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Dante Aquarius

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a character in “Astrologia Eclipse”, as played by Hᴇʟʟʜᴏᴜɴᴅ

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FULL NAME
⌊ Dante Aquarius ⌉
⌊ Don • tay | Enduring. The poet Dante Alighieri wrote The Divine Comedy with its graphic description of medieval Hell known as 'Dante's Inferno.'⌉


TITLE
⌊ Ruler of Aquarius ⌉

GENDER & AGE
⌊ male & 29 ⌉

RACE & ROLE
⌊ Tree-baby / Aquarian & Aquarius ⌉

SIDE
⌊ lmao ⌉

SEXUALITY
⌊ graysexual / romantic - Through and through. ⌉




it's colder outside


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ImagePERSONALITY
      ✦ cold ✧ stoic ✦ fearless ✧ tease ✦ seductive

      Never once, during the course of the five years he's been ruling, has Dante shown true emotions. The most anyone outside the private walls of his estate has seen in fact, was a cold, blood covered smirk. He truly doesn't show many, if any emotions, and when he does he's normally a cold-hearted bastard, not caring who lives and dies in the grand scheme of things.

      But, even when he's in the face of a guillotine for his crimes, you can expect Dante to be unafraid of what to come. He'll go into battle with the lesser amount of men, and not even bat an eye to the blood that's spilled around him and the gore of war. Even when it comes down to something like typical horrors and fears like clowns and snakes, Dante doesn't seem to pay anything like that any mind... But the one thing that's ever shown some sort of emotion was when he was manipulating and seducing someone else.

      He puts on his best coquettish mask, smiles and charms, and will guide a person wherever he needs to and do whatever he needs to for this game of cat and mouse, touching them softly and carefully to make them feel something. To feel as if he's sincere with his intents and nature. He'll even go so far as to tease someone he knows is attracted to him, to make them wish he was their own - when in reality he belongs to no one at all.



to each their own and so forth


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LIKES
      Tea - Much like any Aquarian, but they mainly prefer their own unique and specialty brews they make from the specialty herbs that grown within their land
      Being clean - Compared to when he was a child, constantly covered in filth and grim, he prefers to remain as clean and possible.
      His dog, Dog - The only living creature he openly shows affection for, much to The Family's group despair.
      Humiliating others - A sick sense of satisfaction, especially when their rulers who've always had a cushy life. It's almost as if their a bunch of lambs, minus a select few.
      Violin - He was told to pick and instrument, and play it if he wanted money as an orphan. So, he's honed and perfected the talent. Perhaps, if this was a different life, then...
DISLIKES
      Pink - It's a disgusting color, to him.
      Injustice / World Inequality - An ironic dislike, but he dislikes the difference between nobles and the commoners, rulers and those below them. Soon, he's hoping he can even it out for everyone. After all, a country that dies together is essentially equal, yes?.
      war - It kills kids at a young age, and he should know. Once again, with everything happening around them, however, it's rather ironic.
      Human Nature - Humans are known to cause war, to be greedy, to kill each other for the greater prize at the end of the tunnel. It's disgusting, and the things people will do to ensure their own survival is even more of a sin to humanity.
      'Slutty' people - When a ditzy bimbo or anything in between would rather dress provocatively despite the situation, and even worse, act the same way they dress with no care of politics or harbors actual social topics or at least a brain to go above their looks, it's a putrid experience.
TALENTS
      Survival in the cold and bad conditions, - Living in Yugen has it's perks, and it's basically caused all Aquarians and possibly Leos to become well adapt to cold and harsh climates.
      Mastery of the violin, - Being a street performer when he was younger, he practiced day in and day out to become a potential professional and manage to get off the streets.
      Hand to hand combat & sword usage, - Even as an orphan, he was forced to serve in the military and go through training. He did so until a few years ago.
      Emotional Manipulation, - It's easy to bait people into agreeing with what you said, or challenging them to prove their point, even if it's the most ridiculous thing possible. All you have to do is play to their weaknesses, their flaws in personality, or vices.
      Sexual Manipulation, - Most women and men are easily to twist, if their sexuality is in your favor. As he grew older, he learned he could easily get anywhere by flaunting what people wanted the most, or at least, alluding too it.
FLAWS
      Manipulative, - In any action, there's always a motive to what he does, and it leads some people to honestly be wary of interaction with him.
      Contradicting - From double standards, to disliking something he himself is doing. He often has conflicting goals to what he himself actually wants..
      Desperate, - He craves an equal, company, something and someone other then a dog and the children he grew up with, the children he's watched die in mass numbers. He craves and is desperate for so many things he's never fully allowed himself into having.
      Abandoned, - From being a wanted child at one point to have his birth parents travel to a magical tree and have him, to throwing him away in the trash of an old orphanage in the middle of a turf war between clans, he has massive abandonment issues to the point where he's reluctant to let any soul back into his life.

      Emotionally stunted, - Forbidding himself from showing true colors at a young age, he's unsure what it's actually like to feel love, or sympathy for another. He can't put the names to the emotions and is unsure what emotion is what when it comes down to it. Two emotions he's sure of, however, is determination and anger.



my dog ended up being a lot better than people


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ImagePOWER
      ✦ Air Density Manipulation ✦

      Dante has the power to alter the solidity of the air, making it solid, a jelly-like substance, or anything in between. In short, it will not affect a person's breathing, but instead allows him to change the physical qualities of the particles around him and objects. It also renders him the ability to create solid platforms or surfaces using said air. At a later date, perhaps with more experience when it comes to ruling or far more practice then he has, he'll be capable of using this offensively in a way to attack people with solid and dense balls or waves of said dense air. As of right now?

      He's strictly able to change the density to form walls, platforms, or to slow another person's advance. Creatively, and with excess effort, he can create a ten second confinement as he makes an escape from the situation.

      However, due to his inability to fully complete the Aquarius ritual, he's much weaker and might never actually be able to use this power in a solid offensive tactic. In fact, sometimes when trying to make a platform, the air around him will feel like jelly rather then solid under his feet. It's very chaotic, almost as if telling him what to do. Using these powers for a long duration of time however, will eventually push Dante to the point of severe exhaustion and dehydration.



history for the books


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H I S T O R Y
      I. Once upon a time, a little boy was born from a tree, a very special tree. He was given to two mothers, and honestly, his future looked bright.

      II. But it wasn't even a year until the two mother's gave him away to a large orphanage in their homeland of Aquarius. Still, his future looked bright!

      III. The orphanage wasn't the best, despite it's size and how many children were there, but they all made the most of it. A normal child, with a bright smile and plenty of friends, and he excelled when they first even put a sword in his hands. His future kept getting brighter and brighter.

      IV. A clan war striked the portion of land the orphanage resided on, getting lost as another causality that was the worst yet, but they said that about a lot of things... this one, took away almost a hundred children's right to life. Dante was one of the few in the group that survived, one of the eldest. His friends and home gone, his future began to dim.

      V. Years went by, and a heart that used to be innocent turned twisted and evil at the thought he could keep the remaining people of his family alive... but at a cost. Looking at the world around them, it grew apparent that war would never cease, no matter what a country might promise for the future. Every ruler was a liar. His future didn't exist anymore.

      VI. He's where he is now - after having manipulated and destroyed the Asa Clan, nearly destroying the leader and putting his eldest son into a coma in a secluded location, Dante had succeeded in rallying people across the nation to one night silently meet on the outskirts of the Kingdom in different sections before an all out attack on the clans were conducted in the middle of the night. His friends, stood back in horror as they watched their futures turn as dark as Dante's

So begins...

Dante Aquarius's Story

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No man's land, once known as Chamaeleon was now nothing but ashes. The buildings were ruins, nothing grew on the cursed land. The orchids that used to cover the hills had turned into forests of dead, black trees. Even grass was gone and instead of it the ground was covered in hard, dry land as long as the eye could see. It was death silent, not even crows dared to live in the cursed Kingdom. The rivers once streaming were now empty and dry. It was like the land hadn’t seen a rain in centuries, only scorching Sun and wind that howled through the empty cities. All life had left this once blooming Kingdom. All life was left as the Gem was destroyed two years prior.

In middle of the Kingdom there was something that didn't belong there. Something one could call magical. A small patch of green grass growing in a perfect circle around a round table, with a small pond at one side. Table filled with food: fruits, bread, meat, water, wine and 14 seats around it. Behind each chair stood something that was only told in stories; the guardians of each zodiac had joined this rare but important meeting. They had one job: to make sure no one would kill each other during the meeting. Any decisions would be made by the rulers as the Guardians would silently watch over them.


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From northern chair and clockwise it was as followed:

Behind Aries stood a Faun.

Behind Taurus was a Minotaur.Image

Behind Gemini were elven twins.

Behind Cancer waited an old man with lower body of a crab.

Behind Leo stood a woman with hair like a lion mane.

Behind Virgo stood a winged woman.

Behind Libra was a blind woman holding scales.

Behind Scorpio waited a Serket.

Behind Sagittarius stood a Centaur.

Behind Capricorn a man with deer antlers.

Behind Aquarius in a pond stood an old man with Trident.

Behind Pisces in the same pond swam a Mermaid.

Behind Ophiuchus stood a woman with serpents slithering around her.

But the space behind Chamaeleon was empty expect for a small apple tree sprout, a reminder of the once fertile land.


Around the table was walking yet another person, The King of Asteria. The man had stayed in his role as observer from beginning of times, however his Constellations were in the brink of destruction. He had had to step up, thus sending each ruler following letter:
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“Dear friend
To my sadness I must call each of Zodiac rulers to a very important meeting. To avoid destruction of this world and keep the balance between Constellations, you must join. The meeting will take place a week from arrival of this letter, at noon on old Chamaeleon’s land, at center of the Kingdom. Prepare well for your journey as the land won't offer you any shelter, food or water. Let this serve as a warning what might become the destiny of your beautiful land.

May the Stars guide you.
-King of Asteria”



And so, the King waited. Once the travellers would reach the border of Chamaeleon, they only had to follow a star, a magical star glowing bright with orange light, even in the sunlight. His heart was heavy as he watched the horizon waiting to see the first airships or horse caravans. “Stay safe my children.” he whispered, the winds carrying his words to the Zodiac rulers - if they were willing to listen.

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Character Portrait: Shio Akai Character Portrait: Kaveh Mehrzan Character Portrait: Dauphina Melusine Character Portrait: Jamarreon Lacero Character Portrait: Einosuke Saitou Character Portrait: Dante Aquarius Character Portrait: Nadya Irne Character Portrait: Anemone
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                    This was beyond stupid. There was nothing more that Dante wanted to do then just... not be here. Ever. He didn't care about meeting the other rulers, or why they even had to. If it wasn't for the fact that maybe he could learn something about invading them, he wouldn't even consider this.

                    If it wasn't for the amount of complaining behind him, then maybe he wouldn't care. But here everyone was - being annoying behind him as he and Dog made powerful strides in the desert. "Uri, be silent." Dante called, voice cutting through the sound of his childhood 'friends'. All of them being blatantly ignored unless for whatever reason trying to touch Dante.

                    "Aw, come one, Dante!" Uricut in, an arm wrapping around Dante's neck as the said male began with a quirked an eyebrow and stared at Uri from the corner of his eye. Uri wasn't like the rest of them. He didn't live the life Dante, Erica, Hanako, and the few others that were left alive. Uri grew up in the laps of luxury - and ran away from home when things didn't work out the way he wanted it too. Couldn't be ruler of Virgo, so the spoiled brat ran off to live with his birth father down in Aquarius without telling them. This was going to cause one hell of a stir, and Dante knew it. He thrived on it. "Couldn't we have taken a carriage ride? Why bring the carriage but not let anyone actually ride in it?!" He whined.

                    Truth be told, Dante just forbid it to annoy them. "Because, it's for Dog."

                    "Dog?! He's a mutt! He doesn't need a whole carriage to himself! He's not even using it for himself!" Another voice piped up, Dante's eyes now rolling as his face remained in the state of neutral death.

                    "Get over it, Kids." He shrugged, Dog still looking almost smug as he trotted along side Dante. "We're almost there, Uri. Get ready to meet your sister again." Dante's voice rubbed against Uri like sandpaper.

