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Kotonoha Takiya

"None of us are ready for this, but it does not matter, for we will fight and we will win."

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a character in “Halcyon”, as played by chrian.

Description

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Kotonoha Takiya

「 What will we see at the end of this winding road? 」


【 22 】【 Male 】【 Demisexual 】
【 Magic Knight 1 】【 Ookurikara 】【 #965660 | #DFA855

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A P P E A R A N C E


H e i g h t // 6'3''

W e i g h t // 185 lbs

E y e_ C o l o r // Amber

H a i r_ C o l o r // Brown, crimson-ish at the tails.

D e s c r i p t i o n // As expected from a proud Magic Knight who came from a prestigious family, Takiya has an outlook that many would describe as hunky, buff or even menacing. It is something to be expected if anyone were to take rigorous training since they were kids just like him. With his unusual height, Takiya easily towers most people whom he came across. He has a very muscular and well-toned body build, and a feature that makes him stand out even more is the black dragon tattoo that stretched from his right arm to the right side of his torso. Taking after his father, Takiya also has a dark complexion and striking amber eyes. His hair is often seen in a rather messy, unkempt style which is long enough to nearly reaches his shoulders, but he just does not feel like having them cut or straightened out. In terms of attire, Takiya is most often seen wearing a white T-shirt with his IMSO uniform jacket, along with a pair black or brown pants and black shoes. He is always seen to wear the charm given to him by his mother. Occasionally, he also wears yukata during family meetings or when greeting guests. His sister often told Takiya to add more choices in his wardrobe but he simply did not have the time or any interests in going on a shopping spree. Not that he ever needs to dress for any special occasions, anyway.




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P E R S O N A L I T Y

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◆ Blunt ◆ Sarcastic ◆ Aloof ◆ Tsundere ◆ Caring ◆
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If his menacing appearance was not enough to drive people away from him, seeing the way Takiya usually acts around technically almost everyone probably would be just enough for them to erase his existence from their lives forever. Having the sensitivity of a pebble, he is brutally honest and says everything on his mind without taking any of them into consideration. Some of those who once wronged him have had a taste of how badly his words can wound, as much as it would feel being slashed by his proud Masamune. Because of this, Takiya has always been a distant person ever since he was small, with his only friends being a few fellow magicians in the neighborhood, his sister and for a couple of years recently, Yukito.

But for those few who have been closed to him all their lives, there also lies a different personality deep within Takiya. Not many people would notice the way he often felt insanely embarrassed after walking away from a salty thing he had just said, or how curious he is with things that peak his interests, which is a lot, but he would keep expressing as if he does not give a damn about anything in the world other than minding his own business. Indeed, he is one of those whom many would called as a tsundere. And who knows how long had this been the topic of jokes among his closed ones. Much like his late father, Takiya somehow developed a bit of a "hero of justice" complex, believing that as one of the strongest Magic Knight in the world, it is his duty to wipe the world of all the wrongdoings.

Nevertheless, Takiya still have his most redeeming trait. He is a selfless individual who cares greatly for the welfare of those whom he considered as important to him. For their sake, he is willing to sacrifice even his life, and look after them however and whenever he can, though not in the sweetest way. Once he has decided that someone is worth protecting, rest assured that Takiya will be the 'meat shield' that guards them from all harms, until his very last breaths.



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S T R E N G T H

S w o r d s m a n s h i p // Having been trained with a sword since he knows how to walk, Takiya's skill with the weapon is of the highest caliber.

S t r e n g t h // Slashing through ten thick layers of concrete even without enhancing spells for Takiya is like child's play.

E n d u r a n c e // Many times Takiya had taken several critical direct hits at once and he can still stand. This and with his agility, he is tough target to take out.

T e a m w o r k // As irony as it sounds, when puts into a team setting, Takiya can work in perfect harmony with his partners.


W E A K N E S S E S

C o m p l e x i t y // Takiya hates complicated things more than anything. The way he works, everything must be straightforward and simple.

S e l f l e s s // Anytime Takiya feels that his allies are threatened, he would always jump out and take the hit for them on impulse.

M a n a // As with any other Magic Knights out there, Takiya's energy pool is quite limited, and thus he must be considerate with the amount of mana he uses.

L y i n g // Takiya simply can never lie to anyone without being so obvious about it.




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H I S T O R Y

Born into a prestigious and influential clan, being one of the few most powerful magicians in the world, living a life looked up and respected by almost everyone, both humans and magicians alike. It may sound like a dream to many. But having to bear the burdens as one of the two heads of his family, giving his whole life in order to fulfill the sacred duty of carrying the weight of the whole world upon his shoulder and to never truly experience the freedom to make his own decisions. Such responsibilities are the prices that he must paid for the privilege of bearing the blood of the Kotonoha in his veins. At times, Takiya has had thoughts that perhaps a normal life of those so-called normal people is much, much better.

As the next in line for the heir of his clan, Takiya has been placed with great expectations the moment he was born. He grew up, knowing that his life will never be as carefree and joyful like those of the same age. But it was not as painful as growing up without the presence with one of his parents. When he reaches the age of four, his father, the previous head of the clan, passed away untimely due to an illness. Minami, their mother, having to raise both of Takiya and his sister alone, while taking up the position as the next head by herself, was very strict and harsh. She never once stopped pushing both of them to their very limits. But he did not blame or hate his mother, because he understands what burdens she is bearing and that the very same weight will one day be passed down to both him and his sister. That is why he never stops persevering, perfecting himself and pushing his limits again and again. Eventually, during his final trial before stepping into maturity, he defeated his own mother, rightfully earned one of the most prized magical arms of the family, the Masamune, and the title as the next leader of the Kotonoha clan, along with his sister. He could see proud in his mother's eyes and that, for him, is more than enough.

As of currently, Takiya is working as an Officer in the Japanese Division of the IMSO asides from leading his clan with his sister. With his family's Pillar being the last stronghold to stand, he knows what dangers he and the rest of his family are facing. But no matter how powerful the Drakens might be, he will be ready to take them all down. For the tomorrow of this world.



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S T A T I S T I C S

S t r e n g t h // 10 | 10

D e f e n s e // 10 | 10

I n t e l l i g e n c e // 5 | 10

S p e e d // 9 | 10

M a g i c a l _ E n e r g y // 4 | 10



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CS - Chrian Blaire
Inspiration - Scar-, bethelit, Verix
Player - Chrian Blaire

So begins...

Kotonoha Takiya's Story

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From the depth of ashes and despair

We shall rise like the morning star

For the dawn of a brighter day

For the world that awaits our cries

We shall sing the requiem of salvation

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xxxxxThousands of years have passed since the epic war of myth between humanity and the mythical creatures of the unknown. It was the greatest war ever known in history, yet sadly, have been forgotten. Ever since then, magic has stopped flowing freely across the world, yet magicians have banded together and lived harmoniously among the normal ones. Under the protection of the three Pillars, peace has prevailed for eons, and the lives of those who wander the surface of Earth has went on, untroubled from any extraterrestrial threats from those coming from the other dimensions.

xxxxxYet little did anyone, both humans and magicians alike, expect of what is about to come and threatened the very peace and harmony that they are enjoying to their cores.

xxxxxIt felt as if within just a blink of the eye, everything that the magicians once fought for almost shattered into nothingness right before their eyes. The Drakens, those who once threatened that they will return to claim our world, had exacted their vengeance without any of them noticing. With the fall of two Pillars, the whole society of magicians was shaken, fearing of another war of myth that would spell certain doom to the world where magic is no longer as common as it once was.

xxxxxBut hope is not yet lost, as the final Pillar still remain standing. With the agreement between the three greatest magician families, some of the most powerful magicians of the modern era are coming together, to protect the last stronghold against the inevitable attacks of the Drakens, now that the barrier has weakened. For these six young individuals, it was something that they have never been prepared for, but for the sake of the very world they love, they have no choice, but to take up their swords and recite their spells, against what is about to come.

xxxxxOur story began as the four representatives of the Vermillion family and the Isharian family departed from their faraway homelands to arrived at Tokyo, the capital of Japan, where the heads of the Kotonoha clan are waiting for them at their estate. For now, no one can be certain of what will become of the fate of this world, but at least for them, this will be a brand new adventure.

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「Magic Knight 2」

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It would have been a normal , peaceful day, like any other days that had passed by since the beginning of this world. The sun was shining, the cloud was drifting, the soft wind was blowing. It's hard to believe anything could possibly goes wrong. Yet with the current situation, even the calmest of minds must have to wonder how many days left that Earth can still enjoy the sunlight of a new day. There are those who have already searched for shelters in the upcoming conflicts, those who prayed for 'Faylan' to return and save the world from demise, and those who are ready to stand up and fight.

No matter who, every magician on Earth is preparing for the inevitable.

Somewhere in Tokyo City, the capital of Japan, at the Kotonoha household - where the last standing Pillar is being guarded.

Takiya was standing in the training dojo of his estate, wearing his practicing hakama, holding a wooden shinai and having his eyes blindfolded. Standing face-to-face with him on the other side of the room was a young, white-haired boy who also wears a blindfold over his eyes. The two of them entered their battle stance. Even though they cannot see each other by sight, their senses are acute enough to feel every movement of each other. A few silent moments passed, they shouted and ran towards each other at great speed.

They sparred with each other for a while. The white-haired boy was quick and every of his movements are precise. Yet having taught the boy since the day he picked him, they are still predictable for Takiya. In the end, the boy had tried his best and posed a bit of a challenge for the head of Kotonoha, but he was still being overwhelmed by his teacher. He lied flat on the floor of the dojo after taking a direct hit in his stomach as Takiya pointed his sword over his face.

"You were hesitating, Yukito." Takiya sighed and said with his usual rasp, low tone in a blunt manner as he took off the blindfold, "I told you again and again, right? No matter who your opponents are, every of your strikes must be merciless. I intentionally left many opens for you but you just have to ignore them. Didn't I teach you better?"

Yukito tried to sit up and apologized, "I...I'm sorry, Takiya-sama. I'll practice harder. One day I'll definitely beat you, I'm sure of it."

"That's the spirit." Takiya extended his arm and helped the white haired boy to stand up, "That's it for today, you're getting better Now let's go prepare, the representatives will be here soon."

"I... really did well?" Yukito asked in a rather enthusiastic manner, which surprised Takiya a bit as he walked passed him. He smiled lightly and ruffled the boy's silky hair, "Of course you did. You're strong. Have a bit more confidence." With that said, Takiya left the dojo. Yukito just watched his master from behind, smiling and blushing. On his way back to his room, a certain someone was also blushing like crazy after what he said earlier. I hope he didn't hate me for having said so many harsh things with him. Takiya hid his face behind his hand to hide his embarrassment. He treated the boy like his own flesh and blood, and would never ever wanted to hurt him, but he simply cannot do anything that would make him lose his image.

Takiya changed into his usual attire and walked to the entrance of his family's estate. The mansion has never been so lively like this, with many new faces turning up. After the news of the destruction of the Pillars broke out, the Kotonoha clan had summoned their best Magic Knights all across the nation and abroad to aid in guarding the final Pillar. IMSO had also taken measures by sending their most outstanding officers to join the force. The sanctuary where the Pillar is kept is being put under maximum protection and the area near the estate has been made off-limit to most people. Anyone who trespasses must went through thorough investigation and check-ups, and many other measures. But even though they are doing their best, no one can really predict how will the Drakens act.

Lining up in the front yard of the estate are officers from IMSO and Magic Knights from the Kotonoha clan. They are all anticipating the arrival of the four representatives from the Vermillion family and the Isharian clan, who were set to come to stay here today. When Takiya made it to the entrance, his sister, Risako, was already there, readied to greet their guests. Their mother was supposed to be here to, but she had decided to leave it to them and opt to stay guarding the sanctuary, vigilantly. "Yo, Risa. You ready?" He said and sat next to her in seiza posture, "Who could have ever thought things will turn out like this. What do you think about our... new companions?"

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Magic Knight #2
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Risako spun her katana in the air in an overly dramatic way, catching it by the hilt. The dark-haired Magic Knight was more or less known for not using weapons in combat, but that didn't mean she was stupid in the art of swordsmanship. In fact, the only reason Risako chose to specialize in versions of weaponless combat was so that he could learn to restrain herself when it came to casting charms on her swords and knives. Risako definitely still used weapons, but she was still training herself to be at the top of her game without relying so much on enchanted weapons. Therefore, in this sparring match, there would be no magic. Much to the disappointment of Risako's sparring partner, who had more mana than Risako.

Speaking of Risako's sparring partner, Jitsuko was infuriating. Risako wasn't going to lie, Jitsuko was talented and skilled. But the older woman was so cocky, Risako might one day mistake her for an eight-year-old child.

However, unbeknownst to most of the world, Risako's preferred to fight with a fighting style that was a bit more westernized that many magic knights. Unfortunately, the only person the Risako could find that matched up to her standards was Jitsuko.

Yes, life was quite unfortunate.

"Are you done preening?" Jitsuko snapped. Risako seethed through grit teeth as she wiped her second katana down with a slightly damp cloth - just for the shiny luster. Hmph. Jitsuko was being extremely disrespectful, but Risako couldn't deny that she was taking a long time.

Risako tossed her second katana into the air, catching it with her right hand, her left already gripping her first sword. Being naturally ambidextrous certainly had its pluses.

