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Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« on: December 09, 2017, 12:53:17 PM »
S C E N E ~ M U S I C
Ghost
by Lucas King



Mountain Glenn. The ruined skeletons of once-proud buildings cast jagged shadows in the early morning's light, making the desolation seem even more shattered and broken than it was. This was a place of ghosts, a graveyard of hope and a testament to what happens when the best of intentions go awry. From above, gazing out the window of the Bullhead, Budonoki took in the terrible scene with mournful solemnity. He hadn't been here before, either before or after its fall, but he could remember the hope that had accompanied its golden days... and the dread that came with the announcement of its fate.

Drawing in a deep breath and centering himself, the Faunus doctor turned to the young students he was accompanying. This team was literally just starting out, having been freshly assembled such that a team name and and roles hadn't yet been figured out. This would be a proving, to be sure. His gaze traveled from one to the next. "We're close now to where we'll touch down. As most of you already know, Mountain Glenn is very dangerous -- not only the creatures of Grimm which stalk these ruins, but all the natural hazards that come from crumbling infrastructure. Somewhere, somehow, there is a child clinging to life in this forsaken place," He pulled out his Scroll and displayed for them a grainy, blurred reconnaissance photo; it was clear that the child was young, had messy mid-length dark-colored hair, and wearing some sort of tattered poncho or dress, but not much else was clear enough to make out. "And our duty is to bring them safely within the kingdom's walls if at all possible. I know your team is still finding its way, and you aren't likely used to working with one another yet, but I believe that we can do this -- if we work together and watch each other's backs."

He pocketed the Scroll, then hefted a backpack with a prominent first aid kit strapped to it up onto his shoulders. "Remember, this is a child. Sounds of gunfire and fighting may attract their attention, but could just as easily scare them away. Defend yourselves as necessary, of course, but try to avoid combat when possible. I've read each of your files, so I know what the school knows of your capabilities; each of you has knowledge, skills, and talents which may prove useful to our endeavor. I have every confidence we can succeed here."

The Bullhead began to turn, vectoring towards the roof of a squat two-story building as the door lights shifted from red to green. As the hatches slid open Dr. Budonoki leapt out, gnarled wooden staff in hand, sticking the simple landing without issue despite his years and gesturing for the team to follow. Their mission had begun...
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STUDENTS

Beacon Student: Rory Vogel, "The Scarlet Shield" ~ 1st Year, Team VCVS

Shade Student: Sean Acacia, "Grenadier" ~ 1st Year



OTHERS

Beacon Teacher / Experimental Botanist: Dr. Budonoki Sophos, Medical & Wilderness Specialist

Baker / Retired Huntsman: Alec Chadwick, owner of 'Fabled Goods' bakery

Pirate / Freelancer: Captain Cordell of the Red Corsair ~ Available For Hire!

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Micah Sere AKA "Prowler" ~ Danger, Avoid If Possible

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Maria Sanguine AKA "Bloody Mary" ~ Underworld operative, "The Lady of a Thousand Faces"

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 02:14:56 PM »
Lilla hopped out after the professor, going down on her right knee and bracing herself with her hand in order to cushion her fall. As she stood and looked around, the yawning chasms that were the husks of the destroyed buildings that surrounded them seemed to close in on her. She reflexively caught her breath. "I'd seen the movies, but..." she thought. "This is... they seem as teeth, surrounding, trying to swallow us whole." She shakes her head and pushes the thought away. Now isn't the time for distractions.

As the others drop down beside her, she scans the area for Grimm or any sign of the child they're here to retrieve.
"It is important to me that those who would judge me see me as I truly am, and not as I wish them to see me."

Lilla Bleidd - Beacon Academy first year. ”Someday, I know we will meet again, in the shade of a life to die for.”

Dominique 'Alice' Pentaghast - Beacon Academy Third Year. "What are you worth? The people you love, or the people you hurt?"

