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PostSubject: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:12 am

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Olive wandered out of the city as soon as dawn broke. Her sorceress robes fit her ridiculously so, before she left, she traded them for a pair of trousers and a boy's tunic. She'd have time to worry about her prettiness later. The girl wandered the mystetrious landscape barefoot, ignoring the occasional small rocks that scrapped her heels. The forest she passed through was marvelous, greenery accompanied by sprouts of color. "Incroyable...(Amazing)" Olive murmured as a swarm of Betaflies passed over her head.

As she got deeper in, the woodland became quite more packed and she struggled to fit between truncks almost stuck together, roots twisting above ground and vines dangling from above. Olive felt disappointed as the critters became more rare and the beauty too cramped to be seen. She almost turned back when a wrong step sent her tumbling down a valley. She didn't fall much, but she felt her palms and knees aching from the scrapes. With a snap of her fingers she accessed her user interface.

Health: 99%
Status: Minor Injuries

None of the body parts in the diagram flashed red, so Olive got up and dusted her clothing, grateful these were not her mage robes, the ones she had arrived dressed with when she first entered Project Aubade. When she finished, she looked around the new landscape. The thick forest had been replaced with a vast opening, surrounded by crumbling stone structures, climbing upwards towards the sky. The girl guessed the twisted forest beyond had grown as a shield for the ruin. Compared to it, the vast expanse of openness felt like a playground.

Olive wakled past the walls of stone, examining them with one hand. On the tip of her finger she held a dancing flame that spread a modest light over the ancient architecture. She liked this place. She liked it a lot. Her cute little paradise. With a bit of effort, she found her way higher, climbing on the vastly carved walls which created an imense amount of places to grip on. The mage rested on a ruined balcony, rubbing her red hands together and blowing cold air into them.

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:47 pm

Where the hell was that gate? Seriously? Where?

Those were the only questions that she asked as she stormed about the moss-covered structure, the walls beginning to crumble from the inside. And yet, even then, the magnificent and marvelously built ruins only reminded her of home. They felt like the grand duomi built all across Italy and had the Renaissance-feel to them, what, with all of the curves and the blatantly apparent divergence from the Gothic architecture more prominently present in Roslare. It was more stylistic. All the more reason to feel homesick.

She wasn't sure why she wandered into this place. Maybe because it was the closest thing to looking like her culture, albeit not as well-managed and beginning to topple over from the foundation, or maybe because she had been trying to find the first gate to get out of this dumb cage as fast as possible. Either way, it didn't change the fact that she was carrying a torch in one hand with a bow slung over her shoulders as she walked through the dark passageways that seemed to curve and extend for all of eternity. A few cracks filtered in sunlight from above, bringing a stream of rays down to give a bit of life to the dull areas.

Lilian hated how much she was fascinated with the style of the ruins. Her fingers would, against her own will, slide against the walls, feeling every bit of the texture used and the murals of some sort of historical depiction unknown to the people of earth. Though it could be a depiction of Lucifer's story. It sure looked like it. People loved talking about how video games made tons of references to myths and legends and religion. Seemed weird, really. To think that she was stuck in a video game when she had never even so much as even touched one. Well, except phone games. But those were phone games. They weren't real video games.

It didn't take her very long to reach a circular room where the altar seemed to stretch into a massive tower, larger than the last, but not by much. Statues of deities were everywhere. They had the same sense of realism to them that one would expect from a Renaissance-inspired piece, but more... anime and with liberty to the designs. This really was a place for nerds. The room was illuminated very nicely, the ceiling filled with holes that brought in skylight, though vines and other greenery blocked out some of it, giving the room a more... cool atmosphere.

At least it was better lit than the other places. She could get rid of the torch if she wanted. The ornamental designs, from the words to the murals, covered the walls in detailed carvings on the pillars on each side of the room. Another gate was in front, blue mana flowing out of it in a sort of calling, where the pillars, despite being collapsed, defied gravity. The stair steps were right there if she wanted to walk forward.

