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Post  Saravati Nair on Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:37 pm

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Perhaps bracing herself was a mistake. After her gaze picked up on the odd action of the man flaying himself, the world around her shifted up. It was first her back, then her legs, but within only a few steps, her entire body buckled down as if she were Atlas buckling under the weight of the sky.

Flaying?

As that weight continued to bear down onto her, her feet began to slow down, her momentum ultimately grinding itself to zero as a great friction broke any further forward movement down.

I thought it was simply cutting, but it goes beyond that to a full-fledged skinning?

But, she refused to fall. The moment she did, she would ultimately be pinned down. And so, her mind raced.

Determining the mechanism behind his spell.

How to move freely once again.

How to crush the enemy before her.

Her mind sifted through all the possible answers, running in tandem like current through parallel resistors.

Yet, Francesca could only grit her teeth as she her muscles continued their futile struggle against the weight attempting to crush her.

She could only grit her teeth as the man approached a nearby vehicle and picked it up. And with each step, closer he made, her mind cranked further and further into overdrive.

Right until the moment he had closed the distance once again and began raising that vehicle further and further into the firmament. Right until the moment when those parallel thoughts all burned up to leave behind a single word.

...Fall...

Without another moment of hesitation, she eked out as much strength as she physically could to push herself forward and let gravity do its work, pulling her down towards his legs.

That was the answer she had come to. He had already carried something as unwieldy as a car. He had already gotten himself into a compromising position he couldn’t just quickly back up from. He had already declared his victory. If she could close off the legs, she could ultimately prevent further movement.

It was ultimately a gamble.

It may have been an action far from graceful, but she had hardly been a stranger to such lack of grace this day.
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Tue May 28, 2019 4:59 pm

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A formula is a mighty concept. While many only remember it from their maths or physics class the very term can stand for much more beyond the simple idea of multiplying two numbers. No, a formula could be any set of process leading to a distinct outcome. Some of those outcomes could change the very world itself, while others can simply help solve an equation. However, figuring out those variables was the key factor to the formula’s completion.

In some cases finding those would take extreme measures.

In other it would just happen accidentally…


Millinda Blackwater stood alone. She had no allies. No friends. Nothing at all. And yet the whole world was before her.

She could read them. She could understand them very well as all of them faced her with countless iterations of the very same instinct. An instinct so natural to all living creatures, yet at the same time so very false.

Eerie silence.

None of them would act, none of them would move. They had found what they had been looking for. They had been chasing it for the longest time. And now, meeting it face to face they would be frozen. Frozen by the horror they felt at the unimaginable. That one thing defying all expectations, imaginations, thoughts and dreams. The very idea of a vampire.

She was enveloped by it. It dug into her body, diving into her veins. Yes, it was perfect. The reality she had been chasing for so very long. It was coming over her. Right here and right now it would reach fruition.

But something….

...something…

...somethingggggggggggggggg

...was lacking.

Yes, she needed more. More. More. More of it!

Making up her mind once more the woman of white in black would disappear once more, fully shrouded by the night, ready for the hunt. And right the next instance one of those countless Magicians of the vast world standing frozen would find his neck to be torn into by invisible fangs from nowhere.

That action alone would once more serve to stir up the people breaking them free from the evil spell of instincts. Or much rather, shattering its chains as the next stage would be invoked.

Instinctual fear would transcend into fear for life.
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Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:08 am

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Why? Just why? The entire situation was like the beginning of a horribly twisted joke that never seemed to end. Not only had Sasha been chased across town by a bloodthirsty vampire that wasn't even the real deal but she had done so while being princess carried the whole time. To make matters worse whatever spell the false vampire was using continued to fill her with a sickening unnatural fear that was interfering with her ability to think clearly. Yet even with all that in mind the situation seemed to fall into an even greater abyss of chaos as Sasha looked around at the pairs new surroundings.

The mad cardinal lifting a car, an intense fight between two english knights, and a number of other magicians in a battle frenzy. Part of Sasha hoped that the vampire had chosen to end its pursuit when it noticed the pair had run into a highly populated area. After all if they could've just grabbed just a few moments without running for their dear lives they could've attempted to calmly figure out the nature of their enemies power. Unfortunately for Sasha and everyone else in the general vicinity Millinda had no intention of stopping. In fact, she arrived only a moment later and instantly grabbed the intention of everyone on the battlefield.

