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Gaspard Archambault [ Inactive Character ]
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TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« on: December 19, 2016, 02:52:43 PM »
« Last Edit: December 19, 2016, 02:56:25 PM by Leifr Trickett »

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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2016, 06:40:37 PM »

Gaspard Archambault [ Inactive Character ]
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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2016, 07:44:39 PM »
« Last Edit: December 19, 2016, 07:47:03 PM by Leifr Trickett »

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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 08:52:11 PM »

Gaspard Archambault [ Inactive Character ]
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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2016, 10:20:34 PM »

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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
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Nikodim Balaur [ Inactive Character ]
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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2016, 11:21:27 PM »
Niko could feel unconstrained energy seeping through his door. The air crackled with it and before he realized he had stopped meditating, he was on his feet and out his door, racing past a terrified-looking initiate who was on his way to summon him. He wasn't sure why he felt the need to get to the center of the ruckus as soon as he could, but once he neared the ring of onlooking elementals he knew immediately what had drawn him. Gaspard.

The Garth boy was tussling with another elemental, fighting with fists and knees like juveniles. Which was bad enough, but the other boy, a Typh Niko saw rarely in passing, was quickly loosing control over his element. It was unsurprising. The other elemental was maybe twenty at the most, and in a heated situation like this, even Niko would have been hard pressed to keep a lid on his powers.

It was raining, which did not improve Niko's mood. The bolt of lightning sent most gawkers rushing for cover, but the burly Russian waded into the fray. He wrapped a large hand around the back of each boy's neck and bodily hauled them apart, lifting them into the air. Their feet dangled a few feet off the ground as Niko shook both of them like misbehaving pups.

"Enough." Nikodim's voice was full of quiet menace as he let the lid slip from his power. The air around them was filled with a fierce and stiffling heat, so much so that it would be hard to breathe. Suddenly super-heated air slammed up and out, the noise like being on top of a thuderclap, driving the clouds away and vaporizing the rain. He reigned in his heat, but let his aura continue to pump out into the air around him. It was a powerful thing, at almost 100 years old, Niko was one of the oldest incin on Council grounds. He was powerful too, powerful enough that his name was being tossed around as Lario's replacement when the older man returned to the flame for good, besided the sheer strength needed to survive the life of a rogue-hunting Zealot. To the other two younger elementals, it would feel like standing too close to a wildfire, or a sun.

Niko shook his head, keeping both men aloft easily. "I am ashamed of both of you. Brawling like schoolboys. And letting your element slip? Here, where others could have been hurt by your lack of control? What do you have to say for yourselves?" He gave both of them another shake as he gave them hard looks. "SPEAK!" he barked, his temper flaring.

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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2016, 07:52:34 PM »

Gaspard Archambault [ Inactive Character ]
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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2016, 04:50:02 PM »
« Last Edit: December 21, 2016, 04:50:47 PM by Leifr Trickett »

Nikodim Balaur [ Inactive Character ]
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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2016, 12:50:22 AM »
If Niko had been in a mood to be amused, the vastly different reactions of Gaspard and Pierce to his sudden appearance and intervention would have done it. Pierce snarled and thrashed himself free while Gaspard hung limp, trying to avoid catching Niko's attention again. The Russian had known the Garth almost his entire life, being there for much of the younger man's important events, treating him like a son. In contrast, the burly incin had only interacted with Pierce a few times, just to instruct him in the basics of his element like he did with most of the young ones who came through Inverness.

It wasn't surprising to Niko that the air elemental might object to being handled, but he seemed cowed once he was on his own two feet. Gaspard growled at the younger man and Niko felt a brief surge of pride, that despite the recent revelations and tensions between them, his French protege would feel the need to defend him. "Gaspard..." he warned in a low voice, but the corner of his mouth tilted up in the tiniest of smiles that only Gaspard would be able to see. He lowered the still-airborn man to the ground, although he kept a hand on his shoulder, a silent warning that he was not getting away so quickly.

He listened to both men, posturing still despite the situation. He huffed quietly to himself. Boys, he thought silently. He waited until they had both fallen silent before speaking again. "So it seems events conspired thusly: Mr. Lachapelle provoked Mr. Archambault and the later was the first to escalate the encounter to a physical altercation." He looked at both young men, sighing loudly. "No one would expect you to willingly submit the beating I can guarantee Gaspard would have given you. But," he continued, fixing the young man with a stern look, "you did nothing to de-escalate the situation. When I arrived, you were quite clearly on the offensive. You should have disengaged as soon as you had the upper hand. And Mr. Archambault is quite correct. If he had intended to actually kill you, you would never have seen it coming. Zealots are not so clumsy as to give a target the chance to retaliate."

"Since this was simply an issue of fisticuffs between two excitable and energetic young men, I see no reason to bring the two of you before the council for an official hearing. Unless," he gave them both hard looks, "either of you care to give me reason to bring you up before the Harbingers on counts of assaulting a fellow elemental and use of elemental magic with intent to harm others?" He looked at both of the young men in turn, daring them to challenge him. As a final nail in the coffin, Niko turned up his power another notch, the water from the earlier shower causing steam to slowly rise into the air as he made the space round the three of them into a sauna.

Gaspard Archambault [ Inactive Character ]
2034 Posts  •   45  •  Heterosexual
  • we cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.
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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2016, 02:21:47 AM »
« Last Edit: December 25, 2016, 02:59:16 AM by Leifr Trickett »

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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2016, 04:22:52 AM »

Nikodim Balaur [ Inactive Character ]
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Re: TKO [Pierce/Niko]
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2017, 09:40:56 PM »
Niko fought down his rising temper and the urge to show the snotty little Typh what it felt like to have someone actually trying to kill you. The burly Incin was letting them both off the hook, for while Gaspard would be reprimanded heavily for attacking a younger elemental, it was Pierce who had lost control of his element like a child. Elementals who had no control over themselves were not well looked upon by the council. Niko had personally slain more than a few in his time as a Zealot.

He was glad to see the other boy puff off, but he still didn't let go of the Garth in his grip. Niko closed his eyes, taking a careful breath, then another. As suddenly as a light being switched off, the magic and heat was sucked back under Niko's skin. To the Incin, though, and Gaspard too since he was close enough, his aura roiled and bubbled. He was still far from under control. He turned back towards his hut, shooting warning glares at anyone silly enough to get in his way. Still, he held the other man firmly, guiding him and bringing him along.

"Come," he growled, voice low and controlled. "We are going someplace to talk about this." Niko had watched Gaspard carefully since he had dropped his bomb. He cared about him, thought of him as a son, and it killed him to see the other boy so torn. It was worse knowing he had a direct hand in his misery. It was Niko, after all, who had taken Gaspard from his mother seconds after his birth. It was Niko who had taken him to his foster family. And Niko who had kept this great and terrible knowledge from him as long as he'd known him. He could see the younger man flailing and falling and it was his turn to step in and catch him before he completely fell from grace. It was just what Niko would always do.

It wasn't too hard to steer Gaspard to his hut. He figured the Garth would rather get his scolding in private. Of course he probably wasn't entirely expecting Niko to throw a large handful of floo powder into the fireplace and drag them both into the hearth. "Dnezdo Drakona!" he said loudly and clearly. Then he and Gaspard were spinning off towards Niko's home in Switzerland.

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