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#1 Edited by Kashima_Art_Institute (9 posts) - - Show Bio

Hello and good day! Welcome to the Kashima Art Institute, a school for gifted youth and higher learning! Our capacious campus sits on top of the Ukishima Marsh. The institution is comprised of 26 buildings, each labeled alphabetically with the majority providing free housing for our wonderful students! Quick history overview: The institution was originally a shrine built to commemorate the shinto kami, Takemikazuchi, otherwise known as Kashima-no-Kami, Takefutsu, Toyofutsu, or Ikadzuchi - the thunder god; and since its founding during the 7th century, the shrine has been a place of significance to Japanese martial artists and shinto practitioners alike; many of whom still make pilgrimages to the sacred temple! The Kashima Art Institute is also home to the legendary Kashima Shinkage Ryu, which is headed by the current shihanke, Ienao Kunii and his league of masters. During the mid 20th century the school was built around the shrine and over the years has become one of the worlds most prestigious academic institutions!

Campus

The Courtyards

The Kashima Art Institute has several courtyards throughout its enormous campus where you'll often find students socializing in their respective cliques or engaging in typical activities such as conversing in-between classes, playing kick the sack, drawing, reading and writing, eating or even meditating! The institution has a fairly strict policy of keeping school grounds clean, however, so eating on a campus courtyard is a privilege. Students who fail to adhere to campus policies regarding foods and liquids will have their courtyard eating privileges stripped, so please refrain from leaving trash on the ground or spilling drinks and making messes. Any other physical activity besides kick the sack is restricted in the courtyards. As with the policies regarding eating, there are consequences for breaking the rules; so please, no playing catch with footballs or baseballs and no horsing around or fighting while in any campus courtyard. Insubordination will have the school's Disciplinary Committee on to you in a flash, and they've got a reputation around here to be very hard on fellow students who break the rules.

Main Hall

Upon entering the main building of the school, building A, you find yourself in the lobby. Approaching the elevator you see the school's community board. The community board is a complex computer designed with state-of-the-art technology that utilizes exclusive components and unique circuitry which allows for accelerated computing on a 500 x 350 inch plasma touch-screen. To use the community board, first place your ID card on to the designated ID panel on the screen. This will bring up the menu interface which you can then use to check the school's academic ratings, records, teacher faculty dossier, student body dossier, sports records and a multitude of other things, but the most important uses it has for newer and exchange students are the class scheduling and campus navigation features. A truly remarkable advice! Surrounding the elevator are several branch-offs leading to the main recreational and infirmary facilities as well as the cafeteria, the main library, and the school museum to name a few. The elevator itself will take you to the headmaster's office.

The Headmaster's Office

The Headmaster's Office is currently off limits.

The Infirmary

Students never have to wait in line to be treated as there are numerous infirmaries spread across campus-- one in each building. In addition to the standard methods of medical treatment, the head nurse, Shelby Arredondo, along with her student med-aides, are all trained in the Kashima Shinkage Ryu's traditional martial principles of anatomy, herbal medicine as well as Chinese acupuncture.

The Kashima Culture Museum

he museum holds a large collection of some of Japan's rarest artifacts of cultural value.

The Library

Countless rows of bookshelves filled with an abundance of books, both academic and novelesque, run along the interior of the room. One would wonder at how a student is ever to find a specific book for their studies or leisure but the process is simple. The school has developed a simplified way of accessing the school's vast resources by incorporating a large digital archive network which students can connect to with their ID cards.

The Classrooms

The Kashima Art Institute believes education to be equally important to metaphysical studies. Each classroom has state-of-the-art technology to ensure the best learning. The chalk board is completely digital, as are the desks. Each student is assigned to a digital desk and are required to swipe their ID cards on the ID panel in order to log in to their digital desk account. All Study notes and/or homework can be saved on to student ID cards and taken back to the dormitory.

The Dormitories

The majority of the institution's buildings are housing units for students. At 40x40x15 feet, each room is larger than a typical dorm room.

Home Economics

One of the most popular courses at the Kashima Art Institute.

Ukishima Marsh

Located at the very center of campus, the Ukishima Marsh is replete with an aggregation of plant life. Ferns, azalea, camellia, cherry blossoms, maples and lotus are neatly arranged here, giving the environment a natural, warm and exotic atmosphere that leaves visitors with an experience that is truly majestic! In addition to its affinity with various types of vegetation, the wetland is also teeming with bizarre and fascinating creatures.

