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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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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: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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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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Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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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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Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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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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Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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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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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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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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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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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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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken 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 Character Portrait: Kathuel Asatori

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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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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 Character Portrait: Kathuel Asatori

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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."

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"I'm going," Suiken sighed, looking at the others who volunteered. Or "volunteered" in Jensu's case. "There are situations like these I've encountered before...in the past," Suiken shrugged, thinking a bit before coughing out, "Occasionally. Such occurrences are more common in Onium than in any human province, generally..."

["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."]

Suiken shrugged, glancing over at the newcomer for a bit. "Ah...you're the one who fell off that cliff. Glad to see you didn't die from that," he greeted. "Don't be so quick to throw away your life after surviving something like that." Suiken then looked at the others. "Well...any other volunteers?"

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Yuwen nodded. "Okay then. Lo-muna and Suiken, you guys keep an eye on Terra and Jensu. Make sure the kid doesn't get hurt," He said with a stern nod. "Find the old man again, find out which villager is going where." Yuwen glanced at the three and then the rest of the team. "Everyone else go with them or get some rest... its late." He moved over and collapsed onto a bed.

Jensu glared at the man before turning to Lo-muna, Suiken and Terra. "Well isn't this quaint," She muttered, before stepping toward the door...

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"You have a lot to answer for, Captain," Suiken stated, turning over to look at Jensu as they left. "And, yes, while I know that you claim to be innocent, I hope you can see why that answer isn't good enough." He then looked over to the newcomer and asked, "So, what was with that whole falling off the cliff deal?"

As they left the rooms and entered the front hall of the inn, the old man was nowhere in sight.

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"Yeah I hope you can see why I don't care," Jensu spat back as stepped down into the dully lit bar of the inn. "They offered me a lot of money, they said it was Imperial merchandise. It was two fellows from the Prefecture... they offered me a lot of money." She glared around. "So where is this geezer? And is there some whiskey around here we could buy?"

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"He most probably has already left," Lo-muna guessed with a shrug. "And there will be no whiskey until the mission is complete. It is bad enough some of us require sleep. Drinking will only further dampen our efforts at rescuing this town."

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"Yeah you know what else you further dampened? My ship!" Jensu spat, again, as she pushed past Lo-muna. "You know, when you crashed it in the river."

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"Lo-Muna's right. Alcohol isn't a priority tight now..." Suiken spoke calmly. "Considering what we're here to do. How about you hold off on it until after we've solved this town's predicament? That way, you'll be more aware once we encounter danger."

Making their way out of the inn and outside, into the street, the only noises that they could hear was the occasional cricket and hoot of a bird. Other than that, it was deathly silent. Fog covered the town like a gaseous blanket, rendering it difficult to see clearly. From what they did notice, a lone figure was making it's way through the fog, which seemed to be slowly but steadily, opening up a path for him.

From the person's silhouette, they could clearly tell he was a child. Suiken approached him. "I'm sorry, but...what are you doing out here this late?" the Oni cautiously asked.

The boy turned to the oni and put on a brave face, despite the growing dread in his voice. "My mother says it's my turn next. Doing this will save the town and I'll be a hero. See?" the boy pointed at the fog, which seemed to be forming a path for him towards the grave site.

"Ah, I see..." Suiken said. "Well. You won't have to head through this path alone. We're coming with you."

"You can't," the boy frowned, sounding somewhat skeptical. "That's...that's against the rules?"

"The rules've changed," Suiken answered simply. The boy shrugged, not wanting to dawdle any longer as he headed off into the path.

Suiken nodded at the others to follow him.

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Surprisingly, Terra found she was joined by the snow oni and a woman with rabbit ears. Speaking of the snow oni, both he and the whale-wait, how long would she keep making that mistake?! The orca...scolded her, in want of a more fitting word, for calling herself expendable, and the brown haired man, whose name she had learned to be Yuwen Fortune and who seemed to be the leader, ordered for the ones accompanying Terra to make sure she didn't get hurt. It felt nice that they were taking so much trouble for her...but also a little embarrassing.

And worrying. The horrors were still somewhere out there, and if she had a run-in with them, it'd go less than smoothly. Especially because now that these people were accompanying her, the horrors would almost certainly target them.

"Find the old man again, find out which villager is going where." Yuwen glanced at the three and then the rest of the team. "Everyone else go with them or get some rest... its late." He moved over and collapsed onto a bed, almost immediately beginning to snore.

After watching him, Terra looked with guilt at the oni and rabbit woman-if she had heard correctly, their names were Suiken and Lo-Muna, respectively. "U-um..." She was about to ask if they were really alright with staying up so late, considering the state their leader was in.

But Suiken asked his question a bit faster. "So, what was with that whole falling off the cliff deal?" As he spoke, the others began to move towards the door, prompting Terra to hurry and catch up to them.

"E-eh? I didn't, um, say it loud enough back there?" Terra repeated her recollection of the first encounter she had with the horrors, hoping that they wouldn't spring up by karma right in front of them.

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"No. No you didn't," Jensu commented to Terra as they began to walk through the night after the child...

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Lo-muna frowned at Jensu's sharp tone but knew the goblin had gone through quite a lot. She called after the female's retreating back, "Apologizing for the ship would be useless since we can't save it anymore. We can however save your mother. That, I can assure you."

She then turned to Terra and gave her a reassuring smile, "What our captain means is that not all of us have sensitive hearing like myself. Hyuna also mentioned seeing the horror terrors and I'm curious as to why such a young girl as yourself is involved with these creatures? Not that I've ever personally seen one but I have heard rumours on my travels. Their infrequency made me doubt their existence. Now, however, I would like to know more. If they pursue you while you're with us, I would like to be armed with knowledge to help protect you."

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"Spirits and ghosts... horrors in the night," Jensu whispered before sipping a wooden flask she had gotten from somewhere, as if an endless supply of alcohol seemed to follow the good captain. The fog was thick, and the dirt roads that crisscrossed across the sparse farming community were empty. Every time they approached a house or a shack the fires were out, but through the darkness they could spot cracks in doors and windows - eyes looking out, watching. "...Hey kid, what do you make of all this?" Jensu called out as they walked. "All this... strangeness."

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"Ah, yes, my mind must've been on other things when you mentioned this before," Suiken shrugged as Terra recounted her tale again. "For such creatures to be involved with you, you must be in a heap of trouble..." the Oni sighed in an exasperated, but somewhat humorous, manner. "Not that we don't have plenty of those in our guild as well."

It was then that voices began to emerge from the mist on each side of the path being carved out for the boy. "Stoooop. Tresspassers. Gobackgobackgoback..."

"Not welcome here. Stay away. Gobackgobackgoback..." the whispering voices hissed.

The boy turned back and looked at Jensu, shrugging, "I don't know. All I know is they used to be nice, but now they're not. A lotta the townspeople, who went to the grave site used to be nice too. The ones who came back came back mean though. I hope I don't come back mean..." he sighed, looking down at the ground worriedly.

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"I'm not the only one who heard that, am I?" Jensu whispered, taking another drink as they approached the circular door to the grave-site, built into the side of a large, grassy hill...

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"I'm hearing a lot of things," Lo-muna frowned. "Then again those voices are making a rather loud argument. How can a child be sent to this?"

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Let us simply say that by complaining continuously about matters such as whiskey, Jensu caused Terra's opinion on goblins to drop even further.

However, they saw a boy walking down the same route their little group. When questioned, he put on his best face of courage and explained, "My mother says it's my turn next. Doing this will save the town and I'll be a hero. See?" the boy pointed at the fog, which seemed to be forming a path for him towards the grave site.

That's too cruel! Terra looked up at Suiken and Lo-Muna, hoping they thought similarly. As it was, Suiken said, "Well. You won't have to head through this path alone. We're coming with you."

"You can't," the boy frowned, sounding somewhat skeptical. "That's...that's against the rules?"

"The rules've changed," Suiken answered simply. (For some reason, Terra found this reply funny.) The boy shrugged, not wanting to dawdle any longer as he headed off into the path. Somehow it ended up with the boy at the front of the group, and Terra and Lo-Muna right behind him. Jensu followed them, and Suiken brought up the rear to keep an eye on the goblin lady.

As they walked, Lo-Muna began to speak to Terra, putting on a friendly smile. "What our captain means is that not all of us have sensitive hearing like myself. Hyuna also mentioned seeing the horror terrors and I'm curious as to why such a young girl as yourself is involved with these creatures? Not that I've ever personally seen one but I have heard rumours on my travels. Their infrequency made me doubt their existence. Now, however, I would like to know more. If they pursue you while you're with us, I would like to be armed with knowledge to help protect you."

The horrors had been seen before? Either way, Terra shrugged when Muna noted it was strange for someone like Terra to be chased by them. She didn't know what they wanted at all. "And, well, haha...if you were in my place at that time, I, uh...don't think you'd like to know that much more."

"Ah, yes, my mind must've been on other things when you mentioned this before," Suiken shrugged as Terra finished recounted her tale again. "For such creatures to be involved with you, you must be in a heap of trouble...Not that we don't have plenty of those in our guild as well."

It probably wasn't Suiken's intent to make Terra feel guilty, but, well, she did. "...sorry if it causes you all trouble," she sighed, bowing her head.

"Stoooop. Tresspassers. Gobackgobackgoback..."

"Not welcome here. Stay away. Gobackgobackgoback..."

When she heard the voices from the mist, Terra's entire body froze. She looked around frantically for the source of that voice, but there was no one. But wait, were those glowing red eyes in the mist? All of Terra's courage vaporized. She involuntarily took a step backwards, almost ready to bolt away back to the inn.

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Not willing to group up with the damned Oni, and terrified of facing the rabbit girl, Hyuna faced a predicament. Sure, she hated Muna for messing with her head like she did. But on the other hand, well, it's not as if she wanted her to die... and the idea of bad things happening to her, of the monsters getting to her, it really really messed with her mind even more. Why did she even care so much, what happened to the rabbit girl? Why did she desperately cling to her ear during the shipwreck? Her emotions were in turmoil, but it didn't stop her from stalking the group that headed out, including the ironically slaver goblin, as well as the weird new girl that grated on Hyuna's nerves more and more. What was her deal, anyways, acting like her life didn't matter? Because, well, it really didn't matter in the long run, but it's not something you just out and admit! That's just being pathetic and spineless. If your life is worthless, you fight to give it worth, you don't just.... anyways.

There she was, body feeling sluggishly slow, and nibbling tensely on more of those sweets that she bought from Poyo, incredibly thankful that somehow, not all of them were ruined. The fog was dark and oppressing, but still she trailed behind the four, gliding through the air with every part of her except for her eyes invisible in an illusion.

Why does Muna have to get so friendly with the others? Why is she putting herself at risk? She's so stupid!

Well, it was technically a group of five, but that boy was so inconsequential to Hyuna's mind that she discounted him. Chances are he'd get himself hurt and Muna'd have to fret over him. He was so in the way- at least the the singing and dancing Oni could fight too, and the stupid nervous girl has weapons. But a civilian, a damned villager? He might even be leading them into a trap. And when those stupid wispy voices began, trying to make them go back, her sense of unease grew. At least more sugar entered her system, giving her back her springy speed and agility, feeling lighter than ever in this night- even the slight irritation of the burns felt minimal; wind caressing her body and rejuvenating her now fresh mind.

For some reason none of those monsters from before were here. And that was really weird- there were dozens upon dozens of them earlier. And then the villagers and their whole thing was all creepy and suspicious- it was a better idea to just get out of here as soon as possible. Or else a stupid bunny might end up dead in a hole, and Hyuna would feel-

She almost stumbled in the air. What the hell would she feel? Why would it matter if the rabbit girl died, what's it mean to her, anyways? And now the bunny even managed to mess up her focus on surfing the wind between the trees, just a little ahead of the four.

All of a sudden a daze of exhaustion overcame her and she hit grassy hill, just out of sight of the group with a thump. It was loud and obvious to hear, even through those damn weird voices. Normally, she'd be able to recover from something like that easily, but this time, maybe because of that annoying rabbit girl again, she felt incredibly skittish and nervous as she regained her senses and gobbled down another confection. The best idea would probably be to meet them, and apologize for the scare, but she really didn't want to risk Muna's ire, or her annoyance. But maybe even worse than that, Hyuna didn't want Muna to be afraid or on edge. So, she really only had one option, and after dispelling the almost invisibility, she stepped out into the path, in front of the grave door.

"I did that on purpose..." She mumbled in a low voice. "I wasn't here because I'm w-worried or anything, okay, so... I just felt like fighting things!"

She was subconsciously looking at the rabbit girl as she said it, and frowned at herself in her foolishness, and decided to send a vicious glare towards the weird new short unknown girl; the pathetic one, and felt just a little better about herself.

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Just as Terra's nerves were about to completely burst from fear, there was a rather loud noise of something falling upon the leaf-covered ground about 15 feet away. She almost screamed at that point and fled, but then the person who ended up coming out of the mist was...that girl who she encountered while being chased by the horrors?

"I-I did that on purpose..." The girl muttered awkwardly. "I wasn't here because I'm w-worried or anything, okay, so... I just felt like fighting things!" She seemed to be paying a lot of attention to Lo-Muna for some reason, looking incredibly embarrassed.

Terra sighed and put a hand on her heart, quite sure its beating speed had doubled. "Y-you seriously scared us, you know-" For some reason, the other girl glared viciously at her, silencing Terra at once. "...u-um, anyway, glad w-we have another person," she stammered out. "...s-so, should we keep going?"

She still wasn't sure if the horrors were actually there or not, but Terra wasn't keen on dashing ahead.

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Lo-muna laughed. She quickly covered her mouth but it was hard to stifle the giggles emanating from her. The others could give her all the strange looks they liked but it didn't detract from her sense of humor. They didn't know her that well after all.

"Sorry, sorry," she apologized as the laughter subsided. "It's just, you came out of nowhere Hyuna and scared a couple of us and I just thought that was humorous because it was like a prank of someone who couldn't go through with it! With how grave the situation is, it just seemed so out of place and I couldn't resist. My apologies, I know this is a grave situation but I needed a bit of a distraction. I was starting to get conscious of how dark it was."

She frowned for a second, looking up, before turning to Hyuna again, "Like the new girl said, it's good to have you here. We do intend to keep going if the child stays on this course. We have little choice in the matter."

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"Eh..." Suiken responded, more annoyed than anything, at the screeching voices coming from the fog at them. The stone door leading to the grave site seem to rattle slightly with movement as the boy approached before it. It slowly pulled itself open, causing puffs of green mist to emit from the ghastly tombs. Suiken frowned.

"Hmm," the snow oni groaned. "That green aura. Telltale sign of a necromancer's handywork. Great..." Suiken sighed, glancing over to the others in the group. "Listen up, I forgot to mention this earlier, but now's as good a time as any. Any spirits we encounter, corrupted or otherwise, aren't' going to be hurt by simple physical hits. They're not like demons, who have a solid form. They can only be harmed by chi. And luckily, I sense that all four of you are proficient in chi...Wait. Four?" Suiken questioned as he noticed Hyuna approaching through the fog.

"Ah, Hyuna, glad of you to join us," Suiken nodded. "Watching after your rabbit friend, I see? At any rate, it's fortuitous that you've arrived. We're dealing with a necromancy here and we might need assistance."

The boy, not wanting to waste any more time listening to strangers argue, began to walk through the gate. It was then that the voices in the fog spoke once more, "Step no further..." they called out.

"Well...that's our invitation, then," Suiken shrugged as he glanced through the gate and saw where the boy was headed. To the very top of the hill, where the largest tomb sat high above the others, crumbled and broken. Sitting on it as if it were a throne was a ghastly vision of a human being. Transparent, paler than the moon light, and with empty eyes that appeared to gaze into the souls of the guild members (plus Jensu and Terra).

Soon, enough, hundreds of similar ghastly figures all erupted from the grave site, all staring at the intruders. They said nothing, but one could tell by the looks on their faces, what they were intending to say was, 'We dare you to take one step further...'

***

Back at the inn, the guild members would hear the sliding door open abruptly as they got to their rest. A kind faced woman approached, carrying a tray. "Evening tea...?" she hissed at them like a serpent, asking them a simple in question in a needlessly aggressive tone.

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Muna could have been terrified, she could have been angry, or even indignant. So, why, exactly, was the rabbit girl covering her mouth and shaking just a little? Was she crying? Did Hyuna make her break down in bawls? Her mind, on panic mode, as she tried to say something, or anything to calm her down. And in the corner of her mind, she noticed the weird girl, murmuring some nervous pleasantries about being glad she was there, earning another glare, this time more of desperation and nervousness than anything. Before Hyuna could do anything to make Muna stop crying, the rabbit girl spoke, a jolly look in her eyes.

"Sorry, sorry, it's just, you came out of nowhere Hyuna and scared a couple of us and I just thought that was humorous because it was like a prank of someone who couldn't go through with it!" Was that what Muna thought of her? Just a prankster? After going through all the trouble to try and make sure she was safe and all, too! She just marely managed to settle her gaze upon Muna's soft face. "With how grave the situation is, it just seemed so out of place and I couldn't resist. My apologies, I know this is a grave situation but I needed a bit of a distraction. I was starting to get conscious of how dark it was." With a little frown, she seemed to welcome Hyuna into their group as well. "Like the new girl said, it's good to have you here. We do intend to keep going if the child stays on this course. We have little choice in the matter."

She felt happy, oddly enough. And very much relieved- Muna wasn't crying at all. So she made her way in, brandishing her spear with a quick flip of the wrist, until the Oni had to ruin everything with one statement.

"Ah, Hyuna, glad of you to join us," The singing dancing Oni looked her over. "Watching after your rabbit friend, I see? At any rate, it's fortuitous that you've arrived. We're dealing with a necromancy here and we might need assistance."

Hyuna ground her teeth, but stayed silent. She knew if she spoke, it'd only make a fool out of her in front of Lo-Muna, and that was unacceptable, no matter how much she hated the bunny girl. Thus, with that strange village boy up ahead, the group of now five members got to the peak of the hill... and were met with oppressive strange creature things. Pale in the moonlight, and definitely a threat, peering at them with piercing gazes. Hyuna shuddered, but knew this was what she came for.

"M-M-Munna. Muna, I meant, get back." She clicked her tongue at the new foe, stepping ahead of the beast-man, with her spear in a defensive position, gathering wind together in her free fist in preparation, and turned to the apparent leader, the damned bard oni. If she was on her own, sure, she'd charge in and attack recklessly and probably come out victorious. But this was different. Muna was here, and she didn't want to risk her safety because of a stupid battle instinct.

"Whats the plan, Oni?" She growled. "How do we get outta this mess?"

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When Lo-Muna ended up giggling from the other girl's sudden appearance. most of the tension in the air disappeared. Of course, that didn't help Terra's mood any when they neared the gate, especially when it swung open by itself.

"Step no further..."

The moment those voices returned, Terra felt her blood run several degrees colder. If she had been closer to any of the others, she would've been clutching their hands, but of course she wasn't. "Well...that's our invitation, then," Suiken muttered with a shrug, and began to trudge up the hill. Terra had to force herself to follow.

At the very top of the hill, there was a gigantic tomb. It was several feet wide, but most of the decorations were crumbled and broken. Sitting on it as if it were a throne was a ghastly vision of a human being. Transparent, paler than the moon light, and with empty, emotionless eyes that suddenly made the hairs on Terra's neck stand up.

Then, hundreds of similar ghastly figures all erupted from the grave site, all staring at the intruders. They said nothing, but one could tell by the looks on their faces, what they were intending to say was, 'We dare you to take one step further...'

Hyuna...was that her name? She looked very nervous as she muttered for Lo-Muna to get back. Her spear was levelled at the ghosts, but Terra could swear the tip was shaking as fiercely as her own body was. "W-what's the plan, Oni?" Hyuna growled, though it sounded more like an empty threat now. "How do we get outta this mess?"

Chi moves work against the ghosts...? Would that mean elemental chi? Terra glanced between the ghosts, finding herself unsettled with each passing second that she had to make eye contact. She then gazed at the others around her. The boy looked absolutely terrified, as did the goblin lady. Hyuna was glancing nervously between the ghosts, Suiken, and Muna. Muna herself...well, Terra couldn't see her expression. Suiken seemed to be in deep thought, and still had not answered Hyuna.

Well...you won't know the tone of a bell until you ring it.

Terra pointed at the stones on the ground, and they began to rise just in front of Suiken, Hyuna, Jensu, Muna, and the boy. She wasn't sure if these hastily-constructed ramparts would work on spectral enemies, but she had to try. "Whatever happens, please stay behind there for now. I'll..." Swallowing hard, she choked out the last words. "...go first."

Ignoring any protests, Terra took one step forward.

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As much as Lo-muna wanted to pull the new girl back, she made no move to do so. Instead, she retreated behind Hyuna as asked and slipped a hand inside her bag just in case. Suiken and Hyuna were capable fighters after all. Adding more to the bunch would simply cause confusion and in their tired states, it would not bode well for the group. The goblin probably wouldn't be much help in her state. Terra was an unknown quantity. She seemed fresh though and was already using her chi to lift stones. This piqued Lo-muna's interest. She would have to investigate the extent of the girl's power later for now, she would see a part of it first hand.

"Please, be careful," Lo-muna whispered, eyes glittering with concern.

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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: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"No reason to head back now..." Suiken sighed, stepping forward himself. The moment they stepped past the gate was the moment things began to escalate. At first everything remained completely silent, as it had been the moment they stepped outside. The corrupted spirit's leader, the one sitting atop the tallest grave on the hill, shifted his head to the side for a bit, looking at the intruders of his domain curiously.

After a moment or two, he smiled and offered his hand forward, whispering in a somewhat benign tone as he motioned towards himself. "Come..." he smiled, as black spittle dribbled down his chin from his mouth, reminiscent of tar as it bubbled toxically and the head spirit's voice became immensely gravelly. "Join usssssss......" he hissed as his minions filled the night sky with their ghastly forms descending upon the intruders below, hands outstretched into claws, twisting unnaturally towards them as they began to attack.

"Okay, remember..." Suiken muttered to the others. "Chi is the key to defeating them. Improvise any way you can and defeat them..They're much more numerous than I expected and..." Suiken paused as he noticed the boy from earlier. He was being lifted from the ground by several spirits, who were bringing him to their leader. The head spirit's eyes grew beady eyed as his jaw extended unnaturally like a serpent's and he became more amphibious than human. Not quite like a beastman, as it was a terror to look at.

The head spirit opened his maw, showing his wide gullet, inside the roof of his mouth were several human sized cocoons of what one could only assume were the missing townspeople.

"Damn..." Suiken muttered. "Okay, here's the plan..." Suiken began as chi wrapped around his fist and a ghost flew headfirst into it, knocking itself on the ground....or through it as the case were. "You need to fight off the ghosts. Lo-Muna, I need you to use your speed and snatch that boy from the creature's jaws. The rest of you defeat as many spirits as you can. I'm going to go to the center of the graveyard," Suiken informed, pulling out his twin ice fang mallets. "And I'm going to...play my drum," he grinned, drawing out his drum. "Music soothes the soul, as they say, right?" Suiken asked, laughing a bit at his own joke.

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"Teas cools quickly here," the woman insisted, pushing Yuwen forward to the floor with her tray. "Hurry and get your tea," the woman insisted repeatedly as Yuwen and anyone else awake would notice that her eyes were milky white. "Do you want something to drink...?" She asked mockingly as a quick chopping noise was heard from the other side of the room. Within minutes several axe heads and swords were seen poking through the wall on the opposite side of the room. The shuffling a feat and angry shouts was heard. "Anything at all?" the woman, asked as green acidic bile began to drip from her mouth to the floor, scalding it. Her neck began to stretch unnaturally, attempting to wrap around Yuwen like a snake as dozens of villagers tried to break into their room at the inn at once.

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The weird girl was the first to step up, and Hyuna felt a little irritated. She sensed strong... earth chi, from her, and wondered if she could somehow be a threat. Most likely not, but, still, one can never be too sure, after all. She had volunteered to go first, but that'd keep Muna out of the line of fire, right? She could just sit back and let the Falcon deal with it. How convenient would it be if that could be the case.

Calm the fuck down, Hyuna. Can't protect the bunny like this.

"Please, be careful." Muna whispered from behind to the weird girl, and well, that was pretty damn frustrating. So while the poises continued, shrieking at them to join them, the singing dancing Oni started going over some sort of plan, and hopefully it'd work, and at least Muna and herself got out alive; honestly not caring so much about Suiken or the knew girl whatsoever. This whole damn setup was eerie, and the spear girl really felt her body screaming at her, telling her to sleep before it completely wears itself out. But who the hell would sleep in the middle of a battlefield?

Okay, remember... Chi is the key to defeating them. Improvise any way you can and defeat them..They're much more numerous than I expected and..." Suiken reminded them, watching grimly as the stupid boy from earlier found himself about to be eaten by a... a nightmarish monster, already obviously having had other victims before. The Oni muttered something almost inaudible, and continued while Hyuna gathered more wind in her left fist, teeth gritted. "Okay, here's the plan... You need to fight off the ghosts. Lo-Muna, I need you to use your speed and snatch that boy from the creature's jaws. The rest of you defeat as many spirits as you can. I'm going to go to the center of the graveyard, And I'm going to...play my drum," That was when the Oni took out his mallets from earlier, and Hyuna almost lost concentration of her gathered wind, wondering what the hell Suiken could be planning with them- how could they even remotely help at all? "Music soothes the soul, as they say, right?" Suiken laughed a little, still facing the monsters, who'd started their advance.

"Who cares about the boy?" Hyuna hissed angrily at the Oni, unleashing a tornado, tearing through the front lines, and giving them more breathing room. A few more monsters lunged towards her- she blocked one with her spear and pushed it back, while tearing through the others with a gust of sharp winds. She then hastily condensed the air near the tip of her spear, and twirled it like a wheel-type weapon, dashing into another group of monsters, daring enough to try and approach, and were slaughtered for the attempt. "It's too dangerous to try and save him, just let him die, Muna!"

It was helpless, though. She knew very well that the bunny wouldn't just leave someone to die, no matter how worthless they were. Parrying another strike, and counterattacking with a calculated riposte, Hyuna was clearing a definite path for the bunny to safely run past, if she chose to save the boy- or at least try to. And sure enough, she did, jumping as high up as possible, taking advantage of the clear path. Still, the monsters were getting too close for comfort.

Would an illusion work? Do I have enough energy to maintain one?

Mentally imagining bright glowing wings, Hyuna fractured the air around her, bending light to give her the appearance of having angelic wings, flowing beautifully from her shoulder blades, whipping around as she spun in the air, and dove at more of the strange monsters, hoping it would draw all their attention so Muna could get as clear a shot as possible.

"Get behind me, you stupid bunny!" Hyuna told her fiercely. She rushed ahead, cleaving through two more with a single slice, and with a little surge of energy, granted Muna an invisibility illusion, shielding her from view. Her vision swam for a split second, allowing for one of the monsters to claw at her waist, tearing a bit at the flesh and spewing blood, before she could viciously kick it away, and pierce it with her extended spear's blade.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Yeah, four hours of sleep is a great way to start the new day," Yuwen muttered, kicking open the door and joining the others in the dark hall. He glanced down at the bodies and then up to his comrades. "How'd all these chumps end up undead?" He questioned. Suddenly a rock flung through a window, narrowly missing Ann's face and imbedding itself into the wall. Yuwen looked at the projectile before running forward and taking cover beside the window. "Guys... this is bad," He whispered, glancing out. Stretching out in the fog were at least a hundred villagers - a good chunk of the town. Yuwen swallowed. "Guys..." He whispered, turning back to his friends. "I don't know what happened here but if we just go all out we could be massacring an entire village here," He swallowed. "Maybe there's a way to turn them back. Let's try to keep destruction low."

Suddenly, as if to contradict his words, a massive explosion rose in the distant fog. "I don't know what that is..." Yuwen whispered, squinting at the sight. "But I don't think I like it."

Far away, at the edge of the village gravesite a blast of fire came down, burning the grass to a crisp. "Great Guild!" A voice screamed. Suiken, Lo-muna, Hyuna and Terra looked up as the hooded man descended through the burning and smashed down into the ashy grounds. "You're not safe here," He said, stating the incredibly obvious.

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More spirits were drawn to Hyuna's illusion and began gunning for her, claws outstretched and reaching for her waste. Others made a grab for Lo-Muna as she drew ever closer to the head spirit. Suiken sat upon the ground setting up his drum. His chi ability to become a sturdy force proved useful as he simply swatted away spirits headed for him. Suiken sat on the grounds and sighed heavily, "Been a while since I had to do this...Let's hope I can remember the proper steps..." he muttered to himself.

Once Lo-Muna had made her ploy and grabbed the boy, the head spirit began to grow angry. His massive amphibious eyes swiveled towards Lo-Muna, unperturbed by the smoke as he crawled across the grave site in an awkward manner across all fours.

"Do not deny me claim..." the head spirit shouted, his eyes beginning to bulge out of his head. "I hunger..."

Then a familiar voice had called out to them. The hooded man from before. What could he want? Possibly to help them. Suiken didn't know, but for now..."If you are on our side then aid us!" Suiken called out. "Your fire chi will harm these spirits long enough for me to finish..." Suiken grumbled.

***

It wasn't long before the Guild found the outside of the inn surrounded by 'villagers'. Not quite like villagers anymore, as their necks too stretched out to inhuman proportions and fangs erupted from their gums. Others simply were content to brandish weapons and attempted to mow down their unwelcome guests by sheer numbers.

A strange noise was heard from the villagers on Ann, Millie, and Yamato's side as if they began to shuffle to one side...

[It didn't take long to clear them, and when she did, she made an effort to budge the door but realized something from the inside was keeping it from opening, and it wasn't a lock. She rapped her knuckles against the door.

"They're gone," she called, Millie slightly trembling by her side. "If it's not too much of a bother, I'd appreciate it if you came out and lent a hand before I overexert myself and die of blood loss."

It was then he saw Ann and the little girl Millie. Together they finished off the remaining enemies. "Undead scum." He muttered once they'd finished. Ann then made her way to Yuwen's door and tried to open it. It didn't budge. "If it's not too much of a bother, I'd appreciate it if you came out and lent a hand before I overexert myself and die of blood loss."

"Well, I certainly won't be bored while traveling with this guild. Seems we have a certain affinity with what some would call bad luck." He smiled, the stench of blood filling the air. ]

"Bad luck? I'd say..." an unfamiliar voice answered Yamato as the ashen-winged tengu suddenly felt a heavy kick to the chest. Looking up, Yamato, Millie, Ann, and now Yuwen would see two tall figures sporting dark green silk shirts and pants and black conical hats covering their faces in shadow. They were figures seen earlier in the inn, asleep, having left almost exactly before this chaos started.

