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Devan Howard - Blade Slizer

"You've got to be kidding..."

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a character in “TOFO”, as played by Asher MstrImmortalis

Description

Devan HowardBlade Slizer
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Personal Information



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Name:
Devan Howard

Nickname:
Evan
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Age:
18

Gender:
Male

Nationality:
American

Appearance:
Devan is an average-height teenager with brown hair and ocean blue eyes. He doesn't really have much build.
He's normally seen in a hoodie with a T-shirt and blue jeans, complete with black shoes.

Personality
Devan doesn't really mind much if someone wants to sit with him. He isn't one to go and run away. He likes to be a bit social, and can be if he wants to. Devan tends to hide his true feelings at times, which is how he begins to drift away from real life and into fantasy without even knowing it.
Devan is obedient to people he knows to be higher status and trusts them, unless shown that they do not. To those who patronize him, Devan just leans away and tends to ignore them.
Devan usually doesn't think highly of himself, though. He tends to think he's going to fail and disappoint everyone. This is also his fear, alongside being alone. He just wants to please everybody.

Background
Devan has been through a lot of things. The main thing is a very normal life, in our standards. Going to school, going to whatever religious faith he has, being in a family, balancing work and his wants. However, he wasn't able to take the stress of life as it repeatedly weight him down, causing Devan to go more and more into a world of fantasy and fiction. With NerveGear out, Devan slowly get sucked in more and more... The first time Devan was lucky with Sword Art Online- he had school. But now, during the Summer Break before college, Devan was trapped at the time of the video game lockdown, forcing him into another story that would change his life, or end it.



Data File



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Username:
Blade Slizer

Race:
Human

Class:
Paladin

City:
Skyfall City

Avatar Model Description:
Blade wears white and blue clothes with various pieces of metal that fits in. The trench coat is an extremely light tint of gray and pure white, with armor covering the left arm. Blade's trench coat also has a symbol as a zipper, a diamond with angel wings on it (one of the more common Paladin symbols). His shoes are also made of metal, specifically lightweight silver.
Blade's avatar model itself is a tall, slightly muscular tall human male. The skin is a slightly tanned white and has neck-long brown hair with matching brown eyes.

AI Behaviour
Blade helps other players in need, being a nice guy. He isn't afraid to step up and save other players from Player Killers or assisting them in missions that could mean great injury (though he might get carried away). Blade himself is a bit on the quiet side, but has a smile that tells anyone that they are welcome to talk to him. Blade much prefers to be in the front lines, being able to help deal the main damage to the enemy.
In battle, Blade can be very calculating and, with his varied skillset, can adapt to enemies that he faces, specifically those that can change their weaknesses. Blade himself wants all allies to survival, even at the cost of himself. Calculating, confident, clever, he's an ally you would always want to have around, and an enemy you want to stay away from.

Progress:
Blade is an average player, though one hell of a player. He chooses the class of Paladin in order to be able to use spells as well as attack physically. Blade turned out to be a great player and has progressed a lot. He was one of the lesser known players, but known for his generosity towards newer players and allying with them. At the event of the death game, Blade's mind was shattered. No more happy times. No more relaxation, or worries about messing up because he can simply respawn. This is now life. He will die when he is killed, and so will others. And thus, Blade worked even harder to help other players, more often than not acting ridiculous and almost dying quite a few times himself, surviving thanks to cool-headed players. Now Blade aims to stop fighting alone, as he traveled the game world as a single player vagrant player..

Blade himself wants to join the Knights of the Phantasms because, well, what is more advantageous to help defeat a common enemy than joining a whole guild?



Equipment



Grand Cross:
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A holy sword that strengthens magic and physical damage, perfect for Paladins that act as the unlisted class of the Spellsword.

Holy Knight's Armor (left arm only):
Armor belonging to a knight, only the left arm is worn. Strengthens to sword arm and increases damage and endurance. Also reduces stamina cost by 20%.

Paladin's Light Clothing:
Series of clothing that's light yet durable. It still does its job to protect the wearer while not being bulky at all.

Paladin's Steeled Shoes:
A pair of shoes that's durable yet light.

Flamma Aeterna:
A sword with flaming aura that never ceases (unless it's sheathed). The sword strengthens magic damage and gives resistance. Gives additional physical damage buffs.

Fimbulvetr:
A sword that is surrounded by cold air felt by enemies. strengthens ice magic and resistance. Gives additional magic buffs.

Dragon's Fang:
What looks to be a blade less hilt is actually a magical hilt that uses the wind as the blade. The faster the slash, the more damage it gives out. Doesn't do well against shields though. The sword strengthens physical damage and gives resistance. Gives movement and attack speed buffs.



