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      Donations and Recognition!   12/22/2016

      Hello everyone! We are becoming a huge community and that doesn't come cheap. All staff here are volunteers and do this because they love the site. Right now, everything is paid out of pocket, by Erroneous. We would love for you to donate in order to help out with the site costs (i.e. Forum License, Domain Name, Hosting) so that we can keep Security and Forum Software up to date and possibly add some new features. If you do decide to donate, we have some fun, snazzy gifts of appreciation for you ;) Please message me (Shark) so we can get you the gifts of appreciation! We thank you for your support! Please use this link for more info   _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ How To Donate Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the donate button.

      NOTABLE DONORS LIST Here is where we honor the donors who go above and beyond the call of Aincrad! Top Tier Donors! Percival Row  Teayre Nezumi Zandra Alice Arc Atzo Baldur Claim Corvo Dominion Genji Ignavus_veneficus Jomei Kaya Kimi Lee Lessa Mack Macradon Nocturn Persephone Piera Ruus Sarial Hawke Shi Unyeilding Vale To express our gratitude, here is a picture of the iconic duo for all you wonderful supporters!
    • Shark

      The SAO Staff Team!   02/21/2017

      Hello members of SAO-RPG!

      I'm sure most of you (if not some) have noticed or heard changes were made to the staff team. If you are applying to staff, you may have noticed that the application process has recently changed. This has all happened because of a reformation of the staff team and the way it operates. The staff now has separate teams for development. These teams are: Floor Creation Team [Floors, Quests/Events, Bosses], Systems & Clarifications Team, and Player Support Team.

      "Who is on these teams?" Well the answer to that lies below! Floor Team Systems & Clarifications Team Player Support Team
      Minecraft Development Team
      * - Denotes Team Lead

      We also have a team to work on and develop the current systems but that team will search for its members and is not allowed to be applied to.

      Now you may be asking, "Shark, how does one apply to the Staff Team?" And I have but 1 simple answer!
      Go read this thread and it may answer all your questions!

      If you have any more questions, send me a PM and I will answer your questions about staff. (Only the format of teams and/or the application process)
    • Cardinal

      Holiday Event   02/07/2018

      A Brand new holiday event is now live! Free for everyone to enjoy! <3 And a brand new, limited time only quest that pairs can take, and enjoy! <3 Wishing Everyone a very happy Valentines Day! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo~~~~~~~~~~~~
    • Cardinal

