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Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Underestimation is Unwise


Even as Kusardo rushes forward to begin his attack, Kimono rushes past with the Surprise Attack. One goblin is hurled into another, the third remaining unscathed. (20 damage to the one that was hit, 1s for the impacts) However, even as Kimono whacks the third with a horizontal strike (21 damage), the second one gets to its feet and sends a magical circle aimed at Kimono. Reaching her, a number of small fireballs rain down upon her, charring the character. (23 damage per fireball which is four, so 92 damage total)

Kiku quickly responds with a quick Repth spell, restoring Kimono's hp to full. Kusardo by this time has reached the two farther out goblins and begins hitting them with his large blade (25 damage for the first blow, then full charged hit with a semi-explosion impact for 48 damage). The second goblin runs away from the two attackers, while the first and third try to hit them physically with their staffs, but might as well not have (5 damage to each Kusardo and Kimono).

Posted on 2008-07-24 at 05:13:30.

Topic: Star Wars: The Outer Rim
Subject: Configuration Scripts


For once, Kate is standing still, and isn't talking. No, she's not dead, or shut herself off; she's just busy.

Quickly running through the algorithms within her mainframe, Kate is rapidly configuring her new hardware, the vocabulator in particular. Simulations indicate that the current, default tone of the device is monotone. That is unacceptable. In order to better facilitate her meaning to organics, Kate knows it is essential to display different tones for different meanings. Also, organics would likely associate such a voice to be connected to a being without a personality. Some silly droids may think personalities are redundant, but Kate knows better. Personality is part of what defines life, even in non-organics. Besides, she considers herself to have a personality, and it just would not do for her voice to be inadequate.

Increasing the frequency of the speaker would likely provide a more feminine tone, however, simulations indicate that there are a variety of tones that Kate could achieve. Which one is the most... 'Kate'? An illogical and unorthodox problem. She would decide that later, after a thorough analysis of the best way for organics to perceive her by voice. For the moment, Kate settles on a mid-pitch voice, and continues to fine-tune it via simulations because, undoubtedly, the other's wouldn't appreciate the noise of actual trials at the moment.

Posted on 2008-07-24 at 03:27:20.

Topic: Borden Murder Case Investigation
Subject: Luncheon should be soon... isn't dinner far later?


“Brigit, where’s Lizzie?” she asked.

Bridget stops setting up her tray and turns, "Oh, Emma, you're here already? Oh, Lizzie is in the dining room, being interviewed by Mr. Hilliard."

Bridget then begins carefully slicing the pears (assuming Addie got them...) and arranging those on her tray as well, in an elegant, restaurant style. Pouring the hot water into a proper formal tea kettle and putting a couple of peppermint tea bags in it, Bridget also puts this on the tray.

"I think that mutton stew might be a bit old now..." Bridget murmurs thoughtfully, "At least, it isn't proper to serve something old when there are formal guests here."

Bridget carefully places a few dishes and cutlery on the tray, and, balancing it on her arm, begins to make her way to the people who actually have an invitation to be here. She offers tea and pear slices and biscuits to Addie, Dr. Bowen, Alice and the others, carefully making her way around the house and trying not to interrupt people's work. She saves the dining room and the other room being used for interviews for last, trying not to intrude. She knocks before entering in either case and returns to the kitchen if she runs out of something before returning to the others.

Posted on 2008-07-24 at 03:14:34.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Within Room No.1


Kiku nods, and hastens to keep up with the two eager warriors, her staff held out at the ready. In the first room, the group encounters their first batch of enemies... a trio of bizarre goblins. These goblins seem smaller and weaker than the ones Kimono has already killed, however, they are dressed in red and orange robe-like garments, wear a skull-like helm and carry staffs. They haven't yet noticed the group, but are likely to any moment now...

((Yes, I know these particular monsters aren't from GU, but this isn't GU, even if I took the area off of it ^_^))

Posted on 2008-07-24 at 02:44:36.

Topic: The Day They Woke Up on the Wrong Side of Reality
Subject: Potions... chemical formula unknown... user effects will vary


Galen tentatively leaves his stash of raw material in the room in which he found it, and wanders over to the room in which Owen is in, saying almost as an afterthought, "Don't break the others." to anyone else who might be in the room at the time.

Seeing the vials of liquid, as well as the empty one in Owen's and Ian's hands, and their apparent recovery, Galen surmises the events that took place. Potions I'd presume. He thinks, Thankfully ones with curative properties. Now, if only my book covered healing spells within its pages as well... Galen thinks bitterly, It doesn't make much sense to me.

Banishing what would have otherwise been a very long train of thought, Galen wanders over, and counts the remaining vials.

"Alright," Galen says softly, "Once we get Ben and Jeremy to use one apiece, we had better keep the others, and seeing as there'd be four remaining, those who are more likely to be injured being in the front of combat should hold onto them. I believe that would be Ben, Jeremy, and Ian. I'll also take one, because I will also take up the place at the front as well at times, provided I have a Shield to use. Whatever you do, try not to break them."

Posted on 2008-07-24 at 02:30:52.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: Summer when the day is over...


Linnix nods, "And maybe even a dance or two!" She says enthusiastically.

Turning to the others, Linnix adds, "Well, I know this might seem out of place, but we should try to enjoy ourselves tonight." She says, smiling, "After all, that is what Sheva and Elesia would have wanted, surely?"

Besides, Linnix finishes silently, to herself, We should enjoy what time we have tonight, especially if it is all we have.

Posted on 2008-07-24 at 02:09:52.

Topic: Welcome or Not!
Subject: A Simpler Way...


"If they want to see Brastion hanged..." Sen murmurs thoughtfully, "Why don't I give them what they wish to see?"

Sen reaches into the bag of gemstones within her pouch, and pulls out three, a violet one, a clear one, and a black one. She examines them slowly; she has to be sure they're the right ones.

"Oh, I forgot already." Sen realizes, "I've grown so accustomed to being invisible, I have to think about being visible in order to change."

