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NES2
11-11-2010, 10:33 PM
SU (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showthread.php?t=109559)
DS (http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showthread.php?t=109605)

OOC: My post will be up later on. For now, let me begin our story...

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Our story begins in the land of Hanta. In response to signs of the imminent return of Dinako, the Order of the Phantom Blade has called brave warriors from both within and outside the Order to Necka Town, where they will meet in the Temple of the Order to discuss what must happen to stop Dinako. You each have traveled to the mountain city to respond to this call, in order to prevent the events that occurred thousands of years ago from finishing. The land of Hanta is counting on you to prevent darkness from overcoming the world. Your story begins now...

Meanwhile, Dinako's Children have met in the underworld of Borgir, a hive of corruption and criminal activity. Here you plot to destroy the Order and the sword, allowing Dinako to be reborn and destroy the world without opposition. Gathered in an underground room, you discuss your plan to rid the world of the Order. Many of the people gathered have their own reasons for letting Dinako return, and while some want to see the world end, others are in it to gain unimaginable power. Your story begins now...

Retro-Smasher
11-11-2010, 11:33 PM
Belphegor the Behemoth
Dinako's Children
Shenandoan Forest

The smell of wretched liver and warm blood hung in the air as Belphegor surveyed the scene. Three dead hoodlums lay on the ground, sliced into peices by Belphegor. One was unlucky enough to survive the strike tried to crawl away, but Belphegor spotted him and approached with a sick smile.

"I'm going to make you suffer..." said Belphegor, as the hoodlum continued to crawl, pulling his broken legs and entrails behind him. Belphegor reached down, and grabbed one of the legs and proceeded to pull the petty thief towards him. The thief began to beg for mercy, but Belphegor had no interest in sparing him.

"Pl-Please! It wasn't my idea! He forced me into it!" Said the thief, pointing towards the remains of his leader. Belphegor uttered a hearty laugh and responded.

"I'm not interested in who's idea it was. I've been itching for a fight all day. Yet somehow, you 4 have failed to full fill me. Now, I'm going to play with you." The thief screamed but Belphegor was quick to grab the thief's throat. The choking thief gasped for air, and just as he was about to kick the bucket, Belphegor let go and he fell to the ground. The hoodlum rolled over and clutched his throat, before noticing Belphegor was gone.

"Where'd he- Where- Where'd he go?" he exclaimed with great trouble, still clutching his throbbing throat.

"Looking for me?" said Belphegor, leaping from a tree and slamming his axe straight down through the thug's skull. Belphegor stood up and removed his axe from the ground. He was plastered with the blood of others and needed to clean up. He began to head towards Shenandoa to go for a swim in the lake...

Winter
11-12-2010, 01:53 AM
Luna Valentine and Lior Ariel
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, en route to the temple

"Jeez, you'd think it'd be easier to get here..." Loir puffed, leaning against the side of the stairs, looking up at the sleek white figure far ahead of him and sighed. "Lucky. He muttered, he imagined Luna was grinning, even in her fox's body with her and her sword in her mouth, and though he had no proof, he did know she'd heard him, as a sharp yip followed shortly after the remark, and she shifted back into her mostly human form and adjusted the short, puffed sleeves of her dress.

"Come on, Lior, move it!" The pale, silver-haired girl shouted down to him impaitiently, her soft white tail swishing quickly behind her in her annoyance, ears flatter than usual. Lior sighed and hauled himself up more steps, they had to get there eventualy, and if she was going to walk, then he might as well, too, thought he wondered how she did it, picking her sword up and placing it in the sheath on her back artfully. Especially with that sword, but she'd probably never tell him, just like all his other questions.

2gamers
11-12-2010, 05:09 AM
Lucretia Dara
The Order
Necka Town, en route to the temple

It was a long journey from Shenandoa, but Lucretia and the emissary had arrived in Necka Town earlier that day. For someone who had lived in the forest all her life, it was certainly a new experience. The high mountain air was cool to the touch. The town was booming with activity, residents running in and out of buildings, many of which bore the name “Himashi” in honor of the local hero. At the local inn, Lucretia managed to find time to rest and straighten up before the big meeting. True, she was accustomed to roughing it in the outdoors, but when it came time for important events (such as the meeting in the temple), Lucretia knew how to look good. Though she wore the traditional colors and dress of her tribe, she also added pants to her outfit for modesty on the trail. No need to show her legs to future allies.

As she looked over her supplies and her pet sugarglider Furball, the young woman thought about the journey ahead. She was here as a representative of Shenandoa, in a town known for mighty warriors. All of her training came down to this. She would have to work hard to prove herself worthy among the regulars of the order. Hence her more conservative dress.

“It’s time,” said the emissary as he peaked into the room. Just like in Shenandoah, he wore a brown monk robe, complete with a rope belt. His build suggested that he did not work in the Order as a warrior. Rather, his voice was his weapon, used to rally young fighters to their cause. His name was Floyd, though that didn’t seem to matter much. She hadn’t spoken to him much for most of the trip.

Quietly, Lucretia gathered her things and followed the monk outside.
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“You are quite the quiet one, aren’t you?”
“…There just isn’t much to say.”

Floyd attempted to converse with Lucretia as they hiked up the steep stone path to the temple above. The woman stayed behind the monk; he knew the way there. That didn’t mean he could handle the rough terrain. There were a few close calls where Lucretia had to step in and keep Floyd from tumbling down the stairway, so she kept close behind.

