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Job Description:  Find a wizard name Aleister Crowley he has information to share. Though you need to fight him or persuade him to join the Syndicate side. (Bonus) Fight and Defeat him.   Job Reward:  800k Jewel, EXP (Bonus): 350k, EXP  'Taken by Ryuga'-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This dark gloomy town known as Hellano Town, south from Gallows Island, the town appears to be an old town but very large. It held many buildings and houses with stone patterned ground and the building structure resembles an old town from back in the day (real life times like London). Each roofing half-circle shingles and the town were mostly for criminals and other dark people and wizards alike. Morgiana was sent here to accompany Ryuga, not even Ryuga may know the reason why she was with him. But it was mostly just in case Ryuga decided to fight this man, Kaiza mention that the wizard they seek was an Z rank mage though he belong to no guild. They didn’t get the proper description of this man but to say a code “The closer you are, the less you see.” Until that time Morgiana donned a red hooded cloak to prevent the rain from getting her soak. She and Ryuga was teleported by Shiin outside of town about 15 yards from the entrance. They were at the edge of the forest that surrounds the town itself. “Hmph I hate the rain.” She utters while walking along the dark path that was given to them. Peccavit: Ryuga was wearing his usual purple attire and golden accessories with his black battle suit underneath. The male’s blonde hair whipped in the wet, windy rain so he had to push a strand or two away from his mystic purple eyes. “Hmph.” He was to locate a man, a mage that had information that Ryuga was supposed to gather. This mission would be quite interesting, Ryuga understood how to get information out of people and he understood what torture was all about. The mage of the Nine Legion Masks pursed his lips and nodded to Morgiana’s comment. He wondered why she was here but he didn’t mind the company. “Rain rain go away.” He sang quite slowly. The mage’s signature magic had to do with manipulating the weather so by seeping his eterano into the air he was able to cause the clouds to “naturally” disperse within minutes, letting the sun shine through. He didn’t want his partner to be uncomfortable and even for a mage his rank, it was a small feat on his part. Ryuga continued along the path and as they reached the town Ryuga could tell that it was full of dark and mysterious people. Finding his mage would be like trying to find a needle in a stack of needles. Ryuga nodded his head and tapped his finger along his leg. “How shall we go about this, Morgiana? Ask around or…?”With each minute passing the rain slowed and the dreary clouds faded away allowing the sun to shine as the two walked. Morgiana was quite comfortable now, even comfortable enough to remove the hood in which it revealed the pinkish long hair of hers. It reached down to the shoulders with one part of her hair tied into a straight up tail without the pony. Morgiana was no more than 5 foot 3 tall very petite for a 17 year old but overly strong. They were just entering the town with the ground wet she could feel the wet areas of her bare naked feet; most of the area had small puddles. “Hmm..” she uttered turning her attention towards Ryuga “Well Kaiza said that he isn’t the type to lounge around in usual places. So I suppose we look at bars and bookstores. However I let u do all the asking, im not even here to you. Got it.” She answered while staying on the left of him. Peccavit: As Ryuga walked his ears flickered at each squishing sound that was made from the feet of the civilians walking on the muddy ground. He hated that sound, it was quite disgusting to him, but he didn’t care to do anything about it. The mage nodded his head to his partner and stopped the nearest civilian. “Excuse me Ma’am.” Ryuga sounded very respectful, interesting compared to the type of Guild he was in. The woman stopped and raised a brow at him. “What?” She spat the word at him as if Ryuga had interrupted some grand walk that the woman was taking. This action of disrespect took Ryuga from using “please” and “thank you” to something much darker. “Where are the bars and bookstores in the town. I need a number.” The male’s purple eyes grew dark and serious, his intent to kill had escalated quickly and his hostility levels had spiked. The woman was shocked by the noticeable transformation and she had to catch her breath. Perhaps she assumed she could smite the child without a problem and now she was realizing her mistake. The twenty one year old asked the question once more and the woman snapped out of it. “Five bars and..and two bookstores.” Ryuga cocked his head to the side. “Any secret establishments?” The woman shook her head but Ryuga had to be sure. A small cloud formed above them and a bolt of lightning struck down right in front of the woman. The sensation made her dance, trying to avoid any further strikes that weren’t coming, she looked like a fool. Ryuga, however, did not use his magic for such a thing. Ikki, his companion flew overhead in the guise of a gray cloud that seemed to never truly leave the area. The thunderbird sent another bolt down and the woman spilled. “There’s a third bookstore, but it’s a hoax, it’s where the mages gamble and fight.” Ryuga nodded his head and pushed past the woman. He headed to the first bar. “Bars first, then bookstores, Morgiana. We have to be sure that he’s not in the normal places, then we can check the obvious place.”As Ryuga went to question a woman Morgiana kept her distance minding her own business to where she stared off looking around. It wasn’t in her to meddle with this boy’s mission, nor did she care for it. Though her distance was kept to a minimal the conversation wasn’t hard to hear, in fact the rude woman made a tone she shouldn’t have. But Morgiana chuckled for the weak woman whom fell for the look of fear that caused her to crumple into a corner of her mind answering the question quickly. Ryuga suggested checking the common place before checking the most secretive place first, though folding her arms looking away as if she wasn’t listening or here. “Get moving then.” She stated in case he wouldn’t stop looking at her as if he may have been waiting for an answer. Peccavit: Ryuga nodded his head and took a step. His pace was quite fast and he zipped to the first bar. It was called the “Dark Tavern” what a unique name. The mage rolled his eyes and entered the building. It seemed to be empty. There were maybe one or two customers and they were both drunk and off their rockers. Ryuga stepped around a bit and got a feel for the place. He checked in the bathrooms and in the back without so much as asking for permission. Once the mage understood that there were indeed only two people in the bar excluding the bartender, Ryuga’s eyes narrowed. “Well then. Do either of you know a mage by the name of Crowley perchance?” The men raised their brows and laughed at the little dweeb in front of them. They were in their mid thirties, grown, tall men staring at this five foot eight inch baby adult. Ryuga simply rolled his eyes. “I’m not looking for a fight.” He said. “At least not with you.” He uttered the last part to himself. “Do you or do you now know him and the next few drinks are on me.” The men perked up and the first one shook his head. “Nah man, he’s a mystery around these parts, he likes to hang out in…” He paused and continued on. “The underground…” Ryuga assumed that