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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Xenosaga on Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:08 pm

"H-huh?" it was then she finally noticed the individuals trying to speak to her. Blinking back the tears that had threatened to erupt, she silently welcomed this new distraction, anything to take her mind off of the thoughts and memories whirling inside her head. She wouldn't break down. If she broke down now, she knew there was absolutely no way for her to pick up the pieces.

Turning away to rub at her eyes, pushing her glasses up, she flinched as dirt streaked under her eye in doing so. Taking a second to glance down at herself revealed her to be a complete mess. Swallowing, the girl turned her gaze back toward the group, eying each of them with equal amounts of nervousness. They looked. . . . Not modern, was really the only thing she could think of. And blurry. Though the big one seemed to wear something similar to what she had seen olden Chinese travelers wear on television. The familiarity eased her and she unconsciously relaxed her shoulders. She didn't understand why she had to be worried about the big man.

"H-hello," she mumbled, squinting her eyes slightly. She couldn't quite seem to make out what the people looked like. All she really knew was that there were four of them at the moment. "I'm. . . . I'm alright. I just. . . had a bad fall. That's all." And it was true. She knew it to be. It had to be. It couldn't be anything else.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Allindur, the Lightfoot on Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:48 pm

So Orin arived. Gladdos stopped for a momento to think about what he was going to say. The mage sure wasn't a very tolerant person...what reminded him: where had Heather gone to anyway? Well, now was not the time to think about it.

Now that the girl was up she looked...terrible. The fortune teller sniffed the air.

"Pain...fear... that's what I can catch in her soul...this girl...what has she been through? I can tell she is hiding...but WHAT is hidden?"

He looked deep into the girl. Well, she probably didn't want anyone to notice a thing. The Dream Teller took her arm, hugged the girl and started pushing her to the inn.

-Ok missy, you look just like you fell off a sand-flier face-first...wait, do you guys have sand-fliers in this world? Well, irrelevant. The important is, you look like you need a get up. A cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, guarana or whatever they use in this land to get a kick. And it's not optional, I'm the only one with experience in magic, travel, alchemy AND medicine at the same time, so you should listen to what I say. Also, they say gipsies know what's good for you, another reason why you should come, quite down, drink something to wake you up and tell us what went through your beautiful little head..or what your beautiful little head went through.

He gave nobody time to argue, he gave nobody time to refuse, he just dragged the girl back to the inn, putting his best joke-face on. He felt lots of things about this girl, and he needed time to both, draw her a card and talk to her privately, both of which would be easier in the inn.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Zerifachias on Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:40 am

"Hold it you little mouse!" Ariel said, snapping out with her arm and grabbing the back of Gladdos' cloth and holding him there. "Don't just go and whisk the poor girl off when she hardly knows what's going on. That's hardly any way to treat a lady." Ariel pulled the fortune teller back, away from the girl, prying his hands off of her. "Orin," Ariel turned her head and smiled at the scholar, "Be a dear and escort this young woman to the inn. I think you would be much more of a gentleman than this fortune teller here." Ariel wasn't about to let the girl be overwhelmed by people who wanted to know what was going on. This fortune teller had a look that Ariel didn't like. He was the least suited in the group to pry information out of the girl.

"Mangix, you should go too," Ariel said, "I'll stay behind and make sure this one doesn't do anything stupid. Fill us in on the details later, if you can." Ariel kept a tight grip on Gladdos, making sure that he wasn't going anywhere. The last thing the poor girl needed was a card reading.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Allindur, the Lightfoot on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:06 am

Gladdos was stunned for a moment by Ariel's actions, but once he recovered, he decided to cope with it for a moment, he wasn't about to pick a fight in front of the girl. He kept his jester face on, smiling.

-What's the problem, Ariel? I was being a gentleman and taking her to the inn, what makes you think dear mage here is more suitable than I am?

