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Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: Where are the cookies?

Ocyari glances around the tavern. You know, for all that was said about it (and not much at that) it is kind of mundane and boring. Sure, the dark atmosphere at first was exciting and different, and maybe even apprehensive at times, but black gets uninteresting after a while, and the smoke was just making it more smoggy than mysterious. And where are the cookies?!

She hadn't seen anyone eat any, she hadn't heard anyone order any, and as far as she could see, there weren't any stashed behind the counter either. A place to eat that had no cookies?! That is unheard of!

Ocyari leans on the table, her head resting on her right hand, while she doodles on the surface of it with the tip of her finger on her left hand. At this point, she is beginning to wonder why the others were so apprehensive about her coming along. Nothing had happened, and it didn't seem like it'd get exciting for a while, since the adults were just going to chat, and talk, and chat...

Ocyari is getting bored...

Posted on 2008-08-28 at 00:00:08.

Topic: The Red Dragon Inn
Subject: Descending from upstairs...

"Alright! Did anything happen while I was in the other room?" A young woman's voice trails from upstairs, clapping her hands as she speaks.

"Not yet; I'm working on it!" a male voice responds, "Oh, and because I haven't said it yet today, you're insaaaaaaane!"

"I know." The woman, Reralae, replies cheerfully, "Many people would probably say that, if they haven't already."

I need a drink. Reralae thinks, and so she heads toward the stairs.

Appearing at the bottom, Reralae can be seen in her entirety. She wears a simple, flowery kimono coloured with several shades of purple and blue. On her feet are Chinese slippers, with a matching purple to her kimono. She has long brown hair, so dark it is nearly black, braided down her back so as to be out of the way of her face and pointed ears. Her eyes are a gentle brown, glancing about quickly, much like someone slightly in a hurry. She is slightly tall, and is neither thin nor fat. Her face appears younger, but her eyes seem to shimmer with an age that is older than she appears. Her hands are slightly ink-stained, and she carries several, larger sized books with her, as well as a quill and ink set.

Upon her back rests a long, elegant staff, with a shaft that appears to be made out of multiple braids of metal wire, at the bottom ending with the individual strands folding outward appearing like a flower's guard leaves, with a oval, green stone extending from beneath, appearing like a closed flower bud. At the top, the shaft ends in a solid metal circle, within which is held an oval shaped aquamarine stone. Jutting out from either side of this circle are two wing shapes, seemingly made out of carved opal, and at the top of the circle is a small flower made of amethyst. Besides this staff, on either side of Reralae's waistband is a sword, encased in a simple sheath. Both swords look identical in shape, with a curved guard and a diamond-cut pommel with the flat side facing away from the hilt. However, the one on Reralae's right has a golden guard, a light leather bound hilt, and a marble pommel while the one at her left has an silver guard, a dark leather bound hilt, and an obsidian pommel. The blades are likely different as well, but as they are sheathed, you cannot tell for sure.

"Waitress, one hot chocolate please!" Reralae calls toward the kitchen. She really should try to remember the waitress's name, but it always slipped her mind.

Seeing Merideth, Reralae wanders over and sits at the same table, carefully placing her staff on the ground, and her books and writing set on the table first.

"Oh dear, you don't look so good." Reralae says, "You should take it easy for a while; don't push yourself too hard, Meri!"

Posted on 2008-08-27 at 18:40:51.
Edited on 2008-08-27 at 18:45:01 by Reralae

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

As far as you can tell, Maera hasn't taken Kiku anywhere, besides blown her into the other room; Maera didn't take Kiku with her when she vanished. So, it would be logical that Kiku is still in the other room.

Posted on 2008-08-27 at 01:04:28.

Topic: Welcome or Not!
Subject: Time to Hide

"Thank you..." Sen says softly, "I am getting tired of running, and I do have a home I want to return to."

"Alright... do you think you can handle it alone?" Sen asks tentatively.

"Well, know this in any case: in every creature that lives, and even some that don't, lies a droplet in their 'soul'. I call it a droplet, because that's the best description of it, but it can be so much more. Everything in the end can find connections to magic, and so, sometimes, one can search and discover how to use those connections to use magic itself." Sen reveals.

"Anyway, take care; I'll be hiding in the woods." Sen says, pulling out a green gemstone from her bag and putting it in Erihsehc's hand, "You can use this to find me again; focus on my name, and it'll point you in the right direction. I'll be in the elven form you saw me in before."

Posted on 2008-08-25 at 22:11:48.

Topic: The Day They Woke Up on the Wrong Side of Reality
Subject: Destruction...

