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Goliath

"Don't worry I'll be your shield!"

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a character in “Welcome to LAIOS Part II”, as played by Blueshadow

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Real Age:
19
Occupation:
College student
Gender:
Male
Orientation:
Bisexual
Appearance:
Owen stands at an average 5'9. He has a rather lanky, and thin build, something which he often gets mocked for. Though he is standing on the verge of adulthood, he looks slightly younger than his age. He has quiet the youthful appearance with people often mistaking him for a younger teen at around the age of sixteen or younger. In real life he has a head of messy dark brown hair, which he keeps fairly short. His eyes are simply a plain shade of brown.
Reason for playing LAIOS:
LAIOS provided Owen a chance to be something more than what he was in the real world. Where he was weak he could be strong. Where he was nervous, he could be confident. Where he was normal he could be extraordinary. Owen had used games to escape from reality, and be someone better before, but LAIOS was the first place where he could live a truly different life in a truly different world, and there was no way Owen could pass that up.
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Avatar Sex:
Male
Level at Start of Roleplay:
76
Race:
Beast-Wolf
Element:
N/A
Class:
Defender
Role:
Knights of Lore guild leader
Occupation:
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Guild:
[font=garamond][size=100]Knights of Lore

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In Game Appearance
When Owen was creating Goliath he based the Beast on the concept of a lone wolf. As such he is fairly large standing at about 6'6, and is heavily built. Goliath has a perpetually messy head of silver hair that reaches slightly below where his ears would be. Goliath was made to be as intimidating as possible so as to differ from his real body as much as possible. As such his facial features are rather rigid, and tough. Though he still manages to have a gruff handsomeness to him. Goliath has a piercing set of dull gray eyes. Goliath is a Beast made with wolf features. He sports a pair of wolf ears sitting atop his head, and a rather large wolf tail, all covered in gray fur. In addition to this Goliath also has rather sharp more pronounced canines, as well as a rather dangerous pairs of claws. Goliath has several patches of shaggy gray fur adorning his body, and his feet though still predominately human are slightly paw like in appearance. Since he is a Beast character his avatar has gone through little growth from their base appearance. Though due to his level his body, the parts not covered in fur anyway are covered in several markings. In addition to his markings he also has the sword and shield tattoo identifying him as a Knight on his left shoulder.

As a Defender Goliath is most comfortable in large heavy armor. His armor is rather ornate with quite a few fancy markings, and a red gem placed in the center of the chest, and it somewhat resembles true knight armor. Though Goliath himself is rather large his armor somehow manages to actually make him look larger, and he has had it customized to comfortably fit his tail without actually exposing it. When not in armor he can often be found wearing clothes in dull neutral colors often shades of grey or brown. He will often wear a grey flowing jacket with fur on the collar.


Skills:
⚜Armor Slash-The ability to cut through an enemy's armor, dealing a devastating blow to their defenses, allowing the opportunity for massive damage.

⚜Shield Me -This ability will drastically increase his own defense as well as the defense of the closest party member.

⚜Silver Tongue- This skill makes him a smooth talker, able to talk his way into better deals with merchants, and out of trouble with any one he may have disagreements with. He has leveled this skill to 65, he is considered by many to be a charming fellow and can be fairly persuasive.

⚜Cooking- He is able to mix ingredients and cook meals to regenerate health. He has leveled this skill to 55 making him a rather good cook within the game. He is able to find several ingredients, and knows how to mix a lot of them. He is able to replicate several real world flavors.


Enhancements:
⚜Gloves: 40% increase to magic resistance.
⚜Body armor: Regains 15 health points every 10 seconds, speed is 20% higher.
⚜Leg Armor: Carrying capacity increased by 80
⚜Lance and shield: Sleep-Adds sleep counter to make opponents fall asleep.
⚜Boots: health increased by 70 points.


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Likes:
♦ LAIOS-Though he and his Knights occasionally assist the other guilds in escaping he genuinely loves the game world he's stuck in.
♦ His Knights-He loves his guild and everyone in it. As far as he's concerned they're more like family than anything else.
♦ Music-He loves music, and always wanted to try and learn how to play an instrument. Unfortunately he has little talent, and he sounds simply dreadful. In LAIOS however he had a chance to actually be decent, hence his in-game occupation.



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Dislikes:
♦ Player Killers-He hats them, and as far as he's concerned they're monsters. He will not hesitate to attack if he finds one.
♦ Soloists-He doesn't really hate solo players though he does think them foolish. Should he see a solo player he will often try to convince them to join the Knights or at the very least form a party to better protect themselves.
♦ Bullies- Really he just hates when people pick on those weaker than themselves.



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Strengths:
♦ Strength-As a Beast Goliath boasts increased strength and power.
♦ Defense-Goliath is a Defender this he has incredible defense. He is incredibly hard to cause real damage to him and he is difficult to take down.
♦ Heightened Senses- As a Beast Goliath has much sharper senses than many of the other players.
♦ Charasmatic- As powerful as Goliath is physically he is also quite the charmer. For the few situations he can't fight his way through he will certainly be able to talk himself out of it.



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Weakness:
♦ Slow-Goliath is not the fastest character. He tries to offset this with an enhancement that increases his speed but but it's not always enough. He often has a hard time hitting faster opponents.
♦ Magic-His resistance to magic isn't as good as it could be. It's another weakness he tries to fix with an enhancement but those with strong enough magic can easily overcome it.
♦ Reckless- Due to his sheer strength and defense he often thinks he can overcome any opponent. Often believeing that he can outlast his enemies through endurance alone. As such he has a tendency to rush into fights he can't win.



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Fears:
♦ Losing those he cares about- LAIOS is a very dangerous place and both Goliath himself and those he knows are in constant danger of dying.
♦ Being unable to protect others-He is a Defender and styles himself as a protector of the weak. As such he fears not being strong enough to protect others.
♦ Heights- In real life he is absolutely terrified of heights. It's the main reason he didn't choose the demon race.



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Personality:
Flirty ღ Confident ღ Protective ღ Compasionate

Owen is a shy rather introverted fellow. He rarely speaks unless spoken to preferring to engage in more solo activities such as games. However this isn't so much out of a desire to be away from people but more of a side effect of his extreme nervousness. He is incredibly anxious around others and those who don't immediately assume him to be rude find him to be rather timid. What people don't see however is the friendly, kind boy who simply suffers from doubt and a lack of self esteem.

Goliath however was designed specifically to be everything Owen wasn't, and in his opinion Goliath is the much better person between the two. Where Owen is timid, weak, and nervous Goliath is brave strong and unwaveringly confident. Just about the only things that Goliath has retained from Owen would be his friendly and kind nature. Unlike with Owen whose friendliness is hidden beneath a layer of anxiety Goliath is friendly on the surface at almost all times. He is rather boisterous and has a lively energy about him. However he is also fiercely protective of those he cares about. When there is danger or someone he cares about is in trouble he will completely abandon his friendly easygoing demeanor. Instead he will be rather stern and serious, very much no nonsense. His Knights know him to be approachable, understanding and fair. Goliath is also far more flirtatious than Owen due to his confidence and will often flirt with men and women though in a rather respectful and somewhat playful way.

