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The Vale Region / Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« on: September 10, 2019, 05:18:11 PM »
Lynn looked over at the pair, resisting the urge to raise her eyebrow at Smokey's rather oversized weapon. She watches carefully as he loads the weapon with practised ease, and as Nathan's weapon crackled to life. The two certainly seemed to have come somewhat prepared, at the very least. The event was a little bit of a farce - after all, it still was a huntress against two students, even with her on the end of her recovery - but nonetheless, it would be good to work out some of the kinks tha-

The holstering and following query from Smokey really did make her eyebrow raise, not that anyone else could see it behind the visor. That was... interesting? Even in her own head, her thoughts sounded overly polite. Really, it was a little overconfident, even with what she'd seen when watching the Vytal Tournament during her downtime after her latest operation. Honestly, it reminded her a bit of a younger version of herself - still trying to keep up a vague premise of politeness, but sure - maybe a tad much - of herself, and not afraid to speak her mind. The thought brought a wry smile to her face, and the huntress gave a small nod to Smokey.

"If you're sure that is what you want." She replied, keeping her tone as neutral as she could. One of the claws rose up, but didn't strike. He'd asked her to use a fully powered swing, after all, and it would be nothing but offensive if she didn't respond to the open challenge. The air chilled slightly, before the purpose of the hollow design was made clear as the claw filled up with frigid blue flame, the noise of it a faint howl rather than the normal roar of fire as the claw went from a hollow shell to an ethereal limb. She kept it there, waiting a beat to give the student a chance to reconsider - not that she expected him to take it.

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: September 04, 2019, 04:53:48 PM »
The faunus cringed at the question, shifting awkwardly as she tried to think of a fair response to the question. "Somehow I... I doubt they'd be willing, even if they weren't dead." She slowly explained, taking her time to try and phrase it without making her newfound help feel bad. "As said, I- uh. It... I didn't get these voluntarily."

Honestly, she wasn't offended at all - hell, it was nice to have someone who didn't already know about her past for once. Kind of a novelty. Bit of hope for her future, too. She rubbed the back of her head, a sheepish look on her face. "It's in the past, but... yeah, no, they wouldn't be the most help. And the closest second isn't particularly promising either, though I'm. Looking into it." The woman continued, looking just a little shifty by the end of it.

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: August 11, 2019, 08:57:04 PM »
Samantha blinked a few times, before a little smile appeared on her face as she gave a small nod. "Nah, nah, you- uhm, you understand. It's what I've been trying to do! Knowing some specifics on it is useful. Thank you." She replied in a grateful tone, though her brow furrowed slightly again soon after.

"Really, though, it's just- it is somewhat odd. Like, for example-" She mused, drawing out Prismatic Performance again. Anna would see her aura quickly run through the weapon, and then the chain moving in a little pattern. "I hadn't thought about it, but I can manipulate the chains not connected to it fine. Like, uh- the ones on my hoodie, if I wanted to, really." She said, doing just that with a few of the loops. Unlike the chains, her aura seemed to act more normal around each, moving as she vaguely wanted it to - albeit without the same force as the chains on her back. Those seemed to have the aura run down it almost like through a channel, or forced somewhat; taking a closer look at the movements, it seemed almost unnatural and possibly slightly invasive in the way they reacted to her aura running through. Unlike the others, though, it was as if the aura was running directly through her body; the chains really were, somehow, another part of what composed her actual body.

It wasn't a common and possibly a slightly unsettling realisation, if Anna arrived at it.

"I just... there are a few improvements, but then it all seems to work backwards, you know?" The fox faunus continued, rubbing her forehead in exasperation. One injury was all it took to cause her this headache, really. It didn't seem like she even knew about the spread of the damage yet, either.

The Vale Region / Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« on: August 11, 2019, 07:40:13 PM »
"Please welcome our guests to the stage!" The announcer requests, a round of applause and a few jealous glances sent towards the two. Lynn slowly glanced over, watching the pair of them move to the stage - though it was difficult to tell her thoughts with a good half of her face hidden behind the faceplate. She struck a somewhat unnerving figure, slow but fluid movements of her body and the claws connected to it as she waited for them to join her on the ring.

