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    Axis reacted to Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    Svetlana look of determined anger turns to one of incredulity as the girl speaks, resorting to petty insults upon not getting her way. It reveals the fact that despite the intellect, the yandere-ish behaviour and everything, this is still just a little girl. Then Arista deigns to mention 'dying young chasing after fantasies', and Svetlana snaps.
    "Ohoho...oHOHOHOHOHOH!" She bursts into uprarious laughter and starts to clap her hands like she's cheering for some sort of performance. The talk of returning the crystal so she can convince Lia to part with her memories, of talking about 'keeping her alive' as if she had any chance... everything she says, really! It's all so funny all of a sudden.
    "Arista-chan, you amuse me." She finally says, after calming down, though still smiling. "A little peasant rat with delusions of grandeur, not worth the scum on my shoe. I am more than twice your age, and yet you deign to refer to me as a naive fantasy-chaser who will die young? You seem to have me confused with a mirror!" She bursts into more laughter and hand claps, even as her tone continues to be condescending. "To think a little peasant rattus thinks she has me all figured out, just because of her connection to the so-called 'fates'."
    Of course, Arista knows nothing of Svetlana's past. The loss that turned her into a violent vigilante willing to do anything necessary, including torture and killing, to save as many as she could. A woman unable to sense magic without help, who's learned to be prepared to face a magic-wielding foe. A woman who, despite her strong sense of honour, is not averse to taking a more pragmatic decision... for instance, being a ronin-styled vigilante. One whom most would classify as honourless.
    And what is Arista? An empty shell who will most likely die young whilst chasing her fantasy of forcing Lia to love her. Some time away from her world will fix that issue in time.
    "Oh, this? Does the little insignificant rattus want this?" She waves the crystal around, then inserts it into a slot in her arm. "You are welcome to try to get it. I must mention that you are as likely to kill me as you are to win last year's lottery, but you may try." Then she spreads her arms and prays out loud. "Kazela, bless me with sight!" Her eyes glow for a short moment, after those words.
    A voice booms from hidden speakers in the room. Prognosticator's voice. "NO FIGHTING IN THE ROOMS, THANK YOU. THE TRAINING AREA IS AVAILABLE IF YOU WISH TO DO BATTLE."
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    Axis got a reaction from Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    As Svetlana returns fire on Arista, Svetlana might have a difficult time understanding how Arista felt about the entire situation. The ferocity of her tone seemed entirely lost on Arista, who simply gave the impression of a student not paying attention during class. 
     
    Arista looks bored, “If you wanted to keep the memories, you only needed to say as much. It was my suggestion to leave the memories in your possession. If I chose, I could have simply never given you the crystal, and crushed it to destroy them permanently. The agreement is that I will return Lia’s memories if requested. I don’t intend to do anything against your will yet.”
     Arista starts to levitate slightly above the surface of the bed, seemingly to avoid her body sinking into the mattress and blankets. “There’s no reason to be on guard.” Arista’s shadowy illusions lunge out with phantom daggers. “If you don’t have anything else to discuss with me, you should probably leave.” 
     
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    Axis reacted to Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    Svetlana continues to listen to Arista, still standoffish and cold. The worst possible result, Arista says? For her, clearly. Even if what she's saying has an element of truth to it, she believes the little girl to be making it sound worse than it is. Though, the thought of the rather-frail girl casting a costly spell gives her some pause.
    Retaining her memories but with no way to return back to her home world would make things difficult, yes, but Svetlana personally knows a couple of people who were in that situation, yet ended up liking their new home more than they expected. Is it worth the risk, however?
    The thought of getting to raise Lia, a girl who's none the wiser does seem appealing, but she knows she'd be unable to live with herself if she goes down that route. She'd never be able to outrun the consequences, sins have a way of finding you out. However, she's faced with someone who's deluded herself into believing that anything she does, good or evil, is justified if it means ending up with Lia.
    By the time Arista gets all proud and starts her onslaught of questions, Svetlana's grimacing and closing her eyes. What to do, what to do? Whatever she chooses will be bad: the girl doesn't speak like she'd just willingly return the memories, letting the girl carry on as planned will come back to bite her... but what if she let the girl do as she wished, but spirited her away to a safe place? Whatever she chooses will have a negative outcome, which is definitely what this girl has planned.
