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Duke Loycen

The brain and brawn. wip

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a character in “Camp Athens II”, as played by SparxALot

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xxxD U K E x L O Y C E Nxxxx p r o t e g e x o f x H e p h a e s t u s x




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n i c k n a m e s x // x * * * , * * *

a g e x // xtwenty-two | September 8th

g e n d e r x // xmale

s e x u a l i t y x // xheterosexual

o r i g i n x // xConstanța, Romania

s p e c i e s x // xdemigod

p a r e n t a g e x // xhephaestus






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D E M E A N O R


h e i g h t x // x6'1

w e i g h t x // x179 lbs

h a i r x // xbrown

e y e s x // xbrown

o d d i t i e s x // xHis Romanian accent comes out slightly at times. Scars down his back from whippings.

a p p e a r a n c e x // xDuke can often come off as stern and intimidating with his solid build and sharp features and usually serious attitude. He has an even stubble now, making him appear even more of a man and oldie on camp. He is firmly sculptured from head to toe but can bury it in looser, generally darker clothing if not in his tank shirts and working in his warehouse, which he often is. As such, his body can often harvest beads of sweat and ash.






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P O W E R S

F i r ex &x H e a tx // x He can manipulate and summon fire and heat to extremes or subtly. He also is immune to burns, fire and can withstand high temperatures without a bother.
M a s t e rx I n v e n t o r x &x E n g i n e e r // x While there's always room for improvement, Duke can make trinkets and gadgets with abnormal efficiency.
H i g hx I n t e l l i g e n c e x// x Not quite like the children of Athena, but still smarter than most.



P R O F I C I E N C I E S

W e a p o n sx P r o f i e n c y // x He's always taken an interest in the creation of weaponry. From the range of guns, bows, whips and swords, etc. He knows how to get the best of these weapons, enhance them or ruin them.
A s s e r t i v ex // x Duke is firm footed in his craft and his beliefs. If he doesn't want to do something, he'll stand his ground. And though he doesn't like to bark orders, his commitment to a command or suggestion is often taken.
S t r i v i n gx // x Duke never does anything halfheartedly and he knows there is room for improvement in himself and in others. He keeps working at it and he works hard.
P r o t e c t i v ex // x From a young age he played protector. He will defend, stand up, train those in need.


W E A K N E S S E S

S l e e px // x He is often up and moving, working in his warehouse, or planning instead of sleeping at night. He feels it is a luxury he cannot afford.
P r o t e c t i v e x // x This habit of his can also make him evaluate things a little less cautiously.
L a r g ex B o d i e sx ofx W a t e rx // x Duke can swim, he's just not a strong swimmer. Or confident enough to swim in rapids or beaches. His powers are also harder to access in such an environment.



F E A R S

N o tx B e i n gx T h e r ex // x In vital moments, like when or if he's a father, or someone needs protection.
B u r n i n gx // x Ironic and impossible as it is, Duke came from a place of skeptics and heard the history of how supernaturals were burned.
W a t e r x // x Again, it's just a matter of being powerless and tides doing as they please.





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P E R S O N A L I T Y
xxxxxxxxxxxxx Calculating xx Brave xx Practical xx Guiding x


Duke is a stern individual. He often anticipates and calculates people and their motives and how dangerous they can be to the camp. It can make him seem overbearing at times but better that than any hostile surprises. He only has the best interest at heart. Beyond all the brooding, and the work-orientated man, he's a decent guy and doesn't have a rude comment to mutter. Brutally honest more likely, but not deliberately harmful.

[Another para para paragraph about loyalty and bravery.]

While Duke is happy to possess such intelligence accounting towards his observation skills, ability to calculate and the gift of insight, seeing situations as others may not, the truth is he's still a brawn in a lot of ways. Not just in figure and physical strength but in beliefs. Duke has little to no tolerance when it comes to whingers. As a man that's down to earth and highly action-based, he cannot see why others don't change something they don't like when there is always something people can do about it. This can often be expressed in a thick layer of sarcasm, bluntness or outright blind siding them. But if someone were to endure his snark and ask for help, they would certainly receive it.

Most of him operates by never surrendering, never backing down, taking action, and being productive. Duke himself is always aiming to better himself by training physically and testing the limits of what he can create. Without effort or risk, there can be no progress.






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H I S T O R Y


Duke's mother died when he was very young. She was accused of witchcraft and eloping with one that could control fire and heat and seemed to be generations ahead with his inventions. Which was just as big as a crime to the skiddish people of the town. But she knew this barbaric witchhunt was after her and would pursue Duke too because they feared something they could not understand. So she passed him to the care of her sister.

With his aunt, Duke had to become the man of the house at a young age, and it wasn't just something he felt he had to do but something he was relied on and expected to do. His aunt worked as an exotic dancer to keep a steady income and fell pregnant with twins to a deadbeat father. Then, she fell into the influence of drugs because of stress or a lack of worth. Her addiction and income kept them barely afloat and some days she'd bring men over. Whether that was for bonus income or something else to relieve and forget the stress, he didn't know and he didn't want to know. Duke had to promote himself to bodyguard, carer to his cousins and financial keeper. The duties of a man were something he had to quickly take up.

He had high moral of discipline and respect to his single, busy aunt so followed any order she gave like an obedient dog. Camille needed what help she could get. Besides, she was always a little jumpy and worried outside her job, and as time grew, feared Duke's judgement. But he never did judge her, only hated that she had to return to her job where there was constant risk of low-lives and fanatics creeping on her with hungry eyes and touches. All the peace and discipline of a good solider went out the window when she returned with bruises and cuts and a tremor one night. He begged and pleaded for her to tell him who did it to her, but she didn't supply that information. Not because she couldn't confide in him but because she knew his true heritage and didn't want him being exposed.

Her little plan fell apart relatively quickly when Duke did some digging and found the assaulter. In the moment, Duke couldn't help himself and did give him a burn which led to a new commotion of witches still existing.





h e x c o d e x // x # 780707 x // x f a c e c l a i m x // x Theo James x // x c r e a t o r x // x Sparky x // x c s x // x Scar.-

So begins...

Duke Loycen's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ajax Valis Character Portrait: Alexandria Valis Character Portrait: Mason Hughson Character Portrait: Andromeda Bolton Character Portrait: Theo Smith Character Portrait: Sylas Astor Character Portrait: Duke Loycen Character Portrait: Daniel Vadas
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ALEXANDRIA VALIS
DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
TEAM SPARTANS!
Hex: #d63b71


"Nooo, that would ruin both our nights." He chuckled. "You don't want my big feet stepping on your little fairy ones." Alex laughed. She could picture that scene so well. "But if you wanted to dance for future reference there are children of Apollo. They are gifted in music and I assume rhythm. There will be a lot less foot stepping. And you could always dance on your own." He pointed out and shrugged. That was true. She didn't need a partner, she could have easily torn that dance floor up with her own little moves. Still, the thought of being close to Duke for just one song at least was a nice one.

"That's very true. Dancing alone is still a lot of fun, so I don't mind the gentle rejection." she teased.

He led her to a table after that. "So have you heard the camp's plans? Capture the flag. How do you think you'll go?" Duke inquired resting an arm on the table and leaning forward to get Alex's soul-bearing answer.

She had the urge to quickly lean in, plant a kiss to those lips of his, but it wouldn't have been the right moment. Wouldn't have felt special for either of them. "Honestly!? not very well. I mean, I'll be fine," she quickly added. "I'll absolutely love every second of it, but I think you and my brother will be much better than anything I decide to do. I was thinking about going all Assassin. At first, I thought I could use my flying, but that wouldn't really be fair on those who can't, so I decided to stun anyone who gets too close." she cringed. Her brain didn't work well when it came to tactics. She hated the feeling of disappointing Duke with her answer, especially since it looked like he was waiting for some explosion of fine art to pour out of her mouth. A child of Ares, Artemis, or Athena.. they were the artists of tactics, war strategy, and wisdom. "I'm sorry, I... I'm never good at this stuff," she confessed.




Image Later that morning, Alex side glanced in Mason's direction, anticipating the announcement of which team he'd be part of. The second he was put into her team, Alex twisted her jaw and looked away as her nostrils flared a little. Still, Mason was better than having that Sylas guy on the team. She didn't trust him one bit since she had noticed him getting cozy with the prince of the underworld.

Once The Spartans were out of the Trojans earshot, and sight, she listened closely to Theo's plan. She honestly thought the plan was well thought out. Better than anything she would have cooked up.

Using the water was the best part. Nothing too aggressive, but giving the other team a bit of a challenge to get that red flag of theirs. "Couldn't have said it any better," she complimented Theo. Alaric's announcement was perfect, had Alex feeling excited, and nervous at the same time. The beasts wouldn't be much of a problem. She hoped. They looked strong, vicious and highly dangerous. "I just want to add. No doubt others will want to take out the beasts, but we could use them couldn't we? Mason," saying his name felt like acid on her tongue, poison in her throat. "He could tame the beasts, or would that be considered as cheating? I mean, Alaric did say we can use our powers."

Once everything was decided, Alex headed off in one direction, scaling the buildings so she was high up for a good viewpoint. She wanted to plan out her path towards the other team players while remaining out of sight for the time being. The Spartans needed to set up the rock formation with the water frozen around their flag, and the others needed to get into their positions before they could push forward while the others hang back to protect the flag.






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AJAX VALIS
SON OF ZEUS
Team Trojans
Hex: Green
It wasn't too long before Ajax made his way back to the camp. Going to the moirai was a bad idea after all. No doubt now it would be his fault if Hades managed to take Mount Olympus from his father, and endangering everyone else's Godly parents. How the hell was he going to explain this to everyone? he could have spoken about his plans to all of them, but no, he just wandered off alone to carry the burdens as usual.

He kicked the steel bucket that sat near the Camps well, causing it to hit one of the center trees. The steel now indented. Most things that went wrong in this place, was because of a Valis because they took action without thinking things through.

Ajax made his way into the hall, but he didn't head to the front. Instead, he kept himself right at the back where no one could see him while Alaric dived into the ins and outs of the game. He then followed his team, and as Duke laid out an excellent plan and gave Ajax direct instructions to push up ahead with their brute force, Ajex looked around, but not directly at the team. His gaze was looking around at their feet. "I'll hang back, just in case any stragglers get through." he knew that wouldn't sound like him because he would have quickly grabbed the chance to show off his abilities in an event like this, but he couldn't let them know anything was wrong. Not yet.

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Character Portrait: Ajax Valis Character Portrait: Andromeda Bolton Character Portrait: Theo Smith Character Portrait: Keun Seung-min Character Portrait: Trinity Wallace Character Portrait: Wesley Preston Character Portrait: Sylas Astor Character Portrait: Harleen Theodos Character Portrait: Emery St. John Character Portrait: Dimitri Costas Character Portrait: Duke Loycen Character Portrait: Daniel Vadas Character Portrait: Mateo Lopez Character Portrait: Areum Moon Character Portrait: Elias Stratos Character Portrait: Raven Ackerman Character Portrait: Evelyn Masters Character Portrait: Isobel Logan
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"You know, it's not like we're attached at the hip," Andy remarked quite sassily. And while they weren't, they did look to be having certain fun last night so she just especially figured..."It's complicated. I'll tell you about it after training."

Uh-oh. Trinity nodded understandingly.

"Sorry to interrupt. I've just got a quick question for you Trinity. You up for a run tomorrow morning? We're both here, and well just doesn't seem right to not know anything about my half sister, ya know?"

Part of her was compelled to jump right out of her seat and stand to attention for her half-brother but that might have been weird. “Hundred per cent,” Trinity assured with a nod and just as she was about to gesture for him to sit, a staff member strode into the Hall.

The more Alaric spoke, the more she was enthused. In days like so, Trinity admired camp for its lively and challenging nature. It had been what felt like forever since there was some ultimate challenge. And a team one at that. Something that tested them physically and mentally.

"Looks like I'll be seeing you all on the battle field."

"Yeah, she's stuck with me. Hell of a trade."

Trinity bumped her elbow into him and smiled. Then Andy snapped her fingers and was in battle gear. "Oh, shoot... You guys don't have armor. That sucks. Good luck guys. I hope, for your sakes, I don't come across you all on the battlefield."

Once she was out of sight and ear range, Trinity scowled. “Bloody witches.” Then her gaze flickered back to Elias. “Hope you bring your A game, champ. I honestly look forward to seeing what you can do.” Maybe Elias could mirror her own potential.

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Trinity was so immersed in the plan of action by Duke, she felt his logic made sense providing you drew the lines and reasoning together for yourself. Granted, half of it probably would be improvised.

"Looks like I won't be your burden today Blondie. You're on offense... And I'm... Whatever the middle is." He gave her a nudge and chuckled.

She rolled her eyes playfully and bumped him back. “I'm bait, Wesley Preston and the middle is good.” Trinity spoke Duke's language. The middle could be offensive and defensive forces.

Also due to being immersed in all things war and winning, Daniel’s existence didn’t hit her radar until Wes appeared in her ear. "Uhhh... When did this happen? Does Andy know?"

Trinity looked around then saw the source and cocked her head. How subdued he was, the glasses…but that face! She couldn’t help but frown and stare. “He would have mentioned something if he had a twin, right?” Trinity glanced up to Wes questioningly then back to this Keith.

Slowly she tore her eyes away from him and back to the group as Sylas piped up. That's why he wants you behind the scenes, she rebutted in her head with a scowl. Then Ajax with the most disarming of statements. "I'll hang back, just in case any stragglers get through."

She waited for his change of heart but it didn't come. Trinity's eyes darted back to Duke, almost feeling guilty to announce her views now. “I'm happy to push forward as my primary role, and I will do it, but I'd also like to be a spare. Go where I'm needed you know.” Trinity gestured towards Wes with her head and grinned, immediately patting him on the back.

“Also, as a bit of a forewarning, some of the reds are equipped with light armor but even through armor there's weakness,” she assured her team. “And I know from experience a few of them like to take vantage points so it should go without saying but be mindful where you are.”

Trinity wrapped her color around her like a buckle then held another blue out for Wes. “Where do you want it?” As she tied it around him, Trinity spoke. “Seriously though, Wes, use your powers and be an ass because people won't give you the same mercy.” Trinity felt defeated even telling him that. He could be a stubborn one even when his moral code had no place on the battlefield. “If they're in red, they're the enemy,” she muttered aloud her own logic that probably did nothing to likes of Wes. She grabbed his chin. “Don't make me have to give you rage,” she teased. She just wanted him to look after himself to the best of his ability.

Before Trinity headed her separate ways from the team, Trinity grabbed Ajax’s shoulder but looked beyond him, painting the picture that they were talking no more than battle strategy or casual. “You okay, you seem kind of out of it?”
She asked lowly.

Evidently something was the matter but it just came down to whether he wanted to share or not. Trinity looked longingly to her calling of the vast vegetation that she had to travel to get to the Spartans base. “I got to go but...stand strong.”
Trinity rose a fist mid air then started covering the ground she lost.



