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Itzal

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  1. Itzal

    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    A pretty risky thought process, Itzal thought. But not the worst one he could have come out with. Essentially according to what he was hearing, he would leave it up to chance, or fate, on whether or not the killer would be satisfied, or if he'd just kill everyone. Of course, that wasn't what he wanted to teach Grimm here. "Interesting. I want you to continue to ponder this scenario deeply and thoroughly. Each and every outcome you can think of. Which choices would be good or bad. What each choice would mean to you, to the killer, and to the victims, and so forth. And I want you to take your time thinking about it too. Whenever you want to talk to me about it, please approach me without hesitation on the matter." Itzal took another drink of water as he gave his apprentice a moment to ponder on what Itzal had just said. Patience was part of his training after all. And more than that as well. "Now then, I want you to-" He was interrupted however as Grimm's familiar burst from the forest with a stick. To this Aldion stopped eating and looked up. Only for him to become incredibly confused by what he was seeing. Itzal just started laughing at the sight. @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    "The murderer kills you, then the hostage, and then Valentine without hesitation." Itzal says immediately before taking another drink of water, putting it down this time. He had no doubt that his apprentice would be at least a little shocked at the response he had just given, as well as how 'matter of fact' he was saying it. When Itzal had said he wasn't ever going to be going easy on his apprentice, he meant this in every instance... Well almost every instance. There were a few areas he needed to go slow burn on as opposed to full throttle, but still. Seeing Aldion fly back into the clearing with something in his claws, he simply nodded to the familiar as it dropped it on the ground, landed beside it and started to nibble the carcass. Returning his attention he asked: "Now why did you choose that solution? What was your reason, your thought process. What lead you to that decision?" A gentle breeze began to flow through, enough to chill players who didn't have the survival skill. Itzal wondered if this player had managed to attain that skill or not. If he didn't, then that would be on their to do list. If he did have it, then that was one less thing to worry about. @Grimm Reaper
  3. Itzal

    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    Chuckling, Itzal stoked the fire before responding to Grimm's question. "Well first of all: patience. You're going to need to learn a lot of that if you want to master stealth and scouting. As for what lessons you'll start with..." Itzal took a moment to think about a good scenario he could use. "Imagine this scenario as if you were in the real world for a moment. Say that someone completely innocent, a stranger you don't know, was being held at gunpoint fifty feet away from you by a known mass murderer. You have a knife in your hands and Valentine tied up and gagged in front of you. The murderer tells you to kill Valentine, or he'll kill the innocent person. The distance is far too great for you to stop him, even with knife throwing skills, and he could easily kill the hostage, you and Valentine. In this instance you're secluded with no one around to help you. What would you do in such an instance?" Itzal, after dropping such a heavy scenario on his newfound apprentice after a small meal, took a drink of water for a moment. After that, he sat cross legged as he looked into Grimm's eyes awaiting an answer. @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    Along the way to the campfire, he heard the comment he made and paused a moment to look at Grimm... Very tempted to use a pun in regards to his name but very wisely held it back. "Don't underestimate your talents and skill. You fought rather well in our little spar. True there is much to learn, and those skills need refining, but beyond that you should be proud." With that he sat down and let Grimm open the food. In fact Itzal hadn't once touched the food or the tin foil save for handing them to Grimm to handle. He figured his horrible skill at making food was so bad that it would spread onto him like bad luck if he did anything to help in the process, even if it was to open it. However the food seemed to be decently cooked enough and Itzal took his rations onto his own plate. He watched Grimm take half of his mask off, specifically the bottom half and grinned under his shadowy mist. "Very creative, and thoughtful. It's a good skill to have," Itzal said before he began to eat himself. Given the fact that the mist covering his face wasn't solid, he could eat like normal with no issues and reveal nothing about his features. "Now then." He said in between bites. "From what I observed. We first need to work on changing how you think about your surroundings. This includes the environment. The game's npcs, mobs, traps and other such generated things. Other players. And finally