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Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:13 AM
Welcome to this playground inspired story. The ongoing storyline is unique, however the characters are named after fellow playgrounders themselves. If you are new at reading this and would like to join the cast, simply let me know by posting down below. Otherwise, please enjoy reading:

Paladin Academy


Table of contents:

Chapter 1
Part 1 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631670&postcount=2)- The Call
Part 2 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631677&postcount=3)- A Paladin's Crystal
Part 3 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631681&postcount=4)- Morning Ritual
Part 4 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631685&postcount=5)- A Wizard Did It
Part 5 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631689&postcount=6)- Perfection
Part 6 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631694&postcount=7)- Penny's Partner
Part 7 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631697&postcount=8)- A Group Of Three
Part 8 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631701&postcount=9)- The First Test
Part 9 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631706&postcount=10)- Assassin Creed
Part 10 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8631710&postcount=11)- Recounting The Day
Part 11 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8633890&postcount=14)- Recieving The Crystal
Part 12 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8640006&postcount=25)- The Curse Of The Crystal
Part 13 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8649896&postcount=30)- Penny's First Jump
Part 14 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8659819&postcount=37)- Secret Power
Part 15 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8668386&postcount=46)- Unique
Part 16 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8794973&postcount=55)- Assassin's Pin
Part 17 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8794981&postcount=56)- Unexpected Visitor
Part 18 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8838606&postcount=75)- Shade of Destruction
Part 19 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8841770&postcount=82)- Twilight Clash
Part 20 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8846164&postcount=88)- A Song in the Dark
Part 21 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8890297&postcount=118)- The Barrier Broken
Part 22 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8945848&postcount=135)- The Darkness Lifted
Part 23 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8992942&postcount=173)- Lix's Crush
Part 24 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9000626&postcount=184)- A Grim Setting
Part 25 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9050106&postcount=229)- Viola's Decision
Part 26 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9054989&postcount=244)- Kurama's Fear
Part 27 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9098778&postcount=321)- Gearing Up
Part 28 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9102504&postcount=337)- Journey Into The Abyss
Part 29 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9195049&postcount=379)- Trapped!
Part 30 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9201794&postcount=391)- A Hellish Story
Part 31 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9225953&postcount=400)- Kurama's Duties
Part 32 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9233441&postcount=414)- Icy Determination
Part 33 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9269546&postcount=430)
Part 34 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9293919&postcount=454)
Part 35 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9315844&postcount=467)
Part 36 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9348225&postcount=497)
Part 37 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9391861&postcount=508)
Part 38 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9434227&postcount=530)
Part 39 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9447227&postcount=542)
Part 40 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9478389&postcount=552)
Part 41 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9494026&postcount=560)
Part 42 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9514428&postcount=574)
Part 43 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9519000&postcount=585)
Part 44 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9625235&postcount=599)
Part 45 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9642837&postcount=613)
Part 46 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9665792&postcount=622)
Part 47 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9735911&postcount=641)
Part 48 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9767807&postcount=666)

Chapter 2
Part 1 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10092759&postcount=855)
Part 2 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10285026&postcount=932)
Part 3 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10390881&postcount=1033)
Part 4 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10429743&postcount=1088)
Part 5 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10457918&postcount=1135)
Part 6 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10528012&postcount=1204)
Part 7 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10647326&postcount=1246)
Part 8 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10768132&postcount=1272)
Part 9 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10869477&postcount=1314)
Part 10 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11127299&postcount=1345)
Part 11 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11280501&postcount=1387)
Part 12 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11337203&postcount=1405)
Part 13 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11362691&postcount=1413)
Part 14 (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11470855&postcount=1435)




Paladin Academy TvTropes Page (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PaladinAcademy)

Comments and critiques are appreciated.

Minor note: If you want to appear in the story, just post saying you want in. I'll put you in somehow or another. I won't turn anyone away. Additionally, you must let me know what sort of paladin crystal power you want to have. Also, give 4 back-up powers as well. I got this story planned out quite far and I need to have some things to fall back on. Also, if your account name is something that sounds like a fancy commercial product (Which is very likely) or some long or weird name, could you please come up with a nickname version that sounds like it could be a real name. I'd like to keep this story as real sounding as possible and the first way to do that is to start with everyone's names.

However, you're not limited to only being a paladin. If you want to be someone else, I have an entire list of non-paladin positions that need to be filled up.

List of Cast: Name / Character's Name
Je Dit Viola / Viola (P)
Mordokai / Mordokai (P)
Grim Ranger / Grim (B)
Lil Shiro / Kurama (P)
Penny67/ Penny (P)
Blue Ghost / Blue (G)
RabbitHoleLost / Rabbit (P)
Bisected8 / Bis (P)
Recaiden / Recaiden (B)
Saint Nil / Nil (P)
Lix Lorn / Lix (P)
Mangosta71 / Mangosta (B)
Traker / (Still needs nickname) (P)
CoffeeIncluded / (Still needs nickname) (?)
billtodamax / Bill (E)
Grimlock / Lock (V)
Arq Kujos / Kujos (P)
ThePhantom / (Still needs nickname) (?)
DMofDarkness / Darkin (H)
PersonMan / Scarge (V)
licoot / Licoot (P)
Ajadea / Ajadea (P)
Lord Raziere / Razz (?)
Partysan / Ysan (P)
Raz Fox / The Vulpine aka Raz the Fox (H)
smuchmuch / (Still needs nickname) (?)
super dark33 / (Sarudark) (V)
Ranger Mattos / Mattos (H)
Maxios / Maxis (E)
*(If anything is wrong or missing, please inform me. Thank you)*

Another minor note: If you see any errors in the stories such as spelling mistakes or grammer, please point them out to me with how to correct them. It would make the stories better for new readers. Thank you.

Also, helping me think up titles for each parts would be appreciated as well.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:14 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 1
The Call
-Cast-
Viola
Mordokai
Blue
Grim Ranger
Kurama

Viola nerviously climbed the steps to the great large metal doors set inside the walls of the large fortress. Set over the doors was a large, maginficant sign, showing rust with age.


Paladin Academy


Viola gulped and watched as the steel doors slowly opened inward. Silently, she recalled the event that led her to this moment.

*********

The sun light drifted in lazily through an open window. Viola sat on her bed in a large room. However, there wasn't much space for her since there were many beds and dressers crammed together. The floor and walls were chipped and cracked with alot of dirt that would never come off. The orphanage Viola stayed at was always depressing. She lived here all her life and was now 14. All the other kids were out enjoying the sunshine, but Viola was not. This was her one time she could take a break from everyone and enjoy the room to herself. She picked up an old viola that had a few strings broken. Nevertheless, Viola played it with little skill, yet still managed to produce a wonderous sound.

Shortly however, she knew something was wrong. The sounds from the open window were no longer of laughing cheerful children. Screams were bellowed and the sounds of people running franctically around. Viola quickly jumped up and hurried from the room to find out what was going on. As she raced down the stairs, a mans voice was shouting. She reached the front door and peered out around it. What she saw was a man who held a woman in front of him with a knife to her throat, clearly using her as a shield. Several guards surronded him with their swords drawn trying to reason with the man, but the man refused. It was quite clear that he had done something bad and was trying to figure out how to escape. The man was positioned just in front of the door, his back to her.

Viola watched the whole thing unfold while some voice was yelling at her at the back of her mind. She wanted to stop him, for justice to be served, for evil to be punished. When the voice was deafening she sprang into action, purely acting on instinct. She lept up and grabbed the man's knife hand and managed to yank it away from the woman's throat. When the man lost his balance, she quickly kicked the inside of his knee and he collapsed. The guards quickly hurried over to subdue the man while the woman ran off in a panic. Everything happened so fast and no one seemed to notice her as a group of people began to close around the guards and the criminal.

Or... almost no one.

Viola became aware of a man behind her. She spun around and beheld a blond haired man in brilliant shining armor. He was gazing down at her with a look she had never seen before. She couldn't make it out exactly, but it looked like he was looking at a trophy with sense of consideration and satisfaction.
"Ummm... Hello?"

The man looked her once over before finally speaking to her. "That was very brave of you for doing something like that."

"I...I don't know what happened... It was as if-"

"-some higher calling urged you into action? Yes, I know."

Viola looked at the man wearily. "Who are you?"

"My name is Mordokai. I run the Paladin Academy."

He pointed and Viola followed, beholding the fortress on top of the hill in the distance. She then looked back and took a moment to find her voice.
"W-Well, it's pleased to meet you, Mr. Mordokai."
She gave a slight, nervous bow.
"My name is Viola."

The man nodded.
"Viola..." He seemed to roll her name around in his head. "A pleasant name for you to have. Very well then, tomorrow I would like you to gather your things and go to the academy at noon."

Viola blinked again in suprise.
"Why sir? Is... Is something wrong?"

"No, there is nothing wrong. In fact the opposite for something is right. You have heard the calling of good inside you. You may now go where most can not even dream of going. But you need help discovering the powers deep inside you. For you see, you have taken the first step in becoming a paladin."

Viola spluttered at these words. This had to be a mistake. "A-A Paladin?! Me?! There must be a mistake! I-"

Mordokai held up his hand to silence her.
"There is no mistake, young Viola. Tomorrow at noon, you will be at the gates of the Academy. I shall be waiting for you there."

Mordokai then turned and walked into the crowd. Viola blinked and he was lost in the endless sea of people, leaving her alone to comprehend what just happened..

***********

The doors grinded to a halt and the gate stood wide open invitingly. Nervously, Viola walked forward slowly, looking around with each step at the scene before her. Many would've killed for a chance to see inside the fortress of the paladins, though come to think of it, that may be the reason they weren't allowed in. What Viola saw was many different people in a similar type of armor that fit each perfectly well. The area was an open field of compact dirt with a large round castle made of stone stood in the center, equally spaced from the walls from each side. A line of targets were set for archery along one of the outter walls while a line of training dummies were on the opposite wall. Scattered in a specific pattern were circles of rope that were nailed down. Some of them held a couple of paladin's dueling each other. While most were training, others were walking to the various other areas of the large fortress.

As she walked towards the castle main entrance, she heard several voices around her. It seemed that everyone had notice her and were muttering amongst themselves. She knew they were all talking about her and she could feel her cheeks reddening. She faltered for a moment, certain that some mistake had to be made. But she quickly regained her composure and walked forward, trying to ignore the stares and whispering of everyone around her. It was then that she found herself at the steps of a large pair of oak doors. She hesitated, unsure of where to go from here.
Through the doors. Up the stairs. Highest Floor. Welcome, young paladin.
She looked around but saw no one around her. It almost sounded like the voice was spoken to her from inside her head. Looking forward, she slowly opened the doors and climbed up a set of large stone steps that would lead her to the highest level of the fortress. She stopped in front of another smaller pair of magnificant oak doors, but these were adorned with an associated patterned on them.

As she stepped inside, she saw that the office was decorated in such a way to rival that of royalty. She reckognized Mordokai sitting at the desk. However, there was another man standing in front of the desk, yelling angrily.
"You've got to be kidding me?! Do you realize how much I've done? How much I sacrificed for this academy! And now you're telling me I'm still not going to complete the graduation test?!"

"Grim, while no one doubts your skills, many of us doubt your patience. That itself is a test you have not yet passed. I'm sorry, but you will have to wait."

"No one else has even advanced far enough to even do this test! And everytime I think I'm about to do it, you've told me no. Well, I'm sick of this dicatorship you've set up here. You probably won't have anyone do the test so you can 'rule' over us!"
The man called Grim turned and marched angrily towards the door. As he was passing Viola, he gave her an angry glare that made her cower under it. Unlike the other paladins, this man's armor was darker and slightly sinister. The oak door slammed behind her and Viola was rooted where she stood.

Mordkai sighed, rubbing his temples before looking up to address Viola.
"Please, come on over here Viola."
Viola hesitated for a second and then walked forward until she was right in front of the desk.
"Please excuse the spectacle that you had the misfortune of witnessing. Grim is our top paladin and has become slightly arrogant because of it. I am glad that you managed to find this place okay. While it's magnificant and a fancy appearance to live in, it does come with a price. It is a lot of hard work being a paladin Viola, some of it even dangerous. You must be ready for anything the world will throw at you."

"I...I understand, sir."

"Good."
Just then, the oak doors opened again. Inside walked in a boy around Viola's age. The boy spoke.
"You wanted to see me, sir?"

"Ah! Kurama, please come in."
Kurama closed the door and stepped forward, stopping on Viola's left.
"I know it must be tough for you Kurama, to lose a partner like that."

Kurama looked down at his feet. "If... If only there was something I could've done."

"But there wasn't, my dear boy. There wasn't anything you could have done. However, there is something you could do now. This here is Viola, our newest member amoung us. She shall be your new partner. Please show her to your room and help her get settled."

Kurama looked at Viola. "Alright. I'm Kurama, nice to meet you."

Viola nodded nerviously at him.
"Nice to meet you too."
Then something Mordokai said made her pause.
"Ummm... Mr. Mordokai, sir? I though I heard you say room. Don't you mean 'rooms'?"

"Oh no, my young Viola. You two are sharing a room together. As partners, it is crucial you get to know each other completely."

Viola blushed a deep crimson red at these words.
"B-But I'm a Girl! He's a Boy! We couldn't share a room together!"
Even at the orphanage, all the kids she shared a room with were girls.

"Now, now Viola. We are not distinguished differently by personal characteristics here. We are all servants for the Greater Good. No more, no less. You will learn this soon enough. Now Kurama, please take young Viola to your room."

"Yes, sir. Come on, Viola."
Viola followed Kurama awkwardly. She looked back at Mordokai's smiling face before she left the room.

Her world was definitely different now.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:16 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 2
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola

Viola walked nervously after Kurama. She followed him close to avoid getting lost, for there was a maze of corridors and halls leading every which way. The sound of their footsteps reverberated off the cold stone walls and floors. The grand and spectacular way the stones were carved and set into their positions caused Viola to again think that she shouldn't be there. After a short while later that felt like a century to Viola, they finally stopped at a door. Kurama grabbed the handle and opened it, gesturing inside.
"Here is our room. Go ahead and leave your stuff here and I'll take you on a tour around the academy."

Viola walked into the room and immediate felt shock at the sight. She was use to big rooms, but never something that gave so much space. Two beds were spaced 15 feet apart on opposite walls. There was also a desk and nightstands that accompanied each bed. At the orphanage, there was barely any room to walk between the beds, not including all the other kids she had to maneuver around. But the room promised so much more room than she knew what to do with. Was it alright if she left some space empty?

She saw the bed on the right having various items around it and assumed Kurama was sleeping there. So she walked over to the bed on the left side and placed the bag that held what little she actually owned on top of it. She then turned and walked back out to where Kurama was waiting for her.
"Um...Ok, I'm set."

"Alright, then. I'll start at the training grounds and we'll move on from there."
She followed Kurama again through the maze of corridors until they emerged onto a balcony overlooking the front gate. As she looked about, she was able to see all the equipment used for training. She was able to identify them better now that she wasn't tried to ignore everyone's gossip and stares.
"This is the main training ground where we work to improve our combat skill and everything. Its tough at first when you're new, but after a while you get used to it and know what exactly you need to do to train on your own."

Viola watched as a couple paladins dueled inside a rope circle ring. As their blades clashed, she felt the color drain from her face.
"I've... I've never held a weapon in my life."

Kurama chuckled, causing her to look at him. "Don't worry, most of us who came here haven't held a weapon before either. I was only eight when I was introduced to this place, so I for sure didn't know how to hold a weapon."

It surprised Viola to hear that.
"Really? How did you do to get here?"

"Oh..". Kurama looked away embarrassed. "Well, it... wasn't that heroic. Mordokai happened to be passing through when he saw me."

"What? What did you do?"

"Well I... stood up to a bully on the streets. He was a good 4 years older than me and was as big as a gorilla. Smart as one too, now that I think of it."

"And?"

"I won. Plain and simple. Well, not exactly... I had quite a few bruises and cuts on me, though. I just had a sense of importance... to stop him from picking on everyone that was smaller than him."
He paused for a moment.
"It was also easier to beat him then I expected. I seemed to know how he was going to throw his punches somehow. It also only took a black eye for him to scamper away like a little wimp crying like a puppy dog."
He chuckled at his recollection.

"That's... similar to what happened to me."

"It's what happens to everyone here. Everyone before you had the same feeling. We were chosen by destiny to be servants of justice and morality. To serve the greater good."

Viola looked back over all the paladin's training. Her breathing quickly increases as the realization of what was to be expected of her.
"I...don't think I'm... I can't do this. I shouldn't be here."

"Oh yes, you are. Mordokai doesn't make mistake when it comes to these sort of things. Everyone who has come in here have all heard the call of Paladinis."

She looked at him again.
"T-The call of... what?"

"Here, I'll show you."
He took her by the hand.
"We've got a lot more to see, and it does no good for you to hyperventilate out here."
Viola felt herself being led away and she followed without complaint. She walked the endless hallways again, barely aware of her surroundings. Kurama was telling her many different things, but she wasn't listening. Her thoughts kept straying to the future. What is going to happen? How will she do? Will she succeed?... What if she failed?
"...Hey, are you there?"

A waving hand in front of her face broke her train of thought.
"Huh? What?"

"I said this is the mess hall. But since you're new and it's still a bit early for dinner, would you like it if they bring the food to our room?"

"Um..."
The thought of being the center of gossip again scared her.
"Yes. Please. That would be wonderful."

"Alright. Wait here for a minute."
Kurama walked in leaving Viola alone. She noticed that the hallway looked much bigger when she was by herself, waiting to collapse and bury her. She was thankful when he returned after only a short wait.
"Alright, it's all settled. Now, to show you the most important part of the tour. This way."

Kurama lead her down a spiral staircase. After a while, she lost track of how many steps had passed as she descended further down the never ending staircase. They passed several levels that looked exactly alike that she was unsure of where she was anymore. She was now really worried about becoming lost around here.
"Um... Kurama?"

"Yes?"

"Why is it that the halls all look the same?"

"Oh, it is just a minor trick for defense."
Viola looks at him with a confused look.
"Being an academy for paladins, there are many enemies sworn against it. It's sort of like baiting all evil to show up an attack us, and there have been several failed attempt. Still, there may be one of them that is actually pretty strong, so one of the trick is to try to get them lost. If they can't tell what floor they're on or what part of the fortress they're at, it gives us an advantage."
Viola gulped, her look was clearly nervous.
"Oh don't worry. As long as you stay with me, you'll learn where everything is soon enough."

Viola nodded, but didn't feel convinced. It was then that she noticed that there were no longer floors they were passing. The staircase now just spiraled down into the ground. She was sure they were descending into the earth itself now. After some time, they finally got to the bottom of the stair well. Before them was a pair of Iron doors that looked quite sturdy.
"Where are we?"

"Well I don't know exactly, but I think we're 500 feet underground give or take."

"What?! 500?!"

"Yeah. However, it was this right here that was the reason for this fortress being made in the first place. Mordokai is the founder of this place and he discovered something here that started the order of the paladin, or even started the concept of the Paladin."

"And... what is that?"

Kurama walked forward and grabbed the ring to open the door.
"The key to a paladin's power..."
Kurama heaved and the door was yanked open, making a lot of noise as it did so. There was a bright glow that emanated from inside that Viola had to hold up her hand to shield her eyes. As her eyes adjusted and she looked in and with a gasp, saw that in a cavern was hundreds upon hundreds of different colored crystals. It was a moment before Viola realized the light was coming from the crystals themselves.

She stepped inside and circled around and around with wonder.
"What... What are these?"

"These are our Paladinis Crystals. But every one just calls them the 'crystals'."

Viola looked closer at a foundation of crystals. She could see her own reflection looking back at her from the many surfaces.
"They're so beautiful! What do they do?"

"Like I said, they provide us with our power. While no one truly understands how or why, these crystals actually grow. For you see, each crystal is set and bound to a particular person that is destined to be a servant of good. Each new one is formed when that person is born and grows as they grow, based on their beliefs and ideals as well as their strength and resolve."

Viola turned around to look at him.
"Wait... so if the crystals form when each paladin is born... then that means...?"

"Yes. Your own crystal is here somewhere among the others."

Viola quickly looked around eagerly, expecting to see something pop out at her. However, her feelings quickly turned to disappointment. There were hundreds of crystals all around and while they each looked different in color and size, none of them distinguished themselves to her.
"There are so many. How can I tell which one is mine?"

Kurama laughed at her words causing her to turn and look at him. "You won't be able to find out which one is yours until you past the first test. If you succeed, then you will be able to find your crystal."

Viola looked back at all the different crystals.
"But... there can't be this many people who are destined to come here..."

"Actually yes, there are. Remember, each crystal forms when the person is born and sometimes the person who arrives hasn't realized his destiny until much later in his life. We get a variety of all ages from 3 years to 55 years old."

Viola seemed to think over these words.
"So many people... But what exactly do they do? You said the Crystals were the source of the paladin's power."

"Yes, they are. Like I said, each crystal grows as you grow. Through your personality and experiences, the crystal develops an unusual trait that grants you special abilities. Most have to do with the elements, like fire, water, earth and air. While others develop other kind of elemental abilities. One even had the ability to manipulate wood to an extent."

"These crystals really can do all that?"

"Yes, they can. However, when you first get it the ability won't be that advanced. You'll have to work on it and grow to be able to develop the power. If you can manipulate your Crystal's energy a certain way, sometimes you've got a move you execute. Some of our top paladin's have even named their strongest moves. And of course Mordokai has developed an ultimate technique for his crystal."

"Cool! Like what?"

"Well, he's the only one to have developed so far. Basically, his crystal grants him mastery over light itself. He can bend it and even make it solid at will. His ultimate technique is called the 'Sun Buster'."
Kurama seemed deep in thought. A smile was playing on his lips.
But even though he's the only one with an ultimate technique so far, I'm going to be the next one to do it. I know I will be the next paladin to develop my own Ultimate Technique with my crystal!"

"Really? What does your crystal do?"

Kurama pulled himself out of his train of thought.
"Later. We've been here for quite a while. They've probably delivered the food to our room."

At that moment, Viola's stomach growled loudly. She put her hand to her stomach and grinned at him embarrassed.
Uh, yeah... Alright.
And she followed Kurama out with one last backward glace at the room of crystals before the door shut.

~~~~~~~~~

A while later, they were entering their room. Two steaming plates lay on the desks with an assortment of meat and vegetables. Viola quickly dug into her meal, too hungry to talk further. The food was delicious, much better than anything she ever got at the orphanage. Finally, both plates were scraped clean and each of them leaned back in their chairs.

"Man, that was good."

"Yeah, the food is pretty good. Well, I think it would be best to get to bed. It's pretty dark out."

Viola looked out their window at the pattern of stairs all winking down at her. For the first time since entering, she was actually content. Then some movement to her right made her look around. Almost immediately she wished she didn't. Kurama was removing his shirt and was standing bare chested in the room. Viola instantly felt herself go red and look away hurriedly.
"W-What Are You Doing?!"

Kurama looked at the back of her head confused.
"Getting ready for bed."

"But... I'm Here!"
She called over her shoulder. She didn't want him to see her blushing brilliantly. She was sure she was brighter than the lighting candles.

Kurama still looked at her confused.
"Yeah... so"?

"So?! You're a guy! I'm a girl!"

Kurama sighed.
"Mordokai told you, we're all equal here. We are not set by petty differences such as gender."

"Petty differences!"
It was incredibly hard not to turn around as she yelled at him.
"The differences are still quite significant!"

Kurama sighed again.
"Fine. If you don't want to look, don't look."
Viola could still feel herself blushing as she heard him change behind her. She kept herself rigidly still, refusing to budge even an inch. Finally, Kurama called to her.
"Alright, I'm dressed now. You can turn around safely."

Slowly she turned her head and saw that he was dressed in pajamas. She sighed in relief and slumped down on her bed.
"Thank goodness."

"So, are you going to change or sleep in that?"

Instantly, she blushed red again.
"N-No! I mean, not in front of you!"

Kurama rolled his eyes.
"You know, you should try and get use to this soon. You'll have to get into your armor tomorrow in the changing room."

"Well, that's different. At least I'll be surrounded only by other girls."
Kurama smiled and put a hand to his mouth trying to stop himself from chuckling. Viola glared at him suspiciously.
"What's so funny?"

"Well, there is only one changing room and its shared by everyone. Like I said before, gender is considered a petty difference here."

It took Viola a moment for this to sink in before she blushed even redder.
"You mean that...?!"

"Yup, there will be a lot of other boys than me there as well as the girls. You're going to have to get use to it."
Viola sat very still with her arms wrapped around her, her eyes were wide open with many different emotions running through her head. The most noticeable was shock, nervousness, and embarrassment.
"But if it really bothers you that much, I'll wait out in the hall for you to change. Just let me know when you're done."
Kurama grabbed a book from his desk and walked out of the room, closing the door with a snap.

It took Viola a minute to gather herself together, but finally she got up and quickly dressed herself. After finishing with the last button, she sat down on her bed and called out to Kurama.
"Okay. I-I'm done."

Kurama entered in.
"About time. I attracted some weird looks by others passing by. I just hope you get use to it before long."

"Don't count on it!"
For some reason she still couldn't look at him.

He climbed into his bed and blew the candles out.
"Good night, Viola."

Viola crawled slowly into her bed, raising the blankets over her.
"Good night... Kurama."

Silently, she looked back out at the sea of stars. She stared at them until she quietly fell asleep.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:17 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 3
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola
Mordokai

Viola had a wonderful dreamless sleep. It was as if all the uncertainty had been washed away and was replace with a sense of purpose. However, the feeling instantly disappeared when a pair of hands shook her awake.
"Come on Viola, wake up."

"Mmmmm..."
She didn't feel like getting out of bed and curled up deeper into her blankets.

"Come on, get out of bed. There's alot that needs to be done. You need to start training in order to pass you first test. You still want your personal crystal, right?"

At these words, excitement immidiately woke Viola, who nearly jumped instantly out of bed.
"Yes! Of Course!"

Kurama jumped back quickly to avoid colliding with her.
Uh...Well, hurry up and get your clothes on."

Viola then noticed that Kurama had already changed out of his pajamas and into some nice silk clothes.
"Oh... uh, well..."
She began to turn red again.

"I know, I know. You still don't feel comfortable. I'll get you breakfast from the mess hall so you can change. I'll make sure to knock on the door to make sure your decent. Here's your clothes here."
Kurama indicated folded sets of new clothes that were just as nice as his on top of her night stand. Afterwards, he left the room.

Viola sat there for a little while staring at the new garments, before she got up and began to change. She was amazed at the quality of the clothing, and it all seemed to fit her perfectly as if they knew her exact size.

Just then, a knock on the door caused her to jump. Her shirt was still in her hands as Kurama's voice spoke through the door.
"Are you changed yet?"

"Uh... J-Just a minute!"
She hurridly pulled the shirt over her head and, with a little difficulty, found the sleeves and put her arms through them.
"Ok, you can come in now."

Kurama walked in carrying two plates of eggs and toast.
Maybe I should've just eaten there and brought yours later. By the way, you're wearing your shirt backwards."

Viola quickly checked the inside lining and discover he was right. Blushing, she pulled her arms out from the sleeves and turned the shirt around so it was facing right.
"I... Thanks."
She couldn't look him in the eye.

"No problem."
He set the eggs down and they began eating.

After a short while, Viola broke the silence to ask Kurama about her clothes.
"Why do these new clothes fit me so well? How would you guys know what size I am?"

Kurama looked at her exasperated.
"Didn't you here me yesterday?"

"Uh, well... I kinda phased out of there after the training grounds."
Viola says it dejectedly, looking down at her eggs.

"Yeah, you did seem a little out of it. Anyways, there's a wizard who stays here in the fortress who is not a paladin but a personal friend of Mordokai. He lives here with the purpose of helping all the paladins train and perform their duties. He uses magic to produce unique garments, armor, and swords for each individual. He uses his magic to scan their entire body when they enter here and uses those measurements to make everything. So your armor should be done and in the changing rooms by now. But your sword won't be ready until we see him personally. I don't understand it, but apparently there are some special variables he needs to consider when making a person's weapon."

Viola didn't know what he meant by variables, but another thought was more pressing that caused her face to turn red again.
"Wait, he... he scanned my entire b-body?!"
She felt as if she was naked to this wizard that she hadn't even met yet. Kurama's hand had come up to his face.

~~~~~~~~~~

They ate quickly and Kurama led her to the changing rooms. Each step made her stomach clench tighter from what was coming. Kurama talked to her as they walked, and she eagerly participated to get her mind off of what was looming in ahead.
"Now I brought you out here a little early so you can have time to get into your new armor. It always takes some getting use to the first time."

"Okay. So what is the armor made out of?"

"Some kind of special alloy that Blue developed. It's very hard, yet soft on your skin. But you have to wear it without undergarments or it will impare your movement."

Viola looked at him confused.
"Blue?"

"Oh, uh... the wizard. His name is Blue."

Viola raised an eyebrow.
"Why Blue?"

"Well, that's a nickname he's given himself. Wizards do all kind of wierd things and giving themselves weird nicknames are no exception. No one knows why he named himself 'Blue', he just did. Well... Mordokai may know, but no one wants to ask him."

"Oh."
The wizard certainly did sound strange to her.

"Yeah, although according to Mordokai, Blue is actually the closest to being sane by our standards than most other wizards. Though I have difficulty imagining that. Anyways, here's the changing room."
They walked into a enormous building with many different lockers all around. There were several people already here.
"Now, they keep our lockers closer together so I could help you get into your armor today and because were partners together-"
Viola was no longer listening. She was instead looking at how everyone else was already changing. She could feel herself blushing brilliantly again over the half clothed people everywhere.
"-come on. Hurry up."

She felt herself being tugged to a corner of a building. Thankfully, everyone else was out of sight. She collapsed on a bench and put her hand over her eyes, trying to forget what she saw. Unfortunately, being unable to see seemed to make the images more clear and memorable. She heard Kurama sigh beside her.
"S-Sorry! I'm j-just not use to this!"

"I know. It can't be helped. Though most aren't this distraught when they get here. When I first arrived, I didn't really care that much. This is your locker by the way."
He pointed at one of the lockers and then opened up the one next to it and began to change. Viola hurried over to her locker and opened it to block Kurama out of view. Inside she saw a new set of shining armor inside. She hoisted it out and looked at the different parts. She didn't know what part was suppose to go where, but assumed she found the chestplate from the obvious part. She took off her shirt and put it into the locker, just as Kurama stuck his head around his locker.
"Hey Viola, can you help me for a second?"

"Gah!"
She turned with her arms crossed across her chest, her face resembling the deepest red. Why did he always have to come when she didn't have her shirt on?! She tried to think of something to yell at him, but no words would come out of her mouth.

Kurama paid her no attention.
"This spot here on my armor is suppose to go together on it's own, but it's not doing it right. It probably got damaged in the last duel I fought. Can you help me tug it shut? It's only the last thing I need to get it together."

Viola stared at him for a few seconds. She took a deep, steadying breath.
"Al...Alright. Just... J-Just keep looking the other way."
Thankfully the piece was on his back, so he was looking the other way. Taking every ounce of will power she had, she slowly moved her arms away and began helping Kurama with his armor. After a short time struggling, she managed closed shut. Immidiately afterwards, she looked away from him, clutching the locker for support, feeling she was about to faint.

"Thanks."
He went and closed his locker.
"Now, you're not suppose to start with the chestplate. We need to start with the legs and work our way up."

This can't be happening! It Just Can't! She had to be dreaming, Yes Dreaming! That was it! This was probably just some silly dream about what was to come when she wakes up.

She focused entirely on that thought as she stripped down and allowed Kurama to help her put her suit together. Though no amount of thought could ever keep back the great intensity of red on her face during the process. Finally, with one last snap, her armor was fully in place on her and Kurama closed the locker shut.
"See? That wasn't so bad, right?"

