A few ships have been sent by the Order of the Chief God to the coasts of Zipangu. Knowing that the Mamono of the foreign continent were much calmer than the more feral monsters in their own land, the Order’s temples have enlisted several missionaries to travel to Zipangu and attempt to keep its human and monster inhabitants chaste, by whatever means necessary. They have even planned for some resistance from the locals, and have brought soldiers with them to ensure conformity.
After taking the village of Tsumini off of Zipangu’s coast, the Order has run into a dilemma. The Mist Continent’s navy spotted their invasion, and are planning to assist in defending Zipangu from attack. The Order plans on pushing further into Zipangu to Karujo City.
The Order has begun to build fortifications to defend against any naval attack that might be made by the Mist Continent. However, as one problem is being prevented, another takes its place. The Ushi-Oni from the Aikushi Mountians have somehow heard news of the Order’s arrival, and are currently raiding the Order-controlled village of Tsumini to reduce the amount of soldiers there. Meanwhile, the lord and lady of the nearby Karujo City are about to hear news of the invasion, and war might officially start now.
The raid has ended. The Order’s numbers dwindle, but Tsumini remains under their control. Something has happened, however. An illness has started to take place, coincidentally in the same place that the Order has landed. But this is no disease. Whether directed by the Order or not, someone has found a way to decrease the lifespan of Mamono husbands, and has made an enemy of the goddess Hel herself.
It was all an elaborate ruse. The Order had sent ships to Tsumini as a diversion for the real invasion, which now has begun at the very north of Zipangu, in the region of Tamane-Jaiang. From sloops to galleons, Dragoon knights to airships, the Order has spared no expense in this full-scale assault. The Mist Continent Navy now fights the Western ships from behind as rowboats full of soldiers land on the beaches, where Zipanguan soldiers await them to do battle.
The battle in Tamane-Jaiang has begun. A massive armada, lead by the Prince Elias, now launches their full-scale force of infantry, navy, and airship units at Northern Zipangu. All the while, the small region of Cyrzure Isle has sent three delegates to rally the Zipanguan cities and villages to arms as word spreads of the Order’s arrival.
You can choose to be either a Zipanguan (I think that’s what they’re called) or an Orderite. Sticking to Mamono from Zipangu is preferred, if you wish to play as one. You may also play as a Mist Continent soldier.
The Slime smiled. “Oh, but we have, your grace. Many, many times. Your nightmares of monsters turning your peaceful kingdom into a lustful Demon Realm. Nightmares of your family and friends being captured and corrupted. Nightmares of becoming a king to a Mamono queen.” The Slime’s voice got quieter. “You overlook me in your dreams, but I am there. I am the catharsis to every tragedy. I am the rainbow to each of those storms. Here in Zipangu, your nightmares will cease to exist. Because of me.”
The grumpy paladin snickered as he drank from his cup. “That’s better. I’ve had nothing but that wretched tea since this morning. She probably wanted to prolong my desire for a real drink.” The priest looked to Captain Fayard as he sat down. “No apology necessary, Captain. You’ve actually come right on time for some other news. I have received word that Prince Elias himself is leading the armada up north, and has even brought airships with him. I have been requesting for airships within our reinforcements, but I haven’t gotten the confirmation yet.”
The axemen was surprisingly agile, quickly rolling away from the blast of flames and swinging his axe, aiming for the ribs.
Two of the swordsmen held firm as they slid underneath the blades, jumping back up and lunging at Ainyl with their swords. The other soldiers weren’t quite as lucky, to say the least.
"That's the way." Louis said, after the Kappa entered the small fishing boat. "I know I may seem a bit stern here, but it's only because you...well, you got into a pickle. But then again, its scenarios like these that really teach you a lesson."
Casting off into the water, Louis continued as he began to row. "I've warned the other fishermen ss best as possible, and they're going to spread word about the Order and the incident. Something tells me they fired first...and if so, then it's a wrongful sign of karma yet to come for them. I...I know there are some good folk in that bunch, as not evetyone's a pile of dung, but keep in mind its either Zipangu or the Order here. Once the real fighting begins, if it hasn't already, people will fight for one side or another for causes greater than their being. I just wonder how much will be sacrificed to achieve either side's goal..."
"Dreams.......dreams.....Is this.....?" Eli thought to himself, before sounds and images began flooding his head; sounds of clashing metal and whistling arrows. And images of a host of armored men charging up a sandy beach like a wave of shining steel; with an armored figure he recognized as himself at their head. "This isn't real! None of it! This place, the Slime, the boy and the Wolf pup! It's all in my head!" He concluded.
Elias then gave the Slime a knowing smile before speaking.
"You're right, I do sometimes fear for my friends, my family and my country. But at the same time, I know they are safe; for there are many back home who fight for friends, family and country above all else. And like them, I will fight for those three precious things, until there are no more wars left to fight, or war claims my life. And I will gladly give it in battle, before I become a monster's prize." He said sternly.
"I must disagree with you on one matter though. If Altmora was truly peaceful as you say; I wouldn't be here leading an army now, would I?" He finished with a small but still visible smirk.
(Yeah come to think of it, I wouldn't really call Altmora a peaceful kingdom. In my mind, it's a great military power first and foremost. I think I'm gonna write a bio for Elias, and an info page about Altmora. I'll then link them here somewhere when I get around to it.)
"Saving a life is never wrong, miss Suki. However, I won't take the chance of revealing any detailing info, so as long as the fact isn't found out, I'll be fine." Louis replied, continuing to row. "All this talk is dampening the mood. Lets try amd brighten it up a bit. So what was your job before all this?"
Fayard raised an eyebrow in surprise. "Seriously? I thought it was just drunken rant. But,... would that be enough? I'm afraid we can not handle it at this rate for a long time, the men are tired and the equipment is getting worse. "
He pointed out, tapping his armor damaged by the dragon. "And we are under the threat of a naval landing at any moment."
“I mean the peace that you see it as in your dreams. When peace is upon Altmora, when the dust of war settles. You dream of that day when peace will finally arrive. But the nightmare remains that at some time during that peace, darkness will fall upon your kingdom.” (Sounds good.)
“Not to worry, Captain. Any bombardment of the village will be well defended against. And besides, the locals here are too high of a risk. Our reports suggest that most of the Mist Continent Navy is up north, and will try to defend against the prince’s assault. As for supplies, I see no reason to... persuade the villagers here to lend us some resources.” The priest then turned to the mage. “Arch Magus, you seem troubled. Is there a question I can answer about the campaign for you?”
The axemen fell to the floor of the deck, his body motionless as the war axe still remained stuck in Bonehart’s ribcage. Alleria, meanwhile, dodged one of her assailants’ attacks before kicking him over the railing to fall into the ocean. The other soldier gave an enraged cry as as he swung his sword down on the ELf’s shoulder. Alleria only had enough time to back up before the length of her arm was sliced, a shallow but long laceration trailing down her left arm as she let out a yelp of pain.
The swordsmen lunged again, their blades bouncing off of the barrier this time. Behind them, Ainyl could see Roran’s breathing gradually slow down.
“Well, believe it or not, I own a florist shop in Kaitoku. The surface world isn’t the only place where you can find beautiful flowers.” The Kappa smiled at the thought of her place back home.
"Kaitoku? Never heard of the place. Where's it at? Never visited it before, so I'm curious what it's like. Maybe once you're fully healed, you can head back there." Louis said, smiling back at her, their destination nearing. "But a flower shop...who woulda thought a sea dweller like yourself could make a living on the surface?"
"Nothing about that. I'm just rather displeased by fact that a quartermaster felt the need to harm my slave when she was sent out to get mead. I'm certain that you can see the problem with that?" Vez'nan hoped that the priest did, as he would rather not be brought to explaining himself.
