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    Episode One: Green and Pleasant Land

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    Thursday, October 2nd. 4:30 PM.


    "Idyllic" is the word, I believe. Past the heat of summer's dying days but not yet overtaken by winter's encroaching chill, early autumn dwells in a sort of beautiful twilight. This day, in this moment, everything is as it should be. The grass is green, the sun is shining, a breeze is blowing, and two teams of Landsgate girls are gathered in the fields for an impromptu game of the world's favorite sport... or at least that's what's happening if Emily Dew has anything to say about it.

    "Hey, you lot!"
    she calls out as you pass by the practice pitch where her friends are idly kicking the ball around, "Come and join us."

    Her grin is unabashedly predatory, but a quick head count shows that she's only got five girls with her; numbers, at least, would be even if you accepted her challenge.

    "Not quite elevens, but we could go six a side, make it a game. That'd probably be enough to make it interesting."


    She indicates Kaleemah with a jerk of her head.

    "She can play football, right? Shouldn't need hands for it."


    She turns that grin of hers directly on Erika, and her eagerness is palpable. She wants this badly, wants to face the fencing captain on her own turf.

    "What do you say, Wiessman? I know you'd rather have a sword in your hands, but you know it's good to get outside every now and then."
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    Erika met Emily's gaze, cold, uncaring. This wasn't the first time the blond haired athlete had asked to play them, and it probably won't be the last. The most irritating part of this was the idea that playing out on the pitch might get her uniform dirty. Still, they'd been out here for a while, and Em tended to attract the other members of the school's actual Football Team. Erika glanced between their opposite numbers, noting who Dew had on hand for this little confrontation. She took a look down, briefly, both at the pitch and the girls' shoes: just how far was Emily willing to go for a win?

    Doesn't matter. We can still take her down. The Fencing Captain turned back to her friends, looking between them. It could be a good teamwork exercise, and unlike an Importune key encounter, nothing serious was riding on it. Not all of the other Key-Barers were that good at football... but they could still play well enough to outdo Emy. Quick brisk offense, they'd have won before the bell went. The black haired girl tilted her head, looking the others in the eyes one by one, an eyebrow raised in the simple question. "Well?"

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    (4d3-6)[3] Notice Roll, looking to see who is with Emy, and if the other girls had thought ahead to put their football boots on. It'd give them a pretty strong advantage if they did; better grip on the pitch for a start, and a stronger kick. But they're probably not supposed to be wearing them outside of proper practice. .
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    Melissa turns her ever-present smile towards Emily and waves after the young athlete calls to them

    "Hi Emily!"

    She's never had much occasion to talk to Emily. The sport-loving girl has always focused on the more athletically inclined of the group. But there's no reason not to be friendly. Melissa notes her roommate looking at the rest of the group. She nods.

    "I'm fine with it! It sounds fun!"

    Leave it to Melissa to completely misinterpret the situation as an innocent game played between friends. Oh! Speaking of friends, Melissa realizes she hasn't greeted any of the other girls yet! She scans all of their faces, seeing if she recognizes any of them.

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    Looking at Em's friends, it's not difficult to see that They've Come Prepared to play: gym clothes, cleats, the works. Erika and Melissa both also recognize Ruby Faulkner at Emily's side, though given how she follows Em around it'd be more of a surprise if she wasn't on hand. The other four girls aren't as distinctly recognizable, though Melissa might remember a couple of names.

    Em smirks at Melissa's enthusiasm.

    "There's a good girl,"
    she affirms, "That's all we're looking for, a bit of fun."
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    Olivia squeaks a little when she's addressed, snapping closed a book she was thumbing through before looking at the girls who were addressing her. Once she's grasped the exact nature of the challenge, she shakes her head and looks down at her feet. "Can't. S-sorry." ... Apparently explanations were too complicated for her to get out? Eh. It was hardly new for the girl to be so taciturn.

    Kind of a shame, though. Being about a head taller than the rest of the girls there probably would give them a bit of an advantage.
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    "Oh, can I play football? Gee, I don't know, Emily. What do you think?" Kaleemah responds with all her typical grace and restrained sarcasm, looking down as if to reassure herself that those two things at the end of her legs are really, despite appearances, feet. She taps them against each other just to make sure.

    Of course, Olivia's not up for it. It's a shame, because that girl should really boost herself up a bit and Kal just knows that - unlike Kal's previous suggestions of fencing, martial arts, bungee jumping and white water kayaking - that this is what she really needs to break her shell. She prods the girl with her foot as if to say come on, try and then faces Emily again.

