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Blue Archive: Clock Tower Trinity [OC-Insert] [Blue Archive/Nasu]

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by Nihilo, Nov 11, 2023.

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  1. Kerrowe

    Kerrowe Getting sticky.

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    It would certainly add some weak justification that would be needed for the boot.
    If the Tea Party worked more off of one person's word, Seia would probably be able to shoot that down... but yeah. And Mika is Mika unless she likes you.

    Though Nagisa does that, she's definitely getting caught by Kaika.
    As I I'd imagine she'd be able to call that out by being to help tutor without it.


    Probably could get Sensei to make her presence legal when Nagissa tries blocking it out of spite, using SCHALE's extrajudical privileges.

    Though I'd imagine the other kiddos getting the boot would be still be omitted from any contract.
     
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  2. KillerQueen

    KillerQueen Dynamite with a Laserbeam

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    The thing is, nobody but Sensei got to read the contract, and Sensei did a derp and didn't read the fine print before signing. It's a major story point where Sensei's absolute trust in their students is used against them.

    Hifumi wasn't aware that she was at expulsion risk. Her grades were average until ONE test put her in the red, and even then Nagisa called in a social favor to get her to agree to be Club President. As a student, she never got to see the contract.

    100%, the rest of the club didn't get the contract. They were placed in the club, and only found out the stakes later. Hanako even tried to keep failing until she found out that everyone else would be expelled too.

    Everyone seems hyped for Kaika's joining the Make Up Work Club. I'm not going to spoil too much. What I will say is that Kaika's offer to help advise the Make Up Work Club won't have anything to do with grades. She's a student, so she doesn't get to know that a contract exists, let alone see it in advance.
     
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  3. Nihilo

    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    Kaika, in the middle of a legalease all nighter, on two liters of the Curse Department Secret Energy Potion, with a maniacal smile: "LOOKS LIKE I'M BECOMING A LANDLORD AND BUSINESS OWNER TODAY."

    Aka "we bout to ensure these girls have a place to live and a paying job even if Nagisa gets away with her shittery"

    She's definitely going to chew out Sensei for that one, because the only way I can see one's rules of enrolment changing by getting punted into a new club without even seeing a contract is if that was explicitly listed in what Sensei signed and only possible due to SCHALE's authority.
     
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  4. Kerrowe

    Kerrowe Getting sticky.

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    I hear Abydos has some good deals on property. :V

    A good fallback plan as any. Haha.
    I think the Alchemy club in Shanjang would be interested in some of Kaika's potion works too.
    If not them at least Shintani Kai.
     
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  5. Nihilo

    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    "I, uh... huh. Actually, yea, no that'd work. I can basically negate the issues of living in a desert and setting up a 'shortcut' between it and an alley in central Kivotos would be simple enough. Thanks, man. Er, assuming you're a man? Your profile doesn't say and in my mother tongue, the masculine pronouns ate neutral so my brain defaults to that."

    "Honestly, I'd offer to make you something, but I can't exactly reach across the screen. So I guess I'll just try to make you smile with my adventures in Kivotos?"

    They'd probably like the equipment she can make them. For Kaika, a potion is more of a spell you can drink, she has to personally weave it into the concoction and if anyone wants to replicate it they have to become her apprentice.

    However, something like a bottle that gathers happiness and imbues it into the contents? Easily done.
     
  6. Mr. Whiskers

    Mr. Whiskers Not too sore, are you?

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    Liquid happiness sounds like one hell of a drug to me, but I probably don't know enough about how stuff works to say in confidence it would end up like that.
     
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  7. Nihilo

    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    In scientific terms, funky liquid that makes your brain release the happy chemicals automatically. It wouldn't lead to normal addiction (no lessening of the response for the same dose after repeated usage, no biological cravings), but it could lead to psychological addiction. But that's the case for literally anything that makes you feel good.
     
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  8. Kerrowe

    Kerrowe Getting sticky.

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    I'd love something but I'll have to settle unfortunately for now. Haha.
    *Thumbs up* :D


    Don't let Misaki try it, she might try to overdose on it. Though she might become addicted instead.
     
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    Nihilo

    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    Chapter 9: Tea for Six

    The dawn's rays shine through the infirmary windows, and a light breeze ruffles the curtains. As Kaika's eyes gently flutter open, she finds herself in a familiar room and a familiar bed. However unlike her previous visit with the Remedial Knights, Kaika's bandages are light and her ankles lack cuffs.

    Another key difference from her previous visit is that Kaika isn't alone this time. The groans and sobs of first years surround her as at least two dozen JTF troopers fill the beds to capacity. A nurse with purple twin tails and a bright, cheerful outfit flits from bed to bed, changing bandages and offering words of comfort.

    Honestly, she could pass for her sister if it wasn’t for her ‘gifts’. Also that innocent face made Kaika want to squish her cheeks, give her cookies and ask how her day had gone.

