Idaliseviel still remains on alert, Harlow wouldn't be the type to play dirty, but his servants were another question. Ruler would be loyal, even if he doesn't agree, but the other cloaked one was debatable. Either way, Idaliseviel was relieved to see that the immediate danger had been averted. She decided to play along with his scenario just to uplift the tension that was starting to disperse,
"I can say the same to you, Mr. Harlow. I appreciate the kind words, until our next meeting." She said with a small curtsy, he was still within earshot so he must have heard it. The homunculus then shifted her attention towards her servant.
"Saber, thank you for your hard work for today. You've exceeded my expectations!" She said with a bright smile, "Really, thank you." Without him, she wouldn't have reacted in such a way and... such a thought of losing the war so soon was unsettling. After the encounter, Idaliseviel thought it might be best to start home earlier than planned, she wouldn't want to run into any other strange encounters, although she would be on high alert after the first.
Idaliseviel takes a deep breath and exhales accordingly. Minimizing the loss of innocent lives would have been nice, but it's a war after all. Bystanders will end up getting in the way one day or another, and she couldn't have that loosen her resolve.
The homunculus narrowed her eyes as she kept them glued onto the two servants, but focused more on the one that was previously cloaked before the unexpected attack. Fighting dirty huh, she should have predicted something like that earlier. She also took note of how other bystanders couldn't see the servant, but weeding out the possible identities could come later when she has time to think now it's to focus on aiding Saber.
"Do as you must." She advised once again, her ruby eyes were still watching the other servants in case they were to attack again.
Perception (10), Magic Defense (30), Insight (16)
Idaliseviel became very alarmed at the sudden counter attack, but was very relieved to see Saber instantly react and parry the attack before she had time to respond. "Two servants?" She thought to herself as her ruby colored eyes glanced from the dark cloaked one to the other. She caught her breath and placed her hand over her chest to steady her racing heart, then quickly glanced around seeing how alarmed everyone was. It was as if they didn't see the hostile environment that Saber responded to. The homunculus had to respond quickly if she didn't want any bystanders to get involved, but how?
She maintained a strong composure and didn't allow herself to waver, she had to focus on the battle, making sure bystanders wouldn't get involved would have been ideal but she had to keep herself and Saber safe as well. "Stay alert, Saber. I'll do my best to help." She smiled reassuringly at him. Idaliseviel felt safer in his presence, seeing how he protected her quickly enough and earned even more of her trust through actions alone, not needing any sort of fluffy words to waver her thoughts.
Perception (10), Magic Defense (30), Insight (16)
Idaliseviel tapped her fingers against her arms in an impatient manner. She didn't even bother responding back to either Servant or Master during this, because it was fruitless. This conversation was going around in circles, but she couldn't let her guard down and simply walk away from this encounter. There was something else there... she couldn't tell what, but there's something else fishy about this situation that almost seems like it was planned from the start. Her eyes lit up, finally coming up with a possible way to get out of this.
"Hm. Maybe your current master, or king, is doing a suitable job. But I do wonder if your original king can even compare to Mr. Harlow?" The homunculus paused, "Perhaps, maybe you seek the Holy Grail to make up for this lack of a figure in your first life?" The girl smiled warmly towards the Servant. "That could possibly be why you idolize Mr. Harlow so much right? He makes up for the King you didn't have in the past."
Perception (10) Insight (16)
Idalieseviel paused and smiled, "Yes of course, every magus knows that they have to come up with some sort of plan if they wish to succeed. Have you ever asked your master what his was though, besides the generic saving the world from all things bad of course." The homunculus paused and glanced around the busy plaza, "Although I have to admit the place of encounter is slightly sloppy, the least you could have done is lure me off to a desolate place so it wouldn't attract that much attention, or was the part of your plan too?" She watched the Servant's expression for any sort of waver in emotion.
"I expected a little bit more out of someone from such a prestigious family, and of a Master himself to his Servant nonetheless." She said with a light shake of the head, "Maybe this behavior is acceptable to others, but this simply will not do." She sighed.
