Crossing Blades

Crossing Blades

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[1 Open Spot] An ancient Kingdom with a legacy that will shake the very fabric of reality... as the warriors of this world cross blades in the quest for their ideals, where will you stand? What will you fight for?

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Introduction

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Tarantia, an ancient kingdom caught between the many realms of space and time in the multiverse that all worlds exist within. In this glorious world there exists a crystallized orb of incredible power, buried deep beneath the surface of the Earth. This incredible gem is worshiped in this land as a sentient being of unbelievable power. Through the power of this gem the land is gifted with bountiful harvests, incredible landscapes and overwhelming beauty. Indeed, this crystal has shaped the entire realm in which our story takes place... and to some it is even revered as this worlds God. It has shaped the very souls of its people by giving them their home and in most cases, the very meaning of their existence. It is for these reasons that it was given the revered title of "The Lord Gem" or, more commonly "The Soulstone".

The people of Tarantia, for the most part, all agreed that the Soulstone was an object of unbelievable power and desire. Some believed it to be sacred and something that must never be disturbed, some believed that if they could obtain it they would gain absolute power over mind, body and the very matter of existence. But, if there was one thing that all the people of the World could agree upon, it was that the soul stone had never been seen with human eyes, not in recorded history at least. Upon asking how knowledge of the Soulstone even existed, many residents of the world would scratch their heads and reply in words that seemed to loop back upon themselves "It just does.", "It's common knowledge.", "The Soulstone has always just existed... how could it not?". With the only "proof" of the Soulstone even existing being the land itself, it was clear that at some point skepticism would arise and those doubting the Soulstones existence would follow suit.

For years this disbelief gathered... and now a large portion of the world has lost all belief in the Soulstone. Viewing it as a fable... a legend... a fairy tale to put children to sleep at night. This disbelief is rather commonplace now... and those who still claim absolute faith in the Soulstone are viewed as idealists or simply fools.

But all of this is about to change once more... as the Soulstone itself makes a motion to bring forth a new era for mankind and Tarantia.


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With Tarantia thrust into a state of unease due to the rising disbelief in the Soulstones powers, the generally peaceful land began to suffer more and more. Many people whom would have once stayed their hands in following the Soulstones ways began to turn to criminal activities such as raiding, pillaging, robbing and murder. Being a kingdom of an ancient era as it was, all fighting in the land was carried out using primarily bladed weapons and many people began to train in the use of swords or other less common blades as a means of protection against the rising swarm of cutthroats and other petty criminals that were taking to the land. In the smaller villages of the kingdom, many talented fighters, young and old were assigned to the roles of guards or defenders to try and maintain the wavering peace of the land. Even the capital city, a grand and illustrious place known as "Tier Lumina" began to suffer from criminal acts and began to quickly turn into a cesspool of scum from all across the land. The city, once a beacon of light and hope for her people, became a lawless place and to help counter this a strict and brutal regime of now infamously violent guards were constructed by the king to "keep the peace". These guards are known as the "Lumina Fang" and rumors of the king spreading their influence to the lesser townships have started to gain traction...

With its land falling into a broken utopia, its people turning to criminal and impure acts, its king threatening to rule the land with cruelty rather than compassion and the belief in itself being put into serious doubt and question... the Soulstone itself has finally acted... and the world will soon be in awe of its plans.


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It happened on a cold and unforgiving Winter night, rumors of the kings brutal new strategies floated on the wind and crime ran rampant across Tarantia as it often did, blades clashed in every corner as men and women drew steel through blood and flesh to protect their homes... or to take what they wanted for themselves. A clash of justice and malice? Or were they all in the wrong? Violence would only lead to more violence and regardless of wether or not either party, criminals or defenders, was aware of that... it didn't matter. Not a single person could be prepared for what happened next.

Rising from behind the cloud cover was a moon as red as the blood spilled on the snowy ground beneath those fighting... and a great darkness swept over the entire land. From those shadows emerged the stuff of nightmares, monsters and beasts not known to the land before. Goblins, drakes, direwolves and basilisk, among other things rushed from the shadows and began to kill any human in their path. Desperately the humans tried to fight the beasts back... and a long and arduous battle began. Eventually the humans managed to drive the beasts back after many long hours of fighting... those beasts that did not retreat seemed to burn in the sunlight and turn to ash. Human enemies on the field of battle became allies so suddenly when faced with the monstrous hoard. Perhaps... was that the Soulstones will?

It didn't matter, as this was only the first battle of many.

For months now since that time, once a week, on a Saturday night on the transition to Sunday morn at midnight, the blood moon would rise and cover the land in its crimson light... and the shadows that came with it would hold more atrocities to wage war on a broken humanity. No matter how many the humans would kill, the monsters would resurface the next week with replenished numbers and revised tactics. They were smart... almost as if they were an army, watched over by a silent and unknown leader.

Humanity is now truly on its knees, the crime rate has dropped with the monster infestation but it still runs wild. Combine that with the current problem of the monster attacks themselves and the brutality of the Lumina Fang and it was hardly a worthwhile payoff. All seems lost and there is nothing left to save the once prosperous people of Tarantia.

At least... that's what it had seemed like, until one final ray of hope pierced the shadow cast over the land.

In the hands of a small collective of humans, humans who embody the very traits of humanity itself... positive and negative, a gift has been bestowed. In their most dire moments, when their beliefs and ideals were called into question, a bladed weapon materialized for each of them. This weapon held inside of its being the essence of the person destined to wield it... imbued with Soulstones power these weapons would reform themselves to reflect the inner being of the one who would draw them... and they would bestow further onto these few a power beyond imagination, a power that set them apart from their fellows. As the weapon formed in their hand, they struck down the foe that had brought about their most dire circumstances and in doing so they heard a voice. An inhumane and strange yet peaceful voice that spoke a single phrase in their minds.

"With this power bestowed by the sanctity of this land, you are gifted the strength to stand above those whom would stand against you. Seek out the Soulstone and claim it true... and humanities faith might be left with you. The city of light will show you the way."

The Soulstones chosen, these humans, would come to realize that they had been selected for whatever reason to bring peace to their broken world. These few are the heroes and perhaps villains of this story. With the power of their soul born blades they have the strength required to carve their own path in a world torn to shreds... and with this power they are given a goal. Find the Soulstone hidden somewhere in the world of Tarantia and claim its power for themselves. Then, and ONLY then, will humanity face its destiny for once and for all.

So... be it for power or for freedom... glory or retribution... the salvation of humanity or the subjugation of the people under an omnipotent rule... these humans set out in search of the object that created the World, the city of light Tier Lumina being the first step in their quest. The journey will be rough... fighting law, crime and the monsters of the World as they go... but their decisions have been made and their will cannot be changed.

This is their story... a tale of crossing blades.




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[b]Ⅰ Full Name: Ⅰ[/b]
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[b]Ⅱ Age: Ⅱ[/b]
(The Characters Age. 14+)

[b]Ⅲ Gender: Ⅲ[/b]
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[b]Ⅳ Sexuality: Ⅳ[/b]
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[b]Ⅴ Hometown: Ⅴ[/b]
(Tier Lumina, the capital city, is a valid choice of hometown for your character, but feel free to make up your own township or village as an origin point. You can even give a short description of the location if you like!)

[b]Ⅵ Aspect: Ⅵ[/b]
(Every human chosen by the Soulstone was chosen because they have strong ideals and a great affinity with an aspect of human nature or personality. Essentially this means, what is your characters strongest trait? Freedom? Greed? Power? Innocence? Lust? The list is endless so you should be spoiled for choice. Normal humans should delete this field.)

