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Ronin
Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
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Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 31 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 31
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Amalia
the shield of safrin
Amalia hates the labyrinth.

She hates a lot of places these days. Unblighted, the baker nonetheless feels the weight of it in the air like smoke, a suffocating darkness that threatens to collapse down upon them, crushing hearts and lungs. The night at Safrin's shrine left her drained, and even days later the effects still linger, a listlessness draped across her shoulders much like a burial shroud.

She chooses the labyrinth because it is easy to be lost in, because she might be trapped for hours, isolated and insulated from the rest of the world. She may hate this place but at least it is quiet, no need for false smiles and glib reassurance, no room for her to try and fail. The baker needs to find her purpose, to center herself- and though she bears not love for violence, training has always calmed her mind.

She is dressed in black, a surprisingly light outfit until one notices the fur beneath, covering everything but her face. Her hair is pulled into a high tail, to keep from getting in her eyes. The Luxere staff grasped in her hands, Amalia exhales a long slow breath, rising it up in a ready position and adjusting her feet carefully. She has been practicing with the shield, too, strapped to her left forearm, lessons from Diemos to improve her technique. Inhaling, Amalia closes her eyes - then exhales again, bringing the length of antlers and wood down hard, her frustrated translated clearly in the move.
you are slowly growing
but you are still growing
and that is enough
Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
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Age: 27 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander
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How did Ronin get there so fast? Magic, the blighted hunter would snarl if asked, though in reality he had been carefully following after Amalia as she got lost in the labyrinth. Deeper and deeper, further and further from safety and help, of course Ronin was hot on her heels. The cold affected his body but was not recognised by his mind, and though the hand that came up to grab her staff and stop it in its tracks was chapped and pink from the plummeting temperatures, he was no less nimble.

"You ought to watch where you swing that," he said softly, almost sweetly, though the ink black that wept from his eyes and stained his teeth spoke of the monstrous thing beneath. "Could take an eye out." Pulling hard, he would attempt to wrestle the staff from her grasp.

'til the end is here


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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 31 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 31
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Amalia
the shield of safrin
She swings the staff and it stops too soon, the monster hunter holding it in his grasp. Or is he the monster, now, and they the hunters? The black of his eyes, the tears on his cheeks, the teeth that look ready to devour the world- it reminds her of Safrin, and Amalia shivers with something entirely other than cold.

"Ronin. You've looked better." Her grip on the staff tightens as he pulls, though she pushes it forward, hoping to use his own momentum to send him flying back. Mort, but she hasn't seen any roses here, and doesn't have one on her now. Perhaps the luxere antlers will have some effect on him, the way they did the Long Night monsters, but the baker does not hold on to hope.
you are slowly growing
but you are still growing
and that is enough
Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
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Age: 27 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander
Level: 7 - Strg: 27 - Dext: 26 - Endr: 26 - Luck: 30
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"I've looked worse, too. This is better than blown to bits," he said with a dark, black smile, his voice insidious and intimate in the enclosed space. Some might argue that he actually looked better when he'd been blown to bits, given that he was still Ronin on the inside back then. But whoever those 'some' were, their opinions clearly didn't matter to him. Stumbling as Amalia added momentum to his pull, Ronin snapped his teeth at her and released the staff, skidding into a defensive stance obviously borrowed from whatever soldier's memory remained in his blighted mind.

Amalia was right not to hope - the antlers did little more than dazzle Ronin, and he growled something unintelligible before throwing himself at her. He would try to duck around her staff, aiming a vicious strike that would attempt to throw her off balance and to the ground.

'til the end is here


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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 31 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 31
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Amalia
the shield of safrin
"Is it?" she wonders in half a whisper, watching his lips curl in that corrupted facsimile of a smile. He falls for her ploy, stumbling backwards, and Amalia is quick to reestablish her footing as Ronin releases her staff. The antlers, unfortunately, do nothing to slow him, something to remember as Long Night approaches, but not particularly important now.

