Kasayee winced a bit as Vincent suggested having the thing help her. She wished it not to touch her any more than it had already done. Having its sap on her was bad enough but whatever else it cooked up inside that unnatural body...
So when the thing came to her to offer to help she instinctively crinkled her nose at its smell and shook her head, turning away from the construct with clear disinterest.
The girl finally responded to her and came up to help. Though it seemed she didn't really know what to do. She began rubbing the cloth covering her body over Kasayee's own which didn't seem to be all too effective. Perhaps with time but it would be much faster if..."You need to get it wet." She pointed at her tongue. "Otherwise it won't come off easily." She glanced over at the open doorway. "If you want to continue I don't mind. I can jump in a lake or something later."
"Oh, well um - " Fen looked at her hand, then back to the sap, seemingly thinking about something before shaking her head saying, "well, if you're not too uncomfortable with it we can um, get it off later."
Kasayee shrugged. "Might as well. It's not going anywhere."
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Posted 13 May 2018 - 11:50 PM
Kasayee winced a bit as Vincent suggested having the thing help her. She wished it not to touch her any more than it had already done. Having its sap on her was bad enough but whatever else it cooked up inside that unnatural body...
Posted 20 May 2018 - 04:25 PM
Fen felt a bit bad leaving the sap on Kasayee, but she didn't really have anything on hand to remove it with. With that out of the way, the group left the Barkskin guild members to their devices as they ascended up the staircase to what they believed would be the next trial. The stairs would go on for most longer than any of the others they had gone on thus far, with more twists to walk through. After awhile, though, the group had eventually end up in a room similar to the one they had just been in.
The room itself was made of the same stone that the rest of the cave was, though rather than a full circle the room was only a half-circle. There were two entrances on either side of the room, on the flat end of the circle, the group appearing out of the right one. At the head of the curve was what appeared to be a large door, also similar to the one from the room they were just in. Most notably, though, were the people that were in this room alongside the Cherry Heart people. At the door at the end of the room stood one of the proctors; Neru, the male of the two. He had a bored expression on his face as he was simply sitting down, giving the group a wave as they finally made it into the room. Were Vincent to look at the man, he would notice that while Neru's aura still felt like looking at a wall, it seemed even more defined and attention grabbing then all of the other auras in the room.
On the side opposite of the one that the group came out from was the familiar four members of Lemon Soul. The four looked a bit roughed up, though in regular high spirits Agina looked over to the group waving, as she said, "hello there friends!"
"Yeah, glad to see you all made it here too," Alpine followed.
Before the pleasantries continued, however, Neru stood up. "Right, congratulations on both of your teams making it this far. Yay." There was no enthusiasm in his voice as he gave a small golf clap. "As you are now here allow me to present to you the final challenge you have to clear. Between the eight of you, you must land four solid hits on me. After that, the door behind me will open."
Sen stepped up, a wary look in his eyes as he said, "don't you think you're thinking a bit too highly of yourself?"
"Who knows?" The man shrugged. "Regardless, allow me to remind you of the rules of your exam. Your task was to find the dragon jewel, more specifically its four shards, in order to past this exam. Whenever a team brings all four shards past this door they have passed. Now, throughout your first two trials I am sure you both found two of the four shards. So, you'll have to get them some way, won't you?"
Alpine and Sen seemed more on edge as the implications of Neru's statement set in. The two looked at each other, back to Agina an Mellow and then to the members of Cherry Heart. Speaking up, Alpine said, "well, I guess we should team up to bring him down right?"
"Hell no!" Sen looked to Alpine in disbelief. "Listen, the four of us can take one guy easily enough and there's no way in hell I'm working with him." The boy pointed towards Vincent, clear anger in his eyes.
Despite Sen's clear hatred towards Vincent, Alpine continued to attempt to convince him to try to work together. As the two bickered, Agina just looked between the two with a strange look of curiosity and amusement directed at them. Neru continued to stand there, a look of indifference on his face as he watched the two groups. Mellow looked confused but looked back to the members of Cherry Heart and gave a wave.
Posted 20 May 2018 - 05:07 PM
"This is pointless." Kasayee said. It wasn't a matter of frustration, though the long walk certainly had been a pain, as she had come to accept that this was just going to be the place she'd be for a while. She simply didn't think that there was any reason to try and figure out what to do. She didn't care if the other group wanted to work together. Nor if her own group wanted to come up with a plan.
Though she did give a nod of acknowledgment towards the quiet girl. Kasayee still needed to figure out what was going on with that one. The growling was more aggressive than before and Kasayee wondered if it was reacting to this Neru or if it was due to whatever combat the group had seen before. Perhaps to figure out what it was she'd have to fight the girl.