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[b]Ⅷ Role: Ⅷ[/b]
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[b]Ⅰ Hair Color: Ⅰ[/b]
(What color is your characters hair?)

[b]Ⅱ Eye Color: Ⅱ[/b]
(What color are your characters eyes?)

[b]Ⅲ Skin Tone: Ⅲ[/b]
(What skin tone does your character have?)

[b]Ⅳ Height: Ⅳ[/b]
(How tall (or short) is your character?)

[b]Ⅴ Occupation: Ⅴ[/b] 
(Criminal? Town Defender? Monster hunter? A simple cleaner? Or waiter? Or Gardener? What job did your character have before setting out on their journey? Choose whatever you like, so long as it fits the setting and era.)

[b]Ⅵ Soul Blade: Ⅵ[/b] (Chosen Humans only)

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(When chosen by the Soulstone, a magical bladed weapon appears within a humans hand for the first time during a time of dire need. So long as it has a blade, this weapon can be anything. A sword, an elbow blade, a spear, an axe, a pair of daggers... as always be as creative as you want, just make sure it fits the era and setting. This weapon is significant to the RP and will be closely linked to your character throughout the story, so I'd like a decent amount of detail on its appearance and anything else you'd like to add. A single decently sized paragraph should do, but more is always encouraged. Your character does NOT have to have their weapon at the beginning of the RP (depending on their role) and may obtain it as the story progresses, if that is the case then simply put "???" in the space provided. Ordinary Humans should delete this field.)

[b]Ⅵ Primary Weapon: Ⅵ[/b] (Humans only)

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(Ordinary humans may have weapons close to their heart as well... and although these weapons have no extra powers they can still be a force to be reckoned with. While these weapons have no magic powers... they are also not limited to being blades and blades alone. Weapons such as bows, hammers, mace, whips and other non-blade weapons are all applicable here (you can of course still use a bladed weapon if you want). So feel free to be as creative as possible so long as your decision fits the setting and era. Chosen and Pre-Awakened Humans should delete this field.)

[b]Ⅶ Secondary Weapon:Ⅶ [/b] (All roles.)
(Your character may have a secondary weapon they carry as well, this weapon does not necessarily need to be a blade... however as always it must suit the setting and era. Ranged weapons are perfectly fine here as well, so long as they follow the previously mentioned rule. Pre-awakened humans (those whom have been chosen by the Soulstone but have yet to realize it and obtain their Soul Blades) will start out with a secondary weapon only and will be limited to this until their Soul blade is obtained throughout the course of the story.)

[b]Ⅷ Blade Magic: Ⅷ [/b]
(Until the arrival of these "Soul Blades" magic did not exist in Tarantia... however those wielding the blades have access to a single magical ability that further sets them apart from other humans. You can use any ability or magic that you like... however it can't be overpowered. Try to come up with an ability that will give your character an edge, but that the average, non-magical human would at least stand a chance against with enough skill. After all, fighting bandits would be awfully boring if your character could just wipe them out without breaking a sweat don't you think? Once again, if your character is Pre-Awakened and does not yet have their Soul Blade yet, then put "???" here. Ordinary Humans should delete this field.)

[b]Ⅸ Non-Combat Skills: Ⅸ[/b]
(Not every skill a character has is SPECIFICALLY combat related, list three skills that your character has outside of battle and try to give a paragraph about each.)






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[b]Ⅰ Personality: Ⅰ[/b]
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[b]Ⅱ The Reason Why: Ⅱ[/b]
(Why is your character seeking the Soulstone? To save humanity? For the Godly power that the Soulstone surely possesses? Simply because the Soulstone (you assume) told you too? Give one paragraph. If your character is Pre-Awakened or an Ordinary Human, then give a reason for them to accompany someone who they know for a fact has been chosen.)

[b]Ⅲ Biography Ⅲ[/b]
(Your characters past up until this point in time. If your character has already received their Soul Blade then please include the dire event that led up to and their eventual obtaining of said weapon as well as the effect it had on their lives. Two decently sized paragraphs... even more than this, however, is once again appreciated.)

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[b]♥ Love Interest: ♥[/b]
(Has your character fallen for anybody? If so put it here.)

[b]✦ Characters Opinion of Other Characters: ✦[/b]
(Give a quote from your character discussing the other characters from their perspective. The knowledge you write down here is taken out of context as most of the characters in this RP have probably never met before. In other words this is just for fun really as well as giving a better understanding of a characters personality based on their opinions of others.)

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-Pre-Awakened 1:

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Portrayed By - (Who's playing the character? You, that's who. Go ahead and put your username here to leave your mark on your character.)

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Chosen Humans - Those given Soul Blades by the Soul Stone in their most dire moments:

Chosen Human 1:
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Yohana "Yo" Haruna Saiko | Male | 19 | Redemption | The Peoples Shield | Rebirth | Another Lie | Tatsumi ~ Akame ga Kill


Chosen Human 2: Open
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Name | Female | Age | Aspect | Power| Weapon | Face Claim


Chosen Human 3:
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Neil Aramis | Male | 21 | Vengeance | Power | Weapon | ઽ૮૨α | Kinjou Shirasu ~ Donten ni warau


Chosen Human 4:
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Kaori Matsushita | Female | 18 | Vanity/Pride | Power | Weapon | ボクセルちゃん | Ryuuko Matoi ~ Kill la Kill


Chosen Human 5:
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Alexander Caldur | Male | 23 | Loyalty | Power | Peirasmos | Diarmuid O'Dyna | Archer ~ Fate/Stay Night


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Ikari Kimidori | Female | 17 | Rage | Energy Blasts | Mizuchi & Tōgyū | ☿Urania☿ | Tsubomi Kido ~ Mekakucity Actors


Chosen Human 7:
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Manji Takezo | Male | 26 | Detachment | Secular Blade | "Typhoon follows the Breeze" | Syao4500 | Musashi ~ Vagabond


Chosen Human 8:
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Teruko Himura | Female | 21 | Resolve / Determination | Butterfly Crest | Weapon | Check Mate | Soifon ~ Bleach

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Pre-awakened - Those chosen by the Soulstone who have yet to realize their power and weapon both:
Note: Each Pre-awakened travels with one, or a group of, chosen. It is encouraged to organize this with other players in the OOC.

Pre-awakened 1:
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Arn Grimr | Male | 20 | Perseverance | ??? | ??? | JEDH3 | Kenichi Shirahama ~ History's Strongest Disciple


Pre-awakened 2:
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Yuki Miyazaki | Female | 16 | Innocence/Kindness | ??? | ??? | ᏝᏋᎥᏗ | Kagome ~ Inuyasha


Pre-awakened 3:
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Kaida Reika | Female | 18 | Selflessness | ??? | ??? | BurningDark | Erza Scarlet ~Fairy Tail


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Shizuku Masako | Female | 20 | Justice | ??? | ??? | Rhianoue | Sakura Haruno ~ Naruto

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Humans - Ordinary humans, they have no powers to speak of... but they don't have to worry about unwanted attention due to their weapons or powers. Even normal humans can have the resolve to fight with everything they have and chosen or not, they are not to be under-estimated:
Note: Each Human travels with one, or a group of, chosen. It is encouraged to organize this with other players in the OOC.

