[17:06:07] <~Charm> September 8, 2054 || 1126 hours GMT+1 || The Library, Small Collections Annex ||
[17:07:27] <~Charm> The past few days hadn't been terribly eventful. The Sage's Stone had been found, and a few other things had been dealt with. But now, there was paperwork. A surprising amount of it, really.
[17:08:51] <~Charm> Laura has a flyswatter next to her in case she gets attacked by the Giant Dragon of Lilliput again, but she's pretty sure it learned its lesson last time.
[17:09:37] <Laura> Laura leans back in her chair and rubs her eyes, groaning. Two massive stacks of paper dominate the desk in front of her; she's spent the last few hours moving them from one pile to the other one piece at a time.
[17:11:17] <Noire> "Nnnng~!" Frustrated Noire wiggles around in her incredibly comfortable chair, more worried about the progress she'd made over the past few days than what's going on here. Hardly any at all to the latter, in fact, considering it's obvious how little effort she puts in. She'd also been yawning every few minutes, which also shouldn't be a surprise.
[17:11:53] <~Charm> Requisition forms, insurance and workman's comp claims, non-disclosure agreements (TONS of non-disclosure agreements) and more shit like that. Was it really necessary?
[17:12:52] <Noire> That's for them to ask. Well, at the very least one of them knows she did, but it's not like she's not used to signing all kinds of nonsense. And she's VERY against letting her childish side continuously get out after the problems it caused, leading to the yawning being the only real problem here.
[17:13:39] <~Charm> "How are you girls holding up?" Julie walks by, with a round of drinks for all of you. How thoughtful.
[17:13:46] <Lilo> Lilo is taking her sweet time; in fact, she's intentionally going as slow as possible in the hopes the others will finish the work without her having to actually do much. To aid her ability to slack, Lilo's got a nice pair of pink headphones on blaring music to be just barely audible to those around her. So much for sound-cancelling.
[17:14:59] <Lecia> Paperwork paperwork paperwork…come on, though this is important (probably), isn't there anything…you know, more important to do? Lecia paperworks, but every so often, her mind is seen drifting off into space (in two different ways). "Fine." Though incredibly boring, nothing's going to be earned if she says that it is.
[17:15:24] <Noire> "Just great~!" She peps up, though it's a little more in guilt than in actual excitement. Stamp, file, sign, etc. Her face sure doesn't show that much excitement. But it definitely does when she grabs whatever the drink is and gulps it, slamming it on the table with a loud exhalation.
[17:16:57] <~Charm> "Well, I know it's tough, but I figure you can just do it once and never have to worry about it agai-" ringringring. It sounds like a phone.
[17:17:04] <Laura> Laura takes the cup without looking up, muttering a terse "thanks." It's hard to be too grateful to the person who'd assigned all this in the first place, but it didn't hurt.
[17:18:06] <Lecia> Whatever the drink is, it's certainly taken. And even if it's some bizzare veggie smoothie, at least one drink is taken out of it. Busy busy busy, no time to talk, paperwork time. …The moment Julie leaves, though, chances are it's back to space.
[17:18:18] <~Charm> "Sorry, I shouldtake this…" Julie steps aside and takes the call.
[17:19:24] <Lilo> Lilo is probably the last to notice Julie's entrance, exploding into a flurry of (entirely unproductive) activity, returning to slacking as usual shortly afterwards. Listening to hipster music vastly outweighs finishing paperwork on her priorities.
[17:19:58] <Noire> Next to uninterested Lecia, uninterested Noire (who probably by this point had at least one emotional scene with all of them convincing them she's only part-insane) lets out another yawn. This definitely is the most productive group ever.
[17:22:03] <Laura> It is. Laura's not the fastest worker, but at least she's done this sort of thing before. Honestly, it's a lot more plush than most of her jobs, and she's used to the long hours.
[17:23:16] <Lecia> It's not like she doesn't ca-that's a lie, she really doesn't care about any of this at all. And with Julie stepping aside to take the call…and then Lecia's mind was in space, working at the speed of a brick. What's going to happen with school, anyway…
[17:40:14] <Lecia> …NO, work on paperwork, Lecia. Even if hard work is boring, look where it's gotten you! If you didn't work hard, you'd never have been to Comiket in the first place! Lecia perks up once again, back to work, harder than ever, for now.
[17:51:11] <Laura> Laura's made some decent progress, herself. Pile A has been divided up into piles C, D, and E, one of which goes to each of her coworkers. That just leaves pile B for her. As she reaches over to hand a stack to Noire, she notes the girl's spaced-out expression and sighs.
[17:52:27] <Noire> "… Uh? Ah, whoa! I'm working, I'm working!" Her hands move around at breakneck speeds… okay, no they don't. Actually, they just scramble around until they accidentally knock her cup over onto a paper. Very fortunately, it doesn't spill anything out since it's empty. But it does start floating.
[17:53:49] <Laura> Laura chuckles. "Easy there, kid. Take it you haven't worked a data-entry gig before, have you?"
[17:57:35] <Lilo> Untz, untz, untz. The beats seem to get louder as Lilo grows increasingly bored, turning the volume up to compensate. Filling out paperwork like this? So. Not. Crisp.
[17:57:39] <Noire> "Wellllll~" Her head spins around a few times. Funny that 'kid' is more applicable to the rest of the group, but with her attitude that sure doesn't seem to be the case. "Not really, I guess. I spent all my time in school, and there was a lot of… a lot of, er, writing stuff. That doesn't count, huh?"
[17:57:50] <Lecia> …the working hard can only last so long. It slows once again, and if you pay any attention, you can hear Lecia mutter "This is a lot like school, only without the learning…"
[17:59:22] <Noire> "Hahaha!" STAMP, FILE, SIGN. "I didn't learn anything in school! I'd say it's more like… work, WITH the working." A nod, then another nod. "… Wait, I don't get it."
[18:04:51] <Lecia> "Work with more working? Yeah, that's it. Working with more working." A laugh, but it doesn't keep her from (slowly) working anyway.
[18:06:09] <Noire> A paper starts to begin blowing in the non-existent wind, but is quickly flattened along with the entire stack that slams down even harder on the table it'd been sitting on like a hammer hitting it. Noire only yawns once more.
[18:12:47] <Lilo> …You know, with everyone else caring just as little, there's little reason to maintain the pretense that she was actually doing any work. Lilo whips out her superfuturegeniusphone and begins playing some hip rhythm game in plain sight.
[18:20:26] <Lecia> Lecia totally cares-no that's still a lie. It being important in some way IS true, though (at least to her). Still, her ability to work despite the game playing can be seen as remarkable anyway. Stamp, file, sign, read, glance at the fine print, etc. Sick bastards making a little girl do paperwork like this. She had years ahead of her, people.