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An announcement had never filled her with such joy. Normally they were long winded, boring, or on the topic of an incident or welcoming speech but it was capture the flag along with the teams and guidelines.

“See ya on the flip side.”
She saluted to Mateo beaming, and without losing a beat headed to the Spartans base.

Once there, it was Theo that took the reins when she expected a plan to come from Alex or Lise. But the Son of Artemis..it was a nice curveball especially when he spoke such strategy and edge. Harley saluted when he gave her her role. She could definitely make heads spin. Now she was just itching to put that plan in effect alongside her teammates.

When they were all on the same page, Harley didn't waste time darting off and neither did Alex which she assumed would be her complementing pair. Harley had lost the brunette regrettably but no matter, Harley was quite capable of being an independent scout and she could always speed back and forth to tell their defensive line how things were looking or if she found that blue flag. Just then her foot landed on something and before the rope could seize her by the ankle she skipped out of it just in time.

Handsome director Alaric neglected to mention there were traps laying about. But Harley found it all the more exciting. She grinned wickedly and sped off to see what else she could find.



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After smugly enjoying her specially made breakfast, a higher member of camp entered the hall and took over the show. Unfortunately a dreadful announcement came from such a handsome face. However, it did spike her intrigue.

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Any feeling of content, peace, even the mundane and boredom was erased in seconds as she lay eyes on a particular male with glasses. Evelyn felt like time stopped around her, there was no air, no space, everything seemed to drop, including her heart. It wasn't because he was good looking, though he was a fine specimen, but it was her instincts that plummeted and knotted at the same time.

Evelyn restrained herself from approaching him however, it was too hard to identify what her instincts were alerting her to. It wasn't bad like when she locked eyes with Eris's son and Hades child, but it was unsettling. Evelyn would remain at distance to observe him some more for now, who he mingled with or who approached him and gain more of a sense from there. She wasn't dumb enough to walk into the void of the unknowing. Besides, the game required her attention and Duke wanted her as a secret weapon. To become and serve as a shadow player. So that is what she would do.

Only after she voiced her own idea for an edge. “Can we join hands for a moment or touch? It’s not to pray, I promise you.”

Evelyn touched the closest team members on their upper arms. Those that did link up were so rewarded with heightened senses aside from touch and taste. She found when those senses were manipulated it made people paranoid or in a state of awe, it served as only a distraction and presently they needed focus. With their hearing, sight and smell peaked they could be more attuned to danger. Building on what Trinity informed them to - the armor and vantage points, it seemed they could use it.

“I don’t know much about war strategy but I think we have a strong team to use misdirection to our advantage.” Evelyn wasn't exactly sure what she could do yet, but in the moment, she had a feeling she'd know how to tip the scales in the blues favor.

Once the meeting of sorts was adjourned she trudged her way out wide.

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Character Portrait: Ajax Valis Character Portrait: Alexandria Valis Character Portrait: Mason Hughson Character Portrait: Trinity Wallace Character Portrait: Duke Loycen
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ALEXANDRIA VALIS
DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
TEAM SPARTANS!
Hex: #d63b71


She didn't stay in the building for long. Scanning the area for anyone else who may have been close by, she remained crouched and made her way into the forest. Her heart was racing in her chest with adrenalin, excited to take out the first blue team member.

Alex stopped for a moment and hid behind one of the tree's trunk with her right hand braced against it, she looked through the gaps of the other trees.

When something seemed to move, she quickly hid out of sight, her back against the bark. Silence lingered through the dense forest before she considered the coast was clear again, so she stepped out from hiding, and instantly froze on the spot. Two of the beasts were looking directly at her, snarling their large teeth that seemed to drip with saliva. "Nice, Puppy." she said, both her hands raised as if to calm them. She slowly began to step back as they steadily stalk towards her, their heads lowered to the ground like a wolf ready to pounce on its prey.

So Mason hadn't tamed them yet?





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AJAX VALIS
SON OF ZEUS
TEAM TROJANS!
Hex: Green
When Ajax felt Trinity grab his shoulder, he turned his head only to look at her, but she looked beyond him. He lightly frowned as he looked her over, wondering what it was she needed to say. Then he worked it out, and was grateful that she was trying to keep it under wraps until she knew for sure if anything was wrong. “You okay, you seem kind of out of it?” She asked lowly.

"Y-yeah..." he stammered over the first word, but he quickly recovered himself. "Just, got a lot on my mind is all. I fell out with Andy this morning, but... I'm good. Just thought I'd also give everyone else the opportunity to shine." he told her, rubbing the back of his neck like he had a creek in it. What he said was half true. He liked putting others before himself, but this wasn't about him and Andy, and not taking the opportunity to gain ground with his team!? that wasn't like him. "I just figured one of the strongest should hang back. Just in case." honestly, it wasn't the best strategy because what if he was the only one left!? he'd let the entire team down. "Don't worry.. you got this. We will--" he cut off as she spoke again.

“I got to go but...stand strong.” Trinity rose a fist mid-air, causing Ajax to flash a convincing smile before she headed off to the game. He sighed and ran his hand down his face before his eyes caught sight of Duke.

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Character Portrait: Gwendolyn Greer Character Portrait: Theo Smith Character Portrait: Keun Seung-min Character Portrait: Sylas Astor Character Portrait: Emery St. John Character Portrait: Ji-hyun Jin Character Portrait: Kalani Alana Character Portrait: Duke Loycen Character Portrait: Areum Moon Character Portrait: Evelyn Masters
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Emery had no idea why Theo had needed her to act as go-between. It was clear that Gwen found him cute, and they seemed to be getting along well, if a little nervous. She let Theo slap her on the back without any complaint, then busied herself finishing the rest of her breakfast, tuning out from their conversation.

A piercing whistle pulled her from her own thoughts, and she raised her head, fixing her attention on Alaric as he announced the teams for capture the flag. Emery grinned brightly when the list of the Trojans was read out, holding her hand up to Gwen for a high five. "I hope you're all awake, because time starts now."

"Sweet! Sorry you're not with us, Theo." She turned to her brother, turning her deer-in-the-headlights look up to ten. "Take it easy on us, okay? Then we can kick your ass faster." Just as quickly, the wide-eyed look disappeared, replaced by a wicked grin. "Come on, Gwen!"

After depositing her used cutlery at the collection point, Emery joined the rest of the Trojans at their base, grabbing a blue bandanna and tying it around her wrist as she listened to Duke plan a strategy. "Emery, Seung-min, Sylas, and Evelyn, you're our secret weapons. Aim for the Spartans' flag. Avoid of the heat of the battle if you can, use evasive or defensive techniques."

She had no complaint with that - it was a fairly sound strategy, given what they were working with. Looking around at the other three, she thought they'd be pretty good at their assigned roles. Maybe she could ask Sylas if he wanted to pair up, they could have each other's back - "I believe I belong on the front lines with you, Trinity and Ajax." Well, there went her plans. Emery frowned to herself. Given his abilities, maybe he wouldn't be the best at the front - he didn't seem as physically able as either of the frontliners.

But that was his choice, she supposed. Turning to Gwen, she touched her friend lightly on the arm to get her attention. "Hey. Guess I'll be seeing you later. Hopefully when we're standing victorious over the Spartans' slain and defeated number.." Smiling to show she was only joking, Emery moved to stand near Evelyn, just as the redhead spoke up requesting physical contact. Figuring it couldn't hurt, Emery reached out to hold Evelyn's hand, making note of how everything seemed a little brighter and clearer.

Then Evelyn left on her own, which meant only Emery and Seung-min remained. Come to think of it, a Hermes kid could be helpful to her too.

"Do you want to pair up? If you can transport people we could move fairly quickly - and I'm good with a weapon so I could cover you. Provided we find any weapons." She paused. Her fingers itched to curl around a knife or bow. She'd even settle for a makeshift spear. And therein lay her weakness - while still adept at physical combat, she wouldn't really be working at her best without a weapon. "Well. Even if I can't get one, I can heal and I'm good at tracking. It might not be hard to find their flag if we can look at how they're defending and find the center. And be fast, of course."

She began heading towards the woods, walking backwards so she was still facing Seung-min. "So what say you and I get out of this place and go defeat some demigods?"


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Some hours later Ji-hyun finally deigned it time to roll out of bed and swap his clothes out for a much more practical outfit, reluctantly folding his overlarge sweater and leaving it at the foot of his bed. It was so soft, and so warm. The woods would be awful.

Just as he'd pulled his shirt over his head, a light tap came at the door. He reached out and opened it, tugging his shirt down over his stomach.

"Areum! Good morning."

It was weird, having a sister. Ji-hyun's experiences with siblings were formed with his brother, all teasing jibes and throwing things at each other's head. Usually they were rougher with each other - looking at Areum all dainty, Ji-hyun supposed she probably wasn't expecting any of the same treatment.

Upon remembering his brother, a small stab of pain shot through his chest. Ji-ha would have loved having a sister, another sibling to love and take care of.

Ji-hyun put that thought away carefully. It wouldn't help to dwell on the past, and anyway here Areum was, right now.

"Are you going down to breakfast? Thanks for coming to get me." He shut the door behind him, stepping out into the sunlight. Already it was irritating, too warm and too dry outside, and he could imagine it would only get worse as the day progressed.

He didn't say much as they walked down to the dining hall, trying to let Areum have the space to talk. Once they'd reached the hall, he pulled out a chair for her. "I'll grab some food for us, what do you want to eat?" he offered. His breakfast was simple, the same thing he ate almost every morning since arriving at camp - an omelette, a croissant, and a strong cup of tea.

Placing the food gently on the table, he slid in opposite Areum. "So how are you finding camp so far? I'd wager we don't experience it the same way, say, Ares or Zeus kids do. All this running around and mock battling." He rolled his eyes, exaggerating the expression. It wasn't really a complaint. He wasn't suffering, and if some physical activity was what he had to do to find people like him... it was a trade he didn't mind so much.

And speaking of people like him... "What are the odds we're both Korean, huh? Come this far, join a camp of people with different godly heritage - and it turns out there's a whole handful of us from the same home country." He chuckled dryly. The difference was, she was a rich kid from the city, and he was just an orphan from the countryside, barely able to care for his remaining relative. "Do you miss home?"

Having finished his breakfast as he listened to Areum, he tilted the almost-empty teacup this way and that, offering it to his sister. "Shall I read your fortune? It's a little party trick I've been practicing."

Before he could follow through with the offer, though, a camp facilitator entered and began rattling off a list of teams and rules. Ji-hyun groaned quietly, smiling as he set the cup down. "They've set us on different teams, huh? Well. I hope we don't have to engage each other in combat anytime soon. Have fun." So saying, he reached out to touch the back of Areum's hand gently, then left to join his team.

Listening to strategies being shared around, he began to get an idea of what he had to do. Defense wasn't such a bad position, and he could use his abilities that way too. "I might have some trouble holding my own against Ajax or Trinity, but I could suggest that they take it easy on us, if they get too close. And the beasts can't harm us if they're asleep." He held up a hand and wiggled his fingers, surprising himself by grinning wickedly. "Kalani, I think I could help you with that."

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Image Andy grabbed him, gave him some armor and pretty soon they were off to the planning phase. Andy, Theo and himself all had the same idea for him, basically being to flank and use the shadows to his advantage so at least they didn't expect anything outrageous of him. In turn, Mason repaid their non-stupid ideas with silence, unlike Alex. "Couldn't have said it any better." Mason glanced to Andy and rolled his eyes. Everything she said and did was punchable and irritating, other people had to see that. "I just want to add. No doubt others will want to take out the beasts, but we could use them couldn't we? Mason, he could tame the beasts, or would that be considered as cheating? I mean, Alaric did say we can use our powers."
She wasn't speaking directly to him, more about and around him. But he doubted someone would speak on his behalf. "Let's not pretend cheating matters to you,"
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"I mean, I could always help with that?" Kalani offered. "Since I'm pretty sure my abilities would come in handy to get them onside. Just a thought."
With great willpower he closed his eyes and replied as civilly as possible, "And I can try. We can try," he said pointing between Kalani and himself. He'd just have to have the unpleasant experience of encountering one first.

"Let's go." He gestured for Andy. Before they split up, her charging into battle and him slinking into the shadows, he decided to make conversation. "So what happened last night huh?" He saw the couple dancing and being all cute and loving, then they disappeared together for the night so he could draw the lines. Then again, he decided he didn’t need to hear it or be directly lied to. "You know, I actually had a little more faith in you. What’s worse is you’re supposed to be better than that. You know what he’s done, where he’s been but you act like a little teen girl with no self control. I mean what’d he do? Blow in your ear, tell you he loves you? If I wanted to conquer someone in the sac, I’d do that too, Andy!" He didn't even know he was biting back on the whole matter for so long until it exploded out of him like that. It wasn't even frustration alone but it was laced with disappointment. Any time he grew hope...

Honestly it was hard for him to even look at her. He really thought she had more brains than to give into a moment's desire. Mason put a hand in the air. "You know what, fuck this." Mason marched off and the pitch black enveloped him.

His pace gained him some ground and just when he was about to rip off his band, he heard some twigs snap and Mason looked up and saw Alex alone confronting two dog-like creatures with her hands up. While it wasn't the chance, it was a chance. Mason emerged from the shadow, and placed his hands on both the dogs flanks. They growled and spat at first at the contact but then he had them on his side. For a moment he stared at Alex. "Sic' her boys," he ordered, sending the beasts charging forward at Alex.



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ImageHis teammates weren't exactly cosy with him, in fact they stared like he was some apparition or ghost or something. Basically the last person on earth they expected to see in their plane of existence. It made him feel uncomfortable, swallowing the lump in his throat then innocently trying to offer a smile but he was still the first to look away again.

Staring competitions weren't his cup of tea and when it came from a few different angles, it was a hard game to win or to even engage in. Thankfully a voice from the side emerged serving as a distraction."Hey- Will you be alright guarding on your own? I can hang back with you if you like, not that I'll be much help on the, ah, defence front." Then a warm smile graced her features. "I'm Annie, by the way."
"Oh, thank you," he answered. For taking initiative to introduce herself and for offering to hang back with him he supposed and being genuinely kind and considerate. Soon realizing that wasn't conversational or really answered her question, he added, "I'm Keith. But you already knew that cause..." Keith tried to grin at his foolishness but he wanted to die. "I'm sure I'll manage guard duty. I mean if things get bad people will just fall back and help defend anyway, right?"

“Also, as a bit of a forewarning, some of the reds are equipped with light armor but even through armor there's weakness,” Trinity told the team just as he was able to feign confidence.
Keith's shoulders slumped. "Great." Nonetheless he looked back to Annie and smiled reassuringly.

“Can we join hands for a moment or touch? It’s not to pray, I promise you,” a red head concluded. Keith frowned but drifted over to link up with his teammates. Whatever she did, Keith felt better. Like every color and shape was way more defined and vibrant, he could smell the woods. He inhaled deeply then came out of his daze as she spoke again. “I don’t know much about war strategy but I think we have a strong team to use misdirection to our advantage.”
"Misdirection," he heard himself echo. It felt like there was sense in the world again. "I can do that." Keith didn’t have to be a brute force, just think outside the box a little. And if Duke only mentioned him as defense, well...that was a hella a lot of faith from a logical person. Surely it was in him to think out the box.