As they journeyed upward, they found a couple of other warriors ahead of them. One was a silver-haired boy, the other…a fox. This was no ordinary fox though: it had a sword in its mouth. Within moments, the fox transformed into a girl, putting the large weapon back into its sheath. Lucretia looked on wide-eyed, though kept her surprise to herself.

“Ah, they’re regulars around here. You’ll be introduced soon enough.” Clearly the monk was unfazed by the transformation, as if such happenings occurred on a daily basis.

This would be an interesting day indeed…

Winter
11-12-2010, 06:17 AM
Luna Valentine and Lior Ariel
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, en route to the temple

Luna's ears twitched up at the sound of Floyd's voice, and she turned her head to him, smiling and wiping all traces of annoyance with Lior off her face as she spoke. "Ah, hello, Floyd!" She called brightly, causing Lior to turn and provoked a snarp growl from her. "Don't look back, keep walking, slacker!" She snapped before turning back to the monk and woman on the stairs and turning the kindness back on. "It's seems you brought us yet another recruit, I'm Luna Valentine and that," She stopped to indicate Lior practically dragging himself up the stairs now, "Is Lior Ariel, my shadow and minor annoyance." She said as he came to a stop at her feet, then she smiled and looked down. "I'm really surprised you didn't just levitate yourself with wind, Lior." Luna told him almost smugly, and Lior groaned.

"Now you tell me!" He complained, she smiled, baring sharpened canines.

"Better now than never. We've still got a little ways." She replied, turning and looking up he stairs pointedly, the temple was a small spot in the distance, evoking another groan from Lior. He wondered if her torment towards him was the remnants of her foul mood from her visit to Rhea. He'd known the place was her home, but hadn't realized she'd had a sister--he'd never heard her speak much of her family until he found out her sister was the only part of it left nearly a week ago. Of course, it appeared she'd been expecting the younger Inui girl in the care of her fellow human villagers, not another Inui boy. Though he'd seemed pleasant enough to Lior, happily engaging in conversation, although his speech was a bit rough, but that was understandable as soon as he'd explained: He'd been living among a small pack of their kind in the forest up until recently heading into village life to care for Luna's sister, and he found human speech hard to get the hang of. Luna had been furious as soon as she'd seen him, turning on the nice old man she'd nicely introduced as the village elder and demanding to know why her sister was in the care of "Cloud, of all people, and not one of the villagers". All the reason in the world didn't have her see reason, and he avoided Luna at all costs for the duration of her visit, a lone gray wolf covered in wild, cowlicked fur that stood almost always in the range of sight, watching quietly, but nothing more, and the victim of a million glares. Since leaving Rhea, her mood had only improved fractionally in the following days. She had little patience for him especially, and seemed more distracted than normal.

"I guess so, but I still think you could have said something earlier, like when you were yelling at me less than three minutes ago?" He asked, Luna just shrugged.

Doodlebop
11-12-2010, 01:43 PM
Leandor Campitor
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, en route to the temple

Leandor paused for breath and shielded his eyes against the sun to look at the temple again. It didn't seem any closer than last time... He groaned inwardly and continued the long trudge to the top. It would be much easier to get to the top in wolf form, but it wasn't worth the risk. He would walk like everyone else.

Normally, he didn't spend much time away from Necka Town and the Order, but recently he had been feeling more antsy than normal. He wondered if it had to do with the rumors that Dinako was returning- it certainly would increase the dark magic in the land, and that always made him feel... strange, for the lack of a better word. Others had noticed the change, as well. So he had decided to travel away for a bit, just to see if he felt any better.

Leander hadn't. He had felt worse. He just hoped he could get used to the change in the level of dark magic and that no one would notice he had a shorter temper than usual. He brushed some hair out of his eyes, wiped some sweat of his forehead and forced himself to keep tromping up the trail.

Say, what was that?

That was Floyd, a fellow order member, and someone unfamiliar. For a moment, he felt hostile- then calmed himself. It was probably just a new recruit. He picked up his pace and came up alongside them.

"Hello, Floyd," He said, pausing and letting his breathing slow. He turned his eyes on the brown-haired woman with emerald eyes standing next to him. No, he had never seen her before. "Who are you?" He asked, blinking steadily at her. The question sounded slightly rude, though Leander was unaware of that.

Leander heard a sound of an argument and let his eyes slide away a moment. Ah, it was Luna and Lior, slightly farther up the trail. That would explain it. They were always arguing or teasing each other, those two. He would greet them in a moment. His sharp blue eyes refocused on the young woman.

Midna
Dinako's Children
Borgir

It felt strange to return to the place Midna had worked so hard to sever her ties from. The city was how she remembered it- filled with criminal activity. Already she had had to teach a few roughs a lesson or two. She had grown up in the less seedy part of town, though that really wasn't saying much- she wouldn't be going anywhere near her house. No chance of recognition. She readjusted her cloak hood and continued walking down the street.

The underground room was supposed to have an entrance in an alleyway. This one, to be specific. Midna turned down it and wrinkled her nose as she passed a smelly garbage can. Not very classy, though, was it? She could have picked a better location... Not that anyone asked her, naturally. Carefully, she scanned the alleyway until she finally found what she was looking for. A symbol of Dinako on the wall. Normally it would have been taken as graffiti, but Midna knew better. She placed her hand up against it and pushed, gently.

A door swung inward in front of her, and Midna nodded, walking quietly down the staircase revealed. It swung silently shut after her.

