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  1. "So that's how it is. I guess it can't be helped." Tenkai kept his distance from the threatening spectre as he pointed his tachi directly at Tenkai, directing a wave of concentrated bloodlust in his direction. It was a very familiar feeling to Tenkai, the kind that he felt whenever he encountered any warrior firmly set down the Path of Asura. It was likely that in the ghost's lifetime, conflict and strife were ever-present. Perhaps he had lived in an age of war, knowing nothing but the battlefield throughout his young life. Perhaps he had been an assassin, where dealing in death became his very livelihood. Or perhaps he was just another wandering warrior, giving his whole life to the sword and the perfection of his art. Whichever it may be, this aura was unmistakably the one of someone who had lived for nothing but battle, and all the blood that came with it. For such a desire to be strong enough to tether one's spirit to the mortal plane was both awe-inspiring and terrifying at the same time. This was not she kind of spirit that Tenkai was capable of quelling as a monk. He could only do so as a swordsman of Yagyu Shinkage-ryu. Carefully, Tenkai undid the string tying the end of the cloth that concealed his sword, revealing its odd-looking hilt. It held a shape similar to that of a typical tsuka that Ren would recognize, but the materials and make were completely different and unlike that of what he would remember from his lifetime, should he remember any of it at all. With his left hand holding the blade by the saya, Tenkai carefully undid the harness on his kesa until both it and his entire robe fell to the floor. Underneath his robes, Tenkai was clad in an unusually modern-looking pair of sune-ate over a tsutsu-hakama, held together by an armored utility belt and a long gray waist cape. He withdrew his armored right arm through the sleeve of his charcoal black kimono jacket and pulled it through the center, shrugging the garment off of his shoulders and stringing his arm through his rosary necklace so that it wrapped across his chest. As he exposed the shoulder of his armored kote, the darkness of the tomb was suddenly illuminated by the light of small, thin streaks of cerulean energy that formed the outline of additional pieces of armor that materialized on his body as if summoned by magic. An imposing shoulderguard of lamellar plates connected to a larger pauldron carved in the likeness of an angered Acalanatha appeared on his right shoulder. A magitek housing unit not that much bigger than the saya of his sword appeared at the left side of his hip, encasing the saya itself so that the sheathed sword would stay anchored at his side. All this was done without Tenkai's attention ever leaving the spirit, unfazed by its aura of bloodshed and the natural sense of terror exuded by disembodied spirits. He took note of the fact that the spirit was leading with his left hand, though he did not immediately assume that meant he was predominantly left-handed. Presuming that the spirit did not attempt to take the initiative as the monk prepared himself, he would finally draw his sword, turning his hips to pull back the scabbard in his hand and draw the blade in a single, fluid motion. With the tip of the blade pointing at the spirit's eyes, it took little more than a small step back with his left foot and a twist of his blade for Tenkai to assume seigan-no-kurai. Unlike the usual seigan-no-kamae, Shinkage-ryu's seigan-no-kurai was a more angled posture, with the right side forward and the fists held just to the right of Tenkai's center-line from the spirit's perspective. Despite the angling of his body and the blade itself, the tip remained level with the spirit's eyes. A cold determination burned dimly in Tenkai's eye like a flickering blue ember. If the only thing that would settle this spirit and therefore rid the tomb of its disquiet was a duel, then Tenkai would do as he must. 我は柳生新陰流の松本天海。推して参る! "Ware wa Yagyu Shinkage-ryu no Matsumoto Tenkai. Oshite mairu!" (I am Tenkai Matsumoto of Yagyu New Shadow School. Have at thee!)
