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Maria Leblanc

"Originality isn't my strong suit... That was a terrible joke, sorry."

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a character in “Blue Empire”, originally authored by maccotango, as played by RolePlayGateway

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β—¬ F U L L N A M E β—¬
Maria Lucille Leblanc

β—¬ A G E β—¬
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β—¬ S E X U A L I T Yβ—¬
PANSEXUAL

β—¬ L I K E Sβ—¬
reliability in everything, whether people, schedules or gadgets

β—¬ D I S L I K E Sβ—¬
laziness; she's not one to hide her irritation

β—¬ P E R S O N A L I T Yβ—¬
Maria is far from someone who runs from duty; in fact, she's one who embraces it. She relishes the feeling of being needed and relied on, and will readily accept extra work. Even take on too much, as she is prone to automatically saying yes when asked to do something. She's someone who can stand alone, without needing help. In truth, she actually prefers working alone and relying on herself to get the job done, although the nature of her abilities prevents that. Her inherent distrust is part of the reason, but also simply because she get into rhythm easier when she doesn't have to think about how the others' efforts will go. As for her distrust, it's been there since childhood, the result of a mother who wasn't there. There's always a fear that people will eventually fail her, no matter how well they've shown up to her before.

When it comes to her work and her abilities, Maria's confidence is as clear as day. To the extent that she doubts others' work would be up to par with her own. And when criticized, she will question your criticisms in an increasingly irate manner as the conversation goes on. She doesn't take criticism all that well, but give her a while to absorb and think about it, and the blonde will eventually come around. She's definitely willing to learn from others, especially if they're people she respects.

While Maria might be able to hide her distrustful nature behind a mask of politeness, her other emotions tend to come out in full force. You can expect to see it on her face when she's happy, sad, angry or disappointed. Her actions and words will reflect this; she has a tendency to get carried away by her feelings. It's why deaths are so much more traumatizing, and why happy memories are so treasured. She's an empathic person by nature, able to pick up on the nuances of someone's moods. After her father's remarriage, she wound up with a younger stepsister who she primarily took care of as both her parents worked. This instilled a sense of responsibility as well as a tendency to henpeck and nag those she grew close to. She's willing to help, and lend an ear if you need it.





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β—¬C H A R A C T E R A P P E A R A N C E β—¬
Maria's a woman of average height and build, with a rather classically pretty face which she's content with. Her blonde hair she typically keeps up on a ponytail, but when it's down it reaches her waist. It's a point of pride for her to keep it well groomed and healthy. While she calls her blue eyes very "normal", they're extremely expressive and will tell you exactly what she's thinking and feeling at the moment. The only marking she has is the guild brand, which she had stamped on her upper back, near the crook between her neck and right shoulder.

Her outfits tend to be dressy casual, and very feminine in nature. Maria's a bit of a girly girl at heart. Before leaving her room she'll usually find the time to put on a bit of make up, which usually just consists of powder, concealer, a bit of blush and gloss.


β—¬W E A P O N \ S T Y L E β—¬
A simple nondescript dagger which she usually has strapped around her right thigh. The blonde's heavily reliant on her powers in combat, and will only use the dagger to push off an attacker until she can find something/someone she can leech abilities off.






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β—¬ A B I L I T I E S β—¬
Psychometry-based Ability Mimicry - the name itself is pretty revealing. Maria copies an ability based on what or who she's touching. She'll need to be in direct contact, although surface area doesn't seem to matter too much as long as it's sizable enough to feel. This enables her to have access to several ways of fighting at once, as long as she has the means to copy powers. While direct human contact is preferred, she can also copy off objects they've left strong imprints on.

Theoretically, she can have more than one power simultaneously, but hasn't attempted it. Personally, Maria doesn't think it would go over too well as that would mean learning to control more than one power at once. Worst case scenario, the powers might wind up conflicting and inflict damage on her instead (for example, gaining both real psychometry and energy reading might lead to overloading her senses). It's risky.