...

Yeah, no. That looked dangerous as hell.

A breeze or a scuffle from somewhere in the room blew out the fire she had clung onto so dearly, and then there was a rustling from above. Without thinking, Lilian grabbed her bow and fired a shot, albeit clumsily and shakily, the head of the arrow puncturing itself in the wall only a mere feet away from where Olive was sitting.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:35 pm

Olive watched the shifting shadows waltz their way through the ruins, bringing life to the lonely, crumbling towers. Sitting on the cold, stone, balcony, feet dangling over the edge, the mage watched the still scenery, her mind wandering to back home. She missed France and she missed her family. Here, into this new world, she had no way of telling appart foe from friend, but she found it safe to assume everyone was a neutral-foe. Olive gulped as a tear chilled her cheek. She had been crying, missing home. Until now, she hadn't allowed herself to feel discouraged, but she was shaken, the first time she felt safe to open her heart and feel the pain. She wiped her face with the dirty-white sleeve of her tunic and got up, ballancing on the stone rail. At home, her friends considered her, if not athletic, agile. 'No, you are thinking about home again!'

She raged at herself, but had no time to be angry. A click startled her and for a few seconds she felt like she was falling, but she held her ground, even if her feet felt like two long jelly-beans. When the rythm of her heart slowed down, she hopped of the railing and conjured her inventory, selecting her spellbook. The object magically appeared in her hand, and Olive dropped it in surprise, but quickly collected her from the floor of the balcony. Holding her spellbook in one hand and flickering a small sparkling flame in the other, she stared through the ruins, looking, scanning for whoever fired that arrow.

"Show yourself!" she called, panting. She was still scared by the startling shoot, and wondering whether she would have to fight anyone. Olive would've much prefered to not enter conflict, both because she was not in any gear and because she hadn't fully learned to harvest her powers. She considered the other captives happy. They were wielding swords and knives and bows, while she was stuck learning to conjure flames and sparks.


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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:01 pm

A... voice? From what she heard from the noisy quarters back in the city, the monsters didn't really talk. There was a bit of sniffling beforehand, and now, it didn't take very long for two and two to put themselves together. I nearly hit another player... Not that she really cared about that, but there could be punishments or restrictions if she damaged someone else, accident or not. Plus she didn't need any restrictions that would hinder her chances to advance to the next level. She couldn't aim for the love of life anyway, so picking a fight wouldn't be the best idea. The person was demanding that she showed herself.

Lilian taut an eyebrow, rubbing the back of her neck. "Hah?" Was this girl serious? She could see her - and her crazy bicolored hair from here -, right in the open broad day, and the other player was asking her to show herself? This place was filled with idiots. Everyone was an idiot. Which, in hindsight, made a lot of sense. Stupid gamers always hanging out on their electronic devices and never bothering to study or focus on their grades without caring the slightest about their futures. All of them with their dumb instant gratification. "Are you kidding me?"

Readying another arrow, she launched it and allowed it fly through the air, with a steadier hand. It landed only slightly closer to Olive than the last. "The next one won't miss if you ask something stupid again." Honestly, this was why she didn't bother trying to talk to any of the other players before, despite having been around for a couple days already. How they could think like this was unfathomable.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:31 pm

Olive arched an eyebrow, following the sound of the voice. She squinted at the ranger, her fire still dancing playfully over her finger. So, another player attacked her? Olive was annoyed. She hadn't expected to enter a conflict with another person so early after her arrival there, but she could put the pieces together and suspect people were already getting cabin fever. Another arrow flew past her, but the mage held her ground, figuring this was the only thing the blonde knew to do. "You know nothing else than shooting random arrows, chienne (bitch)?" she hissed, the flame over her finger slowly growing, fueled by her rage, wishing to throw the former quiet pain away and swap it for a good old bicker.

