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Debbie_D
2012-10-15, 05:31 PM
And lets get this party started.

Morcleon
2012-10-15, 05:44 PM
A reposting of everything that has happened so far in the second RP...


Meanwhile...
Coquika closes the book gingerly and sets it to one side. With a somewhat avian tilt of the head, she considers the sheaf of notes she had taken, and begins sorting through them. While they were taken with all due diligence, they were haphazard and unorganized; a string of mementos interrupted by revisions, scrawls, and the occasional doodle recorded in the flowing, angled script of the Celestial tongue.
Rising from her seat in the tall, hushed stacks, she stuffs the notes into a satchel at her side and steps to the exit, the floorboards creaking beneath her weight.
Coquika walks to the dormitory for advanced studies, which was in fact a series of blank stone walls. It was assumed that anyone qualifying for advanced studies could simply conjure lodgings of their own, and the wall simply served to allow people to find you, if you wished. A wave of the hand and a brief chat, and the shimmering portal opened once more. She stepped across the threshold and arrived...
Home.
Coquika lets a rare smile cross her face as she looks across the pavilion. Fountains bubbled in the darkened lawn, surrounded by a black, starry sky. Against the night sky rose the silent bulk of the temple. It had taken her years to get this spell right,
conjuring through art and revision a replica of her beloved temple. She fancied it was an inspiration from the Goddess herself that made it possible in the end.
Home at last, she casually dispels the small magical disguise. It wasn't anything that would really fool any practitioner of The Art; it was more about expressing a preference. Please pretend, it said, Please don't stare.
Under the blued light of the night sky, her green, lustrous skin was dyed to a shimmering black as she crossed the lawn, picking up speed now as she flew into a run, dancing beneath the eternal night sky with incredible speed, heedless of the satchel bouncing at her hip as she raced.
Today, as every day, it was good to be alive.




I should have made it more clear, but the darkened pavilion and the temple are part of a Mage's Magnificent Mansion spell that Coquika spent a long time modifying. The night sky inside is permanent and has nothing to do with the actual time of day, since it's a pocket dimension.
We could probably say that Coquika has a standing rule for the portal to open for any dedicated follower of Tishtina, and the entrance to the portal is one of many in the dormitory for advanced studies.

In a spray of sand, Coquika comes to a halt in the airy open space of the temple, and bows deeply to the silvery statue of Tishtina, murmuring a prayer. Settling down in the sand, Coquika rummages through her satchel and pulls out her notes, heedless of the pages strewn across the grassy lawn from her sprint. Chin in hand, she settles down to read and to memorize.
In truth, there was very little here that could help her; if anyone had had long knowledge of the prophecy of three, they hadn't seen fit to write it down. Instead, what there was was reading up on Tishtina's former rivals and future selves. Based on what she had read about the other two goddesses though she felt... well, she felt that -mighty as they were- they weren't really worthy to be subsumed into Tishtina's being.

Some time after you sit down, you look up and happen upon a curious scene. A small globe of light floats above a bench of metal and wood. Upon this bench, two young women are fast asleep, each leaning on the other. The taller one (relatively taller, as they are both quite short) has short blond hair and light clothing. You know this to be Seraciel, a specialized abjurer with significant martial skill. The shorter one by a few inches is dressed in a blue and white dress, her long steel-blue hair flowing over her back. This one you know to be Furude Setsuna, a beguiler and shadowcrafter.

The glowing orb seems to pulse, and Setsuna blinks awake. The short blue-haired girl blinks a few times before yawning and stretching, waking the sleeping Seraciel beside her.

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 06:13 PM
Seraciel opens her eyes, and lifts her head from Furude's shoulder. She rubs the sleeps out off her eyes, and looks around. A copy of The Princess Bride is in her other hand.

"When did we fall asleep?"She proceeds to straighten her clothing, which is arranged in a ruffled and immodest fashion.

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-15, 06:35 PM
Coquika
Swiveling abruptly in the sand, Coquika rises onto one knee, startled to find someone already in her conjured pavilion. Seeing the duo seated on one of the benches, she rises slowly.
Straightening up, the feeble starlight and now the soft glow of the glowing orb illuminates her average, if rather stocky frame. The light on her high cheekbones casts her narrow, catlike eyes into shadow.
There is an awkward silence as Coquika thinks about her visitors, standing still as a statue with the glowing light playing over her emerald-green body, nude except for a few magical accessories.
Finally, she speaks in the Celestial tongue,
"Sisters, you are welcome. I did not expect visitors, and I hope you've been comfortable. Any follower of the Goddess is welcome here."
She gestures to expanse of the sparse stone building, but she can't keep a quizzical tilt of the head from showing as she examines her guests.

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 06:54 PM
Coquika
Swiveling abruptly in the sand, Coquika rises onto one knee, startled to find someone already in her conjured pavilion. Seeing the duo seated on one of the benches, she rises slowly.
Straightening up, the feeble starlight and now the soft glow of the glowing orb illuminates her average, if rather stocky frame. The light on her high cheekbones casts her narrow, catlike eyes into shadow.
There is an awkward silence as Coquika thinks about her visitors, standing still as a statue with the glowing light playing over her emerald-green body, nude except for a few magical accessories.
Finally, she speaks in the Celestial tongue,
"Sisters, you are welcome. I did not expect visitors, and I hope you've been comfortable. Any follower of the Goddess is welcome here."
She gestures to expanse of the sparse stone building, but she can't keep a quizzical tilt of the head from showing as she examines her guests.

Seraciel looks surprised as well. She leans over to Furude and whispers "Don't tell her about your religion," hoping Coquika is polite enough not to listen in on the words between close friends.

"Hello Coquika! How do you fare on this fine day? Thoroughly stiff and totally unheaving as ever, I imagine?"

