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Ru Quest Thread and SE
Deimos Ignatius
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#1
Once Deimos was assured Evie was safe, content, and healthy (and somewhat watched over by companions alike), he’d begun his short rounds towards family, outlining surprises but not granting any over written word. It would ruin the notions of seeing shocked, surprised, or enthralled faces. Besides, by Ru’s vague terms, there seemed to be other things underlying in her wake.

He’d flown from mountains to King’s End, over multitudes of snowy squalls and long, illustrious fields, to portions built up since Sunjata’s reign. The Sword wouldn’t admit to any growth from the Flood, not without some notion of a wrinkled nose and petty disregard, but his narrowed eyes took in the floating stalls as he breezed over, pondering over the circumstances, and the ghosts, the wraiths, the specters, skimming along their routes and roots too. Even here, there was no escape from the slips of the veil.

Thereafter, he landed, shifting from massive thunderbird to rugged man a fair distance away, striving not to alarm anyone nearby. From those moments on, he glanced at passersby, intending to spot Ru amidst and amongst the small crowd formed nearby.


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Hotaru Kaito
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#2
eyes on fire, you are the unforecasted storm
It's not often that shrouded, occluded messages of exciting news are met with equally vague promises of the same, so Hotaru is admittedly full of pent-up frenetic energy as she flits through the small crowd of shoppers and travelers while waiting on Deimos' arrival. He's easy enough to spot in the sky given she's watching it so closely, and from there it's merely a matter of slipping through the crowd to where she had seen him touch down to find him as a man.

Her excitement makes her glow from within, but the new, endless magic makes her glow outwardly in a far more literal way. Like moving sunlight Ru closes the distance between them at speed, throwing her arms around him in a vivacious display of energy and excitement that betrays how grand the news must be. "You made it!" It vibrates up and out her throat in a joyous trill, though she doesn't cling for long, hopping backwards to take in Deimos' equally glowing visage. "Okay, who goes first?" Her impish smile makes it clear she's aware her own physical changes are more obvious, but the Sword rarely ever playfully withholds information that is not delightful, and Hotaru desperately wants to know it. Badly enough that she shunts social niceties and expectations to the wayside, intent on hearing the news immediately.
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Deimos Ignatius
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Age: 33 | Height: 6'4" | Race: Hybrid | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Halo
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Despite Ru’s stature, she’d always been difficult to miss. She’d be likely to say and believe it was due to her charm, beauty, or vivacity, but the Sword likened it to simply knowing her. How she maneuvered through a crowd. How she outwitted and outlasted. How she commanded individuals. How she encountered the rest of the world. So he saw her well before she parted away from other milling strangers, and then narrowed his eyes in brief, flickering confusion.

A glow, mighty and encompassing, surrounded her entirely. Perhaps it was new magic. Perhaps something else had happened.

It didn’t wipe away his grin though, shaking his head while she threw her arms around him. It simply remained in the back of his mind, another tightened, contorted coil lingering throughout multitudes of threads and speculations. “I did,” he noted, hands encompassing her momentarily and spinning her around until they were blatantly out of earshot. “You have done quite a bit of work here. It looks good,” not unlike the way the Grounds had begun transforming from decrepit survivors to something out of horrors, King’s End spiraled away from denizens of graves and into something habitable.

As for the range of competitive edges and news, he didn’t have the notions of rivalry in this midst. “You,” he stated, settling her upon the ground as she released and toiled.


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eyes on fire, you are the unforecasted storm
After all the prior season had burdened them with, to see her brother smiling so freely only stokes the golden flames in her chest, full to the brim with love and appreciation. Though the time has been negligible, she has missed him, and she lets him spin her out and away from the prying eyes and ears of the citizens behind him without a second thought. More than happy to be carried and whisked along like a glowing sack of potatoes.

His praise has her smiling - not her excited, reverent beaming, but something solid and proud - and carrying her head a little higher. "We don't have many extra hands, so the work is slow, but we're growing day by day," she agrees, warmth suffusing her tone. Her regional pride can't compare to what she still feels for Halo, but King's End has nestled into her heart far faster than the Valkyrie ever expected.

It tempers her excitement for but a moment, as the moment Deimos encourages her to go first it returns like an ocean swell to fill her up from within. More sunlight than lightning now, but still always gold. "Frey made me their demigod," falls from her lips in an excitable rush, each word trying to beat the next off her tongue. And though she has always suspected that Deimos never found the position appealing, he surely knows that she always has. She the eternally devout, the one who had stood by the Moon Goddess even in the wake of her parents' deaths and how the world had clamored against her with accusations of treachery. Hotaru had never expected it of Frey, had been content to serve them faithfully without such gifts, but to be chosen...it's everything Hotaru has ever wanted, since she was just a little girl in the foothills, hoping she'd someday shine brighter than her firefly namesake.
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Deimos Ignatius
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#5
He wouldn’t permit the sudden and bitter onslaught of missing her, or that wholly encompassing loss, well along his chest. Even if it suddenly blistered at the pride in her voice and the wake of the earth churning; pressing it down, down, down because they’d agreed and he’d soldiered onward just as he always had.

Didn’t make it any easier though.

So he smiled, eyes lowering to rest on her features and wait – stunned, momentarily, by the words as they hit, echo, and then cycled back through. His gaze widened, shocked, bewildered, and then not, returning to rest in their habitual state as he shook his head, laughed in wonder. Because not everyone thought like him, because others had hopes and dreams of aspirations beneath a god’s ilk, and it was Frey, which meant she was safe.

