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Posted on: Jan 20 2012, 04:09 AM


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Name: Saori Akabane
Title:
Age: 16

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Background: Saori Akabane is half Swiss. Her Japanese father married a young Swiss banker woman, and Saori is the result of the union. They've only just recently moved back into Japan; she's not really all that familiar with the local customs.

Not that she was much interested in fitting in. Saori has always pretty much kept to herself. This detached view of things has only helped her in many ways--even when young, she learned how to notice things, how to find out more things on her own... and when a word could really hurt, and what sort of word that would be. Very few people found that they actually liked her company, despite her clear--and well-tutored--cleverness.

Her new-found magic has given her power over wind and electricity. The value of a weather witch was obvious to her from the get-go. Just how she'll apply that is, of course, something she can and will dedicate some thought to before she goes and does anything... precipitous.

Wounds: [ ] [ ] [ ]
Bennies: 3
Fatigue Level: -

Parry: 2 (also ranged attacks suffer -2 when Deflection is active)
Toughness: 6
Charisma: 0

Attributes
Strength: d4
Agility: d4
Vigor: d8
Smarts: d10
Spirit: d6

Skills

Gambling (Smarts) d4
Investigation (Smarts) d8
Lockpicking (Smarts) d6
Notice (Smarts) d10
Shooting (Agility) d4 (d12)
Taunt (Smarts) d10

Hindrances
Clueless (major) Not being a Japanese native has its downsides.
Distinctive Appearance (minor) Striking red eyes that seem like they're glowing... yup.
Gimmick (Magical Girl)
Heartless (minor) The creepy, seemingly emotionless member

Edges
Arcane Background (Super Powers)
Nerves of Steel Ignore 1 point of wounds
Power Points +5 to Powers.

Gear
$550 (assumedly in yen)
Formal Clothing
Smartphone (with apps!)

Powers (20 Power Points)
Deflection with Requires Activation rank 2 (1):
Swirling winds give enemies a -2 to ranged attacks against her
Energy Control with Elemental Trick (electricity) (4):
Electrical currents are hers to command with her magic, whether that's blasting with it or even just forcing it to ground.
Fearless (2):
She seems to not care about such things. She never suffers Fear effects or is Intimidated.
Flight (4):
Pace x2 Flight given by swirling winds
Jinx (2):
If you roll a 1 on your skill die while trying to hurt her, you suffer a GM-determined bad thing
Storm with Downpour and Gale Force(5):
Can summon or dismiss storms, which cause -1 to all rolls, and can cut visibility or Large Burst enemies so they have to Strength roll or prone & Shaken.
Super Skill 2 (2):
Four step in shooting skill. You know what? This is probably wind, too.
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Posted on: Sep 11 2011, 12:23 AM


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Sure, Liz could work.
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Posted on: Jul 16 2011, 07:09 PM


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Sometimes life hits really hard, and really unexpectedly. I'm not going to be around basically at all after today and until I get some things dealt with offline.

A week, if a miracle happens.

A month, if things go about as well as they can.

If things don't go so smoothly, much longer.

Sorry to everyone that inconveniences.
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Posted on: Jul 7 2011, 10:06 PM


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Well, the summary actually wasn't too helpful for me dropping in to read this without first reading the first thread, but I figure no one wants to wait for that. Apart from wondering how this started and where peole were to start off, it wasn't an issue, anyway. Kudos for that, honestly; sequel RPs aren't normally written to also-work in media res like that. Every time I thought the cast was fully introduced, more of you popped up, though...

Nikang - +4 levels, +3/5 Lance
For such a slimy character, Nikang is also wonderfully adorable. I find him hard to predict, but everything I read makes coherent sense afterward. Always a delight to see.

Amity - +3 levels, +3/5 Dark
Amity played the part of the distressed damsel to the hilt, without it being overbearing and making her a detriment to the group. She was easily the main character who actually made this demon-infested house actually feel at all oppressive, instead of a crazy but understandable situation like everyone else had. Pity that the Veral-incubus scene didn't have anywhere to go

Elyssia - +1 level
Just disappeared, almost precisely 1/3 of the way through. Can't really add much more when you weren't there past the part where people were finding their feet.