"And so that you know, that was not a question. That was a fact. So let me say that again: You only know how to shoot arrows, lil' chienne. And that's coz the game taught you." she taunted, making the spellbook in her hand disappear back into her inventory. Olive knew she was reckless, acting on impuls, but if something coursed through French blood, it was pride. Dumb, sweet, amaizing pride that made her want to flame the ranger's hair until it turned into ash. 'Blondes are morons. It's a fact.' she thought, feeling satisfied with her mental response. If she wished, she could go on with the pety insults forever.

"Look, chérie (hun), why don't you put that bow down?" Olive said, arching her eyebrows. She was mad that her quiet, bitter-sweet moment had been pertubed by this pesky girl, and she imagined that after this was over, she'd sulk back to Watcher's Pub and eat a hot meal, just enjoy being pissed for a while.

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:17 pm

It was actually amazing to hear how seamlessly the translator in Project Aubade worked. Whatever language the other person spoke - probably French, considering the accent - transferred perfectly into Italian without fail, taking into account the grammar and everything else. Other translators failed to do this because there were so many different grammatical rules for every language; some had verb tenses, some didn't, and then participles and all of these other ridiculous parts to languages that people said would be impossible to do a perfect translation. But here it was, in this game. After marveling slightly at that, Lilian bit her lip, narrowing her icy blue eyes into a glare, focusing in on the flickering flames. A mage. She didn't need video game knowledge to beat a stupid mage.

"Excuse me, but maybe instead of reading your dumb spell book, you need to start reading a book of manners," Lilian retorted, half-tempted to launch another arrow to see if she could put a dent in the book or make sure it goes flying from this Neapolitan girl's hand. She couldn't do a thing without her weapon, after all. And her little spells would take forever to cast. A vein popped on her forehead. "Well, maybe shooting an arrow looks better than looking stupid reciting magical lines." Who said she didn't know how to shoot arrows outside of the game anyway? This girl was an absolute idiot. Doing ethical hunting back at home was something she had to learn. She just wasn't used to this world and how stiff the bow was!

With a huff, the ranger swiftly prepared another bolt, ready to pierce through the girl's heart. At least, that's what she was going to do. Something else had snuck up behind Olive. Narrowing her eyes, Lilian focused and the arrow landed on the target in the shadows, to little avail.

A creature wearing a bird mask on its face, with wooden features branching out as though it were a tree, moss and leaves clinging onto its cloaked figure. The eyes were hollow and dead, yet filled with the spark of life of the forest. She didn't know what it was, but a glow of mana told her that it was casting a spell that could cause the balcony to collapse.

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:20 pm

'Alright, that's enough.'

Olive was full with rage and every second spent in the company of the unpleasant player made her want to set fire to the beautiful temple, despite the fact that in the little peaceful moments she had spent in its proximity the place had only managed to charm her. She could only blaim her hot-headed attitude, short temper and pride, which the ranger was currently stomping upon and thinking she would get away without any pay back. 'Aw, don't worry. I'm a good person, you'll get your own fair share later.' she thought with a smirk. Insult after insult, she huffed and dismissed them, yawning and waving the hand in which she was not harvesting a fireball. She allowed the blonde to drain herself before she cleared her throat lifting the fireball menacingly.

Then the arrow shot right past her and Olive lost her patience. The fire grew and her face flushed an angry red."If you think you are the only one who can attack then you are terribly wrong. You are more stupid than you look and I left you to quack down there just because I needed time to prepare a spell that would turn all of your freaky arrow into ash and I am not afraid to burn you to the ground, even if I get a penalty or whatever!" she boomed, raising the fireball with both hands and preparing to hurtle it into the ranger. Then she felt something cold scrap her back and her mind detected something new, something she had never felt before in her life. Olive felt the mana of a spell being prepared and turned in a second to face the monster. She let out a scream but did not hesitate and burried her melting hot hands into the beasts body, twisting them until she burned a hole straight through it's body. Fire spread and caught the beast, and a bar appeared above its head, indicating the massive loss of health. The mage had no time to celebrate a critical hit and scampered off the balcony.

