(Flashback) The First Artifact? No Way It's That Easy

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(Flashback) The First Artifact? No Way It's That Easy

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Kai took a deep breath of fresh, sea air. The wind blowing from the East on his back was welcome as the sun beat down on his head. Not that the temperature was a factor, considering the fact that he was slow strolling across the water. He had gotten a tip from a harbor town a few kilometers away that pirates were making off with their latest score from a night of pillaging and plundering. Amongst the treasure, there was rumored to be a book bearing a symbol that Kai had drawn and shown to a bartender.

Naturally, by the time Kai gathered information, the ship had already left harbor. Thankfully, Kai's mastery of the water element had improved greatly since his migration to Vescrutia, making walking across the aquatic surface as natural as land. It was just a matter of catching up to the ship in the distance.

The winds had died down enough to where the massive sea vehicle was no longer barreling through the tides, instead hitting a cruising speed. Kai could take his time.

"Man, this is a hell of a vessel. I'm sure they didn't purchase this thing," Kai whistled as he walked alongside the ship, taking note of the cannons on the sides, fitted with red, shimmering gems. "Elemental artillery? Who the hell did these guys hit?"

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"Alright guys, let's make it quick and easy."

"Do we do it any other way?"

The Freshwater Sea hides many secrets beneath its crystalline surface. The cruising wake of the Kir Royale made for a lovely trail to follow. Zero and his companions remained fresh on the trail of the massive ship. For the cargo they carried, they were moving mysteriously leisurely to their destination. Did they think they had escaped scot free? There were all forms of treachery that plagued the Freshwater Sea, the Kir Royale being one of the most infamous. Confidence in their skills as pillagers and pirates, slavedrivers and looters, the grizzled crew was no stranger to the pillars of the old ways, power rules.

Zero followed the fearsome ship and their crew from the Porto Sicaro. What began as a vacation away from the stresses of fishing with his band of brothers, The Leviathan Order, turned into another day on the water, back with shenannigans. Porto Sicaro isn't the most benevolent stop for tired seafarers, but it has the best entertainment for getaway trips. So long as you kept your wits about you, its picturesque tropical setting could soften even the most anxious sailor. That awareness put the order back to sea for one more catch before the party could begin.

The Leviathan Order pursued the Kir royale sub aquatically, nestled in their wake following like torpedoes. A pair of them began swimming faster beneath the hull of the ship reach its front. Zero made a strong dolphin kick and broke out of the water, slicked in a thin veil to minimize the sound as he latched on the back with a thin thread. The hunt was on.

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Kai could swear he felt some sort of concentration of energy, enough to make his eyes twitch at least, but chalked it up to whatever creatures called the depths their home. Instead, he nimbly climbed through the cannon windows and slipped into the shadows of the ship's lower deck. There, he concentrated his dark Naten around himself as he crept around corner and ducked behind barrels. Stealth had been one thing the Siviars beat into Kai's brain. The nomads were gifted with their assassination techniques.

Kai slipped around a beam and snatched a pirate by the collar and shoved him into the shadows to be sunken into them. "Sorry, I swear it's nothing personal." He continued to slink around, rummaging through sacks and crates only to find pilfered meat, family heirlooms, assorted weapons, but nothing resembling the book in question. "Damnit!" He pounded a barrel that sloshed with what Kai imagined was alcohol, also taken in their raid. They were brutes, but by the size of their haul, they were effective.

"If I were a pirate of this caliber, I'd obviously keep something like that in the captain's office, right?" Kai sighed. Skulking around in the lower levels of the ship was one thing, but marching right into the pirate leader's personal space seemed unnecessary. Except it wasn't and Kai knew, no matter how he tried to spin it, the book was in that room and there was no way around it.

So, he slid up the stairs to the mid deck, being certain to avoid any unwanted attention as he continued to embrace to teachings of a thief. His footsteps were so light that not even the creakiest of floorboards would create a sound under his soles. And should one just happen to snitch on him, the poor bandit would either turn to meet nothing but shadows, or their unfortunate end by Kai's blade. He rounded a corner to see a door that just screamed "this is where I lay my head, because I'm better than my crew".

"Now, let's hope that our lovely captain is off somewhere entertaining his crew."

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Quick as the wind and silent as the night, Zero slid onto the deck. The new moon sky drenched his advance in darkness, hiding him from the eyes of the crew on deck. They paced calmly, meandering with the rocking of the waves. The water he brought with him receded from his face, now a thin bodysuit covering much of the rest of him. He learned it from working with the Mako moving on land for them was made more comfortable with a thin film of water they maintained whenever they were topside. Zero applied i to many other situations, most of which required a modicum of restraint he rarely showed.

There's such a concentration of Naten here... It's stifling.

Something about the air felt humid, hot, heavy on the body, and abnormally so. A quiet, cloudless night like this never felt this humid, even after coming up from a dip. His heart pounded. He grew immediately uneasy, but the operation had already taken off, so the performance proceeded.

