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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 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 * - 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

      [Live] 2.5.0 Patch Notes   10/02/2017

      <<2.5.0 Patch Notes>> Main Guide: The main rules/tutorial section has been rewritten. Resources: A Resources section has been added. This contains reference material such as the SP/Level chart, Skills list, Enhancement list, individual profession stats, and a new FAQ. General Rule Changes: Word count requirement in Merchants & Shops section has been reduced to 100 from 150. Col logs are no longer required to include in journals. The Banker system will be used to track currency/materials going forward. New characters and Rebirth characters may choose a Starter Package containing a variety of basic equipment, col, materials, and/or potions. NK/KE tags have been removed. The table for SP gain based on the number of players in a thread has been removed. SP gain is now issued at 1 SP per 3 posts, up to the number of completed pages. (e.g. 3 SP for three pages, requires at least 9 posts) A Skill Refunding System has been added. Players may now pay a col cost to remove known skills and receive a refund of the invested SP. Rules on vanity items have been clarified. Health regeneration outside of combat has been adjusted to (10 * Tier) per post. Stealth and Stealth Detection no longer have a base rating for players. Both now use a LD roll plus a Stealth Rating/Stealth Detection modifier. NPCs and monsters still utilize a base rating (10 as a baseline for player-created mobs). 'Using cover' no longer adds to Stealth Rating. Low light or darkness conditions grant a +1 to Stealth Rating, down from +2. Switch has been added as a game mechanic (no longer a skill). Players may call for a Switch when landing a successful attack. If the Switching player also lands an attack, a Switch is performed and the two players may immediately swap hate values. Players are required to post their level, stats, equipment, skills, etc., in their first post in a thread. This should be a snapshot of your character and should not be changed after the initial post. Players are still allowed to declare their characters at a lower level or with fewer items than what they currently have, but may not claim items that have not been approved or were obtained in an unlocked thread. Turn order rules have been modified slightly to reflect the leniency of Boss Raid combat. Players may post in any order so long as each player and the enemy has gotten one action in a single round. Outside of Boss Raids, parties may have a maximum of 4 players. Combat with more than 4 players should follow a Group order similar to boss raids. When fighting multiple enemies, players must now make individual rolls for each mob. This applies to both making attacks against multiple enemies and multiple enemies making attacks. One roll no longer applies to/for all targets. The Running Away mechanic has been updated. Running away from combat now uses a LD roll with a set of situational modifiers. The col/material values and frequency in the loot table have been adjusted. Labyrinth searching rules have been adjusted. The map fragment system has been removed. Bonus rewards for scouting and defeating the field boss have been adjusted. Housing and Guild Halls have been completely revamped. PvP rules have been adjusted. Players must make an initiative roll when engaging in combat with other players. The extended Player Killing rules/restrictions have been removed. Rules on player cursor colors have been expanded. There is now a strike system for criminal infractions that would cause a player's cursor to turn orange. Killing a green player outside of a duel now results in a permanent orange cursor. An NPC Guard mechanic has been added. Orange players may now enter safe zones, but must stealth/run from guards in certain safe zones. NPC guards have a Stealth Detection rating equal to (Floor / 3), rounded down. Added more detail to character death rules. The RGQ system has been removed. Crafting Changes: Fishing as a profession has been removed. It is now a skill. The CD result chart has been adjusted across all professions (except Merchant). Good and Bad quality items have been removed from the CD result chart. Salvage chances have been adjusted. Alchemists now have a chance to salvage one or both materials when attempting to craft crystals. Crafting Die tools no longer have an effect. Consumables, familiars, housing, and some items still provide EXP and Crafting Attempt bonuses. The process of crafting Feasts has changed slightly. Cooks may now take 3 identical food items and spend two materials to combine them into a Feast. A Feast can be used in a thread to provide that enhancement to up to six players. Artisan craftable item types have been modified (Trinkets, Jewelry, Sculptures). The buffs they can provide are largely unchanged. Alchemist craftable item types have been modified (Salves, Potions, Crystals). The buffs they can provide are largely unchanged. Skill Changes: Extended Weight Limit Removed Ranks - 15 SP cost Now adds +3 Battle Ready Inventory slots Adjusted Mod: Large Pockets Now has 3 Ranks Cost set to 5/3/2 SP (10 total for Rank 3) Now increases single Battle Ready Inventory slots to 7/10/15 Removed 'Larger Pockets' and 'Largest Pockets' mods New Skill: Fishing Cost: 10 SP Effect: Use a dice roll to fish something up based on a