Sen hovers in front of Erihsehc, and slowly lets herself become visible. Physically, she looks no taller than a human child, but her proportions are more for that of an adult. She wears a violet silken dress with an open back for an easily apparent reason. Upon her back is a set of iridescent coloured dragonfly wings. She has silver hair, and also wears a few pieces of jewellery, namely two rings, and a necklace, all exquisite pieces of art with clearly coloured and well cut, pretty gemstones. Upon her hip is a simple pouch, carried by a belt.

Sen smiles, "So now you finally see me, and what I am."

Posted on 2008-07-24 at 01:33:25.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: I Bring Word of an Anomaly


Aqinarr City
Soldier's Barracks
20 minutes after Twilight


"Sir!" The secretary calls towards the General, "It's here."

Upon the secretary's desk, and largely unnoticed before, is a similar ring identical to the one in Barrahen's office, made of plain iron with a 3 inch diameter. It too glows, and from it, a scroll comes forth, and is caught by the secretary.

She clears her throat and reads.

As reported by the Scout,

This crack we see in the darkening sky is no simple thing. It is a crack through the world itself. That may be hard to comprehend, however, it is the truth. An unknown force has punctured its way into this world from another, with the pinnacle of its intrusion within Mt. Venerro. However, its intrusion alone is not what has caused that crack. My intuition tells me that this force desires to destroy this world, and that is why it has made the crack far more substantial than a mere transcending of the barriers between the worlds. It will continue to try to locate further weak points along the seams of this world's reality, and try to break through them. To aid it, there are strange creatures that are coming now from the top of Venerro's peak. It can likely be seen as a shimmering from the tip of the peak downwards, to about perhaps halfway, from the corners of Tiancann.

The situation, as considered by the Wanqir Council,

In light of this recent catastrophe, it is critical that guards be prepared to defend the five cities. However, provided the Scout's analysis as well as the initial insights of the Diviners is correct, this enemy will prove to be relentless, and a counter-measures will need to be taken. As such, an advance force is to be formed ASAP to reach the source of this disturbance before it becomes too difficult to do so. This is, undoubtedly, a difficult mission, and as such it will be aborted should circumstances require it. As such, the Scout will be with the advance party to provide a means of retreat. That is all for now.


The secretary looks to the General, who nods, turning to Willow and Yin.

"You two may take a small group of soldiers with you, however, please understand that most will be needed here. I can arrange for up to two other soldiers to go with each of you. See to it, Lieutenants!"

Yin's face turns to shock for just a moment, before proudly saluting, "Yes, sir!"

Yin then wanders over and begins conversing with the secretary.

((Yes, that is a promotion... but one that was probably quite belated Also... side note: the General didn't say anything regarding civilians, so, if Willow wants to bring Nintarra along, she has to decide whether or not to ask about it, although you can kind of guess what the response will be))

Posted on 2008-07-23 at 04:37:49.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Explanation of the Ring... and News


Hylon City
Barrahen's Office
10 minutes after Twilight


“I don’t mean to pry” Deunan interjected. “But are you waiting for it to fly off the desk or something?”

"Not quite." Barrahen replies, "This ring is one of the many rings that people such as I, who can inform many people, or such as authorities, who can act on the information given, possess. They are like miniature gates, and are far swifter than messengers, although they are saved for dire times, such as now. This ring's counterpart, like all the others around Tiancann, is in Wanqir, which is undoubtedly rushing to determine the events of this evening. Receiving word will be simple enough; they will simply send a scroll through their ring, and it will appear through this one."

20 minutes after Twilight

The ring suddenly glows as an inscription appears upon it.

"Ah, here we are." Barrahen murmurs.

A scroll sealed with the wax seal of Wanqir's Council comes out of the ring, and is swiftly caught by Barrahen.

Barrahen opens the scroll and reads it aloud...

((I'll cover this a bit later in Sibby's relevant post, as they'll be the same, coming from the same source))

Posted on 2008-07-23 at 03:58:46.

Topic: Silent Hill: Eternal Decay
Subject: Quarantine


Cindi's eyes narrow just slightly, and her right hand slips into her kangaroo pocket, "Was it really so dangerous that words fail to explain it? Or is it that you cannot trust anyone but yourself to know?"

Cindi closes her eyes, "Quarantine,"

The next moment is a blur. Cindi's eyes flash open, and the keys slide out of her left hand as she drops them, at the same time, she raises her right, now holding the gun. She levels it at Hank's head, her left hand now aiding to hold it steady as she fires, even at this near-point-blank range.

Cindi finishes her sentence matter-of-factly, "The prevention of the spread of malignant infectious material, namely by elimination to better still the source."

Posted on 2008-07-22 at 19:14:04.

Topic: Silent Hill Q&A
Subject: Hmm


You might have to wait on that update until I put in another post for Cindi... I'm not quite sure yet how this is going to work...

Posted on 2008-07-22 at 18:58:14.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Delta Unknown Alien Fungus


The party was formed, introductions made, and now it was time to clear out an area. Deciding on an area level in between Kusardo and Kiku's level resulted in warping to this place. The trio stand at a platform that looks into a stone cave. There is no going back, to where a field would be; a waterfall bars the path that way. The only way to go is forward, into the cave.

"This area's mission is just to collect the treasure chest at the lowest level." Kiku supplies, "So, we really don't have to do anything extra... we just have to be careful of possible traps though."

(Interesting note: I am using the exact same area that I looked up in .Hack//GU for this )

Posted on 2008-07-22 at 18:35:23.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Level 1, 2 and 5...


Twin Lightning nods to the general group, "You really don't benefit going solo, especially at the lower levels."

"By the way, Kiku, you said you were interested in joining the guild I just made right? Well, here you go." Twin Lightning says, handing Kiku a key with the shape of a crest as its head. This crest appears to be a black-winged bluish heart, with the shaft of the key going down from it. "This key will let you into our @home, which is located in the Xi server. I'll show you later where it is."

"Oh, thank you!" Kiku responds.

"Well, I suppose I'm going to go check on a couple of things," Twin Lightning says, winking, before wandering off.