It was okay. She’d be okay. And he’d repeat that to himself a thousand times over so it built like another one of his walls. That herald wasn’t like so many of them – and he bit the machinations, finding himself at war with his own thoughts. These weren’t chains. She hadn’t lost her power. “Congratulations,” he gave instead, entirely earnest and sincere. Along the way, she’d earned the prowess, the respect, and the honor, rising from Abandoned, to Hybrid, to demigod formidability. “What a fearsome thought though,” he teased, waiting for her rebuttal, granting another grin. “What are you meant to do with this newfound power?”


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#6
eyes on fire, you are the unforecasted storm
He is not the only one to be daunted by the idea of becoming part-god, beholden to the herald who reshapes you. Hotaru had seen the effects firsthand on Sunjata, Remi, Nate, Wessex. If anyone had reason to fear, it would be her.

But she has equally seen how Frey had saved Sunjata and continues to. How they had granted him as many of his shifts and powers as possible. How they ask so little of him, and abide by the ideals they had presented to Hotaru from the moment she visited their shrine. It is why her faith has never wavered in Frey. It's why it does not waver now; and she hopes Deimos can see it, feel it, so that it might ease some of those concerns even if it will not dash them entirely. This is still Deimos they're talking about.

His congratulations feel sincere, and she basks in it, glowing inside and out with the force of her happiness. Though as her lips move to form her gratitude, they are frozen instead in sisterly pouting, broken only by her cherubic laugh that smacks plainly of mischief. "I would say the goal is to create chaos, but that aligns more firmly with Dygra," she titters. It shouldn't be complimentary, but she preens all the same at the idea that people should be wary of her newfound skills. "Truly though, I don't have much of a plan aside from self-gratification and the pursuit of power. That seems right up Frey's alley. At least until they have need of me." Given how infrequently Sunjata has been called upon, she's uncertain when that will ever happen, especially given the Flood is far more physically capable than the Valkyrie. But she will be ready all the same.
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Deimos Ignatius
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He worked on settling; something in his ribcage burned and his mind whirled, striving not to unwind into hordes of machinations. Even if Hotaru was confident in the alteration, he was not, but he’d pretend for her sake and worry elsewhere, like most other things. Any notion of unease was only to be noted in the restless edges of his movements, attempting to root himself down into the very grounds they stood upon with an unyielding force.

His brow arched in response to chaos, because he’d never been told of that sort of brand of Frey (Dygra, or Ludo, certainly), but the semblances of ‘not much plans’ before reforming back to her old self – the Valkyrie of Helovia – caused an abrupt snort from his lungs. Self-gratification and power had been something seemingly always on her realm of calculations, no matter which land, and perhaps that was the notion that finally allowed him some sentiment of peace. “So not much has changed,” he added with a wry grin, permitting a loosening grip on his sentiments and emotions. Because at the very heart and soul of her, Ru was Ru, passionate and zealous, confident and seeking, intending to claim whatever laid in her path – and if this signaled some return to those bold endeavors, then maybe he could accept it without too many consternations.


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#8
eyes on fire, you are the unforecasted storm
Hotaru has never been the tried-and-true optimist, but of the two she knows she is the inadequate stand-in when it comes to matters like these. She contents herself with the plan of proving her own safety through longevity; time, trial, and test alike. Actions are Deimos' preferred currency, and she hopes to repay his love and concern with it tenfold. Her own faith guides her, but the rest she will have to prove.

His sentiment makes her head fall back with a bark of a laugh that is far from her normal controlled elegance, caught out and happy to be. "More of a return to form, I think. New challenges, new horizons." For years she had been content with her might and accomplishments, and in part she had languished and rusted for exactly that. Now she feels like a polished Valkyrie of old; still impetuous but wizened now, voracious but focused.

One such manner of growth is her ability to look beyond herself, and she reminds him of his own news with a cheeky shove of her fist against his bicep and a toothy grin. "So what did you have to share?"
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Deimos Ignatius
the Resurrected Sword
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Age: 33 | Height: 6'4" | Race: Hybrid | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Halo
Level: 14 - Strg: 72 - Dext: 72 - Endr: 73 - Luck: 80 - Int: 3
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#9
Actions reflected words; had the power of their testaments and convictions embroiled within. Perhaps everything Hotaru had said and uttered and spoke would come true – through her willpower, challenges, prospects, and dominions. He’d be disappointed he couldn’t see the everyday growth, the nuances and alterations in how she’d returned to form, but eventually it could, would, come all together. Maybe he wouldn’t be so worried then, or they’d have more answers than now – he bit it down, grounded into the commitments and tandems of his own promises.

So he smiled, granted her a nod and a grin, and ignored the cheeky shove, pretending it was something akin to a gnat. His own news hadn’t been forgotten, but he certainly hadn’t wanted to push it into her glow and announcements.

How Ru would respond to upcoming changes could go in various ways too – and though Kiada’s sentiments had gone well, Deimos could never rest on his laurels. Not with how many times people had altered before him, and circumstances she'd been dealt with when it came to children. So he kept his voice low, a rumbling whisper, but his corresponding grin was one of earnest contentment and happiness. “Evie is pregnant.”


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