      Patch Notes: Crafting and Adventuring Update   02/19/2018

      <<Crafting and Adventuring Update>>
      SAO-RPG Patch 2.5.1 Timeline Update! Please note that the following is out of character knowledge.
      Time progresses at a different rate in the game than in our characters' real lives. As of November 6, 2017 (OOC real time), characters should have the perception that 2 years have passed since the game's launch. This will continue to roughly mirror the passage of real time until the game's completion. The note that the perception of time is different in-game is to allow the idea that a set amount of time has passed in the real world (likely 2 years) upon the game's completion, regardless of how long it takes for the site to clear all 100 floors. We hope to release more changes soon that will streamline boss fights and floor clearing, as well as help new players establish themselves despite the time gap, but hopefully this timeline serves as a helpful tool for players throughout the rest of our time spent clearing the game. Site Changes: A post count feature has been added to the site. The number of each post (i.e. #1) now displays on the top-right, beside the "Link Post" feature. General Rule Changes: Word count requirement for posts in which a player is stunned or paralyzed has been reduced to 100 from 150. PvP and Player Killing Rules have been updated: No player can kill another without OOC permission. The rule for initiative rolls on Unauthorized Combat have been removed. The NPC Guard mechanic has been removed. Characters under Level 5 are eligible to claim a New Character Bundle, regardless of when their journal was created. Unidentified items, when obtained in a thread, no longer have to be declared until they are identified by a Merchant. For example, a weapon drop can be claimed from a locked thread as an Unidentified T1 Weapon, rather than an Unidentified T1 2H Assault Spear. When identifying an item, the Merchant should then specify the item type in their roll(s). To clarify, items leaving locked threads should be specified according to the loot tables as: Weapon, Shield, Armor, Consumable. The Loot Table has been slightly adjusted, mainly to increase the number of consumables dropped from monsters. Crafting Changes:
      A note to all crafters: Be sure you are transferring your materials (col for Merchants) to the @Banker account when crafting. The <<Earning a Living>> quest has been updated, and is now profession-specific. Three new crafting/gathering-based quests have been added: <<Nature's Treasure>>, <<Witch of the West>>, and <<Challenge of Olympus>>. +CD bonuses for crafting have been reintroduced. These can be obtained through the new quests <<Challenge of Olympus>> & <<Witch of the West>>. Merchants: The chance to successfully identify a unique enhancement now scales with Merchant Rank. The identification chart for Consumables has been reworked. The process of identifying consumables has changed. Identification prices have been reduced by 20%. General stock items have been adjusted. Blank Recording Crystals have been removed, and five new items have been added: Glow Stone, Single/Double Tents, Spyglass, and Water Canister. Alchemists/Cooks: Enhancement lists for both professions have been reworked. Successful crafts now have a chance to yield additional items. The Crafting Die Result charts have been updated. Performers: Song types have been adjusted. Enhancement list has been reworked. Successful crafts now have a chance to become 'Masterpieces'. This allows the craft to be submitted for evaluation with an additional effect. Skill Changes: Hiding Mod: Surprise Attack Has been split into two mods: Surprise Attack (Assassin) Cost: 15 SP Passive Effect: Attacks made from stealth cannot miss. Attacking from stealth grants +2 DMG. Stuns and other status effects (Bleed, Paralysis, Burn, etc) cannot trigger. Cannot posses both Surprise Attack (Assassin) and Surprise Attack (Trickster). Description: You have mastered hiding, and now can move so silently that the target has no time to react, guaranteeing a hit. You focus on hitting critical zones and exploiting your target's weak points, allowing for bonus damage. Surprise Attack (Trickster) Cost: 15 SP Passive Effect: Attacks made from stealth cannot miss. Attacking from stealth reduces final damage by 50% and automatically applies all status effects (Bleed, Paralysis, Burn, etc) the player possesses on active equipment/consumables. Cannot posses both Surprise Attack (Trickster) and Surprise Attack (Assassin). Description: You have mastered hiding, and now can move so silently that the target has no time to react, guaranteeing a hit. You focus on slipping past the enemy's defenses and sacrifice strength in order to apply as many status effects as possible. Mod: Vanish Cooldown reduced to 3 Turns, from 5 Turns. Energize Can only affect target party member. Mod: Hyperactive Increases energy regeneration of target player by 3 for three turns, up from 2 for two turns. Can only affect target party member. Cooldown reduced to 3 Turns, from 5 Turns. Energy cost increased to 5, from 3. First Aid Mod: Purify Cooldown reduced to 1 Turn from 2 rounds. Mod: Sharpness Energy cost increased to 12, up from 8. Cooldown reduced to 1 Turn from 3 Turns. Mod: Barrier Energy cost increased to 12, up from 8. Cooldown reduced to 1 Turn from 3 Turns. Effect now applies a Safeguard effect to target party member that lasts until the beginning of the user's next turn. Does not stack with the Safeguard enhancement. A player can only be targeted by Barrier once per combat. Mod: Field Medic Cooldown reduced to 3 Turns, down from 5 Turns. Fighting Spirit Now affects hate-generating abilities (Howl & Focused Howl) Enhancement Changes: Thorns: Damage increased to (9 per slot * Tier) from (7 per slot * Tier).  Effect has been updated to specify that only damage dealing, melee attacks trigger Thorns. [Performer] HP Recovery Reduced to (20 per slot * Tier), down from (40 * Tier) per slot. Mass HP Recovery has been removed. Monster Call has been reworked into two different enhancements: Monsters' Fortune Cost: 1 Slot Cap: 3 Slots Effect: When played, gain +1 LD per slot when rolling for loot on the next monster killed. Monsters' Favor Cost: 1 Slot Cap: 3 Slots Effect: When played, gain +1 CD per slot when rolling for loot on the next monster killed. Familiar Call Renamed to Familiar Sight. Grants +2 LD when searching for a familiar, up from +1. Incarceration Effect now applies to one target. Effect now lasts for one battle. New Enhancement: Perpetuate Cost: 3 Slots Cap: 1 Slot Effect: When played, doubles the length of damage over time effects (Bleed/Poison/Burn, etc.) on a single target. Effect lasts for one battle. Applicable to: Debuff Song Misperception Effect now applies to one target. Effect now lasts for one battle. Hypnosis Cap reduced to 2 slots, down from 3. Effect now lasts for one battle. Lullaby Cap reduced to 2 slots, down from 3. Effect now lasts for one battle. Mesmerism and Berceuse have been removed. [Alchemist] Damage No longer scales with Tier. Mitigation Reduced to (5 per slot * Tier), down from (9 per slot * Tier). HP Recovery Reduced to (20 per slot * Tier), down from (40 * Tier) per slot. Mass HP Recovery Reduced to (30 * Target's Tier), down from (45 * Tier). Over-Health Cost reduced to 1 slot, down from 3 slots. Cap increased to 3 slots, up from 1 slot. Reduced to (15 per slot * Tier), down from (50 * Tier). Antidote Effect now grants immunity to negative status effects (Paralyze, Bleed, etc.) for