Viola couldn't answer him. She instead leaned against the stone wall and slowly worked her way to the exit. Now that more people were entering in, she kept her eyes on the wall until she reached the door. Then she burst out of it, hurrying to a bench and collapsing on it, breathing heavily. She concentrated on each breath, trying to relieve herself of what just happened. She could sense Kurama close by, but he didn't get any closer. Probably just to give her time to come to grip with everything.

Time passed slowly. More and more people were emerging in their armor and stood around waiting for something. Some were talking annoyed about training not being started yet. Others were wondering why. Viola didn't care. Every extra second was what she needed to calm down.

A short time later Kurama finally approached and put a hand on her shoulder.
"Are you alright now?"
Viola jerked away from the hand instinctively. She instantly felt bad for doing so a responded by holding up a finger as she placed her hand on her chest as she took a few deep breaths. She then tried to speak, but after being again unable to get any words out, she decided to just nod instead.
"Alright, good. I'm sorry that you're taking it harder than most. Some of the other paladins were asking me what was wrong with you. Fortunately, they are more focused on why Grim is missing then they are to pay you any attention for too long. He's the one who officially starts the training process, but he's still not here yet."

The name sounded familiar to Viola.
"G-Grim?"

"Yeah. He's the top paladin student here and he's in charge of running the training drills and starting them. Although, most of us dislike him. He seems to try to boss us around like he's a sergant of an army. And he's always so arrogant and proud over how much better he over us."

Viola's mind was recalling the trip to Mordokai's office.
"Was his armor darker then everyone else? Also slightly sinister looking?"

"Yeah. Do you know where he is?"

She shook her head.
"No, I only saw him when I first arrived at Mordokai's office. He was asking something about why he couldn't take the graduation test."

"Typical. That does sound like Grim."

They waited a while later as more and more of the paladins were becoming impatient. Finally, Mordokai walked out to address everyone.
"I'm sorry to tell you all this, but Grim seems to have disappeared with out a trace. If anyone could tell us anything, that would help us greatly. But otherwise, today is going to be a free training day until we can get a replacement paladin to start the training every morning."
Mordokai then turned and left into a hallway to the fortress.

The other paladins started talking amongst themselves as they began to leave to the various activities.
"That's weird that he's disappeared, but I'm not complaining. I'm sure he would've been especially tough with you on your first day."

Viola recalled the glare he gave her when he passed her in Mordokai's office.
"I believe it."
Viola looked at Kurama.
"So what do we do now?"

Well, I guess we should get your sword as well as give you a tour of the training area.
He held out a hand to help her up.

Viola reluctantly accepted it and tested her legs. Once sure they were steady, she followed Kurama across the training field.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:18 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 4
-Cast-
Viola
Kurama
Blue
Penny

Viola followed Kurama around the various training activites. She noticed that there were a few targets for archery, while there was also a few wooden dummies. However, a majority of the paladins were dueling against each other in many different roped circle areas.
"Why are there so many duels going on?"


Kurama looks around at her.
"Its our best training exercise. It trains us with how we should fight an actual battle. Best hands on experience ever."

Viola nods as Kurama's works sank in and looked back at the duels. She watched intently as many people would swing, block, sidestep, swing again, feint, lunge, and then block a mighty blow from the other opponents when she realized something.
"Wait! I don't have a sword! How am I going to train with you with out a sword?"

Kurama turned and held out a hand to her.
"I know. That's why we're going to Blue first. He should have your sword finished by now."

Viola looked down at his hand and forced herself to accept it to make up for reacting badly to him earlier. To avoid the awkward silence that threated to develop, she started to ask him questions.
"Why would he be able to make my armor quickly but needed some extra time on my sword?"

"Blue always says it's because of extra variables. But I don't know what he means. I don't study magic after all."

Viola nods.
"Alright, I'll ask him when we see him."

"Just don't be expecting a straight answer from him. Like I said, he's quite strange."

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Kurama lead Viola up a flight of stairs spiraling around a tall tower. To Kurama, it was nothing. But Viola had a bit of trouble with her armor's weight. Even though it fit her perfectly, she wasn't use to the encumbrance. Eventually, after several breaks, they managed to reach the top of the tower.
"Finally! Any slower and I would have decided to have carried you all the way up."

Viola had her hand placed on the side of the tower and was breathing heavily. She was also clutching a stich at her side.
"And I would... have said no thank you. It was embarrasing enough in the locker rooms as is. I would perfer.. to not have the reputation of also having to be carried."

"And I still don't understand your embarrasement issues. But anyways, lets go in and get your sword. Watch your step though."
He reaches for the latch and opens the door. As they entered, she beheld a magnificently large room filled with many different devices everywhere. In the center of the room, the back of an arm chair with a blue colored hood sticking out over it was sitting in front of a large cauldron.
"Hey, Blue. It's me Kurama. We have a new paladin here and we need to get her weapon so she can train."

"No. No weapons. I don't make weapons."
The voice came from the armchair, but the hood on top didn't move an inch.

Kurama rolled his eyes.
"Yes you do, Blue. You made all the swords for every one of the paladins here."

"The sword of the paladin is not a weapon, but a tool. A tool for them to use to protect the innocent and pass justice onto the wicked. So as you see, I don't make weapons, I make tools."

Kurama chuckled slightly.
"Yeah, ok. Whatever you say. Well then we need Viola's 'tool' so she can practice with it."

At these words, the hood above the armchair finally stirred. A figure rose out of the chair and walked around to face them. His facial features were completely obscured from the hood he was wearing with only a pair of glowing yellow eyes shining out from under it. The figure was also holding a highly decorated staff carved into a fine pattern.
"I see. Another partner you now have. May this one fill the void that your previous had left. His final act, oh how the walls fell."

Kurama looked down at this with a slightly morbid expression for a moment. Viola however looked at the strange figure with a bewildered look. She had never heard someone talk in such a manner before. She looked over at Kurama, showing her bewilderment. This seemed to allow Kurama to forget whatever sad memories had come up.
"Don't worry, you'll get used to the way he talks. Until then, you'll have to put up with all the metaphors."
He begins introducing each other.
"Blue, this is Viola. Viola, this is Blue."

"It's nice to meet you."
Viola does a slight bow to him, unsure of what else to do.

"Ah! Kindess and Beauty can come together as one. You have a wonderful aura of goodness around you, young Viola."

Viola couldn't help but blush slightly at these words. No one had ever complemented her like that.
"Umm... Thank you."

"Time! We are wasting time. It flies away, never looking back, and we are letting it fly overhead. That can't do. Not at all!"
He walks over to the cauldron. Placing his hand above the surface, he mutters words of a strange language. The liquid in the pot begins to bubble and boil rapidly. Then, with a flash of steel, a sword shoots up out of the cauldron and hovers an inch below his hand. Turning slowly around to face them, he turns his palm upward, causing the sword to repostion itself to hover a couple of inches above his hand. He then steps forward and holds out the sword for Viola.
"Your sword was particularly tricky to produce for some reason. But I know it was perfected it in the end."

Hesitantly, Viola reached for the sword. It was smooth with a strange metal she knew nothing about. And although she knew nothing about swords, she could tell that this sword was long enough to be wielded with two hands, yet short enough to be swung with one hand if need be. She grabbed hold of the hilt and slowly lifted the sword up to look at it better. The hilt fit her grasp perfectly.
"Wow! I...I don't know what to say."

"Then allow it to speak instead. Swing it, so that it may tell you what it thinks of you."

She looks at the sword with an eyebrow raised. She doubted that it could really speak to her, but she raised the sword up and gave it a quick slash though the air. Instantly, she understood what Blue meant. The sword was perfectly balanced and made specially for her. Swinging the sword was easier then picking up a book and throwing it across the room. Once the swing was over, she looked back at the sword with intense interest.
"I... Wow! Thank you very much!"

"You are welcome. Very welcome in fact. It is a fine sword. And like all the others made for paladins, this sword will never dull or break, so you should fear not of it failing you."

Viola then remembered that she wanted to ask Blue something.
"Ummm... Why does it take longer to make the sword then the armor for everyone?"

"The sword was constructed of magic. Magic has its own mind in deciding things. When it comes to physical things, like your body, the magic can decide on how to work much quickly. But when it comes to one's mental state, such as your style of fighting that is to come, magic needs more time to decide on such things."

Viola stared back at him.
"So... Does magic have a mind of its own?"

"One can not justify anything elses existance, but only oneself. For you think, therefore you are."

Viola stared from Blue to Kurama with an open mouthed expresssion of confusion. Kurama was trying extremely hard not to laugh.
"Uh... Well thanks again for the sword,... Blue..."

"Not a problem, my dear. Not a problem at all."

Viola and Kurama then left the room together. Once the door was relatched and they were on the outside, Viola looked again at Kurama.
"I see what you mean. He certainly seems crazy."

"I told you."
Kurama began to walk down the stairs.
"Yet Mordokai says he's the sanist of most wizards. But I can't think of how wizard can be more insane then that."

Viola was following Kurama down at these words and began to think silently to herself. A moment later, she spoke out to Kurama.
"Well, I can think of a wizard more insane then that."

Kurama looked back at her.
"Oh? Like what?"

"Well, the wizard could be evil."

Kurama stopped dead. His foot was hovering above the next stair as he was staring off into the distance with a surprised look on his face. Viola had to stop suddenly to avoid walking into him.
"I... wow. I never thought of it like that before."

Well, I just thought of it as though it made sense. But if-

No, no. You're right. Man, how could I have not realized that after all this time?"
Viola shrugged.
"Well, anyways. We might as well get down to the dueling area. Hopefully you walk down easier then you walk up."

Viola made a pouting face.
"And if I don't?"

"Then I 'Will' carry you."

"No you won't!"
Viola says this in such determination that it was as much of a threat as it was a statement. She quickly puts the sword into its sheath and attaches it to her left side. They then proceed to climb down the tower.

~~~~~~~~~

She fared better going down the stairs, but she was still slightly tired. Kurama however tried to hurry her along.
"Come on. It's already mid morning and we haven't really done anything. We need to go over there."

He pointed to a spot that contained several tables. On top of the tables were several objects, but she couldn't see what they were from this distance. They hurried off across the field and started walking along the edge of the fortress. She looked up to see the wall tower over her about 20 feet up. She gripped the hilt of her sword as a thought came to mind.
"How do we train without cutting each other to ribbons?"

"Oh, don't worry. Blue has already thought of that. You see, he has come up with a way-"

"KURAMA!"
A high pitched cry came from no where. Both looked around confusedly when suddenly an eight year old girl in paladin armor jumped over their head, bounced off the the fortress wall halfway up, and then landed in front of them.
I Knew That Was Your Voice! What are you doing here? Come on! Let's duel! No one else will do it with me."
The girl was overly excited and cheerful sounding. Viola however was staring at her in amazment. Silently, she looked back to where she saw her jump, to where she bounced off the wall, and then back to where she was standing.

"Look, Penny. I'm sorry but I got some things I'm doing today. I have to get Viola settled in."

"Oh!"
The young girl then notices Viola and moves around Kurama to get a better look.
"So you're the new shy girl. Hi there! Please to meet you! I'm Penny!"

Viola looks down at her for a moment before clearing her throat.
"Umm... I'm Viola. Pleased to meet you too."

"Thanks!"
Penny turns to Kurama.
"Now come on! Its boring without someone to duel with!"

"Why don't you go ask Bis? He can't be busy training right now."

"I can't find him! Stupid crystal power of his. When I go looking for him, he conviently disappears."

"Well, maybe if you keep your voice down, he wouldn't be able to hear you from several miles away."

"Ya, right. Like actually talking softer will keep "Him" from hearing me."
She crosses her arms and pouts.

"Well, try getting the drop on him. He can't say no if you can find him."

Penny's face instantly cheers up.
Yeah! That's what I'll do! Thanks Kurama!"
And Penny jumps straight up 20 feet onto the top of the fortess wall and runs down it quickly with Viola staring after her.

Kurama watches amused, shaking his head.
"She doesn't realize he'll see her coming from a long ways off. Bis has super senses thanks to his crystal."

Viola nods quickly, but continues to stare stares off to where Penny ran off to.
"Ummm...H-How did she do that?"

"Oh. Well that's Penny's power. She can manipulate the gravity's pull on her to allow her to jump higher. She's quite adept at using it and gives a whole new meaning to the term 'Hyperactive kid bouncing off the walls'."

Viola chuckles a bit and nods.
"But she's so young. She has to be atleast 6 years younger then me."

Well, yeah. Penny was one of the youngest to ever get here. She arrived when she was four. She doesn't even remember what she did exactly to get her here. But she remembers the call."

"Wow. When she was four?"
The placed seemed to be no end to suprises.

"Yeah. Well come on. No more detours and sidetracks. Lets finally start."

They continue on towards the table. However, another question appeared in Viola's mind.
"Kurama, what is your crystal's power?

Kurama sighs.
"I'm thirsty. Want to get some water?"

"Now who's taking the detour?"
Viola looks at him slightly annoyed for him trying to avoid her question.

"No? Oh well. I'm getting some."
He leads her to a place not too far from the tables where some cups of water were laid out for them. He reaches for a cup and begins to sip from it.
"Ahh! That's some good water!"

Viola reluctantly takes one for herself and drinks from it.
"It's alright. But it's kind of warm."COLOR]

[COLOR="Red"]"Well, mine is cool. See?"
He holds out his cup. Viola looks in it and stares. Before her eyes, the water was freezing into ice.

"What?... Is that you?"

"Yup. I can freeze things at will with my touch. It's great on warm days like this. It can also comes in handy for other things too. However, I need to concentrate on it for a little bit before I can get it to work. Unlike Penny's ability, which she can use instantly."

Viola nods again.
"That's cool. Literally. Now I definately can't wait for my own crystal."

"Me too. I want to know what your power would be as well. Anyways, come on over here."
He leads her over to the table finally. On top of it were a bunch of crystals that resembled a turquoise color. Although each one glowed, they didn't sparkle or shine like the crystals paladins carried.

"What are these?"
She asks while gently touching one with her finger. It had a cool feel to it.

"These are Blue's training crystals. They are to ensure we don't cut each other when were training. Here, take out your sword."
Kurama reaches down and pulls his sword out. Viola does the same.
"Now if you look, there is a slight impression between the blade and the hilt that is the shape of a crystal. See it?"
Viola did see it and she nodded.
"Now when you have your own crystal, you put it in there and it allows your crystal's power to come from the blade. For example, my crystal would give a frigid aura around the sword when I would wield it."
Viola nodded again.
"Now these crystal work the same way, but they instead surround the blade in a barrier that won't cut anything. Therefore, we can use our swords without risking cutting each other. And the armor will protect us from any blows we could throw at each other."

"Nice! You guys have thought of everything."

"Yes we have. Or Blue has"
He puts the dulling crystals into both of their swords, causing them to glow turquoise slightly.
"Now, come on over here. There's a free field for me to teach you the basics."

They stood out there, swords in hand.
Keep your legs shoulder width apart. Now face me with your blade angled a bit like so..."

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:19 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 5
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola
Rabbit

Viola leaned back against the wall in relief. Around her, she could hear all the other paladins changing out of their armor, but she kept her eyes shut. She could feel herself still red after Kurama helped her get out of the armor. Although, it didn't seem quite as bad as it was that morning.

Kurama had spent most of the afternoon training her with the very basics of swordsmanship. She now understood the difference between a jab and a stab, a parry and a block, and so much more. To ebb away the feelings of embarrasment, she focused firmly on the many types of moves she saw and learned.

"So, are you ready to go?"

Viola opened her eyes and saw Kurama was out of his armor as well.
"Yes. I can't wait for dinner, I'm starved."

"And this will be your first time in the mess hall."
Kurama began to walk towards the exit of the locker room. Viola followed.

After a while, when they left the locker room, Viola called out to Kurama.
"So, how does the mess hall work? Is there any special things we need to do or wait in line?"
Back at the orphanage, they were arranged by age to receive their food at meals.

"Mainly, it's first come first serve. After that, everyone forms a line and we get served when we get to the front."

"So its not that complicated then. But what happens if someone tries to cut in line?"
She remembered those few fights between children at the orphanage.

"We don't. There's always plenty of food and we know we'll be served soon anyways. It never really crosses our mind."

"Plus, the whole 'paladin' thing too, right?"

Kurama chuckles.
"Well yeah, that too."

~~~~~~~~~~~

The mess hall was slightly larger than the locker rooms. Scattered around were many tables and chairs that anyone could eat at. They had waited in line, gotten their food, and ate by themselves at one of the tables located in a corner. Viola spent the time eating to look around at everyone gathered there. There were people of many different ages all around, but the main focus of the ages were around the teens.