your familiar. After that, we can work on other things such as combat tactics, stealth, stalking and the like." After finishing his food he put his plate and fork back into the inventory. "We'll also be going over specific scenarios to determine, and if necessary refine your logic and reasoning. I doubt your moral compass will need any tuning either, but it doesn't hurt to check." @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    Quite honestly he was rather impressed by the initiative his apprentice was showing. Technically he was out because he had put his hands outside the border, but he was willing to let that go as it wasn't that far outside. All the same, he did reveal a slight weakness in that strategy by quickly slashing upwards at him, landing his second hit in the duel, and turned around so that he kept his attention on him while keeping his guard up. And then he saw his apprentice fall after landing. Normally this would be when he did something terrifying but effective to a player killer, but... No, he swore he'd never go easy on him. So rushing forward before his apprentice could get to his feet, Itzal thrust his sword forward through his apprentice's chest, and put enough force into it that would press him against the ground, his sword acting like a nail. Once he did this he kept it there for about two seconds before pulling the blade out of the ground and Grimm and sheathed the blade. "Alright. Let's see if our dinner is ready," Itzal said casually as he helped Grimm back up to his feet. @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    Anticipating a comeback and counter, Itzal brought his weapon back from it's strike, never leaving his defensive guard, before noticing his opponent twist his body for a long kick up towards his chest. Stepping to the side, specifically in the general direction of where Grimm's foot was swinging, Itzal swung his blade through Grimm's leg, and immediately pulled up, twisting the blade so that the flat end came into contact with the underside of his leg. The reason for this was that when the flat end of the blade hit something, it didn't pass through the limb as it would via the blade. Therefore instead of cutting through him and dealing damage, Itzal forced the leg to go up much higher than Grimm would have intended it. At best it would knock him onto his back, where Itzal would then perform a flurry of stabs into him before leaping back prior to any counter attack. If it only caused him to stumble backwards Itzal would again strike him with a flurry of strikes but be more careful to jump back before his opponent could counter. If Grimm used his momentum to simply backflip, Itzal would just sheath his blade as he would have stepped outside of the arena. @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    If Itzal's memory served him correctly, a martial artist's best advantage when it came to fighting someone with a weapon such as a longsword as Itzal's would be dodges and counters. Specifically if he could knock the sword out of the way by slapping the flat of the blade, or Itzal's hands, and therefore create an opening. Either that or wait for Itzal to make a mistake and create an opening himself, though he'd be hard pressed to find one. Keeping his sword in a guard position but low enough that his sword's length gave him an advantage, he began to rotate around the edge of the ring. Analyzing his opponent's stance he noted that he was in fact using the best stance, giving him stability but also free to jump back from any lunges. Attacking his feet was out of the question, and he had to attack in a way that would prevent him from parrying the attack with his hands. The claws specifically were an interesting feature however, as it indicated he used his knuckles at some point. Which was more boxing than it was martial arts, in which case he'd need to restrategize. That however was the reason he preferred the straight sword despite it's absurdly weak damage: it was easy to adapt in combat. Itzal decided to start with a feint attack, activating the charge skill to reduce the distance between them in the blink of an eye, go for an overhead strike but curve his momentum at just the right angle to turn it from a vertical slash to a horizontal slash at the last second. @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    When Grimm turned to Itzal, he'd see him wielding a black sword, but more basic than his usual one. "What's next, is we see where you are in regards to level of combat. I want to see how you fight, and what you do in a tight spot." This was going to be a challenge, as Itzal had martial arts himself but had never mastered it... That being said, he did talk to some masters, and knew how one should fight with martial arts as opposed to how most people fought. It would be interesting to see how Grimm fought as a default method. Gesturing to the circle Itzal had cut into the ground, which gave them both about fifteen feet to work with he gestured for Grimm to enter the circle. "Without sword arts and with a basic sword this won't deal any real damage against you so you don't need to fear that. However I will not be going easy on you, and in fact I never will. Not even with this