He rubbed his hands together as if warming up his magic. He had this. Plus according to Duke's plan there was a whole first line of defense pushed forward before anyone got to him.



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Image His idea had a few protests or additional ones, or even additional tips/warnings from the likes of Trinity, but at least everyone addressed it with a certain respect. He was just afraid they weren't broadening their horizons or saw their own potential, instead choosing to play something more comfortable. Comfort and confidence were important to an extent but it didn't leave much room for development. And for something like capture the flag and victory, it was essential the team knew how to link up, but within moments he could tell that wouldn't quite be the case. Without training with each other for weeks at least, it would be impossible to have that team connection; know each other's limits and capabilities.

Evelyn suggested they gather which was odd to say the least so out of the blue but Duke obeyed and shifted into range of the girl and felt better for it. Then she threw in her extra two cents by saying they had the team for misdirection to be an advantage.
They did and could but that was up to how the team played to decide that. No matter, Duke nodded to them. "Okay guys, do what you will. You essentially know you best."

His eyes finally flickered to Ajax's sternly. "Hang back in case stragglers get through" he had said. It was a good excuse, but not himself. With all there was to say already said, he marched off, gesturing for the team to move out too. Duke didn't get anywhere in a hurry, instead, he moved at a pace that lingered for Trinity who caught up in no time and he saw previously having words with Ajax. "Is he okay?" Duke checked. He gave her a moment to answer before offering a bright side. "It's probably good that we raise a bit of suspicion. Cause a bit of doubt among the Spartans." Ajax's lack of attendance may have brought that about but probably needed reinforcing. And Sylas in the first line of attack would also be a contributing factor. "Split up. Then they wont know who's coming for them or at what angle. But hit before our flank can be exposed. Keep them busy. I won't be too far."

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Wes found it hard not to stare at this... Keith. Who was he? Obviously, he was no Daniel. Everything about him, from what he could tell, was the opposite of what Daniel was. Wes didn't know him as well as some of the others, but he knew enough to know something was off. He shifted uncomfortably where he stood, pursing his lips in thought. He could only hope this interesting development reached Andy at a more opportune moment. Maybe she'd be lucky enough to first hear it from Trinity's lips, instead of discovering it on her own.

And speaking of Trinity. “He would have mentioned something if he had a twin, right?”

Wes rubbed the back of his neck, then sighed. "I think you should warn her," he cleared his throat before continuing. "Andy... That's if she doesn't run into him on the battlefield."

He remained quiet and attentive listening to the rest of the battle plan. It all seemed like sound logic in his opinion, but he doesn't particular have a mind for battle strategy. Hopefully, Wes could just hold his ground with whomever... Or, whatever crossed his path. There might be a small handful of people at the camp that he could take on, but that wasn't promising. Part of him wished he could be the one to capture the other teams flag. It definitely put him under a new light, instead of the Aphrodite kid that lost his arm in the war last year. Not that Wes was ever a force to be reckoned with in the first place, but he liked the idea... Even if he knew it wouldn't happen.

“Where do you want it?”

Wes' attention was brought back to the blonde beside him. He then glanced about himself trying to figure out the best place to put those. With one hand, his wrist wouldn't be the most practical place. His hand grabbed the hem of his shirt, while his index finger tapped his belt loop. Once she fastened it for him, he smiled slightly. "Thanks."

“Seriously though, Wes, use your powers and be an ass because people won't give you the same mercy.” He looked around at the other members of their team as Trinity tried to give Wes a pep talk. He knew this all was practice to prepare them all for real battle, but these were all their friends, companions and comrades. He exhaled deeply through his nose. “If they're in red, they're the enemy,” she added.

He sighed, with a slight smirk and a roll of his eyes. "I'm battle inept, not color blind."

Trin then grabbed his chin, forcing him to look down at her. “Don't make me have to give you rage,” she teased.

Wes subconsciously leaned his head into her touch, just a little. He gave her a final nod. "Yes ma'am," he replied before she walked away to talk to Ajax.

He stood there for a minute, his hand mindlessly tugging and adjusting his colors that were attached to his belt loop. Finally, Wes walked over to the bag of weapons Alaric left on the table for them. He stared down at what was left, trying to decide what to grab. He only had one arm, after all, which limited what he could carry and accomplish. Wes wasn't much of a fighter, so defense was always the best strategy but he still needed something incase he came upon one of the monsters out there. He sifted through the bag until he found a shield with a strap, that allowed him to wear it over his back similar to a backpack. With his hand free, he snatched up a spear, remembering he was somewhat decent with one against the Hydra last year.

With no more time to waste, Wes took a deep breath and headed out into the thick of things. He started out through the woods, making sure to branch out from the others. He moved in a forward direction, in what he could only hope was toward the other team's flag. After a minute or so of walking, he found himself in the thicket of the woods. Of course, he couldn't stay out in the open. Someone like Andy or Alex would be on him in the blink of the eye if he was openly visible. So he needed to be somewhere that he could see everything, where he could be mildly camouflaged.

He found a large evergreen tree, and slowly walked up to its truck. From only a few feet away the stalk of the tree is hidden behind the pine needles, but once under it you could see all the way up to the top. Wes sighed, slipping the spear between his back and the shield. "You can climb a tree with one hand," he muttered quietly to himself reassuringly as he wiped his palm off on his jeans.

It wasn't the most graceful thing ever, but Wes managed to ascend the tree. It took a couple slips and broken branches to fully get the swing of something so simple, that usually called for all four appendages. Once he was high enough up, he could see far enough back to their own flag, and forward to what he could presume was either the middle, or just beyond. He adjusted himself on the branch until he was steady enough to allow movement without throwing off his balance. His fingers then snapped a couple small twigs to allow for better visibility without removing his camouflage.

Then he waited. At least up high, Wes was out of reach of most monsters. He was at a good height to where he could jump down to help a team mate, or stop an opponent... Or try at least.

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As Theo talked, assigning a plan of attack and defense for them, Andy did her best to make her rounds to her fellow teammates. Each one she gave a gentle tap on the shoulder, giving them some basic, light weight leather armor and such. It wasn't so much for going against the other campers, but for the monsters. She wasn't exactly sure what they would come across in the wounds, but a little extra protection never hurt any body.

She returned to Mason's side just as Theo finished. To no surprise, herself and Mason would be attackers. It made sense, and honestly, Andy would probably go crazy if she was told to stand around and play defense. She wasn't, by any means, a defensive player. Her mind was hard wired to attack, attack, attack. Luckily as well, Theo's mind was where hers was in the scheme of partnering up. That always seemed to be a strong strategy, especially when the two had varying abilities and skills which made them strong compliments.

"Couldn't have said it any better," Alex chimed in, catching Andy's attention. "I just want to add. No doubt others will want to take out the beasts, but we could use them couldn't we? Mason." Andy shifted uncomfortably where she stood, but only slightly. Something about actually hearing Alex say his name heightened her senses. Ever since everything that happened last year, she could't help but get tense whenever whenever Ajax or Alex mention Mason, or vice versa. "He could tame the beasts, or would that be considered as cheating? I mean, Alaric did say we can use our powers."

"Let's not pretend cheating matters to you," Mason replied coldly.

Andy parted her lips to reply, but thankfully Kalani chimed in in her own chipper way that quickly changed the tone. "I mean, I could always help with that? Since I'm pretty sure my abilities would come in handy to get them onside. Just a thought."

"And I can try. We can try," Mason added.

Andy nodded her head in acknowledgement. "I think that's a good idea. I can conjure up cages and help distract or corral them. I'd rather not kill them unless absolutely necessary. Mason was able to calm a minotaur last year," she added while motioning her hand toward him. "And Wes was able to make giants chase after their own kind of out obsession. Your powers could be really useful, Kalani." Andy smiled toward her.

"I could help Dominick and Finn, I can help heal wounds if they need, or blind enemies if they need that advantage....but if you need me to help follow the others and keep their wounds clear I can help," Nik offered.

Andy looked over toward Theo who was already partnering up and planning his strategy with Elias. And Alex was gone almost instantly. So, she took a step toward Nik with a smile. "I think defense is perfect. If anyone gets hurt, we'll have them retreat back to the flag. If things get... Intense, I'll shoot up a flare or something." She smiled, giving him a pat on the shoulder before she returned back to Mason.

"Let's go." Mason gestured toward her and she hurried to his side. As they started into the wood, her right hand hovered around her throwing knives while her left was slightly extended before her, ready to use magic at a moment's notice. They hadn't been walking for long when Mason spoke up. "So what happened last night huh?" His words took her by surprise, causing Andy to nearly trip over her own feet. This was probably the worst time for small talk, especially about that. Her heart began to pound in her chest as she swallowed hard, looking over at him.

"You know, I actually had a little more faith in you. What’s worse is you’re supposed to be better than that. You know what he’s done, where he’s been but you act like a little teen girl with no self control. I mean what’d he do? Blow in your ear, tell you he loves you? If I wanted to conquer someone in the sac, I’d do that too, Andy!"

Andy froze where she stood, her mouth a gape as the true sting of his words hit her like a knife in the gut. Part of her wanted to just walk away and not humor whatever Mason decided to be mad at her about this time. Part of her wanted to defend herself. And another part wanted to punch him. She could feel the anger boiling up in her, the anger and the pain. Her emotions have been so raw and unfiltered since the new year and camp. She found it more and more difficult to sensor herself or suppress her anger.

But she couldn't stop herself before the words fell from her lips like poison. "Conquer me? Is that what I am? A conquest?" Andy could feel the tears stinging her eyes when she finally spoke. "Well, which is it Mason? Am I supposed to be a virgin saint or a conquest?" She stepped in front of him, making direct and unwavering eye contact. "What fucking right do you have to judge me?" Andy jabbed her index finger in the air toward him with each word.

She took a deep breath as a silent tear ran down her cheek as she searched his face for an answer. Mason was supposed to be her best friend, yet he judged her and got mad at her every turn she made. There was no way to win. "Where in the hell is this coming from!? Why do you even—" Then Andy froze, the realization hitting her over the head like a baseball bat. Jealousy. She exhaled a sharp breath and sniffled back the tears. "Gods, do you know how hard it is to tell how you feel about me? If you hate or love me? You are always mad at me. Nothing I do is good enough for you. You don't trust me. And you talk down to me as if it's only a matter of time before I turn against you and leave you!"

Andy took a step toward him, trying to lower her voice to not give away their location. But, in the same breath the deeper in anger she fell, the more vulnerable she became and the more truths came out. "I have never betrayed you and I won't. I care so much about you, Mason. I love you. You are one of the most important people to me... and you don't even care." Her hands fell to her sides as she shrugged, exasperated. "I guess you have your answer then, don't you? Maybe if you learned to trust me and open up to me..." her voice trailed off. It'd be you, not Ajax. Her eyes fell. She didn't need to say it.

"You know what, fuck this." He put his hand in the air out of frustration, then turned and left in a cloud of smoke.

Andy nodded her head, tucking her lips between her teeth as she nodded her head. She took in a shaky breath, raising her hands to wipe her eyes, but they froze as they covered her face. She just wanted to melt where she stood. Right then and there, she had half a mind to rip off her colors and storm off. She could get pretty far away before anyone noticed she left. Her fingers pinched the fabric of her colors as she looked down at it. Just as she was about to tear it free she heard footsteps approaching from behind and a deep guttural growl rumble in the foliage to her left.




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"I'll hang back, just in case any stragglers get through."

Sylas quirked a brow at the comment. He didn't have to know Ajax well to know that it was out of character. From the stories he'd heard about Mr. Perfect-pants, he was always one of the first people to charge into battle right alongside his warrior woman that Mason was secretly lusting after. Yet, here stood the mighty Ajax himself, opting to stay back to take care of stragglers? Pathetic. This was the guy that all these campers looked up to? A man who out of no where loses his courage and pusses out? Of course, now this meant Sylas wouldn't be fighting alongside him during capture the flag. But, with the right about of leverage it could be the pinnacle catalyst to cause a turning point in power at this retched camp. Small moments like these cause a snow ball effect.

"Can we join hands for a moment or touch? It’s not to pray, I promise you.” He glanced over at the redhead, and at first he was apprehensive. But, regardless if he desired to or not, he had to keep up the pretenses. So, he extended his right hand and placed it on the shoulder of the person closest to him. Then like a wave that washed over him, his senses were heightened almost like a drug but without the crash.

Sylas went over to the provided weapons, glancing over the options. Unlike most of the others, he went for a more subtle, underestimated piece. A sword that looked similar to a pirate's or a fencing sword. Small, thin but light weight. It didn't look like it could do much damage, but a cut in the right place is always deadly. Unlike more common swords, one like this is light which makes for quicker and more agile movements. Speed is always crucial in battle.

With weapon in hand, Sylas walked over to Duke and Ajax just as Trinity headed off in one direction. "I guess I'll take the left side," he said while pointing his hand in the direction he intended on traveling. His gaze drifted over toward Ajax. "If you change your mind, just follow the West side of the forest. I'm going to try and flank." He gave them both a pat on the shoulder before he disappeared into the thick of the woods.

It seemed, so far, luck was on Sylas' side as he traveled through the trees with haste. He hadn't come across any of the beasts, although he heard a couple in the distance as they broke twigs under foot or started their pursuit of another camper. On occasion, he'd see a brief glimpse of a Spartan zipping through the tree line, heading in the opposite direction toward his team's flag. But he ignored it. Ajax was there to take care of stragglers after all. And if he failed? Well, wouldn't that be an interesting development.

Sylas' footsteps slowed when he heard two voices in the direction he approached. He came up behind a boulder, slowly and cautiously leaning his head around the large object. His gaze was met by the sight of Mason and the back of a brunette's head. Due to the fact Mason wasn't trying to kill the girl, he could only assume it was Andy. Making sure he was out of sight, he held his hand in Andy's direction and closed his eyes. Instead of feelings of anger, he let despair, worthlessness and dread flow from himself and into the woman. He didn't wish to aid her anger at Mason, but make herself worth fade. Like planting a seed, he placed feelings of hopelessness, and longing... Longing for Mason's approval and fear of losing him.

Giving it a moment or two after Mason left, Sylas held his sword at the ready and came out in the opening. He stopped a few feet behind her, holding the tip of his blade toward the back of her neck. His body tensed slightly, when he too heard the growl that came from the left. "Sounds like we're not alone," he replied with a smugness. "I give it... 30 seconds before whatever that is decides to join us. So, how about you hand over your colors now and make it easier on the both of us."

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Mood: Focused
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Theo listened intently as a few others called out their suggestions. He was generally fine with people doing what they were comfortable with. He watched as Mason and Andy went off ahead of the others. Harleen sped off. The flag was hidden, and the defenses were mostly set. Theo looked over his shoulder as Elias approached him.

"You call out the path. You know this camp better than I do. I'm gonna go spear and shield should let be be aggressive and defensive. I get outnumbered I should still be able to maneuver them to give you a clean shot. While we're heading out who are their best fighters on their side that you know of and any quick tips on how they fight."

