkward throwing motion in the midst of a windup, when he became distracted. At a significant delay, Theo finally processed the other words spoken by both the thing he was valiantly defending Aspen from and Aspen herself. Leona? Mistress Jarnefeldt? Right, he had thought that was her voice shouting moments ago, but it'd been hard to really tell with his own screaming going on. Glacier hues shifted around for the blonde woman and found her standing off to the side nearby. He was both happy she was still here and apprehensive she would be mad at him for ghosting.

    However, he was still committed to defeating The-Creature-That-Ate-Yuvon, especially with Leona helping him. The jello mage wasn't used to being so much weaker than he used to be, after all. While he appeared not to notice that his blobs weren't doing much, he very much did and was pretty stressed about it. But with Leona here, they could-

    An emboldened Theo abruptly, and in ignorance of Aspen's level-headed wishes, initiated his attacks once more... but only ended up throwing one bright red jiggling ball at a creature much closer to the ground. A wolf. Completely distracted from not-Yuvon now, he disengaged and crouched to get a better look at the purply, spirity wolf with the sword. "Is this one of ours?" he asked, more out of habit than anything. When crawling back to a guild you left without warning, could you really refer to its funky wolves as 'ours' anymore?

    Like the true ADHD entity the man was, Theo looked up at where the Cthulu-esque being had been seconds before when he heard his name and jolted. "Yuvon! Bro, I thought that thing ate you," he greeted with a smile, as if he hadn't just been screaming bloody murder mere moments before. He barely had time to stand before he was barrelled into by the regurgitated old friend. "Ehh, sorry about that..." he winced, patting the fountain of a man on the back, though there was nothing he could really say for himself. It was natural for them to think he was dead. That they both were.

    Since he was here more for Aspen than any help for himself-- though some of the guild's research may prove to solve his medical issues-- Theo finally, thankfully, fell silent so the current Silver Wolves and Aspen could have the floor. He was a silly man, but he knew when it was time to be serious. Usually. Sometimes.

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    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt 2nd November 2022, 9:50 pm

    Leona was not sure whether she was going to hurt the odd creature with her Air Pressure spell or just annoy it into making killing her its new priority instead of the strange man who had hurled an odd gelatinous substance at it, but the chance to find out never came. A female voice the Wizard Saint had not heard in a long time called out to her and bade her to cease hostilities. Leona looked towards the source of the voice and soon recognized who it belonged to.

    Aspen!

    Leona instantly lost her combative demeanor and felt deeply emotional when she saw the golden-eyed mage for the first time in a long time. Leona's emotional state only got worse when the odd creature was revealed to be longtime Silver Wolf member Yuvon Mu-Myu. After learning that the blonde wanted to be anywhere but here right now. Deep embarrassment showed on her face and was plain for all to see.

    She was so stupid that she was about to blast a guildmate with one of her strongest spells.

    Once the misguided heroic impulse cleared up Leona saw an oddly colored wolf with a sword in its mouth that had placed itself between her and Yuvon. Far from being a heroine who had acted just in time, she looked like Earthland's biggest idiot. Her eyes turned towards the ground and remained there for some time.

    She was not fit to look at her guildmates.

    "I'm such an idiot." Leona muttered to herself. She was not sure if anyone had heard her and in the emotional state she was in she did not really care. It was true. She was an idiot. She had tried to play hero when it was not really needed and Yuvon had almost paid the price for it.

    Where was that heroic impulse at the Ishgar Symposium?

    Why did she not try harder to save the day then at a time when she really needed to step up and be a hero?

    So many good people had died because of Leona's stupidity on that fateful day. So many people who were better than her had died. So many people who deserved to live had died but she was still breathing and taking up space. She was still taking up an office and a title that should have gone to more deserving people.

    Leona was dragged out of the abyss by the sound of Aspen's voice. Leona looked towards the newly returned mage and could barely stand to look her in the eyes. She was surprised when she began to walk towards Aspen without any conscious effort on her part. Once she got close to the mage she stopped and continued to face Aspen despite the considerable emotional pain of making eye contact.

    "It has been awhile, Aspen." Leona started, the tone of her voice not exactly normal. It was obvious that the blonde still hated herself for the weapons-grade stupidity she had displayed earlier.

    "And what do you need my help with?" Leona asked Aspen as calmly as she could. She was surprised that Aspen was still here after what had happened earlier. She had expected the golden-eyed mage to turn around and walk back down the mountain in search of someone with a functioning brain to help her. Leona looked closely and saw another mage she had not seen in a long time standing not too far from Aspen.

    Theo was here too!

    "Theo? Is that you?" Leona asked simply.

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    When the Guild mistress lost her hostility, Asena sheathed the sword back. The she-wolf knew about her work ethics, how she would go into paperwork and the like for days on end. She also knew about how addicted this girl was to coffee. She looked like she didn’t finish her cup, as well. It was not an excuse to just blast a fellow member of the pack because of it, but knowing the reason is also important.

    Take good care of yourself, you almost blasted one of your own. Asena huffed at her admonishingly, not that she would be able to understand her.

    Out in the distance, the ethereal guardian wolf heard the staff jogging towards them. The boy was completely winded from running, but it looked like he concerned for what just happened. He was muttering to himself as he came closer, not even noticing who the people were gathered. “What happened? Did something break through the barrier?”

    When he finally gotten a good breath in, he finally noticed who he was addressing so casually. “Ah! Guild mistress! Sorry, I was catching up to Asena. She was too fast.”

    Asena ignored him.

    A gelatinous thing suddenly plopped over to her face! The she-wolf sat down, trying to see through the substance but notice it doing nothing. She then heard someone crouch down and ask if she was one of theirs.

    The audacity—!

    She was not just some mongrel! Asena noticed the boy who crouched down was the one who was throwing the jelly at the librarian earlier. She huffed and ran her heard over to his clothes, rubbing the jelly off of her fur. When she was as clean as she could get she finally was able to properly smell the new arrivals, or rather the fact these were scents she had not been in the presence of for quite a while. She never gotten to know who these two were, but they were around the Guild halls when she was still among the other guardian wolves. She looked closer to the girl before tilting her head at the boy. She hadn’t seen them for quite a bit, especially now that she could remember things a whole lot better.

    They were also members of this pack. She sat, the purplish hue of her body slowly lathed back into her natural ethereal bluish flame.

    The staff member went closer, patting her head. “C’mon, Asena. If there aren’t any problems, you can go back to your room.”

    The she-wolf darted her glare towards the boy.

    He raised his hands as placatingly as he could. “—Tim’s room, I mean. Sorry.”

    Asena huffed at the boy in protest and walked closer to the ganged up on wizard earlier and noticed he looked a lot more like his usual self again. He was an odd person, but that was hardly an excuse for resorting to violence.