Perception (10) Insight (16)
Idaliseviel smiled at the mental note she just made towards the Servant. She made sure to glance periodically behind her to see her maids all alert, as well as mentally call towards Saber in case if he noticed anything odd between any of the men behind Harlow, Harlow himself, or his unknown servant. The maiden then nodded her head slowly, "Is that so? You awfully sound very sure of yourself, and such a loyal Servant you are!" She smiled brightly before continuing, "You trust Mr. Harlow very much, which is very admirable--although trusting him so much could be concerning in a way..." She trailed off for a moment before meeting eyes with the servant again.
"After all, if you never question his actions due to your blind loyalty, how could you know he's making the wises decisions? For all you know he could be making a grave mistake and putting himself into danger because of his rash decision making." The homunculus placed her hand on her cheek in concern, "Then he wouldn't be able to get the grail his family line has been fighting for after this long. How disappointing." She muttered. "Seems like your Master isn't as great of a man as you put him up to be."
Perception (10) Insight (16)
Idaliseviel tilted her head to the side, "So you do admit you have some faults that need to be addressed. That's always a good start." She warmly smiled at the Servant before her before tapping her index finger on her chin, pondering. "Hmm, even if you believe you're "adequate" enough to deal with someone like me, what about all the other masters and their servants? Does something like that not concern you? I suppose we all start small and then grow into our expectations, but that's starting off a little bit low, don't you think?"
"And going after the "weakest" potential master as well? That's hitting below the belt, even if your master suggested to do something like that. Do you not have any sense of morals? Or would you rather follow your master's orders blindly, which I suppose is... alright for now. Considering you're adequate enough to deal with someone like me." The homunculus smiled at the servant.
Perception (10) Insight (16)
9:15 AM (ish?)
The homunculus then lightly placed her hand over her mouth as if she had said something that wasn't meant to slip out. "Excuse me, that was rude. Although sometimes things can't help but stumble out I suppose."
Perception (10) Insight (16)
(WELP, LET'S GO BACK TO SAVE ONE.)
Idaliseviel blinked at the Harlow's sudden questioning. "My hand being the one to guide the world into peace? That's surely a very nice thought isn't it? And certainly something hard to obtain within this fragile world." She paused for a moment before having a warm, yet almost mischievous smile pull across her pale cheeks, "And yet, I don't feel very pressured about this daunting task. It would be a shame for this world to crumble in our hands and fall through our fingers, I rather like it in Fuyuki."
She delicately laid her hand on her chest, "I believe I have been the one who is blessed with the Grail's power, being from a prestigious family that has been in this war since the beginning itself, I'm the one who should best deserve it, no?" Another small smile appeared on her face, "There are reasons why the Grail always chooses certain families each time it reappears, and what I want, in all honesty and kindness, is far more deserving than your cause. I want to do more than just unite the world, Mr. Harlow. I want to make sure the glue never wears out or falls apart again, and be sure that it's secure enough for years and years to come."
Perception (10) Insight (16)
Cries. First dead end and it's only day one, I need to be more careful with this stuff sobs. Sorry about my amateur skills on not noticing what to do but I was just... WAIT WHAT. When I saw the most recent post (should have trusted my gut feeling =3= )
Welp time to go back and be more aggressive, which I ultimately first thought that would provoke battle and be bad, but that turned a complete 180 on me.
Idaliseviel frowned upon hearing the Harlow's answer to her question. They were just going to continue to talk in circles at this point and it was starting to bore her really. Although, she managed to irritate him enough to reveal what class his servant was, a Ruler class. She used her peripheral vision to glance at her maids standing beside her who seemed to be on alert, being sure that there would not be any change to harm their mistress. She knew with them around, and Saber being even closer, she didn't have much to worry about. She made a choice to decide to ease off the subject, to see if she could manage to leave without any more conflicting moments between the two. After all, fighting in daylight isn't something she wanted to do, especially this early.
"If I push him more, I might risk myself and my servant into battle, but that would allow more insight about what Ruler is capable of, and that gives us more information about a servant in this war. But at the same time, that's risking our well being since I'm unaware of his potential. I guess it'll be safe to just back off now unless forced to battle.
"Very well, if you insist, but I'm not very convinced." She sighed as she adjusted a strand of her silver hair behind her ear, "I believe that's enough chatter for today, I do have other plans; I hope I haven't interrupted your daily routine as well." The Homunculus gently picked up the ends of her dress and pulled at it lightly to make another, elegant, curtsy.