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History:
Owen comes from a rather stressful and difficult family. He is the youngest of three children and seems to be the least favored. He has had very little support from his family, who instead often meets all of his choices with nothing but disapproval. This has led to Owen developing a great love of games particularly RPGs where he could be anyone but himself.

He got LAIOS not long after its public release, and was quite excited to be able to play in a more lifelike virtual world. His desire to be anyone other than Owen James led to the creation of Goliath who was as different from Owen as possible. Owen named Goliath for strength and built him as a powerful wall who could dish out almost as much damage as he could take. When he was completed Goliath was a powerful, and confident character who wouldn't ever need to rely on anyone due to his sheer power and defense.

When the game became locked Owen was at first ecstatic. He would never have to go back to being Owen again. He spent the majority of his time venturing out into the world of LAIOS alone gaining as many levels as possible to ensure his own survival. However it didn't take him long to see just how many people were getting hurt here. Though he loved the world he was trapped in and was more than capable of surviving it became clear to him that this wasn't true for most of the others. He decided that they could use his newfound strength and as as such he formed the Knights of Lore. A guild dedicated to protecting others and assisting anyone they could. After some time the guild became one of the most important things in his life. He began to stylize himself in the image of an actual Knight and as far as he was concerned the Knights were his brothers.

Currently he spends most of his time at the guild base foreseeing the day to day operations of the Knights. He primarily focuses on protecting those that need it though he makes sure that his Knights acquire as much information as possible knowing how useful knowledge can be in this situation. Though he will occasionally offer his assistance to the Phoenix Blight and the Lunar Glads he really only does so because he recognizes how dangerous this whole situation really is. He considers escaping the best way to protect the players that still remain.Truthfully he loves the game world so much that if the situation was less dangerous he'd probably be fighting to stay in the game instead of the other way around. Occasionally when he has the time he will run out in s party of his Knights to complete quests and gain levels.

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Face Claims:
Hinata Shintan-Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama!
Bete Loga -Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

CS Design:
© By: FaddedFox ©
Played By:
By: Blueshadow

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Rules

So begins...

Goliath's Story

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Character Portrait: Shade_Strider Character Portrait: Seraph Character Portrait: EclecticPrince Character Portrait: Granite Character Portrait: NocturnalKISS Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Lilac Sin Character Portrait: Angus Character Portrait: WindsFate Character Portrait: Psychedemo Character Portrait: Mononoke Character Portrait: EveEverlasting Character Portrait: Minuet Character Portrait: Leviathan Character Portrait: Cain Character Portrait: Montanax Character Portrait: ArcticFire Character Portrait: Accido Character Portrait: Augur
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╚═╣Hello all Players! This is your Game Master. I would first like to wish you all Happy Holidays! I would like to inform you all of an event that will be occurring shortly. The first Christmas event will commence on December 25th. During this event, the town of Vael will become a battle zone where event specific monsters will appear. If you do not wish to participate in the event, refrain from visiting Vael that day or stay indoors so you are not attacked. Regardless of participation, all players will receive a box of candy canes (12 canes) as treats, 10 health and 10 mana potions as a present from me. The event also has two parts. Once the monsters appear, midnight on the 24th, there will be a competition of who kills the most event creatures. The winner with the overall highest kill count will receive a mount of their choosing, a Christmas dinner that can be shared with 5 people, and 20 health and mana potions. The person that comes in second will receive the same things except the mount.

The second part of the event will happen at midnight on the 25th. A boss will appear in the town and will not attack anyone unless it is attacked. The player that does the greatest damage and takes down the boss will receive a dragon egg, the Christmas dinner, candy, and potions. I thank you for your patronage and hope you are all happy with your gifts! Happy Hunting!
---Game Master Time stamp December 18 5:00am
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Occupation:
Mercenary

Guild:
Night's Guile

Level:
72

Hex Code:
#CC1100

Location:
Vael tavern - Gold Gallion



December 24th. It was a peaceful, normal day for the most part in Vael. It was two in the afternoon so most players were up and awake doing whatever they needed to get done that day or doing some grinding in the field to get ready for the event. The sandy beach town had been transformed for the season and snow fell from the sky as realistic as if it were really happening. The snow flakes were delicate and cold to the touch and the air had grown chilly enough to allow the snow to rest on the ground. Some players had even stuck their tongues out to catch the falling snow. The NPC children had a lot of fun gathering up the multitude of ice on the ground and tossing it around at each other in a fight and engaging players, begging them to join them or throwing random snow balls at passerby. Playersand NPCs alike were making snow angels and building up snowmen. It really was like a winter wonderland and Shade_Strider wasn't a huge fan. The cold sucked but he supposed cold weather was better than blistering heat. Over all, things had been cheery. There was even a giant tree in the middle of town that hadn't been there before covered in lights and decorations that towered over the buildings and in every town. The game music had changed to the instrumental of Chirstmas songs but thank the Game Master that he only applied that feature in the town square and not everywhere else in the game. Shade might have actually wanted to die in game just to escape the overly cheery lullabies of the holiday. He thought Christmas music in real shops had been annoying. Even the fields had snow falling everywhere.

A lot of the players were talking about the coming event and what it meant. They remembered all to well the event that had trapped them in the game. It had been an event to welcome all players but it really hadn't been an event at all. It had just been the Game Master removing the log out feature and giving them a few potions as a starter kit. It made the players wary if anything. What would happen this time? Was it really an event? There were other players that ignored the event and others that were excited for it to. It was all a mixture of emotions like everything else in LAIOS.

In Vael's tavern, the Gold Gallon, 'life' went on as usual though even the tavern was decorated with Christmas decorations and stockings. It was almost sickening how Christmasy it all was. Shade_Strider wanted to cut something. The drink was good however and the bard singing? Stunningly gorgeous as usual. Shade loved everything about his Princy and his voice was amazing to though he always found himself lost in the tenor or the man's voice or his deep hypnotic eyes rather than his lyrics. EclecticPrince was singing as was his occupation, standing in front of a game table where many of his friends were already gathered. Shade_Strider did sometimes start staring at the man, game in front of him forgotten momentarily.It almost made him oblivious. Almost.

"Bullshit!" Shade_Strider called out suddenly with a grin, his smoldering ruby colored eyes narrowed on Granite. He so did love playing cards with Prince's brother. And his jokes were fun to when Granite decided to chip up. "I call your bullshit, Granite. I don't believe you put down 2 Queens! Flip them over, you liar. Don't you agree, Demo?" he asked and glanced at the other player at their table. They weren't exactly friends but gaming with her was fun to. "You call his bullshit to, don't you?" Shade_Strider's leather black wings fluttered behind him in his confidence. He was positive the other demon didn't have the cards he professed. This would be a good turn in the game since Granite at that point had far fewer cards than he or PsycheDemo.

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Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Angus Character Portrait: Psychedemo Character Portrait: Mononoke Character Portrait: Cain Character Portrait: Accido
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Occupation:
Blacksmith

Guild:
Knights of Lore

Level:
52

Hex Code:
#D84FF0

Location:
Vael- Town Square




The message from the GM had come as a bit of a surprise to Moe. The realization that Christmas was just around the corner had left her a bit confused on how she should feel. Should she feel sad that she wasn't getting to spend the holidays with her family, or was it ok to honestly not to feel that bad about it? Deciding that she didn't want to be alone at her house with all of those thoughts, Moe decided to close up shop and head out on the town.

