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Re: [SS] Hazy Silhouette

Post  Sir Alexander Beathen on Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:30 am

The knight wasn't entirely surprised about what happened. Well, he wasn't surprised when the shade reacted in the way it did upon asking for its name. But what followed though, he didn't wish for it. There was nothing he can do as Sir Van was struck down without any visible damage, the older knight shattered and collapsed to the ground as quickly the shade broke that glass.

This was devasting, the loss of a comrade always was but he had to remain focused. The incident with the magician outside had only shown that healing would be utterly pointless. At least with his current level of ability, the best he could do was to stabilise him and that would be only temporary. Though it may seem heartless, he couldn't back away to attend his fallen comrade. No, he couldn't back down in the face of the enemy.

That was the nature of the battlefield.

The arrival of Starbright was also a surprise to him, her presence though encouraging only added a new worry. She was a magician, and no matter how hard he tried Alexander was a knight. So these things don't come to him easily, the mysteries of magic and supernatural. He worked on logic not the abnormal and while he can learn, it would take him some time to catch up to the expertise of a magician.

But the expertise of a knight, however, was something he can work with.

"Sir York, watch my back." Alexander said as he moved into position in front of Starbright in a defensive posture. With sword and shield, the young knight's breathing slowed as he sharpened his senses. He knew normal attacks would not work here, so either he had to wait for an opportunity, whatever form it takes. But until then he must do his best to keep the other two alive, no matter what and figure out the truth behind that attack.

And after making a silent wish that Van would pull through, the young knight spoke to the shade of a man.  

"The massacre of the vicious Vampire? Did you draw the vampire out? Did you organise everything? But why? What is the point of this pointless exercise?" Alexander said who found his words unclear. So this was just a stab in the dark, or maybe it was buying time for Starbright to think and for a chance to arrive. "Your master? What is he after..." Alexander said who finally thought he was getting a picture of the real threat. But the only benefit of killing a vampire would be cutting out their heart.

A vampire's heart was basically an infinite source of fuel for magic. They, in theory, could use it to construct a powerful magical weapon or for a really big spell.
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Re: [SS] Hazy Silhouette

Post  Leivinia Birdway on Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:47 pm

The situation was much akin to a deadlock between opposing parties. With one being the absolutely overwhelming force of an enemy army holding a massive amount of nuclear weapons and the other a minor country, slowly being picked apart, yet secretly digging a tunnel into the enemy camp, trying to create the miracle of a devastating susprise counter attack before the rockets would go off.

They knew both.

That was why it felt so unnatural.

Yet why didn’t that man make his move yet? Why did he wait so long?

Was it because he was sure of his victory? Or was he actually waiting for their counter attack to come?

It couldn’t just have been words, or could it?

«First of all. We didn’t draw them out. They were here before us. We only helped them attract the crowds, toying with their expectations to an extent that would increase the spectacle’s greatness.

As a matter of fact, never has our master been interested in the vampire itself, nor was our task centred around it. We never were truly involved with them, nor did we care much. Always it has only been about the audience. Or why do you believe it became so massive? Because of chance? Because there were some unimportant rumours about a serial killer?»

Talking didn’t stop him from acting. While two knights in full gear and a mysterious Magician would stand before him, he still held the strongest card. They knew about the spell his kind used, the kind of effect that would grant invulnerability, so of course they wouldn’t even waste their precious breaths. Instead they would wait and analyse. They would leave him to do whichever he wanted.

And thus a bottle was remove from the floor right next to the table. A bottle he’d slowly free of its muddy brown contents, before lifting it up in front of himself, looking through the glass once again, the image of his right eye being obstructed by its prismatic characteristics, spreading across the outer shape..

«What our master desired was just what happened. The entire world has assembled, representatives of everywhere, blindly chasing after a silhouette in the haze. An invisible fiend, they believe only themselves can slay. A competition for who gets the crown. A bloody, unfair competition, beyond any rule and law. One bringing forth only the worst in its competitors.»

