How to (De-)train Your Dragon

As all efforts to fix Lamya's collar turns fruitless, the gang goes to Lacrima's suggestion of Riventon. The collar gets fixed! Riventon gets some brownie points with some people. Lamya hears Miho and Rashmi may have found her princess. ALL IS GOOD!

Date: 2018-09-13
Pose Count: 38
Lacrima 2018-09-14 00:00:37 97673
It seems that the effort to reset Lamya's collar has reached one of the last resort options, at least to the people like Rashmi and Lamya and Miho maybe. Speak to Riventon. So Lacrima did that a day or so back ago, and has arranged a meeting on top of Sunset Tower (where a dragon will have no problem existing.).

Lacrima was in her business suit because she was technically at her place of work and she liked having excuses to dress in it. It's the power suit, duh.

Regardless, people should be gathering soon. It's close enough to the time she confirmed would be best for Riventon to look the collar over and the best time for Lamya and Rashmi and Miho to also join her to have Riventon look at the collar.

She's set some ground rules. Be Civil- there's no need to cause issues for either side and No fighting. There will be other, better opportunities to punch someone in the face regardless of reasons, when they are trying to not help someone. It's not like she could enforce these but she wanted to be doubly sure there wasn't gonna be a clash of issues trying to help Lamya.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-14 00:08:35 97674
Riventon's there, on the top of Sunset Tower, with Lacrima. There's a light breeze, and it mostly serves to make lab coats look cool. He'd been considering it for a while; thankfully, he'd gotten the scans of Lamya's collar from Tarnished BEFORE they got in a fight; she might not have been so forthcoming otherwise.

But her inmformation and notes were a good place to start considering, long before he had the device in hand.

Riventon wasn't egear to get in a fight - on the contrary, he wanted to use this to shore up the other side of his column. Plus, it's not every day you get to interact with a dragon AND crazy ancient magitech. It feeds to his favorite things. So despite being in henshin, he isn't radiating dangerous evil power.
Dragon Lamya 2018-09-14 00:14:18 97675
To the normal human, the dragon in the sky will look like a fat pidgeon, or an enormous crow or even a trick of the light playing off the clouds. To those who are magically inclined, Lamya is soaring to the tower full size in all her glory and it is a sight to behold. There's little to match the awe and beauty of a dragon in flight. She glides ever closer until she spots Lacrima and her boss, and she wheels around to gracefully land on the platform.

"Good evening," she rumbles to the assembled group. "Thank you for coming to help me."
Rashmi Terios 2018-09-14 00:17:52 97676
Next to Lamya's place, golden Flier Fins flicker as Rashmi drops lightly onto the rooftop. Nicomachea is held against her chest, closed, and not in anything like an attacking position. She rests a hand on Lamya's shoulder, smiling at dragon and besuited vampire..... and he smile only fades a bit, when turned to Riventon. "Hi... I promise I'm not going to start anything, I just... have a couple requests to make sure Lamya-chan doesn't come to harm. You can say no, and that's fine... I just... thought it'd help to build up goodwill is all."
Miho Kagami 2018-09-14 00:21:36 97677
Earlier, Miho texted Lacrima, asking her about the best way to get in touch with Lamya in her current form, because she had some news she wanted to deliver in person. Upon getting the details of this meeting, she responded, "OK, awesome, I'll be over there ASAP."

She hasn't arrived yet, though ...?
Lacrima 2018-09-14 00:35:12 97678
Lacrima smiles and nods to the group. "Hello!" she says. "Thank you." she says to Rashmi. She looks to Lamya and nods. "We'll do our best to help you, Lamya-chan. I'm sorry I wasn't able to do anything on my own, but this is a little too complex for me to poke it and hope for anything good to happen." she says meekly.

She looks around. "Um..."

"Wasn't Life Mahou Joy supposed to be here? She said she had something to tell Lamya-chan." she scratches her head. "She must be running late..." she says as she looks to Riventon. "Riventon-sama, this is Lamya, the dragon friend I mentioned. This is Rashmi-chan, but you've met before. Um. Life Mahou Joy is supposed to be here but..." she mutters. "She isn't right now. If a light green colored magical comes along, that's her." she says.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-14 00:45:25 97679
Riventon nodded, and floated - walking is for pedestrians - over to Lamya. "Ah... I rememeber you. The dragon in Mamoru's place, that the idiot boy ordered around. I can see how that would be rather annoying. I think, from what I saw, the collar is also keeping you... you, much as many... other objects I've encountered."

