A New Chapter: Unification

The Guardian Knights and their Princess venture outside Tokyo, seeking to improve their coordination and teamwork.

Date: 2015-07-05
Pose Count: 30
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 03:26:08 3744
After school, in the late afternoon to early evening hours, Rune looked... calmer than usual. Still in a low mood as has been her norm lately, but there's some focus and purpose to it now; she asked Gao and Hino to go with her today. It took some research and some money, but she eventually figured out that she can hire private drivers to take them places! It's expensive, but for trips like this it's still more practical than walking or mass transit.

Especially since she remembers the long walk to Tokyo from the forest they arrived in. Not eager to repeat it, she hired a driver to take them to that same forest with instructions to come back in a few hours. Suspicious, but 'it is for a club project' was enough to get the driver to go along.

They're not there yet, but they'll be arriving in several minutes. With the window rolled up, idle talk gives way to the real purpose she booked this trip. Runealy looks to Gao, then Hino... and speaks: "I've been thinking about this a lot lately. You asked if there was some way to combine what we can do? I told you I hadn't heard anything about that, but that I never read all that much on the history of the Guardian Knights because they've been gone for centuries. You're the first in generations and generations... and I realized something."

A slow nod. "Since you're the first, you're making an all new history for them. The next 'chapter.' Maybe we should figure this out ourselves, what works for us, instead of me worrying about finding some sort of 'lost art' the old Knights used. Maybe you're on to something with what you were talking about."
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 03:40:12 3749
Hinote Kagari woah, Rune figured out to rent a car, and it's a Limo.

Well. Actually, it's not like he hasn't been in a Limo before, Dad's a famous actor! But regardless, he follows along and crosses his arms, he's watching the land scape slide on by as he listens to Runealy's words.

He hrmms. "So... learn new ways?" he asks as he looks over to Runealy for a bit. "I guess it's worth a shot." he smiles.

"So is that we're were going? Someplace out of the way?" he asks as he looks back out through the window. He's also assuming the window between the driver and back is shut.

"I think we can do it." he says a little more confidently.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 03:50:32 3751
Having transportation for the trip out to the forest does make things easier, especially when taking school into account. Gao has been managing to balance schoolwork with nighttime exploration, although he's by no means delivering stellar academic results. Using a limo, while expensive, does mean reduced travel time, and a modicum of privacy as well.

He nods to Rune. "Different generation, different world... things are different in so many ways already, why not different styles?" he agrees. It makes about as much sense as anything else on Earth does, really.

"I'm sure we can," he smiles to Hinote. "We already work together pretty well, and being out here gives us space to practice without having to worry too much about others." The hidden practice area Hinote had shown Gao was decent for weapons practice, but didn't have space for major magic practice.
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 04:02:06 3753
"You wouldn't know, but this is pretty close to the route we took to get here to begin with... just in reverse, and with a car instead of walking," Rune offers to Hinote. She makes little talk of school; her grades are 'passing, barely', partially from a lack of familiarity with many of the modern subjects and partially from a lack of care.

Then a nod at Gao's words. "On pretty much every level. If we mess up out here... oops, we took out a tree? Not great, but not the worst thing we could wind up doing. And more importantly, that guy who keeps coming after us won't know either. If we /do/ figure this out, maybe he'll be the second to know. We'd be the first, of course."

The driver has gotten about as far as he can without undue wear on the vehicle, and is starting to pull over. There's still a little time to talk before they get out of the limo, though. Rune adds: "I've been thinking about what that would look like. We don't seem to fight like the guards back home, we don't drill formations together... I just don't think that's our answer. Whatever we find out, it's probably going to have to be better than that."
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 04:16:49 3756
Hinote Kagari blinks! "You walked all that!? Woah..." he says a little. "I mean...I'm gonna have to get used to walking long distances too I guess. Or learn to ride a horse or carriage..." he ponders. He listens and nods. "I guess it makes sense. I just..don't wanna light a forest on fire or anything." he asides. "So gotta be careful with the whole fire thing." he asides.

He thinks. "Well. Guardian Knights seem special. So I get that. Unique situations means Unique Skills." he says quietly.

The limo begins to pull over. And he looks out the window, before looking over to Runealy and Gao. "Let's go do this then!" he smiles.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 04:28:07 3758
"I remember passing a stream when we first arrived," muses Gao. "At the very least, it will give us a place to cool off." The magic of the Guardian Knights seems to be fairly responsive to the user's will, so he's not /too/ worried about forest fires.

Still, better to be safe than sorry.

