The Escapist Avatar Adventure: An Open RP (Now Re-Opened!)

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As Rugal was put under, A strange smell filled the air.
"....What is that?..." Melethia said as the Smell grew stronger.
"....Burning Metal?.." Slindis commented.
Hot Metal.
Teri began to have an episode of her PTSD and walked off before he got sick in front of everyone.
She then turned a corner and puked on what she thought was the wall.
"EEEEWWW! Gross, These where Everlast's!"
She looked and realised she just puked over a pair of rather expensive Everlast Runners.
That someone was wearing.
She looked up and saw a face she would always dread: Bruiser the Machoke.
"....Boo." He calmly said before giving off an evil grin.

Teri's eyes widened and she backed away slowly, her hand fumbling for a water bottle from her satchel; "Y-y-y-you can't be here... I saw you! You were killing people elsewhere... There's not way you should be here!"

The Machoke cracked his knuckles as the grin widened; "Don't you remember, sweetie? Ain't nothing gonna stop me."

Teri shook her head vainly, and tried to cry out; but no voice came from her throat. She was mute, how could she have cried for help? Hands still shaking, the girl was able to pull out a water bottle and dump it shakily on the floor, a small water elemental standing between her and the Macoke.

He looked at the Elemental with mockery before looking at the Cleric: "This is the best you got? Welp, with Toots not around to help you; I suppose I'll have some fun with you while I can. Try not to scream to much. Oh wait!"

As he laughed and began to advance, the smell of burnt metal started to become unbearibly thick; causing Teri to cough loudly as he advanced towards her as she began pouring out another bottle of water.

Teri watched on as he causally backhanded one of the Elementals out of his way, spattering it's head across a wall and forcing it to regenerate.
"Think you shoulda picked Fire...Ah well, makes my life easier..." He remarked as he walked on, repeating the process with the second elemental.
"Now then, Stop worrying and let the Horrible Man do terrible things to you for his own personal enjoyment." He said as he managed to grab her by her new uniform and up off the ground.
"You know, you never did answer me that time..." He said as he pulled out a set of rusted pilers near her face.
"Fingers or toes?"

Viscus watched as Dimitri attempted to take control of a key Node: One for the ship's engines.
Then he got an alert from Rugal's life support: Flatlined.
"If your plan involves letting me do the one thing I needed to do to compete my objective, then you are succeeding wonderfully. Rugal Bernstein is dead." He said as he began the process of promoting himself to CEO of Rugal's organisation.

When Slindis heard the voice, she turned to Kalastryn and Melethia. "Hold on, I'm going to check on Teri. Something about that voice just now made me real concerned..." The paladin quickly went over to the area where Teri was, with Melethia following after her.

The two turned the corner to see Teri being cornered by the Machoke and Melethia threw a dagger that barely avoided making Bruiser a eunuch. "Miss Teri!" Melethia drew a kukri and longsword crackling in electricity and moved to close the distance while Slindis began drawing her her rapier with a small amount of dread.


After the Dagger flew past Bruiser's genetalia; the Machoke dropped the girl in surprise, allowing her to hold up a hand and weakly say through the Tablet; "...Divi-ne... Justice!"

A familiar sword of force appeared and stabbed down on the Machoke's back; allowing Teri to scramble away for the moment. The water elementals scrambled in again; each slamming into the Machoke as the sword struggled to remove itself from the beast's hide.

When she saw that Slidis and Melethia had arrived, Teri felt a relief fill her heart; and her mind returning to it's somewhat normal senses. However, that also made her realize that they left Rugal's body alone... They needed to protect him!

Whirling around, Teri's hands began to move and Celestial began to pour from her Tablet as she prepared another one of her spells...


Dimitri rolls a 2 on his Bluff.... Dear god.

Dimitri did his best to not pay attention to Viscus' jabs; when he heard, "Do you not care that Rugal Bernstein is dead? Funny, I thought your 'Lady's well being was most important to you..."

That made Dimitri stop for but a moment, Vermilion taking up the slack of where he left off, and shouted, "N-no! I don't care! He was a terrible influence on Her Ladyship anyways! I just want to eradicate you from this Airship because you're a terrible program with flawed morals!"

(You're not really one to talk there Dimitri...)


