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 Post subject: Snow and Ice (vs Jodai)
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It hadn't been too difficult of a trek, but it certainly was a long one. The hunt for Grimmar and the joining of Fidelis Cohorstalea had taken Ein more than halfway across the face of DI, and now he was returning home to his mansion near Ravenwatch village. His feet slowly plowed through the snow, his expression neutral while his mind lingered on his quickly growing hatred for all things cold.

The land here was perpetually frozen and the typical weather was nothing short of a blizzard. Today, however, was a "good day". The snow dancing within the air was light and it landed in fluffy piles on the ground-- honestly, it was the lower levels of thick white and permafrost that gave the spellcaster such trouble. What seemed to make it worse was the fact that all this was unnatural. Coldfire forest was nearby... which, at one point, seemed to be the stronghold of a very powerful mage. Ein's guess was that said a magician used magic to alter the land. Of course, the TRUE history had since been lost, even to the residents in the nearby village.

The forest was aptly named, justified by the trees that burned with a blue, freezing flame. Legends spoke of how Devils and Demons lived within the depths of those branches. The blue-haired man gave an inward smirk; how close, yet far, they were from the truth.

Passing by that place, Ein could see how such fears could arise. Though not truly human, he was NOT immune to their instincts and inner thoughts. There were certain things, things that go bump in the night, that naturally brought an individual back to the harshness of reality; the thought that, in a moment, they could end up being nothing but the prey for something greater than they. It made them more alert to their surroundings, such a simple fear; a prickling at the back of the neck and a cold feeling, different than anything the weather could ever produce.

'Not long now...'

The spellcaster had been here numerous times before, at the edge of the forest, so the effects of its mystery and shifting shadows were beginning to fade. At this point, Coldfire was nothing more than a landmark, a beacon that meant he was close to his hearth and away from this damnable cold.

But, then, something felt amiss.

Perhaps it was a misstep in the melody of breaking snow, or maybe it was an unfamiliar scent caught upwind. Ein couldn't be sure. He paused in his movement, giving a brief, closing tug on his heavy robe. He listened, but his eyes never moved-- that would be too obvious.

Instead, he probed with senses that COULDN'T be detected.

Here, at the edge of Coldfire Forest, there were two presences.

"How long have you been following me?"

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A grim line of determination replaced Vius' usual carefree smile. He had trudged through dirt which turned to mud, then frozen mud and now this. A thick layer of snow covered the ground; though that might make it easier to track his target, Vius was never happy to travel in cold weather. Flecks of snow managed to sneak under his black hood and slowly melt, making his black hair soggy and his life in general pretty miserable. The man's trail was getting warmer, though and for that, the elf rejoiced. As he trudged up the last hill, he had spotted a glimpse of blue on the horizon.

Ein Weltal...information on this man was easy enough to find if you chose to believe every source. It all contradicted itself and some claims were so outlandish Vius could not bring himself to believe them. Some said he was a demon in a man's form, others said he hunted demons but few facts were ever verified between one source and the next. Everyone agreed he was powerful, though. Many warned that if Vius sought to do him harm, Ein would know and the punishment would be severe. He could kill with a simple glance but he might destroy the mind or ravage the body. Some say he kills for fun, pleasure, sport, out of necessity; they all agreed Vius would be no match for him.

The elf would listen to these warnings with a smile on his face, nod and be on his way. He didn't intend to slay the man, he intended to learn from him. To prove he would be an apt pupil and gain the knowledge that made this man, Ein Weltal, so legendary and mysterious, he would follow this trail to the ends of the world and beyond. Vius was sure that this time, his research had paid off. Here was a simple human who had transcended his unremarkable race and become something entirely new. Even if he deemed Vius unworthy, if the elf faced him and lived to tell about it, this whole ordeal would be considered a success.

An eerie glow haunted Vius' peripheral vision as he walked. What he had originally assumed to be some sort of strange foliage on the trees along this path was actually blue flames which Vius was surprised to find were cold to the touch. Based on his information, somewhere inside of that forest, he would find the home of his target. If Ein was as close as Vius imagined, they may end up meeting before the elf ever made it to the deadly and legendary human's lair. Vius blew out a breath in frustration as he hiked up yet another hill, following tracks that seemed very fresh. As he reached the crest of the hill, he confirmed that the tracks were indeed fresh, for there was his target. The elf got his first official glance of Ein.

