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Jake "Honō no ko"

Spirit of the Eastern Frontier

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a character in “Nomad Clan”, as played by DarKnight36

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"When you're standing on the edge, looking out over that beautiful, deadly desert... Really nothing else quite like it."

Name: Jake
Sex: Male
Age: 22

Physical Description: Jake stands tall and lanky over others, but his build belies a physical power few can match. His skin is deeply tanned and his body has many scars from battles with other clans, monsters, and the elements themselves. Most would consider him rather handsome, with sky blue eyes and a ready smile full of straight white teeth.
Clothing: Jake wears a suit that many would consider unbearable. It is dark and almost fully covers him from the sun. Designs crisscross the front and back of his long coat. His boots are solid and weathered. Strapped to his waist are his sword, pistol, and a strange metallic rod that extends with a flick of his wrist. Jake's most noticeable feature is his broad-rimmed hat, reminiscent of a time long passed...
Height: 205 cm / 6'9"
Weight: 190 lbs
Skin Color: Dark brown to pale brown where the sun hasn't tanned him (which are very few places)
Hair Color: Ruddy brown
Eye Color: Sky Blue

Occupation: Self-proclaimed cowboy and adventurer
History/Bio: Born from the ashes of two rival clans and a legendary love tryst he refuses to talk about, Jake was named "Honō no ko", Child of Flame, and sentenced to die by the remaining members of the Vena and Dera clans. Thrown into the White Ruin, Jake somehow survived the ensuing storm that buried the warring clans beneath its sands and left him at the doorstep of a wandering mercenary, hired to fight in the war. Wounded and battered, the mercenary took Jake in and raised him as his own. Although his adopted father died many years ago, Jake still honors his memory, wandering the depths of the Qafar, calling himself "The Cowboy."

Home Town: None, born within the White Ruin
Native Clan: Vena & Dera clans
Population: Extinct
Settlements: None
Location: Sea of Sand, far east reaches of the Ariket

Personality: Fun-loving and optimistic, Jake tends not to take things very seriously. He seems fascinated with the desert, and rumor has it he's explored more corners of it than anyone else. Jake enjoys loose companionship, but grows uncomfortable with close relationships. He is kind but distant, going out of his way to help those in need if he can. He is very good at remaining detached.
Fears and Desires: Jake fears nothing but that he will not reach his most absurd goal: to conquer the White Ruin and make it his kingdom.

Equipment and Weapons: Jake carries a sword and pistol forged and formed by his father. Although the sword seems like a common weapon, it holds an interesting secret. Jake also carries a rod which extends and locks from a piece about six inches long to a staff six feet long. He often uses this in non-lethal situations. His suit is made of interlocking armor pieces and sturdy material threaded from several different kinds of monster. He claims it is waterproof, although there seems to be no purpose to this.
Styles and Abilities: Jake prefers not to fight seriously, although he enjoys getting in healthy brawls and defending women's honor. He has a lot of experience fighting monsters, and bandits.

So begins...

Jake "Honō no ko"'s Story

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Character Portrait: Mirova Character Portrait: Jake "Honō no ko"

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Mirova smiled. "Enough people believe," She repeated, walking past the man and putting her hood up as she moved past the wagon, back toward the others. "And you're one of them."

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Character Portrait: Mirova Character Portrait: Jake "Honō no ko"

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"No, that's where you're wrong Mirova," Jake said, angrily, still smiling but with eyes that glittered even in the dim light of the fog. "I don't believe. And I never will." Jake turned away, and headed over to the head wagon, hands clenched.

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Character Portrait: Mirova Character Portrait: Elise Seaver Character Portrait: Jake "Honō no ko" Character Portrait: Uluru Character Portrait: Bohdana Yātrī Character Portrait: Sören Ahlgren Character Portrait: Musa Grazing Bull Character Portrait: Xaverius Rusten Character Portrait: Aisha 'Ai' Abdul'la Character Portrait: Dustin vel Iz'Raphel Character Portrait: Ka'Wa Jekund Character Portrait: Skullivan

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"I think I'll join you," A deep voice called out to the group.

MC Hanmar approached the gathered team with a suspicious gaze before locking eyes with Uluru. There was a certain hositility in the way she stood, hands on her hips, looking ready to beat the shit out of anyone, but her expression was something else - uncertainty? Trust? An emotion hard to place and even harder to find in the eyes of the Meltsander Commander, but it was there.

She glanced at them all, a few gathered Meltsander's behind her, "I wasn't going to, but Ive decided it would be wise to have me along, as I actually know the town."

Bohdana gave her group a hesitant look. Hanmar caught sight of it and frowned, her voice more defiant.