She didn't really want to do that.
She didn't even want to fight this man. He didn't look too interested in it, either, which made Kasayee wonder what the reason of it was.
"We can't do anything if we don't know what he can do." She told the group. She could attack him and find out, of course, but there was no threat here. No reason for her to act right now.
Instead she wandered over towards Mellow. "It's angry?"
The girl shrugged.
Kasayee stared at the girl, trying to find where exactly this spirit was located. Where it resided within the girl's body. She might be able to talk to it directly if she could figure that out.
Mellow stared right back and there was no change with the growling. Nor could she locate the spirit. "I want to talk to it." Kasayee explained.
Mellow opened her mouth, pointed to it, and then shakes her head.
"Is it...stuck?" Kasayee asked.
After thinking for a moment, Mellow nodded. Kasayee's interest was increased. A trapped spirit, this was important. More than some "quest."
"Does it want to be unstuck?"
Another shrug. Back to square one once more. "I will find a way to speak to it. Perhaps another day."
Mellow gave her a thumbs up. Agina turns to the girl and says, "oh, you should speak to our guild master then! She probably knows more about Mellow's friend."
Sen turns around and shouts, "Agina now is not the -" he turns to Kasayee, "when did you get here?"
Kasayee glanced at the others, then back to Mellow, and shrugged. "When does anyone get anywhere?"
The guild master...Kasayee would have to go there some time. Maybe after all this she could go back with Lemon Soul at least until she had figured this out. She had done quite enough quests to satisfy her own guild for now, she thought.
Posted 26 May 2018 - 05:08 AM
"You wanna come over here and try yelling like that to my face?!" Vincent glared daggers at Sen as the druid causally strolled over and began chatting with the other members of Lemon Soul. Vincent was ignoring everyone else in the traditional sense. With lion's share of the boy's attention split evenly between the auras of those in the room and giving Sen the evil eye...
Extending his fist towards the other boy, Vincent's scowl turned into a vicious sneer as a small bow of crimson energy erupted into existence atop his wrist along with the crackling form a developing trick arrow.Though Vincent's eyes seemed to be glued to Sen, his senses were focused elsewhere whilst the boy reached out and drew back the arrow resting on his forearm arm.
"Trust me, I have no intention of working with you either, pal..." He growled over to Sen once he finally finished lining up his shot.
In that instant, Vincent suddenly spun on his heel. Turning towards towards Neru, he released his scattershot towards the man before willing it to erupt into a large wall of smaller projectiles. "Just sit tight, small fry. Your ass is next after this guy!" As he watched to see how Neru would deal with his attack, Vincent ripped the bow from his wrist and began molding it's traditional size.
Posted 27 May 2018 - 01:17 AM
Ro grumbled, spitting on the floor. “Of course this would be the final challenge. Why did I ever expect to get a break?” The Archaios glanced back and forth. As predictable, Vincent and Sen - the two fireheads - immediately broke the façade of calm, the former launching a barrage towards the others. He danced out of the way, avoiding any possible incoming projectiles, sitting down against the wall as far away as possible from the other combatants. Between just having gotten out of the last fight and being thrusted into another, Ro was less than eager to join the mix. “Hell, I’m not even a fighter.”
The demonborn’s eyes flickered towards the proctor. Would I get points off for not fighting? Bleuugh… He fiddled with his fingers, unsure of which course of action to take. On one hand, he could help his guild, but removing the other guild before the proctor seemed unwise. Ro was almost certain the proctor would be easily stronger than both of their guilds put together. One quick look at Vincent and Sen showed that neither would probably be willing to cooperate with the other. The silver-haired being groaned.
Sitting off to the side, Ro called out to no one in particular, towards the general direction of the two guilds.
“So… does no one else think the proctor is the bigger threat…? We can fight each other after, but if both of us combined fail, then neither of us individually will succeed. The victory condition isn’t just beating each other, it’s getting the taps on that proctor.”
Posted 27 May 2018 - 08:50 AM
"What the hell is that supposed to mean?" Sen looked incredibly confused at what Kasayee was talking about. However, before he could say anything more, his attention was turn back to Vincent as he began to crack his knuckles at the boy's challenge. Getting ready to make his way over to the boy, as he drew his bow Sen got into a fighting stance as the magic particles that were just barely off his body began to move towards and onto him. As they did, a thin veil of magic covered Sen's body.While he was ready to take on whatever arrow that Vincent would shoot, the boy instead fired the arrow off at Neru. Saying, "typical," towards the boy ,he then turned his attention towards Neru.
