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Ayero

Ayero
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Spoiler:
Job Name:Hakuna Matata~ The Lions Assault
Job Rank: B
Job Location: Reim
Job Rewards: 200xp 15,000 Huang
Job Overview: Two giant lions, a father and son, have been attacking traders on their way to Reim. Your job is to stop the lions so trade won't be disrupted.

Enemy Name: Lion King
Rank: B
Needed damage to take down: B
Description: Lion King is 5m long with tan fur and a flaming red mane. He runs at 9m/s and deals B-tier damage with his claws and teeth.
Abilities:
Resounding Roar~ Lion King roars creating a sound wave that is 10m is diameter and travels at 20m/s and does B-tier damage to anything it hits.

Rebound Swipe~Lion King swipes his opponent with his claws at 20m/s dealing C-tier damage and then does another strike at 15m/s which also does C-tier damage.

Sinking bite~ Lion King tackles his opponent at 15m/s and then bites into their shoulder at 20m/s, dealing C-tier damage.

Enemy Name: Lion Prince
Rank: B
Needed damage to take down: B
Description:Lion Prince is 5m long with tan fur and a flaming orange mane. He runs at 11m/s and does B-tier damage with his claws and teeth.
Abilities:
Resounding Roar~ Lion Prince roars creating a sound wave that is 10m is diameter and travels at 20m/s and does B-tier damage to anything it hits.

Rebound Swipe~ Lion Prince swipes his opponent with his claws at 20m/s dealing C-tier damage and then does another strike at 15m/s which also does C-tier damage.

Savage toss~ Lion Prince grabs his opponent's leg at 20/ms and then tosses them 10m away at 15m/s.

[Takes place after this thread~]

Is that…civilization? Raising a hand to shield her eyes from the midday sun, Ayero squinted into the distance. Wooden structures…this is a village? A spark of excitement jolted through her body, energizing the young woman as she picked up her pace towards the small cluster of houses. She’d been used to nothing but tents for the past few weeks, both living with the nomadic Cambulac tribe and traveling back down the mountain on her own. I didn’t think I’d see people living here permanently, but then again I must be pretty far down the mountains by now. I wonder if they have any open space…it would be nice to sleep in a warm bed instead of on the ground after so long.

As she neared the village, Ayero found that small wooden homes and a few larger wooden buildings dotted the sloping valley area. After taking in her surroundings, Ayero took in a deep breath of mountain air and came to a conclusion. This is a trading outpost. I might be able to find a bed and a meal here. Crimson eyes began scanning for anything that resembled an inn, but her attention was drawn to a pair of men as they stepped out from one of the small wooden dwellings. The men seemed to notice her almost immediately as well, and after a brief exchange between themselves, one of them called out to her.

”Excuse me, Miss, would you happen to be a blade for hire?” The taller of the two men approached her, the fabric of his cloak swishing with his movement. He stopped a comfortable distance away, eyeing the bow and sword the redhead wielded. The other man, shorter and younger, glanced at Ayero cautiously before slowly making his way to the taller man’s side.

Ayero gave the men a wary look before turning fully towards them, back and shoulders straight. ”That depends. What work do you have?” The man who spoke to her initially cleared his throat, stepping a bit closer so that they could talk more privately…not that there was much to hide, or many to hide it from in this small town. ”My son and I are traders heading to do business in the larger towns in the foothills. We only made it a short way beyond this town before we were attacked by a pair of beasts. We were able to escape with minor injury, but lost nearly half of our cargo. Would you be willing to slay these beasts? We cannot pass with them prowling about. It’s too risky.”

Ayero’s mouth flattened into a thin line as she thought. After a few moments of silence, she prompted the man again. ”What sort of beasts attacked you?”

”Massive cat-like creatures with large claws and teeth. Very fast, too.” The man elaborated, gesturing with his hands to communicate the beast’s giant size. After exchanging a few more details as well as discussing the payment, the trader and Ayero part ways. The man and his son head to an inn, while Ayero removes her bow from her quiver and treks into the surrounding forest.

