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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Guildrum on Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:15 pm

Honor looked at the ladybug, /figures/. He gives the order to look for bugs, they look for bugs.

"We use his blood to summon the Dark Lord Sauron and bring about the Twelfth Sign of the Apocalypse. Typical wizard stuff."

He looked over Ceaphas again. The cause of death was quite obviously the firearms carried by those thugs, but Ceaphas knew to to manipulate matter better than most wizards. He should have been able to fight them off.

Standing up from the corpse of his friend, he walked over to the chair in which the living guard was restrained. He was just about waking up.

"Up and attem Weeping Beauty. We've got a long day ahead of us, and you don't want us to get impatient. You see, my magnanimous decision to allow your continued existence in the realm of the breathing has placed my entire party in a precarious position."

Honor stepped back, pacing briefly, trying to look as intimidating as possible. "I got questions. You got answers. Speak up when you are willing to engage in a perfectly civil interrogation."

Looking over to Dove, he points to the entrance above. "Take as much freed up furniture as you can and barricade that door, zombie apocalypse style. They're still tracking that scarf of yours. They'll come."

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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Batman on Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:44 pm

"...Typical wizard stuff."

Dove looked up from his ladybug to view Honor with an expression of general awe while Maria looked like she was resisting the sudden urge to box the cheeky Honor in the ears. "Mi culo," she muttered grumpily. Dove's shining HAZEL eyes were wide as his lips parted to proceed further into the subject, but all of his recent hopes and dreams formed in those last few seconds were dashed by a single "NO". His short, daunting cousin issued the two-letter word firmly and without hesitation, her own light brown eyes daring him to let his imagination run any further with Honor's statement.

As Honor turned to the thug awkwardly tied to the chair, Maria let her attention fall on the man as well. "I don't have very many rounds left," she began as she edged the magazine to check her bullet supply, "but I can spare one on him if we need. I will need to get more soon though. And a silencer would be nice." Even as she spoke, she could see her money slowly slipping away. Just because she had some cash and a checkbook didn't mean she wouldn't run out. She'd need to use her card eventually...

"/Maria/..."

Maria looked to the soft voice to see Dove regarding her with an expression of quiet, horrified reproach. She seemed far too comfortable with reverting back to "kill or be killed" mode. When Honor issued a new order, Dove gave a sigh and looked away as he stood. The ladybug was permitted a ride on the top of Dove's head as he moved about the rooms. The first thing to end up there on the stairs under the trap door was a bed, followed by a table after it and then a chair and so on. Hardest to easiest. By the time Dove was finishing up, the ladybug had moved from his hair to perch on the tip of his nose, occasionally buzzing its little wings to keep its balance. Dove grabbed another chair, ignoring the fact that this one contained our thug. Maria protested with a Spanish expletive and threw a loose couch cushion, only to have Dove narrowly dodge it. He righted himself and glared, as did the ladybug in its own prim ladybug way. At least, Dove imagined it was glaring. It was certainly buzzing its wings in an almost agitated way.

"Honor said to make a barricade!"

"Yes, but NOT with the hostage!"

"He didn't say that!"

"It was IMPLIED."

Dove's glare intensified and he turned away with a huff, stomping his way towards the barricade and dragging the chair with him. With his jaw set defiantly, he gave the chair a toss into the mess.

That did it. And Dove knew it too. Before Maria could even begin running, he had already taken off. Up the pile and over the hostage he went with his angry cousin in pursuit. Down the pile they went and into another room they zipped with as much stealth as a herd of elephants. We might as well throw some sort of hyena metaphor in there too, because they were screeching that loudly as well.
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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Guildrum on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:34 pm

Honor returned to the corpse. The purification branding seemed to faintly glow, just like all Inquisition victims did over time. The Priests claimed it was their bodies being claimed by angels. Honor never believed them, but the wizardly community had no real explanation.

Dove and Maria were engaged in shenanigans while their prisoner protested meekly. Finally, he broke. Something about becoming part of a barricade against his own men caused him to break. "I'll talk. Whatever you want. I'm done. I just wanna go home..."

Honor took their prisoner, dragging him in the chair across the room, in front of the rapidly dissipating body of Ceaphas. "We'll start with your name and rank... And we'll go from there."

It was a long interview session. Bradburn, his name was, and this mission was supposed to be the gateway to becoming a Inquisitor-Major. Too bad for him. They had been trailing Ceaphas for some months, and had planned to set up a base camp to ambush wizards seeking protection. His memory was "clouded", but apparently Ceaphas was simply too tired to fight back.

Explained why his corpse looked so peaceful. It was like a nap for him... They riddled him with bullets, then that's when we showed up.

He didn't know much about the Inquisition organization. He knew about Stricker, and his portion of the operation. As far as he knew, that's as far as they went. He was obviously wrong, Inquisiton attacks have been reported as far easy as Hong Kong. That or he was lying. Honor doubted it. He had no lie-detecting spell, but this chump didn't know that.

People rarely lied to a wizard. It would take an act of... Supernatural... Stupidity to do so.

