Who You Gonna Call?...

...Curse Hunters! Specfically, Jiaying Maki and Norie Okana try to test a theory about wether Norie can eat ghosts instead of humans. The answer is 'no'.

Date: 2016-07-14
Pose Count: 34
Lacrima 2016-07-14 03:06:18 48608
There's an angry ghost in the basement stacks of the library. Jiaying Maki was probably here when it started making a rukus and attacking people by throwing books and card catalog drawers and files at them and it was easy to figure out where it was and track it down.

Jiaying Maki probably tried to peacefully remove it, and she got 'War and Peace' in twelve different langauges flung at her. Yeah, this isn't peaceful and doesn't seem to want to make peace.

This is probably what predates Jiaying to text Norie, Norie replies with.

'k. omw.'

She arrives in a cloak of dark mist from behind a bookshelf near the children's section and walks her way over to the basement archives area and steps down the steps. She is promptly greeted with getting a copy of 'Twilight: New Moon' flung past her head and it hits the wall. She blinks once and looks around at the huge mess in the basement.

"Ah..." she says.

"This thing must be very angry. That's what you said this thing is. Angry. Right?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 03:20:22 48609
Jiaying Maki is waiting by the entrance to the library, having used a bit of trickery to get through the doors and past the security. She doesn't look too thrilled. She's bandaged in new places, she's got a few bruises on her forearms and she looks a bit tired. Only one of these things is really caused by the ghost, but one might get the feeling she's rather frustrated.

She had spent a good part of the night prior trying to calmly get the ghost to move on, then trying to bargain with it and finally just trying to frustrate it enough that it chased her out and she could seal it away from it's point of focus.

Tonight's a new night though! She's got a couple of purifcation tags, some binding tags and a few other goodies. Most notable of which is a drink and a snack for herself as she's sitting outside of the building, obfuscated behind mist and munching on them while waiting for Norie. Following Norie in, watching the book slam into the wall, she says, "So she may be a bit upset. She'll probably Shh you too."
Lacrima 2016-07-14 03:31:08 48610
Norie Okana purses her lips at Jiaying. She frowns a bit. "'Shh' at me?" she asks as she sighs and closes her eyes and waves her arm upwards-- and just... lets herself shift into Lacrima-- a purple aura. Her black hair and blue eyes changing to purple-- that purple and black trimmed dress with the bat motif overtakes her form.

She gently grips her left shoulder and looks around a bit.

"So." she says softly. "You want me to try to eat this thing? Are you sure?" she asks.

"I dunno if this is going to work. If it does...."

"How many of these things exist?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 03:41:11 48611
Jiaying Maki shrugs and says, "I've tried to remove it. The next step is... not something reversable either way. I'm hoping that you can do this place a favor and help yourself at the same time." She rolls her shoulders and reaches up to rub at her shoulder, rolling it a few times before adding softly.

She doesn't comment on the change right there, what with her already being in her natural form, albeit with the addition of that strange mist that trails around behind her and partially obscures her features.

"There's one way to find out if it works and if it helps you or not. The option I have left to me is effectively the same thing. I say let's give it a short. And... they're common enough."
Lacrima 2016-07-14 03:53:43 48612
Lots of the stacks are a mess. The library crew is going to have a field day cleaning this entire place up when this is over for better or worse. Lacrima kicks a few Anne Rice books and pauses to reach down and pick one up. She purses her lips.

"Interview with the Vampire..." she says. She slips it into her subspace pocket for later and continues onwards.

"Where is it?" she asks as she peeks past a book shelf. Her movements are slow, but delibrate. Like she doesn't want to crash into this thing.

Or scare it.

"What does it look like?" she asks.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 04:01:27 48613
Jiaying Maki gives Lacrima a curious look when she sees the book 'pocketed'. "Really?" is all she offers, having seen the title. She won't steal the fox and the hound though. She knows how it ends and doesn't like dogs! Hah.

"Downstairs" She says in response to the question, pointing towards the stairs at the same time. "She likes to stack books, it's weird." She hurries along a touch faster to catch back up after looking around. "It looks like the upper half of a woman, kinda older? I don't know. She turned into a screaming poltergeist at the slightest provocation and that's just annoying when you've got good ears." She makes a dismissive gesture and sighs. "Come on, we'll be alright."
Lacrima 2016-07-14 04:30:07 48614
Lacrima peeks around the next bookcase and---

There it is. Hovering. Looking a lot like an old woman reading a book except half of her is missing and floating. She blinks once, looks over to Jiaying and she purses her lips and grips the hem of her dress and makes a confident face. She huffs.