It was possible Sasha and Sara could've tried using all the different factions here as a meat shield as they attempted to get away again but truly what would be the point? If the group here couldn't find a way to beat the vampire then what chance did a pair of nuns from two different churches have? If they fled and this group lost than Whitby's vampire be on them again in an instant. As a result despite the fear infecting Sasha entire being she slipped out of Sara's arms once again though with how things were going so far she was probably going to end up in them again.

"Second Exclamation: We take a stand here!"

Yet despite the nun's attempt motivational words the next moment was filled with nothing but horror as the vampire vanished only to reappear again at what could've been one their potential allies throats. It had all ended before it had even began as a pair of fangs latched into one of the nearby magicians' throats bringing his life to a swift end. This whole situation really must have been some kind of cruel joke. A group of magicians, a cardinal, some knights, and a vampire walked into a port town..... and decided to dye the ocean red.
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:20 pm

An unexpected twist ran across the usually stoic and stone like priest, as suddenly his features malformed to express displeasure. After all, no matter how strong and cold your act would be, no human was entirely devoid of emotion. But that should serve as a sign that that woman was truly onto something, as she mustered every last ounce of her strength to make it there. And grasping his legs with the entire weight of his course she would cling onto that last straw offered towards her.

«You…dare to…?!»

His countenance had shattered as a shock ran through his entire body.

The situation had become rather troublesome. Certain victory had shifted to panic. As after all the weight of her physical form was immense. Immense enough to immediately trigger surging pain from his feet and toes, followed by an immediate loss of balance and a fall onto his back.

Unable to process the circumstances he immediately proceeded to the next step by hurriedly running his knife across the arm still bearing the car. And as he did he would declare in all hectic.

«Be blessed, ye iron tool of transport!!!»

And as he announced it he would drop the car in his hand, knowing fully well that opposite to before the car’s weight would increase manifold, creating the ultimate hammer of execution. And yet, as it would, the weight at his feet would be lost entirely in return…

~☆~

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The curtain would in fact fall.

As those lance like tools would weave more and more into those wings of storm that nursery rhyme humming nun’s wrath would chase Mark Space to the end of his wit. No matter what he had thrown at her, those tools would made it naught in just an instance, turning it against him at the very end. His cards were ineffective. His defence no longer consistent.

He was breathing heavily, the white shirt of his formal suit stained by blood. Truly, as he lay there on the ground he was the image of a battered fighter about to give in to defeat.

«May the curtain fall.»

Those wings of disaster would come down upon him, destined to unleash the full fury of the countless woven violences.

With his last bit of strength he would unleash a final card, tossing it towards the very centre of it all. A final leap of faith.

One that would immediately be eaten up as it would be woven into his demise.

And yet, almost as if to disturb that image of ruin a swift smile had formed on his lips.  

«Do you know about the ten of swords?»

He was still alive. In fact, as he spoke those woven wings of ruin would lose their very foundation, as though the cords connecting it all had been pulled out entirely.

And with their stability gone they would disintegrate entirely.

«If there is anything to know about it then it is that its name is that of ‹ruin›. Such ruin can be interpreted as complete disruption. While many would prefer to apply it on the condition of people, I find it quite amusing for it to be woven into a more complicated structure. Wouldn’t you agree?»

No matter how great and complex the machinery, putting even the tiniest wrench into it would disturb its flow entirely, possibly causing a critical error. The rule of the general world, yet also one with great weight in magic.

Reading the shock from the nun’s expression Mark Space would not waste another moment unleashing yet another card upon her.

The Knight of Swords.

An almost too primitive symbol, yet entirely pure in the sense of its purpose: Attack.
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Post  Sir Alexander Beathen on Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:24 am

The weight of that instinctive fear had lifted.

It was the change that his adaptive mind needed to break out of the vicious cycle known as doubt. Though there would be no salvation, there was no salvation. The fear may have been created by an outside source, but the feelings were real.

The damage had been done.