The drop would've left her breathless anyway, but there were many things that happened at the same time. The monster, still somehow alive, cast a spell which blasted the whole balcony behind her, throwing Olive way off course from the point where she wanted to land. The feeling of the mana bubbling, ready to become a spell, made her mind ache just before impact, and it al, concluded on a terrible landing. These were more than scrapes, and Olive panted on the ground, holding her numb mouth with her hand, while with another the supported herself on the grass. The hand with which she was holding herself upright felt too hot to apply over the bleeding wounds. Olive had fallen and hit herself mouth first in the harsh ground. She was shaking and opened the user interface to reassure herself she was right. She was, sort of.

Health: 50%
Status: moderate injuries at the oral level (use a health potion!)

Olive grunted and blandly slammed her finger on the "use a health potion" button. But another screen flashed in front of her eyes.

Out of healing potions? Go buy more at your local store!

The girl held her mouth and grunted. Instead of worrying about the lack of healing potoins, she rolled over to look at the blasted balcony. There was no sign of the previous monster, which was a relief. A small bar floated above both hers and the ranger's heads, indicating the experience points they had aquired. Olive couldn't care less at that moment.

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:56 pm

Beginner mage spells were always very weak. A little fireball that could be sidestepped. Lilian wasn't really worried about that at the time as the girl kept babbling on and on about how she wasn't going to hesitate on burning her to crisps. Okay, maybe she was a tiny bit worried at the prospect of losing one of her lives to a little brat like this in the absolute middle of nowhere - well, not exactly nowhere, but kind of since they were technically hidden underground and not actually in this world and... oh come on. Even with the warning, bicolored girl was still falling incorrectly and had a rather rough landing that made Lilian wince, half from the dust clouds rising into the air and half because the impact didn't look really pleasant.

Taking a few glances around to make sure there was no more danger, the cloaked mage thingy seemed to have dispersed into shards of data before vanishing completely, she slowly approached the other player, not taking heed to the experience bar above them. Not that she actually knew what that was nor did she understand the rewards from it. In her pocket was an extra health potion, and begrudgingly, she held it out to the injured girl, face red and her eyes held shut to not actually examine the wounds. She really didn't want to look at that stuff nor did she want the other player to be asking why she had the potion on-hand instead of stored safely in her inventory. "Honestly, how did you not have some sort of healing item on you when you wandered outside of a safe zone?"

The flask was clear, except for the bubbling red liquid inside that seemed to shimmer with the sunlight. A magical property, probably, and it was guaranteed to at least heal up 25% of one's health. Lilian wasn't really sure whether it was a property of being a ranger or not, but it was easier to hear far away. Just a tiny bit. Or maybe her senses were at their peak all the time within the game. Either way, she could hear footsteps approaching inward and the echoing of some other creature's murmurs. Her fingers plucked at the bow's strings, and the arrow flowed right over them, hitting its bulls-eye.

Another one of those weird tree creatures. What was it with them and their fascination in being in this area? Photosynthesis maybe? This was the only pretty well-lit place in the ruins thus far. The sun was at its highest point in the sky right now too. Ugh, this was a bad idea, she groaned internally. "If you're good to go, we're getting out of here. I don't want to deal with ugly plant bird guys anymore." She could leave on her own, but if she was attacked again, having another person would be useful. It's not like she wanted to make sure that Neapolitan girl wouldn't get KO'd in the ruins and lose a life or anything...

