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Post by Ghost on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:54 pm

Arthur Kirkland had nothing left.

His family was gone. His mansion was gone. His reputation was shattered into pieces, burnt and the ashes scattered. The once prestigious title of High Mage Kirkland was all but ripped from him in one fell swoop, and all because of that Kraut.

Arthur Kirkland had nothing left. Therefore, as he lay cold on his decimated mansion's ground, he could afford to summon a demon.

He dragged himself up as his battered body screamed in protest. Father had always told him what to avoid, and how to recognize it. He had pointed out what to never draw and what to never say. What to never offer.

He taught well.

The circle was drawn even if it was wobbly around the straight lines. All that was left was his resolve.

Arthur Kirkland took his athame, aimed it at his heart, and plunged.


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Post by Dr. Jones on Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:10 pm

The first thing Alfred noticed was smoke, raised from the remains of what seems to be a large mansion. Judging by the torched remains of tableware, the barely standing sides of walls, and the numerous bits of crumbled remains of bricks and chard wood, Alfred’s guess was pretty dead on.

The devil was not unfamiliar with the setting in which he was summoned. After all, most humans don’t summon devils unless they are desperate enough. His woken locations are usually dungeons, isolated caves or similar to now, the ruined remain of some sort of civilization.

Speaking of which, Alfred looked around leisurely for the human that had summon him, spotting the human almost instantly; under his feet. The human was lying in a pool of his own blood, again not a rare sight for the devil. He was lying on his back, an athame clearly visible from where his heart would be. The human was unconscious and would have been deemed dead if not for the slow raise of his chest as he fought to stay alive.

Really now, all you need is a little blood, no need to kill yourself. Although the blood from the closest to the heart is much more… valuable. Alfred mused, blending down to take a better look. It’s time to wake the sleeping beauty. Grabbing hold of the wounded man none to gentle by his collar, Alfred lifted him up to his full height. The man gasped in his unconscious state from the rough treatment. Up close, the devil can tell that the human was fairly young, and… a wizard. Then, the devil’s lips descend upon the other.
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Post by Ghost on Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:18 pm

Arthur was woken by a kiss.

Wait, wait, backtrack that. That sounded really corny.

Arthur woke up to a rather uncomfortable feeling of something in his chest, which he quickly remembered it was the athame he had shoved into his chest as a trigger for the circle to activate. It was a wonder he was still alive.

However, that was not the most prominent issue, which just so happened to be that someone's lips were on his and that someone happened to be male and tall and had horns and wait a moment, horns...

He gave a rather large yelp and shoved the demon he had surely summoned back. He scrambled back, only to remember that he had to stay in the circle or else. The athame slid out of his chest, clattering onto the circle and glowing dull silver and crimson. He stood up shakily, assessing the demon with a wary eye.

The demon was attractive, which was somewhat unexpected. The tales his wet nurse had told him as she sat him on her lap had been of beings with gnarled skin and twisted features, a mockery of the image of gods. It took a bit to remind himself that this being was dangerous, regardless of any situation. He opened his mouth, and closed it.

What was he supposed to say, again? "Did you really have to do that?!"

...oops.

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Post by Dr. Jones on Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:51 pm

The devil licked his lips slowly, showing his long purple tongue that was slit at the end. With an easy step he closed in on his summoner; placing a hand over the ferociously beating heart.

“That was the seal to our contract.” Alfred replied smoothly. “And this - “ with a swift movement, the clawed hand tore through the layer of blood-soaked cloth as easy as ripping through wet paper. The hand roamed over the untouched skin. The only remainder of the athame was the blood that had spilled, not even a scratch remind. In its place was a black tattoo, a star within a circle, enclosed in thorns.

“…this,” the devil strokes the tattoo almost lovingly, “is the proof.”

"You are mine."
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Post by Ghost on Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:21 pm

Arthur's breath hitched as it licked its lips, and something shot up his spine. He brushed it off as fear as it approached, and he wanted to back away if not for the fact that a step back would spell his doom. Then it ripped his clothes (not that they were worth it, stained with blood and all) and his attention caught on to the intricate black seal on his chest. He brought a hand up to touch it, to rub it off a little; but it was real and he had truly contracted with a demon.

"Wait a minute! I summoned you! If anything, you're the one under me, not the other way around! And don't go around tearing people's clothes..." he stuttered, took a deep breath and continued. "A-Anyway. What are the terms of the contract? I don't suppose that the payment is really just a kiss. If not, people would be summoning demons left and right..."

He shuddered at the thought of the world overrun by demons, failing to remember he himself had summoned one.