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    Post by Aspen Azarov 5th November 2022, 2:17 am

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    Aspen's eyes once more found an undeterminable point off in the far, far distance, eyes glazing over as she found herself embraced by the masked individual. Ignoring the physics behind a magical mask that seemed able to produce real tears, this was precisely the type of shenanigans she had come to expect from Silver Wolf. It was hard not to be nostalgic, albeit the physical contact was something she ordinarily despised. She didn't want anyone touching her, most especially without her consent. Still, this time, just this once, she suppressed the urge to shove the masked individual she had identified as a member of the guild off of her immediately, tolerating it begrudgingly in the hopes that this misguided display of affection would pass quickly. She didn't want to make a scene. Well, any more of a scene than this already situation already was. After a few seconds, though, if it hadn't already ended at that point, she would uncomfortably shuffle out of Yuvon's hug. Luckily, both Leona and the guardian wolf seemed to heed her plea, tensions fading quickly.

    Despite this, however, her priorities were elsewhere at the moment. It was her own issue that kept her mind occupied, and while she was an individual that was anything but selfish, she had been stuck in a process of working up the courage to pull off what she was attempting right here, right now, at this moment. She couldn't let her momentum go to waste. All of her being wanted to turn, bury herself in the snow and hide from the unmistakably uncomfortable reunion, but she had to. She had to do it. She had no choice.

    Her face did not betray her inner turmoil with the exception of a slight flush of her cheeks, her face, however, remaining characteristically emotionless. She hoped the embarrassing warmth that flooded her face would be attributed to the cold here high up in the Phoenix Mountains. Her eyes were focused on the Guild Master of Silver Wolf, her mind in overdrive to try and figure out the right words to say... as if there were any that would make her request just the tiniest bit better after what had happened here two years ago. Leona couldn't even bear to look at her initially, it seemed, though she now found herself face-to-face with the woman that Aspen thought she'd betrayed on some level by abandoning the guild. Had she upset the Wizard Saint? It would be only natural. No matter. She was in too deep to quit now. The girl, of course, was oblivious to the shame Leona felt, instead misinterpreting the emotion as a kind of frustration at her own and Theo's reappearance. She'd never been the best at reading other people. It only served to brighten the blush accenting her blank expression.

    "Plainly speaking, if you will allow me to be straightforward...", she paused briefly, "I-, well,...", she paused, glancing over her shoulder at the Jello-slinging mage, perhaps to reassure herself that he was still there to back her up in this, something that unconsciously gave her that little push, that little bit of comfort she needed now, "... we have come to rejoin the ranks of Silver Wolf". She paused again, thinking of the right words to say while that request sank in. "I know that things didn't work out great two years ago. I'm... I'm very sorry for leaving like I did, for not explaining myself. I don't know if I had you, had the guild worried". If anyone was even concerned at all, that was, the girl hoping that anger hadn't washed away all of the bonds she had forged here in the past. Only one way to find out. She took a deep breath. Ice-cold air filled her lungs, the sensation burning briefly inside her chest. It served to ease her nervousness. As calmly as she could she attempted to probe at this possibility, and yet, the characteristic monotone was distorted by a faint, underlying shakiness.

    "I hope you will give me the opportunity to explain myself here and n-".

    She wouldn't finish her statement of intent.

    She didn't know what had saved her. A hunch, perhaps? Instinct, if something like that was even real. Her honed senses from her time as a Paladin in Pergrande? A trained intellect from her time as a mage? Who knew? Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted the glint in the line of trees not too much further down the mountain. The twinkle in the sunlight reflected off the endless fields of snow. A scope. Her body moved before she even had a chance to think about it, the bullet missing her head by not much more than an inch, perhaps, as she shifted abruptly. The sound of rippling thunder followed the sparks of metal as the projectile shattered against the barrier around the guild hall. A large caliber, no doubt. Her gaze locked onto the shifting in the trees. "Blyad!" She dove to the ground, with a single motion, a motion she had practiced hundreds, thousands of times, drawing a handgun. Her voice, twisted into an erratic shout, echoed across the mountaintop. "Get the fuck down!". She knew what was coming from experience.

    Little more than a second later, hell broke loose. A storm of projectiles. Tracer rounds flew by, making clear the hail of bullets that filled the air. The synchronized, repeated heavy sound of explosions filled the air as a cacophony of automatic firearms was unleashed towards the small gathering. Aspen looked up, the initial confusion replaced by a surge of adrenaline. She aimed her weapon toward the flickering muzzle flashes in the distance, peering down the iron sights. It was no use. This was way out of her weapon's effective range. She returned fire anyway, hoping that a stray bullet might take out one or two. She didn't need to identify the attacker to know who this was. This was her worst nightmare made reality. The reason she had abandoned Silver Wolf two years ago. The reason she had come back here today. She'd known that she'd endanger the guild, and she had still come back here. She cursed in between breaths. She looked into the distance. From behind the treeline, she could faintly see armor-clad individuals emerge, assault rifles aimed at the slightly elevated group of mages. She couldn't see how many. A dozen, maybe? More? Shit. In this moment, she yearned for her lost magical abilities. No amount of yearning, no prayer, and no hope wouldn't bring them back.

    Pergrande had found her, and they wouldn't shy away from killing anyone who stood in their way.



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    Post by Yuvon 5th November 2022, 11:20 am

    Man, this was a strange reunion. Yuvon lowkey felt like he’d done this transformation thing at the worst possible time, and that was like finding a needle in a haystack in these parts. The she-wolf was Asena – Yuvon had heard of her arrival alongside a mage by the name of Tim. The librarian saw the annoyance on her face from the jelly and decided to stroke her head a little, just to get some remains of the sugary treat off of her pretty fur. She had been helpful, even if for a brief moment.

    Yuvon managed to be pushed away a little by the shy Aspen and recollected himself, making sure his mask wasn’t releasing geysers of tears anymore. There was a… strange look on Aspen’s face. She came to rejoin their guild… but she hadn’t technically cancelled her membership before? If anything, her body language made the librarian sense some sort of oddness, some sort of irregularity that he couldn’t specify any longer than with these words. Oh well, as long as he stayed, she’d like explain herself – and such stories were always welcome through the ears of Yuvon. He’d even readied his notebook and pen, just as she would begin explaining.

    And then, the smell of someone else… and the sound of multiple footsteps… but as Yuvon caught the smell, a ‘thing’ had already passed by Aspen and bolted through the guild’s protective barrier. They were under attack, and the librarian had dropped his pen in the sudden jumpscare as he leapt back. “Pu-shit!” He, too, had ducked and felt bristling air scratch across his back from a wave of what appeared to be bullets litter the woodland and the snowy grounds where they’d stood. Focus, Yuvon! This was an attack, get ready!

    Yuvon had stretched all five fingers of his left hand, summoning a magic circle underneath it. He had memorized many protective spells, but a reliable one manifested itself as a sort of thin layer on a person’s skin, akin to laminated sheets of paper. Each Wolf present, including himself, was covered in this layer – Yuvon did excel in support magic, in the end, despite now also having become a Dragon Slayer.

