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Eri Soluce

"If we were cards, I'd be your local friendly Jack~"

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a character in “Soulchess: A Second Awakening”, as played by Skwidge

Description

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”What can I do to brighten the mood?”




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Title – “The Shadow’s Apprentice.”
Faction - Plenoran
Role - ♝Plenoran Bishop♝
Race - Human
Gender - Female



Appearance
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Eri has lime green eyes, and soft green hair that comes down an inch or two below her jaw and a frame around her face which draws down to her chest and bangs that are swiped to the left side. She has a thin yet still-strong build, and she has somewhat tanned skin. Eri stands at five foot six, and weighs in at 120 pounds. Her nails are painted green as well, and she wears almost shoulder-length ebony colored gloves with finger holes. A silver band with a Celtic design adorns her left ring finger. She is never seen without her black fedora which has a striped green band around the base and two large pale yellow flowers pinned onto it.

Around her neck is found a black string tie, and her normal attire is a slim dress that flows outwards starting from the lower back to a few inches below the upper thighs. The main color is a greenish cream with a black underlining where it breaks into lime and pale green soft ruffles. The same pale yellow flowers are viewed pinned onto the right hip of the dress going down to the lining. Eri also wears ebony black stockings that reach all the way to her upper thighs. She also wears a black undershirt and pitch black combat boots that strikingly only adds to her overall appearance. For her items, she has a small, plain leather bag strapped to her thigh. It's comfortably placed, and doesn't impede her motion. It's also hidden in her ruffles, but still easy to access.

Her crest is located under her jaw on the left side.

Gardenian Appearance
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When out and about the town, Eri takes on a more subtle, care-free look. She adopts glasses instead of her fedora, and her hair is more of an olive brown. Three small piercings can be found on the lower rim of her ear, and she’s usually found in a dark grey hoodie with white strings and short sleeves. Underneath said hoodie, Eri wears a striped button-up shirt that is grey green and off white. She wears blue grey and slightly baggy fitted jeans. In this form she adopts a more normal boot, leather and dark brown.



Personality - Eri is a calm and highly calculated individual, but that certainly does not mean she doesn’t like to have fun. She’s clever and crafty, and enjoys teasing and smiling. She can be described as somewhat bold, but rather it’s a fact that she doesn’t really care about personal space. She’s lighthearted and when out in Gardenia, a person who is just the right mix of slightly shy with strangers, somewhat quirky, and enjoys having fun no matter what the expense.

However, in battle, her demeanor changes- she becomes rather serious in her actions, yet somewhat playful on the outside when she can be. It’s mainly calculations and estimates as well as regarding the motions of the enemy. She chooses to tease and uses unexpected tactics or tricks when fighting, and whatever works with her is what she’ll use.



Weapon(s) – She uses needles as her primary physical weapon. The main equip location is at her finger junctions, and can easily be shifted between fingers for a more precise and directed attack. They are blade-sharp from the tip down the sides.

Fighting Style- Eri uses her lithe build for agility and speed when fighting. For a higher hit percentage and a harder blow, she mainly does close combat with her needles; however, they can be thrown. It’s mainly a pressure point fighting style, using nerve points for temporary paralysis or causing limp muscles, etc.


--Abilities—
~Role Abilities~
1) Sense Presence- Able to feel the spiritual presences of other “Pieces”.
2) Suppressed Spirit- Unable to be detected by others except the Queen.
3) Far Sight- To see with hawk-like eyes; sometimes even the smallest details never escape the bishop.

Shadow Palpitation
The ability to harness the shadows and manipulate them for multiple purposes. Weakens or strengthens with the amount of light, objects, and personal strength. Mainly used as a shield or barricade to weaken blows or stop them completely, or as dazing or throwing off the opponent.

Light Footed
Light and quiet on her feet when need-be, which makes it hard to detect her and even harder to catch.

Keen Focus
Heightens the precision and damage rate when using weapons. Ability allows for easier dodges, smoother motions, and overall alertness to the surroundings. The power of the ability depends highly upon physical stresses placed upon Eri and the amount of distraction present.

Halcyon Barricade (Passive)
A block in Eri's mind caused by an internal peace; it causes clearness of thought, mind, and being, and thus prevents most abnormal corrupt intentions caused by outside forces to alter or imprint upon her state.

