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    With that, we have a tie. If people have changed their minds on voting, lurkers who are yet to vote or people who used to vote but not so much - now's the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird of Hermes View Post
    With that, we have a tie. If people have changed their minds on voting, lurkers who are yet to vote or people who used to vote but not so much - now's the time.

    (Saying this, I haven't seen a turnout like this in a while. Glad you're all enjoying it!)
    Aw what the heck, I'll change my vote to Seigi. Breaking into Rin's house does sound fun.

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    I switch to 1. Seigi
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    A wise and beautiful woman who exudes an aura of grace. She is a sly, cunning, manipulative person who always gets what she wants, whether through trickery or ruthlessness. Her own fighting abilities are low, but she should not be trifled with. What does she ride? Men, of course!

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    Seigi Nomikata
    Day 9 - Morning Phase
    Fuyuki City – Miyama Town, South
    Objectives: Explore Tohsaka Residence



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    Access to The Root: Level 1



    [BGM]

    I must say it’s quite peculiar what you miss.

    The blaring horns and roaring engines of cars dashing by with a lot of salarymen busybodies in a rush to get from one place to another for no truly significant reason other than ‘paperwork’ and ‘office deadlines’. Conversation between children in the street talking with each other excitedly on their way to school, some overly enthusiastic and others quite timid. The flashing of traffic lights and projected kanji across signs as well as public service announcements emitted from radios.

    Despite my own mixed heritage and Risa’s attempts at tutoring I still don’t understand a single damn word of this language, however frankly here and now I don’t need to. This city speaks for itself the exact way other cities I’ve resided in at my home country such as London or Norwich. Funnily enough; London, Norwich and Fuyuki all have ties to the world of Magecraft. Seems I have a knack for finding my way into these things.

    It’s easy enough to slide into the crowds, keeping my hands in my pockets, my head low, my mouth shut and keeping pace with everyone else. Usually I stick out like a sore thumb given I’m the only person in sight with dyed hair, not entirely ethnically Japanese and I absolutely refuse, and under no circumstances known to God and Justice will I, ever look like some twenty-year-old man from the 21st century. Only the finest and most expensive attire will I adorn and I’m the only one with any fashion sense around here.

    I’d be easy to snipe at but magi are hardly the most subtle creatures and surrounded by all these innocent bystanders in the splash zone? As long as I’m in a large group of people and keep ducking and weaving, I’m untouchable. Besides, a hoodie or mask in at this time of year will only make people suspicious and more likely to profile you.
    The niceties of acting ‘normal’ are appreciated however, though glancing across the street I can see a street vendour selling fresh steaming hot bowls of noodles out of a cart.

    “I could do with some nosh right now…”

    I reach into my pockets for my wallet. A wallet that I have long since lost, these aren’t even my clothes I’m wearing. It appears I’ll have to go without breakfast or even a morning cuppa for the time being…

    “But when was the last time I had anything to eat or drink though?”

    In good maintained condition the human body can go around twenty days without food if I recall correctly. But water is another matter, most people will drop dead after two days.

    “I wasn’t hooked up to an infusion pump for drip or anything during this time.”

    This means I may have gone four days without drinking anything. Scientifically speaking, I should be dead.

    “Perhaps I’m a zombie or something for all I know.”

    Omae wa mou shindeiru, you’re already dead.


    I walk down the streets further looking for the Tohsaka’s presence. I only have so much to go on, relatively vague directions from hardly-innocent Ms Lancaster, faint trails from the leylines and what appears to be the reaction of the general populace.

    I’ve had people pull me to the side and speak to me when they could tell I was on my way to the Tohsaka estate. They said ‘ゴーストハウス – Gōsutohausu’ which I think means ‘Ghost House’, though that won’t stop me because I have no idea what they’re really saying.



    I make my way to the European styled house at the core of this district and something feels fundamentally wrong here.

    The Tohsaka estate sits above a leyline yet an’ I’ve not detected any sense of a warding bounded field, even an average magus would be kept in my proper place by it. Yet here I’m only detecting a warm trickle of magical energy rather than a blazing wall of fire. It’s not a feeble work which is far from what I’d expect from the illustrious heir of the Tohsaka bloodline but rather broken.