While Neru had been standing at ease, he was incredibly quick to react to the barrage of arrows being shot at him. As they scattered towards him, seeming none too surprised by it, Neru merely stood where he was and raised up his hand. Two shimmering squares of force formed in front of him, one to cover his lower half and one to cover his upper as the arrows harmlessly struck against them. "Try again." The man's voice was flat as he said this.
As Ro made his case, Alpine said, "yeah, see. Clearly he just wants us to-"
"Fine! I'll just kick his ass after I'm done fighting him!" As Sen declared this, he rushed forward, fists at the ready.
Alpine sighed as he looked to Fen and Ro saying, "well, I guess it works." With that, he drew his sword and got ready to attack, charging alongside Sen. With Alpine's blade charged with water magic and magic flowing across Sen's body the two rushed forward to strike at Neru. Without moving from his spot, as the two attacks came towards him, Neru waved both of his hands and two similar squares of force appeared around him, blocking the two attacks. As Sen's fist struck the square, it dissipated once he no longer had any force behind his hand, being met with Neru's fist to his face. Pivoting on his foot, as Alpine began to draw back his sword to begin to strike again, th other square vanished as Neru's foot met Alpine's gut. Pushing the swordsman back a bit, Neru put his foot back onto the ground, not having moved from his original position at all.
"Well, any other takers?" As Neru asked this, Sen seemed to be visibly more annoyed than just a few moments ago. As the boy clenched his fists, ready to strike back against Neru once more, Vincent would be able to see that the magic particles left over from Neru's magic would start to flow towards Sen and merge with the magical veil over him.
Posted 27 May 2018 - 11:45 PM
The boy didn't get what Kasayee was saying. That was to be expected. One who was so full of passion wouldn't understand the concept of non-existent existence. Which was fine, it wasn't for everyone.
Though things certainly would be easier if it was. Peaceful. A much calmer world. Alas such a world was out of her reach for now.
Especially as a battle is now upon them. A very one-sided battle. It seemed this man had some kind of barrier ability. And was quite fast in the creation of them. "I wonder how many of those he can make." Kasayee wondered aloud. She stretched and continued to watch.
"They seem very eager to complete this task, I doubt I'll be needed." She said, loud enough for the others to hear.
The girl then sat on the ground, cross-legged, and closed her eyes. She took a deep breath and attempted to relax her mind and body. Open her senses to the world around.
If the time came for her to act. She would know it. And if things went well this man they were facing wouldn't expect it.
Hunting wasn't about attacking with full force, after all. If she decided to make this man her prey he would fall.
Posted 02 June 2018 - 05:31 PM
To Ro’s pleasant surprise, the others actually listened to his suggestion, and began to attack the proctor. However, it was quickly visible that - as expected - the proctor was putting up a solid defense, as well as a good offense. Ro watched carefully, observing the proctor’s usage of abilities and movement. The energy that the proctor was expending was minimal, timing his shield-formations only at the moment of attack before retaliating. Watching the others continue to fight, he began to speculate.
“I wonder if he would be unable to attack through his own shield as well. If that’s the case, then as long as there could potentially be a constant attack maintained which would force the shield to stay, he would be unable to attack back through his own shield. I can’t quite tell if the shield only lasts so long or is fairly fragile per shield, or if he’s calculating the exact amount required to block just the attack. I wouldn;t put it past him to be capable of the latter though...”
Ro was mumbling to himself as he ran through various ideas and his analysis of Neru within his head.
“It seems like the creation of the shields is through the motions of his hands as well, although dispelling them seems to be freely possible for him. As such, the shields would be limited to the general range of his hands and awareness, possibly… Hm.. All projectile and solid force attacks are countered by the shields as the force would be deflected by the shield itself. However, the proctor seems to need to remove the shield afterwards to attack, with the shield disappearing into thin air.”
The Archaios’ hands began to glow as a variant of the same sticky sap he had used in the previous fight started to form, coalescing into a few baseball-sized orbs.
“Then if a liquid or viscous fluid comes into contact with the shields… There would be no force to really dispel as it would only need to make contact with the shield itself. And as such, removing the shield would make it so the liquid or fluids would fall through with nothing in their way once more. Hm… Will this really work though…? I expect him to be able to dodge the sap altogether at this point… Ugh… guess I’ll have to get off my ass and actually get into the fight again.”
Standing up, the orbs combined, before splitting back into two halves, one floating around each of Ro’s hands. This time, they were shapeless, changing size and form fluidly as they floated. With the others attacking the proctor for now, Ro began to run around, looking for an angle that the other guild members wouldn’t be focusing Neru from. Once Ro found a suitable rear-side angle, he took a deep breath. He was sure that Neru was aware of his presence, but hopefully, this would work regardless, assuming the other guild fighters could occupy the proctor at least temporarily. Standing back, Ro waited for the others to launch an attack before charging towards the proctor with surprising speed. Once Ro would reach roughly two arms-length from the proctor, he would lash out with his hands in a slight upward angle. It would sling the sap lumps in a freeform and wide net-like shape towards the proctor’s sides and back and above. If the proctor remained in the area to counter the other guild members’ attacks, it would at least coat Neru somewhat, with it coming from in front as well as slightly upwards as the sap fell back down from above as well. Gritting his teeth, Ro braced his chest and stomach, tensing his muscles in preparation for a possible swift and brutal blow.
