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Mercutio

"Back, ye foul beasts!"

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a character in “Patch 1.20X”, as played by Deallo

Description

Reality Information

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Name: Kyle Lorat
Gender: Male
Age: 12
---Appearance----

4'8 and normally forced to wear formal clothes like suits whenever he's allowed to go outside.
---Personality---

Klye was shy and withdrawn, that kid at school who always reads books while everyone is out playing recess, not because he necessarily wants to but because his parents doesn't want him playing outside and getting dirty. That's what it like to be Kyle, a kid with the book smarts but without a voice to show it, without friends, going through school and back just because it's a routine. The internet was the last refuge for a kid like him to express himself and Heide Online, his first MMO, became his refuge. In the game he's more enthusiastic, light-hearted, and generally more fun to be around. Parties are his general approach to combat and strategy was his game. He'll even throw in the occasional joke or two and sometimes dwelve into roleplay.

He's not THAT into it, like others are, but it's still fun every once in a while. It even rubbed off him into the real world, where he found and gathered some people from his school to join him, and even had his first taste of rebellion whenever he'd sneak off to recess. Kyle was genuinely happier but at the end of the day, whether it be in the middle of night or while he should have been doing his homework, Heide was his home, his refuge, where he was as tall and muscly as he was confident.

---Background---
You know those parents who, if given the chance, would wrap their child in bubble-wrap to protect them from getting hurt if they fell and scratched their knee, like every other kid in the world?

Those are the kind that Kyle has. The worry-wort parents that would just spontaneously combust if anything, ANYTHING, happened to their child. There were no going to parks, or even going outside for that matter, just play-dates and play-time, continuous even now at the age of 12. They were rich, Kyle's father a stockbroker, and mother a supermodel, neither making the time to play with Kyle when he was young and even now, instead dropping him into the hands of Nannies to do the raising.

When he was due to go to pre-school, he went to the "prestigious" school, where he was dressed in a suit and had to study for final exams. His parents also moved as liberally as they wanted, from Britain to the U.S, to Sweden, Finland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, and back to Britain today, bound to move somewhere else. Floating from one "prestigious" school to the next, a different uniform for each and every one of them. TV was restricted to "child-appropriate" stations, which even the news wasn't a part of. The internet was restricted as well, but, well, 1234 is NEVER a good password.

Kyle did well to despise his cousins and spoiled kin, fat and mean, or just snobbery of old money in the veins. Even though Kyle himself went to fat camp when he was 9, the internet was still a far better place to be immersed, yes, that same place where unregulated content and trolls come forth from under their bridges, is a place far more exciting then reality. So while surfing through the internet there was the big hubbub about Heide Online and, naturally, Kyle got all swept up in the hype, playing the game when it first came out. It made him strong and became his greatest form of escapism. He told people at his private prestige school, got them hooked as well, and played whenever he was finished his homework and into the night.

So with the laptop on bed, playing through Heide Online at Midnight, Patch 1.20X interrupted the session.

Heine Information

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Username:Ozymandius1010

Beta Tester Playing for about two weeks

Current Location: Heide

Cities Visited: Heide, and Odin

Name: Mercutio

Gender: Male

Guild: AwesomeKnightsOfTheRoundTable

Guild Position: Member - Knight

Gold: 450

Bought Items/Perk
EXP Increase - Increases the amount of exp per post to 2

Class: Knight
Weapon Type: Sword and Shield

Level: 8

EXP: 10/10

Strength: 33 + 3 per level
Vitality: 36 + 3.2 per level
Agility: 11 + 1 per level
Mind: 14 + 1.2 per level
Intelligence: 11 + 1 per level

HP: 318 (8x Vitality + 30)
SP: 55 (5x Intelligence)
P.ATK: 33+3 P.DEF:18 + 3
M.ATK:22 (INTx2) M.DEF: 28 (MNDx2)
Speed: 11 (AGI)

Abilities

Level 1
Ability Name: Sword and Shield Proficency
Type: Passive
SP: None
Description – Increases P.ATK by 0.10*Strength and increases P.DEF by 0.10*Vitality. The classic choice for a knight, the Sword and Shield Proficiency combo will allow for a plus in both offense and defense. Unlike two handed weapons that would forsake defense for power. Unlike other one-handed weapons, the sword is very versatile and offers flexible use as a stab'n'slash weapon while the shield can be used offensively as a blunt weapon.

Level 5
Ability Name Provoke
Type: Active
SP: 10%
Description - An AoE spell where the user targets a spot of enemies and shouts at them in a cone shaped AoE provoking the enemies to attack him first. Useful for pulling enemies off party members. Naturally, the higher the level of the user, the larger the cone he can create.

Level 10
Ability Name: Palutena's Blessing
Type: Active
SP: 40%
Description – A buff where M.DEF = P.DEF and P.ATK has a Holy element. Buff will only be sustained for 8 posts.

Level 15 -
Ability Name: Heavy Footing
Type: Active
SP: 45%
Description – Prevents the user from being knocked down and/or forcibly grounded for 6 posts

Level 20 -
Ability Name: Palutena's Light
Type: Active
SP: 50%
Description – Shield is over extended to either encompass an omnidirectional transparent shield around a selected target, either the user, an ally, or an enemy. If projectiles hit Palutena's light, they have a 50% chance of rebounding and hitting the enemy for full damage.


Character History

Week 1:

Getting to know one's way around the game, research into various classes, monsters, and bosses underwent. Solo player experiences were unsatisfactory and parties were created. Social interaction became a major, major plus to the experience, and Kyle ended up making lots of parties. There was also the few exploration parties he went on, that were both fun and enjoyable. A good repertoire of people were added to the friend's list.

Week 2:

More parties. Odin was reached but after half the week there, he went back to Heide to assist the lesser levels of the game, liking to be of help.

[i]Go!

So begins...

Mercutio's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Mercutio Character Portrait: Kit Character Portrait: Sieghilde Character Portrait: Azuma
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#, as written by Deallo
Mercutio

Knight(8)

EXP:2/10

Gold:430

The Highland Capital: Heide



Exit. Exit is unavailable. Exit. Exit is unavailable. Exit. Exit is unavailable. Exit. Exit is unavailable
With each tap of the metal finger, the same message kept appearing and it wouldn't go away, like a malicious cancer.
Exit is unavailable.
Kyle couldn't breathe. All the air slipped out of his lungs, his heart pumped harder and harder, as he started to hyperventilate. "This was impossible," he thought to himself, denying the patch notes their existence until he realized, his fake lungs were real, his fake heart was beating, and his fake tears were salty. With his back leaned against the back wall of a shop in Heide, he started to give out a weak laugh, as if to take in the incredulity of it all before burying his head in has guantlets, tearing off the helmet from his head. His face felt hot then cool as the breeze kissed his skin, his vision no longer confined to a thin slit.

"God damn it!" Kyle shouted, but in a strange alien voice. It was more manly and strong then his own weak, childish voice. It was Mercutio's. "H-hello?" Kyle spoke through Mercutio's body, almost as if he was talking to Mercutio himself. The knight stood on his two feet, his armor creaking as he did so, before pulling the blade from his hip and grabbing the red shield he layed on his back. With a swift motion of his arm, the sword pointed at an empty space in front of him. "Take not another step, monstrosity!" His voice boomed, his confidence rising to hear the man he was.

With his chest wavering beneath the breastplate, eyes a bit puffy behind his helmet, Kyle walked out of that alley as Mercutio would, strong and determined into the silent, stunned people of Heide. "No-one leaves the city!" He shouted to the top of his voice, determined to get some attention within the air of depression, as a few heads turned. "PvP means death and Player Killers might be waiting outside of town." Mercutio said all this while walking towards the wavegate, having men and woman come up to him for answers he did not have. "Stay in town and you'll be safe. The authorities, police, government will come to save you."