  2. For a moment Tenkai had thought his blow had struck home, and in some fashion it had. The tip of his sword had managed to bite into the side of its knee, but before the cut could travel all the way Tenkai would find himself blindsided by the heavily armored form of Davath crashing into him. The Herald's violent backswing crashed into Tenkai's unarmored left side, swatting him away with the weight of a fully-armored Custodes. Presuming that the daemon let go of Davath, the two of them would be sent flying backwards before crashing into a heap. Tenkai's bodysuit had afforded him some manner of protection from any cuts and scrapes he would have received by having his skin snag against any sharp or pointed sections of armor, but there was little to be done about the concussive force other than to go with it rather than resist. Had Tenkai not been made of sterner stuff, the crash would have broken every bone in his body. Meanwhile, Alexa's valiant efforts to hold the daemon at bay were met with a powerful roar of unbridled hatred as the Blood God's blessing surged within the Herald. It sought to repel them all with a psychic scream that burned with Khorne's infinite enmity towards psychics and magic-users. Tenkai was nearly beaten back down by the scream alone, but he braced himself on his knee like a stone in a raging river, clearing his mind so that the unrelenting force would pass him. Alexa's attempt to deal a decisive blow to the daemon had bought them some breathing room, despite the disorienting roar. It was not unlike a daemon of Khorne to take a moment to savor their own rage and delight in the bloodshed, resulting in the briefest of pauses. Normally that would serve as a good opening, but after being waylaid by the scream, that opportunity wasn't in the cards for now. But it did manage to buy Tenkai a second wind. With a flash of steel the swordsman lashed out with a powerful swing of his Muramasa, cutting through empty space with such force that it split the very air in two, displacing it and sending a blade of air pressure flying toward's the creature's neck. 風神斬! "Fuujinzan!" (Wind God Slash) It was true that direct psychic assaults did not work against Khornate daemons and warriors who held great favor with the Blood God. Khorne's own being as a penultimate Warp entity, a god among daemons, was a psychic force in and of itself that could overpower even the most powerful psykers. But that did not spare his followers from indirect psychic attacks, such as objects thrown via telekinesis or daemon-quelling magicks focused through a physical weapon. Tenkai's attack worked in an almost similar fashion, using his ki to launch a strike that turned the air itself into a weapon that would deal damage to the Herald irregardless of its god's blessing. Though the strike would likely not pierce its armor, whether or not it cut flesh would not matter as the force of the blow would still rattle the daemon's helmet enough to anger it. Tenkai wanted to keep the Herald's attention focused on him. After Ashil and Davath were waylaid so, Tenkai remained as the only one with a chance of standing toe-to-toe with the daemon in full on melee combat. In the meantime, he could only hope that Inquisitor Alexa or the Custodes would notice the wound on the Blackend Knight's knee and focus on it. There were other points where its armor was compromised, but this was a wound to its corporeal form. Exploiting and compromising it would make it easier for the daemon's entire physical form to unravel. @Fierach@Maverick
  3. "Gladly," Tenkai replied with a wry half-smirk. He knew that Arthur was being a bit tongue-in-cheek, which was ironic given how he was sticking it out of his mouth. Interestingly, however, there was more than just jest at play with the monk's reply. "I intend to give my share to Inn'sth." Tenkai looked around at the run-down hamlet and its despondent inhabitants. He could see how much the land had scarred them, both in body and soul. How any of them managed to hold on to sanity with such little resources was astonishing, which was probably why such cases were so few and far between. "It's important that whatever we find out there in the wastes is kept there rather than being left free roam the continent, and the people of this town have a part to play in maintaining this redoubt. Not just the Order of the White Hand, or the Order of Force Majeure. For all they've been through, the least we could do is give them a better wall." It was true that Tenkai could afford the luxury of giving away his share of the bounty. The Order's resources ran deep, and there was little Tenkai needed in this life. Whatever he did need was well within the Order's ability to provide. In that sense, he had fallen out of his old vagabond ways into a more privileged existence, but that privilege was not lost on him. Regardless of the Order's aid or no, the result would have been the same. Even in days past, Tenkai had no need for trinkets and treasure. The only difference now was that the hopeful sense of adventure he had once possessed had been snuffed out. Tenkai wasn't the least bit surprised that Arthur knew the researcher that they were supposed to rendezvous with outside of Inn'sth. Arthur was a very resourceful individual and a magus to boot, and mages were a very academic lot for the most part. In a way, hearing that there was some manner of personal investment to their task on his compatriot's part felt oddly refreshing. This meant that their aims would align all the more, despite the end result