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  1. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    Yuuki choked down a pat 'It's my pleasure' response, partially because it would be too pat considering how much trouble she'd be in when she got back, and insidiously, because it was partially so true. It was a pleasure to get away from everything and immerse herself in an adventure like this. Long as this Seraphim didn't turn out to be completely yokai-like and end up making their bones into a harp, she'd dealt with a pair of harsh tutors most of her life. This was a 100% improvement over that. "So, while we're on our way, Lady Siluca, think you could share some more of the basics of how magic works here? The schools, costs, and practical techniques? No two of the stories I read at home had the exact same system if they explained it at all. The old Lord mentioned that when the great seal started breaking up, magic returned with the chaos. Have the two always been linked? Or is chaos something that came from... outside to become part of the system?"
  2. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    Seraphim, seraphim... That was the title for a Christian angel, one of the most powerful ones in fact, the kind that didn't interact with humans directly often if at all. It'd be like if Yuuki ran into Amaterasu at the supermarket picking out leek. Her lips quirked in thought, piecing together what she'd read and how it compared to what she was being told. The bargaining in exact terms, the teaching of mortals, dwelling in a set location... Izona *sounded* like a yokai, maybe a tengu. And she knew enough folklore about those to be on her toes if that was even half true. "I assure you, I'll be careful," she responded in a deadly serious tone, golden eyes slitting half-shut and all social glibness evaporating away, "Will you be staying around while we train, or will you be heading back to Lord Theo as Ryan puts him through his paces?"
  3. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    "Could you tell us about your friend Izona, the one who'll be teaching us? I'd like to have an idea what to expect, even a hint," Yuuki added into the silence, partially as a distraction, but mostly out of genuine curiousity, brushing a lock of green hair out of her face, "Only get one chance to make a good first impression after all."
  4. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    "As long as it makes you happy," Yuuki replied to Siluca after Vesper's little hand gesture successfully derailed any inclination towards grim introspection, "And, yes. Sort of. I wanted the change of pace, the choice of just being able to slip on a mask and be free to be someone else, just for a little bit. My Duty to the shrine, the people it serves, is important, and I wouldn't want to shirk it forever, but... Sometimes I wish it wasn't just *my* Duty. Guess I'm got my wish." She pointedly refused to think about the nightmares that weren't quite nightmares where the shrine burned and she and her brother just watched from the bottom of the hill letting it happen.
  5. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    Vesper earned herself a look of quiet interest from her teammate for that admission, the wheels of thought visibly turning behind her golden eyes. She nodded to herself, steeling her thoughts. "I couldn't do any of this until a few weeks ago when I was given my powers as well, but before my... well, when I was growing up I'd read and watch about girls who could transform and fight and create miracles to defeat evil while still being allowed to be normal and happy, too. Spent most of my allowance and meager free time soaking it in and sharing with my... with my Mom," Yuuki forced out after a heartbeat of hesitation, plunging forward, "What our patron gave me was an energy that feels like magic and made me stronger and faster, and if I use the words that make that energy 'happy' for want of a better word, *I* can transform and fight and create miracles, too." She looked away, "When I'm transformed, I can use all of it, not just a fraction. Wait... You can see the real me?"
  6. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    Yuuki's smile grew ever-so-slightly strained as she pictured them returning to the Keep in ruins with a non-cholent Tori perched on the rubble having provoked a king or something. "Enjoy and try not to start to many fires while we're gone, Cannon," she replied with a hint of a laugh, tucking the barter phone into her pack. Her eyes skimmed over it's contents in yet another 'final' check. Rations. Seed packets. Water. A blanket. The dress from the party, carefully cleaned and wrapped in oil cloth after the discovery it was a gift, not a loan, just in case she needed it again. Two whips in place on her hips. Bodyglove back on in case of trouble. "Well, I'm ready as I'm gonna be, Lady Siluca," the shrine maiden concluded, glancing over at her fellow student for the next however long this took, "Vesper?"