She reached the bottom of the steps and found herself in a large room. Some seats were still empty, and she took one, but most had arrived- and were arguing. Naturally. Fools, all of them. She would wait until everyone arrived before she did anything.

NES2
11-12-2010, 09:35 PM
Virgil Anamo
Order of the Phantom Blade
En Route to Necka Town

The first thing Virgil sensed when he woke up was familiarity. Sitting up from the small and rickety farm cart he had been sleeping in, Virgil found that he was being pulled up the mountain path that led to Necka Town. A villager he had met held the reins of two massive horses, whose muscles strained to pull the cart. The bottom of the cart was lined with hay, as well as some goods this villager was going to sell in Necka Town, including fresh fruits and vegetables of all kinds. It was a smart business plan, since the rocky terrain of Necka Town grew little, making importation the only way to bring any plant-based foods into the city.

Virgil brushed the hay out of his hair, and looked around. The sky was blue today, an optimistic sign at it's best. Still, a bit of worry hung over Virgil. He wasn't returning to the Temple of the Order just to stroll down memory lane. There was much more serious business to be taken care of.

Dark forces were beginning to stir. Indeed, an ancient evil was slowly returning to the land, one that would rip it apart if left to it's actions. Dinako was said to have mowed down thousands of warriors, except for one.

"Oh Himashi, why couldn't you finish the job when you had the chance?" ,Virgil asked himself, the villager driving the horses not caring to listen in on Virgil's thoughts. He believed that the Order could stop Dinako, but he felt it should have been over thousands of years ago. The best warriors from the world were convening upon Necka Town to carry out this task, by finding the sacred sword which could kill it, the Phantom Blade. Virgil knew the journey would be long and hard, but the world now counted on those who would assemble there.

"Well, it's time for this generation to take up the mantle. This is going to be one hell of an adventure", Virgil continued, reaching for a small canteen with water in it. Refreshing himself, Virgil waited until the cart pulled into the city, not thinking on it anymore. Only time could tell what was to happen Virgil decided, and he settled his mind as he neared the village.

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A few minutes later, the familiar village in the mountains came into view. The horses continuing in their trot, the lively and robust Necka Town opened up to Virgil, just like it had in his childhood. A few changes exited here and there, with new stores having opened and some closed, but the town had the same pure feel from all those years back. Crowds of people flowed through the streets, customers haggled with local merchants for the best prices, and children played in the street. The peaks of the mountains encircled the city like a protective wall, shielding it from the outside world. Passing the Shrine to Himashi, Virgil took a look at the statue built in his honor, a replica of the Phantom Blade held high in his hands as he posed gallantly.

The cart soon came out of the more populated sections of the city and came closer to the highest peak of all, which the Temple of the Order was built on. The monastery built on the cliff side rose high above the city, completely unchanged from the years that Virgil had trained in it, as though time itself had froze around it and prevented it from aging. The cart stopped at the bottom of some stone steps, the trek finally completed.

"Thank you for the lift kind stranger", Virgil said grabbing his canteen and hopping off the cart. He paid the man ten silver coins, and shook his hand before parting. The villager then whipped at the reins of his horses, driving them off into the distance.

Looking up the stone steps, Virgil remembered the first time he had climbed them. He had matured a lot since then, since he had nearly passed out on the first climb. There were others ahead of him, many of whom were unfamiliar to him. He couldn't see them very well from a distance, but he swore one had wolf ears of sorts. They were halfway through the trip, which Virgil had yet to start.

"Ah, memories. Well, there's no time to waste", Virgil said to himself. Making sure he was careful, Virgil began to slowly ascend the stone steps.

2gamers
11-13-2010, 02:29 PM
Lucretia Dara
The Order
Necka Town, en route to the temple


“Ah, Luna, Lior, Leander. It’s good to see you’re all well.” Floyd told all of them. As a recruiter, the monk often kept up with many of the young warriors, whether it was to check on their progress or for advice on convincing more warriors to join their cause. As one of the younger monks in the order, Floyd could relate better to the young people, thus making him a bit more popular than other emissaries.

In response to Leander’s somewhat rough question, Floyd continued, ignoring the boy’s slight rudeness.

“This is Lucretia Dara of the Shenandoan Forest. She will be joining us for the meeting in the temple as a representative of the people of Shenandoa.”

“A pleasure to meet you all,” Lucretia said as she looked around at the trio. Her gaze ended at the closer of the three: Leander. Her bright green eyes met his blue as she reached out to shake his hand in an attempt to calm his mood. She gave a small smile to assure everyone she was an ally.

Doodlebop
11-13-2010, 02:41 PM
Leandor Campitor
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, en route to the temple

"Shenandoa?" Leander asked. "That's not too far from here, is it? Only a few towns over." He had been there once on his travels, possibly... Yes, he had. He remembered the forest. It had been huge, he recalled. He had liked it there. "I think I've been there once..." He stopped, lost in thought.

Leander looked down and suddenly noticed Lucretia's extended hand. After a moment of puzzlement, he suddenly remembered. He extended his hand and shook hers. "Glad to meet you, Lucretia," he said sincerely. He dropped her hand with a faint smile.

He turned slightly and nodded at Luna and Lior. "And it's good to see you two again." A tiny smile slid across his face again. He was suddenly struck by the fact that all their names began with 'L'. What was up with that?