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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Batman on Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:06 pm

Throughout the interrogation, the two cousins remained out of sight but certainly not out of earshot. Their argument was spoken mainly in Spanish as their feet stamped about and their bodies bumped against walls. Honestly, Dove didn't really want to do this right now. He was /very/ tired and /very/ distraught by all he had seen in the past hour. Perhaps Maria was secretly distraught as well. Perhaps this was her vent. ...Or maybe she really was just the gruff, pigheaded girl that her mother had always claimed. Who knows?

After narrowly escaping Maria and spending some time hiding in one of the adjacent rooms, he left his cousin to brood while he trudged back into the main room. The corpse's body was beginning to give off a glow in his periphery. He did not turn to look closer. He instead walked towards the two men, crouching down next to the chair to look wearily over at the bound man. He didn't /look/ that sinister. He looked like just another white Boulderite. Dove knew he shouldn't expect every badguy to look burly and scarred and scary, but still...

"Honor..." Forlorn hazel eyes turned upwards to rest on the face of the wizard. "Honor, I'm so tired." He had always felt tired after the few times his emotions got all solid-feeling like they had outside of the secret entrance. "Are we sleeping here?"
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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Guildrum on Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:20 pm

Dove looked at Honor, obviously dead tired, exhausted. Kid had been through quite the ordeal as of late... And now that he thought of it, Honor was sort of tired. And with that realization, exhaustion flooded over his body, his arms and legs suddenly became heavy, and he could barely keep his eyelids open. His stomach began to rumble profusely as well. He had expended a lot of energy in a body that was running on a salad.

"Y-yes Dove. Against... Against my better judgement, we need to get some sleep." He turned to Bradburn, who looked rather worse for wear himself. He quickly took a knife, dropped by his compatriot when Maria gunned him down, and cut him loose. When his expression turned confused, Honor explained. "You were cooperative. I am not without mercy. When we leave tomorrow, you are to forget everything you know about Inquisitions and Wizards."

Honor quickly moved to the wall next to the barricade Dove set up and sat, leaning against it, falling asleep almost instantly.

His last thoughts were of Dove and Maria.

/They're my responsibility now.../

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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Batman on Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:29 am

Dove waited for Honor's reply, a grateful expression spreading over his face at the favorable decision. He lifted himself to his feet, inching away as Honor cut the man loose. Bad, bad, bad! If this were a TV show, this would be the episode where the guy killed them all in their sleep or snuck out to bring back reinforcements.

He decided the safest and most comfortable place to sleep would be the bed, which had been the first object to contribute to the barricade. He climbed up the pile, glancing over his shoulder to see Honor so trustingly sitting right out in the open to sleep. Geez...

As he lied down, no words came to mind. Well, nothing coherent. But let it be known that /fricasseed french fries/ happened to pass through his thoughts as he drifted away.

...

Arcaeus was very /very/ VERY annoyed. Frickin traffic, man. Frickin Boulder pedestrians and their common assumption that they owned the streets. Frickin frick frick FUDGE NUTTERS ON A STICK and so on...

Such is life when one is having a hunger crash. Arceaus hated being late as it was, and now he had to focus on not totalling his car while his stomach turned on him and slowly fed on his common sense and inhibitions for lack of a better sustenance. When he finally arrived he was A FRICKIN HOUR LATE, OH SO MANY SILENT EXPLETIVES. He huffily parked his car (/oh hey look, whoever else is here has on Outback as well, what impeccable taste in vehicles!/) and entered the house, doubly annoyed to find it seemingly empty.

"Aw man, they'd better have left something for me."

Pale eyelids slid down to cover blue irises. Strong, smooth fingers slid to rest in the pockets of a worn pair of slacks. Thin lips parted to suck in a calming breath while Arcaeus tried his best to focus on relaxing and focusing his attention on the atmosphere around him. His muscled shoulders slowly relaxed, as did the rest of his sinewy body, though his hunger still nagged at him. /Soon,/ he reassured his stomach, though he himself did not feel so sure.

Wait a moment. He could feel it now. The dull crackle of magic hung in the room, concentrated mostly on one end. Without opening his eyes the auburn-haired man followed the feeling, pushing further into the sparse cloud of a stale attack spell. When he felt he was close to the center, he opened his eyes and looked about. His stomach growled and for a brief moment and he let out a desperate sigh.

/Focus./ Alright. Downwards then. He crouched down to follow the trail. Hold on a tick... A trap door! But of course it's locked. Why on earth would they think to leave it open for him even though they had been expecting his arrival?? Arceaus ran his pallid fingers through his auburn fohawk as he gave a scowl. Humans, man. With a longing groan, he laid flat on his stomach and pressed his ear to the floor. He could almost taste it. It was so close! Maybe a simple spell to reach it?

...

Dove twitched his nose as the ladybug on his forehead stirred and haltingly scuttled away from the mist that seeped down from the cracks of the door above them. It found a new spot on Dove's chest and settled down, unperturbed by the satisfied sigh that whispered down to them. From up above, Arcaeus smiled, letting down his mirage spell to conserve energy for the new spell at hand. No, literally-- at hand. His hand was gone, dissolved into the mist that ran from his wrist to the forehead of the one below him. This one was quite fatigued, but still as satisfying as a small hamburger. Even when tired, Arcaeus found that wizards had always packed the best bunch when it came to feeding time. As the mirage spell flickered out, blue eyes turned red and canines turned to fangs.

