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26 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 09/09/17, 01:04 am

Lagi

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Lagi never really understood why people needed to announce their presence whenever they went anywhere. In a sense it kind of felt like Lagi was apart of some sort of diversion team, being as loud as they could and making as much noise as they could in order to keep the attention on themselves. However, it could just be the culture of tactics in general, it was still a war that they were fighting.

"Well, not really my war, but still..."


He had a job to do, and it wasn't the job of being a mercenary. The Rukh compass brought Lagi here, and it could be many reasons as to why. He didn't have to follow it, but when he did, Lagi could only guess what sort of desire he held within his heart that even he didn't realize.

Walking through the shallow river, water would splash around his legs as Lagi followed behind the head of the current leadership. Crawling deeper only put Lagi on edge a bit, not knowing what sort of guerilla tactics that the other army would throw at them. However, when it came to animals, Lagi was pretty sure that he could handle himself quite well.

As a matter of fact, Lagi might even be one of the few that wasn't even caught by surprise when he looked ahead towards the vines, but that was only because of his famed career of being a beast master. He could easily recognize that it was a beast of some sort, their breaking point was apparent in the eyes of the El Nagi. Lagi even knew what they were generally capable of, leaving him to easily make a quick judgment call duck out of the way of the creatures at A rank speeds.

Reaching behind for his duality scythe, every dodge was followed up by the decapitation of the reptilian creatures at A rank speeds with B rank strength, clearing somewhat of a path for those who went around his way.

"Well, that was interesting."

With Lagi now leading the head of the formation, it was apparent that there was much more to offer in this forest than Lagi originally thought.

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Related Class: Beast Tamer
Profession Title: Beast Master
Description: A Beast Master has trained throughout their life in the ways of gaining dominance over all manner of beasts. Though styles vary, from Beast Master to Beast Master, the first of the two primary styles is breaking a beast's will down, until it is domesticated and obedient. The second of which is to earn the beast's respect through mutual gain. In either case, beasts tamed by the Beast Master are extremely loyal to that Beast Master whether it be out of fear or love.
Profession Perks:

Breaking Point: Having grown up around Beast Tamers and their beasts, Lagi has had extensive experience in Beast Taming. Having seen the breaking point of so many beasts, with that being the El Nagi clan's preferred method of taming, Lagi is able to determine where and how to bring a beast to its Breaking Point in order to gain dominance over it with fear (Lagi is unable to gain Dominance over another Dominance user's beast, but he is able to determine how much more punishment it could take from a fight).

Trait Name: Exceptional Strength
Trait Tier: B
Trait Requirement: Must be Human or a Magician with a secondary combat class.
Trait Description: Through extensive training, the character has exceeded the traditional limits of strength for their race.
Trait Effect: The character can now perform feats just as breaking down walls and large stone structures with their bare hands and deal B-tier damage with their physical strength alone. This level is equal to a C-tier fanalis.


Trait Name: Perfect Balance
Trait Tier: C
Trait Requirement: Must have a Physical Combat Class
Trait Description: Being nimble and flexible are valuable traits, but they aren't very useful without the balance to use them properly. The character with this trait is very in tune with their sense of balance allowing them to almost always land on their feet, perform advanced acrobatics, and balance on even the smallest of footholds.
Trait Effect: Can perform advanced flips and other acrobatics without the use of abilities. Can balance on almost any footing/surface.

Trait Name: Exceptional Speed
Trait Tier: A
Trait Requirement: Must be Human or a Magician with a secondary combat class.
Trait Description: Through excessive training, the character has reached a level of speed that exceeds the average human.
Trait Effect: The character can now move like a blur across short distances and move fast enough to run along walls. They can maintain this speed for hours. At this level they are equal to a B-tier fanalis in speed.


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27 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 09/09/17, 06:00 pm

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Vardreth began to hear reports from the front lines advising of difficulties in all field missions. The speed of these reports were almost as fast as it would have taken for the troops to even get in position. One of the intelligence providers began advising of the status of the ambushers. "Sir, our forces set up to ambush were caught just after they all got in place. The rain made vision of the distance poor, and there was a strange swarm of mosquitoes that were moving. At first the soldiers thought it was a group of bugs migrating, but it was soon discovered that they were a smoke screen for a group of magicians who used the time to cave the overhangs in on the stationed troops."

Vardreth narrowed his eyes at the report. "Casualties?" As he spoke, his hand made a signal. Benai appeared, seemingly walking out from within the shadows. Vardreth held his hand, palm up, and Benai responded by hovering his hand palm down. Slowly, Vardreth began giving orders out to the high ranking assassin. Order all stealth units to slay any beast that isn't accounted for. No beasts are allowed within eyesight of command. He recalled the talking cat that stood by Adrastos' side, and with the report of the enemy using bugs Vardreth assumed they must have beast tamers on their side.

Even as Vardreth was giving secret orders out to Benai, the soldier continued to report. "Yes, sir! Twenty soldiers dead, fifty wounded to varying extents. Of those fifty, thirty five are still capable of combat. The remaining thirty soldiers are providing cover fire while the wounded retreat back to command. The band still outnumbers the task force sent to foil the ambush." Just as the soldier finished reporting, he became startled as he noticed that at some point Benai had disappeared.

Vardreth nodded, recalling the information sent by another intelligence personnel. "We are switching our orders to battle drums." This would limit the complexity of the orders they could give, but Vardreth didn't want to overlook the possibility of spies.  The drums were made to send out a specific sound; the enemy would be unable to reproduce the same drums in a short amount of time, and even if they were they would need to decode what specific beats meant what kind of orders.

With that being said, he would have to deal with the traps regardless of switching to a more covert order system. "Have our soldiers be more careful when handling the traps. Regroup and work in units of nine. Each unit should keep a buddy system of 3 people working within a meter of each other, and the 3 groups keeping ten meters between each other. One ranged with a melee weapon to switch to if need be, one melee warrior with a shield and one who is equipped to deal with the traps. If anything new crops up, the officers on site should react to the best of their ability."

Vardreth called Zeriken over as well, providing orders to him just as he did Benai. Join the soldiers taking out the traps and provide support. If you can find the enemy magicians, take them out.

Vardreth didn't send additional support to the ambush forces returning from their spot. Instead, he stared at the map and decided on what kind of changes he wanted to make to the plan. He knew that the traps would be under control. So far the losses were acceptable, however the enemy forces catching him off guard frustrated him.

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There was a misunderstanding in size of troops in the previous post, so it had to be worked out behind the scenes. We'll consider 100 of Vardreth's troops left to ambush, while 100 left to check traps and 96 were busy setting up other plans. Vardreth's recruitment was approximately 2k soldiers back in a previous thread, in addition to the 100 he has with him. We still haven't worked out exactly how much space there is for soldiers to move through, so I'm unsure at this time how many are feasibly with me at this time. I was advised the main way into the ravine/swamp/cavern area is as wide as a football field.

Benai and Zeriken are both A-Tier, with Zeriken being A-Tier Magician and B-Tier Warrior and Benai being A-Tier Assassin and B-Tier warrior. Zeriken's magic types are as follows: Heat, Water, Light, Lightning, Strength, Life.


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28 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 13/09/17, 12:20 am



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NOIR ECRYOLA ||| MERRZE ||| LAGI




The haggard woman took the kind magician’s words to heart. What kindness this woman showed. And for who? A harlot, a peasant woman forced to do unspeakable acts for men so that they could feel “empowered” for their battle. Fu clutched her body in shame. It was only this life she’s known. It was only this life that she’s ever felt worthy of having. Yet, the raven-haired magician gave her purpose, in her own way, that made her believe she was capable of doing something greater.

