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PostSubject: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:49 am

OOC: I CAN'T DO OPENING THREADS WORTH CRAAAAAAAAAAP....but I really wanna RP this again soooo...

"Hah.....So noisy this early? Can't a girl get some shut eye?"

It's been a day since the group's ship has touched down in the bustling city of Luca. The blitzball tournament all of Spira has been waiting for has been pushed off to tomorrow due to the nearby presense of Sin causing concern amongst the people as well as causing Yuna's group and the Besaid Aurochs to arrive late. Most importantly, it seems the Maesters of Yevon have yet to arrive on time for unknown reasons...but it sounds like they'll be arriving to the city later this afternoon. This latest news has the citizens excited and made the ever large city even busier than when they first arrived. Looking out from the inn Zora was staying at, it was hard to tell what part of the city was a road and what wasn't. Even with a good full day of rest and relaxation, she was nowhere rested or relaxed with what's been going on these past few days.

To recap, she along with Takato and Ima were dragged into the world of Spira after being nearly killed by a giant dragon of sorts. From there, they met up with Lady Yuna and her faithful guardians who were more than happy to tell them about the world here. Under Takato's suggestion, they've been traveling alongside the group in order to find a way back to their own world. Unfortunately, things started to get a bit heated and awkward between the two groups with Takato laughing off their so called beliefs and Zora's cursed body along with her sore attitude towards the young summoner. Thank god Ima didn't seem to have ill will with either of them....well...Ima just wants everyone to get along in general. Along the way, they came across Raven during the first Sin fin attack between Besaid and Kilika Island as well as Isaac during the second attack from Kilika to Luca.

In the midst of all this traveling, they've had more than enough of their fair share of battles...One after another, day in and day out. It hardly seem like the group could relax for even a day without getitng into a fight with someone or something. The giant dragon, Quetzalcoatl, Sin, Leviathan, Lysandr, Cerberus, Kisame, and Sin again...All within the span of a few days, some battles happening in the same day. It's taken the the toll on everyone....Ima's "death", Takato's near death and fatigue, Zora's rebound from her accursed arm, and Raven's sudden change after their latest battle before Luca. They finally had a day or two to rest and relax to their heart's content before the big tournament day.

Unsure of the rest of the group, Zora was already awake and staring out into the streets of Luca from the main lobby of the inn. Now that they werne't in constant danger, she had time to recovery from everything including her strange bloodthirst and lull right after the Sin fight. Even now, her memories of that battle were nonexistant....Just that they were fighting Sin again and she attacked Yuna. In fact, she hasn't seem them since they disembarked from the boat. She got bored watching outside from her window, glancing at the doors that held her companions. The last she knew about them, Ima was incredibly sleepy, Takato was all right but concerned about her, and Raven was....Well, she hasn't seen Raven for a while. Maybe he was holed up in his room? She distinctly remembered him feeling immensive fear of himself after the Cerberus battle.

Now becoming bored, she gets up and walks over to the door that held everyone's favorite Magi, knocking on the door to see if he was awake. "Hey Takato...you up? I'm thinking about grabbing some food and wanted to know if you could help me bring some back for Ima and Raven." That was half the reason why she asked him to come along....In fruth, she really didn't want to be alone especially since Kuro was nowhere in sight. Not only that, Takato was very much a pillar of strength for the young girl. "....Takato?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Wed May 09, 2018 12:30 am

It was never too early for Raven. In fact, he had been up for hours.

His fear had turned into determination, and determination into a plan. Meeting up with the strange and aloof Isaac, he asked for a favor; help him forge new weapons to keep his ... powers in-check. He expected it to be a week's affair ....

Isaac did it in moments. The metal from his weapons, the sword and his guns, liquefied before his eyes and forged into something new, like the metal bent to the near-silent man's will. His new sword was beautiful. In fact, he tried not to cry, but it was the other item forged for him that meant the most.

A gauntlet. In truth, a full-sleeve of light armor that pulsed with a sky blue light as soon as he placed it on. While strange looking, Raven could feel its purpose immediately. The taint of his blood, which felt the to cold center of a swamp coursing through his veins ... felt warm. A lovely, comfortable warmth like a hug or a fireplace. He let his energy flow, and a light fire encompassed his hand .... and with a switch, his flames turned to a blue, glowing aura.