Three guesses what his species is.

[For the reader's convenience: See "Vampires" for more info on the species.]


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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Guildrum on Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:46 pm

Morning came around, the sun peaked over the horizon almost as slowly and languidly as the wizard. A long, exaggerated yawn was his greeting to the waking world. Dove and Maria were still asleep, as was that scum Bradburn. Sooner they could get rid of him, the better.

Honor briefly rifled through tha pantry. The World Council, the Wizardly Organization that maintained these safehouses weren't keen on modern convenience or taste. No good cereals for breakfast, so a bowl of plain Cheerios with half a container of sugar dumped on top to give it the a vague resemblance to flavor was that Honor got to eat for breakfast.

Ugh.

A bowl of cereal and a few hours of the only channel the ancient television within could display later, it became increasingly obvious that Dove and Maria would sleep the whole day away. They couldn't risk that.

Tiptoeing over to Dove, Honor lightly rocked his body. "Psst! Psst! Dove! We need to get moving!"

No response.

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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Batman on Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:07 pm

Dove was completely oblivious to Honor's presence. The hand on his shoulder went unnoticed and he did not so much as stir. He might as well have been a limp sack of flour laying there on the bed amongst the barricade. Maria walked in as Honor spoke to her little cousin. With a grumble and a lazy rub of her eyes she suggested that the wizard just toss him off the bed. Surely he'll wake then. With another grumble she located her gun and inspected it briefly as her thoughts began to turn towards breakfast.

...

Arcaeus was not able to get much from the weak little wizard under the floorboards. To conserve energy, he decided that he might as well have a bit of a "nap". Here, he used the term loosely. Vampires don't sleep, of course. But with practice, they can slow most of their bodily functions for a bit. Close enough.

When he "woke", it was to the sound of a voice coming from below. He could feel a much stronger buzz of delicious sustenance below him compared to whoever he'd drained during the night. His hand turned to mist again and began to seep through the cracks as slow as his self-control would allow...
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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Guildrum on Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:16 pm

Honor's Wizard Senses were tingling.

Okay, not really, but something was seriously off now. Maria was dealing with her gun, Dove was still asleep, Brad was still snoozing and drooling in the carpet, gross... And a misty hand was reaching for Honor.

Maybe that was it. Honor leaped backwards, immediately, albeit sloppily, setting up his mental barriers so the vampire, for that was certainly what was reaching out to get him, the misty hand gave it away, could not access his emotions.

Is cynicism an emotion? Honor had never pondered the- /Oh God oh God/ his mind raced as he realized what was happening. Dove was weak, unnaturally so. Their aggressor must have drained him... "Maria! Back up! Don't let anyone near you!" He yelled back to her, hoping she'd heed his warning.

He then prepared for a fight.

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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Batman on Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:29 pm

The mist stopped short for a halting second when Arcaeus heard a shout. Crud. The longer he stayed here the more he was beginning to realize that Stricker's plans had gone awry. He should leave, but a glance towards the door quickly changed his mind. The sun was up and he did /not/ have the energy to put up a shielding spell right now. So now it was eat or go on defensive, which was really a no-brainer.

Haha... no-brainer... he felt like a zombie now. As the rest of his body began to dissolve he whispered a cheeky battle cry to amuse himself. "Braaaaaains," came the soft murmur as a stream of mist shot through the cracks to confront the one who had spoken.

The first thing he did was go for the woman with the gun, for he did not like the noise it made as a bullet whizzed through his intangible form. As he drew closer to her head, he could smell the rising adrenaline and a familiar, bitter blood-lust that he normally only tasted in distressed veterans and soldiers.
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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Guildrum on Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:13 am

It was a quick spell, rudimentary and sloppy, but it was just about all that Homor could muster up. Releasing a wave of energy at the mist, briefly discombobulating the vampire from his feeding. Hopefully.

Bradburn woke to the commotion of the fight, quickly darting up, he widened his eyes at the mist in the room. "What the he-"

"Bradburn!" Honor practically screamed, "Get to the barricade! Take it down! Now! Open it or so help me I'll-"

He didn't need to finish his threat. Stumbling over his feet, the short, rotund gunman made a mad dash for the barricaded entryway, attempting to tear away table and chair to get to the outside.

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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Batman on Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:26 am

The mist drew closer to Maria and she quickly gave up on the gun which was obviously doing nothing. She was bracing for impact when the mist suddenly veered off course and fell to the floor as it solidified, rolling across the ground once or twice out of sheer momentum. She was surprised to see that the mist had turned into... a man? And a rather normal-looking man at that. He was tall and muscular with auburn hair and pale skin. Maybe he could be shot now?

But just as she was lifting her gun, his face turned towards Honor. Red eyes? How did someone get red eyes? The man glared at Honor and curled back his upper lip, baring his abnormally long canines with an enraged hiss. Maria's gun dropped to the ground with a clatter and she let out a Spanish expletive as she made the sign of the cross over herself.

...