    My Nigredo is the first stage of alchemy, decomposition before creation. It’s an intrinsic breakdown akin to an enzyme breaking down substrates, in this instance, raw material and pure magical energy.

    This is just shambles, like something just brute forced its way through.

    No subtlety.

    No grace.

    No-

    And it then occurs to me about the only magus with reason to come to this location who’s involved with this bloody war.

    “Lazlow…”

    Master Grimmwold’s already been here and gone and trashed her magical defences of her establishment.

    “Oh Rin’s gonna be fuckin pissed about this.”

    This kind of incident almost makes me glad that he’s eliminated. Then I realise what I just thought. But then again it could be Rider or Caster. Though I’m yet to see any trace of a beautiful eastern euorpean lady or that bottle of wine she had and Caster-

    Well, Caster’s just been a semi-physical grey cloud. I have no idea who they are.

    All that’s left to do is sneak around the back into those nice gardens. It’s easy enough, people are trying to stay away from this place for whatever superstitious reasons they may have (however well founded they may be) but without any bounded field of defence it’s easy to walk up to the window, use a simple veil of Nigredo around my hand to break the lock and hop in.

    With a little ‘Click’ of the lock breaking, I slowly raise grab the window and raise it gently with as little noise as I can manage, I carefully carefully raise my leg over the ledge and-

    “Fuck!” A sudden slip and the tiled ground rushes up too meet me as I immediately lose footing, slip and fly face first into the Tohsaka’s house. Clearly, I’m not rested enough after the last day’s hardship and simple things are proving to be quite difficult.

    “Urgh, how damn dignified.” I say to no one thankfully, as I wipe my face and dust myself off after getting to my feet. “Though if Rin asks, I’m new to this whole burglary thing.”

    Last I saw her I didn’t exactly get a chance to introduce myself properly and if I make a bad second impression all I can hope for is my ability to outrun her.
    I feel I growl in my stomach.

    Thinking about food didn’t help earlier. I’m hungry.

    A Simple Choice


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    1 just seems logical


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    3​. A man can't do anything on an empty stomach!

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    Yeah, I pick 1.

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    Seigi Nomikata
    Day 9 - Morning Phase
    Tohsaka Residence
    Objectives: Explore Tohsaka Residence



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    Access to The Root: Level 1



    The hunger is a simple need I can dispel for now, I can control my base desires and focus on whatever resources I can for now here in the Tohsaka household.
    Many houses owned by the affluent folk feel hollow. Perhaps it’s the need to have everything as large and bright as possible but despite their tacky extravagance, I find that most of their mansions feel more akin to an empty white box filled with overly expensive décor and enough sprayed disinfectant to kill a small child.


    This place is different.

    Even if I ignore the weight of where I am, this place sells a good first impression. It is quite large to be sure but not needlessly so, the architecture feels as if it was build to accommodate a larger number of people rather than just a rich insecure arsewipe who inherited all their money needing to show off. Furthermore, this place feels as if it has been actually lived in. Some of the chairs are slightly askew so you can tell someone tried to neaten up after themselves. A thin layer of dust in hard to reach places, some wear-and-tear in the furniture that has been fixed rather than replaced.

    Around two and a half years ago when I was around 16 or 17 years old there was a masquerade ball happening for the elite of the Clock Tower and I was doing some temporary work as a server for some extra quid being a broke student. Dressing up in a butler uniform is something I’ll never turn down but it allowed me to meet and greet the finer bred magi and make some good first impressions of my own. Insufferable people are everywhere regardless of status and there were certainly some who only ogled me but I did meet some rather fine ladies and gentlemen in both character and appearance such as one of the mademoiselles of the Edelfelt family and an admittedly brief interaction with Rin Tohsaka herself when I served her a few drinks. Despite a position of affluence, she didn’t seem far removed from reality so I have no idea how that-

    “Aggh”

    A dull throb burns with a sudden ache at the back of my skull throwing me even further off balance as I struggle to keep standing.

    Damned Geas.

    I know it prevents me saying what I saw that night to non-attendees of the event but to even think about it without someone present? Things would have been so much easier if Rin and Sakura didn’t have that public argument, then the organiser wouldn’t have had to do any of this crap.

