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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.

Topic: Star Wars: The Outer Rim
Subject: Yes... no problem...


Whistle beep bloop... Kate begins, high pitch beep, mid pitch, descending tone whistle...?*

Running a program to inventory Kate's current things in the background, Kate extends her third 'foot' and wanders over to the box containing the droid arm.

Disapproving whistle tone? Beep bleep beep?**

Of course, all this was said without the expectation of a response; Kate just preferred to talk to make sure that the others knew she was still there.

Kate moves over to the side, hopefully not in the way of anyone, and reads the result of her inventory program. All things accounted for. For the moment, Kate begins running simulations, trying to find a probable scenario which may occur with the stealing of the starship, while the others come up with their own plan that they could compare later... that is, if they could compare their plans without a binary-basic translator for them.

*"While we're here... would we like missiles to go with our ship, to go?"

**"Well, how's that supposed to help? Do you think they made it broken, or is it a spare?"

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 23:06:29.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: the Unsung Heroes Q/A
Subject: Well...


We seem to be pretty good with item distribution, so yeah, I don't think we really need the bidding system as it is.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 17:17:35.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Twin Worlds
Subject: I would appreciate a bit more shown interest in this game... - Round 3 of combat


Viis maintains his song, its notes continuing to provide extra strength to his companions.

Charlet acts by providing Sable with an even greater defense against this intangible enemy, forming an armour about Sable that would be able to deflect even the Scout's attacks.

A few magical darts fly over Sable and Charlet's heads, glancing against the Scout's limbs without any appearing to cause major damage on their own. Ignis mutters a curse at the missiles' lack of strength.

Sable focuses, and lets fly with one punch, followed by another immediately after. The Linsemptus Scout avoids the first one, but at the cost of twisting into the path of the second. Sable's palm strikes true, ramming the Linsemputs Scout hard in the torso. (max damage)

Ita, trying her best to help, looses another arrow at the Linsemptus Scout, which merely flies past harmlessly.

The Linsemptus Scout counterattacks Sable, bashing his own torso with an intangible, skeleton-like fist. (-4 hp Sable)

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 06:24:42.

Topic: Borden Murder Case Investigation
Subject: Elevensies, Luncheon and Afternoon Tea


Bridget nods, glad to have something to do, "Alright, I'll see what I can do." She replies to Lizzie.

Bridget walks over to the stove, and stokes the fire a bit, bringing it back to flame. She pours more water in the kettle, and waits for it to boil. In the meantime, she rummages through the cupboards, searching for biscuits and cookies. After a moment, she finds them, and pulls out a plate to put them on. Setting out a fair assortment of biscuits and cookies, she places the plate on a serving tray, and waits for the water to boil.

"Addie, can you gather a few pears? I think four will be enough for now; I can always grab some others later if needed. What tea do you think I should make? I was thinking peppermint, but what do you think?" Bridget asks, pulling out the jar of peppermint tea bags while looking at the others.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 05:51:36.

Topic: Welcome or Not!
Subject: Options


"I always have the option of leaving, that is true." Sen says, perhaps a bit sadly, "But because I always have that option, a little longer wouldn't be too costly would it?"

Sen closes her eyes, "Besides, I am meddling with Destiny, and if that brings me harm, that is my own choice."

"Yes, you probably should see me, in my entirety..." Sen begins, but then notices the other stranger stirring, "But not right now."

Sen flies up a bit, hovering above Erihsehc and the other stranger, watching both them, and over them.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 05:38:12.

Topic: The Day They Woke Up on the Wrong Side of Reality
Subject: Time to earn that level of fighter...


Galen steps forward, feeling the barrier he had erected earlier with his mind. Careful... He thinks, Watch the opponent closely. Galen lets himself grow cold, his mind supplying the mental image of his irises turning black, and an image overlaying his own, as he borrows one of his characters' persona. It likely isn't healthy, but Galen doesn't really mind; most things he is capable of mentally would be considered unhealthy by many people. Besides, he is certain that, without emotion to cloud perception, he would be more capable of fighting. Galen wordlessly swings his borrowed femur across, attempting to strike the zombie in front of him.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 05:30:37.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: Cleaning up...


"Xaris, you should rest; you nearly over-exerted yourself today, so you should just let your body recuperate..." Linnix suggests.

