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Dragan Úna Aries

Ruler of Aries

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a character in “Astrologia Eclipse”, as played by angelwolf123

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FULL NAME
⌊ Dragan Úna Aries ⌉
⌊ draugh • gon yu • na | precious lamb⌉
⌊ ar • ies | it means fuckin aries u nitwit⌉


TITLE
⌊ name • name • aries ⌉

GENDER & AGE
⌊ male & twenty-seven ⌉

RACE & ROLE
⌊ arian & ruler of aries ⌉

SIDE
⌊ lmao ⌉

SEXUALITY
⌊ demisexual - panromantic ⌉




"Do you know what I enjoy? Blood. Lots of blood."


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PERSONALITY
      ✦ bloodthirsty ✧ chaotic ✦ sheltered ✧ hedonistic ✦ unfulfilled

      Bloodthirsty, as in, he's thirsty for blood. Maybe literally. He likes it. He thinks people are more interesting with their guts out where he can look at them. Aries loves stabbing things as well as the implements used in stabbing. They're his favorite, actually. His first instinct is to solve his problems with brute force and violence.

      Chaotic, as in, fuck the fucking rules, yo. Aries lives his life in a whirlwind of doing whatever he wants whenever he wants. Often times, he'll even go out of his way to intentionally spit in the face of patterns he might have been forming. Aries can't stand it when things become stale and stagnant.

      Sheltered, as in, Aries has lived his whole life in an environment that accommodates the two earlier traits. It's pure luck. Due to the aggressive and confrontational nature of Kamena, where all conflicts are settled in tests of strength, Aries truly has always been able to solve his problems with violence. He's been able to break rules as he pleases, with no punishments or repercussions to be seen. Additionally, he's rarely ventured beyond the borders of Kamena. Because of all this, Aries quickly becomes embarrassed and flustered when placed in social confrontations, and is a little shaky on his feet when navigating strange territories.

      Hedonistic, as in, everything Aries does is in pursuit of his own pleasure. He operates almost instinctively, always choosing the path of what he wants and what makes him feel good. This means indulging his violent desires, dabbling in drugs, food: anything that can catch his interest. This is why Aries picks fights all the time. He seeks to destroy things just because he likes watching them break.

      Unfulfilled, as in, all of Aries' hedonism is a vain attempt to compensate for his lack of emotional fulfillment. He is a solitary ruler with no friends and distant family members. No one is close to him, and he is close to no one. Aries blindly pursues pleasure because otherwise, what else is there for him?



"I have two dogs; Jana and Andrej."


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LIKES
      knives/swords/machetes - useful for stabbing
      conflict - gives him a boner
      conflict w/ powers - gives him BIGGER boner
      dogs - they cute, they loyal
      showing as much skin as possible - very important for... reasons
      music - soothing & enjoyable
      drugs - exciting & enjoyable
      his mother - as much as he doesn't want to admit it
      cannibalism - very trendy in kamena
      jewelry - fashionable status symbol
DISLIKES
      overly clean people - annoying
      being bossed - you wanna get stabbed? that's how you get stabbed
      social conflict - can't handle it
      being bored - will stab someone
      vanilla sex - ew ew icky
      complicated problems - he wants to enjoy himself
TALENTS
      stabbing people - favorite hobby
      being sexy (while stabbing) - born with it
      leading by example - perfect aries specimen
      aggressive strategy - comes naturally
      using multiple weapons - specifically daggers, sword, & spear
      cutthroat attitude - good luck with the hostage strategy
FLAWS
      sheltered - can be surprised easily
      emotionally vulnerable - has no friends
      easily incited - can't resist fights
      socially awkward - tongue tied
      chaotic ally - untrustworthy & unpredictable



"The first time I tried drinking blood, I threw up. It gets easier, of course."


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      ✦ TOXIC BLOOD ✦

      Aries' blood is hallucinatory. The magic releases when he's cut, and the size of the area of effect/potency increase with the amount of blood spilled. In general, the area of effect won't exceed about a 20 feet diameter. His blood is the most potent when swallowed or injected, and will basically send the person straight to trip-town. However, this isn't usually possible to do in a combat setting and is usually only done recreationally or as a method of subduing an already defeated opponent.