Theo scratched his head as they started moving weaving through the trees quickly but quietly. "If we stay through this stretch of the woods, it bends around the center of camp. It'll take us up a hill that will give us a solid vantage point to devise a strategy from. We both know I want a crossbow," Theo let out a little chuckle. But so do the "game makers" and the other team. If we see one we have to be weary that it could be some form of a trap," Theo slowed his walk and his speech to make sure Elias got the next part clear. "I need you to very careful until I have a bow though. I have seen your sister fight and I know it can be hard for your lineage to resist running full steam into a fight, but I need you out there. I can fight well with any weapon, but I'm not a true threat to the other team until I have a bow. Once we found one, you can be more aggressive. I can cover your back," Theo patted him on the back just before bending down to pick up an axe he spotted leaning against a random tree.

He offered it to Elias before answering the last part of Elias' question, "As far as their fighters go, I'm sure you know your sister is a beast. Probably fights much like you. Duke is a handful. He is very smart, and his abilities include playing with fire. It is dangerous to fight him at any range. Ajax is obviously a great fighter, if not over aggressive. Emery will be a lot like me. If you can catch her in close range, you can handle her easy. Wes can't really fight, but he is smart, innovative, and has the ability to manipulate emotions. Don't underestimate him... other than that I don't know much about the others. I think that is one good thing about this exercise. We get to see where the new campers shine. So shine for me Elias." Theo kept his eyes ahead as he spoke. He knew he was approaching disputed territory. He could see the approaching terrain in his mind as he had memorized the camp to a tee. He knew there was an upcoming clearing, and he stuck his hand out to signal to Elias to stop. Theo crept to the edge of the clearing, not a sound coming from his footsteps. He let a sliver of a smile overtake his calm countenance. There it was, a nice sleek, gleaming black crossbow along with a quiver of arrows. Theo could not help but notice the different colored bands around the tail of each arrow in the quiver. It was like they had left this bow just for him considering his personal quiver contained his own set of specialized arrows. He saw several red banded arrows. Theo knew they must be explosive arrows. He saw green banded arrows. In his set, this signified arrows that deployed a net to trap whatever Theo was shooting at. He even saw blue banded arrows. These arrows were specially made for long distance shooting. Theo was almost salivating over the prospect of wreaking havoc with the bow.

But as usual, there was a catch. Right beside the arrow and the quiver was a stalking ugly beast. He motioned to Elias, pointing at him to go around and hit the beast from the side as Theo went for the bow. He waited on Elias to get into position, and then Theo stepped out into the clearing.

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ALEXANDRIA VALIS
DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
TEAM SPARTANS!
Hex: #d63b71


Alex's eyes shifted slightly as she saw Mason had emerged from the shadows and placed his hands on both the dogs flanks. They growled and spat at first, but soon their attitude changed. Mason had them under his control in seconds. Alex took a steady step back. For a moment he stared at her, giving Alex the time to open her hands, palms facing towards the sky as she formed a ball of electrical energy between them, ready to defend herself. "Sic' her boys," he ordered. The ground shook as they charged toward her at full speed, and with every second they got closer, Alex feared the worst. She managed to throw the ball of electricity at one of them, sending the beast flying before it crashed to the ground. It whimpered before it ran off in the other direction, but before Alex could defend herself from the other, it managed to overpower her, sinking its canine teeth into her right shoulder and biting down as hard as it could. Alex let out a scream of agony which no doubt echoed through the trees and given up her position to any other team members left in the game. It felt like her shoulder was being crushed in a vice. Every time she moved, the beast bit harder, causing her to shout out again.

Eventually, Alex managed to punch the beast in the face repeatedly until it let go, then scampered off into the bushes. Alex collapsed against one of the trees, trying to catch her breath. She dared to take a look at the damage. Taking a hold of the fabric, she lifted it up away from her skin which was mutilated, and her clothes soaked in blood. She winced in agony, gritting her teeth as she tried to bare the pain that surged down her arm. It burned like fire. Alex looked up to the sky as she held her hand over her shoulder.





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AJAX VALIS
SON OF ZEUS
TEAM TROJANS!
Hex: Green
Ajax felt Trinity's hand grab his shoulder, but looked beyond him. “You okay, you seem kind of out of it?” She asked him, her voice low. Ajax looked down before he nodded without a word. He then looked up as she wandered away to get stuck into the game. He watched her for a moment and swallowed before Sylas came over. Ajax glared at him from the corner of his eyes. He didn't trust him. When Sylas touched him and Duke, he looked at Sylas's hand before looking up at him with the same warning glare, but soon looked towards the forest. He recognized the screams.

"AL!" he called out to her before breaking out into a run, heading in the direction he heard her voice. At this point, he didn't give a damn who won capture the flag. He pushed violently through the bushes and saw Alex wounded. He quickly ran over to her and crouched down, instantly taking a look at the wound. "What the hell happened?" Ajax looked over his shoulder since Alex was looking past him at Mason who had the balls not to run. Ajax stood up, anger rippling through him like an approaching storm. "You son-of-a-bitch!" he said through almost gritted teeth and marched towards Mason. Once close enough to him, Ajax shoved his hands hard into Mason's chest. "Don't you, EVER, hurt her again. I swear... I will rip your damn head off!" surely the entire camp could hear him, and with being so full of rage, he had forgotten he was lacking the powers. If anything, at this point, it was Mason who would rip his head off.

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"Is he okay?"

Trinity merely offered a shrug. “Like I’d know.” Ajax and Andy did say something to the effect of being on a rocky path but that didn't cover it and Trinity didn't pry. If they wanted to spit details or lies out that was up to them and a reflection on where she stood.

When Duke gave the new order to split up, Trinity nodded to him and forked out from Sylas's path and Duke's. Trinity covered decent ground between her base and heading towards the Spartans, enough so that when she stopped walking there was only silence. And that wasn't necessarily a good thing. The end of her hair started to stick up but she didn't say a word and didn't dare move a step. She didn't even know she held her breath until she was forced to exhale. But Trinity crept onwards until she reached a clearing which even she had a mind not to dive into. She saw the crossbow then the creature, then a figure appear on the furthest end of the clearing. Theo! Was he insane!? Trinity bit her lip in thought hugging the nearest tree. No, he was risky but not dumb. Trinity eyed the outskirts but couldn't see a damn useful thing even with Evelyn's enhancement and silently cursed.

If Theo got that crossbow though there was a great possibility the Trojans would start dropping like flies. Trinity threw away hesitation and bolted into the clearing for the bow while the beast's attention was elsewhere. She was shit with a bow and she'd get no benefit out of the weapon but she knew it couldn't reach Theo's hands. Maybe she'd offer it to Emery. These were the thoughts that raced through her mind as quick as her legs carried her. She slid down to grasp the bow and scooped up the quiver of arrows with different coloured bands around them.

Turned out it wasn't quite the snatch and run operation she imagined.



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Unfortunately Evelyn didn't have a clue where she was going. She knew north, south, east, west but the expanse of this wood was new territory so how close or how far she was from the Spartan's base was anyone's guess. She should have taken that partnering up suggestion much more seriously. Her foot hit something then and Evelyn glanced downward to see a slither of silver. She pulled it from its hiding under leaves and dirt revealing a sword that she was less pleased to encounter than the likes of the warriors in camp. However, it did not mean it wasn't an opportune moment. Evelyn glanced around checking no ambush would be due and once she was sure, she got to her knees and cursed the weapon. If it fell into enemy hands, it would scald them, not via temperature but the same way a toxic chemical would.

Evelyn went around like that for some time, tampering with hidden weapons she encountered, ignoring grunts of battles and screams. But she was too afraid to press so far forward without the certainty that reinforcement would arrive. Evelyn stood no chance alone against the Spartan's defense and if she was being quite frank, the idea of their powers and weapons rushing at her at once made for a brutal image.

At the least, before she went too far forwarded, she needed a plan. Evelyn couldn't manipulate senses from afar yet and she couldn't induce pain to the point so many demigods were keeling over. It seemed she'd have to wait for some sign of distraction or reinforcement.


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Image The one blow to his ribs made Mason cradle his side but before he could lunge back at Ajax something lunged on him. Alex's arm locked around his neck heaving him backwards away from her brother with her on his back and before they got too secure around his neck he threw her off.

Mason advanced towards her. "Enough!" Ajax jumped between them. Mason actually halted to hear out his inspiring speech. His one good reason why they should stop. "This has to stop. Mason, I know you don't like my family, but this is all pointless."

His eyes shifted to Alex who he could tell wanted to go again, the fire and hate practically burning in her eyes. Sure enough the wild thing acted out and Ajax had to hold her back and battle to calm her. Let her try. Mason hadn't had his share of inflicting pain on her yet.
"Mason, listen..."
Alex raced around her brother and swung for him. Mason's head jerked back and went wide eyed, the fist set to connect to his face just missed then Andy was there. As Alex fought with her brother thrashing and kicking, looking like an animal that belonged in an enclosure instead of a girl, she kicked Andy's jaw. Mason caught Andy the same time she was able to steady herself against him and he looked her over checking she was okay before his dark glare moved to Alex.
"How about you tell everyone the truth? Tell them what really happened, you piece of shit!"
Mason took one stomp forward wanting to march up to the girl but Andy was there as a buffer and he pulled himself up short.
"Will you ever learn to stop accusing people of things before you have proof?" Andy said before he could say anything. "What has Mason supposedly lied about? There is nothing to lie about. You murdered Jennova... In cold blood, without any proof that she did what you claimed she did. He has every right to want you dead. You have no idea what it is like to have lost a sibling... He has to live everyday with her murderer right in front of him. Do you think that's easy?"
With gritted teeth he watched Alex ready to push aside Andy if she lunged again.
"This all," she continued with a gesture to them. "Is your fault... Two of the most important people in my life, can't stop trying to kill each other because of you." He scoffed quietly. That seemed like giving her a bit too much credit. And screw Ajax's importance. "The world doesn't revolve around you, Alex. Maybe you should think about that next time, before you try to kill someone else."
For the most part, he agreed. Minus the civility. Alex didn't deserve it. She was selfish, impulsive and couldn't take responsibility of her own actions or admit she was a murderer.
Andy softened when directing her words to Ajax. She was no less tired of them but she was softer with him. "She's never going to learn from her mistakes if you keep helicoptering. She made her bed, now she has to lie in it."
"Just let it be a death bed, Ajax and we'll move on." He strained to keep his voice even. Mason was dead serious even when he knew it wasn't going to happen. He hated Ajax but he'd leave him be and the camp if he got Alex. "And you, I didn't even tell the whole camp you're a murderous psycho bitch who slaughtered my sister which is the truth." Mason started forward towards Alex. "And I haven't lied to anyone. I never claim to be a saint. Never claim to be a victim." Mason glanced to Andy then back at the Valises. What he was going to say next sounded provoking but it was the truth. "You two can't save anyone. Where's your exes, Ajax? Where's half the campers from last year? Where's your mom, huh? All you do is let people down and they normally pay for your consequences in blood."

Mason ripped off his band and dropped it on the ground, paying one last glance to Andy then took himself to the hall.
Alaric awaited readily with arms crossed and disapproving glare. Mason sighed out knowingly. "Yeah, yeah, I'll do camp maintenance for a week." He probably could have got away from the wrath of staff had it not been within camp activities, his own team and monitored.




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Image He had strode on without a scuffle, without a hitch which meant majority of the reds were flanking or prioritized defensive measures. Or if he was really lucky, they were being lazy and slacking on the job though they didn't seem the kind and it was better to assume the reds were being proactive. A simple crack of a twig ahead had him spin into a tree in wait. It's like the wind took on a new form because whatever was approaching was approaching fast but was light. Lighter than a beast, though it wasn't to say the beasts couldn't be light and agile. The shape darted by and Duke quickly sent a ball of flame hurling forward. The flame hit near their feet and raced ahead then circled around them entrapping them in a ring of fire with a hand gesture and Duke ran to see the catch.
Duke puffed lightly coming to a halt and lowered the fierce flames to reveal a dark-haired woman. "Harley," he greeted and gave a court nod. "Didn't keep you waiting too long I hope?" Sometimes Duke lost perspective of what extreme heat was like to others. In fact the vision of her became somewhat distorted through the heat. Duke tightened the circle not allowing the daughter of Hermes room for escape or so much room as to devise an escape plan knowing her strengths were very much in movement, athletics and escapology.

Duke crossed his arms paying a conscious look to their surroundings then locked his eyes back on Harley. "You can give me your band or you can pass out. Torture isn't my thing but I would like to know the Spartan's strategy too." The flame spat near the ankle. Duke rarely bluffed.

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ALEXANDRIA VALIS
DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
TEAM SPARTANS!
Hex: #d63b71


She felt her brother's hand squeeze hers, which meant to be his way of quietly telling her to stay calm, but she couldn't stay calm when Andy was talking like she knew Alex, but knew nothing. Mason's words cut the deepest, and she knew that Ajax wouldn't react to them since he knew Mason was only saying it all out of anger and pain. Even there were some truths to it. Alex's eyes began to fill with tears as she hesitated a step forward with her brother holding her hand still.

She went to say what she felt needed to be said, to defend herself, but the words wouldn't come out.

Alex tore off her colors as she walked away, letting the red band fall to the ground. One of her feet stepped on it as she headed to the medical hut. She did not once look back and kept going until she was out of their line of sight.

For the first time, she felt like she didn't belong. This entire world would be better off without you. Mason's right, you are a murderer. You may know that it was Jennova since Mason wouldn't even go that far, and no one else would do it would they? but you still should have been certain it was Jenn who killed her. You're a fool. No one will trust you or even like you again. You'll be alone. Even those you care about will probably turn against you eventually. Even your own brother.

"Shut up" she said to herself whilst gritting her teeth with one hand on the right side of her head.

Once at the hut, she pulled the thin material aside that hung over the doorway, her eyes looking around as she entered. She dropped the material curtain behind her, finding the place luckily empty, and slipped onto the closest bed before she carefully lay herself down on it, turning her back to the door as she slowly curled into a fetus position.

She began to cry into the corner of her pillow, muffling the sounds against the soft cotton.

Everyone would have probably lived if Hades hadn't broken his promise to Zeus. Hopefully, this wasn't going to become the fates of those who were new to Camp. She could not bear any more death to befall them.





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AJAX VALIS
SON OF ZEUS
TEAM TROJANS!
Hex: Green
Andy wasn't going to stop from saying what she felt she had the right to since it was her opinion and same for Mason, but Ajax wasn't going to let their words bother him like Mason probably hoped. Ajax was much more grounded than that. He had years of training above Alex, so he knew his sister wouldn't be the same. Zeus's anger stirred wildly in her. Was that her fault? no. Every God/Demigod has their strengths, weaknesses, and flaws. Even the children of Aphrodite who had always been painted as perfect in their Greek mythology.