Skills



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Elemental Slash:
A single slash that can call forth projectiles of certain elements, wind (a slash that cuts through the air, seen by the visual distortion of air), fire (fireballs), light (a wave of light that travels through the air), and ice (icicles that fly through the air after a few seconds of forming mid-air near the slash). The slash itself can be elementally buffed.

Delayed Strike:
The user slashes, but the hit doesn't register. These slashes can stack up row 10 times. At the user's command, the hit registers and damage is dealt. However the "slashes" must slash into the target in order to register; slashing through the opponent's weapon counts as a block and deals no damage.

Flash Step:
Takes a bit of stamina to use. Transports the player to a location marked in his/her hub, though the distance isn't far and the player isn't able to go through walls (but can go through enemies and players).

Eyes of Wisdom ~ Battle Prowess:
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Passive skill. Allows the user to see the weak points of the enemy as well as its most vulnerable stat (resistance to magic or defense against physical attacks). Raises chance for critical hits.

Finisher ~ The Four Great Swords of Eden:
Focusing all of his maximum mana around him, Blade calls forth the elements in the shape of multiple swords- one of air, fire, ice, and light. Blade then commands the swords to fly at the enemy and strike, then charges the enemy himself as he grabs the swords and slash repeatedly and relentlessly with great speed. Finally, the swords all stab and impale the enemy from all sides, dealing great damage physically and magically.





So begins...

Devan Howard - Blade Slizer's Story

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike

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Blade Slizer just fended off another golem. "Fireball to that entrance! Stop the golems from flooding this room!" Blade shouted before slashing and joining the volley of fireballs and striking the area of the cliff above the ice cave. The ice golem behind him swung a fist at Blade, who simply turned around and blocked with his blade, receiving damage in the process.

Suddenly, the golem shimmered, and everything broken apart around him. The words TELEPORTING TO TOWER DOMAIN alarmed the player. Is that the GM? Blade thought. But there weren't any announcements about any events of him calling every player... not yet.

Then it struck him as the GM spoke. The fate Blade Slizer, no, Devan Howard had narrowly avoided just by sleeping was now upon him. A game of death, made by a sadistic psychopath no less! Devan's heart stopped in his chest a bit, or at least it felt like it, and he just stared into the sky, uttering that single, million dollar word. "No..."

Then he looked around him. Players still ran around in chaos and panic, the natural reaction of humans when something like the apocalypse has been found to be so near, and that the revelation is true. The sound of a new PM distracted him from his thoughts- a much needed yet sudden distraction.

"To all players interested in join a guild. Meet me at the entrance to the maze. If you dare to risk your life and save every gamer trapped in this game."
~ WolfBlade, 2 minutes ago


"Oh...?" Blade muttered. A guild...? Hm... Maybe it would increase my chances of surviving.... Blade thought. Should he, or should he not? That is the question. Oh Lord, help me... Finally, Blade had chosen his path. Join the guild.

Blade knew where the maze was. It's one of the most known places in the game, mainly because that is where most of the main quests take place. "I take it... that the gentleman standing in the shadows is WolfBlade, the one who wants to make the guild...?" Blade greeted.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike

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Current level: 27


Blaze was sitting on a hill, relaxed. The first floor's fields were very peaceful. He liked it. Just like SAO, but better! Damn shame. Hopefully this was much greater for his expectations. "Ah, all that cheese has made me tired." Suddenly, his tummy grumbled. He stifled a laugh, then went back to relaxing. "Speaking of cheese, I'm starting to get a little hungry. All he had was a loaf of bread, a drop from a snake he battled. The boy was just about to take a bite of bread, but he stopped when he saw a glow in the background. "Hm? What's with my leg?" The light started to rapidly envelop his body, until he opened his eyes, and he was in the newbie town. Blaze saw a giant hooded figure: it was the game master. In an ominous voice, he spoke. "To every player still alive in TOFO, I am sure you all are aware that the log out button is gone. Don't panic, This is just a copy cat from SAO." He then gave out a chuckle as he lets what he said sink in. "Fucker! You ruined my opportunity to play a better game!" "The rules are simple for you who have not played in SAO. Your mission is to live, clear every floor's puzzle and defeat the boss. If you all die here, you shall die in reality. I wish you all luck and I shall await for you at the top floor." Blaze stopped and phased out. "D-Die? Just like SAO? No... What... I still have to..." He remembered. He was graduating next month. Next month, and it took 2 YEARS to get out of SAO. Another 2 years, wasted? How could that happen? He also remembered his family... And Amy! His girlfriend! She was playing, too! Where was she? He would help her. She would need his help! A tear slowly rolled down his cheek, while the others stared to move. He started to move, too. All he had was a basic greatsword, armor, and quite a lot of bread... He suddenly received a pm, and it was asking for some people to join a guild. Blaze had to decide... He went anyway, just to see how it would turn out. Just ask questions, chill out. That's all.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike

