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1The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 12/08/16, 06:42 pm

Ariel

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Often, Ariel regretted those last few moments with those precious children. Especially that little girl, Lapis, a sweet child who had reality unexpectedly shoved into her face. There was something about her that he found difficult to part with. Every day, he struggled to restrain his body from drawing near to that orphanage. Sometimes he would pass by it and reach out towards it, only to recall why he had decided to leave the children at that orphanage. He would have most certaintly adopted that girl and the rest of the children, if not for a few reasons. For one, he couldn't stay in Heliohapt forever. He would have to leave Heliohapt and return to Magnostadt. He wasn't worried about anyone not permitting them to enter, what he was worried about was his parenting skills. And if he had enough room to host so many children. Well, to be fair, he had seen parents cram 5 or 6 children in one small room but going back to his parenting skills, he was pretty sure he was not ready for that kind of responsibility. Despite his strong desire to visit the children again, he was afraid they would become too attached to him again and they would not let him leave them again.

But as he turned the curve around the orphanage, the temptation was becoming stronger. It was almost as if he had become too attached to those children. He almost couldn't bear it any longer when the laughter of the children running along with their parents reached his ears. He bit his lip and clenched his hands, trying to steel himself, trying to ignore that voice in his head which was trying to convince him to turn around. He almost succeeded in ignoring it, until he heard the sound of children crying inside the orphanage. All of his constraint dissolved immediately and Ariel darted back to the orphanage. He burst through the doors, and rushed towards the heartbreaking, tearful sounds. He was met with the sight of the children huddled up together with the woman in charge, all crying. He gazed at them in surprise. Why were they all crying? As he looked at every head, he realized there was one child missing: Lapis.

"Where is Lapis?" he demanded quietly.

The children and the lady looked up to Ariel. Their eyes were dim and full of concern.

He repeated his question again.

They looked at him with mournful eyes, before the lady stood up. She told him that Lapis was gone. She had disappeared during the night. According to one of them, Lapis had been wanting to visit Magnostadt and the Plains. This was inspired by her parents, who had come from the Plains. With this information stored in his mind, Ariel decided this was his cue to leave Heliohapt.

When he walked back to the inn he was staying in, he was a very serious look on his face. It was slightly full of worry that she would get hurt somehow. After all, Lapis was not at all experienced about the real world. He planned to find Lapis and then try to keep her out of any danger. First, he needed to find her.



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2The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty Re: The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 13/08/16, 01:30 pm

It was a sunny bright day with sand blowing everywhere. Thieves running around trying to find there next victim while bystanders just look but never tell. Normal Helio indeed. Whats more is the slavery in helio, with its fanalis, immuchak and rare children and adults ready to sell. But this slavery story is more than just that.

Val is strolling around helio with his book in his hand once again. He had to be careful as there were more thieves than usual. It was because of something big was gonna happen: a slavery auction. When this happens, thieves usually steal a lot more. They want more money in order to buy slaves making more profit for them. This means that Val cannot afford to read his book normally, he had to be protective.

However, the man was eager to read his book. It was very boring to just sit there or catch thieves. They were always easy to deal with either them being weak skill wise or intelligence wise. He also just conquered the dungeon with Solo so he is going in a week or so. He needed as much rest as possible before his other adventure.

Luckily, Val found a nearby inn with nice waiting places. This would be perfect to sit and read as the inn loves company. The man kindly asked them for some warm milk.

2 hours later

As time passed, Val was ready to leave and go back. The book was packed full of adventure, excitement, and puzzles but the man was just tired. It was also getting dark soon and the slavery auction was closing in. The best option for him was to stay inside with closed doors. But, Val's luck was poor as ever when he sees the young man Ariel once again in the inn with a gloomy face. What bothered him was his attitude at that fight a week ago. He was being selfish and was not realizing that he was intruding a proper fight.

The hero walked over to Ariel before he went into his room. He tapped him by his shoulder and put a smile across his face. "Hello Ariel. It has been some time since we met. I just wanted to say I am sorry about what happened. As a token of my appreciation, if you need anything you can call on me."

