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Rin Miyuzaki

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a character in “Fairy Tail: A New Adventure”, as played by Lostsoulsbleed

Description

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Name:
Amaya Hitomi Miyuzaki

Nicknames:
Rin
Most commonly she is addressed as Rin, mostly due to people not realizing it isn't her name, but people have found the nickname suites her quite well due to her distant disposition anyways.
Amaya/Maya
Her other, far less common, nickname. The only people who call her this (or her real name) are her old guild mates and her celestial spirits.
Kiddo
Mainly used by Moru and Zoe in a teasing manner. They both know Rin hates the nickname.
Onee-san
Ayumi is the only one who calls Rin 'Big Sister'


Alias(es):
The Celestial Wolf, Celestial Demon
Both of Rin's aliases have something to do with both her appearance and her demeanor. Her more common title, The Celestial Wolf, is mostly in part to her guild mark but is also partially because of her tendency to work alone. Her other, less common, title of Celestial Demon is mostly due to her ruthlessness in battle and partially due to her red eyes.

Age:
27

Description:
Rin looks quite young for her age, most assuming she's in her mid-teens. Her spirits think this is due to how often she used Moru's powerful healing magic when she was younger. Despite this Rin is pretty average size-wise. She reaches 5'5 and weights 101 lb, technically underweight for her height. Despite this she is still quite shapely, her measurments being 33-22-34 She has extremely long, raven black hair that reaches down to her mid-thigh which she usually wears down but on occasion will put up into a ponytail. Though she left her birth guild she still sports their mark in the form of a tattoo at the top of her right cheekbone, slightly under and to the left of her eye, about the size of a ring.

Clothing:
Traveling/Job Clothes
When Traveling Rin always wears the same thing since it usually gives her a 50-50 chance of being recognized. She feels it allows her to make her presence known if someone wants to ask for help but also keeps her from drawing too much attention.
Normal Clothes 1, Normal Clothes 2
When she isn't on jobs these are two of Rin's favorite casual outfits.
Semi-Formal Clothes
Rin is actually quite fond of fashion and takes great pride in her appearance. She bought this purely out of self-indulgence.
Formal Clothes
Having bought this on a job to infiltrate a party thrown by a dark guild Rin couldn't bring herself to get rid of it.


Location and Color of Guild Crest:
N/A



Magic Type:
Celestial Spirit Magic, Music Magic

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Magical Tools
Celestial Bow
An extremely powerful weapon from the Celestial Spirit Realm. Rin has only successfully summoned this bow once.(For a comparison this is 50 times more powerful then the Crystal form of The Arrow spirit.)
Lapis Celestial Gate Keys
The Rooster, The Horse, and The Sheep
Silver Celestial Gate Keys
The Phoenix and The Arrow
*See Below For More Info on Rin's Spirits(More will be added)*

Magical Spells
Celestial Spirit Summon
The ability to open a Celestial Spirit's gate.
Azure Spirit Dual Summon (Rin has not yet mastered this spell)
The ability to open two Lapis Key Gates at once.
Music Spells
Deep Sleep Lullaby, Warrior's Chant, Lament of Sorrow, Joyous Anthem, True Love's Ballad
Forced Gate Closure
Due to the strength of Rin's Spirits forcing their gates closed takes major magic energy, especially when its against their will
Star Dress (Rin is unable to use this spell since she doesn't have access to her Second Origin)
A Celestial Wizard can use this spell to fuse their spirit's power into themselves. Their clothing with change based on the spirit and the spirit's mark will appear somewhere on the wizard's body.

Wizard Ranking:
Under Contemplation

Team:
N/A



History:
Born and raised in a guild called Wolf Spirit, which is based in Dawn City, Rin had a pretty normal childhood for a wizard's daughter starting out. Wolf Spirit, while small, was a well-known guild full of hard working mages. Her mother's family had always been members of Wolf Spirit, her mother being a B-Class Wizard in the guild, and her father was a very powerful S-Class wizard who had joined Wolf Spirit after his old guild was disbanded. Not long after her father joined Rin's parents got married and a year later Rin was born.

Growing up, Rin's father was always gone on jobs, providing for her and her mother. While she was at the guild Rin was often asking about her father. As a way to keep her out of everyone's hair her mother taught her how to cook eggs when she was five and the next time her father came back from a job she cooked for him. After seeing how happy her father was eating the food she cooked she took on the hobby full-time. She was constantly in the guild kitchen cooking and her talents grew as she got older and taught herself further. When she turned 7 in return for her cooking in between jobs her father started teaching her how to use sound magic. While she easily learned the basics she didn't find it interesting enough. Just as she was going to quit someone else in the guild who used Guitar Magic offered to teach her how to play. As her interest in music grew Rin's magical strength because known, particularly after she put the entire guild to sleep on accident after playing them a lullaby she wrote.

Shortly after her 12th birthday her father didn't return from a job he had left on, despite promising to be back on time. Worried, Rin was constantly bugging her mother and once her father was over two weeks late her mother went after him. A month later one of Rin's guild mates returned bearing news of her parents death. Despite recovering them they refused to let her see the bodies and her mother's gate keys were all that was left of her parents. After that Rin gave up cooking and refused to touch an intrument, only able to remember the looks of love and happiness on her parents faces when she did either. During this time she also refused to take or go through her parent's possessions, in which were her mother's two Lapis Keys.

A few months after her parent's deaths, one of her guild mates returned from a job with a blue key which Rin took great interest in, it seeming familiar. Intrigued, she started reading every book available on keys which eventually led her to a book on celestial spirit magic. It was then that Rin realized the key seemed familiar because of her mother's own Lapis key. Almost 6 months later she finally found a book the contained mention of the Lapis keys of the Chinese zodiac and the way to open the gates. Opening the gate of the Horse Rin met Moru, though she technically already knew him. Moru being one of her mother's spirits Rin had grown up around him.

After much pushing from Zoe, her mother's other celestial spirit, and Moru Rin took on her first B-Class job in Wolf Spirit at the age of 14 and returned without a scratch on her. By the time she was 17 she was an A-Class wizard widely known as the Celestial Wolf, due to her tendency to work alone and her magic type.
When Rin was 19 she was badly injured in a battle during a job and as a result her guild master gave her an ultimatum. She was either to join a team or leave the guild. In result, Rin left her life-long guild and became a rouge wizard, traveling across Fiore. Since she put most of her time into jobs that she felt were important, usually taking down monsters or dark guilds that were terrorizing innocent people, she grew quite the name for herself. During her travels Rin has traveled across all of Fiore and, feeling like she could make more of a difference in a guild, has now decided to see if Fairy Tail would accept her.

Personality:
Due to her past Rin has two different personalities, the one she shows to the world and her true self. While it is obvious that Rin is a caring person due to the Jobs she takes it's quite hard for most people to see that side of her. Rin tries to keep everyone but her spirits at a distance, using a cold glare and silence as a way to avoid interaction with others. A lot of people take this as Rin thinking she's better than everyone else and Rin's bluntness doesn't help. Despite her intentions this seems to have only added to the mystery and therefore increased her 'following'. Sorcerer Weekly, on the rare occasion one of their reporters has bumped into her, has done a few spreads on her which also didn't help her case.

Truthfully Rin is a caring, fun-loving,and loyal person. She values her spirits highly and loves them all like family. Much to her surprise, Zoe once went behind her back and gave a Sorcerer Weekly reporter a statement. "Rin is a wonderful wizard. She is fully dedicated to helping the innocent, though her stubborness keeps her from making any friends." That spread also included the tidbit that Rin has a bit of a temper as the reporter witnessed Rin grabbing Zoe with a few choice words and dragging her away from the reporter. Rin is extremely stubborn, which shows in how long she was able to stay out of a guild with Zoe's constant nagging. Her temper is another problem entirely, while she can usually keep it under control there are times when she can't. These are particularly if someone insults her spirits or her capabilities or if she witnesses someone mistreating others. Rin is very impulsive, never being one to sit idle when she could jump forth and take action.
With all her flaws her spirits love her immensely, almost as much as she loves them, and it strongly attests to her good character and kind heart.



Strengths:
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Massive Amount of Magical Energy
Due to both the capacity for magical energy she inherited from her father and the amount of training she's done Rin has a extremely large amount of magical energy at her disposal.
Expert Archer
When she was a young wizard and wasn't as experienced in controlling her magic, and could only open one Lapis gate before she ran out of magical energy, Rin decided to learn to fight to help her spirits and when she spectacularly failed at that she took up archery.
Often Underestimated
Due to being a girl and her youthful appearance most of her opponents underestimate her, giving her an advantage.
Durability
On more than one occasion Rin has taken a beating during a fight and despite the pain she always pushes through.
Master Equitour
Due to a few failed attempts at riding Moru in an emergency they decided it would be best for Rin to learn how to ride a horse. She is quite skilled at it now.

Weaknesses:
Close Combat
Her magic and combat style all being long-range Rin's glaring weakness is her inability to fight enemies in close combat.
Intellect
Rin has always been energetic and has never really taken an interest in learning or reading so she mainly relies on her street smarts and experience.
Instruments
Rin's Music magic is strongest when she mixes her voice and a magical instrument but since she's opposed to using her Music magic she doesn't keep any with her.
Stage Fright
While playing an instrument in front of others doesn't faze her Rin has never sang in front of others. This, mixed with her refusal to carry an instrument with her, ultimatley makes her music magic useless.
Attractive
While most would see this as a strength Rin strongly disagrees, finding any excessive attention more bothersome than anything else.
Refuses to Join a Team
Due to what happened to her parents Rin refuses to join a team, afraid that she'll lead them to their deaths.

Fears:
Letting Others Grow Close to Her/Losing the People she Cares For
Rin pushes everyone away cause truly she's scared of those she cares for getting hurt.
Being a Disappointment
Her father was an amazing wizard and felt great pride in Rin's magic capability. As such, she often fears she won't prove to be as amazing a wizard as her father thought she would be.
Excessive Attention
While a few stares and whispers don't bother her having the main focus of a room being her seriously freaks Rin out. Mainly because she thinks they are judging her and she doesn't have the self-confidence to think the judgment is good.


Hobbies:
Cooking
Something her mother taught her, she has rarely done it since her parents passing, often preferring to eat out.
Archery
After one of her spirits got injured and she was unable to do anything Rin took up archery and actually quite enjoys it.
Music
Rin is a quite talented singer and can play the guitar, the flute, and the piano.


Habits:
Humming
Something she does when she's distracted, bored, or in a good mood.
Arrow Counting
When Rin gets nervous or can tell a there will be a fight soon she'll unconsciously move her hand back to trace over the fletching of her arrows.
Tapping
Rin is an energetic person so if she's sitting down doing nothing her hands tend to move on their own.
Writing Lyrics
While she doesn't play music anymore Rn will still occasionally come up with lyrics for a song which she will write down in a journal she keeps with her at all times. She has been known by her spirits to sometimes do this in the middle of a conversation.
Making Soup
Any time Rin comes into contact with someone who's sick she will break her rules against cooking and will make them soup, leaving it for them anonymously. This is because her mother made the soup for her when she was sick and when she was taught the recipe she promised her mother to use it to help others.







Family:
Kazuki Miyuzaki - Father - Deceased
Sakura Miyuzaki - Mother - Deceased
Any Other Relations Unknown

Other:
Rin keeps a non-magic bow with her at all times. She usually leaves it strapped to her back along with a quiver of arrows.[/left]

Rin's Celestial Spirits
The Rooster
Name: Xiao-Hong; Called: Zoe or Red
Appearance
Personality: Zoe is an extremely caring and intelligent person. Being her mother's celestial spirit she and Rin already knew each other, Zoe being like an aunt to her. Though Zoe is a bit flamboyant at times she is reliable and honest which has helped her and Rin develop a close relationship over the years.
Powers/Abilities:
Time Magic - This gives Zoe the ability to speed up, slow down, and stop time. These affects can be for an entire area or a singular object/person. In most cases, if a person is caught in her time-stopping magic they will not remember it and therefore it would seem they were beaten in the blink of an eye. When she is altering time in general the affected parties will usually notice it.
Sleep Magic - By using her magic Zoe can cause others to fall asleep or wake up. Due to it's form of use she is unable to target a single person, causing everyone to hear her whistling to fall asleep and everyone to hear her screech to awaken. The volume of her voice is what dictates this ability and how strong it's affects are.
Kyusho-Jutsu - A form of martial arts primarily focusing on the ability to disable, paralyze, or even kill by the striking of certain pressure points.

The Horse
Name: HēiMǎ ;Called: Mamoru, Moru for short
Human Appearance, Horse Appearance, Human Wing Magic Appearance, Horse Wing Magic Appearance
Personality: Moru is a very assertive and opinionated person. He loves to be the center of attention but that comes second to getting what he wants. Despite his assertive nature when it comes to his desires, Moru is very easy-going. He's easy to get along with, as long as you don't disagree with his interests and opinions, has an upbeat, friendly personality. Moru is also quite a bit protective of Rin, having been her first Celestial Spirit.
Powers/Abilities:
Transformation Magic - With his Transformation Magic Moru is able to switch between his horse and human form with ease.
High Speed - A Caster Magic that gives the ability to move at extremely fast speeds. Moru mainly uses it in human form to add to the impact of his melee attacks.
Wing Magic - Moru can form wings out of his magical energy allowing him to fly and use the feathers as projectiles.
Healing Magic - Using his magical energy Moru can heal the physical injuries of others. Due to this Rin added the conditon to their contract that he couldn't open his own gate to heal her unless her condition was critical, Rin not wanting her body to be dependant on Moru's magic to heal.
Telepathy Magic - While all spirits have the ability to speak telepathically with their Key Holder Moru is the only one of Rin's spirits who can speak to others as well, though he mostly uses it while in horse form.