    Knowing all this, would she still be willing to return Lia's memories? She finally opens her eyes with a single word.
    "Yes."
    She stares straight at Arista, her electronic gaze unwavering. "It is a high price to pay for sure, Arista-chan, but it is better than the alternative. I will figure something out." After a short pause, she exhales and continues. "However, you are not planning to return the memories back, are you? That was never 'in the cards', as they say." Didn't she mention the crystal being fragile? She did, hence why Svetlana's been extra careful with it, making sure not to ball up the fist it's in. If she handed it over, what's to stop her from breaking it?
    "Let us assume that I decided to go along with your plan. You falsify her memories and let me raise her as my own. What then? Would I still be allowed to keep the crystal? If not, then I shall have to decline." She asks, looking like she's considering it after all.
    In truth, while she doesn't like it and her honour demands that she resist all attempts, she can be pragmatic too. Perhaps it would be easier to fix if she still had the crystal intact, find someone who's able to convert the information stored within into data. And to think that she comes from a world where data is stored in crystalline glass, yet she's unable to do anything with this magic crystal!
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    Arista sighs, deflating back to her usual emotionless. "You've learned to start taking my intellect seriously, but in this case you misunderstand. I disagree with the way you think, and could go as far as to call it weak, naive, foolish, and many other undesirable qualities. The idea that it being better to tackle a problem with an uncertain solution because you don't like what must be done to achieve a certain result is nothing short of wishful thinking. You and people like you die young chasing after fantasies where you get to save everyone. However, it's not like I don't understand what you are trying to accomplish."
    Arista holds out her hand, "Give me the crystal, and I'll give Lia her memories back." Arista's paranoia aura starts to show Arista smashing the crystal into a million pieces. "I will convince Lia herself to part with her memories. Even if I don't succeed now, there's always later. Something people like you don't understand, is that I don't need to resort to taking action right away. My powers of divining fate make my advantage only grow over time. I've played my hand face up. You have a relationship with Lia that I seek to preserve. I tried to protect that by taking away memories that put that in danger, but you insist on clinging to a backwards sense of justice. But no matter. If you insist on throwing away my only reason to keep you alive, that is your choice."
    Arista holds out her hand expectantly. 
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    Axis got a reaction from Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    Arista nods, once again holding up a finger to represent which point she is discussing, "First, Lia's old memories would motivate her to attempt to return home. This is a feat she is capable of accomplishing through the use of the gate spell. Her return to her previous world would mark her spiritual death, and therefore create the worst possible result. This is without even considering the considerable risk and cost associated with the casting of gate."

    Holding up her second finger, "Secondly, provided that the worst case scenario is averted, Lia's memories will make it more difficult to acclimate to her new surroundings. Her various attachments to people whom she has no means of ever meeting again will hold her back from achieving great things in this world. You saw for yourself how talented and kindhearted Lia was in the previous world. She ended up like that despite growing up neglected and never developing close friendships. Imagine how powerful she could become given a proper upbringing."

    Arista begins to finish up, her monotone voice continuing to haunt the room, "Finally, my actions can more often be devoted to Lia's happiness when I'm certain that I'll end up her lover. When that outcome is challenged, I'm forced into taking more and more drastic actions in order to create results. If Lia's memories of me go back to her upbringing, I'll be able to accomplish my goals by doing things that either directly make Lia happy, or make her more successful. Given a more antagonistic role, I might need to sometimes do things that make her less capable or independent in order to make sure she still chooses me in the end."
    Arista looks at Svetlana expectantly, emotion returning to her voice. A proud overtone overtakes the lifeless monotone, "Or did you have a plan to make Lia happy, when she's lost everything that once made her happy? When she misses her father, whom she always wanted to love her, how will you comfort her? When she takes on tasks beyond her ability, because she can't stay idle when people need her help, can you keep her safe? I have a plan. I can keep Lia safe. I can make her happy. I know her, better than anyone will ever know another person. And I'm saying leaving her memories is a mistake. Knowing all that, would you still tell me to return them?"