This...woman...I don't even...for Eternia, I haven't been this mad in CENTURIES! Calm down, Gladdos, ou will do no good revolting right now, you can have a talk with miss archer here as soon as the others are gone.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Masquerade on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:10 am

All Orin could think about was how that must have been one hell of a fall to wind up the way she looked--a complete mess. However, the mage wasn't able to think about much. It seemed Gladdos was intent on taking her somewhere, but Ariel was quick to intervene by the grace of the gods. Her intuition was sharp. Orin didn't care for Gladdos, nor did he particularly trust the guy either, and it seemed Ariel was pretty much in the same boat, at least when it came to this circumstance. Regardless, he approached the girl that had been rescued from Gladdos's clutches, ignoring Gladddos's outburst. It was amazing how he sounded so mad. Did he really not understand? Orin didn't care. "I guess I should oblige," Orin stated flatly, letting out a bit of a sigh at the antics of his fellow companions. This wasn't exactly what he'd call a good first impression. "I'm Orin. A pleasure to meet you. The inn is close by," Orin introduced himself and explained, gesturing towards where the inn was just a few yards away. Still, the guy couldn't help but to feel better about him and the others finding the girl instead of bandits or rapists. Such despicable people had been luckily absent this morning, for many preferred to work under the cover of darkness.

Orin offered the girl a hand. "Would allow me to escort you? Gladdos is right about one thing, and that is that you could probably use a drink of water or something. And you'd probably like to wash up a bit," Orin said, his mind nearly exploding at the thought of agreeing with the questionable fortuneteller. But it was the truth. She was kind of grimy. And disoriented. And now Orin was getting a bit confused just thinking about everything. He couldn't get over how different this girl looked compared to everything else. There was something off about her. I wonder if she's even from this world... Orin mused to himself lazily. That would make at least three of us, he added, counting up himself and Gladdos.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Xenosaga on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:23 am

Before she knew it, she was being pulled around in an apparent tug-of-war game. First she was pulled up by a strange man who called her beautiful (hearing it had made her feel a little sick because she knew she was not beautiful) and tried to push her over to a building nearby. Then the man had been forced to stop by a rather pretty woman (from what she could make out of her anyway). Now she was being passed off to another man to the side who was, well, a gentleman. He even asked if She would allow him to escort her.

Mind slightly blown.

Blinking rapidly, she rubbed at her eyes again, this time careful of getting any dirt in them. It was then she realized she had forgotten all about her glasses. No wonder everything was blurry. Giving the gentleman a shaky smile, she quickly replaced her spectacles back on her face, relieved to find everything so much clearer. Though, it was clear she would have to clean her glasses if the streaks that partially covered her vision were anything to go by.

"Thank you," she said with no small amount of relief. She was hesitant to call the man by name, however. "I, uh. I think I would like that." She looked at the offered hand, hand twitching as she debated whether or not to take it. She was a mess after all and the thought of all the germs covering her being passed onto someone else was disgusting. But it seemed like he didn't much care for her appearance so she carefully took the hand, holding loose enough so it was possible to slip away. She held back the urge to flinch when skin came into contact with skin.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Masquerade on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:59 am

Orin raised an eyebrow as the girl spoke her response. There was something off about the way she was acting. Was she nervous? He figured he could understand that given her circumstances...whatever they were anyway. Her story had yet to be revealed, but perhaps soon. He didn't think anything of it--him gesturing a hand for her to take, anyway. He noticed that she didn't seem too keen on the idea for whatever reason, but he made sure to keep his grip loose as well as he walked her over to the inn. He opened the door and was relieved to see that the place was mostly empty. It doubled as a tavern, and it certainly wasn't happy hour. The last thing he wanted the girl to have to deal with now was a room full of drunkards. He walked her up to the bar and ordered a glass of cold water. It came quickly and he offered the glass to the girl as he took a seat on one of the stools at the bar. He gestured for her to take a seat as well while she had her drink and calmed down a bit, though she appeared calm enough, if not a bit fidgety.

