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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:23 pm

Eh, that didn’t really change his train of thought. While he would consider what he saw in his mind, he typically didn’t go out of his way just to seek new sights. He spent more time simply in his head, and making ideas out of what randomly came up, rather than actively digging around for inspiration. If it came from his surroundings, then it would be a nice spice up, but that was really that. He would shrug nonchalantly. ‘’Don’t need it. I can draw inspiration from my own thoughts if need be. I generally prefer to leave all the time-consuming digging to people who get a kick out of it. I take what comes, but searching for it on purpose is usually not my cup of tea.’’ Unless he really needed to find something, and it was impossible for him to get what he wanted to done without such. Then he would search alright, but if it was to be an aimless search simply because…eh, typically not. And if he did do it, he did it just to pass time, rather than to gather inspiration and material.

Moving on to more…personal discussions though. ‘’It seems rather simple in my head. Then again, I don’t know how you think.’’ It just made the most sense to him. Something drags you down? Then stop doing it if you can. And thinking about certain things is a process that you yourself control, therefore it should be something you ought to be able to shut down. Or at least distract yourself from it if the former was too hard for you. Only you can change your thought process after all.

Contrary to thoughts though, demons weren’t as easily changed. ‘’Sort of. I am not completely sure whether it was our world or some other dimension like this. At times, the boundaries are hard to tell. Though to simplify, you could say that yes, because it was possible to get there pretty easily.’’ How many of those places existed? He wouldn’t know. He only had the luck of dealing with that in one of the places he had stayed at for a longer period of time, and that was that. Up until now, but he wasn’t even sure how did they happen to drop here. This this one was a bit of a question mark. He would blink at the next inquiry that was posed. ‘’Not quite what I meant. I could probably still get past them. But to do that, I would have to leave you behind. I don’t think they would let you go that easy. As for the reason…that’s complicated. You probably wouldn’t understand without a lot of backstory first. What I can say though, is that most demons and I just have reasons to agree on keeping peace between us.’’ Of course, it didn’t always work, but typically, avoiding scruffles was decently easy for him. Some demons could be really antagonistic though, and in those cases, he would probably not get away either. That was a small downside to deal with, however.

Ironically, peace didn’t exactly last right there, as they got caught up in a bit of a disagreement for a moment. Luckily for the other though, whatever that odd flare up was, would be rather minor. Thus, even with the unspoken ‘dare’, nothing would end up happening. He didn’t want to cause extra strife right now, and he didn’t lose control of what was happening as easily as that, therefore it was unlikely that something worse would happen. Still, the small light show did seem to take the other aback, so he had to wonder how would the blonde react to more than that. Alas, that wasn’t something to test out right now anyway. Or maybe it would be, were they to run into trouble on the way….

‘’Well, I cannot do much about that. You’re the one who has to come to terms with your reasons for freaking out.’’ If you keep gnawing at it restlessly, it will probably only get worse. Then again, what did he know. Regardless….’’Okay? So go ahead and seek it if it is what you really want. Is it really a reason to nearly fall apart though? If you go that way, you won’t have the strength to actually find what you’re after. One thing or another. Unless you want to depend on someone else to drag you along and do a good chunk of the job for you.’’ He understood alright. But as confusing as some matters can be, if you truly have a goal in mind, you have to keep your chin up and go after it. That’s how you find something. Not by turning into a gooey mess because you don’t understand everything just yet. Finding out why and such is a part of the journey, is it not?

That said, the next small exchange would end up being overtaken by silence, as there was nothing more to be said on the subject of blandness when it came to style of living. What came afterwards though, was a bit more interesting, so to speak. He would frown lightly. ‘’Of course. Think of it this way. You said that me being an acquaintance of yours would make me matter more, yes? Then I assume that you value the people you are close to the most, and would consider them worthy. Well, maybe a stranger doesn’t seem to have worth to you, but that stranger in question has their own family and friends who care about them, and see them as a worthy person. You’re not the only one making connections with others. By heartlessly killing a random person, you are taking them away from someone else, even though it may not be apparent at first glance. That someone you don’t know is as equally worth to another person, as a member of your family may be to you.’’ In…simple terms, at the very least. This wasn’t exactly easy to explain. People may not seem to matter equally when you’re only looking at them through your own eyes, and how well you know them yourself. But in the pig picture, everyone means something to at least one other person, even if it isn’t you. Well…outside of some exceptions of course, but that is a topic for another day.

Moving onto real demons though…

He would tilt his head at the small fox. ‘’Right.’’ Well, she could do what she wanted to in the end. He was just saying. The conversation with the other guy was a bit more entertaining at the moment after all. He would blink. ‘’Well, I can’t say I understand what is going on perfectly…but it sounds like you didn’t plan for this the best. If I am right, this place is quite heavily inhabited by demons, so not fighting is nearly out of question. It’s unlikely you’d be able to progress through here very fast.’’ In fact, the opposite was the most likely to happen. Some of the demons here could happen to be pretty strong, and would take a long time to beat. Plus, there was always the option of failure, and no answer would be found if they were eaten by demons.

He would sigh, glancing towards the battle briefly. ‘’This is already taking too long for my taste.’’, he would state under his breath, snapping his fingers. The remaining snake would end up being surrounded by a few floating light blue flames, very similar to what the blonde saw back when they had their small face off. Whatever those did, the snake didn’t seem very happy about them…

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SP: 280 - 4 = 276
PEnd: 40%
MEnd: 40%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr:138
Dx: 93
Lk: 132

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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:32 pm


Lamia #2:
HP: ??? - 16% = ???
SP: ???
PEnd: 30% (-15%)
MEnd: 25% (-20%)
Ppstr: 45
Pmstr: 35
Dx: 40
Lk: 115

Blue Flare - Turn 1

Stormou | Moderate physical Pierce and Zio damage to a single opponent. | 16% HP | Tier 2 - 67 Pierce Damage + 52 Elec Damage towards Jezz

Miss if 8
Random number (1,10) : 10

Crit if 10
Random number (1,10) : 10
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:36 pm



Lamia #2:
HP: ???
SP: ???
PEnd: 30% (-15%)
MEnd: 25% (-20%)
Ppstr: 45
Pmstr: 35
Dx: 40
Lk: 115

Blue Flare - Turn 1

Poisma | 25% chance of inflicting the Poison ailment to one enemy. Poison does constant 15% damage to enemy's health. Wears off in 3 turns. | 5 SP | Tier 1 - On Jezz

Hit if 2, 6
Random number (1,10) : 6
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Rika on Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:26 am

Eheh. Well, they were certainly opposites in that regard. Sharku preferred to stay in his head and just take the world as it was, while Jezz preferred to take in all things with joy and in turn find inspiration in even the external things. You would think that for someone like the creature that the way the other handled the matter would seem boring, but instead of fussing and frowning the blonde would simply nod at the other.

“Well that is good for you. We prefer to take it all in than rely on one aspect or the other to keep us entertained,” the blonde would say with a smile. He was one of those folks that did the time consuming digging because he always liked to to discover new things both mentally and physically. It was a win-win all the way around for him, so he enjoyed the many pathways opened with being curious in this fashion. If he wanted to stay in his mind, he would mediate, but outside of that? Nah. He much rather go on an adventure than think too long. Despite the difference though the blonde would accept the other’s preference easily enough with no strife coming between himself or the other for the time being.

The mood would remain peaceful, but then take a turn for more the serious as the conversation dove into the personal with surprisingly calm results. Jezz was not getting upset by the matter at hand and took everything that was being said well enough. Even that remark he just got was taken well as the blonde smiled a bit at that one. The man didn’t know how he thought and wouldn’t know unless he attempted to explain it...and that would not be very fun for either considering how confusing that could get. So instead of trying to explain anything, the blonde would shake his head a bit at the words.

“Mmm. Tis is true. After all, what seems like a small hill to one person can be a rather large mountain to another,” was the soft response back to the words. Perhaps to him the matter at hand was simple or logical, but for someone who didn’t handle the matter the same way or had issues that magnified certain things? Perhaps the same thoughts or pathways didn’t seem so simple and so took more time for the latter to figure out. Regardless of the difference there though, the matter would swivel from handling matters that were more like things to be worked on to something much more relevant and closer to home - the demons. The matter being discussed wasn’t how to really handle them, but rather where and how the other had met and dealt with demons.

To what was heard the blonde would pause in his walking to look at the other. “Huh,” he would fold his arms a bit as he tilted his head to the left a bit. “That is very curious. We know of other worlds, but typically to get to them certain things have to be done. We’ve only encountered worlds distinctly separated from this one. If you don’t mind it, can you tell us where you were when that happened?”

He was sent all over the place and yet had never heard or encounter a space where the dimensions bled into each other. It made him curious about such a place, but even so the curiosity would last for only a few moments before he was blinking and focusing on the words the other said.

“Then why the hell are you wasting time with me instead of hauling ass out of here?”

Okay that was different. The voice was the same, but the words were delivered in a way that Jezzabella never would’ve done so. There was an air of curiosity, amusement and confidence to the words and if one were to observe carefully, the way the blonde carried himself was very different than before. He stood with his weight shifted to the left a hand on his hip as he watched the other with golden eyes tinted with a hint of red. He carried himself like someone quite sure of themselves and very comfortable with this hostile environment. This was not the falling apart creature Sharaku dealt with before. However, this odd personality switch would only last for a few moments (probably enough time to give an answer if the man chose to) before the blonde frowned as if in pain as a hand went to his head for a bit. He would shake away the discomfort and look back at Sharaku the eyes golden and conflicted once more.

“Well….we can’t say that makes sense out of context, but we suppose we’ll leave it there for now and save the storytelling for when we are away from this place. Just...don’t leave us. We’d hate to face whatever hell is here on our own.” Those words were spoken in the normal and predictable fashion...and also in a way that made it seem he was highly unaware that he had flipped a switch a moment ago. The behavior was indeed odd and had Helix quite cautious of the situation. Even more so when a real fight actually looked like it would break out between the blonde and the dark haired male.

While the blonde at first respond in what the small wanderer assumed was his typical fashion, he saw the familiar personality flare back up as the other displayed power of some sort. It was peculiar, but it seemed that something was triggering a response from the one trapped inside of the being called Jezabella. Was it the place? The presence of demons? This man? What? It didn’t make sense, but either way the wanderer was glad no fights came out between them. In this flip-floppy state the blonde was in he wasn’t sure if actual fighting between the pair was wise. In fact the out come would probably be disastrous to the vessel….and he needed the vessel alive otherwise it would kill what he was trying to save. That and also why fight amongst each other when demons were afoot? Would be better if they were all in the same boat and worry about differences later.

That tension aside though, things would seem to calm down as the dark hair male decided not to push his luck or do anything rash for the moment. With no more threat around, Jezz’s personality overrode the other once more and the group continued to move along more or less peacefully.

“Yeah...we know,” Jezz would respond rubbing his arm uncomfortably as he moved. He supposed he had some control of it, but honestly didn’t know how to use said control. These attacks came on strong and left his head whirling in confusion. On his own, it took a while to talk himself down from the panic….so how was he to get absolute control of the matter? He was unsure, but maybe that was something to think about later. As for those other words, the blonde would look back at the other with a slightly peeved expression.

“You and your logic always makes it seem so easy,” he would begin seeming at first agitated as he gave a pout, but then the expression would soften a bit as he sighed and looked away. “Regardless, all we can do is try, right? The fact we are walking into God-knows-what right is an attempt at trying and a sign we are actually trying to gain whatever truth is there. IF we weren't serious...we wouldn't still be walking now.” He understood what the other was getting at, but he simply couldn’t such down the automatic reaction to things just like that. All he could do is try to get a handle on the situation and push forward. If he didn’t who knew where he would end up at the end of it all...

Moving forward and all that aside though, what could not be ignored was the very real threat of the demons that were in their face now.  

As Hyacintha joined the battle and Helix took a moment to recover, the cautious wanderer would find himself somewhat appreciating the taller man the more he spoke with him. He didn’t understand why the other was here or what he was trying to get out of this by staying around, but at the same time, he found himself leaning towards the idea that maybe this one wasn’t doing it out of hostility or any malicious planning. The more he settled with that idea, the easier it became to open up slightly to the other.

To what he heard, the wizard would smirk slightly under his high collar. “Much like your relationship with demons...this whole deal with him is rather complicated to. Perhaps if we succeed here, the mess on both ends can be cleared up,” he said and then hearing the rest, the wizard would sigh as he pushed himself to his feet. “I did not think the task would be easy; however, I did not expect an army to greet us either. I wonder if it is the nature of the place or something more at play here. Either way we are going to have to manage and keep him from breaking too badly until the issue is resolved,” He would pause and glance over at Sharaku his eyes narrowing with the smirk under his collar. "Easy right?" Well at least he could make light on the grim matter.

On a more serious note though, considering what they were after he wouldn’t put it past the one who had it to pull something like this. A small fist would ball up at the thoughts that followed that idea; however, the wizard wouldn’t linger too much longer in his agitation as he first saw the taller man actually act and what the snake did to the blonde. He would grit his teeth at the situation, but did not act on his own this round. Why was that? Well…

The blonde did indeed get knocked down and shortly afterwards ended up poisoned too. However, despite the pain that was being dealt, the blonde would  pick himself back up swaying slightly before catching his balance as he glared up at the snake. As he did so, his eyes would narrow as he took note of the blue flames there and took a brief moment to look over at Sharaku.

“So you do have power. Tell me how long were gonna actually wait before showing off?” the words were ragged and spoken in the same fashion as when the more confident personality had control of him as the blonde gave him a cocky smirk despite being a bit charred from the electricity or having his body twitch as the remainder of the electricity went through him. It seemed that while he was zoned out before he had come back around, but instead of the weaker side, this other personality was currently in play.

Despite this though, he didn’t seem mad. No quite the contray. He seemed to be entertained and the only reason the words came out a bit rougher was due to the beating he was currently taking. Despite how amusing and intriguing the matter of Sharaku and his powers were to the man, he would only keep red tinted eyes on him for a bit before the smirk faded and his eyes drifted to Helix. He would give the wizard a light nod of recognition that kept the wizard from acting on his own as he saw the first glimmer of the real person that was trapped in the blonde's body. Seeming to be reading the wanderer's thought the blonde would smirk slightly before turning back to the battle with confidence. Refocusing the man would mutter something in an unknown language that would unleashed a spell that cleaned him of the poison. With that done and his body no longer twitching, he would hold out his left hand summoning his weapon to it once more as he settled into a relax combat position.


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HP: 175/333
SP: 251/270
PEnd: 61%
MEnd: 55%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr: 136
Dx: 129
Lk: 128

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>Summon Equipped: Hyacintha

Damage taken:
> 67*2(Due to Crit)=134*.61=81-134=54 Pierce Damage
52*.55=28-52=24 Elec Damage towards Jezz
Total =24+53=77 Electrical Pierce Damage

So 252-77=175 HP


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> Jezz uses:  
Soul Skill Name: Purification
Persona Name: Helix
Tier: Tier 3
Cost: 18 SP
Type of Damage: Recovery Spell  
Description: A spell that purges the body of all negative matter. It cures all status ailments for a single target.
Target: Self

> Soul Skill nulls out poison.

So 266-18=248 SP

>Invigorate gives +3 back
So: 248+3=251 SP

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> Searing Burn | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a burn ailment with each agi skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc fire. Takes 15% of total health off the opponent each turn, for three turns. Can be put out by a bufu skill used on self that matches tier. Effects do not stack | Passive | Tier 1

> Tension Bar no longer active due Sharaku being an active fighter in battle.
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Rika on Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:11 am

Le Calc Edit:
So forgot to halve the damage of attack:

So redoing

> 67*2(Due to Crit)=134*.61=81-134=54 Pierce Damage
52*.55=28-52=24 Elec Damage towards Jezz
Total =24+53=77/2=38 Electrical Pierce Damage
So 252-38=214 HP

> HP should be at 214. I'll fix it next rotation.
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:04 pm

Hm? Well, that wasn’t exactly it either. Just because he didn’t spend much time seeking things to play with, it didn’t mean he only focused on one aspect because of that. Even when you don’t dig for special stuff, you have more than enough available to you from the get go. Unless you are stuck in an extremely bland place and can’t think of anything. But that’s a very specific case to default to. ‘’I thought there is plenty to take in without even needing to go around digging? It’s not that I focus on one thing. I’m just fine working with what I have in my immediate vicinity unless I really need something more specific. A lot of things found by extreme digging may also turn out to be utterly unnecessary anyway, so I simply make the best of what I have in my reach right away and not waste time when it isn’t on point.’’ If he had to search, he would first want to consider how much could it even be of use. Rather than jump straight in and then wear himself out by randomly zig zagging around and looking for things without even having an idea what he actually wants out of it in the first place. Being scattered wasn’t really his style, so in a way, the blonde was right that he preferred to lean towards focusing. Just not exactly as hardcore as it was implied. And maybe he just saw things differently than the other in general. Whatever though.

‘’Which certainly makes things complicated.’’ A neutral comment would be the only thing the other would receive to the statement about mountains. He didn’t have anything better to say to that, and it's not like it was a subject that could be argued. At best it could be complained about, since it definitely had a lot of potential to create headbutt situations between people who thought very differently. Which can be a lot of pain in the ass at times.

Speaking of pain, being prodded could be a pain too at times. Though, in this case it was mostly because it didn’t really bring up the best memories. Still, he would shrug a bit. ‘’I believe the demons were in control of what could pass in and out. Or something akin to that. I’m not an expert when I it comes to worlds. And it was in Japan.’’ Back then, he didn’t even know for a long time that the place was all that different. For plenty reasons. That, and he never gave that particular issue much thought, as there were bigger fish to mull over than the question of boundaries between worlds. Plus, he wasn’t bothered either way. Anything can happen to exist, right? That said, he would raise an eyebrow slightly at the random bite that followed. ‘’I can do what I want.’’, he would state simply, though staring at the other a bit in mild confusion. That was somewhat unexpected, but he didn’t really get a lot of time to ponder over it. Maybe he would just keep it in mind for later. ‘’You’re weird.’’, he would state flatly when he heard the next words which were pretty much the exact opposite of what was said moments ago. Though, he would shake his head afterwards. ‘’You really need to stand up for yourself though. What if you ended up here alone in the first place? Then you couldn’t be asking me to help you.’’ Really, what would the blonde do then? Break down because there was no one to turn to for support?

The wimpy acting could get really grating. Regardless however, he could do very little about it unless he wanted to smack the other over the head, which was not a good idea considering the situation they were in right now. Nor was any kind of fighting, although he would have not done it in the first place, unless the guy kept provoking him continuously.

Moving on though, he wound snort lightly when the other was getting peeved at him and whatnot. Well, it was what it was, no? It’s not like he was spewing complete bullshit there, and it wasn’t his fault that the guy had so many issues with getting himself on a better track. ‘’Well, it’s not my problem that you have such a hard time with it for some reason.’’ He wasn’t going to nod his head and agree with all kinds of whining as if it was the best way of handling things ever after all. It’s not like having people cut you the slack will help you. Besides, people hardly ever did that to him. ‘’Yes, but I was speaking moreso towards the things you’ve been saying, rather than jabbing at what we’re currently doing.’’ Thank goodness they were walking though. He wasn’t sure what would he have done, had the other stayed in spot and refused to go ahead. While he wasn’t weak or anything, he couldn’t just pull an extra weight for long.

Although the demons made it complicated one way or another…

Hm. ‘’And if this ends in a fail, what happens to the rest of us? Or in general for that matter?’’ If the mess is to be cleared up by succeeding, what happens with it on the off chance it all goes wrong? It wouldn’t be nice if the trouble got even worse, and things going wrong were just bad overall. He would shrug. ‘’If this place is a natural home to demons, then a high amount of them isn’t too surprising. I don’t know though. I have no idea where we really are.’’ Either way, this was going to take a while. There was no denying that. He just hoped that these two odd guys had some actual plan, rather than just hoping it would work out. Assuming they were the ones who dragged them into this place to begin it, and it sure sounded that way.

Eh, guess he would have to do something too? He would roll his eyes slightly at the jab he got. ‘’I don’t like fighting too much. And maybe you should focus on the battle and showing off yourself instead of throwing eyes at me. That thing is still there.’’ And it seemed to be getting pretty lucky too. Plus, thing were apparently not going the way there way intended? He would sigh faintly. He thought the point was to get through this place as fast as possible. Standing around and spamming healing abilities often when you have the opportunity to just get rid of the snake and maybe focus on recovery while progressing further doesn’t really fit the bill, does it? ‘’Speaking of showing off, how about you actually make use of my comment worthy assistance and get rid of that thing instead of letting it wail on us again and again? I doubt it has much energy left, but if you’re going to spend the time healing yourself from everything there is, it’ll keep smashing us that much longer. You can always get yourself back up to speed after we aren’t under threat anymore.’’ Which wasn’t all that nice either. If it could poison once, it could do it again. Wasn’t the better play to just kill it before it can get the chance to simply outplay the healing strategies? Not like it seemed to be hurting the guy much anyway, seeing as he appeared to be taking the hits pretty well based on what he was seeing.