"The rules are simple!" Continuing excitedly, the announcer addressed both the audience and the participants as each was handed a small aura monitor by one of the employees, who quickly scampered back off the stage. "We thought it would be most appropriate to follow the recent Vytal Festival! There's a little twist; we're not having ring-outs in this, but we are otherwise following the fifteen percent aura rule. We don't quite have the funding of the Vytal Festival for this little exhibition match, so we'd prefer keeping it directly within the ring rather than risking anything that could result in a lawsuit!" He joked, and a faint barrier flickered around the arena before fading again, unseen but prepared. The arena was still fairly large - it was a training ring, after all.

"So, if the combatants could all get prepared, we can get the battle underway! We'll give you ten seconds!"

Lynn stared down the two as they'd approach the ring - or, well, her face followed them at least. Hard to tell. She still seemed to look a little uncomfortable under all the attention, though that may have just been a general tightness to her form or combat-readiness. Nonetheless, she took a slight breath, and seemed to focus - the ring starting to feel just a little colder as she calmed herself and brought her semblance to the ready.

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:00:16 AM »
"Ah, uh, from what I... understand of it, the aura's used to control it to some extent?" Samantha replied, though hesitant - she never had been exactly sure how the whole thing managed to work, especially feeling a little of what the chains touched. Something about the statement would seem just a little off from what Samantha said, but it was close enough - the movements seemed to time in with the little movements of aura through the chains.

She paused at the suggestion, then gave a little shrug. "I mean, this is about the closest I can get to it. And it's... it's hard to describe, but there's just a feeling in my gut that something's wrong with the implant itself?" She mused, voice getting quieter in almost embarrassment at the flimsy evidence. She just got the feeling from somewhere that it wasn't right, though she didn't really know how she was feeling it at all or if she was just being paranoid - it had already caused some minor arguments in the VCVS dorm when she'd accidentally dropped or hit something and then tried to divert questioning from her teammates. "But, uh- it's, it's not a bad suggestion, but it's what I'm trying now, yea." She continued, quick to assure the other student she appreciated the help.

"Ladies and gentlemen!" The announcer called out, hushing the light anticipatory conversations in the room. "It's time for what you've all been waiting for; a showcase of our latest inventions, and what better way to show it than a match in the ring?" There was some vocal appreciation from the hunter and civilian communities in the room at this, though it quickly died down as the announcement kept going.

"This here is our lovely lady Lynn Aubin, ex-huntress and present security employee of Shard INC! A quick bit of backstory-" He started enthusiastically, though the start of talking about her history seemed to leave Lynn a bit more stoic if that was at all possible. "Over a decade ago, she suffered a debilitating injury in the line of duty, suffering the loss of her eyesight defending her town from bandits. But here at Shard INC, we saw this tragedy that had occurred, and sought to help one of our noble huntresses once again pick up her weapons - over the course of several years, we developed an implantation that allowed her eyesight to be restored!" He made an indication towards Lynn, and she fidgeted just a little before lifting up her hair at the front, the faceplate dropping down over her eyes before anyone could get a clear view of them. "But we went further - this not only keeps her previous visual clarity, even as a faunus, but bolsters it to higher levels! Yet both we and her weren't satisfied with this - we could do better, further develop her as a huntress along with her training. And so, we have something special to show you today!"

There was a small pause, and then deep blue flames sprang up around Lynn, fanning out from her and leaving a thin sheet of frost over the ring. "Lynn's semblance is a projection-type; she generates flames that freeze what they touch, rather than burn!" There were several 'oo's from the civilian side of the audience, and Lynn still looked a little uncomfortable to the trained eye under all the attention - she wasn't especially used to the public eye, it seemed. "Her weapon, Winter's Grasp, uses dust to augment these in a variety of different ways and weaves it into separate attacks! But you'll notice there are no gauntlets on her hands today - no, my dear audience! Instead, she'll only be using what we've worked together on to augment her style of fighting further-"

There was a series of mechanical whirring noises, before the inconspicuous ridges on her shoulder and back suddenly unfolded to the sound of gasps, a huge and hollow pair of fierce-looking claws unfolding from her back.

"-what we like to call the 'Doorknocker'! And the lucky people going against the device being... well, would you look at that! Recent Vytal Tournament contenders and both participants at our very own Beacon Academy, Nathan Eau, and Smokey Emberstone!"

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:15:32 AM »
Samantha fidgeted a bit, but gave a little shrug and nodded. Wouldn't hurt to try at any rate, she supposed. A complicated series of mechanics and electronics started to come to life in her back as small pulses of aura acted almost like nerve impulses down the chains in combination with the electronic signals, all four slowly raising up into the air before starting slow motions back and forth.