The knight said those comforting yet lies of words just as he reached the portal. "The Highland Capital: Odin!"

The Highland Capital: Odin


If someone or something can blur the lines between the reality and virtual, the police will be like flies to them. Swat. Swat. Dead.

There was only one way: go through the new dungeons. Get the keys. Go home. As comfortable as Mercutio was in Heide, the new players would just die if they tried to go through it.

Leader: Caritas: Offline
Vice-Knight: Sir Percieval:
Knight: Lancolot:
Knight: Kilik:
Knight: Mercutio: Online
Squire: Jamriot:
Squire: Falisdal: Offline
Peasent: Tamaran: Offline


Kyle watched through Mercutio's UI, the AwesomeKnightOfTheRoundTable guild tab indicating that he was the only one online. For the blank space for Kilik, Lancolot, Jamriot and Sir Percieval, Kyle told himself it was just a glitch. Mercutio opened up a Mass Guild PM, a "power" given to all "knight" ranked members but found out he's already used it in the last 24 hours.

Mercutio swiped the UI away, and grit his teeth in frusteration, noticing a crowd in the distance. As he walked towards it, the armor he wore clanked with each step, and the image of a woman, Sieghilde, was in the center of the crowd. Her dress was something Victorian with goth overtones with a shorter hem. A lvl 18 Marauder, which just didn't mean a class and a number anymore, but pure power and strength. "She could probably kill me."

“I'm looking for a few more!” was what Mercutio could hear before she ducked into an alley, away from the crowd.
She was making a party.

Exit is unavailable.

By the time the knight in shining armor could walk in, there she was, as well as two others. A lvl 7 Marauder with the name "Azuma" and a lvl 15 Plainswalker "Kit". Mercutio felt tired, his eyelids heavy, losing his balance for a moment as he walked inside, nearly crashing into a wall but luckily gathering his footing.

"I-is this the party?" Mercutio asked, Kyle's nervousness getting the better of him for now.

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Character Portrait: Break Character Portrait: Mercutio Character Portrait: Sieghilde Character Portrait: Amanda
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Break∞Square
Plainswalker (11)
EXP:
4/10
Gold: 360

The Highland Capital: Odin


No way, was that Amanda? The Amanda? Kana sniveled. This was just perfect. The claims of a cleric named Amanda being the best damn cleric in the game had made it far and wide, in and out of the game. Kana wondered if the cleric had read all the posts certain ex-party members had made about her on few of the Heine fora. Of course, nobody could view it now v1.2 was live, but the commotion around her painted some vivid pictures of the cleric's... Personality.

Accepting the invitation to party that popped up in front of Kana, she scanned over it's members. Two high level, close range combatants and a cleric to keep them alive, that should keep the heat off Break. Soon after another Marauder and even a Knight came to ask if they could join up. Kana smirked; this was getting more interesting by the minute. This dungeon would probably better way of killing time than than picking off single enemies solo.

“I-is this the party?”

The knight by the name of Mercutio asked, pooer dabber, he was, shaking in his boots. Mercutio didn't seem to have noticed Amanda and Break yet. Kana couldn't help herself. Break smirked and sneaked up behind the ironclad warrior. She threw her arm around Mercutio and hung from his shoulder like she was a drunk old friend of his. “Come to die with us?” Break asked nonchalantly. She tapped Mercutio's breastplate with her index finger. “That spice of heart is tough to find in this world.” Break then knocked on the armour, sending a dull echo through the plate-work.

“Hey, Sieghilde! We got our selves a knight!” Break blurted out, still holding onto Mercutio's shoulder. “A guild-member, no less!”

She turned back to the knight she was hanging on, thinking of a way to make things even more awkward for him. “Hey Mercutio, have you met Amanda yet?” Break asked, she pointed at the at the white-robed character and took a few steps towards her (pulling along Mercutio if he'd allow it) “She's our cleric. You and her are gonna spend lots of time together.”

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Character Portrait: Break Character Portrait: Mercutio Character Portrait: Kit Character Portrait: Sieghilde Character Portrait: Amanda Character Portrait: Azuma
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Azuma
Marauder (7)
EXP: 4/10
Gold: 830

The Highland Capital: Odin

"Nice sword.." A fellow player (Kit) told him. He was a Plainswalker, and at least double his level. This made him feel as if he needed to go on a training montage or something along those lines. To Azuma's thoughts the plainswalker didn't look ready to attack or anything. Then again, if he wanted to, Kit would have been hidden and stabbed Azuma in the back without him noticing. Silently he cursed himself for being paranoid when the guy clearly came in due to that other marauder (Sieghilde) summons and for the mere fact that towns were considered safe zones. Though maybe with world already falling to shit, maybe it wouldn't be bad to be cautiously paranoid.

Unsheathing his massive sword, Azuma made sure to look it over. Noticing It still was as shiny as ever, and reflective enough to see his own face in it or rather his avatar's face. This only reminded him that as of now, they share the same life so there wasn't really a difference. Slowly and tentatively he drew his palm against the edge, causing a slight feeling to go through the game as if it were his own hand in reality. The marauder quickly stabbed the sword into the ground, still holding onto the hilt. The entire weapon was about 5 feet long and was as deadly as it was beautiful. It's strange handle seemed to be made for his hand But it was a game and all the characters probably had the same hand type or something, so it was entire possible it was made for 'him'.

"Yeah, it is a nice sword." He finally replied.

Without realizing it another player, a knight (Mercuito), came running up. Even through the gigantic armor, it was clear the player was scared, which just about everyone was since that damn patch and, perhaps, it make have been more disturbing to see a character come over excited. Either way, the guy looked as if he was almost bound to fall onto his face and the display made Azuma wince. "I-is this the party?" He heard his fellow player say, and before he could answer the guy another player, a second Plainswalker (Break), grabbed Mercuito, quickly attempting to talk his ear off and scare him at the same time. The Plainswalker mentioned a player named Amanda, who was probably the cleric going to be their healer. Sighing, he turned his attention back to the knight.

"Poor bastard." He mumbled softly.

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Character Portrait: Break Character Portrait: Mercutio Character Portrait: Kit Character Portrait: Sieghilde Character Portrait: Amanda Character Portrait: Azuma
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#, as written by Deallo
Mercutio

Knight (8)

EXP: 4/10

Gold: 435

The Highland Capital: Odin


The 6'something knight jumped with fright as he felt something on his shoulder, whipping his head back and forth so he can find, through the slit of his helmet, a pink-haired woman that he hadn't seen before hung loosely from it. Dressed in what could only be described in a weird mix of prehistoric with the decorative bones in her hair, Renaissance through the corset she wore, and modern through the oversized ivory belt and skirt she wore (not counting Egyptian with the weird pink cloth wrapping around her legs). Kyle could call it Mongolian. "Come to die with us?" Break asked him ever so casually.

Mercutio was a brave man, he knew the difference between right and wrong, slayed monsters big and small, and protected those closest to him. The knight was strong and confident but all that went to shit. Kyle turned his head off to the side, away from Break, giving off a nervous "uhms".

“That spice of heart is tough to find in this world.”
"T-thanks." Kyle sputtered as his armor clanged with a tap of her armor, before being taken back as Break shouted back to Sieghelde, that Mercutio was indeed a guild member, and pulled him along.

"But my guild's offline, and I'm waiting for the In Game 24 hours to pass so I coul-" Then the knight halted, unintentionally yanking Break in the process. "Wait, did you just say-" Through the slit of his helmet, he could see her, the cleric.
Amanda.