meant the secret place where they held the fights and what not, however the other man seemed uneasy. “That’s not what I know. Crowley’s a demon of a bitch, and although he does participate in the fights, he hangs out in the old library across the way. It’s abandoned, to the West just on the outskirts of town. I woke up plastered there one day and he was just having his merry old time plucking at my skin, so I ran.” He shuddered and turned back around. Ryuga dug into his pocket and tossed a bit of cash their way and turned around. “To the library. Hmph. The lady didn’t mention a library.” Ryuga exited the bar and didn’t detect any lying in the man, he didn’t seem to have any ticks, his story seemed believable considering the fact that he was a heavy drinker. The mage took off into a sprint and launched himself forward, utilizing the wind to simply glide him just above the ground at an exponential rate. He reached the West end of town in no time and there it was. A huge library, but the structure seemed to be that of a church, perhaps it had been renovated throughout the years. Ryuga nodded to himself and continued on knowing that Morgiana was right behind him. When he got to the door, he shoved it open slowly and entered the dimly light room. The only thing that seemed to be giving off light were low burning candles that caused shadows to fall over bookshelves and left over pews. “Hmph. Crowley!” He called out.Morgiana trailed behind quietly as Ryuga led them to their first stop though she did not take pleasure of entering inside. She stand outside planting her back along the walls of the building arms folded, hood up on her head to keep herself concealed. Though as she took it upon herself to wait, Morgiana went into her mind to reminisce on her days before becoming a member of the 9 Legion, it was 2 years ago a very good while. But soon Ryuga exit the bar it was too soon and quick figured the person they, or he was searching for wasn’t here. Though taking off into a sprint, Morgiana followed but considering he used his magic to increased his speed this allowed Morgiana to utilized her gravity change to increase her movement. Eventually, they reach the next stop, a church? Morigana watched him entered inside though this time she followed just to explore inside for a bit. “Hmph. Crowley!” Ryuga cried out Morgiana looked at him blankly “Way to be subtle.” She stated but soon after sounds of steps were echoing throughout this place. It kept doing so until a person had revealed themselves whoever this person was had appeared as a mild-featured man with brown scholarly hair enhanced by square glasses, along with soft brown eyes. Though wearing a long white rope as he walk down the center aisle holding an open book in one hand, he removed his glasses and swept his hand through his hair, revealing menacing eyes and a very different hairstyle; his hair is now swept back, with a strand hanging down his face. “Shh…this is a library. Do anyone follow the rules?” he said in a soft tone while stopping a good 7 yards away from the boy and woman with this sinister like smirk across his face. Peccavit: The mage waited for the man to appear, if he was even in the old library. However when the steps started echoing throughout the great expanse of the structure, everything in Ryuga’s gut knew that it was Crowley. Ryuga steeled his whole persona and cracked his neck and knuckles. The popping sounds seemed to fight against the sounds of the footsteps and then it all stopped at once, nothing but silence. Crowley spoke and Ryuga nodded his head. “My apologies, it seems that the closer you are the less you see.” Ryuga made the code sentence seem so casual, as if it wasn’t a code at all. He hoped that this would be easier than expected, but a part of him wanted to fight, wanted to push him and even see the Great Morgiana herself in action too. Ryuga’s purple eyes reflected the dim candle light and his blonde hair cast a dark shadow along his face. Crowley may have looked sinister, but Ryuga looked downright horrifying just from his natural appearance. He waited for Crowley to spill the information.As Morgiana stood by watching how this takes place, the man listens to the young boy who could tell he was much younger. “My…such lovely way of putting those words, in fact I am impressed that you found me so quickly. I am sure you were here to locate him? Perhaps get me to side with a force to fight alongside of some idealist? Am I also correct by the look in your eyes you wish to fight me? Test my skills as to why you came such a long way to go through all the trouble of finding one particular man? Well if I am correct there is no point in fighting for you and your comrade cannot defeat me no where near my level of experienced. Though I have a feeling by the way you are looking at me you’re willing to try anyway.” He spoken so soft and calm to them as he steadily held the open book with a amusing look in his eye and smile. But Crowley’s presence alone was beginning to change the atmosphere to something dark and evil it would force weaklings into a state of submission to fear within their thoughts it makes them sweat. It is very noticeable to the ones around him whether they feel the effects or not he would stand there as if he was daring them too try, but considering he is the master in psychology of human nature and emotions. As well as a genius intellectual he would be certain the boy will attack first by throwing a simple strike possibly a distraction to do something else while girl would attack high. This prediction was 8 out of 10 leaving only 2 chances his calculations to be wrong. Peccavit: Ryuga gave a soft smile to the man. He seemed so sure of himself, so sure that he wouldn’t die while fighting this powerful mage. However Ryuga understood that this would simply be a way for him to get stronger, experience made people better, so if he had to experience getting his ass whooped, then so be it. The mage glanced back at Morgiana and nodded his head. They would fight. They would fight until they decided that it wasn’t worth it anymore. The Herald of the Skies raised his eyebrows and a loud boom pierced the air above them. Thunder began to fire rapidly, rattling the very foundation of the building and then out of nowhere the room was ripped apart by a large wind current created by Ikki. Echoes of Polyglotism, it allowed Ryuga to speak to virtually anything regardless of their biological composition. The Thunderbird screeched and lightning flashed, however Ryuga made sure Ikki kept rain out of the storm so that Morgiana didn’t feel uncomfortable while she helped fight. Ryuga was smart, he had leveled the playing field, against a mage his rank it would have given him the advantage, but with this mage, it at least gave Ryuga more of...a fighting chance to lose. He tilted his head to the side and licked his unnaturally sharp canine teeth. “Let’s get started shall we?” Although Ryuga knew that his physical strength had no match for Crowley, he could enhance his physical attributes with electricity. Ryuga clenched his fist and his forearms down to his hands ignited with electricity, his legs were given the same attributive power up and Ryuga dashed towards the man. He moved quite fast, like a bolt of lightning, but he wasn’t traveling in his lightning form, it was simply the electricity coursing through his limbs giving him the speed boost. The lightning would even shield his limbs against magical abilities activated by touch, like if the man had poisoned skin. Ryuga found this to be the best course of action so he wouldn’t utilize all his energy in a few short moves. Take it slow, assess, gradually build up, because this man..was dangerous beyond compare.