“Miss…” Fu began, turning to the magician. She would stop her sentence, as Noir began to speak to her. She felt it rude to interrupt, despite her having important information, but responded to her anyways. The words Noir spoke...she could relate. She was a slave as well! How lucky! “Lucky.” It was more she finally found a soul she could talk to...someone who would have empathy for her circumstances. “I am too far gone to have freedom, kind magician. This...this is where I receive penitence. My, um, my brother was but a boy...he was so very special. A truly perfect human being...he died several years ago. In this very house...as will I…” The words barely left Fu’s lips before she was struck with a solid shard of ice, piercing her heart. The life flickered from her eyes as she fell to the ground beside Noir. It was brief, but as she fell she mouthed an “I’m sorry” to the raven-haired magician, her lifeless body slowly beginning to rot there on the earthen floor.

“Beautiful script, no? I thought it was some of my best work! I had so very much wanted to disguise myself as a peasant slut to trick you, but the real thing was so much sweeter...” A thick, sultry voice quipped from the the direction of the house. In but an instant, the village itself disappeared, leaving only the same environment as the swampy forest Noir came from surrounding her. The woman’s stride gripped the ground, leaving a menacing burn into the earthen floor as she walked toward the raven-haired magician. Her entire presence was the face of intimidation. “Yaku, sweetie. Be a dear and say hello to our guest…”




It didn't take long for every soldier to finish doing what they needed to do before they would begin to get in their formations if they were to go into this next battle. They followed the strategy that was given to them from their commanders with the utmost precision, it being a positive example towards the excellent training their commanders their individual commanders have given them this boosting the morale of some of the soldiers and definitely the commanders such as Baozhai. Whom was soon sitting tall atop her powerful, and someone  that was somewhat befitting of her personality of a sweet cute girl, a carnivorous, clever raptor. She raised her cavalier banner high into the sky as she let out her own cry to her soldiers.This entire moment of them all preparing to go to battle would raise the morale of their forces and give faith that they would be fine in the upcoming skirmish.

As they began to move out of the make shift camp and into their won units for the up coming attack, so they would preform the strategy as planned, and with the ability to adapt the maneuver depending on the situation that would be coming should they have planned correctly. Baozhai was leading her group of her forces while atop her raptor, still not brandishing a weapon, it still left an air of curiosity of how she planned on attacking while leading her portion of the charge, but who knew if she herself even planned on attacking in any sort of way, it truly was a random mystery of the battle field. As the soldiers marched and moved from their makeshift camp towards their destination of attack  they would talk among themselves, to distract themselves from the maddening sounds of them walking in order towards a dangerous and unpredictable enemy that had some unknown factors that they had no idea would affect the upcoming charge and eventual invasion of the fortress. It was soon that they began to notice that they were close to their destination and where they would begin to charge and surprise attack them, split their forces apart, and destroy them before tackling the issue of getting whatever was inside of the base and fighting whatever possible auxiliary forces that could be waiting inside the military structure. It was at this period of though among the forces that the sudden strategy of the enemy forces began to play out.

As the commanders marched their forces and prepared to begin the charge so they could take out the enemy force that was in sight, it was as predicated a defensive force, an infantry force, cavalry force, and a guy who was standing among large cannons and a few other mysterious tools, he seemed to be holding something in his hands as he was defending the fortress. The Lioness and Bhaozhai's forces would soon notices something coming from above, shots already fired by the cannon. The biggest and heart-racing fact being the ammunition was their forces, ambushing them from above. Soon enough before they could charge on the enemy forces they were rained down upon by cavaliers riding dire pangolins. They held pikes jabbing and attacking the forces with their weapons and beasts. As their forces were disrupted by the small regiment of pangolin cavaliers that from the forces they planned to charge on, the defensive and spear force while the main cavalry force, and infantry was protecting the fortress while the commander in the distance seemed to be preparing something for the upcoming battle once the Lioness would deal with the advance force that the mysterious commander had sent forward apparently

The attack on their forces had been sudden, it would be easy for one to wonder how the enemy forces had seen them coming like this, and being able to attack them with an aerial ambush so precisely. The most common thought that could be seen would be scouting, or the work of some magic tool. Hopefully the two commanders would be prepared. Bhaozhai being surprised, her beast bongo eating one of the enemy lancers before she moved over towards the lioness for some quick strategy with her ally. "Ay I think they sent these forces to dwindle down our forces a bit, they disrupted our strategy a bit, but what do you wanna do?"




The snake’s jaws pried open with a threatening hiss, hunger and wrath flashing in its sunken, black eyes. But, with a slash of Lagi’s blade, the threat became no more. The serpent’s decapitated head was sent flying as its body was cleaved in two by the swift Beast Tamer. Its face would forever contain its angry expression as it hit the water with a large splash. As its lower half of the body dangled from the overhead branch, its upper half bobbed in the water before disappearing beneath the murky waters.

Lagi managed to escape the rather simple trap with no wounds, but some of his fellow soldiers weren’t as lucky. But, they had a job to finish, and with an order from Commander Xu, they continued with their march. The Beast Tamer would find himself in the most dangerous position as they walked. He was the “head” of the formation with the rest of his squad members. They were the most likeliest to trip any of the traps laid before them by Gao’s soldiers, but any sacrifices they made would keep the respectable commander alive for the upcoming battle.

As they delved deeper into the ravine, Lagi’s troop would find itself at the head of the troops by a couple paces. “Hey! You, wanna take a rest?” One of the soldiers would ask Lagi, stopping in the waters as he wiped his brow with the back of his hand. Another paused, glancing at the speaker before his attention landed on the tattooed man with an asking gaze. It wasn’t too bad of a place to take a breather, and who knew when they would get a chance like this.  While the swamp-like terrain was beginning to grow denser, there were natural ledges. They sat above the water, and it a couple were just big enough to sit on and hold his feet above the water. Some of the ledges were even shielded by the roots of trees that had grown over or through the earthen walls that surrounded them. Small objects left behind by Gao’s men floated on the shallow waters, and none of the vines seemed to hold any dangerous predators. There was no real urgency to their movement, seeing that even Commander Xu’s battalion would require a couple of minutes to catch up to them.

What they had with the snakes were a small sampling of what was to come before them, and the men who looked towards Lagi took this chance as a safe opportunity to prepare themselves mentally before they stepped into the true dangers of the ravine. It was true that they wanted to pause, but they had a sense about Lagi. The tattoos and the way he wielded Duality spoke of something beneath it to them, and it seemed like a good idea to the majority squad to respect Lagi’s decisions.



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29 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 13/09/17, 12:21 am



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ZADI ||| VARDRETH




Commander Liqin was a bit surprised for a bit after the words of the blonde commander's plan had sunk in and he had began to think about everything he just told him, and where he had just come from. After standing there for a moment he just shrugged and looked at him once again with a serious demeanor. "Well from what we saw while we were scouting their forces seem to be separated into three main groups." He said drawing lines in the air for a minute before thinking once again. "They were coming towards the fortress, but each smaller group taking their own path through the swamp." He said simply as he finished giving his report of what they had saw when they were out earlier. He stood there for a moment after finishing his report to let the commander take in everything he had just said, hoping that the commander's plan would work. As Liqin thought it over he shifted his wondering eyes looking around the base, and the environment thinking about everything that seemed to have happened to be the base and how the hiding actually looked from the outside. He idly nodded to himself thinking that it seemed to be a pretty decent job at trying to hide from the enemies.

