.:Claymore RP:. Second Mission; Reconnaissance and Extermination of Castle Fiduc
.:Black Cloaks Briefing:.
It’s roughly been about 2 weeks ever since the ranks were divided amongst the trainees that had survived. Very few had managed to graduate and now they had been dispatched to their designated areas taking on their first lot of Yoma extermination missions requested by various villages. Under the blazing heat a nomadic tent large enough to accommodate for over a dozen armed soldiers stood erect among the sands. Had they been able to wear any other colors they chose to ignore their other options as the Black Men of the Organization waited inside the tent, with them their respective escorts one of which the organization deemed to be among the fastest agile warrior at their disposal. The escorts growled at the chosen area their superiors have decided on camping.
“Of all places right in the middle of nowhere” uttered the frustrated and annoyed veteran Claymore. Twin swords of unknown origin hung loosely at his side, both from the looks of it was custom made from the Eastern continents where he had also inherited the unusual choice of black habit foreign to their junior Claymores. Normally climate rarely affected the body of a Claymore but this was no climate to simply laugh about even for the Claymores themselves. How the Black Cloaks had managed to survive the ugly sunlight without catching on fire he hadn’t the slightest of clues. Only other than what many of their ranks had already determined the obvious, they were no ordinary humans either.
Slowly one by one, junior Claymores gathered at the tent from Ranks 40 to 47 each one slightly surprised to see one another from the same hellish graduation they underwent 2 weeks ago. Whatever it was, it had to be a team mission from the number of Claymores gathered. “Interesting, we have some fresh meat.” From the annoyance he felt from earlier due to the wait and climate, this ominous senior examined every new Claymores he can get his sights focused on. A bunch of rookies to rough up and maybe some might prove to be a capable prey. Regardless this wasn’t the time nor the place to get excited about possible preys for later enjoyment as the Black Cloaks started briefing.
“As many of you might have guessed by now the following request is a direct order from the top branch to investigate in a team of Claymores. Originally this was a request made by the neighboring villages for a Yoma extermination but due to unexpected turn of events we’ve lost contact with #22 who may have been eliminated whilst he was sent on the mission alone. Therefore we gathered the available troops we can find to investigate the matters further.”
“Its believed that whatever is down in the dungeons of Castle Fiduc, there is a creature powerful enough to single handedly kill a strong #18 male Claymore without releasing any yoki. On top of this after further investigation we’ve come across documents and witnesses of the survivors that fled from the castle, they claimed to have seen evil experiments being held inside the deepest part of the dungeon now lying in the ruins by the order the late duke of Fiduc has referred to as the Black Alchemists. We want you to investigate what these alchemists have been researching as well as killing any yoma you encounter on your way down the dungeon. Apprehend any suspicious human beings if they are found within the premise. Difficulty of this mission would normally warrant a powerful team of warriors ranking from 30 to 20 but as we are currently short on manpower we have decided to form a bigger group on the hunt assigning the 7 of you into this one mission. You will be paired up into 3 teams, each will cover certain areas of the dungeon and advance with precaution. By now I would assume most of you are experienced enough to sense each other’s Yoki even from a distance away. Should any of you encounter a monster you are unable to defeat, pull back and release enough yoki for the nearest team to aid you in battle.”
OOC: More Pics of the Dungeons
I'll update this more when I get the chance. Suddenly got super busy with school =.= For now, just stay awhile and get reacquainted with your buddies. Soon either me or Elcura will split you up into groups for the three different mission. The odd man team will be accompanied by a npc warrior #23
Lindy, Farleen and Beaumont is at Castle Dungeons
Kaiserin and Cecily is at the Sewage systems
Arc and Demios is at outer layer of the Castle Ruins.
Last edited by Phantom Miria; 09-11-2007 at 07:04 PM.
The black cloaks stood in their heated tent, giving the young warriors their instructions of another very important, life-threatening mission. The sunlight pierced the thin skin of the tent, offering little protection. How black cloaks could survive the heat (with black on, no less) was a mystery.
The leader of the group circled around the young warriors slowly. He eyed the males as little more than a problem.