That said, he still wasn’t eager on joining the fight for real. Nor did he think he was even needed for this one. Assuming the guy would actually attack for once. Therefore, he would stay on the sidelines still, this time summoning slightly different type of flames, which would surround the blonde. While it did look pretty much the same except for the fact that it was more of a solid flame instead of a few small ones, it would have a different effect than the previous. And hopefully, the blonde would make the smart play right now…

Well, he couldn’t exactly play the commander here though…


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HP: 300
SP: 276 - 5 = 271
PEnd: 40%
MEnd: 40%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr:138
Dx: 93
Lk: 132

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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:10 pm


Lamia #2:
HP: ??? - 8% = ???
SP: ???
PEnd: 30% (-15%)
MEnd: 25% (-20%)
Ppstr: 45
Pmstr: 35
Dx: 40
Lk: 115

Blue Flare - Turn 2

Poisoned Dagger | Inflicts a small amount of Pierce damage to one enemy that has a 10% chance of poisoning. | 8% HP | Tier 1 - 45 Dmg - On Sharaku

Miss if 2
Random number (1,10) : 6

Crit if 8
Random number (1,10) : 1

Poison if 3
Random number (1,10) : 4
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Rika on Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:48 pm

The blonde would consider the other for a moment before closing his eyes and shaking his head with a small smile. “Well the immediate indeed gives you something to work with, but even so what happens when you the immediate can’t grant you what you want. Wouldn’t you want to go digging for something new? We mean sure not everything found is useful or necessary, but that isn’t the point all the time. Sometimes the journey is all that really matters and not so much the thing found.” Material things was material things. They came and went and while it was true some items could be admired and worth something, it was also true that what was found could be complete trash. However, the journey and experience gained from diving into something new. Wasn’t that worth the effort of digging some place new and in turn gaining inspiration from what you learned there?

Eh. Maybe he was winding down a different path than the other with his being more open and less focused and shifting through what was worth going after and what wasn’t worth going after. He just headed down the path towards a goal and when he got there determined from the struggle and what he had learned along the way if said goal was worth it or not. Definitely a different and less methodical approach, but that was just how he rolled. Different as they were, it did not seem the blonde was trying to fight with his words as he simply shared how he felt on the matter with an easy tone that said he accepted the others way and was okay with the differences between them. It was a peaceful spot to be in and kept the blonde more or less relaxed….That was until of course they started moving forward into the place they were in and other topics came up that were less light-hearted.

To the short comment he got about mountains the blonde would give a light “mmm” in response, but otherwise had nothing more to say on the matter because in the end what else was there to say? They both had very different views on the matter and they could agree on the this fact and the fact it could indeed make things complicated. Unless they truly wished to dance in rather unpleasant and trying circles there was no need to drag this one out, so the blonde left it alone.

There would only be minor silence before things picked up and they were speaking on the matter of other worlds and demons. He knew he was probably picking at a personal matter for the man and maybe this wasn’t the best place to do this sort of picking, but he was curious about what he heard...and for the most part the man didn’t seem to mind answering his questions, so maybe this was okay?

“Huh,” Jezz would rub his chin as he absorbed what was heard. Demons that controlled an area and allowed things in and out. That was certainly something new to him. The alternate worlds were typically separate from their world and the only way to get into them was via various devices or strange chants. The things of that world stayed over there and the ones of their own world stayed on Earth. That was how he thought it all worked, but apparently demons and what they could do was different, but one he would only linger on for a bit before sighing lightly. “All the way in Japan huh? I wonder if it is exclusive to that location only.” That would kind of suck. He was actually quite curious in examining this if they ever got of here, but if this event only existed in Japan well that would make it hard to study. Hrmm...well that was a matter for another time he supposed.

In any case, the blonde’s curiosity of the matter seemed to be filled for now, so things would move into rather confusing waters as for a few seconds the blonde seemed to become a completely different person though his shape did not seem to change and his voice remained the same. His personality and behavior though were something different and they would linger long enough for this new side to register the reaction and the response given. While he didn’t give a verbal response back, the blonde did give the other an amused smirk before he was blinking and the personality vanished leaving behind the blonde the darker hair male was familiar with. To the comment of being weird, Jezz would scratch his head a bit as he looked at the other quite confused.

“We aren’t sure where that came from, but yes….we can be weird we guess.” Yes, he was different, but why did the other want to point that out now and what sort of response was that to what he had just said? How was it relevant or sensical at all? It was indeed an odd affair the blonde did not quite get, but he would let it slid as the next bit came around. To what was heard, he would wince a bit. The idea of being alone in a dangerous area where he was unfamiliar with the rules made him slightly uncomfortable.

“Mmm,” he would hum uncomfortably as he looked around the area rubbing his arm a bit. “We’d...be in an uncomfortable jam, but...we’d have to deal with it. We may seem all over the place and fragile, but...we do what we have to when cornered. Even if we don’t like it….” Heh. It was ironic. He could easily be sent to kill someone and be completely comfortable with it, but as soon as he was out of his element he panicked and freaked out...and in turned clung onto support if it was nearby.  Without it, he was still a floundering mess, but he did what he needed to survive. After all, he did not want to die despite his issues. Though he suppose the other did have a point...he couldn’t rely on others forever and it would be best if he could actually stand on his feet better even in the unknown. He didn’t quite get what tripped him up so badly. It was one of those things he’d have to figure out later he suppose.

Besides even if he wanted to ponder the matter how could he focus with Mr. Brutal over here poking at him? To what he heard, he’d roll his eyes a bit.

“No. No it is not your problem,” he would state in flat peeved tones not liking the remark or the behavior. He just honestly wanted the guy to listen at that point, but apparently he had missed the memo and had made a remark instead. It was highly frustrating coming up against that wall, but even so he didn’t make too much of a big deal about it as they began to move along. “Ah. Well I suppose it is the same since the action is working for the words.” Yes...he was negative in his thoughts and speaking, but even so he wanted to try to do better, so instead of just continuing to whine, he put one foot in front of the other and to show he was at least attempting to move forward in this unfamiliar territory…

Speaking of unfamiliar let’s address this topic of values (that we so did not not see last post when sleepy). He didn’t quite get the idea of equal weight, but as the other broke it down, he would try to process it.

“Mmm. We do value what is close to us,” he would say with a nod and then scratching his head a bit he would frown as his brain tried to get what was being said to make sense. “Well….we suppose it makes sense to some degree. Though we were not trained to consider that so it never crossed our minds what we did as wrong. It was simply kill or be killed...values didn’t cross our minds like that when it came to strangers. They were just targets.” Though having this path revealed to them kind of made him a bit sad about the killing. If he had been taught this a long time ago, would he still obey and kill? He wasn’t sure and honestly didn’t have that much time to ponder it as there calm walk was suddenly turned into a battlefield by the presence of demons,

As things remained chaotic, the man and the small wanderer would speak. As he was asked a question, Helix would look up at the other with a raised eyebrow. “If it fails? I cannot say what will happen to you or me. I am assuming since we both can fight we could probably get out of this place alive in our own way; however, what I do know is that the blonde and the other within him will be dead. I cannot say what will happen to Hyacintha or what we seek here as I am unsure how they work; however, considering their purpose, I cannot see a happy ending for them either. As for their impact on this place…” he would shake his head. “I have no idea. After all this is a natural world that has its own rules. I am unsure do in response to a potential threat to itself. I’d say we should prepare for the worse if it does fail.”  

There were too many variables at play to say with certainty what would happen in this place, but the wizard wasn’t going to try and sugar coat this matter. They were in a bad situation both with an unknown thing that was the land and how both time and the nature of said place worked against them. It was a messy situation, but he would keep fighting until the end. He would not give up. As for the rest of what was said…

“This place is hard to read since it is new to me too, but I suppose demons being here isn’t as surprising as I may make it seem. I’ve known demons for a long time now and no it is not unusual to find them in places you least expect them to be in. Even so….I never expect mass amounts to be collected unless they are protecting something or we somehow have stumbled into a nest of sorts.” His trap setting had not exactly gone according to plan. If it had he would’ve been way more prepared than now. The only thing that sort of went right was that all the pieces needed to finish this was all in one spot now. The rest was dependant upon if they could succeed and how quickly the vessel would break down with time and strain. That worry aside though, they had other matters to contend with such as the lingering snake and cheeky comments.

Whatever personality was in control of the blonde sure seemed to be having more fun than being a broken cry baby at the moment. Even with the comments and behavior tossed back, the blonde would keep the smirk on his face as snorted a bit. "Mmm. A more peaceful type. I see. I see,” he would say and then lazily he would  looked over at the snake like it didn’t matter much.

“Uh-huh. I see it, but it ain’t as pretty or intriguing as you,” he would say as he watched the snake for a bit not seeming to be bothered that it was a threat. In fact, he was rather laid back about the matter and didn’t seem to be aware he was on a time limit or anything like that. Like this was just child’s play, but why that was a mystery for now.

However the smirk would fade a bit as he he heard the other fussing at him for getting rid of the poison rather than attacking. He did get the other’s point, but at that same time, it wasn’t always wise to just charge in and attack. Yes it gave the enemy an opening to strike again...which this nut did indeed do, but at the same time sometimes getting rid of something nasty was better than letting it take its toll. It wasn’t like he could see this snake wearing down or anything, so who knew what could’ve happened if he didn’t pause to heal here and there? Such impatience and besides who the hell did this one think he was trying to order him around like that?

“Well aren’t you charming and sweet,” the blonde would say his tone laid back all the while as he rolled his head a bit and focused on the battle. “Anyway, I’ll get rid of the snake. Keep your pants on.” Just because he did things differently didn’t mean he was unaware of what was happening. So it wasn’t like one had to treat him like a baby and fuss at him like he didn’t get the situation.

Minor annoyance aside, he did take note of the flames that surrounded him and in turn the surge of power he was given due to it. Well he wouldn’t waste a gift.

“Let’s see how well it cooks up, shall we?” he would as he looked over at Hyacintha. “You got it!” the fox would respond back and then charging up she’d unleash her fire upon the snake, but would it be enough to kill it?

Status:
HP: 214/333
SP: 248/270
PEnd: 61%
MEnd: 55%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr: 136
Dx: 129
Lk: 128

Information Box:
Action:
>Summon Equipped: Hyacintha

Damage taken:
> None since snake went after Sharaku -.-.

Retaliating:

> Hyacintha uses Agilao | Inflicts a moderate amount of Fire damage to one enemy. | 6 SP | Tier 2
Target: Lamia

So the cost: 251-6=245 SP

>Invigorate gives +3 back
So: 245+3=248 SP

So the damage: 136*.50=136+68= 204*.55 (from boost) = 122+204=316 Fire Damage

Misses on: 1
Random number (1,10) : 9

Searing Burn on: 3 or 6
Random number (1,10) : 3

Passives:
> Invigorate 1 | Recovers 3 SP on each user turn | Passive | Tier 1
> Searing Burn | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a burn ailment with each agi skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc fire. Takes 15% of total health off the opponent each turn, for three turns. Can be put out by a bufu skill used on self that matches tier. Effects do not stack | Passive | Tier 1

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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:52 pm

Not really? Unless he was the type of person that always wanted to have something new to admire. Which he didn’t exactly. Most of the time, he did not even want anything special in the first place, so no, there was next to no inclination to go digging for such. He would have to care more than that. ‘’That’s assuming I even want something extra to begin with, which I usually don’t. I don’t need new things to poke at all the time. I don’t think I need to dig around like crazy just to gain something. There are plenty other ways too.’’ He was perfectly fine with observing things go on from a distance instead of bouncing around and getting himself involved in everything. Sometimes, things come to you instead anyway. Jumping into things headfirst just on an off-chance something cool could some out of it wasn’t really his thing. It was a tiring way to deal with stuff, and while he could make the effort once in a while, it was not preferable for him.

Moving on through some silences and topics that faded away to the wind, they would spend some time talking about demons and their habitats. ‘’I wouldn’t know. I don’t think it would though. You don’t seem to know much about demons based on how you keep asking me, so I see no reason for you to think that it doesn’t happen everywhere. Perhaps the occurrences are just different based on who lives in said worlds.’’ The blonde sounded like his experience with demons was nearly nonexistent, thus he would likely have no idea what they can and cannot do when it comes to accessibility of the worlds they reside in. Besides, who says that humans and demons couldn’t in fact live in the same areas? For all one knows, some demons may look human enough to fit in if need be. There’s no definite way to tell.

And there are apparently way more things that are hard to figure out. He would frown at the weird switchy behavior. ‘’So now you get random memory loss mid-speaking as well?’’, he would ask after a moment of just staring at the guy. That wasn’t exactly funny. It was already hard to deal with the guy when things were moreso normal, but if random memory holes started coming into the picture like this, it was going to be a rather unpleasant ride in the end. At least, he would guess that to be the most likely outcome of such. That said…’’Well, you don’t really make those claims seem very believable most of the time….’’ It was honestly hard to believe the guy would be doing great on his own when he acted like this now. And acting only when you really have no other way out anymore is sometimes not enough to save you.

‘’Good, so why are you getting peeved and stuff at me just because I’m stating things my way then? You’re making it sound like it should be my problem when you act bothered over me having a different opinion on the matter than you. I can only say what I think either way, so I’m not sure why is that so worthy of your grumpiness.’’ So yes, maybe his logic and whatnot made things seem easy. And? How was that a reason for the blonde to get agitated over it, like his words were making things more complicated or something? The complications came from the other side, did they not? It’s not like he was making that up or something. If the guy didn’t want to keep discussing the subject, he could have stated so clearly long ago instead of making agitated and pouty faces at him when he didn’t like what was said. ‘’It’s the same, but it also isn’t.’’, he would comment simply as he kept walking. Maybe the action works for words, but the words tell more about the actions as well. There’s a difference between doing something confidently, and doing it but also revealing that you’re half-way to wanting to turn tail by your words. It gives a deeper perspective to what is happening, and also an impression of how effective said action is.

Regardless, as long as they did keep moving, it was still the better path than some others, so whatever. It would take ages to debate over all that anyway, and various other topics were forcing their way into the spotlight as well, like the whole thing about value of people. ‘’Well, you probably wouldn’t have thought that way if someone came around and killed a member of you family solely because to them, said person was only a ‘target’ who means nothing. It would make you angry, wouldn’t it?’’, he would shake his head. ‘’That said, don’t you have your own mind? Just because someone tells you that you should do a thing a certain way…there’s never proof that they aren’t lying to you so that you do what they want without question. Do you not think outside of what you are told?’’ So if someone tells you that it’s perfectly okay to go around killing, you just go and do that without ever wondering that it may be wrong in some way? You have a brain of your own, no? Most people would question extreme matters like that sooner or later.

They had some demons to question meanwhile, however. And stuff. He would frown lightly. ‘’So you’re saying that he’s basically two people…?’’ Well, that would explain some of the weirdness happening at times. Kind of. Though, he still didn’t understand how was that a thing. Wasn’t the guy already two guys at times? Now there was someone else in the picture too? Too many nonsensical matters for his mind to follow without having any solid explanation for any of them. He would shake his head afterwards though. ‘’So anyway, I’m assuming that this whole scenario has nothing to really do with me, and you guys are the ones who dragged us over into this place somehow. If so, why am I here?’’ Was it just a matter of tackiness? He understood that he and the blonde were in the same area before this, but how do you drag another person is so easily? Assuming that the only target was the other. Faulty magic?

And faulty communication too, apparently. Or…something. He wasn’t even sure at this point. It really felt like he wasn’t even speaking with the same person at all times, so he had no idea what was he supposed to do. He would roll his eyes slightly, responding with a dry deadpan. ‘’I’m sorry, but I think now’s not the time for cheesy flirting lines. You won’t get to watch any intriguing things anymore if you die here.’’ Well, he didn’t think that was what the other was actually doing, but whatever. It kind of sounded like it after all. As for the rest? Maybe it isn’t always wise to charge, but is it wiser to waste extra energy on healing spells when you probably do not need to at all? It doesn’t exactly grow on trees, letting you chill around and never run out of fuel. And assuming the other got the situation…well, he wasn’t acting like it. Therefore, it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise that he isn’t being treated like a king just because. ‘’With pleasure.’’, he would throw back in a mildly sarcastic tone before adding onto it a bit. ‘’And I’m not even sure why would I want to pull them off for the matter.’’ Eh, whatever works…..

For now, he would just make sure nothing went too wrong...not like he could do much else...

Sharaku:
HP: 300 - 27 = 273 + 40% = 300
SP: 271 - 8 = 263
PEnd: 40%
MEnd: 40%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr:138
Dx: 93
Lk: 132

Magus Arcana Boost : 35% to Mutated Skills xP

Action:
Mediarama | Recovers a moderate amount of HP (40%) to all allies. | 16 SP | Tier 2

Passives:
Spirit Master | Halves the SP cost for all magic skills. | Passive | Tier 4
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:57 pm


Lamia #2:
HP: ??? - Overkill = 0
SP: ???
PEnd: 30% (-15%)
MEnd: 25% (-20%)
Ppstr: 45
Pmstr: 35
Dx: 40
Lk: 115
DEAD

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1. All party members recover 20% SP
2. Nothing
3. Party receives a basic item
4. Party receives a special item
5. Nothing
Random number (1,5) : 2
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Rika on Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:46 pm

A hand would go to his lips as he covered a smile as he chuckled a bit. That had not been what he was getting at with his words. He was talking about journeys and experience more so than gaining actually things, but oh well. The point may have been slightly missed there. In any case, the other seemed to like to take a more passive approach to doing things rather than an active one. It was interesting in comparison to his own approach. Yes, he could sit and ponder from a distance, but he preferred to actively seek out new things from time-to-time rather than waiting for it to come to him. Either way….”Yes there are indeed many ways to gain what one seeks.” He could agree with that easily enough and in turn no strife would come out of that conversation...at least not from his end. He didn’t see the need to argue the point since they had different ways of approaching things and no one could win that battle anyway, so instead of dragging it why not settle with agreeing to disagree?

That calm matter aside though, the topics would eventually flow back to demons and such.
“No we don’t know much about demons and it’s not that I am tossing out the idea that this can occur elsewhere. We just found it curious is all since we’ve been sent to other worlds before. Though in those worlds there were not demons, unless you want to call the creatures there that, and there was no bleeding of said worlds into our own. Each world was self contained and had certain ways to get into them.” The idea wasn’t impossible. It was just new. Bleeding worlds and creatures potentially controlling those gateways.,, It was fascinating really and opened doors to possibilities beyond just that.

However as entertaining as that topic was the next one was downright confusing for the blonde. He had questioned the weird comment and had gotten back a stare and some words that didn’t make any sense at all. “Memory-loss mid-speaking?” He would blink a few times at this one. “We thought we were talking about things being out of context due to storytelling not being involved?” Honestly what was this one on about? He hadn’t said anything outside of the box so where was this coming from. Was Sharaku losing his mind or something? Well that wasn’t comforting. He didn’t need that added onto the mess.

Meanwhile as this conversation occurred Hyacintha would rest lightly on Helix shoulder as she watched the pair. Helix, on the other hand, would narrow his eyes as he took note of this very distinct split. He knew from observation that the blonde typically broke into two, but those two pieces that were highly aware of each other. Never had they showed any traits of the third piece of the puzzle strongly...until now, but what was triggering the flip? Was it the world and things around them? Or was this a sign of something else? The wizard wasn’t quite sure yet, but that was all the more reason for them to hurry up and find what they were searching for. Until then he’d just keep a close eye on the blonde.

That strange conversation would shift into another, this one addressing the issue of the blonde’s behavior and what he would do alone. He had given an honest answer, but the dark haired male with him didn’t seem to be convince by the answer. “Perhaps not, but even so...we would do what was needed to survive….” His comment was soft and a bit moody. It’s not that he was mad at the other, but it did hurt that the other doubted he could hold his own if forced too. Perhaps he’d just have to prove what he meant since words were pretty much useless and failing to leave a good impression. He wasn’t as weak as his panic attacks made him out to be…

Speaking of panic attacks and getting heated over things….

To what was heard, the blonde would give the other a quiet stare for a moment before shaking his head a bit. “Because it is frustrating when someone makes things seem so easy when in fact it is something you struggle with. We are not gonna sit here and pretend to be immune to the words when they rub us the wrong way. We thought it was already pretty clear that we do not contain emotions well. If I am annoyed we are gonna to express it. You have your way of saying things and we have our way of reacting to them. It’s not necessarily your problem that I am annoyed. It only becomes your problem fully if we were to do more than grumble about it.” The guy could say whatever he wanted, but that did not guarantee a pretty end result. Still as long as the blonde wasn’t literally trying to tear at him for what was said, then the man had nothing to truly fear or be concerned about. A grumble was a grumble just like an opinion was an opinion. If it didn’t escalated beyond that then why be concerned? Despite that small snag, things would calm again as they continued to move along. “And how is that so?” the blonde would question as he heard the response to his action speaking louder than words comment. He knew that words had some impact on how some viewed you, but in the end didn’t what you do count more than what was said?

Well wherever that went, the matter would soon turn to values and this idea of targets. To the question posed, the blonde would hum a bit before answering “Well when you put it like that...then yes it would.” It was true he didn’t love his master in the normal sense, but at the same time he strove to protect her because in the end that was all he had. Even if she did use him….if she was alive he wouldn’t be alone. So yes her death would make him angry, but not in the fashion most would imagine. That part aside though, the next set of questions would actually cause him a moment of pause as he processed that.

“...Yes we do have our own mind, but we never thought of betraying our masters before. To be honest, it is kind of a weird concept to us. We’ve obeyed so long that now that this possibility is there, we don’t know how to react to it or answer what you ask. We suppose we don’t think out of the box….but not because we cannot, but rather because we simply never considered doing that.” Conditioning was a strange thing. When trained to do something from a young age and knowing that way as the right path for so long, one never questioned just how true that was unless something came up to challenge that way of thinking. One didn’t see other options there. So suddenly having other options opened up to you out of nowhere became a act that made you hesitated as you tried to process something that didn’t exactly match what you knew or understood. This fact was ringing true here and now. Jezz was unsure what to think to what the other was proposing, the idea foreign to him. Yet perhaps out of curiosity or something else, he kind of poked at this idea of what may happen if he did take a chance and broke free of a chain that may not have been there in the first place.

However that pondering would only last for a few moments before demons would come onto the scene and complicate the matter in more than one way.