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2017, 06:51:19 PM »
Yin launched out with the others and landed on his feet making as little noise as possible. Sitting down for so long he felt the need to stretch and was doing so for a little bit. He was pondering where they could actually find the child before asking the Doctor what he knew of Mt.Glenn. "Do you have a map of these ruins? The child must have a home base of sorts to hide from the Grimm. It could be up high in an old building, maybe there is a secluded cave somewhere, perhaps down low into the sewers or maybe there is an emergency shelter they use?"
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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2017, 07:39:59 AM »
Wisteria descended with a slightly loud gust of wind but nevertheless tried her best to not cause too much noise. Drawing her knife and keeping her gloves ready to cast dust she quickly regrouped with Lilla and Yin and smiled at the two. "If i were a kid I would stay somewhere the monsters wouldn't get me. That doesnt give us much to work with but I'm sure a kid wouldn't be able to navigate sewers by themselves" Wisteria said, "Do we have any other information?"
Students
Wisteria Lockheart - 1st Year student at Beacon. "Don't make me throw a book at you"
Shiroe Pendragon - 1st Year Student at beacon - "This is my monochrome reality" - Team MARS
Lavender du Lac - 1st Year Student at Haven -  "The harder I try the further things drift away." Team RWND
Ayaka Miyamoto - 1st Year student at Beacon. "Tsubame Gaeshi!" - Team ALIA
Vermilion Desdemona - 3rd Year Student at Beacon - "Only time you'd be above me is when your head rests on my pike"
Talen de L'eglantine - 3rd Year Student at Beacon
Kei Almas - 4th Year Student at Beacon - "Everything is ripe for the taking!"
Aurum LeBlanc - 3rd Year Student at Atlas - "Lay back, take it easy, and watch the comedy unfold"

Professors
Professor William Nox - "To contain the world in a grain of dust *EXPOROSION*

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 05:59:03 AM »
I'm... back. The last time was to retrieve stuff, but this time we'll be here for a bit. The city, it was so much better when it was intact. This is callous. So many died. Catalina Glenn sighed. Let's just focus.

"Aerial surveillance is only the part of it. The interior of the buildings make great shelters sometimes due to or despite parts of them collapsing." Catalina jumps down and creates a parachute with his semblance at the last moment. "Unless they got maps. This is when I was here the last time." He takes out his scroll, and shows a few pictures. It starts from relatively close to them and have each image reference each other, showing potential hideouts. They're mostly behind collapsed walls leaving a tiny opening or underground. One of them caught Cat's attention.

"Food, water, weapons, cover, maybe even electricity and dust. I think we have a first candidate. The military base."
Catalina Glenn - first year Beacon Academy student - "Not funny, dude! And not dudes... and everyone else... " - Cata, Cat.
Infrared Ray - fourth year Atlas Academy student - "So it's __ and __(insert name here) meets each other."
Sheer Gold - second year Beacon Academy student - "This is super effective!"
Siu Ceong - Beacon Academy graduate Huntress - "What is this? Where can I learn about it?"

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2017, 05:18:09 PM »
They were already pulling together, sorting out the mission with pointed questions and practical insights. Budonoki couldn't help the soft smile that graced his lips -- despite their bleak and terrible environs the students were stepping up to the challenge nicely. Glancing at Catalina's Scroll along with the others, Budonoki nodded thoughtfully. "Hm, yes. If memory serves, at least a few of the sightings were not far from the base -- and neither, fortunately, are we." He gestured with his staff. "The latest surveys, if I recall, suggest that the quickest route is that way, then a sharp turn west once we're past the collapsed Gran Veld tower. Very good, mister Glenn. If you would take point?"

He knew that this wouldn't be easy for Catalina -- Dr. Sophos was far from unaware of the history between the young sniper and the ruined city, and had thought long and hard when he saw that a Glenn would be coming along on such an endeavor. It was not, however, his place to judge Cat's motives for returning; Huntsmen, after all, did what was necessary regardless of how difficult it might be for them personally. That was the calling to which all the students strove. Besides, such first-hand knowledge of the ground would be indispensable.

