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Higan Retour
Posted on: Sep 6 2012, 08:15 PM


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Jinada grimaced from both her pat and her words. He supposed it was foolish to think she wouldn't notice his ailment. He have an awkward grin and gestured forward. "Our time in that matter grows short, I'm afraid. I drank the last of my medicine just now, thinking the fight was upon us. As it is, I might ask you to watch over me after the deed is done. Even injured as he is, I do not expect to escape unharmed, and I will be worse for wear besides... wait."

He slowed, noticing blood on the leaves. If Tangle hadn't noticed already, she would now that he was studying it. "Seems to be from one person, hard to tell. We should hurry."
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Posted on: Aug 27 2012, 12:54 AM


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Sensing something amiss, one of Jinada's hands went for his blade, and the other for the last of his vulnerary. It was as he downed the medicine that Tangle signaled caution, reacting to the sound. He couldn't help but have a brief spasm as energy shot back into his body, but he knew the poison would eat it up just as fast as before.

The wyvern wasn't long for this world if no one helped it, but it was the magling's words that caught his attention. "That way," he gestured, noting a parting in the bushes and twigs. "Looks like both of them went that way. No obvious signs of a struggle at that point, so a chase. Now what's this about a broken arm? Is Banehallow injured?"
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Posted on: Aug 22 2012, 11:23 PM


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Jinada exhaled a ragged breath. The climb was taking its toll on him, but Tangle hadn't seemed to notice yet. He was allowing himself to become angry, too. He tried his hardest to suppress it. His anger would serve no purpose. It would cloud his mind, his words would be twisted, and his blade would not strike truly. He forced himself into the distant state of mind, his attention poised on the edge of a razor. He opened his eyes, and his breathing stabilized.

He addressed Tangle, his voice flat and calm. "Perhaps you are right. I made a mistake in thinking your pin was your source of magic, and it cost me. That does not change the fact that you would not be up this task without me. I advise we do not waste any more time bickering, conserve our energy for the task at hand."
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Posted on: Aug 19 2012, 02:26 PM


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"I don't have to see it, Tangle. Against me, you would have fallen. Against Banehallow, you would fall. Jyn? You would have fallen. I can tell with a single look. You have used surprise and underhanded tactics in place of skill, not as a supplementation. We both know my distrust was well-placed. If my blade had not been at your throat, you would have tried to fell me, like you did the moment my back was turned."

He looked at the mountain ahead. He was already sweating from the toxins; by the time the two of them reached the peak, or whatever hole their bounty had dug himself in, Jinada would be exhausted. He doubted he would be able to win in a single stroke, and the more drawn out the fight became, the worse his chances became.
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Posted on: Aug 15 2012, 06:03 PM


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"I'm after the bounty, yes. I'm sure you've already realized, but with your strength you have little chance alone, as do I with only this sword. We no longer have time to retrieve my sword." He didn't mention the poison, currently creating a nauseous feeling in his stomach.

"Regardless, we're not getting anything on our own, so we'll figure out how to deal with the reward later." Jinada sighed. "This would be a lot, urk, easier if you had been honest from the start."

He'd have to let the poison go through his system. He wouldn't be well again for quite some time, certainly not soon enough to finish Banehallow with a clear body. Along with that, he'd have to keep his attention on the girl, while not letting her catch on to his current state. The little moan hadn't been a good start for that.

He pulled his hair back, putting it into the proper ponytail. It had been undone at some point during or before the battle with Jyn. "You may call me Jinada."
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Posted on: Aug 6 2012, 08:02 PM


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When Tangle leaped, Jinada almost darted forward and bisected her with his blade. However, he realized that she had actually been true to her word, and dove to the ground in time to dodge the dive.

Now, he got up, wiped the dirt from his face. His right hand was still on Savage Edge, but the dive had caused him to lost the charge. He eyed his adversary warily. While he'd given concessions to the mageling, since she didn't really fight and would still be at least mildly useful, he wouldn't be to do the same against the enemy before him.

