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    [Tobias]


    "It's fairly simple. If your magic is blocked, then surgery is likely required. The 'corckscrew' method, which is fairly safe even if you wouldn't be able to produce even a spark of magic for weeks, is having a surgeon cut off a thin layer of a small organ — well, gland, really — and it should take out whatever is clogging your system." I explained. I had very little medical experience, but I had made it my duty ever since I injured myself with Tesla Cannon to learn medicinal magic. "The 'snap-the-bottle' method would be riskier, but it'd be more effective for short term requirements. A doctor could squeeze that organ, which would cause an immense amount of pain, but it would break up any crusted essence which could be your problem. The 'pressure' idea would require a bit more precise actions of a doctor were to do it. A tiny incision would be cut into the organ and then a burst of energy would be created from within by an external source."


    I couldn't tell him about the risk of that last scenario. Depending on how long his tank was clogged, it could be shriveled like a large raisin. A small cut in the Arcolia for a Fallen Angel wouldn't be too risky, but the compact tissue created if it was shriveled would make it much worse. It's the same reason that if you draw a smiley face on a balloon, then inflate it, the face becomes warped. Plus an unhealthy Arcolia would crumble if it was blasted against. That isn't even accounting for the physical pain that would occur. All in all, that method would be insane, but if he wanted to compete, it was his only option.


    "My name," I said, after thinking for a little bit, "is Tobias. If you didn't know me personally in Aer, it's unlikely you'll remember. My name was made taboo once I left."

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    (( That video is, quite literally, the most important part of WOTD. ))


    [Demi]


    I may have arrived a bit later than I intended. I wanted, if all things in this world were perfectly normal, to get to the Tournament prior to the massive wave of contestants. Getting Tobias alone in order to talk with him would have been nice, but I couldn't detect his presence. He had to be nearby, but I found it to be easier to just enter the labyrinth post haste. The doorway sealed behind me once I stepped through an arched entrance. Although it could have just been my nerves acting up, it felt as if the maze itself was probing me, perhaps to measure my strength. If that was what it wanted, so be it.


    "Mare Flammarum." I declared, the name of the spell being a fairly simple incantation. It was the first spell that I had ever created, but it was a collaborative project between myself and Tobes. He found a way to combine a Water Creation spell, which had an obvious Water Affinity, and my Fire Affinity, thus creating a flood of fire. It wasn't that practical, since the flames acted like a liquid and were affected by gravity, but it would do nicely in a scenario where I was in a small corridor, such as my current one. I kept it continuously casting at a rate that would education how much I regenerated, but I was still in the black. I began to make my way through the fire, unphased by the heat, untouched by it's destructive tongues.

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    (( This thread has a legacy of cheating death. Heck, several characters from the Original WOTD cheated death. It really has been a long journey hasn't it? Through that single thread, I learned almost every skill for Roleplaying I use today. I'm glad that all of you guys joined up for this wild adventurer, most of you having been part of the Original as well as the Rebirth. ))

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    (( Approved. In all likeliness, I'll stick everyone in a brackets' names into a randomized and we'll settle it that way. ))


    [Tobias]


    "Northern Mountains... I've been there a few times, I guess. I'm a collector of sorts." I answered, with a shrug. When Zicka explained his issue, I rubbed my chin a bit. It was a bit perplexing — a variant of Magic Withdraw that completely prevented regeneration. It could be a case of an injured Arcolia, a very tiny organ in the abdomen that acted as a sort of tether between your physical body and magic. If it was a minor injury, then it would heal after a week or two. If it was major, as most cases are, then the user would be completely incapable of using magic. For a Fallen Angel, that means certain death. Angels were less likely to injure their Arcolia, though. This puzzle was quite amusing, up until I determined the most likely scenario. If corrupted energy had managed to glaze over the Arcolia, then all of Zicka's current issues could be easily explained.


    "When you open a bottle of champagne, you must first remove the cork. Trying to remove the cork by pushing it further in is stupid — you need a way to push it out." I explained, using the form of a metaphor to explain my thoughts. "You could use a corkscrew, break off the neck of the bottle, or have enough built up pressure on the bottle to pop off the cork." Unfortunately, I couldn't help him much more. I had no idea how to use magic when you had nothing in the tank.

