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Phosphophyllite

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@Triss Merigold | June 13 | A few miles away from Seratorra

Lapis had been searching for gemstone in the Wastes when Phos awoke. In all the months that they've spent in Pandora, not once had they dared to venture to a region with such an intimidating reputation. They had been shattered once by a strange human for no reason; their whole life, Lunarians had attempted to break them down to take them to the moon. The though of traveling through an area famous for its lawlessness seemed absurd given the apparent quality of their body. Kongo Sensei had wrongly raised them with the belief that human spirits kidnapped the gems to create into jewelry, but here? That may not be inaccurate.

Their only goal at this point was to find a way back to the city at least. Phos wasn't in love with the idea, but it seemed to be the safest option. From there, perhaps they could find a way back to Pandopolis or Centria. They had no home in either place, never had a home in this world, but it was better than the sand. Perhaps not was bad as the Vales, though such was a biased fear after that ruthless attack. If not for the green haired human, they would've stayed in pieces for who knew how long.

But the trek was so long. They walked through the mornings, hugging their shirt to their chest as the wind howled through the desert. They ended up stealing a discarded scarf at a small town to wrap around their head. It kept the gritty sand from scratching the powder off of their face, but no such luck for their legs. After a few days, it had been chipped away to reveal the striped quartz that had replaced what was once Phosphophyllite. But there was nothing to be done about the problem, not when they had nothing to barter but pieces of themself which... that was far from a possible option. They had done it once before to get passage to a moon in Elysium, and that had been far from worth it.

There was no trouble for the most part. They walked on the side of the road, allowing for the large metal things to screech past. No one ever seemed to notice them, especially with most of their hair covered by the scarf. Their arms would glint and shine in the sun's rays, but that had given them no problem... until now. A cluster of buildings, a town, was so close when a weird bang went off. Their arm exploded in a splatter of gold that painted the ground in streaks. The things that had harmlessly drove by came to a halt as several humans came out of them. One had an odd stick in its hands, something that gave Phosphophyllite nervous pause. "Go away, I have nothing for you."

The alloy shifted in the sand before swirling like sentient water. It slipped back towards them, reconnecting with their body but not reforming into a hand. Instead it turned into a spike which Phosphophyllite held up even as the humans jittered and laughed.

 
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Triss had to admit that collecting ingredients in Pandora was something most would consider risky. The redhead didn't find it to be too troubling but the average person didn't have a personal magic portal to take them where ever they wanted. Triss needed to know the place in order to go, but it was easy enough to hire someone to take her somewhere close to where she wanted to go, even if they wouldn't go to the exact spot. It had taken her longer in the Wastes. Out of all the places in this dimension of Pandora, it was the place that seemed to hold some rarer ingredients. There was a plant that grew somewhere around here that would help with a swiftness potion from another realm that had low side effects and a great--

She paused when she heard a sudden crack. Almost like a sped up whip or a spell that had misfired. But she had known about this sound because she had heard it before. It was one of those weapons that "modern" folk had. A gun, of some sort. Which meant someone had just decided to use violence against another. Maybe a beast but maybe another person, and Triss hadn't been the best at minding her own business when it came to... well, maybe thing.

Triss instantly moved towards what was a group of people on the side of a road. There was also something glittering that was a little harder to to look at. It did look like it was several people against one, and Triss didn't like that. Reminded her of a few things back home, actually. Back in the city she called home for so long that had turned against some of its citizens. The way the witch hunters would corner anyone different and that never set right with Triss.

She knew she could have been making a mistake, but the look of the group of men was more along the lines of bandits and Triss figured she could at least even the odds. She was currently on a bit of a hill looking over them and the redhead lifted one hand as she judged the distance between them and whatever person was shining like some sort of jewel. Fire danced on her fingertips for a second and then she spoke some Elven. Then fire started to fall from the sky directly onto the back half of the group. They instantly started to panic, understandably, but she wasn't taking out the whole group. Triss was just... evening the odds. Until she knew more, that seemed like the best thing to do.
 
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Phosphophyllite

Houseki no Kuni
Theseus's Jewel
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83
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Wandering
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623
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They/them, he/him
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Sentient Gem
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5'12
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Unemployed
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Laughter echoed in their ears as painful nightmares resurfaced like bubbles to the forefront of their mind. The situation was unfortunately familiar: cornered on all sides, staring an impossible situation that could only worsen in their favor. Phos has grown to know the results of such encounters. It would end with their body shattered into pieces, scattered as far as hands could carry them, left to slumber until someone new pieces them back together. How different would the world be then? How many would remember their name?