assessment. Now then." Itzal took a one handed stance and prepared himself for his apprentice's advance. "Whenever you're ready, step inside." @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    "Listen, if you can cook food and not turn it into charcoal, that's good enough for me," Itzal told him before pulling some supplies out. He then handed the supplies to Grimm, including tin foil. "There's a camping trick I heard about from another player. Put the appropriate foods in the tin foil here and keep it above the fire, and it cooks over time without burning anything. I could never get it to work, so perhaps you'll have more success." Leaving him to it, Itzal whistled to Aldion, and even gestured for the cockatrice to come over. "We're not feeding you two, so go out and find some food for yourselves." Aldion bobbed his head in acknowledgement before turning around and flying gracefully into the forest. With that he turned his attention back to the large bag he had pulled out and began looking inside. 'Martial arts huh?... That could be a bit tricky to work with. I had hoped he would have some form of weapon, but I suppose we can't do anything about that. From the looks of it he has short claws on his gloves... Alright then.' Itzal nodded and pulled a few things out, though kept them hidden from Grimm's view. @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    Hearing grimm's words Itzal turned to see the tents in perfect condition and evenly spaced out. 'huh.' He thought. 'looks like I'm not the only one who found a way to bring real life skills into the game with me. Neat.' With a flick of his wrist, he sparked the campfire to life and backed up a bit. "Do you know any methods in cooking food over the fire without needing to be there?" he asked. Itzal was never good with cooking anything. He only recently managed to get past the point of burning everything to a black crisp even on a successful attempt. That's why he tended to leave the cooking to more competent players and just bring previously prepared food with him wherever he went in his inventory. Of course, if this guy could cook then he'd have a much more enjoyable camping experience than he'd ever had before. Which would be a nice turn of events. While this was happening, Itzal was sorting through his inventory, moving several items he was going to need for this session into a bag which he would then pull out from his menu. As Grimm made his way over to the campfire, a large leather bag would materialize out of nowhere, and Itzal began to check inside to see if everything came out as it should. @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    Itzal nodded and began to lead him through the forest, whistling to get Aldion's attention. The raven cawed in response and, after giving the cockatrice a curious glance, took flight and flew overhead before landing on Itzal's shoulder. Grimm seemed intent on staying quiet for the most part, but Itzal was fairly certain that once they'd spent more time together he would begin to open up a bit more. At the very least he didn't want his newfound apprentice to be quiet all the time. Only when it was needed. But that would be a lesson for another time. For now he walked through the forest, his search skill active which enabled him to find the quickest and easiest pathway to the location he had in mind. Eventually they would end up reaching the clearing he'd found a long time ago. It was a fairly large circular clearing where the trees and brush almost seemed to stop like a wall around them. There were still a few trees, some bushes and patches of long grass, but for the most part it was relatively clear. In addition the combination of moonlight and starlight light the place up like the sun. Itzal opened his menu and pulled several things out. These included sleeping bags, firewood and cobblestones, a black kettle, two tents and other such camping supplies. "You can set the tents up. I'll get the campfire going." @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    Aldion hopped back to another branch, having been a bit surprised at the sudden jump made by the cockatrice. Aldion wasn't exactly fearful, as he was very agile and good at aerial maneuvering in particular. If anything the black raven knew that this dense forest gave him an advantage because he could weave through places the big bird couldn't. All the same, Aldion tried to strike up a conversation with the strange creature if it could. Itzal watched as the player accepted the party invite, which he expected he would. He shouldn't, but he would learn that in a moment or two. Itzal quickly opened the menu, not answering him just yet, and when he reached the 'party' menu he flipped his menu around to show his apprentice. There were two players set in the party: "<<Unknown>>" with a level of eighty four, and "<<Grimm Reaper>>" with a level of twenty eight. "Your name is safe with me, but until you get the untraceable mod you are not allowed to party with anyone other than me when you're in your disguise. Is that understood?" Once he said that he pulled the menu away, closing it down and continued to walk through the forest. "Also, please don't try to keep your voice hidden from me. With me at least you're free to practice how you want to be seen and heard in peace. If anything I might be able to give you some pointers. As for your name, what do you want me to call you? What alias did you choose for yourself?" @Grimm Reaper