of their venture. The monk made no indication of quarrel over what could have been considered withheld information, and it seemed like Artanthos was of the same mind. With that settled, he let Arthur and Archibald take the time to catch up as the whole group got up to speed together. Tenkai graciously accepted the provisions from Archibald's assistant, inspecting each one. The enchanted lantern was one of the more fascinating items. Tenkai possessed various magitek gadgets himself, but even the small flashlight mounting he kept in one of the compartments still ran on power cells. Magitek power cells, but power cells nonetheless. It was better to rely on this ensorcelled cold-flame lantern to light the way, saving his backups as a last resort. The fact that it gave off no heat signature would undoubtedly be very useful for keeping themselves hidden. Truth be told, Tenkai had often overlooked the value of alternate light sources, given the fact that he could generate light as needed using his own abilities as a monk. However, using one's spirit energy simply as a light source was not a very cost effective means of doing so, and in Tenkai's case it would require him to chant a mantra in order to keep it up. There were ways to maintain it more easily, but that required other pieces of Buddhist paraphernalia that Tenkai did not bring with him. Ultimately, Tenkai was far more fortunate to be provided with the lantern. The flares would also come in handy if they needed to split up for any reason, though Tenkai was loathe to even consider that possibility. Splitting up sounded like a very bad idea for a place like Yh'mi, but the possibility was always there. They had to be prepared. Besides all of these, the only other piece of equipment that was of most use to this situation besides his sword was the small book that James had provided him with. The book contained a brief bestiary of the many denizens of Yh'mi and the terrible ways they could kill you. There were a few in particular that James had specifically warned him about already, but having the book to review was a good way to keep this knowledge fresh. It seemed like the book would be the perfect way to pass the time in the event that they had to set up camp on their journey. While many might think of reading such literature in the middle of the wastes themselves akin to reading the Malleus Maleficarum while traipsing the Nine Hells or Little Red Riding Hood in the middle of a wolf-infested forest, Tenkai was not so easily disquieted. If anything, reading such a text helped him feel just about as safe as he possibly could be in a place like this, armed with the necessary knowledge of the darkness before them. The monk saw no problem when it came to rationing the provisions, either. Going for days without food was one of those skills that managed to stick with Tenkai long after his traveling days had ended. Monks were taught to live off the alms of strangers, and on pilgrimages Tenkai would have to put himself at the mercy of other peoples' kindness or cruelty. Doing so had taught him a deep appreciation of even the most meager of meals and the nature of the suffering brought on by hunger. This was needed in order to develop compassion for the preta, the hungry ghosts of those whose previous lives had been filled with greed and gluttony and now suffered greatly for it. That being said, he felt it was best to leave the food portioning to the party leaders, and he would take only what was given to him. "Understood," Tenkai replied with a nod. It was surprising to see Artanthos in what could only be described as an affable mood, especially in a situation like this. Not to say that Artanthos was particularly dour, but what little he knew of the fallen knight had shown him to be rather stern and severe when it came to the grim work he was often faced with. Perhaps this was simply the side of him that could only be seen by those who gained some modicum of his trust, something that Tenkai himself had seemingly lost the ability to do long ago. Or at least he thought he had. There was a grim honesty about Artanthos and his self-imposed duty, and that was something Tenkai could understand and relate to after everything that had happened to him. It was something that made the fallen knight seem worth trusting, far more than anyone of a more lighthearted nature. While Artanthos saw to his steed, Tenkai was as much intent on learning what he could from their current host as Artanthos was. No doubt Arthur would like to learn what Archibald knew of those they sought and what they had been seeking as well, and it was likely he was already asking the old researcher just that. Regardless of which, proper introductions were in order. "I have to say I concur with my companion on this one," said Tenkai as he stepped closer to the rest of the group. "It's best that you tell us all that you know of these missing researchers and just what exactly they were looking for out here. But before that, I would have all your names." His attention was primarily focused on that of the two mercenaries who had came to the forward camp before them, as Tenkai already knew Arthur. However, despite knowing the researcher's name, it would be good to receive a proper introduction to Archibald. Perhaps Arthur could do the honors, given his previous acquaintance? To that end, Tenkai gave Arthur the slightest knowing tilt of the head. "My name is Tenkai," he began, not one to ask for that which he would not give himself. "I am a Knight of the Order of Force Majeure."