The muscular one stepped further into the room, leaning back as he walked, his hands in his pocket. The more lean one, the one who had kicked Yamato, walked hunched over, his arms swinging from side to side lazily. The guild could tell by their movements and speech, that they weren't a part of the townspeople. Both of them had characters embedded on the front of their shirts, representing their names. For the muscular one, 'Hei Zhao.' And for the lanky one, 'Bai Zhao.'

The muscular one, Hei Zhao turned towards his peer and sneered exasperatedly, "Little brother, remind me of what you said the moment these jackasses entered this village...?"

Bai Zhao shrugged and sniffed, "I said they probably wouldn't be a problem. Just some quirky travelers, that's all! I didn't know they would mettle!"

"Yeah, well they did and now we have to clean up the mess they've made, before they clean up ours..." Hei Zhao muttered, raising his hand in the air as a green aura, an aura of necromancy filled the air. Hei Zhao snapped his fingers, gaining the attention of the insane 'villagers'. His next words were delivered lazily and simply, but there was a hidden layer of content with each word, "Rip 'em apart."

The townspeople rushed at the Guild members as the two brothers turned around, walking the other way. "Ah, do you smell allll of that chi little brother?" Hei Zhao laughed sinisterly. "It's enough to make ya feel aliiiiiiiiiive again!" he chuckled, raising his arms into the air, causing more green aura to fill the night sky. The corrupted spirits in the grave yard and the mad 'villagers' seemed to become more blood thirsty and aggressive than before.

"And, and in the case of travelers, it's enough to make them NOT alive? Eh? Catch my drift?" Bai Zhao elbowed his brother.

"Yeah, I get it..." Hei Zhao muttered, considerably less pumped up than before.

" 'Cause we're gonna kill 'em, see...?" Bai Zhao informed villainously.

"How about I kill you?" Hei Zhao groaned in beleaguered frustration as the two made their way, slowly, towards the grave site.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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After a moment or two, the spirit perched on the tombstone as though it were his throne smiled and offered his hand forward, whispering in a somewhat benign tone as he motioned towards himself. "Come..." he smiled, as black spittle dribbled down his chin from his mouth, reminiscent of tar as it bubbled toxically and the head spirit's voice became immensely gravelly. "Join usssssss......" he hissed as his minions filled the night sky with their ghastly forms descending upon the intruders below, hands outstretched into claws, twisting unnaturally towards them as they began to attack.

As he spoke, and the boy was lifted into the air, Terra's mind finally completely blanked out with fear, and her first instinct was to run. But then numerous ghosts blocked her way, and nearly reached her in her panic.

Key word is nearly. Terra's muscles finally responded, and her arms flew out to the sides as stones burst from the ground, ramming the ghosts away. It seemed she could hurt them this way after all. As the ghosts continued to attempt to attack her, Terra catapulted herself into the air. As she flew, she pointed her hand at the ground, causing the rocks that had been under her feet earlier to explode in all directions.

Lo-Muna managed to rescue the boy, and Hyuna was attracting the attention of a number of ghosts. However, speaking of Muna, the ghosts were starting to turn in her direction en masse. Suddenly dreading what might happen to the rabbit lady, Terra reached to her belt with both hands. Her right hand now held a short sword of what appeared to be green crystal, while her left hand held an almost identical one that was created from blue crystal.

The ground blasted Terra forwards at the ghosts, who didn't seem to have noticed her at all. Both of her blades began to glimmer as Terra sent her chi directly into them, and she slashed at the ghosts' midsection. A frenzy of wild slashes followed, tearing through them easily. Of course, it seemed a little too easy at the moment...

From the edge of the village gravesite a blast of fire came down, burning the grass to a crisp. "Great Guild!" terra looked up as a hooded man descended through the burning and smashed down into the ashy grounds. "You're not safe here," He said, stating the incredibly obvious.

Somehow he knew the others? And what guild? Terra hesitated as she tried to listen to what the man was saying-but that was a costly move, because the ghosts viciously bore down on her at that point. One single rush attack from all of them sent Terra flying the entire length of the large tomb with a scream. Now blood was trickling from her midsection and left arm, and both her swords had clattered uselessly far away...

Terra's hand jabbed towards the sky, pulling stones just in front of her to create another barrier. But that wouldn't hold them for long. So, to end it there, she raised a bright red gem above her head...

Hyuna flew just above the ghosts' heads, still being attacked. Terra, realizing she would have hit Hyuna instead, quickly halted her attack, but this let the ghosts rip through a significant portion of the barrier. "Hyuna!" She shouted, pointing frantically at one of the barriers she had created earlier. "Get behind there! Quickly!"

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That stupid bunny, attracting the ghosts with the smoke pellet then running... what was she thinking? Hyuna could handle herself just fine, she was okay, it was just a graze... a deep, bloody, painful graze. The blood was almost spurting out, and the girl faintly wondered if anything important had been clawed out, and shrugged, hoping that wasn't the case. First thing's first though- take care of the spirits now hounding Lo-Muna. Clutching her side, she managed to get to an upright position again, and dashed forwards, using the wind to boost her speed and she caught up to the ghosts in no time, slashing through several of them and even violently exploding one of them with a quick eruption of air inside it's chest. Right then, the firey figure from before appeared; the one who got them in this mess in the first place. Muna cried out at him that Fortune wasn't here, and Hyuna grit her teeth.

"If you..." She winced as the pain suddenly intensified in her waist, but regained her breath to continue talking, "if you want our trust, you'd better at least help a little." Hyuna murmured to the hooded figure, having absolutely no intentions to trust the figure whatsoever, even if it saved her life. It was a matter of pride, after all. And then the weird girl got smashed and sent flying across the tomb, and Hyuna almost chuckled- it was pretty comedic, seeing a girl go flying that far, as long as it was a girl she didn't particularly care about in the least. Hyuna dispelled her illusion then, wondering if that girl could be a good diversion as she continued chasing down the monsters after Muna. Suddenly thinking of an idea, she smirked; hands gathering at the air surrounding the whole tomb, and with a dragging motion, a gust of wind sent most of the ghosts back to the tomb; now unable to chase Muna without first taking care of the spear girl. And of course, the singing dancing Oni just sat on the ground, occasionally batting away ghosts that got too close. After conjuring a mini-tornado to blast apart more of the monsters, a persistent headache growing in the back of her head that wouldn't just go away, she leapt, twisted in the air as she got rid of a few more ghosts that tried to jump to reach her, and landed right beside Suiken with flair.

"Whatever you're doin, Oni, hurry it up." She muttered angrily, then heard a shrill yell from somewhere. It was that weird girl- how did she even know her name, Hyuna wondered, and figured that the girl probably wanted to glory to herself. Hyuna knew very well how strong wide spread chi usage could be, herself doing that from time to time, and the girl likely wanted to clear them out, but first wanted a clear shot.

"So you can have all the-" Another painful twinge, and more blood spluttered out from the rather deep wound. Hyuna shook it off stubbornly, grinding her teeth to block it out, and gripping her spear unnecessarily hard. "All the fun to yourself? No way, weird new girl!"

She wouldn't dare accept help from her, either.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"So you can have all the-urgh...all the fun to yourself? No way, weird girl!"

What was she thinking? Terra groaned, knowing her chance at ending it all had been shattered already. But the barrier was starting to weaken...it seemed she'd just have to go on with her attack, regardless of if Hyuna was hit or not. "...please dodge it if you can," she whispered, as the ruby in her hand flashed and shattered.

As the barrier finally broke down, the ghosts charged towards Terra, whose left eye started to glow red from the power inside the ruby. Both her hands thrust out, and gigantic fireballs spiraled from each palm, searing the ghosts and flying wildly into the air.

But Terra soon discovered that she had almost no control over the fireballs' path. The decision was even more foolish than she initially thought. Would Hyuna get hit?

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Kathuel Asatori

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Keeflo fell asleep soon after the meeting. It wasn't that he didn't care about the townspeople and their troubles at all, but he needed sleep. Because of this he didn't wake up until a splattering of burning green liquid smattered his bare chest. This jolted him awake and he hurriedly wiped the substance off. A weird snake lady was attacking Yuwen and weapons pierced the walls.

What the hell was going on? Was he dreaming? He had to admit if this was a dream it was pretty bizarre, but why would this happen in real life? Yuwen punched the snake person away and led the guild members to a window. Snakey towns people lined the streets. Keeflo supposed this wasn't a dream because why not? It was totally necessary to have weird mutated people trying to eat them. It only happened like never, so all the more reason for it to be happening now.

"I don't know what happened here but if we just go all out we could be massacring an entire village here," Yuwen said. "Maybe there's a way to turn them back. Let's try to keep destruction low."

"I don't know about you, sir, but I do want to get out of this alive. I suggest we come up with a plan quickly. I don't want to kill either, but I also want an intact hide," Keeflo said.

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Kethuel shrugged when the strangers came to a conclusion to send some people to the graveyard. Nothing too interesting based on what he had heard. Curiosity somewhat sated, he went to sleep.

A while later he was awakened by a knock on the door. "Have some tea," a serving girl said, coming into the room without bothering to wait for his answer. Whoa. She didn't even ask if he wanted some or even if she could invade his privacy. Sure, the room was technically that of inn, but still, he had done a service for them and had been promised a room in return. Usually, unless specifically said otherwise (and it hadn't been said otherwise), rooms were private.

"No thanks, I'm fine sleeping," he said. He decided he should take off his clothes and armor once the girl left; it was uncomfortable sleeping with it on.

But the girl didn't leave. Instead she carried the tea closer. "I do insssist. It is excellent," she said, placing the tea by his bedside. Kethuel reached for his katanas which were balanced on a bedside table. This girl was creeping him out. He felt a tingling sensation fizz throughout his body.

The girl grinned, showing teeth that were unnaturally long and pointed. Now that Kethuel took a closer look, he saw that she had an unnaturally long neck and torso as well that were getting alarmingly longer. The thing advanced on him and another shudder wracked his body. He could feel an unconscious period coming.

He leapt out of bed, grabbed his pack, and tried to maneuver around the creature that threatened to wrap around him. The oddity reached out and grabbed his arm with a frighteningly strong grip. A wave of disorientation crashed through Kethuel and he succumbed to the unconsciousness it heralded.

As the altered girl drew in her prey she found a disturbing thing happening to it. The man's body melted and flowed, changing colors and shape. In seconds she held not a man but a creature with a human-like face, deer's body, and predatory claws. The creature growled and raked the girl with its claws, causing her to loosen her grip.

It wriggled free of her quasi-coils and jumped through the window, landing lightly on its feet. It saw people similar to the girl rushing all over. With a shake of its horned head it ran off in the direction of the woods, trying to orient itself. It was at a different place than it had been the last time it manifested and didn't know where to go.

As it ran it passed some people being attacked by some sort of monster. A memory entered its mind unbidden. In this memory it had a different shape, the shape of some of the two legged creatures that dominated the world. It was fighting with some sort of elongated claw in a forepaw against creatures that had the same amount of legs but were taller and had horns. Why was it fighting these creatures? It had companions that it was protecting.

Like in whatever time this foreign memory represented, the creature felt an urge to protect. Dashing between some monsters and twoleg females, it lashed out with its claws. "We will not let you take what is not yours," the creature said, its voice a raspy growl.

The ghostly monster didn't seem to be as much hurt as annoyed. It opened its maw and took a bite at the creature. The creature, however, had already jumped out of the way. It continued to harass and harry the ghosts, putting a higher priority on dodging attacks than getting a successful hit.

The creature's nimbleness couldn't allow it to avoid every attack. A ghoul lunged at it from an unexpected angle and left trails of opened flesh on the creature's back. The creature bolted, losing its odd urge to protect those it did not know. It found a path and followed it, finding some twolegs in white.

Another memory came to the creature. It was a twoleg again, this time with a wound slitting open its foreleg. Other twolegs wrapped the foreleg up in strips of cloth, quelling the bleeding. Perhaps these twolegs would do the same for it. The creature ran alongside the path and stepped out in front of them, saying with its raspy voice, "Can you mend my back?"

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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There were sounds everywhere. Footsteps, shouts, the whoosh of air as attacks were unleashed and taken or blocked. The sights weren't any different. Spirits took up most of the range of Lo-muna's vision though she glanced back at Hyuna, fighting and defending without much success. Even in the darkness she could see the bright spots of red so unlike the trampled green that surrounded it. The boy also took up much of Lo-muna's concentration. He was knocked out, probably from what he had seen, and was limp so carrying him wasn't much of a task.

Her concentration was scattered, her other senses only confirming what her eyes and ears already assessed. Then that glint of fire and Lo-muna turned, expecting to see the hooded figure, only to see Terra unleash fire. It wasn't under control. Lo-muna ran.

Hyuna was stubborn and prideful and as much as Lo-muna hated to admit it, having Yamato along wouldn't have been so bad. Maybe he could have made his apprentice listen and realize teamwork was essential in this situation. The spirits had gotten more aggressive and even Lo-muna, augmented as she was, was having a slight bit of trouble slipping out of their grasp. But then again, Yamato didn't seem so keen on working with others either. It probably would have resulted in the same situation regardless if he had come or not.

"Watch out!" Muna screamed as she tackled Hyuna, driving her out of the fireball's path. The reaction had been late however and Lo-muna gave a sharp cry as her back was singed, the cry more out of panic for the jacket than her own back. Her grip slipped and the boy tumbled out of Lo-muna's arms, spirits already drawn by the moment of weakness. She scrambled to get back up, ignoring all else, and dived for the boy as the spirits lunged. The rabbit's small frame was swallowed by the crowding spirits eager to present the head spirit his dinner...

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A great hum was heard throughout the graveyard as the screeching spirits stopped in their chase of Lo-Muna and their assaults on Hyuna, Terra, and the recently arrived hooded villain. They all began to latch onto their ears as if shrieking in pain, the green aura of necromancy slipping away from them as the head spirit turned to face the direction which this disruption was stemming from.

It was Suiken, who was expertly playing a rhythm across his drum. Each hit seemed to wear away the corruption, as the green necromancy aura slipped from most of the spirits in the graveyard only. The oni said nothing as he played aside from the mutter of, "Spirit Cleansing Rhythm," as his song came to a close.

"Took me a while to remember that one..." Suiken grinned tiredly. He then looked up and saw the head spirit still looming over everyone, now around the size of a house and resembling a fat razormouthed fish on legs. "The drum I used was too mundane for this to work completely on one of his power! Everyone, attack the creature give it all you've got!" The oni shouted.

The head spirit chuckled darkly, "My, my, what to think of this day..." he rumbled. "First, I receive intruders that ruin the sanctity of my village...Then, a strange beast attacks me...and finally an Oni that reeks of the stench of a Demon Hunter is tearing me away from my minions?" the head spirit roared. "Nights such as this can make one angry...hungry...." he spoke, inhaling deeply as he slowly absorbed his de-necromanced comrades, growing larger with each one that he absorbed.

"Everyone stick to the plan!" Suiken sighed. "I'm going to work on an other song..."

***

Halfway to the grave site...the two apparent necromancer brothers stopped. Bai Zhao was the first to speak, "Our power...gone! From the graveyard! Not all of it, but still, a great chunk of it! Who are these people?!"

"Brother, be careful with throwing around words like 'our' power..." Hei Zhao warned. "But, yes. I sense it. Should they manage to make it through this night, they will prove to be a nuisance to the master..." he muttered thoughtfully.

"Well, that doesn't sound half-bad..." Bai Zhao shrugged, causing an angered reaction from his older brother, who suddenly grabbed his sibling's head and slammed it into the wall of a nearby house, twice. "Be. Silent!" the older brother yelled through gritted teeth, before calming down almost instantly. "You never know...when the master's listening..."

Bai Zhao looked irritated for a moment, but nodded in thanks eventually, as the two furthered their slow walk to the grave site.

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When the weird girl unleashed the fireballs, massive and spiraling, Hyuna didn't really have time to react, as she was desperately spearing at more of the spirits, and trying to manage her blood loss at the same time. So when she spun around and saw a huge flaming ball directly in her face, she was pretty prepared to die- or at least curse the weird girl somehow. However, before anything else could happen she felt a furry someone slam into her and knock her out of the way- only to let out a scream as she herself was burnt; rage built up deep in the flighty spear girl. Why had Muna saved her, and took the hit for her? Why didn't she had just kept running with the boy? Why did Hyuna feel a little happy at Muna saving her, and angry for the same reason? She forced those thoughts to the side for the time being, focusing on the current problem with the spirits that were now overwhemlingly swarming Muna, Hyuna, and the useless piece of crap boy.

"Goddamnit, Muna!" Hyuna hissed angrily, and with a powerful gust of wind, blasted Muna, with the boy in her arms into the air, and out of danger, hoping the rabbit girl would use the momentum to get the heck out of the battle. Once out of reach, Hyuna smiled a little bit, and allowing her blush to last a few seconds before whipping back into battle mode. "...and thanks... Muna."

The weird girl would have to pay. Hyuna would make sure she did- sure, the spear girl wasn't exactly the most cooperative person in the world, but she didn't have to attack while blatantly knowing her allies were in the way. The damned weird girl had even dared to get Muna hurt- there was no way she could make up for that. Spinning her spear a bit like a helicopter's choppers, she smashed through the group surrounding her, still attracting more with her wings illusion, and arrived at the weird girl's side.

"You'll-fucking-pay-for-that." Hyuna lifted the weird girl up with her free hand, staring into her heterochromatic eyes menacingly. It would have gotten even more violent, but then a spirit just barely missed clawing at her, so she set the girl down with a severely pissed off grunt, listening to Suiken suddenly unleash a song to weaken pretty much all of the spirits, the green necromantic light dissipating. That was their chance, and Hyuna released three bursts of razor sharp winds at the crowd of spirits, lessening their numbers significantly. It have been considered a victory if the head spirit wasn't now towering over everyone.

"The drum I used was too mundane for this to work completely on one of his power! Everyone, attack the creature give it all you've got!" The oni cried out to everyone.

"My, my, what to think of this day..." he roared, chuckling with mirth. "First, I receive intruders that ruin the sanctity of my village...Then, a strange beast attacks me...and finally an Oni that reeks of the stench of a Demon Hunter is tearing me away from my minions? Nights such as this can make one angry...hungry...." Now the head spirit began... absorbing and growing larger with each of the old spirits he sucked in.

With a sigh, Suiken stated ""Everyone stick to the plan! I'm going to work on an other song..."

Hyuna nodded with frustration and assent. As much as she hated following orders, especially those of her hated enemy, Suiken, she knew that he had the best idea of what was going on. She twirled her spear directly at the spirit, focusing a lot of condensed air at the tip as well as lengthening the sharp hardened air there, glaring directly at the head spirit, giant and threatening, and ignoring the deep chest wound, she leapt into the air, and used wind to twirl her like a drill, flinging her body directly at the head spirit. Upon impact, drilling and shearing, the condensed air around her exploded, unleashing twisting bursts of air in all directions. Hoping the head spirit was dead, Hyuna landed haphazardly on one knee, panting hard and struggling to keep her balance. Blood was flowing even faster now, and she felt weary and sluggish.

"Did the best I could." She grunted, not even having enough energy to stand up anymore after her hopefully finishing move. "Hope M-Muna's... okay."

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Everything had ended even more terribly than Terra had intended. Muna managed to get Hyuna out of the way of the fireballs, but was badly singed in the process. Hyuna flew by and picked up both of them, muttering some kind of curse that was somewhat well deserved on Terra's part. What was I thinking?! I didn't help at all...

However, Hyuna went crashing to the ground after fighting for a few more seconds and sending Muna out of the battle, hurling Terra a bit far away as she slammed into the rocks. "Did the best I could." She grunted, not even having enough energy to stand up anymore after her hopefully finishing move. "Hope M-Muna's... okay."

Terra watched Hyuna with panic and guilt. What was she supposed to do after she nearly got both her AND Muna killed?! But the ghosts had not completely been eradicated, unfortunately, including the head spirit. Some were starting to recover from Suiken's song, and Suiken himself was the only person capable of fighting anymore. Not including Terra herself, who probably would ruin everything even more.

The ghosts were coming down quickly upon Terra and Hyuna, and the latter wasn't in much of a state to fight. Realizing this, Terra's hands went out, and the earth moved over Hyuna, cocooning her in a protective layer of rock. "If I mess up this time...really sorry, Hyuna." But her Chi was nearly spent, and she was feeling even weaker. What was she supposed to do?

The crystal swords responded to Terra's gesture and flew into her hands. As unsure of herself as she was, she had made up her mind on one thing.

"Come at me, ghouls! I won't let a single one of you get to the others!" She shouted into the darkness, and surprisingly, many of the ghosts heeded her challenge and flew right over Suiken's head. Hundreds of spirits floated towards Terra, who was prepared to fight until she collapsed...

As the first few ghosts descended, Terra rolled out of the way, letting them crash into the thick earth cocoon behind her, and slashed backwards with the sword in her left hand, cutting through two ghosts. Did they just disappear as soon as she cut them, or would they regenerate? She hadn't been able to figure out the answer since coming here. The other ghosts were stunned from crashing into the cocoon, and with a number of leaps and slices, she ripped through them.

But wait, the cocoon was already starting to weaken?! Quickly, Terra pulled more earth and added it to the cocoon's walls, slamming it through some of the ghosts as it went. Another one rammed into her side as she was thinking about doing this, however, and she went flying into the air, where a number of others rushed at her. Terra's swords moved again, repelling the ones directly in front of her, but the ones behind sent her back to earth, bleeding from her right shoulder as well.

Scrambling to her feet, Terra shot upwards over the next attack and thrust her right sword's tip into the air, causing rocks to rise and assemble in midair into wickedly sharp spikes, and rained them down on the ghosts. Suiken wasn't very close, and neither was the cocoon, so she didn't have to worry about them...

Wait, where had the goblin gone? As Terra looked around for her, she didn't notice the head spirit, who seemed to be "bleeding" and constantly faltered as it flew thanks to Hyuna's last attack, was making a beeline at her from behind.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"We'll survive if we can make it through the night," Yuwen replied to Keeflo as he stepped toward the window. "We have about an hour until sunrise... If we can out wait them we can out beat them." He watched as beyond the villagers began to scale the walls. "Barricade the windows and doors and then defend," Yuwen ordered, pointing to display shelves that lined the halls. "I don't want to kill them," He added with warning to the team who seemed focused on murdering what could be innocents below...

***

As the weakened head-spirit swooped around for Terra a figure flung himself forward. The Hooded Villain, who had fallen back, now returned: hands forward and the air igniting before him. "Stand back!" He called to Terra as the spirit dived. Suddenly the space before his hands combusted and a cone of flame emerged, shaped by his palms and flying out toward the spirit. The fire washed over the being and when the flames landed onto the ground the creature was gone. The hooded villain exhaled heavily and nearly collapsed backward. Smoke came from his hands, the palms of which were heavily blackened from years of fire control. The cloaked scoundrel turned to the Great Guild members, taking advantage of the small calm they had before the head-spirit may reappear. "You misunderstand. The danger I speak of is not this peasantry," He explained slowly. "I speak of the Seven Sons, Great Guild... and others, all because you managed to get in the middle of the greater scheme..." He stood. "The attack on Poyo was no accident. The only accident was your little gang managing to get in the middle of it... I promise you, you will get no rest until you return what you took."

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The demonic villagers had not been the only ones to flee from the rising sun. At this moment, the Umbral Horrors were running for their lives towards the closest shelter they could find. An underground refuge would be best at this time.

A number of them were carrying the goblins that had been in the debris on the shore. To the thirty or so Umbrals, only six goblins was an inadequate number to feast on, but that hardly mattered when their hour was up.

There-a cave in the middle of the mountainside. The Umbrals, with their bleeding, unconscious prizes in tow, swarmed into the cave, pushing past each other as quickly as possible. Then several more grabbed boulders lying about and piled them around the entrance. The last of the stones was about to be placed, when the sun's rays finally reached the cave's mouth.

With a shriek, the Umbral holding the last stone writhed as its body began to burn. The brigh rays passed it and fell upon more Umbrals, who screamed and howled in pain. But none of the others could help, until finally the boulder fell upon the burning body of the Umbral Horror holding it, killing the ghostly beast.

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"Stand back!"

Terra was struck with surprise when she heard the voice of the hooded flame manipulator from behind. As she turned, she saw the head spirit directly behind her, as well as the hooded man, his hands blazing. Suddenly the space before his hands combusted and a cone of flame emerged, shaped by his palms and flying out toward the spirit. The fire washed over the being and when the flames landed onto the ground the creature was gone.

Terrified by the close call she nearly had, Terra forgot to check her landing and slammed into the ground hard on her wounded shoulder. Nearby, the hooded man landed on his feet, exhaled heavily and nearly collapsed backward. Smoke came from his hands, the palms of which were heavily blackened. It looked rather painful...but why did he save Terra? As she thought, Terra remembered the cocooned Hyuna and pointed at the rocks, slowly disassembling it piece by piece.

The cloaked pyromancer rose to his feet with a grunt and turned to face Terra and the others. "You misunderstand. The danger I speak of is not this peasantry," He explained slowly. "I speak of the Seven Sons, Great Guild... and others, all because you managed to get in the middle of the greater scheme...The attack on Poyo was no accident. The only accident was your little gang managing to get in the middle of it... I promise you, you will get no rest until you return what you took."

Seven Sons? Return what we took? What is going on?! Now it was Terra who rose on shaky feet. "P-please stop and restart," she requested, ignoring the fact that she very badly needed a drink. "I-I don't understand anything you're saying...And I was n-never part of a...'Great Guild'. So please...w-what are you saying?"

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"The spirit isn't done yet, we have to keep laying on the chi attacks if we want to..." Suiken began as he turned over and saw the two figures approach with conical hats c their facial features, the Zhao Brothers. "I sense it...the aura of a necromancer coming from those two. But somethings...off. They're emanating the aura to be sure, but it's not coming from them..."

"Let's see..." Hei Zhao muttered. "We've got a beast-woman, two human chi-users, and one of those Oni Demon Hunters from the north, it seems," Hei muttered, surveying the group that had vanquished the graveyard spirits, however temporarily. He turned his head towards the direction of billowing smoke, coming directly from the hooded figure's hands. "Ah, and one hoodlum."

"You're going to take care of these clowns, right brother?" Bai Zhao asked while Suiken narrowed his eyes as he saw the younger, lankier Zhao brother carrying what appeared to be a lantern surging with a necromancer's aura.. "Since I'm the one holding, the-,"

"Yeah, I've got it," Hei began, raising a gloved hand to silence his brother slowly approaching the three, his hands behind his back as he slowly cracked his neck. "Now let's see. Which of you to kill first...?" Hei paused. Oddly enough, he seemed to almost sniff the air, as if rooting out something. Spotting what he now deemed his target, Hei leaped an inhuman height into the air and landed perfectly in front of Hyuna. "Tag. You're it..." Hei cackled menacingly.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"P-please stop and restart," The child stuttered. "I-I don't understand anything you're saying...And I was n-never part of a...'Great Guild'. So please...w-what are you saying?"

"Are you stupid?" The Hooded Villain replied, raising. "What you people took from the village will get you all killed. Its-"

"The spirit isn't done yet," Suiken said, interrupting the valuable flow of information. "We have to keep laying on the chi attacks if we want to..."

Just then the two clowns of the town approached. "Ah, excellent. The village idiots have arrived. I needed some target practice," He explained evilly.

"I sense it...the aura of a necromancer coming from those two," Suiken warned. "But somethings... off. They're emanating the aura to be sure, but it's not coming from them..."

The hooded villain took a step back at the words, moving between Lo-Muna and Suiken as the two brothers began to speak, insulting the gang and then threatening them. "Now lets see," One the men at last said, arriving to the point. "Which of you to kill first?" He jumped forward and landed before Hyuna. "Tag. You're it..."

Suddenly the other brother was smashed in the face by a massive rock the hooded villain had thrown. The cloaked figure ran forward and began to beat the shit out of Bai while his brother watched.

"Whats going on here?!" Yuwen called as he and his gang approached. The hooded villain paused his physical onslaught on the sad clown to face the approaching team, a pause he'd soon regret...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Yamato followed Yuwen, and the sound of battle to a grave yard. Hyuna, Lo-Muna, Terra and Suiken were dealing with the two brothers that seemed to be behind the entire ordeal. A few seconds later, Yamato eyed the hooded man from the ship earlier. "Bastards." He growled. "This just got a little more interesting."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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After collapsing onto the ground, Hyuna really had lost all the fight in her. And that only got crushed more then the weird girl encased her in the earth- struggling and being unable to breathe. Where was Muna, and the sack of shit boy? Did they make it out? And what about the huge head spirit snake thing? Did her attack finish it off at all? Or even weaken it? She heard a loud roar though, struggling to stay awake to figure out was what happening before she ran out of air to even breathe. Was something happening? Eventually, though, the earth cuccoon wore off, and Hyuna found herself able to breathe again, though still too tired out to really move. Why was she stupid enough to get herself this badly injured?

"I speak of the Seven Sons, Great Guild... and others, all because you managed to get in the middle of the greater scheme..." It was the firey hooded person again, finally come to the rescue. He stood, almost proudly, and Hyuna unconsciously felt her teeth clench in anger, it's usual setting. She had heard of the Seven Sons ago, in passing, some of the Tengu muttering about their power and unbeatability. If the Great Guild had somehow gained the ire of the Seven Sons, well, things definitely weren't going to go well at all. "The attack on Poyo was no accident. The only accident was your little gang managing to get in the middle of it... I promise you, you will get no rest until you return what you took."

Not the first time, she wondered if it'd have been smarter to just surrender to that idiot Ro when they had the chance. But then she'd not have met Muna and felt whatever the heck it is she's feeling. And the more she thought of it, the more she figured, heck, why not just try and roll with it. It's not as if it were uncomfortable... just nerve-wracking in a strange way. She was clearly having trouble concentrating on the battle at hand, thought weaving in and out.

"P-please stop and restart," Weird girl looked confused and wondering, as if trying to separate herself from this new conflict. And while Hyuna couldn't really blame her, it also showed that this new girl was a total spineless coward, and not worth trying to get to know. Just blind anger would be sent in her direction, of course. "I-I don't understand anything you're saying...And I was n-never part of a...'Great Guild'. So please...w-what are you saying?"

Hyuna's mind drifted again as she instead thought of Yuwen. What the heck was up with him? Being this awesome fun guy one moment, leaving her to die the next, and being somewhere between hot and cold in the here and now. And why was Hyuna so intent on being the one to deal the killing blow to him? Why not just try and coexist with the man from her past? But she still felt so much resentment, and her answers still needed to be addressed. What if it was her fault, for changing so much over the years? She used to be fun, too, didn't she?