"Take a seat, if you please. I don't know how long the others will take," Orin said politely, rubbing the bridge of his nose again. He hardly had anything to drink last night in terms of alcohol, yet all the commotion this morning was enough to give him a momentous headache. "I apologize for their eccentricity, but they're good people, at least most of them." Thoughts of Heather and Gladdos passed through his mind. It was a good thing the vampire hadn't shown up which was probably a good sign that she had made off to only the gods knew where in the depths of night. Good riddance. "So, what's your name? Sorry if I'm a bit blunt, but you don't look like you're from around here," he simply put, for hopefully the girl would understand what he meant, and hopefully she wouldn't point out that he didn't exactly look in-place either. Still, if she was from a different world, he had to know. How many different worlds were out there anyway? It was a thought he subdued for later pondering. He wanted a story--this girl's story.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Allindur, the Lightfoot on Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:18 am

The fortune teller watched as the mage took the girl away. Probably to interrogate her, without him nearby, without the proper care.

-And there she goes...now, if you will excuse me... - Gladdos' smile vanished at a moment, his face serious and severe, but still very controlled and calculated - PROJECT STAGE!

The Dream Teller shoved his arm sideways, the magic circle in his new plated glove casting off a burning blue light, and the circle projected between the two, not in a fluid drawing, but in a brutal explosion of light, giving him the distance he wanted. He let the circle there, ready, and kept his hand high, but made no mention to reach his cards yet.

-Now, you filthy woman, would you mind explaining to me WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?!

He wasn't uncontrolled, it wasn't a chaotic fury as the ones seen in warriors, but one could see every muscle contracted, every bit of his soul burning. It was a mage's fury. His lips pressed against each other in disgust, his eyes searing brightly, not a movement made. In the end, it seemed he was not as goofy as he liked to look like.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Xenosaga on Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:01 pm

Taking the seat offered, she tried to keep her eyes from wandering off to the sides. The place looked strange, to say the least. It looked like one of those old taverns where people got drunk. She instantly thought of Makino's bar from One Piece and almost laughed. Almost. She sobered at the growing realization that she was probably far from home. Very, very far.

She wordlessly pulled the glass of water toward herself but made no move to drink it. Sending the man, Orin, a quick glance, she soon noticed how much of a mess his appearance was. However, it worked for him. She couldn't see him any other way. And he had been nothing but nice to her so she wasn't going to judge him by his looks. That was too shallow. So, she relaxed but silently pushed the glass toward him. She felt he needed it more than she did.

At his inquiry about her name, however, she tensed. "Well, I . . ." She fidgeted, unsure as to how to answer. It wasn't that she didn't trust him (she trusted him more than anyone else at the moment) but she had a feeling giving her name was not a good idea. So she went with the other option and despite the uneasiness she felt for lying, she smiled as she spoke, "My name is Xenosaga. But Xeno is fine." It brought her warmth saying it. Like a piece of home. "And I'm not. From around here I mean. I think-"

Xeno paused, dark eyes looking away from Orin to drift off to the side. After a moment, she turned back. "I think I fell from the sky."

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Masquerade on Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:26 pm

Orin watched the glass get slid back in his direction. Seemed she wasn't exactly thirsty, after all. He decided not to shrug his shoulders, but he took the glass and took a sip of the refreshing beverage. He could always order another in the case that she got thirsty. When she spoke her name, he couldn't think anything except how unusual it was. What was odder still was that...she fell from the sky. A girl who fell from the sky? That sounded like something straight out of a story. Was her method of world-hopping not efficient? Or perhaps it was a complete accident that she had landed here? Was her coming here completely out of control? That seemed to be about the best bet at the moment. A thoughtful look appeared on Orin's face as he mulled over the information. There was no doubt in his mind now that she was not of this world.

"Well...given how we found you, that might be likely, except if you fell from the sky, you should be dead right now," Orin said, still thinking. "Then again, that's in a world without magic. As far as I can see, this world is a magical one. Maybe something intercepted your fall or what have you. Regardless, it's just good that you are safe now. The bad thing is that you're stuck in a world you know nothing about and you don't know anybody here, except me and the others now, I suppose," he added once he realized that the motley group of travelers were the only ones she had come to know in the short time she was there. The result was obvious. "Uh, me and the others are traveling around together. None of us seem to have any real goals other than just seeing what there is to see. I'm actually searching to expand my magical prowess. If you'd like, and it would probably be for the best, you could travel with us," he offered lightly, trying to sound neither eager nor urgent. He didn't want her to shy away, for this world had already proven to be very dangerous. One other thing did cross his mind though...