Human 1:
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Molan Lassiter | Male | 25 | Shi Wei | CJL1290 | Kyoya Hibari ~ Reborn

Human 2:
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Name | Female | Age | Weapon | Byte | Shura Kirigakure ~ Blue Exorcist


Human 3:
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Name | Male | Age | Weapon | ZenMon | Shichika Yasuri ~ Katanagatari


Human 4:
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Zianro Azura | Male | 22 | Draconil, Sword of The Blessed Dragon | Firewind | Casshern ~ Casshern Sins

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The enemy - The world is filled with strife and it isn't getting any easier for people to survive, with the Lumina Fang, criminal organisations and the blood moons monsters causing distress and sadness on all fronts... the holders of the Soul Blades pose a threat to these individuals for one reason or another and soon enough a clash of interests is certain to occur:

The King of Tarantia: NPC
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Jurgal Crucible | Male | 67 | Royal Greatsword | NPC | Charles Zi Britania ~ Code Geass

The Criminal Leader of The Black Sparrows: NPC
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Naga | Male | Late Twenties (Unknown) | Sparrows Talon | NPC | Mugen ~ Samurai Champloo

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??? | Female | ??? (Looks to be late teens) | ??? | ??? | Murasame: The Demon Blade | Another Lie | Akame ~ Akame Ga Kill

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I know this is long winded but please read it all. These rules are important!

I want to keep this roleplay as organised as possible... I want it to do well, obviously being its creator, and as a counter-measure to failure rule breaking will not be tolerated. Breaking one of the rules listed here will result in an infraction which I will be keeping track of, two infractions leads to a serious warning, two more infractions and your character will be killed off permanently in the RP and no further characters created by you will be accepted for the remainder of the RP. This system in my opinion is harsh but fair and do no think I will not be enforcing it to full effect from the get go.

As always the standard rules regarding the site apply, as well as the following:

-Posts must be a minimum of 500 words at least, nothing under this will be recognized as valid in the story.

-You are required to post at least once a week, if you do not post within two weeks without any explanation then your character will be killed off, regardless of infractions received. I'm not cruel however... and if you give a valid reason before hand then no action will be taken against you.

-If a character is "speaking" or "thinking", said text is to be shown in the colour of the character doing the speaking/thinking... as well as this, speech is to be in bold and thought is to be in italics. Unsure of a characters exact speech color in terms of HTML? Check their profile.

-Posts are to be written in third person past tense, to avoid confusion.

-Anime pictures only please. I don't want any real life pictures for characters. Why? I like anime I guess.

-Characters may be of any age that allows them to think and act for themselves (so we'll say from 14 or so onwards) but at the same time the characters must have abilities that make sense for their age... basically if I see any eight year old master swordsmen then that character is getting denied.

-No character is perfect, it's the same with real people... and as a result making characters with flawed personalities makes things much more interesting. However, the typical brooding hero with a dark past and lust for vengeance is more than a little cliché. This RP is based around structured creativity so be creative... I won't crucify you if your character is a bit cliché but come on... at least TRY to be different. Oh, the password by the way is "SoulStone" so best remember that.

-There are only humans in this world, as far as sentient beings go, sorry all you elves and dwarves out there.

-NPCs, unless specified in an OOC thread I will create, are considered usable by all other players and can be controlled at will.

-I. LOVE. PLAYER. INTERACTION. Seriously, post in the OOC often, work together on joined/collaborative posts on writing pads, make friends and bonds with your fellow RPers and don't leave anybody out! Lack of interactions and communication between players is the main cause of death in most RPs so avoid it and actually be social!

-Have fun. Seriously, do... and if you're not having fun then inform me. Game Masters these days tend to treat themselves like just another player but that really isn't the case. If you have a problem with the RP be it with general interest or something else then please consult with me rather than disappearing off the face of the Earth (I've done it myself, I know that it happens.). No matter how small the problem may seem I will work with you to sort it out.

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The Land of Tarantia

The Land of Tarantia by Another Lie

"The open wilds are a dangerous place, monsters, bandits, Lumina Fangs and worst of all, me! Haha!" ~ Naga

Tier Lumina

Tier Lumina by Another Lie

"The Capital city is a place of peace for my people... that at least should never change." ~ King Crucible

Rathalos

Rathalos by Another Lie

"It's a simple place... that's true enough. But it's my home and that means more to me than any big city lights." ~ Yohana Saiko

Ryozanpaku

Ryozanpaku by Another Lie

"Not just my home, but the home of Truth. Within these walls, there is no deception." ~ Arn Grimr

Maones

Maones by Another Lie

"It was nice growing up here, not like some other poor village that struggled to get by. It's such a nice place... that every bandit in the area really seems to want it." ~ Molan Lassiter

Aquafienna

Aquafienna by Another Lie

"I guess you could call it a port- it's more like a gossip hub on water." ~ Kaida Reika

Semper Divitiae

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"It's a sad place that tries to fix itself but only becomes worse after every attempt." ~ Shizuku Masako

Grove of Cycles Past

Grove of Cycles Past by Another Lie

"You shouldn't be here..." ~ Tamashi Kugutsu

Nagareboshi

Nagareboshi by Another Lie

"A place where the stars reflected on the crystal clear water. Our people were the kindest but also the most naive . . . that's what led to our downfall" ~ Ikari Kimidori

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Character Portrait: Arn Grimr Character Portrait: Kaori Matsushita Character Portrait: Alexander Caldur Character Portrait: Manji Takezo Character Portrait: Neil Aramis Character Portrait: Yohana Haruna Saiko Character Portrait: Yuki Miyazaki Character Portrait: Kaida Reika Character Portrait: Shizuku Masako Character Portrait: Molan Lassiter Character Portrait: Zianro Azura Character Portrait: Ikari Kimidori Character Portrait: Tamashi Kugutsu Character Portrait: Youmu Character Portrait: Teruko Himura Character Portrait: Saruten Himura

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The world of Tarantia.

A peaceful place once, it know a divided nation between three cruel and unkind factions. The King and his new dictator like rule under the crushing weight of his enforcing guard, the Lumina Fangs. An intense criminal population led by the mysterious Naga and his band of thieves, murderers and miscreants... the Black Sparrows. Finally and perhaps the most dangerous of all, the overwhelming army of monstrous creatures led by the urban legend of the crimson eyes maiden that assaults the human towns and cities every Saturday night under the guidance of the blood moon.

Unfazed by the danger... or perhaps more terrified than everyone else. A select group of individuals have been chosen by this Worlds benevolent creator, the almighty Soulstone, to find it and claim its legendary powers as their own. Gifted with the powerful Soul Blades these chosen heroes set out on their journeys with their own goals in mind of what feats they will use this masterful gems power to create. But they are not alone in this quest, groups of humans from around the World have heard tales of these legendary heroes in the making and they seek companionship so that they too might see the Soulstone and discover the truth of their very World. Among these humans there are those whom have the potential to be chosen themselves... though they have yet to discover this power within themselves.

On the demand of the Soulstone during their initial awakening, the Chosen make their way to the city of light, the grand capital of the World. Tier Lumina, where the King, his royal Highness Jurgal Crucible, and his dishonorable Lumina Fang guard is at its most powerful. From their they only hope that the Soulstone will give them a sign as to where they are supposed to go next.

Hearing rumors of the chosen's convergence on the capital city, many humans, those with pre-awakened potential inside of them included head to the capital as well.

Now every one of these unlikely protagonists have finally started to reach their first destination in a journey that will be spoken of for ages to come. Each one holds an ideal close to their and a goal that they wish to complete in their minds... and with their blades they will fight through their quest so that they might accomplish their greatest desires and complete objectives that only a power of true omnipotence could achieve.