    My thoughts dispel that night from years past and return to the present matter. Stealing shit from said rich people.

    Looking around there are books aplenty, even a distinctly ‘average’ magus such as myself can feel a degree of magical energy from them. A maintained veil of Nigredo is enough to break the seal of the locked bookshelves here in the main floor and examine them, I make my way over to the shelves in the living room as quietly as I can, break the seal without even having to think about it and pull out the first tome I can grab.

    It’s hefty and has a ticker layer of dust to it. I blow off the grime and open it up to read… kanji.

    It’s all in Japanese, a language I can’t even read. Yorkie’s own knowledge on the language is limited to whatever she picked up from those imported games and animated shows she watched. Risa’s fluent in this though and a few others too. This would be perfect for her.

    “I miss Risa.”

    Risa… I know it’s only been a few days since I’ve seen her but it feels like bloody years since I last saw her. She was smart, reliable, kind, ate maybe a little too may sweets but no one’s perfect. I let out a resigned sigh and put the book back. Risa’s the grimoire specialist, not me. It’s nothing but dead weight in my hands.

    Leaving this floor literally empty handed, I walk up the stairs.
    The Master Bedroom



    The first room I end up entering down the hallway naturally ends up being revealed being the master bedroom. Beams of light break through the window to reveal an equally majestic yet welcoming environment with a rich red carpet décor of the old world and a rather large, if messy, bed.

    A swift examination reveals a lot. Subtle ring stains on the table, two of them on opposite sides – a popular spot for afternoon tea to be sure. This wasn’t the case downstairs and a mild indentation in the carpet leads direct from here to the bed. And the two separate stains mean this would be the preferred spot either in the lead up to or post lovemaking.

    “Rin Tohsaka… You’re classy little bitch, aren’t you?” I allow myself to chuckle. No disrespect to her of course but if she heard me say that I doubt she’d take it as the joke it’s intended to be.

    Looking back toward the bed, I feel the same sensation as I did towards the books below. Magical energy. My interest piqued; I make my way to the unmade bed. Truth be told according to the rumours circulating Clock Tower at the moment you’d be expecting to see Luvia Edelfelt sleeping in this bed.

    But rumours are just that.

    Rumours.

    I examine the bed to see if there is any sort of mystic code’s hidden away in a secret compartment and yet even more of this well-lived mansion is revealed to me. Plump feathery cushions, multiple thin duvets in the sheets, a soft but firm and durable mattress and in there a mix of a few strands of long hair, some blonde and some dark.
    The body I inhabit shudders. Not at the thought of Rin and Luvia but I hear worded thoughts that are familiar yet distinctly not my own resonate within my mind.

    Oh, So Rin and Luvia are having a secret torrid love affair between two rival houses. Seems they spend all day fucking in bed only to pause for a tea break. I must say that sounds ideal.


    I let out a second sigh in a short amount of time?

    “Are you the reason I’m so distracted as of late? I personally am not interested in all this gossip, If I wanted to watch a trashy soap I’d just watch TV. Besides they’re rational consenting adults, they’re free to do whatever they like.”

    Ever the typical and boring gentleman, aren’t you? Where’s the dashing rogue I know you could be, come now it pays to keep up with the interests of the elite, how else are you going to re introduce yourself into society once this is all done?


    I raise an eyebrow.

    “Are you sure you’re just not thinking about throwing us into the mix of Miss Tohsaka and Edelfelt?” I hear a spluttering in my mind, clearly not expecting me the so-called gentleman to be so direct and dare I say ‘vulgar’. “Make no mistake, I understand the appeal of a woman who can break you but we have more important things to worry about.”

    Oh hohohoho! Make no mistake I know you did Seigi, we both remember Lancer quite fondly.


    Well. That got uncomfortable. I mean we literally share a body so she shares experiences but-

    Urgh, that felt wrong to say. Do you feel muddied after that because I certainly do?


    At least we share mutual discomfort over this, I know that Aoi has minimal experience in interacting with another human being but still…

    My apologies Seigi, that crossed a boundary.


    “Agreed, I am willing to move on but let us agree to never speak of this again.”

    Forcing myself back to the bed to distance myself from Aoi’s voice that has thankfully gone silent. Oddly enough though, a little something catches my eye a little jagged thing just poking out of the messy lovers bed. Another hair, but just one.