He was shorter than Vius had imagined. His hair was blue, as was his robe, which he tugged tightly, ostensibly to ward off the cold. There was not the usual sense of power that the elf sometimes felt around the notable inhabitants of DI. Either he was masking it or Vius had been tracking the wrong person. Vius could only hope for the former. The man's back was to the elf, which Vius thanked the light for, though he still crouched to avoid making himself too obvious. The element of surprise would be useful. Was this really Ein though? Vius would have to follow him for awhile to be sure. The elf did not have to wait long for confirmation. Without turning, the man spoke.

"How long have you been following me?"
A voice deep and rich, almost emotionless, as if addressing an animal or a small child cut through the soft whisper of snow. He did not seem like he would be easily impressed. Vius stood to his full height, his golden eyes boring holes into the stranger's back. This had to be Ein. Despite the cold weather, his wet hair and soggy socks inside frozen boots, Vius smiled.

"Well, I've been trying to track you down for quite some time,"
Vius started off easily enough though as he spoke, his voice rose slightly. He was nervous; this introduction was very important. "You certainly don't make it easy. By the way, my name is Vius Ottum. I know who you are...I know lots about you."

Vius was bluffing and hoped it wasn't too obvious. He wanted to pretend he was on the same level as Ein, wanted to make the man believe it was just a matter of casual interest and not desperate need for a mentor to help him focus his power and better utilize his magic that drove him here. Vius took a cautious step forward, his eyes on Ein's back as he awaited a response.

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 Post subject: Re: Snow and Ice (vs Jodai)
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Though no one would realize, Ein gave a small frown.

It wasn't the individual's presence that was a nuisance, it was his agenda. Or, rather, the lack thereof. This 'Vius Ottum' gave no indication of what he wanted, instead citing that he had been tracking Ein for seemingly longer than he so desired. The parts about "I know who you are" and "I know lots about you" were also of concern.

However, the blue-haired man would resolve this situation as he did so many others:

"I'm not sure what they told you... but I'm afraid it's not true." One foot moved backward and the spellcaster pivoted lightly on the ball of his heel to face Vius. He adjusted his staff deeper into the snow, as if it were a walking stick.

"If the same rumors persist as last time, I can tell you that I have nothing to do with the Prime Evils... nor have I ever won the King of Darkness Tournament... I'm only a scholar, I spend my time reading and writing books."

Each statement was true, if only in a twisted kind of way.

It was typically through violence or dissatisfaction that Ein found peace of mind-- and he preferred it through the latter. After a soft shrug and a mock-apologetic look, the psionicist turned back on his heel and continued walking. The quick response wasn't meant to be rude, but any further discussion would only give more time for the ruse to fall apart. Afterall, if one were to think clearly enough, the presence of the dragon too staff alone was enough to betray Ein's nature as a magic user.

For a moment, his brain calculated the paths before him again. Going through the forest would likely ward off the traveller, but it would make the trip much longer. In truth, Ein's mansion was in an entirely different wooded area... if fear didn't stop Vius, then perhaps the psionicist could vanish somewhere between the trees later.

With a grumble, and what looked like the quick-correction of a wrong turn, the spellcaster took a deep step into Coldfire. Ice crunched beneath his steps. It was obvious no one had been here in a while.

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Vius' eyes slowly went wider as the psionicist talked. He had no doubt that this was Ein Weltal. Here he was, talking to Vius. It was so exciting! Perhaps, for once, something had worked out well for the elf. Then things took an odd turn as Ein tried to convince Vius he was not who he was. Quickly, Vius realized that this must be a test, or at least one of the possible several tests, that Ein admitted to his possible apprentices. So, Vius had a decision to make...call Ein's bluff, or play along.