There were four people on Mercutio's blacklist:
One of them was a white supremacist, "EyeOfAdam" an extreme yet persistent lvl 11 plainswalker racist ass, who harassed the knight for half a week before being blocked to join his now ever so discreet guild: "TheLuLuxLan".
The second was a woman, "Lillalo" but Mercutio was pretty sure it was an male 50-something or other, because of the over-all creepiness she seemed to exude from her. The lvl 7 cleric continuously asked for naked pictures when Kyle told her his real age. Stalking ensued before Kyle reported her to the GMs and Blacklisted her.
The third was this guy, "Kefkala", who's sole purpose in the game was to piss Mercutio off. He never even bothered to level up, was and probably still is, a lvl 1 Marauder, who just went and spewed insults on a 24/7 basis for about three days before being blacklisted.
Then, there was Amanda. And she was at the top of the list.

Not she was more worse then those mentioned above, Kyle just liked everything to be in chronological order.

Once upon a time, in a small party of three, just goofing around and slaying monsters not in a rather serious matter, the "best cleric in the world" came up to them, ever so crass, calling them "N00bz". Somehow, don't ask them how or what internet sorcery she used, the party was convinced that they absolutely NEEEDED Amanda, even though one of the guys was already a cleric.

So that's what happened. And she was good. Matter of fact, the team made it Odin and half-way to Tyr with a "gang up on one monster" tactic coupled with going through the path of least resistance. The only problem was, it stopped being fun after half-an-hour, feeling more like a tedious job, repeating the same tactic over and over. People had jobs and their own routine, if they wanted to repeat stuff over and over, they'd stick to their everyday normal life. This was supposed to be their escape, where they could hold up a sword, pseudo play-act, and just do what they want. Amada would have none of that and we were started to be convinced that we didn't really need her, so with a couple of whispers, they did the most reasonable thing.

Stripped their armor, clothes, and ran in three different directions like a suicide party on mushrooms.

Long story short, the three of them died and respawned, Amanda was pissed, and the collective trolling effort needed to blacklist Amanda to keep from her angrily messaging them or tracking them down. Rumours were spread but they were rumours among rumours, which boiled down to: "She made three players go bat-shit crazy".

"You and her are gonna spend lots of time together."

"A-Amanda? The greatest cleric in all of Heide Online?" Mercutio sputtered for a moment before talking clearly, his lips twitching to a less then convincing smile, silently glad he was wearing a helmet.

He took one knee, thought he might be overplaying it, but decided to go with it otherwise, keeping his head down as he did so in a knightly manner.

"It shall be a great honour to be in your presence."

Whether he liked it or not, this was the only cleric of the group, the only cleric willing, either brave or crazy enough to go through with going death-or-life trials. If she recognized him, even after he changed his low level armor and weapons, it'd all be over.

If there was a choice between keeping the knight or the cleric, it was going to be the cleric, no doubt.

If there ever was a good time to kiss ass, it was now, and hoped she didn't remember who Mercutio was.

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Character Portrait: Break Character Portrait: Mercutio Character Portrait: Kit Character Portrait: Sieghilde Character Portrait: Amanda Character Portrait: Azuma
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Amanda

Cleric(10)

EXP:2/10

Gold:2330

The Highland Capital: Odin


As Amanda accepted the party invite, she began to saunter towards the alley their "fearless leader" Seighilde was headed down. Even as she made her way there, she could already see at least half a dozen other players clammering behind her and the others, and the list of players in the party steadily grew.

[Party leader] - Sieghilde - Marauder(18)
Kit - Plainswalker(15)
Break∞Square(what a stupid name) - Plainswalker(11)
The Great and Powerful Amanda - Master Cleric(9001)
Azuma - Marauder(7) - n00b
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Amanda stopped dead in her tracks just outside the alley, her eyes scanning everything in front of her. Where was that mother fu- there... Sure enough, there he was. He looked slightly different since the last time she had laid eyes on him, but there was no mistaking him. Mercutio. Level 8 Knight and first-class jackass.

Son of a bitch.

Amanda took a deep breath and resumed her pace, listening as the various prospective dungeoneers introduced one another and got in a few playful jabs. Just before Amanda could come within chok- arms length of Mercutio, however, the dino-bow-weilding Marauder, Break, had her arm around him, swaying this way and that and, boy wouldn't ya know it, she would wheel him RIGHT around towards Amanda.

“Hey Mercutio, have you met Amanda yet?”

Oooooohh, BOY, HAS HE!!

“She's our cleric. You and her are gonna spend lots of time together.”

-Quality- time...

Even from behind the tin can he wore on his head, Amanda could SEE the gears frantically turning in that little prick's head as their eyes met(well, she could only ASSUME they met, since she couldn't actually SEE his eyes, but... whatever). She knew damn well that HE'D remember HER, but she couldn't decide whether or not she'd let on that his name was still one of several on her shit-list, but her grip on the staff tightened slightly as she contemplated rapping it across the Knight-n00b's bucket.

"A-Amanda? The greatest cleric in all of Heide Online?"

Oh, yeah. Go on, let's hear some more of that. Before Amanda could make a decision, let alone open her mouth to reply, the 6-foot-somethin' armored behemoth fell to one knee, creating no small amount of noise in doing so as the plates that made up his ensemble clacked and clattered together.

"It shall be a great honour to be in your presence."

Amanda blinked several times in rapid succession. For once, she was actually taken aback, left speechless and unsure as to how she felt about this latest development. Now THIS, people, is how you suck up. Take notes. After a few seconds of awkward silence, Amanda looked up at the other's in the group, with the "wtf" look on her face, before looking back down at Mercutio.

"You planning to propose to me or something?"

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Sieghilde

Marauder(18)

EXP:6/10

Gold:630

The Highland Capital: Odin


After inviting the few remaining people into the group (Kit, Azuma and Mercucio). Sieghilde formed a fist moving to the exit of the alley but only stopping at the end. Her eyes examined the people in the middle of the Merchant's quarter before speaking. One to make sure no one else was coming and two a habit when in thought. Her head tilted towards her party members examine each other their levels and equipment. After that she looked towards Kit who had asked her question about the dungeons and then nodded to him. The lancer then gave a loud clap to silence the bickering among the members. She didn't care who anyone was or what problems they had before, personally in a situation like this – she could careless.

“Listen up “ She started as she pulled out her pipe to begin smoking it. “I don't know who any of you are and that's normal in a MMO. We come on, we play and get acquainted without knowing our true faces times like that are over for this game. I'm not speaking as if we're going to become family in one day or one dungeon run but what I am saying is that If this goes successfully – I intend to create a guild shortly afterwords. Casting this shit aside..” She pipe suddenly disappeared obviously going back into her bag a smoker cough escaped her but didn't stop her to lose any composure.

“I figured we'll start in Heine and we'll travel on foot through the areas. If any of you has been in Heine or the whispering plains recently speak up. From explored areas and unexplored there are nine areas excluding safe zones on this continent... and three which we're far from and that is on a Island which we're not ready for. In my thoughts that leaves me to believe that every region has two dungeons. I believe we'll start in Heine first just due to it being a starting area, we may as well explore the whispering plains first. So like I said before if any of you have been in Heine recently please speak.”

Sieghilde's eyes then back towards the Merchant's quarters as her arms folded. She stood looking around with her eyes only to see if anyone was coming. The lancer didn't know if all of what she said was necessary for everyone to hear but she didn't care. She was however interested of those whom may have just came from Heine. The formation of the dungeons seemed logical but the woman wondered if it were true. She also hoped she wasn't making the mistake of marching openly to death with these members. The man wouldn't be that cruel to create the dungeons to be a set high level would he? She shook her head to herself and spoke gently hoping no one heard her “no...”. Had she not met Omata himself, she'd be calmer. Sieghilde examined Mercutio the Knight. It was only natural that she'd have a little more defense at this point and she may have to do the heavy tanking at first but later levels... He'd definitely have to take over.

Sieghilde had a plan conjuring in her mind for what would happen later but rest would definitely be needed after this dungeon. The night will eventually catch up to them and being fatigued while fighting wont go hand in hand. Especially in a game of life and death...