A wolf howl echoing in the distance brought the good doctor's thoughts back around to the current moment. In this urban jungle of crumbling stone and concrete his verdant sense would be next to useless. For better or worse, he'd be relying on the students just as much as they were him. "Let us go quietly, if we can."
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STUDENTS

Beacon Student: Rory Vogel, "The Scarlet Shield" ~ 1st Year, Team VCVS

Shade Student: Sean Acacia, "Grenadier" ~ 1st Year



OTHERS

Beacon Teacher / Experimental Botanist: Dr. Budonoki Sophos, Medical & Wilderness Specialist

Baker / Retired Huntsman: Alec Chadwick, owner of 'Fabled Goods' bakery

Pirate / Freelancer: Captain Cordell of the Red Corsair ~ Available For Hire!

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Micah Sere AKA "Prowler" ~ Danger, Avoid If Possible

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Maria Sanguine AKA "Bloody Mary" ~ Underworld operative, "The Lady of a Thousand Faces"

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2017, 02:26:07 AM »
Lilla looked up from Cat’s scroll and hefted her gauntlet, double-checking, yet again, that the magazine was loaded and the gauntlet was locked securely. She’d faced Grimm before - she assumed they all had - but not often and they still made her uneasy.

She glanced around for suitable vantage points she could send her Semblance to scout from, and was about to summon it to send it off, but thought better of it at the last second. She didn’t know for sure whether or not the Grimm could detect an overt usage of Aura in such a way, and she didn’t want to be the one to give away their position in enemy territory.

Instead, she opted to hop down to ground level, going down to one knee as she landed in an attempt to muffle the sound.

In Vale and at Beacon, she was always surrounded by noise. Here, in this empty shell of a city, the only sounds were those of her companions. Silence hung over the rest of the area like a shroud, causing the hairs on the back of Lilla’s neck to stand on end. Nowhere is this quiet, she thought. Something is out there. Something that knows we’re here.
"It is important to me that those who would judge me see me as I truly am, and not as I wish them to see me."

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Dominique 'Alice' Pentaghast - Beacon Academy Third Year. "What are you worth? The people you love, or the people you hurt?"

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2017, 05:16:56 PM »
Being quiet was not a problem for Yin he was used to being in areas with little to no noise. He took off his gauntlets and greaves off his back and silently reformed them and put them on silently while keeping up with the group. Even with the metal covering his feet and arms with the way he rolled his feet and held his arms they did not make much noise when the plates moved. His hands look like claws ready to slash something in hand and his legs were bent a little as if they were ready to pounce on something.

The silence around enveloped him and he could feel that something was watching him. He was near the front of the group and changed his stance to be ready for anything. He was waiting ready to lash out at whatever came near him and take it down before it knew what hit it. He was ready to defend the others and himself against whatever lurks in the shadows of the ruins.

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2018, 07:53:23 PM »
Wisteria was annoyed by the whole team's silence and ran ahead to stop them in their tracks. "Hey, before all of you continue I'd like to say a few things." She spoke, her tone strong but not too loud, "First you, Cat. Sure we're not exactly close and aren't too familiar with one another yet but as your team mate I'd prefer not to get eaten alive because of some gloomy feelings, alright? Yin, your seriousness is fine but try to say something every once in a while, it's hard to know what you're thinking so speak your mind!"

In an almost scolding manner Wisteria glared at the two boys and then sighed, her expression softening up. Even with a huntsman nearby there was no telling what would happen. Maybe later on they'd get frustrated and gloomy, maybe they'd be too late and find something they weren't expecting. And all of these might attract grimm. Wisteria was confident that she could  handle herself but like all casters her supply was limited and they couldn't possibly spend day after day if things went awry.

So she wanted to snip the problem at its core.