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    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    Aldion cocked his head as he looked at Ryoto, being extremely curious as he'd never seen nor observed a fowl of his species before. Genuinely curious, the raven flew and glided over to a branch closer to the cockatrice, and gave a little greeting to the strange creature. While he was doing that, Itzal pulled out of his inventory a glowstone, took his apprentice's hand and opened it, and placed the stone in it. Once in his hands, the stone would begin to glow, giving off a pale blue light that, while lighting the place up enough to see around him, gave off a somewhat eerie feeling to the area. This of course didn't bother Itzal, who'd been all over Aincrad. Including that weird pit in the tenth floor which he couldn't even begin to understand nor comprehend. "Use that to see. Come on and follow me." he said, leading his apprentice deeper into the forest, which only seemed to get thicker and darker somehow. "We should probably party up for a while too. That way we can keep track of each other's status," Itzal said, his eyes watching his apprentice carefully underneath the mist. He quickly opened his menu and sent him a party invitation, and waited for a response. @Grimm Reaper
  14. Itzal

    [PP-F1] Assessments <Itzal & Grimm>

    He heard the footsteps and movement before he saw the figure. Not bothering to turn his head, as the movement might make the leaves rustle and therefore give him away, he didn't do anything as he waited patiently. True, there could be other players who wandered into this forest from time to time, but the chance of that was extremely low. Even still, as an added failsafe, Aldion was to observe any player approaching and let Itzal know if he recognized any of them. Well it wasn't just Aldion who looked in the direction of the newcomer, but a few of the other ravens he was with as well, which helped disguise him more. Tilting his head to observe the newcomer, he didn't recognize him by his appearance, but by his walk. Aldion let out a caw twice, which a few of the other ravens did as well after him. Itzal hearing and seeing his familiar caw twice, knew it was his apprentice. He waited silently until his apprentice walked further onto the exact coordinates. After he reached it, Itzal counted to fifteen. Not three or ten, but a number not often counted to. When he did, he rushed out from the brush and tall grass he'd hidden in and kicked his legs at his apprentice's feet, forcing him to lose his balance. Itzal immediately pushed himself to his feet, drew his blade, swung his other leg to knock his apprentice onto his back, and held his black blade against the player's throat. "Always be ready for anything. Especially a surprise attack at any moment." With that he withdrew the blade from the player's face and reached down to help him to his feet. Aldion glided down and landed on a lower branch, giving a simple caw as greeting to the newcomer. @Grimm Reaper
  15. Stats Sitting silently in the shadows of his hiding place, Itzal watched and waited for a certain player to show up. His hood hugging his head and the shadowy mist covering his face active, he was practically invisible if it weren't for the search skill. That and the fact that he had the hide skill active made it very difficult for others to locate him. It also didn't help that it was currently nighttime, and with the thick canopy of branches and leaves from this dense forest, the moonlight and sunlight was practically nonexistent here. That gave Itzal the advantage of his opponent's sight being hindered by the darkness penalty. Of course there was the possibility of him bringing a light, and if he did he'd have to give him points and props. However from what he could tell, that wasn't likely to occur as the player didn't know where he was going. Most players didn't even bother purchasing the glowstone, even when they knew they'd be plunged into dark places like this. And seeing as how his new apprentice didn't have the search skill, he definitely didn't have any night vision to protect him from the penalties of darkness. As such he really didn't expect the player to spot him. Of course there was his raven Aldion, who could stay silent, but this particular area had all forms of wildlife. Including crows and ravens. So while Itzal was in his hiding place, Aldion was socializing with his fellow fowl friends. Of course he was also keeping an eye out for their young apprentice, who should be arriving at the coordinates soon. They of course, lead him into this area off the main road. It was nothing but forest mainly, no openings, no groves, no pathways or the like. It didn't even have an 'ambush vibe'. And that was the whole point. Today, Itzal would start his first day of training off, with a demonstration. To show that stealth, is not just about the numbers... @Grimm Reaper
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