β—¬L I M I T A T I O N Sβ—¬
Contact is a must, no exceptions. The moment she lets go or accidentally drops the object she's gaining powers from, Maria loses whatever power she was copying. It's highly preferable she stick to humans when copying, but as you can guess, it'd be difficult to move around and fight like that. Which is why she can use and copy off their psi imprints, but even then that's pretty unstable. It's highly dependent on how fresh and strong the imprints are, which is usually directly connected to how long they've had something. She'd have a much easier time copying an ability off someone's trusty cellphone than a nondescript pen they own. Imprints also fade over time, so if it's been a while since the imprint, it's perfectly possible Maria can't gain anything from it anymore.

While having more than one power sounds really cool, you'll have to remember that with the way her abilities work, Maria is a jack of all trades, master of none. Yeah sure, she can produce flame and probably spew out a direct line of fire after a while with the ability, but don't expect anything fancier than that. She could always focus on copying and trying to master only certain people's, but she'll never be able to get to their level of mastery, no matter what. Plus, that would ruin the point of being such a flexible pick. Also, everytime she has to take up a power, she has to get used to it again even if she's used it before. After all, not everyone's powers channel and react the same way.





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β—¬ H I S T O R Y β—¬
Maria can only say this about her biological mother: bitch. Her mother was never dependable. She was the flighty artist type, never settling down to one place as she dragged her daughter around the country while her father worked and stayed where he was. As a result she was lonely and never made lasting friendships. Not even her mother's assistant was someone she could look up to as a father figure. That's how her life went on, being "homeschooled" until she was seven, when she woke up in their hotel room alone with only a note that said "i'm sorry" with her father's number scribbled on. Well, that and she'd mailed divorce papers to her father after he'd come to get Maria.

Life with her father was infinitely better, as he tried much harder to be there for her than her mother ever did. Eventually, he wound up re-marrying and she gained a mother, an older brother and a younger sister, all of whom she adored dearly. Unfortunately there was such a large age gap between her and her older brother that by the time they all lived under the same roof, he was moving out for college anyway. It's how she wound up taking up the responsibility of taking care of her younger sister, and growing extremely close to her. She learned stability, and made lasting friendships, in particular her two best friends, Rialto and Rye. It could only be thanks to them she discovered her powers.

Upon the discovery of her power, life remained pretty smooth. Yes, it was frightening considering the prejudice against mages, but her power was a very subtle one, and required the presence of other mages. Every time she heard someone she knew was actually a mage, she'd feel her heart constrict just a bit, and simply be a lot more careful about the objects and people she had contact with. Not even her own father was in the know until magic had become more common practice.

Eventually, magic became legalized and Guilds were found to be one of the most lucrative and prestigious workplaces there were for mages. Around this time, she declared that she was a mage to her family. They were shocked, and a bit put out by her secrecy, but eventually came around to support her. Since Maria had no particular desire to pursue a major, she decided to dedicate herself to one. Of course, she wouldn't settle for any less than the best, and what's better than Blue Empire in this city? She's been a member for around a month now, and while she's not by any means a seasoned veteran, she's not super wet around the ears either.


β—¬D I S C O V E R Y β—¬
Maria discovered her power because her two best friends (who were siblings) discovered they had powers. And the trio shared everything between each other. One of them had the power of water manipulation, and when Ria was showing it off to Maria, the blonde jokingly mimicked her while holding her hand. Suddenly, the young teen found that she could do it as well. Then she did a similar thing with Rye, who had the ability to manipulate gravity. Well, everyone went crazy and with a bit of trial and error, they found out Maria could copy someone's ability as long as she was touching them.

It was while she was borrowing one of their phones that she discovered her abilities extended to objects as well. And as usual, she shared it with them, and they started conducting tests to figure out just what her limits were. Rialto was just about ready to announce to the world they were ready to take them on, despite the fact at that time, magic was still illegal. Rye was always a bit of a scientist and the more logical of the two. He's the one who told them all to keep quiet, no matter how exciting their abilities were. Eventually, they'd get their big break. For now, they would suffer in silence. But Rye believed there would one day come a time when mages would be the ones who people looked up to.

And you know what, he was right.

So begins...

