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Aka a new ref that I have created for days and that will be probs final..? I think..?


Name: Oilell

Age: 24

Birthday: 1 August

Guard: Absynthe

Race: ¼ human, ¼ berserker ½ fire spirit aka what humans call a Phoenix

Appearance:

Human form:

  • Eyes: Very light & very vibrant blue
  • Hair: Scarlet & long
  • Skin: is a little tanned  
  • Height: 164.5cm
  • Weight: 46,5kg (under the correct weight)

Bird form:

  • Egg – a little bigger than human head, orange with golden and red ornaments, scorched on the tip
  • Chick – she’s the size of a falcon, has mostly golden-orange feathers (but there are also some yellow ones, mostly around the eyes and in her wings) that can be lit on fire by will. Her eyes are light blue, like in her human form, but they shine when she lits on fire.
  • Adult – she’s even bigger than an American Eagle, almost reaching her human height. Her wing span is 4,2 m and all of her feathers are colored from yellow to orange to golden-orange. Her „tail” resembles the one of peacock but can not open like it (it looks kind of like the folded one). As in her younger form she has baby blue eyes that shine when she lits on fire

Half-changed form: 

  • More to the bird side - She is her normal height but most of her skin is covered in feathers, she has a feathery tail that resembles the one of a folded peacock’s and instead of her arms there are wings with orangeish-gold long fluffy feathers that also can lit on fire. There are also feathers coming out from her scalp as a replacement of the ears. 
  • More to the human side - she’s the normal height, naked with some feathers in few places and her tail is much less fancy than in any other form. She has a fully human body apart from this, but her hair tends to float and she herself tends to be on fire all the time before settling in some other form. She’s incredibly light in this form and can likely float right above the ground even though her wings are completely gone.

Character:

Oilell’s a kind-hearted, quite open girl that loves knowledge more than anything until she meets Ez. She’s highly intelligent & smart, already has great knowledge and knows how to use it. She’s pretty much a walking encyclopedia and she’s damn proud of this fact. While interacting with people it’s easy to notice that firstly, she naturally holds great respect towards every newly met person and secondly, she usually treats people how they treat her. She knows how to be nice, she knows how to be respectful, as well as she knows how to be playful and a little bit sassy (which she is not afraid to show when needed). What’s important is that she’s nearly impossible to piss off – you need to bug her restlessly for weeks to make her snap and she quickly calms down afterwards, forgetting what you’ve done. Pretty convenient but she also doesn’t get how people can’t be like her in that matter – not holding grudges and so.  

When it’s about learning something new, she’s always very hyped and if she must take an information out of someone she will bug them about it until they snap. Otherwise she’s quite quiet and although she smiles all the time, she doesn’t go around talking to anyone she can get a glimpse of. She’s rather asocial tbh and prefers to watch people interact than do it herself. Of course it’s not a very darn hard thing to do for her as she can easily befriend many people at one time.

In romantic aspects, she’s clueless (at first). She’s read some… many romances but she’s never been in a real relationship before Ez so she doesn’t really get how it works and every sweet gest of her love interest ends with her as a blushy mess or just melting. Later on she turns daring. Very daring actually, but that precious blushiness is still there.

She’s a total dork and blunt af and the second thing can be very embarrassing for people she interacts with. Ex she has some moments when she isn’t the blushy one in her relationship with Ez lmao.

Skills

  • Oilell might’ve been a little rebel in primary school and knows how to land a painful blow, but she may have not enough muscles to use for that. She’s fit if it’s about her legs, so her kicks are very painful (when you connect them with her medical knowledge especially) but her arms are weak and she would probably do maximum three push-ups, maybe four. Her legs are fit because she runs a lot when she needs to gather her thoughts and just wants to be fit
  • Her most treasured ability is one to adapt and learn fast.
  • With her being interested in many things, she’d once been very focused on cooking and although she’s an average cook she’s capable of making tasty meals. Sweets especially
  • In Eldarya she got into fencing and now a sword (or more like a spade) is her choice od weapon. She’s good at it while in human form but in her half-human form she’s pure grace and lethal