      If Aries' is bleeding from a few wounds, it's enough to decrease the opponent's accuracy and effect their mood. After 10 years of being a ruler, and with plenty of practice, Aries has begun to develop the ability to influence the kind of hallucinations his victims experience. The three types he's mastered enough to actually use are rage-inspiring illusions, fear-inspiring illusions, and pleasure-inspiring illusions. In ten or fifteen more years, perhaps he'll be able to dial in control of the hallucinations enough to specify certain visuals or sensory details. For now, influencing the "mood" of his hallucinations are all he can do.

      Once the hallucination begins to sink in to a victim, the first thing they'll notice that is "off" is the appearance of curling ram horns crowning Aries' skull, giving the ruler an almost demonic presence.

      Toxic blood is a self destructive power by nature; it can only be used if Aries is hurt and has no effect once the wounds start to coagulate. The risk of him succumbing to his injuries increases the more he is injured in combat. If Aries is severely wounded to the point of passing out from bloodloss, the area around him will distort as if the person entering the area of effect has been slipped a hallucinogenic drug (like LSD). This makes it difficult for his wounds to be treated after combat. Additionally, due to his unique blood type, Aries is unable to receive blood transfusions from other people.



"Clearly I cannot shut up about blood."


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H I S T O R Y

      Aries was born and raised in Kamena, in the humid cliff-side capital city. His father was the ruler for years before being killed by Aries' older brother when Aries was ten years old. He lived under the heel of his elder brother for the rest of his childhood, until eventually killing his sibling at the age of sixteen.

      There was a period of three to four years where an appointed council held a lot of power over Aries' position, limiting his ability to travel and exert authority. And, uh,
      he killed them too! Haha, wow, all this death, what a coincidence.

      A strong overlying factor in Aries' life has been his isolation. Isolation from peers and friends due to his birth, and then furthered by the control of people over him. The only kingdom other than Kamena he has visited, is Virgo.

      This has contributed to his general social ineptitude and tendency to whatever he wants on a whim. Aries has no ties to people, nothing to protect. The dearest person to him is his still-living mother, who left after the death of her husband to become a pirate queen in the south. She remarried, and Aries now has three younger half siblings (two boys, one girl).

      Of course, Aries fully expects one of them to continue the family tradition and kill him someday. He's not close to any of the children (although a part of him might wish to be).

So begins...

Dragan Úna Aries'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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          Aries' entourage reached the edge of what used to be Chamaeleon. They all, of course, halted at the sight of their sovereign pulling at the reigns of his horse and dismounting in one smooth motion. He knelt, dipping his gloved hand into the fine powder that coated the earth. The ruler hefted the dust in his palm, lilac eyes alight with interest.

          Intelligent members of the retinue exchanged wary glances.

          The bravest of them coughed, his horse puffing and stirring up some of the grey dust. "...my lord?" His inquiry was both a question and a suggestion to continue moving.

          Aries tilted his head up, peering at the brave one through his near-colorless bangs.
          "Matija," he began, allowing the powder to slip from his hand like sand from an hourglass. "This dust is all that remains of Chamaeleon. Do you think this includes the trees, the animals... the people who lived here?"

          Several faces in the Arian retinue turned white, and Matija was no exception. Truth be told, he had no idea where the dust truly originated, but the possibility of even a small percentage of it being cremated human flesh was indeed a grim one.
          "I... I suppose it could, my lord Aries."

          Dragan rose to his feet as Matija spoke. He slid one foot into a stirrup before swinging a leg over the width of his hard leather saddle. His war stallion didn't so much as budge until Dragan guided the horse over to Matija. The ruler held his palm flat out, before blowing what was left of the pale powder into the attendant's face.

          Matija coughed and swore, while Aries smiled prettily and admired his handiwork.
          "A fun idea, isn't it," he said, before laughing and pulling away.

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          Dragan Úna Aries was in much worse spirits by the time the meeting place came into sight; an achingly green oasis glowing on the horizon. He sat ramrod straight on the saddle, his black hood pulled over his head and a dark glower practically cemented onto his face.