    "How 'bout this?" She says, raising her voice. "When we beat you, you owe me a favour. If you beat me, I owe you one. Should be easy - unlike you, I can remove my dead weight." She taps her arms meaningfully.

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    Emily feigns surprise as Kaleemah answers her challenge with a challenge, giving her cronies a quizzical look.

    "Well I don't know about putting stakes on the outcome... we are just looking for some friendly competition here, aren't we, girls?"
    she asks, her voice almost dripping with sarcasm, "And I don't know if the school rules would even allow gambling on sport..."

    Ruby steps forward out from among the other girls, smiling up at Em.

    "Oh, but Emily, how about this? If they win, we owe her a favor, but if we win, they don't owe us anything. That way-"


    Emily's hungry smile returns in full force as she claims the end of the sentence, "That way it wouldn't be a gamble at all!"

    Ruby glows in the light of Emily's malicious cheer, mirroring the taller girl's grin. Em nods at Jaya, allowing an incongruous note of humility to creep into her voice, which really only seems to highlight her insincerity.

    "There you see, Ms. Prefect, we wouldn't want to do anything against the rules. We just want a nice, friendly game."


    Riding the wave of Em's confidence, Ruby smirks up at Livi and chimes in, "If you're up to it, anyway."

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    Livi flinches a little when she's nudged, giving Kal a rather apologetic look. Really, you would have thought at least one of those previous things might have been successful. More than once the lanky girl's been caught watching Bruce Lee and Zorro flicks on her laptop (which she'd immediately shut and proceed to scamper off back to her room once she discovered there were prying eyes about), and it wasn't entirely rare to find her outside on her own juggling a football at the edge of the field. Whatever reasons she had for remaining so guarded seemed rather arbitrary.

    Still, after being poked, she does shuffle over to Jaya and tug on one of her sleeves, whispering to her as quietly as she can while still remaining audible. "C-can we get changed first?"

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    Erika stayed silent for a few seconds, as the two groups started to converse. Her irritation at the other group's behaviour was less obvious than Kaleemah's, but no less real. The young protegee glanced around the football pitch, mind turning back in time a little. The first trick Melissa had taught Erika when the two started playing cards together was misdirection. When people are paying attention to something else, they're not focusing on you, which helps minimize the risk of them noticing your tells. Say, if she had a whole gaggle of people looking for a fight, all their eyes focused on Erika's friends rather than her. Or, for that matter, their football.

    With a spurt of speed, Erika jumped past Emily and Ruby, ducking through the group of friends, and making a swift beeline towards the ball. Her lack of sports gear was barely a handicap; Inspector Wiessman's daughter had trained herself to move swiftly in uniform. With ease, she ducked around the unsuspecting girls, bringing the worn blue football around on the side of her smooth black shoe, away from the gaggle of friends, before kicking hard with the ball of her foot. That kick sent the football straight towards the nearby goal, skimming across the ground like a stone across the ornamental lake. A shot at the goal, before any of the other team could do a thing about it.

    Point made, Erika turned around to her friends, nodding to Olivia, before glancing around her friends. "Go get changed, quick as you can. Olivia, you're in goal, Jaya and Melissa, you take defence. Izzy and Kal, up front, with me." Orders given, the recent champion of the Fencing Club turned back to Emily and Ruby, not so much as raising an eyebrow at what'd just happened. Her expression remained as detached and uncaring as it always did. "First to three?"

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    Jaya has to fight the instinctive response to decline. She has brothers, she knows what friendly competition looks like, and this isn’t it. Better to just walk away; a small disappointment is better than escalating the conflict... (Besides, she's not sure they're supposed to be wearing proper football boots outside of practice - too much of that is hard on the green.) But of course, the others don't see it that way. Erika and Kaleemah, at least, will be annoyed at her if she tries to stop the game, and Isabel probably won't care for it either...

    Olivia's acquiescence tips the balance. She glances down at the other girl - well, up really, the other girl is a bit taller than her, but she always seems somehow smaller - and nods after a moment. If even the shyest of them is okay with this... well, all right. She looks back at Emily and her friends. "Sure. As long as - "

    Wait, what's Erika doing? Is the game starting now? Jaya blinks, then tugs Livi gently towards the gymnasium and locker rooms. They can't very well play in skirts, but if Erika is kicking things off now they might well lose before they even get the full team out on the field...
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    Melissa, proving that her lucky streak is likely to continue into eternity, randomly chose to wear trousers today. She is not so insanely lucky that she happened to have cleats on her, but you can't have everything.