    Speaking of… he channeled mana through his maw like many classical Dragon Slayers used to do, his hands clapped together to be pre-occupied with strengthening the barrier that he’d formed around the allies present. Then, with a mighty roar, he sent a strong beam of water across the thicker woods towards where he’d smelled the ‘newcomers’ coming from, and while not a significantly powerful spell, it did intend to alert Leona of their precise position. “They’ve made a grave mistake…”

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    Post by Theo 6th November 2022, 3:13 am

    "Hehe~" Theo giggled, not understanding the now blue spirity wolf's sticky "nuzzle" into his clothes. Once the furry guardian was done cleaning herself, the jello mage straightened himself and waved his hand to send the gelatinous sugar off his clothes and into the air as a fruity-scented mist.

    Leona spoke to him directly now and Theo, like Aspen, misinterpreted her shame in herself as something more negative about his sudden reappearance. She had every right to be upset with him. "Ahaha.. yeah! It's me... Theo. Erm.. yo, Leona," Theo said in possibly the most awkward display yet. Suddenly he had no idea what to do with his limbs or how to operate a human body. He swung his arms at first, then sorta waved, then shot her a finger gun, all while looking like he was about to either dig a hole and lay in it or cry. Or both.

    Neither would be necessary, though the merciful distraction was hardly actually merciful. It was really freakin' bad! Guns? Guns?!

    Now, Theo wasn't really one to instantly rise to a threat. Usually. He was more of the try-to-escape and fear-death-and-pain types. Complete avoidance, if he could manage it. But that was when it was just him, and he was depressingly used to being alone. His behavior completely transformed in three specific scenarios, though. When his treasure was being threatened by thieves or rivals, when his life was actually and unquestioningly in danger, and when others' lives were on the line. This fit the latter two.

    Showing some of the gutsy stuff that had once rocketed him to Rising Star status, Theo whirled in the same direction Aspen turned, looking every bit the strong hero he used to be, like the man he was when he fought Jester with all he had to protect those poor poisoned people on Valentine's day. The blonde said to get down, but he didn't. He'd stand his ground. He'd summon Smaug, his big jello summon, and shield everyone with thick walls of gelatin. He'd close the gap between himself and these strange attackers in an instant and trap them, send them into boiling sugar pits, fill their lungs with so much sugar that their bodies would go into sugar shock--

    Yeah, none of that happened. Theo stood there, brave as a Wizard Saint, with his hand out expectantly so he could protect Aspen. Nothing happened but a few red chunks of jello peppering the snow. Maybe there was a tingle on his skin, and though his senses weren't as sharp as they may have once been, he was pretty sure it wasn't from his own magic. It was hard for him to tell what it was, but it didn't really matter. At least someone's magic was working. His serious, expectant expression shattered into confusion, and then chilling realization. And for just a second, his mask slipped and all that was there was despair. Right. He didn't have the capacity for those spells anymore. Simply trying to access them took his breath and he was left to gasp painfully as the rain of bullets began.

    Useless!

    For a short moment, Theo gyrated and wiggled into funny little dances to comically avoid the projectiles glowing their way up the mountain with little "eeps" and "oops" until he had no choice but to ungracefully crash onto the ground beside Aspen, close enough that he could use his body to shield her if he had to. A bullet had grazed his cheek, but otherwise, he was as fine as he was capable of being.

    "We are coming back with a bang, eh?" Always jokes at the worst moments. The laugh that followed was forced and nervous. His mind raced as he saw the strange black armor on their enemies as they crawled out of the treeline like ants from their colony. Icy eyes frantically searched for a way out if Yuvon's roar didn't take care of things.

    Theo had completely forgotten they had a Leona Jarnefeldt on their side.



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    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt 7th November 2022, 12:56 am

    When she saw Aspen and Theo up close the Wizard Saint of Courage felt a surge of emotion that she had not felt in years. She had taken those two mages for granted and they had disappeared quite some time ago for reasons that she did not know. She did not react to their departure because she had no idea they had left until it was too late. Years later fate conspired to bring the two mages back to her doorstep. Leona felt no ill will towards the pair... she was just glad to see them again.

    Today was a gift-wrapped chance to begin making up for being so distant and actually try to get to know them.

    Leona listened to the golden-eyed young woman explain herself without commenting. Leona was going to keep her mouth shut and let Aspen talk without the blonde saying something stupid or inappropriate. Leona listened calmly as Aspen requested a chance to explain something that was never elaborated on because the sound of gunfire put an abrupt end to the conversation. The Wizard Saint dropped her half-full cup of coffee onto the ground and dropped to one knee to try and avoid the hail of gunfire.

    A deep frown formed on Leona's face as the adrenaline surged through her body again, this time beyond her ability to control. Someone had trespassed on Silver Wolf territory and was trying to kill Aspen, Theo, and the other guild members here. Leona would not allow anyone to threaten the members of Silver Wolf or destroy what Leila, Poko, and she had built. Leona stood up and raised her hands to the sky. It might look like she was surrendering to the mystery assailants, but that was not the case.

    "Get ready, everyone! I'm calling in reinforcements!" Leona informed her guildmates, assuring them that she was not surrendering to whoever was attacking them.

    There would be no holding back today.

    The mystery assailants had come looking for a fight and a fight was what they would get.

    "O THREE SISTERS OF UNRIVALED MIGHT, GRANT ME YOUR POWER IN THIS FIGHT!" Leona recited the chant that would summon the Furies to her side. Moments later a tornado formed around Leona... the other Silver Wolf members might feel the wind pick up as the tornado formed, but the tornado would not harm them. The Furies had arrived in a triangular formation with Tisiphone in front, Alecto on the back left, and Megeara on the back right.

    The Furies stood up in unison and Leona telepathically instructed them to take flight. They did so and flew up into the air a few meters above the Wizard Saint to await further instructions, but Leona was not finished summoning just yet. She risked further exposure to gunfire to bring in one of her most reliable summons because she would need all the help she could get against the mystery assailants.

    "TEMPEST AVIAN!" Leona called out the name of her second-most powerful summon. Moments later another tornado formed and this one would be harmless to her guildmates just like the one that had heralded the arrival of the Furies. Tempest Avian descended from it and landed just in front of Leona.

    Moments later Leona spotted a projectile that had been fired by one of her guildmates and followed it with her eyes towards the trees, where she spotted the threat. There was a group of armored gunmen who were firing upon the Silver Wolf mages. Leona focused on them and telepathically relayed orders to the metallic owl.

    "Take to the sky and use Steel Flechettes on those gunmen when you get a clear shot!" Leona instructed Tempest Avian telepathically. The owl wordlessly obeyed and flew high into the air, flying up until it got a clear shot on as many of the gunmen as possible. It hovered in place for a moment, then flapped its wings and fired a burst of steel flechettes at the targets.

    There was no telling if the men would be able to see the attack in time and take cover to avoid it. There was also no telling if the Steel Flechettes could punch through their armor even if they hit. There was also the possibility that the dispersion of Tempest Avian's projectiles would be so great that they would miss even without the targets taking evasive action.