Bonehart charged the remaining soldier, coming to the aid of Alleria.
Ainyl growled and slammed her staff into the floor, removing the barrier and launching a wave of magic at the swordsmen. Hoping that this would distract them, she rushes to Roran.
“I live off of the coast in a lagoon, so I have open access to the region’s port markets. It’s a simple business. And why of you? Is fishing your primary source of income?”
The swordsman rolled away from the charging Dragon to avoid her attack.
The two swordsmen below deck fell to the floor, now incapacitated. The inspector stepped over Roran’s crumpled body and unsheathed his own sword, a long cutlass with a glowing pink blade. Demon Realm silver.
"Well, fishing kinda is part of our major way of life in our port town. People trade or sell catches for cash or things that will be useful down the line. Me, on the other hand, wish there was a better life sometimes, but I can't complain. After all, life can lead to many different places." Louis replied back, having reached their destination, weighing anchor as to remain in one spot. "So, you want to learn how to fish with a rod, or do you want to swim to catch them?"
“Though I’d think I could handle a rod any other day, my hand won’t be too helpful in that regard.” The Kappa slipped into the water and swam around a few times before coming back up. “Swimming seems much better now that the wound is mostly healed. So, what’s the fish and size you’re looking for?”
"Well, we're looking for fish that are edible, perhaps tasty, like some classic Zipanguan trout. Goldscale Carp are an absolute delight for fisherman since they fetch a high price. In terms of size, I'd say that the bigger the better, but not too big in this case since I don't want to sink my boat." Louis replied, telling Suki about the subject. "Of course, there are other fish, but you'll know them when you see them, if you've been down underwater for quite a bit.
Elias let out a small chuckle before speaking up again.
"Perhaps I do dream of peace. But that's all what peace is really; a dream. Something unobtainable that we all want, but can never truly have. And all the poor fools in this world who think they have it, have nothing but a small period of calm before the next storm."
As he spoke those words, he recalled them in his head, and he heard his father's voice speaking them.
“Alright. I’ll go down and find some for you. Be right back.” The Kappa then dove back into the water, and Louis was left alone to fish on the surface.
Wherever the Slime’s mass covered him, that place was relieved from the humidity of the steam, her body feeling cool to the touch. Feeling the heat starting to increase, the Mamono offered more slime to Eli’s mouth as she spoke. “You must miss him...”
"I do, but like I said before; he is depending on me and my success here. And if I am to return home and be able to look my father in the eyes, I must succeed. And to do that, I must first return to my men; my friends and brothers in arms." He said, hoping the Slime would release him so he could awaken.
Vez'nan, due to the lack of response, returned to his brooding. Occasionally drinking from his cup.
Bonehart charged past him and managed to stop herself before she could fall into the ocean. She flew up and began the casting of a spell.
Ainyl looked at the inspector. "Well, your soldiers down here have faltered. Those above us are probably going to lose as well. Unless you're some sort of grand master swordsman you're probably going to lose when my two companions get here. So why continue to fight?"
Louis could vaguely see the Kappa’s small green body swimmingly around at the bottom of the ocean, probably fifty feet below him.
The Slime looked at him for a long time before finally starting to release him. “You are covered in Ushi-Oni blood. You must wash it off in the ocean as soon as you awaken.”
The priest nodded to Fayard before turning to the mage. “I suppose there is some liability on his part for damaging another’s property, but monsters are tough creatures. I’m sure that a few scratches wouldn’t destroy them. In fact, it might just help with showing them our control of their village.”
The soldier tensed up as he lifted his sword in front of him, preparing for another attack.
“Foolish whore. I have slain more monsters than you could imagine. And all I have to do is stand in the way as your weakling of a captain dies his slow, painful, deserving death.”
Vez'nan sighed. "Yeah, but do you know how hard it is to clean up blood? Now I'll be cleaning up bloodstains because my other slaves are rather squeamish and if they do it they'll probably make another mess..." He didn't know if he was actually right, but he didn't really care.
Ainyl growls. "Well then. Talking seems useless..." She gets into a fighting stance.
Bonehart roared as dozens of little green orbs flew out of her mouth and towards the remaining Orderites.
After a while, a splash would erupt from the water beside Louis. Suki had returned with what appeared to be a large kelp bass, probably weighing more than twice her weight. She was struggling to keep it in her arms. “H-How about this one?!”
“Squeamish, ay? Well I suppose you should have them get used to it, else it’ll be their blood that they’ll be cleaning.” The table burst into laughter at the priest’s joke, all save for Captain Fayard.
In a speed that almost seemed unnatural, the inspector leapt forward, thrusting his cutlass and aiming for Ainyl’s chest.
The remaining soldiers above were hit by the orbs as they tried to jump back.
“I suggested drinking a bit more. This steam that is dehydrating you is the heat from the Demonic Energy. You must cool down if you wish to wake up with smaller symptoms.” The Slime offered more of her water to Eli’s mouth.
(Eli has been unconscious since he fainted. He will wake up to the battle being won by the Order and with him in an infirmary tent. I’m trying to speed up time as much as I can to get Menagerie back into the game.)
“Menagerie...” Haruto took the Bnashee’s hand and held it to his heart. “Please... stay with me until morning...”
Vez'nan eventually stopped laughing. "Heh. I suppose I'll have one of my other slaves get started on dinner, if you'll excuse me."
Ainyl shifted her body so that the strike wouldn't be lethal. She howled in pain however as he ended up stabbing her in the shoulder. Despite this, she still thrusted her gem tipped staff at the Inspector.
The orbs exploded upon hitting them, releasing a cloud of case that would have the affects of an aphrodisiac.
More water trickled down Eli’s throat, helping extinguish the feverish heat from the environment. “I’m going to encase you to cool you down. Once you’re fully enveloped, you will wake.”
“Very well, Arch Magus.” The priest nodded to the mage before returning to the conversation. “Also, I find it important to discuss the predicament of our prisoners being freed. Many of them escaped when that Banshee released a good number of them, but most somehow broke free during the Arachne raid.”
The inspector parried the attack before countering with a backslash to her abdomen.
The soldiers on the deck of the ship faltered before starting to pant, some of them falling to their knees in a desperate struggle to find fresh air. The groaning of pleasure from the aphrodisiac was soon to follow.
The Slime’s mass slowly climbed up Elias’s legs and waist as it slowly lowered him to the ground. From there, more slime slipped over his chest and legs, covering him further. The viscous pink fluid was lukewarm in temperature, but felt quite cold compared to how hot the steam was. Needless to say, it felt very pleasant. “Remember...” The Slime’s voice echoed in his head as the rest of his body was enveloped. “Find me in Maikeru...”
The Kappa hopped into the boat after placing the bass into the boat, panting heavily from exhaustion. “Thanks...”
Bonehart saw Ainyl fighting the inspector as she entered, and behind them was the almost motionless body of their captain, along with several soldiers. Alleria was entered right behind Bonehart, and quickly knocked an arrow to fire at the Orderite. The inspector parried the attack and backstepped slightly. “Even now, the Demon Realm silver is doing its work. By the time your captain is dead, you will have tired completely.”
Vez’nan found her in the exact spot where Shira had been cooking, now chopping up some beef.
“Shhh. Easy, your grace, easy. Everything is alright. We won the battle.” A cleric sat next to Elias, who had woken up on a sweat-soaked bedroll. He was in a large tent, and he saw a few other clerics walking over to check on him.
(Hey Highwayman. Since you’re new, I suggest reading up on the Wiki rules if you haven’t already. Once you’re done with that, you can read the thread description and choose a character based on the last paragraph.)
Louis, nodding, hoisted the anchor as he began to row back, the weight of the fish making the boat squeak. "Don't worry. This blat's held more than a fair share of bigguns...although this fish may be the heaviest I've seen.:
We took some casualties. Several dozen infantry are missing, along with the downed airship crew, some sailors from the destroyed naval vessels, and one Dragoon unit.”