          Although the powder puffing beneath their feet was as fine as flour, not a single wind stirred the dust from its grave stillness. The sun beat down without any enthusiasm at all, and compared to the wet humidity of Kamina, the dryness of the air practically sucked the very blood from Aries' skin. His eyes ached, and it hurt to blink.

          Could they have followed the accursed star any slower? If Dragan had to endure this endless monotony a second longer, he'd cut off an attendant's head and use the damn thing as an ōllamaliztli ball.

          Aries ultimately entered the ring of grass after leaving the (luckily alive) entourage behind. He stalked forward with an impatient sort of grandeur, scarcely looking at any of the other rulers and nearly busted a blood vessel when he laid eyes on the hideous creature lurking behind his chair. What was that? A fawn?

          'Killing it later,' he decided, and threw himself onto his seat. However, every iota of his focus demanded something more important first. Aries rested an ankle on his knee, fishing a small wooden container from its place in one of his knife pouches. He unscrewed the lacquered thing before swiping the pad of his thumb over the honeyed lip balm within.

          He rubbed the balm over his chapped bottom lip, eyes narrowed at the food-laden table and its surroundings.

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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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Character Portrait: Shio Akai Character Portrait: Nadya Irne Character Portrait: Kaveh Mehrzan Character Portrait: Sanctuary A. Virgo Character Portrait: Anemone Character Portrait: Einosuke Saitou Character Portrait: Dante Aquarius Character Portrait: Jamarreon Lacero Character Portrait: Dragan Úna Aries Character Portrait: Cellica Lazurin Character Portrait: Dauphina Melusine Character Portrait: Faust Capricorn Character Portrait: Cedric Lazurin Character Portrait: Nuocolo Gracia
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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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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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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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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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          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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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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it was with some apprehension that Kaveh waited for his counterpart's response. Aries was not always known to do the expected thing, or to follow the norm. Kaveh half expected the man to flip the table then and there, or ignore him entirely, yet instead Kaveh found himself meeting Aries' gaze. The words and sentiment were unexpected. Agreement; a cordial acceptance to work together. Despite Aries' agreement being entirely out of Kaveh's control, he felt a small thrill, as if he had successfully done something for his Kingdom, finally. He was more than pleased that he and his counterpart would not be trading harsh barbs and threats of death as they attempted to save their kingdoms.

And then, Aries flipped a knife from his sleeve and sent it sailing over his shoulder at the guardian of Aries' land. "Wha-...!" The incoherent exclamation was barely out of Kaveh's lips - was he trying to warn the guardian? or just surprised? - when the guardian batted away the knife as if it were a fly. Kaveh glanced away, back down at the parchment detailing the ritual. He wasn't reading it though, merely wondering whether he might expect the same treatment as the guardian. Certainly, Kaveh would not be nearly as fast in dodging or defending himself against such an attack.

Thoughts on the topic on Aries stabbing were soon put to rest. Perhaps it was a spark of naivete that left Kaveh unprepared for what came next, or perhaps he'd merely not been paying enough attention. He heard the anger in the King's voice, the chanting, and then, without a chance to make a further sound, his best friend had vanished from his side. Kaveh's lips parted, his body leaning towards Eino's empty seat, as if proximity might bring his pen pal back. Alas, it would not.

"Where have they gone?" Kaveh asked, hoping the 'Island of Curses' wasn't as ominous as it sounded, though severally doubting his hopes would be fulfilled. He glanced around the table, surprised that of all those who had been seated around it seconds ago, only five of them remained.

As for his wish, Kaveh knew without having to consider for more than a second what he wished his reward to be. He stood and bowed shallowly to the king, his tone more serious than usual - certainly, had one of his official advisers heard him, they might have been shocked that Kaveh could be this serious. "Your majesty, my only wish is that you give Einosuke whatever protection is within your power."