Persuasion (10) and Will (14)
(ooc: Hello friends I have returned, Finals have ended! So I'll be more free to reply from now on.)
9:15 AM (ish?)
Idaliseviel blinked curiously at the Harlow before her, she rested her elbow on her arm that was wrapped around her waist and rested her chin on he back of her hand. "Oh? You seem pretty firm and set on with this noble duty of yours. I just find it funny how you proclaim how it's your duty and how it's destined to be something by the Harlow family, yet you still need the Grail's help on achieving this?" She started, pulling her hand away from her face as she smiled at the man.
"If it was destiny, then fate must be cruel to taunt you with this noble task, since it's been how long since the Holy Grail War has been going on, but the Harlow family has yet to end pain, suffering, and war just in general? It seems like to me you're the one actually lacking conviction in the war." The homunculus ran her hand through her long, silver hair.
"I'm not saying your cause is pure, because being the unifying hand to guide the world into bliss is very honorable. I'm just not sure if you're doing this out of your own free will, or if it's been thrusted upon you by your own family members." She pulled up her hand and covered her mouth, "Perhaps I said too much and made too many assumptions. If so, my apologies, Mr. Harlow." The silver haired maiden then curtsied to show some respect.
So sorry about the lack of posts recently, school's been keeping me occupied and will continue to do so for the next two weeks, I'll try to find time to reply but I'm catching up with both topics.
That format looks... really confusing I agree but the simplified forums Damian posted helps out a bit! I'll study it a bit more once I have time, I'm terribly sorry again!
(ooc: So sorry with the lack of replies! My computer pooped out on me so I had to get the link again and blah)
Idaliseviel frowned as she heard these words spill from the Harlow's lips. Her hand to be the one to untie the world? That was the least of her wishes, but what did she exactly wish for in another one of these wars? She paused for a moment to think this over, was it the same thing her previous ancestors wanted? Or did she want something entirely different all together? The silver haired maiden shook her head to clear her thoughts, she won't allow the Harlow's words twist and alter her mindset of what she wanted or believed in.
"I hardly believe you can go around questioning what I can and cannot do, Mr. Harlow. Instead, what do think you are capable of doing in this oh so fragile world you speak of?" The young lady asked him.
Perception: 1d20 + 20 ⇒ (3) + 20 = 23
As soon as Idaliseviel notices the strange figure behind the predigested Harlow, she heightens her guard but shows no waver of concern cross her expression. She glances towards her companions and then back towards the man before her.
"You brought a group along with you too! Guess it's more fun with company, isn't it?" She comments with a small remark. They seemed to be matched in numbers, assuming that the other figure behind him was his servant with his two body guards, countering her hidden servant and her two maids. The homunculus let out a small sigh, "It's a bit sad that all of this could change, the atmosphere is pretty light prior to the beginning of the war, isn't it?" She starts as she place her hands folded behind her back.
"I like Fuyuki! It's very pleasing to the eye, the little attractions I've seen are very charming as well!"
Idaliseviel turns upon hearing an unfamiliar voice addressing her. Her silver hair whips around her as she turns to face the stranger. After a quick glance to see who the owner of the voice was, Idaliseviel makes a small smile towards him, "What a pleasant surprise indeed! I didn't think I'd catch you out here so early, Mr. Harlow!" She responds, sounding as casual as possible.
She herself wasn't that concerned knowing that the area was still moderately crowded. If it was later in the day then she might have started to worry. Besides, she had her servant, hidden, nearby at all times. The silver haired maiden brushed some of her hair out of her eyes for a moment to collect her thoughts, then returned her attention back onto the Harlow before her.
"So what brings you out here so early? Running some errands perhaps? Or just enjoying the pleasant weather like me?" Idaliseviel responds with another smile
Idaliseviel smiled at Rose, "Earl Grey please, it'll compliment this dish very well." Her maid nodded her head before excusing herself to start the brewing. The silver haired maiden placed down her eating utensils and wiped her mouth with a folded napkin before glancing out of the windows in the room. "Maybe, we could head out of the manor earlier than we planned today, Saber?" She glanced over to where her servant was patiently standing.