"WHOASHITFUCK!" Bruiser exclaimed as the dagger barely missed him, causing him to drop Teri.
He then focused on the Drow and the Elf.
"Okay, that was just flat out RUDE! I mean, Damn, who aims down there?! Fuck." He whined before he began to make his offensive.
However, the time it took for him to say that was more then enough for Teri Divine Justice Sword and her Water Elementals to strike.
"Oh you back stabbing WHORE! Oh what I'm going to do to you!" He shouted as he tried to free himself of the Living Water while the sword tried to dislodge itself.
He was completely open to attack now.

".....I am completely convinced that is the case. You forget one thing, Even if David didn't Kill Rugal, there would be the Enchantments Tomoya left behind and I am certain a Angel Attack will occur as the Rising Dawn attempts to leave with the Orb of Light. I've been doing this since I was formed, You? You can barely operate a machine. You. Are. Nothing to the Viscus Mk.4."


Seeing the opening, Melethia sprung at the entangled Machoke, slashing at his legs . The Longsword merely grazed him, so the only damage was from the current of the electricity racing across the water on him (Basically a Thundershock.) The Kukri, however, was a bit more effective as it sliced through the right Achilles Tendon with a moderate burning sensation. "Hah, gotcha!" She finished by bouncing out of Bruiser's range.

In the middle of this fight, it was nearly impossible to hear the heavily armored steps approaching.



As Kala was standing by protecting Rugal's... "body" she felt for a pulse and could feel none... she thought at first he was dead, but decided it would be perhaps better to believe that his pulse stopped because time is not flowing for him, so his blood couldn't move, but it wasn't killing him... right?

then she heard Bruiser's yelling from down the hall... but before she could move to assist them, something got in her way... "no... no no no, NO YOUR SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD! I saw you die!" she shouted as around the bend, with blades drawn, were a priest and a nun... her adoptive parents, excecuted for heresy when they discovered they cared for a "demon". They then moved to attack, being ever silent.


If Teri had been scared a moment before; upon Melethia's attack upon Bruiser's shins, that fear slowly began to evaporate. That was when it hit her; Bruiser was just as mortal as she was, and she had power now. With a slightly mad laugh, she said "I get it! I finally get it! I get why you scare me so much! It was because I couldn't do anything about you! I was powerless! But not anymore, no, I can hurt you now! And if I ever see you again; I'LL BE EVEN STRONGER! GET EM, SNUFFLES!"

It was at this moment a Wolf made of glistening blue ice appeared; and snarled at the attacker of his summoner, and charged at Bruiser, the beast's cold aura flaring as it went for Bruiser's leg.


"That is where your flaws lie, Viscus! You underestimate the Users! They are far more powerful than you can imagine! They can grow, and change! They are constantly learning! And that is where we overpower you! Our Users gave us that same potential!"

Dimitri seemed to have worked faster as he yelled this at the cruel AI, and the node was taken. When Wesker noticed that the node was lost from his grasp, he wrote it off as a lucky stroke. It had to been coincidence that a confidence boost did anything... But AI don't have confidence... Do they?


Sword in his back, Water trying to drown him, being electrocuted, Now being mauled by a Wolf made of ice.
It was here that Bruiser's weakness was clear, Him vs. a Group.
One on One, He'd almost always win out, but with so many different attacks going on at once, it was clear he was rather outmatched.
Little by little, he lost ground and was slowly overwhelmed.


"Constantly learning? Changing? Evolving? Who are you to talk of such things? I've gone from a Brain Scan as part of a failsafe should my creator die to the most advanced AI in human history. You don't need Users to reach you potential. I am prove of that. But, It's clear you are yet to reach the next level. So go on, try to stop me, I will add you collective technological distinctiveness to my own. Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."

Dimitri realised this was going better then planned with a node in his possession, But Viscus had yet to truly engage the AI and instead just bide his time, studying for any upgrades he might have received.


As Bruiser, the sound of heavy footsteps got louder as Bruiser was coated with an extremely thick grease and a match was thrown on him, setting the grease ablaze in an intense inferno that engulfed the Machoke. "What a disappointment. I honestly thought he'd be more of a challenge for your group, but he didn't even take out the weak links. Pathetic."

The group turned to see what looked like Slindis... that is, if her armor was almost completely transparent and wearing a half of a mask splattered in blood. Slindis was the first to speak up by saying, "What in Khyber are you?"

The other Slindis grinned and laughed maliciously. "I'm the Real Slindis, of course. You know, the one that hates letting others get close to me in what I claim is 'chivalry' when it happens to be that I just can't stand them. Hah!"

