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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-08-30, 9:54 pm

Arkay made eye contact, smiled, and firmly returned the handshake. One of the things his father had drilled into him before he died was how to give a proper handshake. Make eye contact, smile, firm--but not too firm--hold, and two or three shakes. Simple.  "It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Nesta. Hopefully we'll find a chance to talk later, outside of business."

Releasing the Molzon woman's hand, he turned to Carlie and Galan. "Hm... yeah, couldn't hurt to help Galan dress to impress." Nothing fancy, of course, just a nice... business casual getup, which was pretty much what he himself went for, usually.

"Hm... alright, I'll take you to my usual guy. He's, uh... a bit flamboyant, to put it one way, but does damn good work. Quick, too. That, and he does give me a discount," said Arkay. "So... would you prefer the scenic route or shall I show off a bit and get us there in an instant?"
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-08-30, 10:05 pm

Flamboyant? At those words Carlie imagined a very colorful character with interesting styles of dress and way of speaking. Of course, given the nature of things she could be wrong with this view in her head but it was among the first she thought of due to personal experience. Either way if they were a friend of Arkay's she was sure it be interesting which made her, and she was sure knowing Galan, curious.

"I'm fine with teleporting, we could always take the scenic route on the way back right?" At least that was Galan's reasoning, that and being curious.

"Same." Carlie moved slightly closer, her interest being a bit more peaked. "I'm sure some of this stuff may go over my head, but do you know how your telportation works? Is it something like Instant Transmission where you have to lock onto something? Or moving your atoms around?" The later kinda..we'll frankly creeped her out. Because technically wasn't moving your atoms killing you and putting you back together? Others argued it wasn't the case but it always bothered her for some reason, hence not liking to use beam transporters if she could help it.

Probably just being paranoid.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-10, 8:16 pm

How his teleportation worked was something Arkay didn't have a definite answer for. He had hypotheses and ideas, but... nothing concrete. "I'll be honest... I have no idea. I know that if I can see a place, physically or psychically, it's just about impossible to prevent me from teleporting there. I also know that it's versatile enough to let me realm travel, with time to concentrate."

He placed a hand on each of their shoulders. "What's... weird is that even back home, teleportation is considered a pretty advanced technique. Usually, it requires a decent amount of concentration or required one to expend a decent amount of energy, yet I've never really had to deal with either of those. It was the first ability I developed, and the only issues I've really had are... making myself dizzy from reorienting myself too much using it and a few purely mental... hangups, early on. Hangups that I have long since gotten past, thankfully."

He grinned. "Heh, in any case, at this point, I might go as far to say that I'm the best use of teleportation in Meus Carus... or at least I've never met anyone better at it than me. Anyway... enough ego-puffing. Let's go, yeah?"

With that, the three dematerialized in a burst of light, appearing in what was, indeed, a tailor. All manner of clothing was displayed, from the mundane to the formal to the... flamboyantly indescribable. And behind the counter was the shopkeep himself, who was indeed... rather flamboyantly dressed. Having apparently sensed their arrival, he looked up and regarded the group, Arkay in particular. After a moment, he walked out from behind the counter, walked over to Arkay, and gave him a big hug.

"Well, if it isn't Ark the Lad! You're lookin' as delicious as ever," said the man, patting Arkay on the back.

Arkay laughed and returned the pat. "Hey, Stefano, it's been a while. How ya been?"


Stefano released arkay and shrugged. "You know me, Ark. I have my ups and downs." He peeked around Arkay at Carlie and Galan. "Oh, well did Ark make some new friends? Imagine that!"

Stepping out into full view, the man gives them an exaggerated--flamboyant, even--bow. "Stefano Caglirostro, the proprietor of Stefano's Sartorials.  I have to say I didn't expect Ark to show up so soon after his sister's departure, especially not with Carlie Mils and... her cameraman... in tow."

No surprise he knew about Carlie--Stefano was... surprisingly well-informed, at times. Him knowing that Galan was her cameraman was a bit weird, but Arkay ignored it because he had mentioned that his sister had jut departed. "Hm, who did I just miss? Sumire? Nerine?" It was probably the latter, since Sumire didn't have much interest in fashion, really.

"Why, Nerine, of course. Ahh, if only you'd been a bit faster... how she would have lit up the store at the sight of her beloved older brother!"


Arkay shifted uncomfortably. "Uh, yeah... I guess." It was a good thing they'd missed her, because there was a good chance she'd be able to see the... tension between him and Carlie and she'd totally try to play wing... woman.

