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Star Guardians: A New Era

Discussion in 'Role-Playing Games' started by Skillfulness, Nov 9, 2019 at 12:56 AM.

  1. Skillfulness

    Skillfulness Well-Known Member

    Only in darkness can the light shine brightly.

    ✩ ✧ Star Guardians: A New Era ✧ ✩
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    Leona
    Athembury City - Shoping District

    Leona looked around at the displays she had worked on all afternoon. While she had also clearly sold flowers and bouquets to people throughout the day at the flower shop, her pride and joy was in setting up the shop for the following morning. She had more than a dozen tables setup with a beautiful variety of bouquets. The shelves and windows were lined with smaller groupings of flowers and specialty sales. It wasn’t just flowers for sale here, but some other fun and unique plants. They had a section for things like fertilizer and pots as well and they even had a small area where they sold tools for further helping people maintain their little green friends. A shelf near the service desk had numerous books to help people care for their plants. It was a lovely little shop.

    Working here was perfect for Leona. It didn’t take up too much of her time, but was enough for her to afford a modest apartment. The owners were incredibly kind and Leona learned she had a knack for customer service. Plus she loved the plants--tulips were her favorite.

    In about five minutes her shift would be over and she could start the second half of her day. Patrolling the city took a good number of hours, but as team leader she needed to take the initiative. Especially since the sightings of void had started to increase enough that the regular citizens even noticed something wasn’t quite right. Her second job, though entirely unknown to all but a few, was her more important one.

    At the strike of 6 p.m., Leona locked up and started packing things away in the shop, counting money, etc. On weekdays they closed earlier. Zelgar was hiding in the back room so she opened the door and he pounced out immediately, chasing a small fly that flew out.

    “Oh Zelgar don’t break anything!” Leona called out. He was good about being careful when it came to staying out of trouble, which included staying hidden. Once Leona finished up he dutifully hopped into her oversized tote, curling up in the bottom. She smiled down at his furry figure while she walked out of the shop and towards the park.

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    Athembury City Park

    The park was nearly empty when she reached it. Leona had made a short stop at the local sandwich place for her dinner and it was just after 7 p.m. when she arrived at Athembury City Park. With it being late into the fall months (something Leona needed getting used to her first few years on this planet) it got darker out much sooner. The encroaching darkness drove people away. The park was near the edge of town, which is what drew Leona to it in the first place. Last week she had overheard a couple that said a large, wild bug flew at them aggressively so they had to leave. This was a very big clue that Voidlings could have an open rift nearby.


    Leona made right for the edge of the park and pulled out her phone. She kept notes of which areas she had already patrolled. She felt good about the progress she had made so far. Some of her team had volunteered to help in their free time too. Working together they would find the rift soon, but tonight she was on her own.


    A chittering reached her ears. It was the familiar chirps of a small Voidling nearby. Leona crouched and started pinpointing the location. She slowly moved towards it, eyes peeled for movement. Zelgar popped his head out, resting his chin on the edge of the bag. As she wove through the thinning trees, the sounds got louder and she froze. That sounded like much more than one little Voidling and she didn’t want to risk walking into something she wasn’t prepared for. She took a moment to think about her next step.


    Leona took in a small breath and focused to fly to the top of the trees. Now she could see out much further and the sight made her gasp. Just at the edge of the trees, where a seemingly endless field began, she saw what they have been searching for. A purple glow shone through the darkness. There was a strange, lighting-like energy seared across the ground crawling with little green and purple creatures she knew as Voidlings. Taking a moment she guessed there had to be over fifty of the creatures of darkness. It would be an impossible task for a lone Star Guardian.

    Quickly she removed her phone and took a snapshot of her map app, using another app to mark a red X where she was. Then she sent out the picture to her Star Guardian team with a quick message.

    “Alright Zelgar, ready?” Satisfied with her plan Leona began her Star Guardian transformation. Summoning the power of Starlight, she spun while hovering in the air. Zelgar leapt up with her, the two of them enveloped in yellow light. First her physical appearance changed, hair becoming golden. Then her clothing transformed into her magical armor while Zelgar morphed into her sword and shield, both adorned with a four-pointed star emblem. Still hovering in the air she took a quick overview of the battlegrounds before diving in towards a Voidling near the edge of the mass of bugs. She stayed under the cover of trees and used her sword for a Sun Strike, the weapon glowing bright and slashing through three of the creatures easily. Hopefully she wouldn’t be overpowered before her team arrived to help.
     
