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Tori fired her maneuver jets and breaking thrusters as she watched the first wyvern plummet. She hadn't realized that they had riders and that gave her a queasy feeling. Not for killing the rider but that she might be killing a wyvern that had no choice but to fight, much like horses in her world.

She spun the mech and opted to try some thing different to test a theory. She picked one of her foes and rocketed towards it as if she were going to ram only to alter course at the last second to overfly the beast and using her sword cut the rider from the wyvern's back!

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It was almost funny, watching her swing a weapon at a target less than half the size of it, but with precise control, She smashed the blade into the rider, managing to not sever the beasts head, and splattering the hapless rider, showering the field with his gory remains.   The Riderless Dragon kept on, lashing into the gundam, the powerful jaws actually rending the mech's armor, and the other two moving to tear at the mechs legs and back, leaving rents in the armor, but failing to damage the main systems.

Ryan called out to the Lord.  "Your men are beaten Lord Elrois, I offer you a chance to save their lives, Duel me.  Win, and you can retreat with whoever has survived.  If you lose, you submit to my lord, and become his vassal."

"My wyverns will tear that thing from the sky, and you will wall to my blade for your insults."

Ryan shook his head.  "I'll just massacre them all, and send you back alone in rags, and let your subjects deal with you then."  He scowled, and moved to power up lavaetien even more.  "Wait, I'll duel you."

Ryan smiled and his sword shrank to the size of a normal one.  "Excellent."   The soldiers all backed away, forming a circle, they were still broken from everything else that had happened.  The Lord activated his crest, which shown with a bright orange light, and Ryan nodded.  "Ability boost" eh?  Cool.  I was wondering what your crest did."

"You can see that?"  The lord looked shocked.  

"Not the only one with a special ability."   He was surrounded with a soft blue light.  "Now let's begin."  With that they both closed in, swinging their swords with greater power than anyone else there could muster.
 

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On ‎1‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 11:20 AM, Justin OOC said:

"In time Yuuki, I will explain everything."

They returned to the regular world, and bid goodbye to Siluca.   She returned to the Keep, and left them with Izona, who wasted little time, taking them to another room, which resembled a classroom, complete with a chalkboard.   There she began to teach them the fundamentals of magic in this world.   The first three days was alot of terminology and  long explanations regarding the nature of magic, basic theories.     The next three days saw them talk of foci and magical materials.  In the end, Yuuki ended up with a moonsilver Magatama amulet as her focus, and Vesper's was a darksteel bracelet.  

"Moonsilver changes, but is always pure.  The light it gives off is soft, but even the deepest darkness it cannot be extinguished.   Darksteel is indestructible, even in the core of a star.  It is unchanging, and eternal."   According to Izona, having chosen these materials would only increase the power of their magic, as they would serve to keep it from running rampant.

With their foci chosen, they were given a day to rest, before the most intense week of their lives began.   for fourteen hours of each day, they were trained separately in magic by Izona.   It was revealed that Izona could duplicate herself, to accomplish this, and Each was just as powerful.   Using her Magic, she engaged them both in combat, and proved to be overwhelmingly stronger than either, but this illustrated the power of Magic, as she only used magic of each of their elements with them.   She'd then teach them of the magic she used, while they couldn't hope to master tier 4 spells or higher yet, still the explanations helped them see how each tier built upon the others.   She would heal them after each battle, then they'd go again.  Magic it seemed was mostly a combat art, but she did show them other ways to use it that weren't combat related.   Gathering information, summoning familiars, defending others, curses and banishing, curing wounds and sickness, If it could be done with magic, she taught them all of it.

It was at the end of the week That she made a revelation to the two of them.  "So have you two enjoyed our first six months together?  I should probably have mentioned that.  1 hour in my dimension is a day out here.  As its laws are my discretion, there's reduced fatigue and no hunger there, so it probably didn't really seem too bad to the two of you, but that's why you slept well and ate when we came out for the day each day.  It's predicated on you both getting 8 regular hours a day of sleep."  The fact remained that they still had two more "weeks" of their training before returning to the castle.