Winter
11-13-2010, 09:36 PM
Luna Valentine and Lior Ariel
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, en route to the temple

Luna smiled, nodding to the group lower then herself and Lior on the steps, her ears twitching slightly, and her tail moving more calmly rather than in it's irritable twitching pattern now. "Shenandoa, huh? The tree-city, never ventured there, I like my feet on the ground, however much fun the forest seems to sound. I've always wondered if more of my kind lurked in there, but never really made it." She admitted brightly while Lior just frowned at her.

"You do realize that that forest is probably considered one of the most dangerous places in Hanta, right? People never go in alone and it's supposed to be home to a giant fox-faced bat, I've read some of their mythology and history." He told her, Luna shrugged.

"If you're trying to talk me out of a possible trip in my free time, it's not working." She replied simply, smirking. "Besides, I can take care of myself rather well." Then she turned her attention to Leander. "It's nice to see you again, too. How were your adventures away?" She asked, Lior turned to him as well.

"It's good to see familiar faces again, means Floyd here hasn't been trying to fill in our places or outnumber us with new guys." He said with a laugh.

Coddleflop
11-13-2010, 11:02 PM
Liam Carey
Order Of The Phantom Blade
Necka Town

Liam was waiting atop the stairs leading up towards the temple. He had been on his way to the meeting when he had noticed the others, deciding he'd wait for them. He looked over the stair railings, his hair blowing slightly in the wind, his brown eyes watching the world around him. He'd decided that now would be as good a time as any to practice his elements. He took a couple of steps away from the stairs, placing his hands a few inches from eachother. "Fire, come to me." he muttered in a deep voice. Between his ahnds the air distorted, heating up a considerable amount, before a flame flickered into life. Liam was mesmerized by it, watching it dance. His hands moved further apart, and the flame grew bigger, His hands moved further apart again, and once again the flame grew bigger. Liam continued this, up until the point that the flame was around the size of his head. Liam just stared into the fire, clearly lost in thought and oblivious to his surroundings.

OOC: Sucky first post, I know. :(

2gamers
11-14-2010, 04:45 AM
Lucretia gave a slight nod in response to Leandor’s smile. Suddenly, he didn’t seem so grumpy. It was reassuring that she was getting along well with the group of veterans. When the subject turned to her hometown, Lucretia had much to add to the others’ inquiry.

“If any do dwell in the forest, they are not in my neck of the woods,” she said in response to Luna’s remarks on the Inui. “It is a big forest, so anything’s possible.”

As Lior mentioned the “giant fox-faced bat”, Lucretia smirked at his fear.

“You should count yourself as lucky if you cross paths with Acero. No one living today ever has. That being said, it is a dangerous place to travel alone. Then again, just about everywhere is nowadays. Isn’t that why we’re here?”

Floyd huffed as Lior poked fun of his recruitment numbers.

“Well, I’ll have to replace you if you don’t get to the temple on time. Hurry up, all of you!”

The monk positioned himself behind the warriors, softly pushing them forward towards the top of the peak.

Winter
11-14-2010, 07:03 AM
Luna Valentine and Lior Ariel
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, en route to the temple

Lior laughed at Floyd and smiled, "Even if we give you a head start, you know we'd beat you, buuuuuuut... Ah well, see you guys there!" Lior chirped, bringing his hands out in front of him and closing his eyes. After a moment, it seemed as though the young man ceased to agree with gravity's laws, and began to float.

"Lior, just remember that means you have to go up and forward." Luna teased, pulling her massive sword from it's sheath and looking back at Lucretia. "We'll have to discuss that later, I wouldn't mind meeting some cousins, but that'll have to be after we satisfy Floyd here. See you at the top." She said, waving before leaning Ecplise on a series of steps and shifted once more to her fox form and grabbed the sword by the hilt with her teeth and hefted it up before looking to Lior and both took off up the stairs before anyone could object.

Doodlebop
11-14-2010, 01:23 PM
Leandor Campitor
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, en route to the temple

Leander hesitated a moment when Luna asked him how his journeys had been. Then, after a moment, he nodded and said, "not so good. I think the dark magic is getting stronger in the land." He refrained from mentioning how he knew that. He fell silent, listening to the conversation until Floyd told them to hurry up. He nodded. "You're right, we can stop and chat later." He began to walk up the mountain.

He watched silently as Lior began to float up the mountain and Luna transformed. He sort of envied Luna. She was completely at ease doing that, simply because it was the norm for her. He kind of wanted to... But, no, not now. He shook some hair out of his eyes and ran up the stairs after the two.

NES2
11-14-2010, 03:38 PM
Virgil Anamo
Order of the Phantom Blade
En Route to Temple of the Order

Virgil made progress at a constant pace as he moved up the cliff side. The rocky surface of the ground here was the process slightly annoying, just as it had been back when he trained at the temple. The grinding trek was difficult, but since Virgil had done it before he was able to go faster than the others when ascending the stone steps. He eventually reached the midway portion of the trip, where a small stone bench was carved into the wall. Even the people who built this temple knew that practicality mattered, after all.

Sitting down, Virgil took a swig of water to refresh his parched throat, and admired the view. Even from the halfway point the city was a beautiful sight, with people of all sorts moving through the busy streets of the small town. Smoke rose from the chimneys of the houses, adding to the charm of the small town. Overall, Virgil couldn't shake the sense of belonging he had, this sense of "I'm home again".

Rubbing his ankles to alleviate the slight pain from the first part of the hike, Virgil stood up and began to walk up the second half of the stone steps, continuing his journey to the top.

Winter
11-16-2010, 04:09 AM
Luna Valentine and Lior Ariel
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, the temple...or in front of it, at least...