Once she slung her bow back over her shoulders, she held her hand out, in a sort of truce way, for now. A temporary truce would be fine. "I'm Lilian, by the way."
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:19 pm

Olive wiped the dirt and blood away from her mouth, her skin turning red. She was embarassed and hurt, unhappy to be seen in such way by the ranger girl and even unhappier by the potion handed to her. Quickly, she pulled the strings that held the collar of her shirt tightly, letting it loose. The mage took a deep breath and forced the liquid down her throat, lips too numb and swollen to grip to flask correctly. At least it managed to fulfil its purpuose, and Olive soon felt much be, being able to finally feel her mouth. She uttered a hurried "thank you", still trying to gathernherself properly and get up. The hand stretched out for her made her feel so ashamed, but she took it nonetheless, for as litlle time as possible, making the excuse tk dust her tunic to quickly snap it away when she was upright again.

The sound of another arrow springing away from the bow and connecting with the head of another woodland beast sent shivers down her spine, but she didn't show it. "I'm Olive." she said, while on the lookout for more enemies. Getting out of the ruins was a priority, but Olive felt oddly drawn to the ruins, hoping to discover what had drawn so many weird creatures towards it. She didn't like to admit it, but maybe she would not be able to do it all alone, and this encounter only strenghtened that feeling. Cautiosly, she prepared another fireball, allowing it to grow and expand into a more powerful burning ball. That would take some more time.

"We should get going." she sauggested, feeling the unease vibe of the forest. If the data was correct, those things were merely people, or that's what she thought, people to which the forest got too attached to. Never wanted to let them go. As the two girls walked past the corpse of the dead Wicked, she could feel the howls of pain, the forest weeping over a lost friend. Shivering, Olive wondered whether Lilian could feel the grief of nature as well.


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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:39 pm

Well, wasn't that kind of ironic? Both of their names had plant attributions to them and they met in the plant-covered ruins attacked by plant monsters. Funny how fate was sometimes. Lilian refrained from making any comments on it, only smirking to herself when she was sure Olive wasn't looking. With a nod, she tersely responded, "Would be best to get going anyway. I have a feeling I know why they're hanging out around here." Hurriedly, she quickened her pace, looking rather uneasy as she went through the same tunnels and hallways once more.

On the bright side, having the chocolate and vanilla mage at her side meant she didn't have to carry a torch around. Having a hand free would make it easy to fend off from attacks, if it came down to it. Looking back on it, she was pretty lucky to have not run into anything on the way inside.

Lilian had a bad taste in her mouth. Watching the Wicken corpse dissipate slowly - maybe its data was corrupt or the server was lagging? - was a rather ill-suited image that she didn't want burning in the back of her mind. She was going to have to kill other monsters if she wanted to get stronger and reach the end of the game. The final floor was the fifth floor. Only five floors. It didn't sound too hard. Couldn't be worse than exams at school, right? But exams don't mean the end of my life. No need to get nervous now. Nope, nope. Shake those thoughts out of your head, Lily. Being an idiot now wasn't the best idea.

There were a few other Wickens lurking around the corners, and at some points, she was wondering whether she was playing a horror game instead of the so-called RPG that this cage hailed itself as. Too many jump scares. She was getting more nervous than she wanted to admit.

For a moment, she blinked. A scratch she made on the wall earlier from accidentally scraping her bow in the narrow hallway was visible. "We passed here earlier, didn't we?" Dear god, they could not be lost, could they? Everything was screaming otherwise, however.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:17 pm

Olive could feel her head beginning to pound as she and Lilian twisted amongst the Yseult Ruins. Her former injuries had faded, but the feeling was still there, and the mage, while she did not visibly struggle, felt almost nauseatic with every step. In an attemp to wipe away the uncomfortable feeling, Olive focused on getting the small fireball prepared, in case any other weird creature decided they were to be preyed upon. She could feel tiny, dead and empty eyes prying from the shadows, the smell of thick greenery and old stone combining in a peculiar oddor. "For an RPG, it sure lacks a minimap." she commented as she squinted at the dent which Lilian claimed to mark a spot they had already visited. Olive couod point out a thousand dents and ask whether these looked familiar, but kept her mouth shut, feeling the sour taste of blood still lingering inside.