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Post by Dr. Jones on Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:40 pm

Alfred smiled, lips curl. “Ah, of course not. The kiss is but a seal. Your price is you. Your body, your soul, your everything will be mine…” The devil’s hand grasped the others' hand and lifted it. He kissed the knuckles softly, just a glaze, as his icy eyes bore into the Arthur’s emerald. “And in return, I also belong to you. For that one wish. Once your wish is complete, I get to keep you.”

The devil bowed deeply, his hand to his heart, yet his tone was almost mocking. “So what is your wish, master?”
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Post by Ghost on Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:21 pm

He started to blush. In all his life, he was far more occupied with his parents' expectations as a High Mage, and wizardry required utmost devotion and concentration. His fiancee in name had many affairs while he was cooped up in his dungeons, and had never gave him more than a curt nod.

Speaking of her, she was probably burnt to ashes along with her most current lover. It'll be hard to differentiate between the ashes of her corpse and the ashes of the bed.

"I want revenge. Against those who have stolen from me, especially that Kraut Ludwig Beilschmidt. I want them to suffer and to beg for mercy, except that it'll be never offered to them. I want them to know, to realise that challenging High Mage Kirkland is a mistake that they will forever regret." He spoke resolutely, staring back at the demon. Now was no time for emotions, weaknesses they were. "That is my wish, demon, and the terms of your contract."

Arthur Kirkland had nothing to lose.

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Post by Dr. Jones on Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:05 pm

“As you wish, my master.” The devil spoke, his voice deep, drawing out each symbol, partially the “s”. As the sound die off, Alfred roused to his full height. His large hand once again covers the tattoo. The devil smiled gleefully as he felt the beating heart beneath his cold hands. He do so enjoy feeling heartbeats, his would never beat as loud, or as passionately. The fast they beat, the better.

There was a light purple-blue glow from which the hand meets skin. It last only a second, and once it was over, Alfred let his hand drop back to his side. The tattoo had a new addition; a sword that cuts straight through the star. “Now our contract is truly complete. Once your wish is granted, this sword,” A clawed hand came up trace the new addition with a swift swipe. “will pierce you heart.”
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Post by Ghost on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:05 am

What was with this demon and touching his chest? He scowled and roughly shoved the clawed hand away, pointedly ignoring the fact that he would die immediately after the Kraut's death. He would burn and cross that bridge when he came to it.

"Very well." He turned back to his mansion, the wallpaper still smoldering in some spots. "Your first order is to change your appearance into something acceptable in high society. The last I checked, purple tongues and clawed hands aren't remotely in fashion even within the lower dregs of society." He didn't want the whole world to be alerted to a demon within their midst.

"Do you have a name?" He eyed the demon. As much as he'd like to stay as far away from it as possible until his revenge was served, he had to call him something while in human company. Besides, a demon's constant company should serve as suitable protection. "Well?"

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Post by Dr. Jones on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:30 pm

Alfred cocked his head to the side in amusement as his hand was pushed away. “Of course.” With a snap of his finger, his claws retracted and his pupils enlarge to a more human-like shape instead of sharp fangs. His tight leather like clothes was replaced by some loose trousers, a simple shirt and a brown boomer jacket with a large 50 on the back. A pair of spectacles appeared on his face, shielding the ice blue eyes. The devil opened his mouth to show the magician his now normal tongue as it sweeps along the set of human teeth that replaced his sharp ones. “You can call me Alfred. And what should I call you? Or do you just prefer I call you, master?”
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Post by Ghost on Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:01 pm

"Arthur will do," he replied testily. He was almost sure that this demon was deliberately riling him up. "Arthur Kirkland, should anyone ask." he added as an after thought.

"Come," he started to walk towards the direction of the city, "we'll need to find lodgings for the night. The mansion is less than uninhabitable to shelter us from the night." Unless the demon could reconstruct the burnt shell of a house from nothing, but obviously no one could do that... Speaking of which, what was the limits of the demon's power?

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Post by Dr. Jones on Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:02 pm

Alfred wordlessly followed the wizards to the more populated part of the land. The used-to-be-mansion was actually quite close to the nearest city. After a few minute of silent walking, Alfred could already pick up sounds horse-driven carriages and chatters of civilization; although he couldn't make out the city against the light of the setting sun. A strong scent assaulted his sensitive nose, making him cringe in disgust. The smell was not present the last time he was in the human world. It smells brunt, and dirty and just over all unpleasant.

