A Tree, A Fox and an Angry Spirit

Jiaying investigates rumours of a ghost, finds a different kind of angry spirit; Icela doesn't quite seem willing to listen to reason; but promises to consider listening to reason.

Date: 2018-09-01
Pose Count: 32
Icela 2018-09-01 20:11:01 96795
There's been some rumours spreading of a ghost in King Penguin Park. They're fairly vague rumours, but nonetheless they are spreading. Whether that's what brings anyone to the park or not, sitting in a tree, leaning against the trunk while resting on the branches sits a girl who does roughly fit the public conception of what a ghost might look like.

She's currently reading a book. The cover is obscured by her knees, but it's not hard to make out that she's reading something. She occassionally takes a look up to pay attention to her surroundings, but most of her attention is on her reading.
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 20:41:22 96801
Jiaying Maki is investigating the rumors of said ghost. If it's a friendly one, maybe she can kick it to the other side with a ghost passport. If it's not, maybe she can help it be friendly. Or eat it. She hasn't tried that yet, but that's supposed to work right? Would she get yelled at for that? Maybe she should find a judge to hand them off to.

Stretching her arms out, she stands on her toes for a moment, arms up, then flops back down onto her heels. Spotting the girl out of the corner of her eyes, she tilts her head briefly, then wanders over towards her. Crouching down nearby, she asks, "Isn't it getting hard to see in this light? Must be a good book."
Icela 2018-09-01 20:51:50 96804
A pair of pitch black irises stares at Jiaying, and the girl raises a little light. It's faint but enough to read by, while not being bright enough to draw attention. "Hello. Do you make it a habit of approaching strangers who are peacefully reading in their tree? I thought that was supposed to be rude." She says imperiously, but not angrily.
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 21:12:33 96807
Jiaying Maki shrugs and says, "I'm some kind of impolite foreigner, try not to worry too much about it." She makes a dismissive gesture and adds, "It was an honest question though. No reason to get so upset about it. You're out in public and reading after all, right?"
Icela 2018-09-01 21:15:47 96808
"As public as a front lawn. This is my tree." Icela answers with a shake of her head, looks back to her book and flips the page. "I mean, I don't mind too much, but the sheer amount of people who act like they own my tree is getting out of hand. Perhaps I should build a fence and place a sign."
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 22:08:40 96810
Jiaying Maki looks around, then looks back at the tree, then looks around again. "I don't think you own a tree in a park. This is just a nice quiet place. Nominally. Without someone poking you about it. Then continuing to do so because you're prickly and I think it's funny." She pauses, then looks over. "Could just ask someone to leave you alone though."
Icela 2018-09-01 22:12:18 96811
"I claimed it, that means it's mine." Icela responds in a statement of pure conviction, "Besides. If it wasn't mine, then what would I call home?" The comment about asking to be left alone elicits a giggle, "But you mistake me for being prickly. I'm merely amused. Are humans always this dense?"
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 22:17:53 96815
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says flatly, "You know it doesn't work that way. Besides, you don't have a flag, how can you claim something without a flag?" She takes a seat, arms on her knees, chin in hand. "You can call it a place to stay, but is a tree out in the wild really home?" She then grins, "I don't know. Humans aren't my thing usually."
Icela 2018-09-01 22:24:51 96818
Icela tilts her head at the flag thing, "I'm not here to conquer a tree with an army. I left my army elsewhere. So what'd I need to bring a flag for?" She says that entirely deadpan, including the army line. She ignores the doubts about whether she can call this tree a home and instead focuses on the human thing. "You look human to me."
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 22:42:05 96823
Jiaying Maki shrugs and says, "That's rather speciesist isn't it?" She grins again, clearly having fun one way or the other. Sure she might come across as weird, maybe unhinged, but this girl is fun to tease, so there's that. "Besides, an army would have a hard time around here. Unless you mean like an ever growing army of the undead. I don't like zombies or jiangshi, they smell funny. Ghosts are fun, but tempermental and prone to getting me yelled at."
Icela 2018-09-01 22:44:57 96824
"No, not undead. I have something better." Icela boasts noncommitedly, "Can't show you, though. That would ruin the surprise." She grins widely, "Anyway. I'm not a ghost. People seem to think I'm a ghost, but I'm an eidolon, not a ghost." That's said with a small amount of indignation, "Why do you care if people yell at you, though?"
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 22:56:40 96829
Jiaying Maki looks really confused and asks, "A what now? And you're not a ghost, you don't smell like one." she doesn't add that she didn't have the ability to just reach out and wrench control away from a ghost either, that isn't polite after all. "Also I don't... think you've actually got an army. Unless you're like that weird kid from that anime with the little locust things."
Icela 2018-09-01 22:59:49 96831
"Believe me or not, that's not my concern." Icela responds to the doubts that she has an army with a faint shrug, and then begins to explain. "Eidolon is a greek word, it's a class of spirit rather than a specific type. The projection of a person onto the physical realm; the person whose projection it is can be living, long dead, not even yet born. The causes of their presence vary wildly. And no, I'm not telling you what my specifics are."
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 23:32:01 96841
Jiaying Maki drums her fingers against her chin and says, "So you're saying you're not cool enough to hang out in the night harbor with the actual ghosts." What, if she's going to taunt and be all down the nose, she'll keep poking! Still, she grins, a toothy one, "Hm... let me think. You're projecting and you're projecting to read a book." She drums her fingers a few more times, then asks, "Are you stuck down a well? I could go bark and get someone's attention."
Icela 2018-09-01 23:38:03 96843
"Ghosts are boring. I am awesome." Icela sticks out her tongue when she says that. The thing about a well gets her to collapse in a fit of giggles. "No. That'd be funny, but no." She closes her book and smiles widely at Jia, teeth showing a little. "I'm just waiting for the right time to go to war, and learning what people in Tokyo are like these days while I wait."
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 23:40:38 96845
Jiaying Maki twirls her finger and says, "You haven't met the right ghosts. You must hang out with the ghosts over in Europe, I hear they just like to stand around and talk to people." The giggle gets a grin though, "Well it was a guess. Why not talk about it? It's not the weirdest thing I've heard." She pauses, "I think the weirdest was a card making acid to try and eat a girl in the woods. I was looking for the kamaitachi out there."

