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Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:17:28 PM »
Jocelyn, as Budonoki knew, was a kind and giving soul even by the standards Beacon held its prospective Huntresses to. One could even argue that she was too quick to give of herself, that her Semblance of healing at the cost of her own Aura stood to be her greatest potential vulnerability. Even so, as the sagely old Faunus led her up the course of a shallow river he could not help but admire her dedication to the welfare of others -- the girl would be a fine medic one day, very possibly even more.

It was thus imperative, he mused, to ensure she could survive to help as many people as possible.

"Not much further now, miss Antiqua." He assured, half-turning to look back at her. The foliage was dense up ahead but he knew the way -- in truth, this was one of his favorite spots in Forever Fall. Rounding the bend of a rocky outcropping, their destination came into view: a horseshoe-shaped cleft in the cliffs a mere ten feet high, over the ledges of which flowed no less than half a dozen small, burbling waterfalls. The place had no official name that he was aware of, but Budonoki had come to affectionately call it "the amber veil".

Smiling at the sight, he found a familiar tree stump at the water's edge and sat down. "Thank you for indulging this old man -- I've a fondness for this place, you see." He smiled over at her. "But you must surely be wondering why I've brought you here, hm?"
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 02:44:40 PM »
What little information Jocelyn had on the Forever Fall forest came mostly from pictures and her brother's description of when he was undertaking his mission. If anything, neither managed to quite capture the stunning beauty that kept unfolding with each twist and turn in the path. It was similar to an elaborate story, each flip of the page, each bend in the road revealing new, exciting sights never before seen by her own eyes.

Yet, when they arrived at their destination, the scenery blew everything she had seen before out of the water. It was a scene straight out of a movie; miniature waterfalls flowing and mixing together, like a carefully designed and tended garden. Jocelyn let out a soft gasp at the sight, nearly unable to comprehend such beauty.

"It's easy to see why," she said, her voice hushed in awe. "It wouldn't be a stretch to say you brought me here to admire the view, would it, Professor?"
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 11:13:38 AM »
"It is quite beautiful, yes." The old surgeon cast his eyes across the water and foliage, smiling softly as he did so. "I sometimes come out here to meditate on my days off... but no, the view is not the main reason we're here. I thought that the serenity of this spot would be a good fit for what we are to undertake."

"Your Semblance, miss Antiqua, is a fine thing."
He gestured to a smooth, flat, moss-covered boulder not to far from his own spot, encouraging her to sit. "You give of yourself to restore others, and can even do so with bullets! I've known many remarkable Huntresses and Huntsmen down through the years and can tell you with certainty that gifts such as yours are rare indeed, the sort of thing which can do a great deal of good. However, I'm sure it hardly needs saying that sacrificing some of your own Aura -- especially in the midst of battle -- can be a risky thing. To that end, I'd like to explore what we can do either to strengthen your Aura or make your Semblance less of a risk. I know a few things that may be of use to you, but matters such as these are, always, a deeply personal process."

"What are your thoughts on the matter, hm? What comes to mind -- your thoughts, you feelings, your concerns and hopes -- when you think about your Semblance?"
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 12:58:57 PM »
"Thank you, Professor," Jocelyn said, astonished that a experienced Huntsman was singing her praises and taking the seat offered."It's delicate, this semblance of mine. Useful, without a doubt, but then I have to use it like I'm handling a baby--care and caution."

"The thing that springs to mind for me first is care--that I can keep others from ever being injured in fights, to keep their Aura topped up. Aura matters less for me since I'm usually in the back lines, so I'm really happy I can put my Aura to good use. Past that is a sort of personal joy, when I know that I am making a difference by saving lives. But even further down, in a corner of my heart, is a sense of guilt and regret. Guilt from knowing that my Semblance is a manifestation of my soul which has come to fruition only because my brother was hurt protecting me so long ago. Regret that I have, in a way, dragged him onto a vicious battlefield where he could die." She placed a hand over her bosom. "But that is a reason why I fight--to protect him as he once protected me."
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 07:53:46 AM »
Budonoki nodded thoughtfully as he listened to Jocelyn's words, hearing the weight of emotion she put into them. "Care and joy. Guilt and regret. A sense of obligation. Miss Antiqua, these are all very powerful emotions -- I know them well, and they have brought me both remarkable strength and great sorrow over my years. For better or worse, thought, they are a vital part of who you are... and you will need to channel these aspects of yourself for what we are to attempt. Capture those emotions in your mind's eye. Bind them together in your memory. Harnessing the reflection of your Semblance within you is one sure way to master it."