"You will stop this moment and allow me to try to consume you." she says, in an confident, commanding tone.

Yeah, Lacrima has no idea how to do this. She does blink once though.

Then again....

"...why is... this..."

"Why is this familar feeling...."
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 04:34:31 48615
Jiaying Maki rounds the corner right behind Lacrima, having taken a moment to check on a strange noise. Maybe there's more than one down here! Neat. Still, she was about to say something when she spots the free floating apparition- "They're not going to respond well to that." The ghost turns to face Lacrima and hovers closer, finger to it's lips. When it gets close, it rears back, then begins screaming, it's face distorting into something horrific and the sound rather loud, even to those without big fox ears! Jia actually falls back on her butt, ears pinned to her head, hands over them.

She only lingers for a moment, familiar with the whole, 'Don't stand in the open near poltergeists.' She tries to pull Lacrima out of the way, hopefully just in time as a pair of books and a mass of paper fling right at the two of them!
Lacrima 2016-07-14 04:42:39 48616
Lacrima is pulled aside and she just sort of spits out: "Aferrate!"

She says through teeth as the thing yells and throws books and Jiaying has to actually pull her out of the way and she seethes. "Ugh.. I got dazed there a moment." she mutters.

She pauses.

"Um. I don't think I'm going to be able to get close enough to try to 'drain' it." she says. "So what do we do?" she asks as she tries to move down a few rows, to put some distance between her and the ghost. Hopefully. Jiaying comes along-- though she'll follow Jiaying instead too.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 04:48:17 48617
Jiaying Maki sits there on the ground for a moment, ears still ringing and at least Lacrima's not brained. She struggles to her feet after a moment and says, "Well.. you can try to magic it, or I can try to hold it in place for you to trap it. I uh.. don't usually work with a living partner for this." Hey at least she's honest. Which may not be all that comforting actually.

A book flips past her ears and she says, "H-HEY NONE OF THAT!" and yelps as the other one was aimed lower, requiring her to duck. The ghost screams "SILENCE!" once more and disappears into a wall and Jia finally remembers, hey maybe we should be using tags. She sticks one of the trapping tags against the wall behind her and begins moving towards the next wall, calling over her shoulder, "Keep her distracted!"
Lacrima 2016-07-14 05:00:35 48618
Lacrima pause. "But I'm undead."

Another book flys past and she frowns. She steps out and then jumps up with a gentle float onto the top of one of the shelf stacks. It wobbles a bit- not made to handle much weight-- but she lands gracefully enough.

She summons up some dark energy into her palm as she watches the ball hover there a moment. She waits for it to show it's face again.

When it eventually comes screaming back in- she throws the ball of energy at it, with a curt: "Orbe Oscuro!" being called out-- aiming to impact and explode with the ghost...

Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 05:14:05 48619
Jiaying Maki frowns and says, "I-... you know what I meant!" In response to the whole undead thing. She might mutter, "Corporeal- whatever."

Jia's not fully sure what exploding a ghost with dark energy would do. She touches the next wall and scrambles to the third, slapping the charm in place just in time for the ghost to explode. Her hair and fur all stand on end, giving her a frazzled look for a moment before calling over her shoulder, "W-what did you just do?" There's a strange, angry feeling in the air, something dark and malevolent beyond what had already been there. Jia takes this as an excuse to hurry and place the 4th and final seal, the room suddenly feeling a lot more enclosed. She slowly steps towards where the ghost had been, a protective charm held in hand, thinking she'll do something as a last resort. Soon, all of the shelves in the room begin to rattle and rock, the lights flicker and things begin to fall over. The air is getting colder and colder and that evil feeling grows more intense!
Lacrima 2016-07-14 05:27:46 48620
Lacrima blinks. She looks down at Jiaying. "I hit it with a blast of my energy." she insists. "Dark energy." she says. "I've told you this before, it's all I can use. Was this a problem?" she asks with a terse expression. She looks around and frowns as Jiaying places seals...

The seals make her feel trapped...like... if she wanted to leave this room. She couldn't. She hates it.

