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    (( I really shouldn't say the true purpose of the tournament, because of plot spoilers. It is similar to an event from the original WOTD, although I will not clarify which one. Paper and Coin currency works fine for me. Scarf, if you'd like to post a link, that's fine with me. ))


    [Demetria]


    Fiora was absolutely incredible, even if she was weak. Her casual aura wasn't very potent, yet she could easily maintain it for a long expanse of time. We still had three and a half days remaining to train, but she had made an enormous amount of progress in the few hours of exercise. I'd have to get started as well, since I could easily see the power gap between Tobias and myself. His presence from when he sent the message felt as strong as if he were standing behind me, yet it was likely a very long ways away. Had he grown to be that powerful, or has he been that strong since the beginning. I began creating a ball of concentrated flames. For training, I'd slowly make it stronger to sap away my strength and try to improve how long I could let it last. While doing so, I started remembering the old times.


    Tobias was considered a genius from a young age. Before he could ride a bike without training wheels, he had already gone through thousands of textbooks on magic. He hadn't even reached an age in the double digits when he had grown to Major God talent. Once in several millennia, a hero is born to usher the world into a new age, but they had always been human. Tobias' birth made me think otherwise. Scholars down in Eternia would travel great distances to pray in some of Karisha's temples, where Tobes would be able to speak with them. His power knew no limits. When he sent out the invitation, it was clear that his full aura was potent enough to be stretched across the continent, whereas most mages can study their whole lives just to get theirs to be the size of a bedroom. Tobes would get into fights with older Gods and formed rivalries easily, such as with Myron. Even with all his power, he had such a pure heart. What could he be planning? Was he really going to defeat the Tainted?


    "Uh, Demi?" Fiora said, snapping me back into reality. "Can you try not to burn the countryside?" My ball of fire had grown so intense that it was spreading faster than most firefighters would be able to put it out. A wave of my hand later and all that was left was smoke and charred dirt.

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    (( My initial intention for the Labyrinth was that there would be a minimal amount of combat. By reading your skills, it would generate a hazardous maze that would suit your potential. However, since there is only a limited amount of space, there's no doubt that some of the several thousand participants will run into each other. ))

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    (( Approved. The whole gang's coming back together! ))

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    (( The Labyrinth is a "living" maze that altars it's course for each competitor. There shouldn't be any fighting between contestants. It has, according to Tobias, a very thorough magic detection that will sense both the current and future capabilities of whoever walks through. A man able to use his full powers can be pinned against someone with absolutely no talent at this current moment.


    Scarf, that works for me. ))

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    (( Glad to have you back, Sparky! Accepted. Pretty nice drawing, if I may add. ))

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    [Tobias]


    "What's this big board for? Keeping track of the brackets?" Quincy asked, watching me from a short distance. In a moment, he was at my side. My apprentice had a Nature affinity, yet was able to master an adept Lightning spell with relative ease. If my predictions were correct, he'd need to be able to move quickly.


    "Yeah, but for now I'm just thinking things through. It's easy to figure out what is likely to happen just by paying attention. Think of it as seeing a triangular puzzle piece and a triangle shaped hole. By not being stupid, you could put two and two together." I replied, rubbing my chin. "If my calculations are correct, then these participants will make it through preliminaries. I'm not surprised to see a couple of them, but at the same time, a few new faces are showing up." A little while ago, I had changed my formatting for the brackets so that there would be a fifth, Fallen Angel only category. Quincy would be participating there, just to simplify things. I, on the other hand, would not take any active part in this tournament besides being the judge. "You will be set against Gods and Goddesses, even if they are weaker than I am. Do not take a single one of them lightly. Keep practicing Godspeed, you'll need it."


    With my previous thoughts processed, I moved my attention back toward the main sections of the brackets. There was, in a randomized scenario, a one in a quarter chance that someone would be pitted up against a single other specified person in the case of four brackets. However, my preliminaries were not simply random, but more chaotic. While I had been building the arena, I had taken the time to create a living maze, titled the Labyrinth. It would treat each candidate differently depending on their magical affinity, power level, and several other factors. If someone would fail to traverse the giant puzzle, they would be teleported to the stands. The maze would decide in what order people would fight by balancing out the strong and the weak, but it's sense of arcane detection went much deeper than my eyes could. Who knows, a child with limitless yet untapped potential could be paired against a professional.


    "Do not disappoint me, Champion." I murmured, opening up a visual rift. It wouldn't be detected by any means they could use, which was nice. The picture displayed was of a certain selection of warriors, such as the Bionic one and Titaint's old plaything. Only one of these few caught my interest at all.

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    (( If it's alright with everyone, we'll only be Roleplaying the current day, with the tournament being four days away. I'd rather not go through the process of acting out each day if most if it is going to be relatively the same. ))


    [Fiora]


    My brother was somewhere out in the world, waiting for me. I knew as he was talking in my dream that he was lying through his teeth. Tobes didn't leave Aer to help humanity with it's Taint problem, nor did he descend in order to punish the mortals. He came purely to leave the cage that once entrapped us as well as to escape the curse that binds those who leave Aer. Whatever he was planning, it wouldn't be good for the Gods or the Humans. To defeat him and foil his scheme meant training harder than I ever have; to abandon my sense of charity and focus purely on improving myself. Through selfish behavior, Tobias became strong, so I must follow the same path.