He resettled in his seat, hoping to quell the slight shaking of his hands. He was worried for Eino, despite knowing that his friend was more than capable in taking care of himself. Kaveh took a steadying breath, attempting to push dark thoughts aside. No, he had his own job to do. He would attend to the ritual as best he could with his usual air of enjoyment. Regaining his feet, Kaveh glanced around at those still seated - Nadya, Jamarreon, Sanctuary - before his gaze fell across the table to Aries,

"Aries-... Lord Aries, I don't see any reason to delay. If you would like, we could accompany each other across Chamaeleon and discuss how we might go about these rituals."

Even as Kaveh spoke he felt his stomach speak up in argument. He shuffled on the spot, came to a quick decision and reached out to grab the nearest edible item, "That is, unless you care to stay longer for refreshments..." He added before biting into the fruit he'd grabbed. Eyeing up a glass of wine, Kaveh thought perhaps a single drink might also help to ease his nerves regarding Eino's disappearance too. Just one drink..




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Nadya made no response to Sanctuary's offer of guidance to their gem aside from a slight inclination of her head to indicate she had heard. Nadya would not mention yet that she had no plans to let herself be alone in enemy territory, even for such a task as the King's ritual. Despite the apparent genuineness of Virgo's words, Nadya gave the other woman little trust. She was an enemy, and experience had taught Nadya that even allies could betray your trust. No, she would take support with her or she would not go at all.

She watched as the remaining rulers made themselves heard. Any good from Aries' agreement seemingly dashed as he flung a knife at his guardian. Typical. Dauphina's words filled Nadya with pride. Her friend was strong, and proved as much with her eloquent speech. Nadya had no doubt that Dauphina was more than a match for a brute such as Dante. Though she wished her neighbour had been given a kinder counterpart, she had no fear that Dauphina would make it work to her advantage. And if worse came to worse, Nadya would not hesitate to use the force of her kingdom to come down on anyone who attempted to hurt her friend.

It seemed, however, that the King was first in line to punish those with dissenting opinions. Anemone's passionate speech was the last she heard before the King's ringing voice and the chanting of the guardians filled the air. Those who had disagreed and their counterparts were banished to an island of curses, the ominous name no doubt promising dark dangers. It was a stunning turn of events, and one which Nadya had not expected. She did not believe that all those who had been sent to exile deserved it; Dauphina and Faust had been quite happy to work for the betterment of their kingdoms, as had the ruler of Scorpio.

Unlike the obvious emotion of the youngest at the table, Kaveh Mehrzan, Nadya kept her expression calm. She felt no loss at the disappearance of her enemies, though she couldn't help but count how many of her allies remained at the table now. One; Jamar. Apparently, agreement to the ritual, even with the promise of later war, was enough to save him from the Island of curses. At least he would be useful if a fight quickly arose... though she was sure the guardians would stop any battle during the meeting. As she contemplated her next move, Nadya wondered how far their protection reached.

Libra's ruler spoke up, first in direction to the King, and then to Aries. Nadya let him finish before shifting to her feet and turning to the king herself. "My wish, your grace, is merely for protection within some of the more... barbaric lands," there was barely a flicker of her gaze towards Aries as she spoke, while her voice remained steady, "And an answer to my question; if I must travel to a majority of the kingdoms to fulfil my ritual, how do you propose I accomplish this when the majority of the kingdoms' rulers are at best exiled, at worst deceased due to your actions?"

Nadya supposed she would have to visit her own Kingdom and the kingdom's of the four rulers present first, hoping that some action would save the other rulers in time to let her complete her ritual. She had faith in the strength of her allies, they would be back soon.

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                    Bright eyes widened as she listened to the King silenced everyone and their rambling, arguments, and whatever else one could call the conversations that happened. In general, one could call this a clusterfuck and a majority would be grounded by the end of it... She had given Dauphina a nod of solidarity at her defense for herself, and Aries a look of horror.

                    Still, when the King's voice boomed, and those who had rejected the ritual and their unfortunate partners began to glow blue, Sanctuary felt her heart sink into the pits of her stomach. Her eyes darted wildly person to person, mouth coming somewhat ajar. Before she knew it, Dante and Dauphina were gone, as well as Cancer, Gemini, Capricorn, Eino, and Sagittarius... And the King's words didn't make her feel any more at ease about the situation, either. The fact that after all he just did and witnessed, he could still look back at the remaining rulers and smile... Unsettled her.