Watching all the joyous faces of players and NPCs alike pass her by, Moe could feel a small smile curling the edges of her lips as well. Pulling her cloak closer to her frame as she trudged through the snow, Moe wondered what exactly she should do. Having left her home really only to not be alone with her thoughts, she didn't really have a clear plan of what she should do. Eyes shifting to all of the people running around attempting to catch snowflakes and build snowmen, Moe sighed. At least everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, she had at first been worried that all of the players would be depressed over the fact that they weren't spending this holiday season with their families.

Suddenly spotting a shop dedicated mostly to selling ingredients, Moe's smile grew brighter. The store was located near the center of town, close to the giant Christmas tree. As she hurried inside, the NPC behind the counter's smile grew as well, it wasn't exactly her first time coming to this store. "Welcome young lady! Please, look around as much as you'd like!". Nodding her thanks, Moe began to scroll through the list of buyable items that the store had to offer. An idea had already begun to take root in her mind, she should make some sweets for all of her friends that had helped her thus far. It wasn't very much, but it was at least something she could do for everyone. She could bake some cookies for some of her guild members like Psyche, Goliath, and maybe even Cain. Moe could also probably bake some cookies to give to Accido as thanks for all of the training she'd been giving her. And then she'd make an unnecessarily large cake for Angus, he'd overpaid her for repairing his equipment again and she'd been looking for a way to repay him. After buying all of the necessary ingredients, Moe and the store owner exchanged thanks before she braced herself and headed out into the chilly wind again.

Not quite wanting to head home just yet, Moe once again began slowly walking through Town Square. The lively Christmas music was an interesting change of pace to the game. Leaning back against one of the brightly lit up buildings, Moe watched the people passing by in happy dazes. Happening to overhear some passing players talking about the upcoming special event, she began to think of her own plans. Moe knew that the event would be a good place to help her level up quickly, but the thought of fighting monsters alone honestly made her a bit queasy. Maybe she'd consider participating if another player offered to party with her, but other wise she'd probably just spend the entire time at her house, repairing other players equipment if it was needed. "I'm such a wimp..." Moe scoffed at herself, drawing patterns in the snow with the tip of her boot as Christmas music flooded her ears.

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Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Mononoke
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Occupation:
Bard

Guild:
Knights of Lore

Level:
76

Hex Code:
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Location:
Vael Town Square


It was Christmas Eve, a day which usually saw Goliath sullenly sheltered in his room. Away from his somewhat disparaging, and unpleasant family until the next day. A day which for most would be filled with mirth, joy, and familial bonding was for Goliath instead filled with thoughtlessly, disappointing gifts, and the shadows of his superior, much more accomplished brothers. As they were showered with praise, and bountiful gifts, he had the occasional glance, and half mentions. And perhaps on a good year some clothes that decently matched his styles, and tastes. But then again that was always Owen's versions of the holidays.

Goliath's holidays were different. Everything was so fantastically different here in LAIOS. Here he was walking through the town square of Vael,humming a classic Christmas tune, and sporting a smile that would cause most familiar with his more neutral, or even despairing expression to fall flat on the ground from pure shock alone. Here it seemed a young boy, a child blinded by the innocence of childhood to see the occasional though harsh unfairness of life had lost his love for the winter festivities, only to be picked up by a stranger who had never before experienced such things.

The town was covered in a brilliant layer of snow, and the this time of year Vael seemed to have a quaint sort of beauty to it. Of course according to the mysterious game master, the town's beauty would soon be marred with festive, and most likely dangerous creatures. A fact which only made his smile grow larger. What better way to spend the holidays than fighting off vicious Christmas themed beasts? The reward while tantalizing, and certainly a most worthy prize of emerging victories from such an event seemed more of a secondary goal to the large Beast compared to the thrill of the battle that would precede it.

While the beauty of the town was quite breathtaking at this time, Goliath soon began to crave a more warm environment. One where he could revel in the merry of other players enjoying the holiday and perhaps share in song and drink with friends and friendly strangers. Thus he made his way to the Golden Galleon. As he walked through the snow draped town he passed by many players, most eager to take on the challenge of the upcoming event. On his way to the tavern, past the large tree in the center of town Goliath had spotted a familiar face.

It was none other than Monoke. She was a welcome sight, and the resident blacksmith of the Knights of Lore, Goliath's pride and joy. As always it was good to run across another Knight, especially now as an event was approaching. He walked up to here, a bounce in his step, and eagerly called out too her. "Hey there Moe! Enjoying yourself during the festivities I hope!" As he spoke he wore his usual grin of friendliness and confidence."So are you looking forward to the holiday event?"

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Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Mononoke
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Occupation:
Blacksmith

Guild:
Knights of Lore

Level:
52

Hex Code:
#D84FF0

Location:
Vael- Town Square



After watching people pass by for a while, Moe sighed and closed her eyes. Tilting her head towards the sky, she felt herself relax a bit as the cold snowflakes gently caressed her face. It was at this moment that she heard somebody call out to her. She could instantly feel herself tense up a bit, Moe hadn't expected to run into anybody while she was out. There weren't very many people in LAIOS who knew her, so the different faces of everyone she was acquainted with were able to flash through her mind in the amount of time that it took her to turn to the player who had called out.

Moe was honestly a bit surprised to see Goliath standing there. She could feel a bit of the tension easy off of her as she nodded in greeting to the man. He'd always been nice to her, not to mention that he was her guild leader, but his personality was sometimes a bit intimidating.

Moe was pulled out of her thoughts when he continued to speak. His sudden questioning of how she was enjoying herself caused her to give him a timid smile. "Well, I guess that I'm enjoying myself just as much as everyone else." Gesturing vaguely at some close by players who had proceeded to make snow angels, Moe gave a quiet laugh. She was inwardly chiding herself for behaving so awkwardly, but there was really no way to help it. She just hoped that maybe one day she could become comfortable enough around everyone to not feel so bashful all the time. Goliath's next question however caused Moe's smile to waver a bit. "T-the event? W-well... I was sort of just planning on staying home and offering my assistance with repairs. I'm not really a great fighter..."

Moe scratched her head a bit awkwardly and smiled a bit at Goliath once again. "You'll be participating, I assume? You can always come to me if you need any repairs. T-the same goes for anyone else in the guild of course..." She had no doubt that he would be participating, probably with some other guild members as well. She'd be happy to provide them with some assistance during the event, it was the least she could do for everybody. Plus, it was her job after all. Even if Moe wasn't going to fight in the event, this was still a very important time for a blacksmith, this would likely be when she was needed most.

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Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Mononoke
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Occupation:
Bard

Guild:
Knights of Lore

Level:
76

Hex Code:
#aaaaaa

Location:
Vael Town Square


When Moe turned back to him and boded he tried to give off an easygoing smile. And though she she at first seemed slightly at ease she gave a smile that made Goliath remember just how nervous and timid Moe could be. He recognized, the look. The smile masking tension and anxiety. It was similar to how Owen would act back in the real world. It was a feeling that he'd rather forget. It was easy to see how Goliath's rather loud personality could make Moe feel somewhat uncomfortable, and he simply hoped that he could manage to tone it down when around her. Monokoe reminded Goliath very much of Owen, though she seemed to be able to handle her anxiety much better, than the anxious boy. At least she was able to speak back, and be understood.