Once they were finished, they headed off to their rooms and quickly got ready for bed. This time, Viola tried changing in the room with Kurama there to try and feel better about having to do this everyday. So that night, she fell asleep once again red for the day. But Kurama was right, she was slowly getting use to it.

~~~~~~~~~~~

The morning was almost as uneventful as what happened the previous night. Almost.

They woke up, changed, went into the mess hall, left the mess hall, and started changing in the locker room. When Viola had just gotten her chest plate on, another paladin approached her and Kurama.
"So, are you Viola?"

Viola looked up and saw a female paladin that was just out of her teens.
"Uh.. Ya, I am. Who are you?"

"I am Rabbonita, but everyone just calls me "Rabbit" for short. Anyways, it's nice to meet you."
She held out her hand.

Viola nodded and shook it.
"Well, it's nice to meet you".

"So what are you doing here, Rabbit? You're already changed. Shouldn't you be waiting outside for the new training leader?"
Kurama had emerged from behind his locker. He was fully dressed in his armor, too.

"No need. I'm the new training leader here. Mordokai came to me last night and promoted me to the job."

"You're... the training leader?!"
His voice sounded a little fearful for some reason.

"Of course. I'm one of the veteran paladins and have a pretty strict training schedule."

"Oh, how we all know that."

Viola could hear the sarcasm in his voice, but Rabbit either didn't hear it or didn't acknowledge it and instead turned back to her.
"So anyways, since you're the new recruit still, I'm suppose to help you master the basics. Make sure you stay behind after everyone else goes off on their own. Then I'll come over and start teaching you."

"Okay. Thank you."
Rabbit turned and walked off.

Kurama closed his locker door and was shaking his head.
"Well, it was nice knowing you Viola."

Viola looked at him, raising an eyebrow.
"Why? What's wrong?"
She closed her locker door too.

"Well, she's nicer than Grim, I'll give her that. But it's her crystal that really poses the problem. You see, her crystal's power is perfection. She can learn things really quickly and perform them just as well. Also, she can do things so complex with a sword that no one can match her."

"Well, that doesn't sound so bad."

Yeah it wouldn't, but except she expects everyone else to learn things as quick and to do it perfectly as well. Just wait and see."

They gathered outside and in no time Rabbit appeared to announce that she was the new training leader. Viola could here several other people groan in the audience gathered. After she started dismissing people, Viola stayed were she was.

"Good luck. You're going to need it."

"Uh... thanks?"
She saw Kurama disappear in the crowd and Rabbit hurried over to her.

"Alright. So lets start at the beginning. Right now we need to get the dulling crystals so we can put a protective barrier over the blade. You see, in your sword there's-"

"It's alright, I already know. Kurama taught me yesterday."

"Oh."
Rabbit seemed to be taken aback.
"What else did he teach you?"

"Some of the basics. How to hold a sword right and what stances to take."

Well, I need to see and make sure he did it right. Follow me."
They managed to find a vacant rope circle to themselves. Viola took the stance that Kurama had showed her, but Rabbit quickly started criticizing her.
"No, no. That's wrong."

"What? This is how Kurama showed me how to take the starting stance."

Not quite. Your left foot is 1/2 of a centimeter to far forward and you're holding the blade 3/4 of an inch too low.
She started moving Viola's body to the places exactly.
"There, now hold that. Alright, I want to see you make a overhand swing."
Viola was in the process in making one when Rabbit grabbed her sword arm by the wrist.
"Too slow. Someone experienced would have parried that by now. Also, you're leaning too much on your right foot. The person would use that to trip you with that swing."

Viola tried to protest.
"But I only just started using a sword yesterday! I'm still trying to remember how to do everything!"

"You're not suppose to think when you're fighting someone. It requires too much time to decide things and that could lead to death. You have know things instinctively and make the right decisions faster then a heart beat. Come on, lets try this again."

In only 5 minutes, Viola infinitely preferred Kurama to Rabbit. She always complained on anything that wasn't perfect. It was well into the afternoon before the first time Rabbit said Viola did a swing perfectly. However, the one after that was unsatisfactory again and there was more preaching and practice.

Rabbit held her there for a long time, well after all the other paladins had gone in. Viola was starving, but couldn't tell Rabbit this. Not from lack of trying, but because she simply wouldn't listen. Finally, Rabbits own stomach growled and that gave her pause.
"Wow. Have we really been out here this long? Time sure moves quickly, doesn't it?"
Viola was brooding over the point that it felt like forever since she had got up that morning. Sweat was pouring down her face.
"Well, I guess we'll continue in the morning then. You still have a long way to go before you master the basics."

Viola struggled into the locker rooms and changed slowly. She spent a long time in one of the bath tubs, resting in the water. Every part of her ached and the voice of Rabbit was still yelling in her mind.
Drill, drill, drill. Remember, you shouldn't have to think to do any of this.

Finally she managed to crawl up to her room. She made her way slowly to her bed and crashed down on top of it. She was there for several minutes before the door opened again.

"Oh good. I see you got along well with Rabbit and got back in one piece."
Viola groaned from her pillow angrily.
"Well, whatever the case, when you didn't make it back for dinner I assumed the worse and brought some food back. It looks like I guessed correctly."
She heard the sound of a plate being put down on her nightstand. She groaned out two moans that sounded a bit like "Thank you".
"Now you know why we all were a bit fearful when she announced she was training leader. You were all that kept her from unleashing her perfection wrath on the rest of us with how much focus she had on you. And for that, most everyone here is both grateful and sympathetic to you. However, she's a lot better than Grim."

Viola managed to gather the strength and pull her face away from the pillow.
"How is Grim worse then her? She always criticizes you when you doing something wrong and immediately tries to correct it."

"Well, Grim's the same way. Except he doesn't try to correct you. He just sneers about how you're just doing it wrong and you have to figure out on your own what he means. Trust me, someone was watching over you the first night for Grim to disappear the next morning."

"Yeah, but they've forsaken me now."

"Or they want you to learn quickly. One thing about Rabbit is that you do learn quick when training with her. Anyways, you should eat and go to bed. You still have to face her tomorrow and the next day and so on."

Viola looked up at Kurama in horror.
"What?! When do I not have to train with her?!"

"When you pass the first test and get your crystal."

"But...But when will that happen?!"

"When Mordokai comes and tells you about the first test, and that could be months. I can't tell you what it's about though. You'll find that out from Mordokai."

Viola collapsed again on her bed. Training with Rabbit was going to kill her.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:20 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 6
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola
Penny
Rabbit

Over the course of three weeks, Viola's training with Rabbit grew ever more strenuous. The days went by as a strict routine and became a blur. She would wake up early and eat breakfast, quickly change into her armor and wait for Rabbit, then spend the entire day with almost no break of training under constant scrutiny, afterwards she would be so exhausted that Kurama had to bring her dinner as part of the routine. This was where she was currently after 46 days.
"Well, at least you're still alive and breathing."

"Of course!"
She was collapsed on her bed again as Kurama came in with the dinner plate.
"It would be too merciful to end it now."

Kurama laid the plate down again onto her nightstand.
"Still, at least you're improving. I hear you're already past the intermediate part of swordsmanship and are moving on to advance. It took me almost a year to get that far and you did it in six weeks."

Viola began to sit up.
"Well if you want to switch, I'm not complaining."

"No, no, no. I didn't mean it that way."

"Coward."
She reached for her plate when she noticed something and froze. She stared for several seconds then quickly rushed to the mirror.

"What's wrong?"

Viola stared at her reflection. She couldn't believe how different she looked after a short time. Her skinny body had obvious muscles showing under her clothing. Her arms were especially muscular.
"I'm... well..."
She reached down and felt along her arms, just making sure she wasn't imagining things. She wasn't.

"What? That you're now in really good shape? Come on, you should've known that. You've been working your butt off for a month and a half in armor."

"But... to have results this quickly?"

"Trust me, it's perfectly normal and believable. You may not really notice it yourself, but the rest of us were noticing your quick mastery of everything. Maybe Rabbit's crystal affects the people she's training with."
Viola just couldn't take her eyes off her reflection.
"Hey! Are you going to try recovering on an empty stomach or are you going to eat?"

"Oh, right! Sorry!"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The next morning, Viola went through the same routine, right down to training with Rabbit. However, it was slightly easier doing everything knowing that she was indeed becoming stronger. However, she was still taking advantage of the "breaks" she would get several times a day.

Periodically, Rabbit would have to leave her and go to the other paladins to make sure they were training correctly. Now, even though Rabbit told Viola that she had to keep training while she was gone, Viola would of course find a bench to sit at when she was out of sight. Since most of the other paladins usually groaned as Rabbit arrived and started to instruct them, Viola had plenty of warning before Rabbit came back into view.

She leaned back, resting on the stone wall behind her as the pain slowly subsided from her muscles.
"Taking a break?"
Viola quickly opened her eyes and turned to see Penny looking at her closely.

"Oh, yeah. I need it if I'm to survive."

"I know exactly what you mean."
Penny got up on the bench and sat next to her.

Viola looked down at her quizzically.
"You do?"

"Yeah. Rabbit was the same way to me when I was new here."

"You trained with Rabbit?"

"Well I had to since Rabbit was my partner. You're so lucky you got Kurama. At night, I can't move anything of hers without a complaint. She always says she has a 'system' to things."

"Wow. And here I thought I had it bad enough training with her during the day. I couldn't imagine having to share a room with her."

"You have no idea. And there's no way we could switch. Mordokai has stated that we absolutely have to stay with our assigned partner."

"Plus, no one would switch with you either."
Viola smiled for a while, watching a flock of birds fly across the sky in a V formation. Then she thought of something Penny had said earlier.
"Penny, what do you mean Rabbit 'was' your partner."

"Oh, well since Rabbit took over as Training Instructor, she's no longer my partner anymore. Although we still have to share a room together, we no longer have to do everything else together."

"Huh, Convenient. So who's you're new partner now?"

"I don't know."
She folded her arms.
"Mordokai hasn't given me one yet and it has gotten kind of boring without one. I can't find anyone to train or duel with anymore."

"Why is that?"

"Probably because everyone thinks I'm super annoying and such when I'm dueling."

"No, I mean, why do you think Mordokai hasn't partnered you with anyone."

"Oh, well I assume because no one else has arrived since you. Mordokai hasn't gone on his 'Paladin Search' that he does and that's the only time we actually get any new people."

"That's weird. Because down in the crystal cavern, there were hundreds of crystal there, each belonging to a person. I would think that one of them would've been ready by now-"

"WHAT ARE YOU DOING SITTING DOWN!?!"
Viola and Penny jumped. They were so wrapped up in talking that they didn't notice Rabbit approaching.
"This is no time for breaks, Viola! Training could be a matter of life and death!"

"Oh come on, Rabbit. Give her some breathing room. You've been working her half to death. Besides, I was bored and needed someone to talk to."

"Oh? Is that so? Then I guess that you want to train along side her today, is that right?"

Penny instantly jumped up.
"N-No! It's okay, I really should be going right now!"
She tried to jump up to the wall above, but Rabbit managed to catch her by the ankle in mid jump. She lost her balance in mid air and crashed towards the ground.

"I think you need a refresher course in training. I leave you for three weeks and your reflexes seem to have slowed. Come on Penny, get up and come with us."

Penny slowly got to her feet and brushed the dirt off her armor. Despite the obvious pouting face, she seem to accept Rabbit's instructions.
"Okay, okay. I'm coming."

They all made there way back to the training area and drew their swords. Viola leaned over to Penny behind Rabbits back and whispered to her.
"I'm sorry I got you roped into this."

Penny whispered back to her.
"Yeah, but I got you in just as much trouble. So I guess were even."

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:21 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 7
-Cast-
Rabbit
Bis
Viola
Kurama
Mordokai
Penny

Five weeks have passed and Viola had mastered many complex sword maneuvers. Most were based on deflecting blows from other swords or fighting sword wielded opponents. Viola still went over the reason for this in her mind periodically.
It's what sets us apart from everyone else. We never harm anyone unarmed intentionally. So you need to be prepared mainly for those with a weapon.

Viola didn't need Kurama to bring in her dinner meals anymore. Her body had fully conditioned to the strenuous training regimen of Rabbit. She no longer had to think to do any kind of fighting anymore. During the past week and a half, she and Rabbit had started dueling regularly all day. At first, Rabbit had the upper hand on her, giving her several bruses in the process. But quickly, Viola managed to hold her own against Rabbit. Even though she couldn't best her yet, she could keep her back for hours before both were too exhasted to even move anymore and the duels usually ended in a draw.

Recently, other paladins have come forward to duel her. Viola had welcomed this as a break from the endless draws against Rabbit. However, she realized quickly that she couldn't best anyone else either. The main reason was that they had one thing she still didn't have, a crystal. Most of the paladins she fought had developed their own type of fighting style around the special abilities granted to them and Viola nearly always found herself on the defensive. Most notable of them was Penny and her gravity ability. Now Viola understood why most of the paladins called Penny annoying. She would constantly jump around, reaching incredible heights sometimes, giggling and taunting her constantly. Penny just jumped around more than actual swordsmanship.

Presently, Viola was now approaching her room after eating dinner in the mess hall. She was thinking over the fight with Bis that she had earlier that day. It was more of a fair fight with him, since he lacked any real 'Physical' abilities. But she couldn't beat him either from his abilities none-the-less.
Sorry that you weren't able to beat me. You still fought pretty hard.

What do you mean I still fought pretty hard! You somehow managed to know every move I was making right when I was making it!

Well, I could notice little twitches you would make before you would actually make a move. It would tip me off about what kind of swing you were going to make.

Viola sighed and leaned against the wall. A foot in front of her, one of the candles illuminating the hallway quivered, causing the surrounding lights to dance around. Why was it taking so long? She had already mastered everything she could learn at this current stage. They kept talking to her about the first test and that she would be able to get her own crystal when she passes it. But when was that going to be? She was ready now, she knew it. Her development had become stagnant since everyone else had an extra talent they relied on. She had nothing but skills with a sword. But, she decided, leaning against this wall all night wasn't going to solve anything, so she pulled her self upright and continued to her room.

She opened the door quickly so she could get inside.
"Hey Kurama. How was your..."
She stopped. The room was empty. But that was weird because Kurama was always in their room at this time. What had happened to him?

She took a quiet, tentative step inside. Listening intently, she was looking around for something, anything that would give a clue as to why Kurama hadn't arrived yet.
"There you are Viola!"
Kurama's sudden voice from behind caused Viola to jump with a start.
"Oh, sorry. Did I st-? Oww!"

Viola had slapped him across the upper arm full force.
"Don't *EVER* scare me like that again!"

"Owwww! I didn't expect you to jump. Why would you jump from me talking to you?

Because I was expecting you to talk to me from the front, not behind!"

Kurama smiled amused.
"Okay. Point taken. Anyways, Mordokai had asked me to get you. I checked in the mess hall, but you had already left."

Viola looked back at Kurama with a puzzled expression.
"Why does Mordokai want me?"

Kurama inhaled deeply, rolling his eyes.
"Duh! You're now ready! The first test? He's about to brief you how to pass it. I would've thought you'd be jumping for joy about now."

Viola hesitated for a fraction of a second before she did just that.
"Yes! Finally! I'll have my very own crystal!"

"Yeah. Now come on, Mordokai's expecting you."
They quickly hurried down the hall, Kurama struggling to keep up with Viola. She was practically sprinting down all the way to Mordokai's office and knocked enthusiastically. While she waited for a reply, Kurama finally caught up while breathing a little harder than normal.
"I think you blew out all the candles you passed on the way here."
Viola ignored him.

"Enter."
Mordokai's voice came from the closed door and Viola threw it open instantly and hurried in. Mordokai looked up as she made her way inside.
"Well, I see you are certainly excited for this Viola."

"Are you Kidding?! Of course I am! You have no idea how long I've been... waiting... for... Why are you here Penny?"

Penny was sitting in one of the chairs against the wall. Her legs dangled off the chair, barely too short to touch the floor. She looked weird without the usual suit of armor she wore.
"I don't know. Mordokai asked me to come to his office just now."

"That is correct. For you see, I need to make some changes here at the moment."
Viola, Kurama and Penny all looked at Mordokai. All had looks of confusion on their faces.
"Well, as you all may know, Viola has been the last paladin recruit to have arrived here. Also, with Grim's disappearance, I had to quickly find a suitable replacement for a training instructor. Fortunately, Rabbit was more than qualified for the job, but now Penny doesn't have a partner to be with."
He adjusts his position to look at them better.
"Under normal circumstance, one of the crystals would've developed enough to give me the approximate location of the next paladin to come. But none of them has done so for 3 months and that is odd. There have been long drawn out periods of no new developments, but the longest was only a month. Not even Blue can guess why it's taking this long."

Mordokai leaned back in his chair, thinking on the issue. Viola however didn't really understand what he meant.
"What do you mean developed enough?"

"Ah! Well, I'm sure Kurama may have told you about how the crystals grow as someone develops and grows in their life."
He looks over at Kurama who nods back.
"Good. Anyways, the most experienced paladins are able to tell when a crystal is about to fully mature. In this case, fully mature means the person who's destined is about to hear the call. By focusing on the crystal, we can get insight on the approximate where and when the next person who hears the call will appear. This exact same thing happened when I saw your crystal Viola."
Viola opened her mouth to say something, but quickly closed it again.
"Don't worry. You're still a long way off before you have to learn that. But that is the final test right there. Once you're able to focus on the next call, you will be fully graduated from the academy."

Viola interrupted him.
So, how many paladins can do this currently?"

"Not too many. I was teaching it to Grim before he disappeared. Also, Nil can do it as well, but I have him looking for Grim at the moment."
Viola nodded.
"Anyways, to the point on why I called you in here. You will be undertaking the first test Viola. The first test has to be taken outside the fortress walls. We always have the paladin taking the test go with their partner so they can have proper supervision. However, until further notice, Penny will join you two as you go out. You all will become the first group of three in this academy."

"Are you Serious?!"
Penny looked at Mordokai as if Christmas had come early. When Mordokai nodded back at her, she literally jumped about ten feet into the air.
Yaaaay!

"Yes, it would be unfair to keep a little girl cooped up for so long. However, your main goal is to supervise Viola. That goes for you as well Kurama. Since Viola is without a crystal yet, you two need to keep a close eye on her. Do you understand?"

"Of course, Mordokai!"
She lunges and hugs Viola around the middle, grinning enthusiastically.
Viola and I will be the best-est of friends!

Viola was grinning too, what with the prospect of finally getting her own crystal. Kurama however was shaking his head.
"Out there alone with these two hyperactive girls?"
Everyone could hear the joyful sarcasm in his voice.
"I don't think I'll make it."

Mordokai smiled.
"Just consider it another test of patience, Kurama."

And this one will be the hardest yet."

Mordokai leaned back smiling.
"Then I suggest you get some sleep. All three of you. You'll be leaving in the morning and you should be well rested then."

"Right! Thank you, Mordokai!"

"You are welcome. Now go on, to bed with you."

The three quickly turned and left Mordokai's office.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:22 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 8
-Cast-
Viola
Kurama
Penny
Mordokai

Viola, Kurama, and Penny walked down the dirt road. A gentle wind blew, causing the trees on both sides of the path to sway slightly. On the ground, shadows from the sun trying to get through were dancing around with the wind. The trees were blooming with many delicate flowers providing a feeling of wonder. Penny was jumping up to the branches picking and scattering the flowers where ever she went. Though, this meant that Viola and Kurama had to shake flowers out of their hair regularly.
"It feels so perfect. It's as if the entire world is celebrating the day of my first test."

"Well, it'll probably celebrating harder tomorrow because you should have your crystal by then."

"I can't wait!"
She recalled back to the conversation earlier that day.

**************

Viola had just emerged from the locker room and found that Kurama was already at the gate fully prepared and waiting.
"So today's the day!"

Kurama nodded.
"Now we just need to wait for Penny and Mordokai to tell us what we need to do for the test."

After a little while, Penny appeared looked cheerful.
"Finally! I'm getting out of here! It gets so boring just staying inside a fortress for so long. Anyways, speaking of boring, how much longer do we have to wait for Mordokai?"

"Not that long, actually."
Mordokai had appeared behind Penny almost out of nowhere. He was crossing his arms and looking down at the back of her head.

Penny was frozen in place. With a guilty expression, here eyes moved back and forth, trying as if to see behind her without moving her head.
"Uhhh... I was just kidding... about the 'boring' part... Mordokai."

Mordokai shook his head, amused.
"Uh huh. Nice try, Penny."
He then looked up to Viola.
"So Viola, you ready for your first test?"

Viola nodded enthusiastically.
"Of course! I've been waiting for this moment for a long time!"

"Good. Now as you may know, should you pass this test you'll be able to locate your own crystal among all the others in the Crystal Room."
Viola nodded once to show she was following.
"Now, what you're suppose to do during the first test is to listen to the paladin's call."

Viola looked back at Mordokai blankly.
"What? But I already heard it. That's what lead me to even being here in the first place."

"Yes, you already heard it, but now you need to listen. What I mean is Viola, what was the call telling you when you first heard it?"

Viola looked down in concentration. After a while, she dropped her shoulders, defeated.
I...I don't remember.

"That is because it was your first time hearing it. You weren't expecting the voice of the call, so you don't really remember what it says."
She nodded again to show she was following still.
"Now, what I want you to do is to hear the voice again and this time listen to it. You may not understand what it's saying to you exactly, but you'll be able to understand the general meaning of it."

"Okay..."
She looked at him a little bit puzzled.
"But how am I suppose to hear it again and how does this allow me to find my crystal?"

Mordokai smiled down at her.
"It requires a little thought to understand, but it'll make sense in the end. First, how did you hear the call the first time?"

Viola thought for a moment.
"When that guy was holding that lady hostage. The call made me spring into action to stop him."
Then comprehension dawned on her face.
"Wait! Then that means I have to find someone doing something bad and the call will speak to me?"

"That is correct."
Viola was vaguely aware that Penny and Kurama were watching her as she was figuring everything out.
"So now you understand why you trained with a sword so much. You need to be able to defend yourself and others around from the evil you are confronting."

Viola stood there in awe.
"Wow. To think that I have to fight someone evil just to hear the call."

"Not evil nessisarily, Viola. Just doing evil things. Now, to your second question, why do you think you need to pass this test to find your crystal?"

Viola took less time trying to connect the dots.
"Because the call is connected to my crystal?"

"Yes. The crystal themselves are what gives us our power and in this case our sense of existance. We exist to protect others in the name of good and rightousness. So the crystal will alert us to when some evil act is about to be commited so we can try to prevent it."
Modokai shifted his position slightly.
"So, when you pass the first test and hear the voice, you should be able to follow where it originated from, which would be from your crystal."

Viola looked cheerful at this.
"Great! Then lets go!"

"Now hold on. I have a special place in mind for your test. There is a festival at a nearby village that is going on today. Since festivals are usually chaotic, people always try to get away with sneaky things. Some try and steal money from other peoples wallets, or someone may have had too much to drink and starts a fight with someone. This type of place is perfect for you to try and hear the call again. So that's where you three will be heading to."

Viola stands straight at attention.
"Understood!"

*****************

The sun was approaching high noon when they reached the village. All around, many people were bustling around. Everywhere they looked, stalls were set up with all sorts of merchandise. Men behind them would call out to anyone passing by to come over and buy something.
"Can you believe that one guy back there was asking me to buy dolls? Come on! I'm fourteen and wearing armor, why would I want dolls?"

They were pushing their way through the crowd of people. Kurama was cutting a path and Penny and Viola were following behind him single file. Kurama answered back to her without turning around.
"This is a peasants festival. Many people here are trying to earn some extra money today. They don't ask any question as long as it will lead to them selling something."

"What I hate about all of this is all the people here."
Penny was walking closely behind Kurama.
"They're always bumping in to me and everything because I'm so little. And they step on my foot from time to time, too!"

"Don't worry Penny. If Mordokai was right, we shouldn't be here long. All we have to do is wait here until Viola hears the call and stops someone from doing something bad. And since we're all here, it should be a piece of cake. Right Viola?"
But Viola did not answer him. Kurama looked around, as did Penny, but Viola was no where in sight.

"Where did Viola go?"

Kurama strained his neck, trying to look over the crowd to find Viola.
"I don't see her! Where could she have gone?!"

Penny cupped her hands around her face and yelled.
"VIOLA!! Viola, where are you?!"

Kurama joined in calling out for her.
"VIOLA!! VIOLA!!!!"

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:23 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 9
-Cast-
Viola
Kurama
???????
Penny

The sun was approaching high noon when they reached the village. All around, many people were bustling around. Everywhere they looked, stalls were set up with all sorts of merchandise. Men behind them would call out to anyone passing by to come over and buy something.
"Can you believe that one guy back there was asking me to buy dolls? Come on! I'm fourteen and wearing armor, why would I want dolls?"

They were pushing their way through the crowd of people. Kurama was cutting a path and Penny and Viola were following behind him single file. Kurama answered back to her without turning around.
"This is a pesants festival. Many people here are trying to earn some extra mon-"

Viola stopped dead, frozen in place. In front of her, Kurama and Penny were walking on oblivious that she was no longer following them. A weird feeling had washed over her. Something sinister was happening, she could feel it. She wanted to do something about it, for justice to be served, for evil to be punished.

She hesitated for a moment. Remembering what Mordokai told her, she listen intently. Now she could hear a voice inside her head, urging her to go. The voice was speaking in a strange language that she couldn't comprehend, but she could understand its meaning. And the voice sounded like her own, yet had an alien harmonic ring to it.

She couldn't resist it anymore, the feeling was too powerful. She turned directly right and ran through the crowd unobstructed. She knew where and when it was going to happen, and she only had seconds left to stop it. The feeling directed her to an alley between two buildings. At first, the alley was deserted, but then a man emerged from a side door. He was dressed in high quality garments and he was holding onto an assortment of merchandise. He closed the door with snap and began to make his way toward her.

Viola started to prepare herself, but stopped. This man wasn't the danger. He glanced at her with a little interest, but continued on towards the way she had come towards the main street. It was then that he passed by a pile of rubbish.

Then Viola sensed the moment had come. Without thinking, she stepped forward and yanked her sword out of its sheath. It one movement, she stepped behind the man and swung the sword. There was a loud clank of metal on metal, the ringing echoed around the alley. The trash had been shoved aside and the man who was hiding in them had tried to stab at the fancy dressed man. Now, his sword was locked with hers since she blocked the blow.

The fancy dressed man jumped and turned around. Upon seeing the two armed people behind him, he quickly turned around and ran away as fast as he could, leaving Viola alone with the mystery assailant.
"Grrr. You paladins always have to get in the way, don't you."
The man spoke to her with bitterness and venom in his voice. Before she could speak, he quickly turned and ran the opposite way down the alley, away from Viola.

Viola quickly chased after him.
"HEY! STOP!"
She pursued him relentlessly, following him wherever he went through the village, never losing sight of him. The chase eventually led them out of the village and into the nearby forest. She stumbled a bit on the roots and leaves, but she still managed to give chase to him.

Suddenly, they emerged into a clearing of a grassy plain. The man finally stopped and turned around taking a fighting stance. In his right hand was the short sword he has tried to stab the fancy dressed man earlier. But in his other hand was a dagger with a jagged blade to it. Viola noticed that both blades had an orange colored liquid that coated them. She guessed it was poison.

She stopped and took her stance, sword before the mysterious man. He glared back at her with hatred etched on his face. He spoke to her with the same malicious voice he said to her earlier.
"I'm impressed. Most paladins can't keep up with me normally. I don't know how you managed to find me since I was so careful, but here you are none the less."

He lunged at her suddenly, swinging his short sword. She had barely an instant to react, using her blade to deflect his. But he was still incredibly fast and she didn't manage to deflect it completely. His blade slid down hers and cut a large scratch on the left hip of her armor. She hopped back quickly, as did he, and looked down at the scratch. He didn't managed to break through it completely, but the scratch was pretty deep. Orange liquid rested in it as well.

She looked back to him and took a more defensive stance. She got the feeling that this man had a lot more fighting experience than she did. The man however looked back at her puzzled.
"Odd. You don't seem surprised I could scratch your armor so easily. But maybe you paladins have finally realized the lengths I will go to overcome any obstacles. It took me a long time, but I managed to find something that would cut through your special armor."

Viola didn't know what he meant. Her armor got dented and scratched all the time when she was dueling with other paladins.
"What do you want?!"

"I want my pay, which you so conveniently stopped me from earning. It's going to be much harder to do the job I was paid to do now that he's on alert."

Her thoughts strayed back to the fancy dressed man.
"You mean killing him?!

"Duh! You should know all about that, paladin. I'm not a world famous assassin for nothing!"
He lunged at her again, but this time she was ready.

She took her sword in both hands and put her weight behind the sword to block the blow. Her thoughts went back to Rabbit's training sessions as she executed the block perfectly. The man was caught off guard at being stopped so suddenly. He tried to swing his dagger at her face, but she twisted her sword and forced him off balance and he stumbled to the ground at her feet. She took a step back, swung her sword out and over her head, and brought the sword down in a perfect swing toward her enemy.

The man couldn't dodge the blow. He wouldn't have been able to block it with his sword. So Viola was caught off guard completely when he instead grabbed her wrist instead and stopped her attack. He then twisted and kicked her hard in the stomach and shoved her off her feet, which she landed a couple yards away on her back, dazed. No one at the academy had ever used anything but their sword to fight. She didn't know how to fight someone in hand to hand combat.

She recovered quickly and and got back up again. The man was already up and watching her calculating. She charged at him this time and swung her sword at him. The man ducked under the swing and again grabbed her by the wrist. He then twisted her wrist in a way it wasn't suppose to go. Pain shot up through her arm and she was paralyzed from it. She couldn't move an inch with him holding her in this position. She saw as his eyes moved down the length of her sword and rested on the empty slot where the crystal was suppose to go. A grin played at his lips.
"Oh... I see. You're new at this aren't you. You haven't any real combat experience. I was wondering why you weren't using any obvious powers against me."
Viola stared into his eyes, scared. How did he know about the paladin's crystal? Who was he? Silently, she gritted her teeth. She couldn't move at all since he had her in this hold. His grin however, turned slowly into a frown.
"But this is worrying. How could a newby like you manage to track down me? Did I really make a mistake in my planning? Your danger sensing ability shouldn't have been able to register me with all the other people committing crimes in the festival."
He looked down at her puzzling over this thought.
"Oh well. I better finish this up. Maybe I can still execute my target before he can get into his uncle's protection."
He yanked on her arm, causing her to bend over onto her knees. She could hear him shift position as he placed the dagger over her neck. She was shaking uncontrollably in fear.
"Time to die, Paladin.

Just then, both of them heard a swishing noise as something was moving fast toward them. He pushed her away and rolled away as Penny leapt passed, her sword swinging right where his body was a second earlier. She skidded to a halt six feet away and turned around, glaring at the man with anger.
"Don't you dare touch her!"

The man looked at Penny coldly.
"That's right, I forgot. You paladin's always move in pairs. But just because you're a little girl, doesn't mean I'm going to spare you."

Suddenly, there was the sound of more movement behind him, he quickly turned and saw Kurama charging at him, swinging his sword.
"SPARE THIS!"

The man managed to block Kurama's sword barely with both the short sword and dagger. He quickly tumbled away and stood up nearby a tree at the edge of the field. He gritted his teeth at Kurama's arrival and took up another fighting stance. He then looked down at his own blades and gasped. The liquid on both blades and frozen completely into a frost. He looked up at Kurama furiously.
"YOU STUPID IDIOT!! DO YOU KNOW HOW RARE THIS POISON WAS?!?! NOW IT"S COMPLETELY USELESS!!!"
He banged both his short sword and his dagger onto the tree and the orange frost broke off of them and fell to the ground.
"Damn you! Damn you all!"

Viola managed to get to her feet.
"Who are you?!"

The man froze in place, his anger forgotten. His eyes traced over all three of them.
"You mean you don't know?"

Kurama yelled back at the man.
"Quit it! Now tell us who you are!"

The man slowly sheathed his two weapons, a smile playing at his lips.
"Interesting. Very interesting. And here I thought you three were out here pursuing me under orders from your dear leader Mordokai."
He reached into a small pouch around his waist and pulled out several tiny black balls.
"But it certainly does seem that you only managed to find me by chance. Very interesting indeed."
He threw the balls down at his feet and a cloud of smoke appeared suddenly, spreading quickly. Viola, Kurama and Penny were coughing as the cloud spread, but it dispersed quickly. Looking up, they saw that the man had disappeared.

Kurama sheathed his sword and walked over to Viola.
"Are you alright?"
She didn't move for a few seconds before she nodded slowly.
