Name: Pierce Adtsauw
Hometown: "Rad City for Attractive People"
Charm Point: Ego
A headstrong young man with a relatively high ego, but reliable with his words, Pierce came to Armoroad with Twitch in search of a good challenge. He met Twitch as a young teenager while looking for a job. The two have formed an unbreakable bond and have bonked heads for six years. Pierce lived with a young shopkeeping woman not much older than him. His antics with Twitch put the young woman's shop in a lot of trouble, thus forcing Pierce to make money and move out with Twitch.
He has a sweet tooth and has mild allergic reactions to string beans.
"How much longer should this take?"
"It's right up ahead, Pierce, believe me. Just wait about another hour or so."
"I'm hungry. I mean, really hungry."
"I hear ya."
The ship hits the harbor, and a wave of cheers sound throughout the ship. It's a new day for Pierce and Twitch. They're lives have taken a new route, and they're going forward together. Armoroad is known as the ocean city. Many tourists come for vacations at the beaches during the day, and have drinks during the night. Still, Armoroad is not an easy place to live. Hard times have fallen upon Armoroad in the past. After the Great Calamity a century ago, the technological and cultural prosperity that Armoroad enjoyed sunk along with the center of the city. The waters around the island metropolis have become turbulent and unpredictable which decreased tourism, and at the very center of the city where the capital used to be had been replaced by a gargantuan tree known as Yggdrasil. Just like the holy trees found in Etria and Lagaard, there is a labyrinth to be found within the environment of the tree. Treacherous, feral, frenetic, the dangers and the possible rewards for its exploration have attracted and ended the lives of many hopeful adventurers. Seven legendary monsters, three of which may not even exist, the economic possibility from inside the labyrinth, the general unknowns of the labyrinth, and the riches promised for success has seduced many.
Above all is the possibility and undoubtedly substantial fame and fortune for discovering the drowned city, which probably does not exist either. Any group of explorers responsible for the discovery and recapture of the fortunes of the sunken capital will undoubtedly be hailed as the greatest explorers to ever grace the city of Armoroad, just like the heroes of the Etrian odyssey and the heroes of Lagaard.
Pierce, a blond-haired, red eyed gladiator, hasn't seen much in his life other than trees and poverty. He applied for a part-time job as a handyman and earned just enough to leave that damned Hooverville he called home. He is joined by Theodore, more commonly known as "Twitch", an Arbalist with a dark complexion and a smooth temper. The two are an unbreakable pair, but are known to get themselves into loads of trouble.
Pierce's smile grows wide. "We're finally here, Twitch! Our life is really taking a turn for the better!"
Twitch gives a small grin. "I guess you can say that, but the only thing we've done is increase our chances of dying.
Pierce chuckles. "Yeah, but we're still alive, right? We're not dying anytime soon."
The two smile at each other, then begin to laugh hysterically as they make their way farther into the city.
"Look, I understand your enthusiasm, but I really don't recommend you two going into the labyrinth alone. Do you have any idea how many groups of five get killed in their first foray?"
Twitch looks a bit amused, but Pierce is anything but. "Me and Twitch are the greatest of combinations," Pierce spits, "We can do it."
The Guildmaster scratches his chin. "Well, I wouldn't recommend going in there with less than five," He smiles and continues. "You two seem really outgoing. With your attitude, it shouldn't be too hard to convince others to join you. Come back here with three more members, and then I'll register you as a guild."
The Arbalist nods his head. "Thank you. We'll be back sometime later." Pierce mumbles to himself, but the two take their leave. Once outside, Twitch sighs.
"How is this going to work? We've just arrived and we've already been told to make friends; at least three." Pierce sports.
"Whatever. It shouldn't really be that hard, right? A lot of adventurers are said to come here. We should find a few who aren't already in a guild," Twitch brightens up. "I'm getting pretty excited." Twitch always loved making new friends.
Pierce's expression also lights up. "I guess you're right. Let's look for lonely people."
They decide to go to the nearby store, Napier's Firm, to look for anyone interested. Or rather, they would pull in some random loner and see if they were interested in them. Unfortunately, they would often get the same responses.
"I'm not an adventurer."
"I'm already with another guild, sorry."
"Oh, I'm just a fisherman."
"Nope. I'm with the Tyrant Guild!"
"Don't touch me."
Pierce became discouraged.
"This isn't working. We should have just demanded he let us go in." Pierce grunts.
"We aren't allowed to go in without a Guild Card. The Guildmaster doesn't seem like he'll give us one unless we arrive with five people."
"Hey, you two."
The two young explorers turn to the young woman behind the counter. She is very short, almost childlike in appearance, yet is wearing some very refined oriental clothing and her indigo hair is neatly knotted back with a prong hair fork.