This is their story.

A tale of Crossing Blades.

The setting changes from The Land of Tarantia to Tier Lumina

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Character Portrait: Yohana Haruna Saiko

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"Why the glum look chum? I don't see any o' the fangs around and t'me that's a good 'nuf reason to be smiling."

Yohana Haruna Saiko looked up from his tired and slumped expression, he was sitting at a bar and inn in Tier Lumina... a place by the name of "The Lumina Retreat". The place seemed rather old, most buildings in Tier Lumina were crafted from polished white stone that made the city shine out in the wilderness like a beacon reflecting even the smallest shred of light... but this place was different. It was a plain old place in one of the cities poorer districts and it was made of old spruce wood if he had to take a guess. The inside decor was no different, wooden walls with hunting trophies on the wall... mostly the heads of monsters by the looks of things. Yo had noticed the head of a rather large wyvern mounted at a central position in the tavern... he had to assume that that was the places most prized kill as it seemed really over-glorified being mounted alone above the only non-wooden thing in the building, a stone hearth and fire.

Yo himself was sitting on an old yet admittedly comfortable stool, there was a glass of water half drunken by himself to his left. The inn had been very kind to travelers and once the bartender had heard of his position as a Chosen he had offered him a place to stay the night and some glasses of water to perk him up... all free of charge. Yo had to wonder why the establishment was so nice to him as a chosen... but it wasn't that hard to figure out. The King was rumored not to like Chosen too much and from Yo had heard the Lumina Fang didn't respond too kindly to them either. However, The Lumina Retreat, as the bartender and owner had told him, was a very anti-fang establishment. Being on the rougher side of the city and not getting too many visits from the totalitarian guard meant that the bar owner could observe and see the Fangs for what they really were...a bunch of bullies.

By that logic, the enemy of their enemy was their friend... and if the Lumina Fang weren't too fond of the chosen, then The Lumina Retreat would welcome them with open arms.

Despite all of that helping him out, Yo couldn't help but fee rather depressed. He didn't know what he had expected to happen upon arriving in Tire Lumina... maybe a sign would appear? Or perhaps the Soulstone would speak to him again? Regardless.. Yo had at the very least expected something to happen that would give him SOME sort of clue as to what to do next.

But no... nothing had happened. He had arrived in the city and that was that. Had the Soulstone been referring to a DIFFERENT city of Light? Was there EVEN a different city of light? Scratching his head in frustration Yo looked up to the bartender slash owner of The Lumina Retreat and spoke.

"I suppose you could say I'm just a bit lost at the moment... unsure of what to do next.

The bartender crossed his arms and tilted his head as if thinking. He was a large and gruff mean, with tanned skin and a shaved head, his features were chiseled and he had a big bushy brown beard on his chin that he stroked often, his most defining feature however was the eyepatch he wore. It was a simple black patch that covered his right eye and Yo had decided that it would have been a wiser decision to not mention it.

"Huh... yeah 'suppose yer in a bit of a pickle... 'bein "chosen" by the bloody Soulstone and given some daft clue 'bout the city 'ere must be rather annoyin'"

Yo took a swig of water and proceeded to hold his chin in his hand like a schoolboy bored by his lessons.

"You don't know the half of it..."

With a yawn Yo stretched back and loosened his muscles, stiff from traveling all of the way from Rathalos to Tier Lumina by foot, Rebirth shook gently in its scabbard as Yo resumed his sitting position. The bartender pondered another moment and stroked his beard again.

"Well hey, Tier Lumina's a big ol' place, y'know? Maybe you was sent 'ere to find someone special? Er... maybe t'here a rumor er story that's send you on yer way? Askin' around can't hurt now can it?"

Yo sighed and finished his water. He knew the old bartender was right and that sitting around wasn't getting him any closer to his goal... but asking everyone in the damn city about what to do?! That would take way longer than the fragile peace of Tarantia had... there had to be something he was missing.

"Damn it all... I guess saving the World won't be as easy as I might have thought."

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"Ah geez... Look at how many guards there are at the gate," Manji scratches his head in frustration, "Its as if they're expecting someone."

He was scouting the area from afar; things were looking pretty grim, getting into Tier Lumina unnoticed will be difficult. He could probably think of something if he had more time, but whatever made him come here told him that he had to be inside today. There were many problems with simply walking through the gate: First off, Manji was a wanted man by the Lumina Fang, he's unsure if they would recognize him; Second the soul weapons on his back, does the Lumina Fang know of the existence of Soul Blades? If they did, they would probably want them. He cursed that unknown power that lead him here, he had been living so detached from the outside world, and all of a sudden he's back inside it. Perhaps he should take a gamble and walk through, there's potential that'll it'll end up saving him a lot of effort in the long run.

The blood moon was looming closer so the the usual stream of people entering the city was many times greater than normal, it was probably the best time to try to slip in unnoticed.

"Welp planning stage over, time to act."

Slipping into the line at the gate that was furthest from the Lumina Fang headquarters, Manji's travel worn look fit in with the peasants. After a while he finally arrived at the checkpoint where the guards were identifying people and checking their belongings; sometimes they snagged an item they fancied disregarding the complaints of the owners. He'll probably have to bribe them to get through... When it was Manji's turn to be inspected, the guard in charge of identifying looked at Manji's face and showed no signs of recognition. The guard had a boyish look about him, probably around 17 years old, and not affected by the corruption of the Lumina Fang.

"Hah rookie."

Manji was pretty infamous back in the day while he was in the guard and while on the run for being extremely ruthless, guess this guard hasn't joined for very long.

"You new to this boy?"

Surprised at the question, the young guard earnestly replied,

"Y-Yes, I joined so I could protect my family and the motherland! "

Meanwhile, the other guards were inspecting Manji's paired normal blades.

Damn fine blades these are! Where'd yuh get em? These have gotta be worth a small fortune!"

Shit... He knew this would happen,

"My geezer of a master handed them down to me when he passed away." This was true, Manji inherited the blades from the corpse he found in the mountain, which also led him to the path of a true swordsman.

The guard holding his blades took the katana out of it's sheath and took a few practice swings at Manji; Manji pretended to flinch.

"Hahhahaha I like em, mind if I borrow em for a lil while? Hey, what are them wrapped you're wearing on yuh back?"Image

Putting on his bashful act, Manji replied,

"Hhahahhaha sir, you jest. A blade is a swordsman's lifeline, you can't take them from me, how will I earn my food? And these are just uhm... some dried fish from my mother back home, they smell pretty bad so I wouldn't touch them, the smell takes a week to get off." The guard didn't waver his desire to inspect Manji's other belongings, so he had no choice but to act... "EEEEEEEEEXCUUUUUSE MEEEEEEE," Manji unsheathes his short wakizashi that the guard was holding, impales him in his stomach, and giving it a little twist. The guard's face was wide with terror and pain, his mouth agape but no scream could be heard. "I'll be taking my swords back if you don't mind, but you can have my wakizashi if you want. Oops nevermind, I'll need this one too." Manji slashes the short blade that was embedded in the guard's belly and it exits through his side to decapitate another guard that was approaching Manji with his weapon drawn.

The gate was in chaos as guards scurried around confused as to what happened; no one had dared to break into Tier Lumina before, especially through the front door(well this was more of a side door). Having retrieved both his swords, Manji skillfully weaved through the mob of guards and slashed through them; they were like bumbling babies compared to the master swordsman.

