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Adamus Locke

"I believe that it is only in desperate times that we can truly feel the presence of camaraderie"

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a character in “Brigade”, as played by lizardheartstring

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"I have been through what seems like the end multiple times and have witnessed humankind's endurance...this despairing time will be no different."



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Name:
Adamus Bion Percival Ulrik Locke

Nicknames:
Adam is the most common one. He has many nicknames, but tends not to keep track of all of them.

Age:
Unknown. Some speculate him to be around 2,300 years old.

Sexuality:
Heterosexual

Hometown:
There is no such thing as a hometown for Adamus. All of his life, he has been all over the world. Typically, if he stays somewhere, he will reside in a country or place that is doing particularly well for the time period.

Occpation:
Member of the Supreme Council of Magic, former Dean of Fort Feathermount, part of the Council of Athena and Mentor of many famous witches and wizards.



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Likes:
| Ideas | Friends | Magic | Runes | Literature | Politics | His mother | Travelling | Mountains | The past | Staffs | Swords | Pipes | Sculptures | Libraries | Parties and celebrations | Justice | Children | Learning and teaching | Dragons and dwarves | Chess | Ancient structures | The magic community | Wisdom | Determination and Ambition | Cherry brandy | Relaxation | Legends | Body armor |

Dislikes:
| Bigotry | Negativity | Arrogance | Plagues | Tyranny | Wizard cults | Questioning against his actions | Jealousy | His immortality | Gluttony | Those who are quick to judge | Mercenaries | Werewolves | Greed | No ambition | Boredom | Taking something for granted | Tunnel-visioned people |


School of Magic:
Enigmatically, Adamus is able to apply all of the schools of magic to any situation. Not only has he mastered all of the special powers, but he has his very own special powers, including chronokinesis, teleportation, auric manipulation, and more.

Special Power:
Having trained many famous witches and wizards, as well as having much authority over the magical community and attaining the status of what many consider to be a "demigod", Adamus is arguably one of the greatest magic-wielding mortals of all time. His powers practically break the boundaries of typical wizards and witches. He is able to use his powers (as well as the five forms of sub-magic) with tremendous strength and endurance. To start, Adamus is able to use all thirty of the known special powers from all schools of magic. It should be kept in mind that the man was born before a time when all magic-wielders were limited to one power of their own. As well as domination over all schools of magic, Adamus has a few of his own special powers.

The most famous of his original offensive powers is undoubtedly the large blasts of auric energy that he can create. Usually performed with a staff, he can channel the psychic energy throughout his body and summon it into a physical form. He will then use the energy to attack enemies or defend himself and others. He is also able to teleport from place to place, and can even travel to different dimensions. However, none of these powers compare to the one ability that makes some people place a bounty on his head: his chronokinesis. Time-travelling was considered a mere fantasy in the magic community until Adamus was able to perform it. He seldom uses this power, however, as it comes with very dangerous consequences. (creating time paradoxes is only but one of them) Last but finally not least, his immortality can be considered a power. However, it is considered to be more of a blessing that an ability. In his early days, Adamus worked to receive as many blessings/bestowals as he could from the divine beings and peoples. This has definitely contributed to his talents in magic, and his many titles in the wizarding body.


Strengths:
  • Combat- Although primarily using a staff in battle, Adamus knows how to handle a variety of weapons, and is even proficient in many forms of martial arts. He was once trained by the legendary Scathach, the best of the best in terms of all historic warriors.
  • Intelligence- With a strong body comes a strong mind. If it weren't for his intelligence, Adam wouldn't have been able to celebrate his 2,000th birthday. Strategic, clever, and overall wise, he is an excellent mentor, as well as an outstanding leader.
  • Allegiance- Charming by nature, Adamus has been able to win the loyalty of many different peoples, whether they be magic-wielders, kings, vagrants, criminals, saints, mythical creatures, or even animals. He can persuade almost anyone to join his side. It's as if he can read people like an open book.


Weaknesses:
  • Being immortal, the past has never ceased to haunt him. He will never forget all of the tragic moments that have occurred throughout his lifetime. Most of these bitter memories include the death of loved ones.
  • At times, Adamus makes it easy for people to distrust him. Being rash during times of danger, people often question his decision-making process. Also, he is quite secretive, and almost never reveals his plans or motives to anyone.
  • Although he will do it in times of extreme danger, Adamus cannot kill animals. He's always had a soft spot for even the most ferocious of creatures, and will often times try to tame them. Occasionally, this doesn't end well for him.
  • Even though he is immortal, Adamus Locke is still a human being. He can be killed with violence and warfare, but that's only if someone's strong enough to kill him.