The Kashima Shrine Academy

At the center of Ukishima Marsh is the Kashima Grand Shrine and the Dojo where the League of Masters teach martial arts to the students. Joining the academy is not required for one to graduate.

The Student Committee Program

Participating in the Student Committee Program is not a requirement for students. The individual committees are as follows (Editions will be made).

Leadership: They act as a council that assign responsibilities among the other committees.

The Student Volunteer Program: Members of the student volunteer committee are usually charged with random tasks. They might help the janitors maintain campus grounds and facilities, or host next-generation students during campus tours.

Teacher-Aid Committee: Teacher aids help grade exams and homework assignments or assist their teachers in any other way.

Campus Gazette: The school's newspaper team. In addition to writing articles, they're also responsible for putting the school's yearbook together.

Disciplinary Committee: Those in the Disciplinary Committee are responsible for enforcing the school's policies. Most of them are also disciples of the budo and wushu academies.

Jury Duty: A select group of students chosen by the leadership council to issue disciplinary measures on other students.

Peer Watch: A division of student detectives.

The Hall Monitors: Campus student police force.

The Student Intern Committee: Student interns who take on real-world internships.

Budo Academy Cadets: Budo Cadets are adept practitioners of traditional Japanese martial arts. There are several divisions within the academy (EX: the shadow disciples and the shrine guards).

Wushu Academy Cadets: Wushu Cadets are trained in various forms of traditional Chinese martial arts. It too has several divisions.

OOC

(This thread is a WIP)

The Kashima Art Institute is a school where 'normal' kids learn alchemy (particularly eastern alchemy) and metas/mutants are taught how to harness their powers and to use them responsibly. Students may be enrolled as early as five years old and may stay for college or technical schooling. Aside from martial arts and traditional academic education, the institution offers apprenticeships and real-world experiences through its various Student Committee Programs. Also, the museum is one of the special spots at the Kashima Art Institute. A huge collection of rare and special artifacts are kept in there (that can be stolen by or bestowed on to students or teachers. The cool thing about that is if you come here looking for an item, you can make up its powers and history. Just know that the most prized artifact of the museum is the Bokuden Blade)

Coming Soon: Cafeteria, Student Lounge, Band Room, Gymnasium, Track & Field, and some other stuff.

Rules

Some general rules to follow. I may add more later.

  • Standard nU rules.
  • Anyone's welcome here and you don't have to be a student or a teacher to drop by.
  • The Headmaster's office is off-limits.
  • If you come seeking an artifact from the museum please run it by me first and we can work out the details.
  • If you come to break stuff please check with me beforehand.
  • And have fun, of course ^__^
#2 Posted by Zauberin (4356 posts) - - Show Bio

That's amazing. Work like a pro.

#3 Posted by Rumble Man (11118 posts) - - Show Bio

@Kashima_Art_Institute: (Is it possible to be a gym teacher?)

#4 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

This is really cool, well done :)

#5 Posted by Decoy Elite (30041 posts) - - Show Bio

(Really nice stuff, not gonna lie I played a bit of a certain game and I couldn't help but wonder if students would be given fake guns to defend themselves with)

#6 Posted by Tranquil (3713 posts) - - Show Bio

Girls Gone Wild: Kashima! xDD This is awesome.

#7 Posted by Inner_Demon (1869 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a work of art. ^_^

#8 Posted by Kashima_Art_Institute (9 posts) - - Show Bio

@Zauberin said:

That's amazing. Work like a pro.

Wow what a compliment. Thanks, Zauby! <3

@Rumble Man said:

@Kashima_Art_Institute: (Is it possible to be a gym teacher?)

Of course. I think you'd make an awesome gym teacher, too : )

@Impero said:

This is really cool, well done :)

Thanks, Impero ^__^

@Decoy Elite said:

(Really nice stuff, not gonna lie I played a bit of a certain game and I couldn't help but wonder if students would be given fake guns to defend themselves with)

Hey. I appreciate the comment, Decoy! The game you're referring to eludes me :p

@Tranquil said:

Girls Gone Wild: Kashima! xDD This is awesome.

lol too funny, and thanks ^^

@Inner_Demon said:

This is a work of art. ^_^

Thanks a bunch! I'm really glad you liked it :D

#9 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

@Kashima_Art_Institute: You're welcome girl ;)

#10 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice, I like this. Very organized.