    Short, red and not dyed like my own.

    I don’t care for whatever so-called scandal is going on. The Tohsaka lady’s dalliances in romance are of no interest to me, besides it’s highly unlikely we’ll meet again.
    Looking back on the bed I realise what I was detecting. Ever since this my pathway to the Root began to take form, I’ve felt more observant, perhaps just my senses becoming more heightened. It would make sense given now my body reacted by giving me some nice biceps and a set of killer abs if I don’t say so myself.

    This isn’t a secret Mystic Code. It’s just residue from Rin fucking.

    “Y’know what? Bollocks to this. I’m done.”

    I head downstairs and proceed with further examination. Following on my metaphorical nose to pick up on any traces of magic on a lead takes me around the establishment until I find a hatch in the basement.

    The enchantment is strong, obscenely strong with multiple layers constantly moving in tow. It is an enchantment worthy to protect a workshop of a family of generations.

    “Analyse. Divine. Destroy.”

    If an action is done then it can be undone, fortunately for myself wind functions in a similar way to water. Constantly howling and bringing down a barrage of the elements, picking apart a structure piece by piece until it crumbles away. Even a mountain will one day become naught but pebbles.

    It takes time, scanning the seal at every angle trying to find a singular weakpoint currently in motion. It takes a long time, far longer than I would willingly admit to another as minutes turn to hours but I am able to find a slight lull in the otherwise perfect seal.
    It exists in this place for an instant within an instant, but that is all I need.

    “Nigredo.”

    I am stronger than the man I was yesterday, far stronger. Normally it would be impossible for a man of my bloodline’s standing to combat a spell compiled by generations but I am Seigi Nomikata, a living gateway to The Root and I will not be defeated by a glorified padlock!

    My spell works like an acid in a wound, pouring in through the gap and violently dissolving away at anything and everything it could touch in the lock.

    The sparks fizzle and fly away at the lock until an unearthly snap and the seal fizzles away into nothing as the hatch slowly creaks open.

    “Middle class upstart, one. Silver spoon rich family, zero.”

    Light now floods into the dull basement from the artificial lighting above me. My eyes are drawn into the slowly lit abyss as the mystery of the Tohsaka’s workshop reveals itself to me. There are some kanji scrawled on the door but that won’t stop me because I can’t read.

    Tohsaka Workshop





    My eyes are drawn to the grimoires and apparatus ripe and prime for experimentation, Well-worn but still plump and comfortable looking chairs are erratically placed all over the area, showing where depths of study took place the most. There were a few flowers placed around the area too, likely in order to bring some life in this laboratory cradled by the earth but that doesn’t interest me as much.

    What does interest me is that there is something on the desk that is overflowing with magical energy.

    [BGM]

    I stride over to it with absolute urgency and I gasp immediately.

    It is not a pain, the closest I can describe to it is the lurch before falling, a great swelling of power almost akin to standing in Aoi’s presence. This sensation builds and builds like accumulated gravity slowly piling on me as if the weight of the world is applying further pressure on me.

    Come now old chap. If it wasn’t hard it wouldn’t be worth doing.


    I try and step forward and immediately fall to my hands and knees and gravity intensifies fivefold. My limbs are shaking, I can’t lift my head and it all weighs so much, so much. The blood all accumulates with a supernatural speed.

    My speech slurs as I try to open my mouth, I fall to my slide as everything on my left goes numb and loses strength.

    It’s hot.

    It’s heavy.

    H-hard tuu think.

    Blood is now dur-dur… Dripping. Dripping out of capillaries as vessels in my head build and burstsing nout.

    No, don’t give up Seigi. Think. Focus!


    Body is bending. Sadness. Pain, Outrage. Rage. All these emotions are ripping through me as my body feels like it’s falling apart.

    “Wha.”

    A stroke. I’m having a stroke.

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    Magical Energy: Normal
    Access to The Root: Level 1



    Something in this house is killing me.

    All this pain, all this grief. It makes me want to curl up and die. I want to curl up and die. It would be so easy, it would make things stop. Quiet. Quiet, please make it stop.

    But this urge, where is it from? It’s so hard to think!