"Now let's see. Which of you to kill first...?" The necromancer man, one of a pair, paused, sniffing at the air like a dog. His eyes honed in directly on Hyuna, who was defenseless and helpless to resist or even cry out, knowing her death was coming. He made a single bound, and landed in front of her, and Hyuna bowed her head in defeat. There was no way she could fight back now. It was over. "Tag." He laughed dryly. "You're it..."

"Don't... kill the rabbit girl, okay?" Hyuna begged dejectedly, dizzily. "I... I won't resist. Please?"

She thought of Master. Dying a pitiful death like this, there's no way she could ever make him proud of her. Heck, he'd probably kill her himself at this shameless display. And well, Hyuna supposed she deserved it in the end. Nothing she could do about it. She wished that she could have known him better, at least, before the end.

In the distance she could somewhat make out others coming- Yuwen and Yamato, was it? And Razul, too? Not like it made a difference. Hyuna made a shaky gulp as she prepared for the final blow.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Are you stupid?" The Hooded man replied, raising an eyebrow. "What you people took from the village will get you all killed. Its-"

"Tag. You're it."

Before the hooded man could finish explaining himself, two new men in conical hats had appeared in the gravesite. For whatever reason, they had made up their mind to kill Terra and the others. One of them now stood above Hyuna, poised for a killing blow...

As though she hadn't exerted herself already, Terra's foot automatically pushed against a stone, and she catapulted herself in front of the girl with the spear on the ground. Landing in fighting stance, she, in her best menacing growl, told the man, "Don't take one step closer." What else was she supposed to do when she hurt Hyuna like that?

But then, there was a dull ache in her pale left eye. Terra's hand instinctively raised to it, wondering what was going on. And as soon as this pain appeared, she realized she was almost on the verge of collapsing...

"What's going on here?" A familiar voice rang from a hill above the gravesite. Terra looked upwards towards the voice, to see Yuwen Fortune and the rest of his group! With them here, we'll have a better chance of winning... But she, too, was at her limit. There couldn't be any mistakes this time...

Terra rushed at the man in front of her, determined to buy as much time as possible.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Yamato, taking Terra's attack as an opportunity, ran to Hyuna's side. In a matter of seconds he had her in his arms and flew her to safety. He'd watched Ann and Millie take shelter in the woods nearby and rested Hyuna with them. "Keep her safe." He requested of Ann, doing his best to keep Hyuna and the others hidden by bending the branches around them with his chi.

He then took his place on the battlefield, "Alright, I'm growing tired of your antics. Its time to shut you all up once and for all." He rushed towards the the brother who'd been so kind as to kick him in the chest before.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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[Suddenly the other brother was smashed in the face by a massive rock the hooded villain had thrown. The cloaked figure ran forward and began to beat the shit out of Bai while his brother watched.

"Whats going on here?!" Yuwen called as he and his gang approached. The hooded villain paused his physical onslaught on the sad clown to face the approaching team, a pause he'd soon regret...]

The assault of the hooded one caught Bai by surprise as his torso awkwardly fell backwards and his head hit the ground with a crack! His neck, lay lopsided on his shoulders, snapped. In his right hand, his fingers were still clenched tightly around the lantern emitting the necromancer's aura. Then, in a quick, incredibly awkward and unsettling to look at motion, Bai's free hand grabbed his head and snapped it right back into place.

"Damn," Suiken muttered under his breath. He was hoping such variations of high level undead would remain buried in myth, legend, and his own past. That was not to be the case, unfortunately. "Jiang-Shi! Hopping corpses!" Suiken shouted. "Hooded one, move! Quickly!" Suiken shouted but it was too late. Bai's hand had outstretched into a claw, ripping apart the glove he wore earlier and revealing his pale, nearly blue decayed skin.

The younger brother's conical hat had fallen to the ground, revealing that his eyes were milky white, his face was sewn together through stitches and thread, wiry ponytailed hair and mustache and latched onto his forehead were multiple necromancer's talismans sealed with a dark power, indicating the brother's servitude to an as of yet, unknown master. Unlike the crazed villagers, Bai and his brother appeared more...aware, more self-controlled, and more conscious. "You've done a bad thing, friend..." Bai wheezed angrily, his claws sinking into the Hooded one's arm and a light blue light passed from Hoodz to Bai. "A real bad thing..." Suiken immediately headed to assist the cloaked villain, before things soon escalated.

["Don't... kill the rabbit girl, okay?" Hyuna begged dejectedly, dizzily. "I... I won't resist. Please?"]

Hei looked over to Bai, unconcerned, then glanced back at Hyuna. Using a thumb, to lift up his conical hat slightly, Hei revealed his own corpse-like features to Hyuna. The same pale bluish skin, the same milky white eyes, and equally wirey wild hair, mustache and goatee, and the necromancer's talismans. Oddly enough, Hei didn't seem to bear any stitches, but perhaps in exchange, he gave Hyuna a chilling grin, before explaining, "Death no longer has any meaning for us, you see. In this wretched perversion of life, we are immortal and only require one thing for sustenance. The life force of the living, their chi."

Hei's hand, now outstretched to a claw raised slowly to strike Hyuna...

[As though she hadn't exerted herself already, Terra's foot automatically pushed against a stone, and she catapulted herself in front of the girl with the spear on the ground. Landing in fighting stance, she, in her best menacing growl, told the man, "Don't take one step closer." What else was she supposed to do when she hurt Hyuna like that?]

[Yamato, taking Terra's attack as an opportunity, ran to Hyuna's side. In a matter of seconds he had her in his arms and flew her to safety. He'd watched Ann and Millie take shelter in the woods nearby and rested Hyuna with them. "Keep her safe." He requested of Ann, doing his best to keep Hyuna and the others hidden by bending the branches around them with his chi.]

Hei's was taken aback slightly by the other human suddenly stepping in the way and the tengu taking away his prey, but his mind rapidly put his head back to the battle in front of him as he gave Terra the most shit eating grin inhumanely possible and suddenly leaped backwards towards the ground, using his elbows to push off from the grass below before kicking her in the chest, figuring she wasn't tired enough to let him absorb her chi without a fight.

[He then took his place on the battlefield, "Alright, I'm growing tired of your antics. Its time to shut you all up once and for all." He rushed towards the the brother who'd been so kind as to kick him in the chest before.]

Bai, the brother who had kicked Yamato earlier, was continuing to absorb the hooded one's chi when Yamato suddenly zoomed towards him. Bai had only moments to react and did so, releasing the hooded man and leaping above Yamato's assault. While in the air, Bai placed the lantern in his left hand and used his teeth to unravel the stitches on his right, causing the old appendage to drop off, revealing a blade had been planted underneath his right hand. He swiped at the Tengu with it, intent on clipping his wings.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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The weird girl had jumped in before the finishing blow could connect, saying some weird sort of lines that Hyuna really couldn't bother with hearing at the moment. And Master, Yamato, came, and Hyuna looked dazedly at his face, not sure if he was disappointed or not. He probably was... who wanted an apprentice who was so quick at giving their lives to the enemy, just to save a relative stranger? Yamato definitely wouldn't be happy... so why, why were his arms wrapped gently around her broken body, wings beating around them, away from the fray? And the face of the man who was going to claim her life- she couldn't tell if it was nightmarish or not, or just some random delusion of the weak. It probably didn't matter in the long run, she tried to look and see if Muna was alive, if she was safe, but of course her body wouldn't respond to her mind's screaming. Her body wouldn't move at all.

"S-sorry... Master..." She mumbled into Yamato's chest, unsure of what she should be feeling. Red tinged the corners of her vision, and she knew her blood was still somewhat going down, though not spluttering and spurting like it had before. "Is Muna okay?" Yamato didn't answer her though only arriving at the woods at telling Razul to keep her safe. It's okay if it was Razul. Hyuna figured she was a nice enough sort, after all, although she wished Yamato would have tried to speak to her at all.

Razul herself, and the little girl, Millie was seated there too, safely away from the battle. Hyuna sensed chi manipulation- Yamato's telekinesis hiding them from view as Razul said something quiet and laughed. The Gwanish girl murmured something as she rested her head against a tree- was she tired? She had to be, but why? Was she... her neck was bleeding; injured. So something must have happened at the inn. Where was the Giantess? Or the others that still weren't there? Hyuna gasped as her hand was taken by the Gwanish girl, and they sat there, together.

"Sit with me, would you?" Razul asked, and Hyuna obeyed silently, offering the Gwanish girl her somewhat bony shoulder. "I need a shoulder to lean on and this rough tree bark isn't quite doing it for me. I'd lie down, but I'm afraid I'll fall sleep if I did that."

"Hurts." Hyuna muttered, her hand clutching her wound at her chest. "Sorry... if I bleed on you, Razul."

The spear girl's eyes still scanned the horizon, desperately searching for a sign of the rabbit girl, panic growing with each second. She then sluggishly, as if wading through slime, tilted her head towards Razul.

"Remember... the bunny girl?" She asked, and coughed a little before continuing. "Muna. Have you... have you seen her? Is she safe?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Muna was nowhere to be seen. She had taken refuge after Hyuna had gotten her out of the battle, the weight of the boy and the singed skin on her back becoming a nuisance she could not disregard. Her concentration was bad enough as it was after all. With the attacks from Terra, Hyuna, Suiken, and the others, the spirits had disregarded Lo-muna entirely, giving her a chance to recoup and get in tune with her surroundings. Sounds still reached her ears and she felt somewhat guilty, cringing when she heard the sibling necromancers. She could not engage in battle, not yet.

She frowned when she saw the state of her jacket. There was a hole in the back of it with blackened edges big enough for her hand to go through. Lo-muna frowned. Having to repair it would mean a whole new panel on the back or simply a cloth of the same kind and color. It would probably take weeks to find the right material either way. Her back wouldn't be so easily mended. It was painful but not unbearable with Lo-muna unable to twist around too far before hissing in pain. The time the other had bought her enabled her to make a hasty bandage slathered with ointment to dull the throbbing for now, enough for her to run back into battle and aid those who needed it. But right now, there was one more task to be done.

Reluctantly, she set the jacket on the boy's unconscious form, tucked away at the edge of the area where the fighting didn't seem to reach. Quickly she gathered up material and set it all around the boy. Her hands lingered at first, as though she was enjoying the task of arranging the greenery in a deceiving display, before throwing in the rest of it like some unsightly task she just wanted an end of. When it was done, she stepped away to examine her work. The boy's body was nowhere to be seen thanks to Lo-muna's camouflage. Plants and shrubs and whatever she could rip out or seize where drawn up together to hide him, to make him a part of the natural background. It would have been flawless had not Lo-muna's jacket been visible through a small gap in the leaves. It was only visible because she was looking for it however, a tell-tale sign so she could locate the boy once the danger had passed. Lo-muna, with a satisfied smile, headed back to where the din of fighting still rung.

Lo-muna was not an eager one for a fight anymore. Her days had long passed where she actively sought out a brawl or became excited at the chance of exchanging blows with a foe. There were events that had changed her thinking and her habits, making her more passive and reluctant to engage in any type of disagreement. The rapier was only for safety, for show, for a visible threat in the face of some stubborn threat. Tired, injured, and at a clear disadvantage, even thinking of getting back into the fight seemed impossible for her. And yet, she found herself running at the necromancer who was attacking Terra. Hyuna was nowhere to be seen so Lo-muna figured she had gotten herself out. Reinforcements had arrived and this fight was won if numbers had anything to say. Yamato was dealing with the other figure, Suiken was somewhere, Lo-muna figured this fight was not as dangerous as she had originally resumed. And so, she charged.

She ran straight for the necromancer attacking Terra, planning to attack with a roundhouse kick, and didn't know if she would get there in time to stop the attack. If she didn't, she would still try to kick the necromancer after the attack was done to give Terra a chance to recover. If she did stop the attack, well, Lo-muna didn't really have a plan. She would stop it. That was about it. After that, it would probably just be doing what she could to aid Terra and see what else the others had in mind to end the fight already.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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The man in the conical hat, taken aback slightly by Terra's barging in, didn't have a chance to do anything as she slashed at his chest and head, while a Tengu came and rescued Hyuna. But strangely, it almost seemed as though her sword strikes weren't really bothering him at all. He simply received them as though he felt no pain...

When she stopped for a single moment, the man just gave her the most twisted and horrifying grin she had seen in her life and suddenly leaped backwards towards the ground, using his elbows to push off from the grass below before kicking her in the chest. And just like that, Terra went flying backwards all the way to Suiken's feet.

Dazed, Terra began to rise, only to find she couldn't even muster enough strength to. She had used up so much chi during the nigh that she couldn't manage anything else, even after taking only four hits totally during the course of the gravesite fiasco. As she began to panic from the advancing necromancer, she suddenly saw Lo-Muna flying at him from behind, ready to deliver a roundhouse kick to his back.

M-Muna?! No, stay back! But Terra wasn't able to even manage out the words as the necromancer moved to stand directly above her. Black spots were starting to appear in her vision. Whatever Muna was planning, it was probably too late for that now.

Although with Hyuna muttering curses at her, Terra couldn't figure out at all why Muna was trying to save her.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Keeflo helped barricade the inn. No wonder necromancy was illegal. It was too creepy not to be illegal. Keeflo still didn't exactly understand what was controlling the villagers or even how, but he did know he didn't like it. The villagers had changed in both mind and body into odd mix up creatures who were not human, plant, animal, or anything in between. This power that had corrupted them was unnatural and unnerving.

Yuwen led his squad to the place of the spirits. The hooded flame guy from earlier showed up and was spouting more warnings. Two creepy looking guys - were they even human? - seemed to be controlling the spirits. What a wonderful world. Not-living not-dead men were just the sort of chums Keeflo had been looking for. Sheesh. When would something normal happen to this guild? At this point Keeflo would have much rather been forced to stay awake and mend a roof than get a few hours of sleep and have to deal with this craziness.

The orca-beast man felt useless. What could he do to help? The bald guy was right, he wasn't a fighter like almost everyone else in the guild. He had no special weapon other than the stolen tengu sword and lacked flashy chi powers. No one would teach chi manipulation to a slave.

He shook his head. Now was not the time to feel sorry for himself. His talents may be minimum, but they were not useless. He saw one of the creepy men attack the girl who had said her life was worth less than that of others in the guild. Maneuvering around spirits he stepped between the girl and the dead-ish (was he really using such a ridiculous term?) man. Baring his teeth in a way that couldn't be mistaken for a smile, he lunged at the man, intent on using his strength to snap the frail looking body in half.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Lo-muna jumped back, stumbling a bit upon landing, when the orca beast-man had jumped into the fray. She took the opportunity to look around for Terra and saw her, the girl not getting back up but breathing. The rabbit beast-woman was glad for that. The girl had fought long enough in her opinion and could rest now that the rest of the guild had arrived. Pain was throbbing from Lo-muna's back however. As much as she wanted to sit out as well, the orca beast-man hadn't proved to be a strong warrior before. She would help dispatch the opponent, seeing as the others had already gotten their sights on the other brother, and then retreat to tend to Terra and Hyuna. If anyone else was injured, she would look at them as well.

For now, she plunged into her bag of tricks and pulled out little cubes with a string sticking out of each one. A quick match and a light, and then they soared in the air towards the waking corpse. They were tiny explosives that while not very powerful, still had the ability to burn anyone caught in their blast radius. This would hopefully prove to be a distraction, and opportunity, for the orca beast-man to deal a further debilitating blow.

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Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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As the wha...orca man and Muna continued to attack the necromancer...or possibly necromanced...Terra watched them with a breath that had been held in for too long. Her eyes were focused on Muna's back, which had been singed by her mistake. The longer Muna continued to fight, the worse her condition looked to Terra.

This...needs to end...before Muna dies...! Terra raised her arm barely off the ground, and grasped the pouch on her belt with a shaking hand. It took her far too long to open the pouch, but soon a crystal was in her hand. She would use the last of her chi to save Muna and the others. This was what she had to pay for hurting-

But as the gem began to glow, Terra realized it was a ruby...the kind of gem she used in the accident. Her focus faltered, and she found herself doubting...what if it went out of control again?

Too late. The gem had swallowed a small portion of her chi. Not enough for most of her attacks, but just enough to cause a decent amount of damage. But by the time Terra realized, it was already releasing the energy. As the jiangshi somehow managed to strike the orca on the head with a mallet, he broke free of his grip, but stumbled over Terra's leg...

The next moment, an explosion of just fire large enough to encompass both her and the jiangshi sent the corpse flying and burning past the orca. But Terra herself? She wouldn't know the outcome, for she had fainted already.

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"She's down?" A man wearing a black and white mask and a red longcoat murmured as he watched the spectacle. "Ha...but if she's still alive, I can send the Umbrals to retrieve her. And her new friends are too tired to protect her, hahahahahahahahaha!" He snapped his fingers, sending a command to the Umbrals...

Who didn't respond. "What? I gave you an order, stupid beasts!" The man raged at his familiars (though you'd think he was shouting at air if you saw him). What he got in response was a reminder that the Umbrals would burn in sunlight. "Tch...useless beasts," the man snarled. He glanced once in the gravesite's direction, and turned to leave, having missed his chance. He didn't have weapons, after all, and his familiars were essentially out of commission.

Now is not the time for a direct confrontation. But that day shall come...heheheheh...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Oh shit..." Bai muttered as the lantern shattered and he furiously patted off the fires set around his clothing, it's lower half splintering on the ground. "Brother...Brother!"

Hei couldn't quite reply for a moment as his body was lying somewhere, rolling around to smoulder out the flames, while his head had been detached, courtesy of the orca-beast man, and was now caught between his teeth. As soon as Hei's body smouldered out the flames, he leaped over and kicked the aquatic beast man in the stomach, causing him to release Hei's head, which rolled onto the ground.

Hei's body picked it's cranium up and tucked it underneath it's armpit as he turned around and glanced at Bai. "What?! What is..." Hei paused. "Ah, the lantern broke," he sighed. "Damn." A bright light soon erupted from the lantern a washed over the entire town. The head spirit, from before had now arisen from the ground, appearing more pure, more human than before.

Dozens of other spirits appeared as well, no longer monstrous, but now looking more at peace. Appearing almost at the same time were a group of people among the living. The missing townspeople! Not quite dead after all! "You there!" the head spirit claimed, pointing towards the guild members. "Thank you! I cannot thank you enough! You have freed many souls from what I thought was an inescapable nightmare! And you..." the spirit frowned, turning towards the two living corpses. His tone had become slightly menacing again, but this time it was directed only towards the two Zhao brothers. All the ghosts and even some of the towns people all stared at the two, revenge in their eyes.

"Looks like the master's experiment didn't go so well..." Bai muttered, more irritated than anything.

"A miscalculation on our part," Hei growled as he re-attached his head. Hei looked towards Yuwen and pointed at him. "Yuwen Lu-Tan, was your name, correct? We will remember this day. We will remember your guild. Know that death now has a place for you. Let's go, little brother..." Hei sighed, turning to his sibling as Bai retrieved his hand from the ground. With a kick off of the ground with their feet, they leaped high into the air, landing first near the forest, then leaping again near some faraway hills, and they continued doing so until they were but tiny specs in the distance.

After a moment of silence, the old man from earlier arrived, fresh out of his bunker. Hyuna, Millie, and Ann would notice him as he ran past them towards the grave site. "By the gods...You ARE heroes, somehow!" he cried in disbelief. "You did it! You saved us all!"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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One of the recently saved villagers walked to Yuwen and started laughing. "You think THIS VILLAGE has MONEY?!" he mocked, kicking dirt in the face of the guild leader.

"Wow..." the old man stated in disbelief at the village tool. "They saved us!"

"Indeed they did," the head spirit mused. "Unfortunately it is as Obnoxious Lu said. We do not have much money to give you. But I do have one thing to bestow upon you. One thing our village has of value, but saw no need for...." the head spirit floated towards his own tomb, reaching on top of the grave and and retrieving a dagger with a golden hilt embedded within the soil. "Many years ago, I defended the village with this dagger, a gift to our village by a diplomatic royal envoy from the empire."

"This dagger was planted atop my grave as a symbol of honor...But I am a farmer, not a warrior, so I see no real need for it. Use it as you see fit," the Head spirit shrugged. "The blade and hilt are undamaged so it would serve well in battle as well as catch a fair price in the market. I was told it was the last of it's make well over a century ago..." The spirit sighed and returned to the village grave site. "Now if you'll excuse me...I will rest and then do some good for my village once more. I believe I owe them as much for what that wretched necromancy did to me. Fare thee well Great Guild! May you be as Fortunate as your name implies," he said as he disappeared.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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When the fight was over, Lo-muna took a deep breath and gave a shaky laugh. It had been been quite a while since she had engaged in such a fight or rather, having to fight with other people by her side. Companions for travel were rare for her now. She walked over to Keeflo and made a low, sweeping bow that caused her to grimace in pain. Her face was hidden however and she resumed her smile when she straightened up from the bow.

"Thank you for your help. I'm not sure I would have been able to defeat our opponent on my own."

She then went over to Terra and lifted her up. The ointment only helped so much and Lo-muna frowned but showed no other signs of pain. It was bearable after all. While Lo-muna had wanted to reassure her the fire incident would cause no ill will between them, the girl was knocked out. Which reminded Lo-muna of another unconscious child she had yet to recover. About to sprint off, her attention was directed in the area she had hidden the boy in. He was standing however, recovered from whatever had made him slumber, and was holding out the jacket for her to take. Lo-muna walked over and accepted the ruined clothing as the boy's parents came to reunite with their child. Slinging the jacket over her shoulder, she picked Terra up, and slowly walked over to where some of the guild members were already grouped.

"It seems a lot of you will be needing medical attention," Lo-muna remarked as she joined Yuwen, Yamato carrying Hyuna, Ann and Millie.Noticing the bag in Millie's hands she added, "If those are medical supplies, I can use them. I may not have been adequate for this battle but I do know quite a bit about mending wounds and such."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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It would've taken a long time for a normal bird to fly so far across the mountain range, but then again, Spectre wasn't a normal bird.

As the crow flew into the valley, he began to swoop just low enough to get a clear picture of what they were doing. The villagers were loading wagons with all the supplies they could. In the fields, seeds quickly matured into crops that the villagers reaped without delay. His master would probably see it as some sort of magic that could age things rapidly and be giddy with delight, but Spectre was already convinced that it wasn't a kind of power he could wield.

It was evident that someone-no, many people-was preparing for a journey. Could it be those people he had been ordered to spy on...? Spectre descended further, making sure to keep out of the villagers' sight.

Eventually, his eyes locked onto the girl that his master was so obsessed with...but what was with the group she was in? At the moment, that girl was being carried in the hands of a rabbit woman, amongst a number of humans that had clothing that looked absolutely unfitting when compared to the rest of the villagers. Hell, there was even a Tengu in the group!

Spectre landed on the roof of a nearby building, listening intently. They mostly were talking about treating wounds and random other prattle that the bird was not interested in. He inched a bit closer...and was rewarded when someone just happened to mention something about going to Jiefong.

So these companions his master said the girl now had were preparing to go to Jiefong. But could there be more members of this bizzare blend of people elsewhere in the village? Spectre turned and got ready to fly off in another direction, not bothering to check if someone else had seen him...

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Thank you Millie," Lo-muna said as she took the bag, slinging it over her shoulder to accompany her own. She then inclined her head to Ann seeing as bowing was a bit difficult with carrying Terra and all. That and she didn't want to provoke her own wound. "I will do my best to take care of all of you. Even you, Millie, seeing as you are intent on staying. I still think it's dangerous for a child but we can take on the task of protecting you if the others are willing. You have come to this decision despite seeing tonight's unfortunate event after all. "

Her attention was then drawn to Hyuna who seemed to be in a very bad state. She was apologizing and asking if she had helped, along with asking why Lo-muna had saved her. Her brows furrowed together in confusion and she wondered just what kind of past the young girl had experienced. Muna's face smoothed over and she smiled warmly at Hyuna.

"I saved you because I didn't want you to meet such an early end. There are times where such things cannot be avoided but if I can stop it, I will not hesitate to give my life for your own. Lives are precious, your life if precious Hyuna. Do not forget that," Lo-muna responded with deliberation as each word was chosen with care. "As for my own wound, don't worry about it. It will heal with time and it was a mistake after all so don't punish Terra over it either. The girl has fought well tonight but will need training in control. As for you, Hyuna, you have done an excellent job tonight. Thank you for protecting me."

Lo-muna inclined her head again, in place of a bow for gratitude, and looked up only to see something fly away. She narrowed her eyes but said nothing except, "Well, we must get going probably. Unless you want to be treated in this place? It seems a bit less sanitary than a room, but I don't mind either way."

She laughed and added a bit more seriously, "Then again, some of you look like you're about to die from blood loss so.."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken 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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"Whatever!" Yuwen replied, pushing past the guild members toward the the villagers as the local healers stepped forward to attend to its members. "You've been burned," An old, accented Sudean woman whispered as she walked next to Yuwen. "Your arm."

"Yes, I have," Yuwen said, extending it as he walked so she could treat it. He approached the elder, who was overseeing the horses for the guild. At the back of the attached carriages the townsfolk loaded them up with fruits, vegetables, milk, juice, and baked goods. "Wow," Yuwen muttered as the woman finished bandaging his arm. "This is looking pretty grand."

The elder turned and bowed. "All for you mighty heroes. Enough food for three days, and its only two to Jiefong."

"You suggest we take the Bioling road?" Yuwen questioned as the elder pulled out a map. "Yes, you take it south until you hit the River Rann, then you go east along it until you reach the mountains and hit the Touhan forest at the base of the mountains."

"How are we supposed to get up them?" Yuwen muttered. "The mountains are bandit country."

"The Imperial Guard have a machine there, its a marvel of technology. A man-made platform is pulled up by weights at the top and pulls up passengers all the way to the top of the valley. At the top past the arid farms you should see the walls of Jiefong."

Yuwen went over the route through his head and nodded. "Alright," He said, taking the map and bowing. "It was an honour, village elder."

He then turned and approached the Guild members as they were being treated. "Alright guys we have a new route! We're taking horses and carriages to Jiefong. We head south until we reach the river Rann," He explained. "Also, has anyone seen Illyria or Sunaarashi?"

***

Jensu leered into the abandoned shack before stepping in. "How'd you find this place?" She questioned before stumbling in.

"So like, are you not part of the Guild anymore...? Because I have to find the Milkweed, she grounded somewhere down river... and I could use your help." Jensu exhaled and shook her head. "I was hired by a man named Cha'Valkar. Five-hundred gold and a generous gift of alcohol for one shipment in country, it sounded pretty good. His boys in Poyo loaded the cargo and the only condition was I wasn't allowed to check it..." Jensu swallowed. "If I never saw and I got there a day late, or something put us off course... or even if I managed to take you guys to Jiefong, they would have starved..." She looked down at the fire, wishing she had a drink...

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Right, well no more dallying," Lo-muna sighed as she handed Terra off to one of the villagers who had come to aid her. She was about to pull her sleeves up when she realized her jacket was slung over her shoulder. She frowned and reluctantly stuffed it into her bag as though the very sight of it was repulsive to her.

"Alright, I'll work on Hyuna and you," the rabbit-girl said as she turned to another villager, this one carrying her own bag of medicine and such, "You can treat Ann."

The woman nodded and went over to Ann. Noticing the massive amount of blood that had spilled on the woman, the villager pulled out some damp towels and started cleaning up Ann as best she could with gentle yet firm dabbings. Muna in the meanwhile looked at Yamato who was still carrying Hyuna.

"Yamato, while we do not know each other very well, I will have to ask a favor of you. Please hold her still while I tend to her wounds. It will be less trouble for both of us."

Lo-muna then stepped forward while dabbing a foul smelling liquid onto one of the cleanest rags she owned. The gashes where the spirits had ripped through her bothered the rabbit and she intended to make sure they didn't seep into any infection.

"This might sting a bit," Lo-muna muttered as she applied the soaked rag and applied a firm hand to the girl's waist where a spirit had managed to leave a gash. Knowing that it would smart, Lo-muna tried to be gentle as she both cleaned and sanitized the wound so the bandages could have a greater effect. A small frown persisted for the rabbit girl did feel somewhat guilty the girl had been pushed this far in a fight. Freeing the villagers of the curse had surely been worth it however. These thoughts kept her from realizing how lovingly she cleaned Hyuna's waist of blood that soaked the rag. Then there were bandages to apply, the rabbit pausing to add a salve she had made herself, one that would allow the wounds to heal faster. Once she was done, she patted Hyuna's head and smiled.

"There, now that's done with. Just make sure to get lots of rest and stay hydrated. Also, try not to get into another fight till the wound closes at least," Lo-muna advised with a stern voice before adding in a much lighter tone, "And remind me to make you some sweets when I get the chance, as thanks for saving me."

The villager aiding Lo-muna with Ann inspected the bruises on her neck with some concern.

"These look pretty bad. Not much I can do I'm afraid," the villager said as she shook her head. "You will just need to get some sleep and be careful how you lie down. The airway seems good at least, not injured beyond bruising, so no worries there. Otherwise, you're good. Please, get some rest and I'm sorry I wasn't able to do much more despite all you did for us. We thank you," the villager said as she bowed before retreating to check on Terra.

Lo-muna and the villager talked about the exhaustion the girl had probably gone through to leave her in such a state. Otherwise, she seemed fine and simply placed a few bandages where needed.

"And your back?" the villager asked, pointing to where Lo-muna's bandages were already falling apart. The rabbit's ears drooped slightly and she sighed.

"I suppose they got a bit loose during battle. Do you mind?"

The villager shook her head, "It is the least I could do for your help."

She began redressing Lo-muna's wound and the rabbit winced for it was actually kind of painful allowing someone else to work on it. The salve for burns caused some minor discomfort but the rough bandages on the burn are what made the beast-woman cringe the most. The shirt now had a hole that was covered by bandages. Her own jacket was in the same state and would probably not serve its purpose until repaired.

"Thank you," Lo-muna said as the two females bowed to each other and the villager went off to join the rest.

"Alright, everyone good? Or did I miss anyone?" the rabbit girl asked as she rejoined the guild members.

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The goblins burst through the door of the magical workshop. "Come on, there's got to be something valuable here. Magicians are always working with some sort of precious stuff!" The leader of the goblins, who wielded both a club and a sword, scowled and spat on the floor. "Keeping all the treasure to themselves...pah!"

Behind a corner, Terra Himene peeked out to watch them. There were ten goblins, each armed with surprisingly high quality armor and weapons that probably had all been stolen from somewhere else. They were systematically smashing through the cabinets and jars in the room to look for things to loot. It pained her to watch her master's work be destroyed like that, but there wasn't much she could do. Besides, if they get to what's on the upper floor...

A goblin suddenly looked in her direction. Terra's eyes widened, and she hurriedly dove backwards, but as she went, she accidentally upset another jar, which crashed noisily against the ground. Just like that, all the attention in the room went upon where she was hiding. "There's someone else in the room!" the leader shouted. "Bring him to me!" It was anyone's guess why he thought it'd be a boy.