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History- Eri lived a fairly normal life, she was born into a higher middle class family, had both her parents- if you can really say that, as her parents mostly ignored her or were too busy- and mostly kept to herself because of this. However, that wasn't the only reason. Eri was born ‘special’, and everyone tended to avoid her or shun her because of how the shadows would seem different when she was around, would react in unnatural ways- they'd bend towards her, shift after her, conglomerate near her. But of course, this didn't always happen, but when it first started up, that was enough to set people off the edge. She never got the chance to be herself and open up, because no one would talk to her.

As she got older, the degrees of her... disposition... would lessen, she got more control over at least keeping them at bay. But the damage had already been dealt, and she still kept to herself for fear of being pushed away.

When she was in her first year of high school, something strange happened. Someone actually approached her. She was given a music box by this someone, and she warily accepted the gift. No one had ever acted this way with her, so she was understandably uneasy; but the worry quickly dissipated as he genuinely was interested in befriending her.

So this person was the closest thing she had in life, pretty much her only friend, more like an older brother, and, possibly, something... more. They were close, did everything together, had many a laugh, and Eri was eased out of her shell when around him. She finally had a light in her otherwise dreary and troublesome life, someone who appreciated her and enjoyed who she was.

That is, until that one fateful day when they were out at the local park, sitting on the bridge wall and looking down at the water. Eri and he were talking and joking, and she got too comfortable and lighthearted, so much so that she forgot about the shadows. It was then that his and her shadows shifted a few degrees closer together. That cast by the bridge also shifted, the shadows of a few fish also separated and swam beside the actual bodies. Even though they were only subtle changes, Eri suddenly stopped laughing and caught her breath, her conscious struggling to cause everything to go back to normal- desperate for it to.

But it was too late, by the jerky motion of the re-merging, it caught his eye, and he instantly knew it had been she who had caused it. Eri had hoped that if this moment ever came, he'd understand, she assumed they enjoyed each other, that he'd be able to look past it. But she was devastatingly wrong.

He went silent, and then turned and left the park without a word, and Eri just sat there in silence, a look of pain and disgrace on her facials. She didn't run after him, didn't try to reach out and explain to him, and that was the biggest err of her life. She should have at least tried, he was important enough, but she was shell shocked, she couldn't move.

From that point on, he put as much distance between them as possible, and that rejection hit her the hardest. Eri completely shut down, never looked up at anyone, never spoke. She withdrew fully into her shell, she was nothing more than just... another shadow. He left during the second year of high school, moved to a different place to get far away from her. And she just simply bore it with a silent distress, a deep rend inside. But that music box never left her side, no matter how much the memories hurt. It was still a sort of comfort to her; if she tried hard enough, she could distract herself from the memories and only hear the notes. But she never shed a tear for the painful memories, she just... couldn't, for some reason.

And that was how her life progressed on, always silent, locked away. Even when she moved up into college in a new area as well, she almost knew... almost came to grips, or simply gave up- she would never be normal or really important.

There was one place she always really enjoyed going to- away from all of the other people and the hardships that pressed around her. It was a ballroom that was hidden away within one of the old community buildings, There were a few windows within it, and it had a white marble floor and a large, though rusty, chandelier. She would usually walk around the room, or sit on one of the balcony railings and look down upon the floors and imagine of things, or she would replay her day’s information and classes, and try not to let the pain flood in. She eventually began to actively try to play with the shadows, and sometimes could get them to move or shift by her own will, instead of it happening randomly. The room was her place of solitude and peace. She was the only one who knew about it.

Or so she thought.

In her second year of college, right when the sun was beginning to set, Eri was sitting on the balcony railing within the abandoned ballroom, swishing her legs slowly back and forth in the air, thinking hard about the day’s classes. She was holding the music box in her left hand in front of her stomach, and was fiddling with the lid. It wasn’t quite propped open enough to play, but nonetheless, it was open. It was then when she heard the smallest of squeaks behind her- someone’s sole rubbing against the marbled floor.

Eri didn’t even get a second to react- she suddenly felt a stab of pain blossom at her shoulder blade that immediately began to burn down her right side. She then felt the blood just begin to pulse through the slash. It was then that she felt the hand at her back, and the ground came hurtling up at her face. And then a loud resounding smack echoed through the empty room.

