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Loara watched as Leon examined the trees. These were huge, violent gashes, engraved deep into each trunk. Definitely signs of the beast they were looking for.

Then the roar shook her. It resonated and sent chills down her spine. It was loud. The bear must be ginormous to make such a sound. Loara had hunted many creatures in her time as a ranger. From timid bunnies to snarling wolves to even tracking missing people. But this...this bear might not even be a bear at all. Still, they had to do something about it. There is no backing down now, just as they were closing in on it. Fear has no place in an adventurer's heart.

Loara turned to Leon and nodded to him while taking out an arrow from her quiver. "I am, Leon."

As they cautiously carried on through the woods, Loara heard rustling not too far from them in the large dense shrubbery. She had experienced almost too many ambushes in her time, and did not want to risk a giant bear being the ambusher this time. She quickly grabbed Leon and pulled him behind a wide tree with her. And there it was.

It...looked like a bear, at least. But its size was much larger than any alpha male. No...this was the alpha of alphas. Its fur was dark, maybe even black, and it had a thick scar on its nose. Loara stifled a horrified gasp. This was no mere bear...this was a monster.

"Leon," she whispered, "I don't think it's seen us yet, but it won't be long until it can smell us..."

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Taking a good glimpse at the beast near them as he would peek behind the tree. It was definitely their target without a doubt. The size and weight of it are like what their client described, even so, the scar on its snout confirming it. 

"That's the one for sure. I think I have a plan while we still have the element of surprise." He muttered. He knew a variety of spells at his disposal, mostly ones that involve direct combat with utility and destructive capabilities. Give the composition between the both of them and the abilities they had, they might have a chance for it to go smoothly. Only variable being the bear's strength and intellect. Underestimating the enemy would be a dire mistake, on both fronts. He continued to speak after gauging their surroundings and the bear.

"I'll draw aggro from the bear and try a surprise attack to gain its attention, and then engage at close range. Using your archery skills to aim at vitals and various points on the bear such as the eyes and the general facial region to disable it further." The plan being simple yet effective. Their performance to work as a team would be tested however he had confidence in their abilities. He waited for a response before he would move in for the attack. They were a good distance from a crowd, given their location they are able to use what means necessary to disable their target without overly prying eyes.

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"Okay. We should also lead it away from the town. Just in case," she replied.

Loara slowly moved away from her ally. Knowing that Leon was going to engage with the bear, she looked for a spot where she can see the bear clearly, as well as remain a good distance away. Being a ranger has its many perks, but close combat wasn't her strength; hence the long staff as her backup. She ended up moving to another tree with a slimmer trunk, and around it were bushes. Good enough.

It seems like the bear still hasn't noticed where they are yet, but its head suddenly looked up. Then slowly it arched back, lifting its front paws and standing on its hind legs. He looked monstrously huge now as he sniffs the air. Any moment it will find them.

Drawing the arrow back on her bow, she waited for the right moment to fire.

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On a mental count, he would then begin his assault. '3...2...1'. The numbers echoed in his head clear as he then swiftly moved. His strides swift as he extended his right arm, holding out his stave as it teemed with arcane energies. A magical sequence activated with that motion, various black and grey symbols would orbit the head of the staff between actualizing into a spell: Ruin. It is a spell that deals unaspected magic damage with an expanding radius explosion of 6 meters. It is a rather weaker version but should hopefully stun the bear in hopes for leeway for a follow-up attack. The sphere of magic energy would travel with immense speed, with a flash the spell would attempt to strike at its stomach region while it was still on its hind legs. If his attack was made successful, he would follow in for a wide sword slash in which to pierce its hide.

Pressing his right foot down to accelerate further, brandishing his sword arm. The bear would stumble backward as the attack was made successful in which encouraged Leon to follow-up with this opportunity. He was faced with another strong roar before he arced his sword slash forth and swung, the blade would pierce the bears hide and flesh into a deep wound, leaving a gash as blood would fly from the flesh wound as well as coating the true edge of his weapon. He would rebound and jump back, gaining some distance. The bear would get back on all fours, recovering from the first blow and roar once again. This time, fury can be heard in its cry. It was ready to attack, not before it reared and came rushing toward's Leon's direction. He would then prepare himself in a defensive stance by crossing his blade in front of him diagonally with his stave.

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Loara watched as Leon laid a two-stage attack on the beast; first the heated spell and second a well-placed slash. Afterwards, the bear was charging him. Now.

