Trails of the Afterglow

Luce's Adventure log #6
Disguises, Revelations, of truth and lies

I distinctly remembered calling the agency instead of my sister.

I guess I was too tired to double check. But oh well, looks like cat is almost out of the bag.

I don't think there's a rule of agents not to talk about being an agent, wooooh, I'd hate to be told to remove loose ends(I can't and won't ever do that, they're my siblings! Rather kill "Luce" and start anew; living in the shadows like how people portrayed agents like me, but I don't think I'll be able to live with lying forever. It's tiring …) It's bad enough that my real mission is to remove the loose end named "Iris". The team doesn't know it yet but someday, I might be forced to tell them what happened and why.

It's not like I lied to them about being an informant, I just omitted the fact that I worked for ASD TRUST and not a complete freelancer. If they knew that I was an agent, they'll send me back to Gaur or Cestia.

As for my distinct dislike for the Phantom thief, it's because he's annoying. It's because of him and some other… People that made me so fixated with planning things.

So we met with this hitchhiker, Named "Anne" she technically told us the truth but omitted some things. I hope, she doesn't recognize me as Clementine. I doubt that she can tie me with Nem but there's a probability of her knowing Agent 013.

She's quite observant if she was able to realize who Luna really was. 

^^;;; The team knowing me is one thing, a stranger like her knowing who I am however is another thing.
 

 

P.S.

Sometimes, it's fun to tease people~★

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Post Yurran Crisis Report - Dumas
Events after the ball and after team mates recovered their injuries.

Mind Control Mission Status: Complete
Rosevine Anxiety Mission Status: Ongoing

Mission Type: Reconnaisance, exploration, peace-keeping

Remarks: Hostage rescued successfully, perpetrator apprehended and subdued.
Note: Things went smoothly in terms of combat. Everyone performed exceptionally well despite their injuries. Notably, Ishida really messed up the primary target.

For Further Improvement & Recommendation:
Block all enemy exits to avoid adverse situation like the exploding support strut.
In certain situations, avoid having one team mate fall behind beyond help.
Be wary of spiky pillars.

Further investigation: Information retrieved from Loki of the Eternals. Phantom Thief's activity traced to the city of Rosevine. Forest Fire infromation retrieved from Halophate headquarters. Oxymoronic tower  located east of Yurran houses multiple contradictory elements, best prep multiple elements as well. Mission signed by Lt. Col. Morgan.

Additional Info: Anne Fable, a hitchhiker picked up on the way to Rosevine is apparently is a noble who has information.

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Luce's Adventure log #5
Compromised and half-closures

[Log date: 08/24/ 430 A.R 03:00]

Currently at the hospital, Everyone's asleep or somewhere else… I woke up from a nightmare, I swear it's getting worse each time I fall into deep slumber. I can't tell them though, the details of the nightmare… Something that I regret the most as an agent. It's not like trust them that much yet. Classified missions should stay classified.

I try not to sleep heavily but it seems both my wounds and the medicine they're pumping in my body says otherwise.

I'm afraid my emotions got the best of me, and yet I still believe that, that lady(?) whom she calls herself Ursula(?) is somehow Ursula.

I don't know how to explain this but she is and at the same time she isn't. Even if she isn't Ursula, it would've been better to put an end to it. It's bad enough to remember how you die, what more to find yourself in a body that's probably not your own.

It's bad enough to doubt on who you truly are and question your own existence…

To lose control over your decisions and own morals…

Urk, I don't know anymore. I guess, charms has prolong effects with me than of the rest, or is it because I just wanted Chase to have a closure as soon as possible. Unlike me, who still searches for one… 

I guess they aren't that bad. I do hope, things go well from now on. Who am I kidding, fate isn't as kind as people think.

Eeek! The nurse saw me using my phone, Oh god, she's heading this way. Abort! I SAID A B O R T!

[Log end]

[Log date: 08/24/430 A.R.13:30]

Finally out of that place, euch, bland food. Atleast both of my older sisters know how to cook with flavor despite of being overcooked a bit.

In any case, I was able to discern that the orb Coa-chan gave us, it's an orb that can identify illusion from reality. The rocks shatter into a more pieces when near an illusion. They reform into bigger rocks otherwise by default.