"Just as killing a man with his face in the dirt is no way to live. Jinada of the Taifah, you may have heard of me as Yesukhei."

The assailant jeered, easy to notice even through the scarf. "A traitor are you, then? My blades want better than -- "

"No!" Jinada interrupted. "The man who instigated that rebellion was the very one who betrayed the previous chief, and banished me."

"Hmph. Not worthy of a Taifah, then," she said, laughing. "I'm Jyn, now enough words."

Jinada would reflect on how short the exchange truly was, later. He missed his first strike. She counter-attacked, but both blades were turned by his sheathed sword. A murder blow to her face. She staggered, his weapon charged. Savage Edge flew just as she regained her footing, lunged with her daggers. Her wound, grievous. She fell.

Jinada checked his side. Her dagger had found its way into him when he slashed. It hurt, of course, but the burn told him the blade had been poisoned. He slumped to the ground, preparing to give himself a vulnerary. He didn't have any antidote, but the wound still needed closing.

He was coming out of the perfect state of mind. He started to feel the pain instead of simply being aware of it. He gave a moment of passing thought for Jyn, even though she had resorted to poison, then called out. "Well, get back here now! You know I can catch up to you!"
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Posted on: Aug 6 2012, 03:13 AM


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Jinada pulled out the pin with his free hand, tossed it to her. As for her attempt to confuse, he made no reaction but to step forward. He could lunge from this range, but she probably didn't think he could reach her. All of a sudden, all his tension fell off, and Jinada became detached from the anger affecting him. His voiced was beyond calm as he spoke.

"I will make this very clear to you. The Kuur-Ishiminari is more valuable to me than the life of an honorless bitch. This is your final warning. We turn around and get the sword. The longer you take, the colder Banehallow's trail becomes. You will lose sight of him. I won't. Should you lead me to the sword and return it to me, I will leave you on your way."
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Posted on: Aug 3 2012, 04:16 AM


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"Halt!" The yell came as Jinada's horse was already in a sprint. He'd tried to get as close as he could without tipping her off, than made with a burst of speed. Checking the ground ahead of him, he made a hasty dismount as soon as his mount had slowed enough, going into a run. His hand was on his remaining sword's grip, and his mind was in full battle mode. He couldn't disarm her, so he'd just close the distance. Getting closer, he realized that Blade Fury was not on her. "Where is the blade of Kuur? Where is my sword?. You may have no honesty or pride to call your own, this I know, but that sword is all I have. You will tell me where it is, or you will die and I'll track your backtrail."

Sparks charged around his wrist, Savage Edge ready soon to cleave her in two, when he was in range. His body was relaxed as it could be with all the tension clouding his mind, still easily agile enough to dodge her fireballs should she strike.
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Posted on: Jul 29 2012, 02:51 AM


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Some time afterwards, Jinada was back in his horse. He had changed to his other set of clothes, the original now nothing more that burnt rags. His injuries were insignificant after the proper healing, but the pain was magnified by his riding, going fast to catch up. He followed the tracks of the mageling. As far as he knew, she had stolen the sword, and then made chase to follow Banehallow. He'd seen Jarl's body, moved by that time out of the tavern, and assumed Tangle to be on Banehallow's trail. She would have his sword, and then to Banehallow.

He came upon the top of a hill, saw his first target in the distance. Her course suggested that their mutual quarry had headed up the mountain on the horizon. What was there? A base, a bandit hideout? Did he mean to lose his pursuers in harsh terrain? Against such as Jarl and Tangle, that might have worked, but he'd only be giving Jinada an advantage.

Regardless of what lay on the horizon, his current goal was much closer, and very important. His family sword would not be stolen by some devious backstabbing harlot. He rode forth, motivated by such thoughts.
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Posted on: Jul 26 2012, 10:49 PM


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"All I know of you is that you're devious and deceptive. I have no trust for you. Of course I'm not treating you well." The mageling had a pin under her color in the image of a rose. That must be the focus. He reached out, ripped it off of her clothing. She should be unable to cast her magic at that point.