"So I can't just break it and take it home, as much as I'd love to study such a thing. But I do... think I've figured out how to interrupt the part where it makes you a puppet WITHOUT destabilizing you. Assuming I'm right..." He reaches up and touches the collar, checking it. Axuion blinks on his hand, sending data back to be crunched somewhere.

While Axion is doing its work, Riventon turns to Rashmi. "I'm listening." he notes.
Dragon Lamya 2018-09-14 00:50:37 97680
Lamya almost flinches instinctively away from Riventon's touch, but manages to keep still. She feels a chill when the man touches her collar, a not uncommon experience whenever anybody does, which perhaps epxlains the flinch.

"Hopefully it'll also let me change to something more normal," Lamya says. "This form isn't convenient for getting donuts."
Rashmi Terios 2018-09-14 00:50:48 97681
"And we do appreciate it," Rashmi says. "You're the closest thing to a Meister that anyone can get in ready contact with, so... Yeah." Drawing in a deep breath, Rashmi clears her throat. "No physical samples," she begins. "And I say that only because.... um. ...Two birds with one stone is kind of your calling card...? But anyway. Also Nicomachea watches you work, he can analyze a lot better than I can and he'll know what would be a red flag and what wouldn't."

Clasping her arms behind her back, Rashmi rocks back a bit on her heels. "And like I said, you can say no, and I'll respect that. Just... well, two birds, one stone. It'll give me something to take back to anyone who'd object and go 'he did this straight, I can confirm.' I figured... That might help, y'know?"

Her piece said, she glances at Lacrima, raising an eyebrow. "Oh? Yeah probably she's running a little bit late."
Miho Kagami 2018-09-14 00:59:41 97682
And ... yep, there's a mint-green streak of light, zipping over at high speeds! It slows down before it gets within Sunset Tower's general airspace, however.

It is, indeed, a green-colored magical girl. She nods to Rashmi, Lamya, and Lacrima. "Hey, guys," she says, in that clear bright voice of hers, before she gives Riventon a quick bow and a smile. "And you must be Riventon, it's nice to meet you in these circumstances!" She flips her sky-blue hair. "I'm Life Mahou Joy."
Lacrima 2018-09-14 01:05:18 97683
Lacrima shhhhhs Lamya. "It's okay Lamya-chan, he's here to help." she reassures her manor-mate. She looks to Rashmi as she makes her requests. She purses her lips. She thinks those are fair, she looks over to Riventon, then back to Rashmi. She chooses to keep quiet on the matter for now as she takes a soft breath. "If there's anything I can do, Riventon, let me know." she says softly. She gently crosses her arms.

Aha! "Hi Joy." she smiles. "This is Riventon-sama, yes. He's going to try to fix Lamya-chan's collar." she says softly. "Or at least get it to a state where she can change back into something besides a dragon." she says softly.

She head tilts as she leans in. "Rashmi-chan said it was something similar to a device, but not quite?" she asks. "It's some sort of strong magical artifact at least." she says.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-14 01:11:22 97684
Riventon looked back to Lacrima. "If it was a few days from now, you might be able to, but... just make sure nobody comes by on a skateboard and cheapshots me while I focus."

He then nods to Rashmi and shrugs. "If it makes you feel comfortable. I'd prefer a physical sample of the device but I kinda can't move it. This is actually a delicate thing though, so... stay back a little? It's kind of like defusing a bomb."

"On that note, if I start to run. Run." Was he joking? Riventon's darker tone was harder to trace than Takashi's. But he was steadily starting to build... something, out of energy -not dark energy- against the collar.

"Ah, hello, other sparkly magical girl. Apparently... it's a rave up here."
Dragon Lamya 2018-09-14 01:15:54 97685
Dragon Lamya stays perfectly still while Riventon does what he needs to do, and eyes him warily when he jokes(?) about running. She doesn't say anything, though, until the minty green magical girl comes zooming on in.