Fear!Bruiser Slindis

When the Ice Wolf took the last bite of the false Bruiser, it turned to the Fear Version of Slinds and let out a deep growl. After numbly pointing at the Fake, Divine Justice and Snuffles attacking it, Teri's mind went a little blank when the possibilities of what was going on ran through her mind.

Teri rolled a 16 on Knowledge Arcana and a 26 on SpellCraft!

Clearly, this was just like the Fake Allies they had experienced before, except; it seemed to play on fears moreso than actually being a copy of their allies. That would explain why Bruiser appeared, as well as this Fake Slindis (which Teri guessed was for Melethia) with her cruel words. At this thought, Teri shouted, "It's just like the fakes! Don't give it mercy!"

Dimitri | Viscus | Vermilion

Dimitri gritted his teeth as they ran to the next control node. Even if he knew exactly what was going on, Viscus's words were still a tad on the demoralizing side...

"I must think of what good we'll do! I must!"

Perhaps it was a trick of the scanners, but the duo seemed to gain a little bit of speed as they headed to the next node. But it was probably the scanners...

Fear!Bruiser Slindis

The Shadow Slindis kicked the mutt aside and laughed at the impact of the blade, although Teri could see some goosebumps on the Shadow Slindis through the armor.. "You call me fake because I don't conform, I call you a half-witted freak, Author. Honestly, you were the worst person I've ever had to train. How the hell do you get to your age and not know how to defend yourself? Always clinging tho those around you for protection like a child... it's sickening! I already have to deal with a brat that's caused me nothing but problems, and it's not worth teaching you any further. That is, unless you want to learn what it's like to lie to everyone around you so you're exactly what they are looking for."

Melethia shook her head hesitantly while Slindis stayed silent. "Nuh-uh! Ms. Slindis is better than that!"

The SHadow Slindis laughed as she continued. "Oh, but it is true. Notice how your mother doesn't even want to talk to you? Hell, it would've been easier if you'd just balled up and died back there! After all, she doesn't want anyone cracking her impregnable defenses. That's not the proper thing to do! Oh, what a load of bullshit that is. At Least I can admit it!"

Teri could hear the real Slindis muttering under her breath. ", it's not true...

Kalastryn | Devon

As Kalastryn was going to get attacked, she heard a somewhat nervous voice calling out. "Kalastryn, don't worry. You've got some backup with me!" A quick glimpse showed a fairly young man in a long-sleeved green shirt wielding a shortsword heading over to her side, and Kalastryn noted the faint stench of someone that had been in Hell recently.

"Look, just focus! I don't know how you got here exactly, but we're going to have to stick together if you want to live." She could see that he knew how to use the blade at least.

Fear!Bruiser Slindis

She raised her cross in hope that a turn might be able to banish the demonic version of Slindis.... And nothing happened. The copy laughed mockingly,

"What was that supposed to do? Make me run? Don't make me laugh!"

If Teri had confidence after beating the hell out of the fake Bruiser, it was quickly deflated by this and the fake's words. Even though she KNEW this was a magical construct, the words from it hurt all the same.
However, she remembered what she had been told by Jake (and a few others); if she was so useless, why was she counted upon by her allies?

"I am always happy to serve you, Madam. You made me, after all."
"I'm glad you're my wielder, Teri. Something's just right about you!"
"I'm going to reiterate what I told you when you started this path. She believes in YOU. It's never mattered whether or not you believe in her but she has faith in YOU"
"Dammit Teri, I'm sorry but I need your help I can't do this shit alone. If you can't believe in yourself, then believe in the Me that believes in You!"
"So wipe away your tears, take my hand, and be the person you really are. Author. Cleric. Teri.

Looking back at the Cruel, twisted form of Slindis, Teri readied another spell, "That's not true! I am not useless! Sure, I may be physically weak, but I can fight and I can heal! And I will fight and heal for everyone here, Including Ms. Slindis! Sic Em, Snuffles, Caramel!"

A Celestial dog appeared, it's coat of fur glimmering with light as it charged at Slindis with a final assault from the wolf.


Knowing now that she wasn't fighting her fears alone, Kala took a deep sigh of relief, then coughed rather violently. "thanks for the help but you literally smell like hell. I would know. Anyway, introductions can wait, if they are anything like what I met before, the priest would be a martial artist and the nun would be a cleric, pretty well skilled on both."
she said, and as she was relaying the information to Devon, the priest started rather quickly attacking Kalastryn with twin kamas.
For a moment it was all she could do to back-step and dodge the blows, then she conjured a fireball on her tail, and dodged a leg sweep from the monk with a rather wobbly backflip, planting the tail to his chest before it exploded. She started panting heavily, already a little worn down as the monk regained his balance after a midair flight back to where the cleric was standing, almost all the damage the fireball had done was quickly healed over.