"Good! Because what the heck were you thinking wandering off from us like that! Do you know how lucky you are?! Penny managed to see you disappearing into the woods after she jumped onto one of the buildings! That man was about to kill you!"

Viola was shaking slightly and her legs gave out. She slid down to the ground and sat wide eyed.
"I...I-I don't know wh-what happened... I felt a sudden feeling about that man... that man killing someone."

"So you're saying the paladin's call brought you to that monster?!"

"Oh Great! Now apparently your call makes you suicidal!"
Viola dropped her head, very close to tears. Kurama's fury died instantly.
"Uh... Well, come on. Let's get you back home."
He bent down and tried to help Viola to her feet. When she didn't move he instead picked her up. Penny went and grabbed her sword. The group turned and started making their way back to the fortress.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 02:24 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 10
-Cast-
Nil
Mordokai
Kurama
Viola
Penny

The group hadn't traveled very far before Viola was indeed crying in Kurama's arms. The realization of the entire situation had finally washed over her. She had almost died, almost didn't exist anymore. She had imagined herself failing before, but never something as severe as dying. Yet the entire feeling of the man about to kill her and being completely unable to do anything to stop him...

Her face had buried into Kurama's shoulder, tears still leaking from them. Time passed, but she had no comprehension of how much or how long it had been. Eventually, her tears finally dried up. She was looking out at the landmarks around the trail, but wasn't seeing any of them. Her eyes were half closed and completely unfocused. Any sort of noise around her didn't make any sense. She hardly knew who or where she was. She only just seemed to exist.

Finally, the familiar sound of the gate to the fortress was heard opening. She was only vaguely aware what was happening now. She thought she heard several duels stop as everyone was noticing their arrival. She thought she could hear someone approaching with the voice of Rabbit. Kurama was talking back, but Viola didn't understand anything.

Soon, she could feel herself being carried up several flights of steps. A short while later she was then laid down into a chair, yet she just slouched in it. She just sat put, not moving nor thinking as the confusing sound of voices were being spoken. A gentle hand was placed on her shoulder. The touch was comforting and it seemed to be ebbing all the fear away. Her eyes began to refocus and her mind was catching up to what was happening.

She suddenly sat up and noticed she was in Mordokai's office. Mordokai was sitting behind his desk while Kurama and Penny were around the room, watching her anxiously. The hand on her shoulder belonged to another paladin, but she didn't recognize him. She did however recognize the symbol of one of the god most people worshiped painted on his armor. He spoke to her in a soft and gentle tone.
"How do you feel?"
Viola didn't know at the moment, so she just nodded slightly. The man looked over his shoulder back at Mordokai.
"Yeah, I figured. She was just in shock."

Mordokai sighed and nodded.
"That's a relief. I thought we had lost her for a second."

Kurama spoke up suddenly.
"We almost did. That man we told you about was just about to slice her throat open with his dagger just as we showed up."

Viola had a flash of the memory again and her breathing increased suddenly. The paladin rested his hand back on her shoulder again and the panicked feeling evaporated away again.
"Please, Kurama. I can't keep on calming her down like this if she's reminded of today's event."

"I'm sorry about this Nil, but we need her to remember so we can understand what happened."

The man known as Nil sighed and nodded.
"Fine. But make it quick. She's been through a lot already."

Mordokai nodded and then proceeded to ask her about the day's events. Viola began to tell him about what had happened. Feeling the call, confronting the man, pursuing the man, and to actually fighting him. She faltered more then once, but the reassuring hand on her shoulder allowed her to continue. Finally, she told him everything that had happened. Mordokai nodded thoughtfully.
"Yes, Kurama and Penny told us alot of what happened from their perspective. You're lucky this assassin didn't kill you earlier."

"He almost did..."
She twisted around and showed them the scratch against her armor. The orange liquid still resided inside. Everyone looked at the scratch in complete shock.

"He...He managed to scratch the armor?!"
Viola had never heard Penny fearful before.

Kurama looked at Mordokai.
"How is that even possible?!"

Mordokai shook his head.
"I don't know..."

Viola looked at all of them confused.
"What's the big deal? My armor gets dented and scratched all the time when I'm dueling."

"The big deal Viola is the armor is magical. Its alot stronger than steel. No normal blade can do any damage to it."

Viola quickly objected to this.
"But when I duel-"

"When you're dueling, you're fighting against someone with an even more magical sword. The sword is unbreakable and therefore can scratch up your armor. The fact that this man has managed to come up with a way the render our armor useless is greatly disturbing."

Nil was looking closer at the scratch. Kurama spoke again to Mordokai.
"So who was that man anyways? He seemed to know you and a lot of paladin secrets by the looks of it."

Mordokai eyes widen.
"You say he... knew me?"

"Well, he knew of you. He thought we were sent by you to track him down or something."

Mordokai and Nil looked each other in the eyes for several seconds. Finally, Nil spoke.
"Recaiden."

"That's who I was thinking as well. I can't believe you guys actually managed to find him. It makes Viola's survival all the more impressive."

"But it also puts them in constant danger now."

"That's right. They stopped him while he was trying to finish a job."
Mordokai seemed really concerned about this. He quickly turned to Kurama.
"Quickly, tell me how he's planning on doing it!"

Kurama looked confusedly at Mordokai, and then glanced at both Penny and Viola who were equally confused. Finally, he turned back to Mordokai.
"Um...Do what?"

"Kill you, of course! He absolutely hates it when someone gets in his way, especially if it's a paladin. He will always tell the person who stopped him how exactly he's going to kill them."

"What?!"
Kurama seemed scared at this, quickly he recalled back to the encounter, his eyes darting around. Finally, he frowned a little and looked back at Mordokai.
"He didn't say anything like that."

Mordokai was completely taken aback.
"Are you serious?!"

"Well Viola and I were asking who he was, and he just seemed suprised and said it was all just chance we ran into each other and then vanished."

"Hmmm..."
Mordokai leaned back into his chair, thoughtful.
"It may have been that ignorance was what spared you from his hit list. But anyways, we can't really take any chances."
He turned to look at Penny.
"Penny, bring Bis, Rabbit, and Jesse here immediately."

Penny nodded and quickly left the room. Nil was still examining the scratch in Viola's armor.
"What's this orange liquid in the scratch here?"

"It was on both of his blades. I assumed it was poison."
Nil and Mordokai looked at her as if she just told them where an active gold vein was in the area.
"Uh... what?"

"Oh, Viola! You don't know how lucky we are on getting our hands on this poison! The poison itself binds with the persons cells and it becomes untraceable. The fact that you managed to bring us the actual stuff means we just might be able to procure an antidote finally!"

Viola stared back at him.
"Well... all I was trying to do was to protect myself."

Mordokai looked immediately at Nil.
"Quick, get it to Blue immediately!"

Nil nodded.
"Alright Viola, please get out of that armor."

Embarrassment was one of the last things she expected to feel at the moment. Yet she could feel her cheeks blush.
"Ummm... Can I get something to change into at least?"

Mordokai addressed Kurama.
"Hurry, bring Viola some clothes."
Kurama nodded and quickly left. Mordokai directed his attention back to Viola.
"Who was Recaiden after?"

Viola thought back.
"Some man who was highly dressed."

Mordokai thought for a moment before getting up and walking over to a cabinet. He pulled out a picture and showed it to Viola.
"Was the man him?"

Viola looked for a moment and instantly recognized the man.
"Yes, that was him. Though he was wearing different clothes."

Nil groaned.
"The King's nephew? Of all the people Viola could have saved."

"Agreed. Viola's actions sure did a lot for us."

"Why? What would've happened if the King's nephew died?"

"The king provides us with our funds. He asked us to provide armed security, but we didn't think there would be any serious trouble occurring there. That was part of the reason I sent you over there, so it would seem that we did oblige to his request. If his nephew were to die, we would have lost all of our funding. The paladin order would've completely collapsed."
Viola gulped. Mordokai continued, but he was just talking to himself.
"But now that he's on the alert, that will stall Recaiden for a while. He won't try to sneak into the king's castle without a plan."
He looks at Nil.
"After you take the poison to Blue, hurry quickly to the King's castle and help in planning for his brother to leave the country. We can't let Recaiden assassinate him."

Nil nodded as Kurama just entered the room holding Viola's clothes. She could feel herself glowing red during the entire process of undressing and handing her armor to Nil before changing into the clothes Kurama provided for her. Once Nil had all the pieces of her armor, he hurriedly left the room.

Mordokai sank in his chair again.
"Oh, what a day. And it all started with Nil coming back to report on Grim."

"Does this mean you found Grim then?"

Mordokai shook his head.
"No, it appears he has vanished entirely."
He sighs and looks up at the ceiling for a little bit before looking back at Kurama.
"Well hurry up and get out of your armor Kurama. Despite the circumstances, Viola did pass the first test. So after you're all done, get ready to take her down to the crystal room below."

Viola had completely forgotten about the crystals.
"Oh yeah! That's right! I'm suppose to be able to find it now, right?"

Mordokai finally smiled.
"Yes you are, Viola. Now hurry up."

Viola left the room much cheerful then when she had entered.

Zolkabro
2010-06-05, 10:44 AM
You ought to post these on the Playground Writers Workshop.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 01:15 PM
You ought to post these on the Playground Writers Workshop.

Well thank you.:smallsmile: But I decided to put these in their own thread since I have alot of parts to still post.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 01:55 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 11
-Cast-
Viola
Kurama
Penny

Viola walked behind Kurama as they headed down to the changing room. She tried to grasp everything that happened that day, but it would make her head spin. She resolved to instead talk to Kurama as they walked.
"Ummm... So who was that other Paladin? Nil was his name right?"

Kurama joined in with too much eagerness in his voice. Apparently, he wanted to get his mind off the days events as much as Viola.
"His name is Nil. Apparently, he was one of the first paladi's that Mordokai managed to bring here. He's quite adept at everything that Mordokai is. In fact, there are rumors that he will be the next paladin to 'unlock' his crystal."

Viola looked at Kurama confused.
"'Unlock'?"

"Oh sorry. That's what we call it when the crystal has achieved it's ultimate potential. I don't know why we called it that though."

"Oh, okay."
She looks away for a little bit, then turns back to Kurama.
"So, what power does Nil have?"

"Well, he calls it the 'Power of the heart'."

Viola raises an eyebrow to this.
"What? He makes people fall in love?"

Kurama shakes his head.
"No, no. Nothing romantic like that. He instead has a soothing power over emotions by bringing peace and calm to those around him. Lately, he has also been able to heal wounds of people. But that takes more out of him."

Viola thought back to every time Nil had placed a hand on her shoulder, the panicked feeling would ebb away.
"So he was calming me down, right?"

"Yeah. It was a good thing he was here to begin with. He's rarely in the academy very much. A real shame, since he's a pretty cool guy."

Viola thought about it for a few minutes.
"Why does he have one of the gods' symbol on his armor?"

"He's somewhat very religious. He says that the crystals were made and put here from the god, Theraneous, himself. Apparently, Nil had a hard life and becoming a paladin changed it completely."

Viola looked at Kurama.
"They came from Theraneous? But I thought the gods had forbidden each other from interfering with the mortal realm directly."

Kurama turned to face Viola.
"Viola, it's just a story. I don't know if it's real or not.
Viola nodded.
"Anyways, were here at the changing rooms. Just give me a second and I'll be right out."
Kurama went inside. Viola leaned against the wall with her arms behind her back. Her left hand was griping her right arm around the middle as she looked around. The sun was setting and the sky was alight with red and orange clouds, floating by in a wispy sense. After a few minutes, Kurama reappeared changed into the casual garments.
"Sorry for the wait."

Viola shook her head.
"Not a problem at all."

They then proceeded up into the academy. However, they didn't get far until they met Penny. She was still in her armor.
"Oh, there you guys are! Why didn't you wait for me! I had to waste time finding Rabbit, Bis, and Jesse. By the time I got back up, you guys were gone."

Kurama made an apologetic face.
"Sorry Penny. We kind of forgot. We were just on our way to get Viola's crystal."

Penny pointed an accusing finger at them.
"Oh no you're not!"

Viola froze under the point of the finger. Kurama did as well.
"Uh... were not?"

"Of course not!"
Penny was still glaring at them. Then suddenly her face changed to deep joy and her tone changed to an almost joyous sing-song voice.
"Not without 'ME' you're not!"

Kurama let out a relieved sigh.
"Well, no promises. You need to change out of your armor first."

Penny looked down at the armor she was wearing.
"Oh ya. I forgot I was still wearing it."
She looked back up at them.
"You better wait for me!"
Then she hurried and sprinted down the corridor. Once she was out of sight, Kurama continued walking.

Viola looked at him, but hurried to keep up.
"Ummm... aren't we going to wait for her?"

"Don't worry, she knows where it is. She'll arrive just as we arrive."

And sure enough, he was right. Just as Viola stepped down from the last step, Penny leaped into view and cleared the last 14 steps and landed beside her. She was breathing heavily and clutching her side. After a minute she looked angrily at Kurama.
"I told you to wait!"

"And I said, 'No promises'."
Penny held up a finger and had her mouth open as if she was about to make an angry retort. Then she closed her mouth and nodded, dejectedly. Viola was starting to feel sorry for her, when she was suddenly hyper and happy again. She caught a grin on Kurama's face out of the corner of her eye.
"Well, lets do this."

He reached out and opened the doors. Immediately, the same bright lights illuminated everything as the crystals all sparkled of different colors. They all stepped inside and Kurama closed the door. Viola looked around at all the crystals again.
"So, um... what do I do?"

"Just remember back to when you heard the call."

Viola nodded and closed her eyes. She remember hearing her own harmonic voice speaking in a strange language to her. She listened to the voice for a while in her head, and then it seemed that it was coming from another direction. Hesitantly she took a step toward the direction it was coming from. It was echoing out to her from someplace else and she followed it. She was nervous she might run into another crystal formation, but she didn't.

Finally, the voice seemed to pinpoint to one spot directly in front of her. Her eyes still closed, she reached out. Her hand touched one of the crystals that instantly broke off to her touch. As she held it, a pleasant warm feeling spread through her body. When the warmth finished it's spread. She stepped back and open her eyes.

She beheld a violet colored crystal sparkling in her hand. And yet, right before her eyes, the crystal was changing shape. It's jagged ends and sharp edges receded and twisted until the crystal represented the shape of a diamond on a deck of cards. It was the exact shape of the notches in all the paladin's swords.

From behind her, Kurama spoke out.
"Well, congratulations Viola."
Viola froze. Something... happened when Kurama spoke. She didn't know what though.
"Ummm... are you alright, Viola?"

It happened again. Though too fast for her to identify it. She closed her eyes again tightly.
"Say something else."

She could almost see in her mind's eye Kurama and Penny looking at each confused.
"Uhh... well what do you want us to say?"

This time Viola managed to identify what was happening. Yet she didn't quite understand it. She opened her eyes and looked at the two of them.
"It's...weird. Whenever either of you talk, it's as if I can see everything around me. Yet it's like reflections of the things around me."

The confused looks on their faces grew even more bewildered.
"Odd. I don't know what you're power is suppose to be, but it sounds like a passive one like Bis. Usually the passive abilities are discovered sooner since the paladin is constantly experiencing them."

Viola looked down at the violet crystal in her hand. However, any wondering over it seemed to disappear. In it's place, a wonderful happy feeling was filling her.
"This...this means..."
She looks triumphant as she hold the crystal above her head in a celebratory manner.
"I...I finally have my crystal!"

Bisected8
2010-06-05, 03:13 PM
*Zelda style music*

Blue Ghost
2010-06-05, 03:25 PM
Welcome back! :smallbiggrin:

CoffeeIncluded
2010-06-05, 03:37 PM
Hm. I'm interested to see where this goes. One thing though: There are a bunch of typoes.

Silverraptor
2010-06-05, 05:08 PM
Ya, I'm aware of the typos. Though I will always miss some no matter how many times I review it.

Saint Nil
2010-06-05, 07:23 PM
Great story! So, she has the ability to either manipulate or sense soundwaves? Sonar? Anyway, glad to have this back!

Je dit Viola
2010-06-06, 01:45 AM
Yup! That's a good guess!
(Considering the series started with me playing my viola, it makes perfect sense)

Speaking of powers, "Power of the Heart" is a pretty cool name.

Bisected8
2010-06-06, 06:45 AM
I'd prefer "Power of Liver" myself. That's several hundred times more functions that the heart. :smallbiggrin:

Silverraptor
2010-06-06, 01:31 PM
I'd prefer "Power of Liver" myself. That's several hundred times more functions that the heart. :smallbiggrin:

Aha! That power would force someone to go to the bathroom whenever you feel like.:smalltongue:

Bisected8
2010-06-06, 01:33 PM
Aha! That power would force someone to go to the bathroom whenever you feel like.:smalltongue:

I think that would be the power of kidneys wouldn't it? :smallamused:

Silverraptor
2010-06-06, 01:34 PM
I think that would be the power of kidneys wouldn't it? :smallamused:

Possibly. Then what would the liver do?:smallamused:

Also, I'll post part 12 soon.

Silverraptor
2010-06-06, 01:43 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 12
-Cast-
Viola
Kurama
Penny

Viola was laying on her bed. She was holding her crystal between her thumb and her index, staring at it intently. The crystal was shining a bright, pleasant violet color.

On the other side of the room, Kurama was laying on his bed. He was reading one of his books in the mean time. Viola couldn't help but remember what happened to Penny.

************

The group was walking down the hallway. Viola was staring at her crystal just as intently. Maybe more so than her was Penny. Viola spoke up, happily.
"This is great! I still can't believe I finally got my crystal!"

Penny responded back to her.
"Now you're officially one of us now!"

Viola smiled.
"Yeah. I guess I am."

"And what's cool is that your crystal looks so much like mine."
Penny turns and starts walking backwards. She reaches into a pocket of her clothing and pulls out her own crystal. That crystal was glowing a bright pink color.
"See?"

Kurama spoke out to Penny.
"What you mean, Penny, is the color of the crystal. All the crystals have the same diamond shape."

Penny looked back at Kurama.
"Well, duh! Of course I mean that! Viola knows exactly what I mean, right Vio-AAUGHH!!
Penny, unable to see where she was going, had crashed into one of the suits of armor that were set up as decoration. The armor fell apart and clattered over the floor in a pile. Penny was buried in the middle of it. Throughout the event, Viola had the same reflection thing happen that gave her a sense of the whole hallway.

Viola quickly rushed over.
"Oh no, Penny! Are you alright?"

Some pieces of armor moved and Penny emerged, looking dazed.
"Yeah, I think so."
She looks around at the armor scattered around.
"Oh no, not again!"

Viola didn't know whether to laugh or be concerned.
"Uhhh... Again?"

Kurama spoke up.
Penny has a bit of a reputation for knocking over the armor decoration. It drives Rabbit mad."

"Oh does it ever. If she sees this, she'll give me another lecture."
She picks herself up and begins gathering the pieces of armor together again.

"Do you want me to help you, Penny?"

Penny looked up at her.
"Thanks. But these suits of armor are different than the ones we wear. You'll mostly just slow me down by me explaining where everything goes. Go on ahead. I'll see you later."

Viola hesitated for a moment, but then nodded. She turned and followed Kurama to their room.

************

Viola was still marveling over the crystal. However, out of the corner of her eye, she could see Kurama glancing over at her. However, every time he looked, it wasn't a friendly glance.

After several times of this happening, Viola got fed up with it. She sat up on her bed and glared irritated at Kurama.
"What is it? What's wrong? Are you mad at me for some reason?"

Kurama didn't look up from his book, but his eyes weren't moving either.
"No. I'm not mad at you."

"Then why do you keep glancing over here?"

Kurama sighed.
"I'm angry with what's happened, that's all."

"What? At me getting my crystal?"

Kurama put his book down and looked at her.
"No! Of course not. That would be the very last thing I would ever get mad at. It's a truly wonderful thing to get."

"Then wha-"

"I'm angry at what you did to get it."

Viola stared into Kurama's eyes for a few seconds before she understood what he was talking about.
"Oh... You mean the assassin?"

"Yes."
He picks his book back up and pretends to read it again.
"I was absolutely scared out of my mind again when we lost track of you. Even more so when I saw him just about to kill you."

"Look I'm...I'm sorry. I don't know what to-"

"You don't have to say anything. Just remember that the next time you decide to run off like that..."
He looked back at her.
"...I don't want to lose another partner. I was really close to having to experience the loss all over again."

Viola shifted her gaze at her feet. She had forgotten that Kurama had lost his previous partner before she was partnered to him.
"You're right. I'm really sorry."
She looked back up at him.
"So your other partner. What was she like?"

"He. His name was Silv. He was a pretty fun guy to be around."

"What happened to him?"

Kurama looked around the room.
"We were assigned to escort some refugees through a mountain pass. It was raining heavily, but we were almost through. Then suddenly, there was a major mudslide."
Viola tried to imagine the scene in her head.
"Most of the group was clear of the danger, but a couple of the wagons in the rear were right in it's path. Silv managed to get the closer of the two out of the way and headed back for everyone else. A kid slipped on some wet rock and fell down and cut his knee. Silv acted instantly and grabbed the kid by the shoulder."
Viola was realizing she had stopped breathing and quickly took a breath.
"With his last heroic act, he managed to hoist the kid and throw him just out of the mudslide's path. However, the mudslide hit him and he fell nearly 2,000 feet off the edge. It took days to recover his body."
Kurama sighed heavily.
"I was leading the group while he was assisting stragglers in the rear. If we had switched places..."

He trailed off. Viola watched him deep in thought.
"I'm sorry. I could only imagine."

"I know. A paladin is not suppose to have attachments to people. But that's a lot harder then it sounds."

Viola nodded.
"Again, I'm sorry."
Some time passed as they sat in silence. Eventually she stood up.
"Well, I'm hungry. Maybe eating will take your mind off things."

Kurama shook his head.
"Nah. You go ahead."

Viola looked at Kurama for a second, then placed her crystal down onto the nightstand. She turned to the door when she caught sight of Kurama's face. She looked over her shoulder at him.
"What?"

Kurama was looking up at her with an anticipating smile playing at his lips.
"Nothing."

Viola glared at him suspiciously, but then turned and proceeded to walk out the door. But before she could get to the door, a strange feeling had washed over her. She tried to keep moving, but the feeling was preventing her was walking any further forward. She looked back at Kurama who was now chuckling at her.

"I can't... I can't move!"
Silently, Kurama's eyes slid casually over to her crystal, sparkling innocently on her nightstand. She looked at the crystal for a moment in horror.
"It's doing this to me?!"

Kurama was grinning now.
"Yup. A bit of a side effect about your crystal. After you have attuned and bonded with it, you can't willingly get further than about ten feet from it."

Viola had a flash of several things she wanted to do in the future and her crystal being close by for every one of them. She shook her head to clear the images.
"But...But that's not fair!"

"I know. But you'll have to carry your crystal everywhere with you from now on."
Viola angrily walked back to her nightstand and picked up the crystal. She cast an annoyed glance at it before slipping it into her pocket.
"On second thought, I think I will come to dinner."

Kurama set his book down and got up to join her. Throughout dinner, she was in a sour mood.

Je dit Viola
2010-06-07, 12:41 AM
Viola had a flash of several things she wanted to do in the future and her crystal being close by for every one of them. She shook her head to clear the images.
"But...But that's not fair!"


Like Monopoly. :smalltongue: [/inside joke]
Or Swimming.
I wonder how you go swimming with the Crystal. Maybe you hold it in your mouth?

I feel sorta sorry for Penny.

Grim ranger
2010-06-07, 12:27 PM
Like Monopoly. :smalltongue: [/inside joke]
Or Swimming.
I wonder how you go swimming with the Crystal. Maybe you hold it in your mouth?

I feel sorta sorry for Penny.

Errm...fashion a circlet to hold it in to leave your hands free? Or something :smalltongue:

All in all very interesting chapter again, Silver! I am glad this story is back to updating :smallsmile:

Viera Champion
2010-06-07, 06:21 PM
Yyayayayayay!! I laugh at Viola a lot!:smalltongue::smallamused:

I actually thought that when he wa looking over at her in the not friendly way he was checking her out. Not in an inapropriate way, more of in a teenage crush kind of way.:smallcool::smalltongue:

Silverraptor
2010-06-07, 06:37 PM
So, what of the side effects? What does everyone think of them now?

Edit: Oh, and I added in some titles in the Table of Contents spoiler box to name the parts better. I'll probably put the titles in the parts themselves later.

Part 13 will be up soon.

Silverraptor
2010-06-07, 07:54 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 13
-Cast-
Penny
Kurama
Viola
Lix

Viola woke up disgruntled. She looked over at her crystal which she left on her nightstand when she went to sleep that night. All this time, she thought it would be great to get her own crystal and to have her own unique ability. However, no one told her that she would have to baby sit it constantly.

She worked her way out of bed and folded it. She finally looked down at her crystal for a moment before snatching it up and slipping it into her pocket.Then she turned and walked out to the mess hall.

Kurama had left before her and had saved a seat for her to join him. However she was suprised that Penny was also waiting for her as well.

"Good morning, Viola."
Viola just nodded at her, but sat without a word. Penny looked at Kurama concerned.
"What's up with her?"

Kurama still had that smug smile he wore last night.
"She found out about the crystals' side-effect."

"Ohhhhh! Is that's whats bothering her."
Penny smiled as well.
"Yeah. I remember when that first happened to me. It was really annoying. And the worse part was Rabbit wasn't in the room to explain it to me. So I was stuck there for several hours trying to find out what the heck was wrong with me."

Viola spoke up.
"That's terrible. How can you guys stand it?"

"Well..."
Kurama shrugs at her.
"Truth be told, we kind of got use to it. The crystal has pretty much become a part of us that we hardly really think about it anymore."

Viola looked down at her breakfast, felling gloomy.
"What's wrong with me then? I almost despise the thing."

"Everyone feels that way when they first get their crystal, Viola. Mordokai describes it as our bodies getting adjusted to it. That's all."

Viola looks at them.
"But what about the risks? What if you lose it? Like you accidently drop it down a cliff or something."

Both Kurama and Penny shrug their shoulders at her.
"We don't know."

Viola raises her eyebrows at them.
"What do you mean you don't know?"

"Well, no paladin has ever lost their crystal. You seem to just know where to keep it safe and it stays safe."

Viola looked between the two of them.
"No one has lost it? They haven't gotten more then ten feet from their crystal?"

Kurama shook his head.
"Nope. So we have no idea what happens if you do lose it."

"We imagine it would be quite shocking though."
Viola looked down at her meal again.
"Oh cheer up, Viola. Have you found out what ability your crystal grants you yet?"

Viola shook her head.
"Not yet. But I keep seeing those reflection images of everything around me."

"Well, no one quite knows what their ability is until they really use it. I remember when I first found out about my ability."

Viola looked at her.
"Why? What happened?"

"Well, Rabbit got sick and tired of me messing up everything of hers. So what she did is she took my crystal and put it up high, out of my reach. I couldn't reach it or any of her stuff thanks to the side effect."

Viola looked at her in shock.
"That's terrible. What did you do?"

"Well, I kept jumping for my crystal, of course. After countless tries, I really concentrated and I felt myself become super light. It was a shock at how high I jumped that I hit the ceiling."

"Ouch. Were you alright?"

Penny nodded.
"Oh yeah. I was just fine. Just surprised."

Viola turned to Kurama.
"How did you discover your ability?"

Kurama smiles.
It wasn't anything special. It was just a particularly hot day and I remember wishing that my water was much cooler. I was shocked when I put a large ice cube in my mouth all of a sudden."

Viola chuckled weakly, then she looked down.
"How will I discover what my ability is?"

"Well, Kurama says your ability sounds like a passive one. So you should probably discover what yours does quicker then when we figured it out. Think back, what do you remember whenever you see the area around you reflected?"

Viola recalls back to whenever she see's the reflected surfaces.
"Mostly, I can see them whenever anyone talks. However, it was especially clear when you ran into that suit of armor, Penny."

"Oh."
Penny shifts in her seat uncomfortably.
"Uhhh...Can you not talk about that. I don't want Rabbit to hear that I knocked over another suit of armor."

"You did that again, Penny?"
They all looked up. A paladin female who Viola had seen but never spoken to was looking down at them holding a tray with some food on it.
"My word. How many times does this make?"

Penny was holding her finger to her lips and shushing the newcomer.
"Shhh! Shhhhhh! Not so loud! Rabbit can't find out about it, Lix!"

"Oh relax, Penny. Rabbit isn't here. She left last night with Bis and Jesse."
She looks down at the empty seat next to Viola.
"Can I sit down?"

"Oh, yeah sure."
Viola shifts over to allow Lix to sit down.

"Thanks. By the way, you're the new paladin, aren't you? I've seen you around from time to time. My name's Lix. How about yours?"

Kurama added to the conversation.
"Her name's Viola, and she's not 'new' here, Lix. She's been in the academy for a few months."

"Yeah, I know. But there hasn't been anyone new after her. So she's still the new girl until someone else comes in."

"Hey Lix, do you know where Rabbit, Bis and... Jesse went?"

Lix turns to face her.
I'm not sure exactly, but they're looking for someone. Mordokai only gathers those three together if they're out looking for some outlaw close by or whatever."
Kurama and Penny both looked at Viola who glanced back at them. Lix however was oblivious to the whole thing. She was currently trying to pour syrup onto her pancakes.
"Dammit! Why is syrup so hard to get out?"

"Well, have you tried heating it? That gets syrup out faster."

"Really?"
Lix put her hand under the syrup bottle and fire sparked from her palm. Viola jumped in shock. Lix then poured the syrup much more easily out onto her pancakes.
"Hey you're right, it does work."
Viola looked at Penny and Kurama with a startled look, silently asking for an explanation.

"Lix's ability is fire. She can conjure it at will"

"Oh yeah, but I can't control it once I conjure it."

They finish up their breakfast shortly after that and then start heading down to the training ground to start the day.

Viera Champion
2010-06-07, 11:35 PM
I'm totally the coolest.:smallcool:

Je dit Viola
2010-06-08, 12:34 AM
Ha, so punny.

Fire abilities are cool, I think, because fire just has that allure to it, that makes you want to touch it even though you know you shouldn't.

This one was pretty good as well, minor errors aside.
It makes you wonder what the three (Rabbit, and the others) are out looking for. Probably for that Recaiden Assassin. Judging by Lix's reaction, I think it could be safe to assume that it's a tightly kept secret, because nobody wants the general masses of paladins to be afraid and stop training.

Grim ranger
2010-06-08, 03:51 AM
Ooh, I am getting a feeling that there will be a villain appearing in the story shortly :smallamused:

Great chapter as always, Jesse! The talk about Crystals made me snicker :smallbiggrin:

Bisected8
2010-06-08, 03:58 AM
Can't go wrong with fire.

...wait, if Lix has the fire abilities does that make her the protagonist by default? :smalltongue:

Grim ranger
2010-06-08, 04:09 AM
Can't go wrong with fire.

...wait, if Lix has the fire abilities does that make her the protagonist by default? :smalltongue:

Either that or "BURN BURN BUUURRRRNNN!!!" type character, yeah... :smalltongue:

@V: Me too! I am looking forward to seeing mine in action :smallbiggrin:

I bet it has something to do with killing things... :smallamused:

Saint Nil
2010-06-08, 08:56 AM
Yay more paladins! I wonder what Jesse and Grims's power are? Bis has super-senses, right? Personally, I'm just glad to have paladin academy back at regular intervals.

Silverraptor
2010-06-08, 10:40 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 14
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola
Blue

Viola gets into her armor quickly with no real thought about it. Her mind was focused on trying to find out what her power was. When the last piece of her armor is put into place, she closes her locker with a snap. Again, she saw a brief flashing pulse of everything around her when her locker closed. From behind her, Kurama spoke.
"Well, this is a first."

Viola turned around to look at him.
"What is?"

"Changing into your armor without turning red even once."

Viola looked around and then down at the armor.
"Wow. You're right. I didn't really notice I was putting it on. I was mostly thinking about what my crystal is."

"Heh."
Kurama was finishing the last piece to his own armor.
"And here I thought you were just getting use to it."

He closes his locker door and they both proceed out of the locker door.
"Well maybe I am."

Kurama turned and looked at her.
"Are you sure?"
Viola stared back at him. In her mind's eye, she imagined herself changing into her armor again. She could feel the traitorous blush creep up on her face. Kurama smiled and continued walking.
"I thought so."

Behind him, Viola scowled at the back of his head.

***********

Shortly thereafter, Mordokai came out and told them it was a free practice day since Rabbit was out for a mission. But as the other paladins were dispersing, Kurama placed a hand on her shoulder and held her back.
"Hey, why don't we stick together today. Okay?"

Viola raised an eyebrow. Usually she just moves about with the other paladins and trains in various activities.
"How come?"

Kurama looks around breifly.
"Well, it's sort of a special event and all, now that you're now an official paladin and everything."

Comprehension dawned on Viola's face.
"You want to be the first to know what my power is, don't you?"

Kurama looks a little uncomfortable.
"Well... Don't I deserve to know first? I am your partner after all."

Viola lets out a small chuckle.
"Yeah, I guess so-"
She stops. The sound of swords banging on each other started ringing throughout the area. Viola turned her head to face the dueling area. She was having the same flashes happen, but they were clearer this time.

Each time the swords hit each other, a white pulse would expand rapidly from the point of contact. The white pulse spreads like a ripple, showing the features of everyone and everything around. She watched as the swords were banging on each other again and again. The sight of everything was beautiful in a sense.

Suddenly, she was being shaken by a couple hands on her shoulders.
"Hey Viola, are you there?"

She snaps away from her transfixation and looks back at Kurama.
"Huh? What?"

"You zoned out there for several minutes. Nothing I could do could bring you back."

"That's because I was...seeing...
She turned back to the sword fighting. She saw the pulses flash away from where the swords strike each other. And every time the pulse raced away, it was accompanied by a loud, high pitched,
"...Sound!"

Kurama raised an eyebrow.
"What?"

"Sound! I...I think I know what my ability is!"
She looks at Kurama with comprehension on her face.
"I...I think I'm seeing sound!"

Kurama looked at her confused.
"Are you sure? How can you see sound?"

"I don't know. But it all fits. The talking, Penny and the suit of armor, the locker door, and now the swords. Every time I get one of those reflections of the things around me, some kind of sound is happening at the same time."

Kurama puts his chin in one of his hands and ponders over it.
"Well, I'm not denying that that could be it. Al ot of powers are weird like that."
He looks back up at Viola.
"Well anyways, I think we should visit Blue about this. He might know how it works. But before that, lets have a quick duel. Just so we can say we did something today besides listen to metaphors all day."

Viola nodded.
"Okay, sounds good."
Viola followed Kurama instinctively. She was taking pride in the fact that she discovered what her newfound ability was. They found a dueling area and stood apart. Viola reached down and pulled her sword out of it's sheath. Just then she stops suddenly.
"Wait a minute! We didn't get the dulling crystals to put in our swords."

Kurama smiles.