natural CD result: Gatherer Now has a chance to yield 1-3 bonus materials based on a natural CD result Sneak & Hide Renamed to 'Hiding' Now grants +1 Stealth Rating per rank New Rank 3 Mod: Untraceable Cost: 9 SP Effect: Negates the effect of the Tracking skill against the user. New Rank 3 Mod: Blindside Cost: 9 SP Effect: Gain +2 Stealth Rating. Natural BD rolls of 9-10 reduce the target's accuracy by 1 for one turn when attacking from stealth. New Rank 5 Mod: Vanish Cost: 12 SP Cooldown: 5 Turns Effect: Allows the use of a post action to re-enter stealth while in combat. Getting a killing blow on an enemy allows Vanish to activate without using a post action. Search & Detect Renamed to 'Searching' Now also grants +1 Stealth Detection per rank Mod: Night Vision Now requires Rank 1, down from Rank 3 Cost reduced to 5 SP, from 9 Mod: Reveal Now also grants +2 LD when searching for Labyrinths and allows Labyrinth searches at 15 posts. Mod: Tracking Now requires Rank 3, down from Rank 5 Cost reduced to 12 SP, from 15 Tracking requirements for monsters, players, and NPCs have been clarified. Mod: Detect Cost reduced to 9 SP, from 15 No longer uses or affects Tracking. Now Grants +2 Stealth Detection. Grants +1 LD when searching for sub-dungeons and labyrinths Battle Healing Now recovers 1% of max HP per rank, instead of (Rank * 5 * Tier) Mod: Emergency Recovery Cost reduced to 10 SP, from 15 Now recovers 10% of max HP, down from 25% Block MIT gained is now set per rank: 5/8/12/18/25, down from 1 MIT per SP invested. New Rank 3 Mod: Shield Bash Cost: 10 SP Cooldown: 2 Turns Energy Cost: 10 Energy Effect: Make an attack with an equipped shield. On a hit, deals (Base * 10) damage, stuns the enemy for one turn, and applies paralyze/thorns/flame thorns enhancements present on the shield. Note: When calculating Base Damage for Shield Bash, Weapon Skills do not apply. Mod: Safe Guard Reworked into 'Rampart' Added a 5 turn cooldown Added energy cost of 8 Now uses a post action to reduce final damage that would be dealt to you by 25% (rounded down). Effect lasts until the beginning of your next turn. Energist Removed Ranks - 12 SP cost Now adds (5 * Tier) to total energy, instead of (Rank * 2) Howl Added energy cost of 10 Mod: Focused Howl Added energy cost of 8 Parry Increased SP cost to 12, up from 10 Added a 1 turn cooldown Energy cost has been fixed at 5, instead of (2 * enemies parried) 50% damage reduction has been specified to apply to the final damage (after mitigation). Effect applies to the next attack against the user, and cannot reduce damage from multiple enemies at once. Mod: Vengeful Riposte Increased SP cost to 12, up from 10 Added a 3 turn cooldown Damage reflected is now 50% of raw damage, up from 25% of damage taken. This damage can still be mitigated. Switch Skill has been removed. Two-Handed Weapons The +2 DMG bonus for 2H weapons has been clarified in the first rank of 2H weapon skills. All Weapons The Ferocity and Finesse mods have been condensed into a single description. You must still specify the weapon type when acquiring the mod(s). Mod: Ferocity Rank requirement set to 3, instead of ranging from 1-5 Now increases base damage of all sword arts for the chosen weapon by 1. Mod: Finesse Rank requirement set to 3, instead of ranging from 1-5 Now has 3 Ranks Cost adjusted to 5/3/2 SP (10 total for Rank 3), down from 15 at Rank 5 Now reduces energy cost of all sword arts for the chosen weapon by an amount equal to its rank. Mod: Quick Change Cooldown reduced to 3 turns, down from 5 Now allows the user to swap, equip, or unequip a weapon in their Battle Ready Inventory. Mod: Stamina Now reduces the energy cost of all attacks by 1. Heavy Armor Increased the amount of MIT gained to 8>12>18>25>35, up from 3>7>12>20>30 Mod: Athletics Bonus health increased to (15 * Tier), up from 15 Mod: Stonewall Bonus health has been adjusted to (15 * Tier), instead of equal to mitigation from other skills. Now also grants 10 MIT when wearing heavy armor Now also reduces damage taken from damage over time effects by 25% (rounded down) when wearing heavy armor. Light Armor Adjusted the amount of MIT gained to 5>8>12>18>25, down from 3>7>12>20>30 Mod: Athletics Bonus health adjusted to (10 * Tier), from 15 Familiar Mastery 'Accurate' now has 3 ranks. 'Assistant' now provides bonus EXP (crafting attempts at max profession rank) instead of CD. Meditation Removed Ranks - 8 SP cost Added a 5 turn cooldown Now recovers (3 * Tier) energy. Getting hit by an attack before the beginning of your next turn reduces the energy recovered to (2 * Tier). Survival Added 3 SP cost Increases out of combat health regeneration to (15 * Tier), instead of 20. Enhancement Changes: Life Steal has been renamed to Vampiric. The Crafting Die enhancement has been removed. Alchemist and Artisan item types for enhancements have been modified. Sword Art Changes: Multipliers have been simplified to a single number (x6) from the two-part formula (2x3). Several descriptions have been updated. Quest Changes: The 'Redemption' quest has been revamped. The level and repeatable restrictions have been adjusted to affect only the bonus SP rewards: The First Few Lessons Are Free The Second Lesson is Also Free The Third Lesson is Just As Free The Fourth Lesson is Actually Free The Venemous Warg Repeating the 'Earning a Living' quest now allows a player to change their profession. Changing professions will reset experience to 0. Repeat completions of the Earning a Living quest will only award bonus