"Here, I'll help." Linnix says, carefully aiding the others pile the wolves' bodies.

White... Linnix cannot believe she had forgotten that day.

She doesn't remember where it was, or really when it happened. All she remembers is what happened. It was just one moment, one word, one smile. Caera wasn't there. Why she wasn't, Linnix can't remember.

They drifted down gently, yet swiftly covering the land. The snowflakes flew about lazily, and Linnix would try to catch them on her tongue. Yet, with the gentle snow there was also the cold ice. Those opportunistic predators lying in wait...

It was a boy, Linnix didn't even know them, who slid. Down the hill, falling into a tree. His face, Linnix remembers it clearly, pale, as the snow that began to cover him, and contorted with pain. Tears were streaming from his eyes, to freeze upon the ground a few moments later. His leg was broken.

There wasn't any why to how she acted; she just did. Carefully following the boy down the slope, Linnix helped him up, and let him lean on her.

It took a while, longer than anticipated, but finally they both reached the top of the slope, back towards the boy's house. At the house, his mother rushed out to help. Yet, before she took him away, he said one word.

"Thanks."

Linnix had felt warm at this response, and in her mind's eye, she could see Caera smile.

A tear falls down Linnix's cheek. Perhaps... perhaps Caera's words weren't so beyond her ability... well, she'd just have to try.

Posted on 2008-07-18 at 05:10:38.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: the Unsung Heroes Q/A
Subject: Oh, sure


Sorry, I kind of missed out on the magic item discussion since I wasn't really paying attention to it... but sure, it would come in handy if Linnix needed to sneak around somewhere

Linnix isn't really intent on 'buying' it though; she's saving for something... well, just in case 'something pops out at her', and the cloak hasn't quite, at least not yet.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 20:24:22.
Edited on 2008-07-18 at 00:36:26 by Reralae

Topic: Welcome or Not!
Subject: In that case


"As I thought." Sen says, before unleashing her second spell.

She holds her hand forth, and from it, a large bolt of lightning shears through the trapped man, causing a swift death as she specifically makes it target his heart.

So, I was right after all it seems, Sen thinks, perhaps a bit sadly, In that case, perhaps... no, I shouldn't meddle that far. Destiny has brought me here, and I must have faith in it, even with what it allows happen.

She flies back to Erihsehc, and murmurs in his ear, "As I thought, it seems the other went on ahead to lay a trap; Cire, as he called himself, went to alert them of a second target, this man who just appeared. I intervened, and Cire is dead, however we cannot rest lightly."

Sen thinks to the gemstones provided by Arturo, He was right in giving them to me... how exactly did he know? Oh, well...

"This enemy is resourceful it seems, and knows how to manipulate people... As long as I am unknown, we have a slight advantage, but I won't know if I remain or not, especially since Arturo definitely saw me; that means there are a few people or things that can see..."

Sen's hand reaches into her bag, and touches the gemstone-holding bag inside. She really hopes she wouldn't have to use those spells.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 16:16:38.

Topic: Silent Hill: Eternal Decay
Subject: No, it wouldn't kill me...


Cindi's face twitches slightly with the tone of Hank's voice, and her eyes slide over in Hank's direction. She knew she was among the most outcast of the group, but still, that was uncalled for.

"There's no need for that. If you really wanted to see, just ask. I realize that, with these circumstances, verbal aggression isn't going to be uncommon, however, please realize it does more harm than anything else." Cindi says, toying with a thought in her mind.

With her left hand, her right still holding the open book, Cindi easily picks out the keyring in her backpack, and offers it to Hank, "There you go."

"By the way, how exactly were you feeling a few moments ago, during the walk here, Hank? You didn't look too good." Cindi says, slipping the notebook into her backpack.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 03:36:06.
Edited on 2008-07-17 at 03:36:30 by Reralae

Topic: Silent Hill: Eternal Decay
Subject: Keys...


"I do have a set of keys..." Cindi says, "However, I don't think they'd be for those; they might've actually been for the cash register I found them at."

Cindi returns to looking through the notebook, intent in her search for information or... perhaps the stimulation of memories.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 02:09:50.

Topic: Who Owns Rusty Dull Swords? (W.O.R.D.S.)
Subject: S.W.I.F.T.L.Y.