[18:22:10] <Laura> Laura frowns, but goes back to her own pile after leaving a stack in Lilo's general vicinity. "Yeah, my first real job was kind of like this. Well, inventory management, so half of it was this, and half was warehouses and such."
[18:23:31] <Noire> "Eh heh heh. Well, it's not like we have TOO much to pay attention to here, right? You can just let yourself float~" After a few more stamps, Noire's entire chair starts floating. Literally. She spins around in it a little, having become used to this.
[18:25:37] <Laura> Laura actually smiles a little at that. "You're having too much fun with that." She glances at Lilo and adds, "and speaking of 'too much fun'…"
[18:26:07] <Lilo> Lilo pulls the stack Laura gave her over and uses it like an armrest while she she vidyas. "Oh, thanks." Her voice was LOUD-not magically so, but the kind of loud voice used by deaf people or those wearing headphones. Or someone who's both deaf and wearing headphones, who knows.
[18:31:36] <Laura> Julie's been gone for a long time, and Laura's gotten a good chunk of pile B cleaned up. She stands up and stretches. Always good to move around every couple hours. "I'm gonna get something from the vending machine. Anyone want something?"
[18:32:11] <Lilo> "Where are you going?"
[18:33:44] <Laura> Laura pantomimes removing her headphones while saying the words "SNACK MACHINE" as clearly as she can.
[18:34:17] <Noire> Lilo - totally not Addy - gets a brief pout, as the floaty girl slams her chair back down on the ground. "Uh… Yeah, think you could gimme a Code: Fuschia?" Fishing the moneycard out, she realizes cash doesn't even exist anymore and… doesn't do anything with it. Of course she means the new Mountain Dew though; they're still making those.
[18:34:25] <Lecia> Whatever drink Lecia had, it's all gone now. "I'm fine~" Working…probably more dilligently than anyone else here, she is.
[18:34:55] <~Charm> "Sorry about that…" Julie turns back around, hanging up. "But we have a situation here."
[18:36:30] <Lecia> Lecia instantly perks up. "A situation?"
[18:36:33] <~Charm> "You all can finish the paperwork later, right now you four have an assignment. Follow me and try to not get left behind."
[18:36:41] <Laura> "Will it require us to leave this conference room? The horror!" Laura smiles at her. "What's the sitch, Jules?"
[18:36:55] <Lilo> Lilo lifts one side of the headphones long enough to get the message, "Oh! Something with caramel, pleoh come on."
[18:37:30] <~Charm> The woman starts walking through the Library at a good clip, doing her best to brief you as she goes. "Any of you know about the Council of Nicea?"
[18:38:04] <Lecia> "Yay~" Things are so much more fun after a long period of hard work, Lecia follows about, and pretty quickly at that.
[18:38:42] <Noire> Noire fortunately had stopped floating in time to look like she wasn't slacking off. Spinning around she jumps up. "'Kay~! And… can't say so. Why, they some kinda bad guys or something?" Her eyes are lighting up.
[18:39:07] <Laura> "Council of…nope." But that's not especially surprising.
[18:39:17] <Lilo> She shifted her headphones to hang around her neck, the music temporarily muted. "Council of Nicea? Wasn't that some American thing?"
[18:40:06] <~Charm> "The Council of Nicea was convened in the 11th century and tasked with deciding which books would become part of the Christian Bible. Fifty-some books made the cut although hundreds were rejected."
[18:40:53] <Lecia> Lecia listens on, like she was several years younger than she actually is. Story time fun~
[18:41:31] <Noire> "Huh…?" Her head tilts so hard to the side her neck almost snaps itself. "So… we're gonna time travel now?"
[18:42:35] <~Charm> "One such rejected book was penned by an ancient woman known as Sheba, the wife of King Solomon. As far as we can tell, she was the first Mage, her power only rivaled by her husband's boundless intelligence." Julie keeps walking and shakes her head at Noire's question.
[18:43:04] <Lilo> "So, what you're saying is… You want us to find it so that your bookshop can sell it?"
[18:44:01] <Lecia> "…or maybe it's just magical, because it's written by a mage or something?"
[18:44:37] <~Charm> "Not exactly. We have a copy of her tales. The problem rests with her final place of rest; she was buried alongside her husband in what's referred to as King Solomon's Mines. It's a sort of Mecca for mages, to be honest."
[18:45:42] <Noire> "… Hmm." Nodding along and trying to sound smart, it's at least clear that she'd cheered herself up over the past few days. Because now her feet raise from the ground slightly.
[18:46:05] <~Charm> "But someone - or something - has desecrated the Mines. The four of you need to figure out what caused the damage, neutralize the threat if needed, and make sure it doesn't happen again. Got all that?"
[18:47:40] <Lecia> MONSTERS! Go to mine, fight evil, prevent evil. That > Paperwork. "Got it~"
[18:47:48] <~Charm> In front of Julie is a familiar (and for two of the quartet, painfully so) portal, an azure energy filling the archway.
[18:48:23] <Laura> "So we're to go in there and take out whatever's fouling up the mines?" Laura asks, nervously glancing at the other three girls. "Sounds a little dicey."
[18:49:08] <Noire> "Gotcha! So… are we gonna…" She wiggles about a bit after landing. Of course, she'd given everyone else a brief run-down that amounted to pretty much 'by the way apparently I'm not insane, my bad,' but that may not spare them the terror of remembering what happened last time.
[18:49:45] <~Charm> "There is a good chance whatever struck won't do so again, so this should mostly be investigation and preventative measures"
[18:49:59] <Lilo> "Would you rather play secretron some more, Pillow? Let's just go, if we're lucky, we'll be off our shift when we get back. It might even just be some kids with paint-guns."
[18:51:26] <Laura> Laura nods. "Yeah, fair point. So this thing'll port us there? I'm ready when you are."
[18:51:40] <Noire> "Y-Yeah." A bit more nervousness than should be there, but it's backed up by deep breaths. Very deep breaths. "At least it's better than sitting in one place, huh?"
[18:52:01] <~Charm> "This here is a Mage Gate." Julie motions to the portal. "Basically it can link two locations together, but only active magic users can pass through. The mines are close to the city of Damascus, so you'll head there and meet up with a friend of mine. You'll know her when you see her. Any questions?"
[18:52:19] <Lilo> "This thing isn't going to drop us all in different random spots around the Mines, right?"
[18:53:27] <Lecia> …that gate again? A shiver. Last time she went through a particular archway…well, it hurt a considerable bit. Still better then paperwork, but…well, the result is better than paperwork. And hey, it was explained, all should be well. "No questions here."
[18:53:49] <~Charm> "Of course not. You'll show up in the city and make your way towards the mines proper. Once you're done, my associate will lead you guys back here. Just relax and let it take you through and there won't be any issues."
[18:53:52] <Noire> A nod. "Yeah, that could be kinda annoying. And it'll still be here when we wanna come back, right?"