She slowly released her breath and whispered, "Ensnare."

Then, she shot her arrow. As it flew a light green aura was around it, reminiscent to the colors of leaves and the earth itself. Though it pierced the bear's jawline it missed its true mark; the eyes. Loara intended to blind the foe but at least her Ensnare will do some good.

From the arrow, ghostly chains spun around the bear's whole form, locking it in position. The beast seemed to have tripped over itself and skidded across the ground, slowing before Leon. This was the ranger's spell that Loara knew would prove effective, but the bigger the creature the shorter the duration. For a beast this big, they will not have long until the bear can move again. Loara pulled another arrow from her quiver.

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Added Tag. Keep forgetting to do that

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As he witnessed Loara's timely attempt at disabling their foe, the effectiveness was quite a welcome surprise. He could help but grin and give praise. 

"Good shot!" He bellowed as he stepped forth, darting towards the fallen bear to deliver a stab towards the bear's neck. He would extend his sword arm and thrust with pronounced speed, and strength. With his proficiency with the sword, his precision was true, a swift strike delivered with the opportunity that was laid out before him. As he rapidly approached the bear, he reeled back his arm, the sword tip pointed directly at the bear's neck. With a quick thrust as he extended his arm, the blade would pierce its hide and would tear its flesh asunder. The moment the blade incised into the bear, it released a cry of pain, whimpering as well as roars of fury left its maw as its teeth would gnash and grit, its body would wrangle against the ghostly chains to break free. Using its size and hulking strength, the chains quickly began to break and loosen. He would lunge backward several feet as he held his stave in front of him to cast another spell. Willing magical energy into the stave he would begin to cast another spell: Iron Maidens Cage. Evoking the spell would summon ebony chains to forcibly hold down the bear, the chains retained thick spikes to dig into its foes and drain their vitality. However, these would only pierce the bear's hide and hold it in place for a few more good moments. As long as Leon would retain concentration, he can hold for Loara to get in a good shot.

Unleashing the magic sequence, a magic circle formation would appear underneath the bear's flailing body. The circle retained colors of a blood moon surrounded by ashen clouds in midnight. Radiating an aura of necrotic hunger for the living. The bear was the chain's meal as they whipped, and thrashed around its body. The raddling of the chains rather eerie as a blood red aura seeped around them. The bear would unleash another strong roar, its struggling attempts becoming even more unsettling and erratic. Leon just looking at the bear, he sees pain. Borderline torture as the bear would look at them with bloodshot eyes of teething daggers and frustration, perhaps, helplessness? 

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As Leon cast his own spell to further root the bear in place, Loara was already moving to her next spot; closer to them but still a fair distance away. Next, the hind leg. It would be troublesome if the bear got loose, but enough damage to it's hind legs would not only prevent the beast from standing on them for height advantage, but also hinder its ability to escape. Loara moved quickly, her veil flipping once and a while with her face shown in mere flashes. It could not be helped, and Loara was too focused on the hunt to worry about Leon seeing her eyes.

She drew back and fired again, this time the mark hit true. An arrow of steel pierced itself into the bear's hip joint, and the bear released another cry of anguish. It flailed around in the dirt, almost desperately, but Leon's Iron Maidens Cage kept it locked in place. She could see her ally concentrating on keeping the spell in effect, so she decided for her third, and hopefully last, arrow to go for the heart.

Loara pulled another arrow from her quiver. Drawing it back she whispered, "Lance".

This one she had to charge up with the magical energy from the earth below her solid stance, as well as the energy flowing through her own veins. The longer she holds, the more likely the arrow will burst through whatever it hits; wood, steel, flesh, anything. That is the purpose of Lance. To penetrate relentlessly and leave nothing in its path. The arrow head glowed with a pure steel grey. The bear was huge and she was much closer now; she highly doubted she would miss.

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Standing in awe as his ally had shown a display of mercilessness towards their foe, whom in which is trapped, only moments before the embers of life is vanquished by the cold chill of death's breeze. However, with Loara's final strike within her ruthless combination; the bear was slumped and unyielding as the bright flash of light would glaze its being. No sooner was the bear to live, it was unmoving as if it had given it. Finally, its will was broken and taken over by superior strength. The eerie aura that surrounded the chains began to seep into the magicked circle that projected along the ground underneath the bear, slowly the chains would unhinge from the bear's nigh-lifeless body, retracting into the circle as the duration of the spell would come to an end, perfect moment for her to unleash her shot at the end was rapidly forboding. A thought came to him the moment the spell ended. 