"Unless there's anything else planned this morning?" Idaliseviel glanced towards Violet who shook her head. "Alright! Then after breakfast we can set out towards Fuyuki a little earlier and see the sights! That'll be exciting to take a step outside of the manor, right?" She glanced towards her servant once again, waiting for his approval.
Idaliseviel nodded her head, "It's nice to meet you, Violet." She smiled at the new maid as she nodded her head in reply. She started her way down to the main room and towards the kitchen to get her breakfast. "So what's the meal for today?" She curiously asked as she took her seat in the grand dinning room, "I assume it's the usual hearty breakfast you've worked hard on, right?" The homunculus beamed, pressing her hands together gently as they set a freshly made plate full of her favorite breakfast items. The silver haired maiden smiled, "You spoil me too much!" She teased as she started to indulge on her meal, glancing around the area for her servant's presence. Upon noticing of her search, he appeared by her side silently, as always.
"Oh, Rose, I'm a little parched, can I get something to drink with my breakfast?"
Idaliseviel turned her head to see her faithful servant by her bedside, "Good morning Saber! Did you rest well?" As she already predicted, her responded with a small movement of the head instead of a verbal response. She didn't mind as much as she started to hum a light tune to prepare for her morning rituals. She stopped as she was passing her doorway to see a familiar, yet unfamiliar figure standing there in a purple dress. The silver haired maiden stared at her for a moment, and then realized her rudeness.
"Oh, excuse me, I'm still a bit drowsy from getting up. Good morning!" She started, "Excuse me for a moment, I need to get ready for the day." She bowed lightly before going off to her own bathroom to wash and tidy up for the upcoming day. She exits the room wearing a long sleeved, burgundy colored, knee length dress with a beige colored collar and buttons down the her waist line. Underneath she has a white collared blouse and a pair of black tights to finish off her outfit for the day.
Idaliseviel turns to the group awaiting for her in the hallway connecting to her room with a bright smile, "Sorry to keep you waiting." She chimes brightly, "I believe breakfast should be ready, so we can all chat there?" She suggests, taking a small glance towards her servant and Rose for their opinion on that matter.
(OOC: I'm so so so sorry about being so inactive, I hate holding things up because of my busy schedule, I wasn't aware of this being started back up as well so my apologies everyone!)
Idaliseviel pinched her eyes shut and then reluctantly sat up in her bed. She yawned and rubbed her eyes with balled fists before her eyes fluttered open to see Rose, standing beside her bedside.
"Oh! Good morning Rose!" The silver haired maiden said with a bright smile. She brushed an extra strand of her hair away from her eyes and tucked it behind her ear, then wrapped her shoulders in her blanket to warm herself up from the slightly chilly air. It was much warmer in her bed anyway.
Idaliseviel took a deep breath before sighing slightly, "Time to get out of the warm bed I suppose." She pulled her feet out of her blanket and stepped down onto the floor of her bedroom, "Where's Saber, Rose?" She asked her maid as she started to tidy up for the upcoming day.
(ooc: Oh! Okay, that works out well. Thanks for clearing that up, I was going to send them to Fuyuki cause I wasn't too sure where they were)
Idaliseviel feels the warm hand upon her head, and it gives her great comfort knowing that Saber was willing to listen to her ramble on about trivial matters. After strolling in the forest for some time, Rose informed her Lady that they should be heading inside for some evening tea to warm up from their nighttime stroll.
Once they returned back inside the grand household, Idaliseviel was slightly disorientated due to the bright lighting that filled the hallways. It took her a moment to readjust due to becoming used to the black curtain that blinded her since her ritual. She breathed a lengthy sigh, "Wow, my sight sure has a sense of humor at times. It waits until we're finished with the stroll through the pretty snow and forest to come back, only for me to get to see what I've always been around."
She turned to Saber and Rose, "Well, at least I can finally see you two now!" The silver haired woman smiled brightly as she took off her winter coat, hat and boots and returned to her casual attire. "Rose, I'll help you set up for tea time! Would you like something Saber?"