“Physically, you’ve healed her. She’s fine in that regard,” The last chop with her meat cleaver was a bit more violent than the others. “Emotionally? She’s traumatized. Arch Magus, Shirohebi are quite solitary. She had never really interacted with civilization before. I can’t even imagine myself if my first impression of the outside world was one of military might, abuse, neglect, mistreatment. She’s innocent... we’re all innocent.” Mayumi looked over her shoulder. “She has come to realize that you are the safest person to be around, and she just learned that even your presence won’t keep her from all harm.”
Roran had lost a significant amount of blood, the dagger still imbedded in his abdomen. His half-lidded eyes saw Bonehart approaching him, and he tried to keep himself concious. “My lady... I’m sorry...”
The inspector blocked the blow with his cutlass before uppercutting with his blade.
“I saw it... and I was worried it... wouldn’t fit in... in the boat... phew...” By looks of how tired she was, she probably had been wrestling with it for almost a half hour.
"Well, we got it in." Louis replied, rowing still towards the port town. "I betcha that fish will bring in quite a penny, and since you've pretty much wrestled to get it up here, you'll take 70 percent of what we get out of the big fish."
“Of course, sire.” One would bow and quickly leave as the others continued to tend to the prince’s wounds, gently washing the contamination off his skin with rags and warm water.
“We are currently trying to find the soldier that had guard duty at the labor camp during the time of the attack. Would any of you happen to have an idea as to who might be responsible for this?” The priest looked around the room as the officials shook their heads.
Mayumi nodded as she continued cooking. Vez’nan saw that the door to the room where his servants had been sleeping was closed, and he heard a familiar voice behind it. It was so quiet that Vez’nan couldn’t recognize what was being said. No, not said... sung...
“Bleeding... out...” Roran weakly pointed to a box in the corner of the room. “Ban... bandages...”
The inspector was ready this time. Using his good arm, he caught Ainyl’s staff with a sneer. “That’s enough.”
“Just... keep wra... wrapping...” The captain’s eyes started to close as she wrapped him up. “M... magic...?”
Vez’nan could hear the shakiness in Shira’s voice, and the occasional sob. Besides that, her voice, just like when she sang to Kyoko, was the most beautiful Vez’nan had ever heard .
Just as Ainyl was about to be overpowered, another arrow was shot by Alleria, this time landing in his chest. The Elf quickly leapt forward, dropping her bow and unsheathing her daggers before throwing one into his shoulder, causing the inspector to let go of the staff. “Ainyl, shapeshift!”
“They have been cleaned and polished to your liking, sire. Your breastplate was crushed in battle, and it is being repaired as we speak.”
(Sorry. Sometimes I overlook replies. If that ever happens, just repost what’s you said.)
“Oh, that won’t be necessary. You should keep the money, you probably need a break.”
Shira stopped singing immediately, and soon opened the door. She let Vez’nan in and closed the door behind him, sighing as she did. “T-Thanks... lamias tend to have great singing abilities.” Her eyes were bloodshot from crying so much, and her breaths we’re shaky. “I’m sorry if I look like a mess... I didn’t mean to cause a scene.”
Transforming into such a large Mamono made the ship rock back and forth a bit as Ainyl charged the inspector. Not expecting her to shapeshift, the inspector was not able to escape the attack quick enough.
The blood started soaking through the bandages, so Bonehart would have to wrap faster the keep up with the blood loss. Despite his efforts in staying awake, Roran was trailing off in speech. “I just... need to keep talking... I... just...”
“Good. I was able to heal your wounds for you while you were asleep. As long as you don’t exert yourself too much, you should be alright.”
Captain Mathis arrived after a few minutes, and Eli could immediately tell that something was wrong. The Wing Captain’s eyes were watery, and his helmet was at his side.
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"Well, we got it in." Louis replied, rowing still towards the port town. "I betcha that fish will bring in quite a penny, and since you've pretty much wrestled to get it up here, you'll take 70 percent of what we get out of the big fish."
“...Coral and her rider Aston cannot be found. They landed in the ocean, and the rest of the squadron is searching for them. Your grace... he was the youngest dragoon rider I’ve ever commanded... he was only a kid.” Jonah shook his head. “What’s more... Yara is gravely injured. You must’ve been unconscious when that... that serpent morphed into a Primal dragon. Yara and I took the lead in our strike, but... but...” The captain wouldn’t allow himself to sob, even as tears streamed down his face. “If she lives... she may never fly again...”
“You heard the priest. Soon, reinforcements will arrive, and I’ll just be brought along to aid in the destruction of a free Karujo City. More Mamono will be sent away in chains, and their husbands imprisoned at best. Mayumi and Yuna and I... we got lucky when you chose us. The... incident that occurred outside will look insignificant when compared to the horrors that the Order will commit.” Shira had been staring down the whole time she had been speaking, but with a face that could only be recognized as reluctant acceptance, she looked up at Vez’nan dead in the eye. “So long ago, I asked you to trust me. I’ve saved your life many times out of the fact that you are a good person, Arch Magus. You and Beatrice deserve the best that this world has to offer. You are a soldier that follows orders, but your kindness is masked by your fealty to the Order. I want to ask you this, and no matter the answer, I will respect it and never speak of it again. But I must inquire...” Shira took a breath before she spoke. “...Would you leave the Order to save hundreds of thousands of human and Mamono lives, to preserve the harmony of a nation, to prevent an entire culture and its multitude of species from going extinct?”
The inspector was getting scratched and beaten left to right, blood seeping from his nose and lips, as well as the claw marks. With a last bit of strength, he grabbed the hilt of his blade and tried to impale the Ushi-Oni’s carapace with his Demon Realm cutlass.
“Keep on... ta... talking... just keh... keep on...” Roran’s condition was starting to stabilize the more Bonehart continued to wrap the bandages.
The rest of the table turned to Captain Fayard, the priest nodding. “Alright, Captain?”
The Kappa waved it off. “Oh, that won’t be necessary. Besides, this is your big break. My life is perfect the way it is.”
The nurse looked out the window. “Times are changing. After dozens of generations, it seems that war is upon Zipangu once again.” She looked back to Sato. “One gold piece. I do not usually do business like this, but desperate times call for desperate measures.”
"But you helped catch it. Surely the funds could help you get back home, if nothing else." Louis replied, continuing his rowing. "And for the record...I'm no master angler. Pros like that live up in bigger cities with larger ships, if I recall correctly...anyhow, we're almost back here."
“Great Mother Ryu!” The sailors all ran to the edge of the wharf to get a better look. “It’s HUGE! She caught that by herself?!”
The clerics all bowed and left the tent. It was only afterward that Mathis broke down into tears, picking up a pot of water and throwing it in an angry fit of grief, smashing it on impact with the ground.
“Of course. I unfortunately expect more customers as this invasion persists, but I will do what I can. If you need anything else, you are welcome to return att any time.”
"Well, she tussled with it underwater is what. Her strength is quite something, all right. I only helped her bring it in." Louis said, giving credit to a blushing Suki. "So, I think its only fair that the lass decides what to do with it. We could have it set up in an aquarium, bring people here to take a gander at it, or we could just chop it up and sell it to the fish market. What do you think, Suki?"
Suki blushed quite a bit as she was put on the spot. She looked down at her feet. “Perhaps mounting it on a mantelpiece would bring a lot of attention. However,” She placed a hand on the fish, closing her eyes. “Killing it or putting it in an aquarium seems unfit for such a majestic creature like this...”
"Jonah....." Elias started to say while weakly standing up. He then slowly walked over to the grieving captain.