Arceaus didn't mean to hiss. It wasn't very civilized, and he knew it. But he had wasted valuable energy on that mist spell, only to be denied even a taste of the woman's energy. He got up into a crouch, tense and wary of this new threat. "They promised me a wizard," he grumbled as he cautiously slinked sideways across the floor. "A greying wizard who wouldn't put up a fight." He glanced to the woman, who was now eyeing her gun questioningly. Stupid.

Arceaus decided to take advantage of the naive woman's presence. He bounded towards her, ignoring the Spanish words that babbled out of her mouth in reaction to his nearing proximity. His hand plucked up the gun as he passed it and he rounded about, behind her now. One arm went around the front of her neck while the other waved the gun. "You can pretty much forget this right now, chickie," he boasted as he kept a wary eye on the wizard in his periphery. "Vampires and guns, well..." He glanced to the wizard to make sure Arceaus had truly put the woman directly between them before deciding to show off. The woman yelped as he lifted the gun and wrapped his lips around the barrel and squeezed the trigger. You know, he'd never actually seen any of his kind do this before. He could be committing a very stupid suicide right now.

BANG.

The force of the bullet threw his head back and tore him away from the woman. As he tumbled backwards he felt the back of his skull collide with the corner of a table before bouncing off and finally reaching the floor.

"...Geeeeez," he exclaimed as he slowly sat up, propping himself up on one elbow. He rubbed at his head, which throbbed only slightly, as he glanced down at the gun. The woman had forgotten it now, as he'd hoped, but now she was running towards the wizard. Er, whoops. That chick had been his only cover. He spat the mottled bullet out onto the ground and gently prodded the insides of his mouth with his tongue. That was definitely going to bruise, or at least feel tender until nighttime. As Arceaus looked to the wizard in this completely vulnerable position, he gave a sheepish laugh and began to anxiously look for an opening.

He leaped towards the wizard. Wait no, he was suppose to find an opening first! Stupid, stupid...!
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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Guildrum on Sun May 04, 2014 11:48 pm

After Maria made her way over to him, Honor assumed a defensive stance. Wizard duels can be equated to that of a mental fencing bout. Both sides size each other up, look for weaknesses and cover up their own, or perhaps lure them in with bait and attack them while they think they have the advantage. Vampires could use a similar technique to wear down their foes.

This one did not elect to.

Blasting the vampire with as much psychic force as he could, Honor prayed that whatever tragic or poor events occurred in Dove's life would be enough to freeze the monster. Vampires have no emotion of their own. This one had taken Dove's to keep himself "alive", but with that he took all of the baggage that comes with. Hopefully bringing about these painful memories and feelings would cripple him momentarily so they could escape.

Just as this was happening, Bradburn had pulled the last part of the barricade apart. Quickly opening the secret entrance, he booked it. Out of the safehouse, out of the facade building, and across the street.

He was having none of this.

"Of course." Honor grumbled before turning to Maria. "Grab Dove and run! Run as far as you can! I'll deal with this guy!"

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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Batman on Tue May 06, 2014 11:28 pm

Arcaeus saw the attack coming before the wizard casted the spell, but the vampire had been too stupid to actually prepare any defense. As he landed his leap he held out a hand to help him direct his own magic, though he hated having to use up any of his precious energy. At this rate, he'd be desperate for another feed by sundown.

The hasty mental shield was poorly constructed. The air in front of Arcaeus rippled as the wizard's attack filtered through, only slightly weaker than before. Arcaeus felt its effects start in his forehead, the center of any being's magic, and spread to the rest of his mind. The attack flowed through each neuron, kicking out at every negative switch it passed and awaking every borrowed experience that Arceaus had stolen from the young wizard last night. Good glory, this kid was the /king/ of negative experiences! Even as Arceaus struggled to remind himself that these emotions weren't genuine, he staggered under the weight of it all. Panic, fear, anxiety and sorrow were a bad taste in his mouth when they were coming from within him rather than from a victim during a feed. It was the same sensation as when a human burps up a bit of nasty tasting stomach acid, only much worse. Arceaus felt like he might hurl, though his stomach had been empty for years.

When his vision came back into focus, he was leaning over, hands braced against his knees. His eyes turned upwards to view the wizard before him. The woman was gone and so was the boy. All that was left was the wizard and a bunch of furniture strewn about. Arcaeus let out a heavy breath. "Whew! Yuck! That's one messed up kid..." Rather than straightening, the vampire bent down and took a seat on the floor. He leaned back, bracing his hands against the floor and eyeing the wizard with renewed wariness. Unfortunately, he could not jest as much as he'd like around this one. The wizard wasn't terribly strong, but he was still experienced enough to be taken somewhat seriously.

"...Are you going to kill me," he inquired, his voice quiet now. As he spoke he focused on a drawer that laid on the ground behind the wizard, estranged from its chest and alone. It trembled and then began to rise, unsteady as Arceaus mentally fumbled with the object as he tried his best to keep a good hold on it. How many drawers does it take to unscrew a wizard?

Answer: /None, because wizards don't have screws. Eheheheh, I'm so funny.../ Arcaeus forced himself to keep a straight face.
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Re: No Easy Way Out

Post by Batman on Sun May 11, 2014 1:28 am

A short little oneshot while I wait for a reply:

Midnight.
Fresh puddles.
Smell of rain recently passed.
Loud music becoming muffled through the barriers of brick walls.