  4. So your end goal for her character is to become a historical figure? Wouldn't that happen regardless of how events transpired? Maybe I'm just not understanding what you mean with the whole Zengi thing.
  5. @Ataraxy I'm sorry, just as an additional here: I'm not trying to start a fight/argument over this here, and I don't want you to be put off by what I'm saying. These are just things to keep in mind and consider, as well as me addressing the points you bring up that seem to be holding you back on this story. I 100% understand and respect the level of attachment you have with Lilith. I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't believe that. I just think that requires some definite agreement here so that we're all on the same page. It should be none of this "well, that's what YOU guys thought, but I think--". Once we're in the story together, there has to be communication and honesty of what's doable and what isn't, as well as whether people want to do it or not. That being said, I think we've at least settled what will happen in Nede 2.
  6. I get that, but that's kindof what I'm asking about here. "Planning on following through" and "give no guarantee" are two statements at odds with each other. Planning to follow through while equivocating with the "no guarantee" is like trying to enter a room while keeping one foot out the door. Now, if what you're getting at here is that you want to use the Nede thread as a litmus test going forward with regards to your availability, I can understand that. But if Nede ends up showing that you don't have the time for it, what then? Would we have the capture happen at the end of Nede 2 instead of in a new thread "months" down the line in IC time? A few things here. The "unfairness" I mentioned is more a matter of player involvement. You're the one who made this interest check and proposed this part of the story. How is that pressuring you? If you're not 100% ready to do that, why even do an interest check? I get it, you wanted to see if there was an interest, but then it's less of an interest check into a roleplay you want to do and more of the "I wanna know how many people want to see Lilith defeated." You could have accomplished that without ever proposing a potential plotline. I agree, again, that changing your mind six months down the line would cause issues. That's part of the reason why these things get set in agreements, so that there is no confusion or changing of minds here. You changing your mind about it after saying you want to do it is more of a problem on your end than a problem with everyone who came in expecting what was discussed. (This actually reminds me of a similar issue regarding a much-hyped PC game that I'd...rather...not remember... ._. ) So that's why you have to ask yourself, what would make you change your mind? And if you could change your mind, why not just...not propose the interest check? Don't even think of the plot because it feels more like something you don't want to do rather than want to eventually do. Then, when you've finally decided to have it run its course, you could bring it up again. That way you'll have interest from everyone who would want to be involved in it from then on rather than people who showed interest before, only to lose it because they were unsure whether or not it was ever going to happen. (I know this from experience given the fact that I've 100% made that mistake before, to my own detriment.) I'll also add that just because Lilith is captured doesn't mean you can't roleplay as her, unless she's held in some sort of stasis, but that doesn't mean it has to happen that way. Even if it did, there's still ways around that in terms of writing and character development. Dream sequences exploring character depth, some form of incorporeal communication with the other Cult members, etc. The point of this isn't to "ban" you from playing Lilith at all. Not to mention, I don't remember there being any rule with regards to the time taken for her to be captured. I'm even being told about Valucre's "Brevity Rules" applying there if that's the case. There's many ways that can be accommodated if the issue is simply your attachment to Lilith. Since you brought up Tenkai, however, I would like to point out that him getting captured in an RP that I myself proposed would not be "banning" him from roleplay. If I intended for the capture, then I'm either roleplaying out the capture for a plot, or I'm putting him on a character-developing hiatus for whatever reason. And even then, I wouldn't be barred from RPing him if the other places I wanted to play him happened at a point before his capture or after his eventual escape. (also, not that important, but I think if I had Tenkai do everything that Lilith