Even though the light returned in his eyes, his vacant hand still trembled as he looked up towards Sir Henry Moore. He seemed out cold, from a strike that wouldn’t have landed had it not been for outside interference. Yes, the young knight knew it. The duel with him was a clash of motivations and feelings that defined who they were as knights. He was under no illusion that he could win, but it didn’t mean he couldn’t try.

That was it.

A spark within his mind, a flicker of thoughts that broke through the barrier known as doubt.

He was always weak; there was no hiding from it. He has managed to survive this long, not because he had strength, but because of who he was this entire time.

He was a person who always tried, no matter the challenge he had to overcome and no matter how likely it would seem he would fail. So why did he do this? Why did he go so far to the point of duelling Henry Moore? Because he had to try and fight for the path he believed that would save Whitby.

He was still frightened, that fear hadn't changed but there comes a point when fear can turn against the one who caused it. The fear for his life? It reminded him that he was alive and as he tightened the strap to his shield he knew he would use it to motivate him. He would keep a low profile, not act out so obviously that he would catch anyone's main focus.

His mind knowing his life could end suddenly searched for a solution and he can only remember the moment that Moore had thrown away his weapon to fight with his fists.

"The Claíomh Solais" Alexander spoke quietly; the question was could he get to it without dying? He couldn't use his sword anymore since it was overloaded and laid broken along with Henry Moore. So he had to play this smartly and find it without getting teeth into his neck.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:01 am

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It had lifted. Whatever had weighed Francesca down to the ground mere moments ago had dissipated without leaving even a trace behind. She had brought her enemy down to the ground and that was enough.

He had grown desperate. His exasperated cries were nothing short of representative of that.

She had created an opening. With her now lightened body, she began to push upwards, grabbing one of her nails and driving it towards the leg of the man below her to create a surface to push off of.

“GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!”

With the roar and push, she thrust another nail towards the wrist of the hand lifting his makeshift weapon.

With her last motion as she stood, she, in one smooth motion, pushed what she had hit towards the side. She didn’t need to do anything fancy like have the car fly away. She merely needed a single unbalanced force—a motion her enemy couldn’t react to.

Crush him with the very weapon he aimed at her. Let that ton of metal multiplied by lord knew how much be his undoing. Let the weight of his own sin crush him.

Using that push, she propelled herself off of the man a few meters away, aiming to land on her feet a safe distance away from the man’s desperate strike.


“That’s easier said than done!” Sara lashed out towards Sasha. Though she was hardly the type to give up on things easily, everything that had happened since she encountered the vampire had been an exercise in futility, to put it lightly.

Through it all, one thing was certain. Despite the initial attacks, she had not done much beyond running away. There was very little she could determine about the assailant who had been trailing after her and Sasha.

There was no guarantee that she could tell where any attacks would come from. The enemy was absurdly strong. The enemy could take large amounts of damage and recover quickly. Beyond the last words and actions of the blonde girl who had been skewered, there was not much for her to go on.

“I need to try something though.”

It was a quick and almost silly idea, but she quickly unclasped the choker that had wrapped around her neck. The protections, that it blessed her with, allowing her usual hawk-like movement speeds without damage had immediately vanished.

With the choker unclasped, she quickly re-placed the clasp, once again affixing it to her neck.

It was a long-shot and a silly idea, but she needed to start experimenting. Even if the fear suppressed her desire to strike, she needed to play the game of trial and error to start narrowing down the specs of whatever Blackwater was using.

The Ganesha Aspect allowed her to void the effects of any two obstacles on herself throughout the active course of the spell. So, what would she set the first obstacle as?

What element seemed to be associated with the vampire the most? What part of the battlefield did the enemy constantly feel like she was fading into?

Obstacle 1 Set: The fog.
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:41 pm

There was one defining problem to this scenario: The haze. Across the course of events it had spread all over Whitby, covering the entire port town evenly day and night. It appearance and behavior was quite similar to ideas found in old crime novels centered on the United Kingdom. As such it was entirely gloomy, thick and mystifying. But wasn’t that a tiny bit too poetic?