Two of his companions boarded the ship in the same silent manner, slipping over the bow and washing a few of the crewmen overboard in silence. They were wrapped in water and dragged undertow, flotsam in the night. Zero was supposed to be below deck already with eyes on the prize. Another few crewmen went overboard and their cover was still good. Zero took a deep breath and snapped back into it, their job couldn't fail just because he got a bit seasick.

Zero slipped below deck under a sea of stars, sliding silently with the help of the aquatic film covering his body. He skated across the deck's now water glazed surface just barely out of sight Some of the crewmen were investigating the influx, their thinning numbers making a worrisome situation for them. The halls of the ship were already dimly lit, so Zero moved cautiously. He hugged the walls, listening for any signs of an awakening crew. Too much action too soon would botch the mission.

I bet the brig is locked... Let's get that key.

Zero cut a few corners, dodged some awakening crew heading upstairs the the steadily growing party on deck, and made his way deeper into the ship. As he went deeper, he got hotter and more tired. The nauseousness he felt above the deck grew more and more. The aura he and The Leviathan Order followed melted away into this feeling and he lost track of their target. But he gained a new one, a figure standing in front of the door to the Captain's Quarters.

Shit... That's not cap... Not the one we saw at the resort... Oh well...

With the scene topside growing more and more lively, the light shuffling growing into a cacophony of a battle. Metal clashed and water crashed, out of character for the operation they planned for. And there was this other guy standing at the door. While he wanted to make a stealthy run, Zero resigned to their fate. With more and more going on, the ship rocking through the surf more violently, screams and thumps raining from overhead, and this suffocating feeling pervading lower decks, Zero had to pull the trigger.

But he waited silently. If he didn't have to fight for the key, he didnt' want to.

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Just as Kai reached for the door, he could hear the clanging of metal up top. Sounded as though the pirates had gotten into a bit of a skirmish. With what, Kai was unsure of, but he recognized an opportunity when he saw one. Right on cue, the captain's quarters swung open as a woman stormed upstairs. "What the hell is going on up there?" she bellowed. Kai didn't get a look at her due to hiding behind the door and how swiftly she moved, but the trail of energy she left Kai could tell was potent. She was strong, a fight he'd rather avoid at the moment. No, the treasure is what mattered.

Kai slipped in as quick as he could, silently slipping into the cabinets and dressers, looking through files and folders. He found inventory logs, maps, diaries dictating places to hit next. Not exactly what he was looking for, but he tucked a few maps into his inner jacket pocket. He opened a drawer at the desk in the middle of the room. A silver key lie on top of a white book with a gold symbol of etched on it in the shape of a butterfly with a dagger through it. Kai put the key to the side and took the book. He traced the spine with a bright, satisfied smile as he tucked the book into a bag on his back.

"One down," he said with pride. He never expected to happen upon one of the artifacts he was searching for so soon. A gratifying turn of events. Now, about the commotion on deck. Kai was curious to know what exactly was going on, but his mission was also complete. He could just jump overboard now, but where was the fun in that. He turned to exit and investigate just what gave him time to sleuth. Maybe he could lend and quiet hand.

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Zero hung back in the corridor to let the captain pass. The same impending gait they eyed traipsing around in Sicaro. What caught his eye beyond her piercing green eye and walking stride blighted his vision. A wave of nausea rushed over him and his vision narrowed. While she rushed up the stairs into the growing melee, Zero stumbled to the floor, clutching his bleary head.

This type of nausea took him back to Cornas, while exploring the underground of some of his people's historical monuments. The space was old to house some of the oldest charms designed by the Venkage, crafted by their devotion and forged in conviction. He dove deep and tried to withstand the feeling, the impressive weight of his people's Anthem given physical form, immortalized in the very cavernous walls that assailed him. Below deck on the Kir Royale, the feeling was fainter, but more distorted. Normally the items filled him with warmth, but he felt cold and uneasy. But the charm he developed for this situation was one of his favorites.

He took two fingers and ignited a small static charge at them. Then he drew a glowing line from his forehead to to the tip of his nose, drawing a hood of water from over his head. It swirled through his locs to reach his face, a misty film coiling and carving over his features. The misty film grew and hardened carving a solid mask, glistening like driven snow. The shaking and rumbling above deck registered more clearly to the floored trickster. Once the spherical eyes formed in front of his own, his acuity returned to normal and he shot back up to his feet. The Kir Royale helped him to his feet, rocking viciously now. The Captain's arrival on deck came with a crushing wave he felt push many of the Leviathan Order further out to sea, leaving Zero isolated below deck with a stranger in the Captain's quarters and a whole crew to deal with. Given the circumstances and his anonymity granted by the Adelaide Visor, he thought to press his luck with the dude coming out of the room first.

"Hey," he whispered as the guy passed him in the hallway. There were two ways this could go and Zero's twitching fingers, danced about with electricity, but hid in the pockets of his hooded vestment. The crystal eyes peered through the hood like diamonds on the water, light diffused through the mask to hide his fave. Quick draw favored the prepared.

The calm above deck made him more uncomfortable than this awkward meeting that could have him face down if he didn't play his cards right. At least down here, he thought there could be some damage control. But with the unease that radiated from that woman's arm, he already suspected they underestimated this crew.

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