"Number , Arc and number  Deimos, you two will investigate the ruins of the castle." He paused, as another male warrior walked in, twin swords at his side.
"Wow, how can you stand this heat?" He questioned "It's so irritating!" He was apparently very annoyed and more than willing to continue bitching to the two unlucky initiates that joined him.
"Glad you could join us Beaumont." The leader said, laughing a little.
"Yeah, glad I could suffer along with these know-nothings." Beaumont said indignantly.
"Number  Lindy, number  Farleen and number  Beaumont. You will investigate the castle dungeons. It's a fairly large and winding labyrinth. Very low visibility." He said, sounding somewhat enthusied to make a high ranking male suffer.
This was nothing though, because to him he had already set the greatest suffering to the two young amateurs left without an assignment.
"Number  Kaiserin and number  Cecily, you two will investigate the castle's sewage system. You do not have to worry, it isn't used so much as waste disposal but more of a water circulatory system." He said, looking very unsympathetic.
"What does that matter! It's still a sewer!" Beaumont laughed sadistically at the two.
"Still, it's dangerous down there, if you see something you can't handle retreat immediately. It's dark down there, although their are oil lamps many of them have long expired and gone out." He finished his assignments. Now pointing his finger towards the direction of the castle. "Ortre, lead them to the castle."
Ortre appeared out of nowhere. He nodded silently and went ahead of the group, who all scrambled to their feet, except for the veteran, who calmly got up. They all walked a few paces behind Ortre, who - even in this incredible heat was amazingly fast. The sun was retiring slowly, the heat died down as the handler picked up his pace according to how cool it was.
"We expect the target being to be around the dungeon, while the lab to be located much deeper down, in the sewers. The upper levels are to be guarded incase the target tries to escape or the groups lower down need help." He said suddenly, some of the warriors stopped a second to listen. "The upper levels are dangerous, you are expected to protect anyone foolish enough to still be there or unlucky enough to have not escaped." Waiting to see if he said anything else, the newly recruited slowed their pace down. But nothing was said. Eventually they reached the outskirts of the castle. Towering close to the clouds, it stood proud, but nothing more than a former effigy of itself...
OOC: So the second mission is on, first post I want you to recount a little of the time (2 weeks) you spent as a normal claymore, leading up to how you got the mission and leading up to this point. Those unranked might have something to do later on (additional backup). But we'll see how it goes.
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After the Epilogue of First Mission Arc had headed to his designated area which turned out to be in west only a couple of areas away from were he once lived. The missions he did in that area were only two simple single Yoma extermination in which Arc had no trouble with whatsoever. After completing the third mission, this includeds the training mission, Arc was called up by the orgination to head to a temporarly set up location outside the place called Fiduc which was to the south-east of Arc's location. "A call to a mission, I wounder who I will be teamed up with. Will it be with anyone I know? Hmmm... Looks like I have arrived." Arc thought and quickly realised that he ended up arrving at the meeting point already. Surprizing to Arc a lot of people from the previous mission ended up being there. Arc was assign with Deimos to investigate the castle ruins and then position themselves to prevent target escape and provide back-up as needed. "That is nice of them to team me up with Deimos and we were put on watch duty, too." Arc thought as he patiantly waited to start this mission.
OCC: Yaa! second mission begin.
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OOC: I've described some of the major grounds of the castle. (Think Kingdom Hearts, Beast's Castle. ^_^ Easiest 1st floor structure to work with. No gargoyles though. Maybe djinn.)
IC: .: Deimos :.
"A monster strong enough to kill a number 18 without yoki release deserved extreme caution upon hunting it down." Deimos kept half his focus on the organization's black cloaks. He wore an outward facade of calmness, but within he began to think furiously.
"We are weak. A fortnight is not enough time to prepare. Something that slaughtered number 22 would probably destroy all of us. Does the organization wish to rid themselves of us again?"
He returned to full attention when he heard his name and Arc's said aloud. Deimos gave him a tiny nod. "We may as well begin."