"Listen to me, I know things are grim, but you cannot lose heart. We have good healers to tend to Yara. And we have a large fleet to help search for your missing pair. You just need to hold on to hope..." He said in a calm, comforting tone of voice. All while trying to contain his own grief.
“Eli, Yara’s wing is shredded! It’s barely clinging to her back now!” Mathis rarely let his formalities slip with the prince, especially since his enlistment into the ranks of the Order. He had never raised his voice at Elias, but he seemed to be in so much pain that he no longer cared. “And you know what the worst part is?! I can fix it! All she needs is my... my energy to heal herself. But I can’t do it. It’ll put her in even more danger than she’s in now if I tried that. Those clerics don’t know how to heal nonhumans; no human has ever broken a goddamn WING before, Eli!”
"...Well...true on both accounts. But this is YOUR catch. Not mine. Is there someplace that's open yet where anyone can see the fish? I mean, after all, we don't like seein' someone get all sad." Louis replied, trying to find a solution best for all.
Elias then sat down next to Mathis and looked him square in the eyes.
"Jonah, I damn well know that fear of the church hasn't stopped you two before. Hell, you did it in the bloody crow's nest for a good part of the voyage out here! In broad fecking daylight nonetheless!" Eli said in a hushed, but stern tone.
"So if you think that your mana can make the big difference then you better damn well give it to her! And you can consider that both my permision and a royal command!" He concluded before taking a deep breath.
"And don't worry, I'll make sure no one knows. Just......keep it quiet. And if anyone finds out, they'll answer to me. You and your squadron carried today's battle, I would say you both deserve a reward. Consider this that as well. Understood?"
Mathis gazed back, tears still streaming down his cheeks, before he slowly nodded. “Alright... thank you, my liege.” Jonah sat up before wiping his eyes. “Now, I’m sure you had some orders for me before I came in like this.”
Elias smiled and patted the captain on the shoulder.
"No, I actually just want a report. A cleric gave me a tally on our losses, but I need to know what happened after I went down. Starting with that damn serpent. You said it was a dragon, yes? What happened to it?"
(Where's my reply? I'll go ahead an repost just in case.)
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"...Well...true on both accounts. But this is YOUR catch. Not mine. Is there someplace that's open yet where anyone can see the fish? I mean, after all, we don't like seein' someone get all sad." Louis replied, trying to find a solution best for all.
“We fought it back out towards the ocean. It’s Primal form was enormous, perhaps the length of two Sandworms, so it was some kind of dragon. Just as we were beating it, the wind started kicking up, which forced Yara and a few other Wyverns to dive at an angle. The others were able to pull out of the stall, but... Yara and I didn’t make it. The wind blasted us towards the tree line, and... she clipped her wing against a tree.” Mathis shook his head before continuing. “I could only watch with my spyglass as I waited for help to arrive, but the serpent was actually hit by one of the airship ballistas. The one shot downed it, and it landed far off into the ocean. No signs of it anywhere.”
The Kappa shrugged. “I have never been on this side of Zipangu before. I suppose I could ask around, but I doubt someplace fairly contained will be found anywhere near here.”
“We’ve taken the towers, yes. But these Zipanguans are clever. They’ve barricaded themselves within a tunnel system underneath the mountain range, like it’s an anthill. It appears to be fortified to the fullest extent.”
"Before the attack, my men and I investigate a cabin in the woods. We suspected mamono were hiding inside, but we found some of our missing men and were able to bring them back. Unfortunately with a horde of monsters approaching, we could not push the investigations on what happen to them. Only that the cabin was empty... " he began to establish the situation.
"We joined the village in extremis before the attack, but in front of the savagery of the assault and many of our men getting kidnapped by those monstrosities ..." he let a moment of silence hover over the tragedy of the situation.
"I thought a lure was needed to relieve our brave soldiers. So I released the prisoners hoping the monsters would find them easier to attack than our trained men. And the gods seem to have smiled upon us on that day. The attack quickly stopped after I joined forces to repel the horde. " he concluded worried.
(Uhhhh... I don’t think they had cameras back then XD)
The whole table was silent for a while, until a paladin adjacent to Fayard spoke up. “So you released the prisoners to divert the monsters away from the soldiers?”
“At least a few thousand. Many of the Zipanguans fled after watching their serpent be defeated. I’m not sure how long we can besiege an entire mountain range, but I doubt they fortified themselves without preparations for a long term assault.” (I was thinking the same thing XD. Also, the little island on my map that is supposed to be Cyrsure Isle is actually Okinawa XD)
Fayard look at the paladin. "Yes. It was the idea. Since those things are so evil, they would certainly prefer harming unarmed slaves running for their lives than faithful and trained soldiers. At least this is what I concluded based on the teaching of the church." his face dead serious.
"Atleast they don't have the numbers to meet us in the field. So long as we keep them trapped up there, we can move where we like without much resistance. Thus, we have the initiative. Though we may be able to come up with a plan to flush them out at some point soon." He said thougtfully.
"And lastly, what happened to the damn Mist Navy that nearly caught us with our trousers down? Last I saw, a good number of their ships were burning, with the rest being severely damaged and crippled thanks to you. But did we manage to sink them all?" He asked, raising a hopeful eyebrow.
(Oh god, that can't be a coincidence. Because here's Elias with literal flamethrowers on his ships. Which by the way, can be removed and mounted on wheels. Soooo yeah. WW2 pacific flashbacks intensify. O.O)
Vez'nan looked shocked by the question. "Why must you make the choice of staying with the Order sound so bad? Why must you make my joining or staying decide whether or not Zipangu continues to exist?" Vez'nan sat down and stared at Shira. "I'm sorry, but I'll be staying with the Order, and I'll probably never leave. Though I'll try my best to keep you all safe if it's any consolation..."
"Well, I'm glad that I'm going to be able to save a human life." Bonehart commented as she continued in her work.
Ainyl roared with pain as her carapace was pierced. As her blood dropped into the inspector, she attempted to grab him and throw him.
The table was silent once again before the paladin slowly stood... to raise his glass. “A toast to Captain Fayard of Lescatie, for his ingenuity during a time of chaos.” The other officials raised their cups as well with smiles. “To Captain Fayard!” (You got lucky this time XD)
“Only one got away, but not without sustaining heavy damage. The rest were destroyed. We only captured a few of their sailors, the rest of their crews are either dead or missing.” (Except this time, Japan takes the ‘good’ side o.O)
“Arch Magus, they will abuse us, torture us, enslave us, kill us. Not even the human families will be safe. Deep down inside, you must know that, Arch Magus.” Shira sighed, deciding to let go of the subject; she wouldn’t bring it up again. “...I didn’t think that humanity could... could ever be so cruel...” She felt the area where she was glassed. “They hurt me... and they... they laughed.” Shira failed to stifle her sniffles. “They took pleasure in causing me pain... what kind of person does that?”
“I... I might need... s-some wine for this pain... the shock seems... seems to be dying down...” Roran winced as the blood soaked through the layers of bandages less and less.
The inspector was launched across the room and into the wall, knocking him out. He twitched as the Demonic Energy from Ainyl’s wound seeped into his skin.
The nurse smiled grimly before closing the door behind Sato.
The fisherman understood the situation, and offered some money to help pay for the Kappa’s journey back to her home. In the end, Louis and Suki had received almost enough for the venture.
“Heavy, heavy damages. secondary sails were completely incinerated, and intense scorching belowdecks. They were sailing southwest a ways off along the western coast. If we don’t find them, the caravels along the Order-friendly regions will.”
Even in the dark, Sato could see he change that Taboso was going through. Militiamen had started to patrol the village in small platoons, and the road leading From Tsumini to Karujo City was being barricaded.
Mathis stood and saluted the prince. “Thank you, my liege.” And with that, he left the medical tent.