"Shut up." He told Andy before his eyes went back to Mason. His sister had left in a way he didn't expect. Quietly without another chance to get her claws into the both of them. Andy had said what she needed to but was taking it a little too far. Mason was too, but Ajax still remained calm.

"You know that isn't going to happen," he told Mason. There was no chance on Earth, Mount Olympus, or the Underworld of him getting Alex before peace could finally grace their camp. Was that ever even going to happen with Hades lurking among the dead? Mason would have to convince his father to let go of everything he wanted to take from Zeus. For Aeons, the Gods have been trying to kill each other. Zeus has to kill his own father after all since he was eating his own children.

"She may have done something that will never be forgiven, but that is a girl who is longing for the love of her mother, and the attention of her father. She cannot control her anger like I can, and Jennova did not help the situation by being who she was to prove herself to Hades. Mason, your sister would have killed you if it meant to have your father favor her over you. She killed our mother, and if I need to get proof!? then I will. But she had the motive. You, are smarter and have better morals. You would never harm an innocent mortal. You even saved Andy from your own father, so I know that you have emotions worthy of others to care for you. I am not asking you to be my friend, I never would, but I ask you as a brother to let this lie. Not for Alex, not for me, but for the good of the camp. I know the both of you are saying all of this out of anger, so I will let it slide."

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Trinity's eyes on the prize wasn't the issue. When she made it back into the woods, another beast awaited there and was hot in pursuit straight away. Its thundering gallops closed in on her, gaining ground faster than she could run. Trinity ducked as it pounced, her right leg sliding out in the dirt too far causing her muscle to over-stretch as the beast cleared her head. It recovered quicker than her and lunged for her again, knocking her back and sent the crossbow out of her grip.

And this was exactly why she hated ranged weapons. The load and reload time put into them, the fact that you needed range. She was trying to fend the feral creature off as it kept pushing its weight forward snapping and growling towards her head, promising a quick but brutal devouring. Trinity bit her lip restraining the urge to yell out, either in strain or for help and give away her location. But she bit her lip firmer when she was bracing for what she had to do. One arm surrendered the fight to conjure a weapon and in that instant the beast lurched forward and sunk its teeth into her other arm that instinctively protected her face. Trinity shoved the blade into the creature's neck a fraction of a second later, twisted the weapon for good measure, pushed it off and withdrew the blade, rolling into a crouch in case the tank like deformed dog wasn't done but it seemed to stay down. Trinity watched its chest to be certain.

Once it was confirmed dead, she marched on cupping her fresh wound. “Shit,” she whispered. Her hand wasn’t making a good makeshift bandage, droplets running down her arm still and onto the woods earth. She didn’t have a clue where their special little healer was and she wasn't game enough to call out for Annie either. She tore at a chunk of her shirt and wound it around her arm tightly. The white fabric quickly tainted red but she'd be damned if a bite kept her down.

Trinity broke into a jog to cover the ground she lost. A distance away she saw a figure mounted atop a beast. She found herself in a sprint to follow the dark knight and its pet but just before she thought to hurl her blade into its hind quarters, Trinity took in the most significant feature of the shadow rider and stumbled as she pulled herself up short mid-motion.

“God,” she blew out in relief, doubling over. Trinity forced herself to straighten with her hands on her hips. Trinity wasn't short on stamina yet, simply needed a moment for composure. A low growl interrupted her breather.

As easy as that, war mode was triggered again. Trinity ran towards a tree for leverage , flipping around as the beast rammed into the trunk. Trinity conjured two long blades and thrust them down into its strong skull, landing ontop of the recent corpse's back. Almost like she were going to use it as a mount too.

“Okay,” she sighed out to herself and slowly got to her feet. “Let's get this over with.”




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Things were in cruise control for Harley and though she felt she covered plenty of ground, any moment could present an ambush or trouble. Nothing she couldn't escape though. Dashing between the trees was somewhat liberating but in a moment's lack of concentration, she was forced to an abrupt stop once she was in a ring of fire. Harley turned on the spot to estimate the threat level of the pickle she had got into. A mix of fascination and concern was what she concluded. Fascination because this fire should have been raging wild spreading throughout the wilds, concern because it wasn't but it was still raging hot at the same time.

The flames simmered down and it all made sense in a heartbeat once the culprit revealed himself. "Harley, didn't keep you waiting too long I hope?"

“Nah I was just chilling.” Anything but. Sweat seemed to be pouring down her body. The circle shrunk suddenly and Harley jumped into the center.

"You can give me your band or you can pass out. Torture isn't my thing but I would like to know the Spartan's strategy too."

Harley blew out her lips looking away. Thankfully it looked something like a child raspberrying than the desperate need to find a cooler place. Something damp. A bottle of water. The thoughts seemed to make the air thicker and her throat drier. “You thought about becoming a cop? Security?” She crossed her arms. “I'm not a rat. But it is good to know you have a mean side.”

Flame spat near her treasured ankles and Harley knew she had to focus. Harley's eyes pierced into the woods and she imagined being there and soon enough she was. It did occur to her to yell out a taunting remark back towards Duke, but he was a man that seemed to learn from his mistakes. And she wasn't in the mood for another collision with him.

When she swiped up a weapon for assurance it burned her hand causing her to shout out, dropping it immediately. Harley went wide eyed looking around her surroundings then darted back to home territory cradling her hand.

“Medic!” she called able to uphold a joking nature for a split second then she hissed and shook her hand out as if that would make the increasing burn go away. “Seriously, Nik...” She grimaced as she approached the son of Apollo. “Can you fix this?” Harley's eyes were on her hand, half-expecting for her skin to melt away and bone to show then she looked back to the healer. “No pressure, doc.” The last thing she wanted was to stress a fellow team mate out especially if it was at the expense of her hand. What if he healed wrong. Oh god it would be like Harry Potter when he lost his bones.






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As she waited by her tree, her anxiety grew. For all she knew the rest had been wiped out but she wasn't very taking to walking into the unknown or assumptions without a shred of justification. Her restless mind decided to hunt for the answers she sought and though it took a bit of wandering, Evelyn did stumble across a fellow blue member in trouble. She didn't like him, not one bit, but she couldn't watch him get mauled and tossed around by some beast either.

Evelyn raised her hand tapping into the muscles and nerves of the creature's body from a distance and she could feel its fight and strength immediately. Evelyn restricted its body forcing the beast to curl up on itself. Its resistance was powerful and made matters more painful because she certainly wasn't letting up. The beast and she shuddered at the same time battling for control.

“Now would be the time to use any nifty skills,” she told Sylas. Or not. It was for his own benefit. The beast and him were closer, in which case, if he didn't seize the opportunity it would likely come at his own demise. Evelyn bought him what time she could.

However, she didn't disqualify the chance that the creature or Sylas would turn on her instead. Nor underestimate the chance to grasp his character regardless of the result.

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Image The most sickening part was Ajax pretending to know him. Even when he was deliriously wrong. He really had no idea what had happened to others over the year, including Mason helping his father in the Underworld. And 'as a brother', maybe he should have imagined looking at Alex's killer every day. Stupid prick.

Mason's eyes trailed after Andy walking out of the hall. He had half a mind to accompany her or at least say thank you but it seemed like a bad idea. Right now she probably needed space with too many raw emotions. He wanted to hug her, tell her things were okay and even that Ajax didn't mean to be so harsh and cold towards her. But he sat there in silence instead waiting for the next evicted player to torment.
If either of the pair were in a better mood, Mason might have taunted her that she could get smacked around by a minotaur, giant, stone men, hell, even Hades, but she let some sharp words from Ajax knock her down instead. But the truth was that bothered him. Granted, Mason wasn't the nicest guy on the block but he knew how to treat a girlfriend.

Some time passed and he found sitting in the hall alone was a bore, however, Mason knew it was better than being on the field. There, things could only get worse. He crossed his arms on the table and rested his chin upon them. Maybe a nap would be more beneficial. And if a raging child of Zeus decided to attack him in a vulnerable state then at least his point would be made.




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Image Teleportation. Great. He cursed to himself as Harley got away. She was out of sight but definitely not out of mind. Duke had assumed she was someone to talk her time out but it seemed she wasn't feeling conversational enough, or him, stern enough . However, the silver lining was learning from his mistakes. It was almost good in a way to misjudge her capabilities and personality. Good for her anyway...

Duke continued marching onward, encountering a trap or two laid out in the battlefield by a well-hidden trigger plate, and truly he admired the setup to some degree. Something worth tipping his hat to: Beasts, traps, teamwork, opponent demigods, a great challenge all-in-all.

These thoughts and little admirations preoccupied Duke until he spotted trouble. More specifically a duo. Lise and McKenna. Maybe he could take one at a time, but both seemed a high-demand. McKenna could take his fire blows for Lise and Lise could turn invisible while he battled his sister. Lise was an expert in strategy; the map, calculation and conclusion quickly drawn from her. Add McKenna's own smarts to the mix and it was safe to say the situation looked grim.
"Congratulations girls, you make quite the team,"
he admitted. Duke slowly rose his hands in the air in surrender and dropped to his knees. The Trojan band was theirs to take.
Come on, Lise, feed your ego. Duke was ready, even if it was McKenna that approached, he knew his only chance was to grab at that moment of weakness and strike fast.

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XXAs Lise and McKenna strode side by side through the brush, Lise pondered their partnership. More specifically, she pondered her partner. Peering at the blonde at the edge of her vision, Lise broke what had previously been a decidedly silent wander.

XX“So, what’s your deal?”

XXShe smiled sheepishly, “Like, everyone here seems to have a deal. Some tragic backstory, or life-changing, destiny-forming event.”

XXLeaning down, she pulled a rapier from its hidden place beneath the fallen leaves. She weighed it in her hand, smiling in satisfaction.

XXMcKenna had raised an eyebrow at the sudden question - people usually didn’t care to inquire about her past. Nonetheless, she wasn’t the type of person who’d be closed off from talking about it.

XX“Nothing much,” McKenna said offhandedly. “I grew up in a Serbian orphanage in Kragujevac, and was grouped in the same unit as two deaf people and someone with ADHD. Stuff happened, someone took me away, and I came here. What about you?”

XXLise shrugged, wearing a wan smile.

XX“Me? Oh, nothing exciting. Paris, born and raised. Shortly after I learnt to speak, Dad realised I was a highkey genius, and pretended that I got it from him to feed his ego. But I went off the rails a little bit in high school- teenage rebellion, and all that. He, uh... wasn’t a fan. I messed up pretty badly at this one house party, so he sent me here.”

XXPressing her tongue to the inside of her cheek, she smiled wryly.

XX”I’m not gonna lie- my whole life reeks of privilege.”

XX“I can tell,” McKenna said bluntly. “But it’s stupid to judge a person’s character based off of their financial background. Rich kids can be humble and poor kids can be lazy as fuck. Although I would not call you a humble person, I wouldn’t hate you just because you were privileged and I wasn’t.”

XXLise let out a bark of laughter, “I'm touched.”

XXSuddenly, Lise paused, and her eyes narrowed. Raising her hand, she gestured for McKenna to stop.

XX“Wait- there’s someone coming.”

XXMoments after speaking, a familiar face appeared through the foliage.

XX“Dukey Dearest, how you doin’?”

XX“Congratulations, girls. You make quite the team.”

XXAs Duke dropped to his knees, Lise’s left brow rose in response. Just as quickly, however, she smirked, wandering over to him with her typical swagger. As she reached down to take his band, she shot him a smug smile.

XX“How accommodating.”

XXDuke’s movements were lightning fast, as he twisted around suddenly, his leg sweeping to catch Lise’s feet, and send her tumbling to the ground.

XXOr, at least, such was what would have happened. Instead, however, Lise’s expression remained just as smug, her form unshaken as his leg passed right through her. Raising her now-solidified right foot, she kicked Duke hard in the shoulder, catching his band with the edge of her recently acquired rapier. She then turned back to McKenna, waving the makeshift flag with a suitably victorious grin.

XX“Well, that was fast,” McKenna stated dryly. “Sorry, brother - gotta get back to the hall.”

XXSmiling, Lise plucked the band from her swordpoint, and tucked it into her back pocket. Shooting Duke a final smile, she looked to McKenna, and pointed her rapier towards the forest ahead of her.

XX“Allon-sy!”

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Image His head shifted to the movement next to him, but she didn't pay him a glance and she didn't have anything to say so Mason let the silence hang between them. Maybe she just needed someone in her corner after the rough patch with the Valis siblings. Especially since they were in the hall. She leaned against him and rested her head on his shoulder. "… Your new friend fucked up my face."
Mason smiled a little. "You're the one that told me to make friends, I can't help the quality of them. My options are pretty limited," he confessed. Not many people wanted a brooding son of Hades as company, understandably. "Your face will heal," he added more quietly, "and you'll be Mrs Athens again in no time."
Andy wasn't the kind that cared enormously about her physical appearance, but it was worth assuring all the swelling and purples and blues would fade then she'd be above beautiful again. With Mr. Athens by her side.

Mason's eyes trailed after the Valises uneasily as they left the hall. Then he cleared his throat once he was in the clearing. He wasn't sure what the rule was about bringing up the conflict in the woods but it had to be addressed. "So, thank you, for doing what you did in the woods. I know it wasn't for me and maybe I shouldn't even be thanking you but...I'm glad you were there. Hardly anyone speaks against her and him so...good of you to speak your mind, I guess."

After a moment more of quiet, Mason spoke up again. "Did you see my hot friend on the beach?" She couldn't see it leaning against his shoulder but Mason smirked smugly and it was probably best Andy was blind to his too proud features. A, for acquiring a 'friend' and b, because she was smoking. "Sure, she hasn't been seen or heard from since but to be fair...Theo kissed her last." Mason chuckled to himself.
Honestly, for today, he was done with spending energy on the Valises and talking about them. However his friend might not have felt the same so for one last time, Mason brought them up. "You can go talk to him if you want," he said quietly. "I mean..." he sighed out "I would like you to at least wait for him to apologize but I wont mind."



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ImageHe blew out his lips as he headed back to the hall twisting around his shoulder. That didn't quite go as planned but he knew that was a big possibility and it was worth a try. Duke only wished he could quickly have a word with his team or check who was still active on field. Since departing from them it was literally the last he had seen of them.

Ajax was the first face of one of the people that had been defeated, waiting outside the hall. Duke smiled, oblivious to the mood surrounding him. "My go-to guess would be Trinity but she was on our side, so who got the jump on you?" As Duke came closer, Ajax’s mood became apparent and Duke’s smile slowly faded. A bad time for jests.
He stood by Ajax waiting for words or a grunt, or some sign to indicate where his head was at. Sometimes even silence spoke for itself.
Or a storm. Duke's brows furrowed slightly as he looked towards the central point of the storm, then downward as if he could pierce the source through one hundred obstacles this far way with his eyes. Alex.
Eventually, he sighed. "I'm going to get something to eat," he pat Ajax's shoulder once and went inside the hall to avoid a potential downpour.
Duke picked up a fruit and tossed it in the air to himself as he took a seat. Only few were gathered in the hall which meant they had either grown bored and wandered away or the Trojans and Spartans were putting up one hell of a fight. Good.



