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Baleful Moon

When the shadow strikes, Only death remains.

0 · 361 views · located in The Land Of Xetraylia

a character in “The Land Of Xetraylia”, as played by Adler

Description

Name: Erebus Vogel

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Appearance:
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Equipment:
Bujinkan Katana (Oni)

Tanto knife

Throwing darts, knives and shuriken

Shortbow w/ barbed arrows

Various poisons/venoms

Grappling Hook

Pepper smoke bombs

Armor:
14 oz Cotton Mixed robes
Leather split toe shoes
Chainmail underneath
Leather gauntlets
Cotton half facemask (6oz cotton) and hood (14 oz Cotton).

Powers/Magic:
Enhanced physical powers (Endurance, Strength, Breathing, Agility, Focus, Stamina, Durability)
Ability to suppress presence.
Meditation Healing Factor (Can heal wounds through meditation)
Shadow Step (Ability to make no sound when walking)
Limited Invisibility only lasting one minute
Rhythm Echo (Ability to create after images through a cadence of steps)

Personality:
Cold and distant at when first meeting people only really giving into pleasantries.
He lightens up once getting to know people more and form more of a relationship with them

Skills/Strengths:
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Shodan
Poison Resistance to common poisons. Not so much to monsters.
Hand to hand fighting
Stealth

Weakness:
Teamwork
Trust
Can die like a normal human. Just more durable

Background:
Raised by the Vogel family to become an assassin in which his training took him mostly killing High Value human targets and never focus on monsters. Erebus grew tired of the simplicity of killing humans and looked towards killing a much stronger challenge. This has brought him here to become a Hunter to put his skills to the test on beasts.

So begins...

Baleful Moon's Story

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#, as written by Adler
Baleful landed lightly on his feet about 10 paces from the door. He watched from concealment nearby as the had struck down the beast with seemingly ease. This would be wonderful place to acquire new skills and hone the ones he already had on even larger prey. The nearby blood pooling from the beast shone as the moon left from behind the clouds revealing the carnage in a more menacing way than before.

He walked past the beasts his footsteps not making a sound in the stillness of the night until it came to opening the door and entering the guild hall. This will be a challenge for sure and maybe there will be some stronger opponents within the guild itself to fight as well.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon
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Since settled in for a fair while now Apan had a small number of wards spread across town. Yet his knowledge on managing the confluence of them was yet lacking. The man clad in rough dim yellow robes walked with unhurried steps to the guild from down the street. Thick suitcase in one hand the other a staff with embedded gyroscope. Something in the metal object wriggled atop the stave in each bouncing step. Once at the corpse he shook the gyroscope to clear its memory. Quick to work he set the suitcase down and opened it.

Inside the suitcase tools organized quite tight: hardwood blades, jars, reagent wraps, and other minutiae. His crossbow with bolts of careful engraving can nestled in the lid among the blades. He'd come prepared with his tools to the guild how fortuitous a specimen would be here already.

A few blades, bottles, and sluices emerge from the trunk. The task at hand to drain some of the creature. Perhaps to remove anything left of its heart. His wooden blades less cut flesh than carved a rotted tear through it but sharp to flesh they were. Apan grunted at the creature's tough skin while trying to make the first incision. He stopped to get a mallet for the bones. Grunting as he tries to push through,"You'll have no need of your body anymore, creature. Or at least I have more use for it than you."

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Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor
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Mahina held the star pendant around her neck as she walked onto the street in time to see someone walk into where the guild was. A person, or at least he hoped was a person, was bent down by the slain monster with a suitcase near. "The hell?" She whispered as she made her way over. Her right hand slid back to Shadow Moon, just in case it wasn't a human, but what kind of human looked like some wrapped up creature?

"Or at least I have more use for it than you."

She heard the voice of a male. "Uhm..." She said, trying to figure a way around him. "Just...take uhm....your time." She spoke softly, if at all. She wasn't really used to talking to human strangers. Where she lived was large enough to attract some attention, but small enough for everyone to know each other.