“I think I can manage from this amount...” The Kappa suddenly wrapped her arms around Louis, hugging him tightly. “Louis... thank you so much. I... I don’t know how I could ever express just how much gratitude I have for what you’ve done for me.”
"Now, now. You've got you flower shop to go back to. I'm sure everyone there is waiting for you." Louis replied, patting her on the back. "Besides, you got yourself here, and without a doubt you'll find a way back."
After Elias was left alone, he wondered what to do with his newfound free time. For he was not exactly tired after being unconcious for much of the day. So he looked around the tent for his leathers, as well Dawntalon.
(From this point on, Dawntalon is gonna be the name of Elias's sword. Since an ancient royal runeblade kind of deserves a cool name.)
“Do you mind rowing me into the open waters? It’ll be a safer trip if I can avoid the rocky shallows during high tide.” Yuki looked out at the barely visible shoreline, only illuminated by the light of the moon.
His leathers had been placed beside his bedroll, and Elias found his blade impeccably polished on a hide layout. Even its sheath had been waxed down. A cleric soon entered the tent and bowed to the prince. “Your grace, would be so kind as to allow us to check for any overlooked ailments?”
The cleric would start to examine the prince, stretching his arms out by his side. “Are you able to roll your shoulders back?”
Suki nodded as she went to get into the boat.
The priest nodded after the toast was given. “I suppose the idea was good for the moment, but we must be very careful now. Any prisoners that have escaped could leak information that could jeapordize our part of the campaign.”
The inspector was soon bound in silk, still knocked out cold from Ainyl’s throw. Alleria saw Bonehart enter the room and walk to where the wine bottles were located, and her eyes went wide. “Oh no, Roran! Bonehart, is he alright?”
“No kidding,” Shira seemed to shiver a bit and rubbed her arms to keep warm. “Chilly in here...”
(Is the map that Sato has a full map of Zipangu, or just of the region he’s in?)
The cleric nodded and brought a bowl of oil to her side, dipping her hands in and rubbing it on hr palms before sliding them over the prince’s shoulder, slowly massaging out the knots in and around the area. “It took a long time to stabilize you from that monster’s blood. You were unconscious for hours.”
Elias quietly grunted as she massaged his shoulder.
"I've been spattered by monster blood before, many times infact. But that....?" Elias paused and shook his head. "The heat was so intense, it felt like I was being burned alive from the inside....." He said, while leaving out the part that the heat also felt good.
“A torturous pain, I imagine,” She spread the olive oil over his back as well, being sure to cover the muscles and tendons connecting it to his shoulder. “You had suffered from a strange heat stroke while the blood was being absorbed into your skin. You were twitching in your sleep, as well. Did you have a fever dream of some sort?”
Suki stared out at the moonlight. “It really is beautiful out here... no noise from the towns and no sound from the cities... just the moon and the waves...”
“In any case, I thank the Chief God that you are no longer under the wicked influence of such a toxin, sire. It would not do well for you to have fallen in your first battle to a bit of monster blood.” She finally finished with Eli’s shoulder and continued to check for any other soreness, continuing with his legs. “Feel anything tight in your forelegs?”
"It is...except for the smell of the fish. Louis said, then chuckling a bit as he rowed. "For all my love of fish, I just groan at their smell, I can eat em' and smell them when they're cooked. Raw? Not so much..."
Personality: Xelle is tough and cheerful he enjoys a good fight however he at the same time gives off a innocent feeling, he has deep within his heart a ruthless and brutal personality which shows itself when in dangerous situations. Or someone he knows is in trouble as well
Bio: all his life Xelle practied using a sword in hopes that he one day can travel the world. When he was old enough he was offered the job to venture to zipangu so he took it.
The Kappa chuckled. “Yes, I suppose that is a small inconvenience to-“ It was hard to tell in the dark, but Suki’s face looked like it was reddening. “D-Do I... do I smell like raw fish?”
“Very well. Is there anything else that is troubling you physically?” The cleric asked as she washed the oil off of her hands with a pot of water.
“Indeed. We will just need to hope that our reinforcements get here before any Mist Navy vessels do. They will be quite occupied by the battles up north, but depending on how successful our invasion in Tamane-Jaiang is, they may sail down the coast to us before help arrives.”
Alleria nodded to Bonehart and followed Ainyl, both of them entering the compartment. Ainyl saw Roran on the bed, his chest no longer bare with the fifty or so layers of bandages around it. He rested on his back, weak from the amount of blood he had lost. The Orderite dagger was on the nightstand next to him, which seemed to glow a very faint red along the blade, even with blood staining most of it. “Lady Ainyl... I’m afraid our trip to Zipangu may be delayed... I apologize...”
“...No, I will not keep you any longer. You must return to your meeting and get some rest... if you require me, I will be in here.” Shira turned to him and, with a look of pure gratitude, hugged him tightly. “I thank you for everything you have done, Arch Magus... I may not be alive if it wasn’t for you...”
(Sounds good, Soulstice. You can introduce your character.)
"What? Of course not. You have the scent of seawater, and its not that bad, honestly." Louis replied, his rowing continuing. "In fact, you smell more pleasant than most fishermen here, and believe me, they smell."
"It's only natural." Louis replied, still rowing. "Most people get used to their own smells. Fishermen included. And even if anyone else thinks you smell, don't listen to them. You are your own, er...Kappa. Was going to say 'person', but you are more than that, and you are a Kappa that brought in a huge fish."
Xelle made his way through town looking for a blacksmith so he could get his gauntlets and other arms repaired. He had dented them in a bar fight that the young brawler just had to join. He still had a bruise on his cheek that was somewhat covered by a patch. Indicating there was also a cut. "I'm still shaking!" He said as he gazed at his hands. "I hope someone else comes along." Xelle said as he closed his hands clenching them
“I’m sure we can... persuade the locals to patch up some of our armor, if they can. Otherwise, we will have to wait until reinforcements show up with supplies.”
It was a high tide, though the waves seemed to settle very slightly as he saw the first colors of the morning sun turn the black sky into a very deep purple.
Mayumi had finished preparing the food and was just about to serve Vez’nan’s guests when he entered the kitchen. “Did you speak with her, Arch Magus?”
“No... I’m only able to sail this ship solo because I have practiced for years. Unless any of you have experience with navigating and sailing...” Roran let out a pained groan as he unconsciously started sitting up to speak, causing him to fall down on his back again, tiring him out. “I...”
Sufi smiled shyly. “Yes... it’s hard to imagine me doing something like that. Never thought I could wrestle a fish almost as large as me.” She looked out at the coloring of the sky as signs of dawn approached.
Mayumi nodded and entered the dining room where she proceeded to set down a large dish of steaming steak and rice in the middle of the table. None of them thanked her, as was almost expected. She bowed and left to return to her own quarters as the officials helped themselves to the food.
It was a very slow sunrise, one that gradually changed the color of the sky before the sun even began to appear on the horizon.
The food was absolutely delicious. Juicy and tender beef with hot rice covered Vez’nan’s tastebuds. Many of the officials were visibly surprised at the flavor, but none of them gave their complements to the food. “Could use some salt,” One of the quartermasters said as he took a bite of his steak.
Alleria nodded as she poured Roran a glass of the wine, which he took eagerly. Roran gulped it down before looking to Ainyl. “Lady Ainyl... be careful.”
“This is fine,” She looked back to Louis with a sad smile. “I will miss you, Louis. You’ve not only saved my life, but you’ve helped me find a way to return home. I don’t know how I could thank you more.”
"Well...you've already got a head start back on life. I see no need for further thanks. You just take care of yourself, alright? And try not to encounter any more Order soldiers. It'd be a shame to see you all mangled up again." Louis replied, q sad smile on his face as well.
Elias smiled as he took in the sight. He was happy to enjoy a small moment of peace before he set about waging war.