Other

  • Whatever she does, she does with grace. She’s just impossibly regal with her moves, the way she talks, the way she IS and this shows in exactly everything, even fighting (after she learns well how to keep her ground) is the most regal version of deathly you’ll ever see
  • When she arrived in Eldarya she has been on the last year of Medicine, cue her knowing incredible lots in this field
  • She’s good friends with Ewelein and Valkyon, rather avoids Alajea and Karenn because they cause too much ruckus and has a thing or two against Nevra. 
  • First familiar was male sabali - Lazyass, then Oilell got a Crowmero that she named Theo (male as well). Now she has female Danalasm for her companion and this pretty deer’s name is Eve
  • Oilell has androphobia RIP her when Nevra’s around. She hates it but never went to psychologist to fight it, because she thinks it’s not that bad. She can freely speak and spend time with opposite sex as long as she’s not physically too close to them or they aren’t too suggestive and well… you can ask me more about it cause I’m basing her off me. Especially in this aspect
  • She’s ticklish af
  • Afraid of beetles (and loves spiders  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
  • SHE LIKES TO BE FLASHY, especially after her heritage manifests. It’s friggin written in her DNA
  • She’s a little insecure when it comes to the fact she’s a lil bit too skinny

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Humans are Space Orcs: Berserkers

So I have researched a fair amount of Viking history and I came up with a concept. In human history battle rage has been a useful tool in any form of combat. You choose fight instead of flight and you become stronger, faster, and almost immune to pain. No group mastered this better then the legendary Berserker. They used drugs and rituals to make themself fall into a battle rage of epic proportions. They were so fearsome. viscous, and unsettling that they were actually outlawed. Now imagine they made a comeback.

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I was on Glunoff 4 when the humans were attacked. The colony was standard for humans, 1200 human souls, most devoted to taming the area near their colony site to raise crops and livestock. There was also a standard human security force of 75. I was there serving as the ambassador to Tromidal 5, my home world which had claim of this system. The humans had asked us to allow them to put a colony on Glunoff 4 so they could have a resupply point between Sol 3 and a mining operation nearer to the galactic center.

The humans had done a remarkable job taming the wilds of this world. Their colony was almost ready to begin building their orbital elevator when the Valran [see species reference material] arrived.

The humans only warning came when they lost contact with their orbital station. Within a minute the orbital charges began raining down from the sky. The charges hit many of the buildings killing dozens of people. Everything was chaos when the first ships landed. The Valran emerged from their ships and began killing and grabbing people dragging them back to their ships. The Remaining security force and civilians put up a good fight, killing a good number of the Valrans but it wasn’t enough. The Valran dropped a holoprojector as they departed. The message was simple, choose 50 people to be given as slaves as well as 5000 kilos of produce. Otherwise they will take everyone and sell them as slaves.

I panicked but the humans became… strange. They knew we were outmatched, outnumbered, and outgunned. After they finished with their head count there were only 903 alive, 162 dead, and 135 missing. The injured were treated with an almost mechanical efficiency. I was checked over by the physician and she told me that there was no way they were going to give up anyone. The next day they held a town meeting. I came along to see if the rest of the humans seemed to agree with the doctor. At first the people were afraid of what may happen, but within an hour they had all convinced themselves that fighting back was the only way. They immediately began asking me to give them any information I had to offer about the Valrans. I obliged them but I also told them that there have been few standing armies that have been able to compete with the Valran’s ferocity. To this the “Mayor” [Tina Chao] gave me the most wicked grin and said, “Never underestimate the ferocity of a cornered animal.”

Within days the Humans were already cannibalizing anything they could use to make weapons, armor, and traps. With this they also started training in hand to hand combat. They trained to use knives, swords, machetes, shivs, clubs, and those who could shoot were given firearms. Those who couldn’t fight were given support rolls. There was one group though that was far stranger.