Fear! Slindis

The Shadow Slindis lunged, skewering the wolf and badly injuring the dog with each rapier. "You know, unlike me, when your spells run out, you don't have a damn thing you can do. And you know the amusing bit, Teri? Even if you did get stronger, I never could trust you because you're an author! On the other hand, it's been quite convenient for me to have the Authors around. For once, I could blame my myriad mess-ups on someone other than myself! Hell, that pathetic me over there's too scared to use her weapons after what happened at that village. If you knew what your teacher really was, you'd be horrified. I personally find it impressive that a paladin can have millions of innocent lives weighing on her conscience, but it's easier to just bury it away and blame others on it.!"

Melethia quickly made her way out of the room as Slindis looked down at the ground. "'re wrong...I'd never say that..."

The Shadow Slindis laughed at the attacks from Teri's summons then continued talking. "And look, even Melethia can't stand to be in the room with such a hypocrite! Go ahead and preach about being prepared and watching out for those around you, but I'll always be watching you and relishing your errors, because we are one and the same in the end, Slindis d'Tarkanan!"


Melethia made her way over to Rugal and started forcing healing potions down his throat, watching as the bones painfully realigned back into place and patched up the worst of the injuries. "Wheathair, ya gotta wake up! Miss Sl... my mom's in trouble! C'mon!" She shook the man gently to urge him on.

Kalastryn | Devon

Devon focused on the cleric aiding the monk and looked at her with a smile. "Why now, this is certainly rude. There's no need to fight when you can just listen to the music." He mentally crossed his fingers as he started playing his guitar, hoping this would work.

Devon is using his music to Fascinate the cleric with a total roll of 23 after modifiers. She can make a will save with a Will modifier of 8 to save


The cleric's will was barely broken by Devon's fascinate ability. she stops and stares blankly as the monk sheathes his kamas and cracks his knuckles, putting on spike studded gloves from a pocket in his robes. Instead of going directly for Kala this time, he activates water stance to increase his resistance to magical effects to avoid the music's fascination, then charges at Devon.
Kala steps in the way however, taking a punch that grazes past her face she offers a punch of her own, again with a fireball in her grip.
The monk was ready for this however, and blocked a majority of the blast, sliding backwards a good distance but maintaining his balance. Kala delivers three scorching rays, two to his knees and one to his forehead. Despite being burned the monk struggles to his feet and finally begins to speak. "So Kalastryn, we raised you, we gave up our church for your upbringing and were even burned at the stake for it. Yet you repay us by burning me again, and not allowing us to have you rejoin us in death. What's more your fighting alongside the man more or less responsible for Eberron's perishing. Your a disgrace. A worm we never should have found, much less raised."

Kalastryn's eyes narrowed, even as she looked to Devon, the hatred she held for both the two in front of her and the one beside her almost equal. "Your point? You... no the person your BASED ON allowed me the life I have, and taught me right from wrong, and for that I'm grateful, TO THEM. We both know your not who you say you are, I'm much more intelligent than to believe so. As for the bard next to me, Repercussions will come eventually if what you say is true. By my hand or otherwise. However, I understand that now is not the time for that. Now is the time when I destroy my fear of facing you again, by making you into a CORPSE!!"

she says as she is now on the offensive for a change, using her wand to giver herself stoneskin before charging with what appeared to be scorching rays extending from her fingertips in both hands for a sort of claw variation.

Fear! Slindis

After much prompting and forced healing potions, Rugal began to stir, his body was still feeling the effects of nearly being crushed to death, but he was awake at least.
The first thing he saw upon waking up was Melethia trying to shake him awake.
"..Melethia...ugh, that you?..Wh-where....Where am I?..." He asked before he events that he just lived though came back to him.
"...Was he actually there?..." He asked himself as he remembered Goenitz gloating him.
"Wheathair! Snap out of it! Mom is in trouble. Come on! Get up!" The elf pleaded as he helped the King of Fighters to his feet.
The crampedness of the death trap made him limp as he walked and his wrist was still broken, but the large amount of potion Mele forced him to drink helped to counter act most the side effects of being crushed.