`As the outside shook the inside of its phenomenon with its almighty force of nature, leaving Alister standing completely still not moving a muscle. All he left was this god awful smudge of a smirk, filled with overconfidence. He knew the chance of fighting was going to manifest sooner rather than later.  Morgiana watched Ryuga ignited into a burst of lightning energy, took off with such speed for his level of skill, though in her head counting. “1…..2….3” silently she uttered while the moment that number escaped her lips. Morgiana took off in a dash but kept her speed in check to keep it at level under Ryuga so she doesn’t pass him by. The plan was to attack and assess this unknown being that seem so full of himself.  But soon after 3 seconds Morgiana forward for five yards only to leap 9 feet into the air, ascending into an overhead leap to attack high while Ryuga attack in the middle. Though she wasn’t quite sure of this man’s skills but if need be she plan adjusting herself if this strike was of no success. Alister on the other hand stood careful watch of the two mages, like he predicted they motion an attack just how he pictured it. He didn’t move nor stared away from them, in fact he closed his eyes, while the book he holds closed shut with just the one hand that held it. “Come *smiles*” he said while placing an arm behind his back. Which Morgiana was in a flipping motion while directing the right leg to hung over her head, this was pretty much a simple heel kick, but still a good way from Ryuga who would have land his attack first. Peccavit: Ryuga was moving at a pretty vicious speed but his senses were so tuned that he noticed Morgiana take off and enter the air to strike Alister from above. At the rate Ryuga was moving he was going to slam straight into Alister’s chest area at blunt force but he didn’t have time to hurt himself and not be completely sure if he would have ended up hurting this mage. Ryuga’s feet left the ground and he twisted his body. He was no more than three feet away from Alister and he was already spinning in the air with his hands pressed together in front of him. The young man turned his whole body into a lightning drill within seconds. His mind was sharp and his levels of courage were immense. This display of sheer brute like power would put him in the category of an untamed beast when really Ryuga was the complete opposite. If Ryuga’s did indeed land, Alister should at least be thrown straight against the wall or pierced by the natural forces that Ryuga had imbued his limbs with. Hopefully Alister didn’t move, if Ryuga did touch him, he could have a slight advantage by not only marking Alister with his magical signature, but with Ryuga’s own magical electricity as well. However Ryuga knew nothing about this mage so this attack would set the precedent on how much higher he should push himself. The Thunderbird hovered above the building. The weather was not letting up and the deafening roars of thunder were ever present.Attacks were closing quick and fast as the two were planning to move in sync. Alister saw the young boy turning into a drill with added element of his lightning. The attack made contact with his chest, slight grunt but no signs of showing pain. However, he got sent flying back only to about 7 yards until he backflip himself back up to his feet. Even after he came to his feet, Crowley skidded a few more feet until he came to a stop. Still holding on to that book while dusting himself off with the other hand, Morgiana had timed it well. She would have been coming down but due to Ryuga’s strike, her attack would be out of range and will have to adjust in getting in close. The moment Alister was sent away Morigana immediately dropped all the weight down in the same motion withdrawing the leg that she had prepared for the heel kick. Only to land a feet in front of Ryuga in a crouched stance the moment she landed. In result, she took off yet again but even faster, with more force and pressure. She left evidence of this when the ground underneath her and Ryuga cracked from her immense weight she put on to launched forward. The 2 inch wide cracked trailed spread around about 15 yards in every direction like if glass was punched and had been left a cracked marked in its center. Debris of dust was also left behind when Morgiana took off she reached Alister less than 5 seconds and that’s when he at this time dusting himself, now she was 3 feet above the floor, throwing flurries of kicks at Alister. In doing such agile movements after every second kick Morgiana’s body spins in place while sending more high speed kicks towards the chest. Morgiana torso was upright, left arm was well placed out in front to stayed equally balanced but also to protect her upper body. The right arm is kept behind and low incases to readjust her flow of attacks, or having the need to grab anything within her reached. Alister had been taking these hits as the female shouted the battled cry of a real warrior, then just when Morgiana last kick was incoming to its final strike. It has been blocked with an palm, though she bounced off that said palm into a backflip only to send out a dragon kick. Alister flew again this time futher and crashed into a wall full of books. The loud sound of the foundation shattering into nothing but rubble and debris, this left Morgiana standing there with this simple warrior look in her eyes waiting the opportunity to strike again. Peccavit: Ryuga slammed into the man and sent him flying. Alister had maneuvered to land on his feet only to get a pummeling by Morgiana. Ryuga did not plan to land another strike. This man’s endurance and durability were immensely high. Alister was showing no sign of pain or tiredness from their attacks and from what Ryuga could figure, Alister would continue to take these attacks until the two of them were tired. Ryuga nodded his head and the thunder ceased. The world grew silent as only lightning arced through the clouds. “Hmph.” The sound slid through his lips and he made his way to Morgiana’s side. Ryuga wanted to see if the man would land an attack. Ryuga wanted to know what magical abilities the man held. Of course his rank was off the charts and Ryuga and Morgiana’s attacks were doing little to nothing at all, but a man full of such pride would eventually attack if he and Morgiana stood still long enough. The lightning around his limbs dispersed and Ryuga crossed his arms to signify both defiance and the position of his next spell just in case he needed to release it and defend Morgiana and himself. ‘Let him come to us.’ The thought fluttered towards Morgiana, whether she accepted it or not was her choice, however they couldn’t keep attacking and attacking without getting any results. Ryuga might have been crazy but he wasn’t that insane.The dark hole that was created from when Alister crashed into it, this hole looked a bit menacing. Morgiana stood there “patiently” while tapping her foot against the ground slowly losing a bit of patience the more he keeps them waiting.  