By now all the soldiers were completely hidden in different spots throughout the camp, some were in the walls trying to stay quiet and standing tall with their weapons ready for whenever they would attack. While others hid behind objects trying to obscure themselves from as many places of vision as possible. It was quiet for sure and the people made sure not to move a bit. As from the viewpoint and mindset of the soldiers their lives and defense of this point relied on if this plan of hiding inside their own base and ambushing once they came to invade them and their base.

After the scout commander was done letting the blonde commander think to himself for a moment he began to shift his position, his calm and thoughtful demeanor unwavering as he let out a soft sigh and began to move forward a bit of himself."Well when they come to attack our base I will fight alongside you, after all I'd like to think that I'm pretty tough myself." He said with a light chuckle as he began to move and jumped up to the top of a building in the fort, hiding behind a chimney on the top of it. The placid silence that sat on the fort didn't last long however.  Soon enough a whistling sound could be heard in the air, and soon it became multiple whistling sounds, and then a flash, and then two, and then it was hard to count. It was a rain of what seemed to be fire, but as it hit the walls of the fort, and where the fire had damaged the fort, and the inside of the fort where people were hiding began to get hit with the sudden and devastating artillery that was firing down upon them. This time however the soldiers were quick to act due to them being wary and ready for when soldiers would attack their base. They quickly watched where the shots were falling and began to set up fortifications.

However the raining shots were still causing damage, and soon enough the walls began to crumble, and other buildings in the fort became damaged. A decent portion of the men and women in the base were a bit injured from the first round of artillery that had rained down atop them. In this chaos it wasn't until the enemy had began their siege had the situation unfolded. As the walls were fire damage had been earlier there were large gaps, or entire sections of the wall missing, and soon from three sides enemy fighters began to pour in. From atop the battlefield was awash with soldiers attacking on three sides, and a large swamp fire blocking the other. Plus there was still the threat of the artillery outside, the battle had began and the forces began to clash in and on the walls of the fort.




The mysterious hooded figure and the two men continued to watch until the feed cut off, but not before hearing the last there was to be heard. The woman the click her tongue against the roof of her mouth. “Gao’s men are barbarians to the core. Even if he’s just hired help, the young boy is a mirror image of the resurrected Gao Yuan Zu,” she said with a sneer slapped on the recently awakened former Emperor of Kou. As if the very name were poison on the tip of her tongue, she spat on the ground and crossed her arms. “No respect for any life, even that of animals… Despicable.” The fact that Vardreth’s men would slaughter animals, even if some weren’t under the control of beast tamers, showed that despite the youth of the mercenary commander, he was a cold-hearted soul with a black heart.

“We have no choice now,” the bald warrior grunted, his hand reaching back to the giant axe he wielded. “We have to fight head on. Take out the leaders overseeing each group.” The woman held up a hand, halting the eager warrior. “Patience. We must be careful now that we’ve lost our eyes and ears within their territory. The beats of drums will certainly be difficult, if not impossible, to decipher from the outside.” She sighed, a slender hand reaching up to her face shrouded under the hood as if to rub the bridge of her nose. “Perhaps we used the beasts too soon. We’ve lost our ability of surprise, but at least we managed to deal a small blow without losing too many casualties thus far. That can change however…”

The woman paced with her hands folded together behind her back. “We’ll send three forces: one shall go to the ambush site, the other the trap site, and finally their command post. Obviously, the battalion heading to their camp will be the largest due to our enemy having a heavier concentration of troops there. Kwan Yi!”

A young girl about nineteen years of age with wild, bright pink hair tied back into a ponytail bounded over. A tattoo covered her exposed right shoulder while a splendid, silk robe with floral patterns covered her left body, her breasts bound in bandages, though whether or not they covered wounds or were just used as a fashion device was unclear. A katana hung on her back, beneath a cape that draped down from her right shoulder.  “Yes, madam!” Kwan Yi chimed, her voice like tinkling bells. “You will head toward the location where the mercenaries are working on the traps.” The cloaked woman turned to the men. “Yazhu Zeng, you will head toward the ambush site with about sixty or so men while your brother, Yazhu Cheng, heads toward their camp. Expect heavy resistance in all locations and possible reinforcements. We must win this land for Emperor Yoshiro.”

The three nodded and then departed their separate ways, leaving the cloaked figure alone to pace more, worried about the outcome of this risky move.

Back in Gao Yuan Zu’s camp, General Chao paced impatiently. Unaccustomed to not fighting on the frontlines, he found his position to be boring, even more so since Vardreth decided to place his two thousand soldiers in a camp that only had provisions for about half that many to last a month or two. If General Chou did not do something soon, he was on the brink of snapping, but he planted his feet firm, still glaring at the map as the chaos outside ensued. The frequent twitch on his eyebrows, however, suggested the internal struggle the bloodthirsty general was going through would not be an easy battle to overcome, especially just by standing in his tent.

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Kwan Yi, a fanalis A-Tier Warrior and B-Tier Assassin, is heading to Benai with about thirty Fanalis troops.
Kwan Yi:

Yazhu Zeng, a human A-Tier Body Manipulator and B-Tier Warrior, is heading toward Zeriken  with about sixty troops.
Yazhu Zeng:

Yazhu Cheng, a human A-Tier Warrior and B-Tier Body Manipulator, is heading toward Vardreth at the command center.
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30 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 13/09/17, 02:49 am

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Lagi continued to walk and looked on back to see that some of the men were starting to take a rest. Being called out about the probable option of resting a bit before continuing, Lagi would shake his head. "We don't rest, at least not here. We are the main scouts, getting rid of any and all obstacles, as well as looking for more secure places to rest easy. There should be a cave pathway that has purified river water or anything of the sort that could be a better place to rest than being out in the open. If such a place exists, id rather the element of surprise by finding such a place first than waste time and wait around. "

Of course, being one of the fingers of the dark hand, Lagi had the swagger of a crime boss or something of the sort to him. The word "no" wasn't usually uttered towards his direction, and whenever it did, he would have to resort to other means in order to get his way. Hopefully, these people would listen to him and continue forward.

"I don't mind splitting the group up. Those who feel like they aren't up to the task of keeping up with me, you are welcome to stay here until commander Xu shows up. Securing this area comes with the risk of an ambush, no matter how safe it seems. Be willing to risk it all on a five-minute nap if you want, but I'm going to keep moving.
" Lagi would then continue on the path ahead, not caring on whether they followed or not.


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31 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 14/09/17, 11:35 pm

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The man waded through the water, panting, his face flushed. By now he knew he was far enough away from the enemy. The wet clothing on his body, the feel of water sloshing inside his footwear. The irritating feeling of mosquitoes constantly flying around. These were all thrown aside.

Jimo Lung, private in the Fang Mercenaries, auxiliary force; intelligence personnel. Jimo Lung took out a whistle, blowing upon it. A sound rung out in the area as a codded message was sent through the sound. Three minutes after, Jimo Lung heard the affirmation of his message. The tunnels, overhangs and passageways made it difficult to determine the origination of these sounds, however the frequency and relay of the sound itself matched the code the mercenaries used. This wasn't something the newly hired mercenaries in their group could perform, marking Jimo Lung as a core member of Fang Vardreth's elite forces.