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-15, 07:06 PM
Coquika
Inwardly, she shakes her head. She supposed that these girls must be Favored for some reason. How else could you account for their mastery of the Art in so few years? It was hard not to think of them as children.
Aloud, she speaks, enunciating the Common tongue quite carefully and slowly.
"I... don't quite understand what you meant, but I am well."
Her sculpted brow lowers a little, and she folds her arms across her chest. Comments like that were most of the reason she resorted to illusions while she was out and about.
"And yourself? I think you are more beautiful than the last time we spoke." It was an empty platitude; a courtesy from one follower of Tishtina to another.

Morcleon
2012-10-15, 07:18 PM
Nodding absentmindedly, Setsuna stands up and stretches. She giggles a little at Sera's joke, and gives the emerald figure in front of them a slight bow. "Hello Coquika-san! I do hope you are well this... morning? ...is it even morning anymore?"

She thinks about it for a moment, then shrugs, muttering, "Eh, I don't suppose it really matters yet..."

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 07:27 PM
Coquika
Inwardly, she shakes her head. She supposed that these girls must be Favored for some reason. How else could you account for their mastery of the Art in so few years? It was hard not to think of them as children.
Aloud, she speaks, enunciating the Common tongue quite carefully and slowly.
"I... don't quite understand what you meant, but I am well."
Her sculpted brow lowers a little, and she folds her arms across her chest. Comments like that were most of the reason she resorted to illusions while she was out and about.
"And yourself? I think you are more beautiful than the last time we spoke." It was an empty platitude; a courtesy from one follower of Tishtina to another.

Seraciel
"Well, it's just that my concept of beauty requires a lot more motion-" She stops herself. Judging by Coquika's crossed arms, she knew what she was talking about. She resorts to empty compliments as well. She speaks in Celestial, in order to be more polite and to keep her fellow worshiper from stumbling over Common.

"You are looking as lustrous and glorious as well. Your statuesque beauty brightens this day for me." Seraciel gives up. The puns are too easy, and she had not the willpower to avoid them. She would apologize, but she did not want Coquika to think she was doing it on purpose.

She blushes at the compliment regardless, and goes back to fixing her clothes.

Dudu
2012-10-15, 08:19 PM
Selena enter the room after a long and blissful nap. It's only after rubbing her eyes that she can gaze upon the scene. A naked emerald skin woman and two other girls shoulder by shoulder. A man would believe he just arrived into a lezzie party.
After the stressful process of binding a demon and the unstressful process of receiving a spectacular massage from such demon, Selena feels like a young girl ready for action.

"The temple of glendira. The only temple where you can find more naked women than the average brothel. And what wonderful bodies! These ladies would look wonderful in the Golden Rose."
Selena thinks with herself.

"Well, good morning to everyone. Or good evening, can't really say."
Than she focus on Furude.
"Miss Setsuda! How is the jewel of Keldith faring today?"
Looking at the other ladies she says:
"This little caster will be a high priestess of Sabrina when she comes closer to my age, mark my words.

The arcane arts flows heavily in this room. So many powerful casters is a sight for sore eyes."



OOC: Debbie, will you make the roleplay of Ly'Kalia or that's up to me?

Morcleon
2012-10-15, 08:32 PM
Selena enter the room after a long and blissful nap. It's only after rubbing her eyes that she can gaze upon the scene. A naked emerald skin woman and two other girls shoulder by shoulder. A man would believe he just arrived into a lezzie party.
After the stressful process of binding a demon and the unstressful process of receiving a spectacular massage from such demon, Selena feels like a young girl ready for action.

"The temple of glendira. The only temple where you can find more naked women than the average brothel. And what wonderful bodies! These ladies would look wonderful in the Golden Rose."
Selena thinks with herself.

"Well, good morning to everyone. Or good evening, can't really say."
Than she focus on Furude.
"Miss Setsuda! How is the jewel of Keldith faring today?"
Looking at the other ladies she says:
"This little caster will be a high priestess of Sabrina when she comes closer to my age, mark my words.

The arcane arts flows heavily in this room. So many powerful casters is a sight for sore eyes."



OOC: Debbie, will you make the roleplay of Ly'Kalia or that's up to me?

Furude Setsuna

"Ah, hello Selena-san!" Turning to the newcomer, Setsuna blushes at the compliment and smiles back. "I'm doing quite wonderfully today. I trust you are well too?"

She chuckles at Selena's comment. "Yeah, there's a lot of magic here. It's all very bright and shiny, very much white and yellow, too..."

With a half-turn to Sera, she smiles radiantly. "Ah! Sera-senpai~! Good morning to you~! My shoulder may not have been the best of pillows, but I hope you slept well nonetheless."

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-15, 08:35 PM
Coquika
Coquika simply stares at the newcomer, then raises one shoulder in a shrug. One got used to certain kinds of thinking, and it still was hard to be comfortable around followers of the other two Goddesses. It was also cold comfort when her closest sister in Tishtina fancied herself a wit.
"As the Goddess desires," she replies, mildly.
"I am sorry that I have no refreshment to offer you here but," she gestures to the wide ring of stone benches in the sandy enclosure, "make yourselves comfortable, please." She crosses her legs and sinks down to sit upon the cool sand.

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 08:36 PM
Selena enter the room after a long and blissful nap. It's only after rubbing her eyes that she can gaze upon the scene. A naked emerald skin woman and two other girls shoulder by shoulder. A man would believe he just arrived into a lezzie party.
After the stressful process of binding a demon and the unstressful process of receiving a spectacular massage from such demon, Selena feels like a young girl ready for action.

"The temple of glendira. The only temple where you can find more naked women than the average brothel. And what wonderful bodies! These ladies would look wonderful in the Golden Rose."
Selena thinks with herself.

"Well, good morning to everyone. Or good evening, can't really say."
Than she focus on Furude.
"Miss Setsuda! How is the jewel of Keldith faring today?"
Looking at the other ladies she says:
"This little caster will be a high priestess of Sabrina when she comes closer to my age, mark my words.

The arcane arts flows heavily in this room. So many powerful casters is a sight for sore eyes."



OOC: Debbie, will you make the roleplay of Ly'Kalia or that's up to me?