Fears:
|| Death | Betrayal | Indestructible chaos | Disease | Accidents in experimenting | Having caused the death of an innocent soul ||



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Personaltiy:
|| Wise | Strong-willed | Cunning | Charming | Determined | Clever | Resourceful | Caring | Diplomatic | Tenacious | Rash | Valiant ||

Adamus's definition varies greatly depending upon who you ask. There are those who would sacrifice their life for him, as well as people who despise him enormously and would do anything to see him dead. Whether they mean it in a positive or negative way, almost everyone can agree that the 2300-year-old man is as tenacious as a small child. He practically never gives up, making him a tough opponent to beat when he sets his mind to something. Whenever Adamus sets a goal, he will not stop or rest until he sees it through. Of course, he knows his limits, but there's no doubt that Mr. Locke is extremely determined. Blessed with outstanding intelligence, he can use his knowledge and memory to get him through a variety of situations. Where both traits fail, cunning prevails, and Adamus will resort to becoming tricky and deceptive in times of extreme desperation.

Above all things, Adamus Locke is a thinker. He spends a good amount of his time alone and by himself, just thinking about the current situation, as well as multiple ideas and how things can be improved. He questions everything. This never used to be the case with him, but from past experiences, he has learned to do so in time. Adamus never assumes or simply judges. Instead, he looks past the initial display that things give, and tries to view them in a more realistic way. You can say that he is skeptical in this sense, as well as highly philosophical. Although he seemingly disappears quite often, he can be social when he needs to be. He has a witty sense of humor around others, and isn't afraid to tease even the most tightly-wound of people. Humor is something that he uses to win the favor of others, and most of the time, it works. Despite occasionally giving of the feeling of quirkiness and oddity, Adamus is usually known for keeping a somewhat regal composure. Even in the most dangerous of situations, he can keep his cool and not display intense emotions of fearfulness.

Having firmness, selflessness, and control over his emotions, Adamus makes an extraordinary mentor for anyone wishing to pursue magic. He has introduced many young witches and wizards to the schools of magic, and has trained some of the most famous magic-wielders in history, including Merlin, who is thought to be the greatest wizard of all time. A natural born leader, he has a talent for getting people together and making them trust one another. It is clearly evident through his actions and words that all Adamus wants is to help his pupils, whether they be willing to learn or not. Caring and compassionate he attentively listens to others' problems and quickly offers advice. He is willing to forgive mistakes, and believes that people can change, even if they have done wrong to the point of sheer chaos.

Despite his good qualities, Adamus is a human, and has a variety of flaws. Because of his capacity to think many steps ahead, as well as his rash and unpredictable sense of thinking, he can often times make choices and predictions that seem completely irrational to others. Some of the things he says or does seem so ridiculous and absolutely crazy that people can start to lose their trust in him. As previously mentioned, Adamus is tenacious. He can be stubborn when it comes to certain situations, and may not know when to let go of something when it is just starting to become a downright waste of his time. He is terribly secretive, and even holds back on telling extremely crucial information to those he trusts the most. In addition to keeping secrets, he is prone to telling lies. There is almost always a purpose behind him revealing falsehoods instead of pure fact, but in all honesty, Adamus's actions can be quite annoying for others when they finally figure out the truth following an event or situation. Although he may seem emotionallly stable, there is a sense of hurt and depression behind his mask of optimism and hopefulness. Adamus has seen things that others could not even dream of. He's watched so many of his friends die, that the very thought of dropping dead does not frighten him in the slightest anymore. (Or perhaps, in a sense, it frightens him even more, as he has watched it occur so many times and has not even felt its grip.)

However, disregarding the qualities that can lead individuals to dislike him immensely, Adamus is a good man. With his charm, wit, experience and chivalry, he is sure to make some sort of impression on almost anybody he meets. He can bring out the best in people, as well as the worst. His influence is merely based upon the truth people are willing to believe.




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History:
There will never be an end to Adamus's history. Through many lifetimes, he has done it all. From being a high and powerful king, to having a large bounty on his head, he has seen the world through multiple perspectives. However, to understand Adamus's biography, you must first comprehend the origins of his ancestors. It all started with the feud between the many gods of different regions. The Greeks on Mount Olympus, the Celtic gods, Egyptian immortals and Norse deities; they all argued over which group among them was the most supreme. However, they eventually figured that fighting would do them little to no good. They settled their disputes, and created the Five Sages in order to remind themselves that despite their differences, they all held enormous powers that were beyond the capabilities of any mortal. Magic-wielders today know these five divine beings as the Five Mages, as they were responsible for bringing the gift of magic to the human population by teaching and having affairs with mortals.The patron of light among the Five Mages, Diarnul, fell in love with a human man, and together they had a son, who they named Adamus.

