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Mizuno Ami☿Mercury ([personal profile] waterfell) wrote in [community profile] onepassingnight2013-03-10 12:33 pm

Adventure Classic: Dungeon Crawling

From her vantage point, the entire countryside opened up before the priestess Mercury. Mountainous terrain spread from there to the horizon, dotted by caves and carpeted with forest. The broad vista took in a pristine landscape.

The beauty of the scene was marred only by the keening and noising of what might be animals, They sounded thick, and primal, and not as distant as a traveler might have preferred. Mercury faced in the direction of the noise anyway, noting it carefully, before she turned to return to her camp. More distant still, too distant to be seen, was her destination.

There was a long way to go yet, and there were many obstacles between her and her goal. Yet she had taken on this journey and quest willingly. The sign that her plans were favored were her healing powers. She was confident, in this bright morning, of her path.
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-10 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
John's grip over his sword tightened, and he rose his shield with the insignia of his kingdom. He didn't so much need to hear Ami's order as to see her wander outside of the tent to know they would move out soon.

He was already used to sleeping in armor. He didn't even need to set his helmet on to prepare for their journey. He wished he had another layer of clothing beneath the chainmail and the plate, but he had gotten used to it.

The knight ties his rutsack to his armor, and walks towards the priestess the person he swore allegiance to after he became an errant knight.

"Are the others ready?"
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[personal profile] forhiscause 2013-03-11 02:58 am (UTC)(link)
"You know I am, chief."

Every party needed an all-knowing mage and for the sake of this quest, Cortana had been assigned. She was quite grateful, her past experience with the knight had been enough to land her with this position and every good gamer knew that every good tank needed a buffer. Cortana was the girl. She walked over beside her allegiance and nodded.

"Unless we're all still interested in sight seeing."
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-11 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
"There's no need to rush. The temple the priestess needs to get to isn't going anywhere."

Unlike the good moods of the rest of the lot, there was a grumpy young man in the group. During the nights, he kept his tent pitched the farthest from the rest. During the evenings he ate his food in silence and alone and during the mornings, he was never exactly happy to see anyone. He words spoken were short and rough. This morning was no different.

"Follow me." He was ready to lead again and it wasn't making him feel any better.
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-12 03:47 am (UTC)(link)
His helm turned. The knight stood up, and walked close to Cortana, her longest companion.

"I won't."

The only person he hesitated about was Kanda, but if Mercury was willing to trust him, and they had gone together just as long with mutual trust, then he would have to do so as well. Cortana and John had made an invincible pair in the past, knight and mage tearing through foes and monsters with ferocity, protecting one another.

Right now, they had all vowed to protect Mercury for her quest. Gold and glory did not matter to him. After years of wandering away from his kingdom, he finally had a lady to serve.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-13 03:07 am (UTC)(link)
Kanda had done his homework and figured the only threat Metalia could possibly have was that huge brute that the priestess had decided to hire. He adjusted his sword at his hip glancing at John in silent judgment.

He had to make sure the guy wouldn't fall for any of the traps Metalia had set in store for him. The original plan had been to separate and conquer, once he was out of the game, taking the priestess would be simple but Kanda had been gaining a change of heart. He needed John and that mage of his to stay alive as long as they could. He started leading the way in his brooding silence.

How had he gotten himself in this mess.
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[personal profile] forhiscause 2013-03-13 03:12 am (UTC)(link)
Cortana shared John's unease but she knew better than to talk out of line. The priestess was the boss here, she too had been starting to feel the lack of belonging wandering about the kingdom without purpose. It was a terrible thing, really. Maddening. Things were better now, they had a reason to live again and someone to serve.

That being said, Cortana wouldn't exactly admit that the priestess probably had a poor sense of judgment. Out of all the seeker's they could have used she had chosen a rogue no one knew. It was fishy, all her knowledge gave her endless possibilities of potential scenario's that could take place and none of them sounded very positive.

