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Adrastos Thanatos

Adrastos Thanatos
A-Tier
A-Tier
Previously: Into Darkest Light Pt. I



Adrastos stood in the Plains as the sky was painted with glorious shades of salmon pink, majestic yellow, soothing violet, and calming black. There was a gentle breeze that entangled its invisible fingers through the ever swaying grass and the magician's soft silver mane. His piercing silver eyes examined the sky above with a neutral expression while his mind played back the events that had occurred the previous day. Adrastos had actually defeated his own master. Pride swelled within him at the thought and the result of yesterday's brief battle. The final words his master uttered were, "Meet me back here tomorrow night. Your training will continue then." They solidified his future and once possible training, but why did Adrastos feel a sense of unease clawing at his soul, attempting to yank him down a deep, dark, endless abyss?

The young magician couldn't help but feel that the whole situation was odd. His master hardly ever talked, but last time, he was over talkative. Why?  Adrastos place a hand over half of his face before letting out a sigh. The memories that had been unlocked refused to be locked away. All the pain and suffering was still there. The vile weakness that dared to plague his past and taint his future. Damn that old man for releasing such foul thoughts. However, what really made the magician curious was the black light that he had conjured. How did he do it? The memory has hazy, just a fuzzy image that couldn't be deciphered. Rage was the only emotion that would connect with the obscured memory. That was all the silver-haired man could cling to. The rustling of grass caused Adrastos to turn his head. Before his eyes stood the old man, his master, in his typical wine colored robes that was laced with black and gold trim. His face still sagged with age, but there were no signs of burns. Did he heal himself or ask someone else to heal him? Adrastos waited to be addressed by his master, but no words slipped past those pale lips of his. What happened to all his talk the other day?

"Well? What now? You said my training would begin, so what do you plan on doing?" Adrastos turned away to look at the setting sun that had now dipped below the cover of the earth's horizon. He waited silently for the old man's answer, but as the seconds droned on, there was only silence. The silver-haired man clenched his teeth together tightly while impatience gnawed at him. Speak already!!! With no response after what felt like an eternity, Adrastos turned, his nostrils flaring and his eyes sharps as broken glass. He grabbed Master Chou Zhi by the collar of his robe and pulled him violently forward. "Answer me, damn it! You were in love with hearing your own voice yesterday! what happened to that huh? Did you get scared after I burned you?! Did you lose all of your confidence, old man?!"

Instantly there was a crackling sound that resonated from Chou Zhi's staff, which now touched the young magician's chest. When did that get there? How long has he had that there? Sparks flew around the orb that decorated the top of his master's staff, then electricity coursed through Adrastos' body, and the shock sent him flying backwards. His limbs twitched uncontrollably as he laid upon the ground, stunned beyond belief but mostly angry like a raging typhoon. "Damn you..."

Adrastos clutched his staff securely as he struggled to rise to his feet, but he did not get far. Another bolt of lightning was directed toward him, knocking his to his knees once more. The color crimson hugged the edge of Adrastos' vision just as it had the other day. The young mage stood, wielding his staff in one hand as he swayed slightly, and then erupted with a cry.

The blue mage charged, his eyes frozen fire that swirled with fury, and cast a slew of spells at his master once he was at least 10m away. Aqua Bulla was first, followed by Aqua Fluctus, Glacies Spica, and Aqua Canno. A 5m sphere of water was hurled at Chou Zhi, and was immediately followed by a 5m wide wave, an ice shard, and a horizontal pillar of high pressurized water. All the attacks were blocked by Chou Zhi's borg without so much as a scratch in the construct. Chou Zhi attacked with his own spells which mostly consisted of lightning, and at the last moment, Adrastos used Gravity Lift I, avoiding the bolts while propelling himself into the air.

"Is that all you have to offer, master?" Adrastos sneered with a slanted smirk. He commanded the rukh to form two swirling water cyclones, a spell which was named Aqua Cyclonas, that roared across the ground as loud as their caster's rage. They spiraled and surrounded their target on either side, but Adrastos did not stall and watch. He cast Lux Tenebris Fulgeo which sent a 5m beam of black light similar to that of Nemesis Sol, toward Chou Zhi as the cyclones closed in. However, these spells were blocked by a spell cast by Master Chou Zhi.

