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Mercutio (OPEN THREAD) 
12th-Jun-2006 10:34 pm
Mercutio
Wandering through the remarkably clean streets of the Sky City, Mercutio ran a hand through his brown locks and charmingly smiled at a select group of females who giggled in response.

Damn it was good to be back in the mortal realm, gods got tiring after a while.  Smirking he straightened the collar of his white tunic and brushed some dust off of his black trousers and shook out his feet covered in black, knee high boots.   Then he readjusted his black coat which fell to his ankles and made sure the hood covered his head, before smiling.

"Okay bitches, let's play."  He whispered to himself, and shaking out a cigar from his pocket, hey, you couldn't expect him to get rid of all the pleasures of the god realm could you?  He lit it discreetly with a flick of his thumb and inhaled the sweet, poisonous delight.

Entering the first tavern he saw, he smiled, time to get down to business.
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14th-Jun-2006 12:10 am (UTC) - Reiyez
"And so, I came from the great faction of the, um, godly kingdom - Nei'tsu, which is a collective, so I suppose it was a bunch of minor factions stuck into one at some point or another..." explained Reiyez to a simply captivated-looking young woman sitting on the barstool next to him. He leaned against the table with an elbow, his head rested on the hand of that same arm. "Anyway, I've been sent, I assume, for the sake of a great and amazing journey. To save this world from a great, impending evil that looms like unfinished schoolwork over the land. Or, well... I haven't been given many details, but I'm guessing that much."

"That's amazing, Reiyez sir..." said the woman breathlessly, her hands clasped before her in awe. "But why are you here, in this dingy a place?"

"Madam, this is where all great and amazing journeys start," said Reiyez, chuckling a bit. "Little pubs, inns, taverns, or bars such as this one. It is where the first one or two companions to the hero are always found, including the... love interest?

"Really?"

"I read my books. Now, the next thing to happen is for a fair-sized thug or two to appear and for a fight to be picked, wherein the hero might show his heroic prowess by subduing the... uh... what's the word... ruffian, yeah, that's it. Now..." He glanced out behind him, attempting to find the sought-out enemy. "Ruffians, ruffians, ruffians..."
14th-Jun-2006 12:41 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Mercutio snickered underneath his breath, really, they were supposed to be incognito, not blaring it to the world trying to pick up chicks.

Then again he'd probably do it too....

Well, time to help out a family player, brotherhood and all that... right?

Glancing around him, he spotted a particularily brutish looking fellow and tapped him gently on the shoulder and whispered into his ear, pointing at Reiyez, and clapped him heartily on the back as the giant snarled and spun around and stomped towards the man angrily.

Merc snickered and waved happily to the man.
14th-Jun-2006 01:03 am (UTC) - Reiyez
Reiyez paused as he noticed the large man approach. Eyes narrowed in preparetion, he swung his legs around and hopped off of the stool. He gave one sly glance to the young woman he had been speaking with before looking back to the man.

"It seems I've got my first challenger!" he called, reaching one hand for the hilt of his blade and another for a hard leather pouch he had attached to his belt. "Now, is it gonna be my sword or a few needles to the more important bits?"

"Oh, please, no bloodshed!" the woman called from behind him, alarm clear in hr voice. "Reiyez sir, spare the man, you can surely subdue him with your bare hands!"

"...Surely?"

"Surely!"

"...Righto," said Reiyez, removing his hands from his beloved weaponry and raising his fists in preparation. His demeanor seemed suddenly a bit less self-inspired. He was told once or twice to take a lesson in hand-to-hand combat, but he refused. He never figured that he'd get into a situation like this...

...All right, he was a moron.
14th-Jun-2006 01:08 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Merc raised an eyebrow, obviously amused as he took a seat at the counter and order a drink, watching from what he considered the best spot in the house.

Out of harms way. Sitting back, he accepted the ale the barkeep handed him and raised it to the man, toasting him in what he hoped was encouraging.

"C'mon man, you can do it! He's hardly.... more then two times your size." He laughed.
14th-Jun-2006 01:24 am (UTC) - Reiyez
One of his eyes flinched at the man's voice, and Reiyez ducked under a row of knuckles before striking at the thug's chest, right above the heart. The reverberations back into his arm were stunning. Really painful. It seemed that the weak points he could exploit with the needles he threw weren't going to be as efective with bare hands.