                    "Of course. You ready to see your long lost love?" He prodded back, Dante finally shrugging off the annoying male. This entire group would be dead before they even made their way to this damned meeting. And if they weren't? It would be an absolute fucking miracle.
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                    And a miracle it was. No one died, lost an arm, or an eye. It seemed like a trip so far without causalities as they began to see the sight of misfortune ahead of them. Lushful life, in an otherwise dead and horrible place. Sitting back in his carriage, he hummed quietly to himself as he scratched his much cooler and comfortable companion behind it's ear. Dog seemed to be appreciative of such scritches, tag wagging as it pushed up close to it's manservant.

                    It was beginning to seem he might of been the true ruler of Aquarius, yet if only he could talk.

                    "What the absolute.. fuck-"

                    "Uri, will you shut up-" Dante's words fell as his eyes seemed to zoom in on the obscene horrors before him. Hideous women, and then... the creatures standing around the table. Disgusting... Disgusting creatures. Was that an old man? That... was an old man. Disgust was now evident on his face. Pathetic. "..Never mind. Can we turn around and just leave?" He muttered, the Dog already bursting from the carriage as it waited for Dante to sit first, tail wagging and ignoring all others.

                    Sliding on his shirt that he had taken off earlier that morning and taking off his scarf in the safety of the carriage, he made himself presentable like always. The scarf soon retook it's original place.

                    Slowly, as the rest of his posse seemed to get comfortable and handle themselves, Uri in front and center attention and making the most noise, Dante made his way to the group and sat in his seat without acknowledging anyone. His disgust in his seat became apparently when he caught sight of pink hair. An old man behind him, and a harlot for a ruler to his right. Dog jumped up, resting on his lap as the Husky-like breed glanced around, almost disappointed. It slunk on Dante's lap.

                    Softly, he rubbed his dog's head and mumbled a faint: "There, there." Other rulers be damned, he just wanted this stupid and Gods forsaken meeting to be over and done with swiftly.

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Character Portrait: Shio Akai Character Portrait: Kaveh Mehrzan Character Portrait: Dragan Úna Aries Character Portrait: Dauphina Melusine Character Portrait: Jamarreon Lacero Character Portrait: Einosuke Saitou Character Portrait: Dante Aquarius Character Portrait: Nadya Irne Character Portrait: Cellica Lazurin Character Portrait: Cedric Lazurin Character Portrait: Sanctuary A. Virgo Character Portrait: Anemone
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                    Sanctuary hummed softly, running her fingers through her lover's hair within the ship's private cabins. A look of discomfort crossing her face as she realized she'd need to go soon. She'd need to leave Mila to his own, and it wasn't like he couldn't handle it himself. He would just be staying within allied territory for a few days, and Aery would be back quicker then he could blink. Not that he cared, she was sure... but... She still swirled within her own thought as she got out of bed. Buttoning up a plain white dress shirt and slipping a black skirt on, she sat on the edge of the bed as she stared at her suitcase already packed the night before docking.

                    She really wasn't going to enjoy this trip with just her swords trainer as well as others to camp and travel like a caravan. They had plenty of stock for the travel, but it still wasn't something she thought about as fun. "... Are you sure you wish to stay on the boat? Or at least in Cancer territory?" Sanctuary asked softly, looking back at her lover as she brushed her hair back. "You can always tell them to sail back if you don't want to wait. Do not feel like you just have to wait a century for me to come back. Just so you know." She rambled, not expecting an actual response. Even if she did, it fell on deaf ears until the man reached out and pulled her closer and to lay close enough for him to press a soft kiss on her hand.

                    Intertwining their fingers, Aery's worries melted away. "..I'll see you when I get back. I love you, Milanovan." She mumbled gently, moving her spare hand to caress his cheek. "..Do not get into trouble without me."

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                    Sanctuary rubbed her eyes as she glanced up towards the burning sun. Chameleon was a wasteland, and the sun was brutal. Still, she could feel herself being tugged along by Goliath as if this was nothing but a simple walk in the meadow. Damn brute. "Are we there yet?!" Sanctuary called out, only to receive a glare.

                    "No! Stop asking, Maiden Princess." He snapped back, eyes burning into her much like the sun. Truthfully, she hadn't even needed to ask that as she looked in the horizon. Signs of life, plush green. Relief began to overtake Sanctuary and her body at the sight of how this would all most likely be over and done with the moment she and others reached the site... and judging by the carriages and groups of people around the location, most were already arriving on the same date. "See? It is right up ahead. Next time you say that, however, training when we get back home will no longer be so easy for you." He warned, only causing Aery to roll her eyes and brush pitch black hair behind her.

                    "Of course. Like it was easy already." She muttered, waving her hand as if to wave him off. A more minutes of travel, and she heard her people stop a decent distance away as she looked around at the retainers and groups of people brought along by fellow rulers. Blood going cold, her eyes narrowed harshly as she held her tone. She held the gaze of her brother Uri for more then a moment, her hands smoothing into her silk and airy dress, almost see through. Not saying a word, but the look of evident betrayal lingering, she moved to take her seat between Kaveh and Akai. Smiling side to side, she held her ground as she noticed the faint smirk on Aquarius's face.

                    "Good day, everyone." Sanctuary confidently greeted, despite the fair amount of enemies and allies. "I hope everyone had a safe journey." She glanced at the King, then those who had these strange beings around them... Before choking on her water.

                    "Holy Mother of the Stars, what is that?" Her eyes widened at the sight of Cancer's Guardian, hand over her mouth as she glanced back at her Guardian. The angel merely stared at her, but there seemed to be a soft wave of understanding, Aery thought. It was good to see where Virian's most likely got the rare genetic trait for wings from, however. Slinking back in her seat, she looked to Akai and Kaveh and whispered quietly:

                    "I'm glad we aren't Cancer. Look at that thing."

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Faust Capricorn
Ruler of Capricorn | dialogue : #E82E55 | thought : #8D757A

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"Isn't it a beautiful piece of work?"

Faust was roused from her nap from both the sound of Iuliana's voice, and the rocking of the carriage as it crossed from the plains of Sagittarius onto the dead sands that were the remains of Chamaeleon. They had been travelling for the better part of a week to make it to the meeting on time, yet they were still running behind schedule. If Aurora was here, she'd be berating them for taking so many unnecessary stops along the way, but since it was only Iuliana, Faust, and her brother, Laurenz, none of them cared. It was a peaceful journey, so peaceful in fact that Faust still wore the same nightgown from when they had first departed the palace. The carriage was spacious, with enough room to seat possibly seven other people along with the three that currently occupied it.

Sitting upright, Faust could see their destination clearly within the cold sky. Shining brighter than the sun itself was a single, orange tinged star. It would still take them a while to reach the center of Chamaeleon. Perhaps she could manage to get another nap in.

"I would have to agree, my dear Iuliana. There is nothing more beautiful than how all are made equal when standing face to face with death." Laurenz spoke as he flitted a deck of playing cards between his hands. He had only come along in hopes that he'd be able to see some old faces from his travels across the kingdom. That, and perhaps pick up some useful information.

It wasn't simply the grogginess in her eyes from her slumber; Faust seemed as disinterested as ever in the current state of Chamaeleon. The wheels of their carriage kicked up a fine dust in the air as they traveled closer and closer to their destination. Closer to whatever it was that the King wanted to tell them so desperately. Whether or not this meeting would be a waste of time had yet to be written, but Faust was sure that no matter the outcome, it would certainly be interesting with so many allies and enemies gathered in one place, surrounded by ashes. The only sound was the trotting of the horses as they pulled the carriage along.

"Pray tell my dear sister, what do you make of all this, since you did supported such destruction in the first place? Do you still think it a necessary evil, or perhaps has your standing changed through all of this?" He looked at her with a gleam to his red eyes. Faust wasn't sure whether he was attempting to get a rise out of her so early in day, or if he was genuinely curious to know what was on her mind. Knowing him as well as Faust did, it was probably a mix of the two.

She only scoffed in response. "There was a war between Ophiuchus and Chamaeleon. Chamaeleon had the job of protecting their own gem. They failed, and thus they got destroyed. There is nothing more, nor is there anything less to it. History has been written and dwelling on it is pointless. A better question to ask would be whether I would do the same to the enemies we still face today."

A moment of silence filled the carriage as both Iuliana and Laurenz starred at Faust, awaiting an answer to the question she proposed herself. Faust raised a brow at both of them, "What?"

"You can't simply end abruptly like that without giving a definite answer."

"I thought it was implied that my answer would clearly be yes."

Laurenz let out an exasperated sigh, while Iuliana failed to stifle her laughter. "Always so brusque with your words, aren't you Faust? Anyhow, we still have a ways to go before we reach the meeting place, so feel free to take another nap if you'd like."

"Gladly."

And with that, Faust drifted away to the sounds of Iuliana and Laurenz conversing about whatever came to mind. They were two out of the small group of people she would consider herself close to, but she'd be lying if she said that they weren't crazy.

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The second time Faust woke up they were at their destination. A clear patch of green lay in front of them, and she could clearly see the figures of the other thirteen rulers...and other creatures that were seemingly there.

"Aww, we're the last ones here. Maybe we shouldn't have stopped for liquor while we were travelling through Sagittarius."

"On the contrary, I think it was absolutely necessary to stop the several times that we did. But I'll be taking my leave now until the meeting is over, I have a little bit of espionage that I need to take care of. Plus, I think our ruler needs a little time to make herself presentable, unless she's fine with attending the meeting wearing her nightwear." He left the carriage, giving a small wave to the both of them. Faust gave an anticipating look towards Iuliana, expecting her to leave as well, but she shook her head in response.

"I'd prefer to watch."

Faust rolled her eyes, but a small smirk made its way to her mouth none the less as she stripped. The suit she wore next was much more fitting of an occasion such as this, but it was nothing as regal as the outfits she'd wear for the regular ceremonies that occurred in Aigókeros. As she finished dressing herself, she took one quick swig of some of the alcohol they had gathered during their travel. "Hmph. Still too sober to be dealing with this right now." Hopefully, she looked like she didn't just wake up from a nap, though she wasn't really trying hard to hide it.

Faust left the carriage with Iuliana following suit. Faust continued toward the round table where everyone else was gathered, while Iuliana hoped on top of the carriage, trying to get a good vantage point in case anything exciting started to happen.

It was an understatement to say that such a lively patch of green was out of place in desolate wasteland that surrounded it; an oasis that offered a reprieve from the barren world. She ignored those who had taken the side of Chamaeleon, while giving a warm smile and nod towards her allies, and discretely passing a flask towards Nadya as she walked by her. Paying no mind to the antlered guardian behind her chair, she took her place in the circle, crossing her legs and relaxing into her seat; not a single word left her mouth.

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The King watched as the rulers arrived one by one. Horses, airship, even an ox were gathered around the land. The air was tense, he could feel some of them feeling hostile towards others; some that didn’t want to be here in first place, but some seemed to be just fine. Polite and friendly greetings were exchanged by those of the same side, a few hushed whispers were shared around the table. He could only pray the stars and hope no violence would take place. He waited patiently, every now and then glancing at the Sun. Once it was noon, one seat was still empty, the seat of Capricorn. However, he knew she was coming as the earth felt the wheels of her carriage closing in. But more importantly, everyone had arrived. Everyone who still had a Kingdom to rule.

As the last one to arrive, Faust, was seated, the King cleared his throat. His voice didn’t sound as a one of old man, but was booming strong. “Dear friends may I get your attention”, he started, “First of all thank you for coming. Please enjoy the food provided for you as you all have had an long journey. The situation in our hands is indeed a grim one. You all have seen what has happened to once blooming Chamaeleon,” He walked slowly around the table watching each and one of them as he passed. Momentarily he stopped behind Dante his voice more stern as he spoke,“And I'm certain we all wish to stop that from happening to other Kingdoms, your Kingdoms.” The words hung heavy in the air as the King continued his walk his robe lifting up some dust from the ground.