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Baleful heard the talking outside not to mention the pairs of footsteps. This was turning into a wonderful evening, it looked like there was more fun to be had.He held his breath, his body simply vanished as he opened the door back out onto the street. This would give anyone a second thought on how the door opened. He quickly stepped out his feet moving around the blood making sure to leave no trace of where he was moving. The clock was one for him before he ran out of time for his invisibility.

His movements took him into the shadows of a nearby alley where he slowly let his breath go in a slow manner to suppress the sound. Here he could watch the other two recruits and maybe test their skills before they entered.

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Amid separating major layers of skin from sinew Apan stopped for a moment to remove his face mask. His was an exotic face framed in shoulder length sandy blonde hair from some forgotten desert region. With blue eyes? Or teal perhaps? The longer one looked and blinked at him the harder it was to pin down the exact shade. The whole of his face had a similar feeling like something had changed. The only constant was thin pale lichtenberg figures, like those hit with lightning strikes, running up from below the neckline of his robe. It was difficult to tell when they rearranged his tanned skin ever so slightly the instant out of sight.

Apan offered a smile and a free hand that somehow forgot the soiling blood on the way over, "A pleasure to meet you, lady warrior. As long as your beauty and metal someday bring me more specimen I'll not disparage either. This one is still warm I assume our benefactor is inside."

Thumb-clamped scalpel hand weaved through his auburn hair Apan curled one side of his smile, "One wouldn't want to go into the dark without having an idea of what's there. Thus I seek knowledge! Are you here to make an implement of it?"

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As The Hunter was fixing up some papers, he heard voices coming from outside the guild building. He guessed it was the new recruits coming to try our in becoming a hunter, he was glad that there was already a group of people already eager to join the Guild. However the sounds of a scream echoes through the quiet streets and immediately he knew something had happened. Once he set his papers, we walked over to the door and placed a simple trap, a simple rope that would snare the first Hunter that would trigger it. It was a small test for them.

Once the trap was set, he walked outside the guild building and saw a small group of three people outside of it. "So you are all the new hunters that applied to join the guild, once you all get to know each other wait inside the guild. I am going to investigate what that scream was all about." The Hunter spoke as he ran in the direction where he heard the scream.

There were only two reasons why a monster would be in the city, they were either foolish enough to think they can get a free meal. Or a rather smart monster had entered the city. Whichever it was he was prepared to eliminate it. Once he arrived at the source of the scream, he could already smell a familiar iron smell. Blood, someone had been killed. He slowly entered the house just as the sun was now covering the land, and inside he saw a head sitting on a dining table with a note stuck to it.

The sight was disturbing however The Hunter remained calm since this was not his first time seeing some bizarre things. He took the note off the head and read what it said. It was a strange letter addressed to him, almost like whoever killed this man knew he would be the first on the scene. It also stated how this man was a killer, his victims in the basement. The latter also warned him that a human would possibly kill him. He knew whatever killed this man was a monster, a smart one at that. It was true that criminals still roamed the land, monsters living among the cities while most people focused their efforts on the beasts that lurked outside. With a sigh, he pocketed the letter and left the house for the morning soldiers to clean it up. He was not sure why a monster would take justice in its own hands, but he would not brood over it. He walked back to the guild to see if the recruits were prepared, or even if one of them was snared.

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"Well isn't today going to be fun, it's been less than an hour and someone has already been murdered." Baleful stepped from the shadows of the alley looking at the other two from under his hood.

He truthfully didn't see much in them, they could of been fun targets to hunt if he had stuck to his old profession but they would not have last long against him. The woman carried some unwieldy double ended pole arm that looked more decorative then it did functional. The other man he didn't get quite a good luck at but he presumed him to be of a more scientific or magical nature as he was digging around the corpse.

Erebus took a place near the now closed guild door watching the other two and waiting to see if the master hunter returned.

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Brown hair swayed as Apan nodded at the nervous Mahina with a cordial smile. Then a new victim screams from somewhere turned far too dark. Apan picked his hand crossbow out of the suitcase replacing a jar inside as the body dripped its last bits of monstrous ichor. As the hunter walked past he made a half bow content with the Mahina on guard to get what remained of his flesh sample to a jar of formaldehyde. He put his weapon down by his side and finished separating the square of flesh. Into the jar of formaldehyde is plunked creating a sickening color. Apan hastily screwed the lid on and looked over at Mahina on guard.