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    (( Ronin, does that mean THE CHICKEN MAN is back in town? ))


    [Tobias

    Someone with an odd presence approached, probably curious of who I was yelling at. Had I not determined that I was out of earshot? Perhaps I was just a bit distracted. Whatever. He didn't say much, just a simple call for clarification. The man looked ill, both physically and magically, since his aura was warping oddly. Judging by the impact on his aura, I'd suspect that it was a magical infliction that had caused the changes. To account for the physical side, it was clear that he was likely more infused with his magic than most mortals, nay, most magicians. I was dealing with a sick Fallen Angel. His face, while pale and a little saggish, was that of Zicka. If I hadn't recently felt his presence around a week ago, I'd never recognize him.


    "A friend was struck down by the Gods." I said, simply and truthfully. "If it was possible to go back to Aer, then I'd beat the stuffing out of that War God. Anyways, are you going to participate? I believe you were back there in Central before it collapsed, so there's no doubt you're worthy."


    [Fiora]


    This tournament was not just a chance to help defeat the Tainted, as I could do that any time I wanted. This was my chance to get my powers acknowledged by my brother, who had remained miles beyond my level of skill from the very beginning. When we were little, I had just managed to figure out how to levitate, while my brother, who was a couple years older, was peaking down at Eternia and reverse engineering the magics they were using from nothing but an overhead view. He eventually taught me Godspeed, but I could never quite figure out how to go quickly without running out of energy. "Think of your magic numerically." he loved to tell me, "You should only expend as much energy as you regenerate. So, if I regain two hundred units of energy per minute, I can only use less two hundred units per minute total." Tobes was easily the smartest person I had ever met, as well as the best tutor.


    Now, standing before me was an entrance to a new chance to succeed. The doorway was just a rectangular hole with a semicircle on top. I peered inside and saw nothing, just darkness. That changed, however, when I stepped through. A slab of stone appeared behind me to lock me in, torches lit in their sconces materializing in a similar fashion to light up the path. This narrow tunnel was likely to be the toughest test I've ever faced, but I couldn't help but feel...


    Exhilarated.

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    (( Correct. ))

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    (( Yeah, organized brackets would be nice. The only two things to know is that any Fallen Angels will be in their own category and Tobias meddled with the maze to ensure anybody from the group that passed would go in the same bracket. It's likely that everyone will, at least once, be pitted against eachother.


    If anybody wants some of the plot that I'm keeping secret to be revealed to them, private message me and I'll spoil bits and pieces. I do not recommend this, but I can understand why people would want to know. ))

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    (( I doubt this thread is truly dead. We're likely just taking a much needed break — we've been very active the last few weeks and just want to slow down a little. Scarf, I apologize for doing this, but it's needed for plot reasons. I'm commencing the Timeskip. We'll find out if Zickas powers have returned or not. ))


    << Four Days Later, Day #1 of the Tournament >>

    [Tobias]


    After several days of hard work, the stage was set and the curtains were ready to part. I had configured the Labyrinth to put those it found unworthy in the audience and those it deemed to have true potential to be placed in a special viewing area closer to the stage; the location for where the people who passed its test depending on what bracket they ended up in. While it could be considered cheating, I made sure that all non-Angel members of the interest group from Central who were powerful enough would be in the same bracket. Comrade fighting comrade was a topic I was excited to delve into. Thousands of people began to arrive, swarming the gates of my maze. Mages and Knights from every which way migrated toward my arena. There were four special paths — one for each Cardinal direction — for spectators who would not be participating to use. I noticed a couple attempted to cheat my flawless system but trying to go the 'moat', but I struck them down with lightning. Cheaters would never prosper in my eyes. I gazed out into the distance, watching the horizon. They had as of yet to make their appearance, which was annoying. Quincy hadn't come back yet, but I knew he had to be studying a Fallen Angel for any weaknesses. He hadn't shown his presence since he left and even I couldn't attempt to detect a lack of aura from across the continent. With Godspeed, he could easily be here, even if he was considerably slow.