"Hello, Life Mahou Joy!" she greets the girl brightly. "I was told you have something for me?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-09-14 01:20:43 97686
As Riventon starts his work in earnest, Rashmi flips open her book. "Okay, Nico," she murmurs. "Just like we talked about; record and warn, don't react."

*bing!* << ACKNOWLEDGED, MASTER, >> the book replies. << MANA INVESTIGATION. >>

A half-dozen 'screens' of light blip into existence, but this time all of them are recording and displaying various bits and charts of data, the sensor suite in place rather too granular for a novice Mage to make use of.

Smiling at Lamya, she pats the dragon's shoulder again. "I'm going to go over here, Lamya-chan," Rashmi says, nodding to a patch of rooftop a few feet away. "Best not to joggle the doctor's shoulder while he works, y'know?"
Miho Kagami 2018-09-14 01:26:49 97687
Life Mahou Joy chuckles amicably at Riventon's banter. "You know, I was sort of half-expecting that when I finally met you, I was going to be like, 'somehow, I thought you'd be taller,'" she says, a note of playfulness in her voice. "But then I actually meet you, and it turns out that no, you are in fact taller."

She smiles and nods at Lamya, and floats over to land next to where Rashmi's moving. "Just 'Joy' is fine!" she says. "And yes I do, but I'd like to wait until I know for sure whether you're about to become human-sized again, it's kind of a small slip of paper." Well, that's cryptic.
Lacrima 2018-09-14 01:31:45 97688
Lacrima nods. "Right..." she says. She doesn't anticipate Sky Jack coming. She looks as Riventon works. She looks as Rashmi works. She doesn't have an intelligent device to help so she sighs a bit and just makes sure no one's turning small sleights into bigger deals and all that.

She walks over toward's Miho and leans over and ask quietly. 'What do you need to give Lamya?' she asks. She leans back away from Joy as she keeps her arms crossed.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-14 01:38:25 97689
Riventon stops working for just a moment; there's a half-created strange attachment on Lamya's collar - and nothing is exploding.

"Oh! Lacrima. Speaking of gifts, don't leave after this business is done - I have something for you." He's holding still - what he's actually doing is clearing up enough nondark energy to continue his work.

Eventually he returns to work. "Almost there. Long story short I'm only cutting out one part of all of the stuff this collar does - I don't even honestly understand all of it, but I think I've got the RIGHT part down."

"Not too much longer and we'll see if it all still works except that part, like it should..."
Dragon Lamya 2018-09-14 01:41:56 97690
"Joy it is," Lamya says. "And, yes. Paws aren't good for handling small bits of paper like that. Hopefully Lacrima's trust in Riventon isn't unfounded." She's still keeping perfectly still while the mage works on her collar. The tingling feeling continues to shoot throughout her body, kind of like that feeling you get when you've eaten too much sugar.
Rashmi Terios 2018-09-14 01:45:17 97691
"We're pretty sure it got stuck, because George-sama kept ordering her to do things 'like a good dragon,' and before long they got self-contradictory," Rashmi supplies. "If it were an actual Device, I'd assume it just threw up its metaphorical hands and locked in the 'dragon' part so it could wait till the dust settled and figure out the 'good' part later."
Miho Kagami 2018-09-14 01:50:53 97692
Miho smiles at Lacrima. 'Really good news,' she whispers. Well, okay, looks like she's just going to keep quiet for now. She chuckles at Lamya. "Oh, be nice!" Meanwhile, she watches Riventon and Rashmi work. She's honestly kind of curious, although she doesn't have a Device or any other readily available means of actually examining things.

Suddenly, she blinks, and murmurs, "Oh, right, I need to make a post about Mercury-san and ..." She glances over at Riventon. She's caught wind of his relationship with Ami ... but she doesn't want to interrupt, either.
Lacrima 2018-09-14 01:55:42 97693
Lacrima sighs miserably. "I gave it a good dragon command to ignore George so yeah, it became all messed up." she says. "Sorry. I just. Needed to get her to stop and stop him from commanding her like she was some version of Siri attached to a dragon." she mutters.