#11 Posted by Inner_Demon (1869 posts) - - Show Bio

From his fastness in the Astral Plane, the Demon of Silence sent out tendrils of his vast and malignant consciousness, snaking through the aether, seeking out events and individuals that might be worthy of his dread attention. His fanatical pawns on the material plane performed a similar function, gathering rumors and ferreting out reports of anything that may be of interest to their dark master. Most of what was uncovered was deemed unworthy of notice.

However, that which did draw his attention was interesting, indeed. A school, built on a site of considerable power, where exceptional beings and artifacts of tangible potency were gathered together. Now this held potential. Who knows what weapons, living and otherwise, he might claim? Rising from his throne, the Demon dove through the veil between the psychic and material realities for a closer inspection.

As he expected, the school devoted more of its energy and resources to the education of its students than it did to defense, but he would need to remain cautious, nonetheless. Its caretakers were obviously no strangers to supernatural threats, and he noted with grudging admiration a number of mystical wards. A different approach would be called for, in order to truly reconnoiter the establishment.

Cloaking himself in psychic shadows, the Demon subdued his own presence and waited for the opportunity he needed to present itself…

#12 Posted by Frenemy (1240 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix: : ) Thanks for stopping by, LL.

@Inner_Demon: yikes. I think my A game is equal to your C game; and that's me being generous to myself lol great post. I'll have something for you soon.

#13 Posted by Inner_Demon (1869 posts) - - Show Bio

@Frenemy: (You are too kind; this thread absolutely blew me away, and I'm going to have to reach down deep to come up with material worthy of it!)

#14 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3953 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome!

#15 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

@Frenemy: Now I can visit Ayla :)

#16 Posted by Frenemy (1240 posts) - - Show Bio

@Inner_Demon: I feel the same way about RP'ing with you.. lol

@StMichalofWilson: Thank you ^__^

@Impero: She'd love the surprise :D

#17 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

@Frenemy: D'aww :)

#18 Edited by d__b (3 posts) - - Show Bio

@Inner_Demon said:

From his fastness in the Astral Plane, the Demon of Silence sent out tendrils of his vast and malignant consciousness, snaking through the aether, seeking out events and individuals that might be worthy of his dread attention. His fanatical pawns on the material plane performed a similar function, gathering rumors and ferreting out reports of anything that may be of interest to their dark master. Most of what was uncovered was deemed unworthy of notice.

However, that which did draw his attention was interesting, indeed. A school, built on a site of considerable power, where exceptional beings and artifacts of tangible potency were gathered together. Now this held potential. Who knows what weapons, living and otherwise, he might claim? Rising from his throne, the Demon dove through the veil between the psychic and material realities for a closer inspection.

As he expected, the school devoted more of its energy and resources to the education of its students than it did to defense, but he would need to remain cautious, nonetheless. Its caretakers were obviously no strangers to supernatural threats, and he noted with grudging admiration a number of mystical wards. A different approach would be called for, in order to truly reconnoiter the establishment.

Cloaking himself in psychic shadows, the Demon subdued his own presence and waited for the opportunity he needed to present itself…

It was 6:44 am and the Russian exchange student was out on a jaunt. Spring time was approaching fast and it was evident from the early blooming processes of the school's endemic plant life already taking off; but a stubborn chill blanketed the institution's vast campus and his breath was heavily clouded. These vestiges of the long and cold winter had evoked a feeling of insatiable nostalgia in him for the entirety of the season, he was desperate for a break from the bleakness. Clad in a furry-hooded parka with a fudd hat, a pair of whitewashed jeans, and heavy black hiking boots, the fair-skinned young man made his way from the dormitory yard towards the wetlands.

Casually he strode along the passages of the empty courtyards while his mind undulated to the echoes of the staccato clicking of his boots against the smoothly paved walkways. It was an equable walk out there by himself, but the serenity of the bare setting he ambled through and the peace of his lonesome were suddenly broken by the daily bustling of morning rush hour when his peers poured into the corridors of the quad. The bell for A-block would ring any minute but he, however, was in no hurry. The first two periods were his off-block for the second semester of his final year at the Kashima Art Institute so he could take his time and linger four a few more hours if he pleased.

Arriving at the wetlands he continued along the twisting boardwalk paths until he came to his destination, a small lily pond at the end of an impasse on one of the branch-offs from the original path. He leaned against the wooden railing and peered into the natural habitat. A duo of Hyla Japonicas leaped on to a lily leaf from the grass at the side of the basin, causing a tiny ripple in the still water. An Epiophlebia Superstes zipped by the young man's rugged face then, bringing his attention to the silhouette of a great mountain far off in the distance.