    Suddenly, Kaika hears a rustling noise behind a nearby screen, followed by a pair of familiar voices.

    “Serina-chan, I'm fine. I was just a little queasy after being teleported. You should help Hanae-chan take care of the students.”

    “Sensei, we both know you're an Outsider to Kivotos. I'm not taking any chances with your health. Now stop being a baby and take off your shirt.”

    “Don’t argue with medics, it’s like blood to sharks.” The magus pipes in wryly, before waving over her fellow purple head. Hanae, apparently.

    “Ah, Kaika-san, you're awake.” The familiar pinkette pokes her head around the screen to take a quick glance at Kaika. A brief moment later, Serina nods before turning to speak to her fellow nurse. “Hanae-chan, Kaika-san is ready for a final check up. If you don't find anything wrong, she's free to go.”

    “Sorry about the scare, by the by.” Kaika offers with a light grimace.

    “Now now, no frowning! Good cheer is important for health!” Hanae descends upon Kaika in an instant. The magus is quickly brought into a sitting position and presented with a plush bunny rabbit while the junior nurse performs a routine check up.

    “Here, you can borrow my friend for a bit! And don't worry about your dolly. Your little sister took her back to your dorm while you were asleep!” The cold metal of Hanae’s stethoscope brushes against Kaika's circuits for a moment. “You had a ton of gunshot bruises, but they're healing up nicely, and everything else seems okay!”

    “That’s kind of you, and good to hear.” Kaika says, hugging the plushie without any restraint whatsoever. She’s a magus, she walks with death, she can damn well enjoy a stuffed rabbit without shame. “Would you like me to place a soothing curse on the room? Given all the sobbing I’m hearing…”

    “Maybe later, Kaika-san,” Serina answers. “We need to open up more beds, and you need some real sleep.”

    “In that case, I REALLY should -” Sensei tries to argue.

    “YOU STAY PUT,” Three voices interrupt in sync.

    Hanae quickly finishes Kaika's checkup, and escorts her out of the infirmary. As she leaves, Kaika catches a glimpse of her fellow convalescents. Most of them are in a similar state as Kaika was, with gunshot bruises already recovering nicely. However, a small handful of students are taking longer to recover. Thinking back, Kaika recalls some of them having been hit by trains, or crushed under Shiro's ball.

    Just means they get the day off, really. Students are absurd.

    So’s she on both counts. She could whip up a sleep or energy curse to be functional enough by the time classes start in about an hour and a half, but frankly? She can afford to miss today’s classes, and it isn’t like she can’t curse her circadian rhythm straight. She’ll just watch the BDs later and have a study session with Ame and co.

    Also, she doesn’t want to make the medics mad. She’s certain Serina would weaponize Hanae against her.




    The orange rays of dusk shine through Kaika's dorm window, kissing her eyelids gently into wakefulness. Groggily, she pushes her blanket off of her body, sending a small avalanche of plush toys onto the floor.

    “Wuh–” She jolts, only for the last 24 hours to come to her as she wakes up fully, “Oh, right.”

    She could make them fly back to her bed with a snap of her fingers, but picking them up one by one gives her a chance to appreciate her brother’s (or her nephews and nieces, she isn’t sure who made these) handiwork. Also lets her bury her face into the Goz plushie’s belly, which is mission critical.

    The toy is stuffed generously, giving the feeling of a firm yet huggable pillow. The gentle scent of campfire smoke and s’mores tickles Kaika's nose as she rubs her face against the plush cat.

    As Kaika puts the first Goz back on the bed, she discovers that there is a second one in the pile on the floor. Sorting through the pile of plushies reveals two of each distinct Slumpia Park character, in each of three sizes. The big dolls are perfect for hugging, the middle are good for displaying on a shelf, and the tiny ones look like they could make good oversized backpack charms.

    It appears that Nother decided that if it's plush, it's for hugging, and buried Kaika under the collection while she slept.

    “Oh, you're awake!” The little imp in question peeks around the corner with a smile on her face. “I promised to let our friends know when you woke up, so do what you need to do, sis!”

    “Aye aye. Tea for five, then?” The magus said as she got to work on her morning stretches, not caring an iota of how her shirt rode up.

    Nother tilts her head in thought before a devilish grin crosses her face. “For six, actually!” She proceeds to leave through the window before Kaika can ask for clarification.

    “Nother? What did you mean?” She calls after her, leaning out of the window, “Nother!”

    Their dorm is on the third floor, and Nother is currently materialized. A quick glance is enough to tell Kaika that Nother didn't use the fire escape, nor did she jump to the nearby tree branch. Where did she–

    A crashing noise and a scream from the downstairs neighbor answers Kaika's question before the thought finishes forming.

    Little missy is getting a spanki– wait, no, the JTF said that Hanako rubbed off on some of her sister’s ideation. Cheeks pinched, then.