"I know. We're going to use our own crystals instead."
He pulls out a white blue crystal and puts it into the slot on his sword.
"We're only going to do shallow swings to avoid cutting each others armor. But I think you should have some experience having your crystal in your sword to know what it does."

Viola nods and looks down at her sword. Silently, she reaches into a small strap pouch she had attached to her waist and pulls out her violet colored crystal. She then tries to place it into her sword. The crystal fit perfectly.

They then face each other and take fighting stances. Kurama starts with a lunge which she easily parries. She then swings back at him, only to have him side step back to avoid it. They duel for several minutes before Viola makes a mistake. She tries to feint, but was too slow about it. Kurama manged to throw an overhand swing which she barely blocked. The blow knocks her off balance and she throws out her left arm to catch herself. She looks up to see Kurama taking advantage and throwing another swing at her. Reacting instinctively, she brings up her sword quickly to block the blow. As she does so, she feels a warmth spread through her from the sword itself. She thought she could hear a faint humming noise coming from it.

When the two swords met together in mid air, something strange happened. Kurama suddenly jumped back in reaction to something. His sword hand drops his sword as he grips it with his other hand. He drops down to his knees, wincing in pain. Panicked, Viola drops her own sword and rushes to his side.
"Kurama! Kurama, are you alright?!"

Kurama breathes heavily for a few seconds. He then opens his eyes and looks up at her.
"Wow! That was... weird."

Viola repeated herself, concerned.
"Are you alright?"

"Yeah, uh... Yeah. I'm alright."
He begins to sit up. Viola watches closely in case anything else might happen.

"What happened?"

"I don't know."
He looks down at his hands.
"When our swords touched, all of a sudden I could feel my arm shake involuntarily. It spread all the way up my arm and now it's all numb. It hurt like hell, too."

Viola put her arms under his shoulder and pulled him to his feet.
"Come on, we need to get someone to take a look at you to make sure you're alright."

"Blue. Lets get to Blue. He might have a clue as to what just happened."

They both went to retrieve their swords. Viola thrusts hers into it's sheath without removing the crystal from it. She was more concerned for Kurama at the moment.

***********

They ascended the stairs to the top of the tower quickly. Inside the top room, Blue was waiting for them from his armchair.
"Young Viola and Kurama too. What is the reason of this delightful visit?."

Kurama spoke out quickly.
"Hey Blue. Something weird just happened with me and Viola. Do you know what it is?"

"Possibly. Let me see your sword, Viola."
Viola reached down and pulled out her sword. She then handed the sword over to Blue who took a closer look at it.
"Ahhhh... Yes. Yes, I see. How interesting. Very interesting indeed."

Kurama looks back at Viola with and exasperated glance before turning back to Blue.
"Are you to tell us what happened?"

Viola spoke quietly to Kurama.
"How is he suppose to know what's happened if we haven't told him?"

Kurama spoke quietly back to her.
"Don't worry. Blue just knows things that happen around here. Don't ask me how."

They look up at the wizard who appeared to have not noticed their slight conversation. But before Kurama could yell at him again, Blue spoke.
"You have a very unique crystal, young Viola."

Kurama raises an eyebrow in confusion.
"But don't we all have unique crystals, Blue?"

"Yes, each crystal likes to have a different element to play with and they like to decide whether to actively control this element or let it slide by."

Viola calls out confused.
"What?"

"He means active and passive crystals."

"Correct. But your crystal, young Viola, seems to have been unable to make up its mind on which type it should be. So it resolved to be greedy and take them both at once."

Kurama didn't need to translate. Viola understood exactly what Blue just said. She stands there in awe, looking at the crystal glowing from the slot in her sword. Kurama spoke out exactly what had been going through her mind.
"You mean... she has both a passive AND an active ability with her crystal?!"

"Yes. An interesting development. Only two others had the same thing happened to their crystals."
He looks back at her crystal.
"Her passive ability seems to allow her to see the world as sound sees it."

Viola finally speaks up.
"How does that work?

"Imagine yourself in a canyon. You decide to yell out and then your own voice calls back to you. What happens is the sound vibrations bounce off the rock walls back to you."
The yellow glowing eyes stare straight at Viola.
"However, your crystal enables you to take these reflected vibrations and see what they bounced off of, allowing you to see the world differently than just with your eyes."
He hold out her sword for her to take, which she did.
"As such, there's more to your ability then just receiving sound. Your active ability allows you to create it yourself."

Viola chuckles at this.
"I can do that anyways. Just talking now is allowing me to create sound."

"Well spoken, young Viola. However, that's not what I'm trying to say. You are producing different frequencies of sounds that you cannot make normally."

Kurama spoke this time.
"So... what happened when our swords met?"

Blue continues.
"What happened was that Viola produced a sound of such high frequency and vibrations. The vibrations jumped to your sword and all up and down your arm, causing it to go numb from the stress."

Viola looked down at the sword in her hand.
"I can really do that?"

"Yes. Untold properties are at your disposal now, young Viola."

Viola chewed on her tongue for a moment. A thought came to her and she looked back up at Blue.
"You said only two others had a passive and an active ability. Who were they?"

The yellow dots from under the hood disappeared for a second and reappeared. Viola guessed that Blue just blinked from under the hood that was covering his face.
"The first is the grand Mordokai, teacher of the paladins and my friend. The other however is no longer with us but has left for a dark reason. Suiting for his ability."

"Who?"
They both utter the word at the same time.

Blue stares back at them.
"He is known as, Grim."

Viera Champion
2010-06-08, 10:55 PM
Dun dun dunnnnn!!

Excellent work, though I'm still the coolest.:smallcool::smallamused:

Grim ranger
2010-06-09, 04:47 AM
Omnious chapter ending is omnious :smallamused:

Great work again, Silver! I get the feeling that we are going to get a doze of backstory or explanation about someone's powers soon... :smallbiggrin:

Saint Nil
2010-06-09, 06:53 AM
Hmm, my first guess was that Grimm could inflict people with fear, but I don't see the passive applications of that.

Any ideas?

Bisected8
2010-06-09, 07:30 AM
Maybe he can make things Grimdark and summon armies of Imperial Space Marines as a result?

Grim ranger
2010-06-09, 07:59 AM
Maybe he can make things Grimdark and summon armies of Imperial Space Marines as a result?

Heh, that would be awesome and hilarious. But I think no :smallbiggrin:

I am sure Silver will give is the answer sooner or later, though. For now I am content on watching the buildup :smallsmile:

Je dit Viola
2010-06-09, 01:35 PM
Ooh, ooh! I know! *raises hand*


The phrase "accidentally made a mistake" seems a little repetition to me, though, unless that person starts purposefully making mistakes.

Silverraptor
2010-06-09, 04:56 PM
Ooh, ooh! I know! *raises hand*


The phrase "accidentally made a mistake" seems a little repetition to me, though, unless that person starts purposefully making mistakes.

Darn it. I missed it when I was going through it again. Thanks for that. Any other errors in other stories and how to fix them would be appriciated too.

Bisected8
2010-06-09, 07:04 PM
Ooh, ooh! I know! *raises hand*


The phrase "accidentally made a mistake" seems a little repetition to me, though, unless that person starts purposefully making mistakes.

Don't you mean redundant, not repetition?

Silverraptor
2010-06-10, 12:37 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 15
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola
Penny
Lix
Mordokai

Both Viola and Kurama descended down the steps from Blue's tower. Viola was still staring down at the crystal in her sword. Kurama spoke to break the silence.
"Well, I guess congratulations are in order."

Viola didn't look up from her crystal.
"For what? I didn't do anything."

"True, but you have a unique power. Both a passive and an active one. Too bad we couldn't find out more about it though."

Viola nodded. Before they could get any more out of Blue, he had said that Mordokai had called him and then vanished into thin air.
It feels weird though, being unique like this. Normally it's someone else that has the spotlight. Now I find myself somewhere within the top three."

"Well, you should enjoy it. I wish mine had two abilities."

Viola finally looked up from her crystal to look at Kurama.
"But don't you have a passive ability? You can produce a frigid aura around your sword when you have your crystal in it, right?"

Kurama shook his head.
"The truth is, I'm actually concentrating on producing that aura. It just makes it a lot easier to maintain when the crystal is in my sword."

Viola looked back down at her sword.
"So, I can sense sound around me like... what did Blue call it before he disappeared?"

"I think he said 'Sonar'. I wished he could have told us what that meant at least."

Viola nodded.
"Yeah. Anyways, I can sense sound and also produce high frequency sound that can disable a person by exchanging blows."

"That we know of. I don't think the sound is just limited to your sword. Sound doesn't work that way."

Viola chuckled weakly, putting her hand to her face.
"Of course. I have to have another ability, right? Be better then everyone else even more."

Kurama shrugged at her.
"You say that like it's bad thing."

"Sorry. Like I said, I'm not use to having so much spotlight on me."

"Yeah, alright. So what should we do to get your mind off it?"

"Maybe go tell Penny about it. We're all technically in a group together."

*************

But if either of them thought that Penny wouldn't make a big deal of it, they were sadly mistaken. Penny unexpectedly jumped onto Viola and was yelling happily about how Viola was 'Unique'. Viola only just barely managed to get Penny off of her.
"This is so great! We'll be the best team around! No one will ever be able to stand up to us!"

Penny continued on ranting that way until Viola was starting to get a headache. She saw Kurama roll his eyes. Fortunately, someone called out to them.
"Hey! Viola!"
They turned to see that it was Lix calling out to them. She hurried over to greet them.
"Hey there, Viola. I've just been sent by Mordokai to come and get you."

Viola looked at Kurama and Penny confused. They looked back at her with equal confusion.
"Uh... Why?"

Lix shrugged.
"I don't know. He said it was important though."

Penny spoke out suddenly.
"Viola didn't do anything wrong, did she?"

Lix shook her head.
"No... I don't think so. Just go and see him."

Viola turned back to Kurama and Penny.
"Well, see you at dinner then."

Kurama waved a hand at her departure.
"Okay. Good luck."

*************

Viola paused outside the double doors of Mordokai's office. She took a steadying breath before softly pushing the doors open. Mordokai was at his desk, waiting for her.
"Ah, Viola! Please come in."

Viola stepped inside and allowed the door to close behind her.
"You... wanted to see me?"

Mordokai nodded.
"Yes I did. Please, have a seat."

Viola nervously sat down into a chair in front of Mordokai's desk.
"So, what's this about?"

"Well I have a question for you. Have you ever met your parents?"

Viola blinked in surprise. She had always grown up in an orphanage. They didn't tell her anything about her parents. She didn't even know their names. She shook her head no.
"Sorry, no. I don't know anything about them."

Mordokai frowned, though it seemed to be at something that was troubling him.
"I see. Yet you have an active and a passive ability."

Viola nodded.
"Yes. But... how do you know?"

"Blue told me. I called him to check the status of the antidote mix and he mentioned that you had two abilities. He's making great progress on the antidote by the way, but it isn't finished yet."

Viola nodded.
"But what does having two abilities have to do with me knowing my parents or not?"

Mordokai leaned back into his chair, pondering a bit.
"I trust Blue told you that the only other people to have two abilities are me and Grim. Is that correct?"
Viola nodded.
"Well, it's because both Grim and I both knew our parents before they died."

"Your... parents died?"

"Viola, every paladin here has been orphaned at one age or another. Its another one of those things that makes us all alike."

Viola's mouth dropped open at this.
"Everyone?"

"Everyone."

"Even Kurama?... And Penny?"

Mordokai nodded.
"Yes, everyone. And out of all of them, only Grim and I have actually spoken to our parents and remember them."

"What happened to your parents? Er... I mean... sorry. That was rude of me."

Mordokai waved her apology aside.
"Think nothing of it. I lost my parents to a great plague that was sweeping the land. I caught the same plague to, but was cured by a wonderful person."

Viola lowered her head.
"I'm sorry."


"It happened a long time ago. So no need to dwell on it."

Viola nodded, but then looked up at him
"Who was it who cured you?"

Mordokai smiled
"Blue. That was how we met."
Viola raised her eyebrows with surprise.
"Anyways, Grim's past however was a little more tragic."
Viola leaned in closer.
"Grim grew up on an outskirts village that often got attacked by raiding tribes from the forest nearby. He grew up learning how to defend himself from day one. Both his mother and father were well trained militia against the raiders. However, one day a raiding group larger than normal attacked. His dad was slain by sheer numbers while his mother barricaded both them into their house."
Viola could see everything happen in her mind's eye.
"The raiders managed to get through the blockade. His mother managed to slay all but one of them. The last one managed to get a lethal blow in and caused her to collapse. Grim jumped out and killed the remaining raider with one of their kitchen knives."
Mordokai took a breath and continued.
"Grim didn't know that the wound was absolutely fatal. Technically, she was dead almost instantly. However, he preformed chest compressions on her anyways. He manage to force some blood into her brain. What happened was the brain responded to the last thing it was trying to do and that was holding off the bandit. So his own mother had slashed him deeply across the chest with the knife in her hand as he was trying to save her. He still has the scar where his mother had cut him."
Viola was quite still, horrified that anything like that had happened. Mordokai continued.
"I had arrived just a moment later to see him curled up on the wall. I had taken him here and helped train him as a paladin personally. Grim and I were so much alike, so I had taken him under my wing. As you know, my ability has to do with light. His however, has to do with darkness. He can manipulate it and even turn it solid at will, just like me and my ability to manipulate light. He was a really good student, but his sudden disappearance has me worried."

"So you still haven't found him?"

Mordokai shook his head.
"No. We haven't. I think his past is what caused him to leave. That deep down, he thought that the people closest to you would be the ones to betray and harm you like that."

Viola was thinking this over.
"What everyone says about him was that he likes to show off and claim he's the best at everything."

Mordokai chuckles.
"Yeah, he can be a bit arrogant at times. Anyways, I'll send Nil out to search for him again once he gets back, which should be by late tomorrow."
He looks at Viola for a moment.
"Anyways, you should head down for dinner. And make sure you're well rested for tomorrow as well. The rumor about you having two abilities will certainly spread. So everyone will be watching you closely."

Viola sighed and nodded. That was one of the reasons she didn't like being in the spotlight.

Saint Nil
2010-06-10, 06:39 AM
Nice story Silver, glad to have some of our questions answered.:smallsmile:

Grim ranger
2010-06-10, 10:25 AM
Indeed. At least I now have pretty clearly established backstory and reasons for villany :smallamused:

And cool power. Must not forget the cool power :smallbiggrin:

Awesome work as always, Silver. Looking forward to next chapter with interest :smallsmile:

ThePhantom
2010-06-10, 03:53 PM
*Clap, clap, clap*

Bravo, Mr Silverraptor. Bravo. Your writing is quite good, it makes me sad that another project that had your writing end just as it was getting good. But that wasn't your fault, that was the artist's. Oh well, this should most enjoyable. :smallamused:

Je dit Viola
2010-06-12, 05:57 PM
Awww....everyone's orphans. :smallfrown: That's sad.
But the antidote's almost made, which is a good thing. It'll mess up Recaiden and make him mad, though, and force him to get a different poison that is quicker-killing to make up for it.


Don't you mean redundant, not repetition?

Actually, I meant to write "repetitious", but my silly laptop has a silly spell-check that doesn't make sense most of the time.

Bisected8
2010-06-12, 06:39 PM
Awww....everyone's orphans. :smallfrown: That's sad.
But the antidote's almost made, which is a good thing. It'll mess up Recaiden and make him mad, though, and force him to get a different poison that is quicker-killing to make up for it.



Actually, I meant to write "repetitious", but my silly laptop has a silly spell-check that doesn't make sense most of the time.

That would still have the same problem wouldn't it? He wasn't repeating himself, just using an adverb which didn't add anything...

Je dit Viola
2010-06-12, 06:53 PM
That's what repetitious is, isn't it? Saying the same thing multiple times, right? Repetition was wrong, because of grammar, whereas redundant is a slightly nerdy word, because of all the Ds.
(However, I think we're getting off topic. Grammar and definitions have little to do with paladins, I think. There might be room for you to respond once more, but I can't reply to that one or else we'll be officially off topic. I hope you understand.)

Bisected8
2010-06-12, 07:07 PM
That's what repetitious is, isn't it? Saying the same thing multiple times, right? Repetition was wrong, because of grammar, whereas redundant is a slightly nerdy word, because of all the Ds.
(However, I think we're getting off topic. Grammar and definitions have little to do with paladins, I think. There might be room for you to respond once more, but I can't reply to that one or else we'll be officially off topic. I hope you understand.)

No, repetition is saying exactly the same thing more than once. Redundancy is when you describe the same thing more than once. So repetition can lead to redundancy, but not all redundancy is repetition (e.g. "accidentally made a mistake" is redundant, since a mistake will always be accidental, "accidentally had an accident" would be repetition and redundancy because you're using the same word twice, i.e. repeating it and it's redundant in the same way as the other statement).

Anyway, yeah. Kind of off topic. _"

Blue Ghost
2010-06-12, 09:30 PM
Great work as usual, Silv. I'm immensely enjoying this work. Though a destructive ability doesn't seem right with Viola...
Has Lix seen this yet?

Silverraptor
2010-06-27, 12:48 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 16
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola

Dinner was uneventful for the most part. Penny and Kurama asked her what happened and she gave them a brief summary. However, Grim's past didn't generate much sympathy from either of them as it did for her. She decided to not press the issue.

Finally, Penny went to her room while Viola and Kurama went to theirs. Viola sat down on her bed while Kurama got out his book to read.
"It's been an interesting day today, hasn't it."

Viola let out a long sigh.
"Yeah, it has. And I first awoke angry at the crystal's side effect. Now it has placed me as being one of the best here."

Kurama looks up from his book to look at her.
"Well, if Recaiden had finished you off back there and then, you wouldn't have to experience this torture, right?"
Viola shot him a glare.
"Hey! I'm kidding, I'm kidding."
Viola watches him for several seconds, causing an awkward silence. Kurama decided to break it..
"Ummm... Anyways, how did he manage to pin you down like that? I couldn't really see from my angle."

Viola slowly stood up and walked over to Kurama. She was looking at her hand, remembering.
"It's... kinda hard to explain. But maybe I can show you. Could you stand up please?"
Kurama raised and eyebrow at her, but closed his book regardless. He then stood up to face her.
"Now could you extend your right hand out?"
Kurama did as he was told and extended his arm out. Viola then grabbed his arm around the wrist and tried to perform the move Recaiden had used on her. She twisted his wrist and arm around in a way it wouldn't go naturally behind his back, causing him to double over. She executed it near perfectly, judging from the sounds Kurama was making.

"Ow! Ow! Ow! Ok, Ok! I get it! Can I have my arm back now?"

Viola still had a firm grasp on him. The lack of resistance was suprising her, even though she witnessed the inability to do so herself.
"You can't... move at all?"

"No. It just hurts like hell, preventing me from moving anywhe- Gah! Stop moving! It hurts even more when you do that!"

Viola let go of his arm quickly.
"Sorry! Sorry! I forgot that it hurt that much."

Kurama straightened up and comforted his wrist.
"Next time warn me when you do something like that."
He turns to look at Viola.
"By the way, how did you manage to execute it again like that? He only did it once on you, right? So how is it that you're able to duplicate it so easily."

Viola gave out a loud sarcastic laugh.
"Rabbit. That's how I can do it so well. With her, you have to do it right the first time, or it's strict drilling. Or rather I say even more severe strict drilling."

Kurama nodded, giving an all knowing wise expression.
"Ahhhh! Yes, that would do it. I's strange though, no one else knows hand to hand combat. Yet now you do."

Viola shook her head and smiled.
"One move hardly qualifies as hand to hand combat."

"But that's still one more move than any of us. Add that on top of two abilities, and you really are looking at being one of the top paladin's around."
Viola stopped smiling at that. Kurama averted his gaze awkwardly.
"Oh, sorry about that. Didn't mean to remind you."
He laid down on his bed and began reading his book again.

Viola was still thinking over everything. What Kurama had said was true, despite the fact she didn't really like it. The way things were set up, she could very well work her way to the top. The path was certainly open to her atleast. Silently, she made her way to her dresser. She quietly began to change into her night clothes. In her mind, she was imagining herself like Nil, being called on by Mordokai to do increasingly complex tasks on her own and then coming back victorious. It was a good thought.

She was in the process of getting ready to put her night shirt on before she froze for a moment.
"Gah!"
She reacted instinctively, quickly throwing the shirt over her chest and looking over her shoulder at Kurama, turning red. Kurama wasn't watching initially, but was turning his head at the sudden out cry from her.

"What happened? What's wrong?"

Viola forced herself to look away and keep her back to him. She could still feel herself very red. She also found words more difficult to speak.
"Well... uh, I... I didn't... um..."

Behind her, she heard Kuram let out an exasperated sigh. She could just picture him rolling his eyes.
"Wow. First in the changing room, now here."

"I've had alot on my mind lately, alright!"

"Yeah, yeah. I know. I also know that you probably would have changed all the way and I wouldn't even have known."

Viola stood rigid. She knew Kurama was still watching her. She could feel his eyes on her back. She took a deep steadying breath and decided to finish dressing. Keeping her back to him, she pulled the night shirt up over her head and pulled it down. She had managed to change into her night pants before realizing Kurama was in there, so she was in her complete night clothes.

"Wow. That was quite impressive."
Kurama's voice contained mocking praise.

"Shut up!"
She stomped over to her bed and blew out the candle on her nightstand. She turned over to have her back to Kurama. A quiet sigh was heard from his bed and the light from the candle on his nightstand flicked and went out. In the darkness, Viola was blushing red. However, she had a cheerful smile on her face.

Silverraptor
2010-06-27, 12:49 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 17
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola
Rabbit
Penny
Grim

Viola woke up that morning feeling refreshed. She didn't know why, but she felt really happy for some reason. She assumed it was probably from a dream that she didn't remember. Kurama spoke to her as he was getting out of bed.
"Well, good morning. What are you smiling about?"

Viola just shook her head.
"I don't really know. I just feel... great!"

"Well that's good. By the way, the rumor of you having double abilities has probably spread by now. So be prepared for a lot of stares."

Those words scrubed the good feeling from her entirely. She began to picture herself as suddenly glowing and everyone was staring at her. She spoke back in a quiet voice.
"Oh no..."

Kurama walked forward and placed a hand on her shoulder.
"Relax Viola. Everything will be okay. Just pretend that none of it is happening."

Viola spoke back to him bitterly.
"I could've imagined it much better if you hadn't brought it up!"

Kurama raised an eyebrow.
"And when everyone starts staring at you?"

Viola stopped at his words. He was right. She would have to prepare herself for everything now. Even if that meant sacrificing the good feeling. She lets out a calming sigh.
"You're right. I'm sorry I shouted at you like that."

"Hey, no harm no foul. Come on, lets go have breakfast."

"Just give me a minute to prepare myself for the day to come."

***********

Twenty minutes later, Kurama was literally dragging her out of their room. Faced with the prospect of being the center of attention, she suddenly found so many trivial things that could be moved about and fixed. They stopped outside the mess hall and Kurama finally let go of her. She took several deep breaths before she nodded that she was ready.

It was worse than she imagined. Every head turned to look when she entered and she felt like running away right there and then. However, she saw Kurama out of the corner of her eye and forced herself forward. The entire mess hall was practically silent of chatter as everyone was watching her intently. Viola felt as if they were trying to pick up tips on what kind of food she was asking for as she was going through the line.

They finally found a table to themselves and Viola began to eat to try and block out the feeling of so many eyes upon her. Shortly, Penny joined their table with a sour disgruntled look on her face. Kurama asked the question that was on Viola's mind.
"What's the matter with you, Penny?"

They immediately got their answer as the loud voice of Rabbit suddenly filled the mess hall.
"What is this?! Is everyone suddenly on a diet?! Stop staring and start eating! Its rude to stare you know!"

The chatter of conversation quickly began to start again. Viola started to finally feel relaxed, even though she knew most of the conversations were about her.
"So, Rabbit is back?"

Penny nodded, still looking disgruntled.
"Yup. And so is Bis and Jesse."

Viola raised an eyebrow.
"How come you don't sound too happy?"

"Because I accidently touched a few of her things when she was gone and she noticed they were in different places then when she left. She gave me a headache!"

Viola took pity on her.
"Out of place by half an inch?"

"Quarter. Just a quarter of an inch out of place. What's the big deal?"

Viola just shook her head apologetically.
"I'm sorry. But she did me a favor just now."

Penny nodded.
"Yeah, I know. I guess she can still come in handy sometimes, right?"

**********

They finished their breakfast and quickly changed into their armor. Viola tried to do her best at hiding from stares while sitting to watch Kurama and Penny duel. The sun moved quickly overhead and before long, everyone was gathering around having lunch. Viola just sighed as she was eating.
"I'm sick of everyone staring at me like I'm on display or something."

Kurama smiled at her with a friendly expression.
"They'll stop in a week or two. Nothing to get worked up about."

"Yeah, I guess. But everyone is still expecting me to do great things! But all that happened was that I had to be protected from you guys. I just feel that... that I will just be a burden to everyone. That I will always need protecting."

Kurama placed a hand on her shoulder again.
"Viola, you only just started. Sure everyone will be watching you, but that doesn't mean you should shrink from it. Remember, you have your crystal now. So follow it closely, and you should do fine."

Kurama had cheered her up somewhat.
"Thanks Kurama. I'll try my best for sure."

After finishing lunch, they gathered at the training grounds and Rabbit got up to give them the usual post-lunch prep talk about training.
"Now remember everyone! You don't gain anything by standing around! If you want to achieve success, you gotta work hard at it! Training could make a difference between you living or finding yourself dying at the feet of the enem-"

*Katung*

A deep sound emanated from the metal doors of the entrance. Viola was able to sense the entire front area of the fortress from the sound that was issued. Every head turned in suprise at the sound. A similar sound was heard again and the great metal doors were bending under a blow from something heavy. More banging was heard as the doors were unwillingly giving way. Swords were slowly drawn from everyone around, preparing for some kind of trouble that seemed to be coming. Viola held hers tightly in her own hand, staring intently at the buckling doors. Finally, one last blow knocked the doors out of their place and they collased in a cloud of dust. Viola thought she saw some dark clouds moving about in the dust, but they disapperead quickly. Slowly but surely, the dust began to settle down again. In the shadow of the dust, a figure took a step forward. Then another. And another. Slowly the figure walked inside the fortress and emerged from the dissipating dust cloud. There were many gasps heard around and Viola couldn't blame them. Even though she only saw him on her first day, she still recoginzed who it was.

Grim had stopped several feet from the now ruined front entrance, facing them all. His sinister armor had become even more frightful since he left. It was darker and had serrated edges around it. He looked at them all with a menacing smile, like someone who was about to play roughly with their favorite toys. Finally, he spoke out to all of them.
"Oh, its great to be back. Now... who's going to fight me first?"

Silverraptor
2010-06-27, 12:51 PM
I'd like to apologize for such the long delay at getting on and updating this story. it's been a headache to get internet access where I'm currently at. But rest assured it's back now and shall update on the weekends. I gave you 2 stories as an apology and a cliffhanger to get you all interested.

CoffeeIncluded
2010-06-27, 12:52 PM
...A quarter inch. A quarter inch. :smallsigh:

Grim ranger
2010-06-27, 01:27 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 17
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola
Rabbit
Penny
Grim

Viola woke up that morning feeling refreshed. She didn't know why, but she felt really happy for some reason. She assumed it was probably from a dream that she didn't remember. Kurama spoke to her as he was getting out of bed.
"Well, good morning. What are you smiling about?"

Viola just shook her head.
"I don't really know. I just feel... great!"

"Well that's good. By the way, The rumor of you having double abilities has spread. So be prepared for alot of stares."

Those words scrubed the good feeling from her entirely. She began to picture herself as suddenly glowing and everyone was staring at her. She spoke back in a quiet voice.
"Oh no..."

Kurama walked forward and placed a hand on her shoulder.
"Relax Viola. Everything will be okay. Just pretend that none of it is happening."

Viola spoke back to him bitterly.
"I could've imagined it much better if you hadn't brought it up!"

Kurama raised an eyebrow.
"And when everyone starts staring at you?"

Viola stopped at his words. He was right. She would have to prepare herself for everything now. Even if that meant sacrificing the good feeling. She lets out a calming sigh.
"You're right. I'm sorry I shouted at you like that."

"Hey, no harm no foul. Come on, lets go have breakfast."

"Just give me a minute to prepare myself for the day to come."

***********

Twenty minutes later, Kurama was literally dragging her out of their room. Faced with the prospect of being the center of attention, she suddenly found so many trivial things that could be moved about and fixed. They stopped outside the mess hall and Kurama finally let go of her. She took several deep breaths before she nodded that she was ready.

It was worse than she imagined. Every head turned to look when she entered and she felt like running right there and then. However, she saw Kurama out of the corner of her eye and forced herself forward. The entire mess hall was practically silent of chatter as everyone was watching her intently. Viola felt as if they were trying to pick up tips on what kind of food she was asking for as she was going through the line.

They finally found a table to themselves and Viola began to eat to try and block out the feeling of so many eyes upon her. Shortly, Penny joined their table with a sour disgruntled look on her face. Kurama asked the question that was on Viola's mind.
"What's the matter with you, Penny?"

They immediately got their answer as the loud voice of Rabbit suddenly filled the mess hall.
"What is this?! Is everyone suddenly on a diet?! Stop staring and start eating! Its rude to stare you know!"

The chatter of conversation quickly began to start again. Viola started to finally feel relaxed, even though she knew most of the conversations were about her.
"So, Rabbit's back?"

Penny nodded, still looking disgruntled.
"Yup. And so is Bis and Jesse."

Viola raised an eyebrow.
"How come you don't sound too happy?"

"Because I accidently touched a few of her things when she was gone and she noticed they were in different places then when she left. She gave me a headache!"

Viola took pity on her.
"Out of place by half an inch?"

"Quarter. Just a quarter of an inch out of place. What's the big deal?"

Viola just shook her head apologetically.
"I'm sorry. But she did me a favor just now."

Penny nodded.
"Ya, I know. I guess she can still come in handy sometimes, right?"

**********

They finished their breakfast and quickly changed into their armor. Viola tried to do her best at hiding from everyone's stares and was usually sitting to watch Kurama and Penny duel. The sun moved quickly overhead and before long, everyone was gathering around having lunch. Viola just sighed as she was eating.
"I'm sick of everyone staring at me like I'm on display or something."

Kurama smiled at her with a friendly expression.
"They'll stop in a week or two. Nothing to get worked up about."

"Ya, I guess. But everyone is still expecting me to do great things! But all that happened was that I had to be protected from you guys. I just feel that... that I will just be a burden to everyone. That I will always need protecting."

Kurama placed a hand on her shoulder again.
"Viola, you only just started. Sure everyone will be watching you, but that doesn't mean you should shrink from it. Remember, you have your crystal now. So follow it closely, and you should do fine."

Kurama had cheered her up somewhat.
"Thanks Kurama. I'll try my best for sure."

They finished up shortly after that. They gathered at the training grounds and Rabbit got up to give them the usual post-lunch prep talk about training.
"Now remember everyone! You don't gain anything by standing around! If you want to achieve success, you gotta work hard at it! Training could make a difference between you living or finding yourself dying at the feet of the enem-"

*Katung*

A deep sound emanated from the metal doors of the entrance. Viola was able to sense the entire front area of the fortress from the sound that was issued. Every head turned in suprise at the sound. A similar sound was heard again and the great metal doors were bending under a blow from something heavy. More banging was heard as the doors were unwillingly giving way. Swords were slowly drawn from everyone around, preparing for some kind of trouble that seemed to be coming. Viola held hers tightly in her own hand, staring intently at the buckling doors. Finally, one last blow knocked the doors out of their place and they collased in a cloud of dust. Viola thought she saw some dark clouds moving about in the dust, but they disapperead quickly. Slowly but surely, the dust began to settle down again. In the shadow of the dust, a figure took a step forward. Then another. And another. Slowly the figure walked inside the fortress and emerged from the dissipating dust cloud. There were many gasps heard around and Viola couldn't blame them. Even though she only saw him on her first day, she still recoginzed who it was.

Grim had stopped right at the center of the entrance area, facing them all. His sinister armor had become even more frightful since he left. It was darker and had serrated edges around it. He looked at them all with a menacing smile, like someone who's about to play roughly with their favorite toys. Finally, he spoke out to them all.
"Oh, its great to be back. Now, who's going to fight me first?"

YES! Thank you, Silver! :smallbiggrin:

"Oh, it's great to be back". Well, I betcha it is. Next chapter will be... Interesting *streches gauntleted hands in anticipation* :smallamused:

Lix Lorn
2010-06-27, 01:39 PM
Awman and I get reminded about this after that chapter?!
I dunno what happened... maybe I didn't want to post in case of offtopic, and I didn't get a subscription.

Anyway, everything til now is awesome. Fire is pretty. ^_^
(Sits and waits)

Silverraptor
2010-06-27, 01:41 PM
Anyways, could eveyone please post where I might have made mistakes in stories and the proper way to correct them when I get on next? I like to perfect the stories.:smallsmile:

PallElendro
2010-06-27, 02:27 PM
((Hey, guys, just got accepted. If this is the In-Character thread, send me a link to the Out-of-Character thread. Yes, I'll be a Paladin. Now, do my backup powers need to be 3rd Edition?))

Saint Nil
2010-06-28, 07:04 AM
Listen, this isn't a play by post game, its a story. We are far less strict about such things. There are no class levels, editions, or D20s. Just a good imagination and a very skilled writer.

I suggest you read through the whole story and decide what you want your ability to be based on. Besides that, just have fun.:smallsmile:

To Silver..

YOUR BACK!! Great work as usual, Ive been dying to read the academy again.:smallbiggrin:

*is ready to duel Grim Ranger*

V-It was an honest mistake.

Viera Champion
2010-06-28, 07:07 AM
((Hey, guys, just got accepted. If this is the In-Character thread, send me a link to the Out-of-Character thread. Yes, I'll be a Paladin. Now, do my backup powers need to be 3rd Edition?))