As a goblin rounded the corner, Terra stamped her foot against the ground, and she was sent hurtling over the goblin's head. However, as she landed, her foot buckled and she went sprawling on the floor. "There he is! Get him!" It seemed yet another person had gotten Terra's gender confused, which wasn't surprising, considering her appearance. In any case, five of the goblins began to move towards her, brandishing their weapons...

Terra stood up immediately and raised a hand, and the tiles beneath them suddenly spiked upwards, throwing them back. Next, she drew both crystalline swords on her belt and rushed at the marauders, slicing at the weak points that she could see in their armor. A few recovered and swung at her, but she managed to dive underneath or jump over their attacks and counterattack. While Terra was weak and somewhat unskilled, she still was much faster than these green-skinned brutes.

However, as Terra continued to fight, she suddenly saw the door to the second story in pieces. She let out a gasp and began to run in that direction, but a club smashed her in the side of the face, knocking her to the ground, where the goblins had all weapons pointed at her in a mater of seconds. In the meantime, the goblins that had went upstairs came down, holding a number of books with old covers. "Hey, we got what we needed!" the leader shouted, waving one of them in the air. "It's about the weird gem magic thing!"

Knowing what those were, Terra panicked right away. "H-hey!" she shouted. "Don't take those!" But as she spoke, the goblins with their weapons pointed at her brought them down painfully on her back.

"Heh, not a chance, kid. Finders keepers." The leader walked past her and towards the door. "You can let him go, we don't need to kill her. It's not like he could have killed us..."

As Terra watched the leader casually walk out the door, rage began to build up in her chest. That guy just thought he could waltz in, take whatever he wanted and leave? The contents of those books meant almost everything to her. Furiously, she tried to rose, prompting the goblins who had been holding her down a moment ago to stop and look back with surprise. "Then I'll make you do it," she growled.

Her hand reached down to the pouch on her belt, and withdrew a shining red gem. It began to glow as she transmitted a pulse of chi into it. The goblins, getting the feeling something terrible was about to happen, began to back up, but the tiles beneath them rose to block their path. The enraged Terra began to prepare a mighty attack, intent on making them pay for daring to-

By letting these thoughts cloud her mind, she ruined everything.

The gem flashed and shattered, but Terra had been so engulfed in fury, that she hadn't even tried to control the energy that surged out. Her eyes widened in horror as fire suddenly spiraled out of the place where the gem had been, and she couldn't make it stop at all. A moment later, a fiery explosion blasted through the room, sending the leader and the books flying out of the door. Everything was incinerated around Terra...and she herself nearly went along with them...

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Now, one month after this had transpired, in the present day, healers were treating Terra's wounds in a village she didn't even know the name of. Suddenly, out of the blue, the girl began to moan and squirm in her sleep, startling the healers.

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It caused the healers quite a bit of worry when the hooded girl began to act as though she were experiencing pain, but after a few minutes, her moaning disappeared, and she passed back into a tranquil sleep. This allowed them to finish up the job relatively quickly.

"So, seeing as she's unconscious, we load her onto one of the Guilds' carts?" one of the healers asked. Another one nodded and lifted up the girl, placing her inside one of the wagons amongst the supplies.

Thus the sleeping Terra Himene, who was not supposed to be with the Great Guild Fortune, accidentally ended up being taken along for the ride.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken 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 Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Jensu stared into the fire as Sunaarashi spoke. "I can't go back," She swallowed, her eyes darting up to the large, Sudean man. A slight smile flashed across her face. "I think my contract with the Great Guild has come to an end, anyway. I can't take you far without a ship."

The large man stood up and passed by the embers for the shack's entrance, turning and giving Jensu a bow as if to respect her decision. Jensu rose and bowed back. "Perhaps I will see you again," She called to the man as he exited. "Great Guild..."

Hours passed, and at midday a ship stood cradled in the forest, its front hull once damaged now being repaired by a large, white Oni nailing logs together to seal the gap. "Mohan!" Jensu called. The Oni turned to see his captain pelt down a hillside and head toward him. "Is she sea-worthy, mate?"

"Yes ma'am!" Mohan replied, giving the logs a smack and stepping down from his make-shift ladder of bark and cuttings. "She is now."

"Excellent," Jensu said, examining the repairs. "Well, at least she'll float. Where are the slaves?"

"On board, ma'am," Mohan explained, matching her steps as they walked around the ship to the starboard ladder. "I've saved most of them."

"Excellent. Get us in the water," Jensu ordered, climbing up onto the deck. "I need a drink. And I need to find Cha'Valkar." At the base of the ship Mohan began to push the craft forward with all his strength back toward the river from where it had come...

***

"We left the village with as much haste as we could muster given the circumstances. Something awaited me in Jiefong... I hadn't known it at the time but it would come to change everything I mission was. It would shape it, define it... we rode across the province. The raging rivers in summer were humid, wet. Warm, sticky. Especially when stuck in wagons. But with some members still injured from the incident with the guards we didn't have much of a choice but to keep to the carriages and after a day of travel past farmlands, forest, streams, rivers, waterfalls, and hills the rich mountains of Jiefong could be seen on the horizon - their peaks stabbing up into the sky until they surpassed the clouds. And I knew then our goal would soon be reached... Its a nice country, Yutan. Its rich, lush, full of life and people and things... its very unlike here," The words rested on Yuwen's lips as he leaned against the wall, the world white from the brightness of the sun.

"...You should really stand up right, Yuwen," Horat whispered in response, the shorter man standing opposite of him in matching uniform. "Sudean guards cannot be shown as weak."

"Why? Afraid you'll get invaded again?" Yuwen said bitterly.

"Isn't that Yune's thing now?" Horat replied with a half-smile. "Look. I know this isn't the ideal place to be but sometimes that's just how life is. You can't escape into your fantasies, friend."

"Fantasies?" Yuwen muttered, pulling his leather helmet off and slumping against the wall, dirtying the blue-Sudean uniform against its dusty brick. Their post was a small-archway in the market, remarkably giving them no-shade for ninety percent of the day but an ideal guarding post for the village bank. Their swords were plain and rusted, and armour consisted of nothing but worn linen never cut the correct size. The life of a Sudean guard in an obscure village in the middle of the desert was not one of luxury, Yuwen Fortune had found out. But perhaps it was all he could get. "The Guild of Fortune was a real organization founded by yours truly, my friend."

"So you claim," Horat muttered. "Like your map? Or you nobility?"

Yuwen swallowed. "Like my map."

The Sudean man folded his arms. "Alright then. What happened next?"

***

Wet, rice-fields surrounded them, rising and falling with the earth broken only by elevated farm-huts. Workers and farm-hands stood knee-deep in the wet soil as they harvested the rice, looking up only to see a band of three wagons pass through the muddy-road that cut down the middle of the farms. And leading them, barefoot with his pant legs rolled up to his knees and wearing nothing but a loose tunic was Yuwen Fortune himself, a large smile on his face as he walked beside his black steed. He whistled as he marched, giving the farmer's daughters a wink as he and the caravan passed. Through the clouds a high, yellow midday sun shun down, and Suiken, the large snow Oni who sat at the helms of the first wagon, seemed to be getting increasingly irritated by it.

"How we doing, first officer?" Yuwen questioned, running beside the Oni as he lazily steered. "Oh, not too hot huh?" He muttered, seeing the creatures irritation. "I suppose high twenties aren't the nicest temperatures for a snow Oni, huh?" Yuwen paused, as though realizing something. "I'll be right back," He said with a smile, giving the Oni a hard pat on the arm before maneuvering around the narrow road and running toward the back of the first wagon, mud splashing up with each footstep.

"Is it in here?" Yuwen questioned, opening the curtains of the wagon and peering in. Malachi, the silent necromancer, and Sunaarashi stared back at him, as if he was interrupting their conversation. "Oh, sorry guys," Yuwen muttered, backing away. "Wrong wagon." He began to sprint toward the second one, giving a quick wave to Malao who was also outside in the mud. "Hey!" He said, opening it. The medical wagon, housing Hyuna, Lo-muna, and Yamato. "Oh, wrong kart," Yuwen repeated, glancing at his teammates. His eyes darted between Yamato to Hyuna to then Lo-muna, and before he closed the curtains he made a slight mental note of the situation.

He then made his way to the third kart. "Echo!" He called to the large orca-beastman who sat on it's front seat. "You doing alright?" He questioned, before making his way to the end of the caravan. The curtains to the third wagon. He pulled them open and revealed what he was looking for: a massive bundle of food, there for them. "Perfect," He smiled, giving a happy nod to Millie and Ann'Razul who sat opposite the feast. "I've got a surprise for Suiken he's going to appreciate," He muttered, searching through the piles. "They had this food wrapped in paper - it was like flavoured ice, it was really delicious," He tried to explain to the two as he searched through. "Ah ha!" He exclaimed, pulling a cone covered in paper out victoriously. He unwrapped and his hand was instantly drenched by warm, fruity water that seeped out of the cone. He frown, dropping the worthless item and licking his hand. "I guess things melt," He stated. Like an idiot. Suddenly something caught his eye. A foot beneath the food. "Um Ann," He commented, removing a basket to reveal the body of a teenage girl beneath. "...I think I found some sort of corpse."

It wasn't a corpse, but instead the unconscious body of Terra Himene.

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Ann was feeling better. Not zounds better by any stretch of imagination, but...better. Millie had fallen asleep, her head rested comfortably in her lap. Being caught up in all of this almost felt surreal, even with all the strange things that she'd encountered during her previous travels. It wasn't a bad thing. Sure, she'd taken some heavy hits, but that was to be expected considering the nature of her work. And she did have to work with groups before, but the problem always ended up being shattered trust after it had been built in her for so long. It never really mattered to her, though it certainly seemed to matter to them. All it took was a single act of cruelty for everyone to suddenly turn on her.

Yuwen poked his head through the back of the wagon and climbed aboard, shooting her a quick smile and nodding.

"Perfect. I've got a surprise for Suiken he's going to appreciate," Fortune said, digging through the food supplies. "They had this food wrapped in paper," he said as he picked through the food. "It was like flavoured ice, it was really delicious." It looked as though he'd gotten what he'd wanted, lifting a paper-covered cone into the air. "Aha!"

He opened it. It melted.

"I guess things melt," Fortune said. He lifted one of the baskets. "Um, Ann," he called. "...I think I found some sort of corpse."

"We should throw it out," Ann said with a perfectly serious face as she stared down at the unconscious but clearly breathing girl dozing off under the supplies. She paused for a moment before meeting Fortune's gaze. "It's a joke," she added. It made sense that she had to explain herself, as her generally calm and serious disposition led most people to believe that she meant everything she said. Then again, it was a pretty morbid joke. She leaned against the back wall of the wagon, folding her arms over her chest. "Are you going to pull her out or what?"

Millie's eyes fluttered open and she woke up with a cute little yawn, stretching her arms out.

"Who's pulling what out?" she murmured, blinking dazedly.

"Her," Ann said, gesturing toward the food pile.

"Oh."

Millie fell back sleep in her lap.

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Yuwen swallowed as he looked the dead corpse up and down. He swallowed as his eyes locked with Ann. "We gotta get rid of this," He said, pulling the girl out and slinging her over her shoulder. "Come on!" He called, hopping out the wagon and quickly cornering it. The workers looked on in confusion as the guild leader appeared to emerge with some sort of decaying corpse in his arms. "Guys!" He called, hitting the wagons as he passed by each. "Quickly, guild meeting! We have a situation!" He ran to the front and flung Terra's body onto the muddy ground. He then turned to the assembling guild members who gathered before the first wagon, which he had brought to a halt. "We've got some sort of corpse decaying in our caravan," He explained. "We've got to dispose of it immediately. Maybe we should bury her? Or she could be Gwanish, incineration could work."

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Suiken wiped the sweat off his brow and turned to face the 'corpse'. "Are you sure this is a corpse?" he questioned wearily. "This girl aided us in the grave site last night. Does she have a pulse?" he asked tiredly.

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Lo-muna yawned, having been abruptly woken up from her nap, and scrutinized the spectacle of Yuwen in mild irritation.

"Suiken is right. That's not a corpse, Yuwen," Lo-muna muttered, recognizing Terra. She stepped forward and bent down to take the girl's pulse. "It is a weak pulse but the girl is living nonetheless. I think it would upset her if she woke up in flames."

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Four giant fireballs spiraled from her hands into the night sky, blasting through the ghosts. Terra's eyes focused on the girl high above her, hoping she wouldn't make a mistake and hit that girl.

However, before she knew it, the fireballs started to take their own course, and spiraled wildly at that girl simply because she had focused her vision on her! Panicking, Terra desperately tried to stop the fireballs, but they no longer would obey her command.

Then, through the mist, a rabbit woman bounded between the girl in the air and the fireballs. With a scream, she was singed by them...this was what had happened in the gravesite that night.

Except this time, the rabbit woman didn't stop burning. With a horrified scream, Terra tried to use a sapphire to change her Chi to water-based, but her pouch was completely dry of them. There was nothing she could do but stand there and weep over her mistake...

As she did so, the ghosts began to come down en masse, without mercy.

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Now, in the real world, while the members of Fortune were arguing over whether Terra was dead or not, she suddenly began to move, attracting the attention of a few.

But she wasn't actually waking up. Another nightmare had taken root, causing Terra to thrash and scream again in her sleep.

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Screaming. Why was there screaming? She could hear someone screaming; it was faint and not really well defined, as if being heard from under water, swampy mush-like water. It was irritating, and she just wanted to sleep. Hyuna curled herself into an even tighter ball irritably, trying to block out the weird girl. At least she had gotten some of her strength back, and her chi reserves were back up to full, but still. There was still that aching pain in her chest, as well as her burns, the ointment had finally lost it's effect. Still, if there was a fight, she could take part in it easily enough. More screams from the weird girl, possibly a call for help? A distinct frown appeared on her face, mostly hidden by the hair that had flopped over the front.

It was ridiculous, Hyuna thought, and she decided that she'd had enough. Her body needed to stretch, anyways. She got up irritably, glaring over in the direction of Yuwen, who had thought that the weird girl was dead. And as far as Hyuna was concerned, she was dead. She had hurt Muna pretty badly, back at the graveyard, after all. Where were they, anyways? She could faintly see a barn house in the distance, a few cows mulling in the pasture. The sun was up and sending down death rays of heat; and rice fields wee abound around them. Must have left that dumpy village with the creepy spirit things already... and from the looks of things, they were headed east, to Jiefong.

Certain things needed to be dealt with first, though. Like the matter of the screaming weird girl that should, by all rights, have been left behind. How could anyone have mistook her for a guild member? With a definite scowl, Hyuna hopped down from her wagon, possibly startling Yamato, and with a wince at the sudden painful twinged under her bandages, approached Yuwen, the damned Oni, the wonderful and hated, obviously hated, okay? bunny, and the weird girl. Of course, Hyuna's stomach started growling, so she took out a treat, light pink frosting, and shaped a bit like a whale; the pasty dough indicating that it had already expired. Her mood worsening even more, and needing someone to take it out on, Hyuna tossed the worthless treat onto the ground.

"D-damnit, Yuwen." She murmured, purposely ignoring the bunny girl, lest she start blushing and turning stupid again. "Can I just kill her and shut her up? She's not in the guild, so it should be fine."

Oh, how tempting it was to harden air around her fist, sharpen the air, and then to drive it straight into the weird girl's throat! It took a lot of self control, but first, she wanted to make sure it wouldn't start any trouble within the guild. They were a guild now, unfortunately, and that meant they had to at least start to respect each other and be a team.... unless you're a dancing singing preacher Oni, then, you don't deserve any freaking respect.

The heat burned especially hard on her black cloal, and Hyuna could almost swear she was melting. Her throat was ridiculously dry, too, but she didn't say anything about it. Otherwise she knew the bunny girl would offer her a fan, or maybe some water to drink, and that would just be... incredibly awkward. The less she relied on Muna the better, she thought. Course, no amount of thinking would help with the sweat forming on her brow, and Hyuna hastily wiped it off with her arm. The damn girl was still screaming, too.

Thinking quickly, Hyuna waved an arm, causing a light, but cooling breeze waft down and through the guild. It was small, so it didn't take up very much chi at all- more than anything, Hyuna felt like she could keep it going all day. She let out a small sigh of pleasure as the wind fluttered her cloak and comforted her from the sweltering heat. And she made sure everyone else, even the Oni, had some of it too, just because she couldn't really manipulate the wind to dodge the Oni, after all.

"Hope this helps with the heat." Hyuna mumbled, still glaring at the weird girl.

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"If you need anything else, don't hesitate to ask," Lo-muna said as she gave Millie her jug of water. She heard screaming and turned back to where Terra was, feeling the breeze Hyuna had created.

"My, that certainly helps a lot," Lo-muna said, now feeling slightly cold without her jacket. The oversized shirt she wore fluttered in the wind, the burnt part of it leaving her feeling even more exposed, the bandages visible to anyone who saw her from behind. She stepped forward and kneeled by Terra, stroking the girl's hair in order to try to calm her. Lo-muna also extended a hand to hold Terra down in order to avoid injury to herself or others. "Terra? Terra, it's Lo-muna, wake up. It's a dream, you're having a dream. Whatever you see, is not real. Just open your eyes."

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The rabbit woman's body continued to burn, and the ghosts blasted through Terra one after another, ripping at her body mercilessly. Each time they passed by, the spot that they clawed their way through went numb, and the muscles stopped responding.

Terra was on the ground now, tears flowing out of her eyes.
Just let it end already...I can't save her...

"...rra...? Ter...t's Lo-muna, wak...eam, you're havi...a dream. Whatever you see, is not real."

What? Muna? But...Muna's right there...what's going on?

"Just open your eyes!"

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In the end, Terra did not open her eyes just yet. However, as Muna continued to try to calm her down, the screams of the girl in the hood slowly subsided, and her limbs settled against her sides, much to everyone's relief (for one reason or another).

As she passed back into a more peaceful sleep, however, Terra managed out a few words.

"...I'm really sorry..."

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"This is an ancient snow oni healing remedy. Might sting," Suiken informed as he looked towards Terra and carefully kicked her violently. "Hey, wake up," he said.

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To summarize the world of pain that Terra had to wake up to, she went flying out the wagon by some freak ricochet, met the ground at incredible velocity and kept rolling until she hit a tree that was a good five meters away.

With a scream, she landed face-first in the grass. After recovering her senses enough, she rose to her knees and looked around, confused. For some reason, her hooded cape was all muddy, as were the backs of her legs. Good thing she could just remove the dirt from them, but they'd still be wet for a while. Her swords were still at her sides for some reason, though she didn't remember sheathing them when she had previously been awake. All the gems in her pouch were there as well.

But there were also a number of bandages on her left arm, underneath which it stung terribly. Another accident with Fire Chi... A tear began to form in her pale green left eye, and she gingerly touched it, remembering the scar that was over it now.

Looking around, though, Terra had no idea whatsoever where she was. Compared to the misty gravesite, this was completely different. A cool breeze rippled through her hair and against her arms, while the tree she had just crashed into shading her from the sun. It felt somewhat relaxing, if she knew where she was. On a well-worn dirt road, there were a number of wagons over to her right-

Inside were Lo-Muna and Hyuna, the ones she had hurt. Terra's eyes went wide when she recognized them...and Yuwen Fortune, the snow Oni, and the woman who apparently saved her from the river.

She began to backpedal instinctively, but fell to her knees instead. What was she supposed to do? Were they going to take revenge for her hurting Muna? Could she just apologize and make it up to them later?

But why did they take me with them...?

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"Woah, woah!" Yuwen exclaimed as the once mummified girl from earlier now burst into their wagon, back from the blackness of hell. The girl looked at them terrified before stumbling backward out. "You're alive?!" He exclaimed, as she crawl on the dirt road. Yuwen stepped out a lazily rose a hand to Master Wang Chang, who stopped his galloping and paused all the horses behind him. The three-wagon convoy paused completely as the girl back up further and further passed the road and into the tall green-grasses.

"Hey!" Yuwen called, walking after her. "Are you okay kid?"

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"Obviously not," Suiken stated.

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"True, she looks pretty mucked up," Yuwen commented as he stepped through the grass. A few feet further the greenery washed up into the shore of a massive Rann river. "Hey listen, don't back up further!" Yuwen called, reaching out to the teenage girl. "The grass has weeds and wet-spots, you can trip and get tangled under the water! You can come with us but, who are you?"

Suddenly a blood curdling scream echoed from before them. Everyone within the mile paused what they were doing at the sound, including Terra, who turned left toward the source. Yuwen took the opportunity to bend and grab her, quickly pulling her away from the waters and into his arms. The guild leader let out a slight chuckle as he released his hold. "Don't worry kid," Yuwen said to the teenage girl. "You'll be fine. My names Yuwen Fortune, this is my guild." He began to walk forward, knocking on the front wagon's side as he did. "Alright gang, posse up!" He called. "Let's see what this screaming is about."

It didn't take him long, only about four steps past Master Wang Chang to see a cross-roads ahead. A noble-couple surrounded by Beast-men guards stood, the woman crying into the man's arms, as before them the ground was red with blood and bandits of all sorts lay disembodied. "Of course," Yuwne muttered, before turning back around and climbing onto Wang Chang's saddle. "Alright guys, keep a guard up. There's some psychotic shit going on up ahead so be careful." He swallowed. "We're almost at the bridge to the Imperial Camp. Then we take their lift up through the valley to Jiefong." He placed his hand on the hilt of his sword. "Just keep your guard up."

With that he began to ride forward on his black horse, the convey behind him carefully following...

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Jensu swallowed as they sailed beneath the large-archway of the river reading in rough text Hanshan, and before them in the clearing red-roofed houses stretched out on each side of the tight water-way. The Milkweed had arrived in the Haran fields province after diverting south into the fray of waterways the Swine Valley possessed and eventually sailing back up into the dry-lands Haran was known for. It was harder to find a route in Haran, as the air itself seemed dryer - the globe itself turning hotter as they neared the Anvil Sea, where the great scientists of Yune said the sun rested over the most during each day. Jensu sniffed as she watched the wheat-farmers and shady immigrants wander the streets.

"This is where he said he'd meet you," Mohan commented from the wheel. Jensu turned to the man and quickly pulled her bottle to her mouth. "I know what he said in the letter," Jensu replied, alcohol dripping down her chin as she pulled the bottle away. It had been one of over a dozen that day. "Moga wrote it clearly: the Yawning Yak bar."

"Jensu," A voice called. The drunken captain turned to a frail goblin man approaching, one of a few working on the deck. "...Can you still free us?"

"I don't know," Jensu swallowed. "Maybe... but I'd have to find Fortune again..." She swallowed. "Listen, I'm going to talk to the guy... if I can get you out I'll walk out of the bar like normal, wearing my Captain's hat. If I can't I wont be. And if Mohan senses something is wrong he'll get the Milkweed out of this shithole of a town." She gave a small, toothy smile to the slave. "You understand?"

"I understand," The slave whispered in response before resuming to wash the deck with the other dozen or so recovered from the grounding two days prior. Jensu watched them work before turning to Mohan. "Optimistic," Mohan replied.

"Yeah, maybe," Jensu muttered, downing another half of her bottle.

The Milkweed continued down the narrow river before stopping outside a street. Jensu walked down onto the dirty-ground of the town and began to step forward, her head down and her body cloaked in her long-coat. Eventually she reached the bar in question, a few twists and turns inward of the red-coloured town. The Yawning Yak. The bouncer placed his foot over the curtained entrance as she approached.

"What is your business here, Goblin?" The large man questioned.

"Cha'Valkar," Jensu replied, not looking up. "I got a letter from his second this morning. He said he'd be around the town today and to wait for him at the bar. Has he come in at all?."

"Mister Valkar has left half an hour ago," The bouncer replied. Jensu looked up at the words. "I think he was looking for you too... he didn't believe you'd come."

Jensu swallowed. This man was clearly an associate of the slaver himself. "I believe he was heading to Jiefong," The man finished, before pointing her away...

Mohan watched as the tiny coated form of Jensu pelted down the street, back toward the boat. "He left town!" She screamed as she ran. "They're taking the south route, a road by the river!" Mohan nodded, already knowing what to do...

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Shades of deep-red coloured the trees of Haran all-year long, with grasses constantly dry and bristly. A harsh province with unusual things growing in it, it truly was. But there was still water flowing through its veins, and thus there was prosperity and life. Cha'Valkar's party paused at the river the dirt road to Jiefong followed beside. Beneath the forest of red-trees they refilled water bottles and prepared to move once more, hoping to reach the great city by nightfall.

Suddenly a loud horn sounded off, echoing loudly in the quiet scene. The birds flew from the trees as down the river the damaged Milkweed sailed. "Cha'Valkar," Jensu greeted as the ship slowed to the camp's resting spot. She carefully flung over the edge of the junk and landed on the road. "Good to finally meet the man who stole my mother," She hissed at the man. "I have your shipment. Some of it at least..."

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"Hey! You alright, kid?" As the members of Yuwen Fortune's group seemed to bicker with each other over something, Terra tried backing up even further, ignoring the sound of rushing water increasing in volume behind her. "Hey, wait! Listen, don't back up any further!" was what Yuwen was shouting now as he drew closer. "The grass has weeds and wet-spots, you can trip and get tangled under the water! You can come with us, but who are you?"

Wait, wha-? Terra instinctively looked backwards to see if it really would happen-and then, at that moment, a scream of terror echoed past them, almost completely shattering the tranquil atmosphere that she had woken up to. Terrified and distracted, Terra didn't notice a weed that snagged her right boot. She screamed as she toppled backwards...

Or not? Somehow, Yuwen had managed to grab her and pull her forwards, snapping the weed in the process. "Don't worry, kid, you'll be fine," the man reassured as he released Terra, who quickly pulled herself up to her feet again. "My name's Yuwen Fortune, and this is my guild."

Did Yuwen not recognize her from the previous night at all? As Terra followed him back to the wagons, she stole a glance at a puddle on the ground. There didn't seem to be that many bandages other than the ones wrapped just above her eyes, on her neck, or on her arms...maybe Yuwen Fortune had a bad memory. Thinking that way caused her to feel a bit better for some reason.

Knocking on the lead wagon's side, the bold guild leader declared, "Alright, gang, posse up! Let's see what this screaming is about." Terra began to move towards the wagon, but the moment she noticed that Muna and Hyuna were still occupying it, the guilt pains shot through her again, and she decided to simply walk by Yuwen's side, regardless of how much it would tire her out.

She opted to follow Yuwen instead. "U-um, Y-yuwe-aah, no!" Where she came from, it was custom to refer to people you didn't know too well by their last names. Not that she had known anyone's back at the gravesite. "I-I mean, Fortune...? D-do you know h-how I-"

But Yuwen had barely taken four steps past a black horse, when suddenly he halted his motion with a grim look. Confused, Terra followed his gaze and gasped in horror. Up ahead, at a crossroads, the ground was littered with the dead bodies of bandits from a number of places. Nearby, a terrified noble-couple surrounded by Beast-men guards stood, the woman crying into the man's arms from fear. Even the guards looked unsettled.

Even if they were only bandits, the scene was no less horrifying. "Who could have done this...?" Terra whispered hoarsely. Though it was technically a question directed at the air, she looked back to Fortune-and didn't see him.

"Of course." Fortune was farther behind her, walking back to the black horse and mounting it. O-of course?! W-what are you thinking?! You don't just simply dismiss something like this with "Of course"! "Alright guys, keep a guard up. There's some psychotic shit going on up ahead so be careful." He swallowed. "We're almost at the bridge to the Imperial Camp. Then we take their lift up through the valley to Jiefong." He placed his hand on the hilt of his sword. "Just keep your guard up."

Terra nervously began to follow Fortune, but as the black horse overtook her, she noticed something glittering in the mud. Bending down, she picked up a blood-soaked golden coin. As much as it horrified her, she dared to look at the body of the bandit closest to her, and saw several more gold coins among the remnants of his body. Now she was even more bewildered by the person who did this.

"Hey, we're moving, kid." Fortune's voice caused Terra to jump, and she quickly dropped the coin back into the mud and hurried after Fortune's black horse.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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At the slight breeze, Muna's shirt floated up a little bit, exposing that tantalizing curve of a navel. Hyuna, blushing worse than ever before was drawn to that soft slope, and she herself felt warmth spread out around her own hips and the areas between; keenly aware of every movement of the bunny girl. She was somewhere between bliss and mortification when she saw the bandages snugly wrapped around Muna's waist, snapping Hyuna back to grounded and gritty reality. It took effort, but she wrenched her eyes away from the bunny girl, and instead looked at the weird girl, still screaming and flailing like a fish that needed to die brutally.

Who cared about the girl, Hyuna figured. Yuwen himself seemed to want her dead anyways, and it'd still Hyuna's inner confusions just a tad by getting rid of a thorn in her side. She was hardening the air around her fist for the lethal stab punch when a certain dancing singing Oni got in her way first, and delivered a swift kick, claiming it to be medicine. Perhaps it was- the oni certainly didn't look even half civilized, with that almost brutish exterior. Of course, that might have just been because he's an Oni, and that's just what they look like. The girl in question was sent flying, and even rolled a little, making the wounded spear girl struggle to stifle a laugh, and almost failed, mostly making a weird face, before slapping herself. Don't laugh in front of the bunny girl of doom.

Why did everything go back to the bunny girl? Hyuna scowled and slouched a little at the thought that perhaps she had a mental illness of sorts. Yuwen then got off his horse in alarm, and went to aid the weird girl. Which was also... well, weird, and Hyuna clenched her fist harder. Yuwen never went back to help specifically her, did he? He was probably just also drawn to the strange chi bunny girl must have had; that's why he came to the rescue at the graveyard. It was obviously the only answer; why else would he even bother? Hyuna's dark mood escalated, and her shoulders slumped forward dully. Did Yuwen care, or didn't he? Screw it, Hyuna thought sourly. He probably didn't spare a second thought for her when she was bleeding out.

Nothing more than a damn guildmate. She was starting to wish she had listened to Yamato and just let Yuwen to the wolves, but she also knew that she still had to reconcile her past and kill the man herself, when the time was right, before anything. Otherwise the war would probably be a scar on her mind for the rest of her life, and the idea of that was certainly unpleasant.

Up ahead was a mangled body of sorts, and Hyuna's mood spiraled even farther down; a dark scowl visible on her face. It seemed they were going to be dragged into another conflict, and well, Hyuna really just wanted to get better before anything else happened, gingerly poking at the still deep gash from when the creature dug its claws; nails scratching against ribs agonizingly. She sauntered back to Yamato, sulking.

"I'm too weak, Master." She mumbled back to the ashen-winged Tengu. "Why do we have to tag along with these people? Can't we just, y'know, leave, like that Illyria did?"

