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In the world of Alfheim, it's becoming more and more like it's mother system of Sword Art Online. It's currently the year 2029. So, it's been a few years since Kirito and the gang first joined the game and now things are changing once again. A new group of players are rising in the ranks and leading the way to discovering the newest depths and levels of this world. The newest discovery to Alfheim is the area that is heavily influenced by Greek mythology, Gaia.
New quest lines, weapons, gear and dangers await in this unexplored territory of Alfheim. The biggest feature of this new territory is the chance to gain 'blessings' from one of the major gods of Greek mythology. But you must be careful, for the deeper the 'blessings' one gets from one of the gods, the more likely one will be cursed by another.
As mentioned at the top, our characters are part of the new group of players discovering Gaia; this means our characters have developed skills in Alfheim, but this also means we will not mention Kirito and the others heavily, if at all.
1) Minimum cursing
2) Romance is fine, but it's not the main thing in this rp
3) NO GOD MODDING
4) There will be a posting order, and if you don't post within a week you are likely to be skipped
If you're interested in joining, pm me a filled out version of the skelly below
Character's Real Name: Note: Have a picture ready for your character's real appearance, but know this won't be the main picture used in the rp.
Character's Game Name:
Age: No younger than 15
Type of Fighter:
Heightened Abilities: No more than 3
Pm me with the title of the rp so I know you read all of this.
[h3 Accepted Players:]
Real Name: Kyoko Megumishi
Game Name: Kyome
aka Blue Lightning
Fairy Race: Cait Sith
Type of Fighter: Melee, fighter
Main Weapon: One-handed Sword
Heightened Abilities: Speed, Accuracy
Personality: Can seem cold and rude when first meeting her, but is actually really caring and compassionate. Will fight for her comrades.
Character's Real Name: Matthew Blind
Character's Game Name: Anjui the light forger
Fairy Race: spriggin
Type of Fighter: healer/ ranged magic damage
Main Weapon: his armor suits or if in combat himself a single cerimonial obsiddian knife about 26 inches long
Heightened Abilities: magic dexterity and sight
Personality: intelligent strategic and very bubbly
Misc: was in the original game of SOA on the front lines and was giving the special skill of light forge. It allows him three seperate powers. he is also the spriggin leader of the Brotherhood of Ashes.
Character's Real Name: Midori Ariwara
Character's Game Name: Midory Lavaria
Fairy Race: Cait Sith
Type of Fighter: melee/support
Main Weapon: Wakizashi and sharp fan
Heightened Abilities: Speed and magic
Personality: She is quite energetic, full of joy, uplifting, high spirits, no matter the situation.
She does not usually get mad, so if you've somehow managed to anger her, you would have been trying really hard, and even then she's quick to forgive and forget.
If she does get quiet, it's usually because she's thinking. Or because she's furious.
Misc: The sharp fan she wields doubles as a catalyst for her magic.
Character's Real Name: Shiori Ishimura
Character's Game Name: Shio-rishi
Fairy Race: Spriggan
Type of Fighter: range/melee
Main Weapon: Bow and Tantos
Heightened Abilities: Accuracy and speed
Personality: She's quiet and shy but very kind.
Misc: She rarely talks about herself or how she feels
[h3 Accepted NPCs:]
NPC's Name: Maelo, the Dragon King
Main Weapon: N/A
Heightened Abilities: Too many to list. This isn't google.
Character's Real Name: Ari Silver
Character's Game Name: Candle The Diamond Prince
Fairy Race: Imp
Type of Fighter: Melee/Healer
Main Weapon: Claws, but can also use a staff
Heightened Abilities: Reflexes, magic, and defense
Personality: Collected, calm, and a born leader
Misc: Originally started out as Healer for the Brotherhood of Ashes Guild, however upon the loss of one of their best players he took over the guild and drove it to the top. Now ranked one in the game many people have not met Candle without knowing who he is.
Character's Real Name: Jorian Silver
Character's Game Name: Wel'ren the Red Guard
Fairy Race: Salamander
Type of Fighter: ranged damage/Melee Damage
Main Weapon: Duel wielding crossbows, but can switch to duel knives
Heightened Abilities: Accuracy, senses, and reflexes
Personality: strategic, cunning, and coldhearted
Misc: Nothing is really known about Wel'ren accept that he leads a group of very well known Salamander fighters known as the Dawn, He is the real life brother of Ari silvers, or Candle in the game. He now leads the Brotherhood of Ashes from the Salamander side of it, knowing that his brother leads the Imp version and their friend Aleria, gamer tag of Alerian the Drowned Princess leads the Undine side of the Brotherhood. The group themselves wish to spread their guilds across to all the races and recruit them to fight to beat the world tree one day.
Game Name: The drowned princess Alerian
Real name: Aleria Argenta
Main Weapon: a whip
Heightened Abilities: Speed, Strength, and flight time
Misc: The third leader to the Brotherhood of Ashes, is Currently located in the Undine Territory
Character's Real Name: Ryo Hayakawa
Character's Game Name: Bleizen
Fairy Race: Salamander
Type of Fighter: DPS
Main Weapon: Katana
Heightened Abilities: Attack, speed, crtitical hit
Personality: Cocky, comes off as a prick
Misc: Known Kyoko and Rin since early childhood. Took a break from VR after SAO incident.
[h3 Posting order:]
[b Level I:]
Zeus: Wings glow and are slightly faster
Poseidon: Can breath under water
Hades: Time of death is halved
Hera: Change the form of average monsters into a bear of the same size with the same stats, however, neutralizes special effects like paralysis, poison, etc.
Ares: Ability to attract monsters in the area
Hermes: Gain wings on feet instead of back, allows one to fly slightly faster.