After spending several hours hunting for the lions in the woods, Ayero finally spots movement from the corner of her eye. The Fanalis woman was currently perched in a tree, hood over her head to disguise her bright red hair. When hunting, she learned, it was in good technique to blend in with your surroundings as much as possible. Especially if those surroundings were not crimson red. There you are. Come to mama… Drawing her bowstring back, Ayero aimed at the back of the lion as the creature turned to paw at something. Moments after the arrow was released, Ayero’s Red Shot would bury itself in the Lion Prince’s hindquarters.

[Trained: Red Shot 500+/500 w amulet reduction]

Spoiler:
Name: Red Shot (Way of Old)
Tier: B
Cost: 30 Stamina|15 Sustained
Weapon Type: Bow
Class Offensive
Range: 40 m
Cool-Down: 5 posts
Description: Ayero fires a single arrow at 25 m/s that travels up to 40 m. This arrow imparts B-tier damage to anything it hits.

The young lion let out a vicious roar at the unexpected searing pain in his backside. He whipped around, caught between searching for his attacker and writing in pain. When he found that one of his back legs would no longer work, the big cat let out another violent roar. A faint smirk ghosted on Ayero’s lips as she nocked another arrow onto her bow and took aim. Her first arrow had hit, though it would have been better if she struck her prey in the vitals. Nothing another arrow can’t fix now that he’s facing toward me. Ayero releases the taut bowstring just as the lion prince takes note of her in her makeshift tree-nest and barrels toward her. But the beast is clumsy now that he’s lost control of his hind leg, and stumbles just out of the path of Ayero’s Blue Shot.

Ayero grits her teeth and quickly nocks another arrow onto her bow, but a sudden noise makes her pause. Her heart momentarily froze at the sound of a distant roar, the noise rapidly approaching the from behind her. That’s right…there’s two of them. Ayero glanced back, keeping her grip tight on her bow as the injured lion approached the tree she was currently in. The animal and grown weaker from blood loss, leaving a trail of blood spots on the ground from where he had been shot. The arrow Ayero had managed to sink into her prey was fairly strong and began to affect the Lion Prince, despite it not being in a vital area.

[Trained: Blue Shot 250+/250 w amulet reduction]

Spoiler:
Name: Blue Shot (Way of Old)
Tier: C
Cost: 20 Stamina|10 Sustained
Weapon Type: Bow
Class Offensive
Range: 30 m
Cool-Down: 3 posts +1 sustain
Description: Ayero fires a single arrow at 20 m/s that travels up to 30 m. This arrow imparts C-tier damage to anything it hits.

[Stamina: 240/290]


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When the Lion Prince gave a desperate moan, Ayero’s attention snapped back to the injured creature. He’s calling for backup! The other one must have heard his cries from before. A thundering roar bounced through the trees and Ayero pivoted on her foot, bow string drawn back in anticipation. Now was the time to attack, she couldn’t wait for both of the lions to be underfoot at once, injured or not. As the second lion came plowing through the underbrush to help his son, Ayero glanced around to take quick stock of her surroundings before aiming her arrow at the branch of a nearby tree. Upon its release, the projectile grazed the lower part of the tree limb—just barely—but is was enough to change the trajectory of the arrow. Said arrow would now angle downwards where it would strike a stone sitting on the ground beneath the tree. The arrow ricocheted again, and rocketed straight for the Lion King’s backside.

Yes! It worked! Ayero was fill with a preemptive sense of accomplishment from her Mirror Shot, even though the arrow had yet to hit its intended target. She had witnessed how the Cambulac used their environment to their advantage whilst hunting, bouncing arrows off of stones and slopes to change their angle and take hard-to-reach prey by surprise. She was proud that her skills with a bow and trained eyesight had advanced to the point where she was able to do such a thing herself. But as quickly as Ayero’s pride came, it would dwindle away shortly.

The Lion King, while unaware of the arrow heading in his direction, inadvertently dodged the sharp projectile by leaping upwards. Claws dug into the tree trunk as he tried to get to the woman perched several branches up, the arrow hitting the bark of the tree with a swift thuck that went ignored by the creature.