[18:55:43] <Laura> Laura nods. "Active mages only? Does that mean we should trans before we hit the portal?"
[18:57:23] <~Charm> "That won't be needed - contact will trigger a short magical circuit, and the fact that you can manipulate magic will be enough to let you through. That's the general gist of it, anyway." Nodding at Noire's question, the woman takes a step back. "Well then. By your leave, ladies…"
[18:58:23] <Lilo> Lilo backs several feet away from the portal…
[18:59:04] <Laura> Laura approaches the gate, takes a deep breath, and plunges through.
[18:59:27] <Lilo> And then she charges at it full speed with a running start, jumping through the portal cannonball-style, as if into a pool. Interdimensional magic here we go.
[19:00:09] <Noire> Noire makes the most careful approach, poking at it once before entering. And we all know what probably happens when she does.
[19:00:50] <Lecia> "…and triggering that…that hurt last time I went through it…and I transformed anyway, so…" And she decides to transform anyway, all this be darned.
[19:01:23] <~Charm> As each Mage advances through the portal, an invigorating jolt of magic runs through their bodies. A swath of colors appears before their eyes as the feeling of silk brushes against them.
[19:01:35] <Lecia> And of course, she goes through afterwards.
[19:03:33] <~Charm> Damascus, Syria || 4:49 PM, GMT+6
[19:04:09] <Laura> Laura emerges from the portal, followed closely by her three comrades. She gives Lecia a once-over. "Nice dress."
[19:05:42] <~Charm> As the four mages step out into the Syrian sun, they find themselves…well, in a modern desert oasis. Over each of their current wardrobes is a soft robe, covering most of their body save the head and hands. it certainly fits in, for whatever it's worth.
[19:05:45] <Noire> One bright violet eye peers out from the gate, behind the rest. And then one of a much more dull brown color. Silver-streaked hair let down and swaying, much-less-hyper Noire emerges and puts a hand in front of her face, looking it over. Distracted from the scenery, she counts her own fingers to make sure she's capable of it.
[19:06:40] <~Charm> One, two, three, four…five? Did the thumb count? Oh well. Point is, her vision is fine.
[19:07:35] <Noire> It's not her vision so much as the fact that she didn't go batshit and try to kill anybody halfway through. Her thoughts feel a little jumbled, but she's at least fine in that regard. Shaking her head, she blinks a couple times. Blatant heterochromia is still there, how adorable and not Sue at all.
[19:08:15] <Lecia> …oh god Noire transformed-wait…no, she doesn't seem crazy, but hey, she totally does have a nice dress, if a robe counts as a dress…and looks impossibly big due to the robe, but that poofs as she untransforms. Can't really hide that. Of course, that fixes as she untransforms. "Do these count as dresses?"
[19:08:39] <Lilo> Lilo lifted up a sleeve of the silky robe, "Huh? How'd this get here? Julie had better not have been the one changing our clothes in that portal."
[19:09:31] <~Charm> "Are there any more of you?" a woman in her early 30's with a black robe and a small jewel on her forehead. "I am thankful that you have come. Welcome to Damasqas." she bows.
[19:09:34] <Noire> With another blink, it turns back to normal as well. The heterochromia, that is. Her hair's still down, though; Noire stands over to the side recounting her fingers again with a whisper. "Well… everything seems alright."
[19:10:16] <Laura> Laura examines her own robe, then shrugs. "All present. Oh, and you must be…?"
[19:10:24] <Lecia> "Hello~" A bow in return. Adorable.
[19:10:39] <Noire> "A-Ah, whoa! I mean, it's, I guess, er, well, um, I mean it's a pleasure to meet you!" Brown as ever (her eyes, not her skin, you disgusting fetishist) she jolts back in shape and stands to attention and gives a really nervous bow in return.
[19:11:06] <~Charm> "My name is Shirin Farrohk. I…well, I suppose one could call me a 'summoner' of sorts."
[19:13:28] <Laura> Laura gives her a smile. "Gotcha. It sounded like it was pretty urgent; mind walking while we talk? We'll need a brief on the situation.""
[19:13:42] <Lilo> "Summoner, huh? Mind if we just call you Summoner? If I try to pronounce your name, it might not turn out too well."
[19:14:25] <~Charm> "…If you wish. May I have your names? We can discuss more en route to the Mines."
[19:14:28] <Noire> "Right." Nod, taking a deep breath. If someone caught her while transformed it might have ended badly. "Noire Carolle. Hope we can help, anyway."
[19:15:46] <Lecia> "Lecia~"
[19:16:11] <Lilo> Give her the full name or no? Probably no-Lieselotte's too stuffy for her. "Lilo Devereux."
[19:16:13] <Laura> Laura nods to the Syrian summoner and walks briskly beside her. "Right. I'm Laura Ingram. We're from the Geneva Branch."
[19:17:21] <Noire> "Eheheh." She's a little more nervous than should be, not even floating around this time. It's embarrassing enough being the only one with a name that doesn't start with L.
[19:17:58] <~Charm> "I see. Well, I appreciate your help…to have such a place defiled, it's a travesty. Every Mage should spend at least a few moments here, to attune herself to the magic she holds so dear…but I digress. We should continue to the Mines."
[19:19:15] <Noire> "Right! Anything else you can tell us about this place? Like are there ghosts, or traps, or…" Oh, there she goes. Her head curiously cocks to the side as she does that Noire thing and prattles on.
[19:19:23] <Lecia> A nod. "Must be a really important place…" She continues along.
[19:20:10] <Laura> "What's the nature of the damage?" Laura asks. It'd be good to know what they'd be dealing with.
[19:23:11] <~Charm> "No traps except for a magical lock. As for the damage…" Shirin sighs. "Most of it was more or less cosmetic. A few idols were shattered, other relics scattered or otherwise destroyed…It's not as if there was an explosion."
[19:24:32] <Noire> Noire trembles severely at that word, before giving herself a second to do a quick fake giggle to calm herself down. "So… we're just gonna sit in there and guard it?" Her volume lowers substantially, to a whisper, "well, at least it's better than paperwork."
[19:25:43] <Lilo> "Well, there's no Julie to yell at us, right? That'd be cool, but what does anybody even get out of breaking some stuff?"
[19:26:21] <Lecia> …Noire trembled severely at a word that was probably either 'shattered', 'destroyed', or, most likely, 'explosion'. There's all the reason to still be wary. "…could be a monster or something…"
[19:26:34] <~Charm> "We have no clue - which is why I'm going to ask you to help me reinforce the barrier keeping non-mages away."
[19:27:05] <Noire> For the record, she didn't start until the end of that sentence, as far as suspicion purposes are concerned. Still, a nod while walking along… floating kind of now.
[19:27:15] <Lilo> "How do you make a barrier, anyway?"
[19:27:17] <Laura> Laura frowns. "My impression was that we're hear to investigate. Should we be prepared for an extended stay?"