  2. Monster Guy

    Monster Guy Sweet Justice

    Conner Waters
    The Beach


    Out on the waves, keeping his balance on the board, as the large waves took him up into the sky. Conner had a look of pure delight on his face. "Yahooooo!" The young man shouted as he rode the wave. Surfing was his passion. He loved the thrill and the adrenaline rush that came from riding the big waves until they crashed onto the shore. It helped him get his mind off the stresses of life. His parents would no doubt prefer he bed studying right now, but there was plenty of time for that later. Besides, he was never going to be as successful as Arianna, so why should he bother putting in all that effort if they were only going to bring up how much better his sis was at everything. Better to focus on what he was good at, like surfing.

    Even Chesi, his familiar, enjoyed jumping around and slashing in the water. The small Dolphin knew to stay hidden when she needed to be. However, sometimes she liked playing in the water with her human companion.

    He spent a few hours on the beach, but the sun was beginning to set. Now seemed like a good time to start heading home. So, paddled his way out of the water, and onto the shore. He dried himself off with a towel, put his tank top on, then packed up his surfboard and other things into his cool blue car. After that, he hit the gas pedal, and started to make the drive home. Chesi flew away, and kept hidden, but made sure to be nearby in case Conner needed her.

    On the way home, Conner stopped somewhere and got himself something to eat for dinner. During the drive home, his phone pinged. Once he got to a stop light, he checked the notification, and saw it was from Leona, his Star Guardians Captain. She never sent a message just to casually chat. Conner's face lit up. "Ooh, looks like we're in for some action tonight!" He might be coming home late because of this. He was sure he would never hear the end of it from his parents if they caught him. He didn't care, it would be well worth it. So, at the first available opportunity, Conner made a turn, and headed for the park.

    Athembury City Park

    The park was devoid of any other people when Conner arrived. Since there weren't any people nearby, Chesi took the opportunity to come down from where she was hiding, and hover over Conner's shoulder. "Leona needs our help. You ready girl?"

    Chesi responded with an affirmative squeak.

    "Great! Now, where could she be?"

    It didn't take very long to find out why Leona had summoned the guardians here. He started to hear chirps that gradually got louder and louder as he got closer. Soon he saw them. A lot of those green and purple little bugs scurrying across the floor. Conner grinned.

    "Hell yes! Let's do this Chesi!" Conner closed his eyes, and summoned the power of starlight, and started to transform. He spun around as he was enveloped in water. Gradually the water formed into different parts of Conner's Star Guardian armor. Then, his hair turned blue, and he opened his eyes to reveal that they had turned blue as well. Finally, Chesi transformed into his trident and floated into Conner's outstretched hand. When his transformation was complete, Conner struck a pose at the end. "Alright!"

    Conner flew into the air, and charged right into the fray. He attacked the creatures by summoning a water jet from his trident. Knocking back a few of the creatures with the strong water pressure. "Yo! Leona! Riptide, at your service!" He gave her a quick salute before heading back into the battle.
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2019 at 12:28 PM
  3. Vern

    Vern Why not both?

    Clare Grace Walker
    Demacia - Residential District --> Athembury City Park


    After the school day, Clare returned to an empty home, which wasn’t unusual. Her father was rarely home so early, and her mother had a habit of buying groceries around this time — why she chose it, Clare never knew, but it suited her just fine. It wasn’t that she disliked her parents, per se, but when they were absent, she felt a lot more free, like chains had been lifted from her shoulders.

    She ascended the stairs to the second story of their house, where her room was located, and changed from her school uniform into a casual t-shirt and pants. Her room was fairly sparse, nothing more than a bed, a desk, a chair, and her wardrobe — all coloured a muted combination of greys, blues, and browns. Recently, she’d bought a dart board and hung it on the wall at the foot of her bed. Her guitar was propped up against the wall by her wardrobe, and she gave it a few cursory strums before setting it aside.