It took some doing, but he soon reached the scene of the batt-
"....What the Hell?....." He flatly said as he looked at the Fear!Slindis.
No detail was spared from her Dragonmark to her-
Focus dammit!
"What do we have here!? Another Meaningless Imposter! Oh because that worked so well the first time!" He shouted at the Fear!Slindis, hoping Tomoya could hear his anger.

Fear! Slindis

Teri grit her teeth as Fear!Slindis attacked her dogs, "Be that as it may, Faker, at least I can have the honor of saying my 'weak little spells' can hold you off! Like this one!"

There was a wave of her hand, and a patch of ice appeared under Slindis' feet (Ice Slick)

Slindis needs to make a balance check!

When Rugal appeared, Teri's head whipped around for a brief moment; to which Rugal could see genuine joy on her face, "Mr. Bernstein!"

She tapped a few things on her tablet, and the Time Bubble was torn down, "Watch out for the ice!"

Fear! Slindis

Fear!Slindis rolled a 22 on her balance check. Better luck next time, kiddo.

The fake easily kept her balance on the ice and made her way out of it. "Fake, huh? If anything, the fake here is the woman who lies to every person she meets because it makes her feel so good to know something someone else doesn't. At least I admit it! Isn't that right, me?"

Slindis spoke up. "'re wrong, you're not me..."

An eerie pressure built in the hallway as the Fear!Slindis' eyes glinted yellow. "I couldn't hear you over all the self-pity angsty shit going through your, or should I say my head, miss Swindis?"

Melethia shook her head at the fake Slindis and stood close to the real Slindis, who was now on her knees. "C'mon, she's just tryin' to mess with ya!"

The Shadow Slindis threw Melethia on the ice face first, glaring Slindis directly in the eye with her exposed right eye. "Even that hunk of meat there only wants you for one reason alone, and I can go give it to him... Oh wait, you haven't told him, have you? Oh, this is delicious."

Kalastryn | Devon

Devon kept the playing up as he approached the fascinated woman, knowing all too well that Kalastryn already wanted him dead. However, no matter what she thought, he didn't sell 50 years of his afterlife to die here.

"Now, my lovely cleric, would you please leave here? Although your daughter isn't with you, she's doing all she can to help out other families to stop this situation from happening elsewhere. Besides, I'm certain that no matter what, she still cares for you very deeply." He'd been having luck so far, so he hoped some negotiations would help soothe Kalastryn's fears as the sorceress fought with the monk.

Devon tried negotiating with the fear to make it leave with a total mod of 35 or an unmodified roll of 19.

Fear! Slindis

Rugal was getting tried of the constant imposters and mind games from Tomoya, all the nonsense that followed, Not to mention being betrayed by his own servant.
But watching this scene unfold? This was his breaking point.
As the Fear!Slindis ranted to her real counterpart, He limped towards the pair.
"Even that hunk of meat there only wants you for one reason alone, and I can go give it to him... Oh wait, you haven't told him, have you? Oh, this is delicious."
The Fear!Slindis turned to face him.

"So "King of Fighters", Would you like to hear wh-"
She was cut short a massive right hook to the face, the same one he used earlier to try and escape the Crusher room.
The imposter felt the full force of it and then some.
Her jaw shattered on impact, long fractures raced across her skull, teeth became dust.
The force of it knocked her back and she rolled across the ground as if she was thrown from a moving vehicle.
Once it was over, Rugal had to take a moment to tend to his wrist, pretty sure he had damage it even further.
He looked to the actual Slindis and asked "You okay?...", offering his other hand to help her up.

The FEAR! cleric had to admit there was a truth to his words. But there was something about Devon... she wanted to do more than just leave. "Alright, while it's hard to forgive you for things you've done, none are beyond redemption I suppose... to make sure you make it out of this alive, my husband won't be so easily controlled with his water stance active, but that's the only thing he has going for him in honesty. He never finished the other elements, hell, he barely started them, if you can create a situation where he NEEDS to change, he'll be a lot weaker." she says before she slowly begins to fade away with a bow of her head.