The Sheep
Name: Shu-Ling ;Called: Ayumi
Appearance
Personality: While Ayumi is a Celestial Spirit she acts more like a little kid, very excitable. Despite her childish tendencies Ayumistill has a serious side and is very confident and dependable, both being useful traits in battle. She cares very much for Rin and that shows in her loving/clingy nature. Often being considered weak due to her spirit animal and gender Ayumi is very defensive of her abilities. She always puts others before herself and is never afraid to face difficulties.
Powers/Abilities:
Requip: The Olympians - This magic allows Ayumi to equip various armours that are themed after the Gods of Greek Myths.
~~~~~Zeus:https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/66/ff/30/66ff302a490c47b5ed9987e90262ca80.jpg
~~~~~Poseidon:https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/23/20/9d/23209d5c1e3f6d002cf41f8ef4b92e14.jpg
~~~~~Hades:https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/9f/4e/90/9f4e900ce01e90dec1f1c7c946b7d128.jpg
~~~~~Ares:https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/47/85/11/478511cc713478c07a2d0b91e1d19176.jpg
~~~~~WIP:
~~~~~Hermes:http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i89/Rei_sama/Anime%20girls/zakki47.jpg
~~~~~WIP:
The Fire-Bird
Name: Phoenix ;Called: Flames
Normal Appearance,Secondary Appearance
Personality: Flames has the mentality of a puppy. Excited, Playful and Loyal Flames is an adorable fire-using spirit.
Powers/Abilities:
Spark - The ability to use his magic to engulf his body in flames. Usually only useful to provide light or create fire.
Fireball - The ability to exhale a ball of fire.
Flaming Talons - The ability to concentrate his magic around his talons to create extremely hot flames before physically attacking an opponent.
Enrage - This allows Flames to take on his secondary form making him more powerful. Sadly, when he uses this spell after his gate closes he turns to ash and is reborn. This leaves him unable to be summoned for a few days.
The Arrow
Name: Sagitta ;Called: Gita
Normal Form,Fire Form,Water Form, Lightning Form, Ice Form, Light Form, Crystal Form
Personality: Gita is a very grumpy spirit and will often shift into whatever element HE fees will best suit the situation, despite anything Rin will say.
Powers/Abilities:
Forms: Normal-Attacks of Magical Energy, Usually half as powerful as the Elemental attacks.,Fire, Water, Lightning, Ice, Light, and Crystal-Makes a concentrated,Lacrima 'arrow',out of the user's magical energy. This is twice as powerful as it's elemental attacks.
Telepathy - Since the Bow and Arrows have no face this spirit communicates telepathically.
Shift - The Spirit shifts it's form to create different attacks. The bow can only do this 4 times in a fight and each form can only be used for four shots.
Elemental Arrow - This Spirit is more like a Magical Item, acting as a conduit for the mage's magical power. Whatever Elemental form the bow is in is what type of attack it will create.
Magic Accuracy - The spirit will use it's magic to guide the attack to it's target. It can only do this between attacks, if Rin draws the bow again it can't guide previous attacks.





Chinese Zodiac Celestial Spirits
Spirit~Name~Gender~Owner

The Rat~Shu-Ying~Female~N/A
The Ox~Niú Su~Male~N/A
The Tiger~TBA~~N/A
The Rabbit~TBA~~N/A
The Dragon~Qing Long~Male~N/A
The Snake~TBA~Female~None
The Horse~HēiMǎ~Male~Rin
The Sheep/Goat~TBA~Female~Rin
The Monkey~TBA~~N/A
The Rooster~Xiao~Hong~Female~Rin
The Dog~TBA~~N/A
The Boar/Pig~TBA~~N/A



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So begins...

Rin Miyuzaki's Story

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Character Portrait: Rin Miyuzaki Character Portrait: Zane Character Portrait: Pommel Grade Character Portrait: Emerald Jay Character Portrait: Wynter Vellant Character Portrait: Riku Character Portrait: Slick Character Portrait: Magpie Character Portrait: Yui Kuroshio
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Rin Miyuzaki
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As Rin walked into the town of Magnolia she pulled her hood down a bit to put her face in shadows. While the bottom half of her face was covered Rin always felt that it was her eyes that gave her away. While a few people did stop what they were doing to stare at the hooded woman as she passed most paid her no mind. As she passed an inn Rin hesitated but decided not to risk getting a room. 'If I need one I can come back later when I'm less likely to draw attention...' Continuing on Rin traveled through the maze that was Magnolia. Honestly the layout wasn't that hard to map out and the Fairy Tail guild hall was even easier to find then she thought.

For a while she hesitated, leaning up against a wall or getting a drink at a cafe within eyesight. She didn't understand why this guild had to be the one she joined. At first it had just been Zoe's typical nagging but then a few months ago Ayumi joined in and that girl could be a major pain in the butt when she didn't get what she wanted. Despite both of their pushing Rin had still managed to stand her ground.... That is, until they convinced Moru. Rin didn't know what the Ox zodiac spirit was like but if he was ANYWHERE near as stubborn as Moru Rin hoped to never meet him. It had only taken two days of Moru refusing to go back to the spirit world for Rin to snap and agree, having been too exhausted from taking out their most recent Dark Guild target to send him back by force. 'It was perfectly timed... He must have waited until after I took them out on purpose...'

Shaking her head Rin sighed. "No use crying over it now. A promise to a celestial spirit is a vow..." Or at least that was Rin's mentality. Setting down payment for her drink Rin walked the short way back to the guild hall. Right as she was about to enter a young girl with pink hair bolted out of the guild, almost knocking into Rin. Looking after the girl Rin shook her head, glad she was able to get out of the way in time, and entered. It was nothing like she remembered Wolf Spirit being like. While her old guild had been rowdy and fun-loving they seemed tame in comparison to the people in Fairy Tail. Raising her head and pulling her hood back just enough to reveal her eyes Rin looked around and immediately seemed to lock eyes with a young girl with long blonde hair and green eyes.

As Rin and the girl continued to stare Rin blushed a bit, thankful that her cheeks were covered by black cloth. While question marks practically hovered over the girl's head her eyes became bright with excitement and she rushed forward, moving far faster than Rin though she should be able. "Welcome to Fairy Tail! I definitely haven't seen you around here before! What is your business here? Looking to join? Post a job? Create a new home? Defy laws of sanity? Talk to someone? Be my bestiest best friend?" Rin's mouth dropped open in shock behind her mask, staring at the smiling girl right in front of her with wide eyes. Suddenly the girl's eyes widened too. "Oh! I didn't introduce myself! I'm Mavis Vermilion, Fairy Tail's guild master!"

Rin's eyes narrowed a bit as she looked down at the loop holding her celestial keys. For a moment she considered turning around and leaving but Moru's key let out a soft glow showing he knew exactly what she was thinking and she sighed heavily before looking back at the energetic guild master. "It's a pleasure to meet you. I'm here to join actually." Her voice was monotone as she spoke, giving no clues as to what she was feeling. Looking around she noticed that both the guild master's greeting and her statement seemed to have attracted quite a bit of attention from the rest of the guild. Pulling her hood down a bit Rin flinched, wishing she could turn tail and run even more.

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Emerald Jay


“So Emerald Jay is it? Welcome to the guild! My name is Zane. Its always nice to see a new face! Anyways, how well are you guys doing?”

Blinking a few times, Emerald turned her attention away from Wynter to the red haired boy who approached them. ”Nice to meet you Zane.” She barely finished before he carried on talking.

“You know, its kind of funny. I just realized we could all be associated with a color. Emerald Green, Wynter Blue, and since I am a Wizard that mains fire magic, Fire Red. Plus my red hair.”

”I guess that’s true...”

”What’s this I hear about colors?” Emerald glanced over at the newcomer to the conversation who had put himself next to Zane. He didn’t seem to be that old, with blue hair and green eyes and a pair of goggles sat upon his head.

She smiled at the boy. “Zane was talking about how we’re like colors or something. I’m Emerald, nice to meet you.”
Zane then turned his attention to Wynter, starting to talk about an S-Rank mission he’d been on. ’S-Rank? Now I feel a bit overwhelmed, everyone here seems so strong...’
The red haired boy turned his attention back to her. [i]“Just wait, pretty soon you will have your own fun and great adventures to tell!”


”Eh? I-I doubt it... I’m not really that strong after all...” She started mumbling at the end, sinking in her seat. Immersed in her thoughts, she didn’t hear the next few things that Zane said, though she did feel like someone was glaring at her which caused the green haired girl so slump over, head resting on the table.

”Nice goggles.” That simple comment brought Emerald back from her thoughts and she realised that she had been fiddling with her goggles again. Straightening up, she looked over at the blue haired boy and smiled again.

”Thanks, yours are cool too.”

It was then that she noticed a girl with long red hair leave the guild and a couple of minutes later, another wearing a hood to hide themselves with enter. She tilted her head to the side, watching the hooded girl be practically jumped on by Mavis, much the same way the guild master had done to her when she first stepped into the guild. ”Someone new?” Emerald turned her attention back to the group she was with. ”So many people...” She slumped over again, this time with her face resting on her books.

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Mary sighed. She hadn't expected Pommel to finally take the direct approach, but one could hope. She hated hearing the girl talk down about herself, although it happened often and rarely lasted long. She opened her mouth to say something, but after a moment, closed it with a frown. If Pommel's flamboyance wasn't enough to get Wynter's attention, what would? The poor girl had made herself known to just about everyone else in the guild, at least anyone who'd been there since she came out of her shell, yet the person she wanted to notice her the most was endlessly oblivious.

It came down to bad luck, it seemed. They were always just missing each other, something always just barely got between them and kept them from meeting. Of course, Pommel had had plenty of opportunities to simply walk up and introduce herself, but Mary could see how that just wouldn't be the same. Still, she was starting to get worried that if Wynter ever did notice Pommel, the baker would be disappointed. Pommel idolized Wynter, after all, and as wonderful as Cold Steel was, she was just as human as the rest of them.

Mary jolted upright, pulled suddenly from her thoughts by the banging. Before she could really figure out what was happening, Pommel had clasped her hand, thanked her, then ran off, apron flying in the air behind her. Magpie blinked twice at the spot where Pommel had vaulted herself over the counter, then her vision was intercepted by Slick. The woman was almost positive that there were big, blocky question marks bouncing on top of her head. "What, indeed," she replied quietly, voice a little far off. After a second, she laughed a little. "I haven't a clue, but I'm glad it worked, whatever it was."

She shrugged at his next question, finally finishing off her first cookie. "I hope so. Although, judging from past results..." She picked up another cookie, and looked briefly back and forth between the group and the stairs. In the background, the guy Riku'd drawn on looked quite flustered but had yet to realize what was on his face. Mary decided to give the boy a chance to go up and apologize on his own before she stepped in again, so she looked back to the man next to her. "Did you come over here only to swipe some baked goods while she isn't looking? Not very subtle of you, Slick." She narrowed her eyes, bit her lips remained in a small smile.

When Pommel started shouting at Vernon, it drew Mary's attention again. She quirked her head like a curious puppy, frozen with her second cookie halfway to her mouth. "Hm? Oh-! ...Is she taking a job?" Eyes widened slightly, the woman looked back to Slick, checking to make sure she wasn't the only one surprised at this. "That'll be her first, right?" Considering the girl had been with the guild for a couple years now and had yet to take any jobs from the board, Mary, for one, thought this was quite a big deal. She wasn't sure whether to be worried or proud; which meant she was a bit of both.

She watched as Pommel sped out the door, all but flattening an unfamiliar girl who happened to be on her way in. Judging by Mavis's reaction, she'd never seen the girl before either, which was interesting. Were they getting a new member? Mary's smile widened at the idea of her family growing. That was how she saw the guild, after all: one big, ever growing family. She hoped the girl was going to join, but being greeted by Mavis was like being greeted by a crowd, and she didn't want to overwhelm the newbie so Mary stayed where she was for now.

Just as she was starting to turn away again, taking a bite of the cookie, none other than Cold Steel herself went sprinting out the door after Pommel. "Mm!" Magpie exclaimed, pointing toward the door since she was far too polite to talk with her mouth full. She swallowed hard, feet kicking lightly in another attempt to get Slick's attention while she felt back for a drink, anything to help her wash it down. She finally found a mug of beer and took a long swig, nose wrinkling at the taste. She would have much preferred a glass of milk. "Looks like our Mel may get her wish, after all!"

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Zane's usually friendly (and possibly over-energetic) self emerged as Emerald spoke down about herself. His warm smile lit up, and if Emerald had heard anything about Zane, his ability to make people feel welcome and even powerful from his smile almost seemed like a spell was involved. "Just because others are strong doesn't mean your weak. Everyone is strong in their own way at least. And I can tell just from looking at you, one day, possibly one day soon, it might even be tomorrow, you are going to save a lot of people's lives".

However, that is when Zane noticed the situation with Cold Steel. He looked around and heard some of the comment of others (As his senses are enhanced from being a Dragon Slayer), he pieced it together. "Well, I better go help. It IS my job, after all. That said, don't think your slacking just because I am so young but an S-Class". He leaned in closer and whispered the next part in her ear. "I am actually an emotionally scarred 44 year old. Trust me, people can overcome anything with enough willpower, and I bet you have a lot of it".

He smiled at her again and waved, before running off. He stopped for about one second at Mavis and Rin. "Hey, welcome to the Guild! Thanks for joining! Sorry I can't give you the full greeting, I gotta go make sure a fellow guildmember doesn't get smashed".

"I take it that the mission Pommel took was yours? Didn't she notice it was S-Class?" Mavis asked as Zane was already leaving. "And Zane, try to not have us get a large damages bill again!"

"Relax, nothing but mountains and monsters to damage! No bill possible, keeping my promise!" Zane yelled as he ran off.

Mavis shrugged, then looked at Rin. "Well, if its just those two, he should be too busy protecting her to damage...wait, didn't Cold Steel go after her too! Oh no....I am not sure how much a mountain costs, but if those two are going...hey, I can tell, your a power Wizard. How about for your first job going and making sure those three don't wreck...well, a mountain? There are actually quite a few jobs from that area we are going to anyways, so I need as many people as possible to go there and investigate".

Meanwhile, Zane finally reached the train station, only to see the train had already left and Cold Steel about to chase after it. Cold Steel was already away, so he used some boost magic on himself to make him lighter, and then used his fire magic to propel him like a rocket towards the train, the guildmembers, and the mountain. He quickly caught up to Cold Steel, but the train was another thing entirely. It was actually still getting faster!

Zane looked at Cold Steel with a half smile. "Well, guess we are teaming up again. At least Mavis wont have to worry about us breaking anything and having the guild get billed for it. I can't even remember the last time we teamed up anyways, but I am sure it happened at least once".

That was when Zane noticed something. And then, moving so fast it might have looked like teleportation, Zane wrapped his arms around Cold Steel and seemingly held on for dear life. It was because the train, and as a result them as well, had gone over a bridge that went over a giant lake. "Don't let go. Don't let go. Don't look down. Don't look down. You won't fall and drown. You won't fall and drown. Oh please, why cant we get over this any faster!?"

Zane couldn't swim. Well, sort of. Hot springs, ponds, small streams, he was fine with. But for some reason, anything remotely big, and he didn't swim or even float. He just sank to the very bottom. Not many people knew this, but a few of the more experienced guildmembers, mainly ones that have gone on missions with him or knew the truth about him, knew this as well. And as a result, he gained a deep fear of drowning.

"Please go faster..." he said, still panicked.

Meanwhile, Mavis also ensured Slick knew about the future potential damages. Mainly the mountain, since she was worried they might actually get billed for it.

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Slick nodded slightly as he listened to Mary, ever modest about her contributions. Though that said, it seemed that with Pommel almost everything spurred her on. Words of encouragement gave her the strength to pick herself back up, while insults and derision fired up her competitive side. An admirable quality, to say the least.

Steadily making the most of the good food, Mary’s response to his next inquiry was about what he expected. She tended to want the best for everyone, though he couldn’t help but smirk at the last part. Truly, the games that Pommel played to get her noticed by Wynter were one of Slick’s most enjoyable things to watch. Why, that one time he’d made a point to try and introduce the tiny chef to Wynter she’d managed to hide herself by fleeing through the trash chute, and the earful he’d gotten from her afterwards still brought a smile to his face.

"Did you come over here only to swipe some baked goods while she isn't looking? Not very subtle of you, Slick." Magpie probed, seeming just a bit skeptical of the man beside her. Slick provided his best hurt expression.

“Miss Whitelock, you wound me so! Why, I merely wished to enjoy the company of a charming young lady.” Extravagantly exaggerating, he chuckled a bit, straightening up his posture and winking behind his glasses. “Alright, you caught me; Pommel’s none too fond of me, even though I like the princess about as much as her cooking. That is to say: a lot.” Helping himself to another cookie, he stopped before taking a bite, giving Mary another of his amused expressions.

“Although, you’ll never know if that’s what I want you to think. The best way to make something subtle is to make something else obvious.” Slick replied cryptically, turning back to watch the rest of the scene about the guild unfold. After all, he’d meant exactly what he’d said about Magpie. A soft nudge in his side drew his attention back to the noticeboard, watching Mel flounder about with Vernon. Ah, how he envied the comradery he’d grown with Pommel.

"Hm? Oh-! ...Is she taking a job?” Mary inquired, Slick nodding as he noted the papers she collected, turning to meet Mary’s eyes as she looked to him in bewilderment. Of course, he felt much the same, but his sunglasses and expression didn’t really show it. In 2 whole years, Pommel hadn’t taken a single job – Not that he blamed her when the pickings for B-ranks consisted of rescuing stray cats and taking old folks out for the day. As the cherry haired energy ball trotted off out of the guild, Mary followed with another query.

“Looks that way. Well, I’ll be damned.” Slick replied. Adjusting his glasses slightly, he shrugged a bit, before placing an arm around Mary jovially. “Seems like our little girl’s all grown up, eh? Hopefully we’ve taught her all she needs to be successful.” Giving Mary a playful jostling, Slick reached under the bar, pulling out a couple of beverages. Normally the celebration would be saved for after she was successful, but hey, this was still progress worth remembering! Setting them down, he was stopped from doing much more than filling them as a new commotion started, everyone eying up the newcomer to the guild hall. Slick couldn’t help but whistle, eying over the bod of what could end up being the newest babe of Fairy Tail. Heh, Crez’d be kicking himself for missing this one; she looked damn fine in that racy black and red ensemble. Hopefully their eccentric master didn’t end up chasing off another potential with her boisterousness.