Leaning forward, she continues, "You're really hung up on that war thing. Do you play those mini games or something? I thought about making toys to paint, but those seemed too small. And some of the otaku into those smell really bad if you've got as good a nose as I do."
Icela 2018-09-01 23:45:25 96846
"Nah. This isn't a game." Icela answers Jiaying, getting up and looking at the sky. "Let me tell you a secret. Don't tell anyone else alright?" She turns towards Jiaying and broadens her smile into an impossibly wide, toothy grin. "I am going to make everyone suffer." And that's when she begins to vanish, the sensation is clear; she's heading for some other world. It's not the Night Harbour, and she hasn't quite left yet, but there's enough of a magical trail there that if Icela really does leave, there's an opportunity to follow.
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-01 23:50:35 96847
Jiaying Maki stands up and brushes herself off. Gathering her own magic between her fingers, the mist forming into a globe of water that she keeps held, ready to reform as needed. Following straight through whatever doorway she tried to open. "You go and make threats like that, you remind me of family. I don't like that kind of mindset. It gets people hurt. It gets friends hurt. It gets people who probably just need a hug hurt." Then she leans forward with a grin, sharp teeth on display and eyes no longer passing for human, "So let's talk this out instead." She's got her notebook, she's sure she can leave if needed.
Icela 2018-09-01 23:54:55 96849
Jiaying says the magic word. 'Family.' Icela narrows her eyes, "Just how spoiled are you?" Though barely more than a whisper, the anger and hatred in her voice is nearly tangible. "I've been waiting for this opportunity for years. I'm not going to back out now that I've got everything I need." She stops leaving, though, and takes no aggressive posture.
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-02 00:00:11 96852
Jiaying Maki laughs and says, "Spoiled? That's a new one. Usually it's just idiot." She can tell that she's touched a nerve there and the hesitation she shows isn't fear, but that of a person trying to pry deeper at the risk of sparking a wild fire on a hunch that something else would happen, or picking another sore spot to poke for. "You keep talking about armies and suffering, but all I'm seeing is someone stamping their feet. I offered the chance to just talk. I bet if you even asked for help, you'd get some."
Icela 2018-09-02 00:06:02 96854
"If you don't believe me, that's your loss." Icela repeats a sentiment she offered before, calming down some into merely hateful and not quite angry. "There's nothing to talk about. The only way the world can atone for its sins is through suffering. Nothing else will suffice."
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-02 00:12:08 96856
Jiaying Maki shakes her head and says, "That's not your decision, that's a decision for the black judges. Not you." She brushes her hands and continues, "But I'll bite, what crime was it? How far off was I in that you just need friends and a hug?"