Practically nothing is known about Adamus's early childhood, (except for the fact that he was born in Greece around the time of Aristotle's death,) but it can be assumed that the boy lived only with his father, and learned magic very early on in his life. As he grew into an adolescent, his powers and knowledge started to grow stronger. He was surely talented at wizardry, but he wasn't legendary just yet. Eventually, he learned about the negative reputations of wizards and witches, and tried to do something in order to change the view of magic. He convinced many humans that magic was helpful, NOT harmful, freed imprisoned witches and wizards, and even quelled the minds of rebellious occultists who wanted nothing more than to exterminate the ignorant non-magical folk. His actions got him accepted into the Supreme Council of Magic (a government-like order of influential magic users) by the age of twenty-six. There, him and his fellow officers created a golden era among the magic community. Although many offered Adamus the role of being the leader of the great council, he declined on more than one occasion.

It was around his mid-thirties that a dark wizard started to rise to power. At first, he wasn't seen as that big of a threat, but once he started to use a new form of magic called voodoo, things started turning chaotic. Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, came to Adamus and sought his help in stopping the evil wizard's dark practices. It took a few years and lots of travelling, but Adamus eventually pursued the man, and put an end to his reign of darkness. After being heavily rewarded and praised, Locke, along with a few others, founded Fort Feathermount deep into the Irish countryside. Adamus served as a teacher for a while, and then went off to pursue other things. He helped preserve the survival of a few mythical creatures, founded the Council of Athena, (a group filled with extremely powerful witches and wizards who worked as vigilantes to stop evil and criminal actiivity) and spent his time researching the Five Mages, especially information regarding his mother. He heard about a secret temple dedicated to the ancient deities, and eventually uncovered it. His purpose was in finding it was to be able to speak to his mother for the first time. In entering the temple, he had to pass extremely hard trials that tested his wit, power, strength, morals, and endurance. He eventually made it to the center of the temple, where his mother and the other four Mages appeared to him. Diarnul told Adamus how truly proud she was of him, and as a gift, bestowed upon him the blessing of immortality at the age of fifty. She also gave him a mysterious book that could only be read once a year on a certain holiday.

Afterwards, Adamus spent his life in pursuit of many other things. He spent most of his time mentoring young magic-wielders whom he viewed to have great potential. His most famous pupil was Merlin, whom he trained around the beginning of the Early Middle Ages. He became the Dean of Fort Feathermount for a while, and for the first time in his life, got married to a widdow woman whom he loved dearly. He taught her all that he knew about magic and revealed to her secrets about powerful attacks, historical artifacts, and information about the gods. As the story goes, she apparently died in her sleep due to natural causes, but some believe that she mysteriously disappeared... Whatever happened to her, Adamus says he isn't even sure himself, and remains quiet about the subject.

The rest of Adamus's history is very vague and unclear. It is known that he continued to mentor many witches and wizards, and eventually moved to America around the 1700's. Once the twentieth century approached, Adamus's whereabouts became unclear. Many thought that he was dead, some went looking for him, and others just completely forgot about his existence. However, after the demons had scourged the Earth, Adamus appeared to thirty young adults incapable of magic. He brought them together, and performed the Sacrament of Bestowal upon each of them. The Sacrament of Bestowal is considered a form of "cheating" within the magical community. In the ritual, magic is bestowed upon a mortal supernaturally, instead of how magic is SUPPOSED to be practiced and learned naturally. Moving forward, he brought the thirty back in time to the Middle Ages, and told them to look for one of his friends from the past, Delphine Vawdrey. While the young adults did this, Adamus contacted witches and wizards he considers to be the best of the time period. There is still a shroud of mystery surrounding Adamus and his current motives, but for now, it is known that he will be leading the team of magic-wielders and thirty young adults from the future to lay waste to the arising demons. The only problem is, he will have to find the demons first in order to defeat them...


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So begins...

Adamus Locke's Story

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Southern Ireland, around the year 1250
It is mid-afternoon. It being the middle of summer, the weather is warm, yet cool in the woodland forest. Although it may seem like any other day for the villagers residing just a mile and a half from the majestic and secluded Fort Feathermount, it is a special occasion for magic-wielders. Today is the Holiday of the Mages; the day when the Five Mages were thought to have spread the gift of magic upon humankind. At this time, the thirty have been told to stay put in the fort while everyone is getting ready for an "orientation" to be held in the fort's back courtyard. There is still a large amount of uncertainty and mystery in the air as the thirty prepare to hear what they will be doing for the next couple of days, or months, or perhaps even years...