What is important now is keeping from his reach, though with his speed and ferocity that task is a difficult one. He lunges at her, slipping past the staff in her right hand and hitting her squarely on the left side- or he would have, were it not for the shield on her forearm soaking in the brunt of the impact, her arm shaking violently under the rest.

Still, Amalia stumbles backwards, nearly losing her footing in the impact. Gritting her teeth, the girl is swift to lift her staff again, swinging it up and over the earth in a slicing motion meant to catch his chest and leave him winded on the ground. "At least you were in control when you fought the demon. Now you're as much a prisoner as it is."
you are slowly growing
but you are still growing
and that is enough
Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
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Age: 27 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander
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The shield was a pesky thing that got in the way of his good work, and the sneer on Ronin's face told that he'd be taking his anger out on that next. If he could get it away from her, then this would become a lot easier. "Oh, get off your moral high horse, you're embarrassing yourself," he snapped as he darted back - not quick enough, though, to avoid the swing of the staff.

Growling out a curse and hitting the icy ground hard, Ronin rolled to try and get himself back on his feet as quickly as possible. His chest burned and his stomach churned, but the blight cared little for the body it inhabited. It just wanted to feast and kill. "Do me a favour, Shield of Safrin. Get blown to pieces - then lecture me on it."

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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 31 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 31
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Amalia
the shield of safrin
Get off your moral high horse. The words hurt worse than any blow, distant echoes of Safrin's taunting, the fear of inflated self-importance she has recently begun to feel. Is she really so arrogant, the girl wonders, that everyone in her life needs to remember? Has she become conceited, absorbed in hubris, titles and talks with greater forces going to her head?

When the blight is over and her loved ones healed, will she still be a broken thing?

Her sweeping blow sends Ronin flying, but Amalia does not follow it through. Part of her - a bigger part, a rational part - knows that the blight is speaking through him, turning his words into barbs and slings. But another part, a small and shattered part that has bent and broken beneath too much weight, wonders if it isn't true. If this is not honesty at last, his feelings expressed through an inky mouth, the things he believes about her finally brought forth.

Holding her staff in a defensive stance, Amalia swallows, dark gaze never leaving the man. "Do you really find me so hateful, Ronin?" the baker asks softly. She has given up on absolution; it is time to accept his retribution.
you are slowly growing
but you are still growing
and that is enough
Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
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Age: 27 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander
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"Are you really so prideful that you think yourself worthy of someone's hate?" Ronin's laughter was dark and mocking as he righted himself, snow and ice and dirt clinging to his already ruined clothing as he regards the Shield with clear disdain. There was something abhorrent about her piety in that moment - perhaps it was her willingness to talk, to pry, to wonder and understand.

There was no understanding for the blighted, though. Only feasting and fighting and the black, cold nights in the wilderness. "You are nothing, Amalia. That is all. And you are here." And that made her into perfect target practice. And so, done with her words, Ronin pushed off the ground and launched himself at her again, intending to brace against the staff head on and shove her to the ground.

'til the end is here


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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 31 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 31
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Amalia
the shield of safrin
Not even worthy of hate. It is a cruel blow and it lands true, making the girl wince with pain. It is a monster that speaks the words, she knows it is, but it feels like validation of her fears, a confirmation of the deep anxiety which has pervaded through her entire life. Yes, she is nothing, a speck on the air, and he is everything she has ever wanted to be.

It isn't fair. It isn't right. But it is the way of the world.