She shrugs, dismissing the globe of water, still following along. "I've seen plenty of people atone without suffering. I've seen the conscious decision to change. To go against nature, to resist it. What's your excuse?"
Icela 2018-09-02 00:14:27 96858
"Nothing you need to worry about." Icela answers, though it's unclear whether she's talking about what crime it was; or what her excuse is. She gets back to vanishing, however, still whether by intent or accident leaving open the opportunity to follow should Jiaying really wish to do so; of course... there's no guarantee Jiaying can make her way back.
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-02 00:16:50 96859
Jiaying Maki pulls out her phone and sends a quick text message. One with a snapped image. She follows along without hesitation after that. "I think you're wrong, you're trying to punish people and yaoguai for some reason, I think it's fair to know why. Or what your excuse is. You're not the first angry spirit I've dealt with, though most of the angry dead actually had a pretty good reason to be upset. Meifeng's still got the knife in her back as a matter of fact." That last part she says in an off-hand conversational piece. She pauses, "Seriously, what's the issue."
Icela 2018-09-02 00:20:29 96860
"Why don't you ask your family? Oh wait, you don't appreciate what you've been given." That's the last Icela says before she truly leaves the physical world. The opportunity to chase remains just a fraction longer.
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-02 00:23:46 96861
Jiaying Maki laughs and says, "Which part? The workaholic I rarely get to see or the one stuck in some statue by an idiot priest who doesn't know the difference between a myth and the truth? You're not the only one hurt." She follows along through the closing gate, leaving behind a sheet of paper from her notebook. The paper falls unnaturally. It's got the hanzi for gateway and a very ornate signature from the fox. Ruined somewhat by a foxpaw print dripping ink. There's a lingering mist around it to obscure it from others. It seems she's leaving a bread crumb trail. Or trying at least.
Icela 2018-09-02 00:27:34 96862
Icela sits in a tree on this end as well, but it's a far more fantastical tree, leaning back and providing a seat with the canopy parting for a beam of sunlight to hit her face. The place seems timeless, and while this abode itself is somewhat nonthreatening... the same doesn't apply to the various entities that approach. Creatures and living objects that shouldn't possible exist, sourced from the fears and worries of dreamers. "Let me show you what it means to have nightmares." Icela responds to Jiaying with a toothy grin. She herself doesn't lift a finger.
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-02 00:32:30 96863
Jiaying Maki looks between the creatures and nightmares, then looks to the girl and says, "Ever been to the night harbor? Spent time around the angry dead, jiangshi, weeping ghosts?" That glope of water shatters and forms into her guando. With a light spin, rotating it between her shoulders, she sets the haft against the ground and leans forward, "Any hell denizens? There was the plague demon that I could smell long before I saw him. I've been to a place where the energy alone lingers and creates nightmares." Lifting the spear and pointing at the first challenger, she grins, "I've even almost lost my girlfriend, once to my own actions, once to something out of my control. Being weird doesn't cut it anymore."

She assumes a defensive stance, mist starting to drift from her, cloaking her at first, then spreading out and making some of her footwork hard to see. "The option to talk is still there before any toys get broken."
Icela 2018-09-02 00:37:55 96864
"There is an endless supply of these things, destroy one and more will be birthed from the very people they exist to torment." Icela answers calmly, but still remains personally far from aggressive. In fact, she's opened her book back up and is reading it. "I don't want to fight. I just want you to leave me alone. I left, you are now intruding on my domain. I do not 'talk' with tresspassers. Leave, or suffer the consequences." The nightmares are closing in, however, and there's a lot of them. "I forgot to mention, for an army they're a bit lacking in discipline. They can tell an intruder when they see one, and after the last incident with intruders... I'm not sure I could stop them from trying to kill you even if I wanted to."
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-02 00:46:40 96865
Jiaying Maki looks to her and says, "The come, talk. I'll get some good tea. I've got some white tea fr-. Look, come on, talk, call off your angry mob. You clearly need help, you clearly need a friend. You're no worse than the lot I live with now. I bet they'd enjoy another ghostly monster-y sort around the house." She doesn't, but she is trying to talk a new villain running around, she wants to maybe get her to relax, to feel something other than hatred. She doesn't look back, though she is flipping pages on her notebook with her thumb, not looking at any of it.
Icela 2018-09-02 00:52:00 96866
"I left because I was done talking. But here's what I can promise. If you leave now, I'll think about it. If you need help leaving, I'll help you leave." Icela answers with clear frustration, right as the first of the nightmares attacks, a massive face sneezing an alkaline goo straight towards Jiaying. That's not going to be pretty if it lands. "I'll be at my tree to let you know my answer."
Jiaying Maki 2018-09-02 01:25:14 96868
Jiaying Maki looks at the nightmare creature and with a firm smack into the ground, spreading that mist between her and it, she calls out, "Sure, I can take that offer. Better than breaking through things right?" She then glances over her shoulder and tries to channel magic through her notebook, trying to create a gateway out so that she can slip out.