“There is however a way to save this situation before this war destroys more lives. A ritual exists that is able to strengthen the Gems’ power. However, this Ritual of Astrologia Eclipse requires two rulers to perform it. And not just any rulers, but your counterparts.” The King paused letting everyone to understand the meaning of those words before continuing. “Yes, each Gem has its counterpart. And these two Gems should always be in balance. You might wonder who your counterpart is but worry not, I will get to it soon.” He slowly started to walk once again watching the rulers. His next stop was by Nuocolo.

“This magical ritual has to be performed twice, once for each Gem." The King put emphasis on the word magical knowing very well that people of Cancer and Nuocolo especially didn't believe magic. Even loathed it. "It's a simple ritual really. You first draw the spell circle as pictured in the scroll. You need a couple of ordinary items: water, soil, air and fire from both Kingdoms. The Gem's ruler reads the lead part while offering the items to the Gem. The counterpart reads their part while sitting on the side of the Gem in which direction your Kingdom is located. So if your Kingdom is southwest from the Gem, you're seated to southwest.” As he spoke the Zodiac Guardians started handing the scrolls with the spell to each ruler. Each expect for Nadya. The scrolls looked ancient; corners missing, a rip on the side, their ink faded away and written over again many times. Even the language was old and complicated.

The King moved by the Gemini twins. "And just as you performed the Ritual of Magica together, you must perform this together as well. Read the spell together, give the offering to the Gem one by one." He gave a soft smile to them. The Gemini rulers were meant to stay together at all times. "I am also certain with the knowledge of your Kingdom, you're more than qualified to find Cancer's lost Gem."

Next the King stopped next to Nadya. “Then, ruler Divine of Ophiuchus, Nadya Irne, for you I have another task. I have seen your regret and thus wish to give you a chance to correct the wrong.” He waved at the snake Guardian and she placed a locked wooden box with carved decorations of tree branches and leaves on the table. One of the snakes slithered towards Nadya, holding a chain with a key in it's mouth, and placing the chain around her neck. “This box contains the last piece of this land's Gem as well as the scroll for the spell. You, my child, must travel to as many Gems as possible and by performing the Ritual of Nubes Pilas you will be able to loan the magic we need to rebuild this land. The only thing you need is something alive to sacrifice to the Gem and its Guardian. Pick wisely as you don't want to anger them.” The last sentence made some of the Guardians nod in agreement.

The King raised his voice for everyone to hear. “Two months. Two months and I expect to see you all again in this very place as to fully recover Chamaeleon, the last part of the Ritual requires you each. This has never been done before, so it is most important to have you all gathered in here once more.”

The King gazed over the rulers. “Now I'm sure you have many questions still left unanswered and I am here to answer them but before that the most important matter. Guardians if you'd please.” Slowly the Guardians reached their hands towards the one that was their counterpart, the companion that they and had their whole life. As they did the table started glowing dimly, and strings like rivers reached from one ruler to another. Once again the Guardian of Ophiuchus differed. She simply landed on her knees next to the tiny sprout of a tree, one of her snakes gently wrapping around it branches like protecting it.

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The Kings voice was loud and clear as he announced:

“Ruler of Aries, Aries your counterpart is Mirza of Libra, Kaveh Mehrzan.

Ruler of Taurus, Jamerreon Lacero your counterpart is Ruler of Virgo, Sanctuary Virgo.

Zephia and Tempestarii of Gemini, Cellica and Cedric Lazurin, your counterpart is Race of Slata, Nuocolo Gracia.

Jonin of Leos, Shizukana Kaen your counterpart is Monarkhes of Aigókeros, Faust Capricorn.

Sovereign of Scorpio, Einosuke Saitou, your counterpart is Sovereign of Sagittarius, Anemone Sagittarius.

Dante Aquarius, your counterpart is Empress of Pisces, Dauphina Melusine.”



The King’s expression didn’t change, but it wasn’t a mistake that he didn’t call Dante a ruler. If the Gem of Aquarius hadn’t accepted him as the rightful ruler, neither would him.

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                    Anger began to bubble and boil inside Dante's chest the more this stupid, foolish man spoke. King? What king was he if he watched his people die. If he watched rulers tear each other apart and their countries unravel only to be solved with bloodshed? What kind of man was he to sit there, and call himself a king? They'd all be better off with him dead.

                    In his hand, the goblet full of water began to ripple as he tried to still the trembling of pure and undying rage and disgust. They needed to fix their gems? It made him feel sick. No one here deserved to rule a country, let alone people. No one here was fit to live, including himself.

                    The gems should just break and they should let nature take it's course and destroy them all. It was a shame it hadn't yet. He waited in silence as Dog abandoned his lap quickly, almost sensing the unusual disturbance in the icy heart of it's servant. Instead, Dog moved to go sit next to Aries with a soft whine, a paw on the man's lap as if to ask as if it could come up. The husky like creature glanced back at Dante as the man himself finally snapped once the 'stupid old fuck of a king' shut up.

                    "It seems Pisces will be doomed to destruction and murder, then. I won't participate or do anything with a whore like her, let alone someone as weak and disgusting as the 'Empress' over here." He spat, venom in his words as his eyes seem to be narrow with pure hate and vile thoughts. "And her hair is an atrocious color." His face remained neutral, despite the tone of his voice and the true emotions behind his eyes.

                    Noting the glare in Virgo's eyes, he paid her no mind. Her words, if she said any, would go ignored as he turned his look to the blundering idiot of a King. He refrained from speaking his own truth, the only way things should be. Everyone should be dead, and he could care less about another's Kingdom. To rid the world of filth, one must be completely without a person remaining in the world. Humans were selfish beings, full of errors, and all too capable of feeling the same feelings Dante himself currently felt.

                    Still, the fact they assumed he would willingly work together with a woman like her was a riot. The only man who knew the true ritual for the Gem was dead, the true 'ruler' was disposed of as his son fell to a coma. There was nothing these people could say to him, nothing they could do that would ever truly save Aquarius or Pisces from inevitable destruction.

                    He hoped each one of these Kingdoms would fall, long before the two months were ever truly even up and over. If it was true and he was needed for the last portion of the ritual, then he'd not show. He'll break his own gem and doom them if needed. But he would not be a willing assistant to any of this. The look in his eyes currently, suggested that no matter what they said, this would be a futile attempt to get cooperation. Of any sort.

                    He had to resist throwing his goblet of water at someone's head as he set it down far enough back on the table it'd be out of easy reach for himself unless he leaned forward.

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Nuocolo and Giovio had remained mostly silent when arriving and during the King’s speech. A few nods with allies were exchanged along with cold stares with enemies. Some lf the rulers Nuocolo had never seen before; and he followed their moves and behaviour, for he was an observant man and wished to create a picture of his peers before speaking with them more.

As the King spoke Nuocolo grew more and more restless and angry. The King mentioned nor acknowledged the fact that Cancer’s gem was either destroyed or stolen. And those guilty of that preposterous act were likely sitting in this very chamber. Although not showing it, Nuocolo tried to notice any sign of any ruler which would tell him they were to blame. Only Jamarreon of Taurus was excluded, for Nuocolo knew they would not do such things. They were proud slavers and did go to war indeed, but unlike the others, they were honestly themselves, they did not have double standards like everyone else, claiming they fought for peace and wanted only prosperity for everyone. Next Nuocolo’s eyes were nailed at Nadya of Ophiuchus. She did not look back at him. They were allies back in the day when the Cancri gem was removed from the history of the kingdom; now they were enemies. Ophiuchus was the very reason Chamaelon was made into mere ashes and ruin. Perhaps they also stole the gem of old, kept it for themselves while pretending to be allies. ”I blame Gemini; they most certainly did it”, whispered Giovio, with stark gaze toward the twins. ”I get a feeling they have something to hide.”

Nuocolo frowned and shook his head ever so slightly and replied: ”I should not think so. They are too hostile toward us. I do think they hide something, yes, but the gem. Not so likely. Nevertheless, keep your eyes open. We are here with only few friends and only one person we can trust.” Giovio nodded.

When the King was done speaking Nuocolo could remain silent no longer; he stood up and directed his words both towards the King along with other rulers. ”Good King, fellow rulers, as you all call yourselves, I have remained silent here, but as things have progressed I have gotten gravely concerned of the ignorance and hostile atmosphere which is about us all. I used to have respect for you, oh King, but should you act out of such poor understanding, I know not why anyone would heed your warning and request. I believe not in magic, but I do believe in higher powers, as seen in the letter I received a fortnight ago. But those powers are borne of the gems, gems every other kingdom, so I have heard, has but Litoria. For the gem was stolen from us 700 years ago, never to be seen again. It was a tumultous time, the mighty empire our anceators built was destroyed in a bloodshed and civil war. Their enemies used that in their advantage and invaded the land, raping, burning and pillaging everything. But we rose, we rose without any so called magic or powers, we Men and Women of Litoria, we rose from the ashes like a Phoenix. And now, it is brought before us that without a magic spell nonsense we should be doomed! I require proof of this. And should it be so, then we must find our gem. Those who are guilty are in this chamber. One of your ancestor committed this sin, you have inherited this sin from them. I, Nuocolo Gracia, am a man of his word. I hereby swear that should you return us the gem you stole, we shall do everything we can to aid you be it magic nonsense or not. It is a sensible request, is it not?”

Giovio stood up by his leader, saying: ”You have everything in my disposal to aid you, too, should you fulfill my Race’s reasonable request. I have seen it when Chamaelon was destroyed. I certainly will not see such events bego again.”

Both men sat again, waiting for response. Both had grim faces with little joy in their eyes.

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Akai sat waiting for others to arrive. One by one she greeted politely those who greeted her as well. “Greetings, sir Taurus.” she replied back to Jamarreon and next was a respectful nod to Nadya. As Kaveh arrived Akai let a small relieved sigh. Finally someone she was close with was attending the meeting. It made her feel a bit better. She replied to Kaveh’s wave with a warm smile and wave of her hand but there was nervousness in her expression. Almost as if saying “we’re screwed aren’t we?”

As Anemone arrived, Akai replied with “It’s nice to meet you too.” She tried to keep her voice calm, masking her real feelings. “Blend in Akai. Blend in.” she thought in her mind. She couldn’t help but think that the ruler of Sagittarius was more eccentric than she had expected. Next one to arrive was Dauphina, and the pet on her head got Akai sigh. “Really Dauphina? Even here?” She had long time found out that Dauphina would each and every time greet her that way. At first Akai had resist against it but as years passed Dauphina had won that battle. It still made Akai feel embarrassed in public. But it didn’t take long as the man she feared made his way to the table. Dante Aquarius, one of the reasons she was in this mess. Without even realizing it her right hand had curled into fist. He didn’t even bother to look at her, and why would he? Akai knew that Dante expected her to agree with him no matter what would happen during the meeting. And most likely she would. “It’s to protect my Kingdom.” she told herself. “I have to keep my people safe.”

So once the Gemini twins arrived to greet her Akai’s mind was everywhere else but the moment in hand. “Hmm? Oh Cedric. And Cellica. Yes, nice to meet again.” she replied barely even looking at them as in the corner of her eye she couldn’t stop looking at Dante across the table. “Is even Dog mocking me?” She barely realized the arrival of Aries or Sanctuary either until Sanctuary were whispering to her and Kaveh. “Oh, you, you must be Virgo? Pleasure to meet. Cancer?” she turned to look at the Guardian, “I guess we are lucky,” but in her mind, her own Guardian was just as scary.

As the King started his speech Akai listened closely. “Another Ritual? With another ruler?” her eyes travelled along the other rulers on the table. “Please, please let it be a friend.” But she was already certain her pray wouldn’t happen. With her luck it would be Dante. “Jonin of Leos, Shizukana Kaen your counterpart is Monarkhes of Aigókeros, Faust Capricorn.” Akai looked up at the King not able to hide her surprise. First being the King calling her by her ninja name instead of name given at birth. And secondly… Faust? She turned her head to look at Faust. So not Dante but still an enemy. She knew very well Capricorn had once attacked Leo in the pass. It hadn’t end well for them that time but this would be perfect chance for them to try again. But it hadn't been Faust attacking them, would she be different? Akai cursed her luck.Which ever it was, it would certainly not end well. But the surprises didn’t end there as she heard her best friend was paired with her worst enemy. And speaking of him, Dante was first one to speak.

