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Date: 2018-04-22
Pose Count: 30
Stahlritter 2018-04-22 23:20:44 90573
    As fate would have it, certain arrangements were made, sparked on by a certain curry-making redhead.

    Alexis, for his part, was vaguely paranoid about the whole concept at first, even when Kriegsfauste made assurances for him-- and even with the fact that this person he's supposed to meet now is supposedly someone Rashmi knows.

    But all the details ultimately come down to Stahlritter settling atop the roof of one of the high-rise buildings in Downtown Mitakihara. Stood just at the precarious ledge of it, thick bicep-bared and gauntlet-bearing arms crossed together over his armored chest while the t-visored helmet peers down low to the streets far below and the dark coat whips idly in the high-altitude winds. Just waiting, for now.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-22 23:37:45 90574
    Sometimes, people who shoul be working together pass like ships in the night, never quite meeting, enver able to share the vital information that one has that would resolve the other's crisis. Until they meet in the midst of the final battle, when all seems lost, and the dramatically perfect moment arises.

    Sometimes, though, things do go right for the heroes. This particular meeting will not be one of those missed opportunities. Indeed, the intervention of a third party has provided them the perfect oportunity.

    Landing neatly atop the building, Mikoto - or 'Hagane' as she has been known to prefer in battle - dismisses her flight spell, the ghostly wings vanishing into the aether as she settles to her feet. "Good evening," she offers the gentleman awaiting her there. "Stahlritter, I presume?"
Stahlritter 2018-04-22 23:48:30 90575
    The moment she lands there, the tall, armored man is already turning around slowly to facing her. His arms remain folded together over his chest even then, though, and the t-shaped visor of his helmet gleams with a more obvious golden glow briefly.

    "At your service," a voice booms out from beneath the helmet -- a deep, rumbly thing, that. The voice of Alexis Raskoph is already on the deeper, more adult side, but the helmet seems to modulate it further in that regard. Definitely boomier than usual, if nothing else. "So to speak. We have a mutual friend, it seems."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-22 23:59:42 90576
    The girl is dressed in her usual barrier jacket - a blue military-style uniform, of some sort, trimmed in silver, with gleaming greaves and pauldrons and a rather decorative-looking breastplate added, recently. "Indeed, it would seem we do," she agrees. "And one who felt we should meet."

    She smiles slightly, wind plucking up her cape to swirl it around her. The motion reveals an embroidered logo patch affixed to the jacket's shoulder, a silver rose with its thorny stem twined about a sword-blade. It might well be recognizeable, to a student of Belkan history.

    "In this time and place, I go by Hagane," she offers, although he's surely aware of that already.
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 00:13:29 90577
    The outfit of Stahlritter might be a bit odd, in comparison to other Knights and Mages. Sleeveless, dark longcoat rather than cape over dark-grey, gold-accented breastplate and greaves. Hands slightly enlarged by the black-and-red gauntlets that run up to his elbows... but leave his biceps bare for whatever bizarre reason.

    I suppose she has a way of bringing people together," his booming voice responds from beneath the helmet, and now he's stepping closer to her away from the ledge, arms unfolding to extend one of those large, gauntlet-bearing hands in offer to her. "And it is not as if people like us couldn't take all the allies we can get."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 00:29:32 90578
    "Indeed," Hagane agrees. "It is hard for those of us who walk in shadow to know that we can trust a stranger." She reaches out to take the offered hand. "So it is always a pleasure to meet a comrade."

    Her grip is firm and warm, and she does not seem to feel a need to obnoxiously press it. "Our mutual friend tells me you are a Belkan specialist?"
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 00:38:43 90579
    The gauntlet nearly envelopes her hand entirely, but thankfully the man does seem to be at least somewhat conscious of the presence and size of it-- no crushing hand squeezes or anything.

    Her words, though, draw a slow roll of one heavy shoulder, once he's withdrawn his hand from her. "Depends on how you define 'Belkan Specialist'," he points out. "I am Earth-born and cannot say much of Belkan culture. But--" He holds up one hand, closing the fingers of it to form a fist with the gauntlet. "Belkan Armed Device."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 00:51:28 90580
    "Hmmm," the girl murmurs, leaning closer to peer at the gauntlet. There's a ping as Carnwennan exchanges data with it, requesting permission to make a scan.