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Kyle was now going to start calling him self Wolfblade. Wolfblade watched as the first person arrived as he looked at his messaged received from him. "Hmph, impossible even my eyes cannot discern your ability. Is your cloaking skill that high? Very well then. I will serve under you, Master. Whether you like it or not. My name is Thanatos and I am here not to be a ordinary foot soldier but a part of your command." Wolfblade gave a smirk as his face stayed hidden. He then nodded as before he could send a invite another player arrived and asked him "I'm guessing you sent out the message?" Once again Wolfblade nods and stays quiet thinking it should be best to wait for other players to arrive before he spoke and sent the invite to the guild. As he was thinking the others started to approach one by one. The third to approach was another girl who stated and again asked him "Hey, you're the guy who sent the message right? I want to join your guild, I k-know I won't be much help right now but I can cook and provide support skills which is essential to any guild." Then the fourth person to arrive was a man who again stated "I take it... that the gentleman standing in the shadows is WolfBlade, the one who wants to make the guild...?" As the last person approach Wolfblade then stood up straight and ready to talk. He then looks around at every one as he then brought up the guild invite screen as he first started to send the invite to all five players. He then began to speak. "To answer all your question, Yes I am the one who sent the message you all got. My Username is Wolfblade. I honor all your courage to offer the risk of your lives to save every gamer on here. I am going to jump to the main point of the guild. Where going to go head to head with the puzzle and the final boss as a guild." Just as Wolfblade told the new members of his guild what the guild was for. He pushed open the doors to the first puzzle what looked like a dungeon inside. Wolfblade looks at everyone as he takes a deep breath. "We will put our lives on the line and we will solve the puzzles and defeat every boss." Wolfblade then turns around and walks to the edge of the entrance as he gave his final words to the guild. "If you still have doubts, Stay here and head to the closest town and wait withe everyone there. If not then follow me where i will give my life to protect all of you give your lives to save all the gamers."

Characters Present

Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike

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"We will put our lives on the line and we will solve the puzzles and defeat every boss." Wolfblade then turns around and walks to the edge of the entrance as he gave his final words to the guild. "If you still have doubts, Stay here and head to the closest town and wait withe everyone there. If not then follow me where i will give my life to protect all of you give your lives to save all the gamers." "So that is your objective Wolfblade. Very well then. This shall entertain me for a while at least." He follows you into the midst of the gaping abyss, seeming like a black hole. He walks ahead as he dissipates into a crow, running ahead clearing the vague areas of the map, exploring most of it before running back. He reshapes into a human form, a flock of crows gathering together becoming tangible and showing a human shape. "Up ahead are Level 5-10 monsters such as Slimes and Lesser Fiends. They are all short range by the way Wolfblade. What now?" He walks towards his teammates as they get ready for battle. He checks his stats one last time as he draws his obsidian katana. "We will need a light affinity user and healing backup for our lower level members." He looks around the room with his omniscient eyes and gauges everyone's approximate combat level. "Everyone is suitable for combat, Leader....even you judging on your cloaking skill......" He grasps his obsidian katana tightly and awaits the depths of the dungeon and their battle plan.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike

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Lyla listened to the guild master's valiant speech. She smiled at him as she followed her comrades into the unknown. She spaced out thinking of her life back at home: her friends at school, the daily trip to the donut shop after school, and her dog at home. She regained focus as soon as the mysterious player known as Thanatos said "We will need a light affinity user and healing backup for our lower level members." Her face brightened as she looked at the others and said "I'm a healer! I can provide support behind the front lines....and I have enough knowledge to brew potions as well hence my cooking skill." She looks at Thanatos expecting a reaction of relief or anything for that matter but her expectation was short-lived. She rummages through her stuff as she materializes her sword. "I'm ready!" She runs up next to Wolfblade and Thanatos and faces Thanatos, trying to make him smile. "I'll try my best!", she says with a smile. Still no emotion....She looked into the beyond, ready for whatever monsters they would encounter.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike

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"I don't think we have anything to lose." Blade Slizer said, when hearing that he has to risk his life. "We're all trapped so inevitably we all must advance through to the endgame boss."