He gives Rune a fierce grin. "It'd serve that dark-wielder right," he murmurs, looking forward to making Riventon regret taking them on. Besides, the better the three of them can work together, the better they can protect the things important to them!
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 04:32:04 3759
"Don't worry too much about that," Rune remarks to Hinote. "The castle town's the second biggest city I've ever seen, and you realistically can walk to most places in it if you get moving well before you need to be there. And for the fire... well, I'm sure we can find a spot where there aren't as many trees. I'm going to correct you on something, though."

She takes a breath. "You don't 'seem' special, you are special! You and Gao both, you're why we have a fighting chance to make all of this work. You probably didn't mean it like that, but I still wanted to say this because it's true."

Then Gao recalls something. "A stream? You saw a stream? That's better than I did..." She had been in an extremely low mood on the day they arrived on Earth; getting her to just keep putting one foot forward, then another, until they got to Tokyo was an accomplishment. "You'll have to show us. Come to think of it, haven't you been out this way a few times since we got here?" It's a guess, but it sounds right to her.

Then the driver comes around to let them out. Rune gives him a "thank you," then steps out and waits for the others. A nod to Gao follows, "Do you think you could lead us to where we first arrived at, actually? I think there's something Hinote should see."
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 04:49:35 3761
Hinote Kagari steps out of the limo and brushes his shirt over as he walks along with the group. He does however, blush just a bit. if only because he's being complimented by a honest to god princess for a moment. He fixes his shirt's collar. "Well. I try..." is all he can say. He needs to get better at this whole real heroing thing, he thinks. He looks towards Gao. What does Gao have to show him?

He puts his hand in his pocket and pulls out his relic as the limo begins to drive away, clasping it around his arm. He doesn't go shouting any transformation phrases yet.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 04:57:01 3766
"I have, but the route I've taken is more direct than the path we took when we first reached Tokyo," Gao explains as he slides his bracer on. "Still, the stream isn't too far out of the way from where we're going."

A small enigmatic smile crosses his face at Rune's suggestion. "Sounds like an excellent idea," he agrees. It takes a moment to orient himself, but soon he starts leading the other two through the forest, the destination clear in mind and the route easy to determine.
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 05:07:56 3770
"Thank you. I'll pay better attention this time, and learn the way you're using to get here," Rune insists to Gao. She isn't bringing her tiara out yet, content to march with her friends for a while before that will come up. She doesn't know the route, but she does know the destination... and keeps an eye open for the stream Gao mentioned.

After a time, they make it to a small clearing. Its only major feature beyond being a roughly spherical gap in the trees of this area is a thin energy-circle, hazy and blue while floating in the air.

Its size shifts constantly, but only in small amounts; at its largest it is perhaps the size of a baseball, and half that at its tiniest. "Looks like this is one of its 'small' times... but it will still work for this. Hinote," She faces him, gaze and tone intent. "Go up to it and look. Look into it. There's something you deserve to see."
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 05:22:06 3774
Hinote Kagari walks along and head tilts as they reach the clearing. Something he deserves to see? He looks at the glowing blue and white area of space. "Is it safe to...?" he asks as he walks up towards the tiny sphere in space. He looks into it. He doesn't try to do something silly like stick his head or a hand into it. He does however, try to peer into it.

"is .. this what you guys traveled through?" he asks softly. It's rather...small.

Very small.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 05:29:25 3775
"It's like a door," Gao says softly. "Even when it's 'closed', like it is right now, there's still gaps you can look through."

He keeps an eye on the surroundings, more out of habit than anything else. The stream isn't visible from the area around the portal, but that's more due to trees than distance; it's only a couple hundred meters or so away.
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 05:33:30 3778
"It's safe to look through. Not sure if it's safe to touch when it's that small," Rune comments as she follows Hinote over. She stays several steps away, not wanting to crowd him as he takes a gaze into the circle. "When we came through, it was bigger than that. Big enough to walk through. Its size seems to change a lot. But yes, this is the portal we used. This... what you're about to see... is your world. A tiny piece of it, at least." She nods over to Gao to back up his summary of how it works. "So, go ahead."

The view is indeed tiny. Much of what Hinote can see is wood; the other half of this portal seems to be nestled inside a hollowed out tree trunk with a natural 'opening' on one end. The portal discolors much of it, adding an odd blue tint to everything, but what little can be seen beyond the tree's opening is plausible enough. Bits of a skyline can be seen at the very edge of the view.

More trees. Dirt and grass. Extremely faint bits of sound can be heard too, as if listened at from the furthest out they could possibly be listened to... birds chirping. Whatever their song is, it isn't a species native to this part of Japan. The birds can't be seen, but their sound is recognizable for what it is... albeit just barely. "When we go back in a few months, you'll get to see the rest of it. For now though, I didn't want it to be just an idea, something you took my word for. It's real and you're a part of it now. That, and everyone on it, is what you've promised to bring safety to. Thought you should see it before we start."

