Cuthbert Baltair

"One day, you will find something you'll never want to let go. But one day, you might have to."

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a character in “Equipoise”, originally authored by Kapento, as played by RolePlayGateway


Cuthbert Baltair




Knight // Neutral // Student


“Cuddy” - A short variation of “Cuthbert”. A simple nickname most commonly used by those he identifies as friends and allies, as well as family.


♠Love Interest
None as of yet.



5’ 8”

152 lbs

Tall and slender.

♠Hair Color
Dark earthy shade of brown.

♠Eye Color
Light pale brown.

Cuthbert has no sign of any major scaring on any aspect of his anatomy; managing to always keep his body in a well-kept condition as much as possible. However due to his continuous usage of a sword he has collected a fair few smaller and somewhat unnoticeable scars along his fingers and arms mainly. As for tattoos Cuthbert does not have any as of yet, and the only piercings he does have are those seen on his ears; three on his left ear and two on his right ear.

Cuthbert seems to express a natural tranquil atmosphere about himself through the ways in which he carries himself when around others; particularly those of a high authority. He is a tall and slender young boy of few words - often coming across as a reserved individual who knows his place and isn’t the type to stupidly step out of line; though he is known to be persuaded to do so sometimes if there is a good reason. He isn’t one to fuss too much over his appearance generally, though does try to look presentable when it matters. His hair is of a dark earthy shade, often short and messy - in a neat way - and typically cups the sides of his face nicely; complimented softly by the vivid curiousness of his soft brown eyes. Likewise his skin is also light and pale in comparison and his overall appearance seems to flow well together.

♠Preferred Clothing
Cuthbert prefers to wear clothing that exhibit’s a more casual and simplistic sense of taste, such as jeans and long-sleeved jumpers and similar attire of the sorts. His favourite piece of clothing however is scarf’s. He is most noted for wearing a thick coat and scarf whenever out and about - regardless of weather. He doesn’t like to wear too much as he likes to be able to move around easily should he need to, and therefore generally prefers clothing which offers better movement and flexibility. Additionally, he is rarely seen without his trusty Claymore. The sword is almost always strapped to his back or hung around his waist incase he should need it at a moments notice!


Talking to Sword - Cuthbert regularly talks to his faithful Claymore, affectionately referring to the sword as “She”. He can often be seen or heard chatting to the blade as if it were an actual person.

3rd Person Speech - Occasionally Cuthbert will speak in third person for various reasons; a rather uncharacteristic quality that he has developed since his youth.

Emotional - Cuthbert seems to express the emotions of a child when overwhelmed. This can be seen either through a sudden change in circumstance or through some other radical change that would impact him greatly. Some examples of this behaviour are his endless soppy crying, sudden changes in temper and overly sulky moods.

Swordsmanship - Cuthbert demonstrates a natural talent when it regards his talents as a young swordsman and is considered rather handy with a claymore - his most ideal sword out of them all. Training to become a Knight after all he is considered highly skilled, but still has plenty to learn and improve upon. As of yet he is only skilled in single sword combat and tends to rely more on defensive maneuvers than offensive.

Strategist - Cuthbert is an unusually intelligent young boy and often finds dabbling in strategizing to be rather therapeutic and amusing to say the least; especially when he manages to outwit and outthink his opponent. His primary interest lays within military maneuvering though his skills are more suited for small-time childish operations.

Medic - Cuthbert has a basic understanding of first aid and has proven from time to time to be a valuable member in any given emergency.

Swords // Organization // Knowledge // Gifts // Chocolate // Friendship // Riddles // Music // Birds // Comedy // Exploring // Scary Things // Reading

Disorder // Complicated situations // Awkwardness // Boredom // Cold Weather

Reading - Cuthbert finds an odd sense of inspiration from reading old novels relating to romance and mystery. He also enjoys poetry too.

Fencing - Occasionally Cuthbert enjoys the sport of fencing. On his own he will practice the sport himself sometimes, though really he simply finds this as another useful way of maintain and improving his skills as a swordsman.

Practicing - More of a habit than a hobby. Cuthbert likes to practice with his sword whenever he can in hopes of perfecting his skills and achieving a Knight rank.


Achluophobia - Fear of the dark


Overall Cuthbert is a soft spoken young boy who tends to obediently follow the leadership of others than himself - if not perhaps blindly and loyally to a fault without asking too many questions. He never really delves too much into things - be them personal or otherwise - preferring to question little and simply get on with things. With this it will become apparent that he shares little about himself and things in relation to him, and yet he will not hesitate to question others oddly enough.

As an individual he can be caring and genuine to those he would consider his friends, and through this many of his more truer qualities can be found gradually over time as his relationships with those around him grow. For one thing he is rather upbeat and positive about many things regardless of the situation he may find himself in - though perhaps struggling to physically express it - he does try to smile and offer comfort however he can either through his use of words or the smallest of gestures.

However, when confronted with those he is unfamiliar with he can come across as awkward and rather quiet to begin with - which is mainly due to his occasional struggles when trying to figure out what to say to people. He does eventually get over this initial odd phase and can warm up to people with his usual friendly and polite manner. All in all, he is a quirky lad who tries to fit in and get along with people - especially if he is expected to work along with others. At times he is known to put the welfare of others before his own, or at the very least treat someone how he would expect to be treated by them.


♠Relationship Status

Gormlaith May // Mother // Living - Cuthbert has a reasonable relationship with his mother. The pair are close and get along well, and though he would not easily admit it he does miss her dearly whenever parted from her for long periods of time.

Ailbert Baltair // Father // Living - Cuthbert has an alright relationship towards his father. The pair do not often talk though get along fairly ok with each other, and should he need his father he knows where to find him.

William May // Brother // Living - Cuthbert has a decent enough relationship with his older brother. The pair don’t often converse or see each other as often as they use to.

♠Personal History
For the most part Cuthbert’s childhood was fairly average and typical of most children. He had his family, some friends, and generally kept himself busy each day. There wasn’t really anything to complain about, other than his older brother annoying him every now and then - but he learned to live with it! He was the youngest son born to Gormlaith May and Ailbert Baltair - a happily unmarried couple who had an older son as well, William May.

Life seemed fairly straightforward until around the age of eight, which was when Cuthbert was first given his Claymore by his mother - a highly skilled exorcist in her own right - who had hopes of passing on her talents as a Knight to her youngest child. It was from that point onwards that he began to really take life more serious and there on grew his want to become an exorcist; especially a Knight. More so because of his mother, if nothing else. The woman had filled his head with so many stories of great exorcists and demons and what not, that it was no wonder he wanted to become one! Of course though, he knew the risks and danger that came with the rank of a Knight, but with that aside, he was a determined young boy and his love for the Claymore grew strongly in time.

As the years passed, and once old enough, Cuthbert found himself being sent to True Cross Academy to progress in his studies. It is here in which he hopes to achieve the rank of a Knight and advance in life as a highly skilled exorcist.




The only weapon of choice for Cuthbert is his faithful claymore - which he lovingly named “Rockstar”.

Cuthbert acquired the sword from his mother when he grew old enough and was finally able to wield the blade himself and actually learn how to used the weapon properly. The sword itself is long and delicately forged together, requiring two hands to steadily master the blade in the heat of battle. The most notable feature of the sword is it’s decoratively featured cross guards which tend to catch the eye of many, as well as the pommel and hilt as a whole.

So begins...

Cuthbert Baltair's Story

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Aura Thorne Character Portrait: Nathaniel K Jenova Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Evangline DeCaprio Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Cerbin Hiberion

Ryuu's words didn't necessarily make Cerbin feel any better. It was weird to him more than anything else. No one had really tried to comfort him before. It was barely even apparent to him whether she was even trying to or not. Still, he nodded towards her words of kindness for he did sort of appreciate them. She had no clue that she couldn't help but to not be able to protect her students. The highest ranking demons from Inferno walked the Earth that day and she had no clue that they were lucky with the little injuries they had.

After he had sat down it seemed that one of the students were upset about something causing Ryuu to offer him a ride. After which the red head walked back to Cerbin who was beginning to feel uncomfortable around her. He couldn't really explain it, but it felt like he couldn't sniff the air with her in the area. Like her scent made his nose itch. Though he managed to keep close conversation with her by using his mouth to breath with. “Alright Cerbin, I’m going to leave you in charge of getting them back to the dorms. It seems Julius wants to go back home on Night. Also I’ll be taking Aura with me; I have some elixirs that should help with her pain.” She said.

Cerbin left his face plain and didn't even twitch at her words. Though, he didn't really feel comfortable about leaving Azreal's injured daughter to the hands of a human. Once the group left, he whispered to Malice to travel inside of the girls shadow and be his eyes. If anymore demons were to come, Cerbin knew Malice would be able to handle them. From there, the bus ride home was a quiet one. Cerbin wasn't much for talking and left the kids to their own devices. As for Nathaniel, Cerbin escorted him to the nursury and left him in the nurses care without much thought. She would do a better job at nursing the pup than he would. "Hm. Pup. That's strange." Cerbin said to himself. "I usually don't call older humans pups." Cerbin thought about allot of things as he left the infirmary. He even turned to the remaining students to get his thoughts in order, but looking at them reminded him of how alone he was. There was no way humans could help him. "Okay kids." He spoke in a soft manner. "I suppose since I'm the only teacher still among you I shall dismiss you for today. So yeah. You're dismissed."

It wasn't the most teacher like way to dismiss a class, but Cerbin didn't mind the swift conclusion to his day with the kids. He left them to talk about the days events and worry about the people that were missing on their own, for he just genuinely didn't feel like dealing with them. He then began his nightly routine and left the school grounds without giving word to anyone.

Time: A little after midnight.

Cerbin walked the streets, just as he had been doing for the last few hours. By this time his face had completely healed itself of any bruise, but he kept a few patches of tape over his eyebrow so that none of the academy instructors would notice he was a unbelievably fast healer. The streets were not so noisy as they had been during the day. There was a sound of a few cars and a couple of people walking by, some alone and some with their respective lovers. It seemed as if they all had somewhere to go, while Cerbin had nowhere to go. He just planned on walking until morning and hoped maybe Ryuu would bring the girl back so he could report she was safe. This wasn't his first night not being able to keep a close eye on her so he wasn't all to worried. Malice had proven before that he was a trustworthy watcher. Though he did look like he wanted to eat her once. "Though he looks that way all the time hehe." Cerbin chuckled. His rambling ended when he decided to stop thinking and just observe. In one eye he stared at the streets in front of him and in the other, he stared through Malice's eyes.

Malice had decided to leave the girls shadow to walk towards the opening of the room, for he wanted to stare at the moon too. Once he realized the link between him and Cerbin was formed, he glanced over towards the girl to show that she was safe and turned back towards the moon.

Having saw that she was safe, Cerbin opened another connection, this time to Indigo. "Time to report," he said, making the blind wolf like demon walk back to his masters side. Just like Malice he showed a little bit of fang, if only to smell for Azreal's hand.
"Report. Time. From. Cerbin." The dog said sleepily.

After hearing the confirmation Cerbin began speaking with Indigo repeating him word for word. "After today's events, Aura was found safe. All demons were exterminated just as you have asked and there aren't any lingering scents in the area. One of the teachers had decided to take her to a place I can not follow. Malice is there watching over her in secret. According to what I've heard, she summoned something, something not so human like. A demon perhaps. Not only that, but a dog one. Leads me to believe that she is starting to tap into her power, but that is for you to decide my liege. Lastly, by the time I was done with my distraction, Bavol had also had time to talk to Aura. I saw her with my own eyes, though it seemed that's all she did. I would advise not saying anything to her on the matter since she did no harm. It would seem suspicious. I'll try my best to find out what they talked about on my end. The events of today match this places moon. It tells me the time is growing near. On your word, I'll do what I have to."