Maria Leblanc's Story

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A Collaborative Post Between Eileen(Senpai) and Maria(MaccoTango)





While Maria couldn't complain about the dinner she just had, she definitely wanted to whine about the lack of sweets in the Guild Hall. Scouring the premises was a futile search, only disappointing and making her crave sugar even more. She'd been living there for a month and the blonde felt like she spent more time trying to re-stock the kitchen than going after bounties. It felt harder to do, considering the way some people went through food. Yeah, Blue Empire provided most basic necessities, but other things they were on their own. No way was Ajax going to provide for all the sweettooths in the guild. She wouldn't do it if she were him.

With a sigh, she shut the door to the fridge, finally accepting that there was no form of dessert anywhere.

She made her way to the common area, where others milled and idled around doing their own thing. "Would anyone else like to come with me to the pastry shop? I'm craving sweets." Already Maria had her purse, ready to move out the moment she got a response or none at all. Maria wasn't going to wait around. She wanted that cake.

A rather loud yawn made its way around the common area from a face that most members of Blue Empire knew very well. Though dinner was already done and over with, all members having had their fill, she lay down taking up an entire sofa with a turkey leg in one hand. The life of the food was rather short-lived as the almost-completely carnivorous woman ate it away until not a scrap of meat was on the bone. Lazily tossing the bone to the side, falling just short of a waste bin, she pat her stomach a few times with the most content grin upon her face that one could have. "Ahn... Tameleuic. Almost like slow-roasted lizard belly." The jungle-origined woman nostalgically sighed out, though she did feel a certain emptiness in her stomach still. The woman who could devour a king's feast and still have room for dessert would not be so easily filled... "Dessert! Of course, that is what is the missing!" Her thick accent shown through in her exclamation as she sat upright.

As if answering a call, one of the cute newer girls, whose name Eileen could just not remember, came to the common area and asked for someone to accompany with her to get sweets. Before she had quite realized she had moved, Eileen was already up and behind the shorter woman, draping her arms over her shoulders and wrapping around like a scarf. "I will be the accompany! I have not had cake since last birthday, and Sycdan does not give out the sweet sugars. I will let you get for me the pastor... pasteria...." She struggled to find the word, giving up with a shrug that still kept a hold on the smaller woman. "You may get for me the sugar snack food, please." Though it may have sounded a tad demanding or condescending, her translation work led her to believe that she was being absolutely polite to the other girl. "Let us make with the go. So cdusylr lyhhud luhdyeh edc aqledasahd!" Her excitement led her to subconsciously swap to her native tongue as she finally relinquished her hold on the girl's shoulders and make her way to the door. "Lusa, lusa, mad ic ku!"

"Oh, um, sure!" Her name was... Eileen? Castor had given her a basic rundown of who was who in Blue Empire during her stay, and this woman did fit the description. The way she spoke was off-putting. Maria could feel herself get mildly insulted, but the blond male did mention something about English not being her first language. It was apparent anyway, with the way she struggled with the words "pastry shop". Patience was a virtue, and one she prided herself on having in abundance. She lightly shrugged off Eileen's arms, who complied and headed for the door. Maria followed suit. This was going to be... an interesting excursion, for lack of a better word.

A jumble of excited gibberish fell out of her companion's lips, which brought forth a question of her own. "What did you just say?" It was definitely not a language she was familiar with. "I don't think I've heard the way you speak before. Where did you come from?" A genuine query; Maria liked knowing who she was dealing with. It usually provided a point of interest for conversation at least.

From just outside the the Guild Hall, the blonde could already spot the bakery. "You see that sign over there?" She used her free hand to point in its general direction. "That's the pastry shop."

The shorter girl did not retaliate with violence or loud words. That was good enough to earn more favor from Eileen. Some people did not take too kindly to being touched for some reason... "I am the very excited for pastrami." She stopped in her tracks with a snicker.
I mean the pastra. Pastrami is the meat thing."
She still didn't quite get it right, but it was close enough for her not to notice. An excitement put a light spring in her step in the anticipation. Not expecting the questions that came from the sweets girl, she smiled. Few ever asked about her culture, apart from Daylran Morgan. "I apologize for the confuse. I say in my native tongue sometimes when excited. Or drunk. Especially while drunk." She let out a laugh for some reason or another before continuing. "I said to you that my stomach is excited. Then I said to follow me." Nodding, she slowed her pace to match the other girl's, since a conversation had started.