    She can’t help a smile, though. Back… not home, never home. Back then, Nother would have learned a lot of harsh lessons very fast. She’s glad her sister can fool around like this here. Not that that’s going to save her from discipline, Kaika has to reign her in if she doesn’t want to end up with a spoiled brat of a sister.

    Idly, the magus sends a small curse through the floor. Nothing but a message apologizing and offering to repair anything that may’ve gotten broken. She’ll bake her neighbor some cookies tomorrow besides.

    For now, she has some tea and snacks to prepare. She still has some fresh scones in her imaginary space pocket (storing things outside the normal flow of time is handy like that) and a quick peek into her cupboards tells her she still has half a jar of that handmade strawberry jam.

    She looks down at the kettle with a small frown on her face, before nodding and pulling out the snow she collected during one of the preliminary tests for Seventh. She’s been saving it up for a special occasion and she knows her sister well enough to realize this will be one. Into the ofuda-plastered pot it goes, before she sets it on the windowsill and taps the glass to start siphoning sunlight to get it boiling.

    While she’s there, she picks up some chamomile flowers from her little herb garden, laying them out on a similarly plastered tray for the sun to bake them dry.

    Now, time to select today’s cups!

    Kinben and Hantei’s are already set, a shattered pair glued back together with gold and silver respectively. They are, by far, the most posh she has. Mostly on account of having been meant for the Tea Party, only for the student carrying them to trip and shatter them. She fixed the rest in exchange for keeping these two.

    While Chie has been rotating through her collection for a while, Kaika thinks her newest acquisition is going to become a permanent fixture for her. One of her gym buddies does pottery on the side, so she bought this amazing piece shaped like overlapping feathers off of her at a street sale.

    Kaika herself will always flip through her collection so they all get some love. Her sense of poetic irony makes her settle on a clear glass teacup, just because she’s going to be lying to their faces. This one’s from a flea market she beat some delinquents away from. Apparently imported from outside Kivotos, but the robot who gave her it didn’t know anything beyond that.

    Nother meanwhile has been inseparable from the t-rex cup she bought her at a museum’s gift shop, when she took an interest in dinosaurs after watching that clusterfuck of a movie.

    As for the mystery guest… she trusts her gut and reaches for the cup that feels fitting. She got this from one of Mama Yosuzume’s elderly regulars after helping him with a delivery after his bike broke together with his ankle. He’s fine now, Kivotos’ medical tech is something else, but that made him no less grateful. She’s actually been at his kiln a few times. A master at work is priceless ideation.

    The kettle whistles just as she’s done setting everything up. Ginseng slices and the shriveled up flowers go into the teapot Mama Yosuzume herself gifted her with, followed by the entirety of the kettle’s contents. It’s bigger on the inside, although that’s the least of the enchantments she’s put on such a beloved piece of clayware.

    Kaika brings her makeshift tea set to her small square table, ready to prepare everyone's seats. Kinben and Hantei always sit side by side, while Nother likes to sit between Chie and Kaika. The mystery guest… probably should sit across from Kaika. Finally, the tea pot goes in the center, in easy reach of everyone. The large key and letter on the table compliment the look, drawing the eye–

    Ah.

    Well, good news is that she feels safe enough in her dorm to not be on her guard and scanning everything. Bad news is that she can already hear her friends’ ringtones. Thankfully, having a little stable pocket of imaginary number space covers for a LOT of sins.

    “Big sis! I'm hoooome~” Nother announces in a sing-song voice, using her copy of the dorm key to let herself in. “And I brought guests~!”

    As the door swings open and Nother steps aside, Hantei and Kinben rush into Kaika's dorm. The pair barely remember to kick their shoes off before tackling the magus with a hug. “Kaika-senpai! We're so glad you're okay!”

    Chie steps through the doorway in a much calmer manner, taking her own shoes off before tidying up after her hasty clubmates.

    “You may as well join too, Chie.” Kaika chuckles as she holds the pair of juniors up in the hug like one may a pillow. It’s still faintly surreal she can do this without any magic involved whatsoever.

    Chie smiles back at Kaika. “Oh, don't worry about me, Senpai. I'm happy that you're okay, but I also haven't been panicking. Between your resourcefulness and your rescuers, I had utter faith that you would be fine. Also, your arms are full.”

    “I’m resourceful, like you said.” She chuckles, but doesn’t bother cobbling together a construct arm just to prove her point. She’s more busy ruffling the hair of her limpets. “Sorry about worrying you two. The mimesises there didn’t attack me until I was so engrossed studying them that I didn’t even have time to pull out Bosse.”

    Kinben and Hantei blush and pout. “All the more reason not to go alone next time, Kaika-senpai! We're clubmates now, aren't we?”

    As the girls lose themselves in a heartfelt moment, Nother turns to face the still open doorway. “Ahem. Tsurugi-senpai? Would you like to come inside and take a seat? It can't be comfortable standing in the hallway like that.”