"Now then,"
He closed his eyes and breathed in deeply, almost seeming as if he were meditating. "If my suspicions are correct, miss Antiqua, your Semblance can do far, far more than you think it can -- with the proper catalyst empowering it. You still have the Dust crystals I gave you, correct? I would like you to try something for me, please. Choose one, whichever you feel most comfortable using, and begin channeling your Aura into it as though you were using your Semblance. Remember to imbue your Semblance's emotions into the act as well, as this should strengthen your ability to control the result. And then..."

"...Turn the crystal's power on me."
He paused, then added. "Do not worry about what may happen -- I have faith in you."
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2018, 03:10:06 PM »
Jocelyn nodded, retrieving said Dust crystals and the pouch they were stored in. Despite the previous exercise, she still felt no special affinity toward any kind of Dust, but she recalled the Professor mentioning his own link with Ice Dust, so she pulled the light blue crystal out of the pouch in hopes that whatever she was doing would go smoother.

Now came the decisive part. Calling up her Semblance came naturally to her, as the Dust crystal started pulsing with a unsteady glow at first, before strengthening to a consistent aura of light purple on the borders of the crystal. Infusing her memories into her Semblance was harder, but also achievable as the glow became stronger still. It was her sense of guilt that proved hardest to combine--simply calling it to her mind pained her, but eventually the aforementioned was all imbued into her Semblance. According to Professor Budonoki's instructions, she pressed the crystal to his hand, letting her Aura pass through the Dust crystal like a conductor.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2018, 04:12:48 PM »
When the process began, the old faunus closed his eyes and focused on his senses. He knew Jocelyn had enough control not to cause him harm, but at the same time what they were attempting was, in a word, experimental. Both teacher and student knew that she could conduct her Aura unto another, but passing it "through the lens" of Dust and its energies... well, surprises were almost a guarantee.

For the first few moments Budonoki didn't notice anything in particular. The air around them both was calm, the crystal seemed steady and even... it seemed like nothing of note was happening. Perhaps another approach was needed? He'd been so certain that this would work --

A faint gust of wind stirred around them suddenly and, in that moment, the surgeon-sage felt it: crisp and cool like a winter morning, yet not harsh in the least. His eyes opened and he glanced down to where the crystal was pressed to his palm, seeing at once a faint mist that seemed to spill in ribbon-thin wisps from his entire arm. And not just his arm, either -- a glance up and down confirmed that the effect had spread from head to toe. Whatever Jocelyn had evoked through the crystal, it had suffused his Aura.

"...Fascinating." He lifted his free hand and moved it about slightly, trying to gauge the effect. It wasn't immediately clear what was at play. The sensation was becoming clearer -- cold, but insulated, reminding him of a snow shelter he and other monks had once hunkered down in during a bad blizzard. The warmth of the sunlight felt... numb, somehow, as though barely reaching him. "The chill is palatable, like an aspect of cold itself has merged with my Aura. I wonder if..."

He rose, mindful of every move and sensation as a possible clue. "It could be... yes, I would venture that you've succeeded, miss Antiqua! This, I believe, is some manner of thermal shell radiating from my Aura -- a boon, perhaps, against intense heat and fire? Worthy of further testing, to be sure; perhaps at the campfire later. But there seems, in any case, no doubt: you did successfully harmonize the power of the Dust crystal and your Semblance, and on your first attempt at that! Excellent progress, my young Huntress! I knew you had it in you."
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2018, 05:20:42 AM »
Something in her told her it had worked before she even recognised it. Perhaps the sudden surge of flowing Aura, as if a stopper had been removed from the mouth of a bottle, releasing the pent-up energy stored within. Jocelyn shivered, suddenly feeling the crisp chill from the dust crystal which, somehow, she had not felt until now. "I succeeded?" Getting the professor's words of approval, she squealed happily. "Thank you, Professor!" she exclaimed, her face radiant with joy.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Monster] (CLOSED)
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2018, 04:58:02 PM »
The old faunus smiled at his student. "Oh, you have nothing to thank me for -- it was your efforts and willpower that brought you to this point. All I did was offer a slight nudge."

"There is one more step, however."


Reaching into his robes, Budonoki pulled out two ammo magazines that Jocelyn would at once recognize as the same make and chambering as Hyacinth was fitted for. These, however, were not your common munitions -- a slot on the size of the mag revealed the rainbow gleam of several different Dust types. This Budonoki offered to the young huntress-to-be. "Projecting your Semblance through a crystal is all well and good, but that will limit your effective range. If you can master the same process, but with these elemental Dust rounds, then you will be able to truly make the most of your new talent."

"I did get the right sort, yes? I'm afraid that for all my specialties, firearm knowledge is not keen amongst them."
He added apologetically.
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Pirate / Freelancer: Captain Cordell of the Red Corsair ~ Available For Hire!

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

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