materials if the quest-taker is changing their profession. The following quests have been removed: «Witch of the West and the Three Treasures: T.M.H & S.B.» «Witch of the West and the Three Treasures: T.L.C.» «Witch of the West and the Three Treasures «The Falling of Tagas» Housing Changes: The cost and size of Player Housing is now determined by a 'plot size'. The plot size dictates how many room slots, yard slots, and stories a house can have as well as the initial cost when purchasing. Purchasing a PK-accessible home (outside of a safe zone) has an additional cost. Buffs from Guild Halls/Player Housing now comes from the type of room, rather than furniture. Certain rooms for Player Housing have upgrades. Player Housing buffs must be assigned to a player. Home owners may use the Housing Evaluation topic to re-assign a room's player(s) once every 30 days. New/Rebirth Character Changes: Players who have submitted a new or rebirth character journal for approval in the past 30 days are eligible to add one of the starting bundles. <<2.5 Update Survival Guide>> Skills: If you spent more than 15 SP on the Extended Weight Limit skill, refund any SP over 15. If you have spent less than 15 SP, the skill is inactive until a total of 15 is invested. If you spent more than 12 SP on the Energist skill, refund any SP over 12. If you have spent less than 12 SP, the skill is inactive until a total of 12 is invested. If you spent more than 8 SP on the Meditation skill, refund any SP over 8. If you have spent less than 8 SP, the skill is inactive until a total of 8 is invested. If you have the Parry skill, you must spend 2 SP to continue using it. Otherwise, it is inactive until a total of 15 is invested. If you have the Survival skill, you must spend 3 SP to continue using it. Otherwise, it is inactive until a total of 3 is invested. If you had the Switch skill, remove it and refund 10 SP. Mods: If you have the Detect mod, keep it and refund 6 SP. If you have the Tracking mod, keep it and refund 3 SP. If you have the Emergency Recovery mod, keep it and refund 5 SP. If you had Rank 1 or 2 of the Ferocity mod, lose it and receive a refund of the SP spent. If you had Rank 3 or 4 of the Ferocity mod, you must spend 6 or 3 SP to continue using it. Otherwise, it is inactive until a total of 15 is invested. If you spent more than 10 SP on the Finesse mod, refund any SP over 10. If you have the Large Pockets mod, you must spend 1 SP to continue using it. Otherwise, it is inactive until a total of 10 is invested. If you had the Larger Pockets mod, it becomes the new Large Pockets mod and you receive a refund of 2 SP. If you had the Largest Pockets mod, it becomes the new Large Pockets mod and you receive a refund of 5 SP. If you have the Night Vision mod, keep it and refund 4 SP. If you have the Vengeful Riposte mod, you must spend 2 SP to continue using it. Otherwise, it is inactive until a total of 12 is invested. Professions: If you had the Fishing profession, all EXP may be transferred to any other profession. If you had a Tool with the 'Crafting Die' enhancement, you may post it for re-evaluation with the Ambition or Crafting Attempt enhancement (item name/description may not change). If you retake the Earning a Living quest in order to change professions, your EXP resets to 0 for the new profession. Edit your existing shop thread with your new profession information. Housing: Existing Guild Halls and Player Housing have been removed. They may be repurchased through the Housing Evaluation template. Players who previously bought a home or hall have been reimbursed for the total col cost in their original housing application. If a guild had shared col lost due to the removal of a guild hall, PM the details to @Teion for review/reimbursement.
    • Aereth

      2.5.2 New Mechanic: Thread Invasion/Protected Threads   11/08/2017

      Hello Players,
      Once again your feedback is needed, so head over to the thread and tell us what you think. LINK  


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  1. "Hmm~" Telrenya hummed lightly as she looked over a bulletin board filled with requests from other players. The woman had told her guildmates she would be preoccupied for a few days with stocking up on materials and other busy work, so she hadn't felt so wasteful about using a couple of the vanity potions she had collected during her uninterrupted time to be 'Erin'. The normally-blonde hair that hung over her shoulders was now a raven black, and chocolate brown eyes had been modified to a dull green. The hood of her light armor set was pulled up as always, but the silver mask that normally covered her face was resting in her hands while she scanned over the list of messages pulled up in front of her. One in particular caught her eye--someone tackling the quest for a familiar on the fourth floor. Telrenya only frowned in thought for a moment before nodding her head in a silent decision, slipping the thin metal back over her facial features before turning on her heel towards Delilah's teleport plaza. She reached Snowfrost in a matter of minutes, her eyes scanning the area for the player who had posted the request. She didn't have to look long or far before spotting two girls sporting brightly-colored hair, the only ones around that seemed to be waiting for something. A bit apprehensive at the thought of a group excursion, Telrenya moved forward regardless and approached the pair. "Are...one of you the person who asked for help with the familiar quest?"