Destruction of one side only unbalances the scale. Inevitably, it would have to sway back to the other, something that side would see as misfortune. The four-sided scale sways back and forth, never favouring a single quadrant, like a ship on the sea of time. It is impossible to destroy the scale. It is a fact, yet it is so easily forgotten. From forgetting this, stories come forth where one or more sides of the scale are 'destroyed forever', either to bring bliss or endless malevolence to the universe.

In the end, it wouldn't be either, for it would be stagnant. Unbalanced forever, the scale breaks and disappears, and without anything disturbing its surface, the ocean of time stills and becomes flat. Stagnancy. The Eternal War begins and ends countless lives, yet it is also part of what defines life... Well, I'll work on that novel later. Galen decides.

There is another novel too, that needed to be written down... yet where is the quills and books and ink to write when you want to? The Diamond Maker... Galen names, writing the title down in the depths of his complicated mind.

And even as skeletons strike and maul at his companions, who strike and smash them in turn, Galen is bored.

Posted on 2008-08-25 at 21:57:00.

Topic: Star Wars: The Outer Rim
Subject: Time to heal

Returning to the previous task assigned to herself, Kate rolls over to the fallen Lelian.

Running medical treatment v1.3 program. Kate's output spool shows for a brief second before a large number of calculations and figures replaces it. From one of her frontal compartments, a rather unique arm appears. Unlike ones manufactured by KTI or other droid companies, this one appears to be nearly made from scratch, but also with joints that allow a flexibility beyond even that of a medical type droid. At the end of the arm is a cylindrical type object with a soft cloth pad at the end of it, and parts within it can barely be heard as they rotate and assemble. After this stops, Kate quickly, but gently, presses the end of the cylinder against Quilla's body. Barely anything can be felt, from the cylinder at any rate, but as the selected components of medical compounds flow through Quilla's body, Quilla does feel strengthened by them.

((Treat Injury vs DC 15, taking 10 => automatic success: Lelian is no longer unconscious))

((Treat Injury vs DC 15, taking 10 => automatic success: restores 7 vitality points, if I can still do that (the arm isn't already spent)))

Afterwards, the arm slides back into the compartment from which it came, and Kate heads over to the port within the 'closet' to lock down the hangar as they now have more time.

Posted on 2008-08-25 at 21:01:28.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: Good thing I had two

"Alright, this time no one grab the handles!" Haila calls in between coughs and attempts not to breathe.

Once more, Haila weaves her free hand in the air, trying her best not to disrupt the pattern with her coughing. Her body felt slightly heavier, as though she were underwater and trying to move. The vocal component had to be said, and so, trying to get a clear, sufficient breath with which to use, Haila murmurs the spell, making sure to enunciate her voice carefully in spite of the gas around her, making breathing difficult.

((Alright, let's try this again: targeted dispel magic on the statue))

Posted on 2008-08-25 at 20:31:52.

Topic: The Inconceivable Crusaders
Subject: ...

"Be silent." Jevaf murmurs, her voice emotionless, devoid of irritation, commanding, and more a statement rather than a request, as she thinks quickly.

They can see us, and from the sounds of it, they could have been expecting us. Jevaf quickly ascertains, There are a number of possibilities... one quite advantageous.

"They will leave, after you provide a length of time. I'm sure you know why." Jevaf voices.

While she speaks, Jevaf places her bow back over her shoulder, and puts her hands into the sleeves of her robes, appearing almost like some sort of dark priest ready to give a malevolent sermon. The hilts of the two daggers hidden in the sleeves briefly touch her fingers, but she doesn't take them. It isn't to say Jevaf is unused to this situation, having had a couple similar ones in being a mercenary, although, generally the situation was reversed, with her telling the employer to leave their bodyguards while they conducted the business. Trust is key, even among 'business partners'. If one cannot be trusted, no business could be done.

Posted on 2008-08-25 at 20:22:44.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: Sounds good...

Linnix nods, "Alright, that sounds good."

"Umm, although, should we make a contingency plan, just in case the other groups interfere with our plan, or the goblins have another means of passing information?" Linnix asks.

"The main thing we have to worry about is that it's not just the goblins we're facing," Linnix elaborates, "We can't just plan against one faction, because the others need to be taken in thought as well."

"I guess the best way to deal with that is we have to make sure that when we move, we try not to let ourselves get into a situation where we could be flanked by another group, or at least watch our backs." Linnix suggests.

"I suppose, the only thing we can truly be prepared for, we have to be ready to run if the situation changes without warning and may seriously bode ill for us. I don't think it's likely we'll have to as the others, if they're still here, will probably act after all the goblins have been dealt with and not before. The only real threat right now is if the goblins have something unexpected they strike at us with." Linnix finishes.