The devil eye the human walking slightly in front of him, seemingly obvious to the things Alfred can sense. This could very well be the case since the devil’s senses are far superior to that of humans. Speak of which… “Arthur, we should be arriving in this city you speak of soon are we not? Are you going to walk in there with… what you’re wearing right now?”
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Post by Ghost on Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:44 pm

The silence was comfortable to think in - until the demon broke it. "Do I look like I have a choice?" he snapped. To tell the truth, he completely forgot about his clothes ever since the athame slid out of his chest without leaving a mark. He rubbed the seal again, reminded of his impending doom. "S-Surely we can find some alternative form of clothing by then," he assured himself.

The demon was right. Arthur had no way of entering the city, not with his clothes bloody and ripped. He had to send it (him, his mind refused to call it him) to find suitable clothing that would neither attract attention nor show too low of a status. He wanted to stay inconspicuous until some sort of plan could be formed against those who had wronged him, but yet keep the privileges of one of higher status.

The city was drawing closer, and he had to make a choice. "Go in first," he finally decided. "Find clothes for me and suitable lodgings. If you choose some shoddy inn, I'll castrate you."

What, nothing said he should be civil to a demon.

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Post by Dr. Jones on Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:43 pm

“Gotcha,” Alfred grinned, completely brushing off the threat. The devil was gone in a split second, leaving a small gather of dust. His feet carried him quickly to the entrance of the city, not slowing down even as he entered.

Alfred resisted the urge to cover his nose; the smell inside the city was so much worst. The smell of burnt coals and decays were almost overwhelming. He has never seen so many humans gather in one place before either. The devil skillfully avoided the humans, bypassing them like a cold winter wind. He finally stopped when he was in front of what appear to be a clothing store; startling some of the bystanders.

Something simple…. Alfred has no money; so he did the only sensible thing. The devil quickly swiped some simple looking clothes off the store displays. His action fast enough that no one noticed. The blond didn’t brother to check what he had gathered, before he left to find an inn.
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Post by Ghost on Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:07 pm

He paced back and forth, irritated. What was taking the demon so long...? Night was falling and bandits were rampant around the area of the city, attacking those who dared to venture out when the sun set. He scowled, making a mental note to berate the demon for his tardiness. Really, with this kind of efficiency he might as well carry out his revenge by himself.

Speaking of revenge, Arthur needed a plan. He needed to make them suffer, and outright assassination was too short and merciful for them. Surely Beilschmidt was not the only one who planned his downfall - there must have been others who participated. But who would?

Someone Beilschmidt had connections to, his mind supplied. Ludwig Beilschmidt was a rising officer within the ranks of the Army, it would be easy to gather a few soldiers to act as bandits to attack the mansion. He needed more information, but where could he get it... He remembered Gilbert Beilschmidt, his brother, and Arthur smirked.

It was time to pay the court entertainer a visit. ...after he got some clothes.

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Post by Dr. Jones on Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:01 pm

“I’m back” Alfred replied with a grin as he reappeared in front of a startled Arthur. The inn reservation took a little longer than he thought. Who knew they would make you leave some money first? They don’t used to do that. Alfred had to go money hunting. While that didn’t take too long, he got a little… distracted by all the new inventions and architectures.

The devil held the new set of clothes to the magician, still haven’t really looked at what he brought. He could tell his summoner wasn’t too please with his tardiness… well too bad!
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Post by Ghost on Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:12 pm

The devil was back, and Arthur was sure his mouth would be set in a permanent scowl if left alone any longer. "What took you so long?" he snapped. "Surely finding clothes and reserving an inn wouldn't be that difficult. It's not as if I sent you to find a specific needle in any haystack."

He took the clothes and shook them out. There was a dress shirt with too many frills, a pair of breeches that looked rather fine and a horribly baby blue sundress- wait, what?

"Alfred!" He almost screeched. "Do I look like a sodding woman to you?!" Now that he took a closer look, the clothes appeared to be from a ladies-oriented store. He growled irritably, finally deciding on the shirt.

"Cut the frills off," he ordered. It was not smart to send the git into the city just for clothing, he would have to make do. "The next time this happens," he threatened under his breath, "I'll make sure that he'll have to change his name from Alfred to Alice..."

After disposing of his ruined clothes, he finally turned to face the demon. "Well, lead the way."

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Post by Dr. Jones on Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:12 pm

Alfred chuckled as he ripped the frills off the shirt Arthur had chosen to wear. Even with it off, the shirt still look feminine, made to emphasize a women’s body. Luckily, the magician was rather slender so he could actually fit into it, although the shirt does hug his waist tightly, and left the upper part rather loose. Really, it’s not that bad…

“Sure thing,” the devil answered cheerfully as he started in the direction of the city that he had just came from before. He can hear the foot sets of the magician following him as the move through the empty road in silence once more.