Akai did her best to stay calm but inside she was furious. Dauphina sure loved flirting but calling her best friend a whore was too much. Her ear twiched from the irritation and feeling helpless as she couldn't scold him that very second - not if she wanted to stay alive. Akai gave an quick apologetic look at Dauphina but she had still expected Dantes outburst. She knew far too well that Dante wasn't going to help anyone. Quite the opposite in fact. She herself was only alive for following his madness. “I….” Her voice sounded weak even to her own ears. She cleared her throat and started again. “I won't work with an enemy.” Her voice sounded like a stranger's as it was a complete lie. She would love to save her Kingdom, that what was she was expected to do. Following Dante was to doom them sooner or later. If just she could make him see that despite his past not everyone deserved to die. That there were people who understood. But no matter what she said he wouldn't listen. He probably never would. Her face didn't show any change in her emotions but she couldn't even look anyone in the eyes. She could feel the piercing gaze of the Guardian behind her back. “It's wonder if I'm still alive once this meeting is over.”

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        Eino sat quietly as more rulers started to slither in. Their own personalities starting to make sense as he watched with passing fascination the slight behaviors they’ve already displayed. It was odd to see the faces of the people he’s heard so much about from various advisors.

        A sound to his right caught his attention however as a familiar voice spoke with apparent relief. Kaveh had finally arrived, and for that Eino was immeasurably grateful. They haven’t had the chance to see one another in person, but Eino would have had to been blind or on his deathbed to forget the golden eyes of his best friend.

        “As am I,” he paused. “It has been too long, Kaveh.”

        Fondly, he could recall the letters written to one another as children. Their child-like handwriting barely legible, but filled with a stiffness borne out of their positions as royalty. Eino had each and every letter stored in a dresser within his room.

        His attention wavered however as even more rulers arrived and Eino went back to watching. A few greeted him to which he could only incline his head slightly. He didn’t feel a need to speak, words were poor in place of actions.

        The minutes began to melt away like a honey dew sun, and the tension within the patch of greenery seemed overwhelming. When all the rulers however were seated a man Eino hadn’t noticed before coughed before speaking.

        Eino listened with rapt attention hanging onto every word the old man said. There was no mistaking the urgency in his voice or the authority, and so Eino felt compelled to try and remember everything he had to say.

        Once he was finished however and his counterpart had been read aloud he could only sigh. Sovereign Anemone would not have been his first choice, or any choice at all if possible, but he wouldn’t let his own feelings of the woman cloud his judgment as to what would be best for his kingdom.

        As the others began speaker rather passionately about their own partners Eino would have rather died than stay at the table. Why couldn’t his sisters have been born with yellow eyes? He was unqualified to be here, and as much as he wanted to try and temper the raging men he had no possible way of doing so.

        Trying to ignore the others he turned to his left to his own partner and calmly said, “Sovereign Anemone, I believe it would be in both of our best interests if we were to complete the Ritual of Astrologia.” He bowed his head in deference, but maintained eye contact while doing so. He wouldn’t let his kingdom turn to ruin, and he sorely hoped she had the same idea for her own kingdom.



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As the twins sat there, sharing glances with the other royals, Cedric leaned to his sister, "Be wary, Cellica. We do not know of what is to come of this." He mentioned, quietly, as Cellica just turned to him, feeling the same way, and nodded, without a word. With Faust coming in, Cellica waved politely, 'How is that woman so casually late?' She thought, watching the woman, 'She's casually late, but still so pretty.... How does she do it?' Cellica's thoughts had gone off the rails, in terms of seriousness, as she admired the beauty of her fellow girls. Meanwhile, Cedric gave a simple greeting to Faust, he didn't know the woman well, but, would be willing to make more friends and greater allies. The more the merrier, as Elaine taught him at least.

With the final ruler taking her seat, the King began to speak, his words were wise and caring. With his words, came a scroll, handed by the twins of Gemini. As Cellica gently took the old parchment, she slowly unrolled it, just glancing at the words and phrases written within, it was plain to tell, someone had gone over this scroll many times, just re-writing the spell time and time again through the years. Next, came the King addressing the twins together;

"And just as you performed the Ritual of Magica together, you must perform this together as well. Read the spell together, give the offering to the Gem one by one...... I am also certain with the knowledge of your Kingdom, you're more than qualified to find Cancer's lost Gem."

Finding Cancer's gem... Gemini was tasked with aiding... Cellica slammed her hands on the table as she quickly rose, "You can't be serious?! After what he did to Nadya and us?!" She exclaimed, looking at both the King and Nuocolo, "That man only thinks of himself and his damned league over his own people!" Cellica's words were filled with venom towards the man, that is, until Cedric looked to his sister,

"That is enough, Cellica." His words were stern, "You are in the presence of both the King, and the Guardians. As such, at least act like something more than a brainless oaf." With Cedric's words, Cellica looked at him, obviously still angered, his gaze kept to hers, he knew how betrayed she felt during the war, when Nuocolo withdrew and joined the side of Chameleon, but those were years of the past. Now, their jobs were to fix the damages they did to the world they knew, less they become like Chameleon. Gemini's crystal was already weak, as their Blood War had greatly damaged both the country and Crystal, the last thing they needed, was more wars to be brought upon their land.

As the King went about his speech, two notions kept pressing in Cedric's head, for starters, as he looked to his sister, he saw the Guardian of Cancer, 'What. The hell. Is that.' Cedric kept glancing at the abomination of both man and crab, as it stood there, before taking "hands" with the twin guardians of Gemini. Of course, it was not hands, it was hands meeting Big. Meaty. Claws. However, the second matter pressed Cedric, as he looked to the king, "Your Highness, I thought I'd mention to you that Gemini's Crystal is still rather weak. Up until my mother's time we were mostly in a civil war between the Tempestarii and Zephia of old. Will this spell harm our crystal?" Cedric couldn't shake the feeling that this ritual may harm the gems in the process.

However, Cellica spoke again, this time, without as much venom in her words, as she felt a kind hand on her shoulder from the Guardian that represented the Zephia of Gemini calmed her, "So, we preform the ritual, how do we know if it was preformed correctly? Would there be something that would tell us?" She asked, before looking at Nuocolo as he rambled and then accused the other rulers of stealing his country's gem, Cellica rose with him, turning her gaze at him, "So you would rather see the world burn for your own stupid beliefs? How inane are you? You have the perfect opportunity to find your crystal and restore your country, but instead, you stubbornly stay your hand. And would rather see not only your country fall to ruin, but others as well, for what, your own beliefs?" Cellica paused, shaking her head, trying to not assault the man, "Your Crystal likely was not stolen, it may have been moved by your guardian in an attempt to protect the crystal. Believe it or not, we've gone through the same thing, a massive Civil War. While our Crystal was not moved per se, it was, and still is, weakened by that war." Cellica paused again, laughing to herself, the irony of the situation that ended up on her and Cedric's lap, "Of course, if you decide not to help. And test your hand against what the Gods have in store for us.... Go ahead. But. Don't bring your bitch ass to Cedric and I when you've been bitten. Not without admitting your failure as a ruler, along with an admission of you being obscenely pig-headded about this. Then, we will gladly help you." With those words lingering within the air, Cellica turned to Nadya, "And Nadya, if you so desire, Cedric and I can help you get to the other crystals. That is, if you don't mind flying on Airships."

Cellica knew that was a fat chance, as, Nadya hated flying. Though Cedric looked to everyone, "Of course, we're willing to aid anyone in either finding their gem, or preforming the ritual. We may be young, but Gemini knows full well of the Crystals, and what may happen with them. Maybe, we could discuss our relations once the peace finally settles during this time." Cedric laughed a little at the thought, all the kingdoms working together as one, but, that was something he wanted to see. And he would not let anyone stand in his way of that dream. Except for, of course, Cellica, whom turned to Dante next, 'This girl... Is bound to start a war....' He thought as his twin began her assault on Dante,

"Oh, and Dante, I understand that you have issues talking to people without berating them, but please, do it to someone whom will fight back. It's okay, you've been lonely for your entire life, and probably have daddy issues, but that's okay. At least you live." She remarked, with her words as sarcastic and venomous as ever, [color=#cd13ff]"But, just because someone else is happy, and you're miserable, doesn't mean you can take that from them. Furthermore, you of all people cannot comment on someone else's hair, when yours makes you just a few wrinkles short of an old perverted man." With those words, Cellica smirked, ready for any fights that may come her way.

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Faust was as attentive as she could be as she concentrated on the King's words, perhaps missing a word here and there. When the scroll was handed to her by whatever Capricorn's guardian was, she took a quick glance at its contents. The worn parchment seemed to just be barely holding itself together and the words were seemingly layered over each other due to being rewritten again and again over time. The fact that it was written in an older language didn't make it any easier to understand, and soon enough she decided that she would go over it later and averted her attention back to the King circling the table.

As she listened to the King explain the ritual, Faust wasn't sure what he was expecting to come of this. Seated here were thirteen other people who, for the most part, were willing to destroy each other in a war, even if it meant destroying themselves. Faust did feel sympathy for Nadya though, as she essentially bore the most responsibility out of all of them. Which was expected, but Nadya didn't do anything that Faust wouldn't do herself if put in the same position.

She let out an audible groan as soon as the King had announced who their gem's counterparts were, and immediately knew that there would be little chance of them cooperating for something like this. Knowing of Aquarius's "ruler" from her brother's travels and the significant amount of time he spent in the kingdom, she expected nothing less from Dante when he was the first one to speak. Vulgar and seemingly lacking self preservation. Exactly as described.

Of course, Faust's earlier suspicions were confirmed. She only shrugged in response. There was little she could do if Akai was refusing to do the ritual, and instead of protesting Akai's refusal she kept herself quiet and listened to the other rulers speak. Maybe she was just a little bit buzzed, but as she listened to some of the rulers voice their grievances with the ritual or outright refuse to participate in it, there was no foreseeable way that they would ever agree to work together.

Cancer and Gemini were engaged in a heated argument, and ultimately it looked like they would all be fated for destruction since the final part of the ritual required everyone to be a willing participant. Everything was going quite swimmingly all things considered, as no one had tried to attack anyone yet. Although, Cellica looked like she was about ready to do so. Faust didn't blame the girl though, being forced to work with such a traitor was less than desirable.

Many of the questions raised were ones that she had herself. In fact there were numerous questions to be asked; What happens if the ritual is done incorrectly? What if the ritual is never fully completed? What effect would the ritual have on the gem? There was a lot to be considered before the rituals could even be attempted, and she wondered how the King would manage to explain the rituals in a way that would convince everyone to agree to do it.

Faust felt a headache coming on, and all the noise surely wasn't helping. Once there was actually a moment of silence and she could finally begin to hear her own thoughts again, Faust finally spoke. "Well, my hands are tied. I am willing to work with an enemy to save my own kingdom unlike other deranged people, but if Leo won't cooperate then there's nothing I can really do about that."

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Character Portrait: Shio Akai Character Portrait: Kaveh Mehrzan Character Portrait: Faust Capricorn Character Portrait: Dragan Úna Aries Character Portrait: Dauphina Melusine Character Portrait: Jamarreon Lacero Character Portrait: Einosuke Saitou Character Portrait: Dante Aquarius Character Portrait: Nadya Irne Character Portrait: Cellica Lazurin Character Portrait: Cedric Lazurin Character Portrait: Sanctuary A. Virgo Character Portrait: Nuocolo Gracia Character Portrait: Anemone
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Kaveh felt like a child sitting at the table of rulers, as if he were playing a game in his father's seat. He felt out of his depth, and dearly wished he had paid more attention to the political mechanics his advisers had so hastily tried to teach him before his departure. Though many of the rulers were close in age to himself, most had years of experience at the helm of their kingdoms. His gaze drifted around the table as the last rulers arrived, taking in the familiar faces and those he had only heard rumours about. It always surprised him how young Ophia's ruler, Nadya Irne, was, when she had been ruler of her kingdom since Kaveh had been old enough to fully understand his own father's role. He did not approve of her actions in the past years, but he felt pity more than anger towards his enemy. He would have hated living under such strict rules since childhood. His own mother had let him race across the desert dunes with his cousins in handmade sand ships, so long as he'd written his regular letter to the man sitting beside him.

