"Disregarding orders from a superior are we?" I laughed, "Going through your rebellious stage are ya?" I sighed, I was never one to enjoy the towns on pulse and alike, though now I didn't have a choice. They would shun me either way. "Great birthday present." I mumbled.
I stretched my arms, "Well theres nothing we can do now except follow your orders huh. Considering you know the most out of all of us, I'll gladly allow you to be the leader." I looked her in the eye, "Though I will not mindlessly follow you, I reserve the right to have my own orders." I looked at Ezra, I could see he wasn't too happy about the news. I didn't say anything, though I did sigh in empathy.
I looked at Godbane, then shrugged, "Consider it a nickname then." I put my pack on and started walking toward the town, "I'm bored of waiting and chatting we should move along." I said over my shoulder. I have no idea what I've gotten myself into.
The Guardian Corps' radio crackled. Jericho had very little interest in the military so, while the three of them were interested in whatever the radio said, Jericho pulled out Grimaxe and a whetstone, and started polishing it. The edges were not dull, but it has lost its newly polished luster. Oh, come on baby. You'll be good as new after we finished.
"We have to get out of here now," Aurora said as she pocketed the radio again. "Taejin is closest. Plus it's a very small village. We should be alright there, though it will take a few days. We're all sticking together. I know I'm not the oldest, but I am a soldier and I will give any orders I deem necessary," Aurora continued, looking at the small band of people brought together by accident.
“It looks like were all runaways now,” Ezra resigned himself to the fact.
"Well there's nothing we can do now except follow your orders huh. Considering you know the most out of all of us, I'll gladly allow you to be the leader. Though I will not mindlessly follow you, I reserve the right to have my own orders," Daniel said then he turned towards Jericho. "Consider it a nickname then."
"Well," Jericho said, slinging his axe back. "If you start on calling me big guy again, don't be offended if I call you little squirt. Because that's what you are," Jericho said with a broad grin. He stood up, his massive form taking up the most space. "Well, if we are going, then we should be going now. I think the ghasts in here are just mere rumors, anyway." Jericho removed his gloves to crack his knuckles and was just surprised to see a brand imprinted onto his skin.
"Well, you look at that," Jericho cooed as he showed the brand to his... mates? Comrades? Anyway, to the others. "Seems like I am really one of you now. I'm digging this brand. This power. I don’t know what this is, but hey. The mark looks cool, and that I’ll probably keep," he said, flexing his hand. Close. Open. Close. Open. "This is cool."
Aurora sighed looking at the remains of her com unit. I had no choice but to smash it, it had a tracker. If they're after the l'Cie...which means us...I can't let them find us. she thought a determined look forming on her face as she looked at the other three. “It looks like were all runaways now,” Ezra said before she heard Daniel laugh and raised an eyebrow.
"Well theres nothing we can do now except follow your orders huh. Considering you know the most out of all of us, I'll gladly allow you to be the leader." he looked her in the eyes and she just looked back as he continued. "Though I will not mindlessly follow you, I reserve the right to have my own orders."
"Well, if we are going, then we should be going now. I think the ghasts in here are just mere rumors, anyway." Jericho spoke and Aurora shook her head to see he had taken off a glove and noticed his brand, "Seems like I am really one of you now. I'm digging this brand. This power. I don’t know what this is, but hey. The mark looks cool, and that I’ll probably keep," he said, flexing his hand. Close. Open. Close. Open. "This is cool."
"We'll figure out more about it as we go, our main goal right now should be making sense of our focus and completing it so we don't become Cie’th" she looked at Jericho as she spoke before turning to Daniel who had started to walk off and followed quickly meeting his pace and catching up to him. "I understand that...but from what my leader said it seems we just might be persona non grata. The Guardian Corps will be after us thinking they are protecting the citizens from us." she clenched her hands into fists. "Even though I'm breaking orders, I'm following what we're supposed to do. Your civilians and it is my duty to do what I can to keep you safe, don't try to deny it hunter just because you haven't lived in any of the towns for years."
"Even though I'm breaking orders, I'm following what we're supposed to do. Your civilians and it is my duty to do what I can to keep you safe, don't try to deny it hunter just because you haven't lived in any of the towns for years," Jericho heard Aurora speak to Daniel. The two of them started walking, so Jericho followed them. He grinned as he sense the tension between the two fighters. Both have redeeming qualities that would make a good leader. It'd be nice to see who will lead this group after all. If Jericho would have to choose now on which of the two would be the better leader, Jericho would side with Daniel. Aurora just seemed... young. And she's just using her position as a Guardian Corps to lead the group. Well, let's see this to the end.
Jericho decided to talk with the other guy. "So, uh, Ezra right? I did not catch your history back then. Care to make a little story telling with the 'big guy'?" Jericho asked.