"Let's be honest, have any of you actually been to Aklar?" There was silence. None of them had, aside from Jake a long time ago. She had caught Uluru's lie, "Right. I hate to break it to you all but everything you've been told about Aklar is rat piss. Especially in more recent times. They're not the clan they used to be."

The Commanders words seemed to hold a secret meaning. Boh wondered what she meant, but looking at Hanmar's expression seemed to say that she didn't want to bother convincing these outsiders of her truth. Bohdana instead peeped up, "Wont you goin' to Aklar be a bad thing? Wont they just kill you on sight?"

Hanmar squinted at Boh, "No. Actually, they'll be more likely to believe your shitty story if you bring me to them. A couple of Meltsand soldiers and they'll be dead at best, little cricket."

"...At worst?" Bohdana swallowed, already knowing what she would say. Hanmar didn't answer.

"I'm more valuable to the Aklar slug that rules the Clan than the whole Meltsander army, I promise you. He'll want to see me suffer, and for that?" Hanmar looked out to the horizon, "I need to be alive."

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Character Portrait: Mirova Character Portrait: Elise Seaver Character Portrait: Jake "Honō no ko" Character Portrait: Uluru Character Portrait: Bohdana Yātrī Character Portrait: Musa Grazing Bull Character Portrait: Xaverius Rusten Character Portrait: Aisha 'Ai' Abdul'la Character Portrait: Dustin vel Iz'Raphel Character Portrait: Ka'Wa Jekund Character Portrait: Skullivan

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Bohdana swallowed down the burning lump that had stuck in her throat while Aisha had spoken to her. For a brief, blissful moment Boh had forgotten about Andle and about being alone, but suddenly it all came flooding back into the prickling tears that formed in the corners of her eyes.

"It's, uhm, it's okay," Bohdana nodded to Aisha awkwardly, quickly wanting to change the subject, "To be honest, I'm kind of nervous 'bout this Meltsand plan. We should've just left, now we're stuck in business we have no place in," she shook her head, "Makin' enemies. I know where we are, if we just continue south we'll end up in a town near the Margesh border. Safer, smarter, less warring clans. Too late now I s'pose."

"Alright boys, it's time to Hanmar up!" MC Hanmar called out, interrupting Boh and Aisha's conversation.

The woman stepped toward Uluru and grabbed the mans arm firmly to make sure he was listening carefully to her words, "University boy, listen to me. When we get to Aklar you have to demand for the Chief Engineer Rowlen, scream it out if you have to. They wont listen at first, but if you keep insisting that you have me he'll see to you personally, and you need him to see to you personally. Tell him you want water, gold or...whatever, just make sure he's not suspicious that you're anything other than a bounty hunter. Which reminds me, the weaker looking ones in your group..." her pale eye drifted to Bohdana and Aisha, Skullivan, Elise - anyone who was young and innocent looking, those without weapons, "Will have to join us in the cages once we get close enough to the border. They wont believe you if you say they're hunters. That way we know you lot wont bail on us if we've got some of your own," the Commander shrugged sheepishly, "Sorry, but we have to look after ours as much as you do. Precautions, y'know."

Hanmar frowned as she let go of Uluru's arm, searching his gaze carefully. She seemed to want to tell him something, hesitating slightly before adding, "Uluru - " she remembered his name, "They're smart, the Aklar, remember that."

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Character Portrait: Mirova Character Portrait: Elise Seaver Character Portrait: Jake "Honō no ko" Character Portrait: Uluru Character Portrait: Bohdana Yātrī Character Portrait: Musa Grazing Bull Character Portrait: Xaverius Rusten Character Portrait: Aisha 'Ai' Abdul'la Character Portrait: Dustin vel Iz'Raphel Character Portrait: Ka'Wa Jekund Character Portrait: Skullivan

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Slathe nodded, glancing up at the two. "You're all under my protection," He repeated nervously to Uluru, and glancing back at the rest of the group. "You guys pull this off - I'll take you all personally back to Dol-Duna."

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Character Portrait: Mirova Character Portrait: Elise Seaver Character Portrait: Jake "Honō no ko" Character Portrait: Uluru Character Portrait: Bohdana Yātrī Character Portrait: Whisper Character Portrait: Sören Ahlgren Character Portrait: Musa Grazing Bull Character Portrait: Xaverius Rusten Character Portrait: Aisha 'Ai' Abdul'la Character Portrait: Dustin vel Iz'Raphel Character Portrait: Avari Character Portrait: Ka'Wa Jekund Character Portrait: Skullivan

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Uluru sighed heavily at Hanmar's demands, but there was no turning back at this point. This was their one chance to get out of this place relatively safe and sound and there was no point in squabbling now. "Right," the monster hunter nodded. "I can play the part. Just make sure you do your jobs as well....and keep your word," Uluru glanced back at Hanmar before taking his place at the front of one of the wagons as his cohorts did the same.