There was a loud clang as Luna dropped her sword and fell, panting, on her side while Lior lowered himself to the ground, taking pity on her enough that he made a shooing motion with his hands and a blast of wind ruffled her fur. "Jeez, you shoulda paced yourself, Luna, not run yourself to death." He commented, the black and white fox lifted her had and growled at him before her form shifted.

"Leave me alone, it was my choice and I'm a big girl, don't chastise me about it. 'Sides, the rule in my house was always you only get to enforce something if you can make the other do what you want them to. I don't think you want to fight me." She warned, Lior smiled and kept an air current running around her.

"Not really. not when you could rip out my throat." He replied with a smirk, Luna forced a smile.

"Remember that in the future, Lior." She growled before suddenly noticing Liam a few feet away. "Hi, Liam." She managed to pant out, Lior noded.

Doodlebop
11-16-2010, 02:57 PM
Leander Campitor
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, the temple...or in front of it, at least...

Leander arrived at the top, huffing and puffing, and sat down on the top step, a little away from Lior and Luna. He wiped some sweat away from his face and squinted against the sun. He had good endurance, but running up the steep flight of stairs had worn him out. "Remind me why they decided to put this thing on top of the mountain," he gasped out. There was probably some reason, but now he could not recall, and it simply seemed like cruel and unusual punishment right now.

Leander glanced up and flinched involuntarily at the sight of Liam holding a blazing fire in his hand. Liam seemed nice enough, but Leander was always wary of anyone who used magic. "Liam..." he edged a little bit away. "Could you get rid of that?"

Coddleflop
11-17-2010, 10:47 PM
Liam Carey
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, in front of the temple

Liam became aware of the people arriving at the top of the stairs, and heard Leander arking him to extinguirh the blaze. He laughed, "It's not like it's gonna hurt you," but he put the flame out nonetheless, giving thanks to the spirit of fire. He turned, facing Lior and Leander and Luna. "Eheh, I guess I was in a trance again?" he sighed. It happened. If he practiced for so long then he'd block out almost all his surroundings. Ah well he thought. "I got bored of waiting. And besides, I, y'know. Forgot where the meeting was...", he smiled sheepishly. His memory had never been good.

NES2
11-19-2010, 09:41 PM
Virgil Anamo
Order of the Phantom Blade
En Route to Temple of the Order=>Front of the Temple

Virgil continued up the flight of stairs as he continued the long and treacherous climb. He knew he was near the top by now, as he could hear the chatter of other people, most likely waiting for the other warriors to arrive.

Spotting the rim of the stairs, Virgil sighed in relief as he approached the top. Winded from the climb, the Temple Pavilion finally came into view, the familiar statue of the Hermit Blacksmith sitting in the center as it always had. Looking around, Virgil saw everything was the same. Three buildings sat in a circle around the pavilion, where many of the warriors were gathered. He recognized very few of them, since most were young warriors who had begun training after Virgil left. Indeed, the temple had not changed at all, but the students had. Looking around for a familiar face, Virgil finally spotted the monk Floyd, Virgil's former mentor.

"Floyd, it's been so long", Virgil said, approaching his former master.

"Virgil, is that you?", Floyd said turning around. Seeing his former student, he walked over and greeted him.

"Indeed it is", Virgil began, bowing in respect. He took a glance at the others, before looking back at Floyd.

"So, these are the warriors who have been called upon. They seem unfamiliar to me", Virgil said, looking into the crowd. Among the others he saw the girl with strange ears from earlier, which he now knew were those of a fox. The group in general was a mish-mash of people with various skills, with some wielding magics of various elements while others wielded weapons such as the bow. It was a unique mix of warriors and magicians gathered here today, a sign that the Order was calling upon everyone to complete this task.

"So, where shall we meet?", Virgil asked.

"The Council of Three is waiting in the Meditation Room. We shall meet there", Floyd responded, and then he went off to complete some other task.

Doodlebop
11-20-2010, 01:55 PM
Leander Campitor
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, in front of the temple

Leander shrugged. "I've never liked magic." He climbed to his feet again, brushing off a layer of accumulated dust. "So," he said, regaining his breath, "what now? Do we wait?" Glancing around, he noticed someone else unfamiliar. A well-built, tanned man. Looking closer, Leander thought that maybe he had seen him once, when he had just arrived at the order. From what he could remember, though, he had been leaving as Leander had arrived.

Impatiently, he shook his head. "Anyone know where we're meeting with the other order members?"

Winter
11-20-2010, 11:32 PM
Luna Valentine and Lior Ariel
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, the temple front

Luna smiled as her ears swivelled on top of her head gracefully and nodded to Leander. "Floyd just told him," She turned top gesture at Virgil quickly, "That we'd meet the Council in the Meditation Chamber." she sighed and shot Lior a look as he started openly at her. "What? I have good hearing--you know that, these ears aren't just for looks, they're functional." She told him, and he glanced away quickly. then she approached Virgil, holding out a hand. "Hi, I'm Luna. It looked like Floyd knew you, are you an old friend he dragged in?" She asked politely, Lior followed to stand by her.

"I'm Lior, nice to have more people around." He intorduced himself brightly.

2gamers
11-21-2010, 04:40 AM
Lucretia Dara
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, in front of the temple

Lucretia kept behind the others as they reacquainted with each other. It appeared that many had known each other, perhaps trained together in this Order. There were friendly rivals and old friends greeting each other. Though it was a very nice sight to see, it made Lucretia a bit lonely. It was great to be a representative of her people. She just wished she wasn’t the only representative.