The small wooden box slipped from her grasp, falling forward and pushing the lid fully open. Somehow it didn’t entirely break, somehow it still played. Though the notes were rigid, the soft song set into it began to play. Eri merely laid there, the blood seeping out around her, and she shifted her broken body into the fetal position, eyes shut tightly, slowly dying.

It was only a few seconds after the music began to play that a voice softly rang out in the empty room. ”You kept it… all this time?” The voice held surprise when it finished, a slight flourish of pain and remorse ringing through it. Eri’s eyes flickered open at the familiar voice, and her pupil shifted up to the balcony to look on the face of the person she trusted and... loved... those years ago. Her face remained still, without any emotion, her eyes focused on the silhouette.

This time she cried.

Silent tears began to well at the corners of her eyes to trickle down her cheek and then drip from her jaw to mix with the blood staining the marble. Steps sounded from the floor, rushed and strained. She opened her mouth to speak out, to utter some noise, to express the despair, the inexorable pain, but not a single noise escaped her lips, because that was when it all went black.

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But, seemingly, only moments later, her eyes reopened, and a small, bemused smile wriggled onto her lips. Her form was whole, and light was shining down onto her face. Eri had to blink a few times, and she couldn’t remember anything at all. She looked up fractionally, aware of something in her pocket, which she quickly drew out. A small wooden box, whole and new. She tilted her head, but then suddenly set it down and raised her hand to touch her jaw. It was like she could almost feel something there that shouldn't have been. And as soon as she touched her mark, she knew of her purpose.

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So begins...

Eri Soluce's Story

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Eri Soluce

Gardenia


Plip, plip, plip, rain fell steadily from the sky to plummet to the earth and coat everything with a fine sheen of water. Eri was no exception to that fact. With a soft groan, her eyelids fluttered open and her pupils contracted to adjust with the dark surroundings and bright lights invading her sight. Her head was tilted to the side, and the rain itself ran off the rim of her fedora. Blinking a few more times, Eri let out a small hiss of breath at the pain throbbing in the back of her mind. Her eyes trailed down a bit to focus on the darkness that surrounded her.

She could recall the faintest traces of déjà vu, and had the sinking feeling that she had fallen, but the question was why she hadn’t been crushed because of it. The feeling in her left hand suddenly registered to her brain, and again she shifted her view to gaze upon that hand. Black smoke curled through her fingers and around her palm, and that was when she groggily was reminded of her ‘specialty’ with shadows. They had apparently jumped up and cushioned her fall- and they did a fairly good job of it, too.

Her body convulsed with another shiver, and she shifted her dripping arms to wrap around herself in a futile instinct to cover herself for warmth. Of course, it only made it worse, as part of her was dry, and the other wet, and mixing them didn’t exactly bode well.

As she moved, the shadows dissipated and she fell the last few inches to the ground with a thump and a complaining groan in response. Thunder rolled loudly overhead, but Eri paid little mind to it, suddenly aware of some object in the pocket of her dress pressing a little painfully into her side.

Blankly she slipped her hand into it and pulled out a small wooden box and immediately opened the lid. A soft tune clicked into action and rang softly through the area around her, and another dull throb of a different sort began in the back of her mind. However, just as suddenly as she had opened it, Eri flicked the lid shut, and her hand rose to her throat. Her fingers brushed up the skin until they stopped at a mark she somehow knew was there.

Information began to stir in her brain, but it was slow until she leaned forward and gazed into a small puddle of rain water that reflected her image. Once she saw the mark of the bishop, the knowledge hit her immediately and without pause. ’Chess.’ She stopped the information from flowing for a moment to wrap her head around that one, and she had to let out a laugh. “I don’t even know how to play chess.” She grinned laughingly to herself at the fact she'd been chosen anyway, and then the thunder rolled again.

Eri looked over herself for a moment, making sure that all was well with her form, and then opened the leather bag at her thigh to place the music box in- a perfect fit, it seemed. At least she knew why she was here, and of the knowledge pertaining to her new role. But for now, she could care less about this game of chess, and more about her current state.

Getting up from the ground, Eri wiped the dirt from her dress and stuffed her hands into her pockets, a mild grin written on her lips as she began walking in quest of a store. The rain continued to pool off of her beloved hat as she wandered, and winds kicked up occasionally. On one spurt of air, she lifted her hand to hold her fedora down onto her head for fear it would fly away. She couldn’t let that happen, she really liked this fedora- it was like a part of her.