After speaking, Cerbin waited for a reply, one that he usually never replied back to and continued his walk. As the time moved closer and closer to morning, Cerbin moved closer and closer back to the academy, where he would lay down on one of the schools rooftops and stare at the sky for sunrise. the average person would wonder when did he sleep, and though the answer may come as a shock, it was clearer than the sky that morning. Cerbin never slept. From the day he walked on Earth with that baby in his arms, he never slept a wink, for he always believe that when he slept and cut off all his links, then that'd be the time something bad had happened to her. Not only that, in fact that could probably be a fall back reason for it, but for some reason, when Cerbin tried to sleep, he'd get these dreams. Dreams that he'd rather not think about.

Time: Early morning around 8 and 9.

"Hiberion. Mr. Hiberion. What are you doing up there?" A mans voice called from below.
Cerbin looked over his resting place and saw a very odd exorcist. He was scrawny and had a monocle in one eye. His mustache also looked like he had brushed it and his nose was in a ball shape. He looked more like a teacher than anything. "I was trying to figure out something that had been bothering me," he answered. "Why? It's Saturday. Aren't I free?" The question wasn't needy. No, he was not one to actually enjoy his weekend, though he didn't especially like talking to humans on the dawns crack.
"By the dickens, a teacher is never free until the day his student becomes a teacher himself my good man."
"So, this is about kids. Not demons?"
"Of course. Kids come first do they?"
Cerbin didn't answer.
"Well. Ahem. We have a new student that is supposed to be in the program, but he didn't get to go through a test or anything. Can you take him to Ryuu for me. You should be able to find her address through the school listings. Oh, by the way. I noticed that you don't have an address yourself......"
Catching the just of what the man said, Cerbin went in search of the school records. He purposefully dodged the last statement. Moving with haste, he quickly found the information he needed for the day and walked to the boys dormitory. "This is it." Cerbin said to himself before giving the door a few knocks. "Hello. Is anyone home? I'm looking for Cuthbert Baltair. I am one of your instructors. My name is Cerbin. Hello?" Cerbin waited for the new pup to answer his door and wondered how this would change his normal habit of going along with the day. He put a small piece of taffy in his mouth and kept another in his hand just in case the kid wanted some and waited for the boy to come to the door.

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Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Cuthbert Baltair

This place actually seems quite nice… but I don’t know if I feel ready yet. Cuthbert found himself awkwardly lingering beside the entrance of the Academy, the boy expressing a slight hint of hesitation as he peered in somewhat uneasily to the unfamiliar surroundings that lay before him in a rather intimidating fashion. It was his first time journeying away far from his family and due to the long travel he was still feeling some minor effects of tiredness from the small venture. I guess I should go in and find my dorm first… perhaps that would reassure me a little. With a heavy sigh flowing from his lips the tall male swiftly grabbed the two bags worth of luggage he had brought with him in either hand before proceeding through the gates and delving deeper into the large building.

As he walked around the area Cuthbert noticed the small amount of students that were actually visible around the school grounds though quickly concluded that due to it being the start of the weekend that most students were likely doing their own thing whilst enjoying their free time. It didn’t bother him that much. Cuthbert actually preferred a more quiet scene at least for the time being - he was new after all and really didn’t desire a whole bunch of strangers crowding him at once.

It didn’t take long for him to find his designated dorm. He’d been given so many letters beforehand informing him of such relevant information that it wasn’t difficult to memorize mere letters and numbers. As he nudged the door open with his foot he set aside his bags next to the door after entering his newfound living space. It wasn’t exactly as he expected, but then Cuthbert didn’t really know what to expect anyway, and figured he’d properly settle into his new room eventually after spending some time in it.

”I suppose things could be worse.“ He said somewhat absent-mindedly before glancing over his shoulder with a sudden look of contentment. ”At least I‘m not entirely alone.“ From over his shoulder the boy brought forth his claymore that he held firmly in both hands once the sword was in front of him. As the weight was lifted from his shoulders he sighed once more, relaxing his stature a little before setting the weapon atop his bed carefully. I better be mindful to not misplace this.

As he sat down beside his sword the boy shifted his stare and redirected his eyes over towards his luggage that lay slumped against the wall next to the door. My stuff isn’t exactly going to unpack itself, is it? He smiled in response to the amusing thought. Hardly. That task is mine and mine alone it seems.

Just then there was a knock at the door. And then another accompanied by a mans voice. “Hello. Is anyone home? I'm looking for Cuthbert Baltair. I am one of your instructors. My name is Cerbin. Hello?”

Cuthbert immediately made his way over and opened the door. His curiosity growing when wondering who the individual was that called his name. ”Oh. Hello… I am Cuthbert Baltair. I‘ve not long arrived.“ He said politely once setting eyes on the unfamiliar male. ”Was there any particular reason for your visit… Mister… Cerbin?“ Opening the door fully the boy stood in front of the instructor and offered him a curious stare whilst looking the male up and down. The figure that stood before him did not seem like the typical teacher he had expected to find, though for whatever reason he could not really conclude and simply dropped the initial matter. Cuthbert also made note that Cerbin seemed to be chewing something, a sweet of some sort he could only assume. In a way it was weird to see a instructor so leisurely.

”I hope I‘m not already in some sort of trouble, sir.“ He added with a slight look of worry in his eyes at that moment.

The setting changes from true-cross-academy-fidel-city to New Earth


Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Sorry wrong place...... Again -__-

The setting changes from new-earth to True Cross Academy, Fidel City

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Malice stayed by the window side all night, only hiding once the house owners footsteps were heard. Though, once it seemed her and the boy had left the quarters, he slipped out of the sleeping girls shadow and watched the window once more. It wasn't long until he was alerted by knight, the red haired woman's familiar, flying about. Even he was aware of her familiar, but was unsure if he should hide himself or not from it. Actually, since Cerbin only said not to be seen, but didn't say anything about being detected, he felt no need to hide himself. Malice knew that he wasn't going to have to think much either way. In fact, some part of him wanted to taste dragon if Cerbin had ordered.

Cerbin, on the other hand watched as the door in front of him opened. ”Oh. Hello… I am Cuthbert Baltair. I‘ve not long arrived.“ The boy said. Cerbin looked at him up and down carefully, slowly smelling the wiff of air that came with the open room, as not to be noticed. He would need to get use to the boys scent to remember him and protect him should he get lost or something. ”Was there any particular reason for your visit… Mister… Cerbin?“

Cerbin's eyes widened past their normal tired out look. He couldn't help but take shock in the boys politeness. "Cerbin is just fine," he said, just before throwing another candy in his mouth. "As for why I'm here, the answer is simple. You have yet to test out for your role in our special class. Hence forth the board has sent me down here to retrieve you so that you can meet our head teacher."

”I hope I‘m not already in some sort of trouble, sir.“

Cerbin looked at the worried expression on the boy and let small smile form on his lips. It was a smile he had seen many times, and mimicked. Through his observation of the human lifestyle, young ones become more relaxed once the adult gives them a smile to show that there is no need to fear or be uncomfortable. Cerbin too, wanted Cuthbert to be more relaxed. "Don't be silly. You just missed out on all the fun the other kids had yesterday, that's all. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with your timing. In truth it was more of a surprise test, but a lot did fail." Cerbin thought about how unorganized and scared his own team was for a moment. "I'm sure since you missed out your test will have to be drastic. Don't worry though. I have a feeling that you'll do fine." In truth, Cerbin didn't have that feeling, but he knew telling the boy that would boost his moral. That was a start at least.

Taking out his phone, Cerbin tried calling the number that he was given for Ryuu, but to no avail. It was his first phone call too, so he dialed the number and tried calling two more times to see if he was doing it right. After two more failed attempts he sighed and looked around. "It seems we're just going to have to go over there." He declared. He never entered a persons house before, but if things were the way that they were in Inferno, he could just walk in. It shouldn't have been that hard. So, after egging Cuthbert to prepare for a test, he walked the boy through town. He wasn't following the map given, but instead his senses. Though at the end of their trip he wished he hadn't because he ended up smelling the scent of the girl, which, for whatever reason, made his nose feel funny. It was as if his nose was trying to tell him something that he didn't know. Still, he ignored it for the time being and walked to the door. After giving a few knocks he invited himself in and turned to the boy. "Stay close, okay? This isn't our territory so we mustn't touch anything inside." 1111
He wondered if she would be asleep or not, seeing as it was about ten by now. Though, Malice had cut their connection earlier for a short while. Maybe she was outside.

"if you think you're so ready why not let us dual here and now."

The sound was faint at first, but it seemed pretty energetic. Cerbin was sure human ears couldn't hear those words so he played it off in front of Cuthbert.

"Umm. She's not in her house, so let's check the back area," he said.
He opened the doors to the back to see that it was much bigger than the small back yard he had anticipated. It was also beautiful compared to most shrines. Maybe too beautiful. Not to mention the smell. It was the same smell of the woman mixed with a lot of different smells that he couldn't stand. If only he knew what it was, it'd probably go away. Either that, or he could grow accustomed to it. He wasn't much for calling people out, so he walked slowly through the first courtyard. He had thought he had gotten use to the smell, when a large sneeze came on. That was in the middle of the first yard, and right before reaching the second yard he sneezed again. This time he was loud and close enough to know that Ryuu might of heard him. It didn't even cross his mind, the reaction of him being that far into her home without her knowing, along with a student.

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Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Cuthbert Baltair

“Cerbin is just fine… As for why I'm here, the answer is simple. You have yet to test out for your role in our special class. Hence forth the board has sent me down here to retrieve you so that you can meet our head teacher.”

Cuthbert blinked in surprise. They certainly don’t waste time here. He thought, whilst vaguely remembering of when hearing of some test that the students had to go through in order to achieve their desired rank. Though not entirely expecting it to happen so suddenly upon his arrival at the academy, he merely nodded in response. ”Makes sense.”

“Don't be silly. You just missed out on all the fun the other kids had yesterday, that's all. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with your timing. In truth it was more of a surprise test, but a lot did fail… I'm sure since you missed out your test will have to be drastic. Don't worry though. I have a feeling that you'll do fine.”

When noticing Cerbin smiling the young boy felt a little more at ease at that moment, soon smiling himself as he looked to the teacher with a degree of more confidence. ”Well, if you think that I’ll do fine… then perhaps I will after all. Thank you sir, that helps.” He said, his smile growing gradually. He watched as Cerbin tried to make contact with, presumably, another teacher. After a few more attempts it was clear that the call wasn’t going through to the other person.

“It seems we're just going to have to go over there.”

”Alright. I’ll go fetch the things I’ll need and then we can get going. I won’t be a minute.” Promptly retreating to his dorm the boy quickly searched through his belongs and gathered a few things that he believed he would require later on. Of course, he also remembered to bring along his sword, though tried to keep it low-key on his person to ensure it wouldn’t bring attention onto himself when passing others. Once equipped the male returned to the teacher, ensuring that his dorm was safely secure, before leaving the dorms altogether with Cerbin as the pair began making their way out of the Academy.

As they walked through the nearby town Cuthbert couldn’t help but occasionally get sidetracked with the new surroundings. He was new after all and didn’t know the area, and without Cerbin the youth most likely would’ve gotten lost if left to his own devices. As a precaution the boy kept close to Cerbin, remaining close to the teachers side as they continued on through the town. It wasn’t long before the pair had arrived at their destination, or at least Cuthbert assumed so, once watching as Cerbin knocked on the door.

“Stay close, okay? This isn't our territory so we mustn't touch anything inside.”

Cuthbert nodded. ”I understand.”

When there was no answer at the door, Cuthbert followed Cerbin as they decided to venture around and into the back area of the building where a large shrine lay ahead of them. As they passed through the courtyards the boy noticed the teacher sneezing, somewhat oddly, which prompted his curiosity a little. Though only briefly. ”Bless you, sir.” He offered, before sparing a moment to stare at the scenery around the pair. He concluded that the teacher they were to meet lived here, and that this must be their wonderful home. It feels rude to just wonder in, I hope the person doesn‘t mind.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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She hadn’t expected this to happen, far from it really. The water around Julius had stopped boiling so she had assumed he’d calmed down until he finally responded to her query. "A duel would imply both parties involved fight on equal terms." Ryuu seemed taken aback on this however she quickly hid this. In her anger she hadn’t really thought much on her choice of words and wanted more than anything, at the time, to teach the brat to know his place. However I’m no older than he is. her thoughts were interrupted upon seeing the water clump together. Doing a quick reassess of the situation she realized the water had moved by way of Julius forming fists. Maybe there is hope to all this. Allowing curiosity to curl the corners of her lips slightly they soon piqued downwards in a small frown of what may have been seen as pity but was anything but.