As Vius made his way towards the psionicist, Ein made his way towards the cold-fire forest. Vius thought it very clever that Ein began walking away into the forest. If the potential student couldn't think quick enough, the master they sought would be lost to them. Vius had heard how strange and disorienting those woods were once a person was deep inside of them. So, he quickened his steps to keep within a reasonable distance of Ein but he didn't want to seem overeager or threatening and resisted the urge to sprint through the ice and snow.

"E-Sir! Please, I just need a moment of your time!"
Vius called after the man, deciding to go with a little of both of his options and play along with Ein's game. Vius was still several paces behind Ein but spoke loud enough so the man could hear. Vius kept walking as he talked, no easy task in the snow. Flakes of frost flew into his mouth and stuck to his face. "So, you're just a simple scholar and that's all. You just happened to fit the most common description of Ein that I've managed to corroborate between sources. You also just happened to be carrying a dragon tooth staff with a large, yellow jewel embedded in it. I can believe all that...slow down for a minute! Let's just sit down somewhere and have a scholarly discussion, okay? If you're a scholar, you'd know the truth...did y- did he really kill all those people?"

That last part could be considered harsh by some but a desperate sort of madness had crept into Vius. All he could think was that if Ein chose to respond, he would feel wonderful. If the psionicist chose to fight, that would still be a small success. Vius was not sure he could handle it if Ein simply chose to blow him off and ignore him. All the time spent gathering information, the traveling back and forth, it was too much work if there was going to be no payoff. Vius puffed out another blast of cold air. This was all a means to an end but sometimes it seemed the closer he got to the end, the further it moved away from him. He sighed and watched Ein's back, once again waiting for a response.

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Through most of Vius's plea, the psionicist kept a solid pace; the falling snow and tiny gusts of wind allowed for easy ignorance on what was being said. But... there was one phrase that made Ein suddenly stop.

"If you're a scholar, you'd know the truth...did y- did he really kill all those people?"

'Don't mince words, do you?'

Ein seemed to wear his thoughts for a moment. If the elf had truly gotten a look at the blue-haired man's face, he might have already found the answer to that question. For whatever reason Vius wanted to dig up the past, he had to know that he was trying to wake a sleeping dragon. Tightening the grip around his staff, Ein once again spun on his heels.

His expression was different now, as he looked at Vius. Before, when there was nothing, Coldfire Forest only moderately creepy in the sunlight and maybe a tiny bit alive. But as Ein released just a tiny bit of his true potential, the area was suddenly filled with a strong sense of foreboding and danger. The wind picked up slightly, seeming to vortex around both spellcasters for a moment before once again dying into an ominous semi-silence. The only noise that remained was the soft frozen crackling as the blue fire burned.

It was that... look.

Ein seemed normal, blue hair aside. But there was something about those blue orbs now that felt so different from before. It was like a mask of sanity, draped over the leer of a lunatic. A murderous gaze somehow rising from what only appeared as a look of apathy. It was the type of glare that could stop the average man dead in his tracks; the look that the people had talked about.

Sinister as his expression was, the psionicist spoke with clarity and calmness through the quiet:

"In that case, if you want to know about Ein... then I can tell you from first hand that everything they say is true about him. Especially the part about eating the souls of his victims..."

And with that, the strange presence of darkness around the forest was gone again.

"...now, if you'll excuse me. I'm trying to get to Ravenwatch before nightfall."

It seemed surreal for a moment. Reality was left hazy in the aftermath of a sudden storm. But as quickly as the tempest had come, it vanished. Like the glint of an assassin's blade, Ein's disposition had been sheathed and his path through the Coldfire was once again being made, ice crunching beneath his feet.

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Vius' smile remained plastered on his face as Ein turned around to face him. Th elf hoped that something had caused the psionicist to consider sitting and talking, for they had much to discuss. Those hopes were immediately dashed when Vius caught sight of the expression on Ein's face. Something, something Vius couldn't completely comprehend, had changed in the man and there was a sense of danger, violence and...power. A glimpse of power, a small taste. Power that was so pure and concentrated it was practically tangible. Ein had somehow found a way to mask his true potential but for a brief moment, he allowed Vius to feel the raw talents he possessed. A less determined person would have understood this was a warning; a dog baring it's fangs or a snake's hiss. They would have turned and left then and there.