He was glad to hear that she was enjoying the holiday season, despite being stuck here in this world, and he couldn't help but let out a small chuckle when she gestured to the players. Her response to Goliath's second question was not nearly as positive. Goliath could tell he upset her. He could see why she might not want to be a part of the event however, the last event didn't go so well, and not everyone was as excitable as Goliath when it came to striking down monsters.

"Oh I'm participating alright. I've got my eyes on the prize after all. But really someone's gotta be around to keep some of the other players safe. This event could get out of hand, so I've made sure there would be a couple of Knights here to keep people safe. And yeah i'm sure I'll end up breaking something at some point, so it's good to know the Knights have got a great blacksmith like you to keep our weapons nice, and sharp!" He glanced back at the players and NPC's enjoying the snow, and then looked over towards the direction of the Gold Galleon.He doubted that Moe would actually want to come to the crowds, and noise of the tavern, but he figured it would be rude not to at the very least ask. "You know I was planning on heading over to the Gold Galleon until the event started. Maybe play a song or two. You're more than welcome to come along if you want? Unless you'd rather stay here that is?"

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Occupation:
Blacksmith

Guild:
Knights of Lore

Level:
52

Hex Code:
#D84FF0

Location:
Vael Town Square →
Outside the Gold Galleon



Goliath's question caught Moe by surprise. It was no secret that she wasn't exactly the most sociable person out there, so his offer baffled her a bit. Her immediate instinct was to politely decline, but as she opened her mouth to do so a sudden thought stopped her. She didn't have anything to do at the moment, and the thought of sitting by herself in her house was honestly a bit depressing. Plus, knowing more people could definitely pay off later at some point in the game.

'Then again...', looking up at the snow fluttering around above her, she realized that there would likely be tons of people at the tavern attempting to escape from the cold. Sighing quietly, she wondered why she could never make things easy for herself. Her internal struggle was beginning to get old, it was now or never. "Uh, sure. Why not?" Cringing a bit at her words, she hoped that she wouldn't regret this. It wasn't as if she couldn't talk to people, she had been forced to talk all the time in the real world. She'd just always been naturally quiet, preferring to listen to others rather than speak herself. The only thing that calmed her in times like these was the fact that here in LAIOS she was Moe, not Cybele. She didn't have to worry about contributing to the conversation every couple of sentences. If only her nerves had gotten the memo.

Turning to once again glance at Goliath, she nodded once before politely saying, "After you." Wiggling her semi-frozen toes in her boats, Moe waited for the man to begin walking. Hopefully no one would notice the way she stiffly crossed her arms as they marched through the snowy landscape.

As the Gold Galleon came into view, Moe's previous thoughts were confirmed. Players could already be seen milling around outside the tavern. Hopefully she'd at least run into some people that she knew here, that'd be nice at least. She hadn't seen very much of her friends recently. And although her nerves were on edge, she was determined to not let it ruin her time. She was not going to be a hermit! However, as they arrived at their destination, her stomach was in knots. Slowing down a bit, Moe quietly called out to Goliath, "Um, you can go on ahead of me. I'll be inside in a minute." Smiling a bit weakly up at him, she turned around to view the rest of the town as she took a deep breath. 'Yup. I'm definitely a wimp.'

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Character Portrait: Shade_Strider Character Portrait: EclecticPrince Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Psychedemo Character Portrait: Mononoke Character Portrait: Cain
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Occupation:
Bard

Guild:
Knights of Lore

Level:
76

Hex Code:
#aaaaaa

Location:
Vael Town Square

As Goliath was almost positive Moe would refuse his invitation he opened his mouth to let her know it wasn't a big deal and she didn't have to come if she didn't want to. However much to the Beasts surprise she accepted, though somewhat hesitantly. He stood there for a minute blinking away his surprise until a small smile formed on his lips. "Really? All right lets go!"

He then turned around and enthusiastically made his way to the tavern with Moe by his side. As they walked Goliath tried not to make the shy blacksmith too uncomfortable. He made sure not to burden the girl with too much conversation. Perhaps a snippet here and there but overall the goal was some form of comfortable silence. Lord knows Owen was never good with conversation, so he saw no point in forcing it on someone like Moe.

When they got to the tavern Moe opted to stay outside for the moment and Goliath gave an understanding nod."Sure thing. You stay out here as long as yu need. I know a tavern liek this isn't really your kind of scene anyway."Simply coming here seemed like a good step in Moe breaking out of her shell and he was more than happy to let here take as much time as she needed to steel her nerves.

As he walked into the tavern he scanned the current occupants of the Golden Galleon. There were quit a few familiar faces here, but he was naturally drawn to that of his beloved Second in Command and one of the more annoying though no less valued Knight Cain. He smiled as he was about to walk over to them, though stopped himself when he noticed Shade, among the group his friends had gathered in. Great he thought as he let out a small sigh. The PKer was here. He considered finding someone else to chat with as he looked around the tavern again.

He walked over anyway,giving the group a friendly wave, determined not to let the murderer ruin his holiday spirits. Besides Shade wouldn't be able to cause much harm here in one of the towns anyway. "Hey there you guys! Merry Christmas to all of ya!" He paused for a moment as he looked at the others all with his trademarked friendly tone and smile. All except Shade of course, he didn't want to pay much attention to the man."So what's going on over here? Anything interesting?"

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Character Portrait: Shade_Strider Character Portrait: EclecticPrince Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Psychedemo Character Portrait: Cain Character Portrait: Accido
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Occupation:
Mercenary

Guild:
Night's Guile

Level:
72

Hex Code:
#CC1100

Location:
Vael Tavern - The Golden Gallion




The demon couldn't help but laugh when Accido shoved ice down Cain's back. It served him right though the priest didn't have much of an averse reaction. The priest rather calmly took off a few layers and made some remarks after the retreating woman. He raised his cup to her in a saluting approval regardless. It was a great attempt at getting back at him for whatever it was that Cain did to her. It was nice to know he wasn't the only one that Cain annoyed the shit out of. He wondered what her 'crime' was. He'd have to become more acquainted with her later. He only knew her as one of Montanax's friends and confidants. He never had the chance to really talk to her. Was she the second in command? Yeah, he needed to find out more information about her.

Shade looked over at PsychDemo then and debated how he wanted to answer her question about how he and LAIOS's annoying priest met. It had been quite a while ago it seemed. Days were starting to blur together a bit and he wasn't sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing. He didn't really have a good sense of time to begin with but now that he was really starting to see the game world as his life... it was getting worse. He didn't really look at the clock. There was no real point to it. He woke up when he needed to wake up, went to sleep when he wanted or when he needed. His job was rather fluid most days so he had long periods where nothing was required of him and money was tight and other times when work was booming, so to say. Now-a-days his work mostly went into espionage or assassinations that took a couple of days of actual stalking to get the perfect kill. That often led to long absences from Prince, but such was 'life'. There were those random requests from people who wanted him to help them level up. He had taken that up once or twice to pass the time and get some more money. And now he wasn't paying attention to the conversation. What was he supposed to be thinking about?