"As for where I am from, it is beautiful place. Jungle forest, not touched by metal or city. The man say that I am from America South?" She couldn't quite remember specifically which country, or even the continent's proper name, but it didn't mean enough to her to remember. "First white-skinned man come to my village and hunt with me. I ask him to bring me here, and here I stay. City is like jungle that never sleep. Always something new to find and eat. Is very exciting. Much like sugar sweet foods!" In her head, it all just came full circle. At the end of her explanation, the pastry shop was pointed out to her. With a nod, she studied the sign a moment. "Oh, pastry. That is word I look for. Pastry is sugar sweet things." Better late than never. "What is it that we will be eating? The doughnut? Or maybe it will be a pee?" A giggle escaped her quickly. "I mean pie, my mistake. I apologize." With a soft come-down sigh, she opened the door for Maria. Like a gentleman, Morgan always said when he did it for her. So that was what it felt like to be a gentleman? Alright, not bad. "So what is our snack treat? I am excited to eat it all!"


Eileen's word choices brought a small chuckle out of Maria. It was nice that she actively made the effort to correct herself. However, her answers only served to bring more questions to the blonde's mind. "South America? That's quite a ways from here. But I'm glad you're enjoying San Clemente. It's home for me, and always has been. I grew up here." It was a short walk and before long they stood in front of the entrance to the shop.

"And yes, the word is pastry. Pastrami's delicious, but not what I want for tonight." A look of surprise, quickly followed by a short burst of laughter was her reaction at Eileen's mistake with the word pie. "Thank you for holding open the door." The bell chimed as they entered, and there was a cheerful greeting from a male brunette who worked behind the register. She gave him a nod of recognition, before turning towards the displays near the counter. Considering they were at the tail-end of the workday, there wasn't much stock left.

A small smiled appeared as she recognized most of her favorites were still available. "Hmm, what about we have both and then some?" Maria felt like being a bit greedy tonight. "We can get some doughnuts for ourselves, then get a whole pie and cake to bring back to the hall." It's not like that was going to last past two hours given the number of people and appetites in Blue Empire. "You want to eat here, or get the doughnuts to-go?"

Both. More. A certain fire lit up in Eileen's eyes as she felt her stomach suddenly empty... despite just having a large dinner. "Do you speak with the truth? More than just pie? Oh, happy day! Drec haf vneaht ec fuhtanvim!" Hopefully Maria would not choose to regret those words, as Eileen did not carry money on her ever. She truthfully left it with Morgan since he could manage her finances well... and simply forgot about it all and let other people take care of buying her things. "It is very convenient that there are places to obtain food things. It takes from thrill of hunt, but very good for lazy days!" Something she seemed to have plenty of lately, going down to the store was certainly much easier... "Let us do the eating now, then. I feel as if I may fall over from hunger now. Sweet sugar rings with the frost tops and the bread pies with fruit and chocolates in center..." She barely caught her saliva before it overflew in her mouth, gulping it down hungrily. "I will take one of the everything!"


Well, fuck. At least there wasn't much stock to begin with, so the total cost wouldn't be as bad as expected. Maria was enough of a regular that she knew the place accepted card at least. That was a relief. She'd severely underestimated her company's appetite; Eileen was probably one of the main reasons why Blue Empire's pantries were always empty.

But first, let's see if she could attempt some damage control. She looked to the slighty bewildered (and highly amused) employee working the counter, who was ready to punch in their order. Think fast, Maria. "Eileen, aren't the new bounties coming in tonight? We should probably get back soon. We'll eat here another time." Hopefully she wouldn't be too upset by the idea. "Buying and bringing everything is a bit impractical, so instead... we'll get a dozen doughnuts, apple pie and strawberry shortcake. Got that, Mark?" Hopefully that would be enough to sate her, at least temporarily.

The brunette cheerfully nodded, punching in her order and efficiently scanning her card right away. "Yup, I'll get it ready within five minutes. I can separate two rings so you can eat it on your way out, if you like?" Maria nodded, pleased with the service.