"Alright, see you later!" Kiku says smiling. She then turns back to the other two, "Wow, I think this is the most eventful day I've had since I made this character... well, except for meeting Saku for the first time; that was fun..."

Posted on 2008-07-22 at 18:07:36.
Edited on 2008-07-22 at 18:08:27 by Reralae

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: Oooh, pick me! ^_^


I'll see if I can make up a character tonight... or maybe have a look over that concept I already sent to you before...

Hehehe, well, later!
Reralae

Posted on 2008-07-22 at 15:04:05.

Topic: The Day They Woke Up on the Wrong Side of Reality
Subject: Now where's that oxyacetyline torch, anvil, and hammer?


Galen examines the worn and only theoretically unusable blades. Rust... an electrochemical reaction by which metal is converted into its oxide form, generally making the material weaker. To undo it would require the reverse reaction to be done, which wouldn't be able to fully restore the blades as some of the iron oxide likely doesn't remain on the blades, and requires an electric source that is beyond my current capabilities with the force of Lightning. Galen considers, Even so, the force of Fire would likely be enough to merge two of the blades into one usable one, however, an apparatus much like the ones I used in Metal Tech. class would be required, or at least a very strong heat source, which is unavailable.

The only other option is to attempt to salvage the blades by carefully removing the rust from them. Even if that is not possible, perhaps the sheathes would be suitable to wield in a manner, at least against something like a skeleton. Galen thinks.

Galen carefully picks up a blade, and examines it further, visualizing how the friction would keep the blade inside. Even if the blade by the guard was rusted, there is a possibility that the blade itself is alright, even if it is devoid of a hilt. Galen carefully and gently edges the blade from side to side, trying to dislodge some of the rust that is holding it in place.

Ideally, even if the blades were unusable at this point, there is a possibility that holding onto them would provide a means to allow them to be reforged at a later time, even if they had to be merged in order to provide enough base material to produce a capable blade. Besides, providing base material would also reduce the amount of money needed to get the weapon made as well, provided money could be attained at some point.

Posted on 2008-07-21 at 22:14:56.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE Q&A
Subject: One word


Coverup

To prevent user panic, and possible loss of consumers, CC corp has basically covered up every anomaly within the world pertaining to the storyline since R:1. Information on CC corp itself is basic, with a list of employees, general corporate blah blah blahs. Information on Pluto's Kiss would be accessible, but it'd be also rather basic, since it'd have occurred quite a while ago, and it's an event people don't want to remember readily.

Of course, even though information isn't readily available in some aspects, that's where those players, the informants, come in... and from the Board, you can kind of tell who have information, and who just are looking for information

Oh, and as for the actual Epitaph of Twilight... not much information at all, due to the loss of the original, except for the basics.

Posted on 2008-07-21 at 19:53:32.
Edited on 2008-07-21 at 19:54:49 by Reralae

Topic: .Hack//LIFE Q&A
Subject: In truth


I actually did not know about the storyline involving R:X (considering I don't really follow the mediums outside of the games and anime)... so, the easiest way to go around it is that I'm effectively overwriting the storyline from R:2 onwards ^_^

It is kind of my alternate realm, considering the addition of Maera... but you'll find out more about that later

As for how long after R:2... maybe say 4 years.

As for the real world, not much. Day-to-day life is normal, however 'normal' it may be. After CC corp's coverup of the R:2 events, there's only been the occasional rumour flying around about the game. However, there have not been any rumours about AIDA. The rumours tend to relate to seeing a bizarre monster in the occasional area, or a monster that will not die. Perhaps the most peculiar thing about these areas when they're mentioned is that they appear to be a regular field/dungeon until you reach the end.

Of course, the most rumours flying around at the moment are regarding Maera. Her wings are the biggest subject, as well as the question of who she is in reality. CC corp's statement about that was the same as theirs for Haseo: that it'd be against company policy regarding user confidentiality.

Apart from rumours, there isn't much else going around right now, in the game (recently) or reality.

Posted on 2008-07-21 at 19:46:08.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Sage Palace Title Match


It doesn't take long before Twin Lightning and Kimono log back in. Time is of the essence, so everyone begins warping to the Psi server, the Warring City of Lumina Cloth for the finale. Lumina Cloth is packed with players, and it is astounding that with even this many players somehow there is no lag whatsoever with The World's massive bandwidth. The night sky is brilliant, with the moon and stars, and even the 'artificial' spotlights giving the town an exotic look.

Warping through the warp given to the left of the desk of the arena attendant non-player character, everyone eventually finds a seat or a place to stand, with Kiku, Kimono, Twin Lightning, and Kusardo having the same vantage point.

In the Arena Lobby...

"So, do you think we can do it?" The female harvest cleric, dressed in a regal velvet and gold gown asks, watching the others nervously. Upon her dress is a similar diamond crest as was seen on Saturday's character design.

"Of course. We've seen how Maera fights, and as long as we alternate using Skills, we'll at least hit her hard a couple of times." The leader, a twin blade dressed almost like a shinobi replies, examining the screen displaying the simplified statistics of Maera, as though it would give more information regarding how to defeat her. He also has a similar diamond crest, these are upon his shoulder pads.

"I've argued with this time and time again, but doing that, she'll undoubtedly Hangeki us enough times to use an Awakening." The somewhat scantily clad edge punisher replies, fidgeting with the hilt of her immense blade. Her diamond crest is worn in her hair, almost like a kerchief.

"Do you have an alternative course of action then, Flower?" The twin blade asks.

"There's really only one way to do it. We have to attack her consistently without the use of skills, and try to get in Rengekis as well as hope our weapon's abilities will kick in. As soon as we use a skill, she'll react to Hangeki us; I doubt she'd even risk trying a Rengeki unless she knows all of our skill trigger gauges aren't full." Flower responds, "And we have to beat her to the Awakening first. As soon as she uses her Awakening, it's over; remember, she's killed even Lord Partizans with that move, and they have crazy hit points."

"Flower does have a point, Vakan." The harvest cleric adds.