a number of turns equal to the slots used. For example, if a player uses an Uncommon Antidote (1 slot), and is then affected by Burn for 2 turns, they would negate the damage from the first turn, and then take the appropriate damage on the second turn, as their protection from Antidote has run out. Toxic Venom Adjusted to (8 * Tier) damage over 3 turns, from (6 * Tier) damage over 4 turns. [Cook] New enhancement: Evasion Cost: 1 Slot Cap: 2 Slots Effect: Reduces the die value by (1 per slot) on an enemy’s attack against you. Cannot be used to avoid a critical hit. Applicable to: Snacks, Desserts, Meals, Feasts Mitigation Reduced to (5 per slot * Tier), down from (9 per slot * Tier). Over-Health Cost reduced to 1 slot, down from 3 slots. Cap increased to 3 slots, up from 1 slot. Reduced to (15 per slot * Tier), down from (50 * Tier). Protein Cap reduced to 2, down from 3. Effect reduced to (1 per slot) base damage and -(5 per slot * Tier) mitigation, down from (1 * Tier) base damage per slot and -(9 per slot * Tier) mitigation. Item Changes: <<Banner of Command>>, <<Banner of Leadership>>, <<Banner of Inspiration>>, <<Banner of Support>>, and <<Banner of Greater Support>> no longer have the ability to be recharged. Any players that have one of these items may continue to use them until their current number of charges have been depleted, after which they become vanity items. <<Name Tags>> now can not only change the name of an item, but the description/appearance as well. This includes any Name Tags received in the Fireworks Festival Raffle. Quest Changes: Quest Revamp: <<Earning a Living>> Whether you are looking to start crafting for the first time, or wish to change your current profession, the <<Earning a Living>> quest has been reworked and flavored for each profession. Materials gathered and a single item crafted in this quest are yours to keep, along with the ability to open a shop for your desired profession and some bonus materials to get you started. <<Earning a Living: Blacksmith>> <<Earning a Living: Tailor>> <<Earning a Living: Artisan>> <<Earning a Living: Alchemist>> <<Earning a Living: Cook>> <<Earning a Living: Performer>> <<Earning a Living: Merchant>> Quest Revamp: <<Witch of the West>> Witch of the West is a quest specifically for players who have a profession that takes place on floor fifteen.  By defeating the monsters and the boss players can receive a +CD consumable for their profession specifically.  By taking the quest again, you do not have to fight the boss but still must face the mobs in order to obtain the item. Quest Revamp <<The Iron Guardian> Loot drop changed from the <<Banner of Support>> to the <<Crystal of Support>> a mass healing crystal. New Quest: <<Nature's Treasure>> On each tier's first floor, players are able to take the quest.  The quest itself is designed to make material grinding easier whether you are actively searching for materials, fishing for materials, or fighting mobs for materials. New Quest: <<Challenge Of Olympus>> After reaching Rank 2 in a profession, players are eligible for a quest on the seventeenth floor in which they have a chance to accept a challenge from one of the Greek Gods/Goddesses in order to prove their worth as a crafter. This is an RP-focused quest for players who enjoy crafting, which awards a permanent +CD item to be used in a shop. <<Challenge Of Olympus: Blacksmith>> <<Challenge Of Olympus: Tailor>> <<Challenge Of Olympus: Artisan>> <<Challenge Of Olympus: Alchemist>> <<Challenge Of Olympus: Cook>> <<Challenge Of Olympus: Performer>> <<Challenge Of Olympus: Merchant>> New Quest: <<Trouble in The Mines>> Mining on Floor Twenty One has ceased to a halt with the appearance of Drakelings in the mines. The town has requested your help in clearing them out, so they can resume work. Of course, bringing back proof of your exploits will be rewarded handsomely.  New Quest: <<Betrayal of The King>> Rumors of an old king long forgotten have began to resurface, bringing about fear that he had been resurrected. It is up to the players to stop him, and return this dangerous King back to the land of the dead. Those who complete this task will be reward not only with Col and SP, but the chance to obtain T3 equipment.  New Quest: <<The Hidden Village>> Players have been tasked with finding out more about the town of Charko, which has remained shrouded in shadow. Though the trip through the tunnels does not prove to be simple, as powerful monsters stand in the way of the players' discovery. After bypassing these mobs through either combat or stealth, it will be up to them to determine whether Charko stays a secret, or is revealed.  New Quest: <<Burning Phoenix Feathers>> Rumors of a powerful item that can change the look or description of an item have surfaced, and that these Name Tags are dropped by a powerful phoenix.  New Quest: <<Bane of Blood>> Word has been received that upon the fifteenth floor, a new more vicious wolf alpha has been terrorizing travelers and merchants. Bulletins of the beast are posted on exits to the city. Many merchants are fearful to travel around, and the city is becoming more afraid of not being able to get the supplies they need. Towns have gathered col and a few other rewards for the person or party who hunts down these powerful beasts and returns for the reward alive.  New Quest: <<The Swashbuckling Buccaneer>> Players will find themselves fighting against a crew of cunning pirates in the hopes of being rewarded handsomely with Col and other treasure.  New Quest: <<Keep Calm and Ki'Raion>> Rumour spreads of an exceedingly powerful monster, hidden deep in the far Eastern reaches of the 19th floor. Those that hunt down this Field Boss will find that its patterns change depending on the time of day this boss is discovered. Players will be rewarded with Col, SP, and Equipment for the defeat of this boss.  New Quest: <<The King of Lakes>> At the bottom of the Lake of Reflections lurks a powerful aquatic monster that has evaded many fisherman's lines for months. However, one fisherman has revealed he may know the trick to fishing him up. He sends you out to retrieve the bait before giving you a shot at catching the powerful King of Lakes.  New Quest: <<What We Fight For>> Deep in the Forest of Memories lies a chamber that has been said to reveal to players what they miss most of their real world outside of SAO. Housing Changes: Guild Hall Costs have been reduced. Room upgrade cost lowered to 15,000 col. Players who have spent col to upgrade rooms since the initial housing update have been reimbursed. Living Room Effect changed to: “Increases HP regen by (5 * Tier HP) and decreases full energy regen to 2 Out of Combat Posts” Dining Room, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, Extended Workshop, and Mega Slime Farm slot cost reduced to 1, down from 2. Dining Hall room slot cost reduced to 2, down from 4. Removed restriction for having both a Basic Kitchen and a Chef’s Kitchen. Basic Kitchen is now able to create Tier-specific food items. The material costs for using a Basic Kitchen has slightly increased. Limited the maximum number of items created per thread to 3. Dining Hall and Dining Room effects have been reworked. Basement buff increased to +2 from +1. Cooldown changed to once every 10 posts(total), from once per thread. Clarification added: Food items created with a Basic Kitchen may be traded to and used by other players, but still may not be used outside of the thread they are created. The ability to Upgrade/Downgrade Plots of Land has been added.