She took a seat near the counter, placing back her wallet into her purse. The troubles of carrying around so many things. "Alright, once our goods arrive we carry them back to the hall, okay Eileen?" Maria was personally looking forward to that shortcake. "I don't think I'll be able to carry them all by myself."

"Oh, you know my name? Excellent. No need to share, then." Eileen couldn't recall introducing herself to this new girl. But she had a very valid point; the bounties were coming in tonight! It seemed the excitement would never end. "Is about time! I have waited for too long, sitting on couch and storing foodstuffs. I will take big challenge this time. Too much wait." Without any confusion, the "big challenge" would refer to the five-star bounty. Her head ran wild with thoughts on what the target could be. Perhaps this time it would be a full dragon! Or a unicorn, it had been a long time since she'd caught a glimpse of that thing. When Maria sat down, Eileen just paced around the counter in thought, her energy leaving her unable to stay in one place. "You are new to Blue Empire, no? What is your name? What do you do? Many people in guild, very incredible magicks! I love to do meet new people." She dropped her arms onto the counter and rested her head upon them, looking at the new girl, as she awaited an answer. "Also, I will do share and carry sweet treats to guild. Is no problem. Just give donut to mouth and I will be the help."


A chuckle escaped. "I'm a bit new around here, so I haven't set my sights that high yet. It sounds exciting though. And yes; Castor, my roommate, gave me a quick rundown of who was who in the guild." Blue eyes watched Eileen, as if that would help contain the energy the woman possessed as she paced the floor. The sudden barrage of questions caught her offguard; Maria wasn't used to people being curious about her. She simply blinked in surprise, slightly overwhelmed by Eileen's intensity, then swiftly recovered.

"My name is Maria, I've only been a member for a month." A small smile formed on her lips. There was a hint of pride in her voice as she spoke about her powers. "I can replicate other people's magic with a touch. I'll show you next time, we might wind up in the same group after all."

"And here's your order, ladies. From top to bottom it's the cake, pie, and then donuts." Mark came out of the kitchen, three boxes stacked on top of each other. He placed their purchases on the counter where Maria sat, and disappeared back into the kitchen to bring out the donuts they'd eat on their way out. "Enjoy your food!"

Without hesitating, she picked up one of the sugary rings and brought it to Eileen's lips. "I'll carry the cake and you can handle the doughnuts and pie?" Seemed like a fair enough division of work; after all, the blonde did pay for the meal.

"Castor is your roommate?" There was a touch of jealousy in her voice that didn't bother hiding itself. "You are lucky girl. It is very hard to get in his... ah well. I suppose that you are both lucky, hm?" She laughed lightly before clamming herself up with the doughnut and offering Maria a wink. Taking the pastries and pie, as well as the cake, she easily strode outside the door and back to the sidewalk. Half a donut rested on the top box as Maria caught up with her. "I do want to look to your power. We could do a fun many thing, Seselg." And thus, Maria's nickname was bestowed upon her. "Let us go. I have an itch for the hunt."

"Lucky?" There was a look of disbelief on Maria's face before she realized what exactly Eileen was referring to. A look of distaste followed by a hollow bark of laughter made thoughts clear. "No, nothing like that. If he ever made a move like that to me, I'd probably use his own powers against him." Unfortunately for Castor, Maria was dead serious. Memories of her mother and her "assistant" were still something that came to mind whenever relationships were brought up, and made her hesitant of them. So what if she was twenty years old and never been in one; worse things could happen. The blonde wouldn't mind remaining single forever.

The name Eileen gave her was strange, but one she decided she liked well enough to respond to. "Say-seul... I can't pronounce it. What does that mean?" Definitely harder than French, one of the languages she grew up with.

She caught up to the taller woman's stride, looking at the three boxes Eileen had chosen to carry. "Wait I was going to carry the cake... never mind." The excitement Eileen had over the bounties was infectious; Maria could feel herself quicken her own pace. The walk back to the Guild Hall proved shorter than their walk towards the pastry shop.

Upon entering the lobby area, the strange pair was greeted by quite a party, Castor having another stranger in tow. The place was abuzz with excitement with the new bounties.