"What I'm trying to say is lighten up. Things might not be all sunshine and rainbows here but- She paused, her brow furrowing as she struggled to get the next words out, "W-w...we GOT EACH OTHER OKAY! NOW SHUT UP AND STOP SULKING! IDIOTS! Even at the outburst she took care not to shout, her voice was strong however but her actions spoke louder. Activating the dust in her gloves she started glowing a blue hue, not too bright as to attract too much but bright enough to look like she was about to send off a flurry of spells. Instead, however, the aura jumped to her blade as she held it out, frost tinging the tips before she marched on, face reddened and footsteps brisk.
Students
Wisteria Lockheart - 1st Year student at Beacon. "Don't make me throw a book at you"
Shiroe Pendragon - 1st Year Student at beacon - "This is my monochrome reality" - Team MARS
Lavender du Lac - 1st Year Student at Haven -  "The harder I try the further things drift away." Team RWND
Ayaka Miyamoto - 1st Year student at Beacon. "Tsubame Gaeshi!" - Team ALIA
Vermilion Desdemona - 3rd Year Student at Beacon - "Only time you'd be above me is when your head rests on my pike"
Talen de L'eglantine - 3rd Year Student at Beacon
Kei Almas - 4th Year Student at Beacon - "Everything is ripe for the taking!"
Aurum LeBlanc - 3rd Year Student at Atlas - "Lay back, take it easy, and watch the comedy unfold"

Professors
Professor William Nox - "To contain the world in a grain of dust *EXPOROSION*

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 11:40:04 AM »
"Thanks Wisteria, I'm not exactly gloomy, it's more of a... nostalgia. Sigh. I'd like to think I've gotten over the sadness a dozen trips ago. And well, there's nothing really interesting enough to speak of." A smile, warm as a dimly lit candle, drew from Catalina's face. He then goes on, leading the way.

And as he took a left through a broken vault, stepping across what is obviously marks of piles of lien against the ground, and stopped before going back up through a collapsed ceiling when Wisteria bubbled her support. It’s really nice. Feeling her support even when they’ve barely spent any time together… it feels Cat with hope. So Cat wanted to say something but from her tone it seems it’s best not to say something that could embarrass her further. The most he could do on his mind is to hang that hope on his face, trying to share it with whatever life he is coming across, like the nest of sparrows that that had been successfully struggling for as long as he noticed in his trips.

The next checkpoint would be going up this mall using the elevator that have a backup generator that lasts for who knows how long and cross the overhanging bridge then going through the fire exit. "We should be getting an overview for our path soon. Let's hope nothing major have impacted the route."
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Infrared Ray - fourth year Atlas Academy student - "So it's __ and __(insert name here) meets each other."
Sheer Gold - second year Beacon Academy student - "This is super effective!"
Siu Ceong - Beacon Academy graduate Huntress - "What is this? Where can I learn about it?"

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2018, 05:20:58 PM »
The elderly professor was briefly surprised at Wisteria's outburst, but the intent behind it rang true. Given it was also well received apparently and, despite the increased volume and brief lights show, didn't immediately draw any trouble that he could perceive, there seemed no reason to begrudge her. It was just as important not to draw attention emotionally as it was physically. He chuckled in bemusement. "Ah, the intensity of youth..."

With Catalina leading on, the group was making good time through the ruins. True to his words, it wasn't long before a wide stretch of battered road and parking lot came into view, the half-intact shopping mall visible just across the way. However, they were no longer alone. Atop the remains of tall residential building overlooking the mall could be seen a large, grisly nest seemingly knit together from bits of debris, everything from road signs and rebar to shredded vehicle parts forming the main ring while sheddings of dark black plumage fluffed out the otherwise rigid bird bed. Resting in the center of this avian lookout, a mass of black feathers almost as large as a city bus could be seen -- the Nevermore was curled up, apparently sleeping, but there was no guarantee it would stay that way.