Tangle addressed, he turned his attention to the door, opening it while preparing to thrust with Blade Fury should Banehallow be behind the door. He pushed open, scanned the room in a moment. He had just enough time to recognize his quarry's absence before flame took him from behind. He'd guessed wrong. His body slumped against the door frame, not quite falling to the ground. He heard Tangle run down the stairs distantly, a roar that must be Jarl loudly but shallowly. Blade Fury was nowhere to be seen. Jinada didn't remember dropping it. He faintly realized that senses were failing him before he went under.
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Posted on: Jul 23 2012, 11:31 PM


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Jinada stepped toward her. He was falling back into the state of mind for combat. His senses picked up more information, but he focused mainly on Tangle. The tip of his ghostly blade neared her throat. Should she give him any reason to unite her with the earth, he would react swiftly.

"I have reason to believe you would set me alight the moment I turned around. You go up first, lead me to the room. I'll deal with the Spitter when he's ready to die. All of my attention is on you. If you try to wrong me, your time on this plane ends. I know not if I am smarter than you, but I have no doubt that I am the faster. Move it!" He gestured with his sword, towards the stairs, the position of his blade allowing a backswing should the object of his attention resist.
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Posted on: Jul 23 2012, 08:31 PM


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Her feigned ignorance was clear, but under that she writhed to make a break for the stairs. He situated himself between her and the stairs, Blade Fury still pointed at her. He wasn't in range to cut her directly, but he could lunge if he had any reason to believe she was readying a spell. He wished he knew what her focus was. It could be entirely possible for her to be readying a spell already. He'd just have to keep his focus on a razor's edge.

"Which room is he in? If you don't hurry you'll have Jarl to deal with, and my patience wears thin as well. This bounty isn't for you, girl."

Jarl was done thrashing, at this point. Assuming he didn't think to beat them with his bare hands, he still need to let his burns heal and get his axe from outside. If she cooperated, he still had time to confront Banehallow, kill him, then kill Jarl on the way out, making sure the mageling didn't backstab him at any point. Not the smoothest plan, but he would adapt to the adversities that were given to him, as they were given him.
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Posted on: Jul 22 2012, 03:43 PM


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Shock was apparent on Jinada's face as a flaming Spitter stumbled toward him, but he sidestepped all the same, kicking the warrior's axe away from him the moment he landed. His state of mind left that of impending battle. He took note of the little thing that busted through into the inn as everyone else busted out of the inn, recognized that she must be after the same bounty to strike Jarl so. He looked at her, then back to the smoking mess at the ground, to her, and back to the ground.

"Uh, Jarl? Are you alright?" He asked uncertainly, picking up the stray axe. The swordsman stepped outside briefly, throwing the axe out. Re entering, Jarl, his face still in the ground, was blindly groping for his axe, while the woman was searching for... something. The Spitter's hands found a vulnerary. "Your axe is outside. I will kill you when you're back in good health.

"You!", Jinada continued, pointing his sword at the mageling. "You have denied me a duel. What is it you seek?" His eyes narrowed. "Where is Banehallow?"
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Posted on: Jul 21 2012, 01:12 AM


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Fate conspired to remove subtlety from the hunt. The only way Banehallow hadn't heard that was if he was already gone from Canelabra. Jinada downed his swill and turned to face "the Spitter". His hand rested on the blade of Savage Edge. Energy not unlike lightning pulsed through his hand as the weapon charged.

"Jarl the Spitter", he muttered, his eyes narrowing. "Our goals tangle. Banehallow is mine. He can not leave this place without one or both of us noticing. You are to --" He rushed forward, closing the distance between him and the bow that had been nonchalantly drawn as Jinada spoke. Savage Edge flew faster than a blade could without such enchantments, cleaved the bow in two. Its course ended, the blade directed itself back into the sheath, his hand a mere guide.