"Very well then, Flower, Yari," Vakan says, "Let's do our best, and remember, keep talking in party chat, especially if you see an opening. Maera will fall yet."

The trio then turn to the warp point, and all three vanish in rings of blue light.

In the Arena...

"It's time for the festivities to begin!!!" The announcer shouts, seemingly as charismatic and crazy as he always is.

First, Vakan, Flower and Yari appear upon their entrance platform, waving to the crowd as it cheers them on. The moon is high in the starlit sky, enlightening the whole arena and the stands off to the side of it.

On the left side of the screen, their line-up appears:

Team Cherry Blossom

Vakan
Twin Blade
Level 150

Flower
Edge Punisher
Level 150

Yari
Harvest Cleric
Level 150

"Fight your way to the top! These challengers have fought fierce battles, analyzing and swiftly defeating their opponents! Will this team, consisting of the leaders of Moon Tree's divisions 2, 3 and 4, be the one to finally take Maera down?!"

"No way!" You can hear Stormy yell even over the crowd.

Maera then takes her entrance, appearing on her platform, alone. Her outfit is rather plain, consisting of a silken and violet long-sleeved garment, with almost a flowery appearance, and a similarly coloured knee-length skirt. Underneath the skirt is a light gray pant, ending just above her ankles. She isn't wearing any shoes or socks. She has light purple hair, a somewhat tan skin tone, and her eyes are a gentle blue. However, undoubtedly, her most noticeable feature are her wings, which extend forth from her back as shafts of multicoloured light. She hovers just above the ground, her wings beating gently.

As she appears, on the right side of the screen her own team information appears:

Team Epitaph

Maera
Adept Rogue
Level 150

"Oh, so she is an Adept Rogue after all." Kiku says, perhaps a bit sadly as she was slightly trying to base her character on her.

"Just where did this warrior come from? Known to all for her elegant performances and plain immense winning streak, the Lady Maera has taken down every opponent in her path!" The announcer shouts.

"Our commentator for today is none other than Moon Tree's Guildmaster Zelkova!"

Zelkova appears much as he did in .Hack//GU, as a young individual with short, light blue hair, golden horns, and an elegant white outfit with a Japanese style and an oversized purple fan.

"Hello everyone! I hope you're all as excited as I am in seeing this match! : )" Zelkova calls.

The arena fighters warp to the actual arena itself, a large disc floating in the air, surrounded by a clear force field. Large screens hovering in the air in front of the crowd provides close-ups of the arena, and likewise, large screens by the arena provide the combatants a view of the crowd, although these fighters clearly aren't paying attention to that. Vakan immediately pulls out his dual swords, a pair of elegant blades. Flower reaches over her shoulder and pulls out an immense yet simple blade, easily bigger than her. Yari pulls out a somewhat standard wand, and looks around nervously. Vakan is eyeing Maera, already searching for ways to strike.

"Zelkova, what do you think of today's contestants?" The commentator asks.

"Well, Team Cherry Blossom is outstanding as a team. They all work well together, and generally help to aid each other in combat. Their strategy will always differ depending on who they are fighting, and changes in strategy is quite quick if needed; they must be talking really fast and quite often on party chat! I think they're more than a fair opponent for Maera." Zelkova begins.

Maera reaches over her shoulder elegantly, and smoothly pulls out a wand similar in style to Yari's. Her movements are fluid and graceful... almost unnaturally so, compared to even Yari's on the battlefield.

"However, Maera, as we all know, is extremely strong as a player. Sticking to her harvest cleric component of the adept rogue class is almost just daring her opponents to underestimate her; her grace and style easily allows her to evade most if not all attacks, and when she counterattacks... well, I think she makes an excellent Emperor." Zelkova finishes.

"Is there anything in particular you would like to see in this match?" The commentator asks.

"Well, I think one thing we all would like to see is what exactly Maera's other component of her class is; everyone who's seen her has seen her using the harvest cleric class, and that potential for something else may be what will defeat Team Cherry Blossom, who have prepared to fight her as a harvest cleric." Zelkova replies.

"Quite possibly, but now, onto the Title Match!"

[Outbreak of Battle]

"Let's take you down!" Vakan roars as he rushes forward to close the distance.

He reaches Maera, and slashes across horizontally with his blades, only to find that she ducked underneath and slid back along the ground.

"She's fast." Vakan mutters over party chat, "Flower, try to cut her off."

"Right." Flower responds, holding out her blade and charging an attack, then walking around the arena.

Vakan continues to chase after Maera, but no matter how he slices, she continues to evade and back away, even when he slices horizontally, one blade low, then follows with a high blade; Maera's response was to twirl in the air, her wings folded around her body, horizontally between the blades.

Vakan grits his teeth, "Now, Flower!"

"Right!" Flower responds, bringing down her sword at Maera as Vakan attacks with two vertical strikes.

"You're slow." Maera murmurs, twisting to the side and leaping clear of the shockwaves from Flower's sword, landing into a roll, and then leaping forward again to land on her feet.

"I hate to say this," Flower mutters, gritting her teeth, "But it looks like you were right about how we have to use skills."

"She's far too fast for normal attacks to work anyway." Vakan says, "Yari, use a support skill!"

"Right!" Yari says, bringing up her staff, "LaRig Saem!"

To Vakan's surprise, Maera doesn't react to Hangeki Yari.

"Alright, Yari, continue with supports until I strike, Flower, use an art!" Vakan says, moving away from his other companions.

Yari raises her wand again, "La Corv!" magically enhancing everyone's attacks.

Flower rushes forward, glowing yellow with her skill, before bringing her sword out to impale Maera. Maera, however, dives to the side, then twists away even as Flower's character is forced to continue her skill, "Armour Break!"

"No reaction, you can't be serious." Vakan mutters, "How the hell are we supposed to get her?"

"Vakan, use an art; I have rapid charge remember?" Flower calls.

"Right." Vakan begins to hover into the air, but before he can get far, Maera's spell ring shoots out and captures him, even as Flower rushes at Maera to hit her with her own skill. Flower and Vakan suddenly freeze as a word appears on the screen.