Seth - +1 level, +1/4 Bow
"killstealer"? "I'm not just being a puss, either"? You've got some interesting dialogue going on there. I'm not completely sure how suitable it always is, but it was certainly amusing at least. Always managed to get into baffling and difficult situations, like starting out under the floorboards, then also faded away.

Sed - +3 levels
I'm tempted to just quote the Monty Python routine about "Mister SmokesTooMuch" here. It's really kind of amazing how much a minor character trait like that became his primary identifier in the thread.

Abigail - +1 level, +1/4 Bow
Her initial action to pick on Seth was endearing, but after that you didn't do much more.

Annette - +1 level, +1/4 Bardic
You only managed three posts at all, and didn't manage much interaction in it. I can't say much because the posts basically consisted of waking up, minor distraction in the first fight, and then popping up again once more to make one more fighting post
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Posted on: Jun 23 2011, 05:17 PM


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General: Well, talk about an RP that just ends. No resolution here. It looks like we got to a climatic battle, but there wasn't much resolved. People played off each other pretty well, what with different reactions to Feliss' thiefly nature, but other than that the RP felt very unfulfilling. It started out rather cloak-and-dagger, and then didn't pick up much from there.

I think I also miss out on a lot by not knowing inter-character history going into this, but I'll pass on that as much as I can.

Feliss - +3 levels, +2/5 Swords
Feliss has some strange beliefs as far as... personnel management goes. She kept the thread moving forward, but I feel she didn't tie things together very well, and that didn't keep as involved in every step as they could, and should, have been. It took over a third of the RP to actually get out of the phase where people sit around and make plans, and then the last third to have any major action scenes, which just suspended themselves without resolution.

Emmanuel - +3 levels, +2/5 Anima
Emmanuel was quite an effective voice of reason throughout, starting from when he critiques Feliss' plans. Great stuff to see, there. When he pulls out his magic and uses it, it's with some thought as to what it would actually do.

Laufey - +3 levels, +2/4 Lance
I really liked Laufey in this; without derailing anything or causing a stir (except for her 'arrest'), she provided a good, quiet background to everyone else's more adventuresome outlooks, contrasting nicely and giving a very different view of things. Given her situation, she mostly provided fun asides to everyone else's actions, so I don't have much else to say here.

Andreas - +2 levels, +2/5 Sword
That's... quite a plan. I admit I laughed at finding out Andreas' plot with the man he hit. Foe was right to chastise you for assuming very poor tactics on Laufey's part, but otherwise this provided a good way to make your own hook for the story.

Dorian - +2 levels, +2/5 Sword
I'm not going to say anything here. The Blast is good enough.
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Posted on: Jun 7 2011, 04:47 AM


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I had some surprising things happen in my life.

Next post forthcoming in another tab as I write this.

Kinda surprising just how few people who came in under the auspices of "at least weekly" posts didn't even make an entry post.
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Posted on: May 25 2011, 11:10 PM


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Elizabeth's teacup squirmed, and began fleeing across the table. Distractedly, Elizabeth smacked the rebellious tableware a couple times and grasped the handle before the inherent silliness of the whole situation really struck her. Normally, teacups didn't flee on their own. Not unless they were owned by an eccentric wizard or something, at any rate.

Glancing around, she discovered that her errant drink wasn't the only such inanimate object to forget itself and start animating. Odd. Well, nothing seemed too threatening to her yet, so--

--Groinbiter. Her wyvern, tucked alone into a stall, sprang to the forefront of Elizabeth's mind. She really didn't want anything to happen to him, and the dumb beast wouldn't be able to deal with this sort of thing the same way Elizabeth knew to.

Abandoning her tea to its own devices, she hurried to the stable. Luckily, this was either beyond the worst of the animating effect, or else it was just not fully up to speed at the moment. Which didn't matter too much. Elizabeth had already noticed that things close enough to a human didn't animate, and she trusted--hoped, really--that wyvern flesh would be the same.

It didn't take her long to saddle Groinbiter with her smooth, well-practiced motions, and so she quickly took him from the stable, brushing aside some aggressively animate straw, and took to the air, swooping low over the buildingtops. She headed back directly to where she had come from, weapon at hand and eyes open and scanning. Whatever was up, Elizabeth planned to sort it out, essentially just because she was handy and this seemed entertaining.
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Posted on: May 23 2011, 06:14 PM


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Thread's up. Since we ended up with just a little more people than I like (seven, when I usually prefer six at most) but I don't want to be cruel, I'm just going to say everyone's in. Except Donny who didn't manage to make a character (sorry Donny).