Sorrow Wears Into Future Times, Leaving Yearning

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 02:05:33.

Topic: ~Crimson Blood~
Subject: Sneaking... Sneaking...


Sen hovers over to Illiana, hardly making a sound with her flight.

"Yes? What is it?" She asks.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 01:54:07.

Topic: Welcome or Not!
Subject: Time to Act


Sen could feel it. A feeling radiates from Cire she knows all too well. It is the feeling of glee that radiates from many bounty hunters, such as the ones who... no, she didn't want to remember them right now. Now she had to act.

If Cire thought he could lose her though the forest, even if he knew she was following him, he was sorely mistaken. The forest is the place where Sen's permanent home resides, and she has grown accustomed to flying there, swiftly if needed. Swerving through the trees with ease, she rushes in front of him.

"You seem to be in a hurry." She says, before unleashing the magical energy within her.

Suddenly, the whole area Cire is in and is running through is covered by multitudes and multitudes of silk, spider silk. It isn't normal spider silk either, for it is thicker, and far stronger.

"Humans are strange." Sen says, watching Cire struggle fruitlessly, with his speed getting him entangled before he could even react, "Some are kind, and gentle, but others... could hardly care less of bringing about pain, so long as they themselves benefit."

"Do you have anything you would like to say?" She asks, weaving her hands through the air, ready to cast a different spell.

Despite this confrontation, Sen doesn't appear to Cire.

Posted on 2008-07-17 at 01:42:07.

Topic: Borden Murder Case Investigation
Subject: End of the interview... but it's still tea time


Bridget smiles, glad to be of service, "Thank you Mr. Hilliard."

She returns to the kitchen, to check on Lizzie.

"Lizzie?" Bridget begins tentatively, but before she does what she was bidden to do, she had to ask one thing first.

"Lizze, did you need me to do the dishes, or was there any laundry you had that needed washing?" Bridget asks, her hands beginning to shake slightly; she is clearly keeping herself calm by immersing herself in her work at this point.

As almost an afterthought, after Lizzie replies to her first question, Bridget adds, "I'm afraid Mr. Hilliard would like to see you now."

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 05:18:30.
Edited on 2008-07-16 at 05:19:15 by Reralae

Topic: .Hack//LIFE Characters
Subject: Twin Lightning


Class: Adept Rogue
Level: 31
Weapons:
Dual Sword: Level 9 (exp bar is about 1/3)
Blade: Level 7 (exp bar is about 3/4)

HP: 975
SP: 236

(twin blade)
PATK: 129
PDEF: 125
MATK: 118
MDEF: 124
Light: 17
Dark: 12
Air: 27
Earth: 6
Fire: 12
Water: 11

(blade brandier)
PATK: 124
PDEF: 125
MATK: 118
MDEF: 124
Light: 14
Dark: 12
Air: 30
Earth: 5
Fire: 12
Water: 12

Equipment:
Weapon (Dual Sword): Lit Piney (+11 PATK, +3 Light, +1 Earth, -1 Water, Hold and Release, Light Attack)
Weapon (Blade): Wind Thread (+6 PATK, +3 Air, Hold and Release)
Armour: Absorb Vest (+7 PDEF, +6 MDEF, Phys damage -10%)
Accessory: Brave Wind Bell (+15 Ait, -7 Earth, Arts Knowledge)

EXP: 310/1000

((Note: I know the statistics, particularly the PATK and so forth, will seem quite different than from the game, and they are, but that's because my system is slightly different than the game))

Items:
Healing Serum 50
Healing Rain 10
Sprite Drop 50
Sprite Rain 10
Return Feather 50
Smoke Screen 50
Fairy's Orb 50
Other:
Own King

Money: 64968gp
Chim: 90

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 05:08:12.
Edited on 2008-08-14 at 03:31:57 by Reralae

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Encounter with a PK


Twin Lightning's eyes seem to grow slightly distant, as though he is thinking about something else, "There's always that chance, but if it's any consolation, I can certainly do my best to hold them off while you two return to town. For the most part, it shouldn't be too bad, provided they're lower level than me. Anyway, do you see the party option in the menu? Kimono, select that, and then select Kiku, and send her a shortmail invite."