The doctor was working very closely with a group of 20 people. These people were receiving the same training as the others but the doctor was also giving them what seemed to be some kind of stimulant before they trained. Within a few weeks they were not aloud to train with the other people because they were too violent. They would disappear off into the wilderness for days or weeks at a time hunting the indigenous animals, mostly predators. They would come back wearing the pelts of their kills and their behavior always seemed that much wilder.

When the Valran returned they were met by a group of 50 people standing next to large crates. The Valrans opened their landing craft and began to swarm around the people. When a sharp whistle echoed across the area the crates exploded open revealing the “Berserkers” [See human history for reference]. They came out of the crates in a screaming, roaring, fury. They fell upon the Valrans and began to dismantle them.

The Valrans were stunned and slow to respond, but when they did they swarmed down on the berserkers like a wave. This just seemed to make the Berserkers try harder. Also at this time the humans armed with firearms began picking off the Valrans around the outside. Then the other humans appeared out of the are around the Valrans. It was a slaughter.

When the humans had finished with the Valrans who landed they began bringing the fission batteries used to power their settlement and the mining tools. They loaded them into the ships and began rewiring them. I asked Mayor Chao what they were doing and she responded, “They are going to destroy their ship in orbit.”

“But you will need pilots… who… who will do that?” To this question the remaining 9 berserkers stepped toward the ships. “Why are you the ones going? Tyler, you are leaving your wife?”

Tyler, whose eyes are bloodshot and wide with fury, takes a few moments to respond, as if speech seems difficult to formulate, “I… I am to angry to stay. My daughter is gone because of them and I want… no I need to make them suffer.”

With that they all boarded the vessels and flew off into orbit. within a few minutes there were bright flashes. Those on the ground watched in silence for some time before everyone eventually walked away to do other tasks, like take care of the dead. The Valran were thrown in a pile and burned while the humans were given individual funeral pyres.

Help arrived in the form of a resupply ship three months later. By that time most of the humans had returned to their normal selves, except many of the humans didn’t sleep much anymore.

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Hello naughty children, I am going to talk about “psychotic breakdowns” in the P5 localization, and the fact that it’s a (very big) mistranslation that could mess up your perception of a fair amount of things in the game. (also, the fact that “psychotic breakdowns” and “mental shutdowns” are different things).

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GW2 Fashion Week - Day 4 - Lillith Totenlied

Armor:

  • Magnus’s Right Eye Patch / Royal Blue & Steel
  • Dark Templar Pauldrons /  Royal Blue & Steel
  • Ascalonian Protector Breastplate / White Gold, Royal Blue & Steel
  • Protector’s Gauntlets /  Royal Blue & Steel
  • Triumphant Legplates /  White Gold, Royal Blue & Steel
  • Paws of Koda /  White Gold, Royal Blue & Steel

Backpiece:

  • Light of Dwayna

Weapons:

  • Sunrise
  • Astralarie & The Flameseeker Prophecies
  • Fractal Rifle
Animated Characters Losing Arm Logic

Teen blonde hair characters trying to save their love one and then they get a metal arm

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BLACK HAIR CHARACTERS SEVERS THEIR OWN ARM TO GET A HIT!

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Gon

Once upon a time, a couple of people (mikkenko and tailkinker-to-ennien, I believe) sent me a request for WORLD BUILDING FICS, which is a favorte thing of mine! Whether building an entirely new world for the characters or building up an established one, I tried to keep the focus on those fics that spend time in the world they inhabit and explore various aspects of it, along with the plot! This often means Jotunheim, but also I am entirely here for focus on Asgard or differing takes on Svartalfheim or Nidavellir or Alfheim or any of the Nine Realms!  (Part one of probably, like, three eventually. orz)

THOR/LOKI RECS:
A Prelude by umakoo, thor/loki, NSFW, jotunn!loki, 10k

Thor is young and reckless, eager to slay one of the ferocious frost giants and have the skalds sing songs of his mighty deed. He sneaks into Jötunheimr, but the giant he meets is nothing like the hulking, bloodthirsty creatures from the age-old stories they tell in Asgard.