“In a way...On one hand you have the human side and on the other the demon. While I am unsure of all the details, what I do know is whoever caught him was able to break him down to the point he could not resist what was done to him. Somehow through this process, they managed to find a human to match up with him and in turn fused them together, but thanks to being, unstable he fell apart into the two pieces….that are like extreme silvers of his original self. For the most part, the human was in control and the demon remained asleep...until now,” he pause to look up at the other. “I did intentionally pull him here with a trap because this is where the last piece of the puzzle is. I made the net wide to ensure I caught the blonde; however, my net works a bit too well at times. It also captures anything living that happens to be within a 20 ft radius of him. I didn’t expect him to have company when it activated, so I do apologize for getting you involved in the mess. However, since you are here then I can only assume there is a reason for it. You’ve been helping him out so far and he seems to listen to you, so perhaps you were meant to be something to keep him grounded in this matter. As I stated, he is breaking and the more he does so, I believe the demon and human will bleed into each other.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the flipping got worse to the point where they shifted between each other without realizing it. He could be lost, but perhaps you can keep him from drifting too far until the mess is resolved...”  The last part was more of a question than actual statement. The taller mad had been an unintentional extra and if he wanted he could very well abandon this mission. After all, he didn’t have an obligation to stick with the blonde did he? Well obligation or not, the man still decided to help out even if the matter was confusing as hell.

...And what a character he had to deal with now that battle was full swing. To his response back, the blonde would give him a mock pout. “Oh such a poor baby, not wanting to have fun due to an enemy on the field.” The blonde would trace a tear on his face with one hand seeming uncaring of the snake there, but did that really make him unaware of it? No. He just had a more chilled way of handling this situation he felt quite comfortable in. Besides it wasn’t like he was flirting to begin with. No the other was just an intriguing matter because even though he smelled like a human there was something underneath the scent that made the guy wonder about what the other really was. Regardless of the response back, the pouting act would end rather quickly as his eyes drifted back to the snake as smirk appeared on his face. “As if I’d like this thing take me out.” Yeah. The only thing going down was the big boy, so the other didn’t have anything to worry about there.

However, it would seem before said snake was taken out, a bit of odd banter would occur. To the sarcastic remark back, the blonde would chuckle highly amused by the other, but for the most part wouldn’t make a comment back until the other decided to add onto the matter. Looking the other up and down, he would give him a mischievous smirk. “Oh I am sure we can find some reasons for you to want do.” He would say and then leaving it there, he would focus on destroying the snake.

And boy did that little sucker burn to the point there was nothing left of it. As the battle ended, the blonde’s smirk and behavior would remain unchanged for the moment as he dismissed his weapon for now. “Hmph. Maybe it was a bit too much heat. Ah well,” he mused before looking over at the taller male as he casted a healing spell on him. He would close his eyes enjoying the feel of spell.

“Mmm. Thanks,” he would say opening his eyes again as he gave the other appreciative nod, but then tilting his head curiously he would ask. "Your fire isn’t fox fire, so what are ya then?” He would let the question linger for a bit before eventually look at the area around them. It look like the path ended up ahead and turned into an unknown zone. Not seeming to be aware he was on a time limit or anything like that, the blonde would look over the other with a smirk. “Come on, handsome. Let’s see what else is around here,” he would say and then shifting in his spot he would begin to move.

As he walked Hyacintha would hop to follow; however, Helix would linger back with Sharaku.
“He...can be a handful. Even more so with the flipping matter at hand. If you are going to stay for the long haul, then I pray your patience runs deep for this task.” The wizard would say and then shaking his head he would follow the pair into the next area.

Status:
HP: 333/333
SP: 251/270
PEnd: 61%
MEnd: 55%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr: 136
Dx: 129
Lk: 128

Information Box:
Action:
>Summon Equipped: Hyacintha

Damage taken:
> None. Snake ish dead.
> Receives healing from Sharaku: So 333*.40= 133+214=347. So full health again,

>Invigorate gives +3 back
So: 248+3=251 SP

Passives:
> Invigorate 1 | Recovers 3 SP on each user turn | Passive | Tier 1
> Searing Burn | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a burn ailment with each agi skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc fire. Takes 15% of total health off the opponent each turn, for three turns. Can be put out by a bufu skill used on self that matches tier. Effects do not stack | Passive | Tier 1

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Post by Rika on Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:23 pm

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Post by Sharaku on Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:06 pm

What? He wasn’t really getting just what was so funny about this. Frankly, he would very much rather the other tell him what was amusing enough about his words to deserve being laughed at. He was pretty sure he wasn’t trying to joke around? He would frown at the blonde, but ultimately choose to stay silent. He wasn’t in much of a mood for extra arguments right away, and on top off that, there wasn’t anything left to say towards the conversation they’ve had up until now. In any case, the point didn’t even really matter? You end up gaining experience over time even when you don’t rush to explore everything you see. Because that’s also a way to risk messing yourself up due to lack of precaution, and possibly halting your experience gain for a long while. Reckless injuries and stuff were a very real variable to consider. Same when it comes to having an enjoyable journey. In his mind, it wasn’t truly necessary to jump about. Sometimes, a more passive approach can open very interesting door too. So honestly, his answer would not differ all that much, regardless of what exact subject were one to look at.

Moving on from unnecessary confusions though, the demon matter was a bit more straightforward. Although, he still felt like the blonde was focusing too much on one specific kind of scenario. A world could look any way, and function in any way. It really just depended on chance when it came to coming across different ones. Plus, to be honest, had he ever said he was completely sure the demons he had met were from a different world in the first place? The talk was just twisted there when the guy started assuming that it was the most likely case, but in all honesty, he was more inclined to say that it had been just a secluded area which the demons declared their home and then guarded from potential threads. Rather than straight out a different world. It didn’t need to be. A normal human wouldn’t live to tell about the secret were one to stumble across it, considering demons could off a puny weak species as such very easily. At least, compared to demons, humans were pretty much powerless normally. And doubly so when outnumbered. Therefore, was there really a huge need for a different world? Of course, someone wrong can always find out about a place, but so can they find a way to access a world, thus in the end, the chances are pretty even.

He would shrug. ‘’I say that words can vary greatly. There is no saying how each specific one will function and how it won’t. That said though, why is that even the main point of this talk? To be honest, I’m not even certain that the demons I’ve met were in a different world to begin with. It didn’t really feel much like it. I don’t see why they couldn’t live amongst humans in some way. Maybe they just took over an area and were making sure no one unwanted gets too close. Not like 99.99% of humans could get away from a demon who decides they need to be rid of due to having found out too much anyway.’’ And if it’s a place that doesn’t have human visitors too often to begin with, it works even better. Or there may be demons who can create illusions and make it so that a human would not be able to find a way there at all by confusing them. Many possible options.

Back to confusions however. ‘’Exactly what I said.’’, he would toss right back when the other echoed his words as if asking for a double confirmation or something. ‘’Yes, but you did say more than that. And you questioning me in fact proves that you don’t even remember doing so.’’ Which was…not very pleasant. He did not want to end up dealing with some form of insanity eventually, in case this started happening more and more often. It’s one of those things that is nearly impossible to work with, since the person would always just be confused and never know what they even did. Pretty bad. Well, that would be that for now though, as he kind of needed a response from the other to figure more out.

He would cast a glance at the other briefly. ‘’If you say so. I’m just saying. Your behavior can give things away, and if an enemy manages to exploit that and do the things that get you to break down and flail, you’d be pretty out of luck in my opinion.’’ Image can be important too at times. A good opponent would take note of your instability and possibly use it against you. Won’t so easy to try and do what you need to anymore in that case. Because honestly, the blonde seemed to have a pretty shaky base based from what he knew. All one needed was to figure out where to strike, and the guy was not doing a good job at hiding his weak points. You never know who’s watching after all.

Tsk. ‘’Well then sorry for not liking it? I can have my own reaction too after all. And I’m simply not exactly feeling too pleased when I get agitated looks and stuff for stating my opinion. You were making them before I even made the ‘problem’ remark. And without a clear explanation, might I add. If it truly bothers you so much that my ideas sound easy while you can’t do them, then open your mouth and say you don’t want to discuss the subject anymore. I think it would spare a lot of annoyances on both sides that way. I’d rather be told upfront instead of being a target of passive-aggressive frustration which I can’t make complete sense of.’’ What was he supposed to make of that? He’d rather the subject gets changed than the other trudging on and giving him displeased signals while doing it. If you can’t contain yourself even a little bit, then maybe you need to take a step back from the conversation anyway. No good conclusion will be reached if you approach a subject with disdain of some sort.

That said. ‘’Because your words give your actions extra context. There’s a difference between a person who walks ahead confidently, and one who ends up making themselves do it, but is all jittery and unsure inside. You can tell which is more likely to trip on the way just by knowing that. Not saying that the former can’t fail, but an extra weak spot is never favorable.’’ Just a simple logical conclusion, is all. And one can’t really say it’s wrong, because someone who isn’t completely firm with their steps is more likely to have a hard time eventually. The chances simply speak against them in some way. Of course, there are always more variables in play, but you can only use what you know and build from that after all.

Moving onto different kinds of..whatever it even was at this point. He wouldn’t say much to the first part, since they seemed to be pretty much on the same page already. The second half however…well, it was honestly no wonder it was so easy to be skeptical about the blonde’s willpower at times. Being a doormat and obeying doesn’t exactly earn one plus points either, does it? And as much as the guy may not like it, he was not the type to lie and hold back negative statements when they were simply true. In fact, he would have thought the guy would be aware of that by this point after what happened between them in the past. Yet, he was still getting agitation and moody reactions for stating so. Well, what else did the other want from him, really? Back to the current matter though…’’You seem to have a very odd way of going about things. On one hand, you’re all for things like going out of your way to explore and learn new things when you can…and then you say you  have never, even in a passing grace, considered searching for something beyond just obeying commands? How is it that you go all the way to support open-mindedness one moment, but refuse to look out of the box when it comes to a slightly different thing? Is it really so different to look the other way in this case? If you’re so keen on being an explorer and whatnot, maybe you should seek to broaden your horizons more than you do in reality.’’ Because this was actually pretty sad? And it didn’t go together well with some other things the blonde has told him before. Even on previous meetings.

Whatever though, time for demons. And weird talks. He would pinch the bridge of his nose slightly. ‘’How bad of a thing is it though? If all he does is shift around, he doesn’t die, no? As long as both sides remain there and not get completely erased somehow, he’s still fine in a sense. So what exactly do you mean by failure? I don’t understand what do you even want me to do anyway. If this happens naturally, I can’t do much. Even less if he keeps not remembering what he said every few moments due to the changes.’’ He wouldn’t manage to get anything across properly that way, would he?

Speaking of getting things across, someone was really trying to be a pain. He could cock his head to the side slightly. ‘’Sorry, I think you’re in the wrong place for interviews to become an entertainer. Nice try though.’’ He wanted some burns, he would get them. For a while. He only had so much patience after all. He would snort at the next set of words. ‘’Okay, listen big boy. This isn’t even only about that. I’m guessing your ego is too big for you to be able to see past it though, while you keep throwing out sass at everything in your reach. Since it doesn’t even register in your mind that perhaps there is a serious reason as to why you are being told to stop fooling around and wasting time. I suppose if you don’t end up making it out of this place alive in the end, you’ll only have yourself to blame.’’ While some wittiness was appreciated at times, not being able to see through the cloud of your own cocky attitude is not very favorable. Speaking of favorable things…he would glance towards the other two. ‘’Why don’t you two tell him something? I thought you said we needed to hurry up? If you just let him do as he wants and waste his time, this won’t end well for anyone.’’ Hello people? Is everyone forgetting the point here already? Egh…

Anyway…’’Well, I am certainly flattered, but I’m not that easy.’’ Yeah no, play that game with someone else. Or something. He didn’t even know anymore. Too much mindfuck from all sides at this point. At least the snake was finally dead. Thank Goodness, he would have grown roots soon at this rate. He would look up at the sky for a moment, shaking his head slightly before looking back at the guy when the question was posed. ‘’Not a tiny canine, that’s for sure.’’, he would respond flippantly, seemingly not really wanting to explain at the moment. The other would see sooner or later anyway, if they kept battling.

Sigh.

‘’I think there’s a few things that are trying my patience at this point….’’

And more would come soon unannounced, of course. As soon as they entered the new area, they would be greeted by eerier shadow like fires slithering around, soon followed with a high-pitched cry, and eventually a rather unusual fox-like creature making its way to them, swinging its magic cane a bit.

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Post by Sharaku on Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:08 pm


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Post by Rika on Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:24 pm

He would see the frown in response to his giggling, but outside of a light tilt of his head in curiosity of whether the other was about to say something or not, Jezz would not pry into why the other made such a face. He supposed if he had enough of a problem with whatever he had done, then he would express it. So as long as the other didn’t say anything Jezz would assume he hadn’t done anything too bad and let the look pass by without questioning it. Besides….he wasn’t exactly looking to open a can of worms by prying anyway. While he didn’t mind the occasional butting of heads, they seemed to do that more often than he’d liked so maybe it was best to leave this one as it was unless the other decided it was important enough to tackle. In any case, it seemed the matter of approaches would settle there for now... though whether it had ended on a good or bad note was another matter. However, maybe it did not matter in the end. They had their own views on things and as long as they weren’t fighting then everything should be cool, right?

Well maybe, but Jezz chose not to think too deeply on the matter as he let it settle into silence. The silence that came from this would not be long though as the subject shifted from pathways and perspectives to demons and the way worlds worked or did not work. While Jezz had indeed spoken on the aspect of worlds being separate from their own, he wasn’t exactly focusing on one aspect per se, but rather telling the other of his own experience with other worldly stuff and in turn computing the demon presence in the area by rules that he understood when it came to the worlds. Not once did he say that the demons were definitely from another world. He never confirmed that despite how he translated the event to help it make better sense to him. In fact, if one was paying attention he was very curious about the matter of the demons and their impact on the world….meaning he had found something new and intriguing and in turn could not really say yes this was a thing and no that wasn’t a thing when it came to these creatures.

“It wasn’t the main point. We were just telling of our experience when it came to other worlds and odd beings and in turn one possibility of where they may have come from. We don’t think it impossible for demons to be hidden or sitting right next to humans without them knowing it. Like anything different, we are sure they have their own rules and what not too. All I was stating was that we had never encountered anything like that before.” He was allowed to do that right? It was in a way related since they were talking about other beings and in turn the potential of other worlds. While it was true some very peculiar things were native to the earth, it was just as true that others weren’t. So why not at least entertain the idea that demons could potentially be from somewhere else too?

That little matter aside though, something less simple would come into play. To the words given back, the confused expression upon his face would melt slightly as he frowned a bit annoyed with that one. He didn’t need those sort of responses right now. He was trying to figure out what the hell this one was on about and so naturally questioned things as he tried to process it all. A simple nod or yes would’ve sufficed, but whatever….it wasn’t like he was going to be able to change the way the other answered, so he’d just have to deal with the bluntness even if it did irk him a bit here and there. Regardless the look would only last for a second before it was shifting back into deeper confusion.

“We did?” he would say scratching his head as he wracked his brain for what it was he said after the responses to the current topic. He would frown and shake his head as nothing came to mind. He would look up at the other. "We are afraid, we don’t know anything about what you speak of. The last thing we remember was trying to understand your words without backstory context to make it clearer, then from there we remember asking you not to leave us...and then out of the blue you called us weird.” Yeah that was pretty much how it went for the blonde, so this other thing that the other spoke of….What was that exactly? And if it was coming from him why couldn’t he remember? Unless of course the other was pulling his leg or something, but the guy didn’t seem like the sort to do that so with that being said, now what was going on with him? Yes he understood he fell apart and panicked, but now things were just getting bizzare. First the unknown shape change and now apparently, he was saying things he could not remember? He knew his memory could be bad, but this was just a new level of what the fuck….and it was the sort he did not like either. What the hell was happening to him that he was losing it on all levels and sides?

Speaking of falling apart, shortly after swallowing that strange pill, the conversation would turn to his freaking out and whether or not he could actually stand on his own if alone with the problem at hand. At first it irked him that the other doubted him, but at the same time, he did understand where the guy was coming from. While he did indeed know he could do it, his behavior and words up until now showed that perhaps he wasn’t as strong as he said he was. Maybe in the end, the reason he did so well killing was because it was something he was good at doing and in that moment he didn’t have to worry about how broken he really was. Perhaps it was a false reality that he put up all to avoid himself. A fool’s errand, but one he had probably done for long that until he was actually face with it, he had never noticed it and now that it was in the open, he found even he was beginning to doubt his perception of himself. Was he really as strong as he thought he was? As if to answer that the other spoke. To what he heard, Jezz’s shoulders would slump a bit as he looked off to the side a bit dejected. “That...is a fair point.” He hated to admit it, but the other did have a valid point. He wasn’t doing a good job of hiding his issues or weaknesses. He didn’t hide them from the other because despite how he worked, Jezz found himself able to trust the guy. He felt like the guy wouldn’t do anything malicious towards him...after all he had plenty of time to try something on multiple occasions, but he simply hadn’t. So provided he could trust the guy's action as true, then he felt surprisingly comfortable being vulnerable in front of the other. Though….allowing himself to be openly vulnerable to one probably gave hidden eyes with less harmless intent time to see him too. He supposed anyone could be watching even more so in this place, waiting to pounce him and break him down. It was a negative and probably paranoid thought, but at the same a very real possibility. If the wrong thing got ahold of him and figured out what buttons to push to break him…? Needless to say that would not end well.

It was a bitter pill to swallow, but he took it anyway as he became quiet for a few moments and focused on simply walking and not tripping over something. He just need a moment to pull himself back up from that; however, as seemed to be the trend when it came to any interaction with them it seemed things decided to take a slip down the hill. Now what was said, just ruffled the blonde’s feathers even more. On one hand, he was furious. Furious that the other was suggesting that he keep his emotions in check when he was allowed to just say whatever and not suffer the consequences. Yes he understood he had the right to opinions, but he had the right to react said opinions in any fashion that he wanted didn’t he? Oh he was hot, but instead of acting on the impulse to lash out, he actually stop himself for a moment and really considered what was being said.

Maybe he was being a bit too much of a bitch and grumpy. He was honestly frustrated with the situation and how the other seemed to just roll so confidently with whatever while he struggled. Perhaps it was a bit of envy at play here, but it definitely did irk him in some way that the other made his mountain seem so small and did not seem to even consider how it affected him, but on the other hand….maybe the guy was right to be agitated with him being agitated. He was expressing his frustration for sure and taking it out on only stable thing here. Maybe that wasn’t the best idea.

Jezz would give the other a quiet glare for a moment before taking in a deep breath and letting it out slowly as he did his best to calm down. “You try my patience, but let’s drop this for now. We do not wish for it to escalate into something it should not be.” He would say rather calmly before turning away and moving forward once more. Yeah….he did not want this to escalate at all. He honestly had enough of constant strife. Yes they were different and he did not expect the strife to go away; however, he supposed they both needed a break from it all and just breathe. After all if they kept fighting and what not, how were they going to ever progress beyond whatever point this was?

The blonde would sigh inwardly as he pressed on in silence for a few moments taking the time to cool off for a bit. However, the quiet would not last long as the other spoke to him about how words impacted actions. To what he heard, the blonde would nod lightly. “Ah, I see. So words give your actions extra layers. We suppose that is true in most cases.” Words were kind of tricky in his opinion. While more often than not they could shed some light on the situation, they could also mislead too. A person could create a lie with words, but turn around and fool you with actions later, so how reliable words really were he didn’t know….and the whole walk part the other had in there seemed to suggest what he was saying before - actions speak louder than words. At least on the surface it seemed that way, but perhaps in the end it all boiled back down to the words and context statement.  

That aside though, they would move to other grounds. Well kind of. The topic of values ended relatively well, so there was no need to try and fill the small void that ended up coming from it. As for the next topic well...that one wasn’t as easy to work around. It was true the blonde didn’t like hearing the truth, but knew at this point that the man was going to be blunt and honest...something he both hated and appreciated at the same time. He hated it because it hurt, but appreciated it because honestly there were some things there that he had been running from for a long while now and simply needed to face. So while he was indeed moody and snappy alot of it steamed from discomfort and agitation with himself rather than the man himself. Unfortunately, being negative towards himself radiated out and caused the other to feel it and probably in turn maybe even think that said negativity was aimed at him since the blonde remained mostly ruffled when dealing with the truth of the matter. It was unfortunate thing, but something that perhaps could be worked on over time. Anywho...where were we? Oh yes. Obeying….

“We do wander and explore when left alone and have no work to do. As for the matter of obeying well...Look at this way. A baby elephant is chained to a post while young in fashion that no matter how much it pulls or tugs it cannot break the chain or pull the post out and be free. The elephant is trained to understand that pole and chain equals no escape. So when the animal is older and has a rope and a small stud holding it down, the elephant does not resist because it is under the impression it cannot escape even though all it has to do is give said thing one good yank and its free. Our situation is similar. We were trained to obey and kill through a system of rewards and such. We were trained that safe was where our masters were. Trained to not see the open door even though it was right there. Not once did it cross our minds to simply walk out the door and to be honest if you hadn’t pointed it out we might’ve never considered it. Cause when you are conditioned to not see a door or exit, then you won’t until someone points it out or maybe you somehow fall out of it and even with it visible going out said door is still no easy task. Going out is working against years of conditioning, so yes our way may be odd indeed because it is not a simple matter to us. Realizing we can suddenly go out of the box is a strange when all we’ve known up until now is a box with no exit.”

And that happened, but how much of that would actually make sense to the other. For Jezz the logic was pretty simple...but then again, he was looking at it from the bird within the cage’s side while the other was looking the matter from the bird out of the cage’s side. He wonder if he could get the other to understand or if this was a pointless endeavour due to them being too different.

That explanation aside, it seemed that as demons came into play explanations elsewhere were becoming equally confusing. As he was asked the question, the wizard would wince a bit. Eh...might as well be truthful….