Seraciel seems unable to decide how to react at first, but she finally decides on a course of action. She places her hand to face, and wraps her other arm around Furude's abruptly. She then begins to eye Selena jealously.

"How presumptuous." Sera starts, referring to her calling Furude Setsuna, and even pronouncing it incorrectly. This is something Sera rarely does, and when she does she does so in private.

She proceeds to cover her bases with a haughty, "I am to believe that I am not of note?"

Selena and Seraciel are often at odds. Sera is easily offended by one who she considers shallow and superfluous. They also share opposing opinions concerning enchantment. Sera does not feel the need to subject others to her will via magic. Still, she stays amicable most of the time, and even considers Selena a friend, despite thinking worshipers of the Evil Goddess needlessly cruel and self-indulgent.

Debbie_D
2012-10-15, 08:52 PM
Please note, there are no follower of the "evil" goddess here. Selena and Setsuna are of Sabrina, Coquika and Seraciel of Tishtina.

Standing just behind Selena is a most unusual sight. The woman is clearly a marilith, her six arms all bearing powerful looking blades, however she is also an astonishingly beautiful. She is clearly a marilith loyal to Nocticula, perhaps that goddess insists on her mariliths being as much seductresses as they are warriors. Right now, she is quiet, but she watches all three of the other women, with a wariness of a bodyguard, which she is to Selena right now.

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 09:00 PM
Selena and Setsuna are of Sabrina, Coquika and Seraciel of Tishtina.


OOC: M-M-MEGA DERPPPPP. Oh well.

Seraciel eyes the Marilith, and a look crosses her face. Whether she was staring at the demon's arms or her chest, is unknown. She seems to forget herself for a moment before remembering who she was with.

"Uh... let's take a seat a seat with Coquika..." She says, softly to Furude. She did not want to leave her friendly hostess alone.

Morcleon
2012-10-15, 09:05 PM
Furude Setsuna

Stumbling a little at Sera's sudden possessiveness, Setsuna's eyes flicker rapidly between Seraciel and Selena. She sighs. Her friends here at the academy always seemed at odds. It served to create some rather nice drama and other such interesting situations, but at times, it could get more than a bit annoying.

"Senpaiii..." drawls Setsuna, patting her friend's arm reassuringly. "You don't have to be so paranoid. I'll always be by your side. I promised, remember? And I never go back on a promise."

Then she smiles and giggles. "And of course you're 'of note'. It's just that I stand out more, what with my specialness and all. Nippa~!"

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 09:12 PM
Sera sighed. How could she be so daft? Of course she had her friend. "Heh... 'friend'. Such a lovely word." She though to herself.

"Yeah, I guess you'd stand out more. I guess a person so trained at keeping herself unseen would have a hard time being noticed..." Queue the nervous giggling. At least Coquika didn't seem so mad.

Morcleon
2012-10-15, 10:22 PM
Furude Setsuna

"Ufufufu..." Setsuna chuckles and winks at Sera. "Senpai, you're plenty noticeable. Especially with your choice of clothing."

And then, dragging Sera along with her, Setsuna plops down next to Coquika, and beckons for Selena to join them. "So, it's been a while since us four have been together like this, eh? Anything interesting happen with you lot lately?"

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 10:44 PM
Seraciel blushes at her friend's remark.

"Doctor Abjurer Zerovin is a chauvinistic pig, but I don't know if I can consider that news..." Seraciel groans. "I might have to try something a little more overt to get the lab space I want."

Seraciel shudders.

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-15, 10:50 PM
Coquika
Coquika merely tilts her head to one side in a kind of avian fashion, looking at Seraciel. "This is difficult? To gain advantage through love is the very core of Sabrina's teachings, is it not? I've only lately begun trying to understand the other two... facets of Tishtina, but that much seems clear."
She waves a hand, vaguely, drawing her knees up to her chest with the other.

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 10:57 PM
"Yes, but... he's a total ingrate. He abuses his position of power his students. On top of that, he definitely favors his male students. I'm easily the most talented member of the class, but I haven't gotten any time with the lab! Why should he be getting any favors. It doesn't help that 'Proffesor Zerovin Nailo, Abj.D.' is a ma-" She cuts herself off, mid-rant.

"... older person. Though it does go a long way in justifying such a vulgar course of action."

She then looks over to Furude, for no reason that is readily apparent.

Morcleon
2012-10-15, 11:10 PM
Furude Setsuna

Setsuna's hand slowly and shakily clenches into a small fist. Her voice is deathly quiet as she speaks. "Senpai... You shouldn't have to do anything of that sort with someone like him." She spits these last words out with more channelled fury than you've ever seen her express.

After calming down somewhat, she looks over to Sera with a devious smile. "Would you like me to help you... deal with him?"

Dudu
2012-10-15, 11:17 PM
"Yes, but... he's a total ingrate. He abuses his position of power his students. On top of that, he definitely favors his male students. I'm easily the most talented member of the class, but I haven't gotten any time with the lab! Why should he be getting any favors. It doesn't help that 'Proffesor Zerovin Nailo, Abj.D.' is a ma-" She cuts herself off, mid-rant.

"... older person. Though it does go a long way in justifying such a vulgar course of action."

She then looks over to Furude, for no reason that is readily apparent.

"Girl, if you want the opposite situation where girls are preffered, you should do like me: drop the scholar life and join a Brothel."

Says Selena, now smoking a long cigarette. She seems lost in her thoughs. This happens sometimes, she can be very distant, this detachment is a scar in her personality left by her daughter incident.
Now she tries to join her colleagues.

"Tell me, Coquika. Between us four, you seem to be the most exotic. Could you please enlighten me of your unusual method of acquiring power, as well as your greenish skin that caughts so much attention?"

Snowbluff
2012-10-15, 11:28 PM
Seraciel

Sera seems to enjoy Furude's passion, but she shakes her head.

"Just because he is abusing his power, doesn't mean we should abuse ours. It would be unsportsmanlike, anyway. I think I will have to dwell on this further... I think I might take you up on your offer. You should know that he is a master of my craft. Sorcerous tricks and magical mind games would likely do little to him."