"We need to find the exit before dark, or we'll be stuck here for the night. Who knows what more terrifying things wander the woods then." she said, looking around on the carved walls, unease crawling on her back. She didn't know what she prefered less, sleeping the night at the ruins or wandering the forest at night. But she definitely did not wish for any of these. She lifted her flame higher as they advanced through a darker tunnel. Sunlight peeked at it's faraway end, but there was not enough light to see at its middle. The air was cooler, blowing in her face alike when she used to walk the narrow streets of Paris, where even the smallest breeze turned into a cold wind. Except the smell of coffee from the nearest bistró had been swapped with the smell of decay and the anxiety of yet another foe to face.

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:34 pm

"Mini-map?" That probably sounded like a really stupid question, and she felt stupid for asking it. Her lack of video game knowledge was going to start shining through, and quite frankly, Lilian didn't want other players knowing that she hadn't the slightest clue what she was doing in this game they were trapped in; spending all of this time studying and keeping her grades up along with extracurriculars meant she had no time to play these trivial things. Just a twist of fate that she was spending all of her time in one now without the chance to do anything else. Quickly nodding and speaking once more before Olive could find out her ignorance, Lilian hastily replied, "That sounds good. Besides, the Wickens are probably heading to the clearing to photosynthesize. If those plants are giving them energy, anyway." Really, it was a video game, so they probably didn't need it to actually survive, but...

... It was hard to think this was just some game they were in sometimes. All of it felt too real. The warmth of the sun, the stony and rigid texture of the walls, the cool crisp breeze in the air, and practically everything else. Pinching herself felt the same as it did in the real world, whenever she took off the arm guards that she wore, at least. And even that, as unfamiliar as the garments were, were reminiscent of things she had actually touched with her fingers in the past. Honestly, this was a big pain to her mind and she hated how much it was messing with her.

She loathed it with a burning passion. This isn't real. This isn't real. This isn't real. So why did it feel as real as everything she had known prior? "A-anyway, I'm pretty sure there's some sort of teleportation things somewhere." Somewhere in their inventory.

Why wasn't she thinking this through better? Lilian still didn't know how to open her UI up, and if she could, she wouldn't learn it and still try to get through the game. After all, what was so important about the interface anyway? It couldn't be that life-or-death kind of important. It couldn't be.
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:02 am

Olive let out a quiet wheeze, something that might have been laughter if she weren't so tired. Anyway, she had to take advantage of the temporary truce , dealing with both the angry ranger and the swarm of forest beasts would have been something she was not inclined to do right now. Her health, while it wasn't low, was definitely not whole either, and Olive was not going to lose lived in a bad-timed bicker. She continued lighting the path and listening to what Lilian was saying. It was true that these things might have been drawn here by the wish to photosynthesize, but Lilian didn't think... video game-ish...

While she had not been a real "gamer" back home, Olive knew a thing or two about games, as she sometimes played them. She was one of the lucky students that could learn and still keep their grades up while still enjoying enough free-time. She tried conjuring to mind all of the MMORPGs she had played. Not many, of course, but from what she knew, some of them wanted to give the air of mystery and every logical explanation was thrown out the window. 'Dragons drawn to our realm because of the high peaks and the opportunity to lay their eggs? Nah, there's probably been a barrier broken by an evil wizard.' she remembered the storyline of one particular game and snorted.

But Lilian's idea was not bad. With a flick of her fingers, Olive made the small screen appear in her face. She didn't know why this came so easy to her. Maybe she was quick to figuring stuff out, maybe it was luck, but she was confident in using the UI. Maybe she should have taken a bit more time to check out all of the functions of the UI, for maybe she wouldn't have missed the 'Teleportation' tab. She tried to press it, but it was a faded grey. Another small pop-up appeared next to it.

Cannot use teleportation while in combat!