He had done it ..... a way to purify, if needed.

Before he could thank the mysterious man, he was gone like a whisper. Confused, Raven took to the city, looking for some new clothes. He never forgot his oath to Yuna; he was a Guardian now, and if this culture was to accept him, he would accept the culture. He found a clothing store, an armorer, and in a moment the "Crimson Beast" returned to his traveling party's makeshift home with some more blue, a new hood .... and a smile.
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PostSubject: Re: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Wed May 09, 2018 2:26 am

Ima was gone.

She'd woken mere moments after the ship had docked in Luca, and crawled out the empty room's window like a cat in search of a sunbeam. The blankets on the bed were soft and nice, but while it was a kind gesture it was ultimately one of no use to a person who couldn't produce body heat. So Ima wormed her way out of the covers, wiggled through the porthole, flopped down onto the boardwalk, and waddled through the crowds of people in search of someplace sunny and warm. In the end she'd settled on the top of some tall building, and was content to doze there and watch the sun fall and the moon rise and its reverse and all the things inbetween.

She wasn't exactly sure how the chocobo chick had gotten its way up after her, but she was too sleepy to question it.

"Kweh!" It kwehed insistently, running in precarious circles along the roof's edge. It paused for a moment to peek down at the sleepyhead, her one eye just cracked open enough to watch through the veil of her hair. "Kweh!"

"Kweh." Ima kwehed back, because that was a lot easier than talking and the chick seemed to get very worried if she didn't respond.

"Kweh!" The chocobo kwehed again, and the cycle repeated.

Said cycle had been repeating for the past couple of hours...as it would probably continue to until Ima's friends or Yuna's group realized they were missing a child.
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PostSubject: Re: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Thu May 10, 2018 2:52 am

Everything still hurt.

Yet, he could feel his magic. A hand extended upwards and Takato looked up to the ceiling as he lazed on his back on the bed. The flesh that singed his metal arm and real shoulder together positively throbbing with wonder. His metal fingers flexing with his every breath. It had been quite some time since he had been back at a hundred percent. Or rather, what could be considered a hundred percent now. A persuasive price was still but a price, after all.

Huh...?

Oh, Zora. Her...? Odd, but pleasant.

Food did sound good to him and it would give them more time to explore the city...

"I'm up!"

A ruffling sound was heard beyond the door, as if someone had thrown aside covers. Two fingers rubbed along the bridge of a nose before the door opened the reveal the rather messy and half-dressed Magi. Tired amber eyes met her before a yawn followed the sleepy look. "Good morning to you too, Zora?" His hair appeared like a bird nest, strung up in a mock of his usual pigtail attempt. It certainly didn't help that it looked like he had just simply tossed on his clothes in a hurry. Yet he didn't seem to mind his almost shaggy appearance, even though he wouldn't win any beauty shows.

Still, his fingers (both flesh and metal) slid into his usual white gloves and he stepped out of his room to her with nary a reach of his pocket watch.

"What time is it anyhow?"

Coming from a man staring at a watch, that probably sounded a bit strange. Except to them. After all, his watch didn't exactly matter (or work with their system) within this world, but it was almost instinct to reach for the thing. It clicked shut sharply and the short Magi stretched up his arms to the air with a loud yawn, as if taking in the day. The height he possessed making this look more humorous than it should have.

All in all, he looked the same spitting image as the day they had all met. Without his foxy companion. Speaking of which, where the hell was she? Was she still on that mission he sent her on? Takato pondered as he rubbed his chin. No matter. 'Getting food would probably be a good break from my research'

Yawn. Takato stumbled and rapidly blinked his eyes, folding his arms. A sigh that only one of stress could be made breaking from his lips. These beds were far from what he expected from such a comfortable looking place. Looking her in the eyes, a small smile formed.

"Lead the way."