He was taking aim and…
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Re: [SS] Hazy Silhouette

Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:34 pm



A splash of water.

The final debt, stagehands, their claim of success. In the few short moments between her questions and the shade's final answer, her thoughts continued racing, racing. She wasn't finished yet, she didn't have the answers yet, so she continued thinking. And finally, after what felt like an impossibly long while but in truth was just a short instant, she stumbled upon it. Uncovered it, her answers. There were still some holes, but the greater picture was now more or less complete. To put it in the parlance of the mystery genre, she had uncovered the method and murderer, but the motive remained the mystery.

"Alex, turn off the light! Don't let them aim!"

And in the special subgenre of mystery known as magic, it was only once you knew the who and how that you could secure yourself from becoming a victim yourself. Details for the motives were slowly filled in as the shade continued speaking, and the use for the PET bottle came partway through, but it was only when the bottle was used as a looking glass that the final piece was filled in.

Basque mythology, the source of their spells, was one of the many that were trampled over by Christianity, but even among the many it was hit particularly hard. The mass persecution left only fragments that remained until the modern day, all else lost. Following that, counter-spells from a Christian system would be particularly effective. Counter-spells such as granting the nameless shadows new appellations through a pseudo-baptismal rite. Holy water and names, Christianity and Basque myth.

"Wet your blade with this water, name them as you cut them. Give them new names through baptism."

Continuing to give instructions, she found herself advocating for the use of violence. But even knowing what she thought she knew about why they were here and what they were doing after the end, they were trying to kill them. And while they may have conversed, they had made it clear that peace was not their intent.

"A spell that powerful can't work unilaterally. They have to use your image in the glass to target you."

So she continued to explain things to the knight beside her. Lacking the power to fight or to defend herself, all she could do was provide the means for him to protect his own life, and perhaps hers in the process. She could hope that he wouldn't resort to unilaterally slaying them all, but knowing what she did of the Knights she didn't anticipate much.

So a splash of water would put out the flame, and a splash of water would grant them new names. Even if the first place they would be written would be their grave markers...
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Re: [SS] Hazy Silhouette

Post  Sir Alexander Beathen on Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:07 pm

"Alex, turn off the light! ... Don't let them aim! Wet your blade with this water, name them as you cut them.  ... Give them new names through baptism." the magician had explained everything to him and more importantly what needs to be done. While most knights would complain, there was no one else offering any better ideas. So he took the bottle from Starbright without question before turning his eyes back to the Shade of a Man.

He couldn't allow this to be their tomb, that was a fate he couldn't afford to happen. Determined on this the young knight pulled his hood over his head and then the light vanished instantly. Now in the darkness, he wasted no time to apply the water on his sword.

"Focus and remember." Alexander said to himself as he lowered his stance preparing to strike. He remembered everything. The young knight had stayed observant of his surroundings the entire time and everything that he saw while the light was on had now been sketched into his mind. Their position and outline, the size of the room along with where his allies had stood. The objects in the room and where the fallen knight had laid.

He had remembered it all and even calculated how fast they would act. To the point, a sudden crash was heard as Alexander struck without warning within the darkness. It was a powerful strike that almost shook the entire room, the knight couldn't be sure if he actually struck a shade in the darkness. But he had to trust his instincts and what he remembered.

"James." he spoke and wasted no more time, following the map laid out in his mind Alexander went on the offensive. The sound of sword strokes can be heard, and powerful vibrations could be felt as each one was faster and more precise.

"Paul! Matthias! Judas! Simon! Mary! Matthew! Thomas! Bartholomew! Philp!" They were just some of the names he had spoken but all of them shared a theme, they were all names mentioned in the bible at some point and even used names of the Apostles. He laid waste to all known positions and avoided his allies surprisingly well before dealing with the final shade.

Returning to where he originally stood, the knight sprung forward into the darkness with superhuman speed, and you could feel the pressure as he suddenly stopped and smashed the table away with his shield before striking the last known position of the 'Shade of a Man.'