Vius was not that type of person. When he saw that tiny glimmer of something that Ein might be able to teach or pass on somehow, Vius was only encouraged to pursue the man harder. The hunt for knowledge was really a hunt for power and Vius would not let the trail go cold, even if his life would be put in danger. Ein spoke in a remarkably calm voice, spouting a few lines that were supposed to ward Vius off but only drew him in more. As far as the elf was concerned, Ein had all but directly invited him to travel along.

When Ein turned and continued on his path, for one second Vius actually hesitated. Something nagged him to stop and flee, a small voice in the back of his head. The risk is not worth the reward, it warned. Vius could only grin once again. This tiny voice was completely wrong.

"Ravenwatch, huh? What's in Ravenwatch for a couple of scholars like us?"
Vius hurried his steps once again to catch up with Ein. Vius' nonchalant reply was meant to highlight the fact that the psionicist was not going anywhere without the elf. That tiny voice in Vius' had spoke up again.

Tread lightly. Only fools dance near a dragon's den.

Vius shook his head and pressed on. Ein was something special but Vius was confident that the psionicist was nothing he couldn't handle. This odd, disconnected conscience that kept chiding him for doing what he had come all this way to do had waited far too long to impart it's wisdom. The elf just wouldn't be chased off by anything now that he had come this far.

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There.

It was done.

Whether it was through the expression on Ein's face or the simple release of aggressive mana, the strange must have understood now that he was not wanted here. Spellcasters were solitary creatures by nature, so the fact that one would interrupt another was ironic... although the blue-haired man wouldn't know this fact at the time. Instead, he simply took the individual as a semi-scholar... or a dirt-writer. Deep in the psionicist's past (before coming to Darkness Incarnate), they were called reporters. With a soft sigh of relief, his journey would once again be as he intended it: silent.

It was a quick thought process. The absence of footfalls behind him for a few seconds was all that allowed the blue-haired man to think he had won. He got a few steps ahead before realizing the "battle" was just starting. Vius was quickly on his heels.

And it was even more quick of a transition.

From the contented smirk of believing that he had been victorious to a grumpy frown of vast disappointment, the high elf showed no signs of fear or doubt in his pursuit.

'Either this guy's really good...'

"Ravenwatch, huh? What's in Ravenwatch for a couple of scholars like us"

'...or he's an idiot.'

The answer was fairly obvious.

For a small distance, the two moved in complete silence through Coldfire Forest. Covertly, Ein looked over his companion for a moment; Vius traveled very lightly, lacking any type of visible weapon. Granted, this was much more settling than spotting a hidden dagger... but there was certainly something genuinely off about the elf. His eyes showed a deep intelligence, even if his actions and words displayed otherwise. The psionicist truly wondered if his guest had bought the scholar story... but, sadly, there was no real simple way to find out.

For such an unremarkable person, Vius carried himself pretty well. Even when faced with the eerie-ness of the believed-to-be-cursed forest, he did no falter-- he showed no signs of stopping. Despite Ein's volatile display of potential, he still followed. Regardless of the dangers that existed at every corner of the world, the elf carried no open weapons-- something that invited disaster.

Indeed, there was something undeniably inconspicuous about the man. He was extremely ordinary in a world that preyed on such innocence. And, that, made him stick out. Either he invited danger from the outside world, or he, like Ein, was hiding something.

Unfortunately for the psionicist, he was a very curious individual... and, thus, began conversation:

"If you DO find Ein, what do you intended to do? You know what people say."

It was strange, referring to yourself in third person. With each step, the blue-haired man's staff clicked against the ice and his feet cracked through the first layer of snow to plunge into the softer parts below. It wasn't necessarily a 'trudge' yet, but walking proved more difficult the deeper the two descended into Coldfire.

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Ah, yes, "if". Vius barely managed to suppress a sigh of annoyance. How long would Ein keep up this little game? Well, Vius was 99% sure of Ein's identity. In this world, nothing was ever 100% and assuming it was so was inviting catastrophe. So, the elf went along with the question and took a few seconds before he answered. In those few seconds, the gentle crunching of the snow under their feet, the soft sound of their breathing and Ein's staff clicking on the ground blended with the ambient noise of the cold fire to create a rhythm that made the walk rather pleasant. Vius wondered if his new companion could appreciate the way each individual sound blended with the other in order to produce the natural melody or if it was all just white noise. He decided it was unimportant but filed that question away for later use if the conversation started slowing between them. On to the question at hand...