Artemis: Enhanced night vision- works for caves as well
Apollo: Ability to view the success rate/possible damage of attacks on opponents
Athena: Receives a free manual on everything on the land of Gaia
Aphrodite: free in-game customization of your avatar
Hephaestus: Weapons and armor have higher durability
Dionysus: Can raise healing ability of food items
Demeter: 20 protection potions made from a special grain, supply can be replenished at any temple of Demeter
Hestia: Increase party heal speed slightly
[b Level II] [i ]:
Zeus: Advanced lightning magic, regardless of magic stats
--Combat move to send an electric shock through the ground/Summon thunder cloud to electrocute targets for 30 seconds.
Poseidon: Advanced water magic, regardless of magic stats
--Receives a trident that can help in magic casting and in melee combat
Hades:Advanced dark magic, regardless of magic status
--Can withstand one kill blow, usable once a day/ Invisibility for 30 seconds, 2 minute recharge time
Hera: Additional damage to opponents -amount is ¼ damage opponents deal- recoil buff
Ares: Make one opponent turn on another, gain xp from their kill(s)
--Causes monsters within ten yards of player to run in fear
Hermes: Able to do advance air magic, regardless of magic status
--Teleportation magic-workable only in Gaia
Artemis:Obtain a hunting dog as a fighting companion
--Ability to use up to 3 tamed beasts at once/Hunting dog companion turns into a giant wolf in the moonlight & in caves, can be mounted
Apollo: Summon power from the Muses to increase attack power
--Gain a lyre to resurrect another player to half health if still in killed time/Allows the ability to use healing magic without swapping weapons
Athena:Ability to swap a stat or ability with another player or monster
--Ability to polish armor and weapons to have a 25% chance at reflecting opponents attack/Can call upon a giant owl to help fight by their side during the day, can be mounted
Aphrodite: Infatuate an NPC or humanoid monster, they will do your bidding for 1 hour. Can only have 3 infatuations at a time
Hephaestus: Advanced fire magic, regardless of magic stats
-- Ability to magically set their whole body on fire for close combat/Access to a special furnace/anvil to upgrade stats on weapons and armour
Dionysus: Advanced illusionary magic, regardless of magic status
-- Causes opponents to seem drunk, making them more likely to miss due to disorientation/Learns a tune that causes their opponent(s) to go mad and attack itself/themselves
Demeter: Advanced earth magic, regardless of magic status
-- Gains a scythe that helps in magic casting and in melee combat
Hestia: Activate x1.5 all-around status booster when in a team/party of 3 or more -party buff
[b Level III:]
Zeus: Maxed out speed boost and whole body generates lightning for one minute, dealing damage to opponents via contact, but is paralyzed for one minute after time is up
Poseidon: Summon a giant whirlpool barrier around avatar for one minute, but after time is up it collapses upon you and you take all the damage dealt
Hades: Becomes an immortal object for one minute, but after time is up dies.
Hera: A giant boss peacock comes and fights for the character, but turns on the player after defeating the opponent(s)
Ares: For one minute, character gains x2 to attack power but once time is up, the character is then dealt damage of the attacks at original attack power
Hermes: Character becomes intangible for one minute and is able to ‘enter’ the opponent(s) their facing to do direct damage, but after time is up, will take double damage if attacked for the next 3 minutes
Artemis: A shower of arrows falls from the sky for one minute upon opponent(s), but the last arrow hits you in the head
Apollo: Allows character to do mass heal of hit points, removes debuffs from himself/herself and party members, and can bring dead party members back to life if still in death time. The player then loses half of character's total hp if no one is brought back. If player(s) are brought back, then the character automatically dies and has double the death time.
Athena: Player is able to block and parry all attacks for one minute. After time is up, player is able to be killed by any hit point lowering attack instantly for one minute.
Aphrodite: Opponent(s) of the opposite gender fights with character, but after one minute, all that are affected gang up on the character at once.
Hephaestus: Player chops a limb off to make a unique weapon that penetrates all of their enemy’s defenses. Player remains mained with constant blood-loss until they’ve returned to a town.
Dionysus: Character can get a second chance after dying and can come back to life with full health, but will die again after 5 minutes
Demeter: Creates land that is unsuitable for opponent(s) to be standing in and causes damage to them for one minute, after time is up, the land then sprouts large tree-like creatures that attack the character
Hestia: Transforms surrounding area within 50 meters of character into an area that the character and party members can not die in for one minute , after time is up, lava erupts from underneath the character and party members and inflicts damage for as long as their in the area.
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Anjui had finally made it to the make shift Arena in which the games would be held in. it seemed the groups were mostly NPCS gathering up, with a few and far actual player groups in the mix, What threw him for a loop however was the colosseum went from a single story building on the outside several on the inside. The colosseum had been dug into the ground unlike the traditional Roman or Greek theatres or games.
Looking around Anjui noticed the people from earlier. It was the two Caith sith and the Spriggin.
Shooting the three of the group invitations along with the message attached to it. [b "Hey lets participate in the group games. I'm sure we could kick butt."] of course Anjui didn't know their abilities or what god they chose for their blessings, but he could tell that if Candle, Wel'ren, and Arden had chosen to party up with the three of them then it wouldn't hurt him any to do so either. Besides the worst that could happen is they drop out of a silly Competition as a group and go their separate ways right?
Pulling up the details again it required a full party registration of seven. They would only make four... Pulling out three more sets of armor Anjui conjured them to life. The first wa a [http://pre01.deviantart.net/eedc/th/pre/i/2013/032/a/1/auriel__archangel_of_hope_by_tamplierpainter-d5th631.jpg priest] class. just like Anjui. The second was a melee [https://i.pinimg.com/736x/e5/cc/a3/e5cca3cd750cd04d310d26ebc9c2f999.jpg tank]. Like Wel'ren, only the armor used two double handed weapons instead of a weapon and shield. The last was a melee [https://i.imgur.com/j8jZ0u5.png dps] class much like Arden although he carried a single weapon instead of a bunch of them.
Midory and Shio end up finding a notice board during their walk. There's many seemingly random various posts ranging from memes to requests for help with jobs. There is one that catches their eyes, however.