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3The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty Re: The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 14/08/16, 04:06 am

Ariel

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Ariel was surprised by the tap on the shoulder. He quickly spun around and almost smacked the person who had scared him in the face with his staff. However, seeing as it was Val (again), the troubled magician lowered his staff and glared down at the ground. He refused to meet the warrior's eye, as he recalled the events that had happened between that young gladiator, him, and Val. Something dawned on Ariel and a sense of dread overcame him. Of course! He had been so careless announce his past as a slave, Lapis' disappearance was fate's punishment for him. Though the children's information about Lapis expressing her wishes to go to the Plains was helpful, it was possible something else had happened to her, he realized. If so, perhaps it would be advisable if he enlisted the help of Val Achilles to search Heliohapt for Lapis with him. While Ariel preferred not to work with him, the begrudging magician saw that it was the wisest course of action.

Ariel lifted his head to meet Val's darkly colored eyes. He recalled noticing that most people made eye contact with the person they were addressing. He was uncomfortable with eye contact, as he had always been punished for doing so. It seemed to show a sign of defiance in the case of a slave and master. But for people with the same status rank, it was a normal gesture used when conversing with another person. He used it anyways, despite his slight twinges of nervousness, because he wanted to prove that his days as a slave were over. He was a freeman, with no master telling him what to do and no chains restraining him from choosing his own path. More confident individuals were less likely to become slaves than those who had little assurance. Showing more certainty tended to come off as that person being a stronger personage. So therefore, the opposite of having more courage would come off as being weak and easily frightened.

"I hope you mean that.

A certain girl - a little one - is missing from an orphanage. I'm not sure where she went or why she left. The other children at the orphanage had said she wanted to go to the Mainland, but I'm not even sure if she made it out of the city.

I'm asking you to help me find her," Ariel explained with a few small gestures.


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4The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty Re: The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 15/08/16, 10:02 pm

The hero was a bit surprised by the quick spin but then settled down. Val tried to meet Ariel in the eyes, but he kept looking down. He was not so sure if it had something do with the fight before or maybe had to do with her past. As a child, his village was diverse with people all around the world. There were ex soldiers, magicians, bounty hunters, and former slaves. He knew that slaves were taught to not look at the masters eye to eye. She was a former slave after all so it made sense.

Val nodded to Ariel's response. The hero then calmly listens to what he had to say. The hero crosses his arm and tried to think on what to do next. He should help him, its the right thing to do. But, he is thinking of doing some jobs for some money. He hates being greedy and greedy people but he did not want to be poor. He had enough money for only a trip to the area for the new country but he may need more.

He then makes a big smile. "Glad to help!" Then his face turns into a straight face. He knew he had to get serious. "Lets get to business."

Val sits in a chair near a table and gestures Ariel to sit with him. He knew he had to give some suggestions to start but he had to be slow. "Before we start, I need some basic information. Some information would be like age, maybe how tall she is or anything that can help us locate her." If this does not work, Val needs to tell Ariel the other possibility that may anger him.


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5The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty Re: The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 22/08/16, 03:28 pm

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The seat, Ariel declined. He continued to stand. But he leaned against the table, his eyes half closed as he deliberated upon Lapis. Possibilities of what might have happened to the 11 year old continued to plague his mind. He feared for the worst and tried to ignore his doubts and concerns. While he tried to stay optimistic, he was very sure that something terrible had happened to Lapis.

"Well, for starters, her name is Lapis. She is about 11, which is why I am really worried about her. Um, she is about 143 cm (4' 8")." Ariel explained.

He also added that while she had been born in Heliohapt, her parents were from the Plains. She was fair skinned and had mousy brown hair. He speculated that her eyes were a sort of blue-green color.


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6The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty Re: The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 23/08/16, 09:39 am

The magician did not stand but Val could not care. Its gonna be a tough jobs for both of them but they need to surpass it. The hero looked through his bag to find a paper and a pencil and started writing down the information. When he was done, he flipped the other side of the page for my room. "Alright now that we got that covered, we need to think of areas where she would be." Val tries to look at Ariel but to only see his eyes half closes and a gloomy aura around her.