    She is somewhat shocked when Erika bursts forwards and kicks the ball, but she gives a playful salute as she is given orders.

    "Yes Ma'm!"

    Melissa gives a giggle and moves over to the side of the field that Erika has designated theirs-- that being, the side that doesn't have a ball in the goal.
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    Livi scampers off to the gymnasium alongside Jaya, hoping that they'd all be able to get back before Emily forces the start of the game without them. It seemed like the sort of thing that'd get pulled here, and she really didn't want to have her own hang ups be the source of their team's loss.

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    Isabel glanced down skeptically as Erika handed out marching orders. "Well, as long as you don't mind a wing who can't keep up or cross the ball or get back on defense, I guess I'm game." Yes, at least she was wearing trousers - because it was chilly out. The only football match she was prepared for was on TV at the pub in town. Still, she wasn't going to leave her friends out to dry.

    "So Em, you're going to at least pretend to have heard of sportsmanship and you're going to wait 'till half our team is finished changing?" The question didn't come out as much of a question, but as simple statement. If Emily didn't want her game to end with part of the other team just walking away, she was going to have to play nice.

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    The ball sails into the open goal with contemptuous ease. Emily Dew's smile disappears.

    "That doesn't count!"
    she screams, flushing an angry red, "That did not count. This match is not underway. You, you, you..."

    Grasping at straws, she thrusts a finger in the direction of the retreating Olivia.

    "She needs to get changed first."


    She nods to herself and to Isabel, beginning to regain her composure. Ruby tries to lay a hand on her shoulder, but she shrugs it off.

    "Right. Right. You all scurry off and get changed, and then we'll have a nice. friendly. game."


    Her teeth glint again, but there's not even a thin veneer of cheer to veil her intent any more.

    "If that's all right by you, Wiessman."


    She turns and gives a curt nod to her teammates, who need no further instruction to fan out into position. Her friends mirror the aggressive posture Erika laid out (Ruby falling in on Emily's left wing), though it seems likely that was planned in advance. Em didn't set this whole thing up just to play a defensive game. As she waits for Livi and Jaya to return, she aims impatient glares at Erika. She's wanted to best the fencing captain from the first, but that "goal" stunt raised the stakes. She's out for more than just a simple victory now.
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    It isn't long before Livi was bolting back out of the gym and onto the pitch (letting Jaya know before she headed out), apparently expecting the match to be well underway by then until she notices that it, well... Wasn't. Discovering this fact at least allows the girl to go to a brisk walk from an all-out dash, conserving a bit of energy for the game.

    It seemed she managed to procure a sweatshirt and sweatpants during the short time in the locker room, as well as her own personal pair of cleats. She didn't exactly take any time to get her hands on any sort of goalie's gear, though, given the false notion that there was a time constraint involved. She didn't exactly think to pick up gear for anyone else, either, although this might have been impossible anyway. It's kinda difficult to divine everyone's locker numbers and combinations if she were to go and pick up their stuff.

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    You weren't even ready for that. Pathetic. The other team's reaction to her early goal didn't move Erika. Seemingly taking Emily's anger for assent, she turned away, looking towards Isabel, frowning slightly and raising an eyebrow. That same attitude of hers; why try when you don't have anything to gain? It irked Erika, but she wouldn't change Izzy by arguing with her. She shook her head, no sense in pushing this. "You can go midfield if you want. 2-1-2-1: not too bad. Still, you could push yourself a bit by taking a wing. We learn by doing."

    Words given, and continuing to ignore the other team, Erika turned towards Kaleemah, gesturing across the forward half of their side of the pitch. She had a feeling the other girl wouldn't object to the chance to play up front, between her skills and Emily's words to her. "Left, right or centre? Doesn't matter to me, it's your call, Kal."
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    It takes Kal a bit longer than the others to don her gear, being inflicted with her insistence on dressing absolutely without help, but she is on the pitch with more energy than the rest of them, bouncing from foot to foot like a girl anticipating violence. Any comment about how it would have been, like, a lot quicker to remove her arms and then have someone change her would likely not go down well, nor would any remark about how it would have allowed her to follow up on her promise to play without her prosthetics.