"Is that... a wanted poster?" Midory questions.
"Let's see here..." Shio says as she takes a closer look at it. "There is some group of players who have been managing to steal blessings from players after they receive them in the city."
"Wait, you can steal them?" Midory asks.
"Apparently these players can." Shio answers. "I hope we're not dealing with some kind of hackers here... because if we are, who knows what else they have been doing besides stealing blessings."
"Wouldn't they have to be extraordinarily good at hacking to hack this game?" Midory asks. "This is actually starting to sound scary now."
"Then we should use our blessings before these people steal them!" Shio states.
"I don't want to, there could be something special that happens if you collect them all without using them!" Midory replies. "Imagine if we were able unlock some special power or item that is... god tier or something, maybe even higher!"
"I don't think you... yeah, okay, fine, we'll keep them if you really want to." Shio says.
They walk away from the notice board and head to a tavern nearby. Once inside, they sit down at an empty table.
"Hmmm... what should we do now that we're here?" Midory wonders out loud. "I honestly didn't think this far ahead..."
"Wow, you really don't think that far ahead a lot of times, do you?" Shio responds. "Well, I'm sure they have events of some kind around here."
"Celebrations?" Midory questions.
"Well, maybe that too but not what I meant." Shio says. "It's more likely they have special competitions for this area, but finding them... we should have paid more attention for them."
Anjui had reached the temple of Dionisius with caution. While he was the god of Wine, he was also known for being the god of the grape, ecstasy and madness. his temples were riddled with traps or hidden rooms that would loop into each other and drive a person mad if they weren't careful. A maze in the temple could cause a person to get lost and trapped in the temple and eventually die. If one wasn't careful even they would end up dead in the temple as well. Passing through the tests Anjui stepped up to the alter.
Placing his blessing upon the alter a booming voice of the game came over the temple [b "I give you my blessing Great child of the shadow. You have gained a very powerful patron god, but know because you have chosen me other gods will now deny you a blessing from them."] Anjui expected as much as gods still had their spats of hatred for one another. The greeks were in fact very well known for it in the real world as many hated each other for a reason or another but would not so lightly forgive each other over it either.
Anjui had left the temple, Healing generation of food he gave would now be much higher as long as he made it or if it went through his inventory. Slipping into the light of the sun the male had seen something in his bag he did not expect. It was the head of the Gorgon from earlier. It must have been placed in his bag with his blessing. pulling up the details It was useable on a creature the same power level as he was, but its stone phase would only last two minute and the cool down was an hour long.
It was then another notification popped up on his screen about a potential Olympic game Several competitions would be taking place over the next couple of days which would be in a series of either single or team competitions. becoming more curious, the male tagged the notification and pulled up more details to it.
The first competition would be happening in a few hours, but it was a group thing. A group of four to be more exact. Top 25 single players and top ten teams would then be apart of Olympic games themselves. The first race it seemed would be a race using Pegasi. Even more detail into the competition would be a five lap race one person would make a lap and pass a relay baton to the next person before they could start their lap. Once everyone went around once, the first person would go a second lap. Once the laps were done their point totals are added up. The less time on each lap meant more points for the team. The team with the most points at the end won the competition.
[#810de7 "Perhaps a group would be better for this instead of trying to get in alone."] thinking about it a few people came to mind and that was the few people at the gate who drew him in. Now just to find them again. He remembered seeing the one that shot off head towards the zues' shrine. where the other two went was unkown other then towards the center of town.
Pulling up his guild's character list he sent a message to Candle and Arden to ask them to forward an invitation to the group they were in to get here, He would meet them at the inn near called the Flying Sailor. Upon his arrival at the tavern the male sat down in one of the corners and ordered a bit of food and drink. With that now he waited.
As nice as Midory and Shio had been, Kyome needed some space. What happened to the rest of their group brought back a surge of emotions that seemed to never truly fade. Although she made sure to appear calm on the outside, her thoughts seemed to only accelerate as the flurry raged into a cyclone. [i ‘They were just alive. We all almost finished that quest and just like that…’] Her thoughts flashed back to when she and her sister Rin were playing through the Sword Art Online Beta and imaged her final moments being like theirs. She new that their death wasn’t permanent like hers… However, it still evoked a comparison. [i ‘This is why I play solo,’] Kyome thought as she approached the Zeus altar.
More flashes from the beta came forward within her mind. The lighter, freeing memories where they felt the virtual world was theirs for the taking whenever they partied up. They were both good. However, the possibilities seemed endless with their combined strength. The party just now was starting to give a similar feeling… Kyome missed that… Her sister was gone, but so was that situation. Rin would want her to make new friends online… In fact, she’d probably chastise her for not doing so before now. Yet, she couldn’t. Rin was gone, been gone. So, she had to figure things out for herself.
As Kyome became more aware of the present, she used the blessing and her wings grew almost instantly and she could feel the latent increase in her speed. Not a moment too soon, her new companion appeared with a prompt to give it a name. [#1256c4 “Well, I can’t just call you Orthrus… How about Akari? For the soothing light that emanates from your fur.”] The creature’s tail perks up in agreement. [#1256c4 “Akari, it is then. Ready to tour the town, Akari?”] Akari hunches back with his glowing tail in the air like he’s excited and ready to dash off. Kyome spread out her enhanced wings and they took off with no finish line in mind.
As she tried out her upgraded wings on her first ‘walk’ with Akari, she became to calm down and wonder how the other two who made it out were doing. If given the chance, she decided to join up with them again. It may not be permanent, but she would at least give it another shot. As time past, the cait sith noticed multiple signs about an event with cash prizes. The two slowed down to check out the next upcoming notice. Apparently, there’s going to be various competitions over the next few days. There’s single matches and team matches. Top 25 singles and top 10 teams get to compete in the grand Olympic Games. Everything was calculated on a point system. [i ‘Well, this seems interesting.’] The first qualifying event was a chariot race using pegasi. [#1256c4 “Come on Akari, let’s go check this out.”]
