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Aina Scheherazade

"In my own assessment... I have no redeeming qualities whatsoever."

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a character in “Fairy Tail || The Tales of a New Generation”, as played by Feyblue

Description


Image[ Name ]
Aina Kelleth Scheherazade

[ Nicknames/Aliases ]
None to speak of.

[ Age ]
16

[ Gender ]
Female

[ Mage Type ]
Holder Mage, wielder of Lost Magic.

[ Type of Magic ]
Lost Script-class Magic, Tome of Ark. Taking the form of a large, heavy, leather-bound book, her magical item she relies on to cast spells is rather thick to begin with, but also periodically clears its pages once the power printed onto them has been used up, and regenerates those that have been torn out, so as not to have all of its space used up. It offers the user a much more efficient way to use rune magic, allowing the runes to be projected onto its pages just by touching it and thinking about them - although the runes must still be read aloud to activate their effects. Furthermore, the runes it uses are unique, with properties unlike those of normal script magic. There are two types of rune it can utilize - King's Script and Trace Script.

Whenever the caster comes into contact with a spell while holding the tome, the book automatically catalogs it, storing its data within the tome's pages in the form of Trace Script - runes which take on the attributes of the magic they connect with. This allows the user to replicate spells they've encountered first hand, given that they have the energy to do so, and that the spell is something that can be replicated. Other unique magics such as Dragon Slayer, God Slayer, or Lost Magics, cannot be imitated, although they can be analyzed.

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King's Script, meanwhile, is the ancient magic from which arts such as Ecriture of Darkness were derived. It allows the user to make a single, absolute command that will redefine the nature of whatever the object is that both the caster and runes are touching. The upside is that it requires much less preparation than its more modern counterparts. The downside is that the only means of using it is with the Tome of Ark, meaning the caster can only use it when both they and the book are touching a target. Usually, this means tearing out a page of the book covered in runes, sticking it to an object, and then declaring the desired command. Of course, more powerful commands also require more energy, which can only be stored within the runes for so long after a command has been made. So, for example, while Aina could easily stick a page to a door and command it to keep someone from entering - thus making it nigh-impossible for the subject to open the door for a certain period of time - it would be much harder for her to, say, stick a page to a person and command them to serve her, thus forcing them to obey her orders, since she would need a phenomenal amount of power to keep such a complex command going, which she lacks. So, even though her runes could theoretically be used to alter the laws of reality in the same manner as Freed's, it would take either power beyond that of any mage due to the inefficiency of the medium for completing such a task, or extensive preparation to create a restricted area such as those he uses.

However, by combining the two types of runes, she is capable of dealing with most magical objects with ease - Trace Script to analyze the object's composition, and King's Script to alter it to suit her purposes - and possesses a near-perfect, highly-efficient defense against magic - Trace Script to analyze enemy spells, and King's Script to command her own body to be unharmed by those specific spells. Furthermore, she's also capable of copying enemy magic and using it against them, making up for her own lack of magical talent or knowledge by using that of her foes instead, and can also store energy in advance by writing King's Script but never issuing a command, thus allowing her an extra reserve of strength to draw on during battle. However, while useful, the book drains phenomenal amounts of energy to use repeatedly, and provides little protection against foes well-versed in eliminating mages through means other than magic, relegating Aina to a supportive role in almost any encounter.

On a final note, while most Lost Magics have very steep prices that must be paid in order to use them, the Tome of Ark simply causes its user to fall asleep rather frequently. However, while this might sound like a mild payment, it does mean that Aina might collapse after a particularly hard-fought battle, necessitating teammates to pull her out of danger.


[ Rank ]

Unranked Mage.

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[ Hair Color ]
Purple.

[ Eye Color ]
Purple.

[ Skin Tone ]
Pale.

[ Height ]
Five feet, five inches.

[ Weight ]
108 pounds.

[ Crest Location ]
On the upper-left side of her chest, over her heart.

[ Crest Color ]
Purple.

[ General Description ]
Rather short, lithe, and curvy, Aina looks very fragile. Her skin is pale and smooth, and her body delicately formed, as though painstakingly crafted by some sort of dollmaker. With comparatively long legs and a large bust, yet a very thin body and weak, dainty hands, she looks trapped between the body of an adult woman and the body of a younger girl. This sense of awkwardness permeates her being, her eyes avoiding direct contact with those of other people, her face averting itself from view instinctively, her body usually hunching or somehow finding ways to hide itself behind a nearby object, leaving only her face peeking out at most, and her hands oftentimes seeming to fidget about, folding themselves or prodding at each other nervously with a mind of their own. Her hair is long and silky smooth, its straight locks usually managed into two distinct curtains on either side of her face, held in place by a girlish pair of blue and red ribbons. Her usual attire reflects this rather youthful aesthetic, usually consisting of lace-trimmed white and purple dresses and gowns with matching mantles, cardigans, stockings, or of course, her ever-present cap, adorned with a rather distinctive cross-ornament and ribbons similar to those in her hair.

She has few distinctive features aside from her doll-like appearance, lacking any real birthmarks, blemishes, or tattoos - aside from the guild crest of Fairy Tail, which has a tendency to poke out from beneath the edges of her more low-cut outfits, given its somewhat symbolic positioning. However, there is one notable thing about her, a secret series of scars she bears - rather prominent white lines across her back, old wounds which show beneath her tender skin: the marks of a whip.


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Image[ Likes ]
|Reading books.| "The stories are my favorites. Seeing people overcoming hardship to live happily ever after... it's so inspiring. I think the real world should be more like storybooks, sometimes."
|Being praised by her guildmates.| "They've done so much for me... the least I can do is make them proud of me."
|Helping those in need.| "I know what it's like to be sad, lonely, and powerless. Above all else, I never want anybody else to have to feel that same sense of despair and agony."
|Sweets.| "S-so what if I have a bit of a sweet tooth...? There's nothing wrong with liking good food..."

[ Dislikes ]
x |Being insulted.| "There's really no reason to be mean to people, is there? H-huh...? No, I'm not crying! I'm not..."
x |Being touched.| "I-it just makes me uncomfortable, is all..."
x |Making direct eye contact.| "Please don't stare..."
x |Not knowing things.| "It makes me feel stupid. If it's important, it's my job as a mage to find out what it is and understand it completely."[/list]

[ Strengths ]
|She's capable of analyzing enemy magic completely, allowing her to counter it.|
|She can neutralize enchantment and rune based magic with her own magic, allowing her to deal with traps or barriers that might otherwise threaten or impede herself or her allies.|
|She possesses a vast range of utility in other, more mundane matters than battle, including healing, research, and matters of personal convenience.|
|She has a vast well of energy from which to draw power due to the amount of magic stored in her Tome of Ark.|

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[ Weaknesses ]
|Aina is very weak physically, incapable of holding her own in anything but a direct confrontation of magic without a great deal of preparation to throw the odds in her favor.|
|She is very frail, easily catching cold, and easily incapacitated by comparatively minor wounds.|
|She has a rather small store of her own energy, having to resort to the Tome of Ark's energy storage capabilities to give her enough power to effectively do battle. Thus, she's easily worn down by consecutive fights, and once she runs out of power, it takes a long time for her to recover.|
|She lacks self-confidence, and thus has a tendency to hesitate when forced to make important decisions on her own.|

[ Abilities/Skills ]
|Aina is very intelligent, and knows a lot about myths and legends, as well as magic puzzles. She can identify most forms of magic just by looking at them, even without using her Tome of Ark.|
|Although she doesn't really recognize herself as such, nor make frequent use of this particular "ability," she's cute and vulnerable, and has a tendency to convince other people to assist her without really meaning to.|
|Aina's incredible determination to see any task she's assigned through to the end counts as a skill in and of itself. She doesn't have a very high pain tolerance, but the things she'd go through to complete her missions might make a grown man pale.|

[ Personality ]
Aina is... something of a doormat. Quiet, shy, and reclusive, she generally avoids other people. Although she's certainly capable of dealing with ordinary conversations - albeit awkwardly - she's very uncomfortable with anything even remotely personal. She hates to ask other people for favors, feeling like she should be able to handle whatever comes her way herself, and not wanting to bother them with her troubles. Nevertheless, at the same time, she'll agree to help anyone who asks her for assistance, even if it's a task she is incapable of, or uncomfortable doing, as she finds refusing people who ask for her aid to be nearly impossible.