Far too much excitement beamed from his green eyes and voice, "Another body perhaps? I'll need to make a proper morgue! The bodies will sour far too quickly!"

Apan's pale face and mismatched blue/green eyes fixed on Bale, "You look like a good supplier! No human bodies however I've no interest in studying them unless they were struck down by hands of nonhuman beings."

Wooden tools and jars clonked as Apan filled his suitcase again. They were all somehow already dry of ichor.

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As The Hunter returned to the guild building, he noticed that all the hunters were still outside. He had clearly gave them an order which they did not follow. "Either you all are really trying to know every single little thing about each other, or you all were busy when I gave the order to wait in the guild. As punishment, your first training session will be hell on earth. First, everyone get settled in the guild now! I have important information about tactics and skills about your fellow hunters. And how to use them to your advantage." With that said, The Hunter entered the guild and gracefully avoided the snare he had placed there. He then sat behind a desk and began to wait for the rest of the hunters to settle in.

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"I could point you to a few unmarked graves if you're interested or to a couple bogs where I lead some overly confident warriors to their end." His face was covered but his head was turned to Apan as he answered.

The returning Hunter caught Balefuls eye but he did not flinch at the mans voice or mere presence walking by him. He gave his own answer to the Hunter as he walked past.

"So you were going to take it easy on us? I didn't come here to be babysat in the first place. Now at least we get to see the meaning of what you call hell. I'm a harsh judge after all." Baleful had a very cold uncompromising tone that held tinges of violence dripping from every word.

Baleful entered the building as well stepping around the snare.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Rafar The Red Character Portrait: Beau Geste Bellatroix Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Lidia, Born of Embers
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Bellatroix had long grown weary of it, this repugnant animosity, she had her fill of it from beast and human over a millennia, she had her fill of it from herself. The fiery woman radiates with it as much as her flames do, the kind of hatred that knows no neutrality, that would consume anything in its path regardless of guilt. It was depressing, for the future of Lidia to either succeed and live in a dead world, or die a second time. Will you ever be satisfied child? At least age has given Rafar some level of tranquility.

"I never implied he was terrifying, contrary to it, he is intriguing," she responds with a calm tone. "He is just entering latter half of his thirties... which may not seem much for us, or a common man, for hunters that usually die young, it isn't something to scoff at. But..."

She draws her arms out, her tail's barbs retracting and then returning into her back with a crack, her long claws reducing to human hands, and her height increasing as her body ages forward from a child into an older woman. She warps particles of earth around her and weaves them into her clothes to turn the rags into a dark earthy colored dress before being stained violet by releasing a small amount of her toxic miasma. Her hair seemed to come alive, twisting themselves behind her into a ponytail, and allowing two curly bangs to hang down the front of her face. Within seconds she had transformed fully from a beggar girl into a grown noble woman.

"I do think I will take a closer look to satiate a curiosity," she says somewhat cryptically with a continued calmness. "Do what you feel you must, I suppose."

With this she leaves them on her way back to Ironsguard, with her destination set near the Hunter's guild. She knew better than to head within the door, even in her human guise she wasn't entirely sure what security was placed, if there was any, not putting off the possibility of some magical detection. For now, at least, she would observe inconspicuously by the pole of a street lamp and size the recruits.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Tutac Sarani
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Tutac stood in front of the guild building, or at least she thought it was the place. She fixed her hood and smiled big, making sure her entrance was happy and cheerful. Her eyes gleamed with excitement as she strolled into the building. Of course she wasn't looking downwards or actually anywhere, but straight forwards. Upon entering she cheerily said, "HEL-" but was interrupted by stepping into the snare and being turned upside down.