Clearing his throat, Arkay changed the subject. "Right, uh, anyway, shame we missed her, but I'm sure we'll run into her later. Right now, we need your expertise... mostly for Galan, here. He's going to be asking out a woman he's fancied for... a long time, and he needs to look his best. And, uh, well, Carlie and I may need some new formalwear for something... coming up, to put it one way."

Stefano glanced at Carlie and Galan, giving them both a once-over. "Hm, yes... at first glance, I think a style similar to yours would suit him. Maybe a bit more casual... as for Carlie... hmmm" He stroked his chin thoughtfully. "Acorians can be a bit of a challenge in this business, since you have to coordinate with their fur as well as everything else. Not the most difficult species to tailor for, but... they're certainly up there. Still... feel free to look around and if anything catches your attention, I'll get right to adjustin it to your bod and you can try it on. As for you, Galan boy, follow me..."

With that, Stefano gently guided Galan over to the... more normal-looking men's section and began trying to get him set up with some duds. Arkay, and Carlie in all likelihood, both had more experience with this sort of thing, so they were left to their own devices

"Hm. Stefano's a bit unique among tailors, since he has the power to manipulate cloth and... other wearable materials... makes adjusting things a snap. I'm sure he'll be able to get to get Galan looking good enough to knock Lina off her... feet," said Arkay, sounding... a bit unsure about the 'feet' part. As a cow-based Acorian, for all he knew, she had hooves or... something. "So, going to peruse the selection, or are we just going to stand here and watch Galan be uncomfortable?
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-10, 9:47 pm


Carlie watched as Galan was dragged off into his doom, slightly bemused by the whole thing. Part of her wanted to and see him squirm but the other part of her decided he had enough teasing for the time being and let him have it. There would be more then enough time to give the young man a hard time and in particular when/if they started dating.

The fact Arkay's friend knew of her camera man was slightly odd but not too strange she gave too much further thought about it. She had a great many reasons to be paranoid and trust her gut when it gave her that get out dodge feeling, but this wasn't one of those times. "I'd say leave him be. I think we got the 'teasing quota' about done for today."

Carlie began looking around idly until she found something, deciding a bit of friendly small talk. "I didn't peg you the type of guy to have a regular tailor to go to, but same time not surprised. Did you walk in or someone recommend him to you?"
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-15, 1:26 pm

To Arkay, Galan looked a bit... flustered and maybe even overwhelmed at the moment. Given his line of work, fashion probably wasn't high on his list of priorities. There was, after all, no real point in wearing a nice suit while filming in a war zone or other unpleasant places.  Comfortable, practical clothing was best, especially since he wasn't going to be on-camera. But in this situation, it was best to go all-out. Sure, he had a 'feeling' that Galan would do fine with Lina, regardless, but... the effort might be the difference between a 'yes' and and enthusiastic "Yes!" and... the latter would definitely help build Galan's confidence. And one needed confidence when it came to women... especially older women.

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Ahh, he'd do fine. Stefano would get him set up and looking like a million--no, a billion--bucks.

Turning his attention back to Carlie, he began idly perusing Stefano's inventory. He didn't really need anything for the date--he was already a bit overdressed, really--or the... investigation, so he mostly checked out the women's dresses. And he was totally not imagining how Carlie would look in them when he was asked about having a personal tailor. Totally.

"He was a recommendation. Not many people know about him, but he's... not only good at what he does in the normal sense, but..." He pointed to the suit he was wearing right this very moment. "He uses his magic to 'treat' the clothing for certain customers, making it into... essentially, into a very comfortable, good-looking suit of armor. I'm pretty tough, but given my line of work, why take chances? Plus, I just like to look good."

He paused. "...on that note, we should probably get the clothing you wear normally 'treated' by Stefano. When I can, I like to add that... extra layer of protection between my clients and danger." Wasn't always possible, of course, but his 'better safe than sorry' approach to things is precisely what had earned him his stellar reputation. Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail, as his father used to say.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-16, 10:58 am


Carlie was surveying around the shop to see what she could find that would both catch her eye and something that would feel right for this occasion. She didn't have to over do it since it wasn't a place she actually cared for though for the sake of the mission she may as well go the extra mile. Art collection shows weren't always bad, just this particular one she didn't have much interest in; Sumia did more so then she did.

As she looked she did find something akin to a blue ball room gown which caught her eye as she lifted it up from the rest of the dresses she saw hanging up. She liked it. It did accent her figure and was fancy enough for all the stuffy people that would be intending so she fit in enough, she supposed.