"Oh, and do you remember stuff from before your fall from the sky? Do you have memories of your home world?" The question might have sounded strange to her, but whether she liked it or not, she had been pulled into something much larger than what could possibly happen on a single world. She had been tossed across the universe, and there was no telling how far away from her home world she exactly was.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Xenosaga on Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:16 pm

He believed her. At that moment, Xeno felt as if her entire being had been relieved of a great burden. Tears gathered in the corner of her eyes but she made no move to wipe them away. It was astonishing how just those words could make her feel as if everything would be okay. Sniffling slightly, Xeno gave Orin a grateful smile. But at his next words, the smile froze on her face. Her mind completely blanked except for one thought.

Worlds?

No way. She could accept being in a place far away from home, maybe even some place in Eastern China but another world? She couldn't believe that. But even she knew the only way for her to have survived a fall from the sky was if some sort of miracle took place, like magic. However, this was another world. If this was true, then the chances of her ever going home was next to nothing! This was. . . . It was like a fanfiction! An Earthling dropping into another world. It was ridiculous! Xeno would admit to writing self-inserts but for it to be real?

Xeno felt sick.

"I-I-I'm sorry," she choked out, skin ashen white. "But I think-I think I need to. . . " She pressed her hands over her face, knocking her glasses up. Her shoulders began to shake as she began to silently cry.

This wasn't real. This wasn't real!

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Post by Masquerade on Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:53 pm

There was a change in Xeno's countenance as he explained what was going on, but then there was another sudden shift, and it looked like she was about to cry. It wasn't the reaction he was trying to evoke in her, but he had left his own world voluntarily. He didn't realize that other people might have actually liked the worlds in which they had been born. Perhaps she hadn't wanted to leave? She muttered a response before completely breaking out in tears. Yes, she was definitely distraught. So distraught in fact that she didn't have a chance to answer the last question he had asked, but he figured it didn't matter. She apparently remembered what her home was like if she was so sad about being separated from it. That took care of that. Now he felt a bit guilty about making her cry, but he wasn't lying. She would have found out eventually anyway, so better to get it out of the way sooner rather than later. An idea struck him, however. If she wanted to get back home, he knew the right man for the job.

"Listen, don't cry," Orin tried to assuage her distress with a soothing tone. "I told you I'm a magician, right? Well, I'm also not from this world," he explained to her, trying to captivate her curiosity such that maybe she'd stop crying. "That means I can travel between worlds, but the spell I use is extremely...costly. Each time I appear on a different world, I must learn a plethora of new magic before the spell is available to me. I just came to this world not too long ago, and I haven't discovered much magic, but there will come a time when I have reclaimed my true strength and I'll be able to use the spell again. When that happens, I can take you home," he concluded firmly, hoping to have at least put some seed of hope in that heart of hers. What was even better was that everything he said was true. He was positive he'd be able to get both her and him out of this world and back to Xeno's. So my next destination after this world is set in stone. There's no way I'll leave her trapped here if she doesn't want to stay, he thought, mulling over what her world would be like and what kind of magic he would be able to find there, if magic even existed. Luckily for him, he could still learn new magic in magic-less worlds. He thought about ceasing with the world-hopping and settling down somewhere. After all, he was just trying to fill a void in his heart that could probably never be filled, even by being nothing more than a nomad.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Zerifachias on Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:35 pm

Ariel watched as Orin led the girl away. Gladdos stayed in her grip, which was a good thing. He certainly didn't seem pleased by it though. Ariel didn't answer his first question. She didn't want to while the girl was still in earshot. But as soon as Orin and the girl disappeared into the inn, a blast of magic separated her from Gladdos.

He seemed pretty mad. Over such a little thing, too. Calling her a filthy woman, on top of that. Well, Ariel's past experience with mages shows that this is something to be expected. Mages tend to explode. Orin has been the only exception, and Ariel felt she could trust him with this matter. That scholar has a very obvious thought pattern.