"Eager to lose today, aren't you Jitsuko?" Risako remarked cheekily. She could see Jitsuko stiffening her jaw. The 20-year-old was certainly used to Risako's cheekiness, but that didn't mean she liked it.

The clashing of the two's swords echoes in the room. Sadly, Takiya had taken the training dojo while Risako was waiting for Jitsuko, so they had to settle for a rather empty, but inconvenient room.

There we go, Risako thought to herself. Finally, she felt a rather minor rush of adrenaline as the two sparred in an effective, if unorthodox way. Risako was undoubtedly a very good warrior, but her methods were rather...unconventional.

Jitsuko slammed her blades down powerfully, blunt side down, attempting to disarm Risako. But the latter blocked the swords, her own blades in an x-formation. She rammed her sword forward, shoving Jitsuko into the wall behind her. Jitsuko wheezed as Risako held the tip of her blade about her opponent's throat. Anyone watching the sparring match would believe that Risako was unbelievably strong, but she simply used Jitsuko's weight against her.

"It's your shift," Risako said three simple words, reminding Jitsuko of the Pillar. Risako sheathed her blades. Most of her sparring matches were for recreation, since in a real fight, Risako wouldn't be using a sword unless she could refrain herself from being so dependent on magic.

After Risako changed into her regular clothing, she went to the entrance, preparing to greet the representatives from the Vermillion family and Isharian clan. Takiya wasn't there yet. His matches with Yukito almost always took longer than the matches between Risako and Jitsuko. Yukito, despite his blindness, was a talented fighter - which is why Takiya took him in.

Finally, Takiya had made it to the entrance, settling down next to Risako in seiza posture. "Yo, Risa," Risako rolled her eyes at the nickname. She wasn't particularly fond of it, but her brother was her brother. "You ready?" Risako turned her head, facing her elder sibling. "Who could have ever thought things will turn out like this, he continued. "What do you think about our... new companions?"

Risako inhaled sharply before responding. "New companions might be pushing it a bit for me," she told her brother, cocking her head. "A better term would be -."

Risako was cut off from finishing her sentence. She turned her head forward again. "They're here," she said, smirking wryly. "Let's greet are new companions, and hope that we don't burn down the place."

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Kallen Vermillion



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iTheme: Cough Syrup by Young The Giant
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Kallen was exhausted. Of course, this was a relatively normal state of being for him, considering how many times he would neglect to sleep in favor of studying deep into the wee hours of the morning, but exhaustion bred from a redeye flight from London to Tokyo - that was another matter altogether. XXX
As far as flights went, theirs hadn't been that bad. They'd met no turbulence or any other kinds of delays, and they'd flown business class, so they hadn't been stuck next to strangers for the entirety of the flight, which was a relief. XX
However, the flight was eleven hours long, and that in itself had been one of the most incredibly boring experiences Kallen was sure he had ever endured. XX
He'd taken the fact that they were in designer seats and surrounded by normal humans (meaning no magic in public) to catch up on lost sleep, and had been completely out for ten hours of the flight, leaving his sister to pass the time on her own. Kallen had woken again just as they were preparing to land in Haneda Airport, and had spent the leftover time enjoying the view. XX
Now, as he and Ambre finally arrived at the Kotonoha estate, Kallen finally began to feel the twinges of anxiousness nagging at his stomach, causing the beginnings of a headache he would certainly blame on jetlag. "We are here..." He mumbled, mostly to himself as a rather unsuccessful form of reassurance. Kallen had no need to reassure his sister. Ambre was confident, and scared of nothing. She didn't need anyone else's comfort, she'd manage on her own. XXX
Just as Kallen was starting to wonder if they should go ahead and enter, a second car pulled up, and out came a familiar face, one that soothed a small amount of Kallen's nerves. "Hello, Lukas. It has been quite a while since I have seen you in person. It is a nice change." He spoke, English accent thick. Kallen bowed his head slightly to greet Rosa, saying nothing more to either of the Isharian siblings. Small talk and reunions were not the priority now. XX
Kallen made no effort to be the first to move, and he ended up following behind as Ambre and Rosa took the lead. The gears in his head whirred as he took in his surroundings, making a mental note of everything he saw and memorizing what he could. He said nothing as the four foreigners approached Takiya and Risako Kotonoha, two people he'd only ever seen in photographs or from a side view at meetings and at the Magical Olympics. XX
I can only hope that we will all get along, if only for the sake of others... XX

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Rosa was by no means tired or nervous, even through the tedium of the plane ride and the fact that there was only one Pillar left was at the forefront of her mind, lingering, settling, and ever present in the fact that she was in unfamiliar territory. The ground felt unfamiliar on her feet, the land felt charged with power, and she felt unimaginably distant from her home... Though she'd never been the kind of person to cower behind others, or to give up when she was about to do something that might take all of her mental faculties to get through, and this was not such a challenge. She had a high opinion of the other magician houses, the Vermillions and Kotonohas, but she was no less than them.

She said nothing on the trip to the house, traveling in silence with Lukas...

and the first thought running through her head when she finally did step out of the car wasn't on who she'd meet, what they would be like, and how the meeting would go - she already knew, more or less, how things like this always went and was knowledgeable on a distant level with the other esteemed magicians tasked with the protection of the final pillar. Rumors, word of mouth, and seeing them in their element at the competitions all contributed to her idea of them.

She started moving, taking the lead almost immediately and only pausing to nod subtlety at Kallen and Ambre.

Her expression was blank, her eyes were sharp and daring anyone to say something to her, and she betrayed no sense of nervousness in the way she walked immediately to the two Knight siblings. Back straight, steady breath, steps heavy and loud. Past the IMSO guards, without batting a single eye at them, and standing even taller when she caught sight of the magic knights - she radiated no hostility, only a sense of cold, harsh determination. They could break every one of her bones with a flick of their arms, she imagined, but it gave her no fright... and, she'd admit, thinking of them in those terms wouldn't do much to get them working together well.

"Rosa Isharian," She introduced herself, giving a respectful nod and with perfect enunciation. Her gaze traveled between Takiya and Risako, not uncertain, but waiting for either one of them to address her, "reporting a successful trip with no troubles or interference." She said nothing more, standing still, arms crossed, and waiting for instructions - she was on their turf, she'd follow their rules.

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Risako could practically feel the superiority of the Kotonohas in the air.

Risako didn't want to seem arrogant. But the demeanor of the four foreigners seemed somewhat stiff, or at least, definitely not relaxed or cocky in any way, shape or form. Of course, that was a given, considering the world is hanging in the balance.

The female Isharian - Rosa, was it? - was leading the quartet. She was obviously the oldest in the group. Her expression was blank and unemotional, and her eyes were sharp. She betrayed no feelings through her stride or her mannerism. Rosa reeked of coldness and hard determination, with her too-straight back and completely steady breath. She headed immediately towards Risako and Takiya with no hesitation in her step. Risako noted that Rosa seemed to stand taller when she saw the two Kotonoha siblings. She definitely needed it, although Risako shouldn't be the one to talk. The black-haired Magic Knight could practically guarantee that she was the shortest of the group, standing at her measly five feet. But Rosa wasn't particularly tall either, as she was perhaps only a few inches taller than Risako herself. If Rosa was a little bit taller, maybe by like, one foot, Risako might actually consider being intimidated by the Isharian.

Hah.

"Rosa Isharian," the pale-haired Mage introduced herself, giving a respectful nod to the two Kotonoha siblings. Risako noticed her gaze flickering between herself and Takiya, as if she was waiting for someone to address her. "Reporting a successful trip with no troubles or interference." The Wizard finished speaking, her arms crossed, waiting for either Risako or Takiya to speak. Risako decided the take the reins.

"Kotonoha Risako," Risako introduced herself simply. "We have basic ground rules for you to follow, but I must stress that you do not burn the place down." Risako looked at Ambre as she said that. The Vermillion had a reputation. "And while I'm not an expert in teamwork, I'd suggest not being as stiff as boards. It lowers team morale." Risako could practically taste the sardonic undertone in her words.

Yeah, this was not going to go well.

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Ambre Vermillion




The air would've been a godsent, if it weren't for the scorching hot sun in it. “Never thought I'd see the day I'd miss London.” Ambre complained at her equally weary brother. In one hand she held onto her luggage. In the other, she twirled a lighter she'd bought in the airplane, painted with moonrunes and cat figures. It'd been transformed into at least 47 different shapes within the past few hours, but somehow she'd gotten it back together.

Ambre's second expense had been a large, white hat to protect against the sun. Unlike Kallen, she had barely caught an hour's sleep inside of the plane. Paired with thick sunglasses to hide the walls below her eyes, the younger Vermillion sister looked like an apparition in midday Tokyo.

A number of cabs, street salesmen and “Are we there yet?” whines later, Kallen and Ambre finally arrived at the Kotohana residence. Any other circumstance, Ambre might have cared more to wisecrack about the traditional lay-out, but right now it might as well had been a cemetery. Ambre felt like the walking dead. Hunched over like she had come to sound the Notre Dame, and her wheeled luggage trailed behind with. Kallen seemed to have found a friend – to Ambre's slight relief. As long as he had that Lukas-fellow, her brother was at least one social contact away from turning into their mother.

Truth to be told, most of the introductions passed by Ambre. She pushed her sunglasses back up to her nose, following Rosa Isharian's introduction with a near automated; “Ambre Vermillion, present.”

However as she was lowering her arm and put the lighter in her mouth, one of their supposed hosts, a girl spoke up – or so Ambre believed she was. Heck, she might as well be thirty as far as Ambre was concerned. Age and Japanese did not fit in the same sentence. The moment she spoke, however, Ambre stopped caring about any of that. The lighter twitched in her mouth and her sunglasses slid down her nose.

“She say whaaaaaat?” Ambre looked at Kallen with widespread eyes – pointing at the girl with one finger and pushing the lighter back with her other; it's flame inadvertently popping on and off.

After she'd recovered her facial composure, Ambre yawned. “Doesn't sound like someone who needs my help.” Ambre concluded without much of the usual life to her voice. Girls like her host were about the last thing she had patience for today. “Well, good luck.” Ambre shrugged her shoulders and waved back before making her way to the exit.

“Saaaayonara!”

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Takiya's conversation with Risako was cut off abruptly with the arrival of two cabs at the front entrance of their estate. As much as he is not so knowledgeable and efficient in magic like the Mages or the Wizards, he can still feel strong auras, distinguished themselves from any others, emitting from the two cars that had just arrived. They are just as intimidating and powerful like that of their own. He has never personally met any members of the two other families tasked with the duty of guarding the Pillars, but one thing he can be certain is that these representatives are not just your everyday magicians, and he can expect some strong, if not eccentric, personalities from those who were about to step out from those cabs.

As expected when the four foreigners approaching them, the two females, namely Ambre and Rosa, brought forward a rather overwhelming presence with them, while the two males, Kallen and Lukas, seemed to be somewhat... subtle, if not even somewhat fidget and stressed. He let out a quiet sigh. It's not like he has the old-fashioned belief that males should not be so soft and females should be so tough or anything, but having lived in a family structured by traditions for centuries and having taught himself to always be tough for most of his life, Takiya must admit that he had a bit of a tendency to impose his own opinionated views on others. Still, he still has enough conscience to know that it was never a good thing to judge a book by its' cover.

Rosa walked through the stern gazes of the other IMSO polices boldly and stood tall when she faced the two of them. There was no signs of aggression coming from the white-haired woman, but her fierce determination despite her respectful and formal introduction almost gave Takiya a sense of respect for her. Of course he doesn't fear her, for he himself also emits the same intimidation all the time. It would be interesting to see Rosa get in action. The younger girl, Ambre, also introduced herself shortly afterwards. A rather... strange girl, if Takiya may say so himself. Her reputation of being an unorthodox and somewhat a black sheep Mage of her family precedes her. It's difficult to predict what can she do, but this is not the first time Takiya ever met with someone like Ambre, so he doesn't have any problems with her in particular.

Anyone would have noticed that the six of them have very clashing personalities, and Takiya is beginning to have some doubts if they could work well together. Although that is not his judgement to make at the moment, but what happened next have almost confirmed his worries.

Takiya was about to formally introduced himself back to the two young magicians, but his sister beaten him to it. As usual, Risako can simply never speaks to anyone without adding a salty statement or two. He wouldn't have cared normally, but at the moment, that's simply the unwisest thing to do. True, they are the hosts here, and while they may have a sense of superiority, the last thing they need is unnecessary conflicts in a strenuous situation like this. While a crude like him is of no rights to criticize his sister, he has been in the IMSO force and dealt with many cases to at least know that much. As expected, Ambre blew her gasket shortly after and was about to stormed off afterwards. Takiya facepalmed himself in utter displease at his sister, "Of all times to be sardonic and you just can't hold your tongue for this once time. Those slaps kaa-san gave you really are just for nothing?"

Without even sparing a moment to hear Risako's whining, Takiya dashed forward in such a speed that it almost felt like he was teleporting from whence he stood, to right in front of Ambre on her path. Of course, it was certainly a rude thing to do, but he could care less about it. "My sister simply has a sharp tongue and sometimes she doesn't know what is right to say in a certain circumstances like this. I hope you do not concern yourself over it. As your hosts, my deepest apology for having failed at showing our hospitality, Ambre-san." He bowed to the young girl in an apologetic manner.

