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Terra Himene

Amateur swordswoman and magician who uses gems for her magic.

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a character in “The Great Guild Fortune”, as played by Nightblazer

Description

“...if you’re looking for warriors, I’ll volunteer...but, um, is being tall a requirement?”

ImageName: Terra Himene
Sex: Female
Age: 16
Race: Human (Gwanish)

Physical Description: Very short for her age, and not too muscular. About zero physical female characteristics. Her face looks rather childlike, though the left side is slightly discolored from an old scar. It has been healed with magic, so only the discoloration remains, but it still looks rather odd. She has heterochromia iridum, a result of the same incident that she obtained the scar from. Terra’s hair is very short and messy, and one could easily mistake her for a crossdressing boy.

Clothing: Doesn’t wear armor, despite having been advised otherwise. Normally wears a black hooded cape with green linings. Underneath, she wears a light green tunic, a dark green skirt that ends above her knees, and a brown vest. Also has brown boots and bracelets of emerald beads.

Wears a light green sleeveless kimono with a dark blue sash for formal occasions. While very beautiful, it is also very simple; the fabrics are of solid colors, and carry no patterns. Because of her depressive and timid nature, Terra prefers not to wear excessively fancy clothes, which is why she chose this outfit.

Height: 4’ 10” (she’s very sensitive about this)
Weight: 95 lbs
Skin Colour: Very light-colored
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Emerald (right eye), Pale Green (left eye)

Occupation: Unemployed. She's been studying both magic and swordsplay, but hasn't reached "expert" level in either of them. (She also has trained in unarmed combat, but never mentions it.)

Bio: Most of Terra’s life was just that of an average townsperson-who-was-slated-to-become-a-warrior...or so it would have seemed on the surface. In actuality, Terra, an underweight and height-challenged girl who lacked almost any physical advantage, was always under pressure from her parents, who had expectations for her abilities far from what she could accomplish. Most people made fun of her as well for her height, weight, and lack of skill or talent. Every day, it felt as though she was forced into a battle for her life against the world, which left her in a depressive state that further worsened her performance.

Her father, disappointed with her skills at using swords, forced the 12-year old Terra to undergo training in unarmed combat. For this purpose, she was trained by a young man named Umi, a prodigy with Water-Attribute Chi who was barely older than she was. As he himself was rather depressed most of the time, the two actually got along quite well and managed to convince each other that their lives were worth living. While Terra's performance continued to struggle in her swordsmanship, she flourished at whatever she was doing if Umi was encouraging her. However, Umi was sent away to join the army, leaving Terra alone and depressed again.

But then, Terra's fate took a completely different turn. The local magician found her to have a surprising amount of magic potential and persuaded her to study with him, although she still continued to practice her sword skills in order to appease her parents. Over time, the magician discovered her to be capable of performing one of the highest magical arts, Gem Thaumaturgy. He was in possession of several tomes on it that he hid, as he felt that modern magic had been “corrupted”. Terra began to learn the art, which slowly increased her confidence as well.

Unfortunately, recently a number of goblin marauders invaded the town and looted it. During the raid, Terra attempted to stop the marauders from making off with the Gem Thaumaturgy tomes, but when she attempted to use a powerful Fire Chi technique, she was unable to control it. A wild, fiery explosion resulted, killing some of the goblins...but almost taking herself along with them. The magician managed to save her life, but Terra’s left eye and abilities were scarred, and the goblins had taken the tomes. So Terra, unable to complete her training at this time, left the village in hopes of finding the tomes.

But when Terra traced the goblins to the Yune Empire and headed there herself, the public discriminated terribly against her. It wasn't just because she was Gwanish and female, though. A large number of people in the Yune Empire believe that heterochromia is a sign that the person possessing it is a practitioner of dark arts, including necromancy, and thus has ill intent towards everyone around them. This usually leads to the public labeling anyone with different colored eyes as a witch. As Terra was called this again and again, the little confidence Umi and her master had given her evaporated. And now, Terra wanders the Yune Empire, with almost no sense of direction or motivation anymore...

Home Town: Lindas. It's a town that was built and named with a rather unusual amount of Yunish cultural influence. There are a number of waterways cutting through the town, and the weather is usually pleasant. Most of the buildings that require mechanical force for their jobs use waterwheels in Lindus.
Home Country: Kingdom of Gwan

Personality: Very shy and unconfident. Has trouble speaking with people and/or making friends. Almost constantly in a state of panic and doubt, which severely hampers her abilities because she has trouble remembering her more advanced techniques, Chi or otherwise. Despite this, she is very kind to other people when she sees them going through depressions similar to her own, and works hard to keep the people she cares about happy.

Gets very embarrassed, regardless of if you give her a compliment or an insult, and hence pulls her hood down even further to hide her blushing. Tends to eat as much food as possible, without even swallowing, and yet she never grows fatter or taller. Might be lesbian.

Hates being alone, but as she’s not good at being social, all she can do is follow people like their shadow. Almost always will draw a blank during a conversation. In battle, however, Terra gets surprisingly determined, and even reckless and stubborn. Has a strange habit of throwing herself in front of attacks aimed at others (sans enemies).

Due to the belief in the Yune Empire about heterochromia and witchcraft, Terra keeps her hood down most of the time and is very conscious about comments on her eyes. Strangely, however, when one goes as far as to explicitly label her a witch, she becomes very cold and is less reserved about intimidating or injuring other people.