Something was odd. Maybe it had been just their perception in face of the unnatural fear being hammered into their hearts. Maybe it was just the lack of a proper source of light in this deep night. But could it have possibly happened that the haze had grown even thicker than before? It was as though its very structure was to mimic the horror felt by everyone present. Their thoughts were racing even now, after all. With their hearts nearly bursting from their chests.

It was strange and yet so ever present.

«Mankind’s fear of the unknown, huh? Such childish nonsense.»

«And yet, here you stand shivering like the little kid you are.»

Somewhere in the distant of the port town night two figures had a conversation of their own.

Man feared many things. It could be those with greater power, those who were less predictable or those who they trusted most and thus had shared all their neck-breaking secrets with. But some concepts appear to be oddly complex. Take for example the monster in the closet. Why does one fear it? Simply put: It originates from our imagination and not that which lies clearly in front of us. We fear this thing because we do not know what it is, nor what it is capable of. Hell, we do not even know if it truly exists. But once the possibility is set before us, it simply cannot leave our mind, making us believe that it could be entirely real.

So what was it those people truly felt? Was it because they knew what the monster in front of them was truly capable of, or was it because they didn’t even know anything. Or maybe, just maybe, all of it was just a lie to begin with?

~☆~

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Millinda Blackwater was on a rampage. Having taken out one of countless she would not halt. She would keep charging and there would be no one to stop her. After all, there wasn’t even anyone to track her. She was invisible, impossible to sense and left no trace of anything. She had become the opposite of light, entirely fused with darkness. She had become something that lived on the side of mystery from head to toe. No one knew who she was. No one knew what she was. No one knew anything at all.

And she struck again, from another impossible and unpredicted angle coming from nowhere.

Another victim would find itself pierced by those blade like fangs, having their blood sucked from them like juice from a pack. Of course it wouldn’t stop there either.

~☆~

Saravati Nair would feel the effects of her spell right away. Within just single time of blinking the surroundings to her and only her had changed decisively. All of a sudden the scenery of Whitby had become clearly visible for the first time in her entire visit. She could see it all. Streetlights, houses’ facades, the rubble, the holes, the people, their corpses and even the leaves fluttering through the night as they had been caught by a gust of wind.

While everyone would slowly but surely find themselves lost in the ever thicker growing haze, only she had become able to achieve a clear perspective.

By nature she would seek out the true core of everything. Her enemy. That beast who had gained the lethal advantage by claiming rulership over the mist.

However, what she spotted was not entirely what she had expected. In fact, it was an oddity of itself.

There was indeed a figure moving within the haze, currently latched onto just another of the defenseless prey. But it was odd, did it have no clear outlines whatsoever. It was black and white, possibly a woman, but hard to recognize in its current state. A strong distortion had dug into the figure’s body, as though it was a ghost fading into the background. No, it wasn’t like fading at all. More like it had been one with the surroundings itself. One with that which no longer posed an obstacle to Saravati’s eyes.
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Post  Sir Alexander Beathen on Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:18 am

He had since removed what remained of his broken sword out of Henry Moore and started to heal the wound caused by the final strike. Covered by the haze, the faint glow of healing magic had started to work on the old knight and to make right of what truly was a foul interference.

Though all this could mean for nought if the monster within the Haze takes them all.

The fear was doing its job and making it hard for the young knight to focus, for Alexander to come to a decision and to act on said action. He could hear them, though he couldn't see them all. His mind was returning slowly to its true form, the Haze truly made it difficult to see things but Alexander had a strong grasp of his surroundings, like a map drawn within his mind he wouldn't lose his way and those around him were located by the sounds they created.

Though there was still mystery within the mist, despite the sounds the others created it wasn't clear cut as who they were and what they were doing. It was still dangerous to move without being careful, it was very dangerous though maybe that was the fear talking. His eyes though focused on something in the distance, like a recorder it visualised the duel he had with Henry Moore. The direction he came from, the movements he made when he made those dodges and most important of all where he was standing when he threw his weapon away.

He remembered where he and Moore were standing in that moment on the map, the young knight also recalled the direction and his eyes moved statically in a direction within the haze.