"Uh, yes?" Pierce answers.
"Are you done? I thought you were going to buy something, but all you've done is harass my customers. Make an order or get the hell out." Her childish appearance disappears behind her rigid demeanor.
"Yes ma'am." They both say and they exit.
"Man, we're not getting anywhere…" He deflates. "And I'm getting hungry again."
"Already? We ate an hour ago," Twitch sighs, irritated. "Let's just have a small bite at a nearby restaurant," Twitch scans the area and locates a bar that a few people are drinking in. "That Bistro over there seems pretty nice. We might get lucky and find a new member too."
The Butterfly Bistro, as it was boldly named, is the premier meet up for prospective explorers of Yggdrasil. But they didn't know that. The building itself has glass partitions instead of walls, and the roofing is just the heavy leafy head of the tree inside of the bar. Just from the outside, it is easy to tell just how popular this place is. Pierce's expression doesn't change. "Whatever you say."
As they begin to make their way over to the Bistro, a young girl with a pink robe and a knife rushes up to them. "Wait! Excuse me," She jostles her way through a crowd and reaches them. "I entered Napier's just as you were exiting. I overheard you looking for members for your guild. I wouldn't mind forming a guild with you for the time being." Her green eyes are well accentuated by her short, shapely brown hair. Her most notable feature is the oversized, pristine kitsune mask tilted on the side of her head.
Pierce is amazed. Just a second ago he was frantically asking people to form a guild with him, and right now a young girl with a knife arrives on a silver platter asking for a spot on his team.
Twitch doesn't know what to say. Pierce begins to bounce. "Alrighty then! I'm not quite sure why, but I think we can trust you for now. Actually we don't have a choice." Pierce grins like crazy, and just like that, they have found a new member. No more than one exchange has been spoken.
Twitch gives him a skeptical stare and turns back to the young woman. "Uh, hi. Welcome to our, er, team. My name is Twitch, and this is… uh…" He motions to Pierce. "Pierce. If we're forming a guild with you, at least for now, we need to know your name."
She gives them a dark smile and answers. "My name is Rina Torume and I am a ninja. I look forward to working with you two, for now anyway."
Twitch scratches the back of his head. "Alright then," Twitch begins to feel uneasy in the silence and the suddenness of the situation, especially since the two are probably much younger than him. "Um, I guess that's one. Now we need two more," He pauses. "Let's just go to the Bistro."
"So, Rina, where are you from?" Pierce is getting excited. What kind of team will he have by the end of the day? He also realized that he was building what could possibly become a model of a family to him. He knew he had to learn about his new friends. Rina was the first.
"That's your first question?"
Pierce blinks. That sounded more like a snap than a genuine question. This girl is probably younger than him, he allowed her into his guild with no question and now she decides that being rude is a good idea?
"If we're going to form a guild, the most I can do is learn who you are." He says honestly.
"Well, is it important for you to know?"
Twitch reappears with drinks. They didn't want to use too much money, so the only one getting any alcohol was Twitch. Pierce was really the only one getting any food.
The arbalist examines the two of them and immediately detects some tension. "Hmm. Seems you two are getting along." Twitch muses. "What did Pierce say to you?"
"Nothing, really. Where are you from?"
Twitch quickly looks away. Pierce grunts. "We're from the Rad City for Attractive People."
Twitched stares at him in awe, then proceeds to chuckle. "Yeah, that."
Rina urges him. "I'm being serious."
Pierce gives her a stern expression. "Well, is it important for you to know?"
Watching the exchange, Twitch begins the need to leave somewhere. Anywhere. "Um excuse me…" He begins to stand up, but is stomped in the foot by Pierce.
"Hey, don't leave; we're making a new friend. Isn't that right, Rina?"
Twitch continues to ignore him, until he finds his other foot had been stomped as well.
"I'm not sitting here to learn about one guild mate. Don't leave." Rina says without any facial expression, not even trying to appear jovial.
Twitch sits back down in defeat. "Okay, you win. Let's just ask something less personal then. What are your abilities, Rina?"
Rina thinks for a moment. "I have the ability to direct shadows. Not just mine."
Pierce sits up straight. "Is that useful, in any way?"
"I can bind living things to their shadows, leaving them incapable of movement. I can also turn my shadow into an illusion of myself."
Impressed, Pierce goes on with his examination. "Any reason you decided to join us?"
"You were complaining of a deficiency of guild members. I thought that maybe I could help you and myself." Her face still isn't friendly. She doesn't seem interested in answering their questions very seriously.
"Fair enough," Pierce says, "Do you have any good ideas for recruitment? Maybe someone else who'll join us? A good dossier wouldn't be too bad."