Soon the sun would climb over the alp and engulf the habitat with brilliant aurulent rays and restore the natural pulchritude of the wetlands. The impending sunrise would be a resplendent sight, and he was hoping it would be enough to curb his longing for his Siberian home.

#19 Posted by Inner_Demon (1869 posts) - - Show Bio

@d__b:

From the shadowy corners of consciousness itself, the Demon observed the young man as he gazed over the wetlands, lost in thoughts of his own. Obviously one of the older students, this individual possessed potential, indeed. Whatever the source of his powers may be, they connected him on a metaphysical level to the very elemental forces of the universe. With the appropriate mental discipline and willpower, he would be able to do wondrous things with such abilities…or terrible things. It was the possibility of the latter that brought him to the attention of his unseen observer.

This situation called for a degree of subtlety, however. Though this young man had not yet developed the mental fortitude that would be required to access the full range of his abilities, his mental signature still showed impressive strength. Should the Demon attempt to simply wrest control of his body away from him, he could no doubt put up a terrific struggle, a struggle which might draw unwanted attention. Carefully, the Demon of Silence began to mold a portion of the very astral aether itself, crafting it so that it became a painstakingly perfect recreation of the young man’s physical environment, down to the smells and background noises. He then gently draped the illusion over the young Russian’s mind with such practiced mastery that, if anything, his victim might notice only a passing sense of drowsiness. Within this illusion, the Demon also caused the passing of time to appear to have slowed to a crawl, so that while hours might pass in the world around him, it would seem as though he had only spent a few minutes lost in his own contemplation.

Having cast this elaborate deception over his target’s existing mindscape, the Demon waited. He would not take further action until he was sure that his artificial reality had been thoroughly accepted by his victim. Once that was accomplished, he would begin to take control of the physical body. So he waited, and observed…

#20 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

The ancient crusader strode through the hallways of the school, nodding to and greeting the students. Cell phones snapped pictures and video.

He has just finished addressing a small group of possible sympathisers. The Court always needed recruits, always needed friendly faces in high places. The constant recruitment drive was one of his most important duties.

#21 Posted by Chevaliere (995 posts) - - Show Bio
@Amaranth_Strix: (This is why we need you. You've got that...people thing.)
#22 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@Chevaliere: [ Charisma :-)

#23 Posted by _Creed_ (4640 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix: "Does a recruitment come with a free pin too?" Creed said as he leaned against a few lockers, the hallway they found themselves in was pretty empty.

#24 Posted by Chevaliere (995 posts) - - Show Bio
@Amaranth_Strix: Yeah! And....interpersonal skills.
#25 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@_Creed_: The mutant warrior turned to face him. "I'll even throw in a toaster." His voice rumbled through the hallway.

#26 Posted by _Creed_ (4640 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix: "Gotta say, I miss the goatee" He said while walking a bit closer, chuckling while he does.

#27 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@_Creed_: This man seemed to know him. Curious he sniffed the air. Odd.. it smelled like Creed. The government archer. But something was different about him. Very different.

"Mmm." Brings a hand up and strokes the stubble on his chin. "Most of my face was melted by a sunspear, it will take a while for the goatee to come back in." Or his eyes to return to their original color. That had been one hell of a hit, and radiation always slowed down his regeneration. "I miss the bow and orange glasses."

#28 Posted by _Creed_ (4640 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix: "I miss the first layer of skin on my face.." Creed said as he lifted up his mask slightly to show of his ghoulish face, grinning while he did it. "So be happy your still a looker gramps"

#29 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@_Creed_: His eyebrows raise. "How did that happen?"

#30 Posted by _Creed_ (4640 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix: "Rabid dog" Creed jested while avoiding a real answer. "What I really came here for was to see if you got any work that needs done? And I don't mean givin' you a sponge bath! Ick! I mean Merc work".

#31 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@_Creed_: He grunts a short chuckle. "One hell of a dog."

He rests his hands on his utility belt, pondering Creeds request. The archer had always impressed him in their battles in the past. He would be a worthy ally, assuming this wasn't an attempt at infiltration. If Creed was sincere he would be very useful. If he wasn't, well, Amaranth was confident he could handle it. "Matter of fact I do. But its dangerous."

#32 Posted by _Creed_ (4640 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix: Creed started to laugh out loud, slapping his knee. "Oh come on gramps! It's Creed your talkin' to! Im the mad merc! The regenerating gun totting lunatic from Canada! I got this in the bag...What is it you want done exactly?" Creed said while crossing his arms.