(OOC: But I thought the Einzberns lived in the mountains, so it snowed all the time? I could be wrong though)
Idaliseviel smiles brightly as she feels the small items fall into the palm of her hand. "Thank you, Rose!" She expresses her gratitude with another warm smile and then uses her sense of touch to distinguish which item is which before placing it onto the ball of snow.
She then approaches the large, silent male. She assumes his attention was, if not already directed towards her, returned back onto her as her boots crunched through the freshly fallen snow.
"Saber, look! It's a snow bunny, I made these a lot when I was younger so it's a bit of a habit now. Isn't it cute?" She grinned up at her Servant, and silently hoped the bunny didn't look lop-sided or had a crooked face.
The three set off outside of the large Einzbern household, and as soon as they opened the large doors they were greeted by a strong, and quite chilly, breeze. This caused Idaliseviel to shiver slightly, but continued on her way, not wanting to turn back on her request just by the chilly weather, it was to be expected.
"Rose, please inform me when it starts to get too dark out, we'll return back inside for dinner or for a nice cup of tea." She requested, her blindness was quite a nuisance at times. She then turned to where she expected to where Saber should be, which was towards her right side.
"Are you enjoying the scenery, Saber? I quite enjoy the sight of snow! As a child I would always request Rose to bring me outside so we could play together. I was told that one of my ancestors enjoyed playing out in the snow as a child too, which is to be expected since I'm only a higher quality replica of her... I suppose." She thought out loud, then shook off her thoughts as she added on, "I can't remember a time when I didn't appreciate the sight or touch of snow. It's cold at first, but after the slight touch it warms up." She smiled to herself, "Of course it melts too, but it reforms together again. I don't know why I'm so enchanted by it."
The silver haired maiden knelt down into the snow and packed together a oval shaped ball. "Rose, are there any fallen leaves or red berries around? I'd like to make a snow bunny." The woman smiled warmly.
OOC: I assumed it was that time too, so we're all good here!
Idaliseviel smiled brightly hearing Rose's approval. "Splendid! I'll go bundle up quickly and then head outside, you're free to wait here or follow, Saber." She mentioned to him as she climbed the stairway up into her room and grazed her fingertips upon the wall until she reached her room in the same fashion she did before. She strolled over her miscellaneous objects that she recalled placing on the floor as she was preparing for her ritual and made sure she didn't knock anything over.
She successfully reached her wardrobe as she pulled open the doors. She squinted and strained her eyes in an attempt to see through the dark curtain that persisted to blind her, but sighed when she realized it was useless.
"I guess I just used up more mana than I expected to, too bad I won't be able to admire the scenery today with Rose and Saber, maybe another time." She hummed to herself, she was quite excited to have a companion, specifically just for her, to keep her company. Rose was nice, but she always had duties to fulfill, or things to do. Despite Saber's lack of expressing himself verbally, his reassuring presence was enough for the homunculus.
She slipped on her winter coat and cap before descending the stairway to where she felt Rose and Saber remained, awaiting for her return. "I'm all ready now, are you bundled up as well, Rose?" The silver haired woman asked.
Idaliseviel smiled at the two as they accompanied her throughout her household. "First off, I'll show you to my bedroom so you know where I'll be, Saber." Her hand gently grazed the wall of the hallway to make sure she was guiding herself in the proper direction and then turned the knob of the door and opened it slowly.
"And here it is! Just a quick glance as we continue on." She paused for a moment, not sure if Saber even took the time to glance inside her room or not, or mentally note where it was located.
"Continuing on," Idaliseviel hummed as she shut the door quietly and continued down the hall and finished up the quick, but insightful, tour around the Einzbern household. "And that's that! Rose, how's the weather outside? Is it alright for a little stroll through the trees?" She asked her maid, curiosity brimming in her eyes. "It'll be nice to let Saber get some fresh air for his arrival! Or is it too late?"
Idaliseviel turns to where she heard the familiar woman's voice, her long silver hair trailed behind her as she turned to face Rose, one of her dearest maids.
"Thank you, Rose! I'm glad to see--" She paused for a moment, "Er, hear that you're here." She gave out a playful giggle before continuing, "Indeed he is! Saber, this is one of my dearests maids and friend, Rose! Treat her kindly as she has always treated me." Idaliseviel introduces the two as Saber continues to stand idly by her side, silent as always.