Oh yeah, how he met Cain. Cain already mentioned a blip about that but he might as well add his two cents. "We met after the lock down. I was on a missions and this guy had a higher detection than my sneak. Little bastard detected me and alerted everyone in the area that I was there. Naturally, my position and my read name was revealed and... well, I lost my mark. Had bounty hunter or two come after me. And I lost my pay. Bastard hasn't left me alone since. If you want to talk about jealousy, I think Cain's the one with a bit of Shade-envy," he answered with a grin. "Shame on you, Priest, for snooping around a taken man. What was that phrase? 'One shall not covet thy neighbor?" he smiled and raised an eyebrow at the man. "And if this was your real vocation, I think I would be very worried about those that would come to you. Your healing service in game can be useful at least."

Shade turned his attention away from that particular vein of conversation and went back to his earlier comment about the event. "Good look, in the event, Psych. I'll be rooting for you. I don't think I'll actually participate in the creature battles. The prizes are nice but I have something else I'll be doing. I'll most likely be in town for the rest of the event so if you need an extra hand or are having trouble, let me know and I'll help you out. I might participate when the 'Big Bad Boss' comes out though. Only if I have a relatively good party. I don't think a lone solider out there is going to do much good against the boss. The Game Master won't make it easy."

And just when he thought the area couldn't get more crowded, someone else appeared at their table. The guild leader of the Knights of Lore. It seemed that Cain knew him as well. Cain was more influential that he thought. Shade had never had the chance to actually interact with the guild leader and he did have a certain respect for what he was trying to do though he would back Montanax's goal if he ever had to join one guild or the other. Goliath looked like a capable warrior at least. He offered the stranger a smile and wave of his hand to be all friendly-like. "Hey. Merry Christmas. It's a pleasure to meet you, Goliath, leader of the Knights of Lore. Your reputation proceeds you," he answered and gave him a nod of respect. "The name's Shade_Strider. You may know me by my PK title, The Phantom Blade. Or perhaps you know me as the Shrouded Valentine," Shade grinned playfully. Shade however did notice that the man's smile had faded when he looked towards him. Huh. It looked like his own reputation had reached the guild leader's ears though he wasn't surprised. Though it was in a negative light, the fact that his reputation had expanded made him just a little prideful. He had created that reputation from scratch and he was going to work to keep it; consequences and all. His title did prove that he was a capable fighter after all. He couldn't regret anything in this life. That was one of the greatest things he had learned in LAIOS. Regret got you no where and if you regret something, you never lived.

And now the tavern was really getting crowded. It was time to get the hell out of here. He tapped Prince's side to let him know he wanted to get up and watched as his companion got to his feet. Shade couldn't wipe the smile off his face as he watched him. Yup. EclecticPrince was captivating no matter what he was doing. He forced his gaze away from him to look at everyone at the table. "Well it is time for us to head off. I have some plans in store for our favorite eclectic bard," he smiled. He gave a flourishing bow as was his want and flicked his tail behind him. He even extended his wings to get them to unfurl and add some more flair to his movements. He did love the theatrics and exaggerated actions. It was all part of the visage he wished to display. "Remember to message me, Psych, if ya need me to back ya up. Otherwise, I will not answer." He looked back at Goliath and gave him a smirk. "Good luck in the event if you are participating. Perhaps we'll meet again on the field." Lastly, he looked at Cain and folded his wings. "I hope to not see you again but I know we will, so until we meet again," he answered and tossed one of the cards at the priest. "You missed one of my cards in your sketches. You'll need to work on your detection and sneak, Preacher."

Shade finally turned to EclecticPrince and took his hand in his own. He lifted the man's hand and kissed his knuckles, his eyes never leaving the bard's face as he smiled. "Ready to go, My Prince?"

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Character Portrait: Shade_Strider Character Portrait: EclecticPrince Character Portrait: Granite Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Psychedemo Character Portrait: Cain Character Portrait: ArcticFire Character Portrait: Accido
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Occupation:
Bard

Guild:
None

Level:
48

Hex Code:
#1DA4E3

Location:
Vael Tavern--Gold Gallion




Prince shifted a bit so his hip would be flush against Shade, a more comfortable position to observe the spirited conversation on all sides. Psyche made a wry pun about Granite that would have left the pale demon rolling his eyes. Prince grinned at her. Then Cain began squirming, snow down his back thanks to a girl with a heart tattoo on her face, but it didn't slow the pace of the conversation. It was growing to an almost bantery feel now, despite the demon's obvious displeasure at Cain's presence, everyone seemed relaxed enough. Shade was talking about how he'd met Cain, and then about the event, so Prince let his eyes wander through the tavern. They settled after a few moments on a pair of gray wolf ears coming in their direction. " Well, if it isn't the best bard twelve ways to Yelta," he smiled brightly, wiggling his fingers at the fellow bard.

At one point, before the lock down, they'd been pretty good pals. Done a bit of work with each other, bards gotta stick together, and all that. Playing music, hanging out, all that fun stuff. It had fallen a bit by the wayside of recent though, probably because he was so busy with the Knights of Lore. It was good to see him around, though. Unsurprisingly, the whole table turned their attention to greeting Goliath. Shade introduced himself, but Goliath's attention seemed to mostly be on the other half of the table. Cain did seem to be an attention sink, so it wasn't particularly surprising.

Shade's fingers tapped his side, and Prince immediately slid off the demon's lap, slinging his lute over his back and grinning as the dark haired male said goodbye to the others. Prince added his own farewells to the mix. "Sorry to run out on you like this, Wolfy, hit me up sometime so we can catch up, yeah?" He smiled at the other bard. Then he turned to Cain, inclining his head a bit and pulling up a lopsided smile. While Shade obviously didn't care for the Priest, he seemed like an interesting character to hang around. " Ciao, Preacher Man, pleasure to meet you! And take care, Psyche. Would you mind telling Granite that we left when he comes back in? Thanks, darling." He blew a kiss at the elf and wiggled his fingers at her.

Then Shade took his hand, kissing it gently. Prince flushed a little bit, grinning all over himself. Shade always knew just what to do. " Sweep me off my feet, my Knight." Prince pulled the closer and kissed him briefly on the mouth. Though he didn't want to pull away, he also didn't want to give the rest of the table a show, so he did so rather reluctantly, settling himself against Shade's side instead, humming softly to himself.




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Occupation:
Treasure Hunter
Guild:
None

Level:
54

Hex Code:
#6E6E6E

Location:
Outside Vael Tavern-Gold Gallion




She took his hand, her grip firm despite how slim her fingers were. ArcticFire. Looks like they had a theme going. White haired ice children. Then she mentioned her tiger. Of course it was her tiger, the large, dark furred creature was her aesthetic complement. Kuro. Black and white. Wasn’t it the same aesthetic he was going for with the darkness of his clothes against too-perfect ivory skin? Though, that was one plus of this godforsaken place. No acne. No vision problems. Everyone looked beautiful all the time. It still creeped him out a bit when he thought too hard about it. What would it be like if they ever reintegrated into the real world? If that was even a possibility? They’d be faced with non-symmetric faces and imperfect complexions.

It was a stupid rabbit trail to let his mind wander down.

“Pleasure to meet you, Arctic, Kuro.” He nodded at each in turn as he straightened the collar of his jacket and shifting his wings under his cloak to give them a bit more space to breathe. When the animal jumped off him, it had twisted everything around just a little bit, leaving him less than coolly impeccable. When one had so little control over their appearance, naturally the instinct was to grasp what was left with a choke-hold, right?