Outside, away from the glare of the streetlight:
A man. A woman.

A kiss.

The woman's french-manicured nails curl into the fabric of the man's black button-up shirt. The coolness of his skin where their lips make contact is a relief under the heat of this Colorado summer night. His fingers begin to explore her face, tracing the feminine curve of her jaw and moving slowly upward.

A voice distracts them both. "Mmm, yummy. Is there enough there for two?" They break away to view the intruder, who has popped their moment and dissolved the passion like powder under a dash of warm water.

...

Arcaeus knew he was being a jerk. Actually, the English language held a plethora of derogatory terms that might serve better than simply "jerk". He knew he was being an absolute prick, interrupting the hunter and its prey just before the Feed. He could see the effects of his interruption immediately. He could smell it in the air. The buzz of passion that had been growing so exponentially before was now fading, soon replace by embarrassment, annoyance and quiet apprehension.

Araeus chuckled as the other man's arm moved to drape around the brunette girl's shoulders, his slender fingers inching up to her forehead in a last, desperate effort to catch the fading remains of the girl's Lust. Without explanation his fingers pressed to the skin, right over the frontal lobe of her brain where every being's magic resides, waiting to be used. With a frown the blonde vampire tapped into that source and sucked at the emotion, irritated by the bland Confusion that he tasted in the place of the tangy Lust that should have been there. He quickly gave up and let go, leaving the young woman there to deal with her newfound fatigue on her own while he advanced towards the obnoxious being before him that had become the bane of his existence as of late.

Arcaeus hadn't seen Benjamin for a year, but he really hadn't been expecting the guy to change much. They were both vampires, after all. Aging wasn't a problem. As he watched the male approach, his hazel eyes skimmed over the face of the one who had created him. Benjamin had cut his hair to his ears which had curled it considerably compared to before, but that was the only change he could pick out with his keen vampire eyes. As for Arcaeus, the taller vampire had always stuck to the auburn fohawk and boulder-esque hiker's clothes that had always been his style, even before being Turned.

Blue eyes grew focused as Benjamin neared Arceaus and lashed out, snarling at the taller male as he aimed for the vampire's face. Arcaeus blocked the blow and the next one as well, grinning idly as he too focused on the little fight. Benjamin was smaller than he, less muscular than he, and slower as well. Even so, he seemed to be in denial to the fact that just because he'd been a vampire longer didn't mean the advantage of sheer size no longer applied. To make Benjamin's position even worse, Arcaeus had already fed that night before interrupting Benjamin's meal.

Soon the blonde gave up and turned away, bristling like a cat and shoving his slim hands deep into his pockets as he tried to move away. The sound of footsteps behind him drew another growl from his throat. Arceaus was really rubbing it in now. He was so completely confident in his strength that he wasn't even bothering to tap into his natural vampiric stealth to follow Benjamin. "What do you want," Benjamin snapped, turning his head to the side to view Arcaeus in his periphery.

"Ehhhhh..." Arceaus offered an indefinite reply and gave an apologetic smile that made Benjamin want to asphyxiate something; preferably him.

"You don't know? You trespassed into my territory /again/ and ruined my dinner for /no good reason/??"

"What, I'm not allowed to make social calls?"

"SOCIAL CALLS?!?"

Benjamin halted abruptly and his hands went up to his face, resounding loudly as only a vampire double face palm can. Arcaeus- that stupid, cretinous piece of UGH- had the /worst/ knack for breaking Benjamin's brain and making him want to cry at times. This would be one of those times. Benjamin's hands lowered and clenched desperately at his sides as he turned to face Arcaeus who had stopped short close behind him.

"I can't /believe/ you! Don't you realize what you are? Haven't you /any/ instincts at all?? You are a VAMPIRE!" As he spoke the last sentence he let his /dissimulato/ (his magic disguise) drop in order to accent those words. Blue dissolved away in his irises and gave way to blood red. His canine teeth grew back to proper vampire length, the same length that had sparked so many mistaken human assumptions about blood-sucking and the like. "Vampires do not /socialize/, we /kill/ or otherwise exile the competition for our food and we try our darn hardest to keep from making /new/ vampires to compete with!"

"But you made me," Arcaeus pointed out. He let his dissimulato drop as well, touching his tongue to a tooth to feel the canine lengthen in his mouth. What a weird sensation!

Benjamin put his hands on his hips and glared. Besides the teeth and the red eyes, the two of them looked nothing alike. Benjamin was wearing his usual black button up shirt and slacks while Arcaeus fit the Boulderite stereotype in his cargo shorts and navy blue windbreaker. "Yeah well I wasn't /trying/ to Turn you," he snapped with a look of absolute distaste for the auburn-haired male before him. "I was hungry. I ate too much. New vampires happen when old vampires drain someone dry."

"I already know that." Arcaeus had spent quite some time learning about his new state of "living" after waking up a vampire. Apparently there's a certain kind of supernatural parasite that will jump from the nearest vampire to a freshly drained corpse and reanimate the body. Kinda gross, but it was better than staying dead. Once a vampire drains you, you have no soul left to take to any sort of afterlife. You're just a body for eternity. "I guess that's just what you get for being greedy. Maybe I'm your punishment."

