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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Sat Oct 23, 2021 12:28 pm

Artoria shrugged “if you reach high class you are given evil pieces, 15 in total and you can make your own servants, in rating games you still act as a member of your original group but you are technically your a king of your own peerage. What you do with them is your business, others will only interfere if matters directly involve you or they become a stray. As for lifespan, we devils have a lifespan lasting nearly forever, we can die as any being can die normally but old age is an almost no-concern matter, myself and Trigon are nearing our thousand years mark” she smiled, she said that but from Stephen’s perspective she couldn’t be older then her early 20’s!
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Sat Oct 23, 2021 6:37 pm

"So I'd still have to go through the trouble of getting them to like me," Stephen said, not realizing he was speaking aloud. "Well it least I have time to learn how."

Of course he was reckoning without any awareness of the side effects of his particular gear.

"So...my gear," he said. "Any idea what it does? Ma'am?" Finally he remembered his manners.
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Sat Oct 23, 2021 7:31 pm

Artoria blinked a little surprised he didn’t react to her age comment, well that was fine as she recovered almost instantly “no clue, in truth we devils while we do have people that have researched sacred gears our knowledge is heavily lacking. If it were the fallen angels one of their leaders might know but…” she looked away “we are enemy races after all, and I doubt your willing to just trust one after your cause of death right?” She looked back at him as she mentioned his death
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Sat Oct 23, 2021 8:34 pm

Stephen shuddered at the reminder. He was silent for a couple of seconds as he experienced a painful flashback. The mocking look on her beautiful face. The sight of his blood pouring out. The cold that had embraced him.

"No," he said. "Not damn likely."
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Sat Oct 23, 2021 10:26 pm

Artoria nodded “there is no need to rush, in time you will discover its abilities and begin learning to master them, now that your a devil you have a much longer lifespan… I suggest perhaps finding yourself a goal you can work towards in the very long term, not necessarily something to complete this decade but perhaps reach in a hundred or even two hundred years. The biggest issue reincarnated devils have I find is that unlike a human life which is so short they need to make goals for themselves to complete within the decade… a devil doesn’t need to do that and will eventually become bored and lax without a reason to keep going and having fulfilled all their dreams”

After a moment of silence to let Stephen respond Artoria stood “well then I think that is enough for now, it is already nearly eleven at night, I intend to stay here tonight and I sure nothing happens while the other servants are like that, but what about yourself? Will you stay the night here or go home?” On the one hand artoria’s offer meant if Stephen stayed the night he would be safe under her protection too, but what about his foster family? What would they think since he hasn’t contacted them at all since this morning?
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Sun Oct 24, 2021 3:49 am

Stephen looked gloomy.

"You called that fight a minor skirmish," he said. "As one of Lena-san's pieces I'm going to be expected to participate. I am so far down the power level that my skills are a joke."

He stared down at his hands.

"I'd better go home," he said. "They're good people. I've never had anyone like them in my life. I have to keep them safe."
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:28 am

Artoria smiled “then make your goal one to get stronger and reach her level, that won’t happen soon but it will be a goal you can continue chasing for a long time. Vladilena isn’t the type to settle for her current level of strength and strives to improve herself every day” she then put a hand to her ear “let me get someone to escort you home then, I can’t leave here after all” she turned and spoke “ah Siegfried can you come to the princess’ home in the human world?” She blinked and got a half lidded look “ohh? My my is this the month everyone talks back to me? Little Lois did it tonight, Yukimura did it last week…” she smiled but there was no friendliness to that smile.

In the span of a minute later the door would open and a man walked in looking like he had ran a mile… or more in the span of a few seconds “damn it Artoria-san you know none of us would do it in seriousness” he was a rather tall man, atleast 7 foot tall, with silver grey hair that was messy and curved out in various places akin to spikes of hair, he was currently wearing jeans, a button up plaid shirt and brown boots, give him a cowboy hat and he would probably fit the image perfectly, his dark green eyes stared at Artoria as he walked over to the pair, his arms where thin but very well toned and he crossed his arms “I wouldn’t dare think to disrespect you queen, so along with the others would you please stop treating me as the butt of all jokes?” He lets his arms drop almost immediately and slumped forward while standing

Artoria who the man toward over smiled and shook her head “nope, it’s my job to keep all of you guys in line”

“Your doing a damn terrible one of that!”