Her eyes suddenly locked on one of the stores, and her form stopped at the door. She tried the knob with a content look, and found it to be naïvely unlocked. “Oops.” She muttered with a wry grin, speaking for the shopkeeper’s mistake as she walked into the room. Her eyes scanned the shelves quickly before picking out what she sought. Striding over to the object, she plucked it off its rack and slipped her arms through the long sleeves and fastened three or four of the top buttons into their holes to protect her chest. After having finished that, she realigned the collar to fit more securely around her neck, and then started towards the door once more.

If she had the key, she would have locked the shop for the person who owned it, but seeing as she was short of such an item, she just shrugged and stepped back into the rain, relishing the newfound warmth and protection the long trench coat offered. She figured that one little coat missing wouldn’t screw over the economy of Gardenia, so she had pretty much no remorse.

However, while she was dwelling on the covering, a strong gust of wind suddenly kicked up and knocked the fedora from her head to carry it away. A look of comical despair filled her facials as she reached out for her precious hat, as if that was going to help. “My… hat….” Her lips trembled as if she were going to cry, but she then grinned faintly, showing that she was being overly dramatic for a small laugh.

And then, without another second to waste, Eri sprang into action, quickly sprinting after the object. Her feet continuously landed in water puddles, sending large splatters of water flying in every direction. ’At least the rain isn’t falling against me.’ She mused for a small moment before rounding a corner.

Tensed, the girl came to a splashing halt, having lost sight of her hat. Her eyes flickered around quickly until she caught the matching movement. ’Why does the wind have to be so mad?’ She groaned in dismay at how fast paced the item moved, and then started up again in pursuit.

However, after passing a rise in the streets, she saw the hat teasingly pause before sliding away from her and becoming airborne once again. Eri was definitely gaining on it, and another round of thunder rumbled through the heavens.

The hat was buffeted further by the wind before suddenly smacking into the back of a man (Kael Skye). Being pushed by the wind, it remained there for a few seconds- enough time for Eri to close the distance to only a handful of feet- before the wind pushed it upwards, forcing it to tumble over a few times and then slip right above his head.

Putting on a last burst of speed, she finished off the distance, and, leaping up, she outstretched her hand, her fingers closing around the rim of the hat right as it was departing from the man’s head. “Gotch-“, the bishop didn’t get the chance to finish her statement as she suddenly realized she was on an immediate collision course with the guy inches in front of her.

The force of her momentum hitting the lesser speed of the hat-stopping man caused them both to go crashing to the ground. Eri’s left hand was situated a few inches from his face, propping her up slightly, while her right hand clutched the fedora a small ways off the ground. The shadows had once more pushed up around her left hand so she wouldn’t injure her wrist from the impact.

However much her form was raised was quickly eradicated as she collapsed fully from the strain of holding herself up so awkwardly; however, the distance was hardly far at all, but the guy probably would have still felt the shift of her weight pretty easily. A sheepish look scrawled across her lips as she gazed down at the guy she had landed on.

“Uh, hi.”

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Continuing his trek through the streets of Gardenia, Kael's mood was significantly better than it was earlier. The few citizens of Gardenia that Kael happened to pass in his progress through the city didn't seem to share his sentiment towards the storm tearing across the heavens. Most of those he came across hurried across the street or into some building as quickly as they could in a vain attempt at staying dry. Others that noticed him seemed to scurry away just as fast, helping to avoid any further occurrences like the one that had occurred after his descent to the city's streets. Yet all of them had a direction or some sort of a destination in mind as they rushed about in the rain.

Where the hell am I going anyway....? The thought popped into Kael's head suddenly as he paused on his journey to nowhere. He really had no destination in mind and could have been wandering aimlessly around in circles for all he knew. Perhaps he should have stuck to the rooftops to get a better vantage point as he proceeded. A vantage point only helps when you know where you--

The thought was cut off abruptly when the crest on his hand began to throb slightly. A tingling sensation filled his hand as the image of the Black Rook pulsed slightly, feeling as if thousands of tiny pins and needles were dancing across the shape. A sort of warning seemed to be displaying itself, yet Kael had no idea what it meant.

Shaking out his hand, Kael tried to make the feeling go away in vain. Not knowing what was causing it was irritating him even more so than the actual sensation. during this short and irritating process, the wind began to pick up from behind as the rains continued to fall on the city. A light bump tapped his back and he spun toward the feeling, causing a slight shift in the winds surrounding him. This shift brought a blur up in front of his face as what appeared to be a hat sailed a little ways above his head.