She moves closer to Furude. She begins resting her head on her should once more as she ponders the best course of action.

Sera shakes her head at Selena's proposal.
"Coquika is a Starmetal addict."

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-15, 11:38 PM
Coquika
Coquika straightens as Selena asks her a direct question. As ever, her response flows in Celestial, its syllables ever like music upon the ear.
"Exotic? I would think that, for those so advanced in the Art, the mere appearance is meaningless. We can hurl fire, bewitch, bind," she nods at the Marilith, icily courteous towards the beast, "transport, slay, raise and slay again... why should my body cause such comment?"
In truth, she was somewhat offended by the directness of Selena's question. Although she supposed from what she read, Sabrina's followers were direct about what they wanted.
"Let us say," she said, finally, "That it is not that I am green; rather, what I am is green."
There is a pause in which Coquika gazes wistfully at the silvery statue of Tishtina that dominates the center of the pavilion. Finally, she murmurs "When you know your heart's desire, there is very little you cannot accomplish with hard work, Inspiration... and time."

Morcleon
2012-10-15, 11:54 PM
Furude Setsuna

"Ah, but senpai," Setsuna's grin grows even wider. "Whoever said anything about a direct attack?"

"As you very well know, the temple of Glendira has a high priestess, not a high priest. Thus, it would be a simple matter to surreptiously record a few samples of his abuse of power, and submit them to the High Priestess. Then, she'll use her power to either make him reform, or just remove him from the post entirely."

She puts an arm around Sera's shoulders and whispers in her ear. "So. What do you think? Would it work?"

Tilting her head towards Coquika, she pipes up, "Well, most of our powers are temporary conduits, rather than permanent channels. I'm actually quite curious about how you managed to infuse yourself with starmetal to that extent. A powerful Transmutation, I would assume...?"

Dudu
2012-10-16, 12:01 AM
"Dunno, really. Just trying to start some dialogue. It worked, at least. I also wonder how men see you. I mean, you're hot, girl, it's just that you're green. Honestly, I don't think that affects men libido in a significant way, they're all so horny afterall.

What you say, Ly'kalia? You seem to be well versed in the erotic arts. Do you think this woman would rise the lust inside men? My bet is that yes, perhaps even more, considering you're so exotic"

Truth is that Selena already noticed Coquita is more serious than the average Sabrina follower. So she tries to fix the ankwardness:

"Pardon me, lady Coquita. It's just that being surrounded by beautiful women lights my instinct to recruit potential priestess of Sabrina. My goddess rarely says 'no' to a gifted woman like yourself. Shall we focus the subject on your art, then? You were somewhat vague when descripting how you achieve your form and powers. It seems to me that you 'consume' - and I don't have any idea of how - some kind of metal, or gem, I'm not sure.
The thing that caught my attention is that men usually expect to see women as delicate beings, however, your art seems to give you impressive sturdiness. You have a rare mix of toughness and grace. Grace that rivals the finest courtesans, and toughness that rivals the most seasoned warriors."

Snowbluff
2012-10-16, 12:17 AM
Seraciel

Seraciel smiles.

"Bureaucracy, right? This sounds like a plan. I could get the records for the labs for starters. Maybe I can get some of the other Master Abjurers to speak for me as well..."

She rolls her eyes at Selena. "I think you'll find that not everyone thinks very highly of the religion of others over there own. Besides, if this prophecy is true, it would be rather futile to recruit her now."

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-16, 12:23 AM
Coquika
Coquika offers a half-shrug, the compliments rolling off her like water off a stone.
"Men? Who cares what men think of me? The Goddess teaches that we should dally and sip where pleasure takes us, but men have no pleasure to offer me except conversation or sport."
She leans back a little, crossing her legs once more, her posture more relaxed as she talks. Something of a smile even crosses her dusky lips, a reminder that in her was as devoted a follower as any of Tishtina's passionate, impetuous creed.
"Besides, I would think most men would shy away from a woman who is old as an ancestor or weighs as much as a millstone and is just as hard." For illustration, she taps her bare forearm with a finger with a click like two marbles. "A swain might have more luck cuddling a drawbridge than me."
"But perhaps you are right; everyone desires what they cannot have. And there is a kind of pleasure in longing."
She climbs to her feet and stretches, her body the form of toned, emerald perfection.
"As to how... I will tell you that the starmetal itself is part of the equation, but without the Goddess it would never have worked. The rituals were a means to an end, and nothing more. Now I focus only on perfection of mind and body."

Morcleon
2012-10-16, 12:35 AM
Furude Setsuna

"Bureaucracy indeed. And the more witnesses the better." Setsuna stretches, with a cat-like smile of impending success on her face.

She looks up at Coquika with an admiring glance. "Perfection, huh? An admirable goal. Of course, nothing will ever reach that last limit, but it is the journey that counts, not the final destination, yes?"

Dudu
2012-10-16, 02:08 AM
Selena, giving her opinion about the pursuit of perfection.

"The goal is unreachable and the journey is boring. Perfection is a delusional goal. Sometimes I think people are so obsessed with finding a goal that they forget to enjoy life. Think about it. If someone is blind, this someone's deepest wish is to be able to see and could possibly spend all his resources if he or she could afford healing this deficiency. It's not something we, the ones with good sight, can grasp. Be able to see is not a goal to us, we should first loose this ability to feel how worth it is.

If all the people who aren't alive - now I know it's something quite hard to imagine and sounds a bit contrasensual, but try anyway, back to my rationale - those people who aren't alive, if they could wish something, they certainly would wish deeply to be alive. And yet, here we are, enjoying those hypothetical people deepest wishes. But some of us aren't happy with having a good life, they think they should follow a goal. Maybe this goal is, let's say, impossible and the journey is hard. They will give passionate speeches about perseverance and such but, in the end, they will die without tasting the best the life can offer, without reaching their damn goal.