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Everything was quiet for a moment, and then the present situation began to unfold. Although they seemed far-off and distant, the sounds of a jeering crowd could be heard from all around the swampy area. Not all of the cries muttered from the villagers’ mouths seemed angry, in fact, a few people were laughing, happy and awfully excited to see the extermination of a witch for the first time in their dull lives. Nothing ever happened in the small provincial town, and to the residents, an execution was equivalent to the king marching through the streets with his men mounted upon beautiful white horses.

The victim, (the witch) about to be persecuted, looked down at her grimy bare feet. Her jet-black hair hung off her scalp like thin pieces of string, and her face was barely visible. Her rough brown hands were binded behind her, and her feet were tied to the rickety old chair that was currently being suspended over the river by a rope. It was an interesting way of execution; slowly being drowned into the practically bottomless river, but in the minds of the villagers, there was no better way to exterminate someone who was blatantly a threat to their already poor, miserable lives. This woman would surely die. There was no way of escape.

Every little noise was blurry and faded out for a moment, and then as the sound of a single man’s voice penetrated the other villagers’ conversations, everything became clear.

“…By the people’s consent, you are to be executioned on this day for the practice of witchcraft and resisting arrest. Any last words?”
She said nothing.

The rope lowered. The woman knew it was all over. In just a few short moments, her body would be entirely submerged in the thickness of the water. Strangers whom she had once called friends started to jeer. The feelings of anxiousness and heightened adrenaline could be felt in everyone’s minds. The woman looked down as her wooden seat started to touch the tip of the water. Before her toes could feel the water’s edge, she looked towards the left, obviously focusing her attention on some single person before her actual demise could begin. Her brown eyes were pointed towards a middle-aged man who seemed almost out of place amongst the crowd.. With his arms crossed and his face lowered in a scowl, he nodded towards her in a simple fashion. In that moment, the accused witch felt a sense of tranquility. Once her ankles were submerged in the gray-hued river, she whipped her head downwards, and gently closed her eyes. Despite the current situation, there was a small part of herself that felt hopeful, but most of that sense was overcome by sheer terror. She would surely die. There was no way of escape…

And then the jeering, the laughter, even the gentle sound of the river’s current… it all came to a stop. It was so horrifyingly silent, it was if the world had become deaf. Everyone’s faces were the same. All the villagers who had attended the execution were white-faced, wide-eyed, and shared the same expression of stark disbelief and terror as they gazed upon the scene of the execution. There, sitting upon the water as if it was an entirely flat surface, was the woman. Her arms and legs were still banded together by thick ropes. However, that didn’t last for long, because with a sudden flash of light that seemed to be a spark, the bindings that held her arms together snapped free and sank into the river. Instinctively, she undid her tied feet with her free arms, and threw the spare rope off to the side onto the shore nearby. There was a moment where she took a few seconds to catch her breath, and then gradually, her mind processed the current situation. The way she sat with her legs crossed on the river’s surface; it was as though this hated victim was now a queen sitting triumphantly upon a gilded throne. Her bewildered face projected otherwise; although the picture was stunning, it was also devastatingly petrifying. And then, suddenly, there was the shrilly sound of a blood-curdling scream, and everything faded black.

Delphine woke up to the coldness of the cobblestone floor. Her eyes wide with fear, she gasped. A dream; she had only been reliving the tragic moments of her recent past. Thanks to the failed potion she had created only an hour ago, instead of peaking into the lives of the founders of Fort Feathermount from generations back, she had only seen visions of her own miserable life. The spherical bottle that had contained the failed potion was still in her hands. She settled the empty glass down on the ground, and after wiping away the trickles of sweat on her forehead, sat herself up into a standing position. She took a look at the foucalt pendulum clock across the alchemy lab, and saw that it must have been around quarter to four. One could argue that such an invention was not brought into the world until the renaissance, but that person would be showing little knowledge of the magic-wielding world. In other words, the clock was only thought to be invented in 1851, but it was actually created long before that time. Wizards and witches had created the clock, along with many other things, first.
Just then, there was a knock at the locked door. Delphine whipped her head around to the front of the room, gave a soft groan, and opened the wooden door.




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Adamus stared at a disheveled-looking Delphine, and raised his right eyebrow in bewilderment. “Dee,” he said in a firm voice, “What happened? It must have been five minutes since I first knocked on the door. Why didn’t you answer right away?” The brown-skinned woman exhaled rather loudly, as if in slight annoyance. “I think you already know the answer to that question, Adamus.”

He gave a smirk and a chuckle. “You’re right. I do. I could see your aura stone-cold on the floor. I came to see if you were alright.”
“The last part I do not quite believe,” muttered Delphine teasingly. Although, there was something about the sentence that seemed rather serious. “That potion over there,” Adamus continued, pointing to the empty bottle on the ground, “what was it for?” Dee sighed, and pointed her eyes towards the ground. She hated admitting failure. “I was trying to create some sort of clairsentience-spell within the potion that would allow me to look back on the lives of the founders in order to see things in this fort that are not visible to the common eye. Instead, I saw something else…and I…I passed out.”