    “Lu Chien!” She called, looking around the room for her familiar. There was no response, which was typical, but it was worth a try. He was probably asleep somewhere, and it wasn’t like he needed her to remind him to keep hidden.

    She allowed herself to fall backwards onto her bed, letting out a tired grown — school never failed to drain her of all her energy, as well as most of what little motivation she had. I wonder how long it’s been since I last enjoyed a class… shaking her head, she cut herself off before her thoughts drifted too far in that direction. Things aren’t like that anymore. You have a reason to wake up now. Keep it together, Clare.

    Clare wiggled backwards, propping herself up against her pillow. With a wave of her hand, a small purple film appeared over the dartboard — as she’d leant the hard way, her needles had a tendency to pierce through the fabric and damage the wall behind it, so some sort of protection was necessary. Using her own shield power to fulfil that end killed two birds with one stone — maintaining it for extended periods of time was always a problem for her, so this gave her an opportunity to practice that as well as her marksmanship.

    “Lu Chien!” She called again, and once again received no response. Occasionally, when it tickled his fancy, the snake would carry the dartboard in his mouth and fly around the room, giving her a moving target, but it appeared he wasn’t feeling up to it today. Sighing, she called five needles into existence above her head, directing them towards the dartboard with her finger. “One, two, three, four, five…” all five of them hit the board dead center, bouncing off the shield and falling onto the ground, disintegrating into nothing.

    It occured to her that there was homework she was supposed to be doing, but she decided to leave that for tomorrow -- or at least after dinner.

    ///​

    “Hey, Lu Chien,” Clare yawned, “Do you remember what that squiggly thing next to sin(x) means?” She’d finished dinner and retreated to her room, not wanting to spend too long in her parents’ company — today was one of those days. Her familiar had decided to show himself after being bribed with a piece of chocolate, and was now looped over her shoulders, staring down curiously at the algebra worksheet on her desk. He wasn’t exactly helpful, for obvious reasons, but it felt good to have someone to talk to.

    Her phone buzzed.

    Feigning indifference — although she wasn’t sure who she was acting for, really — she reached over and picked it up, in time to see the text: “Leona: Found the void rift, come assist ASAP.” It was followed by a map marked with a red ‘x’. A smile crept over her face. “Well, what are you waiting for?” She said, standing up and stretching, causing her companion to slip off her neck and fall onto the floor, “No time to lose.”

    Clare made her preparations quickly — first slapping a post-it note saying “practicing, don’t come in” on her bedroom door, then locking it and opening her laptop, instructing it to play a pre-recorded loop of various guitar solos. Then, she opened her window and jumped out, using her flight to slowly descend to the ground. She could see her parents having a hushed discussion in the kitchen, neither of them looking up to see her sneak out onto the road, with Lu Chien looped around her neck, his form hidden by the jacket’s hood.

    ///​

    It didn’t take her too long to reach the location Leona had marked, having made a beeline there after finding a place secluded enough that she could take off without being noticed. It wasn’t hard to see the source of the commotion — a familiar figure dressed in gold was already engaged in combat with a swarm of dark shapes, glowing sunlight lighting up the park in the waning light of the evening. She’d gotten here just in time to see Riptide — one of the newer members of the team — transform, strike a pose even though nobody was watching, and dive into the fray.

    “Showoff.” She muttered to herself, more jokingly than contemptuously. Smiling, she took a deep breath and gave her animal companion a pat on the head, “Let’s not keep them waiting, Lu Chien.” She hovered in place for a bit as she initiated her transformation, her clothes shifting into her guardian outfit, and her hair and eyes turning purple. Lu Chien gave a gleeful hiss, evidently excited by the prospect of battle.

    Approaching the fight, Clare arced around to land besides Leona as a few voidlings screeched in pain, their insect-like eyes punctured by her purple needles. “Hey,” She said, giving her leader a friendly wave -- Riptide seemed to be a little distracted by beating up insects, and it wouldn't be good to interrupt someone in the midst of battle just to say hello. “Is there a plan, or do we just kill whatever we see?"
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2019 at 12:13 PM

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