Jimo Lung sat back down, recalling the sight of the bald-headed man leading a group of soldiers to Vardreth's camp. Knowing his work was done, Jimo Lung slinked off, hiding in a spot far from where his message was initially relayed. If luck had anything to say, Jimo Lung wouldn't have to worry about encountering another force while he kept his eyes open...




The sounds of drums struck. It was hell in these swamps, and the enemy wasn't much better than a group of devils. The soldiers cursed under their breath even as they trudged forward, their words a mixture of fear and anger. Many had friends who just died moments ago, and others had friends who were severely wounded. Regardless, they all continued their retreat. Many swore at the cowardice of using magicians, ignoring the fact of their own ambush. Some swore at their commander, the man who ordered them out here in the first place.

There was a piercing sound that cut through the noise of the drums, almost like a whistle, yet these whistles meant nothing to the soldiers. A rumbling sound occurred, and all the soldiers fearfully looked up. "To the right! Shields up! Double time!" The soldiers quickly moved, brought their shields up and angled them to the side. This was now a practiced motion - what was normally used to defend against arrows was now being used to defend against the avalanches caused by the enemy magicians. The only thing that kept them going was the sound of the drums, telling them to retreat, telling them reinforcements were on the way.

Not everyone was strong enough. Not everyone could hold up under the continued barrage of earthen attacks. Ten more died, eight of which weren't wounded from previous exchanges. The Magicians and Beast Tamers did not dare to peek out of cover, aside from momentarily checking on the status of the soldiers. After the first time they had done so, the soldiers had taught them a lesson which resulted in casualties of their own. Even so, this only lessened the pressure they were under.

Sima Min, a young woman with nowhere else to go, had joined this mercenary group some time ago. A child who had escaped trafficking, there wasn't much she could do to survive. Nobody she knew to guide her. Joining a band of mercenaries was just about as good as anything else she could get, at that point in her life... Yet this battle frightened her - she never expected war to be like this. The cruelty of war began to sink in, mixing with the life she had lived up until now. One's self was not inherently evil, cruel or unforgiving. Oftentimes it took an environment, a series of events, a lifetime of experiences that taught one how to act.

Sima Min knew full well that to survive, she had to put herself first. Her strength, her status - all of these things needed to improve. I must get through this... Garner achievements... And obtain promotions. Her eyes held a steely glint as the group continued forging forward. An open area was up ahead, granting the soldiers a respite - this was one of the locations the enemy was originally going to be funneled from, into their ambush site, before everything went up in earth. Sima Min and the rest of the soldiers made their way to the center of this open area.

There were some trees without leaves here and there, but it would be much more difficult for a group of magicians and beast tamers to hide within this area. The water was waist deep, making for an uncomfortable trek. Immediately those who were too wounded to battle were gathered up in the center, which also had the highest ground. There, the water was only knee-deep. Some of the slightly wounded soldiers began providing more serious care where they could, but this battlefield care would only be so effective. It would help them survive until they got back to the base, but from there it would be up to their own force of magicians and alchemists to handle the wounds. They were unaware that soon a deadly task force would be upon them. Yet, if that task force arrived, they would be greeted by the sound of drums...




Vardreth's headquarters had already moved, using the tunnel systems as cover. During this time, Vardreth was made aware of the logistics of their fortifications, and the size constraints. He quickly wrote new orders to his officers, advising a majority of them to protect and secure a supply chain, with another three hundred of them to build a fortification deeper into the ravine and to the side.

It wasn't log after that they heard the whistling in the air. Vardreth's eyebrows rose, a smile flickering across his face. "It looks like they've made a move. Let's rouse a few soldiers of our own!" The fortifications he had earlier ordered wasn't truly something that could be done in an hour or two, but if this battle were to last for a few days they would be well protected in that area. Setting up fortified scout posts would keep the issue of the ambush earlier from happening again. Once more, no animals that were within their ability to kill would be spared. The supply group would take the carcasses out of the swamp area and begin smoking the meats into jerkies, which they would then bring back for the soldiers to use as rations. It was a long-term setup that was planned, though Vardreth knew it may not have been necessary.

Keeping in mind the commander of Gao Yuan Zu's forces, who was itching to move out and fight, Vardreth made his way out of his command post and towards General Chao. Arriving outside of General Chao's place, Vardreth spoke loud enough for the General to hear him. "The enemy is approaching. Traps are being removed, however if you want to fight now and work your way to them then you can join me as I go to meet their forces!" Vardreth's offer was, in part, to release some of the pressure on his own troops and share the burden with General Chao. The other part, however, was to have this hot-headed commander in a place he could watch. Vardreth did not want such a man to be at his back, where he could suddenly find himself pinched and unable to retreat if need arose.

Regardless of General Chao's response, Vardreth would gather the soldiers necessary to meet his enemies. Thirty, if General Chao decided to join. Sixty, if General Chao decided to stay behind...




Cao Biming was known for his dexterous ability. In truth, he wished to be an engineer. His talents were seen early on, his ability to learn the ins and outs of military equipment such as trebuchets, crossbows, ballista and the like marked him as a candidate for training in this aspect. Unfortunately there was never enough time. Regular drills still took precedent, and the military campaign to this point had not lasted long.

Cao Biming's talent soon became his curse. Knowing he was skilled, he was immediately elected as one of the individuals who would go out and take apart traps on the frontlines. He could only curse himself; a tall tree catches much wind. Luckily his group didn't make it to the frontlines until the second batch of orders came through. They rearranged themselves, and he quickly became well protected by two of his contemporaries. None of the groups of three were too close to each other, nor were they too far. The enemy magicians would need to spend much more effort in taking them out.

Cao Biming's group came across a trap, and the young soldier began working his way through it. He carefully traced its route, finding each interweaving connection. It wasn't impossible for any soldier to do this - even with magic, the intracy of a trap could only be so much with the amount of time given to set it up. The problem was how much time it took. Of those out there, Cao Biming's time could be considered fairly fast. It was at his third successful trap disarming that one of the nearby guards protecting him let out a shout. The shout was interrupted, and a gurgling was heard. Cao Biming looked up in shock only to see that soldier with an arrow through his throat. Terrified, Cao Biming looked to where that arrow came from. "Shit!" With just himself and the other shielded soldier in the near vicinity, Cao Biming knew that they were done for. Three magicians, two archers and two soldiers. One of the magicians raised their staff, a ball of cold-blue energy whizzing towards their location. Cao Biming wanted to duck, but he quickly realized the trajectory; the water itself!

Knowing there was no place to dodge, Cao Biming grit his teeth and closed his eyes. The feeling of cold ice encasing his legs suffused him. He then heard the 'twang' from an archer's crossbow and opened his eyes, regretting not having done so earlier. The bolt had just left the man's crossbow, aiming straight at Cao Biming. It was as if time stopped for the young military engineer. Death was staring him down the sight of a crossbow.

Suddenly a dense feeling filled the air. His throat tightened. The swamp area seemed stuffy and humid. There was a surreal sound of a sword exiting its sheath from behind him as the bolt moved forward. The bolt was almost at his eyes, yet a blade came down from behind his shoulder and to his right, bisecting the bolt in twain. A red ball of energy lay at the tip of that blade, with what seemed to be electricity crackling upon its exterior.