She turned to Arkay at the last part. "Reinforce magic? That's pretty useful; I don't really see it as much around here or most places. But to answer your question I'm fine with it, if it helps me stay alive then more power for it. I kinda like living and it suck for me to, you know, die."
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-16, 1:22 pm

The dress that had caught Carlie's eye had caught Arkay's as well. Blue would look good on her, he thought. It complemented her fur color quite well and... ahem, other reasons, as well. All-in-all, a good choice if she went for it. Still, his mind was focused on other things at the moment, so he didn't really say anything about the dress. Mostly, he was concerned about how to tighten the security around Carlie without being overly suffocating. There were a few ways, but they'd take some time to set up... besides reinforcing her clothing, anyway.

"Yeah, it's a... very specialized form of that type of magic," said Arkay. "I've never quite tested the limits of what his reinforced clothing can take, because I... well, with my reactions, speed, and, ya know, ability to teleport, I tend to not get hit when I fight. Still, I know that against your run-of-the-mill firearm, it's more than sufficient."

He paused for a moment, then added: "So, you know them better than I do, so... think Galan has a chance with Lina? I... get the feeling he'll do alright, but that may just be me being an optimist. Or maybe my psychic powers have started giving me premonitions about other people's relationships." He chuckled at the thought, though it... was entirely possible for that to happen, actually.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-16, 9:50 pm


"I wonder how long it last for? He could make a killing out of that of clothes that are both nice to look at and combat tested. It be a niche not too many can claim to get on since with a lot of stuff you tend to have sacrifice something far as the looks go to be practicability sake."
Carlie was surprisingly intrigued by this and she wasn't sure why. A gown reinforced or not wouldn't be the best to fight in but the protection aspect couldn't be denied.

The last question took her thought process elsewhere, but she answered soon without missing a further beat. "Honestly? Definitely. The two really get along, and I think there's always been some type of mutual attraction there, just things in the way before anything more could come of it until more recently. Lina's a lot of woman though, not sure Galan will know what to do with all that at first." She said, her voice laced with amusement.

"I remember my first date, it was fun but there wasn't any chemistry so we just stayed friends. I learned a lot about dating since like all things with that its a learning experience. What about you if you don't mind me asking? Was your first girlfriend slash date more positive or negative?" She was curious but of course he didn't have to reply if he didn't want to and she'd understand. It also would tell her a bit more about him of what his first girlfriends was like..though of course she assumed it was long ago so they had changed a lot into present but still.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-17, 12:24 am

"He does make a killing off of it, as far as I know. Has a contract with the local police force and everything." Sumire had actually been the one to introduce him to Stefano, after she'd learned about him with her... work with the police. She'd told him that he needed to take every precaution to ensure that Hisako doesn't lose her father, too. And... she was absolutely right. Thankfully, he and Stefano had gotten along great. "And... well, there are several, ah, recharge options, I guess. By default, he does the recharging--and he makes a lot of his money off of that--but there's other options, such as using excess kinetic energy or absorbing ambient mana or... whole bunch of other things. Those cost quite a bit extra, as you might have guessed. In the long run, they're cheaper, but... sometimes ya' have to make do with what you can afford, yeah?"

Arkay allowed himself a smile at Carlie's estimation at Galan's chances. And her comment about Lina being 'a lot of woman', which he'd kinda figured out just from seeing her picture. "Yeah, I definitely noticed that. She's got to be at least as tall as I am, maybe even a bit taller. Nothing wrong with that, of course."

Next, came the question about his first date. Stroking his chin, Arkay tried to remember his first date and... really couldn't recall all that much. His first girlfriend, though... that he could remember. "My first girlfriend... heh, well, you could say that I'm pretty savvy when it comes to student-teacher relationships. I actually went after her on a dare, we... clicked, and we had a fun time together, but in the end, it... just didn't work out, and we separated on good terms."

A... peculiar, inexplicable feeling came over him. Pretty 'savvy' on student-teacher relationships? What had possessed him to use that phrasing? Odd, for some reason that way of wording things felt familiar... huh, weird. Must be his imagination playing tricks on him.

"So yeah, I'm rooting for Galan, since I've sort of been in the same position... except I was her student at the time." He chuckled at that. She'd been hesitant at first, but, as always, persistence paid off.
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-18, 10:55 am


A student at the time? There was supposed bad teaching ethics involved into that sort of thing so she could understand why they were hesitating but other then that the news didn't bother her. Not unless of course Arkay had been a little kid or something at the time which was a whole other kettle of fish.

"Me too. Think they'll both be fine." Carlie was satisfied with what had gotten earlier so for now she was done; it was just a matter of waiting for Arkay. "A bit off topic but curious back at home on your earth, is there any native non human races?"
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-18, 3:17 pm

Arkay was pretty much finished browsing. He had plenty of outfits to wear for just about any occasion, so today's visit was... really more like treating his new friends to something nice. Stefano was still busy with poor Galan though, so it'd be a few minutes until Carlie could get her dress adjusted and enhanced.