“It is pretty bad....” the wizard began. “That human that contains him now is the 100th vessel and one that barely contains him well. He was already slowly decaying, but would last a longer amount of time than now because Rika was sleep, but now? Now he is awake placing a strain on the vessel that is worse than before. He will flip and flop between personalities until one wins out or he is stablized; however, when that happens he will no longer be Jezzabella or Rika. At best he’d be a vegetable….and at worse dead,” the wizard would look up at Sharaku. “Failure means that they cease to be in either case. Without that crystal he is doomed. I want you to help us prolong the process. Hyacintha’s power can only do a little, but keeping him calm and stable will be of great help. The human trust you, so we need you to deal with keeping him from wigging out too much. As for the memory thing not sure what to do about that one, but it might be better to keep the human out of the loop. The more he flips out the more the mind opens up to breaking quicker with the strain. I know its alot to ask and overly complicated (seriously boss why u do this >>?), but it is the only way I can see this not falling to pieces worse than what has already happened.” There were just so many variables he did not account for in this matter. The man, the amount of demons, and of course Rika actually waking up….it was a mess, but hopefully it would end on a good note rather than a disastrous one….

That issue aside though something more interesting would occur on the battlefield as the two males seemed to have a rather odd convo of sass, sarcasm, and bashing that somehow was not resulting in a fight? Ok….this was new.

“Oho? Missed my turn somewhere did I? That is really too bad, though I don’t think I need to be interview when I can just be it,” he would say as he grinned at the other. Why have others tell you what you are when you can just be it? That was his philosphy at least and he walked it quite well when he wasn’t depressed that is, but whatever. That was neither here or now. What was here and now was those comments.

Some made him grin and some caused him to raise an eyebrow.  “Yeah so what if I like to be me. If you have so much of a problem with it than let’s hear what the fuck is up,” The words were slightly biting suggesting he didn’t care to much for the ego comment, but also honest. If the guy had a beef with the way he rolled, then he should say something. Best put him in check now then let a behavior that is seen as okay go out of control when it wasn’t okay to begin with right? In any case, the comment wasn’t hostile as he rolled with it and in turn addressed the last part. “Are you that worried about me fucking up? Look I can handle myself well enough. This place may be new, but I ain’t a fresh born here. I can tango with them,” he would say his smirk still in play for a short time frame, but then it was fading a bit as the rest sunk in and he heard what the other said to Hyacintha and Helix. “And what is it they should be telling me?” He would tilt his head at this one. What were they talking about and why was this thing all about going fast and wasting time anyway….? His eyes would narrow suspiciously at them.

To this Helix would wince as Hyacintha kind of lowered her head. It seemed he was not very comfortable doing this, but since someone put him on the spot, Helix would do what had to be done.

“Uh...so like...now that you are awake...you’ve kind of been placed on a time limit on how long you’ll be able to exist as yourself…” Helix began hesitating.

“Oh?” the blonde would say in calm quiet tones as his eyes narrowed a bit and his arms folded. Helix shifted uncomfortably. This was dangerous, but…

“You’re uh….breaking the vessel you are in all across the board. The end results is losing yourself completely or death….I don’t how long you’ll last, but uh….it is rapid decline soo….kind of need to move more than play...” Helix trailed off as his eyes made contact with the red tinted orbs that watched him so quietly and deadly, the expression on the blonde’s face was serious as he simply stared at the other for a moment and then blinking he would look from Helix, to the fox, and then to the taller man.

“Is that all? Is that why everyone’s all tightly wound and shit?” he would asked and then looking up at the sky, he would shake his head. “Jesus. If it was bothering ya’ll that much ya’ll should’ve just said something instead being all whispery and shit back there.” Sometimes he wondered at the logic of folks. Was it not best to be straightforward when something important like that was afoot? Sigh. People, people...Anyway. He had a time limit eh? Well.. “So I am falling apart and on this time limit ya? So how do we counter it?”

Helix would remain tense, but respond anyway. “With a crystal…that happens to be split into two…Hyacintha is half of that….”

“And the other half?” Rika would ask, trying to be patient with this process of pulling teeth. Just spell the damn thing out already. What did he expect him to do fry him right off the bat? Why would he do that if 1) he was still useful and 2) actually a friend?...or least last he checked they were, so what was the hesitation for? Anywho. Look he is speaking.

“Somewhere here…trapped by a cat spirit….” At that point Helix’s would look away. He was a bit ashamed to not be able to handle this one in a better fashion even more so because usually he did have all the pieces, but this time no. It just sucked.

Rika would become quiet again as he watched Helix for a moment before looking away.  His expression would remain serious and unreadable as he looked off into the distance for a moment. “A cat huh?” Rika would mutter as he rubbed his chin for a bit. Cats weren’t exactly the easiest to get things away from and this whole you’re going to cease to be if you be a slow-ass thing was bothering, but did Rika let that get him down? Did he fall apart and cry like Jezabella would’ve? Nope.

Instead he would ponder for a few seconds longer and then looking back at the group he would smile at them. “Well that is a thing, but that’s alright. If we just work together I am sure we can get through it,” he would say taking the matter surprisingly well, but then pausing he would look over at Sharaku as his smile settle into a smirk once more.

“Speaking of working together, you gonna stick it out, handsome?” he'd say asking in his own way what the other had planned. After all, this wasn’t his problem and so he didn’t have an obligation to stick it out. It would be nice if the other stayed about, but the demon had to wonder if the other would actually do that. There were no strings attached that kept them connected and the guy would get no reward (unless you counted himself as a reward), so what reason would he stay? It was a curious matter, but he would give the other some time to answer before shifting his attention to other matters.

As the demon turned his attention to other things, Helix would let out a held breath. He thought for sure that was going to piss the other off and get himself killed. The fact the demon decided to take the grim matter in stride was a relief. it seemed he still remembered they were friends or he got lucky. Well whatever it was, the wizard wouldn’t complain. He was alive and it looked like things could move forward now from here.
 
The snake would go down somewhere along the line and perhaps sometime before the whole conversation above happened since the snake probably was not patient or interested enough to sit and watch such a thing occur. Speaking of watching things occurs it looked like as soon as one matter was pass another would occur as the other responded back to the demon’s play.

“Ah. Hard to get? Well that makes for more fun then,” the demon would say not really swayed away from the play path simply because he had a challenge tossed at him. Now did he mean anything serious by his play who knew, but one thing was for certain, the fact that he teased the other in such a manner meant he was either having a field day playing with and actually kind of liked the guy despite only being with him for a few moments. The like wasn’t like love or anything, but rather something he was intrigued by and didn’t mind poking at to see exactly what it was that made said thing intriguing. Sure it could get him beat up in the end, but hey why not play while he could? There was no telling when death my drop the hammer upon him. Even less so with the current matter at hand.

That aside though, there would be a brief calm to which Rika would ask a question. A question to which he got a rather vague response and a strange reaction. To his words Rika’s eyes would automatically drop to Hyacintha who had puffed a bit when she heard the comment.

“Rude!” she would grumble as she looked to the side with a heated hmph; however, Rika didn’t seem too bother by it as he shook his head lightly and before looking up at the other with a lazy smirk. “Not fond of dogs?” he would ask, his smirk still in play, but his eyes curious nontheless. Just what was this guy? He had powers, but smelled human. That didn’t make any sense at all. Hmmm...Meh. Well best not dwell on that. There were other matters afoot such as not dying or ceasing to exist whatever that meant. So moving along.

The blonde would remain confident as ever as his eyes scanned the area they had entered. He thought that he heard Helix and Sharaku talking, but before he could get too nosy about that his attention was drawn to the shadowy fires and then the sound that made him kind of make a derp face. Folk sure liked to make an entrance didn’t they. Snakes and all their hissing nonsense along with cats sometimes and then foxes and their random shenanigans.

“Well hello to you too,” the blonde would say as he rubbed at his ear a bit as he looked at the fox wondering just what sort of tricks it had up its sleeve and if it was even going to give a challenge. It looked tough and made a ton of noise, but he did know some big guys that did the same and still turned to dust at a flick. Well now time to do a bit of examining ya?

Keeping his eye on the fox, he would speak in his usual laid back tones.

“Neh, Helix. What do you know about this guy?” he would ask.

“Mmm. Give me a moment,” the wizard said as he stepped forward and cast a spell that would let both males see information on the enemy.

Status:
HP: 333/333
SP: 245/270
PEnd: 61%
MEnd: 55%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr: 136
Dx: 129
Lk: 128

Information Box:
Action:
>Switching Summons to Helix.
>Helix uses Full Analysis | Used to detect an enemy's stats, weak points, and any attacks or skills it may use | 23 SP | Tier 3 Target: Fox Mage.

So 23/2 (spell master)=11
So: 251-11=240
Then Invigorate gives +5 back
So: 240+5=245

Passives:
> Invigorate 2 | Recovers 5 SP on each user turn | Passive | Tier 2
> Hindering Gust | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a wind based ailment with each Garu skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc Wind. Adds 20% chance of miss towards the opponent's next attack. In PvS this translates to a lower visibility thanks to wind in someone's eyes, and can cause aiming problems. Effects do not stack. | Passive | Tier
> Wind Amp | Increases Wind damage output 50% | Passive | Tier 3
> Endure | Survive being knocked Unconscious once per battle with 1 HP remaining. | Passive | Tier 3
> Spell Master | Halves the SP cost for all magic skills. | Passive | Tier 4
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:17 pm

Well, he certainly had half a mind to say something about it. On the other hand, he really didn’t want to bother either, because it was easy enough to guess that it wouldn’t go down a happy road, were he to express his thoughts about it. While he wasn’t the one to actively back down from conflict when it happened, he didn’t exactly get thrills from it either. He would honestly rather not if he had the choice. When you know something is very likely to go in an undesired way, why even reach for it in the first place, right? Not like he really thought trying to explain this to the blonde was worth it for him anyway. The guy would very likely not understand his point, and the subsequent high possibility of it turning into an unintended clash just completely ruined the initiative to even want to try.

Speaking of such, things definitely tended to go in directions which were originally not intended. Besides, he didn’t even see the point of basically restating an already known fact. They were in a world that was obviously not clearly connected to theirs right now, yes? Thus the fact that some worlds could exist that way was pretty much clear already. Plus, maybe he just didn’t care enough about the whole subject. He was answering because he was asked, but in the end his mind wasn’t all that concerned about what beings came from where and other blah blah. Not like he was studying demonology or shit, or even needed to know that stuff generally speaking. In case he encountered such phenomena, he would deal with them then, but it wasn’t something he sought on a daily basis, and thus wasn’t very interested making speculations there. In any case, it just didn’t spark enough interest for him. There were probably way too many possibilities in lieu of this, and he saw no need to go around in circles and try to see each and every one of them and then bring them up. ‘’I kind of already got the message that your experiences were pretty much limited to that based on your lack of experience with demons and the fact that you were wondering whether my idea was only a specific occurrence. So if your only intention had been to state that you’ve never seen something like that before, then you sort of just wasted your breath?’’, he would shake his head slightly. ‘’Regardless, I just don’t think there’s much reason to keep beating the bush over and over anyway. I’m sure we can agree on the fact that pretty much anything is probably possible when it comes to worlds and foreign beings. We’re not going to arrive to anything phenomenal by circling around it.’’ And even if, possibly wacko ideas would need to be proven first to even hold enough merit in the end.

Moving on though…

‘’…..’’

Well, what was he to say to that? He would just shrug faintly in the end. ‘’Well, I can’t help you with that.’’ He couldn’t do anything if the guy wasn’t even able to remember what he said moments ago. And he didn’t exactly want to go the route of telling the other what has been said, and subsequently be forced to deal with even more confusion and bind circling. He wanted a break once in a while too after all, and dealing with this guy’s issues was nearly constant, fluidly shifting from one problem to another, apparently. As much as he stood his ground since he had no other choice, being stuck here himself, he was not very interested in earning himself headaches from getting way too involved in what were hardly his problems all the time, nor ones he could solve on his own

That said, other things would fluidly shift around as well, with the first conversation about showing weaknesses to the world and whatnot ending off on a decently calm note, while the one that followed after would somehow turn rather disturbing. Watching and hearing the response, he would narrow his eyes slightly at the other. ‘’Is that so? If you want to have the right to be annoyed by my words simply because they don’t sit well with you and you can’t swallow them as they are, then I don’t see why is me not enjoying having your negativity aimed at me any different, and suddenly worthy of you losing patience. You want me to not mind your random frustration towards me and just roll with it, but you get all kinds of displeased when I don’t like something you are doing instead. How’s that fair trade? You’re not making me want to stop when you suggest that you ought to be able to express any opinion, but go ahead and puff up at me when I express mine afterwards. We may be doing it differently, but I see it as the same thing in the end.’’ Well, he wasn’t going to just let it be like that. Why can’t he be bothered if the other wants a pass to be that way himself? This could honestly be settled fairly easily if the guy had made a move to acknowledge the fact that his acting wasn’t appreciated more than having gone and fussed about how he should be able to react any way he wanted. Well, anyone can, right? But it’s still nice to..you know, not start getting pissy because someone is not enjoying it and making that known? There’s a difference between letting another person know that you aren’t comfortable with their actions and getting unnecessarily frustrated by it. He had simply stated that he wasn’t liking it and would prefer the guy be straightforward with him over subtle agitated glances. That was really all it was in the end. But then the blonde grabbed it and took it to another level by ranting about his rights to react however he wanted to. Well, you can still react in a more respectful way than passive-aggressiveness, no? You not liking something is not an excuse to show plain irritation but casually forget to give the other person a clear idea as to why you are shooting negative mental lasers at them. Can’t be too surprised that they may bring it up themselves later, and probably be less than overjoyed about it in that case, can you?

And yes, constant strife was unpleasant, but sweeping it under the rug too much and possibly building hidden resentments was not a good idea either. At least, he didn’t think it was. Once in a while, ignoring a problem may work out well, but things have to get solved as well. Otherwise it may lead to an even bigger mess and blow out with time.

Whatever though, that situation would have to come to a resolution one way or another. That said, at least the ones after were calmer. ‘’They can, yes. An action may mean something different when one knows the motivations behind it.’’ It wasn’t necessarily that actions didn’t actually speak louder than words. They typically did. But the same action done for different reasons would not be exactly the same after all. And usually, such small insights were revealed by a person’s words on the situation. It can shed some extra light on the matter when you know how confident a person is in their choice of action and such. It changes nothing about the action as a whole if it goes smoothly, but if things happen to go wrong, it may offer you a reason as to why it failed. Thus words can have a meaning as well, when in connection to an action.

And sometimes other things held a meaning as well, of course. Like way too much moodiness and such behaviors. Though, if it bothered the blonde that his states of mind were taken differently than intended, why did he not work on making that clear? Most of the time, it really gave the vibe that the guy was irritated at him specifically, just like back when they clashed over not liking each other’s reactions a while ago. He wasn’t dumb, but he could only assume so much correctly with what he was given after all. Speaking of clashes though…guess what? The idea that it wouldn’t make much sense to him was in fact correct. Probably not surprising though. His mindset towards these matters was radically different most of the time.

He would raise an eyebrow. ‘’I’m afraid that your analogy is lost on me for the most part. A post and a chain isn’t the same as a tiny stud and rope. It isn’t the exact same situation, and just because it is vaguely similar, I wouldn’t automatically assume that the results of both would definitely be identical. If I see a stud instead of a post later on, I don’t go and think ‘oh no, the same thing is happening again, guess I’m just fucked’. Because they are different objects to begin with, thus on some level, I would definitely wonder whether the new set up truly works the same way than the previous one had. I have no reason not to. I can see some animals think that way, and perhaps elephants as you say, because they don’t have a capacity for creativity and alternate thought as big as a human being. However, a person should at least notice that the situations aren’t entirely the same, for different tools are being used. Which could prompt them to consider that maybe the situation is different that time.’’ It didn’t make much sense to him. Okay, assuming the conditioning did work well enough, fine, don’t resist a post and a chain. Still, what even makes a stud and a rope the same thing? Yes, it’s similar, but it isn’t the same exact method. You were made to think you can’t escape that chain, not a friggin rope, no? Isn’t it just a matter of using your brain to see more than only the surface view? Unless you are indeed an elephant who can’t truly see the difference.

‘’I personally don’t see it. I’ve had my family try to make me believe what they said was always the right thing to do, and I could never understand just why should I accept it. I didn’t really like it. I wanted to do something else, and it never occurred to me to ignore my own thoughts on the matter and let myself be yanked around simply because someone else claimed a thing. Conditioning only works when you let your mind be fooled into believing the stuff you are being fed without ever trying to check for yourself as to how true it really is. I’m my own person. People trying to tell me how to do things for their own sake can go fuck themselves. It always felt wrong to me to just follow along like a mindless puppy if I didn’t already believe what was being said. And I typically don’t unless I can get my hands on sufficient enough proof that there is a reason to….’’ He wouldn’t and never did, even when he was young. And rewards didn’t matter. If he wasn’t comfortable with the idea of doing something, he would rather not do it, even if it meant not receiving anything. If nothing else, he was highly aware of what he was willing to just do, and what he wasn’t. Plus, even when conditioning manages to work a little, is it really so hard to see its faults eventually? The blonde was obviously not all too happy with his current living situation, right? Which would mean that the idea of masters being ultimate safe haven was already pretty much proven to not be always correct. Then why not look at that and see it for what it is instead of turning around and pretending it’s not a thing? If you can be convinced to believe something, you should be able to be convinced of the opposite as well.

Maybe he was just far too individualistic for his own good, but it all seemed rather nonsensical to him. You’re the owner of your own mind, so why let others have control of it in any way? Perhaps he would never really understand…, but there were other things to deal with for the moment anyway…

Eh?

‘’If one were to win pretty fast though, would that still kill them both?’’ From what he understood, having both at the same time was what was causing the body to get destroyed, yes? In case they didn’t flip around too much, and the fight got settled quickly, would it still be unable to hold out? Getting rid of one before the strife caused too much damage sounded like it could work too? In case they got into a tough spot and had no other choice that is. He would bet that others wouldn’t agree with supporting that prematurely, since It is kind of like killing one of them. It was still a thought though. Besides, wouldn’t getting the demon in question back together erase out the other anyway? Or something like that. He didn’t exactly understand what this guy meant by stabilizing. Regardless…, he would snort faintly. ‘’I think you’re looking at the wrong person, pal. You really think I can keep him calm for too long? If you’ve been watching, I’m sure you can see that we fight more than anything else. I’m no mediator, and people are more apt to clash with me over anything else. I don’t think that equals good things here.’’ With how things were? He was probably hardly a good choice for this job. Even if he managed to calm someone down, it was typically not without a lot of strife beforehand. That kind of cancels one another out.

Really? ‘’You can be it, sure. But that doesn’t also mean you are ‘just’ going to be good at it though. I’m personally not too entertained right now.’’ The reason why interviews existed was to pick the ones that actually had enough talent, no? Instead of letting everyone be whatever, no matter how terrible they were at it. So they certainly had a purpose in most cases. Not that this all really mattered at the moment though. ‘’So you like coming off as extremely cocky? Whatever floats your boat I suppose.’’, he would shrug nonchalantly. Like sure, be whatever. But you may also face the consequences of choosing to be a certain way later, in case your choice isn’t all that pleasing. ‘’Though I mean, if it bothers you so much, I can roll with not giving a fuck whether you die or not too. That pleases you more?’’ After all, he wasn’t obliged to be concerned in the first place, and if the other would prefer him not caring, then sure? He didn’t really have to go out of his way to bother.

That said, he would opt to step back for the most part, since the explanation was up to the other two after that. As much as he had gotten himself involved with this, it was unplanned, and still pretty much the problem of those two guys who orchestrated it. They ought to pull their own weight there, instead of having him be the one to handle the matter all the time. He wasn’t anyone’s workhorse at random.

Though, he would make a statement when it got to the point of the guy complaining about not having been told earlier. ‘’Well, don’t look at me. They’re the ones who orchestrated the whole thing here. I’m only here by accident, and I probably shouldn’t even get involved.’’ The other did have a point though, and he would glance towards Helix briefly. ‘’I do wonder why are you two being so passive and shifty though. Isn’t this something you set out to accomplish yourselves? I shouldn’t need be the one kicking you into saying something or acting here.’’ What would have happened were he not here? Would they just trot after the guy and let him play around as he wished? The vibe was certainly suggesting that, since someone appeared to even be scared to speak up and explain confidently. Oh the joys….

Past that snag however, he would let the rest of them talk it out without him, unless he happened to get addressed for whatever reason. There was still a limit of how far he would go with fighting people’s battles for them. Mainly when he didn’t even know them too well, and had very little reason to risk his own hide and sanity to support them. He was already doing quite a bit by exposing himself to danger by participating in the fights against the demons here.

‘’Well, does it really look like I have much choice here anyway? I don’t know where an exit from this place is just as much as you, so where would I even go?’’, he would answer when questioned, his tone carrying a bit of sharpness with it. His current mood was a little volatile after all that nonsense that has been happening lately. He hasn’t really gotten a break for over two days straight, thanks to having to deal with Jezz in the middle of one night, then Tamiki a bit later, then Rika afterwards and now this pretty much in a row without getting a lot of rest in-between. And all of those encounters have been pretty high-strung for one reason or another. He had his reasons for occasionally getting a bit too fed up with what was happening. He didn’t think he had been made to face so many issues and all over the place behavior in his entire life before. For all it was worth, he was even surprised he was still sane at this point.

Anyway…’’Maybe I just don’t drool over playboys who always think they’re all that. Fun? I wouldn’t know.’’ There’s a very thin line between overt coming on and joking being attractive, and it becoming a somewhat annoying turn off. If you want to go that way, you’d better know how to walk it. It definitely helps. He didn’t care for being toyed around with, so unless you actually want an indignant reaction, you might want to be careful of how you present said ‘play’.