Sand rippled on broken stone and cracked earth. Pillars of faded sandstone lay strewn amongst the rubble of the outer wall, and the tumble of sun-beaten rock spilled out into the open. Deimos walked past the threshold, gates half-torn out of their hinges, and stepped into the courtyard where he began an extensive study of his surroundings.
"Different from the village I was sent to cleanse of a pack of yoma south, two weeks ago. I've been traveling this way ever since. This heat is unbearable!" He sniffed. The stench of a cesspool--a square pit likely two men deep and and the length of one man wide, to the left--threatened to scorch his sinuses with crumbled human feces.
Deimos wandered off to the right, near a well abandoned dry, close to the stables. He stared at the inner doors further ahead. From a gaping hole in the wood, he glimpsed the grand staircase. They probably spiraled to the left and right wings of the castle.
"I can't extend my range to read yoki past that, but so far I haven't detected anything. At least its an improvement from not being to read any at all.
But humans--if there are humans--have no yoki whatsoever."
Deimos drew his claymore. He balanced it on his shoulder. "Arc. How's your yoki reading ability?"
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Lindy was soon sent off to a region in the West after she parted with her fellow comrades when it was daybreak. Her first "job" was to locate and to exterminate a single Yoma secretly from a trading town that had requested for the organisation's service. The trading town of Gelta wanted the Yoma to be exterminated as quickly as possible as the town folks were afraid that the Yoma attacks would affect their trades. Further, town Gelta managed to prevent any news of the Yoma attacks from leaking out as they did not want to lose any potential customers. Hence, Lindy's first mission was a covert mission as it was agreed that her identity as a half-breed should not be exposed in a town that valued trade greatly. The town was afraid that a Yoma or a half-breed would affect their trades if any of them should be spotted in town during the daytime.
Getting to that trading town alone took Lindy almost 5 days to get there (from her departure point) as the town itself was located in the furthest West. The journey was lonely and quiet as Lindy had minimal contact with anyone for fear of exposing her identity. Disguised as a daughter of a trader, Lindy wondered around the town for days while on Yoki suppression pills so as not to expose her half-breed identity. Fortunately she was able to locate and to dispose the Yoma on the 4th night of her stay when the pill effect had worn off. In all, she had a fun time enjoying herself in town Gelta as she made some human acquaintances and was able to savour some delicious food while walking around in the day.
Lindy was then packed off to her next mission. There she recognised some familiar faces.
"Oh ain't these the few who had graduated with me?"
"Number  Lindy, number  Farleen and number  Beaumont. You will investigate the castle dungeons. It's a fairly large and winding labyrinth. Very low visibility."
"Castle dungeons...Labyrinths...Very low visibility. Well, that's something new and it sound dangerous too."
Lindy turned to look at her team-mates and hoped for the best. With that, Lindy prepared herself.
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Over the course of two weeks since her graduation to a full-fledged Claymore, Cecily had been consigned to complete several missions. These tasks were routine eradication of yoma across her assigned region. With every assignment she gained a considerable amount of battle wit, making her a better and more efficient warrior. Her swordsmanship, though still lacking much had significantly improved. The usual case of muscle fatigue she would normally had nearly ceased. Also, her competence in using daggers as weapons improved to a radically. In her third mission she managed to gouge out her victim’s eyes before finishing with a sanguine evisceration. As for her yoki manipulation skills, she managed to find a small but considerable offset to her signature move’s withdrawal effects. This offset allows her to do it more often in one day.
“I wonder who it could have been,” said the warrior with braided hair. The winds blasted at Cecily, carrying searing sand along with it. The grains were slowly corroding her makeshift mantle, something she thought of using after hearing about the new mission. Despite the harsh environment the blonde’s evocative mind mingled over her last mission. “I don’t think anyone would overstep their boundaries. Although it saved me the trouble, killing my target for me is rude… they should’ve at least told me.” The desert crossing Claymore tried to make light of her then situation. Strange things had happened during her last mission. The yoma she was supposed to rid off was killed by someone else. She concluded by the evidence that she was a few steps late; the kill was fresh after all. However that was not the only bizarre event that occurred. Upon leaving the village where the mission took place, Cecily decided to make camp in the nearby woods. Waiting for her next job to be given to her it began to drizzle. It was then that she heard a familiar tune she had heard during her confine in headquarters. She tried to find where the memorable hymn was coming from but the humming stopped along with the momentary sunshower.