Oh shit. Ayero grimaced as she was faced with the beast’s jowls, snarls ripping from its throat as it attempted to clamber up the tree. Reacting quickly, Ayero nocked yet another arrow onto her bow and aimed it at the beast’s face. But the Lion King would have none of that, opening up his mouth to let out a Resounding Roar. The sound waves vibrated through the air and struck Ayero, knocking the woman off balance and sending a wracking pain through her ears and into her head and neck. The bones in her body vibrated briefly, the pain and surprise causing the woman to be unable to catch herself until the last moment. Regaining her senses, Ayero grasped onto the tree branch with her free hand. Blood trickled from the woman’s ears and onto her neck from the Lion’s attack. Shit. I can’t hear! Being in such close proximity to the launch point of the attack, Ayero had temporarily gone deaf in both ears. The Fanalis woman grunted in pain and attempted to pull herself up and onto the branch for safety, but a sudden tug at her leg nearly pulled her from the tree.

[Trained: Mirror Shot 500+/500]
Spoiler:
Name: Mirror Shot (Way of Old)
Tier: B
Cost: 30 Stamina|15 Sustained
Weapon Type: Bow
Class Offensive
Range: 40 m
Cool-Down: 5 posts
Description: Ayero fires an arrow at 25 m/s. It is able to ricochet off of solid surfaces a total of 4 times, traveling in a different trajectory. This arrow can travel for a total of 40 meters and deals B-tier damage.

A searing pain ran through Ayero’s leg, and she didn’t need to guess what is was having been around animals before. Still, the woman grimaced and looked down to see the Lion King chomping on her leg with his large fangs. Gritting her teeth and hissing, Ayero began to shake her leg, trying to work it free of the animal’s jaws. But this only cause the Lion King to shake himself, powerful jaws moving back and forth as if he were trying to tear the leg off. Summoning her strength, Ayero presses her free foot onto the Lion King’s face to gain some leverage and twists, eventually pulling her leg free from the Lion King’s mouth as his jaws begin to loosen. Disgusting. Ayero cringed as she hurriedly pulled herself up onto the tree branch, noting how her leg was now covered with saliva after deep-throating the lion. It’s all sticky and gross. The saliva began to pool onto the tree limb, stinging her open wounds where it rested against. As the blood from her wounds began to mix with the saliva and cause an even heightened stinging sensation, Ayero caught the Lion King trying to make his way up the tree from the corner of her eye.

Figuring that she should try and make it to higher ground, Ayero pushed herself up with a grunt and slowly climbed her way a few more branches up the tree. I’m up here pretty high. This is probably as far as I can go without risking a weak limb unable to hold me. Seating herself on the branch, Ayero was able to take in the situation going on below her. The Lion King had since stopped trying to grapple his way up the tree and was now circling the base, occasionally stopping to sniff or paw at the tree trunk before looking up at Ayero. He’s waiting for me to come down. He knows I can’t stay up here forever. Shifting her gaze to the side, Ayero noticed that the younger lion was surprisingly still sticking around. Though he was dragging his injured leg, the beast was still upright for the most part, and circled the tree as well, though at a wider and less-vicious angle. He’s either prepared to help his friend or prepared to run away. Let’s see which…

Keeping her eyes glued on the lions below, Ayero tracked their positions while reaching back into her quiver to feel for a special arrow. Grasping onto the familiar feathers, Ayero pulled the projectile from its holder and slid it onto her bowstring. I wonder if I can get both of you…but one would be enough. Aiming at the base of the tree, Ayero let the arrow fly. It would strike the ground two meters from the Lion King and explode in a flurry of shrapnel that would cause bits of sharp, fast-moving debris to slice into the Lion King’s flesh. Ayero raised her free hand to block bits of residual debris from her face, far enough away from the effects of her Berserk Shot to sustain injury.