Adrastos looked down at his master who stood below looking at him with an expressionless face that somehow mocked him. The young magician tightened his grip on his staff as his hands trembled. Kill him. Kill him. Kill him. He has no right to look at me with such eyes. A light chuckle slithered its way out of his mouth as it turned into a hysterical cry of laughter. Die. Die. Just die. He has no place within my world. He is nothing. He must die along with everyone else who dares to look at me like that. "Stop looking at me with those disgusting eyes! You're not worthy to look at me! I am Adrastos Thanatos! I am the Undaunted God of Death! All those who oppose me shall die by my hand!" Adrastos pointed his staff at Master Chou Zhi. "You are no exception, old man. I will become the God of Death in this world and make everyone suffer. You'll see..." Adrastos tilted his head. "Or perhaps you won't," he mused with a small chuckle. "You can witness my reign as you grovel in the afterlife!"

Adrastos swooped down like a bird diving to catch its prey. He cast Aqua Cyclonas II and watched as four wild cyclones surrounded Chou Zhi. You won't escape. I won't let you. Not like last time. Glacialis Lamnia was cast and Adrastos swung the frozen ice blade in a downward strike. Then, he cast Nemesis Sol and watched as all his spells make contact with his target. Or at least that's what it seemed like what happened.

Once the smoke cleared, the expected remains of Master Chou Zhi were nowhere to be seen. Adrastos narrowed his eyes as he wondered how the old man could have evaded the attacks thus far. Was he toying with him? Was he just lucky yesterday? Perhaps Chou Zhi didn't even try. If that was the case, then why?

Out of no where almost, a light spell hit Adrastos in the back, sending him tumbling through the air as if he were falling down a flight of stairs. The novice mage turned to see Master Chou Zhi floating in the air with his own Gravity Lift completely unscathed. Adrastos' eyes widened a bit with surprise, unable to understand how he was still unwounded. "But how?!" The corner of the old man's lips twitched for a millisecond. "You are blind," he croaked. "Fooled by your own name, thinking that "Thanatos" gives you any real power. You are a pawn, boy. That is all you ever will be. It's time you learn your place."

Chou Zhi lifted his staff and a rope of light extended from the top of it. He swung the rope of light at Adrastos who tried to get out of the way, but it was too fast for him to avoid. It snaked its way around his legs, burning his pants to charred scraps and searing his flesh. Adrastos screamed, clutching his staff as a lifeline to get him through the burning pain in his legs which soon turned into a painful numbness. His master threw the young mage to the ground violently so that a small crater formed upon impact and his staff was thrown into the air, away from its owner. Blood spewed from the silver-haired man's mouth and the breath was snatched right out of his lungs. He couldn't feel his legs at all. Dark crimson began to swallow his vision as he gazed upward at the floating figure above. It looked almost like an angel of darkness filled with raw power that loomed overhead. That should be me. Not him. That should be me... Adrastos felt his jaw lock in place. I'll take that power for my own. I'll tear it away from him...

He groaned, forcing himself to stand, to have the will to continue to fight, but he never had the chance to pull himself an inch off the ground since four rods of lightning stabbed through his arms and legs, one in each limb. Another cry pierced the night while Adrastos thrashed around in agony. The movement only made the pain worse as the wounds increased in size. Soon, the young magician found himself laying in a pool of his own blood. "Who are you?" asked Chou Zhi as he hovered a few meters above, staring down at his student who now was a pitiful animal trapped in a cage.

"I am... Adrastos Thanatos... Former slave... former Reim... present Kou... future king..." Chou Zhi shook his head. "Wrong answer." A pair of lightning rods embedded themselves into Adrastos' body, this time in his shoulder, and released a shock that made his lose feeling in his arms. Spots appeared in his vision and his mind swam in quicksand. More rods used Adrastos' limbs as their sheaths, sending electricity coursing through every nerve. An endless scream burst through his mouth. The pain was too much. Make it stop. "Who are you?"

Did Chou Zhi stop attacking? Why was everything so numb? "Who are you?" Adrastos opened his blood filled mouth and spat out whatever he could so that he could speak. "Who am I...?" His head lolled to the side. His vision was completely black so he could see nothing. "I am... nothing... yet..." Adrastos could hear the rukh speaking to his as they had when he trained in the past. "I can be anyone," he said, repeating the words that floated into his ears. "I am everyone and I am nobody... Adrastos... Neo... slave... king... mortal... god..."