As the king's words resounded around he table, Kaveh felt his mind start to ache. This was both an opportunity to fix the mess they had all created; to balance the world once more, but also a chance for Kaveh to prove that he was a worthy ruler... either that or a chance to fail spectacularly and force his kingdom to kick him off the throne. While the freedom of life before he had become Libra's ruler still made Kaveh ache with longing, he knew his pride - and that of his family - would never stop hurting if he allowed himself to be the last Mehrzan on Libra's throne. So, he listened attentively as the King described the ritual. Nodding his thanks to his guardian, Kaveh took the scroll and gazed over it, as if attempting to absorb the information.

'Fuck... this looks... what even is that word?' Kaveh's thoughts turned to confusion and alarm as he slowly tried to read the scroll in his hands. The language was old, the ink faded, and one portion had been crossed out and rewritten several times. It made his head pound and his feeling of inadequacy deepen. How could he ever hope to help his kingdom if something as simple as reading a scroll was too hard for him? Frowning, Kaveh rolled it up and returned his focus to the King's words, hoping that another look at the scroll later - when he was less distracted by everything else going on - might help illuminate the message better.

Kaveh was just in time to hear the first paired counterparts and, as the names were announced, he felt his heart sink. Golden eyes gazed across the table to the white haired man sitting under the looming figure of the fawn guardian. Aries would not have been Kaveh's first choice, regardless how many pretty birds the man sent him. The fate of his late brother always surfaced at some point when conversation turned towards the man.

Yet, before Kaveh could even think to protest, if he thought he could, other voices rose in dissent. Dante of Aquarius threw insults at the pretty pink-haired ruler of Pisces, the harsh words shocking to hear in such a formal setting. His voice was joined by the stern and accusatory words of Cancer's ruler, who seemed to believe everyone else was somehow complicit in the lose of Cancer's gem centuries ago. Akai's voice seemed almost to be lost in the noise, but Kaveh heard it. He felt sad for his friend, wishing she was not forced into such a situation either. Perhaps he too should voice his honest opinion, but then... he knew he had a lot to learn when it came to ruling a kingdom, and while his hesitation - and laziness - had thus far limited his rule, he thought that perhaps if he did this, it might make up for the months of inaction.

It was, in part, the voice of his closest friend at the table that swayed him. Eino spoke to his counterpart, Anemone of Sagittarius, in agreement. Kaveh glanced at his friend, thinking that Kaveh too should put his kingdom before himself for once in his life. Even as more voices gained strength around the table - the Gemini rulers clearly stating their opinion, and then the calmer tones of Capricorn's Faust speaking a moment later into the silence - Kaveh came to his decision. Taking the chance after Faust had finished speaking, Kaveh directed his gaze at Aries and spoke,

"For the sake of our kingdoms, I will work with you Aries."

To his own ears Kaveh sounded stately and regal, but then doubt set in slightly and he added in a more uncertain tone, "Though I do not fully understand the spell..."




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        Jamarreon was picking at the rubies of his pomegranate as the King invited them to eat. He watched silently as the king was acting as if they were all children. He chided, then offered a solution. Even Dante Aquarius seemed sick of it, or he was just sick of everything. He was not surprised by his angry outburst.

        Jamarreon would be personally annoyed if the king didn't acknowledge he was the ruler regardless of gem acceptance or not- after all he was a ruler of something otherwise he would not be seated. Anger seemed primarily directed at Pisces even though she looked completely innocent. With pink hair and accused of whoring.

        The twins spoke up in defense of Pisces, which surprised Jamar a bit, as Virgo looked ready to say something especially nasty. He understood their premise, yet he also understood Dante. He couldn't imagine if his counterpart was Aries, because he knew then it would be a disaster. He imagined Dragan would let the world burn before working with Jamar, but he might be wrong.

        I could be wrong about quite a lot of things, he mused. All the other rulers in spite of Dante were perfectly willing to work together as Faust put it, with tied hands.

        Jamarreon swallowed a gulp of wine and looked around the table as he finally spoke, "I understand that I must work together with the Ruler of Virgo, and that I am willing to do despite her being an enemy. I do not wish to see my kingdom in ruins and I would hope neither does she," he briefly indicated the lady sitting across from him, he turned to the king "but you of all people must know after all of us strengthen our gems, we will all return to warring. I have unfinished business warring with Dragan. This ritual will never take away my will to fight for justice for my people. Even if both sides stop, I will not."

        He popped more pomegranate rubies into his mouth, and reached for the poultry that could be chicken. Eating cow was against his people's religion, and he may as well have forgotten the taste. His appetite had returned and he was damned if he wasn't going to take advantage of the tremendous amounts of expensive food in front of him.



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Character Portrait: Shio Akai Character Portrait: Kaveh Mehrzan Character Portrait: Faust Capricorn Character Portrait: Dragan Úna Aries Character Portrait: Dauphina Melusine Character Portrait: Jamarreon Lacero Character Portrait: Einosuke Saitou Character Portrait: Dante Aquarius Character Portrait: Nadya Irne Character Portrait: Cellica Lazurin Character Portrait: Cedric Lazurin Character Portrait: Sanctuary A. Virgo Character Portrait: Nuocolo Gracia Character Portrait: Anemone
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Dɪᴀʟᴏɢᴜᴇ Cᴏʟᴏʀ ◆ #8aa5a5

Nadya Irne heard the king's words. She felt them sink into her soul and grasp at the guilt which weighed her down.

'I have seen your regret and thus wish to give you a chance to correct the wrong.'

Regret. Yes, she felt that, but at the same time her mind - stubbornness - rebelled against the claim. She was firm in her belief that, had Ophia not struck the final blow, the war would have continued for indefinite violent years. She sacrificed a slice of her humanity to destroy Chamaeleon, but to have the chance to restore her enemy... to make amends for her wrongs? She had not thought the possibility existed, but clearly it did. Yet... Nadya was hesitant. To complete such a ritual would surely be admitting she was wrong. How was she to explain this step to her people? Or stay strong in the face of her enemies when the king so openly exposed her hidden thoughts?

Nadya sat in silence as the voices around the table rose, mulling over her options wordlessly. She would have to work with the other rulers, both allies and enemies alike. It was possible that such a close relationship and access to their inner kingdoms would offer both dangers and opportunities she might not otherwise have. Not to mention the chance to be there as Chamaeleon's gem was restored. What would happen on such an occasion? Surely, the un-peopled land would be easier to claim in such a situation, even if it were only to claim back Ophia's rightful grounds that had previously been stolen from them.

The woman's thoughts were disrupted by the inane insults of an enemy, his words directed at the pink-haired ruler sitting to her side. Nadya's eyes narrowed as she took in Dante Aquarius, contempt clear in Nadya's hard eyes. She would not let the impostor speak badly of her friend.

"Clearly the King made no mistake when not addressing you as a ruler," Nadya said scathingly, "Such uncouth language does not befit a ruler of a kingdom. You have outed yourself as a brute."

Next, Nadya's gaze turned towards the eldest - save the king - at the table, and took in the appearance of the man who had once been an ally to her. His henchman stood beside him, and to both the men Nadya now spoke, "As for your gem, Lord Cancer, believe me when I say, if Ophiuchus had been responsible for its theft, your kingdom would look similar to the landscape around us after your betrayal. As it does not, I would prefer that you keep your accusations to yourself."

Her tone took on a softer note as she turned to the Gemini twins, their familiar faces a relief against the figures of her enemies. "Thank you for your offer, Cedric and Cellica. There may come a time when I ask for assistance, but for now I believe I should attempt this on my own." Their offer was kind, and had it not included the use of air ships, perhaps Nadya might have accepted. She thought, however, that she might ask them to accompany her to Cancer's land when it came time to visit Nuccolo's kingdom for Nadya's ritual. Surely allied support would be needed in such a hostile land.

Turning to the King, Nadya stood up, regal in the draping whites of her dress with her head held high. "I will perform your 'Ritual of Nubes Pilas'" She told the King, "But, is there a way to ensure my safety and that of my companions should I enter an enemy's kingdom?"

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                    Sanctuary listened to each word the king spoke, soaking in each and every word as she leaned back in her seat, sipping her wine as she scanned the faces of rulers and friends alike. Some, more or less ex-friends then others. She had no gripes, no problems with how this all would happen. Truthfully, the only actual issue she had was the idea of war continuing. Once they preformed this ritual, once they did everything they were suppose to, who was to say no one would attack another?

                    Her eyes glanced towards her brother, who in the shade of Dante's carriage and continued to make direct eye contact with her. She looked away in silence, shaking her head. If Uri wanted to side and fall in line with a tyrant, then who was she to judge? The massive, yet silent search for her brother could now stop. "Ruler of Taurus, Jamerreon Lacero your counterpart is Ruler of Virgo, Sanctuary Virgo." Spoke the King, as her eyes laid on the decrepit old man before her with vague amusement. She was about to speak, say how she would gladly work with Jamerreon, before her face contorted in anger when she heard the man from Aquarius speak. Still, things began to spiral out of control quicker then she could even imagine.

                    From Dante of Aquarius calling Dauphina a whore, and saying he hated the color pink, she wanted to hit him in the head with half the objects on the table. But she did note how this was clearly an attempt to not be completely vulgar, as she heard from him before. Next, was Nucculo and his outburst of some stolen gem. The gems were huge, and could not be stolen like that. She physically face palmed at that, pouring herself quite a bit more wine for herself as she felt something boil in her stomach.

                    Then the twins spoke, she felt that black hole open under her feet. She couldn't believe this vomit of words spewing from Cellica's mouth. First to Cancer, then Aquarius... Sanctuary was downing her wine, taking swigs at a time despite the foul taste. It got to the point where she moved to grab the next nearest bottle. And the fact the Akai was just going to deny Faust a chance to save her own kingdom... Gah.

                    But then, it just seemed to get worse. As others began to get along, and seemed to be offering their hand to the enemy, Nadya of course spoke up. Her tongue and ability to hold it was no better then this small child of Gemini, unfortunately. It kept getting from bad, to worse, to the Maiden's Hell.

                    The only saving grace was when Taurus spoke, a relieved look on her face as she actively nodded. "Thank the Angels, I will gladly work with you, Ruler of Taurus. To preserve our kingdoms, as neither of our people deserve to suffer for the grievance we may have. Enemy or not, I have no qualms with you. But, I have a love for a man from Aries, as well as elsewhere. I would prefer to not continue warring after this, but if I must help protect the country my lover comes from, let alone another's country, I'll have to do what I can." She paused. "But, even if we strengthen our gems, if not everyone agrees to this, then we will all suffer, as will all of the innocent." She looked at Anemone, then Dante. "Children, orphans, everyone who would have a chance to be great people and make a difference will die if we cannot come to an agreement of some sort. Dante, hold your tongue. Dauphina may not be the things you value in a person, or someone who is a bad reminder of whatever past you may represent, but think of the children that would die long before they were ever able to make it to adulthood, at least."

                    She held up a finger, sipping her wine again to get a breather. There was a lot to actually unpack here. "Akai, you need to grown a spine, dear. Don't let him change who you are, or endanger your people. Her voice was softer, but still firm as she put a hand on her shoulder. "Faust is willing to work with you, as are many on enemy and ally side alike." Sanctuary nodded, black waves cascading down her shoulder as she propped herself up on the table with her elbows as she locked in her fingers together and under her chin for a moment, gathering the correct thoughts to carry on to Cancer and the children.

                    "Ruler of Cancer," As formal as possible, she frowned. "I'm going to be honest, I don't believe absolutely anyone can steal another's gems. They are relatively hard to miss, and... well.. clustered. They're fairly large. As for you, Sister of the Gemini twins. You need to know when to hold your tongue, and when your words are so immature such as," The woman cleared her throat. The words next words rolled off her tongue with disdain. As if that wasn't fit to be said in such a formal and important meeting. "Bitch ass.." No one will ever take you seriously. I know I certainly do not. If you value your peoples life, traitor or not, your gem most of all requires this sort of ritual. Insults do not further resolution, and if we all don't do this, then I'm sure our worlds will end sooner, rather then later. In fact, calling Dante 'a few wrinkles short of a perverted old man', is basically saying the same as your own ally. And honestly, I'm not sure your correlation to perversion. That just seems to be as rude as Dante's crude behavior. And as unwise. Dauphina can defend herself, and she can hold her own. She's a ruler like the rest of us, after all. I shouldn't need to speak for her, and I do apologize Dauphina, but this is just... Incredibly unintelligent of the others. But I suppose I should expect such from you, at this point, Gemini."