"I hope you're well rested priestess. If I'm correct, we'll be venturing into the difficult portion of our journey soon." Any by that she meant the cold.
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-14 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
John knew how to survive in the wild as well, as his mentor had taught him that many warriors died more by hunger, thirst, or disease, rather than by the enemy. However, he also had to know Kanda knew these lands better than he did, and with their purpose being protecting Mercury, he understood his purpose.

By her order, he moves to the rear. He assumed Kanda would be up front since he was the guide, with Mercury close behind. With the way these lands went on and on, the last thing the group would need is an ambush.

Lifting his shield, he takes one look at the back, waiting for Cortana and Mercury to take their places in line, before he marches on. Plates of armor painted in a jade colour, and a chainmail painted black to protect it from the rust it could face from the extended march.

He hoped this journey would go on peacefully. But if it were to be easy, neither him nor Cortana would have been taken for this job.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-15 02:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Kanda glanced backwards as the group moved into formation. Good. He lifted his arm briefly pretending to be adjusting his cuffs when instead he was checking the bracelet Metalia had given him. According to her, it was going to be the way he communicated with him. When it burned into his skin, and quite literally burn, an attack was in sight. For now, a low hum of heat had been coming from the bracelet, it was enough to heighten discomfort but this new set up meant John would take most of the brawl. He started slowing down his pace by instinct, Ami had to be as close to him as possible.

"Tighten your ranks. These parts of the woods are known to be treacherous." Was the only warning he'd give. "I suggest you start tracking, Cortana."

His bracelet began to burn, he winced, rubbing at his wrist.
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[personal profile] forhiscause 2013-03-15 03:21 pm (UTC)(link)
As John passed by her, Cortana offered him a reassuring smile before slipping into rank before him and behind the priestess At Kanda's warnings she brought her head down, her staff glowing for a brief moment as her tracking spell took place. She almost came into a complete stop as it became clear.

"W-We're surrounded! Ten... n-no, twenty! There's so many and they're approaching!" They weren't coming up fast, at least not until she made a comment about it.

"Brace yourselves!"
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-16 04:26 am (UTC)(link)
John unsheathes his blade and literally turns his back on Cortana to protect her, a practiced move to cover his teammates' flanks. Fear that is instead a heightened sense of the world as he becomes one with his group.

Something blurs in his direction and slashes it away just as immediately. He turns to the target in a quick motion, seeing what were they getting attacked by.

"Take higher ground and use the woods for cover."
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-18 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
The corpse that remains on the floor is recognized the moment it lays still. A massive canine, apparently a warg, that had been slain along with its rider, a surprisingly armored goblin that nonetheless looked in starvation; used to warfare, expecting this very fate.

The knight looks to the hill below them. More of them are coming, clearly serving as fodder as a form of attrition warfare. If they were using them, John assumed there might be more stronger enemies willing to finish what these creatures started. They were too well-equipped for this task, especially for a simple party covering four people.

Another comes towards him. He readies his blade -- before digging it in the mouth of the warg, then bashing the rider off to stomp its head. These goblins expected a hard fight. Not an impossible one.
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Sorry, sorry, busy week x.x

[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-23 01:05 pm (UTC)(link)
As far as his boss had been concerned, he had been ordered to attack them but essentially allow them to take one at a time. For this round, they were supposed to be taking the mage. He turned his head towards Cortana. John better keep up.

"Move! Everyone!"

They couldn't stay on flat ground, they needed to get into the woods. They wouldn't be able to catch them there or at least it would separate them enough to stand a better chance. He sliced two enemies before grabbing Ami's hand. Just in case she tried to get snatched.
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[personal profile] forhiscause 2013-03-23 02:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Cortana wasn't aware she was the target of this charrade but she wasn't going to allow these things a chance. She had her staff up bashing away at her own blade while blasting enemies at a distance. She cut off a head or two before taking a few steps back.

"Their numbers are dwindling but I'm sensing a group not too far off. They might be reinforcements."
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-24 04:57 am (UTC)(link)
"On it."

He ducked to cut a warg's leg and stab a goblin on the ground. He jerks his head towards the hill and the forest, as his metal boots dig upon the mud and grass as he moves back to their newer front. He stands on front of Cortana, covering her as they move, slamming a warg and bisecting its rider.