    She grins at Erika's sentence. She doesn't know too much about football strategy further than charge! but she is aware of the position that offers the most battering and fun. "Center." She declares. "I'll be the bulldozer."

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    With a touch of swagger, Kaleemah trots to the center forward position and smirks at Emily, who looks back rather more dispassionately. Kal scuffs her feet like a bull waiting for the opportunity to charge, and decides to kick-start things with a little bit of spite.

    "So, are you actually going to play this time?" She mocks. "Or are you just going to talk about how brilliant you are while Erika scores all the goals?"

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    Emily's Will at +0: (4d3-8)[-2]

    That is, narrowly, success by three shifts. Success with style. No Insult Left Unanswered is established, and Kaleemah gets two free invocations of it.

    Your opponents, incidentally, also share the Aspect Landsgate Football Squad.


    Emily's eyes narrow, her nostrils flare, and she bares her teeth in a snarl as her body responds to Kaleemah's taunt on a physical level.

    "Okay ladies,"
    she yells, loud enough to be easily heard all across the pitch, "you've had plenty of time to powder your noses. Guess Little Miss Prefect decided that playing football doesn't suit the dignity of her position after all. Your loss."

    She toes the ball over the line for the kickoff and rushes ahead with Ruby and her right winger, all three forwards pressing hard on the attack.

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    Em is going to risk trying to create an advantage herself, but Ruby and her right winger will be providing teamwork bonuses on the action (using up their opportunity to create an advantage). Roll in my next post.
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    Athletics to create a Ruthless Aggression aspect describing Em's team's play.
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    For Jaya, gym shorts have always fallen into much the same category as swimsuits: an article of clothing that would normally fall a little too short of decency, not the kind of thing one wears in public, but in certain situations is not only expected but required. She’s aware that her standards - well, her mother’s standards, which she’s inherited somewhat against her will - are rather old-fashioned in this regard, but that doesn’t change the fact that she feels like she’s not wearing enough as she jogs out towards the green. They hardly cover her knees. Sure, she’s seen girls wearing much shorter shorts in the city, but that’s not the point. She doesn’t mind what other people wear, it’s her sense of modesty at stake...

    She's distracted by the sight of distant figures running towards. Did they start without her? It looks too intense to be practice kicks... They did start without her. Jaya feels a stab of annoyance. She didn't take that long, it hasn't even been five minutes. Maybe she shouldn't have expected patience from a group including Erika, Emily and Kaleemah, but...

    Not the time. Jaya breaks into a run, hoping to arrive in time to shore up Melissa and Olivia.
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    Erika tossed her bag down towards the edge of the field at Emily's words, nodding contently. Jaya would be here soon enough. The theoretical winger darts quickly towards the centre, standing at Kaleemah's side as the ball comes towards the insult-prone juggernaught. All eyes on Kal, Emmy's especially so, it was harder to notice the quiet girl nudge the ball towards herself with a single gentle tap of her school shoe. She glanced between the three of them, close enough for easy passing, far enough apart to split when needed, and all sprinting down the pitch at full tilt. This was Landsgate Football Squad, and they were playing as if this was the Youth League final. That's what comes of having a bitter captain with a grudge or two to settle.

    If anyone had been looking to Wiessman's face just then, they might have caught the black haired girl doing something a touch uncharacteristic of her: smirking to herself. Is this supposed to scare me? They were good, sure, but their Captain's faults were painfully obvious, and Erika had learned on their first day together just how to push Miss Dew's little buttons. This match was not going to be decided that easily.

    Nodding in brief apology to Kal for her use as a distraction here, Erika darted right, straight between the two people she knew would be distracted: Emily, by Kaleemah and Ruby by Emily. Everyone could've sworn that the girl with the massive arms had the ball, but as they closed on her, Erika was sprinting down the field, straight past the Squad's front line. The trio could turn about to meet her, but Isabel and Kally both were in the clear to advance too, and neither had tired themselves sprinting in the wrong direction. What'd started out as a strong promise for Emily's side had turned into a shambles; their two defenders and goalie now all that stood between the Key-Bearers and yet another early goal.

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    Ok. Resisting that with Will. Erika's at +2 against fear, and half the point of an aggressive game is to intimidate the opposition. +2 for a free invocation on 'They Came Prepared for This' (They're not certain they're going to win this.) and +2 for a free invocation on the Location aspect 'Ripe for Drama' (because thwarting Emmy's 'grand assault' will really escalate the situation. ) Spending a Fate Point to invoke Fires at the End of the World for an additional +2. Total of +10, so... let's see how the rolls pan out. I will edit the final para out depending on how this goes.