Shuuda: Emmanuel preferred, yes.
Unnamed Dude: I think Troy would be better as well.

For anyone who would like to, we can say that Elizabeth already spoke to your character before going up, so they have an easy opening to discuss stuff now. For everyone, your choice for why you're in Fishtown is up to you; I can make suggestions if you need, but I don't want to force if you've got ideas of your own.


We've got quite a level spread going on here, but no matter; I've worked with such before and have some idea of what to do.
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Posted on: May 17 2011, 10:09 PM


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In Southern Araducia, there is a small bay with three villages nearby. Two of them are on the shores and survive through fishing; the third is up and into the mountains crouching on the only path through the mountains. Fishtown, Cogville, and Corinth, respectively, have always been very out-of-the-way and generally ignored by the successors squabbling over the Araducian crown.

However, not everyone has ignored this area--a clever and rather urbane pirate leader, the self-proclaimed Admiral Chelgar, has set his sites on the area, and sailed in with a force far stronger than the native defenders can muster. His goal with all of this is far from clear, especially for those few travelers who are currently visiting Fishtown....


So: it's an RP about pirates attacking these three towns. PCs of any class or level are fine by me. There will be some chance of PC failure here, as even if the PCs all live, Chelgar may achieve his goals--I'll be secretly tracking this and reacting to PC plans. Having a take-charge and clever sort of PC would be great. Also, if you join and then can't post at least once a week, I will make a series of unlikely threats at you.

Who's interested?
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Posted on: May 11 2011, 01:00 AM


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Elizabeth, transitioning from Wyvern Rider to Wyvern Knight.
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Name: Eve Beauchamp
Age: 18
Homecountry: Marcellus
Gender: Female
Height: 5'2"
Build: Quite nice to look at, but not athletic at all

Class: Curate
Level: 1

Weapons: Heal, Regen
Weapon Levels: Staff E 0/4

Summary: Eve is rather unassuming in her demeanor, and would be extremely forgettable were it not for her outfits, which are... well, rather risque, but that's what her contract says she's supposed to wear . She wears them with little self-consciousness, but otherwise she's generally shy and almost always very easy to convince of things. It's not that she's dumb, or slow-witted--she's just trusting and finds it easier to go along with the flow of things rather than try to press her own agenda. So far, this has stood her in good enough stead.

If forced into the spotlight or spoken to one-on-one, Eve is polite and good-natured, with no obvious hint of a dark side beneath it all. She's always lived her life up to now by following the path of least resistance, and, well, it's done okay for her.

Appearance: Eve is short, with proportions that generally at least merit a good, long second look, and to top it all off is almost always dressed in a maid's outfit, one that... well, isn't exactly designed for functionality, to put it mildly. She puts a fair amount of effort into keeping the look perfect, since that's been described as one of her duties. Her naturally purple eyes and pink hair don't do much to break the overall look of domestic femininity. On the rare occasions she's out of her work clothes, Eve dresses in much more modest long skirts and blouses. In both cases, she's got various useful items hidden, somehow, in pockets that aren't allowed to bulge or otherwise look like she's actually carrying anything.

Her body language is always restrained, and Eve is normally found beside and slightly behind whoever she's currently following. And she's generally following someone.

Bio: The Beauchamps had, in years previously, managed to work themselves up to just barely upper-class Marcellus standards. This was the environment that Eve was born into, as the second eldest and first daughter of the family: one where she wasn't quite gentry or nobility, but just about on the same social plane. She grew up going to most of the best schools, attending at least some of the more open social functions, and so on. What she was mainly taught, however, was how to be a lady. She never really picked up many marketable skills beyond that.

As she grew older, however, she was eventually forced to change. Her father lost a great deal of the family's accumulated wealth in a shipwreck that was not well enough insured. Things changed. No longer could her parents support all four of their children in the manner that they were accustomed to, as they tried to recoup their fortunes. Someone had to avoid draining their budget, and, preferably, bring in a little extra money. The problem was... none of them had any marketable skills, and it was certainly Not Done for them to sully themselves with menial labor. If that were to become known, it would destroy the family image and they'd never regain their hard-fought-for status.