Unused to having anyone pay much attention to her, she finds it incredibly nerve-wracking when people do. Feeling embarrassed by her own shortcomings, she tries to avoid any subjects that hit too close to home, and always acts very humble about herself, even to the point of self-deprecation. Lacking in confidence and self-esteem, she feels guilty about many things that aren't even her fault, such that apologizing is one of the things she does most. If at all possible, she'll avoid other people entirely, as she doesn't want to monopolize their time, or get in their way. Although she's not clumsy, persay, she is somewhat neurotic, and finds it almost impossible to complete even normal tasks when people are watching, sometimes even shutting down completely and running away to a nice, quiet place - preferably one with a great many books - to help calm her thoughts.

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On that note, she's quite the bookworm, spending most of her free time reading novels, grimoires, and generally anything interesting she can get her hands on. When this fails, she can often be found perusing her Tome of Ark, reviewing all the spells she's encountered during her career as a Mage, so as to be ready should she need to either use them or combat another user of the same magics. Determined to be of use no matter what missions she's given, she takes training as a mage very seriously, oftentimes over-exerting herself even in basic magic exercises to hone her skills, and pouring all her remaining energy at the end of each day into the Tome of Ark, so as to have access to a large reserve of power in dangerous situations.

A closet romantic, she oftentimes views reality like a storybook, and as such, can seem like a bit of a space case at times, predicting what might happen next based on literary cliches and oftentimes reaching rather bizarre conclusions. This image is only reinforced by her otherworldly naivete, viewing even ordinary, everyday courtesies as some sort of great benefaction, and mundane privileges as fabulous luxuries. She's notoriously bad with sarcasm, completely failing to see the hidden meaning behind words spoken in jest. She does, however, love a good joke - for a certain definition of the term. Actually, her favorite kind of humor is puns, and rather bad ones at that, as many other jokes, like sarcasm, slip over her head completely.

However, for all her faults, there are a few good things that can be said about the idealistic, brave, yet lonely girl. Aina, while finding it difficult to connect to others, views any kindness shown her as a debt to be repaid, making her fiercely loyal to anyone she calls a friend. Capable of keeping her wits about her in a fight, she makes up for her own lack of experience and her guildmates' straightforward approach to things through an intensely analytical approach to magic. She takes her obligations seriously at all times, and is generally a very nice person, no matter how many problems may weigh heavily on her mind. She can be very clingy at times, though, coming to rely greatly on the company of those who treat her well, even if she's too dishonest with herself to admit it. This leads to a sort of paradoxical shy avoidance of people she likes, yet always turning to them in times and need, or helping them however she can when they need her aid. This leads to her seeming a little bit two-sided, running between hot and cold depending on whether she's predominantly feeling loyalty or shyness at the moment. Both gloomy and distant, and yet sweet and faithful, she's an enigmatic girl to be sure.


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A child orphaned by a devastating earthquake, Aina found herself "adopted" by a Dark Guild as a scavenger and ritual assistant. If she worked for them, she got food to eat and a bunk to sleep in - and so work she did. However, among the children brought in by the less-than-scrupulous guild, she was one of the least talented magically, and her constant failures to perform properly often earned her a great deal of scorn and punishment, resulting in her thin, fragile appearance, the whipping scars on her back, and her lack of confidence. Isolated as a pariah due to her failures, she seldom interacted with other people, causing her to become fearful of ever doing so. She hid herself away whenever possible, doing what she was told and simply trying to get by without disappointing anyone, afraid of the punishments that would follow. Nevertheless, weak as she was, she was derided as useless, an insult which burrowed into her consciousness and festered there over the years.

Finally, she could take no more. She wanted to make her own life, to never have to worry about failing anyone again. As it turned out, the Dark Guild that had accepted her had stumbled across a secret library, and made it their base of operations. Looking through this library for a means to improve herself, Aina stumbled across a dusty old tome. Opening it, she found it to be empty, yet an instant later, her own thoughts and desires began to paint themselves on the page in the form of runes. Comparing these strange characters to those she knew, she at last deciphered their meaning, and realized their true power. With the forgotten magic of the Tome of Ark, she was able to match the power of those around her, and even exceed it. With it, she would no longer be forced to obey and suffer under her masters. And so, fleeing with the book, she found herself wandering the countryside of Fiore. Although she managed to get by for a while by begging, she soon realized that she'd need a job to stay alive. But the only thing she knew how to do was use magic through the Tome. And so, she stumbled upon a delightfully simple solution one night when she stumbled upon a guild called Fairy Tail, and begged them to give her room and board for the night. The closely knit guild welcomed her with open arms, and she realized that she'd finally found a place where she could be useful. Asking the guild master to join, she was allowed into the strongest guild in all of Fiore as a new member. Nevertheless, she couldn't complete many tasks on her own, given her frailty and lack of confidence. She was going to need a team, but to get anybody to work together with her, she would need to do that which she so dreaded. She was going to have to open up to others.


[ Others ]
When embarrassed, Aina has a tendency to hide her face behind her book, even if it's obvious she's not reading. Also, as mentioned above, due to her Tome of Ark's drain on her, she has a tendency to fall asleep very easily. She's a rather heavy sleeper, and also rather cuddly whilst unconscious. Ye have been warned.


So begins...

Aina Scheherazade's Story

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Amidst the chaos of the main hall slipped a small shape, who nervously dodged between the flying tables, chairs, and bodies as yet another typical brawl erupted amongst the assembled guild members. But although she moved amidst this rather spectacular scene of violence, nobody seemed to notice her or pay her any mind.

Aina smiled faintly, clutching her tome tightly as she ducked to avoid a blast of ice from one of the battling mages, then hastily sidestepped as his opponent rejoined with his own magic. The rune-inscribed slip of parchment hanging from the crescent ornament adorning her hat seemed to be working, since nobody had actually seen her or tried to deliberately attack her.

Using the command "The person wearing this rune will not be percieved," might have seemed like a bit of overkill, no matter how socially awkward she might have been, just for a trip to the request board. But considering last time she'd tried moving amidst one of these Fairy Tail barfights, somebody had thrown a table at her, she'd decided it would be best to just stay out of people's notice for the time being.

It seemed that today was lively as ever. Miss Artist had just finished assaulting a new kid over stealing her caramels, and the incorrigible frog-boy was trying to cuddle her like always. The Guild Master, meanwhile, was unleashing an unholy beating on pretty much anyone who got near him. With a loud crash, somebody plowed through a row of tables and skidded past the invisible bookworm, forcing her to sidestep to evade a shower of broken pieces of furniture.

"It's no wonder furniture shops here have such low prices. They can afford to, with the amount of replacements we have to buy every week..." Murmured the girl as she stepped gingerly over the fallen combatant and towards the request board. Looking over it, she searched for a quest that might be within her capabilities.

"Let's see... Defeat a monster that's been plaguing Balsam... Apprehend a group of bandits...? As usual, they're all combat quests..." She sighed dejectedly. "There's no way I could handle something like this..." She said gloomily, turning to skulk away. She'd just go to the library and read some books. Maybe there'd be an easier quest for her to do later.

To her surprise, however, she turned directly into a rather tall cloaked figure. Her rune to keep people from noticing her would prevent him from feeling much of an impact, but she, light as she was, found herself stumbling backward and falling shamefacedly on her rear. It was a good thing nobody could see her right now, or else she'd probably have been the laughingstock of the whole guild. She sighed again, her voice heard only by herself as her rune continued to mask her presence. Rising to her feet, she shuffled gloomily out of the hall, leaving what was by now a combat zone as the last of the power of her rune fizzled out, returning her to visibility. Wandering down the hall, she headed into the guild's humble library to find some reading material, since she'd already finished the books she'd last borrowed.

She sighed again as she wandered amongst the shelves, selecting a few interesting-looking books as she passed. As usual, she hadn't even found a quest she could do to contribute to the guild. Maybe she should have just given up and quit. It was becoming abundantly clear that she wasn't being of any use around here, in any case. Heading over into the corner, she had intended to take a seat and read a bit before heading out to go shopping for her day's lunch, but it seemed that here, too, her plans were thwarted. Somebody had already claimed the corner seat.

"Oh..." She murmured gloomily. "S-sorry to bother you." Stammering this quick apology, she turned to leave. Today just wasn't her day...