[19:28:10] <~Charm> "I doubt that, Ms. Ingram. It may take a few hours, but certainly not an overnight stay."
[19:29:20] <Lilo> "That sounds awfully convenient that we'd have to come to watch over this place, but it will just take a few hours. You wouldn't happen to KNOW when whoever did it is coming, would you? You didn't DO it?" Obvious trap. Lilo stared at the woman suspiciously.
[19:29:44] <~Charm> "…" the woman glares at Lilo.
[19:30:29] <~Charm> "You aren't here to watch over this place. Collect evidence of who or what got in and help me keep it from getting back in here."
[19:30:41] <Noire> Noire shoots an unhappy glance too, but a little at both of them. Is such an exaggerated response really necessary? Something might be up. Of course, she shrugs it off and keeps moving.
[19:32:53] <Laura> Laura ignores Lilo and keeps talking to Shirin. "So we'll need to clean the place up, search for any leads on who did it, and help you reinforce the barrier, yeah? Should be no problem."
[19:33:41] <Noire> "Uhh… if we're gonna do ALL of those things, are we all gonna split up to do it?" Head-tilt. Her hair doesn't sway with her because it isn't pulled back, what a shame.
[19:33:57] <Lilo> Lilo folds her arms and glares back. Until they find a better one, Summoner is Suspect #1.
[19:36:33] <~Charm> It's not long before the five of you are inside the mines proper. It's blatantly obvious that there is a magical connection here. You can all feel it.
[19:39:20] <Laura> "Alright, gals. Who wants to do what?" Laura cracks her knuckles and rolls her shoulders, mentally preparing for the job.
[19:42:00] <Lecia> Feeling magic, how fun. In the mines…which, may or may not be dark/have a magical glow/something else. Either way, headtilt. "…aren't we all just investigating?"
[19:42:06] <Noire> "Wellll… I can control…" Cough, "IT now, but I'd kinda rather not be moving around doing a whole lot. Guess I could start with the barrier?" Following the knuckle-crack, she stretches to get into form too.
[19:43:14] <Lilo> "Splitting up is just what youknowwho wants. We'll stick together and get each thing done one at a time, real fast."
[19:44:58] <~Charm> "Well, Ms. Ingram, if you want to look for evidence and such, feel free. The rest of you I will need your help in strengthening this barrier."
[19:45:57] <Noire> "… Oh." So much for being alone, at least as far as she's concerned. "Isn't that… kinda dangerous to do alone? I mean, what if someone… or something…" A shiver.
[19:46:46] <Laura> Laura nods, happy to have the other girls under supervision. "I'll let you gals know if I find anything. Shirin's the boss, you three!"
[19:47:04] <Lilo> "Yeah! You can come with me, Noire. They'll be too afraid to try anything."
[19:47:56] <~Charm> "They'd have to get through the four of us first. And Miss Rodderick wouldn't have sent you if she wasnt confident in your abilities."
[19:48:16] <Laura> With that, Laura heads off into the deeper parts of the mine, leaving the other three girls alone with Shirin.
[19:49:14] <Lecia> And then the splitting up began. Still, Lilo is being a bit too suspicious of people…but, whatever. WORK HARD!
[19:50:42] <~Charm> "Now then…The Barrier is fairly simple, but that may be how it was breeched. If you will follow me…" Shirin leads you all to a stone wall with a circular depression on it.
[19:51:48] <Noire> Breached. You're thinking brooch. Noire only gives a little giggle at Lines' comment, knowing how right she is, before letting out a deep breath and following. "So, do we just… use magic on it?"
[19:52:42] <~Charm> "That's exactly it. As soon as it detects the presence of magic, the door will open. If you wish to try, feel free."
[19:53:18] <Lecia> Curious, Lecia tries immediately.
[19:53:19] <~Charm> "However, there is powerful magical energies on the other side. I would advise bracing yourselves before entering."
[19:53:30] <Lilo> "Wait, so whoever did this has magic?"
[19:53:34] <Lecia> A bit too fast, yes.
[19:54:01] <Noire> "And… ALL they had to do was use magic? No password or anything?" Seems like something's missing.
[19:54:12] <~Charm> "Most likely, yes. But I cannot discount other, more forced methods of entry."
[19:54:29] <@Charm> Lecia: roll magic to open the door.
[19:55:25] <Lecia> 2d6+9 OPEN SESAME SEEDS
[19:55:26] <DiceMaid-9001> Lecia, OPEN SESAME SEEDS: 13 [2d6=1,3]
[19:56:08] <~Charm> As Lecia's magic activates, the stone wall gives way to a door-sized hole.
[19:58:21] <Noire> "Kinda cool! So if all you have to do is magic it open…" Her head moves to the side a little again, "are we supposed to magic-proof it, maybe?"
[20:00:17] <Lecia> "But then it wouldn't ever open…right?
[20:00:54] <Noire> "Well…" Then her head swings to the other side. "Huh. It's all weird."
[20:01:02] <~Charm> Another nod. "Precisely. But I'm looking into a way to make it a little more stringent."
[20:01:25] <Lilo> "Make it a password."
[20:02:22] <~Charm> "…I suppose that could work. I will need some help with it, though."
[20:03:47] <Noire> A small pout. "Something's really fishy about all this. Isn't magic like, some big thing that's really tough to work with? Wouldn't you need big experienced Mages who're really high-ranking or something to do this kinda stuff?" She stands in place, puzzled. "I mean, we'll do it, but…"
[20:04:20] <~Charm> "You aren't sure you can handle it?"
[20:04:53] <Lecia> "We can handle it~" CONFIDENCE, even if it hurts!
[20:05:19] <Noire> Shake shake. "No no! It's just… why us? Were you short on hands or something?" Yet another pout. "And why it hasn't been done before, that's what totally gets me."
[20:05:58] <Lilo> "Yeah, isn't this some kinda of super important magical location? Shouldn't you have all the mages in the world to help?"
[20:07:33] <~Charm> "…well, you have a point. It is a truly historic place, and I think why the security hasn't been raised is that there was never a threat like this before."
[20:08:43] <Noire> "… Hmm. Okay!" A big smile, that's a good enough answer. But then her tone becomes a muttering that only Lines can hear… Lecia too maybe. Just kidding, this chick is definitely some sort of psychic or something, she probably knows anyway. "Wonder if we can take a tour later?"
[20:09:13] <~Charm> Shirin looks away for a bit. "I know that it seems a bit much, for a group with as little field experience as the four of you. But if Miss Rodderick trusts that you four are capable, I'll defer to her judgment."
[20:09:54] <Lilo> Lilo whispers back in an equally hushed voice, "Definitely, we can have a race through the Mines."
[20:10:16] <Noire> Noire giggles before turning back to Shirin with a confident smile. "Don't worry! You bet we can do it!"
[20:11:59] <~Charm> "Well then, there is no time like the present, I suppose…I think there is a way to set this up." Shirin has a smirk on her face.