Posted 03 June 2018 - 11:57 AM
Posted 03 June 2018 - 05:06 PM
As the instructor had awaited the next attack against him, his eyes seemed to drift towards Kasayee for a moment before Alpine and Sen began to charge at him once more. As they swung both blade and fist at him, Neru stopped them as simply as he had before. Summoning two square barriers, he managed to block both attacks, only for the two to keep up their attack. While Sen seemed to not be moving from his spot, his fist staying firmly planted against the barrier, the magical particles that made up his barrier continued to flow into his aura. Alpine, meanwhile, attempted to coat water with his blade. Swinging the weapon he sent out a wave of water in a horizontal cut, while he moved towards the man to bring his sword up with a vertical cut.
Neru had managed to use his barrier to block the water, and then pivoted on his foot to the side in order to dodge Alpine's slash. It was at this moment that he grabbed onto the boy's arm, continuing his pivot as his leg swept Alpine's legs out from underneath him. While he hadn't actually looked in Ro's direction at all, he seemed to be completely ready for the boy's attack as he tossed the swordsman into the sap net that Ro had tossed at him. With Alpine being covered in the large majority of the sap, the Lemon Soul guild member was sent into the wall which he then clung to, as he let out a groan of pain from the impact. As Ro was now in striking distance and Neru was facing him, he was soon met with a kick directed towards his ribs. As that finished, it had appeared that Sen had managed to absorb most of the barrier, it now shattering, prompting Neru to swipe his hand towards the next punch, making a barrier to stop the attack.
While his back was to Vincent at this point, the man seemed to turn his head to look at him, as he tried to turn around to face the archer one more. However, his response to Vincent's arrow was quite delayed as, while he had managed to avoid the majority of the sap being thrown at him, some had still managed to cling to his foot and the ground, causing him to lurch a bit as his body didn't move the way he expected it to and was hit squarely by the drill arrow. The force of the arrow, while great enough to wrench Neru from his sappy leg lock, would probably seem to be less powerful than Vincent was expecting. All the same, Neru tumbled against the ground before finally getting back up.
Coughing a few times as he was recovering from the attack, the man pulled a sheathed short sword out from behind him, now wielding it merely saying, "one."
As Neru seemed to stand firmly in his new location, Alpine continued to struggle against the sap that bound him to the wall. Sen, meanwhile shouted, "Agina, Mellow, any time you want to join in would be great." Agina clapped her hands together excitedly, which prompted Sen to look towards Vincent. While there was a moment of contemplation, he begrudgingly said, "I wouldn't look at her if I were you." It would become increasingly apparent in a few moments why. While everyone else would simply see fire erupt and coat Agina's arm, Vincent would see the smoldering ember of an aura she had explode into what almost looked like an enormous, bright, plume of flame that stretched a few feet higher than her body.
As Mellow seemed to clench her fists tightly, merely nodding to Sen's words, Kasayee would hear the snarling from within her start to be broken up with a few feral sounding grunts.
Posted 03 June 2018 - 11:49 PM
They certainly were trying hard weren't they? Kasayee watched reluctantly as both sides tried to land a hit on the man. It seemed like much more trouble than it was worth. After so much effort they only managed to hit him once? It felt kind of pointless. All for some...rank?
She was curious about the girl with the spirit though. It was making more noises. Some kind of grunting. She was preparing for battle it seemed. While Kasayee was wondering exactly what she would do it seemed that the other, Agina, acted first.
She stretched her flaming hand and from it a large jet of fire blasted out and towards Neru. He, in turn, created a barrier in the shape of a dome towards the flame, shielding himself from it as the flame was caught in it. Despite being stopped, Agina did not seem to have any intention on stopping her stream of fire, but Neru's barrier seemed to be holding just fine.
"There's too much going on." Kasayee declared. "Too distracting." And so she transformed into her lizard form and just stayed still, seemingly trying to no longer have to pay attention to what the others were doing.
Posted 09 June 2018 - 02:18 PM
"Huh? What are you talki-" Vincent responded to Sen's warning with an annoyed grunt as he begun forging his next arrow. However upon sensing a new flow of magic, the boy glanced behind him just in time to see Agina's aura begin suddenly spike with a blinding light. Slamming his eye shut at the last moment, Vincent did his best to dull his own senses a bit whilst turning his attention back to Sen to avoid the vibrant light of the girl's aura.