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Kidemonas was sore all over. He'd been up since before dawn, working on perfecting a new set of drills he'd picked up. Now, dry and clothed after taking a refreshing dip in a river to clean up, he planned on checking to see if there was anything worthwhile on the guild's request board, or, if not, would relax with a decent read in the library.

The scene in the main hall was, as Kidemonas had expected, a bar fight. He knew better than to walk through the middle of a Fairy Tail bar fight, so he instead took a roundabout route to the requests board. The S-Rank missions were, to his disappointment, almost all escort missions or missions that required a skill set he lacked. Some of the other missions, however, were tempting. "Defeat a Monster near Balsam... Bandits harassing local trade routes... I'll keep these in mind, leave them up for a bit longer and let some of the new blood have their turns before I take them on."

Then, with the scuffle behind him intensifying, he headed up the stairs for the library.

Unsurprisingly, the library was mostly empty, save for Rin, who seemed to live in the library anyways. He made his way to the nonfiction section, picked out a few new books that had been recently added to the Guild's library, and headed over to a table to read. About five minutes later, though, he was interrupted by a quiet voice behind him.

"Oh..." Kidemonas turned around to see the purple locks of... what was her name? Annie? Anna? Aina! That was it. "S-sorry to bother you." She turned back around, with a rather impressive collection of reading in her hands.

"Better off staying up here in the quiet." Kidemonas said. "Library's the only place that you can get any reading done when the guild's having fun down in the hall." He smiled at the girl, and patted the chair next to him. "Don't worry, I don't bite."

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Rin continued to munch away at her apple at a slow and steady pace as she read, working the apple all the way down to its core before setting it aside. With the little snack out of the way she leaned forward towards the book with a small smile and let herself slip off into immersion in the bit of fiction she held in her hands. So much so was she immersed that she didn't notice the two visitors to the library, even as they began to wander the shelves and browse.

It wasn't until a feminine voice spoke up that Rin was pulled away from little world and back to reality. As her gaze traveled up to the source of the voice she noticed not just one, but two visitors. They seemed to be chatting about something and as the man patted the open chair next to him the girl looked a bit nervous. Quickly, Rin grabbed the book and moved up to her feet before dipping her head in a small now towards the two. "Ah! Um, I'm sorry I didn't notice either of you come in..." As she adjusted her glasses and looked the pair over it seemed that they had already found whatever books they were looking for, but she continued on anyways.

"It looks like you've both found some books already but... If you were looking for anything in particular I'd be happy to help you find it... And, uh, feel free to use this seat here if you'd like..." She made a gesture to the window-side chair she had just vacated before moving to step behind the librarian's desk that was situated not too far off. A sigh escaped her parted lips as she set her book down and stared down at the wooden desktop feeling a bit embarrassed. 'Gods I'm so oblivious...'

She reached up to pinch the bridge of her nose before taking a deep breath and shaking her head in an attempt to cast aside her negative thoughts for the time being and put on a small smile as she looked back up at the pair of visitors. It wasn't often that people came to the library so Rin was honestly quite happy to see them.

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"Ah! Um, I'm sorry I didn't notice either of you come in... It looks like you've both found some books already but... If you were looking for anything in particular I'd be happy to help you find it... And, uh, feel free to use this seat here if you'd like..." So speaking, the girl in the corner quickly rose, offering the seat to Aina, who shook her head nervously.

"No, it's fine," She replied quietly. "I already found plenty of stuff, and I can always just go somewhere else..." She trailed off, feeling a bit awkward at having prompted such an unexpectedly courteous reaction. As far as she knew, Fairy Tail didn't really have its own official librarian, so that meant this girl must have chosen to take on that duty herself. To trouble someone merely enjoying their hobby to the fullest just so she could get a seat would have been terribly rude of her. Still, there weren't really many other good places to read around the guild. She supposed she could return to the main hall, but with all the ruckus down there, it would be hard to concentrate. Plus, as a guild member who hadn't really done anything notable, she'd be liable to get targeted by some brash youth looking to prove his or her skills with magic by sparring the other guild members without actually risking a fight with anybody too powerful. Combat wasn't exactly her forte, and the noise would have given her a headache, at any rate, so that was right out.

"Better off staying up here in the quiet. Library's the only place that you can get any reading done when the guild's having fun down in the hall." The sudden words gave voice to all of her prior thoughts, but to her surprise, they weren't her own. Turning around, she saw somebody she hadn't noticed on her way in, seated in one of two chairs by a small table in the corner. Offering this second seat to her, he gave a reassuring smile. "Don't worry, I don't bite." He chuckled, causing Aina to flush slightly with shame. Had her reaction to his sudden appearance really seemed that frightened? Although the prospect of sitting right across from somebody would probably make her feel no end of awkwardness - personal space was a very sacred concept to her, and making eye contact a challenge she had yet to overcome - it still sat better with her conscience - ooh, that was actually a pretty good pun! - to take up this gentleman's offer than to steal the chair the other girl had been using.

"Err... Thanks..." She mumbled slightly, sitting down and fidgeting with her cap as she sorted through the books she'd selected. Her choices in reading could be called schizophrenic at best, considering that in the small stack of assorted literature now sitting on the table in front of her contained everything from books of old myths and legends to novels to treatises on rune magic. As she was sorting through this mishmash pile of reading material, however, she allowed her eyes to momentarily scan over the face of the man across from her. To her surprise, she recognized him.

Wait wait wait wait wait...! This guy... is the S-Ranked mage known as the Sword Saint?! Aina thought, her eyes widening in surprise and recognition as she hastily averted her gaze, opening a book at random and beginning to frantically "read" through it, trying to hide her growing unease, awe, and embarrassment behind its pages. What's somebody like that doing here?! He's my superior in every way, yet he's offering to share his table with me? I'm probably just bothering him by being here. Maybe I should just leave. But then he'd think I was scared of him, or something. Wouldn't that be really rude? Gaaah! I don't know how to deal with this at all!

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"Ah! Um, I'm sorry I didn't notice either of you come in... It looks like you've both found some books already but... If you were looking for anything in particular I'd be happy to help you find it..." Kidemonas couldn't help but smile. He could respect someone who immersed themselves into whatever they did. "And, uh, feel free to use this seat here if you'd like..." This last comment seemed directed at Aina, but she took Kidemonas up on his own offer instead.

"Err... Thanks..." Aina mumbled. She sat down next to him and started fidgeting with her cap as she sorted through the books she'd selected. Kidemonas went back to his own reading. It was a book of mythology, more of a compilation of several unrelated stories than a single, cohesive tale. The other two books on the table in front of him were a comprehensive history of the Guilds in Fiore, and an advanced-level tome on Elemental Magic that Kidemonas was using to hone his Sword Magic technique.

Kidemonas finished another myth, and looked up to grab another book, while taking a look at Aina's selection. To his surprise, her selection of reading material was just as scatter-brained as his was: Mythology and magical application, with some other reading thrown in for good measure. Of particular interest to him was the book she had in her face right now. "Rune Magic?" He asked. "I'm not familiar with that particular brand of magic. Can you wield it?"

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Even though both of his eyes were closed, he could tell that someone was getting closer and he decided to keep both of his eyes closed. He heard a familiar voice speak. I apologize for the intrusion, Kenan. He opened one of his eyes as if to say, It's fine. I was already awake. I would like to ask if you are interested in joining me in a certain quest. He watched her hold up a piece of paper that showed a job that required some wizards to help escort a certain item in Oak Town. He looked at it with interest. This might be a chance to form a team, but he was't sure whether or not Princess was a team player or not. I guess this was his way of finding out. He sighed. He put his feet off of the table and sat up. "I suppose it wouldn't hurt. I was looking for a job earlier, so I guess I should be glad that you came along." He stood up and looked Princess over. She was always polite and she pretty much charmed every person. Including him. He wouldn't admit it out loud, but he thought that Princess wasn't half bad. She had a personality that was alluring to him, even though most people may be driven away from her because of her extreme rule following and strictness, but he honestly didn't mind. He was happy he got to spend time on a job with her. He might actually be able to make a team despite most everyone being scared of him.

"When do you plan on leaving? If it's now, I'm pretty much already ready, so if that's the case. We should get moving." Secretly, he was hoping no one else was coming along. He was hoping that he would get to see a different of Princess from what he usually sees.