    Can’t think! Too busy trying not to die!

    With what little remains of my body’s functionality, I drag my hands forward to the centre of the room and I see the truth. Insight into another place and time.

    Visions of Another World





    In another world, the Tohsaka’s recreate a true miracle. Whether it be a curse of the workshop, the sword itself or the world itself combating me, it doesn’t want me to stand. To claim this for my own.

    You will not possess The Second.

    The voice of the origin of the Sword, of the World fighting me

    No. No!

    This whole time, my whole life I’ve been commanded, controlled, manipulated. I was only created to be a means for another end.

    A lesser man would not have made contact to The Root. A lesser man would have faultered and died by now. I’m not a god, I am a man. A man with faults, weaknesses and great failings. But I’m breaking free you hear me! Despite my flaws and the destiny another set for me, I’m forging my own path.


    Through the suffering, I find the strength to bring myself to my feet.

    “It is you who should fear me!”

    Catch Up!

    Seigi possesses the current abilities at this Access Stage.

    Enhanced Alchemy

    Through subconsciously recreating lost techniques and incantation from deceased prodigy's in the Age of Man, Seigi Nomikata is capable casting Alchemy (Nigredo, Transmutation etc) based spells at enhanced speed and power.

    False Bodhisattva

    A king is nothing to a God, however in this modern Age of Man, a god is nothing to a non-believer as mortal humans continue to achieve what was once believed to be impossible. One who is not a God but a human who attains a higher state of being as an awakened one which allows to unlock potential and power through a physical transformation.

    At Access Stage Level 1, in this transformed state the effects of Enhanced Alchemy are greatly increased.


    New Access Note

    You may select ONE new Access Note from the following:

    Elemental

    The ability to make use of artificial spirits corresponding to the five elements. These spirits are called Elementals, or more informally Elemental Masses through the techniques of Paracelsus. Seigi gain the ability to create a crystalline being that can act as an aid in combat comparable to that of a wraith.

    Note that due to Seigi’s own elemental affinity he can only create a Wind Elemental and replaces Enhanced Alchemy and will take new effects when under the transformation ability of False Bodhisattva.


    Immortal Divine Flesh

    A being who embarked upon a pilgrimage and attained enlightenment was terrorised by monsters and demons because of a legend which says that one can attain immortality by consuming their flesh because they were a reincarnation of a holy being. Through being a living gateway to Akashic Records such a phenomena from Sanzang can be replicated.

    Seigi’s flesh grants powerful healing capabilities, allowing him to mend wounds and regenerate quickly akin to an automatic healing factor, small flesh wounds can be healed over time but he cannot regenerate decisive wounds and lost limbs. Furthermore, by allowing another to willingly bite him, another being will have some of their physical wounds removed though at the cost of weakening Seigi’s vitality.

    Cannot be taken in conjunction with Transcendent Natural Flesh.


    Retrocognition

    Limited clairvoyance. An evolution of Seigi’s own limited hemomancy abilities where he predicts the next move of his opponent by feeling where the blood is moving in a target.

    By touching another’s blood, Seigi is able to discern the details of their character and gather a blurred disordered view of any and all past events and actions involving them. The closer Seigi is with them either through bond or biology, his vision of them becomes clearer. It appears to be a reference to Kreimhild’s organised massacre where her enemies ‘fell into the blood’ and her visions and divinations/calculations of their demise unfolded.


    Transcendent Natural Flesh

    Humanity’s greatest weakness and primal fear is that of its mortality. As one on the path to becoming a perfect being, death itself shall one day be overcome. Grants increased resistance to all ailments, curses, disease and poisons. An ability akin to One who stands At the Boundary.

    Though this won’t affect the quest itself but the physical affects of ageing are halved, for the next few decades he'll look the same age and will comfortably live to around 200 years or so without external interference.

    Cannot be taken with Immortal Divine Flesh.


    Quest Master’s note: You and frankly not even I know how many chances you’ll get to acquire these Access Notes. I cannot stress enough to think carefully about what you want and if you do particularly want an ability, take it now.
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    2- Immortal Divine Flesh. Being able to heal ourselves and others is a pretty powerful ability that sounds like it could get us out of a bunch of scraps in the future.