However, he doesn't hold back on what he was about to do next, "And forgive me for my bluntness, but in case you are still thinking of returning, Lady Elise, the current leader of your family, has specifically required that you and Kallen-san are not allowed to return to London until a solution is found." Takiya reached his hand inside his jacket and pulled out a parchment tied with a ribbon with the insignia seal of the Vermillion family over it. He handed it to Ambre, and approached the other three foreigners. "I also apologized if we have offended you in any ways. As the current head of Kotonoha, I can assure that your aids are most specially needed in this dire time. Please let just set aside our differences for now and focus on our greater goal."

Takiya called Yukito, who was standing behind Risako, over to them. The boy nodded and led the guards who were holding the luggage and belongings of the four foreigners to them. "My apprentice, Yukito, will take you to your rooms. If you have any questions, please ask him. I know you all must be tired after your long journey, so please rest and do any unpacking you may have. I know it will be difficult but since you all will be staying here for a while, I hope you can make yourself at home. Our official meeting will take place during dinner, and we will be joined with a very important figure."

"Please follow me." Yukito said as he motioned the guards to follow him and led the four to the guest quarter of the estate. Takiya watched on as the his four new 'companions' made their way to the guest quarter with Yukito before their backs disappeared completely. He walked passed Risako, saying nothing to her. He had simply given up on her stubbornness since they were young and didn't even care anymore. He himself was salty enough to let none of her cheeky words to even bother him. Instead, he spoke to the two nearest IMSO polices standing near her, "Shinoda, Tetsuo, let's go." They nodded to him as the three exited the mansion. He needed to check an area that was spotted with a strange presence that a nearby magician family had just reported. "Takiya-san, are you feeling well? Your face is reddening." One of the two asked Takiya as they bypassed the barrier surrounding the neighborhood, which startled him as he hid his face in frustration, "N-Nothing. I'm okay."

Meanwhile, Yukito and the guards have made it to the guests quarter. They gave the four their own belongings and left, while the white-haired boy remained. The quarter is spacious with many empty rooms and oversees a garden in the back with a big cherry blossom tree in the center. "You may stay in any room in this quarter if you like. While our mansion has a rather old structure, we have already applied with the latest state-of-the-art appliances so I hope it won't be a discomfort for you." He then stepped forward and performed a simple knowledge transferring spell by holding each of their hands. "In case you got lost, I've showed you the ins and outs of this estate. As you may have noticed, there is a big well in the center of the household that is currently being heavily guarded. Please don't go there without asking first, as underneath is the sanctuary where our Pillar is being kept."

Yukito then stood in front the four of them and bowed respectfully, "Again, I am sincerely sorry for any offenses that my master and mistress may have caused. They are not very good with their words but I can be certain that they meant no ill-will towards any of you. As Takiya-sama have said, I too hope that the three families can work well in the upcoming feuds." He straightened himself up and smiled, though still in a formal manner, "Do you have any questions as of currently? I'll be around most of the time so if you require any helps, please don't be afraid to ask."

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The entire plane trip to Japan, Lukas had swapped between gut-wrenching anxiety, sleepiness and sulking like a little kid.

On one hand, he was kind of excited to go to Japan. Lukas had experienced a weabo-phase in his younger preteen years (they had really good inspiration in mangas) and, like most kids with passion, learnt the language with a passion directed to finally understanding what the people on tv were talking instead of using the crappy subtitles. He'd retained the information as he'd gotten older, never quite putting his love for anime and manga behind him, but even though he'd always wanted to visit Japan....

He hadn't wanted to do it while he was one of the people in charge of saving the world.

The anxiety had been due to Lukas finally being forced out of the confined safety that was his house and sent out into the wilderness that was the city. Not just for the usual hour or two that Rosa or the others could convince him to do (3 if Rosa was feeling particularly determined), but for an entire day that involved nothing but wide open spaces and, horror of horrors, interacting with people. Lukas couldn't help but shudder at the thought. Thank heavens he'd brought the watch he was trying to fix - Lukas wasn't sure how he'd have survived the constant talking otherwise.

A larger feeling washed over it though, one that made Lukas frown with disappointment - he had failed to convince the others to help him test out one of the newer inventions, the Molecular Disintegration and Reintegration Travelling Device - or, as the others liked to call it, the Teleportation Machine. Lukas and his idea buddy had helped come up with the idea, but it still had kinks - namely, magical energy conversion rate, machine mass and the fact that anything larger than an apple more than two meters away ended up imploding.

... Maybe they were right to not use the Teleportation Machine, after all.

Hmm. He just had to figure out why it kept malfunctioning. Maybe it was because of a fault in the design? Lukas frowned, scribbling down theories into his grimoire until he passed out from exhaustion.

By the time he and Rosa had made it to the Kotonoha estate, Lukas had felt exhausted, although whether it was from the jetlag or the great out doors he had no idea. Dressed in a simple black shirt, red plaid jacket and jeans, Lukas felt out of place in the odd manor, desiring for nothing more than to find their new living quarters and do nothing but hide away from the world for a couple of hours. Hunching his shoulders, he frowned unhappily, twisting his fingers together inside his pockets as he walked a few steps behind Rosa like the shadow to her harsh brightness. Still, Lukas felt his spirits lighten upon meeting Kallen. "Kallen! Likewise," Lukas replied, giving a faint but genuine grin. "It's been around a year or so since we've last saw each other, hasn't it? Uh... You look nice."

.... oh crap, I paused. There was definitely a pause there, I hadn't mean to, and what do I mean 'he looks nice' I should have used a different topic aaaa- In his consternation, it took a few seconds for Lukas to realise that he was suppose to answer. Cringing with embarrassment, he spoke up. "U-Uh." he stuttered, nerves overtaking his voice and turning it soft, "Lukas Isharian - present." Aaaaaa I missed the timing aaaaa-

Slipping his hands into his pocket to hide his urge to fidget, Lukas hunched his shoulders in on himself even more and stayed silent as if he aimed to become one with the background. His eyebrows furrowed together with worry when Ambre stalked off after Risako's blunt words, anxiety stirring a knot into his stomach, but the crease between his eyes lessoned when Takiya, seemingly annoyed by his sister, went after Ambre.

Takiya left then, excusing himself while they made their way to their rooms. Momentarily, Lukas panicked, biting his lip. Do we say thanks or not?! Uhhh- Taking a chance, Lukas took a deep breath and opened his mouth. "Um. Thank you." he said haltingly in English, a faint bow of his head, and then they were on their way.

Yukito - the Stewardess, transferred spells to them, a map. Lukas made a note to take it apart and study later -

After what seemed like ages, the Steward finally showed them their sleeping quarters. Lukas could have cried with relief - large, no shared rooms, and more importantly nowhere close to people. Placing the duffle he was carrying down, Lukas smiled faintly at the Steward as he apologised about the head of the family, if it made any sense. "Ah, its ok!" he said, scratching his head sheepishly. He smiled at the Steward, soft and genuine. "We - I understand. They seem good people. Thank you for showing us around! As for Questions...."Um. I'm sorry for asking this," Lukas asked Yukito apologetically, flushing a bright red. "but who are we meeting? The head of the clan..?"

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Kallen smiled minutely at Lukas' response, his friend's anxiety and nerves in full view. But, there was no time to answer, with the introductions in motion. XX
Kallen, ever the observer, said nothing as introductions went underway, the conversation parting around him as Rosa and Risako spoke, the both of them teeming with confidence and the smallest ounce if arrogance. He wasn't at all surprised when Ambre also reacted negatively to Risako's statement, and he let out a quiet sigh as his sister headed off toward the exit, hardly making a move to stop her. Takiya got there first, and in the back of his mind, Kallen wondered if Ambre would challenge the guy to a fight for getting in her way. XX
Luckily, no such battles happened, and Kallen fell in step beside Ambre as they were led to their rooms. "Takiya is right. Mother will not let us go home until we have proven ourselves here, and solved the problem. For now, we should at least try to get along. The sooner we reach a solution, the sooner we can leave." He said, so much chastising his sister than giving a suggestion. He knew she wouldn't listen to him if she didn't want to anyhow. XX
He was impressed by the sheer size of the Kotonoha estate. The Vermillion mansion was indeed gigantic, but where the size back home was shown by three stories, here the grounds stretched as far as the eye could see, intricate gardens and beautiful architecture catching Kallen's attention. It was rather minimalist, and Kallen was enjoying it. He'd never seen the point in flaunting one's wealth by a show of meaningless objects, even if his own home did so. XX
When Yukito transferred a map of the grounds, Kallen was instantly in love with the spell, curious as to how it worked and if anything other than maps could be transferred. He almost voiced his thoughts, but became distracted by Lukas' question, almost feeling bad for his friend. "Takiya and Risako are the heads of the Kotonoha clan. Lady Minami relinquished her position to them once they were both of age." He answered, all eyes on him. Kallen fidgeted where he stood and apologized to Yukito for speaking out of turn. XX

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Ambre Vermillion




The force from one of her hosts running after her almost blew off her hat. Within a split second, the sir of the Kotonoha pair had put himself between herself and the doorway. Do you run after all the girls like that? Ambre snarked inwardly, watching the contours of her dress pull on her ankles as she prepared a quip and spell if he'd try to stop her. Yet, completely opposite to what Ambre was expecting; the young man bowed and apologised. She almost couldn't believe the contrast between siblings and clipped her sunglasses onto the neckline of her dress just to get a glimpse of it. He's for real.

“Not to return? You say that like she's-” The girl raised an eyebrow at the mention of her mother, but Ambre's own thoughts interrupted her speech. Though his gaze was fixed more at the ground than her eyes a second ago, Ambre didn't need to see his face to read the young man's feelings. That big of a deal, huh?

“Relax,” She sighed, placing a hand on the Kotonoha heir's shoulder. “You didn't do anything and besides, I should at least rest before going anywhere, anyway. I mean look at me,” Ambre pointed at the circles under her eyes, “I'm a mess.”

Soon they were told in more detail about their stay and brought to their rooms. The prospect of crashing in the nearest room sounded like everything she ever wanted. Face - pillow - unpack later. She dragged along the line, only speaking when Kallen approached her. “Oh yeah, I remember the days I cared about what Elise wants.” Ambre rolled her eyes at her brother – surely he knew better. “But what's with all these people apologising for others? Weird, right?”

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Magic Knight #2
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As soon as the words left her mouth, even before the Vermillion girl dashed out of the estate, Risako knew she messed up big time.

She also knew that her brother was well aware that she was much too proud to apologize. Takiya facepalmed himself - a funny sight, but Risako was getting off-track.

"Of all times to be sardonic and you just can't hold your tongue for this once time. Those slaps kaa-san gave you really are just for nothing?" Takiya snapped. Risako stayed silent as Takiya left to speak with Ambre, but not from shame. Risako didn't need to say anything. Her brother knew the answer, and he also knew she was too stubborn to apologize for her...misstep.

Risako simply waited until Yukito led the other Isharians and Vermillions to their quarters, before getting up to follow them. A pair of guards started whispering, but their quiet gossip ceased as soon as Risako laid her stony gaze on them. It wasn't particularly hostile at all, but Risako's amber eyes were imposing in a quiet way as she headed inside the estate.

You see, now that the guests were settling into their quarters, Risako actually wanted to get to know them. Not Ambre, though. Definitely not Ambre. Risako was more interested in the male Isharian. Lukas seemed like a person who wouldn't explode on contact. And he didn't seem like the most passive person. Risako had always envisioned Kallen as a person who was rather...introverted. Rosa was...well, she was Rosa. Risako never thought of her as a conversationalist. And Ambre...well, Risako didn't have to say any more.

Risako overheard some of the group's conversation as she started to (somewhat) approach them, unnoticed. Then again, she wasn't exactly heading directly towards them. "Takiya and Risako are the heads of the Kotonoha clan. Lady Minami relinquished her position to them once they were both of age," Risako heard Kallen speak, supposedly ending whatever conversation the five were having. Someone didn't know we were the heads of this family? Risako wondered to herself, bewildered. Oh, well. They know now.

Risako waited for the others to head to their selected quarters as she silently approached the room Lukas chose, knocking the door. These guests may not believe it, but Risako, despite her inability to work in a team, needed people in her life. Sure, she was far from a social butterfly, but contrary to popular belief, Risako could be a good listener. That is, if the circumstances were right.

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For a moment, Rosa was left dumbfounded.

The audacity to correct her wasn't particularly appreciated, but she didn't have the time or pettiness to start a fight now.... or, at least, that's what she told herself. She spoke as evenly as she could, a show of forced respect for their strenuous situation, and forced an awkward, considerably not-genuine smile - if she opened her mouth to say anything else, the situation would turn uglier quickly, something she couldn't afford to allow being a representative of the Isharian coven.

So, she stayed quiet, for then, and put all her effort into ignoring Risako's existence until they made their way to the rooms. Already her opinion of this little 'team' was going sour quickly, but she'd ride through it for the sake of the world, if not for the sake of the others here - she could only hope that things would get more bearable soon, lest her temper flare up in spite of her want to keep things... at least not violent. She could handle that.

She followed Yukito to the living quarters.

With her fist clenched and her expression seeming to radiate even more intensity than before, she took a few deep breaths as she stood in the hallway, her eyes settling on Yukito. She'd calmed down now, she could speak now, and there was little risk of her being too harsh now, though her outer appearance might betray that. Calm down, deep breaths, don't get angry yet.