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Lilly looked at the Guild Master as she blushed. As she looked at him, she didn't even notice that Princess had been walking towards the guild master. As she noticed, she quickly moved out of the way. Princess was not someone that she needed to be overly cheery around. She seemed like the type who might get annoyed by her behavior and she didn't want to test that theory. "Pardon me, Lilly. M. Minor." She looked at Princess as she said that. Lilly security thought that a more suitable name for her was "Ice Princess" but she dared not to laugh in front of Princess. She was always so cold towards others. Lilly was constantly on edge when she was around. She looked at the guild master right before he left. "Bye bye Guild Master!" She waved as she put on a cheery smile. She watched as Princess walked over to Kenan and showed him a piece of paper. She wondered if this would turn into a bad situation but she was shocked when Kenan had stood up and didn't start a fight with her. She jaw dropped as she watched Kenan be awoken from a nap and he just brushed it off like it was nothing. This was a historic moment. She saved this image in her mind as she thought how Princess did it. If anyone else ever woke him from a nap... Well... They received a beating that put them closer to death than ever before. She was close to experiencing this... Luckily she tripped on something on the floor and got knocked out. Her head hurt after that incident, but it's gotten better. She decided to run back over to Art because she felt like she wanted some candy. "Hey Art... Can I have one of your caramels? Pretty please!" She tried to make the cutest puppy face in the history of puppy faces. She waited for Art's response. If she said no though, she was going to take a caramel anyway because she knew that Art would forgive her... She hoped.

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"I suggest for you to rest. Because, once I come back. I want your undivided attention."

M. blinked then tilted his head. He was quite clueless when someone comes on to him. Shame really, he's not bad looking. Nodding his head, he went on his way to the library.

Cooing to Minor, he opened the door to the library and hummed in greeting to the people present with a cheerful smile. No need to bother people just because he's in a tired mood. A good nap and solitude will fix that. He turns to the corner of the library where his hammock of sorts is positioned. This is where he goes to be alone if he comes to the guild. The books that he collected around his travels are stacked up beside the hammock and a bag of fresh fruits are waiting for him. 'Really,' he thought with a smile. 'Looks like people know where to find me.'

Tucking Minor in, he sat with his back on a pillow and continued reading about fighting techniques that is beneficial when focusing your magic energy to your legs and the entire length of your arm.

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Amidst the noise of her pawing at her tinkling little bell that was as golden as her eyes and the battle royale taking place behind her was a very familiar sound. Her poor little Apple Pie and his lack of whistling ability, the most basic of abilities. She didn't turn her head simply because there was no need to. Her green haired friend was soon piled into her lap with his face buried deep within her breasts, his arms around her tightly. She gave a light smirk and patted his head gently with a gleam in her eyes. “Oh, you like?” Of course he did; Apple adored everything about her. The two of them seemed to have hit it off the moment they met. Well, actually, he had taken a shine to her before she had to him. She could recall quite perfectly the first time they'd met.

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Five years ago...


The forest was an absolutely wonderful place and it was where The Artist felt most at home. It wasn't as large as the forest Thornieux raised her in but it didn't matter because it was still a forest nonetheless. And almost more than anything, she loved the hot springs sprinkled around the forest. She would often to retreat to them and seek solace there to think. This particular little slice of heaven was her own private spot that she wouldn't let even her guild mates go near. It was concealed beneath the hanging branches of a great willow tree bearing delicate and multiple beautiful pink leaves and silver flowers that made a thick curtain that would part for her and close behind her. It would take most people a good three minutes to push through. Well, it would if the tree didn't lash out, wrap up, and toss away anyone but her that would try to go through. On this particular day she discarded all of her clothes and slipped into the steaming waters, sinking in until the water went up to her chin. She had just gotten back into town after dealing with a large pack of Lizardmen that had migrated towards an old village being studied by archaeologists - She tended to take a lot of jobs for archaeologists because she liked their line of work and often got paid with cool antiques. The water was relaxing and she all but lost herself in it. It wasn't until she had stepped out an hour later that she discovered she was being spied on. There was a flash of green and white as a branch snapped and a figure fell from the tree, landing at her feet. Glaring, she immediately placed a foot on his throat.

“Wheet-whoo!”
“...Excuse me?”
“You're The Artist!”
“Thank you, Captain Obvious... How did you get past the tree?”
“Magic.”
“What magic?”
“Earth God Slayer!”
“...Impressive.. Next time you want a peek, just ask. Dipshit. You ever come back here without my permission and I'll kill you.”
“Yes ma'am!


She beat the shit out of the younger Apple as he gratefully accepted it with a smile and nosebleed and dragged him out afterward only for him to later show up and announce that she was his favorite guild mate. It took a year or so but she finally did warm up to him and they developed a relationship that was just about as uncomfortable for the others as their guild master's behavior towards them most times. Or at least it was so for the more squeamish, prude, and modest members. It didn't really faze either of them though. Art was very much pro self-expression. Of course she had her limits, but even within those limits some thought her to be extremely crass. She wasn't a highly sexual person when it came to most people but if you ever put her in the same room as Apple, Shin, Hibiki, or Kidemonas and it was on. She wasn't crushing on any of them, not that she knew of, but she enjoyed making Kide squirm and entertaining the other three with over saturated antics of love and lust.

Her eyes lit up more when her lips curved into a wide smile that revealed sharp cuspids as he offered her a bag of candy even then offering to hand feed a piece to her. Before she could take it she could see another flying at her from M.'s kick. Grinning, she reached out and snatched it with a nod of appreciation before looking back at Apple. He was practically quivering with excitement. He was always this way when she returned from a job even if only lasted a day. He was even more excited when he came back from his own jobs. Whenever he actually did them. Her longest job to date had her gone for three years. It was one that she was often questioned about but she would never talk about.

Smirking, she pushed him away from her breasts to tuck in the bag from M. to save for later. Her head bent down and she curled her tongue around the candy, pulling it into her mouth. Tucking it in the back of her mouth between her cheek and teeth, she leaned forward so that her lips brushed against his ear gently. “Meow.” In a swift motion, she shoved him out of her lap and onto the floor. She grabbed hold of a grey and white egg that was given to her... Well. She sort of stole it. She had tried to barter for it but they wouldn't give it up. She didn't mind going to jail. Again. But she didn't have much time to inspect it before Lilly came bouncing in about some boutique and outfits and whatever else before she disappeared. Lilly was another Dragon Slayer. She hadn't been in the guild but for a few months but she was slowly growing on The Artist. By the time Lilly had bounced away she was ready to inspect the egg again but stopped short.

Hibiki was playing his music.

Art was an extremely confident woman. Why shouldn't she be? She excelled in everything that she did and was adored by many. She had reached S-Class at the tender age of nineteen after failing the first trial during her first year in Fairy Tail. She was the guild's only female S-Class and she liked to think of herself as a role model. She was, after all, training both Lilly and Apple. She was especially confident when it came to her art related talents. She could sing and dance better than any other in Fiore, sculpt, draw, paint, write, act and so much more and put "the best" to shame. She was a true virtuoso. Her capability to compose music was near unmatched, as was her ability to play instruments. She felt inferior to nobody. Not in art. Not in combat. Not in anything.

But...

When Hibiki played...

She couldn't feel any more inferior in her talent. His skills were so beautiful that she nearly cried upon hearing him play for the first time. She would never again play an instrument around him or even so much as dare to touch one even though he would compliment her. She felt like a child who'd played terribly out of tune and he was like a master of the craft simply giving her pity to encourage her. His music forced her to feel more passionately, as she had when she was but a child training with her papa dragon. She bowed her head and cradled the egg to her as he played, mumbling a song under her breath where none could hear her. She recalled Hibiki asking her to play with a few times but she would always refuse. She would sing and dance to his music... But never play alongside him.

She cuddled her egg, burying her face against the thick shell that had some strange sort of fuzz...or down...or fur. It was so soft yet hard. She was lost in the music so much that she hadn't noticed The Princess making her announcement. Not that she would have paid much mind anyways. She didn't dislike Reisha and actually had quite a bit of respect for her. She simply didn't tend to pay much mind because when The Princess addressed everyone as a group it was usually something about behaving, being polite, cleaning up something, or some other trivial matter that The Artist didn't care for. However, their Guild Master caught her attention and she gave a light nod, her gently dazed expression becoming a coy and seductive one as she "caught" his blown kiss, placing her middle and index finger against his lips.