The hero understood her feeling but this was not the time. He had to be very relaxed and gentle to talk to her. At the same time, Ariel has a short fuse and knowing his personality, Val had to be a bit demanding. There was an area that Lapis may have been brought into my force, but he would say it after. This is not the time to scare Ariel so he put a nice smile to try to cheer her up. "Don't worry, we will find her." He would put his hand on Ariel's shoulder to reassure her.


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7The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty Re: The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 27/08/16, 12:42 am

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OOC: Sorry about my short posts. I've not had much inspiration for writing this past month :(

Ariel glanced at the other briefly before turning his head away. He was certain Val was refraining from saying the negative thoughts which seemed to be circulating in both of their heads. While he was trying to stay positive, he was well aware that he was not going to fool anybody with his sad, weak reasons - not even himself. One possibility that seemed to stand out from the rest was one which he feared the most. Considering the rate children were being picked off the streets of Heliohapt and being enslaved, the possibility that she might have been picked up by one of them was terribly realistic. As much as he tried to push the dreadful thought away, it continued to bounce back. He wanted to yell and scream for it to leave. He was tempted to bang his head against the table. But since he rather not be seen as crazy, he refrained from such actions.

"We need to look around Heliohapt. Something tells me she never left the city," Ariel said.

His hands were folded and he shot a couple of glances around him. His eyes were looking for the familiar face of that child. He was somewhat disappointed to find that he did not recognize a single soul in the midst of the crowd. He had hoped, but it proved to be in vain.


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8The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty Re: The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 28/08/16, 12:32 am

Val looked at Ariel intensively, to get a response. He had a feeling what the magician's head must be going through. As a former slave, Ariel would be scared for the little girl. Even if the hero was not a former slave, he would feel the same way. His goal may not be to stop slavery but its to abolish all hate and only protect peace. This goal is one of the main reasons why he is helping Ariel, but he really likes the mage. Something about him made Val remember the times with his old friends.

The hero nodded toward her response as he put the paper back in his bag. "Well then lets get going. We need to hurry before dark. There are 2 places where Lapis could be. The first is the port which she could leave from there. She would just need money. However, the other place is.." Val makes a silence before saying anything. The he continues with caution. The human knew for a fact he could not waste time. The fist tighten as Val tries to make eye contact with Ariel. "She could have been captured by slave traders. Good thing is that I know where there hideout is. Bad news is that we have to be prepared for a fight."

The hero looks outside and then back to Ariel. "We have a couple of hours at most. Lets go to the hideout first. However, this is your decision. What do you want to do?"

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9The Unlucky Child [Closed] Empty Re: The Unlucky Child [Closed] on 24/09/16, 10:43 am

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Ariel nodded, contemplating his choices. The most likely possibility was that slave traders had captured her. Children were abducted commonly in such a place as Heliohapt. With its busy streets full of uncaring men and women and the homeless treated only a little more than dirt, it was far too easy to snatch up children. It wasn't like most people would notice a child among many disappear. Perhaps some would glad to have one less mouth to feed. Life was such a cruel creature to the children of the world. But nonetheless, he was tempted to hope that perhaps little Lapis had been able to board a ship and who knew of the dangers she would face yet? After carefully analyzing the most logical course of action, a somewhat surprising move for the usually rash magician, he decided where they would pursue first.

He stared at Val for a fleeting moment, scrutinizing for any signs of betrayal on the others mind. His impatience did not allow him to take long. He wavered, trying to decide whether to give into his short patience or allow his suspicion and paranoia to control his actions. Ultimately, he succumbed into his impatience and worry. A nagging feeling told him he was being foolish to trust a man he knew so little about but he was also desperate for help and he knew time was of essence. There was little time to dilly around. He could not afford the luxury of being suspicious. If he wanted to intercept the slave traders he'd need to be speedy. They would probably not stay in the same place for long and who knew how long it would take to reach them. Speaking of which, how did Val know where their hideout was?

"We should go after the slave traders first," Ariel answered venomously, his hatred for the word 'slave' clear.

OOC: I gained some unexpected inspiration to start writing again! Yay!


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