Totally opposite of what I do but okay, I guess I can discern things at times.

I guess, I'm getting better at checking what the orbs' working goes.

I taught Coa about sign language so that she could do what she wants. Of course, I taught her some other things as well…

I'm sure as soon as I step on Kingsfall, My siblings will surely manhandle me not to go. 

Cheers journal

[Log end]

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Dumas Halophate Mission Report

3 injured. Luce, major laceration, scrapes, bruises, minor burns.  Ishida, dislocated shoulder, small lacerations and scrapes. Jackie, mild concussion, small lacerations on head. No danger of hematoma. Bleeding under control, pain minimal for now due to adrenaline shots.

7 combat-ready members: Luce, Ishida, Jackie, Luna, Jamil, Camilla, and Me.

Weather Conditions: Late Night time, heavy rain.

Mission Type: Assault / Capture

Assessment & Recommendation: Automaton units seem to exhibit higher A.I. than usual. Need to assess their weakness or find an override to their logic. Woman in white can boost automaton units and has the ability to shoot mind-altering drug from her rifle. More information needed on subject, proceed with caution when engaging and drawing her attention.

Reconnaissance and environment inspection recommended before proceeding with assault.

 

For further improvement: I've grown too used to fighting alone in my freelance bodyguard days. Miss Illburns had a point when she mentioned serving others as Halophate helps you better yourself. I have to remember how to fight as a unit. This mission under heavy rain is bringing back some memories maybe it can jog some older ones as well.

Note to self: I've grown to complacent knowing 2 senior Halophate agents were joining us in this mission. Although they are very competent, it's not an excuse for us to let our guards down.

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Luce's voice log
Adventure log #4 - the past that haunts

Voice log recording: start

Ah, it's online now.

Finally manage to find a spot where I could actually voice log without them hearing or the rain overlapping  what I'm about to say in this log.

Today, didn't go as plan.

Like the past came back to haunt me again but at least, I manage to lessen the extend of Jackie's injuries in exchange of my own safety. Something I wasn't able to do with my late commander and old companions. 

Something that Jackie seemingly didn't appreciate, and that I understand where she's going. I guess I need to talk to her about it once things are done.

As much as people think that it was reckless of me to do that. I just don't want to lose anyone due to my lack of initiative.

No more blood, don't want to add them up on the lists I failed to help. 

I'm no fool, and I know that this battle isn't going to be easy and people might die. If we want to survive and win, I need to trust them to some extent. To be honest I'm scared but I need to do this, Loveless needs to be stopped.

So I ask you this Chaotique Cadeceus, you who seeks dissonance within others.

Seek her out and strike true, plant the seeds of anger and chaos within and watch as she brings her own fate to an end.

Voice log end.

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Narumi's voice log entry 2

The bitter taste of failure fills my mouth once again, far too familiar with the incident involving the Soaring Eagle project. I will find the White Rabbit, and I'll see to it that she's put behind bars when we're done even if I have to die doing so.

log end

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Luna's Mission Diary #4
Yurran Military Academy

( Insert date )

Mission continues to find our culprit. Chase leads us up to Yurran, as he suspects that one of his fellow student was a culprit with an Artesleast to be of our lead. We happen to see Miss ( rich girl ) and Lindson who has a smoking car. We had fixed the engine so that we can take a ride to Yurran. Apparently, Lindson was a lousy driver, I kinda lost track on what was happening on the way.


We arrived at the City in just a matter of time. However, we need to gain access to the academy without drawing much attention. Good thing Chase have these disguises. Student Uniforms which I don't want to disclose on who is it originally from. I rather not stay here for long. This academy brings back many bad memories.

There were 4 students in question, according to Instructor Illburns's deductions of our clue, (girl with glasses), (sweaty dude), (high dude), and Linde. The group then gathered intel from the 3 students that was around the campus, which made Linde, the one that we didn't talk yet, more of our primary suspect. We can't find the suspect until an earthquake gave away her position. The Underground Training Site.