Just as she stood to go to the S-Class job board, Lilly had bounced over to beg for some of her caramels. “You haven't earned my caramels.” She spoke of the sweets that she was now packing up along with everything else as though it were her heart. There was a slight slur to her tone, as she over salivated a bit from the multiple candies tucked between her teeth and cheeks. She made her way towards the balcony, taking one giant leap that took her to the top, offering Hibiki a wave midair. The second floor was another place she went to think. The other S-Class Wizards didn't bother her there and they were the only other ones allowed up there. she quickly snatched the highest paying job before walking back to the balcony, taking a seat on the rail with her legs crossed, waving the paper. “Lill. Apple Pie. Go start packing; Include some swimwear. We're going to go training.” She wasn't asking. Her head then turned to scan the crowd, her lips pursing a bit. “I need one more person! Maybe two! No one under Rank B! The reward is ten million! Any volunteers?” Of course with the reward being so high nearly everyone wanted to join. But with it being an S-Class job with a high price that meant it was more dangerous. She let her eyes scan the crowd with a thoughtful expression, her fingers curling tighter around her egg.

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He was tired. His face is emotionless except for his eyes which convey tiredness. He barely slept when he was at his mission, master did say to rest. He can't rest yet though, he saw an interesting request on the S-class board. One that gives a golden key. Hopefully it's the one he's looking for, the only one missing from his comrades. The cat, who's often overlooked and forgotten. The thirteenth key.

Pushing himself up, he strolled out with a book under his arms to the request board. Pulling off the paper, he read the details. There wasn't much on it, just the reward and a client.

'Secret of the Lupine,' he folded it and slid it in between the pages he was reading. 'That's a good reward, although i'll probably just give most of the money to someone else.'

Looking up at the sound of a voice, he saw Art wave a paper around gathering everyones attention. She has the right idea, maybe he should ask someone to go with him. 'If I could only find someone who can interpret most of my hums' he smiled in amusement.

Walking back to the library, he started singing a song he learned up from the north. It hangs and glides around the air, with his voice rising and falling like waltz. It gives the feeling of being out in a forest at night, with the stars above you. The words are in a language not commonly spoken here. M. sings the song whenever he feels homesick and or tired.

The song ended just as he touched the door to the library. He remembered that there were some people in the library. Smiling more naturally at this discovery, he opened the door. He pulled down his cloak to reveal his face and spoke to them.
"Pardon me, but would any of you care to accompany me in this quest?" Wow. That's a lot of words from him today, but he guessed he might as well be clear. Looking around with a pleasant smile but the rest of his face is monotonous, except there's a curious spark in his eyes. "Anyone is welcome. I'm afraid i need some assistance with this one."

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Aina had just been starting to relax as silence overcame them, feeling relieved as the S-Class mage's eyes left her and returned to the pages of his book. Since he didn't seem to be paying much attention to her, maybe she wasn't distracting him, or getting in the way of his reading. Thinking that, she began to calm herself down, returning to the first words of the page she'd been frantically skimming in an attempt to divert her mind from the nerve-wracking thoughts of doubt she'd been having upon realizing the identity of the man across from whom she was sitting.

"The essence of rune magic is-" Began the introduction, but just as she began trying to comprehend the words instead of merely observing them, the voice of the man interjected again unexpectedly, snapping her back to reality as she jumped slightly in her seat, surprised by the sudden speech so closeby.

"Rune Magic? I'm not familiar with that particular brand of magic. Can you wield it?" Asked the Sword Saint, his curiosity evidently piqued by her choice of reading. She winced slightly, not exactly sure how to answer. She could just say "yes," and leave it at that, but then her reticence might be interpreted as her being rude and indirectly telling her superior to shut up and leave her to her reading. On the other hand, if she elaborated on her unique brand of rune magic, it would probably just appear to him that she was trying to boast about her talents, which, especially considering that he was her superior in every way, was the last thing she wanted to do.

"Err..." She stammered, struggling for an answer. "Sort of... My magic's not really anything that special." Coming up with this lame answer at last, she spoke with some reluctance, as even she, for all her humility, couldn't fail to recognize that this was more or less a lie. Lost Magic, even if it wasn't a very spectacular form of it, was fairly unusual. Feeling guilty for not telling the whole truth, she decided to retroactively turn the comment into a joke of sorts, but couldn't fully muster the confidence in her words to speak up, instead muttering the clarification into the pages of her book, her eyes avoiding the sharp gaze of the man across from her. "Just some old form of Lost Magic I stumbled across and translated into more modern runes..." She mumbled, her voice barely audible as she bit her lip, fidgeting with one of the four bows adorning her hair. What if he thought she was trying to sarcastically belittle him? She'd just had to go and sound like she was boasting, didn't she? Aina sighed silently. Social interaction was something she'd never understand.

Just then, however, something tremendously unexpected happened as the door opened, a cloaked figure stepping in, the last strains of an enchanting melody slipping from his lips as he removed his hood, his eyes scouring the room and swiftly falling upon herself and the S-Ranked sword magus sitting across from her. Meeting the man's calm violet orbs with her own matching gaze, Aina swiftly looked away, trying to hide the blush that sprang across her face behind the pages of her book. After all, she'd run headlong into him just a few minutes prior and fallen on her rear like an absolute fool. Even if her rune had prevented him from noticing, she still felt ashamed just to be in the same room as him.

Come to think of it, though, who was he? In her short stay at Fairy Tail, she'd never seen this man before. He had the look of a seasoned veteran despite his youthful appearance, so he was pretty much assured to be her superior rather than an even newer recruit than herself. With a faint smile and a paradoxically subdued sense of enthusiasm, he held up a sheet of paper with a quest name, a client's information, and a very prominently labeled reward. Aina read it and her eyes went wide. 3 million jewels?! She hadn't really done many quests since she'd joined, and those she had completed were all very simple tasks, since low-level missions were all she could handle on her own. She'd barely made enough money to rent a tiny one-room apartment and supply herself with food. If she didn't start making a profit soon, she'd probably be on the streets again. But with even a fraction of that kind of pay...

"Pardon me, but would any of you care to accompany me in this quest?" The tall man asked, causing Aina to breathe a hushed gasp of surprise, her eyes widening further as she realized that this just might have been the chance she had been waiting for. A job with a huge reward like that, with the help of an experienced mage who she wouldn't even have to go through the nerve-wracking ordeal of asking for assistance to secure his aid? But she stopped herself in her tracks, realizing that he probably wouldn't accept an inexperienced magician, least of all one who couldn't easily fend for herself in combat. But again she was surprised, as a moment later, the man spoke up once again, adding the very words she'd been waiting for.

"Anyone is welcome. I'm afraid I need some assistance with this one," He said. A nervous smile spread across Aina's face, and the hand fidgeting with her bow began to move faster than ever as her heart began pounding. This was it. This was her chance to prove herself and earn enough money to support her new life in Magnolia! She couldn't afford to hesitate! Rising to her feet, she slammed her book shut, clasping her hands as she violently dipped her head in a rather absurd bow.

"I'd... I'd be honored to join you!" She exclaimed, determined not to raise her head until she received an answer, so as to show the utmost respect.

...With a quiet "paff" sound, her cap slipped from her head and fell on the floor. Blushing furiously, she knelt to retrieve it, dusting it off and placing it swiftly atop her head, staring down at the floor even as she stood up once again in an attempt to hide her embarrassment at her own clumsiness. This was most decidedly not how one made a good impression.

"If you'd have me, that is..." She mumbled shamefacedly.

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M's face broke out in a wide smile. This presence, he felt it before. His voice rose up not quite a yell, more like a suppressed shout.
"It's you!" he took her hands and clasped it in his own."I've wondered whose presence it was." He trailed off, immersed in his thoughts. Realising that his sudden burst of enthusiasm might be unexpected and a tad unsettling, he straightened up. Calming down, he took her hand and put a soft kiss on top. "I'm sorry, it's just i like to know and discover things, so the mystery this morning left me wanting," Letting go of her hands gently, he beamed. "And now i know who it is. It'd be great to have you accompany me. May i ask your name and magic?"


Once he got his answer he turned towards Kidemonas and asked. "Would you care to accompany us, Kidemonas?"