For some reason, she felt a pang of something between longing and pain in her chest, and her eyes automatically were glued to Muna, once again. Would the bunny be able to get along, and survive without the spear girl looking after her haphazardly killing things that just happened to target her? It nudged at her mind, and Hyuna didn't want any of that. So she turned to her latest and best distraction so far- hatred of the weird girl. With a slight backward glance at her Master, she moved up slightly ahead of the group, taking an aggressive position in front of the weird girl in herself.

"You idiot." She growled as the weird girl examined the corpse. "We don't need someone who can't control their chi, and just goes off and attacks their teammates."

Gesturing angrily at Muna without looking, and not questioning how exactly she knew where Muna was, Hyuna continued with cold anger. "You're just a burden, useless. So go and drown yourself already."

That didn't help her mood at all. But on the other hand, the idea of heading into an Imperial campsite was alluring. Maybe she'd meet that idiot Ro, again. It was hard to suppress the someone sadistic smirk that threatened to show itself.

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"You idiot."

"Hm?" As Terra was hurrying to keep up with Fortune, she suddenly found Hyuna standing in front of her, with a furious look. Uh oh. "U-um...d-d-do you...h-have business with me?" she asked, trying to keep her voice as polite as possible.

Hyuna advanced, her hands positioned as though she was getting ready to hit Terra. "We don't need someone who can't control their chi, and just goes off and attacks their teammates." Her hand jabbed in the direction of the wagon that Muna was in.

Increasingly frightened, Terra took a step backwards. "I-I'm really sorry...! I-it was an accident...I-I didn't m-mean to-"

"Accident, my ass! You're just a burden, useless. So go and drown yourself already." With this, Hyuna turned on her heel and stalked off after Fortune, leaving Terra behind.

Ignoring the mud that met her knees, Terra slowly sat down in a kneeling position as the guild passed. Her hands went over her face, which was now streaked with tears. Meeting these people had only gotten her-and them-into more trouble after all.

...then there really isn't anywhere for me to go anymore, is there...?

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Neither Terra nor Hyuna noticed the black crow circling over the guild's heads.

Spectre had been following the guild without deviating from their course once since they had left that village. As a creature similar to, but not quite like the Umbral Horrors, his limits were much higher than other birds, so he had been able to track the guild this far.

So the gem magic girl had awakened, and that other girl with the spear was arguing angrily at her. Would this turn into a conflict?

"Spectre. Fly in front of them for a bit, I haven't seen the face of the leader clearly yet." His master's irritated voice suddenly echoed through the familiar's head, and he promptly flew ahead amongst the trees. As of late, Spectre's master had been irritated because the guild was heading to Jiefong, and he wouldn't have enough time to prepare his trap in that case.

Landing gently inside a tree, Spectre gazed at the leader of the group. It was a man with brown hair who seemed rather sure of himself. But what he heard from his master was a small, surprised noise.

"Yuwen Fortune...?" His master's words were no longer directed at Spectre now. "I see...so he's up to his 'Great Guild Fortune' business again. Hah, it'll be nice to have a reunion! Spectre, keep following them. Yuwen won't be a problem, but the others are another matter."

The black crow nodded and flew back out of the trees, returning to his position above the guild.

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With a small sigh, Lo-muna walked over to Terra kneeling in the mud, extending a handkerchief with the initials S. Y. sewn into it.

"I'm sorry but I don't have anything bigger to wipe the mud off," Lo-muna began with a small frown. "But this can be used for the tears at least. I know that the incident from earlier was a result of your attacks but, I don't hold it against you. It was an accident, I can understand, and it happens in battle sometimes. The wound is already healing and I just won't be able to lie on my back for a few days. It's a shame but I doubt I'll have any visitors."

She winked and laughed.

"But yes, don't feel bad about it. I'll live, right? And I will be more than happy to lend any assistance I can to you while you're in the guild. Even with my Hyuna," Lo-muna said, using the my possessively with deliberation. She resisted the urge to smirk, wondering if the gentle teasing would redirect Hyuna's rage, but didn't look back to check. "C'mon, the guild is moving again and like Yuwen said, we'll have to be on guard. It would be bad if you got left behind now with a possible maniac in the woods."

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Simple words were enough to bring the weird girl to her knees, crying in the mud. That pleased Hyuna, and made her feel the urge to start cackling, but managed to keep it down. Words, just saying a few insults were enough to make her cry? Isn't that simply pathetic? How can one expect to travel along with a guild such as this when you cry if someone is mean to you? Deep satisfaction mixed with cruelty flowed through the spear girl like blood in her veins. Instead with a wide menacing smirk she towered over the weird girl, probably the only time she could ever use height to an advantage in her entire life. It felt good. It was pretty damn good. She felt powerful; in control. And that was awesome.

She was going to verbally abuse the weird girl further when she heard a sigh from a familiar voice- twisting around and almost flinching as Muna stepped in. The rabbit girl bent down slightly, offering a handkerchief to the weird girl, and a weird green envy burned in the spear girl, and her clenched fist trembled slightly. And when did her little apology, and comforting, shame also mixed in with the envy. And even more anger. Muna couldn't sleep easily anymore- and it was the fault of the weird girl, and yet Muna was extending a hand of kindness to her?

Even winking and laughing with her? Hyuna's expression darkened further.

"And I more than happy to lend any assitance I can to you while you're in the guild." Muna said kindly to the weird girl; the girl that only deserved ire and hatred. Deserved to be outcasted and hated. And yet... "Even with my Hyuna."

Hyuna's brain decided to stop working, being unable to register what just happened. What were her feelings towards Muna? It was hate, right? Hyuna hated her for messing with her mind; and that was just proof of it, it was a confession that Muna's put her under her control, right? So of course it's hatred, it has to be hate. Once she could, Hyuna would drive the spear through the bunny, she would, right? But then, what's with the painful ache at the mental image of Muna, skewered through the throat and lifted in the air by her very own tengu spear? She's never really felt anything remotely similar to this before.

What was happening to her?

At Muna's urging to catch up with the others, Hyuna felt something amiss that brought her out of her convoluted thoughts. A presence of something... watching them. She, she did the obvious thing and looked up to see a demonic looking bird with glowing red eyes. Not exactly a hostile presence, but not something she wanted stalking them. She was still too weak to even hold her spear right now, but she could always just stab it with hardened air, right? Scowling and mostly looking for a victim, Hyuna boosted herself into the air with a rush of wind and grabbed roughly at the bird's throat, before landing on the ground with another painful wince- the scab had probably opened up again.

Tossing it onto the ground, Hyuna stomped her foot repeatedly on the bird's skull, spewing blood, skull fragments, and what appeared to be the remains of a brain out. It felt soothing, destroying it, and Hyuna sported a bit of a grin as she killed it. She then looked over at the weird girl with a bit of a crazed smirk. "Don't get in my way, or you'll get what the bird did, understood?"

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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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In her tearful state, the last thing Terra expected to see when she raised her head was Lo-Muna offering her a deep red handkerchief. "I'm sorry, but I don't have anything bigger to wipe the mud off. But this can be used to wipe the tears, at least," the rabbit woman sighed.

W-why are you so kind to me? I don't get it at all... Still, Terra slowly reached out for the handkerchief and, with a shaking hand, took it from the rabbit woman. Pressing it against her eyes, she sniffed and looked at Muna with all her confused guilt reflecting in her heterochromatic eyes. "A-are you really alright with this...?"

"I know that the incident from earlier was a result of your attacks but, I don't hold it against you." Muna pulled Terra by the hand to her feet with a kind smile. "It was an accident, I can understand, and it happens in battle sometimes. The wound is already healing and I just won't be able to lie on my back for a few days. It's a shame but I doubt I'll have any visitors."

If only I was taught how to use healing Chi... Terra managed out a pained smile and handed Muna the handkerchief back. "I-I'm really sorry," she managed, not sure what else to say.

"Don't feel bad about it. I'll live, right? And I will be more than happy to lend any assistance I can to you while you're in the guild. Even with my Hyuna." Terra noticed the emphasis Muna placed on "my", but couldn't understand why...and then she noticed Hyuna destroying some kind of bird mercilessly for no apparent reason, with a furious look. Absolutely stunned, she considered pointing it out to Muna, but changed her mind and said nothing.

"Come on, the guild is moving again and like Yuwen said, we'll have to be on guard. It would be bad if you got left behind now with a possible maniac in the woods." Muna started after Yuwen with a brisk walk, and Terra had to break out into a full run to catch up.

Whatever Hyuna had just said, she did her best to block it out entirely. Sorry. I'll try to make amends later with you...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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As Fortune's went straight up to the nobles to ask for details, Terra followed him as far as she dared to listen in on the details. But the guards were much more well armed and/or armored than any of Fortune's group, so she stopped immediately within a meter of them. Of course, there was a black bear amongst their group that stood out because he wore armor comprised of cloth rather than metal, and carried tools that were suited for survival, but not combat...

Before she could contemplate this, Terra noticed Fortune moving away from the guards, carefully avoiding the bodies. "Let's hope that doesn't come back," Fortune muttered, watching the guards and the nobles as they maneuvered around the scene. But they had barely taken a step when Fortune noticed something. "Hold on, we got another one." With these words, he ran to the other side of the road.

After getting over her initial confusion, Terra watched him run up to a man with odd-hair resting against a tree opposite the river. "Excuse me!" He called loudly at the man as he approached. "There's been a massacre a bit down the road. Do you know what that's about, sir?"

"So, you're mercenaries, right?" Terra jumped at the deep, rumbling voice, and pivoted to the source of it. She jumped back once again when she realized it was the black bear man from before. He hadn't followed the rest of the guards for some reason.

She was about to respond negatively to his question, but realized she couldn't speak for everyone else, and thus her mouth just stayed open awkwardly for a few seconds. "You know anyone that could have done all this?" The bear man gestured to the bodies, his eyes suspicious and worried. Terra's panic wasn't even needed to confirm who he was accusing.

"W-we don't...k-know at all," Terra stuttered out, hating herself with every pause in her words. "M-more importantly...um, a-aren't you g-going to be left behind?" She raised a trembling finger to point at his fellow guards, who were now about eight or so meters away.

But as her arm went up to point, the sunlight met the hilt of her blue crystalline sword, causing every portion not covered by the black hilt wrapping to gleam brightly against the inside of her black hood.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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Hyuna felt a strange urge to pocket the dead bird. She didn't really know why, but being impulsive, she casually bent down, eyes still wide and pupils still small and somewhat twitching; the eerie smirk still on her face, wrapping her slender hands around the bloodied feathered pulp, tossed it into the air and caught it with the same hand, feeling as if the image was pretty damn cool. Please,d she wrapped her cloak to her front and wrapped the smooshed headed bird in the soft cloth. It's weight was comfortable as she cradled it almost gently; caressingly, blood caking the tips of her fingers and palms. She then caught up with the rest of the group, trying to purposely ignore Muna as she walked; somewhat a ginger walk, and not really paying attention to what was going on. She faintly wished she had a horse to ride, on, but the light breeze she was providing was a nice little touch. She decided to strengthen it, because why not, she was thirsty. It wouldn't really do anything, but maybe take away the bite of the heat.

Six guards up ahead, with a noble couple. The childhood friend, with an almost impassive face, was at the front when they met with the other group, asking what had happened, to a... a giant bear beast-man. Massive and powerful looking, with strong muscles and black fur as dark as night. Hyuna fantasized briefly what it must feel like to stroke that magnificent fur, and see the intricate patterns of animal and human on the creature. It made her feel warm and tingly to think about, and she absently wiped away saliva from the corner of her mouth, accidentally streaking blood on her lip. She heard Yuwen yelling about to another man, but figured it wasn't really important. She hadn't ever seen a bear beast-man before, and she couldn't really help looking at it. It was a different kind of stare than when she was staring at Muna- more of curiosity and excitement than it was... whatever the hell the other damnable emotion is.

The bear then looked at the group, asking in a grizzly voice if they were mercenaries. Why, yes, Hyuna was a mercenary, and in her own opinion, a particularly good one. She sauntered with a short stride to stand next to the bear guard. He looked... actually kind of nervous, and not really as strong as she thought. Maybe raw strength, but it looked unrefined; as if he couldn't fight well at all in an actual fight. She shrugged- he was an awesome looking beast-man, so it's okay if he can't fight.

The weird girl mumbled something- Hyuna figured it was mostly unmportant and decided to ignore it lest it ruined her good mood, also ignoring the dancing singing oni after sending him a spiteful glare for no real reason at all except that she hated him.

What did bears like? Dead birds? Could it actually come to use? With a weird smile, and still those manic eyes, Hyuna unraveled her cloak at the front to reveal the mutilated bird, showing it proudly to the bear.

"Look!" She said brightly. "It's cool, right?"

She looked around, trying to think of something to say when she remembered that the bear had asked if they were mercenaries. She was one, at the very least. "Oh, I'm a merc, pretty much we all are." She carelessly waved her arm to gesture at the others.

Maybe if she warmed the bear up to her, she could run her hand through that fur and see the muscles through the thick skin. The idea made her giddy- such a good specimen of beastman was a rare sight. So, almost like a ritualistic sacrifice, Hyuna tossed the bird at the bear, with a wide, sweet smile. "You can have it or whatever."

She turned to Yuwen, still disliking him but liking him more than the other two up ahead here, in a hushed whisper. "Bears do like that stuff, right?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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One of the girls, clearly injured, was the first to respond. She looked tough with the injuries, and
those swords were intimidating.

"W-we don't...k-know at all..."

Rumelis was a bit confused. Surely someone with such powerful-looking weapons couldn't just not know why
she was even there?

"M-more importantly...um, a-aren't you g-going to be left behind?"

Rumelis quickly looked around, to see that the noble had left-- with his pay and everything. So much for
that. There goes another job... He swore under his breath.

That Oni seemed more experienced then the nervous girl. He'd put a name to their group-- a "guild". Hmm.
Well, considering Rumelis had nobody else to travel with, and apparently someone was murdering people on
the road, maybe traveling with this "guild" was his best bet. He felt a bit under-equipped for it, at
least in weapons, but that surely wouldn't be much of a proble-

"Look! It's cool, right?"

Some other girl thrust a dead bird in his face. She called herself a mercenary, not part of a "guild" or
anything like that. Odd. Maybe some here were members, and others not?

As Rumelis pondered the thought he noticed that, for whatever reason, the bird was now in flight--
towards his face. He instictively sidestepped it, then picked it up after it hit the ground. It was a
fat one, could make a decent meal.

"You can have it or whatever."

What was this lady going on about, anyway? Didn't matter, he guessed-- she did look rather strong, and
as experienced as the rest of them. The girl turned and whispered to an armored fellow, who looked
confident, though distracted by the sleepy fellow near the tree. She whispered to him, though not softly
enough for Rumelis not to overhear.

"Bears like that stuff, right?"

Was she coming on to him or something? What strange travelers. Rumelis took a final, fleeting glance at
his once-employer, walking off without him.

"So, you're a... 'guild'. Well, my employer just walked off without paying me, so it looks like I've
nowhere to go. You folks mind if I travel with you for a while? Wouldn't want to be killed like these
poor folk."

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan

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And somehow, after the dead remnants of a crow went flying at the bear man for some reason, it ended up with Fortune offering for him to join them on their journey, seeing as he had just been left behind by his comrades. To Jiefong, apparently.

I can't believe how I got into this mess anymore... Terra had been nowhere near Jiefong at this time the previous day...well, the previous day that she had been awake, anyway.

It occurred to her at that moment that the rest of the group was starting to leave her behind. She began to hurry after them, but soon found herself matching the pace of a Tengu with ash-colored wings.

This was one of the people that had been present when Terra volunteered for the gravesite incide-no, mustn't think of that! Shaking her head to forget the incident, she turned back to the Tengu and opened her mouth. This seemed like a good time to try and socialize with one of the guild's members, if she was going to have to travel with them. "U-um..." The tengu glanced in her direction, but Terra's mind completely blanked on what to say next.

At this point, it seems like a good time to mention that Terra Himene is not good at, among other things, starting conversations.

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Yamato looked at Terra as she opened her mouth to speak, only letting out an "um" before just stareing in his direction. "Something on your mind?" he inquired, unsure what she could have to say to him given that the two had not spoken to this point. Maybe that was for the best, but maybe getting to know the guild was better. He sighed, matching her pace. "Look, if you want to apologize, save it. I don't know anything about the fight you were in. Water under the bridge. Thinking about the mistakes you made won't make anything better. Move on, accept you made mistakes and do better next time."

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While Terra was trying to think of what to say, the Tengu sighed and just told her right off the bat that she didn't need to apologize for anything. Not that she knew what she'd have to apologize to the Tengu for, because she didn't really see him much during the battle.

"U-um..." She finally managed to come up with one idea on what to say. "I-I know you don't want a-an apology, b-but...um..." Her eyes moved in Hyuna's direction. "S-she's been m-mad at me since we met...d-do you know, um, if there's s-something I could do about her?"

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The Tengu chuckled, shaking his head. "She's her own person. A fiery warrior. She isn't quick to trust, but should you prove yourself and stay out of her way, maybe she'll give you another chance." He folded his arms over his chest. "However, until Lo-muna," He gestured to the rabbit-girl, "is better, she's going to hold a grudge."

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It seemed as though trying to get on Hyuna's side was a lost cause until Muna got better. "...I see," Terra sighed, looking down in disappointment. "Ah-wait, I mean, t-thank you for your time..." Giving him a quick smile, she quickened her pace, hoping she hadn't already left a terrible impression on the Tengu.

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Yamato nodded slightly, unsure how to feel about Terra. She seemed harmless, but he could sense she possessed a large amount of Chi. Should she learn to control it, and her personality become corrupted, Yamato felt she would be a force to be reckoned with. For now, she was a confused girl with a power she barely understood. It was dangerous in its own right, using emotions to channel chi was a quick way to commit suicide and mass murder in the same sitting.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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As they reached the Imperial Camp and Fortune flashed the guild's papers before the officials, Terra suddenly remembered that her own papers were lost somewhere far away in a cliffside forest. She didn't have any papers at all!

Desperately, she chose to hide in one of the wagons, amongst the supplies. But to her shock, she heard an unfamiliar, gruff voice, the belonger of which having apparently met the guild in...Poyo? And then that voice stated something about a law to arrest all Tengu not of native birth.

The very Tengu she had been talking to earlier flashed into mind. Oh, no.

And then everything proceeded to get more chaotic. The Tengu was dragged out, but was apparently trying to make some kind of alibi or something-he was desperate.

"Fucking Ro!" Hyuna's voice rang out at the shrillest pitch it could possibly have reached. The moment she heard this, Terra, as if fear had seized her completely, moved out of the wagon to watch, forgetting about hiding. To her horror, Hyuna had her spear leveled at someone's throat. Terra couldn't believe what she was seeing as the other girl let out a fierce giggle as sweet sweet revenge was upon her.

"I'll kill you." Hyuna cackled in a voice that bordered on insanity. "I won't let you just do whatever the fuck you..." She shook her head angrily. "I'll kill you, Ro, just you watch. You'll die a pathetic man." Throwing her head back, she laughed again, high and shrill. "I'll end you, you idiot; got in my way one too many times!"

This was really, really, really bad, to say the least. Hood pulled over her head, Terra continued to watch with fear, quietly hoping that she'd get through this chaotic scene safely. But the future looked rather bleak with an insane Hyuna.

Luckily, the black haired woman suddenly intervened and threatened Hyuna into not killing the man named Ro. Terra breathed a sigh of relief as Hyuna lowered her spear and blasted Ro backwards. They would make it through after all...

Or so she thought. As Ro rose angrily to his feet, he noticed the hooded person standing next to the wagon. "Wait just a moment! Who's this?" He guestured at Terra excitedly. "She wasn't part of Fortune's group! Did you check her papers?"

Terra realized she had made a grave mistake and immediately panicked as a number of Imperials advanced upon her. "Papers?" One of them asked the question she was dreading.

"...I-I don't have them," Terra managed. "I-I lost them t-to...b-bandits." It was the truth, except for the bandits part.

The Imperial officials looked at each other, and shook their heads. "Then I'm afraid we can't let you pass beyond this point. We can't just let anyone use the lift as he or she pleases."

Terra's eyes went wide underneath her hood. "Y-you can't be serious," she whispered. As she said this, she sent a glance in the guild's direction. Please help...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"You'd do well to choose your actions carefully," Ann said, easing into a less aggressive stance as she glanced over at Hyuna. "Next time, I might not have the mind to give you a warning at all." She let her hand off of the grip of her sword, putting some distance between the scene and herself. “I like you, Hyuna. Don’t make me do anything I’ll regret.”

It seemed then that attention was drawn to Terra, who wasn’t recognized to be part of the guild. Ann crammed her hands in her pocket and sighed. This would probably resolve itself, with Fortune jumping in and forcing her to join in order for her to gain entry. Despite all the chaos in the short time that they’ve spent as a guild, things just seemed to fall in his favor in one way or another, however subtle those ways happened to be.

***

Word can travel fast, but visual observation was typically faster and more reliable, especially when it was happening so nearby. Iora tapped Kadrim on the shoulder and nodded his head toward where the front lift should be right outside of the gates.

“The hell are you looking at? We’re heading this way.”

“Yeah, yeah,” he shrugged, turning around. “Think it actually is them?”

“They might be,” Rayes answered. “That’s why we’re going to go check.”

“So what’s our plan of our attack?” Kadrim said.

“If it’s them, we’ll just keep an eye on ‘em for the time being. One of us is going to go rendezvous with Siina and then she’ll start taking charge of things after we’ve checked everything out, regardless of whether or not the guild’s up front.”

“Sounds like a plan.”

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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Jiefong. Hmm. Rumelis looked around, mildly impressed-- mostly by the huge military
presence. While rumblings went back and forth between that Tengu in the other wagon and a
couple other folks, he went searching for his papers. They had to be somewhere, after
all...

That nervous girl didn't have any papers. Wonder how she was getting into Jiefong? Maybe
that confident man would get her in the "guild" as well-- they seemed to have the whole
thing sorted out. Well, mostly, besides the angry girl and the Tengu.

Papers, papers, where were the damn papers!

Ah, there they were! Crumpled slightly, sure, and a little bloodstained, but that was what
happened when something sat at the bottom of a bag for too long. Must have been the bird-
gift that caused the blood.

Rumelis got his papers out, and gave them to one of the Prefects, who proceeded to wrinkle
his nose a bit... surely he'd seen a little blood, right? Moments later, Rumelis got his
papers back, with a small note in the corner-- "expired".

"When did these expire? I though they were good for two more years."

The prefect looked surprised.

"I don't think I've ever seen anyone carry papers that old. Have you even visited a city
recently?"

Rumelis grinned a bit.

"No, why?"

The prefect looked rather confused. Perhaps he was a city boy?

"W-well, I can't let you into Jiefong."

Rumelis stared at him for a moment.

"Would a dead bird change your mind?"

The prefect did not respond.

"Shit."

Well, looks like he was in the same boat as that nervous girl. He looked over at that
confident guy, in the armor.

"Hey! You had papers for your whole "guild" thing, right? I don't have good papers, would
you mind another member? I mean, I don't know what it entails, but if it's a fighter you
want, I can do that well enough."

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Characters Present

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 Character Portrait: Cha'Valkar Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan Character Portrait: Nee Me-Hyung

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"I'm okay." She said quietly to the goblin captain, hugging herself tight. "I'm fine with being his slave... because, I don't think he's a bad person. If my suffering can help him, then so be it, it's worth it."

"Not a bad person?" Jensu spat in disbelief as Nee retreated to the half-breed Illyria at the bow of the deck. "Do you know what we used to do to sailors like that in the Imperial Trading Company?" She continued, her yell turning into a whisper at the realization that Valkar could hear below deck. "We'd crucify and drown them," She whispered to the two as she approached. "Now that piece of shit has a human slave. Within the Empire that's illegal." She shook her head angrily and took another chug of her bottle. "The minute we get into Jiefong I'm going to alert the guards and they'll destroy him."

She glanced up at Amanha and swallowed. "Unless you'll try to stop me," She said, having not before questioned the mysterious mercenaries loyalty.

***

Ro glared at the assembled gang who had threatened and insulted him in the midst of an army camp. Every single soldier had noticed and surrounded the trio of wagons, armed to the teeth and ready. "Well, this all checks out," Ro replied, handing Yamato back the papers. "It turns out if you had just shown me you would have been free to pass. Unfortunately you proceeded to insult me, threaten my life and commit treason in the process. In fact you should all be massively executed."

At the words the five-hundred or so soldiers in the camp prepared their blades and rose their shields for combat. Ro shrugged at the sight and began to walk away. "Good luck," He called.

"Wait, Ro!" Yuwen called, pushing passed Hyuna roughly as he ran up to the man. Ro paused to give the noble his ear. "Look... I'll pay."

"Oh good, you'll pay," Ro chuckled, raising his cup of tea off a bench.

"Listen, we surrender and go to court and then go to prison. Whatever the fine is to get out at that point I'll double it right now if you let us on our way," Yuwen pleaded. Ro was silent in response before taking another sip of tea. "They threatened you, you're in the order of the prefecture not the army," Yuwen said, putting his hands together and falling on his knees. "I am literally begging you to undo this."

"Get up, you silly man," Ro muttered, grabbing Yuwen's hand and pulling him up. "Where's the money from?"

"The account," Yuwen replied, glancing over his still surrounded teammates.

Ro let out a laugh. "The account is locked out for Yuwen Fortune and you know it, old boy."

"Then get the other Lu-Tan to do it," Yuwen said. "Tell him the amount I promise he'll extract it."

Ro pause, finish his tea before marching back toward the guild. "Off them men! They've paid a fine and are free to go!" Ro put his whistle in his mouth and blew loudly, causing the confused soldiers to back away. "I said off them!"

"It's not really an issue for you to decide, is it?" The elderly general muttered as he approached through the crowd. Ro turned, instantly getting into the older man's face. "Isn't it?" He spat. "They insulted the Prefecture, so I decide what the punishment for that would be. Right now I decide its freedom. They aren't a threat so I say they go free."

"I am your senior officer," The general whispered threateningly. "And your elder, young dragonfly."

"Alright then sick the army on me," Ro dared the general before turning to the guild. "Formation!" He yelled followed by a loud whistle blow. The red armoured prefectures surrounded the guild's caravan and carefully began to escort them through the crowd of hostile soldiers. The general watched as they walked through the camp toward it's east exit, shaking his head and dismissing the matter.

"You want to use our lift to Jiefong?" Ro questioned Yuwen as they walked out the east exit of the camp and approached the large, wooden platform built into the side of the rock. Ropes hung off it and stretched tightly along the valley stone above, and beside it large beast-man slaves stood beside handled pulleys with rope weighed down with stones to balance the lift as it rose.

"This'll take you to Jiefong," Ro explained, looking up into the cloudy mountaintops the lift's ropes disappeared into. "But it won't support all this."

"We leave everything except Master Wang Chang," Yuwen replied, pointing to his black horse.

"Okay," Ro nodded as he began to walk away with his man. "Take the moron with you," He added, nodding toward Orion. "I don't think he'll survive a trip back through the camp."

Yuwen nodded before turning to his team, the friendly expression he had with Ro was gone, now replaced by one they hadn't seen before. A mix of disappointment and anger. "...Come on," he managed at last, stepping onto the large wooden platform with his horse....

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan

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After an incredibly bizarre scene with Fortune begging the man named Ro to let them pass, the guild was carefully escorted to the rather hazardous-looking lift. Terra wasn't sure if she was permitted to follow, but then one soldier turned towards her and gruffly asked, "You coming or not, kid?"

"A-ah...y-yes!" Flustered, the girl hurried after the guild as fast as possible, keeping her hood down tightly. The bear man and the one who apparently had murdered all the bandits earlier also were being urged along, but she didn't pay attention to if they were following through on it.

As they got onto the lift and it began to move, the others began talking about Hyuna's actions. Not daring to look at the girl herself, Terra approached Fortune carefully. The man seemed to have lost most of his energy and charisma, and was leaning on the railing as if he were doing for support. "U-um...Fortune?" she asked cautiously. "A-about your...g-guild..."

"Yes?" Fortune muttered sullenly, glancing sideways at her. "I realize it is awful. Don't worry, you can get away from us once we reach the city."

Terra immediately took a step back, confused and surprised. Even Fortune's words had acquired a harsher tone. Maybe he was stressed out too much from what just happened? It might be best not to ask to join the guild after all, even if she'd likely be travelling with them for some time. "N-no, t-that's not it...a-actually, I'll tell you later." Giving him a forced smile, she turned away--and found herself face to face with Hyuna.

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The worst possible person to get in the way, just.. well, got in the way. It was the weird girl, and Hyuna'd be hardpressed to not just snap her throat and see what'd happen. What else would anyone expect? The girl was so pathetic, it'd probably put her out of her misery, right? And it only benefited anyone. She eyed the weird girl with a dark glare. "Remember the bird from before?" She muttered menacingly. "Yeah."

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Hyuna was clearly not in a mood to be talking, so Terra just gave her an equally forced smile, whispered a quick "Sorry" to her (forgetting the Tengu's words in the process) and turned away. But the entireity of her guilt suddenly had come crashing down on her with just one look into Hyuna's eyes, and she found herself stumbling slightly as she moved away, as though her energy had disappeared just like Fortune's.

Somehow managing to end up in a sitting position at the front edge of the platform, Terra sighed and stared forward, hoping they'd reach their destination soon. Everyone simply seemed far too stressed out now. It seemed the destination was finally coming up, actually...

Why did she suddenly have a very bad feeling?

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Jiefong was deathly cold. Terra's hood had so many holes in it that it wouldn't provide her any protection, either. So, provided a certain lancer didn't suddenly make the decision to murder her, she planned to follow Muna to a clothing shop and get it repaired...somehow. She still didn't have any of her own money even after the chaos in the gravesite, though.

On her way to the clothing store, however, something caught Terra's eye in a window. It was one of the display cases in a jewelry shop-a beautiful ring adorned with a sapphire was there. It looked rather nice, but...then Terra had a idea.

She entered the jewelry shop and pointed at the ring, but when the owner asked for money, she instead placed a ruby in his hands. "Will this be enough?" she asked politely. The shopkeeper couldn't figure out why this girl would have a perfectly cut ruby on her, but shook his head. Terra simply placed a second ruby in his hand, and the deal was done--she even got some money out of it!

As Terra left the shop, the sapphire now in her pouch, she let out a sigh of relief. She had a decent amount of money now, and a new gem for her magic. With these in tow, she tried to find the clothing shop.

After what happened to Muna in the gravesite, and what happened one month ago at her master's workshop, she didn't consider the rubies to be losses at all.

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After having gotten hopelessly lost on her way to the clothing store and ending up returning straight to the lift area within the span of 30 minutes, Terra was greatly surprised when she noticed the little girl with brown hair still standing there, looking around expectantly as though she were waiting for someone. Why did the black haired woman leave that girl all by herself?