#33 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@_Creed_: He frowned. Creed's personality had been altered almost beyond recognition. Perhaps the government had been experimenting with mind altering methods, or he had been subjected to a telepathic attack.

He would check on that later. For now the mission. "Have you heard of Dr. Alexandra Steele?" Once more his deep voice filled the hallway. "She has a psychiatric practice. She's also a vampire, or something like a vampire, who has the ability to take mutant powers from blood. I want to know everything about her, and I want her office searched for hidden passageways."

Amaranth meets Creeds eyes. "And I am deadly serious about how dangerous she is. Be careful Creed."

#34 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

Arriving at the prestigious school for the gifted, Ishin is clad not in his usual ceremonial Impero attire, but a stylish light grey Armani suit. Intent on visiting his teenage friend, Ayla, he sets foot in the illustrious institution.

#35 Posted by d__b (3 posts) - - Show Bio

@Inner_Demon said:

@d__b:

From the shadowy corners of consciousness itself, the Demon observed the young man as he gazed over the wetlands, lost in thoughts of his own. Obviously one of the older students, this individual possessed potential, indeed. Whatever the source of his powers may be, they connected him on a metaphysical level to the very elemental forces of the universe. With the appropriate mental discipline and willpower, he would be able to do wondrous things with such abilities…or terrible things. It was the possibility of the latter that brought him to the attention of his unseen observer.

This situation called for a degree of subtlety, however. Though this young man had not yet developed the mental fortitude that would be required to access the full range of his abilities, his mental signature still showed impressive strength. Should the Demon attempt to simply wrest control of his body away from him, he could no doubt put up a terrific struggle, a struggle which might draw unwanted attention. Carefully, the Demon of Silence began to mold a portion of the very astral aether itself, crafting it so that it became a painstakingly perfect recreation of the young man’s physical environment, down to the smells and background noises. He then gently draped the illusion over the young Russian’s mind with such practiced mastery that, if anything, his victim might notice only a passing sense of drowsiness. Within this illusion, the Demon also caused the passing of time to appear to have slowed to a crawl, so that while hours might pass in the world around him, it would seem as though he had only spent a few minutes lost in his own contemplation.

Having cast this elaborate deception over his target’s existing mindscape, the Demon waited. He would not take further action until he was sure that his artificial reality had been thoroughly accepted by his victim. Once that was accomplished, he would begin to take control of the physical body. So he waited, and observed…

Suddenly afflicted by a deep mental torpor, the Russian exchange student's heavily melancholic mood had abated; yet the he felt no better than before. Instead he became overwhelmed with lethargy. Blinking and opening his eyes widely from the dizzy spell, he shook his head and tried to discern what was happening, "nn..ngnh.."

The Ukishima Marsh had many bizarre creatures, some of which possessed various degrees of mystic abilities. Many rumors about youkai 'abductions' and 'vengeful ghosts' floated around campus, but all of them were seemingly nothing more than urban legends. Still, having experienced what professedly appeared to be an attack on his conscience from a mental space veiled by preternatural forces beyond his comprehension, the maturing elementalist persevered in his struggle to overcome hebetude.

Yet with every cognitive attempt to free himself he fell deeper. It was not long before he found himself watching himself from inside of himself yet not feeling as if he were himself. He was there but not there. His perception had shifted to a sleepy haze, much like a faded memory that one sees but doesn't quite 'see'.

Time became irrelevant. Senses had all but dulled down to dormancy. He was numb..

#36 Posted by d__b (3 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix: @Impero: yikes. I'll get to you guys :p

#37 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

@d__b: No worries girl :)

#38 Posted by Charlie_Yen (2 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix said:

The ancient crusader strode through the hallways of the school, nodding to and greeting the students. Cell phones snapped pictures and video.

He has just finished addressing a small group of possible sympathisers. The Court always needed recruits, always needed friendly faces in high places. The constant recruitment drive was one of his most important duties.

The overzealous hall monitor was alarmed to the striking presence of a visitor who towered over other students. Unfazed by the man's intimidating stature, he approached with a self-imposed authority and a compulsive aggression that was almost pompous in nature, "what's your business here?"

The top candidate for the hall monitor of the year award always strove to never miss a beat. Almost immediately after the formally dressed visitor arrived, he paced towards the man until he was within earshot distance, "Can I help you?" He said in a flat, seemingly unfriendly voice.