    "Are you still waiting for your apprentice?" A voice said, deep and hostile. I could recognize it easily as that of Dimitri. He spoke, not using the wind like my father, nor dreams like any other God or Goddess would, but through my own emotions. He utilized my wrath and anger that I always held to the side in order to speak with me. "Don't bother. My child discovered the rat and disposed of it accordingly."


    "Demi killed Quincy? Impossible!" I shouted at myself, ignoring the concept that someone might hear me, despite the distance between the nearest person and me. "He was perfectly hidden and was instructed to retreat at the slightest sign of detection."


    My response seemed to only amuse the war God. His laughter was continuous and frustrating, which only fueled him further. After minutes of enjoying my ignorance, he calmed down and began to speak. "I have more than one child, you know. That brat was only the beginning — I'll break you without ever dirtying my hands. Ta-ta, you twit."

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    [Quincy]


    My final task prior to the tournament was not training. Tobias said that I had room for improvement, but four days of training wouldn't even begin to tap into my potential. I'd be much more efficient by not improving myself, but rather how to defeat my enemies. He gave me a list of all known Fallen Angels and told me to spend the next few days studying the major players. One named "Demetria" was circled, as well as "Zicka", "Rogan", and "Garrett" The five of them were, by my understanding, in a small town in the west. I activated Godspeed and began a long trip that would only last a few minutes.


    When I stopped moving at Mach speed, I saw the town called Verona from it's outskirts. Several powerful auras could be felt, along with one that was powerful yet concealed, like a boiling pot being covered. Two were outside the town: one having a very distinct Fire affinity, the other feeling similar to Tobias', albeit weaker. Demetria, as some notes my teacher had written down suggested, was likely the owner of the Fiery Aura. She would be the first one I'd study.

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    (( Works for me, M&M. ))

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    (( Looks pretty good Mad Man, just raise the apparent age a little bit. I don't care if they are much older in all actuality, I won't let children be running about.


    Scarf, remember that you still have the controls to the Timekip. I don't mean to rush you, but there is plot to get to. If you wish to keep it a mystery and not reveal if your powers return until the competition, I think that'd be pretty neat. ))

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    (( Sorry about my inactivity, I've been going through a bit of work-related turmoil. I was offered the opportunity to move from the current branch (for people who haven't known me as long, I work for Google at a local branch) to the main offices in California. It's the chance of a lifetime, but I'm going to be putting it off until the end of this semester, when I'll graduate with a degrees in Business, French, and English. In just a few short months, I'd be moving to America and throwing away all of the societal knowledge I've accumulated. It's a hard decision, but at least I've got time to think it over. ))


    [Tobias]


    The arenas were complete. In the last few hours, I had managed to create duplicate versions of the primary arena so then all five brackets could participate at the same time. The labyrinth that acted as both a moat and a test of qualification had already been set in position. All of the curtains were hung, all of the digits inscribed, everything had been complete. I would normally now become bored and find something to do, but I figured waiting was the best choice. After all, I wouldn't need to go anywhere to find a play thing, someone came to me.


    "Tobias, stop this foolish behavior." The wind scolded, blowing by in irregular patterns. Had the Gods gotten word of my intentions? It was possible due to A'thery's distinct ability to gather any kind of verbal information. "The Tainted exist to punish humanity; Fallen Angels exist to punish the Gods. You exist for neither of those. Humans will not benefit from this contest, nor will the Gods. I doubt even your precious pets will find any sort of gain."


    "Father, did you not think that I would be careful regarding you? All information on my actual scheme is stored up here," I replied, tapping my head, "so that you wouldn't be able to tap into it. If Xeltia were still around, you guys would already have turned on your sirens. Don't worry, all parties will profit from this. The Gods get what they wanted: humans to honestly gather in order to work together. Humans are rid of the Tainted, the children grow stronger, and I get to test my limits. The Tainted aren't so lucky, but they don't matter. You, however, gain the most. Ah, you'll see about it later." By how slow the wind was moving, I could tell A'thery was attempting to think the same way I was. He previously figured that I was just a man who could not stop gaining power, but the ignorant king would never consider that I had surpassed all foes and just needed something strong enough to go all out against.