"Yet you dare mock me one more with that mouth, knowing quite well: we are not equals! A huff of air passed her lips at his use of words. Even in such a tense situation Ryuu couldn’t help but applauded the boy for his words. She knew he spoke the truth, as what she had said earlier was uncalled for and only her anger speaking for itself. Red eyes narrowing slightly, Ryuu leaned back on her heels as the seals he had on his arms began to glow. But she knew better than to expect anything from it knowing full well that the energy he had just shown her through the exercise had used up most of it. Julius then began to beat the ground with his fists causing concern to well up in her chest.

" What good am I here?! The bloody monastery said I needn't waste my time with something like swirling water in a stupid bucket. They said it was for those too weak to command spirits with their level of power. Her mouth opened slightly at the word Monastery and the fact that they told him a biased lie. Biting her lip anger welled up in her chest in place of the concern but she pushed it down. Taking a deep breathe, Ryuu crouched next to him a hesitant hand hovering over his backside. "But just because I can't do something so insignificant, suddenly I'm the weakest link. That whole fight.” Although she couldn’t see them, Ryuu could tell by the tone in his voice he was doing best to keep back tears she knew she’d have if she were in this situation. I was the same. My summons were stronger, yet that whole time I could only watch helplessly while my body gave out on me. By all rights, I should have been able to crush such a pathetic demon by myself. Yet the others, the very Summoners I would sneer at for needing to swirl water just to perform the most basic summons are passing me up."

Patience and kindness was never Ryuu’s strong-suit, it hasn’t been in a long time and today was no exception. Pulling her hand away after hearing that, her fingers curled into a fist then uncurled. Suddenly lunging forwards Ryuu grabbed the collar of his shirt and brought him up so she could look him in the eye. Despite the angry look on her face her eyes were soft and didn’t help much in justifying her words. “You idiot, you are by far the strongest Tamer I’ve come across so don’t you dare say that. Do you know how many people would kill to be able to do what you did yesterday? How many people stood back in fear just by being around that damned spiritual creature? Every last one of my students failed except for a small group. And you know what I’m starting to wonder if I should just fail you for being so weak.” Not realizing her voice had begun to rise in volume, her grip on his shirt slacked until she let go of him entirely. Sitting back on her heels she looked away and sighed, running a hand through her hair. “I know those words weren’t the ones you’d hope to hear but I’m not going to beat around the bushes. I am your teacher, who gives a crap what the monastery tells you. They’re just a bunch of fools who don’t know a damn thing about what it’s like to fight in the real world. I’m only going to ask this once and only once so listen carefully. I will show you and I will teach you what you need to know, but only if you let go of your damn ego for once and let me teach you my way.” Staring at him she waited for his answer. Ryuu didn’t know whether he’d say yes or if he’ll say no, she never was one for pretty words to boost morale, she left that up to her brother.

Elsewhere a pair entered her domain without invite. Something clicked in her subconscious and a look of surprise flashed across her face. Who’s here? Raising a hand towards Julius signaling for him to stay put, Ryuu slowly stood up analyzing the information she had been given. There were inscriptions on every entry point as well as on the tiled walls, so if someone entered without her permission she’d know. Although it would never react if the trespasser was human however due to it reacting she assumed whatever entered her home wasn’t. Sadly the information was delayed as the sound of sneezing was suddenly within hearing. “What the hell?” Turning to face the only entry point of the courtyard she was, she bent down reaching for the pole Julius had brought in earlier, all the while keeping an eye in front of her. ”Bless you, sir.” Her brow furrowed in confusion, the seals only reacted to one however the use of Sir meant the trespasser was actually two different people. As the two got closer and closer, Ryuu slowly edged forwards, pole in hand and raised vertically as a makeshift sword. “Hurry up you little bastards" she mumbled quietly to herself, once she saw the corners of the figures Ryuu did the exact opposite of what one would have expect of a Knight. She threw the pole like a spear in hopes she’d hit the person leading, however since she did not know it was Cerbin, who was a demon, he’d most likely dodge it before it actually hit him.

Whether she heard an Umph or the sound of the pole clattering uselessly on the ground meant little to her. Rushing over towards them, Ryuu stopped a look of surprise on her face but then a scowl upon seeing it was Cerbin and some kid. “What the hell are you doing here Cerbin? And who the hell is this you brought with you. Actually no answer that later, I have something I want to discuss with you.” Her words were demanding she wasn’t about to take a no for an answer.

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Julius hung limply as he was pulled to his feet, but the words Ryuu spoke left him blinking stupidly...positively stunned. Her words were sinking in, however something about them wasn't just right about the situation. He just couldn't properly wrap his mind around what exactly was going on. He was actually strong enough for it to be worthy of mention, and that effort he did exert was something above average? Julius figured he must have been dreaming, Ryuu of all people issuing something remotely reminiscent of a compliment was a rather outrageous notion.

He didn't even come to for a while after Ryuu's departure...she must have some other business that caught her attention. Rather numbly, Julius approached the other bucket, his power was certainly exhausted. But perhaps he could accomplish something even in this exhausted state. Unlike before, Julius gripped the bucket with both hands before mustering any power. Energy flowed agonizingly slow...like molasses and his arms burned like fire flowed in his veins. The water moved, slowly but the water was undeniably moving...not so much a swirl as a ripple though. Obviously there was something about this trick of Ryuu's that she wasn't sharing.

"Perhaps there's more to power than sheer strength after all."

Despite his wish to try again, Julius simply didn't have enough power left in him to see about such things. He looked around and found himself alone, something that slightly annoyed him. To that end, he sought to track Ryuu down despite him having to nothing to show or even words to say at this point in time. However, rather than coming across just her...there was some unexpected company. A rather slender, dark-haired youth just barely shorter than himself; this actually caught him by surprise...he'd never suspected Ryuu to be the type to really let students meet up at her home. Well at least Julius assumed the young man was a Knight student...the claymore didn't really make sense otherwise. He wasn't even going to guess about the other man he thought he'd seen.

"Julius King, Summoner...am I right in guessing he's going to be part of the team?" The first half had been Julius' way of introducing himself...the second one as a whole was addressed to anyone willing to give an answer.

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Cuthbert Baltair

“I see we have to work on loosening you up a bit. You act like a younger version of me sometimes. Heh… Though, that might not be a bad thing when it comes to this woman. Keep minding your P's and Q's.”

Cuthbert listened closely as the teacher spoke, making a mental note of all that he said and especially in regards to the other teacher, he assumed, who approached the pair at that moment. She didn’t seemed best pleased and immediately the boy kept silent as the two adults briefly conversed with one another. A moment or so afterwards, he watched as the woman retreated to another student that he had caught a glimpse of momentarily earlier, seemingly saying something to the other boy, before taking her leave and rejoining Cerbin elsewhere out of the youths hearing range.

“Julius King, Summoner... am I right in guessing he's going to be part of the team?”

Cuthbert turned round and faced the boy. ”Cuthbert Baltair, Knight.” He replied quickly without really thinking, as he stared at the other youth curiously. So he's a summoner? Interesting. Having not really met a summoner until this moment it was certainly something to take an interest in, especially if he was going to be required to work alongside the boy in the future. ”This team that you speak of? I haven’t heard of it,” He commented, briefly pondering more on the thought of becoming a team with other students, ”Though, given if my skills are proven strong enough, I may indeed be part of this… team of yours. Though I am only here because I missed the exam, having arrived only this morning. I‘m a little behind everyone else.”

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Ryuu Shosuke

After closing the door behind her, Ryuu stood with her back leaning against the door and her hand against the side of her ribs. “Tsk, it still hurts.” she hissed quietly to herself. Taking a deep breathe Ryuu released it, moving her hands through her hair and brushing any dirt off her clothing, not that there would be any. Rubbing her arms, Ryuu took a different route to reach her destination. It would take her a couple extra minutes but Ryuu wanted to get her thoughts under control before she faced her newest student.

As she thought more and more about what she and Cerbin had just been discussing, Ryuu took slower and smaller steps until she eventually stopped in her tracks completely. No one must know of this development, not even the others. She thought referring to Aura’s classmates. Thankfully, well not that she should be thankful, the others were able to pass the Exame despite there being quite a few complications. In the end it worked out for the best she assumed. Now Ryuu could focus on Aura without it seeming odd since she now only had three other students to worry about. Although Evangaline will require a bit more effort on her part since she wasn’t an expert as an Aria. Scratching the back of her head Ryuu figured she’d have to study up on the Aria business if she were to help the young girl in her training. The red head was thankful in finally having a Knight in training, someone she knew she could really push to be his best. Most Tamers were like Julius thinking they only had to rely on their summons for protection, but in truth most summons rebelled and were often weak when a Tamer thought like that. Tamers require not only a strong will but also a strong body to uphold that will. Ryuu already knew Aura was alright in that department but Julius she’d have to work on a bit more. Realizing she had stopped Ryuu continued on walking making sure her emotions were in check so that she could deal with Julius and his attitude, Unless of course he's calmed down, she thought to herself.

Ryuu came up behind the two young men, folding her arms she seemed to glare at the back of their heads before speaking. "So I take it you're my new student?" asking the young man before her. Setting her jaw she waited for him to question her being his teacher as that was how it went most of the time. Few people could wrap their head around such a young person, and a woman at that, being a teacher especially since her area of expertise was as a Knight.

Cuthbert Baltair

For the past few minutes Cuthbert stood idly and eyed-up the scenery surrounding him. He had to admit it was a very nice place and he was a little curious to learn more of the area, but now was not the time. The woman that lived here must’ve put a lot of effort into maintaining such a place. In a way Cuthbert almost envied her a little, though despite how pretty the place was he still preferred, and very much missed to a degree, his own little home elsewhere with his family. I wonder what everyone else is doing whilst I’m gone. He thought, sighing quietly as he wondered where the teachers had gone.

”So I take it you’re my new student?”

Turning round somewhat uneasily Cuthbert quickly set his eyes upon the barer of the voice that spoke from behind him suddenly, soon recognizing the red haired female and realizing that it was the woman who he had seen earlier before, though only briefly. ”Ah… yes ma’am.” He answered softly, taking a moment or two to acknowledge what the older woman had said to him before continuing, ”My name is Cuthbert Baltair and I am a knight in training.” Having now properly met the woman, or at the very least being able to fully study the female from a closer encounter, the boy glanced over the woman with an inquisitive look. He could only assume that the red head was his teacher since there was no other reason for their meeting, and the woman had already addressed the youth as her student. It made sense. ”So you are my teacher?” He questioned and tilted his head slightly to the side. ”I was told of an exam I may need to undertake, is that true? Since I was brought to your home I can only assume that means you are my teacher, Miss.”

She seems pretty tough, if not a little scary too. I wonder what she specializes in... she seems quite skilled on looks alone. He thought to himself as his gaze remained focused on the woman. I better keep on her good side. That was what Cerbin said, was it not? Reaching behind him, the boy grabbed hold and brought forth his claymore that he brought along with him, before carefully setting the weapon to the ground beside his foot. ”I came prepared for whatever you decide to do, Miss.” Offering a smile, he glanced over to the other boy that stood beside him, before returning his stare to the woman.


Julius stared with a more-than-slightly bored look at the exchange between Ryuu and the new guy...Cuthbert. The idea of the Knight having missed the exam was more than a little offputting, after all if the guy hadn't been through that could he really trust him to hold the line? However under the current circumstance, he knew better than to voice his concerns...Ryuu wouldn't be doing this just because he missed the exam so something had to be special about Cuthbert. On a certain level, Julius also found himself feeling a tinge of jealousy since it looked like Cuthbert was getting something that could be mistaken as a warm reception from the devil of a teacher. At Cuthbert's statement of confidence, Julius found himself bent over with geniuine and unmuted laughter.