Benjamin grimaced and brought his dissimluato back to the foreground. "Yeah, well this is cruel and unusual," he muttered, turning away again with a grumble. "Now I have to find someone else to feed on." Whatever emotion was left in him from his last feed was beginning to curdle, turning to bitter irritation and clouding his mind with hunger. If he didn't find something to energize him soon, this walking corpse would start to decompose.

Arcaeus's voice interrupted Benjamin's brood with a hopeful air. "Um... well, I have Anguish lined up for me over in the next town," he piped up. "And it's a wizard too."

"A wizard?" Benjamin's stomach growled; a natural reaction left over from his days as a living human. The energy from a wizard was especially delicious. The magic in their frontal lobe was stronger; more easy to access and more developed than a mundane human's.

"Yeah. This guy in Boulder sometimes arranges meals for me when he wants the fight drained from someone. Wanna come?"

"Yes." No hesitation. Just hunger.

Maybe he could try to dispatch his accidental "creation" again once he'd had enough to eat.


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Post by Guildrum on Thu May 15, 2014 12:47 am

/Oh great. It's talking./ Honor thought in an almost defeatist way. Vampires were notorious schemers and rarely did anything without done hidden or ulterior motive. A product of such a... Treacherous culture zone figured. Honor almost never dealt with vampires, that, after all, was the Paladin Guild's job, not a wizard's. As a result, Honor found himself lacking in any proper vampire-removing tools. Quietly ushering Maria out of the room, he elected to play this game with the vampire.

"I suppose that would depend on quite a few factors my soulless friend..." He began, putting on the most confident and powerful demeanor his body could produce on such short notice. "A number of things indeed..."

"Firstly" Honor announced, "If you hurt Dove in any way..." He growled, curling his hand into a fist. Real, actual rage circulated in his body. That was surprising, he didn't think that he was that upset over Dove...

"Secondly, are you working for anyone? Someone you'll be going back to to report if I let you go? That's a problem indeed if so..." He murmured, trying his darndest to be intimidating. "And I guess the issue of how comfortable I am with the prospect of letting an animal like you loose upon the world is still there too. Oh, and what would the Paladins do to me if they knew I knew of a vampire loose in Boulder and didn't tell them?" He leaned in close to the parasite's rotting body. "I seem to have every reason to kill you where you lay... Unless you've got a good reason for me not to..."

That vampire had BETTER not call his bluff.

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Post by Batman on Sun May 18, 2014 12:25 am

Arceaus grew less and less confident as the wizard dropped each of his proverbial cards on the table and pointed out the weight of each one. The paladin guild? Geez, as if Arceaus had received enough grief from them! His shoulders hunched under the wizard's threats and his instincts begged him to decapitate him right there with the drawer while he still had a slight chance.

But why bother trying if he's so hard to kill? Why not use him instead? He slowly let the drawer float back to the ground. As the wizard leaned in close, Arcaeus became aware of the spicy smell of Rage burning around the man. Despite the hunger eating at his mind and body he leaned away, taking on a sheepish attitude and averting his gaze. "But... I thought the wizards with hair like yours were suppose to be fair. Please, I didn't do anything!" As he spoke, he forced himself to ignore the hunger in favor of the prospective leverage the wizard's cooperation might provide. "One minute I'm running inside to take shelter from the dawn and the next I'm fighting a wizard in the room where I'm supposed to be waiting out the sun! Come on, don't tell the paladins where I am, I just... didn't want to get caught outside..." When he finished speaking he braced his hands against the floor and did his best impression of anxiety as he haltingly pushed himself away from the rage-filled wizard before him.

Gosh dang, he hoped this bluff was solid.

[For the reader's convenience: See "Rules of Magic" for more info on wizards and hair color.]
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Post by Guildrum on Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:08 pm

/Oh Mio Dio/...

All textbook vampire. If he can't coerce or brute force his way to get what he wants, he'll make himself seem as pitiful as possible. Earn a bit of sympathy. That was good, on one hand, because that meant he believed Honor. Honor could continue the bluff for now at least...

But on the other hand, the vampire would be pissed if he figured out Honor had no vampire-slaying tools on him. Vampires are prideful creatures after all...

"I suppose I am supposed to be fair huh..." He muttered, trying to sound seriously contemplative of the undead creature's fate. "To be honest, I really, really dislike killing. Even killing something that's already technically dead. Whether by my hand or by calling in a Paladin to smite you with a mighty smiting."

He kinda hoped the vampire caught the reference.

"So let me work out a deal with you, okay? We'll just all leave, and you get to hide in this fun little bunker for as long as you need. Since it's sunlight out there, I have adequate confidence you won't follow us."

He looked back at Dove, who was still unconscious.

"That... And you'll explain to us why a vampire with such... Honest intentions as survival did whatever you did to that boy... And I want a real good explanation too..." He said as his face contorted into something of real murderous intent. If only he actually /could/ kill the thing...