Kimono brings up the menu option over the field of vision, and per Twin Lightning's directions selected Kiku under the party option, sending her a shortmail invite.

Kiku nearly jumps, startled by the sudden mail, "Whoa! That's neat!"

Kiku's hp bar then shows up next to Kimono's on her screen.

"Oh! There you are!" Kimono says excited by the additional info.

"There, you two set? Alright, now onto the sometimes lengthly process of finding the right area..." Twin Lightning turns to the chaos gate, and brings up a couple of menus, "While I'm doing this, why don't you show Kimono the town Kiku?"

"Alright!" Kiku says, relieved to be able to do something.

Kimono turns to Twin Lightning a moment before walking up to him and tapping him on the shoulder. Should he turn around she's holdign a Member address card before her

Twin Lightning gives a chuckle, "Oh, I completely forgot to give my own. I'll suggest not adding me to your party though; you might get lucky and find another newbie around town somewhere to fill your third, and with me in the battles it'd be far too easy."

Twin Lightning accepts the card and gives his own.

"Alright," Kimono says, turning to Kiku. "So, off we go?"

Kimono nods, and opens the door to the outside. The building they exit that houses the chaos gate appears to be dome-like in structure, and extending from in ahead is a bridge towards the city itself. Kiku leads Kimono around the city, often pausing to chat with various people. Among the few she talks to includes Stormy and Sakura.

((One note here: Mac Anu here looks the same as it did in GU))

"Wow, this place is massive!" Kimonos eyes are glued wide open as she explores the city passing by and introducing herself to various people.

Coming across Stormy Kimono bowed, and giggled. "So you're a real big fan of this Lady Maera huh?"

"Schaa! Well, she is only the best player of the whole World after all. As far as I know, she's beaten every single person that's gotten into a battle with her, and she does it solo." Stormy says. On her back is a large broadsword that has gears upon it all around the edges. She has a somewhat buff build, and currently has her arms crossed.

"You ARE going to watch the finals aren't you?" Stormy adds, quite enthusiastically.

"Really? that's incredible! The finals? oh? the Arena battle I read about on the boards of course!"

"err um, when I figure out how to get to the arena that is" she adds sheepishly.

"What?!" Stormy asks, aghast, "You two don't know where the arena or the stands are?! C'mon! I'll show you! It's incredible!" Stormy quickly grabs both both Kiku's and Kimono's hands and begins dragging both back towards the Chaos Gate.

Kiku whispers to Kimono via party chat, "She's really... enthusiastic isn't she? Should we try to shake her off?"

Kimono likewise replies via party chat, "I'm about as excited as she is now! Maybe she's rubbing off, but I really do want to level, can't get stronger just watching other people hog all the glory; I'm with you either way Kiku!"

"Oh! Kiku! There you are!" A voice calls from behind, bringing the group to a stop, "I'm sorry Stormy, but I wanted to show Kiku and her friend around town; as you probably can tell, they're new here."

Stormy pauses and considers, "Well, that is more important than knowing where the arena is, at least right now. I'll send you two an email later with specific instructions on how to get there! OK?"

Kimono smiles form ear to ear. "Ok sounds great!"

Kiku also nods quite enthusiastically, and so Stormy runs off after a wave.

Kiku breathes a bit of a sigh of relief. "Whew, thanks Saku."

Sakura rolls her eyes, "I've told you before, and I'll say it again, it's Sakura! Not Saku!"

Kimono quietly stiffles a giggle.

(a second note: small point of interest, Sakura does happen to have a slightly similar model to Sakubo)

Kiku glances over kind of playfully at Sakura, "You just seem to bring out the worst in me."

Sakura scowls, "Hey, I may have her name, but I'm not your little sister!"

"Whatever you say, Saku..." Kiku says, smiling.

"Look, do you want me to show you the town or not?" Sakura asks.

"Yes please!" Kimono interjects still giggling. "I'd love to see wht's around."

Sakura proceeds to give a far more thorough tour of Mac Anu than Kiku's, but when the group reaches the guild @homes, Sakura only glances over the place. "We don't really want to stay here." She says.

"That alley there..." Sakura points to the steps going down and around the corner, "Is where Menarka and his little gang often hang out."

"They can't hurt us in Root town's right? still, i don't want them even knowing my name let alone seeing me" Kimono says.