Arriving at her destination, Cecily took of her ragged shawl as she entered the tent. She was surprised to see familiar faces and wondered why a number of warriors were assembled. Was the new mission a complicated task? Soon after the participants gathered the briefing started. Cecily only took in the vital information and ignored the gibberish her superiors muttered.
"Number  Kaiserin and number  Cecily, you two will investigate the castle's sewage system. You do not have to worry, it isn't used so much as waste disposal but more of a water circulatory system," said one of the high ranks, looking very unsympathetic.
“Aqueducts… I’ve never seen such engineered structures before,” Cecily thought with much intrigue. It would be her first time to be in such a location. The braided blond made notice of her companion who was the lowest-ranked warrior in the gathering. Cecily began to overanalyze, “Sending the least to do the dirty work… and to emphasize on the area being a sewer.” Further assessing the situation, the silver-eyed warrior felt she had to be responsible for her lower-ranked companion.
With the briefing finished, the group of warriors made their way to the castle. The sun had gone into hiding, the mission was about to begin. “Company is company nonetheless… it wouldn’t matter what the rank. As long as we get along and work well together,” Cecily said to herself.
Jaz told us about the claymore activity in neighbourhood castle
So what ? To get our ass kicked again ? We lost the claymore we stole that time, we got too cocky after just one good move and we smashed into that awakened being
But now we could get the new one
No, we can't - face it, we are weak - our powers are about being undetected. If we wanted to get something from it, it would be neccesary to work with someone who has some muscles
I never would have thought that I would live the day you would refuse to get into action ?
I just feel.. a little pathetic - there, I said it
Jacob looked into his mug, thinking about the great loss of his life - it's time to change a little his behaviour if he wants to survive.
Bartender, give me more mead - I'm paying out front - said Jacob while throwing some coins on the bar table
...I still need to heal up my wounds, alcohol will make me forget it
OCC : Basically what I'm saying - sorry for god-modding, I talked with Miria and I got some good advices. I think I will be staying out of this, unless you give me some reason to go there
OOC: It's fine as long as you don't do it again. You can join if you find a proper purpose, or stay out of it for now if you wish. planning the next couple of missions to have more activity from the awakened being + yoma characters. I have a contingent in case other people who didn't do the first mission + those unranked show up. But I need the others to show up before I put it into effect.
Kaiserin had finally made it. Thoughts of her family and sister ran constantly through her head. She was stationed fairly close to the forest she had the final mission. The outskirts weren't as dense though, but there were fairly large trees for her to scamble up. She spent most of her days up in a tree (she only fell once), and odd days she spent hunting for food, being careful not to get caught. She was lucky since now she had Tanit to watch her back, making the fear of reprocussion almost non-existant. A few days later Tanit had come to visit, giving her a mission at the near-by village. Apparently someone had found the remains of one of her victims and called in a Claymore to rid the village of the yoma.
"How ironic..." She said to herself, looking out from her tree she could see the village in the distance, it was about an hours walk away. Having arrived she was greeted in a way they told her she would be. Everyone slammed the doors and rushed their children inside. Kaiserin signed loudly, this wasn't the kind of job she expected to get. Hunting herself had it's advantages, it also reminded her to not be so careless.
"I left the body in the marshes though! What kind of person uses a marsh for anything! This is ridiculous..." She thought to herself, scrunching up her face displeased. She had walked around looking for herself for a good half hour, after that her willingness to work had disappeared completely and she sat down in the middle of the street. "I suppose this kind of mission is fitting for me though..." She closed her eyes with that thought, and slowly drifted off to sleep, before hearing a crashing sound coming from the wall next to her. This was the start of her first kill (with a sword) and with that she had gained valuable experience. She was already more than competent with her ability to parry and close the distance. Her ability could use work, Aspir was way to risky but Drain worked fine.
