@floodtalon, @The 42nd Gecko
"Yeah, though we might find a Roc try to prey on some elephants, or possibly you if you size yourself around elephant size. Finding them in the actual mountains might be a pain as they're rare and like being near the top. For rarer, more secretive predators with out of the way hiding spots, a lot of times it's easier to track and find their prey than the creature themselves. Then we make it show us the way to it's nest after we beat some sense into it!"
Titanica pauses as she looks towards at the mountains in the distance and then to the great open grasses of the Savannah. If her judgement is correct, Zayata believes that they should find the big bird down here first before going towards their original destination. It makes sense. But of course, these top predatory birds are noted as being rare specimens and it's not quite guaranteed that one will just so happen to swoop down today. Of course, there's an equal chance of luck that one might be seen and they can track it towards the mountains right to its nest.
"Then show me." orders the Vassal bluntly as they go a random direction. Of course, it wouldn't take no more than thirty seconds before the Cat Lady had another question.
"So, you chose to grab this stuff for Hoho instead of anything else. I can understand you not being into girls for the kissing, but.. Still, it seems like you're letting her get one up on you and all. She's like, supposed to be the Alchemist of Genesis right? Even if she did need this stuff, couldn't she just magic it up? She's summoned way more magical stuff out of thin air before, from what I saw in her lab/dungeon/maze thing. And her willingness to go with a kiss, well, it's obvious from that she didn't really NEED the contract, she just wanted you to dance for her."
"And you're telling me this as if I'm not aware." Titanica growls annoyingly as she turns her head to Zayata with her white teeth glistening brightly in the sunlight, "Of course the slutty whore is doing it for her amusement. What's new? In fact, I don't expect her to tell me what I seek... and even if she does, it's not like it matters... I bet every other damn Vassal would send someone a similar quest just to~"
Before she could finish, a dead Griffion just so happened to plop down from the sky a few meters in front of the two. Titanica freezes as she gazes at the dead creature for a second before looking up... and seeing a figure soar overhead. And it looks like it was heading towards the mountains. Yet while most people would simply ignore it, or be somewhat intrigued at what it is, Titanica's primal instincts hinted that something was wrong...
Something about that figure seemed as if it will be detrimental to this mission... and it's appearance seemed almost seemed too uncanny to be considered as a mere coincidence.
So while Zayata seemed oblivious enough to want to eat a dead Griffion, a guttural growl escapes Titanica's jaw as she turns towards the mountains with a squint of anger. Zayata would quickly notice her tensed stance of worry and maybe ask what was wrong.
"We're not alone..." Titanica would reply as her tail sweeps down an arc of savannah grasses, "Change of plan... we're going for the goat first."
With that, she opens her mouth and unleashes a beam of blue atomic energy at the ground. She makes a rough circle as she opens a portal below her. When Hoho asked Titanica if she learned to teleport, little did the alchemist knew... she actually can by conjuring the forces of the nether to her own will, bending it to form a stable portal to wherever she wished.
"Follow me." the vassal orders bluntly as she drops down into the portal.
And the next thing they'll know, they're right on top of the mountain range, standing near a small cliff overlooking the entire savannah-jungle ecosystem that laid below. They were rather low in terms of height, being only roughly 650 meters above the base, but unless the figure was already up on the hill, they seemed to be ahead already. But for the Vassal, there was no time to waste.
"Keep moving." Titanica barks as she begins to ascend the mountain, eying for the elusive black goat. Hopefully she'll be able to find it before the other potential rival does.
Lucifus hears the faint sound of a gun firing, alongside faint vibrations in the water, as he is quick to jump into the water as the torpedo explodes underneath his feet. The archangel recognizes the culprit as he sees Utada not more than 20 yards away. Looks like he let her get a little too close while looking around. No matter though, this fight should be quick as long as he's wary of any possible tricks. It's something he's learned over the years when fighting other Machina units.
Lucifus unsheathes his twin "Blades of Centauri" as he heats the blades up and unleashes a twin strike of solar energy towards Utada. He follows up immediately by using his wings as flippers to help him "fly" in water as he begins circling the gunwoman like a shark as he prepares for the next move.
Even within the opening chaos of battle beginning to unfold within the city, Unit-T continues to swim through the streets while attempting to avoid the conflict that has just started. Tina decided that she must be focused at the goal at hand, stopping for nothing unless it’s actually blocking off her progress. It’s probably what Tobayashi or even Karizawa would’ve ordered if they were still in contact with her. She keeps Unit-T low as she attempts to scan every building for any signs of the staff, slowly getting closer and closer the center of the city as she does so...