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ImageIt got to the point he sat guard on the ground with his legs crossed and back to a tree. Keith threw up dirt to see which direction the wind would carry it. Unsurprisingly it wasn't that fascinating or long lasting of a distraction.

A small part of him thought he could pass the time with a bit of mischief, conjure something to amuse himself, but he quickly dismissed the idea. Keith wasn't quite as talented to just throw his magic around like that, nor devious or destructive. And even if he conjured something how could he control it? He couldn't risk an illusion because then he'd lose sight of the game. There must have been some way to let the time pass easier before someone came screaming through the woods "we did it!" and victory hugging and whatever else it was sports people did these days. Streak?

That meant the safest thing to do was move a leaf with his powers. He hardened his gaze on a single leaf and outstretched his hand. At first it levitated a few feet from the ground, then dropped suddenly but Keith propelled it in the air again with a start. Slowly he brought the leaf towards him and studied its patterns, rotating it slowly like something that belonged in a gallery. Keith hummed in his throat before a sudden breeze swept the leaf away. At first he thought it was his doing, a finger gesture too quick or so, but the clouds darkened and thunder sounded across the sky.
Keith hugged his knees. "This just got a lot worse." Now he'd be cold and have to deal with thunder and lightning as distractions.

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END OF THE TITANS REIGN

The skies rumbled as Zeus remained seated in his golden throne, his right hand stroking his chin in thought. He could sense his daughter's anger, pain, and his son's troubles of being the man that the others expected him to be. If only his children knew what he had sacrificed for them. He didn't want to leave their mother, but to keep her safe, he had no choice.

Before the Olympian Gods had built Camp Athens and before the Titans creation, the very first God, Uranus, had created the entire universe which had been crafted from his own flesh and blood. He created others like him and had many children. Uranus wanted others to praise their powers and worship them as Gods. He wanted weaker beings to look up to them as protectors and providers of their very lives.

After the mortals were created and given a home, Uranus became fascinated by how they evolved over time. They were intelligent, happy, and loving to each other. Proud of his creations, his son Cronus grew jealous and wanted everything for himself. So, as soon as the time was right, he waited until the other Titans were fast asleep before he threw Uranus off the highest peak of the cosmos, sending him into the abyss. Cronus quickly became the new King and threatened to send all Titans to join his father if they did not bow before him. Every one of them did out of fear, for Cronus was the first Titan that Uranus had regrettably created.

The world had grown dark, splitting mortals between good and evil. Cronus enjoyed the countless of murders that the mortals inflicted upon their own kind. It was entertainment at its finest for him. He took many wives, but there was only ever one which he truly cared for and loved. She was the mother of Zeus. Every night she would sing to her boy, telling him stories of his ancestors and how they became to be. Sadly, their happiness wasn't able to last.

Her angered husband was looking for all of his children since the fates had warned him of a prophecy, a prophecy of which his children would become the new Gods, and destroy him. Cronus began to eat every one of his children, but Zeus' mother was the Goddess who had been the one to trick her husband into swallowing large rocks after hiding her son on Earth among the mortals.

More years went by, and it almost seemed as though the Titans and Gods had died out since hardly anyone worshipped them anymore. They believed their Gods did not care for them, so they gave up hope. Cronus became angry once more, and as he planned to wage war on the ungrateful mortals, Zeus had learned about who he was and what his father had done. His revenge was to save his brothers, and together they would destroy Cronus and all who still followed him.

During his time with the mortals, Zeus had met Susanna, a beautiful woman which had stolen his heart the second he lay his eyes upon her. They had their first child, Ajax, but Zeus could not stay. Cronus would soon find his son and if he knew about their half-mortal child, he would kill the baby and the mortal who had birthed it. Susanna never knew she had fallen in love with a God, and Zeus made sure he kept it that way before leaving her to keep her safe.

He went back to his homeland, to Greece, and saved his brothers and other Gods who were willing to follow Zeus to battle against Cronus. He had found out about the half-bred child that Zeus had been raising, and stormed through the golden gates with other titans behind him. The heavens shook as a war began between both sides until it came to an end.

Zeus and the Olympians had won. They had trapped Cronus and the Titans in the fiery depths of Tartarus.





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AJAX VALIS
SON OF ZEUS
Hex: Green
He hadn't noticed that Andy had seen him, not that it mattered to her at this point anyway since she was hanging out with her second boyfriend. "My go-to guess would be Trinity but she was on our side, so who got the jump on you?" the mention of the feisty blonde hadn't broken him from the daze he was in. Even though he was there in person with his best friend, his mind seemed miles away from this world almost. As Duke came closer, Duke’s smile slowly faded. No doubt he had realized that Ajax wasn't completely himself. Without powers, Ajax felt like he was nothing but an empty shell.

He stood by Ajax, no doubt waiting for words, a grunt, or anything else to indicate where his head was, but the silence spoke for itself. Ajax felt Duke's hand on his shoulder before he left Ajax to himself. He felt like a bad friend, a bad boyfriend, and a bad brother. He turned around, parted his lips to call Duke back, but the words never left his mouth. Duke had gone inside of the hall to avoid the storm which had covered the camp. What he wanted to tell Duke would now have to wait. He headed to his cabin and found Alex there, leaning over the table before she slowly straightened up to look at him. She was still covered in blood and dirt.

"Are you okay?" his voice deep, yet gentle as he approached her.




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ALEXANDRIA VALIS
DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
Hex: #d63b71


Alex wasn't sure how to answer that question, but it was obvious she wasn't her usual happy self. In fact, she was tired of him treating her like a child, like she needed protection all the time. This entire camp didn't need her, and selected view that she did care about seemed to keep their distance from her lately. Maybe Mason and Andy had been filling their heads with nonsense. It was clear those two wanted her death as vengeance for Jennova, but what about the vengeance for her mother's death? Alex steadily rose to her feet, her fingertips remain touching the wooden table with her eyes on her brother. "I'm leaving." She decided. Her gaze fell to the table for a moment as the look of horror hit her brother's face.

"You can't leave. You know how--"


"dangerous it is?" she finished for him. "I can handle myself. I need to get away. I'll be back once I have found myself again." she began to pack her rucksack.

"Al, listen to me." but she ignores him. "Al, you just...fine." he had to let her do this. He didn't want her to resent or hate him, hell, he didn't want her to leave but if this is what she needed then he would just have to step aside and prepare for the worst. As she headed out with her rucksack, Ajax watched from the doorway, his brows furrowing as he folded his arms, fighting back the urge to chases after her.

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DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
Hex: #d63b71
Alex couldn't leave without saying goodbye to her friend and Duke, so she headed back to the hall hoping that they would still be there. She could hear the others chatting and laughing inside which made her feel more distant from herself. She used to laugh and smile just the same, but now every vibrant colour of her soul seemed to have been drained from her body entirely. She felt like something was eating away at her, something that she couldn't remember but needed to remember.

She headed inside, her right hand clutching her bags handle that hung over her right shoulder. Standing by the door, she placed her rucksack down onto a table next to her. The game had obviously ended but not everyone was back yet.

Alex took a seat, sitting on the edge of it as she took a deep breath and then turned her head toward the back of the hall. Duke sat on his own with a fruit in hand.

With her eyes still on him, she reached for her rucksack, curling her fingers tightly into the deep green material at the top of it before she stood up and began to walk over to him. There was no point in lying about anything since he and the others would find out anyway. Ajax always turned to Duke. "Duke..." her voice soft. "I...I'm leaving camp for a little while. I wanted to say goodbye to you and Wes first. You need an explanation, and the only one that I can give right now is that I need to clear my mind, and to find who I am again... then I'll come back." she promised. She couldn't leave this place for good. There were people she cared about even if they didn't care about her.

She wasn't sure how he'd react to what she had just told him, but her mind was made up. She would stay in a motel for tonight, then head to her hometown and revisit some old friends and whatever else she could find to do while there. Just nothing reckless.





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SON OF ZEUS
Hex: Green
Ajax headed back inside and poured himself a fresh mug of coffee from the machine. He stood there in his own world as his eyes rested on the table where is sister sat. "No." he said, shaking his head before he left the house. There was no way he was going allow her to just head out there without anyone being with her. He understood she wanted to be alone, but what if Hades finds her? maybe Andy could put some spell on her, keep his sister hidden from those who wanted to harm her, but at this point, why would she want to help him? yes, they were together still, but the way he spoke to her to defend his little sister had caused a wedge between them, causing his girlfriend to turn to her best friend for comfort and support. Daniel was the only other option.

Hopefully, Alex hadn't left yet. Knowing her she would want to say goodbye to Duke and Wes first which would maybe bind him some time. Ajax quickly ran around the camp in search for Daniel, right up until he found him with Evelyn. He hated interrupting, but this was important to him. "Daniel," he said, not knowing that Keith wouldn't know that name. "I'm sorry for interrupting anything if I did, but this is urgent." he promised. "Is there anything any of you can do, like some kind of spell to protect and hide Alex while she's outside of camp? she's leaving for a little while, and I won't rest unless I know she's safe. Please, I'm begging you." begging wasn't something Ajax did often, but he was doing it now. "I will do anything. I will wash your dishes or something." he half laughed.




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Image Trinity and Wesley agreed on one major problem: Daniel wasn't totally Daniel. The guy made a scene wherever he pranced off to and that was exactly what Mason feared. So not only did Andy have this resurrected brother that hadn't seen her yet, but he'd be someone different like a doppelgänger or shell when she'd see him. Hopefully Mason just met him first. He closed his eyes to gather his strength and courage to be able to comfort Andy.

Heading back to her room, Mason quickly missed the reinforcement of Wesley and Trinity when he saw how Andy was. Mason slowly approached and sat on the edge of her bed and wrapped his arms around her. "This could be a good thing," he heard himself tell her softly even when he believed the complete opposite. It'd probably be more like torment but right now it seemed like the girl needed hope. "At least he's here." But the both of them knew there were fates worse than death. Like having a soul removed, being tortured and near broken, tormented by ghosts of your loved ones.

He sighed out and drew away from Andy to meet her eyes. No more bullshit, she deserved better. "I never saw Daniel in the Underworld. Hades kept me pretty busy but from what I saw...not in our domain anyway," he shook his head. "I'm so sorry, and I know that doesn't change anything but I am. I wanted to tell you sooner but you just looked like you were getting happy again and I couldn't ruin that for you."

Mason wanted to comfort her but for the life of him he didn't know how or what better news was on the horizon for her. "I’m gonna be here for you this time. No matter what. You got a whole support system at camp.” The son of Zeus, son of Hades, daughter of Ares who'd all try their hardest to protect Andy and pick her up when she was down.

"If you want to see him, when you're ready, we could search for him together. There's no rush," he told her gently.



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"Daniel," Ajax called.
Keith glanced over his shoulder for a moment before engaging in eye contact with the son of Zeus. Apparently he meant him.
"I'm sorry for interrupting anything if I did, but this is urgent." Keith expected as much, seeing as they didn't cross hairs that much and the way Ajax headed towards them. But what news did he bring? Keith entwined his hands behind his back, listening patiently. "Is there anything any of you can do, like some kind of spell to protect and hide Alex while she's outside of camp? she's leaving for a little while, and I won't rest unless I know she's safe. Please, I'm begging you."
Keith rose his brow quizzically. "I'm sorry?" He turned on his heel to look at Evelyn then twisted back to Ajax.
"I will do anything. I will wash your dishes or something."
Keith's head jerked back. He never thought he'd see the day or prank Ajax offered to be a slave. When it came to Alex though, it most likely wasn't a joke. So as to prevent igniting the wrath of Zeus, Keith cleared his throat. "It's not that I don't want to help you, Ajax. It's more the fact that I..." he shifted uncomfortably and shot a nervous glance between his company then rested his gaze on the ground.

Before he could finish, Evelyn cut in unbeknownst to her that she was sparing him from more humiliation. “I might be able to bless a possession of hers, as long as it's always on her being. What is it she needs protection from?”

Keith's brows shot up. It wasn't forbidden to ask Ajax questions but he thought it might have been - fair and a good question, completely, but a little brash. "If you want this done right, it's better to know what we're hiding her from," Evelyn justified. Keith found himself nodding along. The perfect question followed by the perfect explanation. Hitting that nail on the head.

He cleared his throat. "We can always try," he finally answered and shrugged. It was Ajax's call if he wanted to follow through with it or not. Well technically it was Alex's since the charm or cast was going towards her and everyone knew she could be a firecracker but Ajax was the scarier sibling and Keith didn't fancy letting the camp suffer severe storms until Alex came back. "Hey..um, ha- has Alex consented to this or..?"




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"Duke..." Alex called to him softly. Initially he turned to her with a ready smile and some taunting on the game but something in her expression made him stop before it could even begin. "I...I'm leaving camp for a little while. I wanted to say goodbye to you and Wes first. You need an explanation, and the only one that I can give right now is that I need to clear my mind, and to find who I am again... then I'll come back."

ImageFor a smart man, her plan seemed to render him dumb and speechless. Especially when it was relatively straight-forward. "I uh...I don't know what to say," he admitted. He didn't want her questioning her decision and self further but he was never one to hold back on his voice. "Alex, you're young and extremely powerful and...cursed with the temper of Zeus, you made a mistake. It was a big one and costly, but it was a mistake. You can find yourself here. Stressful environments is sometimes where we find out the most about ourselves."

Duke understood her desire for meditation and to get away from camp and if she wanted that break, she'd get it. There'd be no stopping her. And Duke wasn't trying to stop her, merely pointing out that she didn't have to escape. He could guess a large part of her desire to clear her mind and find herself was related to the death of Hades daughter and it wasn't something she could run from or reset. Just learn to live with it...and that was the reality.

After a moment of staring at her and helplessly hoping she got the revelation and inner peace she needed, he continued, "Thank you for telling me. I appreciate it." Because the alternative was she would be gone without a trace and it was discourteous to those who did care for her. He opened his arms, apple still in hand and gestured for her to come to his chest. Once she did, he closed his arms around her and gave her a tight hug. "I wish you the best. Don't be gone too long, you'll give Ajax a heart attack." He chuckled and pulled back rubbing her arm.
"Oh, since you're gonna see Wes," he paced out the hall and down to his workshop, his long strides clearing the distance efficiently so as not to delay Alex. He nudged the door open and left it ajar for Alex to follow. Duke grabbed the bionic make-up sitting on his table. "A prosthetic arm," he handed it to Alex. "Early stages," he stated eyeing his work fondly. "I'm sure Wes would have fun being terminator for a while but I trust he'll want something more fitting...that replicates skin..." Duke smiled at Alex. "It helps if someone he trusts puts it on for him. So put this on his rotator cuff, strap the buckle across his chest and spine, like a saddle and he should be two armed again," he told her making the gestures across his own body.
"Plus, between you and me," he said leaning in like he was going to tell a secret, "I don't really want McKenna around him." And he grinned projecting his first big brother line. He knew Wesley was a decent guy and wasn't aiming to get in every girl's pants and McKenna wasn't charmed so easily regardless.