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    Axis reacted to Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    Svetlana, hands folded, continues to listen to Arista attempt to make her case with an unimpressed look in her eyes. Lia doesn't know that this girl and her ilk can't be changed, the solution to the problem they pose to the world is to slay them. Others, she's willing to continue forgoing vigilante justice in favour of helping via science, but some people need killing, young or not. It may make her a monster in the eyes of some, but someone so young who's so diabolical will use their age and cuteness to their fullest advantage. At least Lia still has some principles that make Svetlana willing to get to know the girl better, hopefully with her memories intact.
    Ugh, for all the variety of powers available in her world, there's no one with the ability to control 'fate' itself. Good thing, too, or they'd have baddies with Arista's power running around, deciding that their powers are a good reason to bend others to their whims. She doesn't like the similarities to Zara this girl is showing. Good thing, too, for she's not aware that teenaged Zara recently kidnapped and tortured a girl her age for the crime of bullying her girlfriend, and hid this fact from said girlfriend.
    She's sure there's nothing Arista would say that'd make her change her mind, but she figures she'd give the girl a chance anyway. The crystal safely in her hand, she readjusts her position as if to wordlessly state that she's waiting for the little girl to advocate for the memories' removal. Of course, she's not willing to compromise her clarity of mind just to make double sure Arista's doing what she says she would... she'd just have to trust Prognosticator-san on this one.
    "Okay. As they say, 'I will bite'. Advocate away." She says with a weary sigh.
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    Axis got a reaction from Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    Arista first addresses Svetlana's question. "Right now, Lia wouldn't be able to say she loves me. She would likely say something less extreme. But, I know for certain that she doesn't regret saving me from the tomb. I know that for certain because Lia doesn't remember saving me, and I haven't had the right chance to tell her. If I told her that. Then she'd feel responsible. Lia, the way she is now, still looks at me as a troubled child. She wanted to learn more about me, so that she could figure out why I behave the way I do, and then attempt to solve the underlying problem. She still wants to think of herself as an adult, even after I changed her to someone my age. In essence, she wants to help me, even without knowing the circumstances. But she doesn't love me. Not yet. She'd never let herself date someone so young..."
    Arista then talks about Svetlana's concerns on her deciding on Lia's behalf, "I decide what is best for Lia, because of the two of us, I'm the only one that can access the fates. If I let Lia do what she feels is best, she'll get hurt needlessly. If I'm aware that there is a pit trap that Lia would walk into, then obviously I wouldn't care if she wanted to continue down the path. The simple fact of the matter is that Lia is safer with me at her side because of my divination magic. Everything else is of secondary concern." 
    Arista finally addresses the issue of magic, "If you want me to put those memories back inside Lia. I'd want to at least have the chance to advocate for their removal. If you hear my reasoning, and afterwards still feel the need to put them back in Lia, I'll comply. As to how I'd prove that I would do exactly that, my options are limited. I would prefer not to, but I do have a spell that could vouch for my intentions. I can cast contact other plane to have an old god answer my questions. But that puts a strain on my sanity, and since you would need to listen in, yours as well. You would simply have to trust me if my only means of proving myself isn't sufficient."
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    Axis reacted to Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    It finally occurs to Svetlana that she'd unwittingly given Arista time to prepare for battle. Between Prognosticator-aided senses and the general sense of danger, there's no way the fight will be as one-sided as she originally thought. It's tactically better to bide her time. So, while listening to the girl, she tries to calm down and focus on her breathing.
    Worst memories, out of context? She doesn't believe this girl. The questions she raises afterwards are good ones, however: just why did she let the memories be viewed, knowing how it'd look to anyone else? The simple answer is because it gave her time to prepare for her next plan of action, and she erroneously thinks that her maternal feelings towards Lia supersedes her desire to do the honourable thing.
    When Arista's done speaking, Svetlana's standing with her arms folded. "Talk then, but answer me this: if you were to put the memories back and wake up Lia, asking her how she feels about you, will she prove that she does love you back? Will she respond positively to your actions, or will she reveal feeling trapped and regretting rescuing you? And, how do I know that you will not merely replace the memories with something else?"
    She'd love the chance to have Lia as a daughter-figure, raise her as her own... but at what price? Arista's plan is too steep a price to pay: essentially lobotomizing the girl. Plus, if Lia were ever to realize what had been done, she'd turn on them both, guaranteed. Also, what happens when she herself is no longer useful?