Fears and Desires: Many things frighten Terra, almost all of them involving anything more than 6” taller than her. Opponents who are about at her height are not as common as she would hope. She also is afraid of being judged on her height or less than impressive physique. Most recently, she has become afraid of using rubies (and hence fire) in battle, because they have been the cause of a number of unfortunate events for her.
As for desires, Terra wants to become a singer, of all things. Not exactly the expected fate of someone studying one of the highest Chi arts, but a girl can dream, eh?

Likes: Singing, jewelry, being with people she is comfortable talking with (of which there are few), sweet-tasting foods
Dislikes: Monsters, arrogant people, people who are much taller/stronger than her and emphasize it, Hyuna in a bad mood, rubies, anything to do with witches

Equipment and Weapons: Two short, double-edged swords. The blades do not measure more than 2’. They are not named, and have no notable features except for their incredible lightness and their composition. They both appear to be made out of crystalline substance, and as such, she can call them to her hands by using Earth Chi. The sword Terra usually carries in her right hand is green and has a tiny engraving on the guard resembling a pair of wings, while the one in her left is blue and has an engraving of a crescent moon. They both have black hilt wrapping.

Styles and Abilities: Attacks usually just involve launching a frenzy of attacks at any weak point that appears. She’s very fast and has good reflexes, and her small size allow her to take even more advantage of her agility. However, these are literally the only things keeping her away from death. Due to her rather disadvantageous physique, she cannot deal powerful blows, and if she is hit even once, she will probably go spiraling into a wall, regardless of if she blocked it or not. Also has a strange tendency to hold the sword in her left hand backhanded, while the other sword is held normally.

Amazingly, Terra also has an unarmed combat fighting style which, while still relying on dodging most attacks, utilizes power-based attacks mainly. Uses her Chi in order to increase the impact, but she prefers not to use unarmed combat in general because she worries it will cause her more injury than the opponent.

Chi and Augmentations: Terra is currently training in Gem Thaumaturgy, the art of using gems to power magic. Numerous specially enchanted crystals can be fed power by merely being in contact with her body, and are considered "extensions" of her body which Chi moves through as a matter of course, just as it would through an arm or leg. Very few people have bodies which are suited for this, and only crystals can be enchanted as "extensions".

By using the power stored inside a crystal, one time only, Terra instantly can make usage of a certain Attribute of Chi, even if her body normally wouldn't be suited for it. Depending on the enchantments that have been placed on it and the amount of Chi it has absorbed, the technique can be very powerful. But the moment after she consumes a crystal's energy, it shatters into dust.
The Attribute of the chi released by the crystals depends on what kind of crystal they are:
  • Ruby: Fire
  • Sapphire: Water
  • Topaz: Lightning
  • Diamond: Ice
  • Emerald: Wind
  • Opal: Earth (though she rarely uses this one because her natural affiliation is Earth)
While Gem Thaumaturgy is considered one of the highest Chi arts, it can also go very wrong, as Terra proved herself. If one does not concentrate while they are using the technique, especially if she is using an Attribute her body isn't suited for, the Chi will go wild and can seriously harm, or possibly even kill the user.

Terra's natural abilities lie in Earth-Attribute Chi. She can pull quantities of earth straight from the ground and shape them either in midair as spikes, which can be propelled at the opponent, or as walls to shield herself. She uses crystals whenever possible for these moves, because their structure makes them consume her chi more efficiently than normal earth. However, as crystals are more well-structured than other forms of earth, they also require more effort for her to call upon.

Even worse, Terra’s left eye constantly leaks Chi out into the air merely by being open. As such, she will get fatigued very quickly in battle, and recharges Chi at a rather slow rate. This was a result of the explosion that occurred when she tried to protect the Gem Thaumaturgy tomes.

So begins...

Terra Himene's Story

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Yamato swept the town-centre one last time, making sure the Tengu that had attacked were all dead. The body count was staggering, Tengu and Human alike, some of the human's moaned in pain as their friends and family franticly tried to make their last minutes comfortable. Many were giving him looks of fear, he smiled coldly. "Pests." He muttered, making his way to the tower just as all the other warriors had before him.

It wasn't long before he came to the pit, an odd addition to a tower he felt. After all most towers went up, not down. The echoing voices and sounds of weapons scraping against stone peaked his interest, and he dove into the pit. The darkness wasn't a bother to him and he quickly made his way down the corridor, happening on the skirmish with the few remaining Tengu in the city.

"What's going on?" The Rabbit-woman asked. He chuckled, "Isn't it obvious? This group seems to be winning, and soon we will find what these idiots were after." He kicked the body of a fallen Tengu as he headed down the corridor, blade in hand. He stopped at Hyuna's side, sensing her chi was depleted again, he knelt down to her. "You really shouldn't push yourself like this. Not in a real fight. You've done well though, I'm up to thirteen, you?"

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Her feet pounded on the ground almost as fast as the raindrops did. The girl in a black hooded cape looked back with a frenzied panic and bemoaned her fate; they were still following her.

Not too far away, spectral beings drifted through the shadows. They were much shorter than she was, but were more skeletal and fiendish than anything, with clawed hands and feet, and arms that nearly dragged to the ground. They wore black cloaks and had vicious-looking fangs. No creature she could think of had such features; they were likely placed in this world through Summoning Magic.

That being said, their abilities were far beyond what normal humans could endeavor. Despite "gliding" after her, they were moving faster than she was running. Then one of the horrors lunged at her leg.