"I'll.. be back for you.." Alexander had said seemingly lacking confidence in that statement towards Moore. He even hesitated in even moving as his gaze fell back on his broken sword. Being overloaded the unbreakable quality had faded, and still, he picked up the pieces to return it to his scabbard.

There was still value in this broken weapon, maybe not now but something in the future.

His hand though remained on its hilt, it was a subconscious attempt to reactive the power of the sword but nothing happened. The strength it once provided was gone, and despite knowing where to go, Alexander struggled to move under the burden of fear.

Yet despite it, though it took some self-encouragement he would begin to move. He would head towards where he calculated the location of the weapon belonging to Henry Moore. There was no guarantee he would be correct or he would get there safely, but the young knight figured it would have value to add in the situation they were in and give them all a fighting chance against a monster.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:09 pm

“Huh?” Sara had fully intended to toss random ideas under the weight of her magic to see what stuck but she had not expected to elucidate the situation as much as she did on the first try. Though it was a fairly prevalent aspect, she held her doubts when she first activated her spell. That was all it took to leave her with a feeling halfway between surprise and confusion.

But beyond the fact that she could see the world around her with a clarity she felt had been foreign to the situation for a while, there was one matter that stayed beyond her full comprehension.

Within the clarity of Whitby’s night scene and the chaos and bloodshed around her there was a being. No matter how much she thought into it, she couldn’t bring herself to attribute the word ‘person’ to what she was viewing.

Melding between black and white, the figure held presence within a notable distortion, existing as if it were one with the world around it.

This entity, whatever it was, was likely the source of it all. That was the first conclusion Sara drew.

Though, come to think of it, that blonde girl from before—didn’t she...

She had finally come to a base from which she could demystify things. She had come to the same precipice that blonde girl had come to. All that was left was to take the final steps to fall over the edge.

“I can see her. Or what likely is her.” Subtly lifting her finger, she pointed towards the area of the distorted entity. “She’s a completely distorted black and white. It’s like she’s become part of the surroundings.”

She didn’t know how to describe it. The sight itself was completely surreal. But she knew one thing.

“The vampire’s reality is hidden underneath the haze.”
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Sasha watched the chaos unfold around her as Sara moved to switch out her choker. It was obviously the activation of some sort of spell though what its purpose was the nun of Annihilatus had no idea. She had to hope though it would do something to subdue their rampage opponent or at the very least shed some light on their situation. With that in mind Sasha took out a number of nails and moved to cover Sara's back. After all if whatever spell she was preparing now was going to help them defeat the so called vampire then Sasha would have to make sure no harm came to her new companion until then.

However, since they were dealing with a seemingly unstoppable vampiric monster it was highly unlikely that Sasha would even be able to slow the creature down if it truly wanted to go after Sara. As a result it was a relief when only a moment later the nun from Necessarius got the answer she was looking for. Distorted black and white? Becoming a part of her surroundings? Sasha didn't know what spell her companion was using but part of her wished it had given a more definitive answer for the spell their enemy was using. After all with the information she had just been given the vampire of Whitby was starting to sound more like some strange chameleon. Regardless it seemed they had finally proven that the haze was involved with the monster's power in someway.

With that in mind Sasha was determined to find her own way of looking through the fog. Something to allow her to see the strange entity for herself. After all it would be much easier to form a plan if she could see what they were dealing with herself instead of having to rely on her companion all the time. She had spent the whole beginning of the fight being carried around like a princess she was going to let herself simple carried by Sara's efforts through the rest of it. So she needed something to disperse the haze around her. As she racked her brain for answer an idea finally emerged though she had no guarantee it would work.

Taking out her saw she began to her as much force as she needed to crack the pavement beneath her in order to carve a large symbol into it. By the time she was down it simple looked like she had drawn a simple line or a lowercase l into the ground. Yet despite it simple appearance it was the rune Isa. A rune that represent ice, stillness, and stasis. With the symbol carved into the ground pulled a hammer from her belt and swung it down with as much force as possible on top of the symbol. A shockwave passed through the pavement as it was shattered and broken by the impact of the hammer sending small chucks of the ground below along with a good amount of dust into the air. At the same time the hammer that had been in the nun's hand had snapped in half at its handle from the impact.