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ALEXANDRIA VALIS
DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
Hex: #d63b71
Her eyes locked onto his as she stood silently before him, listening to every single word that left those lips of his. She studied his facial expressions. Deep down, she hoped that he would beg her to stay for him. But would it have actually made a difference? being at camp at this point in time made her feel distant from everything she once loved.

For as long as she and her brother had known him, Duke had never once held back on his words, and maybe that was why she liked him so much. He was honest with her, and never afraid to call her out on things she did wrong. The fire he had been born with surely roared inside of that warm soul of his. Powerful, handsome, strong.

He was right, but she still needed to distance herself. "As you know, I still have to go.I see her face in my dreams. I see her even when I'm awake." she admits to him. The first signs of her mind becoming unhinged to the regret of taking another's life. She was strong, but this had broken her. "I need to find peace with myself, then I promise I will come back."

"Thank you for telling me. I appreciate it."

Alex Sighed. "You're welcome." she told him softly. He actually understood.

When he opened his arms for her, apple still in hand, he gestured for her to come to his chest. She found herself swallowing before she walked towards him. He closed his arms around her and gave her a tight hug. Alex closed her eyes as she wrapped her arms around his waist, her cheek against his torso. "I wish you the best. Don't be gone too long, you'll give Ajax a heart attack." He chuckled. Alex smiled at that, picturing how much her brother truly would panic before Duke pulled back rubbing her arm.

Image "Oh, since you're gonna see Wes," She followed him out the hall and down to his workshop. He nudged the door open and left it ajar. Alex slipped inside as Duke grabbed the bionic make-up sitting on his table. She looked at it before looking up at him. "A prosthetic arm," he handed it to her.

Alex took it carefully, scared of breaking it. "Early stages," he says. She watched him as he eyed it fondly.


She steps around the table and towards him, gently planting a soft kiss to his cheek once close enough. She draws back and looks up at him with a smile."Thank you." she says gently.

"I'm sure Wes would have fun being terminator for a while but I trust he'll want something more fitting...that replicates skin..." Duke smiled at her.

Alex chuckled. "He'll love it."

"It helps if someone he trusts puts it on for him. So put this on his rotator cuff, strap the buckle across his chest and spine, like a saddle and he should be two armed again," She made sure to remember everything. As he told her, he made the gestures across his own body. "Plus, between you and me," he said leaning in like he was going to tell a secret, "I don't really want McKenna around him."

Alex smiled a little. "I... I'm going to miss you, Duke."






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AJAX VALIS
SON OF ZEUS
Hex: Green
Ajax looked to the ground and lightly clenched his jaw. "It's not that I don't want to help you, Ajax. It's more the fact that I..." Daniel told him. Hearing the pause in his sentence, Ajax looked up at him, catching the shifty uncomfortable look he shot the girl before she cut in “I might be able to bless a possession of hers, as long as it's always on her being. What is it she needs protection from?” she asked. He was hoping they wouldn't ask, since everyone probably already thought he was over protective of his sister already, and that he needed to give her space to breathe for once, but he couldn't help it. After losing their mother, he couldn't lose her too.

Ajax glanced at Daniel before replying to the girls question. "Anything that is a possible threat to her. She's strong, I know, but... there's stronger out there. I want to make sure that she's just safe. It'll be a peace of mind."

"If you want this done right, it's better to know what we're hiding her from," Keith found himself nodding along.

Ajax sighed. His Father's short patience kicking in. It wasn't like he wasn't grateful, he just didn't want to miss the chance of keeping her safe. He couldn't fail her.

Daniel cleared his throat, causing Ajax to look at him again. He didn't know what to tell them. "We can always try," he finally answered and shrugged.

Ajax reached into his pocked and pulled out a necklace that had a butterfly attached to it. A symbol that had always been from their father, to Alex. He held it out towards Evelyn, and looked up at her as he waited for her to take it from him. "Hey..um, ha- has Alex consented to this or..?"

Ajax licked his lips and looked down. "No, but she'll understand why I did it."



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Image Andy scooted to him and wrapped her arms around him again. Normally once was already more than enough as he wasn't the hugging type but today she needed it and the least he could do was be a good shoulder. Even then though it didn't stop her crying, no matter what he said or did. He rubbed her back gently and she nodded against his shoulder.

"I'm scared Mason." He tried to meet her eyes to assure he had heard her right, but couldn't, not without breaking the hug. And in his arms at least he knew she was safe. "I just wanted him at peace... How am I supposed to face him? I couldn't save him. I handed him off to our mother... And h-h-he died. But, it's not him."

Mason sighed out. He was searching for something to say but kept running into dead ends. Andy drew away by that time, wiping her eyes and Mason studied her face. "How am I supposed to look at Daniel but accept that it isn't him?"

He stroked away a single tear carefully while she tried to compose herself again. "Maybe it is him. All we know is that he hasn't visited you yet and he's not talking much. That doesn't mean it's not him. Dying then being resurrected can effect a person." Everyone assumed Daniel wasn't Daniel because he didn't make his usual spectacle. But if anyone had a blade shoved through them then was revived, they probably wouldn't feel too festive either. Then again Daniel had a gift of being resilient. Even Mason preferred his friend in tact, however Mason wasn't an optimist so addressed the other side of the coin. "And if it isn't Daniel..." He didn't know how she could accept it or what they could do. "There's no obligation, Andy. You don't have to do anything," he said instead. She was putting too much responsibility and pressure on her shoulders.

Slowly Mason stood up from her bed. "Can I get you anything?"




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"As you know, I still have to go. I see her face in my dreams. I see her even when I'm awake." Duke was sorry to hear that and wished she had told someone sooner if her conscience was that tainted, but settled on nodding to her once. She probably didn't need a lecture. "I need to find peace with myself, then I promise I will come back."

ImageHe received an unexpected little kiss on his cheek from her but that wasn't what disturbed him. It was when she said, "I... I'm going to miss you, Duke."

He fell into his seat trying to scrutinize Alex. Last year she already left camp to put her mind at ease, to prove she didn't murder in cold blood. And now she was leaving again and just decided to admit it plagues her mind still. Duke frowned not able to make sense of why she was making it more difficult on herself. "How long will you be gone?" Although he could imagine Alex wouldn't have an exact answer for him. "I know inner peace is your own to find, but what about dream therapy? Why not ask a child of Hypnos to aid your sleep or dream walk with you? There are plenty of ways people can help you at camp."

Duke felt like everything he said was a losing a battle with Alex. She was so set in her own mind. So maybe a more brutal truth needed to be said. "Jennova was never going to make it," he said looking at his clasped hands. For a moment the sentence hung in the air. It didn't make it acceptable or merciful to kill her, however, maybe it was worth noting. "She wasn't careful enough. She was eager to please Hades blindly and recklessly. She started to lose humanity..." Duke recited, gaze on the wall. After that, he wouldn't be surprised if Alex thought him cold and he checked for her reaction.

Ignoring that, Duke got up and started to escort Alex out of his mancave to finish her rounds of temporary goodbyes. The sooner she left, the sooner she could come back. There was a trend on camp that once a blood of Zeus left something bad would happen on camp.




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He sensed annoyance in both of them which left him in a rather uncomfortable zone. Keith didn't know how to play peace maker very well. So long as things didn't escalate, he wouldn't have to. Evelyn took the necklace and turned away from them as she worked her blessing into it. Thank you again.

Now Keith was left standing by Ajax and he shifted uncomfortably. "So...how are you?" Other than stressed and high strung about protecting Alex. Keith wanted to smack himself sometimes.

Image “Hopefully this meets your needs but I can’t guarantee it.” Keith tried the more reassuring smile approach in contrast to Evelyn's honesty. Then as she went to hand the necklace back, she retracted it and an anxious feeling started swirling in his gut and chest. There was either going to be a fight or- “Unless, the son of Hecate would like to double check? Cast your own spell, trial the necklace with hunters,” she suggested, presenting the necklace to Keith.

There had never been a faster evolution from hero to antagonist. How could he get out of this? His powers felt like they didn't belong to him and he didn't practice often enough. Keith took the necklace gingerly, as if it had the power to sear him but it was only a problem on his own end. Upon inspection of the butterfly necklace, a half of him thought the contrast was funny from Alex's true nature, on the other hand there was a surge of familiarity. Keith looked back up at Evelyn and Ajax. He must have looked odd playing with the necklace idly lost in his own thoughts. "I....I can try." That must have seemed like his new favorite phrase of the day too.

If anything were to go wrong, or more likely, nothing were to happen, he was around the best people to deal with it. He didn't want to risk cancelling Evelyn's charm on it so he'd opt for hunters if anything. If Ajax didn't intervene which in this case Keith wouldn't have minded.

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DAUGHTER OF ZEUS
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The anger she felt inside was better than tears, better than grief, and better than guilt. There was no turning back or erasing past mistakes. She just had to learn by them and move forward. "How long will you be gone?" Duke knew already that she couldn't give him an answer for that. It would just be as long as she needed until she felt herself again. "I know inner peace is your own find, but what about dream therapy? why not ask a child of Hypnos to aid your sleep or dream walk with you? there are plenty of ways people can help you at camp." That was if they wanted to help. Alex shook her head. They were good ideas if her dreams hadn't taken the dark path lately. She didn't want to admit that she was afraid. She knew Duke wouldn't judge her, and neither would her brother or Wes... it was the others she wasn't so sure about. Oh, Mason would have a field day with that knowledge no doubt. She didn't want to give him the satisfaction. "Jennova was never going to make it," Alex took a seat, her behind gently pressing down into the soft material of a chair that sat in his workshop. She closed her eyes and swallowed gently as she hung her head down. "She wasn't careful enough. She was eager to please Hades blindly and recklessly. She started to lose humanity."

Image He was right, and they both knew that was still no excuse to end her life, but it had happened and there was no way to bring her back. She looked up at him and furrowed her brows. "I should have handled the situation differently. I lost control of my anger. I just..." she raised her shoulders and shook her head. "it was like my body was there, but the rest of me wasn't. She knew which button to press that night, and I begged myself to walk away, but I snapped. It happened so quickly." she told him. "I'm lucky that the Gods have not come for me, or maybe they will. I should be standing trial before them and facing my fate."

Image As Duke stood up, Alex too began to stand. "I'm sorry if I've wasted your time, but I had to see you before I left. I wasn't expecting to dump all my thoughts on you, but I'm glad I did. It helped. See you soon, Duke." she smiled a little, then left his workshop, but spun around before he had completely disappeared from sight. "Thank you," she added softly before leaving.

She headed towards her cabin with not wanting to waste any more of Duke's time. After a couple of steps, she paused for a moment after her eyes found Wes and Trinity. Not wanting to get in between them, she carried on walking since she needed to pack anyway. Just a few things really. Nothing special. Mason was no doubt going to be happy with one of Zeus's children gone. For now.





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AJAX VALIS
SON OF ZEUS
Hex: Green
As Ajax waited for Evelyn to work her magic, Ajax's eyes looked to Daniel. It wasn't a surprise he was back with them having Gods as parents, but it was a little strange that Daniel was acting as though nothing had happened to him. "So how are you?" he asked, causing Ajax to frown. No, teasing comment? no witty words to throw in his face? Daniel definitely didn't seem like himself, but who could blame him after returning from the dead?

Ajax studied him briefly. "I could ask you the same thing, but I'm alright I guess. Thanks." Alex wasn't even gone yet, and already he was worrying and contemplating the worse scenarios in his head.

Finally, Evelyn was done. Her return broke him from his thoughts and the fallen silence between him and Daniel.

He went to take the necklace back from her but paused as she offered it towards Daniel. Sensing he didn't want to handle it, Ajax reached out and took it from him. "No, it's fine. Thank you." he nodded to them, tossed the necklace up into the air a couple of inches from the palm of his hand, and caught it before he headed off in search for his little sister. He didn't have time to say anything else, so he hurried towards their cabin in hopes that she would still be there.

As he made his way towards the front door his mind wandered briefly to Andy. He had noticed how absent he had been since they declared themselves, finally, as a couple. That girl deserved so much better than some mood changing male that lost his temper easily. With everything going on, Ajax felt torn. He wanted to the leader that many expected him to be, but he also wanted to be the boyfriend that Andy expected him to be. Blowing hot and cold with her wasn't her fault in the slightest... it was his, and no doubt Mason was there with her now, playing Mr. White Knight. He clenched his jaw at the thought before entering the cabin. "Al?"



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He lied there arrow-less, bandaged and sanitized with a dull pain lingering in his abdomen. All in all, it was a job well done. And a job that could have been avoided to begin with. When the nurses left him, Evelyn came into view again.

“I’m sorry for pushing you into it, truly. If you weren't ready I should have respected that, only you know you best.”

Image"It's not your fault," he told her lowly. "It was my choice to make and my responsibility. I'm just starting to think I'm not worthy of powers of the Gods." Keith didn't endure an epic quest to receive them, or show valiant qualities to have them bestowed upon him. He was luck of the draw; in Hecate's case an unlucky one. He was just a big biological disgrace whereas others would kill or pray for the gift of the gods.

“What happened?” The question snapped him out of his thoughts and he looked at her confused. “Has someone been hurting you?”

"No, no," he answered automatically, followed by self consciously rubbing over his chest with his fingertips as if it would help erase his scars. "At least I don't think so." He frowned. "I don't....I don't know." Keith glanced down to his own foreign body. They weren't accidental or one time off scars. Tears threatened to form in his eyes. "I don't remember any of them." He met Evelyn's eyes with his own anxiety then traced over his most predominant scar. Something as big and bad as that had to be remembered and he knew he had a scar in the same position on his back. Keith wasn't much of a fighter but he did have sense of self preservation. "Look," he whispered to her and sat up slouching forward to reveal its twin on his back. "I know I'm not that strong but I would never allow myself to be tortured. That could have killed me. How could I forget something like that?" Keith winced and lied back slowly. But the physical pain was minute compared to the confusion and frustration he felt. The whole distortion of his life...now how could that be healed? "It's like the further I try dig the more lost I am. I have these gaps...these huge gaps. And it terrifies me," he confessed. He finally confessed the problem, and though he was as heavy as a rock at the bottom of the ocean, he felt some slight alleviation.

His lip quivered then he shook his head and grit his teeth looking away. Keith was sick of it but it was hard to pull himself together.



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Image Duke found Ajax near the stables which normally he didn’t visit for fun as much as his sister. He gathered Alex must have been nearby then and given Ajax's deflation, they had words already. Duke approached and put a hand on Ajax's shoulder smiling stiffly. "She'll always come back." Certainly Alex was independent and stubborn and caused her big brother grief, but she was also family orientated and took shelter with Ajax. Their bond was inseparable. Duke gently pulled on his shoulder to steer Ajax away from any prolonged goodbyes or arguments. Whether they thought it was a mistake or not, Alex had to make her own decisions and figure out things through trial and error. Except leaving the prosthetic arm either at his warehouse or her cabin - he was under the influence she was seeing Wes straight after him and he didn't like his creations just laying out to rust.