"Ready...you're kidding right? The devil himself takes notes on cruelty from this woman." His laughter kept the message just barely comprehendable, needless to say he was expecting a show. However, for the benefit of his fellow student he forced his laughing to stop. "Seriously, I'm a Summoner- y'know magic and she still found a way to near kill me with nothing more than a bucket of water. Hint: she didn't stick my head in it either. Bert- or would you prefer Cutty? Either way, if she's testing you instead of the standard practical I'd advise you start praying to whatever god you worship and have your will written up. No joke: I'd rather deal with a second open portal, I can at least outrun those monsters."

Even Julius felt he was being a bit of a child and slightly throwing a tantrum here. He knew that Ryuu wasn't out to kill her students, regardless of how harsh she got. But he still didn't want to risk Cuthbert underestimating his current situation with Ryuu in charge of his future.

”Ah… yes ma’am.” The softness in which he spoke gave Ryuu the idea that he too was soft. Already Ryuu was wondering if he’d even be a good student or whether he got the wrong teacher. Placing a hand on her hip Ryuu looked him over just as was doing to her, ”My name is Cuthbert Baltair and I am a knight in training.” Ryuu walked around him but then paused, “I can see that Cuthbert.” her tone already held a dangerous note to it. “So you missed the exam huh? I think I would have liked to see you in action, a Knight is never prepared when the time comes. Training with a human opponent is a lot different than dealing with the real thing, isn’t that right Julius.” looking over at her other student.

A brief look of surprise flashed across her features before she quelled them, instead Ryuu felt a bit of respect towards Cuthbert. Well that’s a first, most of them gawk when it’s obvious I’m the teacher. The corners of her lips twitched upwards, fighting to form a smile. Seeing him reach for something behind him, Ryuu had just realized he was carrying his sword with him. Upon closer inspection it became fact that what he held was a claymore. Hearing those words of preparation, Ryuu couldn’t help but smile although it was an odd smile. “I see, so you say you’re prepared huh?” The smile on Cuthberts face didn’t help but fuel her desire to test him.

That was when Julius decided now was a good time to burst into laughter. Frowning Ryuu folded her arms across her chest in annoyance. Instead of denying Julius’s claims Ryuu actually agreed to them, “I guess I did push you a bit too hard. Should I have not assumed you could do something so simple.” Raising a brow in his direction Ryuu’s tone of voice became teasing when she said simple, it was her way of getting back at him. “Mind if I see this?” pointing to Cuthberts claymore.

Cuthbert stood seemingly calm as he quietly watched as the red head began to slowly circle around his still frame, to which the boy was unable to suppress the slight unnerving notion that he felt at that moment, and all the while trying to stand with some confidence to his form. ”So you missed the exam huh? I think I would have liked to see you in action, a Knight is never prepared when the time comes. Training with a human opponent is a lot different than dealing with the real thing…” The latter of her words passed through the boys mind as he pondered silently, until shaking his head a little afterwards. ”I am fully aware of that, Miss.” He added and turned to face the woman that stood behind him. Cuthbert continued to study the woman, feeling somewhat intrigued by the facial gestures that she presented over the course of the passing moments towards him. ”I see, so you say you’re prepared huh?” He merely offered a nod in response. ”Indeed I am, very.” Cuthbert spared a moment and dragged his stare away from the red head, allowing his eyes to settle onto the figure of other boy beside him who was now laughing, rather lively, to which Cuthbert gave a rather curious gaze.

”Ready… you’re kidding right? The devil himself takes notes on cruelty from this woman.”[b] Cuthbert chuckled ever so slightly to the boys comment, surely the woman wasn’t all that bad? Right? A strong teacher does makes for a strong student, after all. I expect nothing less. He continued to listen as the youth continued, his laugher equally as loud as to when he originally began. [b]“Seriously, I’m a Summoner- y’know magic and she still found a way to near kill me with nothing more than a bucket of water…” Cuthbert chuckled again Must’ve been one hell of a bucket. He amused quietly with a small smirk emerging on his features. ”Bert is fine.” He piped up softly when the opportunity arose and continued, ”I thank you for your concern. I do appreciate you advising me before I go head first into anything but rest assured I am fully aware of what I am getting into.” His words were directed at Julian and the woman, as he felt that both of them were equally doubtful of his capabilities. ”I was sent here to be trained as a Knight and that is just what I will do. I plan to slay monsters - not run away from them. Is that not the point?”

”Mind if I see this?” His focus was broken at that moment and his attention swiftly resettled onto the woman next to him. Glancing down towards his claymore the boy gave a confirming nod before holding the blade up towards the teacher. ”Of course, Miss.” Once the woman had taken the weapon the boy returned his gaze onto Julian. ”It sounds like you‘ve been through quite a bit already at this Academy… I can only imagine what my time will be like here.” In an odd sort of way the boy seemed to express a sense of eagerness towards whatever challenges lay ahead of him. However, whether he’d be up to the task was yet to be seen. Shifting his stare once more, he looked up to the woman whilst forming a smile to his lips as he continued, ”I keenly await to see what you come up with to challenge me, Miss. I hope it‘s as equally as challenging as Julian’s was.”

"Not Julian, it's Julius" Julius found himself huffing in reply to Cuthbert's show of enthusiasm. He settled with merely throwing Ryuu a dirty look for her rebuttal to his exposition. He wasn't foolhardy enough to try calling her own without any energy and in front of another student.

"Don't worry, you didn't miss much- just my last Knight getting killed in our basic practical and a demon gate opening up in what otherwise should have been a relatively controlled setting. Beyond that, it's like any other boring school really right down to the stupid little clicks and factions. Granted I doubt most schools have a "pro-Demon" and "Pro-Angel" faction, but that's besides the point." Julius shrugged with that comment before turning to walk off, he was tired and more than a little angry. Truthfully even he thought it better to slink off before losing his temper again.

Ryuu took the claymore in her hands, turning it this way and that as she inspected it. Glancing back at her students as they continued to talk between themselves, she caught Julius’s dirty look and couldn’t help but scowl in his direction. Still inspecting the claymore her eyes narrowed at the mention of Pro-Angel and Pro-Demon. Looking over at Julius, Ryuu couldn’t help but wonder where it was he had gotten those terms from. I’ll have to ask him about that later. she thought while giving him a suspicious look. The young woman was well aware of what those two factions meant and the fact that they were known at the school was disheartening. Suddenly an idea formed in her mind and she wondered if she could pull it off or if it would just end in failure.

Taking a few swings with the claymore, it was different than a katana or any of the swords she had dealt with in the past but it would suffice. With her back to Julius and Cuthbert it seemed unlikely she could have moved as fast as she did. In almost an instant Ryuu swung the claymore at Cuthberts head, aiming for his neck but stopped before it could do any serious damage. The blade did draw a drop of blood but nothing more than that so Cuthbert wouldn’t have to worry about anything. Holding the claymore outwards Ryuu turned her body slightly so that her right side was facing Cuthbert. “Actually Julius, I’d rather you not leave, at least not yet any way. I’m still trying to come up with something for you to do so just wait there until your energy comes back.” Staring directly at Cuthbert she then addressed him, “As for you, to challenge you with something of that difficulty would be a disgrace to your name. I want to witness your swordsmanship first hand so why don’t we have a little friendly sparring match?” Lowering her sword arm, Ryuu handed Cuthbert his claymore by the handle, her lips quavering as they resisted the urge to smile. "Oh and we'll be using our preferred weapons so don't be surprised if you receive a few nicks similar to the one i just gave you."

”Not Julian, it’s Julius.” Cuthbert took a moment to realize his mistake before correcting himself. ”My apologies, Julius.”

He continued to listen as the other boy spoke, absorbing the information gradually as he took mental notes here and there. At least, until something in particular struck in his mind just then. ”Your last Knight died?” Though his voice retained it’s casual calmness the evident shock he felt could not be sheltered from his features that took on a somewhat sudden surprised look at that moment. I knew it was a possibility… but still it’s disturbing to here such a thing. Especially a Knight’s death. He tried to shake away the unsettling realization and refocus his thoughts on the matter at hand. However, his lack of attention didn’t go unnoticed as he soon felt the tip of a blade at his neck, his eyes scrambling to redirect their focus onto the woman who held his claymore, aiming the weapon and just missing his head altogether. He could feel the slightest drop of his own blood trickling down his neck, although by no means endangering him in anyway the action itself unnerved the boy further as he realized his predicament.

The woman shifted her position before addressing him directly. As for you, to challenge you with something of that difficulty would be a disgrace to your name. I want to witness your swordsmanship first hand so why don’t we have a little friendly sparring match?” At first Cuthbert didn’t know how to retaliate, he merely stood frozen on the spot as the blade kept it’s point to his neck. ”Oh and we’ll be using our preferred weapons so don’t be surprised if you receive a few nicks similar to the one I just gave you.” As the red head handed back his claymore the boy grasped tightly at the handle and wielded the blade in front of him in a defensive stance.

”I understand. A spar would make sense... so I see no reason to object.” He replied with a quiet sigh. For a moment, he looked over to Julius and briefly wondered if the teacher was truly as bad as the boy had suggested. I hope he was slightly exaggerating… surely he was? Staring back towards the woman, Cuthbert cautiously took a few steps backward and prepared himself for whatever the teacher would throw at him. ”This is just a friendly spar, yes?” He questioned, only to ensure he was right in believing it was indeed, a friendly spar. I wonder what blade she’ll use? Moving over, he walked away from the two figures and stood in a more open part of the area, before gripping hard with both hands and giving the claymore a few swings to either side of him to properly gain control over the blade. Parting his legs a bit, ensuring he had a solid footing to the ground, the boy stared directly at the woman and watched with keen curiosity, before settling into a defensive pose once more. ”I'm ready when you are, Miss.”

"Ugh, woman you just love having me wait on you hand and foot don't you?" Julius gave a show of exagerated frustration but still stayed put to watch the coming brawl. However, Cuthbert's question about a friendly spar made him smirk just one more time. "Only thing friendly about this match is she won't kill you during the fun; you're better off trying to kill her if you want to make a good impression, I swear that's the only reason she puts up with me."

In truth, during his initial meeting with Ryuu, Julius had done nothing of the sort...the test had really only been a glorified form of showing off his first contract. However, he did lose his patience and caused a scene that resulted in more than a little disciplinary action being required. It just so happened that Ryuu ended up being the one to put down Aja at that time. He inwardly cursed, Ryuu was probably going to get after him for his little slip of the tongue on school factions...something which officially speaking shouldn't exist. That didn't mean Julius was extra privvy to secret information, he was just among the minority of students that were willing at least recognize that the issue existed.

Ryuu liked the expression he showed her, "Of course" she replied in a tone that suggested otherwise. It wouldn't be a misinterpretation of her intentions if her two students assumed she was only doing this for the fun of it. Cuthbert did a few practice swings with his claymore before taking up a defensive pose. "So defense it is, where's the fun in that?" teasing the boy. Ryuu would have preferred taking the defensive to see how well he'd do trying to break her defense but it seemed she'd first have to test out his own defense.

Nodding her aknowlegdement, Ryuu bit the skin on her thumb and formed a quick seal on the ground. “Come forth oh Demon Blade. Slash the evil before you with the darkest of blades” A brief flash of light and Ryuu was standing with a large Demon Blade in her hands. The air seemed to buzz with heat as it radiated from the darker than black blade. "Calm down a bit, I don't want you ruining such a good claymore." she said to no one in particular. With that single request the heat waves ceased to be existant. Raising her swordarm she pointed the tip towards Cuthbert, "Julius I can't say I trust your judgment but I'll give you the task of being our referee. If you think the match should end then give the word and we'll stop." Glancing in his direction, Ryuu lowered her swordarm uttering the two words just loud enough for Cuthbert to hear if he was listening. "Let's begin."

Shuffling forwards in quick steps, the older Knight covered the distance between the both of them quickly. The moment she reached him Ryuu brought her sword down. It wasn't a very strong strike nor was it very fast. It was more of a test to see how well his defense would hold up and if he would be able to adjust himself quickly and adequately enough. Next Ryuu swung her sword aiming for his abdomen before suddenly striking upwards.