An act representing the breaking of Ded Moroz's hammer, which was said to be responsible for binding water together through the use of iron frosts. With the symbolic breaking of this legendary figures hammer Sasha hoped the haze around her would disperse since without the hammer there was nothing binding the water composing it together. At the same time she hoped that breaking the Isa rune would also destroy the stillness of the fog thus enhancing its dispersion.
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:18 pm

…and yet the haze remained entirely unchanged.

By all means of logic the effect of the spell should have dispersed it, revealing only the clear vision of the night. But what it should have done was not what had had happened in reality. It was still the same thick presence, lingering everywhere. Nothing was truly visible and each step you dared could potentially lead you nowhere.

But why hadn’t something happened?

Or had it?

The air was dry. It hadn’t been like this before, but now it was. The humidity had escaped elsewhere.

And yet the haze remained.

~☆~

There was a cold sensation crawling underneath his skin. He could feel it rush through his fingers like a sudden outbreak of a storm. An unforeseen catastrophe.

«No! Impossible!»

His expression was twisted to one not befitting any of his pulpous glory. Mere moments ago he had been the shining idol of this battlefield. A warrior shaped by the will of god. But right now he was just a mortal. The power had left him. It had simply faded.

He would stuff another piece of bread into his mouth, take another sip from the bottle. He would perform the simple minuscule movements making up the ritual. He would pray. Still nothing. Nothing at all.

For seemingly no reason at all, the Lord’s blessing had left Enrico Coppolla. The great crimson cardinal, the slayer of all heretics and pagans, had been dropped out of the heavens onto the dirty earth. He had been robbed of everything. Of all hope first and foremost. And that at the worst time imaginable.

«Who’s mischief is this…?!»

As his foundation collapsed, it would come upon him like a storm. Despair.

~☆~

«…even now…I do not…understand…»

What had been the figure of a stern priest moments ago laid there on the ground of a desolate parking lot, shattered and crushed by a piece of machinery heavier than the weight of all the sins he had ever committed in the name of ‹the Lord›. But even then, there was some monotone cool to his voice.

«…why…did you choose this path…of betrayal…?»

There was nothing left of his lower body. His lungs may have been spared, but with that ever growing puddle of blood surrounding his form, the man even breathing was a miracle in and of itself. Truthfully, he was as though made of stone until the very end.

«…answer me…Frances––»

However, even that would only last until then.

~☆~

«The vampire’s reality is hidden underneath the haze.»

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As she had just torn into another’s veins, she had caught onto the sudden expression in the closer distance. It could have come from anyone and meant anything. The majority of the people here likely did not understand it, let alone notice it in the first place. But that would only apply to those not in the know of certain matters. It was just like someone slandering about others on the open street. No one would overhear, as no one cared. Except for when the victim of the slander was close-by, just by accident.

What would you do when you caught someone spreading word about yourself?

Yes, Millinda Blackwater had noticed.

Yes, she had become aware.

Yes, she understood it right away.

And thus she’d set off into another beast like charge, straight for the source of the careless defaming.

Bracing her empty hand, ready to tear away that blasphemous jaw.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:05 pm

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Was there anything left to say?

As Francesca gazed over the crushed form of the man before her, she couldn’t help but wonder if  there was something left for her to say to the man who had been crushed thanks to her own efforts.

Why had she chosen the path of betrayal? Was something like that so simple that she could answer that quickly?

After all, it still pained her. The man before her, though he had been led astray, was still one of God’s flock. That was undeniable.

Her feet tracked ever forward until she could gaze down at the form of the man in front of her. The light had long since escaped his eyes, so no answer she could provide would ever matter. Nothing she could say would reach his ears.

Even so…

She took her hand, closed her eyes, and motioned the sign of the cross over her face and chest and muttered a few words. Though she was no priest, she was one of the many sisters wavering in the grace of the Lord.

That was what she could do right here and now.

He had asked why she chose the path of betrayal. But, perhaps she could not say it because it was simple—something so simple, it was carved into her very soul.

Francesca Purezza, too, was a magician.



There was no more time. Whatever Sasha had attempted had truly failed. So, whatever grace period she had afforded had come apart in a bang. They hadn’t come up with a single way to expose the vampire more widely.

