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[F1-SP] The First Lessons


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After months or aimlessly lulling around the town square in the Town of Beginnings the women had grown tired. Every day was the same. Wake up, find breakfast, and then nothing. The women with long, luscious moonlit locks frowned as squinted eyes searched for any sigh of familiarity. Before this game has turned into one of survival the plan had been to meet up with friend in the town square. It had been two long years but hope still lingered on the edges of her mind as she continued to search. Then again, maybe this was a joyous situation. Maybe her friend, Misha, never made it into the game and was safe back in the real word.  Maybe, just maybe, she was lucky enough to have not logged on. As that thought lingered there was movement to the right that suddenly gain her attention. A man, definitely an NPC, wandered from the crowd and straight toward her. This man had approached her on more than one occasion. Previously, she had flat out declined the man's request to assist finding out who he loaned money too, but this time felt different. This time she was itching for something to do - even it was a quest.

"Fine," The women sighed, annoyance laced in her tone, "What do I need to do now?"

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Seraphina | Lvl: 1 | HP: 20/20 | DMG: 0| MIT: 6 | ACC: 1 | EVA: 0

 

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With passive interest the women had listened as the NPC, now known as Dorian, discussed with her the contents of the quest. Once the worried NPC was done talking a swift turn of the heel was made and Sera was off. At some point during the wandering she had seen the alchemist shop that Dorian was discussing with her. It wasn't long until a wandering gaze landed on the solid oak door that provided entrance to the shop. Casually, she walked over and opened the door. As she stepped past the threshold a "chime" echoed through the shop. Ruby eyes were immediately drawn the shelves of the store. It appeared as if Zackariah had found the end of a rainbow and managed to bottle it's contents. Every color that could think of was sitting upon the thick wooden shelves. 

This is amazing, Sera thought while reaching out and allowing a finger to hover over the bottles. 

Before another thought could be had a voice brought her back to reality. Turning a curious gaze away from the bottles ruby orbs landed on an older man behind the counter. Stark white locks and beard framed a wide jaw and wrinkled forehead. Kind, yet focused, azure eyes were studying the maroon and orange liquid in front of him. Again, Sera found herself mesmerized as the colors swirled and danced together in a never ending waltz. 

“Hello again, " Zackariah  greeted warming, this time turning a curious gaze to the new customer, "Are you here to order something? I’m sorry, but I am currently swamped with orders, and I’m running out of supplies."

 

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How had she ended up here again? Oh yeah, it was because if she gathered the materials that Zackariah had asked for then he would teach her how to make her own potion; and that is what made this worth it. Not getting col or experience but learning to make a potion. For the first time in two years excitement had started to bubble and brew - all due to a couple potions. This thought caused determined steps to slow, and then eventually stop. What had she been doing the past two years?  Memories of standing in the square surfaced but nothing differed. Reflecting on the past two years feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and confusion started to rear their ugly heads.  Thoughts like, "how have you been helping complete the game?" and "what have you been waiting for?" bounced around frantically. What happen to her pride and worth ethic? The simple answer was right in front of her, fear. She had been scared. Scared to live. Scared to fight. Scared to survive. A feeling of content suddenly washed over her as a decision was made. No more feeling scared and unsure. No more standing still. It was time to fight. 

It was time to survive. 

Standing straighter and strides confident Sera made her way into the wilderness to find material for Zackariah. The assault spear that had always been stored safely away in her inventory was brought out. The blue pixels materialized in front of her producing the basic assault spear. Sera had always unsure as to why she had chosen the spear for a weapon but as a small hand wrapped around the hilt if just felt right. Testing the weight of the spear a tentative spin was then made with it. It spun and then fell on the grass in front of her. Sighing Sera reached down to pick up the spear and continued.

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It had been several minutes since Sera had stopped and reflected on her life since beginning Sword Art Online. The decision made still felt good. She was going to survive and fight - even if it meant death. Finding herself getting distracted by her thoughts again the white haired women shook her head and slapped both hands on her cheeks. Focus Sera, she willed. A now alert gaze scanning the horizon landed upon a patch of strange, speckled flowers.  More curious than anything Sera approached the flowers in awe. The closer she got the smaller they got. Once she was standing on top of them the flowers were not bigger than a pinky. Squatting down to get a better look Sera noticed that they also had purple on the side. 

"Hum," The women mused to herself while studying a few of the flowers, "I wonder if these are something that he can use?

Thinking that this was better than having nothing a couple flowers were placed in the inventory before standing. Humming gently to herself a soft smile highlight the young women's features as she started off to find more materials. This is fun! 

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197632 6 11 15 9 Seraphina   Quest materials search 2021-07-19 13:30:08

LD:15 [Success]
Materials collected: 1/5

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There was no time limit on the quest and no sense of urgency. Therefore, when Sera felt like it was time to take a small break after walking around all day she allowed herself. Finding a large, sturdy tree the young women maneuvered herself up so that she was sitting on one of the branches lowest to the ground. Nestling into the crevice between the tree and the branch she lounged back and let out another breathe. It was a beautiful day out. The wind blew across the waves of grass and tussled the white locks. It was peaceful out here in the middle of the plains. In the distance, players could be seen fighting boars and other monsters. Intreged by the fights Sera watched on. Although a new resolve had been made she was not quite ready to take on a monster yet; however, based on what had been heard about this quest it was guaranteed that she would have to fight at some point. Let's just cross that bridge when we get there...Sera thought to herself. 

As she attempt to further get comfortable her hand slipped and touched something fuzzy and soft. More confused than anything a gaze was cast around the tree trunk. There, on the shadiest side was a patch of light pink moss. Feeling lucky Sera collected some of the moss and then proceed to get further comfortable. 

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197633 6 1 18 4 Seraphina   Quest Materials Search 2021-07-19 13:56:06

LD: 18 [Success]
Material collected: 2/5

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It had been several minutes since Sera had settled into the nook of the grand, old oak. For those several minutes a stare so intent had been focused on a player across the field. Although from this distance the shape was a blurry humanoid figure she could tell that they were wielding an assault spear - just like herself. In obvious admiration and attentive gaze watched as the spear wheeled and jabbed at the attacking boar. It was like watching someone preform an intricate dance. There a grace - and intention - behind every jap and swipe. That was how she wanted to fight. With a sense of purpose, effortlessness, and skill. 

With a new wave of inspiration the women slid off the tree and landed on the ground with a soft 'thud.' What better place to practice than here; where there were no enemies and more importantly where there was no one to watch. Removing the spear from the harness on her back she again tested the weight and balance before intentionally placing her hands on the shaft of the spear. 

"Okay," She breathed, a sense of overwhelming starting to bubble up, "Let's see if I can test my spear skills and get a material."  

Spear highlighted a florescent green Sera thrust forward. For a moment, nothing happened. Then, nothing continued to happen. Another long sigh breathed past lush lips as the butt of the spear was placed on the ground. 

"Well," She murmured to the shadows, "That was not how I anticipated that would go."

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197644 8 2 1 9 Seraphina   Quest Material Collection 2021-07-22 09:46:37

LD: 1 [Fail]
Material collected: 2/5
 

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