Linnix looks over the maps once again, taking in their information. This would be tricky, but it was all they could really do at this point.

Posted on 2008-08-25 at 19:48:55.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Maera's Strike

Twin Lightning considers the option briefly, her eyes closed in thought as she considers the possibilities. If she aided the Azure Knights with Gorre, would that be enough to defeat Maera? No, if that was the second cry of Azure Kite, that meant...

Twin Lightning shakes her head, "If she can kill those three, we can't fight her and hope to win as we are."

Kiku, who had been silent, her hands shaking slightly, murmurs, "I don't think... I'll access for a while."

"Why not?" Twin Lightning asks for everyone.

Just then, there is a flash of blue from the other room, and through the doorway, what appear to be bits of azure data fly through, disintegrating into the air.

"Run!" Twin Lightning yells, quickly turning and heading toward the rotating platform.

Kiku turns as well, but then Maera strikes. Dashing through the doorway, Maera grabs Kiku by the shoulder, and spins, so that Kiku is facing her, but Maera is now in the way between her and the platform. Maera's other hand then comes up to slam into Kiku's face. At that point, Kiku is sent back through the doorway in the explosion of a sphere of green hexagons around her. The green hexagons linger in the air for a moment before fading away.

Moving quickly, Maera ducks below Twin Lightning's strike as she turns, bringing her slim rapier to bare, then Maera flips forward onto her hands and spins, bringing her leg out to kick Twin Lightning in the chest. The force of the impact is enough to send Twin Lightning into the wall, cutting her hp to 3/4. Unfinished, Maera then rolls backward and flips upright, her head looking through the doorway with her left hand pointed through the door, her right held toward the group warningly, wand now in hand.

At the left wrist, a bracelet similar to the one Twin Lightning used appears with a burst of light, however, its colours are different, with violet hexagons and aquamarine pentagons. The Data Drain array forms, and fires through the doorway. Kiku's ear splitting scream is heard as it hits.

"I'm sorry, but I can't just let you disappear now can I?" Maera asks quietly, almost regretfully, seemingly directed toward Kiku, as her bracelet disappears.

At that point, Maera's wings flare, and she disappears into their light, which fades after her.

Posted on 2008-08-25 at 17:44:23.
Edited on 2008-09-01 at 21:44:59 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction: The Linsemptus - Q/A
Subject: *sigh*

For the most part, almost everyone is waiting for me to update, however, in order to keep chronological order, I need Vilyamar to update his character first.

... or does this mean another character will have to be dropped >.<

Posted on 2008-08-23 at 19:41:15.

Topic: Poetry of Reralae
Subject: Emotions of Life - Impatience

Often as we sit, waiting for something to occur,
The force is felt, that feeling we have to endure.
It is comprised of irritation, anxiety, and sorrow,
And of course, the wish that it'd happen tomorrow.

People feel this force, almost every single day,
For it affects every event, no matter how far away.
The more one calls for the event, the larger the force grows,
For it heeds the calls, but the event doesn't come with simple woes.

Within impatience, people quickly become angered,
As the yearning grows, and becomes unable to be injured.
It works against hope, making it feel like it won't come,
But all things come in time, despite the loss of some.

Do not worry, for the time will eventually pass,
It just doesn't go by smoothly, like wind in the grass.
Time is often blocked by impatience and fears,
But do not heed them, or you may fall to tears.

Even in the Void, time will still go by;
Nothing can stop it, no matter what we try.
So take solace in this truth, and abide your time,
And soon enough, even in impatience, the bell will chime.

Posted on 2008-08-22 at 23:49:12.

Topic: Welcome or Not!
Subject: Difficult, very difficult

"I'd need to know exactly where the other Sylph is in order to be able to contact her; we're aren't able to sense each other besides guess with our intuition." Sen says sadly.

"We Sylphs have an intimate tie with magic, and can use it almost at will. Gemstones cut in specific ways for different spells can enhance our power. Furthermore, we are able to traverse the boundaries between worlds, hence why I am able to be here in the first place. Others may try to use a Sylph to amplify their own magic as a gemstone amplifies ours. They may also try to harness our ability to traverse worlds." Sen explains, "Whereas people like you have both a body and a soul, one contained within the other, our bodies are effectively the same as what would be our souls. They don't need to be nourished besides growth, and we do not need to sleep."

"The Pursuers are a group of people who try to capture Sylphs for their own motives. What these are, I don't know. I don't even know how many their group consists of; I've only seen three of them closely... too close for comfort..." Sen shivers.

"One holds a mirror that seems to be able to reflect any sort of attack, whether it is physical or magical. She can widen and shorten the mirror whenever she pleases, and... I think she can even steal people's souls with it. That's what it felt like anyway... something cold, and encompassing... they call her the Collector."