[20:12:50] <~Charm> "If you could add your power to my spell, it should be much faster to complete."
[20:13:46] <Lecia> Headtilt. Ho hum, what's going through Shirin's mind-oh, faster completing~ "…how would we do that?"
[20:13:49] <Noire> A nod, holding her hands out… then a pause. "Wait, does it matter what KIND of power it is?" There is so totally no moon out when they're underground here.
[20:14:57] <~Charm> "Magic is magic. If it's just me, it would likely take an entire day to complete. With your help, it shouldn't be more than several minutes."
[20:15:59] <Noire> "Okay then~!" With a deep breath, Noire starts focusing. Of course, she has no idea what she's ACTUALLY doing, which may be partially the cause of why she begins floating during her efforts.
[20:16:32] <Lilo> "So, do I need to actually transform, or what?"
[20:16:49] <~Charm> "It would probably help."
[20:17:12] <Lecia> And on that note, she transforms again. Fun times!
[20:18:10] <Noire> … Sigh. "Right, right, I got it." Pulling the (probably hooded) robe down, her hair lines itself with streaks of silver and… well, we're not even for sure if costume changes remove the robes or not. Apparently not, but at the very least one eye becomes a deep violet. Her floating immediately ceases, as her lips form a tiny smile.
[20:19:58] <Lilo> Lilo starts humming some upbeat tune. Her cheeks swell up like she was holding her breath, and she suddenly expels musical notes from her mouth. They float around her body to quickly create her costume, complete with stereos and headphones. She continues to hum (with her face returned to normal) as she channels her magic through the tune.
[20:20:03] <Lecia> 2d6+7 Scary scary
[20:20:03] <DiceMaid-9001> Lecia, Scary scary: 11 [2d6=3,1]
[20:21:07] <Lecia> …still sort of scary, even if she doesn't go crazy anymore hopefully. Lecia shivers a bit, but it ceases soon after.
[20:22:28] <Noire> "I…" Focusing with one hand, the other one gets brought up for a quick counting to make sure she's not batshit. Yeah, all green. The smile is still a wicked one, however, and fades into a neutral expression as she turns to the side, facing poor Lecia. "You okay?" The tone it comes out in is a harsh one.
[20:23:31] <Lilo> Somehow, Lilo manages to speak without stopping the humming, "How DID you… uh, cure yourself?"
[20:25:21] <Lecia> She's not going insane she's not going insane she's not going insane "Y-yeah, I'm OK!" Had confirmation of her not going insane been said, she'd have said that she wasn't, but Noire said she's going to be fine so STOP THINKING SHE ISN'T, LECIA.
[20:27:18] <Noire> A deep breath, like she has to focus just to breathe. Magic emanates from her fingertips and does its work, though, so after a few more breaths she starts a response. "It's… a long story. Don't worry about it." A couple winces, like she's having trouble keeping it under control, but it seems to stay.
[20:30:28] <~Charm> "Are you sure you're okay?" Shirin looks concerned too.
[20:33:25] <Noire> "Yeah. It's fine." With a wince, her left eye that opens for a second seems to be off-color, but after another blink is a dull brown again. Enormous magic power comes out of her, anyway, much moreso than pre-transformation. So that says plenty.
[20:34:37] <~Charm> "Very well. I will start the summoning invocation, and then your magic will accelerate the process. Is everyone ready?"
[20:36:09] <Lecia> "Yep~" Stop worrying, worrying can come later, when they're not busy being important hero-types!
[20:37:20] <Noire> "… Yeah." Her cheerful attitude is completely gone, but at least it isn't a yangire one anymore.
[20:38:02] <Lilo> Just keep on humming, that's an easy enough way to focus the magic into the task. "Gotcha. This'll be nothing."
[20:39:49] <~Charm> "Very well then." Shirin calls on her own magic and starts weaving magic in the air, the earth beneath then starting to rise up and take a primal form
[20:39:57] <@Charm> 4d6+8
[20:39:58] <DiceMaid-9001> Charm, 4d6+8: 27 [4d6=6,3,5,5]
[20:40:03] <@Charm> 1d6
[20:40:03] <DiceMaid-9001> Charm, 1d6: 6 [1d6=6]
[20:40:07] <@Charm> 1d6
[20:40:07] <DiceMaid-9001> Charm, 1d6: 6 [1d6=6]
[20:40:15] <@Charm> 1d6 oh dear
[20:40:15] <DiceMaid-9001> Charm, oh dear: 2 [1d6=2]
[20:42:07] <~Charm> In an explosion of magic, a giant humanoid starts to take vague shape, but the features are still undefined. "If…if you could…p-pitch in…" Shirin stammers put, focused on the magic
[20:42:51] <Lecia> Lecia follows with this…what is that wave of overpowering bang she's feeling? Oh, right there. BANG. Lecia pitches in in a hurry. Magic time!
[20:43:10] <Violenne> 2d6 but nah, temp self if you don't mind me picking (inb4 23)
[20:43:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Violenne, but nah, temp self if you don't mind me picking (inb4 23): 8 [2d6=5,3]
[20:43:19] <Lecia> 2d6+9 I think I roll this now
[20:43:19] <DiceMaid-9001> Lecia, I think I roll this now: 19 [2d6=6,4]
[20:43:24] <Lecia> 1d6 Nuts
[20:43:25] <DiceMaid-9001> Lecia, Nuts: 6 [1d6=6]
[20:43:29] <Lecia> 1d6 Nuts
[20:43:30] <DiceMaid-9001> Lecia, Nuts: 3 [1d6=3]
[20:43:40] <Lecia> Well I have 2 now
[20:43:47] <@Charm> 28 more. So 69 total.
[20:43:59] <Violenne> 2d6+9 though
[20:44:00] <DiceMaid-9001> Violenne, though: 14 [2d6=1,4]
[20:47:08] <~Charm> Lecia adds her power, and with Noire's magic, the creature is almost finished. Just a little more…
[20:51:39] <Lilo> 2d6+4 whatever, magic is cool
[20:51:40] <DiceMaid-9001> Lilo, whatever, magic is cool: 12 [2d6=3,5]
[20:52:37] <Lilo> The speakers on her shoulders start to whir, and Lilo's voice blares out with a "Just push a liiii~ttle harder," but the encouragement wasn't important; the magic was transferred via the sound waves.
[20:54:08] <~Charm> The forme finalized, the stone golem arises and stands in front of Shirin, a black stone in her hand.
[20:55:16] <Noire> "Th… ere!" Barely able to push as hard as she wants, a good deal of wincing goes through and the heterochromiac stops pouring magic in. That is, assuming the others do too.
[20:56:25] <~Charm> The magic is finished. The guardian statue stands in front of the door, the Arabic woman inscribing things into its arm.