Gazing up from behind cover, Budonoki tried his best to judge the Grimm. "We may be able to pass by, but be cautious -- we should be safe once we're inside the building, but there's a great deal of open ground between here and there." He turned to the students. "Or you could attempt a diversion, if you're feeling bold. Up to you."
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STUDENTS

Beacon Student: Rory Vogel, "The Scarlet Shield" ~ 1st Year, Team VCVS

Shade Student: Sean Acacia, "Grenadier" ~ 1st Year



OTHERS

Beacon Teacher / Experimental Botanist: Dr. Budonoki Sophos, Medical & Wilderness Specialist

Baker / Retired Huntsman: Alec Chadwick, owner of 'Fabled Goods' bakery

Pirate / Freelancer: Captain Cordell of the Red Corsair ~ Available For Hire!

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Micah Sere AKA "Prowler" ~ Danger, Avoid If Possible

Mercenary / Infiltrator: Maria Sanguine AKA "Bloody Mary" ~ Underworld operative, "The Lady of a Thousand Faces"

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Re: Far From Home [CLOSED INITIATION]
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2018, 02:27:54 PM »
Lilla didn't know what to say to Wisteria. She had thought it apparent that she was trying to avoid being noticed by any Grimm. But then Wisteria seemed to ignore Lilla, so she didn't know if it was because she was doing okay or if it was because she didn't even rate being mentioned. She personally believed it was probably the latter, but luckily she was saved from having to say anything by the appearance of the Nevermore.

"Er... I-I think we should probably avoid it," Lilla stutters uncertainly. "Let, uh... l-let sleeping B-B-Beowulves lie, and all that?" In the silent pause that followed her suggestion, she also injects, somewhat quieter, "Aren't Nevermores capable of destroying buildings...?"
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Dominique 'Alice' Pentaghast - Beacon Academy Third Year. "What are you worth? The people you love, or the people you hurt?"

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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2018, 02:21:33 PM »
After some silence, Cat answered. "Yes, but usually only with a full speed ram even at that size. Which incapacitate them. Also its nest is right on top of this building."

"So I really think we can just walk right past it, if we don't provoke it I don't think it'll be alerted to us from there. Assuming it didn't already notice us and plans to ram the building to crush us underneath. And I doubt distracting it works, since it has the aerial view and any number that isn't all of us going at it will be swept fairly effortlessly."

Doubting if he can sensibly decide on currently available situation, he turned for help. "Wisteria, Yin, your deliberations?"
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Infrared Ray - fourth year Atlas Academy student - "So it's __ and __(insert name here) meets each other."
Sheer Gold - second year Beacon Academy student - "This is super effective!"
Siu Ceong - Beacon Academy graduate Huntress - "What is this? Where can I learn about it?"

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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2018, 06:34:37 AM »
Wisteria, still a bit red from her earlier speech, nodded at the two's suggestions. "Y-yeah. Even if I could take it by my own it'll be a waste of time. Let's just walk past it." She said, with a bit of pride. Trying to off play her earlier outburst. Walking quietly after, she sighed and stared a bit at the building with her hand resting on top of her dagger, cautious about whether or not the grimm truly would leave them alone.  Toning down her semblance, the glow from her gloves started dying down and faintly glowed under the shade of the building, still ready but less obvious to be used if needed.
Students
Wisteria Lockheart - 1st Year student at Beacon. "Don't make me throw a book at you"
Shiroe Pendragon - 1st Year Student at beacon - "This is my monochrome reality" - Team MARS
Lavender du Lac - 1st Year Student at Haven -  "The harder I try the further things drift away." Team RWND
Ayaka Miyamoto - 1st Year student at Beacon. "Tsubame Gaeshi!" - Team ALIA
Vermilion Desdemona - 3rd Year Student at Beacon - "Only time you'd be above me is when your head rests on my pike"
Talen de L'eglantine - 3rd Year Student at Beacon
Kei Almas - 4th Year Student at Beacon - "Everything is ripe for the taking!"
Aurum LeBlanc - 3rd Year Student at Atlas - "Lay back, take it easy, and watch the comedy unfold"

Professors
Professor William Nox - "To contain the world in a grain of dust *EXPOROSION*