Adrastos listened to the rukh around his as they whispered more secrets into his mind. He imagined light around him and pictured Chou Zhi in his mind. Then, he commanded the rukh that whispered to him and they twisted the light to alter his outward appearance to look like his master, a spell that would be named Thanatos Persona. "I am me and I am you..." He commanded the rukh to change his outward appearance into that of a girl with long pink hair and pink eyes as well as several other appearances that differed greatly. A small, sinister smirk could be seen. "I will be the one who brings darkness and chaos into this world... I will take on many forms and unleash death upon those who defy the previous Kou Empire... I am everyone..."

Adrastos felt the spell dissipate and all he did was lay there with the rods of lightning still jutting out from his body until suddenly, they were no longer there. "Congratulations, you have taken your first step into darkness." Most of the memories from the fight had been erased due to the intense agony that had been inflicted. Regardless, relief washed over the young magician as he heard a chorus of voices speaking inside of is mind, each with their own agenda yet somehow shared a common goal: to rise up and become a king of darkness no matter the cost. Those were the last thoughts the blue magician had before drowning in the sea of unconsciousness.
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Ability Training WC: 2,048/1,500
Trained Ability:
Name: Thanatos Persona
Tier: A
Cost: 40/20 Magoi
Element: Light
Class: Supplementary
Range: Self
Cool-Down: 7 posts
Description: The caster is able to control the rukh and  bend the light around them at 25m/s to form an illusion that changes the caster's outward appearance.
Abilities Used:
Name: Aqua Fluctus (Water Wave)
Tier: D
Cost: 10 magoi
Element: Water
Class: Offensive
Range: 10m
Cool-Down: 2 posts or Sustain+1
Description: The user sends a wave of water 5 meters wide at 10 m/s that may travel up to 10 meters away, inflicting D-tier damage to anything it hits.

Name: Aqua Bulla (Water Bubbles)
Tier: D
Cost: 10 magoi
Element: Water
Class: Offensive
Range: 10m
Cool-Down: 2 posts or Sustain+1
Description: The caster creates a total of 1 5m in diameter bubbles moving at 10 m/s towards a target to inflict D-tier damage.

Name: Glacies Spica (Ice Spikes)
Tier: D
Cost: 10 magoi, 5 sustained
Element: Ice
Class: Offensive
Range: 10m
Cool-Down: 2 posts or Sustain+1
Description: The caster forms 1 ice shard 5 meters in diameter that emerge from the ground at 10m/s to inflict up to D-tier damage.

Name: Aqua Canno (Water Cannon)
Tier: D
Cost: 10 magoi
Element: Water
Class: Offensive
Range: 10
Cool-Down: 2 post or Sustain+1
Description: The castor forms a horizontal pillar of high pressured water about 1-2m in diameter that can be launched toward an opponent within 10 meters at 10 m/s to inflict D-tier damage.

Name: Aqua Cyclonas
Tier: C
Cost: 20/10 magoi
Element: Water
Class: Offensive
Range: 20m
Cool-Down: 3 posts or Sustain+1
Description: The user creates 2 swirling high-pressured cyclones exactly 5m in diameter and 10m tall. The cyclones can be freely directed in a 20 meter area of the user and move at 15 m/s. If both cyclones hit, C-tier damage is dealt, otherwise D-tier damage is dealt when only one hits. This ability may be sustained to be cast the next post.

Name: Gravity Lift, Stage 1
Tier: C
Cost: 20 on cast; 10 sustain
Element: Gravity
Class: Supplementary
Range: Self
Cool-Down: 3 posts or Sustain+1
Description: A magician lowers the influence of gravity around their body. This gives them the ability to lift off, hover, and soar through the sky at a maximum speed of 5m/s. They can control the force of gravity around their body at any given moment, able to slow down, speed up, or stop flying completely.

Name: Lux Tenebris Fulgeo
Tier: C
Cost: 20/10 magoi
Element: Light
Class: Offensive
Range: 20m
Cool-Down: 3 posts or Sustain+1
Description: The user commands the rukh to create a 5m beam of black light that travels 15m/s and travels up to 20m. If hit, the beam of light will cause C-Tier damage.

Name: Aqua Cyclonas II
Tier: B
Cost: 30/15 magoi
Element: Water
Class: Offensive
Range: 30m
Cool-Down: 5 posts
Description: The user creates 4 swirling high-pressured cyclones exactly 5m in diameter and 15m tall. The cyclones can be freely directed in a 30 meter area of the user and move at 20 m/s. If all cyclones strike a single opponent, B-tier damage is dealt, if 2 hit, C-tier damage is dealt, if 1 hits, D-tier damage is dealt. This ability may be sustained to be cast the next post.