    "Have you ever heard of the term 'yandere'? It describes you completely. Deciding what is best for Lia, regardless of what she feels is best for her." She gestures towards Arista, somewhat dismissively. "Go ahead, speak."
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    Axis reacted to Dreamer-Noir in Tavern of Legend OOC   
    It does. Thanks.  Indeed.  For now, I am looking for stories to join.  I will mold characters to the stories.  
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    Axis got a reaction from Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    Arista can be found sitting in bed. An ethereal armor surrounds her. She looks at Svetlana and all her fury struck glory. She is sat prone on the bed. She doesn't seem particularly stressed. Arista still gives Svetlana that horrible sense that she had foreseen this too. From Arista's aura, every corner of the room seems wrought with danger. She had enough time to set up traps. summon any manner of creatures, this room wasn't safe. And yet, here Svetlana was. Once again ready to converse with the devilish girl.
    Arista shakes her head, "You are half right. But, you know. You only saw the worst memories. Completely out of context. From one person's perspective. There are still a few questions you should be asking."
    Arista holds up her pointer finger, "First, why did I allow you to see those memories? If my only objective was to erase my tracks, then I would have crushed the crystal in my hand. There would have been no stopping me from that position. Additionally, you wouldn't have been able to fight me, because I would have been holding Lia."
    Arista holds up her index finger, "Second, what role did I play in Lia's life? What motivated me to do the things I did. You claim its because I want to enslave her. But you haven't even asked Lia how she feels about my actions, and the larger role I played in her life. I do terrible things, but that is because I love Lia. And she has good reason to love me back."
    Arista holds up her ring finger, "Finally, you assume I won't put the memories back, but is that true? You haven't even tried to allow me to do that. You came here to kill me. Not even thinking of the sadness that would bring Lia."
    Arista clenches her fist, "You are going to lose your chance to be Lia's guardian. I'm going to make sure she sees you that way. I need someone I can trust to watch over her while I kill Astra. Replacing you would waste time and resources I would much rather put to defeating those who would threaten that."
    Arista stares down Svetlana, "You need to get a grip, and think about what is best for Lia. Let's sit down and talk about this."
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    Axis reacted to Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
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    Svetlana leads Arista to Lia's room in silence, her face almost devoid of emotion. With the way the yandere moves - and that accursed aura isn't helping - Svetlana readies her muscles to act in case the girl attacks. It never comes, but she still remains on her guard until Arista leaves the room.
    She's too focused on Lia's reaction to Arista's presence to note the smile, feeling worried for her newest ward. Saying a silent prayer to Kazela to take control of the situation, she watches as the spell is cast and Lia's memories are trapped in a crystal for her viewing. A pang of disgust wells up as she witnesses Arista stroking the hair of her 'love'. Some 'love', to view someone as a plaything who only exists to make you happy. This girl reminds her of Zara, but worse! At least Zara tried to be 'good' upon recovering her memories, though that was likely more of a pragmatic decision than a moral one.
    When it's all done, she watches Arista leave the room, and turns back to Lia after the door shuts. Kissing the girl's forehead once more, she makes herself comfortable and begins viewing the memories.
    She watches her birth and adventure life memories. So she was older than 13, which explained her maturity. She had a good life, a business chain and had even found love... only for it to all be ruined by Arista, out of a misguided sense of 'love' and ownership. Svetlana starts to shed tears, crying for that which Lia had lost, for being trapped in Arista's clutches.
    Then comes another deceit, the direct result of which is her current state of being trapped here. Knocked out, brought to this planet, left to struggle with the thought that she failed in her mission. And for what? So that Arista can have her as a love?
    She feels fury welling up in her, and the desire to kill Arista. However, even if she were to succeed in that, how would the memories get put back? Can she even trust Arista to do what she says and put the memories back, or will she merely pretend to do so? She'll need Prognosticator's help in scanning for magic in order to make sure she does just that... but no, she's not going to reveal it to the girl.
    She tries recording the memories, but finds that she can't. Blast it! She's played into Arista's hands, and with no way out in sight. This just makes her angrier, and she finds herself getting up and walking back to the little girl's room.