"Peter! I have named you all in the grace of God. Amen." Alexander had said, knowing he didn't need to say that last part, but, this was a baptism. And though he felt slightly dirty for saying it, the knight's job was done. He remained on guard while keeping his sword in place as it started to glow ever so slightly to see if it worked. And what he saw was...
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:58 pm

And as the lights went out, things truly went South.

The entire time a conflict had prevailed between the two parties. The saviours of Whitby and the stage hands of its greatest threat, yet now it would be…

Resolved.

Within a matter of seconds the impossible foes fell, one by one, slain by the hero’s golden sword. They fell like the flies. Just like the bottle they fell and shatter without any chance at resistance.

Or was there even any to begin with?

A miserable chuckle pierced through the darkness. Its reach, while short, would suffice to arrive at the ones destined to hear. A sound neither born from despair nor mourning. It was pure, simple, straight forward, oddly warm.

«…thus…everything is truly the way…it is supposed to be…»

As his broken body lay there in the darkness, that shade of a man would raise his voice just one last time, confirming the definite state of things.

«…it was a pleasure…Sir Beathen…and Miss…?»

There was no way they could see the expression on his face that very moment. Yet there was no need to, did his voice sound exactly like that of a man smiling in thorough satisfaction.

With his destiny sealed, time once again became a matter of concern. Just a simple misstep, a turn in the wrong direction, and a lot of questions would remain forever unanswered.
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:50 pm



"Albrekka Starbright."

It was possible that they had not truly been defeated, and that his asking for her name was a last ditch attempt at striking them down, part of some final desperate spell. But that didn't matter to her, and such worries failed to cross her mind. That kind of paranoia was all too pointless.

Telling a lie out of fear to a man like this would be simply too much. Instead she gave her name, hiding nothing. And in return for that transparency, what she hoped for was...

"This is your loss, yes?"

Normally, it would be her immediate inclination to attempt to treat the fallen figures, now that they had been stripped of will and ability to resist. But in this case, she did not. In part because she had heard of just how sharp the Knights blades her, and in part because one could not heal those who did not wish to be healed. Even if she were to do so, and it were in her ability to do so, it would turn back on her in the end.

Taking advantage of the dimness of the light Alex provided, she focused solely on the shade's face, Peter's. The one who had stood at the forefront. And from him, she requested something very simple. That, being satisfied, he would hopefully answer readily.

"Then please answer. Your master is Ambroise, yes? Whatever it is you know about him and his plans for this town... In full detail, please tell us."

The truth is scattered across the heavens. A fragment lay in this man's hands. Hidden. But now, it would be shared as it should.

But before the man could answer, after a short pause, a slight second of hesitation, Albrekka followed up with a second question. It was less pertinent to their situation, but nonetheless, it too had its own importance.

"And what is the debt that you needed to repay?"
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:01 pm

«…You are mistaken. That despicable man is not our master. He is…but a pawn…quite similarly to us…»

If anything became visible in that sea of weakness, it was disgust. From this shift of voice alone a long history was implied. One he likely didn’t wish to extent upon, given the emotion he had just shown. Still, even the choice of words would manifest his awareness of their current situation.

«…Miss Stabright, you might call this a loss, but to us it might as well be victory. We have finally achieved what needed to be achieved…»

Their battle was over, he did not hesitate to admit that fact, finally clearing away the tiniest hint of doubt over their intentions. This would serve to become his resignation at long last. A resignation presented in the colours of salvation. That man now named Peter had been saved. He had reached full accomplishment. Yet in what exactly?

«…a long time ago there was a band of men. A group of Magicians from the lands of the Basque. Over generations they had preserved the ancient cultures, keeping upright the old traditions, engaging themselves in the teachings as the very centre of their lives. They would impart their words onto their children and so on.»

His ability to raise his voice under these conditions was a kind that could in fact only inspire awe. However even if the words wouldn’t cease flowing, the act of delivering his speech adequately did demand visible struggle.