"You..." He growled whilst studying the aura Sen was producing with gathered mana particles. It was far too similar Xel'Cie style combat for it to be a coincidence, yet somehow the technique was slightly different than Mugen. "Why are you here?!" There was a hint of panic in Vincent's voice, as the prospect of the other boy being sent by the clan to retrieve him poked into the back of his mind. Noticing this, Vincent quickly tried to shake it off, and regain his composure. "Actually... we'll talk later."
They wouldn't send this kid... No way. They'd definitely send those guys.
Vincent shuttered, pushing the image to the Xel'Cie vanguard out of his head as he set his sights back on the battle. The group had managed to land a hit, but now the instructor would be even more on guard. "Ro, you alive?" Calling over to his ally to make sure the instructor hadn't caved in the imp's frail chest, Vincent took aim once more. "Help him out." He nodded towards Alpine.
"Fen," Vincent then glanced over to the ice mage as Agina and the instructor entered a struggle. "I know he seems tough, but he's just a guy. If we all come at him at once, we can overwhelm him..." As he spoke Vincent begun to also gather particles under his feet, causing dull glimmer to begin to shine at his heels. Though he knew the girl lacked confidence in herself, he'd have to trust her anyway if he wanted that to change. "Take point with Sen whilst Ro frees up the water mage. I'll cover you from here!" With that, Vincent began striding to the left, releasing a continuous volley of arrows as he aimed at the instructor's side.
Posted 09 June 2018 - 09:49 PM
The coordinated attack on the proctor had scored a point, but just barely. Even so, the proctor seemed only slightly worse for the wear, unlike the guild members around the room. Ro coughed, sitting up slowly. Neru’s kick had driven straight into his chest, sending him flying back and crashing against the rock wall. His head was fine solely due to his last-second reflex shielding his head, but the rest of his body was feeling bruised and scratched up. He flashed a thumbs-up to Vincent to signal he was fine, hopping up and dusting the dirt off his clothes. With a quick glance at Alpine, Ro nodded. He was ready and back in action, and he prepared the matching solvent formula for the tree sap as he ran to the gummed-up fighter.
“Sorry,” he muttered tersely. Applying the orb to his hands like before, Ro drizzled the chemical over the tree sap, and it quickly flowed to the ground like water, taking the melted sap with it. Within just a few minutes, Alpine would be virtually free of the sap, and Ro, unsure of what else to say, nodded silently before hurrying back. Ro still wasn’t used to socializing with people in his own guild that often, let alone others.
As Ro watched the proctor unsheath a short sword, a sudden smell of burning started to fill the room. Ro couldn’t place where it was from. Glancing around quickly, it seemed to be the same girl from before - Agina. He wasn’t sure what she’d unleash, but he could tell something was coming and moved out of the way, angling around Neru. From the looks of things, with each point, the next would become successively harder. The first point involved just Neru using his shield and his own body, but this next point would involve the usage of the short sword as well. Ro wondered what the final two would entail, but he shook his head. No point in focusing on that when it would be hard-pressed just to score this second point.
The sap seemed to be somewhat effective, but only in the slightest. The majority had been redirected towards Alpine, but the remaining part had still gummed up Neru enough to help assisting Vincent with landing his arrow. However, as with his earlier ideas, most projectiles and solid-force objects were all easily countered, leaving only gases and liquids as a viable option for Ro to attack with. Tear gas was an option, but the risk was that it would hamper teammates as well, and Neru would undoubtedly take advantage of that far better than they could. Sap was an option but it was easier to avoid and would hamper at least one other teammate. Everything was a suboptimal option because Ro had no doubt that Neru would be able to handle the chemical assaults better than his teammates.
Something suddenly caught his eye. From the girl that smelled like smoke earlier, a massive jet stream of flame shot out at the proctor. Neru, as expected, was handling it without a break in his step, but this gave Ro a new idea. He took a deep breath, praying, an olden phrase coming up in his mind.
“Que será, será.”
In his hands, an amber glow radiated as a ball that appeared to be the same as before manifested once more, growing in size slowly. However, unlike before, the composition was different. Instead of the semi-sweet scent of sap, the new liquid had an acrid smell that stung the nose - fuel. Ro briefly wondered if this was illegal, then dismissed it. Of course it would be. The better question here was whether it was allowed. With nothing to really lose though, Ro decided to chance it. At worst, he’d be on his way to exploring the world on his own again after all. Escaping prisons were never too hard, even if they took a century or two to get out of.