... This is the Art & Crafts thread... Why do you think everything is D&D? You even think totally different universes that are both FFRP and also have no similarities to the DnD world have anything in common with DnD.

Blue Ghost
2010-06-28, 11:15 AM
Well, so miss Viola is a full-fledged paladin now, eh? Quite awesome.
Welcome back, Silverraptor.

Je dit Viola
2010-06-28, 11:39 AM
Yup! I'm a real paladin now!

Also, Grim's back. It should be exciting after this!
(I kid. I know it's exciting after this.

SilverRaptor's right, though. I hate being the center of attention. (Although, somehow, I don't have a problem with playing in a concert.)

Grim ranger
2010-06-28, 02:20 PM
Well, usually it is going to be exiting when one guy squares off against entire order of paladins :smallbiggrin:

And Viola is a real paladin now! Yay! Will be fun fighting against her and Nil :smallamused:

Lix Lorn
2010-06-28, 04:37 PM
I'll go first!
FirefireFIREFIREFIIIIIREEEEE! 8D

Lord Raziere
2010-06-28, 06:19 PM
don't forget Rabbit though! she has trained to such perfection that she might be able to put up a good fight against Grim.

and hmmm........I think I have an idea.....yes this thread gives me an idea.....

ok tell me what you think of this idea:
I post a thread where I tell a story
in this thread however, there are some main character slots
and people sign up for main character slots see? but instead of the person playing the characters like a DnD game, I write about the characters submitted.
essentially, it is a different form cooperative storytelling- I come up with the setting, but you guys come up with the character, then I write about the characters in the setting and you tell me whether I got the characters accurate or not.

it would be like this thread, but a more refined version. what do you think?

Bisected8
2010-06-28, 06:33 PM
It's entirely possible he stopped by for a cup of tea and a scone, right? :smalltongue:

Saint Nil
2010-06-29, 07:35 AM
don't forget Rabbit though! she has trained to such perfection that she might be able to put up a good fight against Grim.

and hmmm........I think I have an idea.....yes this thread gives me an idea.....

ok tell me what you think of this idea:
I post a thread where I tell a story
in this thread however, there are some main character slots
and people sign up for main character slots see? but instead of the person playing the characters like a DnD game, I write about the characters submitted.
essentially, it is a different form cooperative storytelling- I come up with the setting, but you guys come up with the character, then I write about the characters in the setting and you tell me whether I got the characters accurate or not.

it would be like this thread, but a more refined version. what do you think?

I personally like that idea. It is more interactive and allows the readers to connect deeper, although that would be much harder for you.

Lix Lorn
2010-06-29, 08:36 AM
It's a good idea, but listen to me, I've done it before.
Only do people you know well, and don't do too many of them.

Je dit Viola
2010-06-29, 02:14 PM
I can only find one problem with it:
...

I post a thread where I tell a story
in this thread however, there are some main character slots
and people sign up for main character slots see? but instead of the person playing the characters like a DnD game, I write about the characters submitted.
essentially, it is a different form cooperative storytelling- I come up with the setting, but you guys come up with the character, then I write about the characters in the setting and you tell me whether I got the characters accurate or not.

...



This thread shouldn't become a sign-up thread, because that would be off-topic because that's not what this thread was created for. Also, it would detract from SilverRaptor's story. Pertaining to your story, if the sign-ups were in this thread then nobody new would sign up because they wouldn't think of looking in a thread about another story to sign up.

Some alternatives would be: make two threads, one sign-ups and one the story thread (I would advise against this, because then one thread will fall off the page due to inactivity); in the made thread say "PM Sign-ups" or something similar (Better, but some people just don't want to go to the effort of writing a PM); or to have the sign-ups inside the story thread. (It'll fall to that one anyway as the thread gets longer, because some people might not read the entire thread before posting and wanting to sign up).

So you can see clearly which one I suggest, however you can choose for yourself. Just try not to make this story thread go off topic.

Lord Raziere
2010-06-29, 03:49 PM
I can only find one problem with it:

This thread shouldn't become a sign-up thread, because that would be off-topic because that's not what this thread was created for. Also, it would detract from SilverRaptor's story. Pertaining to your story, if the sign-ups were in this thread then nobody new would sign up because they wouldn't think of looking in a thread about another story to sign up.

Some alternatives would be: make two threads, one sign-ups and one the story thread (I would advise against this, because then one thread will fall off the page due to inactivity); in the made thread say "PM Sign-ups" or something similar (Better, but some people just don't want to go to the effort of writing a PM); or to have the sign-ups inside the story thread. (It'll fall to that one anyway as the thread gets longer, because some people might not read the entire thread before posting and wanting to sign up).

So you can see clearly which one I suggest, however you can choose for yourself. Just try not to make this story thread go off topic.

I wasn't trying to make this thread that way, your just suggesting what I already suggested: making a new thread for my idea.

@ Saint: well yea, its supposed to be a challenge for the writer to accurately portray characters, that is the entire point of what I said.

@ Lix: then what would be the point of the challenge? If you know the person well, what challenge is there in trying to portray them?


anyways I'll stop derailing now, I'll make a new thread for my idea ok?

Silverraptor
2010-07-03, 12:13 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 18
-Cast-
Grim
Viola
Kurama
Rabbit
Mordokai

The group was all silent and apprehensive. Nervously holding their weapons in the direction of Grim. Grim however quickly lost his cocky smile in exchange for a more annoyed expression.
"What? I knock down the front door, make a threat, and yet no one wants to try and stop me?"
More silence after these words. Grim sighs and looks down for a second.
"Alright, fine."
A dark mist quickly gathers around his hand and submerges it.
"Then I'll go first then!"
He holds up his hand and several sharp needle like projectiles shoot out from the mist. The objects were just as dark and black as the mist it came from. The needles themselves buried themselves inside several of the paladins, causing them to collape from pain. The needles disappeared on impact.

Almost instantly, the group broke and charged at Grim with their weapons drawn. Grim regained the same cocky expression as the group got closer.
"Now that's what I'm talking about."
He reaches behind him and pulls out a two handed sword. He then swings it around once before taking a stance against the oncoming paladins.

The battle with quickly turning into confusion. The only sure thing was that Grim wasn't losing. He was dodging and blocking every blow directed at him with ease, all the while taunting each individual person by name at how they failed at what they were doing. The giant two handed sword was used effectively, slashing every failed paladin and causing them to fall to the ground. Several flashes of powers were seen in the confusion, but it was obvious that they were just as ineffective as everything else.

Viola, Kurama, and Penny hadn't joined in the initial charge and were standing where they were. However, the path that Grim chose ultimately drew them into the combat. Penny had tried to jump down on Grim who casually knocked her aside where she hit her head and passed out. A couple other paladins were cut down before Grim turned and was facing Viola. Fear had gripped her as his large sword was swinging around towards her. In her panic, she forgot everything that she was suppose to be doing. Suddenly, she felt herself being tackled to the ground. The next moment, Kurama was on top of her and Grim was moving on to other paladins.

She could hear both of them breathing heavily as the sound of combat echoed elsewhere. She looked up at Kurama.
"I'm sorry...I panicked. I couldn't remember anything."

Kurama nodded.
"Yeah, I sort of guessed that."
Suddenly, his face winced in pain. He rolled off of her and was gripping his side. A large cut from Grim's sword was gushing out a large amount of blood.

Viola's face turned white upon seeing it.
"Oh my gosh! Are you alright?!"

Kurama's hand was pressed against the wound tightly, but blood continued to come out.
"Help me find a way to stop the bleeding! Hurry!"
Viola got up and ran over to several training dummies. She ripped up several piece of cloth and hurried back to Kurama. The cloth stained red quickly, but it seemed he was out of the immediate danger.
"Heh. That was close one. Right Viola?"

Viola looked down at the injured Kurama. Tears started leaking from her eyes as freely as the blood had been. She was completely useless in this battle. Worse than useless, since Kurama had to worry about protecting her and got himself injured trying to do so. It seemed she was just a failure after all.
"I'm sorry... I don't know why I'm even here. I shouldn't even be a p-paladin."

Kurama gripped her by the arm with his other hand.
"Viola! Stop talking like that! My partner is not a quitter, understand? Everyone makes mistakes, and this time is no exception. I too made a mistake because I hesitated in my reaction as well. That's how he cut me."

Viola just shook off his explanation, still crying.
"No, Kurama! I really shouldn't belong here. This is the second time faced with real combat and the second time I needed to be protected by my partner."
She hung her head ashamed.
"I'm...I'm no good."

"Viola..."
Kurama just looked up at her with an unreadable look. Viola quickly looked up from it to see what was happening.

Most of the paladin's were down, save for some elite few who were actually putting up quite a fight. One of them resembled a cross mix with a lizard and large leathery wings were sprouted from his back. Large claws had replaced his hands and he was using them to try and carve Grim's face.
"Okay, no one tries to touch the face, pseudo-dragon! Besides, you'er not the only one with claws!"
Grim half stepped back and the same cloud of dark black mist solidified around his hand in the shape of a large claw, which he swung at his attacker, knocking him over. Then Grim reached over to a spear rack nearby and thrust a spear each into each one of the paladin's wings, pinning him to the ground.
"Now stay down, Jesse. Just because you can partially transform into a dragon doesn't mean you are the same thing."

An angry Rabbit lunged at him.
"And you don't have the right to determine if your better than us!"

Grim parried the blow.
"Actually I can, considering that none of you can touch me."
He then swung his sword at her which she dodged gracefully. The two lasted the longest against each other, neither side getting the better of the other. Rabbit did some truly miraculous things with a sword that no one could even dream of doing. An expression of annoyance quickly grew on to Grim's face.
"Alright, screw this."
He held up has palm and a blast of darkness hit Rabbit in the stomach and knocked her into a wall.

Grim sighed and began to walk through the carnage. He stepped over Bis who he blinded with his darkness to cut off his ability.
"A pity Nil isn't here. I would've enjoyed a nice spar with him as well."

"You call this sparring, Grim?"
Mordokai was standing several floors above, looking down at the battlefield. Viola never saw Mordokai look so angry as he looked down at Grim.

Grim however smiled all the more greater.
"No. I would call this merely a warm up for something even better. Oh, don't worry. I didn't strike any fatal spots, for two main reasons.
He looked around at all the paladins.
One, striking a non-fatal spot is a lot harder to do with a sword. So naturally I excel at doing it. Two, I want them all to witness as how their great mentor dies at my feet today."

Mordokai's face darkened.
"What happened to you Grim?"

Grim raised an eyebrow.
"Oh, nothing really. I only just found out that the paladin code is flawed. It is only for your ideals which limit all the rest of us from advancing further."
Grim's own face dropped the smile and glared at Mordokai venomously.
"Which you set up purposely so you could remain in power over the paladins!"

Mordokai leapt down from several stories to the ground. On his way down, light shone underneath him like a platform, slowing his descent to the ground. Once he landed, he stares into Grim's eyes.
"I've done no such thing, Grim. I have always put everyone's' needs above my own."

Grim suddenly let out a mad laugh.
"Oh really? You have always cared for *Our* needs? Well then how come when I left, I became stronger in just a few days than the entire time I spent rotting away in this fortress?! How come *I* managed to finally unlock my crystal's true power when I did things my own way!"

An expression of shock appeared on Mordokai's face.
"You... You have...?!"

Grim held up both his arms.
"Of course! And I accomplished it in complete absence of all your paladin codes and honor. All that just held me back from my power."
He dropped his arms and stared at Mordokai darkly once again.
"Your ways of teaching are flawed, Mordokai. And I am here to fix that. When I kill you, I shall command the paladins under my rule and really heighten everyone's power to a level you could never dream of."

Mordokai sighed sadly and grasped the hilt of his sword.
"I didn't want to have to do this, but I guess you leave me with no choice but to fight you Grim."

Viola watched as both men stood straight, facing each other. The swords were held high as two different aura's surrounded each of them. Mordokai was surrounding himself in an aura of light while Grim was being surrounded in an aura of see-through darkness.

Silverraptor
2010-07-03, 12:14 AM
So ya, I give the next part. Enjoy.:smallsmile:

Je dit Viola
2010-07-03, 02:53 AM
A new one! There's a bunch of fighting, which is cool, and Jesse turns into a part-dragon! That's cool.

Only problems I could find were associated with the apostrophe ('). Plural Paladin should be "Paladins" (plural) rather than what's being used "Paladin's" (possessive).

It's good and fun!

Bisected8
2010-07-03, 05:06 AM
*is blinded*

Great story. :smallbiggrin:

Saint Nil
2010-07-03, 02:27 PM
YES! Moar please!:smallbiggrin:

Amazing work on the fight scenes Silver.

Grim ranger
2010-07-03, 02:33 PM
Yes! Grim is kicking ass, and it is just as awesome as I thought it would be :smallbiggrin:

I am looking towards next chapter eagerly! Then the main even should begin :smallamused:

Silverraptor
2010-07-03, 03:13 PM
Yes! Grim is kicking ass, and it is just as awesome as I thought it would be :smallbiggrin:

I am looking towards next chapter eagerly! Then the main even should begin :smallamused:

Well then, I guess I can update the next part now then.:smallamused: Also, we need to let Mordokai know about this since he's about to fight Grim.

Silverraptor
2010-07-03, 03:14 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 19
-Cast-
Grim
Mordokai
Viola
Kurama

The sun shone downward at the two men. A hushed silence had spread over the area except for the low moan from an injured paladin. Grim's face was showing an apprehension that rivaled no other in existence. A wild happy look was on his face.
"You have no idea how long I've been waiting for this Mordokai."

Mordokai was looking at Grim with pity.
"Then your wait has been wasted."

The two stood still for a moment more, and then suddenly they each held up their hand in a flash and fired a blast at each other. Light and darkness collided, pulsing outward. The distribution of the forces hadn't settled before sword was locked against sword as the two battered away at each other.

The amount of skill both commanded was incredible. Both used their own power as much as they used their sword. The battle was perfectly even between the two. Then just as suddenly as it started, the two jumped back away from each other and took a stance.
"You haven't changed a bit. The fight is just as exhilarating as I expected it to be."

Mordokai nodded.
"Indeed. It appears I can't hold back at all."
Mordokai then held his sword up to his face sort of like a prayer. Around him, light bended until it took a decorative design over his suit of armor.

Grim could barely keep himself from laughing.
"Oh yes! The armor of light! One of your unique abilities! I'm proud to say that I have taken that idea to heart as well."
Grim looked down and was clenching his free hand. Around him, a dark black mist surrounded him similar to Mordokai's armor. He looked up at Mordokai.
"You might as well give up. I know all your tricks and took them for my own."
Mordokai's answer was a charge and the two men were fighting again.

Viola was watching in awe.
"This is... I don't..."

Kurama nodded.
"Yeah I know. It's on a whole different level. I haven't seen anything like it myself."

Viola looked down at Kurama. The blood on the cloth looked like it was drying pretty fast, so Kurama was definitely out of danger.
"How could I ever compete against Grim then? I could never do that."

"Yes, you will be able to, Viola. Beating yourself up will get you no where. We all start on the bottom but we always will become better as time moves on."

Viola looked up uncertainly to the fight again.
"I don't know..."

Mordokai was flown back into a wall. Yet rose up as if nothing happened. Grim's armor was going wild with unknown power. The dark design was flickering violently back and forth. The same grin was on his face.
"Give it up, Mordokai. My armor is stronger. I spent a week in complete darkness, absorbing it all to obtain this level of power. Even fighting in the daylight, your less than me now."
Mordokai leapt up into the air, the light platform appearing underneath him again. He floated above Grim calculating. He then held his arm up in the air and light bended into the shape of a spear. He then flung his arm down and the spear launched itself at Grim with incredible speed. A large black clawed hand materizied from the ground in an instant and caught it. It then squeezed and the spear shattered into shards of light that quickly dissolved into nothingness.
"You'll have to do better than that!"

Mordokai made a series of hand movements and dozens of spears of light appeared.
"Alright then. How about we try these out, with a twist."
Mordokai then launches another spear separately and Grim's hand caught it again. But this time, the spear broke into 6 different pieces, freeing themselves from the hand of darkness and shot down at Grim in shards. Each shard was a color of the rainbow. However, the shards hit against the dark hand as it seemed to move around in time to block them Grim was no longer smiling.

"Interesting maneuver, Mordokai. I didn't anticipate that. But you should have done it all at once. Now I'm ready for it."

"I would like to see that. I've been slowing the spears down, but now I'll send them at their regular speed."

In less than a blink of an eye, the spears flew through the air in an instant. Viola was sure that no one could stop the shards of the rainbow with their incredible speed. However, her eyes registered that each colored shard hadn't penetrated Grim's darkness armor.
"You don't get it, do you Mordokai? You can't beat me with speed, that only makes your power weak. I should know, I managed to get to your level of speed."

This was certainly unwelcome news to Mordokai.
"How could you have possibly achieved the speed of light?"

Grim threw up his shoulders.
"Isn't it obvious? When light leaves a spot, what instantly rushes to take it's place?"
Mordokai was silent.
"Darkness. When light leaves, darkness takes it's place just as fast. Darkness moves just as fast as light, Mordokai. You can't deny it."
Lines appeared on Mordokai's forehead.
"You've never used your spear ability on a person, have you? At those speeds, they would barely prick the skin. You'd do more damage giving them an acupuncture. I should know, the test subject didn't even realized what had happened. You'll probably be pleased that he got away."
Grim sighed.
"Don't you see Mordokai? You've become stagnant in your power, not pushing it farther. Not like what I have done."

Grim held out his hand in front of him, palm up. Dark clouds started swirling around it into a violent storm of darkness.
"I think it's time now for my ultimate technique."
The cloud grew larger and larger until it collapsed on itself. In it's place was a smooth sphere of darkness. Around the edges, everything seemed to bend towards it. Grim smiled darkly.
"Now it's time for..."
He held his arm back in a manner to throw it.
"...Dark Crusher."

Grim tossed the orb into the air at Mordokai. Mordokai barely managed to dodge it in mid air. Suddenly, the orb exploded into 20 times it's size, wind rushing towards it violently. Mordokai was struggling as it was trying to pull him in. The light platform had flown into it and disappeared. Mordokai conjured up a screen of light between him and the orb, but it didn't last long.

Fortunately, the orb shrunk quickly into nothingness and Mordokai fell to the ground. He managed to slow his decent by bending some light around him, but he still hit the ground hard. Grim was still smiling.
"Powerful, isn't it? It's like a mini dark hole that eats everything around it. Remember Blue telling us about that?"

Viola had twitched a step towards the fight before catching herself. She felt a want to protect Mordokai for a second there. The voice had spoke out in her mind. She placed her hands on her head and shut her eyes. It was suicide. There was nothing she could do against Grim. She looked back up.

Mordokai had gotten to his feet, panting. He held out his own palm and light started shining brightly in it.
"Oh! You want to play Mordokai? See which one of our moves is stronger?"
Grim held his palm out again and the clouds began forming in it.

"I didn't want to have to do this to you Grim. But this needs to end now!"

The light in his palm shone brightly with a white center and many colors circling around it. Grim's clouds had collapsed into the black orb again. Both of them moved their arms back simultaneously. And then...

"Sun Buster!"

"Dark Crusher!"

The two orbs shot forth at each other, colliding in the exact center between the two of them. The orb of light exploded into a flash of light, releasing a large amount of energy. But the energy was quickly sucked into the black hole that Grim had created before it too disappeared. Mordokai collapsed to the floor, panting heavily.

Slowly, Grim walked forward.
"Using all that power, it's a real burden, isn't it?"
Viola watched with fear.
"And now you're mine, Mordokai. Once you're slain, I just have to kill all the paladins here and start over anew with the crystals down below. A new order of paladin shall rise."
He raised his sword above his head, ready to swing it down.

Viola clenched her sword in her hand.
Kurama cried out in shock and terror.
"Viola! No!"

Grim smile widened, savoring the sight.
"Goodbye, Mordokai."

A flash of a blade and a cry of pain was heard throughout the area. Grim staggered back, clutching his left arm where a huge gash had appeared on it. Viola was now standing between him and Mordokai, glaring at Grim with a merciless gaze. Viola herself was shocked with what she had done. She didn't even register telling herself to do that, it was as if her body just did it on her own. The paladin's call was screaming in her head with an angelic command that couldn't be disobeyed by anyone.

Grim glared up at her with distaste. He spat on the ground and spoke with venom in his voice.
"I thought I'd gotten all of you, but I guessed I missed one. I don't recognize you, though. Who are you?"

Viola was surprised to find herself calling out in such a cool and determined voice.
"My name's Viola. And I'm here to stop you right here and now."

Grim stood up straighter, his hand leaving the gash on his arm.
"Viola... Viola... Doesn't ring a bell. I guess you must have been one of the newer collection since I left. No matter though."
Some of Viola's shock was leaked through to her face at what was happening before her eyes. The dark mist was collecting over Grim's wound and healing it quickly. Afterwards, the armor itself was repaired.
"Nice, isn't it? I'm unique this way, Viola. This is my passive ability in addition to the active one I've been using. Any wound is healed no matter how serious."
He took a battle stance with his sword in front of him.
"You think you could take me, well I'm giving you a chance. Lets start this fight now, foolish Viola."

Bisected8
2010-07-03, 03:20 PM
These fight scenes have been awesome so far. ^_^

Silverraptor
2010-07-03, 03:22 PM
These fight scenes have been awesome so far. ^_^

What's funny is that it seems like an anime style of fight when I picture it in my head.:smallbiggrin:

Bisected8
2010-07-03, 03:37 PM
What's funny is that it seems like an anime style of fight when I picture it in my head.:smallbiggrin:

I noticed that too. Hell, Viola's about to start a fight with the pupil turned evil (who she has the same sort of power as) of her master while still learning how to use her own power.

Can't get more shonenish than that, short of only one of the other paladins knowing how to cook. :smallbiggrin:

Saint Nil
2010-07-03, 03:50 PM
Anime style fights are nothing to be ashamed of.:smallcool:

Anyway, great to see the epic battle going on like that. Thoroughly looking forward to the next issue, as well as thinking up new ways to use my power(and have a;ready developed a few)

Silverraptor
2010-07-03, 07:56 PM
Anime style fights are nothing to be ashamed of.:smallcool:

Anyway, great to see the epic battle going on like that. Thoroughly looking forward to the next issue, as well as thinking up new ways to use my power(and have a;ready developed a few)

Sounds good.

And that goes for everyone. If you think of a really cool way to use your power, pm me so I may take it into consideration. I may just add it into the story.:smallwink:

Silverraptor
2010-07-04, 09:53 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 20
-Cast-
Grim
Viola

Viola stood still for a moment. Staring at Grim's cocky grin.
"You hesitate? Well I don't blame you for that. I am pretty scary if I don't say so myself. Well fine, I'll begin then."

Grim charged at Viola, swinging the large double handed blade over his head. Instinctively, Viola made to reflect the blow. She could feel the warmth and the blade humming faintly as the swords collided. Viola nearly buckled at the strength behind his blow, but managed to hang on. Grim's face however changed from his smile to a grimace. Along his arms, the black mist was collecting over them. The two were locked into this for several seconds before Grim pulled his sword back, panting. He looked down at his hand as the mist faded away.

"Ow! That stung quite a bit."
He looks up at her.
"That's an interesting little power you got there, but I can heal that pain quite well. So it's not going to get you anywhere."

Viola tightened her grip on her sword.
"We'll see about that."
Again, she was suprised at how she was acting. It was as if a stranger had taken over her body and she was watching from the sidelines.

Grim charged again throwing a flurry of blows which she blocked and parried. Mist would form around his arms the moment their blades touched, reassuring her that the power was still active. After a while, Grim stood back.
"Your fighting style suggests it was Rabbit that trained you. Who knew that she would train such a disappointment. This must be her first failure."
Grim then lunged at her, but feinted at the last second. Viola had fallen for it, so she watched in horror as his blade was circling around towards her. She held her free arm up instinctively and felt a warmth spread through it. At the last second, she felt the warmth discharge and a loud "Boom!" erupted from her palm. A pulse of sound pushed both the sword and Grim away a couple feet from her. Both just stood there, startled. Grim blinked.
"What... was that?"

Viola looked down at her palm.
"I have no idea, but I'll take it."

Grim reclaimed his stature.
"I see. You're just playing this out of the ear, aren't you. I like that. Makes you all the more harder to beat. Not even you know what you're going to do next. Such unpredictability, it exciting."
He held his sword in front of him again.
"And here I thought this would be a quick, boring fight. Now come, entertain me."

Viola lunged at him which he parried the blow. She then proceeded to swing blow after blow at him.
"Shut... up!"
She managed to get around his sword and cut through his armor on his arm again. As Grim reacted to it, she hurried and slashed him across the chest, leaving a gash there as well.

Grim cursed out loud.
"Dammit! Just because I heal instantly, doesn't mean it doesn't hurt!"
He looked up at her, his wounds healed.
"Alright. I've had my fun. But now I think I should end it. I do still have to kill Mordokai after all."
He held up his hand and dark mist billowed out from it. The mist surrounded both of them until Viola was submerged in complete darkness. She looked around helplessly, trying to see through the darkness. Grim's voice called out mockingly to her.
"What's wrong? Can't see? Well that's to be expected. Not even Bis could see through this darkness. I, however, can see and you look so pathetic right now."
She could hear his footsteps all around her, circling like a predator. Viola stopped trying to look around. She knew it was pointless. She instead bowed her head and closed her eyes, focusing.
"What's wrong? Given up? Oh well, allow me to end your grief then."

Viola could see the faint outline of Grim charge forth from behind her, each step illuminating him. At the last second, she ducked under his sword and twisted around. Closing both hands on her sword, she swung it and felt her sword go through metal and flesh of Grim's left hip. He cried out in pain that illuminated him once again, and Viola quickly swung her sword over her head at him. Grim managed to block it just in time, but the loud sound revealed him much more clearly. Viola attacked him repeatedly until he had no choice but to retreat. Slowly, Viola walked towards where she last saw him run off to.

She heard Grim pant in the distance.
"How?! How could you possibly see in that darkness?!"

Viola suddenly felt light touching her skin and opened her eyes. She winced as her eyes were half adjusted to being in complete darkness. Looking around, she saw a half sphere of darkness behind her where she had emerged from. She turned to Grim.
"It may come as a shock to you Grim, but I have a passive ability as well. I can see sound around me, and thus I could see you. Your darkness can't blind me from that."
Viola was suddenly feeling confident. She was now participating more in what her body was doing and beginning to live it herself.

Grim's face showed a deep hatred.
"You... have a passive as well as an active? Fine then. I'll definitely kill you first. Starting now!"
He held up his hand suddenly and the Black sphere behind Viola moved and submerged her in it once more.

Viola blinked in the darkness.
"What are you doing? You know that this won't wo-"

Suddenly, she felt pressure pushing in on her from all sides. She tried holding up her hands, but to no avail. The darkness was pressing down on her, literally.
"As I make the darkness more and more solid, the heavier it becomes. Soon, you'll be crushed under it's weight. It's all over!"

Viola reacted instinctively again. Warmth spreading through her entire body, she emitted a high-pitched sound around her as strong as she could. She could feel the difference right away. As the darkness became more solid, the sound affected it more. It traveled through the darkness easier, vibrating it rapidly. As the darkness vibrated, it became less solid, relieving the pressure. Then the darkness would become more solid again against the sound. Both Viola and Grim were locked in this bitter tug of war, neither side making significant ground against the other. Finally, the darkness lifted and Viola collapsed to her knees, exhausted.

Grim was panting a little ways off.
"Interesting. Very interesting."
He began to walk around her in a circle, watching her calculating.
"This is certainly proving to be an interesting fight. But I figure its now time to end this once and for all."
He stopped and turned towards her. Holding out his hand, the dark clouds began to swarm around it.
"I think it's time to take out two birds with one stone. Look behind you."
Viola did and froze.
"As you can see, Mordokai is helpless behind you, so dodging this attack will do you no good. Are you willing to sacrifice yourself for him?"
An insane smile spread across his face.
"Lets find out, shall we."
The clouds collapsed into the dark sphere again. He held his arm back, ready to throw it.
"Dark Crusher!"

Traker
2010-07-04, 12:01 PM
hey I've been reading the storie for a while. and I was wondering if I could be in it if it dosn't end soon.

Silverraptor
2010-07-04, 12:13 PM
hey I've been reading the storie for a while. and I was wondering if I could be in it if it dosn't end soon.

Sure. I don't turn anyone away as stated in my first post. Just make sure you post whether or not you want to be a paladin and if you do, please put down 5 different types of powers you want.

Traker
2010-07-04, 01:04 PM
Sure. I don't turn anyone away as stated in my first post. Just make sure you post whether or not you want to be a paladin and if you do, please put down 5 different types of powers you want.

I think I would like to be a paladin. and as for powers my first idea is shapeshifting (if its not to powerfull. just something like turning int a bird or somthing.) another might be the ability to control water, (because of the possibleitys like controling blood and stuff like that.) Another is bing able to clime walls, another bing able to see somones intentions, another the ability to inspire peopl. Thos are just what i would like to be able to do.

Silverraptor
2010-07-04, 01:08 PM
I think I would like to be a paladin. and as for powers my first idea is shapeshifting (if its not to powerfull. just something like turning int a bird or somthing.) another might be the ability to control water, (because of the possibleitys like controling blood and stuff like that.) Another is bing able to clime walls, another bing able to see somones intentions, another the ability to inspire peopl. Thos are just what i would like to be able to do.

Okay, I'll start thinking about it then.

CoffeeIncluded
2010-07-04, 01:48 PM
I like the way this is going? Could I please be a paladin? My power could be either control of water or shapeshifting. Thank you.

Silverraptor
2010-07-04, 03:08 PM
I like the way this is going? Could I please be a paladin? My power could be either control of water or shapeshifting. Thank you.

Sure, I put you in. Although I can't help but notice that you seemed to just copy the person's post above you.:smallamused: Anyways, could you add 3 more powers for me to chose from and then I start thinking about how to add you in.

Also a note to everyone, I do need non-paladin characters in this story that still play crucial roles and are still awesome in their own way with out the power. So something you all should consider.

One more thing, Part 20 is posted on the bottom of the previous page. In case anyone might have missed it.

Lix Lorn
2010-07-05, 06:50 AM
Zomg. Recent chapters have been utterly, utterly awesome. ._.

CoffeeIncluded
2010-07-05, 07:44 AM
Sure, I put you in. Although I can't help but notice that you seemed to just copy the person's post above you.:smallamused: Anyways, could you add 3 more powers for me to chose from and then I start thinking about how to add you in.

Also a note to everyone, I do need non-paladin characters in this story that still play crucial roles and are still awesome in their own way with out the power. So something you all should consider.

One more thing, Part 20 is posted on the bottom of the previous page. In case anyone might have missed it.

I can be a non-paladin then. Whatever you need. And I wasn't copying him!

Saint Nil
2010-07-05, 02:37 PM
I concur with Lix on this. After reading this, I seriously want to contribute back to Silver someway, and if their is anything we can do to help, please tell us:smallwink: (or at least me:smalltongue:)

Lix Lorn
2010-07-05, 04:26 PM
If you'd suggested we be non-paladins before, I'd have offered to be the villain's beautiful assistant. XD

Saint Nil
2010-07-05, 06:01 PM
Grim seems too angsty to have a beautiful assistant.I'm surprised your paladin power wasn't seduction actually.:smalltongue:

billtodamax
2010-07-05, 09:23 PM
*just finished reading through the rest of the thread*

That was awesome.

I'd happily play a part in the story.

I don't mind whether I'm a paladin or not, but if I am, I have five powers you could use.

Improved Speed/Reflexes sorta thing;
Generation of lightning;
A defensive power, possibly to do with stone (could incorporate weight as well);
Altering states of matter of self (solid, liquid, gas);
And something to do with paralyzing/slowing the foe. Can't really get this one to work in my mind very well.

Lix Lorn
2010-07-06, 03:56 AM
Grim seems too angsty to have a beautiful assistant.I'm surprised your paladin power wasn't seduction actually.:smalltongue:
You think I need magic for that? :smallamused:
Nah, didn't seem very... paladin-y. XD

Grim ranger
2010-07-06, 04:44 AM
Grim seems too angsty to have a beautiful assistant.I'm surprised your paladin power wasn't seduction actually.:smalltongue:

Not angsty, just... Darker and Edgier than when he left :smalltongue:

And besides, taking on all-comers with minimal effort was undeniably badass enough to warrant "lone wolf" status :smallbiggrin:

Lix Lorn
2010-07-06, 05:54 AM
Can I betray the stuffy lawfuls and be your beautiful assistant? XD

Grim ranger
2010-07-06, 07:39 AM
Can I betray the stuffy lawfuls and be your beautiful assistant? XD

Only if I tell you to leave right in middle of final final confrontation with heroes so you can return later to find almost-dead me and have a sob scene where sympathy for villains is generated by bucketful :smalltongue:

Grimlock
2010-07-06, 09:27 AM
Just discovered this; great stuff! :smallsmile:
I'd like to play a part- not as a paladin though, someone else...I don't mind who...would quite like to be awsome..do you have anyone who is resentful of the paladins? If not, I'll go with the non-paladin flow :smallbiggrin:

Lix Lorn
2010-07-06, 10:14 AM
Only if I tell you to leave right in middle of final final confrontation with heroes so you can return later to find almost-dead me and have a sob scene where sympathy for villains is generated by bucketful :smalltongue:
What, are you kidding? You're an anti-hero at worst. Like... Quincy in Bleach. Or... 90% of the other characters, in Bleach. Or... Zabuza, from Naruto...
Anyhoo, the point is, you're not the main villain.

But yes, if you die, i'll weep over your body with such emotion that not only will the stars weep, so will constructs, undead, and the Complete Monster we're fighting.

Grim ranger
2010-07-06, 10:52 AM
What, are you kidding? You're an anti-hero at worst. Like... Quincy in Bleach. Or... 90% of the other characters, in Bleach. Or... Zabuza, from Naruto...
Anyhoo, the point is, you're not the main villain.

But yes, if you die, i'll weep over your body with such emotion that not only will the stars weep, so will constructs, undead, and the Complete Monster we're fighting.