    Once all of the summons she could field were out Leona dropped to one knee for a moment to try and avoid any retaliatory gunfire, then stood up again and channeled silver magic into the palm of her right hand. She pointed the palm of her right hand towards one of the gunmen, the closest one she could see. When the spell was ready Leona thrust her right arm forward with the palm facing out and fired the Air Pressure spell, creating a visible silver horizontal column of compressed air that raced towards the target. Once the spell had been fired she ducked down again and waited for another chance to attack.

    She was not sure if the Air Pressure spell would hit the target or not. She was not sure that the spell would do enough damage to eliminate the target even if it hit. If her Air Pressure spell did not work Leona would kill every last gunman with her bare hands if she had to. She had plenty of techniques to use and enough adrenaline surging through her body to let her keep going until the enemies were lying dead on the ground.

    The mystery gunmen would not live to regret their mistake of attacking Silver Wolf members and the Silver Wolf Guild Hall.

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    Asena growled when the first shot barely missing the golden-haired girl.

    The other Silver Wolf members were quick to ready themselves when their attackers were made known. They were quickly covered by a protective layer of protection by the librarian, the raven-haired boy was doing his best keeping himself alive, and the guild mistress summoned four beings to aid them: three of the summoned creatures looked like harpies, and the last was a metal bird-man hybrid that the she-wolf did not have the faintest idea what I was supposed to be. But it was on their side, and that was enough for now.

    Asena stepped forward, further in front between the wizards and where the source of the attack came while the guild mistress’ three harpies defended them and the metal owl flew up. The librarian was kind enough to provide further support by shooting a beam of water to where he must have felt the attackers came from.

    The she-wolf was going to participate in this hunt, but that didn’t mean she was not going to protect their territory first. Their attackers’ bullets could penetrate the barrier, that was already more than the usual threat the mountains offered. Asena’s pride as an ethereal wolf made from the same source as the barrier was slightly threatened. She was going to rectify that.

    The she-wolf howled!

    Her nose pointed at the sky as energy circled around her. Asena’s present form was that of the regular looking spirit wolves that wandered around the grounds. But since her adventures with her partner, her power had been refined considerably. The she-wolf grew, literally, as she kept on howling at the sky. The harness around her body broke halfway when her body was large enough, the sword and its sheath fell on the snow. When she stopped howling, she was already bigger than the largest work horses. She towered over the wizards, but she was looking through the tree line that housed their attackers.

    Four shots hit her. They hurt, but it was at the cost of keeping the wizards safe. And it was a show of force. To the untrained eye, the bullets entered her body and was burned inside by her ethereal body.

    Their defense was not out of desperation, that was evident enough from how the wizards reacted. But she wanted the enemy to know just how well defended they truly were.

    Asena howled once more; her bluish body was engulfed again by the same purplish light she showcased earlier.

    You tread on holy ground, whelps.

    Her thoughts echoed as her piercing howl reached even the furthest peaks of the mountain, every living thing in the area could hear her voice directly in their minds.

    You stain such a place with your presence alone.

    As her howl intensified, their attackers would soon see the might of the guardians. Other ethereal wolves materialized from the snow, from the sides of the trees, and even from the very uneven grounds of the tree line their attackers were now hiding from. This happened all over the mountains. No matter how well hidden these individuals thought they were, the sheer number of spirit wolves attacking them would reveal their location eventually.

    This was not Asena’s power; this was at her request of her fellow brethren.

    As recompense, we will paint a layer of snow with your blood. Flickering lights and gunshots could be heard from all over the tree line closest to them, another batch of noise could be heard from further down in a larger thicket of trees, and a few were even heard from further up the mountains. Asena’s howl stopped as the gunshots became more intense, some stopped, replaced by screaming and the sound of the other ethereal wolves howling.

    Guardians, She looked back at the wizards. The other wolves might be weaker, but follow their howls and you will see where these vermin are hiding.

    More howling echoed from all over the mountains.

    Asena picked up Tim's sword along with its sheath as she looked back at the hunt. No one else will die under my watch.

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    If the bullets wouldn't take out Theo, the girl, for a split second, felt like doing it herself. The man really just stood there, striking a ridiculous pose while under heavy gunfire. Before she could jump at him, drag him onto the ground and push his stupid face into the snow, though, he did it himself, apparently realizing the error of his ways. Had it not been for a hail of metal, the girl would've launched into a tirade, but there was no time for that. Common sense prevented her from doing just such a thing, something she was now sure the Treasure Hunter did not possess.

    Why was she getting so worked up over this?

    Screw it. There would be time to ponder later, when all of the Pergranti scum would be dead. Not at her hand, however. For a few seconds, Aspen felt ready to cry, to scream, to despair at the sight of the exact scenario she'd been avoiding these past two years. She had gone to such great lengths to ditch her pursuers, had spent such considerable effort at evading the forces of Pergrande, and now they had found her. She'd been too careless. She'd endangered the entire guild, she'd endangered the only recently recovered Theo, and though the girl cared much less about it in the end, she'd endangered her own life.

    Or so she'd thought.

    Aspen had underestimated her peers. In a wave of violence that was nothing short of a bloodbath, a string of events was set in motion that would end this fight as swiftly as it had come. In a storm of ice and snow whirled up by undoubtedly arcane winds, the blanket of white was disturbed by magical power summoned forth by someone from amongst the group of mages. Aspen's head turned. Leona. How naive of her. She was in the presence of a Wizard Saint. At first there would be stunned silence, then amazement, followed by satisfaction as she watched a rain of steel descend on their attackers. The whistle of steel through the air, then, the sickening sound of metal being torn like tissue paper, bones and flesh sundered by the impact of flechettes. Blood and gore stained the previously pristine sheet of pure, powdery snow red.

    The gunfire, now altogether silenced by an uncompromising display of brutality against a ruthless invader, gave way to an animalistic howl. A scream of defiance that the girl swore she could hear as words ringing clear as day. More joined in, yet more followed. All over the mountains, the wolves howled. Gunfire resumed. Erratic, hectic, the short bursts of explosions interrupted by screams of pain, agony, then fear transitioning to terror. Gradually, Over the course of painfully long seconds that stretched out into one minute bordering a second one, fighting gave way to an eerie silence, one so absolute that only the aftermath of battle could produce it. Once it became clear that whoever hadn't been immediately slain by Leona's familiar had been torn asunder by the spiritual guardians of Silver Wolf, Aspen stood, swiftly, a certain kind of determination and definitive resolve in her every movement. The girl, without as much as a word, ran, sprinted to a point not much further down the mountain, towards the treeline where the attackers had come from.

    If it hadn't been clear before, the sight before her now confirmed it. The attackers had been decimated in a manner that neither Aspen nor these soldiers could've expected. Lifeless bodies, a good two dozen at least, if not more, were strewn about, some more intact than others. Flechettes, spells, wolves. All had left their respective marks, as one would expect. A gruesome sight, yes, but one the ex-Paladin had grown morbidly accustomed to. She would never quite get used to it, the strange, indescribable feeling sitting in her stomach like a stone seeming to weigh her down despite the fact that these people had tried to kill her, kill her compatriots mere moments before. She swallowed. There was no place for humanity here. Not if she wanted to keep breathing in the foreseeable future.