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Kit
Plainswalker(15)
EXP: 6/10
Gold: 1230

The Highland Capital: Odin




By time the marauder he had spoken to finally answered back, Kit had nearly lost all interest in the sword. The man had put on way too much of a display, unsheathing it to marvel at its' sheen before driving it into the ground, for himself to hold interest. A thought occurred to him at that moment as well and waved his hand to view the player's data. He felt Kit's face blanch at the man's level. Less than half his own level, and nothing special other than his sword. He never minded helping out lower level players before, in fact he liked it in a way, but this was a new game. There was more at stake than just losing progress in the game now.

Scanning the other players as well, Sieghilde was the only other one of them so far that beat him out level wise, and the other Plainswalker nearby wasn't too terribly far behind. The crossbow she carried was more of a comfort as well, she could always just hang back and let himself and Sieghilde engage any enemies head on. The Cleric however.....He had heard of the player named Amanda of course, and wasn't exactly impressed. Alot of players hailed her as the best Cleric in the game. He severely doubted that fact, having never run with her to know for sure. But the main job of a support role was just that, support. To make the job easier as much as possible. This particular player seemed to cause more trouble than help from what he'd heard.

As the other Plainswalker, Break, began teasing a new Knight that appeared, Kit scanned over his data once he got closer as well. Another low level player, and with defenses equal to or lower than Kit's own. That wasn't a great sign. If this player joined them, they would no doubt have to carry him quite a bit before he was any true use as a Knight in the group. Closing the depressing sights of the menu, Kit released another sigh, beginning to doubt his choice of joining this group. He watched on and felt Kit's eyebrow shoot up at the scene of the Knight kneeling in front of the Cleric. 'What the hell?' He thought to himself.

Sieghilde finally broke the droll scene to attempt an answer to his earlier question. “I figured we'll start in Heine and we'll travel on foot through the areas. If any of you has been in Heine or the whispering plains recently speak up. From explored areas and unexplored there are nine areas excluding safe zones on this continent... and three which we're far from and that is on a Island which we're not ready for. In my thoughts that leaves me to believe that every region has two dungeons. I believe we'll start in Heine first just due to it being a starting area, we may as well explore the whispering plains first. So like I said before if any of you have been in Heine recently please speak.”

'A simple no would have been easier to say....'

Coming to his feet finally, Kit stretched and let his hands come to rest behind his head. "Well," he began, addressing those around him, "We're just wasting time sitting here. We might as well get out there and at least find the damn place. Beats doing whatever the hell he's doing over there." At his last sentence, he gestured toward the Knight kneeling down in front of Amanda.

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Break∞Square
Plainswalker (11)
EXP:
6/10
Gold: 365

The Highland Capital: Odin


“Easy quests for moderate EXP. Grinding's cheap, but slow as. All monsters can be summed up as okay HP-to-EXP ratio with weak spawn. Good place to get acquainted with the game, but that's about it.” Break quoted her own guide, not sure if anyone had read the area assessments she had posted on the fora, but subsequently didn't care much. “We've all been there, one point or another, but since the patch? Heh.” Break grinned sheepishly, “What do we look like, level three?”

Sieghilde's plans were iffy at best. These dungeons might as well all be placed in the outer rim of the highest level areas. There was absolutely no way to confirm their location with what information they had (and challenging the collective playerbase with eight dungeons designed for low level areas made no sense from a designer's perspective.) Then again, nothing made a whole lot of sense in v1.2 and there was also no place best suited to start looking anyway. They might as well start somewhere. Break shrugged it off and just tagged along. She slapped the back of Mercutio's helmet “Move along white knight, courting damsels can wait.”

Break quickly glanced at Amanda's expression, which was priceless. Either Mercutio had a thing for blonds that made him extra nervous, or the two of them had met before. Shaking her attention from the support division for a minute, Break made a quick comment at Azuma, one of the two members of the party she hadn't talked to yet. “Don't go forgetting that,” She pointed at the blade he had stuck in the ground, giving half a thought to whatever that was good for. “You might just need it.”

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Azuma
Marauder (7)
EXP: 6/10
Gold: 835

The Highland Capital: Odin

Azuma shook his head as he watched the confrontation of Mercuito and Amanda.It looked as though Amanda wanted this to happen but Mercuito seemed to take the fun out of it by doing the kneel that a knight might do for a queen. Which from Azuma's point of view looked as if it stunned the cleric in words. This moment only lasted until Sieghilde spoke out to take charge.

“I figured we'll start in Heine and we'll travel on foot through the areas. If any of you has been in Heine or the whispering plains recently speak up. From explored areas and unexplored there are nine areas excluding safe zones on this continent... and three which we're far from and that is on a Island which we're not ready for. In my thoughts that leaves me to believe that every region has two dungeons. I believe we'll start in Heine first just due to it being a starting area, we may as well explore the whispering plains first. So like I said before if any of you have been in Heine recently please speak.”

The plan made sense, and might make Azuma important. After all, his first week or so of playing involved exploring that area to no end. Though, before he could say so, Kit had spoken.

"We're just wasting time sitting here. We might as well get out there and at least find the damn place. Beats doing whatever the hell he's doing over there." This also made sense to the Marauder. The only thing that was going on was that the knight was probably thinking about getting the hell out of here. Yet this could be because side effects of being early morning when most of us would be asleep.The patch came out at midnight which was only a hour and a half ago. t could be said that they were running off adrenaline.

“Easy quests for moderate EXP, Grinding's cheap, can be faster but slow as hell when alone. All monsters can be summed up as okay HP-to-EXP ratio with weak spawn. Good place to get acquainted with the game, but that's about it.” As soon as those words were said, Azuma knew he heard them before. Though he didn't figure Break or anyone that he'd meet in the game would turn out to be the one to say it and he knew it to be wrong. The Plainswalker turned to make fun of Mercuito again, before rudely reminding Azuma to make sure to grab his sword.

The marauder yanked his blade from the earth with a lot more force then was needed. He then returned the bastard sword to its sheathe on his back, and walked towards Sieghilde. On the way he bumped into Break, not completely purposely since the alley wasn't the biggest and he rather not get between Amanda and the knight.

"Actually, there is an entrance to a cave on the plains. On one of the few hills, there is a small passageway carved into it, but moss and grass cover it. Few people go there since some strangely strong, well strong when compared to the start of the game, guard the area around it. Also the entrance isn't the easiest to find." He spoke before Smirking, the marauder leans back against the wall, feeling a slight boost of adrenaline since he made someone look like an idiot.

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Mercutio

Knight(8)

EXP:6/10

Gold:440

The Highland Capital: Odin


How did knights do this? The stupid slit in the helmet could only see the cobblestone floor and didn't have air holes for Mercutio to breath fresh air, making it disgusting to breath, and the ever so awkward silence as he waited for some sort of response as he took a knee. This amount of kiss-assery had to be worth it if Amanda said anything but, "Kick this bastard!". Well it was.
Sorta.

"You planning to propose to me or something?"

"No way in hell!" is what Mercutio would have said if his life did not lie in this woman's hands. There was even more awkward silence as Mercutio tried to find a polite response between Not a chance, which might(?) piss her off and anything resembling an affirmative surely would have creeped her, then told the group to kick him otherwise. In the midst of thinking there was a loud clap and it was enough to turn the knight's attention to Sieghelde and take in her words.

She was right in the fact that they were strangers but she was, in what polite language Kyle could think of, absolutely fucking insane. When they do get out, it doesn't matter why, how or when, but he was gonna get as far away from Heide as possible. Smash the hardrive, kick in the monitor, tear up that little mouse computer thing, just destroy it from his life. No way in hell was he going back.

Still, eight dungeons in total, two in Heide, and Heide was the destination. Mercutio knew Heide inside and out but the only problem he had was standing right in front of him. In a whisper, she spoke to Amanda in a less then steady voice, only she able to hear it. "Please don't make them kick me. I just want to get out of here. Please."