Though Aurora was the leader of their little gang, Daniel was the one who led the way out of Oerba. They were heading towards the town of Taejin and Ezra was ecstatic. He had never been so far out from New Bodhum and was ready to explore all of Pulse. While he was sad about becoming a l’Cie, it gave him an excuse to see all the sights hed dreamed of. There was one thing that had been bugging the boy though…
When do I get my powers?
Ezra had lagged behind the others. He had flashbacks of the fight from earlier and remembered how all except him had been useful. Maybe im just a late bloomer…? he thought to himself. He watched as Jericho opened and closed his hands and silently mimicked his motions. After getting no results, Ezra sighed deeply and lowered his hands. Looking back up, a large figure was standing in front of him, blocking his view.
"So, uh, Ezra right? I did not catch your history back then. Care to make a little story telling with the 'big guy'?"
Ezra tried not to appear too startled when Jericho spoke to him. After he collected himself, “My parents were politicians,” he said. “You’ve probably never heard of them.” Though it was unintentional, a hint of sass slipped through his teeth. Even though Jericho was at least three times the size of Ezra, he somehow felt not only equal to him, but better. The man was a brute in the brunettes eyes and no amount of facial shaving on Jerichos part would change his mind.
I laughed, "I won't deny that we are in a real pickle." I said, "Probably made worse by the fact that I'm not a good military leader or anything." I pointed to my back, "And even though that thing is a literal target on my back, I'd say this is a bad spot." I smiled, "But even though I am not a leader, you are, hopefully, and I'll help as much as I can." I put my hands in my pockets and yawned. "I'll be fine, I've got enough strength to protect myself and probably even the kid, you should worry about getting us to where we need to be, not so much about our safety."
I looked up at the sky and sighed, then I looked at the ground, "At least the ground looks the same." I thought a moment then added in, "One more thing, I appreciate your sacrifice, it is pretty lucky that you were the soldier that got roped in with us." I sighed again, "Then again, how much luck could we possibly have?" I looked back at Ezra and muttered, "Poor kid." Before turning back around.
Ruins of Oerba: Towards Taejin III
"Well, I am not a big fan of the big guns in terms of political talks," Jericho answered Ezra. "Blacksmiths like meself don't really care how the world moves, or how younglings run it. We live by the hammer or, in my case, the axe." Daniel was muttering something under his breath as the Aurora and himself walked ahead of us. The ground beneath them were getting to be pretty boring. Jericho hopes he reached Taejin by sundown. He has no fear for the dark, but there were pretty different monsters lurking when the shadows starts to blend in with the night. Like ghasts for example. Jericho sighed as he remembered his probably lost cause.
"I hope I still get to see the ghasts, you know. It's been my drive for the past few days."
Aurora nodded as she listened to Daniel and glanced up at the sky. "I did what I had to do...my captain might be mad for a bit but he's not to happy about his orders though he'll carry them out anyway." she sighed softly. "the only thing I'm not happy about is if we get into trouble with the rest of the Guardian Corps....well I might have to fight people I know." she glanced at Ezra then back at the sky.
"I know I'm only a year older than him, but I feel bad that the kid is part of this...he looks like the only one of us not to have fighting experience." she added looking away from the sky to observe there surroundings. Spotting a few blurred shapes up ahead Aurora narrowed her eyes. What is that she thought. "I'm running ahead a bit. There's something up the path but I can't see it clearly." she said to the others before taking off at a sprint to get closer to whatever it was she was seeing. Stopping as soon as she could clearly see what was ahead of them though she was close she wasn't to close. Well, looks like the big guy was right. There are Ghast's here she thought drawing her katana. "It's Ghast's!" she yelled behind her not looking away from the seven Ghast which turned their attention to her when she yelled. Bring it on
Aurora and Daniel were talking when the former suddenly ran ahead of us. Jericho squinted to see whatever caught the guard's interest, but could not see anything except the usual shadowed figures, which Jericho assumed to be rocks. Suddenly, Aurora shouted.
"It's ghasts!" First thing Jericho thought was, Wow. I can't believe somebody can shout like that. Then, what she said blew him away. Ghasts?! He pulled out Grimaxe and bounded after Aurora. True to her word, there were really ghasts. In fact, Jericho counted seven of them, all crystalline in nature. Wow. They're amazing. Standing at almost five and a half foot, the crystalline monsters were unlike any monsters Jericho saw before. Unlike normal ghasts, which partly resemble humans, this ghasts were covered by blue spike-like protrusions in places all over their body. Their left hands were also bigger than the other. A red "eye" was placed in the middle of their midsection.
"Ghasts! Save me some of the blue scales for the spoils! I will do my blacksmith-thing afterwards!"
They sky was still dark as they walked away from Oerba. Jericho had made mention of some sort of monster he was hunting but Ezra paid no attention. He began opening and closing his palms again trying to form magic like he had seen the others conjure. Suddenly, Aurora and Daniel began to pick up their pace. Confused as to why they hastened, his questions had been answered.
His eyes widened as the crystalline figures approached. Carefully unclasping his gun from its holster, Ezra ran towards the others, stopping just behind the three.