One of them suddenly seemed to almost spark, and one of the chains hovering flinched slightly unlike the others. Taking a closer look, it appeared to be somewhat simple - it was just blunt physical damage to the inner workings of the place where the chains attached to the implant proper, with electronics unconnected and some odd bits of mechanics damaged. The issue was, none of it looked simple to fix, and more importantly it wasn't like the design of it would even be familiar to Samantha proper, given how she got the implant.

It looked like the aura running through the implant proper, rather than controlling the fine movements of the chains, was almost trying to fix it up slightly - but didn't seem to be having any success on such a large area of damage, especially with several patchwork repairs done in the past for the implant by Samantha surrounding the area. It would explain how the implant hadn't broken down before if it had some function of auto-repair, but this seemed to be beyond its capabilities to repair. More disturbingly, the use of it seemed to be slowly wearing away at the implant and the auto-repair almost damaging further parts of it ever so gradually - even not the fully mechanical parts of it. And Samantha hadn't mentioned anything like that beforehand.

"No worries, see y- ah, he's off. To be that young again." The employee mused, before getting jabbed in the side by the other one under the desk with a murmur of "you're not that gold", and a brief squabble before both regained their professional personalities as a new set of people walked up to the desk.

The chairs around the sunken main arena, at the reinforced windows of each of the surrounding rooms, were starting to get busy - people getting into a surrounding few rows of chairs. Inside the arena proper, more people had started flooding in with a few security guards waving people in this way or that, and letting them get to their seats. Nathan and Smokey would both be guided in, waiting for people to get settled as one of the implanted employees from before took to the stage - the one who had been hanging back a little.

She had two large wolf ears on top of her head, looked a little thin, and was wearing a dark black and blue ensemble. Despite this, the far more notable features was the faint glowing from underneath her fringe, showing a glimpse of the drawn-down faceplate, and the odd black structures currently resting on her shoulders and reaching down to her back. She seemed to be waiting for a signal, another employee in the announcer's booth asking for people to please quiet down.

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: June 28, 2019, 05:57:23 PM »
The fox faunus gave a slightly puzzled look at the very brief explanation of Anna's semblance, but gave a little hummed affirmative to being introduced. "Eh, it's part of the whole career and all that. Certainly can take a look, though no offense to you but it's more of the lack of appropriate reference that kind of makes it difficult to repair over knowing what's damaged. Took a bit apart, and the circuits are fu- uh. Messed up. Hurts a bit sometimes." She admitted at the end, letting the little titbit slip she hadn't been telling her team much. "And yeah. Had them so long it feels just. Weird to have them messing up like this."

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: June 25, 2019, 08:21:15 PM »
Samantha blinked at the other woman's words, tilting her head slightly in consideration. "Huh, maybe. Not a bad theory at all." She mused, avoiding the followup question for long as she could and only having to half-pretend to keep considering the current topic, before eventually frowning slightly and her neutral demeanour breaking a little.

"Ah, it's- it's nothing that bad, just. Got a bit banged up in the tournament by someone, my... implant got damaged, if you've heard about all that. Quartz girl and all that." She mumbled quietly, ears twitching slightly under her hood. "Since we don't exactly have a load of, uhm, bioengineers at Beacon available, there's a bit of a limit to what I can do to repair it, so they've been... acting out a little. Feels like my arms aren't quite. Listening to me."

She really wasn't sure why she was telling this to a practical stranger in comparison to trying to go over it with her team. Maybe it was the fact she seemed shy enough not to say anything, or somewhat trustworthy in her reactions; maybe it was just she didn't want to let her team down at all or bother them with her issues anymore. Either way, there seemed to be a lot of pent-up frustration in the fox faunus.

"Ah, that's fair! It provides a minor benefit in speed of transmission, and another in it still functioning even with a lack of aura, but you hold a good point there. It's a gateway to some future technologies, really, but- well, you know how it is." He stated, tapping his nose knowingly. "NDAs and all that. Either way; in that case, extending the amount of energy given out directly might be useful, some kind of pneumatic or otherwise force-enhancing implant! Separate limbs to channel your aura directly through, particularly ones with a longer reach, might help to give your semblance a longer effective range as well."