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    The Jade Medic
  • Birthday 10/29/1991

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  1. [F11] [Event Thread] Masquerade Ball

    Piera lightly groaned as she complained, "But my eeeggggsss. They don't last forever ya know." It was something she had brought up more seriously before but she was enjoying herself too much at the moment to bring the mood down. Chuckling as he commented about what kind of 'arm candy' he would be she corrected automatically, "Honey buns are not candy. They're pastries silly. An iunno, I think you're either air heads or fruit roll ups." Even though she knew how he would respond, when he took her hand and bowed in such a gentleman-like manner, the woman couldn't help but blush slightly as she smiled at her fiance as he drew her close. Placing her left hand on his shoulder and hand in hand with her right, she followed him into a simple waltz. As the sweet croonings of the male singer echoed around them, Piera watched Lee's lips move along with the words, knowing them nearly by heart. As his lips puckered for the 'oooo' part, the alchemist rose onto the tips of her toes to catch him in a kiss. "You're amazing, you know that?" She whispered against his lips with a smile before giggling under her breath, "And awesome." <~Song~> @Lee
  2. [PP-F3] Getting Some Fresh Air (Piera)

    Piera's grin turned so wide that it nearly hurt her cheeks when Jomei blushed even harder than she was at her dubbing him the 'guild Dad'. "Dawww, you're thinkin' about stuuufff~" She teased with a giggle, sparing him saying aloud what said 'stuff' she thought he was thinking about. Couldn't have the poor man fainting on her lawn or bursting into flames and either seemed likely if she kept this up. Clapping him on the shoulder she patted it saying cheerily, "You're an excellent father figure I'm sure." She was really looking forward to meeting the rest of the guild now. Nodding in easy going agreement as the Irishman stated that he'd want to meet Teion before extending an invite tot he guild, the brunette concurred, "Definitely. She does usually prefer to be alone, but I worry that it's not very good for her. At the very least I hope you guys can meet some time even if she wouldn't join." It'd be good for her to meet other people though. In the friendly sense. Head tilting as Jomei began his sentence in a rather intriguing way, the alchemist's eyes widened as he continued. "That would be....amazing! Revolutionary actually. I mean it doesn't completely solve the problem, but damn if it isn't a start! Maybe..." Her mouth touched her knuckles in a thoughtful motion as her eyes took on a faraway look as she muttered into her hand unknowingly, "Maybe I can research a way to engineer a crystal to do that. Set location instead of user chosen and would have to be used by someone not a party member or the user..mn..." Shaking herself out of her brief reverie, Piera's eyebrows were still somewhat raised, indicating that she was very impressed by the notion and that she was still thinking about it in the back of her mind even as she also said, "Still would need some sort of organization to officiate it I feel, but maybe that's a bit too formal for our fairly anarchistic Aincrad. But something should prevent people from having these crystals and just teleporting whoever they want to this prison...or for however long. Along with a lot of other things I'm sure." She sighed with small tired smile before suggesting, "Maybe it's something for you to bring up during a floor boss meeting." Then frowning as she realized some of the people that took part in said floor fights corrected, "Or maybe just message and arrange a meeting with people you trust who are frontliners...yeah."
  3. [F11] [Event Thread] Masquerade Ball

    Piera waved her hand at Lee's saying of 'trouble' would be had if the punch was actually spiked and she corrected, "You say 'trouble', I say 'fun'. Kinda makes me feel a little old when I look around at all these kids and then look back at us in this scene." The brunette inhaled deeply before heaving a long silent sigh. Smiling tenderly back at the masked man on her arm, she would lean her head against his shoulder briefly, cherishing the small touch as he replied to her simple statement of love. Drawing back with a chuckle as he declared himself 'snazzy as all hell', the alchemist had to nod in agreement. Though at his description of her, she raised an eyebrow under her mask. "Oh, well at least there's that. I suppose you're good arm candy to been seen with~ Hmm..." Humming as piano notes were softly played before the sensual strings of a violin were sung, Piera smiled and stepped back from her companion before holding out a hand for him to take. "Would you do me the honor of sharing a dance to this song with me?" She asked formally and managing minimal smiling. @Lee
  4. [PP-F3] Getting Some Fresh Air (Piera)

    Going off of Jomei's reaction, she was getting the impression that perhaps even jokingly saying 'tyrant' was a misstep on her part. But thankfully not a long lived one if it was even one in the first place. For upon her statement that she would indeed like to join his guild, the Irishman did a complete one eighty, nearly blinding Piera with his excited grin as he very loudly declared how excited he was about it. Laughing at her friend's jubilation, the alchemist's eyes then focused on the screen presented to her, glancing over before smiling more gently as she selected 'accept'. Turning her attention back to the ginger as he gushed, Piera nodded in understanding, "I definitely know you. I look forward to meeting them all. And..." Her face became ever so slightly pinker as she admitted, "Being part of the family..." Then chuckling a little she wondered, "So are you the dad of the family? Because you're the leader? Hmm..and Telrenya is the mom...and I'm the aunt since I'm like your sister!" She laughed lightly which soon became somewhat maniacal as she pronounced with devilish glee, "Oooh I can't wait to torment all my nieces and nephews~!" The healer clapped her hands together with glee. But they still had serious things to discuss. Smiling a little sadly as Jomei said that he'd like to meet her friend someday, Piera nodded. "I'd like that. Who knows, maybe I can try and talk her into joining too. It'd help her to have some more friends and people around I'm sure." Hearing that Jomei was going to try his best to avoid the crazy PK, the healer nodded in contentment, at least until he described Death Adder's reaction to his unique weapons breaking mid boss fight. She actually got a shiver up her spine. Crossing her arms with a deep frown she muttered to her friend, "Sounds like the f^%#er's a freaking sociopath." Glancing sidelong at Jomei she noticed his equally serious and troubled expression and rested a hand over his upper arm, "Hey, don't freak out about it so much. You're not alone in this. You have your entire guild behind you. You and Telrenya. They...we won't let anything happen to you guys easily." She began chewing on the inside of her cheek, letting out a somewhat frustrated growl, "I wish we were more freaking organized." Then glancing back at the ginger she clarified, "I don't mean your guild...or well, I guess I maybe do. I mean ALL of Aincrad to be honest. Other than pocket guilds and frontliners, there's no cohesive....presence for the every-man to listen to. No police, no judge or jury. No repercussions." She shrugged without amending, "Other than what Kayaba 'Sadist' Akahiko built into the game. There's no person or organization to hold anyone accountable for their actions." Piera sighed, shaking her head and tossing away what grass blades were left in her other hand.
  5. [F11] [Event Thread] Masquerade Ball