She blinks at Riventon. "Okay." she says to that last bit, as she relaxes her posture.

She looks at Joy with a raised brow, both at her statement about good news and about Mercury. "What was that about Mercury-chan?" she asks quietly. "Did something happen?" she asks with some concern. Riventon's girlfriend and also her friend. She has no idea about what happened. At least not that Joy and Mercury we're involved with whatever happened. She did hear from Tarnished about something during a check-up recently.
Takashi Agera 2018-09-14 02:11:57 97694
It is a good thing for all concerned parties that Riventon finishes making the disk-shaped bypass before Mercury comes up. Just as he's stepping away from Lamya, there's a surge of dark energy that... is quickly controlled. "Another idiot did an idiot thing and hurt her." He sums it up, that's his TLDR.

One thing at a time. "Hmmm. Does someone want to try calling Dragon-Siri, as Lacrima put it? She hasn't detonated yet. So far so good." But he's standing a little bit clear of her.
Dragon Lamya 2018-09-14 02:17:29 97695
The tingling gets more intense until the bypass gets set in her collar, like a magical dog tag. Then there is a *POP* and an "EEP!" and suddenly a twelve year old girl is sitting in midair where Lamya used to be, naked save for her collar. Then gravity takes a hold on the girl and she lands, unmajestically, on her butt. "Ow."

It takes a few moments for Lamya to process what just happened, blinking in confusion, and just staring at her hands. "Hands!" she exclaims, jumping to her feet and holding them out for everybody to see. "I have hands again!"
Rashmi Terios 2018-09-14 02:21:35 97696
*bong!* << BARRIER JACKET >>

While Rashmi goes red, Nicomachea acts quicker, and soon enough Lamya is clothed in an intricate green-and-black space-interperetation of a maid's dress, all ruffled lace hems and piping. "Ahem... thank you, Nicomachea," Rashmi murmurs, and steps closer to Lamya, grinning widely. "And thank you very much, Riventon-san. It looks like you pulled it off... Are we going to need to make more, since it's a purely magical construct you made?"
Miho Kagami 2018-09-14 02:31:07 97698
Joy nods to Riventon. "The ... Eclipse-person we encountered was using youma-bots, and one of them went out of control and hurt Mercury-san," she says. "I healed her on-site, it was nowhere near as bad as it probably looked, and she was back on her feet and in top-shape in minutes. The other person was more panicked than either of us was."

She smiles at Lamya's transformation. "Oh, excellent!" she says, also going red-faced. "... can someone get her -- ah, yes, thank you, Nico-san."

And then she breaks into a wider smile at Lamya. "So! ..."
Lacrima 2018-09-14 02:37:48 97700
"Ahhhhhh------ahhhhhhh." Lacrima goes wide eyed- but Rashmi's magic works quicker. "Excuse me a moment." she suddenly vanishes into a dusk step. There's only a few moments before she returns from another dusk step with a proper set of one of Lamya's clothes from her room in the manor. "Okay here. Because I dunno if a barrier jacket sticks around after the person leaves." she says softly.

Luckily there's something like a stairwell or somewhere Lamya could move behind to change.

"Try calling Dragon Siri. Right." She clears her throat. "Lamya, be a Good Dragon and sit down." she says, testing it. She winces. Please don't explode.
Dragon Lamya 2018-09-14 02:48:44 97701
Lamya doesn't seem to be all that embarassed by being naked. After all, ever since the attack she'd been naked all the time. Still the sudden appearance of the maid outfit on her causes her to jump with another "EEP!" and she accepts the clothes Lacrima gives to her, but doesn't put them on yet.

She looks up at her roommate when she tests Dragon Siri and she grins widely, hold out a hand palm up and says, definitively, "No!"
Takashi Agera 2018-09-14 03:04:52 97702
Riventon looks at it. "I don't think you'll need to rebuild it, unless it gets hit or attacked or something. Should even be waterproof to like 60 meters. Riventech is solid."

Riventon... was maybe expecting this as he's already turned away by the time there is anything like what happens in his own field of vision. But he's glad people spring into action.