Now! The girl threw her hand out, and the earth beneath responded to her will. Abruptly elongating, one of the rocks catapulted her upwards just out of reach of the horrific beast. As she landed, however, the girl stumbled, and the horrors began to catch up.

Gritting her teeth, the girl reached to her belt with her left hand. Another one of the horrors leapt at her through the foliage, but was met with a shining blue sword that looked as though it had been forged from crystal. It fell backwards into the leaves as the girl dashed on, undaunted.

But then she had to stop. The edge of a cliff was what greeted her in the middle of the forest. Realizing how futile her situation was, she turned back towards the horrors, almost shaking with terror.

The hooded girl swallowed hard as she watched the horrors, made up her mind, and reached for a pouch on her belt. "...I can't...afford to die here!" she whispered fiercely, raising her right hand from the belt. A deep blue sapphire was held in it, which began to shine brightly. The horrors watched in what seemed to be amazement or shock...and this cost them. As the girl's left eye flashed blue underneath the hood, a torrent of water burst from the gem, slamming into the horrors and pushing them back into the forest.

But the girl couldn't breath a sigh of relief, because she was completely exhausted. As her left eye reverted to a weak, pale green color, it rolled back into her head, and she fell backwards off the cliff, into the waters below...

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The effect of the fiery explosion did more than just give the vessel a good shake; the entire ship smashed against the cliffs and started going under, the ground collapsing below Ann's feet. She was suddenly pulled down into the river below, her head barely poking above the water. It was one thing that that she knew how to swim, but against this current, its value was questionable. The cold waves lashed at her, as did the passing debris, making it difficult for her to stay above the waves, let alone attempt to surface unharmed. And to top it all off, a shadow cast itself over her and she looked up to find a body coming right down on top of her head. Ann was pushed further beneath along with whatever had just crashed into her. She instinctively grabbed the figure by the collar and dragged up what seemed to be a young girl. However, she only caught a glimpse as she lost her grip of the girl. The river carried the body further along and Ann chased after her without a moment to lose. Unable to maneuver properly in the strong currents, she found herself being swiped by jagged edges from ship fragments, the hard face of the cliff, and low-hanging branches.

For someone who claims death to be her greatest fear, your behavior is certainly self-destructive, a voice echoed in Ann's head. She was struggling to keep conscious; the cold rush of the river and the adrenaline pumping through her was just enough to keep her in it, but the full extent of the damage would become drastically clearer once she'd made it onto solid ground. Who was speaking to her? Some kind of telepathy? No, that wasn't it. It was...a memory? She couldn't remember who had said those words, but she knew for a fact that they had been buried somewhere in the back of her mind, another piece of the puzzle that didn't seem to fit anywhere on the board. She carried forward without giving it a second thought. She caught a hold of the girl again, this time clinging on tight and grabbing onto a makeshift raft not too far from where the other guild members were. By now, Ann looked like she'd just forced herself through barbed wire, her clothes severely torn and shredded with several deep cuts and gashes scattered across her body. Understandably exhausted, she gave herself somewhat of a rest but still held onto the girl with the last of her strength, at least making sure she didn't drift off again until they made it to land.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene
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Keeflo watched as the human scaled up the boat and proceeded to be attacked. The hooded human lashed out with fire, the real thing, not an illusion. Then he started to talk and ranted about Fortune being some sort of crook with elaborate plans and setups. Keeflo half listened, half watched as the boat careened down the river. Then an explosion rocked the ship and goblin slaves were revealed in the below decks.

The orca beast-man felt his eyes widen in surprise. Slaves? The Captain was a slaver? No. Just no. Keeflo froze as he stood trapped in an internal conflict. Part of him wanted to wring the goblin captain's scrawny neck for dealing with slaves. A more logical part insisted that he hear her out first. He would hear her part of the story but it better be a pretty dang good one.

While he was thinking the ship toppled over after hitting a rock. Keeflo dove in the water, his water lids covering his eyes. Underneath the water the current tugged at him, pulling him away from the crash. Would this river lead to the ocean? He could ditch this whole land guild thing and resume his original quest.

The idea was tempting, but he couldn't bring himself to do it. Even if Yuwen had a corrupted reason for creating the guild, Keeflo would still hold his part of the bargain. Or at least more of it.

He tried swimming to alternate depths of the water, searching for the current's differences. He cast clicks into the darkness, letting his echovision guide him in the depths. Most of the guild members were already on their way out, but some were still in the water. One girl, Ann, he thought, was floating with a large piece of wood and holding an unfamiliar person. Keeflo swam over to them and slid underneath them on his back, grasping them to his belly so they lay on top of him. He kicked and pumped with his tail and feet until they reached the shore.

Dropping his cargo on the sandy banks he dove back in the river. All of those goblin slaves needed help. They had been gagged and tied up, making it so they would have a difficult time swimming. He retrieved goblin after goblin from the murky depths, bringing them to shore and hoping they would live. When he couldn't find anymore he stopped on shore to rest. He had exhausted himself again. The brief sleep he had had on the boat hadn't been enough for a long period of time.

But still there wasn't everyone there. Yuwen, Suiken, and Illyria were not on the shore. Keeflo slipped back into the water and found them on a raft drifting down the current. He grabbed onto the edge of the raft and pulled it, slowly combating the current to heave the raft to shore. After making sure they were alright he sat down heavily on the shore and closed his eyes. He was ready to do more work if it was asked of him, but he needed to catch his breath. "Do we have everyone?" he asked wearily.

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You were a mistake.

Why did I let you live?

Don't look at me with those eyes.