The shelving under her begins to rock and she lets her feet hang off the ground, just enough so the tips of her feet just hover a centinermeter off the ground. There isn't a high roof here afterall- but she doesn't want to fall either.

"Ah. It's empowered." she says.


"I just..."


She grasps the gem on her necklace out with one hand and raises her other hand outwards.

"Ordeno la oscuridad! Prestar atencion a mis palabras! Haz lo que digo o enfrentar mi castigo!"

There's a sudden wave of dark energy from her hand that actually does knock over some shelves on it's own---it smashes against those charms on the wall---but the charms seem to hold fast.

Absoutley nothing happens.

Lacrima frowns and looks around, eyes scanning. No. That didn't work. Nothing's changed.

"I feel as if something like that was supposed to work..." she says wonderingly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 05:33:03 48621
Jiaying Maki makes a very clear effort to avoid touching the walls. The reason being immediately noticeable as the ghost tries to slip through one of the walls and bounces right off with a flash of energy. She looks burnt for a moment before screaming in rage and frustration, Jia clutching at her ears for a moment rather than doing what she needs to be doing!

On the one hand she's sort of regretting not thinking this through fully. On the other hand, she's hurt, she's tired and her head is starting to hurt. She stomps her foot down, declares, "ENOUGH!" and raises her arms up, that mist trailing from her suddenly swirling. She gestures at the ghost, the mist slinking along the ground before coiling up and around the former creature to hold it in place. That mist seems to draw the darkness into itself even as she suddenly jerks her hand towards herself, dragging the ghost in closer, the thing struggling every single inch.

She begins drawing the purification tag to try and daze it, which is the distraction that's needed. She continues trying to force her will on it, creating a situation where the thing almost gets away, then snaps back nearby.
Lacrima 2016-07-14 05:54:11 48622
Lacrima frowns, okay, so don't touch the walls because it'll hurt a lot.

She frowns a bit as she floats through the air over near Jiaying as she draws a purification tag, and she eyes it. She doesn't know what that is, but it makes her feel unsafe, too. All these 'tags' make her feel unsafe.

Still, there's this ghost that's trying to get away-- and Jiaying is trying to daze and hold it in place to do something. Lacrima closes her eyes and she throws her hands forward into the ghost--- which seems to rend at her hands a bit-- as she does this as she calls out...

"DREANJE!" she calls out.

Her hands glow with that purple aura and she suddenly 'nrks!' a bit.

Because her hands are absorbing... something.

This seems to be both unpleasent for Norie AND the ghost.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 05:56:45 48623
Jiaying Maki watches the two of them, quickly with drawing her control over the ghost, not sure what that might be doing as the ghost is both dazed and absorbed. Or confused, something like that. The tag is forgotten there on the floor and Jia stands by to the side. Keeping completely quiet as she's not sure how much control this rquires or what's about to happen, it looks like she's watching for the worst case scenario, whatever that may be!
Lacrima 2016-07-14 06:10:43 48624
Lacrima continues to drain--- she doesn't stop. This is...

Jiaying's kind of looking at something that she might feel wasn't never meant to happen and maybe it wasn't because Lacrima screams out in a moment. And the Ghost screams out in a moment and the two sort of mutually pull apart from one another.

Whatever happened didn't really seem right at all and all Lacrima is doing is staring at her hand-- which is damaged and bleeding that black ichor heavily.

The Ghost probably isn't too much better off-- and probably dazed for Jiaying to do something in the meantime.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 06:21:21 48625
Jiaying Maki looks dazed when they split and she sees the ichor dripping from Lacrima. It seems something has gone wrong and she's not really sure what. She draws that mist around the ghost again and clamps down, squeezing it into a contained binding before she picks up a blank charm and slams it into the Ghost, finding actual resistance there for a moment before placing her palm on the tag. There's the scent of burning.. something and the ghost begins to resist once more, albeit weakly. Screaming the entire time until the tag falls to the ground. This is usually easier and next time she'll probably do more than- snatching the tag, she looks to Lacrima and asks, "Hey, are you okay?" while looking at the four walls, realizing one way or the other it's over and she should probably break the sealing barrier. Lacrima might realize she improvises here too as there's a flash of light and the tag burns away, followed by Jia shaking her hand and sucking her breath in.
Lacrima 2016-07-14 06:39:20 48626
Lacrima blinks once as she looks up at Jiaying. "No, not really." she says as she looks back down at her hand. "That didn't work. Obviously. I think I have junk in my body now. That thing's junk." she says.