Hammer, Horn, and Heart by umakoo, thor/loki + loki/mjolnir, jotunn!loki, intersex!loki, in heat!loki, berserker!thor, mythology, NSFW, 10k

Thor often chose to visit him in the summer, for his golden skin was not made to withstand the cruel winters of Loki’s homeland. They would hunt together and feast together, tell stories and sing songs, spar and play and roam the land. Sometimes they bickered and came to blows, but no argument ever kept them from fucking for days on end, taking pleasure from each other’s bodies until their youthful lust was sated.

Of Gods and Monsters by umakoo, thor/loki, NSFW, jotunn!loki, intersex!loki, 10k

Moonlight shone in through the high windows and the cracks in the walls, creating a pale halo around Thor’s wooden frame. Loki laid his hand on the skillfully carved Mjöllnir that stood between the idol’s feet, tracing the patterns and runes with his fingers. He could not ignore the fact that the Thunderer held the place of honor in the mortals’ place of worship.

Thrice Blessed by umakoo, thor/loki + frigga + odin, NSFW, jotunn!loki, intersex!loki, pregnant!loki, mild childbirth scene, mild lactation kink, fluff, norse mythology elements, 14k

Part four in my Jotun AU series in which Thor and Loki have their first child.

Monstrous Terrain by rayemars, thor/loki + other thor characters, NSFW, jotunn!thor + jotunn!loki, au, 30k

At the conclusion of the war between the Aesir and the Jotnar, Laufey not only takes his choice of spoils from Odin’s treasury, but also claims his eldest son as a hostage. Concealing his parentage from Thor would be easier were it not that an Aesir can’t bear a jotun’s touch–at least not a full-blooded one’s.

a history of things unsaid by circa1220bce, thor/loki, a handful of NSFW scenes, 30.5k

The Kings and Princes of Jötunheimr gain immortality and a ruthlessness unmatched by any other by having their hearts consigned to the Casket of Ancient Winters. Odin, thanks to the Well of Mímir, knew such a ceremony would leave the Casket vulnerable for the taking. Odin brought the forces of Asgard to Jötunheimr on the day Loki’s heart was to be sealed away, disrupting the ceremony half way through. When Loki learns that he has only ever lived with half of a heart, he sets to finish what was begun. But events don’t proceed quite as he plans…

The Fault is Not in Our Stars by MonstrousRegiment, thor/loki + other asgardians, au, 30k wip

After a long and wretched campaign, Asgard has conquered Jotunheim. To ensure King Laufey’s cooperation and later friendship between the kingdoms, Asgard takes home the apparent heir to the throne, Loki Laufeyson. Loki is, unfortunately, anything but complacent.

The Sound of Letting Go by Velvedere, thor/loki + background characters, mildly nsfw, 35k

He was going to do it. Thor knew he was going to do it. He had seen that look before. That look echoed across a childhood of stolen nights and broken trespasses. Of dangers fought, revisited, and conquered. It was the look in Loki’s eyes when he’d made up his mind.

Winter and Spring by Sinclair_Spirits, thor/loki, NSFW, some dub con aspects, some violence, jotunn!loki, arranged marriage, 62.5k wip

Loki is given to Thor by his brother as a ploy to gain Asgard’s army. Much political scheming and conspiracies ensue as Loki finally finds his place in life and in Thor’s heart.

Never Doubt by rayemars, thor/loki + other asgardians, some loki/omc (that’s not really about them), NSFW, berserker!thor, implied child abuse, 35.9k wip

The Aesir won’t accept a king who would ride into battle and be unable to tell enemy from ally; and so when his berserker nature is discovered, Thor and Loki’s inheritances and roles are upended drastically. But some things never change.

Stone Age AU, thor/loki, nsfw, dub-con/non-con in parts (at first), brief descriptions of child death, stone age au, 60k

norsekink prompt: Thor’s tribe destroys another tribe because they couldn’t agree about their territories. Loki, a son of the leader of that tribe, survives, but he gets captured and enslaved.