"We're just wasting time sitting here. We might as well get out there and at least find the damn place. Beats doing whatever the hell he's doing over there."

"Eat it, Kit-Kat." Mercutio angirly thought to himself, grinding his teeth as he did so.

Break∞Square's quip about no-one being in Heide since level three went over his head, it would have been at the most, insulting on a normal day but none of these days were going to be normal, were they? A smack of Mercutio's helmet caused him to jump, then wince as the sound echoed in his ears.

“Move along white knight, courting damsels can wait.”

With that, Mercutio stood up and turned halfway, half listening to Azuma, half listening to the response he got back from Amanda.

"Yes." A pause before he turned to the group and away from Amanda. "I know the same one but it's like a secret spot with loot and I think it was there before the patch." He turned to Sieghelde. "More importantly,There's a big tower poking up from the plains, so I imagine that's one of the first dungeons-" Mercutio yawned out of genuine tiredness, the game's night wearing down on him, breathing in his own sickly breath. "-and since there's nothing else on the plains, the next dungeon ought to be in the forest." He hoped so. It'd be so much better then dealing with those cave spiders.

The knight paused for a moment, looking down as he did so, before continuing. "It's bad in Heide."

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Amanda

Cleric(10)

EXP:4/10

Gold:335

The Highland Capital: Odin


"Please don't make them kick me. I just want to get out of here. Please."

Oh boy, oh boy. This quest just went from a check minus to a check plus.

As the Knight rose from his kneeling position to address the rest of the group, the hook of Amanda's staff would catch on one of his pauldrons, possibly causing him to lean backwards as she came -really- close to him, her lips inches from his ear(or the hole in his helmet where his ear was SUPPOSED to be), though this was more for show, since she was whispering him directly to keep anyone else from hearing her words.

"You listen to me, and you listen good, nooblet. The only reason you're even still in this PUG is because we're gonna need someone to take our licks for us if we want to stand any chance of getting through this. Your name has been at the top- the absolute TIPPY top, mind you -of my list for the majority of this past week, so you'd better be at the top- the TIPPY top -of your game because, mark my words, there are at least one-hundred other Knights out there, and I'd wager more than a few would be better equipped than the snot-nosed dingle berry that you've shown yourself to be thus far. You've got a LONG way to go towards earning my respect, and that's a LOT to say when I'M the one who's literally holding your LIFE-" She would tug on her staff forcefully to emphasize the word -life-, "in my hands..."

Amanda leaned ever-so-slightly closer. "If you so much as forget to put on your helmet while we're instanced, I might just forget how to shot web."

Unhooking her staff from the man-boy's armor, the Cleric casually stepped around Mercutio. "I'm all for doing a bit of scouting before we set up camp, but I'm sure at least a few of you aren't on the same level I am when it comes to all-nighters." She planted the end of her staff on the ground, lacing her fingers together on the inside of the hook. "So, whatever we decide to do, we need to do it -right- now, before we gotta worry about what happens when a player combat logs eye-ar-el(IRL)."

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Marauder(18)

EXP:8/10

Gold:640

The Highland Capital: Odin


Sieghilde's head turned towards the group as Kit replied back. Although blunt which personally Elisabeth admired, he was quite correct. It was late and what was going on here among the group was silly to her. Excluding that, she could tell Break was too sure about her plans explaining the obvious about the area. Yet in a way Sieghilde thought it was also logical. What would be the reason to place a new dungeon in a low ranking area such as that... Areas in this game didn't exactly have a level range but it did have difficulties and if anything was easy it was definitely that area. All of this would make sense as the lancer thought placing clues together. Suddenly the other Marauder spoke. He mentioned the cave entrance among the hills which she personally saw before. That was no new content, in fact there was a quest for that area. Although it was for a low level boss spawn... it was definitely used.

Sieghilde turned her body completely towards her group although her reply was directed towards Azuma. She spoke it out loud so everyone could hear it.

“Unless you did the quest which some of us have, you'd remember that the area was used as a boss spawn. It occasionally drops a weapon of your type for level 5's yet its very rare. The quest drop isn't so much...”

Suddenly Mercutio spoke, Sieghilde didn't exactly notice when he got up from his kneeling towards the Cleric but it didn't matter what he said caught her ear definitely. Perhaps even gave the mark of where they'd go.

“I know the same one but it's like a secret spot with loot and I think it was there before the patch” which the man in armor spoke directing it to everyone. He suddenly turned to the white haired woman. Mentioning the actual key. “More importantly, There's a big tower poking up from the plains, so I Imagine that's one of the first dungeons-” He was interrupted by a yawn before continuing onto information and thoughts upon the next dungeon. Amanda then began to speak trying to sound high and mighty. Sieghilde snapped her fingers towards her which she was quite good at doing. The snap was rather loud but it does what it needs to. Her eyes then looked towards Amanda at first then to the rest of the group. She did it in a way to silence her due to her attitude among them. Sieghilde has dealt with many people like her although on different subjects or often tolerates them yet she didn't want everyone to start off on the wrong foot with each other. She suddenly spoke afterwards.

“I agree with all of you. Unfortunately we are doing this late... and timing may catch up to us depending on how use you are staying up... Everyone, lets move to the wave-gate and teleport to Heide. We'll then immediately leave once we all assemble there. Once you teleport to Heide, meet in Kingdom's square.” With that said the lancer turned around towards the exit of the alley and walked out once again into the crowd of people. Most of them at this point just looked exhausted... walking away from the merchant's quarter... Sad to say a few laid down against crates near shops and fell asleep. This was a bit expected seeing that no one could really afford player housing at the moment. Sieghilde yawned as she passed the district making her way towards the wave gate at the southern gate of Odin. It didn't take her long but she managed to get there raising her hand to it she spoke the obvious words and teleported away.

“The Plains Capital: Heide!”


The Plains Capital: Heide


Sieghilde opened her eyes... noobies of course were in sight but most of them like Odin remained curled up somewhere among the streets or so as if they were homeless, which isn't entirely false. Her eyes traveled the among the capital before spotting in the west, the tower Mercutio mentioned. This was indeed a new sight, It may had been quite sometime since the lady stepped foot among this region but she did remember for a fact that the tower wasn't there before. Let alone in Elisabeth's mind the tower was either close or this dungeon may prove to be quite a travel up. After being in thought, she wasn't quite sure if any of her party members were behind her when she pointed directly towards it.

“In the west – This is indeed a new sight...” She said softly. It only made her sigh thinking about how many people may have started upon the release of this patch and figured it'd be a safe area. Her eyes didn't move as she examined the tower until she came to crave another whip of her pipe which she quickly took out and used.

“Hopefully it won't take us too long to get there...” she said quietly not sure yet not caring if anyone heard her.

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Break∞Square
Plainswalker (11)
EXP:
8/10
Gold: 370

The Highland Capital: Odin


While she listened to the scene between Amanda and Mercutio with her eyes closed (no way, was he really begging her not to get him kicked?) the marauder (Azuma) barbarically forced his way past her. Apparently cocksure to make an impression on their leader (could be a dude, Azuma, could be a dude) he spoke about a 'really hard to find' cave.

“Argh...” Break moaned. Of all people, Azuma challenged her? She, who had charted and documented the entire area inch by inch, and he came with that... A cave of all things, trying to one-up her? “Do you even know what the word plains means?” Break groaned. Kana's impression of the marauder turned more colourful by the second. Break shook her head and sighed, “If you found a cave you were at the border of the Enchanted Forest area. Spend more time looking at your UI instead of that sword.”

Mercutio tuned in to speak about the cave, as did Sieghilde (under the delusion finger-snapping was a good way to shut a group of tweens up,) but as it turned out Mercutio had actually been in Heine recently. More importantly, he spoke of a tower... Well, that was one good clue to work of. Sieghilde's gut got lucky, Kana thought, or was there an actual method to her thinking? Maybe she knew more than she let on. Amanda talked about scouting the area, something about an all-nighter. Pfft, all-nighter. Kana had just woken up.


