Learning to Work Together


Fate and Rune talk about how to coordinate better in battle, and form some ideas to test out later. Nanoha's increasing importance to Fate is also revealed, and talk of future threats and challenges concerns the pair.

Date: 2019-01-20
Pose Count: 15
Runealy Waldia 2019-01-20 23:21:49 102909
Rune has had plenty of time to think about a lot of things, and now feels ready to actually do something with those thoughts. "Fate, let's go out for a little while? I have some ideas I wish to share with you, to see if we can cooperate better while fighting." Her tone was serious, but patient; it's a request rather than a sharp insistence.

It was a fairly short ride over to the mall, with one of their usual drivers nearby to drop them off. Rune brought Fate along to the food court, specifically the ice cream area, and went to a table with a strawberry bowl on her end plus whatever Fate had wanted for herself.

Once seated, Rune takes a bite from her bowl and then nods to Fate. "As far as I can tell, there are three things to look in to. We've already agreed on one of them; I simply need to trust your special skills will solve problems... your barrier space, for example. The second is general coordination, talking to one another..."

"And the third," Rune finishes after a very brief pause, "Is seeing if there are things only you and I can do together, much as there are things I might only do alongside Gaofele or Hinote or Arina. That is what I've asked you here for, to see if we can plan some things out."
Fate T. Waldia 2019-01-20 23:37:34 102910
Fate T. Waldia smiled at home-- "Of course!" said the blonde twintail girl. She's... fairly glad that her and Runealy go to different schools. Runealy doesn't need to worry about the rumors her and Nanoha are going through at the moment. They don't bother her as much though. Really- when you live though the stuff she has, dealing with minor rumors is basically nothing.

Fate obtains a bowl of chocolate with vanilla sprinkles and sits down across from Runealy and begins to listen as Runealy talks as she takes it in. "Well..." she says.

"The big question here is--- are combining attacks? I know that I have experiencing combining with someone that uses purely range- while I excell in both range and melee." she says.

"--and last I understood. You generally kept to-- range. Right, Runealy?" she asks softly.
Runealy Waldia 2019-01-20 23:42:31 102911
"Oh, you've already done something like that? That will make this much easier!" Rune smiles, liking this development. "You're right about me. I can fight up close, but 'can' and 'good' are two very different things. I... am not good at it. It sounds as though you have an edge on me there. Though, if I might ask,"

Another bite, then, "Who have you worked with before?"
Fate T. Waldia 2019-01-21 00:19:29 102912
Fate T. Waldia gently looks down at her ice cream as she stabs it a little as she 'erms' and 'hems and haws' at that answer. There doesn't seem to be anxiousness there. Just a bit of embarassment. "W--well. Nanoha-chan. Me and her trained a lot after... the whole stuff with my mom. It helped keep my mind off things and we trained using the VR sim that our devices can link into one another for." she says.

"...You and her.... actually have some similarities when it comes to fighting- but that doesn't surprise me- because Raising Heart in bombarment mode and your wand have similar charcterisitics." she says.

"So-- it may be possible to use some of the things we practiced together with you--- like..." she says. "One of the things we'd do is Nanoha would make her orbs? And then I'd use my sychte to hit them a lot faster than she could launch them into targets--- harder to dodge and the impact was a lot greater." she says.
Runealy Waldia 2019-01-21 00:24:21 102913
"What is a 'VR sim'?" Rune's tone is light; confused rather than demanding answers. "Regardless, it sounds as though I really should meet Nanoha soon. We've seen one another, but rarely worked together and I only vaguely know who she is. That seems awful of me to do. Now..."

Her head tilts down in thought, with the occasional hand-wave in odd directions to no obvious effect. "Huh..." Another ice-cream bite, then, "So you can do that?" Confusion and pondering finally give way to a slight smile, "I think I have an idea that can build on this."
Fate T. Waldia 2019-01-21 00:31:42 102914
Fate T. Waldia says. "I can invite her over soon if you want! I'd like that anyways..." she says lightly. "Nanoha-chan... is really nice." she says lightly. "If--" she says. "If you don't know- I and Nanoha-chan are dating." she says flatly. "--just. Letting you know." she smiles.

She leans in. "Share your ideas, Runealy. We won't know ideas will or won't work until we try it out afterall." she says. "-and I'm not sure if I can do that- but I can do it with Nanoha's orbs." she says. "But Nanoha's orbs can sit there like a softball on a tee. If yours primarily can only launch, it may be more like playing baseball with yours."
Runealy Waldia 2019-01-21 00:36:24 102915
"Please do! I really should meet her more properly, and..." Rune blinks a few times as the rest of Fate's news sinks in. "...I..." Several thoughts rush through Rune's mind, and after a few seconds the smile returns, "...think that's wonderful. Forgive me if I seemed surprised, I truly do think it's great if you two are together!"

Rune goes through a little more ice cream, then nods over to Fate. "I wonder what would happen if you were to strike any of my magic? Would it gain speed? Would it change form? Would it simply stop it outright? For that matter, what happens if we reverse it... where I do something to build on your efforts?"
Fate T. Waldia 2019-01-21 00:46:27 102916
Fate T. Waldia smiles and nods. "I'll invite her over soon." she says softly. She does listen as Fate goes on about what might happen if she we're to strike it. She's enjoying her ice cream as she thinks on this, as she talks. "We'll know when we try to practice. Right-- as for... VR sim...." realizing she never explained it.