What am I to you?

Die.

Please come back.

I'm sorry. We'll make things right again.

Why...is this happening?

I don't know you anymore.

This has to end.


The first thing Ann saw when she snapped out of that brief blackout was the orca beast-man dropping her and the stranger off the side of the river onto dry land. It was her policy never to owe favors, but she supposed she'd remember it the next time he ever finds himself in a pinch. With what little strength she had, she lifted her head and looked down at herself. Her clothes were incredibly tattered and no longer in any shape to wear in public. And then there was the blood. The river washed some of it away, but the wounds kept right on bleeding, soaking the dirt under her. Both dizzy and nauseous, she managed to sit up and tore away loose strips of cloth from her clothes and used them to bandage most of her wounds. Of course, that was no alternative for actual medical treatment, but she'd have to deal with what she had for now. Her voice was even quieter than it usually was as she turned to the girl who'd landed on top of her earlier while she was being dragged down the river's current.

"Are you alright?" she asked, clearly out of breath. Her head tilted skyward and she laid herself back down onto the dirt, her chest rising and falling rhythmically as the waves lapped at her feet. Her dizziness was getting worse and she found it difficult to keep her head in the game when the blackness kept poking into her vision from the sides, threatening to take over again.

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"...what. Did. You. SAY?!"

The Umbral Horrors quivered. They were supposed to be the very essence of fear, but when they were summoned forth, they could not raise a finger against their summoner, and so they had to bear the shouting of their master head-on.

Their master, who wore a red longcoat with a high collar and bizarre-looking pieces of fabric on his back that flared out into the air without reason or rhyme, slammed a hand against the rock wall, causing the many tubes on the shelves around him to shake. "Now I'll never get my hands on that girl! And that magic she used...I wanted it so badly! Who knows what power I could have gotten from it?! You useless..."

Breathing deeply, he calmed himself down enough to stop shouting, and turned away towards a hallway. "Well, I simply shall have to find her again...but it will not be too difficult. Keep searching in the general area that she was in when you lost her." With these words, he stalked away to plot some more.

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Struggling to stay conscious, Ann continued to try to wake up to the stranger who had suddenly landed in their midst. The black spots in her vision were getting larger and more prominent.

But the mysterious girl did not respond, and continued to sleep on...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene
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When Ann didn't receive an answer, she made an effort to rise to her feet, struggling to steady herself. Ordinarily she'd lend assistance to the girl and carry her where the others were, but she did not appeal to the idea of putting any more strain on her body so she simply left the stranger where she was.

"What luck," she murmured to herself, limping away from the gushing currents and taking a better look around her surroundings. "Not that I have anyone to blame but myself." She suddenly realized how freezing cold she was, now biting deep under her skin when it had been there the entire time. At this rate, she was going to catch her death of sickness before she bled out. She'd wring out her clothes, but the rain didn't seem like it was ready to let up just yet so she just trudged onwards. She stumbled a little, barely catching her balance at the last second. I'm sure Fortune would enjoy seeing me like this, though all the blood might be something of a turn-off. She smiled weakly to herself at the inappropriate thought that popped into her head at an equally inappropriate time. She'd taken worse hits before, but the weather and, well, more or less the entire situation at hand was certainly doing her no favors. She headed for the smoke, trailing along some distance behind Illyria.

We'll see how this all works out.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene
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"As much as I would like to join in this conversation about loyalties, I do believe there are injuries to tend and clothes to dry," Lo-muna muttered as she cast a distasteful glance at her drenched clothes. "Talking in the open like this makes us more vulnerable to attacks from other enemies. As much as you all like to fight, I don't believe it is in our best interest with innocents about and bodies too worn for even a quick battle."

She had been referring to the goblins she assumed someone had saved, the unconscious girl she was didn't know, and the other little girl Ann had brought along. Lo-muna herself was thankful Hyuna had used her chi for her own legs were tired. There was also a weariness beginning to show, her sleepless nights slowly catching on.

"I suppose you'll be riding Yuwen? The rest of us are walking probably and carrying those who are unable. I'm willing to carry someone I suppose. Civilization will do us good."

She paused, turning to Hyuna with a small bow, "Thank you for your help, and for the compliment."

Then with a final smile, she followed along, deciding to go pick up the strange, unconscious girl. There was still strength in her arms after all.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare
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Keeflo nodded as he was thanked. If there was one thing he could do well it was swim. Fortune denied that he had any connection with the hooded chi user as was predictable. He then pointed at some smoke in the distance, saying they should travel to it in hopes of finding an inn. As tired as he was Keeflo couldn't help but agree. It was hard to believe that the sun hadn't even set yet with all of the action that had happened.

Keeflo helped Yuwen lift the goblins onto the horse. He looked around, trying to see what else he could do to help. Noticing that Ann had many cuts and scrapes he pulled off his shirt, wrung it out, and held it out to her. "Take this," he said, meaning for her to wrap it around herself or rip in into pieces to bandage some of the bigger wounds. The orca beast-man wasn't cold. His kind were built to live in waters far colder than any little river.

Next he picked up the limp body of the unconscious girl he had towed in along with Ann. "I can carry this one." Then he knelt down by Ann's little friend. "Millie, are you tired? Do you want to ride on my shoulders?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene
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"Ah, an inn. Should be a decent place to rest at the very least..." Suiken breathed a sigh of relief as he spotted the inn and Yuwen and Yamato heading near it. Suiken was very tired and for one reason or another, he felt very cold. Which for a snow oni was odd, but he attributed it to having taken a long dive in the river, yet the feeling felt familiar as well. Suiken merely shrugged the feeling off for now.