has done to the exact same scale and gravity, I would actually want him to be stopped eventually). Moreover, I don't know how you wanting to play Lilith in other plots and storylines further down the line has anything to do with her capture. Thinking about that, if you wouldn't have time to play out this story and her capture, why would you have time for any other roleplay? Are you saying you wouldn't have time IRL to play this out but also have time to play in other plots elsewhere? ...this ended up being more than a few things. .w.; I'm sorry. Not sure why this is "last ditch". Last ditch for who? For Lilith? That sounds more like a last ditch to have Lilith escape/benefit rather than save the story. A real last ditch would just be coming together to wrap it all up in a post-mortem between the players and just...moving on with everything. Now, I don't know anything about Zengi other than him being a historical figure in Val lore, so I don't really know what to say to that or what you're getting at. Are you saying you'd just have her poof, no repercussions, no consequences, and then force her into being codified as a legend? I guess I can't really say anything to that because you have BL powers, though. 🤷‍♂️ Wait, so Lilith won't know what happened, but she has to know she's being contained, right? She'll know it the moment she tries to leave Nu Martyr. Also, are we talking about Nu Martyr the city, or Nu Martyr the entire province? I mean, was it? What was the joke then? It's still a joke rooted in an outcome you thought was what we were going for until I corrected you. Had I agreed with you and went along with it, would it still be a joke?
  7. I didn't want to do this before, but I feel like I should probably talk about it since I guess I still feel confused. This interest thread is neither for the Toto thread or the second Nede thread to follow it, correct? It's simply an interest check for the overall plot idea of Lilith's "fall and defeat". And as such, that same "fall and defeat" may or may not happen during the Nede thread. But then you add: "I'm currently still interested in this happening, however, but that is not a guarantee it will happen, especially with my IRL time constraints." "There might come a time where I simply cannot post and have Lilith poof from Valucre in some way. Who knows." So this is an interest check for a story that may or may not end up happening? Now, to be fair, I realize the irony of what I'm saying here. It's not like I haven't made interest checks for things I wanted to do only for it to change dramatically along the way (like my own canon quest) or being in an RP that never reached its fruition. But it's definitely the first time I've gone into an interest check where the prevailing thought is that it may or may not happen, or that there's no guarantee it'd happen. Usually its just "I wanna do x, and we're gonna try to do x. Hopefully life won't get in the way but if it does, we'll work it out or around it." And then if things peter out its not because anyone went in thinking that was what was going to happen, since that kind of mindset practically causes it to happen. Would it not be more pragmatic to think of some sort of contingency in terms of making sure the plot ends up wrapped up some way for those who were involved and everything they wrote for it? Not just for this interest check, but for the entire arc regarding the Cult of Power. It isn't a good idea to start everyone off with the looming idea in their head that they could get themselves invested in the story that is to come after Nede (that is, everything leading up to Lilith's inevitable defeat) only for it to go nowhere due to RL constraints, and then simply be left with "well, I told you it could happen, soooo..." I'd rather we go into it with a more definitive idea of things, try to make it happen so that we all write a good story together, and if RL gets in the way, just give RL the time it needs. And if it really did get to the point where you seriously never can post again, that's what the contingency is for. Finding some way to wrap up the plot that doesn't require a player who is permanently indisposed. Simply having Lilith "poof" from Valucre would be a slap in the face to everyone who put in time and effort writing these stories. It would be a slap in your face, too, to be honest. So I think that maybe this is something that should be settled before going forward for the sake of everyone who has shown interest. Mind you, I could be a complete idiot and this could have already been resolved to that degree without my knowledge, leading me to to be incredibly behind on the times. But I'm willing to risk looking like a buffoon for the sake of mental clarity. :U Aside from that, it