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Anyone know if @rechonq's been around? I know Kenichi probably didn't really give him much to respond to, and I guess there's not really a rush or anything, but I do kinda feel like I've been falling behind lately and need to post again.
My net hasn't dropped again since night before last, so that issue may already be fixed. Right now I'm on-call but hopefully nothing will come up over the weekend.

Also sorry if anything I mentioned before was insensitive or disturbing, I was kinda rambling and on the edge of sleep already and the funeral business is probably expected to be a bit like that in general.
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Magma Highlands

Area 1 > Area 3
[@LeamonZest89]@SantosGabriel77@Kazemitsu@ZekariVoblis

Kazuki looked around the lush greenery at the base of the mountain, taking note of a few patches where Herbs or other useful plants might grow. The volcano's ashy soil made for fertile plantlife, but it could only survive in these small pockets where the heat and periodic lava flows could be avoided. As a consequence, however, it was a key point for all of the wildlife--all creatures would need water to survive, even if they were adapted to withstand the fiery warmth in other ways.

An Aptonoth lifted its head to stare at him as he approached the watering hole, but as he made no moves of aggression the herbivore mostly ignored him. They were drinking and grazing, and though they were keeping a lookout they didn't seem overly concerned about anything. Kazuki had found that, if a large or otherwise dangerous monster was nearby, herbivores like this would react in ways that a good Hunter could read--Aptonoth, specifically, would rise up on their hind legs and bellow loudly, as a way of making sure the rest of their herd saw and herd them before they began migrating to safer locales. So the Iodrome was likely not in any of the immediate areas--2, 3, and 4 if he remembered correctly, but he would have to get Clara to look at the map to be sure.

He knelt and began examining the area around the watering hole, specifically any areas where it looked like footprints had been left in the mud around the shallow edges. Sure enough, there were plenty of the birdlike tracks that meant Ioprey had been here recently...and there was the bigger set of the alpha monster. But the water made it too hard to tell how long it had been since they had come here.

When Clara and some of the others arrived, the Long Swordsman approached the Great Swordswoman as he used one hand to adjust his hat against the sunlight. He asked her to let him see the map for a moment, and gestured with a finger to plot their course.

"Let's temporarily split up here--you go to Area 2, I'll hit 3, and we'll rejoin in 5. It looks like 3 might be the shorter route, so if I get to 5 before you do I'll check 7 as well. Then we can head up to 11 through 8, and loop back through 9 and 10." Then he pointed to the pickaxes in their packs. "It looks like 2 is color coded as a rocky area, so if you see any Iron or Machalite ore deposits it won't hurt to pause and grab a few. Both are used to craft Ioprey Armor, if I remember correctly."

With that sorted out, he rolled his shoulder to adjust the weight of his sword across his back and started for the pathway leading to Area 3 at a brisk jog. He waved back to Clara while he was still in earshot.

"If you meet the Drome, hold out as best you can! If I've already checked 7 and you're still not in 5, I'll double back to find you!"
My apologies, as from my mentions it looks like several folks are waiting on me, but I've had a real humdinger of a week--I got a new job, as a funeral director's assistant. I've had three calls on the same day, which means three visitations and three funerals and three grieving families and a metric fuckton of paperwork--and on top of that, AT&T is a shit and had some kinda crazy area-wide blackout where I live that cut off 1300 or so people from their internet. We've been told it's gonna take like two weeks to fix, but I just happened to see that our signal was working again tonight when I was about to fall unconscious after literally being on my feet for nearly 12 hours to get someone's grandfather off the embalming table, into his clothes and casket, and then into his visitation which didn't end until like thirty minutes ago. I may possibly have breathing room after Thursday, but if I disappear again because of this internet thing, Kazemitsu or anyone else who feels up to it can move Kazuki around if necessary. So sorry I wasn't able to inform you guys beforehand.
My apologies, as from my mentions it looks like several folks are waiting on me, but I've had a real humdinger of a week--that job I mentioned earlier, might as well come out and say that it's as a funeral director's assistant. I've had three calls on the same day, which means three visitations and three funerals and three grieving families and a metric fuckton of paperwork--and on top of that, AT&T is a shit and had some kinda crazy area-wide blackout where I live that cut off 1300 or so people from their internet. We've been told it's gonna take like two weeks to fix, but I just happened to see that our signal was working again tonight when I was about to fall unconscious after literally being on my feet for nearly 12 hours to get someone's grandfather off the embalming table, into his clothes and casket, and then into his visitation which didn't end until like thirty minutes ago. I may possibly have breathing room after Thursday, but if I disappear again because of this internet thing, Feyblue or anyone else who feels up to it can move Kenichi around if necessary. So sorry I wasn't able to inform you guys beforehand.
@SantosGabriel77@LemonZest1337@ZekariVoblis *pokes* Everythin' alright folks?
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Dorm Lobby > Dining Hall


"'The timid type?'" Asuka parroted back, and one could practically hear the air quotes. "It's not that. She just ignores anyone she doesn't feel like dealing with, cause they're 'not worth her time,' or something like that. Honestly, it's childish and stupid." The younger Motome scratched her head with a frown.