Speaking of which. ‘’Is it? Not like I said a lie. Foxes are typically on the smaller side, and they are canines. What’s rude about that?’’ He didn’t make some specific insult there. He pretty much just reacted to the fact that the other mentioned fox fire before and whatnot. Then again, what did he know? Regardless, he would glance back at the guy after. ‘’Depends on how they behave. Some can be a big pain.’’ He didn’t have a beef against dogs in general, but he wouldn’t say he loved them either. And sometimes they were the ones to dislike him, which left him no real option there.

In lieu of which, there’s an actual canine right there, eh? Well great, really. He would remain silent for now though, simply eyeing the dark fox…

Sharaku:
HP: 300
SP: 263 - 7 = 256
PEnd: 40%
MEnd: 40%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr:138
Dx: 93
Lk: 132

Priestess Arcana Boost : 25% to Healing Skills .-.

Action:
Mind Charge | The next Fire, Ice, Electrical, Wind, Earth, or Almighty magic attack will be 2.5 times greater in power. | 15 SP | Tier 3

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Spirit Master | Halves the SP cost for all magic skills. | Passive | Tier 4
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:24 pm


Fox Mage:
HP: 820
SP: 600 - 12 = 588
PEnd: 40%
MEnd: 50%
Ppstr: 50
Pmstr: 65
Dx: 45
Lk: 140

Weak: Dark

Skillset:
Magarula | Inflicts a moderate amount of Wind damage to all enemies. | 12 SP | Tier 2
High Counter | 20% chance of repelling Physical attacks | Passive | Tier 3
Agidyne | Inflicts a large amount of Fire damage to one enemy. | 12 SP | Tier 3
** Searing Burn | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a burn ailment with each agi skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc fire. Takes 15% of total health off the opponent each turn, for three turns. Can be put out by a bufu skill used on self that matches tier. Effects do not stack | Passive | Tier 1
Garudyne | Inflicts a large amount of Wind damage to one enemy. | 12 SP | Tier 3
** Hindering Gust | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a wind based ailment with each Garu skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc Wind. Adds 20% chance of miss towards the opponent's next attack. In PvS this translates to a lower visibility thanks to wind in someone's eyes, and can cause aiming problems. Effects do not stack. | Passive | Tier 1

Agidyne | Inflicts a large amount of Fire damage to one enemy. | 12 SP | Tier 3 - On Rika - 195 Dmg

Miss if 2
Random number (1,10) : 10

Searing Burn if 3, 8
Random number (1,10) : 5
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:29 pm

Such a bothersome fox too. It was choosing the wrong element to play with though. While there was probably no need to really do it, it would go faster if the other had less reason to spend his time healing again, right? So might as well make use of this strategy....

With a few swift steps, he would move to stand before the other, taking the flames head on for him. Perhaps a somewhat alarming action at first, but if the guy looked good enough, he didn't appear to be bothered by them at all, just casually patting out a few fires that caught onto his clothes...

Hmmm...

Sharaku:
HP: 300
SP: 256
PEnd: 40%
MEnd: 40%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr:138
Dx: 93
Lk: 132

Priestess Arcana Boost : 25% to Healing Skills .-.

Blocks Fire

Action:
Taking the Agidyne for you >>

Passives:
Spirit Master | Halves the SP cost for all magic skills. | Passive | Tier 4
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Rika on Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:51 pm

Huh. He didn’t have anything to say after all? Or maybe he kept his mouth shut for another reason. Maybe what he had to say would cause more strife or maybe it was something not worth it to the other. It was hard to say why the other kept his mouth shut, but Jezz wasn’t going to pry into the matter…. Not when it was more or less not escalating into anything. He honestly was beginning to tire of the constant strife to be honest. Like he understood they were different, but were they so different that they couldn’t even get along at all? He knew it would probably take work to get there...and to be honest despite the falling apart issue he was really trying here to figure it out, but everywhere he stepped seemed to just place him in a danger zone. He honestly didn’t know what to do in this case and with the other being so hard to gauge, he wasn’t even sure if he was just wasting his energy on the matter. Was he trying too hard when the other was simply like no on working it out? He...he honestly didn’t know anymore. He just knew he was tired of hitting walls and constantly battling. It made him wonder if it would ever get better….

Sigh. That lovely matter aside let’s go towards another. One that was not exactly slipping into an very pretty field. So like this topic of demons and such yeah. It caused fascination to Jezz and so he pondered the possibilities of where the demons came from and all that. It was something that caught his interest, but apparently not the other who was quick to turn curiosity into distress. To what he heard Jezz’s face would crumple a bit not into tears or anything like that, but rather just tired submission.

“I see. We talk too much. Note taken,” he would say his voice and expression relatively calm despite how it he felt inside. He could’ve blown it out of proportion. Got mad and showed out, but in the end what for? The other wasn’t receptive to emotions and only seemed to become colder the more he let himself simply be himself. So when one couldn’t simply be themselves, what other option did they have except to become as blank as possible and deal with their own stuff internally? Keeping how he felt inside, Jezz would hear the other part of what the other said and nodded a bit. “Yes. We can agree on that.” It was a simply response and probably the only safe one at this point since the other didn’t seem to like to just chat or speculate about certain things. He supposed if he survived this, he could just write his thoughts down somewhere and stash them away to get them out, but as long as he was with the other maybe the wisest choice was to simply stay more or less short and to the point. It was hard to say anymore and he was tired thinking of it, so he would let it go with an inward sigh as they pressed along the path.

When it came to the whole memory conversation, Jezz would give the other a displeased look.
The other knew something he did not and rather than just tell him what he knew and in turn perhaps help him figure out what the hell was up, the other just became quiet and shrugged the matter off as if it was no big deal. It was that sort of attitude that made him want to snap at the guy; however, outside of the frown the blonde would simply sigh a bit as he shook his head. “Whatever then,” he would say letting it go at that. He could poke and pry at the other, but what good was that going to do when it was only going to open another can of worms and potential unwanted strife?

Speaking of unwanted strife. That is exactly what happened with the next topic. See the whole weakness bit was a calm one, but when he tried to just leave the topic of opinions alone, the other jumped on him in a fashion that he had been trying to avoid. Yes. He had said the other tried his patience. That was not a lie. The guy was headstrong and unbendable no matter how he tried to approach. Every step he took he ran into a wall or fangs and while it was true some of it was his fault, could the other not simply back off for a bit? He wondered, but wouldn’t have time to think on it too long since he had actual words to contend with.

He would stop and face the other his expression devoid of smile or weakness as he gave the other a quiet glare of rage; however, when he opened his mouth the words came out calmly.

“First off we said you try our patience not that we lost it. There is a difference there, so don’t go and twist it,” he would begin and then folding his arms he continued. “Look. This matter goes beyond just here. Yes, we admit alot of what is going wrong falls on us and our negative state of mind. We admit we do need some work, but that’s gonna take time cause I can’t change at the snap of a finger. We admit we are hard to deal with and our personality helps none, so let’s get this straight. We are not saying we have the right to do one thing and you don’t have the right to another. The whole thing wasn’t even about that. In fact, I was trying to get you to understand how I work, but apparently I keep failing to do that and every time I mention my emotions or how they work or anything of that nature, you auto take it as me simply saying you fuck off and let me do what I want. I admit my attitude towards things doesn’t help make things clearer and maybe it does twist some things into what they should not be; however, I am highly tired of running of up against wall after all when it comes to you. It’s like you hear me, but don’t even consider what I am saying. You make me feel like I am just this bundle of emotions that is hardly worth your time. That I am underneath you somehow and the only reason you bother with is us is because it is a whim. So yes. You do try my patience because I don’t know how the fuck to fix or do anything when it comes to you. I try to understand, try to adapt and shift, but always get this a wall and trying to explain, but getting no where. What the hell do you want me to do? Just for us to shut up and not say anything at all? We are not comprehending this, Sharaku.”

He really didn’t understand. Yes part of the problem was him, but at the same time could he really take all the blame when the other didn’t seem to be interest in working with or trying to understand him at all? It didn’t make sense and he was fed up with it. He couldn’t climb walls that had no end. He would eventually tire and fall. Anyone would. On top of this, it always seemed the other placed the blame on him alone and never once considered that he too could be a problem also. The constant circle of beatings was getting to him. He really was trying, but there was only so far he could go if the other did not bend. It was distressing really, but would the other understand that all? Sigh..who knew...

Well,  the guy wanted straightforward, well that was as straightforward as it was going to get though. How the other rolled with that was another matter. Letting that unavoidable matter go where it was going to go, things would move to a calmer spot for a short while.

To the short answer, he received Jezz would consider the words being said. “We suppose so, though we wonder how reliable words are for that sort of thing at times. Some can twist words well...” he would trail off there thinking. It was true that words could indeed reveal motive, but what if one could twist words that made even that hard to discover? It made him wonder if the other could see through such games easily and that is why he stated what he stated. Hmm. Maybe or maybe not. Regardless the curiosity was a small one that would pass just as quickly as the calm did.

As the next subject came up, the blonde would be quiet for a moment as he considered the other. Then quite carefully he would speak.

“The post and rope are the same as a post and chain in the mind of the one conditioned. The elephant was trained to view the situation that way and so it would not attempt to pull the thing even if the thing holding it down wasn’t the same,” he said and then shaking his head he would continue. “Well that path works for you and while it is true humans think on levels higher than animals, it is also true that we can be trained from a young age to believe on thing and depending on how deeply that training goes we may never think outside of the box unless someone pointed it out. It’s not a matter of being smarter or not. It is simply a matter of doing what you know. Is it really so hard to place yourself in someone else’s shoes and see the world from their view point for a bit?” He was being gentle with his wording a sign he wasn’t trying to put up a fight or bash the other’s way. He just didn’t get why the other was so quick to counter things instead of maybe just accepting that some things were a possibility. It’s not that he minded hearing another point of view. No, but when you were trying to explain something and the first thing given back was "I don’t understand that" and then an independence speech that made him feel as if he should be ashamed for not seeing something that should of been a “no brainer” to the average joe. He found himself becoming slightly irked by that. By the fact that the guy just seemed like he couldn’t listen and accept that his way of life was possible and in turn not some matter that could be shrugged off or logiced to death. It was interesting, but this was the same issue that was the source of his early agitation: the other’s attitude that made him seem like he just didn’t care and if you spoke in any fashion against what he believed then you were weak and something to be stepped on. Was Jezz blowing this out of proportion? He wasn’t sure, but he did know the way the other acted made him appear to be arrogant and inconsiderate. It was upsetting really, but he kept the pain down as much as he could as they continued to travel on until other matters came to the front.

Helix would look up at the other as he asked his question. He knew what the other was suggesting...and honestly at one point in his observing he had thought to let that happen, but those notes changed everything.

“If it was as simple as letting one or the other win, then we wouldn’t be here now. If the human wins out, he could live for a bit, but his health would be pretty bad and constantly decline. It would be a slow death for him. On the other hand, if the demon wins, he would be strong alright, but his death even quicker since the human vessel won’t be able to contain him. The process used on him made it so that the only way he can live normally is if the human and demon are placed in perfect harmony with each other. When this is done, they will blend with each other and all the pieces will line up. He won’t be the Rika I knew or the Jezzabella you know, but rather a being that is both of them at once. It..becomes more and more of a headache the longer I ponder it. I am not sure what the creators were thinking when they did this one…” Even with all those notes, the process of how Jezzabella was created was still a mess. Even more so when he only had notes and observations to go on, but hopefully what he was saying was getting the other less confused? Well...maybe it wouldn’t do that, but at least he could answer some of what was being thrown at him, so yay? As for that last part, Helix would push his hat back as he scratched his head a bit as he let out a small sigh.

“That is very true; however, the situation may not be all that it seems from your point of view. Yes, you butt heads in rather worrying fashions, but he does seem to actually respect, trust, or even like you in a fashion. It’s hard to say which is, but something is there otherwise I don’t think he’d want to stick with you or even let himself be like he is in front of you. That is why despite it all, I ask you to keep him calm or at least stick with him. It seems bad, but your presence is helping him more than you think.” Yeah….that matter was complicated and confusing to even Helix. He for one wouldn’t have the tolerance to deal with all that and still be like okay and walk alongside the one that beat him up a second ago. It was either the human was a glutton for pain or Helix was missing something in the picture that made this okay for the blonde.

It was confusing due to the contradictions, but what was even more worrying than that was the interaction between demon and human. Both were headstrung, rebellious, and could throw some nasty punches. Punches that made Helix wonder if this was good or bad as he watched the situation unfold.

“Aww. Here let me get a violin to play a tune for your disappointment,” he would say pausing to mimic actually playing a sad song as he gave a pout at the other’s comment about him not being entertaining. Too be honest, he wasn’t trying to entertain anyone, but himself so the fact that this one wasn’t entertained didn’t bother him too much. What did bother him was the other’s gripping about his style.

“Well if you can be stick in the mud and complain about it, then why not just roll with it?” It was true he could be showy and even come off a bit strong here and there, but all of it was all in good fun, so why should back down and become all serious if it just wasn’t his way to do so in the first place? Regardless, he wasn’t exactly mad per se, just a little meh on the fact the other seemed to be trying to pull him out of fun city. Though what came next seemed to zap all fun out of him as he became unexpectedly serious as he looked at the other.

“It pleases me when you don’t twist my words into something they’re not. Besides, did you really care to begin with?” It was a valid question. While it was true the other may have known the human in a way Rika was something new. Did the other truly care or did he try to keep on track for other reasons that were maybe more beneficial for himself? There were many ways this could go when it came to strangers, so Rika had to wonder about the meaning behind his words.

That aside though, it wasn’t like he was telling the other to fuck off or not care. He had simply been asking for him to relax. That everything would be fine in the end, but instead he turned into that. Ah well, that happened. Rolling on past that things would roll into tension and what not as explanations came up.  

Red tinted golden orbs would drift to the Sharaku first. “By accident huh? Well, for someone that shouldn’t be involved it seemed that by getting dragged here you are involved. Though we suppose on how deeply you remain involved depends on you.” Honestly, unless the other saw it worth his time in some fashion, he didn’t see why the other would want to get more tangled in what was clearly his shit. Speaking of shit, let’s talk about this fear thing that kept Helix and Hyacintha so quiet.

As Sharaku got on the pair about it, Hyacintha hide behind Helix opting not to answer that leaving the wizard quite uncomfortable as he was left to deal with the matter on his own once again.

“Yes...we did set out to do this, but...uh…” His eyes would dart to the side as he shook his head at the matter. Rika on the other hand seemed to get what the other was getting at and sighed before looking over at Sharaku.

“So like even though we are friends, he is still afraid to tick me off because I could potentially eat his ass. You would think ten years was enough to help him get over that ya?” he would say to the other. Helix, on the other hand, would shift in his spot looking even more uncomfortable as he kept his mouth shut for now. “Uh-huh. See?” Rika would say as he observed the behavior. Shaking his head, he had wondering where the trust had gone that fast….and if Helix was that afraid of him, if the other wasn’t here would the pair even had said anything at all? And if they stayed quiet would they be able to do what they said they were going to do anyway? It was a questionable matter on many fronts indeed and not very pleasing to the demon who had expected more out of the wizard at least. Guess you never could peg a person in even with years of dealing with them under your belt.

That lovely matter aside things will go on more or less smoothly after that the taller male staying quiet until asked a direct question by the demon. To what he heard, Rika would tilt his head to the side.

“Everyone has a choice no matter the situation. Though the one we chose are the ones that benefits us the most. As for where you would go, I dunno. I supposed that would be answered if you went your own path without us.” Rika’s tones would remain calm, but his eyes would watch the other carefully. He took note of the tone in his voice….”...You gonna be okay?” he would ask showing the first sign of concern since the guy had to deal with him. Unlike the human he was not sure of all the details of why the other spoke like that, but it made him wonder if something wasn’t straining the other. Yes he was bad, but was he really that bad rightt?

Well that perplexing aside, things would get slightly confusing for Rika as the other made his playboy comment. At first he opened his mouth to counter; however, as soom as he did this, he was closing his mouth again as an unexpected sharp pain ran through his head causing him to look away with a wince as his hand went to his temples as rubbed them. He wasn’t sure what caused the headache, but for some reason, he could suddenly remember having a conversation with this one about the topic of playboys and play, but why was that? He never had a….oooohh! It took a few seconds for him to recover from the pain of the headache, but when he did he would look at the other.

“Ah...yes. You warned the human about this sort of play...However, we aren’t teasing to pull your chain and we aren’t playboy considering I don’t play with just anyone like this. I am not sure how the human worked this game, but I have different rules that guide how I act and play.” Yes he teased due to what was there, but there was more to it than that; however, for now what that something more was would remain a mystery. Anyway... “As for being sure of myself. Well would you prefer me to be something else then?” What did the other prefer the submissive or something instead?  Well if that was so, he was kind of shit out of luck. He would not bow down to such methods no matter how interesting something was.

Speaking of interesting. This dog conversation was an odd one of misinterpretations. Hyacintha would huff as she looked off to the side moodily. “That is true in some cases, but not all foxes are small. Anyway, it wasn’t what you said, but the way you said it that made it seem rude.” The delivery made it seem like it was mocking the fox race as a whole and Hyacintha didn’t like that and so had snapped though with an explanation she seemed to calm down. Rika on the other hand remained unruffled as he watched the exchange, keeping quiet until his question was answered.

He would give the other a lopsided smirk at this one. “I suppose that is fair enough,” he would say before they slipped into the next area and ironically into battle with a fox.

As Helix finished scanning the thing, the fox decided to try to attack him. Bracing himself for the pain that would come with flames, Rika would instead find himself a bit stunned as his view was blocked as the other got between himself and the fox and took the attack. Why would he do that…? And how was it that he could just pat flames out like that and not seem to be phased by it all? The matter was strange, but one that Rika put on the back burner as he shook his head and focused.

“Thanks.” he would say as his familiar smirk appeared on his face.  Now then, since the other was so kind to keep him from getting hurt, it was time to pay the fox back for attempting to bite.

“Helix. Would you kindly?”

The wizard would nod as his body filled up with swirling energy that he would relase upon the fox moments later.

Status:
HP: 333/333
SP: 238/270
PEnd: 61%
MEnd: 55%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr: 136
Dx: 129
Lk: 128

Information Box:
Action:
>Summon equipped: Helix.
>No damage taken.
> Retaliating…
Helix uses Skill 4: Magarudyne | Inflicts a large amount of Wind damage to all enemies. | 24 SP | Tier 3. Target: Fox MAge

So 24/2 (spell master)=12
So: 245-12=233
Then Invigorate gives +5 back
So: 233+5=238 SP

Damage out put: 136+136=272*.50 (Amp)=136+272 = 408 wind damage if struck.

Luck: 140 -128=12 not enough for miss chance to be added.

Misses on 1:
Random number (1,10) : 7

Hindering Gust on 3 or 5:
Random number (1,10) : 8


Passives:
> Invigorate 2 | Recovers 5 SP on each user turn | Passive | Tier 2
> Hindering Gust | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a wind based ailment with each Garu skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc Wind. Adds 20% chance of miss towards the opponent's next attack. In PvS this translates to a lower visibility thanks to wind in someone's eyes, and can cause aiming problems. Effects do not stack. | Passive | Tier
> Wind Amp | Increases Wind damage output 50% | Passive | Tier 3
> Endure | Survive being knocked Unconscious once per battle with 1 HP remaining. | Passive | Tier 3
> Spell Master | Halves the SP cost for all magic skills. | Passive | Tier 4


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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:39 am

Frankly? It all came down to one thing. The guy getting frustrated and all that over not being able to make any progress and getting walled off. Which, in itself, could be seen as a valid concern. However, what did the blonde really want? They barely knew each other for a few days pretty much, and to top it off, this was only the second time they were interacting when said someone wasn’t split into two different people. Can you really already have expectations of things getting worked out and moving more smoothly that fast? Maybe if the other person and you just have complementary personalities and get along well right away, then sure. But a few measly days is probably not enough to get on even ground when the people involved are very different. Getting all kinds of frustrated and try-hard so early probably wouldn’t help the matter either. Sooner or later, you may start coming of as a bit desperate. And to be honest, if you really can’t handle the differences for a while to give yourself and the other person at least a good chunk of time to get used to each other, then maybe it would be better for you to find someone else to open up to. Someone who will accept everything right away and not even give you the chance to start despairing, apparently. After all, some relationships are going to be hard, and a few days simply won’t be enough for someone to be completely cool with you and all that jazz when you drop all your confusing emotional issues and stuff on them constantly.

Speaking of which, he honestly had half the mind to roll his eyes at the guy when it was assumed that the issue was talking too much? Not really? Wasn’t it normal to not be overly interested and enthusiastic about everything? In fact, he was already humoring the blonde on a lot of things here and there, so it was hardly like he spent all his time just cutting the other off. And he was pretty sure there would be things the other would not be super interested in endlessly talking about either. Was it right to assume that you’re talking too much just because the other person decides to not want to go too deep once in a while? One should have the right to choose to not want to talk about some stuff. It’s not a bad thing as long as it doesn’t happen all the damn time. Like geezus, he wanted his own space too at times. Was that really so upsetting? Even best friends don’t always talk to each other about everything under the sun when one of them doesn’t really want to. Maybe the blonde was really thinking too much into things. Most of the time, they were really simple matters. Just a little bit of ‘you know, maybe I like some things a certain way, just like you do yours‘. Somehow though, it tended to come down to the guy missing the memo as he kept pressing on with his own stuff, and then feeling upset because he was getting ‘unfairly‘ walled. Yes, sure, he wasn’t the best person to talk of that either, but if nothing else, he typically didn’t get too upset over these. He really just wanted his peace of mind, and simply reacted to being constantly buried under the other’s issues and mental states and having no real choice but to somehow respond to them. And as much as he wanted to be calm about it, he had his limits as well. So while he wasn’t extremely upset in the long run, he was sure capable of burning out for the given moment.

