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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:28 pm

The young american yawned as he stepped off the plane. His husband had insisted he go as soon as possible, which of course he agreed with, but that meant a red eye flight and quite a long time staying awake. Oh well. He was happy to have this kind of chance regardless, and he wasn't unused to staying up for a few days. He went through all the security proceedures, looking bored and mildly irritated at having to bother. As he waited for his luggage to be checked however, he noticed the presence of a servant. He followed the energy, and it didn't take him long to sniff him out.

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Post by Damascus on Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:40 pm

The Servant stood out easily, dressed in peculiar church garb.



When he saw Aaron coming toward him, he bowed respectfully. "Ah! You must be one of the new Masters, yes? I've been eagerly awaiting your arrival."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:43 pm

" I am. And Who exactly do you belong to? I'd rather not get started right away I just got here." he glared at the person before him, but hoped his standoffishness would cover the fact that he had no servant yet.

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Post by Damascus on Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:48 pm

"Not to worry," the man answered. "I'm not here to fight. In fact, I have no Master, aside from the Grail itself."

"You may call me Ruler. And as I'm sure you're just now suspecting, this is no normal Grail War. Would you walk with me?"

He gestured toward the exit of the airport.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:50 pm

He followed warily, "Right...I had heard it already started, but then I got these. Also I heard the last one got really fucked." He relayed all this to his husband via text as he walked.

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Post by Damascus on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:00 pm

Ruler strode confidently beside the Master. "I can't speak to the circumstances of the last War, but yes. Before you receive those, all seven Masters had already been selected, and all seven Servants had been summoned. However, something peculiar happened."

"They all teamed up and decided to cooperate. The Holy Grail sees this as an encroachment of its authority; it is worried someone means to take control of the entire system, and take advantage of its resources."

"Unusual, but not unexpected. There is a backup system. In the unlikely event that all seven Masters were to cooperate, the Grail allows for the selection of seven new Masters. A team to oppose the seven that have already joined up."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:03 pm

"Do the rest of us have to ally? I don't play well with others," he wrinkled his nose at the prospect, but he could temporarily ally with someone if he needed to he supposed. He knew he'd have more mana than pretty much anyone here, so even alone his chances weren't completely dismal.

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Post by Damascus on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:08 pm

"You don't necessarily have to. But, in order to beat seven allied Servants, it's almost necessary to form an alliance with the others. You cannot face the entire enemy team by yourself or even with one or two allies."

"I have contacted most of the other Masters. Five of them have agreed to form a team. If you wish to join them, I can tell you where to meet them."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:09 pm

He shrugged. It wouldn't be hard to overcome them later if he could get close enough to find their weaknesses, especially with help from Julian, "Sure. Show me the way."

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Post by Damascus on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:11 pm

"Very good. They are meeting at the theater in Shinto." Ruler handed Aaron the address on a slip of paper.

"As a Ruler-class Servant, I am bound to remain impartial, so I cannot offer you any further assistance. However, I will be watching to assure that the rules of the Holy Grail War are followed, and may be of help where necessary."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:20 pm

"Awesome. Thanks." He found the theater easily enough, and then found a place quite a ways from it deserted enough to summon a servant. He didn't want to show up unprepared. He whipped out a few materials and made a circle, placing an unassuming gem in the center. He winced from hidden injuries as he stood, but it quickly turned into a smile as he held out his hand and began the summoning. He could feel a fluttering in his chest as his second heart began to wake. It gave him a mana boost that made all his veins vibrate. He hadn't come up with an elaborate speech or spell, but after a lot of magic and wind and light, he was presented with his servant. "Hey," he greeted casually, beginning to gather his things. " We don't have a lot of time, so let's get moving. I'm Aaron."

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Post by Damascus on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:26 pm

As the light gradually began to fade, a figure rose before him. And rose. And rose.



As the Servant came to a fully standing position, he towered over Aaron, easily over 10 feet tall.

"Gohhhhhh..."

Aaron felt the Servant sucking mana from him like it was starving, but his gift allowed him to compensate easily enough.

"Hoohhhh..." As recognition of its Master, the Servant came down to one knee before him.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:28 pm

He smiled widely. It felt pretty good to be on this end of things for once. "Ohhh, this will be fuuun," He took a picture of the hulking form and sent it off to his husband before heading to the theater. His servant safely in spirit form, he knocked on the door.

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Post by Damascus on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:38 pm

There was a long silence, but he finally heard a voice on the other side.

"I'll get it~"

The door opened shortly after, revealing a young girl in a pretty dress.



"Hi there! Come on in!"

She retreated back into the room, allowing Aaron to see all the Masters gathered within. Each had a summoning circle already prepared before them.

A young woman with blonde locks spoke up. "Ahh... Feels like someone already summoned his Servant."



"Ahh, that's not fair!" A young woman with almost deathly pale skin and blood red hair, wearing tattered robes. "I thought we were all gonna do it together!"