Terra quickly went up to the girl. "H-hey...! R-remember me?" She put on her friendliest smile, but it was difficult when your social skills were about zero.

It took the girl a few moments to recognize her, but she did soon. "Oh yeah! You're that person with...the different colored eyes, right?" She frowned, glancing under the hood. "What's with the other one?"

"Oh...i-it g-got hurt last time I was awake," Terra lied, indicating the bandage that she had re-positioned so it passed over her left eye. In reality, she had covered because once again, she was worried about people thinking heterochromatic eyes meant dark magic, and once she found that clothing store, she'd have to take her hood off to repair it, so it couldn't be used to hide her left eye anymore. It was still strange only being able to open one eye, though, and she couldn't wait to remove it. "D-don't worry about it too much, though...s-so, w-what happened to...um..."

"Big Sister Ann?" Eh?! They're related?! B-but they don't look alike at all...! "She...uh, said she was going alone to 'get some business finished on her own'. She didn't tell me what, though."

Whatever this business was, Terra didn't see why it'd make Ann leave her younger sister (or so the girl said) behind, when everyone else had gone off on their own. "W-well then...m-maybe you'd like to come with me? I-I'd be happy to take you somewhere if you want...A-Ann did save me, after all."

The little girl looked somewhat mistrustfully at her, but that seemed to disappear within a few seconds. "Sure," she replied, taking Terra's hand. "I'm Millie."

"I-I'm Terra. I-I hope we get along," Terra greeted with a smile. "Let's go find the clothing store, okay Millie?"

"Okay, Big Sister Terra!"

"E-eh?!"

A few seconds later, Terra tripped on nothing at all and went crashing into the pavement face-first.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Lo-muna was quiet, her left ear twitching just a tinge. She seemed to be contemplating Hyuna's words and wondered just what had prompted such a strong reaction in the young girl. It was not the first time someone had been attracted to the rabbit girl but it was certainly the first time anyone had such a negative reaction in doing so. The girl looked about ready to cry even.

"Then perhaps," she said after what seemed like a lifetime of silence. "I should leave you alone to sort out your feelings. I don't want to hurt you, neither do I want you to feel obligated to interact with me if it causes you so much confusion. And anything I say or do now can only add to your confusion. When you are ready, we will talk clearly and directly. Then perhaps you will have realized why you are having such a strong reaction towards me."

She did a low bow and walked off to give Hyuna some distance. To distract herself from the situation, she decided to see what was needed while in Jiefong. While she didn't have an accurate record of inventory, Muna could tell at a glance the materials she needed.The satchel she carried was her life after all, patched up and barely holding together, and all the items in there were as familiar as her own hands. Some needed to be constantly replenished and others had been stored in there for quite some time. They ranged from small trinkets to works in progress to the crumpled up jacket she had hastily stuffed in earlier. Her hands gently grabbed the gray material and pulled it out of the satchel, Muna intending to put it away correctly.

She folded it carefully, distracting herself for a few moments. The past couple of days had been more action than she'd seen in a couple of years. It was invigorating but tiring at the same time. She wasn't a young rabbit anymore, Lo-muna quietly chuckling to herself at the thought, and she had honestly been considering returning home before the guild had invaded her life. The taste of adventure reminded her of past days and she realized that going back home was not ideal. It was stifling. And so, she was happy to have come across the strange band of travellers.

Another fold, the sleeves covering some of the hole in the back, and another. They weren't the ideal of travel companions admittedly. Some didn't exactly seem entirely sane or even moral. But, she frowned, perhaps she was judging them too early. If they were going to be travelling for three months together, she would have to work with all of them, one way or another. Hyuna was troubling her though. Lo-muna hadn't expected the young woman to be.. to be so sensitive? Difficult? Innocent? Muna shook her head. It was hard to place but an instinct within her wanted to protect Hyuna, care for her. Yuwen himself didn't seem ideal in the task and Yamato certainly wouldn't train her with care. Lo-muna wasn't sure she was the best beast-woman for the job either. Her motives weren't exactly pure after all.

The folding was done and she tucked away the jacket into the satchel. The hole had reminded her of Terra, another sensitive creature within the guild, and the holes she had seen in Terra's clothes earlier. They would have to be mended as well. The girl had probably wandered off and had gotten lost. It seemed the most likely.

"Suiken," she said, walking up to the oni instead. "Are you still accepting company to the lower levels?"

She heard Terra's voice and saw her talking with Millie. Ann was nowhere to be seen. Lo-muna walked over to the two, gasping when Terra tripped.

"Oh dear, Terra, are you alright?" Lo-muna said as she hurried over to help the girl up. "I was going to ask you if you wanted to accompany me to the the textile shops? I noticed your clothes and I would be more than happy to mend it for you if you'd like. You can accompany as well Millie. I can make clothes as well or just buy a new outfit for you if you'd like."

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["Suiken," Lo-Muna had said, walking up to the Suiken. "Are you still accepting company to the lower levels?"]

"Hmm, why yes," Suiken nodded. "But, seeing as everyone's heading out... " Suiken paused, looking around the group. "I may leave soon." Suiken looked over at Terra and Millie. "If you want, the two of you could accompany us as well. I'm certain the lower sectors have clothing stores, that are much cheaper than those up here," he pointed out.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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Rumelis had waited at the lift area for a little while, looking around the strange city. He
was rather unused to cities, and had never quite adapted to them-- he preferred to be
around fewer people, or at least fewer buildings.

Still, it was awfully helpful that that Yuwen guy(... that was the name, right?) had helped
him get into the city. Perhaps he should get new papers, perhaps the "guild" would simply
accept him. It seemed that they would, after all, Yuwen had told them all to meet back up
here later.

That spearwoman (Hyuna was her name?) looked pretty upset after the whole lift debacle. She
was pushing people off left and right... perhaps she needed some cheering up? For some
reason or another, Rumelis wanted to stop her from being so gloomy, perhaps just to stop
her from going on some sort of murderous rampage.

He muttered to himself. "Wonder if anyone around here cooks birds..."

That had been a rather fat bird, after all.

He looked about for food vendors, wondering which ones had actual ways to cook-- until he
eventually happened on one, selling bread or somesuch. He approached the vendor.

"Hey. Would you mind if I borrowed that oven a bit? Got somethin' to cook."

"Borrow my oven? Nobody's ever... well, I guess you can, but you'll have to pay for the
bread I'm not making then."

"I'll be quick."

Rumelis set to plucking the bird, keeping the dark feathers-- perhaps they could make
something nice? He thrust the bird into the baker's oven, let it cook-- well, mostly,
anyway, enough to stave off whatever pestilence was in the thing-- and then promptly paid
the vendor most of his coin.

As he returned to the lift area, he noted a group of the guild-folk were going somewhere.
Maybe he'd follow them, but for now, he had a gift to give. He walked over to Hyuna, still
brooding.

"Hey."

No response. He got out the cooked bird, in a bag, and set it next to Hyuna.

"Cooked the bird for you. Humans do like that stuff, right?"

He smirked a bit, then left the girl to her thoughts, walking after the group heading out.

"Hope you've got room for one more in that group. Though I don't have much coin, if you're
heading to the stores."

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"Going together would be a good idea," Lo-muna agreed as she dug into her satchel for coins. "There are other items I would like to buy as well so it is not only clothes we'll be looking at. I hope none of you mind."

She giggled, "But it's a surprise so when we get back, don't tell any of the other guild members!"

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Millie stared at her newly-christened older sister, who was groaning and rubbing her forehead as she rose to one knee. "Um, are you alright?"

As if on cue, Terra's hand went up to her hood and pulled it down as far as she could, her face practically glowing red underneath "Y-yes..." Sometimes people said life could really knock you off balance at times...did it have to be this literal, though?

"Oh dear, Terra, are you alright?" Forgetting her embarrassment briefly, Terra pulled up her hood enough to see Muna approaching, and not far behind her, Suiken. As the rabbit woman pulled Terra to her feet, she began talking. "I was going to ask you if you wanted to accompany me to the the textile shops? I noticed your clothes and I would be more than happy to mend it for you if you'd like. You can accompany as well Millie. I can make clothes as well or just buy a new outfit for you if you'd like."

It seemed like a nice idea, though Terra wasn't sure what Suiken thought about the gravesite scene, and looked in his direction. The snow oni merely glanced over at Terra and Millie, and shrugged. "If you want, the two of you could accompany us as well. I'm certain the lower sectors have clothing stores, that are much cheaper than those up here," he pointed out.

Well, it was a good thing she got lost? In any case, Terra was glad to be travelling in greater numbers than before. "I-I hope we'll still get along," she responded, tipping her head towards the other two. One couldn't forget to be respectful to their seniors, after all.

"Hope you've got room for one more in that group." Now, all of a sudden, the bear man from earlier had entered their midst. "Though I don't have much coin, if you're heading to the stores."

"Going together would be a good idea," Lo-Muna agreed as she dug into her satchel for coins. "There are other items I would like to buy as well, so it is not only clothes we'll be looking at. I hope none of you mind." She giggled and winked at the others as she spoke. "But it's a surprise, so when we get back, don't tell any of the other guild members!"

It confused Terra as to what Muna might have been planning, but she nodded. "I won't speak of it," she promised. "Millie, you won't either, right?"

"Okay, I promise! Let's get going, Big Sister Terra."

"U-ugh..."

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"Well, I suppose we can be off then," Suiken grinned. "Don't want to dally and get to the antique store too late before it closes," he added as he made his way towards the steps, hoping for the others to follow.

***

Sitting near the fire, was another Imperial officer, sporting way less formal clothing than his compatriot. One hand combed through his ponytailed jet black hair while the other impatiently poked at the rabbit with a stick, waiting for it to be fully cooked. As his partner finished speaking, the informal officer, Tuying, raised an eyebrow in amusement,

"Yeah, you mentioned that your brother's a handful, Lu-Tan..." he laughed, nearly jumping backwards as the sparks lept out of the fire, nearly singing his clothes. "But damn man....taking a load of money, funding adventures. Beats stakeout duty with you or any of the other state officers. I wish I would've thought of that, honestly..." he sighed, slicing off a large chunk of rabbit and placing it into his bowl of rice and peanuts.

"I thought I heard you mention something about retiring to a desk job," Tuying asked, taking out a tea kettle from his pack and pouring a syrupy brown sauce onto his meal. "Guess your little brother's trying to keep you on your toes, huh?" Tuying laughed as he drew a pair of chopsticks from his pocket and began to feast.

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As Suiken, Lo-Muna, Terra, and Millie descended the stairs, they had enjoyed a pleasant lengthy walk to the lower sectors. It didn't take too long and with an even pace, they had made it. The streets were fairly dark now in the lower sector and riddled with grime. "Hmm. It's been a while since I've traveled to Jiefong...If I recall correctly, the store is south of here..." Suiken muttered, pointing south. "So, we'll be heading that way..."

Unbeknownst to the group, from the edge of an alleyway....a criminal element worked. It was a sneering one eyed rat beast-man. Turning to look at his cronies, he spoke, "Wow, let's rob 'em" he grinned as he and his gang stealthily stalked the guild members.

***

"Yeah, no one want in on the Imperial Army anymore," Tuying shrugged, slowly eating the contents of his rice bowl. "But the peasants may not have a choice. I hear there's another draft soon, so..." Tuying shrugged his shoulders. He suddenly became alert as his ears attuned to a sound in the distance, that appeared to be shouting. But on further inspection, it was simply a flock of ducks, soaring past from the north. Tuying then turned back around and sneered, "But, you know what the real crime is, in Jiefong? That there isn't any crime! This beat is more boring than watching moss grow."

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Much to the others' annoyance, Terra and Millie almost always stopped whenever they saw a food vendor and tried a sample from each one. The two girls enjoyed themselves for the most part, although when Millie swallowed a small amount of super spicy curry, the simple task of trying to find water caused lots of havoc for her newly christened older sister. She tried to offer some samples to the others, and was met with rather mixed results.

To be honest, Terra loved Jiefong. Though the frosty winds bit at her arms under her cape and at her face, the waterways that sparkled brightly in the sun reminded her very much of her own hometown, Lindus. That town also had a number of canals moving through it. Somehow, looking across the waters and walking alongside them had always managed to calm Terra down from any upset. Here, it was the same; her fears of Hyuna's wrath and worry of being rejected by Fortune's guild washed away completely.

But as they descended further into Jiefong, and the light faded out more and more, Terra began to feel increasingly unsettled. Suddenly, Jiefong seemed much more menacing. The darkened streets were poorly maintained and littered, and the people went around with suspicious looks. It was like the sun was a veil to cover these things.

Muna and Suiken didn't seem very nervous, but she couldn't tell the expression of the bear man. Did they know what they were getting into? She was so busy worrying that when something suddenly began hugging her, she nearly screamed--only to find it was Millie, who looked equally scared.

Who could blame her? This part of the city was causing Terra herself to dread. "I-it'll be fine, Millie. Don't worry," she reassured in a shaky voice. "Just k-keep hold of me, alright? S-Suiken knows what he's doing...so n-nothing bad will happen to us, I'm sure." But it felt like she was reassuring herself more than Millie.

Though she couldn't tell that they were being followed at all, a sixth sense was screaming throughout her mind...

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Her ears twitched. Lo-muna was sensitive to sounds and while her sight wasn't that of her ancestors, her hearing was remarkably close. Terra and Millie's terrified voices reached her ears and she slowed down her pace to walk alongside them.

"Come now girls, there's nothing to worry about," Lo-muna said with a small smile. "Even if there were some ruffians about, we have Suiken and... er, I'm sorry but I don't know the bear beast-man's name. We will be perfectly fine."

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"We should be arriving near the antique store now..." Suiken commented, before tapping his chin. "At least I think..."

"Well, well, well..." a sneering voice called from the rooftops. "The antique is looking for an antique!" Almost at once, literally hundreds of bandits scaled down from the rooftops on ropes, lowered and tied down to various roof tiles. It was an assorted bunch. Beast-men, several oni, humans, and goblins. They all looked up to one man, however. And that man...was part rat.

"Well, well, well," the rat repeated. "Looks like we got ourselves a group of outlanders! Guess they didn't hear Chubu's number one rule for outlanders in Jiefong's lower quarter..." the rat-man, presumably named Chubu spoke. "They gotta pay a bit of a toll, see?" Chubu grinned, drawing out a curved, jagged, dagger. "By force if necessary!"

The platoon of thugs circled around the group. "So, what's it gonna be, MOLDtimer?" one of the thugs, a human, asked Suiken, threateningly waving a knife.

Suiken glanced at the thugs for a minute, then glanced around. "I could've sworn the antique dealer was by this street..." he muttered. "Perhaps, we the second left turn instead of the third?" he asked his companions, ignoring the thugs completely.

The thugs looked to Chubu in confusion. "Boss, he didn't give an answer...." they complained.

"Well it looks like we're gonna have ta carve one out of him..." Chubu grinned, before glaring at Terra, Lo-Muna, Rumelis and Millie. "ALL of 'em. From ear...." Chubu chuckled cruelly, pointing from one of his round ears to another. "To ear..." With that, he slowly, dramatically, pointed his knife towards the group before him.

That was when two of the thugs leaped at Suiken. "This is for being old!" one of them cried, aiming a kick at Suiken's back. "And fat!" another shouted, looking to punch Suiken's shoulder. Both were unpleasantly surprised, when their assaults did what amounted to nothing to the old oni.

"I know it was past the sacred cow statue..." Suiken muttered, continuing to scratch his chin. The two who attacked him simply looked perplexed.

"Well....what're ya waitin' for?!" Chubu growled. "Murdalize the chumps!" he screeched as the gang surrounded the Guild members and prepared to assault them.

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No sooner had Muna begun to reassure the two girls, than Terra's fears came true. A number of bandits suddenly descended upon the group from ropes attached to the rooftops around them. Millie's grip around Terra tightened as the bandits, with malevolent, wicked grins, advanced upon the group. Terra herself was starting to move backwards, behind the bear man.

"Well, well, well," the leader, a rat man, sneered as he moved towards Terra, who conveniently was closest to him. "Looks like we got ourselves a group of outlanders! Guess they didn't hear Chubu's number one rule for outlanders in Jiefong's lower quarter..." With one more step, he came even closer to Terra's face. Both girls instinctively took another step back. "They gotta pay a bit of a toll, see?" Chubu grinned, clearly enjoying the fear he was instilling inside the girls. But instead of taking another step, he drew out a curved, jagged, dagger instead. "By force if necessary!"

Terra turned to Suiken, about to ask what to do...and was met with the snow oni musing "I could've sworn the antique dealer was by this street..." he muttered. "Perhaps, we the second left turn instead of the third?"

W-what are you doing, idiot?! For once, Terra actually had an urge to hit him and scream in frustration, but she suppressed the thought. The bandits looked equally confused and began to mutter amongst themselves. Taking the opportunity, Terra whispered to the girl clutching to her, "Millie. Please put your arms around my neck instead. I need to be able to use my own arms now." The frightened little girl slowly adjusted her grip, now hanging from Terra's back. "And don't let go, whatever happens," the hooded girl continued in an urgent tone.

The moment she turned back, though, she saw two of the thugs leaped at Suiken. "This is for being old!" one of them cried, aiming a kick at Suiken's back.

"And fat!" the other one roared, letting lose a punch Suiken's shoulder. But to their shock, as well as Terra's and Millie's, the old oni simply took the blows without even having paid attention to them and continued to ponder the situation.

"Well....what're ya waitin' for?!" the rat man leader growled after getting over his own surprise. "Murdalize the chumps!" With this, the horde of thugs charged at Terra and the others, roaring loud and unruly battle cries.

The moment Terra had been dreading yet waiting for expectantly had finally come. With her own shout, she stamped the ground with her foot, and the stone slabs beneath them shot upwards, sending Terra, Millie, the bear man, Muna and Suiken onto a rooftop. Luckily, she also managed to soften the rocks that made up the rooftop, so she and Millie only suffered a few bruises at best.

"I'm sorry, everyone," she panted as she pulled herself upright, somehow weary from sending all of them up at once. "I have to leave as soon as possible. Millie will be in too much danger if she stays here. Please don't get hurt too badly." With these words, she turned and ran across the buildings, with the bandits running after her on street level.

"They'll be alright, right?" Millie whispered, looking back with a concerned expression.

Terra smiled weakly as she opened her pouch and removed an emerald from it. "I'm sure they can take care of themselves." In truth, she actually wasn't very sure...but that wasn't important right now. No mistakes this time, Terra. Stay focused.

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Not far away, in a shadow upon the building opposite where Muna, the bear man, and Suiken were, the man with the black and white mask was watching the battle. As much as he didn't want to, he had come to Jiefong after Spectre's presence suddenly disappeared-summoning a new familiar would take more effort. But in any case, it'd allow him to see how the girl's companions fought, and he was looking forward to it. The girl herself...well, he could deal with that later.

Suddenly, he noticed something. Something similar to Spectre's presence was coming closer. Who was it? In any case, it'd reach this place soon, and maybe enter the fray.

Now this will be interesting to watch.

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That had escalated quickly. Just as they took a turn, some rat beast-man wanted some
"toll", and next thing Rumelis knew he was spiraling onto a rooftop as Terra apologized and
dismissed herself. Some fighter, huh.

More pressing issues were at hand. First off, though the Oni didn't seem to care, he was
being struck, and Rumelis took offense to that. These were, if not his friends, his allies.

He let out a loud roar, and lunged at one of the bandits that had hit the Oni. Though a
slow strike by any standard, Rumelis had the element of surprise as his claws tore through
the man's arm, rending his sword-arm to the bone.

Rumelis stumbled back to avoid the other one's dagger, then took advantage of the bandit's
clumsy swing to grap his arm. The bandit heard the sharp crack as his arm broke, and
shouted in pain as he struck Rumelis in the gut with an elbow, forcing him to stagger back
a ways. The bandit staggered and collapsed as the pain sunk in.

"Come on. If it's a fight they want, I say we give it to them."

Rumelis drew the notched iron axe at his side, ready for another fighter. He knew he would not be alone.

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"Well, this is odd..." Suiken frowned noting that he and the others were now on the roof. He then closed his eyes to sense if there was anyone within the building they stood atop of. No force of life detected. Chubu was searing loudly on the streets below as the bandits started to scale the building on all sides. Suuiken turned to look at The bear beast-man, who had just slain two attacking bandits still on the roof, and Lo-Muna. "Lo-Muna. Grab our new friend here. And jump. He may be heavy, but don't drop him."

Suiken looked at the bear beast-man. "This is going to get crazy quick, I'm afraid. A side effect of joining up with our guild. Feel free to continue fighting alongside us, though," he informed politely as he turned to the bandits who've scaled the roof. "Right...Now onto you morons." Suiken faded like he was about to attack the bandits...but it was all a feint. His drunken master technique allowed him to trick the bandits into thinking he was attacking them...when he actually fluidly moved backwards and used his ice fangs to hammer down on the roof of the building, collapsing it.

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The lift shuttered to a halt and Orion was greeted by a blast of cold air and a man who he wasn’t expecting. After everyone had left the lift Orion approached the greeter. “Hey, Shorty, where’s Brutus?” The short man looked upwards and glared at Orion, “You know I don’t like being called short and the name’s Jahoul. But answer your question, Brutus wasn’t able to make it, he was caught up in a pile of paperwork.” “Fun stuff; tell him that I’ll be dropping by with a … friend. Oh by the way you got the papers.” “Yeah, I do, but before I hand them to you I’m supposed to deliver a message ‘Don’t get into too much trouble’ it isn’t me who’s saying it, Brutus told me to tell you that.” Orion chuckled a bit “I can’t make any guarantees.” Orion waved good bye to the greeter and headed towards the lower districts. As he reached the invisible boundary of the lower and middle sections Orion kept his guard up knowing that there were thugs who liked to mess with people enter their turf.

Orion slinked through the various alleyways until he reached a simple brown door. Orion knocked on the door three times and muttered the words “I’m in search of the Grand Madame.” A small periscope descended from the upper balcony and zipped up as soon as it reached eye level with Orion. “The door is unlocked” said a raspy voice from inside. Orion entered the smoke filled parlor of the esteemed Madame Butterfly, the famous slave trainer of Jiefong. Orion fanned away the smoke from his face and approached the pudgy and hairy transvestite slave trainer. “I see you’re getting more paranoid.” “Well, you can’t be too cautious, especially in times like these. Besides not everybody can be as … powerful as you.” Orion rolled his eyes “So what’s this information you can’t send by pigeon?” “Well why don’t you sit down and we can talk.” Madame Butterfly beckoned Orion to sit in a large sturdy chair.

“Why thank you.” Orion sat himself down and pulled out the small letter that had been delivered to him by bird. “So where’s this informant? I really don’t see why someone would directly request my presence.” Madame Butterfly sighed deeply “The fact is I fudged some of the details. No, I wasn’t approached by a mysterious informant, but the information is still there and I’m pretty damn sure that this one isn’t fake. As you know I train slaves to be … presentable to society. One of the many things I will do is converse daily with my current trainee. I have recently received a beast-girl from a client who lives in the capital and we were talking about sending letters. A long story short your name came up and she instantly recognized your name.” Orion stared at Madame Butterfly astounded. “Rocky, I’ve known you for twenty-six years and you haven’t bullshited me once. So why start now?” “Listen Orion your reaction is perfectly understandable and my reaction was similar, but I shit you not, not only did she instantly recognize your name, she also was able to describe the much younger you.” “So you called me to meet you just so you could tell me about some beast-girl who knows my name.” “It’s not just that, she says she might know where your daughter is.”

Orion stared at his former comrade long and hard to see if he was bluffing “So why haven’t gotten any information out of her?” “I refuse to beat the slaves that I am training on a matter of principal. On top of which she is now using this information as a bargaining chip for her freedom.” “Well what do you need me for?” “I’ll be blunt, if you want the information you’re going to have to cover the costs of her release. You’re my friend so I’ll only charge you her market value.”

“I want proof. Let me see the beast-girl so I can be sure.” “Of course that’s perfectly understandable. FELICITAY! Company!” a small beast-girl of the feline variety entered from behind the curtained door that separated the living quarters with the parlor. She was dressed in simple robes and by the looks of her she was no older than 20. “You must be Orion, Minene told me all about you.” Orion looked deep into her eyes to spot any spots of faltering. “How do you know her?” “We had a common master and we were friends.” “How do I know you’re not lying?” “Your daughter has your eyes and she has a large scar on her shoulder from when her brother accidentally burned her when he first discovered his fire chi.” Orion and Rocky looked at each other “Rocky, I don’t think I have ever told you about my daughter’s scar.” “and this is the first time I’ve heard of that.” Orion stood up from his chair and pulled out a bag of gold coins and handed it to Rocky. “My dear friend I do believe this is the real deal.”

“So where’s my freedom?” said Felicitay now skipping to keep up with Orion’s fast walking pace. “We’ll visit the imperial registration office and there in exchange for your freedom I demand to know where my daughter is.” “Fair enough,” As the two exited the labyrinth of alleys they were immediately greeted by the sounds of battle. Orion quickly recognized some of the combatants as the group who he had met on the road to Jiefong. A wide smile spread across Orion's face "Felicitay stay back I have work to do." Orion opened up his bag and pulled out his helmet. It was full helm with a singular visor that covered the entire the face. On the visor of the helmet was a crudely drawn angry face. Orion put the helmet and cracked his neck "Let's do this," Orion reached into his bag of weapons and screamed "SHIIININNG DRRRRAAAAW!" as he pulled out an a large broadsword. Orion electrified his body as he charged into the fray taking the bandits by surprise.

"POWER SWEEP!" yelled Orion as he charged forewords and decapitated the first bandit in his path. "Hey! Who tha hell err you!" Orion turned to the bandit addressing him, "The name's Orion and by the way, Doom Bolts" Orion unleashed a torrent of lightning from his gauntlets and electrocuted the bandit. Orion raised his head to the sky and bellowed "Who's next to die!" as he unleashed a pillar of lightning into the sky.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Orion Shan Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Hey! Get down, brat!" "Yeah, we don't care if it's a kid or not, everyone's got to pay up!"

Terra glanced backwards at the thugs as they continued running after her. They were all much faster than she was, but they didn't dare letting her get too far ahead by taking the time to scale the rooftops. She just had to keep ahead of them...

Up ahead, there was a waterway cutting off the street, and the nearest bridge was 2 blocks away. It was perfect for Terra to get a massive advantage. Holding up the emerald in her right hand, which prompty shattered, she hurled herself across the gap. "Hang on, Millie!" she shouted as a gust of wind blasted at the two (screaming) girls from behind.

Somehow, Terra managed to grab the side of the building before her face had a painful meeting with it. Pulling herself up as quickly as possible, she prepared to resume running...

"Big Sister Terra! Look out!" The next moment, Terra found a dagger being hurled straight at her face. She moved backwards to dodge it, but it grazed her across the cheek-and then she realized that she was about to fall over the edge of the roof. Frantically, she threw out her hand and hurled both herself and Millie forwards just enough to stay on. "Y-you're not hurt, right Millie?" Terra groaned as she began to rise to her feet.

"I'm okay, Big Sister Terra! Let's just keep running!" Relieved, Terra resumed her sprint, but it seemed the stunt just now had cost her the advantage she had hoped to gain-the bandits were no farther away than they had been earlier when she tried this stunt, and she was getting exhausted. This couldn't keep going...

Suddenly, she noticed some familiar faces up ahead. Were those members of the guild? She would've felt happy to see them...had it not been for the fact that the one in front was Hyuna.

An eager grin flashed across the once dull face at seeing the bandits up ahead. Nice easy fodder to kill, and blood to satisfy the deep urge within her. "Finally!" She cried out in exasperation, whipping the spear out in a flash, and pointing it at the mob of bandits; the sharp blade glinting in the fading sunlight. "Time for you to di-"

She paused upons eeing exactly who it was she was helping. While Hyuna didn't want Millie to get hurt or anything, there was that weird girl she still had no name for, that was the problem. Perhaps her hunger would be better satiated by watching the weird girl try and fail to outrun the bandits, and be brutally killed in her feeble pathetic resistance. With an even darker grin, Hyuna glanced at the weird girl. "Why should I help you, again? And where's Muna?

Why did it seem like Hyuna was about to murder her again? This really was getting out of control. But something was completely different about Hyuna now...was she possessed or something? "What's happened to her?" Millie asked as though on cue.

Terra shrugged, grimly watching. "Millie, listen. Stay with Ann and Fortune. I need to go back for Muna and Suiken after this." She leapt off the building, moving the stones underneath the bandits' feet so they'd be delayed a bit longer, and landed rather roughly in front of Fortune. "Fortune...Ann...p-please take care of Millie," she gasped, removing the girl's arms from her neck. As the little girl watched her with wide eyes of terror, Terra found herself having to flash a forced smile for about the fifth time in a single day. "Y-your big sister will come back safely, Millie. I-I promise." Ignoring Hyuna entirely, she turned around and ran back down the street towards the bandits, intending to leap over them or something-

Wait, what was with that gigantic flash of lightning in the distance?

"Let's go over here," Fortune commented, taking Millie's hand and leaving the scene.

Hyuna turned an almost deranged look towards Fortune. "Coward. Whatever happened to wanting glory or whatever?" With a shrug, and deciding that grudingly helping Terra out would indirectly lead her to Muna, the spear girl charged ahead with a torrent of wind behind her. It was a lot stronger than she expected, however, sending her barrelling into the mob of bandits. Reflexibly striking at them with her spear, she wondered, exactly, why was her chi so much stronger than she had wanted it to be? Almost as if it were a test, she gathered air around her free hand and condensed it, letting it explode in front of several bandits- body parts flying in the wider than normal explosion. So, she definitely had some sort of power up... and Hyuna honestly couldn't care less the reason, as long as it let her shed more blood.

While Terra was distracted by the lightning, she didn't realize the female lancer that constantly seemed to want her blood was moving until an explosion of wind sent her flying sideways. "What was...?" As she got up, she saw Hyuna staring at her left hand, almost in wonder. "H-Hyuna?"

Then the lancer's hand began to summon winds around it, before blasting it at the bandits, rending their bodies to shreds. It was an absolutely horrifying sight, especially with the crazed look of bloodlust in Hyuna's eyes, and Terra couldn't help but feel squeamish seeing it. But she couldn't collapse just yet...