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"Err... Sort of... My magic's not really anything that special. Just some old form of Lost Magic I stumbled across and translated into more modern runes..." Kidemonas smiled a bit at that. She was playing down her abilities. From what he understood, Lost Magic was among the rarer types of magic, and though their guild had more tan its fair share of mages who practiced Dragon and God Slayer magic, the idea that Aina had both found this new sort of magic, and then translated it into a usable form, truly impressed him.

She started fidgeting, and Kidemonas realized that he was probably making her uncomfortable. Mentally scolding himself, he was about to go back to his own reading when he heard the door to the library open. He turned to see another S-class mage, Ursa, with a job sheet in his hand. Kidemonas recognized it as the Lupine Ruins sheet, a mission that he didn't exactly find interesting.

"Pardon me, but would any of you care to accompany me in this quest?" Ursa asked. "Anyone is welcome. I'm afraid I need some assistance with this one." Aina gave a small gasp as a thought seemed to strike her, and then she stood up, turned to Ursa, and gave a sharp bow.

"I'd... I'd be honored to join you!" She said. Then, her cap slipped off of her head, and fell to the floor. She quickly knelt down and scooped it back up, blushing furiously. "If you'd have me, that is..." She mumbled. Kidemonas stifled a laugh. She was very eager to start. Kidemonas was beginning to like her. Then a thought hit him. Did she realize that she was getting herself into an S-rank mission? Something in his gut told him she didn't, and the more that Kidemonas thought about it, the more he felt that his sword would help their mission go smoother.

"It's you!" Ursa took Aina's hands and clasped them in his own. "I've wondered whose presence it was." He trailed off, then straightened up, and put his lips to Aina's hand. "I'm sorry, it's just I like to know and discover things, so the mystery this morning left me wanting." Had they met each other briefly this morning, Kidemonas wondered? Letting go of her hands gently, Ursa beamed. "And now I know who it is. It'd be great to have you accompany me. May I ask your name and magic?"

Then, Ursa turned to Kidemonas. "Would you care to accompany us, Kidemonas?"

Kidemonas stood, and walked over to Ursa. "It'd be an honor to lend you my aid, Ursa."

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"It's you!"

Out of all the responses to her rather enthusiastic statement, this... hadn't been one Aina had expected. Her eyebrow twitched slightly as she realized exactly why it was he must have recognized her. Although her runes were powerful, it seemed they weren't sufficient to fully deceive this mage, who, she realized, must have been quite strong in his own right in order to identify her even through her absolute command that she wouldn't be perceived, and the carnage of the main hall of the rowdiest guild in the world. She would have been impressed, if she weren't so busy being embarrassed, a feeling which was only increased - exponentially, at that - when the man suddenly took her by the hand, pulling her closer and gazing down directly at her in a manner which made her highly uncomfortable. Her purple eyes darted to the side as a wave of deep scarlet overtook her cheeks, her hand fidgeting slightly with the brim of her hat as she uncomfortably tried to remove her other hand from the man's tight grasp, wincing at the sudden contact and drawing back, seeming distinctly unsettled. What was with people and staring at her today? If only she still had her concealment rune - then she could just disappear and hide the shame she felt.

"I was wondering whose presence that was," Said the man, seeming oblivious to her discomfort.

"I-I'm sorry...!" She stammered out hastily, seeming rather frightened by the towering man's sudden burst of energy, not to mention by his piercing gaze and insistent grasp on her hand. "I didn't mean to get in your way back there..."

Seeming to finally understand how uncomfortable he was making her, the man drew back, releasing her hand - but not before giving a knight-like bow and placing a gentle kiss on the back of it, causing her already red face to brighten several shades as she shakily brought back her hand, staring dumbfoundedly for a moment into her own palm in confusion. What exactly had just happened?

"I'm sorry, it's just I like to know and discover things, so the mystery this morning left me wanting," Explained the man. "And now I know who it was. It'd be great to have you accompany me. May I ask your name and magic?" Smiling cheerfully, he continued his intense focus on her face, prompting Aina to draw back slightly, sorting through her stack of chosen books so as to escape from his discomforting gaze for a few seconds.

"My name is Aina..." She replied quietly, her voice slightly muffled by the mantle into which her chin was swiftly sinking in a vain attempt to hide her awkwardness. "Aina Scheherazade," She repeated, more firmly this time. That was right, she had to make a good first impression, or else he'd think she was a coward and reconsider his offer to let her tag along on his quest. If she couldn't get any help, then she wouldn't amount to anything, and she'd be broke and on the streets again before the month was out. Above all else, she had to do well here! Nodding to herself, she drew forth a large, weathered, and yet still brightly ornamented book, holding it up as she turned around.

"And this is my magic." Concluding thus, she seemed satisfied with her answer.

...for all of two seconds before, flushing, she raised the book a little higher in front of her face, covering it from view as she hastily added, almost as an afterthought, an explanation for her rather cryptic response. "Err... What I mean is, this book draws up runes in response to my thoughts, and then I can make them do things, like disappearing or floating or negating magic or copying magic I've seen or what have you, so long as both I and the runes are either in contact with or surrounding the target. Well, that is, if the runes are surrounding them, I couldn't really 'surround' anything so to speak. Well, maybe I could if I used my runes to make copies of myself, but I haven't actually tried that, so..." She trailed off, hiding her face behind her large book as she hastily opened it, flipping through several pages before tearing one out seemingly at random and planting it almost violently on her own face.

"I'll just shut up now..." She mumbled, seeming deeply humiliated by her rather airheaded rant. "The person these runes are touching will not be seen." With this murmured command, the purple-haired girl vanished into thin air, quite fed up with her own inability to communicate. Given her specific command and the lack of the sound of footsteps, it was obvious she hadn't left. She just didn't want anybody looking at her until she had managed to calm herself down enough to actually speak coherently.

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M's facial expression softened further and a light dust of pink appeared on his cheeks. Smiling reassuringly he spoke. "Ah i'm sorry for being so forward and rude. I lost my composure and i do hope you'll forgive me." His face looked crestfallen, adorably so. He stepped back to a respectable distance and hoped that she would calm down.

Hearing her proudly announce her name made his eyes sparkle with respect. She held up an ornamented book, a small gasp left M's lips. He recognized this book, he saw one before in his travels. It was used for rune magic, but he forgot exactly how it works, he'd seen it a long time ago. The way she explained is fascinating, yet cute because of the awkwardness. He couldn't help the doting smile that appeared. Although his aura changed into a professional one.

" Ms Aina, your magic's amazing and rare. Don't put yourself down. You also explained it quite well, although i thought it had something to do with King script," M's voice softened at the end. His voice retained it's soft quality yet a stern edge is present. "The magic is only as strong as the users ability to wield it. Even if they had a powerful magic, yet they cannot wield them efficiently and effectively, they can be easily defeated. So don't belittle yourself." He pouted when Aina disappeared. " I'm pretty sure i'm not that scary to scare away cute things." he muttered.

He turned to Kidemonas. "Thank you Kidemonas, the help is appreciated." he finished with a closed eyed smile.

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Rin busied herself with some minor work behind her desk as the others in the library moved about and had their quiet conversations. She steadily began to tune the noises out as her gaze turned to the window and outside, her mind wandering this way and that about this latest book she had been reading. She gave a yawn as her stomach growled quietly in protest of its current emptiness before looking back over to the small group of three that had gathered together in the library.

She tuned back in in time to catch something about a mission, and the small pink girl seemingly explaining, in quite some detail, her magic and her book. Rin listened with curiosity and interest but the girl cut herself short, apparently feeling embarrassed for some reason or another and then promptly disappeared from sight. She gave a small frown at that, she wanted to know more about it, especially the book, but with a shrug she let it go and stood up from her seat before walking over to the group. It had been quite some time since she had gone out on a mission, perhaps it was time to change that.

"Excuse me... And apologies if I'm interrupting, but I couldn't help overhearing your conversation... And well, if you've the room for one more I would like to come along and help as well... With all four us, we're kind of like Team Library aren't we?" She smiled slightly awkwardly at that as she adjusted her red glasses, looking a slight bit embarrassed about the lame name. "Ah, my name's Rin by the way... I'm sort of the volunteer librarian here, I practice Solid Script magic and I'd be happy to lend the power of my words to you." With her introduction complete she gave a small now towards the group, hopeful that she didn't come across as rude with her sudden introduction.

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"You're not interrupting, it would great to have your help as well," He gave a low chuckle. "In fact I think we would need your knowledge in this quest."