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    Transcendent Natural Flesh
    Immortal OG Protagonist memes>>>>Sensible Mechanic-based Decisions I was between this one and Retrocognition, since the latter really complements Seigi's fighting and mage-ing style and allows for information gathering and I have a huge ass boner for Psychometry and Retrocognition in any form while the former has the bigger lore implications with long term narrative repercussions (and could potentially help us against DAs if the paths ever cross with the Norwich Files).
    Also, I don't quite fancy healing cannibalism. While it is quite original and useful (and allows for easy jokes), it just seems like an... inelegant and draining solution, and one that will get obsolete fast. Besides, it would be just a replication on an existing Mystery *through* the Root, while Transcendent Natural Flesh seems to draw on the nature of the Root itself, bringing us closer to existences like 「Ryougi Shiki」and the like.
    Finally, Elementals is a discipline we'll eventually arrive to with enough time, but ultimately doesn't fit Seigi nor Aoi at all.
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    A wise and beautiful woman who exudes an aura of grace. She is a sly, cunning, manipulative person who always gets what she wants, whether through trickery or ruthlessness. Her own fighting abilities are low, but she should not be trifled with. What does she ride? Men, of course!

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    Transcendent Natural Flesh seems the best. Living much longer, much more powerful resistance to curses and poisons. Seems a lot better if you don't have a super powerful healing artifact on you.

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    Retrocognition
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    I examine the bed to see if there is any sort of mystic code’s hidden away in a secret compartment and yet even more of this well-lived mansion is revealed to me. Plump feathery cushions, multiple thin duvets in the sheets, a soft but firm and durable mattress and in there a mix of a few strands of long hair, some blonde and some dark.

    The body I inhabit shudders. Not at the thought of Rin and Luvia but I hear worded thoughts that are familiar yet distinctly not my own resonate within my mind.
    Forcing myself back to the bed to distance myself from Aoi’s voice that has thankfully gone silent. Oddly enough though, a little something catches my eye a little jagged thing just poking out of the messy lovers bed. Another hair, but just one.

    Short, red and not dyed like my own.
    Interesting what he was seeing and feeling from the bed. Two different strands in thebsame bed. And since the 4th Grail Aar didn't happen here, presumably the Tohsakas still have all their properties which means she probably still has domestic staff. And I doubt they would leave her bed so messily (maybe they accompanied her to London?), so perhaps the time period for the two different colored hairs that were with hers is pretty close, or even on the same day?

    EDIT: Without the 4th Grail War and Kotomine going evil, perhaps Rin still has all the Tohsaka properties here she can draw income from.

    Means she'll have a proper domestic staff. Or they're all maids.

    Makes me wonder about anyone keeping watch over the house and noticing Seigi.
    In another world, the Tohsaka’s recreate a true miracle. Whether it be a curse of the workshop, the sword itself or the world itself combating me, it doesn’t want me to stand. To claim this for my own.
    Also, looks like he saw a bit of the HF battle? Neat!
    Around two and a half years ago when I was around 16 or 17 years old there was a masquerade ball happening for the elite of the Clock Tower and I was doing some temporary work as a server for some extra quid being a broke student. Dressing up in a butler uniform is something I’ll never turn down but it allowed me to meet and greet the finer bred magi and make some good first impressions of my own. Insufferable people are everywhere regardless of status and there were certainly some who only ogled me but I did meet some rather fine ladies and gentlemen in both character and appearance such as one of the mademoiselles of the Edelfelt family and an admittedly brief interaction with Rin Tohsaka herself when I served her a few drinks. Despite a position of affluence, she didn’t seem far removed from reality so I have no idea how that-
    Man I hope this can be fully revealed some day.
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    Questverse November 2019 Q&A Special

    Heya everyone!

    So on the Questverse server, I did a little Q&A where people asked for matchups and a few other things here and there. I know there are a few lurkers and readers who read here but are not on the server proper so I'm posting them here to share for everyone.


    Matchup! Seigi vs UBW Shirou

    A battle between the twin redhead progenitor protagonists and sex memes. The first of the Fate franchise and the first of the Questverse!