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    "What?"

    Erika's fearless counter to Emily's driving offense catches the latter girl almost completely off guard, reversing the two teams' momentum in an instant. Ruby scrambles back across the field at a glare from Em, but she's too slow. This goal (or lack thereof) will be determined entirely the back three players on Em's team.

    They know that. All three drop back to shield the goal, trying their best to bolt the door before Erika sends the ball into their net again... this time for real.

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    Desperation time. Both defenders and the goaltender will be making create an advantage actions with an intent to establish passive opposition to Erika's attempt on goal. The goalkeeper will be spending a fate point to invoke Landsgate Football Squad for +2.

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    Oh, right, need to give the aspect attempted a name...

    Desperate Defence seems to fit best, doesn't it?
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    Melissa is about to jump in when Erika makes a sudden play that catches everyone by surprise. Feeling a little useless, she decides to pitch in as Moral Support.

    Go Erika! You can do it!

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    Rolling Rapport to create aspect Moral Support[roll]4d6-5[/roll]
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    As Emily rushes forward without waiting for Jaya to return, Izzy's first thought is to just leave. This wasn't a friendly match. It was barely a match at all. The football team's captain was two steps short of deranged and getting there in a hurry, desperately trying to prove some sort of point that existed only in her head. There were better uses of Izzy's time than humoring Emily's cheating hide. She could go watch paint dry, for example.

    She tosses the idea aside. That would leave her friends at even more of a disadvantage, and the lesson Izzy meant to teach would bounce off Emily's skull like the ball. There had to be a winner and a loser, and if those were the choices...

    Izzy breaks down the sideline as Erika picks Emily's pocket, doing her best wing impression despite her protests moments before. "Erika, Kal! Come on!"

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    Feeling remarkably uninspired lately, so just going to add teamwork bonus for the others. +1.

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    Livi trots over to the goal, just as the game is beginning. Her agility wasn't exactly top notch outside of being unlocked, so she was just a tad nervous about how well she'd be able to perform in the face of the other, much more sporting ladies. Still, she had to have all of that inside her somewhere, right? That's basically what the keys were all about; bringing out full potential and what-not. The thought doesn't exactly dispel the entirety of her anxiety, but it does enough to give her better focus on the game.

    Cracking her knuckles and slapping her cheeks, the lanky girl digs her cleats into the ground, ready to counter any sort of offensive advantage the other side could muster up.

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    Can't really think of a good method of how Livi could use her higher level skills to aid in the game, so she'll just be providing a teamwork bonus.

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    Erika's smirk from before briefly becomes an honest smile as she looks to either side, seeing her team... no, her friends behind her, backing her up as she sprints towards the goal. Kal and Izzy at her wings, keeping the angles open, the others sticking at the back, ready for things to turn. They were doing what they always did; working together, and putting aside their differences to make wonders happen. Like literally beating the school football team at their own game. They have some flaws, but these people know how to stick together. How to look out for one another. Keys or no keys, we've actually become a pretty good team

    The last led to a glance at Kal, and Erika's smile faded after that. Emily was competitive, wanted to prove her skill, fine. Erika had no problems with that much; that was what they came to schools like Landsgate for. But insulting a disabled student? Nothing got through Kaleemah's skin, but there were others she'd known in prior schools who would've been reduced to tears by Emily's remark.

    No mercy. Not for you, or your lot. Face set, Erika intensifies her pace, making a brief pass to Kal whilst gesturing sideways to Izzy. Her two wingers knew just what to do. A second pass from the rebellious right winger back to Erika and the defenders were completely wrongfooted. Just in time for Erika to pull back her foot and boot the ball straight towards the back of the net, full force.

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    Going to oppose those Aspect forming attempts with Athletics; Erika's just moving too damn quick to let them get a defence off, and pulling a simple bluff to help with that. Not sure if I should oppose each attempt separately, or all with one roll. (4d3-5)[1]

    And now, the contest roll. Teamwork bonuses from Jaya, Izzy and Olivia, Free Invoke on No Insult Left Unanswered, and all that with Erika's Athletics for a total of 8. (Saving that Moral Support invoke for next round) This should be good. (4d3)[8]
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    Erika scores the first real goal of the game almost as easily as she had when she was unopposed, and the entire atmosphere of the practice pitch changes. Em has been irritated, even angry, almost since the moment the keybearers arrived (Erika and Kal saw to that), but after that first goal... something breaks. Em is used to the fencing team captain dominating on the piste, but the pitch is supposed to be hers. Erika and her ragtag friends running roughshod over her and the school's actual football team was never in the plan. It was never supposed to be possible.