"Woman's intuition," Ariel stated blankly, watching Gladdos. She kept her arms at her side, but at a moments notice, she could have her bow out and be ready to defend herself. "Despite what you might believe, you are not the most suited to care for the girl. Even less so to glean information out of her. She needs the understanding care of a gentleman, not the spontaneous disregard of a jester." It might have been harsh, but Ariel was certain she did the right thing by stopping Gladdos. Orin wouldn't have complied so easily otherwise. "Now calm down before you hurt yourself," Ariel added, raising an eyebrow in the mage's direction.

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Post by Kurio on Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:01 pm

Mangix stood to the side and observed the whole thing, with the girl first being taken by Gladdos then Ariel forcefully stopping the fortuneteller and passing her into Orin's care. Which Mangix silently agreed was for the best as she seemed already rather shocked for whatever reason and the fortuneteller would no doubt make the situation worse. Maybe she really wasn't from this land, but at the same time she had very much similar features to the people here. The panda man also promptly placed his bamboo hat atop his head to be careful as to not freak out the girl, not to mention the fact that some of the residents around this area must have woke up by now from the slight commotion outside. Leaving Ariel and Gladdos to themselves Mangix gone into the inn after the other two like he was asked to by the ranger, sitting down at the counter to catch a small bit of the remaining conversation. Something about traveling through worlds, which made the girl break down in tears. Mangix decided to stay quiet, as Orin would most likely be better at speaking to this girl than he.

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Post by Allindur, the Lightfoot on Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:06 pm

-The sponteneous disregard of a jester, bah! Do you even listen to yourself? Tell me this, archer, what do you know about me? Have I ever told you anything about who I am? About who I was? You see my cards, you see my magic, and all you can think is the obvious, that I am a clown, that I am a simple mage. You have no sight! Do you think Dream Teller means the same in my home land that it does in yours? Don't be so naive.

Breathing deeply, Gladdos closed his hand, making the circle vanish. With another deeep breath, he closed his eyes and pressed his temples. He took the care of calming down and sounding fairly polite, for more anger would probably leak into his cards, and the result would not be pleasant for anyone.

-I realise you had her best interest in mind, but you are blinded by your own intolerance. Orin has been good to you, so you think he is careful and polite, I payed more attention to the vampire than you, so I must be an irresponsible foolish mage. And now, thanks to your self-righteousness, an obviously confused girl, who obviously arrived here from some sort of failed world-travel mechanism is alone with an insensitive and calculist mage, while I, who wanted to touch the problem in it's own time, am here stuck talking to you. That's the problem with you, females, you make assumptions about everything. I'll say it again: you don't know me, don't assume more than your earthen eyes can grasp. Next time you think I am a mere fortune teller, try asking me first.

Taking the subject as finished, Gladdos turned his back on Ariel and headed slowly for the inn, he had to use the time to calm down, and by now, the damage was probably done anyway. He just sent a last word to the archer.

-Now if you excuse me, I have to see exactly how delicate your gentleman mage was.

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Post by Zerifachias on Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:02 pm

Was this guy for real? Ariel sighed, there wasn't any helping this guy. Yes, she made a few assumptions of her own, she recognized that. But the mage here failed to realize that he also, was making assumptions. When he finished and turned to leave, Ariel got ready to spring forward, but ended up laughing at his last comment. "Can't you see that I'm not the only one making assumptions here?" Ariel took a step forward, her laughter gone, replaced with a serious look. "You talk about my intolerance of mages, but don't stop and think through what you said about Orin. Insensitive? Hardly. Calculating I will accept, but he is not insensitive.

"As for you, I don't think you're foolish or irresponsible. Simply, I don't think you can offer the girl any more than Orin can, and your actions before, whisking the girl away like that, certainly do not help your case." Ariel paused for a moment, looking at the mage. He wanted to go inside, but there were already too many people in there. She sighed, shaking her head.

"Let's stop. Orin is handling this just fine, I'd wager, and you going in there and pulling the girl away from him isn't going to help anyone. Wait for them to come back out. You don't have to be anywhere near me, just don't go inside. I'm asking you politely now, leave the girl be."