Adamus nodded with a sharp and understanding look on his face. His eyes gave the impression that he knew the specific event that Delphine was talking about, the one where she almost died. Instead of questioning her about it, he changed the subject. “So, the Holiday of the Mages; are we still doing that?” Delphine nodded, turned around, and casually strolled back into the room. “Of course. Why should we skip the most important tradition of our ancestors, our culture? Besides, with you around, we cannot help but celebrate it. You and your students have to rebuild good relations with your guardian…after what you have done.”

Adamus responded strongly and quickly, “Look Dee, I know you staunchly disagree with the Sacrament of Bestowal. I know what it means to our culture as well. I had no choice but to do it. If I could tell you what happens in the future, in our future, then I would. But right now, you just have to trust me. I know that’s asking a lot of you, but you have to try.”

“It must be amazing to know how I die,” said Delphine, sharply. It sent a wave of painful silence throughout the small room. After a couple seconds of glaring, Adamus sighed, and turned his attention to a small bell stationed by a window to the left of the room. “Should I alert them? Are you ready to begin?” he asked. Delphine nodded, “Yes, alert them now.”

With a mallet located on a small side-table, Adamus pounded on the black pewter bell. Upon being hit, the large bell made an ominous other-worldly chime that could be heard in every little crevice of the fort, and even miles away from the building, into the forest.




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There was definitely a difference between this forest and the forest that Jenny used to know. For one thing, nothing was on fire. (There were no demons to destroy the land around her.) With the monstrous creatures gone, everything felt strange. Only three days ago, Jenny’s adrenaline was soaring. After travelling to this new world, things had finally become peaceful for once. Here, there was never a time she had to look over a shoulder, never a time she had to worry about a roof over her head or her next meal. It was great, obviously, but it felt strange. She knew she would have to take time to adjust to it.

High up in a sturdy tree, Jenny was writing and drawing in a journal, a thing she used to do before having to constantly worry about her survival. Once she had finished the details on a golden chalice she had been sketching, she closed her notebook, and took a good look at the forest in front of her. You could tell that nothing had been affected by pollution or any influence of a future civilization that could destroy the wildlife. The trees felt stronger and more climbable, while the air was fresher and so rich, that it could put someone to sleep. Jenny carefully searched through her rucksack backpack that had propped on her shoulders, and looked through the junk that had accumulated in her large bag. She had found her old IPhone, (useless not only because it was out of charge, but because there was no reception in the Middle Ages,) a hunting knife, some rope, the remains of a first-aid kit, her friend’s flower ring that she had kept after her devastating death, some pens and pencils, a canteen of water, a pile of clothes, and a blank little flipbook that showed the United Kingdom’s flag on the front. She would be saving that for something special.

Just then, Jenny’s head jolted to the right as she heard the chime of a strong-toned bell. No doubt this was the bell that meant it was time for the thirty young adults to come to Fort Feathermount’s courtyard. Apparently, Madame Vawdrey (or Delphine, as Adamus had introduced her,) was giving some sort of orientation to the group, answering any questions they might have had and laying down the ground rules for the next couple of days (or however long it took to defeat the arising demons.) Seeing how strict she looked when she had first laid her eyes upon the thirty, Jenny did not want to get on the woman’s bad side. She was probably already on her bad side, seeing that she had gone far-off into the woods when she and the group had been originally ordered to stay close to the safety of the fort.

Carefully, Jenny lowered herself from the tree’s sturdy branch that she had been sitting on, and made her way down from the tree. When she was close to the ground, she let go of the branches, and let her brown hiking boots pound the forest floor. She then gripped the straps of her pack tightly, and started to jog. The young woman had never considered herself the athletic type, but she had always been rather fluent in running and climbing. It was probably because she still had the energy of a seven-year-old, but it in all seriousness, it might have been the fact that running and climbing never took as much hand-eye coordination as other athletic activities. Maintaining a well-paced speed as she made her way past walls of thick green vegetation, Jenny looked up at the sky. Soon, the sun would be on its journey towards the west. When she could hear the sounds of flowing water and small chatter, the girl knew she was near the fort at last. She leaned against a tree trunk by the courtyard, making sure that nobody would be able to see her coming. When it was all clear, she quickly walked towards the black cobblestone, and made her way to the center of the large area.