HANGEKI

"RaLei Zas!" Maera shouts, angling her staff at Vakan.

Volleys upon volleys of light beams appear around Maera and impale Vakan several times. His health gauge flashes red; it was a powerful blow.

"Damn! Her MATK is strong!" Vakan shouts.

"Flower and I can't use skills to Hangeki her," Yari calls, "The magic ring goes faster than we had anticipated."

"Not good, Yari, we need you to attack as well if we're to catch her." Vakan yells.

"Pha Repth!" Yari calls, restoring Vakan's health, before running after Maera herself.

"Wait, on second thought, Yari, continue going through your list of supports; our morale gauge will rise faster that way." Vakan calls, "Flower, you and I go after Maera so she can't Hangeki Yari."

"Right." Flower replies, rushing after the evasive rogue.

With Maera continuing to be put on the defensive, Team Cherry Blossom charges a full Awakening.

"She's not far behind us; her morale increases every time she dodges us." Vakan says, "It's now, or never."

BEAST AWAKENING

The words fly across the screen and the arena glows red, and even Yari runs forward to attack Maera. They whittle at her HP, but before they can finish her, the Awakening ends.

"Not good!" Vakan shouts, "She's about to do it!"

"Got her!" Yari says, surprised as she manages to hit Maera in the back with her staff, causing purple rings to surround her for a Rengeki.

"Now Vakan!" Flower screeches.

RENGEKI

Vakan hovers into the air, "Ghost Falcon!"

He slashes and dices, bringing Maera into the air, slashing several times before slamming her into the ground. To the party's dismay however, Maera's hp doesn't change; only 0's appeared to display damage given to her.

"Twin Scales attachment!" Vakan says in exasperation, "We can't win!"

Maera closes her eyes and stands still, her wings flaring, "It's over."

ELDEST AWAKENING

The arena grows still, with Maera standing in the center of it, with Team Cherry Blossom arranged around her evenly.

Maera's wings flare, turning a bright yellow which extends into lightning that envelops her. She raises her staff, then brings it down in front of her, pointing towards Vakan, and an electric orb forms there. Likewise, she points towards Flower and Yari, and similar orbs form. Finally, she raises her wand up, and the electricity and orbs fuse at that point, and shoot high into the sky.

"Lanceor Pha!" Maera calls.

The sky immediately darkens, and the air even feels foreboding, even though people's FMD's. Lightning then suddenly strikes the arena, covering it with an immense array of bolts. After each strike, lightning strikes again and again, until it just stops without warning. Then, high in the air, the clouds part, revealing the Spirit of Lightning, Lanceor. The immense, and only vaguely humanoid shape brings its fists together. Lightning crackles around its form as it draws all lightning to it. Then, with a massive explosion, it rocks the arena with an immense wave of lightning.

When the smoke clears, Maera is standing in the center of the arena, glancing over her felled opponents. Lanceor and the storm clouds have vanished.

"Please understand, I could not let you kill me." Maera murmurs.

"It's over!" The announcer exclaims, "A truly formiddable match, for only the best compete in the arena! So, Master Zelkova, what did you think of the match?"

"A splendid display by both Team Cherry Blossom and Maera!" Zelkova says enthusiastically, "Team Cherry Blossom's coordination and teamwork were outstanding, and Maera's elegant grace just proved to be too much for them to handle."

"It's too bad we never got to see Maera's other extension, but perhaps next time!" Zelkova finishes.

The stands quickly empty, and soon the only ones that remain are Kimono, Kiku, Twin Lightning, and Kusardo. On the arena, Vakan, Flower and Yari vanish as their players exit 'The World'. Maera, however, remains. She glances around the now mostly empty arena stands. Her wings beat a bit faster, and she hovers higher into the air. Then, with her wings folding around her, she vanishes in a burst of multicoloured light.

Posted on 2008-07-21 at 01:23:39.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE Characters
Subject: Kusardo


Class: Edge Punisher
Level: 5
Weapons:
Broadsword: Level 1 (the weapon exp bar is just begun)

HP: 550
SP: 55

PATK: 50
PDEF: 44
MATK: 17
MDEF: 37
Light: 1
Dark: 1
Air: 1
Earth: 1
Fire: 1
Water: 1

Equipment:
Weapon: Horizon's Edge (5* weapon, +3 PATK, Hold and Release)
Armour: Rough Armour (+2 PDEF, 1 slot)
Accessory: none

EXP: 920/1000

Items:
Health Drink 15
Sprite Drop 10

Money: 9840gp
Chim: 0

Posted on 2008-07-21 at 00:29:01.
Edited on 2008-08-14 at 03:27:42 by Reralae

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: Paths untaken, and stories untold


Death

The crackling of the fire, giving off light in the darkening night, is like small steps wandering through the woods, cracking twigs beneath their feet. The steps of souls, without bodies to hold them, as they wander to the god or goddess they will meet. Linnix stares at the fire, its light playing within her turquoise eyes. The stranger they had met, and just after one day, dies. How much was there that was unsaid? What could be done now, as she was dead?

Care for others, not just one's own plight. Linnix glances up, towards the starlit night. Sheva, a person who remains unknown, and seen only for a day. What of her connections to life? How will those stay? Parents, siblings, teachers and even foes. What will happen once one knows? A drop of water, no, there is more in a tear. Relief, or happiness, or the loss of something dear. Unknown, Sheva may be, but finally Linnix can feel and know. These tears she will shed, for the one that now cannot grow.

Posted on 2008-07-20 at 19:38:04.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Relief and Mysteries


"Twin Lightning! You're safe!" Kimono practicaly flung herself at the stranger, wrapping her arms around 'her' and giving her a hug before backing off and smiling sheepishly. "Heh, sorry, was a bit worried I guess."

Twin Lightning smiles, "That's quite understandable. Was the mission reward good?"

Kiku, in the meantime, is almost staring at Twin Lightning as though she were a ghost.

"Oh that!" Kimono smiles as she pulls out the 'Scroll of Power'. "I don't know what this does exactly..."

