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Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
Huntsman

Age: 28 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Stormbreak
Level: 9 - Strg: 39 - Dext: 33 - Endr: 35 - Luck: 32
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RONIN
the darkstar
Regular military training, whilst not exactly a difficult thing for Ronin given his fitness levels these days, is most certainly a change in routine. And when the regular shit doesn't cut it, he has to find some way to exhaust himself, and so under the advice of one of the more seasoned dragoons, he's running laps of the training grounds. Or rather, he's running laps, but in hard mode.

The vest he's wearing is weighted, and beneath it he's already sweating, blue eyes sharp as he climbs up and over one of the obstacles in the grounds. At intervals, he lets out a sharp whistle - and when he does, a streak of white comes swooping down from overhead, blasting ice at a target a short distance away. Working in tandem with Sugar like this has never been quite so organised, but both Star and dragon seem to react well to this kind of environment.

It's to the surprise of no one, really.
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
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AMALiA
It's been a strange couple days indeed, and Amalia has found herself caught up in the array of changes that have overtaken her life. Between the mesmerizing architecture and the towering spires, the faces and information and names and roles, the Shield has been somewhat overwhelmed.

Well, that and the last time she saw the Star it had not gone particularly well.

But all that aside, it isn't long before she's seeking out her friend. For all that she is going through she knows that he must have it worse, stripped away from Mateo and Remi as the Star has been. And so Amalia slips away on her second day, hoping to find him before he's captured by the training of the day.

She's too late, of course - the city is massive, and Amalia takes more than one wrong turn. By the time she reaches the training grounds the dragoons tell her he is on the field and has been for some time; they speak of it with an awed and bemused reverence that leaves no doubts that it is absolutely the same Star, despite the place.

Fortunately Amalia has dressed for training. In leggings and a backless shirt the Shield takes to the course, flying over to land in proximity to the Star. With only a wordless greeting given, the girl falls into stride with her friend - less disciplined and more gangly in her movements, but keeping pace as best she can, her breathing steady and deep.

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Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
Huntsman

Age: 28 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Stormbreak
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RONIN
the darkstar
Sugar calls a greeting in place of Ronin, since the Star is focused on breathing, on climbing, vaulting, on the blood pumping through his veins. But that's acknowledgement that Amalia is there, at least, and he does give her a brief nod as she falls into step beside him. The training grounds aren't large, but they're certainly enough, and whilst Ronin doesn't stop his training to chat with the Shield, once he's finished the next obstacle, he does lead them into one of the inner tracks which is just for laps.

I thought you would have your hands full at the Tower, he says through the Attuned bond, allowing him to save his breath for the training. Sugar pinwheels overhead, released from her own tasks so that Ronin can pay attention to Amalia. The place is big enough, after all.
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
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AMALiA
She raises an eyebrow at the transition from obstacle course to basic runaround, keeping pace as he leaves the more difficult track behind. Don't go easy on my account, the girl teases silently, her bare feet striking on the well-worn ground in time with the Star's. It feels good to be moving like this, taking in the crisp Leafchange air and focusing only on moving forward at a swift and steady speed.

I told them I needed exercise. Amalia would shrug except that her arms are pumping at her sides, her shoulders already bobbing in a one-two rhythm. Or I would have. If anybody asked. By and large the Shield has been left to her own devices, a handful of meetings the day before notwithstanding.

She wonders if he's still angry with her- and then, remarkably, lets it go. If he is he has the right, but it will do neither of them good for her to dwell on it, and Amalia thinks too much. She's here to try and stop thinking, to let her body lead her and serve him as a friend. A glance is thrown to the Dark Star, an eyebrow raised in challenge before the mental call. Race you a lap- and before he has a chance to respond a single wing presses out, trying to shove him aside (or at least cause him to stumble) so the Shield can get a much-needed head start.

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Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
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Age: 28 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Stormbreak
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RONIN
the darkstar
Sugar could use the break, Ronin supplies as an excuse to move onto the more straightforward track, though he doesn't slow down at all, trusting Amalia when she says he doesn't need to take it easy. Sweat beads on his forehead and rolls down the back of his neck, but the weight of the vest he wears doesn't stop him. If anything, it's as though Ronin is trying to make himself exhausted.

Glancing fleetingly at her as they round a bend, a smirk slants across the Star's face. I thought you'd have been busying youself with the Order and the temple, he says, picking up speed once they're on a straight part of the track again. Race m-- oi! Evidently he doesn't expect the wing to knock him off balance, Ronin swearing under his breath and quickly righting himself, taking off after Amalia.

I've been out here for an hour already - this is hardly fair! he calls after her.
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
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AMALiA
Again she mentally shrugs in response. There's time for that, Amalia replies, picking up the pace in time with the Dark Star. I wanted... we're in this together. I wanted to check in. It doesn't encompass everything she feels, but the empathy and affection will reach him through the Attuned bond, and for the rest... well.

A cackle leaves her lips as she knocks the man off-course, quickly accelerating in an attempt to maintain her lead. I thought you were supposed to be some sort of super-soldier! the Shield retorts, looking back over her shoulder with laughter glittering in her eyes. The straight-away is disappearing into their first bend, Amalia on the outside of the curving track. Don't tell me you're giving up over a little tap!

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Ronin Taliesin
the Dark Star
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Age: 28 | Height: 5'10 | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Stormbreak
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RONIN
the darkstar
Ronin feels the empathy and the affection, but his own feelings are carefully guarded in return. It isn't necessarily about Amalia - the Star is guarded to everyone right now, because it's safer that way. He's still getting to grips with Stormbreak and deciding how he feels about the whole place and his part in it. Mainly, each day revolves around tiring himself out enough that sleep comes straight away - and the Shield is doing a great job at that right now.

I didn't say anything about giving up, he informs her, easy challenge in his tone. And as Amalia rounds the bend she'll see Ronin quite suddenly in front of her - he's getting the hang of the whole bait and switch with his projection, and there's a rough laugh bubbling up in his chest as he pumps his legs to move faster still, tearing down the straight lap of the grounds.
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