looks like you all spoke already about the matter of capture, saying that this Nede part 2 thread will not end in Lilith's capture, just her containment. If that's so, then are we just using "capture" as synonymous with "fall and defeat"? Because I'd argue that since we all agreed Lilith's capture was going to be temporary, it's not synonymous at all. This is sortof what I mean about the possibility of the plot going nowhere. But if everyone's already in agreement that the eventual capture after the events of Nede part 2 is the aforementioned defeat, then I won't object further for sake of ease. What I WILL say, however, based on this little tidbit I missed: I hate to burst your bubble, Raxy, but homie don't play dat. You already got your "very bloody Tenkai Matsumoto" at Nu Martyr. The fact that it never got a chance to be written out isn't my fault, and I have contacted you several times about doing something short so that the canon can be complete. You don't have time for that, I know, but barring that the only thing we can really submit for canonization in that regard is the post-mortem of the event that I used at the beginning of this thread. I said that for Nede 2 we'd do a give and take since we're writing a story. More of an even clash that ultimately results in Lilith escaping to Nu Martyr while Tenkai has to pull back to help the OFM fight Ankou. I'm not doing a Worf Effect repeat performance where he gets thrashed around like a red-headed stepchild. If you really want the satisfaction of Lilith doing a number on Tenkai, we're going to have to write out that old Nu Martyr battle encounter like I said before. Nede 2 is a different animal. Tagging the rest of you for thoughts and acknowledgement. @amenities@Fierach@danzilla3@supernal
  8. Just giving my own blind take on this. Sometimes dialogue can be difficult because if you let yourself get lost in it, you start to forget where your character is and who they're talking to. You can end up saying things that YOU want to say rather than what THEY would say. Other times it's less what they are saying and how they're saying it. I feel like this can happen a lot when you really try to get into a role, because if you get deep enough into it and picture yourself as your character in order to get into that mindset, you end up so deep in there that instead of you getting into their mindset, your mindset gets into them because you start acting naturally again. It's best to first take into account your character's present situation and company, thinking like they would, how they would react and whether or not they'd speak at length or be curt. Then, getting into that mindset, write out what they would say from what feels right first, then stop. Take a moment to divorce yourself from what you just wrote and approach it as a reader, like another roleplayer from the outside looking in. Read it again and ask yourself whether or not it sounds like your character, or if it just sounds like you. Work on it enough and the process can come so naturally that you'll end up editing things as you go along, which saves time. Another thing I like to do is imagine the character's voice and temperament in my own head. Hearing their words in another voice helps set them apart from your own thoughts and makes it easier to figure out whether they sound on the money or not. I like to imagine a specific voice actor in these cases, but you could just as easily go by the voice of a specific character as a basis for it in your head.
  9. This evening sucks.

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      amenities

      Sorry your night sucked! You know my discord if you ever wanna chat a little

  10. @Ataraxy @amenities I know we’re all talking about “no guarantees” or whatnot, and to be fair it’s been long enough that I honestly don’t know what was guaranteed or what wasn’t. Coulda swore that Lilith’s capture was always going to happen, just that it wouldn’t be permanent. All I know that we had set aside was that we’d write out a fight scene between Tenkai and Lilith. Then Lilith would get away to Nu Martyr and Tenkai would go back to aid the others against Ankou. Granted, this was all under the idea that this would lead towards further development in the future regarding capture or general opposition, but with all this talk of “maybe I’ll just poof and it’ll go nowhere” is mayhap a tad disconcerting. But far be it from me to make any waves when people seem to be in agreement. More or less, I’m in @Fierach’s boat. We both made our posts in that last thread just to establish our characters on the scene, like a sudden development at the end of a comic book chapter. We’re all just waiting on you to make that next thread once you have the time to do so.
