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Group RP Luminous (The Actual Campaign Featuring Convoluted Magic)

Discussion in 'Roleplay Institute' started by ChocoChicken, Jan 8, 2023.

  1. ChocoChicken

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    "One year. Year and a half? It was all over the news when it happened, but nothing came of the search." Jared shrugged. "Sorry about the downer, everyone."

    Travolto shook his head. "It's my fault, and I should be the one apologizing. If it helps, I do believe they're out there. Somewhere. Surviving."

    The silence lasted a few moments more before Jared cleared his throat. "Changing the topic - if I'm correct, we should all have our Luminous-es awakened soon, right? Should only be a few days. Enough for you guys to settle in a bit, because work's gonna get pretty crazy after that."
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    Robin sweatdropped. Was he really expected to work in this guild forever? He came here to find answers, not make a career here. He was reminded of a video game in his world called Evolution Quest where the protagonists went to guilds to take up jobs while also looking for answers. Perhaps the same could be said for here. How 'crazy' could it get?

    He finished his taro puffs. "So what happens next, Jared-san?" Robin asked.
     
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  3. ChocoChicken

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    "What happens next? Well, just be ready!"

    The blond gave Robin a cheeky grin before Trav stepped in with some real instructions. "I would suggest you could read up a little bit on the spells you could learn. You'll want to learn to cast as soon as possible once you're in the Guild. The Masters will be giving some small demonstrations on the day you awaken your Luminous, so you can attend those for more information, and get some inspiration or guidance from them."

    At this point, it looked like the meal was wrapping up - most of the food was finished, and the conversation seemed to be coming to a close. Jared called for a waiter and pulled a coin bag out of his pocket, flashing a thumbs-up to the others when that matter was settled.

    "But most importantly, take your time to settle in." Trav finished.
     
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    Robin's jaw dropped in surprise. He wasn't expecting Jared to be treating everyone for the meal. Now Robin kind of felt bad for eating at Jared's expense. "Th-thanks for the meal," he muttered. After finishing the remainder of his taro puffs, he was ready to go. Before he stood up, he jotted some more notes in his support log - first of all by writing down his companions' names.

    He wondered if he could make any income here to buy supplies. Well, that would have to wait. For now, focusing on his spells was a start. What could he possibly cast at the moment? He would have to find out when he met these 'Masters'.
     
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    Once everyone was done with their food, the two boys gave the rest of the team a last farewell before taking their leave in separate directions - it looked like they had their own places outside of the Guild's rooms.

    As the skies darkened to a deep blue, lit only by the specks of light left by people below, the five could return to the Guild and rest. A good night's sleep wasn't too far away, and they would probably need it, given how chaotically fast-paced the day had been - even with the break in the middle.

    Upon arriving at their rooms, a small stack of baskets could be spotted - one for each member. Within each one were a few basic toiletries, some more uniform-like robes to change into, a coin pouch of 500 qin, and a few meal coupons for the mess hall - enough to last a few days before they would have to begin work, most likely.
     
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    Kanaru smiled when she saw the gifts in her room. I think I may actually enjoy it here... she thought as she admired the robes and other items. But for the moment, she was most interested in a bed. It's not my bed in Tokyo, but it'll do.
     
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    When Ando returned to his room within the Guild, a wave of tiredness washed over him. Despite the nap he took before dinner, he felt exhausted. Perhaps this was his recent time on the road catching up to him. Regardless, he was thankful for the change of clothing he found at the foot of his bed - the clothes he wore under his armor, an earth-tone tunic and pair of trousers, were in desperate need of laundering.

    The process of removing his armor was almost like a ritual to him. Ando carefully set each piece in the same corner he'd placed his spear. He took a long look at the sigil on the breastplate, barely recognizable after his attempts to scrub it off, before he bathed and settled in for sleep.

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    His leg muscles were on fire as he ran through the forest. He could hear things behind him, rushing through the underbrush, barking and howling. Were they gaining on him? He didn't know, but he dared not look back. Instead, he pushed forward, guided by some unseen thread weaving between the tangle of trees.