    Kaika's eyes immediately shoot towards the dorm entrance, a squeak between a small animal and a chewtoy coming from the back of her throat. There, she sees the looming form of the Justice Task Force President. Standing up straight, Tsurugi takes up the majority of the doorway. Her intense expression is difficult to read, her breathing is heavy, and her eyes dart about constantly.

    “I made tea?” The magus tries, the statement lilting into a question as she disentangles herself from her juniors and waves at the table she’s set.

    Tsurugi's eyes lock onto Kaika's in an instant. With a light blush and a tremble, she lifts her arms to reveal a large thermos in each hand. “So…did I?”

    Nother has an ear to ear grin as she gently pushes the towering third year into the room, closing the door behind them. Tsurugi places her twin thermoses on the counter, and everyone present takes their seats at the table.

    “Chamomile with ginger.” Kaika explains in what she hopes to god counts as a conversation opener as she pours everyone their tea. Nerves or not, she’s a magus and her hands remain surgeon steady.

    Tsurugi is not a magus. Her twitch reflexes serve her well on the battlefield of the streets. In the battlefield of romance, however, that same twitch is going out of control. Tsurugi vibrates violently, her face locked in the rictus of a pleasant smile as her eyes dart about the room. Kaika silently thanks her instincts for giving the woman a cup that needs both hands to hold, otherwise half the tea would be on the president. “Chamomile…is good. Very good.”

    Hantei and Kinben share a look. Chie glowers at Nother, who looks like she's taken smiling lessons from Goz.

    Chie is the first to break the silence. “So, Kaika-senpai! Now that we're an official club, what sort of activities do we have planned? More construction work? Trips to interesting locations?”

    Kaika clutches the question like a lifeline, “That’s what I’d been planning for Slumpia once I found all the mimesises there. But if the amount of students I saw in the infirmary was anything to go by, I don’t think we have the firepower to safely go there. I’m not going to risk a repeat performance on a notice-me-not curse, especially not when I only have incomplete notes on how these mimesises are built.”

    Tsurugi's cup empties in a flash. She takes a deep breath as Kaika refills it, and speaks slowly. “Slumpia is going to be… an ongoing issue. We need to retrieve stolen property. We need to retrieve our tanks. Please don't go alone again, but you can join us if you like.”

    “That would be much appreciated, thank you.” Kaika says with a beaming smile, pushing herself just a little to let her feelings be known. She won’t stoop as low as using Self-Hypnosis to get through her awkwardness, but that doesn’t mean she can’t steel herself the old fashioned way. The fact they’re more planning than doing small talk helps immensely. “It’s probably a good idea to have us along for the tank retrieval, anyways. We can force them to work immediately even if they’ve been damaged and drained of fuel. The mechanics won’t appreciate it, but it’ll get them out of the danger zone so they can be towed away if push comes to shove.”

    Nother takes a long sip from her dinosaur mug, kicking her legs back and forth playfully. “What about Abydos? A treasure hunt sounds like a lot of fun!”

    “It’s on the docket, but not before everyone has their mystic codes and have done a few practicals. Ideally gotten their cyber-mimesises too.” Kaika chuckles, taking the veer away from the topic of Slumpia for what it is. “Speaking of, Chie, how goes the hunt for materials?”

    Chie sighs. “Poorly. The specific items you asked for are hard to come by. The acceptable substitutes are expensive. There's a few jewelers who're willing to part with diamond dust and amethyst cuttings, but I'm pretty sure that they're price gouging me. And nobody wants to part with raw silk.”

    Kinben looks thoughtful for a moment, before pulling out a box. “What about these, Kaika-senpai? I know it's not the exact same glass that you said you wanted, but it's easy to come by, and used in a lot of goods that interact with Halo powers.”

    Kinben hands the box to Kaika. When she opens it, she sees fragments of blue tinted glass. From the shape and thickness, they were probably a lens of some kind.

    The magus blinks, tapping a lens fragment before jolting as if she’s been electrocuted. Her voice is soft, but heavy with utter bafflement, “What the fuck.”

    Tsurugi stops vibrating as everyone at the table stares at Kaika. Hantei cocks an eyebrow. “Huh. Kaika-san, do you not go to convenience stores very often? Bigger ones, with an arts and crafts aisle. You can buy Nimrud Lense pieces there, along with some other useful things.”

    “Age of Gods mystic materials… in convenience stores…” Poor woman looks like she got handed irrefutable scientific proof that two plus two equals five. It takes every scrap of willpower in her body to keep her from snatching that vintage cognac and chug until the world makes sense. Drinking is for fun, not for numbing yourself.

    Chie sighs fondly before taking a sip of tea. “It looks like our next club activity is to take Kaika-senpai on a shopping trip.”

    Tsurugi takes another look around the dorm room, searching for something else to talk about. There's several photos framed and hung up on the walls, of various places Kaika has been and people she's met. There's one of the Applied Magecraft Club in their new clubroom. One of a kindly old sparrow lady serving a large helping of food. One of a gang of Sukeban hard at work running a bakery–

    Tsurugi starts to jitter again, and points towards the picture. “Them! The Roly Poly gang! Their grades are improving a lot!”