The employee muses for a moment, before snapping their fingers. "Taking advantage of the generated kinetic energy in some form may be useful, too - something to charge with the release of energy, perhaps, or a mobility option if you could direct release in some form. Alternatively, an implant to grant some mobility to help you get close enough to give off the energy could be useful - we've had some success with smaller jump jets and muscular-skeletal reinforcements, which would both help give off some extra energy from your attacks at that." He blinks at a buzzing of his earpiece, and then gives a grin over to the hunter-in-training. "Can talk a little longer about this, but it looks like we'll be doing the exhibition match soon, and I doubt you want to miss that."

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: June 10, 2019, 10:53:04 AM »
"Ah, uhm-" Samantha started replying to the babbled statement, looking a little bewildered for a moment at the excited description and just nodding along. "I, uh. Yea, strains the aura a bit but the longer it's contained or the more power I push into it, the stronger it gets, yea. Though really large blasts are a bit, uh, hazardous." She mused, furrowing her brow for a moment as she thought about the events of the tournament not long ago and the results of it. Still better than getting crushed, she guessed.

The faunus got brought out of her musing by the inquiry, blinking as she escaped the brief haze she'd been trapped in. "Oh, right! Yea, I- it sort of works by drawing in the waves I'd normally use for my sonar, I think? Or, well, draws from the same source, maybe? I'm not exactly sure, but passively I think the same energy I use just kind of... pulses about. Or I just hear things I could potentially use as sources for my semblance? More sensitive? Either way, it uh- it forms a kind of echolocation. Interrupted a bit during charging, but it's useful!" She explained, taking her time as she puzzled over her own abilities. She'd never fully grasped how the two interacted, barring that there was something there, but she was happy to try and communicate what she knew so far. Wasn't like it hadn't all been over television already.

The thought got another distant look out of the fox for a moment, before she pinched the bridge of her nose to try and snap herself out of it. This whole ordeal with her chains was bringing up too many bad memories, really.

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: May 25, 2019, 12:18:27 AM »
The fox faunus took a second to breathe, before looking down at her hands, making sure her aura had handled the backlash properly. Her usually-hidden fox ears popped back up, swivelling around slightly, before Samantha remembered where she was and quickly pushed them back down against her hair as they were before, hiding them under the hood.

"Ah, uh, yea- there we go! Amplification of sound into a... kind of kinetic... sound wave? Half and half?" She explained, slightly sheepishly over her own lack of knowledge of the active portion of her semblance. "Blocks my, uh, sonar while using, but useful to make things all quiet!". Wasn't like people hadn't seen the Vytal Tournament; it was generally common knowledge what it did now, so no harm in explaining a bit.

"It's- well, not much, but it's mine, y'know? So, uh- does that, that help?" She questioned a little shyly, tilting her head.

The employee with Smokey gave the form one last look-over, humming to themselves for a moment before nodding and placing it into the box of forms. "Right, thank you!" She replied gratefully, offering out a hand to shake with the smile. "Is there anything else you'd like to ask about?"

Looking over the weapon, the representative with Nathan got more enthusiastic himself - it looked like they were really passionate about what they did. "Wow, quite advanced stuff here. Very compact for what it does! I think I remember seeing you back then, so it's something to start from, certainly." He replied, scratching his chin. "Certainly, some of the basic implantation features we tried out might be of interest - mechashift by thought, for example, which could be helpful for a weapon with several different forms and possibly save a little bit of space for further compaction. Does your semblance release more energy if the object is swung with more momentum on hit, and does it have kickback?"

Beacon Academy / Re: Sensory Shenanigans [Closed]
« on: May 12, 2019, 05:38:29 PM »
Samantha gave a small smile in reaction to the other woman's shy, if enthusiastic nodding, holding a quick thumbs up in reply as she walked back to the centre of the room, inviting them in. "Best shut the door." She stated, raising her voice a little to reach Anna.

The fox faunus held her arms out before clapping her hands loudly together, then keeping them grasped around something invisible within. She then stood semi-awkwardly still for a few moments, focusing on controlling the building energy in her hands - her gray aura gently starting to glow in resistance to her semblance's backlash - before taking a deep breath, pressing her fox ears firmly down against her head under the hood, and throwing her hands forward. A slightly screeched and far louder copy of the initial clap rang out, resulting in a blurred disturbance of air smashing into several of the targets in the room as a shockwave, impacting them with blunt force and sending them backward.

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