Yuuki tilted her head to one side, golden eyes tinged with confusion and a spark of subsiding horror as she realized that they weren't in a reversed, fairyland-style time chamber, years flashing by as they were lost in a haze of training. And it *was* enthralling training, so much more dynamic than the endless hours of memorization and ritual she had gone through back on the shrine to so much more effect than any of the small miracles that looked just like coincidences or basic psychology  if you blinked. Which wasn't bad. Just... So much less colorful than she wished things could be in her life back home.

That was a big part of the reason she was in her transformed state now, she liked it, and it didn't hurt her training, and her power seemed happy enough that she was more happy...

"I guess time flies when you're having fun, Mistress Izona," the shrine maiden offered with a slight bow and a chuckle, not really worrying at the prospect of more training, more practice. There was a spell in one of her domains that let her borrow someone's boat, for Kami's sake. And another that let her fly. Who wouldn't enjoy flying? She had faith that if something truly bad happened to Tori and Ryan, Izona would know and would tell them so that they could act.

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Learning magic was...difficult for Vesper. Belief was a big part of it, and belief took trust. She wasn't deep into 'trust' as a concept. Seeing Yuuki easily grasp incantations and start creating effects only made it worse. Vesper got angry, and frustrated, and slipped back into using her own powers over and over again. Finally Izona just kept pushing...banishing the Therion and forcing Vesper to exhaust herself until her own powers were out of reach. The celestial didn't hold back, and in the heat of the moment Vesper feared for her life. Desperation, raw and primal, pushed past her usual apathy and she cast her first spell.

Later, when she came to after being healed, she remembered that moment. From there her progress began. Unlike Yuuki, Vesper learned in fits and starts. She tended to get hung up at first, and then suddenly 'get it' and make up for all the lost time and then some. Her spells were tempestuous, tapping into the turbulent passions that she kept wrapped under her stoic demeanor. Subtlety was not her strength.

Where Vesper shined was in the presentation, the imagination. When she concocted a spell to conceal herself behind illusory doubles, the doppelgangers each seemed animated by different imperatives...each one acting differently, even while imitating what Vesper was doing. Her explosion of fire was filled with the images of screaming skulls and writhing figures, as if damned souls danced within. When she summoned a storm, it was ushered in by a deathly reaper's silhouette in the clouds, and the harsh noise of electric guitars howling in the thunder.

Finally, when they broke and Izona broke the news, Vesper frowned, not quite getting it.

"Wait, so...why? Everyone out here has been waiting months even though we've only been training a week? That makes no sense. If anything it should be the other way around, with us training for months, but it only taking hours. What's even the point of doing it this way?"

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"You're not grasping it Vesper.  Here in the real world, it's been two weeks.   Each hour out here, was a full day in my dimension.  You've both been training for six months and change already, and we're about halfway done."  Izona answered her patiently.    "I could train you longer, but you both said only a month out here was allowable.  It would be at least that to get you both into fourth and fifth tier spells, so I'll do what I can to use the rest of time to see you master third tier spells."  

she seemed quite happy with herself, even as she moved to the Kitchen to start cooking.  "Any requests for meals?  I can make pretty much anything here in my kitchen.  Maybe you'd like to get a bath?  the third door on that hallway to the right.  It would be good for you both to relax abit."

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More angry than disappointed at her plan not working, Tori fired her ascent rockets and, grappling the clawing Wyvern and taking it  along with her, clinbed higher and higher and faster and faster all the while stabbing the beast with her blade in close combat.

