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Pirates! II [Quest: Atani]

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Pirates! II [Quest: Atani] Empty Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:20 pm

Atani

She was a water mage. After all that time learning how to heal with the power of nature, decorating her home with the plants she grew, studying species of flora to become more familiar with all its properties. After joining Blue Pegasus with aspirations to become a strong nature mage. After becoming so excited when she finally met the Woodland Dragon Slayer himself... And for what? Her powers were gone. The magic she had spent so long learning in Athalran was wiped clean from her slate. Instead, she was a water mage, just like the elders thought she would be.

Looking back, she didn't know why she didn't expect something like this to happen eventually. The elders had always found something peculiar about her. For someone whose mana didn't resonate strongly with nature, it was surprising she was able to cast spells with its abilities so easily. For someone whose mana did, however, resonate strongly with water, she showed no aptitude for so much as creating a bubble from thin air. It was almost as if her magic was created through artificial means, though they found no evidence of a lacrima residing within her. It was perplexing, but there was no sense in trying to make something with no potential emerge. It would just cause her frustration in the long run.

Instead, Atani focused on cultivating the skills she knew she possessed, and the elves who too used nature magic were more than willing to help her reveal her potential. Now, it was all for nothing. The majority of the knowledge she had for utilizing nature magic would not be useful for her now water-based skills. She had no elves to turn to at this point, and she knew of no one in the guild who had water magic either.

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She supposed she would start where anyone else would start when exploring their newfound capabilities: experimentation. Of course, in her home, it would have to be on a small scale. She would not want things to get too out of hand. (Mold damage was not something she wanted to have to pay to get fixed at the moment.) After a long and tiring day, she had needed a shower anyway, so she supposed that it would be a good time as ever to practice with her water manipulation abilities.

The elf stripped off her clothes and turned on the faucet to one of the warmer settings. She stepped in and held out her hands in anticipation. Before doing anything however, she paused to think. Manipulation might not have been the right way to go about practicing her magic. After all, that was not in any form how her nature magic worked. She did not control vines, roots, flowers, leaves, and the like. Rather, she created them. As far as she knew, it was the same for most magics. Chances were, it would likewise be the exact same for her new water-based magic.

That being said, being surrounded by water was a good grounding technique for learning how to better control her magic. After washing her hair and body, Atani cupped her hands under the warm water. She took a deep breath in through her nose and exhaled slowly out her mouth. Closing her eyes, she imagined a simple bubble forming in the palm of her hand. She could feel the mana pouring from her hands into what felt like a thin coating of water touching her skin. Cautiously, she opened one eye to view her work as if opening both would have broken the fragile spell. To her delight, she was holding a small orb of water no larger than a baseball.

WC: 300+312=612/2000



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Pirates! II [Quest: Atani] Empty Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:21 pm

Atani

Now opening both eyes, she had a little fun with her small orb of water. She moved her bubble along the span of her arms and gave it a twirl when it got to the tips of her fingers. It felt so effortless. As much as she hated to admit it, it even felt easier than when she tried to grow a flower for the first time. The elders were right. She tried so hard to prove them wrong for the longest time, but they were right. Letting out a sigh, she let her orb of water splash to the ground. She turned off the shower and stepped out to dry herself.

After getting ready for the night, Atani crawled into bed. Head resting on the pillow, she lazily brought her hand inches away from her face. She used to be able to grow vines from her fingertips. She was called the Sylvan Fay for her powers. And now? Curling her fingers, a small arc of water formed above her hand and soon dispersed into mist, becoming one with the air in the rest of her room. There was little she could do about the matter now. Rather than mourning her loss of nature magic, she had to grow accustomed to her new life as a water mage. The best way to springboard that was perhaps a repeat of what she aimed to do last time. Last time being diving headfirst into a quest she wasn't prepared for. It involved pirates-- dangerous pirates who made traders who traveled to Hargeon via boat cower in fear. They would steal and plunder, taking traders' and merchants' goods for their own. Someone had to put a stop to them, and Atani had originally meant to do that by destroying their ships by growing vines, breaking through the hull; however, that did not work last time as her magic seemed to procure no spell whatsoever. This time, however, it would be different.

WC: 612+328=940/2000



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Pirates! II [Quest: Atani] Empty Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:21 pm

Atani

Now, she could actually do something with her magic. A field test was an excellent way to view the capabilities of her magic. She would see if she was still the same sort of mage she was with her nature magic, or if she gained new abilities, such as a way to actually cause some damage to the pirates or ship, or a way to defend herself from oncoming attacks. Even just one of those abilities would do her some good, though she had to say she wouldn't be too disappointed if that was not the case. The elf was not much of a fighter. In any given battle, she would prefer to stay back and heal. It was what she was good at, after all. If she couldn't fight with her magic when solo though, she would just have to make do.

If she was going to be taking on yet another more difficult request like the one she took just a few days earlier, she would need some rest. It was not long before Atani fell asleep. When she awoke, it was the first time she did not have the eerie feeling of having a dream she could not remember. She wondered if it was at all possible due to what had happened at the beach the other day, but for that to be the cause she needed to know what had triggered the strange yet unmemorable dreams. However, there was no sense dwelling on such a topic at the moment when she had other plans in mind for that day. If this dream cycle became a pattern once more, then she would worry about it. For now, she had to worry about the real threats that Hargeon faced. Today, she would be the mage to deal with them, and this time she would be doing it with magic.