In truth, the sight was incredibly motivating for him; for he knew that demon realms never witness sunrises, nor sunsets, nor the sun in general. Only constant, unyielding darkness.
"This. This is what the Demon Lord would take from us." He bitterly thought to himself.
"So long as I live, I will fight for this. The people of these islands will see me as a foe, an invader; but I will fight to protect this land's beauty." He concluded with determination.
He then let a long sigh. He knew the soldiers would awaken soon, and that he would have to set them to task. But that could wait for just a brief moment. So he turned and walked along the shoreline, truly relaxed in both body in mind; if not for just this one moment.
When Louis had arrived at the pier, many people were already emerging from their homes, yawning and starting their days. The town was alive as dawn rose.
It was a man. Looking at the wood and steel of his armor, he appeared to be a Zipanguan soldier. He had a crossbow bolt in the left side of his torso, his blood staining the sand red. His glaive rested a few feet from his body. What was more was that he was still alive, his breathing ragged and his hair wet from the seawater.
Elias jumped back in surprise when he saw the Zipanguan, but it quickly became clear that he was in dire condition. So he cautiously approched, before picking up the glaive and tossing it away. Eli then removed one of his gloves and pressed two fingers against the man's neck to check for a pulse.
Two clerics rushed over at the prince’s command, faltering only slightly when they saw that they were helping. A wounded enemy. It was by the prince’s command, however; they never questioned his authority.
“That is good thinking, captain. We will have soldiers supervise the repairs to our arms and armor until help arrives.” The priest looked to Vez’nan afterwards. “Speaking of which, Arch Magus, I have received reports that a small division of mages has been deployed along with the reinforcements, and will be put under your command.”
The freezing cold of the island was harsh at night, and Xelle saw the early signs of dawn as the sky changed in color ever so slightly. It wouldn’t be until around the afternoon that the temperature would warm up.
The water was cold for a short moment as Ainyl dived in, though the mucus from her Unagi figure helped conserve her body heat. Looking down at the sandbar beneath her, it appeared to be a sixty-foot drop from the surface to the bottom. Smal schools of fish swam in the distance, along with a stingray or two at the bottom. She also noticed a few of the Orderite soldiers that had fallen into the water earlier, many of them tiring out quickly from trying to stay afloat.
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"Well...back to buisness..." Louis said, stretching his arms out and headed in his house to catch a nap before setting out again, trying up his boat as the fisherman wanted to get some sleep.
(Not sure if you joined after I mentioned this Kingly, but if characters willingly fall asleep, they stay asleep until their RPer wakes them up, or if someone/something else wakes them. Unless you want me to describe a dream to you, you get to wake up at any time you want. Just know that I’m controlling the time.)
Xelle didn't seem bothered by the time but at the same time he noticed he's been walking all and his feet was hurting a lot. Xelle didn't want to waste money on a tavern because he might pay too much and he doesn't have that much to begin with. So xelle found a building and laid against the wall next to the door. "Damn nothing good happened today i thought monsters roamed this place.. am i in the wrong city?" Xelle asked himself.
The soldiers saw Ainyl in the water with them and immediately started panicking, trying to swim away, only to slow down their movements after a few seconds. One of them stopped moving completely, and started to sink beneath the surface. At that moment, a blur of orange and red swept by and snatched the drowning man. She immediately wrapped several large tentacles around him and giving him a deep kiss, sending oxygen into his lungs. It was a Scylla.
“Arch Magus, you have been a great asset to this campaign. You have my permission to take the day off until dawn tomorrow. You deserve it.” With that the priest stood up. “Unless there are any other questions, this meeting is adjourned.”
Risu embraced the Banshee and threw a knapsack over her shoulders, Hatachi doing the same. “So, were are we headed first?”
Perhaps it was because of the cold of dawn or how early in the day it was that Xele saw no one up and about in to large town of Amphirite (Cyrzurean town).
Merchants were at their shop stands and townspeople were starting to emerge from their homes, going about their ways as morning rose.
The priest nodded as the other officials exited the house. Vez’nan found the little Danuki in the nursery with the baby Arachne, slowly rocking the infant’s cradle to keep her asleep. From all the ruckus in the dining room, it must have taken her a great deal of effort to keep Kyoko asleep.
An Unagi-Joro with a different, more saturated color of skin than the form Ainyl had taken, quickly swam up from some part of the seafloor and coiled around another sailor, also starting to breathe air into the soldier. The man Ainyl had was starting to close his eyes, his movements slowing.
Xelle noticed a few of the citizens began to come out or rather heard them, this caused him to open his eyes and look at who was coming. Nobody all that special actually. At least nobody that special to him, no strong fighters, no blacksmiths that he could see. Maybe he should go look for a job to take so he has more money.
The two set the Zipanguan down on a bedroll and began taking off his armor to get a better look at the wound. One of them put a hand on his forehead and closed her eyes before opening them a minute later. “He is in tremendous pain. Not just from his injury, however... something is troubling him greatly.”
Yuna looked up and blinked in surprise. “You... you grow fond of her?”
The sailor Ainyl held accepted the air in an awkward position; this technique of resuscitation was quite new to her. His eyes fluttered open before looking around. “Here,” Ainyl heard a feminine voice behind her. A Mermaid swam up and took the man from her to let the Dark Elf catch her own breath. “You don’t seem to be from around here. What’s your name, newcomer?” The Mermaid asked casually as the other Mamono slowly grew more passionate with their lifesaving.
"Hmm... I was thinking. The last two soul shards I found were at places where I had a special event with Haruto. So, his home in the forest could be a major place, we'll head there first" she'd reply, hovering over the ground. "Oh, and don't worry, I won't be flying ahead of you guys. Now, lets go!"
As soon as Xelle saw the forhe he immediately began walking as soon as he got a little closer Xelle was able to make out the light showing it would be open or was open. Xelle soon arived and began to knock on the door "anyone here?? I'm looking for a repair!"
The Mermaid talked to Ainyl in between breaths with the sailor. “How bad are his wounds?”
Yuna nodded as she looked back at the baby Mamono. “Arch Magus? I wanted to ask... do you think about having children?”
Tents were spread out across the beach, and some soldiers patrolled the garrison to keep watch. Elias could see the foggy mountains to the south, where the enemy was said to have sealed themselves off.
The couple made their way downstairs and out of the inn, following Menagerie.
"No, it's not like I can marry, what with Beatrice being a Mamono and the chance of her doing something undesirable should I marry someone else."
"He's stable, but he's in no position to act as captain anytime soon. I'd love to be able to wait, but with the Order nearby..." Ainyl trailed off. "I decided to see if any of you would be able to help us."
“But if you love Beatrice, and she loves you, isn’t it mean for people to say that you can’t get married?” Yuna’s throughts were completely innocent. She was only six years old; it woudn’t make sense to a child.
“I see your dilemma,” The Mermaid gave the soldier another breath. “Where are you trying to go? I’m sure we can help, but the distance is an important factor in determining success.”
“‘Lots’ would be an understatement,” Hatachi chuckled. “I’m normally the one who ends up on top, if you know what I mean. Ever since I got sick, however, Risu’s been taking the lead on everything for me. I only wish I could do more but-“ Hatachi was interrupted by his wife, who swatted a him playfully. “You will let me mother you until you feel better!” She then turned to Menagerie. “And how about you and Haruto?”
"Well, it would also be mean if I were to break the rules, and there must be some good to them, if they've been around for so long and have worked for so long." He said, trying to explain in a way she might understand.
"Northern Maikeru." Ainyl said, though she had a feeling that she mispronounced the province name.
"Well, aside from the whole soul shard situation, Haruto and I have been doing quite fine! It doesn't hurt that I gave him plenty of love as well" she'd say with a small giggle and a slight blush over her cheeks.