"Well glad I didn't wear a dress today!" She laughed holding her cane in one hand while the other held her bag of Job's Tears.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Beau Geste Bellatroix Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Tutac Sarani
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As the Hunters gathered in the building, The Hunter grabbed a nearby knife and with perfect accuracy he threw the knife at the rope holding the woman and released her. Once she was free he began to speak. "Well with all you finally here let me tell you the reason why I returned rather quickly. Whatever creature was in this city was long gone from the scene, a note was all that was left along with the corpse of a man who has killed multiple people. I will not talk more about this issue since this does not concern us for now." After speaking he stood up and looked right at Baleful. "Listen up, I do not care what sort of training you have been through, what sort of hell you have been through or what you have done. But by the end of today you are going to miss your own hell. So for today thanks to our dear freind who thinks this training will be a joke I will make your first day a true living hell." He stated as he turned around and grabbed some papers from his desk.

With a short cough, The Hunter began to introduce the Hunters and give them an idea about how to work together. "I will give you a rundown of your fellow allies who will be with you. We first have Baleful, a cold but powerful fighter. He is quick with plenty of ways to sneak around and deadly enough to take out a target without being seen. With Katana and bow he is deadly at close range and from afar, He however prefers to work alone and does not do well with allies. Next we have Apan, he is a strange one. He can easily suture up wounds without the need of a medical kit and can rot things he touches. He is however a little bit crazy to bear that in mind. Next we have Mahina, She is also cold and quiet but is always ready to better herself as a Hunter. She uses a double scythe and the powers of the moon and shadows. You may think a scythe is not very effective but with excellent reach and great at keeping the enemy away from you it is quite deadly. Finally you have the clumsy Tutac, she is armed witha cane and is knowledgeable in many different Herbs and Powders, however she is not too bright. With all the introductions out of the way let me move onto one of your lifelines when you are out there."

The Hunter Pulled out a small pistol like device. "This here is called a 'flare'. This weapon is used to be fired into the air and sends a red smoke pellet into the air along with a very loud bang. This is used when you require immediate assistance, all Hunters and nearby guards in the area must rush over to assist. Now onto the Monster Ranking system."

"I rate the monsters from F to S from F being the weakest to S being the most dangerous. F rank monsters usually don't need hunters to take them down, any normal soldier is capable of killing one. They are usually quite small and are found mostly out in the woods feeding on leftover meals. D rank monsters are a little more dangerous, a pair of soldiers or more are usually needed to take them out. They are usually about as big as a dog or half the size of normal humans. C rank monsters require one Hunter to eliminate, or need a group of soldiers to effectively drive them away. Even though it may be the weakest actual monster we can face it will still harm you if given the chance. These monsters are usually bigger than humans. B rank monsters require at least two hunters, or at least a massive amount of regular soldiers to drive it off. They are deadly, if you are not careful they will tear you apart. They are usually quite large, their size varies greatly but they seem to always be larger than boulders. Now for A rank monsters, these beasts are immensely strong and can use magical powers. It takes four or more hunters to bring down and even I have some time taking them down without a scratch. No amount of normal soldiers can not hope to bring one down. Finally...The S rank. Unless you have power like me you must all run from it, You must use all you can to slow it down, if you fight you will die. These are very rare creatures, however in the event you ever do see one run as fast as possible and contact me. They can either be massive towering over the tree line, or from some reports they appear humanoid in size and are just as tall and appear human.

With the rankings out of the way, The Hunter signaled them to follow him down into the basement. "I was hoping to do some normal training such as a simple 20 or more mile hike, 1,000 push-ups and sit-ups, training and sparing with me and your fellow Hunters, and all the other basic training activities. Thanks to Baleful I am going to teach you all that you should never take this lightly...." After saying this, he began to walk down a flight of brightly lit stairs leading underground. However before he could, a noblewoman entered the Guild building. He motioned for the Others to walk down without him while he spoke to this woman. "Terribly sorry miss, I was just about to begin training the new recruits. Do you require something from the guild?" He asked.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Beau Geste Bellatroix Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Tutac Sarani
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"I'm so terribly sorry for the hard lesson, friends." His words dripped with cold sarcasm as he said them. He followed the others down the stairs. Stealing a glance over at the woman that entered. He noted various things about her keeping them in mind for later use.

"I'll wager right now that I will be the last one to pass out." Baleful said as the group was going down the steps.