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With all three remaining wyverns in the air attacking, her sudden maneuver did shake two of them, still, the one she stabbed didn't die after the second stab, even as they rocked into the air.  The other two wyverns ascended trying to catch the metal titan, while on the ground, Ryan traded steel with the Lord himself.   The Lord was a good swordsman, and used to fighting with his battle ability enhancement, but Ryan's was literally like a second Skin, and he knocked the Lord back, nearly halfway across the circle.  "Come on, man.  You're a Lord, you've got a master crest's ability buff, and You're still only this good?  I was hoping to fight a real swordsman."  his words were meant to enrage, and they did, as the air was filled with the Lord's invective against Ryan, even as he came in hard for another series of attacks.

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"May I help you prepare the meal whatever it is? I'm fine with bathing afterwards," Yuuki offered to their teacher, trailing behind the angel with a smile. Meal preparation was a sort of balm to her, simply following a series of steps with no expectation of presentation or charisma on the part of the food she was preparing. The revelation that so much time had passed for her and Vesper was quietly burbling  in the back of her mind, working it's way up, and the shrine maiden wanted something to distract her from the reality of what that meant to be missing so long. 

For her. For the shrine. For her family.

Taking Izona's silence for consent, she claimed one of the aprons hanging from the hook near the door, pausing just a moment. While harsh where it mattered, Izona  lacked the hard edges of her great aunts, and that gave her the courage to ask a question that had been nagging at her. "Mistress Izona, I'm curious. What experiences have you had with other worlds? The people, cultures, how they've handled going home again?"

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Vesper frowned a little. She was pretty sure Izona had said...meh, whatever. The important part was that they hadn't spent half a year vanished away.

Her folks were going to think she'd run away from home. Would that be so bad? She wasn't sure.

She'd turned and was starting to head back to her room when Yuuki's question caught Vesper's ear. The fledgeling witch paused and glanced back, a little curious about what the answer would be.

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"I only know of One who left one world for another, aside from you and your friends."   She smiled  "And that would be me.   My old world perished, and I alone was able to escape it, by making some sacrifices.  The spell that let me come here was a one shot spell, then mana of this world is simply incompatible with it, so here I've remained all this time.   I learned this world's magic, nearly all of it, to pass the time.  It's actually pretty inferior in many regards to my world's magics, but It lets me keep the charade up as a unique "Ancient race" from the world's prehistory."

She just smiled, after admitting to essentially conning the whole world as to who she was.  "I'm hoping that after training you, and within the knowledge you gave me, there's some way for me to go to another world.  I've learned all I really want to learn from here, and I'd rather not be stuck here if there's no magic."

She looked at them both with a more ominous smile.  "And now you know the price I ask for learning the higher tier magic."

 

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Elsewhere, The battle against the wyverns continued, with Tori finally freeing herself from the final wyvern, stabbing it, and knocking it away.   Once clear, she drew the beam canon and fired, the shot taking the head and neck from the wyvern, leaving two more flying ones, and the grounded one, which was currently engaged against the Lord's remaining troops, rampaging as it was riderless.

The Lord traded blows again with Ryan, and it was clear to see Ryan was just toying with him now.  "Look man, you're a lord, you gotta put on a brave act for your people, but you're beaten.  Yield now, and you walk away with your life at least.  Hell, Lord Theo may even grant you a subordinate crest to continue ruling your lands in his name."

 

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Well, that wasn't a no to her helping with the cooking...

Yuuki slipped the apron on over her bodyglove, presenting the strange juxtaposition of 'domestic superhero' as she considered their teacher's request.

"Well, I would have no problem with you following us home, Master Izona, as long as it didn't devolve into something out of my unpleasant stories afterwards," the shrine maiden began, the angel having teased a few of the plots of her manga and  religious training out of her, "Unfortunately, the magic that will bring us home doesn't belong to us. It belongs to our Patron and will trigger when we complete whatever objective he's decided is the keystone of our task here. That could be any time really."

Or if they failed and took a whole year. But that didn't merit mentioning.

She tilted her head to one side, "But if you have a means to keep an eye on us and observe the magic in action, maybe even hitch a ride... Well, you've taught us that magic seen first hand is best learned. That could work?"