"The other is their main fighter. He often appears unarmed to even the well trained eye, and in truth he is, until he strikes. His destructive powers are quite powerful, and he is capable of levelling an entire city to the ground. His weapons are blades that slide down from his wrists, and they appear almost like a mix iridescent and dried red blood. With them, he usually swings horizontally across, which sends a large, red shockwave of energy that can demolish stone, melt gold, and even shatter crystals. They call him Darkside."

"The final one, I could barely see. She, assuming it is a female, is always surrounded by shadow, even in the light, making it impossible to see her face, or even her body sometimes. She uses shadows to her advantage, teleporting between them at will. In the night, the shadow of the day, she could be anywhere within a single moment. Hitting her is near impossible, for the shadow that shrouds her also protects her, and if you strike the shadow, you just go through it, bypassing her altogether. She can even jump to your own shadow and have a shadowy dagger at your throat within seconds. Her shadowy weapons don't affect people's bodies, striking only their souls. Fittingly, she is called Shadow, and she's the most dangerous of the three because of how fast and deadly she can be."

"With those three, Darkside appears to be the leader, barking orders and always in a craze to be victorious, but it's the Collector that's the true leader. She is sharp and intelligent, murmuring instructions to Shadow, who fulfils the orders swiftly without hesitation. Darkside is more of a distraction than anything else, although that doesn't mean he isn't anyone to not take seriously, considering that he is still powerful. The Collector is the brains, Darkside is the brawn, and Shadow... well, there's nothing to truly describe her." Sen finishes.

"With those three involved, you can expect a lot of bloodshed, especially from Darkside. I don't think any of them are human, although Darkside appears quite human. The Collector, she appears to be young elven girl, and she wears a blue kimono. Shadow, well, if she's standing in the open at all, not even those that can see in the dark can see her through her shadow."

"I don't think we'll have to go out of our way to get aid, since those three, or at least Darkside, will be quite noticeable. In some of the other worlds he's been in, there have actually been wars declared on him. Just him, one individual, because he causes so much destruction. I think... he just enjoys killing and causing pain."

"Darkside can definitely see me even if I'm invisible, but the other two I'm not so sure about... I'm fairly certain they can as well. Darkside seems to be able to see people by seeing their life forces, probably because he likes to snuff them out, and so he's able to see me that way." Sen finishes.

"I could search for the other Sylph with a spell, and simply teleport her to safety, but I don't know how long that'd take, and me using magic seems to draw the Pursuers to me, like they can somehow tell when and where I use magic." Sen thinks aloud, "I'll need to use magic as little as possible, and that means I'll have to stop being invisible as well."

Posted on 2008-08-22 at 06:39:13.

Topic: The Trilogy War
Subject: If all else fails...

The thick, green, dense gas shifting toward Haila quickly snaps her out of her train of thought. She leaps to her feet, which isn't easy to do when your cat chooses that point in time to pounce upon you to take it to safety. After a bit of struggling, Haila manages to balance Niamedris in her arms as she thinks about how to mend the situation...

Well, I'll give this a try. She thinks to herself.

Haila quickly weaves her free hand in the air, all the while murmuring fervently under her breath. But, whether anything would happen she had no clue.

"You know, I think we're going to die." Niamedris thinks.

"You've thought that before and we lived." Haila admonishes.

"Yeah, but only because I got a sausage." Niamedris returns.

Haila rolls her eyes, nearly losing the spell she was trying to cast. Of all the times to think of food... still, she should've expected it by now.

((Targeted Dispel Magic on the statue))

Posted on 2008-08-22 at 03:36:39.
Edited on 2008-08-22 at 03:40:46 by Reralae

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Blessings From Within

Gorre's speed easily outpaced everyone present, and even as Kiku tried to use a magic spell, she had nothing to lock onto. Kusardo and Kimono both decided to rush ahead of Gorre's path, in an effort to divert it, but in the meantime, Gho and Rei Lightning look thoughtfully at one another.

"Rei, have you analyzed our data yet?" Gho Lightning asks.

"Yes, and we have it!" Rei Lightning responds.

Gho Lightning smiles, "Good, let's do it then!"

With a burst of static across everyone's screen, Rei and Gho Lightning reform into the single Twin Lightning character.

"Alright, do your best Kusardo and Kimono!" Twin Lightning calls, evidently being controlled by Rei.