  7. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    "No, my Lord," offered the shrine maiden with a shake of her head and a new wave of floral scent at her amusement, "Much as it may not seem so at times, all four of us are from the same world. Earth, we call it. Our patron just sends us to multiple worlds in need. Vesper, Cannon, and I have been to one other so far. Our more experience member has been to... Two, I think?" She glanced over at Ryan, golden eyes questing for confirmation and getting a nod back. "Any time I have to spare, I'll be glad to spend sharing what I've seen. It's the very least I can do in return for your hospitality, support, and the loan of a more appropriate dress," she finished with an appreciative smile and a sip of her drink.
  8. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    Yuuki had needed a moment and a quick sip of her beverage to get over the fact that their host had just announced the fact he was dying. The debate on magic theory provided a welcome distraction, weeding out momentum from it's dark sister. "Was 500 years ago the first time Chaos was sealed? Or is this a cycle that's repeated over time?" the shrine maiden asked, thinking back to the stories she'd been taught growing up, the mangas she had enjoyed Before.
  9. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    "It's an extremely generous gift, my Lord, which I'm certain he will take the best possible care of," Yuuki instantly replied, "You throw an excellent party as well. Your people are... very welcoming." She laughed and looked away, flower scent coming on strong and flashing back to earlier in the evening. Whenever she left the, well, protective radius of the more abrasive Players, some noble or other would find a reason to strike up a conversation, something at first flattering, but all too soon turning what felt like a verbal tight rope as she strove to remain friendly without inviting... more intimate... entanglements, especially as the drinks flowed leading up to the old Duke's big announcement. She was nerving herself up to mingle once more, grateful for the reprieve. "Very welcoming indeed," the shrine maiden finished through a faint blush at some of the things she'd had to deflect oh-so-carefully, "But what are you going to do now? Are there places for retired Lords to enjoy themselves in peace?"
  10. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    Yuuki now had huge doubts that if she went off with this trainer for the next week, month, whatever, that Tori could avoid having her head stuck on a pike. She wasn't wrong, Kami help them, that was Vesper, but her people skills... A frown crossed her lips. The other two hadn't even tried to adapt to the culture they would be stuck in for up to the next year, and if they wanted to survive they'd need the locals solidly behind them. No one trusts the outsider mercenary. Not really. Them undermining her efforts could grow to be... Irritating. "What he said, Vesper. When we meet lady Siluca's contact, please try to avoid making a bad first impression, that's something you can't ever take back, and something you've already cost us here," the shrine maiden added, golden eyes brimming in suppressed annoyance and voice turning pleading, "Please? So these people might go out of their way to help us while we're here? We all have people to get back to, and every little bit helps."
  11. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    Yuuki had had a thought before they were dismissed to prepare for the meeting. "Minister? May I ask a favor before you depart?" "Of course." "My friends and I are strangers in your land and lack appropriate clothing to meet a noble like your Duke. I was taught that you only have one chance to make good first impression, so I was hoping that I might borrow something more suitable, my friends as well if they care to and can overcome their... prickliness," she explained, flashing her best smile at the man, effectively apologizing in advance even as she asked her request. The man's eyes went up and down her black, no curves left to the imagination outfit, coloring slightly, "...Yes. Quite. Ahem. I'll arrange for someone to attend to that for you and your companions." "Thank you, I appreciate your understanding," she offered in reply with a deep bow and inner rush at this incredibly bold behavior and the fact that it worked. A maid had arrived not too much longer after that and escorted her to a chamber full of outfits and a whirlwind of trying on, selecting, and learning that her bodyglove and whips just *vanished* into elsewhere when separated too far from her person, only to come back when she needed them back if she said the magic words. Neat. The shrine maiden was *still* grinning to split her face at the whole experience of indulgence in the line of duty as the Duke made his greeting, lifting the edges of her newly-borrowed blue dress in a proper curtsey. She looked back up to him with gold eyes and a soft laugh, "A story we will be glad to tell, Duke Antero, once you enlighten us as to what Lord Theo has already shared. I would hate to bore my host."