    Just like magic, Kaika perks up with a sparkle in her already glowing eyes. “It’s amazing what a bit of tutoring and encouragement can do! A lot of them were failing because nobody was properly engaging them or being understanding of kinesthetic learners. Of course, a few weren’t as simple a fix as introducing them to a different learning style and proving to them they aren’t stupid, but that’s because they had dyslexia or ADHD or some other condition that Chie’s helped me get some allowances on tests for them. She’s a virtuosa with paperwork.”

    Chie beams at the compliment. “Thank you, Kaika-senpai! It's a duty and a pleasure to help those who genuinely want to learn! Don't you agree, Tsurugi-senpai?”

    As the attention of the table goes back to Tsurugi, the judgment angel’s vibration intensifies. She swallows her entire cup of tea in a single gulp before making a quiet squeaking noise that can barely be understood as a “yes.”

    Chie’s expression is dumbstruck. Nother finally stops smiling, shifting to an expression of deep thought. Hantei and Kinben look back and forth between their two club presidents.

    “Umm…we've talked a lot about Kaika-senpai…how do we get Tsurugi-senpai to talk about herself?” Hantei’s whisper is quiet as a mouse, but isn't quiet enough to go unheard. The ceramic rattles as the entire table shakes, and it's up to Nother to abruptly change the subject once again.

    After roughly 10 minutes, Chie excuses herself from the party, citing the need to feed Dachi. Nother quickly picks up on Chie’s intentions, and offers to help with ideation screening and growth projection. Hantei and Kinben grab the offered lifeline, and volunteer to secure the area.

    Just as Kaika moves to reflexively offer assistance, Tsurugi’s voice rings out, seemingly a full octave higher. “Kaika-san? C-c-can we speak on the r-r-roof, please?”

    With her menacing growl completely absent, Tsurugi's voice is barely recognizable. The mad dog is a mewling kitten, the very image of a shy schoolgirl.

    Somehow, that does it. Kaika was intellectually aware that Tsurugi was just as nervous and awkward as her about this from minute one, but this makes it actually click in her brain. The only reason she doesn’t laugh at how silly they’ve been is that her crush would take it the wrong way without context. All she does is smile and lead the way, “Of course.”




    The night sky is almost devoid of clouds. The sliver of a crescent moon sheds very little light, allowing the stars and haloes to dominate the skyline. The air is nippy, with a soft breeze.

    Tsurugi leans against the railing at the edge of the flat rooftop. She takes a deep swig from her thermos, and sighs in contentment. “Ahh…much better.”

    “Sorry about my sister and I putting you on the spot.” Kaika opens with from the corner of the railing she’s seated herself on. It is, admittedly, more Nother’s fault than hers. But she still could’ve helped keep pressure off of the woman. Alas, she was too busy being an awkward mess instead of… okay, no. She absolutely shouldn’t have behaved as a magus back there, but the mindfulness that came with had been sorely missing.

    Tsurugi dismisses Kaika's concerns with a wave. “It's fine. They only did it because they care.” Her expression goes deadpan as her eyes meet Kaika's. “And while it's sweet of you to take part of the blame, it was obvious that your sister didn't warn you either. You were just as nervous as I was.”

    “Yes, but I didn’t exactly do anything about it either. I have ways to forcefully get over myself, I just didn’t want you to see me like that, or to break the otherwise good atmosphere.” The magus says with a harsh exhale, leaning dangerously back from her seat. She preemptively told Tsurugi about the curse sticking her to the railing, so it isn’t like either of them have to worry about it. “Which, yeah, are valid reasons but I still feel bad. Emotions are complicated like that, makes them really fun to work with but sometimes they’re such a headache.”

    “Haaaa… don't I know it. I am what I am, after all.” Tsurugi takes another deep swallow from her thermos. “But I feel like I'm shooting myself in the foot, you know? I've always wanted a cliche romance like you see in the movies. But here I am, in my third year, and everyone is terrified of me.”

    “Mhm. Nobody at school has really seen it yet, but I can also get worked up into a frenzy. Those three probably think they’ve seen the full extent of it, between how I got with the book burners and how rambly I get during some lectures.” Kaika chuckles bitterly, running a hand over her forehead and into her hair. Every single hard lesson from the Clocktower is screaming at her to shut up, but she’s not there anymore and it is so damn freeing to open up to someone who will understand, “I’m honestly afraid how everyone will take it when something finally brings me over the edge in public. I had a slip like that early in my year at the Clocktower, when I still hadn’t learned how to keep everything tucked in under the unflappable magus facade, and it just completely ruined any remaining chance of so much as building a rapport with anyone there.”

    Tsurugi sighs. “You do a great job redirecting it, Kaika-san. And I'm glad that you're getting another shot at a happy school life here at Trinity. But you definitely don't want a reputation like mine. It's great that our enemies are terrified of me, but it hurts when you rescue hostages only for your face to give them PTSD.”