«However, things always end up disastrous in life.

Christianity, even after centuries would not leave their culture alone, chasing them and other groups of the same origin. Many fell, kept swarming and seeking refugee at others. Eventually this would result in those men’s group becoming a harbour, a gathering of the lost who feared for the loss of their culture. Yet even with only that fraction of survivors left, the hunters would not let off. They were chased, fought, eradicated.

The last remains would break off, with no place in the world for them to assemble at. They were lost, entirely. Thus they had to take whatever straw they had left.
At long last they were saved.

A man had descended upon them, taking them up, offering them shelter and a new path to continue.
They had to accept, was there no going back to where they had come from, nor any other perspective.

Therefore for their own sakes they would accept the gift and in return discard all of their past. Their dreams and believes they would shatter by their own hands for all eternity. There was no returning to their pursuit, no hope for them to ever do. All they would be from there on out were shadows of their former selves. But that is what saved them. Or so they had thought.

A Magician that no longer can reach their purpose is like an oven without a flame. There is no reason, no goal, no motivation. Like empty husks they would keep on existing.

There was no turning back, for their honour did not allow them to leave their debt uncleared.

Therefore they remained in that accursed Purgatory for the longest time.

Until this very moment.»

Accentuating those final words with a hopeful alteration of his voice, it felt as though the advent of an announcement. An announcement to bring forth something unforeseen. Something to come next.
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Post  Sir Alexander Beathen on Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:41 pm

The sword in his hand slowly brought light to the room, but only doubt remained beneath his hood as the young knight listened to Peter's tale. Hearing the truth about the shades had forced Alexander too also acknowledge the facts about himself.

He never enjoyed resorting to using his blade, when it comes to it this life he was born into wasn't something he would've chosen given a choice. So he tried to make it his own, and why above all else he would prefer to use dialogue rather than force. Because in the end, to achieve those aims you may have to destroy the lives of others or use them.

And listening to this tale had tested his resolve since the Basque story was precisely about the type of people he should be fighting for in his ideal world.  

Their cruel fate was something he wanted others to avoid and would fight to protect that from happening. But there was only so much he can do, and so he needed to find like-minded people to even having achieved his dream.

And so he can only stand there in silence, being the man who just cut them all down. But somehow, the young knight had learned something. The truth about the ugly side of the magical world, sure this was only one tale, but it was that fact which was frightening. And it only made his dream even more distant, and somehow it only hardened his resolve in the end.

And as he thought about all of this and more the knight bowed his head towards Peter. It was a sign of respect, not for what he has done in Whitby but towards who he once was and what he has lost. He then turned to check on the fallen knight's condition.
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:06 am



Peter may have considered this a victory, but Albrekka was certain that that did not necessarily mean that this was her defeat. After all, by this point, she was sure enough in her knowledge of their goal to put it into plain words. Those shades had come to this place to die.

In the past, on the brink of annihilation from persecution, a certain man had given them a place to flee to at the cost of their names. That had at least let them live, but in the end they found they had been stripped of the purpose carved into their souls and set adrift with no direction remaining but the debt they held to that man.

And at some point, that man had called in the debt, bringing them here to Whitby, along with Ambroise, for some goal. Working as stagehands in the shadows, they had arranged the city so that any and all factions lost themselves in the haze chasing the shadow of the vampire, who had been taken advantage of just the same as all the great factions, resulting in a covert, bloody battle royale. His ultimate cause still yet unknown.

And once the former men of the Basque country succeeded in that task and fulfilled that debt, at last they came here. To be freed from what they called purgatory, and finally be put to rest.

That was the summary of what they had learned here.

"Your benefactor didn't tell you anything more about his goals, I suppose..."

"...And also, one more thing." A slight pause as she collected herself. "I don't suppose I can convince you to live?"

Even being mostly certain of the answer, and more than a little hypocritically given how she had enabled Alex to inflict their wounds, she asked. Just to be sure, just to know.

Even without a hint of hope.
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