    "Hmmm," she muses again, contemplating the data that scrolls past her eyes, projected onto her vision by the Device. "That's a very old design. Early Empire... probably older than my Carnwennan, even." She considers it for a moment. "In those days they were still re-using a lot of old Al-hazredi designs and equipment... this might even have been built in one of those factory-temples."
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 00:59:17 90581
    The scan is permitted, and Stahlritter remains silent for a good, long moment while she goes through it. And speaks all of that. It's hard to tell with the helmet and the visor concealing his face, but somehow she might get the sense that he's giving her an entirely blank stare through it all.

    "... Is this the part where I am supposed to pretend I know what all of that means?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 01:16:10 90582
    Hagane looks up to meet his eyes, or at least to look into the visor, and her smile seems a little fragile for a moment. "Of course you should know what it means. You're a knight, aren't you?"

    Then she blinks, as if shocked by something, and looks away. "I - it's ancient history, I suppose," she relents. "It's just... where everything started."
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 01:22:09 90583
    "I told you," booms form underneath the helmet just as she establishes as much of eye contact as she can manage through the visor. "I am Earth-Born. Myself and Kriegsfauste have only been linked for a few months, and my education prior... it wasn't exactly direct."

    He steps to one side then, and draws his hand up to tap a metallic finger against the side of the upper portion of his helmet. "I do not know how much she told you about my family. But I was not so much trained into this as... grown. Inducted. I have basic understanding of Midchildan and Belkan culture and Runes, but the rest is... hazy, at best."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 01:37:52 90584
    Hagane shakes her head, long black hair waving behind her. "I'm sorry... I just expected..." She waves a hand dismissively. "You said you were... grown into the role. Prepared for it even before you matched with Kriegsfauste?" She pauses to think for a moment, as if considering who might have been keeping such a practice up on Earth, with memories of old Belka...
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 01:49:08 90585
    "Expected...?" Stahlritter urges, with the visor turning to her, as if expecting her to finish the sentence. But, perhaps halfway realizing what might have been coming, he instead shakes his head after and offers, "I'm sorry," before he turns in place to facing her fully again. "Perhaps 'conditioned' would be a more accurate word. It's not something I came to realize until late last year. Mental and physical conditioning. Partly through social engineering, partly through... more overt magical means. I won't go into details. But long story shortened... most of the information I have, that they put into me... it's largely subconscious, more than anything else. I can react to magic, I can instinctively use Kriegsfauste and employ Belkan runes, can recognize Midchildan runes if presented with them... things like that."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 02:02:43 90586
    Hagane nods, "Alright, then. I won't ask for more detail." It's clearly uncomfortable for him to talk about. She knows better than to press for such things. Still, she remains curious.

    "I take it you've decided to keep up the role, then? Fight the good fight, for Kaiser and Country?" She's been slipping into old Belkan aphorisms more and more since the battle at the Garden of Time... someone who knew her well might notice that. Someone who didn't... well.

    "What style do you fight?" she asks, eventually. "Tank, by the look of things?"
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 02:13:06 90587
    "I don't have any direct charge I fight for," the large, armored man states, with the visor of the helmet turning over to peering off to the distant sights of the city. "But I fight because I can. ANd there are many who cannot. It's as simple as that."

    The second question, on the other hand, is met first by one of his hands thumping it's steel-clad knuckles against his breastplate. "However I need to," he claims, with it. "If I learned anything from before I was like this, is that not any one trick can be expected to work all the time, right? But-- I'm most comfortable up close, if that is what you are asking."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 02:21:59 90588
    "That's a good enough motivation for me," Hagane agrees. "So long as someone does, I'm not too upset with who it might be." She shrugs. "Are you set enough outside of that? Decent home, enough money to get by, all that?" It's not as if she hasn't the money to spare to make life easier for her comrades.

"That's good to know. I tend to switch off -- harass 'em as I come in, then get close. But I can fight any range I need to. Being able to switch off with someone up close... that'd be a good strategy."
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 02:30:22 90589
    "I have... a place to stay," he allows with some faint hint of hesitation on his part. "Let's just say my life changed a great deal. It's been taking some getting used to."

    His helmet-clad head tilts slightly to one side, then. "I tend to make up my strategies on the fly, truthfully. I've plenty tricks to employ though-- more than just punching someone's face into rubble."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 02:41:17 90590
    "Well, if you're sure." She shrugs. "If you do need anything, don't hesitate to ask. I'm not hurting for money." The two Devices can contact each other, if nothing else. Or email or the telephone system.