As they reached the Temple Pavillion, Lucretia saw the crowds of warriors, all fairly young, talking amongst themselves, waiting to be summoned into the meeting room. Many had answered the call, perhaps in a similar fashion as the archer. None seemed familiar, no one from Shenandoah. It wasn’t a huge surprise: her people were quite private and tended to stay in their own little world. Perhaps that was partly why she was here: to keep it that way.

Floyd’s departure reduced the number of people Lucretia was somewhat familiar with to 0. With this development, the archer decided to speak up, addressing anyone willing to answer about their “hosts”.

“Um…who is the Council of Three?” Lucretia asked, looking around to see if anyone among the group would respond.

NES2
11-21-2010, 08:35 PM
Virgil Anamo
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order

When Floyd left, another of the warriors spoke up, a woman who wore the traditional garments of Shenandoah. Virgil knew this because of a trip he had taken there once, a few years back towards the early parts of his life outside the Temple. He still had memories of the place, a forest village built in the thick and massive branches of towering oaks. Wooden bridges and rope swings connected one building to another, making walking around the town an adventure in itself.

Turning back to the Shenandoan, Virgil explained to her the meaning of the Council.

"The Council of Three is a panel composed of the oldest and wisest of the monks in the Order, and act a spiritual leaders for the Order. The first three members of the Council were chosen by Himashi and the Hermit Blacksmith himself, and it is considered a great honor and a testament to a person's wisdom for one to be chosen as a Council member", Virgil explained to the warrior.

Pointing then to the building situated in the center of the three buildings he continued, " This building is where the Meditation Room is. When you go in, remember to bow and pay your respects. It is the tradition of the Order to do so."

Having finished, Virgil began to ask a different question.

"If I'm correct, your a Shenandoan, correct? I'm surprised that people from that far away are being called to the Temple. What's your name?", Virgil asked as another of the warrior's approached him, the one with fox ears.

"Hi, I'm Luna. It looked like Floyd knew you, are you an old friend he dragged in?", Luna introduced herself holding out her hand. Virgil took it and shook, introducing himself as well.

"The name's Virgil Atano, and yes he does know me. I had trained at the Order for a while before heading out on my own to seek adventure. I was in Kennac when I was summoned", he said as he released her from his grip.

"I'm Lior, nice to have more people around.", a white haired mage said after Luna. Virgil slowly began to realize that most of the warriors here were quite young. He didn't know why this was so, but he was sure there was some reasoning for the Council's decision.

"Well, shall we head in?", Virgil asked, looking around at the others.

2gamers
11-22-2010, 01:54 AM
Lucretia Dara
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order

Lucretia waited patiently for Luna and Virgil to finish their conversation. She learned that Virgil was a former member of the Order, though he seemed to have good relations with the group. It seemed his return was very recent, as he didn’t appear to be familiar with the rest of the group. At least she wasn’t the only stranger.

“To answer your question, Mr. Anamo, I am from Shenandoah,” the archer replied once Virgil was free for conversation. “My name is Lucretia Dara, and as Mr. Floyd told my people, we all have a stake in what’s about to come. I’m here to represent Shenandoah in whatever task this Council has in store for us.” The archer spoke to Virgil as if he were a superior. After all, he did seem to have the most experience out of the group.

Upon asking if they should head inside, Lucretia simply bowed her head and moved behind Virgil.

“Lead the way, sir.”

NES2
11-23-2010, 08:54 PM
Virgil Anamo
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

"To answer your question, Mr. Anamo, I am from Shenandoah. My name is Lucretia Dara, and as Mr. Floyd told my people, we all have a stake in what’s about to come. I’m here to represent Shenandoah in whatever task this Council has in store for us.", Lucretia answered in response to Virgil's question. He nodded in understanding of what she meant by a "task". The word task alone was dwarfed by the enormity of the events to come.

“Lead the way, sir.”, Lucretia told Virgil, bowing her head as she said so.

"You don't have to bow your head at me. I'm nobody really important, just a traveler", Virgil said to her. Looking back to check that the others were following, he walked past the fountain in the center of the pavilion, and into the second building. Coming to an antechamber, Virgil signaled for the others to be quiet as they came in. The chamber itself had a calming atmosphere. Potted bamboo grew in all four corners, and lit candles and incenses burned on every window sill, giving the dim-room the strong smell of lavender Virgil was used too from long ago.

Virgil walked over to the double doors which led to the Meditation Room, a carefully opened one as to not disturb the peace. Walking inside the room, Virgil's footsteps echoed inside the large chamber. Towards the back of the room three wrinkled and silent men sat criss-cross, their eyes closed in silent contemplation. Virgil bowed, and then alerted them of the group's presence.

"Most honorable members of the Council, we have arrived to discuss the matters at hand", Virgil began. They opened their eyes, and seeing Virgil, knew that the time had come for the others to be informed of what was to come.

"They may come in", the Council member in the center told Virgil. Looking out the door, he motioned for them to come inside.

Winter
11-23-2010, 11:37 PM
Luna Valentine and Lior Ariel
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, Temple of the Order

Luna entered after Virgil made the motion, Lior following quickly behind. Both bowed slightly to the men before them and then straightened, unsure whether to stand or sit. "You have called on us, so it must be imporant. Is the worst upon us?" Luna asked as it quickly dawned on her that the Council wouldn't call on them for any tiny matter, this had to be a pretty big one.

OOC: Blegh, braindead.