"He's not much of a talker but he's very kind! He'll guide me when my vision starts to waver, or whenever I need any sort of aid." She clarified, then turned her attention back towards her maid, "You haven't been waiting out here for very long, have you?" She wondered out loud, "I was going to show Saber around the mansion for a bit so he could get a better feeling of where he'll be staying, although I suppose my tour would be more affective if I could actually see where I'm going."
Idaliseviel shakes her head, "But there's no need to be concerned at all Saber! I've been here all my life, so I know this place just as well as I know the back of my hand." She nods her head, pleased with her response, "Anyhow, I'm sure my vision would start to return over time." She added on with another smile.
Saber's gentle touch took her by surprise, she didn't expect him to be so kind to her on their first meeting. Idaliseviel blinked her eyes, hoping that her vision would return but it was always unpredictable about how long it lasted for, or the severity of it.
Her hands slowly reached up to touch the hand that was cupping her face, "Thank you Saber, I'm glad I can count on you." She smiled brightly at him, hearing his voice made the uneasiness float away knowing that he remained by her side through the ups and downs.
"There's not much you need to worry about with my sight though, this has always happened ever since I was a child, so I've become accustomed to it." Idaliseviel smiled warmly again at Saber. She stood up again, "I'll call someone to clean this up. Is there anything you'd like to do in the meantime? I can show you around here, or we can go outside and enjoy the nice scenery and cool air." The young woman suggested as she started to make her way towards the doorway to exit the room, as soon as she opened the doors she heard two of her maids enter the room and start to tidy everything up.
"My, that was quick. Thank you! Shall we head off, Saber?" Idaliseviel turns to where he was last, his presence was hard to miss after all.
(OOC: So sorry for the late late reply! Been occupied today)
Idaliseviel glanced up to her servant's stern expression, my he was certainly much taller than she'd imagined. "I assume you're not much of a talker then?" She glanced at him, half expecting a response, but his face remained stoic and cold.
She glanced about her ritual and crossed her arms, "I guess I should clean this up then, or I could call someone for some help..." She thought out loud. She glanced towards the hall for a moment before sighing, then used some sort of miscellaneous piece of furniture in the room to lean on.
"Alright, so you've been summoned in my personal residence, the Einzbern's. If there's anything you'd like then just let me know so I can make things comfortable with you." Idalieseviel smiled at Saber once again. She didn't mind that he was the silent type, as long as he was by her side she would appreciate his company, dark aura or not. She narrowed her eyes for a moment to focus her line of vision onto her servant, only to put her hand to her face due to the obvious strain.
"Sorry, I should probably say that I have a sort of... Vision impairment." She gave a weak smile as she furrowed her brow to regain her vision, everything was starting to shake and become hazy, not to mention the splotchy darkness that was beginning to envelop her sight. "Whenever I use too much mana or strain myself too much, my vision goes away. That's what I get for being an Einzbern Homunculus I suppose." She chuckled for a moment before glancing back up to where she assumed her servant was.
"I apologize for your master's clear handicap, but I'm depending on you to help guide me during these times, Saber." She let out a sigh and shook her head in dismay, she sincerely hoped that Saber wouldn't be disappointed in her. She gazed around the room at one last attempt to make out any sort of object, but it seemed just to continually deteriorate before her. It must have been one of the down curves of her unstable vision, along with the summoning ritual.
The young woman allows a smile to pull across her face as she gazes down at the kneeling servant. The ritual had indeed been a success.
"Excellent! I'm pleased to hear your noble oath, Saber." She pauses as she claps her hands together with a welcoming smile, "As you've observed, I am your master, Idaliseviel von Einzbern, and you may address me however you please to."
Idaliseviel paces around the kneeling servant for a moment, observing his cold expression and dark aura that enveloped him. The two couldn't have been more opposite with her warm expression versus his. Despite his intimidating aura and outlook, her warm expression or gentle tone did not waver one bit.
"Now then, I'm sure you will treat me very well Saber! I'm very pleased to be in your presence." Idaliseviel curtsies before the knight and rises quickly with another smile. She extends out her hand towards Saber, "Rise for me, if you please."