#39 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

@Charlie_Yen: Calmly pausing his steps as an apparent hall monitor approaches, the poised Ishin instinctively crosses his arms before his chest, subtly noticing the substantial difference in height between both individuals. However, his esoteric senses were immediate in alerting him of the boy's impressive chi reserves, they were quite enormous for one his age. "Yes you can. I'm looking for an Ayla Kitagawa", he answered calmly, brief and to the point.

#40 Posted by Charlie_Yen (2 posts) - - Show Bio

@Impero: "Continue down this hall and take the left fork. The dormitory she's roomed in is on the fourth branch-off," he said, scowling at the visitor. Gesturing towards the way he continued, "for security purposes I'll have to monitor your visit with her."

#41 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

@Charlie_Yen: With his interest having completely transitioned to visiting Ayla, Ishin paid little attention to the dedicated hall monitor, offering no verbal response as he headed towards the instructed location. Halting before the door, he knocked calmly, opting not to reveal his identity in the hope of surprising the adept exorcist.

#42 Posted by Ayla_Kitagawa (48 posts) - - Show Bio

@Impero: For the past few hours, Ayla had locked herself into an intense study session when she received a sudden knock on her door. She got up to answer the door, thinking it was going to be another random peer inviting her to a random campus party but to her surprise it was in fact the Grand Master of the Reisho Monastery whom she had recently had the pleasure of meeting and befriending, "Ishin-sama!" Her face lit up with joy. Behind Ishin was none other than Charlie Yen, the ever watchful campus security officer. "Come in, please." she concluded to the both of them

#43 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ayla_Kitagawa: A calm smile is formed in response to Ayla's elated reaction. Walking in as requested, Ishin briefly takes in the visual qualities of the room. "I trust everything is well, Ayla-chan?", he asks, unsure where to sit, prompting him to remain standing.

#44 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@Charlie_Yen said:

@Amaranth_Strix said:

The ancient crusader strode through the hallways of the school, nodding to and greeting the students. Cell phones snapped pictures and video.

He has just finished addressing a small group of possible sympathisers. The Court always needed recruits, always needed friendly faces in high places. The constant recruitment drive was one of his most important duties.

The overzealous hall monitor was alarmed to the striking presence of a visitor who towered over other students. Unfazed by the man's intimidating stature, he approached with a self-imposed authority and a compulsive aggression that was almost pompous in nature, "what's your business here?"

Amaranth turns to the local authority figure, evaluating him at a glance. "I'm just here looking around." He had no intention of exposing the identities of the students who were sympathisers to his cause.

[[ Apologies! I didn't get a notification for this and only now noticed it. ]]

#45 Posted by Ayla_Kitagawa (48 posts) - - Show Bio

@Impero: "Mhm," she gestured to a computer chair at her desk prior to taking a cross-legged seating position on her bed. "My friends are okay and I've been promoted to cadet status thanks to their written reviews of my field exam performance. How are things with you?"

#46 Posted by Ishin (6831 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ayla_Kitagawa: Accepting the offered seat, he returns his attention to her, "So they've recovered well from the incident in the mountains?", he asked, "Do your superiors now know to go there with more caution?", he paused, answering Ayla's question with a warm smile, "Things have gone very well. I've gotten married", he reveals, flashing his wedding ring, firmly round his finger. "Congratulations on being promoted Ayla-chan".

#47 Posted by Ayla_Kitagawa (48 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amaranth_Strix: (No worries ^__^)

""Hmph.." The dedicated campus security officer scowled at the tall man. Compelled by an unnecessary level of sense of duty and a characteristically self-imposed authority, he would keep a keen eye on the visitor for the remainder of his stay.

#48 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ayla_Kitagawa: Amaranth had clearly worn out his welcome. He knew his actions would likely find their way into a report now. To meet any further contacts upon the school grounds would be foolish and taking evasive action would be suspicious.

Amaranth Strix, run out by a hall monitor. His gruff chuckle echoed through the building as he departed.

#49 Posted by Ayla_Kitagawa (48 posts) - - Show Bio

@Impero: "Thank you, and that's great news, Ishin-sama!" Ayla addressed his congratulations and the news of his marriage with genuine appreciation and enthusiasm. She paused and shifted her attention to his question, "I've submitted a detailed report of the areas I visited on the mountain. They should have a more comprehensive reference now." Unable to hold back her curiosity she concluded with a most likely ill-timed question, "Will you be having any children?"

@Amaranth_Strix: (Spoiler alert: I'll probably have some other student approach him :p)

#50 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

@Ayla_Kitagawa: [ Sounds good :-)