Yuna frowned. “It’s just so sad... you two can never show love to each other...” She sniffled a little. “Does... does Beatrice want children?”
“Hmmm... alright, we can help. Though you’ll need some form of spirit energy to keep you from tiring.”
Yara was in a medical tent a few dozen yards away. The guards let the prince pass as he entered, and Elias finally saw the amount of damage the poor Wyvern had taken. Her wing was caked in dirt and blood, which the clerics were trying to clean up as much as possible. The membranes were shredded and cut, almost to the point that it only looked like a long, abnormal appendage or limb, with no skin to even suggest it was a wing. The worst of all, though, was the wound near the base of her wing. The tree had clipped it gruesomely, the bone had shattered completely, the muscles were torn. Only a few lucky tendons and ligaments held the wing to her body. It would only take a simple tug on her wing to completely remove it from its stump.
“There’s no such thing as too much love,” Risu smiled, then frowned a little. “His soul being shattered... it makes me worry what might happen to Hatachi. His was never shattered, but he still suffers from those effects...”
“Damn that priest... was he ever captured or killed?” Risu asked this with distain in her eyes.
A Red Oni soon opened the door the the blacksmith’s shop. “Welcome. What can I do for ya?”
The temple had been enhanced in raiding defenses as the Order’s makeshift headquarters of Tsumini, so many guards and officials patrolled the area around it. They declined entry to Mamono families, only letting fully human families in to pray to their gods, which were brought down as inferior to the Chief God.
(High stakes for big battles!) Yara opened her eyes only slightly, looking in the direction of Elias. “My prince... I... I’m sorry...” Her voice was raspy, her breathing abnormal. It seemed she had been stabilized to the best of the healers’ abilities, but even so, it was clear that she would most likely succumb to her wounds in days.
Louis started to feel a small tug at his line after waiting for a while.
Fayard looked at the curious statue and wondered if a prayer or temple donation would be beneficial to him. In doubt, he bowed and wished protection for himself, his men and the villagers he had released.
Elias fought back tears as he struggled to speak, his voice becoming choked up.
"No......Don't.....You fought valiantly....You won us the battle....." Eli paused and shook his head.
"I'm the one who should be sorry.....I couldn't properly lead.......And the first monster I killed got the last laugh.....While you, Jonah and the rest fought on.......I was laying in the sand losing my damn mind as I succumbed......" He said, his voice pained.
Xelle looked at her as he noticed the red skin and was immediately able to connect her to a red oni, that's when he did something.. weird. Xelle leaned forward towards her mouth and took a sniff. "Good enough" he then leaned away and held his arms across his chest. "I need these repaired please" his gauntles was dented and stained with human blood. Most had dried but some still looked like it could easily be wiped off
The tails of the Inari statue seemed to increase in its aura’s power. The faintest of voices whispered something so subtly that Fayard almost didn’t notice. Fayard of Lescatie... your heart is great... reach the peak of the mountain... the mountain in my second realm... and your prayers shall be answered...
“Very well. I will remain here until you receive enough energy for the spell that you must cast.” The Mermaid swam downward to the bottom with her soldier.
“...I have an idea!” The Danuki stood up excitedly. “What if the Order got rid of the rule? Then there wouldn’t be any rule to break, and everyone could be happy!”
“Sire... your fall during the battle turned the tide in our favor... I heard that your men were filled with rage... everyone thought you had died... the wished to avenge you, and... they pushed back the enemy...” Yara cried out in pain as one of the clerics tried to remove the dirt and blood around the tears in her wing membrane. Her wounds would become infected if they weren’t cleaned, but the clerics pained her in the process. Her cries soon turned to whimpers as she tired from exerting herself.
The Oni unsheathed a dagger from her hip. “Come close to me like that again, and I’ll gut you like a fish.” She sheathed her blade and squinted her eyes. “Repairs, eh? A’ight then. You want ‘em polished as well?”
The fish struggled, trying to swim off. It was a whopper for sure!
(The more the merrier, Ace. Create general character profile and you’ll be set.)
Ainyl nodded and swam back to the ship, where she used her magic to get back on. She slithered towards the smuggling compartment where she would peak in.
Vez'nan smiled at the remark. "Yuna, let me teach you something. Most of the Mamono back in the Order Lands are far more vicious. Indeed, they have no respect for anyone and will rape you on sight. Some aren't like that, like Holstaurs and Kobolds such as Beatrice, but most are."
Vez'nan paused before continuing. "If we didn't have that rule, those vicious monsters would see it as an invitation to come and continue being mean. Then there's the Chief God, who is kinda like your Great Ryu, who doesn't like it when monsters marry humans."
"Sadly no, Mistress Hel even sent five of our best Zombie Dragon warriors. But, the Chief Godess' powers were gifted unto him and his companion. But, I promised Haruto that I'd get back every single shard of his soul and I will not fail my future husband!" Menagerie would reply, seeming to become aggressive, purple flmes also engulfed her fists. She'd take a deep breath and calm down, the flames disappearing. "Sorry about that, when I think of what happened, I get a bit riled up. But you and Hitachi are already married, planning on having any children? I'd love to see an Unagi-Joro child!" Menagerie would say gleefully.
Ainyl frowned. "Roran, I found help. They said that I need... Spirit Energy in order to cast a spell that will help us out of this situation. Do you have any vials of it?"
Vez'nan continued despite the lack of response. "This is because the Monster Queen back home was very mean to her and had done something similar to stealing the person she was in love with." He doubted there was anything between the Fallen Hero and the Chief God prior to his corruption, but he needed Yuna to understand.
“I wish I knew... being a bartender and dishwasher at an inn doesn’t pay too high, but our manager gives us free rent and food. We don’t know until then.” Risu said before Hatachi spoke up. “When do you and Haurto plan on getting married, Menagerie?”
"Shh, it's not your fault. You didn't know that you should have. Though that means that we're either out of luck, or you'll have to donate some." Ainyl said, hoping her words would relieve the shame.
Vez'nan shrugged. "Who knows? I'm not the person to judge their decisions. Though I must admit to the fact that most people who own those types of mamono get away with being married so long as they don't make it obvious or attract the attention of a priest who can tell that they're doing something wrong."
Xelle looked at her and began to sigh in disappointment. Xelle began to unbuckle the gauntlets as he began to mumble about how monsters was supposed to be fun. Of course that would mean dangerous, Xelle looked up at her and held his gauntlets to her "a repair and a polish please. How much?"
Menagerie had went into the house herself, ransacking the remains of whatever was left, she used her magic to move the heavier things like his bed and dressers and such. "Where is your soul shard, my love?" Menagerie would ask as she searched.
Elias let out a long, embarrassed sigh before speaking quietly.
"When I awoke, I summoned your rider so I could get a report. But then he told me about you...." Eli paused briefly before continuing. "He told me the only thing that could heal you to proper health, is his mana....." He paused even longer this time, and started to blush.
"So I uhh.......commanded him to come see you...so he could....so you two could....well...you know....." He hinted awkwardly while his face went beet red.
She heard the whispers of the shard coming from somewhere in the house, but it wasn’t anywhere to be found.
Yara blushed a little as well. “There is no need to say it, you grace... using his mana would definitely heal me to the fullest possible extent... I just didn’t think it would even be possible in these circumstances...” She winced as her wing twitched. “I have not seen him since he left to talk with you, and...” The Wyvern’s eyes widened as her raspy breathing quickened to a panicky rate. “Sire... J-J-Jonah...w-w-w-where is he?!”
Fayard watched as the priest wondered if he was the cause of his discomfort. "As a matter of fact, not really. I found that many locals worshiped this entity, and just wondered what could make them believe in a false god. So I was doing my investigation."
Vez'nan sighed. "Yes, but when they get found out, bad things happen to everyone involved. So I don't envy them."