John turns to Kanda and Mercury to ensure their safety for an instant, before melding his mind with Cortana's to act in synchrony. While considering Mercury's safety tantamount, his partner's life was just as important. In the woods, the wargs would have more trouble fighting in -- and all the same, Mercury and Cortana would need protection as they fought in small quarters.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-24 02:09 pm (UTC)(link)
A warg tried to surprise Kanda but he didn't let himself get caught, he swerved sideways missing the goblins blade by mere inches before slicing both their heads. He kept moving until he heard the goblins call. They were ready for their final run. That's what the reinforcement team had been for.

"Shit. Cortana!" He had to get her back into the pack.
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FOR ALL THE 'DRAMA' .... since Kanda will fess up what he's been doing

[personal profile] forhiscause 2013-03-24 02:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Cortana was a stubborn girl, as reasonable as fighting within the crevices of the woods sounded, she really couldn't fight that way. She was a mage, after all, she would be more of a hazard being unable to have some space for her spells.

When she heard the warg's call, she turned quickly to spot the reinforcement team coming up their rear. She rushed forward bringing her staff upward as blue streams of lightning appeared zapping several in one run. Unfortunately, she hadn't anticipated such numbers. She stumbled backward bringing another wave of blue lightning as they over ran her. She fell to the floor, her most of her mana spent from her brutal attacks.

"Are they trying to trample me?!"
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-25 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
He immediately turns to Cortana as soon as he knows she is in danger -- he lowers against a jumping warg and pushes him away, letting his rider be crushed under the weight of his own animal. He stabs the animal straight in its heart to neutralize him.

As he sees fewer enemies for the moment and trusting his comrades, he jolts to Cortana to try to reach her, and lift her up and cover her with his own shield. They had to move now. They had to have a mana potion for her.

"Cover us. I'll help her."
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-25 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Kanda certainly found himself in a bind. Sure, he could help the girl but he was a little fearful of the repercussions. If she didn't get kidnapped then Metallia would know there was something wrong. It was his job after all to separate them. He gripped onto Ami, pulling her back.

"No. She can't." And he didn't want her to. "I-I'm sorry."

He snapped his fingers and more warg's appeared. They had to overrun John if they wanted a chance, there was strength in numbers. They were left alone for the most part as if the priestess wasn't at all a target. He knew Ami would realize just what type of rogue she had picked up for her group.
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[personal profile] forhiscause 2013-03-25 09:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Cortana had gotten to her feet only to be overrun once-more by the beasts. She rolled out of the way as they aimed to step on her, blue eyes looking upward trying to find her staff in the dust storm those trampling feet were making. She knew better, how had she gotten in this position? The only reasoning behind it was that they were, in fact, targeting her. Specifically.

"Chief!" She exclaimed, trying to crawl out of the heap as a hand came up and gripped the back of her cloak. She tried blasting whatever it was away only to dropped and picked up by another. She felt herself leave the floor and before she knew it a baton came crashing at the back of her head making her limp in whatever lap she found herself in. "I-It was a trap chief...."

Unconscious or not, it only left someone to blame.
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-25 10:23 pm (UTC)(link)
His mind flashes with a similar scream in his waking reality. A god-like figure in armor that shaped itself, Cortana looking forlorn at him, and a terminal--


He wishes to run after her, without his team, but his mind immediately comes together when he knows he won't catch up with them without another of their animals. He could only see his closest companion held away by these monsters.

And he turns to Kanda.

He jolts towards the traitor with his shield up front, wanting to bash up on the floor and stab his throat, then cut him while he laid on the floor--

But he holds Ami first.

There are no words, no promises to let him live through an interrogation, or warnings that he would kill him if he hurt her. That man was a threat now, and didn't deserve to even receive a word. He would subdue him in any way he could, and that if he hurt Ami he would destroy him without any hesitation.

She is the only reason he doesn't kill him then and there.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-27 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
Kanda's idea had worked. He had hoped using Ami as a target would have halted Chief's wrath. He wasn't sure how much time he had but he wasn't going to let them attack him, not until he said what he had to say.