Many claim to be a jack of all trades... Manji was not a jack of all trades, but a master of one: master of the blade.

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Focus. Arn told himself firmly. You have a purpose. He walked through the streets of Tier Lumina nervously. he had never been in a city this large before. Even the smaller towns he had been in during the couple of months away from Ryozanpaku had been a bit of a shock for him, and now he was practically lost in this labyrinth of buildings. it felt to him as though this was one huge test of his resolve. Temptations surrounded him, and the bustle of the crowds kept pushing him around aimlessly. With every nudge, he smiled and apologized. One top of the physical distractions, He could feel the ki of the surrounding people, their emotions making his head fuzzy, and he became somewhat sick. Anger, fear, discontent, desire, greed, joy, sorrow, and more bombarded him. Within thirty minutes of entering the city, Arn had completely lost his sense of direction, and could not recall how he got to his current location.

Needing to get off the street, he ducked into tavern after tavern until he finally found one that did not smell of rotten food or mildew. He took a deep breath and shut out the street behind him. he sat down at the bar, smiling to the girl behind the counter. He did have some money, as he had learned that he needed to earn wages to survive during his travels. So he paid her for a meal of roasted chicken and a cup of wine. Sitting quietly, he listened to the others at the bar. Although he did come here to get off the street, and rest his mind, he did have another reason. He needed information about the Chosen, who were rumored to be gathering in Tier Lumina. Ever since leaving his home, Arn was constantly surprised at how little people knew about the Soulstone. However he soon learned of the Chosen, a relatively new phenomenon that had not reached his home yet. It seemed that they has surfaced shortly after the shadow fell and the fountain ceased flowing. It seemed to all be connected. And thus finding a Chosen had become his new priority. he followed rumors of them gathering at the capital, and had followed suit. He doubted that they would be easy to find, and he had to be careful about believing what he heard as honestly was heartbreakingly not as respected as it was in Ryozanpaku. But he had little choice, and did not want to draw too much attention to himself by asking questions.

His eavsdropping did not bear much at first, but soon the rumors he had followed were backed up. "I hear they are gathering here." Arn barely made out from a couple men a few meters away. Focusing his attention, he tried to block out the other noise. "Yeah, and have you seen any for yourself?" The other asked sarcastically.
"I might have, so you might have as well!"
"Yeah, just like you might have seen the King strolling down the streets in disguise."
"No, it it more than that and you know it!" the first said indignantly. "They don't try to hide, they just look like everyone else!"
"But why would they all be coming here? wouldn't it make more sense for those with their power to be spread out, fighting the creatures elsewhere, instead of gathering at the most well defended city in the world?"
"True, but they are the Chosen. They know things we don't. I am sure there is a reason behind it."
"Awful faithful to the alleged 'Soulstone' aren't you?" The second man replied skeptically.
"Well, there is no proof that it doesn't exist. There has to be a source to the Chosen's power."
"Well if there is a Soulstone, I don't see why it can't just destroy the monsters already."
"Yes, and bring about world peace, and make horses shit gold too, while its at it." The man rolled his eyes.
"Well if it can, I don't see why not."

After that, the conversation drifted more and more, until Arn realized that he wouldn't get any actual information, other than a possible confirmation of his purpose being here. Just as he was about to take leave, and venture out into the unwelcoming street, the girl behind the counter spoke. "Planning on staying the night?" She asked, while taking his empty plate and cup.
"Not quite sure yet." He smiled back. "So is it that obvious that I am not from here?"
"You look like a cat cornered by a pack of dogs, love." She laughed.
He joined her laugh at the joke, and sighed. "Yes, I am not too fond of such a large and crowded place. My home had an all of around 50 people."
"Is that where you got those clothes as well?" she giggled again.
Arn was wearing the same clothes that most at Ryozanpaku wore. A white, sleeveless dougi, black pants, and his gauntlets. "Actually, yes. Is it abnormal?"
"You may want to get some new clothes, love. someone may mistake such a strange character for a Chosen."
"So that is your question." Arn stated flatly. "For someone who tells others how obvious they are, you do not hide your intentions that well. No I am not a Chosen, however, I am looking for them. Why did you want to know if I was one?"
No bothering to hide her disappointment, the girl replied, "Just to see something special. I wanted to be able to tell people that I had met a Chosen. Why are you looking for them?"
"To find out the Truth of the Soulstone." He answered her, fighting off the depression that radiated off of her. not wanting to drag the conversation out, he stood up to leave. but hesitating for a moment, he turned his head towards her. "If I find one, I will suggest that they stay here." He said quietly, walking out into the street with all the anticipation of one who walks into a blizzard.


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Kaida was hunting again.

She'd hoped to never have to track someone down again, but here she was, in the Capitol. Doing just that.

She'd arrived a few days ago, and she was very travel-weary. At least Tier Lumina was a big city- she could find people easily here. True, it was better to hide in a big place, but it was like watching mice run through a very complicated maze for the former bounty hunter. Having grown up in a city and been on the run, she knew all of the secrets of places like these.

She strode down the rich streets, ignoring the strange glances passerby sent her way. She probably looked like a killer to them- dark clothes and a staff slung across her back. Luckily the guards on duty had known her from before and had looked the other way.

Her prey wasn't a bounty criminal this time, however. She was looking for the Chosen that Aquafienna was abuzz with news about. The one she had her sights on was in Tier Lumina today- supposedly. Yo... Yo something. She knew the name would come to her later.

As she walked towards the poor, bar-filled area of town, she scanned the crowd for anyone that looked like someone trying to avoid attention. None of the walking people fit the bill, so she continued her path.

Finally reaching her destination, she looked around at the bar fronts. One looked about right, so she settled her gaze on it. Just then, a pack of Fangs approached. Yohana Saiko. The name burst forth in her memory. If he was a Chosen... The Fang would be looking for the Chosen, wouldn't they?

"Hey, missy, what're you doing on this side o' town? It's pretty nasty 'round here." Kaida sighed. She bet that these Fangs were drunk- still able to arrest people for no reason. Or flirt, whichever really came first. Ah well, this might have to go down the hard way. One of them pushed up and staggered a little dizzily. He fell forwards and Kaida stepped back, sending the guard onto his face.
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"Excuse me, please. I just need to get around; I was meeting up with a friend of mine." Maneuvering around the group, she walked calmly towards the bars. Deciding on one named The Lumina Retreat, she looked back to make sure they weren't following her.

A few walked around, watching her warily. One was following her, and she almost ran into the door once she looked back. Opening it, she stepped inside, and hoped that she hadn't just brought the corrupt Guard down on the Chosen. "Uh, hello. By any chance, are any of you Yohana Saiko?" A few occupants looked up, but none of them exactly leapt up and volunteered.

She stepped aside as the guard entered. Unfortunately, he was drunk as well and took an interest in her. Oh great. This is going to get awkward.

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The Azure Tankard, one of Tier Lumina's most popular taverns, was as busy as usual dealing with mercenaries and refugees. The Tankard's second in command in the line of management was Lillith Killian (née Azura), a woman in her late twenties and a mother of one six month old child, and recent widow, as her husband was killed tragically almost two weeks ago during the blood moon night. Her father, Liran Azura, proud founder and owner of the Azure Tankard, was upstairs taking care of the child. His other five daughters, were busy doing their jobs as barmaids of the inn, giving the refugees food and shelter, and on the occasion if eldest sister Lillith was not watching, flirt with the mercenaries. Both Lillith and Liran were mindful of these five as all of the latter's daughters (including the widowed Lillith), were blessed with grace, charm, and beauty.