Well, Coquita. We have very different opinions. You probably despise all things I said pretty much like I despise your so called goals. There's a chance I'm wrong. Wrong to the core. The thing is, perhaps your pursuit of goal may help us - hell! - perhaps it may even save the world, so who knows? Perhaps you'll find something worth all the trouble of hunting starmetal like a badger hunt bugs. Something better than, let's say, have normal skin and doing sex, for example. Such thing, however, is really beyond my understanding."

Selena is surprised that she befriended easier with a demon than a fellow caster. Plus, she doesn't deeply believe that life has no goals and you should simply enjoy life in some sort of hedonistic way. She would go to the end of the world just to find her daughter. It's simply something she doesn't want to think about.

Debbie_D
2012-10-16, 06:29 AM
Ly'Kalia takes her time to form a response to Selena's question, but she does eventually respond.

I would say that beyond a doubt she would inspire lust. Not only is she beautiful, she is exotic. Men are always stirred by the exotic, I should know. And the fact that she may be unattainable makes it all the harder to resist.

Morcleon
2012-10-16, 07:04 AM
Furude Setsuna

Setsuna tilts her head to the side and blinks. "No, obsession with goals is never good. But neither is a lack of goals. Without goals, people will never progress. Without pleasure, people will never fully experience their existence. Neither extreme is desirable. Thus, would it not be obvious that a blend of both is the best solution?" She shrugs and leans back on the bench. "Eh, each to their own, I suppose..."

Snowbluff
2012-10-16, 08:00 AM
Seraciel nods her head in agreement. "All things in moderation, including moderation. "

Morcleon
2012-10-16, 10:01 AM
Furude Setsuna

"Huh?" Setsuna furrows her brow and stares quizzically at Sera. "If you have moderation in moderation, doesn't that mean it's not moderation, because if it's in moderation, then sometimes it's not in moderation, which means-"

She stops. Her mouth opens slightly as something clicks in her head and she says with a grin, "Oh! I get it now! That's a good point, senpai. I suppose it is good to just let loose once in a while..."

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-16, 10:10 AM
Coquika
Coquika laughs at their reactions, hand on one hip as she walks a short distance away, then half-turns.
"You must not think me a slave to self-denial," She runs a hand along her dusky green flank, absently, "just because I find no pleasure in a tumble through the hay with a grog-addled farmboy nor cuddling a rank, pallid toad in order leech his purse. Or his lab facilities."
She was warming to these people despite herself; the urbanity of the one versus the artificial doe-eyed innocence of the other two. Here was a pretty nest of vipers, to be sure.
"Call me... ambitious instead. As I said, there is a kind of pleasure to be had in longing. But,"
She says, suddenly, and with a queer kind of smile,
"Why do you say that perfection is impossible?"

Snowbluff
2012-10-16, 10:27 AM
Seraciel laughs at Furude's statement. "I guess you could take it that way. I use that proverb to remind myself that you should 'Take all thinks in moderation' and that 'Every rule has an exception, especially' this one. And that someone more sensible, wise, and stable than me should handling philosophy."

She proceeds to watch Coquika as her words draw her interest.

Dudu
2012-10-16, 10:40 AM
"Why do you say that perfection is impossible?"

Selena finally is genuinely interested in the conversation:

"It's worse than impossible. It's also undesirable. Perfection is what needs no change, what have no problem and what have no future. Life is essentially imperfect, flawed. That's what makes life interesting. It's continually changing, evolving. Perfection is just a dream, an abstraction.
Anyway, it might helps. Like the abstract concept of a straight line helps an artisan, the mere idea of perfection may guide those so obsessed with auto improvement. It's just that believing perfection is actually reachable is big leap that sounds way delusional to me."

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-16, 11:22 AM
Coquika
With an arcane smile, Coquika shrugs,
"No doubt you know better than I. But I'm surprised to see one so well-versed in the Art so quick to partition the possible from the impossible. How much broader is your idea of 'possible' now than it was when you first spun cantrips out of the air? So narrow-minded," she chides, "your imagination, I think, has been suffocated by time and by slowing progress: the idea of a plateau that is only an illusion."

Morcleon
2012-10-16, 11:48 AM
Furude Setsuna

With a raised eyebrow and faint smile, Setsuna begins to talk.

"Since our physical world has no bounds, we can never become perfect because there will always be more we can learn, more we can do. Perfection cannot be attained because our potential is limitless. There is no maximum 'level' of power or skill; it all just extrapolates upwards."

Dudu
2012-10-16, 05:40 PM
Selena hears Coquika, but before she can answer, she lets Furude express her opinions.

"See, Coquika? This young girl expressed better than me. You say I lack the imagination of a true caster. But it's quite the opposite. It's the very arcane art that taugh me 'perfection' is out of our grasp, by the very reason pretty much everything else is in our grasp. Confusing? Let me elaborate: If you can change something, such thing wasn't perfect. If you can change everything, than nothing is perfect.
Now the question is: everything is bound to change? I believe that yes, everything is. If not by a powerful caster, than by the implacable force of time. Do you really think you could reach a state of perfection where you wouldn't need anything, anyone, any change, nothing could touch you or corrupt you? You can always change, for better or for worse."

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-16, 05:53 PM
Coquika
It's hard to tell, since her eyes are emerald green spheres, but Coquika might be rolling her eyes.
"Yes, I thought of that too. Would it make you happier if I said that I work to be Ideal, rather than Perfect? Pick a thing, or a handful of things, and be the best that could ever be? But come, Sisters;"
She claps her hands together with a ring of stone on stone,
"If I am mad, then I am mad. But altogether I am pleased with my results so far. Let us speak of other things."
She tilts her head in her avian way once more and extends a hand towards Selena.
"Tell me of your recruitment efforts; You have had success? I would think Sabrina's creed is very palatable to the pragmatic, since we of Tishtina are more dreamers than reckoners."
She does not mention Noctilia.

Dudu
2012-10-16, 06:09 PM
"You see, there are a lot of people that think you'll find profligacy between Sabrina's ranks and nothing else. So people usually come and go. Come very excited and go very disappointed. They are slaves to their own emotions, don't matter how swift they are with their swords or how the arcane flows effortlessly in their veins, if they are fools all their talents can be used by someone clever.