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Post by Xenosaga on Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:22 pm

Xeno felt humiliated. Here she was, crying her heart and soul out to a total stranger who had done his best to make her feel comfortable. She was such an insensitive- Xeno couldn't even bring herself to finish the thought, no longer holding back her soft sobs. But the man was speaking again so she kept herself from making too much noise, wanting to hear what he said and feeling it rude not to listen after everything.

A myriad of emotions whirled within her as she listened to Orin speak, telling her about worlds and magic and his ability to transverse between dimensions by using said magic. And he would bring her home. He would bring her home. The thought planted in her the seed of hope she knew he had been aiming for. He genuinely wanted to help her and here she was, bawling her eyes out like a helpless little damsel in distress. She was a wreck.

Xeno couldn't stop the snort that forced its way out of her. And then she giggled. Her shoulders began to shake again but no longer from tears, though it was hard to tell. Until, finally, Xeno threw her head back and laughed.

It wasn't a mirthless laugh nor was it one of cynical amusement. It was happy and loud and alive. Her eyes were alight with warmth and relief and the smile spread across her face was wide and unguarded. She laughed and laughed and laughed with what seemed to be no end. There were some points where she laughed so hard no sound emitted from her mouth. It wasn't until she began to lose air that she calmed. The brunette continued to shake, however, from leftover laughter.

With her elbows on the table, Xeno rested her chin on one of her hand's palm and turned her head enough to reveal the still wide smile on her face.

"Thanks," was all she said and she was content to say no more.


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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Masquerade on Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:36 pm

Crying one moment, and laughing the next. Xeno was definitely unpredictable, but when she burst out laughing, Orin knew that he had hit the mark just like he had wanted. Everything would be okay, at least for now anyway. "It's no problem," Orin replied, allowing himself a subtle smile. He noticed Mangix enter and approach, but the panda didn't venture to say anything which meant that he was probably waiting for Orin to finish things up. The tension seemed to have eased, but thoughts about Gladdos and Ariel being alone made him worry a bit. Hopefully they wouldn't kill each other. "Did you get all that, Mangix?" Orin posed the question lightly. "Looks like I've got a promise to keep." With that, he stood up, making sure the stool was tucked in and straight. Yes, it was as good as a promise. He had to get this girl back to her home world. That was all there was to it.

"We probably shouldn't spend too much time dawdling. Xeno, there's a washroom over there; I imagine the drunks probably make frequent use of it." The mere thought made Orin cringe. "I'm sure it would suffice for just washing your hands at the very least, and maybe washing your face a bit," he said, pointing to a couple of grimy smears on her face nonchalantly, trying to hold back a smirk. Sure, traveling would probably wind up with her getting all grimy again, but at least maybe she'd feel even more at ease if she could get cleaned up a bit before moving out.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Xenosaga on Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:21 pm

"Oh, right. I guess I am kind of a mess," Xeno laughed, looking down at herself again. It hadn't really registered when she was still disoriented but looking at herself now, she looked absolutely disgusting. Dirt covered her entire being, her clothing was wrinkled and she was sure parts of her sweater and jeans were torn. No doubt her face was in a similar state, especially since she had ended up wiping dirt on it.

Standing up, the brunette wasn't surprised by how at ease she felt. Crying always made her feel much better when she was upset but crying in front of others always made her uncomfortable. She hoped she didn't have another breakdown again. Xeno raised her hand as if to rub her eyes but, remembering her state, quickly refrained.Though she was a bit apprehensive about using a public bathroom, they always smelled so bad, she flashed Orin a quick smile, a wave at the big man, and hurriedly made her to said bathroom. She didn't really have a choice in the matter and she did kind of want to meet the others without feeling like an invalid.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Silver on Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:25 am

Heather had been standing on the inn's roof the entire night. Just staring out into the open expanse of darkness... waiting. As the night wore on her anger dissipated into the dead forms of her victims; only three, all varying in every way possible save the fact that they were wandering in the night. Each time the bodies were scattered and dropped on the outskirts of town, and yet the vampire could not help but feel empty. There was no drive for what she was doing.