"Really, you think so?" Midory asks but Kyome has already begun walking off. "...I guess we'll just have to find out for ourselves."
"I can't believe we managed to get past everything... it really, really was a good thing you managed to tame a centaur!" Shio says. "I would have just logged off if we had to run on foot past all those spiders..." She then shivers.
"Heh... oh look, someone else made it through too!" Midory says as she waves back at the new person walking by. "I wonder if those others that died will ever try to get here again?"
"By the time they manage to get everything ready again, it would be pointless because another land might open up then." Shio replies. "We should probably stop standing in front of the gate and actually go in now."
The both of them walk inside the city and decide to do some sightseeing first.
"You know, I realized that we're both not really in a guild." Midory says. "I mean, we're sorta in one but we don't do anything for it- actually, we don't seem to do much of anything with other groups of players at all!"
"Now that you mention it, yeah... this was the first time we ever joined up with others since the time we both first started in this game." Shio responds. "We just didn't need help that much once we figured out what to do."
"Do you think we should actually join something, maybe make new friends in the process?" Midory asks. "I don't think trying to create our own would be a good idea since getting people to join would be near impossible now."
"We should just stick together instead of joining something for now unless someone comes over to us with a very good proposition that isn't trying to scam us." Shio answers. "I doubt that will happen anytime soon by the way."
The two continue to roam around the city a bit.
Candle, Wel'ren, even Alerian had all died on the quest, They had originally planned on staying behind so that their party could go onto the third test without a problem. It was however the fall of the weaver's web that had caused the three of them to fall into an abyss that would swallow the weaver herself along with several spiderlings and spiders themselves along with the three Brother hood of Ashes leaders. The three of them had put a very valiant fight, Fending off spiders and the weaver herself until the very end of them. It was Alerian to go down first, she had become the biggest threat as she was the far ranged damage doing the most with fire and ice both and caused many of the spiders run at the sight of her.
The weaver had taken care of her quickly and snuck up around the party snatching up the undine and snapping her neck while shaking her furiously and eventually leading the creature to rip her body in half. It was with her final words that had given Wel'ren a burst of rage and Candle his everlasting armor. It was Wel'ren to die next, as He was constantly drawing threat from everything around him in his rage mode seeing Alerian die in front of him. Candle did a very decent job of keeping him alive, however candle eventually ran out of mana and so Wel'ren became to venerable and the poison from the spiders he killed around him was pooling round his feet. It was what eventually killed him.
Candle himself however was a different matter, while he was out of mana Alerian's last gift to him was an enchantment that forced any attack to heal him and so he was unkillable by direct means, however the Weaver had different plans. Using her spiders she stripped him of his blessed armor and hung him as a prize in her nest. He eventually died from the wounds, but before he could disappear the weaver had done the unthinkable she had placed her baby spiderlings the several hundred that came from a single egg inside Candle to eat him from the inside out.
It was upon their disappearances that the one person stepped up. His real life name was Matthew, but his gamer tag Was Anjui, his reputation he had gained was being the only member of the brotherhood of Ashes that could easily take on Candle, wel'ren and Alerian all at once. His reputation earned him the title of the Light forger. He had left the main land shortly after the party leaders did, and so would not be informed of their demise until his return to a safe zone or city in the new area, but when he touched the gate it seemed to bar him, at first it popped up the Athenian Right quest that recommended a party of people. The male just laughed at it and snapped his fingers.
With a puff of smoke several armor suits appeared, each animated by a bright ball of black light in the armor itself, Each also carrying separate weaponry and it seemed they were all alive themselves. Assigning each one a task of tank, damage, and the like he set off. While he was the Groups main healer sense Candle's taking over of the guild he did the position justice. His reputation did not come from his power of healing, but his skill with armor. He could animate armor like it was nothing, and for each set of armor that was around him it boosted his own powers and extended their distance along with boosted the armor and damage output of all the other armors around.
Anjui had gone through the first trial just fine, seeing the glowing off in the distance close it very quickly to snuff out the glow of magic coming from the armor he quickly packed it all up and grabbed all the fur off the armor and put it into a small jar. Walking around he eventually found the olive tree. Upon answering the second riddle he was teleported into a very spacious room. It seemed it was far much grander then he though as upon activating the armors again. The first was the [https://i.imgur.com/0I9Ol3B.jpg tank]. Its armor glowed a shade of purple. a single blade in its hand with a buffer to armor it was meant to take hits not deal them out.
Anjui let the faint glow of the armor help him assemble the other armors and activate them. The next was the [https://i.imgur.com/jzyxsR3.jpg melee] damage armor. It sat like a behemoth in comparison to the tank. The armor however has no helmet as it wasn't intend to take damage, but deal it out quickly. next was another [https://i.imgur.com/acPD5L0.jpg Melee] Damage armor. It however had more defense as its function is to take over tanking if the tank armor was to be broken or not in use, so its damage output is on the medium scale. The last armor is that of a [https://i.imgur.com/EJFyXF1.jpg ranged] damage armor. It has spikes built into it to throw and a tail to use as a whip.
The second task was a bit harder to go through, but still a simple task. The light given off by the armor kept the snakes away, and any that got to close either got a blade or a spike to it before it could make it to Anjui who stood in the middle of all the armors. They had formed a square around him and easily moved in motion with him as they all acted like one giant body. It wasn't until he heard it however that he understood what was going on. The laughter had caught him off guard, but he quickly went into a defensive mode. It wasn't until he was in the middle of the room that Anjui realized it wasn't a room at all, but a giant dome that housed a bunch of runes.
[b "Foolish of you to come here alone."] said a wicked female voice which hissed out. [#810de7 "If I'm foolish why do you hide?"] the male called out into the darkness. It was then he heard it, the bow shot went off and he stepped back in time for an arrow to hit where he was standing. [b "Lucky you are, but I won't miss twice."] it was then he heard the second shot and he reacted by ducking this time the arrow bounced off the armor he was standing next to however. It was then that she had appeared. The Gorgon he would be facing. The armor started in on her quickly, but the snakes started pushing towards Anjui, and so they stopped.