If it wasn’t for the fact he was in the company of another lady, Slick would have probably mouthed off a bit or made his way over. After all, with his analysis eyes he was quite readily able to see just how fine a woman that was with measurements like that! Still, he’d keep his composure, idly staring no more so than any of the other members of the guild before returning to what he was doing, looking back down to his glass of beer.

"Mm!" Was the soft utterance from his partner, drawing out another smirk from Slick. Magpie was really cute when she wanted to be, and he couldn’t help but eye her excited expression as she danced a little on her seat and pointed across the room, though with her spare hand she was groping around the bar. He took a moment to appreciate that, before subtly moving to slide the drink he’d poured her into her grasp as he turned to see what the commotion was. Briefly, he caught the tail end of a blue ponytail flying through the doorway, with the Z-meister not far behind.

"Looks like our Mel may get her wish, after all!" Mary exclaimed, the joy in her voice readily apparent. Slick was a little more skeptical, getting up off his seat. “Maybe, but something’s not right if her and Zane are in that much of a hurry…” He moved forward slightly before stopping, eying Mavis’ conversation with the newcomer. With the aid of analysis eyes, he was able to read their lips, and quickly pieced together the information in his mind. Still, this was Cold Steel and Z they were talking about. Even if they could be reckless, there weren’t many more people in the guild that he’d trust to bring Pommel back safely.

Slowly, he took his seat again, looking over to Mary. “Well, I don’t think we need to worry too much. Those two are dependable at this sort of thing at the very least.” He wasn’t sure if Magpie would’ve pieced it all together, but he made the assumption that she was pretty switched on as well. Sliding his hands into his pockets, he felt the soft parchment of paper, and remembered one of the other reasons he’d headed over here. Rubbing it between his fingers, it amazed him how even after all these years; there was that nervous feeling in situations like this.

“And speaking of two, I was wonderin-“

“Oh Mr. Slick!” The young man was cut off by the sing-song voice of Mavis, who made her way over to the two of them. “Sorry to interrupt, but with what’s happening at the moment, would you be able to prepare a budget? Just in case Zane and Wynter get a little too excited.” She smiled sweetly, cocking her head. Slick stopped to look at Magpie, then back to Mavis a moment before shrugging. “Yeah... Sure. In fact, I’ve probably got something already prepared that can be re-purposed.”

Mavis nodded, thanking Slick before trotting off back to do… Well, whatever it was Mavis did normally. Still holding the paper in his pocket, Slick relaxed his grip on it, reaching instead to take another swig of his drink. Well, maybe he’d take that as a sign. He’d ask Magpie to join him on a mission another time.



Pommel Grade

“Now, let’s see here…” Pommel stated aloud, pulling out the map of the area she’d packed in her backpack, eying over the upcoming landscape and comparing it to the information in the flier. They were heading uphill into the northern areas, which she’d planned for. After all, it was almost always snowing in the villages near the mountains, and she’d be foolish not to have brought something to bundle up appropriately. The train was planned to stop off in the town of Eloria, a smallish place with roots in mining and the like. From there, she’d need to rent a snowmobile to be able to trek anywhere up the mountain at a reasonable pace. Between the harsh slopes, frigid blizzards and apparently, frequent avalanches, it wasn’t the kind of place to go about on foot. Briefly, she imagined that dork Zane getting buried, but quickly moved past that as the thoughts of her own morbid demise crossed her mind. Best not to jinx herself.

“So the flyer says to come back to the Mayor’s office once the monster problem has been dealt with and report for payment of...-!?!” Pommel’s heart skipped a beat, and her face flushed.

“1,000,000 Jewel?!” She exclaimed in alarm, her hands trembling. T-that was almost one… two… carry the 8… Uh… Geez, she was bad at math… Anyway, a lot times bigger than her wage working the kitchen! She squinted a bit, triple checking the information. Yep, 1,000,000… She didn’t even know how to spend that much money! How could a simple mission like this earn her that much money?! Was wizarding always this lucrative? There had to be a reason…

Moving to read further into the job, a sudden gust of wind ripped the flyer from Pommel’s hand, flying out the train’s window as the cold climate began filtering it’s way in. “Aw, shoot!” Pommel mumbled, poking her head out the side of the window before instantly regretting it as her arms became covered in goosebumps. It wasn’t like she needed the paper to collect the reward or anything, but still…

Sitting back down and shutting the window, she took a moment to unpack her bag and begin rugging up, getting on her winter parka and long scarf, as well as some other extra layers. She’d keep her hands free for her magic, but otherwise she’d be pretty well shielded from the weather. From there, the announcement that they’d be arriving at Eloria Station by Mt. Oldstone caught her attention, and she trotted off to disembark. Thankfully, there was only a light snow at this point.

Trudging down the village path, it didn’t take her long to find and rent the magic snowmobile, getting the magic Self-Energy (SE) plug attached around her wrist. It’d drain a little magic, but the convenience of not needing any real fuel was a big boon, and kept the cost down. The owner had been pretty persistent in warning the girl of the dangers of the mountain, but Pommel could not be swayed. When she made known she was a Fairy Tail wizard, that seemed to relax the gentleman, and he wished her luck and bid her farewell, letting the girl make tracks up the mountain.

At first, everything seemed fine. It was windy and bitterly cold, but there wasn’t really that much danger. In fact, if it wasn’t for the mission, she might have just enjoyed this as a daytrip. Keeping her eyes peeled for any kind of monster, Pommel didn’t notice the rock until far too late. With a crash, she was sent flying face first into the snow, the cable attaching her to the snowmobile snapping with the force of her impact. Groaning she sat up, shivering and rubbing her face a bit. Well great, now she was stuck up here.

“S-s-stupid mountain…!” Pommel grumbled, taking a step back towards where she’d collided her snowmobile, before stopping. Clearly, it wasn't going anywhere. Hesitating a moment, she turned around, and began hiking further up the mountain. She wasn't going to give up because of something stupid like this! "W-wish I was at least inside though..." She mumbled, rubbing her arms some more as the wind picked up. Then, with a sudden yelp, she was gone, leaving nothing but a smashed snowmobile where she’d been.

Screaming in fear and panic, Pommel rocketed down the shaft she’d broken into, sliding down the icy tunnel until it unceremoniously threw her out into another snow pile, this time in even less flattering a pose than after her crash. It seemed she’d been unfortunate enough to have stumbled upon the interconnected tunnels of the mountain where the mining town had made its start, though nowadays they were labyrinthine and dilapidated, as well as home to numerous monsters like Vulcans. Not that our wee wizard adventurer was aware of that.

“Great, just great…” She grumbled, once again blaming the misfortune that this day seemed to be bringing her. Why could nothing go smoothly for her? It was like she was cursed or something! Dusting off the snow from her outfit, she sighed, glancing about the tunnel. “At least there’s light here. About the only thing that could be worse would be a monster getting the jump on me…”

Moments later, a monster got the jump on Pommel.

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Suddenly, a woman clad in armor with blue hair vaulted herself over a table and out the guild hall. Rin looked after her in mild interest, wondering what the commotion was about before returning her gaze back to the guild master who was squealing in excitement. "Wonderful! I love it when we get new members!!!"
Just then a young boy, whom Rin assumed was a wizard and quite apowerful one from the amount of magical energy she could detect, came over to them. "Hey, welcome to the Guild! Thanks for joining! Sorry I can't give you the full greeting, I gotta go make sure a fellow guildmember doesn't get smashed" The guild master seemed exasperated. "I take it that the mission Pommel took was yours? Didn't she notice it was S-Class?" Suddenly everything clicked in her head, as she realized they were speaking about the girl who had almost run into her. "And Zane, try to not have us get a large damages bill again!" The red-haired boy shouted back at them as he ran "Relax, nothing but mountains and monsters to damage! No bill possible, keeping my promise!"

The blonde girl shrugged, before turning her attention back on Rin. "Well, if it's just those two, he should be too busy protecting her to damage...wait, didn't Cold Steel go after her too! Oh no..." As the young girl's face lit with realization and then fell in despair Rin couldn't help but chuckle. "I am not sure how much a mountain costs, but if those two are going...hey, I can tell, you're a powerful Wizard. How about for your first job going and making sure those three don't wreck...well, a mountain? There are actually quite a few jobs from that area you are going to anyways, so I need as many people as possible to go there and investigate." Rin didn't know what she expected, perhaps some sort of test or initiation, but she definitely didn't expect to be sent out on a job right away. Before she could even have a thought about the situation Zoe's key glowed at her side and the spirits voice popped into her head. 'If it was one of your old guild members in danger would you go? This is going to be your new family.' Rin didn't hesitate after that, knowing that every word was true. "Of course, Guild Master Mavis. I shall ensure no costs will fall on Fairy Tail."

Turning on her heel Rin exited the guild hall, immediately taking a left. Suddenly she was glad she took the time to map out Magnolia because now she knew the quickest route outside of the small town. 'That train is long gone, the only way I'm catching up to them is with Moru. Although... He might not be able to beat the train...' Rin smiled, resting a loving hand on her keys, before pulling Moru's key off the ring now that she was outside of town. "Open! Gate of the Horse, HēiMa!" With the flash of silvery blue light that Rin had grown accustomed to the celestial spirit appeared before her with a smile. "Hey, What's up?" Rin pulled her face-mask and hood down and smiled back, though it was more of a smirk, and her eyes narrowed a bit. "My new guild master just sent me on a mission. We need to be at Monster Mountain as soon as possible." Moru let out a laugh, ruffling her hair which had spilled down her back when she pulled her hood down. "Oh come on. Fairy Tail is the most powerful guild in Fiore, not to mention they are known to treat every member like family. It's the perfect guild for you." Rin went to make a comment but Moru transformed, activating his wing magic at the same time, and cut her off by puffing hot air out of his nostrils. 'I thought you said as soon as possible. Just get on.'

With a huff, Rin decided not to argue and pulled herself up onto his back. With a frown she also grabbed onto his mane, she had once suggested they get him some actual riding gear but he had looked ready to murder and she decided to drop it. 'Hold on tight!' With no other warning Moru turned and took off, causing Rin to gasp and throw her arms around his neck as they quickly rose into the air. She knew he was laughing on the inside as he used his high speed spell, sending them flying forward far faster than Moru could go without the use of the spell. 'We should arrive 10 to 15 minutes after the train. Just hang in there.' Rin gritted out a response. "I hate you..." While Rin wasn't scared of heights every time she rode Moru when he was flying she was gripped with a fear of falling, that fear being especially strong in the case that he was using his speed magic. Sadly, in this case, it was necessary so Rin tightened her grip and closed her eyes, hoping to get there quickly.

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Character Portrait: Rin Miyuzaki Character Portrait: Zane Character Portrait: Azrael and Gabriel Valkyrie Character Portrait: Pommel Grade Character Portrait: Emerald Jay Character Portrait: Wynter Vellant Character Portrait: Riku
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"Just because others are strong doesn't mean your weak. Everyone is strong in their own way at least. And I can tell just from looking at you, one day, possibly one day soon, it might even be tomorrow, you are going to save a lot of people's lives". Emerald looked down at Zane's words, while it was nice that someone had confidence in her, she still doubted herself and would likely continue to do so until she actually did something to bolster her confidence.

Wynter took that moment to place down some food in front of her, Emerald barely had time to mutter out a thanks to Wynter for the baked goods before the woman was out of the door after the red-haired girl. She stared after her for a few moments before Zane spoke to her again. "Well, I better go help. It IS my job, after all. That said, don't think your slacking just because I am so young but an S-Class".

The last part was whispered into her ear. "I am actually an emotionally scarred 44 year old. Trust me, people can overcome anything with enough willpower, and I bet you have a lot of it". This statement left her staring at Zane for a minute as she wondered if it was really true. Still, if that was what he said his age was, she'd believe him for now.

With the newcomer running out after the red-haired girl, Wynter and Zane, Emerald turned back to face Riku. "I wonder if something interesting is happening, what do you think?" Even for the short amount of time she had been in the guild, she noticed that something was nearly always happening, still, this was the most activity she had seen at once for a while.


Azrael Valkyrie & Gabriel Valkyrie

For the Kitsune twins, the day dawned bright and early. They had gotten home from their escort job late the night before, barely making to their house and collapsing into bed. Gabriel was awoken by the sound of Azrael falling out of his bed with a loud thud and complaints muffled by the covers he had gotten himself tangled in. This was nothing new, even asleep the silver-haired twin couldn't stay still.

With a stretch, Gabriel slipped out from his bed, going to the room across the hall to free his brother from his quilted confinement. "Thanks Gabby." Azrael smirked at his black-haired brother, ignoring the fact that he looked a mess from his wrestling.

Sighing a little at Azrael's antics, Gabriel waved him off. "Just get ready, we should probably report back to master Mavis."

An hour later saw them clean, dressed and fed. Leaving their home they started the trip to the other side of Magnolia where the guild hall was located. Turning down a street that led them past the train station, the pair saw a red-haired girl practically fly into the station. "Was that Pommel?

"Sure looked like it Gabby, not seen her outside of the guild hall before unless she was on the way there or home. Did she finally decide to take a job? Gabriel's response to his brother was to shrug and the pair carried on.

Wynter came running past them a few minutes later, closely followed by Zane. It appeared they were both heading to the station as well. Frowning a little, Gabriel turned to his twin. "Should we? Seems like it could be important."

Azrael shook his head. "Seems like they have it well in hand, you know how strong those two are. I'm sure it'll be fine." He gestured back towards the station where Cold Steel and Zane had just entered.

The rest of their trip to Fairy Tail went with little else happening, and after seeing an unfamiliar girl take to the skies on a winged horse, the pair entered the guild hall. Almost immediately they went over to where they saw Mavis, Gabriel quickly reporting their successful job while Azrael fidgeted in the background, clearly wanting to be doing something else. The black haired twin chuckled softly at their guild master's joy seeing as they hadn't needed to destroy anything with their mission, it was only a simple escort after all.

With that done, the pair headed over to Riku and dropped a small bag of sweets in front of the boy. The blue-haired teen had grown on them quickly during their stay in the guild, though with the twins being out on jobs a lot they didn't get the chance to see him much.

"Enjoy~" The pair knew that Riku was fond of sugary things, so when given the chance to, they would spoil the kid with sweets that they'd pick up while they were on their jobs, though sometimes they would bring back painting supplies instead if they came across any.

Their gift delivered, they politely nodded to Emerald, waved to Riku and headed over to the request board. Azrael and Gabriel might not be going on another job straight away, but it wouldn't hurt to see what sort of jobs had come in during their absence.

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First he approached Zane and wasn't even noticed, as the wizard kept walking without so much as a glance. Then, he'd put himself right up next to him, and spoke up so that he knew he would be noticed; and he was utterly ignored. In fact, it seemed Zane was acknowledging everyone but Riku. The boy froze, watching as his idol ran away. As the flash of red disappeared out the door, Riku's arm lifted, as if willing him back into the guild hall. Zane had even gone through the trouble of introducing himself to the strange girl on his way out, someone who wasn't even in the guild yet. Was Riku really that insignificant to the dragon slayer?! It was the ultimate insult to Riku's entertainer soul. He twitched a few times, then burst into tears. Poor, innocent Emerald was probably getting doused while Riku wailed, rolling back and forth on the table in front of her in his fit.

His cries drew a lot of attention, especially from the motherly Magpie; but as soon as he saw the Valkyrie twins, his fit stopped just as quickly as it had started. His tears practically sucked right back into his eyes, face drying in an instant. "Hey!" he greeted them, his own devastation forgotten. They dropped a bag of something in front of him, and the boy rolled back up to sit criss-cross on top of the table, peering curiously down at the package. He opened it quickly, and just like that, he was grinning again. His favorite! So were the twins. "Thank youuuu!" he called after their retreating forms, waving one arm wildly while his other hand plunged into the bag of sweets. Once again, the young wizard was grinning from ear to ear. Of course, he had forgotten all about the agreement he'd made with Magpie, and was probably about to be squashed by Carson.

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Mary narrowed her eyes at Slick, but she couldn't help her smile however she tried. She probably enjoyed his banter significantly more than most. In fact, from what she'd seen, he wasn't particularly popular with the ladies of the guild, despite his charm- or perhaps because of it. He was right, Pommel seemed to find him even less tolerable than she found most men. Wynter, too, seemed more likely to deck him than buddy up. Magpie, on the other hand, found him roguish in the good way rather than the bad.

A bright grin took over her face, and she wrapped one arm around Slick's back briefly. "Yay, Pommel!" was all she managed to say, but her chest swelled with pride. It had taken two years, but the teenager was finally becoming a full-fledged, job-taking guild wizard. Mary laughed as she was jostled, honestly almost missing the fact that Slick was pulling out drinks. She was very much into the celebration, though, humming happily and stretching one arm over her head.

Her earlier feeling had been correct, it was turning out to be a great day. Emerald was slowly but surely coming out of her shell; Mel was growing up, and getting attention from her idol at last; and they were getting a new member! It was certainly a progress filled morning, at the very least. Although, now that she thought about it, she hadn't been entirely productive herself yet. Perhaps she should go take a look at the job board, too.

