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        Squire managed to open the window just a tiny bit.  He was sticking his beak out of the bus, and staring off into the desert as they drove by.  Occasionally the vehicle would hit a bump which would cause him to jump and hit his beak on the windowsill, but that never stopped him from going right back to what he was doing.

        “Does that hurt?”  Oliver asked.

        “Huh?”

        “When your face hits the metal of the bus like that.”

        Squire sat upright next to him and grabbed at his beak with his claws.  “I... I don’t think it does.”

        “You don’t know?”

        “I can’t really feel my beak.  Like, ever.  I don’t know if it hurts or not.”

        Oliver sat back and sighed.  He figured his beak must have been made out of some kind of bone so that would make sense.  “Whatever.  Just don’t hurt yourself.”

        “Hhehe.”  He then went back to gawking out the window.

        “Hey.”  Mareson spoke up.  “Where is this bus taking us, anyway?”

        “Huh?”  Oliver replied.

        Mareson looked offended.  “You don’t know?”

        “Not really.  But it’s heading north, and it has to stay on the road.  So I doubt it’ll take us anywhere bad.”

        “Rrrg, of course you wouldn’t know where it’s going.”  He scoffed and looked away.

        “I’m sorry Mareson, but this was the best option for us right now.”  He thought for a moment.  “What other option do we have?  Walking on that road again?”

        “I feel safer on the road...”

        “Weren’t you the one who wanted to take a car in the first place?”

        “I wanted to steal one...”

        “And I told you, we’re not stealing a car.  But this was the best option.  Just trust me, okay?”

        Mareson opened the window on his side of the bus and began to look out, ignoring Oliver.  Defeated, the otter sighed and looked towards Squire’s side.  He was sitting next to him, crawled up along the window and looking out himself as well.

        “Squire, what do you see?”  Oliver asked.

        The vulture smiled.  “Funky trees!”

        “Huh?”

        “Like... Trees.  But weird.”

        “How so?”

        “Their leaves are on the bottom.”

        “Wh-what?”  Oliver, desperate to talk to someone, stood up in his seat so he could see past Squire and out the window as well, holding onto the back of the seat for balance.  He couldn’t see very well even standing up, but out the window he saw it too.  Rows of unusual trees with bright neon leaves, and their leaves collected near the ground.  “What in the world?”

        “It’s cool!”  Squire reached his hand out the window, but after realizing that his hand couldn’t come anywhere close to them, he retracted it.

        “Are those... natural?  Are they wackless?”

        “The trees?”  Mareson suddenly asked.

        “Um-”  Oliver was suddenly confused as to why he interjected himself into the conversation.  “I guess?”

        “Hhmph, maybe.”  Mareson sat down normally again, crossed his arms, and looked down.

        “Can we go check them out?”  Squire asked.

        “Uuh, I don’t know...”  Oliver replied.  “We don’t know what’s out there.  And we’re safer in here anyway.”

        “And we’re still heading north.”  Mareson said.

        “Well, what if we stop going north?”  Squire questioned.

        Oliver and Mareson looked at each other, and then towards Squire.  “Why do you want to go there anyway?”  Mareson asked.

        “Uuh, it just looks cool.”

        “Tell you what?”  Oliver started.  “If we stop going north in the bus, we can have the driver drop us off and go check it out, okay?”

        “Um, okay!”  Squire seemed immeasurably happy by that.  Although something did seem strange about those trees.

        Oliver sat back down and put his head back to close his eyes.  He doesn’t know what he just might have signed up for, but hopefully they won’t need to go out there after all, and the bus will safely take them to the next unforeseeable town.

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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