    Her eyes wandered, briefly, as if searching for something, handgun clasped firmly in the hands outstretched before her. A few seconds of seemingly focused search were all it took. Aspen appeared to have found what she was looking for. A shape in the snow, an armored body on its stomach, a flechette piercing through the chest and emerging from the back. The chest, however, was rising and falling slowly, the sound of faint coughs, muffled by the combat helmet, echoing forth from the sole survivor.

    Aspen seemed to zone out, completely disregard her surroundings. Her face was pale, her normally so stoic expression twisted into a boiling anger. Swift, broad steps carried her over to the form. She holstered her pistol, picked up the assault rifle that rested on the blood-tinged snow next to the figure before she kicked the person's side, shouldering the firearm and flipping the individual onto their back, prompting what seemed like a deep and agony-filled gurgle from this person. She aimed, pointing the barrel of the weapon at the head of the dying soldier, golden oculi staring down the length of the gun with an unwavering intensity. Her voice, normally so collected, so unerringly monotone, rang out as she screamed, the unrestrained anger in her voice clear for all who would hear it. She spoke Pergranti, those who would recognize it would soon realize.

    "Kto poslal tebya?" (Who sent you?).

    The person on the ground didn't immediately respond, though writhed in pain as its chest rose, then fell, and once again rose with a gurgle. Aspen stepped forward, towering over the wounded individual on the ground, the muzzle of her weapon moving to only inches away from the helmet. She could hear it. The soft, pained chuckle of a man's voice underneath that emotionless metal.

    "Vy znayete, chto uzhe." (You know that already)

    Her brows furrowed, moreso than they already had. Her voice, still agitated, though no longer a scream, filled the air anew.

    "Gde on seychas? Kak mnogo on znayet?" (Where's he now? How much does he know?)

    There was a pause. One second, two, three. It felt like an uncomfortably long time to Aspen, her finger nervously twitching on the trigger of the rifle. Then, another chuckle.

    "I do not negotiate with traitors". The man spoke plain Fiorean, fluent and without flaw, although heavily tinged in an obvious Pergranti accent.

    The gold-haired woman inhaled sharply.

    "Ochen' khorosho. Vy zastavili Rodinu gordit'sya, svoloch. Nadeyus' ono togo stoilo" (Very well. You made the motherland proud, bastard. I hope that it was worth it).

    A single, ear-splitting crack echoed across the mountains. A single shot ended the man's pain, finished the conversation, if it could even be referred to as such. The girl immediately turned, threw the assault rifle away from herself. Her legs were shaking, and her body felt too weak to support her. Aspen slumped back, sank to the icy ground, tears streaming down a once again stoic face.



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    Post by Theo 13th November 2022, 5:49 am

    As soon as Aspen was up and running down the mountain, Theo was up, too. Still slower than he used to be, he fell a little behind, but he used the breath he might have called out to her with to fuel his feet instead. As she came to a stop beside a dying foe to scream at him, the jello man looked a little taken aback and concerned. Her rigid expressions had been bent plenty of times by his antics, but never like this. It was understandable, though, so he wouldn’t interrupt. He’d offer his silent support as he took a chance to catch his breath and watch her back as they spoke words he didn’t understand.

    Not that he needed to watch her back, after all of that. What a mighty display! Their former/potentially current guild mates made swift work of all of the armored bodies nearby. Theo felt some sort of way about it. Proud that they were so strong, silly for forgetting Leona’s devastating combat prowess, and a little jealous that he could no longer say the same for himself. The last one really hit hard and he felt his depression swell. One thing he didn’t seem to feel, though, was sorry for the dead. The blood and gore and death didn’t effect him at all, which may come as a surprise to even those who thought they knew him well. Theo Silversong had seen and caused worse than this. As much as he’d once fought to cover it up, learn to cherish life, and turn over a new, softer, cleaner leaf, the tough times post Crystal Swan’s fall and the death of his friends shoved him a good few steps backward into his more gray, mercenary-like ways. There was a version or two of Theo who would have paled and squirmed at seeing such a thing, but he didn’t seem to be here anymore. All that remained was a strange, somber acceptance.

    Perhaps out of really old habit rather than intention, Theo had moved to stoop over a very dead but rather intact body to idly search for useful things. He’d never really seen a Pergranti soldier up close, not in 3,000ish years, at least. His world history was basically non-existent due to poor schooling, and anything he had learned in those ancient days was likely either wrong or obsolete. If Pergrande was a thing back then and he met anyone from there, things were obviously super different even with tech aside. Was it wrong to think this fancy armor would be nice to have? He poked at it, deep in thought. Maybe he’d come back for it. He picked up a weird, big gun and carefully looked it over. It was heavy and cold. This was the first time he’d held a real one, though he’d certainly heard them go off before and even modeled one of this spells after some handguns. Since he was so much more useless now, maybe these things could enable him to support and protect Aspen—

    Speaking of, he was yanked back from his unusually normal train of thought by a shot. Whirling, he faced Aspen again, terrified his focus had slipped and the worst had happened. Instead, he was greeted by the sight of the young woman putting a very pointed period at the end of this attack’s sentence. Again, perhaps a sight that would shake someone, but seemed to have little effect on the usually so animated mage. His frigid eyes darted to the more important thing; her face. And what he saw finally registered some pain in his features.

    Aspen had no sooner touched the snow with anything but her feet when Theo was there, pulling her into his arms. “Careful, your cheeks are gonna freeze,” he fussed, using his sleeve to try and wipe the tears away as they came. There was no use in telling her everything was okay and not to cry. He was a horrible liar and didn’t believe the words himself. Aspen probably needed to cry, especially if her stoicism was her bottling everything up, so he wouldn’t tell her to stop. Theo would gladly take her soggy frost bite if it meant keeping her warm and dry.

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    It was safe to say that the danger was taken care of swiftly. Swift as the wind, as one might say – and they were unable to hide away, too. The masked wizard heard the howling cries of the wolves loud and clear, and he felt more unified with the guild than ever before. Despite the ground being soaked in blood, not a single Silver Wolf member had been compromised.

    “Excellent work, Mistress! And Asena, shrewd calling!” Yuvon praised his guildmates, even wanting to praise Aspen had she not immediately gone off to the treeline on her own, for reasons which he hadn’t realized just yet. Were there still surviving enemies nearby? In that case, she couldn’t be left alone – if they were after her and Theo, then they were vulnerable! Yuvon knew no details of what had occurred in their absence from the guild, but it was no far stretch to say that the attack here and now had been targeting those two specifically…

    The loud crack in the woods led the librarian to a sad scene – indifferent to the dead soldier, it was Aspen’s face that left a sour sensation in his chest. Even while Theo was trying to comfort her, Yuvon only now began to wonder even further… just how much trouble had these soldiers given them?

    A closer glance gave him a hint that they were… Pergranti. They couldn’t be the neighboring Bosco people, and recent events just pointed towards that conclusion. Still, with all these corpses around… there was a ripe opportunity for looting. Think about it – they would likely not get a better chance at ripping off Pergranti technology like this ever again. Would Aspen by okay with that?