Ryuga manage to come to her side as the thunder and other effects died down. Though the remark Ryuga made Morgiana gave him a look “Tch I know this, don’t need you telling me anything. This is what I do, I live to fight midget.” She said with both eyes fixated on that hole until a sound of a rock from inside that hole was made. It sound as if the rock or whatever hit the ground echoed this put Morgiana on alert. “You both are quite interesting pair if I do say so myself. “ Crowley’s voice had been projected from behind them. Once their curious minds trace his voice they will notice him still holding the same book, except it was open with him looking inside of it “This really is a nice book, it talks about Gods and slayers. Have you ever heard the tales of Godslayer magic? Such interesting magic wouldn’t you say? Everyone knows the tale of dragons but nothing about where Gods come from? Has anyone even seen these Gods? Do they even exist? I am sorry I’m afraid I forgotten about this fight, I am sure you’re waiting to see my magic, yes? Allow me to demonstrate.” Alister spoke calmly and soft yet those words left a bit of mystery, as the book was once again closed shut while lifting the orbs took look at them. Yet only the right eye was visible, the left eye was shrouded in darkness though 10 seconds later the same eye begins to emit this crimson color of light. Soon as the light of this eye was seen, each passing second the light within this building was being plunged into complete darkness. Soon as this was complete after 10 seconds Alister will now become unseen, even neither the boy nor female could see one another, even if they were so very close to one another. “Now lets see how well you fight now.” His voice echoed around in the dark of this entire building. Peccavit: Ryuga listened to the babbling of the fool. Ryuga knew much. He knew of the different kinds of Slayers and how they were taught their magics. He knew of the Gods and the Dragons. He knew of the mystical properties that they all held but he did not care. They were not the current objective. Was this man one that could manipulate the dark? Or perhaps he could manipulate light? Or did his magic allow him to drain energy and his first demonstration was the draining of the light? Nonetheless Ryuga pursed his lips. There was nothing but pitch black, lightning flashes were absorbed by the absolute darkness so there weren’t even seconds of visibility. Ryuga could strike blindly or erect a barrier. Wait. How was this man being able to see them? Perhaps Alister couldn’t see them either. The most logical solution would be that Alister was sensing them in some sort of way. Ryuga could enter Synchronization but the glow from his eyes would give him away. But if Ryuga did enter Synchronization Morgiana would definitely be able to tell where he was and so would Alister but he would be able to utilize Ascertainment. His thoughts ran amuck and his strategizes were falling into place. Ryuga closed his eyes and they snapped open. A bright white glow emitted from his whole eye and a blast of eterano in the form of wind pulsed around him. Once he fully entered Synchronization he began to utilize Ascertainment. When in use, Ryuga can see beyond what the naked eye can see. In no way is this an offensive spell this spell's only use is to help Ryuga navigate in the dark or places where he has a hard time seeing. Instead of having a signal sent back to Ryuga, he can see whatever is in his way just by using this spell. Ryuga has been known to use this spell a lot, because it helps him predict the enemy's next move. He can feel the slightest movement, even if it's a large inhale. If utilized right, Ryuga should be able to defend both he and Morgiana from Alisters incoming attacks, however the glow from his eyes, unless sapped by Alisters spell, would be a dead give away of his own location. Ryuga tapped the floor and the vibrations filled the room almost instantly. There. Ryuga extended his right arm. “Bolt.” The electricity coursed among his arm and a bolt of lightning shot straight towards where Ryuga sensed Alister. He did stay close to Morgiana, not moving from her side.As it gotten dark in a matter of seconds Morgiana watch how everything faded away by darkness. She couldn’t even see Ryuga any longer; this would make things a bit more difficult now. So it would seems, pair of glowing lights could be seen, which is Ryuga using his magic. She could feel burst of wind circling around, though all she can see is the light emitting from Ryuga. To make things even easier on them Morgiana focus her mind with outstretched arms “Release.” She shouted where a spatial like portal manifested around her which expanded outwards. As this was made so the area filled with darkness was disappearing. Alister watched as he could see everything just fine even before the special effects of these two mages, all he done was smiled curiously of Ryuga’s magic “Spatial Magic, how interesting. Never seen it until now.” He said while Alister was slowly becming visible once again. Ryuga held power Alister seen before, made things even more interesting while the gust of wind did phase him. But he instantly sidestepped the bolt of lightning that sent towards him, same motion as he side stepped the spell. The left arm stretched out “Dark Rondo” he softly utters while a horror-stricken faces of emerald and black color energy swirling around Alister’s hands, becoming more and more condensed. Before releasing it he let off a smirk while the energy had been released on a wide scale and yet very dangerous for them. Even potentially severely injuring them with one shot, this potent of magically energy beams separated into 8 singular attacks. It was wide enough to attack them both simultaneously. Result of the aftermath would been an explosion on a mass level, that would cause burns if it turns out to be successful.  Peccavit: Ryuga didn’t have time to assess what Morgiana was doing. The Mage crossed his arms and shouted as the blasts of darkness reached he and Morgiana. “Shield of the Wind Lord.” A gust of wind slammed into the dark beams in an attempt to lessen the effects but Ryuga was struck but two of the dark beams and he was sent flying backwards combined with a tiny explosion. His body was filled with a stinging sensation from the strong and potent dark magic but the heat and flames from the explosion had little to no effect on him due to his Climate Magic and even though he wanted to recover his body had to process the negative energy that had coursed through his veins. Skidding against the ground and slamming into the wall Ryuga quickly popped to his feet. The mage spit a bit of blood from his mouth and wiped any excess that dribbled from his lip. “Hmph.” He didn’t have time to see how Morgiana fared against the attack. She probably avoided the whole thing anyway. Ryuga cracked his neck and although Morgiana was allowing some of the darkness to dissipate he remained in Synchronization to boost his own attacks. He was quite the mage when it came to supplemental magics and boosting magics. Synchronization and channeling the energy of the world around him did give him a more of a tiny edge against this man. Weather based attacks didn’t seem to be phasing the man so Ryuga slammed his palms down on the ground in a triangular formation. A light brown magic circle formed on the ground and large thorned vines began to form around Ryuga first it was one dozen then two then three. These vines writhed to life and shot their way towards Alister in an attempt to wrap around him. Ryuga was the Protector of Nature. He was the Herald of the Skies. Ryuga was God and he would do everything in his power, even if he exhausted himself to the point of blacking out, to win.Morgiana stood there watching how this man just acting so full of it as he didn’t react in a way most people would. All he done was seemingly be so fond of their magic, Morgiana made even an angrier face by puffing her cheeks. Though he at ease dodging