One mercenary in particular was riding towards the tavern and breathed in the atmosphere of the ever approaching location, which to him would hopefully feel more welcoming then the rest of the city. The whole city felt a bit, stranger to him and he spent his childhood here, what caused the change of atmosphere in the rest of Tier Lumina and why? As he rode he noted the strange looks and glares he had gotten from the King's Lumina Fangs.

"What has gotten into them?" he wondered as he looked behind him towards the gate which he passed through with some difficulty. One of the guards attempted to take his sword and crossbow from him, but he gave them a glare he inherited from his father. It was a look liable to make even the most toughest of men sweat, and he was on his way. He spotted a strange man barging through the guards and actually slicing through them.

"Uhh Obi, we might want to go a bit faster otherwise that fight's liable to get us caught in there too!" The Mercenary stated as he tried to ride but a twinge of guilt passed through him as he sighed and grabbed his Crossbow. "Strike fast and unseen Na'ari's Fang." he thought as he fired at one of the man's pursuers.

"Argh! My knee!" the mercenary looked in shock at his aim and shrugged. "Hey Samurai, once you ditch your welcoming committee come to the Azure Tankard and I'll buy you a drink!" the man shouted to the running samurai as he himself headed for said tavern rounding a corner into the stables of the place. He knew how to get into that stables well. His first job was right here in this very inn. He dismounted and walked into the Tavern.

He breathed in the warm familiar atmosphere of the tavern. He then spotted Lillith and smiled underneath his helm as he walked into the bar. Lillith saw him and sighed with relative disgust at the arrival of another mercenary, and was about to say something when Zianro took the visor covering his face's lower half off. "Hi Sis, heard about brother in law and well, I felt compelled to visit everyone and see how they're doing." Zianro stated in a calm voice.

"Zianro Azura! You idiotic troublemaker! Don't startle me like that!" Lillith replied angrily only to calm down a bit before hugging her youngest sibling over the counter. "You little rascal I missed you. Eight years and no letter."

"Sis, don't scold me, I'm not twelve any more, I'm a full grown man of twenty two and I missed all of-" before Zianro could say more, he felt tackled by five more pairs of arms wanting to hug him, all of the other sisters shouting with glee and happiness at seeing baby brother home.

"Jeez, my sisters have grown...and blossomed?!?!? Holy Crap!" He thought in alarm, and wormed out of there grips before signaling to Lillith to get him a drink, who was almost happy to oblige.

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Image-----'Fucking idiots, thinking that they would actually be able to still my stuff, well they had another thing coming.' she thought to herself as she yanked her belongings out of the unconscious bandit's hands. She opened up the bag to make sure that everything was where it should be before packing up the rest of her stuff and leaving them with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Kaori had taken some of their stuff, which was nothing more than a heavy bag of coins and rusted weapons, but nothing that won't sell. "What goes around, comes around." she said to herself as she looted them.

-----She didn't even need to use Ragnarök against the petty bandits, they were almost as weak as they were brain dead. Ragnarök was still in its shrunken form, sitting safely in Kaori's pocket, besides that she had no other weapons with her. She was almost to Tier Lumina, though she hadn't imagined that she'd be returning to her hometown because some magical storm had told her to. She definitely didn't grow up in the rich district of the area, though she often raided people’s houses in that district. Most of her childhood was spent living in the slums of Tier Lumina, though she truly wasn't bothered by that fact.

-----Kaori didn't need more than she already had, and she never wanted more than what she needed. Although vain, she wasn't greedy. While others would rather complain about their problems than trying to fix them, she did the exact opposite. Never once while living in poverty did she complain about her problems or try to put the blame on someone else other than herself. She just merely dealt with them to the best of her abilities and in the end it paid off somewhat. Before she approached the gates of the city she hid the miniature version of Ragnarök under the tattered soles of her shoes.

-----It did give her a slightly off angle when walking, but it wasn't noticeable unless you knew what you were looking for. She had managed to safely get passed the front gate without any troubles. Over the past few years she'd forgotten how big the city of Tier Lumina was, though somehow she knew exactly where she was going and what was the shortest route to get there. Possibly the five years of roaming these streets managed to firmly implant themselves in her mind. Kaori had decided that she didn't have the time to listen to undependable rumors from drunken idiots.

-----If she needed some information she would simply beat it out of people until she got the answers that she needed. Though it wasn't the most peaceful way of solving things, but for obvious reasons it always the most effective way. Though she usually didn't threaten people outright, this time the situation was different. 'I wonder if Zinc still hangs around this part of the city, he seemed to know everything that was going on. I swear the dude has eyes in the back of his fucking he-' abruptly, her thoughts were interrupted as a little boy, no older than the age of ten or nine ran straight into her and almost knocked her off her feet.

-----"Hey! Watch where you're going, brat!" The kid looked at her for a moment, big blue eyes wide with fear, before taking off again in the other direction. However, before he had left, she had noticed that he had a loaf of bread in his hands. Kaori had also taken notice that he was not particularly afraid of her, but afraid of the three giants that had emerged from the alley from which he escaped from. The tallest of them (who seemed to be well over the height of six feet from her perspective) had a nasty look in his eye, very apparent buck teeth and a hideous scar over his right eye. To keep it short, he wasn't a very pretty guy, and neither were his two buddies.

-----"Well hello there, I suppose ye saw a little boy, en he was carrying a loaf of bread?". Kaori noticed that he had a hint of a southern accent by the way he pronounced his words a few of his words. "Nope, didn't see anyone come by here. But I did see those yellow buck teeth of yours, might want to start cleaning them. Just a suggestion." At that remark the man frowned, and took one step closer to Kaori. "Listen here missy, I don't like bein lied to, and I especially don't like bein made fun of. So I'ma ask you again, did ye see a little boy come through here?" He said in a sneering tone. "Again, I'll tell you that I didn't see any boy come through here except you and your friends there. Also, can you please back away from me, your buck teeth are in full blown view now."

The man was visibly becoming irritated, and he began to draw his blade. "Fine den, if you aren't gonna tell me willingly I'll just have to force it out of you.". His blade was fully drawn now, from a quick study of it, it seemed to be dull and rusted. The other two men behind him also drew their blades and took on fighting stance. "Fine then, I'll be glad to take you on in a fight if it means your ass will leave me alone"

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"My apologies... I require this."

With such soft spoken words... the lone merchant could never have expected the pristine black blade wielded by the beautiful young woman to quickly slice through his neck. The blood splattered quickly as the spluttering body fell from its seated position and Tamashi winced ever so slightly as a few drops splattered across her face and hair. The warm sensation was almost sickening against her skin in the cold Saturday morning air. Killing was never a very enjoyable thing to do, even for her.

It was still very early... but still closer to the daytime than Tamashi usually operated. She was on one of the popular trade routes heading to the capital city of Tier Lumina and had been stalking the caravan whose owner she had just murdered for a few hours maximum. She had scouted ahead of the small traders route to make sure she would not be interrupted in her assassination... and thankfully it had paid off. She grabbed a piece of ripped tarp from the back of the caravan where she had accidentally grazed with her sword and used it to wipe the blood from her face and hair, it slid off quickly as she hadn't given it much time to stick.

Putting Murasame back into its sheathe, Tamashi turned her attention to the caravans horse. The vehicle was simple enough for one designed to protect goods... a wooden base with a tarp covering to protect the goods stored within from rain, coupled with a single black stallion on the front ready to pull the kart ever forward for its master. The horse in question however was not too pleased at its owners death and began to buck and kick... perhaps trying to attack Tamashi, perhaps trying to escape... either way it didn't matter, it had the same fate either way.