Running towards Neru’s backside, Ro stopped a safe distance from the barrage of flames. Even from there though, he could feel the sweltering heat.Ro swung out with his hands at the same time in a crossing diagonal motion. The highly flammable liquid would disperse out in a large net, much like before, but with greater area and speed due to being much less viscous. He was sure he would take another blow, but as long as he could douse the proctor with any meaningful amount, it would be enough. It’s not like Ro would die from a kick. Without shifting his gaze, he shouted out loudly towards Agina.
“Light him up, flame girl!”
Once Neru either retaliated against him and sent him flying or some new change in the battle would occur, Ro would back off and rejoin the rest of the group. He had done what he could for now, and the rest was in the hands of the others.
Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:41 AM
As Vincent called out to Sen, the boy looked with a far more annoyed expression on his face saying, "that's what I should be asking. The hell are you doing here?" All the same, he didn't seem to press Vincent any further, and merely got himself ready to attack Neru once again. Fen too, who had been wary of actually joining in on the combat thus far, nodded as Vincent tried to assure to get into the fray. While she had felt generally outclassed by the two melee fighters in Sen and Alpine, the latter was currently indisposed of and she couldn't just leave it all to the former. So, nodding, the girl gulped a bit as she said, "right." With that, the two melee fighters charged Neru.
The proctor, meanwhile, seemed to be entirely nonplussed by the stream of fire in front of him. As the arrows started to be launched at it from the side, Neru flicked his wrist, creating a small circular barrier that blocked the first of the arrows that Vincent shot. He would find that the barrier would start to seemingly move on its own, tracking each of the individual points that Vincent tried to barrage him with arrows. Turning to face Sen and Fen, the man spun the sheathed blade in his hand, patiently waiting their move. Sen, however, was not a patient fellow and merely rushed headfirst in once again. The moment he pulled back his fist, however, he was met with a swift kick to the face, forcing him back. Trying to follow up on this, Fen brought her polearm up to strike at the man, striking at him. Though the blade would not be able to reach him, ice crystals formed at the end of it, extending its reach to slash.
Neru, however, seemed ahead of the game on this as he merely brought his weapon up to block against the ice. He then followed this up by kicking her weapon, wrenching it out of her hands before Sen made his way to try and punch him once more, only to be met with a swift kick to the gut.
As Ro had managed to finally free Alpine, the boy landed on the ground, and slowly got back up to his feet. He waved his hand, saying, "it's fine. These things happen." He looked to Agina's flames. "Trust me. I know." Alpine wasn't ready to charge Neru once more, stretching out his no longer sap covered body and so he left Ro to go and attack Neru himself. R
o more than likely felt empowered by the fact that Neru was not looking at him, but as he got ready to send his attack out, the proctor merely said, "you aren't very smart, are you?"
Pivoting on his foot, Neru turned to face Ro and was leaning far more to the side then he had been previously. As the liquid was flung, Ro would realize Neru's meaning. Ro was behind him, and in front of him, the barrier that was holding back Agina's stream of flame. As Neru turned to face Ro, the barrier dissipated, and due to Neru's posture he was no longer in the path of it. Not wanting to be splashed by the liquid, Neru formed a slightly larger square barrier in front of him, though his eyes went wide with surprise as Agina's flames hit the only thing in their path. Ro's attack. The liquid ignite almost instantly, though, Neru was mostly fine from it outside of the heat generated. Ro, on the other hand, would find himself in a much worse situation as the resulting explosion of flame was pluming towards him. While he had little time to react to this incredibly explosive and heated force, he would find himself mostly safe from it as, before the point of impact, a dome like barrier facing towards the flame appeared in front of him, taking the brunt of the attack.
During this whole time, Mellow, who had done seemingly nothing up to this point had slowly been walking her way towards Neru, not slowing down despite any and all of the attacks that were being thrown towards him. As the explosion had subsided, Neru seemed to be largely unaffected it, though there was clear sweat on his body due to the close exposure to the heat. While she seemed ready to attack him, even with his seemingly supernatural awareness of everyone's positions, seemed to have little time to react to what was happening next as his attention had been mostly directed towards the fire. As such, when Mellow reeled back her fist, Neru wasn't able to simply kick her away like he had Sen. Furthermore, he was stopped as the girl opened her mouth. And roared.
From the silent girl it was a surprisingly loud and almost feral sounding roar that escaped her mouth, echoing in the circular chamber and causing Neru to wince from the sheer volume of it. Kasayee would be able to hear not only Mellow's roar, but also that belonging to the snarling spirit inside of her. Both voices seemed to be in unison, as the girl's left eye turned red with black sclera and her arms seemed to follow suit. The crimson and black magic that made up her aura seemed to cover her entire arm, as everyone would be able to see it both bulk up and turn more into a bestial claw made of raw magic, none of her real arm visible. The girl continued to shout as she punched towards Neru, the latter summoning up a circular barrier to stop her fist. But, both due to the hasty nature of it, and the force behind the girl's swing, she seemed to almost effortlessly punch through it, and struck Neru dead on, sending him flying a bit backward.