    Oh, what was he talking about… he could tell that anything detrimental to Pergrande was an okay in her book. “… I must say this,” Yuvon spoke up to Aspen and Theo, “I detest Pergrande – likely not more than you two, but it’s the truth. And still… their equipment is rather praiseworthy.” A lot of damage had been done to the last guy who got shot by Aspen, but there was a screen on his arm.

    Upon kneeling down and inspecting the arm, Yuvon found a gauntlet with a screen that held the drawings that clearly resembled a map. It took a little while, but the librarian managed to release the gauntlet – a bit of ‘grave robbing’ here and there wasn’t new to him – many treasures had better use in the walls of their guild than in some dusty grave with no benefits to the world. “You two look like you need some tea… or hot cocoa for you, Theo. Reckon we go back inside?”

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    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt 18th November 2022, 1:23 am

    Leona felt the surge of adrenaline increase in power as the mystery assailants fell before her and the other Silver Wolf members. Even the spirit wolves got in on the action. When it was all said and done every Silver Wolf member was still alive and all of the assailants were dead. She did not know how long the fight took, but it did not take very long to end it with a decisive victory for the guild. This had not been a fight.

    This had been pest control.

    If anyone looked at her it would obvious that Leona was still riding a serious adrenaline rush. Her teeth were clenched tightly, her right hand was balled into a fist, and her eyes were narrowed to the point they resembled emerald daggers. The Wizard Saint was ready to fight anyone else who thought it was a bright idea to attack Silver Wolf members and Silver Wolf Guild Hall.

    Her breathing was shallow as she surveyed the area where the gunmen were firing at them only a short time ago. Tempest Avian's Steel Flechettes had done a number on a good deal of the attackers and the snow was stained with so much blood that it was impossible to tell where one stain ended and another began. Leona was not sickened, though. She was grimly satisfied at the sight of the dead gunmen. They must have thought that their fancy gear and their weapons would give them an insurmountable edge against the Silver Wolf mages, but they had not counted on the fury of a Wizard Saint who did not hold back.

    Leona's adrenaline rush was still in high gear as she looked around her again and saw her handiwork. The attackers had gotten what they deserved for daring to trespass on Silver Wolf territory and attack Silver Wolf members. Did they really think that the Guild Mistress of Silver Wolf would let them attack Aspen and the others with impunity?

    The Wizard Saint walked slowly through the snow towards the direction a gunshot had come from, looking at the bodies of the attackers as she walked past them. Seeing them up close shut down all the self-righteous rhetoric flowing through her mind and made her realize that she had reaped a grim harvest this day. She felt the adrenaline rush be dulled by a sense of uneasiness... it seemed that the only thing she was good at was fighting and killing others. Violence seemed like the only thing she was ever going to be good at.

    She could live with that, though.

    Leona had grown up in the harsh and unforgiving deserts of Desierto and her upbringing had influenced her character long after she had left Desierto to travel to Fiore. She had had to learn to fight ever since she was a young child and had made her first kill against a member of a raiding party attacking her home village when she was twelve or thirteen. Once she had come to Fiore when she was eighteen and became a mage her body count had skyrocketed because she took combat-oriented jobs above all other jobs.

    Bandits, slavers, serial killers, cultists... she had killed so many evildoers that she had lost count of how many she had killed over the years.

    It had to be in the hundreds, though.

    Pushing that thought out of her mind, Leona walked until she came across Aspen, Theo, and Yuvon in the vicinity of one of the mystery assailants. She stopped a short distance away from them and noticed that Aspen was crying. The Wizard Saint's adrenaline rush began to taper off as she looked at the golden-eyed youth in the arms of Theo. Feeling a moment of sobriety after riding the adrenaline rush for so long, Leona decided to keep her distance rather than risk saying something stupid that hurt Aspen's feelings. Leona was not very good at emotional conversations anyway.

    Leona turned away from the trio and turned back to the dead gunmen. She noticed that there was a good amount of gear just waiting to be picked up and claimed. There were some pieces of armor that were still able to be used along with some intact helmets with very fancy-looking accessories. Every bit of the gear was far more advanced than anything she currently possessed, so the Wizard Saint was going to appropriate a full suit of the armor and a helmet for herself. This opportunity was a gift from above and another one might never come along again, so she was not going to waste this chance.

    "To the victor goes the spoils." Leona recited a classic phrase aloud with satisfaction on her voice, her earlier angst about killing being all she was good at virtually forgotten when faced with the prospect of being able to claim some high-quality gear for herself. She was not going to get greedy, though... all she needed for herself was a suit of armor and a helmet. And maybe one of those rifles too. Weapons were always good to have.

    With that Leona began to walk towards one of the bodies wearing reasonably intact armor and helmet to begin claiming her prizes.

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    Post by Rodadnuf 18th November 2022, 8:31 am


    Years ago, Silver Wolf was built under circumstances Asena could no longer remember. It was something concerning the Ley Line, or something which already evolved past its initial form. Whatever it was, the guild now stood as a beacon. To the yearning, it is an umbrella. To the weak, it is a bulwark. To the seeker, it is the wind in their sails. And to the malicious? It is their undoing.

    And such is exactly what happened to the cowards who tried to attack them.

    The she-wolf went along when she and the librarian heard the last gunshot. In the deeper parts of the woods laid the two along with the guild mistress. She noticed the matron did not try and console the ones their assailants were after. Asena knew the look she gave before resolving to keep her distance. It was a look her old partner gave a lot whenever he walked around the guild house by himself between jobs. It was a look of someone who knew they didn’t belong. At least, Asena knew Silver Wolf’s matron deemed herself an outsider only when she saw the golden-haired girl in tears. Did she not think she was capable of consoling her? Asena continued to wonder until her foot stepped on a corpse. The she-wolf gave it a look and did not recognize the make of their assailants’ equipment. There were no distinct markings, thought if there had been any she would not have been able to identify them from the horribly lacking knowledge she had about the neighboring nations of this land. Would he have recognized them?

    But the librarian then gave the answer she needed as he praised their equipment.

    Pergrande. She recognized the name.

    A sudden gunshot and the tree close to her breaking and falling down snapped her attention away from her thought!

    Before she thought there was one they missed, her eyes landed to two spirit wolves mauling a stiff mechanized looking armored solider. The she-wolf dashed towards them, thinking she had to finish it off but when she was close enough to seemed the two ethereal wolves were trying to open the soldier’s armor and likely—

    Bang!

    Asena found herself snarling as a bullet barely grazed her and toppled over another tree. She barked at the two wolves! The two suddenly stood at attention as she began screaming at them. By the heavens, what prompted them not to disarm the armor before trying to get the body inside it?! What if it hit an innocent?!

    The two wolves only looked at her remorsefully.

    She frowned at them.

    The two wolves could only look at her with upturned eyes.

    She huffed at them, rolling her eyes.

    Asena gave a thorough look at the armor and saw a glass display not unlike an iLac over its arm. She nudged her nose at the display and with a few random boops with her nose, the back of the armor fizzled and popped open. A fresh corpse was ejected and was then promptly mauled by the excited pair of wolves.