Olive raised her head, looked around. The flame in her hand was ready, but she couldn't see anything. Then the feeling of mana nearby washed over her and she spun on her heels. A Wicken was arching it's bony, branch-like, limbs over the ranger's back, preparing another spell, much like the one that had blasted off the balcony. The mage fired her spell into the beast, but it was far from being as effective as the last one. The bar above the monster's head barely reach 75% health, while the two girls had been swallowed by dark, the only thing to spread any light being the spell prepared by the Wicken. And that wasn't going to last long, seeing as the creature intended to fire it soon.

"Unless you can fire arrows in the dark, I suggest we run."

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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:39 pm

Was it that funny that she didn't know? Or was it expected that everyone captured knew everything about video games? Either way, Lilian gave another huff of annoyance, folding her hands in front of her in a more delicate position. If her theory was right, it was unlikely that they'd be running into any Wickens any time soon since they would be heading towards the light, and this had to be one of the most void-like passageways possible. The heat of fire wouldn't attract them either, despite being a probable light source. They'd be fine, most likely. And if they weren't, she wouldn't be running out of arrows any time soon. The game gave a giant source of them.

Blue eyes glanced over at Olive, who had pulled up the interface so easily. That's it? That was how the UI was brought up? If she didn't feel stupid as is, she would've smacked her palm to her forehead from how utterly pathetic she was being. Not to mention how sleek and easy to use everything was, leading her to only think even more that this game wouldn't be that bad. Really, it couldn't be if they were going to make everything that convenient for the player. While Neapolitan girl was fiddling around on the interface, she took the time to observe what was on it. Inventory, Messages, Teleportation, Equipment, and a good number of other tabs that looked mildly important.

Before she even got a chance to react, the light around them went out, besides the one dimly glowing behind them. "Hey! What gives....?" Turning her head, Lilian blinked a few times to make sure that she wasn't hallucinating right now and actually, most definitely not staring right at a Wicken's bird mask. Oh, mana. With a nod to Olive, she took a bolt and shot it below the Wicken, but it landed a tad bit more to the left than she had hoped. Okay, so maybe firing in the dark wasn't that easy.

"Yeah, run."
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PostSubject: Re: Magic Lies In Challenging What Seems Impossible (closed)   Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:00 pm

Olive remembered playing hide and seek when she was little, with her friends on the twisting cobblestone streets back in Paris. Their rule was you could only be caught if you were touched, so running away from whever was the seeker was always a thrill, a test of speed. Running from the Wicken held no resemblance to the childish wonder of games. She sprinted as fast as she could, scrapping her feet in the dark. The only thing she could see in the dark was the light at the end of the tunnel, feeling ever so far away. The mage thanked herself for choosing to swap her mage robes for a more comfortable garment, or this whole running thing would have been way harder than she could have managed.

The feeling if bursting mana succumbed at the back of her head, warning her of the danger from behind. Even if they had managed to put a safe distance between themselves at the monster, there was no telling if the explosion would be like the one on the balcony. Olive thought they had to consider themselves lucky if it were. Not daring to look back, she craddled a small flame in her fist, using it to light the floor of the tunnel. They were nearing the exit and she strained her legs to run as fast as she could, but the Wicken cast it's spell after them. Lucky for them, it did nit seem to do better in the dark itself, and the ball of light hit the grounda few steps before, producing a considerable crater. Olive stopped, looking at the sign of damage. It did not seem like it was uncrosable, but the Wicken turned away and back from where it came from. "I don't get it." she murmured, looking around at the walls of the tunnel, carved to tell a story long forgotten.

A few stone slipped from the ceiling and fell at her feet, accompanied by a cloud of dust. She ignored for a few moments, but then she looked up and saw more debris falling from the destroyed top of the tunnel. She swore quietly under her breath, cursing the clever Wicken. "We need to get out of this tunnel. Now." she said, grabbing Lilian's hand, oblivious to any protest the girl might have. It was her problem if she wanted to lose a life crushed in a tunnel, but Olive wanted to avoid that. 'Just in case.'

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