Ryuga’s spell he sent his own, though it seem to be very powerful. Slightly crouching down in more of a shinobi stance (more like spiderman) with her legs spreaded, right side of her body was higher since the left shoulder dropped. Then once the incoming attacks were coming, she created another portal 10 feet wide. Enough to cover her upper torso as the distorted spatial portal absorbed the attacks once they entered into her dimension. “Hm I should of known that you be able to use it in that way. If you can used it that then that also means-“ he peered over the right shoulder only to see the portal that was once in front of female, now was behind him. The same attacks were directed towards the back but at a faster rate and even more powerful. Alister instantly dodged within that second he had only for it to pass him by as it lead right back towards the woman. The catastrophe of this attack was even more potent, now the beams of attack crashed right into the ground a feet in front of Morgiana, she crossed her arms only to be blown away from the explosion. She ended up crashing into the wall far behind about 30 yards in distance, only to destroy yet another foundation that which keeps this place intact. Morgiana would now be inside the hole buried beneath rubbles; only thing visible at this time was her legs that hang over the broken wall. But Alister on the other hand was caught by vines that ended up wrapping around his body like a snake. It was all due to the other mage who seems to be the one controlling the, pretty obvious. “Hmph is this the great tree arc I heard about?” he asked but it wasn’t meant to be answered. Peccavit: “Morgiana” He uttered through gritted teeth as his partner was flung backwards and sent into a crater. Good the vines had wrapped around Alister and now Ryuga could activate another spell. “Red Leeches.” Roses began to bloom along the vines. The bioluminescent roses sprouted and they were effervescent in the darkness of the room. These roses’ special property was to suck the magic or life force out of their captive. The more magical energy the being had the more the roses could feed which was both good and bad. It meant that Alister had a while before all of his magic was absorbed and Ryuga couldn’t help Morgiana out of the hole if he was concentrating on keeping Alister restrained. How were they actually going to finish this? The light in Ryuga’s eyes sputtered slightly before returning to a constant white glow. The mage closed his eyes and reopened them to return them to their natural state. He had exited Synchronization and he had no need to remain in it. His focus had to be on the spell of the Red Leeches and the absorption of Alisters magic and soon his life force.Captured by vines as these things kept him “bind” for the moment, Alister had been to fascinated by this magic. Though he know these vines wouldn’t hold him for too long, though the more he waits, the more his life/magic is being taken. He could feel his energy being taken bits by bits. “Such an interesting magic, too bad it isn’t made to hold the likes of me. As I mention I am far more powerful than you could imagine, even more powerful than your leader. –smirks-“ he said while allowing the same eye to glow once more. Though the difference this time, it didn’t just glow but it had a target lock symbol. That was only visible for a second and just like that an explosion would erupt around Ryuga and Alister. This was to break concentration of Ryuga by damaging him enough to break free. And if so Alister would stop the fight by placing his palm up “I have to conclude this battle. There is no point to continue, nor do I wish to continue this meaningless fight you so hunger for. And with that I Alister Crowley withdraw from this battle. You win..” he said while closing his eyes grinning placing both arms behind him.  But soon after he finished speaking the roaring lioness charged pass Ryuga carrying so much intensity within her eyes “YOU DON’T GET TO DECIDE THAT!!!!” she shouted with tattered clothes. She went charging in with a dragon kick like move, though she had speed and strength. Though Alister did not moved at all, in fact within that quick motion it will seem as though Morgiana flew through Alister but her motion slowed. She completely fell with both eyes dialect into nothing but colorless eyes. There was nothing that can really tell what happen, however Alister right arm was held up in an 90 degree angle, the hand itself had been straighten out like a chopping motion. Slowing bringing the right arm back down to rest at his side and leaving Morgiana completely unconscious. Peccavit: Ryuga was thrown off by the explosion and his spell was weakened enough for it to be dispelled, not like Alister wasn’t strong enough to dispel it without Ryuga having been weakened anyway. Ryuga began to rack his brain for the next attack but he was quickly thrown off when Alister resigned from the fight. Ryuga acknowledged it and the weather stopped. Ikki fell from the sky like a bolt of lightning and landed on Ryuga’s shoulder its screeches piercing the air. Morgiana hadn’t gotten the memo, she attacked and was knocked unconscious in seconds. “Hmm.” If Ryuga wasn’t as loyal as he was he would have left the Masks to join this Alister or at least proposed to join him. Ikki removed itself from his perch on Ryuga and landed on Morgiana where it grew into the size of a four foot tall bird. Its talons were large enough to safely grasps Morgiana and then Ikki took off, taking the unconscious member back home. “Alister, now that I’ve somewhat proven my worth. I would like to ask you if you know anything of the magical council and the surrounding royal families? Any dirt that they don’t want anything to know? Any conspiracies that are actually true.”Alister rubbed his brown scholarly hair back into place also enhanced by square glasses that he put back on. It was like he had been switching between personalities or a different mask per say. “Is that all you like that know? Didn’t you want to have me join your Alliance known as the Syndicates? –Smirks- Well not many people know but the royal family is somewhat tied with the magic council. In fact, the guildmaster of Demon Howl is one of the council members, along with Lys,Ryujin Okuru,Azuma Matsumoto, Alton Knightstrider these the current members. But that much the Earthland should know but what they don’t know is I am actually a former founding member of the council along with another guildmaster, though I spoil too much. What you do need to know is that the Magic council has a snake on the inside but more importantly other forces outside of the Syndicates are at work. –Smirks- Let me ask you something Ryuga, have you ever wondered why you were sent to find me? A person that has a powerful skill in magic? A person who level far exceeds that of anyone in this world by far, to send someone such as “weak” as you are? If you never wondered these questions you need to ask the man who sent you –smirk-“ Alister said with such hefty words flowing from his mouth. Turning around Alister was looking to leave but not with Ryuga “Also it wasn’t you that need it to prove to me, it was I who need it to prove to you. Although tell The Red King I will join the Syndicates, but I only answer to him since he respectfully sent his two lovely members after me. And incase he need to find me, let him know I’ll be in Metarch.” Alister said while walking off.  

• 3/4/2016

Job Location:  Aconite Town

Job Description:  Stop a gang from extorting business owners for "protection."  Keep destruction to a minimum.