    Youngsters… Asena huffed in disappointment. Not even a sense of decorum.

    Then her attention landed over to the empty mechanical armor and the large weapon it was carrying. The armor itself was completely alien to her, but she knew well enough it wasn’t a conventional armor. Its mechanical parts made it look like it has an external skeletal structure, much like an insect, to help its user manage to wield the bulky looking weapon.

    Asena heard the guild mistress utter a phrase. To the victor?

    The exoskeletal armor was something familiar-ish while the weapon itself was nothing she encountered before. But she knew someone who might. Should the good doctor’s plan come to fruition. He might appreciate a new set of equipment waiting for his return. Of not, it would make for a good ornamental piece in their room. Asena whined happily as she sheathed the sword and rested it inside the armor, closed the exoskeletal piece with a boop on the wrist display, and hauled it with her large maw while it was still stuck holding the long-barreled weapon.

    Asena noticed the golden haired girl along with the raven haired boy.

    They needed something; a word, or two.

    The she-wolf dropped the armed hollow armor with a thud beside them.

    ‘A hot drink to warm an aching heart.’ She nodded at their tentacled ally as he suggested some tea and hot cocoa. ‘A beautiful suggestion, Librarian.’

    ‘You belong with us,’ She clad her cheeks with a purplish flame as she shrunk down so she was tall enough for her cheeks to hover over their heads. ‘Both of you.’

    This was the flame that awakened her. She hoped it would be enough to warm them just as he had done the same to her.

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    Post by Mercury Arseneault 29th November 2022, 9:27 pm

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    Things had been relatively quiet at Silver Wolf, as it almost always was. They always had a rather steady stream of tourists in the groups there to enjoy the spas and many relaxing accommodations the guild provided, but for the most part their guests were usually very well mannered and didn’t cause much of a fuss. No surprise, seeing as how it was next to impossible for anyone with ill intentions to find the guild, thanks to the magical protections in place around it.

    One could imagine her surprise, then, when she portaled into her room, having been with Vandrad’s family on their island for most of the day, to find an alarm sounding within the building. Her companion crow Bandit shrieked his protest at the grating sound, flapping madly about the room. Mercury glanced up with a frown, not entirely certain what she was hearing – mostly because there hadn’t been any attacks on the guild during her tenure there. “What the hell..?” Pulling up the feed to the cameras around the building, it didn’t take long to confirm that there was a full battle going on outside. “Oh fuck!” Not knowing who was picking the fight, she took a critical moment to activate her tactical suit, the garment covering her from head to toe and masking her face entirely. Then, she adjusted the settings on her translocation ray and opened another portal to take her directly outside.

    The Xocili stepped out into the snowy area leading up the entrance of the guild, coming out hot with her bow in her hand, an arrow of electricity fully notched and ready to go as she was already taking aim. “ALRIGHT MOTHERFUCKERS,” she called out, her voice masked by a synthesizer, “TIME TO GET THIS PARTY STARRRrrr….ted.” The ace stopped in her tracks and took stock of the area around her. There was dead bodies littering the place, their gear and armor distinctly Pergrandian. Well, they wouldn’t be there for her, then.

    A few people were gathered around, including Yuvon, one of the wolves, and Leona who was currently checking the bodies. Mercury deactivated her mask, the material dematerializing from her face like it was made of digital space, revealing the lavender haired woman with her trademark smirk. “Of course. The one time someone is dumb enough to attack us, and I miss it. Fucking figures.” Dismissing her bow into the ether, she turned to Leona. “Do I even want to know what…”

    The ace’s voice trailed off, her sentence left unfinished as her emerald gaze continued past the guildmistress to the two figures huddled nearby, a young man attempting to console a young woman that was crying. Recognition hit her and her jaw fully dropped. “Theo…? Aspen..?” It wasn’t often that anything caught Mercury off guard, but she was fully shaken by the appearance of her two former guildmates. How long had it been? Long enough that she’d assumed they were dead. “Holy shit.”

    She stood there for a moment trying to collect herself and figure out what to do or say. Mercury couldn’t recall a time she’d ever seen Aspen crying. Whatever had just occurred out here, it was clearly having a strong effect on the woman – and by extension, Theo. Gathering herself, she approached the pair and knelt down beside them. After only a brief hesitation, the Silver Wolf ace still not entirely well versed on acts of compassion, she would reach out and put a gentle, comforting hand on either of their shoulders. “Hey, let’s get you two inside. You look like you could both use a little warmth… and a drink. A strong one.” While she put the kind suggestion out there, she would not insist or push them into it, wanting them to find the strength and will to move on their own time.

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    Post by Aspen Azarov 1st December 2022, 12:40 pm

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    The girl wanted it to end. She just wanted it to stop. The fighting. The struggling. The fear and the constant running away. She had done nothing wrong. She'd never wanted to hurt anyone. All that she had ever wanted was to be free.

    She just wanted to live.

    Aspen felt sick as she descended into the snow. The scent of blood lingered in the air, and no matter how much she tried to stave off her body's reaction to it, it didn't listen to her. With the scent, the images came back, singular frames flashing in her mind. The cold feeling of steel in her hands, the noise of explosions and guns, endlessly repeated as if played from a broken record. Again, again, again. Bullet after bullet, shot after shot. Sometimes, a scream followed. The scent of blood followed... always. Her eyes, wet with tears, seemed dull and empty as she stared into the distance. Within them reflected only void. There was no emotion there, no regret, no anger, only despair remained.

    There was a warmth, however, when Theo rushed over and tended to her, the tears on her face wiped away by his gesture. Her eyes focused, stared at the man's own as if bewitched, deeply and appreciatively, but the emotion didn't change the young woman's expression in the least. It was an absolute apathy. Still, there was immense comfort in his act, and Aspen readily took it all in. She said nothing, but took the hand that he had used to dry those tears into her own and squeezed it. She looked down upon it. It felt so warm compared to the cold around her.

    The girl raised her gaze once more, her eyes wandering. The other members of the guild were close. Within this chaos, she had complete glossed over the fact that, while the eventuality that she had dreaded for so long had happened again, she was still here. Theo was still here. Silver Wolf was still here, not just unbroken, but utterly triumphant. All these mercenaries had been no threat at all to the Mistress. Her eyes took her to the sight of the masked individual and the guardian wolf, as well. Then, another arrival, this one more familiar, made her way to the group. Mercury. So her old colleague was still here, too, huh? Maybe the guild hadn't changed much, after all. Maybe... maybe this had been the correct decision. There it was again. That faint glimmer of emotion that she'd felt before. Hope.

    "I'm sorry", the girl said as she stood, looked around, the same emotionless mask on her face that she always wore, though the tears seemed quelled. It was a gruesome sight, something that the girl wanted to be rid of. The turmoil that had overtaken her had died down a bit, but she needed some space away from here. Until this mess was cleaned up, at least. She turned to the new arrival. "I suppose I still have some explaining to do. It'll take a while, so I'll take you up on that offer. Could really use that drink right about fucking now. Leona-", the girl turned to the Guild Mistress of Silver Wolf, addressing her, too. "-I owe it to you, as well, so I would like for you to be present. Merc, lead the way". Her voice was, as always, monotonous, one-dimensional, but therein was contained some semblance of the definitive. Unwavering determination.