Sighing, Blade equipped his sword, Flamma Aeterna, a rare blade that has an aura of fire always surrounding it. "My blade will slash our path to victory." Blade stated. He was in, no questions asked. He stood by WolfBlade, his sword ready in his hands and his eyes shining a deep blue-purple, the tell-take sign that his passive skill was activating. Already, at least two people had agreed on this. Now Blade is the third. "We will need a light affinity user and healing backup for our lower level members." One of them said.

"I am of the Paladin class. I should be able to help a lot against these enemies." Blade stated to the one who seemed to know what the enemies are going to come first. There was also a healer already, which was one of the two girls that joined this little party. Her name was ScarletRose. Well, this is a decent party... Blade thought.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike

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Luna stood in silence as other members of the game began to appear, in total there were six people around the entrance of the maze. Looks like this was the guild, another girl appeared causing her to release a sigh of relief, at least she wasn't the only girl.

All ready everyone was mentioning what class they were, and how they could help, this caused her to sigh slightly. "I'm a chaos wizard... but I'm also a Warrior." She said as she brushed her bangs from her eyes.
Showing her gauntlets on her hands she smiled slightly "And this is my weapon" She said as she showed a pair of dark gauntlets that sat on her knuckles on her hands made its way down her forearm.

"So apart from were going inside there, what is the plan of attack?" She asked curiously.

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike

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Blaze smirked. First day with a group? Seems fine. Already beat up a slime... "So apart from were going inside there, what is the plan of attack?"a girl said. "Hmm, I don't really know." clicking the "join" button, Blaze's name showed up on the GUIs of everyone there. "Well, let's move out."

(Sorry for short post, will post later)

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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Wolfblade stood silent as everyone was talking and asking qeustions. "Up ahead are Level 5-10 monsters such as Slimes and Lesser Fiends. They are all short range by the way Wolfblade. What now?" Wolfblade nodded as he thought of their next move. 'should I have them spread up and attack to level up more and should we fight all together?' "I'm ready!" Another states, along with her everyone else walked up stating, "So apart from were going inside there, what is the plan of attack"?"I am of the Paladin class. I should be able to help a lot against these enemies"[/b]. Has everyone was talking something caught Wolfblade ear. A whisper in the shadows. He tried to focus on what was being said. “Wolfblade, are you here!?” Wolfblade then got a idea, "I'll right everyone group up and I want you all fighting monster to level up. I want you guys using switching. This will help improve our team play also. I want you all working together don't likeable this chamber." Wolfblade then turned back and ahead the way we came to meet the new.member arriving late. He walks for about three minutes as he finds the girl. He walks up to her his face still hidden the shadows. "I am wolfblade. Thank you for your honor and courage to join my guild. Everyone else is fighting monsters to level up." Wolfblade then turns around, about to lead her back to the rest of the guild as he then got a glimpse of the orange market. He then stops as he turns his head to make it look like we was looking at her his face although, still hidden. "I problem have noright to talk, but for a new member of the guild. Don't beat your self up to bad for what you down. You're not at fault. It is the game master who killed them. Not you okay?" He then sends her the guild invite as he waves to her to follow him, as he walks back to everyone.



((O.O.C: sorry if it's bad posting this on my phone and my phone is making it hard for me. So sorry))

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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Luna sighed as she pressed the join button on the guild. From her guess everyone here had at least been playing the game for two hours maybe more, a level 5-10 monster would be easy for them. But WolfBlade was right, they needed to work on their team work, and that wasn't an easy thing. But it was what was going to get them through the game.

"Well I'm not just going to stand her and wait to fight, that's for sure" She said with a smirk.

Walking over to where a bunch of slimes and other low level fiends were wandering a round. A smirk formed on her face, she then began to run quite fast towards the different types of monsters, purple thunder began to surround her hands. Once she got closer to one she pulled her arm back, she then sent in forward fast. The impact causing the fiend to go flying before disappearing. into a puff of smoke. "Anyone going to switch?" She shouted over the static over the thunder traveling around her hands.

The gauntlets then began to glow a reddish purple color before they changed into a broad sword. The thunder surrounded itself around the bade. Looking around she noticed there weren't many fiends around at all. Let alone attacking anyone. "Are we going to move or what?" She asked. Flicking her red hair behind her shoulder.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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"Are we going to move or what?" the hooded girl asked. "Onward, for humanity....." he said nonchalantly. The atmosphere seemed quiet as they pushed their vanguard formation forward, slowly killing slimes by slime. Thanatos started moving ahead of the vanguard burning anything coming in front of him. He sliced another slime as several experience notifications popped up around him. He scanned the dungeon for his comrades while running ahead, they seemed to be fighting at an exponentially fast rate. As he took down another slime, he went back to check on the others......To his surprise, a new girl with a orange indicator was beside Wolfblade. "A player killer........17 kills to be exact...." Thanatos flew towards Wolfblade as he began to bring down his obsidian blade on the girl. He stopped....his attack right before he almost hit her. He checked his notification window as it said a new player had joined. "You aren't a threat. Sorry about that. I'll keep an eye on you though" He relaxed his arm and dissipated into the front lines as he transfigured himself into a flock of crows pecking at the next slime. "Healer, keep an eye on those vitals." Thanatos said as he predicted the enemy's move.