Job Reward (if applicable): Magic Item (if Holder), EXP (see ranking page)

Job Status:  finished by {Oliver} and *Minxie*

MInxie:: *The guild hall was abundant in guildmembers all having their own set of abilities, ranks and partners.The guild room was large and made of stone and wood, and had many types of furnature that had been taken up by the numerous groups of people.Minxie had yet to be placed into a guild. But luckely she was given permission to take on some small jobs until such a time comes up. Minxie stood 5'6 about normal size for a girl of 24 years. SHe had been standing infront of the billboard with her long brown locks curled around her finger in a wondering fashion. pink eyes scanning and rescanning the job listings until she finds one that would prove to be perfect for her abilities. The extortionist job. She reads it over after tearing it from the wooden object* i i need someone to come with me... *She turns away from the board and wonders around the great hall sorting out who may be available or not. finally the bright idea of announcing the job would be best so she stands on one of the bar stools and calls out loudly* Who wants to join me in a e class job?! *she says and waits for a responce {OO} Oliver was spinning around on a bar stool, despite being under the age of twenty-one, at the bar (believe it or not, that's where bar stools are commonly found). He was minding his own business, pondering what to do today, and what to grab to eat. Though his plans (or lack there of) were derailed when a girl from out of whothehellknowsistan came and tried to ask him [well anyone in this case, but being the only one around, you know for help. Sure he was a D-rank now, but weren't there more qualified wizar-oh wait, it's a Monday, most of the B-rank and ups were sleeping off massive hangovers, because their guildmaster is an alcoholic, and he has come to terms with that. Oliver jumped up onto his bar stool, snatching the paper up out of the girl's hands with the sharp hook of his cane and holding it up to read the details. "Allllright, I'll tag along, just don't get anything broken inside your body. Breaking things outside of it are okay, but not advised. Let that be a lesson to remember, broken things are better on the outside than the inside." The kid was quite eccentric. "Now where do we go?" {OO} *Minxie blinks as the paper is taken from her by a cane. her eyes trailing after the item until the one who was holding the cane spoke and got her attention* oh uhm..Aconite Town...its a few towns over if im correct.tell me what rank are you sir? *She asks the alburn haired male who was seemingly as excited as she was to finally get a job. She gets off her stool and awaits an answer. giving him 1 minute to answer before she starts moving towards the couch she left her bag on. she didnt have a place to stay yet so she had been sleeping on the couches in the main room. She lugs it over ehr shoulder and heads to the door* i sure hope this goes well~ im so excited to show what i can do! *she smiles happily and extends her hand to the other wizard* Im minxie Spirito by the way its nice to meet you sir! {OO} Yea, Oliver was already out the door when the girl had introduced herself, the moment he had heard Aconite town he started going the wrong way. Despite coming from a line of dungeoneering and merchants, he was bad at his initial sense of direction whenver he went somewhere. The girl had better catch up to him before he got too far in the wrong direction. He did call back to her though, "I'm Oliver Oxford! the most dapper of fellows in the guild!" {OO} *Minxie watches the boy walk away, giving a light giggle when he called back* wrong way oliver sir! its this wayy! *She calls back and wait for him to catch up to her as she starts for the train station. Her heels lightly tapping on the cobblestone road. She ducks her head lightly as she blushes, being from a oisolated community she had not yet gotten used to the towns people. the guild was another thing she felt more at home with wizzards around. the mermaid peeks over to see if the other was following* sir oliver what majoc is yours? im water make~ nothing outstanding but i can hold my own~ *she says trying to create conversation as they would walk* {OO} Turning on his heel when the girl told him he was heading the wrong way, turning on a dime and strolling off after Minxie. She seemed nice, if a bit of a novice, but that's okay, we all start somewhere right? Well while walking through the town and on the way to the locomotive station, he was questioned about what his magic did. He held his cane up over his head and pointed to the golden angled hook with his free hand. "This, it's this." Being a bit cryptic on purpose, he would rather show her what it did to blow a mind rather than drone on about how great the item was to catalog the unique magics instilled upon it by his ancestors. {OO} *Minxie looks up to the cane and regards it with fastination* that is neet~ so your cane is your magic item?? *She asks as she loosk it over. her hands play with the strap of her dufflebag. She tilts her head as she observes* well then this makes you a classy wizzard. the only thing your missing is a top hat~ *She jokes lightly and hops up the stairs to the large building that housed the train stops. large pillars sepperate the one side of the building from the other, and inside were many people comming and going from and to various destinations. A large screen positions over the main room shows off the information of each train. she spots their train and points to it* there! the 113 express! we must hurry! *she exclaims and picks up the pace wanting to make the train on time* tickets tickets~ *she sings lightly and trots up to the ticket booth* 2 tickets to Aconite Town please! *she says to the statiosn ticket manager* {OO} Oliver, just looking around at the architecture of the train station with his tongue running over the fronts of his teeth whilst his mouth was shut, just passing the time as Minxie handled paying for the tickets. It wasn't until after the tickets were paid for and Oliver was in his seat on the train that he brought up a topic to Minxie, "You know, you could have put the expense on the guild's tab. For future reference." He looked out the window as the scenery went by, tip-tapping away rhythmically against the window. He was more than capable to handle this mission, despite his rank that is, he was considered an unofficial A-rank thanks to the skills he showed during the tournament, having taken down three slayers of varying types consecutively. "So what brought you to Demon Howl?" He would listen to the story all the way to Aconite town and depart when the train stopped. {OO} *Minxie follows to their seats on the train and gets comfy, her bag under her head as she lays across her seat* well... i dont belong to the guild so i cannot pay with its money~ *she taps her fingers together and whispers* water make bubble~ *She plays with a small water bubble that slips out of her fingers* My village was distroyed. i had nothing left there but ruin. so i traveled looing for means to become find a new home~ nothing all that fancy of a past you know..the usual mother was gone so i was raised by my dad who protected the village and got killed when we were attacked...he was my best friend. and i lost him...but he always told me 'be the best you can be and take care of your friends!' *she says in a cute fake boy voice. the bubble bouches between her finegrtips* what about you? whats your story?? {OO} After getting off of the train with Minxie, Oliver was walking along through Aconite town, trying to find the location where their job was. "Well I left my home country because I could not handle the glares and thoughts of my family's history -- I supposedly come from the bloodline of the King of Thieves, you see. And it all came from an artefact that one of my museum curating relatives had placed an exhibit on display. The item on display was a long lost piece of a royal insignia, which