Suiken looked back at the others. "Well, we have ourselves an inn. Are any of you planning to retire now? I could use some tea before I head to bed myself..." Suiken sighed as he made his way into the inn. As he entered the establishment, he noticed this town didn't seem very lively. Well, it WAS night, but whoever's on shift at the inn at the moment shouldn't look so...sleepy. The woman at the greeting booth, the tea servers, the rest of the staff all appeared as if they were about to pass out from exhaustion.

Perhaps they spend long periods keeping awake at night, trying to keep the inn open because they were understaffed. The village didn't appear to be that big after all. Suiken shrugged and took a seat at the table where a tired old man, serving tea and other beverages went to make the rounds around the table.

Suiken looked around. The members of the Great Guild appeared to be the only guests...aside from two tall figures sporting identical black conical hats and dark green silk shirts. They appeared slumped over in their chairs, their table covered with dozens of emptied sake cups and bowls of soup. One of the two, thin and lanky, was slump over to his left, out cold. The other one, more muscular, was leaning against the wall, his arms folded as he snored rather loudly. Both of them had conical hats draped over their faces that only moved very slightly through their loud snoring.

"Hmm," Suiken shrugged, before signalling the server. "Ah, tea if you don't mind." The server halfheartedly nodded and left to comply.

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The man in the red longcoat removed the white and black mask from his face and replaced it upon his chest, smirking. "Well, well, well. I found you. And you've even got friends now, how lovely!"

He scowled at this point. "No thanks to those Umbral Horrors, of course...ugh, I should just resort to doing these things myself now. Still, they'll serve their next task perfectly!" Raising a hand that glowed with black energy, he sent a command to the Umbral Horrors that still were searching the cliffs, telling them to head towards a new location...

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"...ea, if you don't mind."

The scenery Terra Himene saw when she woke up was completely different from what she had seen earlier. Whereas earlier she had been at the edge of a cliff, gazing into a forest filled with demonic beasts, now she found herself laid in a comfortable chair, in an unfamiliar room that was softly lit with amber lights.

Looking around, she found herself sitting at a table with a very young girl with brown hair and clear blue eyes. Not too far away were a number of very bizarre and out of place-looking characters at different tables, namely a snow oni. What was Terra supposed to make of the scene? She already felt awkward, even when the little girl was almost acting as though she wasn't there.

Then suddenly, the little girl turned towards her, tilted her head a bit to the right, and asked, "What happened to your eyes?"

With a gasp, Terra's left hand shot over the pale green eye on the same side of her face. The other eye, a brilliant emerald green, had a frightened look. Quickly, with her right hand, she pulled her hood over her eyes again.

(OOC: I may or may not have bungled Millie's personality. :/ Also, because I screwed up very badly, Yamato, Muna, and Ann do not actually appear in this scene, and Terra magically teleports away from Keeflo/Muna carrying her...both of them said they were picking up "an unconscious girl that got picked up alongside Ann". Sorry everyone.)

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As the little girl that had been sitting at her table went over towards a woman with black hair sitting at the base of the stairs, Terra let out a sigh and fell back in her chair, feeling rather embarrassed.

For some reason, her money had completely disappeared-she assumed it went with most of her belongings and had been abandoned when the horrors attacked her on the road, and chased her all the way to the cliffs. Come to think of that, where were those cliffs? She had no idea at all where she was now. Which meant that anywhere she was planning to go next, she couldn't now.

In any case, she hadn't been able to pay for the food, so as delicious as it looked and smelled, she couldn't get any at all. But the little girl, for some reason, divided her portion in half and gave Terra some. It was wonderful...and disappeared about as quickly as she got it, because Terra had a strange tendency to wolf down foods that she found extremely good at an extremely fast rate. Of course this habit was rather embarrassing, especially in front of someone she didn't know.

However, then the snow oni that she had noticed sitting not too far away asked something about a curfew. Terra looked out the window, and surely enough, everyone was flooding out of the streets, back towards their homes.

If only I had a place to stay tonight...should I get started? Standing up and nodding silently to the near zombi-fied waiters, she moved out the door, ready to head to another town.

However, she had not gone further than a block when suddenly a black mist began to obscure her vision. Terra squinted into the darkness, but couldn't see-

Several pairs of red eyes glared at her, illuminating the darkness in the process. Many ghostly, skeletal beasts drifted through the darkness, snarling menacingly. The horrors had entered the town...and there were even more of them than before!

What?! They're here?! Not knowing any better, Terra turned on her heel and ran straight back towards the inn in a panic, the horrors pursuing with vigor.

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The horrors continued to pursue Terra through the streets, no matter how many corners she turned. It was thankful that, save for two girls just standing in the middle of the street, one extremely drunk, the only soul stupid enough to be out there was Terra. Someone else would definitely be steamrolled if they got in the horrors' way.

As she continued to run, a wind began to blow through the town, and the rain resumed bitterly. Lightning flashed in the distance, causing Terra to flinch. However, when she looked back at the horrors, they were frozen in place, shuddering from an unknown force. What's with them? They weren't hit... Still, she was glad to put distance between herself and the horrors.

Just as the horrors began to move again, lightning flashed once again and they stopped as soon as they started. Are they afraid of the lightning or something? If that's the case...!