"Nothing wrong with playing it safe." A man in a dark black cloak and mask. "Besides, if he tried to kill us all before we summoned our Servants, he'd have to face the whole enemy team by himself."



The young girl that answered the door hopped back to her circle. "Nice to meet you! I'm Manaka! What's your name?"

The girl in blue swept her hair back. "Luviagelita Edelfelt."

The pale girl smiled toothily. "You can call me Israfil."

The masked man nodded. "Hmm... you can call me. Let's just go with 'A-san' for now."

The remaining Master was a man with short white hair seated in a folding chair beside his summoning circle. He said nothing, but grinned creepily at Aaron.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:44 pm

What. A bunch. Of weirdos.

"I'm Aaron. Considering the circumstances, I figured you'd all summon your servants asap so I did that. You should...probably get going on that." He found his own seat, further away from these nutjobs. What the fuck was a kid doing here? The grail must have been extremely desperate for mages.

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Post by Damascus on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:04 am

"We were simply hoping to avoid detection until the last moment," A-san replied. "But, now that you're here, we can get going."

He nodded to the others, and they all took their places at their respective circles. Each held a catalyst in hand; Manaka with a block of wood, Luvia with a strap of clothing, A-san with a golden ring, Israfil with a wooden stake, and the fifth Master with a golden necklace.

They chanted the incantation in unison, with each of their circles shining brightly. Their voices crescendo, and all at once, five Servants appeared.

Before Luvia, a green-haired Servant.



"Archer. I ask... are you my Master?"

Before Israfil was a man with intimidating white hair and red eyes.



"I am Lancer," he said as he bowed, then turned to see the other Servants. "Hmm... seems I've been summoned into quite the odd Grail War."

A-san smiled happily at his own Servant.



"Ah... I'm Caster. Nice to make your acquaintance."

Manaka stared up at her own Master in silent reverence.



"I ask you... Are you my Master?"

Manaka fell to her knees and held hands to her mouth in awe. "S-Saber..."

Finally, the fifth Master's Servant spread out his arms to reveal his full glory.



"Not to fear, for the Rider has arrived! My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings!"

Rider's Master stared blankly.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:08 am

"Great!" Aaron said, clapping his hands together. " Now, is anyone else arriving? And what's our plan here?"

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Post by Damascus on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:14 am

A-san stepped forward, after briefly introducing himself to Caster.

"It seems Ruler was unable to find the last Master. He says Assassin was summoned sooner than expected. As for a plan... Well, we need a base of operations. This theater will do, but there are a few other options. I would suggest Ryuudou Temple. It's one of the few defensible areas of the city. It seems one of the enemy Servants is already there, however."

"I say the school!" Israfil offered.

"I'd rather not cause all hell to break loose in the city. Although, with 14 Servants, that might be inevitable."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:17 am

"Weeelllll..." Aaron looked at a map. "If the temple is already occupied and the school is public, I'm going to say here is the best option. So that's my vote. I'd also like to suggest doing some reconnaisance. Maybe we can find other places along the leylines no one has thought of yet, or spy some other masters. Does anyone know where they are?"

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Post by Damascus on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:21 am

"It sounds like the other team is using the Tohsaka Mansion as a base of operations. It's just across the river on the edge of town. Though, I've felt a few going here and there about the city."

"As for the leylines." A-san looked down at the ground in seeming thought. "Well. After summoning all our Servants, looks like they're bone-dry. Don't think they'll be of much use to us anymore."

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:24 am

"Not a problem," he said with a shrug. "It'll be a handicap for the other masters too. We should lure them out..." he considered for a moment, "We could stage mock fights, or distract them with a feint attack and gauge who's who through battle with the intention to retreat."

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Post by Damascus on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:36 am

"Yes, that's probably a better idea than going all in. I'd say feint attack is the best move, as they might not fall for the mock fight."

"I can hold down the fort here," Archer offered. "My abilities are better suited to defense."

Caster looked over in his direction, blinking several times. ".... Father?"

Archer looked back in surprise. "Son?"

Rider interrupted their reunion with a booming laugh. "As much as I'd love to join the fight, I'm also better with defense. My Noble Phantasm can thwart even the mightiest intruders!"

Saber and Lancer offered to take part in the feint attack.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:38 am

"Alright then. Let's go before they find us first. They'll probably still be thrown off by the magical surge from all the summoning. Especially if they're watching the leylines. Whoever knows the town the best can lead the way."

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Post by Damascus on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:41 am

He nodded. "Right. Caster, come with me, we'll be in charge of surveillance."

Manaka begged to come with, and the rest of the Masters opted to stay behind.

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Post by Kittenboxxing on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:43 am

"Of course you can come, you're a master, idiot...good job getting a Saber though. I have to admit I'm impressed," he gave the girl a wink before following to the Mansion.

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