WC: 940+311=1251/2000



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Pirates! II [Quest: Atani] Empty Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:22 pm

Atani

This is, of course, if there was a recent pirate ship sighting. If there was not, chances were there was no quest for her to take, but she could at least try and see what was available for her taking at the guild hall. After getting ready, she set out for just that place. From a distance, she could see that the request board was filled to its usual volume, which in most cases equated to plenty of low difficulty quests for beginner mages with an appropriate number of higher ranked ones as well-- not so much that people would be left without help due to not enough strong mages being there, but enough that the stronger mages in Hargeon would not get bored or go underpaid either.

Once Atani was finally close enough to physically read what was thumb tacked on the request board, her suspicions were confirmed. Once more, there was a pirate ship spotted just off the coast of Hargeon. This time, however, it appeared to be threateningly close to Azure Beach as opposed to further out in the open like the ship from last time. It was unlikely the ship was close to where people typically swam at Azure Beach. Furthermore, there would probably be officials warding unsuspecting citizens away, protecting them from any harm the pirates may or may not cause. In other words, the area should be theoretically safe for her to do as she pleased. Innocents would not get in the way and she could destroy yet another ship without worry.

Taking the paper off the request board and thereby claiming the job as her own, Atani set off for approximately where the pirate ship was last spotted. She could see on her way there that the leaves of the trees were gently fluttering in the wind; however, only just. She hypothesized that the ship did not move much, but if they were so far inland, they might have been close enough to drop anchor so it wouldn't matter anyway.

WC: 1251+337=1588/2000



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Pirates! II [Quest: Atani] Empty Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:22 pm

Atani

If the area was well guarded, Atani needed to be stealthy. That being said, she could always reveal her guild tattoo anyhow and flourish her quest paper in front of the guards' faces, but if things went south so close inland, she didn't want any of the responsibility to fall on Blue Pegasus. There were certain light guilds that had a reputation for being particularly prone to causing destruction on their jobs, and Atani did not want to contribute to that stereotype. Blue Pegasus was reputed to be one of the more elegant guilds. Doing such a chaotic thing wouldn't be fantastic for its image, especially considering pirates weren't anything of significance compared to powerful dark mages.

Thankfully, Atani knew these beaches well. She often retreated to them when she needed some peace and quiet from the busy city life in Hargeon (though it was comparatively far tamer than others such as Crocus or Era). It was no trouble for her to find a spot where she knew few people traversed. Alone and unaccompanied by pestering guardsmen, the elf spotted the scheming pirate ship from afar. Hiding behind a rock bank that edged into the water, Atani sank closer and closer into its depths. Taking a deep breath, she plunged her head underwater. It was now or never.

The elf touched two fingers to her head and imagined a bubble forming around her submerged head. With her eyes squeezed shut, she suddenly felt the absence of water against her face. She opened her eyes to find they were not instantly stung by salt water. Chest feeling tight, she realized she was still holding her breath. Cautiously, she let out breath and inhaled. She could breathe. She brought a hand to her bubble-protected mouth and grinned from ear to ear. Her first actual spell.

WC: 1588+303=1891/2000

Spells:

Name: Thûl
Rank: D
Mana Cost: 25
Requirements: Sacred Water Magic
Type: Supplementary
Element: Water
Range: 5 Meters
Cooldown: 1 Post
Duration: Sustain
Effect: Atani touches two fingers to her head from which a magic circle the diameter of the spell generates, and a bubble forms around her head with a maximum diameter of 0.25m. It provides her with pure air within the bubble that will last so long as the spell is sustained, enabling her to breathe even underwater.



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Pirates! II [Quest: Atani] Empty Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:23 pm

Atani

She could hardly find the words to express her excitement, but now was not the time for any of that. There was a pirate ship she had to board, and now she had the perfect spell to do it with stealth. Swimming with the protection of her bubble, Atani didn't have to come up for air and reveal her location to the pirates until she could touch the ship. Careful not to scrape herself on any of the barnacles plastered against the wood, she poked her head into the cannon window opening. As far as she could tell, no pirates were on the lowest level. She could not hear any sea shanties or mugs of rum clanking this time, so they were not conveniently preoccupied with a celebration. Likewise, she could not count on them to be sluggish and drunk this time around. So, she would have to be more careful.

Just as the time before, she rigged explosions with the barrels of gunpowder used to fire the cannons. A trail of black powder lead from a barrel to where she was standing, and she was able to light it with matches she found. She had been quiet enough so as not to draw attention thanks to her near-soundless elven abilities. The resounding boom that the explosion caused, however, was not so quiet. Water came pouring into the ship and footsteps thundered down to see what had happened. Not wasting a single moment, Atani took her chance to flee from her hiding spot and search for the treasure she had come to steal back from the pirates. This time, hearing the evidence of the damage she had caused, one pirate was already attempting to save the loot by pushing it to an escape dinghy. Thinking on her feet, Atani acted as if she was using a whip made of water. It made impact with the pirate, sending him sprawling into the ocean. Atani seized control of the dinghy and rowed as fast as she could to the mainland. Close enough to civilization, the pirates dared not follow, lest they wanted to be arrested, though she figured the guards would be doing that soon enough following the explosion she caused. With the pirates handled, Atani went to return the bounty that was stolen.

WC: 1891+382=2273/2000

Spells:

Thûl - Sustained

Name: Bodra
Rank: D
Mana Cost: 25
Requirements: Sacred Water Magic
Type: Supplementary
Element: Water
Range: 5 Meters
Cooldown: 1 Post
Duration: Instant
Effect: Atani moves her hand as if she is unsheathing a whip from her waist and flicks it in the direction she wants. From her hand, a 0.25m diameter magic circle and corresponding whip of water will lash in front of her. Upon hitting a target, it will not deal damage, but will knock back the target for a distance of the spell's range.



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