So, essentially, their options were limited to marriage and polite work for other upper class families. Marriage didn't work out--Eve's older brother failed to find any suitable prospects, and Eve, at 16 then, was second oldest. By this standard, it was pretty obvious that none of the younger siblings were going to fare any better, so polite work it was. Cleaning, butlering, nannying... things like that. She spent a couple of years on minor jobs, none of which were long-term.

Thus it was that Eve, much to her mild confusion, eventually found herself contracted to the Fen-Rufierre family and told to find and support their daughter, Maiya.
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Posted on: May 1 2011, 02:42 PM


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The tea was pretty crummy, really. Elizabeth had asked the shop proprietor to recommend something, and now she really was regretting it. Her best guess was that either he deliberately chose some unpopular swill to unload it. Either that, or he just picked randomly, figuring that Elizabeth wouldn't know a decent brew if it bit her. Neither option was exactly flattering, so Elizabeth didn't dwell on it much.

Most of her attention was on her book. It was a new one in one of her favorite series, just out since the last time she'd checked, and bound with the sort of severely black cover that disguised its content. That was all the better as far as Elizabeth was concerned; she didn't really want to be publicly seen reading the... sort of stuff this book was about. No, it was probably best that the adventures stayed safely in the text and away from easily-observed covers.

The next table over was also occupied; this time of day that wasn't surprising, but this guy was writing a letter or something, and was apparently being a crazy brute of it, since he managed to snap his writing implement in two.

Then--oh, boy--he just got up and left, heading to go get a new one. And, more interestingly, he had left his writing behind, apparently on the assumption that he'd neither be going far nor out of eyesight. Of course, there was at least one time he'd have his back to it, and that was when he was walking away.

She hurriedly snuck a peek before turning back to her book. It seemed to be about the economic and engineering issues involved in bringing some of the more modern developments to the battlefield. Interesting, but not as juicy as she was really hoping for. Oh, well. She went back to her book and awful tea.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2011, 01:46 AM


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Interested.

Cuddles also expressed interest in following whatever RP Liza is in.
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Posted on: Mar 30 2011, 07:40 PM


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No, no one watches it.
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Posted on: Mar 16 2011, 12:52 AM


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Even without Elizabeth, the battle wound down to a successful win for her 'adopted' side. Not really too surprising. Surprise attacks, by their very nature, are often successful. The battle didn't drag on for long enough to really change that initial edge. She stood off to one side, watching the others fight their battle against the big lug. No one else seemed really inclined to start new fights, so she remained unmolested.

By now, though, Elizabeth's battle high--which she experience no matter how little she generally showed it--was wearing off. Maybe she could unwind with these people; certainly she'd done enough to win a little respect. She went to push her hat a little higher up her head, out of her eyes. Maybe she could... her hand was shaking. She hadn't really noticed while she was leaning against a wall, but without adrenaline, she was rather... weak.

Unbidden, she flashed back to--her spear biting into flesh, screams, blood, it was never like that in training[/s]--to what had happened during the fight. This was, frankly, the first time she'd ever been in a fight. A [i]real fight. She'd never killed before.

Training made the action automatic and instinctive, but it was nothing like the visceral feel of... of, well, viscera. She wasn't really taking it very well.

Maybe--just maybe--she should slip away on her own, find Groinbiter, take a bit to collect herself. Then maybe she'd see what the idiot with too many spears and the foul-mouthed leader might find to reward her aid.

And then she was gone.
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Well, at least Elizabeth wasn't drawing much fire. The other side's morale cracked, and the odds began to shift. The little lancer was rather pleased by the course of events. Of course, if this other group was actually so flimsy as to fall apart that quickly, it wouldn't have lasted long enough for this fight to occur to beginwith. A giant of a man strode out, clutching axe in hand, and by his demeanour Elizabeth could tell almost instantly that he was both used to being the scariest thing around, and that that wasn't entirely unjustified.

In comparison to her petite, teenage, feminine body, he was essentially an unassailable foe. Oh, perhaps a good strategy and a lot of luck could turn the tide, but the best[i] strategy was not to take stupid chances. Now... Sharpsticks. Was that her? Could be. Well, taking down an almost defenseless fighter at close range, that was more her speed. Much less in the way of risk.