The Plains Capital: Heide


Stepping into a breath of fresh air, which was a welcome change from Odin, Break arrived in Heine. Otherwise known as beggars everywhere. Surprisingly they were gone far and wide. Sieghilde was quick to point out the tower Mercutio had mentioned. Like the marauder, Break summoned a pipe of her own and knocked it softly against Sieghilde's, “Share a light, fearless leader?”

“Definitely a new sight.” Break mused, opening her UI to write down a note about it. “By the way, Amanda,” Break suddenly turned to the cleric. “All-nighters are my bitch.”

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Kit
Plainswalker(15)
EXP: 8/10
Gold: 1240

The Highland Capital: Odin




If Sam could take off the virtual gear and figure out what was really going on with his body in the real world, now would be about the time he started slamming his head on his desk. It awed him at how egotistical and irrational people could get, especially in a situation like this one where they all needed to be on their A-game. It was common knowledge that personalities often clashed in MMO's, what with everyone trying to be better than everyone else. 'Welcome to your new world,' He thought silently. 'The only real alternative is just die and get it over with...' But that was out of the question. Sam actually had a life outside this game, and he wasn't going to throw it all away just like that.

Yet scanning the group before him, it would be quite a while before they made any real progress with the way every comment was met with another derisive one or some other conflicting remark. Their newest arrival, Mercutio the Knight, acted like he was going to wet himself every time anything was directed toward him. Not exactly an appealing trait coming from someone who was supposed to be the frontrunner in a party. Just listening to their Cleric, Amanda, made Sam want to rip out all Kit's hair and strangle her with it. The person they were going to all have to rely on in the near future. Break, the only other Plainswalker in the group, at least had a bit of knowledge of the areas they would be traveling through, yet it seemed to Sam like she thought her information was infallible even thought it was obvious it wasn't updated for the new patch. Azuma, on the other hand, Sam just wasn't sure about. He seemed overly proud of a sword that was really just a piece of virtual junk that could be beat out at higher levels. It made Sam wonder at the guy's priorities.

Sieghilde on the other hand, at least had a plan. Even if it wasn't the greatest. It couldn't be helped though, even a mediocre plan was better than none at all. Though, Sam couldn't help but notice she was a bit prone to long-winded answers that never actually answered the original questions asked. At least she was trying. “I agree with all of you. Unfortunately we are doing this late... and timing may catch up to us depending on how use you are staying up... Everyone, lets move to the wave-gate and teleport to Heide. We'll then immediately leave once we all assemble there. Once you teleport to Heide, meet in Kingdom's square.”

Kit let out a grunt at finally being able to go do something other than stand in an alley going back and forth over ideas. Maybe spending time around other players was starting to grate on his nerves. He was used to soloing and one on one situations, partying with others was something he tried to avoid if possible. Regardless, he made his way to the wave gate without a word, observing the other player openly sprawling out on the sides of the path.

“The Plains Capital: Heide!”

The Plains Capital: Heide


Arriving in the starting capital, things were hardly the same as back in Odin. The were many more players here than in the previous capital, and more of them littering the streets getting some rest. Kingdom's Square wasn't too far away, but the main street leading to it was in plain sight, and that was something he'd rather avoid in this area. This definitely wasn't his favorite place due to past relationships, and passing through unnoticed was always the best idea.

Using alternative paths and streets, Kit made his way quickly along the familiar shadows out of sight as he made his way to the Square. When it came into sight, he stopped where he was to scan the area. he spotted Sieghilde immediately and Break not too far away. He made his way easily enough to them and stepped up and spoke. "It's probably best if I don't stay here too much longer," he told them, trying not to look too terribly obvious as he scanned the people nearby for any of the familiar faces of the old 'Lightweights'. "I'll go on ahead, that tower seems the obvious choice. I'll wait for you guys there."

Kit began to step away without an answer or approval from the others when Sam made him turn back quickly. "Don't worry about me, I'm the fastest one here by the looks of things, and I'm more comfortable alone anyway. See ya there!"

Turning from them once again, he made for the edge of the city and headed South, where the tower loomed ahead.

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Mercutio

Knight(8)

EXP:8/10

Gold:445

Area Name: The Highland Capital: Odin


Amanda's words were equal parts terrifying and maddening. All that prevented Mercutio from punching her in the face(Whether or not Amanda was a girl she still deserves it) was that pesky thing called being a cleric and being inherently more useful to parties. The knight ground his teeth a bit while steadily breathing to bring himself to normal, Sieghelde snapping her fingers in a disgusting sound to keep everyone quiet.

They were going to Heide and to meet in the kingdom's square, Kyle's eyelids starting to apply weight, silently pleading to be shut.
"The Plains Capital, Heide." The knight whispered to the wave gate before the light enveloped him for a brief moment.

Area Name: The Plains Capital: Heide


"Excuse me, but do you have something?" The begger asked the tall knight in grey armour. He was a lvl 1 plainswalker, dressed only by his underwear, the only part of the game that wasn't sellable. Mercutio looked at him through the slit of his helmet before quickly looking away, hoping that if he closed his eyes he might just dissappear.

"Please, anything." The man was on his knees now and Mercutio made the mistake of looking back at him. There was awkward silence before the man looked down and started to back away.

"Here." Mercutio said, his red cape in gauntlet, that made it's way to the man's hand. The man wrapped it around his body before looking at Mercutio once again but the knight already turned away from him and began walking to the square.

Everyone was crawled up along the streets of Heide, either trying to sleep on the ground, or for the minute few, actually sleeping. Mercutio tore the helmet off and held it for the meanwhile in his hand, the mature face of Kyle's shown, the sweet relief of air hitting his face almost euphoric. The knight saw the others, namely Break and Sieghelde smoking, and thought to chide them for the moment, as well as Amanda and Azuma before Kit shouted something off to them and bolted the other direction.

"The two of you shouldn't smoke you know," Mercutio said as he approached them and before letting them comment/shout back, said: "Where's he going?"

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Azuma
Marauder (7)
EXP: 8/10
Gold: 840

The Highland Capital: Odin

Biting his lip, Azuma began to feel like the biggest idiot in the group when Break clearly attempted to bash his spirit by showing her somewhat impressive knowledge of common sense. He didn't care how right she was, stating the obvious yet both Mercuito and Sieghilde proved his information to be right. Even if to only to say that his hypothesis about it was completely wrong. Once again, he didn't two damns who was right. Honestly, the marauder could say the same thing about every single member of their little party. Their knight was shaking in his boots after just meeting their cleric, Amanda, who well, was one of the most self absorbed people he ever met in his life. Usually he assumed that clerics or any healer were supposed to be nice since they spent all their time helping people, guess he was wrong. Kit, the stronger of the two Plainswalker, seemed a bit stand-offish and that was the nicest way he could think of putting it. The other one, Break, was clearly in a race with Amanda to figure out which one was more annoying, with the Plainswalker at least being a bit more open minded about who to make fun of. While Sieghilde at least somewhat decent yet that simply could be when you compare an average person to a group of assholes, that one person seems like a holy saint.

As members of their party left, Azuma followed slowly behind, starting to regret all his decisions on his day. Well it was better then being one of the people who were crying on the side of the street and curling up into balls that were practically littering the streets. Though not much better. Hell, it was probably worse since they didn't seem to have a giant chance of death since they were just lying in the streets. Hopefully at least some of those players would gather their senses and help somehow. But, if you judged them on how they were acting now, it seemed very unlikely that they would even attempt to do anything other than sit and cry, begging for their mothers.