Terra's foot slammed on the ground, and it blasted upwards, catapulting her into the air. A yellow gem that she pulled from the loud on her belt flashed and shattered into dust, and as her left eye glowed yellow with the new energy coursing through her body, she raised her right hand. Four giant, golden lightning bolts crashed from her palm upon the horrors, blasting some of them to pieces. However, the rest of the horrors screamed and recoiled from the lightning, covering their eyes and roaring in pain.

I see! Their eyes are sensitive to bright lights! Terra's left eye reverted to its original color as she landed and continued to run. However, after a good thirty seconds, the horrors began to follow, albeit much more slowly.

Terra groaned as she saw them continue their pursuit and tried to think of another idea. She catapulted herself onto a rooftop, hoping they wouldn't follow. Luckily for her, the horrors sniffed around the area she had been in previously, found nothing, and began to disperse after several long minutes.

With a sigh of relief, Terra began to climb down the side of the building. As she didn't recover her Chi enough since her previous run-in with the horrors, she was even more exhausted. And there was still the most burning question...
Who was chasing her?

Terra adjusted her hooded cape on her shoulders so it draped over her entire body and headed back towards the inn, resolving to work something out. Someone clearly wanted her dead, and the streets were no place to be.

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Keeflo ate his food the cook prepared, hardly paying attention to the taste. He wanted to rest with a long, uninterrupted sleep. It was hard to keep his head off the table. He vaguely noticed some old human fearfully stuttering something and Yuwen hugging him, loudly declaring they'd fix his roof. Was that really necessary? Couldn't the old guy get some other villagers to help?

Then Fortune declared they'd have a meeting about fixing the roof. Keeflo finished his food and groaned softly. He felt he might fall asleep during this meeting. Okay, he probably wouldn't, but still, he hoped it wouldn't be long. He pushed the plate away and headed up to the rooms the guild rented and entered the one he found Yuwen in. "Your a fine guy and all, but you better have a darn good reason to keep us up much longer," Keeflo said to Yuwen. He sat down with his back to the wall and dozed, waiting for the other members of the guild.

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Not a single one of the visitors commented on the food. Kethuel wasn't mad or anything about that, but it was nice to hear if they liked it. Heck, he would rather them say they didn't like it than them say nothing at all. Oh well. He ate the food he had set aside for himself and looked at the members of this group. They were definitely an odd bunch. What were they all doing together? One of them yelled something about fixing a roof; perhaps they were a traveling roof fixing company? He chuckled at the thought. That probably wouldn't get much money.

He sighed and ran a hand through his hair. He was a little sleepy but certainly not as wiped out as some of the group were. He was going to bed soon in his room. His free room.

A hooded girl came into the room and looked about. "I have a seat you can sit at," Kethuel said, gesturing to a chair. "In fact, there's some food left over, too, and as I made it, I say you can have some."

As the girl came closer a small, involuntary shudder washed over Kethuel. He didn't know what the feeling meant, other than that ones like it sometimes preluded him going unconscious. No. That would not happen now. "Don't be shy, I don't bite anything other than my food," he joked.

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The visitors that had been there when Terra had left were still there when she returned to the inn. Exhausted, she was about to throw herself into a random chair at a random table, but quickly reminded herself where she was and chastised herself for thinking about acting so rudely. Besides...

Her eyes darted between the snow oni from before and a strange whale-man, somewhat frightened. The oni looked very large and powerful, and the whale-man looked especially in an irritated mood. It didn't seem like a good idea to approach either of them.

At that moment, she heard someone speaking to her. "I have a seat you can sit at." Glancing in the direction of that voice, she noticed a man gesturing towards a chair. "In fact, there's some food left over, too, and as I made it, I say you can have some."

Then this was the man who made that delicious food she ate up in less than a minute. The moment she realized this, Terra almost gasped in joy before suppressing it as much as possible. "Don't be shy, I don't bite anything other than my food." The cook laughed lightheartedly, and Terra had to remember to jolt herself back to action.

With a blush from the outburst she nearly let out, she mumbled "Thank you" and sat down, waiting to be served. Or should she get the food herself?

At that point, she noticed a girl that was not much taller than she was with short, black hair and green eyes mentioning something about monsters. Wait...what? As she tried to remember, Terra realized that she passed the other girl while being chased by the horrors. Terra bowed her head in shame, hoping the other girl wasn't about to attribute any of the disaster to her.

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Kethuel grinned as the girl sat down beside him and murmured a thank you. "No problem," he said. The inn's true cook glared at him for inviting a waif to eat but he ignored her. He gathered a generous serving of the food on a plate and placed it in front of the girl, watching as she wolfed it down. "Jeez, you must've been hungry," he said. "What's your name?"

Although he addressed the girl his eyes followed the group of strangers. They sparked his curiosity. As they went up the stairs he wondered what room they were in. Perhaps, since this was such a poorly made inn, the rooms would have thin enough walls that he would be able to hear them from his room. He took a glass of water from the table and sipped from it as he listened to the girl, planning to use the cup to aid him in his eavesdropping.

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Keeflo followed Yuwen into the room and sat, waiting for the man to talk. Now, if only the others would do the same...

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"Jeez, you must've been hungry," the man who invited Terra to sit down commented as she swallowed most of it without even bothering to chew more than once. It was even more embarrassing when someone commented on it, but Terra didn't find herself stopping at all. "Say, what's your name?"

Somehow managing to stop shoveling the food into her mouth for a moment, Terra was about to give her name, but she had barely gotten to the "r" when she glanced in his direction and noticed that he wasn't actually looking in her direction, but rather towrads the other guests, including the girl who had mentioned the horrors. What was he paying so much attention to them for?