Especially since he seemed to be woefully under-equipped. As near as Elizabeth could see, he only had [i]one
crossbow--a small one, too. Just the right size to get one shot off, and that shot was a small, weak, short-ranged bolt that would take longer to reload than Elizabeth could need. If only it were also an inaccurate weapon, it would have been perfect, but no enemy really sets up to make things easier on their opponent.

Hastily, she readied and threw a javelin, attempting to throw the man's aim off as she closed the distance. The attempt was half-successful; he ducked her javelin, and his own aim went too low, but not enough for it to miss Elizabeth completely. It stuck painfully in her left thigh, sinking in but neither nicking the main artery nor tearing up so much muscle that she was greatly impaired. Pain, yes, but that could be pressed down by force of will.

And that... was that. The man gave ground, trying to reload quickly, but there was no way for someone to run backwards faster than she could close going forward, and he had no other weapons on him. Elizabeth thought that most of the time archers would carry at least a brace of weapons if they were using reload-heavy weapons, but perhaps the speed of her side's attack had left him scrambling.

Well, it was a charitable thought, anyway.

As she closed the distance, she readied her naginata, sweeping the weapon in a tight arc, intersecting with the archer's guts. Willing herself not to look at that mess, Elizabeth brought it back for a second stroke. she was aiming for the neck, but only caught part of his upper torso, his ribs keeping the cutting blade from doing too much damage with that cut.

Still, good enough; he was essentially dead and definitely out of the fight.

She took one more glance at the large axe-man, and a single thought ran through her head. "Nah." As quietly as she could, she took a few steps away from that fight.
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Posted on: Feb 10 2011, 01:27 AM


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Liz is ready any time.
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Frankly, Elizabeth was more than a shade insulted that Marik downplayed the guards' intelligence; by extension, it demeaned her out-thinking them. That just was not the case; she had carefully set up situations where the only reasonable thing to think was just what she wanted to convince others of. That only just barely flickered across her face before she quashed it.

Instead, she picked up the vulnerary that had been offered to her, and used it on Groinbiter's smacked limb. "Oh, quit fussing, Groinbiter," she said, using the familiar sound of her voice and the vulnerary's painkilling property to calm the flying lizard. He was never going to become legendary if he fussed this much over the equivalent of a banged shin. Still, he was her wyvern.

"Hey," Elizabeth said, to Marik's back, not facing him except to glance over her shoulder and be sure he heard her. "I'm not going to go back. Too dangerous. Meeting back up just exposes us to all being found together, and Groinbiter is way too easy to track in the air if anyone was suspicious of me. I helped you with your jailbreak--but I don't want to risk being found with you all if things fall apart now. The dangerous stuff should be over. We'll all be safer if I go away now."

It was one of the longest speeches she'd made in a long time, at least not to show off some scheme she'd cooked up. "...I'll see you later." She swung her legs over Groinbiter's back, and with a dull whumpf and a gust of wind, Elizabeth and Groinbiter disappeared into the sky.
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Miss Efficiency finds the quickest way to be left alone.

Elizabeth's Tale: Click Here To Show/Hide This Text
"W-we mustn't... what if my fiancee finds out?" Despite his protestations, Claude's body told the truth, and what it said was: "I want you, Jonas."

Jonas smiled inwardly, leaning in close, and--


"Whatcha reading, lady?"

In a flash, Elizabeth's book was closed and stowed in a pocket, a reflex that came faster than she realized who was talking to her: a little girl, about seven, holding the hand of one a couple years younger, probably her sister. Well, that was probably for the best, really; even the cover was something kids probably shouldn't see.

Luckily, the seven-year-old wasn't actually listening. She climbed into the seat opposite Elizabeth, then helped her sister up onto her lap. "Is it a storybook? I love stories. Tell us a story?"

Desperately, Elizabeth scanned the inn, which was half-empty this time of day. Surely they had parents here--oh. She saw a well-dressed, portly man, smoking a pipe and watching the girls with tolerant amusement. So that was it. Daddy had let them run loose so they wouldn't be in his hair.