THOR & LOKI RECS:
What Once Was Lost Returned by DemonQueen666, thor & loki + loki/angrboda + other mcu characters, jotunn!loki, divergent timeline, 74k

Things go very differently on the ill-suited venture to Jotunheim when the Frost Giants notice something about one of the invaders. But their decision to “rescue” what they assume must be a kidnapped Jotun has many unexpected and far-spanning consequences…especially for Loki himself.

The Poison Rain by Lizardbeth, frigga & loki, frigga & thor, thor & loki, odin/frigga, 36k

Frigga and Thor battle Loki to save him from himself. Words are Frigga’s weapons and love is her strength, and she will not surrender this fight.

Hail of Shadows by Lizardbeth, thor & loki + frigga & loki + thanos + malekith + other marvel characters, torture/loki whump, plotfic, redemption fic, 64.5k

Outside the boundaries of the Nine Realms, beyond the protective embrace of the World Serpent, waits a figure of nightmare and shadow, who leaves only death in his wake: Thanos the Eternal. Even as Loki vows revenge, dark forces are moving. Frigga knows only her family united will withstand the coming storm, even as the fates seem determined to rip them apart.

Road to Nowhere by Lise, thor & loki + frigga + other thor characters, thor 2 spoilers, action fic, quest fic, 27.2k

When Loki turns up demanding Thor’s help on a quest to retrieve the All-Mother from Valhalla, Thor isn’t about to say no. But that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten anything, and what better time than a road trip through the backwaters of the universe for trying to talk things out?

Id Est Furor by kaasknot, thor & loki, thor 2 spoilers, role reversal, berserker!thor, character death, 1.8k

“Come to visit me again, brother?” Thor’s voice rumbled through the prison block like thunder in the distance. Loki stepped out from the shadows of the stairwell. “Disasters are always so compelling to watch,” he replied.

Ere the World Falls by kaasknot, thor & loki + frigga & loki, berserker!thor, role reversal au, 5.9k

“The sonic boom ripped through the sky over Asgard’s capital, rattling windows in their casements and scaring clouds of pigeons into the air. It overlapped with a deafening crack, and the combined reverberations, enough to set the dust of the streets shivering into the air, vibrated through Loki’s chest. He frowned, looking up from the doll-like mask of the Svartálfar corpse he was examining. He knew that sound. Catching the eye of the einheri captain beside him, he tilted his head in silent command. ‘It seems my brother has come home,’ he said. 'We should give him a proper welcome.'”

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STORY TIME! 

Okay, so I got bored and started going through the au tag for Aphmau. Due to my recent binge of RWBY (go check it out, or at least watch the first few episodes, it’s a good series) I started thinking of an Aphmau/RWBY AU. There was nothing in the tags about it, and I couldn’t find this AU anywhere. So, I decided to make my own. I took elements from MyStreet, Phoenix Drop High and Minecraft Diaries (for example, their weapons are the ones the uses in Diaries. I might rework them somewhat to fit the setting, but this is the basic weapon concept.) I’m still working on the story somewhat, but it’s like the RWBY story mashed in with the series Aphmau has produced. So, here we go!


TEAM ARKT (Arked, which I know is not a word but I couldn’t think of any other way to organize their names): A first year team at Beacon