    The forest abruptly ended, and in the distance stood a tall wall of red bricks. There was a gap in the wall that was closing. He forced himself to run faster, and with one final bound, he leaped through the gap. He wasn't sure if the sound he heard was the wall slamming together or the jaws of a beast snapping shut just shy of his feet.

    The howling had ceased. Shaking with exhaustion, he picked himself up and climbed the wall to look over. There, he saw dozens of pairs of eyes burning like embers through the shadows of the forest. Predators eyeing the prey that had escaped. Then, something emerged from the tree line: a wolf twice as big as any he'd ever seen, its body covered in fur like iron. It spoke to him in a voice that sent chills down his spine:

    "You cannot run from us forever, Tomonaga. We will find you, and when we do, you will not escape your punishment."

    With impossible speed, the beast pounced, its fangs poised to--

    Ando snapped awake with a gasp, his chest pounding and skin slick with sweat. His eyes darted around the dark room, his room. Just a nightmare, he told himself. His gaze drifted over to his armor, stacked up in a corner. The sooner he could get the set replaced, the better, but that was a problem for later. For now, he laid back down and tried to get a more restful sleep.
     
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    "Well, they have toothbrushes here at least," Wakeng remarked as he looked at all the different items he found in his room, which he had strewn over the bed. Including the meal coupons and money, the man surmised that rationing supplies would last him a week at most in reserve, which means he had to start doing jobs quite soon. Nodding to himself, Wakeng set all the items aside, stashing the money somewhere more secure, before going to sleep.
     
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    Once everyone was done with their food, Elio parted ways with his teammates for awhile. Not for that long actually. He just went to grab what little belongings left at his previous lodging (which were, honestly, just a set or two of spare clothes). He also thanked (and paid) the innkeeper for letting him stay there for the past week while he's at it.

    Back at the group's current lodging house, Elio noticed a basket full of stuff in his room. A starter set for newbies, if you will. That, and the pouch previously given to Harvin earlier had been returned -- now with the Guild symbol sewn on it -- which could be found in Elio's starter set in particular. It was the sturdiest pouch the young whitehead currently had, so he wasn't surprised that it took a good while to actually sew the patch on it.

    Elio then took a bath as soon as Ando was done (assuming the bathroom was a shared one, that is), then changed his clothes and called it a day.
     
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    On returning to the common room, Robin welcomed the sight of the stack of baskets. There wasn't a lot, but it would do for now. This guild had the decency to supply toiletries, so it also made Robin wonder what kind of era he had fallen into. There was even running water! He decided not to think about that for now and instead packed the pouch of qin into his bag. There were meal coupons too (Robin wondered if he could tell by the writing).

    After Robin had taken what he needed, he went to change into the robes, which should be comfortable enough for the evening. Then he folded his school uniform away and neatly pulled the fabric to smooth out any wrinkles.

    Before he went to bed, he took a moment to review his support log and also decided to document his interactions with his new companions. Then he read about his interactions with his friends. He already missed them. How was it that he retained the memories of his actual world? There were some things that Robin just did not understand.
     
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    A few days passed. Most of the party's time was spent being caught up with the ins and outs of the Guild, especially the four who are new to the city. The rundown of who to go for what, where to go for this or that. A few talks about the functions and responsibilities of a Luminous were given by some older members of the Guild, and Jared and Trav when they occasionally joined the party for some time.

    Through the days, rumors only increased between the casters in the Guild. Something about a huge event. The name of the mysterious Guild Master and residing ruler of all of Juayang - Lady Olympia - was muttered multiple times, by multiple people. And the hype all built towards a new day.

    The day all newest recruits received their Luminous.

    It began like any other. Well, no, it didn't, because on any other day the city wouldn't be as loud in the morning as it was now. There was construction, chatter - many came out as early as they could to catch the sight of stages and stalls being set up in the main square.

    At least half of the Guild had showed up, a few around the stalls preparing various tools for what one could assume were demonstrations. Several of the Masters could be spotted, too, next to stands of their own, though it could only be assumed that all of them would be there when the event really began in a few minutes.