It's not much, very much a limited sneak peek, but it's the best that can be offered in these circumstances.
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 05:50:46 3784
Hinote Kagari peeks through, and he can see... and hear through the portal...it's not a very good view, but it's a view. "I hope I'm ready when it's time..." he says wonderingly. He bites his lip and backs away from the portal, if only because he's suspect of portals sucking him in! He doesn't mind going over, but he doesn't want to be stuck in Waldia WITHOUT Rune and Gao there.

He smiles. "S-Still thanks Runealy. That means a lot for you guys to let me see the portal." he admits.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 05:56:33 3786
Gaofele Doiru smiles. Hearing the birdsong of home is a good reminder of what they're fighting for, even if they can't go back right now.

"The stream is over this way," he finally says, leading the other two away from the portal. While it's not likely that any magical practice blasts would go through the portal, a bit of caution is never amiss. Besides -- this also keeps down on any odd noises that those on the other side of the portal might hear.

After a bit of walking, Gao leads the others to a clearing. The stream runs across one side of it, and there's plenty of trees around, but there is sufficient space for practicing in.
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 06:10:30 3790
For the first time in this discussion, Rune smiles back as Hinote looks pleased by what he saw. "You've more than earned it. Seeing the rest will be something to look forward to, okay? For now..."

Runealy follows along to the stream, realizing she really hadn't seen it or properly noticed it until now. "This is kind of a pretty spot... glad you found it, Gao. Looks like it's time, though."

She paces a few steps away from either of her friends. "Summoning Princess' Tiara!" The jeweled headwear appears in one hand, a distinct 'energy throb' hum emitting from it. "The Line of Succession..." It's brought from one hand to the other, which in turn brings it to her forehead in the same motion. "Transform!"

Surrounded in red light, she makes a slow spin as her shoes 'pop', instantly replaced by winged mini-boots. The rest of her attire does likewise, red and white magical dress replacing it as her long wand forms in her right hand.

The light fades, and she nods to Gao and Hinote in sequence. "Now, to figure this out. To find out how /we/ work together, what's right for us!" It's perhaps an inspiring remark, but notably she hasn't immediately volunteered any ideas on how this might go.
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 06:30:18 3795
Hinote Kagari follows along with the group, a smile on his face. "Well I'll do my best to be worthy!" he says. He reaches the stream and the clearing as he nods and raises his hand upwards... "To Protect Justice, I am Guardian Hino!" he calls out. His transformation is less impressive, there's a flash of red light, and pieces of armor and sword materalize one by one. He lowers his hand once the transformation is complete.

He goes ahead and pulls out his sword, as he inspects it. He's never really inspected the sword. He was always too busy fighting--- but since he isn't wasting power or misusing it, as Runealy stated not too long ago. He rubs a finger over the gem inset in the handle as he huhs.

"Alright. Well----" he thinks with a blush.

"Maybe... we should concentrate a little..." he thinks.

"He holds his sword a little forward, and upwards, looking down the blade and.... thinking. Let's see what enters his head- or heart as he lets his mind wander.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 06:39:05 3797
Gaofele Doiru smiles back at Rune, then holds up his bracer'd arm, calling out "To protect the lands, I am Guardian Gao!" In a flash of green light, his leather armor appears, as does his cloak.

As the transformation completes, he nods to Hino, then holds out his hands, palms down and closing around his bow and quarterstaff as they appear. The forester Knight closes his eyes, testing the heft of each weapon and trying to focus on the feel of magic within them. What within them speaks to him...?
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 06:53:30 3800
Runealy looks around the area, but no insight comes from the trees or water, no wisdom from the grass and dirt, no answer from the rocks or sky. Her head lowers as she stands quietly for several seconds, but introspection provides no solution either.

Not directly, at least. "It's probably not something we drill to perfect repetition... it's probably not something we hold like a spear or armor, at least not exactly. But what is it, then? What does it look like? What does it look like when we're not splitting up to run off?" Sometimes, dividing their efforts has proven necessary; danger in Tokyo isn't always straight-forward, sometimes there are too many things to focus on all at once, and they can't all deal with the same problem at the same time.

"When there's only one path before us, when we're all of the same decision on the same priority... what are we combining, what are we doing?"

She puts it another way: "What brings us together?"
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 06:59:31 3803
Hinote Kagari puts down his sword and thinks... he looks over at Runealy and narrows his eyes. He moves across to stand next to her, and tries doing the exact same thing he was doing before- pointing the sword forward and upwards again, closing his eyes a moment. He lets his mind wander over that question, but it doesn't take him long to reach an answer...