Kusardo manages to get in front of Gorre, but right when he is about to slash his sword threateningly, something else happens. It doesn't feel like he, the player, is holding a controller, but rather holding some sort of pole arm and slicing it across horizontally. For a moment, it doesn't look as though Kusardo is wielding a broadsword, but instead is wielding some sort of wand, with a long red shaft piercing a 'Q' shape at the top of it. Kusardo twirls this weapon around and slashes, causing Gorre to rear back and change direction, to away from Twin Lightning. It is only for a split second, and right afterwards it appears that Kusardo was always wielding his broadsword, leaving his player only with the tingling sensation of wielding the staff.

Kimono stands in Gorre's way, but despite pressing the 'x' button to swing, the character doesn't do anything. However, the player feels a bizarre feeling, as though something were sliding through her torso and out of her body. Then, everyone's FMD shows an enormous blade, appearing almost like a wooden sword with a plain guard and a cylindrical stake for its blade, slams into the ground where Gorre was about to go. The Phase rears back and heads toward Kiku. Yet, as quickly as the blade appeared, it vanishes, leaving only Kimono shown returning her scythe to a ready stance.

Kiku visibly pales as Gorre heads toward her, and then, from the sky, an immense beam of light slams into the ground in front of Gorre, causing it to head toward Twin Lightning.

During the party's attacks, Twin Lightning was not merely standing still. Her right hand is held out toward Gorre, with no weapon in it, and around the wrist is a peculiar bracelet, appearing to be made up of blue hexagons and yellow pentagons. The background fades into static, and five strange structures, seemingly made out of data, appear evenly around the bracelet, almost parallel to Twin Lightning's arm, before beginning to angle toward Gorre. From the tips of these, streams of 0's and hexagons fly out, tipped with a triangular graphic, to impale Gorre as it turns from Kiku toward Twin Lightning. The bracelet and the static and the Data Drain all fade, leaving Gorre just hovering in the air, seemingly stunned, as the background graphics return to what they were before.

"Excellent." Is all Gorre says before fading into an orb of violet light that floats to and is absorbed by Twin Lightning.

The background of the floating island fades, to be replaced by a square room, probably within the dungeon of the area Xi Chatting Snaring Twins. There is a platform just opposite of the only door out of the room.

Twin Lightning breathes deeply, her inhalation shown by her character's graphic. "Well, there's no time to waste. I'm sure you all have questions, but those will have to wait until we get out of this area."

At that moment, a second cry of pain is heard, just through the dark doorway. Once again, it sounds as though the source is Azure Kite.

Posted on 2008-08-22 at 01:04:20.
Edited on 2008-08-22 at 01:07:27 by Reralae

Topic: You Filthy Little Thief!!!
Subject: Sounds good! The more the merrier... wait, does that mean there's one less cookie in the cookie jar

Standing up sharply, Ocyari walks in after the others, but when the doorman winks at her, she feels slightly better. Maybe someone actually can guess at what I can do. Ocyari thinks, a little relieved.

The tavern, as it's called, didn't look that interesting to Ocyari. There were interesting people, but it was rude to stare at them, although... Ocyari's hairs on the back of her neck tingle; it feels as though she's being stared at. Heh, it's probably because they don't expect a little person to be here, Ocyari decides.

Sitting with the others at the table, Ocyari is surprised when another 'sibling' comes up to them.

"Please excuse. You are Paomallen, are you not? Of the orphanage run by Ormander Galios? If you are, then all of you are from the same background as myself, and I am in the right place. Are you Percifeer? And is that you Miran? You two were mere babes when I left the orphanage. I was called Teresa then. Teresa Lofton. My name now is Dai Lung."

"Hi Dai Lung, I'm-"

"Please. I must finish.." Dai Lung interjects, to which Ocyari pouts slightly.

"From what I've been told, a few of your number seem to be missing. Mandy told me that Pio had gone with you, but he isn't with you now. And there was another name Mandy mentioned, one I can't remember now, that also seems to be absent."

"Umm, so where were you before?" Ocyari interrupts.

"Please, I must finish."

"I assume you had to take a test to enter here, as did I. My own test was a test of strength. The guy over there in the corner. The one rubbing his leg with both hands? He was my test."

"Umm, so what were you supposed to do?" Ocyari asks.

"I was supposed to get him to release me after he picked me up. I simply didn't allow him to pick me up. A well-placed knee to the correct point in a leg muscle, near but not in the groin, will cause most to drop like a wet sack, as he did. As a result, I'm being left pretty much to myself." She speaks of this matter-of-factly, even though the man she points to seems nearly twice her height and mass.

At this point, Dai's speech becomes even more rapid, as if she was suddenly in a hurry. Or she may have been sensing impatience and trying to shorten her diatribe. Or it could be just gushing relief at seeing long-missed "family" ...

"Actually, I was surprised -- no, I was amazed! -- that Ormander's missive asking for aid found me at all. In the cloistered seclusion of the Temple of the Cloud,"

"Where's that?" Ocyari asks, interrupting once again.