Would anyone care?

They didn't have breath, but if they did, it would have seized in their throat. Small minute cracks shivered down the length of their torso, their body as fragile as the mind that controlled it. Gold dropped in splatters from their elbows, but there was still a distinct lance that kept the humans at bay. Phos could see their eyes watching them, their expressions eerily similar to the Lunarians that had once hunted their brothers.

They wore that same smile, the one that haunted their memories. They wore it when they carried away their brothers in baskets, marveling over the shine and glitter of their bodies. Phosphophyllite had hoped that they escaped such a fate (decorated with you, our world is beautiful) in Pandora, but it would seem that yet again they faced the closest thing that a gem could come to death.

Wouldn't that be the same thing as mercy? The very eternal disappearance that they had yearned for ever since they awakened from a two-century slumber?

Before they had the opportunity to melt their lance back into a hand, fire rained down from the sky like blazing raindrops. It crashed into the back of the party of humans, creating a glare of orange light that illuminated the road. It shown like rubies, flickering and wavering in the summer winds and Phosphophyllite couldn't help but be captivated by the sight.

But the important question was where did it come from? When Phos turned on their heels, they spotted a lone human on the top of a further crescent, one hand extended in the way they had seen magic-users often do. "Was that you?"

 
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Triss had to admit that she had met all sorts of interesting people in Pandora. There had been a variety of people and creatures back home, yet Pandora seemed to like to throw her for loops when she least expected it. The shiny person, beautiful person, turned to look at the redhead and asked her a question. The bandits had been taken care of and the redhead allowed her hand to drop. Letting her magic recede and preparing to be on her business, except the way the person had asked the question made it seem like they weren't used to help at all.

"Yes." Triss answered plainly, glancing in the direction of where one of the bodies was currently on the ground. Someone else would have been more startled at death but she had seen plenty of it in her six decades of life or so that she had been through. A little bit of kindness could go a long way and Triss understood the confusion on the beautiful person's face, even if it wasn't that expressive.

She could have portaled away in an instant but hesitated, curious about who this... well, she couldn't really put a gender on them and couldn't decide if they were human or something entirely different. She enjoyed learning new things and learning about new people. Different again from those she had met before, but Triss was more curious over the bits of them that seemed to shine like a gem more than anything else. "Should I have not helped? Are you... stuck out here in the Wastes?" Providing a ride wouldn't be that difficult and Triss didn't want to leave someone to the bandits if it could be helped.

A little bit of kindness is what she had hoped for when she had been on the run from a government that wanted to kill every last mage in her home city. A little bit of kindness and understanding had been more than what most people could give, but Triss was the sort of person to easily hold out a hand to help even a stranger. Persecuted for something she had been born with and even tortured for it. Why would she ever walk away from someone that might have needed just a little bit of help when it cost her nothing? So she smiled just a touch more and then pulled down the hood around her head, so that her face was just as easy to see as their's.
 

Phosphophyllite

Houseki no Kuni
Theseus's Jewel
Posts
83
Location
Wandering
Age
623
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They/them, he/him
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Sentient Gem
Height
5'12
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Unemployed
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Chaotic Good
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Making Mistakes
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The sun shone fiercely overhead, forcing Phos to shadow their eyes with a hand as they stared up at the human who had saved them. It was hard to make out details, not only because of the light's harsh glow but because of the hood that obscured much of their face. But there was something kind about the stranger's voice despite the curt answer.

What would have happened if not for them? When he glanced back at the burnt piles of humans, was it possible that they would be on the ground? In pieces? There would be no kind friend to painstakingly glue them back together, much less rescue their shattered fragments. It was undoubtedly that the human had saved them from a fate most cruel, and it was for that that Phos felt brazen enough to climb the dune closer.

"No! You really saved me back there," they called back, the chipper tone hiding the way their words wavered. "And yes, I'm a little bit lost out here... I guess I got lost and got turned around!" There was no need to make mention of Lapis, of how they came to find themselves in such a backwards region as the Wastes. The sooner they could return to the Vales, or even Elysium, the better.

Seeing the human strip themselves of their hood, Phos tugged off the scarf from around their head to instead wrap it around their neck. It revealed more of the glittering blue gemstone that their hair was, though perhaps its glint would not be too bright in the sunlight. "Could you point me to the way.... I guess out of here? The closest way to another region, I'd really appreciate that." They smiled in a soft expression, head cocking to the side as their fingers toyed with the fabric around their neck.

 
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