She was not hungry. She was not enjoying the act itself; all there was to it was senseless murder. As she once again stood there on the roof, she found herself just thinking about how pointless it was for her to continue. Not for her to just keep feeding, but also to stay in this little town with those travelers who obviously were not keen on her sticking around. And yet something was keeping her from leaving, an ominous feeling that she had to stay with them. That she needed them.

When the sun began to creep over the horizon, she remained standing in her exact spot. She felt a presence fairly nearby, one high up and falling, but did not move to check it out. Instead she disappeared into thin air, still standing there and continued to do so as her 'allies' gathered around that presence. Only once they began to argue and push the presence, a girl who looked out of place, between themselves did Heather move. Still invisible, she shifted past the fighting forms and followed the most hated spellcaster and the mysterious girl into the bar once again.

She remained silent.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Allindur, the Lightfoot on Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:43 pm

The Dream Teller listened to Ariel, and when the ranger was over, he laughed at her.

-Well, I will leave her, for now, but only because me entering there would only make matters much worse. I will tell you one thing about me, though.

Gladdos was now taking his deck from the pouch, but he made no effort to invoke his magic circle. He just proceeded to shuffle it again and again, paying only half attention to his actions.

-I was not born a spellcaster. I was chosen because of my specific talents. Originally, I was raised among gipsies. I was an actor, a singer, a bard and a jester. I learned to wield the eyes of the universe, but I never stopped being what I was born as. We artists are a very welcoming people, in spite of what you believe. Behind our faked smiles and false demeanor, we are always lonely, always changing, always travelling, and it gives us a special kind of sweetness to those who need us, and a special kind of bitterness to who will wrong us. My life changed quite a bit, but I still feel the same emptiness. That girl...she needed help, and I looked at her with the sweet in my eyes, I was trying to cheer her up, and you drew my bitterness. I will not forget it, archer.

He finally stopped, and took out a card, looking at it carefully.

-Still you...why won't you change?

He stared at the card a little longer, putting it back and looking at his pouch and then sitting by the road.

-It's not the same, you know? Jumping worlds. Not everyone has just to cast a spell and open a gate. I just fear her path was somewhat like mine. I'm used to it, I guess. I've been doing it for...longer than most humans are suposed to exist, but I wish nobody else needed to do it. I do it so my peers won't. So my beloved doesn't.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Xenosaga on Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:59 pm

It was a little awkward at first, considering how old-fashioned the bathroom looked but she had seen worse in her life. Still, Xeno was quick to wash her face of any lingering tear streaks. She had to scrub extra hard to get the dirt and grime from her face. Glancing at the mirror, the brunette was surprised by the image that reflected back at her. She really was a mess. The sight made her cringe slightly in disgust and disbelief. Her hair was all over the place.

Rummaging around in her pants pockets, Xeno was dismayed to find no hair and to tie her hair with. There wasn't a brush for her to use either which meant she would have to make do with trying to smooth it out with her hands. It made her wish for a shower. The brunette sighed, taking her glasses off to wipe them with her shirt. At least that was clean enough to act as a temporary napkin, even with all the wrinkles. Her sweater had taken most of the beating from her fall.

Her fall. Despite having come to terms with her situation, Xeno still wished everything that had happened was a dream. For one thing, she has no computer. What the hell would she do without the Internet? Magic was cool and all but she could be playing video games or surfing the web. Not to mention she was still trying to get rid of the habit of disappearing without telling anyone on the forum she liked to go on. Man, they were definitely going to be pissed at her.

With a groan, the brunette was about to bang her head against the mirror but thought better of it. Smoothing out her hair once more, she placed her glasses back on, checked herself in the mirror one last time and, taking a deep breath, prepared herself. Opening the door, she stepped back out with a slight smile.

"I'm done," she said simply, giving Orin a small wave.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Kurio on Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:12 pm

Mangix had situated himself near Orin and had been listening to the conversation. From what he could understand both Orin and the girl were not of this world. And according to the spellcaster he would have to learn a vast array of spells every time to jumped to a different world, which was why he couldn't take her home. While listening to the conversation, Mangix had a pretty bad feeling about the entire thing, but chose not to say anything about it. They didn't need to worry the girl more with ominous feelings and anything of the like after she just almost had an emotional breakdown.