“Oh my, back talking again?” She said calmly causing the man to flinch back and then turned to Stephen “this is Siegfried-san, like you he is a ‘pawn’ though he serves Trigon-sama”

Siegfried looked at Stephen and straightened himself up holding out a hand clearly a bit embarrassed by the display he has made “you can just call me seig, and before you ask no I’m not that Siegfried, just his descendant, haven’t fought a dragon to save my life yet unless you count that nightmare training a couple centuries back” he did a side glance at artoria

Artoria just calmly and firmly commented “if you were not atleast just below the level of a dragon king then you would be worse then useless”

“How the hell do you expect that of us?! Dragons are strong as hell you know???”
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:58 am

Stephen reached out a hand to the man.

"Nice to meet a fellow pawn," he said. "Maybe you can tell me about what my new job is. Is...it polite to ask how many pawns you used up?"

He frowned.

"And maybe what excuse to use to tell my host family why I've been gone all day and am coming home at his hour."
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Sun Oct 24, 2021 12:05 pm

Seig smiled “I’ll handle the excuse” he took Stephen’s hand and shook it, his hand was of course large enough to swallow Stephen’s but the grip… Stephen could tell Seig was physically quite strong.

“It’s not quite rude to ask how many pawns were used but I’ve no reason to hide it atleast, I took 3 and the other pawn took 5” Seig turned “shall we walk? I’m not good at teleporting accurately and no car out there so I figured we could just walk and talk as we go, as your pawn senpai I’ll share all the advice I can give” he patted his chest, he seemed so reliable and confident when he wasn’t dealing with Artoria.

*****

That night ended uneventfully and the next day the servants attended school as normal though they had a familiar stand in for Lena because she was still in Lilith central hospital. Mei had been informed by Lena’s mother the girl was currently in a sleeping state but physically she was fine, her demonic power had dropped dangerously low but had been stabilized enough at least that Lena’s life was not yet in danger and she merely needed rest and time to recover. Doing the devil jobs that the servants had to do without Lena it would be found Stephen didn’t even have enough demonic power to teleport using the prepared circle for the group to be summoned for their jobs, and as they didn’t have a convenient car to use Stephen would have to do it the hard way and use a bike or run on foot to his job.

Now around the time of 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, she had been in that sleeping state for roughly 41 hours, in Lilith hospital Lena’s eyes would flutter, then slowly open before squinting at the light… it took roughly 30 seconds for her eyes to adjust before she began looking around and when her eyes fell on a short silver haird man sitting in the chair dozing she spoke, her voice weak and still half asleep, but enough to still be heard “fa…ther”

Lena’s thoughts thought stirred faster then her body and she had only one question on her mind why does my body feel like lead? And I was clearly asleep but I feel like I haven’t slept for a month… she had so many questions but those would take time for her to get the answers. What she couldn’t yet tell was her demonic power levels were almost as low as Stephen’s, Ajuka had placed a siphon because her sacred gear was draining it as fuel for its change but thanks to his siphon her life was not in danger of it and merely needed time to recover it
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Sun Oct 24, 2021 12:55 pm

Stephen didn't mind walking and biking. He viewed it as exercise. What he minded was the fact that by Devil standards he was pitiably weak. If he was to be of any use, he would need training.

"I need to became stronger," Stephen confessed to Mei.

"We can all train you," the catgirl assured him. "But we will have to be careful at first. Mikleo will be your first tutor...you seem to have bonded a bit with him already. Just be patient with yourself."

"I became a fully trained shinobi in ten years," Stephen said stoutly. "I can take whatever you throw at me."

"We shall see," Mei said with a slight smile.