"Aberrant Magic: Gaia's Ruin! Life gives birth to wood. Wood supplements fire. Wind provides oxygen. Lightning infuses destruction. Strength compresses this energy, building pressure." A red-headed man had arrived at the front lines, just in time to provide support. A small, insignificant ball of magic flew forward at incredible speed to the grouped up enemies. This spell moved much faster than the bolt from before, arriving to the group before he even finished saying 'wood' the first time. In the end, it seemed his words were more of an explanation of the spell, rather than a component of the words he had to speak to the Rukh.

The devastation was what one could expect from aberrant magic. When the orb arrived at the group it imploded, the pressure having reached a critical level. The implosion created a fifteen meter diameter space of nothingness, destroying all life in the area. Nothing was safe from the attack. The water evaporated, the earth disintegrated, and those who were once living were now with the departed, not even an intact corpse to prove they, too, were once counted among the living.

Sharp whistles resounded throughout the air, soon followed by the sound of drums. Cao Biming stared at the red-headed man in a daze, even as the red headed man furrowed his brows with a look off in the distance. "S-sir... Thank you! For saving my life!" Clasping his hands in salute, he broke the man out of his reverie.

The newcomer was  not much older than Cao Biming, but Cao Biming definitely recognized who this individual was. The spellsword, Zeriken! "Don't worry about it... You heard the drums, too, right?" Not waiting for the answer, Zeriken pointed his blade towards one of the walls. "Wall of Flame!" As he spoke, he flipped his blade upward. A lash of flames swiftly left, burning deeply into the dirt above the water line. It was a line of demarcation, showing the shallowest location of where the trap-finding had been finished. Some groups were deeper than others, and it wouldn't do to run into traps at the early stages where others hadn't finished yet. "Everyone! You heard the drums! Retreat, regroup!" He was unsure why the order was given, only that they were to enter into a battle formation. Logically, it meant enemy forces would soon be encountered.

Zeriken was not a military commander. He had fought in wars before, under the guidance of Fang Mu, however his primary forte was in being singularly powerful. Fang Mu's credence was as such; to survive on your power alone. To destroy that which hinders your way. Zeriken was never capable of learning Fang Mu's full arts, having been born a magician, but the old man's style was ingrained within his very soul.

Zeriken was not intending to command them, leaving that job up to the ranking officer in the area. Instead, he was planning on dealing as much damage as possible. Surviving alone, if need be.

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Vardreth -
Magoi: 390/390
Stamina: 350/440

Zeriken used an A-Tier Aberrant Magic spell which incorporated life, wind, fire, lightning and strength.  He had been watching from an invisibility spell of his own, which was released when he attacked.


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32 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 15/09/17, 02:13 pm

‘Freedom…’ Noir thought to herself as Fu mentioned about it, reminding herself that everything she did in the past was all for her freedom. She wanted to be free, unchained by anyone, not restricted by anything. Although her freedom had cost her some things…sometime she regret it but forced herself to enjoy the freedom that she earned from her hard work and sacrifice. Fu said that she was too far gone from freedom though, making the black haired magician tilted her head, wondering why one would say that and assumed it was hopelessness that made her think like that. Well, she was almost in the same situation before although she conquered it.

When Fu mentioned that her brother already died several years ago… Noir stopped herself from walking and started to think. She wondered if Fu was talking about another brother…. Or if that dead brother was truly the brother she mentioned from the beginning, the one she begged her to save, if it was the latter than this girl was not telling the truth... Which part of her words that were true after all… But before Noir could ask, she could feel the rukh sparks from behind Fu, but the speed of the spell was too fast and there was no way that Noir could parry it. A solid shard of ice pierced the girl’s heart, strangely ended her life as she said her last apology before her body rot as if she didn’t have soul since the beginning…a living dead.  

However Noir could feel it, the owner of the rukh… a pitch black one. Haku felt that Noir became tense and started to growl as well, knowing that they now have an enemy showing up but would stay defensive beside Noir as he waited for her command. A sultry voice appeared and suddenly everything around Noir, the building, the village… all of them was gone, disappeared in a thin air. A blood began to flow to the magician’s head, not because she was upset for Fu’s death, but more because of her incapability to even notice that this was all just an illusion. “….It seem fate is letting us to meet once again…” Noir spit a cursed word in a sarcastic way, knowing how much hatred that the former noblewoman had with ‘fate’.

There was no single tears, no devastation in Noir’s face as if Fu’s death didn’t mean anything for her. Part of it was true, upon realizing that Fu was none other than a puppet made by Lady Shousui, there was no empathy, no sadness of even anger inside her about Fu at all. One thing that made the black haired girl wondered was only the story of Fu life as that other kind of slave and how she felt about her brother. However Noir recalled when the former noblewoman said about it being a beautiful script, praising herself for the illusion that she made and it made the golden eyed girl sighed, pitying the bad script.


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33 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 15/09/17, 06:18 pm

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The information gained from scouting out the incoming enemy might have helped a little if the enemy wasn't so close already. A three prong strike by the sound of the split groups. Perhaps the two fires created earlier weren't meant to burn down the barracks and the armory, but instead used to create weak points in the fortress. However, almost no time was allotted to Zadi to reform any sort of counterattack against a three prong strike because the enemy was right at the blonde commander's doorstep! With how ruthless the artillery was bashing against the fortress, the hiding soldiers had no choice but to come out of hiding too soon. If they had stayed in hiding, then perhaps this three prong strike wouldn't be such a big deal.

"What a surprise, something else went wrong...what a fuckin' surprise. Not only did the enemy attack sooner than expected, but my troops didn't stay hidden like I asked them to so there's no point in even saying the key word!"

The formerly hidden troops would now attempt to attack their invaders, Yoshiro's army, in order to survive in this cruel joke of a war; problem after problem faced Zadi with no light in sight. The ever darkening tunnel of disasters was become cruelly endless; a fortress stupidly situated in a deep swamp, two fires destroying the barracks and armory, another fire which only seems to work one way, the enemy arriving with an immediate attack, and finally the blonde commander's troops did not stay hidden for an ambush against a three prong siege. All the blonde commander could do now was smash open the nearby crate containing all of his equipment and yell, "In case you didn't hear me or the artillery fire, SURPRISE!"


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34 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 15/09/17, 11:28 pm

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The fanalis would react quickly, giving out a command with her powerful voice. "Gather round them, circle around to restrict their movement . If we can surround them then we can get an advantage." She would lead the forces, making sure that they were able to gather around and prepare. She would stand with a strong posture and dominating presence. She would then face the lieutenant, preparing to give out her plans. They may have been surprised but they could use this to their advantage. "We need to use this chance to pierce their forces. Have the cavalry surround and choke out their forces. You and I can penetrate their forces and aim for their commanding officers. If we can cleave through their forces and get their commanding officers we can divert their attention and forces to increase chance of overall victory."

The white haired woman would stand amidst the forces. Maintaining order the warrior would direct the group to start surrounding and pushing ahead. She was walk in front of the forces waiting for Bhaozhai to join her. The fanalis would need the other female to be ready before it would be time to strike. With a heavy sigh she would keep steadfast. The big battle was going to be brought to life Combat was calling, the storm would rage on. It was time to show the world what she was capable off. It would be her first massive battle in a longtime, since she had claimed her djinn. She was nervous to show off her new strength. Yet it was her time to put this dog down for good.