He pulled up a chair and sat down. He placed the paper on the table for everyone to see and beckoned Rin to sit closer. Once she sat down, words appeared on the paper with a light blue light.

Archaeologist Zabala is in need of escorts and researchers.
Wizards adept in puzzles, magical locks and piecing together clues.
We are also in need of strong wizards capable of defending us from the dangers once we are inside.
Location is in the northern part of Fiore, otherwise known as Dagger's tip.
We had uncovered an ancient ruin which seems to be a place of worship for a tribe known as Lupine.


M. hummed in anticipation. He looked at his partners for the quest and said "How are we going to split the rewards? To be honest i'm here for the discovery and the key," He beamed at them with closed eyes. "I don't mind if i don't get any of the jewels. As long as i get the key i'll be satisfied."

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Fortunately for Aina, whose disappearance into thin air seemed to have rather put off the man who had invited her so enthusiastically to join him, the arrival of the librarian turned attention away from her rather pathetic attempts at social interaction. As she felt her cheeks begin to cool, something occurred to her that she had missed during her initial panic. While she'd been so busy trying to make herself disappear, the man to whom she'd spoken had said something important. He'd recognized her Tome of Ark, and the runes it used. Her eyes widened. Nobody save herself had ever seemed to know much about her magic, but this man was familiar with it? Was he another user of King's Script?

Fading back into visibility as she deactivated her rune, feeling confident that she could at least speak without stuttering after taking a moment to compose herself, and not wanting to insult the man further by hiding from what had just been an honest - if rather forceful - statement of recognition.

"Thank you for your kind words," Said the purple-haired mage quietly, shaking her head slightly as she returned to her seat. "But I wouldn't really call myself a very capable mage. At least, not in a combative capacity. I'm kind of stupid, and a bit weak..." She trailed off, flushing slightly as her mind finally processed the last thing he'd muttered under his breath, words her keen ears probably weren't meant to hear. "I don't think anybody's ever called me cute before, either." She mumbled, more to herself than the man, although just as she had heard his words, he might very well have heard hers.

"Team Library, huh?" The shy magus repeated with a timid smile. She'd never been part of a team before, so it was a bit nerve-wracking for her, but nevertheless, she couldn't help but feel happy despite her uncertainty and confusion. She'd never expected that today, of all days, she'd find a job lucrative enough to pay for her personal expenses for at least the next two months once everything was divided up, and more capable mages she could assist in completing it.

"I think I can handle the puzzles and locks mentioned in the note. My Trace Script is good at analyzing pre-constructed forms of magic like other runes, and with King's Script, I'm fairly confident in my ability to rewrite them to make them harmless to us. I'm not sure about the combat part, though. I can increase the effectiveness of our fighters, but I don't really have any powerful spells recorded that I could use to help in a fight..." She trailed off. She'd spoken of what few talents she had. Now it was time to get to the more awkward part - asking about her payment. She didn't want to be rude, especially considering that this quest hadn't been her idea in the first place. Since she was just an assistant, she couldn't expect to get paid very highly, comparatively speaking - perhaps 500,000 Jewels at the most. Even so, that would be more than enough to cover her expenses. Mustering her courage at last - after all, the man who had asked them to join had said all he was interested in was the key - she decided to settle on the shrewd negotiation tactic of asking for the "high" sum of 750,000 Jewels, and bargaining down to a more "reasonable" - in her mind - value if she had to.

"As for payment... it's a little selfish, but could I ask for 750,000 Jewels of the reward money? I don't really get the chance to do jobs often, since I'm not very good at combat magic, so I kind of need to take whatever rewards I can actually get..." She asked quietly, avoiding their eyes as she spoke so as not to seem too demanding. Come to think of it, though, as she waited for an answer, she realized something. The man who had invited her hadn't stated his name or magic, although he'd asked for theirs. Although he'd recognized her runes, judging by the fact that he was after the Celestial Spirit key, he was probably a Spirit mage, rather than a rune-user like herself. Aina smiled slightly to herself. She'd always kind of wanted to try learning how to summon spirits of her own. If she could do that, she'd be able to have a whole band of friends right in her pocket. How wonderful that would be, she thought. Although, it was probably just as well that she didn't, she realized. She'd probably end up making a horrible partner for such a dignified being as a spirit.

"Umm... Also, not to be rude, but... What was your name again, Mr...?" She trailed off, her gaze darting between the man who had accosted her and the table, making it clear to whom she spoke, as well as the awkwardness she felt about asking him for his name when everybody else seemed to know him.

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"Ah yes sorry, i didn't exactly introduce myself did I? My name is M. Ursa, pleasure to meet you." He tilted his head and smiled. "I suppose it's fair to also tell you my magic. I am a Celestial wizard and use the fourth Wargod's fighting technique," he paused. "This will be an S-rank magic, it might take a few days. I suggest we prepare for the journey. Thank you very much for accompanying me everyone."

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Aina gave a sheepish smile, making a mental note of the man's name as he introduced himself. M. Ursa, hmm? That was a somewhat strange name, she mused. Was M. his first initial, or actually his first name? It would be pretty weird if the first were true. Well, she didn't want to sound foolish by just calling him "M" if that was just his initial, so she decided she'd refer to him as "Mr. Ursa" for the time being so as to be polite. But now she was kind of curious... It would have seemed stupid to ask, though, so she held her tongue.

It seemed he was a Celestial Spirit mage, as she'd guessed. She thought again what a wonderful power that must have been, feeling excited as she anticipated meeting his Spirit partners. She had never spoken to a Spirit before. It would probably be a very enlightening experience, so she would have to be as respectful and polite as possible. Her thoughts wandered, asking questions such as "What is it like in the Spirit World?" or "How many Spirits are there in total?" and other such random things she would probably want to know if she ever got the chance to ask about them, so that if that time came, she'd have a few queries on hand and wouldn't let it slip past her.

And then, quite abruptly, the man said something that immediately brought her thoughts crashing back down to earth, her eyes widening in surprise as she hastily hid her face behind her book once again. She was only asking herself one question now.

"Oh no. What have I gotten myself into?" She thought, a chill running up her spine.

This was an S-Class quest. She was by no means incompetent, but she would certainly call herself cowardly and inexperienced. She'd only done a few basic tasks such as escorting convoys or finding lost objects or investigating mysterious happenings or what have you, and on all of those missions, she'd been alone. She had no idea how to work on a team, let alone how to fight a enemies classified to be opponents suitable only for the most powerful of wizards. Immediately, she feared the worst, that she'd be overwhelmed by the responsibilities placed on her, and that she'd only be a burden to the rest of the team. But looking back at the others surrounding the table, she realized she didn't have the courage to tell them that she hadn't even checked what level the quest was before volunteering, that she was so stupid that she hadn't even confirmed that the job was in her league before taking it. They'd probably laugh at her, and tell her to get lost. Then she'd be back to being on her own again. Nobody would notice her, much less help her. This was the first time... the first time anybody had actually cared for her company enough to actually approach her and start a conversation. It was her only chance to work with other, more experienced mages, to improve her own skills, to get the money she needed to afford any sort of lifestyle beyond begging on the streets. If she didn't want to lose her first and only chance to escape from the poverty that had defined her existence, she had to take this job. She had to succeed here, and prove that she wasn't just a burden!

That didn't change the fact that she was terrified, though. Standing up, she hastily turned away, trying to hide the fact that she was trembling in fear and anxiety. "I-I-I'll just be doing that, then..." She stammered uneasily, brushing away the cold sweat that had begun to form on her brow. "G-getting ready for a trip! Right... ThankyouallsomuchforinvitingmeI'llgodothatnowbye!" Gasping out this hastily self-excusement, she bowed so deeply one might have feared she'd hit her head on the floor, then darted away behind the stacks.

...A hand shot out a moment later, snatching the cap that hadn't even finished falling to the ground from the force of her violent bow, then darted away, followed by several loud thuds and a closing door shortly thereafter.

Aina sighed, wandering back down the hall from whence she'd come. She hadn't been able to say it - to tell them that this was beyond her capacity as a mage. But it was too late for that now. She'd gotten herself into this mess. Now she'd just have to live with the consequences.

That knowledge still did little, however, to change the fact that she was terrified. She gave a pathetic utterance that was half-sigh, half-groan, wiping her eyes as the stress threatened her practically nonexistent dignity with the further stain of tears. But she wouldn't cry. She was grown up and strong now. If people needed her, she'd help them. She had to!