“So do you have a plan or something?” Alfred started, not really one for prolong silence. The trip would take another half an hour going by human pace before they reach the city.
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Post by Ghost on Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:04 am

He kept his eyes trained on the back of the git's blond head - really! He was late, he couldn't tell the difference between a male and a female, and he was probably doing all of it on purpose! Arthur ignored the possibility of himself over-exaggerating - he had every right to be pissed, mind you, it was a demon he was talking about here.

"No," he snapped. "Well, actually, a temporary one. We go to see Beilschmidt's brother, the court entertainer. Hopefully he was part of it and we can make him squeal over who was involved. Then we take action accordingly." He lapsed back into silence, hoping the demon would take the hint that he didn't like to talk to it that much.

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Post by Dr. Jones on Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:34 am

“Uh huh” Alfred nodded like he’s paying attention, but really it was in one ear and out the other. It wasn’t really his forte to plan elaborate plans; he’s just here to kill some guy. Besides, it doesn’t seem like Arthur’s going to take his imports anyways. All humans are like that.

The duo fell into another silent walk, and Alfred doesn’t really feel like starting another conversation with the magician that seems to be deep in thought. Instead he just hums an off tune song, while trying to preoccupied himself with the sky is transiting from dusk to night. It’s quite a lovely gradient of colors.

It wasn’t long before they reach the gate of the city. There were guards standing on duty as before. Last time, Alfred just ran pass them, fast enough that the guards didn’t even see him. However, this time, the devil slowed to a stop and waits for Arthur’s move.
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Post by Ghost on Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:36 am

The borders came into view, along with its guards. Had Arthur had his carriage, the gates would open immediately without question. But since they were going on foot... He clicked his tongue in irritation and shouted up at the tower.

"I request entry into the city!"

The sound of fumbling could be heard and someone shouted back. "Halt! Who goes there?"

What should he say? If he used his name, would they believe him? He had no 'proof' of his identity after all. "Travelers, good sir! We are merely seeking shelter for the night!"

It took bit more of shouting back and forth (by this time, Arthur was quite sure he looked like a puffed up bird) before the doors by the side of the gates finally opened and the guards waved them in. He stepped through, head kept low (there was the unfortunate occurrence of his eyebrows being the center of unwanted attention) and finally looked to the demon.

"That could have gone better'" he remarked off-handedly. "Well, let's head for that inn. Excessive walking makes me tired."

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Post by Dr. Jones on Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:04 pm

“Of course, my fellow traveler.” Alfred replied in good humor, ignoring the glare the other sends his way. “Follow me.” The devil walks on ahead, remembering the way to the inn easily. Though it is night time, there are still many people busying about. Although there is a lot more shady characters than earlier.

The sun has completely disappeared over the horizon, and normally the streets would have been practically pitch-black. However, these large glowing bulbs connected to long rod like structures keep the streets in decent brightness. Although Alfred could see perfectly fine in the dark, he did think the bulbs were neat compare to the fire used before.
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Post by Ghost on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:06 pm

He scowled at the demon as he turned to lead them to their lodgings. He was trying to rile him up, that literal spawn of the devil! Arthur followed him through a maze of roads and alleyways, sparsely illuminated by flickering lamps and with leering countenances lurking within the shadows. 

Arthur would vehemently deny that he was the slightest bit afraid, but he chose to quicken his pace and keep close to the demon, almost walking next to him. When the inn finally came into view, he barely masked his relief at the building, pleased to note that the inn itself was up to standard. So as long as he ordered the demon correctly, there should be no problems... Maybe. 

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Post by Dr. Jones on Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:09 pm

The two entered the inn swiftly, Alfred after Arthur. The small pub located on the first floor was dappled with a few patrons, nursing their drinks after their dinner. The inn itself was a rather cozy place, not too big but large enough to show that it is of decent standing. It is well kept despise it century of age, with tasteful white Victorian style furniture’s and paintings of the country sides.

“Over here” Alfred called out by the stairs, jingling a set of keys he got from the innkeeper when he paid his deposit.
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Post by Ghost on Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:47 pm

He made his way over to the staircase, not wasting any time. There was the slim chance of someone recognising him after all. They climbed the stairs quickly, and soon enough were in their allocated room.

"I see you can at least get this right," Arthur stated bluntly as he dropped onto one of the beds. "With you managing to muck up your previous orders, it's almost a wonder you managed to perform this task correctly." There was a part of Arthur that was asking what was he thinking, insulting something so dangerous but Arthur paid it no heed. He did not have to be nice to anyone, especially not the devil himself.

After all, vengeance was all that mattered, right? And the demon would laugh when others die, and laugh when Arthur himself took his last breath. There was no chance of establishing any sort of relationship save for 'master' and 'demon', and Arthur would keep it that way.

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