She frowns and looks around as the charms get removed and she feels less trapped. "Those are horrible. I felt trapped." she says.

She frowns. "I felt...like...."

"nrg. I should had been able to try to control it?" she asks. "I dunno."

"Stupid..." she mutters.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 06:42:29 48627
Jiaying Maki sits down heavily and rubs her head, then her eyes and leans back against the wall. "I'm sorry." She says eventually. Lifting her head after a moment she says, "Next time I'll have to look into teaching you how to actually bind them down safely since- You probably don't want to help again either way. What did you feel like?" She looks confused, frustrated and tired.

Pushing herself to her feet, she shakes her hands, scowls at the mist ligering in the area and shakes them harder. "The tags work on me too. I can't leave without breaking the barrier." She holds up her singed fingers and says, "I normally don't bother, but I Wanted to make sure you could eat it if needed." She makes her way back to the ghost's slip and scoops it up and stores it away for now. She'll take care of things later.
Lacrima 2016-07-14 07:01:38 48628
Lacrima looks down and frowns. "I need to wait here for this to heal." she says softly. She holds her hand up. "At least it hasn't fallen off." she says. She sighs and shakes her head. "I'm sorry, too." she says. "I knew this wasn't a good idea." she says with a frown. "I can't fight creatures like this. I just....empower them. Or draw them." she mutters and sighs.

"...you're not upset at me. Are you?" she asks with a curt frown.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 07:07:11 48629
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "Do bandages help at all?" Trying to think of how to get the dripping to stop. Though at least she's sure black goo isn't as traceable as blood. Right? "Hey what were you chanting earlier?" She suddenly asks, her mind slowly catching up with the events as she tries to figure out what she should have done, both to avoid the mess, the hurt and the screw up.

She starts to say more, then looks completely confused, "Upset at you? I messed up, didn't know what would happen and didn't have a way to test it."
Lacrima 2016-07-14 07:20:39 48630
Lacrima purses her lips. "Oh. I don't...know?" she says a little demurely, almost ashamedly. "It was something like 'I command the dark. Pay attention, um... or face my punishment?'" she asks. "I dunno." she says. "Like I said, I felt I should be able to control it and that's what I felt was connected."

"Maybe I'm not strong enough...." she frowns.

She frowns a lot.

"Or maybe I can't at all!" she says. "Know I can't eat them now." she says. "Humans. Humans are what I need to eat." she says.

"I mean. Thier energy."
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 07:25:54 48631
Jiaying Maki runs her fingers through her hair and says, "It was worth a shot I guess, seeing if you could eat the remnants that wouldn't go." She pulls the tag free and looks at it for a moment. Turning it over in her hands she asks, "Is it better to be repurposed or destroyed do you think?" She suddenly stuffs that charm back into her satchel and rubs her hands like she's trying to clean them. Looking over, she says, "If I give you a bandage, could you maybe leave? I don't know if it's safe to stay here too much longer, but I'm not going to just leave you here alone."

She gives some thought to the control and asks softly, "What did it feel like when you tried? What did you think you were going to feel?"
Lacrima 2016-07-14 07:40:57 48632
Lacrima frowns. "Wrap it up for now I guess and let's get out of here then." she says softly. She looks around and doesn't... find much of anything to wrap it up. She gently rips a piece of her dress off though, the fabric smokes a bit- as she wraps it around her hand for now-- which stops the pool of black forming under her hand on the floor. She begins to walk out, following Jiaying...or expecting Jiaying to follow her.

"I dunno. But it didn't work." she says softly as she sighs and looks down, aiming to try to get outside. She sighs and crosses her arms across her chest.

"Can't disguise until I heal. We outta stay outta sight." she says softly softly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 07:43:37 48633
Jiaying Maki settles down at the stairs, fishing in her satchel. "I've used the last of my bandages on myself. Ran into a winged axe wielding maniac. I've got bad luck." She pulls the blank charms out of the bad and holds them up and considers. Then she asks, "You can use dark energy to heal right? Maybe getting something of an idea. Either way, she's suddenly looking focused rather than down and has a pen out. Lacrima might recognize some of the symbols, but they've been tweaked.
Lacrima 2016-07-14 07:55:56 48634
Lacrima softly purses her lips and blinks. "Axe wielding maniac?" she asks. "Huh? Why did someone attack you?" she asks as she frowns a bit more as she purses her lips. She blinks a bit as she eyes the tag. "What's that?" she asks softly.