...Nope. Wasn't working. Still terrified.

She turned, violently swinging open a random door and stepping inside. Surprisingly, the door lead out to a balcony off the side of the Guild Hall - a nice place to sit and calm herself down - and even more surprisingly, there weren't any people there to disturb her. Shutting the door, she gazed down at the town of Magnolia, and all the hustle and bustle below her, the dreadful thought of the danger into which she had unwittingly thrown herself growing and growing as it weighed upon her mind, the town painting itself in unusual, blurry colors as the tears she'd tried to force back came on again. Why had it come to this? Why was it that she had no choice but to risk her life if she wanted to live it? All those people down in the guild hall seemed so happy, as though they didn't have a care in the world. Weren't they afraid, too? Didn't they worry that their lives would come to an end with each increasingly difficult peril they fearlessly threw themselves into?

Of course not. They were strong. They were brave. They could more than handle themselves, despite the peril. This was Fairy Tail, the strongest guild in the kingdom of Fiore. It was a place that a weak, scared little girl like her wasn't worthy of standing in. She wasn't like them, even if the mark on her chest tried to say otherwise. She couldn't fight by their sides, or achieve any of the great and marvelous deeds that they made their lives' work in doing. She knew that... so why was she still trying? Why was she throwing herself so recklessly into a mission she already knew she couldn't handle?

She didn't know. She never knew. But she always did it anyway - always rushing in without thinking, always acting without hesitation, always regretting it when her own limitations became clear, always fearing that each daring act would be her last. But she couldn't give up, no matter how much she wanted to. It was so pathetic, and yet... her only means of avoiding poverty was to keep on fighting this way, upholding her ideals, and hoping for the best, even though she knew the risks of doing so. She brushed her eyes frantically, trying to wipe away the tears of fear, those shameful, disgusting, immature, cowardly tears that wouldn't stop falling. Finally, as though forced back by her sheer determination not to give in to the fear that had brought them on in the first place, they dissipated, leaving only a faint red haze around the edges of her eyes, and a matching tint in her blushing, embarrassed countenance.

Aina was still terrified. But she would be a brave, strong girl and wouldn't show it, wouldn't drag anyone else into the fear and misery she felt. That, at least, was something she could do.

The wind blew faintly across the balcony, and she turned to go. She had a lot of preparations to make if she was going to set out on such a large journey. It would take all of her remaining budget, but preservable food and camping equipment shouldn't have been too difficult to acquire in a city that housed such a large guild as Fairy Tail. She'd set to work immediately, and hopefully save the others some of the burden. Nodding glumly to herself, she once more opened the door, put on a brave face, and set forth to meet the task at hand. She was Aina Scheherazade, a wizard of Fairy Tail. She definitely wouldn't give up now!

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As the discussion of how to split the payment arose Rin simply shrugged, "I don't particularly mind how it's split... I only expect a reasonable cut for myself... If Miss Aina needs 750,000 I'm not opposed to accommodating that need with the reward." She cast her gentle smile in the girl's direction before looking over at the other two men present. Through only the merit of having overheard from their conversations Rin spent a moment to register the names and faces before her to memory. Aina... M. Ursa... Kidemonas... What an odd bunch. If I'm not mistaken those two fellows are S-ranked. And it seemed her memory would serve correctly as the Mr. M. Ursa announced the details of the S-ranked quest. Rin wasn't particularly surprised given the caliber of the two mages present and she was thankful that they were willing to let her tag along despite their higher rank.

Aina however seemed to take this news as quite a shock as the pink girl shrunk behind the cover of a book. Shortly after that she released a spew of words that easily exceeded a mile a minute followed by a surprisingly hasty bow and exit. She gave a surprised blink at the girl and walked over to the door after her, peeking down the hallway in the direction she went. A slight frown played across her lips as she watched her disappear. For a moment she considered following the girl but she decided it would be best to just let her be for now, she had a feeling that Aina would be back in the library again soon. So with a shrug and a small sigh she stepped back into the library and once more behind her desk.

She picked up the book she had been reading and leaned back in her seat, mulling the preparations she might need to make in her head. A few good books, some changes of clothing and some basic supplies, nothing special, Rin liked to travel light. With a deep breath she stretched in her seat, excited and a bit nervous at the prospect of the job she had just signed up for. She eyed the other two men in the library before cracking open the book in her hands and beginning to read once more.

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M. felt a prodding sensation at his leg. Looking down, he saw Minor nudging his leg trying to get his attention. Smiling softly, he bent to pick Minor up.

"I thank you again for giving your aid. I truly appreciate it." He stood up and tilted his head to kidemonas. "Now i'm off to prepare. I bid thee farewell."

He walked to his corner of the library. He took of his cloak and laid down on the hammock. He closed his eyes and rested till the guild Master summons him.

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Everyone was dispersing, and Kidemonas figured it was as good a time as any to take his leave as well. He picked up the books he'd grabbed, and put them back where he'd found them, then left the library. He walked for a bit until he found the stairs up to the roof. He took them one at a time, and came out to the roof, overlooking the nearby town of Magnolia.

Then, he sat down, drew his sword and scabbard across his lap, closed his eyes, and drifted away.

It was times like this that he truly appreciated. The peaceful almost-quiet that nature provided, with the only sounds being the wind and the birds and the sounds drifting in from Magnolia. It got rid of most of the distractions around him, and gave him the opportunity to be alone with his thoughts.

He treasured the opportunity while he could. Sooner or later, someone would come up those stairs. Whether or not they knew he was up here depended on whether or not they were looking for him. If he was unlucky enough, it would be the Artist coming to tease him, though she typically didn't try to seek Kidemonas out in order to tease him. What was the phrase she liked to use? "Target of opportunity?" No, it would either be someone else trying to escape the ceaseless noise of the Guild Hall, or someone coming to get him for the mission he'd accepted.

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"Whew... Let's see... Magically compressed tent and sleeping bags, a week's worth of emergency rations, train tickets for four all the way to Oak Town, and four new books to read along the way!" Aina smiled, finishing her check through of the rather large shopping bag sitting next to her on the bench. However, her grin swiftly diminished as her eyes fell on the much smaller - not to mention empty - money pouch dangling from her belt. "Totally broke this month again... If I can't manage this job, I'm done for," She sighed. If she hadn't splurged and bought so much reading material, she'd probably at least have enough Jewels left for lunch. As it was, it looked like she'd be going hungry again.

Still, at least preparations were completed. It had taken her almost two hours searching out everything they'd need. It was lucky for her that with the expenses of the average Fairy Tail guild member, the stores in Magnolia could afford to price questing supplies cheaply to be competitive and still make a killing on quantity. Otherwise, with her meager budget, she'd never have been able to afford the necessities of the mission. Now, however, the question remained... how exactly was she going to contact the others and tell them she'd finished preparing? Come to think of it, she'd kind of run out of the room before they could coordinate a meeting place... Flushing slightly with embarrassment, she fidgeted slightly with her hat, wondering what she'd do, when the answer suddenly came to her. Breathing a sigh of relief, she reached into one of her many pockets and withdrew a small pen, as well as her magical tome. Tearing out three pages and writing a quick note on each, she folded them up one by one into small paper airplanes. Smiling at her handiwork - she was remarkably good at paper-folding - she gave a final command to each before tossing them into the air.

"The page these runes are inscribed upon will find.. umm... M. Ursa, then return with whatever response he may have." She spoke, trying to recall the names of her group members. "The page these runes are inscribed upon will find Rin, then return with whatever response she might have. And... the page these runes are inscribed upon will find Kidemonas Agios, then return with whatever response he may have." Throwing the last paper airplane, she grinned proudly as the three makeshift messengers scattered into the air, nimbly dancing away upon the midsummer breeze, all generally veering as though with a will of their own towards the Fairy Tail guild hall. Soon enough, they'd reach their targets, and deliver her simple message.

I've finished gathering supplies for the trip. I got us a tent, sleeping bags, and rations, and also took the liberty of reserving us tickets on a train bound for Oak Town, since that should get us halfway to the Dagger's Tip peninsula. I hope that's alright with everyone. In any case, the train leaves in two and a half hours, so I guess I'll see you all at the station. If there are any problems, or there's something you need me to know, just write it on the blank side of this paper airplane, then re-fold it and let it find its way back to me. Thank you! - A. Scheherazade

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