"...T-Terra Himene...I-I hope we...um, get along?" She finally managed those words out after a rather long and awkward silence.

At that moment, she noticed the little girl who had been sitting next to her when she woke up was still at the base of the stairs with the older, black-haired woman. Terra hadn't thought about asking when she woke up, but she seriously wondered how she ended up here of all places while unconscious.

"...I-I must excuse myself," she stammered to the other man as she stood up, though she wasn't sure if he actually was paying attention. Then she rather shyly walked up to the two at the stairs. "U-um, excuse me...? D-do you, um, know how I got here?" These two were probably the best to ask that question to at the moment.

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Millie was back at Ann's side, holding her hand again and looking up at her.

"Ann, are you really-"

"I'll live," she answered without waiting for her to finish the question. It seemed like the new girl was done talking to the chef and started to approach her, initiating her greeting with a question.

"U-um, excuse me...? D-do you, um, know how I got here?" the girl asked.

"As far as I'm concerned, you fell out of the sky," Ann shrugged. "If you were trying to get me killed, you almost succeeded. You landed right on me while I was being pulled along by the river running through the outskirts of the town." She held her arm out, the stains of blood still wet and visible beneath her clothes. "Honestly, the things I do..." She made direct eye contact with her now, slightly frowning. "You want to thank someone, thank the orca. I'm sure he'd be happier to hear it than me. After I snagged you, he carried us both to shore and this was the next stop." She lowered her arm and turned back to Millie. "Let's head upstairs so we can hear what Fortune has to say." The girl nodded in acknowledgement, following Ann as she started making her way up.

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The black haired woman began to talk. "As far as I'm concerned, you fell out of the sky. If you were trying to get me killed, you almost succeeded. You landed right on me while I was being pulled along by the river running through the outskirts of the town." When Terra heard this, she felt rather ashamed, but the woman held her arm out, the stains of blood still wet and visible beneath her clothes. "Honestly, the things I do..." she muttered to herself.

Seeing that made Terra feel even worse, and she began to say some kind of apology, but the woman made direct eye contact (thankfully, no comments about Terra's different-colored eyes) and addressed her again. "You want to thank someone, thank the orca. I'm sure he'd be happier to hear it than me. After I snagged you, he carried us both to shore and this was the next stop."

With these words said, she didn't wait for a response and turned back to the little girl. "Let's head upstairs so we can hear what Fortune has to say." The girl nodded in acknowledgement, and they began to ascend, leaving Terra behind.

"W-wait, where's the whal...um, I mean, orca?" Terra called after them, but she didn't get much of a response. The hooded girl gave an apologetic look to the chef who had been sitting with her and hurried after them. The woman didn't really give any acknowledgement, but the little girl noticed Terra and whispered something her. Hopefully it didn't mean anything bad.

As soon as the woman entered the room, which had nearly all the strange visitors Terra had seen in the bar earlier, it seemed their meeting had begun. As she wasn't technically part of the meeting, Terra simply stood outside the doorway to listen. An old man began telling a rather troubling story about how by some cruel trick of fate, the village's fortune had turned bad.

"First our crops began to wither and die. Then, anyone who attempted to leave the village was entrapped in a maze of mist, wandering for hours until they arrived back here. And lastly...they started to demand that every night that one or more specific villagers wander into their gravesite, alone, or else they'd attack. Sometimes, we never see the again....and sometimes," the old man shuddered. "Sometimes they come back....different." The old teamaster paused as he glanced around frantically as if someone heard him. "In two hours time, the next villager will be summoned to the grave site. Oh, I don't understand how this could've happened.."

"Hmm..." It was the snow oni who began to speak at this time. "More than likely,your ancestor's spirits have been corrupted. Not too uncommon for those that used to be among the living, but...still, it's unusual they would turn on your village when you were once so close. Has anything been done that would anger them?"

"No! None of would ever do something like that! Not that I'm aware of, at any rate," the old man cried out.

"That's honestly the best case scenario, since the only other real causes are a demon or a necromancer. The former...is possibly not an issue. The latter is a problem." The snow oni glanced around at the others. "Well...what do you all think?" As the other members gave their thoughts on the matter--and most of them seemed to agree that they should do something about the matter--Terra wondered just what she should do.

Suddenly, she heard a noise coming directly behind her. The next moment, a tall, brown haired man came bearing through the door. Terra almost shrieked as the door nearly crashed into her, but the man blazed past and grabbed the fist of...a goblin? As Terra wasn't very fond of goblins for reasons we will not discuss now, she instinctively jumped back...and fell rather unceremoniously into the room.

The brown haired man stalked into the room after having thrown the goblin in, not paying attention to the other intruder. "It looks like we have our first volunteer!" he declared, obviously angry over the eavesdropper.

The goblin lady rose to her feet, equally angry. "You ruined my ship!" she retaliated.

"Oh, sorry we interrupted your slave trading," the man replied sarcastically, slamming the door shut and locking it behind him. "But it seems it lead you to a greater purpose. Jensu will go investigate. But we'll need some people to join our little green friend to ensure she doesn't make a run for it. I know some of you have slept already, who here has gotten the most rest? Or is willing to spend a few hours out while we all sleep?"

Terra looked around at the tired faces, starting to make up her mind on the matter. It certainly wasn't her problem, true, but if she helped, she could potentially get enough money to get back onto the road, hopefully away from the horrors. And besides, if it was to help people...well, that was compelling enough on its own.