when discovered, people just decided to put one and two together to make five and decide that our entire family was a line of thieves. Our sales in the merchant district tanked, our reputation for getting people to go on exploratory expeditions was tarnished. We basically got the shit end of the broom used to clean up the mess left by the circus animals." He wasn't aware just how true the Thief of Thieves thing was though for his family history. {OO} *Minxie nods as she walks along with him listening to his story* well now...people are quick to judge without hearing the story besides finders keepers. *she says simply and looks at the paper then up at a group of merchants* ill ask these people if they know who this buisness guy is~ *she volenteers abd scurries up to the group* excuse me gentlemen... have you seen this buisness? *she gives them the name and nods to their answer* -just downt he road missy cant miss it, the sign is big and green' says a shop owner that was talking to the group- ah thank you sir~ *she waves to them and motions for oliver to come with her* its just up the road! {OO} Oliver, following after Minxie, found the shop in question and inside a portly man with a moustache extending from his sideburns a few inches out past his face Ulysses S Grant style. Well they were here for a job so, "Hello sir, we got word of your predicament and decided to come lend you our aid. Seeing as the dullards in question aren't around at the moment, we could lie in wait for them and then spring a trap like-" Oliver leapt up on a small piece of furniture, arms spread wide and his jacket ends held in both hands to spread it like wings, "-SURPRISE ASSHOLES!" Though Oliver didn't realize the group in question was already on its way to collect its 'rpotection fee' {OO} *Minxie giggles and looks around* yes yes we will help. to suprise someone you must blend in~ *she ties a scarf over her head to make herself look like a normal villager as she browses the shop* hmm letsee here... ohhh~ i love this little thing~ *she holds up a small stuffed sheep, pink in color with little button eyes* i think i shall buy this sir~ *she says as the goons walk in, she walks over to the till and puts the sheep on the counter. her back was to the group as she hums a nice tune, her ears listening in on them. getting a feel for the number and the wieght they carry with their footsteps. she looks to the hop keeper and winks* i heard from betty you have a nice statue of a dove~ would you be a gentleman and find it in the back please? how i love a dove statue~ *she says descretely dismissing the man to the backroom where it was one way in one way out and she would be the bericade between the shop keeper and the goons who were grunting behind her* {OO} Well they were dealing with a bunch of muscle speak mages it seemed, as by the looks of their inhuman muscle shapes and sizes. "You gentlemen look like you need a gym membership!" Seriously? He went there? Oliver has a death wish or something. But that wasn't the problem, the problem was that one of them who had a short temper tried to rush Oliver right away. Kicking his cane from underneath himself and spinning it in the air with a bright blue glow, a magical circle was created, "Stellar Circle Number Three!" A concussive blast of energy erupted from the circle, flying out like a short range laser that shoved the guy right on out through the open door and into a park bench. "You all saw that, self-defense aaaaand I seem to have annoyed the rest of you, fantastic." Hopping down to the floor and walking right between them with his hands held up high, Oliver walked right on by the gentlemen and outside, "Now guys, let's all just calm down, we can settle this like adults, you know, civilized and whatnot. Your friend is gonna get up just fine see? I mean it's not like I could take you all on my own, who am I to pressure you from stopping your extortion game? I'm just a single mage!" He was clearly stalling and trying to signal something. {OO} *Minxie watches the other and smiles as they seem to follow Oliver's lead. Minxie raises her hand like a police man would their guns, left palm open flat, and the right curled up in a partial fist, pointer finger extended forwards and thumb straight up* Water make Pistol! *she announces as water erupts from the cicle created forming a gun in the matter on a second. her hand grabs the new made weapon out of the air and aims it straight at the closest goon. she smirks excitedly and shoots, a twing! sounding through the air as the shot punctures into the muscle of the right shoulder of her opponent, the pain enough to make the goon wince and growl at her as he turns to look at the water wizard* awe did i poke the monkey?are you mad?wats wrong you monkeys into little boys?? *she asks as her hands redo the same hand sign*water make arsenal: shotgun! * minxie walks out of the shop having the group inbetween her and oliver* common you scum lets dance! *She cheers and pumps the berral a shk-shk sound comming from the h2o weapon* {OO} While one more of the muscle speak fools went down for a moment, the other that Oliver had toppled over was getting up and changing his muscles to focus on his calves and thighs, getting a great boost in speed and kick ability! This spelled trouble for Oliver who had just gotten punted by that calf crazy creepazoid, clearly clammoring for concepts with the letter C. Oliver, while midflight, was engulfed in a quick flash of light, changing his appearance entirely and the overall shape and function of his cane! "Twila!" Oliver's scarf changes into a super long scarf that has openings on the end to act liek gloves so that the scarf itself is like a pair of sleeves to go with a sleeveless top whose collar goes up to his nose with bagginess. A pair of white shorts that goe just past his knees and black shoes with white soles that goe halfway up his shins adorn his lower body. The cane changes from a single cane-length item to a pair of 'canes' that are so much similar in shape to the base shape with a wider arc as if scythe-like hooks, they are linked together by a magical tether that can solidify, extend and retract. The tether is metaphysical, meaning that it can be passed through and will give a shock to those it touches, but it cannot be grabbed. He spun his left hook around via the tether a few times before throwing it, "Great Reach!" As if caught in a vacuum that collapsed in on itself, the hook shot with great ferocity, latching onto by coiling around a light post. "Yank!" And then, just as quickly as Oliver had gotten airborne, he was pulled straight back to the ground, unleashng the hook from the light post, utilizing a third ability of the tethered pair, getting it to come right back to his free hand and getting a corkscrew spin from the torque, and while midair and coming toward the ground, there was another flash of light. Again Oliver's cane and outfit changed, into that of a squire's garb and a massive shield. The shield itself is simplistic but the adornments of the original cane being used as the handle and embroidered canes held in the mouths of different animals on the front of it. Oliver's scarf becomes a cloth veil hanging over the back of his head with light plating on the top to fasten the knight style face mask on the front of it. His top becomes sleeveless with a wrist length gauntlet on the left hand and a shoulder length gauntlet on his right. His pants become leather-ish with plating on the shins and down the feet, suspenders keeping the pants up over the shoulders due to the plates' weight. With that all done, Bulwark crashed into the ground with great force, sending cobble stone this way and that in every direction with Oliver in the epicenter of it all. {OO} *Minxie eyes the muscle creeps and lets out a small exhale when one chifts its form, kicking her teammate into the air. what looked to be utterly painful also seemed to give oliver a chance to get equipped. She squeaks when the earth shatters and rumbles, making her