    Judging by Shield's quick glances between the blue haired girl and Beat, Piera guessed there might just be a love triangle. Hm, how scandalous. If it were true at least. She suspected it wasn't so cut and dry, but wasn't about to pester the man for details when he looked so distressed. Best give them their space. Lee's awkward repetitive speech was a clue that they didn't really have much else to say given the current conversational climate. Smiling at his comment, the brunette countered, "I dunno, I think you could wear more pink. Maybe dress in a toga~" Her hand would slide from his own arm to squeeze his waist before giving a polite bow of her head accompanied with a smile towards Shield, Beat and Calypso who had just introduced herself. "We'll leave you three to talk. It was good to see you here Shield and to meet you Beat. See you later. And may the best couple win~" A chuckle accompanied the last statement before herself and the red suited man on her arm strolled off at a leisurely pace. Glancing sidelong up at the merchant upon feeling his shrug, Piera gave a sigh. "Those are excellent points. To be honest I think I've met everyone I know that's still alive or socially active enough to come to one of these events. Mm...except one person but we'll see." Thinking of Teion before her thoughts turned back to closer people. "Let's get some punch. Maybe they spiked it after all." It'd be a blessing. Ladling herself a cup, the alchemist took a long sip and a cursory glance at their surroundings. Still no one she recognized that she hadn't already talked to. And judging from Lee's expression, or rather lack of one, he didn't see anyone either. ...But at least he looked pretty cute while just standing there staring at nothing in particular. A fond smile crept up on Piera's expression before she reached out and smoothed her hand on the lapels of his suit jacket, "I love you." The truth of that statement shone clearly in her deep green eyes as they met his before her smile grew wider and a bit lopsided. "Doesn't hurt that you look so dashing and handsome right now, either." @Lee, @Shield, @Beat, @Calypso
  6. [F11] [Event Thread] Masquerade Ball

    Sighing at Lee's statement of being somewhat of a shut in, the brunette nodded in agreement. "We kinda both are. Least we have each other." Then her eyes squinted slightly, "That sounded more cutsey than I intended. Oh well." Shrugging she then turned her attention back to Shield as he mentioned his partner calling him a workaholic. With a light chuckle she stated, "Well considering your level, I can certainly believe that. Least you make time to go out together." Meaning here and now. Smiling with a blush blooming across her cheeks, just barely visible around the edges of her golden mask, Piera ducked her head slightly against her partner's shoulder as Beat stated that they made a cute couple. "Bah~ Been together over seven years now an that still makes me happy to hear, heh. Thanks Beat. I think a couple of em are floating around nearby..." Her neck stretched as she tried to look, but her height put her at a disadvantage. But Lee distracted her from her previous gloom, telling her to 'get drunk on the Valentine' before doing some sort of spin away from her, wobbling as he came to a stop. Piera then emitted a very un-ladylike snort that dissolved into giggles. "You f^*#ing dork, c'mere." Poopily attempting to spin him back into her arms, she snuck a kiss that may or may not have actually landed on his mouth. "I'd rather get drunk off of my Valentine~" Her eyebrows waggled ridiculously over her mask, not able to keep a straight face and instead had a wide grin, obviously teasing but not necessarily lying either. It was then that another player approached. Now this woman she was sure she hadn't seen before, but it seemed as if she and Shield were acquainted judging from how stiff he became as soon as she approached. It was impossible to determine whether he was afraid of her or attracted to her! Or possibly neither. Nodding a greeting at the blue haired woman, Piera's eyes shifted between Shield, Beat and the newcomer. It was like watching a car wreck. It really was like they said. She just couldn't look away. But in the end, the tank somewhat managed to recover and finally enter the couple's contest with Beat. "Seems like Shield is more social than he let on perhaps. Good for you." Then glancing up at Lee, the alchemist asked softly, "Is there anyone you want us to go mingle with? Or do?" @Lee, @Shield, @Beat, @Calypso
  7. [PP-F3] Getting Some Fresh Air (Piera)

    At his pointed statement that he was the leader of the guild Piera rebutted by giving him an equally pointed look that said what she thought of that logic. "Nobody likes a tyrant Nick~" Poking him lightly in the side. But hearing his serious answer, her expression lightened in what seemed like hope. "I...I think I'd like that. As long as I'm not stepping on any toes..yeah." Smile brightening the older woman asked formally, "I would like to join the Holy Dragon Alliance." Letting out a small sigh as Jomei mentioned that he'd heard Teion was close to Beatbox, the alchemist nodded. "Yeah, they were just starting to go out some months ago. I actually know Teion from real life. Sorta." The brunette shrugged before explaining, "Another game. We voice chatted all the time and would duo together. Only met her in SAO a couple months ago though." Flinging blades of grass away one by one to give her antsy and frustrated hands something to do as the Irishman spoke, Piera continued frowning. "Tch... Jesus, does this guy have a hobby in kicking puppies and taking candy from kids too?? Next you'll tell me he has a mustache that he likes to twirl. @$$hole." Biting her lip thoughtfully she then threw in, "While it is good to hear that the b@$t@rd doesn't have those swords anymore, with that unique skill you should still most definitely be wary of him." Green eyes connected with green seriously, concern shading hers for a solid moment before she asked with a sly smile. "So what did his expression look like when they broke in the middle of that boss fight? The 'true hero of Aincrad' turns out to be a wussy that can only face a real boss with his uniques. Pah, pu$$y."
  8. [PP-F3] Getting Some Fresh Air (Piera)