"Oh wow! Is that what I think it is?" Kiku, seemingly awoken from her shocked state, runs over.

"Hmm?" Kimono asks, curious.

Saturday tilts her head, "Strange... normally you only get those from doing quests or so forth..." She then shakes her head, "Anyway, that is a potent one-use item that permanently increases one of your parameters. Power, in particular, goes to PATK."

"Oh really? Wow!" Kimono Exclaims, almost ready to use the item then and there before a thought hits her. "But, there's only one, and Kiku you and I were a team, and Twin Lightning for that matter, we would not have had a chance to get it without your timely intervention... perhaps you should have it?"

Twin Lightning shakes her head, "Think again, Kimono. Kiku is a magic user, so PATK wouldn't mean much to her, and it is the reward for completing the mission, which you did; I didn't. Don't worry, I did get something though."

Kimono quirks a brow. "Really?

Twin Lightning smiles slyly, and winks, "Yes. I killed the doppelganger monster that was residing in that area, to make sure you two didn't run into it. Not only is it good experience, but it also gave me a key item."

Twin Lightning pulls out an orb that seems to mist with darkness and pulsates a dull, red colour.

"This item is called Own King, and it is a bizarre item, because it doesn't seem to have a purpose at all. However, all things in 'The World' have purpose, or so I believe, so I'll hold onto it." Twin Lightning says before placing the orb back in her inventory.

Dopplegangers? in an intro newb level? "Sounds Scary. " Kimono looks over the Scroll of Power and shrugs. "Well, here's to success, and growth, and friendship!" Kimono activates the item, then chuckles. "I guess that last bit was a bit corny huh?"

Saturday and Kiku chuckle. "Not at all," Saturday says, smiling, "We're all allowed our moments; there's no reason to be embarrassed by them."

'Kimono's PATK boosted by 5'

Saturday tilts her head at Twin Lightning, "If I didn't know better... I'd say you two were hackers... a lot of odd things happen around you two anyway."

Twin Lightning shrugs, "We're all entitled to our own opinion."

Kimono's quirked eye goes a little wider at the comment. "soooo, an Item for me, an Item for you, what's next on the list guys? My bloods pumpin and my hearts racing, this is great? It could be the red bulls I've been chugging but still, I'm excited to get a move on"

Kiku chuckles, "Don't tell me you forgot already."

Kimono ponders the thought a moment. "Oh! The tournament!"

Twin Lightning nods, "Yes, the finals are starting in a little while. It should be enough time for you to save, maybe check your email or something, or just hang out here."

Twin Lightning winks, "I'll meet you back here; my brother and I are heading for lunch."

"well I guess I'll check my mail, and be back in a few won't miss the finals!" Kimono says

[Twin Lightning has logged out]

Kiku nods, "I'll just stay here then, see you later!"

[Kimono has logged out]

((Note already mentioned on MSN, but Serge might want to see too: look at the newest post on the The Board))

Posted on 2008-07-20 at 17:10:46.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: Plan Y


Haila takes a deep breath, settling her already unsettled nerves. This would take intellect, not reflex or anticipation, to solve. She steps up, and examines the statue.

"What is wrong and what is right, is it up, is it down, is it all around..." Haila murmurs to herself, repeating the two lines.

Left, right, up and down. Haila thinks, Yet, it could be totally unrelated...

Wait... the two rows align with each other. Haila realizes, now looking at the message. 25 characters, including spaces, on each line. So then, let's see what every fifth character says.

"A, S, space, space, Y, Y, L, E, T, Y." Haila murmurs.

What are you doing? Sounds like making up gibberish to me. Niamedris thinks.

It's a puzzle, Niamedris. Haila returns to the cat absently.

Does that mean we pull the first two, leave the next two, then pull the rest? Haila wonders to herself.

And there's a bit of a hint at the order too, by the order of the alphabet, and it means we have to pull three simultaneously at the end. Haila continues thinking.

"Alright..." Haila says aloud, "I think I have an idea... I'm not certain, but I think looking at every fifth character in this message gives us the order and arrangement of how we pull eight of these ten handles."

"First it would be the farthest to the left, then the third from the right, then the fourth from the right, the second from the left, and then, finally, the middle two and the far right ones simultaneously." Haila explains.

She turns to the others, "Well, it's an idea anyway... does anyone else have any?"

Posted on 2008-07-20 at 03:58:45.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Statue...


does it appear to be made of wood or stone? Oops... missed it being stone *sweatdrop*

Posted on 2008-07-20 at 01:27:37.
Edited on 2008-07-20 at 04:15:46 by Reralae

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Delta Protected Twilight Fantasy


Upon entering the dome, Twin Lightning can be seen scrolling through the statistics of an area, "Ah, perfect timing; I just found a good area. Delta Protected Twilight Fantasy."

Kimono is almost giddy at the opportunity to go exploring, when her eye catches the shop off to the right though she hops over there for a quick spell.

"Don't forget to save!" Kiku calls, running over to the Recorder.

"Oh right!" Kimono says crossing the room to the Recorder.

"So, are you two ready then?" Twin Lightning asks when Kimono and Kiku return to the gate. Then it strikes Kimono; this voice coming from Twin Lightning is female, not the male one she heard earlier!

Kiku tilts her head, "Umm... you are Twin Lightning right?"

Kimono approached TL and smiled. "Sure am?" Then she paused. "You realize your voice is a bit more, feminine than it was earlier?"

"Oh, he didn't tell you, did he? This character is a shared character between me and my twin brother. Fraternal twin, if you want to use the term." Twin Lightning responds.

"I didn't think you were allowed to have multiple users on a singe account, shows what I know" Kimono shrugs. "But I'm all for getting out there!"

Twin Lightning nods, "Then select the warp to Delta Protected Twilight Fantasy; I'll be right behind you."

Kimono does as instructed, a shiver passing through her as she leaves the protection of the root town.

Protected Twilight Fantasy, Delta Server. This area depicts a green grass field, separated into sections from the rivers and streams flowing through it. The sun is on the horizon, and in the sky twilight colours are left upon the few scattered clouds. Kimono and Kiku warp in on a small section, containing only a Platform and a bridge to the main land section.

