____________________ ((OOC: http://www.iwakuroleplay.com/showthread.php?t=19241 )) ____________________ "I'm off," came a meek sounding voice, the owner of which soon coming into view as the wooden door slide open, sending in the rays from the bright morning sun. The shoulder length white haired girl inside flinched and raised her pale hand to block out some of the light as best as she could. Cicada chirping was heard from within the multitude of pink leaf trees surrounding her home. Was the outside always this annoying? Well whatever, she wouldn't let that stop her duty. She stepped nonchalantly out onto the sidewalk and turned to face the rest of the family standing in the doorway. Her father, a tall muscular bald man with a small grey beard, who she could tell was doing his best not to cry, was standing "stone faced" and with a broadsword clamped in both hands pointed upwards. Words from his language were engraved onto the metal saying something to the effect of "Do your best". She tried her best not to roll her eyes. Her mother, having black hair with a hint of grey creeping in, who appeared to be like a dwarf compared to the man standing beside her, was bowing with a warm smile on her face. She held onto the hand of the girl's youngest sister, a seven year old with long white hair reaching all the way down to the floor. She was waving enthusiastically while giggling. "Bye bye! Don't mess up too badly!" She called out in an innocent tone. <o:p> </o:p> "Ai," she replied in an unemotional manner in the native language of people from Altresia, where her mother came from, called Altruusian. Ai meant yes in a nonformal way. She already knew about how she was expected to mess up by a lot of people due to only getting a spot in her new school because of a vacancy left by her other younger sister, the middle child, who had dropped her application for this year due to a bad case of pneumonia. If her younger sister was supposed to get in instead then what did that say about her? Well, it didn't help her to worry about that now so she brushed the statement aside. After all, she had scored a 225 when all she needed was 200 points to pass into this prestigious school, so what did she care? So what if her younger sister happened to be a prodigy who made most other people's scores look like child's play? <o:p> </o:p> "Don't let anyone bully you anymore, you hear me En'Shurra?!" Her mother said with an expression that had now changed to that of worry. She gripped her longest daughter's hand a little tighter now, as if to say "Oh no you didn't". That little brat was sometimes cute, but other times she could be a demon in human skin and hit where it hurt, sometimes in more ways then one. <o:p> </o:p> "Ai," she replied again, then turned to leave. "I'm fine." <o:p> </o:p> "Be brave and true, my child!" Her father shouted to her as she was walking away, stepping outside and raising his sword even higher into the sky. She gave an inaudible sigh as she slung her blue schoolbag over her shoulder and continued on her way. She was dressed in a white and blue colored school uniform consisting of a short sleeved gold buttoned up fancy t-shirt, long sleeved jacket, skirt reaching down to mid thigh, knee high socks, and slipper style shoes with a blue tip at the toes signifying that she was a first year student. Sticking her hands into her jacket pockets, she traveled alone and looking straight ahead as she passed through the beautiful looking scenery on her way to her school called Unity Hall, which was having it's reopening after a tragic event struck three years ago involving the death of seven classmates and the wounding of twenty four others. For a prestigious school with an occupancy of around 200, this was clearly a massive blow to Unity Hall. As En'Shurra approached the school, she could see the portion of the building that had been rebuilt during this time. It was made of golden colored brick while most of the school was silver colored and showing it's age, having been built far before it was turned into the school it is now. It looked like a mix of gothic, medieval, and eastern style as well, showing that people from multiple cultures had gotten together to build it, which was indeed the theme of Unity Hall. <o:p> </o:p> It's name was chosen to show the sense of unity that the five nations of Erose, who had previously been at war, were expected to show to each other now that they had experienced the recent unification where they had all become prefectures within a single nation. Those with the highest combined score for the magical girl aptitude test, which applicants submitted from all five prefectures, were sent into this school to work together. This lovey-dovey unity was needed for many reasons, which was why all of the prefectures had no choice but to agree to this. Although New Erosia has the makings of powerful nation, right now they are in shambles despite what propaganda says otherwise. There are many aggressive neighboring nations that would need the full cooperation of New Erosian prefectures or else they wouldn't even stand a chance in their current war torn state. These magical girls with great potential can help turn the tide of battle to the favor of New Erosia, and with that in mind the school was formed very soon after the unification took place. It was a four year program, and at the end of it the students were expected to graduate as battle ready magical girls who would help fight for their nation against any outside threats. In this case it was the Murdarian Empire, the one's said to be behind the attack on Unity Hall that had killed so many. With the current situation as is, many were wondering if they students would be getting "on the job training" by taking part in certain battles in order to relieve the stress on the Grand Magical Girl Army of New Erosia currently fighting in a greatly outnumbered situation that some would even say was hopeless. En'Shurra wanted to be useful either way, so wouldn't mind taking part of the action ahead of schedule. As she got closer to the school she could begin to make out the faces of her fellow students. The girls moving around within the school grounds were quite diverse, but still most of them belonging to Altresia. Altresia and Versai were the original nations of Erose and also, debatably, the ones who still hold the most power. It's hard to tell the two apart just from looks due to them having common ancestors, but the Versai often times have far more toned down hair colors yet more exaggerated Asian looking features (not that Asia exists in this world). The Altresian students were the shortest among the groups. The girls from the other prefectures stood out far more. The one's from Syndey had naturally darker skin tones, the one's from Ciol were Caucasian, and the tallest and must muscular of the bunch definitely belonged to the one's from Ranmael, who towered over the Altresian girls by at least one full head in height, sometimes more. These last three groups haven't beenin Erose as long so they had far less large of a population size and less political power then the first two even though all the prefectures were considered to be equal on paper. En'Shurra didn't care about race, herself being from a mix of Altresian and Ranmaeli, but unfortunately it was still a hot button issue due to the Unification War still fresh on everyone's mind, in which they had fought viciously against each other. She could see that a lot of the different groups were sticking to themselves and eyeing each other distrustfully, ironic due to the school being called Unity Hall, but otherwise they didn't appear to be causing any trouble at the moment. While she didn't like such separation based on nationality, she just shrugged and continued on her way to class, ignoring all the different groups equally.