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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"All right everyone group up and I want you all fighting monsters to level up. I want you guys using switching. This will help improve our team play also. I want you all working together...." Scarlet felt a sense of duty granted upon her. A healer. "I'll support you guys from the back. Protect me while I cast support spells." She summoned her blade which transformed into a staff within a flash. She ran to catch up to the group as she muttered ancient Latin to cast defensive auras. "Vim in me duce lumen sequuntur! (With the power within me, guide the followers of the light! in Latin) A magical golden barrier enveloped all of her comrades significantly reducing mana costs and damage taken. Sano! (Heal in Latin) The HP of all of her teammates rose back into the safe zone of light green. After a few minutes, the vice commander Thanatos, signaled the vanguard to move forward. "My mana is depleting slowly......I need to switch into Beserker class....." She looked at the player named Blade Slizer. "Blade, take over my healing position. I'm going to recharge my lost mana." She switched into the frontlines as she changed into her Beserker outfit, a outfit known as her Dark Angel Rainment. She began slicing multiple slimes as each hit absorbed some mana from them.....

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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"Using the old tag-in, tag-out, huh...?" Blade smirked before running along with the others to aid them in their battles. So that's the great strategy? Well, it's not really that dangerous against starting level enemies... Even for a newbie. Levels 5-10 enemies? Easy. Blade thought as he equipped his Grand Cross and called to LunaStrike. "I'll switch with you!" Blade suddenly slashed into the air, creating a wave of light and sending it at a crowd of monsters that she faced.

Blade sent another light wave, damaging and maybe killing quite a few of the monsters, especially the dark monsters. Then, another player, orange, appeared behind him. Is that a... player killer? However his attention was diverted when ScarletRose called him. "Blade, take over my healing position. I'm going to recharge my lost mana."

"Sorry, Scarlet. I can't do healing. No spells." Blade said before using Flash Step to dodge a monster's attack and get behind it, landing a few strikes. The whole group moved forward at Thanatos's command, the seemingly right hand man of WolfBlade. However, Blade Slizer moved back a bit to WolfBlade and Thanatos to check out the newcomer. "... Who are you...?" Blade asked the newcomer, raising an eyebrow at her orange icon. He knew what it meant, but he also read her name in the new player in the guild notification.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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Soon Wolfblade walked up to the rest of the guild with Alexandra next to him. He gave a small smirk as he saw that everyone has at least leveled up two or three times now. He watched as he saw Thantos dash towards Alexandra about to slash her with his sword before he stopped and apologized. Wolfblade couldn't help but chuckle. Everyone was seeing her as a PK'er. He then looked at everyone. "I am glad to see everyone has leveled up pretty well. I want you all to welcome our new member Alexandra." He then placed a hand on her shoulder as he continued talking. "She was running a little late as you all can assume. So I'll make this clear now, I want everyone to ignore the Orange marker. If you have any problems with it or in fact if you have any problems with this guild. Bring it up to me. You all are now friends and family. We must watch out for everyone. More importantly, we should be able to have a mutual feeling of trust and respect for one another." He then looks toward Alexandra as he nods to her, letting her know she will be safe with them. He looks back at everyone. "I want everyone to continue fighting." Now he would have a chance to watch everyone's fighting styles and get a better picture of a fighting formation to handle any boss they will have to face. He watched the player's own personalities affect their fighting styles as well as their estimated stats. After 5 minutes, Wolfblade started to form a basic outline for a combat formation suitable for his guild.

"Hmm......we have a very balanced group..." he thought. "A Healer, a Paladin, a couple of melee users, and 2 Offensive Mages." He paced back and forth as he halted the guild's advance. "All right as of now, our battle formation should have Scarlet, Alexandra and Luna in the rear guard while Thanatos, Blaze, Blade and me go on the front lines. Those who have hybrid classes should switch when the frontlines are overwhelmed. Anyone with mana potions should give some to Scarlet so she can continuously heal us. Let's test how this formation will go on these monsters and I will see if I should make any changes later on."