Before she could continue that train of thought, she realized that Slick wasn't sharing her excitement regarding the Wynter-Pommel situation. She settled down, watching him thoughtfully and munching on her cookie. Eventually, she looked away from Slick, and back toward the door- just in time to see their newcomer leave. Mavis hadn't scared the poor girl off, had she? Not again... A second look at the guild leader's face, though, and she realized that she'd sent the newbie off after the others. Just how many people was going to be necessary to help Pommel?

Worry set quickly into Mary's stomach, eating away at her as she stared at the doors. A million possibilities ran through her mind. Not one but two S Class wizards had run after the girl. Had Pommel taken an S-Class quest by mistake? Or, perhaps, had she done it on purpose? Surely she wouldn't be so reckless as to take on a job so much bigger than her abilities just to potentially catch Cold Steel's attention. ...Right?

Mary was so caught up in her thoughts, she didn't even register that Slick has started to ask her something. What if Pommel ran right into a lion's den? What if she was, right now, being eaten by a monster? What if she was trying to take down a dark guild like Zane had, just to prove herself? What if-

With a soft gasp, Magpie's eyes widened. Her hand had long since moved to her belly, both drink and cookie forgotten on the counter. She closed her eyes briefly, as though that would banish the memories of her village's destruction. Her hand closed into a fist, which gathered a bunch of the cloth covering her belly. She forced those thoughts from her mind; she had to be rational here. If the situation was as bad as that, Mavis would have said something. Pommel had both Zane and Wynter to protect her- plus the guild's newest member. She would be fine. She would be fine.

Finally pulling herself from her thoughts, Magpie unbuttoned her blouse while turning back to face the bar. She shrugged it off, leaving behind a top that was closer to being a bra or bikini than a shirt, and folded it up neatly. Able to cool down, she was more comfortable then, and set the folded shirt on the counter beside her drink. She looked back over to Slick then, only now registering that people had been speaking around her before. "Oh- sorry, wha-?" she started to ask, but just then, Carson saw in a reflection what had happened to his face.

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Warren hopped off the train in Magnolia at the last second; just in time to be nearly bowled over by a cherry haired streak. He blinked once, then looked back at the train as it pulled away from the station. "Was that Pommel?" Since when did she ever leave the guild hall? He pondered this while walking back toward the place. Soon, another flash went past, and Warren chuckled, waving over his shoulder. "See you later, Steel!" He ended up talking to himself some more as he went, savoring the feel of Magnolia. He'd been out on a job for a while, as he often was, and he'd certainly missed this place. "It would be a female knight to save that princess. Cherry wouldn't have it any other way. Too bad, I'd love to rescue her myself."

As he neared the guild hall, another, shorter wizard sprinted out the doors. Warren laughed wholeheartedly, calling out after Zane, "You get 'em, buddy! Go easy on 'em, okay?" With those two gone, he didn't expect to see anyone else running out, so he just hung out outside for a minute to appreciate the appearance of the guild hall. While some of the guild members, such as Pommel, rarely left the guild hall, Warren was rarely there for long. There was always something to do, some job to take out of town, so he really only got to sit back and relax with the others for a few hours, maybe a day or two at a time. It was good to be back.

Then, he was surprised. Rin came out, seeming oblivious to his presence. Not that that was a surprise- he was incredibly short for his age (at least, he assumed he was) and blended in well with the general populace of Magnolia town. If anything, most would mistake him for a curious kid, if they noticed him at all. Unless, of course, they were regular subscribers to Sorcerer's Weekly or members of Fairy Tail themselves. Although the girl had just exited their guild hall, he was sure he hadn't seen her before, and there was no Fairy Tail guild mark on her; and you can be sure he checked all over. No way would he ever forget a body like that, so if she was a member of the guild, she had to be new. And a celestial spirit wizard, from the look of things! "Looks like I got back just in time!" he chuckled to himself, rubbing the back of his neck as the girl took off on a winged horse. He continued to watch her for a few seconds before finally entering the guild hall.

Immediately, he was hit by a wave of cacophonous shouts; home sweet home. Carson Glaise was chasing Rikuyashi Bado around the room, hurling chairs and hollering something that Warren could only assume had to do with the paint all over the man's face. He wondered who would interfere first; Mavis herself, who he didn't actually know where was, or Magpie, who was seated at the counter looking like a ticking time bomb.

"Help meeeee! Riku wailed, crying a fountain of tears as he ran, arms flailing in front of him. The kid soon dashed under a table, grabbing onto the legs of Emerald's chair- another wizard Warren was sure he hadn't met yet. "I was just making him prettier," he cried, bottom lip stuck out and quivering as he looked up at Emerald with big teary eyes.

It looked like Magpie would be the one to intervene. He hadn't even seen her move from her seat, but just when Carson was about to send an explosion after the kid, the woman stepped in with a "Reverse!" The attack doubled back on Carson, knocking him back, and left Mary's arm burning. Carson's sleepy eyes widened. Riku looked like he was about to thank her, but then he saw the look on her face, and everyone knew what that scary look meant. Both boys hurried to each side of her, Carson somehow looking slightly more miserable than Riku even; possibly because of all the paint. Magpie tapped his nose sternly, "We do not attack guild mates. You settle things calmly, like a grown up. Understand?"

Okay, maybe it wasn't just a trick of paint. Carson was, after all, actually older than the woman scolding him. "Understood," he muttered gruffly. Warren pressed his lips together, trying not to laugh. He didn't want her coming after him next.

Riku had started to smile, but that was wiped away the instant Magpie turned on him. "Riku. Remember what we talked about?"

Riku nodded his head forward, lips waving like a traumatized cartoon. "Yes, ma'am."

Mary straightened up, and just like that, her scary face disappeared, replaced by a warm smile. "Good!" She held her thumb and index finger up near her face, still smiling. "Now say you're sorry."

Carson grumbled his apology, looking like he was about to fall asleep again quite frankly. Riku, though, wailed his, tears welling up in his eyes again. "I'm sorry, Mr. Carson!"

Mary pat their heads cheerily and returned to the counter, taking her seat next to Slick and leaving Riku to dutifully start cleaning the paint off Carson's face while the man glared at all the chairs he'd thrown. Wrists resting on his hips, Warren finally let out a laugh, addressing the whole of the guild hall. "Well you all seem as lively as when I left you!" Not for the first time, Warren thought about asking Mavis if he could stay at the guild hall awhile, and tend bar.

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Character Portrait: Rin Miyuzaki Character Portrait: Zane Character Portrait: Warren Character Portrait: Azrael and Gabriel Valkyrie Character Portrait: Wynter Vellant Character Portrait: Riku Character Portrait: Slick Character Portrait: Magpie
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Slick

Finishing up another swig of his drink, Slick turned back towards Mary, wiping his mouth of the remaining foam. After catching sight of her stripping down, he quickly turned back to his drink, sculling down the rest. Hot damn he would never get used to her doing that! He knew the Mother Bird of the guild didn’t like the heat, but seeing her so confidently flaunt her body still caused him to falter. The gentleman in him declared it rude to stare, but the hot-blooded young male debated otherwise in his mind. Instead, he settled on a compromise, peering to the side of his glasses at Magpie while still tipping up the rest of his drink. For a moment, she seemed to want to question what he’d been talking about, but it was about then that Carson seemed to get his bearings. Slick watched the restraint slowly drain from his guild mate, and chuckled a bit, letting Magpie handle the babysitting. After all, she seemed to enjoy that sort of thing.

"Reverse!" Slick watched Mary wince from the feedback of her magic, striding over to stop the commotion between the boys. Like diligent charges, both moved to her side to receive their discipline, Slick openly laughing aloud as he slapped his leg. Man, he’d never get sick of the atmosphere at his guild. Gesturing to Mary as she returned, Slick winked. “Remind me to avoid you next promotional trial; I dunno if I’d be able to take you Mags.” Chuckling some more, he turned as a familiar voice rang out over the guild hall.

"Well you all seem as lively as when I left you!" The declaration came from by the entrance, Warren standing proudly and grinning like a fool. Slick was quick to wave him down, shouting across the hall.

“Yo, Warren, back so soon? Or did you hear about the new birdy we just got?” Slick sat up and headed to meet the fellow, giving him a firm cross between a high-five and a handshake. Even for the kid that he was, the two had some mutual ground in their appreciation of the ladies, and had at least a general sense of friendly comradery. Using his grip to pull Warren in close, Slick whispered a few choice words about the bust-waist-hip measurements of the Celestial Spirit Mage before they broke, striding back over to the bar in order for Warren to tell his tales to Mary and himself.

When he was done, Slick chuckled some, sitting up. “Well, speaking of jobs, I better earn my keep and get to training. I ain’t being outdone this year.” Placing a fist to his palm, he was of course referring to the promotional examination to become an S-ranked wizard at the guild. First had been Wynter, then Zane, Warren and Jazz last year. Four years running he’d missed his chance, but if his competition was going to be the twins, Mags and Carson, he didn’t feel he had too much to worry about. Assuming Crez wasn’t interested in the trial, he had his partner all set. He just needed one more shot. Briefly, he contemplated the new guild member before shaking his head. Celestial Spirit Mages were a bit of a joke compared to real mages. She wouldn't be any trouble.

“So unless you two will miss me, I better get going.” Taking the job from his pocket, Slick unfurled it, giving it another double check on what was going to be required of him…

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Zane felt a lot better once they were not over water. "Thanks for that. And sorry, it just...it doesn't help when you literally sink in water". Which is what always happened with Zane. He doesn't float, he sinks. But as Wynter went off on her own, Zane had his own adventure. Of course, little did any of them know, they were being watched by those with ill intentions.

"I thought you said only one target was coming to the mountain?" "The arrival of those two were unexpected, but only one of them is an actual threat. I would be more concerned with the one that has yet to arrive". A celestial wizard stepped up. "I will handle that one". "Then we will handle those on the mountain. We will let the monsters wear them out, then finish them off".

"Just remember, kill the red haired boy first. Our Dark Master commands it".

Meanwhile, Zane had elected to use fire magic to propel himself through the mountain, since it was full of snow and what not, and noticed that all of a sudden, a freak blizzard showed up. Luckily for him, he had great eyesight and other senses, so this was nothing to him. By the time he made it up, he saw both Pommel and Wynter....as well as a Snow Golem about to eat Pommel without anyone seeing it!

"Fire Dragon Iron Fist!" Zane yelled, managing to smash...and melt....the golem seconds before it could eat Pommel. But that was not the only thing. Biting down on Zane's arm was a Hemeculous. Had Zane been a second slower, and it would have been at its original target, Pommel's neck. There was a reason this was S-Class after all. Each and every monster here could kill you in a second if you were not careful or powerful enough.

Zane threw the creature away, before looking back at Pommel. "What do you think you are doing, going on an S-Class mission when you are not S-Class like me or Wynter! You could have..." Zane punched another monster that tried to attack him from behind, without even looking at it. "....gotten seriously hurt or something! And then I would have been blamed since this was my job! That's kinda a jerk thing to do, steal someone's...." Zane swept the legs of another monster behind him, before hitting him with a Fire Dragon Iron Fist and sending the monster flying. "...job like that!".

Suddenly, a large snow creature burst out of the snow and went in for an attack, but Zane turned around and gave it a stare with an annoyed look. "Do you mind? I am trying to have a conversation here". The snow monster just blinked, and then went in for the kill, so Zane launched a massive fire attack and demolished the damn thing. "I told you to wait! Jeesh, monsters can be so rude. So, where was I? Oh yeah, you shouldn't steal from others, especially jobs! Its wrong!"

With that, he looked back towards Wynter. "Well, since we are both here, we should be perfectly capable of both protecting Pommel and clearing the mountain. What do you think? Or should we bring her back first?"

Little did anyone know, a group of Dark Wizards were planning to strike them all down, using a variety of rare and dark magic.

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As they got closer and the temperature dropped Moru circled to the ground in large, lazy circles. As he shook his neck, causing his mane to brush across her face, Rin let out a sigh. Sadly, Moru made it obvious that the ride was not over as he burst forth with high speed once more. While this part didn't scare her the continuation of their journey still startled the raven-haired woman and she swore. Moru laughed through their telepathic link. 'Holy Shit Amaya! Language...' Now used to the speed, Rin sat up on his back and moved so her hands were lightly bunched up at the base of his mane. "Uh huh, like you're one to talk." She replied with a snort. A few moments later Moru stopped and a shimmering, pale blue light surrounded the two of them. When the light disappeared Rin found herself being held bridal style by a deviously smiling Moru. Frowning Rin went to ask what he was planning but without warning he suddenly jumped. Into a hole.

As they plummeted beneath the frozen, rocky surface Rin let out a string of swears that had Moru laughing. Once they hit the bottom, Moru landing with ease in an upright position, Rin immediately looked around. Whenever entering a place she always looked for threats, the jobs she took usually requiring such precautions. She was glad to see that the monsters in the near-by area, other than the ones the boy named Zane was fighting, had been taken care of. That was, until she noticed the movement on the cave wall just past Cold Steal and a red-haired young woman. "Moru!" A bit surprising to Rin was the amount of concern she voiced and felt for the two girls, a lot more then she did for the normal civilian. His reaction was quicker than one would think possible but then, speed was his specialty. Setting Rin down on her feet the spirit disappeared, leaving a glowing blue circle where he had been standing before, and reappeared as his fist made impact with the giant, light grey and white spider. From the amount of impact that the speed added to the blow the wall dented inward and as Moru pulled his fist away the body of the, now dead, Frost Spider remained stuck in the dent, hanging on the cave's wall like a picture.

Feeling the the situation was handled Rin smiled at Moru as he walked back over to her. "Thanks for the ride Moru." The young man smiled back at her and ruffled her hair. "No problem Kiddo." Rin flared her nostrils at the despised nickname and his actions as she quickly pulled out his key. "Close! Gate of the Horse, HēiMa!" The spirit laughed as he disappeared in a bright flash of Silvery-Blue light. Removing her bow from her back and notching an arrow Rin had one more look around before she let herself relax a bit, though she kept the arrow notched. Turning her attention on the red-haired girl and Cold Steel Rin watched the two, completely forgetting that she didn't have her hood up or her face-mask on.

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Character Portrait: Rin Miyuzaki Character Portrait: Zane Character Portrait: Warren Character Portrait: Azrael and Gabriel Valkyrie Character Portrait: Pommel Grade Character Portrait: Wynter Vellant Character Portrait: Slick Character Portrait: Magpie
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Dark. Slimy. Gross! Pommel would have screamed, if not for the fact that she was worried about getting this-this thing’s spit in her mouth! Flailing about, she couldn’t get enough traction to make a decent cut as the tongue began wrapping around and pinning her by the waist, attempting to drag her deeper into the pit of its belly. Reaching her arms out, Pommel attempted to grab hold of something, anything to save her. ”Please, someone…!”

Suddenly, there was light, the slimy insides parting way and tearing at the seams as they were sliced to ribbons, yet none of the slices strayed too close to Pommel, eventually leaving her unscathed as a hand reached to her, taking hold just above her hips and pulling her up and free of the now limp tongue. Shaking the gunk from her hair and eyes, she was met with the face of her idol, her brow and mouth intensely firm, but her eyes reflecting the worry hidden behind it all.

"And who said you were useless?" Her saviour spoke. Pommel stared back to Wynter, whose expression had changed slightly. Gone was the fierce warrior, replaced instead by a silent determination and knowing wisdom. Slowly, Wynter released Pommel, letting her ease onto her feet before turning back to face the monsters, striding forward a few paces before stopping, her back to the young mage. As the light of her magic faded, returning a number of her weapons from whence they came, the few sparkles remaining silhouetted Cold Steel, forever burning the memory into Pommel’s mind.

"We all have our starting points. We can't expect to be great just from the start.” Cold Steel spoke, a moment of clarity and peace amongst the chaos of the battle. Time seemed to hang a moment as Pommel continued to stare at her back, mesmerised in thought, before just like that, she darted forward, launching back into combat with some more monsters. All the while, Pommel sat, watching the fight. But somehow, it was different from before. Like she was seeing it in a completely different light. As the last of the beasts near them fell, Wynter rested her spear to the ground, a soft and far gentler smile crossing her face as she turned to Pommel.

"I think you helped more than you realize. I'm certain Zane couldn't handle this on his own, thus you had brought both yourself and me into this job." Pommel blinked, realising that once again, she was being addressed. Tentatively, she raised a hand to speak, but stopped herself. As kind as Wynter’s words were, Pommel could only see them as an attempt to alleviate the guilt she was feeling. It had never been her intention to have things be like this, and she couldn’t take credit for such an idiotic mistake that she’d made. In some respects, this was worse than a lecture. Here she was, listening to her idol give her pity and sympathy, almost as if she hadn’t earned the right to hear the harsh truths.

Looking to the right, she could see Zane still enjoying himself, tackling monsters with all the strength and valour of a hero. Would she ever be on the level of these people? Could she ever compete with them? Or was she to be doomed to the mediocrity and failure like today had brought her? Looking down to her reflection in the ice, she looked like a mess. Her hair was slimy, dulled and tangled. Her clothes were disheveled and torn. She had minor bruises and cuts all over, and worst of all: It was obvious that she’d been crying. This was what Wynter saw. She wasn’t anything special. She wasn’t strong.



…And yet.



…Pommel smiled. Smiled to the girl staring back at her in the reflection. Giving her the smile she needed to keep going, replaying the words in her head once more.

"We all have our starting points…

"…We can't expect to be great just from the start.” She finished, getting up and standing tall once more.

She wasn’t great. She was terrible, a horrible mess. But that wasn’t always going to be the case. She could be great. Slowly, steadily, she cleaned the slime from her outfit, looking back up to Wynter with her own determination. She wasn’t as good as Wynter or Zane. But deep down in her heart, she knew she could be. This was going to be her start. And when she finished… Well, maybe she wouldn’t have to force that smile in the reflection.