Following Lukas' question about the head, and Kallen's response to said question, she spoke - though she didn't ask a question as much as she did state what she believed to be a fact, "That... aside, I'll need access to the pillar, preferably with someone to act as a guide, as to evaluate its defenses from the viewpoint of a wizard - at a later time, of course." She said, letting the words sink in for a few seconds. She'd go to her room when she was given a response - until then, everyone else could choose their own.

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Ah. Whoops. Lukas felt embarrassment welling up inside him like water at high tide, slipping his hands inside his pockets. His fingers touched a couple of screws left behind from a magnet experiment, and Lukas felt himself relaxing as he rolled them around with his fingers.

"Ah, I see." Lukas smiled gratefully at Kallen (and he really was grateful for the information). "Thanks, Kallen!"

It wasn't surprising for Lukas to be out of the loop when it came to things like this - he'd spent years focused on nothing but magic and machinery and items without much care for anything outside of them. He was woefully out of touch with most of the clan drama and political ongoings, knowing only snatches from conversations with Rosa, Kallen and his idea buddies (if yelling and working on ideas at each other could be called friendship). If people were phones and socialites were apps, Lukas was that old model which occasionally required shaking to get a good current and had needed an app update since last year.

Still. Lukas should have known in hindsight - Takiya had carried himself with an authority similar to his mother than a fresh male new to adulthood, and now that he'd thought about it there had been rumours of the Kotonoha family head leaving her children in charge of the clan. Maybe he should start paying more attention to things outside of magic....

Rosa spoke up next. "That... aside, I'll need access to the pillar, preferably with someone to act as a guide, as to evaluate its defenses from the viewpoint of a wizard - at a later time, of course."

"Um. It's ok if we're not allowed to, though!" Lukas said to Yukito hurriedly, trying to soften Rosa's words. He shot Rosa a glance, half warning, half pleading - we're intruding on their territory, please lets just be polite just a bit longer until they're used to us - before going back to talking with the blind boy (what did the mask do, though?), expression transitioning into a sheepish smile so seamlessly the look could have been missed by anyone not paying attention, tone contrite and polite. "It's just, one of the reason's we're here is to help guard the pillar, so, um, it'd be nice to know what defences there are, so that we can, well, know how we can... help..."

... I'm making the situation worse, aren't I? Shit.

"W-Well." Lukas smiled, stuttering only a little as he tried to cover up his possible faux-passed with cheer. "We'll ask Takiya and Risako later." They probably wouldn't have to bring it up at the table - Risako was there, and Lukas was fairly sure she'd both listen in and tell Takiya later. "And, um, just let us know how we can help? Even if its not the pillar, and. Uh. It was nice meeting you, thanks for showing us around and the map, we'll just, uh, go to our rooms - I mean I will - ok I'll just." Lukas cringed, abruptly aware that he was babbling about things everyone would more or less know already but unable to stop himself. Oh god, he needed to die in a hole after this. "Shut up now. Sorry!"

And with that, Lukas took his bags and went into his room, face heating red enough to cause the fire alarm to sound and hopefully melt him like the Wicked Witch of the West (it didn't sadly, but one could always hope.)

After placing his bag down, the first thing he did was flop face first on the bed and close his eyes, exhaustion rolling over him now that he was alone. Still, memories from before played in his head like a reel of film on repeat, and before long Lukas was seated on the desk, bag half unpacked by his side as he focused in recalibrating the amount of magic the watch could hold. It was nice work, giving him something to focus on like an anchor at sea, and Lukas had no idea how much time had passed until there was a knock at the door.

Who is it?Stretching his arms with a frown, Lukas stood up and made his way to the door. Grasping the knob, he pulled it open just a bit, only to reveal a waiting Risako.

Lukas blinked, surprise on his face. "Risako- uh. Kotonoha Risako?" almost on reflex, a welcoming smile formed on Lukas's face. "Hello. Um. Do you need anything...?" He asked politely, keeping the door half-shut like a barrier between himself and his new visitor.

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「Magic Knight 2」

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When Lukas asked Yukito of the person whom they will meet at tonight's meeting during dinner. He wrongly speculates that it was the head of the clan. Though before the white-haired boy could answer, Kallen beaten him to the question, though the young Mage quickly apologized afterwards for cutting in abruptly. Yukito shook his head with a smile, "No, it's okay. I understand the fact that Takiya-sama and Risako-sama are now the leaders might not be very well-known so it's not a problem if you don't know it. But although Lady Minami had stepped down, she is still the main guardian, and I would say she's still the most reliable person around here. As of whom will you meet later tonight, let's just say that without this person, none of us would have been able to stand here today."

Right after, Rosa raised the question whether if she can be taken to the sanctuary where the Kotonoha's Pillar is being kept. Again, before Yukito could reply, Lukas jump in and try to support his sister's statement. It was as plain as day that this man is really nervous. "No, there is nothing wrong with that too. If you want to see the Pillar, you need to ask permission from Lady Minami herself. When she had accepted, I will personally take you there. Though it's best that you do not venture there by yourself even if you have had the permission. I know you all are very confident in your abilities, but down there, one wrong step means certain death."

He then stood in front of the rest of them, "Well, if you have any other questions, you can look for me anytime. I have been serving the Kotonoha's family for years now, and since you all are our respectable guest, it is my duty to give you the best service too. Please don't be afraid to ask if anything pops up. For now, I think everyone deserves a rest. We will meet again during dinner." Yukito bowed to them and took his leave as everyone also made their ways into their rooms.

Meanwhile, Takiya and the two IMSO polices accompanying him have made their way to the area where the strange presence was felt. Emergency surveillance has been established all across Tokyo, and every magician in the city has been instructed to report immediately should they detect any disruptions or strange presences which distinguished themselves from both human and magician alike within the magical field. It should be rather surprising that something would have turned up so fast right when the two Pillars have just been destroyed, but it is still within expectation.

"This trail is pretty new. The lingering aura within this place is unique. I don't think I've ever encounter any living with a presence like this." One of the two polices, Tetsuo, spoke while examining the ground in the alley they are standing in with some magic dust. Every being with a soul emits their auras, and they often leave trails wherever they went. Of course, humans are oblivious to this, but magicians are highly perceptive of detecting one's aura. "Letting themselves to be known so easily like this, history is correct after all. These things are simply arrogant."

"That's to be expected. They considered us as lowlifes anyway. They wouldn't get any satisfaction from merely obliterate us. Toying with us seemed to suited their styles more." Takiya deduced, "Let's -"

Before Takiya could finish his sentence, an extremely sinister presence crept up behind them. Takiya quickly dodged by moving his body to the left. A fireball was shot from behind them, missed Takiya by mere inches before hitting the ground, leaving a rune behind. Instinctively, he unsheathed his sword, readied to face whatever that had caught them by surprised. But the being had already been gone for good, leaving absolutely no trail on its' wake.

"Did that thing just teleport or something?" Shinoda said, "If it manages to get away just like that without even leaving a trail, then this thing is going to be hard to chew."

"Forget about it. What's the deal with this rune?" Takiya shifted their attention to the newly carved runes caused by the fireball earlier. He examined it carefully, but simply gave up, since he's not a good hand with things like this. The same also applied by the other two, "No clue. Maybe my new companions can decipher this. Tetsuo?"

The guy nodded and handed him a big sheet of paper, which he placed over the rune and waved his hand through it. A few small lights emitted from under the sheet and the rune has been perfectly captured on the table. "Let's go and check up other surveillance channels. Whatever this thing is, I'm dying to slash it in half."

Dusk soon falls, and the three were on their way to return to the Kotonoha household, after having been chasing ghosts. It really seemed that their only clue is the rune, but at least they are confirmed that the Drakens are already at large in Tokyo. "Say, it has been nagging me but today's sight was really something we don't get to see everyday, huh? I didn't think you'd bowed to her like that." Tetsuo raised the question as they walked home. The three of them have been friends since high school so it was of no problem to ask something straightforward like that.

"You don't think I'm afraid of her or her baby tantrum, do you?" Takiya shrugged, "Ambre is notoriously known for being a rather mad scientist. And Risako just have the worst tendency to blow things up in the most crucial of moment. The last thing I wanted right now is to have a bunch of egoistic toddlers to run around shooting beams at each other. They may not care about their honor, but I do, and I don't want our names to be tarnished, especially in a time like this. It's not going to be easy managing a team like that but I've been through worse. So I simply took one step back, and waiting to take three steps ahead."

"Well, your ability to kick a team into shape is never questionable, after all." Shinoda replied, "We lackeys couldn't do anything to help you, so good luck handling them with a straight face before they blow your gasket."

"I hope so too." Takiya said as they entered the estate. The guards are staying on their vigilant guards as ever. Yukito was waiting for him at the door, "Takiya-sama, dinner is ready and Lady Minami is also attending. She's waiting for everyone to arrive." He nodded and walked with his apprentice to the dining room, which like the rest of the estate, has a traditional style. And the first one he saw when he stepped in the room was none other than his mother sitting at the end of the dining table.

Minami was wearing her usual white kimono and drinking tea in a calm manner, yet her overwhelming aura can easily impose a sense of superiority on anyone. Even though she is no longer the head of the clan, her words still have weight in every matter is because of this reason.

"Good afternoon, dear kaa-san." Takiya bowed to her before taking the seat on her right side.

The middle-aged woman placed her teacup on the table and asked, "Judging from your look, I assume you bring bad news."

"As a matter of fact, yes. I will get down to it later." He replied, "So is she going to show up here, or we have to go all the way down there?"

"I believe it would be disrespectful if we don't meet up with her there. She certainly has many things to tell you younglings in your upcoming battle, that is to be expected." Minami calmly said, "Now, I'm almost curious to see how the other four almighty magicians that have been sent to us will be."

"I wouldn't get my hope up if I were you, kaa-san." Takiya remarked in a slight sarcastic manner as the two waited for everyone to show up.

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Lukas stood there as Risako spoke, a faint smile on his face as he stood like a porcelain doll. He blinked, and grinned wider as Risako finished her spiel.
"Um," Lukas hesitated. "No, it's ok! And, uh, I don't think most of the team hates you. And I think you're already a decent person. But, um," Isharian scratched his head sheepishly. "Could you... maybe give me some time to work out my answer? This is, well, pretty sudden, so I don't. Really know what to think right now. Um. Sorry."
Risako shrugged, unaffected. "Sure," she said, nonchalant. "First piece of advice, don't think so much. It's nice that you actually go over things, and it's a good thing in your workshop, but if you're in a life-or-death situation - which might actually happen, considering the circumstances - you don't get the chance to analyze everything. Basically, get actual instincts." Risako finished with a blunt yet cheeky conclusion. "And it's not like I'm asking you to marry me, or something." Ew, Risako thought, before continuing. "I'm either a full-out liar or blunt as a hammer, so I know it's abrupt. But I'm just offering help. That's all." Probably for the wrong reasons, though. Risako didn't exactly offer to teach Lukas just so he could learn more about fighting.
"If you're planning on holing yourself up in your room, you're out of luck," Risako remarked cheekily. "Dinner's ready. I'm assuming you know where you have to go, since Yukito transferred the knowledge of the ins and outs of this estate." Risako shrugged as she started walking. "If you don't, just follow me. You know, I did live here for eighteen years."
Risako walked to the dining room, not paying attention to whether or not Lukas was following her. As she entered the dining room, she caught sight of her mother, Minami, in her usual white kimono. She was drinking tea in a calm manner, but despite that, there was an overwhelming amount of superiority emanating from her. Risako always envied and admired that.
"Good afternoon, kaa-san," Risako murmured, bowing before taking the seat on her left side. As she sat down, she flashed a cheeky look to Takiya, who was sitting across from her.

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Takiya sat and waited along with his mother while conversing with her about things that are going on around the city, how the current magicians' community is faring after the news about the demise of the two Pillars broke out. There was panic, obviously, but luckily nothing too serious had occurred. The best thing everyone can do now is join hand and try to protect what was remaining, so that all that they have spent for millennium to preserve will not become futile. The heaviest burden is still weighing on every member of his family, Takiya knows it for sure, but retaining a cool head is one of the many things that he was taught, so he can too need to do what he can, and hopes for the best.

The first one to join them was Risako. She bowed respectfully to their mother before sitting down at her own seat besides Minami, while flashing a cheeky grin towards Takiya. The middle-aged woman nodded and acknowledged her presence. Takiya simply shrugged at it, as he never really cares of whatever she is up to as long as it wasn't too troublesome. Like what she did earlier that day. The two of them are polar opposites and they certainly not the all 'loving, caring for each other' kind of siblings you would normally see on a manga or a TV show, but all in all, they are still siblings, and they have known each other for all of their lives, and they got each other's backs whenever needed. That's for him is more than enough. Their mother seemed like she didn't know about the little commotion that happened yet, but Takiya finds no need to tell her just to make his sister look bad so he just leave things as they were.