"We're trying to... save our world?" he asks. He infact, says 'Our World' not 'Your World'.

He opens his eyes and peers down the edge of the blade still.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 07:12:03 3804
Guardian Gao opens his eyes, dismissing his quarterstaff. He walks over to Rune's other side, standing opposite of Hinote. While he's not holding his bow at the ready, it would be but a slight movement for him to do so.

He closes his eyes slightly, thinking on Rune's question. What prompted them to work together, even from their different backgrounds? Why do they travel the same path, facing all the obstacles that it brings?

Why has he always stood by Rune's side, ever since they met?

"Friendship," he says softly, his eyes opening in realization.
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 07:23:52 3805
"That's right. We're sticking with each other, and our world..." Rune's gaze wanders from Gao to Hino, back and forth several times. "We made a promise about that, didn't we? For both of those things?"
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 07:33:34 3806
Guardian Hino continues to stare down his sword, it's like he can see it's sharp tip sparkle for a moment... "Yeah..." he says as he thinks about that. "A promise--and oath, right?" he asks as he thinks about this a little better. Things are starting to align in his head, but not quite. "That's.. what I took, an Oath!" he says with a smile.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 07:42:13 3807
Guardian Gao nods, his hand gravitating to the bowstring. He can almost feel the arrows, waiting to be called forth at the right time. "Together," he says. "When we're on the one path before us, we do so as one. Unified."
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 07:52:58 3810
"That's it. That's what brings us together... it's what makes us different from Sailor Senshi or Puella Magi or anyone else." Perhaps not strictly 'better' than them, but different. Runealy walks to stand between Gao and Hino, specifically arranging herself so one of them is to each of her sides. Her eyes close.

"A promise to stay with each other, for our sakes and to protect our world... I can see it." Two lines of faint gold-white energy flow from her tiara, one to Gao and another to Hino... specifically to their Guardian relics. Though as the rays get closer to them, that part of the energy line changes to match the Knight's own most associated color.

Runealy says nothing more at this moment... she doesn't have to, as concepts flow between the trio and solidify into a shared idea.
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 08:17:40 3812
Guardian Hino feels...something coursing along him... up his sword, like some sort of redish orange corusing around him and up his sword---he murmurs something under his breath as he slowly lowers his sword-- "Yeah... that's it!" he smiles as he beams in the glow, if for a moment, because he lowers his sword.

"I.. I think we're ready for next time--- black mask jerk messes with us." he says curtly. "Together!" he says.

"...does black mask jerk even have a name?" he asks.
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 08:29:45 3814
Guardian Gao closes his eyes briefly as the information flows through his Guardian relic and into him. "I understand," he nods as he opens his eyes, looking at the other two. So that's how it works...!

A slight frown crosses his face as he thinks back on the times he fought the Device-using dark-wielder. "Not that I can remember him saying," the forester Knight finally admits. "I usually just think of him as 'dark-wielder' because of the energies he uses."

Gao chuckles weakly. "Of course, given the nature of some of the enemies in Tokyo, that doesn't narrow it down much, does it?"
Runealy Waldia 2015-07-05 08:33:36 3815
"...Let's not worry about him right now. He might have been part of what scared us into getting our act together," Runealy comments as she removes her tiara, transformation fading as the jewelry disappears. "But at the moment, this is about us. Not who we might go fight, but how we're going to keep our promise to each other."

She takes a breath, then, "We should probably head back if we want to meet our driver. He'll probably be on his way by now." After all, it's starting to get toward the sunset hours of the evening. "Glad we came out here, though. I feel better now about a lot of things..."
Hinote Kagari 2015-07-05 08:38:46 3816
Guardian Hino puts down his sword, putting it back into his scabbard. He then raises his arm up and lets the armor fade- leaving his relic on his wrist. He unclasps it and puts it in his pocket. He smiles. "Right!" he says. He suddenly pauses and smiles even more. "I'm glad you feel better, Rune. We can do this, okay?" he says as he begins to meander back into the direction they came!
Gaofele Doiru 2015-07-05 08:47:46 3818
Guardian Gao nods, letting the bow fade away, followed by the armor. "This was something we needed to do," he remarks, nodding towards the others and looking in the direction of the portal. A reminder of what they are fighting for, and why they fight alongside each other as they follow that goal.

Now, they can truly fight as one.

"Let's go back," he smiles, guiding the way back to the road. It might not be home, it might not be fully 'safe' in the Waldian sense... but as a place where friends with a common cause can gather to face all obstacles in their path, the abandoned convenience store isn't bad.