As her resolve kicked in, it almost seemed as if Wynter could sense it, moving over to Pommel and standing before her. "If you want, I can teach you how to fight, since I notice you use blades on your arms" Wynter had glanced down to the girl briefly, before scanning the room for more threats. When her face returned back to Pommel, she’d be greeted with what was possible the most heart-warming of expressions. Tearful, but this time in joy, Pommel could only stammer in flustered joy, her blades reverting to hands as she fiddled her fingers. “I-Hama-wh-ah…the..buh- they..ahhm..uh-hah-“ Pommel had no way to formulate her words correctly, and instead seemed to be lost in adorable girlish embarrassment. Finally, she managed to take a deep breath, her face completely scarlet as she tightly gripped her hands to stop fidgeting, looking down from Wynter so as not to lose her focus again. Then, through a cracked voice, she finally managed to get enough of sound bite together that it made sense.

“Yes.” She squeaked out, barely audible more than a whisper. For a moment, Pommel hesitated, knowing she needed far more strength than that to truly communicate how she felt. She needed to show her conviction to Wynter. Taking another deep breath, she dived into Wynter, nearly taking her off her feet as she hugged her.

“Yes! Yes! I’d love that!” Pommel was laughing now, her smile from ear to ear as she grinned, teeth bared in genuine happiness. Unfortunately for Wynter, this had the unintended consequence of Pommel getting the slimy Gorgirog juices all over her Masamune armour, but alas, at least Pommel was happy.

*Cra-koom!*

Pommel jumped a bit at the loud noise, turning to spot the source. Tracing the smooshed spider in the wall, and the new figure she didn’t recognise walking away, eventually her eyes landed on the girl a bit across the room. “Huuhh!” As Pommel sharply inhaled, Wynter could feel the trembling from the girl's arms as she blinked, confirming that she was really seeing who she thought she was. T-this couldn’t be possible! It was really her! The celestial wolf herself?! What in the world would she be doing here if-Wait, was she here on her own mission to eradicate the monsters? Pommel sighed in admiration, Wynter temporarily forgotten as she gushed over the new arrival, playing back information from Sorcerer’s Weekly in her head. She was even prettier in person! A heavenly body to match her celestial nature! Oh my gosh was that her bow?! Eeeee! This was so exciting! She was meeting another of her idols in the same day! Gosh, if that dork Zane wasn’t here and she could have Jazz, Candice and Magpie around she’d be in heaven!

Making ga-ga noises, Pommel’s earlier trauma was all but forgotten as she turned to Wynter excitedly, pretending like Rin hadn’t already noticed them and hurriedly trying to fix her hair and outfit. “H-how do I look? Is my hair good? What about my dress?” Baffling Cold Steel with her questions, Pommel eventually got a hold of herself long enough to make her way over to Rin, sparkles once again in her eyes as she asked her question.

“A-are you THE Rin?” She moved in even closer. Surprisingly, she seemed a lot shorter than what Sorcerer’s weekly made her out to be, not much taller than Pommel herself. As Rin barely managed to get out her answer, she grabbed hold of both her hands, pulling them up in front of her.

“Y-you’re amazing! C-can I have an autograph? I-is it true you accepted most eligible bachelorette award from Sorcerer’s weekly?!” Pommel pushed in, barely giving the girl a chance to answer her somewhat pushy questions, as well as completely preventing the girl access to her bow and arrow in her excessive excitement. Eyes catching sight of a glint on her outfit, Pommel continued her barrage of questions. “Oh my gosh, are those the spirit keys?! Was that a spirit just now?! Can I meet one? Wait, were you here for a mission? If it’s to do with the monsters we can all work together!” Barely pausing for breath, and probably intimately invading Rin’s private space, Pommel was so excited she would barely register Rin’s body language, nor her surroundings.

Suddenly, the worst day in the world had become the best day ever.




Slick

Slick paused a moment as he felt tender arms wrap around him, along with two bouncy buddies pressed against his chest. Was it warm in here, or was it just him? Doing his best to retain his cool composure (After all, he’d chosen the name ‘Slick’ for a reason), the affectionate hug was just a bit too much for the poor (See: Lucky) guy. Stumbling a bit, he looked away from Magpie, hiding his slight embarrassment as he scratched his head. Hoo-boy, Mary really did know how to push his buttons. Swallowing, he noted Warren’s lecherous and unabashed appreciation of Mary’s – Ahem -‘Derriere’. It was so crass the way that boy acted, but then again, he’d been the same in his youth.

"Have fun, okay?" Magpie added sweetly, reminding Slick of just what it was that she was hugging him for. That was enough to bring his thoughts back into line, as he was heading off on his own. Like usual. “Yeah… Yeah, you too Mags.” Slick stated slowly, before remembering himself. “I mean, with goodbyes like that, I should head out more often, am I right?” Hiding his earlier thoughts behind jovial laughter, he shrugged free of Mary’s grip, heading past the noticeboard and the twins on the way out. “You take care too Warren.” He stated simply with a two fingered wave over his shoulder.

That was supposed to be his goodbye line, but he was briefly stopped by Vernon, the man just done with his lecture from Mavis. With a practiced smoothness that the two had rehearsed a hundred times, Vernon slipped Slick another piece of paper, one of the newest jobs that had come in. “This the latest one?” Slick asked, standing beside the man briefly. “Yeah, the only copies are in my records. They didn’t even reach the board with me around.” Vernon replied, smirking in spite of himself.

Slick nodded, patting him on the shoulder. “I owe you one pal.” He stated simply, continuing on the way past. Without a moment’s hesitation, he tossed the job into the lit fireplace, letting it go up in flames. Some secrets were better left buried. With that taken care of, Slick needed to head down to the station, his job just out past Eloria. Seemed some archaeologists had discovered a set of trapped ruins with a rare artifact hidden deep inside. In this case, they needed a wizard to navigate the dungeon and recover the treasure. With his perception and grace, it was the perfect opportunity for an easy job, as avoiding or disarming the dangers of the temple should be easy for him.

Unlike a certain princess, Slick was not so lucky as to catch the train immediately, instead taking a seat on one of the benches to wait for the next train. Adjusting his cuffs and glancing about to see if anyone was around, he pulled out a small coin, and began running it through his fingers as he waited.

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Zane was smashing a few more monsters when Wynter's comment finally registered. He just finished off several Frost Giants. "What do you mean? I could totally handle this, though I admit it is more fun with friends, I could have easily taken this mountain. Issue is, I can't employ my most powerful spells with allies in the area".

Suddenly, Rin the Celestial Wolf arrived. "I see our newest member is here! Welcome! Let me guess, Mavis sent you to try and have us avoid damages to the mountain? Seriously, even if we break it, will someone really charge us for a mountain?"

However, all other words drained from him as he sensed something nearby. Something....dark. His expression could be seen by all, but only one other person here would truly understood what made him feel this way, because this one other person was the only one to truly experience the horrors of a Dark Guild. Ironically enough, it was Pommel who might understand this feeling best, and she too might be able to sense the darkness in the air around them. But Zane didn't just sense it, he recognized it fully...

He immediately looked towards Wynter. "GET THEM OFF THIS MOUNTAIN NOW WYNTER! DON'T ARGUE, JUST GO, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!" he shouted, his expression becoming that of half anger and half fear. As he yelled that, he turned around and created a barrier just in time to stop a giant purple arrow of dark magic from hitting them all. However, it began breaking through the barrier, so Zane used it to deflect the shot just enough to allow him to dive out of the way and spare the others. Where it hit, a massive explosion occurred.

However, Zane was not done. Suddenly, he appeared next to Pommel and Wynter. In his back was a crystal shard that would have hit Wynter's head at a high speed, and in his hand, a second one meant for Pommel. His boddy erupted in fire to melt the shard and heal the wound using Primal Fire Regeneration, as he turned around to face their attacker. It was a child however, she looked to be just as old as Zane, wearing a black cloak with the symbol for the Shadow King's Dark Guild. Zane recognized her immediately, she had not aged a day in 34 years either. She was Morven's apprentice, Timal.

"Awww, look who it is. Just as energetic as ever, silly. Oh, and you got faster too since last we met! This is going to be fun!" Timal shouted with excitement.

By now, the others would have noticed Zane's complete and total change, from the silly, fun, happy person he usually is, to someone who is angry, enraged, upset, and overfilled with the desire for vengence. "Timal, you bitch! Where is that bastard Morven?! He can't hide from me forever!"

"Oh come now Zaney, that isn't how you should talk to your elder's. I am still a decade or two older then you". She didn't look a decade or two older, so the fact she was in fact a lot older then she looked much like Mavis should be easy to figure out. "Anyways, I wanted to play alone, but you know Morven. Always likes to be safe, so he sent some playmates with me!"

Suddenly, several Dark Wizards appeared from nowhere and surrounded them. Some only had average magical power, but others....they had a lot more. One of them looked at Rin with a ghostly face though. He stared creepily right into her face. "That's....that's not possible. I killed you! The boss told me to kill The Celestial Wizard Miyuzaki, before she became a threat, and I did! How the fuck are you still alive and younger?! The boss was very clear, lure you out so you were alone, and then kill you close up!"

Timal looked at him like he was an idiot. "She is probably Sakura Miyuzaki's daughter, you dolt. Great, thanks for shouting that to the world. Well, I guess we are here to kill them anyways, so it doesn't matter much".

"Does that guy have brain damage?" Zane asked curiously.

"Sorta. He was trapped in a similar prison to yours for over twenty years. To be honest, Morven completely forgot about him, and just decided to make him a tool due to the fact he survived and he has a high amount of magical power naturally...WAIT, why am I telling you all this!" Timal said, then casting a spell. "Lighting Destruction Magic Seventy Two Blades!"

The one near Rin took out two Red Keys, much like her Celestial Keys, though it was clear they were forged in a completely different manner and via dark arcanic ways. "Demonic Key! Gate of the Death Serpent, Basalisk! Open!" "Demonic Key! Gate of the Hell Hound, Cerberus! Open!"

Meanwhile, a few other took out Black Keys. As the giant Death Serpent and the three headed Hell Hound came up, several other weaker demons came up. Normal Hell Hounds were summoned, as well as a few other dangerous creatures. Meanwhile, Timal smiled. Suddenly, she had her hand right in front of Wynter's face, another aimed at Zane. "If I recall, Sorcerer weekly once named the Team of Burning Heart (Note: This is the first time Zane has been called by his true and most popularly known nickname in front of Rin and Pommel) and Cold Steel Team Dragonsteel, according to a poll by fans. Zane and Wynter, I think its time for this team to be disbanded...permanently. Explosive Palm!" Suddenly, explosions erupted from her hands right at both of them at a speed that couldn't be calculated.

As Timal then returned to her post on the cliff, Zane had moved above her and got a clean shot. Creating a giant molten fireball in his hand, he used one of his most destructive and powerful spells, despite others being nearby. "Primal Fire Dragon Meteor Smash!" he shouted as he hurled the fireball right into Timal. As he landed, he then used another powerful spell. He drew a circle of fire in front of him. "Circle of Flame! Resolute Destruction!" he shouted as he slammed his palms together and then pushed outward. As a result, several streams of fire shot out from the circle, attacking as many Dark Wizards and Demon Spirits as he could, as well as aiming quite a few at Timal. Those who tried to jump or block it would find that they could turn and track enemies, and navigate around blocks and shield spells. Additionally, once they impacted with their target, they exploded violently.

However, none of them were taken out by the spell, particularly Timal, who seemed to have focused on Zane. Likewise, Zane had focused on her. This was not going to be an easy fight.

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Wynter watched Pommel's expressions, as she didn't intend to imply she pitied the girl, Wynter saw a great potential in the little girl named Pommel. Just because she wasn't as strong didn't mean she was weak in the mind of Cold Steel, whom easily was in that situation, though while Pommel didn't get a thorough tongue lashing, yet, Wynter was given a good one by both of her parents. Yet she was drawn off her thoughts by another ally, 'Rin Miyazuki, a strong Celestial gate key caster, along with a very good archer with the Celestial Bow. That's good-' As Wynter thought, something drew her attention away, and quickly, a presence of Dark energy around her, it seemed that Zane noticed it too, as he shouted to Wynter,

"GET THEM OFF THIS MOUNTAIN NOW WYNTER! DON'T ARGUE, JUST GO, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!"

As his words echoed around in the cave, the idea of escape was quickly dashed, once from the dark guild members having surrounded them, and second, because Wynter's dealt with this type of battle before, and knew she wouldn't and couldn't run. As Zane moved around attacking and blocking for his allies, even taking a hit for her, it annoyed the knight as she was often the one doing that, though the other small girl cast a spell against her and the others by her, "Move!" she yelled pushing Pommel aside, before taking a god brunt of the spell, though did evade some bit. The battle was going south fast, yet, Wynter took a gentle breath and soon her spear went back to her Requip pocket, as soon it was replaced by an unknown weapon, as she held it, she turned to the Dark Guildsmen, and her words were harsh, and intimidating as she displayed fair extennt of her magical power, though not all of it, "I am Wynter Vellant, otherwise known as Cold Steel. I suggest- No. I order that you surrender immediately or I will cut you down. This will be your only warning. For if my demands are not met, you can gauge what happens then." After those words finished echoing, she spoke once more, "You will have ten seconds. Starting now." as those words continued to echo, Wynter counted in her head, slowly reaching to ten, spreading several airspace bubbles around, since they're invisible, it'd be best to keep a counter-insurgence plan ready.

The ten seconds were up. Wynter walked forward, her face just as cold as ever, "Time's up." before those words could even hang in the air, the orbs that has surrounded her allies and intermixed with the dark mages, had exploded, while Wynter went to a weaker enemy quickly finishing him off, incapacitating him, and soon, the knight known as "Cold Steel" had started picking off a few in the enemy ranks, though she stopped, turning to one, her eyes meeting another woman, she felt a strange power from this woman, as she raised the hidden weapon, preparing for an attack on her as well.

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It was cold up on the mountain, made colder still by Zena's lack of proper attire. A crop top on her flat chest and poofy shorts covering her wide hips were hardly what one would typically choose to wear in the snow, but it was all she had at present since a vulcan had gotten lucky enough to tear her cloak before she could eat it (the vulcan, not the cloak). She kept the shreds of the garment tied around her neck, but it barely fell to her elbows, unable to serve the purpose she'd brought it for. She sighed as the wind picked up once more, leaning down to brush frost off her thigh-high boots. At least these could keep her legs dry.

She'd come to the mountain like a lion following a herd of buffalo, drawn by the scent of prey and the hunger in the pit of her stomach. It had been six months since she'd left her last guild, and without hunt jobs to point her in definitive directions she'd been having a hard time keeping her hunger in check. When she'd heard rumors of the monstrous population boom in this region, it had been like a sign from god, made only stronger by the scent of magic which seemed to rise up from the very ground. It was this same scent she was following now; it had gotten stronger in the past few minutes, and even though she had no intent of attacking any wizards it still left her curious.

She stepped lightly along the mountain side, stopping occasionally to regain her bearings in the freezing cold. She felt she was on the right track, the smell of magic growing thicker as she walked, and she quickened her pace, eager to see where it might be coming from. And then she fell in a hole.

One of the damned abandoned mining tunnels which pockmarked the mountain, no doubt. She'd ventured into their labyrinthine depths a few times already in pursuit of her quarry, but it was always annoying when she found herself thrust into one by virtue of poor visibility and unfortunate placement under the snow. She sat up and rubbed the back of her head, cursing her failure of observation, then rose her cross-pupiled eyes to gaze around the tunnel. It didn't look like anyone had been in this section, but as she sat there she could hear the sounds of distant explosions echoing along the passage. She cast a look back up the hole she'd fallen through, then turned and started walking, curiosity getting the better of her.

This tunnel she was in now wasn't particularly long; Zena imagined it was some sort of side passage constructed in the event of a cave-in. She began to notice signs of others coming through as she entered into a conjoining tunnel, and the sounds coming from the end became sharper. She recognized them as the sounds of combat, and the lights coming off the spells illuminated figures standing with their backs to her. She approached casually and began stepping past them, curious about what they were watching, or... perhaps just eager to place a face to the swirling cumulus of magical scents which filled her predatory nostrils.

Before she could, however, she found herself momentarily stunned by some kind of previously invisible explosion. Caught off her guard she had no alternative but to take the bulk of the blast, sending her body crashing against the tunnel wall. Her ears rang from the force of her contact with the cold stone, and she blinked a few times to clear the blur from her vision. She placed a hand on the wall to steady herself as she got to her feet, trying to regain her senses as she heard the sounds of fire and ringing steel fly around the area.

"This is why you don't go wandering after random magic, dumbass," her thoughts spoke in the voice of her father. She'd been careless and wandered into a fight she had no part in, and apparently the only recourse was to shame herself using the voice of a dead man. Terrific.

She forced her eyes to focus on what was in front of her, and when they did they settled on a blue haired warrior just a couple of paces away.

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Pommel was stunned. Amazing… Really, really amazing! She couldn’t even remember some of her questions, yet here Rin was responding to them with cool confidence! Truly, her reputation was well deserved. Pommel couldn’t help but beam back at the pleasant and patient look Rin was giving her. Wait. WAIT. Hold up. Did she just say she was here for the three of them? She was part of the rescue mission too? But… Why? Wasn’t she a solo wizard? That didn’t make sense…

Pommel pondered on this thought some more, hearing the shouts of Zane over her shoulder. Newest member?! The celestial wolf was joining Fairy Tail? Pommel could hardly contain her bursting excitement, instead finding herself bobbing up and down slightly in enthusiasm. Oh wow. This really was the best day ever! Cold Steel and the Celestial Wolf were here! With her! They’d get along great and train her and she’d soon enough be her own great Wizard! And yet… Pommel frowned, getting a sickly feeling in the back of her throat. Something didn’t feel right… Like, something rank was in the air. This was weird, since this was possibly one of the greatest moments in her life…