                    Aery took a breath, running her fingers through perfect locks as she watched Dante's face alight in new coloration, one of pure anger. The twins seemed to catch his anger in ways she's never seen, personally. The twins triggered something, she was afraid to see the reaction to. Still, she spoke quietly, more carefully now to hopefully bring her rant to a halt to see what happened next.

                    "Also, if anyone here has daddy issues, it'd be me. My lovers have a tendency to be older then me, by quite a bit. Besides," She smiled as she leaned back. "If he had daddy issues, I think he'd be chasing every man's tail that even walked in here, or would pose some sort of threat to the women and their husbands. I suppose I don't understand you're faulty attempts... But I will acknowledge your attempt, none the less." Her legs crossed as Sanctuary folded her hands on her lap.

                    She almost wanted to say something to Nadya. Apologize, maybe! But, part of her couldn't find the proper words to do so. Perhaps she used all her ability to speak in such a manner with all the wine and the comments she gave. "Virgo will escort you solely to the Gem, and guide you safely through the Memento Mori. We have no qualms with you trying to do what is right, and right for the rest of the Kingdoms who here by want to save their kingdoms. I hope the rest of you will reconsider your stances."

                    A little winded, Aery seemed quite satisfied with what she had to say.
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Character Portrait: Kaveh Mehrzan Character Portrait: Dragan Úna Aries Character Portrait: Dauphina Melusine Character Portrait: Jamarreon Lacero Character Portrait: Dante Aquarius Character Portrait: Sanctuary A. Virgo
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          It could be said that Aries was a man of action, not of speaking. He listened to the king's speech, and then the rulers bicker back and forth as he screwed on the lid to his container of lip balm. The ruler himself knew that the words in his mouth would never be as quick as the blade in his hand; he was feeling his inexperience now in the growing ache behind his brow.

          The goat-creature continued to breath heavily behind him, its cloven hooves pawing at the ground every few seconds. 'Oh please,' Aries rolled his eyes while rubbing at his temples. '-just die already.' His resolve to kill the creature solidified as the meeting stretched on.

          Aries sipped at a glass of wine as Dante lashed out at the pink-haired Pisces woman.

          "For the sake of our kingdoms, I will work with you Aries." A voice came across the table. Kaveh of Libra. Aries slowly lifted his gaze to meet the man squarely. "Though I do not fully understand the spell..." At that, Aries' eyes drifted to the tattered scrap of scroll on the table before him.

          He didn't reply, but he did squint at the thing. Why was it so dirty? Was that a bloodstain on the side? Did they think phrasing the instructions in such archaic language would make them sound more impressive?

          It was then that a flicker of Jamarreon's conversation with Aery caught Dragan's attention.

          He smirked, lips curling against the rim of his cup at the promise to continue their fighting. Excellent. His appreciation for the Taurus man flared; it was good that the two of them had a mutual understanding on the nature of their relationship. Even if the war at large ended, Aries would sooner die than give up the thrill of combat.

          Oh, yes. He has yet to respond to Kaveh's inquiry.

          Aries set his wine goblet down with a clunk, returning his attention to the well-dressed man.
          "I like you, Kaveh," he began. And it was true. The ruler of Libra was one of the two rulers who had reached out to Aries and attempted to converse with him. "I will grant this service to you, as a token of my goodwill. Neither of us require the assistance of an arcane ritual to be strong, but perhaps we can make it interesting nevertheless."

          As Aries spoke, the man toyed with the armguard at his wrist. The handle of a silver throwing knife flicked out with a twitch of his wrist. Beautiful craftsmanship. Aries hummed as he glanced over his shoulder and flung the blade at the guardian standing behind him. Despite his casual attitude, the knife shot out with deadly precision straight towards the jugular vein throbbing in the fawn's throat.

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Character Portrait: Shio Akai Character Portrait: Faust Capricorn Character Portrait: Dragan Úna Aries Character Portrait: Dauphina Melusine Character Portrait: Jamarreon Lacero Character Portrait: Einosuke Saitou Character Portrait: Dante Aquarius Character Portrait: Nadya Irne Character Portrait: Cellica Lazurin Character Portrait: Cedric Lazurin Character Portrait: Sanctuary A. Virgo Character Portrait: Nuocolo Gracia Character Portrait: Anemone
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As chaos ensued, Dauphina's eyes glazed over. She was unsure of what to expect in this meeting full of rulers, but she surely had not predicted the events unfolding before her. Following the king's speech, there was an immediate outburst from her supposed counterpart Dante. His words stung as deeply as they were intended. She expected the word "whore" from the people that passed her by on Anapos' streets, but from a ruler she had imagined respect from, it broke her morale.

The rest of the words spoken were overtaken by the malicious thoughts in her head.
What have you done to build such a representation of yourself? Perhaps you truly are a harlot. A woman who cannot keep what was built between her legs to herself. A dirty prostitute that calls herself an empress. What a joke you are you unlovable sk━.

"━Dante, I understand that you have issues talking to people without berating them, but please, do it to someone whom will fight back━"


The words were drowned out once again as her friend and allies comment pierced her through the heart. She muttered a wince, but the onslaught of noise overpowered its noise.
How could she think of me so weak? I would rather be called a whore... After all the time she spent being lectured by Reko to remain strong in the face of the hell she grew up in, she had believed that she had trained herself to portray a more resilient character. Now, she supposed not.

Dauphina could not care less about the rest of the ruler's exchanges besides Nadya and Sanctuary's. Nadya had spit burning judgment in Dante's way, an act in which Dauphina appreciated. Though what surprised her most was Virgo's long retort to all those who were uncooperative. Her and Sanctuary had never been very close, especially as they were not allies, but the way she defended Dauphina's ability to stand her own ground was music to her ears. She suddenly had a new found respect towards the woman. A respect that would surely spiral into an overwhelming desire to woo her. Afterall, she was gorgeous.

After everyone had said their piece, she finally stood. Her height met Nadya's, a perfect representation of their similarities and chemistry.
"I am sorry to interrupt all of the unanswered questions and so forth," she spoke as she looked towards Nadya and Cellica with a pause, "however, I can no longer sit in silence. I am disappointed in the way I have been represented to a few who are present here." Her eyes remained on Cellica, a person she thought was her dear friend.

"I believe that I have shown more than enough that I am able to stand my own ground. I quite bluntly would be deep within the scummy grounds of the streets I lived on if it were not for my ability to fight back." Somehow, her voice remained steady and passionate. A voice that she was not so sure she could muster given the circumstances she was faced with. "I am deeply embarrassed by how you portray me Cellica."

She sighed and moved her gaze to the man next to her.
"Dante, I am unsure of what I have done to deserve such distaste from you. I offer my dearest condolences if you will let your kingdom suffer over something unforgivable that I have done. I, on the other hand, will gladly accept your partnership in restoring peace and prosperity as long as I will not be betraying my allies in doing so." At this point in time, it had felt that those hours within the carriage were not wasted. Reko's words had reached her subconscious in some way to make her speak the way she had. She did not lack maturity, but she certainly was not able to produce such elegant statements a majority of the time.

You did not screw up this time. Commendable job, tramp. She sighed in relief as the words finally were able to come out. Though, she could not forget that she had to show great gratitude as well. "Sanctuary, I am very much in your debt. I thank you for your kind words. Nadya, the same." With that, her butt planted itself back within her seat. Her typical giddy eyes seemed as distant as ever.

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At some point during the King's explanation of what exactly was going on between the warring kingdoms, Anemone had found herself taking off the goggles she had worn, placing them into a pouch of hers and indulging herself in a drink provided. True as it were that Anemone would love to perform the ritual as a means of protecting her people from hard, she bore many a doubt as to what the ritual itself would accomplish in the end. As Jamarreon had so blatantly put forth, even if all the rulers were to agree to the conducting of these rituals, it would not mean an end to the war. If anything, it would be naught but a simple temporary break in conflict.

Anemone shifted her eyes from other rulers whom decided speaking their mind to be appropriate at the time, and those who seemed to be otherwise inclined. Anemone felt an eye twitch at Dante's outburst towards Dauphina, going so far as to attack her person. Then there was Akai who, at least in Anemone's eyes, seemed the least convicted in what she was deciding. That makes the rumours of her being on Dante's beck and call to have some validity to them, I suppose. She thought to herself. Other outbursts from Cellica, retaliations from other rulers such as Sanctuary. If the King's speech, or even Nuocolo's speech, were meant to spur the leaders into cooperation, it would appear such hopes to be destroyed. A thought to which Anemone could only sigh in disappointment, though if she had to choose whether or not she was for such a task...

“Sovereign Anemone, I believe it would be in both of our best interests if we were to complete the Ritual of Astrologia.”

Interrupting her train of thought, Anemone turned her head to the source of the voice, directly to her right, Eino the ruler of Scorpio. She looked at him with a blank expression at first before wordlessly smiling and giving him a nod. She adjusted the cap on her head before standing up and, once more, looking over at the mess of a meeting that lay before her. Moving the plate that sat empty in front of her a bit to the side, she took a deep breath with a hand raised to the sky before forcefully bringing it down on the table in front of her, resulting in a loud banging and causing some cups to spill over and silverware to shake. She closed her eyes, taking a brief pause, before opening them again once more, her smile still remaining on her face, though her eyes burned with life.

"Oh, King. I am most certain that I speak on the behalf of some, if not all, of us when I say with the utmost sincerity that I find your proposition to be somewhat... questionable. Now, I know not of the situations or circumstances of all the gathered rulers here today, but for myself I find your proposition, while enticing, to leave me with some doubts." Anemone projected her voice, ensuring that all present, Ruler, Guardian, or King alike, could hear. "With all due respect to my fellow leaders, know that I understand that not all of us here would stoop to such levels. But I am certain that we can all think of at least one person who may take the opportunity of this ritual as a chance to destroy an enemy gem."

She let that thought simmer amongst the group for a few brief moments, working her stare across the table. "Even if none of us present would resolve to such foul play, what would this ritual accomplish in the end? A brief time of temporary peace? Perhaps build some trust between enemies in hopes of ending the war? Put an end to this continental feud we find ourselves in? Nay. Even if we somehow managed to agree to stop this war, it would simply be a delay until we are at each others throats once more. This is not a path to peace, dear King." Anemone close her eyes and took a deep breath once more before continuing. "In order for us to obtain peace, we must prepare for war! This is a paradox with which we must understand and live by. I am afraid that I cannot agree with this ritual you have proposed. This war is pivotal in deciding the fates of our people. We cannot, we should not, prolong it any more than is necessary. If a gem is destroyed, then so do the strings of fate weave around us. People are suffering and we do not have the luxury to play at friends. As long as there are disagreements amongst the rulers, there will be disagreements among the people, there will be war. The only way we will find ourselves free of such strife is if we become united under one righteous banner."

Anemone sat back down, taking a sip of her drink, some of which now spread across the table due to her previous strike upon it. "Our kingdoms are at war. Our people suffer. If destroying some gems will bring us to better days without conflict, then to that I say." Anemone smirked and raised her glass up. "Bear arms, and fight! For a better tomorrow!"

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“Silence.” The King’s voice was booming over the heated arguments around the table. “Silence.” he said again to get the rulers attention back to him. He had let them all speak but enough was enough. The Faun behind Aries didn't even blink an eye as Aries threw the knife at him. It simply bounced of from the magical shield around him. He had been prepared. “I must say, I am disappointed in you. The Gems are already crippled, the wars weakened them. If you do not perform the Ritual of Astrologia Eclipse, your Kingdom will follow the path Chamaeleon has. Your very own land will turn into ashes, your people die of sickness and your buildings crumble.” His gaze seemed to pierce through every ruler who had denied the help. As his gaze traveled over the pretend ruler of Aquarius it turned even colder. He didn’t speak a word, instead letting his stony expression turn to Cancer's ruler.