It was up to him to distract Ajax rather than leave the man high strung about Alex. "How do you travel these days?" Duke threw his head back towards the stables. "Horseback?" He smiled. It was hard to envision Ajax on a horse but anything was possible with the Valises, they continued to surprise him. More than likely it was flying since it got them from point a to b quicker and the view must have been fantastic.

"Come on, Aj, if you have any energy to spare we'll train." Duke pat his brother's back. Training would be a good release for Ajax because even when Ajax was a great brother and leader, he had his own emotions and there was never a time to let them out or express himself. The camp could endure another storm, it'd be fine.

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"Hello there, my name is Ethan Knox and my companions and I are new arrivals to this camp." At first, thinking they were talking to someone else close by, Alex didn't pay attention to them until she realizes they were, in fact, talking to her. She takes Pegasus' riding gear off and allows him to wander inside of his stable.

"I... um...welcome." she said, holding back from what she was originally going to say before distracting herself by closing the stable door. "I'm Alex." she smiles as best as she can, hopeful of it not looking mechanical, while the rest of her body felt like screaming or shouting with the anger that clawed its way at her insides. At least they didn't know about the hallucinations. The way she still felt was like being trapped in a deep, dark hole with no way out.

Her palms began to sweat as she chews lightly at the skin on her bottom lip, and pulls her long sleeved top over her knuckles, holding them in place with her fingers digging into her palms.

How long were they going to hang around?

"I was wondering if the stables were open to all campers here. If not we'll leave an get out of your hair." she was about to reply to him until she heard a chuckle behind the trio. She leans to the right slightly, looking right at a guy who had a slight smile across his mouth as he propped himself up against the door frame.

"Stable are open to anyone." she answers their question.
Image "Looks like the Counselors aren't giving proper orientations." Sylas then comments.

Alex walks towards him, standing not too far away from the trio, and a few feet in front of Sylas. "Have we met?" she asks, her head tilting slightly.




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SON OF ZEUS
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Duke approached and put a hand on Ajax's shoulder, his smile stiff. "She'll always come back." As always, Duke was right. His Wild-Child of a younger sister always found her way back. Even if she was royally pissed at him for about a week, tops. Just like with Alex, Duke and Ajax had been the best of friends for absolute years. Always looking up to him, always offering decent advice.

Image Duke gently pulled on Ajax's shoulder to steer him away. "How do you travel these days?" Duke threw his head back towards the stables, which Ajax took one last glance at. "Horseback?" He smiled.

"Flying carpet is more my style." he smiles.

"Come on, Aj, if you have any energy to spare we'll train." Duke pats his brother's back, and Ajax let out a sigh as he rubs at his imaginary beard. "Alright, but you asked for it" he chuckles. Half of him knew Duke wouldn't take no for an answer anyway, and the other half of him could do with the distraction and release.

He leads the way down to the training grounds that had always looked like a large gladiator arena, and playfully smacks Duke in the shoulder before he gets into a boxing stance, both fists up near his face with light footwork in the sand beneath their feet. "Ready." he smirks and uses one hand to taunt his brother towards him.




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Image A knock on his door caused him to grumble. What ever did happen to that 'scary Hades kid' vibe? He missed it when people knew their place which was basically anywhere but at his cabin and in his company. “Hello. Is anyone in there?” Mason didn't recognize the voice and that peaked his curiosity. For a second. He decided to pretend no one was home. Things would certainly be easier that way. Mason didn't really want to deal with a Disney princess. “Um, it’s my first time here, and I’ve gotten myself really lost. Please open the door.”

He stared at his wall, pursing his lips. Ah, what the hell. Mason reached for his pack of cigarettes, plucking one out then shoving the pack in his back pocket. Mason snatched up his lighter, swung open the door, and shut it behind himself, backing the stranger up by stepping forward a couple paces. “I’m Evangeline.”

He lit up and when he actually looked at his guest he was genuinely surprised. She wasn't the Disney princess he was expecting by appearance and it made him smile to himself and raise his brows. "So you're lost, your name's Evangeline...Do you know where you're supposed to go?" Good thing direction giving existed and the sooner he offloaded her the better. And if worse came to worse a little walk wouldn't kill him. But the whole orientation thing used to be Zeus's kids job. Obviously they were slacking but playing compassionate leader to one up them was too much effort, especially when he didn't know what good the girl's favor would do.

Mason puffed out a cloud of smoke, inclining and turning his head slightly away from her, however his eyes remained on the new girl. "You smoke?" he dug out his pack and offered it to her.

He threw his head past her shoulder. "Wherever you're supposed to be, it's not here." Mason walked around her. "Come on, princess." The name was a lot more demeaning than endearing coming from Mason. He smirked and led the way in no particular rush to get anywhere. Just his luck to get a fragile newcomer. Mason glanced to her again then his cabin. Gutsy to approach the darkest cabin of them all. "Wander far from the trail, little thing?"




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Image "Alright, but you asked for it."

Duke smiled, that sounding a little more like the Ajax they needed. Together they headed to the grounds and Ajax smacked Duke's shoulder to indicate he was ready. This was the when and where it was happening. Duke turned to a ready Ajax in boxing stance. "What, no rules first? No kidney punches, powers?" Try as he may to teach the children of Zeus the value of calculating and evaluating a situation first, it wasn't very successful. They always ran by impulse and gut. That had a place in the fighting world but sometimes it was good to think first.
Duke rolled out his shoulders and held his palms out until a ball of flame appeared. He raised a brow then hurled it towards Ajax.

Ambitious and competitive as both men could be, they never aimed to do any serious damage on one another. So Duke gave him plenty of time to dodge. From there he let Ajax call the rules and set the tone of the training. Duke had to remember it wasn't for fun or himself as much as Ajax's benefit so he picked up some pads and holding them out for Ajax to strike. "Happy to play therapist if you need," he said as he moved his hand in to meet Ajax's punches then glanced to his brother's face. Ajax was better at hiding emotions than Alex, but he was still soulful and his expressions gave it away. "How are you and Andy doing?" he asked to prompt conversation and some of the emotion out of him.


Duke started to strike back to keep Ajax on his toes. He pulled a couple punches with his left then hit Ajax with his right. He then tried to grapple Ajax and pull a wrestling move but ended up laughing at a struggling and heavy Ajax. He stumbled away with a laugh unsuccessful in his execution.

"What about Alex then?" he said panting lightly. The amusement of the situation faded to the background. "I know you worry about her safety, but....what are your thoughts on the whole Jennova thing?" Both men had heard Alex confess she was haunted by it, and even Duke became slightly worried for her mental state. But hearing Ajax's thoughts on the murder and his sister, that was a whole blank space.



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Image “Sometimes our mind represses things to protect ourselves,” she said. Keith nodded. Of course it was possible his mind was putting all those protective barriers in place but being in the dark so long only lead to more anxiety. There had to be a time to know the truth and he wanted it as soon as possible.

Evelyn's hand took his with such tenderness it surprised him. He watched her, turning over his arm to inspect another scar. He wondered what was going through her head. Her expression answered that pretty quickly. "It's not the worse of its kind," he told her and tried to smile. Keith had another bite mark on his shoulder, something bigger and deeper that made the one on his arm look like a love bite.

“Keith, if someone has been doing this to you we'll find out who and why.”

He smiled weakly. That was his one wish at the moment. He just didn't have the slightest idea how they were going to unfold the truth and break his barriers. But at least he had a partner now. She stroked her thumb over his wrist repetitively and soothingly. Actually it was incredibly soothing. It was probably a pressure point trick but he didn't mind and accepted it as his eyes got heavier and mind turned blank for the first time in a long time.

When he woke, he wondered how long he had slept. Through to the next day, a month, a couple hours? A glance at the clock and med hut suggested a couple hours. But it was a terribly dull place. Almost empty with a couple murmured whispers like it was forbidden to talk and be joyous. This was supposed to help injured and ill demigods. The whole atmosphere was depressing and appalling. Keith's eyes found a radio sitting on the shelf between a box of tissues and papers and pens. It flicked on playing the middle of a classic song louder than average, startling staff. One hurried towards the radio and promptly switched it off. Straight after she looked to Keith pointedly and he half smiled. Typical that his powers worked accidentally for something as small as music.

Keith sat up and threw on his top. He had waited around enough, wasting the day by sleeping. Maybe it was irresponsible to take off before formally being dismissed but it was time. "Do you know where Evelyn went?"
"No, but I really do prefer you stay under observation for a little longer."
"No thank you, miss." Keith placed his glasses on and rose, though immediately doubled over cradling his torso.
The nurse rose her brows and gestured to bed. Pain was a normal side effect of getting shot. It was time to get a little rebellious. Keith straightened. "Miss, I would appreciate your departing words of advice and...a bottle of pain killers please," he said wincing and doubling over slightly again. The tough act guy couldn't be for everybody.

Despite his mini failure, it was an overall success, Keith able to walk out of the med hut with a bottle of pain killers. He breathed in the fresh air then wandered off in search of Evelyn.

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Image As her almond-shaped hues remained on Sylas, listening to him babble about himself and a sister, another newcomer had emerged from the shadows, his words tumbling as quietly as he thought they were, into her ear. Sylas had caught them without a strain, and before she could react, Sylas reacted quickly. "Get your hand off me now." She warned him. Electricity began to climb up through her arm's veins, making their way towards the hand that had grabbed hold of her wrist. He slowly let go after his little words snagged and bewitched her already unhinged mind. Both of them had way with words. She wanted to punch Sylas, and she wanted to keep Andy from ever turning her big brother away from her.

Don't listen to them. her voice told her.

She took a wary step back from them both. Their words were poison. Listen to me. No longer was the voice going to remain dormant in the shadows of her lost self. The woman she used to be was still inside of her somewhere, screaming. You're absolutely pathetic.

"Shut up." she said, her fingers pushing up through her hair. She clenched her fingers tightly, almost like she was about to pull large clumps of hair out as she also tightly screwed up her eyes.

"Useless. Weak."

"Stop.." She stepped back again, knowing that she probably looked crazy as hell to both Sylas and Pete by now. If she opened her eyes, they'd no doubt be staring at her or looking toward each other to confirm she was crazy, and maybe even a chorus of laughter. The voice was definitely laughing at her. Maybe they all laughed behind her back.

The Gods should kill you. Put you out of your misery. It would do everyone a favor.

"I SAID. SHUT. UP!" she yelled. Her eyes snapped open. They were glowing a hot white as she tightened her arms and fists with heavy breaths.






AJAX VALIS
SON OF ZEUS
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Image "What, no rules first? No kidney punches, powers?"

Ajax smirked at Duke's words and gave a little shrug. "Nope." he smiled, ready for what Duke had quickly planned for him, which happened to be a ball of flames. He could have dodged it, but instead, he blasted a translucent blueish toned shield wall in front of him. It bent over him at his head and feet like a curved war shield. Ajax grinned. "Nice" he motioned his head to the pads near to his brother.

Duke grabbed them. "Happy to play therapist if you need," he said as he moved his hand in to meet Ajax's punches.

Ajax didn't like how he always unloaded all his crap onto Duke. "And you know I'm happy to do the same for you, right? you play therapist enough for me." he strains the last couple of words as he throws a couple of more punches to the pads, not even breaking into a sweat just yet.

"How are you and Andy doing?"

At the mention of Andy, Mason popped into his head, causing his fists to hit the pads a little harder than he intended. "Sorry." he held his hand out to steady Duke, making sure he didn't lose his balance too much. "We're...." he sighed, but shook off the anger and carried on to jab the pads while they talked. "I don't know. Since Jenn's death, Andy naturally took her friend's side as I would with yours, so... I don't blame her for wanting to stay away from me at this point. I haven't spoken to her since I snapped at her. My pride just, you know? maybe I should try and grab her when she's not around Prince Evil. I can... I don't know... say I'm sorry? but then again... that's just words. How can I show her?" His pride just wouldn't let him admit he was wrong half the time. He hated seeming weak in front of those he was supposed to be a leader to. Not many understood his complicated ways, but Alex, Trinity, and Duke did. Even Andy did most the time, when Mason wasn't around her, filling her head with garbage. Mason was sure doing his damn best to make Andy turn on her own boyfriend. But as smart as she has always been, Ajax hoped that she would have a mind of her own and not let it be influenced by the thoughts and feelings of others. He had been such a jerk to her, but turning on his sister when she didn't have the full story, was what annoyed him. Everyone began to quickly judge Alex without realizing WHY she did it. I guess it was easier to point fingers at her since she wasn't as tough-skinned, but that didn't make Alex weak. It made her a loving, caring person.

When Duke failed to grabble him, Ajax smiled. "Almost." he winked and laughed.

"What about Alex then? I know you worry about her safety, but....what are your thoughts on the whole Jennova thing?"

Ajax let out a sigh this time. He wasn't annoyed that Duke had brought it up, just... conflicted with the way he felt about the entire situation. "Well... obviously I didn't want her to murder someone else because that's not who she is. She was pushed too far. I understand Mason's anger and need for revenge, I mean... I'd be the same way if it were Alex who--" he quickly shook away the anxiety that crept through him about his little sister being dead and cold in the Earth. "But, I love Al. I can't turn my back on her. Even if she slaughtered the entire camp, I don't think I'd be able to cut my ties with her. I know it would be my responsibility to stop her if things started to get that bad, but... what if I can't? does that make me a selfish bad person?"

Just as he was about to address more about the issue, he turned his head and looked to the sky. "Duke," he motioned his head toward the direction he was looking. Settled above the stables were darkening clouds that rolled around in a steady cyclone motion, getting darker and darker by the second. It couldn't have been anyone else other than his sister since they didn't have the powers to manipulate the weather. The pit of his stomach began to churn, and with one tap on his brother's arm, Ajax headed towards the brewing storm that now had charges of lightning sparking out like tentacles. He broke out into a run.

Image His sister's eyes were glowing white. He had never seen her in this state before, and honestly, it scared him. How much had these two jerks pushed her to erupt like this? "Al...it's me... your brother." he held his hand out as he slowly walked toward her, side glancing at the two idiots who were dumb enough to stick around at this point, but then again, if they had possibly moved it might have set Alex to attack them, thinking they were moving to harm her. No sudden movements are what she needed. "Al... look at me." she took her attention off Pete and Sylas, her white eyes now on her brother. "Just pay attention to my voice, okay?.... take in steady, calm breathes... breathe with me." as he carried on to slowly make his way toward her, he ignored the onlookers and showed her how to calm herself. Luckily, she was following him for once. "Good, you can do this. Keep going. Picture somewhere quiet where you're alone. Allow it to fill you." he looked up, and steadily took hold of her shoulders as the storm began to swirl back up into the clouds, turning shades of darkened grey, to white clouds and blue sky. Her eyes were no longer white. "You back with us?" he smiled, followed by a nervous chuckle.

She quickly hugged him, holding herself tightly to his torso as she cried into it. Feeling ashamed and embarrassed. He wrapped his arms around her, holding her protectively as he looked toward the two guys. "You two. Head to the main hall. Now." he ordered, his voice so deep it rumbled before tightening his jaw."And don't even think about detouring, or not heading there, because I will find you."