"Hi everyone, we brought back some sweets." She called it to no one in particular, gesturing for Eileen to put down the boxes on the nearest table. People would go to it at their own pace. Biting down on her donut, she turned towards her new friend. "Eileen, do you want to see if we can work together on any of the bounties? I'm up for anything... probably"

Eileen did as gestured and dropped the boxes with care that seemed out of character for her. Food truly was no joke to the huntress. "Seselg, dear, we need not ask for the permissions. We sign up as group. Though I do not know if Sycdan will allow newfriend on five stars..." With a shrug, she finished her donut and wiped the crumbs off the top box and onto her hand, which then all popped in her mouth. Once her food was down, she gave Maria a wink and moved towards the bounty board. Stomping a foot on the nearest table, she let her voice boom through the hall. "Eileenoch da Siever will be taking the five star hunt!" She called out with no hesitation in her voice, letting it carry its way through the hall that would either silence in her presence... or go on ignoring it. "Any hunter brave enough to fight alongside me and take home big prize and meat, step forward! Cabanyda vun ic dra sela yht dra sah!" She passed a gaze over Maria, letting her know that this was her last chance to ditch. When it came to hunting, there was no fun in it for Eileen unless there was a challenge.

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Everything almost immediately started going towards the β€˜Hell in a hay basket’ saying sort of way, if he was remembering it correctly. Maybe taking the poster from the board wasn’t the nicest or most polite thing to do, but it was the only way to prevent people from aiming for the same creature he was and possibly fucking up his chance. His chance at a free 36 grand, subtracting the 10% for the guild uptake, was interrupted by Geraldine as he was ordered to take someone along with him. Really? I’ve been doing shit like this longer than some of these guild mates have been aware of their powers. Do we not remember the Minotaur who was using the sewers as his own personal game of cat and mouse? Or what about the Ouroboros snake that was terrorizing a corporate skyscraper? What about the imps?...Actually let’s not remember the imps, that was embarrassing. Kayle thought this to himself as he looked back to see the chaos that was now the contract board.

Another member seemed to pipe up in his defense, and Kayle got a glimpse of a long time guild mate, Emery. Couldn't say he knew the guy personally, but like any other long time member, he made a note to know their names and general information. Fire user if he was correct, at least there was someone out there who wasn’t doubting his ability. Someone was yelling out about sweets, but Kayle wasn’t in the mood for food even if he had needed to eat it. Moving his eyes back towards the board, he contemplated changing his β€˜quest’ up if he was going to be forced to bring along someone else, when a charmer decided to take to the stage. Eileen, of course you would do something like that. Kayle thought as he shook his head with a slight smile. Eileen was one of the few people that he would consider a friend in this guild. They had shared drinks a number of times, when Kayle could get past the burning that is, and she was generally fun to have around. He hadn’t done any jobs with her, but today could bring a change to that.

Kayle looked at the paper in his hand, giving a sigh as he looked back up at the crowd in front of the board. There were so many things going on at once that Kayle kind of wondered about the point of it all before deciding that if he needed to have a tag along, they might as well go big. Kayle wandered back up to the board, stabbing his piece of paper back up on it before taking his phone out and snapping a picture of the Nandi Bear. He might have ripped this one down too, if he wasn’t worried that they might not be able to pull it off. Five stars were rated such for a reason, so he wanted to make sure that people would try after them if they were to fail. Next, he wandered over to where Eileen was standing, seeming to talk to the girl whose name was still evading Kayle.

β€œCircus bear? You make it seem like there’s going to be clowns involved.” Kayle paused for a second, giving a frown. β€œI hate clowns.” Kayle then gave a light smile to show that he was joking...mostly. He looked over to Eileen. β€œHey, if you’re up for murdering a massive teddy bear made of hate and spite, let’s get this show on the road.” Kayle stepped up onto the table, standing over top of the crowd. He shook his hands to the side slightly before bringing them into a clap.