  2. [PP-F4] Threads of Fate <<Essence of Steel>>

    Telrenya felt a short rush of excitement as Aereth continued to explain the plausiblity of her not only gaining experience with other players, but eventually joining the boss raids. She was about to rise to her feet and thank the man again when Fenrir's motion caught her attention. She wasn't sure when the grey wolf had lay down beside her feet, but she gave a start when she realized the familiar's presence. With chocolate eyes wide, Telrenya was frozen in place until Fenrir moved to the brunette's side and she could feel the breath she had been holding steadily leave her lungs. When her quickened pulse began to slowly normalize, she hurried to her feet and offered Aereth a bow with her hands placed neatly over her skirt. "Th-thank you again," She stammered out, her lingering nerves getting the better of her. As she straightened up, she realized the casual clothing she still wore. "Oh, uhh, I should probably change into my combat gear." She said in a bashful tone. As she stayed behind a moment to swap her equipment, Telrenya quickly dismissed her wintry clothes and replaced them with her standard with-and-gold regalia, with Radiant Dawn equipped on her left hip. She hurried back downstairs and rejoined Aereth before the two players would set out into the snow-covered forests to embark on the quest he had specified. She deliberately walked opposite from where Fenrir followed at his player's side, distancing herself from the creature despite the docile nature he had displayed thus far. If Aereth would bring up any points of conversation, Telrenya would be quick to engage, but without wanting to feel like she was bothering the near-stranger, she decided against initiating anything herself. Once they had reached a clearing, the two stopped and the blonde placed the heel of one palm on the scabbard of her rapier while the other moved to grip its hilt. "We're here?" She prompted, casting a sideways glance in Aereth's direction.
  3. Her skin tingled under his touch, though the sensation was not brought about by Cardinal's pain dampeners. For a moment, Telrenya had lost herself and it seemed that Jomei was the one to come to his senses first as he pulled away with a heat to match her own spread across his lightly-freckled cheeks. With her heart still racing inside of her chest, her chocolate eyes met his olive and she took on a flustered expression. "R-right!" She stammered at first before letting out a small laugh that dispersed some of her nerves. She placed her hand in his to pull herself to her feet as well, and his next words caused another scarlet hue to dust the skin on her cheeks. "Yeah... Good idea." She chuckled again, turning and summoning her own menus in front of her. She scrolled through to her equipment, dismissing the red-and-white swimsuit to leave her in a simple set of white underwear. Her blonde hair fell from the ponytail it had been fastened into and spilled over her shoulders while she hurriedly moved to her inventory to locate her familiar white-and-gold battle attire that had more or less become her signature appearance. With Radiant Dawn equipped at her hip and Erin's Favor hanging from her wrist, Telrenya's eyes caught on the set of leather armor whose icon sat beside the now empty selection. She almost wished she could equip that set of gear, as she had found it was actually much easier to move around in, but the sight of it also brought back memories from the ninth floor, and a knot of guilt quickly returned to rest in her stomach. As conflicted as she was with all of the thoughts and feelings running through her mind, Telrenya turned back to face the Irishman as he pointed out a path for them to take. Thankful for the distraction, she gave a small nod. "At least it's something." She wore a small smile as she made her way towards the wall and the uneven path that stuck out from the cave wall. She took in a breath before starting her way up, taking careful steps in the not-so-generous space that was provided on the way to the tunnel's entrance. When she had eventually reached the top, she kept a hand against the cave wall and let out a breath she hadn't realized she had been holding once there was a wider, closed space of ground beneath her feet. She waited a moment for Jomei to join her, but her eyes were drawn down the length of the tunnel laid out ahead of them. Clinging to the passageway's walls, ceiling, and even along the ground were much denser packs of fluorescent moss and algae that lit their way with soft, cool hues of greens, blues, and purples. "Wow..." Telrenya breathed out, the mixture of colors kissing her skin and the softly tinting the blank canvas of her white clothing.
  4. [PP-F2] Roundabout Ruse

    It came as no surprise that the firecracker lit up after his request. Erin lifted his hands during her outburst, a small frown appearing on his lips as he opened his palms towards the women to show his surrender. "Damn..." His disappointed mumble was loud enough to be heard in response to Jevi's claim that each of them were off the market. Although that wasn't something he hadn't worked around before. The brunette seemed to give in, however, offering him something else: a new set of gear. Though he normally had little use for such things, his lips curled back into a smile at the arrangement. "Ahh, a crafter, huh?" His hand dropped back to his hip as he shifted his weight to one side. Drawing in a deep breath through his nostrils, he matched Jevi's sigh of defeat. "Alright ladies, you win." He picked up his other palm, pulling his fingers back in a small wave to motion for Jevi to send him a guild invitation. Once he had accepted and the icon of the Holy Dragon Alliance appeared above his health bar, Erin opened up his own menus and shortly after a friend request appeared in front of the blonde. Telrenya seemed a bit flustered by the menu that appeared in front of her, but the redhead quickly spoke up after her reaction. "You said I have to contact you if anyone messages me, right? Like your guild leader, or something?" He repeated in a reasoning tone. It seemed as though the man really had given up on seducing them, and since he had only echoed her earlier instruction, Telrenya pulled up her hand and accepted the request. Once again despite the fact that the man across from them didn't deserve the respect, Telrenya's hands stacked atop one another in front of her skirt and she offered him a bow. "Thank you for your help!" She said simply, straightening back up after a few seconds and looking over to the woman beside her. "Um... We should probably go." She prompted, all too eager to bring the conversation to an end.