”Come forth oh Demon Blade. Slash the evil before you with the darkest of blades.” As the woman spoke, Cuthbert couldn’t help but look to the female with a curious stare, raising an eyebrow in doing so as he felt both eager yet anxious towards the blade in which she would bring forth. In regards to the type of blade, though, a demon blade to be exact, had the young boy slightly fearful towards the spar in which he would go against the teacher. I’ve never actually seen a demon blade before… and I didn’t think a teacher would have one either. Is that allowed? He pondered briefly for a moment till his eyes fell onto the dark weapon that the red head wielded in her hand. Eyeing it up carefully, he began to feel quite nervous. A few moments after Julius was appointed as referee and slowly Cuthbert shot the boy a short glance. If it looks as if she is about to kill me I trust him to stop the match, I hope. He returned his attention back onto the woman. ”Let’s begin.”

Offering a nod in response he gripped even harder on his sword and merely watched as the woman made quick work of the distance between the pair, and soon enough, before he even realized, Cuthbert was met by the older Knight who, with a powerful motion, struck her sword down upon him. Immediately, in moment of panic if nothing else, the youth swung upwards in a bid to stave off the oncoming attack. However, he was a little caught off guard as she brought her sword round once more, before suddenly striking upwards, as the tip of the blade nipped the side of his face and drew a few drops of blood. Feeling uneasy he stumbled backwards a little, landing hard on one knee as he steadied himself.

Glancing upwards just then, he swung round his claymore and forced his body upright once more as he got to his feet. Breathing heavily, the boy heaved his blade upward before lunging forward towards the red head, partly stumbling as he did so, as he grew closer to the female. With a forceful swing of his blade the boy aimed for the woman directly, perhaps believing himself capable of actually landing an assault on the woman, though his aim was slightly misaimed, and the blade glided off to the side and narrowly missed her figure entirely. Biting his lower lip, Cuthbert spun round on his heel and, in doing so, heaved his claymore along with him as he attempted another strike. Aiming for her legs, he swung the blade, though nearly lost the balance of his own as his attention was solely fixed on the attack at that moment.

From the looks of it, Cuthbert had been caught of guard earning him a hard look. Ryuu wondered if challenging him to a sparring match was the best course of action when her blade drew blood. The red head had hoped he'd be more attentive since he already had his own blade. He said he was prepared for what she would do to him but Ryuu was beginning to doubt his words. The doubt grew heavy with how he dealt with the surprise. Taking note of his stumble and falling to one knee, she knew strength would be something he'd have to work on in the future.

She liked the way he got back up, that last time she had done what she just did. The student asked to stop the session to do something different. Cuthbert lunged forwards, stumbling in his determination to land a strike. His swing was heavy but it was misguided. In seeing that Ryuu shifted her feet so she added a little distance between the two. With the proper aim, had he not missed would have forced Ryuu to get into an awkward position. But it missed so she needn't worry to much about it.

Turning to face him as she added the distance, Cuthbert spun on his heel and practically threw himself at her although his blade was what guided him. She could tell his balance was off, so making a quick decision Ryuu brought her blade down risking an injury to her wrist as she managed to get her own blade underneath his. With effort she swung upwards forcing Cuthberts swords to follow the movement. Ducking under his sword Ryuu spun on her heel as he just did but made sure her sword was still beneath his own. Using her free arm, Ryuu lightly jabbed him in the back with her elbow, just enough to push him forwards and let his lack of balance do the rest. In completing that action, Ryuu drew her sword back towards her and pointed the tip in his direction waiting for his next move. "You shouldn't throw yourself at an opponent, otherwise they use your misplaced balance to their advantage as I did. Now come but think about your next move." Giving him that little bit of advice would help him in the long run but he looked to be a diligent student so hopefully he learned quick.

With a jab to the back, Cuthbert suddenly felt his body shifting forward, and with little restraint, his entire frame fell swiftly to the ground with a hard thud. He winced a little, merely out of annoyance on his behalf, before scrambling to his knees and placing both hands to the ground, before pushing himself upwards once again. Though his movements were a tad more slower than the last time, suggesting the youth was growing somewhat tired, though not completely. He could still take a few knocks, he assumed, by the way the match was going. As he got to his feet, yet again, Cuthbert grabbed his blade whilst doing so, and wielding the sword in front of him. It was only then did he realize the teacher held her weapon, pointing the blade in his direction as the red head awaited his next move. [b]”You shouldn’t throw yourself at an opponent, otherwise they use your misplaced balance to their advantage as I did. Now come but think about your next move.”[b] Cuthbert was a little surprised by the advice given to him, though he listened keenly regardless, and thought carefully over the older Knight’s words. Giving an acknowledging nod, he readied his blade once more. ”I think I understand what you mean.” He said, surprisingly calmly, if not a little out of breath.

Moving forward, he took short, quick paced steps towards the woman, remembering to be mindful of his actions when near the teacher. She was unpredictable at times, or perhaps Cuthbert just lacked a degree of experience needed, either way, she was certainly a challenge for the boy. Shifting positions at that moment, the youth spun on his heel again, suddenly, as he swung his sword along with him to meet the woman’s blade with a loud clatter, as the blades clashed with one another. Initially, he aimed for her stomach, and with enough strength placed within his swing, he continued to apply a degree of pressure to his blade as he tried to break her defence. However, the woman's defence was strong, and the boy knew this. With his feet firmly placed on the ground, the boy seemed sturdy enough to maintain his upright stance, and for once, perhaps, not fall over.

Cuthbert seemed surprised by her words of advice, which irked her if only a little bit. From the way he moved, Cuthbert must be getting a bit tired and from his words even a little out of breathe. The younger boy then took quick steps forwards and then spun on his heel. Tensing, Ryuu’s eyes followed his movements shifting positions to best prepare for his incoming attack. Although he swung his sword along with himself at her, it was more controlled but it was strong.

Their blades clashed and Ryuu couldn’t help but allow a brief expression of joy dance across her face. The idea of this old side of her resurfacing at this particular moment didn’t sit well with her. She pushed back against his blade, testing his strength and apparent firm footing on the ground. Good, he’s learning. With a smirk, Ryuu suddenly let up the pressure behind her defense. From a distance many would wonder how Ryuu’s katana, although larger than most, could hold up against Cuthbert’s claymore. Without the pressure behind her sword, Cuthbert would have no other direction than to go forwards unless he managed to withhold his own strength from his attack.

Ryuu quickly stepped to the side and out of his range, least he manage to regain his balance and continue on with his attack. After a moment, Ryuu rushed forwards and swung her sword diagonally.

"Let's call the match right here, shall we?" Julius made his anouncement in regards to the match as Ryuu made her diagonal slash. His tone was closer to that of spectator than of an actual judge, however his utter lack of any knowledge concerning swords and their skills made him a poor candidate from the start. However, he'd been around Ryuu enough to have a general idea by tracking her expressions. When he saw the smirk, that was signal enough for him to recognize that the woman had gotten what she wanted from the little match. After seeing a fight with demons in person, Julius had to say that Cuthbert did about as well as he could expect in the match that had just happened. But Julius noticed something during the fight that he had to confirm.

"Question: Why is it I've never actually been able to trace the arc of a Knight's blade until today? Before the exam I'd have seen just flashes and maybe an arm, but just now everything seemed...slow. I didn't notice at the time, but just how fast are demons?"

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Aura Thorne Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Ryuu Shosuke

Right as her sword was about to connect with Cuthberts defense or body, Julius called for the match to end. Ryuu barely had time to change her hold on her sword so the flat of the blade would be what struck Cuthbert. The flat of the blade slammed Cuthberts shoulder, and she could feel the blunt hit ring up the blade towards her hands. Bring Chokesku back quickly Ryuu resealed the Demon Sword with proficiency that only hinted towards the idea of her having done this many times before. Keeping her attention on Cuthbert she clasped his good shoulder, “I didn’t hurt you too much did I?” her concern was somewhat out of place since she normally didn’t act in such a way towards her students.

Hearing Julius’s question, Ryuu tilted her head slightly as she thought of how to answer the question. His question was surprising accurate, the red head hadn’t really expected him to take notice of such a thing. Most people didn’t notice it, especially those who weren’t suited for direct combat. A Knight on the other hand was taught how to notice these things, as well as how to counter against them in the possibility they go up against a demon. However thinking back to her heritage, the idea of having to answer the question since it hit so close to home made her frown just the slightest. Turning to face Julius she answered his question slowly and carefully. “I’m actually surprised you noticed most people outside of the Knights faction are aware of these changes.” Reaching back Ryuu pulled her hair back, tying it up to keep out of the way.

“I guess we did move a bit slower. Demons in general are very fast. Compared to a normal person, it’d be like facing you against the fastest man alive. However that is when it’s a normal Lesser Demon. Generally each one is different but there will be some that are built for speed while others are not. On the other hand, there are those Demons who are Superior in that not only do they look human but they are, as their name suggests, stronger and faster than the average human. It’d be like comparing a human to a cheetah in some ways. “ Realizing she spoke quite a bit, giving Julius a bit too much information, Ryuu shook her head. “Did that answer your question?”

Rubbing the back of her neck, Ryuu sighed wondering just what she would do with them. Nodding her head as if agreeing to something to looked back to Cuthbert. “Um why don’t you go back to the main building, it’d be best to patch up your wounds. Finding what you need shouldn’t be too difficult and if you happen to see Cerbin just let him know that I’d like to speak to him later.” Knowing the layout of her home, she knew Cuthbert was bound to come across Cerbin and Aura. Thinking about what they had discussed earlier, she was curious about what he was telling her right about now. Looking up to the sky, Ryuu realized the sun was high above them readying itself to sink to the ground as the day went on. It’s this late already?

Looking around the courtyard her read eyes glanced over the spilled buckets of water then at the piece of wood that she had thrown at Cerbin and Cuthbert earlier until those red orbs finally settled on Julius. From the looks of it he didn’t seem too tired but since it was already midday it would be bets that they get something to eat. “Well it’s already late, let’s say we take a break for the time being and get something to eat.” Not waiting for an answer from her student Ryuu led the way back to the main building. They eventually caught up with Cuthbert and Ryuu showed him where the medical supplies were. Letting the young Knight get what he needed, Ryuu left the two of them where they were while she prepared a meal for them. It took her a little while longer than it would have normally since she was making food not only for herself but four others if Cerbin and Aura were still there.

An Hour Later

Checking up on the boys, Ryuu was cleaning her hands when she slide the door open to see what it was they were doing. “The foods ready so go eat.” motioning to the room behind her. With the door to it now open, the aroma of good food filled the rooms. For a moment Ryuu remembered the times when she would make meals for her younger brother. A sad expression briefly found its place on her face but it soon disappeared. Ryuu then went in search of Cerbin and Aura, if they were still here she’d inform them that there was food to eat, if not then she would simply have to store their portions away for later meals. Waking back to where the food was, Ryuu put away the towel she had been using and sat down with the other two before serving herself. The meal was simple but it was enough to fill their stomachs.

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Julius could only nod numbly at Ryuu's explanation in regards to how a demon compared to a human physically. That said, the very fact it even registered to a magical purist like himself was something even harder to wrap his head around. After all he wasn't exactly the fighting type so where'd the amazing adaptation come from? He quickly shrugged off the line of thought, he'd just have to accept his own good fortune.

"You see why I mean by saying she's intense?" Julius' question was more addressed at Cuthbert than intended as a matter of discussion. In fact, he didn't even bother waiting for an answer for said question. Actually if he thought about, Julius had already begun walking off before asking his question. Strangely enough, for someone who usually wanted to be the center of attention Julius found himself wanting be alone for a while.

His steps took him back to the buckets Ryuu had him training with earlier. Julius knew better than to try making the water move again. Instead, he simply sat and stared into the bucket. After all, what else had his education up until now skipped and for that matter, why hadn't he heard from anyone since he left the monastery? Julius shook his head to disperse the useless questions, and stuck his hand into the water hoping it'd distract him. It's near icy coldness helped bring some focus, and the young man began slowly circling his numbing hand in the liquid.