"LITTLE MAN!" Roared the Spitter, his moniker proved relevant as Jinada experienced his first rain in weeks. "THAT WAS A FOOLISH THING YOU JUST DID! TWO HEADS INSTEAD OF ONE WILL DO ME GOOD."


Jarl took up his axe, Jinada took up Blade Fury. The ethereal, creamy green blade gave a low hum being drawn from its sheath. "Shin of the Twin Blades died by my blade. I suspect your name will do less for my renown."
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Posted on: Jul 20 2012, 03:13 AM


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Horse stabled outside, Jinada stepped into the bar, taking in all there was to observe. Some stink eyes, not that he cared, and lowly conditions in everything else. There was disdain in entering the inn, but as he understood it, this was where Banehallow was. He knew not which room, nor how he would find out, but in the meantime he could wait.

He trusted his instincts to point him where he needed to go, once he'd taken in enough information. Even if he wasn't aware of them, he'd notice clues as to the scoundrel's whereabouts. The moment of eureka would come shortly after. He'd ride the wait through with one of the Needlestack's probably bland and watered down drinks. After trying it once when he'd decided he was old enough, he'd sworn he would not intoxicate himself until his vendetta agenda had been fulfilled. No point to that, now.

The result of the last of his coins was some swill, much stronger than what's he'd had before, slid down the counter by the skinny bartender. Jinada didn't like the look the man gave him, but he didn't like anything in the building as of yet. As long as it was only looks and maybe some mumbled words, there was no problem. And if there was... Jinada rubbed his thumb across the pommel of his tribe's sword. The centipede that identified the Taifah was skillfully and intricately crafted of inlaid jade. The same centipede crawled and squirmed across the back of his shirt, appearing to writhe as he adjusted himself on the stool.

Something of import would happen momentarily, he mused. That was what his instincts told him. Whatever it may be, mind and body and blade would be ready at an instant's notice.
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Posted on: Jul 18 2012, 07:45 PM


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Banehallow. The name brought with it a sickly sense of what was almost nostalgia, of some horrible forgotten memory, though Jinada could not say way. The image he associated with the name Banehallow was that of mist.

The man was much less mysterious than mist, however. An ill-mannered, sharp-tongued scoundrel of naturally white hair, extraordinarily dangerous with the glaive, his weapon of choice. Even though he must be nearly fifty, as he heard, he was still one of the most elusive criminals around. With that, came a very hefty bounty. The knights of this realm had decided it was his time to become one with the earth.

Bringing him to justice didn't matter much to Jinada. It should have, but he was too far attached from people as a whole to care. He had been long overdue for another foray into civilization, and so he found use of money once again. It suddenly came to the swordsman that this Banehallow would likely be the first to die to Blade Fury. Jinada had only just mastered the blade, and he was confident that using it would not cut him even as it slew his foe.

Jinada reigned in his horse, taking in the town of Candelabra. His target would have been much easier to find if he had taken to the wilds -- through wilds at least, Jinada suspected he might in fact be among the best trackers in the world, which he saw as a simple fact, free of pride--, but a town of this size wouldn't hole him in for long. There must be a reason for him to be here. A man didn't last so long amongst those of his trade without some wits to him. If he had more dedicated himself to being a hunter, he might have known more about the town, but as it was he'd have to be on guard.

Looking at the town itself, he found comfort in the deeply ingrained disdain for non-sacaen design. There was nothing artful about this architecture. The poor here would be doubly miserable for being surrounded by such dreary and boring buildings. Regardless, his first step would be to find a pub of some sort. Gathering the information he needed would not be easy, but with the sword of his fathers and those before him, Jinada had no fear of confronting the man in single combat. He hoped Banehallow would die well. Blade Fury had not been wielded in over a century, his father had claimed. Its first blood should be worthy.
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Posted on: Jul 17 2012, 12:58 AM


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Name:Yesukhei of the Taifah
Title: Jinada
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Place of Birth: Sacae
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Class: Swordmaster
Level: 20/1
Weapon Levels: Sword (B)
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Blade Fury
Steel Sword With two enchantments:
Conjuration and Penetrating.