  5. She spent a moment taking in their surroundings as well: from the soft white light of the crystals to the more subtle, colorful glow of the fluorescent fungi and algae that sparsely populated the cavern. The water that stretched to form a pool in front of them was still, and with the brief silence that came over them Telrenya felt a strange sense of comfort. No matter where she found herself, Jomei's presence seemed to bring her a strength that she wasn't sure she was capable of otherwise. She wasn't so naive as to believe that they were invincible, no, but it was times like these that she wanted to struggle alongside him all the more. Despite the trials that they've already faced, the immediate dangers that awaited them, and the overwhelming number of challenges that stood between them and their freedom, she knew at that moment that she wouldn't stop fighting for a future where they could live as Nick and Estelle. She felt his olive eyes on her again, and she turned to meet the gentle gaze that warmed her heart. When his voice grew quieter and his face drew nearer, Telrenya felt herself frozen in place. Her pulse quickened as their lips met with an overwhelming intensity. Her own lids slid closed and she relaxed into their kiss, feeling the warmth of his palm resting on her skin. Almost on its own, her hand lifted from the ground beside her and crossed her body as it gravitated towards the man, pulling up and gliding her fingers past his cheek. Her tips weaved into the unruly orange locks at the back of his head while the heel of her palm met the corner of his jaw. Telrenya met his passion with a rush of her own, the heated exchange causing her cheeks to flush.
  6. [PP-F2] Roundabout Ruse

    The dynamic between the two women was almost impossible to work with at once. The little he'd seen and heard from each of them was plenty. He knew exactly which angles to play with each of them, but in the presence of both players he was forced somewhere in between. Erin had found himself questioning for a moment if this whole ordeal was worth it, but resigned his doubts as he had already come this far along in their little game. Jevi revealed that the leader of their guild was a frontliner, stating that he was off fighting a floor boss. With a healthy amount of skepticism in the back of his mind, he continued. "But let me get this straight, sweetheart." He turned his attention back to Telrenya, his tone more passive and innocent in Jevi's presence. "You want me to join your guild, but then what? Not do anything, you said?" He prompted. While most of his attention was focused on warming up to the blonde while keeping her guardian at bay, there was a tiny part of him that held a genuine curiosity. Blondie said she was using his name, after all, and he was interested to know why and what for. Telrenya stood beside Jevi with her fingers laced over her skirt. Unsurprisingly, she felt the oddity of the situation both parties were in. It weighed a bit heavily on her shoulders, and when Erin's eyes turned onto her, she tensed a bit. Her chocolate eyes moved to the side, hesitating while her mind worked to determine the best approach. Without all the time in the world, her bottom lip stiffened with defeat as she decided to share her secrets for the second time that day. She explained everything that was necessary: that she was using a disguise to hide her identity from her friends, and that she used his name as a persona for that disguise. When she finished with the reason for adding him to the guild and Jevi's involvement to back up the story she was weaving, a short silence hung in the air. 'Oh my god. This is precious.' Erin had to work hard to keep his lips from curling into a smirk and stop a laugh from bubbling inside of him. Straight out of some TV show drama, the man was now thoroughly amused with her story. He had half a mind to ask the girl if she was joking, but the look on blondie's face was all too telling. "I would just need you to tell me if you get a message from someone thinking that you're me. It shouldn't happen often..." She shifted uncomfortably, still avoiding his eyes despite the effort he put into softening his gaze. Erin's chin tilted down, and he caught it in his free hand with an index finger curled over and his thumb pressed against the bottom. Another troubled expression made it's way over his features. "Like I said, I wanna help you ladies out," He lied, "but I can't do all that for nothing, sweetheart. It causes trouble for me, y'know? And it's risky to let someone else go around calling themselves you." The pressure he applied was skillfully disguised with a reasoning tone. He kept his eyes from darting to Jevi, as they would normally gauge her reaction. The brunette was sharp, though, that much was obvious, and even something small like meeting her gaze was likely to get him caught. "Tell you what. Go on a date with me, and I'll do it."