Doodlebop
11-24-2010, 01:40 PM
Leandor Campitor
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

Leander followed the group of fellow Order members through the temple. He could feel himself relax as he stepped through the temple. The burning incense smelled strongly of lavender, and otherwise would have been overwhelming had Leander not found it so relaxing. He always felt his best inside the temple. He supposed he wouldn't be able to feel like this for a while, he thought ruefully as waited outside. Virgil motioned for them to come in, so they stepped inside.

"You have called on us, so it must be imporant. Is the worst upon us?" Luna spoke before anyone else. Leandor opened his mouth to say what he had felt on his journeys, but shut it quickly. The Council would know of such things already.

2gamers
11-25-2010, 07:59 PM
Lucretia Dara
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

Virgil claimed to be just a simple traveler who answered the call. His behavior said something else entirely. He walked into the temple knowing exactly where to go, only diverting his gaze to make sure the others were following. They all went down a particular hallway when Virgil told the rest of the group to stop. He entered the meditation room alone; evidently he was familiar with council members. He knew exactly what to say and what to do.

This was no mere traveler. Virgil was a senior member of the Order and likely the leader in their unknown quest.

Lucretia entered the room at Virgil’s signal, taking in the sights of bamboo and candles as well as the smell of lavender. It was a calm relief from the crowd outside the temple. Lucretia bowed her head but remained silent. Any questions she would ask were obvious enough to be answered by the Council. Asking would only delay their answers.

NES2
11-25-2010, 08:13 PM
Virgil Anamo
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

"You have called on us, so it must be imporant. Is the worst upon us?", Luna asked as she came in. The others, walking in, remained silent as they waited for the Council to answer. Looking up at the ceiling, the monk sitting in the center of the three collected his thoughts and began.

"There is truly no easy way to say this, but you must know why we called you here", began the monk, a somber look coming over his face, "but at the moment the land of Hanta is at risk of total destruction. You see, centuries ago there was an evil beast known as Dinako, who sought to destroy this land. I'm sure you know most of the story, of how Himashi sealed him away and brought peace, correct. Well, the time spoken in the ancient prophecy has come.Dinako is going to return."

"As it is already darkness is beginning to spread over the land, and the evil spirits that had been sealed with Dinako are beginning to release back into the world", the monk to the right said to them, "and if we are correct, we have six months before Dinako has fully returned."

"You have been called here today because we need you to retrieve the only sword that can kill Dinako, The Phantom Blade", the monk on the left spoke, "This is why you have been called."

2gamers
11-26-2010, 06:58 PM
Lucretia Dara
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

Lucretia chose her next words carefully. Others would surely ask where the sword was or how to obtain it. Essentially, they would ask details of the mission, details that would be shared by the council members in due time. The archer, however, was very much interested in who was assigning this mission. She wanted to know the thought process behind the council’s decision.

“You have hundreds of Order members waiting for your commands to send them out to battle, yet you have chosen us and only us for perhaps the most important aspect of this quest. Tell me, why would you choose such a small group, especially those of us not even in the Order?”

After the others asked their questions, Lucretia had one more pressing matter she wanted addressed: the consequences.

“What happens in six months, should we fail? What is the fate of this land and its people if Dinako rise to power?”

NES2
11-28-2010, 04:20 PM
Virgil Anamo
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

“You have hundreds of Order members waiting for your commands to send them out to battle, yet you have chosen us and only us for perhaps the most important aspect of this quest. Tell me, why would you choose such a small group, especially those of us not even in the Order?”, Lucretia asked the Council. Looking at the young archer and the others, they explained the choice.

"It is because of two factors. One, because you are our most experienced warriors. Each of you has a unique a necessary skill required in obtaining the sword. Second, it is because not everyone in the Order can be trusted. We chose you to retrieve the sword and only you and not the 100 other warriors because we believe there are spies in the Order, who seek to attain the sword for their own nefarious purposes. If only a small group is informed of the location of the blade, it will be easier to prevent the sword from ending up in the wrong hands", the monk answered.

Virgil was surprised by the second statement. He didn't think of the possibility of a traitor hiding in the Order. Looking around the room with more attentiveness, he checked the entirety of the room to make sure they weren't being watched.

“What happens in six months, should we fail? What is the fate of this land and its people if Dinako rise to power?”, Lucretia asked next. It was this very question that the monks had wanted to avoid.

"If Dinako returns to full power the world is doomed to total apocalypse.", the monks told the group. It was then that Virgil realized how severe failure would be if they didn't get the sword. This sword held the key to saving all of Hanta. It was then that the monks began to speak.

"As such, we do not have time to waste", another monk began. Pulling a concealed scroll from out of his sleeve, he addressed the others about it's purpose.

"The Phantom Blade, being as powerful as it is, would naturally attract those who wish to harness it's power for evil. Himashi, knowing that the sword was too powerful for any one man, broke it up into pieces and hid them across Hanta. This scroll will lead you to the first piece, the tip of the blade. That piece will lead you to another, and so on until you have retrieved all the pieces. There are 5 pieces in all that you must recover, which you must then bring back to the Order so that we can reassemble the blade", the monk said, handing the scroll to Virgil. Taking the ancient manuscript into his hands, Virgil handled the piece delicately.

"You must do this before the Red Moon, which will indicate that six months have passed", the monk on the left told them, "Now do not waste any time, open the scroll and and read what has been written."

Virgil, slowly began to open the parchment, the words revealing themselves to Virgil and the others. Finally a complete sentence could be seen on the paper, although it's words was extremely cryptic.