It seems that my ID still exist and is being used as a Training Parameter for the area. We met this Justicar, who seem to be protecting something, might be our suspect, though, we can't get in as one of us, Chase, has bad intentions to it's master. We headed down without him. As we went deeper, we had faced massive amounts of Ridewords and Knight Statues. I guess it is trying to utilize my weakness to the fullest. Luckily, money Ninja and the old man charged in, wiping the floor clean. I gotta say, my party members are really an exceptional bunch.

We had faced, another two way corridor. Which we chose the right side one out of curiousity. A shiny button lie dormant until Jackie pressed it. A voice speaks to us. Wants us to answer several questions. I'm glad I have them by my side, or else, I would be electrocuted several times. Answering all of them gave us some fancy items and silver as a reward. It made money ninja happy and 300 silvers richer.

We decided to go to the other corridor which has another two-way junction. This time, both had menacing presence. We decided to break the door open with the "Don't Enter" sign. We ended up in front of a spatial rift. I tried to peek, and saw what appears to be Valkyries. The whole party suddenly went back, and fixed the door. Now we know why it says do not enter.

The party pressed on to the right-side hallway. It leads us to a huge dome with a large cocoon at the back. The Justicar has been waiting for us. It is holding Linde, our primary suspect. It has revealed that she was manipulated in doing the crime and it had been controlling her after for protection not only from the unknown manipulator, but also to herself. Narumi decided to cut down the Justicar, which led to a fight. We proved victorious turning it to Mana Essence. The cocoon started splitting, and released a giant naked girl. It was the Earth Goddess Coatlicue. The goddess speaks through bell chimes, fortunately, Yurran students knows how to interpret these sounds.

She doesn't have memories from the day she is put in a stasis inside a cocoon until now. She blames herself to had neglected her responsibilities. We had decided to show her the situation to make up for it which she agrees. She grew from her head a plant which then turns to a small naked girl of human size. Instructor Illburns arrived along with Chase and sees the girl. She then decided to let Lady Coa stay at the surface of Yurran Academy Campus as her new home which made the Goddess happy.

Instructor Illburns decided to let us stay for summer lessons as we wait for Linde to wake up. It is really a pain. Though, it might be fun since this time, I have my friends here with me.

This ends my log for this event, I'll be taking a walk with money Ninja and Lady Coa as he teaches her a thing or two about the modern times. Do I have to translate for her for the rest of the time we have here at Yurran? Well, Let's just wait and see.

Mission Accomplished and waiting for the next one.

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Luce's Adventure log #3
Presence and problems

[Location: Dandelion, 10: 00 PM August 4, 430 A.R]

After talking to Chase and Rory about the "terrorist attacks" and the possibility of having a Yurran student being the said terrorist. Luce went to her room and called her handler.  "Sir, there's a possibility I might go to Yurran and check on some things, Just giving the heads up. Last mission was a success and the information you asked me to retrieve has been sent to your comp. Yes, I made it sure that the encryption is hard to break."   she bit her lips as he asked if she has more information or anything to say. "None, mi scusa sir." as soon as she heard his line went down, she dropped the call and released a deep breath she's been holding for quite some time.

She set her phone aside and took her comp and Tiamat's gift to check on things. An hour has passed and what she found out that It seems to like it acts like a dowsing rod. The calmer it is, the less it is exposed to any evil or demonic presence.  

"Hmmm, if that's the case…" Luce took her things and the orb and went to everyone's room one by one to check if there's any lingering ill presence among them.  Everything was clear until she went to Jackie's room and lo and behold the orb's cloud started to form dark clouds but stopped half through.

"Huh, that's weird." Luce dismissed it as Jackie being the last one remove Bennu's presence around her and went back to her room and went to sleep. [ Date: August 5, 430 A.R ; Time: 2:00 AM]

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Luna's "Mission Diary" #3
Reminisce

This is actually the first time I would break my own policies and probably the teaching of my mom. For today, this is only a regular entry as just a diary.

I feel blessed to have such amazing friends. I promised to myself that I will make friends with the first bunch of group I ever go with, whoever they are, disregarding their origins and their pasts. It just so happens that fate had given me such lovely and remarkable people.

Though, earlier, I remembered the days where eyes of people is full of despise. These eyes are locked upon my dad and us, the people around him. He made a lot of enemies along the way as he build his own tower of success. Though, is it right to hate a person just because of that? Is this the fruit of his labor? Just because someone is rich and powerful, people want that person to go down? I don't like this kind of surrounding.