    After several minutes of absolute silence, the wind began to roar. "No, you can't be thinking to —" he attempted, before I forced the wind to stop moving. He had figured out my plot, but it would be impossible to organize a force against me in just eight or nine days.


    "Ah, ah, ah. No spoilers."

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    (( Aura is a sort of proof-of-existence mechanic, and at the same time, they are a symbol for your magic power. Every living being has aura, wether it be large or small, incapable of using magic or being an expert in the arts. Everybody interacts with aura somehow, while not everyone can truly comprehend it. If you ever have an odd feeling about someone, then that is like detecting their aura, even if you can' tush magic. You can be trained to make yourself more aware of it's existence, although, as mentioned, this requires training. Even without specified training toward Auras, being able to use magic properly grants the user a more stronger sense, similar to a compass; the better you can use magic, the more keen that sense is. It can be manipulated by people with very advanced capabilities, although I don't think any character in the RP currently knows how.


    For the Timeskip, Scarf said he wants to hold off until we find out if his powers will return or are gone permanently. ))

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    (( Go ahead and make them. I'm interested to see what the New-You can create. I must remind you that I, as well as Ronin, reserve the right to deny any application we deem unworthy or unstable. ))

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    [Fiora]


    Deciding to take a break from training, I laid down in the grass. I could feel each blade of grass touching my sore skin, my exertion of magic having left my body physically fatigued. I couldn't help but fall asleep. Alas, that was my intention. "Back already?" Xeltia commented, as I opened my eyes to see him and his astral perch. He had already prepared a seat for me as well as some snacks, which I didn't know if I'd be able to enjoy as much while dreaming. "I already know what you want to do: use my powers to get a glimpse into the future."


    "So will you?" I responded, my voice peaking with a strange mixture of anxiety and excitement. If I could get a peak at what my brother had planned, then we might get an edge on the situation. The dreaming God nodded, with a grin.


    "I will let you see three slices of the future. I assume you'll want Pre-, During, and Post Tournament?" He guessed, giving me a bit of time to ponder it. I nodded. "Alright, but I want 24 Hours of sleeping energy. You will lose a day of training." I really couldn't be bothered, as getting key information was much more valuable than a day of time. Knowing if someone was ticklish was better than trying for twenty four hours thinking if they were. How could I possibly know how wrong I was?


    (( I'm putting this in spoilers just in case you don't want it spoiled. ))


    While the visions were more like photographs of the different scenes, I was able to get the gist of each situation. Prior to actually fighting, there would be a gigantic, flat, covered maze surrounding a colosseum. Dozens of people tried to fly over, but all had been struck down by varying elemental bombardments. I noticed that there were thousands of entrances, each one sealing as someone went through. A little over 520 of them lead to the entrance of the arena.

    The tournament itself was more interesting. My opponent was a human, yet his potency was easily at Fallen Angel level. I, however, did not see who was victorious. The only time someone traveling with us lost was when they were pitted against another group member. The Fallen Angel brackets were locked from the Foresight, unfortunately. The entire arena began glowing with a mixture of green and purple light, the atmosphere reminding me of home. Before I could see any more, the vision skipped to the Future.


    A bloody, slightly disfigured form was lying on the ground, surrounded by black grass. A bow and a sword hilt laid next to him, which wasn't sounding familiar with anybody I knew. Their hair was white and blue, but some of it was singed to a dark crisp. The smell of burnt skin was worse than tires. When I took a closer look, I saw that they weren't disfigured; they had had their right arm amputated without the wound being closed. I didn't realize it until I saw the tip of a blue, shimmering tattoo at the shoulder than this person was Tobias. My brother would get beaten into Death's Door. I couldn't see any embers in the nearby shrubs, so it couldn't have been Demi that did this. What happened? Figures were standing around him, discussing what to do. I was left confused and with that, the vision ended, possibly along with Tobias' life.

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