"Devices can make a telepathic link and put us in false barriers in our head. Imagine it like... one of the video games at the Crown? Except you're mentally inside it controlling the characters. You can beat each other up but never cause actual damage to one another." she says.

"I dunno if that makes sense." she says.

"For us-- I think it'd be better if I we're to cast a barrier and we practice in there. We would be able to hurt each other physically-- but we wouldn't need to worry about anything like destroying buildings or widelife." she says with a soft nod.
Runealy Waldia 2019-01-21 00:52:23 102917
"That sounds lovely, please do invite her!" Rune's tone is higher, more excited now... and it remains so as her eyes go wide when Fate tries to explain virtual reality to someone who is only vaguely tech-literate. "Like being inside a game?! That's... that sounds absolutely amazing! Whether it's like that, or inside one of your barriers, either way is fine by me! I would have loved to have something like that while growing up..." Nevermind that Rune has a few more years of said growing to do, "it would have made things so much easier while learning how to protect people from demons. Mom and I had to really hold back, or else go into the mountains, for training."
Fate T. Waldia 2019-01-21 01:17:30 102918
Runealy gets a terse look. Fate's mom didn't 'hold back' when she was learning. She doesn't express that to Runealy. Instead- she nods some. "I'm not sure if we could use the sim. I'd need to ask Nanoha or Yuuno on that much. So far I've only done it with other device uses or familiars." she says.

"BUT! Yuuno has mentioned practicing with Nanoha in the sim before- and Yuuno isn't a familiar!" she says. "Nor has his own device." she says with a nod.

"Hinote mentioned to me in a text, something about Akari-san was by for another cleansing?" she asks with a little bit on concern.
Runealy Waldia 2019-01-21 01:27:19 102919
Rune winces, having some idea of what that look might mean. "...Sorry." She tries to move on. "Regardless of which method we use, at least we have some ideas to try now. I'm just not sure what I could do with anything you start, though... do you have any thoughts on that?"

Then the topic shifts to Akari. Rune finishes her ice cream before answering, "Yes, she came to us for help again. Apparently this 'General Signum' attacked her with an artifact of dark power. That could mean any of several things... Signum might be controlled by the darkness. Or delight in it. Or feel it necessary to use no matter what. We don't know enough to say what's the truth yet, so please be careful if you see someone with armor, pink hair, and a sword. Apparently she has something to do with ancient legends, but I didn't understand much of what Akari had to say about that."
Fate T. Waldia 2019-01-21 01:34:30 102920
Fate T. Waldia frowns hard. "...I am familiar with this person. This is the person that stole Nanoha's linker core." she says with a lot of terse force neutralness. She sighs. "Bardiche has the recording Akari-san made of Nanoha getting linker core drained." she says quietly. "She's a Belkan Knight of some sort. It's my understanding she may be a living program." she says.

"This means either she's socliable, like Akari-san. Or she is probably bound to some programming like... an app on your phone." she says quietly. "Doing only what you tell it to and nothing more." she says.

"So yes, we need to be careful until we know more." she says. She leaves her spoon in her mouth as she thinks as she takes another bite of sprinkled covered chocolate.

"Well. I use Bardiche in either Halberd of Scythce mode." she says. "I can use to strike at high speeds- or I can throw 'blade beams'..." she says.

"Or I use a lot of electric attacks. That's the element my mom's familiar taught me early on." she says. "That means.. bolts.. beams.. balls of electric energy." she says.
Runealy Waldia 2019-01-21 01:39:49 102921
"She hurt Nanoha too? That's... ...mm." Rune's tone lowers, smile gone now. "Regardless of what she is, we'll have to find out. Though, you mention 'blade beams'."

Rune is glad to go with this topic shift. "I think I have an idea. What shape do they take, and how do they move? Do they spin through the air? Are they a straight line of movement? Smoething else?"
Fate T. Waldia 2019-01-21 01:47:01 102922
"It depends." she says. "The Halberd's beams are straight lines...." she says. "More or less. While the the Sychte spins cresents." she says softly. "They move straight. I can curve the Sychte's though." she says. "For curve balls if I need to, because of the spin." she says.

"Both are sharp and dangerous." she asides. "Made to penetrate and explode in on their target." she says softly.

She doesn't comment on Nanoha being hurt. She doesn't want to say anything unsettling to her sister!
Runealy Waldia 2019-01-21 01:54:24 102923
"In THAT case... I have an idea. Imagine if I were to strike your 'blade beams' as they fly. Maybe it would cause things to scatter, and since yours can curve... that gives us a lot of things to work with. So it sounds like we have plenty of ideas to try."

Rune pushes her basically empty bowl toward the table, and a slight smile returns. "Perhaps next time, we can put them into practice? We might find some of them simply don't work, but... we'll find something that will, too. Something that's specifically ours, something that... together, gives us an edge on demons and assassains and everything else out there!"