She purses her lips a bit.

"Tell me more about this attacker." she says curtly.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 07:59:55 48635
Jiaying Maki continues working on the tag, still using ink rather than the quick option of burning it with her magic. "She attacked me because I distracted her from attacking some random pink haired girl in a dress. Claimed she was a murderer, but the girl didn't seem like she had any idea what she was talking about. She could shoot the axe, weirdest thing."

Looking up after that little bit she adds, "Or did you mean the weird doll that I got into... something with? I wouldn't call it a fight. I kicked her mini dolls that ate energy and sucker punched her. Ended up with scratches on my back too."

She frowns and adds one last, "Or do you mean the one that lit me on fire?" She really isn't having a good month really. "There was a mouse too actually. I had to use that medical alcohol on the cut after because it was a mouse and they might be dirty." The tag is finished and she holds it up for Lacrima, "No good energy, no bad. It draws on your magic if you want to try it. I can try to give you Yin too."
Lacrima 2016-07-14 08:08:25 48636
Lacrima frowns a bit. "Pink girl in a dress describes a lot of these people." she says matter of factly. "A weird doll and... someone lit you on fire and..." she frowns.

Lacrima takes the tag with a dubious frown and looks up at Jiaying, since she didn't tell her what it does exactly. She doesn't sense abberation or a desire to drop the tag when she takes it, so maybe it's neutral.

She carefully pins it to her front over her stomach and sees what happens.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 08:11:00 48637
Jiaying Maki nods while saying, "It does, that's why I stepped in. Tried to spook her with that spectral chill, but apparently she liked it. Lots of cold sorts around. You know who lit me on fire and- well. I'm working on getting better."

She stands to brush herself off and turns tol ook at the door above, back to the main floor, listening for anything out of the ordinary. Turning back to Lacrima, she watches curiously to see if her magic works at all for her. If it works, she'd find herself looking like a normal girl again. Whether it carries the side effects is something she's not sure of though.
Lacrima 2016-07-14 08:16:16 48638
Good News. Lacrima looks like Norie Okana again. She blinks once as she looks down at her hand and sees that... the formerly black fabric is now red. What this means is 'hey, my disguise is working and can pass for human'. She purses her lips.

She lifts her left arm and looks down at the braclet there with the midchildian runes and other weird non-midchildan runes and waves a hand over it. A small little holographic display pops up she looks at it, wilts visibly, and waves it away.

"The tag works, but it's using the same amount of energy as if I just threw the cloak over myself." she frowns.

Well. It worked. Just. No added benefit of energy conservation.

"Maybe my power knows I'm trying to cheat." she shrugs.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 08:20:39 48639
Jiaying Maki smiles first and actually looks happy for the first time in a while. Though that's deflated a bit as she hears the bad news about it. She runs her fingers through her hair and asks, "Does it feel any different than your usual method? Maybe I can tweak it with some work." She's about to suggest other ideas, then stops and says, "I shouldn't keep experimenting without any kind of thought behind it. I'd need to do more research and maybe practice on myself."

"I'll find a way to cheat, because playing by the rules is dumb in this kind of thing." Still, at least it worked better than last time, in that it didn't.
Lacrima 2016-07-14 08:42:50 48640
Norie Okana thinks on this a moment again, eyes searching the room. "It feel's a little odder." she says. "So it feels different." she says. "Like..." she says. "Wearing a brand new shirt for the first time." she says. Which is probably an apt comparison.

She frowns a bit as she removes the bandage and looks at her hand. There's still black mist gathering around it- but it's not leaking anymore. She nods.

"Better." she says softly.

She looks up. "I think for such a thing to work, it'd need it's own power source." she says frankly. "If it draws from me, it probably will always be the same power draw." she says softly.

She bleehs. "I feel like a god damn junky car and someone trying to make it works sometimes nowadays." she sighs.
Jiaying Maki 2016-07-14 08:48:28 48641
Jiaying Maki nods quietly and lets out a soft sigh. "I tried. I'm going to keep tying if you would like and if you would allow me." She offers Lacrima her hand and says, "Come on, let's get ouf of here in case we triggered anything. I'll keep working and I'll do my best to help!"