*****

Her father was alone, so he had not problem being paternal to his daughter. He put his hand on hers reassuringly.

"Shush," he said. "You need rest. In time you will recover completely. Your brother and your servants are all handling your obligations. Do you have anything you want me to pass on top them?"
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Sun Oct 24, 2021 1:46 pm

Mikleo couldn’t help but laugh a little and Lois barely contained a giggle behind her hand “oh I wish it were so easy… Buchou’s training regime” he shrugged “but I can atleast teach you knowledge, for physical training Lois would be better”

It was decided after classes on Wednesday afternoon he would start with 1 hour sessions with the bishop and Knight, the first day though which would be now with classes having ended just 30 minutes ago Lois would be standing in the small forest with Stephen, her session was first and she calmly held up a wooden practice sword she had gotten and she poured some demonic power into it to harden it enough to compete with a steel blade “first let’s figure out how your fighting skills match up to mine” she took a relaxed stance holding the sword to her side, despite this being normally a guard down stance Stephen could feel it, even those openings Lois was giving were guarded, she would pull out a coin “the moment this hits the ground we start, we will stop just shy of hitting vitals… don’t worry I can handle a little bruising” she then flipped the coin up and put one foot back digging it into the ground, her kick off foot.

*******

Lena hearing her father frowned “what… happened” she asked, she had been raised to always do her duty and work hard but the way she felt… she was helpless, so helpless right now she couldn’t even feel windom and Selece in her, of her father wasn’t here she would be alone, she, she didn’t even know what to worry about the most.

It would be at that moment a small boy would enter, he couldn’t be older then 9 but he was wearing a nice white dress shirt with a black vest over it, black dress pants, and dress shoes. His hair was cut short and was the same brilliant silver color as the other two in the room along with his eyes in his hands were two cans of drink but he blinked seeing his grandfather awake and standing at the bed and after looking he realized and quickly ran over setting the drinks down and climbing onto the bed hugging lena “aunt Lena! Your awake!”

Lena looked over at her nephew and smiled “Ron…” she forced an arm up over him, hugging him back “you’ve gotten bigger since summer” Ron was the only son of Artoria and Trigon and next in line after lena for heir to the Eligos clan, unlike lena who only inherited the Eligos trait he inherited that, the aim family trait, and artoria’s family trait.
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Sun Oct 24, 2021 3:54 pm

"Honestly we are not certain what happened," her father told her. "The Three have not been together in a single host for centuries. We can only learn more after you have recovered. Consider your rest a duty."

He got up.

"Don't tire her out, boy," he told Ron. "She was exhausted. Keep it quick and let her rest."

*****

Stephen recognized that pose a an attack stance. He smoothly adjusted his own stance to compensate. His sword was held firmly at mid level, angled slightly upward to catch her blade. His eyes locked on top hers as he listened for the coin to strike the earth.

The instant it did he was in motion. He chose to meet her strike with one of his own...a dent upwards that suddenly reversed direction and came down hard. He had been trained to take down and enemy as quickly and efficiently as possible. Deception was key to opening up defenses.
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Sun Oct 24, 2021 5:14 pm

The moment the coin hit the ground…. Lois didn’t move, no she did, she moved her sword to her hip and closed her eyes, Stephen could see it but he wouldn’t have time to react as the moment he entered her range her eyes shot open and she swung in a drawing technique smacking his hand and taking a step forward using his hands to stop her bokuto at the right spot to then thrust narrowly avoiding a straight strike to his face, stopping once her arm went over his shoulder and their faces were inches apart, Stephen’s motion stopped by her other hand to his chest “for a ninja… isn’t your opening feint a little obvious?” She asked with a cute smile she had from the moment she shifted her stance until now, not shown any blood lust, a key factor for helping predict a faster opponent. That said Stephen could tell by the strike to his hand, her blow strength was only a little higher then his, her speed and calmness was likely the bigger issue

