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Discussion in 'Cascade Bay' started by Edward Elric, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. Edward Elric

    Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist

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    Date: January 30th Year 7
    @Vladislaus III Dracula
    Edward had made a promise, and if there was anything you were going to remember about the teenage wonder, was that he kept his promises. What had he promised now? That he'd be back to see his younger brother after a day at most, and he'd left Pandora Town early on a crisp morning of January. Man, time flew, he had arrived around December time but it was already ticking over into February? All the more reason for him to fulfil his overarching goal of bringing his brother's body back, reuniting it with his soul. Needless to say, it'd always been a bit hard for the teen to say goodbye to his brother, a small smile on his face as he left him behind with a small wave and a promise to keep just between the two of them.

    His destination? Cascade Bay. Travelling he was used to, though the methods and modes by which Pandora did them by wasn't like the normal train rides he was used to. Nevertheless, he arrived just fine before he had begun asking around the man town of Cascade Bay, most people not really wanting to talk much about the horrors of the night. He had managed to speak to one or two family members of those who had a treasured love one taken from them, never heard of again and unlike the usual disappearances that happened from time to time around Pandora, it wasn't the same. They had a feeling that their loved ones would never be returning. One family had told Edward if he found the demon of the night, that he should kill it before bothering to ask questions, should the beast do the same thing to him first.

    "Nothing but a bunch of missing folk and fairy tales." Edward sighed to himself as he'd come to a stop, tired from the walking he'd been doing and his stomach grumbling with the lack of food he'd put in it. Frowning just a bit to himself, the man then glanced around before he tried to remember which way he had come from, not remembering or realising when it had gotten so late and wondering if Alphonse would be worrying about him by now.
    "Damn it..." The blond muttered, at least grateful that the climate of Cascade Bay wasn't as unforgiving and cold as that of Pandora Town.

    Traipsing through a forest he had found himself within, the alchemist didn't know what kind of person he would find here, and honestly the rainforest-feel to his surroundings was reminding him, distracting him of his training time when he was still just a child. Edward even thought for a moment about bringing his brother, though it was then that the heavens decided to open up and unexpectedly, drench the young man down to his metal arm and leg beneath his clothing, a less than impressed look on his face in response. Pulling the hood up on his cloak, the teenager tried rushing for cover but it was too late, and the rainforest, as pretty as it had been a moment before, was nothing but confusing and winding.

    "Crap." He'd muttered, though finally coming up to what looked like a little burrow, a hideaway perhaps? Maybe someone lived there? Edward had been about to call out until he realised someone, or something was guarding the place, his eyes widening just a little before he slipped back, hiding behind the brushes but not long before he'd tripped on a root and sent himself hurtling head over heels, onto his ass and sliding down a small hill. As a cry of surprise forced itself from his lips, Edward knew there was no way whatever had been up there hadn't heard him, the disoriented teenager picking himself up and trying to get himself in some kind of order before he made a run for it or prepare to fight despite now being covered in mud.

    Well, at least it wasn't raining any more.
     
  2. Vladislaus III Dracula

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    Life, the one thing Dracula needed to enact his revenge upon God himself. without his brides he was forced to take other means of creating this life and some of his servants had given him ideas. The Uruk, stupid, violent, savage things that could tear through scores of men if given the chance. Yes they'd do fine, but first he needed a proper way to produce them on his own. They did not breed and Pandora would prevent him even if he devised a way for them to. So Alchemy the creation and alteration of items was his go to. He had built a small laboratory in a burrow the uruk had dug and filled it with his servants, ghouls and Uruks and all other sorts of beasts and dark beings. Dracula had been working for weeks trying to create more Uruk. It was a hopeless endeavor it seemed they never came out right or at all when he did everything he was supposed to. He worked day and night going to deeper darker depth of depravity and even dropping live humans into the vat to see if they would transform but no it never worked. He snarled and tossed in a group this time to see if there would be any difference and...and it seemingly did.

    Out of the bubbling yellow concoction rose a large ebony skinned Uruk with a piercing yellow gaze, much taller than past Uruk. He had done it he would have his army and his revenge with this creation, this fruit of his labors. He cackled and reached out to it, to pluck from the vat when he tugged on it's hand simply the skin peeled off like husk of a corn cob. The Uruk let out a roar of fear as the rest of it's skin sloughed off as did it's muscle tissue and fell back into the vat. Dracula was silent for a moment and dropped the skin back into the vat then through his head back and balled his fists, screaming angrily and pounding his fists down at his sides. "Start again!" He bellowed and rushed over to the controls, putting a higher current into the vat. What was missing from the process!?

    Then he sensed something, something outside his laboratory, blood. Blood so close, perhaps....perhaps killing someone would clear his mind. With that thought he stepped out and headed for the entrance of the cave. A calm face hiding his inner rage.
     