"wow!" Kimono exclaims. This is so cool

Not long after Kimono and Kiku arrive, Twin Lightning too warps in with the burst of blue light that is associated with Gate travel. Across the bridge can be seen almost a small castle-type structure. You can see even from this distance that the doors are barred shut.

"Let's see, the mission of this area is to enter that building." Kiku says, "And to do that, we need to collect the three keys that are guarded by monsters."

Kimono takes off her Scythe and holds it in her hands towards her. "All I need to know is, where they are." With that she giggled.

"That's right." Twin Lightning says, "The treasure chests are marked on your map, in the top right of your screen. Two are on the large, middle section (one in the lower right, and one in the upper middle), and one on the peninsula to the west."

"I'm really excited aren't you Kiku?"

Kiku nods, "You bet!"

"So let's get this show on the road!"

"Well I guess we ca head to the lower right one first as it's closest, then hit the other on the way to the peninsula" Kimono suggests, "does that make sense?"

"Yep, makes sense to me." Kiku replies.

Kimono's step is almost a bounce as energy flows through her excited binary frame.

Crossing the bridge, the duo encounters their first sight of monsters in the area; a trio of ugly goblins blocking their path. They patrol around a circle, and don't appear to notice Kimono or Kiku yet.

"On the top of your screen, Kimono, it should be suggesting a button input, namely X, with the term 'Surprise Attack'." Twin Lightning says, "Use it to get a head start with the battle."

"OK, sounds like a plan. Here I go!" Kimono says, tapping the X button on her controller.

Instantly, her character zooms to close the distance between her and the closest goblin, and she slashes across, causing the goblin to fly into the one behind it. They collapse on the ground before standing up as a blue barrier encircles the battle. Red numbers appeared over the goblins with the attack, specifically 12 for the initial strike, and 1's from the impacts. The three goblins quickly recuperate, and close in on Kimono.

One slashes across, cutting its dull-looking knife into Kimono. A red 15 appears over top of her, and her health bar decreases.
"Keep pressing X to attack normally!" Kiku calls, "And you can press R1 to do a skill!"

With her scythe cutting wide slashes across the air, the goblins are knocked backwards, red 12's appearing over top of them. The only skill listed in Kimono's Skill Trigger is Wicked Strike.

Unsure of what it is exactly, Kimono highlights the option, nearing an enemy and initiates the 'Wicked Strike'

Kimono's character twirls the scythe around bringing it around to slash the goblin four times. It falls to the ground and fades, dead. The other two advance on Kimono.

Kimono replies with a constant mashing of the "x" button

It takes a while longer, but the second goblin dies. The third, however, turns towards Kiku. Kiku, however, is quite ready for it, and replies with her own skill, creating daggers of ice to close in upon it with the incantation, "Rue Krutz!" The goblin is impaled, and its health gauge turns red, as it keels over and fades. The blue barrier fades, and a golden 180 EXP appears over Kimono while a 52 EXP appears over Kiku.

Kimono jumps up and down in excitement. "We did it!"

"Very good!" Twin Lightning calls, walking over. "There's one thing I want to make sure I check out right now in this area, so I'll see you two in a bit." She says, before running towards the closed castle.

"Repth!" Kiku calls, healing Kimono to full HP.

"Hmm..." Kiku wonders aloud, "This area begins with 'Protected' doesn't it? But isn't 'Protected' associated with a much higher level area?"

Kimono turns to Kiku. "I'm the newb remember? But if the keywords represent associated things, then probably."

"Oh well, maybe it's just a fortunate glitch for us!" Kiku says, smiling.

"I agree. Well, let's get to the chest shall we?" Kimono suggests.

Nearing the chest upon its raised pedestal, the duo are confronted with three more goblins, inconveniently patrolling around the pedestal. However, soon it becomes clear that it will take more than that to stop these two adventurers. With another 180 EXP gained for Kimono and another 52 EXP gained for Kiku, it was only a matter of time before Kimono's first level up. Inside the treasure chest was a peculiar key. Well, to be more accurate, it was as though someone took a large key, and sawed it into three equal parts lengthwise.

"Two more pieces to go!" Kimono exclaims.

It quickly becomes routine, and soon the duo encounter and eliminate another three batches of goblins, taking the second piece of the key, before they are crossing the bridge to the western peninsula. Suddenly, white noise flickers across the screen for a moment, before it vanishes.

"Uh Kiku is that normal?" Kimono asks.

Kiku glances across left and right, up and down, "Not that I know of..." She says, her voice wavering slightly.

The third and last treasure chest is in sight... but there isn't any group of goblins guarding it.

"Maybe it's a hidden sign? like a radar or signal we're getting close to something, an easter egg or something?" Kimono suggests.

"Maybe..." Kiku says, slightly reassured before adding, "Yeah, that has to be it."

"Cool! well let's get this last key piece and find out!"

The final goblin group finally spawns in front of the chest as the duo approaches closer, much to their annoyance. With a relatively quick battle, it's over, and a golden ring rises from Kimono as she levels up.

"Hell yeah!" Kimono twirls her Scythe around in an arc around her body in a victory dance. "way to go Kiku, couldn't have done it without you."

"Congrats!" Kiku exclaims, pretending to knight Kimono with her staff.

"Hehe!" Kimono opens the last treasure chest, and smiles as the key pieces form together into a single item.

"Woo! We're almost there Kiku!"

Suddenly, a cold, metallic, clapping sound is heard behind them, "Heh, newbs, so easily thrilled by anything."

Menarka, with his scythe already drawn, advances forward along the bridge. Not far behind him, however, and walking up carefully and silently, is Twin Lightning.

"Gulp" Kimono says, Backpedaling to match Menarka's pace. "Kiku get behind me"

"I'll take you two out with a single blow!" Menarka yells, suddenly rushing forward with an Art skill, targeting Kimono. However, as he does so and the blue barrier envelops them, Twin Lightning then acts, pulling out a slender blade as she out speeds Menarka with her own skill, targeting him.