The tiger made a chuffing sort of noise, as if he too was part of the conversation. Animals in this place were just weird. Granite didn’t spend much time chatting with them. And the hostile mobs weren’t that much for small talk anyway. More into biting and slashing and those types of things. Naturally.

Granite flicked his eyes back towards Arctic, a wry comment about the tiger’s discourse on his lips, when his gaze centered in on something over the fox-girl’s shoulder. He immediately stiffened, his shoulders lifting a bit and his eyes narrowing. One of those damn AI kids kept glancing in their direction, and now it was kneeling to gather a wad of snow in its bothersome, theoretically incorporeal hands.

“Hold still for a moment,” he murmured to Arctic, staring lasers at the kid over her shoulder, leaning forward slightly as the kid wound back his arm and prepared to lob the snowball. He’d already had to deal with enough snowballs from his archer of a sibling, whose speed and accuracy necessitated acute defensive skills.

The stone boy shot out an arm over Arctic’s shoulder, careful not to touch her, his wrist pivoting to stop the snowball aimed at the back of her head. He did not manage to catch it—that truly would have been a feat of skill—but it did burst against his gloved palm and fall to the ground. He withdrew his arm and shook the snowflake dregs from his hand before they had a chance to melt and chill him to the bone.

Granite’s jaw was set tight as he resisted the urge to throw a snowball back at the kid to make him leave. But engaging the stupid AI would only encourage it. As much as he didn’t want to go back inside, his defensive maneuver had caught the attention of more of the stub-legged AIs and he didn’t care to be pelted with snowballs either. Maybe he’d had enough of a chill. Hopefully the group hadn’t multiplied exponentially while he was gone.

“I think I’ve angered the beast.” He said, ducking his head a little bit, shifting his stance to lean towards the door to the tavern. “Now might be a good time to seek additional cover.” His face was flusher now, more animated as he glanced between Arctic and the growing rugrat threat. He lifted an arm, this time not to block a snowball but to allow the fox-girl to walk in before him so he could put his back between her and any well place snow-missiles.

“Damn holiday,” he muttered under his breath as he crossed the threshold back into the sticky warmth of the tavern.

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Character Portrait: Shade_Strider Character Portrait: EclecticPrince Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Psychedemo Character Portrait: Cain
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Occupation:
Information Broker

Guild:
Knights of Lore

Level:
73

Hex Code:
#461B7E

Location:
Vael Tavern--Gold Galleon





“I’d rather you didn’t begin stripping in the middle of the tavern, actually. There’s children present.” Psyche spoke mildly as she cleared the rest of the cards off the table, giving the polished wood an absentminded dusting with her sleeve as she finished up. It wasn’t a necessity, really- whatever contents that had been left on the table upon its hosts’ departure tended to vanish in thin air, leaving it as spotless as the day it was made- but it was out of good manners that she kept after herself. Manners, and the fact that it was actually quite a pleasant ritual when such things had no longer become trivial- something to busy herself with instead of dawdling throughout the conversation.

Evidently, throughout her distraction, what risk there had been of the mage glimpsing Cain’s markings had been brought down to complete zero. It was only at the other’s mention that he didn’t actively search for Shade these days that she tilted her head up, eyes glinting in a way that wasn’t all that different from a cat’s careful gaze. “I’m surprised- you could have made quite the living, keeping our friend here off the path of evil and sin.” She smiled, dusting off whatever had been lingering on her sleeves with a few flicks of the wrist.

Shade’s addition to their little story brought clear amusement from Psyche, albeit not as audible as her reaction to the little exchanges between Cain and Prince. It wasn’t the most long-winded comment, either, but a comment nonetheless that was drawn from the elf once the mercenary had finished up. “I’m guessing that he continued to stalk you for some time after that, then.” Phrased as a question, yes, but not exactly so- it hadn’t taken much to pick up that he and Prince were about to make their leave, and there was no point in prolonging the conversation more than necessary. Shade’s next wish of good luck for the event brought a certain look in Psyche’s eyes, but it quickly vanished- having been replaced by another bright flashing of teeth.

“Well, thank you. Good luck to you, too, even if you don’t end up joining in- the crowds around here are bloodthirsty, you know. I thought I saw them attempting a ritual sacrifice earlier, although it might have just been my imagination.”

It was then that the Second in Command caught sight of a certain grey head approaching the table, and at once Psyche had lifted a hand to greet the man as he approached. Goliath, the Leader of her Guild, and someone with a particularly strong distaste of PKers. “Merry Christmas to you, too, Goliath.” she said warmly. “We were just playing a few rounds of cards, nothing much.” Idly, she wondered how he would react to her buddying up with a mercenary, before brushing it off. Under the bridge, as it was.

As Shade and Prince both rose to leave, the dark mage once again smiled and gave her own little salute in return- and politely gave the impression that she was looking away as the two kissed. While it was most likely her own mind getting away from her, Psyche had an inkling of why they were leaving together...but probably just her own mind, yes.

“Of course I don’t mind,” she replied. “I’ll go ahead and pass the news on whenever he comes back in.” Upon deciding that it was safe to “look back”, Psyche did so, gloved fingers intertwining on the tabletop.

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Character Portrait: Granite Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Psychedemo Character Portrait: Cain Character Portrait: ArcticFire
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Occupation:
Chef

Guild:
None

Level:
117

Hex Code:
#05B8CC

Location:
Vael - Gold Gallion




ArcticFire and Granite's continued their introductions smoothly. For her, it was odd to be actually introducing herself to someone. Her usual conversations were very short or nonexistant when it came to those she interacted with and on very few occasions would she actually introduce herself. She preferred to remain anonymous, lest she be found out as a Beta user or run the risk of becoming attached to someone.

“Hold still for a moment,” Granite instructed her. Arctic resisted the urge to turn and see what had caught his attention. She trusted that he wasn't about to let something bad happen to her. Normally, she'd be weary of another player telling her to stay still as she had her back turned to something or someone else. However, Granite didn't seem like the type of guy who would let someone just attack her. It would also be quite stupid to attack someone in front of the tavern.

The fox girl's ears shifted as she heard the sound of a snowball approaching her head. At the same time, Granite shot his arm over her shoulder to deflect the snowball. Kuro rose then, growling at the NPC child who had thrown it. This did nothing to discourage the child and perhaps even encouraged him to make the poor tiger his next target.

The other player suggested the two retreat into the tavern before there were anymore snowballs thrown. Arctic gave a small nod as Granite extended his arm, gesturing for her to lead the way into the Gold Galleon. She entered the tavern first, holding the door open for him as he and her tiger followed. Kuro was unhappy with the sheer amount of people inside the tavern. They were all very loud. There was also the fact they he could sense that creature from before in the tavern but knew he wasn't allowed by his master to kill it. Oh, what was a tiger to do? He slunk past his master and the other player, seeking out a quiet corner to hide in.

Once they had cleared the doorway, Arctic turned to face Granite. "Thank you for saving me from that snowball." It sounded a bit overdramatic, but she hoped he would get the point. She really did appreciate that he hadn't let an obnoxious NPC hit her in the back of the head. I suppose I have Nightingale to thank for these overzealous, snowball loving annoyances, she mused as she looked around the tavern.