‘’Not exactly, but I suppose that doesn’t really matter in the end.’’ Did it? Something like this would probably only happen over and over again anyway, based on how things tended to go. In all honesty, he wasn’t extremely expressive and forthcoming in the first place, and the more someone kept getting overly emotional and upset over him exactly because he was not, the less he would want to go out of his way. Depending on how good of a mood he was in at that time of course, but definitely less nevertheless. At that point it kind of became a ‘think whatever you want’, for several reasons. He was not the type of person that enjoyed explaining himself to hell and back all the time, and was apt to get tired of attempting so pretty fast. Mainly when he realized that the chances of it not really leading anywhere were high. Plus, in his opinion, some of these matters…were happening a bit too soon for comfort? He was really a more private person in general, and to hell if he was interested in confessing stuff and whatnot to someone he met only several days ago. Would have to have been a special encounter, where he and the person clicked perfectly right away. Otherwise it would probably not work out that way.

All that in mind, he would opt to not respond to the other two short statements that came after that. If they could agree on things, that was good and he didn’t really need to add any more at the moment. As for the other conversation, well, he did not respond well to quiet fuming under the nose like that, and sometimes he wondered whether the blonde realized that already or not. What was done was done though, and he would gladly let the matters go with a ‘whatever’. He’d bet that if he went out of his way to pull it out of the other, he’d get some emotional mess dumped on him again as was typical, based on the not nice looks he was receiving, and he would rather not right now? Or in general, really. His tolerance for such wasn’t the highest in the world.

Sadly however, the next topic simply wouldn’t allow for more breaks or anything of that kind. Speaking of breaks and whatnot, he would probably never understand what the guy’s deal was on this. When he opted to not want to go too far with things, they guy fumed because he was getting pushed away or such. But when he kept talking and engaging a conversation, he needed to back off? Like, dude, which one do you actually want?

Regardless of that, he would only give the other a blank look at first in response to that sudden barrage of stuff. This guy, really. His expression would turn somewhat bitter after giving it all a moment of thought though. ‘’The only difference is that you’re not just there yet. But it does allude to the fact that you would probably lose it eventually. Not that I really care about arguing over semantics right now though.’’ And they were really the least important thing right at that moment anyway. ‘’Let me put it this way for you then. The fuck do you expect out of me in the first place anyway? You do realize we’ve known each other…for what, 4 days at most? To add to that, more than half of that time was spend with you being split into two different people, which means you weren’t always acting the same. You act like someone you barely know eating up and dealing with your extreme emotionality all the time is normal. Well, news’ flash for you, but I am not like you. Maybe for you it is easy to just go ahead and talk about your feelings and explain them to hell and back, but I personally see these things as more personal. There are some people I’ve known for years who I’ve never told how I feel about some things. I don’t get why you expect me to be super open and enjoy this just because you are that way. If it upsets you so badly that after 4 or so fucking days you are still running against walls, then maybe you should go and find a different person to try to constantly open up to about stuff. I’m not some consultant for you to constantly dump your problems and frustrations onto. In fact, I prefer to keep people at arms’ length for a good while unless we happen to click perfectly early on. That’s how I always roll. It’s really great that you feel so inclined to talk about deep matters like that with a person you’ve only become acquainted with a while ago, but can you really expect them to know how to deal with it, or even want to be constantly a foot deep inside that territory? Just like that?’’, he would pause for a bit, to take a breath and refocus a bit.

‘’Also, you say that you explaining things doesn’t mean that I should let you do whatever you want. But isn’t that what it really comes down to in the end? If I went the route of claiming I understand and nodding all the time, wouldn’t you come to the conclusion that you in fact can act out however you want whenever you want, because hey, a bit of explanations solves the problem, right? Not exactly? Even if I understand your explanation, it won’t change how I myself feel about the matter right away. Just like you said, you can’t change your views at the snap of a finger. Well, I can’t either. You keep burying me under your hoards of emotions and mood states all the time, and seemingly expect me to be cool with that right away, and know how to even respond to it. What do I do? If I nod my head at you, and say very little, then you might start to assume I’m pretty much just ignoring you. If I take the stance of engaging you at least a bit and giving my opinion, you get mad because not validating and affirming your feelings instead equals me not listening to you properly. Tell me, how much do you listen yourself though? You keep being a try-hard and toss all these explanations at me and simply expect them to magically work. Yet, you never ever get the memo that perhaps I’m just not super comfortable with swimming in all that stuff so damn fast? You only ever pick up on how inconsiderate I apparently am to you and get overly frustrated about it, but you don’t really take note of the fact that maybe you tend to come off as a bit too desperate to have your emotions accepted, while not everyone is going to be comfortable with doing that left and right? I’m doing all I’m really capable of here, but do you really expect me to do all that great when you put me in a completely foreign playground? In lieu of that, I have my own patience meter, you know? How would you feel if someone kept casually dumping some matters on you, if they were ones you were not good at dealing with? I mean sorry alright? But if what you want is for someone to carry all of your burdens and emotional issues alongside you before they even know you too well in other areas, then maybe I am not the right person for you. I don’t mind getting to know a person, but that takes time. For me, it isn’t about constantly diving headfirst into personal matters when I can barely even be sure what I think of said person yet. I don’t even know what I fucking think of you yet. You kind of don’t really give me the time to sit and let it sink in first, even though you keep slapping me in the face with all these confusing and complex feeling related matters so often. So I respond the only way I know how. And I think it’s damn obvious that I’m not naturally a bag of emotions like you, thus it will be different.’’ Okay, he was done for now. Probably. There was nothing more to say without literally going and spelling it out letter by letter again. Besides, this was headache inducing already. Just why? Why did it really need to go places like this so fast? He didn’t really understand. It was like the guy completely overlooked that fact that not everyone was eager to jump into the complicated emotional fray right off the bat. The blonde was talking as if this walling and stuff was going on for months already or something. But it had barely been a few days since they first met….so really man, really? What do you want out of someone that quick? He wasn’t a therapist who was devoted to validating people’s feelings daily as a job. This was just too much sometimes. The other either needed to learn how to take a chill pill at times, or find someone who was more in tune with such things. He could handle it for only so long before he was in serious need of an ‘off’ button.

Moving on for now though, since he couldn’t keep a monologue going forever, and would need an answer before saying any more. ‘’Only as much as you are willing to believe in them. Or anything for that matter. People can twist actions too, and do something in order to fool others. Nothing is ever guaranteed to be the way you see it.’’ Just like words could be used to lie, so could actions. The latter may be a bit harder to pull off properly, but a more seasoned liar could probably pretend that way as well. Once you figure out how to and get comfortable doing it, you’re good. It works that way for all the things that you could possibly learn and master.

Anyway, time for some ropes and chains…with more misunderstandings and accusations as a dessert. He would sigh at what was said, and shake his head, looking somewhere off to the side. ‘’Well perhaps it is. I’m not some master empath or something. And it’s obviously going to be pretty hard to see something from a point of view you have zero experience with. Besides, are you doing that? So I talk about my own view, but you basically keep doing the same at the end of the day, no? You too are only really looking at things through your own glasses if you really need to be getting agitated and question my motives so much.’’ If the other knew how to see the world from another’s point of view himself, then there wouldn’t really be a need to ask these questions and always get upset over what is said, would there? ‘’Either way, I’m not saying it’s a matter of being smarter. More like it’s a matter of one’s mentality towards things. Just because you are being trained to be a certain way, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to ever try and see beyond that on your own. Everyone is different, and it’s not like everyone will respond to attempted conditioning the same way.’’ You can try to understand one view, but there are probably plenty others around you as well…

Other important matters would take over soon enough though…

Oooookay. ‘’So you’re basically telling me someone was stupid enough to do this, and then let their creation live in a way that would eventually kill it. I think I’m really not getting the point behind such an action.’’ Really, what’s it good for? Take probably a good deal of time to create a being like that, and then let them go on in an unstable state, pretty much waiting for them to die off on you? What? The lack of logic in that was honestly astounding. Wouldn’t one want their creation to be able to live as long as possible instead of them becoming trash with time?

He would snort lightly at the following words though. ‘’Too bad it’s not exactly helping me. If I don’t end up developing extreme migraines from this, then it’ll be a miracle.’’ The other was just a bit too much for him to handle at times. They were very much on the opposite ends when it came to many things, and it was extremely tiring. He sure had people rub him the wrong way here and there, but there weren’t many occasions where he ended up having to withstand such for prolonged periods at a time without much of a break. This may actually be the first one…

Speaking of wrong ways….

‘’Great, and you can shove it up your ass too.’’, his tone would be slightly dry at that point. This guy was really a work of art, he had to admit that. And he really needed to learn how to take a hint that he was starting to be a bit too annoying for comfort. Exchanging a few witty remarks here and there can be fun, but when you keep pressing on and insisting on tipping into a mocking territory even when it’s obvious that the other side is starting to have enough of it all at the moment, then it’s not so great anymore. He had played along at first, but at this point it was starting to cross slightly unpleasant boundaries already.

‘’And why do you just have to keep going?’’, he would shoot back at the guy when he was questioned. Why not roll with it? Well, why do you not just stop, hm? This kind of request can easily go both ways. It’s definitely not necessary for you to do this to stay alive, so how hard is it really to stop running your yap in all the wrong ways?

Eh? ‘’Well, it’s certainly what they come off as. If you tell me to stop worrying, then that basically means I don’t need to care about how well you are doing.’’ Unless there was some other secret meaning he was supposed to just magically figure out? ‘’As for whether I care? I don’t know. In fact, I really wonder why do so many people expect to hear a solid answer to that not too long after meeting a person. Even if I stated that I do or don’t out of the blue just to please your curiosity, that may as well be a blatant lie, because I didn’t exactly decide how I feel about you yet. Too soon for me to be sure.’’ How was he to know already? Deciding on such an important thing so fast is kind of shallow, isn’t it? Unless you’re the type of person that happily cares for everyone they meet, or one that doesn’t give a fuck about anyone, in which cases you could be pretty sure of your answer right away, it will take some time to come to a final decision about it. Or maybe he was just really slow and below the norm without being aware of it…? And if so, then he was going to be pretty skeptical of whoever decided that it’s the right thing to spit out important opinions as quick as that.

Whatever though, moving onto some explanations and stuff for now. ‘’I am what I am.’’, he would shrug slightly. Yes, he was kind of involved in this simply because he got dragged in. That much was true. And to an extent, the choice to keep going was his, but what others did he really have? Going off on his own here would probably not be the smartest option since he didn’t know this place, and sticking with these guys meant he was going to be involved no matter what. Neither choice was the greatest ever in the end.

Also, great, so he basically got stuck here with a bunch of chicken? Well, for the most part at least. Such revelations definitely make the day much better. Sarcastically speaking, that is. ‘’So that actually does mean it’s mostly on me, seeing as the ones who started it don’t exactly have the balls to pull through on their own when it’s needed. Sounds like a great day for me.’’, he would remark, his tone pretty much the same as his thoughts at the moment. Fate apparently didn’t feel like being generous to him right now. Which didn’t help when he was kind of already walking the edge here. Between being pushed around because one guy was too upset over him not being a very emotional person, another being excessively cocky when it wasn’t all too proper and a few guys being cowards in the group, he felt like he had been dragged into a very badly executed joke.

‘’I’m not exactly enthused about the idea of going off on my own when I know next to nothing about this place. In the end, neither staying with you, nor going somewhere alone is beneficial to me, if we look at the matter purely in terms of what would make me feel more content.’’ Both had their not so nice downside, so what was even better in the end? Either way, he would take a deep breath when the other posed a question right after. ‘’I’ll live. Although I do admit that at this point, I’m severely tempted to set at least a few people here on fire.’’ Well, he didn’t really have anger issues or such…not really. But there were moments when the idea of seeing everyone burn came across as very tempting. It would certainly bring back some much needed peace if he could just somehow turn some people off. Alas, since people typically didn’t come with on/off switches, drastic measures were the only real way. Maybe…just maybe, he was starting to lose it…hopefully not though… One could only wonder just how much mindfuck he could take before he did indeed snap completely however.

Speaking of mindfucks, the guy could certainly embody one well at times. ‘’Not with just anyone you say? Then why me?’’ He would certainly love to know just why was he being the target then. ‘’Not necessarily. Although I do see a difference between being simply sure of yourself, and coming across as if your ego is bigger than the sun.’’ The latter usually didn’t end up being very pleasant to listen to after a while. For hopefully obvious reasons.

He would blink. ‘’Small is relative. Even a bigger fox would seem small when faced with something that was naturally large.’’ Unless there are actually foxes that are as big as lions or such naturally, which he doubted. Well, there could be, but those would probably just be purely magical foxes, and it was never said that they were talking about those here. He had never claimed he was talking about magical canines with his comment.

And magical canines would actually decide to interfere after a while, ironically enough. Although, size doesn’t always equal strength anyway, so whatever? He would glance back at the other with a slight tilt of his head when the guy saw it fit to thank him for blocking the attack. He would say nothing however, so who knew what was on his mind. Seeing the wind being hurled at the fox soon after, he would eventually shift his stance a little, staring at the demon with an odd look. Well, guess it was time to actually act, eh? May as well burn this thing since he was already feeling like setting fire to something. Plus, this would also give the other his answer in a sense, when it came to wondering about what he was. While casting random buffs and debuffs like he had before didn’t really require a lot of power and didn’t show on him visibly, directly attacking was a somewhat different matter. The fire he had been struck with would be gone and fizzled out pretty quickly, but would soon be replaced by a different kind of fire surrounding him. One that looked exactly like the flames he used with his previous spells from the last battle. Light blue flames would dance around his form, kind of as if they were some sort of unusual body armor. And while that alone would say nothing, not all of the flames would be completely random. If the other paid attention to him, he would notice that the flames formed pseudo cat ears and tail as well, even though they weren’t exactly tangible. Still, they sure were what they were, as much as it was probably hard to tell just what kind of feline they were meant to represent. Definitely not a simple house cat, but unless the other was rather familiar with feline breeds, he would likely not be able to just guess.

Regardless, he would not waste a lot of time before going ahead and dousing the poor fox in his own brand of fire….


Sharaku:
HP: 300
SP: 256 - 12 = 244
PEnd: 40%
MEnd: 40%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr:138
Dx: 93
Lk: 132

Priestess Arcana Boost : 25% to Healing Skills .-.

Action:
Maragidyne | Inflicts a large amount of Fire damage to all enemies. | 24 SP | Tier 3 - 1292 Dmg >>

Passives:
Spirit Master | Halves the SP cost for all magic skills. | Passive | Tier 4
Fire Boost | Increases Fire damage output 25% | Passive | Tier 2
Fire Amp | Increases Fire damage output 50% | Passive | Tier 3

Miss Chance:
Miss if 4
Random number (1,10) : 5
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:42 am


Fox Mage:
HP: 820 - 204 - 646 = 0 -.-
SP: 588
PEnd: 40%
MEnd: 50%
Ppstr: 50
Pmstr: 65
Dx: 45
Lk: 140
DED I guess xP

Weak: Dark

Skillset:
Magarula | Inflicts a moderate amount of Wind damage to all enemies. | 12 SP | Tier 2
High Counter | 20% chance of repelling Physical attacks | Passive | Tier 3
Agidyne | Inflicts a large amount of Fire damage to one enemy. | 12 SP | Tier 3
** Searing Burn | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a burn ailment with each agi skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc fire. Takes 15% of total health off the opponent each turn, for three turns. Can be put out by a bufu skill used on self that matches tier. Effects do not stack | Passive | Tier 1
Garudyne | Inflicts a large amount of Wind damage to one enemy. | 12 SP | Tier 3
** Hindering Gust | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a wind based ailment with each Garu skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc Wind. Adds 20% chance of miss towards the opponent's next attack. In PvS this translates to a lower visibility thanks to wind in someone's eyes, and can cause aiming problems. Effects do not stack. | Passive | Tier 1
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Post by Sharaku on Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:30 pm

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1. All party members recover 20% SP
2. Nothing
3. Party receives a basic item
4. Party receives a special item
5. Party receives a special item
Random number (1,5) : 2
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Rika on Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:27 pm

This was quite the mess and a clashing of personalities in all the wrong ways. While it was true that they had known each other for only a few days, Jezz was used to things moving at a relatively quick pace. He was used to people opening up by now or at least bending to emotions in some way, but the way Sharaku acted and behaved? This was something that Jezz did not understand. He didn’t get the slow process or how someone could remain so hard to read after a few days of spending time with him. He expected some change, but the guy didn’t budge. He remained as tough and unbending as usual...and in turn this made the already high strung blonde even more emotional. He was frustrated and needed some form of comfort. A hug, a soothing word. Something that was not just logic and walls.

He was used to that sort of treatment and when it was nowhere to be found, it drove him batty and in turn made him very mad, so like a child he lashed out, but at the same time desperately tried to hold onto the very thing that caused him so much distress. He was a mess that tried all forms of adapting to make himself more pleasing for the other, but the more he tried, the more things seemed to unravel. His grip on the situation, his grip on himself….all of it coming undone the more time passed. It caught up to him a bit when it came to the interest part, the blonde thinking it best to just shut up when the other expressed he was not really interest in the subject matter they had been talking about.

He chalked the matter up to him rambling too much and had thought to simply be quiet. The other would be happy right because they were no longer talking about something that didn’t interest him. This was good right? Right? Wrong. It seemed the other didn’t care that he talked at all? Then why did he make the comment about Jezz wasting his breath? The blonde didn’t get it, but instead of attempting to ask or say something to start a potential argument he would wisely keep his mouth shut as he gave a light nod instead. He was quite tired of the round and round, the up and downs so for this round he would be quiet and would remain quiet as other topics came and went ending on more or less calm notes. However, the silence wouldn’t last too long before a rather ugly fish would come forward when the matter of patience and emotions became the center of things.

To the the blank and then bitter look that followed, Jezz’s eyes would narrow as he heard the first response back. Alright the other had a point there, but how did he know if he was going to truly lose it shortly based on simply what he had said? Honestly, he had half the mind to snap back; however, instead of doing so he would just let out a moody “hmph” before he was becoming quiet to listen to what the other had to say in regards to his emotional outburst. Needless to say this was one of the harder blows dealt today.

The blonde was actually knocked out of his agitation for a moment as he heard what the other was saying. Well, this knocked things into perspective. He never considered just how much of a toll this whole ordeal was on the other. Didn’t consider that what he saw as normal might actually be hell or abnormal to another, so hearing the first part did indeed shut the blonde up as he was a bit stunned by what was heard.

He would hear it all and lower his eyes feeling a bit bad for putting the other through the ringer like that. That was not his intention there. “We are not desperate….or a try-hard. We were just doing what we thought was the right thing to better adapt to you; however, we see that we may have been a bit too pushy when it comes to you,” he would begin as it all ended. “We aren’t used to walls. We are used to people reacting or being a tad bit more open even more so after a few days, but you didn’t do anything I expected you to do. You just remained walled off and we didn’t get it. Even if you tell us you are bad at something that doesn’t mean we are going to understand just like that the other meanings behind it. We wish you had said this way earlier and maybe we could’ve avoid this all together, but it is what it is. We will apologize here for stressing you out. We had no idea just how heavy we were hitting ya and honestly when I opened up that was not my intent. We did expect you to walk alongside us through it all not carry all the burdens...we are an emotional being, but perhaps too emotional...We guess we never consider just how much of a burden we really are. As for your question in regards to my behavior, my explanations do not give me a right to just behave as we want. We wanted you to simply understand how we work is all...to better equip you to what we do, but we suppose that too went all wrong…”

He was utterly defeated and while he tried not to fall into depression, his guilt ate him up pretty badly as he felt like a complete ass about the whole matter. He wasn’t trying to bring the guy down with him, but he guess he was too much after all. It was a bit saddening to him and while he did try to keep the negativity inside, it would show in the way he walked slightly slumped over as for the time being he simply became quiet as a process of self beating and reflection occurred within. He was not trying to make the other feel bad for what he said with his actions. He was just dealing with all of it in his own way. He didn’t want to open his mouth again because at this point there was nothing else to say. It was all out now and while he should’ve been happy all, he could focus on was how he put the other through all suffering to get the answer he had now….

The silence would continue on until they got to the topic of words and how they could be twisted around. “Hmm. Well we suppose that is true.” Words could be used to trick, but it was equally true that actions could be used to do the same, so yes he could agree there and in turn had nothing else to say on a topic that had pretty much wrapped up itself. As for the rope and chain issue...this did seem to circle back into guilt land didn’t it?

“We…” he began to object, but then after really thinking about it he sighed. “Well, we suppose we do. Though we didn’t question you because of being one sided. Have you ever considered that maybe what you are saying may seem a tad bit strong or arrogant? We understand you may not be the best with words and are blunt, but at the same time depending on what you are saying we sometimes feel a bit crushed or that we are just dumb in some fashion. I would prefer to question and get lecture than assume wrong and get bitten,” he would say his tone calm and honest. He really did feel that way and without some form of explanation his mind would warp what was probably not malicious into something nightmarish increasing his frustration and emotional down pour upon the other...so it was better to ask no? As for the last part the blonde would nod a bit. “We see, but we still stand in the boat that even if that works its not always easy for folk to consider all possibilities. As you said, we are all different and just like conditioning won’t work the same for everyone, so too will looking at possibilities vary from person to person.” Some were born to be individualistic like Sharaku and others had to learn to be that way. It was just how life and people were. It was as simple as that.

With things calming more or less on one end, things would take a different sort of turn as explanations and demons all came into the mix sometime later.