"Ghasts! Save me some of the blue scales for the spoils! I will do my blacksmith-thing afterwards!" Said Jericho. His excitement only made Ezras adrenaline levels rise higher than the teen was used to.
“Blue scales?” Questioned the brunette. If these ghasts are as rare as the giant make them out to be, I’m sure those scales could fetch us a pretty penny. Though he was about to enter battle, Ezra wore a small smirk on his face. He backed up out of harms way and began to take aim.
"Hey kid be careful with that thing." I said to him, "If you shoot me I'll break my foot on your head." I turned toward the ghasts. Seven against four, we are severely outnumbered. I'm still tired from the last fight too. I looked at the other three, I know the girl is a soldier, but how much fighting experience does she have? I doubt the other two have had many fights either. I was sore, and I had never fought enemies like this before, they were not any beast that I was used to. I wish I knew more about them.
I took a closer look at one, and was surprised to find out that I could quickly deduce their strengths, weakness, even their attacks. "They are weak to Water, Ice, Fire, Wind, and Lightning!" I yelled, "Be careful of their fire attacks!" I readied my weapon, Can I even use those elements? Hell, what does that even mean? I made the first charge, striking one with my gunblade then kicking it to the ground. I then ferociously fired six shots at it, then two energy balls.
Aurora kept an eye on the Ghasts as well as the three males. Won't do to have something happen to them she thought her grip tight on her blade. Suddenly though she heard Daniel's voice. "They are weak to Water, Ice, Fire, Wind, and Lightning! Be careful of their fire attacks!" looking out of the corner of her eyes she saw him charge striking one with his gunblade kicking it to the ground before hitting it with six shots and two energy balls.
Taking a breath Aurora ran forward at one of the Ghasts she watched as her blade was surrounded by flames. awesome she thought with a smirk slashing at her chosen target. The Ghast fell but stood back up slashing at her with it's larger left hand. It missed though since Aurora leapt backwards doing a backflip as she dodged landing to her luck back to back with Daniel. "these new powers are interesting" she said not even looking back at him. She kept her eyes on the enemies, only glancing quickly at Jericho and Ezra to see if they were ok.
The four of them rushed towards the groups of ghasts, catching their attention. Daniel was yelling something but Jericho only heard some parts of it as he was too pumped by the excitement. "...weak to Water...Wind, and Lightning!" Daniel was crying out to his comrades. Now he knows what monsters are weak to? Daniel was the first one to attack, gunning one down and sending others two balls of... light?
Aurora on the other hand seemed to have her weapon surrounded by flames. She slashed a ghast then started battling it. Jericho seemed interested with their new powers. "Ha! Let me try this time!" Jericho jumped, no mere height for a person his size, and landed with a sizable crash on the ground. He whirled around and brought his axe down to the nearest ghast. He then tried to open his palms to see if he could do the orb thing yet, but none came. "Oh really? Aurora and Daniel already showed some l'Cie magic. Why can't I?" Jericho screamed as he crashed his axe towards another ghasts. "Come on, just a little fireball." Jericho clenched his fist and brought it in contact with a ghast. The punch landed with a sickening crunch. "Come on, magic. Show yourself." As soon as he said that, Grimaxe started glowing. Then small sparks emitted from the weapon. "That's more like it!" As he brought it down, there was no longer the crash.
"Hey kid be careful with that thing. If you shoot me I'll break my foot on your head.”
Though it was a tempting offer, Ezra decided against shooting his own comrade and instead unloaded into the enemy ghasts. Pulling the trigger, a rush of adrenaline swept through his body. Goosebumps rose from his skin as he locked on to his target. A bullet encased in flames flew past Daniel and deep into the center of the ghast. Embedded in the ghast, the bullet released a small explosion, filling the air with the same shimmering dust that blanketed Oerba.
The recoil threw Ezra a bit off balance, but he managed to keep his footing. A wide smile spread across his face as he chuckled. “Hmm. I wonder what else I can do.” As Daniel read their weaknesses off, Aurora and Jericho hacked and slashed at the ghasts. Preparing to fire off another round, a loud thud echoed behind Ezra. Slowly turning, the goosebumps returned as he saw a large blue body from the side of his eye. One of the ghasts managed to sneak behind the group and take prey on the brunette. Letting out a menacing roar, a ball of fire was beginning to form from the red center of its body.
“Be careful of their fire attacks!” Daniel called out.
Rolling his eyes, Ezras primal instincts took over. He dashed backwards and narrowly avoided the flame. Shutting his eyes, his luscious locks began to flow in the air. Grey particles formed in his hand and took shape in a small orb of magic. Ezra raised his arm and shot the sphere towards the ghasts. While it didn’t do much damage, a small fog crept around it, dampening its ability to cast spells. The second fireball it was readying disappeared, thus angering the ghasts. “Uh, a little help guys,” Ezra pleaded. He hoped that someone would be able to tank the damage from the charging ghast or else he would be a goner.