Kiku nods, "That's kind of what most people do."

Sakura also nods bitterly, "I don't get it personally, why do they still leave the servers with PvP enabled?"

She begins to direct the group back towards the harbour.

"What have we here?" It is a cold and heartless voice.

Menarka, with his metallic armour that he evidently gave bloodstains to purposefully and red metal gauntlets and boots walks towards the group. Upon his back is a cruel-looking scythe, with a serrated blade and a wildly curving, almost spiralling shaft. He has sharply cut black hair, and two piercing red eyes. "Two magic wimps and, is that someone trying to impersonate me? I've never tried black myself, although it's not the colour that matters."

Kimono looks at Menarka and her fists clench instinctively, knowing full well who this Pk'er was. In fact, it was this same scoundrel who caused her to recreate her image, her class, perhaps as a cruel mockery indeed, that one day she could bring him down...

"N-nice to meet you Menarka," Kimono says straightening her expression to hide her true feelings. "How goes the hunting I hear you're making quite the name for yourself."

"It gets easy, sometimes even boring." Menarka says, exaggerating with hand motions, "It isn't the number of kills apparently that lets one be a Chaotic PK, although numbers are still good to have. I can't believe Gea made the ranking though; she shouldn't have."

Kiku grits her teeth, not trusting herself to say anything.

Kimono saunters a bit closer, though her Player audibly gulps somewhere out in the real world. "Maybe so but it's Not Gea talked about on the boards, it's not Gea talked about on this little tour I'm taking is it? No." Daring to step within a few inches of Menarka she lets a dainty finger trace along his armor. "Its Menarka the Malice I hear of, and word says you're going places."

Kiku has a hard time keeping the surprise from her face, and via party chat she asks, "What are you doing Kimono?"

Sakura it seems has taken off her FMD or something, but doesn't show any reaction to Menarka at all.

Kimono replies, swiftly switching to party chat as well, "If I can get his member address I'll be able to see when and where he is online, and thus gives us an advantage of avoiding him"

Kimono continues, "Keep your friends close... and your enemies closer"

Finally, she adds, "Besides, anyone who spends hours killing off other people is likely pretty lonely IRL, lets see if the ole femme charm can't prove a potent advantage."

Menarka smirks, "Menarka the Menace. It does have a ring to it, however." Then he suddenly slaps his hand across Kimono's face, "Nice try newb, but that isn't the title I told my friends I'd pick."

Kimono reacts quickly, muttering, still in party chat, "well it was worth a shot, so much for that."

Kimono steps back looking indignant, and switches to talk mode. "Hmph, well then, you're loss boyo. Let's get out of here and leave Menarka the Miniscule to his joystick." With that Kimono snubs her nose and turns tail walking away from the brute"

"By the way." Menarka says just before the group passes out of earshot, "I'll see you soon."

"Wow, talk about backfire..." Kiku says, her voice shaking.

"Bah, they're all the same. One of these days someone will knock him down a peg" Kimono says angrilly.

Sakura laughs, "If he's serious about challenging Maera, he'll end up doing it to himself."

"I hope Lady Maera does the game a service and rids us of people like him. Or what about Haseo, the Terror of Death? Has Menarka not gained his attention?"

"Haseo? I don't think he'd still be accessing; that was several years ago after all." Sakura says a bit sadly.

"That's a shame." Kimono says almost dejectedly, "Well, enough of this moping about, we've got to get stronger if we're going to stand a chance against punks like them."

Sakura pauses and looks over at Kimono curiously, "Are you just pretending to be a newbie?" she asks.

"You can party me up if you want to, the level speaks for itself, I'm as new to this World as anyone, but just because the game changes, doesn't mean the people and challenges don't. No matter what MMO you play there are punks who get their kicks on preying on the weak, and let's just say I've been at the wrong end of a scythe before."

Sakura gives Kimono another curious look, "Hmm, OK."

The party eventually makes their way back to the dome where the Chaos Gate is, with Twin Lightning sending a shortmail along the journey saying he finally found a good area, and even another companion, for them...

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 04:59:23.
Edited on 2008-07-19 at 17:09:29 by Reralae

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: There's Hope!


Linnix takes one look upon the stricken form of Sheva upon the ground, before she nods.