Blue lightning sparked from them, creating a loud but not deafening crack that he hoped had grabbed everyone’s attention. β€œAlright fellow creators of a loud and chaotic guild hall.” Kayle started, looking at everyone. β€œMyself, and evidently these two lovely ladies to my side are looking to take on the five star bounty, aka the β€˜Nandi Bear’.” Kayle said looking over everyone. β€œWe’ll be taking my car to the mountainside to look for this beast, but unfortunately my car only has enough room for 4 plus a driver.” Kayle wiped his hands off on his trenchcoat slightly as tiny sparks flew from his fingers. β€œSo, counting Eileen and…” Kayle looked down at the girl who he still didn’t know. β€œThis...one, that leaves two spots open. If you want in, find the black Subaru with the spoiler and raised hood out in the parking lot. We’ll be waiting there. First come, first serve.”

With that finished, Kayle hopped down and started walking towards the door, eager to simply get moving. He looked back at Eileen and the other girl, motioning for them to follow.

β€œComing?” Kayle stated more than asked as he started walking towards the door. He passed by Castor and what appeared to be a new girl on his way out, giving a polite nod as he did so. β€œCastor.” Kayle stated in greeting, making his way out the door.

Making his way out the door revealed a rather dark night, but that was most likely for the best. The Nandi bear would hopefully be out hunting if that were the case, and their chances of finding it would go up if only because they would then become it’s prey. Not exactly a reassuring plan. Kayle walked away from the front doors, towards a small parking lot where his black Subaru was parked. He reached into his coat pocket, pressing the button on his key chain to unlock the doors with a click of the car’s lights. With that being done, he leaned against the hood of his car and pulled out his game once more as he waited for people to show up.

This time...this time I will kill you King of Suffering! Kayle thought to himself as his game lit up and started broadcasting sounds of sword clashes and frantic yelling.

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Castor sighed as he became immediately overwhelmed, which honestly wasn't a surprise to him. Sure, he had been eager to get back home to the guild, but he had only been back for ten minutes or so and he already wanted to leave again. Objects were flying around, people were being loud, Gerald(ine) was being a whiny and jealous tool, as per usual, and now he was being approached by another member and prodded with questions. He had had enough. He shook his head slowly at Aella as he shrugged and stared at her with a blank expression.

"She didn't tell me her name yet. Why don't you ask her yourself, I have to... do something. Anything. Away from here. Right now."

With that, he locked eyes with Josephine for a moment, trying his best to silently urge her to escape as he was about to, and then turned away to venture to his room. There he changed clothes, slipping into something that allowed him to more comfortably move around in at various speeds, and grabbing a small, collapsible buckler. As it was now, the buckler was a simple wooden rectangle, but it could be folded out with a quick flick of the wrist into an 18 in. diameter shield. His rapier was still hung at his waist.

His next stop was outside, or more specifically, Kayle's vehicle. Castor had been an Officer of the Blue Empire guild essentially as long as the guild had existed, and so he knew when members were just seeing dollar signs after looking at any specific bounty. Five star bounties shouldn't be taken lightly, they're dangerous, often incredibly so, and they're difficult. Even with groups of people. Hell, sometimes they were difficult even with Castor on board.

Seeing as he was the second to arrive at the vehicle after Kayle's little announcement, Castor approached the man himself and held out his hand in front of him, palm cupped and facing skyward, as if he was waiting for something to be handed to him. Something like a set of keys. Because he was the only one who actually knew where they needed to go, because like always, the members had gotten all worked up and decided to set out before getting any of the necessary information from either of their Officers.

"C'mon. Hand 'em over. You don't even know where you're going, or what a Nandi Bear is. Whoever else shows up won't know, either."

Castor would have to fill them in either as he drove or before they left.

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It seemed people had already divvied up into their own groups, which left Maria at a loss. When Eileen had called out to look for friends for the five star bounty, the blonde shook her head when their eyes met. Even if she wanted to (and quite frankly, she didn't), her powers relied so heavily on others that she didn't exactly trust everyone to watch her back. Logically, she knew that they were all one team and all that crap; but old habits are hard to break. Not to mention that most of Blue Empire's members were probably used to doing their own thing during a mission, and would probably get thrown off by her getting attached to them by the hip. It was the main reason why she'd stopped herself from going after higher ranking bounties, and why most people still had very little idea of her abilities until now.