All that was left was the carnivorous maw of the thing before her eyes taking aim towards her. “I’ll keep it distracted!”

That was all she could do as she ducked away to dodge.

As she did, she noticed something strange off the corner of her eye. A single man of crimson who had earlier been embodying the pure chaos of this nightmarish hellscape seemed to have lost that very fervor, as if he had suddenly been thrown out of sync with the rest of the world around him. She could see it so very clearly.

He had been impossible to pass through before. It was like staring down an iron wall. However, for once, it finally felt like she could push him towards a conclusion of order, if even slightly.

But, how could it be done? What action would suffice?

She had no time, so she took one quick action. She simply shouted.

“Get a grip you idiot! I know you should have heard what I said about the vampire’s reality so figure this shit out already and help us bring an end to it.”

It may have lacked social graces, but it was hardly the time for any of that. For now, she needed to keep that thing in the area. It was trying to kill her. And though that was a scary thought, it also meant one thing. It would predictably focus on her. It could be manipulated. Even if slightly. At the very least, that’s what she had hoped.
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Post  Sir Alexander Beathen on Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:43 am

His breath grew heavy as the young knight fell onto one knee beneath the haze; having escaped the focus of events currently ongoing the young knight who went on a search for a powerful weapon had struggled to move at his usual pace. His left hand fell to his chest plate as he felt the major dents and damage done to his armour by Henry Moore.

There was no need to think more on it, knowing the cause he provided the solution by taking the chest piece off without second thought. The condition it was in after all the battle damage had no longer qualified as an adequate defence. The enemy they were facing, the vampire within the mists or the truth beneath the haze was far too powerful than any mere armour could stop from it killing him.

Having found relief from removing the burden of a broken armour piece, now only a rip black undershirt covering his chest the young knight hesitated for a moment before moving on.

Alex who had moved away from the core events had listened to the findings. What they saw as the vampire, the presence which we presumed to be the source of the fear was not the true reality. There was something behind the haze, hidden within the mystery of the unknown that the mists inspired. This was truly like some detective novel, you may know everything about the situation but within the mists that added a sense of mystery to the story, anything could happen.

A great tragedy or a miracle.

Alexander found tragedy, that was a broken body torn apart by a monster. The look upon that same body had set something off within Alex's mind as doubt crept back into his subconscious.

He was reminded of his constant failures, the uncountable dead as the result of his inability and indecision. His naivety and sense of idealism which only pushed away friends and allies. His reckless betrayal as he stood against two individuals with the strength to make the difference and duelled Moore to the death. Because he had thought he could only be right, that in his arrogance he held all the answers because he was wise enough to pick up a book more than he did a sword.

These tortured thoughts built upon each other, over and over, filling his mind with doubt and regret. Filling his mind with excuses and false promises, it was torture, painful and it threatened to break him. His body was shaking all over like his nerves were on fire and holding onto the scabbard that held the remains of the Sword in the stone for that subconscious comfort did nothing.

~DO YOU THINK YOU CAN JUSTIFY YOUR ACTIONS SO EASILY!!!~

Then it happened as his mind suddenly snapped, and in response, he ripped the scabbard from his belt and threw it away in a knee jerk action. Then he felt like the pressure was suddenly lifted from his mind as he saw within the haze the golden light from the corner of his eyes.

-That sword has guided our family for generations and will do so for you-

He turned towards the light as those words brought clarity in his mind, the doubt had lost its grip within the glow of that golden light. And so he moved towards it that was fighting back against the haze and what he found was a miracle.

On the ground laid the scabbard and a piece of the sword in the stone that had fallen out, the golden glow he had seen was no longer there. Maybe a figment of his imagination, but it brought him here to where he needed to be as his eyes fell upon The Claíomh Solais.

He picked it up and at that moment the look in his eyes changed. Though feeling accomplished he had found what he was looking for didn't distract him from the change in the air.
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:45 pm

Had she ever faced a powerful opponent before? Had she ever felt driven into a corner in the presence of absolute power? She hadn’t, had she?