[Trained: Berserk Shot 500+/500]
Spoiler:
Name: Berserk Shot (Way of Old)
Tier: B
Cost: 30 Stamina|15 Sustained
Weapon Type: Bow
Class Offensive
Range: 40 m
Cool-Down: 5 posts
Description: Ayero fires a specially crafted arrow with a hollow clay tip filled with shards of metal at 25 m/s that travels up to 40 m. When the arrow head makes contact with an object, it will explode and launch shrapnel in a 15 m diameter, dealing B-tier cutting damage to anything within 15 m.


[Stamina: 180/290]


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The Lion King howled in pain as the sharp pieces of shrapnel embedded themselves into his body. The great beast fell onto one leg that sustained a good amount of damage before crumpling to the ground in a groan of agony. Ayero grimaced at the sound; her hearing had begun to return but things still sounded muffled to her. Pleased that one was down for the count, Ayero turned her eyes to where she last saw the Lion Prince. The beast looked strangely conflicted, wanting to move towards his injured companion but also filled with the instinctual desire to run away from the danger. He was still dragging his leg, Ayero noticed and she pursed her lips briefly. That arrow did a number to his speed, as well…doesn’t look like he’s moving as fast as he was before. Alright, time to end this. With a decisive movement, Ayero retrieved another arrow from her quiver.

Before the red headed archer would have a chance to even nock her arrow, a sudden cracking from beneath her startled her from the preparations of her final attack. After a brief flicker of a moment, her heart sank when she realized what the noise was from. Scrambling to find safety, the woman would reflexively let go of her bow as she tried desperately to claw at the bark of the tree as the branch she was sitting on snapped. The weapon was briefly forgotten as she skidded down the side of the tree, likely having torn off her finger nails in the process if she hadn’t been wearing gloves.

Shit. Shit. Shit. Ayero tried to find leverage on the tree but found none, but thankfully she did not hit the ground. Ouch… As it came to be, Ayero had landed on the same lower branch she had previous been on when she first attacked the lions. Her landing was less than pleasant, her tailbone sore from the rough impact. As Ayero scowled and rubbed the sore spot, the Lion Prince decided to make his move, approaching the tree and growling out a challenge. Ayero blinked and stared down at the beat, wondering why he hadn’t fled when he had the chance. Didn’t he know that—My bow…! Ayero frantically looked around for her weapon, not recalling losing it in the fall. She spotted it several meters away, between her and an angry lion. Ayero’s brow twitched in annoyance. So you’ve noticed that I’m without my bow, is that why you’re still here? Unsheathing her blade, Ayero stood with a hand on the trunk of the tree to support her, shifting all of her weight to her uninjured leg. Looks like we’ve both got a bum leg. Let’s see which one of us can win this fight now.

Digging her sword into the side of the tree, Ayero leapt from the branch and slid down to the ground. Her sword cut a shallow path into the bark and served to help slow her decent and break her landing. Ayero kept her eyes on her opponent, occasionally flickering over to where her bow lay several meters into the distance. She knew that once she hit the ground, she’d lose a good chunk of advantage she had with using a ranged weapon. Setting her attention back on the Lion Prince, Ayero decided to forget the bow for now and focus on her specialty—close quarters combat.

Ayero and the lion watched each other carefully, acutely aware of the other’s injuries. The Lion Prince flicked his tail back and forth in agitation, staring the woman down before letting out an irritated cry and charging towards Ayero. Rearing on his one good hind leg, the young lion raised his paw and attacked Ayero with the first Rebound Swipe. The lion’s claws would tear across the woman’s torso, leaving a trail of blood denoting the path of the attack. When the beast went in for a second swipe, Ayero Parried his menacing claw away before more damage could be dealt to her. The Lion Prince growled in anger as his paw was pushed to the side by the woman. He had seen her take nearly a direct hit with his father’s roar and watched as he gnawed at her leg, and here she was still fighting. On the other hand, the arrow that had struck him caused pain to course through his body each time he moved. The intensity of the fighting had caused him to fatigue even quicker with the steady blood loss, but the Lion Prince had made a decision.