[20:56:55] <Lecia> Wincing, indeed. Lecia really gave it her all in there. Lecia stops, and takes a few breaths. "…Whew…"
[20:58:05] <Lilo> "Alright! Is it time for you-know-what, Noire?"
[20:58:33] <~Charm> "May I at least explain what needs to happen now?"
[20:58:52] <Noire> "Was that enough?" Noire stares coldly at the woman, before turning to Lines with a stoic-looking stare. It actually continues for tens of seconds, perhaps a minute, before her lips faintly curve. "… Alright."
[20:59:44] <~Charm> "This golem now guards the Mage's tomb. Only she who can speak the Progeny's name can gain audience with her."
[21:00:28] <@Charm> Sharp checks to decode cryptic message
[21:00:50] <Violenne> oh god I j- haha oh wow
[21:00:54] <Violenne> fuck mibbit
[21:01:11] <Lilo> 2d6+5
[21:01:12] <DiceMaid-9001> Lilo, 2d6+5: 8 [2d6=2,1]
[21:01:17] <Violenne> 2d6+6 k though
[21:01:18] <DiceMaid-9001> Violenne, k though: 15 [2d6=3,6]
[21:01:21] <Lilo> …Oh
[21:01:44] <Lecia> 2d6+6 huhwhat
[21:01:45] <DiceMaid-9001> Lecia, huhwhat: 14 [2d6=6,2]
[21:02:06] <Lecia> 6 x Dicemaid
[21:02:18] <@Charm> Noire figures out that to see Sheba's tomb, you'd have to call for her.
[21:01:21] <Lecia> …no, that doesn't look like Noire being alright. Noire is infinitely more cheerful what is happening this is sad…but, mission, mission…
[21:02:59] <Lilo> "…Maybe later. I don't think you're quite up for it, right now. What's bothering you, Noire?"
[21:03:21] <Noire> A brief stare at the magic going on, with a still-bored-looking expression. Though that only lasts until she tilts her head backwards and to the side in a really lazy way toward Lecia, who seems to be surveying the scene oddly. And then to the other side at Lilo. "… Something wrong?"
[21:05:23] <Lilo> "That's what I was asking you." Lilo stares at Noire with a look of confusion; could this be something to do with Not-Noire? Because this was not how Noire normally acted.
[21:06:01] <~Charm> "…perhaps the three of you would like to pay your respects?"
[21:06:44] <Noire> "I don't see the problem." Spoken coldly as ever. Her eyes are definitely mixed colors, if Lilo has any Mary Sue-Fu to help her out with this sort of thing. But with a small headshake, Noire turns back to the senior-mage. "Maybe we should. We were told… her name was Sheba, wasn't it?"
[21:07:22] <~Charm> A nod. The golem's eyes seem to light up for a second.
[21:08:13] <Lecia> Not paying respect in this sort of place, that'd be rude. But what would be ruder is Noire going batshit and destroying everything around here in such a place, and that is really worrisome. More worrisome. "…I guess, yeah, we should."
[21:10:01] <Lilo> Maybe Not-Noire was just… different, rather than crazy, now, and that's who this is. Regardless, Lilo subtly keeps a small distance between herself and Noire. She shrugs in response to Summoner's question-it wouldn't hurt.
[21:10:41] <~Charm> "Very well. Guardian, these three request audience with Sheba." the golem's eyes glow as it allows the three girls to enter. "Remember, there are strange magical energies at work. Do not lose yourself in them."
[21:10:59] <@Charm> 2d6+8
[21:11:00] <DiceMaid-9001> Charm, 2d6+8: 12 [2d6=3,1]
[21:11:19] <Noire> "All right." With a small nod, she gives an extremely faint smile. "Thank you." And then a few steps inside… yeah, who the hell IS this?
[21:12:17] <Lecia> Noire, the revolving door of alternate personalities magical girl. Still, inside Lecia goes.
[21:13:12] <Lilo> Lilo follows in last, cautiously. Too late to turn back.
[21:15:15] <~Charm> To say that there is a large amount of magic in this chamber would be an understatement. It's almost dizzying, the amount of power in here.
[21:16:51] <Noire> "…" Probably-Not-Noire only silently scans the area. No need to do more than necessary. Normal-Noire would be hyper and jumping around in a place like this… she probably realizes that and is at least thankful for suddenly gaining the ability to shut up. That's always nice.
[21:17:47] <Lecia> It's definitely a kind of Not-Noire. This said, Lecia's been hit with a wave of magical atmosphere before. It was no biggie.
[21:18:18] <~Charm> A single lantern illuminates the room, an enormous metallic grey slab in the center of the room. It's the source of this energy - this power. It's a bit awe-inspiring, really.
[21:18:36] <Lilo> Lilo takes a look around, too. She spends a few moments doubled over as her system processes the intensely magical atmosphere before cracking, "So, is there some kind of gift shop around here?"
[21:20:05] <Noire> "… Hm." A stare back at Lilo, which is eerie in the sense that half of her face is giggling and the other half is essentially telling her to shut up with the way she's glaring. It's some Batman villain nonsense going on here. Regardless, that series probably went out of print decades ago, anyway, so Noire only takes everything in worth a grain of salt.
[21:21:49] <Lecia> Definitely awe inspiring. Like…like some sort of shrine….which loses atmosphere due to constant worrying about Noire (and not Not-Noire, that one/two/etc just needs to go away). Is she really OK? Apparently not. But she's not destroying everything, sooo…..
[21:23:10] <Lilo> Lilo stares. And stares. And stares at Noire. There was no question in her mind-Not Noire was still around in some form, and she seemed to be coming to the forefront. "Can we hurry this up?" The the sooner they're out of here the better.
[21:23:32] <~Charm> It's apparent that just being here is something sacred. But you can tell that something is missing…you all know there is something youhave to do here.
[21:24:19] <Noire> "… Let's say hello to her." Maybe-Not-Noire takes a few steps ahead of the rest of the group, looking up at the slab. Or maybe down?
[21:25:51] <~Charm> Up is kinda close. It's a tiny bit taller than she is. Something about it is calling to her.
[21:26:28] <Lecia> In some direction or another. If there was anything else in disarray, Lecia would go fix it, but there's just that lanturn and the apparently just fine slab. And hopefully 'Hello' doesn't mean 'Blow it up'. But, she's in front, let Noire say those hellos, even if it…isn't her.
[21:26:34] <Noire> Calling. Well, not being a psychotic murderer or a goofy bounce teenager is probably a good thing at this point. With a few calm breaths, she reaches out and attempts to place a hand on it.
[21:26:56] <Lilo> Lilo follows Noire to the strange object, staying a step behind. "Alright, seen it. Can we go?"
[21:29:07] <Noire> She winces and bends over a little, before looking straight up.
[21:36:28] <Noire> Another series of winces. She makes attempts to draw her arm back and keep it there at the same time. It looks really awkward.