***

The trip to Clan Aklar was a quiet one, the only real noise coming from the breeze of the night winds as they slammed violently against the glass cage's atop the wagons. Over a trio of large dunes they could see a large imposing shape in the distance. As they drew closer they would happen upon the sight of a tall white wall, carved from what appeared to be stone, encircling a large town.

"There they are..." Sulfurious wheezed. "The walls of Clan Aklar..."

"Halt!" A sentry posted atop a tower along the eastern edge of the front wall shouted. "Please state your business before I allow you any further passage! We suffer a crisis here at Clan Aklar and quite at a state to welcome any visitors!"

"Fortunately for you, we're not just any visitors!" Uluru answered back, standing up and kicking the glass where Hanmar sat. "I've heard your plight, Clan Aklar! And we've brought before you the something to show your Chief Engineer Rowlen! Meltsanders! And not just any run of the mill Meltsanders!" Uluru stepped aside, revealing the entirety of the cages, containing the Meltsanders and members of the group alike, each of them disguised in Meltsander armor to further blend in with their fellow 'captives'.

"Me and my crew? We're starvin' and thirsty! Five days worth of supplies is all we ask in exchange for the leaders and best warriors the Meltsanders have to offer!" Uluru shouted, motioning to those behind him, acting as his fellow mercenaries. "Whaddya say?!"

The sentry paused and traveled over to his fellow soldier on the other side of the wall to converse with him for a moment before returning to his post and shouting back, "Hold tight! We'll lower the gate!" With a massive crank, the seemingly immobile front wall began to part horizontally, revealing the town within.

They began to see and hear the cranking of gears and the thrum of engines as mechanisms grinder together, allowing a full view of the dwelling place of Clan Aklar. Uluru and the others led their wagons in, witnessing various machines drive by houses cobbled together by welded scrap metal, paving and smoothing out the sand while strange gunmetal vehicles sporting towering mechanical arms dug shards of crystals from stone quarries and deposited them in piles upon the ground.

Aklar's people were dressed less like they were preparing for war and destruction and more as if they were preparing for construction. Goggles lined their faces and heavy protective coats and dirtied gloves stood out the most among their clothes. Some, apparently supervisors, sported slightly cleaner lab coats as they directed the crystal digging machine pilots to their next assignments.

"So these...are the Aklar," Uluru muttered to himself as two guards, armed both with rifles held put a hand, indicating for their wagons to stop.

***

Wetland Guard Corhul jump kicked Avari in the face for KICKS.

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Character Portrait: Mirova Character Portrait: Elise Seaver Character Portrait: Jake "Honō no ko" Character Portrait: Uluru Character Portrait: Bohdana Yātrī Character Portrait: Whisper Character Portrait: Musa Grazing Bull Character Portrait: Xaverius Rusten Character Portrait: Aisha 'Ai' Abdul'la Character Portrait: Dustin vel Iz'Raphel Character Portrait: Ka'Wa Jekund Character Portrait: Skullivan

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The three wheeled vehicle led the wagons through the dirt-ridden roads, giving the group insight into Clan Aklar's inner workings. There didn't seem to be many markets as there were in Dol-Duna, though this town was a bit smaller. There were a few stands selling vegetables here and there but mostly the streets bustled woth construction and industrialism. Men and women in hard hats hammering down on various homes to improve their livlihood.

The citadel lay before them, and with it two gleaming metallic gates, which opened before them. Once the gate behind them closed, the road changed from a sand one to one paved with steel. The steel road began to shake as the vehicles drove onto it and the group heard the sound of gears grinding as the road began to lower downward into some sort of ramp as it led them to a cavern underneath the citadel.

"Our prisons lie here!" Rowlen shouted over the grinding of the gears. "I can have my guards drop off the prisoners to their cells while we discuss payments!"

Uluru nodded at Rowlen's words and at the same time, signaling the Meltsanders to play their part while the rest of them distracted the Aklar for a time. "Where will we be receiving our payment?" Uluru asked.

"In the citadel proper," Rowlen explained, pointing to lift to his right. "Halls that have stood for sixty years and then some. Halls that I now have confidence will stand the test of time," he sighed proudly, before walking towards the lift, Uluru following his lead.

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Character Portrait: Mirova Character Portrait: Jake "Honō no ko" Character Portrait: Uluru Character Portrait: Bohdana Yātrī Character Portrait: Xaverius Rusten Character Portrait: Dustin vel Iz'Raphel Character Portrait: Ka'Wa Jekund Character Portrait: Skullivan

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Jake strode off into the night, making good time on his long legs.

"Well, this was a really weird adventure," Jake said, laughing as he left it all behind, never to be seen or heard from again.