He doubted that the training would be anything really grueling until the time came for actual fighting. This was nothing more than physical preparations. The hike would be nothing more than a walk, the push ups and sit ups were near the bottom end of what he was capable of. Maybe if he was sick or dying that would be the least he would get. Sparring the others would not be too difficult, moving past attacks, dodging and blocking, this would be simple. The Hunter may pose a problem but that would be the biggest threat he faced here or at least as far as he knew.

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Mahina jumped, looking back at the girl and narrowed her eyes to see if she might have known here. She didn't and smiled softly as the girl was freed from the snare. "Poor girl won't make it." She thought. Slightly blushing as she was introduced to the bunch, she gave a small nod and listened to everyone was introduced.

The second he mention the intense training because of the food in the room she curled her hand into a fist. "Gotta work hard because of on idiot who is going to be the first," She looked at Tutac who was now getting to take a seat, "second person to die." She thought furiously. When he motioned for people to go down stairs she waited to be the last one before The Haunter. Someone walked in and when he motioned for the rest to go on without him she stayed behind.

Peeking around the corner she saw a noble lady. "Terribly sorry miss, I was just about to begin training the new recruits. Do you require something from the guild?" Asked The Hunter. Something in her didn't feel easy, so she stayed, just in case.





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Tutac giggled as she watched the guy pass her up. "Sorry guys! I just wanted to HANG." She laughed at her pun. Her eyes went straight to The Haunter and saw him lift his knife and readied herself. Once cute she curled her body, life a flip, and landed on her feet. Rubbing her ankle she stood up and turned to face the rest of the people. Walking to a seat she sees the girl Mahina looking back at her with worry, but she smiles any way.

When she heard The Hunter talk about an intense workout she tilted her head. "Intense?" She thought wondering what he had in mind. He motioned for people to walk down some stairs and she followed behind some of the people.

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Bellatroix had apparently come in just in time to witness one of the female recruits be dropped from a snare by the veteran hunter. She had sensed too that she had triggered something in her presence, but few of them seemed alarmed, she could immediately dismiss veteran based upon his body language. She caught the observant eyes of one of the recruits who is adorned in overly elaborate assassin's vestments, a proud destroyer of men she surmises by his gait. Another suspicious gaze came from one of the two females, presumably more combat focused and older. An eccentric selection, to say the least, she thought.

"No, pardon me for my intrusion, I did not realize you had taken on acolytes," she says with a voice like silk reinforced by a genial smile. "Or a successor perchance? Surely, though, you do not seem near past your zenith yet." Her flattery comes as neither halfhearted nor sarcastic, as she wrote in her letter she bore no inimicality towards the hunter, and none for his flock for that matter.

She takes a brief moment to glance over the hunter's guild, the recruits, then back to the Hunter himself. "Excuse me again, I am Beatrice Alighieri," she says with a curtsey and seamless finesse, skillfully hiding away her small lie. "I was on my way to alert you of a beast upon the streets, but it appears you have already dispatched it. So I suppose the only thing that is left is to offer gratitude to you for keeping Ironsguard safe, something I fear is underappreciated."

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Face mask pulled down he was quiet going down the stairs even as haggard murmurs landed on the windowsills. A small murder of milky-eyed crows sporting their orange coral fungus as well as one or two living ones meandered inside in chase. Others stared at the hunter from windowsills while looking for Apan. Running from trouble never ended well when trouble was watching on its own but his dim pets insist danger was here somewhere in uncomfortably large numbers. He thought it unwise to argue about it in favor of going deeper inside the hunter's guild to ponder a course of action. He was used to watchers in the dark and fear left uncontrolled usually got one subsumed. That however left the problem of what trouble now lurks.

He'd expected the monsters were something beastial and designed his wards so. It was why half the time they'd spotted a rabid badger a few would start cawing at him from rooftops about it. He hadn't the skill yet to make them more discerning. However with the advent of this class "S" Apan wondered if he missed the obvious. Did even the basest monster have as much nascent humanity as their monstrous intellects? Well, now he supposed he knew where the part of his own humanity sacrificed had gone. Perhaps he needed to qualify his quarry further.