"People say all sorts of things," Vius began. Here was another chance to goad Ein into owning up to who he was but after that earlier display, Vius hesitated for a fraction of a second before continuing. When he spoke again, his voice took a slightly higher pitch and he spoke a little faster than he wanted...not out of fear but anxiety. "They say he's a protector or a destroyer, a noble warrior or a cursed soul, a saint, a killer, an exorcist or a demon..." Vius watched Ein's reaction but continued to speak, answering the first part of the question now. His voice lowered and returned to a regular pace. "...one of the details that everyone confirms"...that I myself have just confirmed..."is that he has power. Not just power, but the knowledge to apply that power- apply it just right in whatever task he sets out to complete. I want that knowledge...I need it."

Vius stopped there. He might have unintentionally painted himself as desperate and that was something he had not intended to do. Ein had probably had people hunt him down with all sorts of intentions, mentorship included, and desperation was probably an emotion the psionicist had seen in plenty of those cases. Vius wanted to set himself apart from anyone who might have sought the psionicist's guidance and begging was certainly not going to impress anyone. Vius attempted a casual look, as if nothing he had just said was really anything special. He wanted Ein to think it was all just small talk; they might as well be discussing the weather. Vius wondered how successful his charade would be if all those stories about Ein reading minds were true.

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'...Knowledge...'

Funny.

Most people desired power. They sought weapons, artifacts, spellbooks... anything that could give them strength enough to murder a man. Mortals and Gods alike were always looking for new and exciting ways to kill each other. Who was Ein to oblige? If he granted every person that approached him one wish, what good would have come of it? The forest around the two was proof enough of mortal-kind's brutality.

The psionicist's next words were off par of the conversation... but they went perfectly in sync with his private thoughts.

"Have you ever been through this forest before?" The question was rhetorical and the spellcaster continued masterfully, without interruption. "The reason it burns with such a strange fire is BECAUSE of knowledge... and power. A talented mage wanted to change the world... The result is the eternal winter you see around you. The ruins of a stronghold are deeper within if you desire to see them; if you desire to see what happens to those that hold such great knowledge."

Although Ein's words were undoubtedly cynical, he did believe that there was a certain degree of goodness that dwelled within the hearts of all mortals. A sudden memory struck him: Even the most devious of devils and saintly of angels have qualities of both hidden within them, like two sides of the same coin.

Regardless of his beliefs, the blue-haired man's words had a deeper meaning. He wanted Vius to understand what, precisely, he was asking for. Meanwhile, Ein had to figure out whether or not he would pursue any type of teaching.

But luck wouldn't allow either of the individuals the time needed to make such important choices before them...

A presence suddenly made itself known. It was an unremarkable sound by itself, but there was a certain feel about it that threw Ein into a quick defensive. There were no birds or deer in Coldfire-- in fact, there was rarely any life whatsoever... so the fact that there was a noise other than the dull crackling of icy fire meant that something was wrong.

"Who's there?" Ein demanded. His voice seemed to give little room for argument.

A shuffling in the bush produced two men: a small one wielding a dagger and sharp eyes and a bigger one who wore tattered leather armor and held a short sword in each hand; the offspring of a large bounty and a failed ambush. Little was left to the imagination as to what their thoughts were, greed sparkled in their eyes and their weapons were eager to draw blood.

Ein quirked a single eyebrow, his thoughts, too, were easily visible.

"We caught a lotta' slack for trying to hunt you down... but I told them we'd eventually catch you, Weltal. You're worth three times your weight in gold." It was the bigger man, obvious now was he the leader.

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"Heh," Vius quickly muffled his laugh as it left his throat. What luck. These foolish hunters had impeccable timing. Vius was sure that Ein could take them both with little effort. The little one was already trembling with either fear or excitement. Whichever one it was, it would interfere with his battle skills and make his attacks less accurate. The bigger one was clearly putting on a brave face, his eyes shown with a mixture of emotions; fear, awe but above all, greed. That was the dominating factor in the foolish choice these two had made to hunt down a living legend.