His blow is explosive and it sends her sprawling, the staff flying from her hands and landing beside her on the ground. She can feel pain bloom across her back, a bruise blooming across her tailbone as it strikes upon a rock. Her head, at least, is saved by the snow. Instinctively, defensively, she rolls to the side, grabbing the staff as her body flips over it, her body distinctly feline in its flexibility as fur rises from her shoulders. Swiftly she attempts to regain her feet, the shield raised up before her, a leopard's snark behind her lips. "Fine. Maybe I'm nothing, but at least I keep trying. You? You're everything, and you're letting the Voice win."
you are slowly growing
but you are still growing
and that is enough
Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
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Age: 27 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander
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The blow connected and a surge of vicious glee flooded Ronin's veins; he could almost taste it, the blood on the air, the feel of flesh tearing beneath his hands. A little longer of this game of kiss-chase and maybe he'd even get to live out the fantasy. They both tumbled through the snow, though Ronin was markedly better off after it, and the hunter sprung up and into a crouch to watch what Amalia might do next.

"Me, everything?" The blighted monster let out a laugh that echoed around the muted, snowy hedges. No no, sweetling. I am just as nothing as you. And the Voice and the old gods can go and fuck themselves into oblivion. I don't care. You should try it some time."

Examining the shield, Ronin tilted his head and considered it for a second (more consideration than he'd given to anything else at least) before charging forward again. His previous attempts had proven that he was able to topple Amalia, so this time, if he could trap her beneath the shield, he'd have her right where he wanted her.

'til the end is here


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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 31 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 31
JYOTI - Mythical - Starwhale (Humpback)
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Amalia
the shield of safrin
He's a feral thing, less Ronin than monster, not the man she knows and respects but a mocking, broken facsimile. Maybe that is why she breaks so easily, why she is able to let her floodgates fall. "You are everything, like it or not. You are the king. You are Safrin's chosen. You have a family, and a home, and people who love you just for showing up. You were chosen to live among the stars, and you were allowed to come back. The rest of us have to keep caring because we're not gonna get a second chance. We barely get a first."

Is Amalia jealous of Ronin? Absolutely. Would she tell him if she thought he had any chance of remembering? No way in hell.

Swiftly she slinks and coils away, managing to rise halfway to her feet before he strikes her down again. He weighs more than her, he is more feral than her, he could crush her with ease. Amalia knows this as he flies toward her, and so she does the only way she can: by becoming smaller, sinking down, letting him have the shield while she escapes as an otter, trying to slip behind him fast enough to shift back to human form and snatch up her staff while he still struggles with the shield.
you are slowly growing
but you are still growing
and that is enough
Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
Monster Hunter

Age: 27 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander
Level: 7 - Strg: 27 - Dext: 26 - Endr: 26 - Luck: 30
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I will fight the end
Ronin had anticipated crushing the frail woman beneath her own shield, and when it did, in fact, squash into the snow beneath him, a snarl of victory left his lips. Only then, of course, did he notice a small and furry thing in the corner of his vision, and the blighted king glared in earnest at the otter as it transformed back into the baker. Still, at least he had gotten one thing out of the whole situation; with the shield in his hands, Ronin slowly rose back to his feet.

"You know," he said spitefully, "you're right. So I'll take this as my next second chance. Thanks for the sparring match, love." Blowing her a blight-tainted kiss, the hunter turned and ran into the labyrinth, splitting at a fork in the road so that his astral projection sprinted off in the opposite direction. Amalia could run, but she wouldn't find him. He'd make sure of that.

'til the end is here


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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 31 - Dext: 30 - Endr: 30 - Luck: 31
JYOTI - Mythical - Starwhale (Humpback)
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Amalia
the shield of safrin
The blow leaves her winded, but it is what happens next that takes her breath away and makes her choke. Rising up into human skin, Amalia can only look on in confusion as Ronin snatches up her shield. "No," she whispers, horror in her eyes, lurching forward to snatch it from him, to cling to the precious silver slab.

But she is panting too heavily to move quickly, and though she runs after him the blighted king is far too fast. He splits in two, and Amalia is left helpless, already having lost this bout, having lost something so terribly dear. Sinking to her knees in the snow, the baker plunges her fists into the ground, angry and saddened, frightened and alone.

Then she stands and backtracks to find her staff, ready to leave this hellscape behind.
you are slowly growing
but you are still growing
and that is enough


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