He felt his upper arm taken by the man's huge, calloused fingers, and his body lifted a good foot and a half off of the floor. Perhaps he shouldn't spend as much time thinking about the fight than fighting in it. Either way, he thought with a smirk, this was where he wanted to be.

When the ogre of a man pulled his free arm back for a punch, Reiyez kicked a foot out and planted it onto his (the man's) face. With this feat of flexibility, he used the lummox as a springboard, kicking himself off of him and causing him to let go. With a backflip, Reiyez landed with relative ease, about four feet from his opponent.

He then spotted the source of the snarky comment among the crowd, and glared at him, pointing a finger.

"YOU," he called, "be quiet."
14th-Jun-2006 01:28 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Setting his already half empty drink aside, he 'ooh'ed and clapped daintily with an expression of awe.

Before falling back into his leaning position laughing snidely and picked up his drink again.

"Bravo, bravo! Against a lumbering, half drunken oaf I might add, but bravo, you have won the lady and shown you can beat people down with fists, but a true warrior can manipulate, as well as fight." Merc said in a sagely voice, before snerking and falling back, his amused eyes giving the man a once over before dismissing him.

Not his type.
14th-Jun-2006 01:48 am (UTC) - Reiyez
This guy was sure annoying... The other patrons of the bar kept pretty much to themselves, even after the fight, but him? The sarcasm, the act of superiority... This guy was totally stepping on his turf.

"We'll say that I 'manipulate' beter with my swor-"

"Watch out!" called his self-proclaimed bonnie lass.

"Wha-?" His word was shoved back into his mouth as those knuckles from before slammed into his jawbone, sending him staggering to one side in a slightly dazed state. Apparently one kick to the face just wasn't good enough for some people.

He regained enough of his senses as the momentum of the hit still drifted him along to notice the sound of heavy footfalls in pursuit. "You know what...?" he mumbled, not wanting to move his law much in fear of it being broken. He flicked open the clasp on the pouch and pulled out a small handful of needles, several inches long. He gained a good footing as the thug took another swing, and dashed to dodge it, moving behind the man. With one flick of his arm, the man fell forward, several needles jutting from the backs of his legs. "I don't like you, either. You get to pull those out yourself, bizatch..."
14th-Jun-2006 01:55 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Smiling there, he claspes his hands together and leaned forward, supporting his elbows on his knees staring intently.

"Very good, but now you have one other problem." Merc declared glancing over to a table where 2 more overly large sized men stood looking angry.

"What are you going to do about his brothers?" He asked smiling.
"Surely you don't plan to beat them ALL with needles?"
14th-Jun-2006 02:10 am (UTC) - Reiyez
"He's a great fighter!" called the young woman defiantly. "He can defeat them both with his hands!"

Reiyez flinched.

"And if he doesn't want to, he has a hundred other plans for those simple men!"

No, he didn't. His plan was always quantity over quality. Needles were hard to aim, so he threw a lot of them at the general area that he wanted to affect. Throwing a lot of needles right now, from where the men were, might cause them to hurt other people, who in turn would get up to hurt him. As drawing his sword was also out of the question, his gaze went uncharacteristically calmly to the man.

"I might have a plan," he lied, "but I'm interested: what would your idea be, o pub sensei?"
14th-Jun-2006 02:12 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Merc smiled at the man innocently, he could almost taste the lie, but... well the man was a talented actor, there was no way to be sure.

"Well if I were you, I'd ask for help- oh look, they have friends." Merc commented happily as two more men joined the burly brothers, though they were noticeably smaller.
14th-Jun-2006 02:24 am (UTC) - Reiyez
"Help? He doesn't need help! He's Reiyez, master of-"

"GSHT!" Reiyez hissed at the girl. Pausing a moment, he decided to approach her and stared her warmly in the eyes.