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Vesper found a spot to sit down while Izona talked and Yuuki...yuukied. There were a couple of things about Izona's story that seemed a little...weird to her. But then again, what about this situation wasn't weird? She reached back and took hold of her long, straight black hair and tugged it forward over her shoulder so she could absently play with the end of it.

"Who taught you magic once you got here?" she asked.

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Izona chuckled as yuuki stepped in to help cook.  She was getting things together to make something simple, a spicy chicken curry.  The fact the preparations looked the same as in their home wasn't lost on either of the two apprentices.  Izona had Yuuki get the rice going.  Soon enough everything was ready, and the meal was surprisingly good.  

"To answer what you didn't ask earlier, I can't show you the spell, because I can no longer perform it.  More than that, It was never something written down, it was something only I could do.   I had hoped this world had such magic, or that someone here might create it, but in all my time here, I have yet to hear of such, or meet someone like that.  Then Siluca comes by wanting me to teach two young women from another world the magic of this world.   Of course I would agree, I want the chance to study you, to see if the mana you possess has the same capability as mine once had."

She looked over to Vesper.  "I learned Light magic from the Sage of Conviction, a Archmage from before the founding of the Grand Magic Academy.   From there, I traveled around, searching the other archmagi, and learning from them.  I've learned from all levels of magi, As different people have different views, and each has helped my mastery of Magic grow."

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The Lord Spat out a string of curses, even As Ryan moved, closing the gap in a moment, and batting away the Lord's sword.  His blade against the Lord's throat, even as the Lord fell to his knees, yet So precise was Ryan's control that he didn't even nick him.  "Surrender, or die."

Above Tori was lining up another shot on one of the flying Wyverns, andthe lord nodded,  "I surrender."

The soldiers all fell to their knees in defeat.  Ryan lowered his sword and pulled out the phone.  "Tori, put the gun away, just knock out the rampaging one.  This is over, they're beaten."  She did as she was asked, and it took a single punch to lay out the riderless wyvern.  The other two landed, and Ryan stood there.  "Have your men return home.  Send the riderless wyvern back with the two you've got left.  There's probably enough rope left for you to have them carry it in a sling together."  Quickly the lord issued orders to that effect, and the remaining soldiers did as they were bid.  

The lord was still kneeling, and Ryan was standing there with him. Tori was using the banshee to help rig the sling to carry the unconscious wyvern.  "Why spare them?" 

"My lord has his own aspirations.   Killing your people would only make them harder to achieve.  If You'd have at least been civil when We first met, None of them would have had to die.   We pulled the trigger, but you have the order that made it necessary.  Still, we don't want to kill anyone if we don't have to, so there's no good reason for your men to die.  There will be other battles, and now that your title and lands belong to Lord Theo, your men may be called upon to defend them still.  All the better then that they live through this encounter."

"That is not the way things are done here..."  

"And I'm given to understand you've only known constant war for at least a century.  This way, well, Most of your men live to return to their families, to protect their home instead of attacking others.   Which do you think they would prefer?"

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Listening to Izona's explanation, *now* Yuuki was concerned, chasing a few last grains of rice around with her chopsticks to gather her thoughts.

"Not that I don't want to help still, but I need to ask: Just how reduced were your abilities after casting this... gate spell or however it functions? Even after we succeed here, we'll probably have other worlds to help if our Patron asks us too. I can't..," she began before stopping and violently shaking her green-haired head and looking up again, old chains of duty put aside for more honest chains of want, "No. I shouldn't increase the burden on my teammates by recklessly injuring my ability to contribute to the fights to come. It wouldn't be right, and possibly even risk the missions failing if the cost is too high to help one person no matter how grateful I am... If I even could..."

The shrinemaiden took a deep breath to stop the flow of word vomit and plaster a sickly smile on her face, "...But I'm probably getting ahead of myself, aren't I? Please. Explain. 

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