An ethereal blade that ignores armor and innate resistance both, it must be turned with weapon or shield to avoid damage. It is said that one must be clear (not pure) of heart and mind to use it. Jinada's most treasured keepsake, he took it from his father's chest when Dyn's treachery came to pass. His left hand is scarred from when he tried to use it before he was ready.

Savage Edge
Steel Killing Edge with Enchantment: Charge.

A moment of preparation, and then an instant, savage killing stroke. If this weapon doesn't slay its target in one strike, though, Jinada will find the weapon unresponsive to his attempts to move it.



Height: 6' (185 cm)
Build: Broad-Shouldered, mildly muscular.
Appearance:
A tall man of green hair and dull gray eyes. His sharp, narrow features along with his cold and detached demeanor give him a villainous look. His hair goes down to his shoulders, and is often ponytailed in the service of practicality.

His garb speaks for of his lineage. He wears a loose shirt that opens at the chest, with a pale green linen undershirt. A thick sash with an intricate pattern is worn at his waist. His pants are worn but thickly woven, and his shoes are but moccasins, the feet beneath paying the price for maneuverability.

Overview: Jinada tends to be very withdrawn and distant. He has spent much of his adult life away from humanity. Once he was sent west, he stayed out, away from people. He tends to bring his focus to bear on one point, which can make him seem overbearing when something catches his interest. Otherwise, though, he is a man of few words.

He holds the honor indoctrinated upon him by his father to heart. He has not told a lie since his childhood. He seeks to become a master of the blade, and his hand is always close to the hilt of Blade Fury.

While he tends toward living off the land, he has been known to take out a bounty head, use the money to enjoy the advantages of civilization.

Biography: Yesukhei was the son of Druud, Chieftain of the Taifah. Raised without any siblings and away from his mother(and village) often, he was groomed from the start to succeed his father. Honest, respectful, and tactful, he would become an excellent leader, and Druud made certain to impress upon that which he should know. At eight, his father took him on a trip, their destination the Kutolah tribe, to find and arrange a marriage. This had been planned for some time. However, one day at a village on the way, Yesukhei declared his intention to marry the chief's daughter, before the chief himself. The claim was taken to heart, and his father went back on his agreement with Kutolah tribe. After all, he said, a man should chose his wife.

Around that time, he started being instructed with the sword. Druud was best in almost all things amongst those in his tribe, and his son would be the same. Yesukhei found himself enamored with the art, and grew enormously in talent. It became expected of everyone that Yesukhei would follow in his father's footsteps.

When he was 13, nearing the time when he would marry the girl he had met five years prior, his father took ill, died soon after. Dyn, one of his father's men, one who had always been envious of his father's position, took it upon himself to become new chief alarmingly fast. Yesukhei and his mother suspected very strongly that Dyn had assassinated their beloved chief, but had no time to act on their suspicion. Yesukhei, at his mother's behest, fled, taking with him the family heirloom, the ethereal blade Blade Fury. He forsook his name then, vowing to reclaim it with his people.

Time passed. He wandered, lived off the land, honing his skill. His left hand was gravely injured during practice with Blade Fury, reinforcing his belief in the tale following it: to use it, he had to be clear of heart and mind, understand perfectly his desires if he wished to use it proficiently. He decided that when he could make the blade move as if it were his own hand, when it did not cut him no matter the care he practiced, when the sword became his[, that would be when he was ready to take Dyn's head.