    Kaika hisses like she’s been burnt, because her heart certainly feels like it. She’s seen this woman’s soul, and for people to react to her like that… “Can I give you a hug?”

    “Maybe in a minute. You've made your feelings clear, and I must do the same.” The smell of chamomile and honey tickles Kaika's nose as Tsurugi takes another pull from her thermos. “Lots of girls in Kivotos love movies. Action movies, mostly. And a lot of them want to be like the heroines of those movies. Me? I'm a romance buff. And I've seen enough misunderstanding and heartbreak. I th-th-think I know what not to copy.”

    Tsurugi looks Kaika dead in the eye. “The bento you made for me made me very happy. I would like to get to know you better. I think that a date could be very fun. But there's someone else that I have a crush on. Someone who can't return my feelings, and who DEFINITELY wouldn't want me to put my own life on hold for them.”

    Tsurugi stops to take a breath as her voice cracks. Her hands shake as she brings her thermos to her lips again, the last of her soothing tea slipping down her throat.

    “So I'm a bit of a mess. Is it really okay? If I say ‘yes,’ am I just leading you on? If I say ‘no,’ am I throwing away a chance at happiness and trampling your feelings over a distant ‘maybe’?”

    “It is okay.” Kaika says softly as she steps off the railing, crossing the few steps keeping her apart from her crush but stopping at just arm’s length.. “I won’t go and say I’m anything resembling knowledgeable in romance, but as far as I’m aware, dating is solely about trying to see if people click. So I say we try with that in mind. If it turns out it isn’t working for either of us, for whatever reason? Well, we still had a good time and hopefully got an equally good friend out of it.”

    “Of course, that’s just my stance on it. If you want to spend a while thinking on it, or just don’t want to risk any heartbreak, that’s completely fine.” She tacks on in reassurance, wary of giving the wrong impression here.

    “Okay… Okay…” Tsurugi repeats, breathing heavily. She tries to look Kaika in the eyes and smile, but her self control is clearly starting to slip. Tsurugi's next words come from a jagged maw as her eyes roll back in their sockets. “Kaika-san… I would like… to go out with you…”

    Her answer comes in the form of a purple missile headed straight for her midsection, an inarticulate noise of joy ripping its way from Kaika’s throat.

    “Kekekekeke…”

    Tsurugi leans into the hug as her knees bend inward and her arms go limp. Her empty thermos clatters as it slips from her hands and bounces on the rooftop. The Bloody Handed One, overcome with emotion, lets her head roll backwards as she howls into the night.

    “KIYAAAAAA!!!”

    As Kaika breaks off the hug, Tsurugi leaps from the roof of the dorms, landing directly on the ground below. Completely unharmed, she proceeds to run off into the night, cackling madly.

    “I’m the luckiest girl in Kivotos.” Kaika sighs happily.




    "Hello? Justice Task Force? Yeah, it's me again. No, this time it's Tsurugi-senpai. On MY roof. I think she got a date? Doesn't matter, she's running around campus and screaming. Yes, thank you. Good night.”
     
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  10. Vanrus

    Vanrus vanitas vanitatum, et omnia vanitas

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    Aw yeahhhh, that’s the good stuff right there. Pump it straight into my veins, I want to be diabetic by the end of this!

    I’ve always been more about the Make-Up Work Club, but Tsurugi is an absolute riot and a genuinely great character, so it’s nice to see her in the spotlight in this fic.
     
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    xbox432 Lover of Editing

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    Aw, we got a nice scene of Nother giving Kaika more of the Big Sis experience via mischievousness. As well as a cute scene with Kaika and Tsurugi. The two of them are gonna confuse so many students.
     
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    chrome23 Getting out there.

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    Tsurugi is cute, also the same resident call as Kaika incident. Heh.

    Oh, and future shopping trips means more Kivotos to see. Just imagine the reaction to some of those leveling materials.
     
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    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    "What do you MEAN they have True Ether crystals on sale!?"
     
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    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    A preview of next chapter


    [MOMOTALK]

    >Kaika Fukajo: Final PSA. As has been announced throughout the last two weeks, the JTF HQ will be closed down for renovations for the next 16 hours. There will be mimesis work crews on-site, do not be alarmed. Pardon the inconvenience and please refer to Vice-President Hasumi’s own PSA for information on the interim office and hotlines.

    >Kaika Fukajo: Thank you for relying on Strength&Junglework Construction.

    >Anna Sensei: Huh? Hello?

    >Anna Sensei: Kaika-san?

    >Paimon: An error occurred. Apologies.

    >Kaika Fukajo: That was supposed to be only sent to Trinity students. Sorry for the disturbance, Iolcos-sensei.

    >Kaika Fukajo: Paimon, food bribe protocol, please.

    >Paimon: Skatakata Shakes, Plata St 30, free bicorn swirl shakes for the next three hours.