She studied the room, looking for any other groups she could join. From what it seemed like, Geraldine and... she frowned. His name escaped her, but she did know he wielded fire. From what Maria could hear of their discussion, it sounded like they planned to go after a four star bounty. Unfortunately she hadn't gotten the chance to even look at the bounties, much less look the creatures up. Such was the life of someone who moved too slow.

The temptation to sit back and simply pick up one of the lower star bounties was tempting. But if she wanted to improve, she'd need to challenge herself. She bit down on the rest of her treat, and moved towards the strange pair. "Geraldine, if your group still has room, I'll join." She inclined her head in greeting towards the fire-manipulator, who until now she couldn't remember the name of. "We should be allowed a three star at the very least, and I don't have a preference as to what we go after."

A smile formed on her lips as she made her usual request before any bounty. She'd never worked with Emery before, so he wouldn't know about it but at least Geraldine would. "I'm going to need to borrow something from both of you though." Hopefully his fire magic would be somewhat similar to Rialto's.

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Geraldine seemed unphased by Maria's sudden appearance. After all, he had become accommodated with every member of the guild, as it was his responsibility as an officer. He'd never once gone on a bounty hunt alone, be it as he tried. He'd be forced to drag along a new member, or face a wall of young faces who pleaded to join his group. Though Emery had separated him, Gerald had a fixation for physical contact. He rested a shoulder upon the boy like a living crutch, and turned his attention to the blonde. Maria's powers were useful in nearly every situation, so why wouldn't he allow it?

"Hey, why not. Let's go after whatever's tougher. That hideous snake, was it? Good. I've got some some pent up stress to release." Though more often than not, he found himself supporting his team mates and rarely ever getting a piece of the action. It never mattered to him. They were all paid the same for their efforts.

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While he awaited for his roommates response, another walked up to them. He smiled at Maria, and though he didn’t know the girl well, he had seen her around several times. He shrugged lightly as she proposed to join their little group, a lopsided grin on his face. β€œI mean, I don’t mind.” He spoke, glancing over at Geraldine. He wasn’t too sure how well he and Maria would work, frankly he didn’t even know her ability. But he was more concerned over the fact he didn’t do well around woman. Not that he didn’t get along, but he was quick to make a fool of himself, and it stung worse around pretty woman, he supposed.4


Though as she spoke up once more, he tilted his head to the right, resembling that of a dog. β€œBorrow?” He asked, though the question was mostly to himself. Geraldine finally spoke up and suggested the snake, causing the younger to pump a fist in the air, looking like a boy who just got a new toy.


β€œFuck yeah, let’s kick its ass!” He still had no idea what Maria could do, but he knew Geraldine could get them out of a tough situation. Though, he was more concerned about burning the forest down tthan anything. He didn’t have enough control over his flames to stop them from spreading.

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        The confusion evident on the redhead's face made her chuckle. With an indulgent smile, she nodded in affirmation to his words. "Yes, borrow." She raised a hand, spreading her fingers as she explained her abilities. "I have power mimicry based on touch, whether it's objects or people." Speaking of, she should probably grab something of Castor's real quick. On the offchance she'd have a lot of trouble trying to learn fire magic, it would be nice to have an alternative to Geraldine's powers.

        Blue eyes glanced around the room, noting that a lot of people had decided to run off with the five star group Eileen had compiled. She wasn't surprised; a lot of their members liked the extra thrill that came with a challenge. Personally, Maria was content in doing the safer tasks. Well, each to his own, right? Anyway, she supposed at one point she'd be roped into a five star bounty. Practically felt like tradition to have at least one five star under your belt. Keep trying until you either get it or you die trying, the latter being the reason why they had a fire in their lobby in the first place.

        "What was the name of the creature again?" Bringing out her tablet, she walked over to the bounty board to check the spelling. "Cerastes." It wouldn't do if they got caught with their pants down thanks to lack of research. Her fingers tapped against the screen rhythmically as she downloaded information about their bounty. Maria hated the thought of being unprepared; better she forced herself to read some uninteresting text than losing her arm thanks to being caught unawares.

        "So, when do we move out?"