It was quite full today, with players eating drinking, playing games, and in general being happy. It perturbed her. How could these players sit here, chatting and eating as if the others at their table could replace their own friends and family in the real world? To her it was absurd that she should ever forget that there was a world outside of this one, where her loved ones had been waiting for over a month to speak to her.

She continued to scan the room for familiar faces. Arctic spotted a purple haired female, who she was confident was Psychedemo. She sat at a table with some others, including Goliath. Perhaps she could go chat with them after she finished her conversation with Granite. Arctic looked back to Granite. "Do you have someone who's waiting for you?" she inquired, assuming that he'd been with someone else prior to their literal run in with each other. She glanced back at the table where her... associates (she was unsure of what to refer to them as) sat and then noticed someone she hadn't seen in a very long time: Cain. Well, this was an interesting turn of events.

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Hours later, Arctic was in the room she had rented with Kuro resting on the rug next to the bed. She sat, looking down at the snow white flowers on her red kimono. She wondered how long it had taken Seraph to make this, though she would likely never know the answer. It would be much more reasonable to try living exclusive in Yelta than to try and find or approach Seraph. Nightingale would literally have her head if the fox girl attempted to approach the Game Master. Her mood and thoughts darkened as she thought about the two of them.

After a few more minutes in thought, she rose from the bed nudged Kuro with her foot. She could hear the rate of his breathing increase as he opened his eyes, but he didn't move. "Kuro, it's time to get up." The tiger chuffed at her in response, not wanting to move. "Kuro, come on, get up." She nudged him again. He looked up at her, his large yellow eyes seeming to ask her why he was required to move right now. Couldn't he just sleep a little bit longer? Arctic sighed. "Guess somebody isn't going to get this fish I got for him," she said casually as she moved around him and went to exit the room.

Kuro quickly rose and followed her, happy with the idea of getting food. The two left their room and locked it before departing. Not wanting to have raw fish remains in the town where other players were, the two walked to the edge of town before Kuro was allowed to enjoy his fish. As he ate, Arctic stood watch for any monsters. She knew the event would start soon and she didn't want to be vulnerable to attacks just because she was feeding her companion.

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Occupation: Bard

Guild: Knights of Lore

Level: 76

Hex Code: #aaaaaa

Location: Vael-Golden Galleon


As he stood around the rather crowded table in the rather crowded tavern the others each began to greet him in their own friendly way. First it was Cain the odd but lovable healer and one of his valued Knights, to which Goliath greeted in kind. Even Shade spoke to him in a pleasant enough tone, even wishing Goliath a merry Christmas and commenting on his reputation. Something which caused the large Beast to raise an eyebrow in surprise. Goliath had never actually spoken to the man though he had plenty of information gathered on the demon assassin. To say he was expecting a friendly affable man would be a lie. "Well thanks! Always good to know that word gets around. Even towards Shade he spoke in his normal pleasant tone. Honestly he couldn't help it. Being recognized on sight was still a new experience for him and one he couldn't get enough of. And I of course have heard about you too PKer. I make it a point to learn about all threats to the people of Laios. This time he spoke in a slightly annoyed tone, trying not to make too big a deal of the killers presence while also making it known that he had no love for the man. There was no point in hiding exactly what he thought of Shade’s profession. Goliath’s dislike of Shade’s ilk was well known enough after all. Friendly or not a killer was a killer. Though it was Christmas and in the spirit of the holidays Goliath elected not to make too big a deal of it,
He gave a far more cheerful greeting to Eletricprince, his friend, fellow bard, and unfortunately lover of Shade. ” Aw you’re too kind Prince really. You’re much better, your music is almost electrifying.” He chuckled slightly at the pun. It was good to see his fellow bard again, they haven’t talked much since the lockdown. Though Goliath knew that he was mostly to blame for that. His guild it seems has taken over much of his time and that precious free time he did have he elected to spend on other endeavors. Best to avoid Shade and all, though Goliath did find it regrettable. Perhaps he would try to catch up with Prince later provided he had the time.
He turned his attention and his brightest smile on his Second in Command. Psychedemo an essential part of his guild, and as far as he was concerned a dear friend. ”Cards huh? Sounds fun enough I suppose bet you ended up with the victory huh!” He opened his mouth to speak more to the group when Prince, and Shade announced their leave. He gave a friendly wave to Prince as he walked out, not paying much attention to the bard’s paramour. Once they had left Goliath went to conversing with his friends and other residents of the tavern, intent to kill time until the beginning the event.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Shade_Strider Character Portrait: Seraph Character Portrait: EclecticPrince Character Portrait: Granite Character Portrait: NocturnalKISS Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Lilac Sin Character Portrait: Angus Character Portrait: Psychedemo Character Portrait: Mononoke Character Portrait: Minuet Character Portrait: Cain Character Portrait: Montanax Character Portrait: ArcticFire Character Portrait: Accido Character Portrait: Augur Character Portrait: Nightingale Character Portrait: Lucive Character Portrait: Man-O-War Character Portrait: Whisper_Rose Character Portrait: Wachter Character Portrait: Rakugo
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Occupation:
Alchemist // Tailor
Guild:
None// None
Level:
182 // 200
Hex Code:
#00008B // #388E8E
Location:
Vael Town




Seraph was probably the person most excited for the event even though he wasn't going to be down in the town actively participating. This was his first real event and he wanted everyone to enjoy it, even those that weren't taking part in the battles. It was almost time! The Game Master was grinning ear to ear as he peered down at the town from his perch on the balcony of a random house. He didn't have the high level of the acrobat skill to get up here but he was the game master so he had a few cheats he could utilize when needed; Like getting to places he shouldn't be able to. He wanted to be able to watch everything happen as they unfolded for the event and a high perch was the most advantageous. He smiled to himself and leaned against the balcony as he stared down at the center of town. Those that were going to participate were already gathering in anticipation. Some players had locked their doors and shut off the lights but he could see a few staring out their windows, interested in seeing what was going to occur.

"I thought I might find you here, Seraph," said a voice behind him.

Seraph sat up and looked behind him to see his favorite person in the world; Nightingale. She was the reason why he had locked the game the first time after all. He waved excitedly at her and rolled onto his heels and then back to his tip-toes. "Nightingale! I thought you weren't going to come into town because of the other betas that gathered. They are all here. But do you like what I have planned for the event?"

"Neither of us should be here and I advised you not to come, but I knew you'd come anyway. You never listen. And of course I liked the event. You did a good job," Nightingale answered with a small smile. Seraph really was like a child, her precious baby. She had to protect him should the other betas spot Seraph and turn their attentions away from the event and try a full on attack on Seraph. They would all have higher levels this time around and unlike Seraph, she couldn't see what level they were. It worried her a bit but Seraph was Seraph. He was still the Game Master and there was no way he'd be able to resist coming to the center of the activity in the game. She knew first hand how much he loved his players and everything he did was for them to enjoy. Who wouldn't want to see the results of their efforts?

"I had to come. Tonight is the event! I want to watch everyone. I want to know what I can improve on next time. I have already gotten a lot of feedback! I went a little overboard with decorations it seems," he chuckled and raised a hand to rub the back of his head. "And that is not fair, Nightingale. I do listen. I just decide not to follow your caution," he answered. He had to make sure everything was running smoothly after all.