"Please be patient, I'll finish soon."

"I received no mail, no messages other than those from the monks of the monastery. And I was there at the monastery simply because Ormander, or 'Mandy' as I still think of him from my own short time at the orphanage, Mandy allowed me to choose my life and do it at the tender age of six years. I have never regretted my persistence or my decision to pester Mandy into letting me try to follow my dream. I have always intended to visit him someday, to show him what I have made of myself."

"Unfortunately, I was only able to make the time to see him after I had left the monastery to "find my place". The message found me only 5 days ago, only one day after I left the monastery. The shock of the missive finding me goaded me into making all haste to the orphanage, where I had arrived at mid-day today. My shock was replaced by anger at the accusations against him, when I was informed of the events by Ormander."

"Umm, so-" Ocyari interrupts again.

"Young one, be patient, I will finish shortly."

"Then frustration took over, because I did not arrive soon enough to join the other members of my "family" on their quest to clear him. Ormander told me to stay close, if I could, and he would inform mer if you needed aid or replacements. At that time, she kept my own counsel, purposely not telling Ormander that I had no intention of waiting idly until called.. I intended to investigate on my own. More than a few coins had to be passed and palmed until I was able to follow a promising lead here, to the Heart of Darkness. Although I've been in numerous establishments similar to this, the place and it's clientèle seem to me to be far below the mark of "quality" The locale should be called the Hole of Death."

Here Dai's demeanour turns formal again. "You all have evidently received the same information I have, for you are here also. This one asks to join you in your efforts. She can be an asset."

"Umm, can I talk now?" Ocyari asks. After confirmation of this, Ocyari continues, "Well, why not?" She asks.

"The more the merrier, right? Oh, I'm Ocyari by the way." She says, extending a little hand to shake with Dai Lung, that seeming to be the most appropriate greeting.

Posted on 2008-08-21 at 22:09:20.
Edited on 2008-08-21 at 22:10:21 by Reralae

Topic: Silent Hill: Eternal Decay
Subject: Fascinating

Cindi says nothing more, just looking toward Hank with a distant interest. She seems to be almost in a state of shock. Cindi thinks vaguely, before looking back to the White Card in her hand.

Well, that's fine. They obviously don't wish for me to exist, so I'll just wait until they're done before seeing if the one with my initials holds anything of importance or practical value. She decides, her eyes misting over as she stares at the blank card, imagining things that are likely even beyond this world.

Posted on 2008-08-21 at 21:50:30.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: Shadows are more than just places where light doesn't travel

Linnix walks over toward Xaris, "You won't go alone; I too can hide in shadows fairly well, although I probably could be tracked if someone tried really hard."

"I suppose, I haven't been truly honest with the rest of you." Linnix says, "I've never actually told you what I did before, for a living I mean."

Linnix averts her gaze, "It's... not anything I'm really proud about, especially not now. A thief, yes, I suppose that describes it well."

She closes her eyes, "I am... ashamed of it now. However, I suppose, it is fortunate, because that gave me some skills that could be helpful now."

Linnix's voice fades, and then she looks back to the others, "But I won't go back to that," she says, her eyes glimmering with defiance at that past, "So, please, don't hold that against me. I will do my best to help, if you can trust me after what I have said."

Posted on 2008-08-21 at 21:38:33.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: A Victory that Must Be Grasped

And so thus did the fight begin, and although the unknown is what the party was facing, they knew better than to wait for explanations. Those would have to wait, if they came at all. Gho Lightning waited for nothing, not even confirmation that any of the others would help, and quickly ran right up to the half of the Phase that held no physical resistance.

"Tri Strike!" Gho Lightning calls, slashing horizontally twice before ending with a strong, downward strike with his dual blades.

To everyone else's astonishment, Gorre's HP, which before said 5000/5000, now, after those three hits, became 4&!9/5000.

"Is that all you got?" The mosaic with the yellow crystal upon it asks tauntingly as the Phase suddenly whirls around the area, trailing a blue afterimage with its speed.

It stops just as suddenly, and although Kimono rushed forward to help, at that moment Rei Lightning holds her back, "Wait!"

With the two halves spinning, Gorre hovers into the air, then slams down upon the ground, sending out a shockwave that would've otherwise hit Kimono. After this, both Gho and Rei Lightning use their Skill Triggers, rushing up to the Phase.

"Tri Strike!" Gho Lightning calls as he repeats his attack.

"Lateral Moon!" Rei Lightning calls, hitting Gorre with an upward slash before jumping into the air and following through with a strong horizontal blow.