If we can afford only one room, and there's a unimpressive but witty enchantress as well as a superb, but fool swordsman fighting for a place under Sabrina guidance, we keep the enchantress. The swordsman might serve us as a pawn, who knows?"

Morcleon
2012-10-16, 09:16 PM
Furude Setsuna

Nodding in agreement, Setsuna adds, "There's too many out there who join just hoping to get a cut of the money and sex. It's only those who understand the place of emotions in love, as an ephemeral medium of exchange and control, that are truly accepted. Of course, that's generally only for business," she grins and stretches. "For personal matters, I tend to be a lot more... emotional."

With this, she chuckles. "So, yeah, I guess you could say that recruitment's been pretty much normal lately..."

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-17, 09:57 AM
Coquika
Coquika nods, accepting these views at face value. She then turns her attention to a more weighty topic.
"Sisters," she says, clapping her hands again,
"We should speak of things more important than my skin or the temple rota. Shall we speak of... the Prophecy? By now you must have caught rumor of it."

Snowbluff
2012-10-17, 10:08 AM
Seraciel

"Yes... it sounds interesting."

She says this as if the weight of the world has fallen onto her shoulders. It doesn't seem to be a topic she takes lightly. Then again, who would make light of a something that could drastically alter their life?

Morcleon
2012-10-17, 11:57 AM
Furude Setsuna

"Ah, right... the Prophecy." Setsuna mutters. Running a finger along the stone and earth, she says in a curious voice, "The earth tells me that the champions will be coming here soon, to Glendira's temple. Don't know exactly when, though."

She smiles, and comments, "I do hope we'll be able to meet them..."

Snowbluff
2012-10-17, 01:31 PM
"I don't know... they sound really dangerous. Besides, compared to them we probably are a bunch of freaks. No offense meant, Coquika. "

She looked around nervously.

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-17, 02:25 PM
Coquika
Coquika frowns at Seraciel. "If you did not mean offense, then you should not have spoken offensively. I hold you intelligent enough to know what you will say before you say it."
She shrugs. "But let it pass. The champions do not interest me; I was thinking more theologically. I think we each love our Goddess, and it is hard to think of Her changing, is it not?"

Debbie_D
2012-10-17, 02:33 PM
Change is essential in the quest for perfection, is it not?
Ly'Kalia had been silent till now, its a bit surprising to hear her speak.

Snowbluff
2012-10-17, 02:43 PM
"I was hoping you would not misconstrue the intention of my statement..." Sera defends herself meekly.

She then looks to the Marilith (Who was being talkative :smallmad:) "Yes, we could assume the whole would be greater than the sum of whole parts. This could be true, if it were not for the conflicting portions of the Goddesses. The end result would probably considered an aberration at best, and I am going to have a fun time explaining why I worship a Goddess of Prostitution."

Morcleon
2012-10-17, 04:09 PM
Furude Setsuna

"While I do love Sabrina-sama the way she is now, I would support her if she decided that this change is for the best," speculates Setsuna.

Turning to Sera, she quirks an eyebrow. "Well, senpai, one would assume that the combined form of the three goddesses would take the best parts of each, no? Tishtina-sama's passion, Sabrina-sama's control, and Nocticula-sama's temptation. Then, would not their combined form be better, rather than worse?"

Pausing, she chuckles, "Or the final form could have multi-personality disorder... Now that would be a sight to see..."

Snowbluff
2012-10-17, 04:30 PM
Seraciel

"Well, except that some would consider the benefits of one goddess detrimental to the others. Even if one believes temptation a positive trait, many others would disagree, for example. As for the gestalt personality... I would not know..." Her shoulders slump, and she stares at the ground glumly.

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-17, 04:38 PM
Coquika
Coquika's body language turns frigid as the others discuss the triad so flippantly.
"I... See," she murmurs. "You are all far more cavalier about it than I would ever presume to be."

Snowbluff
2012-10-17, 04:44 PM
"I would not worry so much. My specualtion is largely baseless, and I don't find Tishtina to be the smiting type."She say, her eyes still aimed firmly at the ground.

Morcleon
2012-10-17, 04:56 PM
Furude Setsuna

Eyes widening in dismay, Setsuna leans over and hugs Sera tightly, whispering, "I shouldn't have brought that up, senpai... I'm so sorry... Please forgive me..."

Still holding onto Sera, she turns to Coquika and gives her a faint smile. "If Sabrina-sama feels that I have been out of line, she would likely send me a sign of disapproval. Besides, who are we to decide the fate of our goddesses...?"

Snowbluff
2012-10-17, 06:12 PM
Seraciel

Sera places a hand on the arms holding her. She tries to give Furude a reassuring smile."No need. It's not your fault. It's out of your hands"



She speaks up, this time addressing the group."But that's the problem, isn't it. All of this change, and we are powerless to do anything about it. I detest this feeling... it's like drowning..."

Morcleon
2012-10-17, 09:06 PM
Furude Setsuna

Setsuna smiles hesitantly at Sera and loosens her grip, although she does not let go completely. "Okay, senpai..."

In a slightly more chipper voice, she muses, "But maybe when the champions come, we might be able to make a difference... After all, they are the ones at the core of the matter, yes?"

Snowbluff
2012-10-18, 08:05 AM
Seraciel

"Perhaps. How much control they have of their own situation may be up to debate. I don't know enough at this point. I've been too busy with my studies to give the necessary attention to the prophecy."

She leans into Furude, and stares into the distance, lost in though.

Morcleon
2012-10-18, 12:08 PM
Furude Setsuna

"Mmm..." Setsuna hums as she sways back and forth. "I never thought of it that way... Do you think they know how much control they have? I wonder, I wonder..."

Snowbluff
2012-10-18, 12:24 PM
Seraciel

Seraciel let's Furude's motions move her, her eyes still transfixed on absolutely nothing.

"Probably not. If they are truly a part of this prophecy, it is most likely that they are already lost in the tides of fate. Even if they were aware, it might be to late for them to gain control of their lives again."