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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"All right as of now, our battle formation should have Scarlet, Alexandra and Luna in the rear guard while Thanatos, Blaze, Blade and me go on the front lines. Those who have hybrid classes should switch when the frontlines are overwhelmed. Anyone with mana potions should give some to Scarlet so she can continuously heal us. Let's test how this formation will go on these monsters and I will see if I should make any changes later on." Thanatos nodded as soon as Wolfblade had given his orders. Everyone had started scrambling into formation. He was not used to the "group system" Wolfblade had formed. He ran his dark blade into another Lesser fiend as it's soul disappeared..... Another monster dead and....yet barely any xp for his level. "Hmm my level is too high...." he muttered. He returned back into the frey where the battle had happened. He tapped Scarlet's username and hit the button "Trade" as he offered 20 Mana Potions to her. The words "Request Pending" appeared on his screen as it reminded him of his brother in SAO that had died in vain. By a monster named Kayaba Akhiko. "Come here...Akira. I thought we would make it out alive together but I guess fate has it's ways. Survive.....and become a greater person then me." At that moment his brother's body shattered as it left him a inherited ability. Bloodlust it read. Thanatos began to focus on the task at hand.....as he closed his eyes, the nostalgia being too much for him. He opened them and accidentally spewed an inferno of black flames engulfing the hoarde of enemies in front of them. "Let's get moving....the next turn is up here....there's a mini-boss up ahead named Thane the Minotaur and then after the boss room is unlocked." He checked his data he had gathered from his sinful eyes. "It says here the mini-boss is level 25 and Dark affinity." He sends the NPC data to all of his teammates, looking at Wolfblade for the next move.


(Mini Boss appearance)

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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Luna looked down at the blade on her sword, it was beginning to crack. 'Look's like I'm going to need a new one she thought to herself.
After a while of fighting, a player called Blade switched with her. This gave her enough time to switch her weapon. This time she changed it into a bow.
Listening to what Wolf had said about the team's formation, she just shrugged her shoulders. "I'll keep be able to fight from a ranged distance. So keeping me in a back is a good idea, if any monsters decide to attack from beside or behind." She said as she swung her bow over her shoulder.
Turning to the new girl whose name she had just missed but it read on the guild as White Empress, she noticed she had an orange marker above her. She knew what it meant her brother basically told her all about the basic stuff of RP game's. She wouldn't take any notice of it though. Sometimes things happen for a reason, but she would still be careful around her.

Removing the hood of her cloak, she revealed her face. Her red eyes gleaming slightly. Luna began to look through the data that Thantos had sent each of them. "If this is a mini bosses level, my guess would be that the actual boss would be at least ten level higher than this one." She spoke silently to herself, but just audible for others to hear her.

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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As they approached the other guildmembers, a black figure suddenly appeared in front of White Empress with a blade drawn just in front of her face. She didn’t even see him coming before he stood there ready to stab her. Luckily he had stopped and seemed to have lost interest in attacking her just before he did. ”… I'll keep an eye on you though." The man returned to the battlefield giving her some space to move ’Phew, close one.’

Another man with neck-long brown hair approached her “… Who are you…?” he looked at the cursor above her head. Before she could reply, Wolfblade introduced her to everyone. As he finished she just smirked towards the man in front of her and started walking toward the rear of the group. As she past him she whispered ”Better look out for me…” She took a fast look at his charactername. A smile appeared on her lips ”… Blade”. She continued until she hit a radius of 25 yards from her teammates and started snapping her fingers with her right hand. Each snap was followed by a monster, another guild member was fighting, starting to burn. She had already past the point of having to channel minor fire spells, and since Ignite was a basic dot that did decent damage it didn’t deplete her MP fast, even when using it on multiple targets. ’Just gonna stand here and help out a little. As long as the opponents are this easy there isn’t any reason to go all out.’

Whenever she could, she opened a character info window of each of the players she was fighting along, skimming through their name, class and main stats. Just to get an overview of her newly acquired comrades.

”... There's a mini-boss up ahead named Thane the Minotaur and then after the boss room is unlocked.” White looked at the information Thanatos had shared with everyone. She looked towards Wolfblade “Your call.” There was many ways she was able to help take that thing down, be it strategically or simple all out damage burst.

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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”Better look out for me… Blade.” The White Empress told Blade Slizer before she got into position according to WolfBlade's new command. Blade glared at the White Empress, who walked passed him before going to the front lines, as per WolfBlade's formation.