Huh? Kenichi was the one to blink this time, although he reflexively stepped out of the way as Yashiro excused himself to squeeze past the two. That didn't seem like Fumika at all--she hadn't ignored anyone who interacted with her, as far as Kenichi remembered. The only time she stood aloof from everyone else, or stayed quiet without interjecting any opinions of her own, was what made Kenichi think she was timid; she held back from saying or doing a lot unless someone went to her directly. And like that time in the nurse's office, when she had started pulling her hair from stress, she probably couldn't handle a lot of things--like talking--going on at once. Kenichi wasn't sure if that was due to the nature of her Quirk--maybe being able to memorize everything going on around you meant that having too much at once put stress on the brain--or just some form of social anxiety. But either way, Fumika hadn't ever struck him as the kind of person who would deem someone else "unworthy." More like the exact opposite...she was so unsure of herself even though she had such an awesome Quirk.

But Asuka was her sister, so shouldn't she know these things better than Kenichi did? After all he wasn't the brightest bulb in the building...still, they said men could understand each other through their fists, and he had definitely fought a hard battle with Fumika. Although she wasn't a man, so maybe that rendered the whole thing moot...

If her hair lies flat around her sister all the time...maybe I'm the one misreading the signals? Still, though...I mean, her hair is tied to her Quirk, and she mimics people for a similar reason, so isn't the antennae sort of an indicator of what emotion she's mimicking or feeling for herself?

"So you already know about Harukaze-san, then. Right..." She cleared her throat. Kenichi started to raise a hand and tell her that she didn't have to go into great detail, since he didn't want to pry into something that was clearly so personal, but Asuka didn't seem to have any reservations about going right into it. Kenichi did note, though, that she seemed to keep it to the facts without anything that an outsider probably wouldn't need to know. Like the bluehair had already assumed, Haruka and Jett had some history and weren't arguing out of any malicious intent. Considering some of the stuff Kenichi had watched his father go through after the man's own accident, he could certainly understand some of what might be going on. Then Asuka shook her head.

"But that's neither here nor there. You'll have to forgive me for what I said earlier, but what you just told me has changed my mind. I don't know why you're special, but sis might not actually be ignoring you like I thought. I wish I could offer more than just that, but... Well, I've never really been able to get what goes on inside her head."

She took a step back and cocked her head slightly to one side with a sudden, sly grin. Kenichi suddenly gulped, feeling nervous for some reason he couldn't explain. Fumika's little sister might be cute, but she apparently had no problem expressing herself like her big sister.

"Well, whatever. If that's how it is, I guess it's fine. Who knows? Someone like you might be exactly the wake-up call that dense girl needs. In any case, I guess I don't mind you hanging around her, provided you're willing to put up with her... attitude."

At this, Kenichi couldn't help but grin. As Asuka turned to enter the dining room, Kenichi followed her and soon locked eyes on the table where Fumika sat with Ayato, and the blind girl whose name he was pretty sure was Yukari, or Yozakura-chan if he was being polite (although given what he'd talked about with Asuka, maybe he needed to be more polite?) Another girl, who Kenichi had seen with Roy, Ezra, Mina, and Jett at lunch but whose name he had never learned, was standing near them and asking Ayato about the different colored sprites. Yashiro had also started talking to Fumika, and Kenichi was inwardly pleased to see her ahoge jump in surprise--not because her being startled was funny to him or anything, but because it confirmed what he thought about the antennae being indicative of shifts in her emotions.

@Feyblue"No worries, Asuka-chan!" he said to the younger girl as he folded his arms behind his head. "I'm one'a those loudmouth-types of main characters who rushes into stuff even if it's none of their business! Even if she ignores me or gets mad at me, I'll still come runnin' anytime she needs help!" He thumped a fist against his chest, still grinning, and then he toned it down a bit as they approached the table so as not to be too overbearing when he and Asuka entered range of the conversations.

@rechonq@Ryonara@Heartfillia@Aerandir@Feyblue"Yo, Ayato-kun! How's the spread?" he asked as he approached the seat his roommate had been saving for him. He nodded to everyone else around the table. "Fair warning, even if it weren't my Quirk I'm the type who inhales food." He chuckled at his own joke, but secretly he hoped none of the girls would be put off by his eating habits. Fumika had already seen him at lunch, after all, and hadn't run out of the room screaming. Out of everyone's reactions, he watched hers the most intensely, especially as Asuka took her own seat.
Just wanted to let everyone know, although I realize my posting pace was already fairly slow in comparison: I just got a new job, and while it's only part time for now, I'm pretty much on-call at all times and will often do a lot of driving, and it wouldn't be appropriate to browse the guild while on the clock even on my phone due to the nature of the job. So just in case someone ends up waiting on me in the future keep that in mind.
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Magma Highlands

Base Camp > Area 1
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Kazuki shrugged when the Hammerman protested, but let Edon's cheerful nature deflect what could have been the beginnings of an argument. He doubted the butcher was as well read as he believed, or at the least had honestly missed it. Kazuki didn't have any of the training manuals his master had made him study, but he was certain the man hadn't taught him incorrectly, and all of his Quest experience so far--limited as it might be at the two star rank--had borne out that knowledge.