He sighs. "It's good to hear you were able to get to her quickly. I got news she was mostly okay while I was having a frank discussion with the employee in question. But faster care is better to hear about."

And Lacrima tells the dragon to sit... and it doesn't. "Ah, another victory for UMBRA. And another indicator that I am very bad at being on vacation..." He shrugs. "Lacrima, do you mind if they know about your gift?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-09-14 03:15:31 97704
"Joy-chan is a pretty amazingly good healer," Rashmi says, bobbing her head. "And that's why I made the recording. So if people ask, I can give them proof you were perfectly honest, Riventon-san. One person's word is only worth so much, y'know?" Giving the Division Head a brilliant smile, she turns her attention to Joy and Lamya. "....So yeah, news?"
Miho Kagami 2018-09-14 03:24:42 97705
Joy smiles. "Looks like this was a productive afternoon all around!" she says.

At Rashmi's prompting, she breaks into a grin, and produces ... a scrap of paper that looks like it was ripped from a notebook? She starts walking over to Lamya. "Yeah, so," she says, "the other day I ran into this girl. She was ... really perceptive, and kind of a problem solver." She's uncontrollably grinning ear-to-ear now. "For example, her reaction to having weird dreams in the past few months, unlike Ryo-san, was to ... start taking notes, she even started annotating this copy of a 'Saint George and the Dragon' book of hers."

She hands Lamya the paper, which has a phone number, an address, and in Miho's handwriting, the name 'Nakusu Miki' with a little crown drawn over it. "Anyway, given the way she reacted when I said your name and mentioned the sacrifice, I'm ninety-five percent sure we've found the princess," she says. "And she really wants to meet you now."
Lacrima 2018-09-14 03:27:07 97706
Lacrima is glad Riventon accounted for more or less the unexpected lack of clothing. It means she doesn't need to apologize for not thinking about it herself and obtaining clothes before actually arriving here in the first place.

She makes a straight face at Riventon and sighs and shakes her head. "If it's who I think it is, she doesn't work for UMBRA anyways." she turns back around to Rashmi and then to Miho, who she assumes will give Lamya the good news. "Gift....?" she turns to ask at Riventon.

What coul...OH! She blinks. "Oh! I mean. I mean. These ones are probably gonna know anyways, given who they are and being my friends and all." she says a little embarrassedly. "So I guess it doesn't really matter." she says.

She then blinks. "Wait what you... found!?" she blinks. She looks to Rashmi and blinks again! But then a really worried look.

Rashmi probably knows exactly what she's worried about.
Dragon Lamya 2018-09-14 03:32:42 97707
Lamya nods enthusiastically at the mention of Joy's healing prowess. "Yes! She saved my life when St. George attacked me the first time!" She shakes her head, "I can't stress what a difficult undertaking it was for her to be able to break through the command that was trying to kill me and heal the mortal wound."

Then Joy starts speaking about a girl. A girl who was really into the legend she had lived. A girl who is, with 95% certainty her princess. "P..princess?" With shaking hands she reaches out to take the paper and just stares at the name, holding back tears. "You... you found her?"
Takashi Agera 2018-09-14 03:44:33 97709
Riventon makes a show of dusting his hands off, now that the dragon is a girl and not at risk of being commanded by a jackass knight.

Then he... actually doesn't get his nose involved in the rest of Lamya's princess issues. He's started to get an understanding of aggro - or at least, picking his battles - and also he dislikes Ryo a bunch.

"Lacrima... I really meant to give you some kitchy thing like a ring of service or whatever when you got your promotion, but I think this may suit your needs better." Riventon walks forward, pulling something from his pocket and holding it in his palm for Lacrima.

It looks like a lavender bracelet with small, deep purple gems along it. And Riventon is just smiling. "Should help in a LOT of ways. And it's my gift to you, both to help you and to say thank you for all the ways you've helped me."
Rashmi Terios 2018-09-14 03:45:54 97710
"One hundred percent," Rashmi blurts. "One of the Waldians found the book and gave it to me for her, I've seen her notes. I was hoping not to give her an answer until Lamya's problem was solved, but..." Gesture-flailing at Riventon and Lacrima, the redhead pauses at the vampire's interjection, then turns an equally worried look back, nodding once. Yes, that exact thing had occurred to her too.