Suddenly, the parallels between these two "hunters" and Vius himself became clear. Vius had hunted down Ein and even baited him and attempted to raise the psionicist's hackles, so to speak. Was it greed that drove him after all? Was the look in the bandit's eyes mirroring Vius own? Was Ein just a means to an end, to be used for Vius' own reasons and then...what? Discarded? It became clear, then, the response that Ein needed to hear. Vius spoke as if the two men had not interrupted at all and even turned to look at Ein; he hoped his companion saw it as a sign of confidence but not arrogance.

"If knowledge and power are two points of a triangle..." Vius watched the two men out of his peripherals. They were hesitant to make a move, as would anybody who had heard even half the rumors that were circulated about this blue haired human. Vius took advantage of their weariness and continued."...Wisdom is the third point of that triangle. Wisdom is only gained through experience. I have lived through..." Momentary flashes of the past rushed through the elf's head; of a village burned to the ground, of a different village destroyed by a marauding demon, of his own death at that wizard's hands. "...a lot of pain. A lot of loss. I feel that I've gained the wisdom to affect change in this world but...now I need to gain knowledge in order to gain the power so that my triangle will be...equilateral." Vius smiled and shrugged. "I hope you understand...well, I think I've ignored these guests of yours long enough, eh?"

Vius turned to face the unwanted intruders. His left hand retracted into the sleeve of his robe, hiding the silvery glow of power as the Void entered his body. At the same time, his right hand casually slipped into his robe where he kept one of his hidden knives. His stance subtly changed so that most of his weight rested on his right foot; he was prepared to spring forward at a moment's notice. Though he had no doubts that these men were barely capable of providing Ein with a challenge, if Vius saw the chance to strike, he would take it. He kept a grin on his face, his emotions hidden under the carefree mask. Vius bowed his head gracefully, keeping the two troublemakers in sight at all times. Then he quirked an eyebrow at Ein, as if to say "I'm following your lead."

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Over his shoulder, Ein gave a smirk to Vius' explanation. It was a small victory for the high elf, something that meant he had gained at least a modicum of respect from the blue-haired spellcaster. The methodology of magic he had used was one that Ein hadn't heard before... though the logic behind it was infallible. If an individual had too much drive for power, but didn't have enough knowledge or wisdom to support it, they became a danger to themselves and others. Whereas if an individual had knowledge and wisdom, but no real drive to gain power, they seldom became more than librarians or village elders.

Two, prime cases of said power-hungry people were those standing before the spellcasters now. Thought it seems obvious they had no control of mana, they were still quite driven by strength... which essentially meant they were exactly the 'dangers' that were referred to before. Sensing his companion's readiness, Ein wasted no time in beginning the fight. He took a step forward, towards the larger man. His staff was held in the ready.

If all worked well, Vius would take care of the rogue.

Ein was the first to swing, his staff coming down diagonally to strike at the base of the fighter's neck, but the mercenary was not without skill. He blocked the blow easily with one of his swords while counterattacking with the other, a quick stab towards his adversary's abdomen. Ein spun, the blade catching nothing but the cloth of his robe as it passed.

However, he was forced to retreat as the warrior continued to press his attack. While each following slash was either blocked or dodged, they continued to grow in number and anger-- the warrior had the advantage, keeping Ein from the time he needed to cast a spell. But there was a simple turning point: the knife kept within the blue-haired man's sleeve.

With one, fluid slashing motion, the small blade was released and one of the short swords hit the snow... along with two of the fingers on the mercenary's left hand.

"You bastard!" The large man cursed loudly and took a few steps back.

Blood was squirting from the stubs, his middle and ring-finger now missing. It was now a matter of pride for the mercenary... holding only a single sword, he made a charge towards the blue-haired human. And it proved to be his undoing. Hubris caused what happened next; holding his short blade high above his head, as if to deal a deathblow, the man met only a flash of blue light.