Lois then backed up with some hood putting distance between them “you’ve been trained to take targets out quickly and efficiently, I can see that much, but your bloodlust gives you away at that critical moment, against someone your speed or slower that’s no issue, but I’m faster then you so by reading your thinly veiled bloodlust I can react accordingly for an opening feint” she held the bokuto in front of herself gripping it with both hands “my master had a saying he often repeated to me, ‘though we may learn from others how to fight, the core of our techniques is not rooted in the blade’ he is a samurai formerly and he taught me how to fight, but he has always refused to teach me techniques” She asked him before finally taking a step forward and swinging her blade in a low horizontal slash “wield everything you have, if you don’t I won’t get a good gauge of what you can do”

******

Ron looked up at his grandfather “Yes grandfather” he hugged Lena for a few more seconds before getting off her sitting on the bed “I’ll go tell grandmother the good news” he said before hopping off the bed and running out of the room

Lena smiled at her little nephew and then looked at her father she was to worried now to sleep “I… will… I feel like… I went through a years… training without a break…” she smiled as she joked with her father finally forcing her hand to grip his, granted she was only mildly better then average in raw physical abilities of a high class devil without using her demonic power to supplement them as all devils tended to do but her father could tell how weak her grip was easily, she may be stable but she was far from prime condition as she closed her eyes “father when I get my strength back… will you spar with me?” She asked physically her body was tired enough to sleep longer but at this point her mind could no longer settle down, it got enough rest so it wasn’t gonna sleep more!
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:25 am

"I will happily spar with you, little one," her father told her. "Once you are back at full strength and not a second before. So...I hear you spent all eight of your pawns on some human boy? Mikleo was one thing but his us another. Tell me why you chose this one and not any of the other candidates...and why he cost so much."

He was only partly curious. He was also engaging her brain, keeping it busy until she could truly rest.

*****

Stephen had always been the fastest one in all of his fights. Now he was on the other end of the stick. She was right. He would have to change things up.

Well he was prepared.

This time when he came in again this blade was in a more neutral angle, almost negligently. In the moment before he came into range the battlefield seemed to explode. The aid was filled with blinding smoke and crackers loud and quiet were suddenly going off all around the half-angel.

The sudden blindness and disorienting noise completely hid Stephen's next move...the Heaven's Strike. A whip-quick slash and dash attack along her left side right below the arm. Had he been fighting in earnest he would have carved between her ribs and taken out a lung and several critical muscle groups.

That done, he spun around and swept low with his leg to take her footing away. Last he stabbed straight down into the spot where her chest would almost certainly be if his maneuver had succeeded. The entire combo, hidden in the smoke and noise, had taken only a fraction of a second.
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:16 am

Lena smiled “what… candidates? Those girls my fiancé… keeps offering to me?” Lena narrowed her eyes a bit, she had understood her fiancé was trying to get her to use her pieces to extend his harem, and she had told her father she hated him but this was a deal neither her nor her father could really back out of at this point.

“The fallen angels… had an interest in him… and when one of their low ranking… killed him… I went to examine him… and found he had a powerful… sacred gear… though I don’t know… what it is yet” Lena was able to talk but she kept having to stop briefly and breath because it took so much effort from her to talk continuously.

*****

Lois shut her eyes when the smoke filled her vision, she had been caught off guard by it, but when he struck her side she reflexively threw herself sideways with the momentum causing his subsequent combo to miss its mark narrowly. She had to roll once she landed but she got herself up onto one knee after the short roll opening her eyes though clearly she was still being effected by a little deafness from the crackers going off practically in her ears.

When Stephen went to move to continue his assault however he would find her vanish in the middle of his motion then two consecutive strikes struck, once in his chest and second to his back, before Lois reappeared behind him, the air pressure of her momentum blowing away some of the smoke and she spoke “well I guess I really should’ve expected something like that from a ninja” she patted her ear with her free hand “where this a real fight is probably have reacted differently I’ll admit and aimed for your neck there” she took a few steps back now using the smoke to her advantage to hide her movements, even if Stephen chased her he wouldn’t spot her with his eyes but he could still feel her presence.