  • APHMAU (17): Leader of Team ARKT, her partner is Travis Valkrum. Her weapon is a blade, much like Weiss’ Schnee’s rapier. Her Semblance is called Healing Hand, which allows Aph to transmit her Aura as a healing power. Using this too much has proven to take a toll on her, as Zane has theorized that using her semblance to a certain point may kill her. However… There is more to this hyperactive kind-hearted girl than meets the eye.
  • ZANE RO'MEAVE (17): The second member of Team ARKT. His partner is Kawaii~Chan. Like most of his team, Zane’s weapon is a sword. His semblance is called Blind Eye (which I got the idea from the fact that he is blind in one eye.) Zane has the ability to essentially go invisible, making people unable to focus on him. They “turn a blind eye” to him. This is useful for quick sneak attacks against his opponents. Originally harboring hatred for his team, Zane has been shown to start coming around after befriended Aphmau.
  • KAWAII~CHAN (17): A Black Cat Faunus and third member of Team ARKT. Her partner is Zane Ro'meave. Kawaii~Chan’s weapon is a pair of gloves that can retract knives like claws. She can also throw these knives. Her semblance is called Animation. She can control inanimate objects for a short amount of time, almost giving them life of their own. Kawaii~Chan is originally seen as extremely hyperactive. As of recent, she is seen to have calmed down a bit.
  • TRAVIS VALKRUM (17): The fourth and final member of Team ARKT. He is Aphmau’s partner, and his weapon is a broadsword. Travis’ semblance is called Berserker. When dealt enough damage, and/or Travis has absorbed enough negativity, he will enter a blindly enraged state that enables him to destroy almost anything in his path, friend or foe. There are few who suspect that Travis is not entirely human after witnessing his Berserker attacks. (I want to keep the half-demon thing in here if possible. maybe he’s half-Grimm? I wonder how that would work…) He has a pathetic battle cry.

Team GLKD (Galactic aka, Team ARKT’s Guard since they seem to protect the younger students): Second year team

  • GARROTH RO'MEAVE (18): Leader of Team GLKD and Laurance’s partner. His weapon is a sword, the blade infused with dust. His semblance is simply super strength. Seriously, the guy breaks down doors and can tear apart iron bars like it’s nothing. Beacon has gone through a lot of doors because of him. More than windows that the wolf faunus have broken. Garroth is Zane’s older brother, and rather protective of his friends and family.
  • LAURANCE ZVAHL (18): Second member of Team GLKD and Garroth’s partner. His weapon is a green Greatsword (basically this huge sword). Laurance’s semblance is Metamorphosis. He has the ability to change his appearance for a short amount of time. However, he cannot change his voice. Laurance is the heart and soul of the team. However, he is the most aggressive in battle.
  • KATELYN (18): The third member of Team GLKD and Dante’s partner. Her weapon is a pair of gauntlets. She shares a semblance with Yang Xiao Long; The more damage she takes, the stronger Katelyn gets. This also applies to her anger. Katelyn, being the only girl on the team, has a corner to herself in the GLKD dorm. The boys call it the Katelyn Corner.
  • DANTE (18): The final member of Team GLKD and Katelyn’s partner. His weapon is a pair of dual katanas that are powered by dust, usually fire Dust. Dante’s semblance is called Persuasion. Dante can use his words to manipulate what a person does or says. It is possible to resist this. How strong his semblance is depends on Dante’s emotional state. While he can slack off and tends not to be serious about most things, Dante is not one to be taken lightly when fighting. He is Gene’s younger brother, a fact that both parties try to hide.

AARON LYCAN (21): The lone wolf of Beacon. In his final year, Aaron is the team leader without a team. No one knows what happened. He and his team had gone on a mission with Gene’s team, with only Gene and Aaron returning. Aaron refused to be placed on another team. He often teams up with teams GLKD and ARKT, acting as sort of a mentor in combat. His weapon is a sword. His semblance is called Primal Rage. Aaron can embody his anger into beast-like state. He becomes stronger, faster and deadlier. Much like Travis, Aaron’s mind is numb to almost any outside force when he activates his semblance. Almost. Unknown to a majority of Beacon, Aaron and his family are Wolf Faunus.

GENE (20): A fourth year student at Beacon. No one knows exactly what happened to his original team. They had gone on a mission with the team of Aaron Lycan. Only the team leaders returned. Gene was placed on a team with students Sasha, Zenix and Balto. Gene’s weapon is a sword, much like his brother’s. His semblance is Rewrite. He can control people’s memories, altering them or erasing them completely. He can even restore memories. There are some people who have been known to break free from the modifications Gene has done to them. He is Dante’s older brother.