Coming in soon after is the male representatives of the Vermillion family and the Isharian clan, who were Kallen and Lukas respectively. Like earlier, the two of them seemed to still struggling to be comfortable, as if they are fearing of doing anything offensive. It's still their first day here so it was no surprise, but he is beginning to have doubts whether they would be able to work well when thrown into a team setting, as they didn't look like they have ever worked in one before. Takiya is not the one to judge from the outlooks, however, as they are the heirs to the most powerful Mage and Wizard clans, their magical prowess is not something to question. He will see this through though. As much as he hates being soft, he's not dumb as not to know the situation they are all in. Thoughtless things will only bring unnecessary problems, and that's the last thing he wanted at the moment.

Ambre also joined them a short while later and it seemed that Rosa will not be joining them, probably due to jet lag, and she is currently resting in her room. Minami, who had been remaining quiet, spoke up, "Now that most of us have arrived, shall we get on with our dinner?" She announced and glanced at Yukito, who nodded and clapped his hands, as the servants brought forward trays of food and politely placed one in front of each one of them, "For dinner tonight, we will have a traditional Japanese meal. Please enjoy your food." The white hair boy said before taking his leave with the other servants.

They all began to eat their meal. While they were eating, Minami spoke up and gained everyone's attention, "As you all may have known, my name is Minami, the former head of our family. My current duty is the main guardian of the Pillar under our protection. It is a pleasure to meet the heirs to the famous Vermillion and Isharian family." She said in a polite and formal manner, yet her overwhelming aura can still imposed a sense of respect, "I assumed that the three of you have had a long journey from your home countries here. I hope that our household is comfortable enough for you to stay. Do you have anything to share or any opinions of your upcoming missions? I would love to hear them before we get to our discussion."

As everyone took their turn to speak, Minami listened to their guests as they express how they felt after they have arrived. When they are finished, she nodded to them, "I see. It was very interesting of you. I apologize for any inconveniences you may have during your stay here, but I hope the six of you will work well together. Now, for the main part, I believe Takiya have something to show you all." She glanced over to her son.

Takiya nodded to his mother before taking the scroll containing the rune he had taken earlier out, "When I went out on patrol earlier, I came across some sorts of being that I didn't manage to identify. It disappeared before I could do anything, but this what it left behind." He rolled the piece of paper out and set it in the center of the table, "I'm not really knowledgeable with things like this so perhaps you guys can figure out what it meant?"

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On her lonesome, Ambre wheeled through the last corridors. Rosa had looked incredibly tired and declined her offer. Ambre had to admit she felt for the woman after her own flight. Planes could be the devil.

Last of the magicians to arrive, Ambre jumped off her improvised vehicle and took her chair at the dinner table. She asked the servants – at least the ones that weren't blindfolded – about what each and every dish was. Though Ambre couldn't quite get all the details out of them before they left and the middle-aged woman, presumably Minami, began speaking.

Heir? Ambre's smile soured. Perhaps Kallen didn't mind being addressed that way, but the to the girl that word was like wasp poison. For as short as their mother was, her shadow spanned all from London to the very dinner table. Ambre was quick to stuff her face with a bowl of rice to hide her expression – lest protest come out of her mouth.

“Oh, right, iti- ita...” Ambre swallowed her first bite, furrowing her brow as she rummaged her pockets for the traveller's guide. She pulled out the tiny page and flipped through the pages, before proclaiming “Itadakimasu!”

When Minami asked for the magicians thoughts on the mission, Ambre shrugged. “Is just guard duty, right?” She wasn't exactly worried about their fighting chance. After all, Ambre hadn't put herself between the drakens and pillar when Vermillion's fell. Her concerns were elsewhere. “As for the place, it's very different so.... I've made myself comfortable.” Ambre cheekily grinned thinking of her bed buggy. She was going to make a lot of changes over the coming days.

As Takiya called attention to a rune he found, there was nothing Ambre could do or tell about that. “You good?” Ambre poked Kallen with her elbow. Contrary to her, Kallen had paid a lot more attention to the household's lessons. “I wanna check out something else.

“Surprise necked the other pillars right? I can do something about that.” Ambre spoke up, “Anyone free to show me what kinda security you got over here?” She didn't know if Takiya or Risako wanted to stay for Kallen to work his magic on the rune translation, but Ambre preferred to do something instead of twiddling her thumbs.

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Traditional Japanese food. Sitting up straight in his chair, Lukas laced his fingers together underneath the table and, with as much subtlety as he could muster, stared at the white haired boy - Yukito, if he was remembering it right - from before as they were in the room. This mostly meant glances every few minutes or so that lasted a bit too long before Lukas felt Kallen’s foot prodding at him and he remembered that it was impolite to stare. He'd look away then, doing his best to remember what the blindfold looked like in those few seconds of sight, before giving into curiosity and glancing curiously (if a bit self consciously) at the blindfold again, stopping only when dinner arrived.

If Rosa had been there, she would have stopped him from staring so much. As it was, Lukas had no problems letting his mind wander while he ate, giving the proper Japanese greetings in a quiet voice that could barely be heard, mind whirring away with half formed ideas.

Lukas was curious. The boy was somewhat obviously blind - or maybe he was in some weird masochistic training - but he was moving around like he could see. There were different degrees of blindness - actual blindness and being unable to see a foot in front of you without spectacles, for example. Which was Yukito? Did the blindfold help? It didn't seem magic, but that might be because of the distance. Or was it the innate magic that the knights had that helped the boy retain his grace? All of this faded, however, when Lukas realised the dilemma in front of him.

Silently, anxiety thrumming through him, he nudged Kallen with his foot. Raising the two sticks in his hand as if he was about to pick up Rice, he raised a questioning, somewhat helpless eyebrow.

The question was clear. How do you eat with chopsticks?

Kallen said nothing as his friend stared not-so-subtly at Yukito. He inched the smallest bit closer to his sister, not feeling entirely comfortable in a new environment but not willing to make his discomfort known to their hosts. He didn’t want to be rude. Seeing Lukas’ difficulties, Kallen let out a quiet sigh and reached across the table, fixing Lukas’ fingers so they were holding the chopsticks correctly. It took a few tries, but Lukas caught on quick.

While there was a good reason for them all being there, it didn’t change the fact that several of those in the room had problems of their own, from their egoes to insecurities to simply a general unwillingness to surrender to anyone else’s “control,” or in this case, suggestions.

Do you have anything to share or any opinions of your upcoming missions? I would love to hear them before we get to our discussion.

Lady Minami, I am grateful you have invited us into your home, it is a great courtesy, and an honor to know how highly you think of us. However, if I am entirely honest, I would much rather be home right now.” Kallen replied bluntly, bowing his head slightly to convey respect despite his words. It was no lie- he was willing to do just about anything to help, but he couldn’t lie and say he didn’t miss the familiarity of his home.

Silently, Lukas agreed. He… really didn't like being in a strange place, let alone in another country for who knows how long. It was nerve wracking trying to figure out what the culture was like, and what to do - exhibit chopsticks serving as a good example. Still…

What about Rosa? She wouldn't leave. The world was at stake, and owed his mother and all those who’d died in the invasion. At that memory, Lukas felt his stomach twinged with guilt for even wanting to go home, for wanting to be comfortable. He didn't deserve to, not until he'd found a way to fix what he'd done. To right the wrongs he had caused...

Outwardly, a faint smile on his face that showed no hint to the guilt and anxiety settling within him, Lukas took a deep breath, steeling himself. “
If it's alright with you, Lady Minami, could you clarify what you mean by missions? Do you mean guarding the pillar, or do you mean something else? And.” Lukas hesitated, biting his lip before going on, somewhat hesitantly. “Um. would it be alright if I - if I took an empty room as a workshop..? I could use the room you've given me, but… it will be a bit cramped if so…

Kallen nodded along with Lukas’ request, knowing that both their experiments could often get out of hand, and that they’d both brought along enough books and tinker projects to fill their rooms entirely. The request was passed over momentarily to be discussed at a later date, and the conversation progressed onto newer topics.

Kallen’s eyes lit up at the sight of a rune, and he grabbed at the paper eagerly as Ambre slid it toward him and Lukas. “
You good?” Kallen looked to his sister and nodded with the smallest of smiles. “Yes, I will be alright.

Lukas blinked, leaning over to look at the picture Takiya had given them. “
A rune circle..?” He said out loud, eyes widening in surprise. It turned into a frown as he continued to read, eyebrows furrowing with thought. “Seems like anglo-Saxon runes. Some of them, anyway…” he pointed at a squiggle inside a smaller circle. There were four of them, pointing in opposite directions like the marker of an invisible cross. “These seem more like symbols.

Kallen nodded in agreement. “
It is not a summoning rune. Did it do anything when touched? Perhaps it is for a delayed-reaction spell?

No, if it was touch activated, it'd have been activated by now.” Frowning, Lukas left his seat and walked over to Kallen’s side to get a better look at the picture. “It’s a pretty complex circle - look, see the sun symbol and the four miniature circles around it?” Lukas tapped at the four circles in question, pointed in the ordinal directions of a compass. “That one's got a different meaning than the main four circles here.” He tapped at the larger circles pointing in the cardinal directions of a compass, in the outer ring above the previous four circles. His eyebrows rose, eyes alight with interest. “But it's still interconnected with the main circle… fascinating.

As Lukas and Kallen talked, their demeanor changed. The anxious look on Lukas’s face melted away into interest and a comfortableness that etched a faint smile on his face, and even though he was hunching forwards, there was a lightness in his shoulders as if a ton of weight had been lifted off of him. His voice, usually soft and hesitant, retained its soft quality but no longer wavered like it took effort to speak, becoming more confident and direct. Kallen’s shift was subtle, a glint in his eye showing an interest that had been an emotionless facade earlier. There was an audible lilt in his speech, his voice brightening simply from the conversation topic.

Seated shoulder to shoulder and pouring over the photo, talking like they were the only people in the room, the two almost seemed like students trying to figure out a puzzle problem in a game.

Lukas tilted his head. “
These runes seem really familiar though… Kallen, what do you think? Do you have any idea what they mean?

Kallen frowned, staring at the symbols for another moment before shaking his head. “
I am afraid I have forgotten. It has been quite a while since I have studied runes.

Ah.” They fell silent, pondering. A moment passed. Then Lukas snapped his fingers, face brightening with the grin of an idea. “Wait - remember that book I lent you last summer? ‘Runes of the Ages’ or something, I forget. Do you have it with you?

Ah, yes! I brought it along so I could return it to you. I believe it is in my suitcase.

Sweet!” Lukas got to his feet, somewhat clumsily. “Let's go get it then! It could help with figuring out what the runes say.” Grinning, Lukas turned around - and promptly remembered that he was surrounded with people he barely knew.

It was like getting a splash of cold water in the face. Lukas could feel his enthusiasm falling faster than water down the drain. Body freezing into place like a corpse, blood going cold and leaving his face pale, Lukas’s smile froze into a corpse's grin as he abruptly remembered that no, they weren't alone, they were with a bunch of strangers in a foreign country and oh shit he'd fucked up with the first impressions all of them were going to laugh at him like all of the people before -

If Rosa had been there, it wouldn't have been so bad, because she was the one person who had known him most of his life and he knew she wouldn't judge or laugh. In fact, she'd fight off all the people who'd even snicker. As it was, she wasn't there in this room full of people and Lukas could feel his brain freezing, his train of thought unraveling into uncomfortable panicking spirals that he couldn't force back together no matter how hard he tried. Taking a deep breath that didn't seem to help, Lukas forced his body to turn, in a slow, awkwardly robotic movement, towards Lady Minami.

L-Lady Minami,” he said quietly, looking down at the floor. He didn't dare to look up and see the expression on her face. “We - I-I mean, can- may-” Lukas stuttered to a halt, voice stalling uncomfortably in his throat, shoulders hunching in on himself as his hands began to shake with both the anxiety that was oh god people and the humiliation of not being able to piece a single sentence together like a normal person and generally spazzing out and basically oh god why couldn't he talk normally like Rosa or Kallen or Ambre or literally anyone else.

Once Kallen noticed Lukas starting to spiral back into anxiety, he was quick to react, taking his friend’s hand and gently pulling him up. Lukas squeezed Kallen’s hand like he was about to fall off a cliff. “
Lady Minami, Takiya, I am afraid we will need other materials to be able to translate this. Please excuse us momentarily.” He said, bowing once again to the others before all but dragging Lukas from the room, grabbing the rune paper on his way. Lukas remained silent, but the hand Kallen was holding twitched with gratitude, and Kallen sighed. I hope one day we can both get over our issues with other people...

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Minami nodded, acknowledging Risako's presence as the latter sat down. Takiya shrugged indifferently in response to Risako's cheeky smile. One could easily tell that the two siblings weren't exactly the closest. But in the end, they were still family. They may not seem like the most compatible, being polar opposites (not in the opposites attract kind of way, obviously), but the two Kotonoha siblings had each other's backs when it was needed. Risako would lay down her life for Takiya. Of course, she would absolutely never say that out loud. She was far too cheeky and far too proud for that. Risako felt like part of her mind thought she was only cheeky as a defense tactic. That part of her thought that being indifferent and sassy, in a sense, would make it far harder for anyone to find out Risako's weaknesses. While her personality did make it difficult to find a weakness, the other part of Risako thought she was just cheeky because she was born that way. The Magic Knight came to the conclusion that both sides of her were correct.

Soon after, Kallen and redhead Lukas came in. The two, similar to earlier, were acting as if they were treading on thin ice. They seemed cautious, in a sense, as if they worried they were about to say something offensive. It seemed like the boys were like that.