"Look, hear me out." He started, bringing his sword to Ami's neck pressing it gently lest she move out of his grip and he lose his flesh shield. "You're right, I sold her out. Truth be told, I've sold you both out. That place you're looking for doesn't exist. This was all a plot to kill the priestess and believe me when I say I don't want that but Cortana had to be taken."

She had to be sacrificed, that was the plan. Had she not fallen then Metallia would have figured it out and they wouldn't be able to destroy her.
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-27 04:41 am (UTC)(link)
He ignores his offers for information. He was an enemy. For Kanda, Mercury was the only reason he was alive right now. He had sworn to protect her, and any way he hurt her would also mean John would take revenge on him.

It is only her word that guarantees his survival. Until she chooses otherwise.

He stays silent, his shield and blade following Kanda's head with an eerie precision. If Mercury bolted away the second the enemy freed her, that would mean there would be no reason to leave him free, let alone alive.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-27 01:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Kanda gave a light sarcastic chuckle at the priestess's words. Let her go? As if he were that foolish to indulge her when she ran around with that brute of a knight. He gripped her tighter against him, his sword pressing a little firmer. Had she noticed, the blade was reversed. The sharp end wasn't clicing at her throat at all.

"Order him to stand down, priestess. Order him. If you want to save Cortana you're going to have to listen to me. We need her in order to kill Metallia."
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-28 06:02 am (UTC)(link)
Kanda had already turned into an enemy the moment he betrayed them. His treason to gods falls into deaf ears when he mentions his intentions to kill Metalia, instead focusing still on his head to cut for all he did.

And yet he lowers his sword by Mercury's command. But not his shield nor his caution.

There is still a question lingering on his mind, that his body already spoke volumes on a single matter: Cortana. They had to get her back.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-28 03:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Kanda was expecting their reaction, perhaps the priestess would understand the implied contradictions in his words as he made it a point to continue his explanation. He didn't let go of Ami, at first. Not until most of his speech was out with. John was still a hazard.

"The energy you're searching for, there's a reason why it was concentrated at one spot. Metalia exists and she's plotting against this world. I know because I have been her servant long enough to know of her schemes.She wishes to engulf the world in darkness but by doing so, she has to expend a lot of energy. She's ordered her servants to steal it from the masses, the lives of the innocent, and when she heard about the power the priestess held she sent me to capture her and bring you to her in order for her to take whatever energy you had in store."

The blade that was pressing against Ami's neck was removed and with a smooth motion, he sheathed it, bringing himself backwards and onto a knee as he held his hands up in the air. John couldn't attack a surrendering enemy, now could he?

"My intentions before were to follow my commands but I can't. I can't do that anymore."

His tone was that of frustration. He was the best at what he did, the favored rogue of Metalia herself. Kanda had gone willingly to the queen of darkness and hadn't asked for anything, no power. All he wanted was for the queen to keep her promise about destroying the world, he wanted to see it burn. At least, that's how it used to be until the priestess came into his life. Although he still hated the world rather heavily, he didn't hate it as much to agree with Metalia anymore. She had to be destroyed.

"Cortana is still alive, she won't consume her energy until she has captured you two as well. She needs all the energy she can get in order to defeat the priestess and I need you to help me kill her. She had to be captured or else... or else Metalia would know that I was defying her orders. I have never failed a mission. She would be suspicious."
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-29 05:25 am (UTC)(link)
He did not kill surrendering enemies. That is the code of the knight. But by Ami's order, he restrains him to listen to him as soon as she gives it. In spite of everything he felt -what every instinct dictated him to do-, he let him speak. Even the things of Metalia.

And when Mercury tells him their first concern, he lowers his head. Even if she hadn't given the order, he would have come for her.

When Ami gives him the following orders, of killing Kanda the second he so much as hinted about betraying their group yet again, he slowly nods. He is only to let him go if Mercury orders him so. Committing unnecessary cruelty was unbecoming, fitting more of barbarians than of knights.