She continues to move with her friend. Waxing and waning, back and forth...

Morcleon
2012-10-19, 12:54 AM
Furude Setsuna

"So it's just a game of fate, then...?" Setsuna says toward no one in particular. Continuing, she looks into the eternal, illusory night above. "We often think we have free will, but what is the mind but a complex machine, responding based on preset parameters to stimuli? A sobering thought, no?"

She sighs and leans her head onto Sera's. With a tired smile, she mutters, "I really should stop being so pessimistic... Let's see if we can make our own fate, shall we, senpai?"

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-19, 08:15 AM
Coquika
The green Coquika has largely drifted away from the group as the dialogue has meandered from prophecies to champions to fate. Pacing across the sand, she stands in front of the silvery statue of Tishtina, gazing up at it with a softened expression and arms spread wide. Quietly, as the other two talk, she begins to sing in a voice like a finger drawn across a wineglass, faltering here and there as she tries to remember a ballad from long ago.
It's almost an intimate moment between two statues: one of immobile silver, the other of living emerald. A catch in Coquika's voice silences her song, and she bows her head.

Snowbluff
2012-10-19, 08:28 AM
Seraciel

Seraciel pecks Furude on the cheek. "Even so, there are some stimuli I am partial too. I don't mind them so much"

She leans onto her further, nuzzling her cheek against Furude's neck. "Don't worry... I won't let us get washed away..." With that, she closes her eyes.

"... such a lovely song..."

Morcleon
2012-10-19, 01:38 PM
Furude Setsuna

Watching Sera with a tender expression, Setsuna smiles and nods. "I don't mind them either..."

She leans onto Sera, and closes her eyes. Taking in a deep breath, she lets the emerald music flow around her...

Snowbluff
2012-10-19, 03:04 PM
Seraciel

When the singing stops, Sera mutters a few words.

"Coquika, why did you stop? Is something wrong?"

Debbie_D
2012-10-19, 10:23 PM
There is a shimmering in one of the "doors" into this sanctum, and a woman enters through it. There are many professors in the temple, of varying ranks, but there is only one Teacher. And even though the connotation of the word Teacher implies something a lot less than professor, as a nickname, everyone knows what it means. And it belongs to the high priestess, Tishtina Bindar II.

Its interesting to find you all here. And, in fact, very convenient. I think all of your lives are about to change...forever.

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-20, 12:25 AM
Coquika
Coquika turns quickly to face the newest intruder -guest- to her conjured pavillion, but she blanches when she sees whom it actually is. With reverence, she speaks,
"You are welcome, Teacher. What may I do for your exalted self?"

Snowbluff
2012-10-20, 01:05 AM
Seraciel

Sera mumbles a few words to herself, while half-asleep.
"How did you get the color to drain from your face like that? I thought you needed a cardiovascular system to do that."

Be a Second, this would be The Tishtina's daughter, or am I screwing up again. Or is it her niece?

Debbie_D
2012-10-20, 01:11 AM
Tishtina Bindar II is the daughter of Tishtina (the goddess). She is the high priestess of Glendira.

Snowbluff
2012-10-20, 01:24 AM
Seraciel

"Yeah, I guess that would do it."

Sera untangles herself from Furude and stands up, greeting the Teacher.

"Hail! What warrants your attention on this fine..." Seraciel looks around, obviously unaware of the time. "... afternoon?"

Morcleon
2012-10-20, 01:25 AM
Furude Setsuna

At the new arrival, Setsuna cracks one eye open. Upon identifying the figure, she rouses herself from her almost-sleep and stands up. With a smile, she bows and exclaims, "Hello Tishtina-sama! What brings your lovely self here today?"

Debbie_D
2012-10-20, 11:23 AM
As followers of Sabrina, and Tishtina, you all know of the prophecy, that those two and Nocticula will somehow merge, their faiths joining into one, the goddesses either joining into one being or some other arrangement, perhaps even beyond that of mortal understanding.
Well, the champions of that prophecy have just arrived here, and from what I understand, numerous members of that quest have been called away to fulfill the prophecy in other ways. So they are looking for replacements. And thats where you all come in. Im not privy to the decisions of your high priestesses, but I do know the will of my goddess, and she supports this quest. And I do not feel it a co-incidence that you are here, in her temple, at this time. So when they arrive, I intend to introduce you to them. I have no idea of what their decision will be, but if they are willing to let you join, you will have the chance to fulfill the most important quest in the existance of your goddess.

Snowbluff
2012-10-20, 05:43 PM
Seraciel

A look of terror briefly plays across her face. "These waters just got rather choppy..."

She straightens herself, regaining some of her composure. "An interesting idea. Perhaps this will give me a chance to witness the prophecy first hand."

Morcleon
2012-10-20, 10:40 PM
Furude Setsuna

Throughout the speech, Setsuna remains silent, her expression changing from curiosity, to suspicion, to shock, and then finally to a determinated grin.

"Heh, ironic, isn't it?" she quips. "We were just discussing the Prophecy, and then this comes along. I would be honored to have a chance at joining these champions."

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-21, 03:20 AM
Coquika
Coquika is... speechless. whatever thoughts may be racing behind her eyes, there is no sign in her still, statuesque form. Finally, she speaks.
"I...see. Then I shall meet them."
She sets about gathering up her few possessions from where they lay scattered about the pavillion, even taking the time to don a loose kind of toga as a concession to modesty; she hadn't budgeted another illusion for going out today.

Debbie_D
2012-10-21, 07:09 PM
Tishtina II leads the way out of the sanctum, and by the direction she is taking, you know she is headed back to the main temple. She arrives in the altar, making a bow to the statue of Glendira as she does so.

They will be here shortly. Please allow me to do the talking, at least at first. They can be a bit...touchy at times.

Snowbluff
2012-10-21, 07:16 PM
Seraciel

"If touchy is the politically corrupt term for being a danger to themselves and others, I understand. I hope this goes over well..."