    Upon entering, she stares at Arista like she's the most despicable thing in the world. "I saw the memories. The way I see it, Arista-chan, you are the cause of every bad thing that has befallen her. Those memories are only painful because of the things you have done to her. Have you considered that? Or the fact that you being the sort of person you are, your presence in her life will only cause more and more pain to her? That there will be a repeat occurrence, or do you plan to force her to love you, too? Perhaps do not want a girlfriend, what you desire is a slave, a toy with just the right amount of agency to think she has a will of her own?"
    She pauses a little, for effect. "You have no plans to return the memories back, do you? Surely, you must know by now that I want them put back."
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    Arista nods blankly as Svetlana suggests that she demonstrates what happened that day with Lia. Following Svetlana dutifully, Arista walks by her side. Svetlana might notice Arista's movements appear slightly unnatural. Her normal walking utilizes that spectral force she employed earlier, giving it a very lungey quality to it. Combined with her passive aura, it really gives the impression that at any moment she might just attack. However this promised attack never comes, and the pair reaches Lia. Lia once again reacts negatively to Arista's presence, tossing and turning in her sleep. Arista however smiles at the sight. Beginning to cast a spell, arcane glyphs begin to materializing around the edges of the room in a bright cyan color. They are sucked into the direction of Arista's fingertips, as if caught in a vortex. After six seconds, Arista's hands glow with arcane power. Then, a new incantation begins, this time without any visible tell as to what sort of arcane power was at work. After another six seconds passes, Arista sits on the bed, placing her fingers on Lia's temple. 
    Once Arista's fingers make contact, absolutely pristine crystals begin to materialize around Lia on the bed. If one gazes into the crystal closely enough, they'd see the memories trapped within. Arista hums softly throughout this process, stroking Lia's forehead in a soothing manner. This likely had nothing to do with the effectiveness of the spell. After working for about a minute, Arista releases her grasp from Lia, and the many crystals that formed around Lia begin to unite into just a single memory crystal. Arista then climbs away off of the bed. Arista leaves the crystal behind, "Well, that should take care of all the problematic memories. We'll need to make some new ones here to replace them so she doesn't feel lonely. If you want to see what happened, just hold onto the crystal, and gaze into it like a crystal ball. If you want them gone forever though, you'll have the crush the crystal. It is quite fragile, so be careful with it. If you want me to put them back, just let me know. I'm going to go back to the other room and cast a few spells before bed. I want to learn as much about the world as possible so I'm not defenseless. Plus, I don't want to give Lia nightmares while she recovers her strength."
    Arista picks up the food that was intended for her, taking it into the other room.
    Below is the memories contained in the crystal
     
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    Axis reacted to SweetCyanide in Martial Arts Vs. Magic   
    hi! this is PROBABLY out of context but - i don't know if i actually qualify as a ~martial artist~, but i've been training in brazilian jiu-jitsu for years now; and i can confidently say that without a doubt, if i ever got a chance to fight a wizard or mage or someone magical and stuff, i'd like, politely run the other direction because i'd get bounced around harder than a sweaty basketball in the nba finals 
    like, yeah, i can probably wrap my arms around mr harry potter's neck and lovingly put him to sleep, but i do really wanna fight a guy who can Wingardium Leviosa me to the goddamn moon
    you won't see me grappling goddamn Expecto Patronum, hell no, bye sir have a nice day dont turn my bones into jelly please thanks 
     
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    Axis got a reaction from Csl in Martial Arts Vs. Magic   
    I think something worth mentioning is the idea of an arcane tradition.
    Even amongst pure spellcasters, the method and energy by which they gain access to the arcane are profoundly different. Rather than this simply being a case of external vs internal like previously suggested, I think we are talking about paths to power. While a wizard might spend their time uncovering arcane knowledge which allows them to better understand power that already existed in the word, waiting to be understood and unlocked, a sorcerer might further refine their own natural abilities to enhance their control over the arcane, and other traditions might have different paths to different abilities.
    I think something particularly interesting about magic when viewed through a lens of a character building perspective, is it allows you to convert a character's struggle with intangible concepts into concrete power scaling tools.  I think that connecting a character's themes to their arcane tradition will likely make them a more compelling and deep character.