Placing a hand to the bucking steeds forehead... Tamashi closed her eyes and began to speak.

"Silence now... and obey your owner."

In a sudden change of personality, the horse stopped bucking and neighed contently. It suddenly seemed to regard Tamashi as a friend rather than a threat and if one was to look extremely closey they might have seen the beasts eyes change color to a bright red.

Smiling contently and climbing into the kart from the front Tamashi began to root tiresomely through the various supplies of food and clothing that the kart contained until she found what she was looking for... farmers garb, a simple robe and straw hat and a set of papers that verified a traders right to enter into Tier Lumina and exchange goods free of danger and upset so long as the kart was allowed inspection at the behest of the Lumina fang.

These would allow her access to the capital city free of trouble and suspicion.

Donning the farmers robe and straw hat over her tightly fitted body armor was a simple task as the clothes were a few sizes too big for the girl. Stuffing the papers in her pocket and moving forward again to sit in the front seat of the caravan, Tamashi grabbed the horses reigns and flicked them without a hint of remorse for her actions, urging the medieval vehicle forward.

Though despite herself, she couldn't help but feel her lip twitch slightly at the sound of the caravans wheels bump with a squelch over their previous owners body.

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Tamashi sighed in exhaustion as she was finally ushered through the checkpoint leading into Tier Lumina. Her rear was sore... the wooden seat and bumpy roads of the caravan and trade route had done no favours to her posture... or her bottom for that matter. The Lumina Fang at the trade route gate seemed uncharacteristically friendly as they gave her cart a quick check over... even more so when they brushed through her stolen papers and let her into the city without too much hassle.

"Probably because I am a woman... perverted human pigs..." She thought to herself as the cart inspection came quickly to a close.

By watching other merchant carts moving around the streets, Tamashi saw that many merchants seemed to pay local inns to watch their steeds and supplies while they explored the city by foot. Sensing a good idea in such plans, Tamashi quickly began to search the area... until a small little tavern caught her eyes. Glancing over the place she spotted a sign outside that displayed proudly the name of "The Azure Tankard... in fact to her surprise and perhaps luck Tamashi arrived just as another fellow dismounted his horse and proceeded inside. So they did indeed have the facilities to care for horses there? Excellent.

A young woman whom presumably worked at the establishment was picking weeds cracking through the cobblestone roads bordering the tavern and Tamashi put on her friendliest guise to speak to her.

"Hail! I am a travelling merchant and I was wondering...-"

The young woman rose a hand and interrupted Tamashi suddenly.

"Space to store your steed and goods m'am? For the sum of an extra 'undred gold we are able to store all of a merchants travelling supplies in our stables so long as said merchant rents a room of at least fifty gold per ni- eh?"

As the woman was talking Tamashi had removed her farmers clothes and stripped down to her armor and weapon, the young worker girl suddenly seemed very intimidated as Tamashi put a bag of one hundred gold pieces from the caravan in one of said girls hands and the horses reigns in the other.

"That is agreeable, I shall return this eve for my lodging."

Or so Tamashi said... she fully planned to be out of the city by nightfall... storing the horse and supplies was simply a means of avoiding suspicion... and giving her an easy disguise and means to leave the city unharmed should worst come to worst.

In all likelihood the so called "Azure Tankard" would be in ashes long before Tamashi got the chance to sleep there.

Storing the farmers clothes in the cart and nodding gently at the worker girl, Tamashi turned to leave and explore the city so that she might search the city for her targets... however before she could do so the damnable child whom she had tried to do quick business with called out again.

"E-eh! Madame, what is your steeds name? Before you go..."

Tamashi faltered a moment... she had no idea what the horses name was at all. So she quickly made something up on the spot in a moment of panic.

"Agro."

Nodding with understanding the worker girl finally gave a farewell.

"Agro... got it, thank you for choosing to stay with us this evening miss! Safe journey!"

With that the young woman handed "Agro" off to an older man whom had just arrived to assist her, turned and began to move towards the main tavern building.

Tamashi could have sworn that she had seen the girl mutter something as she headed for the door excitedly... something about a person named "Zianro". Tamashi shrugged.

She didn't recognize the name... therefore it didn't matter... therefore she didn't care. She doubted he was one of her targets and if he was then they'd surely be meeting soon enough.

For the time being, Tamashi would explore the vast city of Tier Lumina. She had a lot of work to do after all... and not too much time to do it.

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This wasn't going as well as he hoped.

Molan let out a small sigh of disappointment as he walked through the bustling streets of Tier Lumina. He had been walking around for the majority of the day, asking locals about anything they knew about the Soulstone, the Chosen, or any information that could help go towards his book. So far, no one was able to help all that much, and the lack of knowledge was starting to irritate him. He always wondered why he had a strong curiosity when it came to these things.

No... that's not the proper way to word it. It was passion. Had to be. The reason he wrote books on superstitions, fables, and other topics with hard to obtain information felt like a game to him; the type of game that he just couldn't stop playing, and one he was good at. The rush and excitement he would feel when finding out new information, the feeling of accomplishment that would wash over him when he would look over all his notes before combining it all into a new book before releasing it to the public. It's what he yearned for, and loved to do in his life.

But now...

Molan pulled out a small blank book and flipped it open to the first page. Written on the top was "The Secrets of the Soulstone" in somewhat fancy cursive writing. The rest of the page consisted of common knowledge the average civilian knew. This book was supposed to be brimming with new and exciting information, but he barely had enough content to fill up a page. With some frustration, he closed it and put it away.

There had to be a way to obtain this information. The problem was no one knew anything. There was only one way to find any information.

"I have to find one of those... Chosen."

Surely one chosen by the Soulstone would have SOME idea on what's going on... right? Please be right.

Where would he even find one anyway? There couldn't be that many, and Molan didn't think they'd stick out too much. He had heard that they were all coming to Tier Lumina, but where would they be in this massive city? Maones was big and prosperous, but nowhere near like this; finding them could take days.

As he rounded a corner pondering on what to do, a child ran past him, almost colliding with the much taller man. Where was that kid's parents... allowing him to roam free like that. Looking forward he saw what could be a potentially dangerous situation. 3 men, talking to 1 girl who looks like she's barely the age to be considered an adult. It was weird on how they stood over her, but it confirmed his fears when they drew swords. 3 grown men ganging up on a girl like that... what could the reason be?

From where he was standing, he couldn't hear everything. Something about stealing...? Did she steal from them? This was none of his business, but he felt strangely interested in the girl; she seemed pretty fearless facing them, and there was something about her he couldn't quite figure out.

Molan jogged over deciding to help.

Stepping in between them with his arms outstretched, he faced the three men.

"Now now gentlemen, there is no reason for violence. Come now, put your swords away." He tried convincing them. They still looked irritated and growled at him, still brandishing their swords.

It looks like he had to make them leave.

Molan reached towards his side where his hand brushed past the handle of his sword, Shi Wei... and pulled out a small bag of gold.

He held it up to the man in front.

"I overheard you had something stolen from you. Please, accept this as payment to leave this girl be. I'm sure there's more money in this pouch than you need to cover whatever was taken.

The two men in the back looked a bit surprised but confused at the sudden offer, and the man in front pondered before snatching the money from Molan with a grunt. He turned to leave, and his goons followed him.