And yet, this threat hurt Cortana.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-30 02:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Kanda couldn't help but grin. So he had kept the big beast at bay. Perfect. He turned to the priestess and offered her a grin herself. He turned to look at John, the grip he had on him was tight. He could live with this, he was probably going to be under his sights for the rest of the trip. Not a bad thing.

"You won't be disappointed. After all, Metalia is planning on destroying the world. That wouldn't be good for anyone now would it?'

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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-30 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)
In the second Ami nods to the knight, he moves a foot around Kanda's leg to break his stance and holds him by his torso and arm, to forbid him from fighting. For a second, he expected the Priestess' patience to have worn thin and chose to execute him, but he listens.

And watches dispassionately the injury inflicted over the traitor.

It would not be mortal. At most, some thoracic muscles could have been damaged, but they would be enough to keep the guise high. Turning again to see Mercury, however, made him wonder if there was a lot more in her actions than a tactical need.

Only by her order would she release Kanda.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-31 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
Her slices stung, his back gave several violent spasms as he doubled over. He hadn't been expecting her to do something like this but he figured he deserved it. A few nights of passion and a serious betrayal could definitely leave a woman scorned. He still couldn't help but grin.

"Now that's a different side of you I never thought I would see, priestess." He panted. Shit, his back was sore.
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-03-31 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
From inside his helm, John's eyes turn to Ami as she asks the question. He was aware of when were some actions more for the unity and welfare of a group, and when was it for personal reasons. He knew Ami's reasons.

This was much more personal. His helm slightly moves in turn to see Ami, but he tightens his hold over Kanda as a warning.
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-03-31 02:06 pm (UTC)(link)
The rogue gave a grunt at the tightening grip from the brute knight before turning his gaze on the priestess. He was well aware of the implication she was offering him to answer but he wouldn't indulge her. That subject was one he wouldn't touch until the deed was done.

"Metalia found me. Years ago. The life of a rogue is simple: take odd job to eat and keep moving. When I met her, I shared the same vision, I wanted the world to burn. She promised me if I helped her that she would make it real, that's exactly what she wanted to do: consume the world in darkness and death."

He wasn't going to explain the why's behind his hatred of the world, that was none of their business. His gaze eventually moved back to the ground.

"It's taken Metalia a long time to get as much energy as she has now and she believes that the priestess will provide the last bit of energy to consume the world. You three were just a job for me. You weren't the first I deceived, the first I led to their deaths, and I thought this would be a job like the others.... but it's not. I don't want the world to burn anymore, the only way to stop her is by killing her."
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-04-01 07:42 am (UTC)(link)
The admission that he had betrayed a lot more teams than he expected is strange -- and it makes John even more hesitant to let him go. Even though he was a prisoner, this being deserved to rot in some prison without a single way out, constantly on watch, and on death row. Had he chose to remain fighting, end him...

... And turns to Ami with the order to release him. After a second, he obeys, almost pushing him, showing his back to tell him he is not afraid of him. If he is waiting to trap them, he will destroy everything in their path. That is the fate of his enemies.

As Ami and John walk together, the focus on Cortana continues to linger on his mind. The thought that she is in danger - and that freeing their prisoner could increase it.

"Why did you let him go?"
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[personal profile] decaying 2013-05-16 12:45 am (UTC)(link)
Kanda didn't normally allow others to kick him around but John was an exception. He knew what the man was capable of and quite personally, he wasn't to getting himself ripped apart because of it. He let him push him gritting his teeth as he left, injured and hurt.

He'd go to Metalia, he'd give her the sob story Ami expected, and he would play his role perfectly. He only hoped the other two didn't screw up. Metalia wasn't exactly some normal woman, they had to be very careful.
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[personal profile] one_one_se7en 2013-05-16 07:36 am (UTC)(link)
The knight slowly turns to Mercury. Their rogue was indeed the best information to find Cortana, and he would have known better about what they would face. But they could barely trust him now, and the only way to feasibly make him help was by keeping him close.

"You just let a traitor go."

It's a warning. Traitors were the lowest of the low. Even knightly law was hardly merciful upon them. Someone that was willing to sell out their own side...