Sighing, the marauder stopped watching the weeping and useless players, figuring there was no rule point to it. Azuma then slowly made his way to the wave gate, not wanting to get close to any of his new 'friends'. After a few minutes he finally got to the gate.

"The Plains Capital: Heide!"

The Plains Capital: Heide

Just as Azuma arrived in Heide, he thought Odin was bad yet this showed another level. All the people weeping on the ground made it almost impossible to walk forward a few pace without finding you boot in someone else's gut. Steeling himself, the marauder attempted to trend through the bodies. At first he tried to keep from getting someone under foot. Through after awhile, he stopped caring about whatever was under him as he kept going. He barely made it to the square in time to watch Kit run off, most likely in the direction of the tower. He then noticed that Break and Sieghilde were both there, probably waiting for the others. Figuring that might be a good idea, but not wanting to talk with the royal bitch named Break, the marauder decided to stand off to the side, but near enough where he could hear whatever plans they made and maybe help with them without seeming like a giant idiot.

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Amanda

Cleric(10)

EXP:6/10

Gold:340

The Highland Capital: Odin


Having delivered her message to the Knight, Amanda was content to stand off to the side while the others continued their discussions of what to do next.

In Amanda's experience, Clerics rarely, if ever, took leadership roles, simply due to the fact that they were purely a support class and existed only to assist others. In hindsight, she supposed that it might have been more interesting to be a shifty Plainswalker or a face-breaking Marauder, but this suited her just fine... sitting back, letting others do the heavy lifting and occasionally throwing shinies at their boo-boo's... it was a relatively cushy job. Even still, that didn't mean she couldn't try and be the very best at it, and that meant pushing others to be their best, too.

Mercutio, however, was a unique case... she planned to ride that little weasel into the ground before this was all over, and even after it was all over too, if she could manage it. Vindictive didn't even begin to describe her feelings on the matter. Then again, that could be the sleep deprivation talking. Considering that their lives were all at stake... no, she still wanted to bust that little shit's balls.

At least for a little while longer...

A loud SNAP! drew her attention to Sieghilde, who seemed to be looking straight at her without saying a word.

EXCUSE THE FUCK OUTTA M-WHO-WHAT?!

"Everyone, lets move to the wave-gate and teleport to Heide. We'll then immediately leave once we all assemble there."

Seriously, though, just who did this ol "I have to keep spare parts for my clothes" lookin-ass think she was? Snapping her fingers like she was da shiet and barking orders like she was somebody. All this produced from Amanda was a "Bitch, what?" eyebrow quirk coupled with a stance that said "You do that again, and we're gonna have problems." Even so, Amanda strode to keep it together, and swung her staff up onto her shoulders, her hands on either end like a yoke.

"Whatever you say, -boss-lady-." Her sarcasm was transparent in the way she emphasized the term "boss-lady", but Amanda would, for the time being, acknowledge Seighilde's leadership. After all, she seemed to be the only one without any blatant personality disorders, save for the "I'm the big-bad because the thing over my name says 'party leader'."

She watched as the others made their way to the wave gate, screaming at it to take them to Heide. I mean, really, it's voice-recognition software, it isn't some hard-of-hearing old woman operating the trolley. Removing one hand from her staff, she reached out to touch the gate. “The Plains Capital: Heide.”

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The Plains Capital: Heide


Heide was much like it had always been; N00b central. Now, however, it seemed worse than ever. Faced with the possibility of a permanent death, it seemed as though the playerbase as a whole had decided it would be better to just wallow in misery and despair, rather than give a damn about what happened to them. Everywhere Amanda looked, there was some low-level without even their starting gear on their backs, looking up expectantly at her like she should just throw gold at them rather than making them work for it.

Buncha hobos..

One particular hobo just so happened to have stumbled upon a very familiar-looking bit of red cloth... in fact, it almost looked like a cape of some sort. The kind of cape a Knight would wear... Continuing on her way, Amanda heaved a great sigh, coming in view of the group as they gathered once again to formulate a plan of action. No sooner had she come into ear-shot did Kit want to mouth off about all-nighters being her bitch, to which Amanda just shrugged nonchalantly. "So long as you don't slow me down. I got shit to do besides have slumber parties in the wilderness with you guys." Hearing Mercutio's comment about Seige and Break's habit, Amanda gladly accepted the opportunity to give the Knight more crap.

"Relax, boy scout, it's not like the virtual smoke is gonna give them pixel cancer... although, now that ya mention it, just how real IS this whole "one life" thing? Can we get sick in here? Like, deathbed sick? Hell, we could all be walking into a hi-rez game of Oregon Trail for all we know. Better start boiling our water, lest we contract Dysentery! Waving her hands around for dramatic purposes, Amanda walked over to a nearby crate and hopped up, sprawling out on top of it with her staff on her thighs.

"Don't sweat the small stuff, tin man."

Looking around, it was only now that she noticed that Kit had taken off. "Where'd the ninja run off to?"

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Marauder(18)

EXP:10/10

Gold:650

The Plains Capital: Heide


As Sieghilde felt the pipe of her team mate's bump hers she heard her speak a request that actually made her smile. Interestingly there was a share function that appeared once there pipes touched which gave a mutual interest. Her eyes scanned down towards the share button before it selected itself which actually extended the time of her pipe. It was quite an enjoyable small break. Even though times were looking bad in the town. Kit soon stepped behind them speaking towards them.

”It's probably best I don't stay here too much longer” The plainswalker said It was a little obvious to Sieghilde that he wasn't to comfortable being in Heide. She didn't question it but she did nod towards Kit in understandings. He then mentioned he was going ahead and waiting for them there.

“Ok... but just be careful – I know its obvious but outside the city is no longer a safe zone...” The woman said while holding her pipe as the end was in her mouth. By this point he was a little further but she didn't mind. Her eyes then turned to Break before noticing Azuma close by but not too close. To her it seems the first impression got to him. Sieghilde's eyes closed before speaking lightly.

“Thats two down...”

Her eyes once again scanned the quiet night life of the city. Just made her think before this patch there was still people up and questing, having fun. Now its quiet... I wonder how close to life this really got... how populated are the plains, how deadly the forest might be... Enchanted forest as she remembered was a maze at the start... will ambushers be waiting. Suddenly the thought was interrupted. She didn't expect to hear these words in this world but it happened.

“You two shouldn't smoke you know”

The marauder began chuckling as her pipe moved from her lips before Amanda replied towards him. This did bring up a good question. Some monsters do have poison effects... How will this affect us unless we get an antidote... what if Omata actually made poisons a permanent thing until you get an antidote. Sieghilde's eyes went down as her Right finger curled under her bottom lip. Her left hand held her elbow up as she thought of all this. Only to catch the last words spoken.

Where'd the ninja run off to?”

“He said he would meet us there... We're heading towards that tower... From the looks, it shouldn't be too far away but travel in this game is a little long and it could be bigger then it shows... Either way – We're moving out. I don't want Kit to be out in the open alone waiting for us. This goes for all of you. So lets move.”

With that said and done making sure her party members could hear it. She turned from them and began to run towards the exit of Heide. Which then placed her into the beautiful plains.

The Whispering Plains


As she made it out the exit she inhaled through her nose smelling the nature surrounding her. Although it wasn't as scented as Tyr was, this place did always have fresh air but after doing this once she regained her focus looking both ways to see where the tower was when she exited the area. South, she decided to mark this down on her map before heading that way. As she expected when she ran through the field... It was empty or so it seemed until she stopped hearing a scream from a girl...

“!!!!”

She stopped in her tracks turning her head towards her sides before spotting a small girl... looked to be a wizard fighting a low level goblin... She was obviously new and was learning combat for the first time... The first battle is never easy on this game.

“No... I don't want to die..!”