Midway through his teens, he took a bounty hunting job. Three years with virtually no human contact had distanced him, and in his opinion he lost sight of himself when he was alone for so long. He slew Strygwr the Crazed, drinker of blood and savage of blade, and with the money allowed himself to be absorbed into local culture. He drank, he found the comfort of a bed, he shared the comfort of a bed. He talked with the locals. He sparred, using a normal blade so as not to bring notice to Blade Fury. He found his skill was impressive, but his hands were scarred from trying to hold Blade Fury in battle.

He alternated this, going into the wild to meditate and practice on his own, then gather money via bounty hunter work and live a more relaxing life for a time. Haedrig the Immortal, Ihsan the Immoral, Shin of the TWin Blades, names that could add to his list. Had he stayed in the limelight more often, he might have grown to some great fame, but slinking away when his money was spent, no name was attached to the mystery man who slew these great criminals, and even the legendary bounty hunter Shin, who had disputed a claim to a bounty and died to a nobody. It wasn't even widely believed that they were all one person.

It was shortly before Blade Fury "accepted" him that the Taifah, lead by Jinada's sworn enemy Dyn, launched a rebellion against the Kutolah, and soon after faded from common knownledge. Seemingly denied of his vendetta, Jinada found that he had sharpened his will, focus, and skil all to bring to bear on one point, only to find it no longer existed.

It is here where his story begins. His blade is sharpened for a task he believes is no longer within his grasp, and he must seek new purpose.

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The hunter held the hair between his fingers, looking intently at it. He occasionally glanced at the mirror. "Am... am I going grey?" He asked aloud. He looked even closer at the hair. trying to focus his very best on the single strand being strangled by his thumb and index finger.

"..."

"..."

"Oh, fuck it! My hair's white anyways!" He suddenly yelled out, tossing the hair with a dramatic flourish of his arm. He stopped paying attention to it, but it swayed in midair, and slowly made its way to the ground, ignoring the power put into the throw. The hunter waved his hand throw his hair, still just shy of eye length and neither balding nor thinning.

His tongue massaged the spot on his gums where his teeth were missing, three teeth on the left of his jaw. He suppose it way time to head out. He packed his stuff in silence, not wanting to wake the woman in his bed. What was her name again? Hell, it didn't matter at all. As he started to walk outside the door of the inn, the bartender started to make some noise. Right. He'd had some unexpected expenses last night. "My companion will take care of that, don't you worry."