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Vius was nearly transfixed by the fluidity of Ein's movements. The psionicist was holding his own against an obviously skilled opponent. It was one thing to hear accounts of the skill the man in blue had but it was quite another to see that skill in action. Vius inhaled deeply as the smaller man slowly circled away from the battle going on, his beady eyes flicking between Ein, who was worth a good amount of gold and Vius, who was an unplanned variable in these men's plans. The little man's eyes went to a third target and then returned to Ein and grinned.

Vius glanced over his shoulder and saw a dark figure moving into position. The elf let out a frustrated sigh. He had to imagine that Ein was prepared for this sort of thing and for all their imagined cleverness, this little ambush party wasn't anything new for the psionicist. It was really more of an annoyance than anything. Vius hesitated to leave Ein's side but the opponent he couldn't see posed the biggest threat to Vius' occupied companion. Vius hesitated for a moment, several different courses of action running through his quick elven mind. He settled on one and jumped into motion, the pause to consider his tactical choices only taking part of a second.

"There's a third one out there,"
Vius spoke quickly, hoping the alert would be enough info for Ein at the moment. The quick warning was all he could get out before he went on the offensive.

Not wanting to leave the little man an opening, Vius kicked up a cloud of snow. As luck would have it, a brief wind blew and the little white cloud Vius kicked up flew into the man's face. He overreacted, as if he had expected something much worse and fell backwards. Vius smirked. It was nice when something went even better than one planned. Quickly, he spun and faced the hidden assailant. Without thinking, he launched a quick, weak spell towards the figure. The spell might not do too much damage but it would interfere with the concentration required to draw a bow string and take steady aim.

At least, that's what Vius had hoped. The familiar twanging sound of an arrow being loosed echoed through the forest. Had Vius' plan worked or were these lousy ambushers actually successful? His silver eyes quickly jumped to Ein. Even with his quickened mind, this battle seemed to be moving much faster than the elf was used to.

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 Post subject: Re: Snow and Ice (vs Jodai)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:35 pm 
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The sound was somewhat sickening: a loud grunt, followed by the tearing of flesh and snapping of bone. The large man folded in two, somewhat literally, as the blue energy carried him a few feet before fulling taking effect. The pause was due to the mercenary's armor; ironic, since his protection only managed to intensify the pain he felt. He screamed as the force shoved him along, his feet fighting against the ground and snow to catch hold, but it was far too late. From navel to neck, the man had been slashed-- nearly through his entire body-- while his eyes remained widened in surprise. His expression spoke as if he didn't quite grasp the concept that he had been slain... nor did he seem to quite understand how.

Words again attempted to rise from the mercenary's throat, though this only managed to create a gurgling sound before blood exploded in archs from the wound. Psionic energy sizzled on his flesh, whisps of blue mist evaporating into the atmosphere. He stuttered momentarily, then his eyes rolled back into his head and he was gone. His body landed with a sickening splash, his blood painting the area around his body a dark shade of red. Hopefully, with their leader slain, the others would leave peacefully.

Yeah, right.

"There's a third one out there!" It was Vius. And he was right. There was a vague shadow within the gloom of Coldfire, silhouetted by the blue flames. And if Ein wasn't mistaken, he was holding a longbo--

TWANG! 'Shit-'

Ein turned, the timing of which was astoundingly, perfectly lucky. Indeed, it was nice when something went better than one planned... as no amount of skill could have produced what transpired. The spellcaster did nothing out of the ordinary, he simply moved his body at a speed in which was common for him. Likewise, the third man shot his bow as he had all the times prior. ...but it was by a strange fate that Ein was not left bleeding with an arrow in his chest. There was a sharp crack when the projectile hit and, when the small round of chaos settled, the human stared, smirking, at his staff. The arrow was sticking out from the top of his weapon where it crossed over part of his chest, as if shot there on purpose.

Audibly, the bow-user cursed and then turned to leave... but he didn't seem to notice the spell that Vius flung towards him.