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  3. Edward Elric

    Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist

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    "Great, just great." Edward muttered to himself as he tugged himself out of the mud even more. Glancing down at his clothes, the young man sighed before he stood to the side out of the mud pool forming that he'd slipped in. The alchemist had been about to clap his palms together only to hear a blood curdling scream come from not far away enough. Glancing around curiously he frowned to himself before he slowly took a couple steps back, though from where he was supposed to be hiding from and in what direction, he didn't know completely yet.

    With a chill running down his spine, the blonde clapped his hands together quickly and allowed for his alchemy to rid him of the muck on his clothing. Flashes of light and electricity sparked and crackled around the man as he worked his alchemy, cleaned off soon enough before he sighed softly to himself in return once more. But what was he going to do now about that scream?

    Noticing some movement coming from not that far away, and not that far away from where he thought he'd heard the scream too, Edward was left wide-eyed at the sight of someone coming out now. Who was that? And why did they look so stoic about it too? Pressing his lips together, the alchemist ducked down behind some of the bigger plants, life once more forcing him to be begrudgingly grateful for his stupid small height. Edward watched the being quietly, eyed the space he'd come from before he heard the sky grumbling above his head once more, the alchemist would give anything to not get drenched again.

    But the guy... he seemed to be, looking for something?

    Edward had two options, let the man know he was there and make a break for it, or try and makes friends. Or the second option. Hide and wait out in the rain and hope the guy hadn't seen his earlier alchemic flashes.
     
  4. Vladislaus III Dracula

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    Location:
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    Centuries
    Alignment:
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    Dracula was a man of many talents and hearing heartbeats was one that came in handy. Even over the sound of the rain he could hear the drum like beat of this persons heart. His glance locked right onto the shrubbery and brought his hands together, doing three quick claps in three beats per second. A common scare tactic for him, let them hear the sound of their heart as it began to speed up as they realized he could hear their fear. He stepped out of the cave and whistled, the clouds blocked the sun making it safe for him to step out of his cave. The rain chilled on his coat forming a slight dusting of frost on it as he walked over the mud, his feet seeming almost weightless on the thick clumps of wet, suckling earth. And he left no print in the mud as if he was just floating above the ground as he slowly made his way towards the bush. With a wave of his hand the water turned to sharp icicles and shattered, sending pieces of the shrubbery scattering all over the ground. And leaving the boy hiding behind some barren twigs. "Now that's better. It's rude to hide instead of introducing yourself to a lord."

    He walked around the barren bush and stood, feet pressed together as the sides. "I suppose I should introduce myself." He pressed his palm to his stomach and held his arm outwards horizontally. "I am Vladislaus Dracula, welcome to my home, come freely, and leave some of the happiness you bring." He flashed a wolfish grin at the young man.
     
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  5. Edward Elric

    Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist

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    What was the guy doing? It took Edward to realise the guy in front of him had a flair for the dramatics and apparently felt he had the power to make other people feel small, hunted, trapped. Now, the younger wasn't sure he wanted to be any of those, especially the first one but he didn't really have much else he could be doing right now considering how close he was getting. Could he really hear Edward's heart beating? Feeling his own pulse, the blond was shocked to find that the tempo matched, quickening in the next few moments and making him grateful he hadn't brought Alphonse despite how his brother being an empty suit of armour would have helped a lot right now.

    In a flash, the younger wasn't even hiding any more, his cover blown, literally. Eyes widening at the sight, his mind immediately went to things like alchemy, and if so, was this person so advanced he too could use it without a transmutation circle? Shakily raising from where he'd been crouching, Edward eyed the man as he mentioned his name, the teenager frowning as he thought it wasn't really ringing any bells. But with how this Dracula guy said it, the blond figured it was someone he was supposed to know.

    Awkward.

    Home? The guy was literally in the middle of nowhere and had come out of some damn weird looking cave. Something Edward had absolutely no interest of getting involved with. But he seemed to know some kind of alchemy....
    "Its uh, nice to meet you. You got a name I can use that's shorter? Wouldn't want to ruin that beautiful name you got there." Dusting his hands off on his cloak, the alchemist had already thought of at least three different escape plans, none of which he could rely upon considering he had no idea what else man could do.

    "You're an alchemist, aren't you?" Edward found himself blurting out, unable to let go of the sight he'd seen, his gloved hand now reaching out to the twigs that remained before he fiddled with one, letting go soon after.
    "How'd you do that? Without a transmutation circle." What grated on Edward's nerves was the fact this stranger seemed unbound to the law of equivalent exchange, his lips now pressing into a thin line as he'd at least managed to slow down his heartbeat.