The bartender seemed to accept that answer, and the hunter started his little journey.

~~~

He stared into the mist. The old rickety bridge seemed to go on into nothingness. The mist thick; he could see maybe thirty feet ahead of himself. As far as he knew, the bridge was rather long. He started his way across. As an afterthought he adjusted the haft at his back to make sure it wouldn't catch on the old ropes holding the whole construct together.

His walk was one of silence, as most were. The creaking of the planks under his feet weren't truly a welcome companion, but he decided not to yell at them. The mist continued to block vision of the other side of the canyon. Looking back, the way he'd come was only a dark silhouette, now. The way down was naught but white, as well. Some might fear this to be demons and their trickery, but the hunter had a feeling he was safe from that. Just same shitty weather.

After a time, the creakings weren't only his own. A figure appeared from the bridge ahead. The hunter stopped once the shadow coalesced into a person, decidedly human. It wasn't until he started moving that he realized the other person had done the same. It was a man -- boy, really, from the looks of him, but he'd probably consider himself an adult -- with dark green hair put up into a ponytail. There was a flash of familiarity looking at his clothing, and the hunter grinned as they closed the distance, met face to face.

The man seemed reserved, and was clearly analyzing the hunter from head to toe. The hunter had seen all he needed to of the man already; spacious clothing that would otherwise befit a woman, and a curved sword at his side. That wasn't no scimitar, either. It would come out of the hilt very fast indeed, though what else it was good for was a mystery. The boy's eyes stooped briefly at the hunter's neck. Must have left a bit of the scar showing.

A silence. There was an unspoken understanding between them. "It seems we're at an impasse, kid," mused the hunter, sticking his tongue through the opening in his teeth. The young man grimaced. Pansy. He also seemed taken aback by being called kid. His face relaxed.

"My business is of great import. If I could ask you to go back so I could pass... "

"Tough shit. You go back, and I'll pass, or kill you then pass."

The boy's hand shot to the hilt of his sword. Why didn't you already have it there, you amateur?, thought the hunter.

The swordsman spoke again. "I have done nothing to offend you. My name," a short pause, well covered. The hunter noticed anyways. "Is Rayna Reinhardt. Let me pass or I will cut you down."

The hunter laughed. "I am Harkon Banehallow, scoundrel, hunter, and badass. You have been warned."

Rayna's eyebrow lifted. "Badass?"

Harkon waved it off. "It'll catch on in a couple years. Look, this is how it's gonna be." He produced a coin. Rayna seemed surprised for a moment, but hid it under a passive mask. "We'll flip, and such will decide our route. One will turn his back on the other and make his way to the cliff he left from, and then we shall fight to the death. "

At the last, Rayna's eyes screamed alarm. He was reappraising the hunter, now It was obvious when he realized what was meant by the "hunter" part of Harkon's introduction. He still held doubt, though, and he had a good reason to think he was safe from bounty hunters.

"Or, you could turn now, and leave. Ill take your cowardice as apology."

For now, Rayna doubted the hunter before him to be on the trail of a mark. Good. "Just toss it, you disgusting old man."

The coin flew, and landed in his palm. Heads. Harkon smiled. "Looks like I get to -- "

"Wait, we didn't call--"

"Yeah, yeah you caught on. I'll take tails."

Another flip, and it landed again on heads. The hunter's smile soured. "Best not cut me down while my back is turned. I know I would, given the chance."

"Then it was a trap?"

"Of course, but ya won out in the end, lucky bastard. Let's hurry up; I still want to kill ya. "

"First, give me back my coin." Rayna sounded sullen. He flinched and caught it, Harkon having gave no indication before tossing it over his shoulder.

"Th-thanks."

"It was nothing. I'm gonna loot you afterwards, anyways."

~~~

They looked at each other. Rayna started. "How is this gonna ha--

Harkon was already lunging with his glaive. As expected, that blade came out very fast. Now, though, the quickdraw was wasted on defense. Shortly after, Rayna fell for bait, getting between Harkon and the glaive's head. With a flourishing parry, Harhon reversed his grip on his weapon, disarming Rayna. The blade of the glaive was now behind Harkon. He still had momentum, which he expended by thrusting his fist into Rayna's face, his nose giving way under the force of the hunter's knuckles.

The boy staggered. The hunter reversed his weapon again and cut open his target's belly. It was deep, but seeing as no guts spilled onto the soft dirt, the kid would live a few more moments.

Rayna fell to his knees, his almost girlish face now bloodied and his nose broken, though that was the least of his worries. One hand covered his gut, while the other searched at his side, and found a vulnerary. Harkon kneed the boy in the face, causing him to sprawl on the ground. Now, the hunter's pants would have a definitive red mark. He kicked his prey's healing solvent from his hands, and it fell beyond reach.

"You can have mercy now, or several minutes to cling to life, tell me your regrets."

"N-no... I.."

"Enjoy your last moments, then." Harkon checked him over for any other weapons, but besides a knife he had nothing.

Silence. The boy still lived, staring blankly into the air. Harkon looked. Mist. Blood was pooling around him.

"Yeah, there's someone with who I'll be needing to meet with, so hurry up."

"Uh.... I think it's... whom."

"Fuck off."

Some more silence.

Harkon's face became the most serious it had been in awhile. "Your sword hasn't been bloodied by a warrior in open combat, has it." He made sure to include the part about it being a warrior. It wasn't really a question.

"Ughn, nooo..."