    Em doesn't say anything after the goal, she just silently radiates fury, and that's almost worse. It's obvious that her teammates are more frightened of her than they are of your team, more frightened of her than of losing itself, and their next attack falls entirely apart. Em is sloppy, faltering between bursts of aggression and an uncharacteristic hesitancy, and most of her squad seems scared even to get near her. Finally Ruby herself takes the ball from Emily (leaving Em momentarily too shocked to glare) to make an attempt on goal herself, but with no support and only a pale echo of Emily's skill, the effort quickly dies and the momentum again shifts in your favor.

    With Emily and her friends demoralized and disorganized, your counterattack goes as smoothly as a practice drill. Their defense crumbles as you drive forward, and soon the ball swishes into the net once more. As you line up for the third kickoff, though, the tenor of the air again seems to shift. Emily's team knows that another unanswered goal will end the game, and that is unacceptable. Disbelief and despair give way to desperate determination, and Emily's impotent, uncertain rage cools to something harder and sharper. She briefly exchanges words with each of her teammates in turn as they take their positions, ending with Ruby (and if you're watching closely you might see her fingers dig sharply into the shorter girl's shoulder for a fleeting moment), then she herself stands opposite Erika.

    "That was your last goal, Wiessman,"
    she swears.
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    Erika met the angry footballer's stare with the icy satisfaction of someone with absolutely nothing to prove. Half the football team were standing right here, and they'd just been torn to pieces by the Keybearers. By her. Emily's anger showed nothing more than just how desperate she was getting in her quest for validation. The best response would've probably been not to even meet her gaze, to just continue the game as though nothing had happened. But... after those earlier remarks from the Football Queen, a lesson was in order. Thus, after a few seconds of silence, 'Wiessman' simply nods, taking a step back. Her face is once again its customary calm blank, giving little away of the fencer's intentions. "If you insist."

    With those three words, Erika turned to her side, to Kaleemah, placing a hand to her shoulder-joint. She paused for a second, before nodding. "Good luck, Kaleemah." Brief encouragement given, the dark haired fencer turned and walked towards the side of the pitch, evidently intending to sit out the final part of this game and leave the finale in the hands of her teammates. She did not spare Emily, Ruby, or any other figure a backwards glance.

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    (4d3-8)[3] Not sure if this fits better as an action to bolster the team's spirit by showing Erika's confidence, or to provoke Emily. Thus, I'm going to leave it up to the GM's Call. Both aspects have simple names, Inevitable Tide for encouragement, Crazy, Stupid, Angry for provocation. +2 if it's Rapport, +3 if it's Provoke.

    Either way, Erika will not be participating in this round of the contest. No teamwork bonus, and Kal will now be the one rolling for our team. Good luck!
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    That, ah, seems more likely to be effective in provoking Emily than in encouraging your now-undermanned teammates, so... here's Em's Will!
    (4d3-8)[0]

    And that's success with style, but I'm going to spin the aspect in a bit of a different direction: Em's now Purposelessly Angry, and you've earned two free invocations of that aspect. There's also still one free invocation of No Insult Left Unanswered and one free invocation of Moral Support available, I believe.


    Emily is devastated by that single stroke, unable to even form words until Erika's already turned her back.

    "You can't... You can't walk out on this, Wiessman!"
    she screams at the retreating figure of the fencing captain, "Get back here. Get back here! You can't run from me!"

    When Erika doesn't even deign to respond, Em seems... heartbroken. Her bewilderment mingles freely with her hatred as she glares, no, as she simply stares dumbly at her self-proclaimed rival. It takes a gentle touch from Ruby (promptly rebuffed with a swat and a glare) to remind her that there's even still a game in progress, waiting on her to continue.

    "Right,"
    she mutters under her breath as she takes her position again, opposite the conspicuous absence of Erika Wiessman, "I finish what I've started."

    She hardly seems eager to back up that claim, however, as she allows her teammates to take the lead off the kickoff, the veteran footballers attempting to bring more cautious, technical play to a game that's largely been dominated by dramatic, emotional offense.

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    Not rolling for the NPCs' actions just yet. I'd like to see a couple responses to Erika's departure from you guys first.
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