Sieghilde's eyes scanned over the girl noticing her HP was only at 10% left... low as a Wizard. The marauder wasn't about to let her die in front of her. The woman's right arm extended outwards as her hand shaped as if it was holding something. Shortly after a lance appeared. Not taking any time to stall, she rushed in running start before suddenly flickering with speed at the goblin. If you were to watch closely, midway Sieghilde made her polearm shape towards her foe as a jab colliding with the goblin (Die Gebühr des Drachen - 25% SP taken). She sighed letting letting her lance disappear.

“Are you ok dear..?”

“Y-yes.. Thank god!” She said hugging Sieghilde's leg. Obviously she had fallen down from the last attack the goblin did to her.

“I I was just trying the game out.. got it not too long ago... I read the patch notes... but I – I don't know what I was thinking... I could feel the hits... not as hard as I imagine they were but...they still feel like they left their mark... I-”

Sieghilde's hand gently patted the girl's head as she knelt to her. “Don't worry... Just go back to Heide... It's not safe out here.. .especially at night... You need to be careful” She then lifted herself up hear the girl nod with agreement before running off. She wasn't sure if her group members stayed or watched but she motioned them to continue towards the dungeon. After this small event they finally reached the tower's entrance. She didn't see anyone in sight but figured Kit was here and was about to approach them. She looked up noticing the dungeon's height and length. She didn't think it would take too long but she never knew. Sieghilde then turned towards her group before once again taking her pipe out.

“We're all here and ready?” She said it a little loud in case Kit was close and she just didn't see him.

“I don't know the difficulty of these dungeons but I know we wont fail... Mercutio.. Although you are a knight – I just want you to do your best in contributing into damage. I'll take the hits the best I can, If I lose aggro at any time.. Just do what you can and even then, Kit may be able to take some hits... Amanda, I'm sorry if heals may be a bit scattered due to this but this is all we got for now. So lets give it our all” She said suddenly blowing a cloud of smoke after taking a large hit.

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Kit
Plainswalker(15)
EXP: 10/10
Gold: 1250

The Whispering Plains




Kit strode quickly away from the town as quickly as he could, sticking to the shadows as much as possible. His level was clearly a bit high for this area, and it showed at how fast he was able to traverse the plains. He remembered beta testing this area a few weeks ago, it was definitely a great starting area for the game. The enemies weren't too strong, but offered a decent enough challenge to learn the ins and outs of each individual class. This is where players came to develop their skills and begin their wondrous, and now horrible, journey through the game.

Nearing the tower, Kit stopped to scan the area around the suspected dungeon tower. The tower itself loomed up into the night like a beacon, high above anything else in the surrounding areas. Sam could feel a bit of the strain in Kit's neck as he stretched up trying to glimpse the top of the tower. He could only see one entrance, but the back of the tower was out of sight at the moment. He'd have to circle around for a better view.

Before he set off again, there was a noise and a Deranged critter appeared to block his way. The creatures in this area were so weak, a few of his basic attacks were all it really took to dispatch the low-leveled creature. He knew not all battles were going to be as easy as that one was in the coming future as the creature dissipated into the virtual abyss. Particularly the dungeons might prove a great deal harder than they all anticipated so far.

Moving on his way again, he wrapped himself in the shadow around him, adding to his already stealthy nature. The shadows clung and climbed up Kit's figure until he vanished to any surrounding eyes (Wraith- 5% SP Taken). Moving unseen the rest of the way, he made it easily to the entrance of the tower and circled around the base until he came a complete circle back to the entrance again. This seemed to be the only way in, and there weren't many enemies around the tower itself. At least, not in sight. Hopping up to a ledge near the entrance, he waited the rest of the time for them to catch up.

Once they came into sight, Kit heard Sieghilde begin giving a slight briefing as she stopped near the entrance. He thought it pretty smart for Mercutio to let any of the tanking fall on Sieghilde, but doubted how much the knight might actually add to their overall damage. 'Every little bit helps I guess...' He thought. The thought of himself possibly taking a few hits didn't sit well on his end, but he assumed it really couldn't be helped with the knight's low level.

Coming to the ground softly, Kit dropped the shadows around himself and reappeared as he walked up to the others. "This is the only entrance." He said confident as the last of the shadows dissipated. "Not much around the base either, seems pretty straight forward. I'm fine with taking a hit or two if I really need to, but as long as I can get behind anything we encounter, I can dish out some serious damage." Scrubbing a hand through Kit's hair, he leaned against the entrance to the inside of the tower. "In any case, I'm ready when everyone else is."

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Break∞Square
Plainswalker (11)
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Gold: 375

The Plains Capital: Heide


“Hihi, pixel cancer.” Amanda's comment made Break giggle and forget about her own reply to the knight. Mercutio was just one big walking source of amusement. Kana sure hoped this one stayed alive, albeit for all the wrong reasons. She took a pull from her pipe, letting the smoke overwhelm her before letting it slip from her lips. Smoking wasn't exactly a thing she could do back in the real world, which might be why it was so fascinating in game. Sieghilde though, looked so natural doing it, Kana figured she'd been at it for years.

“If he didn't want his alone-time, he should've taken someone with him.” Break shrugged. “But I suppose we'd best get to that dungeon sooner than later anyway.”

Speaking of alone time. Azuma had been taking his distance from Break since they'd arrived in Heide. Just the way she liked it. This was probably the best for him too, Kana thought, the marauder could spend some quality time with his sword before he'd have to dirty it. This might benefit them mutually. Upvote.


The Whispering Plains


The trip to the tower was predictably easy. Although... It didn't appear like that for everyone. Sieghilde ended up rescuing a newbie wizard with probably more flair than was needed.

“Hey Mercutio, looks like you're the the only paladin in this party!” Break smirked and from the glimpse of an eye she saw the little wizard clamping onto their fearless leader like she was her mom. Was Sieghilde a mom? Kana wondered. Her behaviour did point towards it, despite her rather lackluster silencing methods. Stay-at-home moms often indulged in digital media as if escaping their homes. The amount of moms finding escapism in video games would strike any given person as awkward, but Kana thought it made sense from a sociological point of view.

She turned one eye to the girl in Sieghilde's arms, pointed her crossbow up at the sky and let her roar. There was a loud 'twang,' followed by a tiny, gold bird falling from the sky, skewered by a crossbow bolt, dematerialising quickly after it hit the ground.

“They yield less loot or exp than even the lowest level monsters, but if you wanna train without risking your neck, look for shiny birds.” Break suggested, although the lack of emotion in her voice made it look more like she was showing off her knowledge than showing empathy. The whimpering little girl appeared terrified. Completely understandable if you, say, believed in-game death meant real life death. Break's cold tensions crept back onto her back. The thrill of the game would soon start and Break wondered how everyone would handle under pressure. She watched the girl scurry off afterwards, without so much as receiving a reply.

“Noobs,” Break mumbled mockingly, before she strapped her crossbow back on her back and followed Sieghilde to the tower.

Kit was already there and quickly responded to the party leader's calls. Her speech started and it was all about dividing the roles. Pretty basic stuff, Break reckoned, but truth to be told this was sort of her very first serious party in Heine Online. It was probably best if she mentioned that... Even if she did know the mechanics, her instincts were more of those of a solo-player's. Plainswalker and all. “This raid is a new thing.” Break said, “But if you guys keep the heat off me, I can keep the heat off you. Consider me your friendly neighbourhood sniper, I can bring down priority targets without needing to move.” She looked at Mercutio, if he kept his nerves in check and had a provoking skill, he would be able to control mobs quite well. Kit on the other hand, mentioned something that could be problematic...

“Kit, we don't know the lay-out of the dungeon and we don't know the levels of the monsters. If you're going to play tank, don't get behind them unless it's advantageous to our position. Break their formation, not ours.”

The plainswalker liked to operate solo as well. At least, his vanishing trick and standoff attitude suggested so. Kana's mind wandered, Kit might very well be in the same boat as her. The two of them might have a hard time adapting their playstyles for this... They'd better be prepared.