Terra rose to her feet and cleared her throat, directing all the attention in the room upon herself. Hoping she wouldn't stammer too much, she began to speak. "E-Excuse me for intruding...I would like to help with this...in any way I can."

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"E-Excuse me for intruding...I would like to help with this...in any way I can," Another voice added. Yuwen spun around and glared down at the girl. "Uh... help with what?" Yuwen quickly covered up. "You can't help with these plans. We were talking about things to do in other villages. Sorry who are you? How'd you get in here?"

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"Uh... help with what?" The man quickly tried to play dumb about the situation. "You can't help with these plans. We were talking about things to do in other villages. Sorry who are you? How'd you get in here?"

With a gulp, Terra admitted that she had eavesdropped on the entire meeting. "As for who I am...m-my name is Terra Himene. I was traveling, but...well, these monsters..." She tried to avoid the gaze of the girl with green eyes and black hair here. "...chased me off the road, and I fell off a cliff trying to escape. I lost almost everything, but...some of you..." Here she looked in the direction of the black haired woman and the whale-no, orca man. "I ended up here. There isn't anywhere I can go now since I lost everything, though..."

As much as she didn't want to (especially because mismatched eyes were considered an indication of dark magic...which was true except for the dark part in her case), she pulled back her hood far enough to make direct eye contact with the man. At first his fierce expression frightened her, but she quickly steeled herself and continued talking. "I-I can fight and defend myself...and it seems I'm a more...affordable loss than any of you if I can't get out of here. So please, let me help."

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"An affordable loss?" Yuwen said with a small smile. "We're not villains, here." He rose and turned to his team. "Can any of you vouch for this girl?" He questioned. "Because I don't like the idea of sending kids off to their deaths."

"Hold on!" Jensu exclaimed, standing up and brushing herself off. "This is besides the point. I'm not a slaver!"

"Aren't you?" Yuwen replied, almost laughing. "Then how do you explain the cages full of slaves at the bottom of your ship?"

Jensu shook her head as she secured her captains hat. "I don't know... I had a deal with these business men in Poyo, they didn't let me see their cargo."

"Right, that sounds realistic," Yuwen muttered.

Jensu glared at the man. "Do you honestly think I'd sell slaves if my mother was kidnapped by one?"

"I just don't think you'd be so stupid as to not check your cargo," Yuwen replied, before turning back to the girl who'd broken in. Terra, she'd called herself. "Anyone know this kid?" He repeated.

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Keeflo listened as Yuwen talked to the elder. The old man seemed to be describing some sort of supernatural occurrence. The orca beast-man thought that ghosts and such were mostly nonsense stories meant to scare little kids, but sometimes he wondered. Chi was the energy of the living, what would prevent the remnants of the dead's chi from lingering in the world? Perhaps necromancy was the manipulation of the dead's chi. Keeflo shrugged. He didn't need to know right now.

Then Yuwen opened the door and swung in Jensu - in Keeflo's mind she no longer deserved the title of captain. A small girl fell in as well. In fact, this was the girl he had carried to the village. The goblin accused Yuwen of ruining her ship. Yuwen retorted with a sarcastic apology. Keeflo had half an urge to bite Jensu, perfectly aware that his teeth were capable of shearing off a finger or two if not more. But that would be savage and he was tired, so he remained seated.

Yuwen said that Jensu would be their scout to see whatever this was that was harming the village and asked for volunteers for accompanying her. Keeflo shook his head. He needed sleep. Then the girl, the same one who had stumbled into the room, volunteered. She said she could fight and defend herself and called herself a more affordable loss than the rest of them. This jolted Keeflo out of his half doze. He had much experience with the selfishness of others but little with the selflessness. "Do not belittle yourself. Your life is worth as much of any of ours," he said to the girl.

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Kethuel watched as the strangers walked upstairs. The girl he had invited, Terre, finished her food and went up after them. Quickly he gathered up the remaining plates and put them in the kitchen for someone to wash. Menial tasks finished, he went upstairs as well. He entered his room and drained his glass of water. Placing the cup the side of the wall, he held his ear next to the but of the cup and listened.

He seemed to have missed some pretty important parts. Now they were arguing about who would go somewhere. It was a bit of a disappointment to not know what they were doing, but it was probably better. He shouldn't have been eavesdropping in the first place. With a sighing a little, he continued to listen, hoping to hear an indicator of what this group was doing.

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Yamato sat in on the meeting, vaguely understanding that they had a new member, and that she was going with the Goblin girl to investigate the strange things happening around town. Hyuna seemed eager to fight, but he knew that's the only reason she wanted to help. He leaned against the wall, drifting in and out of sleep. He couldn't remember being so tired, but it had been nearly three days without sleep and the Sake wasn't helping.

"Let's get this moving then. Let the Goblin Slaver and Terra go and do what they've been instructed to do by the ever knowledgable Yuwen Fortune." He stood to leave the room so he could venture to his own and sleep until he decided to wake up.

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"I don't believe we should let them loose on their own," Lo-muna frowned. She was tired herself, having escaped sleep's clutches for a few days now, but the limit hadn't been reached yet. "I'll go along if permitted. After all, I did say we can't let this matter go without some sort of intervention. I'm fast and it will be useful for this task. If either the new girl or the goblin decide to try something, I can either retrieve them quickly or come back here for help. Assistance is also something I can lend to them. Either way, I'm useful and am more awake than most of you."