Elizabeth still wasn't done with her stew, so that meant she'd have to either abandon it or put up with the kids. Or... well, perhaps she could get them to leave her alone.

"All right," she said, smiling brightly. "Did you know that there's the story of a bright young man hidden in every piece of paper?"

"No," the elder girl said, interested. "What is it?" Her younger sister was far more fascinated by her thumb than a story, but that was fine. Elizabeth removed a piece of carefully-rolled origami paper from another pocket. Rolling wasn't good for it, but it was at least bettering than creases. "There once was a young man who didn't know what he wanted to do with his life," she began, starting to fold in time with the story. "First he thought he wanted to be a knight," she said, as the paper came together, and she placed it on her head, as if it were a helmet. "Then he thought, no, maybe a wizard would be better." Pulling loose edges together, the hat became pointy. "Finally, though, he decided he wanted to be a sailor." The loose ends came apart, into a rough approximation of a ship with prow, stern, and pyramidal 'sail'. Okay, this wasn't her best work.

"For a while, he was happy, but then there was a storm!" She waved the paper back and forth, to simulate ocean waves. By now, even the younger girl was enthralled, far more fascinated in the story than her thumb. "First it ripped off the ship's prow." Two fingers roughly shredded the paper, removing one end. "Then the stern! And then, when all hope seemed lost, it took off the mast, as well!" More paper scraps came off.

She gave the girls a sly grin. "And do you know what happened then?" They both shook their heads, enraptured.

"The boat sank!" She pulled apart the folds. "And of the young man, all they ever found... was his shirt!" She proudly displayed what was left of the paper, which indeed did look like a ragged tunic now.

Despite her cheery telling, the kids both looked horrified. They knew stories weren't supposed to end with death! Annoyingly, they didn't leave. Inwardly, Elizabeth grimaced. Fine, maybe a different story would scare them off.

"Didn't like it? Would you like to hear the story of Ember-ella, then, and how she married a prince?" That perked the two back up.

"Once upon a time, there was a girl named Ella. She lived with her stepmother and two wicked step-sisters. They hated Ella, because she was so kind and beautiful, so they forced her to be their slave, working for them day and night. She had to sleep in the fireplace, and so she was called Ember-ella." The younger girl was back to her thumb, but she was still enraptured. This story had promise, after all.

Elizabeth's yarn spun on. The prince threw a ball to find a wife, Ella was forced to stay behind and work while her sisters went, a fairy godmother helped her go... it spilled out, drawing the kids in. This would work best if they were enjoying it up to the climax.

Finally, the prince took his one clue--the small crystal shoe--to see who it would fit. He took it to the step-mother's house, and upon seeing it, and how small it was, she took her eldest daughter aside... and took out a knife.

This was what Elizabeth had been aiming to reach. "And there she told her daughter 'take this knife, and cut off your heel; you won't need to walk once you're a princess.' And the daughter took it, and sliced off her heel, and forced it into the slipper!" The girls were back to horror, clutching at each other as Elizabeth described the gruesome result and how it was found out.

Then came the second sister's turn. "...and she told her daughter, 'take this knife, and cut off your toes; you won't need to walk once you're a princess'. Reluctantly, she took the knife, which was very sharp, and placed it on her toes, and one by one she--"

The five-year-old screamed, pushing at her sister to get down, then ran back to dad. Glaring, and also obviously trying not to cry, the older followed suit, balefully not looking away from Elizabeth at all.

"Well, that worked out well. Back to food." Elizabeth rubbed her hands and picked up her spoon again.

The stew had gone cold.


(That first origami bit actually exists; my mother used to tell me it all the time, though with different hats.)
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Elizabeth nodded in agreement. "I'll keep to the air, then; I'll see him if he tries to make a break in any direction and give you a yell." From there, she let Groinbiter move on; he was still in the air, and keeping close enough for a conversation was tiring for the great beast.

A couple passes didn't reveal anything at first. Elizabeth was hopeful that since she was in a completely different angle, she might be able to see him; he could reveal himself to her without anyone else seeing, at least in theory. Or she could simply happen to see him. Truth was, Elizabeth treated magic as essentially a black box: things happened or they didn't, and the reasons and theory why hardly seemed to be relevant.