Struggling to control her suddenly upset stomach, Terra ran past the panicking bandits, swords flashing as she struck down any that were unlucky to end up directly in front of her.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Ann smiled and waved to Millie and the girl instinctively waved back, hurrying along aside Fortune. She looked ahead into the sea of armed thugs, each varying greatly in appearance and size. There were too many of them to count; even with their skills, they'd tire out before they could cut all of them down. She waited for her first immediate enemy, a beastman in tattered gray clothing, to make the first move. It lunged at her with his sword, chopping wildly downwards. She side-stepped the vertical slash and punished the mistake by separating her attacker's head from his shoulders, her blade making a rapid arc as it flew from her sheath and curved around to cleave straight through the back of his neck, a gilled head tumbling to the floor. The next met his demise to a successive block and counter as Ann used her sheath to deflect the attack and, continuing with the flow of the same motion, spun around to deliver a horizontal slash that nearly split the creature clean in half. Hyuna and Terra seemed to be making short work of them as well, alternating between their chi and melee weapons to mow them down like weeds. Given the numbers, this might take a while.

***

Somewhere not too far away, four men in white hoods were confronted by bandits that were a part of the same mob, drawing their weapons and grinning wickedly at their outnumbered prey.

"You've made a big mistake coming through here," one sneered. "I hope you're ready to die."

"Mistake?" Kadrim asked mockingly, turning to Rayes. "Did we make a mistake somewhere along the way?"

"Not that I can recall," the gauntleted man played along, stroking his chin as though in deep thought. Kadrim grinned, his chains dropping like heavy weights against the ground.

"Me neither."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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With Hyuna and Ann helping, the bandits were practically marching towards their death. Fortune, meanwhile, had pulled Millie into an alley to keep her safe, so Terra wouldn't have to worry about her safety for the time being.

Now the only thing to do was get all the way back to Muna...

A bear man-but thankfully not the same bear man that accompanied her earlier-suddenly was roaring and making a sweep at her with his gigantic claws. Terra tried catapulting upwards, but her right leg was grazed anyway, throwing her off balance and into the bear man's face. After a few moments of confusion, she brought her left leg back and kicked him in the face, before using him as a platform to jump off of.

More bandits were directly where she was getting ready to land, however, and they were poised to make killing blows right then and there. "Strip the flesh! Salt the wound!" one over-zealous bandit guffawed, before rushing at Terra. But the hooded girl threw her hand into the air, and the rocks in front of her flew upwards, slamming into the thugs. She landed next to one and slashed at his midsection with one sword, then with the other, stabbed through another man's chest.

An oni tried bringing an axe of all things upon her, but Terra slid under his swing and threw her green sword at his head, slashing off hair and other things. Perhaps being short was a good thing after all...annoyed at herself, she threw the thought away quickly and sprang back to her feet, just in time to avoid another bandit tackling her. Her right hand outstretched, and the crystal sword came surging back to her hand, slicing another thug's throat in the process.

At the moment, Terra wasn't regretting the fact that she was outright killing people.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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This was fun. Probably a bit too fun. Still, and Hyuna wasn't entirely sure if this was a good thing or not- she felt more alive than she had since reaching Jiefong, slaughtering bandits as they approached her with a mix of powered-up chi and spear martial arts. She saw Razul enter the fight, starting with a clever counter attack strategy. But, in her own opinion, of course, no one was more suited for an outnumbered battle than Hyuna herself. Hyuna leapt into the air, extending the range of her spear while summoning three illusions of herself at her side, each of them also with hardened air at the tips of their spears, and are actually able to help lessen the numbers, as well as confuse the hell out of them.

"Three of 'er?" One of the bandits yelped as he saw the two apparitions, as well as the real Hyuna dive into the ground, scattering apart groups of bandits. "Which one's th'real 'un?" Before he could hear an answer though, a spear jabbed it's way into his throat, and he was sent with a gust of wind into another pack of bandits, causing them to stumble, and giving Hyuna an opening to charge through them with a burst of air, slashing at another's throat in the process. Rocks suddenly starting attacking several bandits, and Hyuna shot an angry glare at the weird girl, who was actually holding her ground, just barely staying a step ahead of the bandits. She saw a broadsword worming it's way towards her, and with an air puff the sword flew back, jamming itself into it's wielder's eye, with Hyuna following up with another stab, this time through the gut.

A bear appeared, though, rubbing at his face for some apparent reason. Did he have a headache? Hyuna felt two desires conflicting inside her- kill the bear and spill even more blood, or run up to him, and rub his fur? It was a hard decision, while she watched one of her illusions get dispersed by taking a hit; the wind disrupting the fractured air, while Hyuna figured, she already had a bear to rub (and possibly slaughter at a later point), and lunged forward, only to feel resistance- the bear had grabbed onto her spear just before she could lunge it in. And, seeing the bulging muscles, the spear girl knew that there was no way she'd easily be able to wrench her weapon back. With a menacing snarl and a wave of her left hand, a torrent of sharp winds slashed into the bandits trying to come at the now disarmed girl, who then, with another burst of wind to propel her, landed a strong kick into the bear's gut, dodging a heavy claw and returning with a punch of her own- backed up by a sharpened, condensed covering of air, driving her hand through the tough bear's body. As he fell limp, Hyuna grabbed her spear again, and twirled it before shanking several bandits who were unfortunate enough to waste time with her second illusion, also dispersing.

Okay, Hyuna thought. I'm satisfied now; let's go and save Muna. After using one more explosion of air to send body parts flying, and a sheet of blood covering her body, the spear girl weaved through the mob of bandits, and with a burst of wind, started homing in on where the bandits were heading from, hopefully finding the rabbit girl in the process, only barely noticing another mob being obliterated by a certain man with chains, and another one wielding a gauntlet. Hyuna sighed and continued her mix of gliding and hopping, a faster and more agile version of parkour.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Oh, you wanna hear about me, huh?" Yuwen commented as he knelt down and let Millie climb onto his shoulders. He rose slowly, holding her in place as he did. "Careful now," He said, getting his balance before walking again. "Well, I don't know how much there is to tell... I grew up in Yuna-Yae, it's the biggest city in the world. There are all kinds of people and cities made of gold - and the palace where the old Emperor used to live," He paused as they cornered onto a bridge to pass over the canal. "He's dead now," He added before shivering slightly. "God it's freezing up here. We really need coats," He muttered. "Anyway I grew up and became an adventurer. I traveled everywhere until I met the team."

***

"Wow, wow - what the hell is this?" A voice called, causing the Guild to look up from slaughtering more teenage thugs. Approaching were heavily armed guards in long, blue and white trimmed fur coats. Beneath his man's helmet the Captain stepped forward into the group. The remaining thugs who tried to flee were quickly smashing into the walls at the end of alley and put in shackles. "Looks like there's been a murder here," The Captain commented as he extended his sword to the great guild. "I'm afraid you'll have to come with me."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan

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"Also if any of you resist arrest, I'm tossing you out of Jiefong, myself," Suiken informed the other guild members and assorted company. "From the upper level."

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The cuffs were already slammed onto her wrists as she was standing over another horribly mutilated pile of blood and flesh that couldn't even really be considered anything that was ever once living. Hyuna was just in a bit of a daze, panting and somewhat buckled over as she reveled in the new power of her chi, still not giving a second thought as to how it came about. She started to let out a giggle and launch into another attack when she realized that her hands were restricted, and that she had been slammed into a wall, alongside quite a few other guild members... including a certain rabbit woman.

Figuring the whole arrest thing was somehow related to the bandits, it was fucking self defense, you idiot cops!, and that the cops were a bit too close to Lo-Muna, there was only really one option. "Sorry 'bout earlier." She managed, feeling glad that the blood was there to hide the blush. "Let's be friends again, M-M...um, Muna."

Fueled with energy, but somehow snapped out of her bloodlust in favor of the more confusing emotions, Hyuna smirked at Muna and twisted her left hand to release an explosion of wind, propelling her down the bloodied streets of Jiefong, and conjuring up an illusion to head in a different direction, to act as a decoy. Then the headache came on again, making her grimace and accidentally bash her head against the wall- she probably couldnt use any more chi for a while.

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As the chaos raged on, the masked man suddenly saw a girl with a spear that was longer than she was tall fly through the streets (even he couldn't tell if it was literal) and utterly eradicate anything in her path. His breath was almost completely taken away by the air chi abilities she was displaying-they were simply amazing!

And then he realized something else: Spectre's presence was coming straight from the girl.

"This is...!" Shaking with excitement he stood up, but then there was another person speaking. "Wow, wow - what the hell is this?" The masked man looked back down the street with annoyance, but his face paled when he saw who it was. Approaching were heavily armed guards in long, blue and white trimmed fur coats. Beneath his man's helmet the Captain stepped forward into the group. The remaining thugs who tried to flee were quickly smashing into the walls at the end of alley and put in shackles. "Looks like there's been a murder here," The Captain commented as he extended his sword to the great guild. "I'm afraid you'll have to come with me."

This wouldn't do at all. If they got their hands on that girl with the spear, it'd be harder for him to capture her himself...he'd need to plan some more. Ah well, at least he was on the very spot, so his planning could go less hindered.

The masked man stood and stretched. He'd have a lot of work on his hands trying to figure this problem out.

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When Terra saw Hyuna shoot over her head, she immediately began to dread. After her absolutely frightening and psychotic actions a moment ago, Terra couldn't even begin to imagine what she'd do to Muna-her own imagination produced images so frightening her knees buckled, but she quickly recovered and kept running. She absolutely had to get there before Hyuna.

But she had barely taken a step when a thug tripped her, causing Terra to fall face-first into the ground, her blue sword sliding away in the process. "Now you've really done it, kid! We're really gonna murdalize you now!" As Terra looked upwards with a despairing gaze, she suddenly realized the one speaking to her was a boy not more than a year older to her. Hold on, I've been fighting kids this whole time?

"Wow, wow - what the hell is this?" A bold voice suddenly caused Terra to divert her attention, and in the process the boy who had been standing above her suddenly fled. Nearing her were heavily armed guards in long, blue and white trimmed fur coats. Then, the person who appeared to be the Captain stepped forward. about 50 meters away from Terra. The remaining thugs who were not fast enough to flee were quickly smashing into the walls at the end of alley and put in shackles. "Looks like there's been a murder here," The Captain commented as he pointed his sword at Terra, the bear man and the Guild. "I'm afraid you'll have to come with me."

When the thought registered in Terra's head that she had actually killed a person, her entire thought process blanked out. As she began to rise, she looked backwards and saw numerous people lying in the streets, dead. They had to be people Hyuna killed, she knew it. There was no way she'd be responsible for those horribly mutilated piles of blood flesh-

Except the strikes on some of the intact bodies were much smaller than the giant wounds Hyuna's spear dealt. And since they were lying in the street she had come from, it could only have been Terra who had dealt those wounds. I...killed someone...

The other people who had been accompanying her were being chained and led away. A guard approached Terra with handcuffs, but she was too stunned to actually resist...until she noticed Muna's body flying towards her for no apparent reason.

...! That's right, Muna! The guard began to lock one cuff on her, but Terra's hand flew out and summoned the blue sword to her left hand, which she promptly shattered the cuff with. The guard began to shout, but she stamped her foot and catapulted him away, then turned and ran to catch Muna's body. She would definitely escape with Muna at least...

Once again, she threw herself into the air. Somehow, she managed to grab the rabbit woman out of midair and landed safely at the expense of more of her chi. With a regretful look backwards, Terra began to run down the street, away from the guards.

I'm really sorry, everyone. I'll come back for you later.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan

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Rumelis was a bit surprised when he was carried off the building, to say the least. But
that was the least of his worries. He had dropped the axe, which he soon picked up once
again, roaring out in challenge.

The bandits recoiled in fear at the roar, which seemed surprising. Hadn't they started it?
Still, they looked no older than twenty years, which seemed too short a time to live.
Rumelis sheathed the axe.

Some braver bandits came near him, with dull-looking knives in hand. They were clumsy
stabbers, and as they missed Rumelis hit both with a paw, knocking them senseless. He
yelled out to the guild.

"Hey! Try not to-"

That was when Hyuna and that murderer arrived, and things got messy. The shout was drowned
in the screams of the bandits and the ruch of wind Chi, heard by nobody but the terrified
bandits near Rumelis. They had lost their will to fight, it seemed.

So much for a bloodless victory.

Soon enough the group found themselves in chains, and though that scared girl (Terra,
right?) ran off from the guards, he accepted his fate. He was not one to run from his
mistakes, other than his first and largest...

As the group was led in chains, he thought of the village he had lost.

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Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Guardsmen in white and blue uniforms started converging on the location with their weapons ready, warranting the arrest of the guild members. Chances are, they were a lot more skilled than the bandits and garnering the attention of Jiefong's massive police force was not at the top of Ann's priority list, though neither was spending time behind bars. She would have the patience to wait it out, sure, but there were certainly other things that she would rather be doing.

"Time to go," she muttered to herself, taking slow steps away from the scene before completely turning tail and booking it down the closest passageway. With so many of authorities around, however, her escape couldn't possibly go unnoticed. Pursuit was immediate as several officers branched from their group and brandished their swords, running straight after her as they shouted.

Iora sat on a rooftop watching all of this unfold, his legs crossed and his arms rested on his knees.

"We can't afford to let them all get snagged by the police," he said, turning to the men at his side. "At least some of them need to make a getaway. Think you two can assure that?"

"Not exactly my kind of thing, but we'll make it work," Kadrim grinned. Standing beside him, Len nodded silently in acknowledgement.

***

Crouching on the edge of a rooftop, Kadrim rolled a small handful of explosives in his palm, glancing with a bored look down at the scene. The supposed Seven Sons girl passed by under with several guards on his tail. He yawned and turned his hand over, dropping a cascade of bombs down on the cops chasing after her and creating a rackety explosion that splattered their shredded bodies against the alley walls. Some of the other policemen that were a little further away began coughing and backing away from the smoke, calling for a tactical retreat.

Ann glanced briefly over her shoulder, noticing that somebody had helped cover her escape. She supposed she would figure everything out later and turned forward again, carrying on.

***

Some of the guards started gaining on Terra, still aiming to chase after her and arrest her. Len hopped down from a ledge and spun around, the tail of his cloak hovering from the momentum to hide half of his body as he simultaneously flung several throwing knives at the guards with pinpoint accuracy, embedding into arms, legs, torsos, and necks alike. The ones that weren't hit persisted, but quickly stopped when Len hopped back and tossed yet another fan of knives in rapid succession, this wave significantly more deadly than the last. After the second attack, he turned to the side and vanished into the nearest alleyway, the policemen now thoroughly dissuaded from following Terra and Muna.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Cha'Valkar Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan Character Portrait: Ten Fists Tuying Character Portrait: Nee Me-Hyung Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Officer Painji glanced to his partner Ten-Fists with a raised eyebrow. "You're saying you were attacked by a hooded... villain?" He questioned, writing the description of the perp down on his mini-scroll pad. Tuying glanced over Painji's shoulder to read what he had written. Guy with hood was all that was on the page. "Well alright then," Painji nodded to the trio of clear villains. He wettened the tip of his quill with his tongue before scribbling down another few lines and closing the pad. "You three have a nice day," He gave an awkward smile at the trio. "Beautiful wife you've got there. Brave... very progressive choice." He gave a thumbs up. "Good heart. Have fun with your daughter."

Valkar gave an evil look as he, Nee, and the half-breed trudged away. Painji placed his pipe back in his mouth and puffed some smoke. "So we're gonna stalk the scum, right?" He questioned, looking over to his partner as they watched the clear criminals leave and wander off toward the city-gates...

***

Behind black-bars the Great Guild members were locked away in the farthest corner of the noble district's police base. Snow melted through the grass-overgrowing their above-ground window, fresh water dripping in from the soil as the night raced on and faded into a new day. Dawn peaked over the green-land far below the mountains, and in the cell the guild members were still gathered together, weaponless and without contact from the outside - the trio of guards watching them remaining still like status...

Suddenly a door opened, and entering the maze of cells a tall man entered. "Breakfast," He spat, throwing some bread at them before exiting again, the cell-door locking behind him...

***

"Stop," Yuwen chuckled, half-asleep as he tried to push the large, black dog away from him as it licked his face. "Stop, babe-stop it," He laughed, his eyes slowly fluttering open to face the animal before him. "Of course," Yuwen muttered, pushing the creature off before standing wearily. He looked around the hotel room they had gotten in the noble quarter. Quite expensive, quite lavish - and now completely in the wrecks and filled with animals. He looked at himself in the mirror in horror. His hair was puffed up and messy, and several bottles of empty wine polluted the turned over sofa he'd collapsed on.

Yuwen glanced to the room's bed in confusion, where next to a lion Millie was sleeping soundly. "Wake up!" He called, grabbing her quickly and pulling her away from the creature. "We went to a zoo last night, didn't we?" He questioned, vaguely remembering how his night of trying to entertain a child had escalated to the craziness he awoke to...

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"Stop her!" Terra didn't dare look back at all, knowing the guards were hot on her heels. Her chi was almost completely spent once again, and the guards, being much taller and longer-legged than she, were gaining ground quickly. What were the chances of Terra making it out?

Using any form of chi she had right now was probably out of the question, and as these were soldiers, there was no way she could outmatch them with swords. And with Muna in her arms, she was in no place to fight. "M-Muna," she panted, with another glance back at the guards who were no less than 1 meter away. "I-if I don't get you out of this safely...I-I'm really sorry..." Not that an apology would redeem her at all.

Suddenly, one of the guards fell just before his hand could grasp Terra's cape. With a gasp, the hooded girl watched as knives flew into every weak point in the guards' armor, bringing them down in an instant. Her pursuers were gone just like that. But who saved her? There was no one around the place from which the knives had come from, save for a flash of white into an alleyway. Whoever it was, Terra was extremely grateful, but she couldn't say that of course.

She ducked into another alleyway up ahead and sat down hard against a wall, severely out of breath and wheezing. With what little strength her arms had left, she unsheathed her green sword and shattered Muna's shackles, kicking the metal away. But before the rabbit woman had an opportunity to do anything like thank Terra, the girl moved back further into the alley, turned away...

Her upset stomach couldn't handle any of the pent up emotions of disgust and horror anymore, and she was forced to rather unceremoniously throw up on the spot. The hooded girl's entire body felt weak, and tears were running down her face. Unable to even support herself anymore, she collapsed against the wall, into a deep and distressing slumber.

She had been partially trained to fight in wars; she would have had to kill people at some point. But Terra Himene had never prepared herself for that act.

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When Terra opened her eyes, she found herself conveniently still in the same alleyway. Even though she was in one of the lower levels, she could tell the sun had moved quite a bit, so she had been asleep for some time. Almost dazedly, she moved out of the alleyway, not thinking about where the Rabbit woman that she worked so hard to save currently was. Like a zombie, Terra staggered through the streets, eyes half closed and glazed over.

But then she suddenly bumped into someone, and fell onto the ground as a result. "Ah! I-I'm so-" Terra's words froze midsentence. The person she had just bumped into was Yuwen Fortune, who now had Millie upon his shoulders.

Seeing the guild leader caused Terra's emotions to burst right away. Her lip trembled, and the tears streamed out even faster as she finally broke down, falling to her knees as she sobbed. "I-I'm really s-sorry, F-Fortune...y-your comrades took c-care of me w-when I was unconscious...b-but I made H-Hyuna a-and t-the others g-get j-jailed!"

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"Bloody hell, the peasant's have taken over," Painji chuckled in extreme sarcasm as they walked toward another entrance of the city. "How could I forget, old boy. Jiefong is large, and stalking the slime wont be easy," He muttered. "But we're larger." Painji put his tinted glasses on in unison with his partner as they walked toward the lights of the city...

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"I'm sorry, what now?" The half awake Yuwen muttered. "We just got some food for the animals," He explained, raising a large basket of meat. "Come back to the hotel room, it'll explain everything."

Yuwen and Millie entered the building, Terra following. "You're saying they got arrested, are you?" He questioned as they stepped up the stairs and entered the hall. He walked to the room and unlocked. "Can't say I'm surprised, really. And unfortunately I'm out of big money," He said before opening the door to the room full of animals. "We bought a zoo," He referenced before entering, dropping Millie down on the bed and throwing the meat to the creatures...

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The sun began to rise as Yamato watched from a bench along the river. He'd spent the night wandering the Midlevel of Jiefong, keeping a low profile. After all, he was easily spotted in a crowd. He did however bet on the fact that the different districts communicated poorly. He'd been right.

"Must be nice to go through life ignorant. Ignoring the things you don't want to know. What a foolish city." He started making his way to the top tier when he began to hear the hushed conversations that began spreading through the ever busier streets. "They killed them all." "Yeah, without a second thought!" "Damn Vigilantes." "My brother was with the guys they killed..." A few people rushed to the side of the young girl who mentioned her dead brother. "I bet they aren't even from Jiefong!" "My cousin works the lift, he said the group was let though yesterday afternoon." "What!? Not even here a day and the kill our people? Thank god they are all in jail!" "Well, it seems only some were involved. The one who was leading the group is holed up somewhere in a fancy hotel. I doubt the guy knows what his companions did."

Yamato shook his head, angry. He knew the guild was reckless. Did they have to fight everywhere they went? He couldn't really talk, given that he'd brutally murdered two men who tried to pain him in kind. Though, that was the difference, he got away with it. People in the lower district feared him because of his race. He hunted down the only boy who would have ratted on him and made sure the boy never would. The murder scene could easily pass for a fight with no winner, a murder suicide.

The hotel was easy enough to find, Their cart was out front. Well, half outside and half in the lobby. The horses missing. A small crowd of hotel employees were chatting angrily. He decided to skip the lobby and flew up towards the only balcony with a horse outside. He opened the door to see a trashed hotel room, dogs, Millie a Frightened Yuwen who had placed himself between a lion and Millie, and the strange girl from the last village who'd caused them a bit of trouble was huddled in the far corner closest to the front door of the hotel room, away from the mess.

"You know, I was about to give you credit, but now that I see its just you and the child. I can't. Had you had maybe a few women, then we'd talk. I guess children are a deal breaker after all."

He sighed, putting himself in front of the lion before using his chi to send a chair into its skull, knocking it out.

"Any way, oh fearless leader. It seems the rest of the guild found themselves in some trouble." He shrugged his shoulders. "I'm not sure what you think we should do about it, but I'm for leaving them. However, seeing as how some could be useful along the way. Namely your second in command, my pupil whom I need to have a serious talk with, and the Girl's Nanny." he gestured to Millie. He started for the balcony again.

"Also, I hope in your drunken stupor," He picked up one of the wine bottles and examined it. He then looked closer at Millie, looking for symptoms of a hangover. "I hope you paid in advance...though given your taste in wine. I doubt that." He shook his head and hopped onto the balcony railing. "We should leave. Now. You too, Terra was it?"

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Yuwen nodded at Yamato's suggestion, before quickly running out onto the balcony. Pulling up in wagon's were the police, their horn's blowing loudly. "Downstairs is blocked," He muttered, before skidding around and heading to the room's door, sliding over a zebra as he did. The moment he reached it though loud knocking began. "Open up!" A gruff voice shouted on the other end. "This is the police. Yuwen turned around panicked before spotting Yamato's wings, a mischievous look growing on his face.

Yamato gave Yuwen a strange look before realizing what he had in mind. "No, no no, no!" He repeated as Yuwen grabbed hold of Terra and Milie in each arm. "Sorry mate!" He yelled, running forward and pelting into Yamato. The foursome went diving out the window, causing Yamato to grab Yuwen by the shirt and lift him up while flying away. "Ahaha!" Yuwen laughed in happiness as the new day's sun shun off his tinted glasses. Yamato shook his head as he held the man and flew, Yuwen in turn holding Terra and Millie. Below him an officer talked to the hotel manager.

"Can you give us a description of the animal thief?" The officer questioned.

The hotel manager adjusted his collar. "Well, I mean - he had green eyes." He muttered.

"Race?" The officer muttered, trying to get a clear picture.

"...That part was pretty unclear," The manager sighed. Above the city Yuwen and the rest began to lower toward a side-street. "What the hell are you doing?" He demanded of Yamato. "We're sinking. What, don't tell me you can't support a person or three hanging off you while you fly?"

Luckily for Yuwen a black stallion matched their speed in the alleyway below. When they were low enough Yamato dropped the three and they landed lightly on Master Wang Chang, who skidded to a halt at the edge of a canal. "Right," Yuwen muttered, lowering his sunglasses as Yamato landed beside them. "Looks like our great guild have stupidly gotten themselves arrested. It's up to us to undo that..."

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As Yamato began to let go of Yuwen, he smiled, "Oh I can support the three of you, I just don't want to." He then let go, letting the trio land on the unwaveringly loyal horse.

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After the previous day, as well as in her current emotional state, Terra couldn't really think straight at all. So when Fortune asked her to follow him, Terra did so without really having heard the command. Multiple times, she almost crashed into people, but Millie managed to keep her from hurting herself too badly.

By the time they entered the hotel, she was sure her body would give out. "You're saying they got arrested, are you?" Fortune's voice snapped her back to attention. "Can't say I'm surprised, really. And unfortunately I'm out of big money." Hopefully he wasn't just making excuses to stay out of it...Terra, though, was practically obligated to help.

"We bought a zoo," Fortune stated as he walked into the room, dropping Millie down on the bed and throwing a slab of meat towards...a lion?!! Not sure what to do at all, Terra relegated herself to the far corner of the room.

Millie began to move off the bed towards her, looking with concern at Terra's spoiled clothes and her shaking body. "Um, Big Sist-"

But the name felt like acid against Terra's mind now, after what she still felt she was responsible for. "M-Millie..." She slowly stammered, unable to meet the little girl's eyes. "...I-I'd prefer it i-if you...d-didn't call me that." Choking on more tears, she continued, "I-I'm just a murderer, really...n-no matter what I do, I-I m-make everything else g-go wrong. E-even your real sister I-is probably in j-jail, and it's all because of me...t-that's why...p-please, I-just ignore m-me."

But a new voice entered the conversation before Millie could comment. "You know, I was about to give you credit, but now that I see its just you and the child. I can't. Had you had maybe a few women, then we'd talk. I guess children are a deal breaker after all." It was the Tengu from before. What would he think of the situation?

"Any way, oh fearless leader. It seems the rest of the guild found themselves in some trouble." He shrugged his shoulders. "I'm not sure what you think we should do about it, but I'm for leaving them. However, seeing as how some could be useful along the way. Namely your second in command, my pupil whom I need to have a serious talk with, and the Girl's Nanny." he gestured to Millie. He started for the balcony again.

"Also, I hope that in your drunken stupor," the Tengu continued as he picked up one of the wine bottles and examined it. He then looked closer at Millie, looking for symptoms of a hangover. "you paid in advance...though given your taste in wine. I doubt that." He shook his head and hopped onto the balcony railing. "We should leave. Now. You too, Terra was it?"

Terra's head shook. "I-I shouldn't go with you..." she began.

But another new voice interrupted her at that moment. "Leave so soon? Without a plan?" Lo-muna asked as she walked into the room, towels in hand. "Breaking them out of jail won't be so easy considering how many of our number are in there."

While Terra was very glad to see her alive, she quickly averted her eyes when Muna walked towards her. The last thing she expected was for the rabbit woman to offer her the towels she was carrying. In a daze, Terra took the towels before her mind registed that she had done so. Why are you always being so kind to me? Just stop...I mean, it's nice, but...it makes me even less able to forgive my mistakes...

"I saw you throw up earlier but didn't have any more rags so I went to get these," Muna explained, without knowing what Terraw was thinking, thankfully. "We could try breaking them out if the legal way is not an option. Yamato can provide a distraction, I can snatch the keys, and Yuwen and Millie can stay here for some reason. Terra can aid in what way she likes. But of course, it's only a suggestion."

Me? Help them?...they really could have made a better choice.

Fortune nodded, but the sound of horns blasted into the room, prompting him to run to the balcony to see what it was. Whatever it was, it wasn't good judging from his expression. "Downstairs is blocked," He muttered, before skidding around and heading to the room's door, sliding over a zebra as he did. The moment he reached it, though, someone knocked on the other side loudly. "Open up!" A gruff voice shouted on the other end. "This is the police!" Almost everyone in the room seemed to panic. Would it be a good idea to surrender herself for the others' sake? Terra hesitantly reached for the door handle...

Suddenly, Fortune, whose eyes were locked upon Yamato's wings, got a mischievous look in his eye. The Tengu gave Fortune a strange look before realizing what he had in mind. "No, no no, no!" He repeated as Yuwen charged at Terra, grabbing Millie in the process. Terra herself let out a scream as she was suddenly grabbed around the waist and pulled away-

-By the time she could think again, she, Millie and Fortune were all on the back of Fortune's black horse, with Yamato not far behind. "Looks like our great guild have stupidly gotten themselves arrested," Yuwen muttered as he rode on. "It's up to us to undo that..."

Terra looked up at him in confusion, wondering why he didn't seem the slightest bit angry at her, when she was almost certainly the one to blame. Was helping him a good idea after all?

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"You know what stations the tools for fools are at?" Yuwen questioned Yamato as they strode down the high-street, fashionable nobles in rich, fur-coats and snow-umbrellas looking in shock as the black beast of an animal that was Master Wang Chang galloped forward...

***

"Police officers!" A guard yelled, smashing open the door and punching Lo-Muna in the face. "We have you now, Zoo Bandit," He laughed, shackling her....

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Yamato flew beside the horse, keeping pace. The streets on the upper level were much wider and far less busy than the levels below. It suited them just fine, given Yuwen wouldn't stop the horse, and Yamato wouldn't move for anyone.

"You know what stations the tools for fools are at?" Yuwen questioned Yamato, who ruffled his brow, trying to think. "North east. From what I gathered, its supposed to be the nicer of the three prisons here." He said with smirk, "Are you sure you want to do this? You'd risk your own freedom for theirs?"

The quartet continued down the street at a breakneck pace.

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"Alright, then that's where we're heading," Yuwen nodded with determination as Master Wang Chang rode over a canal bridge. "And there's absolutely nothing that'll stop me!" Suddenly Yuwen ground his horse a halt as something in the distance caught his eye. A mysterious figure disappearing into a rickshaw. "...undercover brother," He whispered, glancing back at the team. "Hey guys, how committed are we to freeing our team right now? Because something may have just come up."

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Oh no! Where's Muna?! Terra looked around frantically when she realized the rabbit woman had been left behind in the hotel. "F-Fortune! Y-you left Muna behind! S-shouldn't we go back?"

But Fortune had his eyes set on something else. He suddenly stopped his horse, eyes locked intently upon something a few blocks away. "...undercover brother..." he muttered with something resembling fear.

Terra looked up at him with confusion, but Fortune shook his head and turned back to the few people that were assembled with him. "Hey guys, how committed are we to freeing our team right now? Because something may have just come up."

We should save them as soon as possible! was what Terra wanted to say, but she was still doubting that they could do anything to save the others with these numbers, not to mention the guards would probably attack her directly once they realized she was one of the murderers...thinking about it nearly caused her to lose her balance and fall off the horse.