Kimono takes this opportunity to strike as well, her scythe easily hitting both halves of the Phase. However, only on one does damage register, while on the other half it only displays zeros for damage done.

Kiku quickly runs after the others, as she would have to heal as quickly as possible if needed. Kusardo, however, keeps to the sidelines, uncertain if felling this opponent would be worth the risk.

Gho and Rei Lightning quickly retreat after their strikes, indicating to Kimono to do so as well, as Gorre once again wavers around the field.

[Blade of Scheme]

The words flash at the top of the screen as Gorre's two mosaics go on either side of Rei Lightning, and spin in a circle faster and faster, taking her health gauge down to critical.

"Repth!" Kiku calls, a swirl of white sparkles quickly enveloping Rei Lightning and recovering a portion of her health bar.

"Thanks!" Rei yells back, before striking the Phase again with a second strike of Lateral Moon before backing away again.

At that moment, however, a bizarre cry echoes around the area, sounding very much like a cry of pain. From the tone and pitch, it sounds as though the source is Azure Kite.

Gho Lightning curses something under his breath, "Gorre! There's little time, and you know this!"

Gorre pauses in consideration, "Agreed." The blue half says, "Very well then, you are indeed the best candidate we have seen."

"Could be better, but it's not like we're too picky." The one with the yellow crystal adds.

"However, there is one last test for you." The one with the blue crystal says.

"Just try to hit us in our other form!" The other finishes.

At that point, both halves of Gorre seem to explode, leaving behind an orb, one yellow and one blue, of light. Their stone mosaic bodies disintegrate into sparkles of violet, which quickly are absorbed within Gho and Rei's character bodies.

The two orbs of light merge, although their two separate parts can still be seen. After the light fades, Gorre's new form can be seen. It almost appears like a bizarre doll, with a round head, with two halves of a crescent moon jutting out of either side, and conical arms and body, hovering over a spherical centre that has appears similar to an eye. At the back, it has a flat diamond shape hovering behind it, as well as almost a sled-like shape below it. In this form, Gorre is primarily blue in colour, with the crescent moon coloured yellow.

"Catch me if you can!" Gorre calls, before zooming around the field, trailing a blue afterimage in its wake.

(Picture of this form of Gorre: (specifically, it's the one on the right currently))

Posted on 2008-08-21 at 00:48:57.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: Two others out of three... well, perhaps the third one too

Linnix surveys the battleground, "It looks, to me anyway, that all the other players were present. Evidence of magic, I'd guess from that spellcaster patron's group, the knight, I'd guess from that blacksmith's group, and the horse from that jeweller's group."

Linnix tilts her head thinking, "Well, I guess the good thing is they're causing quite a commotion, and will drag more attention to them than to us."

She chuckles, "Actually, if we're lucky, they could end up just fighting with themselves and slowing each other down; being in the rear means we don't have to worry about that so much, especially if they underestimate us."

Linnix pauses, giving it a bit more thought, "Well, I agree with Aelistae; it'd be easiest to wait for tonight, unless someone thinks of a different plan."

Hmm, I wonder if I'll learn how to use a bit of magic at some point. Linnix thinks, It seems very interesting...

Posted on 2008-08-19 at 19:24:47.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE
Subject: Phase 5: Gorre, The Machinator

Through the blue flame door. The flames licked at the character's bodies, but did not harm them, rather it was much more like a comforting notion, trying to reassure that things would turn out alright, if such a thing were possible. Questions were thought of, but they would have to wait, because then, at that point, everyone's FMD goes black.

A sound is heard, almost like a large raindrop hitting the surface of a body of water, and then it is seen. At first it is faint, only a slight red tint amidst the darkness in a circle that flows out from the centre, but then the ripple strengthens, taking on a lighter, bluer tinge as well as growing in intensity as the blackness fades into static. Then, suddenly, a violet ring amidst the spectrum appears, then lengthens horizontally, engulfing the screen. The sound of a large oceanic wave is heard as the purple weaves back and forth as though it were water you are cutting through. At times, the screen inverts in colour with a brief hint of static, and then you finally reach the end of the purple wave, with both sides exiting your perspective.

Suddenly, from below rises what appears to be an oval stone mosaic, lengthened vertically, with a crystal at its top. From the mosaic, the front portion of a face juts out, so that rather than an oval mosaic it just appears to be the front half of a humanoid face, without warning and roars before disappearing off the screen at the top. A second follows the first one's path and growls rather than roars. The tone of the first seems feminine, and the tone of the second seems masculine. They then appear together toward the left side of the screen as red words appear on the screen. The back of one has a yellow circle, and the back of the other has a blue circle.

"Take this!" They shout in unison, their teeth chattering for a moment before their faces meld back into their mosaic forms.