    >Anna Sensei: It's fine, really, I'm not

    >Anna Sensei: Oh wow, that IS a good deal!
     
  15. chrome23

    chrome23 Getting out there.

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    Fun preview. So, the food bribe, was it from the deliquent girls' study place that Kaika restored?
     
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    Feng Lengshun Z-Program Researcher

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    Yeah, I can see Kaika going full "I alone am the Honored One," if she ever found some really crazy breakthrough and was overwhelmed by emotion.

     
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    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    You remember how she got with Maestro on first meeting him? That's what she meant.
     
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    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    A thought.

    In Kivotos, instead of getting coal you get a nambu.
     
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    chrome23 Getting out there.

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    The japanese pistol? Well, it has a bad reputation.

    Edit: Ooooh! Now I get it, bad guys get nambus in Santa List. I was thinking about burning nambus (?) to heat homes.
     
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  20. Kerrowe

    Kerrowe Getting sticky.

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    She gets some of that romance she was seeking all these years. Even a rooftop scene too.
    She's popping off!

    Also I see the Slumpia plushies are already being put to some good personal use.

    Kaika Fukajo: Event 1.
    Pyroxene X 20
     
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    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    She's a welfare!

    Instead of a swimsuit or new year's version, she has Shin. She uses a magic bow with arrows made of condensed spells.

    [​IMG]

    I'd be delighted if anyone tried to write up a profile for Kaika in the hypothetical she was ingame.
     
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  22. Kerrowe

    Kerrowe Getting sticky.

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    Construction Kaika! Or would it he Shin-Kaika ?

    "The Mystic Mimesis Labor party time!"
    Minori hears about JTF HQ's renovation using Mimesis for labor and when concerns about them taking their jobs come up she charges over with her group to support the minor protest and disrupt Kaika's redevelopment.
    What was an ignorable presence at first turns into a bigger nuisance.

    I would try my hand at a mini profile.
    Though I wouldn't know what to jot down as her EX or Basic Skill without a reminder as to what Shin can do.

    Attack Type: Sonic
    Defense Type: Elastic
     
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    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    Oh, nah, I meant a profile for Kaika. It hasn't really been shown what she does in her Shin guise to muddy the waters.

    Just read through Chapter 1, that's a good look into how she fights.
     
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    KillerQueen Dynamite with a Laserbeam

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    She definitely deals Mystic Damage. And while Special Armor sounds tempting, I would say Heavy Armor on account of Kaika being kitted for maximum defense against magical bullshit. Another Magus would be hard pressed to harm her, but a sniper could damage a precious Mystic Code with a good shot.

    She's a Shotgun user, which would make her a front liner even before taking her personality into account. She's DEFINITELY a Striker, as opposed to Shin who's a Special. But what's her Gear? What's her Role? I don't think she's a Tank, and she's DEFINITELY not a Healer. All the CC she's throwing around makes me lean more towards Support, though Dealer can't be ruled out.

    EX Skill? Normal? Enhanced? Sub?

    Bosse DEFINITELY applies CC, but is it Stun or Poison, and is he the EX or the Normal Skill? Whichever skill Bosse is, Kaika's creation of one-off Curses is definitely the other.
     
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    Nihilo Versed in the lewd.

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    Oh, right, something that hasn't been seen yet but is minor enough I don't mind explaining here: Bosse has an alternate mode, where it turns into a blunderbuss and has a massive cone of fire at the cost of less stopping power. This is why the flowers he's engraved with are closed, they bloom when he does.

    Actually, here:

    Paimon - Phone. The end result of many iterations of refinement. A demon whose sole purpose is to manage the systems of the Keys. It acts as a VI of sorts and doesn’t have a defined form so much as an icon.

    Sultore - Brooch. Born of the desire to see and understand, it manifests as a glowing eye set in a baseball sized mass, connected by various tentacles to Kaika’s body. Capable of seeing ideation (thoughts and feelings, psychic emanations) on top of piercing through illusions and having telescopic sight. Finally, it is capable of injecting ideation if eye contact is made, manifesting as intrusive thoughts and flashes of contextless emotion. She can allow it to possess her, making all five of her senses perceive ideation and allowing her to freely manipulate it into a maelstrom of curses and demons. If she exceeds five minutes, however, the mutations become irreversible, causing severe permanent damage and disfigurement.

    Bosse - Left wrist, bracelet. Manifests as a lever action shotgun, seemingly made out of brass with engravings and ridges that flare with green fire. It uses the working of the lever as a casting gesture to inject magic energy into its curse bolts. Can be commanded to “bloom”, causing the front to widen into a blunderbuss for cone blasts. Curse options are sickness, exhaustion and pain.

    Freikugel - A low grade disposable demon made on the spot which can only barely be said to have a mind. It phases through six victims, stealing ideation and energy, before returning to its master with the glut of power. This causes weaker targets to faint and those who withstand it to blank out as all their thoughts and emotions abruptly cease for a second.