With a smirk of victory, he turned to face the girl, and with a slight bow asked, "Are you okay miss? They didn't harm you, did they?"

Molan wasn't sure on why he did such a thing, but this girl was interesting in ways he couldn't understand. Maybe she could be of help to him somehow.

"Allow me to introduce myself. I am Molan Lassiter... maybe you've heard of me?" He spoke with a smile.

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Manji had made short work of the third rate Lumina Fang goons at the gate, many of them lay dead or injured, and the rest fled the scene. Having experience as a bandit with raiding towns, Manji had made sure that no alarms were raised, so He has some time before reinforcements of the crack troops of the Lumina Fang arrive. Scratch that, there was one guard left between him and the city, the young man he talked to earlier.

"Move boy, or I will be forced to cut you down."

The young man was clearly shaking as he held his blade with both hands in front of him. Manji was reminded of himself when his father "trained" him. He really didn't want to kill the kid, so he'll probably just severely injure him... Enough so that he'll never hold a blade again. Looking totally relaxed but ready to strike, Manji walked towards the young man.

"I warned you..."

In that moment, out of the corner of his eyes, he saw a man mounted on a horse and crossbow aimed in Manji's direction. He raised his short wakizashi to deflect the bolt, but the target was not him but the young man's knee. The young man let out a surprised cry and Manji swiftly launched himself at his enemy and planted a knee in his gut, knocking the young man out on the ground.

You're better off living an honest life and being a farmer kiddo

Looking around at the scene of carnage, Manji was feeling satisfied with himself. Despite most of his swordsmanship being self taught, Manji had practiced the fundamentals to the core: his he wasted no movement but at the same time produced raw power. Many of his enemies lay on the ground missing heads, limbs, and lower halves of their body; he probably overdid it. After all, this was his comeback fight.

"Now that that's out of the way... What did that guy say again? something about a Tavern?"

As if on cue, his stomach let out a loud growl, loud enough to startle the people in line that were still frozen in shock as to what just occurred in front of them. Manji wiped off his blade with a cloth; There was some time left so Manji decided to make a lil money for his journey. He took in a deep breath...

"YOU FOLKS LISTEN UP! THIS GATE BELONGS TO THE DEMON SWORDSMAN NOW, YOU CAN CALL IT THE GATE WHERE THE DEMON SWORDSMAN KICKED ASS(well sliced ass.) Also known as the gate with the quickest wait time, just pay me 10 gold per person and you'll enter the city in no time at all!"

10 Golds could be earned easily enough in a day, compared to the amount of bribes and time spent at the gate under the Lumina Fang, this was quite the fair price. People eagerly paid Manji the gold coins, some even thanked him as they passed through the gates. Manji could hear the reinforcements arriving so it was time to go; he had collected a hefty sack of coins anyways.

ADMISSION IS FREE FROM NOW ON FOLKS, THANKS FOR YOUR SUPORT!

There were some cheers from the now greatly shorter line.

Manji lost himself in the crowd of people rushing through the gates, there was no way the Lumina Fang will find him as he made his way to the tavern recommended by the mysterious crossbowman earlier; Manji's hefty sack of coins jingled happily as he walked through the streets of Tier Lumina.

Manji entered the tavern to see a what seemed to be a touching family reunion. He sat himself down at one of the tables, set his sack of coins and "stinky salted fish" on the ground next to the table, and placed his paired blades on the table.

"Oh don't mind me, I'll order a special, so take your time"

Manji's stomach growled again, this time even more loudly.

"Actually make that 3 orders...."

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The Land of Tarantia

The Land of Tarantia by Another Lie

"The open wilds are a dangerous place, monsters, bandits, Lumina Fangs and worst of all, me! Haha!" ~ Naga

Tier Lumina

Tier Lumina by Another Lie

"The Capital city is a place of peace for my people... that at least should never change." ~ King Crucible

Rathalos

Rathalos by Another Lie

"It's a simple place... that's true enough. But it's my home and that means more to me than any big city lights." ~ Yohana Saiko

Ryozanpaku

Ryozanpaku by Another Lie

"Not just my home, but the home of Truth. Within these walls, there is no deception." ~ Arn Grimr

Maones

Maones by Another Lie

"It was nice growing up here, not like some other poor village that struggled to get by. It's such a nice place... that every bandit in the area really seems to want it." ~ Molan Lassiter

Aquafienna

Aquafienna by Another Lie

"I guess you could call it a port- it's more like a gossip hub on water." ~ Kaida Reika

Semper Divitiae

Semper Divitiae by Another Lie

"It's a sad place that tries to fix itself but only becomes worse after every attempt." ~ Shizuku Masako

Grove of Cycles Past

Grove of Cycles Past by Another Lie

"You shouldn't be here..." ~ Tamashi Kugutsu

Nagareboshi

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"A place where the stars reflected on the crystal clear water. Our people were the kindest but also the most naive . . . that's what led to our downfall" ~ Ikari Kimidori

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The Land of Tarantia

The Land of Tarantia by Another Lie

"The open wilds are a dangerous place, monsters, bandits, Lumina Fangs and worst of all, me! Haha!" ~ Naga

Tier Lumina

Tier Lumina by Another Lie

"The Capital city is a place of peace for my people... that at least should never change." ~ King Crucible

Rathalos

Rathalos by Another Lie

"It's a simple place... that's true enough. But it's my home and that means more to me than any big city lights." ~ Yohana Saiko

Ryozanpaku

Ryozanpaku by Another Lie

"Not just my home, but the home of Truth. Within these walls, there is no deception." ~ Arn Grimr

Maones

Maones by Another Lie

"It was nice growing up here, not like some other poor village that struggled to get by. It's such a nice place... that every bandit in the area really seems to want it." ~ Molan Lassiter

Aquafienna

Aquafienna by Another Lie

"I guess you could call it a port- it's more like a gossip hub on water." ~ Kaida Reika

Semper Divitiae

Semper Divitiae by Another Lie

"It's a sad place that tries to fix itself but only becomes worse after every attempt." ~ Shizuku Masako

Grove of Cycles Past

Grove of Cycles Past by Another Lie

"You shouldn't be here..." ~ Tamashi Kugutsu

Nagareboshi

Nagareboshi by Another Lie

"A place where the stars reflected on the crystal clear water. Our people were the kindest but also the most naive . . . that's what led to our downfall" ~ Ikari Kimidori

Tier Lumina

"The Capital city is a place of peace for my people... that at least should never change." ~ King Crucible

The Land of Tarantia

"The open wilds are a dangerous place, monsters, bandits, Lumina Fangs and worst of all, me! Haha!" ~ Naga

Grove of Cycles Past

"You shouldn't be here..." ~ Tamashi Kugutsu

Nagareboshi

"A place where the stars reflected on the crystal clear water. Our people were the kindest but also the most naive . . . that's what led to our downfall" ~ Ikari Kimidori

Semper Divitiae

"It's a sad place that tries to fix itself but only becomes worse after every attempt." ~ Shizuku Masako

Maones

"It was nice growing up here, not like some other poor village that struggled to get by. It's such a nice place... that every bandit in the area really seems to want it." ~ Molan Lassiter

Rathalos

"It's a simple place... that's true enough. But it's my home and that means more to me than any big city lights." ~ Yohana Saiko

Ryozanpaku

"Not just my home, but the home of Truth. Within these walls, there is no deception." ~ Arn Grimr

Aquafienna

"I guess you could call it a port- it's more like a gossip hub on water." ~ Kaida Reika

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