Name: Glacialis Lamnia
Tier: B
Cost: 30/15 magoi
Element: Water (Ice)
Class: Offensive
Range: 30
Cool-Down: 5 posts
Description: The castor forms a long sword like structure that is made of ice and is 15m in length that is used to slash at an opponent within 30 meters at 20 m/s to inflict B-tier damage. This ability may be sustained to be used the next turn.

Name: Nemesis Sol
Tier: B
Cost: 30/15 magoi
Element: Light
Class: Supplementary
Range: 30m
Cool-Down: 5 posts
Description: The user commands the rukh to create a sphere of black light that has a diameter of 10m-15m and travels up to 20m/s within a 30m of the user, dealing B-Tier burning damage to anything caught inside. Can be sustained into next post.


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Trait Points: 4/11 | SoS: 1

Adrastos Thanatos

Adrastos Thanatos
A-Tier
A-Tier
Adrastos woke up soaked, his skin and clothes like a sponge full of water, spewing whatever liquid that had entered his lungs and almost drowned him as he slept. With his throat sore from endless coughing, the young magician glowered at the hands the clutched a bucket and wished that he could freeze them with his frigid, silver eyes. The hands that held the bucket moved, gently setting the item aside on a nearby table before one hand harshly turned back around and struck Adrastos on the cheek. Stunned, the silver-haired magician placed his hand upon his stinging face and looked up at the face that now stared blankly into his soul. 'How long do you plan to sit there and look around with that stupid expression?' his eyes demanded.

Numbly, Adrastos got to his feet. The sighing, wooden floor beneath the soles of his feet were cold as if Death had stolen whatever life had rested within its pattern covered surface. Around him was a few scattered furniture pieces, all simple in design so they were easily disposable. This place was not meant for permanent housing, but rather for rent. Did Master Chou Zhi always live in cottages such as this one, or did the place of living change consistently as well? It seemed incorrect to assume he always used little shacks as a living quarters due to his erratic movements and inconsistency to remain in any given location for an extended amount of time.

Another smack, this one issued by the luminescent violet crystal head of his staff, jolted the young man out of his curious thoughts. Master Chou Zhi made a swift movement with his head toward the door, signaling for Adrastos to move outside. Of course Adrastos obeyed his master, but only because he was still a zombie, recently risen from its endless slumber, that still struggled with the reality of the situation.

Outside was an obsidian abyss. There was no speck of light to be seen, not even in the blanket above that normally twinkled with winking stars and glowed with a smiling white moon. The world had lost its light just as Adrastos had lost who he was. Or was this another matter altogether? Perhaps the night did not lose the light, but rather forget the light and disown it? Did the Mistress Night cast it away so that it could no longer uncover the secrets that were obscured and nestled within the black confines of the shadows? It was an interesting concept to think about. Especially since the stars and moon still stood firm in their positions across the void the previous night.

Master Chou Zhi took his place before Adrastos still wearing his unreadable mask. "You know how to use Gravity Lift," he whispered. "Now you will learn how to perform the same concept, but with more than just your own body. Failure is not an option. Begin." The young magician nodded as he closed his eyes and felt the area around him. When casting Gravity Lift, Adrastos focused on himself more than his surroundings, but now he had to lift his master as well as himself.

A piece of him slipped, imagining a fight that felt recent, that had been overfilled with agony. Alas, the vision was pushed aside as a mere dream that had been dreamt long ago and should no longer be remembered. He focused on the rukh around him and thought of the commands for Gravity Lift, but applied them to a slightly larger scale. The novice blue mage felt his feet lift off the ground and heard an audible grunt from Chou Zhi, prompting Adrastos to open his eyes. "Looks like you're not a complete waste after all," said the feeble mentor as he too, floated. Adrastos Thanatos mastered Group Gravity Lift I, but there was a gleam in his master's eyes that said this was nothing compared to what was to come.
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Ability Training WC: 656/500
Ability Trained:
Name: Group Gravity Lift, Stage 1
Tier: C
Cost: 20/10 magoi
Element: Gravity
Class: Supplementary
Range: 5 meters
Cool-Down: 3 posts or Sustain+1
Description: A magician lowers the influence of gravity in a 5 meter area around their body. This gives anyone in the area the ability to lift off, hover, and soar through the sky at a maximum speed of 5m/s. The user can control the force of gravity around their body at any given moment, able to slow down, speed up, or stop flying completely.