Half listening to Bale the yellow-masked Apan responded with a lilting voice, ♫Noone sacrificed, nothing gained!♫

He continued quietly to those on the stairs, "There's something wrong in town but I don't know where or what. My wards must have all lit at once."

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Two living crows wandered with the fallen ones while they wandered from object to object. Fallen ones pecked at a wood flat thing but they left, it wasn't shiny. They found a tasty bug! It still wasn't shiny? We ate it anyway. The fallen ones didn't eat. They made bad calls and stared. Their roost was tended by the yellow skin and there was food there sometimes. The flock moves! Fallen ones went up to a metal skin and sharps then pecked the legs! We did not join them it was dangerous to peck the metal skins! Fallen ones stared but my flockmate didn't look to them either so the fallen ones must not see shiny there. A fallen one stayed to stare at the metal skin and sharps but the rest of the flock moved on.

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The Hunter chuckled when Beatrice mentioned him reaching past his zenith. "I may be growing old, but I still have a long ways to go before I retire. As for the recruits, someone has to take over the monster hunting work. If I am the only Hunter and I grow too hold to fight, then the people here would be in danger, but with these new recruits I have hope that they can carry on the work to fight." He stated as he gathered a bunch of papers off his desk. "Anyways, no thanks are necessary for the work we do. Its appreciated but knowing people will have one less thing willing to eat them its all the thanks I need...Well that's just my opinion of course. Anyhow, anything else you would like to ask of me? Or shall I wish you a good day?"



For the Hunters that wandered into the basement, they would find themselves in a rather large underground arena. It was eight stories high and two football fields wide. The Arena had many obstacles from pieces of stone resembling cover to buildings and random debree. The arena was also well lit with torches filling the place. Along the walls there were massive closed doors that were barred with beams of metal. They would easily note this was some sort of training ground.

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"I hope there are large amounts of faith in me, sir" Baleful heard the Hunter while he was stopped on the stairs. He shot back his remarks in hopes of increasing the intensity of the training.

Baleful simply leaned against the wall for a moment waiting to see if he got a roar out of the hunter at all.

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The sound coming from the idiot behind her made her eyes roll and duck more into the shadows. "This idiot." She thought before glancing back. It wouldn't be smart to open her mouth and draw attention to herself so she went back to the mysterious lady that entered. "If she knew about the monster why is she so calm? She didn't even run here." Mahina thought to herself. She looked over the woman again. but closer. "I see no evidence of sweat. I also didn't see her on the way here." She thought once more before looking at The Hunter. Her feels about this woman was becoming ill. If The Hunter couldn't sense something was off maybe she was in the wrong hands.





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Tutac looked at the yellow masked man, her smile faltering. She knew something wasn't right, but pushed it back. She kept going though, taking once step at a time. When coming into view of the arena a high pitched laugh echoed through out, "Oh my gosh look how big and beautiful this place is." She said. "Have you guys ever seen such a thing? You could not tell this thing was down here just by the looks of it outside. Oh goodness." Tutac was too in awe to be concerned for who was upstairs or outside.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Rafar The Red Character Portrait: Beau Geste Bellatroix Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Tutac Sarani
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Rafar once again listened without any hesitation to Val. Or. .. Val's words finally made some impact on him, He would attempt to kill the shepherd? His now more specific use of the word "Father" was also something that caught his attention. He doubted that he meant the simple thing that Rafar actually was his father. Perhaps some interesting metaphor from the youth.

Those simple things was the focus of Rafar. He didn't care much from the simple teasing threat Val had proposed. It wasn't something he himself hadn't ever said.

He watched Val leave without uttering any kind of objection. He was actually unsure if he preferred the company of his fellow beasts.. or perhaps he enjoyed the silent sounds of solitude.. To think such an eerie night as this still could be so peaceful.

Now two quick questions was present in Rafars mind. Either he would return to his clan, gather his beasts and wipe these sheep out before they could do anything hurtful.. or perhaps he could play a little. Challenge some sheep and see if their bravery would be enough?

