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Sarcantasy 030 by Grendelkin Sarcantasy 030 by Grendelkin
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You add your vote to Delar's.

Emma looks at the shortsword, giving it a few trial swings.
"Good balance," she says. "Your class abilities?"

"Dual-wield," Isabeau replies. "Privileged duelist (shortsword), Privileged pugilist, X-block, X-cut."

"Dual-wield," Emma repeats.
She sighs ... and offers the shortsword back.
"Alright, you're in. Keep the shortsword, a dual-wielder is only half as effective with only one Wrrk!"

"Haha, you won't regret it!" Isabeau crows while she hugs Emma. "Or if you do, it won't be because I betrayed you or anything!"

The next moment, she sweeps both you and Delar up in a powerful hug.
"C'mere, kids! Hahaa, this is gonna be crazy! We're gonna kick all kinds of ass and walk out of the bloody forest ten levels higher than we walked in!"

The rest of the evening passes ... fairly convivially. Isabeau suggests watch rotation, excusing herself on the basis you all still need to see she can be trusted. Delar agrees.
As you curl up close to Emma, you wonder what tomorrow will bring...

= = = = = = = = = = = =

You have barely nodded off before you find yourself in a familiar place, Growling Lion in a two-handed grip and Leona talking to you, demonstrating techniques and correcting you. The drill seems to continue for hours.

"Proficiency is but the first step on the path to mastery, mistress," Leona says as she moves around you in the Dojo of the Mind. "Mastery comes from learning the blade-forms. Any fool can chop away. You need to learn the art of the block, the parry, the riposte, the feint and the entrapment.

Stained Glass is the foundation upon which all other forms are built. It incorporates the guards, the parries, the principal target zones. The blade rests and moves at sharp angles to the body, allowing you to put power in every stroke and stab. Fast close-in, slow wide-out. Fool the enemy into taking the false openings you provide, then draw close-in and counter hard.

Hold your ground. Stained Glass is the Apprentice Form, and the apprentice must learn not to yield an inch more terrain than she wants. Footwork is limited, moving around your central line, in a circle. Now repeat what I have shown you. High guard left. Low guard right. Middle guard left. High guard right. Faster.

Elves excel at speed. The Elven form, arol, "sudden excellence", is built on it. If you are to train with this Elf and surpass her, improve your speed. Picture Dance also requires you to shift and react swiftly. Forward thrust. High guard left. Upward thrust. Faster. Good. Good!"

By the time you sink into true, dreamless sleep, you vaguely wonder again what lies ahead...

= = = = = = = = = = = =

Any plans for tomorrow?

= = = = = = = = = = = = 

Pray continue, but be warned; another cutscene lies ahead:…
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MrRemoraman Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good to see the party grow! 
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't it just? ^_^
DonnellTheFox Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  New Deviant
*Emma says "...Wrrk!"*
Is that something else she is blocked from talking about? I thought that 'weapon' would fit best there, but that seems a strange thing to have blocked (or maybe Wrrk is just a word with which I am unfamiliar...)

Also... are there two Leonas in this dream??
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, Isabeau just grabbed and hugged Emma mid-sentence, and squeezed the air out of her for a bit. ^_^

There is only one Leona, but she's in motion. ^_^
DonnellTheFox Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  New Deviant
I'll try not to see conspiracies behind every tree ;)
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh heh heh... *rubs hands*
HelenMcLaughlinArt Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018   Digital Artist
Wish I could learn swordcraft in my sleep, lol.

I think it's important to practice what's been shown by Leona as soon as Daisy wakes up, and solidify the concepts in her conscious mind.

Then, onwards to the tower with the new party member - Daisy subtly makes sure she is behind the Elf at all times as they walk.
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like good planning to me! :)
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