The red words are as follows:

At the top right: pHAse: 5
At the middle right: GORRE
At the bottom, centred: The MACHINATOR

The screen then fades to white.

When the screen returns, the two mosaics are hovering in the air before the group, but where the group actually is unknown. The area appears to be a large, rectangular, floating island, with two stripes of orange hexagons running parallel across it lengthwise. Bits of other floating land can be seen to the side of this island, but nothing can be seen past that, as it is blocked from sight by swirling clouds.

"The candidates that seek the power of the fifth," The left mosaic says, its crystal shining blue and its face showing briefly.

"Well, if you want our power, prove to us you have your own first!" The right mosaic says, its crystal shining yellow.

Rei and Gho Lightning grin, "That's why we're here!"

"Kimono! Kusardo! Whether you help or not is up to you, and if you do, strike only the one with the yellow crystal and back." Gho Lightning calls.

"Kiku, we'll undoubtedly need your help!" Rei Lightning calls back to the cleric, who still seems a bit dazed after running into Maera.

Kiku shakes her head, clearing away the daze, "Right!" She calls.

"However," Gho Lightning says to the rest of the group, "You all should be aware of one thing. This monster, if you use the term, cannot be destroyed."

However, in spite of this fact, perhaps the largest concern for each person present is not this opponent that's in front of them, but the feeling within them of something else. It's almost as though those hours spent playing before were nothing more than a dream, and now the characters were waking up, with something else beside them as well.

Posted on 2008-08-19 at 18:53:17.

Topic: .Hack//LIFE Q&A
Subject: Boss Battle...

Hehehe, I can't wait to get started on this...

As I said before, be careful!

Posted on 2008-08-18 at 21:19:05.

Topic: Welcome or Not!
Subject: A Sigh

Another? Oh, that is not what Sen wanted to hear. Worse, there had to be a notable battle now over 'possession' of the other? That would be noticeable, too noticeable, and the Pursuers would not pass up the opportunity, once they found out that there was another Sylph they could capture. Sen sighs, a soft and pretty, yet sad sound.

"That's not good." Sen says, "But..." She bites her lip, "I'm afraid that's not the worst news I know right now."

"I've... been here too long." Sen barely whispers.

She shakes her head, clearing the thought from her mind, "I'm sorry, what I meant to say is they won't be the only ones after the other. A group of people I call the Pursuers have followed me to this world. They aren't close yet, but they are annoyingly persistent; I've been trying to lose them in several other worlds now. If they find out of another, easier catch, they'll undoubtedly go after her, and with this noticeable battle, they'll likely find out."

Sen pauses for a moment, "That really forces me to do something. I'd say that the biggest threat right now is the Pursuers, especially considering they'll be using any means necessary and in their capabilities. If I leave now, they might follow me, but with the other Sylph here, there's a bigger chance they'll go after her first."

Sen stops for a moment. Just what is there to do? She has to be careful; any overt movements on her part will instantly get her noticed by the Pursuers... Sen quietly contemplates as she allows Erihsehc to take in this new information.

Posted on 2008-08-18 at 20:21:49.

Topic: ~*Whom Gods Annoy*~
Subject: ... let's try this...

Hearing a crossbow bolt fire, Iskanna bites her lip. Weren't they both supposed to be dead by now? Oh well... time to act.

Well, first thing's first; if she can't see the enemy, she can't help and attack it, so light is needed. Secondly, if they were to attack her... well, she knows she can't stand up to much in terms of physical damage.

So then the question is defence or light first? Well, that would be an easy pick. Iskanna raises her hands and holds them in front of her, as though in prayer. Then she reaches forward, to draw the outline of a flower in the air. All the while she does this, she sings softly in a melodic language that seems to lift the spirit. She finalizes the spell by bringing her hands together once more.

((Casting Sanctuary))

Posted on 2008-08-17 at 18:17:21.

Topic: The Inconceivable Crusaders
Subject: Agreement

Jevaf says nothing as she expertly takes off the spikes on her boots and her climbing claws, and repacks them in her backpack, in the meantime listening to the others as they plan. Finishing her task, she looks over at the others as they finalize their plan, not saying anything.

Wordlessly, she nods to Drassarr as he gets ready to move forward. Jevaf silently contemplates her choice of weapon. For the moment, it would seem her bow is her best option; it would allow her to aim at virtually any of the enemies and strike the most dangerous one first.

With her hood still for the most part blocking her face, Jevaf reaches behind her back and pulls out her bow. Then, staying close to the right side of the cave, she enters, paying close attention to the ground before her and avoiding loose rocks and other things that could make noise.

Posted on 2008-08-16 at 16:35:59.


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