    Shirou would have the edge in combat as possessing a literal Noble Phantasm in his body is more effective recovery than Seigi's latest obtained ability. Furthermore the nature of Shirou's weapons are weapons that are pulled from his reality marble than simple 'projected weapons that are created' so without knowledge of this, the effectiveness of Nigredo as a defensive option is reduced considerably, Seigi would have to rely on his manipulation of the Wind element as he can't use hemomancy to predict Shirou's moves because Swords. Within Unlimited Blade Works however, it is a whole 'nother story. You'd think this is a guaranteed win for Shirou but being able to deduce the nature of Shirou's weapons would allow Nigredo to function at maximum capacity and destroy them with minimal effort.

    Final Verdict

    Outside of the Reality Marble - Shirou wins the majority of the fights and Seigi's a pincushion.
    Within the Reality Marble - Seigi wins almost every time and Shirou gets thanos'ed


    Matchup! Yamato Takeru (Lancer) vs Cu Chulainn (Lancer)

    The greatest warrior of Ireland and the greatest warrior of Japan. These two are very evenly matched in essentially every regard. Takeru's Noble Phantasms counter Gae Bolg which would render this a straight up martial battle. While Cu is more famed as a spear user, the two are on the same level as Takeru's preferred weapon is the sword. With borderline identical physical stats as well as talent, the battle shifts from a martial battle to an endurance based duel on who can outlast the longer. Cu Chulainn is a man who refuses to die before his time with the majority of his skills build towards survival but once again Takeru's Curse of Ibuki skill gives her adaptability that even Cu Chulainn does not possess. The decisive factor in this battle would be the backup supplied from their masters as this is a battle that could last days.

    Final Verdict

    This is a draw but i would love to see Ufotable animate their battle.


    Matchup! QoF Rin vs Yorkie

    The "Best Girl" of F/SN against the unexpected Best Girl of Questverse (according to my fanbase at least).

    Heir of one of the most famed families in clocktower vs a nerdy clingy girl who just happens to be something of a bounty hunter. This boils down to a single question which like Batman before her determines how much plot armour is available. Does Yorkie get prep time? This is as in the Apocrypha timeline Rin Tohsaka end up becoming the founder of a "completely new martial arts that combines magecraft and Chinese Kenpou" by the time she becomes a high school student and is a literal high powered prodigy with superior hand-to-hand combat abilities and magic circuits. QoF Rin would dominate in a fair fight... something that York Lancaster does not believe in.

    Final Verdict

    Rin wins the card game but Yorkie likes to rig the deck.

    Quote Originally Posted by King Prussia
    Yorkie is Batman
    I love both Yorkie and you, Hermes


    Matchup! Reiner vs Azaka

    Kill it with Fire!
    There are many similarities and variables here though Reiner has the edge in all of them. Both have a similar style of aggressive pyrokinesis, both seemingly (?) strong enough to kill a person in a single blow. Reiner has superior magical circuitry and years of training while Azaka has Toukou's tutelage. Reiner however has a weakness that is comparable to everyone's favourite Golden Arsehole which is also the reason he's lost against Seigi twice. His ego. Reiner see's Azaka as "A meager peasant without a trace of magical power within herself" whose strength only comes from others and as a result would not take the fight seriously, costing him dearly.

    Final Verdict

    Reiner wins in theory, Reiner loses in practice.

    Reiner : That peasant girl ? Bah !
    Reiner : She's not worthy of me using my full power !
    Reiner : I can crush her with a hand between my back !
    Reiner : There's nothing she can do against me !
    Reiner : What could possibly go wrong anyways ?


    Matchup! Aoi vs Aoko vs Medea

    "Can Shiki Aoi kill servants?"
    Well... kinda

    A two for one special!
    A woman who has seemingly attained the dream of all Magi, a woman who has obtained The Fifth Magic and the woman who continues to set the standard for all magi from the Age of Gods. In a competition against humans, it can be said that Caster is the most dangerous opponent capable of bringing about the most horrifying and greatest results of all the Servants summoned during the Fifth Holy Grail War and it is doubtful that even Aoko using True Magic can defeat Medea in a battle of magecraft. Aoi possess access to The Root and as a result can draw power and techniques directly from it, thus rendering any advantage either woman against her would have become mute. Aoi does have a weakness however, her little brother. She resides in a body that is not her own using power than a modern magus should not be able to possess. Therefore even though all three are on a similar level (some higher than others) and although Aoi is able to combat against Age of Gods magecraft and deflect false Broken-Phantasms, in her current state Aoi can't reveal her true power without destroying her host body and by extension, killing herself.