As the man skidded across the ground, he let out a small cough as he seemed mildly annoyed before his expression settled back on neutral. "Alright. That's two."
Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:47 PM
Kasayee wished there was a leaf for her to observe. It would make standing there much more interesting.
Though the spirits certainly would have rejoiced to see the thing almost explode just then. She didn't care much herself though it did make her realize that the time was now.
Reluctantly she began making her way towards the man, coming from the side, as that girl that Kasayee was curious about let out a roar, along with the spirit, and attacked. She very much needed to figure out what was going on there. It seemed almost like a possession but the girl didn't suffer any side effects that Kasayee could tell...
The lizard known as Kasayee continued to scurry across the floor towards the man called a proctor. She was aiming for his ankle, the only place she could reach in this form. She just needed him a bit more distracted...
As she neared him the others made their moves.
Alpine and Mellow were the first to approach him. Alpine was met with a large wall in his face as he got close enough that he couldn't break through.
Mellow charged at him. Neru didn''t block her and instead just ducked under her swing before going for an uppercut that pushed her away. At this point, Fen appeared to his side to toss an ice dagger at him, which he merely parried with his short sword and shattered it.
It was then that Kasayee closed in. In this form her mouth wasn't large but her teeth were sharp enough for what she needed to do. The girl chomped down onto the exposed flesh by his ankle, drawing a small amount of blood. Neru began to swing his leg, towards Mellow, in an attempt to get her off.
However Kasayee had done as she needed. She let go herself and he paused in his kick and looked down at the lizard.
Kasayee transformed to her normal form, in a crouch, and looked up at the man. "Three." She said before backing up. She had made her strike, her part here is over. Her, the spirit girl, and the archer. They had managed to score a hit. Which meant...Kasayee looked over towards her other guildmate, Fen. "Your turn." She said.
Posted 16 June 2018 - 04:26 PM
Having held his fire upon seeing that his barrage wasn't able to break through Neru's barrier, Vincent took a moment to catch his breath and gather more particles. During this time the druid and the strange animal girl from the other guild both managed to secure a hit, leaving them with one more to go.
With a grunt, Vincent separated his bow into two sabers of mana before dashing forward towards their target. As be passed Sen in his charge, the boy scoffed and beckoned him to follow. "You're not done are you?! Com'on, let's hurry and finish this..."
Sen will coughed out a, "not even close." Gritting his teeth, the magic he had been gathering from Neru quickly moved across his body and coalesced onto his arms as he began to move alongside Vincent.
Seeing this, Vincent smirked before glancing down at the particles lingering by his own feet."I have wings ready, do you know how to use them?"
"What?" Sen looks at Vincent confused as they both continued forward. With them closing in rapidly, Vincent simply sighed. "Never mind. I'll just go high, you go low..."
Once they were in range, Vincent hastily veered to the right take a swing at Neru. At the same time, Sen suddenly shot forward with new speed, also taking a swing a the test proctor. Neru reacted just as swiftly Vincent had come to expect, and quickly leaped back to dodge Sen, whilst throwing up a barrier to block Vincent's slash.
"Hm," Having anticipated this, Vincent suddenly vanished in a blur of motion. Ridding a large current of magic particles, the boy repositioned himself in the air above Neru's flank with both hands held high as if he were going for another strike. Yet again, Neru raised a barrier to defend himself, and in response Vincent brought both feet up so that he was now standing on the magical construct. In the same instant, Sen dashed to the man's side whilst a large gout of flame, courtesy of Agina attacked from the front to create a three pronged assault.
Watching Neru erect two more barriers to counter the oncoming attacks, Vincent smirked and allowed his sabers to vanish. "And for my last trick..." Using the majority of his remaining energy supply, the boy formed an explosive arrow on his wrist and leaped over to the side that was left undefended.
Releasing the arrow at Neru right before he hit the ground, Vincent watched in shock as the man responded by quickly tossing his short sword towards the projectile, causing it to explode prematurely at the cost of sending the weapon flying a great distance away.
The backlash from using so much of his soul came instantly, causing Vincent to begin to wheeze and cough violently as he struggled to pick himself up off the ground. His complexion quickly became pale, and it was clear that he would be forced to leave the rest to the others...
Posted 16 June 2018 - 09:57 PM
”You’re not very smart, are you?”