Without warning, a hand shot out and caught the rim of the hat easily, bringing Kael's from the hat to the arm's owner (Eri Soluce). The woman smashed into him and took them both over in the collision. Taking the impact of the ground squarely on his back, Kael was slightly winded by the blow. He didn't know if she was holding herself up or if she was just really light, but Kael was able to draw in a breath unhindered before his question was answered. All at once, she dropped the few inches she was elevated to rest her body weight.

"Uh, hi."

Kael blinked as a drop of water rolled off her lime green hair to land on his shades. He would have traded all of his gifts at that moment to be able to read people's minds. He had always been horribly bad at reading faces and couldn't discern what he saw on her face at that moment. But it didn't matter once he spotted the mark below her chin. A Black Bishop. So this is one of the people he would be fighting with? Suddenly this game doesn't seem so bad... he thought.

Rolling over, Kael reached around her back to keep the woman from falling as he pulled her up behind him. "Nice catch," he said gesturing to the hat. Reaching out to touch the mark below her chin, the touch felt harmless after the actions of the past few moments, he shifted his gaze back to her eyes. "Bishop? Hmm, I would've guessed a Queen... Kael Skye, I'm guessing I'm our Rook. And obviously not the sturdiest castle out here...." He said, indicating their collision and fall as he held up his hand to show her the crest. "Something special about that hat? Or was it my winning smile that made you want to tackle me?"

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Gardenia: In the city


Ormir considered her options for a moment, feeling each dim, flickering piece. Most she could only sense faintly as an odd fuzzy feeling in the corner of her mind, and that only when she focused deeply. However, Ekuro's impatient shuffling continually distracted her. He was unsure why she was taking so long to consider, especially since she knew where pieces were. Ekuro wanted to just investigate and see what came out of it. Finally, Ormir agreed to do just that. In the short time they had waited, several pieces went out of range. Ormir decided to approach two of the closest pieces, who, if she was judging correctly, were also fairly close to each other. She shared her thoughts with Ekuro and he wholeheartedly agreed, not waiting another moment before charging across the roof and launching himself off onto an adjacent roof.

Their pace increased now that Ormir knew where she needed to go, and soon they were all but flying over the rooftops. The rain streamed unheeded down Ormir's face, and she blinked it out of her eyes. She was thoroughly wet, but not cold. It was near impossible for Ormir to feel cold, and this weather was nothing compared to.... 'Compared to what?' Ormir thought, thoroughly confused. It felt as if she had hit a brick wall. It was almost like a dream that was slipping away, but what did it mean. Ekuro, sensing her unease, looked back at her for a moment with concern, but she merely shook her head, sending droplets of water flying, and met his gaze with a small smile. She pushed away thoughts of the odd, almost memory and brought her attention to the task at hand. She had to find those she was meant to protect.

Within moments, they were just above the two pieces(Eri Soluce and Kael Skye). Ekuro jumped from the rooftop, spiraling down until silently landing beside the pair. Ormir gave them a small, relaxed smile and a nod, nonchalantly returning her attention back to the wonders of the modern city and trying to keep out a feeling that she was missing something....

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Eri Soluce

Gardenia



The sheepish look soon disappeared as the man underneath her looked pretty unfazed by the events that just took place. She tilted her head, looking over his face for a few moments. It was about then that she felt the sudden lurching motion beneath her, and was just about to fall off of him from the unexpected weight shift when she felt his arm steadying her at her back for a few moments until she caught her balance. He then rose from the ground and extended a hand which Eri cheerfully took and lifted herself up with.

"Nice catch." A bright grin teased the corners of her lips as a well-deserved look of satisfaction eased onto the rest of her facials. She figured the look spoke well enough for itself, and she stuck her tongue out fractionally at him with a grin. Eri blinked as he outstretched his hand towards her, but didn’t make a move away from him. As soon as his fingers brushed against her skin, a shiver ran down her spine, and her heartbeat quickened.

“Your hands are cold.” She accused with a wry smile, showing that she was just teasing him and really didn’t mind much. Hers were probably just as bad anyway. "Bishop? Hmm, I would've guessed a Queen....” Eri looked over to him with a good natured look. “Queen? I think I’d suck pretty badly at that role, especially considering I don’t know how to play chess anyway.” Another grin lit up her face, her eyes taking on a slightly mischievous look. “Kael Skye, I'm guessing I'm our Rook. And obviously not the sturdiest castle out here...." A short, genuine laugh escaped her lips at the comment, and she then nodded amiably as Kael showed her his crest.