    Leaving my room at the motel, I noticed a group of the others hanging out after waking up. Instead of joining up with them, I turned left and went around to the back of the motel, then started off out of the town. My training would be physically intensive and grueling, but there was no other choice.


    Upon reaching a good distance from town, I released my aura. Most mages suppress their magic energy in order to not get measured up by an enemy, plus it saved stamina. My energy coated me, but did not produce any major visual signs of how thick it was besides a pale sheet of light surrounding me. I was glowing purple. Concentrating harder, I forced more and more energy out of all arcane pores in my body, which quickly drained my reserves. There was no way I could stop training until I became able to comfortably maintain a high aura output without the cost being more expensive than the rate at which I regenerated mana. After a few minutes in, I realized how impossible my goal was. My body collapsed from Magic Withdraw after twelve minutes. This doesn't sound like much, but it's equivalent to an athlete running at their top speed for twelve minutes without a break.


    "Need a hand?" A feminine voice asked, my body temperature rising. With the heat rose the amount of 'gas' left in my magical 'tank'. I only knew one person who could use Regenerative Embers, and that was...


    "Demi!" I exclaimed, sitting up. "I wasn't gone very long, but it seems like a forever ago that I last saw you." She giggled a bit at the remark. There was a rumor going on about her and Tobias a few years ago, but nothing serious was made of it. Her and I weren't super close, but we both trained in the same barracks in Aer. Her level of skill back then far surpassed my own and I doubt I closed the gap too much.

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    (( YES! YES! YES! YES! BLOODHOUND! ))


    (( Approved. The Central Arc is already over. It was just a short one to gather everybody into a single group. If you need a place to jump in, try either finding someone while they are training or train yourself until Tobias' Tournament. ))


    [Tobias]


    With the polished marble of the colosseum set and the majority of the decor equally completed, I set out to do the only manual task: writing the sigils. Four gigantic magic circles had to be carved into the flooring, then a couple thousand runic symbols to accompany them. Using Foci to modify spells was one thing, but I had recently figured out how to inscribe them into a surface in order to create an area of effect. The Foci I wanted to put down were Strength, Efficiency, then two Amplifications, each with a fairly high value. Only the Strength and Efficiency would effect the competitors, as the other two were for later. Godspeed made this task much easier, but I still used up an hour or two making sure everything was set. The cloth cover, which was a donut shaped, loosely built structure to keep the audience cool, held a third surprise, but that was for later.


    "Brackets..." I muttered, approaching a very large board above my private viewing platform. "Preliminaries will carve the number down to one hundred twenty eight." Looking at a list of the thousand of people who received my message, I was delighted to see the little bunch from Central getting an invitation. A name looked familiar... Dem- Oh crud. Demetria'd be coming. Perhaps cheating would be in order.


    "Quincy," I called out to my apprentice, "I'm going to have you fight an old colleague. She shouldn't be much stronger than you."


    [Fiora]


    I awoke from my slumber with less stamina than what I had expected. After all, I had gotten three less hours of regenerative sleep than I would most nights, due to my dealings with Xeltia. Once I heard Tobias' invitation, I spent the rest of the night toughening my soul. There would be no way I'd face my brother without being in the best shape possible.

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    (( Timeskip to 8AM, still four days remaining til Tobias' Tournament. ))

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    [Demetria]


    Luckily, my Volcanite Flower saved me in the end by superheating the area around me and melting the stone. The heat couldn't bother me, so I slowly made my way out of the liquid earth that was slowly filling the crater I created upon falling down. There were still a few stars dancing around my head, but I had figured that I would be fine. I wasn't very good at sensing or recognize presences, but I could easily distinguish the auras of Garrett and... Fiora? It stood to say that the crew I had stumbled upon was allied with Tobias, so killing them all might be a necessary step; perhaps not now, but it might be crucial down the line.


    Tobias' words still rung loudly in my head. He had been working so hard to host a competition? A tournament? He wanted to help humanity by killing the Tainted? I had no clue. His aura was massive, definitely being superior to most Gods and Goddesses I knew. Knowing him, he may use his secret technique to examine and replicate abilities from all across the country without having to go anywhere or do any research. Even back in Aer, he always had his nose stuck in a book, so getting to skip that process would definitely benefit him.


    I chose to begin walking toward the two I knew, both fairly close to each other.

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    (( Tobias went North from Central. He is currently nearby the southernmost tip of the Northern Mountain Ranges. The topography of his area is pretty flat and the mountain nearest him was butchered.


    I really hope Verona isn't flatted. Otherwise, Fiora would likely be dead. I'm currently on mobile, but I'm leaving the office early today, so I've got time to post properly.


    For the matter of Alice's newfound magic energy, I'll let you choose what to do. I'm liking this New-You, so enjoy some leniency. ))

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    (( Probably. ))

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    (( Uh... Do I really even have to say anything about your app? It's quite... Well... Uh... How do I phrase this nicely... I can't accept it, nor will I.