"You hold the key in your hand, but the lock is in the library", Virgil read aloud. He didn't understand how the scroll would act as a key, but he knew it was important. He understood the second hint however.

"Scientia Fontis", Virgil began, "It has the largest and oldest library in Hanta. That is where we start."

Doodlebop
11-28-2010, 08:24 PM
Leander Campitor
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

Leander listened quietly and carefully to the explanations. So it was official, now. Dinako was coming back. He had had a feeling that that was what it was... He closed his blue eyes. He felt honored that he had been chosen as one of the people to go on the quest, and that he was trusted. Traitors... The thought made his blood boil. An unique skill that would help them? Did they know his secret? He shook his head. Not likely. But the world falling to apocalypse... This was serious. But six months sounded like plenty of time. he opened his eyes and focused on listening to the clue.

Virgil read the scroll aloud. "You hold the key in your hand, but the lock is in the library. Scientia Fontis," Virgil said, "It has the largest and oldest library in Hanta. That is where we start."

"Then let's get going, then." Leander spoke for the first time. He focused on the three monks. "Unless, of course, you have something else to tell us?"

Winter
11-28-2010, 11:04 PM
Luna Valentine and Lior Ariel
Order of the Phantom Blade
Necka Town, Temple of the Order

Luna frowned as the men explained, then nodded, and then paused as Virgil read out the scroll handed to him. You have the key in your hand but the lock is in the library? She fingered the tip of one of the ears atop her head as she thought until Virgil soke up once more and Lior let out a soft chuckle.

"That place is HUGE--trust me, we'll have a time finding this lock in the college library if it's even in there. I practically grew up in that library since I was raised in Scientia. Of course, we might also find wome useful information in the books there while we're looking, too..." He drifted off in thought, but Luna planted a hand on his shoulder.

"We'll find out when we get there, we should probably get ready to head out now." She said softly, causing Lior to look up at her.

2gamers
11-29-2010, 12:24 AM
Lucretia Dara
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

While the others were ready to go after the first piece, Lucretia wasn’t quite satisfied with the Council’s explanation. It seemed that they weren’t telling the whole story, resorting to cryptic answers. Total apocalypse? That sounded like an artful way of dodging the question. They wanted to avoid the question entirely, leaving the group blind as to what exactly they were fighting against. Lucretia decided not to pursue the matter; she would not get any answers here, not at the moment. Instead, she decided to delve into mission details a bit further.

“I assume you didn’t summon all of these warriors to take a scenic scavenger hunt around Hanta. Who moves against us? What do they know about Dinako’s return? And why would they be in support of…‘total apocalypse’?”

The archer clearly showed her dissatisfaction with the council’s explanation of the consequences. For such a quiet individual, she was being particularly inquisitive about the mission. Perhaps her “necessary skill” wasn’t her archery. Her lack of any association with the Order allowed her to question even the Council’s word. Within a group full of Order members, this was bound to be useful, especially with a traitor among their ranks.

The rest of the group continued to examine the puzzle, eager to head out and save the world. Lucretia worried that such eagerness would lead to rash decisions by hotheaded warriors. The wrong decisions could lead to mistakes. Mistakes that could get them all killed.

NES2
12-01-2010, 06:40 PM
Virgil Anamo
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

“I assume you didn’t summon all of these warriors to take a scenic scavenger hunt around Hanta. Who moves against us? What do they know about Dinako’s return? And why would they be in support of…‘total apocalypse’?”, Lucretia asked the council with suspicion. Virgil already knowing the answer to this question answer in their stead.

"Dinako's Children. They are a group of cultists who seek the apocalypse for various reasons. Some think there is power to gain from serving Dinako. Others think he will destroy this world and build his own. No one truly knows what will happen in the event of Dinako's Return since he was sealed before he could wreak havoc upon Hanta. It is obvious that no good will come from his return however, but the cultists are too blinded by their quest for power to see this", Virgil explained to Lucretia, "We don't know where they are operating from, or if they have a base at all. We do know however that they have attacked various villages, have various agents spread out across the region, and that they are moving to destroy the pieces of the Phantom Blade."

2gamers
12-11-2010, 02:32 PM
Lucretia Dara
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)

Lucretia turned to Virgil as he provided a brief explanation of Dinako’s Children. In her years within Shenandoah, the archer had never heard of such a force. If she heard the goals correctly, the Order needed to obtain all five pieces of the sword to have a chance against Dinako. However, Dinako’s Children only needed to destroy one piece to claim victory. Clearly, the odds were against them.

“So, when do we begin?” This final question indicated that Lucretia was somewhat satisfied with the answers and was ready to begin the journey.

Doodlebop
12-12-2010, 03:27 PM
Leander Campitor
Order of the Phantom Blade
Temple of the Order (Meditation Room)


Leander did not listen closely to Virgil's explanation of Dinako's Children. He already knew about them from personal experience. He felt his blood boil slightly as he thought of the sorceress, Midna. Leander shifted somewhat anxiously and considered the riddle. Lock, lock... Try as he may, he couldn't fathom it.

“So, when do we begin?” Lucretia spoke, and Leander focused. He looked up and at her. A good question.

"I suppose we can begin straightaway, provided there's nothing else the Council of Three wants to tell us?" He focused briefly on the three old monks. Of course, there were also traveling supplies to be thought of... Unless they had been already prepared for. Scienta Fontis was not long away, but he was sure there would be other places that would be a further distance. And Dinako's Children would be trying to stop them... They had to be prepared.