  11. The gravity of the task that Tenkai had chosen to undertake weighed on his mind. He had never set foot in Yh'mi before, and he could only imagine he would be glad that he hadn't before once he finally did so. The Order had some previous exploits with regards to those blighted lands, and the past experiences of his fellow Knights and the knowledge already possessed in their archives were Tenkai's only source of information about it. When approached on the subject of Yh'mi, James Eredas spoke to Tenkai at length about the dangers of that land, as well as his most prominent theory: that the lands were a Chaos waste; a region where the Warp bled into realspace and constantly twisted reality. Still bearing the scarring memories of the Kadian Harrowing, Tenkai knew just how horrific the corruption of the land could be. With all of this known, what could possibly have possessed Tenkai that would spur him to venture to such a forsaken region? Well, despite his every efforts to sever it for its transgressions, the hand of Fate ever so loved to play with Tenkai. It was following the end of the Trueblade tournament that Tenkai serendipitously met with a pair of erstwhile companions. Arthur Uskglass, a resourceful alchemist and winner of the Trueblade tournament, managed to catch up with Tenkai afterward. With him was Artanthos Thulmann, a fallen knight and formidable swordsman who, previously unknown to Tenkai, had intended to enter the Trueblade tournament originally. But the fallen knight was a man of his own purpose, and ultimately was not able to attend. It was a shame, really, as Tenkai would have enjoyed seeing Artanthos' swordsmanship in action once more in a scenario where Tenkai was neither busy fighting alongside him nor on the receiving end. Either of them would have made a good addition to the Order, either as Custodes or even Knights, but Tenkai felt it was unlikely that their of them would join their ranks. Despite the relative freedom afforded to the Knights in their chosen undertaking, the two of them were much like what Tenkai once was: a man of their own purpose, following their own paths alone while intersecting with others numerous times along the way. Something about that familiar feeling made the monk a bit nostalgic, up until he reached the bitterness that the past had left him with. This was not their first time meeting again since the ill-fated Heaven or Hell tournament, yet their meetings were a bit few and far between. Nonetheless, this meeting would prove to be far more eventful. Ever in pursuit of new opportunity. Arthur had informed Tenkai and Artanthos of his intention to venture into Yh'mi. He intended to pull together a party at the town of Inn'sth, on the border between the wastelands and the continent proper. Knowing Arthur, his intent was likely to seek out adventure and treasure like many others who were daring or foolish enough to go there. But treasures meant little to Tenkai, and his desire for adventure was a shadow of what it used to be. Despite this, Tenkai agreed to lend a hand in Arthur's endeavor due to the fact that the Order had a continued presence on the border as they aided the Order of the White Hand in their vigil. Keeping whatever stalked the wastelands of Yh'mi from threatening the rest of the continent was, as per James' theory, as much a part of the Order of Force Majeure's duty as it was to brave the Harrowing of Kadia. There was bound to be some manner of quest pertaining to the duty that Tenkai had chosen to impose upon himself. And as always, there was the added benefit of keeping himself aware of where Arthur's ambition was leading him. Yh'mi carried far more risk than most places of venture on the continent, and Tenkai preferred to be present to assist in case the alchemist's own rapaciousness got the better of him. With James informed of his task and now prepared with the necessary knowledge and resources, Tenkai ventured out with Arthur and Artanthos towards the town of Inn'sth. It had already been noted a number of times before, but "town" seemed like a bit of a misnomer with regards to Inn'sth. The word "town" gave the suggestion of a thriving slice of civilization cut out of the harshness of the surroundings it had tamed. But there was no taming Yh'mi. Inn'sth was little more than a downtrodden bulwark, a gathering of hastily-assembled encampments with little indication of permanence, as if those residing here needed the ability to pick up and flee at a moment's notice. Tenkai could not blame them for feeling this way. There wasn't much else but a crude wall separating them from an unfathomable darkness that threatened to consume their souls. For many residents, it looked as if it already had. For a moment Tenkai wondered why a settlement that was meant to serve as the continent's sole bastion against the madness of the wastes could be so woefully reinforced. Had the Orders not tried to fortify their walls and build up the encampment? Or had they tried and failed? "The only 'fortune' to be found here is