Then: a flash of something. Yes, that was Marik. It seemed hadn't gotten away, and had tried to go to ground, protected by magic, and by the look of things his illusion was failing. Moreover, he was going to be found out in another minute or two.

Elizabeth found a polearm in her hand and cruelly smashed the butt of it into Groinbiter's foot before she really thought her plan through. The wyvern let out a loud shriek, upset by the sudden pain, and the normally gentle creature momentarily fought to try to dislodge her. She grimly held on, and forced him down, as close to Marik as she dared, hopefully shielding him from view.

The guards weren't far behind, but by that point Elizabeth was examining the obviously agitated and upset Groinbiter from the ground. "I think his foot's hurt," she told them, in her most apologetic tone. "He's very upset. Do you think that's why he ran away to begin with?"

Her plan, at the moment, was to natter on and convince the guards to not look too closely at what was actually going on behind Groinbiter... hopefully a bristling wyvern, glaring at everything and flaring his nostrils, would encourage the men to be on their way. It sure made Elizabeth not want to be near him just then. Still... it was the first thing she'd thought to try.
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Elizabeth put on an expression of bewilderment. "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! H-he got away from me, and I only just now caught him--please don't tell anyone; my master will punish me if he finds out! I just turned my back for a second and he was gone!"

It seemed to work, at least well enough to defuse immediate suspicion. One guard even leaped to the conclusion Elizabeth had been hoping he would, without her having to drop more hints, thankfully. "Damn, someone let her wyvern go as a distraction."

The other seemed more practical. "Maybe you could help us? Take a quick look-around and see if you can't catch that guy who just fled? You saw that, right?"

"Uh... just a bit. I was more looking for Fell Beast, here." Elizabeth instinctively filled in a fake name for Groinbiter, just to confuse any later searches more. "But if you don't tell anyone he got away, I should be able to get back before my master notices. I'll be right back."

With a subtle command given by squeezing her ankles, Groinbiter took to the air, the gust caused by his wingbeat making both guards cover their faces for a moment.

From the air, Elizabeth's first course of action was to glance around--if there were any other wyverns or pegasi up here, she might have to throw Marik to the wolves to keep her own cover, but luckily she didn't see any. They were fairly rare creatures, after all, so with the confusion and speed of events, it wasn't too surprising that none had managed to find their way up here yet.

All the better. There was no way a man on foot could outrun a wyvern on the wing, and it took no time at all to trace the people chasing after Marik to the man himself. She waited until he zigged one way, then, in the carrying voice that anyone who spent any time on a wyvern or pegasus eventually learned by simple necessity, she yelled, "Hey! I see him, he just went right over here--I think he went into that warehouse!" The warehouse was old, and Elizabeth could see a couple of windows busted out. If she was believed, it would be beautifully hard to be sure he wasn't in there--it would be chock-full of places to hide.
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...Lizzie? Huh. Elizabeth didn't fuss, but that was new. "All right." In theory, she hadn't planned to pick Groinbiter back up until after the whole situation had blown over; it was somewhat better cover for the "he got away from me" excuse she had been planning to keep up as a last-ditch just in case.

Still, she'd told him where to land, and it was close enough for her to pick him up. That extra mobility, that extra speed, that extra dimension... that could definitely help.

"All right. I'll keep watch from a short distance, and step in when needed." She ducked off. The illusion-shrouded trio could do their own thing; she'd be using her judgment at a remove from the others.

"Come, Groinbiter," she announced, vaulting into his saddle as she came to the wyvern. "To the sky again! But this time, quietly."

With a beat of his wings, she was in the air. Now to keep an eye on the ground below.
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Elizabeth glanced up as Marik returned--alone, and seriously flustered. Well, that had always been a possibility. The worse intelligence one had for making plans, the more likely that those plans would all apart. She'd done her best, but the prison had been largely an unknown and the subject of speculation to make up for that.

She dropped her half-folded paper where she stood as Marik delivered her news, her mind working furiously. "Well, frankly, there's no really good options if she's that close to being killed." Unconsciously, her hand played over her weapons, assuring herself that they were all there. "It's probably kill or let her be killed, unless you have some miraculous plan or power. You could probably at least get her out of immediate danger by using magic to weaken the scaffold's arm, so it would break instead of her neck when they try to drop her. That'd probably be the best start to trying to get her out of there, if you could do it subtly."