Blade Slizer sighed before getting into a fighting stance. The first monster attacked, but Blade simply slashed it in order to deal physical damage, but activated Elemental Slash in order to send icicles at the next enemy. ”... There's a mini-boss up ahead named Thane the Minotaur and then after the boss room is unlocked.” Thanatos said. A minotaur? Hm... Unoriginal but it's a good place to start the game. Blade thought as he slashed another enemy, one that came from the right. He looked down onto his mana bar, and saw it was already quarter-gone. Better just save up on my spells.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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"Sorry, Scarlet. I can't do healing. No spells." Blade said. Scarlet sighed as her mana regenerated with her Beserker autoskill. She dashed back to the healer spot as her comrades advanced further. She kept healing her teammates when they hit yellow hitpoints in their HP bar As soon as her mana ran scarce, a request popped up with a trade offer of twenty mana potions. She smiled as she accepted them as she used one up, restoring her mana fully. She would have to thank Thanatos later. "...there's a mini-boss up ahead named Thane the Minotaur and then after the boss room is unlocked." She received the Minotaur stats as her comrades absorbed the new data. She scrolled down her inventory as she equipped her best healing armor. I hope I can support everybody....

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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"Good thing I put Alexandra in the back" Wolfblade muttered as he saw her set monsters on fire. His attention was averted to a PM from Thanatos regarding the mini-boss. ”... There's a mini-boss up ahead named Thane the Minotaur and then after the boss room is unlocked.” Wolfblade nodded to Thanatos as he quickly scanned the data. "Everyone...turn on Lootshare.......in Settings. As a guild we share xp for boss battles, including mini-bosses. This will share xp and gold equally among us but not any drops. Whoever does the most damage dealt to the boss gets the drop. So it's fair." He tapped his settings as he turned on his Lootshare. He then followed his vanguard through until the turn and halted their advance. They had come across a large well-lit room. A room full of many torches... "Hmm I've never seen this room in the beta before......" Wolfblade looked back at his companions. "Stay in formation. On my count....storm the room."

"One...." He held up his index finger in response to his own count.

"Two...." Again....

"Three....." A long pause..... "GO!"

Wolfblade ran across the room as all the torches turned a grotesque blue.......lit up like the flames were mocking them. Later, Wolfblade heard a thump and the Minotaur had spawned in front of them. No doubt about it, it was level 25 as Thanatos had said. He quickly slid underneath the minotaur to the other side as it quickly turns around bellowing at Wolfblade. He quickly picks up a jagged rock and charges it up. "You're not worth my time." he smirks as he throws the pebble, piercing it's hide, lowering it's HP to the half mark, making it yellow. "Attack now! While it's dazed!"


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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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"GO!" Wolfblade cried as he ran across the room before Thanatos could even react.....He threw a pebble that pelted the boss causing its health to go down halfway. "As expected." Thanatos smirked. "Attack now! While it's dazed!" Thanatos ran towards the front, leading the formation. He gathered all his mana into one blow as he closed his eyes. He would have to time this right......The Minotaur swung its fist down on Thanatos as he opened his eyes before it could make a physical blow.

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Thanatos afflicted the Minotaur with horrible endless burns as it cried out wiping out almost all of it's health. A glowing bar appeared saying "Revival Ability Activated" in front of it as it revived to a quarter of it's HP. "What is this behemoth.....?"

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"Crap......someone take over and grab my body..." He knelt on the ground as his body slowly collapsed as his eyes were bleeding from his abilities.

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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”… Whoever does the most damage dealt to the boss gets the drop. So it's fair." White Empress looked around at her guild mates as she did what WolfBlade said. ’That game mechanic isn’t fair at all. It is good for me since I pretty much am the glass’iest cannon here. There is probably some with more damage now, but if we keep together everyone will end up at the same level. Since it seems like I am the only 100% damage dealer I would assume I‘d become the most hard-hitting character… In time.’ She didn’t say anything out loud, but she didn’t think it was fair at all.

The guild entered the mini-boss chamber at the lead of WolfBlade. The battle started and in the matter of seconds, Thanatos had burst the Minotaur down with a very destructive spell she hadn’t seen before. But just as it seemed like an easy win, the Minotaur rose back up on its feet with a quarter of its health back. "Crap......someone take over and grab my body..."

“You complete moron!” White shouted at Thanatos, while she started channeling a spell “Chains of burning fury.” Red glowing chain’s shot through the earth beneath the minotaur chaining it to its current position. As the chains grabbed the Minotaur, a familiar sound of sizzling flesh could be heard. She started circling the Minotaur “Get that idiot out of here before he gets himself killed.” While circling the creature she threw minor fireballs to get his attention. Her plan worked, in fact it worked so well that she only made a quarter circle around the Minotaur before it suddenly produced a bone shivering roar. While facing her it broke free of the chains using raw muscle power. ’You’ve got to be kidding me!?’ The Minotaur bashed towards her in an unbelievable speed compared to its size.