"It's not that I don't like you encouraging me," he said, putting a hand sympathetically to the side of her head. Sudenly, she lost consciousness, and Reiyez pulled the needle from her neck before making sure she was balanced against the bar table properly. "It's that I don't want my sorry, no-swords-allowed little white ass killed... again."

He then returned to where he was, with a sigh, looking at the man once more.

"All right, and where is this mighty source of help that could off the trolls now scooting between the tables to get to me?"
14th-Jun-2006 02:26 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Mercutio smiled happily and fanned his arms out grinning with the air of a player.

His indication was obvious.
Me.
14th-Jun-2006 02:31 am (UTC) - Re: Mercutio
"Oh, this should be good..." chortled Reiyez. "All right, snuff your cancer stick and take on whatever number pleases you. As long as they're distracted for a second, I'll get a shot."

He obviously didn't mind the fact that the four approaching could probably hear every single thing he said.
14th-Jun-2006 02:35 am (UTC) - Mercutio
(OOC: Le gasp, someone forgot to put character name in. XD)

Sliding off the seat gracefully, he smiles charmingly at the man and gave him a wink.

"Okay, you owe me." Then he turned to the goons who approached. "So men, tell me, how do you build up all those muscles?" Feigns innocence. "I bet you build a lot of muscle screwing each other in beds all night, that's probably it, right?"

They stopped and turned at him, stunned.

"Or maybe it's from sleeping with your mothers?" Merc teased grinning.

Scowling the nearest one started forward, running at full speed, arms out as he bellowed rage. Merc smiled and held his arms out as well, looking ready to fight, and when the neared each other, he suddenly turned on his side allowing the man to harmlessly sail past.

Until Merc stuck out his foot.
Causing the man to trip, stumble, and careen out a window onto the dusty street.

"Nice landing." Merc said turning back to Reiyez, his expression amused.
14th-Jun-2006 02:45 am (UTC) - Reiyez
"So that's your game... Hm, this I like."

The man was obviously a bit on the flowery side, but Reiyez wasn't one to start judging at the moment. He dashed toward the remaining three, coning from behind and kicking one of the smaller ones' knee out, causing him to go down. Reiyez then kicked him in the back of the head, causing him to unceramoniously back it against the edge of a table, knocking him unconscious. A larger one came then, and Reiyex dodged his blow, at the same time leaving the man's arm useless with a somewhat lucky stab of the needle he still held from taking care of the annoying girl. He turned, now without a needle in his hands, ready for the next move to be made.
14th-Jun-2006 02:48 am (UTC) - Mercutio
He smiled and languidly pulled himself up a chair and sat on it, completely relaxed and certain Reiyez wouldn't need his help any further.

But just to even the odds... idly he picked up one of the man's fallen needles and observed it with a touch of boredom, before he held it out and flicked it, aiming at Reiyez's nerve points to his right leg.
14th-Jun-2006 02:59 am (UTC) - Reiyez
Reiyez cringed, looking down at the needle now embedded into his leg. He quickly switched his weight to his left, and pulled the needle out just in time to jab it into the last fully-healthy man's left arm, pulling it out but knowing that it, like his own leg at the moment, would still be limp and useless for several minutes to come even without a needle present. Then began a strange array of hopping and dodging and swinging of limbs, as the three temporary cripples (CRIPPLE FIGHT! o.o) tried to take control of the struggle at the amusement of the onlookers.
14th-Jun-2006 03:02 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Clapping again, he laughed.

"Well done, well done!" He congratulated the other smiling with interest.

"Why don't you do something to help?!" A waitress demanded of him as she stopped by his table looking irate.

Merc smiled.

"Because my dear precious rose, he is clearly handling all on his own, however... I would be more then willing to help one of your calibre and class my rare flower." He said galliantly, taking her hand in his and pressing his lips to the it.
14th-Jun-2006 03:17 am (UTC) - Reiyez
Prick...

Thankfully the only one still with two functioning upper limbs, Reiyez got himself alone for a moment with the smaller of the remaining two and took his good arm, pulling him closeby with it and taking his needle to a point in his throat, rendering the man unconscious as well.

"And no, that doesn't mean I like you," he muttered, leaving the needle there. If someone wanted him awake, they'd have to pull it out, because he sure as hell didn't.