What was crippling Enrico Coppolla that very moment was the full knowledge of that experience. Given his position and accomplishments it was only natural for him to have gone to countless battlefields. Magicians weren’t just one brand, after all. Here in Whitby he had been mowing them down in dozens tonight, but that had only been because the real trouble makers had yet to show their faces. Had he fought that jester before maybe even he would have shed a sweat wielding his unending power. That power of pure belief.

However, now he didn’t even have that to rely on.

He was but a mere mortal caught up in the web of a beast of legends.

Even if it was the work of witchcraft, as long as it remained an unknown value nothing would truly change.

He knew, because he had been the very same.

Power would prevail. There was no objection. No alternatives.

He knew all too well.

He could even feel it.

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The girl dodged and sought out the distance with impressive agility. She had done so before, demonstrating that one physical advantage she had found herself able to claim. That impression had not escaped Millinda Blackwater. She was no wild animal, but a human being, after all. Her mind had not been numbed. Neither did she solely rely on something as childish as instinct. No, with those she would not have come anywhere this close to her objectives.

And armed with her conviction to defend these objectives she was moving.

Still tightly holding onto that mystery box in her right arm, she would charge forwards, accepting the girl’s invitation to a hectic dance. However, she would not allow for her to decide the rhythm anymore. This would become her solo.

Within an eye’s blink she would close the distance yet again, ready to strike the girl’s chest and neck another time. There was no denying anymore that any of that women’s attacks would be lethal upon hitting their mark. Her strength had simply been that horrific.

However, what happened next would move beyond the all dulling fear spell or that super human prowess. With the noise of cracks and blood erupting the scales would change. While the jumpy girl would weigh herself in safety due to another of those last minute dodges, it would come chasing her down that very instance. That human’s claw was coming straight for her. Faster. Fiercer.

That woman of black and white would not give in. If she could not do it within her limits, then she simply had to exceed these. Thus, she would push that body wastefully using the infinite life-force she seemingly held. Her flesh would tear, her bones crack, but her attack not stop. She would no longer chase that girl. She would end her.

Thus, both exceeding that little bird’s speed by breaking the limits of her own physique and predicting her every move with the power of her mind, the vampire of Whitby would make its comeback.
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Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:47 am

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Complete and total failure. Her spell had accomplished nothing to stop the vampire. Instead all it manages to do was strip the power away from the man who could’ve been their most powerful ally. The Cardinal who had been one of the people at the center of attention and power since the beginning of battle had seemingly become completely helpless. At the same time Whitby’s vampire hadn’t been weakened at all. The spell didn’t even give Sasha any insight into the source of the vampire’s powers. The only thing it had confirmed was that the haze currently covering Whitby was definitely the product of some kind of magic. After all the air had noticeably dried out after the spell activated and yet the fog remained.

Yet she’d have to worry about all of that later. For now she had to find a way to protect Sara after the vampire had set it sights on her. Whatever Sara had seen with her spell had definitely brought them closer to the truth and it was clear Whitby’s vampire wanted to silence her for it. The nun from Necessarius was currently the only one who knew anything about the mechanics of their enemies spell letting her get killed was definitely not something Sasha could allow, especially not after Sara had saved her from the vampire all those times before.

Picking up the shattered handle of the hammer, that would now serve a new purpose as a wooden stake, and drawing a number of nails from her pouch Sasha began her fight with the unstoppable beast again. She knew that currently anything she tried now wouldn’t do any real harm to the vampire but she hoped she could at least prevent the monster from murdering their only source of information until they were able to find a way to win. Sasha ran towards where the vampire was pursuing Sara and threw two nails into the fray. One at the ground between the two combatants, which if it hit in time would form a wall between them, and attempted to throw the other in the ground just in front of their opponent.

She knew Whitby’s vampire could tear through both of the walls like they were paper but at this point she was only hoping to delay the assault. She hoped the nail thrown closer to the vampire would create a wall underneath the monster’s feet and catch her off guard. The beast could tear through the walls like paper but she didn’t have any power to control her motion in the air, right? If she got tossed into the air they’d at least get a few extra seconds of time. If not Sasha had to hope the wall between the two would at the very least prevent the vampire’s next assault from hitting its target.
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