    Mercer - An even lower grade disposable demon. Shards of bone that expand to a set size and shape and lashing tangles of muscle that happily trip and restrain victims. Unique in that they can be combined to create temporary warbeasts, looking like flayed animals and humanoid abominations.
     
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    KillerQueen Dynamite with a Laserbeam

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    Informed decision making for equipment!

    Slot 1 is Hat, Gloves, or Boots, and is primarily offence focused
    Hat grants the highest Attack bost, and adds Crit Damage.
    Gloves are a medium Attack boost, and add Crit rate and Accuracy.
    Boots are the lowest Attack boost, and have an HP boost.

    Slot 2 is Hairpin, Bag, or Badge, and is survival focused.
    Hairpin has the lowest HP increase, and also increases CC Resist.
    Bag has medium HP increase, and increases Defense.
    Badge has the highest HP increase, and adds Evasion and Recovery Boost.

    Slot 3 is Watch, Charm, or Necklace, and is focused on a role.
    Watch increases Crit and Crit Damage, with a tiny HP boost at high levels.
    Charm increases Crit resistance and Crit Damage resistance, with a Crit bonus at high levels.
    Necklace increases Healing and CC Power, with a small Attack boost at high levels.

    Hat/Hairpin/Watch is the common Dealer loadout, with Gloves being a common swap. Boots/Bag/Charm is common for Tanks, with Badge being a common swap. Other combinations exist to cater to different strategies. Gloves/Badge/Charm seems like a good fit for Kaika at a glance, but Necklace could also work.
     
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    KillerQueen Dynamite with a Laserbeam

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    Now, to express why this request is hard. The Skills.

    The Enhanced Skill is probably the easiest, because it's always an increase to a stat. Enhanced Skill +, unlocked at higher UE levels, can increase the same stat or a different one. Problem: pretty much anything is on the table here. Attack, HP, Evasion, Crit, Crit Damage, CC Power? Easy enough. But here comes Tsurugi with running speed, Hibiki's skill+ with Stability, and Himari's Skill+ with Buff Retention. "Easiest" ain't easy, and it gets wilder from here.

    EX Skill is the skill that Sensei pulls the trigger on. It has a Cost, and it does something. What is that something? It could be almost anything. Big AoE attacks, punishing single target attacks, long term boosts for the self or others, creating Cover, the list goes on.

    Basic Skill can be an attack or effect that happens after a set amount of time goes by, or when a certain condition is met. Examples include Yuuka dealing extra damage every 15 seconds, Hina automatically reloading and boosting her attack, Tsurugi healing when defeating enemies, and Shun starting every encounter with a boost to the Cost bar.

    Sub Skill is a passive effect, but is otherwise no man's land, anything goes. Herein lies Cherino's Cost Recovery effect, Tsurugi's Reload, Mika's Damage Reduction and Auto Crit.
     
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    KillerQueen Dynamite with a Laserbeam

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    My suggestion:

    EX Skill Freikrugel and Mercer. AoE with low damage and high Stun.

    Normal Skill Bosse. Every 15 seconds, inflict increased damage in a fan shaped pattern, inflict poison and burn.

    Enhanced Skill Evasion, skill+ CC Power.

    Sub Skill Paimon and Sultore, Cost Recovery boost that improves for a few seconds after using her EX Skill.

    Possibly OP, but covers the bases without shoehorning modularity into a system that isn't designed for it.
     
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  29. Vanrus

    Vanrus vanitas vanitatum, et omnia vanitas

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    Yellow armor with high CC? Sounds like a HOD student to me! I'd go for shoes/badge/neck personally, although evasion tanks have been struggling a bit lately, especially in high ACC raids like HOD.

    Hat/Gloves are rare on frontline units, especially non-DPS, whereas boots providing HP% is surprisingly impactful for frontline survival (T8 still gives most of the ATK% of hat/gloves anyway).

    Badge/Bag is a bit of a tossup, but I feel badge miiiiight be a bit more in character for Kaika? It doesn't always seem like she's thinking far ahead, and has to find her way out of situations she's brought herself into, which does fit a bit of an evasive theme.

    3rd slot is really just Necklace IMO, if you're aiming for her to be a CC unit. There's only three raid bosses (4 with Wakamo Hovercraft) out on JP that can crit, so Charm is surprisingly mediocre in that regard.

    That being said... if she's meant to be more of a PVP unit, you'd probably be aiming more for gloves/bag/charm. Gloves for accuracy (can't remember if misses can still apply CC or not...) and slightly better damage, Bag because evasion tanks are stupid and I hate them, and Charm to help mitigate some of the Ouchie Oof Ow from big sticks like Iori and Mika.
     
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  30. Kerrowe

    Kerrowe Getting sticky.

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    And here I was thinking of making her a bit like Koyuki and having a bit of randomization to what effects she would apply.
    Mainly for the Basic Skill though.
     
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