Inwardly, though, Elizabeth was rather pessimistic about the odds of keeping everyone alive like Marik would prefer--someone was going to end up dead in all this, one way or another.
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Groinbiter swung around, swooping over the melee with Elizabeth perched on his back like a jockey in a horse race, one hand on the reins and the other clutching a javelin. Her practiced eye accounted for the speed of the wyvern, letting her take stock from her privileged position in the sky. Bolts flew here and there, but none were aimed at her and Groinbiter--thankfully. The wyvern being in the open and its large wings made bows a serious threat. Yeah, she couldn't justify keeping poor Groinbiter in close to the fracas. She'd have to ditch him.

After one pass, then. She'd taken stock in the blink of an eye, and she was now coming up on the most obvious single foe, a rather heavily marked man wielding a long, curved sword. She hurled her javelin at him. Coming down from above, and granted Groinbiter's speed, it hit hard, piercing deep into his left leg. Pity--Elizabeth had meant to hit him in the heart, but she wasn't that good yet, it seemed.

As she passed overhead, she pulled Groinbiter into an Immelman turn, and jumped off as he was turning, just at the moment when her velocity, compared to the ground, was minimized.

It was still a nasty fall, of course, but with a tumble and roll and got to her feet unhurt, if horribly ungracefully. She had to spare a second to pick up her hat, which had come loose, and stick that back on her head. Of course, the area had ended up somewhat cleared--an unexpected wyvern, a javelin out of the sky, and then a girl falling into the area tended to make people draw back, so she and the heavily scarred man had a free space, at least for a moment.

Elizabeth had counted on that. The weapon she had out was her naginata, a long weapon with a vicious blade on the end of it. If her opponent's weapon was valuable for its reach, then hers was even better. The man pulled her javelin out (stupid of him--that would make blood loss worse) and took a stance facing her. Pity, then--she hadn't either broken bone or dealt irreparable damage to his muscle, or he wouldn't still be standing.

The man opened his mouth, but Elizabeth was quicker out of the gate. "Tattoos and piercings for intimidation factor. Long weapon for psychological edge. Foul mouth to unnerve opponents." She delivered her judgment in a flat, empty tone, as if reciting from a page. The man hesitated, as if not sure how to respond, and Elizabeth struck in that brief moment.

She slashed quickly at his wounded leg. She didn't catch much, but she felt the blade cut deep into it. He stumbled, and Elizabeth reversed her motion for a follow-up swing. This time it didn't even hit; the man knocked it aside. He wasn't all for show, then.

Elizabeth stepped back to absorb his counter-push--he was strong!--and turned that into a spin, hands moving rapidly down the shaft of her weapon. At the conclusion of her spin, the butt of her weapon connected with the man's leg. That was finally enough, and he went down with a yelp.

Business-like, Elizabeth stepped forward, and thrust straight at his throat, then quickly looked around. If she'd been right, and he was the leader, it was a toss-up between that disheartening or inspiring the others fighting out here.
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Shrugging, Elizabeth stepped back. "Okay, then. I'll hang back for now." She backed away to where Groinbiter waited. She'd left him a few paces back, just for being a larger and potentially less aware of the need for stealth, but now was his time to act. At least, if she could convince him to act like she'd told the others she could. Luckily, he was fairly amiable as far as wyverns went.

She began with a "stay" command, then quickly gave him a set of further commands with the reins. The wyvern paused for a moment, considering. She gave the commands again, slightly slower this time. This time, his posture seemed to indicate comprehension, so Elizabeth pulled out a wyvern treat from a pocket, let his tongue slurp it off her hand, and tapped a "go" command on his skin.

With startling silence, Groinbiter beat his wings and rose into the air above, then turned and winged quietly towards the other side of the prison, low and slow. He'd be hard to see more than a glimpse of from the streets below.

A minute or two later, she heard his screech--high-pitched and loud, it carried. Oh, yes, it carried quite well. If anything would distract someone, a loud wyvern, his voice echoing enough that its exact position couldn't be determined, just its general direction, would do the job.

For her own part, Elizabeth pulled out a scrap of paper she'd kept in her pockets, and began putting very sharp creases in it. If she wasn't going to join this fight immediately, she might as well make a little origami while her friends did their part of it all.
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