[21:39:11] <Noire> And then the mission succeeds. Drawing her hand back, Not-Noire shoots glares at the rest of the group as she turns around and marches in the opposite direction without a word.
[21:41:59] <~Charm> There's something about Noire that seems…stronger? Calmer? Something about her changed.
[21:42:49] <Noire> But she's still a goddamned heterochromiac.
[21:42:54] <Lecia> "…why does she keep on going scary…" This still doesn't stop her from touching the thing, but…well, she's still really scary. But still, Lecia touches the slab anyway, just in case something might happen or something.
[21:44:36] <Lilo> Lilo shakes her head at Lecia, "No clue WHAT her deal is-does touching it do anything for you?"
[21:49:30] <~Charm> Lecia seems attached to the stone. Just as Noire was earlier.
[21:49:54] <Lecia> Like a suction cup on a shower wall.
[21:51:10] <Lilo> "Are you okay? I'll help pull if you're stuck or something like that."
[21:53:10] <Lecia> "Yeah, I'm OK. Touching it lets you talk to her~"
[21:55:06] <Lilo> "Oh, is she nice?" Actually, that sounded pretty weird. Wasn't she dead? Maybe she possessed Noire or something and she wasn't actually crazy.
[22:02:31] <~Charm> Judging by Lecia's smile, she probably was. And Noire didn't exactly change much after her supposed chat.
[22:03:43] <Noire> In fact, she stood by the entrance waiting for the others. At least she didn't destroy anything… OR bounce around constantly. Isn't that nice?
[22:04:35] <Lilo> "Well… We'll be over here when you're ready!" Lilo walks off to wait near Noire. Near. Not right by; she's still keeping some distance.
[22:05:30] <Noire> But just because she's Not Noire doesn't mean she's Not Paying Attention. "Aren't you going to talk to her too?"
[22:05:58] <Lilo> "She's dead. Why would I?"
[22:06:29] <Noire> A tiny smile. "She's pretty nice, for a dead person."
[22:08:13] <Lilo> "We've got other stuff to do, don't we? The longer we take in here, the longer it'll take us to do everything else and get home."
[22:09:53] <Noire> "I don't think so. It should only be a few minutes. Besides, I told her…" A sudden wince, as the sentence cuts itself off. She goes through the am-I-still-sane processes again.
[22:10:59] <Lecia> And, in a surge of magic, visible or not, Lecia's hand is moved away from the slab. A polite thank-you bow to the slab, before Lecia runs along to catch up with the others.
[22:11:47] <Lilo> Lilo stares at Noire, "Told her… What?" That she had an evil dark side? Some dead person probably had great advice for handling such things.
[22:12:31] <Noire> "That you were in line." Simple and blunt. With a turn, she waves her hand as to say 'go up there' or something, but her smile is still only half-on her face, and a little eerie.
[22:15:41] <Lilo> Lilo frowns, "Way to volunteer me without even asking first." That was more of a grumble; pissing off a crazy person with magical powers isn't usually a great idea.
[22:15:42] <Lecia> And when she does catch up, she's probably going to wait around. All these people are sort of older than her, anyway. And one might be crazy. And the other is sort of rude, sort of.
[22:17:04] <Noire> "Don't worry about it. She's not going to get mad and tell you to leave or anything." A muffled chuckle from her mouth, but both her eyes seem to be saying 'shut up and go over there' as they stare… and then the right violet one reverts to normal color. It barely even changed at all.
[22:18:49] <Lecia> "Being dead for so long makes her pretty lonely…and she is nice, too." Come on, pllleeeeaaaasssseeeee, says her much more normal eyes.
[22:21:21] <Lilo> More grumbling. Noire turning out crazyish again really had Lilo on edge, and getting mindraped by some ancient dead lady wasn't high on her priorities. Lilo attempts to stare Noire down, enduring the harsh eyes for several moments before noticing Lecia, as well. Two of them, huh? Not fair. She reluctantly shuffles over to put a hand on the slab.
[22:22:52] <Noire> The staring contest ends in a victory for the heterochromiac. A bit confused, she looks over at Lecia from the other side of the room with a similarly cold stare after Lilo goes up there. "… Do I really still seem that different?"
[22:24:41] <Noire> … Other side of the room from Lieselotte, that is. Not-Noire-Maybe and Lecia are both by the door, one would thing. Exit, whatever.
[22:24:55] <Noire> One would also think that, because they likely thing far too often.
[22:25:30] <Lecia> "Kind of, yeah. Not like rampaging around and destroying everything, but kind of, yeah." The look on her face after she helped get Lilo to the plot is now filled with a sort of concern. "…I wish you…you know, you, you, luck with that."
[22:29:27] <Noire> "… Yeah, sorry." She makes a weak attempt at a smile. "It takes all I have to just push it back from wanting to blow things - and people - up all the time. If I pushed TOO hard, I don't think I'd be able to use any magic at all. But… I'll still try to help, alright?"
[22:33:53] <Lecia> Listening, and a mod. "You'll win this, I'm sure of it. Until then…well if you can't push yourself, I'll push myself for you!" The cheer, it doesn't end. Positive thinking~!
[22:35:04] <Lecia> A nod, even. Don't need a mod here, we only need the admin.
[22:35:06] <Noire> ".. Hehe. Thanks, I'll try." Her face is still way too serious to be Noire.
[22:40:10] <Lecia> And even if it is…actual Noire can hear, right? If she can't…well, she'll have to say this again later, and that other Noire knows who that message was actually for. It's odd and scary, but with courage and effort, anything is possible! The hotter the blood, the greater one is! So says nearly everything she has ever watched, ever. In any case, despite the serious look, there is still
[22:40:10] <Lecia> hope~! But for now, waiting.
[22:42:22] <Lilo> And Lilo finally detaches from the slab, returning with a "Hmph." That thing was weird-she might have learned something, but the fact they had made her go set off Lilo's rebellious teenage instincts.
[22:43:56] <~Charm> "Have you finished paying your respects?" Shirin stands at the threshold of the chamber, the lantern's light casting an intriguing shadow on her face. "Ms. Ingram has discovered something quite troubling."
[22:44:38] <Noire> "Okay. Let's go, then." A nod at all of them, probably leading the way out.
[22:45:30] <Lecia> "Yeah. What'd she find?" She must do this for dead lady!
[22:46:33] <Lilo> Lilo followed Noire out; hopefully Pillow had found whoever did it, and she could vent by beating up the jerks responsible.
[22:46:59] <~Charm> "Among the trashed relics and broken idols, she was able to find these - they didn't belong to anything that was here before, as long as I can remember." inside a clear bag is a shattered green orb, along with large slivers of wood.
[22:48:58] <Lecia> The orb is examined. What, oh what went on here?