After those two came in, Ambre Vermillion arrived. She came in on an improvised vehicle - probably something she magicked herself. Perhaps it was a Mage thing? Risako was never quite good at crafting - or putting things together with magic. The only possible way she could be creative was coming up with a weird attack plan. Everything about Risako's fighting style was strange. Even she had started to wonder why she refrained from casting spells on her weapons. It was similar to a drug addict abstaining from cocaine, Risako supposed.

Risako noticed that Rosa never arrived. Probably due to jet lag, something of the like. Risako never had stable sleeping arrangements, especially when it came to her internal clock, so jet lag never affected her. Not that she traveled a lot.

"Now that most of us have arrived, shall we get on with our dinner?" Minami raised her voice. The older woman glanced at Yukito, who nodded and clapped his hands, as the servants brought forward trays of food and politely placed one in front of each one of them. "For dinner tonight, we will have a traditional Japanese meal. Please enjoy your food." Yukito finished speaking, and took his leave with the other servants.

The group began to eat their meal as Minami spoke up once again to gain the six's attention. "As you all may have known, my name is Minami, the former head of our family. My current duty is the main guardian of the Pillar under our protection. It is a pleasure to meet the heirs to the famous Vermillion and Isharian family." Risako swallowed her food, her throat dry as her mother spoke. Risako was always the immature one, the one who was only respected due to family name and skill. It wasn't easy to be like Minami. "I assumed that the three of you have had a long journey from your home countries here. I hope that our household is comfortable enough for you to stay. Do you have anything to share or any opinions of your upcoming missions? I would love to hear them before we get to our discussion."

Ambre shrugged in response. "Is just guard duty, right?" No, it's not just guard duty, Risako thought immediately. If it were, the Isharian and Vermillion Pillars would still be standing. Risako was sure Ambre knew that, she just liked to reassure herself sometimes. "As for the place, it's very different so.... I've made myself comfortable."

“Surprise necked the other pillars right? I can do something about that,” Ambre continued speaking. “Anyone free to show me what kinda security you got over here?” Risako, coincidentally, was feeling the urge to check the security of the Pillar. Some of the guards really made her want to watch them like a hawk.

Not a coincidence, Risako reminded herself. The universe is hardly so lazy.

Risako spoke up. "I was about to check on the guards," she said, brushing off imaginary dust as she stood up. "Feel free to come along." Risako shrugged at Ambre, before turning to Minami.

"Kaa-san," she bowed slightly, before turning to exit the room.

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Character Portrait: Kotonoha Takiya Character Portrait: Kallen Vermillion Character Portrait: Kotonoha Risako Character Portrait: Lukas Isharian Character Portrait: Ambre Vermillion Character Portrait: Rosa Isharian
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Minami listened to Lukas’ and Kallen’s request for a bigger room that they can use as a workshop of sorts, in which she nodded, “There are still plenty of empty rooms in the quarter the six of you are staying at, I believe. Please feel free to use them if you want. But I would appreciate it if you perform anything that might cause damages somewhere else.”

When the two young boys excused themselves to get working on the rune, she affirmed their leaves and then turned to Takiya, “How about you? You don’t have any works to do?”

He shook his head, “Not at the moment, I guess.” Takiya gazed at the back of the two girls as they made their ways to the well, “I suppose I should go with them. Not that I was saying our defense system is bad but it’s never a waste to check everything carefully.”

“In that case, shall we join? I need to return to my position.” Minami said as she put the cup of tea down and stood up. Takiya nodded to her mother and the two of them then catch up with Risako and Ambre.

Ambre had folded her arms behind her head and followed Risako. She waved goodbye to those left at the dinner table and then saluted the bed-turned-kart right outside of the room - her lip devilishly curling as Risako passed by her improv invention.

“So it’s just guards, then?” Ambre asked Risako.“Didn’t the same guys serve the food? They sure must be busy.”

Risako shrugged as she continued walking. ”Our guards are trained to take the heat,” she said nonchalantly. ”It’s strict in Japan. No one in the right mind wants to be eaten alive.”

“I don’t suppose you’ve heard of a thing called Craigslist.” Ambre smirked, taking in the sights of the mansion. She let her fingers trail the walls and windows, checking each slightly differently looking material. “- but guarding dinner, do you think drakens would poison food?” Ambre asked, though her eyes still lingered on the architecture. “You know, they didn’t exactly storm Elise’ pillar. There’s only two things that broke in her mansion.”

“Hey, you two. We’re coming with you.” Takiya called as he and his mother approached them, “Gotta make sure you won’t be killing each other in the process.” He said with a hint of sarcasm.

Risako scoffed, rolling her eyes. ”Yeah, I’m sure you’re a wonderful guardian,” she retorted. ”But maybe stick to babysitting. It suits you.”

“If only someone wasn’t a toddler who thought it’s cool to screw things up in the most crucial of moments, I wouldn’t be having this much experience now, would I?” Takiya shrugged, “Whatever. Not that I’ve never been surrounded by a bunch of three-year-olds my whole life anyway.”

”So pretentious,” Risako retorted. She flashed her elder brother a dry smile. ”Then again, you’ve always been the perfect one. I sucked that up a long time ago.”

“At least you know your place.” He said bluntly and just went ahead, not even bothering over her any longer.

“You two just never seemed to change even after I have kicked you into your positions like this, don’t you?” Minami commented. The Vermillion girl rolled her eyes.

When they made it to the well situated at the center of the estate, the guards nodded to them and stepped aside. It looked like any other normal wells from the first look, but looking inside, there was a long ladder leading all the way down to the bottom. “Do you want to take the ladder, or do you want to jump?” Takiya asked.

“That’s a looooong way down.” Ambre whistled as she peered down the well. “I think I’ll take the scenic route.” She answered, tapping her fingers a bucket next to the water hole. The metal fractured in tiny pieces, before re-attaching itself in the form of a tiny chair and handlebar, which on it’s turn connected itself to the rope atop the well; forming a makeshift manual elevator. Ambre hopped on the chair, saluted the magic knights, and hoisted herself down.

Impressive. Takiya thought as he watched Ambre tampered with the bucket into a chair. This girl has quite a reputation of being a rather unorthodox mage of her family, and what she’s just did is the reason why. He’ll see how will this apply to actual combat, which if they are unfortunate enough, will be rather soon. Magic circuits then began to appear on his legs, magically enhanced them, and Takiya jumped into the well. He saluted Ambre in the same manner that she did earlier as the two of them free-falling.

”You two have always been polar opposites,” Minami commented to her daughter. They still haven’t entered the well yet. ”You’re everything Takiya isn’t.”

Risako smiled in almost a bitter manner. ”Basically, I’m like a mishmash of flaws.” Risako didn’t give her mother a moment to respond, merely nodding at the guards before jumping in the well. Although Risako was known for not using magic in combat, it seemed that she had something against magic in general. Although that wasn’t the case, Risako had always felt compelled to restrain from magic use as much as possible.

But Risako actually had a form of common sense, and quickly used a spell to make her landing safe and - for the most part - silent.

It was pitch black when the four of them made it to the bottom of the well. The surface they landed on was not the dirt or stone ground, but a wooden surface. Minami clapped her hands and the torches lit up on both sides of the wall, revealing a linear passage. “Well, feel free to assess our defenses. I think it’s needless to remind you, but watch your steps.” Takiya said to Ambre as they moved on.

“The steps better watch me.” Ambre’s grin shimmered in the torchlight. She tested the wooden floor from her seat, tapping her shoe against it before jumping off. “Not rotten?” Ambre muttered to herself, then shrugged. “Show me what you’ve got.”

“Okay, you might want to get on that chair of yours.” Takiya said while they walked. It was a rather long pathway, and protection charms as well as traps were placed within every three meters. These are all Drakens-counterspells and crafts, and with just a slight touch will trigger them. They were placed in tricky positions, which makes them hard to avoid unless one is flexible enough to sneak through the small spaces between them. Of course, as for the three Kotonoha members, this is something they would be able to do with their eyes closed, so they have no problem navigating through the complex trap system on the pathway. Ambre, on the other hand, had to tip-toe into Takiya’s footsteps. The whole sanctuary is placed under a very strong barrier, left behind by Sakura the White Valkyrie herself, which makes it virtually indestructible even if it was bombarded with a nuclear bomb.

At the end of the path, there was a door, enchanted to let only the heads of the clan to walk through. Any others who touch it will immediately trigger the alarms and the whole trap system of the sanctuary will be activated against them. Takiya stepped forward and channeled some of his mana into the door, which opened it. And they stepped through the door, only to find another big, octagon-shaped chamber.

There was a door on each side of the room, and one might expect that only one of them is the correct way which leads to the Pillar. In fact, none of them are. Filled inside the rooms are guardian statues, magically crafted and armed with magical arms that can counter Drakens. The moment one tried to open one of the doors, the whole army of guardians will rain down against them.

Instead, the correct way to lead to the Pillar lies right underneath them. On the ground, there was a Dragon symbol - the insignia of the Kotonoha family. Hidden beneath the first and last crystal-shaped symbol on the circle above the Dragon are two ‘keyholes’. To open the final pathway, two weapons specifically crafted for the Kotonoha are needed. They must insert the hilt of the said weapons simultaneously into the ‘keyholes’, otherwise, the alarm will go off and all the efforts one had spent to make it all the way here will be wasted. Takiya and Minami did the job and insert the hilt of their swords into the ‘keyholes’. The ground then slowly shifted, revealing a spiral stairs leading not too far below.

And, they have made it to the Pillar, situated at the center of the last chamber. Asides from the three families who guarded the Pillars, no other magicians is aware that the Pillars are in fact the three Drakens who defected to human side back in the war of myth so long ago, given up their lives to shield our world from threats beyond our realm. In Kotonoha’s case, the Pillar is a statue of a giant eight-headed dragon, or more correctly, a petrified Yamata no Orochi. Around the chamber, there are also several giant guardian statues, armed in the same way as the ones in the former room, and surrounding the Pillar itself is another barrier. This one is another one left behind by Sakura before she passed on, and can only be dispelled using the magical sword she once wielded which is currently being kept in the Kotonoha’s weapon storage. And finally, the final challenge one must pass in order to touch the Pillar is to face Minami, the current most powerful Magic Knight in the world herself, who spends nearly all of her time guarding over it.

“And that should be the ins and outs of our defense system.” Takiya said to Ambre as he looked up to the petrified dragon. He could only imagine how magnificent this being can be when it is still living. “Any questions?”

“Seems pretty jumpy.” The Vermillion mage remarked, touching the walls of the Pillar’s chambre. Tiny sparkles of light trailed behind her fingertips, but in her eyes sparked various letters running from left to right over the lids. “Our ancestors sure liked to make thing complicated, but you know, the thickness of the above floor is… Thirty-five and a half centimeters!” Ambre pointed at the ceiling. “Magic can muffle the echo, but that’s obviously not a foundation.”

Turning away from the ceiling, the girl’s attention turned to the room’s default most ancient of guardians. “The stone soldiers look pretty scary, but because they’re not part of the building...” Ambre snapped her finger, causing letters to appear on the wrist of one of the statues. “You can throw off their aim, just like this. Little earth magic should do the trick too.”

Ambre threw her arms behind her head, her pupils following along the words written on her lens. “I mean I guess it’s pretty good, but you know, it´s a good thing I’m not scaly.” She smirked, tapping the floor once more.

“So what do you suggest?” Takiya asked, “If I remember correctly then this whole structure was not simply crafted from just rocks and stones. Sakura built it herself using some sorts of material I don’t really know of, but it certainly is much more durable than the usual types. I mean, I can cut through diamonds pretty easily, but I can’t do the same with anything inside this whole sanctuary.”

“I’m not saying I could break all of this in just a day’s time.” Ambre rolled her eyes. The letters on the statue vanished, though they still faintly reflected in her eyes. “- But the drakens breached two defences already. They barely scratched a thing in the house besides Elise’ pillar. No matter how good the fortification, it doesn’t buy us anything but time. There’s a few improvements sure, but what we need-” Ambre’s lips curled the cheshire cat’s, “-Is information.”

“Well, if we need information about these winged bastards, I think I know the exact person-” Takiya was abruptly cut from finishing his sentence by a familiar voice echoed down the chamber. It was Yukito.

“Minami-sama, Takiya-sama, the runes!” He sounded out of breath. “We have an intruder in the mansion! Everything is getting chaotic above!”

Takiya was visibly surprised at the statement, “How could this happen?” He said, then shook his head, “Doesn’t matter, if they are here, it could only mean one thing. Let’s go.”

“I will stay here. This is my post.” Minami said as she went and stood in front of the Pillar, having her sword unsheathed, “You three go and see what is going on.”

Takiya nodded to his mother as he and the two girls climbed back out of the Pillar’s chamber and the entrance shut behind them. However, Takiya stopped right when he has just walked past Yukito. Unexpectedly, he unsheathed his sword and slashed his apprentice, who merely managed to dodge by the skin of his teeth.

The white haired boy seemed shocked, “T-Takiya-sama? What are you doing?”

“You almost got me there.” He said, pointing the tip of the Masamune at the boy, “Who are you?”

“I am Yukito, of course!” The boy stammered, but his hand moved to the hilt of his own sword and he widened his stance, inching away from the others.