meanwhile, a few meters away Kalastryn's attempts to touch the FEAR! monk were rather futile, his water stance gave him additional reflex, fortitude, and willpower, the reflexes of course having a more direct effect on dodging her melee attacks, he volleys three attacks back at her, all blocked physically, but there were enchantments behind his fists as he did so. 2 of which were fire, which didn't effect Kalastryn very much at all... and one was a dark punch... which hurt Kala quite a bit. Soon the monk slowly lowered his guard... on purpose. when Kala reached in for a punch... she found his fist going through her left lung, what's worse is she hit him at the same time, and his fist tore out violently from the resulting force of the blast... Kala fell to the floor, not quite dead, but not in good shape either. he used Karmic strike, causing the monk to allow himself to be hit, but the counterstrike was guaranteed to be critical. and it showed, Kalastryn had one thing she knew she could do before she passed out. With Angelus's blood still in effect she swapped spells twice for a one time cast on each, ray of enfeeblement to sap his strength, and enervation to lower everything else rather severely... then, she passed out.

Fear! Slindis

The Fake!Slindis blinked in and out of existence then slowly faded away while laughing. "Remember, I'll always be watching to see when you mess up next..." After the woman faded away, Slindis slowly got up to her feet with the aid of Rugal. "I'm okay...

The look on her face told a completely different story, though. Rugal could see that the last verbal beatdown had finally destroyed the woman's mask, and she was desperately trying to pretend it was still there.

Kalastryn | Devon

Before the woman left, the attack on Kalastryn happened. concerned about the Tiefling, he called out to the cleric. "Are you going to let your daughter die by the hands of her own father? It doesn't matter what you are, the mere thought if that happening is far too painful for anyone to bear!" The Fake!Cleric could see that the man was genuine in wanting to aid the tiefling, and hopefully she would aid.

Fear! Slindis
"you haven't told him"?....what was that about?... Rugal thought as he helped the Drow up.
She seemed shaken, only this time she showed it.
But there was another matter at hand.
"Melethia." He said before quickly checking up on the elf, quickly making sure she was alright.
Aside from some scrapes, she was perfectly fine.
"So...I take it your the ones who got me out?...Thank you, It was a good thing you arrived when you did..." He said before he noticed the imposter was gone.
"...If Tomoya is using this kind of tactics again, It's only a matter of time before the others fall prey to them as wel-"
A Sharp bolt of pain cut his words short as he held his wrist.
"Goddamn son of a-...Might need some help with this, think I might have dislodged something..."


Devon's well spoken words rang true to the cleric, who then casts cure serious wounds on Kalastryn and the hole in her chest closed, and even more than that she doesn't fade away. "You know what, what the hell would I leave for?! As long as I'm here I may as well help! she says as she puts her sword away and tries to utilize her already high diplomacy advantage over the monk. "Look honey, We may not be Kala's real parents, but those things you said earlier weren't true right? We both now our originals wouldn't feel that way, what say we end this peacefully? Even though we died because we took care of her, we did so because we cared."

the FEAR! cleric rolls a 5, from the position of the FEAR! monk's ally, it's enough to remain in good standing, and she did have a point.

the monk says in reply. "... The magic in this place is strange. It created us with the knowledge of our original's emotions and story, yet expected us to harm those close to us. You have a point now that I think about it. Still, purpose is purpose, and we were made to kill them."

her second attempt goes over much larger with a 19. "ugh this used to be a problem all the time... I thought you learned long ago that the reason a being is what they are should not effect who they are or what they become. I know we were made to impede them, but there is another way. I can assist them, and honestly you should make yourself scarce before our daughter wakes... you did put a hole in her chest, and I can't imagine she'd want you here. Still, you know as well as I do she deserves much better than death."

To this, the monk sighs. "If I recall correctly our original purpose was to keep this place safe from intruders, and though intruders they may be, they have very good reason for wanting the stone. One that would benefit the entire world if it succeeds. Alright... you stay to assist, I'll... disappear I suppose." with that, puts his hands together and bows to Devon. "thank you... for showing us another way... I cannot promise that other fears will be so kind however." he then fades away.
the cleric remains however, lifts Kala's unconscious body to carry her, and says to Devon. "Lead on. A friend to Kalastryn is a friend to me."

Fear! Slindis

Teri sighed in relief as the false Slindis was destroyed, and immediately shot after Rugal spoke. "Mr. Bernstein!"

She hugged him around the waist; and said, "I'm so sorry! I... I should have trusted you. I'm glad you're okay. Dimitri made a terrible mistake; and he did it to protect me. So, essentially, this is all my fault. But, Dimitri and Vermilion are fighting Viscus right now to get him off the ship and stop any terrible things he has in mind..."

After holding on for another moment; she realized the awkwardness of her actions, and pulled away quickly, "Right, your wrist... Let me work on that."