  12. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    "Better than my idea of offering to let them borrow my phone during the duration of the training," Yuuki complemented the red head with another chuckle, "Well, assuming they accept us, how long should it take? Not longer than the three of you can get along without Vesper and I or need to prepare, I hope. Grateful as I am for you putting yourself out like this, doing as much as we can to help you and Lord Theo *is* most of the mission, Lady Siluca."
  13. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    "Cannon, calm down. Did you honestly think this was going to be over in a week with the list of goals we were given? The greater the gift, the greater the price, and in *our* case, the price is time," the shrine maiden replied, too long inured to the unfairness of life to let this confirmation rattle her, not here, not now, "At least there is a time limit. He didn't have to make that part of the system. And if the goal that brings us home *is* our learning magic, we're blessed with a tutor who can at least get us started while we work on everything else." Yuuki shifted her attention to Siluca again with a respectful nod, "Besides, I have a feeling Vorn being a lord who rules an entire country means we can't just drop out of the sky onto him and expect it to work out even if we could. What needs to happen to put Lord Theo in Vorn's place and make it stick?"
  14. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    It *was* a nice carriage, and Yuuki nestled back into the seating as comfortably as possible as she listened to the mage's explanation. "We get to pull another world back from the darkness, and we get to go home when the job is done," she began with a far away look in her eye, recalling the small lacquered box she opened with it's message and the moment it granted her her powers, "Our patron has the power to create... champions like us and sends us out to worlds like yours. I have no idea how long he's been at it or how grave the threat to... well, everything really is. Presumably urgent." The green-haired beauty recovered herself and turned her eyes back on their hostess, "Believe it or not, back home, I'm just a simple shrine maiden for our local Shinto Shrine. I've been trained how to help people harmonize with the Kami or spirits, respect them and themselves, and thus... make the world that much better in a small way. There has always been a Ryougi shrine maiden at Sapporo Shrine, that's my Duty, that's all my life is supposed to be until I pass the Duty on, and all this... My Great-Aunts are going to be livid when I get back for being away so long." A small little spark of rebellion worked it's way into her smile, making it that much more honest as she kept going, her words flowing easier. "So we're here to help, Lady Siluca. Our Patron gave us six goals to accomplish while we're here, so maybe you can help us fill in the hows of accomplishing them or if fulfilling some of them would break our alliance. We don't know which of the goals he's decided will send us home. One, Protect Lord Theo from Chaos. Two, kill a Lord Jurgen Vorn. Three, arrange a marriage between a prince and princess of Andus and the Roselin empire. Four, see a new Emperor crowned, however we're supposed to do that. Five, see chaos, presumably the Chaos that Lord Theo uses to power his Crest, 'contained'. Last, and most directly related to you, my Lady, two of us must learn your world's magic." She laughed, the golden sound bouncing around the carriage as it bounced over the road, "So I suppose my first question, well, aside from all the others, is how *does* your magic work here? Somehow, like I never could before, I looked at you and *knew* your power was different from Lord Theos."
  15. Ryougi Yuuki

    Level 2: Might and Magic

    Yuuki arched one eyebrow at the reveal, absorbing the information for later. So her magic, at least her whips anyway, didn't count as magic here. Or at least the wrong kind of magic anyway. "Someone should ride shotgun with Ryan on the way back just in case of more monsters," she offered, looking speculatively at Vesper, "Preferably someone with a range longer than the ten feet I'd get with my whips while moving. Plants don't do chases well. Oh, my apologies. A shotgun is a weapon from our world that you'd give to a person sitting next to the driver to scare bandits off." She laughed a little, smiling a bit more naturally now that the immediate crisis was over and if she could... ah, quarantine... Vesper away from the locals that'd be one less fire she'd have to keep putting out. That much more effort to put into getting a handle on a magic tutor or two.
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