    Something unique that martial arts in the lense of an arcane tradition provides is the power fantasy of a sorcerer, but you aren't special. Anyone willing to train their body and mind to sync up in harmony can gain access to the power of martial arts. It seems to me to be an excellent source of power for a character that is struggling to find a sense of discipline, wholeness of mind, or inner peace. I say this because as a character puts their life in order, they are rewarded with greater proficiency, which leads to greater responsibility and new problems that the character must face. It also forces a character to confront themselves and the things that hold them back, or risk going into a fight unprepared, which is a good story in itself.
    I think any arcane tradition can lend itself to excellent storytelling experience when paired with the right character and setting. 
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    Axis got a reaction from Dabi in Martial Arts Vs. Magic   
    I think something worth mentioning is the idea of an arcane tradition.
    Even amongst pure spellcasters, the method and energy by which they gain access to the arcane are profoundly different. Rather than this simply being a case of external vs internal like previously suggested, I think we are talking about paths to power. While a wizard might spend their time uncovering arcane knowledge which allows them to better understand power that already existed in the word, waiting to be understood and unlocked, a sorcerer might further refine their own natural abilities to enhance their control over the arcane, and other traditions might have different paths to different abilities.
    I think something particularly interesting about magic when viewed through a lens of a character building perspective, is it allows you to convert a character's struggle with intangible concepts into concrete power scaling tools.  I think that connecting a character's themes to their arcane tradition will likely make them a more compelling and deep character.
    Something unique that martial arts in the lense of an arcane tradition provides is the power fantasy of a sorcerer, but you aren't special. Anyone willing to train their body and mind to sync up in harmony can gain access to the power of martial arts. It seems to me to be an excellent source of power for a character that is struggling to find a sense of discipline, wholeness of mind, or inner peace. I say this because as a character puts their life in order, they are rewarded with greater proficiency, which leads to greater responsibility and new problems that the character must face. It also forces a character to confront themselves and the things that hold them back, or risk going into a fight unprepared, which is a good story in itself.
    I think any arcane tradition can lend itself to excellent storytelling experience when paired with the right character and setting. 
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    Axis got a reaction from desolate in Martial Arts Vs. Magic   
    I think something worth mentioning is the idea of an arcane tradition.
    Even amongst pure spellcasters, the method and energy by which they gain access to the arcane are profoundly different. Rather than this simply being a case of external vs internal like previously suggested, I think we are talking about paths to power. While a wizard might spend their time uncovering arcane knowledge which allows them to better understand power that already existed in the word, waiting to be understood and unlocked, a sorcerer might further refine their own natural abilities to enhance their control over the arcane, and other traditions might have different paths to different abilities.
    I think something particularly interesting about magic when viewed through a lens of a character building perspective, is it allows you to convert a character's struggle with intangible concepts into concrete power scaling tools.  I think that connecting a character's themes to their arcane tradition will likely make them a more compelling and deep character.
    Something unique that martial arts in the lense of an arcane tradition provides is the power fantasy of a sorcerer, but you aren't special. Anyone willing to train their body and mind to sync up in harmony can gain access to the power of martial arts. It seems to me to be an excellent source of power for a character that is struggling to find a sense of discipline, wholeness of mind, or inner peace. I say this because as a character puts their life in order, they are rewarded with greater proficiency, which leads to greater responsibility and new problems that the character must face. It also forces a character to confront themselves and the things that hold them back, or risk going into a fight unprepared, which is a good story in itself.
    I think any arcane tradition can lend itself to excellent storytelling experience when paired with the right character and setting. 
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    Axis reacted to Durnheviin in Tavern of Legend OOC   
    I'm not sure of the direction I'll be going with my character. (Magic, weapons, slight powers, etc) so during this match he's just a regular dude with combat experience haha.
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    Axis got a reaction from AthenasFire in Tavern of Legend OOC   
    I’m looking forward to watching the fight
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    Luna'a walked into the Lounge, dazed and confused. She was a long way from home, but didn't know how she got there. However, She had seen their tech before, she had stuff just like it. She Pulled out her Lens, a small holographic device, with similar capabilities as a smartphone. Great. No service she sighed. Where am i...