The courtyard that separated the forest from the fort was so big, it could pass for a tiny town. There was a fountain that produced bright-blue sparkly water in the center of the enclosure. From there, a blacksmithing forge and a grindstone stood to the back of the courtyard, closer to the actual fort. Then, to the right, there was a long table and a fire pit, most likely used to dine outside when the weather was nice. On the other side, targets had been set up for archery, and scarecrow-like dummies with slashes around their stomach and head areas stood tranquilly in the warm afternoon. It was strange; dummies and targets had been placed in the courtyard, and yet there were no weapons to practice with. If there were any weapons, Jenny knew that people would probably be crowded around the two stations by now. To be honest, she was somewhat happy about the fact that nobody was really training yet. Although her first impressions weren’t always accurate, she had a feeling the new group she had acquainted herself with contained extremely competitive people. Although she seemed like it, Jenny was not the most confident girl she knew, and often compared herself to other people in a negative way. She knew that the more her and others learned about combat, the faster the demons could be defeated. However, she couldn’t help but wonder if she would soon be handy with a weapon, or prove to be useless at combat, just like her special power. In regards to her special power, Adamus claimed that it would reveal itself to her in time, but Jenny was doubtful, and found herself starting to grow impatient. She would probably be the first among the thirty to be slaughtered by the demons, she was sure of it. The others would be slashing demons left and right like it was their job, while she would be left in the dust. After all, she was just an artist…

With a sigh, the girl made her away over to the fountain, and sat by the edge. While she waited for others to come near, she picked a strand of her new brown-colored hair, (which had previously been blonde only seconds before the group had time-travelled to the middle ages,) and twirled it around her fingertips.

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”Best not unleash the beast, who would protect you?”

Oasis personally liked the quiet. She wasn’t fond of the loud noises that could be heard back home of Feathermount. They were too loud, too obnoxious that it just gave the young woman a terrible headache. Any other day, she would have followed orders and stay put like she was told, but she needed meditation, she needed a way to calm down her nerves because her buttons were indeed being pushed. That Piper girl was just too much to handle. It was almost suffocating Oasis to even be in the same room as her. Instead of being an adult and putting up with her, she was an adult calming down out in the woods. Meditation was a favored way to calm down, that, and archery. She was pretty talented with a bow and arrow, most were surprised.

It wasn’t animals she hunted and it wasn’t animals she used as target practice. It was far away trees and small fruits and fish that served as entertainment and learning. Her red curls were pinned back to keep from flying in front of her eyes. Her eyes… there was always something about her eyes that intrigued others, or warned others away. Her mother, despite her father’s insistence, named her Oasis because of how crystal blue her gaze had been the second she was born. Many thought she would grow out of the color, like most newborn infants had done, but her eyes remained the same.

They were filled with deep concentration. They stared at the single apple that hung from the lowest branch several long yards away from where she stood. Her finger rested against her lip as she kept her arrow aimed and her bowstring drawn. Her chest moved, the white robe she wore hanging loosely from her arms. Traveling robes, as one would call them, in order to keep her clothing underneath clean and in tact. She despised them but they were insisted.

She took a deep breath and slowly released it as she concentrated on the juice-filled fruit. It was a still target, which, she didn’t mind all that much about. With another small breath of air, Oasis focused her attention on her arrow. It was made of redwood, carved with beautiful designs and the feathers were that of an eagle. The arrowhead was made of stone and diamond. Where she had found such a beautiful piece of diamond remained a secret. She knew the woods like they were the back of her hand, that, and the secrets they held.

It was time now. She could feel her fingers itching to release the arrow through the air. Her eyes narrowed slightly and her hand was soon to release it. However, she was unable to. She heard the bell and a sigh escaped her lips. Her bow was lowered and her arrow was returned to its place upon her back.

“Alright, alright.” She murmured, staring her walk back to the fort.






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”I will knock you back to last Tuesday.”

Oh how she wanted to suffocate that girl! Just everything about Oasis just made her so angry, it made no sense to her, none, zilch. Of course, she was going to move on and not dwell on it, but…ugh, she had never disliked someone so much in her life. Piper, or Pan as most called her, plopped herself down in a window, which overlooked the courtyard. She was dressed in white clothing, a black band across her forehead and a long necklace rested around her neck.

Piper Ann Baker was gifted the power of air. At first, she figured it was because she seemed like a free spirit and it would suit her. Now that she thought more about it, she wasn’t very sure. She just hoped she could fill the role perfectly and not have too much trouble with it. Pan was tired, exhausted really. She had been up late the night before, boiling things in the kitchens. She had made a few herbal medicines, things that would help stomach and head pains, as well as dizziness and the cold.

Pan had a few shadows beneath her eyes, but none too alarming. She was tired but she didn’t yawn or move as if she didn’t have any sleep the night before. Her eyes locked on the courtyard until the familiar sound of a bell echoed through the hall.