On her way back to the tree, after killing the convenient yoma (it's inconvenient to have to kill yourself after all) she met Tanit and handed him the payment for the job. Which had had scolded her for. "A good way for the organisation to make money" She thought. Later that night he gave her instructions and directions to her next mission, which led her into the desert.
Entering what looked to be a very flimsy tent she gazed in shock to see all the trainees who had survived that hellish mission and gotten a rank. She sat down and attentively listened. She was excited to actually get a real job, this was apparent because she wouldn't stop smiling.
The leader called out teams, leaving hers till last. "Number  Kaiserin and number  Cecily, you two will investigate the castle's sewage system--" This was all she had to hear before her head dropped and smile had vanished as quickly as it had appeared.
"Sewers...what kind of crap is this?!" She thought to herself. Looking around dismayed she caught a glimpse of her teammate, who was looking at her as well. Navigating dark areas wasn't a problem. With stone walls strong enough and some spare oil you could find a lamp and create light. "The terrain...I wonder how we could use it to our advantage, the area is most likely cramped with many ditch holes and water ways, so we have to watch our steps, and our swords..." She wasn't the best tactical expert, but when your strength isn't up to par yet, you have to find other ways to survive.
The walk towards the castle was long, it was hot as well making it hard to concentrate on anything else. Moments had passed and there Kaiserin stood, looking at this behemoth of a castle. She turned to Cecily and said "We may have gotten shafted, but let's make the best out of a bad situation. Oh, I'm Kaiserin in case you were wondering, nice to meet ya." She said enthusiastically, hoping that this warrior would be easy to get along with.
"Arc. How's your yoki reading ability?" Deimos asked while balancing his blade on his shoulder. "Well my ablities with yoki reading is just under 1 km radus when I focus. So it should be sufficent." Arc said but, thought as he was saying, "But, that is only accurate reading I can sense farther but, I wouldn't be able to sense anything more then direction and signature if it strong enough. I only able to sense faint yoki signals from further in the castle."
As both Arc and Deimos approached the castle inner gates Arc began to sense more accurately about five Yoma's yoki within the castle ruins including upper and ground floor, but scattered. He also have been sensing sporatic yoki signals from down below.
"Hmm... Look like there are under a half a dozen yoma in different parts of the castle ruins. However there are quite a lot more underneath, however I can't any accurate read on them at all. However, It looks like the floors and wall hinder my sense quite a bit. I would say I can only sense about 3/4 of km radius in this castle accurately." Arc said as they enter the castle.
Deimon and Arc stop just inside the castle. Then Arc continued by asking, "Would you like to take the three yomas on this floor or the two on the higher floors first? Or do think we should split up and one take the ones on this floor and the other the higher levels. They are spread out into seperate areas and are average yoma. I would really like your input before we decide on this." Arc then paused waiting for an anwser from Deimos before deciding a course of action.
OCC: Don't know what other units to use since they don't use any units to decribe distance and stuff in the claymore world so I just stick with metric
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.: Deimos :.
Sunlight pierced gaps through the walls where mortar had succumbed to time and weather. Dust and echoes swirled on the flagstones and fell from the buttresses raising the ceiling above, but the faint outline of tracks disturbed the grit and dirt strewn on the ground.
"So this place has indeed seen recent use."
Deimos stood before the steps of the grand staircase. Djinn beasts carved into stone guarded the path. Something about the air charged his blood, and he could feel the hairs on the back of his neck rise in excitement. "Arc's correct, there are more yoma below than above. But leaving the ones here alone might turn out a problem when we have to fight with our backs turned. Not to mention that dividing our strengths will lessen our chances of survival."
He took out a silver coin from his pouch then faced Arc. "Let's trust this to our goddesses. Heads is Teresa, which means we go together. Tails is Clare, which means we split up."
Deimos tossed the coin. It spun in the air. Landed, in a mushroom of dust.
"Very well. I say we start with the second floor's wings, work our way from top to bottom. You take the left wing. I'll go right." Deimos grinned, demonic. "First one to finish gets to flip the coin on what to do next."
OOC EDIT: Lol. The coin thing--I'm just channeling Rat Race at the moment. Why don't we just flip...a coin?
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