“Race of Slata, Nuocolo Gracia. Your words are those of a bitter man. I thought you were man of logic, but your words are unsensible. Look around you sir. What do you see? Land in ashes, and why? Chamaeleon Gem was destroyed bringing the death with it. As it has been brought into discussion by several Rulers, how would your Kingdom live and prosper if the Gem was destroyed? And stealing it? Every person around this table can prove to you that no one, not even the Guardians would be able to move your Gem around. Each Gem contains the whole soul and life of your Kingdom, and you imagine it is some medallion you can just steal and carry around. Your Gem exists. Your Gem is in your land. You are just too blind to see that.”

The King let a moment of silence pass as to let Nuocolo think of the words just spoken. Once again he started walking slowly around the table. He had heard the worries of the Rulers and addresses them all at once.

“Now to your address your other concerns. Performed correctly the Gems gain back the energy they have lost. Strengthening each of your Gem means your fields will prosper and the illnesses among people lessens. If you fail the Ritual the Gems either get none or little of that energy but it does not harm them by any means. Thus you may safely attempt it several times if needed, just know that once Gem has its full power the Ritual will not add to it. And you will know if it is performed correctly. You will feel it in your hearts.” He paused one again letting others to gather the information as there sure was a lot to it. “Now it is not within my power to affect such mundane matters as protecting you or your companions life in enemy territory. However if that's what you wish pray for your Guardians behind you as they might have something for the aid.” The King gave almost a sly smile. He might not be able to do anything directly but he could always guide them to right direction.

After the explanations there was a long silence. It was as if everyone were waiting for something. Guardians exchanged looks with others knowing what was to come. The King’s expression grew heavy and cold. His voice was stern, even angry. “As Rulers your land and people should always go first. Now you are acting selfish and think what makes life easier for you. You let your people suffer and your Gem die as long as it means another Kingdom follows behind you. Destroying a single Gem more will bring this world in unbalance, chaos and death. And do not think I am willing to give you a change to save it. You as Rulers are responsible of your land and people. If you are willing to destroy it, you do not deserve to have a land to rule!”

He placed his hands together and started chanting a spell, the Guardians joining to it. Their voice were strong and loud. As the chanting continued some of the rulers gaining an eerie blue light around them. And then - disappeared.


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Choppy seas surrounded the small island, dark waves crashing against the jagged rocks encircling the piece of land like a dangerous halo. That reef of rocks promised wreck to any ship navigating these waters, but also protected the western beaches from the worst of the troubled seas beyond. One side of the island dropped into the sea slowly, turning from a dense forest, to a sparsely populated area of coconut trees, and finally to the white-golden sands of the beach. Follow the beach around and those tranquil shores quickly turned to quick moving inlets and dark, twisting caves. Blow holes in the cliff of the northern face of the island sent towards of water jetting up into the air, droplets like rain making the steep cliff-face dangerous and slippery. The thick forest in the centre of the island spoke of danger too, with the rumblings and crashings of vicious creatures echoing from its depths. However, one shouldn't only be wary of the loud creatures, for those that moved silently through the trees or the underbrush were just as dangerous and likely to kill any who crossed their paths. Caves along the coast and beside the streams that flowed from inland gave shelter to many such creatures, protecting from the elements, even if the sound of the winds blowing through the caves offering it's own eerie sounds.

Dante and Dauphina, Nuocolo, Cellica and Cedric, Akai and Faust, and Anemone and Eino found themselves standing on a southern side of deserted island. A voice spoke to them, a voice of their Guardians, seemingly out of nowhere and all around them. “You have been transferred to Island of Curses in order for you to work together and solve your problems. This is not a relaxing holiday as the forests are inhabited by the worst creatures that walk on this land. If you wish to stay alive, you can not go wander alone. Have someone to watch your back, share your resources, work together for safety. And if you do not? If even one of you faces their death in here? Then we fear none of you ever steps their foot outside of this island again.” And with that the voice was gone leaving the nine of them alone. No guards, servants or friends following them. But for some reason, be it a mistake in spell or done in purpose, Dante’s Dog was also send to the island.


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Once the group had left, the King gathered himself from the outburst and turned his attention to rest of rulers still left around the table gazing over them with fatherly smile. “Sanctuary Virgo, Aries, Kaveh Mehrzan, Jamarreon Lacero and Nadya Irne, my children. I trust to see good happen in your Kingdoms, your lands prosper, your people celebrating. You have chosen the right path and thus earn my gratitude. I wish to give you a reward of this, please tell me your wishes my children, and I will fill them, if they are within my reach. But be warned, one mistake and you too will be send away to Island of Curses.

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Akai listened silently the words spoken around the table. Not many paid attention to her, and she didn’t mind that. She wouldn’t be surprised if no one even heard her sentence. "Well, my hands are tied. I am willing to work with an enemy to save my own kingdom unlike other deranged people, but if Leo won't cooperate then there's nothing I can really do about that." She heard Faust speak, and felt like sinking under the table. She wanted to shout, scream, something, but all she could do was sit there trying to keep herself together.

"Akai, you need to grown a spine, dear. Don't let him change who you are, or endanger your people. Faust is willing to work with you, as are many on enemy and ally side alike." Akai felt Sanctuarys hand on her shoulder. It made her feel even worse. She wanted to agree with her. But she couldn’t. Not with Dante being that strongly against it. She was too embarrassed to even look at her. She was too embarrassed to look at anyone.

All of sudden she noticed a glimmer of light as the Sun reflected from knife Aries throw at his guardian. But it was once she listened Anemone speaking of the war and death, she only wanted to be anywhere else than at the meeting. She wanted to hide and vanish. And within seconds Akai had disappeared under the table terrified of everyone more than ever. Dog noticed her and came to beg for treats knowing she always hid something in her sleeves. And Dog was right as Akai pulled out a piece of jerky and gave it to Dog who wagged his tail happily. At least Akai understood him. And he Akai. Or that was what she told to herself while petting him. Still under the table she heard the King to talk. First time actually realizing she really was hiding like a scaredy cat, she gathered herself and got back up and sat on her chair. If someone asked, she could always say she dropped her wedding ring and was looking for it. She still carried it on chain around her neck when she needed a little boost of courage. Though this time she had needed a larger boost.

The blue light surrounding her made her yelp out of fear, and Dog was caught in the same light as he was still begging for more treats. And with that - “Where am I? What happened? Is everyone here?” she had so many questions in her mind. She looked under her as she felt sitting on something. “Is that…. Bag of Dog food?” The Guardians speech made her heart beat faster and her ears twitched. Fear, nervousness, feeling lost, even hopeless. It was too much for her already weak mind as she felt tears falling down her cheeks.

She was trying to understand the situation. The King wanted all of them to work together in island of certain death. But looking at the group…. There was no way. Maybe she should just ask Dante to let her out of misery first? It was then she noticed Faust was there. “But she agreed, why would she be---? Oh no. No no no. It’s my fault. She’s here because of me isn’t she?” The thought made Akai feel even worse. Not only she’d die but now she had sentenced Faust to her death just as well. “F-Fa--- Monarkhes Capricorn. I…. I’m sorry… I… I think you’re here because of me.”

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                    By the time every one of the rulers who had something to said, said something, Dante's anger was boiling over as his face grew as red as his scarf. All he could think about, was what the annoying bitch of a twelve year old said to him. Biting his own thumb, blood trailed down the appendage as he resisted the urge to say anything further. To choke her. To watch as the wind and air Gemini controlled eluded her and he watched the life drain from her eyes into nothingness. A dull, lifeless, and equally as useless sack of meat.

                    '...when yours makes you just a few wrinkles short of an old perverted man.'

                    It shouldn't have angered him as much as it did. Had he been normal, he would of rationalized it as no way they would of known. He felt his skin crawl, as if he could still feel the fingers ghosting up his arms and raspy voice in his ears. He could still feel the stinging pain down his thighs, across his throat - Dante only snapped out of it when he saw Sanctuary address them, choosing her words softly. He would work with this harlot of a woman. He would change his mind for the sheer hope he could destroy the Gemini twins more then he ever wanted to before. Dauphina now had someone who outranked her in his hatred.

                    It was the twins who spoke first, before Nadya spoke up in a simple, yet easily as blunt manner. He scoffed at her, and said nothing further. He never made an attempt to address the insults or complaints her country or she ever made about him. It wouldn't start now. She was on the side of children, truthfully. It didn't speak very highly about her, in general, but he did seem to be approving as if he had a right to be that she spoke up for her friend.

                    When the Leader of Virgo spoke up against him, yet somehow for him, his red face never faded. He was still struggling to keep a grip on things, on reality. He could almost feel something wet behind his ear - but there wasn't anything. Perhaps, it was just sweat. The white haired male leaned back as he listened to Sanctuary carefully. Addressed to hold his tongue, Dante had to admit to a point that she was right. He didn't approve of the woman Dauphina was rumored to be, or dressed to be...

                    But the idea of making the children of his country suffer more then they should, made him pause. Still, he was being swallowed by the memories of past misfortunes, past terrors. He began to grip his sword tightly on his hip, is spare hand turning into an extremely tight fist.

                    If he was going to reply to Dauphina, and her words, he didn't even have a chance. He had been wrapped up in his own thoughts as he could of sworn hands slide up his chest. He only snapped out of it when he heard it. The King before him and his disgusting cohorts began to chant. Dante was seeing red the same time they all turned blue and were sent to an island. Fuck. Fuck!

                    He was trembling, a hand now on his scarf as he watched Dog suddenly let out a concerned howl. It couldn't find Aries, and this was a new location. He looked around, the island was hostile. That much was fucking apparent. They couldn't make a raft out, either, most likely. He should tell from the fact it was called the 'Island of Curses', there was absolutely no escape until the King decided it. And he let his fucking dog come to die as well?! Bending down to lift up the poor thing, he glared at Akai. He could only manage a single, short phrase at the moment, eyeing what she sat on. "Get off the dog food."

                    If she didn't move quickly enough, he growled as he used his spare arm to grab her into standing, hauling up the dog food as he turned his back directly to the twins. His eyes narrowed on Akai as he tried to still his thoughts, his mind. "...We're going to set up camp. Now. There's no time to waste." He glanced at Faust and Dauphina. "For the record, had he given people a chance to change their minds, I would of. You two can either come with us, and we can build shelter and figure shit out, or stay here. I don't care either way. As long as I'm far away from the ten year-old brats who'll never hit puberty, I don't care. But a bigger camp is for the best."

                    He glanced around. There were coconut trees, and it looked as if they were placed in the more tranquil side of the island. "We're in a good position, by the sounds of everything." Dante's ears were far more trained to hear an enemy or a predator hiding within the mountains and snows of Aquarius, but he was trained none the less. He glanced at Anemone, Einosuke, Dauphina, Nuccole, Dauphina, Faust, and Akai as he began to speak. He still ignored the twins existence. "We should set up camp first, place duties on what's possible. For those who don't have weapons, we'll have to make some on the spot. It looks like this island has plenty of resources, however, so I have no doubt Akai and I can handle it if we need to travel further inland. Spear fishing will also be a good idea, for those who can handle it. For now? We need to find as much wood as possible. The palms of the coconut trees can work for decent covering if the island starts to rain, but we might want to consider investigating the caves when we're better prepared. Let alone the rest of the island." He finally stopped for a moment before looking at Akai.

                    "I'm sorry I got you into this, but we need to get started as soon as possible, and as quietly. Who knows if whatever in the forest has a taste for humans. As a result, I'm sorry you as well, Dauphina and Faust. I quite literally fucked all four of us." Dante frowned, setting down the dog and the dog food. "Worst comes to worst, dog food is edible and Dog will just have to share with us. But let's hope it just doesn't have to come to that."

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Following Dauphina's own spiel, ruler Anemone made an abrupt entry into the conversation with a table slam. Her speech seemed the least offensive to anyone out of all the long drawn out conversation that had been taking place at this meeting. It was surely reasonable, though it was not cooperative as Dauphina was sure the King had hoped for.

Sure enough, the King was less than pleased. The disappointment could be clearly made out by the defined wrinkles among his face. All she wanted was to be in the arms of her lover once again. Dealing with royal business outside her own kingdom was her least favorite thing to do. It was never simple and easy. Everyone had too many opinions, and that was why they were in this situation in the first place. War-torn and disgruntled.