When the larger man approached, Reiyez suddenly curled into a ball in front of him and turned away, head lowered. When he heard the man stop and laugh at his pathetic display, he smirked.

I won't use the sword, but... he thought, suddenly getting to his feet again and pushing down on the handly of his blade, causing the sheathe to swing upward and strike the man in the netherreigons.

"...That'll do."
14th-Jun-2006 03:25 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Smiling at the waitress with soft eyes, it was only when he heard a howl of agony that he looked towards the source, and smirked as he realized what Reiyez had done.

"My, a low blow." He commented idly, before realizing the waitress was upset.

"Will you please stop this?" She begged and he sighed.

I am so losing my touch.

"Very well." Getting to his feet, he kissed her hand once more, then walked over to Reiyez clapping again.

"Very good, very good. Very commendable." He added cheerfully as he moved past the man Reiyez had just canned, and glancing mildly at him, he slammed the man's head into his knee, knocking him out.

"There, all done." He grinned.
14th-Jun-2006 03:35 am (UTC) - Reiyez
"Some thanks to you, but..." began Reiyez, finally pulling his sword out and hobbling around to face the man, holding it out threateningly despite his left shoulder and right arm being somewhat sore from a couple of hits the fight had earned him. "Taking out my leg, that just wasn't called-for. You looking for a round, too? 'Cause I'll provide..."
14th-Jun-2006 03:41 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Blinking, Mercutio laughed.

"No, I was just curious if you could fight while half paralyzed.* He grinned wildly.

"Obviously you can." Giving him another once over, Merc smirked.

"On second though you're not half bad, a little too rough around the edges though."
14th-Jun-2006 03:57 am (UTC) - Re: Mercutio
"Usually I'm using the sword, too," he mentioned, giving a half-shrug. "And aiming for vital points in the body with the needles, things like the heart, the head. I hate dancing around and trying to knock something out instead of killing it..."

Deciding that the man posed him no actual threat, Reiyez decided to sheathe his sword again. "Anyway, if you're happy with what you learned about my fighting skills when I'm sans one leg, I need to find a new tavern on this rock now... So yeah, I'm gone."
14th-Jun-2006 04:10 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Mercutio laughed, then held out a hand.

"My name is Mercutio. I can heal you if you'd like." He offered calmly.

"And I apologise for paralyzing you, it was really tempting though." He grinned calmly.
14th-Jun-2006 04:20 am (UTC) - Reiyez
"Hehm..." Reiyez half-coughed, giving an unsure smile himself. He shook his hand for a moment, still glancing around in case any of the other partons were loking for a tussle, and let go.

"Heal? Sure..." he said, shrugging a bit. "It shouldn't take much - needles are great for making minor wounds for major effect. You specialize in healing? You seem sharp for a Priest."
14th-Jun-2006 04:23 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Mercutio smiled as he dropped the hand.

"Oh no. I'm no priest." Suddenly moving forward with the speed that was born to his people, he leaned in and pressed a hot kiss to Reiyez's lips, letting his magic flow through the contact to heal any wounds, bruises or cramps, anything mildly irritating to the general good health.

Then he pulled back and smirked as his hood fell away revealing his pointed ear tips.

He started laughing.
14th-Jun-2006 04:43 am (UTC) - Reiyez
Reiyez was silent, for a few moments. It would seem that nothing had happened to him at all, were it not for his eyes that seemed to scream both for vengance and in sheer terror. With a moment to recuperate, Reiyez's first sign of life was a long, drawn-out, hacking cough, flollowed by many spits and curses.

Once finished, he returned to his standing position and looked at the now-noticeable elf.

"Nice meeting you," he said evenly. "Now, excuse while cleanse my body in a pool of sponges drenched in pure holy water and sand the lower half of my face until there's not a flake of skin left. Oh, but thanks for the heal."

With that, he strode past the man and began his way to the exit, hoping with all of his spirit that the guy was finished with him.
14th-Jun-2006 05:08 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Mercutio couldn't have planned his reacion any better, he bit the inside of his cheek to keep from laughing and put a pouty expression on his face as he watched Reiyez go.