  7. The sound of Embers' laugh only caused her blush to deepen, but the sincerity of it left a small smile on her own face. The target standing across from her dragged its hooves against the ground, staring the blonde down with defiance. Brandishing her rapier once again at the challenge, Telrenya readied herself as the boar pup shot forward. With a half-step backwards, she then lunged forward to meet the beast's charge, and this time the sharp tip of her rapier found its mark, sinking deep into the boar's hide. As its health bar drained, it let out a short squeal before glowing and shattering into a flurry of shards and pixels. "There we go!" She spoke more to herself with a satisfied smile as she straightened her spine. The battle summary that appeared before her informed her of a third item drop, meaning that she had received the last one she needed for the quest's objective. She turned her shoulders back to Embers, still holding her rapier in her right hand for now. ID#: 91924 | BD: 7 - Hit! | LD: 14 - Success! Boar Pup Tusk (3/3) MD: 7 (Dead) Telrenya: 179/180 HP | 12/18 EN | 5 DMG | 9 MIT | 14 Thorns Boar Pup: 0/5 | 3 DMG (Dead)
  8. With adrenaline pumping through her veins once the two players had crashed into the pool below, Telrenya shook her head once it had broken the surface, her blonde ponytail whipping around behind her. She waded to the shore after Jomei, her lungs working to fill themselves with air while her heart raced in her chest. She pulled herself out of the water, scooting along the smooth stone floor with her palms flat on the ground behind her. Her chin tilted up towards the ceiling, chest and shoulders bobbing along with her light panting. The sound of Jomei's fist coming down on the hard surface gave her a start, and she quickly looked to the Irishman beside her as he apologized with a troubled expression. Telrenya's own brows turned up in concern at his words. She frowned, putting her weight on her hands as she shifted her body closer until she was sitting directly beside him. "Nick..." She started in a soft voice, leaning to the side to press her lips against his temple. She pulled her hand up and placed it on his bare shoulder, running her thumb gently over his skin. "Don't beat yourself up about it." She leaned forward and turned her head to try and catch his gaze, a soft smile resting on her lips. "If you hadn't done anything, they might have just gotten their hands on somebody else. Who knows how that could have turned out..." She reasoned, eyes drifting downward before giving a small shake of her head. She looked back to his olive eyes while a faint pink hue touched her cheeks. "The way that you're always so quick to step in, or help others... It's something I really love about you." "Besides," Her smile stretched a bit wider and she looked over at the open space of the chamber they had found themselves in. Her hand slid down over his shoulderblade as she gently caressed his back. "Who says we can't have a nice romantic day together at the bottom of a mine?" She chuckled softly, hoping her light-hearted attitude might lift Jomei's spirits.
  9. She knelt at the side of the passageway, staring anxiously at the inky unknown below them. Her eyes followed Jomei as the Irishman moved to retrieve a torch from the wall, flashing him a smile as he returned before the cult leader's cry pierced the still air. Telrenya's blood ran cold for a split second as the sight of the bearded man sent a chill down her spine. Urging herself to move quickly, she crouched closer to the opening and held her breath as she dropped down. The fall wasn't nearly as bad as she had feared, and with hers and Jomei's hands intertwined the blonde steeled herself to keep moving forward. She felt in over her head; if bandits on the ninth floor were an even match for her now, running into as monster on the twenty-first would leave her having to rely on Jomei to keep the both of them safe. Not to mention that pulling out her best equipment would lead to the single conversation she wanted to avoid having with the man walking beside her. "Well..." Telrenya spoke up to pull herself away from her wandering mind. "No." She admitted with a small chuckle. "I guess we just have to keep looking until we find a way back to Tomoika?" She suggested, using her free hand to pull up her menus and reference her map data. As expected, only the areas she had been over the past hour or so we're revealed, but luckily that included the mining town. She grimaced at the sight of the rough distance between the settlement and their current location on the map, especially since the narrow tunnels that networked throughout the floor were going to prevent them from navigating a straight shot to their destination. The air around them carried a slight, chilled breeze that brushed over their bare skin. Whether she was too distracted to notice, or it simply didn't bother her, Telrenya kept walking. They were allowed a few minutes of peace while they traversed the dark tunnel, but as Cardinal always seemed to enjoy doing to its players, the game decided to throw them yet another curveball. It began with a faint sound: a crash loud enough to reach their ears, but practically indistinguishable as to what could have caused it. Just as Telrenya began to hesitate, another crash sounded in the distance, and a steady rumbling followed. It grew closer, soon shaking the earth beneath their feet. The blonde's grip on Jomei's hand tightened, and her free palm moved to the cave wall beside her for support as the quake had her stop in her tracks.
  10. [PP-F2] Roundabout Ruse

    The brunette spoke up again, and Erin was forced to turn his emerald gaze on her again. He normally liked a girl with a bit of spunk in her from time to time, but the fire in Jevi's golden eyes seemed to burn in spite of him. If blondie was a rose that had wandered out of the safety of her garden, this firecracker was the thorn that would prick anyone who dared try to take her. "Hey now, sunshine." His lips turned up in amusement as he met her intense gaze. "Sounds like your friend's in a bind. Why don't we play nice?" His lids closed with a deceptively cheerful smile. Telrenya's gaze danced between her friend and the stranger, her hands held nervously in front of her. She wasn't so naive not to realize that Erin was a rather...unsavory character, to say the least. Perhaps the full extent of his motivations escaped her, but she struggled to come up with a solution that eased the tension in the air between everyone present. The burning eyes of the other players on them, some she was sure she felt stretching from other areas of the tavern, did nothing to help her. The blonde hesitantly reached out her hand to place it gently on Jevi's shoulder, giving the brunette a small nod. "Yeah, we can go somewhere else to talk." She kept herself close to the other woman as her gaze shifted back to Erin, not planning to leave her side. Erin stared at the two players, his mind weighing the pros and cons of humoring their odd request while he wore a neutral expression. After a few moments the redhead let out a small sigh and stood himself up again, walking around the edge of the table and ignoring the disappointed and disapproving eyes of the women he had left behind on him. With a hand on his hip, Erin stood with Jevi closest to him, holding a few inches over the taller player. He raised his other hand palm-out in front of him, as if to show the protective brunette that he wasn't playing dirty. At least not yet. "Lead the way, ladies." Given that she would have been completely lost in what was essentially the slums of Urbus without Jevi's help, Telrenya had to rely on her guidance once again to navigate to an area that was secluded enough that they could talk freely, but wouldn't leave them in a dangerous situation. Once they reached a location that the women deemed appropriate, Erin faced them with the same hand on his hip, shifting his weight as he turned his attention to the prickly brunette. "Second-in-command?" He questioned with a tone that was neither condescending nor too invasive. "Why not just have the guild leader contact me?" He approached with harmless conversation, expressing curiosity above all else with brows slightly raised.