Unable to place why she suddenly felt so sickly, Zane’s sudden shout of alarm and what she could only place as fear startled Pommel, and briefly, her mind flashed back elsewhere. Frozen on the spot, she watched as the situation unfolded into an ambush, and amidst the shouts, fighting and confusion she was fairly certain she was saved several times between all three of her protectors. At the climax of it all, she found herself taking cover on the floor behind a rock, finally able to take stock of the situation.

First of all, Rin seemed locked into a duel with the malevolent key bearer of the opposing guild. As the Dark Guild wizard summoned forth two ferocious beasts, the celestial wolf didn’t bat an eyelid, instead flashing her own cocky smirk. She was as confident and cool in person as in the articles! With a simple gesture, she summoned forth one of her spirits, the sheep. She was so cute! Eying up the battle, Pommel was swooning over the intelligence and skill of the master key wielder, quickly disabling one of the enemy spirits with barely any effort. “Yeah, you do it Rin!” She cheered excitedly from her position behind a rock, pumping a fist into the air. This was probably far louder than she should’ve been considering she was attempting to take cover, but her excitement could not be quelled.

Next up, she looked towards Wynter, locked in a showdown with the vast majority of the Dark Guild grunts. For a moment, her words echoed out through the cavern, commanding the authority of all those listening to her. Ooo, she was so intimidating! How could these idiots not just throw down their arms immediately hearing that? Still, as the countdown happened, the Dark Wizards waited, seemingly testing Cold Steel’s threat. Pommel smirked. A bad move on their part. In seconds, the battle erupted into its second stage, Wynter flashing about the battlefield and cutting down the now scattered ranks of the enemy as ripples of energy burst all around them. So cool! This was so much more exciting than hearing stories back home!

Finally, there was Zane. Or rather, Burning Heart. Pommel was only just now coming to terms with just who Zane was, and in all honesty, who could blame her for not knowing that one of the powerful heroes heralded at Fairy Tail was - as far as she knew - just a kid? Ripples of flame coursing around him, he became locked in intense combat with the girl known as Timal, who also seemed equally powerful. Though Pommel wasn’t entirely following in on their conversation, it was clear there was already some history between the two. As the flickers of fire screamed out from Zane, impacting foes all across the cave, Pommel began to question whether she even needed to get involved. Between Zane, Rin, and Wynter, there was far more talent in the room for even 3 Dark Guilds to handle. This one little convent didn’t stand a chance!

Grinning like an idiot, Pommel didn’t notice the arm dart out to grab her, wrenching her wrist around her back. “Hah! Got the lass! All we have to do is threaten this one and those weaklings will have to surrender!” Came the booming voice holding her, along with the laughter of the other guild members that had gotten the jump on her. This was bad! If things continued this way, she’d not only be a burden to the others, but might even be the reason they lost here and now! She couldn’t let that happen! She would not let her family lose!

Wrenching Pommel up from the ground, the man began roughly jerking her upright. “Now come along quietly missy, or else we’ll have to-…”

“Free-Form…” Pommel whispered, barely audible.

“Huh?” The dark guild member paused, trying to understand what she was saying.

“Blade!” With a streak of light, her arm quickly shifted form, immediately cutting into the arm of the man holding her, allowing Pommel to break free as he cried out in alarm and pain, stumbling back. “Grab her you idiots!” He cried out to his companions, pointing as Pommel darted back, glancing around her surroundings as she made room backing up from the villains. There were actually a few tunnels leading out of this main cave, along with some mine cart tracks… Stuff she could work with if she got the opportunity.

The first guy ran at her, a large staff in hand as he came in with a heavy downward swing. Slipping to the side of it, Pommel was quickly surrounded on the other side by another enemy, a massive gauntlet swinging in to punch her as she lacked the time and room to maneuver away.

“Free-Form: Shield!” Was the panicked cry from the little wizard, as from her shoulder to her hand, Pommel’s left side of her body quickly changed into a solid tower-shield. As the punch came in, the force was too much for her to take, and instead she found herself slipping down on the ice. What this actually ended up causing was a deflection of the man’s fist, carrying it straight over Pommel and into her other adversary, knocking him for a loop. Now on her back, hiding under her shield, Pommel barely caught sight of the third man running at her, brandishing a huge club. As he closed in, he quickly launched into a jumping strike, intending to put his weight into the blow. Even her shield wasn’t that good!

“Free-Form: Cannon!” Shifting her arms around, both transformed into twin arm cannons, aimed up to blast the man from the sky. In her panic however, Pommel ended up firing far too quickly, the energy blast well below her target. As the wave of energy coursed upwards, it struck the nearby ceiling, shattering some stalactites and sending them scattering down onto another group of the dark wizards. But that wasn’t all. The force of the blast, along with the friction-less state of the ground actually ended up sending Pommel skidding along the ice at rapid pace. Squealing out in panic, her leg accidentally swept the man to the side of her, tripping the gauntlet wielder right into the spot where she’d once been. Moments later, club met skull as another unfortunate case of friendly fire occurred on the side of the Dark Guild members.

Finally sliding to a stop as she impacted a rock, a stray pick-axe lodged in place was suddenly bent and flung free from the force of Pommel’s impact. Spinning wildly through the air, it soundly clonked the club wielder in the face, knocking him unconscious. Dazed, Pommel slowly pushed to stand herself up, looking over the carnage. The small squadron that had intended to grab her had been left devastated, all in varying states of injury and consciousness. Perhaps her bad-luck had been in place to counterbalance her present good fortune? Still, Pommel beamed, laughing heartily as she gestured out a point.

“There’s more where that came from you dorks! Bring it on! I’ve got more than enough to take all of you on!” Continuing her haughty laughter, the greeting Pommel got when she opened her eyes immediately changed her expression to one of tentative fear. Hearing her boastful statement, more of the remaining wizards were now turning their attention to the braggart, having had quite enough of her mischief. Cautiously, she took a step back, and yelped as she found herself tripping. With a soft ‘Oof’ she landed awkwardly draped with her arms over either side of… Was this a minecart?!

Slowly, but steadily, she could see herself moving further away from the approaching wizards. Glancing about, she looked at what she’d tripped over. What she saw brought a more fearful expression to her face, the snapped brake of the minecart now lying beside the tracks. No, this wasn't right! She'd planned to send some of the enemies down the mine tracks, not herself! “No! Wait, stop, someone help me!” Panic settling in as she fumbled about in her seat, Pommel managed to get herself upright just in time to look where she was headed. Her scream would echo out through the tunnel as she headed down the first dip of the track, covering her eyes as it became a ride eerily similar to a rollercoaster, the little wizard not good with the idea of a high-speed trip. On a positive note, at least she was escaping the wizards that were trying to give chase to her.

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"Primal Icestorm!" she yelled, and sent shards of ice at everyone. This ice was not normal ice however. It could shatter steel and magicsteel alike, so getting hit with it would not be wise. Timal then lunged right at Zane, as she conjured an Ice Sword. "Primal Ice Sword!"

"That's how you want to play huh?" Zane asked, as he took out....

(Meanwhile, off somewhere else in the world...)

"Hey Mavis, what is primal magic anyways?"

Suddenly, Mavis pulls out a teaching desk, apple, books, and a moving blackboard, with various writing and drawings that help explain stuff. "Primal Magic is a very old Lost Magic. You see, the reason its primal is because its actually some of if not the oldest magic in the world. Its a lot more powerful then normal magic, but its also harder to control. Additionally, they say that the magic itself is alive, and that those who harness it who are not careful, or try to eat it in the case of some other Lost Magic users, and it will kill you....if you are lucky. Primal Magic is incredibly powerful".

"And there are no side affects at all?"

"Tell me, what do you think the real reason Zane cant swim?"

"Ohhh. So its got some nasty side affects then".

(Back to the battle)

....a sword made of what appeared to be solid fire! "Primal Fire Sword!" The sword blocked the attack.

"I see you learned all about summoning Primal Fire magic while in that library for 34 years, Zaney" Timal announced as their fight went on inbetween Wynter and Rin now. "Too bad it couldn't stop you from suffering. After all, these two don't know do they? Not that your the legendary fire Wizard Burning Heart, but that your actually 44 years old, and under the affect of two curses? The first curse is preventing your body from aging, so you can never grow up physically and stay that scrawny kid forever. And the second curse, you placed upon yourself! That's right, I can see it! You placed a curse upon yourself to prevent your mind from aging, so that you wouldn't go insane from 34 years of isolation! Did you think you could just hide that forever?!"

Zane was getting more and more angry. His attacks were getting more and more brutal as well. Clearly, this girl annoyed him a lot. His attacks were also spreading fire a bit everywhere. "Okay! That's it! Circle of Flame, Resolute Destruction!"

He aimed all of the fireshots right at Timal, forcing her to use Primal Ice Shield to block. He then smashed right through the shield and landed a direct blow on Timal. Timal, however, used an uppercut punch to get Zane right in the gut, causing him quite a bit of pain, especially when she added a primal ice fist to it. Zane kept his ground however, and gave his own Primal Fire Fist right into her face.

The two were knocked away from each other, Zane landing near Rin, while Timal landed near Wynter and Harmony. "Oh yes, let me introduce my other new friend. This is Harmony. She can mimic the magic and spells of anyone she sees, increase their strength, and turns it against them. She also learns all of its strengths and weaknesses".

Zane noticed something however, something he hoped Wynter did as well. She knew the strengths and weaknesses, but not any personal stratagies or combo options the original Wizard knew. Timal launched an attack, but not at Zane. It was aimed at Rin! Zane managed to block the attacks with a Primal Fire Shield, but one got through and hit Zane in the shoulder. Still, the fire was melting it, and he was still in the fight. "I...am okay. Just please deal with that Demonic Wizard, okay?"

Zane had temporarily forgotten the Wizard shouted, out loud, that he killed Rin's parents. He was consumed with hatred for Timal, who had betrayed him. Which didn't help when Timal started insulting him. "Maybe you should open your eyes and pay attention Zaney! You might see better and actually notice things!"

"Would you just...shut...up! Primal....Fire....Ultimate....Fury!" Zane shouted, sending a tidal wave of fire right at Timal....and maybe a few others if they got in the way! Several monsters, which had been hiding, were certainly hit by this attack.

"That's it! No more being nice!" Timal shouted. "Terragenesis Magic! Ocean!"

"Hold on, what was that about ocean?!" Zane yelled, as suddenly water began to flow into the cave! Zane immediately jumped somewhere high, but at this point, the water level was somehow rising. "Timal! I hate you! Also, can someone please deal with the water!"

"Here, let me!" The Demonic Spirit Wizard shouted. "Demonic Key! Gate of the Sea King, Krakken! Open!"

"I meant get rid of the water, you idiot!" Zane shouted.

"Also, why did you answer him!" Timal chimed in. "Your on our team, you idiot!"

"Fairy Beacon!" Zane shouted, casting it on Timal. Timal just blinked.

"What did that do? I don't feel anything".

(MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE GUILD!)

Mavis immediately sensed the Fairy Beacon. She kicked the doors to the Guild wide open, and aimed her arm, charging up Fairy Glitter. "Beacon Locked. Coordinates Locked in. Fairy Glitter Cannon Charging. Height locked in. Location Marked, Beacon Locked, Target Locked, Fairy Glitter Charged. Firing in three, two, one..."

Suddenly, for all in the Guild, traveling nearby, and everyone at the mountain to see, a giant blast of Fairy Glitter was shot out.

(MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE MOUNTAIN!)

Timal just laughed. "Your spell completed fizzl...."

She was interrupted by being hit with Fairy Glitter at long range.

(Well, I wnt overboard again, but that last part was too good not to add.... XD)

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“Yeah, you do it Rin!” The shout from the cherry-haired girl distracted Rin, and since Gita was still changing, one of the Dark wizard lackeys chose that moment to rush towards Rin with a magic sword. The wizards battle cry was cut short though, and replaced with a scream, as Ayumi sent Ceberus after the man. As she had looked away, the dark celestial wizard had managed to avoid getting hit but only by using his snake spirit as a shield. Rin felt white hot rage fill up in her. Gita, now fully changed spoke in her mind sounding a lot less grumpy and a lot more worried than usual. 'Rin, please, calm yourself. You need to think otherwise you'll end up doing something you'll regret.' The fact that Gita, who usually refered to her as 'girl', used her name seemed to bring her a bit back to reality but as Rin saw the black blood dripping down the snake spirits skin her anger came back full force. "Close. Gate of the Arrow, Sagitta." Ayumi looked over at Rin with concern in her eyes as she sliced her swords across a lackey, making an X wound across his chest. "Onee-san are you okay?" Rin didn't answer and at the cold, lifeless look in Rin's eyes the fearsome looking spirit let out a small yelp of fear.

Before Rin, or Ayumi, could do anything suddenly Zane came flying and landed in a heap next to her, something she almost ignored until she heard him hiss in pain from taking an attack... that had been aimed for her. "I...am okay. Just please deal with that Demonic Wizard, okay?" Rin looked at the boy, who she knew was older than her, in shock and almost responded but Timal cut her off. "Maybe you should open your eyes and pay attention Zaney! You might see better and actually notice things!" Rin glared at Timal, and Ayumi shouted as she leapt forward and cut off the head of the snake spirit that had been about to bite Rin. Deciding to keep her mind on her opponent Rin was surprised when suddenly, water was filling the cave. As the Dark Celestial Wizard summoned a new spirit Rin put her rage aside, though her eyes shown with underlying malice, and her amused smirk returned. "Ayumi?"

The armour-clad spirit smiled as the blackness around her started to thicken. "Yup, I got it. Olympian Requip! Poseidon!" Deep blue light filled the cave and when it dissipated the red-haired spirit was replaced by a trident-holding mermaid. Ayumi then dived under the water, out of sight as she fought the kraken. Rin looked to the Dark wizard as if to ask 'That all you got' but before she could speak a blast of yellow, glittery light shot through the mountain and hit Timal. Rin's mouth dropped open in shock, completely forgetting about the Dark Celestial Wizard.

At that moment, for reasons unknown to Rin, Pommel popped into her mind. Looking around, worry for her future guild mate filled her. The water had risen to a point where the ground was out of reach if one still wished their head to be above water and yet the red-haired girl was nowhere to be found. Clearing her mind Rin searched for the girls magical energy. While faint she sensed it moving away from where they were into the norther part of the tunnels. Grabbing one of her keys Rin did her best to swim and summon a spirit at the same time. "Open! Gate of the Horse, HēiMa!" In a flash of light Moru appeared, hovering over the water on black wings, eyes narrowed. "Hey, what's the big idea? You could at least give me a bit of warning."

Rin didn't even waste time to roll her eyes and at that Moru got a bit more serious. "Pommel, the girl we came here to help, isn't here. Her magical energy is..." Rin searched for the girls energy again and pointed. "That way. The only tunnel even close to that direction is that one there." Rin moved her hand a bit to point to the tunnel. "Can you go find her? I'm afraid some of the dark guild members might have her." Moru nodded and flew off, using high speed magic to punch a lackey wizard who tried to block his way, sending the girl flying across the cave with a scream. At the sight Rin chuckled and then looked around her once more, her eyes landing on Zane. "I'm sorry. The one thing Ayumi can't do is get rid of water..." She called out to him as she watched the dark celestial wizard out of the corner of her eye, uncertain if he had another key or not.

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As Wynter looked at the mage now named Harmony, as her opponent literally explained what she does, Wynter's expression remained the same, 'She can mimic my spells, hm? In other words this would be more based on skill with weapons, and skill and speed of Requip than power of magic. It doesn't matter the strength of her spells, if I can avoid it and beat her on pure skill alone. Yet, I should be prepared for any eventuality.' though she thought, approaching slowly at first, though her spells can be used against her, Wynter wanted to know how skilled her opponent was. Stopping about Five meters from her opponent taking up the weapon like it was a rapier, and right as she was about to move in for the attack, something happened that caught her off guard. As she came to a dead stop a beam of light had closed on their location, it was very shocking as she almost fell onto her tail, as the pillar of light slammed those whom would be deemed an enemy of those in Fairy Tail.

After leaping back, Wynter looked at Rin and Zane, whom seemed injured, things weren't in great shape. Especially as Wynter doubted the enemies were defeated by that. As she held her weapon, she glanced to Zane, whom had used what appeared to be Fairy Beacon, almost in pure shock, sshe spoke, "Do tell, where'd that party trick come from? That was interesting." As she kept her gaze around, Wynter noticed one thing, they were missing a certain cherry red girl, though it seemed Rin had it handled. As she let the dust settle the pain of the hit she took earlier. Gritting her teeth, Wynter raised her weapon again, expecting the three to still stand.

((Sorry, I have no clue what has happened in Zane's post... :/))

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With a fearful yell, Pommel finally opened her eyes to see where she was going, the mine cart careening down the tracks and round a bend. Pits and rises, narrow weavings between hanging spikes and other rock formations. At one point, she even found herself flying between the legs of a huge ice beast, though he seemed more stunned than Pommel did, and not at all the aggressive kind with his big goofy eye and chicken wings. Slowly but steadily, fear had given way to cheering, as the ride was exhilarating to say the least. The joy at such fun was short lived however, as Pommel came out of another passage, coasting alongside next to another mine cart. This one however, was occupied by a couple of the dark wizards.

"Hey Moops, I found her!" The larger, more muscular and bald wizard shouted, pointed to Pommel, causing her to jump a bit and sweat profusely. "Well don't jus' stand there Vince, grab 'er!" The pint sized fellow with a long pointy nose continued to hold the mine cart steady, while Vince began lunging across the gap, attempting to grab hold of Pommel. Sidling up as far back against the wall of her cart as she could, Pommel was lucky that a track sign came up between them, forcing Vince to rapidly retreat back into his mine cart, standing on Moops's head.

"Oi! Git off me ya git and git her!" Moops complained, confusing the poor dolt of a partner. Pommel just sighed a bit that she was actually afraid of dopes like these, though she didn't get long to ponder that as Vince began leaning over into her cart again. Planting herself with her arms gripped firmly on the rim of the basket, she sent a solid boot to his face, trying to keep him back and out of her ride. It worked for a moment, but then he got hold of her leg, laughing to himself. "I got her, I got her!"