"If I'm wasting too much energy on a few summons, couldn't I just rework my seal to pull more?" The question wasn't something he was seriously considering, but it would be something to look into later. Eventually the smell of food, and perhaps the sound of Ryuu's voice reached him. Julius went in for dinner since he could think of nothing else to do. Upon gazing at the meal his mouth again kicked in on autopilot.

"This...suits you." Julius didn't mean an insult by his words, it's just the meal fit perfectly into the little spartan image he had of Ryuu.

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Aura Thorne Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Cerbin Hiberion

After a long moment of silence, Ryuu soon came to tell the two of them that dinner was ready. Cerbin waved his hand to acknowledge her, letting Aura go on ahead of him. While he had his time alone he closed his eyes and made a link with his brother. "Tell Azreal that his daughter now knows of her true path and preparations are being made to train her for future engagements."

The wolf sat on his perch next to Satan's corridors. Yawning he stuck his head up and looked around. "The master isn't back yet," he said. "He had matters to attend to."

"Very well," Cerbin nodded. "I'll just try the link again later."

"Whatever you want brother."

Cerbin then went on towards the area where everyone was eating. Though he didn't eat himself, he watched along as everyone else ate and chatted until he decided his presence was no longer needed. "Well i'm going now," he said as he stood up from his knelled position. "See you on Monday." He then went over to Cuthbert and said, "Stay here with the rest. Ryuu will make sure you're ready for monday." with his goodbye's he left and headed back to the academy grounds. The walk was long and lonesome, but he didn't mind. It gave him time and space to think of what his next move would be. He wondered how Azreal would react to hearing his daughter knows about him. He suspected he would be nothing more than happy. Then again, he could also be angered at the fact. Cerbin was never expecting the girl to find out so soon that she was the daughter of Satan. That bothersome teacher sped things up.

"Oh well," he sighed while sticking a piece of candy in his mouth. "I wonder. Is she really that trustworthy? What if she tries to get in the way of our plans?" He wondered if he would have to decide whether to kill her not in the nearby future. That would probably be a bothersome thing. For one, it'd mean that he would be on a hit list from the exorcist group, and if that would be the result, then why kill her. He could avoid that and still reek the same benefits. Though, he began thinking why him, a demon, would try to change his plans around sparring someones life. He was truly growing softer with everyday he spent around the humans. Would he become human if he continued on? He smirked at the thought. There was no way he'd become a human. He was destined to be forever tied to Inferno, whether he was wanted their or not.

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Even by her standards and from the ones she once been used to Ryuu was proud of her work. It didn’t always come out very well so with a barely noticeable smile she began to eat. The room was full of the aroma of the food she had cooked but the pleasantness was ruined by Julius words. Pausing the red woman glared in his direction but made no move to counter his words. Shortly after Cerbin appeared along with Aura but the pair kept to themselves. Glancing at the two of them she wondered once more as to what they had been discussing. As the group conversed with one another Cerbin eventually dismissed himself. Nodding her acknowledgement the rest of her students eventually finished their meals. Standing up she took the dishes from the table and brought them to the sink.

Thinking on her actions Ryuu chuckled to herself. I guess this does suit me. I feel like a mother cleaning up after her kids. Shaking her head Ryuu returned to where they were, “Well I think that’s about it for us today. Julius why don’t you take Cuthbert home Aura you go as well. “ Leading them back to the main courtyard the red head made sure they had all of their things. She went as far as the entryway. Reaching out for Cuthbert in hopes he’d pause long enough to hear what she had to say. “Cuthbert you’ll need to be prepared for Monday when you take your test.” With that being said Ryuu closed the large doors.

Monday Afternoon

Ryuu strode through the halls with purpose. As always her afterschool destination was the Cram School on the other side of campus. The young woman carried files in her arms each one consisted prospective students who may or may not be becoming a part of Fidel City’s exorcist program or if any will be moving districts. There weren’t many but when she thought about it her group didn’t have an Aria nor a Dragoon but the Dragoon wasn’t particularly important compared to the Aria. We’ll need to go scouting or something. Biting the tip of her thumb Ryuu strolled into the classroom where those who decided to come to Monday’s class despite it mostly being focused on Cuthbert’s exam.

Standing in the front of the room it surprised her by how empty the room had become over the weekend. Only one other group had managed to stay in the program while the rest either failed completely with no room for redemption or they simply became too fearful of what was expected of them to do and left. Shuffling the files a bit as she looked over the faces the only ones she knew were her three students, Julius, Cuthbert and Aura. In a way she was surprised that the girl showed up but Ryuu didn’t want her to get into any activities just yet in case she wasn’t well enough to perform in a way that wouldn’t attract suspicion. Cupping her chin in her hand Ryuu considered her options. Have the students not taking part in Cuthbert’s exam or let them tend to their least proficient areas of expertise. Going with the latter Ryuu cleared her throat as she walked up to Cuthbert.

Placing her hands on his desk she leaned forwards, “Cuthbert Baltair are you prepared for your exam?” The red head leaned away from him placing her hands on her hips as she regarded him with a watchful eye. “Come with me then.” Beckoning him over Ryuu left the room and brought him to one of the farther ends of the Cram School. The pair left the building through a small doorway that led them into an incredibly large courtyard. In fact it was actually somewhat difficult to tell if they were in a courtyard or possibly in the land that surrounds the campus. There were large trees that surrounded the area their branches looming over them. As they walked further in a clearing opened up and if Cuthbert was to look around more he’d notice an old building that was relatively small from where they stood. Turning to Cuthbert Ryuu stepped back as if to present the area to him. “Well this is where you shall have your exam. Your proctor will be arriving soon and he will explain to you what it is you will be doing.”

With that being said Ryuu left Cuthbert where he stood the Knight went to Cerbin who was close by. “You’ll be Cuthbert’s proctor for his exam today. I’ll leave it up to you on how you want to test him. He’s in the old courtyard towards the end of the Cram School.” Leaving Cerbin to head over to where Cuthbert was Ryuu returned to her classroom where the other students had moved to better converse with one another. Seeing that their teacher had returned many of them scurried back to their seats while Ryuu took to the podium. Holding onto to the ends of it Ryuu took in a deep breath and let it out slowly. “While Mr. Baltair is taking his exam the rest of you are to practice in the areas you are least proficient in. Meaning Tamers and Arias are to try their hands at physical work while Knights are to work on their scriptures. The only reason we do this isn’t to force you to expand your work but to give you a higher chance at survival least something happens to your team members.” Pausing long enough for the murmurs to die down Ryuu continued. “You will each be going to a different teacher as it’d be difficult for me to handle the lot of you on my own. I will be taking a group of four. I will call you by name.”

Moving to stand in front of the podium Ryuu held a sheet of paper and began to read off of it. “Aurorali Thorne, Julius King, Stevenson Blaire and Beatrice Nyugen, of the four names I’ve called please step forwards. The rest of you I will assign you to your teacher.” After giving the remaining students their teacher the room was soon empty of people save for the four she had called. “Now then I will split you into groups of two Stevenson and Beatrice will be one group. The both of you passed your exam so you will be together. Julius and Aurali you will be another although you did take the exam you didn’t necessarily pass it in a way that exwires normally would but the chairmen has made an exception considering the circumstances.” The other pair went to the other side of the room while Julius and Aura stayed on the other. Of the two groups she was mostly interested in Julius and Aura as she had not watched over the other two during their exam. Going over to where her own students were Ryuu began to explain to them what it was they were to do. [color=red] “I know this isn’t something you’d normally do considering you’re Tamers but it’d be best that you learn something. I will give you one hour to run one lap around the Cram School and when you come back there will be buckets full of water you will be using. I’ll explain how it works when you come back but Julius feel free to get started even if I haven’t explained it since it’s what you did Saturday.

Ryuu then went over to the other pair and told them the same thing. By doing a lap around the Cram School, which really shouldn’t be underestimated, they’d understand what it meant to be tired and then forced to control their output when they brought out their summons. When they came back Ryuu would explained to them how the activity would work and why they were doing it. For the most part it was just a repeat of what she had Julius do the other day.

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Cerbin Hiberion

The burn from the sun was too much for his sleepy eyes to handle. Barely managing to squint, Cerbin rolled out of his bed. He hadn't had a bed in so long he almost forgot how much more comfortable they were than a roof, or the concrete. Looking at the time, he sighed and proceeded to cleanse himself. Unlike his appearance would say, he was actually quite a clean being. Though he didn't really know a thing about ironing clothes, nor did he care enough to try. If someone didn't know better, he'd almost look like a senior in the school. "Everything seems to be safe," he said while peeping out his window. "Seems like nothing special is going to happen today. Good."

Before leaving his room, he made sure to take the rooms customary bible out of the bathroom and placed it back on the dresser where it originally belonged. He couldn't sleep with it hovering around his presence and his "shadow" growled at it the first time they entered the room. Good thing they didn't give his room a cross, or else he probably would just use the area for storage. There was no way, in Azreal's name, he was going to bother touching one of those things, even if it meant sleeping on the schools roof. He looked around the room to make sure everything was kept up to standards, in case one of the exorcist invited themselves in. "Good. This should do." Afterwards, he walked out the door and headed towards the class area.

Taking his place in an isolated area of the classroom, he simply stared at the clock, counting the seconds as they turned into minutes, ready for night to fall already. For the daytime seemed too bright to take in. There was something about. Maybe it was the peacefulness of it, or maybe that it had some kind of symbolism. Either way, he preferred the night much more than the bright light of day.

For the most part, he ignored the noises around him until Ryuu came up to him. He looked down at her with tired eyes and listened to what she had to say.

“You’ll be Cuthbert’s proctor for his exam today. I’ll leave it up to you on how you want to test him. He’s in the old courtyard towards the end of the Cram School.”

He nodded and, without a word, started walking towards the courtyard. He wondered if the boy would be able to break his current feeling of exorcist kids being weaklings. After the display of fear he saw on the old group he was examining, though he felt sorry for them, he was also left displeased.

Once at the courtyard, he through a piece of strawberry flavored gum in his mouth and walked towards the boy. "Hello there," he said in a quite tone. "Seems you made it to this part kid. If you want to quite, this is your only chance. Though I guess you wouldn't be here if you were going to quit before the entrance exam." Giving the boy the once over, Cerbin continued to speak. "You're a knight right? Then you should know that it's a knights duty to be the brawn of his team. As such, you must get used to fighting demons face to face. With that being said," he noted while his shadow began to form the shape of Malice. "You will have to last ten minutes fighting my familiar. The winning conditions are lasting long enough. The losing conditions are taking enough injuries for me to stop the battle and also you giving up. Though, I really don't want to see you give up. Do you accept?"

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Julius was slightly taken aback when Ryuu didn't jump at him like it was some form of provocation about his comment of her cooking. Of course he did give her a face in response to the glare, he wasn't going to let the chance to simply play with the woman slip by after her training. A petty form of payback if nothing else, after which he ate in silence. Mostly because he didn't want to risk saying anything more, and partly due to him trying to pick apart what went into the dish. From what his senses told him, it shouldn't be hard to replicate the taste in and of itself but improvements would be rather time consuming instead of simple tricks of skill.

" I should think a Knight would be capable of finding his way home...but I get your drift." Julius forced himself away from the table when he finished eating in response to Ryuu's request. When it came time to actually head off, he settled for a simple 'told you she was merciless' before withdrawing into his own little world for the duration...he didn't know how to handle swordsmen.


Julius was half asleep when Ryuu read off her instructions, he'd stayed up well into the morning- even skipping a couple courses before finally arriving in his current state. Partly due to the minimal results he got from the bucket exercise, and partly due to a mixture of curiosity he began looking into simple conversational summons. That is rather than binding a demon under his control, he wanted to see about having a proper conversation with a demon. It might help his research, or if good enough bait was used he might be willing to strike a bargain... but that remained only in the far flung realm of possibilities. He did however pale when he registered Ryuu's instructions...the Tamers were to run laps and THEN work with the bucket?! Julius made a mental note to deliberately take as long as possible in the run...he wasn't about to let his peers get a view of his lousy control.