"Ah good morning. Had a good rest last night?" the bartender asked, approaching the three of them, "Since you guys, with the exception of Mangix over here, don't seem like you're from these parts lemme give you some suggestions. Since you're travelers you should try to ask around the town a bit. One it'd be good to have some knowledge of what's currently going on, nobody wants to live under a rock after all. And two it'd be a good idea to get on the townsfolk's good side, since you'll be relying on their hospitality for a long ways to come."

Mangix nodded then turned to his companion and the girl. "As I've said last night I would prefer that we stay together as a group, so if you wish to continue on your journey across this country then I will gladly follow." Mangix explained, "But the cities usually have work that travelers like us can take. It'd be nice to at least look into some of them."

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Masquerade on Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:34 pm

Orin reciprocated the smile that Xeno offered him when she had returned, but before he could speak, the bartender greeted them and gave them some useful advice. Even though Orin had thought it was obvious that he wasn't from this world, it seemed that now it was 'officially out in the open' or something of the sort. Now that he thought about it, he didn't know jack shit about this world. He just planned to travel it with no problems, but he figured learning the culture and politics might aid in his endeavors. Having people of this world around would be helpful as well, such as Mangix. "I think it's best if we stick together, at least after that skirmish yesterday," Orin stated, a disconcerted frown forming on his face. "Something about those bandits rubbed me the wrong way. I don't want it to be the case, but we might have made someone's shit list, and if we separated, they could just pick us off one by one." The thought worried him the more he voiced his opinion on the matter, for he hadn't given it much thought before. Maybe somewhere in his subconscious the theory lingered, but only now was it truly being brought to light.

"And since I'm definitely broke, Xeno's definitely broke, and I'm guessing everyone else is definitely broke, it probably would be best to go out looking for work, talking with the townspeople along the way," Orin concluded, crossing his arms over his chest. In truth, he just wanted to be able to buy some new books, for they were the main source of his discovery of new magic. Without being able to read them, there would be a serious impediment in his learning. Granted, they would need food, shelter, and money for buying things to aid them in battle such as medicine and the like. So many things to worry about--it gave the researcher a serious bout of nostalgia, for he had been through it all before. Just dealing with different company this time, he thought, looking from Mangix to Xeno. Decent company. He had to fend off the impending smile, but failed.

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Re: Dragon's Nest

Post by Zerifachias on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:13 pm

Ariel kept an eyebrow raised, her demeanor calm. She crossed her arms and sighed a little. "I don't know much about world jumping," Ariel said, looking away. "But I know enough about magic to hate it. The power a magician can wield is...frightening. I grew up around magic, believe it or not. Both of my parents were proficient in it's use. They only used it for others and for me. Never for themselves. Growing up like that, you'd expect me to be more accepting of mages."

Ariel stopped herself, looking back at Gladdos. After a moment's hesitation, she walked closer to him, but not too close. He was probably still bitter at her. Still, she wanted to make amends, and somehow explain her hatred of magic. There was really only one way to do that though. "You've been through a lot, it seems," she said, allowing kindness to return to her tone. She crouched down so that she was eye level with him. "You're not the only one that has lived for longer than they should. The final 'blessing' that my parents gave me...you might be able to see it, if you are what I think you are."

Ariel stood again and turned her back, lifting her long hair and pulling it away towards the front of her body, so the back of her neck was exposed. For any ordinary person, it would look like a normal, smooth-skinned neck. But for Ariel, and for those in tune with magic, they would see a large, black scar in the shape of a star with two crescent moons on either side. "Can you see it? The mark of Immortalis? I was a test subject to my parents' greatest magic. It's imperfect, but it's magic is strong. When I die, I will become a spirit being, forever bound to this world."

Ariel let her hair fall back over the mark, turning back around. "I have a very long past, and an even longer future. I can afford to lose my hate sooner rather than later. Maybe you can show me that some mages can be trusted." Another pause, Ariel was unsure of her next move, but slowly, she offered her hand to Gladdos. A gesture asking for acceptance. Nothing more.

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