"Careful now. We still need to skin the beast and bring the pelt to our client." He then added as he would slide his sword into its scabbard. if the bear was as vital as they had figured, he would be able to quickly act on the offense as he had still would have his staff on hand, however, he had deemed the fight to have come to a close, only mere moments away.

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Loara delivered the final shot. It flew through the air and pierced the bear cleanly and deeply. The bear laid still quickly, like a candle snuffed out by a strong wind. It was done. The arrow augmentation took quite a drain on Loara's energy, and she felt dizzy and out of breath. This was the risk of casting too many spells on her arrows in such a short time, but for the fight to be over, it was worth the effort. They had completed the difficult part of this quest; now they had to give the pelt to their client.

She recomposed herself, returning to her standard ladylike posture and moved to Leon's side, but not before fixing her veil. When she was close enough to Leon that her soft voice would be able to be heard, she asked, "Do you have any skill in skinning? I have some experience with rabbits and foxes, but nothing of this size."

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OOC: Who is our client again? Is it the bartender from the Tavern?

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A force of relief came over him after the bear had finally fallen, their task was initially complete for the most part without any casualties and quite swiftly performed as well he had figured. As she approached him and mentioned about his initial carving skills, while not a master but he should be able to without a major problem.

"Yeah, I think I can just fine for this one, rather huge he is." He added as he would then drop down to a knee beside the bear's still warm corpse. Fetching a tapered rondel dagger he had kept at his hip, unsheathing it from its leather scabbard and he would begin to collect their game. While the bear's pelt was rather thick, it would result in plentiful amounts of what could be made from it. As it wasn't damaged by any burning or something to tarnish the surface, the material was still fine. Just needing to be washed and properly cared for as well as getting access from the pelt during the maintenance process. After minutes pass, the time of day gradually shifting while the sun's rays still pierce through the clouds, he had finally was able to get the large bear's fur and skin only leaving its corpse in which is flesh and viscera as internal bleeding from the chains and Loara's arrows were evident on its body, or least what's left of it. Bagging up the bear pelt and cleaning any access blood on his hands, he would stand back up, sheathing his weaponry and the dagger so he can carry their game.

"Alright, sorry to keep you waiting but that should do it. We can head back to the tavern and report back." He said as he would sling the thick cloth and leathery bag over his shoulder.

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OOC: Someone named Vaddock in the Tavern, it should say in the TOL quest bulletin. 

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"Very well," Loara replied, and off they went back towards the Tavern. Loara began to think about their fight, and how well synchronized their attacks were against the bear. Though they had just met, they worked well as a team and the bear didn't seem to have stood a chance.

"Oh, do you need me to help carry anything?" she asked not too long after they had started walking. The fog was still around, but the sun coming up from the clouds was a nice feeling, tinting everything warmly and beautifully. She wondered what would happen now. Would she continue to do quests for the Tavern? Would she return home? Or would she go somewhere else?

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(OOC – per Godspell's request, am playing the client, and am doing a time-skip to place them all in one place.)

The sun dipped down, soon eclipsed by the horizon, and night comes in a gradient, increasing by degrees as shade overlays shade and blankets all in darkness. The bear's spilled blood has clumped joined the ground into clumps, and its lifeless body grew colder; rapidly so once it was stripped of its fur and left to rot in the forest.

It took several hours to reach Vaddock; not simply because of the distance to be crossed, but because of the additional weight of the massive bear's fur carried between the two of them, and in such a manner as to not dirty it by dragging it across the forest floor or compromise its integrity by letting a branch snag and tear it.

Soon a floating light broke the darkness. Not floating, but suspended, a lantern depending from a thin wire hook which kept it bobbing along in the wind just in front of Vaddock's cabin door. His home doubled as his place of business, and above his door were burned the words TANNER & SKINNER. Luckily for Loara and Leon, Vaddock's was on the way to the Tavern, so the latter was not too far removed from the former.

The door was open and admitted the two of them and their fur with the chime of a bell. Vaddock came to them from a back room, in a smock which smelled of lime and urine.

"Hah! 'Bout time!" He used a long, flat, metal tool to lift up the bear's face and look at its snout.

"Yup. That's the one. You two sure did a number on 'im, but kept most of the fur too! I can make something for the two of ya. I'll need the night for it tho'."

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