    Mad Man, if you are referring to the cluster of energy sources, those represent the group in general. ))

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    (( I really should post from Fiora's POV, but she's currently sleeping. ))


    [Demetria]


    "I'm going to Eternia." I decided, interrupting my parents' bickering, "Tobes needs to be stopped and there's no way we'd be able to get me down there as a Goddess in time. I'll go down and figure out what he's planning, then I'll find a way back." While I did it solely to comfort my parents, I was never find of lying in any way. The Aerial Barrier was much like a one-way gate, although the cost of passing through was immense enough. If I were to go down to the surface, there would be an almost zero percent chance of me ever returning. Fallen Angels, as the name suggests, are Gods and Goddess who can no longer be around the others of their kind. Was I really ready to give away my comfortable life just for everyone else up here to be able to live out theirs?


    Unfortunately, there was no time for goodbyes. My father looked disheartened as an act for my mother, but I knew he was proud of me for taking his side. My mother, on the other hand, looked absolutely heartbroken to be losing her daughter. I concentrated on the Aerial Barrier and slowly passed through the ground, the floor beneath me becoming clouds. In a matter of moments, I went from standing peacefully to plummeting to an inevitable death unless I did something. Summoning fire in mid air didn't help much for slowing me down, but I could steer a bit. I began searching using Toby's sonar method and aimed myself toward the highest amount of magical energy I could sense on the continent. It had to be Tobias, but that theory shattered when that signal split into several chunks each in their own direction.


    How stupid could I be? Of course he'd hide his presence!


    As many Fallen Angels may know, the worst part about becoming one is the landing. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get jets of flame potent enough to delay my becoming a pancake, all until I tried my last resort and released a single, huge explosion beneath me, which negated my momentum. Even having not died, I still was a bit off.


    Hello! Someone familiar's voice said directly in my mind.


    [Tobias]


    The arena was complete and I was running out of books to read. I remained in the center of the bracket one dueling area, pushing myself up and down with only one arm while doing a handstand. Training my mind was obviously important, but I'd need a physique to support such a capacity. Three times spun around me, each one filled to the brim with magical information and notes from previous mages who used the book. I was, quite frankly, getting bored of waiting. Putting two fingers of my inactive hand in my forehead, I activated an advanced form of telepathy that would connect to anybody who could be considered, in one way or another, powerful.


    "Hello!" I said, broadcasting my message across the continent. "In four days, a tournament will be held in order to see who is worthy of being in a small group of professionals. We will directly tackle the Tainted. In seven days, the tournament will end and I will decide who to take with me. In nine days, the Tainted will be destroyed.


    "In order to find me and the location of this tournament," I continued, "I will release my magic energy once each day until the day of the tournament. You will have four days to find me. Good luck." At once, I canceled my cloaking spell and waves on my aura poured out from around me. How long have I been going with this weight bearing me down? I left my presence up for sixty seconds, then resumed my cloak.

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    (( Alright, let's use a different example. Look back at the latest few pages, please. Count how many posts each person has made. It's been a game of Ping-Pong between two players and there's no doubt that a lot of us are confused on what to do. For plot, I'm not super sure what to do. I hate having to make us stick to any one path, but that may be in order to get control of this Roleplay. Tobias' Tournament is in 4 IG Days, so the time will be spent in any way shape or form. Characters will be aware of the upcoming event via an action in a future post. If your character wishes to train, so be it. If they wish to buy a goldfish and name it Billy, nobody's stopping you. ))


    [Tobias]


    The final slabs of sheet rock were raised and manipulated, leaving a stone version of the arena to come. I could already foresee the battles that would take place with the tournament I had planned. To be frank, I was excited to see the real potential of the group I had taken a special interest in, as I could detect a larger power with them each. I had, prior to building the actual arena, constructed a lodging building for people to spend the nights in. Quincy and I were already making a mess of the penthouse floor, having rented out every single book in a library from a nearby town. My apprentice was hard at work, studying in order to conquer the other opponents. He would be participating, while I was just going to be the judge.


    Placing my hand on a pedestal, which was really an ancient artifact that allowed you to tap into the power of the Earth, I commanded the stone to switch places with other materials for a sort of equivalent exchange. Panels of rock were turned into waving flags, limestone was converted into wood and metal, etc. Something I had discovered was the Terra Pedestal could only be summoned once in its user's lifetime, so I wouldn't be able to move it again. This made constructing the arena much more difficult, since I had to build with it's position in mind.


    "Mana Shield," I read, snatching a book that I had kept hovering around me, "a defensive spell that would create a defensive barrier of energy around you. It has a very small upkeep cost, but drains your magic energy instead of inflicting damage. Strong attacks can shatter it without depleting your energy. Can cause Magic Withdraw and Magic Whiplash." An interesting concept, yet it seemed that it could cause quite an issue for people with smaller mana pools. I let go of the tome, allowing it to continue to float slowly around me, along with a plethora of other novels that I had paused.

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