Helix would hear the other’s question and sigh a bit. “Look. I do not know all the details as I wasn’t the one to do this to him in the first place. What I do know was that they weren’t trying to make him like that. In fact, he was suppose to be a stable creature; however, one of the workers got mad or something like that and decided to mess up the project and so they ended up with this end result. I don’t believe he was meant to live or grow up. If I recall the journals correctly, the only reason he is even alive today is because the one that was supposed to execute him actually had a change of heart and kept him alive. He was not meant to be any of this, but he is.” Well maybe that would help the other understand a bit….he hoped. While it was true he had a ton of information that information still had many holes in it and so if questions went any further, there would be only so much the wizard could answer on his own. The rest would rest would Jezz himself. Well however that went, the matter would come back to the other helping the blonde. To what was heard, Helix would shake his head a bit.

“Well a mirgraine can be fixed, but a corpse or vegetable cannot be, so even if it is painful for you. Please just hang in there for a bit,” he would say to the other before becoming quiet to watch the rest of the show unfold. The two were indeed on opposite ends. Whether it was Jezzabella’s overly emotional state or Rika’s antics, the calms did not seem to come without storms first.

As if what had occurred beforehand hadn’t solidified that enough, what was occurring between demon and human only continued to make this fact very clear though the outcome seemed to be way different than when dealing with Jezz where fires were hard to stomp out.

To what he got back in turn to the violin comment, the demon’s attitude would change a bit. His smirk would begin to fade as he heard the way the other delivered his words and then the following question that came in response to a different question he had posed. He was quiet for a moment as his eyes watched the other for a few seconds and then nodding a bit he would speak.

“Alright. My bad for clowning too much. I can stop,” he would say and just like that he actually would stop the play and even tone down his cocky behavior. It wasn’t a physical change or anything like that, but rather a difference in the way the air around him felt. Sure, he was still playful and confident, but now it seemed to be a bit more contained as the demon seemed to take the words the other said to heart. Perhaps despite coming off as an ass, he really wasn’t as bad as he seemed.  

“Well that is true to a degree, but honestly I was just asking ya to chill a bit. I don’t mind concern, but kind of don’t like it when people are lecturing me or pointing out what I already know. Despite my behavior, I understand the risk.” It wasn’t that he was ungrateful or anything, but he didn’t understand why people felt the need to constantly beat him across the head with the obvious. Like he could see and process it all too, but even so why did he have to be overly serious to show he was actually focus on the issue and not trying to get killed? It was a strange point for him, but one he didn’t ponder too much as the other answered the other half of his question in the most unexpected of ways.

Now to some what the other said could come off as flat out wrong and in turn a cause for much fuss as they tried to figure out what the hell was wrong with him. Why don’t you understand? Why can’t you just feel? Why? Why? That sort of bull that the heavily emotional went off on tangents about, but dd Rika do this?

The demon would fold his arms and let out a light "hmm", his expression calm for a moment as he simply thought, then smirking a bit he would speak. “It is because most are feelers and don’t take the time to consider that maybe someone outside of the box isn’t going to react the same way. Naturally, they’ll squawk at this, but to be frank, I like the fact you have the guts to actually be honest about it all instead of following those social norms of saying only what someone else wants to hear. Yes, it might be a bit hard to swallow your bluntness, but I think that it has some good uses.” For one it kept the whole tangle of but you said so and so from occurring. If the guy didn’t know what to think, then he just didn’t. Who was he to try and force the matter or make the guy feel uncomfortable by picking him apart because he was simply different in the way he approached and process things?

Regardless, that topic would go over rather well and drift into explanations and some small silences since Rika didn’t really have anything to add onto the other’s short comment because in the end the situation was what it was. The guy had gotten pulled into these unfavorable circumstances and to be honest he would have to deal with it one way or another. Plain and simple. Though what wasn’t so plain and simple was the shenanigans that was occurring due to Helix and Hyacintha.

While Rika wasn’t one for bashing his own friends or anyone for that matter, he had to admit the guy had a point. “Honestly, why did you even try this if you were gonna crumble under the pressure?” he would ask scratching his head a bit baffled at the matter.

Helix would shift uncomfortably under the beat down.

“We weren’t expecting you to wake up nor did we count on this one being here,” Helix said pointing at Sharaku. “Though he isn’t the problem...you kind of are since we are unsure just how stable you are going to stay….or if you may even see us as foes in time….”

To this Rika would frown a bit. “Okay. Let’s say I did go beserk and attack. You can fight back and Sharaku seems like he can take care of himself, so with that said: Why are you being all scared and falling apart again?”  

Helix would blink at that one, but remain quiet thinking. Yeah. He didn’t consider that one did he? Goddess have mercy.

Shaking his head at the logic around here, he would look over at Sharaku again as he spoke about what was beneficial and not beneficial to him. “Eheh,” Rika would let the sound out as he gave the other a smile that was caught somewhere between wanting to cry and actually wanting to just laugh out loud. He rub his head a bit as he shook his head at that one.  “I suppose being with folk is a tad better even if it is a bit of a mini hell.” He could understand sticking with others in an unknown area. After all, numbers gave a better chance of survival than being alone. On that note….”Well you have plenty of things to take aim at; however, let’s try not to fry each other. I don’t think it would be wise to lose numbers.” In some fashion he could understand the other’s frustration. While it was true, he only knew half the story, he gathered from observing that the guy had already been through hell and back again and again. He wasn’t sure what the human part of him had done, but it didn’t seem to be a good thing. He actually felt bad for the guy, but at the same time couldn’t really help much outside of perhaps behaving a bit on his end to not stress him out more, but outside of that? He wasn’t so sure. Regardless, if burning something would help him distress, then he had no issue with that as long as it wasn’t aimed at him or allies.

Burning matters aside, a different sort of issue would come up as the other questioned why he specifically teased him. To this Rika would give a sheepish smile as a hand went to the back of his neck and he rubbed it. He honestly wasn’t sure how wise it was to do this considering that the other already had been through enough as is; however, he wasn’t one to lie about things or beat around the bush, so whether or not this was a good thing or bad thing, the demon would open his mouth and speak.

“I told you before you’re intriguing to me. Your power, your personality, and looks too…I find them all attractive and though we don’t know each other per se, I do like you and I can see if maybe we could get along that perhaps we might make a good couple. So I tease you,” he would tell him pausing to let that sink in a bit and then following it up he would say. “Granted that is just speculation. I honestly can't say what can and cannot happen and while I do truly like ya, I don’t expect you to feel the same way or anything at all. You told me earlier you didn’t know how you felt in general about me, so this is expected. In any case, I’ll let you do what you will with that. Just thought I should give you heads up though since you asked.”

Now that was out there, yet the demon didn’t seem to be ashamed or unsettled by admitting that. In fact, he seemed rather relaxed about the whole ordeal …and that was okay right? He didn’t exactly want to push the other overboard considering the situation, but the other did question his motive, so he had to say something so why not the truth? Well however that went was yet to be seen as the demon just let that one sit for now. He would give the other time to absorb that and think about if he wished and if the other forgot about it that was fine too he supposed.

Regardless of what happened from that confession, the demon would easily roll into the next thing said as he gave a light nod to what was heard his behavior surprisingly calm and less cocky than before. “Mmm. I getcha.” He could understand that one and maybe even agree a bit that perhaps he had come off too strong in the beginning, so maybe taking a chill pill was better in these circumstances.  

In any case, while Rika took to chilling out a bit, it seemed that the man and fox was having a conversation well about the size of foxes. To the other’s reaction, Hyacintha would tilt her head.

“Well I suppose that makes sense.” She couldn’t really argue with that logic. While a normal fox could indeed be smaller, she had to wonder what topped the larger kitsunes in the family. They were giant, but maybe there was something bigger than them? Maybe. She wasn’t sure and didn’t exactly have time to ponder it very far as a very real kitsune decided to make its appearance.

As the battle unfolded, Rika would perpare himself to lay the smack down on the fox that made a show of itself. He hoped that it would last a while and give him a good work out you know; however, it would seem Fate had other things planned.  When the other blocked the flames and gave him a tilt of the head in response to his thanks, the demon had a split second to wonder what the other was thinking before attacks were unleashed and….he found himself at a strange crossroad between disappointment and amusement for two seconds.

See the other did indeed attack and cooked up the fox realtively nicely; however, the creature died and left nothing for them to collect or eat. Not only did he not get to fight some more, but he didn’t get anything to compensate for the creature being a disappointment. Booo to that; however, his down mood would only last for a few seconds before he was blinking and looking over at the other with an amused smirk.

“So you’re cat. Well that explains some things,” he would say as his eyes narrowed a bit as he studied the other. Alright so he had some cat in him, so what did that mean? Was this one a half breed or what? Also what sort of cat was that? He could see the outline and make some guesses, but without more information he might be picking the wrong big kitty. It was a curious matter for sure, but one he would let go for now as he shook his head to clear it a bit. “Well now that you’ve torched something, feeling better?” he would ask giving the other some time to answer before shifting in his spot to proceed forward.

He would move out of the room and down the path coming to a stop a short ways down the pathway. As he paused in his walking he would let out a low groan of pain, his hand going to his head as another one of those splitting headaches came along and a bit more of the human side bleed into him and mixed painfully with his own mind. It took him a moment to recover as he shook his head.

“Why are we here again….?” he would ask, his voice shifting to Jezzabella’s  as he looked around a bit confused and shaky. He didn’t remember coming here or even fighting that fox. He was just suddenly here and did not like it; however, before he could truly wig out the headache came back this time even more tense. The pain was enough to keep him in his spot for a minute as he seemed to struggle with something.

As he did so, a very noticeable pattern of black lines would appear on his exposed back. It wasn’t alot of them, but they were definitely there a sign of breakage as they glowed a faint hue of red for the moment….

Status:
HP: 333/333
SP: 243/270
PEnd: 61%
MEnd: 55%
Ppstr: 96
Pmstr: 136
Dx: 129
Lk: 128

Information Box:
Action:
>Summon equipped: Helix.
> No damages taken. Fox Dead.
> Invigorate gives +5 back
So: 238+5=243 SP

Passives:
> Invigorate 2 | Recovers 5 SP on each user turn | Passive | Tier 2
> Hindering Gust | 10% (20% with single target skills) chance of inflicting a wind based ailment with each Garu skill used. Not effective against opponents that are strong/block/ etc Wind. Adds 20% chance of miss towards the opponent's next attack. In PvS this translates to a lower visibility thanks to wind in someone's eyes, and can cause aiming problems. Effects do not stack. | Passive | Tier
> Wind Amp | Increases Wind damage output 50% | Passive | Tier 3
> Endure | Survive being knocked Unconscious once per battle with 1 HP remaining. | Passive | Tier 3
> Spell Master | Halves the SP cost for all magic skills. | Passive | Tier 4

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> Took 3 steps downward, but had to pause due to breakage and pain. >>
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Re: Land of Mystery

Post by Sharaku on Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:31 pm

Well, the guy had certainly picked the wrong person to direct his expectations towards. Mainly when it came to the more emotion based ones. To him, a few days might as well equal nothing in many cases. Sometimes, assuming things went just the right ways, it could have some effect. He wouldn’t deny that, but being expected to be mellow and cuddly after this short of a time by base was just ludicrous in his opinion. He wasn’t obligated to go by someone else’s pace like that. Even more so when it was very much against how he normally operated. Why should it be necessary for him to open up to someone as fast as that? Unlike the other, he wasn’t exactly equivalent to a needy kid who couldn’t go on without forging a deeper connection ASAP. It didn’t strike him as necessary at all, unless there was something making him want to stick close to a person. In cases where he really had no palpable reason to form such a quick attachment, it literally did not even come to mind. He valued his distance and privacy much more than he did the idea of forcing himself to be on close terms with random people like that. It sounded more like an invite to get easily hurt by someone, more than anything else. Yes, he understood that sometimes taking the risk with another was more or less needed, but that also did not have to apply to everyone. He had his own ways of gauging who he considered as a possibility, and with how hard it was for him to get along with the blonde, it was kind of a no brainer that he would not snuggle the guy fast in any way or form.

He wasn’t even a good idea if one wanted comfort and hugs. If he cared about a person enough to go out of his way? Sure. Otherwise? Not exactly. After all, just because his stance came off as nearly purely logic based at times, it didn’t mean he didn’t have feelings of his own. He simply just wasn’t the type of person to have them uncontrollably pour out of all the openings of his body pretty much 24/7. Still, if he simply wasn’t feeling it, he wasn’t going to extend huge amounts of his energy on someone on a whim. This was one of the matters he wouldn’t easily get whimsical about. Cold? To some, and probably the majority of more feelings based people, he would definitely come off that way. However, even though he was more or less aware of that fact, he wasn’t willing to overhaul himself for a certain group of people who were simply unable to understand. Makes life a bit harder, but there are many kinds of people in the world, and surely some of them would click better than that. He’d rather be seen as a cold ass by some, than to put on a fake mask just to please everyone. And speaking of pleasing, that was another thing the blonde was getting rather wrong. He didn’t really care. It wasn’t his goal to have people break their necks to make themselves more pleasant for him. Because inevitably, the play pretend and lies will crack apart, leaving pretty much nothing there. Be yourself, and if that happens to go horribly wrong, then perhaps you and that person are not compatible and it’s simply not meant to develop further. Compromises are nice and a good thing long-term, but they should not come in the form of having to alter a huge part of who you are just to be able to even continue a relationship along without it shattering into pieces. If you have to change fundamental parts of who you are, you are better off looking for someone else, where the adjustments are minor and something you find yourself more or less comfortable doing.

Even he was sometimes guilty of overthinking an interaction with someone else and trying to figure out where would it go depending on what he did, but he was typically trying his best to not spend much time doing that. Plus, even though being aware of possible consequences was nice, he usually ended up doing what felt right to him anyway, rather that attempting to pick out the option that seemed most favorable. Seeing as most of the time that very option was the one that went against his preferences. Ironically enough.

That aside, the matters of their differences in handling these situations would eventually come out in the open. Kind of, at least. It can be pretty hard to explain these things properly without creating some extra confusions on the way. Opting to pretend he didn’t hear that hmph the other gave him to his explanation of what he thought about patience there, he would remain silent on his further opinion until the blonde gave his words on the latter part of the issue at hand. He would furrow his brows slightly with a sigh. ‘’In my personal opinion, you are indeed a bit too emotional for comfort. And you subsequently expect people around you to share that quality and respond to you in a similar manner. Perhaps up until now you were lucky enough to come in contact mostly with people that were more or less on your side of the field there, but this kind of thinking could also be your own undoing. To me, a few days is literally next to nothing, unless I happen to connect with them well right away. Even then, I kind of see the idea of letting someone have access to my feelings left and right so soon as ridiculous on many levels. That’s how you ask to get figuratively stabbed in the heart by someone you barely know, because you never even considered that they may just stomp all over your precious emotions. Not something I’d want to openly invite as carelessly as that. And you can’t even really blame the person for doing that if you thoughtlessly opened the door for them yourself. No one is obligated to even give a passing fuck about someone else’s complex emotions. After all, we all have our own to contend with, and I would say that making space for someone else’s is not something that we truly do with many people. Those who do that tend to strike me as somewhat shallow, to be honest. I’d rather put all that effort into being there for one person that I really care about, instead of dividing my energy for everyone, even those that I can’t even label as more than simple acquaintances yet.’’ It was a rather taxing task to handle other people’s feelings, and even more so if you aren’t the type of person who enjoys being in a pool of them constantly, day after day. He didn’t squander his energy in that regard, and if some people chose to feel hurt over that fact, then he couldn’t really help them. Besides, to him, having someone this emotional glued to him like that was pretty much an equivalent of having a vampire constantly trying to suck you dry. It’s not a very pleasant position to be in, really.

It was what it was. And he couldn’t control how the other took it either way. Everyone missteps once in a while, and it’s something they have to come to terms with themselves. If the guy wanted to get depressed and beat himself up for it, then it was kind of his own problem that he thought that was actually a good way to approach it. He didn’t have it in him to keep endlessly beating some sense into the blonde, and then proceed to watch it all circle back to the beginning one way or another. He had already said his piece on what he thought of these things yesterday after that bar fiasco, and he was not going to go there again. One thing he did wonder though…

‘’Why? Just why do you even care so much about what I think of you anyway? Does it really matter? You only look like a depressed mop who always beats himself up for everything that goes wrong. Even though it’s not like I’m your precious friend or your boyfriend or something. You shouldn’t need to have your self-image be dependent upon what near strangers happen to think of you.’’ It may be a bit of a downer for a moment, sure, but in the end, who really cares? If they aren’t a person who means a lot to you just yet or such, then it shouldn’t really be a huge deal as to what they think of you. You don’t need to appeal to everyone to make yourself feel good about who you are.

Moving on though, the topic about deceptions passed on calmly enough to not need to be addressed further, alas the one after did not. Ah well, they really had to do this, didn’t they? He would glance at the other, offering a nonchalant shrug after a moment of thought. ‘’Not exactly something I think about night and day, but sure?’’ He didn’t seem to be too bothered by the idea, despite the fact that it was technically a negative one. ‘’I say this is strongly affected by one’s perception anyway. If you have the habit of letting words get to you too easily, you’re going to see a lot of things as seemingly unpleasant, regardless of whether they are in fact intended to be or not. And well, I can’t tell you how to feel about things. If your first thought is that you’re probably dumb, then that’s kind of on you.’’, he would shake his head slightly. ‘’I have enough confidence in my own words to not exactly care about what others decide they supposedly mean, unless the person in question matters to me enough. Arrogance? If that’s what you want to call it, you’re free to. I don’t really mind it too much. I don’t see much point in putting up various facades around different people just to achieve being seen as generally nice. It’s who I am. And personally, I refuse to change who I am for anyone else but myself, or those that actually make me want to do it.’’ While he was not an intentionally unpleasant person, and most of the time, he was really not even trying to be rude, the truth was that he wasn’t looking for others to squee over him. If the person didn’t catch his interest enough for him to take a step back and actually put himself into it, then it was what it was. The blonde was a little bit too naïve to expect niceties all around, even from strangers who stand to gain nothing from doing it. Everyone lives their own way, and they don’t really need to mold themselves to fit you as long as they don’t want to. He would give the guy a somewhat serious look. ‘’You see, what I choose to do depends on how much I do or do not care in the end. I’m not the kind of person who makes sure they always sparkle and make everyone around them feel good. It takes a bit too much energy to put up a fake front so often. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate you, but by default, I don’t really care all too much. If you don’t do anything that would make me interested in stepping past the initial boundaries, then I’m not going to really bend myself over to make you feel pleased.’’ The effort had to carry some meaning with it after all. Really though, it’s not that he didn’t have a good heart, otherwise he wouldn’t have even bothered to stay around through that incident yesterday, but at the end of it all, he preferred to choose his investments a bit more carefully.

Anyway…’’Exactly. But what does that mean in the end, really? Everything in the world varies, and can be done in many ways. If we go that route, one can always claim that hey, but there is a different way than the one you are proposing, why don’t you just be quiet for a bit and acknowledge mine now? Well, of course there is. Can we really be bothered to spend the time affirming others all the time though? I have my ways, you have yours. And just because I don’t bow down and reduce the conversation to me giving thumbs up for your idea right away, it doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t understand a thing of it or can’t see it at all. I just think it’s pointless to even talk about anything if the first course of action is expected to be approval. That effectively kills any further discussion in a way.’’ Like, great I get you…and now what? I basically just went and conceded my own point because I stated I agree with yours. I guess we pretty much done talking about it then? Seems like a rather boring conversation to have.

Moving onto different kinds of all over the place conversations however, he would frown slightly. ‘’People can be so stupid sometimes.’’ He wouldn’t say much more besides that comment however, as there wasn’t really anything more to add. Sure, there were still things that he could try to question, but did it really matter at this point? The answers he was getting weren’t really all too helpful to the situations, and he doubted it would suddenly get that much less confusing just because he kept asking. That said though, he sure had something to say to the following request. ‘’That’s assuming I care about someone else’s wellbeing more than my own in the first place.’’, he would remark in a somewhat flat tone. Did he? After all, what obligation did he have to risk himself for someone else like this? Migraines were one thing, but it wasn’t all in the end, was it? There was still the risk of hurting himself badly as well, were they to come across something really dangerous on the way. What’s more important, his own life, or someone else’s? That’s the million dollar question, is it not? It wouldn’t change too much for him, were the other to become a vegetable. Not really. He didn’t think so at least. Besides…’’Why do you seek to depend on me so much anyway? I thought you are the good friend that went all the way to make this rescue mission a reality, not me? I would have thought you did at least have an idea as to how to handle this before embarking on it. Were I not here, as per the original plan, who’d be keeping him calm? I’m not exactly impressed by the idea of being asked to be the workhorse after being accidentally dragged into something. Unless you mean to tell me that you guys are just that incompetent.’’ No one? And he still didn’t think he was doing the greatest job here anyway. He would sooner break the guy more than keep him calm, or at least that was the way he saw it. What did the wizard guy really know? He seemed not too familiar with Jezz in the first place, despite the fact that he should have some knowledge before attempting a play like this, and probably had very little insight on their relationship outside of what he witnessed here as well. Could he really be sure that this was actually a good idea?

Speaking of relationships, this was turning all kinds of odd, wasn’t it? He would blink at the guy, at first not saying anything for a while. Frankly, he wasn’t really expecting the other to just take it and stop like that, after witnessing how persistent he could be in pushing his jokes forward. He would scratch his cheek slightly in mild confusion at the development. ‘’…o-kay…’’, he would kind of just trail off, seemingly not really knowing what to say to that. Was that a good thing or not? Well, perhaps it was, since the situation sure wasn’t exploding or anything like that. Maybe the secret was actually making him too speechless to be able to counter with anything? It certainly seemed to work pretty well….