The question about non-human races was unexpected, though it was a reasonable thing to ask. Meus Carus's Earth was a cosmopolitan place, with many different races living together... knowingly or not. Naturally, an inhabitant of this reality might wonder if the same held true for other realities.

"It was mostly humans, even in my time, though once contact with Halzara was established in world--yeah, a Halzara exists there, though it's very different--some Halzaran natives began emigrating, mostly Arkons. As I said, Alus exists in my reality, but it's a country that exists on Halzara, rather than a planet. In any case, besides that, there are, or maybe were, dragons, but as far as I know, they went extinct something like seven hundred years before I was born. Vampires... still exist, but unlike here, vampires back home are... almost all inhuman monsters, so they'd been hunted to near-extinction by my time. Yokai--such as Fox Demons--exist, mostly in east asia, but they're adept at disguising their true nature and pretty reclusive, so nobody's sure how many there are. Same for Elves, though I recall most fled to other realms once humans started becoming the dominant species."

He scratched his chin and tried to recall any others. "There are Nevadians, an off-shoot of humanity. They're, um... sorta like saiyans, I guess. Powerful, with a combat-oriented culture. As far as aliens go, all of our encounters have been brief and hostile. Unfortunately, most of the major alien powers in our galaxy seem to be, well... imperialistic or predatory. Heck, a race called the Draconians actually attacked us during a tournament meant to entertain... billions. Ya know, show off the best, brightest up-and-coming heroes of humanity--of which I was included, at the time--and give the population something to talk about. And they just sucker-punched us with a sneak attack. Ultimately, said best-and-brightest repelled them, but... it did not endear Draconians to humanity at all."

A less rosy reality than here in Meus Carus, but things were as they were, and there was no changing that. At least not on short notice.

"Oh, Galan, now you're lookin' sharp!" came Stefano's voice, as he herded Galan back to Carlie and Arkay. As Arkay had expected, Stefano had gotten him dressed up in, essentially, a more casual version of what he was wearing. Business casual... times two? Heh.

"Heh, you're not kidding. You're gonna knock Lina off her feet, lookin' like that," said Arkay, grinning. He was, in part, teasing a bit, but he did think Galan would earn that enthusiastic yes now. "Anyway, I'll be paying, so you should get Carlie's dress adjusted and... toughened up."

Stefano cocked an eyebrow at the latter, then nodded. "Mmmm, of course. And you, Ark? Not expanding your wardrobe this time?"

Arkay shook his head. "Nah, I'm just here to foot the bill."

"Aw. Well then, Miss Mils, please step into the dressing room and put on the dress, so I can adjust it," said Stefano, eyeing the dress Carlie had chosen. "Ooh, nice choice. Looking to impress someone, maybe?"
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PostSubject: Re: Beyond The Star Sea   2018-09-18, 9:56 pm


Carlie was once again reminded in some ways how different his world was from hers, it sounded in some ways more dangerous and less stable. She knew other universes existed within this world of course and some of them were far less pleasant places to be, but in general she'd much rather live here then most anywhere else.

Humanity, or at least Arkay's version hadn't had the best first contact with other races which to be fair to what he mentioned they weren't the friendliest. It wasn't to say there weren't there own share of bad actors and groups; there was once the Planet Trades and whatever else for gods sake. The main difference was the ratio, where back there it seemed more races were more hostile. If Acorians had been there they likely wouldn't have fared well, at least not without hardening and potentially losing a bit of who they were.

As an race, Acorians were actually naturally peaceful. Certainly not perfect as they had there share of internal conflicts and even wars, but far as average went that was indeed the case. If they had encountered some of the races Arkay mentioned they might not be alive to tell their own stories, though same could be said about some of the less friendly races here as Acor had its run in with them before.

Carlie was going to bring up something in regards to elves as she was curious as well as the vampire comment until Stefano came in with Galan. She pushed it to the back of her mind for now, instead smiling at the young man. "Heh. Good on you, how you feeling the suit?"

"I like it..its really not that much different from what I normally wear."
It was true and he was grateful for it.

Stefano announced it was time to get dressed up which interrupted her response. "Sure. I'll be right back. As for impressing someone? Maybe. Depends if they notice." That person being Arkay and he definitely had noticed if she picked up things well enough.

Carlie stepped into the room with her ball room gown, coming back moments later. "So..its slightly tight on the waist but other then that its fine. I'm really liking this look."
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