It was then he decided how to work it. He would send two armors after her and he would keep two with him. It was an easy thing as her stone powers didn't work on the armor as they didn't have eyes to look at the creature with. Upon returning with the head anjui ran out of the building into the light and was faced with the ghost from the city. Offering up the head the creature only held up its hand. [b "You will need the olive and the head for your next task."] confused Anjui looked upon the creature. [b "The next riddle, is what flies high in the sky, and deep under your feet, stand taller then the gods, but were defeated."] Confused for a bit as it couldn't be a Titan they did not fly.
[#810de7 "A giant."] the ghost nodded and disappeared with him the fading voice came. [b "You have chosen the path of Alexander."]
It was then Anjui disappeared in a flash of light the armor with him. Being placed inside the Library of Alexandria the ghost was floating with him. [b "You have tell the sand runs out to find the volume that does not belong."] Raising his hand a giant sand glass behind the creature slowly turned itself over. It stood in the middle of the library and it seemed he had maybe a series of ten hours to find it, but how would he do that? Perhaps this task was why they said to have five people not just one.
Concentrating hard on what he knew about it the library had one copy of every volume before its fall into the sea. Going through the books that had yet to be returned Anjui started putting away the books, but he caught it at the very last bit. The books had taken hours to return and the last few seconds of sand were dripping away, but it was there. On the return pile was a copy of a phone book. It couldn't belong as phone books weren't in creation until long after its fall. Grabbing the book he called out. [#810de7 "I have the answer."] Being returned to the front gate's he smiled as the three items disappeared from his inventory, however what caught his attention was the other two beings also at the front of the city gates.
The male waved to them both, however he recognized them as the pair that the three leaders took off with. It was strange to see the two of them here, but none of the others. It wasn't until he stepped into the city that he understood. The three of them were dead, Their characters set way back to the bottom of the member's register. It meant he was now the leader of the Brotherhood of Ashes, it also meant he had a big responsibility on his hands now.
Getting the reward of several coins and the blessing Anjui had headed towards Dionysus' temple. It was then he got a message. The Spriggins, Imps, Undine, Salamanders, were already within the brotherhood of Ashes, but they had sense his coming here gained several Cath sith, Leprechauns, Pooka, and even Gnomes to join the guild up. The only race left to not have any members within the brotherhood of Ashes was the Sylph group, but they were fiercely loyal to their leader and would unlikely join a guild with all the other races. but their cause was a great one. He would morn the defeat of their leaders who now would have to regain everything, but he would build them a great monument here in the new lands.
[h3 [center ~ Brief TimeSkip ~]]
After completing all three tasks that involved collecting a specific item, the group found themselves back at the statues guarding the entrance into Athens. They presented the odd artifacts. As the objects disappeared before them, the effigies spoke in unison. [b “Your group has passed the trial of wisdom and gained the right to enter our pristine capital.”] Their voices faded out with a rumble. The pathway was now open and a quest completion notification popped up.
The rewards for completing Athenian Right included money in the form of drachma and a Level 1 Blessing. Kyome also spotted an additional notice at the bottom of hers, [i By being among the first to attempt the Olive Tree Trial without violence, you have gained the orthrus hatchling’s trust. This creature is now a willing companion on your journey and will be reborn to you after you offer your first blessing.]
Kyome immediately opened her inventory and read the description for the blessing. [i This item is used to gain favor with the gods of Olympus. Blessings can be offered at one of their dedicated alters and will be used up after single usage. Offer at your own risk. See Blessings Notes for further details.] She saw a papyrus labelled with that exact title. It listed possible benefits under each god and any restrictions that went with it.
[#1256c4 “Looks like this is where we go our separate ways. It’s been nice. Who knows, maybe we’ll get the chance to join up again,"] Kyome says while deciding on which altar she's going to use. Before walking away, she remembers the small egg they found on one of the trials. [#1256c4 "Oh, one more thing. Midory, Shio, take care of that egg. I'm sure it'll hatch into something great.”] Kyome then heads to Zeus’ temple with nothing more but a wave off to the others. They made it to the city. There wasn’t any more reason for them to remain as a group.
The group had all rushed into the hall and pushed their way agonizingly slow to the nest that seemed to form in front of them. However as they drew ever closer more and more spiders piled up on them. As candle had done the burst of magic one of the cait sith rushed forward to the nest and it seemed grabbed and egg Drawing one giant spider out chasing her angry as all hell.
Quickly Wel'ren ran up and slashed at the creature drawing its attention away from the cait sith who slid into place in the center of the group as the spiders grew closer and closer. Alerian had looked over the egg and sighed. [b "That is the wrong egg."] Pulling out a small piece of paper from her invintory. It was a much smaller egg about the size of a dime with yellow, blue, and red dots all over it. [b "My guess is that the spider you ended up agroing after grabbing the egg is a Nest guardian."] Pulling out her whip Alerian dove into the fight next to Wel'ren as he used his sword skills to drive back the spiders around him with fire.
Candle quickly grabbed his staff and rushed down the hallway after Alerian and Wel'ren calling to the other two to move before they get surrounded again with spiders. He had eventually caught up with the other two and pressed farther and farther into the tunnels. Eventually Candle saw Fire's flickering from the corner of his eyes. Their flames a weird purple color instead of a natural red or orange. [b "Hey tunnel there, Lets go it probably leads into the center of the nest."]
Candle once again threw he staff up above everyone's head and a burst of light came out of it in a form of a single ray of light that blasted all the spiders in front of them to bits. [b "RUN"] Alerian called to the group and forced them all forward as spiders started surging forward from behind them like they were trying to stop them from going any farther.
"That's right!" Midory responds. "I wonder if this fur will stay glowing long after we're out of here..."