I want to do more characters in the AU. If people like it, I might add in people like Lucinda and Kim or someone. Maybe Ein or the Wolf Pups? I just really want to expand upon this AU. Like… fake screenshots? (though my art is shit…) We’ll see!

helixpenguin  asked:

I think Viking should not be a type. Vikings are a specific real-world people/culture and would feel very odd being thrown directly into Magic. Theros didn't have the typeline 'Greek Warrior', Kaladesh didn't have 'Indian Artificer'. If the card is a berserker, just say 'Human Berserker' and make them a part of the in-game equivalent of Vikings via the card name or art or watermark or whatever.

How is that any different than Samurai or Ninja?

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Berserk Chapter 25, a fairy tail fanfic | FanFiction
Berserk. Out of control with anger. This is what Natsu was born to be. A warrior soaked in blood. A murderer. This is what Pergrande turned him into. Taken at a young age by the King, Natsu is a soldier of the Royal Army, a creature of rage and violence—a weapon. Lucy is a thief from Fiore with a price on her head. Natsu is sent to kill her. When they meet it isn't pretty at all.

They’ve been walking for four days when they come across Narja, a trading port in the center of Bosco and one of the busiest cities in the country. The streets are teaming with people, more than either Natsu or Lucy have ever been around before in their lives. Lucy stays close to Natsu’s side, arm hooked through his to avoid them losing sight of each other in the crowd, the pair of them sure to be swept away from each other if they aren’t careful.

Though, that seems to be less of a problem than Lucy was originally expecting. Natsu refused to wear his jacket in Bosco, not wanting to hide himself now that they were far from Pergrande. Berserks are free citizens in Bosco, though not necessarily welcome. He won’t be arrested by soldiers unless he causes problems. Which he won’t, Lucy knows, not on purpose, but that doesn’t mean others won’t try to start something with them, especially so close to the heart of Bosco. There’s no peace in slave cities.

It’s a dangerous city for both of them, Natsu for his blood and Lucy for everything else. If they end up separated unintentionally, things could go very wrong. Natsu could easily be turned into the guards, bored citizens looking for a show. Natsu wouldn’t go down easily, she knows, he would fight, but that would only make things worse for him. They would consider him to be a problem and either sell him off to the Fiore rings or perhaps back to Pergrande, and Lucy thinks he would die either way if that happened.

For her part, Lucy is more concerned with traffickers. If she’s caught somewhere alone, especially at night, she knows what will happen to her. Auctions are held every week in cities like Narja, at night but also in broad daylight, people uncaring of those bought and sold. The government never has tried to hide its illegal activities, actively encouraging them at that. Slavers are common in these parts, Bosco thriving on the human trade: Berserks, women, children, anything is fair game so long as it doesn’t become too well advertised.

The country thinks that if it keeps things hush it means they don’t happen inside city walls. But they do happen, and with no one to stop them the trade only gets worse. More people end up dying, either because of where they’re sold off to or because they fight back. Conditions worsen, people get sick, and slavers need more people to trade. Lucy figures that’s how they ended up in Alvarez searching for Berserks. It’s a sick cycle, more trafficking means more death, and more death means more trafficking. There’s no reprieve.

And it only spread, passed the Ishgar borders, traversing oceans and consuming the world like a plague. With Bosco exhausting its own people and Fiore not allowing human trade, the only places to go were overseas where things were less regulated. Lucy doesn’t know how Natsu was caught, if he was found alone or sold off by someone, but she doesn’t think she wants to know.

She hasn’t experienced the traffickers for herself, but she’s heard stories of their brutality, of how horribly they treat their charges, and she doesn’t want to imagine a younger Natsu being subjected to them. He said he was only six years old when he came to Fiore, so young, and she doesn’t like to think about what they must have done to him or any of the others like him.

It’s cruel what people do to others. She doesn’t understand it, but she doesn’t think she wants to.