And with that, he decided on the latter. Suddenly using his oversized arms and claws to propel himself forward. Following after the distinct smell of Val. Lunging, more or less dragging himself using his arms he soon reached Ironsguard.. but he decided to stay back for now. Simply stalking the city from the forest outside. He could feel the presence of many beings. And he would enjoy war ching what kind of move they would make.

He didn't want to get involved just yet... so he was content in simply watching for now.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Rafar The Red Character Portrait: Beau Geste Bellatroix Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Tutac Sarani
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Apan finally got down to the large arena putting his suitcase down with a deep sigh not of amazement as much as of worry. Such an open room with monsters likely to be able to climb. But then if some were humans that left questions of anyone he met with wards gone mad. His mind raced with his limited options for reasons that would cause all the wards to be so irritated. It was best to assume the worst until he could look at them all. That something of enough power to trip them all somehow. Still, he couldn't yet get information from the wards at range but perhaps he could create some useful motivation to them. As much as the Hunter seemed irritated perhaps he could stand to irritate the man a little more.

While setting his suitcase open he looked over to Tutac, "Miss, if you would be so kind as to keep an eye on the stairwell. I would prefer the only large angry monster we meet tonight be the one that's on our side."

He knew two names that would be in range of the creatures upstairs. One wasn't a name per se but known to enough blood in the soil it might as well be. His suspicion rapidly grew but didn't have means to test Tutac.

He pondered the small slate that emerged from his suitcase wreathed in crow feathers and albino redwood. The parasitic redwoods tainted by himself and carefully metastasized across town. Each left pale spots but the wards needed to be fed of rotting earth. Especially since the damned crows somehow puzzled out how to infect their dying using pieces of other wards. He wasn't sure their efforts were terribly effective by the corpses of old birds he'd found but then he'd only made a handful to start. Now there were dozens off scarring foxes trying to eat eggs. Even the new ones had the rotting breath of his initial experiments.

As long as he wasn't too far away he could affect the wards infected by eldritch disease in orbit of albino redwoods be they his own or not. The reverse was the different matter yet discovered. Words welled up from the earth into disease infesting them. At least he could hide the trees for now they didn't need light after all. They worked just fine in fine carved stone coffins underneath roosts hidden in town. Chalk in his hand scratching out a message he wished he could use instructions with more nuance. It was hard enough to push a fleeting piece of his memory to name those he'd just met. He'd have to ask them their names again later.

In a dank decorated tomb of dirt floor the trees hear scratching from beyond the walls, 'Find Hunter. Test Mahina. Test Bale. Find ichor. Down.'

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The ward at Mahina's feet perked up with a ragged squawk mirrored by many on the sills and elsewhere in the room. The one at her feet pecked loudly at the metal heels in front of it then loosed a gout of burning spore to try and taste bad blood. Other milky eyed fungus-backed crows meandered their way across the room to the Hunter and Bale. The living crows were under a low table now disinclined to follow riled fallen.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Beau Geste Bellatroix Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Tutac Sarani Character Portrait: Valzis, Prince of the Slain
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Baleful heard the door click shut as he stood there pondering momentarily. He slipped into the arena as it happened he hastily hid himself with his powers and masked his presence in doing so. He slipped out a dagger in a wooden sheath that sat within the back of his belt. This specific dagger was laced with a heavy paralytic. This poison wouldn't kill but it would shut down movement leaving the mind awake and the nerve endings working. Baleful carefully took this weapon in a reverse grip around the handle. His footsteps silent and light along with his presence and himself invisible to the others.

Baleful slipped past Tutac nicking her on the arm with the dagger leaving a small quarter inch cut deep cut approximately one inch long. The paralytic would take about 10 minutes to fully work but the effects would role out with her body becoming more and more sluggish until she collapsed. Baleful did it without no second thought this was life after all, the weak died the strong survived and everything kept on moving. He swiftly sheathed the dagger replacing it on his belt within the special wooden core sheath. He moved passed Tutac keeping towards the wall as he watched for any sign of the creature that was now in the room. This was a hunt and he planned on being the more patient killer.