After they had arrived at the olive tree and received olives, a big silly grin forms across Midory's face.
"Uhhh, wait, Midory, please don't waste your reward when we don't know if we need it for anything!" Shio says after noticing Midory's grin.
"Awe, come on, I'm starting to get hungry!" Midory replies.
"Then eat the bread you have!" Shio says.
"You're no fun..." Midory says as she takes out a piece of bread from her inventory then eats it in an instant.
After they had suddenly warped to another location, both Midory and Shio looked around from where they were standing, only to see the army that was trying to flood them.
"Pffft, is spiders all you've got to throw at us?" Midory says. "Shio, can you see any eggs?"
Shio just stands there, shivering, not saying a word.
"Shio...?" Midory says then sees Shio standing in fright. "Oh... I guess it's up to me then!"
Midory hops off Tak and gives Shio a pat on her shoulders.
"Do you think you could keep Tak alive while I go on ahead?" She asks. "You can even ride him with Kyome if that'll help."
"I-I don't how you can be so calm and cheerful at a time like this!" Shio responds.
"Well for starters, they aren't really real and there's not much to fear from this game, unlike its previous one." Midory explains. "But it's not like I don't understand why anyone else would be scared and or take it super seriously."
"Eheh... careful what you say, you might make the others mad." Shio says then carefully climbs on Tak. "Don't do anything stupid, alright?"
"When have I ever did something stupid?" Midory cheekily says then charges through the spiders, killing every any that get close to her.
Midory makes her way past the spiders and towards the nest while Shio takes Tak as far away from said spiders as possible. Once Midory sees the nest, which surprisingly didn't have any around it, she walks up to it and inspects each egg for the one they are looking for.
"Umm... I have no clue what a weaver's egg looks like!" Midory says to herself the notices one that stands out from the rest. "I guess that's gotta be the one!"
The moment she touches it, she feels some kind of slime drip down onto her shoulder. She looks up to see what one would assume to be the mother of the nest, a spider many times the size of the others.
"O-oh... hi there... I guess I am invading your home, aren't I?" Midory says. "But wait, is that a giant can of bug spray I see over there!?" She points off in a random direction.
Somehow, she managed to trick the mother spider into looking where she pointed, and she took that moment to take the weaver's egg and sprint back to Shio.
The mother spider was of course, not too happy and of course, chased after Midory.
The rest of them managed to get the glowing fur, one storing it in a lantern and another became a walking furball. As ridiculous as the salamander looked, it worked. As they all started their search, Kyome heard a large animal coming her way from somewhere behind her. Prepared to see the orthrus, she turned around. However, it was the other cait sith on the newly-tamed centaur. Realizing the girl just asked her if she wanted a ride, Kyome relaxed a bit from her combat ready posture and replied [#1256c4 “Sure, thanks. Midory, right?”] After hopping on, she looks at the lantern and says, [Here’s the fur I grabbed. It’ll be better if we add this to yours in the lantern.”] After doing that, they could see even further out and the immediate surrounds were even clearer.
It wasn’t long after that they located the olive tree and cleared the task. Sadly, they weren’t done yet. There was a second one immediately after. Kyome stored her olive in her inventory right before everything around them changed again. The new terrain appeared before them. [i ‘Weaver’s egg? Wait, no…’] she thought to herself, thinking about the new objective. As she heard what sounded like a stampede shuffling their way closer from all directions, her theory was all but confirmed. [i ‘Great…’] Kyome kept her cool as the Undine freaked out over the oversized creepy crawlies… She didn’t blame her, Kyome didn’t know anyone that actually liked spiders.
They all began exterminating the seemingly endless number of pests. No matter how many they killed, there were always more. Luckily the healer was skilled, so no one got too low on health. No matter what attacks they threw, they weren’t making much progress. They needed to get moving. When the imp yelled for everyone to run, that was their chance. [#1256c4 “We need to find where they lay their eggs. The sooner we do that, the sooner we’re out of here.”]
Candle had looked over the city’s shield as the group approached it. Something was amiss, but what? Stepping to the city gates the make shift group all were stopped by a guardian to the city. The Parthenon was the answer that the cait sith had given, but Candle knew of two other buildings that could have been the answer. The first was Hadrian’s Arch, the entrance into the city that was built in the early second century to honor rome’s emperor Hadrian himself. The second was the Theatre of Dionysos.
Shrugging he went along with it. Disappearing however was not the plan. Seeing the giant glowing dog just walking around Candle held up his sword Gathering a little light into it, That had caused the dog to instantly look in his direction. Alerian quickly stopped Candle from gathering anymore into it. The wild creature seemed to lose interest. [b “You idiot remember the guardian said any magic that emits light will be snuffed out.”] Wel’ren smacked his head. [b “If candle can draw enough power into his sword it won’t matter what is coming at him it’s an instant removal of anything in a cone shape in front of him.”]
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The salamander drew his weapon and charged the creature only to phase right through it. Having caught a bit of its fur on his armor he shuttered. [b “It can’t physically be harmed?”] Swinging his sword at the creature’s legs Wel’ren moved back in time for the Orthrus hatchling’s heads to smack each other trying to get at him. [b “Wel’ren don’t be stupid like your brother. We can’t fight this thing head on.”]
Candle ran his hand on Wel’ren’s armor and gathered up the fur from his back. [b “We don’t need to Wel’ren will be our lead. He has the most fur on him it seems, as he is covered in the stuff.”] Wel’ren once again shuttered at the thought as he clad on his tank armor and trudged forward.
Eventually the group found the olive tree, and the guard to the city. [b “You have come to the second test. Name one important detail to Greece’s Culture.”] Drawing back into her memory Alerian popped off. [b “Their form of Belief in the importance of one single man in a society. They value individuality. It can be seen in their art, philosophy and even their government system.”] The guide nodded and placed an olive in each of the parties hand.