misfortune," Tenkai added as Artanthos spoke with Arthur. This wasn't just Tenkai trying to be clever. The walls did very little to hold to cursed nature of Yh'mi's environment from seeping into Inn'sth. His senses were riled by umbral aetherial flow, twisting the land into a cold, dark mockery of nature. For a moment Tenkai wondered if "twisted" was even the right word to use here. James had told him much about what he knew of the nature of these lands, but not their origin. Tenkai knew nothing of what these lands once looked like before. For all he knew, there was never a time where Yh'mi was not a corrupted wasteland. Perhaps this was its purest, most natural form, and it was Inn'sth that was the aberration. That thought lingered for longer than Tenkai would have liked. As soon as he became aware that the madness of this land was already trying to warp his thinking, he snuffed the thought out like the flame of a candle. He would need to keep his mind clear and unfettered by fixation if he wanted to shield it properly. It wasn't very long until they had found a posting worthy of notice on the board. Tenkai found no objection to the choice, as any task barring anything blatantly suicidal was of equal worth to him. The rewards were immaterial, and at the core of each contracted duty was a matter involving the safety of Inn'sth and its residents. That being said, any one of them was important enough for him to undertake. Given the nature of their task and his present company, Tenkai decided to forego his usual decision to wear his Buddhist monk robes over his wargear in order to remain inconspicuous. There was nothing that stalked the blighted lands of Yh'mi that wouldn't threaten him no matter what he was wearing. Thus would he make this journey wearing his usual battle garb, a single pauldron and armored sleeve on his right side with a set of specialized greaves shaped similarly to that of a samurai's suneate, with almost every bit of metal on his person improved by some manner of technology. This he wore over simple clothing with a durable bodysuit underneath that covered him from the neck down. At his side was his sword, Muramasa, held in its sheath that was contained in its magitek housing with the servo-arm currently holding it at hip-mount configuration. He thought a bit over whether or not he should have brought a horse for this journey like Artanthos had, but it was probably wiser for Tenkai to walk. He was much faster to act on his feet than he was on any mount or vehicle. When they finally arrived at the campsite as indicated on the contract where this "rescue party" was being assembled, they were greeted by a few new faces. The first was a man, a mercenary from the looks of it, dressed in armor that was not that unlike a samurai's yoroi. With the katana on his hip as well, the mercenary's appearance immediately struck Tenkai with a sense of familiarity. This was not the first time such a phenomenon had happened. There were various other parts of this world with cultural aesthetics that reminded him of that which he was used to on his own world. Such was the peculiar nature of cross-world cultural gestalt. The next was a woman, at least at first glance, but it only took a moment for Tenkai to know she was not just any woman. The horns and tail were a giveaway to that, but many different creatures had features such as those. Tenkai's ability to sense daemons, infernals and other similar outsiders was as keen as any other demon hunter's would be, and the addition of his "eye" underneath his eyepatch made it so that even her soul was laid bare. Like other creatures born of the Hells or the Abyss, the souls of succubi gave off a resonance that was in tune with their essential nature, and in her case was the pure carnality of lust. Were he a less scrupulous man, Tenkai would have drawn his sword and thought her to be a denizen of Yh'mi itself. But Tenkai was not one to rush to judgement, despite being just as quick to distrust a potential demonic ally as Artanthos was. He had already paid the price for putting his trust in something born of shadow. On top of that, there didn't seem to be anything of her like within the Yh'mi bestiary, a copy of which the Order's library had furnished him with before he left. Besides these two, the only others present was an old, lone researcher and his assistant, presumably a member of the research team who stayed behind at Inn'sth so that he could assemble a rescue party in the event of his fellows' disappearance...which, of course, unfortunately came to pass. Quietly folding his arms, Tenkai listened and let both Artanthos and Arthur take point on the meeting, holding off his introduction until after they had spoken.
  12. Bork bork I'm a dork

  13. Oh? Yeah, Fierach's good with that. Looks like I'll have Tenkai attend.
  14. ^^^^^^^^ Jonny said drop comments, questions and concerns. I said my piece. If it's such a bother to you guys then I'll keep my mouth shut next time.
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