[22:49:01] <Noire> "So… somebody dropped them? Or, maybe it…" A pause, to think of what it could be, and a headshake. A headshake with a sudden realization, assuming they're out of the chamber. "Oh right, I should probably…" With a deep breath, the silver streaks in her hair vanish and both eyes are the same color… but something's off.
[22:49:33] <Lecia> 2d6+6 Let's roll sharp
[22:49:34] <DiceMaid-9001> Lecia, Let's roll sharp: 17 [2d6=6,5]
[22:49:40] <Lecia> CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE
[22:49:52] <Lilo> 2d6+5 probably not
[22:49:52] <DiceMaid-9001> Lilo, probably not: 12 [2d6=3,4]
[22:49:35] <~Charm> "I remember a young girl carrying this…she was afraid she was being followed, and said she came here to try and hide."
[22:49:50] <~Charm> As for Noire…where did she go?
[22:51:04] <~Charm> Where the girl once was, there now stands a black-furred rabbit, with silver tipped ears.
[22:51:35] <Lecia> That…that's not a girl. That is a rabbit. That is an adorable rabbit.
[22:52:23] <Noire> "Mmmmrrmrrmrmmg!" Or rather, it struggles to poke its way out of a biiiiiiiig pile of clothes. Because you know that's how it always happens. The robes, especially.
[22:53:11] <Lilo> STARE. What in the world…? "Noire? Is that you?" Lilo was a little too confused and awestruck to really process very much. Noire turned into a…. rabbit?
[22:54:13] <~Charm> "Oh dear…this will complicate matters." Shirin groans as she shakes her head slowly.
[22:54:15] <Noire> "… Argh! I-" Pushing her way out and hopping up, she looks up… and stares in horror. "Oh.. Omigod omigod omigod omigod what happened what happened what happened I wasn't even I didn't mean it wasn't like I why did-"
[22:54:20] <Lecia> …is this…magic? When did she learn to transform into a rabbit?! …The clothes , masking a lot of the rabbit, are taken out of the way…and then Lecia, unaware that giving that the clothes are THERE means that if she transforms back, they won't be ON HER, picks up and carries the rabbit (unless it tries to get out of being carried by her, in which case it's gently let go of.)
[22:55:10] <Lilo> "Be gentle with her! Noire, are you alright?!" Not-Noire can be worried about later, what the fuck she's a rabbit.
[22:55:12] <Noire> It certainly does not, only trembling. But it's prattling on a lot, too, in a very Noire way. At least that's one thing to be happy about.
[22:56:34] <Lecia> "Of course I will~!" She totally wanted to hug her, yes, but this is fine too. Weird as all hell, yes, but adorable nonetheless. And normal…kind of!
[22:56:40] <~Charm> "Noire…see if you can try and transform back. I'd advise putting her on the floor for this." Shirin takes a few steps back as the Golem re-seals the entrance for Sheba's tomb.
[22:57:25] <Noire> "Ackkk, I don't know, I… I still feel like I'm ME-me… but… um…" Shaking around a bit, she motions to Lecia to follow Shirin's advice. Probably because only one person can put the pile back ON her but oh god it'll be uncomfortable.
[22:57:39] <Lilo> "If you can't change back, Lecia and I'll take good care of you! We'll make a little rabbit bed by the window."
[22:57:59] <Noire> "D-Don't say that, that's just creepy!"
[22:58:13] <Lecia> "Awww…." But fine, all good things need to end some time. They're sort of busy anyway. Lecia puts Adorable|Bunny-Noire down, to see if she can change back.
[22:58:24] <~Charm> "Don't worry about that…it appears to be temporary."
[23:00:03] <~Charm> "Just…do your best to focus on your magic. It should work."
[23:00:29] <Noire> "I… really really really hope. That was probably… well, something I did when THAT was happening. I got a little worked up a few days ago… eh heh heh…" She did use magic like a boss in her self-fight. Too bad nobody else got a chance to see that. On the ground, with a deep breath, she focuses all she can.
[23:02:59] <~Charm> Well, her magic still works. Now if only she could focus on her human body, and not this furry rodent's form…
[23:03:25] <Noire> Done! Preferably the one with only one eye color and natural-looking hair.
[23:04:34] <~Charm> She isn't *that* lucky. But a human body is probably preferable to that of a rabbit, even if it takes all her energy to keep it this way.
[23:06:08] <~Charm> "It's…well, if you get too caught up with your magic, your mind will go overboard on autopilot and then things like…that happen." Shirin rests her head in her hand. "Thankfully your affliction shouldn't last more than a few hours."
[23:06:50] <~Charm> "And it appears that by staying in your transformed state, you aren't affected by most of the changes."
[23:09:14] <Lecia> …Magic is weird. Awesome, yet weird.
[23:09:54] <Noire> "Ah…" Morphing and standing up, rolling out of Lecia's arms, she nods. "I'm sorry. That was kind of careless of me." At least her eyes aren't BOTH purple, that would be horrifying for the whole world.
[23:10:42] <~Charm> "But back to the matter at hand. The reason I'm so concerned about what Ms. Ingram found was that it doesn't seem like whoever opened the chamber did so willingly. The little girl may have been forced to do so."
[23:12:21] <Lilo> Lilo sighs. Good bye Noire, hello Sorta-Noire. "Don't forget about your clothes."
[23:13:12] <Lecia> …aww, it seems it's either Not-Noire or Adorable|Bunny-Noire, and Noire doesn't want to be a bunny, so….oh well. "…forced?" …Little girl? She's the only one that can truely claim that position, but hey, whatever.
[23:13:34] <~Charm> "She said she was afraid of being followed…I was wrong to not look deeper into it…"
[23:13:51] <Noire> "Right… sorry." She takes those too, oh man, transforming is weird. "Should we go try to find where she came from? Is there anything to look for?"
[23:15:03] <~Charm> "I…she may have fled, without any kind of weapon she isn't very powerful. I will keep my eyes peeled…but if you could keep your ears open for a name…I'd appreciate it."
[23:16:22] <~Charm> "The girl is truly a prodigy - she takes after her grandmother, really. You'd be hard pressed to tell them apart back when they were both that age." Shirin looks up, reminiscent.
[23:17:42] <Noire> A nod. "Can you tell us anything about what she looked like?"
[23:17:49] <Lecia> "…whoever this is, if I see her, I'll listen for a name." A nod. Serious matters fun….
[23:19:00] <~Charm> "Blonde hair, green when transformed. Green eyes, she's a young girl so i don't think she'll stand out…as for her name?"
[23:19:12] <Lilo> "Have you got a map of the area?"
[23:20:48] <~Charm> Shirin sighed. This was mostly her fault. The young Mage came to her for assistance and she turned the girl down. Now she was missing, possibly kidnapped by someone who used her powers to enter a magical shrine. This was all her fault. "Sorry…all I have is a name."
[23:21:09] <~Charm> "Her name…was Himiko Chitose."
[23:21:15] <~Charm> (/session)