Morcleon
2012-10-21, 09:38 PM
Furude Setsuna

"Yes," Setsuna nods to Sera with an anticipatory look toward the temple. "Let's all hope it does..."

Snowbluff
2012-10-22, 12:07 PM
Seraciel

"We should raise some defenses in case they decide to get aggressive. The last thing I want is to be killed before I finish my Thesis."

If permitted, I'd like to put up my regular buffs now.

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-22, 12:14 PM
Coquika
Coquika frowns.
"Seraciel... this is the Teacher's domain. Implying that she would allow unruly visitors to harm her guests is very insulting, especially for one with such exalted heritage."

Snowbluff
2012-10-22, 12:24 PM
Seraciel

"Well, excuse me, priestess! Not all of us are composed of meteoric high-carbon adamantine alloys! Even if we aren't attacked, I am not walking outdoors without a serious case of Holiday Tree syndrome."

She starts pacing, ranting on further...

"Better safe than dead, that's my motto. I believe that all practitioners of magic should be more concerned of their safety. Besides, it's not as if the Teacher does all of the magical defenses around here. My department specializes in this sort of thing for Tishtina's sake!"

Morcleon
2012-10-22, 12:38 PM
Furude Setsuna

Nodding, Setsuna smiles at Coquika. "Just because Tishtina-same has defenses up, doesn't mean we should put our own on too."

"And... um... Sera-senpai..." Setsuna whispers as she points to the IC thread temple entrance. "If you're going to cast something, please do it quickly. They're almost here."

Snowbluff
2012-10-22, 12:52 PM
Seraciel

"Uh... right."

Sera snaps back into attention. She then cast a few defensive spells.


She uses her Strand of Prayer Beads: Karma to get +4 CL, she can't fail the UMD.

Mindblank (Extended) CL 23
Armor of Darkness (Extended) CL 23
Mage Armor, Greater CL 21
Resistance, Superior (Extended) CL 23
Familiar Pocket CL 21
Greater Magic Weapon CL 21
Conviction, Mass (Extended)CL23 (Also targeting Coquika, Selena, and Furuder. +5 Morale to all saves)
Imbue Familiar with Spell Ability CL 21 (Dimensional Anchor, Dispel Magic, Resist Energy)
Elemental Body (Air) CL 21
Unicorn Heart CL21
Energy Absorption (Extended) CL 23
Secret Chest

The Great Skenardo
2012-10-22, 01:24 PM
Coquika
Coquika lifts an eyebrow.
"Priestess? I'm not-"
But then she shrugs and merely watches the girl spend a minute and a half chanting incantations. She amuses herself by identifying each spell as it's cast, and she nods her approval at her form when crafting abjuration. With a lift of the eyebrow again she notes the incoming Conviction spell, and to forestall an argument, allows it to affect her. Her own Mind Blank enchantment rather rendered such benefits useless, but she appreciated the thought. After a while her attention drifts and she gazes reflectively at the visitors ahead. These were the favored champions?

Coquika can't benefit from Conviction due to her own Mind Blank
also Secret Chest? haha what.

Dudu
2012-10-22, 01:31 PM
Selena was busy aplying her make up this whole time. That make up serves a more pratical purpose than just looking pretty. This make up changes as she sees fit, from gentle countenance to fearsome kumadories, which enhances her ability to enchant her targets. Now she's back to reality and will cast two buffing spells on herself.

"I agree with lady Seraciel. I don't think we will get into battle now, but I'm not a big fan of being surprised either. I'll cast my day long spells for now just in case."


With a few gracious movements she transforms into a being of fearsome beauty. Her appearance is similar to that of a fire elemental. Her hair sparks like wild fire and her whole body get's reddish. Her flames are warm instead of incinerating, and everyone can feel an embracing heat emmanating from her.
She also lifts from the ground like gravity was an old supersticion.



Overland Flight: Fly, 40ft, average maneuverability for 16 hours. Looks baddass.

Elemental body (Fire): Attuned to fire. Subtype fire. Immune to poison, fire damage, sleep, paralysis, stunning and extra damage from crits and flanking. Darkvision 60ft. Can burn who touchs her as a medium elemental. Looks even more baddass.

Debbie_D
2012-10-22, 02:14 PM
TISHTINA BINDAR II

I would prefer if you met them in your natural form. Furthermore, shifting into a fire elemental form in the altar of the lightning goddess is really, really, really bad form.

Dudu
2012-10-22, 03:53 PM
"What about flight? Can I at least keep the flight? I just like flying, it's not only for it's tactical advantages."

Snowbluff
2012-10-22, 05:45 PM
Seraciel

Sera recognizes the look on Coquika's face when she casts Secret Chest.

"What? You did not think I would carry my spellbook with me, did you?"
With a snap of her fingers and a swift movement, she place her spellbook in an chest, which disappears.

"Still... Selena, perhaps you should choose something less ostentatious when we are out? The other last thing I would want to do would be to attract attention."


Conviction is an Abjuration, and is not an Enchantment. It's not strictly Mind-Affecting, even though it should be. Abjurations are weird like that.

Debbie_D
2012-10-22, 06:10 PM
TISHTINA BINDAR II

Inside a temple is not an appropriate place for flying, the ceilings are high but they arent that high...and there are lots of columns and such to bash into.
Besides, this is NOT a tactical situation, none of these people are going to attack you. Dont be paranoid. They may say they dont need your help but they arent going fight.

Morcleon
2012-10-22, 06:22 PM
Furude Setsuna

Following her friends' examples, Setuna places her hands together, chanting in a strange, exotic tongue. A few arcs of light flow around her before they melt into her skin.

"Hauu... I like flying..." Setsuna ruffles her wings and giggles. "But it is a bit too crowded in here for that..."

Spells Cast (all shared with familiar):
Mage Armor
Undetectable Alignment
Energy Immunity (fire, cold)
Resist Energy (electricity, acid, sonic)
Imbue Familiar with Spell Ability (dimensional anchor, dispel magic, glitterdust, solid fog)
Superior Resistance
Mind Blank