The spot he chose along the wall was masked in shadows by the torches. He would still be able to hide his presence from the creature once his invisibility ran it's course. He drew the sword from his sheath keeping it low to his side but at the ready to attack if the creature targeted him instead of the bait he had created.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Beau Geste Bellatroix Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Tutac Sarani
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The Hunter raised an eyebrow when Mahina arrived. "I was already questioning her about this, and I could tell her behavior was strange enough as it is even at my age. To think you have abandoned your fellow hunters in the basement just because you had no faith in my skills. I gave you an order to go to the basement, this test is a life or death situation and you have clearly failed me. If you cannot listen to a simple order then I have no doubt you are going to die out there in the field, look forward to your punishment but right now...you are coming with me once we finish up here..." he spoke as he looked outside the window to see the warning fire lit.

"I have a feeling I may know what you are miss, in fact your way with words reminds me of a letter I recently found. However...I will not be going out of a hunch here, you may be telling a lie or telling the truth but right now all I see in front of me is a woman who has seen some things. I would question you more, but the saftey of the city comes first. Mahina, you are coming with me...its time for a hunt." The Hunter spoke as he began to walk past the woman in front of him, giving her one last glace before leaving the guild and running full speed to where all the commotion was...and that was the church.



Meanwhile inside the underground arena, the creature made its way to where the group of Hunters were. It looked at them or rather, looked in their general direction. It could hear that there were three people trapped with it, however unknown to it it could now only detect one person. With Tutac unable to move and Baleful silent and invisible it could now only detect Apan. Slowly slithering forward, it would Bump into Tutac with its tail and sneak behind Apan. It raised it talons as the creatures made itself visible, A creature with black carapace, sharp talons and a massive snake like body appeared. It was just as big as a small house. The creature was prepared to strike, it had made no noise but unknown to it there were two people who could see it.

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Character Portrait: The Hunter Character Portrait: Beau Geste Bellatroix Character Portrait: Apan Sudrosi Character Portrait: Baleful Moon Character Portrait: Mahina Grosvenor Character Portrait: Tutac Sarani Character Portrait: Sir Hodrick of Ironsguard Character Portrait: Constable Elyn Collard
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The half-dozen ward agents not at the guild circled the town in wobbling circles looking for ichorous blood -- stark trees creaking in darkness writ it so swaying against wind. Living crows with more intellect but less acuity flocked with them. A murder of crows agitated by the activity of fallen spied the sharp shiny walking toward the guild and caw attention to the milky-eyed Fallen. Shortly a crow with orange coral fungus along its back aimed to land on Hodrick's shoulder.

The man had no words writ upon it directly and did not look like a tainted animal. Did it have ichor inside? A latent remnant of corvid curiosity directed it to peer into the head holes with fungus-laden eyes to inspect exposed flesh behind it. Otherwise they largely made ragged 'HaAawwww' and stood in place, ever watchful.

Other milky eyes from the windowsills and roofs make similar agitated noises while eying the constable as the ever curious living crows look on.

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Under Mahina's heel the bird felt like a sand pillow spilling yellow spore over her foot to pain to any exposed flesh. The harsh caw it made went end over end before the ward-agent shook itself off to tap the floor with its beak. The two crossing the floor on foot paid little notice unlike momentary angry caws at Mahina from the door of timid living crows. They just tapped the floor at the hunter's passing and hissed at Bellatroix.

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Apan watched the slate quietly as mahina was removed from the slate. Hrm. Well the other lady was his most concern the wards in chase of the hunter would make a racket at the presence of hostile things. The crows seemed able to interact with their former brethren and had more intuition than the fungus brained ward agents. The boxes littered all over town likely would stay quiet until they reset in a few hours.

Though lost in thought he heard Tutac read off the message then stop. He looked over to her to reply and found her unmoving. That wasn't good. Then the corner of his eye occluded with a shape of pain stacked a house high. He didn't have much time to think and less to act. Apan's foot showered with yellow spore as he shot one leg backward that carried an impact of acrid rot with it. Apan was glad he'd gotten the crossbow out earlier he didn't need to dig for anything just grab after the strike leap for mahina hoping he had enough time before getting stabbed.