    Chewing on the inside of her cheek in serious consideration to Jomei's counter arguments to them joining, Piera was quiet. If she joined a guild...she would undoubtedly feel obligated to go out more, interact with her guild members, make potions to help them out since she couldn't fight with most of them on the frontlines. It would be good encouragement. The carrot being spending time with friends and the stick being the guilt of abandoning something she had formally committed to. Friends were one thing, but joining a guild she considered a serious commitment. But there was still something else to consider, "Would...would the other members be okay with me joining though? I don't want it to seem like you're being unfair by letting someone in just because you're friends with them." The last thing she wanted was to ruin the reputation of the guild he'd created and grown himself. Head tilting in curiosity as Jomei stated that Telrenya hadn't moved in right away, the brunette stayed quiet, hearing out his story. The more he told, the deeper Piera's frown became. And when her friend stated that this mysterious player knew what happened to herself and Lee and was possibly involved in it, she paled and became deathly still. That information wasn't even the most shocking though. Another PKer had the Dual Wielding skill. Even though Zelrius himself had the orange cursor, she still trusted him a hell of a lot more than this guy. Especially given what her friend was telling her now. Her fists tightened around grass, knuckles trembling slightly as she realized that she could've lost one of her only friends left then. Yet when he stated that this terrifying sadist's target hadn't been him but his girlfriend, the alchemist's heart seized in concern for her friend's own heart, even though realistically she knew that he wouldn't be able to relate the retelling so calmly if anything dire had happened to her. Still the truth was pretty bad. Blinking in shock and confusion she echoed, "Beat....box..?" Her brain tried to play catch up with what Jomei was saying, her expression slightly scrunched as she tried to make sense of it. "Wait...this Death Adder guy killed Beatbox? Oh god, Teion..." No, no she was alive! Still a mildly panicked expression came over the brunette as she quickly swiped open her menu, selecting her friends list and letting out an audible sigh of relief when she saw that Teion's name was there just like always. She was alive. Rubbing her forehead, Piera said, "I don't blame you for keeping an eye on her. God her own brother... I-I can't even... I'm so sorry Nick." It wasn't like it was his brother, but perhaps Beatbox might've been a brother in law. Either way, she knew that a loved one's pain was your pain.
  9. [F11] [Event Thread] Masquerade Ball

    Snorting lightly at Lee's mild disappointment that Shield did in fact wield a shield she commented, "You're the only one who would do that." Glancing back at said man, she noticed that he seemed to be standing a little stiffly, but his agreement that such an event wasn't really his cup of tea made sense of that. When he mentioned that he went where Beat went, her expression brightened with interest as green eyes slid to the other man whom she rightly assumed was Beat. He looked a little younger than herself and Lee, but probably not by much. She had suspected that Shield might've been closer to Beat than originally let on and it seems that it was leaning in that direction. But moreover she wondered if the older man had been a bit more forthcoming about his past to the other man. Focusing on the here and now though, her smile widened as the two tanks shook hands. She was fairly sure that they'd get along and was glad to finally get them to meet. "It's good to see you too Shield." Glowing under her golden mask at the high praise from the frontliner, her attention then turned to the pink suited man at his side. "I'd forgotten that you'd said you were married Shield. It's good to finally meet you Beat, he speaks highly of you as well." Winking at her fellow brunette, thinking that she was helping him out. Perhaps he didn't sing glowing praise of his partner, but what little he had said had been more or less kind and respectful. Reaching a hand out in an offer to shake, the alchemist noted the guild name drop and it sounded rather familiar, though she couldn't rightly remember any other members at the moment. Smile becoming just a tad strained with green eyes turning sad behind her mask at the Paladin's question, Piera replied a little more quietly, "At the Monument of Life. I had just found out about a friend's death. Shield happened to be there and...he helped me cope. And shed a bit more light on the circumstances of Lowenthal's murder." Mouth now set in a hard tense line, the older woman intoned seriously with a little venom leaking in, "If you ever meet a player named Ariel, don't trust her even as far as you might be able to throw her. Unless it's off the edge of Aincrad." Gripping Lee's arm, she met his eye and calmed down a little, taking a breath with closed eyes and then giving a somewhat tired smile. "Sorry, today isn't a day for such serious conversation. Regardless, you've got yourself a good man Beat. Seems like you guys might give us a run for our money. Assuming you entered the contest as well?" Piera looked expectantly between them. @Lee, @Shield, @Beat
  10. [F11] [Event Thread] Masquerade Ball