The smoke cloud didn’t last forever though as the air finally carried the smoke away revealing Lois standing there clearly now recovered and with a face that clearly said she wouldn’t fall for that again
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:41 am

Stephen leaped at Lois, katana high...and vanished the instant their swords clashed. Once again a blow landed at the small of her back. Simultaneously a chain suddenly wrapped itself around her sword wrist and went painfully taut.

Using his leverage to his advantage he twisted her arm hard and tapped his sword against her neck.

"I am not a one trick pony," he said as he let her go. "I might get beaten badly, but I promise I will make you work for it."

*****

"Well if it took up all your pieces it must really be something. Enough. You can barely held your eyes open. Sleep, my little girl. You have a lot of growing up to do still, and all the time in the world."

Her father kissed her forehead. He waited until she fell asleep before he finally left the room.

Trigon was outside, leaning against the wall with his arms folded.

"How is the moppet?" He asked.

"She will be fine," her father answered. "You can annoy her after she wakes up."

"I would never!" Trigon protested unconvincingly.

"Uh, huh," was the skeptical reply. "I think you have a few things to keep you busy until then don't you?"

Trigon just looked away and didn't answer. His father gave him a smack to the back of his head before leaving that was both an admonition and affectionate.
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:15 am

Lois reacted at the same time Stephen vanished, she did avoid the chain wrapping her but it did knock her sword arm out to the side and left her in no place to act as his blade was pressed against her throat “certainly… but if this is all you’ve got, then your below what all I can really do” she handed him her bokuto and then pulled out one of the little cylinders creating a blade of light then carefully moved it so he could grip the butt of it “feel the weight of these two also be careful with my real one, that light blade burns both of us on touch” the bokuto weighed exactly what Stephen might think at roughly 1000 grams but the other blade of light? It couldn’t be more then 300 grams, the difference wasn’t over all huge but the way they had to be wielded couldn’t be more different because of that weight.

******

Lena wanted to argue but her father was right, so she just closed her eyes and let her body rest. It took her quite a while longer after her body calmed that her mind did but thankfully her father didn’t stay for that as she appeared asleep Windom, Selece… what happened to you? she thought to herself, she felt alone, this was the first time in her life she didn’t have atleast one of their presence within her at all times and because of that she felt terrified, left alone with only her own thoughts…

Eventually her mind calmed and she truly fell asleep though
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:34 pm

"As I recall the point of his was to see what I can do, not show off your powers," he said sourly. "I have quite a few tricks and abilities. I can pretty much disappear in darkness...but I imagine you can see in it just fine. I can only show you what I know as a human. I have no idea what kind of devil powers I have."

He hefted the light blade carefully. It was much lighter than most tools he used. If he were too use anything like it he would have to practice to us it properly.
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby tigra9 » Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:37 pm

Lois smiled “and you did so, but now you have an idea of what the path ahead will be near the start” she smiled “better to have an idea of what the start of the path is like then seeing those far far ahead of you right?” When he gave her back her blade she put it away and checked the time, 40 minutes left for her hour “alright then, teaching you techniques isn’t something I can really do because your style seems fleshed out already” she put a hand to her chin “your demonic power is way to low for us to really teach you how to enhance your body with it, and you don’t know yet about the evil piece traits and Mikleo would never let me hear the end of it if I stole half his first lesson’s content” she looked away seriously contemplating

After a moment though Lois looked back at him “how about we work on flight? You have devil wings but you don’t know how to fly which will serve you well in the long run”
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Re: A Devil’s Temptation(Whitebrand & Tigra9)

Postby Whitebrand » Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:44 pm

"Sounds like a plan," Stephen said. "I've been looking forward to this."

It took a few tries to get his wings out. His first attempt was...unfortunate. As was his fifth. And this tenth. Sometimes he felt like he got it...only to end up eating dirt.

"What is wrong with me? Ate these things broken or something?"

He was so used to quick mastery that this flummoxed him.
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