    A path forward.



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    Post by Theo 8th December 2022, 10:36 pm

    As he crouched there with Aspen, offering enough compassion to offset her apathy, Theo considered something rather sad. He was happy for her to be back here and that the guild had just proven their capability to protect her. This was the safest place she could be... if he wasn't here with her. This feeling came in waves and though he knew he should listen, he was powerless to his own selfishness. Theo wanted to be with her so badly.

    That self-destructive path was disrupted by a new voice in the fray that hadn't been there before. One that both made him happy and nervous. Mercury. He'd certainly missed her, but there were other things he definitely didn't miss. Most thought his unease was because she was so relentlessly flirty, and that was certainly a part of it... though the bigger modifier to that issue was that she was his aunt and no one knew, since he didn't want to cause a paradox. There were some layers of icky that Theo had to suffer alone, and it struck more fear in his heart than even the giganticest of ta-tas could. But still, when she approached and touched his and Aspen's shoulder, he wanted to hug her and cry. It was pretty similar to the feeling he'd had seeing his parents for the first time.

    No, he'd hold all of that in... which meant being utterly and completely silent. If he so much as parted his lips a nanometer, he'd start either blabbing or sobbing. Though he had certainly earned a good, long cry, now was not the time. Never was the time. He stood after Aspen did, jamming his hands into his pockets and completing their journey at long last by heading inside the guild hall with the others that wished to hear Aspen's tale. He was eager to hear it, as well.

    Perhaps he could take Yuvon's suggestion of hot cocoa and add the strong drink Merc offered to it...

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    Post by Yuvon 14th December 2022, 8:56 am

    Hot cocoa sure sounded like a good time right now. Despite having successfully dismantled the small enemy force, the area was… depressing to watch. And that sort of atmosphere would surely affect your mind, if you didn’t seek shelter in the warmth of better company in a hurry…

    Therefore, after petting Asena a little – such a good wolf, that one, such a loyal wolf – Yuvon was strolling towards the entrance of the guild again when a masked, armored soldier made their appearance. This sure made his heart skip a few beats, but he quickly rested at ease again once he heard her voice again… but really, given by what had occurred, Yuvon had found himself toppling backwards and falling on his silly ass at the arrival of Mercury.

    He'd quickly get back up on his feet and wipe the snow off of his bum before making his way back into the guild. “5 cups of hot cocoa on the way, everyone! I suggest you all seek shelter inside the guild again, and let the wolves take care of the remains,” he proclaimed before finally engulfing himself in the warmer lights of Silver Wolf’s inner guild hall. It was easier to notice the distant sounds of guests in the guild from inside rather than from where the attack had occurred, and thank the heavens that nobody got harmed…



    There were now five, wooden mugs of reasonable size – about a fist wide each – being filled up with newly-made, steamy and creamy milk mixed with cocoa powder, then sugar, then a mound of one of the few Minstrelois things that Yuvon admired – their unholily good chocolate crushed into chips a sand corn large each. It was fairly simple to make hot cocoa, but it was the heart behind it that counted the most. Maybe Yuvon’s compassionate heart could be tasted in it, if only.

    With a splash of vanilla extract, each mug was then filled up and accompanied with small marshmallows, whipped cream, bigger chips of chocolate, crushed white-and-red candy canes due to the times, and-

    … Maybe he had overdone it. Well, the chocolate was dark, so maybe it wasn’t as ridiculously sweet as he feared at first. He had been a little extra with Leona’s mug, though, and added a spike of cinnamon to her beverage. Once the other members would join him, Yuvon and his extra tentacle limbs – dry and muscular for convenience – would hand each member their designated mug.

    “Monsieur... The sugary lad Theo may have influenced me a little…” he mumbled in slight embarrassment before waiting for Asena’s requests. As a wolf, she’d probably not enjoy a cup of hot cocoa herself, but Yuvon did have marine flesh ready to be prepared for her. She responded in good time and made a killing with the corpses and with commandeering the other wolves, so she too deserved a reward.

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    Post by Leona Jarnefeldt 14th December 2022, 11:34 pm

    With the looting being finished and her loot being carried by The Furies Leona stood where she was surveying the area. She saw the corpses of the assailants and showed no emotion at the sight. She had not hesitated to defend Silver Wolf members and guild property and she was glad that she had not failed here like she had at the Ishgar Symposium. Today no one had been hurt except those who meant to do Silver Wolf members harm.

    Leona continued to look towards the corpses and experienced the familiar feeling that violence was all she was good at and all she would ever be good at. She could not create technological marvels, she could not create groundbreaking scientific research, and she could not create healing potions. The dead enemies sprawled on the ground in front of her was a testament to her lack of technological and scientific acumen and a testament to what she was really good at.

    Corpses.

    Corpses was what she could create.

    Leona remained silent with the sobering thought as she found herself wishing that she could do something other than kill her enemies. That would have to wait because she looked towards Silver Wolf's Ace Mercury Arsenault and recalled what she had said. The Ace had arrived in dramatic fashion by exclaiming fighting words... judging by the outfit Mercury was obviously loaded for bear, but since all the assailants were dead there was no need for her to fight. Instead she smoothy switched gears and started comforting Aspen and Theo, a task that Leona was ill-suited for.

    After some time had passed and she heard a familiar voice Leona finally turned away from the fallen assailants. She listened to Aspen's words, making eye contact with the golden-eyed young woman.

    "I'll be glad to listen to you, Aspen." Leona said in a serious tone of voice. She had no ill will towards the young woman for her previous departure from the guild... the blonde was riding the last of the adrenaline rush and was not quite able to come down from it yet, so she sounded much more serious than she intended to sound. Leona might get a chance to explain later, so she would just have to be patient and wait for the chance.

    Leona went silent again and looked towards her summons. The Furies were still holding her loot and waiting patiently for a command. Looking at the collected gear made the Wizard Saint think.

    While it was undoubtedly ghoulish to loot the dead, the enemies she had killed had attacked Silver Wolf members with full intent to kill and were not going to stop shooting until they had succeeded. Taking some of the gear from the dead was Leona claiming restitution for what they had attempted to do to her guildmates. Besides, the gear was just too good to leave lying around.

    The blonde had plans for the fancy armor and other gear she had claimed for herself, but since she currently lacked the knowledge to use it to its full potential, she would have to wait awhile. She would place it in storage in her room until the time was right. For now she would focus on the present and listen to what Aspen had to tell her. This was Leona's second chance to get to know Aspen better and she did not want to throw it away by being inattentive.

    With that Leona turned around and began walking towards the guild hall a short distance behind some of the others. Leona gave a telepathic command to her summons and The Furies began to walk just behind her with the accumulated gear she had won in combat.

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