Yes, it is pretty obvious I am just a pawn in someone else's endgame, and when my "destroy the paladin order"-goal is shattered the Big Bad will of course laugh at my face. I am not stupid :smalltongue:

Saint Nil
2010-07-06, 11:00 AM
Really it seems like Grim and the assassin are just two villains with the same goal but for different reasons. Grim desires power/revenge, and the assassin is sick and tired of his business being ruined by those pesky paladins.

I wouldn't say that Grim is an anti-hero, or even a well intentioned extremist. His character is that of a man who was rejected power due to his own flaws but cannot accept that, and therfore has created a conspiracy in his head that the entire academy is corrupt to keep the "truly powerful" from raising up.

A well developed villain?-Yes

Anti-Hero?-Not by the scales I use, but that could be argued due to personal opinion.

I don't think he is being used as a pawn either, but that he is the villain of this arc. I do wonder if he will escape to become the BBEG and form his own corrupt academy, or join another group of like minded individuals (ncluding the assasin).

Te non-paladins are going to play a huge part in the later part f the story once Viola can get out of the academy.

Grim ranger
2010-07-06, 11:15 AM
That was some masterful use of words, Nil. I applaud you :smallsmile:

What I think is the driving force behind Grim's actions seems to be his single-minded determination to grow in power, which might stem from the fact he was not strong enough to save those he cared about. Thus he tried to become stronger and stronger, but stopped caring about morals as time passed and simply exploded when he was informed that he was again not strong enough in one thing: a mention he propably hates and fears more than any else.

And as they say "All power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely". He might have stopped caring about the things he tried to become stronger for in the first place... Lost his way, as it was.

Lix Lorn
2010-07-06, 12:53 PM
He's somewhere between anti-hero and well-intentioned extremist. Like the examples I gave.
Currently, he's a villain. I think it possibly, even likely, that time could change that. Especially given a greater threat-such as that assassin.

(And the point is moot, i'm still following him like a lovesick puppy. A pyromaniac lovesick puppy who's Plan A is 'Seduce'. XD)

Blue Ghost
2010-07-06, 12:55 PM
Well, I'm hoping that Grim can be redeemed by the end.
What's going to happen to Viola now...?

Arq Kujos
2010-07-06, 02:55 PM
*Twitch* My god, this is amazing.

Saint Nil turned me on to this thread and man am I glad he did.

Arq Kujos
2010-07-06, 03:08 PM
Ok guys, I pmed this idea to Silverraptor, but until he gets back to me on it, I would love some critiquing.

Now, I too wish to be a paladin, but one of a different style. *Cause you know someone had to be different*

Now, I understand that this idea is very specialized, so if this won't work, let me know. I was just very inspired by your thread.

Now, from what I have read, almost all paladins so far are moderate to heavily armored warriors wielding a variety of one to two handed swords. Interesting, but what about the more fencing based fighting styles?

I have an idea for a dashing, roguish, almost-outlaw style paladin. Sounds crazy, yes? Of course it does! *I'm Chaotic Good, its what I do*

I want to play, or more appropriately, inspire a specialized paladin whose job is to hunt out threats hidden from the eyes of other paladins. One who isn't immediately recognizable to evil. He would be a rapier and dagger style fighter who mostly wears a metal breastplate, metal boots, and metal gauntlets, and then wears a specialized form of leather granting him incredibly mobility and speed.

Why? Because I want his power to be wind based. Gliding, redirecting smells, muffling sounds, mimicking sounds, increased wind resistance on foes, decreased resistance on self, creating hurricanes, and maybe even as an ultimate attack removing the air right out of a foe.

He would be a hunter, especially great for assassins, evil doers in high political places, and even self serving clergy.

Now, I know this isn't a recruitment thread, but I hope this sounds ok?

If wind is out for whatever reason, Luck is the other major power I would want. I imagine it would work similar to clairvoyance but without my character actually knowing what would happen first. Attackers slipping on rocks, blows falling short, allies showing up at the right time, etc etc.

If both of those are out, then powers based on stealth and tracking are in order.

Third power choice is easily invisibility. Very limited by itself, but combined with proper training, this could be very dangerous.

Forth power choice is Lightning based powers. Still fits my fencer theme. I'll leave it to you to fit in the stealth.

Fifth power is Rage manipulation. By making foes angry, they make mistakes and let slip important information. Easy for fencers to take advantage of some who throws all their weight behind a blow only to have it miss.

Grimlock
2010-07-06, 03:25 PM
I like the sound of this Arq, something a bit different- good concept. I like the investigates/does things other paladins don't or can't do!

ThePhantom
2010-07-06, 05:13 PM
Still you continue to impress me, Mr. Silverraptor. Your fight scenes are done quiet well. I sincerily hope you will continue on.

Silverraptor
2010-07-10, 02:00 AM
I'm very glad that this is showing alot of support from new readers recently.:smallsmile: So yes, I'll put down you guys for to come up later.

Now, for official buisness. For everyone wanting to join in, I forgot to tell you this, but could you also help come up with a nickname of your account names so that is sounds like it could be a real sounding name for the story? I'll put that in the OP as soon as possible.

Coffee: You don't have to switch just because I posted that. So if you still want to be a paladin, all you do is have to post 5 powers for me to chose from. Like I said in the OP, I have alot of this story planned out and need options to branch out with.

Minor note: Update coming really soon.:smallwink:

Grim ranger
2010-07-10, 02:08 AM
Minor note: Update coming really soon.:smallwink:

Great! I can't wait to see what happens :smallbiggrin:

*listens to eeeevil music and waits for the story to resume, holding bucket of popcorn close by*

Silverraptor
2010-07-10, 02:16 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 21
-Cast-
Grim
Viola
Mordokai
Nil

"Dark Crusher!"
Grim threw the sphere at her with all his strength. An insane grin etched on his face, anticipating the death of his opponent. To Viola however, everything was going in slow motion. As the sphere moved forward, her mind raced frantically.

What was she to do? She couldn't stop that sphere on her own. The most logical action was to dive out of the way and hope for the best. But she couldn't do that because Mordokai was right behind her. Could she justify doing so? Sacrificing Mordokai so that she could live? Or would she have to be the sacrifice?

She watched as the sphere came closer and closer until she finally made her decision. She wasn't going to move. She was going to protect someone else this time. Her mind thought back to Kurama's partner and how he sacrificed himself to save someone else. A fitting end, and she was going to follow the same heroic path.

She stood up higher. Eyes burning intense determination against the approaching death sphere. She gripped the hilt of her sword as tight as she could. The crystal began to grower brighter the more determined she became. It seemed to be supporting her decision fully. The glow became blinding as the sphere was now almost on top of her.

She positioned her sword behind her, and then swung. She didn't know exactly what she was trying to do. Maybe try and bounce the sphere off her sword. Or maybe look cool before dying. Anyways, she did it and suddenly so many things happened, she could hardly register it all.

Her sword was now super hot and felt like it would melt in her hand. A sudden resistance was pushing on the sword, a resistance that was on the verge of collapsing if Viola just pushed a little more. Her crystal was glowing intently, and in her mind, the angelic voice spoke out to her again. Except this time, she understood what it said.

'Protect'

Viola gave that extra bit of push on her sword, and the resistance broke. A great burst of noise burst forth from the sword and in the air in front of her, the air itself seemed to be breaking under the stress. Cracks had somehow appeared in the air itself with the image between the cracks distorted and blurred. It was as if she was looking through a greatly cracked window. The dark sphere impacted against the shattered air and activated. However, the air seemed rigid in place that the dark sphere couldn't suck in any of it. The result was it quickly disappeared.

A shock wave then pulsed from the shattered area, which now was roughly 15 feet in diameter, and a seen wall of force was throw out it all directions. Dust was thrown up into the air, as well as Grim being flown back as the shock wave reached him. The shock wave weakened enough that when it reached the other paladins, all they received was ringing ears.

Viola collapsed onto her knees, both hands supporting her. Her energy had suddenly dropped drastically and she was on the verge of fainting. Her vision started to blur and her eyelids became extremely heavy. But when an image of Kurama swam through her mind, she was instantly alert. A second wind allowed her to pick herself up on to her feet again, panting and not entirely stable. She didn't know what happened, but she knew she wouldn't be able to do it again anytime soon.

From the dust, Grim appeared. A spear was sticking out through the top of his right shoulder to his lower back. He grabbed the shaft of it and pulled it out. It was a sickening sight. Afterwards, the wound healed over quickly. Grim's face was expressionless as he was panting heavily as well. He raised his right hand and a dark mist began to form around it. However, it quickly dispersed from his hand and disappeared.
"D-Dammit! How could my entire stock be gone? A whole week?!"
He looked over at Viola.
"I have enough of my power stored up for one more move, or continued healing. Given the circumstances, healing takes a priority."

Viola just glared at him again.
"What's wrong? You scared?"
She didn't know what made her taunt him like that.

Grim's face contorted in anger.
"Oh, so you're suddenly the cocky one, eh? Well then, just try and stop me. There's nothing you can do!"

Viola took a deep breath. She knew he was right. As long as he had his healing ability, she wouldn't be able to hurt him enough before she was out of energy. He was also too strong for her to try and wrestle him to the ground. What was she going to do? Her eyes scanned around the area and they briefly rested on Kurama. A sudden idea came to her at that instant.

She raised her sword before her and then charged forward at Grim. The expression on his face revealed that he was trying to decide if she was that dumb or cocky to attack him head on, or perhaps both. He swung his sword to collide with her, but that's what she was expecting. She quickly dug in her feet and hopped backwards, just out of reach of the blade as it swung by. She then used her sword and swung it at Grim's sword, pushing it further out of the way. Taking her free hand, she grabbed Grim's wrist and twisted it behind him. This time, she executed the move perfectly and Grim's arm was twisted behind his back.

A dark mist was forming around his arm and he was gritting his teeth in pain. Viola gasped out a mock.
"You said so... yourself. H-Healing does no good if what...ever is hurting you still hurts."

Grim let out a roar of frustration and Viola suddenly found him resisting against her. She wasn't expecting him to be able to move at all, but it quickly made sense in her head. His crystal was trying to nullify the pain and so it didn't hurt enough to prevent him from moving. His struggling was draining the last of her strength and her eyes began to blur again. She blinked frantically to clear them, but to no avail. Behind her, she heard Mordokai's voice call out to her.
"Viola! Just hold him there a little longer!"

Viola had no intention of letting go. She was committed to this until she had no more strength in her. Light seemed to be dancing around in front of her eyes around Grim. Was that her vision playing tricks on her in her tired state? Grim shifted positions suddenly that Viola had lost her hold and fell to the ground. She struggled quickly to get up. She had to get up. Grim can't be allowed to recover. She had to get him into that hold again.

After trying and failing several times to get up. A hand rested on her shoulder. In an instant, a calm feeling began to spread through her body. Her eyes became too heavy to leave open and she began to drift off. She heard a voice call out to her just before she lost consciousness.
"It's alright Viola. You can rest now. It's over. You won."

Grim ranger
2010-07-10, 02:39 AM
Ouuuuch. It seems Grim got royally trounced. Well, that was only expected when his energy reserves began to give out...

I just wonder if they captured or killed him. Both are equally likely, allthough "capture" option would propably provide interesting dialogue later on :smalltongue:

Like rants :smallbiggrin:

@V: I see what you did there, my good man :smalltongue:

Grimlock
2010-07-10, 02:55 AM
Cool next chapter, I wondered how Viola would stop Dark Crusher! As for nicknames for my account name, I would say Grim...but that's already been taken by SOMEONE! :smallbiggrin:
So how about Lock?

Bisected8
2010-07-10, 08:41 AM
My plot senses are tingling...

Arq Kujos
2010-07-10, 09:36 AM
As far as nicknames go, I think Arq is good, but Kujos is equally fine.

Saint Nil
2010-07-10, 09:42 AM
Woot!! Amazing work Silver!:smallbiggrin:

Looks like Viola is finding a few new ways to use her power, as well as learning to hear the voice better.

Also, Grim has to carry Darkness around with him? That does make his power more fair and interesting. Nice to see how each time you create such an action packed story we learn more and more about your universe.

Keep up the great work!

Lix Lorn
2010-07-11, 05:45 PM
...if Grim got kidnapped, then I can see my ending up as a beautiful assistant actually making plotty sense. You've probably seen how flirty and chaotic I act... if the plot won't allow it that's fine, but if there's room for that... I'd be very very appreciative and cast Epic Huggles on you.

Saint Nil
2010-07-12, 10:10 AM
But who would kidnap him?:smallconfused:

Lix Lorn
2010-07-12, 10:22 AM
I got mean kidnapped. I mean captured, as in by the paladins.

Grim ranger
2010-07-12, 11:08 AM
...if Grim got kidnapped, then I can see my ending up as a beautiful assistant actually making plotty sense. You've probably seen how flirty and chaotic I act... if the plot won't allow it that's fine, but if there's room for that... I'd be very very appreciative and cast Epic Huggles on you.

That would propably be quite amusing scene, expecially if Grim is chained up and guarded better than anyone in the world and makes sarcastic remark or two at his predicament :smallbiggrin:

Or another good scene would just not to show who the person freeing him is, but have Grim still smirk knowingly and ask "What took you so long?" or something similiar :smallamused:

Lix Lorn
2010-07-12, 11:29 AM
Or, it could be a Xanatos gambit. You wanted to get captured cause you have me AN AGENT hidden among the paladins.

>_>

Haha, we're doing all Silverraptor's plotty work for him. ;p

Silverraptor
2010-07-13, 06:44 PM
I would like some help from everyone reading this story. I plan on going on a clean-up of grammer, spelling, and other errors sweep of all my stories before starting the next part. The problem is, I know I won't find them all on my own without taking excessive amount of time, which I'm sure you all wouldn't like that.

So, would you all like to do me a favor and help me find all the mistakes?:smallsmile: Just post a quote about the part with the error bolded and then tell me the proper way to fix it. This way we could get this story back on track.

If your wondering what prompted me to start this clean-up is the fact that alot of my friends and family have started reading it and every single one of them told me there were alot of errors.:smallsigh: And if that's not enough, they won't tell me which part each error was in, just what I did wrong. That means it would be like playing minesweeper without the numbers.:smallannoyed:

So ya, if you guys could help, then I can finally get them off my back.

Lix Lorn
2010-07-13, 06:45 PM
Sure, we'll try, right? I hadn't noticed many.

Chapter 1


Slightly, she recalled the event that led her to this.

Shouldn't that first word be slowly? And, wouldn't it be events, plural?


Although, there wasn't much space for there were many beds and dressers at each one.
That kinda doesn't make grammatical sense. Maybe,
'Although there wasn't much space, there were many beds, and dressers at each one.'
Or something like it.


Viola played it with little skill,
That seems off. If she played it with little skill, why does it sound good? Maybe 'a little skill'.


She spun around andbeheld
You need a space between 'and' and 'beheld'.

:smallsmile:

Silverraptor
2010-07-13, 07:14 PM
That's definetly a good start, thanks Lix.:smallsmile: Although, I think its just 'event' because only one thing happened that got her into the academy in the first place.

Okay, first part edited. Also, it is 'with little skill' that she plays the instument. She just happened to be able to produce a good sound regardless of the lack of skill she had.

Lix Lorn
2010-07-13, 07:19 PM
Glad I could help, and fair points.

Silverraptor
2010-07-13, 08:05 PM
Just need to do the other parts now...

Silverraptor
2010-07-17, 09:37 PM
Ugggggg....:smallsigh::smallyuk: Spell checking is boring when you don't know where to look for it...:smallannoyed:

Anyways, as a break I'll start writing out the next part soon. I think you guys deserve an explaination for what happened after the fight.

Silverraptor
2010-07-18, 01:17 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 22
-Cast-
Nil
Mordokai
Kurama
Viola

Viola was completely at peace. She felt weightless as she laid on something soft. She didn't know where she was or how she got there, but at the moment she didn't really care. It felt wonderful to just rest.

"It's hard to grasp everything that had just happened, especially Grim being defeated."

"It is indeed. This is his first defeat in years and his first defeat in real combat. Who would've guessed it would be to her that he had lost to. I doubt even Kujos would have bet on that."

"Especially since she is still rather new to the academy. I didn't see her powers in action, but Kurama explained to me that she did some truly spectacular things with her crystal."

"I myself was most suprised at what was happening. I actually forgot about absorbing light to recover for a moment while I was watching them at it. I must say, she was fighting at a completely different level than any of the other paladins."

Viola listened to the conversation, but not comprehending any of it. Her mind was too at ease.

"So, how is Grim taking captivity?"

"For the moment... Unusually quiet. Though that may be because I managed to take his crystal from out of his sword. It's locked all the way in my office, well away from the cells, so he may be experiencing the side-effect of being cut off from the crystal."

"So... what's he like without his crystal? I always wondered what would happen if we were separated from them."

"Well, it doesn't please me on finding out with the circumstances. But as for your question, it's pretty bad. He is sitting in a vegetative state, staring at the opposite wall in front of him. He's not moving at all and at times I can swear he stops breathing. Blue had probed his mind and finds it entirely blank and devoid of thought. He has been able to see his memories however, but it will take a while to view all the ones he had when he left here."

Viola hears a sigh and someone shift position.
"And what of her? What can Blue tell us about her state? She's been out for almost a day now. Any longer and we should really get her out of her armor. Even though it's designed for comfort, we can't leave her in it."

"I know, I know. Blue says that she is just recovering from the ordeal. And he also confirms that it has happened to both her as well as Grim. I certainly never expected that."

"To think that they both completely unlocked their crystals. To understand what the crystal is saying to you. I really wish I could understand it."

"It truly is a wonderful thing to experience. Anyways, how are you feeling? You recovered yet?"

"Almost. Kurama was the most severely hurt. If it wasn't for the make-shift bandage, he probably would've bled out. That would have most certainly have punched a hole through Grim's insistence of non-vital spots only boast. Grim's wounds also were a lot harder to heal than normal wounds. So it takes more out of me to heal them all."

At the mention of Kurama's name and the prospect that he was hurt, Viola's mind started working. She quickly recovered feeling to her arms and legs and slowly began to stir. A familiar voice called out to her.
"Vi-Viola? Are you awake?"

Viola opened her eyes slowly, temporarily blinded. Quickly though, her eyes adjusted and saw that she was in her own room. Kurama was sitting in a chair close by as she was laying down on her bed. In the background, Mordokai and Nil were turning to look at her. Her attention however was focused on Kurama.
"Kurama?... Wh-What happened?"

She made to sit up, but Kurama hurriedly pushed her back down.
"Don't try to get up yet. How are you feeling?"

"Okay at the moment..."
Suddenly, she recalled that she was fighting Grim. She nearly bolted upright had it not had been for Kurama holding her down.
"Grim! Where is he?! What happened?!"

Nil and Mordokai walked over to them.
"It's okay, Viola. Grim is taken care of. No need to get excited."

"But what happened? All I remember is he shifted suddenly and I lost my grip on him."

Mordokai spoke up.
"That was my doing Viola. While you were holding him down, I managed to bend the light around him and captured him. Anyways, how you held him down was very interesting. I know Rabbit didn't teach you, so how did develop something like that?"

"I..."
She looked down.
"I sort of developed it on my own. I just thought of doing it since I knew I wouldn't have been able to kill him with his crystal's power."

Mordokai nodded.
"That power of his is what has made him so successful at missions. While it is indeed powerful, we believe that if you were to cause a wound that would kill him instantly, then the power would not be able to save him. Decapitating him or stabbing him through the heart probably would've done the trick."
Viola nodded.
"Anyways, we better get going Nil. We still have to heal the others and see if Blue has developed anything new."

The two men turned and left out the door, closing it behind them with a snap. Kurama watched them go before turning back to her.
"I can't believe it. I'm so jealous of you."

Viola looked back at him with concern.
"What?"

"What?! What!! You unlocked your crystal, that's what! Didn't I tell you that I always wanted to be the next one to do that? And now you've done it before me."

Viola blinked.
"I have?"
She looked over at her crystal which was resting next to her on her nightstand. The crystal however was glowing brighter and had a swirling pattern of different hues of purple swimming around in it.

"Yeah, you have. I've been trying forever to do it. So anyways, what's the feeling? What's the sense of honor that caused you to unlock it?"

Viola raised an eyebrow in confusion.
"What are you talking about?"

"Mordokai said that he unlocked his crystal when he realized a certain feeling of honor. The moment he made the connection of what true honor feels like, that's when his crystal unlocked for him."

Viola shook her head.
"I wasn't feeling any sense of honor, just the need to do the protecting for once. I realized I had to be the one who protected others and not rely on others to protect me."

Kurama stared back at her.
"Really? That doesn't sound like how Mordokai unlocked his."
They both looked at her crystal for several minutes.
"Anyways, what are you going to call it?"

"Call what?"

"Your ultimate move. When you shattered the air in front of you like it was glass. It was amazing!"

Viola thought back to when she felt the resistance break. How it did seem like she shattered the air. She thought about it for a few moments before looking up at Kurama with a smile.
"How about... 'Shattering Shockwave'?"

Lix Lorn
2010-07-18, 06:10 AM
Epic wins, as always! ^_^

Arq Kujos
2010-07-18, 07:42 PM
I was mentioned! YAY! :smallbiggrin:

We need to invent a new word to describe this, because I don't think epic is cutting it anymore.

Blue Ghost
2010-07-18, 07:47 PM
Aye, 'tis beautiful.

Though 'Sonic Boom' was not what I would have chosen for Viola's signature move.

Bisected8
2010-07-18, 08:00 PM
I'm not sure about the name "Sonic Boom" but the rest of this chapter was pretty good. :smallbiggrin:

DMofDarkness
2010-07-18, 08:42 PM
I started reading the story, and liked it. Could I have a character? Sorry if I copy anyone's ideas here (I don't know, not enough time to read all of the posts yet), but...
Could I have a character named Darkin, who is a non-evil necromancer? Not good, but helps the Academy (or the protagonist) in discreet ways from time to time. Like, creating a mysterious pamphlet of information on someone in the underground that the Academy is hunting, or whatever (Still have yet to read everything:smallredface:), but basically just helps the protagonists. Possibly aids in less discreet ways, like, for example, taking out a goon squad, or even directly aiding the main protagonists (but this would be a rare (but hopefully awesome) occurrence). Basic backstory is that he was recruited by an organization of antipaladins, and got an antipaladin crystal of Necromancy. And shadows. The ultimate technique (if he deserves it in the course of the story) would be a solid wall of black shadows, that causes the corpses around it to gather around it in a vortex, eventually creating an undead collosus. As of now, however, he can only maintain control of a few corpses at a time, and they emanate shadow from their bodies, it following them like a dark cloud. He only reluctantly helps the paladins. He is a kind of fallen antipaladin, who still uses his antipaladin powers for the greater good. But, as of now, refuses to lose his antipaladin powers. Possibly, as a plot twist, he could actually develop a kind of 'twilight crystal', a merging of a paladin crystal and an antipaladin crystal.

If this is too invasive of the plot line (Sorry, have yet to read the whole thing, but like what I read so far), or for whatever reason, like you don't like the background, I understand. Still would like to see an occasional occurrence by him, though. :smallsmile:

Silverraptor
2010-07-18, 09:03 PM
Aye, 'tis beautiful.

Though 'Sonic Boom' was not what I would have chosen for Viola's signature move.


I'm not sure about the name "Sonic Boom" but the rest of this chapter was pretty good. :smallbiggrin:

Well by all means, if you have a better and cooler name for it, then say it. Don't keep it to yourself. I may just edit the story and put it in.:smallwink:

@DMofDarkness: I'm sorry. But that character idea doesn't really fit the storyline. However, it could be salvagable for a later story arc. I have this story lasting for atleast 5 story arcs and it does seem that I could modify it to fit in #4 or #5.:smallsmile:

DMofDarkness
2010-07-18, 09:13 PM
Ok. I'm fine with that. :smallsmile:
(How long does a story arc usually last?)

Silverraptor
2010-07-18, 09:19 PM
Ok. I'm fine with that. :smallsmile:
(How long does a story arc usually last?)

Hard to tell...

But I believe it's about half way at this point through arc 1. So I guess maybe between 40-50 parts per story arc.

DMofDarkness
2010-07-18, 09:24 PM
Hm... 22 parts in 1.5 months averages around 14/month. An arc is around 50, so every 3 months, an arc is finished... meaning that in around a year or so, he finally gets in. :smallsigh:... this stinks. And if the rate of posting is decreased during the non-summer months, my character might not get in until next Christmas. Well, at least he gets in. :smalltongue:

Silverraptor
2010-07-18, 09:41 PM
Uhhh...

I just want to mention that this story actually started back when the shipping thread was still opened so most of the earlier parts were from there. on average, I've been post one or 2 parts every weekend with the current schedule that I have. When the non-summer months come around, the updates may increase with more access to internet or free time, or they may slow down with me in withdrawl from being away from my precious video games for so long. I guess we won't know until we come to that bridge on how long it will take to cross it.

Anyways, I'm still waiting for the better name of Viola's ultimate move Blue and Bis.:smalltongue:

DMofDarkness
2010-07-18, 09:51 PM
This... uh... does not help. Story arc 4 would probably take place in part number 180, then. And, assuming an average of 2 posts per weekend, then it would be around 1.5 years before that occurs. If it was upped (from the non-summer months) to 3/weekend, then it would be about 60 weeks, which averages to around a year. Meh. Good enough. It'll happen, and I'll still have the lack of life I have now then. I can wait. :smallsigh::smallbiggrin:

Ideas for referencing my character in the plot without actually making him an actual character (yet):
Maybe some anonymous note that furthers the plot could be signed '-D'.
Maybe rumors of a 'counter darkness', somewhere in later plotlines, that combat the main antagonist.
More ideas to come when more ideas come.
There are always small ways to include a character that has no main place in the plot until 5 story arcs later. Hopefully, something of this kind could be included. Before next year.
Sorry if this seems like I'm trying to muscle my way into the plot. Just... bored, and it seems like it would be nice to be included in a plot. Even if only mentioned anonymously in passing. :smallexcluded::smallfrown:
And sorry if I'm trying to change a story arc/plot set in stone. I'm like that.:smalltongue:

Bisected8
2010-07-19, 03:56 AM
Well by all means, if you have a better and cooler name for it, then say it. Don't keep it to yourself. I may just edit the story and put it in.:smallwink:

Well I was thinking something along the lines of "Sonerous Blow" or "Acoustic Blast". Maybe, if you want something fancy "Salvus Sonitus" (literally meaning "unharmed sound" in latin or to put it another way "sound sound").

My real issues with the name Sonic Boom is partly that the attack probably isn't one (they're caused by objects moving faster than sound, they also make a distinctive cracking sound and probably don't look like their air shattering) and its kind of generic.

Arq Kujos
2010-07-19, 06:56 AM
How about "Shattering Song"?:smallconfused:

Grimlock
2010-07-19, 09:51 AM
Ooooo separated from his crystal, interested to see how that will affect a paladin!

PersonMan
2010-07-19, 10:23 AM
I'm thinking Shatter Strike for the attack.

Also, if there's room for another villain(or villain-esque person), I'd like a caster, Scarge, to be joining them. He could be a preset villainous contact, or have infiltrated the Order, or whatever. He'd probably focus on buffing his allies, so Grim can come back again with a Power Level of >9000!


...If it fits with the plot, of course. I get the feeling that Team Evil is growing.

licoot
2010-07-19, 10:25 AM
I just finished reading through this and it is AWESOME, I was wandering if I could be in it at some point, If I could I would like to have a paladin power which allowed my character to have a greater understanding or control over nature, for instance: having an influence over animals, or being able to use nature to my advantage. If i can't have a power like that, the ability to smell/track and fight like a wolf or the ability to withstand great pain/stress without being effected (I would die at the normal point but not pass out as quickly and be able to ignore pain).

EDIT: oh yeah, can my speech be orange, and my name be licoot, if that sounds wrong can it be li
EDIT:Can I point out that on second thought I would probably prefer the wolf one

Lix Lorn
2010-07-19, 11:44 AM
Just for the record, my discussion of evil me and Grim wasn't (completely) joking. Since people are trying to add plot.

Just in case I have a chance. XD

Hmm... Better name than Sonic Boom.
Sonoblast?
Aural Strike?
Audible Pain?
Deathsong?

licoot
2010-07-19, 11:51 AM
On the topic of names for sonic boom, I think 'silent shatter' sounds quite good, or 'shattering sonar'

Grim ranger
2010-07-19, 12:41 PM
As I have no ideas as for good name for Viola's ultimate technique, I shall go right into speculation.

I am betting that we have seen the last of Grim for a while... While he is comatose there is little chance of escape, unless he manages to find a way to act even without his crystal, which I find unlikely. And even if he does, he is propably depowered by it so he is little threat afterwards.

Allthough if they keep him like that for long perioid and then they need to release him for whatever reason, I think he will be rather angry at the whole paladin order, but expecially at Viola in person. This makes "redemption" somewhat more unlikely, but I would not count it outside the realm of possibility yet.

All in all, interesting chapter again, Silver. Loving it as always :smallsmile:

Ajadea
2010-07-19, 01:45 PM
O_o. Wow. Can I be added to the cast at some point?

Power: In D&D terms: immediate action, close range, Dimension Door every 1d4 rounds, starting with self-only and rising to the point that I could dimension-door away your insides.

Speech: Umm...if I can select this, a darker color, like navy.

Saint Nil
2010-07-19, 08:01 PM
First Off, I like the name Shattering Sonnet.

Second, mazing work as always Silver. This installments are one of the few reasons I still frequent this forum.:smallsmile:

Also Ajadea, don't worry about D&D terms. Just say you want teleportation and then explain your limits. We are far more free formish.:smallwink:

Ajadea
2010-07-19, 09:44 PM
I noticed that, but really couldn't think of a better way to put it. Short range teleportation usable once every minute. Once activated, the ability is usable for 10 seconds (unless she's using the multiple-people-teleport power, which is different), then recharges for 30 seconds.

Timing:
Teleporting self/object in hand to somewhere in sight: instant, counts as 1 second of use (could teleport out of the way of someone else's sword strike).
Teleporting someone else to somewhere else in sight: 1 second

Teleporting herself somewhere she knows about but can't see: 2 seconds (could teleport herself next to someone who is invisible)
Teleporting someone else somewhere she knows about but can't see: 4 seconds
Using teleportation as a weapon (disarming, sundering, ripping out guts): 3 seconds.

Teleporting multiple others anywhere (100 people maximum): 1 minute, drains crystal for an hour to a week, depending on number of people sent somewhere else.

billtodamax
2010-07-20, 03:25 AM
Nickname... man, this is a toughy.

Maybe... maybe Bill? :smalltongue:

Grimlock
2010-07-20, 12:44 PM
Ajadea, that teleport power would lend itself to some epic fights scenes; leaping in and out of combat, sending other people in and out of the fight.... ooh, maybe even teleporting the person you're fighting. It would be like Nightcrawler on steroids!

Silverraptor
2010-07-20, 01:14 PM
I just figured out another thing I need to do this weekend. Since so many people want in, making a list would probably be a good idea.

Anyways, I went and edited part 1 very thourghly. I added in some extra details and fixed many errors that I found. I would like it if you all would read it and let me know if it seems much better. Afterwards, I move on to part 2, and so on and so forth.

licoot
2010-07-20, 01:42 PM
I just figured out another thing I need to do this weekend. Since so many people want in, making a list would probably be a good idea.

Anyways, I went and edited part 1 very thourghly. I added in some extra details and fixed many errors that I found. I would like it if you all would read it and let me know if it seems much better. Afterwards, I move on to part 2, and so on and so forth.

Its much better, particularly because last time i read it i remember noticing several mistakes, and this time there were none, that i noticed at least, but it is also a slightly better read

Silverraptor
2010-07-20, 02:05 PM
Thanks Licoot.

Anyways, 1 more thing. After looking at several of your name suggestions, I thought up an idea for the renaming of Viola's ultimate move. If you don't like it, then I keep working on it.

But how doe "Shattering Shockwave" sound?

Lix Lorn
2010-07-20, 02:45 PM
A little long, but good.

Ajadea
2010-07-20, 03:18 PM
Ajadea, that teleport power would lend itself to some epic fights scenes; leaping in and out of combat, sending other people in and out of the fight.... ooh, maybe even teleporting the person you're fighting. It would be like Nightcrawler on steroids!

Basically. One of the things I imagined her (myself?) doing went something like this:

Stereotypical Big Bad Evil Guy: *standing in front of an oversized window* Hahaha! My plan is nearly complete! No one can stop me, especially not you.

Me: Fine. I surrender.

BBEG: *insert more evil monologuing* Wait what?

Me: I said, I surrender. I'll join you. *Extends hand, as if about to shake the BBEG's hand*

BBEG: *Falls for it*

Me: *teleports BBEG far away and very high up*

BBEG: *Goes splat on the ground*

DMofDarkness
2010-07-20, 03:48 PM
Why not use a shortened version of that name, 'shatterwave'?

licoot
2010-07-20, 03:55 PM
Why not use a shortened version of that name, 'shatterwave'?

That actually sounds pretty good, I think it's the best so far

Grimlock
2010-07-20, 04:01 PM
I'm liking shatterwave too. That gets my vote. Just going to re-read Part 1 as requested.
Yeah, the edited part 1 works better. It seems less awkward, it flows more effectively on the page.... screen!

Bisected8
2010-07-20, 04:39 PM
Thanks Licoot.

Anyways, 1 more thing. After looking at several of your name suggestions, I thought up an idea for the renaming of Viola's ultimate move. If you don't like it, then I keep working on it.

But how doe "Shattering Shockwave" sound?

It'll do. I definatly like it more than Sonic Boom at least.

Silverraptor
2010-07-24, 12:08 AM
Annnnnnnnnd... It's now Shatterwave in Part 22. And if you all stay tuned, a list of everyone who will be appearing will be on the OP. And there also may be the next exciting installment that is to come.:smallwink:

DMofDarkness
2010-07-24, 12:21 AM
A name for chapter 13 could be 'Penny's first jump'.

Silverraptor
2010-07-24, 12:36 AM
A name for chapter 13 could be 'Penny's first jump'.

This could be the start of a beautiful friendship!:smallbiggrin: Now I just need ideas for the other parts.

Silverraptor
2010-07-24, 01:00 AM
OP updated. Lets see if we can get about doing that update now.:smallwink:

Silverraptor
2010-07-24, 02:04 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 23
-Cast-
Viola
Kurama
Penny
Lix

The noise and clamor of the mess hall was more excited than usual. Many of the paladins were conversing with each other over dinner about the recent developments. Most were casting a glance at Viola once in a while. Viola however ignored them all. She just couldn't get worked up over them. Being pleased and happy over her accomplishment, she felt like a whole new person.
"So you're sure you feel alright?"

Kurama nodded to her.
"Of course! Nil patched me real good with his healing power. It didn't even leave a scar."