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35 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 20/09/17, 11:29 pm



Y  O  S  H  I  R  O
NOIR ||| MERRZE ||| LAGI




The good lady’s lips pursed as she heard the raven-haired magician utter the word “fate.” What cruelty to utter such a disgusting word. She walked closer to her guest, bringing with her death and decay in the ground as she conflated her importance. There was no denying the Lady Soushui possessed great magical strength--she was one of Kou’s most prized possessions, after all. Her hands moved up from her side onto her hips, clearly trying to accentuate certain areas of her body. Whether it was to seduce, or perhaps a feminine display of dominance, she stood in front of the raven-haired magician with the intention of intimidating this woman.

“Fate has nothing to do with it, girl. This is merely tying up loose ends…” She spat, circling the maiden before her. “I pity you, you know...so fair, so innocent, so disgustingly pure...men cloying to get in your good favor. Ugh, even “the good emperor” finds you fascinating...and yet, here I stand, a simple servant to this country.” The good lady fumed with jealous rage--her hand gripping her wand so tightly that her knuckles had no blood coursing through them. Whatever vendetta the mysterious woman had with Noir, it would end here, for better or worse. It seemed a fight was inevitable, but there was never anything straightforward about this woman. She wouldn’t submit herself to possible defeat if not for a good reason.

“Girl. Let’s strike a deal…” She whispered, having stopped circling her prey and instead whisked around behind her, her lips almost gently touching the magician’s ear. “Show me what you’re made of. If you can beat me, I’ll give you what you want. Whatever you want…”

If nothing else, this woman was a temptress, and a professional one at that. Her movements, the way she spoke, even the cadence of her voice-they were all reminiscent of an electric personality, unable to look away. Should Noir decide to take the woman up on this deal, there would surely be immense rewards, but to do battle with this woman...a dangerous feat indeed.




As the soldiers did their best to follow the lioness' command and take advantage on the ambush on them. They would struggle at first to surround the pangolins and get to the cavaliers that were on top of them. They would push into their trained formations, though albeit a bit roughly, and a bit improvised in some aspects. They weren't able to kill them all, but they were able to get these forces into a stalemate position so that way the other forces would be able to follow their orders and follow along with the upcoming plan. A few of the soldiers were a bit hesitant wondering if they would be able to pull of such an aggressive invasion and siege on their forces even though they had also just suffered from an ambush which had done a bit of damages to their forces. Not to mention the fact that they still had a few platoons to push through and then the commanders who were decently tough, it seemed there was two weaker ones, and then one other who seemed to be of incredible renown in Gao's Army, at least that is the rumor going around, no one knew the truth, at least until you fought him. Though the other two commanders weren't something to scoff at, they were all commanders who were prepared to fight and protect their post. Who knew how the battle would go once they met, and would exchange a conversation through blows, and clashing.

After a few moments though the soldiers would shift into their next position so that they would be able to continue their plans with the charge and split through the forces. They were a bit nervous, but soon after a moment of tension and haste the general gave the signal to march out. A lot of them knew that the choices made in this battle would mean alot if they would be able to make it inside this fort, it might be crucial to winning the war, or maybe that was only the thoughts that was inside the back of each soldier's mind. This could cause a bit of anxiety or weight on them. As the war drums played they began to march and charge, soon the first forces pushing through the enemies , and allowing them to split and close in on the first half of the forces. With the successful split they would continue to charge before they would notice a small halt in their plan, but one that looked like it wouldn't take the two commanders two long to get to their main goal.

The two commanders and the forces directly under their control had gotten close to the commanders, but first they would have to push past the surprisingly durable defense forces, mage group, and then the commanders direct forces. If the commanders used some of their direct forces, and skills they would probably be able to push pash towards the enemy commanders and their forces for the final battle before they would be able to push into the fortress faster than they would expect, but then again who knew how long the siege would go on. Soon enough as they would march forward a bit more they would see the silhouettes of the three commanders. One of them seemed to be a bigger man hunched over inspecting something, while the other two were obviously women holding bows and other weapons, more details would be visible once they would push past to the commander's forces. Only one with a dastardly mind could think of what plans the forces of Gao held.

"Hmm a lioness huh, ooh one with a snow pelt you say? well I think that she'll be fun to hunt." The husky voice said under the storm as he looked upon his equipment and listened to the report he had gotten from one of his scouts. In the blur he rubbed his chin and grunted before letting out a low and long chuckle, it seeming to be a signification he had a good thought, though about the way he spoke there seemed to be something peculiar about him, something sinister. "Or maybe I'll just cage her, get my own ll kitty to play with....."




There were questioning looks shared among the troop before they agreed to go along with the tattooed man. He did have a valid point, and even one brought up the possibility of getting in trouble for lying about. So, Lagi would find himself backed by the rest of his squad.

However, their progress would be slowed as the terrain grew tougher. The bed of the shallow river seemed to have become covered in even more muck, each footstep dragging through the mud as they tried to travel down the ravine. The waters had raised slightly to their knees and almost reaching their thighs. The trees were larger, their branches throwing a shade over them as the dim sky continued to pour down water. Their pace was, ultimately, slowed down, and it didn't take the men behind them to catch up. commander Xu's own battalion had sped up their speed as to be right on the heels of Lagi's own men.

"Damn our enemies! When the hell are they gonna stop being cowards and show up?!" A soldier demanded as he tugged his foot out of a sinkhole, his body wobbling as he grabbed onto the ravine wall for support. With an annoyed sigh, he pushed away and continued marching, his face pulled into an ugly scowl. His partner snorted in agreement as he used his blade to cut away a vine that was in his way, arms raised to avoid the slimy water they traversed through.

Another man opened his mouth to complain when he became caught by something in the water. When he tried to yank away, a line of wire was pulled taut. The soldier was unable to do anything for the wire snapped, followed by a click before hell was unleashed.

A pulse of magic raced out, only visible as distortions in the air to the eyes of Xu's men. The air was quickly filled by a billow of dust and the scream of men as the ravine wall to their right seemingly exploded. They were forced back by the initial "blast", shards of earth flying outwards from the explosion of magic. Those closest to the wall found themselves trapped beneath the rocks, their faces pushed into the waters as the heavy debris pressed down.

Lagi would find himself pinned as well, though relatively fine for now. The rock laying upon him will only sink further, pushing him deeper beneath the river's surface unless he managed to knock it off him or break it. If he were to get back to his feet, he would find that the rest of the troops were either in likewise conditions, worse, or simply dead. Some wandered away, their uniforms stained with dust and dirt. Others floundered beneath the water before going still. Many had their bodies pierced by pieces of the ravine wall or

Commander Xu himself was, thankfully alive, but not for long. The lower half of his body was trapped beneath an immense hunk of dirt, the man struggling to free himself. He was close to the wall, which had grown increasingly unstable due to the explosion. There were cracks, and several parts continued to collapse. It wouldn't be long before another hunk of earth dropped onto the commander, killing him and the moral of the now scattered army.

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The rock debris on Lagi and Commander Xu is going to require either B-tier strength or equivalent to move. Breaking could further shatter it and possibly harm either person.



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36 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 20/09/17, 11:29 pm



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As the commander's words had rang out through the fort all of his soldier's had already began to fight with all that they could muster after all the disasters that had plagued the fort. As they climbed over the walls and began dropping down, it was seen that a few of the people fighting with polearms had been successful with fighting them off as they were coming down and after they landed. At each opening soldiers had gathered fighting trying to either impeded the progress of the other force, or to break into the fort. It was a sporadic fight with each small group of men improvising their own ways to take care of the enemies that were invading, or trying to. Each squadron having varying success rates, but it could be for sure that the men of the fort were not slacking in any sort of way when it came to the defense of their fortress. Some of them had believed in their commander and believed that the king candidate would come up with some strategy, some ability, or some kind of luck even that would help them in their misery. Who knew how the tide of the battle would turn out, despite the constant misfortunes against the commander it was too early to tell who would come out as the victors at the end of the day. Maybe Zadi could force them out and maybe go for a war of attrition, despite the weapons being destroyed the food storage had been saved by a soldier near it when it had caught fire. There were a variety of things that could be done.