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Post by Batman on Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:39 pm

Arcaeus kept his deceptively sheepish eyes on the wizard, his attitude insistent when it came to proving his upworthyness to this man. The auburn vampire gave a nod when the young wizard was brought up again.

"Survival," he persisted. "Vamp's gotta eat. I couldn't just waltz back out into the sun to find more food." Arcaeus held up his hands, flicking his wrists in a 'stop worrying' gesture. "He'll be fine," he snorted with a grin. "He's just wiped. Lucky for you all, you can magically replenish all that precious energy with a little bit of sleep. What I don't get," the vampire continued, "is why you /care/. You're obviously not related and you're certainly not personality compatible." Arcaeus leaned forward, genuinely interested now. Yeah, he was supposed to be acting pathetic still, but he was just too dang curious for his own good. "So, what are you doing helping a whacked out youngling with such a violent past? What's in it for you?"
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Post by Guildrum on Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:02 pm

The vampire suddenly seemed far less vulnerable. No doubt the entire "spare me" act from before was as much of a ruse as Honor had assumed. It wasn't long before the creature was questioning his motivations.

"My reasons for protecting that child are my own." He menaced, under his breath. Grabbing the hair of the vampire in his fist and shaking his head briefly, he glared at the monster. "But do remember, I will not tolerate any further harm coming to him. If you do anything to him from now till the day I die, I swear by your nonexistent soul I will end your sort-of-living body."

To be fair, he did have a point... Not like he was particularly bound to Dove. He realistically could have snuck away last night. Oh well, deal with monstrous parasite now, contemplate morality later.

"Now... We're going to leave you in here for the day, I suspect you won't leave until nightfall anyways... We'll just make our way out..."

Suddenly, the trap doors opened again. Who could possibly be coming now?

A gruff, angry yet painfully official sounding voice rang through the bunker. "Paladins! We're coming in!"

Of course. Freaking Paladins.

/Just shoot me now./

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Post by Batman on Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:41 pm

When Maria reached the car with her limp cousin, she had to stop and check his pulse for the third time that morning just to make sure he was still alive. He didn't /look/ like he was alive. Even while asleep, Maria was used to seeing a small tinge of emotion spread over that young face: a small smile, a soft frown, anything at all to indicate the content of his dreams. It was more than disconcerting for Maria to see Dove looking so... so /blank/. She unlocked the car and laid her practically comatose relative across the back seat before lifting herself into the driver's seat and settling into the wait for Honor.

Honestly, she still didn't understand what was going on. She was beginning to associate that "wizard" with all things dangerous and troublesome. Ever since Dove had brought him to the shop, bad things had begun to happen. Was this all worth it?

Headlights in the side view mirror brought her from her thoughts and startled her into sinking as low into her seat as physically possible. The vehicle pulled up next to the safe house. The sound of footsteps and a male's voice could be heard, drawing nearer to the building and then fading off inside. /More/ trouble?

It was then that Maria decided to tap out. No more of this. She needed a drink, Dove needed a hospital, and they did /not/ need this wizard to cause any more trouble. The Outback pulled away and rolled off into the night.

...

Arcaeus tensed when the wizard's hand came forward. The man's fingers curled up into his hair and briefly shook the vampire's head as Honor breathed threats into Arceaus's face. Honestly, this was somewhat baffling to Arcaeus. If he weren't trying to nurse a possible future alliance out of this guy, he'd totally try to get at the man's forehead. He wanted to taste the emotions in this man and delve deeper into his conscious. Mind you, vampires are not mind readers, but every emotion comes with certain baggage depending on what part of the victim's past development caused them to feel this way about a situation. It appears to a vampire almost as an aftertaste; some stronger than others. What kind of aftertaste lay behind those enraged brown eyes?

Suddenly, Paladins.

FRICK.

The noise that erupted from Arcaeus's throat at that moment was decidedly unmanly. He scrambled to his feet and practically tripped over himself to turn and run, only to find a wall in his face blocking his way. Ouch.

The vampire whipped about holding his sore nose and glared at Honor with a look of betrayal. "You called the Paladins?? I thought you weren't going to call the Paladins!" His expression was desperate and full of panic. He had nowhere to run! It was light outside and this building only had so many rooms to hide in.

If he managed to escape this situation alive, he was going to /kill/ that treacherous, lying wizard.
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Post by Guildrum on Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:56 pm

"I didn't call them! Did you /see/ me take out a phone at any point during our-"

He turned around and found himself face to face with the ugliest face to have ever been faced. A large, beefy man, almost seemed to be half muscle, half fat... His nose, obviously repeatedly broken, had an unnatural curvature, and his open-mouthed snarl revealed the tooth fairy must get rich at his place. His hands didn't roll into a fist as much as they mangled themselves into something passable for a fist.

"Oh. Hello Lieutenant. What I /meant/ to say was, I was /about/ to call the Paladins as soon as I had the vampire subdued..." Honor said, trying his hardest to be pleasant. "Since you guys are obviously on top of things now... I think I'll just be lea-"

That mangled fist flew right into Honor's gut. It hurt. A lot. He pretty much crumpled to the floor, out of breath and in pain.