Moments later Tamietta returned, and Clara was the first to complement the other girl's armor. Kazuki merely nodded, glad that they would now be on their way, but inwardly he reaffirmed that carving up these Ioprey for some proper armor was the top priority. The Piscine Armor was meant for watery environments like deserted islands or deeply flooded wetland forests. It likely didn't have much in the way of heat resistance, so in an environment like the Magma Highlands it was almost the exact opposite of what one might prefer. Still, no matter how much like a bikini parts of it looked, clothing made from monster parts would always be that much more durable than simple cloth, so at least she wasn't doing what Kazuki's master had called a "naked run."


Kazuki found the Base Camp suitable enough, given that the village was probably low on supplies and probably hadn't been able to maintain it for a while. He gave the rookies a short tour, although it was obvious enough what most things were.

"--and any supplies shipped here or dropped from airships by the Guild will be placed in this blue box, whereas the red one is meant to hold anything we're delivering. On such quests a guild transport will pick it up once they've received our completion report. That's about it." he finished. He opened up the big chest with one hand, and used the other to point out the different items and how many of them there were.

"This is another reason parties are normally in groups of four--that's the most efficient number for the Guild to provide with stock supplies. Anything more is too expensive and depletes too many of their resources. As it is I have my own Potions, Steaks, and Cool Drinks, so the rest of you should divide those and the Antidotes among you. Clara, you and I will have to share a Map, so you take it for now." Kazuki stepped back and let the rest grab what they wanted.

"Speaking of Maps, feel free to take your time learning them--but my Master told me that it's important to memorize every landmark you can, until you can navigate a Hunting Ground even without a visual aid. He said it's important for higher rank quests...or if you've just got to have a rare item but have no more room in your pack."

With that said, Kazuki approached the mouth of the cave leading further out into the highlands. He pulled one Cool Drink from his pack, downed it quickly to avoid the bitter aftertaste left by the Bitter Bug it was made from, and then braced himself for the Quest ahead. With a leap over the rocky threshold, he was off.
K E N I C H I

Dorm Lobby


@FeyblueAh, there she went. Kenichi followed after Fumika, but before he could catch up to her he heard a voice from behind him, and something poked him between the shoulder blades. As he turned it realized it was the younger looking girl who had some similarities to Fumika. He wondered if they were related, or just had similar tastes in hair styles.

Sure enough, it turned out they were sisters, and this girl--hadn't he heard them call her Asuka?--was the younger. Was she just visiting, or had she gotten into Komei too? But Kenichi scratched his head, somewhat confused at her line of questioning.

"Well uh, my name's Yoshida Kenichi. We're classmates, both in 1-A, and we ended up sparring each other in our first training exercise. And we made friends after that...Isn't that pretty normal stuff with classmates?" He shrugged. "I mean I guess fighting each other's kind of a weird way to get introduced, but that's just Hero School for ya, right?"

Fumika's little sister seemed really defensive of her family, which was kinda cute. Kenichi smiled at her even though she was clearly taking a more forceful stance. When she asked why he was using the -chan honorific, he looked away somewhat nervously and started with a "Well...," but then she accused him of confessing on the first day. He did a double take at that, and couldn't help the faint burning in his cheeks.

"What?! N-no, I haven't asked her out or anything! Geez, I know I like to lift heavy things and put them down, but I ain't that much of a Chad. A love confession on the first day, what kinda brass--" He cut himself off before he said something too crass in front of a girl. He shook his head and crossed his arms. "I use -chan and -kun with most of my classmates, I guess cause I'm kinda laid back about honorifics? So far nobody's said anything about it...then again, Motome-chan's kinda the timid type, ain't she? Maybe I should make sure she's okay with it...sorry if it's been any trouble."

A thought came to him then, and he tilted his head as he put one hand on his chin.

"You're her sister, so I bet you're used to...uh..." He paused. How could he put this non-offensively? "...her behaviors. Is she actually alright? I mean, I know she said she was, but uh..."

He held one hand, with a finger extended, over his head. Then he let it droop.

"Her ahoge-antennae wasn't puttin' off much of a happy signal, so to speak. And in what little time I've spent with her, that seems to be a big indicator of how she's feeling--even if she's mimicking some other person's expression or emotion." He looked over his shoulder in the direction he had seen her going--towards where everyone else was eating, from the smell of it.

"And I'm sure you know how literally she seems to take what people say--At lunch today I actually told her "excuse me for a minute," but I ended up taking longer than that. I feel like if I had just rushed out when the bell rang instead of going back to her she might've stayed there for who knows how long...You've probably had that happen before, huh?" He turned to face Asuka again, and noticed that she also had an ahoge. Maybe her Quirk was similar too? It'd be fitting, since they were sisters...

"So I'm thinkin', maybe somebody said something just off the cuff, or without bein' clear about what they meant? Or...is this maybe something to do with Haruka? I don't wanna be insensitive...but, uh, the projection Motome-chan used earlier wasn't...um..."

He tapped his leg.
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