“I should have known I couldn’t afford that nap.” Ambre mumbled to herself, as she gestured to Takiya and Risako to make them aware of the boy’s movements. “What’s different about him?” She asked, “Who he is doesn’t matter, what he’s trying to do is.”

“Let’s just say that he is Yukito, and he is not. I simply know it. He’s my apprentice, after all.” Takiya said, “But one thing for sure, he’s not going to let us go up without a fight.”

Risako narrowed her eyes. ”Yes,” she mused. ”You can feel that it’s not him.” She cocked her head to the side, wearing her signature smile that got under almost everybody’s skin. ”I’d hate to sound rude, but are you visually impaired as well?” Before Risako could give the fake-Yukito a chance to respond, she slammed her fist into the side of his face. She refrained from recoiling from the surprising amount of pain. It definitely wasn’t a lot of pain, but Yukito’s cheekbone couldn’t hurt that much. Risako set her jaw, no longer oblivious. ”Draken.” she hissed.

“Jumping in the middle of a trap-riddled room?” Ambre wagged her finger. “This isn’t something as smart.” She pointed at Yukito’s cheek; a barrier had been raised to cover it. “Doesn’t that look a lot like what you used to land?” The Vermillion girl asked.

Yukito smirked, but his teeth were razor-sharp. He untied his blindfold and tossed it away, revealing his two usual closed eyes becoming menacingly red, “The lots of you are smarter than I thought..” He cackled, slowly unsheathing his sword. Crooked nails spawned from his finger-tips and bone horns grew from the sides of his head. “This body was Yukito’s, but now… It is mine. The little whelp is under my control. He still lives of course…” The possessed Yukito twisted his neck 90 degrees to look straight at Risako. “But I’m not so sure if that’s going to be the case if you actually land a punch like that.” He said in his demonic voice, before charging at Risako, readied to slash her.

“Over me first.” Takiya jumped in between them and block the attack of the possessed boy. They engaged in a locked stance. He felt overwhelmed a bit because Yukito is surprisingly stronger than he is normally. With an instance, he magically enhanced his arms as magic circuits appeared on them and pushed the boy back. This caused possessed Yukito to stumble a bit backwards, and without hesitating, Takiya sent several energy slashes from his sword towards the boy. He managed to dodged the few first ones, but the latter managed to hit as an explosion was caused from the collision.

Yet, the possessed Yukito still managed to raise a barrier in time to block them. “Damn it. He’s tough.” Takiya commented, “We need to surround him. I’ll get behind him. Try to draw his attention.” He said to the two girls.

“I think he means you.” Ambre tagged Risako in, taking a pair of sunglasses and a lighter out of her pocket and placing it in the magic knight’s hand. Words lit up on the two items and they warped into a makeshift knuckleduster around Risako’s hand. The soft plastic from the sunglasses protecting her hand, but coating of the lighter giving it a hard surface. The remaining materials crumbled and scattered on the ground.

Ambre took a few steps back, carefully threading the exact path back they’d taken towards the pillar chamber. “Takiya, the chair!” She shouted at the other Kotonoha-sibling, waving at him as if she were lost at sea.

While Ambre distracted the possessed Yukito, Risako analyzed the knuckleduster the blonde had magicked. She narrowed her eyes as she skimmed her gaze over Yukito. Sure, Risako wasn’t superhumanly strong under normal circumstances, but she could still land an extremely powerful punch. It wasn’t a matter of brute force, but rather precision, opportunity, form, timing, and hitting the point of weakness. If she struck when all the variables were perfect, Risako could take down the most powerful of opponents. It wasn’t easy, but it was a risk worth taking.

While they keep the white-haired boy busy, Takiya enhanced his legs and ran across him by his side at great speed. He made it to Ambre’s chair, which was still levitating a few feets above the floor, “Ambre.” He shouted to the Mage girl as he pushed the chair towards her direction, at the same speed as earlier.

“I don’t think so.” Yukito yelled, sending an energy wave towards Ambre’s midriff with a swing of his sword.

As if she were in a limbo-contest, Ambre threw herself backward. The attack sheared past her; taking a lingering lock of hair with it. The second right after, Ambre caught hold of the chair and let its momentum swing her across the room. Mid-air, the girl rattled a string of spells; enveloping the chair and travelling way up the rope to the foundation of the chamber itself. Like a snake that defied gravity, the rope slithered across the walls; building rails all across the room. Within mere seconds, the chamber was a swinging jungle of ropes!

Yukito’s eyes lit up like a crimson flare; sending one attack after another at the mage. “Queen of the jungle!” Ambre taunted and stuck out her tongue, as she jumped from one rope vine to another - but Yukito’s attacks were slashing through her construction one after another! Each subsequent swing of his sword seemed to be driving the girl into a corner, but when Ambre tagged the wall of the stone well right above where Sakura’s barrier ended; the bricks came loose! The stone collided with Yukito’s energy slashes and the rubble and dust from the clash rained down on Yukito. Squinting his eyes, the possessed apprentice narrowly avoided Ambre’s counter-attack - but in doing so his back was completely exposed to Risako!

Risako noticed the opportunity as soon as it revealed itself. She drew back her arm, slamming her fist in a particularly weak part of Yukito’s spine. The well-known pressure points were the typical temple, cranium, etc., etc. But although it wasn’t a very common pressure point, hitting a precise point in someone’s spine could cause serious damage.

Risako’s hit was near-perfect. Yukito crumpled to the ground, his vertebrae dislocated. Risako, despite the cheeky grin on her face, knew not to let her guard down. The injury might not seem as serious as it looked. If that was the case, the possessed Yukito could recover quite quickly. Losing this battle would be more consequential than ever.

“Step back.” Takiya dashed forward and stood in between Risako and the possessed Yukito. He approached the now seemingly unconscious possessed boy and knelt with one of his foot down, examining his apprentice. Suddenly, Yukito’s sword, which was disarmed from him due to Risako’s hit earlier, flew straight from right where it was laying towards Takiya’s face.

But right before it could hit his face just by mere inches, the sword suddenly halted and remained mid-air that way, as the possessed Yukito began to stir. Surprisingly, Takiya’s expression remained calm, as if he was expecting this to happen. As the boy sat up, he hung his face with a very unsettled expression, “No… it’s futile to resist… You cannot… disobey me…!” He said with his demonic voice, before screaming out loud, as blended in between the demonic tone was Yukito’s real voice.

“Yukito, are you still there?” Takiya asked, visibly that he was fully concerned. The boy collapsed again, “Ta… kiya… sama!”He panted hard and held himself back, as if he was struggling to fight the being that is possessing him. As he gazed up to Takiya, his face was half that of his normal state and half possessed. Though his words are still broken, he then tried to said in a hasty manner, “I… If… I die… I want you… to know that… I…”

Before he could finish his sentence, a powerful shockwave was sent from Yukito throughout the whole chamber. As Takiya was standing in close vicinity to him, he cannot evaded it, but he managed to conjure a barrier to shield himself just in time before the shockwave hit him. However, the impact was so strong that it sent him literally sliding a considerable distance backwards on his feet, once again widened the space between him and Yukito.

The white hair boy then stood up once more, this time his eyes had once again become menacingly crimson as it was earlier, as his appearance turned demonic again. “He sure puts up quite a fight.” The being that possessed Yukito spoke with its’ demonic voice through him, “But no matter how hard he, or any of you lowlifes try, it’s no use. The only way to kill me…” The being grinned in a mocking way, “...is to kill this boy.”

Risako bit her lip - hard - in order to refrain from voicing her rather harsh opinion on this matter. Her demeanor may not suggest it, but Risako thought logically rather than emotionally. A lot of magicians hated her for this; her cheeky nature combined with her strictly logical thinking made her seem extremely insensitive. Despite the respect Risako held for Yukito, due to her nonemotional thinking process, she would suggest for him to be killed.

Under normal circumstances, Risako would have absolutely no problem voicing this opinion of hers. But in the end, this was Takiya; he was her brother, whether she liked it or not. Risako had enough sense not to straight-up tell her elder brother to kill his apprentice.

But no matter how much Takiya might hate the idea of slaughtering Yukito’s body, he was going to have to accept that there wasn’t much room for choice in this situation. Risako was rarely clouded by affection for others, so she knew this better than anyone.

“Tsk.” Ambre scoffed. Still clinging onto the wall of the well, her voice echoed through the room below; “And it would tell us that, why?” The mage asked the knights. “His first intention was to lure us away from the pillar. Demons are a wizard-thing, which means-”

“Die!” The possessed Yukito roared and swung his blade in a half-moon motion; sending a huge wave of energy straight at Ambre, but she had climbed high enough to put Sakura’s barrier between herself and the attack. It scattered before it could even touch her.

“I told you, it’s not smart enough to be a Draken.” Ambre revelled in her earlier words as she laughed haughtily. Her glee echoed through the room, taunting and further angering the demon. “You two keep it down here. I’m sending a Rosa or Lukas to deal with this problem.” Ambre’s lips curled into an impish grin. “Unless I find this thing’s wizard first…”

“There’s no need to tell me. I’ve already known it. Just go and do what you need.” Takiya said to Ambre while she was leaving. He shot several energy slashes and draw the attention of the demon towards him and his sister.

And with that, the well’s walls expanded into a staircase Ambre ran up to; leaving the two siblings to fend off the enraged demon.

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Lukas had only ran a couple of feet down the hallway when he could hear the faint sound of galloping hooves. Alarm bells ringing in his mind, Lukas whirled around, wand out and ready, but there was nothing (not even on the ceiling) - it was just him inside the empty hallway, the sound of galloping getting louder and louder by the second. Biting his lip, Lukas whirled back to the front and resumed running, but he’d barely taken a foot forward before -

There was the sound of something arriving at high speed, and a foot behind him the walls shattered with a devastating crack.

Lukas raised his arm instinctively over his head, shielding himself from splinters of wood flying everywhere. Through the gap he could see a black stallion, plated in armor. The horse had reins attached to it, loops of dark leather held by a headless knight. The knight tugged on the reins and the horse turned to face Lukas, moving easily despite the cramped space. The horse’ nostrils fumed a green gas as the knight atop of it unsheathed his broadsword from it’s scabbard, metal blade gleaming darkly in the light like the armor.

Lukas eyes widened at the sight of the sword. Terror and understanding ran down his back like ice water. He took a step back, and another, but the horse was already charging, the knight already swinging to behead. With a yelp, Lukas ducked under the swing like a limbo dancer. Unable to stop, the horse overshot, and without sparing a glance back Lukas began running back to where he came from at full speed.

“Lukas, get on!” Ambre shouted, as she vigorously tapped the keys on her phone. Not a second later, a futon on wheels with a coffee machine and security camera attached to it rolled into the corridor at neck-breaking speed; stopping inches away from Lukas’ feet. Without pause, Lukas leapt on it, looking expectantly at Ambre.

“You’ll have to drive it yourself,” Ambre tossed her phone at the bed buggy, Lukas fumbling a little before catching it with both hands. “Just put in the coordinates and hold on tight!”

“Got it!” Lukas was already typing furiously into the phone, quickly figuring out how to use it. The bed turned towards the direction to the well, and Lukas turned expectantly towards Ambre. “Get on!” But as he spoke, a shadow loomed over him.

“We’ve got other business.” Ambre looked straight past Lukas, as letters crawled from under her sleeves and dripped down from her fingers. “You know, Lukas, you should-” The mage grinned as her spells spread through the wooden floor and climbed up the bed buggy’s wheels, “-Think fast!”

“Wha-AAAAAAAAA!”

Within the blink of an eye, the buggy shot forward across a freshly made ramp in the floor; jumping over the Dullahan. The tiny wheels screeched and the remainder of coffee spilled onto the horse with a scalding hiss. The horse reared up with a whinny, rider’s hand outstretched as if to grab the vehicle, but too late - fingers closed around empty air, and the horse screamed in frustration as the buggy raced down the corridor at top speed. Lukas clinging onto the sheets for dear life and screaming at the top of his lungs.

“-AAAAA-!” Lukas shook his head and snapped his mouth shut with an audible click, almost biting his tongue. As the machine went helter skelter down the path, wind blowing the hair out of his face, Lukas fumbled with the map, rapidly checking the course.

According to the map, they were close. Close the desired location, and closer still to a wall up ahead. One hand wounded tightly into the sheets, Lukas tapped at Ambre’s phone for it to turn left, only for the machine to continue moving straight forward at the same breakneck pace. Eyebrows going up in surprise, Lukas glanced at the phone - and swore as he caught sight of the black screen. Tapping rapidly on the phone produced no results, and pressing the on switch confirmed Lukas’s worst fears - a white zig zag of electricity at the center of a charger symbol blinked accusingly on the screen.

The battery was dead.

Lukas’s swearing would have made milk curdle. Panic flowed through him as he glanced at the map - he was going to be hitting the wall dead on soon if he didn’t change course! The resounding backlash from a vehicle this fast crashing into a wall head on would do things to his body that Lukas didn’t want to think about (like a broken neck). But the battery of the phone was dead, and he didn’t have anything on hand that could charge it without frying it.

Oh shit. Lukas could feel his breath quickening, heart rate beating a rapid thump-thump-thump in his chest as panic began to overtake him. He was going to die. He was going to smack into the wall and get turned into a pancake. He was going to-

to stop panicking and shut up and do something before he smacked into the wall and joined his family in the afterlife.