The archer walked over to Seraph and reached out a hand to ruffle his hair then. She couldn't help the grin that played on her rosy lips when the boy blushed and tried to dislodge her hand. "Nightingale!" he called out exasperated and took a step back to try and fix his hair. He hated it when she did that. Nightingale on the other hand loved watching him get flustered. He was just too adorable. The Game Master huffed and crossed his arms. He glanced back at the center of the town. "It is almost time." Seraph took in a deep breath and closed his eyes to center himself a moment before he completely turned his back on his companion. When he opened his eyes, his once expressive gaze were blank, code rapidly flitting through the blue hues. It was time to send out the message that would initiate the countdown.

╚═╣Good evening all players, this is your Game Master. The first half of the event will be initiated shortly after this message. I hope you all have a happy holiday and enjoy the event. Before they spawn, here is some extra information for you. The monsters that will be appearing do not have a predetermined level. The level of the strongest player in your team will be determining the level of the monster for that party. This means that if the highest party member is level 100, the monsters will also be level 100. This is a feature set to give each group a fighting chance and the most exp. If someone joins your battle, the monster level will not change and both parties will get half of the exp. The party or soloist that kills the most monsters will be determined at the end of the event. Thank you for your patronage and enjoy the event!

--Game Master Time stamp December 24 11:58pm.
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Once the message had been sent out, Seraph blinked four times before his personality reemerged and he twirled in a circle and stopped to face Nightingale. He clasped his hands behind him and leaned against the balcony. "Will you be joining the event?" he asked her then.

Nightingale placed a hand on her hip and gave a nod. "Yeah. I think I will. This event is a good way to level up. I won't miss the chance. Meeting the other betas however will be quite the inconvenience. Good thing I have a few things to help disguise myself unless they directly come in contact with me," she mused. At least the betas wouldn't be able to attack her in town since she to was a PC. If they saw her here though, they'd immediately seek Seraph out. She had to stay on guard. "I guess I'll change," she mused and started to leaf through her equipment to pick out the best equipment for this event. She quickly put on her dark blue light armor with the crimson trimmings. A cape hung behind her and she tugged at her finger-less gloves to check the fit though she didn't need to and tapped her boots on the ground. It was a little cold for such a thin outfit but it was a game. She wouldn't freeze to death and it was only a little nippy. She equipped her second choice bow and arrows and caressed the pale blue feathers. She would use her rare item but if the betas saw it, they would recognize who she was immediately. She didn't need to use it. Lastly, she equipped her head gear that looked more like a winged masquerade mask that covered her entire face. Like the rest of her current outfit, it was a baby blue with red trimmings and the feathers themselves looked like they were dipped in blood. It might not look like much, but the outfit was reinforced with a variety of enhancements. That was one thing she loved about the game; you could wear clothing like this and still be well protected if you knew where to purchase and who to ask to craft them for you. Nightingale then hung her hair up in a messy pony tail and smiled at Seraph.

"Well, time to join the fray. I'll talk to you after the event, Seraph. I look forward to seeing what you have come up with."

Seraph beamed at her and gave her a wave. "Enjoy the event!" Nightingale used her acrobat skill to hurry away from the current balcony and took up her place instead on top of the tavern of Vael and readied herself.

7...6...5...4...3...2...1... The clock struck midnight and a firecracker shot up into the air from the center of town and exploded above the area as the bells rang. The sky was illuminated with red and silver lights from the fire cracker. Almost instantly, monsters began to spawn in the town all around the people standing there. Of course, they were all Christmas themed. There were tiny Santa Elves running about, Polar bears with ribbons and bells, China dolls and jack-in-the-boxes hopping about, and growly snowman clawing with their stick arms and angry expressions. At fist, they didn't attack anyone but after they finished spawning, they went after who ever was closest. Nightingale was quick to target one of the toy wolves with her arrow and took in a steadying breath before letting her arrows fly. The wolf howled and turned in her direction but using her rapid shot she was able to get some good hits in and the wolf couldn't reach her where she was so she had pretty easy pickings. She didn't want to win the event. She just wanted to gain experience so being solo made her a bit slow, but that didn't matter. She had a goal and wouldn't waver.

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Character Portrait: Goliath Character Portrait: Psychedemo
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Occupation:Bard

Guild:Knights of Lore

Level:76

Hex Code:#aaaaaa

Location: Vael


Once again he was amidst the peaceful white of Vael, all too aware that in a matter of minutes it would become a battlefield, bloody with death. The large wolf man grinned as he turned to look at several dozen of his knights. Perhaps there would be death today, but Goliath was determined to make sure no player would die, not on Christmas at least. His ears flicked slightly to the side and his tail slowly swayed within his large ornate armor set.

He walked towards his knights his large armor creating heavy foot prints as he moved. It was soon to be midnight, but he had more than enough time to address his guild members. he looked at his second and command a jolly expression on his face. "Almost time for the real Christmas fun huh? Suppose I better address the Knights, remind them not to die and all that."

He marched towards teh others a bold though excited expression gracing his face, and soon spoke up in an authoritative though no less eager tone."Hello everyone good to see you guys here and merry Christmas! Now I know we're all excited to get into the fun, slay some monsters, fight for our lives, and maybe even kill some festive elves. You know normal holiday things. Just remember to be careful out there, when this is over I hope to be able to spend a very merry Christmas with you all back in the guild hall. And lets not forgot why the Knights are here in the first place. No one knows what to expect and I'm sure there'll be more than a few people here in over their heads. So if you see a player in danger out there, and you think you can handle yourself without dying don't be afraid to get involved." Just then he along with everyone else received the game masters rather festive message signaling the beginning of the event. Of course the game master would scale the beasts to the highest leveled party member. What fun would Christmas be without threat of death? He addressed his Knights one final time before dealing with the arriving beasts. "Well here it is guys be careful not to join any parties with higher leveled players. Remember have fun and be careful."

When the creatures finshed arriving and battle commenced Goliath wasted no time joining the fray. Raising his shield and his lance he ran forward into the path of polar bears, elves, snowmen and even candy cane colored wolves. He was a mass of muscle and metal bowling over all manner of beasts with little distinction. When he finally stopped charging his shield settled itself against the jaw of one of the holiday themed wolves, sending the multicolored beast down onto the ground. It looked big but he was bigger, he smiled as the beast righted itself and snarled at his direction, its level rising quickly from 0 to 76.[color=#aaaaaa]"All right now lets see which one of us is the big bad wolf here!" The beast lunged at Goliath earning it simply a painful sounding crash into his shield. He followed with a powerful thrust of his lance managing a clean strike at the creature's side. Though it was far from over it seemed and what followed next was a clearly lopsided fight in Goliath's favor, blocking when it was needed and striking with his lance at every opportunity.

When the wolf was slain Goliath took the time to survey the area making sure no one whether they be knight or soloist were in danger. Everyone that he could see seemed to be handling themselves at the moment. He recoiled slightly as he felt a small pain in his leg. It was a small elf, dastardly grin on its face, and festive candy cane dagger in hand. He gave an annoyed grin to the monster. It barely managed to harm the large Beast, really it seemed to be nothing more than scratch damage. Still seeing his health drained was not a welcome sight. [color=#aaaaaa]"Damn elves. i'll skewer you for that!"] He ran back into the mess of battle all the while focusing his efforts on the pesky elves, and keeping an eye every now and again on his fellow players.