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 Post subject: Re: Snow and Ice (vs Jodai)
PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:46 pm 
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He had been too late to stop the attack. Even as Vius watched his spell speed towards the hidden assassin, he realized the archer had got a shot off. The elf saw the arrow speed towards Ein and turned his head in what he thought would be horror as the psionicist was struck down. Instead, incredibly, the arrow was blocked by Ein's staff. No. Way. Vius had met battle-hardened soldiers who couldn't pull a stunt like that off. Ein was beyond gifted, even in simple martial talent. Vius didn't even bother shaking his head in disbelief, he simply turned his head back towards the bandit. The spell struck the bandit as he had turned to run away and sent him to the ground, most likely out of panic. It was a fairly weak spell, nothing flashy. Vius noted that Ein had caught sight of the archer and so Vius turned his attention back to the rogue.

Even as he turned, the small dagger-wielder was already thrusting towards Vius' midsection. The elf barely managed to jump back in time to avoid the attack and he made sure the dagger he held in his right hand was visible as he retaliated. The elf leaped forward, feinting a strike with the small blade and the rogue, predictably, fell away to Vius' supposedly unprotected side. even as the rogue slid to Vius' left side, the warlock's hand was shooting out towards his opponent and glowing in silvery light. The impact of his palm into the man's shoulder would have been enough to throw his slight enemy to the ground but, infused with energy from the Void, the attack sent the rogue sprawling backwards. He cried out in pain and shock from the attack and his eyes met Vius'. For a split second, the elf felt pity for the man. Was any of this even his idea? He had probably been roped in to this with promises of an easy payday and now, here they were.

Vius' hand shook very slightly before he made a decision to end the rogue's life. After all, it was kill or be killed, right? With a quick thrust, it could be all over. Part of Vius wanted to let the man go but he couldn't bear the thought of failing Ein somehow. Besides, the man had attacked him, too! Vius should have been angry and ready to kill. The man was whimpering and holding his wounded arm. Vius leaned down, about to offer the man assistance when the rogue spit in his direction. The saliva came nowhere near Vius but the act of defiance angered the young elf. Then Vius saw that the man hadn't been holding his wounded arm, he was reaching for another hidden blade! In a flash, Vius' dagger struck and ended the rogue's life.

Vius ran a hand over the man's face to shut his open, blank stare. The elf stayed crouched over the man for a moment, eyes closed as he said a quick eulogy. Respect for the dead was a lesson that his old master had taught him very early on. Then, the elf turned to see how his companion fared with the last of these fools. Vius hoped Ein hadn't witnessed his hesitation or his sentimentality; he doubted that such a powerful spell caster would have very much use for a pupil with either of those traits.

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 Post subject: Re: Snow and Ice (vs Jodai)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:02 am 
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The ambush had failed. Miserably.

The leader had been slain, the archer had been spotted, and the rogue was exchanging blows with Vius-- a man of obviously above average fighting talent. With no sense of urgency, Ein brought his free hand forward and plucked the arrow from his staff. His head turned as he noticed more shuffling in the forest; the man who had taken the shot was once again on his feet, having recovered from the shock of Vius's spell. This time, however, he was beginning to run away. Thoughts of revenge began to simmer within Ein's thoughts, but he pushed them aside. Pursuing would have simply been a waste of time; dead men tell no tales. Perhaps, once the archer got back into town, he might be able to deter some others from attempting the same thing. The less blood, the better.

With a shrug, the psionicist brought his attention back to his high elf companion, who was now looming over his fallen adversary.

Vius was an interesting breed. Dagger in hand, he brought his arm forward to help the rogue to his feet... though his attempts only got him spat at. Then, from what Ein could surmise from the distance, the human attempted to attack, only to be struck down by the elf. 'Shake with one hand, prepared stab with the other', the blue-haired man thought, moving forward while the elegy was performed.

"You honor them?" It was more of a statement than a question, spoken as Vius turned. "And you handle yourself as though this isn't the first time you've killed."

He never stopped moving, brushing past the high elf and carefully stepping over the body. Ein's beliefs were different, he held little respect for corpses. However, he fully understood Vius's plight and desire to make amends with the dead. It was simply a matter that the psionicist knew all too well that his penance was not to be had in this life. After tossing the arrow in his hand aside, Ein made a motion for his companion to follow.

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