    Final Verdict

    Aoi loses in every scenario, either by being killed by the enemy or tapping into more power than Seigi can handle and destroying herself. In Seigi's body at least.

    Conclusion

    Gain more Access to The Root so Aoi can flex without worrying about ripping Seigi's body to shreds by accident.


    NSFW! Can Nigredo make it safe without protection?

    I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW MUCH OF A TERRIBLE IDEA THIS IS


    Hiro, Tokiomi & Zouken! Dad of the Year contest!


    Matchup! QoF Saber vs Sigurd

    I cannot answer this without giving spoilers


    Matchup! QoF Rider vs Circe

    Both women fulfil the same role in legend, one could almost consider them counterparts or equivalents like the Paladins to the Knights of the Round Table. If QoF Rider was summoned as a Caster then the battle would likely end in a stalemate for the same reasons that Takeru vs Cu is a draw. However this is not the case, although being summoned into the Rider class container limits her magical ability, is provides a needed boost to physical parameters for survivability as well as access to her class specific Noble Phantasm which Circe cannot defend against.

    Verdict

    QoF Rider wins but only as a Rider


    Matchup! Takeru vs Berserker Lancelot

    Lancelot as a berserker is a vicious combatant, the blackened knight of the round table who brought shame, dishonour and played a part in the destruction of the legends. Violence for violence is the rule of beasts but both Lancer and Berserker are animals.

    With both the best martial warriors of their time, both splendid warriors would be able to display their prowess on the battlefield as well as their versatility. Both the Knight of Honour Noble Phantasm and the Curse of Ibuki skill grants both combatants a versatility that shames most heroic spirits and neither are afraid to fight dirty and use whatever they can as a weapon (They would make the most fearsome wrestlemania duo and break a lot of steel chairs) Although Lancelot possesses Arondight, it is actually a weakness as Lancer's Noble Phantasms are able to mitigate it to a degree. It would not deliver the decisive blow and create a series of openings.

    Current Verdict

    Lancer wins and not because Hermes is biased.


    Matchup! Bazzet vs Lazlow

    Lazlow's got tickets to a card show, Bazzet's got tickets to the gun show. Both have powerful spells and circuts, both specialise in one-on-one combat, both have a load of secret shit from the Age of Gods that other magi would literally kill for. Though Lazlow maybe objectivly more powerful in some instances, Bazzet has something that would take him out. Her NP counters his strongest stuff and she's like, real buff.

    Current Verdict

    Bazzet wins 60-70% of the time but she doesn't feel good about it.


    Matchup! Takeru vs Nagao

    Spartacus of ConQuest fame crosses the ocean to fight me because I win because Takeru wins
    A serious, non-joke answer is pending.


    Statement 'Nigredo is just a better thought out version of what Sieg does in Apocrypha'


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    "Additionally, his Magic Circuits alone were of such high quality that Avicebron had an eye on him and were in no way inferior to those of Darnic, Yggdmillennia’s head. However, he can only use them to destroy things through Structural Analysis. Even if he had survived, he wouldn’t have had any intention of studying magecraft since he doesn’t have a very positive image of it."
    His magecraft was made to be the opposite of Shirou's reinforcement or its failure.

    "Basically, channeling your magical energy into something other than yourself is like pouring poison into that object. It is just as the blood of Emiya Shirou is not the blood of the metal pipe. Pumping different blood only accelerates its breakdown, it certainly wouldn't strengthen it. To prevent that and to turn the poison into a tonic, one must completely understand the structure of the target and channel the magical energy into small open spaces. "…Composition, reinforce." …It must be easy for a skilled magus, but for me, who cannot even create sufficient magical energy, it's as hard as hitting a target hundreds of meters away. The usual target in archery is 27 meters away. How much harder it is at many times that distance, goes without saying"
    So Shirou analyzes the structure and puts in magical energy in the best way to strengthen it. Sieg puts it in the best way to destroy the thing.
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