"Take it out." Linnix says, her voice strong and authoritive.

Tessa hears and complies, returns to fulfilling her previously given objective: to attack the wolves. Tessa turns upon the Dire Wolf and attempts to kill it.

However, when Aelistae turns her own blade towards herself, Linnix gives a startled cry and runs at her.

"Wait, Aelistae! Hold on!" Linnix yells as she runs right into Aelistae from the side, trying to knock her blade away or to the ground.

"We have time." Linnix says, panting, "I'm sure there's some way we can spend it to try to cure ourselves, leaving your path of action as the last resort. We can't do any good for anyone if we don't at least try to survive to do so."

Linnix looks directly into Aelistae's eyes, her own drawn and defiant.

"We have to try." Linnix repeats.

"A half days ride to the north is a shrine and a monastery to both Deneir and Oghma. It has been there for many years, though I have not ventured there since the war has ended, busy has the rebuilding of Darromar been. Surely the priests and monks there would have the means to aid us, and if not the knowledge of how to cure this most dreadful ailment? Plus it’s in the right direction at least. What say you?”

Linnix smiles, "There's always an option, and I for one say we take it."

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 02:49:35.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE Characters
Subject: Kiku


Class: Harvest Cleric
Level: 10
Weapon:
Staff: Level 3 (the weapon exp meter is at about 1/3)

HP: 330
SP: 110

PATK: 36
PDEF: 51
MATK: 66
MDEF: 56
Light: 8
Dark: 4
Air: 6
Earth: 7
Fire: 6
Water: 7

Equipment:
Weapon (Staff): Sleep Xialin (+1 MATK, +1 PATK, +1 Element, Chance of Inflicting Sleep)
Armour: Demon Gear (+1 PDEF, +1 MDEF, +10% SP)
Accessory: Medic Necklace (reduces recovery skill sp cost, increases other skill sp cost)

EXP: 250/1000

Items:
Health Drink 24
Sprite Drop 20

Money: 12878gp
Chim: 39

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 02:16:42.
Edited on 2008-08-14 at 03:31:32 by Reralae

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: How about a Party?


"Well, why don't you join us then?" Twin Lightning asks, "I'm sure it'd be easier for you two to learn as well as learn from each other. Kiku, you know how to give Member Addresses right?" Twin Lightning asks.

"Umm, yeah, I think I remember." Kiku replies shyly, glancing at Kimono only now and then.

"Then how about you and Kimono exchange Member Addresses? This game is a lot easier if you partner up, rather than try to take it on solo." Twin Lightning says.

"Umm, OK!" Kiku says, walking over to Kimono.

She reaches out and a card appears at her hand. She offers it to Kimono.

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 02:09:48.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Start with a Guild


"Oh really? Is that what that was for all along?" A female voice asks. It sounds as though it's come from behind Kimono.

"Yes, that function of the Chaos Gate lets you travel between servers, although I'd suggest sticking to this server for now; you are only level 5 after all." A warm, male voice responds.

Should Kimono turn around, she sees two PC's standing off to the side of this room holding the Chaos Gate. Delta Server, Eternal City Mac Anu. The one PC is a Lei Tribe Beast character, with cat ears and a tail, but is dressed in a purple-white gown, indicating that her class is likely a magic wielding class. She has silvery blue hair, and purple eyes. In front of her is a rather peculiar character that has extremely long hair, curving down from the back of their head to end in a point just above the floor. Their hair is slightly jagged and a bright yellow. They wear black armour with yellow lines upon it. The bizarre thing is that their armour possesses an elegant and feminine quality, yet also a strong, masculine appearance. Towards the waist is opens slightly, perhaps almost a slight skirt before the leggings. When they turn, Kimono can see that their face is likewise androgynous, neither completely male or female. Targeting the individuals, their names pop up on the upper right corner of Kimono's screen, respectfully, Kiku and Twin Lightning.

Twin Lightning looks at Kimono intently, "I don't recognize you. Are you new here?" The voice heard is warm and friendly, and seems to be the male that was heard earlier. Twin Lightning's eyes are different colours; one is yellow, the other is blue.

Posted on 2008-07-16 at 01:50:23.
Edited on 2008-07-16 at 01:52:07 by Reralae

 


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