At that point, the mine carts diverged on their paths. Pommel still had a tight grasp onto the wall of her cart, and as the two turned away, Vince found himself clinging onto Pommel for dear life, flailing behind the cart as it careened further into the tunnels. ”Get off me you creep!” Pommel wailed, still kicking at his face repeatedly. The dark wizard grunted in pain with each kick, but he managed to slowly pull himself in, climbing into the mine cart with her. "I've got you now! Moops is gonna be so proud of me!" He laughed a bit, before his face fell into terror, and he pointed ahead. Pommel spun herself, and what she saw brought a similar look of absolute fear to her face. Dead end. Cliff edge. They were headed for a pit!

"Stop this thing!" Vince wailed, Pommel equally panicked. ”There's no brakes!” Bouncing along the track, the two were heading closer and closer to their doom. There was no way they could jump out at this point - they'd be smashed on the rocks and spikes of the mine. ”Quick! We gotta slow this down!” Pommel shouted, leaning over the side of the cart. ”Free-Form: Blade!” Drawing her arm back, Pommel shoved it to the ground, wincing in pain from the jarring friction that almost felt like it'd rip her shoulder from its socket. They were still going way too fast! There was no way they'd stop in time!

"Me help!" Vince called, grabbing hold of Pommel to brace her. With his other hand, he magically equipped a ball and chain, throwing it behind them as an anchor. Dust and shards of rock flew up all around them as the mine cart screech, slowly, steadily slowing as it approached the edge... And stopped, moments from careening into the pit. Both of them gave out a long sigh, before cheering, jumping up and down in their cart. ”We did it Vince!” Pommel congratulated him; Vince laughing as well as he hugged her. "Yeah! We make good team!"

Far off, and coming closer, the two heard a loud screeching noise. Soon enough, it became a voice. "GIT OUT OF THE WAY!" Came the terrified cry moments before they could see it. Moops was rocketing down the rails in his mine cart, equally out of control as he came down the steep hill towards the pit. Pommel tried to scramble to safety, but was gripped by both fear and the fearful hug of Vince as he saw their impending collision. All three wizards wailed out in terror, before finally...

*tink*

With a soft tap, Moops managed to bring his cart to a stop, barely shoving Pommel and Vince anywhere along the track. All three gave out a long sigh, before breaking out into laughter. "Dat dere was a real close one!" Moops stated, scratching the back of his head.

”Haha, yeah, I thought we were goners for sure! Who knows what would've happened if-” Pommel didn't get to finish her sentence as the loud rumbling broke out, the three stopping to look back down the tunnels they came from. It was weird, like the sound of rushing water, almost as if they were near a wild river or a broken dam or something... Moments later, it became apparent that was exactly what was coming as a literal ocean of water swept them away, knocking all three off the edge into the mine pit.

Pommel tried to scream, tried to grab hold of something, but the water engulfed everything, silencing and knocking her for a loop. Zane may have sunk like a rock, but Pommel was no better, having never learned to swim at all in her life, and certainly didn't stand a chance of learning amongst such rapid water. In the confusion, she completely lost track of Moops and Vince, struggling amongst the black abyss. There was no real light at all, no sense of space. And, most frightening of all, no air. Slowly, steadily she drifted, eyes clouding with darkness, chest burning up, fighting to try and breathe. Dim. Dark. Nothing...

And then... Strong hands suddenly grabbed hold of her, wrenching her upward. At least, she hoped it was upwards. Seconds later, she broke the surface, coughing and spluttering for air as she took deep, shivering breaths, the ice cold water really sapping her lungs. For a second, she thought it was Vince or Moops, but then noticed the steady beating of wings, along with catching a full glimpse of the hunk of a man that saved her. Looking up, she was immediately taken by his green eyes, and that charming smile.

”You know, cute girls like you shouldn't wander off alone. It's dangerous.” Oh god his voice was charming too. Pommel withheld a blush, and was about to speak before turning it into a soft yelp of surprise, being heaved up into a bridal hold. ”Now hold on a moment, let's get you somewhere safe to dry off.” The man spoke again, Pommel dimly nodding before giving a surprised yelp as they did a brief somersault in mid-air before gliding to a nearby ledge, watching the rushing water fall off into the depths below. As he began looking her over, and gently taking her hand, Pommel finally managed to find her voice again.

”Just who are you exactly?” She asked quizzically, and then made a brief squeak as he poked her in the nose. ”I’m HēiMǎ, you however, can call me Moru. I'm a Celestial Spirit.” Suddenly, memories began flooding back to Pommel. Memories of someone she disliked. Nay, someone she despised. Charming as this man was, she couldn't look at him without seeing that infuriatingly creepy man. Her expression wavered into one of scepticism.

”Uhuh. So I take it Rin sent you?” Pommel surmised, sitting up as he seemed content with her condition. She was still shivering from the cold, but there wasn't much he could do to help that. Moru could see the look that Pommel was giving him and decided to act more casual. ”Yeah, she was worried about you. If you're okay we should probably head back. Rin isn't a very patient person, especially when she's worried. So, you want me to carry you or would you rather I let you ride on my back?”

Pommel paused a moment, looking down to the swirling whirlpool of water, grimacing. She was lucky Moru pulled her out of that, but she could see no sign of Moops or Vince amongst the tide. Somehow, even though they were dark wizards, she felt bad for them. ”Do you think they..?” She trailed off a bit, biting her lip. She shook her head once. ”Never mind. Let's go back. Uh... So are you going to give me a piggy-back, cause that would be kind of weird...”

Moru followed her gaze and shook his head at her question. ”Don't worry, there's a tunnel at the bottom that they can get to and one of them uses some form of air magic. They're safe. And of course not.” Silverly blue light filled the area around Moru and Pommel and when it dissipated a gold-eyed, black stallion with large wings stood before her. Through telepathy he spoke into Pommel's mind, laughter filling his mental voice. 'Climb on.'

Pommel reacted with a startled jump as the sound filled her mind. Man, even creepier, he could be in her head, reading her thoughts. Best to keep her cool then and not think anything too weird. Still, she was happy to hear those two would be alright, and thankful he saved her life. But not THAT grateful. She would have thought of something to... Oh, who was she kidding? ”Ugh! Fine, thanks okay!” Pommel whined aloud as she climbed onto Moru. Keeping her thoughts private was going to be difficult, since she thought about a lot of things. ”You better not be listening in!” Pommel fumed a bit, grabbing hold rather roughly by the horse's ears, just to ensure he heard her. Moru snorted and shook his head, yanking his ears out of her hands. 'Telepathy isn't mind reading. I can only hear what you think at me and once I stop using the magic I can't hear what you're thinking.' Moru kept his voice calm, rather offended someone would think so low of him, but knowing becoming angry wouldn't do much for the situation.

”Well good! Keep it that way!” Pommel hmmph'd, folding her arms. After all, she didn't want him knowing what she REALLY thought about him. I mean, he was cute and charming, but if he didn't remind her so much of Slick she might've liked him more. Well, that and she couldn't get over her own hang-ups around men. It was difficult for her to really trust any of them, and she knew it was stupid. But somehow, she couldn't stop herself from being that bit on edge. That bit quicker to judge. She'd get better at it though. Just like her skills as a wizard. She just needed some time.

With that, she was forced to take hold of his mane as Moru took flight, quickly making his way back up to the cliff that she'd fallen from, navigating the complex tunnels back towards Rin. During their flight through a particularly straight part of the tunnels Moru activated a high speed spell and the cherry-haired girl on his back let out a yelp and wrapped her arms around his neck. The rate they were going at that point was far faster and scarier than the rollercoaster ride she'd previously taken. ”S-Slow down! I'm gonna be sick!” Pommel threatened with a wail, as the concept of falling and splitting her head open felt very much more real with the flimsy grip she had on his neck. Of course, her stomach was fine with this sort of thing, but hopefully Moru got the message. In response Moru let out a neigh that sounded an awful lot like a chuckle and slowed down, deciding to stay at a speed unaided by magic to keep the girl from panicking. Breathing a soft sigh of relief, Pommel snuggled in a bit closer to Moru, trying to use what she could of his body warmth to keep herself from freezing. Hopefully from here, it’d be smooth sailing to re-join the fight with the others…

Of course, when it comes to Pommel, nothing is ever that simple, a pair of eyes following the two as they approached. With a grin of misshapen and rotten teeth, the Dark Wizard prepared his devious ambush on the unsuspecting duo…

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(sorry for the delay, but to make up for it, I made the post fairly hilarious)

Timal dislodged herself from the mountain, and gave Zane an angry glare, who was currently on fire trying to boil the water away. "Seriously? Why don't you stop and think a little next time, cause that was overkill!"

"Your the one that brought an ocean onto the mountain..." Zane replied from his small island. "And how was it overkill when your trying to kill me?"

"Well why don't you come over here and settle this then? Oh yeah, you can't. You are as ignorant in swimming as you are with this whole situation. You cant win against us. Morven has more influence then you realize" Timal mentioned.

Hold on, wait a second... Zane thought as it hit him. That's when he realized it. He then pointed a finger at Timal. "You totally lied! You weren't cursed back then, so you can't be a decade or two older then me!"

Timal's expression was priceless. "...are you serious? Is that all you have to bring up? I kinda thought you were bluffing, but are you actually trapped over there? Also, how the fuck does that even matter? Your still an idiot, which given the fact you were trapped in a library, shouldn't be possible!"

"If I was stupid, how would I know you are also trapped? Normally, even while talking, you would have attacked me by now. But despite an unnatural growth, you either are low on magical power...or something is stopping you from coming over here".

"Is not!" Timal replied.

Zane started to laugh a little. "Oh wow. Let me guess, your embarrassed about getting wet right? All your clothes will become seethrough or..."

Suddenly, Zane was smashed into the ground by a Primal Ice Fist. "Your still an ass".

However, not just the ground next to Zane, but the entire floor cracked, draining the water. Timal was confused at first, she hadn't hit that hard, but then she realized it. Zane added his own force to the strike to crack open the ground and cause the water to drain. Zane then shattered the first, burning with primal fire. "Gotcha..."

"You little....you on purposely said something perverted to anger me and make me give you the extra force to drain the water!" Timal yelled. "Clever, but not enough to save you! Primal Ice Spike!"

"Primal Fire Barrier!" Zane called out, stopping the spikes. "Fire Dragon Roar!"

The fire nearly got Timal, but she dodged most of it, only getting hit by a portion of the damage. However, Zane moved to where Timal dodged to, and hit her with his Primal Fire Sword. However, Timal hit him with her Primal Ice Burning Spike, which while being made of ice, burns anyone it touches. It was a critical hit, and as he fell backwards his red and white cloak fell beside him. As Timal spoke, she used a magical item to broadcast the two of them to everyone on the mountain. "See. I will always win. I will eliminate your friends, your guildmates, everyone you care about, and there is nothing you can do about it".

"Not...a chance. So long as I live...I will not let you hurt a single member of Fairy Tail!" Zane shouted in anger and loyalty, until Timal used a Primal Ice Fist to knock him down and fired several Primal Ice Shards, cutting him all over and leaving his shirt in ruins and bleeding all over. She drew her Primal Ice Burning Sword, and poisoned to strike.

"And the best part is Morven will ensure they all suffer slow and agonizing deaths. Just know now, your friends will watch you die before I go to kill them as well" she spoke as she flinched a little. Then. as she swung, Zane reached out and blocked the attack with one hand. His hand was bloody, and on fire. However, this fire was not red, or blue, or purple, or black, or anything. It was white. As Timal tried to pull away, she found she was unable to. Then she looked into his eyes, but she did not see Zane there. She saw the one issue all primal magic had. Its uncontrollability, it allowed for a risk of temporarily losing control of yourself if you had it inside you. And Timal had pushed him too far. Still, knowing this, she was baffled at the physical changes. "How is it...how can you just block my sword with one hand? Its ice, so the burning affect should still work! This wasn't my intention!"

Timal had to dispel the sword and jump away, but Zane was already behind her, fueled by anger and lost to the primal spirit. Without using a spell, he smashed her down into the floor, and then impacted right onto her. Zane had completely lost it. Timal knew reasoning wouldn't work, though it probably wouldn't have worked reguardless. So she had no choice.

"Terragenesis! Oce...." she tried to summon an ocean to help her escape, but Zane, or the primal spirit she had provoked rather, interrupted the spell by kicking her into a wall. She mumbled a little to herself. "Jeese, I didn't know you were this fragile".

Suddenly, Zane appeared next to her, and she just barely dodged a punch to the face that would have done massive damage. She tried to get some more distance, but he finally started using magic....which meant a swarm of primal fireballs in her direction. This forced her to put multiple Primal Ice Shieldwalls in front of her while moving away. She needed some way to deal with Zane's primal mode, or else he might kill everyone on the mountain, starting with her. The only way was to make him not angry, but she had no clue how to make his anger disappear, considering what she did and the fact she just riled him up.

Then, as the last shieldwall shattered, some of the ice shards caught her damp clothes. The resulting combination plus the force they were moving at resulted in something she really disliked. Primal Zane moved in for the kill, but stopped when he saw her. Timal sighed with relief, until she remembered why he stopped and got both embarrassed and pissed off. Zane was Primal Ice Fisted into the wall, while she took one of the black cloaks of a fallen Dark Guild Member. "I cannot believe that it was because of THAT he stopped. Pervert..."

Timal was drained however from that fight, and quickly disappeared, not even leaving a trace. She counted herself lucky though, the magical broadcast ended during the fight so no one else saw most likely. If any Dark Wizards did, she would make them forget later. Zane meanwhile, was blushing while lodged in a wall of ice and rock. Dazed, he replied despite the fact Timal was already gone. "How is it my fault? You caused me to go Primal, and it was your ice..." Lets not forget the fact that I can't age, so that's both the closest I might ever get right there, and the fact I am too young technically for it to matter. Though, if I said that out loud, I would probably get crushed, so lets leave it there...

As Zane pryed himself out, he looked around. Rin and Wynter were still fighting. He went to help them, but collapsed on the floor. Entering Primal Mode healed his wounds, but it didn't remove the pain. His body ached all over, and he realized he should probably rest a little before joining the fight, so he sat with his back against a wall. As he did, a Dark Wizard tried to jump him. One punch later, and the Dark Wizard.

(Humor makes everything better when you don't have too little or too much :) Kinda makes me want to have flashback posts as well >.>)

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Rin tried her best to focus on the fight between Ayumi and the so called kraken under the water but was quite distracted by Zane and Timal. Before she could actually listen in on their yelled conversation/argument (which was more like sibling banter) Moru telepathically informed Rin that he had found, and saved, Pommel. Sadly, the cherry-haired girl had somehow offended him because a moment later he was ranting into her mind. At this moment the kraken decided to wrap one of it's slimy appendages around Rin's leg and yank her under the surface of the water. Pressing her lips shut tightly Rin reached for the arrows in the quiver strapped to her back but before she needed them the tentacle was cut off the creature by a certain mermaid's weapon, which she had temporarily changed to a sword rather than a trident.

Kicking hard Rin surfaced above the water just as the water started to drain. Quickly, Ayumi catapulted out of the water and, in a flash of deep blue light that shifted in color to light blue, changed back into her normal attire and appearance. Landing on the ground gracefully Ayumi looked over at the, now beached kraken, and giggled. The dark wizard groaned and frowned. "That's so not fair..." Rin turned her attention away from the Dark wizard for a moment as he closed the kraken spirit's gateand it was then that Rin realized Moru still hadn't stopped complaining into her mind. 'Dear lord Moru! Shut it!' Suddenly the dark wizard re summoned his snake spirit, catching Rin's full attention. The beast was obviously still severely injured and anger once again filled Rin. Sadly though, right as she grabbed her bow the young girl, Timal as Zane called her, disappeared and the dark wizard and his spirit did as well, disappearing right before an arrow flew through where he had been standing. Aggravated Rin let out a sound quite similar to a growl and stalked over to where he had been.

Before she could reach the spot Ayumi bolted over, grabbed the arrow and rushed back to Rin, the girl not wanting Rin near the stone wall with her known habit of punching walls when pissed. "Here Onee-san. Please calm down." Rin took a deep breath and then took the arrow, putting it back into the quiver. A moment later her bow was strapped onto her back and Rin was tapping her foot as she brushed her fingertips across the fletching of her arrows. Ayumi giggled and hugged her key-holder. "Don't worry. Moru's on his way back with the little girl and the . Want me to stay?" Rin shook her head and gave the girl a smile that didn't reach her eyes and a pat on the head. "Nah you did well. Go ahead and return to the spirit world." The white-haired girl giggled and nodded before disappearing into a silvery-blue light. Looking around Rin called over to Wynter and Zane. "You two all good?"

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In a moment, the entire situation had changed. They'd been flying along, Pommel hanging tightly to Moru's mane as they made their way back towards the group. Whether it was his distraction at conversing with Rin, or the suddenness of the enemy's entrance, Moru was caught off guard as the villain wizard leapt from above, obstructing their path completely. In the split second before they crashed into him, he rose his arm before backhanding the two, Pommel crying out in pain as she was sent flying and separated from Moru, impacting some rocks and falling down to the floor. Thankfully by this point, the water seemed to have mostly stopped and drained.

Grim, booming laughter filled the tunnel, the dark mage holding his portly belly as he looked over to the two staggering to their feet. He was humongous, at least 3 times the size of a regular man, almost completely blocking the arch of the tunnel. Disgusting grease and sweat stained his white tank top, though what was the most off-putting was the fact that it did little to hide his rolls of fat from showing. His large stomach made up the majority of his figure, making his other limbs and head look like stumpy bits of flab stuck onto his spherical form. Messy and similarly unkempt dirty blonde hair covered his head, while his eyes were beady and small. His mouth looked like he'd been punched in the jaw after binging on several years supply of candy; with only a few stained and chipped teeth remaining. Further adding to how off-putting the man was an indescribably foul odour, the closest comparison being that he smelled like death.