Soon after the forces had begun invading over the walls there would be a cease of the artillery fire, for now at least. There was no telling if they were out, or if they were just stopping to save in case of later attacks. Soon Liqin would look to Zadi and look towards the walls were they were fighting and as they protected the walls, and tried to stop more people from getting in as another force took care of the interior force. Liqin would soon just nod to Zadi before he ran up the wall rather quickly, and began to run along the wall, just lightly pushing enemies out the way, them mysteriously falling over as he did so. After he had made a quick run around the walls helping out and positioning some of his scouts before coming back to Zadi panting a bit as he soon let out a soft sigh while lifting one finger to indicate he needed a second to catch his breath. "I couldn't see any details on their artillery, but I know for sure now that there are three enemy commanders out there who plan on attacking, and I am almost certain that one of them is a mage." He said quickly reporting to the ally commander before he began to fight once again, staying within earshot of Zadi so that way he would be able to move and help out if the other commander would need anything from him.

As the soldier's defended, one group near the wall had a decent strategy keeping people out of the fort. They had set up some ice spikes above the walls do to the one mage, and then with their tower shields made a wall to block the hole in the wall, keeping a hole so the spear-man could jab at any enemies trying to break through. There were a few other strategies, hard to tell which was the most effective, or maybe the commander would come up with a better strategy and hunker down to defend, or maybe even fight back against the sieging forces. However which way the battle would fall on the scale would end in the same result, one side winning a major victory while the other would face loss, and possibly death.




The sound of a whistle reverberated throughout the ravine, its shrill tone undetectable thanks to the rocks and cliffs it bounced across, however the oncoming forces of Yoshiro’s army heard and guessed its purpose. The alarm was to be expected though, especially since their opponents were none other than the Fang Mercenaries. Yoshiro’s forces pressed onward, but only Kwan Yi’s forces increased their pace, their footsteps sloshing in the shallow muddy water and yet still causing the ground to tremble ever so slightly, like an earthquake wishing to tear through the ravine and yet hesitating to do so. Within the group Kwan Yi, ran one man known for his incredible tracking and hunting skills to hunt down enemy scouts: Bai Xiang.

Bai Xiang was a young dedicated fanalis, sworn to serve Yoshiro no matter the cost, however his loyalty was not just some obligated duty as a soldier. Bai Xiang served out of gratitude toward Emperor Yoshiro because he no longer had to live the life of a slave like his ancestors before him. Now it was his turn to return the favor, even if it meant his life. However, in this time of civil war, he shivered, terrified. Bai Xiang never thought there’d be a war so soon when Yoshiro took the throne, but who would have thought the previous emperor would rise from the dead? The fanalis tracker sucked in a breath, his eyes flitting to Kwan Yi, his commander, who gave a reassuring smile.

Kwan Yi signaled a fanalis behind her, who grabbed a shofar from their belt and blew. The horn was a special shofar designed for Kwan Yi and her fanalis troops, not shrill like the whistle of the enemy, but a powerful bellowing war cry, announced the imminent arrival of reinforcements for the men and women at the ambush site as the fanalis pushed forward at full speed.

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The magicians beast tamers, and rangers at the ambush site internally rejoiced, feeling emboldened at the enemy’s retreat. They pressed forward, going after the retreating mercenaries, but still maintained vigilance. Before getting too close to the clearing where the enemy retreated, Yoshiro’s initial forces stopped. The torrential downpour made it difficult to see, but the beast tamers in the group, masters of swampland creatures, were perfect for this sort of terrain. Two tamers made a series of clicking sounds, which were orders for two large alligators to enter the swamp and attack anything that seemed suspicious underwater. At the same time, twenty rangers that sat by in the shadows keeping watch felt invigorated and let loose a barrage of arrows into the clearing, making sure to stay behind trees for cover as a precaution, as two other rangers made their way forward from either side, hoping to use the barrage of the other rangers as a diversion. That’s when the drums sounded...

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While Yahzu Cheng and his men marched toward their target, General Chao breathed a sigh of relief at Vardreth’s information. Finally he was going to fight, but he couldn’t help but feel inferior to someone so young. After all, it was Vardreth who was ultimately leading this battle despite the general having more experience and being much older, and General Chou couldn’t help but feel a seething anger boiling deep within his chest. “I can’t have that brat taking all the glory,” he growled under his breath as he strapped his sword to his belt and put on his helmet.

When General Chao exited his tent, he commanded some of his soldiers to come along with him. “I can’t let you have all the fun, now can I?”

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Unfortunately, the location where traps were set had the most casualties for Yoshiro’s army out of the locations where Yoshiro’s forces first moved in. Those that survived the aberrant magic spread out to continue using their spells. The decimation was certainly terrifying to those that were out of range, and one woman was thankful to not be caught in such a blast. Her name was Sun Ping, a normal soldier whose only weapon was a sword. Witnessing the sheer power of that magician’s attack was enough for her to freeze in her place while her heart galloped out of her chest. She wished she was back at home with her love, but he was elsewhere, probably fighting in another battle or at best, safe in his tent as he awaited orders.

“Get back! He’s too much for us!” she cried, mustering up what little strength she could. They had to stand back and wait. A new enemy had appeared, one too strong for them to handle. Thankfully though, Yazhu Zeng arrived with his sixty men just then. The commander’s eyes shifted, noticing the giant area of destruction along with a few injured soldiers and a few still left to fight nearby. However, that wasn’t all. He watched as the enemy retreated after the dull boom of drums resounded throughout the ravine, much like the whistle before it was used as a signal. He held his own breath, now more cautious than ever before. Yazhu Zeng was not someone to blindly chase after the enemy, especially if there was such a powerful opponent.

“Get those injured to safety! Hurry but be careful!” Yazhu Zeng commanded, inciting a small handful of his men to rush to the injured soldiers and carry them back from the front lines.



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37 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle on 21/09/17, 02:52 am

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Not to say that Lagi made a bad choice, but it seemed like a waste of time to go on ahead if the commander was to catch up with them anyway because of the rough terrain. The fact that he was able to boast such a command over the forces was useful enough for Lagi. "Well, they caught up anyway, there is no real use in complaining about it. " It's a bit strange that the terrain was so against the forces at hand; Lagi would have figured that it would have been somewhat of a double-edged sword for those who were native to the country to maneuver around perfectly in it. Then again, it was a jungle, and it wasn't like Lagi was fighting with an army of beast tamers that have gotten used to the atmosphere that they were currently in. Either way, with the commander here, they had some tracks to make.

The walking was as eerie as it could be, the apparent aggravation and long silence of the jungle itself was a forewarning case. "Lagi sama...." Before Lagi even knew it, a small snapping sound equivalent to that of a wire tripping have effectively unleashed hell upon the group. Lagi was lucky, it would have been natural for him to get caught in the blast, but Orie kicked in, and her sense of forewarning was more than enough for Lagi to unconsciously dodge what he didn't even see coming. His movements almost seemed inhuman from how he maneuvered about during the duration of the explosion, combined with the additional A rank speed of moving faster than the explosion.