form shake with it. She was suprised at the power the other had in just his landing alone, add some nifty dress and weapon chnages and she was in awe* wow~ so thats what its like to be a higher class~ *she lets out a small girlish giggle and aims at the same muscle guy who she had shot a moment earlier. The brownette narrows her eyes refocusing* alright your mine! *She lets ehr shot fly a loud squishy broop! resounds as the shot rings out, hitting the man in the chest. the muscly wierdo flexes his chest and gets out a growling rawr as the shot simply pushes him back* are you kidding me?! how the hell do you not get blown in two?! *She squaks at the chuckling enemy in a squeakish voice* that is it! i hate you all! *she yells at the ape-like male in a feat to intimidate it into defeat* {OO} While hindered in terms of movement in this form, Oliver was more than capable of maneuvring around! "Egret!" Clacking his massive shield off of the ground and then lifting it upwards, he let himself get rocketed up about ten feet by a small bubble barrier beneath his feet, landing near Minxie. "Howdy." Spinning around and going on the defensive with the door sized shield to keep her from getting hit, "Soooo here's the thing. I know we aren't supposed to damage much if at all, but this thing ain't exactly a dainty ballerina. Gonna need ya ta get to the fightin, savvy?" He was absorbing blow by blow, the shield's animals starting to light up one by one as it stored all the kinetic output into it. He had to even grab and spin his colleague around to get to her other side and block an onslaught from two of the goons at once with the shield, backing up toward the store entrance, creating a good defensive bottle neck. "Also, just telling them you hate them isn't gonna make them stop trying to punch us, just an eff-why-eye." {OO} *Minxie smiles to her comrad and moves with him as he explains the plan* alright i got it~ *She inhales and thrusts her hands out the bottom of her palms comming together, a magic circle apearing between her fingers that she bends and connects at the tips, like a shark bite* water make shark! *She growls and a large whoosh of water shoots from the jaw-like makeup of her hands. Before the water forms it would move with high speed past the enamies that were hitting the shield. pushing them back with enough force to send them 6 meters backwards. The water jet collects into a large shark-like figure that lets out an earpiercing growl, its body was nearly see-through, jaws open wide showing off 13 rows of razor sharp teeth*shark bite!! *She shouts the order and moves her hands still together as the sharks tail starts swishing from side to side rapidly. The attack aimed to eat two opponents, if the attack shall fail it will result in the shark relocating in the sky above for another round* {OO} Well that was one guy taken down. Or rather, one guy sent flailing and screaming due to an intense phobia of sharks and having gotten bit by the shark spell that the water make mage had created. Meanwhile, Ari was getting tired of being on the defnesive and slammed his shield down into the ground, activating all the lit up creatures adorning the shield, creating a dome of interlocked hexagons that caught the next blow sent its way, "Tortoise." All the built up force and the latest blow got sent out half-fold from the shield. But even half power, the strength of twenty punches over the course of thirty seconds will feel like ten in a single blow. As was evidenced by the thug that got the blow straight in the stomach and was brought to his knees. "Okay, these guys might not be the toughest of enemies, but they are definitely persistent." {OO} *Minxie grins and opens her hands makign a butterfly with her palms* water make giant butterfly!! *She grins bigger as the shark morfs, slowly expanding into a large butterfly shape, her hands go from a virtical position to a horazontal and the butterfly comes crashing down on the group with the force of 1 ton. The water weight woudlnt cause danage to the earth as it splatters on the ground* i have a plan please keep them distracted~ *she says as the group is soaked to the boen with her water spell. She puts her hand to her chest and whispers* water make melt~ *her skin melting slowly into the ground out of eyesight of the men as the shield blocks the view* {OO} "Oh yea, no, don't worry. I will keep them occupied while you just, go wherever. No biggie." Oliver was just talking to the air by now as Minxie disappeared while Oliver was left getting a pummeling on his shield, just chrging up for another blast. The problem was that with only so much directional defense, he had no defense on other sides, where an ally could stand and defend his back. Something that the brutes were trying to take advantage of! Flanking around him, they tried to get Ollie's side, but he was already pulling himself up and over the top of his shield, kicking it so that it stood on one angled point and with a second kick, started spinning. "Stellar Circle number one!" A blue glow one second and the next a thin radial blast of magical energy sent them all backwards with some pain, and staggering them for a combo attack to finish them all off, "Any time now wherever the hell you went Minxie!" {OO} *Minxie was positioning herself inside the water as oliver takes the offensive and also their attention,her hands clamp together as she stares up through the waters surface, seeming like she was in a pool and looking up at the sufrace.circles form on the waters surface, pulling the thugs in one by one into what seemed to be just a wet street, the wizards yelp and disapear. She takes out three of the 5 and reamerges from the water clear at first then retaking her origonal form. water drips from her cloths and hair * 2 left~ what shall we do...hmm..*SHe grins hungrely at the two left over her hands slowly raising, her breaths comming out as pants as she takes a step forward towards them* they didnt hurt you did they oliver?? *she asks as she inches towards her partner* {OO} The other two, seeing their comrades disappear into the briney deep on a local street, just kind of give up out of sheer terror. Meanwhile, Oliver, who was now sitting on top of his doorshield, had a look of bewilderment and slight worry, looking at her, "Uhhh, I'm okay, are those three gonna be? I mean, you are a legal mage, you can't go drowning anyone unless you absolutely have to." {OO} *Minxie calms and giggles* yesh they are fine. they are being held in my prison~ *She answers and turns her head towards the fightened two left. She makes a flat palm with her left hand and culrs the fingers on her right, bringing them together she summons the water prison that lifts up out of the water, the three uncontious inside it. she swallows up the last two and they end up in the prison with the others* well all done, cant say we didnt leave anyting unharmed...*she lets go of her hands position and the prison and the criminals are stred away until she takes them out of their holding cell later. she walks back into the store and grabs her paid merchendise and lets the store keeper out of the backroom* your safe now. thankyou for the sheep~ *she smiles and leaves the store* {OO} "Well that's all fine and dandy about them being alive still, but you know we can't leave yet right? We have to wait for the Rune Knights to arrive to escort them away before we can leave. Gotta get the job paper stamped with approval." Oliver made a strong case for them to wait, and wait he would, until the Rune Knights did indeed arrive and exchange a stamp for the taking of the five criminals, carting them off to Whothehellcares Prison. {OO} *MInxie does as told and gives the criminals to the knights getting the first job done. her eyes shining as she stares at the stamp* WOW!!! we did it! we got it done!! eeee yayyY!!!!!! *she squeals and picks up oliver in a hyper spinning hug before she lets him go and skips around* heheheee~ i so kicked butt!!

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