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PostSubject: Re: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Thu May 10, 2018 4:13 am

She could hear the noises coming from his room, blinking in surprise when the door flew open and showed the young Magi in such a tired and unkempt state - something she wasn't too accustom to as she's usually the late riser of the group. It was almost amusing to see his clothes and hair in such disarray I guess amidst all of the things they've encountered, some things don't ever change...for better or worse. The girl couldn't help but smile for a moment, feeling like all the stress and hardship they've had since entering Spira was nothing more than a bad dream...at least for today.

"It's time for you to wake up and eat, that's what. I'm surprised you slept in so late." Zora said, ruffling the young man's hair in an attempt to make it less of a bird's nest. "Sheesh...Just look at you, Takato. You might want to fix yourself up a bit. Nevermind people staring at us for being so different and strange, I'm sure everyone in Luca would recognize you as being the little lady's guardian now. If you're seen looking like such a slob, you're just going to make her look bad." She nags a bit at him, turning around and waving her hand as she starts heading out the door.

"By the by, I think your fly's down. Miiiight want to fix that."

Stepping outside, they were greeted with the sight of Luca's main plaza. Compared to Besaid and Kilika, it was far much bigger and definitely had a big town or city sense around it despite the difference in culture. It reminded her of Magnolia town - the streets bustling with life and excitement from people of all ages going about their every day lives. Across the city, lines of flags have been string up around the area and hot air balloons scattered all around the skies. Zora wasn't entirely sure what they were for...probably advertising the different Blitzball teams that were going to participate? It doesn't help that the Spiran text was a bit different from their own language, making it nigh impossible for her to read. Her gaze focused in on the tall pillar at the center of the plaza...which no one could tell her what it was really there for. Maybe it was there just to look nice?

"Cafe's just over there." she mumbles, trying to remember what the inn keeper was telling her as she glances over the area. As she was looking around, her gaze seems to settle on a familiar white haired man. "....Raven?" She walks up to him, concern painted all over her face where her usual permanent scowl was. He seemed much different than how he was acting on the boatride. "Are you all right? I'm surprised to see you up and about..." No snarky comment...no snappy remarks...not even a death glare from the blue haired girl - Much different than how she's treated the demon hunter before. "We're going to get food....did you want to join us?" Maybe this was a chance for them to mend their relationship between each other (Though most of that was her own fault).

...Then again, she might just be crazy...Especially since she keeps hearing strange 'kweh' sounds softly echoing around her. It almost sounded familiar...Oh well.
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PostSubject: Re: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Fri May 11, 2018 2:06 am

"Oh, hey!" Raven waved as he responded in feigned surprise. In truth, he had spotted her before she had made her way over, but he didn't know how to explain his new .... armor. It wasn't that he was embarrassed, but more so that the gauntlet resembled that wicked arm which Zora carried with her, though it emanated a far more pure aura. He gave a quick, conservative chuckle before motioning with his unarmored hand to his new clothing with their influences of home and Spira.

"I couldn't sleep, so I went out to, well, take some chances," He adjusted the long blue cot over the short, red hooded shirt underneath. "The first risk was wearing blue. Figured I had to let Takato keep the red coat look. Otherwise, I mean ...." he passed a playful grin to the magi, "There wouldn't be enough room for the "cool guy in red" department on the team."

He laughed at his bad joke. He laughed a lot; partially true, mostly forced, turning his body to hide the arm. He realized how stupid he was being. These people, his companions ... his friends, they weren't your average folk. They had seen battle, lived off of their abilities to survive and perceive. He couldn't hide it for long.

"But in truth, I went out to find that red-haired guy that fought with us. After our fight with the shark guy, when I ....." he trailed off, his grin dimming for a tick before he took a breath and brought it right back, "I wanted to see if I could do something more with that power; if I could control it. We worked on the design for a while but I came up with this beauty," he said, motioning to the new sword strapped to his back right next to the ragged and bandaged Samehada. Where his original sword, Azrael, was gothic in design and ghastly in function, this new blade seemed brighter, sleeker, with a strange contraption built into the hilt that made it more of a modern masterpiece than a butcher's blade.