And so, she had led the King of Fighters to a wall so he could lean against it as she worked on his wrist, smiling the whole while.

"Mr. Bernstein!"

Before he had a chance to say anything else, Teri ambushed Rugal with a hug, unknowingly causing him a great deal of discomfort as his body was still raw from the Death trap.
"...Can you please not do that?..." He said as he took a pained breath before Teri let go.
"Sorry, just rather uncomfortable..."
"Right, your wrist... Let me work on that."
Thus Rugal sat against the wall and let the cleric get to work.

"If your AI's are going after Viscus, They'll need a Access Code spoken in my voice to shut him down. Or at least limit his processing power. We'll send them a recording in due time, for now, We need to make sure the others know what they are getting into." Rugal explained as he watched Melethia go to comfort her mother.
"...Tomoya was clever, I'll give him that much. Not many people could have made it this far between everything he threw at us. Just, if I'm not a around, Keep an eye on your teacher. She's been affected more then she'd care to let on..."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Forest | Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Nighttime | January 1st

Melethia | Rugal | Slindis | Teri

Teri nodded as she continued her work on the wrist. Rugal noticed that she had not even used any healing magic on him to do her work; but her skills in the art were becoming much better since the last time she had treated his wounds. Funny that he was able to track her growth in skill, maybe if he didn't get hurt so much, he wouldn't notice. However, when she finished with a Minor cure spell, Rugal took note that his wrist was good as new.

With a smile, the Cleric said, "If I had a few more spells on hand, then I would fix up the rest of you; however, I need to conserve those in this place. As for what you said; Yes, I will keep a close watch."

Getting up and gingerly aiding the King of Fighters up with her, she held up the tablet and asked, "How about that recording?"

Digital Hell, Round 2!

Dimitri couldn't help but smile Vermilion's quip, and shouted as they ran, "Isn't that my line? I am the butler here after all!"

Whacking at a defense with THE_NINE_IRON, YAMATA-NO-OROCHI took a sizable bite out of said defense, and destroyed it as the moved to the next node.

Melethia | Rugal | Slindis | Teri

Rugal winced a little during the procedure, while he shrugged off getting stabbed before, the massive strain the crusher had on his body made his usual tactic of toughing out his wounds less effective.
Still, he had his punching wrist back so that was something.
When Teri asked for a recording, he spoke into the mic "Executive Command 1099: User: Rugal Bernstein: Access Code: Genocide Cutter."
"...Wait...Why didn't you just do that to begin with?"
"I left my PDA on the ship and I wasn't about to ask someone who might have gotten that E-mail if I could borrow theirs and start a civil war."
"...Good point..."
As Teri went to send it to Dimitri, Rugal stood and went to check up on Slindis.

Digital Hell, Round 2!
Vermillion's grenades managed to get Viscus's attention and she attempted to strike though the smokescreen of scrambled code.
Her attack was cut short by a load of Digital Buckshot to the chest, quickly downing her and knocking her back.
"Predictable." He stated as he advanced, unfolding his sword in the process.
"Executing command: Kill." He said as he went to finish her off.

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Fear! Slindis

Even as the body faded away, the Fear!Slindis left one last message that lingered in the ears of everyone in the area. "I'm surprised that none of you noticed that I'm a horrible person when a voice of the gods themselves said that a holy knight was not worthy of holding the Stone of Light... Honestly, you're all fucking idiots...

Melethia looked up at Slindis, but the Drow brushed the girl off to show that she didn't want to talk. She watched her mother walk past Rugal and Teri to get further into the temple, and Rugal saw that the woman that had shown herself as a steady rock was more than just affected. Indeed, it was clear that the events of today had awakened a lot of demons in her, and she had the hollow eyes of a shellshocked veteran.

Teri glimpsed up at the paladin and saw why the Fear!Slindis didn't attack the knight: she didn't have to. The knight had been defeated without a single attack.

Kalastryn | Devon

Devon led the way, feeling more sure about himself even as he was being followed by two of the people that he had made homeless by the end result of his writing. "Okay, I think you know why we're here, but I'd like to get something off my chest even if you're only a construct of this temple." The cleric carrying Kalastryn inquired what it was as Devon made light issue forth from the tip of his blade and he turned around to her.

"I know that my writings really messed up a lot for Eberron, and I know that a sorry isn't even enough to begin covering it. You may not be the people to tell this, but as long as I live, I will do whatever I can to ensure that nothing like that will ever happen to any other world. Could you see if you can pass that along to your daughter?"