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Trait Points: 4/11 | SoS: 1

Adrastos Thanatos

Adrastos Thanatos
A-Tier
A-Tier
For a few days, Adrastos was forced to read scrolls and books about the topic of Combination Magic, the process of combining two magic types to create a new magic. However, thinking of a Combination Magic for Light and Water was challenging, and it vexed Adrastos. Master Chou Zhi would remain silent, overlook the you magician as he read, but his eyes told Adrastos not to worry too much because it wouldn't be him that would come up with the combination magic. This relieved the young man, but also  increased the worry that grew inside him as an ugly, wild weed.

By the fifth day, Adrastos was dragged out of the little cottage and led elsewhere until the home could no longer be seen. Then, he was roughly pushed to the ground. Adrastos looked curiously at his master who knelt dangerously close to the novice's face with a twisted smile that exposed his rotting teeth. Voices rang in Adrastos' head, hissing and screaming to be let out, to taste the blood and pain of others, but he shut them out, not wanting to listen. 'Let it out,' twinkled his eyes which hinted with a sort of fascination Adrastos couldn't place. 'Unleash the anger you feel.' The magician closed his eyes tightly, feeling a tingling sensation overwhelm his body as if he were getting shocked. The pain increased by the second, the tingling turning into quick stabs until it decided to twist inside. When he opened them, the old man was gone and so was the strange electrical feeling.

However, when Adrastos turned, he saw his master once again, but this time laughing, and the memory of  a few days ago hit him hard. "You never were a match for me. You're just a pawn. A piece in a game to be thrown away... How does it feel, boy? How does it feel to lose your identity? Do you remember who you are? Who you were?" The elderly mage cackled. "It was fun to humiliate you. You looked like a hunted creature being caged. It was amusing to watch, but also very sickening." "Shut up," Adrastos choked, his eyes twitching as his hand gripped his staff. "No, I think you need to head how pathetic you truly are."

Die. Adrastos felt the rukh around him, both blue and orange and concentrated. His master kept talking, kept taunting, but all Adrastos heard was nothing. Die. A black rope began to extend from the tip of his staff. Die. Adrastos smirked. Die for making a fool of me. Adrastos flicked the rope and watched as it hit his master's right arm and froze it. Die in darkness. Die in shadow. Die by Umbra Ferula. Adrastos cast Adrustum Aura II, and without a second thought, cast Nemesis Sol until nothing remained of Chou Zhi except a charred lump of something that could no longer be recognized as human.

Everything afterward was a blur, but Adrastos never looked back. Not even once.
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Ability Training WC: 497/250
Ability Trained:
Name: Umbra Ferula
Tier: D
Cost: 10/5 Magoi
Element: Liquid Shadow (Water+Light)
Class: Offensive
Range: 10m
Cool-Down: 2 posts or Sustain+1
Description: The caster commands rukh to form a 5m long black liquid whip structure that is 20cm in width that starts at one end of the staff. The black whip moves at 10m/s and deals D-Tier damage and freezes a single limb for 1 post due to magic's passive.
Spells Used:
Name: Adrustum Aura II
Tier: B
Cost: 30/15 magoi
Element: Water (Ice)
Class: Offensive
Range: 30m
Cool-Down: 5 posts
Description: The user controls the rukh to make the moisture in the air freeze at 20 m/s, freezing an area 10mx10mx10m-15mx15mx15m within 30 meters of himself, dealing B-Tier frostbite damage to anything caught inside. This ability may be sustained to be cast the next post.

Name: Nemesis Sol
Tier: B
Cost: 30/15 magoi
Element: Light
Class: Supplementary
Range: 30m
Cool-Down: 5 posts
Description: The user commands the rukh to create a sphere of black light that has a diameter of 10m-15m and travels up to 20m/s within a 30m of the user, dealing B-Tier burning damage to anything caught inside. Can be sustained into next post.


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Into Darkest Light II [Training/Plot/Solo] 3oCk1sb

Into Darkest Light II [Training/Plot/Solo] 7kZv0Du
Into Darkest Light II [Training/Plot/Solo] AmCJaPN Into Darkest Light II [Training/Plot/Solo] Ltg0RVb Into Darkest Light II [Training/Plot/Solo] VjD0Py3

Trait Points: 4/11 | SoS: 1

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