“Eri Soluce, pleasure... running into you.” Her facials adopted an innocent look, trying in a joking manner to make up for the bad pun. "Something special about that hat? Or was it my winning smile that made you want to tackle me?" Another soft laugh echoed through the small street they were situated in before taking on a teasing smirk. “It was definitely that striking smile I couldn’t see while you were turned around; I just couldn’t help myself~” Eri’s grin was back on her face before she gained a slightly more serious tone- if it could even be compared to that. “I dunno, I just really like that hat, and would prefer not losing it on my first night, or ever for that matter.”

The black bishop placed a finger a little to the left of her chin, before opening her mouth to remark on something else. However, the thought was quickly abandoned as she heard an unusual shifting in the air behind her. She turned her head to see just what it was, and was definitely shocked to see what lay before her. Eri took a few quick steps back to where Kael stood, and swept behind his form, clutching his shoulder softly with a look of pouty annoyance that held absolutely no truth to it.

“A… dragon? For real?” She tilted her head, her eyes scanning over the creature next to the woman with excited wonder (Ormir+Ekuro). Her focus then turned to the woman, and an incredulous look found a place on her facials as the woman seemed to just smile and nod, like having a freaking dragon was the most normal thing ever. "Whaaat?"

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Gardenia




“Eri Soluce, pleasure... running into you.”

Kael couldn't help but laugh at the jape. At least Eri had a bit of a sense of humor, even in the situation they were now forced into with this deadly game of Chess. As she continued on, answering the question Kael had posed, he began to wonder what other kinds of people or creatures would be participating in this game alongside them. More importantly, who or what they would be up against as well. So far, he had been lucky enough to run into Eri, or rather she ran into him, but a member of his own side nonetheless. The tables could be drastically turned if he ran into an opposing member this early. Eri herself looked normal enough though, but he was living proof that you could look normal, but still have a very unique lineage. Moderately living proof, he thought. I died, so what does that make me now...?

Eri got another look on her face just then. He didn't know exactly what it was just yet, but he decided to himself that this girl may actually be worth sticking around. At least, for the time being that is. She looked poised to ask him something, or at least make another jape. Kael couldn't begin to imagine what though, as that sharp tingling sensation returned again, this time though, it was too faint to echo the warning in time. Instead, he caught the flash of pause in the rain for a fraction of a second as something seemed to pass by the pair in the streets directly overhead. Much too quiet for comfort, some large reptile seemed to appear from behind the mists of the rain as it landed way too softly for its size, a calm and unfazed female sitting atop its back (Ormir-Ekuro). Kael raised an eyebrow at the friendly smile and nod he and Eri received from the woman. That was better than my first entrance... he thought.

Eri took a few quick steps to use himself as a makeshift barrier between her and the newcomer. “A… dragon? For real?”

"A dragon?" Kael said aloud to Eri. "Is that what that is? I thought dragons were supposed to be...." He stopped himself as he almost said 'impossible'. His mix of Arachne/Valkyr blood was an impossibility in itself, yet here he was. "...bigger..." And breathing fire, and eating people, and tearing down castles... He thought silently to himself. "Maybe she fed a lizard steroids and that's what she got..."

Kael generally tried to keep his voice a little lower, offending a woman riding a dragon or over-sized lizard or whatever probably wouldn't be the best thing to do. Yet if this was a dragon, there was no telling what other talents the woman may have. The woman looked more friendly than hostile at the moment, yet one never knew what the intentions of others might be. He decided to at least address the woman at least. "Yo! What do you feed that thing?!" He called out, suddenly realizing that he or Eri might be a suitable meal... "You know what? Nevermind. I don't really want to know that answer...."

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Ormir + Ekuro


Gardenia: In the city - 1:15



At the young, green haired woman's (Eri Soluce) question, Ormir's attention returned to the two pieces(Eri Soluce and Kael Skye). 'Yes, I am a dragon...' she thought, giving a slow nod. However, her face quickly turned thoughtful as she realized she was in her human form here. How could the girl have.... She gave a soft chuckle, smiling as she wordlessly communicated to Ekuro, "She was talking about you, wasn't she." Ekuro gave a chuckle of his own, a deep, purring rumble in his chest, and Ormir felt his amusement at the understandable mistake.