"Well that's good. I was feeling bad for getting you hurt in the first place."

"Yeah, but you still got Grim in the end. So it's alright."

Another voice at their table speaks up.
"Yeah, and I didn't get to see any of it."
Penny sat there with a pouting look on her face.
"You unlock your crystal and I was knocked out at the same time!"

Viola couldn't help but feel sorry for her.
"Awww... I'm sorry you had to miss it Penny."

Penny continues her ranting.
"Stupid Grim and his stupid powers and his stupid-"

"Hey! Stop criticising my Grim!"

The three looked around to find Lix with her tray of food looking down at them. Viola looked at her confused. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see Kurama roll his.
"Your... Grim?"

Lix sat down across from her.
"Yeah! Grim is such a great man! I hate it when people speak ill of him!"

Viola's mouth was open at this point, looking stupidly at Lix.
"Wh-What? Lix, he knocked down our gate and attacked us all! How could that be the work of a great man?!"

"Oh, Grim has his reasons. There had to be something he needed to do by attacking us. Maybe some secret elaborate plan to fool a villain who wants to kill us or something."

Kurama spoke up angrily.
"He tried to kill Mordokai! Lix, there is no plan! Will you please get over your school girl crush over him?!"

"It's not a school girl crush! I know that deep down, Grim has the same feelings about me."

Viola muttered under her breath so that only Kurama could hear.
"Those feelings will never see the light of day."
Kurama stifled a chuckled.

"Come on, Lix! Why Grim of all people? He such a meanie most of the time before he left. How come your so ga-ga over him?"

"He only seems mean to toughen us up. We would never get stronger without proper discipline."

Kurama spoke out to her with his hands cupped.
"Theraneous to Lix! He cut you along the back with his sword! How is that suppose to be training! He was trying to kill you!"

"Well, obviously if I had trained better, I would have been able to block it. Also, he didn't hit any of us in a vital spot, so he wasn't trying to kill any of us."
Kurama just slumped in his seat, as if to say 'She just doesn't get it'.
"By the way Viola, Mordokai wanted me to tell you that he wants you to go where Grim is kept when you're done with dinner."

Viola looked back at her.
"How come?"

Lix shrugged her shoulders.
"I don't know. He didn't tell me."

Viola nodded and finished her meal quickly before setting out. Kurama and Penny followed behind her.

Bisected8
2010-07-24, 06:29 AM
So Lix is this story's version of Sakura from Naruto?

licoot
2010-07-24, 06:40 AM
So Lix is this story's version of Sakura from Naruto?

but Sasuke wasn't always evil, it sounds like to some extent Grim was

CoffeeIncluded
2010-07-24, 07:05 AM
So Lix is an idiot?

DMofDarkness
2010-07-24, 08:28 PM
CoffeeIncluded: Wonder how Lix (Lorn) would respond to that.:smallamused:

2 more possible titles:
15: Unique
16: Assassin's Pin

Ajadea
2010-07-25, 01:12 AM
Just read the cast thing. And the whole story again. I find it highly amusing that you seem to have made yourself into a dead character, Silverraptor

I figured Ajadea sounded name-ish enough for my character.

Lord Raziere
2010-07-25, 01:29 AM
I like this story. You have my permission to put me in as a non-paladin character, cause I'm too me to be a paladin, know what I mean?

DMofDarkness
2010-07-25, 01:46 AM
Possible titles:
17: An unexpected Visitor
18: Shade of Destruction
19: Twilight Clash
20: A Song in the Dark
21: The Barrier Broken
22: The Darkness Lifted

Silverraptor
2010-07-25, 02:12 AM
Just read the cast thing. And the whole story again. I find it highly amusing that you seem to have made yourself into a dead character, Silverraptor

I figured Ajadea sounded name-ish enough for my character.

I did that on purpose. If I am allowed to at all be in a story, my ego will take over and suddenly I would be the main character. So to resist temptation, I killed myself off. As you may notice, my ego still got in the way a bit when I was writing how I died, by having me die in a honorable fashion.


I like this story. You have my permission to put me in as a non-paladin character, cause I'm too me to be a paladin, know what I mean?

Another Non-paladin coming right up. And your nickname in the story is?

Lord Raziere
2010-07-25, 02:15 AM
I did that on purpose. If I am allowed to at all be in a story, my ego will take over and suddenly I would be the main character. So to resist temptation, I killed myself off. As you may notice, my ego still got in the way a bit when I was writing how I died, by having me die in a honorable fashion.



Another Non-paladin coming right up. And your nickname in the story is?

"Razzy" or "Razz" will do.

Silverraptor
2010-07-25, 02:17 AM
"Razzy" or "Razz" will do.

Alright. Now send me a pm on whether you want to be a hero or a villian. Thank you.:smallsmile:

Silverraptor
2010-07-25, 01:28 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 24
-Cast-
Viola
Mordokai
Nil
Blue
Kurama
Penny
Grim

Viola stopped just outside of the door and took a steadying breath. She then reached out and opened the door. Cautiously she, Kurama, and Penny worked their way into the room. Mordokai, Nil, and Blue were all standing together facing what looked like a hole in the wall. On closer inspection, it appeared that the hole was formed by magic as the edges were glowing and vibrating with a bluish glow. What the hole revealed was another blank room. A table and several chairs were positioned in it with Grim sitting in one of them. He stared straight forward, not moving at all.

Nervously, Viola spoke up.
"Ummm... You wanted to see me, Mordokai?"

Nil and Blue looked over at Viola while Mordokai didn't move, still staring at Grim.
"Yes. We want to try something that involves you."

Viola raised her eyebrows in suprised.
"Try something... involving me?"

Nil nodded at her.
"So far, Blue hasn't been able to see much of Grim's memories."

Kurama spoke.
"How come?"

Blue answered.
"Probing one's thoughts is much easier when one is thinking themself. We need Grim to being active mentally, but we can't risk giving him his crystal."

"So what does that have to do with me?"

Mordokai spoke again.
"We would like you to go in and try to spark a reaction from him."

Kurama and Penny replied with shock.
"What?!"

"You want to put her in the same room with him?!"

Viola however was more confused than scared at the moment.
"How would talking to him provoke a reaction? I thought he was in a vegetative state."

"He does appear to be, yet he can still talk when he wants to. However, he seems to refuse to say much to me or Mordokai."

"Which is why he might respond to you, Viola. The only person to ever defeat him in real combat. We hope that seeing you will incite some kind of reaction from him."

Viola looked out through the hole back at Grim.
"Are you sure?"

"It was the best idea we could come up with."

Viola nodded.
"Well, with four paladins and a wizard to back me up, I guess no real harm can come from it. I bet Blue could blast him in one spell."

Blue however, shrunk away from this comment. His hands tighten around the staff in his hand, tense. Mordokai spoke up quickly, still not moving.
"Blue doesn't use offensive spells anymore."
The tone in his voice suggested that there was something that had happened in the past. However, it also implied that she shouldn't question the matter.

Viola looked back at Grim, and then skimmed to the side of the hole where a stone door was set. She slowly approached it and reached out to open it. Behind her, Kurama and Penny whispered there worry to her.
"Be careful, Viola!"

"Don't worry, I will."
And she stepped inside. She closed the door behind her quietly and looked at the wall where the hole was suppose to be. There was only a stone wall. Grim reacted instantly, and turned his head toward her. His eyes were no longer blank, but were filled with anger and loathing. Viola stepped over and pulled a chair out. She sat down and was facing one of the walls, trying not to look at Grim.
"Well...uh...Hi?"
Grim didn't answer. She could still feel his eyes staring at her. She clenched her right hand before continuing.
"I guess we don't really know each other much. I only saw you one time before our fight and only heard everyone else's opinions about you."
Silence.
"Um... Well you may have guessed that I'm still kinda new to everything. I can't believe that I actually won that."
More silence. Viola sighs.
"I don't know what to do..."
She looked down at her feet, quietly trying to think of something else to say.

Several minutes pass and Viola begins to think that she was just wasting her time. She was just about to get up and leave before she heard laughing behind her. She whipped around to see Grim laughing maniacally at the table in front of him.
"I get it, Mordokai. I guess Blue has had a pretty good look into my memories these past few minutes."
He looks up at the wall opposite him and speaks, as if he knew there was a hole right there.
"You were quite right. I couldn't keep myself composed with her in the same room as me. Oh how Blue can tell you how much I want to kill her right now."
He slowly gets up and Viola quickly does the same. She steps back, but to her surprise Grim walks around the table away from her and stands right before the wall.
"Well, I wouldn't want you to have the wrong impressions, so I'll fill you in on everything. Several miles away are some ancient runes buried in the foliage. The ruins are dedicated to Theraneous's brother, Hesirule. Inside at the very back is a small portal that leads to the demonic realm of the nine hells."
He smiles wider, probably imagining Mordokai's face.
"It is there that I have been for several months, understanding the truth about everything. It was there that I unlocked my crystal, in front of the Demon King Mangosta."
Grim looked at Viola before looking back at the wall.
"He is planning an invasion, starting tomorrow after the sun sets. His army of demons will come and reduce this pathetic fortress to rubble. So now I'm curious on what will happen. Looking at the situation, there's only one person you can send to try and stop him, Mordokai. You know what I mean, but does she?"
He turned to face her, still grinning happily.
"So, Viola, can you stop the Demon King? I would like to find out."

Silverraptor
2010-07-25, 01:29 PM
This may be a little confusing, but I will explain it in the next part. For Viola will be just as confused as you all will probably be.

DMofDarkness
2010-07-25, 01:32 PM
Nice story, and an introduction to the main plot line. This seems about where the non-paladin characters come in. :smallbiggrin:

Grimlock
2010-07-25, 02:12 PM
Demon Kings, Hell, Wars and Invasions...and with a cliffhanger ending! Two good updates Silverraptor!

Grim ranger
2010-07-25, 02:25 PM
Heh heh... At least Grim is given a chance to be snarky. Well, that is about as much as he can do right now at any rate, but it is amusing detail :smalltongue:

Good job again, Silver! I am looking forward to seeing the main plotline start out :smallbiggrin:

Bisected8
2010-07-25, 02:37 PM
I honestly didn't see that one coming. :smallbiggrin:

Blue Ghost
2010-07-25, 03:22 PM
Ah, so ol' Mangosta is the bad guy again? I haven't interacted much with him, but I have heard his name spoken with dread many a time.
... Well, that's an interesting detail about Blue. Kinda makes sense, though this story doesn't really mesh with SMBG canon.

Silverraptor
2010-07-25, 04:04 PM
Ah, so ol' Mangosta is the bad guy again? I haven't interacted much with him, but I have heard his name spoken with dread many a time.
... Well, that's an interesting detail about Blue. Kinda makes sense, though this story doesn't really mesh with SMBG canon.

What made you think it did?

CoffeeIncluded
2010-07-25, 04:10 PM
You know, there are a lot of bad guys named the Demon King. I can think of two right off the top of my head.

Silverraptor
2010-07-25, 04:49 PM
You know, there are a lot of bad guys named the Demon King. I can think of two right off the top of my head.

I know. But Demon King sounds better.:smalltongue:

Bisected8
2010-07-25, 06:07 PM
Hmm...would a demon king still rule by divine right?

Lix Lorn
2010-07-26, 08:35 AM
Whoooaaaah awesome updates! Also thank you Silverraptor. XD


So Lix is an idiot?
Nice. Loveyoutoo. :smallbiggrin:

Actually, Grim here isn't anything like Sasuke. Sasuke is an asexual treacherous bastard who doesn't show emotion other than hate and anger.
Grim shows amusement, and could quite easily be not asexual. As Lix in the story dearly, dearly hopes. ;P
Although admittedly, he is still a treacherous bastard...

Grim ranger
2010-07-26, 08:40 AM
Actually, Grim here isn't anything like Sasuke. Sasuke is an asexual treacherous bastard who doesn't show emotion other than hate and anger.
Grim shows amusement, and could quite easily be not asexual. As Lix in the story dearly, dearly hopes. ;P
Although admittedly, he is still a treacherous bastard...

But you still like me, don't you? Admit it, being a trecherous bastard increases one's charisma :smalltongue:

And he does show many feelings, sure. Amusement, murderous rage, smugness, insane amusement, cold rage, sarcasm.... :smallbiggrin:

Lix Lorn
2010-07-26, 09:16 AM
Pffft. It doesn't exactly HURT. XD

Ooh, insane amusement! Mwahaha-mineisanevillaugh!

Grim ranger
2010-07-26, 10:06 AM
Pffft. It doesn't exactly HURT. XD

Ooh, insane amusement! Mwahaha-mineisanevillaugh!

Heh heh :smallbiggrin:

And how do I get a feeling that not everything in this situation is as it seems? I doulbt that Grim evolves into Magnificent Bastard, as he seems like pretty straightforward villain, but I would say he is far from finished.

All in all, I find his past and fall somewhat tragic, but the effect is lessened due to him being such a jerk. Well, I guess we will have to wait till next chapters to see what happens :smallsmile:

Bisected8
2010-07-26, 11:08 AM
Whoooaaaah awesome updates! Also thank you Silverraptor. XD


Nice. Loveyoutoo. :smallbiggrin:

Actually, Grim here isn't anything like Sasuke. Sasuke is an asexual treacherous bastard who doesn't show emotion other than hate and anger.
Grim shows amusement, and could quite easily be not asexual. As Lix in the story dearly, dearly hopes. ;P
Although admittedly, he is still a treacherous bastard...

Adding amusement to hate and anger kind of makes things worse, in my opinion.

licoot
2010-07-26, 11:46 AM
Adding amusement to hate and anger kind of makes things worse, in my opinion.

Adding amusement makes better reading, but makes it far, far worse for whoever guy with the hate and anger targets it on.

The best example of this is the Joker

mangosta71
2010-07-26, 04:15 PM
I didn't realize this story was still being written until I got that PM...

Demon King...primary villain...this is unusual for me - I tend to be the amoral, opportunistic type of evil that fits better in a supporting villain role. Still, this turn of events pleases me. And Grim unlocked his crystal's power while training in my domain? Interesting. This implies that these power crystals are known there, and quite possibly used. Could be that that's where they come from in the first place. I don't consider it likely, but the possibility of all these goody-two-shoes paladins gaining their powers from a demonic source makes me chuckle.

Grimlock
2010-07-27, 05:30 AM
I doulbt that Grim evolves into Magnificent Bastard, as he seems like pretty straightforward villain


Hmmm, 'Magnificent Bastard', is that some king of Villain Prestige Class? :smallamused:

licoot
2010-07-27, 06:11 AM
Hmmm, 'Magnificent Bastard', is that some king of Villain Prestige Class? :smallamused:

You have no idea how much I want that to be true:smallbiggrin:

Saint Nil
2010-07-27, 02:04 PM
Ahh, I've been away for a bit but when I come back I'm greeted by TWO new paladin academies!:smallbiggrin:

Wonderful work as always. I find the best part of these series are the small things that slip in that make you think. Blue doesn't use offensive spells for example-it adds far more depth to him as well as a backstory.

Still its DEMON SLAYING TIME!

RabbitHoleLost
2010-07-27, 02:09 PM
I know Rabbit's a Paladin (still wondering how that happened :smalltongue:), and I'm fond of all you kiddies on Team Good, but I'm secretly super pleased about Mango's hellish invasion.
Just sayin' <<

mangosta71
2010-07-27, 02:26 PM
Maybe you can become my minion. :smalltongue:

RabbitHoleLost
2010-07-27, 02:28 PM
Do I get blatant favoritism? :smalltongue:

mangosta71
2010-07-27, 02:39 PM
Depends on what you're willing to do to earn it. :smallwink:

RabbitHoleLost
2010-07-27, 02:40 PM
Depends on what you're willing to do to earn it. :smallwink:
Bake you cookies (DEMONIC COOKIES) and get you coffee in the morning?
Be your BFF FOEVA?
:smalltongue:

Lix Lorn
2010-07-27, 05:31 PM
Bake you cookies (DEMONIC COOKIES) and get you coffee in the morning?
Be your BFF FOEVA?
:smalltongue:
You're essentially giving him the pitch I gave Grim. But with less kisses.

RabbitHoleLost
2010-07-27, 10:33 PM
You're essentially giving him the pitch I gave Grim. But with less kisses.

Yeah, well, ew.
Its Mango =P

mangosta71
2010-07-27, 11:31 PM
I would make an effort to receive them graciously. :smalltongue:

Recaiden
2010-07-28, 01:37 AM
"I..."
She looked down.
"I sort of developed it on my own. I just thought of doing it since I knew I wouldn't have been able to kill him with his crystal's power."

So she is stealing my techniques, and claiming to have invented them herself?
Despicable. What kind of paladins are you? :smallwink:

I love this series, Silverraptor. Wonderful fights, fair amount of comedy, lots of awesome.

Traker
2010-07-28, 01:47 PM
Hey, Silver? Can my color be Cyan? Or Olive?

Recaiden
2010-07-28, 11:27 PM
Hmm. This story is the first playground related thing to invade my dreams. So I guess it must be even better than I thought. :smalltongue:

Traker
2010-07-29, 11:05 AM
Hmm. This story is the first playground related thing to invade my dreams. So I guess it must be even better than I thought. :smalltongue:

That, may, or may not be a good thing. dipending on how it invades your dreams. :smalltongue:

Recaiden
2010-07-29, 12:14 PM
That, may, or may not be a good thing. dipending on how it invades your dreams. :smalltongue:

Pretty neutral. People were sitting at a table and talking about this story.

smuchmuch
2010-07-29, 03:44 PM
So I just finished reading it and I must say I found it pretty enjoyable.

I wouldn't mind being in it if that's possible.
Feel free to change my name as you see fit and give me the role you want, depending what's better for the storry.

Partysan
2010-07-29, 07:12 PM
*subscribes*
Damn, you know, I seriously tried to resist the temptation to apply as a character in that story... But the will save DC was waaaay too scarily high.
I really dig this style crossover of classical Paladin fantasy and shonen manga.:smallbiggrin:

Now, if you will have me... I guess I'd like to be a Paladin as well. Maybe one that actually arrives newly... possibly from a monastery, being about 16-17 years old, since I want him to be not quite grown up, but older than the real teenies... I'd actually allow up to 19, but 17 would be a sweet spot.
Being a lover of martial arts for all my life I'd like him to be a close combat specialist. His Paladin sword should be a bastard sword, and I'd like him to be somehow adept in unarmed combat - since d&d monks are masters of that (whyever) coming from a monastery could justify a bit of this. Maybe he could even become a training partner for Viola or generally Paladins - they should have realized by now that unarmed training is important, not to mention that it's extremely helpful if you do not want to kill someone, which is somehow useful to good characters.
As for his power... the best powers for close combat are usually perception powers, but those are already pretty prevalent in your story, so I thought about a momentum related power, which would probably be earth element. This could begin with anchoring himself against the ground when bracing himself against strikes and generating high power and speed when pushing himself off the ground, later maybe generally absoring enemy momentum and generating more momentum and thus power or faster and more fluid movement because he can accelerate and brake himself with his power, maybe culminating in being able to make meelee attacks at a short distance. It would also carry its own risk, since accelerating himself too much or generating too much momentum may put a high strain on his body and quite possibly cause injury. If he'd ever see his ultimate I leave its form to you.
As for his name, unfortunately I have an OOC name on these boards, but if you will, just take the last part and call him "Ysan". Sounds pretty to me and reminds me of the german "Eisen"" (Iron).
P.S.: I'm particularly fond of counter-based fighting (or speaking) styles.

Again, thanks for writing it and sharing it with us, please keep up until the story ends!

Lix Lorn
2010-07-30, 07:55 AM
I believe that's the single most detailed character that's been offered. Kudos. XD

Partysan
2010-07-30, 11:12 AM
I believe that's the single most detailed character that's been offered. Kudos. XD

Thank you, Sir. It's just that martial arts and RPGs/Characters are two of the things I can talk hours days and weeks about, so if anything I need to hold back when talking about a combination of those.

(However I'm not really happy with the power, but I couldn't think of a cooler one that still fitted the theme.)

EDIT: Just saw, you aren't a Sir... embarrassing, that.

Lix Lorn
2010-07-30, 12:34 PM
I'll forgive you cause you noticed. XD

Have we had just plain Speed? Then you could punch someone from the other side of the room. Without them noticing. 8D

Partysan
2010-07-30, 01:18 PM
Though if someone doesn't notice being punched in the face with ultra high speed they are either far above your level or you have very little mass.

Density manipulation would also make for an interesting power. Lots and lots of combat and out of combat applications. Probably overpowered.^^

DMofDarkness
2010-07-30, 02:09 PM
Unless it required that something else took up the remaining density... switching the density of 2 objects. Like a lead ball and a balloon, and then switching them back. Thud. It works, and it is not quite overpowered; you are limited by available resources.

licoot
2010-07-30, 02:12 PM
Unless it required that something else took up the remaining density... switching the density of 2 objects. Like a lead ball and a balloon, and then switching them back. Thud. It works, and it is not quite overpowered; you are limited by available resources.

but then you could just keep some marbles in your pocket: oh look i accidentally swapped a bag of marbles for your heart, let me switch it back, oh sorry, your dead

DMofDarkness
2010-07-30, 03:39 PM
It could be sight limited. You have to see the object to switch it's density.

Silverraptor
2010-07-31, 12:17 AM
I know Rabbit's a Paladin (still wondering how that happened :smalltongue:), and I'm fond of all you kiddies on Team Good, but I'm secretly super pleased about Mango's hellish invasion.
Just sayin' <<

I believe you requested being one in the shipping thread when the story was there. If my memory serves me.


So she is stealing my techniques, and claiming to have invented them herself?
Despicable. What kind of paladins are you? :smallwink:

I love this series, Silverraptor. Wonderful fights, fair amount of comedy, lots of awesome.

Actually, she didn't think it would be a good idea to tell Mordokai that she got the move off of an assassin they were suppose to be hunting down.:smalltongue:

And welcome to the list, Partysan.:smallcool:

Viera Champion
2010-07-31, 01:52 AM
*subscribes*
Damn, you know, I seriously tried to resist the temptation to apply as a character in that story... But the will save DC was waaaay too scarily high.
I really dig this style crossover of classical Paladin fantasy and shonen manga.:smallbiggrin:

Now, if you will have me... I guess I'd like to be a Paladin as well. Maybe one that actually arrives newly... possibly from a monastery, being about 16-17 years old, since I want him to be not quite grown up, but older than the real teenies... I'd actually allow up to 19, but 17 would be a sweet spot.
Being a lover of martial arts for all my life I'd like him to be a close combat specialist. His Paladin sword should be a bastard sword, and I'd like him to be somehow adept in unarmed combat - since d&d monks are masters of that (whyever) coming from a monastery could justify a bit of this. Maybe he could even become a training partner for Viola or generally Paladins - they should have realized by now that unarmed training is important, not to mention that it's extremely helpful if you do not want to kill someone, which is somehow useful to good characters.
As for his power... the best powers for close combat are usually perception powers, but those are already pretty prevalent in your story, so I thought about a momentum related power, which would probably be earth element. This could begin with anchoring himself against the ground when bracing himself against strikes and generating high power and speed when pushing himself off the ground, later maybe generally absoring enemy momentum and generating more momentum and thus power or faster and more fluid movement because he can accelerate and brake himself with his power, maybe culminating in being able to make meelee attacks at a short distance. It would also carry its own risk, since accelerating himself too much or generating too much momentum may put a high strain on his body and quite possibly cause injury. If he'd ever see his ultimate I leave its form to you.
As for his name, unfortunately I have an OOC name on these boards, but if you will, just take the last part and call him "Ysan". Sounds pretty to me and reminds me of the german "Eisen"" (Iron).
P.S.: I'm particularly fond of counter-based fighting (or speaking) styles.

Again, thanks for writing it and sharing it with us, please keep up until the story ends!

Wow... Really?

I is like a secondary main character.^_^

Also, I haz sad backstory, and I keep imagining that my character has a crush on Viola and Vice Versa.

Silverraptor
2010-08-01, 02:29 AM
Paladin Academy: Part 25
-Cast-
Nil
Mordokai
Kurama
Blue
Penny
Viola

Viola was staring down at her feet. Around her, she was listening to voices of Kurama, Penny, Mordokai, Blue, and Nil.
"You can't honestly be serious about this!"

"She's the only one who could execute this type of operation."

Kurama spoke out angrily.
"But by herself?! We never go by ourselves to any mission."

Mordokai looks at Kurama sternly.
"This isn't a normal type of mission."

"But what if it's some fabricated story from Grim! How can we know he was telling the truth?"

Nil hesitated, then both he and Mordokai looked at Blue who was sitting in the corner.
"There is no doubt. His memories confirmed everything as he spoke them. I could see the hellish realm the infernal demons dwell."

"Then we have no choice. She must go."

"But what about us?!"
Penny's high-pitched voice sounded so out of place in the argument.
"Why can't Kurama and I go with her? We'd be able to help!"

"Penny. The Paladin Academy only ever mobilized for invasion twice before. Both times we had atleast several weeks of warning as well as the Academy not being the target. We only have a day to prepare, so we need everyone here to help defend. Viola is the only one apart from me who has her crystal unlocked. She must go."

"But-!"

"Penny! That's my final word."

Penny looked down, defeated. Nil spoke up.
"But Mordokai, think about it. What are the chances that she can defeat the Demon King by herself?"

Mordokai paused at these words. Lines appeared on his forhead, revealing the stress and pressure he was under. Blue then muttered suddenly without warning.
"I can't make sense of it..."

They all look over at him.
"Make sense of what?"

Blues yellow glowing eye-dots turn to face them under the dark hood.
"Why the demons would try to invade this dimension, and target this academy of all places."

"Uhhh... Because they're blood thirsty demons and hate righteousness?"

Blue's eyes slant at Kurama, resembling horizantal ovals.
"No, that I understand. What I don't understand is why they would launch a suicide rush against us."

Everyone stared at him.
"Blue... We're not invincible. Our powers will certainly be put to the test against demons-"

"Of course... you wouldn't know."
Blue takes a deep breath, or looks like he did since they couldn't see his face.
"The mortal realm here is completely separate from the magic that exists. Wizards, such as myself, must call upon magic to form into the way we want it to form. However, the Hells and even the Heavens are weaved together with magic that one could say the realms themself are solid magic."
He pauses for a moment.
"The thing is, that demons and devils, and even angels, have to have this magic flow through them, just as we need air to breathe. Without this magic flowing through their bodies, they would soon become stone."

A long pause was greeted by this.
"So... you're saying that the moment they arrive they'll turn into statues?"

"That's what should happen, and they know this. So why execute a doomed invasion?"

Nil spoke up.
"What if they carry the magic with them and emit it around them so they can stay in our realm?"

"No. The magic would be used up too quickly if each individual demon tried carrying it, but..."
His eyes widen.
"They could send it as waves through the portal! But the magic would spread too randomly to be effective... What they would need is some sort of beacon that the magic would be attracted to. That way, they could create a safe zone bubble to exist here."
He looked over at Mordokai.
"Grim must have placed the beacon here before he attacked the academy."

Mordokai let these words sink in before answering.
"So all we need to do is seal up the portal."

"That won't work in the long run. They could always open up new portals. What we need to do is disable either the beacon that Grim set up, or destroy the source of the thing that would send the magic through."

"So we find the beacon and destroy it. Then Viola wouldn't need to face the Demon King at all."

"I have not been able to access that part of Grim's memories. It will take quite a while before I would be able to discern where he placed the beacon. By that time, the invasion would have long started. However, this means that..."

Comprehension dawned on Mordokai's face.
"...That Viola just needs to destroy whatever is focusing the magic in the demonic realm to our realm."

"It would be a stealth mission. But if all goes well, she can destroy the magic channeler and be out before any of the demons would notice her."

"And she might still be able to avoid the Demon King that way!"

Mordokai nodded.
"It's a long shot, but it's the best plan we have."

"Don't worry, I'm ready."
Everyone was startled that she broke her silence.
"This is what a paladin is suppose to do. I can do it. I will destroy this device and get out of there safely. I will not fail."
She stood up determination in her eyes.

Mordokai nodded, a satisfied smile on his lips.
"Very well. You will leave tomorrow morning. The rest of us will stay here and prepare for the worst. Good luck."

Viola nodded. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Kurama and Penny exchange worried looks.

Gimliggamer
2010-08-01, 03:33 AM
The noice and clamor of the mess hall was more excited than usual.
Noise. Thats the only mistake thats imprinted my mind. Chapter 23 by the way. And Recaiden is still my favorite character in this whole story. Give him more face time!:smalltongue:

Elrond
2010-08-01, 05:55 AM
Back in my day i had a simerly idea to this comic hmmmmm?

Bisected8
2010-08-01, 07:30 AM
Interesting...but if all they need to do is destroy the beacon, would it make more sense for them to commit more troops to it?

Also, if it allows demons to invade, doesn't that mean it would allow angels to do the same?

RabbitHoleLost
2010-08-01, 08:13 AM
I believe you requested being one in the shipping thread when the story was there. If my memory serves me.

Non, I requested Rabbit crashing the Academy, and you interpreted that as Rabbit being a Paladin :smalltongue:

DMofDarkness
2010-08-01, 09:17 AM
"I have not been able to access that part of Grim's memories. It will take quite a while before I would be able to descern where he placed the beacon. By that time, the invasion would have long started. However, this means that..."


It's 'discern', BTW. Either than that, good story!

Silverraptor
2010-08-01, 09:27 AM
Thanks for correcting me guys.:smallsmile:


Interesting...but if all they need to do is destroy the beacon, would it make more sense for them to commit more troops to it?

Also, if it allows demons to invade, doesn't that mean it would allow angels to do the same?

Mordokai is thinking too cautiously, wanting as many paladins at the fortress to defend it.

Maybe...:smalltongue:

Recaiden
2010-08-01, 11:13 AM
"Very well. You will leave tomorrow morning. The rest of us will stay here and prepare for the worse. Good luck."
Do you mean this, or should it be worst?


Noise. Thats the only mistake thats imprinted my mind. Chapter 23 by the way. And Recaiden is still my favorite character in this whole story. Give him more face time!:smalltongue:

:smallbiggrin:

Interesting, but I predict Viola not being exactly in time, and having to defeat the demon king anyway. More paladinny.

Viera Champion
2010-08-01, 11:31 AM
Interesting...but if all they need to do is destroy the beacon, would it make more sense for them to commit more troops to it?

Also, if it allows demons to invade, doesn't that mean it would allow angels to do the same?

Ummmm... Because then the plot would be over to easily. Duh. And cuz the power of plot demands that the main characters unneccasarily.

DMofDarkness
2010-08-01, 11:31 AM
However, the demon king seems like the ultimate villain of the series so far. It would be possible that she fights him, but gets away, but it seems too soon in the series for her to fight a demon king. This is only halfway through the story arc, and there will be sequel story arcs. They need a recurring villain. It wouldn't be so much of a fight, if it occurred, but more likely a desperate race for survival while being hounded by demonic legions, if it happened. And then, when escape seems impossible, a deus ex machina occurs, introducing a character that will reappear randomly throughout the story arcs, not actually being a character until story arc 4 or 5.

[/2cents]

EDIT: ninja'd

mangosta71
2010-08-01, 01:47 PM
"But by herself?! We never go by ourselves to any mission, Kurama."

This stuck out to me. Red is Kurama's color. I'm guessing that it's Kurama speaking to Mordokai, given that Mordy is the one that responds.

Silverraptor
2010-08-01, 02:00 PM
Do you mean this, or should it be worst?


Thanks.


This stuck out to me. Red is Kurama's color. I'm guessing that it's Kurama speaking to Mordokai, given that Mordy is the one that responds.

And Thanks. I'll try to make it more obvious.

With all these errors that I missed in my proof-read, this is the last time I write out a part at midnight.

Lix Lorn
2010-08-01, 02:35 PM
Ooooh. Demonic invasion...
You clearly need an angel summoner! XD

Grimlock
2010-08-01, 03:44 PM
Oooooh, nice build up of the story, stealth missions. For those who say Mordokai is playing it safe he is only using his resources as wisely as he can. Choose your battlegrounds my friends. Sending in one paladin to disable the device, leaving the majority to fight at the time of their choosing makes sense to me.

Recaiden
2010-08-01, 04:50 PM
Oooooh, nice build up of the story, stealth missions. For those who say Mordokai is playing it safe he is only using his resources as wisely as he can. Choose your battlegrounds my friends. Sending in one paladin to disable the device, leaving the majority to fight at the time of their choosing makes sense to me.

But if destroying the device works, there needs be no further time.

Silverraptor
2010-08-01, 09:30 PM
Paladin Academy: Part 26
-Cast-
Kurama
Viola

Kurama slowly opened the door to their room. He entered with Viola following close behind, and then turned and closed it. The light from the crescent moon shone through the window, illuminating the room in a twilight glow. Kurama walked over to his nightstand and leaned upon it, trying to grasp everything that had happened. Suddenly behind him he hears fast, heavy breathing. He whirls around to see Viola sitting on her bed with her back leaning on the wall. She seemed to be close to hyperventilating and was shivering slightly. Kurama responded alarmed.
"Viola, are you alright?!"
She didn't answer and instead shook her head, eyes closed. Kurama hurried over and placed a hand on her shoulder.
"It's okay, Viola. Calm down."

Viola took several breaths and then looked at Kurama.
"What in the world was I thinking?! I'm not ready to take on the Demon King! Why in the world would I say something like that?!"
Her voice was growing more high-pitched and panicky with every word she spoke.

Kurama was startled at this.
"But...But you just said you were ready for this just a while ago."

Viola shook her head again.
"That wasn't me! I don't know what made me say that... It's like watching your body through a window and seeing it act on its own."
She buried her face in her knees.

Kurama didn't know what to say.
"I...I don't know..."
He takes a deep breath.
"Viola, you were still really impressive back there standing up and saying all that. You may not think it, but that was you. You're alot stronger than you think."
Viola didn't answer.
"And besides, you're not going after the Demon King, you're just going to stop whatever is letting the magic through the portal."

Viola's voice sounds slightly muffled behind her knees.
"And how am I going to do that? I don't know what to look for. How can I do something that I know nothing about."

There was silence for a few minutes. Then Kurama spoke again.
"Viola... Whatever you do, come back safe, okay?"
There was a note of pleading in his voice. This made Viola look up at Kurama.
"Regardless of what happens, if you're seen or can't get to the source of magic, please just run back to the portal and come back to this realm."
Viola blinked at this.
"Please don't sacrifice yourself like..."
Kurama took a deep breath.
"...like Silv. I can't... I don't think I can live if you die too. Just please... just come back if anything goes wrong. We can figure something else out once you come back to us."

Viola was silent for a while. She had never seen anyone this concerned about her before. Finally, she found her voice.
"Don't worry, I will. If anything goes wrong, I'll come back safely."

Kurama didn't seem cheered up by this. In fact, he looked angry with himself.
"No... why can I not let go?..."
He sat down on his bed, head in his hands.

Viola understood instantly.
"Kurama. Don't be angry with yourself. I understand what you're going through. But I promise I'll come back."

Kurama looked up at her.
"You promise?"

Viola nodded.
"Yes. Blue probably has something that can tell me what the time is so I can know when the invasion will start. If I can't stop this thing by early afternoon, I'll come right back."

Kurama looked at her for several seconds and nodded slowly.
"Alright. Then I'll see you then. Good luck."

Viola nodded.
"You too."

Several moments pass and both of them slowly crawl into their beds and fall asleep.

Arq Kujos
2010-08-01, 09:32 PM
I feel so lucky. I log on and find not one, but two incredible posts from silverraptor. Awesomeness.

Gimliggamer
2010-08-01, 09:43 PM
The romantic tension stuff between Kurama and Viola rises!:smalltongue:

Viera Champion
2010-08-01, 09:51 PM
Yes, the romantic tension is crazy. At first that chapter made me want to cry, and at the end I was going "KISS KISS KISS!".

Bisected8
2010-08-02, 05:58 AM
Dawww is all I can say.

Grimlock
2010-08-02, 07:39 AM
So cute!:smallbiggrin:

Lix Lorn
2010-08-02, 09:16 AM
Extreme Agreement!