"Anyway, Joy-chan? If you see her before the Knight does... Let her know I've got her book and she can find me at the Korma?" And with that, she steps forward, resting a hand on Lamya's shoulder. "I really am sure she's the one, Lamya-chan," she says gently. "Which means we're going to have to protect her."
Miho Kagami 2018-09-14 03:59:08 97712
Miho smiles. "Yep!" she says. "Oh, good catch with the book, Rashmi-chan, she was looking for it the day after a magical fight. So I guess it the Waldians and ... one of their princesses? She didn't mention any names." (Riventon might be able to figure out from the given information that this was during Nightbell's most recent mission.) "Anyway, I'll text her back as soon as I can!"

She certainly doesn't miss the worried exchange, either. "Yeah," she says seriously. "I gave her Ryo-san's name, and told her that she'd probably recognize him." She nods to Lamya. "I'd be willing to help out with the protection, too, although at my current level of skill I'm not exactly sure if I can outperform a dragon. But we definitely want to ..."

Her voice trails off, and she pauses, looking over at Lacrima and Riventon. Nope, her common sense and her logic tell her that this can't possibly be what it vaguely looks like.
Lacrima 2018-09-14 04:10:27 97713
Lacrima frowns. "Right. We have to keep Ryo from her." she says. She looks to Miho. "Did you warn her about Ryo? It's okay if you didn't. It'd slip my mind, too. But you should let her know ASAP." she says. "If you didn't." she says quietly.

She takes the bracelet into her hands though and is smiling like an idiot. She looks up and looks at Joy, then Rashmi, then Lamya. "A---ha Nono this isn't. Jewelry." she says with a huff. "The last thing I need is more rumors..." she mutters. She still remembers the ones from nearly a little over a year ago.

"Nrg. What was the name we talked about... nrg trying to remember--- the stuff." she says slipping it around the wrist opposite the one her bracer is on. She holds her arm up. "Paige..? Yes! Right Paige---! Um... Register... user... Lacrima..." she says.

< Registering user Lacrima. User Lacrima Registered! User acesss granted! Owner Access Granted! > chimes out the bracelet with a slight lavender flash to the gems. The voice has an odd english accented charm to it. How one might think a stereotypical butler sounds like. < Greetings, Mistress Lacrima! How may I may help you today? >

Lacrima almost squees. "It's wonderful!" she tells Riventon. "Thank you Riven-sama and-- um. Nothing yet. Um. Paige! I'll need to get used to you. I know you're there thou!" she says with wide eyes down at the device.

"I asked Riventon about obtaining a device. Mainly to help me fight things that just kind of absorb my dark energy, but also I could use the help when I'm researching in general, kind of." she admits.

"...Also this means I might actually be able to smack Ryo now that I don't need to worry about the dark energy contamination..." she mutters. She suddenly straightens up and turns to Rashmi and the others. "Did you know he kicked Ariel!?" she asks angrily. "Not hard I hear but but!... nrg.. that still has me SO UPSET." she seethes. Yeah there's a slight dark energy aura around her.

< Warning, Dark Energy levels rising > pipes up the device. "....Oh." she coughs and takes a deep breath. Calm, Calmmmmmm....

"Yeah that's going to be handy. I think." she practically blushes.

"And-- not just thanks for this Riven-sama. Thank you for looking at my friend. I'm sure my friends here won't forget it either." she asides. She looks to the group. Right guys?...

Dragon Lamya 2018-09-14 04:18:23 97714
Lamya is just holding the piece of paper in her hand, studying the name on it like it's some long lost relic recently discovered. Lacrima's almost squeal of delight goes right past the dragon girl, who is lost in her memories.
Rashmi Terios 2018-09-14 04:33:07 97715
"It won't be forgotten, I promise," Rashmi says with a pleased smile. "Besides... How can anyone be expected to start making up for things if they don't get the chance to do good, y'know? And a Device, Lacchan, that's wonderful! I'll have to give the two of you a partnership-warming present!"