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        Another hour went by and Oliver was eager to finally say goodbye to the bus.  He had lost track of how long they’ve been riding for.  Squire had gotten off the seat at this point and was currently running up and down the vehicle’s single aisle, making somewhat of a game out of his boredom.  This gave the otter an unobstructed view of the unusual trees outside.

        He could feel the bus carefully begin to slow down.  Mareson’s ears perked up as he looked out the window to see the outside wasn’t too different from what they’ve been traveling on for the longest time.  He looked confused.  “We’re getting off here?”  He said.

        Oliver looked towards the front of the bus.  “I guess.”  He stood up and grabbed the back of the seat as he wobbled around.  His legs had fallen asleep.

        Squire ran up to them, cheerful as ever.  “We’re going to see the funky trees!”  He exclaimed.

        Mareson hopped down and ran towards the front of the bus.  Oliver followed as did Squire.  As the zebra walked by the driver he gave him this odd look, as if he was ready for a fight.  He flinched, but didn’t respond.  They intensely stared each other down before Mareson finally scoffed and then jumped off the bus.

        “Hey, thank you for your help.”  Oliver said to him as Squire passed.

        “Um, no problem.”  The driver looked a little shaken from the brief interaction.  “Say, is that kid okay?”

        “He’s just a little intense.”

        “That glare told a million stories...”

        “Hehe, yeah.  Good luck getting any of them out of him though.”

        “I wish you three the best of luck.  This place can be difficult to get through.”

        Oliver looked outside the door to the peculiar trees.  “Those things just don’t look natural.”

        “Well, they are.  Something about how gravity works here causes the to grow like that.”

        “The gravity?”

        “It’s... strange, I know.”

        Oliver looked confused.  He was by no means an astronomer but he knew full well that gravity worked on a planet basis.  To just have a field where it worked differently was impossible, unless that part of the world was monstrously misshapen.  “But... how is that possible?”

        “I don’t know, it just works differently here.”  H shrugged.  “Maybe it has something to do with magnets?”

        “Magnets?”

        The driver put his hands on the wheel.  “I need to go now.  Good luck to you again.  Twist Forest is a strange place.”

        Before Oliver could respond the driver closed the doors to the bus and began to drive off.  As he traveled away, he noticed that the wheels seemed slightly flatter than usual.  Was that the effect of this place in action?

        He turned around to find Squire and Mareson horsing around in one of the trees.  Squire had dug into the low leave of one and was rummaging around for something, and Mareson was trying to climb the same one.

        “Hey.”  Oliver called.  He stopped himself though.  “Eeh, never mind.”

        “What?”  Squire asked.

        “I just wanted to talk a bit about this place before we get too far into this.”  He walked over to the two boys.  He held his hands out to the leaves and noticed that they dipped down far farther than they would on any normal tree, as if there were a giant weight on them.  “Huh.”

        “Isn’t this neat?”  Squire asked.

        “It’s interesting to say the least.”  He bobbed the branch up and down in his hands.

        “Are we ready to go now?”  Mareson said.  Squire and Oliver looked up at him.  He was balancing on one foot atop the tree’s trunk like he was trying to show off.

        “Hey, I want to try that!”  Squire as Oliver grabbed him.

        “Yeah, let’s keep moving.  We can play on the trees as we go, okay?”

        Mareson jumped down and the three continued north.  This place seemed really promising, but no one knew what it had in store.

Squire

Lv. 11

Star-wind-heir

Deserter

HP

MP

Attack

Guard

Faith

113

72

7

17

22

Ward

Speed

Chance

Boost

21

16

17

17

Earth dam.

Fire dam.

Wind dam.

Water dam.

Forest dam.

125%

75%

75%

125%

125%

Ice dam.

Lightning dam.

Light dam.

Dark dam.

Astral dam.

110%

75%

84%

88%

125%

Growth

Restore

Aliment res.

2%

10%

20%

Ring 1

Ring 2

Ring 3

Ring 4

Ring 5

Astrologer Ring

Apology Ring

Elixer Ring

Nevermore Ring

Lantern Ring

Restores 8% of magic every turn.

Raises Magic & Guard by +5%.

Gain 2% of Health & Magic every turn.

Raises Dark resistance by 30%

Raises Light resistance by 30%

Magic

Fog Blast

Tulic Cure

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Mareson

Lv. 13

Flame-dark-heir

Enforcer

HP

MP

Attack

Guard

Faith

163

95

52

47

50

Ward

Speed

Chance

Boost

56

81

52

68

Earth dam.

Fire dam.

Wind dam.

Water dam.

Forest dam.

125%

125%

125%

158%

35%

Ice dam.

Lightning dam.

Light dam.

Dark dam.

Astral dam.

75

60%

135%

75%

75%

Growth

Restore

Aliment res.

0%

2%

0%

Ring 1

Ring 2

Ring 3

Ring 4

Ring 5

Timid Ring

Smile Ring

Moist Ring

Dim Ring

Mushroom

Raises Faith & Speed by +2.5%.

Raises Speed & Chance by +2.5%.

Raises Water resistance by +10%.

Raises Light resistance by +10%.

Restores 2% of magic every turn.

Magic

Grab

Fireball

Artery Spear

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Oliver

Lv. 15

Light-heir

Entertainer

HP

MP

Attack

Guard

Faith

152

79

42

40

47

Ward

Speed

Chance

Boost

44

47

43

78

Earth dam.

Fire dam.

Wind dam.

Water dam.

Forest dam.

50%

100%

100%

50%

150%

Ice dam.

Lightning dam.

Light dam.

Dark dam.

Astral dam.

150%

100%

100%

20%

180%

Growth

Restore

Aliment res.

0%

0%

0%

Ring 1

Ring 2

Ring 3

Ring 4

Ring 5

Pastry Ring

Lapis Ring

Binary Ring

Schizophrenic Ring

Moon Ring

Raises Health by +5%.

Raises Guard by +5%.

Raises Attack & Guard by +5%.

Raises Ward & Speed by +10%.

Raises Astral resistance by +10%

Magic

Spotlight Square

Luminant Muse

Disco Step

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