“Coming…” She whispered, as if someone could hear her. She didn't want to go but she knew she would have to. The girl quickly made her way to the fountain, settling herself on the opposite side, away from Jenny.

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With Adamus Locke behind her, Delphine Vawdrey gracefully processed down the fort's outdoor staircase, and into the courtyard. "Dee," her partner in crime started, "Are you going to continue on with the orientation even if all thirty of them aren't present?" She turned around for a second, and gave him a hard glare. "Of course. I cannot force them to come. It is their problem if they would rather disregard our resourceful information and have themselves slaughtered by demons in two days tops. If they do not wish to see their future again, however pleasant it may be compared to this time, then so be it."

She sauntered her way up to the fountain, reaching the students' line of sight. Delphine seemed to gaze at each and every one of them with petrifyingly sepia-colored eyes. To her surprise, quite a few of the thirty showed up. Not all of them, unfortunately, but a decent amount. She planted her feet about six feet away from them, while Adamus took his stance behind her. He crossed his arms behind his back in a military-like fashion, and watched the present scene unfold.

"Good afternoon, newly recruited," she began, her voice sounding firm, deep, and robust. Whenever she spoke, silence was always sure to follow. She had used the term "newly recruited" instead of "students" because she knew the fort was not a school. Delphine didn't feel like it was her job to teach these young adults. However, they were obligated to learn. "I am sure that most of you have already acquainted yourself with the fort's interior and exterior. Now that you know the basis of it, I will ask it of each of you to respect it as if it were your own.”

She paced back and forth. The woman stared ahead towards the forest and the fort rather than at the young adults who watched her from a perpendicular spectrum. Adamus crossed his arms, and at times, turned his gaze downwards towards the grayish-black stone tiles of the courtyard. “I will now state how things are going to work around here.” Delphine stated boldly, “I advise you to keep these standards in your minds at all times. In other words, break any of these rules, and it is your quandary, not mine. I am only here to ensure all of you are safe, as Adamus has instructed me.” She turned back to face the man, who gave a small nod, and then placed her arms in front of her, and gripped them tightly.

“First and foremost, this fort is not a school, nor is it a college or institution. It was never established as a school, and it will not be referred to as a school. Our ancestors have simply referred to it as a “headquarters” of sorts, a safe-haven where not only magic-users are protected, but are given tools to aid them in a secretive and prejudiced world.”Delphine then gazed sharply at Jenny as she spoke, at least, that was what the young French girl was getting from her stern, heart-stopping glare. “When I say a prejudiced world, I am referring to the many peoples in this area who are unfamiliar with magic. There are people who do not believe in it, and who understand it to be a vile craft. It is because of these peoples’ views that I ask each of you to be cautious to an extreme degree. You do not want to reveal your identities to them, as they may not be so willing to accept you…”

Adamus then quickly stepped up to speak, “In addition to what Dee has just said, I’d like to add that every little thing you do in this past will add up in the future.” Delphine strongly held her gaze on Adamus. She preferred the title “Madame Vawdrey” in front of those who were below her in rank, and he knew it better than anyone else. “If you aren’t careful, the eradication of the demons may not be the only thing you change in the future. It is because of this that we ask you tell us where you are going. We don’t mean to invade your privacy or personal boundaries, but we just want to complete this mission as subtly as possible.” He then stepped back, letting Delphine take the stage once again.

She cleared her throat, and then spoke clearly, “Now, as for what you will be learning here and how you will be learning it, we have set up a structure for all of you so that you will learn to harness your powers, as well as other skills that may come in handy as we all try to find and rid of these demons once and for all. Including Adamus, there are six instructors who will be teaching you a certain subject of magic. Five of them will be mentors for a specific class of magic. When I mean class, I mean what certain category your special power belongs to. I am sure Adamus has already explained, but if you need help figuring out your class of magic, you can see me after this orientation, and I will further explain it to you.”

Delphine then moved farther back, and started to project her voice. “Because the world and the future is at stake here, in addition to whatever special power you may have, we are going to require that everyone practice in at least one of the magic sub-sets per day. There is alchemy, taught by myself, runes translation, enchanting, transfiguration, which involves shape-shifting and such, and finally, summoning, like so….” In a split second, Delphine had drawn a bow from behind her back. She turned around, revealing a quiver of arrows strapped around her right shoulder. Clearly, the items hadn’t been in her possession before the orientation. If one had inspected the situation closely, they would notice that Delphine had supernaturally taken Oasis’s bow, as it was missing from the red-haired girl’s possession. The quiver of arrows, however, was a mystery. Delphine moved slightly closer to the targets that were set up far away from the fountain, and continued to speak.