  11. The girl's face reddened with his flirtatious comment, but she was quick to recover with a small laugh. "I-I suppose I can't complain either." She shot back with much less confidence than her ginger counterpart. As their two minds worked to get them out of the situation, Jomei seemed to have come up with something as he made comment on how much experience he had with breaking out of jail. Telrenya blinked as his sureness faltered into a rushed explanation, eliciting another small giggle from the blonde. She flinched each time the Irishman made contact with the metal bars, the noise that followed ringing out against the cave walls. When the door flew open with a crash, she tensed at the voice that called out to them, a single cultist acting as a guard that rushed down the stairs after all the racket. After the scuffle and once the NPC was left incapacitated on the dungeon floor, Telrenya let out a tiny breath of relief. With the door of her own cell now open, Jomei brought up the rather annoying issue of their restraints. Her eyes drifted down to Jomei's wrists, surveying how the metal links were weaved and held together perfectly, having to remember that the game world tended to warp and treat objects differently than one might expect. So, assuming they wouldn't be able to remove the bindings so simply, Telrenya's head swiveled and she gave another look around the dimly-lit dungeon. Searching for some way to break the chains, her eyes eventually caught on one of the wrought-iron structures jutting out from the wall that held a burning torch in place. She looked over the pointed edges that angled towards the ceiling, frowning in thought as an idea came to mind. "Alright, let's try something..." Telrenya mumbled. The woman moved to an unmarked wooden crate that stood two feet tall or so. As she lowered herself onto it, she shifted her shoulders and pulled her arms past her sides while she looped the chains under her. Her knees pulled up to her chest, and her smaller frame allowed her to slip the restraints to her front, her elbows finally able to bend while she placed her feet back to the ground and stood up. With a satisfied expression, a sudden thought interrupted her original plan. She pulled her right hand down and through the air in an attempt to summon her menus, but as Cardinal must have still considered her to be restrained, it denied the familiar action and refused to display them to her. Telrenya gave a slight pout, "Back to plan A, then." She walked back towards the Irishman, stopping at the torch that sat affixed to the nearby wall. She reached up, having to stretch a bit to loop the center of one of the chain links over the spiked section of black iron. With her fingers curled inward to avoid the flame that burned a few inches away, she pulled down in hopes that what looked like the sharpened edge would be able to damage the chains. Sure enough, as she held her restraints against the metal she was rewarded with the sight of tiny, lighted polygons that steadily streamed into the air before vanishing, indicating that the chain's durability was gradually lowering. After several seconds of holding her position, the chain as a whole glowed and shattered completely. She turned back to face Jomei with a proud grin, finally opening her menus and tabbing over to her inventory. She had to stop herself from selecting the rapier with the coiled black guard that sat among her combat equipment, freezing a second before finding Radiant Dawn and selecting the weapon to appear in its scabbard at her hip. She took hold of the hilt, moving behind Jomei in order to cut him free. Cautiously sliding the thin blade in between one of the links, the enhanced damage present on the weapon meant that she hardly had to apply any pressure before the chain reached its limit and shattered just the same. "Well," Breathing a sigh of relief, she took a small step back and sheathed her weapon. "Now I guess I can cross 'breaking out of prison' off my list, too." She looked back up to Jomei with another wide smile.