"Not yet con man. We'll need to bring you in for questioning." The Lieutenant growled. He proceeded to send a swift kick to the ribs.

Those were steel toed boots. The sound of cracking ribs rang in Honor's ear. He still had no breath to even whimper from the excruciating pain.

"Private, Corporal, take him into the van. Major, guard the entrance. The Vampire's mine." He pulled out a short, slender blade and gave a cocky, ugly grin to the creature. "Accept your fate, or die fighting... Abomination."

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Post by Batman on Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:19 pm

Arceaus watched with horror as the Paladins entered in numbers and blocked off the only exit. They went for the wizard first, one man knocking him down and kicking him hard enough for a crack to register in Arcaeus's keen ears. Then the man turned to him.

If this guy weren't a bloody /Paladin/, Arcaeus might've made a joke about how rude it is to use such a term. But right now, his mind was focused on the "die" part of the man's speech. D-die? "Heh, heh... er well, funny thing is, I'm already dead," Arcaeus squeaked out. He gave a nervous laugh that sounded uncannily close to the laugh of Dove, who had been his latest source of food and emotions. "Soooo, I guess that means you're work is done and all. Um, good work, men, and... EEK!" The vampire turned and bolted with supernatural speed to the nearest door, disappearing into the first room available.
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Post by Guildrum on Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:35 pm

Paladins were well-trained. Like, special forces level training, they weren't slow. But there was no way they were going to get that vampire before he got to the door into the first "bedroom". He was inhumanly quick. Of course, in his panic he cornered himself. Lieutenant Payton Faun gave another hideous grin. "Langley, Rogers! I want crossbows trained on this door! Gerald, Quinlan! Get that sorcerer into the van."

By now, the con man was unconscious from the brief bearing Faun gave him. Private Gerald and Corporal Quinlan were able to, without resistance, zip-tie his hands and hold him in the back of the paladin van.

/Perfect./ Faun thought, still wearing the smirk of nightmares. "Abomination! We have you cornered! Exit the room immediately, or we come in by force. Your choice!"

He sheathed his blade, opting in favor of the crossbow. Loading a bolt onto it, a bolt, of course, engraved with the Symbol of the Paladin's Guild. Should be enough to put that freak of nature into the dirt.

"One...!" He yelled, raising a finger.

"Two...!" He yelled again, raising the second...

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Post by Batman on Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:14 pm

Paladins were well-trained. Like, special forces level training, they weren't slow. But there was no way they were going to get that vampire before he got to the door into the first "bedroom". He was inhumanly quick. Of course, in his panic he cornered himself. Lieutenant Payton Faun gave another hideous grin. "Langley, Rogers! I want crossbows trained on this door! Gerald, Quinlan! Get that sorcerer into the van."

By now, the con man was unconscious from the brief bearing Faun gave him. Private Gerald and Corporal Quinlan were able to, without resistance, zip-tie his hands and hold him in the back of the paladin van.

/Perfect./ Faun thought, still wearing the smirk of nightmares. "Abomination! We have you cornered! Exit the room immediately, or we come in by force. Your choice!"

He sheathed his blade, opting in favor of the crossbow. Loading a bolt onto it, a bolt, of course, engraved with the Symbol of the Paladin's Guild. Should be enough to put that freak of nature into the dirt.

"One...!" He yelled, raising a finger.

"Two...!" He yelled again, raising the second...

...

Maria tapped the wheel tensely as she drove down the quiet street. The silence weighed heavy on her, as though the entirety of the nighttime atmosphere was casting judgement on her decision to leave with Dove. "I'll fix this Dove," she voiced out loud to her unconscious cousin. "The doctors will wake you up and I'll take you home and it will be as though Honor never existed."

"Honor?"

Maria flinched. It was all she could do to keep from slamming on the brakes in surprise upon hearing the voice pipe up the back seat. She slowed at an empty intersection and looked over her shoulder, but Dove had not moved. "Dove? You awake?" No response. He was still lying down, his head lolled to the side and one tan hand hanging off the seat's edge. But the blank expression on his face had melted away to be replaced by a faint smile.

Maria's heart sank. If she ignored that smile now and kept driving, would Dove ever forgive her?

A car pulled up behind the Outback and honked once, then once again when Maria made a precarious U-turn that almost took out the car's sideview mirror. She arrived back at the house just in time to pass by a couple of men loading a familiar form into a car. /Dios! Now what,/ she wondered as she drove past the house and parked around the corner.

...

Meanwhile, Arceaus was completely freaking out. This was it. He was gonna die today. Was it going to hurt? Would it last very long? Despite his attitude of defeat, his own instincts moved his body into the room and closed the door behind him. His dissimulato fell away as his body entered fight or flight mode and his red eyes scanned the room for ideas. Um, there's a chair. Should he jam the chair back under the door knob? No, no, leave the door unlocked. He had a better idea. He only hoped he had enough energy to do this...

Arceaus could hear the man counting now. With a quiet creak, the door to the bedroom opened slightly. The light from the main room broke a few inches into the darkness of Arceaus's hiding place, but no vampire seemed to be standing within. Huddled in the corner of the bedroom's ceiling near the doorway was a cloud of mist, waiting out of sight for something- anything- to happen.
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