    Piera was mildly surprised at the sudden friend request from the girl they had only just met but shrugged it off. Why not, after all? Accepting the request, she had her earlier quandary remedied. Minako was her name. Shaking her head and causing her earrings to swing slightly, the golden masked woman tsked at Lee's comment. "We see you, dummy. We have eyes." Said eyes twinkled with amusement and affection, her grip on his arm tightening slightly in a loving squeeze. Though at his odd wording of entering the contest, the alchemist couldn't help but roll her eyes slightly. "Yes, 'maybe'. You don't know the competition like I do. We're not as young as we used to be hun." The woman sighed. It seemed she quickly found an interesting possible 'date' and just as Piera was about to wish the girl good luck, it seemed another swooped in for the 'kill', much to the younger girl's displeasure. The alchemist couldn't help but laugh under her breath at her reaction. Ah to be young~ Nodding along with Lee's vocal support she added, "We gotcha covered." Giving a sly wink to Lee, knowing he'd get the reference. Over the din of background music and conversation, a true chorus of voices sang out one of the most ridiculous songs she'd ever heard, causing the healer's head to swivel in the direction it was coming from. She couldn't see where exactly it was coming from, but she certainly heard it! Shaking her head with amusement, the brunette wondered if that was Shield or if it was just using the term shield. Hard to tell but funny nonetheless. It was hard to picture the man using such fanfare though, so perhaps not. After approaching Jomei and Telrenya, the brunette only answered his jab with sticking her tongue out at him, the childish reply somewhat ruining her otherwise chic appearance. "Yer just jealous of our mansion." Though her slight snootiness morphed into a smile, having fun joking with the Irishman after so long apart. It was a good sign that the blonde on his arm laughed along with the joke. She did have a nice curtsy and in answer to her introduction, Piera drew her free right hand up to her chest, her eyes closing in a demure pose as she bowed her torso forward in lieu of a curtsy considering the nature of her dress' skirt. "It's good to finally meet you too Telrenya." There wasn't a need to introduce herself since Jomei had already done that for them. Piera didn't bother correcting the guild leader about Lee being a founder. He wasn't entirely wrong to be honest. Though Lee never officially joined the guild, he helped out and participated in things. When Jomei drew himself up to full height with a crossing of his arms, Piera did much the same, except kept her arm tightly around Lee's, giving her friend a cool and confident smile. "May the best couple win~" She said in a foreboding manner before chuckling as well. Ducking her head slightly in admission to the ginger's call out about wanting to meet his lady love, the alchemist stated, "You're not wrong. Though I hope we can meet up again and get to know each other a bit. It's a tad loud and crowded to do that properly right now." As if on cue, she heard another song start up, causing Jomei start to sway slightly and try to catch Tel's eye. Taking the hint, she tapped a finger on Lee's arm. "I think we'll go and scope out some more of the competition and give you guys a bit more alone time. Maybe we can catch a dance later." Though considering she wanted to dance with Telrenya, she wondered if Jomei would dance with Lee. It was a rather cute image at least even if it didn't happen. Gently leading her partner away from the other couple, Piera sighed lightly and murmured to him, "I hope they work out. Guy seems to be a magnet for heartbreak." Speaking of heartbreak, it was then that she saw a fellow brunette over at the punch bowl. "Ohey, that's Shield. The guy that helped me with the um... essence of...tankliness? Or steel something." Walking arm in arm with Lee in the direction of the tank, she noted that he was slamming the punch back with a quickness. "Whoa, who spiked the punch?" Piera asked herself. He seemed to look rather flustered prompting her concern to follow him after he left the punch and go back to a man in a nearly completely pink suit and a woman. She wondered which he came with. Approaching the trio with a smile, Piera caught his eye and said in an easy going tone, "Shield, it's good to see you again. I admit I'm somewhat surprised to see you here though. Doesn't seem like your kind of scene." Then realizing that she was being a bit rude, Piera introduced. "Ah, um, Shield this is my fiance, Lee. Lee, this is Shield. And yes he does wield a Shield." Ahhh she would never get tired of saying that. Nodding in greeting to the other four, the alchemist greeted, "Hello. Sorry if we're interrupting anything. I'm Piera." @Minako, @Lee, @Jomei, @Telrenya, @Shield, @Beat, @Illiure
  11. [F11] [Event Thread] Masquerade Ball

    Piera glanced up at the hand hovering over her head with an amused yet bewildered expression beneath her mask as Lee noticed she had approached. "Emphasis on 'fashionably' I hope." As he mentioned the flowers on the girl's dress, or yukata rather, the brunette peered at it with interest. "You're right. Mm...what were those called... Peonies?...no...hm." At the girl's comment about Lee either being taken or gay, a sharp laugh burst from the alchemist before she covered her mouth, her bare shoulders shaking. With an easy going smile revealed as she pulled her hand away, her other arm linking with her fiance's, the older woman stated, "He really, really is. I'm a lucky woman." Grinning, Piera then reached up on the tips of her toes briefly to give him a kiss just below his mask, mostly on his cheek. Eyebrows raising in faint surprise as the girl asked the couple for help in finding 'a cute boy', Piera glanced at Lee to make sure he was okay with it before nodding with a smile. "Sure, don't see why not. I'm sure there are plenty of singles trying to do the very same. Stick with us hun. Oh! By the way," She held out her hand to shake before stating, "I didn't introduce myself. My name is Piera." She was about to ask for the girl's name since she had missed it the first time, but then the NPC she had been speaking to earlier approached, "Do you still wish to enter the contest?" "Oh! That's right, yes, yes I would and here is my partner, Lee. We would both like to enter together." Piera squeezed her fiancee's arm in excitement. "We might have a chance. Maybe." [ Piera has entered the Best Couple Contest with Lee ] It was then that she saw a familiar 'face' in the form of unmistakable ginger hair. "Jomei!" The brunette called out with a grin, drawing Lee's attention to their friend. "I'm glad we caught you here. Place is packed. Hmm, and who is this beautiful blonde on your arm there? Are you here by force miss? Blink once if you need help." Piera stared expectantly at the woman she was already fairly sure was Telrenya going by the Irishman's previous description. Then hearing a knocking sound reverberating through the crowded ballroom over the noise of conversation, the spearwoman's head turned in curiosity before a man formally introduced a very young girl, princess style. Truly it was just like they were at a formal fantasy ball. Which they sort of were. Smiling at the cuteness of it, Piera clapped lightly. It wasn't long after that before apparently there was some sort of performance that was starting, signing and music going on to lighten the mood and get people dancing or at the very least just stop standing awkwardly. Not quite her cup of tea though, so the healer refrained from dancing just yet. She wanted to speak with Jomei's lady love more in any case. @Lee, @Minako, @Jomei, @Telrenya
  12. [PP-F3] Getting Some Fresh Air (Piera)