"Heh, maybe I'll actually feel guilty about this one, Jinada." That sounding as bitter as it was.

The boy who was not Rayna turned his head with great difficulty. His eyes were already starting to cloud over. "So, you are... I-I thought I'd be taken in alive, and by Evenstar men..."

"Ah, that's the thing. I am one. And before you judge from the hair, no, I'm not of the recovered lineage. Graham has that honor to himself. And as for being taken in alive, well it's personal policy." The boy had to have noticed a few of the scars, though the gravest among them were hidden.

The boy was fading fast, now. Harkon's face went serious again. "How about a woman? Have you lain for a night in the embrace of one, be it whore or lover?"

Jinada's face showed the pain he was in for the first time. "...No. Please, I'll take that mercy now," he said, closing his eyes at the last part.

"As you wish, murderer. With your head, your crimes are forgiven, so rest easy."

~~~

Shortly after, a dripping bundle was added to Harkon Banehallow's belongings, along with treasures the boy had carried in life. Meager, he supposed, but coin was coin. Graham wouldn't mind. Graham just wanted the head; he'd stated dead or alive, preferably alive, but he'd asked that to Banehallow. He'd wanted the boy dead.
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Oh, just read about the RoE blast thing. And you missed me. Dick.
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In order to really write a detailed and cohesive profile, I need to be thinking about the character extensively before writing them, preferably for weeks before I start the creation. Even then, it's annoying translating things to English that everyone else understands, and it's entirely possible for me to try to rush certain parts to get to certain "important" chunks of the character; I might, say, skimp on details on character's eyes in order to start talking about their distinctive birthmarks, or heavily summarize their early life, the faster to talk about iconic/standout parts of their teen years. And sometimes, this can lead to skipping other, slightly less important parts, like, say, skipping a character's first kiss in their bio to instead focus on their first breakup.

I write very short profiles. I believe an ideal profile should be only slightly longer than the ones I build; too long a bio is harder to read, and ten paragraphs can often be summarized into five. However, I find it frustrating when I write my short profiles, because I just don't do it right. Details might be delivered awkwardly, making things unclear, or just lacking the eloquence that would bring certain characters to life. I have an easy time writing silly profiles, but those characters don't appeal to me as much as they might have, once.

Out of each part, though, appearance is an easy field, perhaps because I'm most systematic about it. I also have an easy time thinking up details of their appearance. The first paragraph will likely start with the head and work its way down. Sometimes, two paras will be used for the whole of the character's body. After that, clothes and accessories will be detailed, unless there was a convenient part to bring them up earlier. I dislike creating a single set of clothes for characters, and I'd be damned if I was going to write out several different ones, so I write what they would tend towards wearing. This is frustrating when I get to an RP, and don't find myself "inspired" to dress them up in a certain way.

Personality is generally pretty short, since I like to let that develop. Some characters I have have developed contrary to how I would have originally written them. I also think in a manner more "mechanical" sense than a "narrative" one, so I tend to have gimmicks/features here in place of a nuanced psyche. In my head, a feature might define a theme of character in my head. For example, if a character had the ability to blend into shadows, the mind instantly thinks of a subtle, quiet character, who keeps secrets, something like that. It's really cool to think from their perspective as they give a knowing smile after teasing a person with half the information they need or something like that, and I tend to assume I will like a character off of that novelty alone. Using this "feature" or "mechanic" has worked in the past with characters, as when mixed with certain events it allows them to develop a personality around that centerpiece.

Geeze, that just slid right out of me without any effort. Basically, I dislike profiles. I think a bullet list, a list of examples of situations the characters have been in them and how they reacted, and maybe a paragraph or two of key parts of their biography can give a reader all they need to know. A profile should be naught but the sum of everything you want a reader to know about your character, and that doesn't need to be expressed in novel form; if anything, that will cause less people to fully read it.
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BLAH think ima drop ihsan. I suppose he managed to sneak off at some point!
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