    "We should spar sometime," she suggests, "Maybe get a few of the others together, too. I have a friend who's been itching for some action."
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 02:48:34 90591
    "I'm already draining someone's resources on that end, I'd rather not make it extra," Stahlritter assures on that particular matter, with another slow roll of his braod shoulders.

    And while she can't quite see it, he grins faintly behind the cover of the helmet. "Really," he lets out, vaguely amused. "Don't suppose you are at freedom to say who that is?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 03:17:50 90592
    "If you're sure," Hagane agrees with a shrug. "Ring me up if you change your mind." She dismisses the matter then, moving on to other things.

"Fraid I'm not," she answers the question of identity, "You know how that can be. If they want to let you know, they'll tell you." Some people don't bother to keep such things hidden. Mikoto prefers not to assume their preferences.

    She turns to look out over the cityscape, one foot up against the parapet along the roof's edge. "Things've been quiet for a bit now... I like it that way."
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 03:25:03 90593
    "I understand," is all that he says for the answer he receives. He's happy enough to settle that matter as that.

    Then, he steps up closer towards her, ending up standing just besides her by the ledge, precariously peering down over it. "I wouldn't count on it staying that way," he notes. "That's just how things tend to work out. Besides-- there's the matter of the Raskoph Conglomerate. I know they are up to something, but I can't quite tell what. They have enough resources and capacity to keep their operations hidden."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 03:42:37 90594
    "They're the ones who..." She trails off, reluctant to directly ask. She hmms softly, a moment later. "Do you think they have access to other Belkan technology? Records?"

She considers it, then adds, "You're not the only one with questionable roots, you know." It's well-known in the Mahou community that she works with WPS, which has some ties to Eclipse, after all.
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 03:45:45 90595
    "They are," Stahlritter declares, sensing where the trailed-off question was going. And that's all he is willing to directly say, in turn. "It's hard to say. I wasn't exactly privy to the magical side of things. Though I do not think they have any direct roots to Belka itself."

    Upon her latter words, he turns his helmeted head over to peer at her. "... Is that right."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 03:59:31 90596
    "Mmm. It ... might be good to know." She turns her head to face him, offering a small smile. "Sometimes I even get the opportunity to pick through the wreckage when one of their labs gets blown up. You can find all sorts of nifty things that way."
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 04:13:52 90597
    There's another long look sent from behind the glowing visor at her that likely implies yet another blank stare on the part of Stahlritter. "... I would not count on that," he murmurs. "Ignoring the fact that I'd rather not have their nonsense in anyone's hands, I doubt they'd let anything overtaken be... looted."
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 04:36:03 90598
    "Oh, I don't. It's more of a matter of opportunity." She shrugs. "It's useful, though. A lot of it is Midchildan tech, or derived from it. I've been learning a lot." She leans forward a bit, elbow resting on one thigh as she looks out over the city again. "We need someone who can do maintenance and repairs on Devices, after all... or even build new ones, at that."
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 04:55:39 90599
    "I am not entirely sure if Earth as a whole is ready for mass production of things like that," the male Knight notes with a bit of a cynical grunt. "... Enough bad things have been happening around here even without them added to the mix, you know?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 05:04:19 90600
    "Oh, not necessarily saying mass production. But if we find any new potential mages... they'll need Devices, no?" She smiles again. "I suppose that assumes we do find anyone."
Stahlritter 2018-04-23 05:08:27 90601
    "That's a hell of an if," Stahlritter points out, and rolls one shoulder around before he turns to stepping closer to the rooftop's edge again, with just a glance sent down to her.

    "I'm going to get back to work," he states. "Send a message to Kriegsfauste when you want to have a go. I should be able to make time." And without waiting any longer than that, he makes to leap up off the roof-- not even to the next building over, but to the space between the high-rises.

    In the next instant, a length of chain extends out quickly from one of his gauntlets, attaching off to a building in the distance, and he's swung off far off out of sight.

    You'd think he would have just chosen to fly instead, right? Oh, well.
Mikoto Nakajima 2018-04-23 05:11:11 90602
    Hagane answers with a nod, and watches him go, taking a few moments to observe as he swings away. Then she steps off the ledge, and as she falls, iridescent wings form from pure energy behind her, and she takes flight to soar off into the distance.