[761/1500]
[Stamina: 160/290]


Spoiler:
Name: Parry
Tier: C
Cost: 20 Stamina|10 Sustained
Weapon Type: Talwar
Class: Defensive
Range: Close
Cool-Down: 3 posts + 1 Sustain
Description: The user is able to block an opponent’s attack with their blade and push the opponent and/or their weapon away at 15 m/s. Can defend against 1 B-tier, 2 C-tier or 4 D-tier attacks before breaking.


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Ayero

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With the last vestiges of his strength. The great beast lunged at Ayero. Both of his front legs settled heavily on either of her shoulders, this position bringing his head close to hers. With an incredible snarl that nearly cause Ayero to lose her hearing again, the Lion Prince opened up his mouth and prepared to deal the final blow to his attacker. But he would not get the chance, as the Fanalis woman’s blade found his neck, slicing a quick and clean path along his throat. The creature’s body went slack and landed with a hefty thump on the ground, a small cloud of dirt pluming upwards from the force of such a large body hitting loose earth. Ayero did not need to watch the light leave the animal’s eyes, knowing that the quick kiss of her blade was enough to end the Lion Prince’s life. She turned to where the Lion King lay, hunched over and motionless in the dirt much like his son. Even though she still hadn’t fully regained her hearing, the woods now seemed eerily silent.

At the point where Ayero would normally walk away, the warrior woman strangely found herself unable to. She’d taken lives before in battle, both animal and human—though it was never her intent solely to kill. After living and traveling on her own, Ayero came to understand that in order to survive, at times one had to be cold and ruthless. Thus, during combat Ayero had always aimed to neutralize her opponents, whether it be by forcing them to exhaustion, knocking them unconscious, or taking their lives. Of course she would think twice if there were extenuating circumstances, but by and large that was how she conducted herself in battle.

I guess this makes me a killer, hm? She mused a bit sullenly as she approached the Lion Prince’s carcass. Noting that the beast’s body was no worse for the wear aside from his throat and hind leg, Ayero retrieved a skinning knife from her cloak. The item had been gifted to her by Nazgul after she had taught Ayero to become proficient in the art of skinning animals for their pelts. The Cambulac used nearly every part of the beasts they killed, finding creative uses to incorporate the carcasses of slain animals into their everyday life.

Ayero recalls how the hunters would say a little prayer after felling an animal, something about thanking the beast for its sacrifice so that they may live. Ariq told her that it helps guide the animal’s spirit into the afterlife and keep the balance between man and creature. With this in mind, the Fanalis woman kneels in front of the lion and placed a hand on its stomach. It’s still warm… She fought back an instinctive shudder at the feeling of life that would soon dwindle from the body before her. She wanted to say something, but nothing felt appropriate. She did not kill this animal because she needed food or clothes, she killed it for protection. Or rather, she killed it for money. Ayero felt her heart sink a bit with this thought, dwelling on it for a moment before shaking it from her head. No. You cannot be soft with things like this. This animal was a danger to people. That, and this is part of how I survive—making money by taking jobs like this.

Ayero paused in her thoughts to look down at the beast. She noticed that by now, the warmth and significantly faded from the Lion Prince’s body. Closing her eyes, Ayero bowed her head with a stern look on her face. Thank you for your sacrifice. These were the only words that felt right to her, fitting of the situation. While Ayero herself liked animals, she understood the cold reality of kill or be killed. Just as a criminal would be jailed or executed for being a danger to the public, so was the lion destroyed for the danger and disruption it had brought.

Exhaling sharply through her nose, Ayero’s reflection came to an end when she opened her eyes. Running her hand along the length of the Lion Prince’s stomach, Ayero grabbed hold of the beast’s fur and dragged it a bit closer so that it was almost on her lap. She went to work skinning what she could from the beast, still somewhat touched enough by the Cambulac way of life to let this go to waste. If she couldn’t fashion it into anything, perhaps she could sell it to a fur trader when she hit some of the larger towns on her way back to Remano.

[1500+/1500]
[Stamina: 160/290]


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