...more importantly, what had he just seen? "W-what just...c-came up?" Terra asked as she carefully righted herself. "F-Fortune...t-these are your comrades, y-you know...s-shouldn't they be at the top of your priority list?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan

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"Who?" Yuwen demanded, glaring back at Terra with a raised eyebrow. "Listen, guys - I saw someone get in a rickshaw. Someone who may solve all our monetary problems. Some of you can head to the prison but I'm gonna stalk him. Who's with me?"

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Back at the cell a guard approached, shifting through keys until he found the correct one. "You four," He called, opening the door wide and nodding toward the guild members. "Your bails been paid. You're free to go."

Scamulus stood up at the words. "Paid by whom, my young friend?"

"Didn't leave a name, he was a man in white," The guard explained. "You can collect your weapons and go. Although she-" He added, pointing at Hyuna. "May have to do some community service in relation to complaints we received from the effected families of the boys you killed."

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"Who?" Fortune demanded, glaring back at Terra with a raised eyebrow and forcing the hooded girl to move backwards slightly in fear. "Listen, guys - I saw someone get in a rickshaw. Someone who may solve all our monetary problems. Some of you can head to the prison but I'm gonna stalk him. Who's with me?"

What's he thinking?! Do his comrades really matter less than money to him?! Terra looked at Millie, who was simply gazing back, unsure of what to do. Sighing, the hooded girl dismounted and shook her head. "I-I'm sorry, Fortune...I-I shouldn't g-go with you. I-I got y-your friends into that prison...i-it might be best if I head there." Plus you wouldn't want to go with a murderer, would you?

Turning on her heel, she rushed onwards towards the prison, not daring to look back. Unfortunately, she'd most likely get recognized with this outfit...she had to move incredibly fast and avoid even getting within sight of any guards.

But while Terra was thinking this, an explosion suddenly rang out from where the prison was, complete with a blast of dust everywhere. The explosion was so powerful it caused her to lose her balance and slam into the ground face-first. But compared to the panic that the others had been killed, the pain in Terra's forehead didn't even bother her as she scrambled to her feet.

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God fucking dammit, when would his plans stop getting ruined for no apparent reason?!

The masked man watched with annoyance as the prisoners left the building, including that girl who apparently had eaten Spectre (not that he knew why someone would eat a crow in the first place). He had intended to break them out himself and snatch the girl, but now they were being escorted out, with a number of guards around. The man would have to make another effort to catch her.

In a foul mood, he sat down hard against the upper part of a building. Nothing ever went his way-it hadn't when he was with Fortune, and it wasn't when he was working so hard to capture those girls. All this trouble for him? What did he do to deserve it?

But then, a wicked gleam entered the man's eyes. I think I'll just cause a bit of chaos anyway. Might provide me with some suitable entertainment.

Raising his right hand, he waited for the former prisoners to get far enough away, then snapped his fingers, declaring in a hushed yet ecstatic voice, "Trap, activate."

A moment later, an explosion burst from the outer wall the prison. The guards screamed as the wall collapsed, it's rubble falling forward onto the street below and into water of the nearest canal.

The prisoners in the cells near the wall looked back with shock and confusion. Just the kind of emotion the masked man wanted from everyone. "Well, the prison has been destroyed. And you, who have killed plenty of people already, are the prime suspects. This ought to be fun," he chuckled to himself as he stood up and got ready to follow them. "So come on, all of you. Let's start something for the worst."

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Dust hung in the air as Terra dashed through the last block towards the prison. It was getting increasingly hard for her to breath, and she was already exhausted. But she had to see if anyone had been killed...as she ran, she took the bandage off her left eye, since she probably would be needing her entire field of view now.

Finally, she reached the prison. One of the walls was nothing but a chasm piled with rubble now, honestly. Luckily, Suiken and the bear man were standing outside so they were still alright. But where was Hyuna? As she looked around, she suddenly noticed a cat girl standing near the rubble, gazing around dumbfoundedly. But Terra barely paid attention, and hurried towards the rubble, ignoring the fact that she could just ask Suiken and the bear man about Hyuna's fate.

She had barely gotten close to the ruined building, however, when suddenly a guard snatched her by the hood and pulled her backwards abruptly. "Hey! What are you doing here?" he demanded. Before Terra could make an excuse, he turned her head around forcefully. "Hey, I remember you...you're that girl that got away yesterday when I tried putting the cuffs on you!"

But when he turned her head around all the way, he suddenly recoiled with a terrified look. At first, Terra was confused, but then the man started screaming something about a witch...and then, Terra remembered that her left eye was uncovered. Her heterochromatic eyes were there for everyone to see.

Somehow, the word spread throughout the people watching the scene, guard and civilian alike, and all the attention was focused on Terra. "She's a witch!" "A murderer, too!" "Bet she was responsible for everything!" All the blame ended up upon Terra's shoulders within seconds. Unsure of what to do, she slowly backed up towards the ruined building, certain this really was the end.

Felicitay was locked in thought trying to comprehend what was going on. First Orion disapears and then everything blows up, what was the world coming too. Guards had started swarming the rubble and Felicitay was starting to freak out. Unable to process everything Felicitay screamed in frustration "FUCK! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!"

"Watch your mouth young lady! I didn't train you to be some common street tramp!" Felicitay turned to see the approaching figure of Rocky. Rocky pointed to the crowd clamoring witch, "What the hell is going on here, first I hear explosions and now I'm hearing witch."

One of the mob members spoke up. "We found us a witch!"

"Bullshit you found a witch. You wanna know why?" the man shook his head up and down. "BECAUSE THEY DON'T EXIST YOU MORONS!" the crowd murmured to themselves and started to disband. Rocky walked up to the girl and Felicitay, "Now can either of you give me an anwser to what is going on." Felicitay shook her head to say no and Rocky turned to the accused witch.

"Bullshit you found a witch. You wanna know why? BECAUSE THEY DON'T EXIST YOU MORONS!" Just after these words had been shouted out by someone in the crowd, Terra suddenly found the crowd dispelling. After going through about her sixth near-death encounter in a few days, she sank against a rock, feeling every muscle in her body ache. This just couldn't be real...well, not like a common opinion in the empire would just disappear from one man shouting at a crowd, though.

She didn't notice that she was being approached by two people until they were standing right above her. It was the catgirl she passed, and a short, fat man. "Now, can either of you give me an answer to what is going on?" the man demanded from both her and the cat girl. It seemed this was the man that had shouted out at the crowd.

Slowly struggling to one knee, Terra took in several shallow breaths (while pulling her hood back down) and began to reply. "W-well...I-I just got here, so I-I can't tell...I-I just heard the explosion, a-and I ran here as quickly as I c-could..."

As that guard who had started this entire hell suddenly turned and gave her a hateful look, Terra became very conscious of where she was. "C-can we leave? I-I don't think I'm too well recieved here..." But when she tried to stand up straight, she ended up falling back to the ground instead.

"Of course we can dear." Rocky reached out his hand to help the girl up. "I'm Rocky by the way, but if you want to go by formalities you may call me Madame Butterfly." Rocky nudged Felicitay. "Be polite dear." Felicitay jumped in surprise. "Sorry, where are my manners, My name is Felicitay."

Madame Butterfly? Terra looked absolutely confused, but she decided to just play along as she was pulled upright. "T-Terra Himene. I-I hope we get along..." It occured to her that she probably shouldn't be using her real name, but there really wasn't much she could do about it.

"Well it's a pleasure to meet you Terra." Rocky turned to Felicitay and noticed she was still wearing her collor. "I'm going to assume that you haven't gone the imerial registration office yet." Felicitay shook her head. "And Orion is no where to be seen. Alright, well why don't you two find somewhere safer to hang around and I'll try to find Orion." With that Rocky ran off into the distance, abandoning the two girls in search of his overly violent friend.

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As Rocky ran off in some direction, Terra looked at Felicitay apologetically. "Y-you might not want to stay with me...f-for some reason, b-bad things seem to happen w-wherever I go." She started walking, pulling her hood back down as she went...but she could swear that there were many people looking directly at her, with expressions of fear and disgust. Why did all this have to happen over one stupid eye?

It was like that when she arrived in the Yune Empire too. At that time, people had pointed at her, and whispered in fright, but as she came close, they ceased their conversations and continued their business in a forced, rushed manner. Why she didn't return to Gwan that day was a mystery.

A guard began to move towards her, telling her to stop, but Terra was so frustrated at it all that she glared at him with her heterochromatic eyes, which were filled with every bit of rage in her heart. The man, suddenly expecting the dark magic that she had been accused of having, screamed and ran away. This wasn't like Terra at all, but her days were getting so infuriatingly unlucky that her normal personality was quickly breaking to pieces.

As she continued to walk, however, she noticed Fortune, Suiken and the bear man standing just outside her path. Well, now that she had been called a witch, what would they do now? But instead of fearing, Terra was quietly preparing herself to retaliate should they attack.

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Suiken nodded at Yuwen. "Very well,"he said,before glancing at the others. "Any of you feel free to go with either, Yuwen or myself," he informed them. Suiken then glanced to his side, and noticing Terra standing nearby, gave an exasperated sigh.

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"Alright...I guess,"Tuying nodded. "That checks out for now. But from what I've heard about that turd's brother...." Tuying spoke, pointing towards Painji. "If your friend is associating with him, then nothing good will come of that," Tuying shrugged.

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Rumelis looked at the paper, not sure what he was expecting. Only three months, huh? That
was longer than he kept most jobs, so he supposed it was worth it. He signed the paper and
gave it back to Yuwen.

"Well, that settles that, I guess. Now, you said we're splitting up, right? Well, I
probably would look a bit out of place in the palace, so..."

He thought of the alternative-- that they'd end up with one of the psychotic ones visiting
the palace.

"...On second thought, I think I will accompany you to that palace. I might look out of
place, but I won't murder half the residents. Perhaps my lack of connections could help, in
a way."

Perhaps they'd be able to get through something without killing. He supposed it depended
quite a bit on who went where. Who knows what would happen if Hyuna took a palace
"visit"...

The nervous girl was there too, trying her best to stay out of sight, it seemed.

"Hey! You with the guild too? You don't seem like the murderous type, would you mind going with our group?"

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"Y-you might not want to stay with me...f-for some reason, b-bad things seem to happen w-wherever I go." Felicitay stared at Terra for a while trying to figure out what she was trying to get at, Oh god, is she trying to abandon me? "Listen, Terra was it? I have to stay with you, I don't think you realize that." Felicitay grabbed Terra by the collar of her shirt with one hand to prevent her from leaving and to look her in the eye. With the other hand, Felicitay pulled at the collar around her neck to make it very visible to Terra, "You see this? This is a slave collar, which shows that I'm a slave. If anyone sees me without anyone that could possibly be my master I'm done for. They'll beat me and throw me into some holding cell. Right now I am so gosh darn close to my freedom and you just got to help me." Felicitay noticed that a beast man from Terra's group was calling for her to come. "Please, all I need you to do is help me find a man by the name of Orion. He did some off the books dealings with Rocky that would guarantee my freedom, but the thing is if I get sent back I'm not going back to Orion and I'm not getting freed. You just gotta help me."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Okay, you three are with me," Yuwen nodded at Terra, Millie and Rumelis. "Yamato head with Suiken and find the rest." He then paused as he glanced over the new woman Terra had dragged along. He rose an eyebrow at the newcomer as she explained her plight as a slave. "Orion sounds like the guy we ran over with our kart," Yuwen recalled. "If you head with Suiken he'll help you find him. I promise."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Fortune completely ignored Terra's presence and continued speaking about a plan to enter a palace through probably less than legal means. And here Terra had thought that he was one of the few who didn't believe in the witch rumor...well, not like he seemed to like her that much, anyway.

Suiken glanced over his shoulder, saw her, and immediately let out a sigh of displeasure. This reaction immediately struck a new chord in Terra, causing her to begin quietly speaking in cold, brutal words. "What, you were hoping I, the witch, would just die?" she asked, glaring at him. He probably hated her like the rest of Yune, especially after the previous day.

But then, the bear man from earlier, who had just signed a contract with Fortune, suddenly walked up to her, oblivious to her anger. "Hey! You with the guild too? You don't seem like the murderous type, would you mind going with our group?" He seemed kind enough, strangely. Maybe he didn't know about the rumor?

In any case, the edge in Terra's voice lost itself as she spoke to him. "I don't murder people for fun, no..." But the haunting image of the dead bodies in the street from the previous day returned, causing her to quickly avert her eyes. "I-in any case, I shouldn't be going with you. Nothing seems to go right when I'm around...probably because I'm the witch..." Involuntarily, her hands began to clench on the last sentence.

"Big Sister Terra!" Terra suddenly found two arms wrapped around her waist, and looked down in surprise to see Millie against her side. "I don't believe you're a witch or anything like that," the little girl declared with a look of defiance that really threw Terra off balance mentally. "You were really nice to me and the others! And even if you did kill those people, they were carrying weapons...they might have still hurt you badly! So...so don't be so hard on yourself!"

The hooded girl looked down at Millie, completely baffled, before finally sighing and giving her a genuine smile. "...t-thanks, Millie," she whispered, and carefully lifted Millie so that her arms were wrapped around Terra's neck. Then she turned to face the bear man. "Maybe I will go after all, though...I'm not well liked in Jiefong anymore."

"Listen, Terra was it? I have to stay with you, I don't think you realize that." Suddenly, Terra found herself pulled sideways by the collar so that the catgirl from earlier was looking at her straight in the eyes. The catgirl's other hand pulled at a collar around her neck to make it very visible to Terra. "You see this? This is a slave collar, which shows that I'm a slave. If anyone sees me without anyone that could possibly be my master I'm done for. They'll beat me and throw me into some holding cell. Right now I am so gosh darn close to my freedom and you just got to help me." Her eyes held a desperate look. "Please, all I need you to do is help me find a man by the name of Orion. He did some off the books dealings with Rocky that would guarantee my freedom, but the thing is if I get sent back I'm not going back to Orion and I'm not getting freed. You just gotta help me."

"U-um..." Terra frantically looked between the bear man, the catgirl, and Millie all at once, hoping one of them would have a good suggestion on what to do. Things had just gotten a lot more complicated.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Orion Shan

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When Felicitay realized that Terra would not be very helpful Felicitay gently put her down and sighed. "Orion sounds like the guy we ran over with our kart," Felicitay turned to face the person addressing her. Judging by the way he carried himself and the high quality garb he wore, he had to be of some noble birth. Felicitay had to hold herself from hissing at the new stranger. "If you head with Suiken he'll help you find him. I promise." Felictay glanced over at the large oni, who was discussing with a tengu about how they would find their comrades. Judging by the way the oni looked at the tengu there was something between and that something wasn't friendly. "Heh, so let me get this straight, we're going to find your friends and Orion. This search party is going to be so out of place that they'll find us before we find them," Felicitay chuckled a bit at her own joke. "So my joking aside, where we gonna start our search?"

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After his papers had been checked out Orion folded them up and returned them to his breastplate. Seeing that Hyuna was already gone Orion grabbed his bag and went outside to see if he could find her. In the midst of the chaos Orion found himself face to face with Jahoul. "Hey Orion, Brutus is looking for ya. I would like to go into more details with ya but I'd rather not talk about it in the middle of a crowd such as this." Jahoul pulled Orion into the near by alleyway away from the cheering crowd. "Alright, so we got a visit today from Rocky and he gave most of the information on the informant. Brutus has her papers all written out and all we need is her name and then blamo! She's a free citizen of Yune. Brutus wouldn't trust me with the papers with the cops all and about so he told me to tell you to get your butt over to the north gate so he can give you the papers personally. He expects you there before twilight. If I were you I would get going there now, its better early than late." With a tip of his hat Jahoul disappeared into the crowd leaving Orion by himself.

Taking the advice of Jahoul Orion made his way to the North gate. By the time he got there it was about an hour away from the designated time of meeting and there was no sign of Brutus. With nothing better to do, Orion began to wait for Brutus and the papers.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Yes... a necromancer. Unsettling business," The Hooded Villain whispered as the bar-tender slid a glass of water across the table, as per the villain's gestured instructions. It was cold but heating fast in the summer warmth, the outside glass covered in droplets as it reached the villain's blackened hand. "I'm surprised you made it out... I wonder who else did.... Yuwen started a new guild and already they have a clan after them - a very good one. The Seven Sons." He took a sip of the drink and sighed. "...He didn't recognize me, you know." He whispered after a moment of sitting. "Now, you're here for revenge, I suspect... I'm here to get what we risked our lives for." The villain took another sip. "Fortune retrieved the map from the dragon's lair, he got out when we all died with his artifact and it led him here. For all we know the treasure of Eoling could be right here in Jiefong... I spent four years of my life following him for that treasure, and if he is taking a bunch of amateurs to it now I figure I may as well come along for the ride."

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Yuwen waved goodbye to the tools before turning around with Terra, Millie, and Rumelis and began to march down the bridge of a canal. "Right, so when we get to the palace walls keep an eye out for any holes in their security," Yuwen muttered as they walked. "I have no idea how we'll get through it all."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Given the way his hooded friend stated he had met a necromancer, Phecda made a mental note to keep quiet about the fact that in the time they had not seen each other, he had started to train in a number of magic arts-including necromancy. But he certainly had not been responsible for the events that happened that night...well, except for anything involving that girl and her gem magic. "Terrifying, wasn't it?"

A cup slid across the table into the waiting hand of the hooded man. To Phecda's amusement for no apparent reason, the moment it touched the hooded man's blackened fingers, the ice inside began to melt, and droplets began to condense on the outside. "I'm surprised you made it out... I wonder who else did..."

Phecda sighed and shrugged. "I never saw any of the others ever again after that. Maybe they died, maybe they're in complete other territories. They're not my problem now."

The hooded man gave him a pointed look and continued, "Yuwen started a new guild and already they have a clan after them - a very good one. The Seven Sons." He took a sip of the drink and sighed, letting a moment of silence pass between them. "...He didn't recognize me, you know."

"That bastard. Just like him to throw us under the wagon for his ends...probably the same for the new guild, too," Phecda growled, sipping his own drink. "I'd feel sorry for them, if they weren't my targets."

"Then, you're here for revenge, I suspect...well, I'm here to get what we risked our lives for." The villain took another sip and gazed out the window, eyes burning with intent. "Fortune retrieved the map from the dragon's lair, he got out when we all died with his artifact and it led him here. For all we know the treasure of Eoling could be right here in Jiefong... I spent four years of my life following him for that treasure, and if he is taking a bunch of amateurs to it now I figure I may as well come along for the ride."

Phecda glanced disapprovingly at him. "You're putting your life in that cheating bastard's hands again?" he spat before gulping down the rest of his drink, which suddenly tasted sour. "Well, if that's the case, don't complain if I end up killing you while I get what I'm after. You know what that is, I hope..." He paused suddenly, remembering the girl who apparently had eaten Spectre had also been in the gravesite that night. He had let his priorities slip again. "Say, what do you think of the newbies? Any I should take interest in?"

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Well, the matter quickly took care of itself as Fortune sent Felicitay off with Suiken and the Tengu (apparently named Yamato). He waved as they left, and so did Millie, but Terra's wave was somewhat half hearted, as the whole witch affair was still on her shoulders...as were Millie's arms, but Terra could bear those.

"Right, so when we get to the palace walls keep an eye out for any holes in their security," Fortune instructed, turning on his heel and walking towards where the palace apparently was. "I have no idea how we'll get through it all."

The bear man walked at a rather casual pace, but Terra, once again, had to run to keep up with Yuwen's stride. "If we try to power our way in, it won't go well, will it?" she asked, hoping it wouldn't come to that. "We don't want more murders on our hands..."

"But what if the guards try to murdalize us?" Millie's usage of the made-up word caused Terra to grimace, but as the back of her head was facing Millie, the little girl couldn't see that.

"I-I'm sure they're...more, um, polite than doing that on a whim," she finally managed, though she wasn't sure about how it would go for her. The last thing she needed was to be recognized as the murderer from yesterday, and...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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The Villain gave Phecda a crooked smile from beneath his hood. "I'm not joining him. I'm stalking him to see what he uncovers." The villain downed the drink and lowered the empty glass back to the table. "You spent years of your life in this thing. Don't you think we deserve to see how it ends?"

The villain leaned forward on the counter, as if unsure what to do now that his drink was finished. "Well, they have a lot of villains on the team," He began, addressing his former comrade's question. "Not like us at all. Not responsible, not in it for the right reasons..." He paused. "Although I don't suppose we were at first, either... you know, Phecda... it'd be advantageous for us not to work against each other. Fighting is unhealthy." He paused again and glanced at the man beside him, dark, tired blue eyes piercing out from beneath the hood. "And you're still my friend."

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"If we try to power our way in, it won't go well, will it?" Terra asked as they walked. "We don't want more murders on our hands..."

"But what if the guards try to murdalize us?" The girl Millie called.

"I-I'm sure they're...more, um, polite than doing that on a whim," Terra replied. Yuwen gave an amused laugh at the conversation. "They won't try to murder us unless we get caught," Yuwen explained. "And I don't intend on getting caught."

They continued to walk down the noble-street, Yuwen giving a pair of noble-ladies as they turned and saw before them the massive entrance to the palace. It stood tall, one half being supported and built along the rock of the mountainside and the other standing tall and outward. Statues of ancient silver dragons stretched across along the narrow roofing's of each level, the walls themselves snow-covered murals of ancient battles and of the gods. The tower-palace grew in size the closer to the ground it came, and the ground-level was surrounded by a tall wall, guards on every corner.

"Wow," Yuwen whispered as they approached the wall, the palace towering above them, blotting out the afternoon sun. "So this is where the Old Kings of Yune lived," He muttered, before noticing the walls were shut tight and guarded at every corner. "It doesn't look the most welcoming place for our noble guild though, I must say."

He frowned and began pacing vigorously, trying to think of ways to infiltrate the tower. "I'm out of ideas," Yuwen admitted after a good minute of thinking. "This thing looks impenetrable. There's no way they'd open their doors to me, even if I am a noble" Yuwen was completely ignoring a massive-poster on the wall beside him that read: Regent's Ball - July 5th, Palace of the Old Kings. Noble Families Welcome by Invite. "Yup, no way," Yuwen said, defeated.

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"You there!" The masculine voice of a bodyguard called to Lo-Muna and Hyuna as they approached the cloth shop. They turned to see a group of black-armoured guards approach, instantly punching Hyuna out of the way and spreading to reveal between them a finally coated noble-man with blue eyes and a chiseled jaw-line, a smoothly trimmed beard matching his jaw's shape, and messy, black hairs flinging gently in the wind. He gave Lo-muna a large, white smile. "You're her, aren't you?" He whispered with a small smile, taking her hand and kissing it. "The Zoo Bandit," He said as he rose. "Never imagined you to be so pretty. You're the biggest thing to happen in Jiefong for at least a month, my friend. My name is Jei the joke Wie, I am a nobleman. And no, not from Jiefong - I'm neither a priest nor a criminal so a don't fit in well here," He gave a slight laugh before continuing. "I have an estate in the country. I'm here for the Regent's ball..." He swallowed, glancing down. "And I don't quite have a date..."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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The other man gave Phecda a crooked smile from beneath his hood. "I'm not joining him. I'm stalking him to see what he uncovers." The villain downed the drink and lowered the empty glass back to the table. "You spent years of your life in this thing. Don't you think we deserve to see how it ends?" It seemed legitimate enough...well, as long as he wasn't working for Fortune again.

Phecda sighed and leaned backwards, just as the other man leaned forward on the counter. "Well, they have a lot of villains on the team," He began, addressing his former comrade's question. It wasn't the information Phecda wanted, but perhaps he could use this to drive a wedge between the members. "Not like us at all. Not responsible, not in in for the right reasons...although I don't suppose we were at first, either."

He paused for a moment, and Phecda gave him a questioning look before the man resumed speaking. "...but you know, Phecda...it'd be advantageous for us not to work against each other. It may be unhealthy." He paused again and glanced at the man beside him, dark, tired blue eyes piercing out from beneath the hood. "And you're still my friend."

"True," Phecda sighed as he pushed his glass away, not caring where it went unless there was a shattering sound...which thankfully there wasn't. "Just watch yourself, though. I don't want to be the one killing you; I'd be as bad as Fortune. Although, friend, I'd prefer it if you could tell me more about each one individually. You've fought them, correct? Would make dealing with them easier if my plans go awry somewhere...which they seem to be doing a lot now."

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Fortune suddenly laughed as Terra and Millie were contemplating their chances of getting murdered/murdalized. "They won't try to murder us unless we get caught," he reassured them. "And I don't intend on getting caught."

"You say it like it's so easy..." Terra sighed, looking around as they entered the nobles' area. It was so fancy, she felt terribly out of place in her tattered cape and charred tunic. As the group continued to walk, they passed two noble-ladies. Terra noticed them pointing at her and Millie and whispering to each other...it made her feel even more uncomfortable. Just to be sure, she pulled down her hood a bit further.

Finally, they reached the massive entrance to the palace...if palace even described it. With all the silver dragons adorning every part of the building, it took everyone's breath away from a single look at it. "Wow," Fortune finally whispered as they approached the wall. The amazing structure was blocking out the sun above them, making it so cold again that Terra ended up sneezing.

But she could feel Millie was shivering while clinging to her. That wouldn't do at all...carefully, Terra removed Millie's arms and placed the girl right at her side. Then she carefully covered Millie with part of her hood, forcing her to stoop as she walked. It was awkward for her, but at least Millie would be protected from the cold.

"So this is where the Old Kings of Yune lived," Fortune muttered, before noticing the walls were shut tight and guarded at every corner. "It doesn't look the most welcoming place for our noble guild though, I must say." The guild didn't mean Terra was included, right? How should she feel about that...?

Terra glanced upwards at the floors that climbed higher and higher. "If those are stone, I'm sure I could get u...never mind, actually." On second thought, the guards wouldn't spare a second in dealing with her if she went up that way. Fortune, with a deep frown, began to pace vigorously, trying to think of ways to infiltrate the tower, while Terra and Millie continued discussing ideas that didn't really make any sense to the other girl.

"I'm out of ideas," Fortune admitted after a good minute of thinking. "This thing looks impenetrable. There's no way they'd open their doors to me, even if I am a noble..."

Terra's head jerked upwards in shock. "Wait, you're just giving up like that?" It seemed silly to her, honestly...

...but then Millie began pulling on her arm. "Um, what's this about?" she asked, pointing at a poster directly behind where the girls were sitting. It read, Regent's Ball - July 5th, Palace of the Old Kings. Noble Families Welcome by Invite.

Didn't Fortune say he was a noble a few seconds ago? Terra quickly headed up to him as he began to leave, and pointed the poster out to him. "Fortune...m-maybe we can get in this way!"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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The Human Joke gave a handsome smile at Lo-muna's compliment. "Great," He said at her acceptance.

"I do have a request however," The pretty beast-woman added. "You see, one of your guards knocked down my companion. I'm new to Jiefong and i would very much like someone familiar there with me at the ball. Would it be alright if my dear Hyunhyun came along? I would be terribly grateful and you and i can have a much better time."

"The girl?" Ji asked, glancing down at the girl his guards had socked to the ground, who in turn glared with raging hatred back at him. "I thought she was some sort of leper harassing you," He admitted, scratching the back of his head. "I mean if you're her owner we may be able to work something out. It's a ball celebrating the regent of the empire, you see. And he's going to be there so security will be a bit tight." He gave a half frown in thought before giving Lo-muna a small smile. "I'll see what I can do, fair lady," He said, taking her hand. "I was on my way to the noble-quarter. Would you fine ladies like to come along?" He questioned as a guard helped Hyuna up. "And maybe I can get your name in the process," He laughed to Lo-muna...

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"Well, they had some sort of amputated Ashura with them. She was strong, but I think she went rogue with some slavers," The Hooded Villain began, scratching his chin in thought. "Then they have a Tengu - he's fast and precise. Very deadly, he can sneak up on you. They have an oni but he's not much of a threat. A rabbit lady who seems like a scam artist of some sort, never saw her in action. Another girl, a bit taller with black hair - don't know what she can do either," The Hooded Villain paused, trying to think of the rest. "Oh, and guess who else is in the group? The infamous Hyuna he used to talk about. She looks pretty dangerous, actually. That's who he had with him in the village, he may have picked more up since then."

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"Of course!" Yuwen exclaimed, eyeballing the massive poster he somehow overlooked. "A ball celebrating the regent's visit to the city - tonight!" He read aloud, before pausing in defeat. "Invite only..."

He turned around, his eyes searching the ground and his thoughts racing at a million miles an hour. Yuwen glanced up at Millie, Terra and Rumelis, a large smile on his face matching a crazy look - the look Yuwen Fortune had when fully realizing a plan. "Unfortunately for us Yuwen Fortune isn't much of a noble anymore," He explained, before pulling out a set of i.d. papers from his pocket. "Thankfully Ildegato Li-Farge is," He explained. The papers he held out had a portrait of Yuwen upon them, with the name Ildegato of the noble house Li-Farge beside.

"I know how to be a noble, and I have a noble with a clean history as my alter ego," Yuwen explained, before ripping a branch off a tree and beginning to draw a diagram of the palace in the snow. "Now, the map I have says there's a secret passage in the temple part of the old palace - the only ones allowed to go into the temple are the monks," He explained, drawing an outline of the palace's first three floors. "The temple is on the third floor, built inside the mountain. The ball will be held in the reception hall on the first," He said, drawing out the details. "We'll enter through the first floor as part of the ball, we'll cause a distraction that'll make the guards swarm the ball, then in the chaos we'll sneak away and get to the third."

He paused and pointed to a balcony on the third floor of the palace. "Any of us would be spotted climbing up to there, but Yamato can fly in and deliver monk robes to us. When we get to the third floor he'll be waiting with the robes. We change into monks and infiltrate the temple, then find the secret passage on my map," He explained.

He flipped back around to face the group dramatically. "Of course, that's just a basic outline. There are a lot of parts to this plan we need to think out - the first thing being how we get into the ball." He stomped out the diagram of the palace and began to draw a new one beside it. "We'll have two groups," He began, drawing out two different groups of names. "The first will be my group - or Ildegato Li-Farge's group. I'll need a wife. Hyuna doesn't look pure Yunish but neither do I. She knows how to act noble so she'll be Lady Li-Farge. Millie, you can be our daughter," He explained, writing Hyuna and Millie's name beside his. "The next group will be Suiken's - he can be Mister Shnaparapa, an ambassador for some remote island country of Oni," He continued, writing Suiken in the second group. "I hate to do this to the rest of you but the nobles will see through you all. Rumelis, you're with Suiken - you can pretend to be his bodyguard. Terra you can be me and Hyuna's foot-servant, and Ann can be Suiken's assistant. Yamato is going to infiltrate the third floor and I don't know where the rest of the guild is right now, so this looks solid."

He nodded at the plan, thinking the next steps through in his head....

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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As his hooded friend continued to describe each member of the group, Phecda listened intently to each word. The Tengu might be an annoyance, depending on what kind of chi he had. The on