Lukas shook his head and took a deep breath, forcing his panic back down. Little time left before the collision. Quickly, he took stock of his surroundings, pulling his wand back out of his pocket. Bed buggy. Mattress. Wand. Dead phone - oh!

Plan formed, Lukas shifted his wand to marker mode and scribbled hastily onto the sheets. He pulled out Ambre’s sim-card from the phone and laid both phone and card onto the circle. He tapped the phone. It glowed a digital green that flowed into the sim card, a stream of data that looked like it was made out of numbers and code that moved like salmon swimming upstream.

While the transfer process happened, Lukas hastily scribbled runes onto the bed. The wall was coming into sight now, a thick brown pillar that was growing larger every second. Once the glow stopped and the runes were done, Lukas pocketed the sim card and transferred the phone onto the top of the bed. Resting it firmly against the bedframe, Lukas silently apologised to Ambre and muttered a spell under his breath.

The phone sank into the frame of the bed and changed. Lukas continued muttering as parts shifted and changed shape with dizzying speed, growing longer and thinner or larger until a control panel was mounted onto the bed. At the same time, the sheets tore into thin ribbons, stretching and knitting themselves together into makeshift seat belts that wrapped securely around Lukas’s shoulders and waist in a makeshift harness, strapping him into a Holding his breath and ignoring the sight of the pillar and wall, Lukas pressed a hand against the screen and waited.

A couple of inches away from the wall, the bed swerved to the right with enough force to whip Lukas’s head sideways and careened down the corridor.

Lukas’s breath escaped from his mouth in a silent whoosh as his body slumped in relief. ”Thank heck that worked.” Lukas wheezed, laughing a little. A normal wizard might have found taking over the bed buggy in such a short time tough, let alone doing a transfer data spell at the same time (hopefully this way Ambre wouldn’t kill him), and Lukas thanked his lucky stars for knowing what to do. Spreading his fingers across the screen, Lukas concentrated, and another screen appeared, map popping up and showing their location. They were closer to the entrance now - just a few more twists and turns. Crossing his legs, wind blowing the hair out of his eyes, Lukas set it to autopilot and sat comfortably on the bed buggy, crossing his legs and urging the machine to go faster.

He shifted his wand back to marker mode. There were a few more modifications he had to make.

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He knew what the circle meant now. The inner circle was a summoning portal, for four specific creatures - that was why there were four miniature circles. The outward circles was a warning, one that mocked the three clans for gathering together.

The Dullahan was one. The demon was another. There were two more monsters left - he wondered if Rosa had ran into one of them, which was why she had yet to appear. And the implications - he'd have to let the Kotonoha's and everyone know as fast as possible.

Everyone in the house was in danger.

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Soon, the stairwell was in sight. It was a spiral that lead downwards, and Lukas quietly readied himself for the ride.

As he approached the stairwell, the bed buggy began to shift parts around like a weapon changing shapes. Part of the bed frames surrounding the mattress began to rise up like guard rails, clamping down tightly onto the mattress. Fingers twining into the soft fabric in a death grip, Lukas made sure that the pillow was strapped on in front of him like an airbag before lying low and giving the signal.

The bed buggy skidded to a stop near the stairs. The mattress, detached from the bedframe, continued moving forwards as the bedframe collapsed diagonally in the form of a makeshift ramp. Moving forwards on sheer momentum, the mattress slid down the stairs like a ski going downhill. Lukas held on for dear life as it went round and round, gathering speed until finally it reached the ground floor with a soft whump.

“I’m here!” The mattress had yet to come to a stop, but Lukas was already unbuckling and throwing himself off it, wand out and ready as he took in the current situation.

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Watching as Ambre left the sanctuary to the above ground, the possessed Yukito cackled arrogantly, "How foolish. That brat really did give me a little bit fun. Now it's going to be easier to put you two helpless vermin down. Any last words?"

"Don't be so sure, you are the one who will go down." Takiya said, standing face-to-face with the demon next to his sister, pointing the tip of his blade towards the boy, "I acknowledge that you are a pain in the ass, indeed. Just show us whatever tricks you've got already. If you are that confident that defeating us is going to be easy, just do it. I've never really got a chance to work out much until now."

"Attitudes, eh? Fine then, as a generous person, I will grant you your wish." The demon cut Yukito's arm and draw some blood on the blade, then sprayed them on the ground. Several magic circles appeared and from them, some sorts of slime creatures were summoned. Both possessed Yukito and the slimes then began to circling around Takiya and Risako, surrounding them. The slimes than transformed themselves into the shape of Yukito, clearly as a mean to distract the two of them from the real body. Takiya entered his battle stance with his back turned against that of his sister's. "You ready?" He whispered to Risako. When he got the signal, both of them dashed forward and attacked the Yukitos simultaneously.

Takiya muttered a spell as he magically coated his sword with holy element aura, making it more effective in dealing with demons. Although the creatures were seemingly ahead of themselves, their arrogance was quickly stamped off as Takiya slashed through one of them like a hot knife that cut through butter, making quick work of the poor creature. As expected, the slimes weren't nearly as strong as the possessed Yukito.

The others were quick to counter, but apparently couldn't coordinate so well with each other, as their attacks were all over the place, and none of them manage to even pose a threat to Takiya, as he evaded them with little efforts. It seemed that slimes are indeed a bunch of stupid creature, after all, just like they said. He sheepishly thought as he kicked one of them down while slashing through another. Maybe the possessed demon is trying to sap them out of their energy by make them fighting worthless goons like this. But he'll see who will be the one to go down first.

After a while, Takiya had finished dealing with all the slimes on his side. None of them were the true Yukito, so it must be one of those that Risako was dealing with. When he was about to check on his sister, he heard a familiar screaming voice of someone who was coming down from the entrance of the sanctuary. Seconds later, Lukas appeared with a rather odd entrance, turning everyone's attention in the room towards him.

The demon, quickly sensing the danger that a Wizard might pose to him, quickly shifted from Risako and send several energy slashes towards Lukas instead. Takiya, who was standing near, was quick to act and shielded the guy. "It's about time. So what are we gonna do? Would you be able to exorcise him right away or we need to hold him down first?"

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Yukito's eyes trailed after Amber as the blonde left the sanctuary. "How foolish," the possessed Yukito cackled arrogantly. "That brat really did give me a little bit fun. Now it's going to be easier to put you two helpless vermin down. Any last words?"

"Don't be so sure," Takiya answered back, pointing his blade towards the demon. "You are the one who will go down."

Risako cocked her head to the side, not dropping her battle stance. "You just jinxed yourself," she remarked. "You do know that in literally every movie or story, the one who says 'any last words?' always gets defeated right after, right?"

Takiya gave the demon no time to respond as he spoke once again. "I acknowledge that you are a pain in the ass, indeed. Just show us whatever tricks you've got already. If you are that confident that defeating us is going to be easy, just do it. I've never really got a chance to work out much until now."

"Attitudes, eh?" Yukito hissed. "Fine then, as a generous person, I will grant you your wish."

"We're honored," Risako retorted, her tone sarcastic as the possessed Yukito cut his arm and splashed the blood on the ground. Magical circles appeared as some...slime stuff was summoned. The slimes shifted into the shape of Yukito as both the demon and Yukito-slimes started circling the two Kotonoha siblings. The two entered their battle stances, the backs facing each other.

"You ready?" Takiya whispered to Risako. She gave him the signal, and the two ran forward simultaneously to attack Yukito and the slimes. It may not seem like it, given Risako's demeanor, but she understood order. It could be vital to winning a battle, and after all, she was a Magic Knight.

Although Risako mainly fought without weapons, she did carry a few on her at all times as a final resort. So if the slimes proved too much for Weaponless Risako, she wasn't completely helpless. On her side, one of the slimes charged at her, ahead of the pack. Calculating the distance between it - he? She? - and the other slimes, Risako had enough time to kill the first one with her bare hands. With the knife edge of her right hand, she struck the first slime's throat. Since she was at the exact angle that made it perfect for Risako to sever his windpipe, the slime went down, hard and fast. Damn, they're a lot more brittle than I thought they'd be, Risako mused to herself. She used the makeshift knuckleduster Ambre had fashioned her to strike the back of the next slime's neck, successfully breaking it simply with brute force and pressure points. The simpletons in the world always thought that the one with a weapon would be more powerful, more likely to win a fight, but that wasn't always the case. It was quite easy to kill someone with your bare hands, but no one bothered to learn anything about the best methods.

Finally, after taking down slimes by kicking them in the groin, stabbing them in the eyes, and hitting major arteries in their temples, Risako was left with one more. Takiya was finishing up with the slimes on this side, so she had to assume that this was the real, possessed Yukito.

"Come on, Gramps," Risako quipped. "Let's battle."

As much as Risako didn't like it, she knew that defeating a demon would be much, much easier with magic. Contrary to popular belief, she did have a magical arm of her own. She received it when she was fourteen, but she rarely ever used it. Technically, it consisted of two weapons - it was a dual-pair of katanas. Although Risako could use only one at a time if she wanted to, the power would be much stronger if she wielded the two swords simultaneously. Many had trouble with that, since they actually had a dominant hand, but Risako was fairly ambidextrous. It worked for her.

But there was a catch to her katanas; no two people could wield them at the same time. If Risako used one and Takiya used the other at the same time, there would be no magic. None. Zilch.

Of course, demon Yukito. Desperate times, desperate measures. Risako whipped out her swords and started attacking the white-haired boy.

She was out of practice. Sure, since she used a dual-pair of katanas all the time when sparring, her skill was impeccable, but Risako hadn't used magic in a long time. The battle mainly consisted of Risako blocking the energy blasts Yukito sent her way. Every magical arm had its own unique properties, and being a Kotonoha, Risako was wielding some of the most powerful in the world.

Risako was able to use her katanas to manipulate the magic of others if she wanted to, but it wasn't exactly a simple task. After all, magic wasn't a one-dimensional subject.

Before she could even try, Lukas came flying in atop a...mattress? "I'm here!" he cried out. Yukito stopped shooting energy blasts in Risako's direction and sent a couple energy slashed over to Lukas instead. Takiya quickly shielded the wizard.

"It's about time," Risako heard her brother remark. "So what are we gonna do? Would you be able to exorcise him right away or we need to hold him down first?"

While Takiya was speaking, Risako definitely didn't fail to notice Yukito preparing an energy blast. The action wasn't immediate; it was going to be stronger than the previous blasts. Suddenly, the white-haired boy swung back to release the energy, and Risako jumped into action.

Really, all she needed was an extreme stroke of luck. The dark-haired Magic Knight swung her katanas, attempting to propel to impending energy blast toward the demon rather than the others. Yukito released the massive energy blast, the magic shooting over to Takiya and Lukas.

The energy blast abruptly changed course, slamming into Yukito instead. Risako refrained from heaving a sigh of relief and weariness - it worked, but it wasn't easy. She had to hold back from cheering right there. Sometimes, due to her constant refusal to use magic, Risako would just call herself a Knight instead of Magic Knight as a joke. But thank the stars, something magical actually worked for her.

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"U-Um." Lukas flinched as Risako deflected an energy blast, knuckles turning white around his wand. "I need you to hold him down first. Then I can exorcise him." He said rapidly, and began to pull an impossibly long string of metal from his pocket like a never-ending handkerchief out of a magician's hat.

"It's prayer beads," Lukas explained the obvious, voice tight with tension. He continued to pull at the string of metal - it wrapped around his arm in loose loops. "Holy object - according to religion, anyway. It'll help to trap the demon in place. It's a rush job, but it should work. Here." Lukas jerkily handed the coiled string of metal to Takuya, eyes flickering towards Yukito's direction. The boy was still collapsed on the ground. When he looked at the Kotonoha siblings, his face was pale but serious. "I need him to be touching this while I do the ritual. That way the demon can't escape and possess anyone else while I do the exorcism."

The metal string was a meter long and absolutely covered in beads. small and medium-sized silvery beads hung on the string at even intervals, separated by five larger beads which had runes etched into them. At one end hung an oval bead, etched with a rune that looked vaguely like a cross. In his pockets were items he'd crafted from the materials used from the bed - charms written in blood using the sheets, blessed salt from his pouch that his mom had trained him to carry around at all times, and chants he'd memorized. And if all else failed, there was a little surprise from the metal he'd welded to the mattress that the demon wouldn't like.

"Here. anti-possession charms." Lukas handed over two small patches of metal that looked like flattened screws to the Kotonoha siblings. It was etched in runes that glowed a faint red in the light. He already had one attached to his charm bracelet. Exorcism wasn't his strong point, but Lukas at least knew what to do, what precautions to take. He kept his eyes trained on the fallen figure. The demon was awake now, rubbing his head with a groan. "Won't work on someone who's already possessed, but it'll help in case things go bad."

They were ready.

Not a moment too soon - the possessed boy was back on his feet. "Hmmph." The demon sneered, tilting Yukito's head at an unnatural angle as he registered them. Lukas winced as his head snapped back to normal - that was going to hurt once Yukito had his own body back. "Reinforcements? Foolish." Shivers ran down Lukas's spine at the sneering tone in Yukito's voice. He raised his wand as Yukito raised his swords into an offensive position. "That'll do nothing to stop me. But that just means..."

The grin on Yukito's face was unnaturally wide, the demon's pure malevolence shining through. "One more to kill."