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    Arista shakes her head, "Many of the details aren't clear. Normally I'd consult the fates by using spells. However your trust is currently more important due to the role you are going to play in Lia's new life. Regardless of if I'm able to gain it, the next course of action is to make sure nobody interferes with Lia's new childhood. Specifically, the number one threat to that right now is her past memories, and Astra. To deal with the first, my plan is to use a combination of two spells. Detect thoughts and memoria. This will allow me to selectively crystalize Lia's memories. By presenting that crystal to you, you'll be able to see the memories. When you see that the memory would only bring trouble to Lia, and you crush it in your palm, she'll be ready to think of you as a parental figure. After getting rid of the threat of her memories, the next step will be to eliminate Astra. I'll utilize my divination magic to locate her, and then I'll find an opening to end her. After that, I'll return to Lia's side as her protector. When she feels ready, we'll start dating." Arista's tone and expression never change throughout her entire timeline of events. She's already thought things through to this degree, mere seconds after waking up and getting attacked. 
    Arista lays against the bed, "But, there's a few places the plan needs to be improved. It's too rigid, and subject to interference. I haven't secured food, shelter, a crystal ball, magic items, learned the local political scene, the international political scene, the market, the blackmarket, criminal culture,  divinity..." Arista goes on for quite some time, listing various things she wants to learn about. Then, she pauses. "And, I also don't know all the things a good girlfriend should do..." Arista starts to close her eyes. Her stomach growling audibly. "It's hard to think..."
    Despite her brilliance, her near sociopathic behavior, and terrifying desire to know and control everything, Arista was in fact just a young girl. It seemed that even she was capable of feeling overwhelmed. 
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    Axis got a reaction from princeben07 in Newcomer   
    Hello. My name is Axis, and I came here looking for an interesting RP experience. The idea of a singular connected world sounds nice, and I'm hoping to find stories that bring out interesting aspects of the characters everyone designs. In particular, I'm hoping to find an active and accepting community. I look forward to participating~
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    Arista-chan, huh? Svetlana notes down the girls name and stores it in her memory, continuing to look coldly at her as she responds. These are definitely the words of a yandere sociopath, who walks around all empty until she finds someone that makes her feeel something, and goes obsessively after them. Being an otaku, she's seen it in manga...
    She's also seen it in real life too, of course..
    It's a painful thing that Arista's had to go through, being prepared for human sacrifice at such a young age. It sounds just like Lia to do her best to rescue the helpless, and for a moment Svetlana can't help but feel some pride. She can understand in some way how such an experience would affect a girl Arista's age, but it's quite clear she believes the girl to always have been this way. Her loss of purpose only brought this to the forefront.
    The last statement of hers sounds laughable. She wants Lia to be the one to kill her? Will Arista even let it come to that? She highly doubts that. If she gets her way, then the thought won't even occur to Lia.
    Even though she has more objections, she decides to withhold any further judgement until she's seen the memories for herself. Does she have much choice in this situation. "Alright, Arista-chan, let us go. You will show me these memories, and I will see for myself." She shoots off a quick message to Prognosticator, who works out-of-sight to get some food in Lia's room. It'll be there by the time Svetlana and Arista arrive. "You may eat... after showing me these memories." She says, once they get to their destination.
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    Axis reacted to Csl in Looking for Tavern of Legend Volunteers v.2   
    What’s the Tavern of Legend?
    The Tavern of Legend (or ToL) is a sandbox forum where new members can play to help get used to the site. This is especially useful for those new to online forum role-playing. Its main feature was a hub thread where characters and NPC Tavern staff could just socialize.
    Season 4 of the Tavern of Legend is the most recent version of the place, and it's been running nicely since it was posted earlier this year.
     
    What are the types of ToL volunteers?
    Mentors are Valucre users who actively write in the ToL’s main threads to assist new members, usually playing the Tavern’s staff members. Becoming a mentor is a serious commitment, but it’s a great way to help new members adjust to the site. While this role can be fairly time-intensive, are better
    Helpers are a new type of volunteer. These are Valucre users who have volunteered to be on call if new members need a writing partner outside the ToL main threads. This position is best for people who want to help new members out but don’t want the full-time commitment of being a ToL Mentor. 
    Helpers are put on a list where they'll be on call if new members need a writing partner - either for a ToL quest or a "starter thread" in one of the main Valucre forums. Helpers can either volunteer to write with new members or be assigned a new member to help by one of the ToL Mentors. If you're particularly interested, Helpers can also serve as part-time writers in the main Tavern threads.