Ainyl gestured for the other people in the room to leave, and after Bonehart complies she slithers up to Roran. "So, what would you like me to do in order to make this as quick and painless as possible?"
Xelle looked into a small pouch and pulled out three, that left him with one gold left.. yikes, he handed over the gold and his arms as he began to ponder on what to do in order to generate an income. "Hey do you know where any volcanic reigons or demon relms are? I want to go hunting for a hellhound"
(I apologize for overlooking your posts, Kingly. I’ll be sure to double-check every time I’m about to post a reply.)
It was heavy, and it flopped around spastically, causing the boat to rock left and right and threatening to flip over.
Yara nodded anxiously, her panicking deceasing only a tad bit from the prince’s reassurance. “T-Thank you, sire...”
The priest scoffed. “Their worshipping of these false dieties only comes from the aftermath of the war between the Chief God and the Demon Lord. One can’t blame them for ever knowing, though they should know the truth now that it has been payed out for them. Yet they resist the truth so adamantly... it is a pity...”
“But why must bad things happen? Why can’t they let the good Mamono marry and the bad Mamono not marry?” Yuna shook her head in confusion.
Roran winced as he sat up a bit. “Whatever... fluid or material you... you can make as a certain Mamono... to take this pain away... I’ll take it...” He tried to remove his clothing, only to stifle a groan from shifting his injury.
The Oni stared at him for a few seconds before bursting into laughter. “You’re hunting Mamono? In Zipangu? You can’t be serious!”
It’s called sake... Menagerie heard it speaking to her, the memory of their moment at his home was calling out to her. The memory of sake. His hospitality...
The clerics entered the tents behind him. He saw one of the lieutenants speaking with some Orderite soldiers by the tent being used as a portable headquarters. Perhaps he would know where Jonah went.
(Actually, that would be better. I don’t want Elias to be campaigning in the north by himself. I’ll place Ace’s character up there. Thanks for the suggestion, Cupcake.)
“For one, hunting Mamono in Zipangu is forbidden. You don’t seem to be from around here, but killing is only done in self defense here. If it’s a fight you want, go to an arena.” The Oni took the gauntlets and placed the on the table, inspecting them as she spoke. “Secondly, Hellhounds aren’t very common in Cyrzure Isle. This place is ice cold, so if you think you’ll find a heat-bound Mamono around in these parts, you’ve got another thing coming.”
The wrasse must’ve scared off the smaller fish, since nothing else seemed to bite at the bait. He might have to wait a bit longer.
The whispering seemed to be coming from the cabinets on the wall, or what was left of them anyway. Mostly. just shattered plates and bowls and wooden splinters.
“...Okay.” Yuna was obviously troubled by the topic, so putting it aside might be for the better.
“Alright... t-thank you...” Roran slowly closed his eyes and kept still.
"I wasn't gonna hunt them i just wanted to see if i could beat one in a fight" he began to mumble under his breath like a child that had just been denied a toy. "I don't remember any hostile snoe based monsters" he let out a sigh and began to take her advice. "Think you'll have them finished by the time i come back?"
The officer slowly turned to the prince, blinking at the question. “N-No, your grace! I h-haven’t seen the captain at all today...”
“We have brought smaller idols in to worship at this temple, but the Order-friendly regions of Zipangu do have a few churches. In fact, when the Order first discovered Zipangu and colonized much of its western coast, they built a cathedral in Goldwind. A symbol of light amidst a nation of false happiness.”
Louis felt something nibble on the bait. Something was interested, but it hadn’t taken a bite yet.
“When do you plan on comin’ back?” The Oni leaned against the countertop.
(One session later...) Roran sighed with relief after being almost completely slavered on. He started tearing up a bit. “The pain, it’s... I can’t feel it... it’s gone...”
“...What’s the Western world like? The Main Continent, is it anything like Zipangu?”
There it was. It had to be one! The whispers grew louder as she got closer.
"Well, there are a lot more plains and deserts in the West than here, and mountains aren't as common." Vez'nan said.
Ainyl smiled gently. "I'm glad, though I do hope that you know that this doesn't mean that we're in a relationship or ever will be" She said this because she still had her eyes upon a certain Orderite from Lescatie.
The lieutenant quickly pulled Elias aside, looking around to make sure that no one was listening. When he was certain that no eavesdroppers, he spoke. “My liege, what I am about to tell you is hearsay. I do not know if it is true, but I have heard that... Captain Mathis is... he has been placed under investigation. A cleric found him in the medical tent with his mount holding some contraband material, what it was I do not know. Some say it was poison, but all I know is that it’s highly illegal. The last time I saw him was last night sitting with his Wyvern.”
Risu and Hitachi hurried over and looked at the soul shard closely. “So that’s what a piece of a soul looks like...” Risu’s eyes gleamed with awe. “Fascinating...”
“Most likely, then.” The Oni exited the front of the shop to get to work on the gauntlets.
(Still making a region-based map for the RP, but I’ll describe it for now.) The large dirt road that lead from Tsumini beelined across the map and to the border of the region, into the lands of Karujo City. Along the way, Sato saw the village of Taboso branch off to the southwest with a smaller path connected to the main road. Two or three outposts seemed to be stationed along the road, and to the north of the pathway was a long, winding river that lead northwest.
The water was too deep to see below him more than ten or so feet. Louis thought he saw a silhouette of something underneath him, but with the morning sun’s light reflecting off the water, it was hard to tell.
“What about the people there? What are they like?” Yuna sat cross-legged and smiled with the curiousity that only a child could possess. “Are they as kind as you?”
“O-Of course... this is only for the mission, nothing more...” Roran looked down at his bandaged wounds, then looked up with a weak smile. “Nevertheless... I just want to thank you. Not only for saving my life, but for... helping me when I couldn’t be strong. I am in your debt twofold, Lady Ainyl.”
Not inclined to trek on the voice command for the moment he remembered the odd book he had found in the cabin before the assault. He must have left it somewhere in his room ... "I'll check that and get rid of it ..." That's why Fayard returned to the barracks / farm.
"Consider it as one, due to the fact that you're bringing me and my companions to the mainland and for saving my village all those months ago." Ainyl said with a smile, getting up and transforming into an Unagi-Joro once again. "Well, I'll be back soon hopefully." She stated, before leaving to return to the ocean once more.
"Yeah, they are pretty nice. Though not to mamono. And even I'm not the nicest to mamono sometimes." Vez'nan said, patting Yuna on the back. "Though you won't have to worry about me being mean to any of those mamono currently with me."
Fayard found the odd book back at the temporary infirmary, where the priest healing him must have put it aside. Looking inside, Fayard couldn’t read any of the strange symbols within, runes that seemed to be some written language of Zipangu. Inside the book, however, was a small, glowing shard of what looked almost like glass. It emanated dimly and strangely; it seemed to be magical in some way.
He found a man sitting at a booth by the entrance to the arena, with two other men guarding the gates. He looked up to Xelle. “What can I help you with?”
“I would tell your majesty if I knew. My guess is that he wouldn’t be held within the garrison, else he would be too easy to find... in fact, it was probably the head legionnaires that caught him, considering how they have little to no superiors besides your grace.”
Louis felt the line being nibbled at and tugged slightly. Whatever this thing was, it was taking its time with the bait.
Roran nodded as she left. “Good luck, my lady.” When Ainyl landed in the water, she saw the same Mermaid from before swimming around the ship, along with the Scylla and Unagi-Joro that helped save the drowning soldiers. “Did you acquire the energy needed?” She asked.
Yuna nodded. “Okay. I was just wondering if they are anything like us. Do they wear kimonos and drink sake, too?”
Entering Hell, Menagerie found her way to Haruto’s bedside. Hel was worriedly checking him over as the Banshee returned. Menagerie noticed that the man’s face was very distraught and wet with tears. Something happened.