"Awww... homophobic are we?" He smirked, not ready to let go of his toy yet. Literally.

He draped his arms around Reiyez's shoulders and walked behind him smiling.

"Do you always get so flustered?"

(OOC: Gimme the sign when you want him called off. XDDD)
14th-Jun-2006 05:24 am (UTC) - Re: Mercutio
Reiyez stopped, an expression of descontent (T_T) written onto his face. He began calmly.

"Well, don't take it that way. I'm new-age, I'm hip, I accept how things go. And in all technically-speaking ways, I'm fifteen. Being fifteen, I've got a mind set for two things, one of which is fighting. The other thing branches into several things, called fantasies. And I'm bold, I'll say that I have many fantasies; thing is, BEING KISSED BY A GAY ELF IS NOT ONE OF THEM!"

He immediately threw the elf's shoulders off of him, spinning around and taking several steps back until he nearly touched the door. While he decided if he needed to draw a weapon shortly (or which he wanted to draw), he stared at Mercutio with hostility. Though, a thought crossed his mind.

"...Or bi," he muttered in addition, remembering the waitress girl he glimpsed him with. He returned to outrage a moment later. "Listen here, pal, I am nothing less than a Ten'yo, a Godsend! I have, um, important, holy crusade-ey things to be doing, and you can't just up and try... molesting me like that!"
14th-Jun-2006 05:37 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Merc laughed as he slid off and stood there perfectly at ease.

"So much for incognito, eh? You're supposed to keep being a Ten'yo down, and who the hell told you being a Ten'yo made you important so you had to do holy crusades?" He demanded looking beyond amused.

"Someone totally fucked with your mind." He teased and started laughing.
14th-Jun-2006 05:51 am (UTC) - Reiyez
He's a Ten'yo...

He's a Ten'yo...?

I'm gonna cry...


"...Well, then," he said, placing one hand comfortable on the doorknob. "See, I just assumed that I had been sent back down here, all incognito-like, to actually do something, see. Some, uh... divine will, maybe. Some mojo like that. Is it wrong for me to assume, when I wasn't told a damned thing except 'pack your body, you're headed back'?"

Realizing that being demi-divine beings of some sort would at least mean that they would be forced to stay in touch, Reiyez decided to get something painful over with right then and there.

"...Mn, name's Reiyez."
14th-Jun-2006 10:02 pm (UTC) - Mercutio
Merc nodded his head companionably.

"Nice meeting you Rei, and yes, it's a bitch when the Gods don't explain a damn thing isn't it?" He said happily and smirked.

"Don't worry, once you've met some of my friends... you'll think I'm a little church boy." He laughed and sauntered back to the counter, swinging his hips suggestively.

"Going to join me for a drink? My treat." He offered looking over his shoulder.
15th-Jun-2006 12:18 am (UTC) - Rabbi
The Rabbi and his new assistant who just came into town ten minutes ago walked through the streets towards the tavern.

"So let me get this straight," said the Rabbi. "You just came to Sky City, with a letter from the Institution, telling me that a bar-fight had started at the Tavern, and they want me to solve it?"

"That's right sir." Said Mendel, the assistant who felt odd addressing the Rabbi as his senior when the Rabbi was only 19, and he was 35."

"How the hell do they do that? It takes ten days to send a letter from Institution headquarters to Sky City. How could they possibly know there was a bar-fight goin on?"

"Uh, I'm not sure Rabbi," stuttered Mendel. "Uh could I ask you a question?"

"Yeah?"

"Why don't you wear your institution robes? I'm just an apprentice, but aren't you required by the by-laws to wear them?"

"That's a good question Mendel," said the Rabbi. "You see, the institution Robes are what we in Sky City call, ugly. And ugly is a sin punishable by death. Oh look, we're here."

The Rabbi sauntered in leaving a very shocked Mendel behind him in the street before he gained his senses and ran into the tavern. The Rabbi was already sitting at the bar and chatting with the barkeep.

"Hey Joe, any bar-fights goin on?" inquired the Rabbi.

"Not anymore, two guys cleaned up a few punks earlier."

Joe the Barkeep retold his story which shocked Mendel to the core, but left the Rabbi in hysterics, whichin turn shocked Mendel even more.