    Why should I become a ToL volunteer?
    Aside from helping new members discover the wonders of roleplay in Valucre? ✨✨✨
    You can get to know the new members (and potentially meet amazing long-term writing partners). You can introduce new members to plots/threads you need writers for. If you're a board leader/location owner you can also advertise your own place and everything!
    In addition to that, there are incentives for being a Tavern Helper.
    Free Csl art* - Complete 1 thread, each 2+ pages long, with a new member.
    Free user title - Complete 3 threads, each 2+ pages long, with a new member
    *full-colored headshots of character portraits. See samples of Csl art here and here.
    If you decide to volunteer as a mentor you also get occasional free Csl art and/or coding help because I'll be grateful 😘
    If you’re interested, reply below or PM me ^_^
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    Axis got a reaction from Purple Eagle in [Lounge] Mothers and Daughter-Figures   
    Arista pauses for a moment to study Svetlana's expression. She starts off by giving her name. "My name is Arista." The small girl starts to close her eyes. "I'm probably not a good girlfriend. Lia probably never would have chose to have me in her life either. Lia had to give up a lot, to get to this point. I bent fate, I did whatever was necessary, to get to a place she could love me back."
    Arista continues in her uncomfortably emotionless tone, "I need Lia. I have ever since the day she saved me from being sacrificed on an altar to an old god." Suddenly, Arista starts to emote, a mixture of pain and nostalgia overtakes her lifeless tone, "I remember it like it was yesterday... I was surrounded by strange men with daggers. I was cut open. I was bleeding on the alter, waiting for Zenith to finally take me."
    Arista erupts passionately, "Then, suddenly a wall of fire erupted, splitting the room in half. A team of adventurers surges in like a storm. The cultists on the same side of the wall of fire throw their bodies at the adventurers while the ritual continues. The adventurers were being overwhelmed, and eventually they began to rout. The wall of fire fell down, and I ceased to feel anything. And yet, I wasn't with Zenith. Despair filled my very soul, that the meaning of all my suffering, couldn't even be bothered to claim me."
    Arista then slows down to a tone of complete awe, "Then, I felt a force reaching out to me. I wasn't willing to return to that world, and yet. I felt completely stunned by how beautiful Lia's spirit was. It was like, after being buried alive my entire life, a beam of light suddenly struck me. When I came to my senses, I was on Lia's back. She was running away from the tomb I called home. She was covered in wounds, and she was alone. For the first time in my life... I felt like I was really alive. Like, I was supposed to continue on... I held onto her tightly, and she smiled. Through heavy breaths as she ran as fast as she could, she told me I was going to be ok, and I cried, until consciousness failed me."
    Arista's voice returns to its usual lifeless expressions, "When I woke up, she was gone. I was in a church. From what I understood, they were trying to purify me. The people there wanted me to feel at ease, but I felt nothing for them. The promise the light gave me that day, of a life worth living. It had vanished, leaving behind my purposeless husk."
    Arista says longingly, "I wanted to see her again. I wanted her like most people want to live because really those things were the same thing for me. A life without Lia, is worse than no life at all."
    Arista now opens her eyes to look at Svetlana's, their emptiness and vanity threatening to swallow them, "The moment, she saved me... She became my everything. So, even if she doesn't want me in her life, I'll still fight with everything I am to make sure I can be by her side... And if, that is wrong... If my life and my purpose are really beyond redemption. I want her to be the one to kill me."
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    Svetlana listens to Arista's words in full without interrupting even once. This girl had got it all planned out, recognizing the maternal feelings she'd developed towards Lia and working that into her own grand plan. Astra? That must be the 'troubled girl', who no doubt has to go because of how much she knows. In short, she's outlived her usefulness. Then there's the last part of that long speech, and Svetlana can't help but feel disgusted.
    She continues to keep quiet as Arista lists off all the problems with her plan from her point of view, scoffing when she admits to not knowing what a good girlfriend should do. That much is plain for all to see! "Do you think your actions are the mark of a good girlfriend: making all these plans for her without her consent, rather than involving her and giving her the choice to live her life?" She asks, folding her arms. Had she thought of that already, or did she simply think it didn't count? "What is your name, oneechan?"
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