As Dauphina would explain, the next few seconds went frighteningly quick. Before she even had time to blink, she was suddenly enveloped in a bright blue light. When her eyes finally adjusted, she found herself on a secluded island in a place she had never seen or heard of before.
What has happened? Where the hell is my carriage? Oh gods, what am I going to do without Touma? I haven't been able to... in days... I'm going to lose it. Her mind spiraled into a state of panic as her ears barely caught the words of the disembodied voice speaking to the group.

She seemed in a daze, standing there frozen, her scant attire being blown by the winds of the sea. The harsh voice of Dante pierced her ears as he addressed Akai. Could she hear some faint panic in his voice? She couldn't be sure, but anyone in their right mind would be panicked in this state of affairs. Once she realized that Akai had been transported with her, Dauphina quickly shuffled to the girl's side. Wrapping her arms around her for warmth and comfort. At this point, she couldn't care less if Akai didn't appreciate the physical contact. It was something Dauphina desperately needed at the moment. As she listened to Dante, she couldn't help but be surprised.
Did the man just apologize to me?

A smile crept over her face as she appreciated the acknowledgment of his wrongdoing.
"Thank you Dante, I appreciate your kindness and authority at this moment. If I may offer, I am very well trained in harvesting the bounties of the sea and would be very much willing to take over a position regarding that. I must admit, I am not in possession of a weapon. I should not need a weapon to deal with the fish, however. Perhaps in the future for protection." She cradled her cat-eared friend as she spoke, her voice full of confidence.

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        The food in front of Eino went untouched. Perhaps if he were not forced to participate in such a vile conversation he would have made peace with his stomach, but as it stood it was hard enough not to throw up bile.

        As the Sovereign of Sagittarius turned to smile Eino could only feel his heart sinking deeper into his proverbial ocean of despair. Why had she looked at him so thoughtlessly; as though she had no soul within her vacant eyes. Her hand slammed down onto the table and so began her passionate speech.

        Her words were not directly slated at him, but he knew what it meant. She did not wish to complete the ritual, but more importantly he would not bring the peace his kingdom wished to have.

        Keeping his face neutral he let her finish, but the moment she called the a to bear arms he opened to his mouth to retort.

        “Sovereign Anemone surely we can —,“ he tried to say but was abruptly cut off by the authoritative voice of the King. Eino snapped his mouth shut and listened; the wave of irritation burning at the edge of his vision.

        As the man spoke Eino kept his eyes focused on the green haired ruler before him. Perhaps they were on opposing sides of the war, but they themselves never had any true grievances with one another. It would only be a simple matter of trying to talk some sense into the woman.

        “…You as Rulers are responsible of your land and people. If you are willing to destroy it, you do not deserve to have a land to rule!”

        Eino felt safe in his chair knowing he was willing to complete the ritual, it was the other who had qualms with the situation. Maybe the island would do her some good maybe it would — but as his thoughts drifted to his own safety a brilliant blue light began to engulf him.

        He was on the island.

        Surrounding him were the other rulers who had made their disapproval known, along with a dog? A voice called out to another to get off the dog food to which Eino could only stare. His body felt cold and he could only stay silent as the man who had an angry outburst earlier apologized and took charge of their situation.

        Eino said nothing, but let his gaze travel until he met with the woman who he knew was responsible for his being on the island.

        “I hope it was worth it,” his tone was even but the anger he felt could not be concealed. “If we do not get off this island your people will suffer because of your actions.”

        Slowly, she was becoming someone he was learning to hate.

        He turned around as he could not bear to look at her. The sight of her being disgusted him. How selfish must one be to refuse an opportunity to right a century full of wrong, so they could conquer the world themselves?

        His anger simmered down and with it despondency took its place.

        Far away from his kingdom, his sisters, and the oppression of his role as ruler, Eino couldn’t help but feel as though the island is where he was always meant to end up. A place where hopelessness lived within the sea, and in the forest were creatures that wished to end him. He had tried his best before, but it appeared never to be enough.

        Would it truly be so bad to die?



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        Even from within the carriage Touma could hear the voice of the King resonating throughout he barren land. He spoke with a harshness that made him shudder in fear, and worry for his love. Of course he knew Dauphina was a strong woman, one of the many reasons why he fell in love with her, but even with that knowledge Touma felt as though he should be by her side; even if it were just to comfort him.

        As the speech continued however Touma’s legs twitched to go run to his love, and as the King finally declared that people who would destroy their own land do not have the right to rule it he did exactly that.

        The chanting seemed ominous to Touma, but he paid no mind to the sounds as he watched with ever growing horror a light beginning to surround Dauphina. He ran faster with his right arm outstretched to reach her, but before he could even step foot on the grassy land he fell to the ground haplessly and watched as she disappeared before him.

        He screamed a deafening shriek, his face contorted into something monstrous as he cursed out the land that barred him from his love. Touma had no care what the other rulers thought of his appearance as the only thing he could focus on was the empty seat where his love sat moments before.

        “Dauphina. . . please, come back . . . I cannot live without you.” He sounded broken and his voice cracked as he finished his thought, “I-I don’t know how I did before.”



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Faust had little to say as arguments continued to develop across the table, although she tilted her head at the thought of the war continuing after they had performed the rituals. It was more than foolish, to spend so much time strengthening the gems only to weaken them again in a petty fight with another Kingdom. She could only hope that they would banish the thought, but with how things were currently progressing, that was only wishful thinking. She watched as the king quickly silenced everyone at the table before he spoke once more. He seemed a father chiding his children for failing to get along with each other, and perhaps that sentiment wasn't far from the reality of the situation.

And it would appear that the King would enact a punishment fitting of their negligence, as in heartbeat the scenery of the table, piled high with food and surrounded by rulers, was quickly replaced with a less welcoming landscape. The others who surrounded her were those who had outright refused, reluctantly or not, to do the ritual, and their unfortunate counterparts. For a moment voices spoke, shining some light on their situation, until they could no longer be heard, leaving the nine of them to their own devices.

Faust wasn't worried about how her kingdom would fair without her. No, the kingdom would be more than fine in the hands of the Council. In fact, she was more worried about being stranded on an island with people who, previously, would rather see them all destroyed than to preform a simple ritual that would save all their kingdoms, and she certainly didn't doubt that they would kill one another even if it meant that they'd all be left to rot on the island. There wasn't hope for cooperation among people like that, and she was a little wary of their intentions.

Shio was the first to speak, and Faust sighed in response, "If you want to make it up to me, it would do us all a favor if you refrained from getting yourself mauled by whatever beasts here that are eager to rip you apart." Dante seemed to quickly take charge of the situation, which was surprising after he almost guaranteed the destruction of all their kingdoms with his outburst earlier, but Faust wasn't in the mood to be petty, nor was she in the mood to die on this waste of an island. He apologized and that'd have to be enough for now. "I don't imagine that monsters are all this island has to offer, and if there's enough supplies to be found in order to make bows and arrows, even rudimentary ones at best, then I could help in hunting game."

The others seemed as pissed as Faust expected them to be, especially the Ruler of Cancer, who just sat there stewing in his own irritation. Hopefully he wouldn't cause any more problems for them when they were just starting to work together, or even worse, get himself killed.

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Though from this distance Iuliana couldn't hear what the rulers were saying, it was clear that many of them were arguing over one thing or another. A smile quickly spread across her face; it was an exciting though indeed, to see such magically gifted people go at each other in a fight, if the King would even let tensions rise to such a height. To her disappointment, the King put an end to the arguing with his louder, almost deafening voice. Boy, was he upset, but that was expected when he had called every ruler to talk of peace, yet the only thing they were eager to do was kill each other.

However, what was not expected was the chanting that began to fill the small space, nor the blue light that enveloped several rulers, including Faust, before they all vanished. As if they were never there.

Soon after, Laurenz had returned to their carriage. "Excuse me, dear Iuliana, maybe it's just the overbearing heat playing tricks on my mind, but I do believe I just witnessed our ruler disappear."

"Well, I think we best send a message to Aurora since it seems she'll be in charge of things for a while."

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Character Portrait: Shio Akai Character Portrait: Faust Capricorn Character Portrait: Dauphina Melusine Character Portrait: Einosuke Saitou Character Portrait: Dante Aquarius Character Portrait: Cellica Lazurin Character Portrait: Cedric Lazurin Character Portrait: Nuocolo Gracia Character Portrait: Anemone
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Cedric grew restless as the rulers began to dispute each other as partners. This, was lead off thanks to his idiot of a sister, causing his restlessness to vocalize, "Cellica.... Just stop...." He muttered to her, sensing the heat of her passionate words, even if she weren't looking at him. As she continued her tirade, Cedric spoke one more, repeating himself in hopes it'd help. However, one comment stuck out:

"...when yours makes you just a few wrinkles short of an old perverted man."

Those words hung for a mere moment, before Cedric could hear a response, however, Cellica wouldn't hear it. As Cedric shot from his chair, hand sparking from the electric charge as he snapped to his Sister, "That is enough, Cellica!!" His words, were loud and fierce much like his father, whom slowly walked towards the tables, ready to come stop his daughter. As Cedric's words were leaving his breath, his grip took up Cellica's left arm, clamping it hard, and discharging the electricity through the arm, a loud and short scream came from Cellica, as she felt the electricity rocket through her arm, and the grip on the injury she's had for years. Falling into her chair from the pain, the Twin wormed herself free from his grip, in obvious pain. Cedric turned to the other rulers, "My apologies, your highness, for my sister's outburst." His words were far more formal than Cellica's, as he turned to the others, "On behalf of my sister, I apologize for her actions and words today. As they were unwarranted." Soon, he sat back down, listening to the King once more.

However, the twins felt something, an unsettling feeling that only came once before. That day, as they got that unnerving feeling, the war between Chameleon and Ophia broke out. It had rest on the Twins' minds heavily, as soon the two were soon blinded by light. As their senses recovered, they were no longer sitting at the table, with their father nearby. The island of Curses, as the two looked around, they noticed Dante, Dauphina, Nuocolo, Anemone, Faust, Eino, and Akai with them. As Cedric looked, he could hear the rumble of something in the forest, he gripped the two swords of his Esper wings, as Cellica looked to the rest, hearing these words,

“You have been transferred to Island of Curses in order for you to work together and solve your problems. This is not a relaxing holiday as the forests are inhabited by the worst creatures that walk on this land. If you wish to stay alive, you can not go wander alone. Have someone to watch your back, share your resources, work together for safety. And if you do not? If even one of you faces their death in here? Then we fear none of you ever steps their foot outside of this island again.”

With those words disappearing like the swift wind, Cellica turned to the rest, taking out her spare knife, thumbing the blade gently as to check the edge, before walking to Dauphina, "Dauphina, here." With those words, Cellica held the knife to her friend, "I'm sorry, it's not much, but every little bit helps." As Cellica did that, it was obvious she ignored everything Dante had said, though, Cedric hadn't. As he looked at Dante, speaking with reason,

"Look, Dante. I know Cellica is an idiot. But right now, we're not in a position to have a petty squabble. We need to survive, or, our lands will be in more danger than the war could produce." Cedric wasn't trying to start a fight, as he looked to the others, "Even if it's forced, we need to get along for more than five minutes. Unless, of course, the idea of dying on a rock in the middle of nowhere is pleasing to you." It was apparent, Cedric was a better leader of the twins, as he acted on more on reason and logic. Though Cellica cut in,

"I'm going to fly up, see if I can scout out anything for some shelter, along with a steady supply of food and water, let alone act as eyes in the sky for any game. Stay in the open, and if possible, make a fire, smoke rises well into the air and should be easy to see for anyone far away..." Her words weren't as strong as Cedric's, as the weight of her words crashed around in her head, much like the seas that surrounded the group. Especially what she said to Dauphina, she said it without thinking, and thus, felt the need to amend. As her wings had spread, a gust of wind had swept under them, sending Cellica high into the skies once more. With Cellica in the sky, Cedric remained on the ground, his fingers still tingling from his outburst earlier. Even still, he was to do what he could to ensure everyone survived.