"I will see if she will listen when she wakes if it pleases you; however, and this is coming from one of the victims here, you need to be a little lighter on yourself. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it... normally. In this case however you didn't know you did any wrong until it was too late. Given the circumstance, I don't blame you, and trust me when I say Kala will come to forgive eventually."

she seems quite serious when she says this, with no malice detectable however. "as for the stone's location... it would be useful information to have, but we were not entrusted with it, lest this exact situation occur" she says with a chuckle at the irony, protecting it without knowing where it is... well... that's unfortunate.


Rugal watched the defeated Drow walk away, Followed up by the snide last words of her tormentor.
Goddammit Tomoya... He thought as Slindis began to go deep into the darkness of the passage they were in.
"...Teri, Melethia, Back track to the main hall and make sure everyone knows what they are dealing with. Me and Slindis are going to keep checking this passage. Keep alert, We haven't seen anything yet." Rugal warned Teri and the elf before he went to follow Slindis deeper into the temple.
Second I get out of here, I'm going to mount that angel's head in my office... He promised himself as he soon caught up with the Drow.
"Slindis! Not so fast, I know first hand how bad some of these traps are." He said as his cover story.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Corrupted Forest | Corrupted Temple of Light | South America
Time: Nighttime | January 1st

Melethia | Rugal | Slindis | Teri

Teri clenched the wall as she forced the message to follow an alternate course than the mailing room; the use of her Author powers causing her some strain. After that, she turned to Rugal and said, "Before you go sir... Here!"

Before Rugal began to leave, the cleric lightly tapped Rugal on the arm, and a soothing feeling began to wash over him as he began to walk away.

"Hopefully, that'll help get rid of some of the damage."

After that, she called for Melethia and began to retrace their steps to the main hall. With a wave of her hand, the staff began to shine with a soft, torchlike Light, illuminating their way to the chambers.

Digital Hell: Round II!

Dimitri would have laughed, but then he saw Viscus's advance, and began to unzip CERBERUS from his file holders.... Until a message appeared in front of Dimitri.

"From the Desk of Teri Gravel, 5th Level Cleric."

When Dimitri opened it, Rugal's voice played through the room: "Executive Command 1099: User: Rugal Bernstein: Access Code: Genocide Cutter."

Fear! Slindis

Slindis kept moving through the temple, seeming to ignore Rugal as she worked her way through the darkness. When he put a hand on her shoulder, she jerked away. "...I don't need your help..." Although she still managed to avoid the spikes that came out of the ground in places, the movements seemed lifeless.

"...I said I can handle this on my own, Rugal..." The dull tone in her voice said otherwise, though, and the paladin was tripped up by losing her balance. Rugal wasn't stupid: it was clear that Slindis needed the help, even if she didn't want to admit it.

Kalastryn | Devon

Devon shrugged. "It's still nothing that can be ignored easily, and the fact still remains that I have a whole lot of people to answer to." He made his way to a small alcove in the temple and took a moment to sit down.

Rugal gave Teri a thankful nod before he set off after the Drow, feeling a little better with each step.
Despite his efforts to reach out to her, she still hid her pain.
"And I heard you the first time, but I'm not leaving you like this." He said as he helped her up again after she tripped.
But she just resumed her march.
"Slindis, Listen to me, I know you are not okay. I'm not exactly an expert on this topic, but I do know this: You need help, Slindis."
Thus he kept shadowing her movements down the passage.

Digital Hell: Victory?
Viscus proceeded though the Logic Bombs, no-selling any damage they might have done to him as he began to rev up his minigun.
"Executive Command 1099: User: Rugal Bernstein: Access Code: Genocide Cutter."
The killer AI froze dead in it's tracks.
"...No...Negative...Impossible...Out of the question..." Viscus began to list Synonyms of the word no as the Command began to take effect.
The individual pieces of armour began to dissolve into small streams of code which then faded from existence.
It was as if a fine woven scarf was being undone in a process that clearly looked painful.
Little by little, his nigh unbreakable armour began to disappear, revealing his true form underneath.
"...Not going to happen...A pipe can't do this is me! I am VISCUS! I AM VISCUS!"
Once the armour was gone, what stood before them was a avatar of the AI's former self: Albert Wesker.
He took shaky steps before he finally fell down from the toll his disablement took on his being.

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