“In addition to using magic, we would also like you to train in combat, as it is useful to know, and valuable in certain situations you may encounter.” She carefully gripped just below the tip of an arrow, and with her fingers clenched in a fist, she lighted it on fire. “There will be chests set up around the courtyard that will be filled with a variety of weapons, such as bows, maces, flails, swords, and knives. You may train with them as much as you like, but please do not destroy them too much. Some are very ancient…” She strung the flaming arrow into the bow, pulled the string, and aimed for the target. Her stance as an archer was impeccable. You could tell just by her mannerisms that she was extraordinarily professional in the art of archery. “As for practicing, you may do it alone or with others. There is really nothing to say about the subject of the matter, HOWEVER, if someone is irrationally fighting another for purposes other than training, there WILL be consequences…” She let go of the string, sending the arrow flying through the air. With extreme speed, it hit the target right in the center. The flame was then put out, leaving a distinct black mark right on the target’s bullseye.

The bow then disappeared out of Delphine’s hands, and found itself perched right next to Oasis’s feet. The tan-skinned woman sauntered back up to the young adults. “Now, tonight is the Holiday of Mages, and so normal protocol will not commence until tomorrow. We ask each of you to celebrate the holiday with us, as it is a traditional part of our culture. Of course, just entering under the wing and protection of the Five Mages, it would be incredibly wise to make an outstanding first impression on them. You may not believe so…but they are always watching over us.” She turned her head towards Adamus. He gave a quick nod again, the same expression plastered upon his ancient-looking face. “Formal attire appropriate for the holiday can be found in each of your rooms. While you all get ready, Adamus and I will be decorating the courtyard. The Holiday of the Mages is a festivity that you certainly do not want to miss out on…”

Delphine took a moment to let the last sentence sink in, and then spoke louder than before, “That is the end of the meeting. If you have any questions you pray need answered, I will be staying put for a few more minutes in order to quell your curiosity. As for the rest of you, I encourage you to make haste and get ready for the feast we will be having in a few short moments. Thank you all for your participation.”

Everything seemed quiet at first, but then the ball got rolling again. As Adamus gave a gentle smile upon the group, Jenny got up from the edge of the fountain, and made her way towards the staircase that would bring her towards the inside of the fort. She had no questions, as she remembered the talk Adamus had given the group about the different classes of magic. Although the orientation had been simple and to-the-point, Jenny couldn’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Hopefully she’d get to drown her anxiety in plentiful food, as the Holiday of the Mages sounded absolutely exquisite….

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Jessica listened to Madame Vawdrey's words, barely daring to move. The woman had an aura about her that demanded the absolute respect of everyone around her. Even from this distance, Jessica could see that Madame Vawdreys' eyes had a steely determination about them, that she would succeed in anything she did, whatever it took. This was not a woman to suffer fools gladly. Jessica liked that.

Jessica looked around the group who had gathered. As was always the case, she knew some of them better than others, and some were noticeable by their absence. Alexander hadn't turned up, Jessica noticed with a small smile. No doubt he had fallen asleep somewhere. Now, Jessica was one who liked her sleep, but compared to Alex, she felt like she barely slept. When Madame Vawdrey had finished speaking, and she was sure Adamus had nothing more to add, Jessica quietly took her leave of the group. She wandered through the fort, wondering where Alex had fallen asleep this time. She figured that the most logical place to start would be his room. There was a bed there after all. She backtracked on herself, trying to remember where Alex's dorm was. When she remembered, she started walking with some kind of purpose in her steps, until she came to his room. Jessica pressed her ear to the door. Hearing next to nothing through it, she knocked on the door, "Alex? You in there?" She asked, giving her voice just enough volume to carry through the door without startling him too much, she hoped.




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Darren felt his stomach sink at the mention of 'formal attire'. While he doubted that the suits that usually constituted formal attire weren't around yet, the prospect of dressing up didn't really appeal to him. He had never really understood why his cousins, both of them girls, had gone crazy for a new dress every Christmas, that they would wear to eat dinner in, and probably wear once or twice again before forgetting about the dress and demanding a new one for next Christmas, or birthday, or some other celebration he hadn't noticed. His Christmas attire was a clean t-shirt and some comfortable trousers that has a little give in the waist. Nothing fancy, just practical and comfortable. Sometimes, it was pajamas at the dinner table. He never saw the point.

Not really being an expert on historical fashion, Darren had no idea what constituted formal wear in this period. Historical dramas had completely passed him by. His knowledge of fashion of the past was corsets. That was it. There were corsets involved somewhere along the line, though he doubted he would be required to wear one. No, no corsets for him. Darren pushed himself up from the ground, dusting his jeans down when he was up. Realising he had absolutely nothing to do other that get changed, he sat himself down on the fountain wall, wanting to be a part of the group for just a little while longer.