Without hesitation Rina replies, "No."
Twitch chuckles. "Oh well, we'll just have to keep searching blindly." With this statement, he detects the barmaid approaching from the corner of his eye.
"Welcomings! My name is Missy! I have never seen you three in here before. You are a new guild making preperationings for a foraying in the labyrinth, no?" She says cheerfully. She is wearing a questionable gown and has long pink hair, her ever-present grin creeping up on the three.
"That's right, but we're short of two members. The Guildmaster won't let us go in without five. That dude worries too much." Pierce says.
"He has reason to. The casualty countings in the labyrinth are immeasurable. Lucky for you rookies, I have a young woman looking for a job. I will go and get." She hurries off.
"That seems good. We're getting another one. What do you two think?" Twitch asks.
"I hope she's well-behaved." From Rina.
"I hope she's attractive." From Pierce.
"Hmm." From Twitch.
They wait for a bit, the silence from the table unnoticed by the drunkards and the laughter from the other people in the bar; Puncheons, sometimes pipes, being emptied by the masses and bold moves and claims by the ones who have had a tad too much. They would occasionally share glances, and they would awkwardly look a different direction immediately after. Pierce, looking past Rina's head, spots the barmaid grab the arm of a random drinking maiden. She looks very grand, her blond hair styled up like a tower and her garments fit for a noble, possibly even a princess. Unfortunately, her facial expression is anything but. She is chugging down her alcohol, is evidently unaware of where she is, and has been talking to nobody. She takes no heed when Missy grabs her by the arm and drags her away.
"Seriously?" Pierce whispers to himself.
The barmaid approaches the trio with the young woman's forearm in her hand.
"I have returned, all! This cute little thing is the young woman I was talking to you about!"
The young woman doesn't look drunk at all, but rather bored, ale in hand and eyes drifting elsewhere. Twitch, for the umpteenth time that day, is clueless as to how to react.
"Well? Will you be doing the introducing?" The barmaid suggests.
Pierce coughed. There was nothing left in their glasses, meaning that they were supposed to have left already. Once again, a potential recruit comes unexpectedly. He sputters, "Hello, I'm Pierce, the interim Guild leader," he says with a mouthed 'who pronounced that' from Twitch, "your name is..?"
The young woman stared. Pierce didn't notice it before, but she has a steel arm and a platinum breastplate. She must have had a fortune! Why is she wasting her time drinking herself to hell and hoping to enter the labyrinth? "My name is Dorian DuPleiss. I am an important, er, princess." She slurs. She doesn't say anything else.
Rina blinked. "Okay, well, if you're a princess, where are you from?" Twitch urges.
Dorian suddenly straightens up, life returning. She scowls. "You're willing to ask such a personal question to a princess?"
Rina blinked once again. "I'm sorry, but isn't a princess supposed to represent her country?"
"Will it hurt to ask?" Pierce says.
Dorian suddenly flushes. "Um, well…. I'm from that important castle…" The trio stared, Dorian losing their respect almost entirely. "You know." She puts her hands on her hips and leans forward.
This isn't good. Pierce suddenly realizes what he's gotten himself into. He's recruited a feisty ninja and a fake princess into his new guild. Was this going to be his new family?
"I will leave you damn kids to your meeting of each other. You can always find me and other adventurers drinking here. Maybe you will be learning of new things from the other adventurers, some will even ask you for favors! Also, if I may suggest, you should go and visit Edie at Napier's Firm. She has all of the equipment you will ever be needing and will buy whatever materials you find. You should talk to her when you have the chance."
"Wait. Is she the little oriental lady inside of that gaudy store just down the street?" Twitch asks.
"Yes! That is her! Have you met already?"
"Yyeeaahhhh…." Pierce answers.
"Thank you," Twitch says, alone. "We'll visit often."
Missy bows and leaves the four at their table, and Rina scoots over to allow Dorian to sit. After the three introduce themselves to Dorian, the silence takes over, and once again, the noise of the wasted and the stench of the drinking lingers over. Twitch speaks up.
"Let's go bonding outside."
Pierce walks with his hands behind his head and his red eyes to the sky. They had walked quite a distance now and were approaching the harbor again. Inver Port looks pretty nice at dusk The moonlight reflected brilliantly against the seemingly calm waters and the harbor and city lights mingled together to create a fantastic only needed one more member, and Pierce was trying his best to remain positive that they would be able to find him or her.
"Nice night, isn't it?" Twitch says.
"Yeah, we didn't get many of these back home." Pierce answers.
"The 'Rad City for Attractive People' sounds like a place with glorious nights." Rina juts.