”Well well well, seems it takes a real big man to handle one little girl!” Taking slow, heavy and deliberate steps, the floor seemed to crack and shake after each one as he headed towards Pommel. ”Ah well, I could use a snack; and you look just good enough to eat…" Pommel flinched slightly at his words, but quickly found her spirit once again as she scrambled to her feet, still quite some distance from the vile man. "Ew! Ew! No! Don't even touch me you ball of lard! You're fat enough as it is!" The insults drew out some more laughter from the giant man, who stopped to gesture to himself. "Haha, girly, you have no idea how hungry I am. Still, you better show some respect, I am-"

"Nasty - If you ask me!" Pommel replied, interrupting him. ”No, I'm-"

"Gross? Disgusting? Foul? Ugly? A blight on the planet?" Each time he went to speak, he found himself interrupted by Pommel as the list went on. Finally however, he had enough, roaring out. ”SHUT IT!" The booming sound echoed about the room, and immediately, Pommel went quiet. ”I'm Big Gus, and you're dinner!" He declared, marching forward. The close observer would notice the change in Pommel, eyes dilating, hands trembling slightly, stiff body and the ever so slight step back. She found however, that she couldn't move, standing there plainly as 'Big Gus' closed in to grab hold of her.

Moru, who had slammed into the cave wall, took a moment to recover from the blow. Changing back to human form the young man swore, putting a hand to his head. Shaking his, which only made the pain worse, Moru focused on the reason behind it. Looking over at the wizard approaching Pommel, Moru let out a growl, cast a high speed spell. Catapulting forward Moru landed his punch but the man barely stumbled back and Moru looked at his hand in disgust. "Wow dude you would think you'd be less nasty since there was water rushing through here five minutes ago..."

With another evil grin, Big Gus shifted to look at the tiny man beside him. ”Seems neither of you can appreciate my true beauty. Why be clean when you could better use that time eating?" Turning back towards Pommel and ignoring Moru, he began reaching for the girl. ”Well, time for the entree before the main meal. Bon appétit!" The shadow of his hand cast across Pommel, and in her stupor, she still was frozen to the spot, almost not registering anything around her.

"Yo kid, you should at least run if you aren't going to fight!" Moru summoned his wings and used a high speed spell, blasting into the air and landing a punch to the side of the man's head. The blow rippled into his cheek, briefly staggering Gus, but then, he simply grinned, puffing out and bit and lightly knocking Moru back from him before laughing. ”What, that's all you've got little man?" Turning back to face him, Gus cracked his neck a bit. ”Come on, you can do better than that. Free shot, give me all you got, donkey boy." He gestured with his arms, beckoning Moru in with both to bring it on. Amongst all of this, Pommel didn't even seem to notice Moru's shout, but somewhere inside of her, it managed to get her legs moving, backing away from what was likely to be an intense battle.

Fire blazed in Moru's eyes and he spoke in a slow, calm voice. "Did you just call me a fucking Donkey?" Gus simply grinned, savouring the taste of such a strong reaction before speaking. ”Yeah, I called you an Ass. Whatchoo gonna do about it, chump?" Moru muttered something under his breath before casting three stacked speed spells and zipped up and off to the side. The large man turned to look at him and laughed. ”You completely miss-" The man was cut off as Moru made a sudden turn, casting two more speed spells to more than make up for his lost momentum, and kicked him in the face. "I'm a Horse not a Donkey you shithead!"

For a moment, Moru would seem to hang in the air with his impact. Then, slowly, the blow began to take force, Gus's head and neck receding into the bulbous fat surrounding his torso. Deeper, steadily, Moru's foot all but disappeared into the fatty remains of where his head vanished, with an unsatisfying squelching noise. Then... Laughter. ”Whoo boy! Not bad chump. My head's ringing a bit." Gus's muffled voice rose out from the squished neck hole. ”So you're a horse, right?" Gus chuckled some more, his fat clinging to Moru's leg and refusing to let it go from the compressed air suction. ”Holy Shit are you stupid or deaf?" Internally Moru was trying not to vomit. Using a speed spell Moru flew upwards, yanking his leg from the gelatinous mass of the man.

”Neither you dumb twerp! My gut magic makes me invincible!" The fat man called out in indignation, before beginning his recovery. As Moru attempted to clear some distance, there was the slow and steady squishing sound as Gus began stretching back out into shape. Finally, with a wet pop, he came free, glancing about to locate Moru. ”Alright, you had your turn, now it's mine! Come here!" Gus yelled, a thundering sound as he ran... Well, waddle-rolled at Moru. Surprisingly mobile for such a huge force, Gus lunged for the horse-man, mouth agape as he attempted to literally eat him.

Moru let out a very horse-like snicker, and flew out of the way as the ball of lard's momentum threw him past the spot where Moru had been hovering and crashing into the tunnel's wall. "I'm sorry, did you expect me to just let you eat me?" Moru glanced over at Pommel while the giant struggled to get up and turn back around. "What did I tell you?! Either fight or Run!" Hearing those words, Pommel staggered in the spot, her hands slowly going to her head and clutching it, whispering some words over and over to herself. She needed to calm down. She wasn't in trouble. He wasn't angry at her. He wasn't dangerous. He was her friend. She just needed to get moving. "R-right..." She mumbled, taking some slow steps backward before turning to run. She wasn't in the mental state to be much help to Moru at this point; she needed some space to collect herself.

Moru let out a sigh of relief. Head buried in the rubble, the blobbed fellow spun, his mouth filled with rocks. Moments later, he swallowed, giving a small, satisfied burp. ”Well It's not like I ordered my food to go, but I guess I'll have to take you out!" Puffing up his chest, Gus suddenly leaned forward, maw open wide as the rocks he ate fired out like bullets, aimed squarely at Moru's chest. Moru's attention still on the girl he didn't have the time to move out of the way of the rocks. With a grunt of pain his wings folded and he dropped through the air and towards the ground.

Licking his lips, Big Gus then looked to Pommel. Well, a runner wouldn't do. Drawing in a deep breath, he prepared a huge spit wad before launching it at the cherry head fleeing the scene. Struggling to breathe Moru focused on opening his wings and used a speed spell to catapult himself at the dark wizard, throwing off the trajectory of the spit wad just enough for it to miss Pommel. Gus's face pivoted, twisting to the side from the punch, launching his spit harmlessly to the ground beside him. Instantly, the ground began to bubble and boil, dissolving under the acid contained within, melting a small hole in the ground. Anger flared, Gus grabbed at Moru arms and body, his hand almost big enough to encompass around his torso all by itself and pin the fellow.

”Alright, enough mug shots. Forget the dessert; I'm hungry enough to eat a horse..." Glowering at Moru, Gus began to open his mouth wide, dislocating his jaw with a sickening crack. The breath alone that wafted out would be something Moru would have to spend weeks removing from himself. Inside, the saliva dripped between his gums and teeth in strands, the very same liquid that had melted rock before.

Having cleared quite some distance, Pommel turned to hear the sound of Moru in pain, and instantly her heart leapt out of her chest seeing the danger he was in. This was her fault. She had to do something to help him! Shakily, she took a few steps forward. He couldn't fight the Big Gut himself, he needed her. She had to do it. She had to use her Fuse Form. Trembling at the thought, she willed herself to move forward. She didn't need to be scared. He was an ally. He was in danger. She had to save him. She had to! Move! Just transform! Tears began to well up in Pommel's eyes, as she sunk to her knees. She couldn't do it. Even after all he did for her, even after saving her life and practically sacrificing himself, she couldn't get over her idiotic and irrational fears. "I'm sorry..." She whispered, turning her head away and shutting her eyes. She couldn't bear to watch.

She wasn't strong enough yet.

But knowing that wasn't going to make this loss any less painful.

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"Poison Dragon's Spiral Jaw!"

Zena's legs struck the large wizard directly between the shoulders, the sudden attack from behind causing him to release his intended victim. Zena flipped over his head and spun, landing with her back to a red haired girl, standing tall. For a moment, the girl looked up to who was before her, but didn't recognise anything about her, staring in stunned silence as her saviour confronted their enemy.

"You know, I was starting to get worried that I'd wasted too much time on those damn drowning morons and missed last call," she cricked her neck with one hand on her nape, stretching her other shoulder as she did so. "And yet here you were kind enough to wait for me. I'm flattered."

His attention diverted from the pretty boy, the oversized goon took a step toward the newly appeared dragon slayer. "A new snack..." he said, licking his chops. "I do love delivery!"

The wizard swung his boulder-sized fist down at Zena, cracking the floor of the tunnel where it landed when she jumped to the side. He swung his other arm outward at her, following the path she'd leapt in, but she blocked this follow-up attack with crossed arms. She retalliated by sending a swirling pillar of poison magic in the shape of a serpent's head at her opponent, the magical "snake" biting the dark wizard where it struck his arm. He recoiled, taking a step back and rubbing his arm where her spell had impacted.

"Finally, a proper meal!" He puffed out his cheeks and made a hawking sound, as if pulling spit up from deep in his throat. 'Pretty boy', who had taken a second hit to the head when dropped, groaned and used the tunnel wall to help him up.

Hey watch out! His spit is acid!" he called out to Zena, leaning against the wall to steady himself. Zena responded by clicking her tongue before jumping to the side again, narrowly avoiding a large wad of spit which caused the rock to hiss and bubble.

Zena landed with knees bent, then launched herself at her foe, slashing at him with a scaled left hand, mist trailing behind it. "Poison Dragon's Crushing Fang!" She felt the breath get knocked out of her as the big guy brought both hands down on her back like a hammer, followed by a knee to her gut which sent her flying back.

Zena pressed one hand to her ground and used it as a sort of pendulum, righting herself and landing on the balls of her feet. She swung her arms up in a cross-formation, sending two massive waves of poison magic slamming into her opponent. He dropped to one knee, breathing heavily.

"I don't feel so good," he groaned, clutching at his expansive stomach. "Maybe a little hair of the dog that bit me!" The wizard threw his head back and opened his mouth inhumanly wide, until his chin was touching the center of his chest.

Zena felt powerful winds pulling at her body and a rushing sound filled the tunnel, as if the large man had a vortex inside his mouth. Well now, that was interesting. Unfortunately, it was also not allowed..

"You don't wanna eat me, big guy." Zena leapt into the air and delivered a spinning double kick to the wizard's fat head, discharging blasts of poison onto him from both legs and causing him to bite down. "You'd get food poisoning!" She kicked off the back of his head, spun in the air, and landed facing his back.

"Poison Dragon's Roar!" A jet of poison-infused magic struck the wizard square between the shoulders with enough force to send him flying a few feet, crashing face-first into the dirt, completely knocked out. There was silence for a moment as the dust settled... Before a last burst of flatulence filled the air from Gus, a final noise of defiance in his defeat.

Zena stood over her opponent, taking a moment to appreciate her victory. Then she remembered the two others nearby, and was thrust back to business. She activated her Heaven's Eye, but turned it back off when she saw most of the guild she'd come to destroy had already fled. She side-eyed the redhead and the pretty boy, as if it were their fault her job hadn't been completed.

"You. Coward girl." she pointed at the one who'd barely moved since Zena had arrived. "What guild are you?" She walked over and squatted down so she was at eye level with the red haired girl, green x's in yellow irises meeting the smaller wizard's normal brown eyes.

Pommel flinched a bit as the strange woman came over to her and Moru, the cherry princess having moved over to help him up and steady him towards the climax of the battle. Coward girl... Yeah, that was right. That's what she was. An inner fire inside of her screamed to deny that, but the truth of the matter was she had no right to do so. Downcast, she met the eyes of Zena, and finally resolved to answer her question, ignoring the intimidation she felt looking into them. "I'm Pommel Grade of Fairy Tail. Thank you for saving us back there..." She mumbled slightly, feeling more guilt than ever. She was a Fairy Tail wizard and here she was, bringing shame to the guild's name by her actions.

Zena ran her fingers through her dark hair, a bit put off by the girl - Pommel's? - response. "Fairy Tail, huh. The ones who blow up the towns they're supposed to be helping?" That was a new wrinkle. Though looking at these two, she wondered if the stories weren't a bit hyperbolic. "Well I saved a couple of your guys back there from drowning, and just saved the two of you just now, so should I just give you my bill or do I send it somewhere official?"

"B-bill?" Pommel stammered slightly, taking a moment to register what this woman was asking for. She wanted money for helping them? Then she... She must have been some sort of mercenary. Her eyes narrowing somewhat, Pommel stood up a bit straighter. "So what, if we didn't have money you would have left us to die?" Anger flaring a bit, the fiesty little girl wouldn't seem all that intimidating given what had happened. More akin to a barking chihuahua.

"I also accept payment in the form of food and fun," Zena said, completely disregarding Pommel's indignation. She stood up from her half-crouch, rising to her full height of over six feet (almost 2 meters). "Besides, I'm a good person! I saved you before demanding compensation." The skeptical look Zena received from Pommel made it clear that she didn't believe that entirely. Pommel mumbled something about blackmail, though it wasn't entirely audible.

She poked Pommel's forehead three times, as if the small girl were a hornet's nest and Zena's finger were a long stick. "Aren't you gonna thank me for saving your friends from drowning in a ravine? Big guy, long nose guy, ring any bells?"

Twitching a bit in annoyance, Pommel had to restrain herself from lashing out again. As irritating as this woman was being, it was true she had saved them and... Briefly her mind went to Vince and Moops, and somehow, she didn't know whether to be relieved or not. "They're not... Well... It's complicated..." Pommel settled on, before shifting her weight slightly again as Moru had started brushing off his injuries. "But if it's food you're after I'll make whatever you want back at the guild hall." Mid-way through speaking, Pommel darted her free hand out to catch Zena's finger with surprising accuracy, making it clear that she didn't appreciate it before slowly releasing it. "Ah!"

Zena chewed at her nail as she regarded Pommel's offer. She'd probably need to head to the Fairy Tail guild hall anyway, considering this guild had chased off half her targets. She'd need to stick close enough to ensure they didn't show up before her next time, and hanging near an official guild would probably make it easier to find the rest of Shadow King. It would certainly be faster than waiting on information from her own guildmaster. If she could get food out of it in the process, that was a nice perk.

"Puffer fish," she finally answered, crossing her arms. "I want a whole bunch of puffer fish." At those words, Pommel didn't really know what to say. She'd promised anything, but where in Magnolia was she going to find that? And better yet, how was she going to cook it? She'd protest a little, but it was a futile effort, the banter continuing as they slowly made their way back down the tunnel to regroup with the others.

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As the battle for Zane seemed to draw to a close, Wynter's fight was just heating up in the clash of steel. After the orbital bombardment that Zane had called, the woman named Harmony began her attack, having called Wynter on her bluffed weapon, Wynter had held the Green Dragon Crescent Blade. As Wynter blocked and dodged the flurry of attacks, it was obvious her opponent was a cut-throat fighter, and relied on her attack.Though this defensive guarding was working well, it soon had failed. As if by some error, her guard using the spear had missed. And the Rapier that Harmony held had pierced through the armour that had protected the knight, hitting just below the ribs, redirected by the plate of armour that suffered a nasty gouge from this hit. As the Rapier pushed it's way through Cold Steel Wynter exhaled, choking off a scream of pain from the savage hit. As Wynter almost fell to a knee, Harmony spoke,

"Aww. I was hoping the famous Cold Steel could offer more of a challenge" she spoke, almost laughing as her blue haired opponent clutched her side in pain, At that point, mimicking Wynter's requip, taking out a sword, slashing down at the injured Cold Steel, whom avoided through what seemed to be pure willpower, diving back, rolling before standing again, weapon in hand, "Oh, still have some fight in you, Hm?" with a near insane laugh, Harmony lunged to Wynter, smiling from ear to ear. As her sword came out in front of her body, Wynter twirled her weapon, bouncing the sword aside, before smacking Harmony across the face with the shaft of the Green Dragon Crescent Blade, sending her aside,

"Oh, you wanted a challenge? You'll have to do more than that to keep me down" Wynter retorted, sounding strangely stronger than ever, "A Knight's Resolve doesn't waver like a leaf, but stands firm as the tree" after those words were spoken, Harmony and Wynter clashed blades again, trading lighter hits on eachother, though most of them seemed to bounce off the armour. Though after said clash, they both launched eachother back, as Harmony laughed,

"Getting weaker are we?" the woman asked, knowing Wynter must be losing blood on a good scale, gritting her teeth, Wynter readied her next weapon, as the Crescent Blade had suffered serious damage, as the weapon disappeared, Harmony spoke again; "Oh? Willing to die now? Alright then." though something stopped her, Wynter's incantation,

"O Holy Sword, I call upon Thee to aid my battle, and shine thou holy light once more." as she held out her arm, a golden mist had gathered by her hand, "Divine Sword, Excalibur!" as the light filtered to her hand, she gripped what seemed to be a weapon, and swung it forward of her, ending it with her arm straightened to her left, as the majestic blade shined it's light, "Do you recall whom you are fighting? I am Wynter Vellant, daughter to the noble Vellant family, and sole wielder of the family heirloom, Excalibur! Steel thine blade!" As those words hung in the air, Wynter charged forward clashing hard against Harmony's sword, exchanging attacks again as this time Wynter took the offensive, the battle was still close, until one move, ended that fight, and it was a lunge from Wynter, leaving a deep gash in Harmony's shoulder, looking to the woman, Wynter took a breath,

"This... Isn't... Over..." those were the last words heard from Harmony, before she had disappeared with the dust settling. As Wynter looked to her allies, the sword she summoned disappeared, as she soon changed back into her normal form quickly, as she looked to Rin, whom asked if she was okay, along with Zane, as Wynter fell back against the wall, and quickly fell from her feet,

"I've been better... Not great though... Zane is in worse condition than I... Take care of him first..." as she spoke, it was apparent that her injuries had caught up with her, along with the amount of magic used from both running after a train, fighting a horde of monsters, and then the fight with a Dark Guild, and losing a fair amount of blood, her limits were being reached, though clutching her side, the Blue knight looked to Rin, smiling weakly, "Don't worry... About me... I... Should be alright...."