  12. How was it that no matter the circumstances, Jomei's smile always managed to fill her with a comforting warmth? His playful attitude caused her heart to flutter lightly in her chest, and her expression soon took on a small smile of her own with his words of reassurance. She chuckled lightly, a faint pink tinge crawling across her cheeks as she recalled how her emotions had gotten the better of her yet again. "H-hey, don't make me go on about all the times you've saved me!" She shot back with a laugh, the feelings of unease already beginning to subside with their light-hearted exchanges. Allowing the man's presence to calm her heart and mind, Telrenya let out another light chuckle when he suggested a prison break. Her shoulders shifted uncomfortably, the chains wrapped around her wrists reminding her that she didn't have access to her arms. "Sounds like just our style, but," She joined in on his playful responses before her lips pursed in a frustrated pout. "Couldn't they at least have let us change clothes before taking us prisoner?" She sighed, taking a few small steps forward towards the iron door of her cell and casting her gaze to the side, deeper into the dungeon chamber. The whole room was pretty barren, clearly meant for nothing more than storing players whom they managed to capture. "Hmm..." Telrenya hummed quietly, chocolate-brown eyes scanning over everything they could see while she searched for some kind of clue. Suddenly, they caught on something on the far side of the cave's floor, and she studied it for a moment before turning her chin a few centimeters with her eyes still locked. "Nick," She called in a hushed voice to get the Irishman's attention. "Can you see that? On the ground, is that a door or something?" Though it was difficult to see clearly from their current position, a square slab of wood indeed rested, lined and covered with the same dark iron as the other doors as it say embedded into the rough rock. A metal ring sat atop its surface, serving as a means to pull up the small door. "That might give us a different exit..." She guessed, only hoping that the path wouldn't lead them even deeper into danger should they manage to reach it. "but how do we get there to see?" She mumbled under her breath. With the means as to how they would leave the cages they stood locked up in now on her mind, Telrenya turned and took a few steps back towards the center of the small space, now wracking her brain for a possible solution.
  13. [PP-F4] Threads of Fate <<Essence of Steel>>

    When he began to summarize her goals and questioned her drive, Telrenya's eyes began to burn with a new determination. Her brows turned down with a stronger expression, and she was just about to open her mouth in a 'yes' to answer his prompts when his next statement caught her off guard. "Show you?" She echoed in a small voice, her face displaying the slight surprise and confusion that she felt. Her eyes that had been searching his face met with his own brown orbs when they opened again. He continued, offering for her to help obtain a quest item for him, and then even going so far as to offer his help in return. Her eyes widened slightly as she took in his words, and when he suggesting taking her to the frontlines himself her eyes practically began to sparkle. "W-wait, really?!" She asked in excited disbelief before realizing her outburst. She took a moment to compose herself, leaning forward to carefully set her empty teacup on the table sitting in front of her. Telrenya straightened her spine, looking back to Aereth and giving a nod. "If you would be kind enough to help me with this... Yes, I would gratefully accept. I'm willing to work as hard as it takes." Her tone was serious, albeit a bit formal.
  14. [PP-F2] Roundabout Ruse

    Telrenya was practically frozen in shock when the stranger leaned in close to her, blowing past any boundaries of personal space as he ran his finger along her hair. She felt her head move slightly when he directed her face, and it wasn't until Jevi interjected and swatted his hand away that she could snap back to her senses. Grateful for the brunette's support, she kept her mouth shut for now, waiting for what kind of response the man would offer them. Erin's smirk vanished just as quickly as his touch after his hand was pushed to the side. His emerald eyes lazily shifted to meet the intense stare of the blacksmith, holding her gaze without any of the fear that she had elicited from at least a dozen other players that had caught her glare on their way to the tavern. It seemed as though there was a wall standing between him and his new toy. A couple of seconds passed after Jevi's prompt filled the air between them, after which Erin pulled away and straightened himself where he stood on the other side of the table. His palm withdrew from the wooden surface and he looked the two women over again before sitting himself down again, leaning back in his chair while his arms crossed over his chest. The corner of his mouth turned up into another smirk, as what seemed to be the man's default expression. "What kind of guy would I be to turn away a beautiful flower and firecracker who came all this way for me?" He asked, unfolding an arm to beckon them--or at least Telrenya--forward. "Come on, sweetheart, don't be shy." He spoke with a false kindness and an expertly-crafted smile. "Spill your heart out, it's alright." Telrenya's bottom lip stiffened slightly as her lips pursed, somehow feeling even more nervous in the man's presence. When he urged her to speak again, her chocolate eyes glanced nervously between the other players whose eyes were also trained on her--a handful of individuals who didn't look quite as friendly or accepting as the redhead, which was saying something. 'I was hoping for something more...private.' She inwardly sighed before her mind worked to come up with the best way to explain herself in so much company. "I'm asking you to join our guild." She started with a forced firmness in her request. Erin likely didn't mean to let the surprise show on his face, but with it Telrenya was quick to continue. "I don't mean to ask you to participate in our guild, or, well...do anything, really." She tried to explain. "I... I've been borrowing your username without realizing it, so for that I'm very sorry." She instinctively bowed her head towards the man, despite how little he deserved the respect. "All I need to ask is for you to be registered as a member of the guild. Please, is there any way you can help me?" Her expanded request naturally left more questions than answers, but Erin simply stared at the girl's face as she unintentionally gave him the only thing he needed: power. "Borrowing my username?" He repeated while the corners of his lips pulled into a slight frown and his brows turned with a troubled look. "That could be a problem..." He averted his gaze as if he was in thought for a few seconds. "I wanna help you out, sweetheart, but you're putting me in a bind, y'know?" The tip of his right index finger tapped against his bare bicep a few times and his brow furrowed slightly. Without the other two women at his sides, he might have spoken his conditions to comply right there. "This sounds serious." He turned his gaze back to the duo. "Maybe we should go somewhere a little more...suitable to talk?" He suggested, wearing a practiced smile.