The four walk along the harbor for another ten minutes. They didn't have anywhere to go, so they were really just killing time. They barely spoke to one another. Something seems to be missing. Any attempt at a conversation usually died either due to Rina's quick dismissal or Dorian's awkwardly mindless responses. She is evidently a sad drunk. Pierce is almost afraid to learn how she is when she is sober. Neither of them really trusted them yet.
"Where are we going?" Dorian finally asks.
Twitch scratches his head, his fingers running through his messy afro. The four of them stop in front of an old wooden shack. Just across the street from it is a boardwalk that seemed like it was normally used to load and unload cargo. "Well, we were hoping to get lucky again and find another member, but it doesn't seem like we will. We could head to the inn."
"A final member for your guild, huh?"
The group turn their heads to find a middle aged man with an eye patch and long red hair sitting on the wooden dock against a crate.
"I didn't know even kids were going on suicide missions these days. I must just be getting old," The man stands up and walks over to the group, smirking. "My life has lost excitement lately, and I think I could use some extra kick to keep me encouraged. Do you kids mind hiring a thirty-eight year old man to your guild?"
Pierce and Twitch lighten up at the new arrival. "Hey, what's up. I don't see why not." Twitch answers.
The man opens his arms in pleasantry. "Well, there we have it; I am now a member of your guild. There are… five of us, correct? Looks like we have a full team." Something about this man seems faked. Twitch could almost feel the forced nature of his mannerism. The others don't seem to notice. "So do you all know each other? Am I joining a cool kids club?"
"We all met this afternoon." Pierce answers.
The man nods his head. "That's cool too. Does your guild have a name?"
Pierce and Twitch take a glance at each other. "We never thought of one." Pierce explains.
The man's smile does not disappear. "Not a problem," He turns his head to the others. "I see you have two lovely lasse- wait," He spots Dorian standing behind Rina, shaking. "Ven? Is that you?" She nods. "Since when were you in on the Yggdrasil craze?"
The poor girl seems embarrassed to have been pointed out. "Since, um. Since this afternoon, sir."
"Haha, seems like we'll be colleagues then. At least for now, anyway."
Rina raises an eyebrow. "The two of you already know each other?"
"As a matter of fact, yes. Ven would walk past my house," He gestures to the wooden shack behind them, "and buy Garbanzo Beans from me at least three times a week, sometimes three times a day. It's kind of funny actually, she isn't one for manners, and I think I pissed her off on our first meeting, but she just kept coming." The man explains.
"You've been calling her Ven, is there any reason for that?" Pierce asks.
"Why? Is there a problem?"
"Her name is Dorian, you sure you two know each other?"
"Dorian? I've never heard that name. I'm positive this is Ven. She's wearing the same clothes, she's got the same face, hair. No doubt, this is Ven."
"Has she ever introduced herself to you?"
The man brings a finger to his chin. "No actually, I just figured her name was Ven. After all, that's what her 'friends' called her." He smirks. "Isn't that right? Dorian?" He leans over towards Dorian.
She straightens her dress up a bit, but does not stop shaking. "Uh, yeah."
Twitch steps in front of Dorian. "I think that's eno-"
The man cuts him off, leaning over to see around Twitch in order to make eye contact with her. "Hey, what happened to your old friends? I haven't seen you hanging out with them ever since you got that steel arm. Actually, I haven't seen you at all since then either."
"I, um… I uh," Dorian didn't know what to say.
The man chuckles to himself. "I'll just ask you later. Since we're all together now, mind telling me your names, then?"
Twitch feels uneasy about this man. His friendliness is genuine, but something tells him that there's something missing. "My name is Theodore, you can just call me Twitch if you want. That there is Pierce, the one next to him is Rina. We're all just getting to know each other here, so let's not die."
"Twitch? You earn that nickname?"
Twitch flusters. "Eh."
The man nods his head. He hasn't let go of his smile. "My name is Kentigern Harvey. You can just call me Harvey. Let's hope to have a long run in the labyrinth." He shows his hand, and Twitch takes it to shake.
Harvey nods his head in agreement. He quietly walks past the group to the door of his house.
"Just give me a moment," He enters, and then re exits almost as quickly, but this time holding a sword and scabbard and wearing a bicorne on his head. "You've visited Edie already?"
"Yes sir." The four of them answer.
Harvey grins and walks on, the younger group following behind him. "Right now I think I'm making a mistake. If a few days go by and I still know your names, then you must be doing something right."
So, we have recruited all 5 members of the guild. Although it may not look like it, Harvey will be the prominent character. We got a lot of new characters coming in next time, so don't expect me to update again real quickly. Anyone excited for the localization of Etrian Odyssey IV on February? I'm also posting small bios of every one of my important characters each chapter. Next up is Twitch.
Revised on October 20, 2016. Damn, it's been nearly four years.