The man also expressed his confusion, and though he spoke quietly to the woman (Eri), Ormir could still hear him clearly. He seemed to think Ekuro was too small to be a dragon, though the man was barely reached Ekuro's shoulder. Ekuro gave a short, rumbling growl at being told he was small, and Ormir quickly cut him off with a feeling of disapproval.

Suddenly, he addressed her in a rather odd manner, asking what she fed Ekuro. Ormir was confused about why he was asking. The question seemed to come out of no where and Ormir was not sure whether he was trying to be funny when he just as quickly decided he did not want her to answer this question. This man acted much different than what she normally expected of humans, and she wondered if she would be able to figure him out.

With that thought, she realized that there were two sides to this odd game of 'chess,' and she still had no idea which side these two were on. She had not even thought to find out, naively assuming they were her teammates. A slight nervousness filled her, making her pupils turn to slits (Draconian Transformation: Stage 1), and she immediately slid down to investigate, noting the hilt of a sword sheathed in the side of the saddle. Ormir never thought to just ask what pieces they were, or whether they were Plenoran. If they did turn out to be enemies, she would have to act quickly. Two against one was never good odds, so she would need the advantage of knowing and acting first.

She clasped her hands behind her as she approached to show she did not intend to harm them, yet. Getting a bit closer than one should when first meeting, she leaned forward to peer first into the man's face, then into the woman's, the light glinting in her slitted eyes as rain slid down her face, dripping from her chin and hair. She found what she was looking for sitting just under the woman's jaw. A black mark. The word 'bishop' popped into Ormir's mind, though she had little idea what that actually meant. So the woman, at least, was Plenoran. The man, however....

Thinking of where his crest might be, Ormir's left hand suddenly darted out, grabbing the man's arm and turning it over before he could react, revealing her own crest. She was relieved to see a black mark on his palm, and again a name popped into her mind. 'Rook.' So she would not need to fight them. A relieved sigh escaped from her lips as her eyed flickered for a moment before returning to their normal, human appearance. She released the man's arm, hoping she had not hurt him. Realizing she was a bit close, she took a respectful step back and clasped her hands in front of her, Ekuro peering curiously over her shoulder at the pair and wondering why Ormir had done that. Ormir ignored his curiosity for the moment, watching to see what the Rook and Bishop would want to do.

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Eri Soluce

Gardenia



As the woman nodded, Eri tilted her head questioningly (Ormir + Ekuro). She wasn’t entirely sure what the nod was for. However, as Kael responded, Eri broke her gaze from the dragon and its mistress to instead rest on the side of his face. It was close enough to his eyes, and in this position she felt that straining to see them would be ridiculous anyway. "Is that what that is? I thought dragons were supposed to be… bigger.” Eri was about to shrug, but before she could make the action, she heard a low growl rumble through the dragon’s chest, and her form tensed uneasily.

She was more than ready to react in assistance to Kael if this turned sour, but her actions were all for naught as the growl was abruptly cut off. "Maybe she fed a lizard steroids and that's what she got..." An appreciative laugh slipped unbidden from her vocals which she muffled into more of a good natured kind of tone. It was probably best not to offend the dragon further. As his addressing shifted to the woman, Eri’s gaze shifted appropriately as well.

She let out an incredulous cough at his question, but grinned nonetheless. “Probably a good idea.” She murmured into his ear softly with a bright smile, keeping her eyes on the woman and her queer pet. However, a look of apprehension dawned on the bishop’s facials as the woman slid off of the dragon and began approaching them. No speech had passed from the woman, so Eri had more of the impression of the woman being more… wild, if that was an applicable word to use.

But the woman didn’t stop where Eri expected her to. Instead she leaned in to peer at Kael, and then Eri. The bishop herself once more adopted a wary attitude, and her right hand dropped from Kael’s shoulder to the leather pouch at her thigh. But once more the black bishop was just being overly wary- as anyone who was faced with a bloody dragon had the right to be- and soon the woman grabbed Kael’s arm, revealing her own black crest through the motion; and just as suddenly as she had approached, she stepped back.