And he really appeared to have none for the given moment, or at the very least no big ones, which was perhaps slightly unusual. He would give a vague, almost non-existent shrug at the explanation he received. ‘’If you say so. Although, what’s the guarantee that a person is in fact speaking of the things you already know when doing that? They may be trying to point at something you’ve not noticed yet.’’ Can’t always be too sure, can you? Well, you can be, but there is never the guarantee that you are not actually overlooking something. You never know…

He would tilt his head slightly, a somewhat thoughtful frown on his face. ‘’What’s really the difference? Why is it that relying more on feelings is pretty much equal to only expecting soft behavior from everyone around them?’’ It made very little sense to him. Okay, so you like feelings. What does that have to do with how others present themselves? ‘’Either way, I simply think that presenting a fake persona to please others isn’t all too great. Besides, at least this way I know who can handle me and who cannot right away, instead of playing games and beating around the bush forever just to fail spectacularly when the person realizes the truth.’’ It wasn’t really worth the time, nor effort. He was not looking for random shallow friendships and stuff where he had to constantly watch himself so that he wouldn’t drive them away. It’s not truly friendship then, is it? ‘’What do you mean by good uses though?’’ Well, he had his own interpretations of that of course, but since most people would not state something like that, it would be interesting to know just why did the guy think so.

Time to wade through some explanations and failures to pull through, however. And really, at this rate, he would truly start to believe that these guys were being a bit too incompetent to be in charge of such a dangerous task. He wouldn’t say too much though, since the convo was mostly between the demon and them for the moment. Still, he would give Helix a faint snort when it was implied that he wasn’t the problem. ‘’I could very much make myself a problem, trust me.’’ If he had a good reason to go against everyone, that is. Which was honestly a rather ridiculous idea to behold. He wasn’t exactly in a familiar setting after all.

Regardless of all that, it was what it was in the end. He would raise an eyebrow at the response towards his assessment of beneficial actions. ‘’Then I suppose I live through a sort of hell every day. Fair enough.’’ Well, if being with people is a mini hell, that’s what it is, right? You can hardly go through your days without any company at all, unless you become an utter hermit. And even then, you do have to go outside to provide for yourself. ‘’Nice suggestion, but that won’t work.’’, he would shake his head lightly. No. If his frustration was aimed at specific people, burning random objects would do very little. Since those objects had no involvement in his state of mind, burning them would not really take care of his problems at all. He would live though, so whatever in the end.

Whatever didn’t exactly sufficiently explain what happened next though. Yes, he had asked. And he sure wanted to hear an answer. Was what he got the kind of answer he expected? Not really. After all, who would…right…?

‘’………………………………..’’

Error 404, maybe? Well, in a sense, perhaps. He would turn his head slightly, looking off to the side, furrowing his brows a bit as if trying to make sense of this. Assuming there was any sense to be found, that is. Which he wasn’t sure of. For a moment, it looked like he was going to say something, but then he promptly shut his mouth again, probably reconsidering something.

‘’…’’

Well, if nothing else, maybe he was at least doing good at being a source of amusement for a moment. Who knew what the other would think of this, but it’s not like he was being very graceful right now, so he could only expect some form of amusement. Eventually however, he would find his voice, even if only to ask a single question for now.

‘’…is that how you ask people out on a date?’’

Yeah, whatever. Let’s just move on for now, okay…?

There were other weird pills to swallow anyway. This was a second already of course, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t surprising anymore. Having faced that cocky behavior for quite a while made it pretty unusual to be faced with the guy giving it up just like that. Whoops though. At this rate, being speechless would become his new standard way of being, and that was a rather strange thing to consider. ‘’Hmmf…’’ Can we just..? Yeah, maybe not…

And yes, it better have made sense. At least that would mean he was still sane right now. Not that he would really say anything back to the fox though, as it was not necessary at the moment. Unless she wanted to go ahead and carry on with that conversation somehow, but that would be up to her. He wasn’t going to right now, and they ended up being confronted with a less friendly fox soon afterwards anyway.

Mmm, makes one wonder how would a fried demon taste. Alas, maybe he overdid it a little bit there. Ah well. The fiery tail would flick a bit as he turned his head to glance at the guy. Well, it’s not like he could avoid this or hide at this point, so might as well…’’It’s a tiger, if you will. Explains what though….?’’ He would definitely like to know what was the guy implying there. He wasn’t too worried, but it would still be nice to hear it. ‘’When I think of what else I might end up dealing with before this is over? Not really. Not getting hurt by anything was a nice plus to this though.’’ Fire didn’t really bother him, and the demon did not even get a chance to try a second time. Too bad.

Speaking of too bad, he would facepalm mentally at what ended up happening next. He had nearly forgotten about that problem at this point actually, and it wasn’t the nicest ever reminder. He would frown. ‘’Because we have to keep moving.’’, he would answer, opting to not really answer clearly, before pinching the bridge of his nose with a sigh. ‘’You should stop pushing so hard. You’re only hurting yourself more by doing that.’’ It just didn’t seem like a very good idea….

That said, he probably couldn’t do much there, so he just kept watching the other as he was, not even bothering to snuff out the flames at this point. He would have to do this when he fought anyway, so it didn’t matter as to whether he stayed like this or not…

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Post by Rika on Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:31 pm

A wrong pick indeed. Jezz needed the comfort, the closeness, the soothing words of "it was going to be okay." He needed someone to do and tell him these things when he was in this sort of mindset, but this guy before him? This guy did not bend that way or even offer a way out. Sure he explained and in turn made the blonde feel even worse for his own behavior, but instead of saying “it’s okay” or something to that effect, the other simply left him to deal with the bluntness spinning him deeper and deeper into his own self-hate. He tried. Tried to pull himself up. Tried to tell himself that by admitting a fault it would be okay that the other would finally give, but no...things didn’t turn out that way at all….

Instead of getting better, things just seemed to get worse as the other kept him at arm’s length leaving the blonde to contend with himself. A thing he did not do well as displayed by his behavior and what he said. The guy had some issues with himself for sure and when all his tactics failed him, he was left bare for whoever to trample. It was a bad thing for sure...and something the other just had to place out on the table with his words. The blonde would shift uncomfortably in his spot feeling miserable as his mind auto latched onto the negative.

He was too emotional...weak...a fool. He did let a stranger in and now he was paying the price for doing so...getting stabbed so to speak. Heh. Probably served him right. This beating he was getting. He was being nothing, but a burden anyway, so who cares that he was miserable or lonely? He was nothing after. Just a shallow fool with too many issues to truly be cared for. He just was worthless….just as he thought.

The self beating would continue onward inside of the blonde as on the outside the only sign that he was not taking it so great was the usual slouch and hanging of the head that had become commonplace at this point. “We see…” he would say to the first set of words, but otherwise add nothing more. He was too consume by self-hatred to say anything of value there. He would remain quiet for a while, his depressed filled eyes drifting moodily back over to the other when he was asked a particular question.

“Because we are nothing without opinions of others. That is why it matters so much to us. If we are displeasing then what is the point?” And they were back at that again. Had the blonde forgotten what had happened the night before? What the other had said or what the other kept saying now? No, but that still didn’t stop the negativity from pouring out him like blood from a deep wound. Well that was a thing for now and wouldn’t go away even when there were calmer spots. The negativity would linger over him like a blanket that he couldn’t quite keep to himself. He tried to suck it up, but it was hard ….so very hard.

He would listen to the what the other said in regards to being arrogant and such. He didn’t deny the face he could come off that way...but he didn’t apologize for it either. He just flat out stated he was what he was so deal with it, while at the same time slapping the blonde in the face with logic that only made him feel worse. He wasn’t looking for the other to confirm his negative thoughts...yet that was just what he did whether he was trying to or not. Thanks to this, the blonde was relatively quiet as he swallowed it all. He...really was a piece of shit wasn’t he?

The negativity was making him sick and hate being inside of his own skin. While he didn’t literally throw up or anything like that, he was a bit paler than usual and looking as if he didn’t know whether to cry or be angry. He was a silent mess of agony with no comments or intelligent thing to say back to what he heard, so he kept his lips sealed and did his best to keep the pain in, but then the guy said something that pretty much broke the camel's back.

You see. Jezz didn’t expect people to be kind to him all the time. He just expected people who stuck around him or knew something about him to react in a certain way. React in a way of understanding...and know from behavior and the way he spoke when they were going too far with one thing. Explaining was nice and all, but that only worked when someone was stable and in the right state of mind. When one had a habitual negative thinker, topped with over anyalizing and panicking issues there were certain things that you did not do...the main being do not under any circumstances let said person remain in that dark spot.

Now it was true in his own way Sharaku had been trying to reason with the blonde and maybe it had worked to a degree; however, by remaining unbending in his ways or even attempting to try to take another approach the matter, what he had done came undone as the blonde fell into a dark hole and no matter how he tried could not get out again. Without the emotional support there once the blonde fell he was stuck at the bottom and when the other told him he didn’t care for him at all? Well that might as well have been like shooting the guy in the heart.

It was true they were not friends or even close, but when someone was miserable like Jezz was the last thing one wanted to do was make said person feel like they were utterly alone. Just like that the man had confirmed everything that Jezz believed about himself. He was weak. He was too dependent. Worthless. unwanted….Alone.  

It all came crashing down on him as he became paler than usual and seemed to be zapped of any emotion. He was just there trapped in his own hell with no escape now; however, all the other would see of this is outside of the paleness was just a blank stare he would get in response.

“We suppose we aren’t worthy of your care then. We aren’t impressive or anything pleasant to deal with, so I don’t blame you for not caring at all or even wanting to. We suppose...it has always been that way anyway, but whatever. It matters not anymore,” he would say with a light shrug before turning away as he slipped further into that hell that was his own. As for that next topic, he would sigh a bit though his expression remained neutral enough.

“It isn’t about approval. It’s more about sometimes just agreeing to disagree. So we have our ways and they differ. That is great we agree, so can we leave it there for a moment? We aren’t trying to stop conversation or anything, but honestly….just as my emotions tire you out, so too can you constantly turning everything said into argument or debate. We understand it is a way of communicating….but when does it stop being a fight all the time?”

He honestly had had enough. While it was true he had been beating the other down with emotions. On the flip side, the other had been beating him down with the logic and constant debates. Like he said he understood and all, but in the end he didn’t at all. Sharaku took his emotional needs for clinginess, desperation, and being childish. And he didn’t seem to get the hint that Jezz was on his last leg with logic and lectures. Yes, they could discuss, but when did the guy let up and stop pushing so much his own opinion? When did he simply go okay or nod for once instead of say something that would turn into a fight or debate?

The blonde didn’t get it and now drained of his will to even try even more, he had had enough. The guy had broken him already with that he didn’t care statement...wasn’t that enough? Well that drama would just have to pan out on its own though how well it was going to do so was another matter that only Fate could see now.

Speaking of matters not going so well, it would seem Helix trying to unconfuse the other wasn’t going so well either. While the other did give a short comment to what he said, the wizard had to wonder as he gave the other a nod of agreement if the tall male wasn’t dissatisfied with the answer given. The wizard hadn’t lied and gave him the story just the way he understood it from observations and notes. The middle part was unknown to him and probably stored within the unstable being that was Rika.  There was not much more an outsider like himself could add to the situation and to be frank he was quite relieved when the male did not try to poke deeper into the matter. He wasn’t sure how much more he could explain before it got into shrugs and “I have no clue” territory.

That issue aside a new one would come up….and one that Helix did not really like. He would shoot the taller man an angry glare. “Do honestly not care about him?” Yeah he had been listening. Had heard all the drama and watched as the other pretty much tore the human side apart. He heard his comments and his reasonings, but in the end it just didn’t add up. If the other didn’t care or have interest then why was he even doing this at all if he indeed did not have any obligation to do so? It just didn’t make sense to the wizard; however, perplex issues would soon melt into complete annoyance as the other got at him for relying on him in this matter.

“I am a good friend with Rika or rather the Rika before this. I didn’t have brokenness to deal with let alone a broken human. If you weren’t here I am sure I would’ve found some way to deal with the human and get the job done; however, I am powerless here because you were dragged here, so he clings to the one thing he knows….though I have no idea why with the way you’ve treated him, but that is another matter. The point is, I kind of have to rely on you because if you suddenly disappeared I think the human would actually break. It is baffling really, but you somehow hold him together, despite how much hell he seems to go through with you.” It honestly didn’t make any sense. If it was him, he’d probably attempt to off the guy if he was beating him like that. “Also I am not incompetent. I simply didn’t think to consider this hellstorm when planning this out.” He was a clever guy, but even he made mistakes….and this one was probably his worst botch up yet. Even so, he would have to deal with and try to makes something out of the mess before him...no matter how trying it was on his patience.

That aside though, headbuttings would roll into something else as things moved on to human and demon interaction. Well the beauty here was that nothing was exploding. In fact, Rika actually did the one thing that was thought to be an impossible goal. He shut Sharaku up! Did this mean that the demon had enough of his lip? Not really. The guy wasn’t really bothering him that much anyway. No, this was more amusement at the fact that the other suddenly didn’t have anything to say when he decide to submit this round rather than resist and continue to cause strife. He suppose the other wasn’t prepared for that one, showing that Rika could indeed surprise even those must toughest of cases; however, he didn’t puff up or become arrogant about this as he simply watched the other with a light smile on his face. Seeing the other a bit confused was kind of cute; however, he didn’t get to savor that long before the other was drifting out of that state and once more questioning things.  

“True. True. There could always be something more there; however, most of the time the warnings and gripping come due to the other being worried about the obvious. At least that is what I’ve observed. Haven’t ran into anyone yet that was saying it due to something I didn’t already notice.” Though that could always change. Who knew? Maybe the guy before him was that odd piece that did warn you to chill due to seeing something more. It could indeed be the case, but how true that was would probably be revealed later. So who knew?

That aside for now, a new topic would come into play. “In the end it is approach,” Rika would begin as he folded his arms before lifting his left index finger to his lips. He would begin to tap them thoughtfully, the black nails on the fingers glistening a bit in the light. “I don’t think it is so much a matter of relying on feelings that does that, but rather the way society has this rule that its impolite to be honest and step on folks toes. It seems to say its better to fake being pleasant and smiling so you can get along with people. I guess it is way for folks to feel safe and happy; however, I find it kind of shallow. I mean not everyone does it, but I think some fake their happiness so much that in turn they forget what is and in turn becomes depressed and what not when the rug is pulled from under them. When you get genuine folks they tend to struggle, but by being honest they seemed to be the truly happy folk. It seems the more against the rules and not fake you are the more society gasps and tries to bury ya. It is sad really.” Why folks couldn’t just be themselves instead of another clone of in the world was beyond him, but it seemed that more and more individuality was lost as a large chunk of the world merged into a group here or there to fit in and belong. It really was sad.

The blonde would nod at the next set of words. “I don’t blame ya for that,” he would say and then hearing the question, he would tilt his head a bit. “Well it cuts alot of drama in the end first of all. You don’t have to worry about the whole, “But you said such and such and now you lie” bit. At least being upfront no one can say you pulled one on them. On top of this, I think that sometimes a good slap of reality does one good. I think sometimes folk get so wrapped up in the lies that they forget that they are lies to begin with. So finding someone that isn’t lying to themselves is always a nice change of pace.” It was painful dealing with the blunt and what was there along, but this was more natural than one thought because that pain helped one learn and grow. When sucked into society’s bubbles sometimes folk forgot the pain and in turn stopped growing causing them to become another drone in the world’s constantly turning clock. Causing them to be the same. At least this one stood for something more than that so that was good to see. In any case, what was said was just the tip of the iceberg for how useful being honest was even if it did have the downside of potential strife and misunderstanding following it.

Speaking of misunderstandings, it seemed that Helix was failing to explain his logic in the matter. No matter which way the wizard tried to pluck this goose, Rika wasn’t buying it because in the end all the excuses he made were just that excuses and denials that he had screwed up. If he had just bucked up and said “hey I messed up” maybe the demon could be less annoyed with him, but seeing the wizard be like this just made him shake his head and even roll his eyes when the shorter male decided to glare at Sharaku for his comment. Now he was looking vent at something well if the wizard did open his mouth on that front, he most certainly wasn’t going to save him from whatever happened next. That would be his funeral. He had enough shit to deal with than to be worried about questionable logics and willpower.

Regardless, the matter didn’t seem to escalate since the wizard kept his mouth shut. Maybe he couldn’t counter it with something because he was too upset about other things or being bashed a bit for not preparing well from both sides. Who knew or cared? There were more important matters to contend with than hurt feelings anyway…

That matter aside, things would flow into semi-calm waters as choices and burning things came to the front. To the mini-hell comment Rika would smirk kind of agreeing with that. Life sometimes could be a mini-hell with or without people being apart of it. It was what it was. One just had to deal with it. As for that burning comment, Rika would shake his head lightly. “Well, I gave it a try,” he would say not seeming to be upset that the suggestion didn’t suddenly fix things. Nah. The guy had his right to be frustrated and whatever else he had going on. As long as the guy wasn’t harming him or the others he would let the emotions run their course through the guy and if the guy wanted to vent or hit something well he was right there, so he could just let him have it if it helped him release the pressure. Agitation and such aside though, the next thing that occurred was more on the amusing side to say the least.

So like the guy had questioned his motives and he had delivered by being honest and well honesty kind of floored the guy it seemed. Something that the demon wasn’t quite expecting. In fact, he expected a wall of some sort or maybe a flat out nice try, but no; however, instead of that he got silence and the guy making faces of confusion.

The sight made him smile slightly, the guy who could be so sarcastic and biting actually had a cute side when he was unsure of himself. Did he intentionally say what he said to get this reaction? No. He hadn’t lied one bit about what he said. He really was interested in the guy, but was the other interested in him?

Well, he wasn’t quite sure. Even less sure when the guy’s question to him caught him off guard flipping the tables a bit as Rika, blinked at him a few times to process what he just heard for a second. He was asking if this was a way to ask him out? Now wait a minute….this guy had sad some time ago that he was unsure how he felt about him and yet….when faced with Rika feeligns towards him, he asked if the demon was asking him out? What did that mean? Did it mean he was interested or what? A bit stunned for a bit, it took Rika a moment to recover and in turn respond back.

When he did finally respond, he had settled back into his laid back behavior as a small sheepish smile crossed his face. “I’ve never asked anyone out before and to be honest we thought we’d be a bit smoother, but uh….” he would pause thinking for a bit and then nodding a bit he would look back up at the other. “Yeah...if you’re interested. I guess I am trying to ask you out in the end.”

And so he had taken a leap. Even knowing the other was probably not sure of things, he still took a chance. Now did this mean he was getting his hopes up for a happily ever after and all that jazz. Nope. He wasn’t that desperate or foolish. While it was true he didn’t have a clear grasp of the stuff that went on between the man before him and the human, he could feel bits and pieces leaking into him and in turn somewhat guiding him on things. This whole thing was probably gonna be a process one way or another; however, he figured in the end it wouldn’t matter if he asked the question now or later. If was gonna work it was gonna work and vice versa, so..he took a chance and just saw where it went from there.

Yeah….so like um…. That happened and it appeared he was becoming a pro at stunning the guy into silence. Was it really that shocking that he could be agreeable? It was kind of amusing to think such a simple thing would cause the other to back up a bit. How strange….or simply lucky. Either way Rika was rolling with it and wouldn’t complain as things moved on at a nice pace through silences and unfortunately quick battles without just compensation. It was a sad day...until the cat thing came about. Well, he supposed this reveal was juicy enough to make up for everything else.

He would watch the tail flick, his eyes drawn to the movement naturally as he was half tempted to pounce at it; however, he resisted the urge to do so as he looked up at the other as he spoke.

“Le Tiger. Nice. Very nice,” he would say with a nod and then hearing the question he would blink slowly and answer. “For one your scent. I could smell there was something there underneath the human scent, but couldn’t make it out because it was so faint, so this proves there was indeed another element too ya. The rest is behavioral. Cats are independent creatures and like who they wish to like and hardly show affection to something they don’t care about…” he would pause as he a pain crossed his head as fuzzy memory came across…”And I guess explains why I have an image of you in white with a cat hanging off of you like a piece of clothing?” That was downright confusing. Where did that come from? Was it something the human experienced? It was hard to say and something he didn’t focus on too much as he shook his head. "Anyway, I can see traits of the cat reflected in ya both the domestic kind and the ones bestowed upon the large cats of grace and deadly efficiency.” He would give a light shrug at the end. The guy did somewhat remind him of a cat, so it wasn’t surprising he was indeed mixed with one or something like that. And if he had been something else? Well that would not be too surprising either for their was one other animal that could somewhat mimic cats, but that was a tale for another day.

“Welp, I suppose things won’t ease up there until we are out of here, so hang in there. And yeah it was kind of nice to not get burned. I appreciate ya taking that blow for me. You didn’t have to do that you know?” he would say as he rubbed his neck a bit. It wasn’t that he wanted to be burned, but it was still kind of awkward being saved by the guy who seemed to not even care from him to begin with. The action brought up many questions for sure, but ones he did not ask for now as they instead began to move.

Well they moved for a little bit, but then had to pause because of headaches and personality shifts. As Jezz surfaced for just a bit, he would blink at the other still very much disoriented as he heard the answer back. “Move forward….but…” he wanted to know more, but just when he wanted to pry more the second headache came back and the struggle between the personalities began. It was a nasty battle as human and demon pushed and shoved at each other to the point where it was unsure if who would win; however, an outside voice ended the struggle and in turn caused the mark on his back to stop glowing and spreading.

Still in a bit of pain, one golden orb would open more tinted with red than before. A shakey smile would form on his face as he responded back. “You make it sound...like I am trying to have a kid…” he would say the pain still enough to make it hard to concentrate. Well at least he could joke about it. In any case after that it would only take a more seconds to for the rest of the pain to where off.
Shaking his head for good measures Rika stance would eventually straighten as he narrowed his eyes to focus on the path ahead. "This shit got to go...this is worse than a hangover man,” he would grumble and then looking at Sharaku he would smile a bit as he gestured silently for them to continue. Yeah. continue right into a another battle it seemed.


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