I want my father to be proud, but instead, he sees me with disappointment. As if I want to fail him. If only that business isn't as dark as it is.

I saw the same look on this old lady's eyes. It is full of hatred. Is it still the fruit of my dad's labor? Is it because I am a Schicksal? Residing at Brindtsong where my father had established his success?

I guess this is unfair for my dad. I shouldn't be blaming him for this.

Well, the bright side is, I can use my inheritance to help people. This may turn those eyes to show hope and joy instead. I hope that one day. They see the Schicksal name and it's company on a different light.

By the way, kudos to my friends. They are the first bunch of people who actually stood up for me, specially Narumi.

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Friends of the Silver-Haired Girl #2
Coffee

The mission sure is fulfilling. We took a load off and went off to our own separate agendas. I stayed at the bar. I happen to stumble on Chase, who is drinking this drink called, “Rootbeer”. I tried it out, and it was good. I felt bad on hogging the root beer, so I bought his favorite drink, which is tea. He removed his glasses before drinking tea. He was actually pretty handsome. He is full of himself though. I heard dribbling noises. I had hope it is basketball. And so it is, and Jackie and Narumi is playing it. She was actually very good at it. We ended up teaching Narumi together. But then, I had a 1 on 1 match with her, which I lost. She is actually very fast. Rory and Luce arrived. The old man actually plays too. He dunked on me. He was so cool. Luce, however, jokingly checked if the board is okay. The old man is overwhelmingly strong. They continued to talked about coffee. Luce gave a coffee she got from traveling which made Narumi happy even if he is not showing it. Narumi also promised to teach us some skills later on.

Jackie proposed that we had a girl talk. The group splits. Jackie then went on and shared her worries. She is having financial problems and needs our support. Her question that if we consider her as a friend made me feel good and bad at the same time. I can now safely say that I made friends with these people in the party. At the same time, I feel useless. I wish I could have done more or could do a thing for each of their worries or problems, which also making me feel a little regret about hating my father and ignoring his lessons. He knows about mining and business than anyone I know off. It might have helped Jackie this time. It might had helped Narumi if he has money problems. Am I being selfish? Am I only thinking of my own happiness back then?

Luce proposed a group hug. It felt great having friends. As we went back, the two guys is beaten up. I took out my rifle as they might have been attacked, but they just had a spar. Narumi taught Rory how to sharpen his skills. I am actually impressed as he can actually pass something to Rory which is a veteran. Narumi gave Luce some ginseng, which I tasted. It reminded me of Alice’s cooking. She uses these kinds of ingredients when she cooks. Is it a trait which Orient people have? Anyway, Luce seems concerned at some point. She is very caring. She always looks after me. I wish I could do something for her sometime.

We went on and watch how Narumi tries to make Rory sleep. He chopped his jugular, knocking him off. Luce is surprised and asked why, though it seemed effective. Rory is sleeping like a log. Jackie proposed to just make him a Sleeping Potion. Everyone agreed and decided to get some sleep themselves. I decided to have a little stroll myself.

I was actually out of bullets, so I went for a little shopping. It is time to give Aigis some maintenance. As I got near the store where Mr. Han is. I saw mom went out the door and the red haired guy that I met previously. They seem to know each other as they speak casually. What are these two doing here? I went to Mr. Han for answers. He insisted that I read the letters my mom left for answers. And so, I went home and contemplated to read the letter or not. But I fell asleep.

As the sun rises. I am surprised that almost everyone didn’t actually sleep. Jackie enthusiastically shows everyone the Sleeping Potion, but then falls asleep herself. Luce did some research about something. Narumi seemed continue his training, he also is falling asleep. Chase showed us papers. We got the sign for our permits and it also gives us a huge reward. Narumi suddenly wakes up as he heard money. Though, the paper shows, we need another one. Chase gave us 2 options for us to get our next signature. Rosevine, which there were frequent forest fires occurring and Dandelion where there’s an epidemic pollen outbreak. The majority chose Dandelion as our next adventure stop.

I am excited on our next adventure. I will do my best this time.

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