Eri’s hands left Kael’s person as she took a step out, extending the one on the right in greeting to the strange woman. However, the bishop remained close at hand in accordance to Kael; she enjoyed his company immensely, even though she had only known him for such a short span of time, plus that dragon was still unpredictable. She rather preferred the thought of him being an ally so they wouldn’t have to go up against each other. Her focus drew out of her thoughts to rest expectantly once again on the dragon lady.

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Kael Skye
Gardenia




Kael was a little put off at first by this new dragon woman's actions (Ormir). She had yet to answer or even speak at all so far, but at the same time she seemed a little on the friendly side as well. A little too friendly.... Kael thought. He was naturally suspicious of anyone new after the years he had spent being hunted, with the obvious exception to Eri of course. He counted himself lucky she hadn't been an enemy or else he might already be dead, again...

The woman's mood changed slightly as Kael watched a few muscles tense up a bit as she began to dismount from the overgrown lizard she had been riding. Kael's eyes were much sharper than any normal human's due to his Arachne half. His father's had been even sharper still, but Kael's vision was enough to spot the change in the woman's eyes, even through the rain. Her friendly nature seemed to evaporate as she studied them and failed to find what she was looking for on Kael's person. He had a feeling he knew what her eyes sought, but wanted to see what she would do. He stood his ground and remained motionless as she grasped his arm and turned it over. Keeping a close watch on her eyes, he saw an immediate look of relief pass over the woman's face at seeing the black mark. A smile crept to his face as he felt Eri's slight movement behind him as well. Was she going to protect me?

As the woman released his hand a stepped back to a more neutral position, Eri finally stepped out from behind him and thrust her hand out to the newcomer in a wordless greeting. Kael let his eyes wander up to the sky as another bolt crackled across the sky. The rain was still coming down and didn't look to be letting up anytime soon. Glancing at the wings of the dragon or whatever it was, Kael made a mental note to look up more often.

As he let his vision wander a bit, the dark castle came into view as lightning illuminated the area around it. He had seen a white castle while he was seated on the rooftop earlier, but thought little of it until now. Glancing down at his crest, the connection seemed more than a little clear.

Stepping a bit around Eri to look at them both, Kael gestured down the street. "Maybe we should save the introductions until we're a bit dryer." He waited until he could feel the build up of pressure in the winds that usually signaled the lightning overhead again and pointed toward the castle as it was briefly illuminated. "I saw a white one like that earlier. I'm guessing they have something to do with this amazing game we're all so excited about."

He paused for one last moment to glance back up at the sky. The raindrops made soft taps as they were diverted from his eyes by the material of his shades. "Maybe we'll even get there before we catch some odd undead hypothermia." He still didn't know what to make of their situation of being reborn yet. Maybe they couldn't even get sick, but he didn't really want to test the theory...
(Leaves to Plenoran Castle)

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Ormir & Ekuro

Gardenia: In the city


Ormir watched curiously as the bishop (Eri Soluce) stepped closer and extended a hand. Ormir stared at it a moment, her own hand resting lightly on her lips as she puzzled over the motion. 'What could she want?' She only received a bemused curiosity from Ekuro in reply. Ormir glanced behind to see if the woman wanted Ormir to give her something, but saw nothing of interest and Ormir had nothing with her but the clothes on her back, which at the moment consisted of a drenched white top and short tights.

Finally, after only a few seconds had passed, she guessed the woman must want to see Ormir's crest as well. Deciding this must be the case, Ormir carefully rested her arm, wrist up, in the woman's outstretched hand. Lifting her eyes, she cocked her head to the side with a questioning look, as if wondering if that would satisfy the bishop.

To Ormir's surprise, the woman laughed pleasantly. She was not mocking Ormir, as far as Ormir could tell. The woman shifted her hand so she was holding Ormir's and lightly shook it. This only caused more confusion, since Ormir could find no meaning in the gesture.

"Maybe we should save the introductions until we're a bit dryer," the rook (Kael Skye) said. With that, Ormir realized that the woman might have been trying to introduce herself, though she had no idea what the odd shaking gesture meant. She would have to figure it out later, because the rook apparently wanted to get out of the rain. Ormir had already forgotten about the pouring rain, the pleasant coolness a welcome feeling on her skin.

The man motioned toward the castle, which was closer than Ormir would have guessed. Ormir had not gotten her bearings yet in this strange city of light. It seemed she would have to do some exploring later. She walked beside Kael and Ekuro as they progressed toward the castle.

(Leaves to Plenoran Castle)