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    (FYI point - You can start with your characters waking up or already be heading into the commotion.)
     
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    Kanaru woke up at the noise of chatter outside. After quickly changing into a robe, she took a look outside. Is a play going on? she wondered at the stages outside...
     
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    Robin had dreamed of his home and his friends the past night and it was no surprise that he woke with slight tears in his eyes. He recalled Robyn sharing with him how she dreamt of reliving her world with her friends - and the pain that came with living with that.

    Oddly, Robin dreamed of his friend Cherche and her pet whyvern crow Minerva too, in particular. He found that strange as he swapped from his robes to his school uniform. After he got dressed, he could hear a commotion outside. Seemed like a festival of some sort was happening at the moment. He took a look out the window and saw stages being set up. Wait, what?

    Then he packed his bag and support log and then went out of his room to the common room.
     
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    By the time Kanaru and Robin woke up, Elio was already up and about. He did get his sleep, yes -- just being quite an early bird. That, and the hype was real out there, for it was the day all newest recruits received their Luminous. I mean, was the city always this festive whenever such a day occurred anyway?

    For now, donning his blue tunic and trousers set, Elio would be at a nearby diner whose open hours started so early in the morning should anyone look for him.
     
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    Wakeng was already outside, having started a habit of walking around early in the morning to get used to the new city. His interest was piqued by the sudden increase in foot traffic along his usual path, which led him to discovering the huge construction effort in the city plaza.

    "Hey auntie," Wakeng said, poking one of the shopkeepers he often passed by and talked to, currently setting up her stall like all the other vendors and merchants. "Do you know what's going on?"
     
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    In the few days that followed, Ando discovered the Guild had training rooms. He often found Guild members using them to practice their magic, but sometimes they would use them for more physical workouts. Ando began a habit of spending an hour or two each morning there, doing various stretches, exercises, and routines with is spear. It was a good way to keep his mind clear and his body in shape.

    After one such morning, on his way back to his room, Ando noticed the streets were more bustling with activity than usual. Today must be the day, then, he thought to himself. He found Robin waiting in the common room. "Going to see what all the commotion is about?" he asked as he headed to his room to quickly change clothes.
     
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    On seeing Ando passing by, Robin realised that it was very quiet here. “Huh? Is everyone outside? I guess I could check it out,” he replied, not realizing that Kanaru was also still hanging around.

    So Robin put his school blazer on and then made his way out to the streets. Something big was going on, that’s for sure. Maybe he might bump into a companion or two of his.
     
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    Judging from all the colorful floats and portable stages going by, Kanaru figured that a festival or a parade was going on. She wasn't sure what sorts of holidays were in this world, but it looked like something memorable for all present.
     
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    "Hey, sailo (youngster), aren't you supposed to be there too?" The vendor gave a gesture towards his shirt patch between rearranging her shelves. "The Masters are giving out public showcases and talks about Luminous. They do this every year just to build up interest, but rumor has it something else is happening, too."

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    As soon as Robin stepped out onto the streets, he could tell most other Gilded were headed for the square as well. In the distance, Trav was pulling a half-awake Jared along this time, towards the center of activity.

    The stands were nearly finished, and he could also see a few other Masters had arrived and were working on one of the eight stages each. Harvin stood bent over at a table, double-checking his materials - some Robin could recognize from yesterday, whilst Cira seemed to be preparing something airborne. Someone in green instructed a small team to set up large stalagmites, a tall person in purple set up targets at theirs, and a young woman sharpened a glowing sword.

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    A moment later, the sky lit up with a bright, holographic sign - visible from anywhere in Yangto at this point, if someone were to just look out a window. ALL JINGUANG GUILD MEMBERS - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT AT MAIN SQUARE, 12PM. DO NOT BE LATE.

    (FYI - it is about, say, 8-10 ish in-universe.)
     
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    Kanaru was startled at the sign's appearance at first. Once she had her bearings again, she made a note of the time. I want to make a good first impression by being on time... she thought.
     

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