    Nodding in approval as her friend admitted that she had a point, her mild satisfaction quickly vanished with a thoughtful frown at his statement that the vast majority of guilds stating that they were for helping other players rarely actually did so. It seems he had really thought about this. But hearing Jomei go on about his own guild and it's members was rather endearing. He seemed so impassioned. But his offer for herself and Lee to join caught her off guard, so much so that for a moment she just stared at him. "Wait, seriously?" Blinking with an awkward smile, Piera admitted, "I mean, I am beyond flattered Jomei but... I mean...well, you know our levels..." Her ears were flushed with embarrassment. After all, the woman was three times less than his level and Lee was only half hers. "I wouldn't really be of much help." Already discounting Lee from the equation as she knew his answer already without even having to ask. "Except maybe potions and crystals I guess." She admitted with a thoughtful shrug, attempting to gauge the Irishman's reaction. Sitting attentively as the ginger described how they met and when, the alchemist had a grin that as he went on, became a little less wide. But she just listened quietly until he finished, soaking up all of the information. Her expression finally changed upon the statement that apparently his lady love was the sister of Beatbox. "I know him. Somewhat. Met him once. A friend of mine is dating him." As he wrapped up his summary, the brunette couldn't help but snigger slightly. "Oh so you just trapped her in a cave, kissed her and never let her out. The End! Happily ever after~ Haha." The older woman had some vague concerns that this Telrenya girl didn't have as much of an emotional connection to Jomei as he did her, but tried to reserve judgement at the very least til she met her in person. She was probably being just a little overprotective of the man she practically considered her brother, not just because of their closeness but due to how many times he'd gotten his heart broken. Poor guy deserved a break and she wasn't about to ruin anything for him, just crossed her fingers. "That seems a big leap though. from kissing to moving in?" She refrained from saying more though, leaving the question open ended.
  13. [PP-F3] Old Friendship Rekindled

    Eyes raising up from her lightly purring familiar, Piera blinked with glassy eyes as Teion stood, bangs falling over her eyes. Before she could ask anything, the violette was drawing her into a hug and upon hearing her friend's choked voice, the tears began to spill over even though her expression stayed the same for a moment before crumpling and then smiling sadly, hugging the other woman back with trembling hands. "Me too. Me too." She understood what couldn't be properly conveyed in words or even a neat sentence. Sniffling as Teion pulled away, the brunette pushed up her glasses to wipe away the moisture, letting out a wet chuckle at the curse. "Hey, I don't mean to put you on the spot Tei. Trust me, the hug spoke volumes." Even though her eyes were watery, a genuinely happy smile shined on the freckled woman's face. Reaching to take the blacksmith's hand, Piera's thumb rubbed over her knuckles. "Don't apologize. I'm just as guilty." She gave an extra squeeze of her hand to assure her friend of that truth. Though at Teion's suggestion the alchemist could only bark out a laugh. "I'm pretty sure that'd have the opposite effect if the friends are us. At least together. We're almost mild mannered apart, but together?" The brunette gave a coy wink at the girl before finishing, "Unstoppable. ...And possibly terrorizing. But hey, more fun that way, right?" Breathing in deeply with a softer smile now, green eyes glanced down before meeting blue as she stated, "It really is great to talk with you again." Realizing finally that they were still holding hands, Piera pulled hers away with a breathy chuckle. "Goodness, look at me. Can't help but try to steal you away from whoever you're with. Good thing your new guy...'s...aren't around."
  14. [F11] [Event Thread] Masquerade Ball

    Still in their manor on floor three, Piera took a steadying breath as she smoothed down the fluid material of her dress, turning slightly as she took in the sight of herself in the full length mirror that she was standing in front of. She'd spent time perusing the wares of various tailors before deciding on one in particular. She hadn't bothered with custom made clothes much ever since Lowenthal's passing. He usually made everything the guild needed, light armor or otherwise. She still had many of his collections. But she wanted something new, different and special for tonight. The black material had a faint sheen of blue to it, which she was fairly confident wouldn't clash with Lee's red suit, but compliment and make it stand out and shine all the more. Black and red and blue and gold....yes that fit in her head nicely. Hopefully it would in person. Even with the golden flowered mask, the alchemist had the utmost confidence that her love would be able to recognize her. Choosing a new hairstyle for her avatar was easy enough as long as it didn't change the length or color and she had bought a makeup pack when she had gone shopping for her dress, shoes, earrings and mask. Physically (at least avatar deep) she was ready....mentally/emotionally however.... Taking another deep breath, it was exhaled in the form of a soft chuckle as her familiar bumped his head against her leg in search of attention. Picking up the cat sized barn owl griffon, the brunette was glad that familiars couldn't shed...or at least Jareth didn't. "You be a good boy while we're gone, okay? We'll be back later tonight." Hugging him as a source of comfort for just a moment, Piera set him down before turning back to the mirror and meeting her own jade colored eyes with confidence. She looked almost nothing like herself. And it was rather empowering to be honest. For once, she looked sleek, chic, sexy and maybe even a little dangerous. Puckering her lips, the woman blew a kiss at the mirror with a wink, smiling wickedly before turning heel and making her way out of her home. The alchemist saw many other masked players as she made her way through Taft to the large hall where the festivities were being held. There were a few stalls for food and games spread outside, couples already acting adorably towards each other. But Lee had said that they'd meet inside. Slipping between various other players, her heels clacked on the hard floor, green eyes scanning the crowd until she was suddenly approached by a cheery androgynous NPC. "Would you like to enter the couple's contest?" Blinking in vague surprise, Piera froze for a moment before replying awkwardly, "Er, um, maybe?" Before she could say more the bubbly person encouraged, "It's a contest to see who is this year's best couple! Won by popular vote I'm afraid, but I'm sure you and your significant are the best anyway!" Chuckling a little at his niceness, the brunette nodded, "Alright then, that sounds fun." Clapping their hands, the NPC declared, "Great! I'll just need you and your partner to be present and both declare that you'd like to enter." "Ah, makes sense. I just need to find him real quick..." The older woman resumed her search for Lee before her gaze settled on the back of a man with not only red suit jacket but also red suit pants. But just as she started to walk towards him, Piera caught sight of another woman or perhaps just a girl approach him in a friendly manner. It was rather cute to be honest. And it was nice to see him getting approached and appreciated by others and not just herself. But no feelings of protectiveness or jealousy cropped up just yet. Perhaps it would be best for her to approach though, lest the girl get her hopes up in nabbing a date. Finally walking up behind the black masked man, the brunette casually stood to his left with a smile, not interrupting but simply waiting to be noticed. @Minako @Lee