HANGEKI!

The word covers Kimono's screen for a split second as Menarka is halted.

"What the?!" Menarka exclaims as Twin Lightning follows through, "Lateral Moon!"

Kimono is unsure of what to do, surely she can't harm Menarka.

Twin Lightning pierces through Menarka's character with her blade, then swings upwards, knocking Menarka into the air, and finishes with a mid-air horizontal strike that sends Menarka flying. It doesn't do much in terms of damage to Menarka's HP, however, there is something bothering Menarka as he recovers. "How the hell does an Arena Battle Hangeki pop up in a field?!"

Kimono is at a loss for words. "Kiku, can you ice dagger him? or something? or what do we do?"

"Run!"

The word may have come from Kiku, or maybe Twin Lightning, or maybe both, but either way, somehow they are both pushed out of the battle and onto the bridge, as they see the blue barrier in front of them with the words 'Battle Zone' pulsing on it.

Kimono is standing outside the field. "But Twin Lightning needs help!"

"Yes, but we're the ones who have to get it!" Kiku says, grabbing Kimono's hand and running towards the castle, or more specifically, the Platform just before its entrance.

A shortmail pops up on Kimono's screen from Twin Lightning, "Get the treasure from the castle; you've earned it. Don't worry about me; I'll keep this loser busy for a while."

"Kiku, Twin Lightning just left word to continue on and get the treasure in the castle... she'll handle things" Kimono says.

"Do we go get it? I don't know anyone who could help Twin Lightning. Should I go get it and you get help? so we can both make something good come of this? or what? I don't want to leave her stranded." Kimono asks, uncertain.

"Alright! Sounds good!" Kiku says, running to the Platform before disappearing in a few rings of blue light.

"OK, gotta make this quick... " Kimono says to no-one in particular, running full speed to the castle.

The doors open, and Kimono runs through the large, but vacant hall. She could pause to consider the graphics later. She sees a treasure chest upon a stand in front of a statue. Without hesitation, she kicks it open.

'You have received a Scroll of Power!'

Kimono was so happy to have obtained the item, but she didn't have the time to enjoy the discovery, Twin Lightning needed help. With a quick glance and an appreciation of the graphic texturing around her, she took back to the platform to return to town sending Kiku and a shortmail on the way. "Got it! Now let's get Twin Lightning some help!"

Back at Mac Anu, Kimono arrives to see Kiku talking with an elegant woman dressed in almost a battle-style yukata, which is a regal blue, with a diamond emblem upon its back and almost like a badge in front. Within the diamond shape is a Mandarin numeral character. She has flowing blue hair and purple eyes that seem to give off a sense of strength. Targeting her, Kimono sees her name: Saturday.

"So, that is the situation then Kiku?" Saturday asks, her voice formal, yet at the same time gentle.

"Yes. Menarka appeared at the field we were at, and attacked us. Twin Lightning managed to intervene in time, and interrupted Menarka's attack. That's when we went to search for help." Kiku explains.

Saturday smiles, "If it's Twin Lightning, there's not much to worry about; Twin Lightning is a smart player, no matter which one of the two is at the controller, and they know they won't be able to take Menarka out by themselves. I imagine that battle is in a stalemate, with Twin Lightning evading Menarka. Sooner or later, Menarka will realize that there's no way he can PK Twin Lightning without a party."

Kiku stands shocked, "Are you serious?"

"Yes." Saturday replies, "Twin Lightning's dealt with PK's before. I've even asked them a number of times if they would join Moon Tree, but they declined, saying they wanted to make their own guild, which is understandable."

Just then, Twin Lightning warps into town and stretches, "Well, that was fun." She says.

Posted on 2008-07-19 at 17:37:03.
Edited on 2008-07-19 at 17:38:33 by Reralae

Topic: Star Wars: The Outer Rim
Subject: Yay! Now to recover and install it...


Immediately hearing that the droid is still active (albeit not for long), Kate quickly lists out a set of priorities.

1) Shut down the droid to prevent possible damage to its components, if the droid has locked internal components, then deactivate or bypass the lock in order to do so
2) Recover the translator unit, most likely within the droid's aesthetic head
3) Determine the condition of the unit
4) Provided enough time, install the unit

Kate then brings up her inventory program to find a suitable compartment, and decides that a vacant compartment within her 'dome' would be most suitable.

Extending from a slot upon the side of her body, an arm slides out. At its end is a claw-like shape. She reaches into the box and begins prying at the droid's armour plates which form almost a carapace around it.

((Disable Device check vs. Locked Access DC 25, if applicable, and will retry as needed))

Upon gaining access to the droid's interior, it is a simple matter for Kate to find and remove its link to its power supply and auxiliary power supply.

((Repair check vs. Shutdown DC 10, taking 10 => automatic success))

Kate finds the Translator Unit within the droid's torso area, and so adjusts her priority list slightly.

2) Recover Translator Unit from the droid's aesthetic torso and the Vocabulator within the droid's 'head'

It is a simple matter for Kate to remove the two components, and she places them upon another box temporarily.

((Repair check vs. Add/Remove/Switch component (correct model) DC 15, taking 10 => automatic success))

Next, she examines the two components, looking for potential damage or rust.

((assuming they're in good condition, as this droid was working until recently it appears))

Now comes the tricky part. A compartment at Kate's 'back' slides out, and is raised slightly. Within it is a number of mechanical tools. The arm Kate was using picks up the Vocabulator, and a new arm pops out of Kate's 'dome', appearing like the previous one, but smaller. This smaller arm picks up a tool about the size and shape of a screwdriver, but its metallic head is nothing more than a continuation of its shaft. A second large arm slides out, and gets handed this tool. A small wire extends from the 'claw' to the tool, providing electricity to it.

The vacant compartment next to the small arm pops open, and the attachment base extends out. Kate quickly designates the proper attachment points of the wires, coordinates the Vocabulator correctly upon the base, and attempts the attachment.

((Repair check vs Add component (different model) DC 25))

Posted on 2008-07-19 at 16:56:15.

 


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