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[b “You have chosen the path of the Architect. The path ahead leads to but a single dangerous place. Follow the Athenain mark and return to the gates with the weaver's egg.”] With that the group disappeared and once again appeared underground, only this time a scuttling sound could be heard all around them. Screaming Alerian jumped up. [b “Spiders, why did it have to be fucking spiders.”]
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Wel’ren raised his hand and pointed straight out. [b “Ek, Fleygja, Prir, Geirr, Muspilli.”] as he finished three fire spears shot from his hand in front of him to show giant spiders all around them. [b “Defensive ring. Everyone behind me, we got company.”] Candle quickly drew out his staff and switched to healing mode. Raising the point of his staff to the air he called out. [b “Oss, Naoa, Nott, Lysa, Auga, Gropa.”] casting a version of Night vision on the entire group he saw exactly how many spiders were around them now. It looked like the whole tunnel they were in was full of them. [b “OUT OF MY WAY.”] cried Alerian as she charged forward he whip lashing out. Turning any spider that got near it’s tip into ice and falling to the floor shattering.
As the group proceeded down the tunnel bigger spiders appeared. Up ahead one could see a bunch of webs in the way, but behind them were something no one could think of. [b "Wel'ren shoot off more of the fire."] Alerian called out to the man and he did so. Shooting three more fire spears ahead of them the spiders moved out of the way and it burnt away the webs. [b "I knew it. Its a nest."] Alerian kept throwing her whip around, but she saw her health, and everyone elses going down and up like crazy. [b "Candle how are you holding up?"]
The male only grunted as he finished another group healing spell [b "Sea firra heiraguru ausutoru, burotto subaru bani."] as the party slowly progressed Candle drew light into his staff. [b "Move everyone."] Placing it into the ground and diving off to the side The thing blasted in both directions from the gem on the top, as the light shot out the staff itself seemed to change into many different shapes and forms all going with Candle's collected weaponry.
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The very last staff shape took hold and blasted the entire area in fire [b "RUN now."] wel'ren called out as he got himself up off the ground and started running towards the nest.
"I wonder what Athens will look like?" Midory says.
"Either what the real Athens looked like long ago or their own version." Shio responds. "It really comes down to creativity or historically accurate, and I'm betting on the creativity."
"Do you think many players have already gotten to Athens?" Midory asks.
"I'm sure there's quite a few that stayed up all night, waiting for the new area's release and charged forward the moment it was available to them." Shio answers.
When they were stopped at the city's entrance along with everyone else and were asked a question about Athens, Shio wanted to answer it but wanted to see if anyone else also knew the answer.
"Will our reward be delicious olives?" Midory asks after hearing what their quest is.
"What- why is that the first question you think of?" Shio questions.
"I don't know, maybe they're magical!" Midroy answers.
Then when they were suddenly brought to another place, Midory and Shio looked around only to realize that that is kinda pointless.
"No magic, huh?" Shio says then takes out and lantern and lights it. "Lanterns and torches aren't really magic so maybe we can-"
And suddenly a wind blows out the lantern.
"...Never mind." Shio says.
"Oh look, Kyome's going after that, um..." Midory says.
"Orthrus hatchling." Shio says.
"Yeah, that thing." Midory replies. "Oh, and she's trying to tame it!"
"But it seems like it isn't working and we should probably start moving with her instead of commentating." Shio says.
"Hey Tak, do you think you can gets us close enough to ortheris hatchling so we can get some of its fur?" Midory asks.
"Orthrus hatchling!" Shio says.
"Yeah, that!" Midory says.
Tak nods runs past the beast with Midory and Shio gliding their hands along its fur, only getting a small handful of its glowing fur.
"Okay, give me the fur you've got." Shio says.
"What are you gonna do with it?" Midory asks as she hands her the fur she has.
Shio takes out a glass jar with a handle and places the fur inside it then seals it tight.
"Makeshift lantern." She answers. "I think the more fur that's placed in here, the brighter the light becomes."
"You have everything, don't you?" Midory questions.
"I've always got to be prepared for any occasion." Shio explains. "Especially in new lands."
"Hmmm... do you think Kyome would like to ride with us?" Midory asks. "Although, I don't know if Tak could handle three people."
"It's fine if I walk, I don't need to be carried the entire way." Shio responds. "In fact, I would like to stretch my legs some more."
"Let's just hope we won't need to run away from that orethires-" Midory tries to say.
"Orthrus hatchling!" Shio interrupts. "And you don't need to worry about my capabilities in running." She then hands Midory the makeshift lantern, hops off Tak and follows along.
"Heheh, I guess I shouldn't worry then!" Midory says then takes Tak over to Kyome. "Hey, Kyome~, wanna a ride?"
As the makeshift party arrived at the entrance, the large statues stationed at each side of the passage rumbled and then blocked the way in before any of them could safely get through.
They began to speak in unison. [b “None of you have proven worthy to enter the city of Athens. Therefore, none of you may pass.”] A quest bar then popped up before her. It required a minimum party size of 5 players. The quest bar read: [i Would you like to begin the Athenian Right quest? Yes. No.] Since there didn’t seem to be another way into the city, Kyome pressed the ‘yes’ option. The entire group came all this way to enter the city, so they were going to enter the city.
[b “What’s the name of the most famous building within Athens?”]
Kyome took a moment to think back to what she learned in Early Western Societies class. [#1256c4 “Parthenon,”] she blurted out the moment the answer came to here.
[b “That is correct. Your party has evading the way of war. Your trial is that of wisdom. Make your way to the olive tree and you will be granted entry into the city.”]
At that moment, their surroundings went pitch black and the shifting of the landscape could be heard. After the shifting ceased, one last message was given by what sounded like the statues. [b “A warning: any magic that emits a light will be snuffed out.”] With that, the party was in utter darkness and silence.
[i ‘Well, this doesn’t look good… There has to be a trick to finding the olive tree…’] she thought to herself. However, a blue glimmer could be seen in the distance and it appeared to be getting closer. As it approached, Kyome realized that the light not only was an enemy, but an orthrus hatchling that was about double her size.