"Sorry guys, running isn't my thing...no need to wait up okay." It was a piss poor attempt of a dodge, but Julius didn't have the mental faculties for much better at the moment

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Aura Thorne Character Portrait: Nathaniel K Jenova Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Evangline DeCaprio Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Four days previous...

He looked at Cerbin in silence, slowly putting his hand on his shoulder, looking right into his eyes with his strangely snake like hues, the slits looks like thin lines at this moment. It seemed he was running on adrenaline alone and it was fading, much like his consciousness. He slowly took his hand away. It left a red hand print on his shoulder, but he didn't take the shirt but spoke instead. ''I won't be needing it where I will be going... Thank you, none the less for your generosity but I can not accept it.'' He looked at Ryuu. Using his good arm to not only cover his maimed forearm that showed his bone, remaining muscle and tendons but also his mid-section that was currently a gaping hole. ''I will be fine, Ryuu...''

He turned away, using the remaining of his strength to pull himself onto the bus. Too bad his hand could not reach around to his back to hide the obvious hole in his mid-section. It seemed his back was the point of entry. From where his black leather armoured attire bent inward into the wound, which was the size of a large fist, it bled slowly. It was unnatural that his blood flow was slower considering the damage, in fact he should not be standing... alive was another thing entirely. Yet he was, for the time being... He slumped over onto the long row of seats at the back of the bus, his consciousness fading, understandably. Blood quickly seeped into seats and slowly began to drip down onto the hard floor of the bus walk way, gruesome sight for young teenagers to behold.

He felt awful, not for himself, of course he was in agony, keeping himself from sounding it out, only wheezy breaths escaping. But he felt back in another way, emotionally he felt he was causing his friend - Eva, Evangline DeCaprio - upset and he felt bad for it. His bluing lips slowly twitched into a smile, just for her, the only one that seemed to be able to connect to his emotional level. ''You are not a brat... none of you are... Eva - I will be okay.'' He looked at her with sincerity before resting his head back and closing his eyes, his silver locks falling over his face in time for him to shed a tear or two to himself. An hour or so later Cerbin had the nurses attend to him and he was shaking. Unresponsive as they called out his name and from him, energy seemed to... disburse in invisible waves Cerbin most likely felt before nothing. By the time he was in the hospital he died on his second jump start to the heart with a lot of jolts of electricity. Larger amounts were needed to wake him from death, each time, sending off invisibly - to the human eye - bursts of energy then it faded again.

Nathaniel had died on Friday, 4:31pm Fall.

Today, Monday at 11:31am...

Having died four days ago, he was, of course sent to the morgue to be stripped of personal effects and cleaned. But instead of being released for burial or cremation, the Coroner kept him. Because as he was examining how he had died, within the hours of being put into the system as he had died by unnatural means and he was going to have it investigated it. His body began to regenerate, slowly knitting itself together. He checked Nathaniel's pulse a number of times to find nothing. The more time went on his body seemed to look more and more alive. He cancelled the investigation to study Nathaniel's body. Documenting every detail of his body's regenerative capabilities, from bone to skin regrowth. He was amazed. It would surely put him on the map to be able to document such a rare thing such as Nathaniel. He cleaned him and over the days got help by his medical students.

But today would be different for the Coroner. This time it would not be taking blood samples, experimenting with sharp tools over Nathaniel's evidently alive looking but dead body. From simple cuts to even removing a finger or two to find a new one slowly grow while the severed one died rapidly, turning into ash in his hands every time. Even blood samples dried up, becoming useless. He would not be glued to the photos and video evidence he made with his students...

And he would not be going home to his family, nor would his students.

The Coroner and his students were getting the camera and video cameras fixed up, getting tools and syringes out as they had done the past days, it seemed to have become a routine to them. How easy humans fell in line when it was something they enjoyed. The Coroner slowly pulled the paper thin blue blanket down from Nathaniel's face to his waist, turning the overhead lights on to suddenly find Nathaniel's eyes dart open and dilate. Of course the man was frightened, the dead were what they were labeled, dead. They shouldn't come back but this one did. He gasped for breath even and sat up, looking at the students that were frozen in place like deers caught in headlights then finally the Coroner.

This was when his eyes glowed red, he even glowed, his claws extending along with the ones on his toes. The spikes on his ears come out and spinal spikes surfaced with blood running down his back. He groaned in pain, holding his chest as he turned himself, completely exposed and he fell onto floor clumsily on all fours, panting in pain. At this time a large wave of energy suddenly came from him, so powerful that a golden wave burst from him to the naked and human eye was seen. The Coroner was bewildered, speaking breathlessly as he backed away, the students doing the same. ''By the gods... what are you?'' Nathaniel didn't answer as he opened his mouth and his canines grew, a cry of pain coming from him before he fired ice at the door from the morgue then staggered up to his feet. He looked at the Coroner with red feral eyes and growled words out. ''So... hungry..''

Then that was it, he leaped onto the Coroner, digging his claws into his shoulders to the point that he gripped onto the back of the man's ribs and he let out a blood curdling scream like no other, his own blood seeping out down his shirt, luckily his lab coat was thick enough to hide it. But it was stopped by Nathaniel's lips over his that slowly returned to pale pink lips from blue. The man struggled for a moment before limping, falling into the kiss, suddenly willingly kissing back before Nathaniel pulled away, blue mist coming from the man's mouth and going into his, was witnessed. The students screamed, young men and women running to the iced up door, punching and using tools to try and get out, bloodying their knuckles raw. By the time Nathaniel was done with the Coroner he fell to the floor dead, pale as a ghost with black veins over his face, eyes whited out with a unsettling smile on his face, the pigment of his skin, eyes and hair gone.

By the time he left the morgue, having destroyed the cameras and even the security ones and got dressed into the Coroner's attire and lab coat, taking his ID keycard the four students and him were dead all drained of colour, pale with black veins over them and a eerie smile on their lips and the door to the morgue kicked in. It was now 12:21pm. He walked up from the morgue, his form returning back to its more human look - less spiky and sharp. He kept his head down as he got out of the hospital the same way he came in, the front door. He threw the ID key card away and started to walk back to the School, holding his chest, it still hurt, but that would leave in time as he staggered about to his desired destination. He could still feel the Coroner's blood sticking to the back of the shirt and lab coat from where he slipped his hands under the lab coat and dug his claws into the back of him. Causing blood loss, and the students were not without offensive and defensive wounds either...
''... I need to find... Ryuu and that man..''

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Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Bavol Character Portrait: Yeuri Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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- - Ignore This - -

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Bavol noticed the shift in expression as Yeu looked to her with a rather serious stare, before questioning with, ”Gore?” Bavol looked to her subordinate for a silent moment as she gathered her thoughts over what he was referring to - not long naturally her focus fell onto his familiar and loyal friend with whom she had seen not too long before. "Please do not fret about Gore I can assure you he’s doing good. He’s doing his job and keeping our realm in-check whilst we are gone - I’m rather appreciative of him for doing that despite the situation.” She tried to reassure her subordinate as best as she could at that moment with a smile, hoping his mind would ease in-regards to his familiar just a little. ”He’ll be ever better once we get you out of here so lets just focus on that for now.”

She could tell he was looking her over - though for what she couldn’t think. It wasn’t until he asked, ”Did you bring it with you?”, that Bavol had a realization and quickly began to feel around in her pockets. A moment or so after she pulled out the small wooden device that Gore had given her prior and instantly held it out in front of Yeu. ”Is this what your referring to?” She whispered after being mindful that the pair may or may not be entirely alone. It didn’t make the Princess feel any more at ease knowing that the latter was seemingly more likely.

With that in mind Bavol took the wooden item and quickly shoved it tightly into the hands of Yeu, clasping his fingers over it securely before retuning her hands onto her own lap in a rather innocent fashion. ”Gore gave it to me after they hauled you away so I kept it with me. I figured it would come in handy - and its probably safer in your hands than mine, knowing me I‘ll lose it or something worse.” She spoke with a hushed voice, though self-doubt was evidently threaded through her words.

Looking up to her friend quietly the white-haired girl silenced herself momentarily, allowing her subordinate the time he needed to study the device and analyze it as she knew he would. Whilst she sat, the girl titled her head a little and grasped at a strand of loose hair and hung over her shoulder at that moment, twisting and turning the end playfully with her fingers as the action occupied her attention for some minutes, before dropping the hair and allowing it to return to the rest that flowed down her back. Facing Yeu, she looked him up and down, waiting to hear what he had to say about it.

”Well?” She asked a moment later, throwing her hair to the side as she moved her head a little, looking to her subordinate curiously. ”What do you think?” Her stare fixed onto the wooden device once more.

Cuthbert Baltair

As he stood idly in the courtyard Cuthbert flinched a little as he heard a voice suddenly though the barer was seemingly familiar, to which proved to be true, as he turned his stare to the side and saw a teacher approach him. It was Cerbin, and once close enough Cuthbert turned to face the man fully with his claymore in hand.

The man addressed him with, “Seems you made it to this part kid. If you want to quite, this is your only chance. Though I guess you wouldn't be here if you were going to quit before the entrance exam.” Cuthbert remained still and gave little in the way of expression as his blank stare merely lowered just a little towards the ground. Just then though Cerbin continued, prompting the boy to face him directly again. “You're a knight right?” The youth offered a nod in response. “Then you should know that it's a knights duty to be the brawn of his team. As such, you must get used to fighting demons face to face. With that being said,” Glancing to the side of Cerbin the boy noticed odd movements of his shadow that lingered behind the man, causing Cuthbert to fidget a little in the meantime as the teacher added, ”You will have to last ten minutes fighting my familiar. The winning conditions are lasting long enough. The losing conditions are taking enough injuries for me to stop the battle and also you giving up. Though, I really don't want to see you give up. Do you accept?

Cuthbert nodded again, giving his claymore a few swings back and forth after doing so. ”I accept,” He answered simply before standing still once more and taking a deep breath. ”I don’t plan on loosing - even if I take a lot of damage I’ll keep going for as long as I need to. Just remember that, Cerbin.” Taking a step back he shifted his feet into a defensive stance and readied his blade in front of him as he held it securely in his hands. Giving the teacher a nod, the boy stood ready and waiting for the battle to commence.

The setting changes from inferno to True Cross Academy, Fidel City

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Character Portrait: Ryuu Shosuke Character Portrait: Aura Thorne Character Portrait: Nathaniel K Jenova Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Julius King Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Nathaniel had walked on in the borrowed clothing... The blood on the back of the shirt had stuck onto his back, making his stomach turn in his wobbly travels. A red stain starting to form on the back of the lab coat, making people look at him funny at times but he didn't dare look back nor did he have the thought to look. He was focused on one goal and that was to get back to the school. He was afraid that if he stopped going he would stop completely and pass out. He felt so tired... Looking at people he found himself... hungry again. He instantly looked away and look at his feet as he continued to walk. By 4:31pm he got to the school and stumbled in.

The red stain much more prominent on his back at this point and he looked pale, hot and sweaty as he fell to the welcome desk. Leaning on it, gripping onto it as his legs started to decide to stop working. ''P-please... I need Ryu. Where is Ryu?'' He fell onto the floor and the receptionist jumped up and ran around in her small heels to him, staying to help to others when her face paled. ''M-mister... J-Jenova?'' She looked at the man, stunned, scared. ''B-but...'' She pulled a tight smile as she pressed a panic button on her desk to inform the school's higher ups and guards came. Looking at the blood on the back of the lab coat they spoke. ''Sir. Turn around and remove your coat.''

Nathaniel looked at the people, he knew them... They knew him but now... they were treating him like a stranger, an imposter. ''Just get Ryu.'' The receptionist blinked, looking at the men before smiling and looking down at Nathaniel. ''Who is Miss Shosuke to you, sir...'' He looked at the receptionist in disbelief. ''Sir? But you know me Clare. I am Nathaniel Jenova, I work here. And Ryu is a fellow teacher.'' He looked at the men and receptionist. ''Why are you questioning me?'' He looked between them before seeing the fear in the receptionist's eyes that looked at the men and suddenly they grabbed his arms. He struggled and even tried to headbutt one of them. Kicking his feet around as they started to drag him into a private room. ''Clare! What is this!? Clare!''