Ro flinched, realizing his error a split second too late. Neru cleanly dodged the flammable fluid, leaving the Archaios straight in the path of the incoming pyro blast. Just as Ro pivoted on his foot, the exhaustion and drugging overdrive struck again. His foot twisted, sending a searing shock of pain through his ankle and leg. Falling to the ground, the boy raised his arms up in front of his head, wincing.
“Ah, I’ve really gone and fucked up-”
Before he could do anything else, the sweltering heat swept over him… and left him entirely unscathed. Ro was in shock for a few seconds, looking up and patting himself down to make sure he was still alive. Around him was a large energy shield. The appearance was identical to the kind that Neru made previously.
“Shit, what an embarrassment. The proctor had to save me from my own dumb ass.”
With nothing else to add, Ro quickly retreated - or as fast as he could with his limp. From the sidelines, he watched a variety of attacks and demonstrations of strength as others added in their contributions to the fight. Between them all combined, Neru was down to the last hit. One more hit and victory would be theirs. Or at least, the part involving defeating Neru.
“Aaah-aah. I’m spent.”
Lying down on the floor in a far corner, Ro leaned his head over to watch the fight. He was completely exhausted at this point. Out of motivation and energy to fight, trying to add in to the fight would only cause more trouble at this point, both for himself and others. Ro also felt like the others wouldn’t appreciate any sort of drug-like steroid - not that he could probably even create a drop of any chemical at this point. He was done for now. Taking deep breaths, Ro flashed an unseen thumbs-up to everyone else.
“Woooh, go team~”
Posted 17 June 2018 - 01:38 AM
As the man threw the sword to deflect the explosion, he stilled seemed to be keeping his cool as his weapon was blown away. As he had three of his four sides covered, he looked over to his exposed side to see Mellow charging at him, ready to swing her fist at him. Extending out his arm, Neru managed to grab the girl's face, breaking her momentum before she was able to actually complete her attack and broke her momentum. Pulling her in closer, the man tripped the white haired girl as he did so before using the momentum of her fall to toss her to the side. Once he had done so, however, he saw Fen coming from behind Mellow, polearm in hand. Stabbing forward with it, the girl's ice magic caused the blade to extend further then normal, and with Neru as occupied as he was with everything else, was unable to stop it. With the ice slashing a cut across his cheek. The man sighed. "Four."
With that, the man stood more upright, causing the barrier that was holding Sen back to fade as he merely pushed the boy away with his now free hand. Clapping his hands together he said, "well, that's done with. Good job." He walked away from the group, causing Agina to stop her flame stream, and simply made his way towards the head of the room. Knocking on the wall, he said, "you can open it already." It didn't take long for a grinding noise to be heard throughout the room, as the stone wall slowly raised itself to reveal a small stair case that lead to the outside, sunlight now flooding into the room.
Walking down the stairs, the groups would see the red haired instructor, Evelyn. With a smile on her face, she clapped her hands together as she said, "well, congratulations everyone. I hope Neru here didn't rough you up too much." The man gave her a questioning look, before she continued. "But, since this door is open, that means you've all cleared the third trial. But," the grin on her face seemed to get larger though the tone of her voice seemed to take a darker tone as she said, "I hope you realize it wasn't the final one. Between your two groups, you both have two fragments of the dragon jewel, and you need all four to pass."
"Allow me to reiterate one last time. The rules for the exam are simple. Whenever a team brings all four shards of the dragon jewel out of this cave, they pass the exam. If a team surrenders, is incapacitated, or leaves this cave without the four shards of the dragon jewel, then they fail. So," she seemed to take a brighter expression as she said, "what will the eight of you do?"
Posted 17 June 2018 - 11:54 PM
And with that...it was over. Kasayee gave Fen an approving look, though it didn't seem much different from her usual expression, as the girl had managed to land the final hit.
Kasayee quickly examined the rest of her group. Both of the others seemed to be out of energy at the moment, having wasted so much of it on such a simple task, and she thought she remembered mention of having to fight the other group. If that ended up being the case they had already lost. With two of them down she wouldn't bother trying to fight. It was not worth it even after all this effort already used.
Thankfully, as the other that had been with Neru earlier came down, she realized it didn't have to come down to that. "So we can just go now?" Kasayee said. It sounded like that to her. She didn't see a reason why they wouldn't be able to. So, with a shrug, the girl started for the exit. She turned towards the other two groups and hesitated. "Come on, she said it's time to go."
Agina gave a look of realization as she clapped her hands together, the sudden loud noise causing Kasayee to twitch in reaction, as she spoke. "Wonderful idea lizard friend!" The rest of her guild, and Fen, would all give her a confused look as she began to march alongside of Kasayee towards the exit.
The druid shrugged. She wasn't sure what the hold up was with the rest.
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