"Sleeping with your mothers! That's awesome!" laughed the Rabbi.

"Uh, Rabbi," inquired Mendel, "Shouldn't we be getting back to the temple since there's no work to be done here?"

"Who's the stiff?" asked Joe.

"New assistant. The Institutions makin sure I behave myself up here." He clapped a hand around Mendel's shoulders. "Mendel, the will of the institution is the will of the god's correct?"

Mendel nodded.

"Since they wanted us to go to the bar, the gods wanted us to go to the bar. Since there's no trouble, what else is there to do? The gods want us to drink, Mendel."

"Amen." said Joe as he put down a frosty mug before the Rabbi. "Care to hear the latest rumors? I got two juicy ones for ya today."

"Sure," said the Rabbi. "Whaddya got?"

"I'm sorry," said Mendel. "Rumors?"

"Yeah," said the Rabbi. " There are two things people like to do. Drink, and complain about there lives. This tavern is where they can do both. People bear witness to horrific things that threaten the safety of our fair city every day.

"The problem is, when they take this info to the knights, the first question they ask is 'How do you know this?' They get blamed for something they only saw. Tragic, but that's the way things are done here. So what happens is that they tell Joe who tells me..."

"For a price of course," cut in Joe.

"Of course," the Rabbi raised his mug in a toast. "That way, I know about evil going's on so I can stop it, Joe's kids don't go hungry, and the witness remains anonymous. You see? Everybody goes home happy. Whaddya got Joe?"

"Well," said Joe. "Some fisherman saw a cannon ball lodged in the rock the city floats on, he's thinkin a pirate attack is comin, and their gunner got restless."

"Pirates always attack," sighed the Rabbi. "And the other one?"

"Oh, you're gonna love this," said Joe eagerly. "A few fisherman went out to a section of the ocean where fish are always out."

"And what'd they find?"

"Nothin."

"Nothing?"

"That's just it. No fish, no signs of life... save one: A long dark shape snaking across the ocean floor."

The Rabbi grinned. "Sea Serpent."

"That's what I'm thinkin. He must have been either really big or really hungry."

"I'm thinkin the second one. Why hasn't this guy eaten before, he must have been hibernating."

"Exactly, since he's cleaned out the ocean though, he's gonna turn to the next fullest dinner plate. And that's right here."

"Hmm..." The Rabbi pondered this. "The knights can stop him no problem. But he'll damge the city big time and take loads of innocent people with him. That's really depressing news you got there Joe."

Joe chuckled, "That's what the beers for."
15th-Jun-2006 03:02 am (UTC) - Reiyez
"Um, no thanks, really. I have a busy day ahead, um, running and screaming from the area..." muttered Reiyez, who suddenly took notice of the apparently important man that had stepped in and began speaking of certain deeds.

Hoping to escape having more 'quality time' with the elf, Reiyez coughed loudly where he was and patted his chest with his fist, hoping to signal that the champion of the aformentioned bar fight was indeed him.
16th-Jun-2006 04:05 am (UTC) - Rabbi
"One moment," Rabbi stepped away from the youth he was talking to and went to the youth who was obviously trying to get attention from him. "So you're the champion of the bar-fight? The same bar-fight that made me have to walk all the way from the insitution temple to here at midnight and spend twenty gold pieces on beer and information?"

The Rabbi the kicked the man in the shin so hard that he crumpled to the ground.

"Sorry pal," said the Rabbi without a hint of remorse in his voice as he pulled a cookie out of his pocket. "Here have a cookie. I could use a guy like you on my next mission, when that throbbing stops, come over with us and we'll talk."

He then stroolled non-chalantly back to a mortified looking Mendel and the other young man he was hoping to recruit.

(AN: Let's continue this in the "Jean thread" We're running out of room.)
23rd-Jun-2006 06:33 am (UTC) - Mercutio
Mercutio shrugged.
"You're loss my pet, but rest assured I'll get you another time." He commented with a wink, and without ordering a drink slid off his stool and checked the position of the sun.

"Ah... I suppose I should get back..." He murmured and chuckled as he sauntered out of the bar.
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