Although the orthrus illuminated its immediate surrounds, the light didn’t travel too far from it. So she still couldn’t tell where the rest of the party was. If possible, the best option would be to tame it and have it lead the group to the tree. So, she got close enough to jump on its back and establish a connection with the two heads. However, after her attempt, it showed it was untamable. She was really disappointed reading that… She didn’t tame many beasts, but she kinda wanted this one… Regardless, even though that idea was out, the creature had to be the key somehow. Before either head could do any damage, she jumped off.
After landing, Kyome noticed she could see a bit better. In fact, she could make out her surroundings. She looked and noticed some of the orthrus’ fur got caught on her hand and was still glowing. She then shouted to the rest of them, [#1256c4 “It’s fur sheds and still glows! If you run your fingers through its fur, you guys should be able to grab some without agitating it too much. Do that and we’ll be able to find the olive tree.”]
Wel'ren had taken and stabbed his blade's into the cyclops's eye as Alerian shot her whip around the creature's neck. Both were causing the thing to bleed but it seemed his health wouldn't go down at a very fast rate. Being players from SOA they had some of their old skills, especially their special skill.
Candle had put away his staff and pulled out a small single handed blade which he raised above his head. Gathering light into the thing he called out. [b "Wel'ren move."] the salamander quickly jumped back and out of the way in time to see a blinding bright light crash into the creature and decimate the thing. The magic came from Candle himself. The blade shattered and disappeared as the magic finished. Candle himself breathing heavily like he had been running for a while.
The cyclops was gone, but the ground they stood on was scorched like a fire spell had been casted in a cone from where candle was. Wel'ren just barely above the thing, and Alerian standing just to the left of Candle. Grabbing ahold of Candle Alerian helped support him. She had heard what the Cait Sith said and started trudging with the others in her direction. [b "Candle you shouldn't have done that until we could get you a replacment, now you can't use your skill until we are back in town."] Candle only smiled. [b "That part of it anyways."]
Wel'ren came up and took candle's otherside and just shrugged. [b "He could use the other two forms, but I am sure one of them shouldn't be needed yet. We've not yet run into anything to big. We could have taken on that beast with normal skills. You know your talent should have been used on any dungeon or raid bosses."] Candle rolled his eyes. [b "Lets just go."] hurrying to catch up to the two Cait sith, and the spriggen Candle invited the three of them into a party he didn't say anything to them as he did, but he knew it seemed that as long as they could find each other they were safe until they reached the outlying portions of Athens. Even then perhaps being in a party would do them good as they discovered the new area.
Wel'ren had reached into his bag and pulled out a map, however as Alerian opened her bags nothing seemed to change other then she had a small dimond in her bag now. Candle opened his bag to find something very shocking o anyone. He had recived a cyclopse eye ruby. However the suprise was the Shinning ball of black light that appeared as he kept scrolling it was a blessing. Putting it away Candle noticed the three people had joined up. The first name that came up was Kyome Cait Sith. The second was Midory another Cait Sith. The third was Shio-rishi who was the spriggin.
Shio is hit from the middle of a spear and thrown across the ground in the process.
"Shio!" Midory calls out. "Oooo, you're gonna get it now, you-... you... whatever!"
She then charges towards the centaur with her sword out and strikes at its chest, only for it to narrowly block her attack with its spear.
"Ugh... that really hurt." Shio says as she gets up. "Don't worry Midory, I'll return the favor to it!" She takes out her bow and aims it at the centaur.
"Wait, I just got an idea!" Midory says after dodging a thrust from the centaur's spear. "I'll try to tame this one!"
"Wait, what?" Shio responds. "Have you ever tried taming anything?"
"A few times but they all failed... that doesn't mean this one will!" Midory says then runs at the centaur again, this time quickly climbing onto its back and holding on while it tries to throw her off. "I'm not letting go until you're mine!"
"I don't think you understand how taming works..." Shio says with a sigh then notices a taming percentage bar on the centaur appear with it steadily rising. "Or you... what?"
"Woohoo!" Midory shouts while keeping a firm grip on the centaur. "I don't care what you say, this is fun!"
"But aren't you supposed to feed it something for that to work?" Shio questions. "Well, it is half horse so I guess it makes sense but I still think you would need food to tame it."
"What do you suggest?" Midory asks. "Take your time if you need it, I'll just be holding on to this flailing centaur!"
"A carrot or an apple or wheat." Shio suggests. "But I only have this one apple so, here!" She then tosses an apple to Midory who just manages to catch it.
"One apple for the mister centaur coming up!" Midory says then tries to give the apple to the centaur. "Could you please forgive my rudeness earlier of attacking you, pretty please?"
The centaur stops and glares at her then the apple. It contemplates the offer for a bit then accepts the apple.
A menu pops up in front of Midory saying taming successful.
"YAAAAY, I made a new friend from a new land!" Midory exclaims. "My first success in taming too!"
"I c-can't believe that actually worked..." Shio says. "Uhh, wait, wasn't there another battle going on?"
The three of them now look off towards the distance where a battle once took place, only to see that there are more players now and they were all successful.
"Wow, there are a lot of players here now." Shio says. "First, what is your new friend's name?"
"Oh, um, Tak- er, T-Tak, yes, just Tak." Midory replies. "That is of course, if you like it, mister centaur?"
The centaur shrugs.
"Well Tak it is!" Midory says.
They both then hear the Cait Sith say something about Athens.
"I think she said Athens is the way she's heading." Shio says. "We should follow her since we have no idea what to do here."
"Yeah, you're probably right." Midory responds. "But we can follow her on Tak, as long as that's okay with you, Tak!"
"Come on Shio, I'll help you up!" Midory says while extending our her hand.
Shio grabs her hands and climbs on then the two of them ride on Tak as he follows the Cait Sith to where Athens is.
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