In the end, Lagi was the only person upright when the end of the explosion took place. Whistling a small tune, Lagi looked over to the carnage and wondered about the number of people that were still alive, to begin with. "General Xu?" Walking over to the trapped general at A rank speeds, Lagi would spit on his hands and rub them together before taking somewhat of a powerlifting stance and lift up the boulder with his B rank strength. From the way that he walked over and lifting the heavy rock, Lagi would strain a bit as he waited for the general to get away. He was quite careful, maintaining a specific balance of lifting up the rock in order to not cause some kind of disturbance or chain reaction to lead them to their deaths. "Hurry up, I'm stronger than I look, but I'd rather it not be a marathon."

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Trait Name: Danger Sense
Trait Tier: Ω-Tier
Trait Requirement: Orie Omega
Trait Description: Protecting the host body is the first and foremost function of a parasite, due to the fact that their relationship is dependent on each other. With the recent evolution that Orie experienced, one of the ways she keeps them safe is by developing a heightened intuition of danger or dangerous situation, linked from orie in order to inform the host body of the incoming threat. This is done through a sense of hypersensitivity throughout their surroundings.
Trait Effect: The user can sense nearing danger, acute danger, potential immediate danger, and impending danger and sense unwanted or hectic threats to their well-being and evade it. Heightened senses hypersensitivity ranges from 10 meters from the host body. The host and the symbiote isn't aware of anything further than that until it enters that range. At the start of each thread Orie grants the host an enhanced version of this ability, allowing them to dodge a combined total of A-Tier damage.


Trait Name: Exceptional Strength
Trait Tier: B
Trait Requirement: Must be Human or a Magician with a secondary combat class.
Trait Description: Through extensive training, the character has exceeded the traditional limits of strength for their race.
Trait Effect: The character can now perform feats just as breaking down walls and large stone structures with their bare hands and deal B-tier damage with their physical strength alone. This level is equal to a C-tier fanalis.


Trait Name: Perfect Balance
Trait Tier: C
Trait Requirement: Must have a Physical Combat Class
Trait Description: Being nimble and flexible are valuable traits, but they aren't very useful without the balance to use them properly. The character with this trait is very in tune with their sense of balance allowing them to almost always land on their feet, perform advanced acrobatics, and balance on even the smallest of footholds.
Trait Effect: Can perform advanced flips and other acrobatics without the use of abilities. Can balance on almost any footing/surface.

Trait Name: Exceptional Speed
Trait Tier: A
Trait Requirement: Must be Human or a Magician with a secondary combat class.
Trait Description: Through excessive training, the character has reached a level of speed that exceeds the average human.
Trait Effect: The character can now move like a blur across short distances and move fast enough to run along walls. They can maintain this speed for hours. At this level they are equal to a B-tier fanalis in speed.


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38 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle Yesterday at 11:33 pm

Noir looked straight to the former noblewoman who was walking towards her at the moment, observing her and wanting to know why she was here, leading her with an illusion. The woman could have lured Noir by herself without needing a puppet at all and there must be something that she was planning behind her action. Did she think that the black haired girl would feel something over the fake puppet? Yes she did feel something, a pity because Fu resembled her past self. But since it was a fake, there was no sadness, no urge to get revenge at all.

Shousui began to circle Noir, her gaze felt so cold as if it could freeze the black haired magician’s body. There was a hint of disgust in her words, the words that made Noir raised an eyebrow. “It was not true. Everything you said... was merely based on what you thought as you are not able to see the true me.” None of the words that escaped the woman’s lips was true for the young magician, she wasn’t fair, wasn’t innocent and she wasn’t even pure. She was only a filthy being who was lucky enough to get her own freedom with a price to pay. Her hands were drenched with a thick smell of blood, no matter how hard she washed them, a stench of it would still be there like a removable sin. “You were more than a simple servant to this country, but you reap what you sow the moment you gave in to the darkness.”

Strange... it felt like the former noblewoman wanted something from her. Lady Shousui should have known that Noir was not even as strong as her and the woman could have killed the black haired girl if she wanted since the beginning. But here she was, offering a deal to the young magician... a deal that sounded strange enough for Noir to decline. “What do you want? My power is nothing compared to yours and you should have known since the first time we met.” She lifted up her hand, enough for her to see the palm of her hand and she would stare at it. “Why do you think i would agree to take the deal? I dont want anything at the moment and if I do, perhaps a victory for the emperor and a peace for Kou. But why would someone like you grant me my wish.” She said as she locked her golden orbs to the woman’s eyes, wanting to know what her enemy was planning.


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39 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle Today at 12:31 am

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The artillery stopped though another problem popped up in place; three special enemies approached the fortress, one of which was likely a mage according to Liqin. Adding a mage into the mix was going to create more problems than artillery, so Zadi felt obligated to take care of this new problem while his own troops did what they could. However, only taking care of the mage and maybe the other two special threats wouldn't be enough to keep the fort from crumbling; Zadi would need to take down the artillery, too.

"Liqin! I'll take care of the new threats. I give full command of the troops to you!"

Zadi also didn't want to deal with commanding his troops during this chaos, not to mention the fortress' troops were doing just fine without Zadi, or so the situation would seem at the very least. One can only hope a pretty picture doesn't fall apart when you look away. Granted, the site of two sides struggling for control over a swamp fortress wasn't pretty. Anyway, Zadi sped off in the direction the artillery came from in an attempt to achieve three tasks; defeat the mage, destroy the artillery, and survive.

In order to get out of the fortress, Zadi would attempt to run up the non-broken section of the bombarded wall using his exceptional speed. Upon jumping down from the wall, the blonde commander didn't feel as though he had time to help the brave soldiers expertly defending the wall using a funneling system with the help of the fort's mages, so Zadi just held his tower shield in from of him and crashed through the enemy troops using his exceptional strength. Zadi didn't know how far away the mage or other special threats were from the fortress given how sharp Liqin's vision as a scout commander was, but as long as Zadi kept running in the direction of the artillery, the blonde commander ought to find his way.

Aaaah, damn...my kimono is gonna get swamp water all over it...


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40 Re: [ToM] The Third Battle Today at 02:09 am

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The fanalis would continue to push forward her forces with precision and control. There were inconveniences in it at first but it seemed like things were going according to plans. The main issue would be the main forces and their commanders. There was an obvious push back as they moved closer to the commanders. The forces seemed more like a living breathing obstruction. Yet, they would manage to pressure on, the forces trying to stay together. The lioness would signal to Baozhai, letting her know to stay close and press with her. The fanalis was indeed strong but it was reassuring to have another person of rank.

Leading with a great stride she would be like a pulling, guiding force for her group. Her keen eyes spotting the people in front of her. She gave a command, "Calvary keep pushing, make sure to avoid the rough terrain. Aim for their short ranged melee units. Archers aim for their weak points and move back slightly, and the rest get a shield wall up and pushing. Keep them pressured and trap while keeping us protected." This focus would force the commanders to try and engage or try to change position to adapt but leave their forces open. She would move closer to the small female warrior, trying to keep pace. she would then say huskily but loud enough for her to hear. "When they move in or even aim for us you and me try to get in close. We'll use our self as a distraction against their commanders. Both forces will need to make way most likely to avoid casualties. We cant let therm press past us, if we can pressure past we have our forces collapse inward and trap them. That part will change based on the situations adaptability."


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