"And, well .... " he revealed his right arm like a child revealing a treat he wasn't supposed to take. The gauntlet covered his entire arm in deep red metals of no discernible origins, leaving space for a soft, blue light to pulse out from open segments across it. The nails were slightly sharper on the fingertips than his uncovered hand, and it seemed to move seamlessly with his natural arm underneath. "This thing changes the power ... purifies it. Don't ask me how; it was his idea, but .... it works. I really, really works."

His smile was far more genuine now, mixing apology and pride all in one. He was truly happy, and free, and was he ever so glad to see his friends again.

Then, his stomach growled. He placed the armored hand onto his belly, chuckling. "As for food ... yeah, that'd be great."

He started on his way to follow them, before stopping with an expression like he had forgotten something he had been waiting all morning to do. He looked over his shoulder to the rooftops above.

"Hey, Ima? If you're awake, come and join us."

There was no use in asking how he knew she was there.

Raven always knew.
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PostSubject: Re: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Tue May 15, 2018 1:30 am

From far above, the kwehs of child and chocobo continued unchanged; while it was unclear if the other bird's cry went ignored or unheard, the result seemed much the same.
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PostSubject: Re: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Fri May 25, 2018 4:08 am

For a man who was knocking on death's door not a day before, he sure knew how to talk. She couldn't tell if he was doing it to stall himself from revealing his new toy or out of actual glee...or both. The girl rolled her eyes, hearing Raven's normal tone returning to him. In the back of her mind, she felt a bit dumb to think he was really out of commission after the Cerberus fight in Kilika.

Once he revealed his right arm, her attention snapped back and focused on the strange red gauntlet. Now it made sense why he was acting a bit strange...well....stranger than he normally was to her. Her eyes glanced over the strange metal and blue light seamlessly spilling out from the core. This was made in one night? Both this AND his new-found sword? Zora wondered what kind of guy this red haired fellow was...She vaguely recalled some passenger on the boat with him matching his description, but nothing more.

Without a single word, she walks closer to Raven, reaching out with her left hand to take a closer look at his arm. IT felt....strange. Almost cool to the touch. Whatever it was, it seemed sturdy enough and definitely had a sense of calm energy quite opposite to anything demonic or negative. She listened to his description of what the arm did, frowning as she moved her right arm up and over the blue light. It was bandaged up, most likely to cover it from passerbying eyes Wrapped in a white bandage with crude drawings akin to prayer and sealing markings, even Raven would have noticed how dirty it seemed....some parts of the bandages seem to bleed grey if not dried blood, but otherwise her arm seemed unharmed.

"Do you really think hiding this like a little kid was going to stop me from noticing?" She scoffs, slightly glaring at him. Zora wasn't sure of what to feel...Relief that he was all right? Annoyance that he tried to hide his arm? Concern of how it felt on him? There were a flurry of emotions running through her mind though one stuck out like an annoying gnat.

Jealousy.

To have am arm like this....an arm whose purpose was to purify and cleanse instead of wreak and destroy...an arm that although people would stare at would not fear as much...Her right hand twitched a bit as her grip got slightly tighter around his hand, not ehough to cause harm but briefly noticeable. She should be happy that he didn't need to feel afraid...she should and yet...

"Well, so long as your precious summoner is all right with you having this." she huffs, letting go of him as she walks past and starts to head into a nearby restaurant. "Leave the girl be...I'm not sure what aliens eat anyways, but we'll bring her some food back. Oh...." It just hit her that she did want to talk with Raven off to the side, but he probably has forgotten about that since he was...down in the slumps when she asked if not outright tired.

"At any rate, stop standing around. You can play with your new toy however you want later. Food comes first."
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PostSubject: Re: The Endless Spiral of Despair (World: Spira)   Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:29 am

Had he done something wrong?

It wasn't uncommon for Zora to lose her temper. If anything, Raven had expected it, but for a moment he had thought ... maybe it was different? Could it have been ...

It was the arm.

He looked down at it, not in shame, but in acknowledgment. She had so many reasons to be upset with him.He moved each of his fingers, inspecting the gauntlet. It would take time, but hopefully she would understand.

"Y-yeah ... I'm coming."

And so he did.
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