She stopped “WILD INFERNO!” She stomped both her hands into the ground and fire exploded from the ground in a cone-formed direction towards the minotaur, stopping fifteen feet in front of her. Her mana bar hit the half mark while maintaining this spell. Unfortunately, the Minotaur didn’t seem to care about the pillar of flames between him and his newly acquired target. White Empress closed her eyes and prepared for impact, there was no way she could dodge that attack.

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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Luna watched her team as they began to battle the Minotaur, it was fast paced to say the least. Luna kept herself back, fighting of any low level fiends sneaking up on her team, they may not of given her much EXP but her team mates were safe.

Luna's ears perked up slightly “Get that idiot out of here before he gets himself killed.” . Turning around she spotted one of her team mates Thantos collapsing, blood seeping from his eyes, her other team mate White Empress had taken over his role of battling and was now gaining the attention of the mini boss.
Luna decided she would have to use one of her skills. Flash, unlike her finishing move which was also a form of flash It did not use any of her elemental abilities, flash was just there to help her move much quicker.
She soon appeared beside Thantos, grabbing hold of his body she pulled him away from the main part of the battle. Boy did she struggle though. She wasn't used to carry people thats for sure.

Once she moved them away enough she took herself in another fighting stance. "Scarlett! We need a healer over here!" She shouted with an authoritive tone.
Looking back to her other team mate she noticed how the minotaur was still going after her, even with the pillar of fire between them.
A sigh escaped her lips, looks like she was going to have to intervene.
As she lifted her arms up a bow appeared in her left hand, grabbing an arrow head from a holster on her thigh she placed the arrow head in the bow, pulling back on the string thunder grew from the arrow head. Since she was unable to use actual arrows, she just used arrow heads and equpped them with her element. "Weapon blitz" She mumbled under her breathe as she released the string, an arrow formed out of thunder was sent towards the minotaur.
All she heard was the sound of the arrow hitting the minotau, but she was unable to see what damage it had caused so far. Let alone if it left the White Empress alone.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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WolfBlade came in first in the mini-boss room, managing to get behind the behemoth and stun it temporarily with a pebble. Thanatos followed up, using some sort of fire-element move that would've killed the boss.

Blade almost smiled as victory came.... but when it went, Blade's eyes widened. The mini-boss somehow regained up to 25% of its health and Thanatos had fainted! Blade almost ran to cover Thanatos, but the White Empress moved from her position and attacked the boss. While it did deal some damage, the Minotaur had been in a rage state, and didn't care as its body was burning away by the silver-haired girl's flames. The Minotaur charged once again, maybe even passing through the fire pillar and attacking the girl if it wasn't for LunaStrike, who shot a lightning arrow.

The hit was made, and the Minotaurwas brought into a flinching state once again. Looking around, the Paladin saw Thanatos was in the back-lines, and Blade made a move to the White Empress. He used Flash Step in order to get to the girl in time, as the Minotaur was out of its state and charging at her again. Blade immediately pushed the White Empress out of the way before dodging the tackle by using Flash Step again, appearing above the Minotaur this time and coming downwards with a slash. It didn't register, but Blade still smirked as the mini-boss turned to Blade. Blade ducked under a swing before slashing at its legs. Yet, the hit still didn't count. That's two.

Blade jumped up and did another no-hit slash before using Flash Step once more to get behind it and do a no-hit spin slash. "Hey, WolfBlade! I need assistance!" Blade called out before leaping backwards to dodge a swipe from the monster.

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Character Portrait: Thanatos Character Portrait: WolfBlade Character Portrait: Tadashi "Blaze" Okishii Character Portrait: ScarletRose Character Portrait: Devan Howard - Blade Slizer Character Portrait: LunaStrike Character Portrait: White Empress

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Scarlet saw Wolfblade damage the Minotaur as he ran across the room. "Attack it now! While it's dazed!" Wolfblade called out as the others began to fight. As soon as victory seemed to be imminent, Thanatos collapsed on the stone floor of the dungeon. "Scarletttt! We need a healer over here!" Scarlet ran to the rear as he picked up Thanatos slowly. She held her ear to his body. "Guys...this is going to sound weird but he should be dead. But he's not dematerializing...." Nevertheless she chanted as she tried to heal him. No effect whatsoever. His body began to dematerialize as a dead black crow took his body's place. "What?!" She turned around as the guy she had just tried to revive was standing, unscratched. She turns back to the battlefield, awkwardly as she heals the others and put physical damage barriers. "This should do it...." She puts a enemy cloak on the fighting site so the Lesser Fiends can't get in..."