He was put into a room then hastily locked into it from the outside, the two men or 'officers' standing guard while the school's teachers and higher ups were informed of Mister Jenova's 'Return'. He staggered up only to fall back into a wall and slide down and sit looking at the door as he pulled the bloody lab coat and shirt off himself, printing red on the wall he leaned on. ''I need... water... please...'' After half an hour he had passed out, looking sickly as he rested against the wall, one leg propped up while the other was laid down. One arm on his propped up leg's knee which he used to rest his forehead on as he actively... slept. Unaware a familiar face was on her way.

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Character Portrait: Nathaniel K Jenova Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair Character Portrait: Ilisis the Mad One

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Cerbin and the Mad One

On one of the crossless rooftops of the academy, one woman, or girl (as she currently was), happened to be slow dancing with herself. Breaking gravity by fulfilling the parts in which she'd definitely need a partner for, unless she was just that flexible and centered, she twirled again and again, singing to herself in a tune that wasn't like any other. Music only to her ears.

"Indigo can see no evil. Never has to see the devil. Malice can speak no evil. Words are hidden from the devil. Cerbin can hear no evil. Though, he listens to the devil. All of them are for the devil even though they should be against the devil. . . Hmmm. Indigo can see no good. Never has to look at fools. Malice can speak no good. Better that he stays a tool. Cerbin can hear no good. Oh my son, what a clumsy fool. . . Grr. No matter how it is, Cerbin always ruins the song. What an abomination. Oh how I wish you could hear me from down there boy. Though, I guess if you could, you wouldn't be such an abomination, would you? All of them will guard the devil, even if they're small in level. So tell me my son. Why are you here? I'll find out and then we can have a fun family game. Just the two of us. No dogs. No devils. Just mommy and her little monster."


Malice looked around, which was unusual for the dog demon who would usually stare at his target or at Cerbin for directions. However, since his summoner had no vision on him and instead was looking at his watch, Malice stayed in his position, head moving only. Cerbin looked at his watch, which was of course digital since he didn't have a concept of dialed time. Blowing a bubble, he waited for the the the minute to roll over before whispering. "Immobilize."

It was a code the dog demon was all familiar with hearing. The target in front of him was currently standing. By immobilize, Malice knew that Cerbin wanted to keep the target alive, most likely for questioning and all he had to do was make it so that it was glued to the ground. It wasn't as easy as it seemed. Cerbin didn't call for the action much, mostly on occasion where he was away from the target or had trouble keeping up with the target. No doubt do to his human body. For a second Malice looked around to see if he could hear the wind say his name, but afterwards rushed towards the boy at break neck speed. When it came to mobilization and speed, Malice was about double the fastest dogs speed and didn't need to rest unless wounded. He had suspected the mortal boy in front of him wouldn't even last a minute against him. Was that why he was told to imobilize instead of devour? It didn't matter. The throat was off limits. That, and also certain meaty parts of the flesh. In fact, with his razor sharp teeth, unless he wanted the boy to die from severe blood loss he would only be able to attack the thiegh area and the upper arm area. It was then that he also remembered humans only needing one kidney. Yes. If he was going to do this, he was going to do this his way. He would be sure to make Cerbin regret pitting him up against a human child.

Malice lunged towards the boy a few times, not trying to harm him, but instead see how fast he could react. The boys reactions were good by his standards, but when he looked back to his brother, he wondered what exactly he wanted from the kid. It was a test right? So why wasn't Cerbin looking at the boy. No matter, if Cerbin didn't want to look then Malice would make him regret that too. His next attack went for the boys leg, but malice had to jump back on the boys reaction. It wasn't as if it was a certain thing, but Malice had to make sure the boys blade didn't touch him. If the boy had an upper hand it would be the sword he was carrying. That's right the sword. If Malice could take away the use of the boys arms then he wouldn't be able to use his blade. It looked like an obscure hop, the way he began to move, but soon it became a pounce and then a sprint. In a zig zag motion, packed with as much speed as the demon hound could muster he aimed for either the left shoulder of the boy or the right one. Whichever side the boy decided to guard against his zigs, he would zag and go for his other one. Then of course he would make it easier on him. Of course, if he succeeded in shutting on arm down, he wouldn't hesitant not to go for the other. Then he could focus on the legs and after that he'd nibble until told not to. How he hoped Cerbin would then reward him with the boys life.

Zig...Zag... Arrrruuugghhh!!!!!

Meanwhile Cerbin ignored the noises that the dog and kid were making, only waiting for the smell of blood to step in. That or the time to run out. Didn't matter much to him. It wasn't long until he did smell blood, though he didn't care to investigate it since it came a ways away from him and his test.

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Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Cuthbert Baltair

Cuthbert carefully watched as the beast came hurrying towards him, sword wielded securely in front of him as he branded the weapon in a defensive stance, legs parted, with his arms raised. The creature was practically gliding across the land as it sprinted towards the boy at great speed, rather effortlessly, before it grew close enough and decided to lunge at the boy from the front. Instinctively Cuthbert raised his weapon and reflected the monsters attack, side-swinging the blade as it caught the beast from underneath and threw it backwards from his being. Of course, such a feat was not without a cost, as the boy took a heavy breath. The monster was not light, and any attack he would make against it would require quite a bit of physical force from the youth.

The beast continued its attack a few more times, lunging at the boy from various angles, as it forced Cuthbert to shift his stance and maneuver about on the spot, swinging his sword back and forth, as he kept the creature at bay. Momentarily, he followed the beasts line of sight, as he too glanced at Cerbin and noticed the teachers seeming lack of interest. Narrowing his stare a little, the boy griped harder onto his blade. If the teacher was not going to watch, then he’d at least try to grasp his attention, be it good or bad. Just then the creature sprang for his leg, prompting the boy to bring his legs up sharply as he hopped into the air and swung his blade, narrowly avoiding the monster as he tumbled to the ground.

Digging the blade into the ground Cuthbert got to his feet and sprang forward, getting his balance, as he witnessed the hound sprint in a zigzag formation as it darted back and forth, confusing the boy briefly, as his eyes trailed after the beast. However, the monster moved at such a speed that the boy was only just managing to follow its movements, as the hound rammed forward and lunged its fangs into his upper arm, more particularly the arm in which he wielded his blade, forcing the boy to drop the sword as the beast jumped back a little and created a bit of distance between them.

Grasping at his injured arm, Cuthbert stood somewhat vulnerable, as his blade lay against the ground near him. The hound only paused for a brief moment, before it began its descend towards the boy once more, before throwing itself towards his other arm. Quickly, the youth dropped to the ground and rolled to the side as the monster passed him, picking up his blade with his functioning arm, as he sprang to his feet. Twirling the weapon round and adjusting his grip, the boy held his wounded limb against his chest, whilst holding out his other in front of him. Legs apart, he braced himself, as the hound spun round and charged at the boy.

Narrowly avoiding the creature, Cuthbert side-stepped the beast and knelt to the ground, swinging forth his blade as he slashed against the monsters side whilst it ran past him. He could’ve sworn he had heard a yelp of some kind, however faint, confirming his strike was successful, as he got to his feet again. The monster flipped round as it immediately darted for his legs, missing one, but managing to bite down on the other just a little. Cuthbert fell to the ground and landed on his back, wriggling around as he tried kicking the monster with his other foot, and aimed hard for its face, before bringing forward his blade as he swung down onto the monster.

Soon enough, the hound eventually let go, though the damage had already been done as Cuthbert got to his feet and limped a few paces back from the creature. Evidently, the boy was tired from the prior struggles, but he still kept his figure upright, with his blade held before him as he looked to the hound that stood close-by, watching him.

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Character Portrait: Cerbin "Cerberus" Hiberion Character Portrait: Cuthbert Baltair

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Malice rubbed its stinging snout into the ground, hoping to get rid of the sensation. Licking his lips, Malice began to caress the blood inside his mouth, playing with it like the thick water that it was. The taste was so enthralling. He had never tasted anything like it before. Soon, the hairs on it's back began to rise and the third eye on its head began to erect like some type of pimple. Soon it began growling like the beast it was and lost all sense of what it's brother had wanted. Only instinct was controlling it at the moment, and instinct was saying that human actually tasted better than it had thought. There was to be no zig zagging this time. No. This time it began to circle the human who was clearly immobilized and stopped only when he found a good angle for weakness. Then with a flash of movement it darted towards the boy, killing intent in its eyes and nothing else on its mind.


Probably the only time in it's life that it would make such a cute sound. Though, it was followed by monstrous growls and another yelp.

Cerbin had reached his brother just in time to place his shoe rightly on the edge of its neck. He thought for a second, only to warn it. 'I'll snap your neck if you continue.' Still the beast wasn't in it's right state of mind. With a small sigh, Cerbin added what seemed to be a little a bit to pretty much no pressure of force to the dogs neck and a crunching sound could be heard. Soon the whining sounds were replaced with the scratching sounds of the demons nails as he tried to escape and the gasping sounds, probably muffled screams or growls. Cerbin looked down in disgust at his brother, for he knew that things were just meant to be that way. He was chosen to be a superior and his brother was destined to be nothing more than a lesser being.

Slowly letting go of his grip on the demons neck He watched as Malice wheezed and huffed, trying to enact his healing process. It took a few moments, but Cerbin didn't let his eyes leave his brother until it was barely coming to its feet. Looking at Cerbin with its teeth bared, it walked around from his his left side, past his back, onto his right side and licked his hand before going slowly back into his shadow, fixing his eyes on the injured boy one last time before disappearing. It was sad if someone thought about it. Cerbin knew such would be the case. Dog demons, especially lesser ones are loyal to their kin, even through harsh times. They were demons after all. It didn't matter if you were even stabbed in the back by your own. In the end of the day, the stronger one was the alpha and still your family. Any dog demon would watch it's own, almost like an actual dog. Which is more the reason why Cerbin and his brothers stuck together as they did. Their mom left them, which wasn't a thing they were indistinctly ready for and their father died on his prime. Still, Cerbin being the only one of the three to see the wrong in how they acted towards each other. Even when he was younger he was the same way. His brothers would take of his flesh at any opportunity and his father would let them. It was training if anything. Now that he was the strongest it was only right for him to do unto them the same whenever they crossed him right? Wrong. It was wrong to him. He had only dream that one day he could at least treat his kin as good as humans treat their dogs. The very least of this realm would be better than his own.

Scratching his head, Cerbin turned around and looked at his student. Beaten and battered, he was sure this wasn't how a human exorcist would have treated a kid, but because the child didn't give up, or even run for instance, he had proven himself way beyond Cerbins expectations. The other kids ran when they outnumbered a demon, but this boy.... He was different.

"Nine minutes and I had to intervene," Cerbin said, throwing a piece of hubba bubba in his mouth. He laid silent, but kept his stare on the boy.

"Let's go. You pass."

With the closest thing he could form to a warm smile, he reached out his hand towards the boy so that he could help him. Probably get him to the infirmary too. Cerbin had forgotten something that he was just reminded of. The kid may have been a knight by title, but he was still just a kid. There was a great chance that Malice was the first demon the boy had ever faced. Knowing what he knew, Malice could have bested anyone on their off day, much less a child, but he continued on and even caused injury to the beast. Cerbin was truly impressed by this human. So much so that he wished to supervise his growth. Ah, that was right. He was under that woman. Just thinking about her made his nose itch. He dreaded the thought of how she would react to the boy being torn apart. Not literally, but he was a child. Cerbin sighed. After throwing the boys arm over his shoulder to steady him on the way to the infirmary.

"Next time, don't chase the speed with your eyes, use your ears. Hold a small ground towards yourself too. You were too open. If needed, let the beast bite you somewhere you know you can recover if the the speed beats you. Then sever its neck. No matter though. If I'm able I'll make it so speed isn't a problem for you. Even if you are a human I sense stride in you. Good job kid."