                    He truly would allow them wishes? Was he some sort of old fairy from another land? Or had the Cosmos itself just granted him the ability to preform such unusual tasks? Swallowed hard, she thought for a moment as she looked to where Dante's dog once was. Was it gone as well? Sanctuary's heart began to throb in pain as she looked towards Touma, a hand quickly placed over her mouth. A lover distraught, Aery could only wonder if her own would of been so broken up about this had she disappeared for an undetermined amount of time. Were they not suppose to complete this all in a limited time frame? Wouldn't sending them away distract from the deadline at hand?

                    Kaveh was the first to ask for his wish, to protect Eino. The black haired girl felt some sort of relief. While it wasn't for Dauphina or the dog, it at least took one worry off her chest.

                    The Next was Nadya, and her desire for protection. Aery felt herself glance at Aries as well, but she shook it off just a quickly. While there was quite a few things she didn't approve of, she wasn't in a position to judge anyone from his country.

                    The Virian beauty paused for a moment, hand with a faint tremble as she sipped the last of her wine before putting it down. "D..depending on the extent of your abilities, King, but perhaps you can... Protect the dog and those willing to learn from their mistakes. If a ruler is capable of showing the ability of learning and growing on the island, then maybe they deserve another chance. If they don't..." Her voice trailed. She at least knew Scorpio and Pisces would most likely be able to cooperate and help each other, and if not each other, others in general. That was the hope, anyway.

                    "...To be more precise, perhaps.. Trickery? Make them believe they'll truly die but watch over our friends. Some of them do not deserve to be there, surely." She pleaded softly. She glanced at the carriage where Dauphina resided, standing as she went to the man who wailed in heartbreak. Aery wasn't exactly one who knew how to deal with this sort of pain, honestly, but it didn't mean she's never try.

                    Hushly, she gently bent down next to the man, eyes with worry for his well being. "I am sure Dauphina will be fine, sir. One must have faith, and regardless, she is with friends at the very least." She hoped, anyway. But Gemini and Dauphina were on the same side, as well as Sagittarius. In the end, Aery did have doubt though, and it shook her to her core. She didn't wish anything for herself, or her people. Would that be alright?

                    In the end, she was worried for those like Dauphina that ended up stuck. Akai and her... As well as Einosuke. The dog, however, also seemed to be a causality as well. She raised to stare at the king, now standing at the boarders of grass and sand as she looked towards the Ruler among Rulers with desperation.

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The King had a soft, fatherly smile as he listened the wishes of the rulers to save others. “Kaveh Mehrzan, they have been transferred to a remote island. They will have resources and shelter. Sanctuary Virgo, I understand all of your worry, but this is merely an exercise of trust. ”

“As stated before I cannot offer protection from mundanes, however” The King waved towards the Guardians who nodded. “The Guardians can. And I can offer the protection from the creatures of the Island.. So consider your wishes granted, Kaveh Mehrzan and Nadya Irne. Sanctuary Virgo, your wish to protect the dog is also granted.” The Guardian of Ophiuchus handed five amulets to Nadya. “These amulets will protect the people of your choice as long as they are worn. And to answer your another question Nadya Irne, I hope they will be back in two weeks. Thus you can easily start with those around the table, and not having to wait for too long. And who knows, they might even come back earlier.”

His gaze grew darker as he faced Jamarreon. “It seems you do not fully understand the situation in hand. I do understand where you come from, however the Life energy of this land is connected to the Gems. It is impossible to destroy the Gems and keep this land alive. It is also impossible to eternally strengthen your Gem. Once it has reached it full limit, it won’t gain any more strength. However,” he looked at both Aries and Jamarreon. “Mark my words as I keep you two under my watchful eye. It might just be that you are next to find yourselves in the Island with another exercise of trust.”

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On the Island, next to Einosuke the ground started glowing in blue light. After few seconds there was full body armor, sword and shield, an amulet and a note. The note simply stated “To Einosuke Saitou. From Kaveh Mehrzan”. Similarly next to Dog appeared a collar with the amulet in tag and a light metal plated dog armor, with a note “From Sanctuary Virgo to Dog.”